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As we step slowly towards summer and slowly out of lockdown, it seems there is a feeling of optimism in the air. The longer days and hopefully brighter weather certainly lift the spirits, as well as being able to see our family and friends outside again, after months apart for many. It is all positive and very welcomed! The benefits of the vaccine are filtering through now, so here’s hoping we are moving ever closer to a more normal situation again. At the time of writing, the non-essential shops are on the verge of opening again; what a truly difficult time it has been for so many businesses. Please do support our local shops and services as they start on the road to recovery, and what a joy it will be to shop local again for non-essential items as well as the essentials of course! Locally there is certainly an increase in activity and finally after months without being able to report much in the way of events, we are able to include information on a couple of local productions which may be of interest. So all in all, a promising month ahead which also includes a couple of Look Local Birthdays, for Michelle our Assistant Editor and for Kirsty our super duper designer! I wish them both very Happy Birthdays and I hope they are able to have some little celebrations! As well as these work buddy Birthdays, my best friend, my middle son, and my favourite little doggie also celebrate Birthdays in May! Sounds like I may need to bake a cake or two! Here’s hoping you all have a good month too, With Best Regards,
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Lucy of Buy to Let Hunter interviews a local entrepreneur Buy To Let Hunter is a fresh approach to property purchase – we recently sat down with one of our early investors to catch up with him:
Raffi is a local business owner doing a great thing for the world - he arrived in Richmond with enough money for just 8 months. He followed a hunch and set up Bantam Materials - providing Prevented Ocean Plastic, recycling and collecting from at-risk coastal communities and creating a research centre on the Richmond Green – we think he is marvellous, and we are not the only ones! He just won: “Sustainable Initiative of The Year”. Whoop! Raffi realised that he wanted to invest in property but preferred a professionally managed structure run by trustworthy people to allow him the freedom to focus on the craziness in his own world. Raffi approached us and asked us to help. Through Buy To Let Hunter, Raffi has purchased a pure investment property and a holiday home which he uses in conjunction with renting it out to paying guests.
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cherry & vanilla custard tart ingredients Plain flour, for dusting 215g frozen Cooks’ Ingredients Pastry sheet, defrosted 4 British Blacktail Free Range Egg yolks 75g caster sugar 250ml double cream 1½ tsp Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Extract 400g can essential Waitrose Black Cherries in Light Syrup, drained Fresh nutmeg, to grate over
method 1. Preheat the oven to 200˚C, gas mark 6. Unroll the pastry sheet and put it on a lightly floured surface. Roll so that it becomes slightly thinner, until it’s large enough to fit a 20cm fluted tart case (ideally about 3cm deep). 2. Carefully lay the pastry in the tin, prick the base, then line with baking parchment and baking beans. Bake for 20 minutes, then remove the parchment and beans* and bake for another 5 minutes; set aside to cool for 5 minutes. 3. Lower the oven to 170˚C, gas mark 3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and sugar, then whisk in the cream and vanilla extract. Scatter the cherries into the tart case and pour over the cream mixture. Grate over a little nutmeg and bake for 45 minutes-1 hour until set with a slight wobble in the centre. Cool to room temperature (or chill overnight) before serving. *(Do not eat beans that have been used for blind baking)
cook’s tip If you prefer, you can replace the cherries with your favourite berries or perhaps sliced plums.
Prep: 15mins. Cooking: 25mins Recipe & Photo reproduced by kind permission of Waitrose. Over 5,000 recipes can be found at www.waitrose.com/recipes
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Security - Are you up to date? Ensuring your machines and data are secure and operated efficiently is of vital importance. Using out of date software can lead you to difficulties with your machine being compromised and hackers having access to your personal data. If your PC does not have Windows 10 installed it is out of date, and we would urge you update to Windows 10. To easily identify if your machine is running Windows 10, your onscreen Windows start button will look like this… To ensure you are using the up-to-date version of Windows 10 click on the on screen magnifying glass and type “update” (enter) this will then tell you if you have the latest version, or if you need to update- currently the latest Windows 10 version is 20H2 - this changes frequently. If you are a Mac user the latest version of your system software is “Big Sur”. To check what version you are using go to the icon in the top left hand corner, and select “about this Mac”. Here will inform you what version you are running. If your version is not Big Sur select the “Software Update” option and if you can get the new version it will take you through this process. Should you like any further information or assistance please do get in touch.
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Ember Croquet club secures National Lottery funding Ember Croquet club is celebrating, and busy preparing, after being awarded £1,698 of National Lottery funding from Sport England to help people who have been unable play croquet over the last twelve (Covid) months through shielding, self-isolation, key worker status, or through national lockdowns, to return to playing or to try the game for the first time. The grant is enabling Ember croquet club to enhance its facilities for safe social interaction and playing of the game. As well purchasing additional playing equipment and materials for improving safety signage and for marketing, the club is adding: a gazebo for socially-distanced outdoor shelter - rain or ‘shine; a hot water urn for providing hot drinks and hot water for cleaning / washing; and new treatments and equipment for lawncare, to enable a good consistent playing surface and maximizing the availability of the courts.
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Book Reviews MAY 2021 ‘The Illness Lesson’ by Clare Beams (Paperback £8.99) It’s 1871 and girls at a progressive new school are being taught to think and speak, to reason clearly; but who will listen? Caroline Hood is finding her feet as a teacher when the liberal ideals of her father clash with the burden of dealing with a disruptive student who develops a mysterious illness that spreads to the other girls. As a doctor arrives to deliver a cure, Caroline finds that the things men leave unsaid hold greater power than their spoken promises. The hopeful creativity and heavyhanded authority that characterise this particular moment in history, education and “medicine” had me gripped. I was quickly engrossed in the storytelling which becomes more urgent and bright with fury as events unfold.
‘And Now For The Good News’ by Ruby Wax (Hardback £14.99) With good sense and good humour Ruby Wax turns her back on the doom merchants and goes in search of hope. She finds it. If you notice your anxiety levels creeping up when absorbing the news, if your small steps for positive change seem meaningless, or if you just want a book to make you laugh then do pick this up. Wax’s hands-on approach to seeking out information makes her a vivid guide to the good news being made each day in community, business, the environment, and restores a sense of balance and possibility that is sadly lacking in our major sources of news. It’s full of great stories, good ideas, helpful resources, and writing to make you laugh out loud.
‘The Art of Falling’ by Danielle McLaughlin (Hardback £16.99) I loved this beautifully written story of Nessa McCormack’s life and loves. The curator of an art gallery in Cork city, Nessa is organising an exhibition of works of the late sculptor Robert Locke. He is her favourite artist and the subject of her art history degree thesis from decades earlier. The McCormacks are trying to hold their marriage together following her husband Philip’s infidelity. This is jeopardised by the arrival of a friend from their past and a strange woman connected to Locke. They will have to find out if they can overcome the issues resurrected by these events.
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May you enjoy MAY 2021 this month’s quiz! We are very pleased that, in spite of the
MUSIC Matters Quiz QUESTIONS: 1. Who sang about “The First of May”, released in 1969 and taken from the double album “Odessa”? 2. Who suggested “Maggie May” in 1971? 3. Which “May” has a guitar called “The Red Special”? 4. Who sang “You Maybe Right” in 1980? 5. Which classic song has the first line “I May Not Always Love You” and is regarded by Paul McCartney, to be the best love song ever written? 6. Who released a track called “Then Came the Last Days of May”, from a self titled album? 7. Whose album “Crazy Love” included the track “End of May”? 8. Which heavy rock band released a track called “Stormy May Day” on an album called “Black Ice”? 9. May is the 5th month of the year. Which singer was born on 5th May 1988? 10. May Day Parade are an American rock band. Where did they start out?
pandemic, we have been able to maintain our musical performances in 2021, even if remotely, and thank the artistes who have made this possible. Given below is our programme for May at which we hope that many of you can be present in person, in line with the latest Covid regulations. Inevitably, this is subject to change and we recommend contacting our website/Parish Office prior to each event to avoid any disappointment. Both performances will be available on the MOTG YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/ channel/UCs6ONysOliNK3Y1OJOnMu1w
1.15pm - Wednesday 19th May FIBONACCI STRING QUARTET Mozart String Quartet No 15 K421 Mendelssohn String Quartet No1 in E flat Op.12
Free admission, retiring collection; online donations can also be made via www.justgiving.com/campaign/MOTG 7.00pm - Sunday 23rd May OATLAND SINGERS and ESHER PARISH CHOIR Beethoven’s oratorio “Christ on the Mount of Olives” & selected Renaissance & Romantic era motets.
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Mazda MX-30 CROSSOVER CAR REVIEW BY TED MACAULEY
It may not yet have reached your local showroom but the Mazda newcomer is a bargain of a treat not to be missed in my humble opinion. A guaranteed frontrunner in a hotly contested competition for the ideal family car. The company celebrated its 100th anniversary by letting loose the brain-boxes and giving them free rein to clash heads on with a newly designed challenger, shaped and specced with curvy lines, and extensive but easy to fathom controls. The front doors are conventionally set-up, while the rear ones are hinged at the back, a pillar-less style so useful and popular it has been already used on Mazda’s RX-8 sports coupe as well as the Rolls Royce Phantom limo, the BMW 13, and just about every London cab. The system offers attractive and wide-open entry. Behind the wheel, despite its superbly low slung looks and a handsome profile, you are perched comfortably and conveniently high on its 18inch wheels, enabling one to revel in a commanding seating position with confidence boosting views of the outside world, allowing early sighting of any looming dangers. As for driving! It is sprightly, safe and secure with rewarding and pleasing pace and handling as nimble as can be, a relief for the cackhanded among our road sharers. The whole set up is Eco-friendly with its distinctive
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and neat looks, a dashboard clear and concise and all viewed from contemporary fabric seats. And the boot! Wow! Massive, cleverly shelved with welcome divisions and dual purpose innards so however much luggage you aim to carry on your superbly comfortably relaxing seats to far distant treks or niggling stop-go, bumper-to-bumper crawls around our jam-packed city roads, you will never be cursing the designers. Rather more... thanking them... and relaxing in the leg room and head-and-shoulders generous spaces. The 2021 models, released in March, feature some with a gleaming white exterior, a genuine eye-catcher befitting what the car contains beneath its shapely and enticing frame, all curvy and sexy and a wide open invitation for you to dig not so deeply into your wallet or purse or make a serious dent in you bank balance. So, the cost? Prices range from £25,545 for the SE-L Lux to £27,545 for the Sport Lux and topping out at £29,845 for the hot-shot, range leader, the GT Sport Tech. The lithium-ion batteried version, smaller and lightweight, goes from zero-62 mph in 9.7 seconds and has a flat-out speed of 87 mph. It rewards you with a range of 124miles - fine for commuting but not for long journeys. Overall, and do forgive my insatiable play on words, it is a bit of a Mazdapiece...terrific value. Think about it.
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SUNDAY SERVICES - MAY 2021 Reverend Folli Olokose: firstname.lastname@example.org / 01932 840077 Parish Office : email@example.com /01932 231274 / www.oatlandschurch.org.uk Oatlands Avenue, Weybridge, Surrey KT13 9TS
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Sunday 2nd May 8am Holy Communion Service 10am All Age Worship Service
Sunday 9th May 8am Holy Communion Service 10am Holy Communion Service 4pm Family Praise Service
Sunday 16th May 8am Holy Communion Service 10am Holy Communion Service
Friday 21st May
Friday Fusion - Youth Group. 8pm - 9pm Every 3rd Friday - Food, games & music for yr 7 & 8 aged children. For more details please contact Laura at childrenandfamilies@ oatlandschurch.org.uk or call 07881 786309
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Every Wednesday 10.30am Service of Holy Communion
Moving On I was driving on a familiar route. For the last few weeks, traffic from the outside lane had been directed to merge with the inside lane due to roadworks. The tailback was always depressingly long and slow until we reached the distant traffic lights. That morning, my heart sank. The tailback on the inside lane started really far back. Obediently, I joined the end of the queue as we’d been conditioned to do by the roadworks sign. A car passed me on the outside lane. Then a second car whizzed by. I frowned at their unsportsmanlike behaviour. And then, as the long, empty outside lane stared back at my gaze, I questioned my judgement. Was it really unsportsmanlike? Who were they hurting? I couldn’t see them any more. Suddenly, I realized I couldn’t recall having seen the roadworks sign either. In an instant, I had joined them, passing all the cars to my left that I would have been stuck behind for at least ten minutes. Another car followed me. The lane closure sign finally appeared shortly before the roundabout, and at that point, we integrated painlessly with the rest of the traffic. Had everyone stayed on the inside lane, leaving a mile of outside lane empty, the congestion would needlessly have been worse. And I would definitely have regretted doing what I thought was ‘the right thing to do’. We were all just driving on old programming that said ‘Don’t go there’. We follow old programming all the time, from our earliest childhood messages of “It’s rude to ask” or “Do as you’re told”, to more subtle, grown-up cues of “Who do you think you are?” or “Don’t rock the boat”. If we don’t re-examine those messages at some point, we’ll be unaware that the
reasons for having being told them might no longer be valid, and we’ll continue to go along with them. They may not have been relevant to our world or life for decades. But they’re still holding us back. It’s not always as easy as just not doing this or that one thing, because frequently, we build beliefs and attitudes around those early rules until our whole existence is tangled up with them. Then we’re trapped in an intricate web of rules, restrictions and perspectives not of our own choosing. We have to peel them back, untangle the web, hold them carefully and with respect so that we don’t demolish our whole way of life just for the sake of changing one thing. So my challenge is, look at your life. And ask yourself, “Where am I following rules that no longer serve me? And what could I be doing instead?” Keep moving,
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