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Issue 28 November/December/January2011

Ashmore Green • Cold Ash • Curridge • Hermitage Midgham • Thatcham • Woolhampton • Yattendon

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In addition to the services already mentioned, Karen and her team are also happy to water plants, pick up post and carry out basic house security checks at your request. One-to-one Clicker training for your dog is also offered with an experienced trainer. Pet An g e l s UK services are expanding all the time to include Pet Portraits and provide accessories. Please have a look on their website for more information: Readers who mention seeing this ad will be given a 10% discount on their first booking.

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Dr. Jeeves finds solutions to all dental problems at the Newbury Marketplace Dental Lounge

Dr Jeevana Subasinghe (Dr. Jeeves) is an established dentist in Newbury. He has 20 years of experience and holds full professional registrations to practice Dental Surgery in both Finland and in the U.K. He brings to Newbury extremely valuable knowledge from working relationships which he has with prominent clinicians and clinics in Finland and Switzerland – where the very latest and state of the art technology is used. Under one roof all disciplines of Dentistry are performed and all solutions and options offered - ‘All treatments, one responsibility’. Apart from routine dental care and hygiene, the following are also included: cosmetic dentistry, implantology, orthodontics, prosthodontics (dentures), root canal therapy, oral surgery, treatment of advanced gum infections, guided tissue regeneration, bone grafting, teeth whitening and non surgical wrinkle softening with Botulinum toxin-A.

As you would expect, Newbury Marketplace Dental Lounge is one of the most modern surgeries in the country - impeccably clean, functional and of course equipped with the most up-to-date diagnostic tools. It is BUPA accredited and all work is guaranteed. Dr. Jeeves firmly believes in allocating his patients very generous time intervals. He knows the importance of getting to know his patients and how vital it is to gain their confidence - then together they can achieve outstanding results. He has much experience in treating nervous children and adults alike, also patients with special care needs.

He runs a very flexible approach to the timing of appointments - evening and weekend appointments can easily be arranged.


WELCOME T: 0118 9886070 E: ursula@ thatchamconnecions.co.uk W: thatchamconnections.co.uk A: Stable 5, Gravelly Bridge Farm house Grazeley, Reading, RG7 1LG Editor: Ursula Aitken

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Dear Readers Welcome to this issue! Once again it is a very full edition and I do hope you will enjoy it. I know it does not hold the same quantity of pages which other local papers do - but a remark which a reader made in my hearing the other day was: “Why would one buy a publication to find out the name of a tradesman or other advertiser when Thatcham Connections is free?”. It was perhaps said as a joke. Never mind, I like it. I like it a lot! In September, Relax to Revive, run by Janie Perry, a new advertiser (p 66) gave me a reflexology treatment. It was indeed very relaxing; this may well be the start of regular appointments! Slinx also (p 36) can offer a great boost to the selfesteem - as well as many other health advantages . I am tempted to say “It will soon be Christm..” but I will desist. What I am going to say though, is that apart from what has been mentioned above, you can find many other original gifts within these pages. What about an hour or two of a gardener’s time? A memorial tablet to remember a very dearly loved person? A one-to-one fitness consultation? Some dancing lessons? Or have a load of logs delivered? The list has only just begun! Please feel to ring me if you would like some further ideas. I am always very happy to talk to readers. Finally, do please enter the Waitrose hamper competition. Please see page 53. It is most generous of Waitrose to offer, for the third year running, a lovely big hamper. You could be the lucky one! Into the bargain, the stamp you put on the envelope will be given to Woolhampton Post Office who are collecting used stamps for the benefit of Naomi House. Everyone is a winner! Go on, please give it a go. Warmest good wishes P.S A little update: starting at the head of the household, DH (darling husband) has been continually supportive as I struggle with taking on the autumn and wondering if it is DS from Afghanistan on the phone each time it rings! Delay on installing woodburner but thanks to tip top advertisers, we now have the chimney swept (p34) and a great supply of wood ready to be burnt (p 65) so we are all ready to go when stove finally arrives. DD thinks her job in Primary teaching well and truly beats being a solicitor (former life) Quiet rejoicing over this. DS is coming home for his ‘r&r’ break at the end of November … counting the weeks, if not the days!. Local pubs beware. There will be four months of catching up drinking time to fit in!

Contents Health Feature

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Gardening Page

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Help for Heroes

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Book Review

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What’s on Snipetts

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Riding for the Disabled

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Royal British Legion

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Childrens’ Challenge

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Hamper Competition

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Christmas Magic

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Recipe

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Sudokus

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Wordsearch

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Handy Numbers

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Answers

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The front cover

photograph has kindly been supplied by Claudia Sievers a member of the Thatcham Photographic Club claudiasievers@yahoo.com www.thatchamphotoclub.com

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THE POT KILN, FRILSHAM

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FEATURE:

Our Health Therapist - Theresa Wright outside, sitting on a bench and really breathe in that fresh air! Learning to breathe more deeply will also help your voice, especially if you have to talk in public or make presentations - something we all have to do from time to time. When speaking to an audience, speak to the back of the room, so that your voice carries over their heads. If you practise deep breathing beforehand, this will relax you and you will find that you will be able to talk smoothly and clearly. Here is an exercise for those of you who have a very small voice. This is a voice strengthening exercise that I used when I was a Tourist Guide. Best done in private though! Sit tall and take a deep breath in, filling your lungs from the bottom; now as you let your breath out, let your voice join in too. It sounds rather like a long drawn out groan! This will help to deepen the voice and help carry your voice further.

Relax and Breath Deeply Breathing is something we all take for granted, but how often do you really take a deep breath? Consider that the breath in your lungs can stay in there for up to two weeks! Test your lung capacity by placing your hands on the bottom of your rib cage and breathe in. Can you move your hands apart? And what are your shoulders doing? Are they right up in the air? Try again and this time, keep your shoulders relaxed and try and expand your lungs gently. This is best attempted sitting down the first time, just in case you feel a little light headed. Breathe in through your nose and then let the breath come out long and slow through your mouth. Try this

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Theresa Wright Health Therapist 0118 9710255 www.theresamwright.com

see page 25.

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FEATURE:

Health Feature Healthy Gums and Happy Smiles In today’s world of rising prices, coupled with the shortage of NHS dentists, we need to do all we can to keep down dental bills. One of the smartest ways of doing this is to make use of chemicals found naturally in some foods and vitamins. These products help to fight bacteria, remove plaque, strengthen enamel and even freshen our breath. Raw Goodness Eating raw celery or carrot produces saliva, which helps to neutralise streptococcus, the bacteria that causes cavities. Sesame Seeds Chewing sesame seeds helps to remove plaque and preserve the bone around teeth and gums. They are a delicious addition to salads or steamed vegetables. Cheese Cheese, low in carbohydrates and high in calcium and phosphate content, helps to preserve and rebuild tooth enamel. It is suggested that eating a small piece of cheese just before sleep helps strengthen teeth. Kiwis This tropical fruit is high in vitamin C (see below why this is good). This vitamin helps to stop the breakdown of collagen in your gums.

Shiitake Mushrooms Regular ingestion of these is said to help prevent bacteria from creating plaque. Green Tea Green tea aids in stopping bad breath by killing the bacteria responsible. It also counteracts the bacteria that turn sugar into plaque. Onions Not a pleasant smell, but onions kill bacteria, so should be eaten raw in salads and sandwiches. Maybe follow up with the green tea mentioned above to remove the smell, or... Mint Leaves Chew some mint leave after a spicy meal (or the onions mentioned above) and your breath will be sweet smelling for hours. Alternatively, use sprigs as a garnish on food. Water Drinking water and/or rinsing your mouth after eating helps to wash away food residue that leads to bad breath. Vitamin A This encourages the gums to make keratin, a protein which helps the body to resist wounds and infection. Foods containing vitamin A include cod liver oil, egg yolks, whole milk and butter, but we can make vitamin A from beta-carotene, found in vegetables such as carrots,

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squash, pumpkin, kale and broccoli. Vitamin C This helps to prevent gum disease and a severe deficiency could lead to the old sailors’ disease of scurvy. Foods rich in vitamin C are oranges, strawberries, spinach, pumpkin, parsley and kale. Vitamin E This vitamin is also said to be good for healthy gums. Foods and oils rich in natural vitamin E include wheat germ, soybean, sunflower and corn oils, peanuts, peanut butter, almonds, sunflower seeds, hazelnuts, spinach, broccoli, kiwis and mangoes. Vitamins should be taken only in the quantities recommended as daily allowances for adults and children. As you can see from the list above, there is quite a lot that we can do to improve the health of our teeth and gums – as well as assisting in avoiding hefty dental bills – just by slightly changing our diets. A few additions and alterations to our shopping lists could mean we chew our way to healthy gums and a happy smile. A pet favourite of mine! Modern dentistry can usually achieve great results, even apparently with the most demanding mouths. Ed 13

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Gardner Leader What happens if I die without a will? “blood relatives”. The surviving partner will not inherit. The order of priority of inheritance is: parents, siblings, siblings of the half-blood, grandparents, aunts/uncles, aunts/uncles of the half-blood and finally, the Crown. If any of these die before you leaving children, then their children will receive their parent’s share. If you have children you must prepare a will

If you die without a will then you are “intestate” and the law provides for the distribution of your estate among your family in certain fixed proportions. Lucy Samara, Inheritance Protection solicitor at Gardner Leader Solicitors in Thatcham demonstrates how one size very rarely fits all when it comes to the distribution of your estate when you die. If you are married or in a civil partnership, and have sizeable estates or children from previous relationships, a will can ensure that your estate is distributed as you desire. The rules of intestacy provide that the first £250,000 of the first-to-die’s estate passes to the surviving spouse. The remainder is then held in various trusts for the surviving spouse/civil partner and the children. If each of the spouses/civil partners have separate children from previous relationships then the children of the firstto-die could be excluded from inheritance as the estate of the first-to-die would pass to their surviving spouse/civil partner. Unmarried couples must prepare wills to provide for their partner

Your estate will pass to your children equally on them reaching the age of 18. With a will you can stipulate an older age of inheritance to ensure your children are mature enough to manage what could be a sizeable inheritance. You can also name guardians to look after the children’s welfare and trustees to look after their inheritance. This helps avoid your children becoming the subject of family disputes (and potentially court proceedings) to determine who should look after them and their inheritance. Single people with no children must prepare wills Your will ensures avoidance of the fixed priority of inheritance under the intestacy rules which is rarely appropriate. Choose your own executors If you die intestate it will be the responsibility of one of the beneficiaries to deal with the administration of your estate which can be a complex legal task. In a will you can choose the right people to take on that responsibility. Jointly owned assets The rules of intestacy do not affect assets that you hold jointly with any other person as those assets will pass automatically to the surviving owner.

Details: Lucy Samara Gardner Leader LLP Tel: 01635 508080 (for both Newbury and Thatcham offices)

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FEATURE:

Late Flowering Chrysanthemums by Ursula Buchan

Garden Feature

Late Flowering Chrysanthemums By November, gardens are beginning to look shaggy and short of colour. So various lateflowering hardy chrysanthemums can be a boon to the gardener, especially in the dry, almost frostfree autumns that have recently become the norm.

technique with gardeners as a way of staggering the flowering of different types of hardy perennial. In the case of hardy chrysanthemums, however, the flowering happens at the same time, but you can get away without staking.

The types of chrysanthemum that are hardy and flower in the autumn are the Korean, the rubellum and the Japanese semipompoms. They come in a wide range of colours and mix well with Michaelmas daisies, rudbeckias, echinaceas and Verbena bonariensis, the other staples of autumn herbaceous plantings. Like all chrysanthemums, they are useful for arranging in vases, provided you don’t leave them too late.

In hot summers, it pays to water chrysanthemums in dry weather or the stems become stunted and straggly, and the flowering poor.

Hardy chrysanthemums make clumps, woody at the base, with stems 70-100 cm tall. They do best in well-drained, fertile, slightly alkaline soil, in full sun. But they are really not fussy. Though reasonably sturdy, they are best staked, as autumn gales can be fierce. To make compacter, sturdier plants, you should follow the advice of Michael Loftus of Woottens of Wenhaston, who cuts these plants back hard in early June and removes any spindly stems. This has become a popular 18

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After the flowers go over towards the end of November, the stems should be cut down almost to ground level and, in really cold regions, the crowns should be mulched heavily with leaf mould or home-made compost, held in place with pegged-down chicken wire. That said, I forgot to do this before the last, very harsh, winter and they still came through fine. They benefit from being divided when they become congested, about every three years, but do it in the early spring, just as the new growth is emerging. ‘Cottage Apricot’ has single, bronzy-apricot flowers in October and November, on stems up to 80 cm tall. It flops easily, so should be staked. I think it’s one of the best varieties, which provides a zingy contrast to the pink, mauve and purple Michaelmas daisies.

‘Anastasia’ is a pompom with purplishpink, double flowers with yellow centres, up to 4 cm across. The plant grows to 75 cm tall. ‘Mei-kyo’ is very similar but has slightly paler flowers and is shorter. ‘Nantyderry Sunshine’ is a Japanese semi-pompom with bright yellow double flowers, 3 cm across, in October and November. It is a sport from the equally garden-worthy ‘Bronze Elegance’. ‘Ruby Mound’ is a popular variety with a dense, short plant. The double 7cm flowers are deep red in colour. ‘Emperor of China’ flowers late, in November and December. It has a laxer, taller habit than most, and double, 6 cm flower heads in a very soft pink. The petals are slightly quilled, which is most attractive, and the leaves turn red in autumn. ‘Purleigh White’ grows to about 85 cm, and has white semi-pompom flowers with a hint of pink and prominent yellow central discs. It is a sport of ‘Mei-kyo’, so has the same habit but a differentcoloured flower.

© Ursula Buchan, 2010 Ursula Buchan is a trained gardener, who has spent many years writing for national newspapers and magazines, notably The Daily Telegraph and The Spectator. www.ursulabuchan.co.uk.

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FEATURE:

Help for Heroes (H4H) was founded by Bryn and Emma Parry after a profoundly moving visit to Selly Oak Hospital in the summer of 2007. Bryn and Emma met some extraordinarily brave young men who had been badly wounded and they just wanted to do something to help. The charity was launched in October 2007 and, with the

backing and support of celebrities, including Jeremy and Francie Clarkson, the Royal Family, the media and countless ordinary decent people, it has raised over £1m a month since then. Help for Heroes is strictly non political. We have no affiliation with any political party and we do not endorse the use of our name for the promotion of any political viewpoint. The

money that we raise at Help for Heroes is used to support wounded Servicemen and women of every colour and creed and we strongly oppose any individual or political party who believes otherwise, and those who seek to use the charity’s name for their own political gain. The message is simple: H4H does not seek to criticise or be political, we simply want to help and to do so by asking everyone to do their bit to raise money. Once that money is raised, we go to the experts in the Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force for guidance as to how best to spend it. It is our intention to spend all we raise on the practical, direct support of those wounded in the service of our country since 9/11.

The Pot Kiln at Frilsham … (See page 9)

held a pizza day to raise money in support of Help for Heroes on 31st August. The Head Chef, Phil Smith came up with the idea to do something as he has one or two friends serving in Afghanistan. Together with the Front of House Manager, Rebecca Galland, they organised the whole day themselves. Many of the staff, including some of the part timers, gave their time voluntarily on their day off. cookery course at the Pot Kiln’s own game cookery Prizes for the auction included several dinners for two school and many others. at a couple of establishments including the Pot Kiln itself and their London gastropub The Harwood Arms Many people contributed to a really successful event as well as a newly opened pub, The Royal Oak at for Help for Heroes. Echinswell, (recently taken over by the father of one of the PK chefs), a day out deer stalking with Mike Robinson, a four day golf pass at Wentworth Golf Club, a photography session for the family, a 26

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The Six Bells at Beenham … (See page 58)

joined forces with Green’s of Pangbourne on Sunday 30 August to raise funds for the charity. 350 people attended and 450 artisan sausages were consumed! You can see from the photo a frying pan full of cash being presented to the charity. (In our picture, from left: Peter Davies, Help for Heroes Volunteer County Coordinator for Berkshire; Chris Harman and Glynis Snow, Proprietors of The Six Bells; Philip Cripps and his son Christopher from Green's.)

Family fun included face painting and a bouncy castle together with an eight-piece live jazz band and an Said Chris: "Help for Heroes is such a worthwhile auction. charity we really felt we wanted to support it, and the Said Philip: "The atmosphere was great, and everyidea of a Beer & Sausage Sunday developed from one seemed to enjoy themselves. We had to work discussions we had with Philip from Greens - he extremely fast on the sausage barbecue!grill to keep supplies our hand-made sausages and said he would pace with demand! We were delighted though to give donate and cook a selection of his sausages for a the sausages and our time to such a good cause." Help for Heroes barbecue".

We give capped grants to those charities and groups best able to provide the facilities and services we want our men and women to have. We do not deliver individual benevolence, as that is the work of existing Service Charities which we work very closely with. When we began, we wanted to ensure that we would be as efficient as possible so our policy is money in and money out. We are not trying to build large reserves, we want your money to be used and quickly. We have either spent or allocated £54m to date on facilities and services. We can spend all we get, so don't stop!

these sales mean that we can cover all of our operating costs and donate the extra to the charity, so rest assured, all fundraising money and more goes to the cause…. and that is better than any other charity we know of. We are working hard to raise more money and we are passionate about what we are doing. It is needed, it is appreciated and we are making a real difference to the lives of some extraordinary young men and women.

O V E R £ 7 , 5 00 was raised for

Help for Heroes between The Six Bells and The Pot Kiln

Thank you. The Help for Heroes Team

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FEATURE:

Book Reviews

Pick of the gift books Stuck on ideas for festive stocking fillers? We’ve put together a list of lesser-known titles which are perfect for giving at Christmas. Ethel & Ernest: A True Story by Raymond Briggs A touching tale by the much-loved author of ‘The Snowman’. This story of Raymond’s mother and father is beautifully illustrated and incredibly moving: a lovely book which will be treasured by all generations. Make sure you’ve got the tissues ready! The Gift Book: A Sumptuous Guide to the World of Giving by Patricia Davidson Don’t you just love it when you find that perfect present? This fantastic little book is jammed full of tips, ideas, anecdotes, wit and wisdom, all based upon the art of giving. Inspirational and beautifully designed, it’s perfect for those who aim to please. The Anti-Colouring Book by Susan Striker and Edward Kimmel A genius interpretation of the traditional colouring book, which encourages children to use their imagination, not just their felt-tips. Ideal for creative youngsters who want to add a new dimension to drawing, this is a brilliant choice for ages 6-12. The Book of Qualities by Ruth Gendler This American title makes a beautiful present for the more sensitive, thoughtful types. Combining poetic language with visionary illustrations, the author portrays our emotions as clever characters. Excitement wears orange socks, Faith lives in the same apartment building as Doubt, and Worry 28

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makes lists of everything that could go wrong while she is waiting for the train. A marvellous and comforting book to treasure. 101 Poems to get you through the day (and night) by Daisy Goodwin Daisy’s collections introduce the best poetry for a mood or situation, presented in a lovely hardback book. From stepping on the scales to the school run, this title addresses the ups and downs of life in verse. A thoughtful gift, perfect for busy mums. Loves Me, Loves Me Not by the Romantic Novelists’ Association For daughters, nieces, granddaughters or the troubled teen next door – this compilation of forty original stories from some of the best women writers of romance is a lovely book to get lost in, reigniting the flames of passion, love and faith. Aliens Love Panta Claus by Claire Freedman From the author of Aliens Love Underpants comes a festive title that will have little ones in stitches, as the aliens set to work with Santa Claus in a bid to distribute their treasured collection of undergarments to children the world over! Diary of an Amateur Photographer: A Mystery by Graham Rawle When Michael Whittingham joins his local photography club, he finds a bizarre picture on a second-hand camera, which leads him head-first into the investigation of a 30 yearold unsolved murder. Compellingly weird and wonderful, this ‘scrap book’ is the perfect present for anyone with a curious mind. NB. The solution to the mystery is concealed in an envelope at the back of the book – so don’t peek!

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FEATURE:

Our Counsellor - Bruce Bamber survive and usually get stronger as a result. Once in a while a friendship may be betrayed, when one person exploits the trust placed in them to further their own needs or desires. This can be quite a shock and lead to pain and anger. Hopefully we have better friends to help us through. With our loved ones trust goes very deep. If someone is betrayed by their wife/husband/ partner it is very hard to accept. It can take a long time to regain the confidence to place that level of trust in another person. Some people never feel that they can trust another person enough to love or be loved, because somewhere deep down they anticipate being hurt.

It’s all about Trust Trust works on many levels. You may have heard things like, ‘It was great where we used to live, you could go out, leave all the doors unlocked and trust that nobody would steal all your things’. This sort of trust is a confidence that the people around you share a certain set of moral standards. When this sort of trust disappears, perhaps when you have been burgled, you may feel quite shaken, threatened or isolated. We generally believe that in the course of our everyday lives we can trust that our agreements and arrangements will be honoured; for example, when we expect to meet someone at a certain time or when someone says that they will do something for us. If we are let down, we make a mental note not to trust that person or organisation so much next time. We feel irritated, annoyed and disappointed. In our friends we normally place greater trust and this lets us resolve some of life’s trickier problems. Friends can tell each other awkward home truths, knowing that they won’t be taken too personally and that the friendship will

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If we are ever to trust others we must first trust ourselves. This is a deep seated conviction that we can take risks, deal with challenges, and above all, negotiate relationships without fear of being let down, betrayed, exploited or abandoned. It provides strength, courage and an openness to the world. Perhaps you feel that you have lost trust in your ability to deal with your life. You might have considered counselling but you have found it hard to trust that it could help. One option would be to try it and see what happens.

Bruce Bamber can be contacted on 07769 783424

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Snippets

What’s on -

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10th November 9.30am March for Honour War Memorial (see page 40) Thursday 11th November Armistice Day Service at the War Memorial

For all your soft furnishing and sewing needs Curtains, blinds, pelmets and alterations. Fabric choices and advice available

Contact:

Judy Connolly

07747 634556

www.indigodesign.co.uk

The school offers a range of dance classes for adults Ballroom, Latin American and Sequence Dancing. All abilities welcome from ‘two left footers’ with little sense of rhythm - to those who wish to improve their technique and style. Classes held in Newbury, Thatcham & Cold Ash.

School of Dance

01635 580930 www.1stepahead.info

P.C. DECORATING Paul Coulson

Sunday 14th November Remembrance Sunday Parade and Service at the Memorial followed by a service at St Mary’s Church. The parade starts at 10.15 am, the service at the War Memorial starts at 10.45 am and the Church service starts at 11.30 am. These times are approximate. Tuesday 16 November, 7.30pm "A Neighbourhood Watch Meeting for the Newbury and Thatcham area will be held in the West Berkshire Council Offices in Market Street, Newbury. We shall be having a talk by Jonathan Hopson on “Newbury Past and Present”. Representatives from the Neighbourhood Policing Team and Fire Service will also be speaking at this meeting. Anyone is welcome to attend”. Angela Money, Chair of Newbury and Thatcham Neighbourhood Watch. Friday 3rd December 5.30pm - 7.45pm Thatcham Christmas Lights Switch On (lights turned on at 7.30pm) entertainment for the duration and visit Father Christmas in his grotto. Sunday 19th December 4pm Civic Carol Service at St Mary’s Church.

Further details available from the Town Council NOT TO BE MISSED MAKE A NOTE IN NEXT YEAR’S DIARY !

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A Thompson Builders is a small family run business specialising in a range of both external and interior building work.

Extension Specialist Conversions

Kitchens Bathrooms

Orangeries Conservatories Brick, Stone & Flint work

Hard landscaping Drainage

Telephone 01635 201087

Mobile 07909 902435

Email: athompsonbuilders@hotmail.co.uk Oakwood, Slanting Hill, Hermitage, Newbury, Berks RG18 9QG

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Newbury Cats Protection We have many cats seeking loving homes especially older cats fundraising volunteers always needed For further information contact 01635 200111 Open daily 11am-3pm by appointment www.newbury.cats.org.uk

ROGER FIS FISHER HER Carpenter/Joiner Kitchen Fitter/ Glaze Tiling House Maintenance Painting/Decorating

30 Years Experience Tel: 01635 201047 mob: 07876 588721

Telephone 07894 985353 Email adamslarkstudios@hotmail.co.uk Call or email for a no obligation quotation

Helen’s Hairy Hounds www.helenshairyhounds.co.uk

Mobile Dog Grooming Service Pamper Your Dog In The Comforts Of Your Own Home

Tel 07766 303476 Trimming/Clipping Brushing/Bathing Turbo Drying / Ear Cleaning /Nail Clipping Friendly Reliable Service City & Guilds Trained

Thatcham Connections are still looking for people to deliver in Ashmore Green and Curridge.

We hope to expand in the Spring to include Kennet Heath and will need someone else then!

Ursula 0118 9886070 ursula@thatchamconnections.co.uk

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MEMORIALS IN STONE New Memorials Supplied and Installed. Existing Memorials Renovated and Cleaned. Headstones Tablets Vases Pet Memorials House Signs

Personal Service and Home Visits Enquiries: 0118 9815591 07917 818508

Confidential Counselling Service Who said life was easy? Whether as a last resort, to get things back to how they used to be, or to make things better than they ever have been, counselling may be able to help. depression - stress - bereavement relationship difficulties - anxiety self esteem - guilt - sexual issues confidence - anger - self-harm coping - life choices - abuse

t. 07769 783424

www.newburycounsellor.co.uk

Based in Newbury

Bruce Bamber Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP)

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A Dedicated Vibration Training Studio here in the heart of Thatcham. Meet the Slinx Team

Steve

Nick

Most people agree that health is the most important thing in life! In a small and intimate environment - where you can enjoy a personal trainer without the cost associated with personal training - you can now take steps to put your health into tip top shape. You are also welcome to total privacy if you wish in our private room with adjustable blinds. All our staff here will always ensure that you will not feel self-conscious. As well as the health and fitness benefits, vibration training is also

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used successfully in hospitals, physical therapy clinics and rehabilitation facilities. The low-impact nature of the exercise, and the relatively low level of exertion required, makes vibration training very attractive for almost everyone - for the obese, elderly, or athlete alike. A few of the key benefits can be seen on the page opposite. Please call us - or better still, pop in and see us. We will be pleased to show you our beautiful, airy and very friendly studio.

Giving Membership to someone for Christmas could be the perfect present!

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FEATURE:

Newbury Branch

The reward we have for our efforts is to see the enjoyment and progress that children make from their weekly rides. For a child who is physically disabled the delight of riding a pony which gives them freedom of movement, added height and the ability to join in with group activities is a joy to see. In addition the therapeutic benefits of riding are widely recognised. It helps to build up core strength and uses muscles that are not always called into play when a child has limited mobility.

of the

Riding for the Disabled Newbury RDA are based at stables in Hampstead Norreys next to the Living Rainforest at Wyld Court. We offer riding to up to 70 disabled children a week who come from local schools; The Castle School, Mary Hare School for the Deaf, Prior’s Court, Winchcombe Primary and Theale Green.

We always welcome new volunteers and if anyone is interested in finding out more about Riding for the Disabled please contact Mrs Jo Stevenson-Hamilton (01491 671270) for more information about what we do.

We are an entirely voluntary organisation and raise our own funds in order to rent our stables, provide and maintain our minibus, feed, shoe and pay for veterinary care for our 7 ponies and pay a stable manager to oversee the welfare of our ponies. We currently have approximately 100 volunteer helpers who come in during school term times, some once a week, some more often, to help with tacking up the ponies, participating in lessons as leaders, sidewalkers, games organisers etc. We also have volunteer minibus drivers and people who help to look after the ponies out of hours.

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Thatcham Branch of the

Royal British Legion The British Legion was formed after the First World War, which it was hoped would be “the war to end all wars”. But war and conflict have continued and today our Armed Forces are experiencing casualties almost every day, with many wives and husbands having to bring up their families on their own. The ‘Legion’ was given its “Royal” status in 1971 in its 50th Anniversary year and next year will celebrate its 90 t h Anniversary, which Thatcham will be commemorating. The Thatcham Branch was formed in 1929 with a membership of about 3040 members, and numbers swelled to about 1000 after the end of the Second World War. At present the Branch has over 120 members and it meets at Thatcham Football Club on the third Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm. The Welfare Team of the Branch helps serving and ex-service personnel and their dependants where needed, whether members of the Legion or not. The demand for assistance is increasing and the Branch would welcome more members to help with this vital work. November is a very busy time for the RBL with the ‘Poppy season’ in the middle of the month – and the Thatcham Branch is no exception! Collectors are needed to spend perhaps just a couple of hours in the local supermarkets, or to deliver Poppy boxes to local shops and schools. To launch the Branch Poppy Appeal again this year, there will be a concert at St Mary’s Church, given by Watership Brass on 6th November.

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“11-11-11” The Thatcham Branch of the Royal British Legion will once again hold a Service of Remembrance at the War Memorial in the Bath Road at 11am on 11th November. Everyone is most welcome to attend the short service. A contingent from the Branch will also take part in the town’s Remembrance Sunday Parade on 14th November from the Waitrose car park to the War Memorial. The Branch supports the local community by attending the Families Fun Day in June, the Thatcham Festival in October and has a popular ‘Soup Kitchen’ at the switching on of the Christmas lights in December. It also has a social aspect. It celebrated the 80th Anniversary on 2nd October with a Church Service followed by tea in the afternoon and an Anniversary Dance in the evening. Members also travelled to the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire in September to see the various regimental and unit memorials, as well as the new ‘Basra Wall’ and a tree sponsored by the Branch in 2004 . If you are interested in joining the Branch, or would like more details, please contact the Secretary, John Sharpe, on 01635 866653 or john.sharpe1@mypostoffice.co.uk

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Readers may be interested to know that Four teams of serving and exserving individuals from each of Her Majesty's Armed Forces will begin an epic 'March For Honour'. Starting in four separate locations across the UK on 4 November, the teams will dedicate and speed-march a mile for every British military life lost on operations in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001. Wearing military uniform, each team will march an average of around 30 miles a day and a total distance of up to 250 miles, carrying forty pounds of equipment. They will reach Thatcham at 9.30am 10th November and stop briefly at the War Memorial. Ed.

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NEED AN MOT? Cars, Mini Buses, Light Commercial Classes 4, 5L and 7

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FEATURE:

Thatcham Connections’ - Challenge Page

Answers- see page 69

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Why not become a HOST FAMILY for two weeks or more?

Newbury Hall Host Families come in all shapes and sizes! Nearly 50% of our host families are retired couples or single ladies! Being a host family for Newbury Hall is a wonderful way to meet people from other countries and cultures. Our students come from France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Russia and even further afield, eager for the opportunity to learn English and experience our culture. Newbury Hall provides a complete daytime programme of lessons and activities as well as a busy social and excursion programme. For both our students and our families this stay is an enriching and warm memory which in many cases will stay with them for the whole of their lives. For the student this part of their stay becomes the focus of many happy associations surrounding the learning of English. Newbury Hall is a highly professional teaching organisation, and we have a full-time team of support workers to deal with arrivals and departures, and any difficulties that may arise. A typical stay is two weeks, although some students stay for longer, and you can choose the dates you would like to accept students. In return for your commitment we offer good rates of pay, and accounts are settled weekly. For full details please call Suzanne Platt on 07920 808995. Newbury Hall, Enborne Road, Newbury RG14 6AD 01635 36879 Please men on Thatcham Connec ons when responding to adver sements.

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Nightingale’s Swim School

Small, friendly classes for all ages & abilities. Sunday morning lessons at Downe House School, Cold Ash, Thatcham

Spaces Available! Telephone 01264 771043 or email info@nightingales info@nightingales--swim swim--school.co.uk www.nightingales www.nightingales--swim swim--school.co.uk

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Winter gives the children at Jubilee Day Nursery a fantastic opportunity to explore the outdoors in the snow. Children and staff alike have massive snow fights and build snowmen, wrapping them up warm! This leads on to discussing how animals get their food when there is ice and snow on the ground. The children particularly enjoy squishing through muddy puddles while walking to our woods to help feed the farm animals. When the water in the duck pond becomes frozen the children help break the ice so the ducks can drink and swim. On frosty cold mornings, children love to be outdoors crunching in the ice, looking for frozen cob-webs marks, using sticks and making patterns in the frost—and pretending to be puffing dragons. By spending time outdoors in all weathers, the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) is effectively incorporated in the nursery’s everyday practice. Giving the children opportunities in a natural challenging environment develops their sense of curiosity to explore and discover our fantastic meadows and the farm animals around them.

If you would like your child to be part of this amazing learning experience please contact us. Jubilee Day Nursery is open 5 days a week from 7:30 to 18:00 and can provide full time or session care for children aged 3 months to 5 years. Paddock View, Rectory Road, Padworth Common, Berkshire RG7 4JD Tel: 01189 701 600 www.jubileedaynursery.co.uk.

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There is so much to do from biking in the woods, feeding lambs, cooking, circus workshops, henna tattoos, trampolining, games and races or just hanging out with friends.

Jubilee Jets is open every school holiday from 8.00-18.00 for children aged 4 ½ to 11 years

Set in fantastic countryside location

For further information please contact: Jubilee Day Nursery on :

0118 9701 600

www.jubiledaynursery.co.uk Paddock View, Rectory Road, Padworth Common, Berkshire RG7 4JD

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LAWS FLOORS

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REFERENCES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST Laws Floors is a small family firm committed to going that extra mile!

Cook and Butcher 16 High Street Thatcham Berkshire RG19 3JD

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07776 182576 www.jmsofteners.co.uk Service & Repairs of most makes Free site survey without obligation Professional advice given Visit our showroom: Unit 1, The Old Mill, Reading Road, Pangbourne, Berkshire, RG8 7HY

Now taking Christmas Orders for the freshest, most local food in Berkshire. Affordable prices for everyone.

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Tracey

Mobile Hairdressing 07770 823283 I offer quality, personal, affordable hairdressing in the comfort of your own home at a time to suit you. Based on Dunstan Park, I can travel to you in Thatcham and the surrounding villages. Please call if you would like to make an appointment. Tel: 07770 823283 Email: Tracey.blick@tiscali.co.uk Discounts available for double and group adult bookings.

Fingertip Perfection The state of our nails says a lot about us. You might think that beautiful fingertips are out of the question, due to your lifestyle or work commitments, but it is still possible to have attractive nails. • Even if your job involves getting your hands dirty, don’t scrub them. It’s better to clean under the nails with an orange stick and remove dirt with an anti-bacterial and hand-sensitive product. • Eat a healthy diet, which should, ideally, be rich in calcium, vitamin B and potassium. • Make regular use of hand cream and keep some next to every sink you use. Nail polish makes even the shortest nails look attractive, providing you use a muted tone and not a vivid colour to draw attention to the length. However, even if you don’t have a ‘hands on’ job, you might find your nail polish doesn’t last very long. Below are some tips to make it last longer. • Use a base coat for a smoother surface. • Make sure you add polish to the nail tips to reduce the possibility of chipping. • A build up of thin coats is better than one or two thick applications. • Use a clear topcoat to protect the colour. You can, if you wish, reapply topcoat every second day until you repaint your nails. • Allow at least 30-45 minutes drying time after application of the topcoat. Once dry, submerge your nails in cold water for a few minutes. Dry and then apply hand cream.

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Home Computer Troubleshooter Starting from scratch or just needing a few pointers. Digital Photography Email and Internet browsing Virus Removal Want advice on updating? Any Hardware or Software problems Has your computer got a mind of its own I’m here to help

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Christmas made easy with Waitrose Thatcham - win a luxury Christmas Hamper!

WIN LUXU A CHRI RY ST HAM MAS WOR PER TH £1 10

This year Waitrose Thatcham is the place to find your festive favourites. The store is teaming up with Thatcham Connections to give away a Wonder of Christmas hamper, worth £110. Its collection of dedicated food counters boast only the highest quality foods, and there are meat, cheese and fish specialists on hand to offer their expertise and help. There’s also a great choice of gifts and inspirational ideas for all the family, including hampers and treats for the children, plus pampering products and treats for your foodie friends. If you are expecting guests, make this Christmas a little easier on yourself with WaitroseEntertaining, the supermarket’s hassle-free food ordering service for every taste and occasion. You can order everything you need from a Dry Aged Bronze Free Range Turkey to all the traditional trimmings, or classic trimmings like Sprouts with chestnuts. If you’d like something a bit different for your Christmas dinner this year, why not order a Duchy Originals from Waitrose Organic Boneless Rib of Beef or Lamb Guard of Honor with a Parsnip Crust. All the dishes are made with the finest, freshest ingredients and come fully prepared with cooking, heating and serving instructions, making entertaining effortless and leaving you with more time to spend with your guests. Ordering is easy - you can visit Waitrose Thatcham to talk to a Waitrose Entertaining expert, or order online at waitrose.com/entertaining or by calling 0800 169 2701. Whatever way you choose to order, you’ll find our experts are happy to help you plan your event. Just make sure your Christmas order is placed by 15th December and 21st December for your New Years order … then relax - Waitrose will do the rest. Experience a unique food shopping environment this Christmas at Waitrose Thatcham and share in its passion for quality food and excellent service.

How to win a luxury Christmas hamper To enter the competition, simply fill out the form below and send to Thatcham Connections, Stable 5, Gravelly Bridge Farm House, Grazeley, Reading, RG7 1LG FIRST NAmE

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Terms and conditions: 1. Entries must be sent, to Thatcham Connections, Stable 5, Gravelly Bridge Farm House, Grazeley, Reading, RG7 1LG. Entry into the Draw implies acceptance of these conditions. 2. Only one per household. 3. Entrants must be at least 18 years of age and not employees of the John Lewis Partnership, their dependants or their agents or anyone else connected with the promotion. 4. All entries must be received by 13 December 2010. No responsibility will be accepted for any entries that are lost or delayed in the post. 5. The prize of a Wonder of Christmas Hamper will be awarded to the first entry drawn at random on 15 December 2010. 6. The judges’ decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into. 7. All prizes must be accepted as offered, there are no cash alternatives. 8. Winner will be notified by post by 20 December 2010. 9. Winner must be able to collect their prize from Waitrose Thatcham. 10. We will only disclose winners’ details to a governmental body or agency. 11. No purchase necessary.

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FEATURE: on our longings, but can’t actually deliver what we most truly want. So the question remains, what makes Christmas magic for us? Well, we’ll all have our own thoughts but I wouldn’t mind betting that for most of us – including those who are not church-goers – the ‘magic’ or wonder of Christmas is rooted in the actual story itself. Take the story away and we are left with a ‘winter festival’ (or ‘Winterval’ as Wolverhampton Town Council proposed some years ago) and the problem with a secular festival is that it is, by definition, ‘this-worldly’ and therefore unlikely to be truly magical, even if it is big on sparkle.

Christmas Magic and Sparkle In a series of TV advertisements for Marks & Spencer in the run-up to Christmas a few years ago, Denise van Outen, dressed as a festive fairy, and perched on a wrapped present, asked the question, ‘What makes Christmas magic?’ It was part of a hugely successful marketing campaign called ‘magic and sparkle’ which did much to restore the fortunes of the then struggling M&S. Perhaps the campaign was so successful because the marketing people understood something deep about what Christmas means to us. We hanker for the indefinable ‘magic’ of Christmas, those Christmas moments half-remembered, half-imagined, and fleetingly experienced, which transport us from the sheer ordinariness of everyday life to something altogether more magical or ‘otherworldly’. The snag of course with the high street version of ‘magic and sparkle’ is that it is pitched as something that can be bought – we are encouraged to believe that if we buy the perfect Christmas party dress, and cook the finest Christmas food, then lo and behold Christmas will be magical. And however much we know that this is not true, it is hard to remain untouched by this clever kind of marketing which plays 54

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And this story of stories is one that we know very well – we sing of it in our carols, we watch our children enact it in school nativity plays, and as we decorate our tree with an angel or star in pride of place, we silently tell of that first Christmas long, long ago. But it is not just a story we know and recite like any other, it is a story which takes us to the very heart of what it is to live in this often difficult and unjust world and yet to have hope. Because captured in the story of that first Christmas is the mysterious and wonderful truth that God is with us, there is light in the darkness, and the promise of a new beginning… May I wish you a magical, wonder full Christmas. Revd Becky Bevan, Rector of the Aldermaston and Woolhampton Benefice

Thatcham Connection readers will be interested to know that on Thursday November 4th, there will be a service of Installation and Induction for Becky. The service will be conducted by the Bishop of Oxford the Rt Reverend John Pritchard at St. Mary’s Aldermaston. Ed

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YOUR LOCAL HANDYMAN I am a well established handyman and I can turn my hand to many things! I am also an Approved Contractor for the Local Parish Council. Now that Winter is on our doorstep, it is the ideal time to do all those inside jobs which have been left in recent months - and outside to tidy up your garden. Here are some examples of the work I do - but please see my website to see more. INDOOR WORK: flooring - tiling - carpentry - flat pack assembly shelving - decorating and much much more ! OUTDOOR WORK: fencing - patios - repointing - garden maintenance - from domestic one-offs to regular commercial contracts.

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Paupiette of Lemon Sole, Prawn Mousse, Pancetta & Lobster Sauce or

Courgette & Sweetcorn Fritters, spiked with Smoked Garlic, Buttered Girolles & Peas Traditional Christmas Pudding & Brandy Sauce or

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Selection of English Cheeses with Homemade Apple Chutney

At Christmas, The Six Bells takes on a seasonal style all of its own. Superb food excellently served, attractive decorations, sensible prices - little wonder that discerning diners choose the Six Bells to be at the heart of their festive celebrations. Please telephone, email, (info@thesixbells.co.uk) or call by to discuss your Christmas Function.

Mince Pie & Truffles with Coffee or Tea

Christmas Fayre Luncheon Menu also available - £21.95 per person Both menus available from 1st - 23rd December

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RECIPE:

Chocolate Roulade - Ideal for Christmas 200g (7oz) plain chocolate, broken into pieces 150g (5oz) caster sugar 5 large eggs, separated 2 tbsp icing sugar, to dust 284ml carton double cream 2 tbsp coffee liqueur such as Tia Maria White chocolate curls and fresh raspberries to decorate

1. Preheat the oven to 180C, 350F, Gas 4. Lightly grease a 33x23cm (13x9in) swiss roll tin and line with baking parchment. 2. Place the chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water and leave until just melted. Remove from the heat. Meanwhile, place the caster sugar and egg yolks in a large bowl and, using an electric whisk, whisk for 5 mins until the mixture is very thick and pale. Gently fold the melted chocolate into the mixture. 3. In a separate bowl whisk the egg whites until stiff. Beat 2 tbsp of the egg whites into the chocolate mixture to loosen it a little then gently fold in the rest of the egg whites. Pour the mixture into the tin. Bake in the preheated oven for 15-18 mins until risen and just firm to the touch. 4. Sift the icing sugar onto a large sheet of baking parchment. Invert the hot roulade onto the paper and cover with a clean damp tea towel. Leave to cool completely. 5. Carefully peel away the lining paper from roulade. Pour the cream in a bowl and whip until softly peaking then fold in the coffee liqueur. Spread the cream evenly over the roulade. Using the sugared paper as a guide roll up the roulade from one short end, don’t worry if it cracks a little. Decorate with chocolate curls and raspberries. This dessert is a chocaholics delight and is perfect for Christmas entertaining as it can be made and frozen 2-3 weeks before the festivities start. For an extra festive decoration replace the raspberries and white chocolate curls with edible silver dragees and chocolate holly leaves. Serves 8 Ready in approx 1 hour 60

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@ Midgham

Christmas Party Menu

Starters

Leek and Potato Soup Deep Fried Brie with fruits of the forest coulis Fan of Galia Melon with sorbet Deep Fried Breaded Mushrooms with garlic mayonnaise Smoked Salmon Platter served with lemon Coach and Horses Prawn Cocktail with a Marie Rose sauce Wild Mushroom and Chicken Liver Pate with warm toasts

Main Courses

Roast Stuffed Turkey Breast with ham, chipolatas and cranberry sauce Barnsley Lamb Chops glazed with honey and served with redcurrant and mint sauce Grilled Scotch Sirloin Steak with whisky and peppercorn sauce Poached Fillet of Salmon with a tarragon and butter sauce Grilled Breast of Chicken in a mushroom and brandy cream sauce Vegetables and Goats Cheese Wellington with a tomato and Provencal sauce Pan Fried Fillet of Cod with garlic mushrooms and prawns

Desserts

Christmas Pudding with brandy custard Fresh Fruit Salad with vanilla ice cream Steamed Treacle Sponge with warm custard Banoffee Roulade with vanilla ice cream Homemade Sherry Trifle Selection of Cheese and Biscuits Filter Coffee and Mint

3 courses £26-50 or 2 courses £23-50

10% service charge will be added to the final bill.

BOOKINGS NOW BEING TAKEN FOR CHRISTMAS DAY, BOXING DAY AND NEW YEAR! Coach and Horses, Bath Road, Midgham, Berkshire, RG7 5UX

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MARTIN NEWMAN THE MATURE HANDYMAN Martin is a mature 50 plus tradesman with many years of experience in the building and flooring trades. H e c o v e r s T h a t c h a m , Newbury and surrounding areas. He aims to provide a reliable and professional property maintenance service for people of all ages. He offers a ‘pay as you go’ service based on very reasonable half hourly rates or fixed price quotes for jobs of 8 hours or more duration.

For all the jobs you can’t do yourself! PLUMBING from a new tap washer to a new bathroom suite. CARPENTRY curtain rails, hanging doors, flat pack furniture assembly. FLOORING From a cloakroom to an entire house, we have a large selection of carpets, vinyls or wood laminate flooring which can be supplied and fitted expertly. PAINTING Internal and external painting and decorating.

For more details or to book a home visit please call Martin on 01635 741377or 07970 897317 e:martinnewman1956@btinternet.com www.thematurehandyman.com

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Seasoned logs cut and split to your fire size. Full and half loads available kindling can also be supplied.

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Bernies Hair & Beauty Barn

Kennet Holme Farm Buildings, Bath Road, Midgham RG7 5UX Telephone: 01189 713 562

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With 8 years beauty experience, Kim delivers a high quality service in all of her treatments. This is supported by extensive product knowledge including Dermalogica, Bio sculpture, Jessica manicures and pedicures, Fake bake tanning, Crystal clear microdermabrasion and Hot stone massage. Free File and polish when you book a Fullbody Spray tan.

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Acupuncture can relieve specific symptoms or just maintain health and wellbeing. Conditions treated include pain and injuries, infertility, menstrual and menopausal problems, insomnia, digestive disorders, ME, depression, tobacco and drug addiction, and much more. To find out how acupuncture can help you, call Joanna on 07534 972664 or email: info@joannaphillipsacupuncture.co.uk

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Relax to Revive (please see opposite page) “Choosing the natural path to health” with naturopathy, nutritional therapy, reflexology and yoga. These can improve well-being or aid current health issues; including digestive issues, arthritis, insomnia, ME/Fibromyalgia and many more. Visit www.relaxtorevive.co.uk for further information. Call Janie on 01189 834470 and receive 20% off your first appointment. Please men on Thatcham Connec ons when responding to adver sements.

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Emergency Community Responders Police/Emergency Thames Valley Police British Gas Emergency Thames Water Emergency Southern Electric Emergency Royal Berks Ambulance NHS Royal Berks Fire & Rescue

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Post Offices Cold Ash (last posting 4.20pm) Hermitage (last posting 4.30pm) Tesco, Northfield Road The Co-op, 54 The Broadway Woolhampton (Last posting 4.45pm) Yattendon (last posting 4.00pm)

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Schools Brockhurst & Marlston Downe House School Elstree School Francis Baily Kennet Parsons Down Infant & Nursery Parsons Down Junior Spurcroft Primary St Finians Cold Ash St Marks Cold Ash Thatcham Park C of E Trinity Whitelands Park Primary Yattendon Primary School Chemists Boots, Thatcham Medical Practice Lloyds Pharmacy, Burdwood Ctre Lloyds Pharmacy, Crown Mead Lloyds Pharmacy, Kingsland Ctre

Supermarkets Tesco, Northfield Rd The Co-op (24 hrs) at Texaco Garage The Co-op Broadway The Co-op Burdwood Centre The Co-op Dunston Park Waitrose, The Broadway Yattendon Stores

Hospitals West Berkshire Community Hosp Minor Injuries Only Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading

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INDEX Accommodation to let Upper Lodge Farm 41 Amateur Theatrical Society KATS 6 Architects Solway Brown 7 Balloon and Cards Emotions 59 Barns The Barn Partnership 19 Blinds Reynolds Blinds Smart Blinds 51 Boarding Kennels Foxhold 24 Boiler (oil) maintenance Redlands Property Services 63 Builders Bucklebury Construction 14 Falkland Builders 50 A Thompson 33 Butcher Cook & Butcher 49 Car Maintenance Halfway Garage 43 Revive 59 Carpenter/Joiner Ivan Ivanov 42 Roger Fisher 34 Carpet Supplier & Fitter Laws Floors 49 Cats Protection Newbury Cats Protections 34 Charity The Newbury & Dist Cancer 57 Care Trust Children - Including Babies Buggyfit 34 GR Swimming School 48 Jubilee Jets Holiday Club 48 Jubilee Day Nursery 47 Monkey Music 46 Nightingale’s 46 Swim School OISE 45 Read Dance 48 Tatty Bumpkin 46 Chimney Sweep PC Dollin 34 Cleaning My Home 12 Computers DevZen 32 Sarah Sladen 52 Counselling/Coach Bruce Bamber 30/35

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Curtains & Soft Furnishings Indigo Designs 32 Dancing School One Step Ahead 32 Decorator Adam Slark 34 Lady Painter & Decorator 11 PC Decorating 32 Tony Fegan 52 Dentist Dr Jeeves 3 Dog Grooming Services Helen’s Hairy Hounds 34 Drainage Services Drain & Able 57 Electrician RJS Electrical 5 MP Electrics Farm Park Bucklebury Farm Park 14 Fitness Classes Sportbilly 50 Florist Buttercups & Daisies Food Retailer Waitrose 53 Football Club Cold Ash Football Club 50 Funeral Directors Turner Brothers 69 Garden Centre Hilliers Garden Centre 31 Gardening Services AJC Services 20 Buckingham Landscape 34 Garden Thyme 22 Green Thumb 21 JPH Forestry 24 Mowers UK 19 Newbury Garden Buildings 38 Salcey Aborcare 33 Gas Specialists LPC Limited 71 Gifts - Photos on Pix2Gifts 59 Golf Club Newbury & Crookham 15 Guttering Services CD Guttering 65 Graphics Dunston Graphics 41 Handyman Peter Kirkham 55 Martin Newman 64 Hair & Beauty Angie’s Nails & Beauty 51 Bernies 67 Tracey Mobile 11

Health & Fitness Club Bradfield College 7 Health Therapist Relax to Revive 66 Theresa Wright 10/25 Kitchen Refurbisher Re-nu 43 Locksmith Cap Security 63 Logs David Pope 65 Memorials Memorials in Stone 35 Motability The Mobility Partnership 39 Organic Foods Pang Valley Organics 61 Oven Cleaning Ovenclean 49 Pet Carer Pet Angels 2 Pet Food Retailer Spire Ridge 29 Picture Framer Inner Piece 9 Plumber GJH Plumbing 43 Thatcham & Newbury Maintenance Services 57 Paul Worsley 11 Printer Big Print 9 Restaurants The Coach & Horses 62 The Pot Kiln at Frilsham 9 The Six Bells 58 The Swan 56 Sand & Gravel Rivar 24 Solicitor CLM Law 8 Gardner Leader 16/72 Tax Advice Tax Assist 24 TWD 33 Vet O’Gorman Slater Main 25 Vibration Training Studio Slinx 36/37 Water Softener Basingstoke Water Softeners 15 JM Softeners 49 Website Dunston Grahics 41 Window Cleaner Simon’s Windows 11

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