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Issue 33 November / December / January 2012

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


Dr Jeeves celebrates his 5th year at Newbury MarketPlace Dental Lounge Before and after pictures showing how a dental implant can transform a person’s appearance.

Having travelled extensively in the year 2011, Dr Jeeves has kept updated on exciting new technologies. This could be exactly the news many patents who need dental implants have been waiting for. Introduction of the use of Human Growth Factors (HGF) in some of his treatment regimes is giving predictable results. The versatile technology HGF is used to enhance and accelerate natural healing of soft and hard tissue. The technology is used to increase the bone quality and the mass surrounding dental implants.

Mrs Sarah-Jane Beattie was recently trained for HGF extraction procedure.

Whilst this specific treatment HGF has been used in Finland and U.S.A. in dental procedures for nearly a decade, Dr Jeeves is delighted to now be able to offer it to his patients in the Newbury MarketPlace Dental Lounge.


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’.

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.

Apart from routine dental care and hygiene, the following are also included: cosmetic dentistry, implantology, orthodontics, prosthodontics (dentures), root canal therapy, oral surgery, treatment Full registration in Finland & England.Member InternationalTeam for Implantology (ITI). of advanced gum infections, guided tissue regeneration, bone grafting, teeth whitening and non surgical wrinkle softening with Botulinum toxin-A.

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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 issue 33. A very, very, warm welcome to everyone. Yes, this issue covers Christmas! I hope you will find several things in the following pages which will make your present buying easier. Don’t forget that a hairdressing visit or a reflexology session, as well of course as the other skin and facial ‘opportunities of enhancement,’ would be perfect gifts for many people. I am constantly trying to think of ways we can improve this publication. Do please let me know what you think about it - what you like - what you don’t like - and what you would like to see more of - or something totally new. Please email me: ursula@thatchamconnections.co.uk. I would be most grateful. Quite often an advertiser will say to me that he is doing very well but not totally sure how many leads came from the magazine, so please can I remind you to tell any advertiser who you may call that you saw his or her advertisement in Thatcham Connections. In this way you will help ensure the success and future of our magazine. Thank you. My special thanks go to Artesano for letting us use their knitting pattern (page 56). I think there could be quite a few beginners out there, like myself, who will now be encouraged to pick up a needle (or two) and give it a go. All best wishes for a peaceful Festive Season. I do hope you can enjoy time with family and friends and be able to have a good break from the usual routine of daily life - at least for a few days.

Contents Sudoku

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Glamour Feature

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Quiz - Musicals

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Wordsearch

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Childrens’ Challenge

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Warm up for Winter

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Book Review

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Recipe

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Fuel Efficiency

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Neighbourhood Watch

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Last Minute Gadgets

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Fuel Efficiency Tips

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Codeword

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Answers

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Gardening Page

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Handy Numbers

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The front cover photograph Has kindly been supplied by Maria Dobson, a member of the Thatcham Photographic Club www.thatchamphotoclub.com

D ISCL AIMER Whilst every care has been taken to ensure that data in this publication is accurate, neither the

publisher nor it’s editorial

contributors can accept any liability to any party for loss or damage caused by errors or omissions resulting from negligence, accident or any other case. Thatcham

P.S A little update: starting at the head of the household, DH (darling husband) has enjoyed playing a ‘bit’ of golf recently - sometimes I think it is a bit more than a ’bit’ but the great thing is he enjoys it and comes back refreshed! DD is settling into a new job teaching in London and missing her year 6’s at Goring. DS is so busy in London that we do not see him so much - having said that, he popped in today, unexpectedly, for lunch which was a treat. I am very much looking forward to having the whole family home for Christmas.

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Gardner Leader A welcome alternative Solicitors who are members of Resolution can often help with such situations. Resolution members subscribe to a code of conduct which encourages and promotes negotiation and mediation as a first step.

Jo Ted, Family Practitioner at Gardner Leader discusses the welcome alternatives to court proceedings during a divorce. The breakdown of a relationship is not something that anyone would wish for and is often the last resort after long drawn out experiences. Bitter feelings and often shattered communications can lead to a very sour ending to relationships. Clients often consider using solicitors as a last resort; in an ideal world, disputes ought to be resolved amicably between parties, but sadly this is not often the case. Developing clear boundaries and a set out structure can often make the harsh reality of a divorce a little easier. Nobody enjoys fighting it out in courts, which can often be a very upsetting, unnerving process and also an expensive process.

Encouragingly for families from April this year, all disputes relating to family breakdowns, excluding domestic violence issues, are referred to mediation before any court application can be issued. Mediation is designed to assist clients to reach decisions regarding their disputes in a non contentious way. A little like a referee, mediation allows each party to air their grievances in a controlled and safe environment and to try to reach a settlement that suits both parties; often this can result in an amicable divorce without the need for contested court proceedings. The Court is then only used to record agreements reached. Another process to resolve family dispute resolution is the use of Collaborative law. This process is similar to Mediation except that each party has their own Solicitor to advise and support them and the parties and their legal representatives attend round table meetings together. If clients are truly honest with themselves, nobody would enjoy “fighting it out in court� and the other options available can reduce stress and pressure and hopefully resolve issues amicably which is especially important if children are involved. Gardner Leader has specialists in both Mediation and Collaborative Law and would be happy to give you advice on any of the above. If you would like to discuss this with any of our experienced team please contact Gardner Leader on 01635 508080.

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EASY

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Theresa Wright returns to her Arts’ routes and launches Blue Heart Ceramics

Blue Heart Ceramics

Please go and have a look - I welcome all comments and I hope you like it!

You can see a few of my pieces at: Greys’ Cheese Shop in Pangbourne L Interiors in Chapel Row Kitchen Designs Limited in the Broadway in Thatcham. I have decided to hang up my professional trainers at Christmas. This means that I shall no longer be practising as a Sports’ Massage Practitioner and Personal Trainer here in Woolhampton. I shall of course, continue to keep up my own fitness. By the time you read this article I will have cycled and walked the Kennet and Avon canal as well as started learning to row. Sports’ Massage is physically demanding and I feel that my body has behaved beautifully to date but I don’t want to push it now that I have reached that milestone birthday. Let’s just say that the trains have suddenly become a little cheaper to travel on. Being me though, this also doesn’t mean that I haven’t got a new venture up my sleeve. I am returning to my arts’ routes. Over the last year I have been hand painting ceramics and am now going to be doing this full time. I’ve had such fun with this, so it’s a now or never scenario! I hand paint serving dishes, jugs and bowls and have a limited selection of fun plates and mugs for children. I am also offering some large Christmas serving dishes as well as some hand painted Christmas baubles. The website is up and running: www.blueheartceramics.com

I shall also be at the following Christmas Fairs: Elstree School: Friday 21st October - morning Brockhurst & Marlston: Monday 14th November - evening Pangbourne College: Saturday 3rd December - morning Glenvale Nurseries: Sunday 4th December – morning

I want to thank everyone who has read, enjoyed and often commented on, my regular health articles and hope very much to see you at one of the above fairs. Theresa Wright Blue Heart Ceramics www.blueheartceramics.com email: info@blueheartceramics.com Please see page 38


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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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Relax to Revive “Choosing the natural path to health”

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A relaxing treatment that encourages energy flow and improves circulation. Regular treatments may aid specific health concerns.

Yoga

1-to-1 yoga sessions to aid individual postural issues or develop a regular practice to incorporate poses flowing with the breath, relaxation and breathing practices. Appointments available at Bernies Hair & Beauty Barn, Midgham, nr Thatcham & above Curves Gym, Kings Rd West, Newbury.

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“Janie Perry at Bernies & Curves” Contact Janie to book an appointment and for further information. Janie Perry, Naturopath

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FEATURE: ‘Tis the season to be glamorous - by Helen Taylor

Fashion Feature I

It’s that time of year again. The annual office get-together and accepting more invites to nights out with the girls than you could ever possibly attend. Christmas is great, but all that socialising can become stressful and a packed diary means less time to prepare for those all important dates. So, what you really need is an easy, effective and well-planned beauty routine that’s going to save you hours getting ready, guarantee you’ll look gorgeous and ensure that you’re the centre of attention - for all the right reasons. Being transformed from dingy to dazzling doesn’t have to take long, but preparation is certainly essential. Book hair appointments well in advance; it’s the busiest time of year for stylists and a marvelous mane is a must-have accessory. As great as it is to try out a new look, be cautious around the holiday season - hair disasters are sure to kill party spirit! Instead stick to a look that you know suits you and that’s easy to manage leave the re-styles until the new year. Cold winter days, centrally heated rooms and the usual bouts of seasonal flu can play havoc with your skin, leaving it dull, dry and lifeless. So it’s a good time to take notice of your skin type and invest in a routine that will leave it glowing. Dry, sensitive types suffer more in the winter and need to be regularly 16

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moisturised. Apply a day cream in the morning and a ‘heavier’ night cream in the evening to keep moisture levels topped up. Oily skin shouldn’t be neglected. It too needs moisturising - a ‘light’ product works best, and should be used twice daily. Combination skin must be managed using a specially formulated range, in order to balance the dry and oily sections of the face. Don’t forget the delicate eye area too - use an eye cream daily to avoid wrinkles. With hair styled and skin prepped, its time to find your perfect party make-up look. It’s a good idea to take advantage of the free makeovers offered by most of the top beauty brands at your local department store. Having a specialist consultant offer their expertise when it comes to the way you apply your make-up can result in a great new look for you. After all, it’s so easy to become stuck in a make-up rut. And you get to try out the products before you buy. Take notice of professional application tips and invest in the right tools - quality makeup brushes leave a great finish.

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Establishing what you want from your cosmetics means that you can find the right ones for you. Long lasting foundations, lengthening mascaras and vibrant lipsticks work wonders for evening, and will help keep you looking great into the small hours. And finally, get your nails looking as polished as you are. Repair breakage and reinforce damage to the nail surface with a strengthening treatment. File and shape before applying lashings of colour. Or, for a really fashion-forward look, try the latest trend - nail wraps. They’re cute, creative, fun and perfect for a party. With everything now in place to make you look fabulous, all that’s left to do is enjoy every minute of the best time of year and make this Christmas one to remember.

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TREAT YOUR FEET Podiatry/Chiropody Thatcham on Thursdays Chapel Row Surgery on Fridays

Professional treatments for a variety of foot problems including: Corns/hard skin Ingrown toenails Diabetic feet Flat feet Thickened toenails Cracked heels Emma Barrow, Podiatrist BSc (hons) MChS HPC registered (no home visits) For more info pick up a leaflet at Chapel Row Surgery or check website www.crsurgery.co.uk (Allied practitioner)

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Mobile Hairdressing 07770 823283 I offer quality, personal, affordable hairdressing in the comfort of your own home at a time to suit you. 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: traceyblick@virginmedia.com Discounts available for double and group adult bookings.

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Karen Tyler-Trillo

After a lifetime of loving, caring for and owning pets and with a farming background, Karen has turned her attention to the welfare of animals in a professional capacity. Karen will visit your pet and look after him/her with much loving care. Whatever your pet may be, Pet Angels UK are here to offer a variety of fully insured services. Not only is your life made easier - and you have peace of mind when you are out or away - but also this ensures no stress for your animal. These services include: Dog Walking, Pet Feeding, Pet/House sitting, Basic pet grooming in your home. Also, Pet Taxi and Dog Midwifery.

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 Angels 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. Karen is also an accredited microchipper

Your local friendly Pet Service Tel: 01635 881 891 or 07876 785312

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FEAURE: Thatcham Connections’ - Challenge Page

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Climbing Trees in Roughwood… Can you remember the last time you climbed a tree? I still have fond memories of the fun my sister and I had, as children, climbing the trees in our garden. We used to build forts – from planks our Dad had carefully put aside for a project he was planning. We would pretend the tree was our space rocket, have tea parties with the fairies (who lived in the tree) and although we gained a few bumps, bruises and scrapes along the way, we were happy and free to discover a different perspective of the world. I often wonder how many of our children will grow up without every having climbed a tree? Children naturally love to climb. At Jubilee Day Nursery children not only have opportunities to practice their climbing skills on low branches of trees, they are encouraged scramble over logs, climb over the farm gates, negotiate their own way around the obstacle course, climb on the swing by

the stream or clamber up the bank. All these activities help children gain confidence in their own abilities. By providing an environment which

encourages and supports children in taking safe risks, learn the consequences of their actions and discovering new adventures, helps children gain an understanding of their own skills and abilities. The joy they experience when they succeed with a challenge and proudly announce ‘I can do it’ is just delightful. Just as you probably value your special childhood memories – at Jubilee Day Nursery we believe outdoor play experiences to be invaluable to a child’s development. These experiences will probably form solid childhood memories for them too. With access to over 40 acres of beautiful West Berkshire countryside, Jubilee Day Nursery has a wealth of stunning outdoor


facilities which enrich the children’s learning experiences all year round. Spring is all about discovering new life, bluebells in Roughwood, the ducklings & chicks hatching and the excitement at the new arrival of lambs, kids (the goat kind) and calves. Summer means splashing in the stream, building dens, climbing trees and playing in the sunshine. When autumn comes around, the children look forward to picking blackberries on their trips to Roughwood, finding spider webs sparkling with dew, hunting for ladybirds and kicking the leaves as they begin to fall. Winter is helping to feed the animals, using a stick to draw patterns in the frost, crunching the ice in the puddles and if we are really lucky making snow angels, building snowmen and igloos. Through careful planning, guidance and encouragement from our experienced practitioners our children spend quality time, every day, playing outside. Here they have the privilege of space and the freedom to run freely in the paddocks,

exploring the natural world around them. These rich and varied experiences help children gain confidence, self esteem and independence. They learn team work, how to negotiate and solve a problem on their own. All these skills help to prepare children for their transition into school and for their life.

Jubilee Day Nursery is extremely proud of the facilities and quality of care which it is able to provide. If you would like your child to be a part of this amazing learning adventure or need more information, then please do not hesitate in contacting our Nursery Manager, Lesley Thompson on 01189701600 or visit our website: www.jubileedaynursery.co.uk Jubilee Day Nursery Paddock View Rectory Road Padworth Common Reading RG7 4JD


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FEATURE:

Warm up for winter

When long nights and frosty mornings make it feel as if winter is never going to end, it’s time to cosy up with a blazing fire, warm radiators or a welcoming stove. Katherine Sorrell’s ideas for overhauling your heating will help you make it through till next summer… There’s no doubt that we’re all going to be thinking carefully about how we heat our homes this coming winter – and sensible measures such as good insulation, draught excluders and thermostats will help keep both costs and CO2 emissions down. But no matter how many extra jumpers we put on, there’s bound to come a time when we can’t do without some form of home heating. And since we’ve got to pay for it, we might as well make sure that it’s as efficient and attractive as possible. First: the traditional fireplace. Many of us have one and it’s usually a focal point of a living room – despite the fact that open fires are shockingly poor heat producers, operating at around just 15-20% energy efficiency. If your fireplace as a whole is unappealing (whether or not you want to use the fire as a form of heating), you can usually update it relatively easily just by changing the surround, hearth and/or mantelpiece: altering the colours, materials and proportions really does make a world of difference. If you haven’t got a chimney, though, the good news is that you can still have a fire. Balanced flue gas fires require a gas supply and an outside wall on which to mount the fire, while powerflue (or fan flue) gas fires have the same requirements, and also need mains electricity. No outside wall? No problem. Electric fires can be used regardless of chimneys, flues and outside walls, and can look surprisingly attractive compared to the ghastly models of old. And some gas fires use a catalytic converter to turn combustion gases into harmless 32

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carbon dioxide, so no flue is required. Because no energy is lost through the flue, they are also 100% heat-efficient. The big news in heating at the moment, however, is the wood-burning stove. In looks alone, they’re huge attentiongrabbers: traditional styles have timeless appeal, while hole-in-the-wall or centrepiece versions fit wonderfully into a modern setting. And by burning wood from sustainable, local sources you’re not increasing your carbon emissions (for more information, go to www.nef.org.uk/logpile). Last, but not least, if you’ve got central heating, don’t forget your radiators. Are they giving off enough heat for the room? You can help prevent heat loss – especially on an outside wall – by fitting tin foil (or special radiator reflectors) behind them to reflect the heat back in. But if they’re simply not effective enough then consider replacing them with a more powerful version, perhaps in a dramatic modern style or in a classic column shape. They’re not cheap, but they are both practical and good-looking, and will last you many long winters yet to come.

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Dress your home for winter with layers of cosiness • Throw down a deep pile rug to add extra softness and a sense of warmth underfoot.

• Swap sheer, pale,

lightweight curtains or blinds for something heavier – wool, tweed, velvet, even felt, denim or mohair.

• On sofas and

armchairs, pile up cushions for a sense of cosy luxury and add a throw or two folded over the back: great for snuggling under. You could use a

length of tweed edged with velvet ribbon, chunky knitting or crochet, fake fur or soft fleece.

• Replace pale bed

linen with sheets or a duvet cover in a deeper shade. Add quilts, eiderdowns, bedcovers, throws and blankets.

• Feature walls may

no longer be cutting edge, but they’re still good looking: paint one wall of a living room or bedroom in warm, boldly coloured emulsion – it’s easy enough to paint over again if you get bored with it. By Katherine Sorrell

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Fatsia Japonica – Japanese Aralia Often incorrectly called the Castor Oil Plant, this architectural evergreen with huge, glossy leaves looks like it should be a houseplant. However, it’s perfect for growing in deep shade on heavy clay soils and there aren’t many plants that survive those criteria. It needs to be in a sheltered spot and is fully hardy in most of Britain. There is also a variegated form with creamy edges to the leaves but this is not suitable for outdoors and should be kept inside. Fatsia grows between 3m to 6m tall with an impressive spread. Happy, mature plants produce spheres of tiny, creamy white flowers and if you’re very lucky, these will be followed by dark purple seed heads. Keep well watered and fed throughout the summer. As with all evergreens the old leaves do have to fall at some point. On the Fatsia this can look alarming as the leaves droop and turn yellow. This happens towards the base of the main stem. New leaves will be produced though, and you can encourage bushier growth by pinching out the growing tips. Fatsia japonica is the perfect choice of plant to give a sunless corner a dramatic, lush, tropical look.

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FEATURE:

Stocking-Up on Stories

This Christmas

You can take it as given that there won’t be anything good on television again this holiday. Why not endeavour to beat the box this yuletide, armed with a book. We have the pick of the Christmas releases that are guaranteed to have the whole family engrossed, bringing peace on earth and a silent night of reading.

For Him May I Have Your Attention Please? James Corden There’s no getting around it. Men like big, hardback, biographical tombs and what better than to buy the man in your life the highlyanticipated autobiography of funny-man James Corden. As a selfproclaimed attentionseeker, Corden’s life story (all 32 years of it, so far) will have you laughing and crying in equal measures. Talking openly about repeated knock-backs in his early career, Corden charts his life from his first role as family entertainer, right through to his national fame and winning a place in our hearts as ‘Smithy’ in the acclaimed TV series Gavin and Stacey. This is a very, VERY funny book about triumph and determination. A must-have this Christmas.

For Her Wrapped Up in You. Carole Matthews Down-withlove Janie Johnson is 30 and in need of kick-starting her life. She astounds her friends by deciding

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to leave the Christmas snow behind and heading off in search of the beating African sun and the vast landscape of the Massai Mara. Will Janie be able to escape her past and find love on a higher plain? This tale of starting over will have you rooting for the down to earth heroine. Snuggle up in front of the fire for this heartwarming story.

For Them Immortal Beloved. Cate Tiernan For teenage girls mourning the end of the Twilight saga, comes ‘Immortal Beloved’, the first book in a new trilogy by acclaimed author for young adults, Cate Tiernan. This classically dark romance centres round Nastasya who’s forced to keep living her life over and over through her inherited immortality. Nothing ever changes when you’re doomed to live forever. An intense and thoughtprovoking book about friendship, love and loss.

Diary of A Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever. Jeff Kinney Greg’s back for the sixth instalment of this hilarious series. When the Heffley family are snowed in for the holidays, cabin fever inevitably sets in. What happens when you’re forced to spend time with your relatives? A definite must-read for any family this Christmas, this may even make your tribe seem normal.

For snuggling by the fireside The Night Before Christmas. Clement Clarke Moore ‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.’ Why not rediscover the classic Christmas poem; the perfect antidote to Christmas commercialism. It’s one of the most parodied poems of all time but the original still brings a tear to the eye. The Night Before Christmas is an ideal accompaniment to mince pies and warm milk ahead of the last sleep before the big day itself.

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The Guinness Book of World Records 2012 Back for another year, this popular series will have you fighting over who reads it first. Filled with amazing records and human feats, bizarre animals and scientific absurdities, you’ll find the boring bit between Christmas and New Year seems to fly by.

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RECIPE:

This classic cake, named after the Sacher hotel in Vienna, has a wonderfully rich chocolate flavour and is delicious served with a spoonful of whipped cream or crème fraiche and a small cup of black coffee.

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Sachertorte 150g unsalted butter, softened 150g caster sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract 6 large eggs, separated 150g plain chocolate, melted 75g ground almonds 50g plain flour, sifted

FILLING AND ICING 140g plain chocolate 5 tbsp strong black coffee 150g icing sugar, sifted 6tbsp apricot jam, warmed and sieved 50g milk chocolate, melted Preheat the oven to 180C, 350F, Gas 4. Grease and base line a 23cm (9in) spring-form tin with greaseproof paper. Place the butter, sugar and vanilla extract in a large bowl and beat together until pale and fluffy. Gradually beat in the egg yolks then stir in the melted chocolate. Fold in the ground almonds and plain flour. Whisk the egg whites until stiff. Beat about one third of the whites into the chocolate mixture then gently fold in the rest with a metal spoon. Pour into the prepared tin. Bake for 40-45 minutes until firm to the touch. Cool for 10 minutes then turn the cake out onto a cooling rack and leave to cool completely. To make the filling and icing, place the chocolate and coffee in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water and leave until melted. Stir until smooth then gradually beat in the icing sugar to make a smooth thick icing. Halve the cake horizontally and sandwich back together with some of the apricot jam. Spread the rest of the jam over the top and side of the cake. Spread the icing all over the cake, smoothing it gently down the sides with a palette knife. Leave in a cool place for 2 hrs. Spoon the milk chocolate into a small paper piping bag and pipe ‘Sacher’ on top of the cake. Leave until set. 46

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A Neighbourhood Watch Meeting "A Neighbourhood Watch Meeting is being held on Thursday 17 November 2011 at 7.30 pm in West Berkshire Council Offices, Market Street, Newbury. We shall be having a talk by Brian Sylvester, our Newbury Town Crier titled: “For Crying Out Loud!” Representatives of the Neighbourhood Policing Team and the Fire Service will be attending and both will be available to answer any questions. Anyone is welcome to attend this meeting." Angela Money, Chair of Newbury and Thatcham Neighbourhood Watch

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FEATURE:

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Buying presents for gadget fans can be tricky, because in many cases they already have what they need. That doesn’t mean you’re stuck with USB lava lamps and iPod socks, though: there are lots of great gifts to choose from - and your present won’t end up stuck in a desk drawer somewhere.

Last minute gadget gifts If you’re buying for an iPod, iPad or iPhone owner - or owners of other smartphones or tablets accessories make particularly good presents. Firms such as Proporta and Griffin make very high quality cases to keep precious gadgets safe. You can also buy cases for devices such as Amazon’s Kindle - although the best such case is Amazon’s own, rather pricey, Kindle leather cover with built-in reading light. If you can’t or don’t want to spend £50 on a Kindle case, you’ll be pleased to discover that there are lots of perfectly good alternatives for considerably less cash on Amazon.co.uk. We particularly like Diabloskinz’ Kindle “skins”, which cover the Kindle’s dull plastic with something considerably more colourful. There’s a great selection of useful accessories for iPod and iPhone owners too, many of which are compatible with other music players and smartphones: for example, Belkin’s Tunecast 2 plugs into a headphone socket and transmits sound over FM radio frequencies, which is handy for in-car listening or broadcasting to multiple radios in the house. For fitness fans Gear4 and Adidas make

armbands for iPhones and iPods, and for audiophiles there’s a dizzying range of headphones and speaker docks. If you’re buying for a frequent flyer, look out for noise-cancelling headphones: they’re superb for air travel. There are lots of gift ideas for photography fans too. The superb GorillaPod range of portable tripods are guaranteed to make snappers happy, while serious photographers might be chuffed to receive a Hama Lens Cleaning Pen or an infrared remote control for their particular model. Alternatively, Photojojo.com has a great range of coffee mugs that look identical to iconic camera lenses, and there are plenty of UK stockists including Amazon.co.uk offering delivery in plenty of time for Christmas. Other great gifts for tech fans include the precision of Logitech’s G500 Gaming Mouse (£60) or a portable, wire-free mouse (around £30). Console owners needn’t be left out, either: an official wireless headset for Sony’s PlayStation 3 is around £23. If you’re looking for

something more off the wall, how about a flying shark? Iwantoneofthose.com has Air Swimmers, which are remote controlled balloons shaped like sharks, clownfish and so on. Air Swimmers have been a YouTube sensation, racking up more than 3 million hits from amused gadget fans. If you’re feeling flush, you could also invest in a pair of Tramp-it Jumping Shoes (from £89) for some truly eye-popping outdoor fun. You don’t need to spend a fortune to find a decent gadgety gift, however. You can pick up - no pun intended - a set of Star Wars Chop Sabers, chopsticks designed to look like lightsabers, for around £11, while the awardwinning FroliCat BOLT promises to drive your cat crazy with a high-tech, laser-powered take on a ball of wool for around £19. The completely ridiculous Condiment Gun is a £16 pistol for spraying mustard or ketchup on your lunch, while the slightly more grown-up Tovolo TeaGo is a £12 press that promises perfect tea from your favourite tea leaves.

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Design Tips Prepare for winter and update your central heating while the weather is warm. Most homes have central heating now, but you may not realise that boilers only last for between 10 and 15 years. So if you haven’t replaced your boiler during this time, it’s worth doing. You will have a more effectual system, your energy saving will improve and your heating bills will be reduced. Don’t underestimate the upheaval and expense of completely renovating your entire central heating system though. Replacing your boiler should only take a couple of days, but installing a whole set of new radiators as well can take a long time. Modern gas central heating is highly efficient and provides instant warmth without inflicting smelly, dry air like storage heaters and gas fires. And some of the radiators available now are almost sculptural in appearance. Y o umust umust consult a professional company to do this work. By law, all gas boilers must be fitted by Gas Safe registered installers. Find your nearest installer here http://www.gassaferegister.co.uk/. Boilers should also be serviced regularly to ensure they are working effectively and safely. Get this work done now and your home will be toasty and cosy this winter.! 54

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Welly Toppers One size:

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Materials: Yarn A - 2 x 100g Superchunky (Black SFN50) Yarn B – 1 x 100g Superchunky (Frappe SFN42) 10mm needles Tapestry needle Abbreviations: K – knit Yo – yarn over needle Sl 1 – slip stitch K2tog – knit two stitches together Psso – pass slipped stitch over To make : Using 10mm needles, cast on 31 sts in Yarn A (Black) ** 1) K2tog, * K3, yo, K1, yo, K3, sl1, K2tog, psso, repeat from * to last 9 sts, K3, yo, K1, yo, K3, K2tog 2)K1, P to last st, K1 Repeat Row 1 and 2 , once more Change to Yarn B (Grey) Work Row 1 and 2 once ** Repeat from ** to ** twice more Change to Yarn A (Black) Work Row 1 and 2 once. Cast off loosely Sew side seam, matching stripes 56

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FEATURE:

Top 10 Tips for Improving Fuel Efficiency We’ve all watched helplessly as the cost of fuel has rocketed over the last few years. Does anyone remember when it cost less than £1 per litre? Believe it or not, according to the AA, it was only a little more than two years ago in May 2009. Whilst we can’t do anything to beat the increases, there are ways we can minimise its impact. Here are our top 10 tips for improving fuel efficiency. 1.

Check the internet. Sites like www.petrolprices.com are invaluable as they’ll not only tell you where to find the cheapest petrol near your postcode, they’ll also tell you the highest, lowest and average prices in your area.

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Drive more efficiently. The experts tell us that it’s possible to cut 60% off your fuel bills just by driving more carefully. Don’t ‘warm up’ the engine, accelerate gradually (try to stay under 3000 revs), avoid sharp braking, drive in the correct gear and at your car’s optimum speed. Stay aware of your positioning and the road conditions ahead to avoid sudden movement.

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Don’t fill your tank. Remember that fuel weighs a lot so find a balance between not having to go to the petrol station that often but not carrying a full tank either, rather aiming for between one half and three quarters.

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Streamline your car. Again, weight is a huge factor in fuel efficiency. Don’t keep a buggy, golf clubs or other unnecessary items in the car. Take off roof racks which add wind resistance and force your engine to work harder.

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Keep a regular eye on your tyre pressure. Check your car’s manual to find out what the levels should be and ensure they don’t dip

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lower than this. This will mean your car needs less oomph to keep it moving. 6.

Turn off the air conditioning. Many cars have air conditioning on by default and it does use an incredible amount of fuel so make sure it’s turned off unless you really need it. Similarly, use your demisters and heated windscreens sparingly. However if it’s really hot do use your air conditioning because driving with open windows causes drag and is even less cost effective.

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Avoid super fuels. Unless you have a highly tuned performance car, the difference isn’t noticeable enough to warrant the extra cost.

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Choose where you fill up. Again, check out www.petrolprices.com and plan ahead. Fill up at a supermarket station when you’re doing your regular shop, particularly if they have a petrol promotion running and if you have a loyalty card attached to the supermarket. Don’t be caught out with an empty tank when your only option is a motorway service station.

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Combine short trips into one longer one. Cold starts are inefficient so plan ahead and try to do more than one errand when you go out.

10. Last but not least, turn the engine off if stuck in a jam. The general rule of thumb is if you think you’re going to be stationary for more than three minutes, it’s worth switching off.

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What is Flyball?

heat. This is an excellent pastime for dogs and owners and can be done at competition level or just for fun. Why not come along and have a go!

Flyball is a dog sport in which teams of 4 dogs race against each other from a start/finish line. The course consists of a starting line, 4 hurdles spaced 10 feet apart and a box.

Delta was set up in May 2010. Since then we have appeared on both Newbury Sound & BBC Radio Berkshire. Delta are about having fun and every breed of dog is welcome.

The dogs jump the hurdles and step on a spring-loaded box that releases a tennis ball. The dog catches the tennis ball and then runs back over the 4 hurdles.

We now have 4 competing teams, with many more dogs working their way up to competition level. There are lots of dogs who come along just for fun and to socialise.

When the dog crosses the starting line the next dog goes, teams race against each other at the same time and the first team to have all 4 dogs run without faults wins the

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Thatcham Volunteer Bureau is a local charity that has been providing a volunteer car service since 1980. Everyone involved is a volunteer. Drivers make no regular commitment - they do what they can when they can. Our clients have two things in common. They have difficulty using public transport and live in Thatcham or the surrounding villages. Last year we carried out over 4000 journeys mostly to appointments such as doctors, dentist and local hospitals. We give priority to medical appointments but where possible we try to meet the need for social trips such as visits to friends or relatives, shopping trips or hairdressers. There is strong evidence that these are very important to our clients and make a substantial contribution to their health and wellbeing. The service comprises four elements Private Cars The main service involves drivers using their own cars. This is a nationally recognised form of volunteering and most insurers will include cover for this activity at no extra cost. Drivers receive a mileage allowance towards their fuel cost Chairman Car The chairman car is a professionally adapted car that will allow a passenger to travel in safety while seated in their wheelchair, with up to 3 other passengers if required. This drives exactly like a normal saloon car. The only difference is that drivers must be instructed how to load and secure the wheelchair. This is a straight forward process thanks to the specialised ramp and fixings.

The Handy Bus This is an 11 seat minibus that is provided and supported by West Berkshire District Council. Thatcham Volunteer Bureau provides drivers and fuel. This vehicle supports other local charities by transporting their clients to meetings or treatment sessions. While the car services are mainly provided during office hours the Handy Bus operates during the day and in the evening as this is when some groups meet. In addition to serving organised groups we also run regular shopping runs that serve Thatcham, Woolhampton and Cold Ash The Office Staff The success of the service relies heavily on the volunteers who run the office, which is open Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 12 noon. They take requests for transport from clients then find drivers who are available. This is a considerable feat of organisation as they must take into account the driver’s availability and personal preferences. The daily sessions in the office can be fast and furious. Thatcham Volunteer Bureau Urgently need more Volunteer Drivers & Office Staff For more information Tel: 01635 874666 Email: thatchamvb@tiscali.co.uk

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FEATURE: A Real Proper Christmas Tree - By Pippa Greenwood

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I have to admit it: I LOVE Christmas… and if there is one part of it I’d hate to do without, it’s a Christmas tree. No, I don’t mean a tinsley one or trendy black or brown one… I mean a tree complete with needles and ideally that wonderful aroma that only a real, proper Christmas tree can bring. If you’re worried that real trees are not good for the planet, don’t forget that a British grown tree is most definitely not an ecological disaster zone – if you think about it, they’re a crop plant rather like a field of wheat except that they are generally given less fertiliser and fewer chemicals than many more run of the mill crop plants. So go on, make sure you buy one this Christmas! There are a few things you ought to think about before you buy your tree, faced with rows of different types at often very varying prices. It can be really daunting, so have a read of my guide to real Christmas trees: The Norway spruce (Picea abies) is the traditional tree, my favourite but perhaps not a favourite if you are more house proud. It has gorgeous dark green pointed needles and that unmistakable aroma but sadly it is the most likely to drop its needles. Having said that, if you treat it well, it won’t perform that badly and you can enjoy the lowest cost of the real trees. The Scots pine is now a regular option as a Christmas tree, with its long paired bluegreen needles it’s quite distinctive. The needles are fairly densely packed on the branches and they also hold quite well.

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The Serbian Spruce (Picea omorica) has long been the favourite festive tree in central Europe, as it’s good looking and has good needle holding… but of course no Christmas-tree smell! The Nordman fir (Abies nordmanniana) has become increasingly popular in recent years, with its shiny green needles being almost impossible to shift, so certainly a good choice for those who hate any mess. The Fraser fir (Abies fraseri) is less regularly available, but the combination of its good looks and needle holding capacity make it well worth considering. So, you’ve been persuaded to take the plunge, I hope? But how do you make sure you buy the best tree of the type you’ve decided on? And how do you help it keep its needles and its gorgeous appearance for as long as possible? It’s important not to buy a real tree too early as the longer they hang around after they’ve been cut, the more likely they are to go downhill. I always try to buy a tree produced by a member of the British Christmas Tree Growers Association – the BCTGA logo should be on the tree or clearly displayed nearby. Take a bit of time to choose the tree – check that it has a good, full shape and that its not too gappy or lop-sided (or if it has the leans make sure that this will be hidden when the

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tree is in your house). Check the needles they need to be glossy (for those varieties where this is a characteristic) and the correct colour for the type of tree you’ve chosen. They also need to be free from pests and diseases - basically anything yellowed or inclined to shed, or with white fluffy bits should be avoided at all costs. Never buy a tree that has already been netted as this makes it a real lucky dip situation. If you do buy one quite early then the most important thing is to keep it outside - just recut the end of the trunk (yes, its time to dig out your DIY saw) and put the tree in a bucket of water in a sheltered spot outside. If it was in a net when you bought it, remove this as it’s important to have air circulating around the needles. When you bring the tree inside, try to avoid putting it anywhere too warm or close to a heat source and make sure that you use a stand with a water reservoir with water levels really well topped up – if kept well

supplied with water then even the notorious (but lovely) Norway spruce Christmas tree should hold its needles well. When Christmas is over and it’s time for the tree to come down, complete the greenloop and make sure you recycle it – they’re not the easiest thing to recycle or compost at home, but many councils and garden centres now offer a recycling and Christmas tree chipping service. Sign up for Pippa’s newsletter at www.pippagreenwood.com and you’ll receive a free e-book on organic gardening too. On Pippa’s website she also offers a new range of GYO essentials and a stylish ‘Grow Your Own with Pippa Greenwood’ gift card, a perfect gift for Christmas, where the recipient receives their chosen garden ready veg plants in the spring and every week Pippa emails with topical hints, tips and advice. Vouchers priced from just £39 for up to 66 garden-ready plants, 6 packets of seed and the weekly emails

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From the Rector of Aldermaston and Woolhampton Benefice For those who have recently lost loved ones the weight of such remembrance can be too much to bear and cannot be carried alone. And even for those whose grief is not so raw there can be times when it feels overwhelming. The truth is we cannot actually carry the weight on our own, however precious it is to us. This is one reason why the collective act of keeping two minutes’ silence is so poignant – we stand shoulder to shoulder as fellow human beings and share our remembrance.

Remembera nce It was a heavy weight to carry; a weight that seemed to grow heavier the longer I carried it. My arms ached and my progress was slow. By the time I reached my destination – a St John’s ambulance post at the far end of the showground – I was ready to collapse. I carefully handed over my precious weight to one of the first aid team. Now, at last, my two year old son with his injured foot could be patched up and the ‘crisis’ would be over. I tell this story because it came to my mind as I thought about the weight (or weightiness) of remembering - like a mother with aching arms we carry the weight of remembrance because it matters to us. We do not want to forget. The autumn months are in many ways a season of remembrance. Beginning with All Saints and All Souls, and of course continuing with Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday, this is a special time of year to remember the faithful departed.

One of my favourite verses in the Bible is an invitation from Jesus to share the burdens we carry. He says, ‘Come to me all who are weary and tired of carrying heavy loads. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me for I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your souls.’ And the beautiful thing about this image of the yoke is that it is not about the weight being taken away, it’s about it being shared. Yokes, which haven’t changed since bible times, are constructed from a piece of wood carefully crafted by a carpenter to hold together two animals so that they can work side by side. To plough a field, a young inexperienced Ox was always yoked to a more experienced animal. Together, sharing the yoke, the inexperienced one learned the way to go. So not only is Jesus saying that the burden is shared, but he is also saying that we don’t have to find the way ahead on our own. It’s an invitation to travel through life, with all its twists and turns, and with all its joys and sorrows, accompanied by the one who knows the way.

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INDEX Accommodation to let Upper Lodge Farm Amateur Theatrical Society KATS Bathrooms for the Disabled Berkshire Disabled Blinds Reynolds Blinds Smart Blinds Blue Heart Ceramics Theresa Wright Boarding Kennels Foxhold Builders Bucklebury Construction Falkland Builders A Thompson Building Society Newbury Building Society Car Maintenance Halfway Garage Pegasus Revive Carpenter/Joiner Ivan Ivanov Liege Carpentry Roger Fisher Carpet Cleaner Chem Dry Cats Protection Newbury Cats Protection Charity The Newbury & Dist Cancer Care Trust Children Including Babies GR Swimming School Illume - photographer Jubilee Jets Holiday Club Jubilee Day Nursery Monkey Music Tatty Bumpkin Chimney Sweep PC Dollin Cleaning My Home Computers Sarah Sladen Curtains & Soft Furnishings Indigo Designs Dancing School One Step Ahead Decorator Lady Painter & Decorator PC Decorating Tony Fegan

34 21 48 63 20 38 22 49 50 55 59 53 59 53 12 25 62 57 62 34 30 31 31 28 30 31 62 44 43 62 8 57 62 64

Dentist Dr Jeeves 2 Doors The Doorman 59 Drains Drain & Able 37 Electrician Home Electrics 53 RJS Electrical 5 Farm Park Bucklebury Farm Park 37 Fencing Crookham Sawmills 67 Fireplaces The Fireplace Thatcham 33 Fitness Classes Sportbilly 48 Flooring Laws Floors 19 Florist Buttercups & Daisies 25 Flyball Delta Flyball 22 Funeral Directors Turner Brothers 18 Gardening Services AJC Services 70 Buckingham Landscape 63 Crookham Sawmills 67 Down Tree Care 67 Garden Thyme 66 50 Jims Mowing JPH Forestry 65 Kalehurst 65 Mowers UK 67 Newbury Garden Buildings 67 Salcey Arborcare 69 The Driveway & Patio Co 51 Gas Specialists LPC Limited 79 Guttering Services 69 CD Guttering Handyman Peter Kirkham 75 Martin Newman 71 Hair & Beauty Bernies 14 Face First Clinic 15 Just Zoe 17 Tracey Mobile 18 Health Visitor Helen Long 39 Health & Fitness Club Bradfield College 45 Health Therapist Relax to Revive 15 Hypnotherapist Rob Donnelly Therapy 41

Kitchen Refurbisher Renu Knitting Yarn Fest Letting Agents Downers Logs Locksmith Cap Security Memorials Newbury Memorials Music Shop Sticks & Strings Oven Cleaning Ovenclean Pet Carer Pet Angels Pet Shop Your Pets Picture Framer Inner Piece Plumber AJ Bosley GJH Plumbing Thatcham & Newbury Maintenance Services Paul Worsley Podiatrist/Chiropody Treat your Feet Renewable Energy The Energy Warehouse Restaurants The Coach & Horses The Swan Sand & Gravel Rivar Sand & Gravel School Bus Leighton Park Solicitor Gardner Leader Tax Advice Tax Assist Storage - secure The Barn Store Thatcham Volunteeri Vet O’Gorman Slater Main Water Softener Basingstoke Water Softeners JM Softeners Website Design Dunston Graphics Window Cleaner Simon’s Windows Yoga Classes Discover Yoga

51 57 78 62 34 43 6

18 24 23 38 11 48 63 54 18 35 9 26 65 40 7/80 37 13 47 22 50 20 35 63 47


INDEX

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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

0800 587 0207 Dial 999 0845 8505 505 0800 111 999 0845 9200 888 0845 770 8090 0118 9365500 0118 945 2888

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)

01635 588300 01637 200276 01635 873251 01635 863223 01189713729 01635 201236

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 Term Dates 2011 -2012

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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

Medical Practitioners Thatcham Medical Practice, Bath Rd Burdwood Surgery 01635 200293 Emergency Only 01635 200286 Out of Hours Doctor 0118 971 3302 01635 862188 Helping Services 01635 862121 A.A. 01635 862475 Cruse Bereavement Care 01635 866700 Newbury & District Cancer 01635 871541 Care Trust 01635 865925 Childline 01635 862600 PALS 01635 870950 Royal British Legion 01635 41373 RSPCA 01635 862517 Victim Support 01635 201397 Library

01635 864423 01635 868538 01635 863334 01635 869244

0845 0269402 01635 588300 01635 865052 01635 869701 01635 865011 01635 868113 01635 201236

01635 273300 0118 3225111

01635 867171 01635 868006 01635 866169 0118 9787811

0845 7697555 01635 523573 01635 31542 0800 1111 0118 932 3799 01635 867621 08705 555999 0845 30 30 900

Citizens Advice Bureau West Berks CAB, at Thatcham Health Centre Helpline for Carers Client Advice Line

01635 516605 01635 864245 0844 4779980

Travel Rail Enquiries Newbury Buses

08457 484950 01635 567500

Other Important Numbers B.T. Fault Line Fly Tipping, to report KATS Thatcham Connections Thatcham Photographic Club Vet: O'Gormon Slater Main DVLA Swansea

0800 800 151 01635 519080 0870 285 5289 0118 9886070 01635 865516 01635 868382 0300 7906801

Recycling Hermitage Garden Centre,

01635 200 442

(glass, textiles, books)

Kingsland Centre Car-park adjacent to Waitrose (paper, glass, mixed plastics, textiles, cans)

Household Waste Recycling Centre (opposite St Gabriel's School)

01635 866049

Mon: 9.30-5.00 Tues: 9.30-7.00 Wed: NOT OPEN Thurs: 9.30-5.00 Fri: 9.30-7.00 Sat: 9.30-12.30

Term 1 - Tuesday 6th September 2011 - Friday 21st October 2011 (Holiday: Monday 24th October 2011 - Monday 31st October 2011) Term 2 - Tuesday 1st November 2011 - Tuesday 20th December 2011 (Holiday: Wednesday 21st December 2011 - Wednesday 4th January 2012) Term 3 - Thursday 5th January 2012 - Friday 10th February 2012 (Holiday: Monday 13th February 2012 - Friday 17th February) Term 4 - Monday 20th February 2012 - Friday 30th March 2012 (Holiday: Monday 2nd April 2012 - Monday 16th April 2012) Term 5 - Tuesday 17th April 2012 - Friday 1st June 2012 (Holiday: Monday 4th June 2012 - Friday 8th June 2012) Term 6 - Monday 11th June 2012 - Thursday 19 July 2012 (Holiday commences on Friday 20th July 2012)

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