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    Dear Readers

    WELCOME

    to our first issue in 2009.

    I do hope you had a lovely Christmas holiday and the

    shock of being back to nor-mality isnt now too great!

    It is most encouraging to know that many of the adver-

    tisers in this magazine feel that you are actively support-

    ing them - thank you. I notice this particularly in this eco-nomic climate, when I receive

    positive comments about the magazine. If we continue to

    think positively and keep it local, we will all ride out the

    storm.

    An additional warm thank you to all those people who sent in their completed slip with

    name and address to be en-tered into the Waitrose ham-

    per draw. We had over 60 entries and congratulations to

    Mr. Benham who was our lucky winner! It was really

    good to see such a great re-sponse.

    My Home (see page 37) have

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    Contents Page

    Music, Movies and More 20

    Small is Beautiful 28

    Book Reviews 33

    St Valentines Day 35

    Gardening Pages 44/45

    Wordsearch 48

    Challenge Page 50

    Woolhampton Meet and Greet

    Day 51

    Community Pages 52/53

    Index 54

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    Please note - next latest copy date : Mid-day Friday 6 March 2009

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  • I am often asked What should my ideal

    weight be? This is such a difficult

    question to answer. I feel that too

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    not enough emphasis on being healthy.

    The first consideration is body shape.

    Unless you go under the knife, there

    are certain factors that wont change.

    If you were born a pear shape (small

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    dieting is going to change that. In fact

    you could end up looking really ill. And

    as you get older there are body

    changes that are going to happen -

    come what may. However, a healthy

    body, of whatever age, will make you

    look great. Well toned muscles give

    good body shape and a clear skin

    achieved by a healthy diet makes a

    person look well at any age!

    How do you achieve this? The answer

    is surprisingly simple, but difficult to

    follow! Eat a healthy diet, drink water,

    take exercise. What could be easier?

    Eating a healthy diet means avoiding

    processed foods, saturated fats, re-

    fined sugars and grains. Processed

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    There is an advert for a certain type of

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    pop one! Too right, you end up

    munching the whole bowlful because

    once those chemicals hit your digestive

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    hungry half way through the morning if

    all you have had for breakfast is a slice

    of white toast. In fact if you have a

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    A 2% drop in hydration causes difficulty

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    stress as caffeine increases the heart

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    Exercise is not so hard either! We live

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    Since 1894 we have been subject to tax on the transfer of

    wealth on death. What was once known as Estate Duty has

    evolved over the years to become Inheritance Tax (IHT). This

    tax is now becoming more common and, at a current rate of

    40%, is rather expensive. So what can we do to save our hard

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    Any assets left to a spouse or civil partner will be free of IHT.

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    live after making it. A common mistake is if you give your house to your children and

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    house will still be liable for Inheritance Tax.

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    year this is called the Small Gifts Exemption. Each parent can also give to any child

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    Feature Our Financial Expert, Simon Claxton

  • New releases are a little thin on the

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    London songstress Lily Allens latest

    album is Its Not Me, Its You;

    Crosby, Stills & Nash issue a

    compilation of anti-war material,

    Allies.

    Meanwhile Steven Stills solo

    album Mannassa receives a smart

    new re-mastered release; fresh from

    his big 2008 hit, Kid Rocks latest

    album is Southern Rock Tribute.

    Scots rockers Franz Ferdinand

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    On the movie front there are some

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    Kate Winslet and Leonardo

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    The famous David Frost interviews with

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    Essential Selections

    Leonard Dicaprio appears in new film Revolutionary Road.

    Feature Music, Movies & More - News & Views with Alan Dorey

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  • The key to success is to take care of your customers, give them excellent service whilst being efficient and cutting out unnecessary costs.

    The gloom and doom of financial markets and the media of

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    the most efficient way to deliver most services, and plenty of products too.

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    delivery will have lower overall costs and faster throughput.

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    Feature Small is Beautiful.

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    With Valentines Day creeping up on us,

    love is in the air and what better way to

    get in the mood than with a good romance

    novel. Here is the best of the bunch, both old and new.

    Wuthering Heights by Emily Bront P e r h a p s n o t a conventional romance,

    this is a dark gothic

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    Yorkshire Moors where were told of our hero,

    the mean and moody Heathcliff (no, not Cliff

    Richard), who shares a love with the spoilt,

    a t t e n t i o n - s e e k i n g Catherine. The games

    they play and the feelings they have for one another are so

    strong, they form a cloud of destruction which looms over two generations.

    Supernatural, beautifully written and raw its the finest Bront work and one that will

    appeal to both sexes.

    Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Another of the same era, but this one is a

    clean and tidy tale of high-society romance and a love thats warped by arrogant looks

    and crossed-wires. Austens work is a timeless and beautiful story that gives

    hope to single ladies everywhere - however, theyll have to use their

    imaginations when it comes to Mr Darcy strolling out of the lake in a wet shirt...

    A Walk to Remember by Nicholas

    Sparks There isnt a romance

    section in the country without one of Nicholas

    Sparks novels on display. This story tells

    the tale of Landon

    Carter, the cool kid who ends up roped into

    playing the lead in his school play opposite

    g o o d y - t w o - s h o e s , Jamie Sullivan. Despite

    the bullies taunts, the unlikely pairing fall in love and Landon

    learns some vital lessons in life.

    The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough This epic shows what happens when a

    handsome clergyman who is destined for

    the Vatican falls in love with a young

    girl. This book is now regarded as a classic

    due to its powerful portrayal of love

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    Valentines Day, this is not so much a soppy classic, but rather, a look at love in

    an age of cynicism and too many

    options. The plot revolves around

    Rebecca Finch, a bestselling romantic

    novelist who finds herself disillusioned

    by the r-word. Meanwhile, up on

    Mount Olympus, Aphrodite is in

    turmoil: divorce rates are soaring and

    nobody takes her seriously any more. Even Cupid isnt

    bothering to look at who hes hitting with his arrows. A clever, sharp story which,

    unfortunately, were all able to relate to.

    Random Acts of Heroic Love by Danny Scheinmann If youre after something with a bit more woe than woo, this book entwines two

    stories of love and loss, with one taking

    place in the modern day and another in revolutionary Russia. Beautifully written,

    both tales are told with a focus on the male lover in the romance, which makes a

    change!

    Feature Book review - Top Romances by Vicotria Poolman

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    St Valentines Day, 14th February, has become one of the most commercialised dates in the calendar. We all know it is designed for people to declare their love for one another and usually involves sending of cards, flowers, chocolates or other gifts.

    But its origins are shrouded in

    mystery. The day itself is named after at least three martyrs called Valentine, yet no romantic elements are associated with any of them, however hard anyone tries to rewrite history to fit our modern beliefs. The first suggestion of this day becoming affiliated with lovers is a mention in Geoffrey Chaucers poem Parlement of Foules, a poem written in 1382 to celebrate the loving marriage between King Richard II and Anne of Bohemia. Even so, it is unlikely that the Valentines Day Chaucer referred to in his poem was even in February.

    More likely is the suggestion that

    a festival celebrating love was a much older event, dating from Roman times. In those days, February was a month dedicated to rather rowdy festivals honouring various gods and goddesses, many of whom signified love and fertility.

    Regardless of the historical

    origins of Valentines Day, the date has long been the subject of n u m e r o u s t r a d i t i o n s a n d s upers t i t i ons pert ain in g t o discovering whom you are likely to

    marry. It is said that the first bird a girl sees on Valentines Day will predict her future husbands personality. For example, if she sees a sparrow, she will marry a poor man but will be very happy, an owl would mean she wouldnt marry at all, a goldfinch would foretell marriage to a rich man while a flock of doves symbolise a happy, peaceful marriage.

    In Wales, wooden spoons were

    lovingly hand-carved and presented as gifts on February 14th, a tradition that is still marketed. The symbols on the spoons are generally hearts, keys and keyholes signifying you have the key to my heart. The beautiful Celtic love knot is also a popular design as this unbroken and continuous knot symbolises a love with the same attributes.

    Somewhat more modern is the

    idea that the first male name you hear on the radio or TV will be the same name as the man you will marry.

    Among these superstitions there is one in particular that is accurate and charming: to be woken up with a kiss on Valentines morning is considered lucky. This makes a lot of sense as, if this happens to you, you are most definitely lucky to be with a partner that loves you.

    H o w e v e r c o m m e r c i a l i s e d

    Valentines Day has become, the underlying sentiment remains the same: expressing your love for someone in whichever way suits you best. But if you do send Valentines cards, it is still considered unlucky to sign them!

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    Promises, promises

    The time of New Years resolutions has come and

    gone and so I am going to talk about diets. A diet is

    a way to lose a few pounds, right? Or is it a pro-

    gramme of self-enforced deprivation prompted by

    feelings of dissatisfaction and guilt usually leading to

    failure, disappointment and more guilt thus creating

    a vicious circle leading to dashed hopes and battered

    self-esteem? In some cases, yes. The diet industry

    is massive and grows fatter on the perpetuation of

    feelings of personal inadequacy.

    I cant afford the legal fees if I get sued for slandering the diet industry so Ill move

    swiftly on to counselling. I dont promise to make you thinner or more attractive or

    more successful or younger-looking or to fill you with vitality or to make your skin glow.

    If you want someone who makes you these sorts of promises youll have to look else-

    where. Youll find there is no shortage of promises waiting to be made.

    But maybe you are you sick of these promises? Perhaps you have invested time, en-

    ergy, money or even love in promises or those who offered them. A chocolate truffle

    looks very attractive to someone on the lettuce and bean sprout diet. Perhaps you

    have a suspicion that there is a way of living that does not rely on a constant, unre-

    lenting quest for an idealised perfection the kind of deceitful perfection that taunts

    you that youll never be good enough.

    Every person has his or her own promise and by this I mean that you have your own

    potential and do not need to be someone elses idea of what is good or desirable.

    Counselling seeks to realise more of this promise in the here and now. Find your own

    and live it!

    Every person has his or her own promise and by this I mean that you have your own

    potential and do not need to be someone elses idea of what is good or desirable.

    Counselling seeks to realise more of this promise in the here and now. Find your own

    and live it!

    Bruce Bamber can be contacted on 07769 783424 Please see page 26

    Feature Our Counsellor - Bruce Bamber

  • Seona Myerscough is a family lawyer and

    in this article she examines the options

    available for those experiencing a break-down in family relationships.

    Sadly for some, a relationship breakdown

    can lead to bitter disputes, irreconcilable differences and breakdowns of communi-

    cation that the way forward must be de-cided by a judge. Some would argue that

    the divorce process itself is responsible for creating such discontent, and couples

    who begin with a mutual and amicable decision to split, will emerge bitter ene-

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    However, not all relationship breakdowns have to involve lengthy court battles.

    These days there are other options that are far less stressful, much more digni-

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    outcome.

    One such option is Mediation. Remaining impartial throughout, a mediator can

    help you and your partner to work things

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    resolve them. Once you have a proposal

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    implementation.

    Collaborative Law is another option. This a relatively new way of dealing with fam-

    ily disputes, whereby each person ap-points their own lawyer, and negotiations

    are conducted at four way meetings. The aim is to resolve family disputes without

    going to court. Each of you will have

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  • Weather permitting, now is the time for

    you to venture outside to do some real gardening after the winter downtime. Use

    February to finish off any winter work and prepare as much as possible for the rest of

    the gardening year by pruning, digging and tidying.

    First signs of spring will be making their

    appearance with bulbs waking up and peeking through the soil, buds starting to

    form on trees and shrubs and catkins waving in the breeze.

    Beware, however, of frosts and snow. February is still very much winter in most

    parts of the country, so dont plant out

    anything new just yet. Instead, prepare as

    much as possible for the coming growing season.

    Finish off any winter digging to allow the

    weather and probable frosts to help break down large clods of soil. If possible, avoid

    walking on the lawn as the sodden ground

    will quickly compact turning it into a kind

    of concrete and you will ruin the grass for the rest of the year. Why make extra work

    for yourself?

    If you intend to create a new flower bed, now is the ideal time to prepare the

    ground. Mark out the shape of the new bed using string, a hosepipe or a trail of

    sand as its very easy to get carried away with your digging so you end up with a

    much larger bed than you intended. If your new bed is located in existing lawn,

    resist the temptation to just turn over the turf. Grass grows best where you dont

    want it, and youll end up with a grassy flower bed for years to come. Remove the

    turf and either reuse it elsewhere, or compost it. Dig over the soil as deeply as

    you can, incorporating plenty of well-rotted manure as you go.

    Snowdrops will be coming to the end of their flowering period so to get even more

    Getting Ready for Spring...

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    of these gorgeous blooms divide the plants

    after the flowers have faded but while the leaves are still green. This is known as in

    the green and snowdrops will only propagate if you transplant them like this.

    You may have bought many snowdrop bulbs in the past, yet have none of these

    beautiful flowers to show for your money. This is because snowdrops really only grow

    well when planted in the green.

    Trim any excess old foliage on hellebores.

    These low-growing plants are susceptible to a leaf disease called hellebore leaf spot, so

    keep them tidy which helps encourage healthy plants.

    Cut back ornamental grasses to about

    12cm above the crown. Theyll grow quickly

    and be even healthier than before. Pruning

    stimulates vigorous new growth and many plants require this to flourish. Dogwood is

    another that will benefit from a good cut-back. Now that youve had the pleasure of

    the stunning colour they provide through the winter, prune the stems down to

    ground level ready to shoot again. The

    brightest colours next winter will come from

    the new growth.

    Summer and autumn flowering clematis

    should also be pruned back hard. The speed of growth during spring is incredible

    and will mean you will have a spectacular floral display later in the year. Winter-

    flowering jasmine should also be cut back once the flowers have faded. Other plants

    to prune now are ornamental vines such as

    Virginia creeper and ivy. Its a good idea to

    feed any plants that have been pruned as they will use a lot of energy producing new

    growth.

    Towards the end of the month, you can start feeding your entire garden with an all-

    purpose fertiliser to boost the spring growth

    spurt. Mulching is something that should

    really wait until the soil is a little warmer so Ill talk about that in detail next month.

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    WELCOME TO THE AREA

    Meet and Greet Day

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    welcome to all visitors and in

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    Birds of Prey on 21 Feb 08 at the Thatcham Discovery

    Centre.

    Photographed by

    Norman Jones, this photo shows

    Madam Mayor, Jenny Weaving, with

    one of the reindeer before Christmas

    when she visited Newbury Christmas

    Tree Farm.

    See www.norriesite.com for many more interesting local photographs.

  • The project works to support adults with

    learning disabilities to build on Work/Social skills and Education with an aim to

    possible future employment in their own communities.

    Volunteers are needed for exciting pro-

    jects at Link-Up. The project works to support adults with learning disabilities

    to build on Work/Social skills and Educa-tion with an aim to possible future em-

    ployment in their own communities. We need volunteers to help in our sheltered

    work skills unit at The Slater Centre,

    New Greenham Park.

    There would be opportunities, after train-ing, to join our Job Coaching team sup-

    porting some of our service users 1:1 in the local community at work placements

    encouraging employment and independ-ence.

    We are also keen to recruit volunteers to

    help with our exciting and varied on-going therapeutic gardening project

    Growing4all at Cottismore. CRB check. We can offer you:An opportunity to work

    on these unique projects. Gain work experience in this field.

    Relevant training.

    Great references for future employment/university etc.

    Contact:Helen Anderson (01635) 500852 [email protected]

    Volunteers needed! Make a difference!

    Not many people can say they started their

    career playing Judi Denchs son, went on to be a Munchkin for the Royal Shakespeare Company, and travelled the globe as an Irish dancer all before the age of 21. Jamie Read has a voice which is just as at home singing jazz standards in a cabaret as it is singing big tenor roles at the Theatre Royal. Now Director of Theatre at Read Dance & Theatre Company, Jamie is delighted to be returning to the stage for one night only to help raise money for the Thatcham Mayors charity.

    Saturday 28th March, 2009 at 7.30 pm St Marys Parish Church, Thatcham

    Tickets (5) available from The Family Bookshop,

    The Broadway Tel: 01635 871777

    in aid of Home-Start, West Berkshire Thatcham Town Mayors Charity 2008/2009

    Forthcoming Concerts .

    An evening with West End Vocalist

    Jamie Read

    on Saturday 28th March

    Jazz and the Musicals

    and...

    Cr Meibion Morlais Traditional Welsh Male Choir performing in aid of MacMillan Cancer Support on Saturday 25 April 7pm at Arlington Arts Centre.

    A 40 strong choir from the Rhondda Valley performing songs of all kinds, from all cultures. Made up from all age groups and featuring choristers from all walks of life, Cr Meibion Morlais uphold everything about the rich history of choral Music in Wales - from its very ethos to its incredible reputation. Tickets 10 - on sale now 01635 244246 www.arlingtonarts.co.uk

    on Morlais Traditional

  • Baby Massage Just the 2 of us 2 Baby Products Bambambaby 2 Bathroom Installations Corsair 26

    Blinds Smart Blinds 38

    Boarding Kennels Foxhold 18

    Book Reviews 33 Building Society Newbury Building Society 10 Burial Ground Acorn Ridge 17 Car Maintenance Halfway Garage 38

    Charity The Newbury & District Cancer Care Trust 49

    Childrens Challenge 50 Chimney Sweep Wilkins 2

    Cleaning My Home 37 Community Pages 52/53 Computers GIGTEK Ltd 24 Sarah Sladen 25 Thatcham PC Doctors 2

    Concrete 24-7 Concrete 23 Counselling/Coach Bruce Bamber 26/39

    Craft Shop Kreate & Make 21

    Curtain & Soft Furnishings Indigo Designs 2 Dancing & Drama Schools One Step Ahead 2 Read Dance 14 Stagecoach 14 Tiny Theatre School 11

    Decorator Lady Painter 10 LMC Decorator 24 Tony Fegan 6 Dog Grooming Services Helens Hairy Hounds 2 Electrical & Property ABC Electrical 47 Thatcham & Newbury 18 Maintenance Services

    Electrician Mace Solutions 17

    Financial - IFA Simon Claxton 19/25

    Flooring Oaktree Floors 23 Stone Partnership 22 Florist Buttercups & Daisies 47 Funeral Directors Geoffrey Church & Co 10 Garden Centre Hilliers Garden Centre 42 Gardening Feature 44/45

    Gardening Services Garden Thyme 46 Green Thumb 43 Newbury Garden Buildings 41 NPT Paving Specialists 43 Tree Surgeon 47 Golf Club Sandford Springs 55 Golf Club Open Day Bradfield College 9 Handyman Peter Kirkham 27

    Hair & Beauty Bernies 33 Kaven 35 Tracey Mobile Hairdressing 47

    Health & Fitness Club Bradfield College 3 Health Therapist Theresa Wright 8/31

    Home Cinema Vivid Research 21

    Homes for Overseas Students OISE 15 Locksmith Cap Security 38

    Marketing Consultant Marketing Genie 29 Music & Dance for Children Monkey Music Stagecoach 12 Nursery School Jubilee Day Nursery 13/14

    Organic Foods Pang Valley Organics 30

    Paving Specialists NPT Building Services 43

    Personalised Gifts Nordikota.com 24

    Photographer Henwood-Fox Photography 49

    Piano Ben Wheeler 48 Picture Framer Inner Piece 49 Plasterer B&M Property Solutions 6 Plumber Anthony Bosley 16 Thatcham & Newbury Maintenance Services 18

    Printer Thames Print Room 3 Restaurants The Coach and Horses 18 The Lamb 7 The Six Bells 31

    Sculpture Casting a Memory 5

    Snowdrop Park Welford Park 45

    Solicitor CLM Law 36 Gardner Leader 40/56 Speaker Susan Howe 48 St. Valentines Day 35

    Swimming School s GR Swimming School 12 Nightingales Swim School 10 Tax Advice Tax Assist 38 TWD 18

    Telephone Extensions Webb Telecom 2

    Tiling Cedar Ceramics 6 Vet OGorman Slater Main 41

    Water Softener JM Softeners 23 Woolhampton Meet & Greet day 51 Wordsearch 48

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