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					                           Village Life
    The independent community magazine and Business Directory for
          Residents of Theale, Englefield and surrounding areas
                 Welcome to the new look magazine
             *New advertisers*      *New features* *New editor*

                         51 Church Street
                        THEALE, READING
                       BERKSHIRE RG7 5BX

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                          Saturday 9am-4pm
                 Call to book on 0118 930 3747

Delivered free each month                            September 2008
    Chris and Charlotte welcome you to the Hatchgate Inn,
                      Burghfield Village

             Large garden and patio, separate, secure children’s play area

              Catering for Christenings, Weddings and Funerals

              Senior Citizens meals

              Christmas Menu                       Kids Menu                 Live Music

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         Open Mon-Thurs 11.30-2.30 5-11.30 Fri,Sat 11.30-11.30 Sun 12-10.30

    Come and try the new menu at our 400 year old pub with its inglenook fire-
    place, sports bar and restaurant. Weekly specials plus a rotating menu and
              Sunday roast should provide you with plenty of choice.

     To see the menus and get more information visit our website :          Tel: 0118 983 2059

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                           SEPTEMBER 2008
Dear Readers,

I hope you all have had a pleasant summer, albeit a wet one in West
Berkshire. Already there is freshness in the air that says autumn is on its
way, and that means there are other things to look forward to. For our
students it means back to the classroom, but for adults it also means
there are courses about to start, so check out what is on offer at the local

You will start to see some changes in Village Life with new features as
well as community updates and new advertisers. From next month there
will be a legal problem page, so if you have a legal query then why not
email and one query will be chosen each
month for expert advice from a local solicitor. Deadline 20th of each
month. Look out for Kate’s Kitchen and her tempting recipes and get to
know your area with places to visit locally.

October’s focus is on restaurants and pubs in the local area and there
will be some reviews to help you choose a special night out or for just a
relaxing evening with family or friends.

Let Village Life publicise your events. Don’t leave it to guesswork. Re-
member Village Life is delivered personally to homes in the area. I have
seen the community through different eyes and have been down roads I
didn’t know and enjoyed the chance to chat with local residents. Tele-
phone or email with any information you wish to share.

And another reminder about the Christmas Fair to be held at the
Village Hall on Saturday 6th December. I have already had some inquiries
so be sure to book a place now if you are part of a local organisation and
wish to promote yourself or maybe you wish to fundraise or sell local

Finally, the Web site is live! Read Village Life on line. Want to add some-
thing? Email me and let me know.
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           YOGA                                         RADIENCE

New mixed ability yoga class
  starting September 2nd
                                                        NEW TREATMENTS AVAILABLE
   Theale Green School                           In addition to the Fabulous Radiance Aromatherapy
    (The Brook Centre)                           Treatment, you can now experience Radiance Reflexology.
 Tuesday 7.30pm-9.30 pm.
                                                       Call today to book a Reflexology treatment,
        Classes also held:                                    brought you in your own home
     Monday 1.00pm - 3.00pm                      •      Bring your body into balance
        Theale Village Hall.                     •      Allow yourself some relaxation time
     Monday 7.30pm - 9.30pm
    Pangbourne Primary School.
                                                 •      Give a treatment as a gift—vouchers available.

                                                               Call me: 07720290465, or
    For more information contact:
      Jean Cosham BWY Dip
          0118 9723 212
                                                              Sarah Bromham MICHT ITEC

         iTs Commercial Recruitment Ltd
                 “M eeting your needs, exceeding your expectations… ”

                   Your local independent choice for recruitment

            * A dministration * Secretarial * C ustomer Service * D ata Processing
              * * Telemarketing * Telesales * M arketing * Sales * Postroom *
                               * A ccounts * M anagerial * IT *

    T      s
                  If you’re seeking work or need a new member of staff
                             Call us now for an informal chat!

                       23A High Street, Theale 0871 271 1039

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     PR Motors Ltd
                  (Established 1990)

          1 mile from Greyhound pub

                MOT testing
   While you wait – same day appointments available
                Classes IV, VL & VII
               Servicing and repair work
                 Virtually any vehicle

                 0118 984 4889

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            The Winning Hand
    Following rebuilding we are delighted to an-
     nounce the opening of the air conditioned
             “New Deck Restaurant”
                with seating for 60.

            Old Restaurant seating for 40
             Full A La Carte menu
                  Bar Snacks
                New Patio Area
           Business Lunch Specials
          Superb Sunday Lunch menu

                Families Welcome
     Available for functions and private parties
         The Winning Hand Restaurant
    Bath Road, Beenham, Berkshire RG7 5JB

                Tel: 0118 9302472

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                   R. J. Edmonds.
                  Plumbing & Heating.

        Oil Boilers, Full Heating Systems.
        Bathrooms, Tiling
         Dripping Taps
        No Job too small

     Call : 01189 712706
     Mobile 07973 702480
   OFTEC Registered No OFT009846

      Bridle Eyecare
                                               EST 25

                                        M A Sergent
                                     NEW or REPAIR, FLAT ROOFING,
                                           TILING, SLATING,
     Come and experience            LEADWORK, REPOINTING, FACIA
        EYECARE                         SOFFITS & GUTTERING
        As it should be               Free advice and estimates
                                          Tel: 0118 930 4096
  See for yourself our exiting          Mobile: 07810 618815
Range of frames budget - nhs -
Children’s - designer - sunspecs,
   You will love the frames          Homeleigh, North Street,
Your pocket will love the prices            Englefield
    Tel: 0118 9302 312              Reading Berkshire RG7 5EX

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                            Pamper your dog at the Canine Spa
                           with a professionally trained groomer
                               from an award winning salon

                                   Service includes:

                                        Full Grooming
                                      Wash and Dry only
                             Comb-Out (keep your dog in top condi-
                                         Nail Clipping
    Phone: 07982 964466            Gift Vouchers Available
                                Please call for an appointment
                               or to discuss your pets individual

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 Kate’s Kitchen
Welcome to my new recipe corner in the September edition of Village Life. I will
be writing a regular recipe feature each month and would be very pleased to hear
readers’ views on the recipes and, if you have a favourite recipe you want to share
with other readers, or let me know what you think of these recipes, just email:

I’ve started growing vegetables in my garden for the first time this year. I have
really enjoyed it but have found I have ended up with a glut of some vegetables
and have not quite known what to do with them. Here is a recipe which can use
up your excess courgettes which will freeze well, so you can enjoy the taste of
fresh vegetables well into the winter months. If you do not grow your own
vegetables, courgettes are readily available to buy.

Courgette and Dill Soup

1 medium onion, chopped
2 oz (50 g) butter
1 large courgette, peeled and sliced
2 teaspoons floor
35 fl oz (1 litre) vegetable stock
Sat and pepper to taste
2 egg yolks
2 tablespoons double cream
Knob of butter
Bunch of dill
2 oz (50 g) parmesan cheese

Sauté the onion in butter in a large pan for 5 minutes. Add the sliced courgette,
cover and cook for another 5 minutes until vegetables are golden.

Sprinkle in the flour and stir. Add about half the liquid and simmer until courgette is
just cooked.

Puree in a blender or food processor. Return to the pan and add the remaining
stock and the salt and pepper. Reheat.

In a bowl, beat together the egg yolks and cream and pour a ladleful of the soup
into the egg mixture. Blend it all together and pour the mixture back into the pan.
Stir over a low heat just to bind the soup smoothly.

Add a knob of butter. Sprinkle with chopped dill and parmesan cheese.
Happy eating!

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                       Contact Tania Banfield
                     Geoffrey Cole & Co
         Chartered Accountants and Registered Auditors
           4 Reading Road Pangbourne Berkshire RG8 7LY
     Telephone 0118 984 1556 Email

        Clover School of Motoring
             *Book 5 Lessons & next lesson free*

                 Tests covered at short notice
                     Door to Door service
                  Male and female instructors
                Theory test preparation support
                   Nervous pupils welcome
                    Motorway, Pass Plus &
                       refresher lessons

               For a reliable service call now on :
                 0118 9882814/0118 9835594
                 07740 288028/07775 793143

                       *New drivers only*
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          Catherine Cox
                                                Mobile Car Services
   Counsellor – Adv Dip Hum Couns,
  Member of the British Association of
    Counselling and Psychotherapy
                                                    All make car servicing, light
 Catherine is a qualified counsellor with            repairs and maintenance
experience in a range of issues including:           on your doorstep at your
         Relationship difficulties
                 Anxiety                                      Renault specialist
            Low self esteem                                 Simon Sherrington
                                                   Mobile: 07766816194 • Office:
Counselling is about making sense of your
  thoughts and feelings so that you can                    01183269519
                  made                                        e-mail:
decisions about how you want your life to
                                                 4 Calcot Place • Low Lane • Reading
For an appointment or further information
                                                       • Berkshire • RG31 7RT
            Tel: 0118 9302275                        V.A.T. Number 933718804

                                     Useful phone numbers

  Royal Berkshire Hospital 0118 322 5111
  West Berkshire Council 01635 42400
  Theale Library (Gateway) Church Road 0118 930 3207
  Theale Taxis High Street 0118 930 2345
  Theale Medical Centre 0118 930 2513
  (Out of hours (Westcall) 0118 978 7811.  NHS Direct 0845 4647)
  Thames Water Emergencies Customer services 0845 9200 800
  National Gas Emergency service 0800 111 999

                                         Useful web sites

  Local maps
  AA router finder:
  Train times:
  Local Radio: 2-ten FM
  BBC Radio Berkshire
  Reading 107
  Get rid of unwanted items for free: Freecycle

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                          Theale Village Hall

                        Annual General Meeting
     To be held on Monday 22nd September 2008 at the village hall. Meeting
                              starts at 8.00pm.

            Please come and help support an important local facility.

                  Large hall available to hire at competitive prices.

       Ideal for Meetings, Social Events, Wedding Receptions and other family

                           Licensed Bar available to hire

 Good car parking                                      Secretary 0118 9549126

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              Days out on your doorstep – for nothing!

       Feel like a trip out without adding to your carbon footprint?
                Then why not visit two local beauty spots.

Sheffield Bottom is an attractive point on the Kennet and Avon canal,
approximately half a mile from Theale station. This area has a large car
park and places to picnic and you can sit and watch the canal boats as
they pass by. Most owners are happy to chat about their boats and they
can come from a great distance. The canal path is also a great place to
walk; you may want a gentle saunter towards Reading or Aldermaston or
maybe you fancy a cycle ride a bit further. Whatever you decide, the canal
has plenty to offer whatever your age.

Hosehill Lake is a beautiful nature reserve about half a mile from
Sheffield Bottom. It is a peaceful, unspoilt lake and it will take about half
an hour to walk round but there are plenty of seats and information points
for all visitors. There are many varieties of birds to look out for as well as
insects and wild flowers. This is well worth a visit and if you want to find
out about Walking the way to Health there are details at the entrance
outside The Fox and Hounds, where you can end your walk with a re-
freshing drink or a meal. Enjoy.

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                                           Healthy Lifestyles

                                       Fitness Gym
                                     at Theale Green
                                    Recreation Centre
     Theale Green
                                    We offer leisure for everyone
   Recreation Centre
is being taking over on
 the 1st of August by:

   Look out for new
Please be aware Camp
  Xtreme will be the
same but its name will
      change to:

                                    Phone 0118 932 3725
                                    and commit to a healthier life now!

Otherwise business as
       usual!                       THEALE FIT
       (0118) 9323725               FEEL GOOD
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                                                   answered personally.
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                                         Sinks, urinals, toilets, baths, soakaways,
  A personal computer service for            storm drains, foul water drains,
 home and small business users. I                        downpipes.
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  · Internet problems · Upgrades                Honest and reliab le service
     · Software issues · Viruses
 · Broadband · Wireless networks                 Call Kevin anytime on
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                                                      07795 598207
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 Painting & Decorating

 Interior and Exterior

 Free Estimate

 References available,
 CRB checked

 07900 082434

 0118 9323091

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                           Phone: 0118 983 3378

     The Reading Bowel Cancer Support Group was set up in April 2004 by
     the Royal Berkshire Hospital Specialist Colorectal Nurses to answer the fre-
     quently asked question from patients wanting to know where local support
     could be sought. They still maintain a supporting role with our Group.

     In our 5th year we continue to evolve with the aim of supporting people who
     have, or have had, this illness, as well as their families, friends or carers
     who need support too. Our website has been upgraded to offer on-line help
     and will shortly be going live.

     We held our Annual General Meeting in May. This included a talk on the
     Bowel Cancer Screening Project by the Project Leader details of which will
     be dropping onto the doormat of those aged between 60 & 69 in West Berk-
     shire in the near future.

     Please make sure you read the information provided and it is impor-
     tant to return the enclosed specimen card, duly completed. It may save
     your life!
     Our plans for additional social events with more frequent and interesting
     ways of getting together are progressing. Stella is organising a regular
     “Nosh & Natter” lunch, we have used the Toby Carvery in Caversham and
     the Cunning Man at Burghfield. Do phone Stella if you would like to join us.

     Our Monthly Meetings at Prospect Park Hospital are very relaxing where
     anyone can voice their fears, or triumphs to sympathetic ears. We meet on
     the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7-9pm. Car parking is available.

     Our Group was formed to offer a friendly ear, or put people in touch with
     someone who can answer any questions you, or those close to you, may
     have. We are not equipped to offer a counselling service, but our Helpline
     numbers are shown below.
              Phone: Stella (0118 957 3967) or David (0118 958 6311
      Please could you continue to support the Reading Bowel Cancer Sup-
       port Group by publishing this information in your magazine to raise
                   awareness in the Reading and local areas.
                                   Many Thanks
                             Elaine Ghent (Secretary)

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Is there such a thing as “A Civilised Divorce”?
Well, of course there is; the question is, how do you achieve it?

The first thing to do is ensure that you seek the advice of an experienced
specialist Family lawyer, who will be able to guide you through the processes
and offer sound and impartial advice on the options available to you, and the
implications of the choices you make.
If you and your partner can sit down together and work through your issues,
then you will arrive at a result with which you are both comfortable, rather
than going through the costly and potentially acrimonious process of litiga-
You may choose to involve the assistance of a Mediator, who will help you
with those negotiations, or to deal with your case on a Collaborative basis,
which is a process where you, your partner, and your legal representatives
deal with all issues on a face to face basis, and agree to avoid recourse to
the courts system. Neutral advisers, such as financial experts, can be in-
structed jointly to work with you as a team to reach a solution with which all
parties are satisfied.
For more information on these options, see
You could also consider whether you are emotionally able to engage in a
process that may well at times, be unpleasant for you. So think about how
you could be helped by a Divorce Coach.
Divorce coach Jill Wigmore-Welsh, from The Inner Place Tilehurst, says;
"Relationships are all about emotion. When relationships go wrong, working
with a Divorce Coach will keep you positive, raise your confidence and help
you identify any limiting beliefs about your own capability that hold you back.
Coaching frees up your solicitor from the emotional and practical side, leav-
ing them to focus on the legal side of your case. Separating the financial from
the emotional enables you to get great service from your legal and financial

For more information, see Jill’s website at;
Julie-Ann has nearly twenty years experience in this area of practice. Please
see our website for further information about the firm and the services Banky
and Burger, offer.

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                               People Who Help Us
 Recently, we have been talking to the children at Jubilee Day Nursery about the people
who help us. After a discussion prompted by the children, about the wonderful things that
  their Mummies, Daddies, Nannies and Grandad’s do, we began a two week long topic
revolving around ‘people who help us’. As we had more discussions it really captured the
  children’s imaginations and we extended their thoughts to Doctors, Vets, Firemen, Po-
  lice, Cleaners, Dustbin Collectors and Librarians. The children had lots to say about all
 the people who they had come across who had helped them. One child told us that the
Vet had fixed her cats leg when it ‘wasn’t working properly’ and another child told us that
 when the ‘nasty people broke into their house’ the police came to help them. During the
    two weeks we had some visitors. The first were our Community Police Officers, who
   brought their van with them. The children enjoyed setting off the sirens, pretending to
drive the van and trying on the police uniform. The children asked many questions which
   the police answered giving the children plenty to talk about for the rest of the day and
    when their parents collected them. Our local fire brigade were unable to visit as they
were so busy, so we decided to create our own fire brigade role play. We dressed up the
 children as fire fighters, used the picnic benches as the fire engine and the garden hose
   pipe to put out our pretend fire on the hay bails. We talked about the jobs that the fire
 fighters do and how sometimes they may be rescuing someone or something. The chil-
            dren loved singing songs and reading books about the fire Brigade.

 ‘Stop Look and Listen’. This is a message that the department for Transport are putting
 across to everyone when crossing the road. To help us, we had support from the West
Berkshire Road Safety Team who came out and had a discussion with the children about
    the dangers of the road and the importance of being aware of what is round them.
Linked with the discussion, West Berkshire also provided us with the role play equipment
  so that we could practice crossing the road using a Zebra Crossing. The children en-

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