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Steps to prepare 5 your car for winter

Plummeting temperatures and poor weather mean the number of breakdowns are likely to increase throughout the winter months. So before the worst winter weather takes hold, here are our top tips for basic motor maintenance that will see you through to spring. 1. Get your car serviced If your car is due a service, get […]

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History of words

While it is true our first ancestors may have used some type of sign language, eventually verbal communication evolved. The oldest words we know of are building block words, reflecting key elements in …

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Is your child school ready? Find out!

At age 4 or 5, we get ready for our children to take their first tentative steps to school. But have you ever stopped to ask whether or not your child is developmentally ready yet for a formal educati …

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Stunning Kingfisher

In the UK, there is just one species of kingfisher, the common kingfisher. Its beautiful, metallic blue and orange plumage stands out prominently, and fast, swooping motion is incredible as it dives t …

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Canal History – The kennet and Avon Canal

Bath was a popular place in the 1700s, attracting thousands of fashionable and wealthy visitors including members of the Royal Family. They came to ‘take the waters’ at the spa and to enjoy the so …

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Smile Facts

Did you know?
1. Smiling is contagious.
2. Smiling is like medicine. Genuine smiles, where you smile big enough to squint your eyes, boosts your immune system by decreasing cortisol in you body.
3. Sm …

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Local History

A fascinating look at Thatcham’s history
The Council School
In 1847 the British School in Church Lane opened in no small part due to Mrs Sarah Barfield. The school became so popular that it was …

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Hidden Harm Campaign, help raise awareness of online child abuse Police Advice

Key messages for parents to communicate to their children
l Not everyone online is who they say they are.
l Don’t befriend people you don’t know.
l If you see something online that makes you feel …

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Cleaning up our act

Buying a bottled drink in Germany today would cost you an additional 22p deposit refundable on returning the container, usually via a ‘reverse vending machine’. This has led to a 97% recycling rat …

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Stronghold – Fighting Organised Crime in Partnership

What is Stronghold?
Stronghold is Thames Valley Police making a commitment to seeing a reduction in levels of serious and organised crime in our region.
Working closely with our partners in the local …

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Working Styles

With technology and working styles evolving, so too are offices. To be fit for the future, offices must become spaces focused on human interaction and flexibility.
Offices are changing, but they are s …

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Apprenticeship Week ( March 5th – 9th )

There has never been a better time to employ an apprentice or start an apprenticeship.
491,300 Apprenticeship starts in the 2016 to 2017 academic year.
121,250 Apprenticeship starts were under 19.
23, …

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The magical world of books

Can books really improve your life?
According to Guinness World Records, the Bible is the best-selling book of all time with over 5 billion copies sold and distributed.
Many people perceive reading as …

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What is Modern Slavery?

Modern slavery is the illegal exploitation of people for personal or commercial gain. It covers a wide range of abuse and exploitation including sexual exploitation, domestic servitude, forced labour, …

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Red or White

Experts who examined in detail the social habits of wine drinkers found their lifestyles really can be generalised according to their preferred wine colour.
Those who drink red wine are also more like …

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Sugar

Why should we reduce our sugar intake?
Experts suggest that no more than 10 percent of the total daily caloric intake should come from added sugars.
But sugar is not the bad guy we all think of it to …

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Shrove Tuesday Tues 13th Feb

Shrove Tuesday is a day in February or March preceding Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent), which is celebrated in some countries by consuming pancakes. In other countries it is called Mardi Gras, t …

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Raynaud’s Awareness Month

What is Raynaud’s?
Do your hands, fingers or toes ever look white or blueish/ purple?
1 in 6 people in the UK live with Raynaud’s, a condition that affects the blood supply to certain part …

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Honeymoon

Digital detoxing
Imagine a week with no interruptions from phones, social media, office emails, even television; it’s just you, your partner and each other’s company.
If this sounds like t …

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Hair Styles in Tudor Times

As in any other court, the fashion was decided by the Queen. When it came to the hair styles of the Tudors, the styles changed as often as Henry VIII’s wives.
Long, flat hair
Most women of the T …

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