Maths = fun!

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Ping Woolley of Mathnasium in Summertown explains how you can help your child subtract stress and add confidence!

Maths seems to induce more stress than any other subject, leading to anxiety which can have a huge impact on overall learning.

Many parents will opt for the traditional one-to-one tutor when extra help is needed but many experts believe that children working alongside their peers often work better.

This is where Mathnasium can help – children need an environment in which they feel secure and where learning maths can be challenging but fun, children will realise they are not alone in needing extra help or indeed enjoying maths.

Mathnasium students take a customised assessment which pinpoints their individual learning needs then a customised learning plan is designed which can be shared with your child’s school maths teacher for continuity.

Children learn best by understanding what they are doing. Mathnasium’s expert instructors look at different ways of approaching the same problem to develop this understanding along with independent thinking.

One mum of a seven-year-old boy who has been attending Mathnasium since it opened commented: “My son has benefited greatly from his twice weekly sessions, gaining in confidence and ability. As his parent I feel relief that he is beginning to be happier around maths and that someone else is doing the teaching! It’s an easy venue with regards to location; welcoming and friendly. Ping and her team seem to really care about the children using the service.”

Mathnasium North Oxford Centre on South Parade, Summertown offers maths learning support for children aged 6 to 12.

 

  Contact 01865 655968 for details.

Win! Britain’s Best Political Cartoons book

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Enter our competition for a chance to win a copy of Tim Benson’s Britain’s Best Political Cartoons 2018

Satirists turn their eyes and their pens to events of 2018, offering an incisive and amusing tour through the year that Brexit got serious, royals got married, football got (briefly) feverish, and Trump got transformed into a giant baby blimp.

To be in with a chance to win a copy of Tim Benson’s Britain’s Best Political Cartoons 2018 complete the form below before 1st February.

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Win! Anton & Erin tickets (Guildford)

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Win! Tickets to Anton du Beke & Erin Boag’s Dance Those Magical Musicals at G Live, 23rd February

Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag’s new, show-stopping dance production, Dance Those Magical Musicals, is embarking on a major tour of the UK and Ireland.

The nation’s favourite ballroom couple present a world where ballroom meets musical theatre with stunning costumes and breathtaking choreography, set to iconic theatrical music from shows including Phantom of the Opera, Mary Poppins, 42nd Street, Wicked, Top Hat, Hairspray and Jersey Boys.

Joining Anton and Erin live on stage will be the London Concert Orchestra with conductor Richard Balcombe, a sensational West End dance ensemble and the brilliant star vocalist Lance Ellington.

The show will also feature the popular Q&A section at the end.

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Win! Anton & Erin tickets (Reading)

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Win! Tickets to Anton du Beke & Erin Boag’s Dance Those Magical Musicals at Reading Hexagon, 1st March

Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag’s new, show-stopping dance production, Dance Those Magical Musicals, is embarking on a major tour of the UK and Ireland.

The nation’s favourite ballroom couple present a world where ballroom meets musical theatre with stunning costumes and breathtaking choreography, set to iconic theatrical music from shows including Phantom of the Opera, Mary Poppins, 42nd Street, Wicked, Top Hat, Hairspray and Jersey Boys.

Joining Anton and Erin live on stage will be the London Concert Orchestra with conductor Richard Balcombe, a sensational West End dance ensemble and the brilliant star vocalist Lance Ellington.

The show will also feature the popular Q&A section at the end.

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Win! Anton & Erin tickets (Oxford)

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Win! Tickets to Anton du Beke & Erin Boag’s Dance Those Magical Musicals at Oxford’s New Theatre, 1st February

Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag’s new, show-stopping dance production, Dance Those Magical Musicals, is embarking on a major tour of the UK and Ireland.

The nation’s favourite ballroom couple present a world where ballroom meets musical theatre with stunning costumes and breathtaking choreography, set to iconic theatrical music from shows including Phantom of the Opera, Mary Poppins, 42nd Street, Wicked, Top Hat, Hairspray and Jersey Boys.

Joining Anton and Erin live on stage will be the London Concert Orchestra with conductor Richard Balcombe, a sensational West End dance ensemble and the brilliant star vocalist Lance Ellington.

The show will also feature the popular Q&A section at the end.

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Funny bones: Suzi Ruffell

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Following on from her hugely successful Keeping it Classy tour, Suzi Ruffell brings her show Nocturnal to Oxford on Friday, 1st February.

Suzi Ruffell is taking anxiety to the next level… so much so that she’s getting anxious about getting anxious!

She is quite simply worried about everything – someone breaking into her flat, will the next series of The Crown be as good as the first two, her cat’s happiness and that’s before you even start on finding love and politics.
But one thing the 32-year-old stand-up doesn’t need to worry about is her popularity and esteem as a comedian.

After all who can’t identify with tales of social ineptitude and taking a sideways look at the world.
Having sold out at last year’s Edinburgh Festival and earning five-star reviews a plenty, she is now taking that show, Nocturnal, on the road with a stop in Oxford.

Regarded as one of the best breakthrough acts in the UK, Suzi was nominated for the Chortle Best Breakthrough Act last year as well as having her Edinburgh show filmed as a special for Live at the BBC. Suzi quickly established herself on the live comedy scene, supporting Alan Carr, Josh Widdicombe, Kevin Bridges and Romesh Ranganathan.

And if you think she looks familiar that’s because you’ve probably seen her on Mock the Week or Comedy Central’s Stand Up Central and with more TV projects in the pipeline she might soon be developing anxiety about the number of people recognising her.

Catch Suzi Ruffell and all her anxiety at the North Wall, Oxford on Friday, 1st February. For more details and tickets go to www.suziruffell.com

Mind the gap: Goring boat club

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Goring Gap Boat Club is offering new opportunities for those who want to row their own sculls on this beautiful, quiet stretch of the Thames.

Our local community rowing club is soon to move to its new site and clubhouse, located off the A329 in Lower Basildon near Streatley and Goring.

Located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the new clubhouse is next to Gatehampton railway bridge. The team at the helm are busily planning for rowing from the new site to start in early January.

Racking is also expected to be available at the start of this month; members will be able to rack their own singles at a cost of £250 per year and fees for annual membership are just £100 per year, meaning you can take advantage of racking and the pleasure of rowing on this beautiful stretch of river, between Goring Lock and Whitchurch Lock, for just £350 per year.

The club is already taking reservations from existing members and those who would like to join, on a first-come first-served basis. If you would be interested in discussing renting rack space in the new boathouse please email captainofboats@goringgapbc.org.uk

• Why not get on board this year to enjoy recreational rowing as a hobby?

  For more information please visit www.goringgapbc.org.uk

Bracknell ice skating stars

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Congratulations to three talented young couples from Bracknell Ice Skating Club who have done so well in the British Figure Skating Championships.

Emily Phillips and Jayin Panesar (right) are British Champions 2018 in the advanced novice category with a total score of 101.68.

Siblings Katya and Alex Fairbridge are British Champions 2018 in the intermediate category. This skating couple are aged 12 and 15 respectively and skated two pattern dances which, combined with their free dance, gave them a gold winning score of 56.20. The Fairbridges follow in the footsteps of the famous Olympic Ice Dance Couple Torvill and Dean who won the same trophy in 1994.

Krista Good and Advay Chopra entered the Championships as beginners and came third overall in the basic novice level, coming second in their pattern dances and third in the free dance. They are a new couple to ice dance and are thrilled.

All three couples are coached by Lucine Chakmakjian and David Phillips who have coached at Bracknell for 20 years and produced multiple British Champions in skating.
David Phillips says: “What a phenomenal achievement for these skaters who have worked so hard and given up so much to follow their dreams. They have made Bracknell Ice Rink, their parents and us very proud.”

Lizz Nelhams, Bracknell Skating Club Chairwoman adds: “We are so impressed by the Bracknell skaters who took part in the championships. They are all dedicated skaters and deserve these superb results. We look forward to seeing them continue their development at Bracknell Ice Rink.”

Bracknell Ice Skating Club is one of the UK’s largest and most active clubs and hosts a weekly Ice Ability session.

  For more information visit www.bracknell-ice-skating-club.co.uk

Treasure trove: the Watlington Hoard

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James Mather shares the story behind the 1,200-year-old journey of his remarkable find.

Imagine finding items more than 1,200 years old and then finding out they are worth £1.35million…

That’s exactly what happened to metal detectorist James Mather when he unearthed the first large Viking hoard to ever have been discovered in Oxfordshire in 2015.

The Watlington Hoard was declared “treasure” by a coroner the following year and a fundraising effort launched to enable Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum to acquire the find.

Thanks to key grants, the museum was able to save the hoard which included about 200 coins, items of jewellery and silver ingots, for the nation. Many of the coins are of great significance, being from Alfred the Great, King of Wessex, 871 to 899.

This month, James will tell all about his hobby of responsible metal detecting and share the stories of some of his more exciting and unusual finds recorded over the past 25 years which include much more than just the Watlington Hoard.

There’ll also be the chance to get “up close and personal” with some of his treasures as he’ll bring along a number of “hands on” finds.

James has given a number of well-received talks and has appeared on local radio and national TV and this talk promises to be a real treat.

• The Abingdon & District National Trust Association talk takes place at Trinity Church Hall, in Conduit Road, Abingdon, at 2.30pm on Tuesday, 22nd January. Everyone is welcome and the group asks for a small donation of £3 for non-members.

  For more information, please call Ruth on 01235 524119.

Hungerford heroine: historical novelist Iris Lloyd

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Iris Lloyd explains more about her “now or never” approach to writing, having written her first novel at the age of 70 and just published her latest.

My Lady Marian, my eighth novel, has just been published. It tells the story of Marian who arrives at the court of Henry VIII at the age of 15 and later becomes lady-in-waiting to Katharine of Aragon then Anne Boleyn.

I have been writing all my life – stories, poems, pantomimes, as village correspondent for the Newbury Weekly News – but had never tackled a novel. When I reached the age of 70, I thought: “Now or never!”

At that time, I lived in Beedon, north of Newbury, and was helping to excavate a site on the downs that had been active all through the Roman occupation. Our “finds” included a thousand bronze and two gold coins, Samian pottery, jewellery, a Medusa medallion and a rare fish brooch (a sign of Christian activity), as well as the skeletons of a dog, one adult and more than 50 babies.

Inspired by this site, my first five novels tell the story of Bron, who was born and brought up there, who travels to Rome in pursuit of her young Roman officer lover, then returns home to a new village being built where Beedon now stands.

My sixth novel, Flash Black, takes place during the reign of Elizabeth I. There followed Hunterswick Green, a contemporary novel set in a new housing complex that is advertised as perfect but hides a secret.

  Signed copies of all my books are available through my website www.irislloyd.co.uk or by emailing iris@irislloyd.co.uk by adding £2, postage to the price, or they can be obtained through bookshops.