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Issue 9

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Send in your photos with a chance to feature on our next front page and win a family ticket to Marwell Zoo (two adults and two children). Email: competition@loopmagazine.net In this issue, we focus on Fareham and Lowford and have features on hair and beauty, health and fitness, the America’s Cup and this year’s Wickham Festival. We pride ourselves on having our ears to the ground in our area, but if we have missed something, then why not tell us? Just drop us a line (a few notes or a whole article) to contactus@loopmagazine.net and you could get a mention in the next edition. Get involved with your local community, get writing about a local initiative, service or event – and get in the LOOP! Pete Ralls, Editor 01489 881 885

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Southampton hosts march against sexual violence The rally raised more than £350, which will be split between Southampton Rape Crisis and Southampton Women’s Aid. Aria Alamalhodaei was one of the events organisers. She said: “In England the conviction rate for rapists is 6%, which is embarrassingly low. “One in three women worldwide get raped in their lifetime. It’s like an unspoken epidemic.” Southampton is the only city in the country to see a rise in sexual assaults in recent years. The number of rapes in the city has risen In November Southampton hosted its first

free from sexual harassment.

Reclaim the Night march against sexual violence.

The procession passed popular bars and nightclubs, parks, and Southampton Solent

More than 150 men, women and children

by a third in the last year with 291 sexual assaults reported between January and October. Many of the victims are young women

University before congregating at the

met at Guildhall Square to demonstrate

Friends Meeting House where participants

with 88 cases involving victims under 18

every person’s right to walk the streets

listened to a collection of speakers.

years of age.



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from the opportunity to enjoy

have not only benefited from

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the social and competitive

venues in Eastleigh borough.

elements of playing, but have

Walking football is a new and exciting version of the game and its popularity is growing

had huge health benefits as a result as well.” The session at the Hub offers

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Targeted at over 50’s, walking football is a 5 a-side

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version of the game, with

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no running or slide tackling.

Tuesday at 11am-12.30pm, as

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are the sessions at Eastleigh

reduce strain on joints and

Football Club, 11am-12.30pm

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each Thursday. The cost for

coaches and skate marshalls.

providing players the chance

each session is just £3.

Jones said: “Most of all it’s

to get back playing the game

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about having fun and fitness

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either session, or both, please

and a skill for life.”

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“Cook and Eat” at Bursledon Infant School

The Big Bursfest returns to Burseldon for its fifth year in February.

Twenty pupils and their parents at

The Mayor said: “It was really

Bursledon Infant School have completed

fantastic to see the children enjoying

their first Cook and Eat course.

cooking with their parents. They were all having great fun and learning some

The Cook and Eat initiative has

The music festival will take place at

new skills.”

been organised by Eastleigh Borough

Bursledon Village Hall on February 14 and

Cabinet Member for Health &

Council in partnership with Hampshire

will raise money for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance. There will be be real ale and home-cooked food and some of Hampshire’s finest live

County Council’s catering service

Community Safety Councillor Tonia

(HC3S) and support form Hampshire

Craig said: “We hope to encourage

County Council.

enthusiasm for food preparation and develop an appreciation of the

Every Wednesday after school for six

bands will be playing to chase away the winter blues. See the website for the line-up: www.

weeks parents and pupils learn the

benefits of healthy, good food among

importance of a balanced diet, basic

children and adults.” For further information about

cookery techniques, food budgeting,

thebigbursfest.btck.co.uk The festival will run from 12 to 11pm.

menu planning, food safety and

healthy eating contact Louise Morgan,

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Air school trainees support the RSPCA at the Stubbington Ark with local staff &

some ideas of what we could do above and

volunteers to help

beyond our course and a community project

with maintenance

seemed to be the best option.

projects at the site.

“This is a really good opportunity for our younger

Among the tasks

trainees to realise how much can be achieved

were some repairs

even with a small number of people and for them

to roofing and

to make a difference in the Local community.”

weather proofing of stables.

Vanessa Eden, Head of Fundraising at RSPCA Solent Branch said “We are really grateful for

The visit was

all the hard work the Air School Trainees did

organised by Sub

around the shelter. Urgent repair work was

Lieutenant Daniel

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kennel blocks. The trainees tackled all tasks with


enthusiasm and worked well as a team to achieve


volunteered on


all that was asked of them.”


“On behalf of the Branch I also want to say a

project with the

special thank you to Sub Lieutenant Emptage for

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organising the exercise. We have always had a

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close relationship with the naval community and

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our course project and constructed a road for

needed maintenance around the site but we have


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had a couple of trainees signing up to volunteer

Taking on a number of tasks trainees joined

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All the latest news is on their Facebook page which can be accessed through their website. There are free hair cuts to be won every month by liking their page and watch out for their status updates: the last one was for a year’s free haircuts, which was drawn on Christmas Eve. Kim, Sarah, Kathy, Kerry and Mandy would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year and thank you for your support during 2014.


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Transform your home in 2015 with a GardenRoom or LivinRoom from JHI The range of choice now available in conservatories has dramatically increased recently. We speak to JHI about GardenRooms and LivinRooms, and how they could improve your home.

traditional conservatory, still with an elegant design that floods light into your home, but with the structural benefits closer to that of an extension.” “The elements of a GardenRoom or LivinRoom are also constructed off-site making it quick to install with minimum disruption to your home. Aesthetically where it has the ability to be tiled it easily blends with the look of the rest of your home too.”

“Conservatories are always very popular, and so it’s always great to be able to offer a wide range of different styles and the latest in product design to our customers. Alongside the conventional conservatories we now offer the Garden room and LivinRoom which both create “Overall the GardenRoom and LivinRoom give very comfortable and usable environments both you an aesthetically stunning addition to your home. Most importantly it’s features allow you with their own benefits. to add an extension to your home that combine the very best of modern structural products and So what benefits does a GardenRoom or innovation to ensure you have a beautiful room LivinRoom offer? “They offer the choice to have a glazed roof, or that you can use all year round.” a solid roof with a plastered ceiling, integrated For further information or to book a with a tiled roof and glazing. We can create consultation call JHI on 01489 565711 or a new space in your home that enables visit www.justhomeimprovements.co.uk you to have the light and spacious feel of a

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Council announces 12 Year Record of below Inflation Eastleigh



Council Leader, Keith House

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to be an unequalled record

of the provisional Local

and commitment anywhere

Government Settlement the

in the country and we can

Council has had confirmation

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reductions in our frontline

2016. This is in line with

services. This has been

expectations and represents a

achieved in large part, due to

loss of grant of over £700,000

our excellent record of sound

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financial management, and

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Borough Council an income of

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HMS Collingwood’s 24 hour padathon

A squad of 12 boxers from HMS Collingwood’s team continuously punched pads for 24 hours all in the name of charity. The team made up of both Navy and Army personnel kicked off their day long challenge on Friday morning with a view to landing 50,000 punches whilst raising money for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC) and local children’s charity KIDS. Working in rotation, the boxers spent their

time in the ring boxing in 5 minute bouts and then holding the pads for fellow team mates. The 24 hour Padathon concept was thought up by Head Coach Petty Officer Physical Trainer Daz Hoare in a bid to demonstrate core naval values of courage, determination, commitment and

Boxing appears to run in the blood as Daz’s father Roy Hoare, an ex-submariner who used to box as well, set the team a final challenge upon completion of the Padathon. The final boxer in the Ring was to complete as many press ups as possible in a minute and Roy would donate a £1 each. That boxer was Leading Engineering Technician Submariner Liam Price. Remarking on his involvement in the Padathon, Liam said: “I have been boxing on and off for ten years. I only began boxing for the Navy in July this year. It’s a great event to participate in and a good warm up to what will be a busy boxing season for me.” In total, the squad surpassed their target of 50,000 punches by achieving a total over 200,000. So far they have raised over £500 for the two charities. The total continues to climb as sponsorship money comes in. On completion of the challenge the team enjoyed a complimentary breakfast from the Harvester in Fareham.

fighting spirit. Commenting at the event Daz said: “It’s a real endurance challenge for the lads; usually they box in the ring for 2 minutes so boxing for 5 is not easy. It’s a bit of fortitude for the lads but its all for a good cause. The 24hr Padathon is the first of its kind to be held at the base. This was the third epic challenge that Daz has organised. He had previously organised a 48hr cycle ride and 24hr punching bag challenge.

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Portsmouth man publishes horror novel ‘The Roots of Evil’ Eric Barber works his way through the terms and conditions of his father’s will, to secure a future fortune. But, in a remote village, the sins of lust, greed and envy of the inhabitants are disturbed by strange occurrences and disembodied evil that give way to shockingly graphic violence, intense horror and gore-laden revenge. David E. Gates follows up his first published non-fiction novel, Access Denied, a deeply personal account of him becoming a father and then finding out several years later that his daughter wasn’t his, with his first Horror fiction, The Roots of Evil. Karen Moore said: “A well written novel with really likeable characters. A thoroughly enjoyable book that had me gripped with its twists and turns and funny goings on in the village. Would happily recommend.” David said: “I wrote my first book, Access Denied, to show the world the incompetence and injustice of the Child Support Agency. “My second book, a work of fiction, was re-discovered when reviewing previously written stories and items for

The Warsash Studios in concept are a collaboration of beautiful marine teak furniture, contemporary gift design and local arts all with a reflection of the sea in their use and appearance. We pride ourselves on sourcing things that are both unique and a little bit different, but that always give that coastal living feel. We have tables and chairs that would look just as at home on a garden patio as they would on the deck of a motor yacht, bags made of sail cloth perfect for an overnight stay or a trip to the gym, plates and mugs that sport fishes and ships, tea towels and place mats that speak of salty sea dogs and being washed up with the tide, hand thrown ceramic bowls that look like they were made by the waves, dog leads spliced by Dave” the Rigger” Aldridge, prints of Solent sailing clubs and tea lights that look like sea urchins. If you have a love of the sea and all things coastal then you need to pay a visit to the Warsash Studios or you’d be missing out on that ideal item for your home or the perfect gift for that ocean loving friend.

the anthology I’m creating. “It was only half-written but I was motivated to develop the story and characters and produced a complete horror novel that surprised even myself with the graphic imagery I created.” Both books are available for Kindle or in Paperback on Amazon, with Access Denied also being available on Lulu, Nook and iBooks etc.

NEW YEAR DIARY OF EVENTS 15th January - Seaside Watercolour Painting with Elaine Reed: Water – Light and Reflections 17th January - Shibori Tie Dye with Tracy Evans 21st January - Creative Photography Light Painting Workshop with Julia Mills 24th & 29th January - Machine Sewing for Complete Beginners with Susan Dickinson 14th February - Beginners Photography Intensive Workshop – Part 1 with Julia Mills For a complete list of events please see the website

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Focus on Fareham

Not been into Fareham for a while? Change that this January – you will no

restaurants, coffee shops, bakeries and

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public houses.

all to help chase away the January blues.

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Fareham charity receive cheque in time for Christmas from fundraising events held at the Phase 2 Training establishment. One of these events was the recent ‘Norfolk Trophy’ Christmas Relay which LPT Carley organised and saw them collect over £500 for The Rainbow Centre. This coupled with money raised during small fundraisers and raffles at the Navy Elite Boxing Championship in March enabled Collingwood to present a cheque to the Centre for £1219.68 just in time for Christmas. During their visit, Scouse and Captain Dainton received a tour of the facilities and had the opportunity to meet the children that the Centre helps through Conductive Education. Remarking about his visit to the Centre, Scouse said: “I have known about the charity for a while now and have helped with previous fundraising events, but this was the first time I have been able to see first hand what the Centre does. “It’s just amazing. I felt so humbled. I am already planning on doing more fundraising next year for The Rainbow Centre.” Last





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Portsmouth to host two years of spectacular America’s Cup World Series Racing On 25 November 2014, Sir Keith Mills GBE announced that America’s Cup Racing is to return to British waters when the America’s Cup World Series (ACWS) takes place in Portsmouth 23-26 July 2015 and 21–24 July 2016. Sir Keith has been central to the delivery of some of the UK’s greatest sporting events, most recently as Deputy Chairman of London 2012 and Chairman of ‘Invictus Games’. The ACWS Portsmouth will be managed by TEAMORIGIN Events, a company set up by Sir Keith Mills in 2007. Speaking during the launch event at London’s OXO Tower, Sir Keith said: “I’m passionate about bringing world-class sporting events to Great Britain, and delighted that America’s Cup World Series racing will be coming to Portsmouth. This will not just be a spectacular sporting event, it will also showcase Portsmouth, the South Coast and Great Britain on a global stage, delivering economic benefit to the City and the sponsors involved. The series will attract huge crowds to watch the exhilarating racing and we plan to give the event a festival feel bringing activities and entertainment for all. “Our plans are for more than two action packed long week-ends. We are also putting together a three year activation programme running right up until the end of the 35th America’s Cup in 2017. We look forward to delivering a world class sporting event for Great Britain.”

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The ACWS is the preliminary race series of the 35th America’s Cup, consisting of eight to ten regattas taking place around the world during 2015 and 2016. All America’s Cup teams will compete in the series and their overall placement will affect the seeding and starting score they take into the America’s Cup Qualifier events in 2017. “The America’s Cup World Series events in Portsmouth in 2015 and 2016 are an opportunity for British fans to watch world class America’s Cup teams compete and of course support Ben Ainslie Racing as they compete on home waters,” said Harvey Schiller, the Commercial Commissioner of the America’s Cup. “I know Ben joins all the competitors in their goal to bring the America’s Cup back to their home country and racing in the America’s Cup World Series is a first step towards that end.” Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) is the British challenger for the 35th America’s Cup, and have their home base in Portsmouth. Team Principal and four-time Olympic gold medallist, Sir Ben Ainslie said: “A key part of BAR’s plans was to bring America’s Cup racing to Great Britain and I would like to thank Sir Keith and his team for making those plans become a reality. The last ACWS was a game changer for the sport of sailing, the racing was entertaining and brought in the crowds. The new foiling AC45s are going to be faster and even more exciting than the previous generation and we promise to provide an event experience like you have never seen before – come and cheer us on!”

The City of Portsmouth has a significant role to play and the event will encompass most of the City’s existing visitor destinations including HMS Warrior and Victory, the Mary Rose Museum, the Spinnaker Tower, Gunwharf Quays and Southsea Common. Spectators will enjoy three days of racing, including practice racing on the Friday and then two races on Saturday and two races on ‘Super Sunday Final’. Speaking at the launch, The Leader of Portsmouth Council Cllr Donna Jones said: “We’re delighted to welcome America’s Cup World Series Racing to Portsmouth for the next two years. Portsmouth enjoys its esteemed maritime history and BAR bringing their base to the City has already brought a great sense of anticipation. The ACWS has a proven record of attracting huge spectator numbers to competing venues, and it will provide a massive boost to our marine and maritime industry and bring economic benefit to Portsmouth. We welcome visitors from everywhere to watch the world-class sailing, and support Ben Ainslie Racing on home waters.” The events will be funded by a combination of private investment, sponsorship, suppliers and media partnerships. Previous ACWS events have been commercially successful and the ambition is to grow the value of the events by offering sponsors branding and visibility, media impact, hospitality for clients and employees, and tickets for public entertainment. Speaking at the launch, BAR Chairman Sir Charles Dunstone outlined the commercial opportunities of the ACWS in Portsmouth: “Sport is big business. The last America’s Cup saw more than 150 companies involved in significant sponsorships or supplier partnerships with the event or competing teams. The last time the ACWS came to Britain was Plymouth in 2011 and we saw 150,000 live spectators and the economic value and media impact of the event was estimated at £60m. By securing the commercial and

marketing rights of these events we can offer a wider and more diverse range of opportunities to businesses and media to get involved, generate value and gain benefit from what will be an incredible sporting spectacle. “ One of the key objectives of the organisers of ACWS Portsmouth will be to bring the action to the public with ‘free-to-view’ areas in the Race Village where spectators can enjoy the atmosphere, and watch the racing. There will also be additional opportunities to buy tickets for specific attractions, prime seating areas, exhibitions and hospitality. Further ticketing information will be released in the New Year.

Southampton students to take part in Machu Picchu charity trek heritage site visited by 2,500 people a

children under five suffer from acute


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Will Hartnoll is one of the students

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embarking on the trek next August.

malnourished child with life-saving

The Engineering student has taken part


in several fundraisers organised by the

Matthew White, the Director of

charity, including street collections in

Fundraising and Communications at

Fareham and Southampton and bag-

Action Against Hunger UK, hopes that

packing in Asda in the city centre.

student engagement with the charity can

He has raised £200 so far of a £3,000

help foster a long-term relationship with

target needed to take part in the trek.

hunger related issues.

Action Against Hunger operates in 45

He said: “University is the start for many

countries worldwide including Peru.

of a new journey, an experience that

Will said: “I feel kinder knowing that I Southampton




taking part in a gruelling trek to Machu Picchu next summer to raise money for famine charity Action Against Hunger. The trek will take them through the Salkantay route, a virtually untouched area of the Inca trail that winds along the Peruvian Andes to the 15th century Incan citadel. Machu Picchu, which is located 8,200ft

opens your eyes to the world. Taking part

am benefiting people in the place I am

in charity events like the Machu Picchu

visiting rather than being a tourist and

trek can be an important part of that new

potentially degrading their livelihood.


“Action Against Hunger provide Peruvian

“While they may not have the

farmers with all the seeds needed to farm

disposable income to directly give to a

crops for a year, allowing them to survive

charity, students can engage with the

and hopefully thrive.”

cause and become part of our story and

The famine charity, which is based in

part of our vision to end child hunger.”

London, is an international organisation

To support Will Hartnoll’s fundraising

committed to ending child hunger.

above sea level, is a UNESCO world

efforts visit: https://www.justgiving.com/

They claim that an estimated 52 million


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The 2015 Wickham Festival

The 2015 Wickham Festival is shaping-up to be our best ever with a great line-up of top-class festival bands plus a host of other activities and family entertainment on our Festival site. Wickham is widely recognised as one of the safest and friendliest festivals around. It’s a fun festival for all the family with live music on three stages plus a solar-powered cinema, storytelling, digital funfair, childrens entertainers, food fayre and real ale festival, all on the one beautiful festival site.

They join Seth Lakeman; Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band; Show of Hands; Kathryn Tickell & The Side; Edward II; Roy Bailey; Martin Carthy; The Spooky Mens Chorale; Huw Williams & Maartin Allcock; The Askew Sisters; Bemis; The Doghouse Boat Boys; and many more.

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Local authors release second book in hit Britannia series Part I) - through the madness of a chain

Londinium, but his fragile grasp on his

of events which will eventually lead to

lifestyle is broken when he plays dice

the fall of Roman Britain and the descent

with the wrong people. Vitalis Celatius

into the Dark Ages.

just wants a quiet, peaceful life but his sister Conchessa is desperate to find

Trow, from the Isle of Wight, and Denham, who grew up in Aldershot,

her husband who has fallen foul of the

have seen the first part The Wall spend

Emperor. And the Emperor is about to

time in the Amazon #10.

face a challenge from Magnus Maximus, the general who takes Britannia’s

The action of the series revolves around real historical events of

legions to overthrow him. Celtic legend,

British history’s most enigmatic time,

Egyptian mysticism and Gaelic battle-

seamlessly mixing fact and fiction, real

fury are all interwoven in this dark tale.

people and imaginary characters to bring

The surviving Heroes of the Wall are

this era to vivid life.

once again thrown into the melting pot

The authors sum up ‘The Watchmen’ in these words: “Britannia in the late fourth The eagerly awaited second book in the Britannia series by Richard Denham and M J Trow, The Watchmen, has been published by leading ebook publisher Thistle. This second part follows a group of soldiers (the Heroes of the Wall from

of history. How many of them will still be standing at the end?”.

century is a wild, dark place and the Pax

Britannia: Part II: The Watchmen has

Romana that has held for three hundred

been published by Thistle Publishing and

years is crumbling. Justinus Coelius is

is available in e-book and paperback

commander of the Wall and he is facing

formats from Amazon. For more

invasion from Saxons and treachery from

information visit www.britannia-series.

within. Leocadius Honorius is consul of


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Pulling together to make a difference home-cooked treats provided by the

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The wonders of the natural world of conservation activities in the UK and

over the next 10 years, creating more


immersive experiences for visitors.

Many of the animals at the zoo are

The building of a new tropical house, that

endangered in the wild so Marwell is

will be heated by the zoo’s own anaerobic

part of breeding programmes to ensure

digester, will follow shortly afterwards.

a healthy population of a wide range of species. This year the zoo celebrated the birth of Kanika an Amur leopard cub. The Amur leopard is the world’s most

As usual, Marwell has plenty of events in store for 2015, starting with February Half Term. To find out more visit www.marwell.org. uk/whatson

threatened big cat and is under serious risk

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of extinction.

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Recent estimates suggest there are less

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than 50 individuals left in the wild.


Maintaining a healthy captive population

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giraffes, endangered tigers to playful


coatis, curious meerkats to pygmy hippos

In 2015 Marwell Zoo will open ‘Wild

– Marwell’s 140-acre park is home to over

Explorers’, a brand new exhibit housing

170 exotic and endangered species, in

spectacular African wildlife.

beautiful, landscaped surroundings.

Wild Explorers marks the start of a £17m

As well as being a fantastic day out,

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A wish come true for Holly princess and be a princess for a day herself.

Sadly, Holly’s condition is now terminal,


Also on Holly’s wish list, is to raise

there is no more the doctors can do and she awareness of her condition and raise funds will not be able to make the trip to Disney, so to buy an Accu Vein for Queen Alexander Rob and Andrew arranged for Cinderella to Hospital urology unit. come to the store, and hand deliver Holly’s

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It didn’t stop there, John Snowden, a for patients. Creatiques Bridal Boutique in Southsea professional photographer, was asked to Miss G (aka Andrew Pearce) will be surprised Holly Joiner-Mason by granting come along to photograph the whole event performing on the 20th March 2015, at the her wish to be a princess for a day. as a keepsake for Holly to remember her day. Sailors Home Clubon behalf of Holly’s charity Holly, 25, from Portchester, suffers with

Andrew went on to create a hair design appeal to help raise the £12,000 needed to a medical condition called ‘Velo-Cardio- for Holly and dressed her as a real princess buy the portable Accu Vein for QA Hospital. Facial Syndrome’, a combination of medical complete with her own sparkling tiara. If you want to know more about how you problems which can vary in every case. Wendy, Holly’s mum, said: “Holly was can donate to Holly’s cause, please contact The surprise was organised after Holly’s choked up and speechless on the day, which Wendy Joiner-Mason on 02392 785723 or mum, Wendy, talked to the co-owners of doesn’t often happen. The whole experience visit www.gofundme.com/happyholly Holly the bridal shop, Andrew and Rob Pearce, for her was amazing. She said it was the best already has a cheque for £1,000. about her daughter’s condition and her wish day of her life. She felt like every women If you want tickets for the Miss G show to travel to Disneyland to meet a Disney should feel on her wedding day, like a true please visit www.fabulous-missg.co.uk

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10 New Year, New You Health Tips. By Frank Mangna foods everyday in order to encourage

6. A selection of healthy fresh dried

This bacteria produces substances that

herbs and spices will make your food more

can reduce the signs of ageing. They

interesting varied and tastier.

also help to lower the risk of chronic diseases.

different ways to try and reduce those Christmas pounds. The following tips will help you to create a positive mindset, start the year with healthy habits and a healthy lifestyle. 1. Start by changing to healthy wholegrain

7. Include exercise and fitness in to your diary. Whether you choose to walk, jog,

2. Drink up to 2 litres of water per day

cycle, and go to the gym or even exercise

in order to maintain good hydration

from home. Exercise will keep you fit and

levels and flash out all the unwanted

healthy and help to keep the doctors away.

toxins from your body.

By this time most of you would be finding

like the whole process has been their idea.

the growth of positive gut bacteria.

8. Exercise at least 3 times per week,

3. Eat five servings of fresh fibre rich

find a training partner, a gym buddy, and a

fruits and vegetables per day and make

Personal trainer or simply join some group

sure that some of them are eaten raw.

exercise classes in order to stay motivated.

4. In your diet try to include foods

9. Make short-term fitness goals, as they

which are high in iron and calcium in

are more achievable. Find an incentive, set

order to boost your immune system,

yourself a challenge. A wedding, meeting

blood and strengthen your bones.

up with some old friends, a birthday party

5. It has been proved that getting

or even a holiday. These events can be your

your whole family involved in healthy

incentive to get into good shape and help to

food shopping can help to get them

keep you motivated.

more interested when it comes to

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Swim school success at Christmas meet Locks Heath Swim School ended 2015 on a high as

Jack Newton achieved a club record in his 100m butterfly.

coach Lynda Reid took along a big team to compete

Kyle Kirkland had yet another successful meet leaving him in

at Southampton Quays Christmas Meet on Sunday 14 December. The team managed to collect nine medals, 76 personal bests and four County Championship qualifying times. Arabella Suitte swam exceptionally well in her 100 back

2nd position in both 50m back and 100m Back. Other children which competed and swam well when representing the club were Ella Richardson-Fitt, Shona McGrath, Mia Day, Kyle Kirkland, James Hall, Joshua Beaudro, Lucy Newton, Hannah Roberts, Taylor Collins, Sophie Firth

managing to improve her County qualifying base time to an automatic qualification time. Jess Larby, aged 13, won a bronze medal in the girls 50m free. May Fletcher, aged 10, was awarded with her second medal ever, and it was a super shiny gold one, as she came first in the girls 50m back achieving a new PB. Shannon Lamb and Evelyn Hall both achieved county qualifying times. One to watch for in the future is the young Amelia Ayling: at only 9 years old her 50m fly was outstanding, a confident, well swam race which left her in second position in her age group.

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Our offices at Oaktree House in Lowford are manned by 8 fulltime coach holiday professionals. They have the knowledge and experience to guide and advise you through every aspect of your holiday and provide 24 hour on-call assistance should that unforeseen problem arise once you are away. Working closely with our family owned and operated sister company “Angela Coaches� and other reputable local coach operators we use quality coaches of no older than 6 years, are professionally maintained to the highest standard and bear the distinctive livery of Angela Holidays. We also understand that a driver is more than someone who just gets you from ‘A to B’ and that is why our drivers are selected not only for their professionalism, but also their experience, knowledge and consideration to each passenger’s individual needs. Angela Holidays takes pride in producing summer and winter season brochures. We offer a full tour programme ranging from UK based trips to 14 day adventures through Europe and believe that we can recommend a holiday that will suit both your needs, and your budget. We take enormous satisfaction from the knowledge that once you have travelled with Angela Holidays you will join our family of loyal customers who return year after year, safe in the knowledge that their travel experience will be of the highest possible quality. If you live in Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire or West Sussex you are never too far from an Angela Holidays pickup point. We have a wide selection of pickup points within a 30 mile radius of Southampton to help ensure that the start of your holiday is both stress free and timely. Once on board your holiday really starts as you sit back, relax and let our friendly and informed staff take care of your every need. Call us now on 023 8040 4536 for a brochure and lets start planning your next adventure. Alternatively, visit our website www.angelaholidays.co.uk to browse our extensive range of short breaks and holiday packages.


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All wrapped up at the Christmas Fair

Christmas was kicked off in style at Hook-with-Warsash Academy last month with a fabulous festive fair full of Christmas treats. There was a fantastic range of delights to keep every Christmas shopper happy including children’s toys, books, a wine tombola and even a chance to meet the busy man himself: Father Christmas. All visitors were keep entertained at the fair with a wonderful range of activities including face-painting, balloon-modelling

and cookie decorating. There was even an opportunity for visitors to make their own Christmas decorations at the arts and crafts stall. Little shoppers were given an extra hand to get themselves organised for Christmas with a special mums’ and dads’ present stall with wrapping facilities provided so that all secrets can be kept under-wraps until the big day. Refreshments were also on hand to motivate tired shoppers along with Christmas carols sang by children from year 2 and there was even a play area with a ball pit for children to play in. Mrs Willoughby, Headteacher of Hook-withWarsash Academy, said: “The fair was an enormous success this year with a wonderful range of activities for everyone to enjoy. “Every year this event is organised by the PTFA and supported by helping parents and staff. Funds raised from events such as these will allow the school to invest in quality resources for the pupils to enjoy. “We would like to say an enormous thank you to everyone involved in making the day such a success.”

January Farmers’ Market in Fareham Visiting



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free range eggs, fish from local

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producers and discover what

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Collingwood hopes for repeat success Military personnel at HMS Collingwood have completed a 50 mile charity relay competition with hope of winning the trophy for the fastest team for the consecutive year. Leading Physical Trainer ‘Scouse’ Carley took charge of the Phase 2 training establishment’s entry into the Fleet-wide event known as the ‘Norfolk Trophy’. Each team to enter must run 1x50 mile in a relay fashion to accrue the fastest overall time in a bid to win. The Collingwood team of over 70 runners are hoping to beat the establishment’s winning time last year of 5 hours, 27 minutes and 58 seconds with a time of 6 hours, 41 minutes and 43 seconds. In the same style as the previous year, those participating this time were invited to run in Christmas themed attire whilst fundraising for The Rainbow Centre. On the start line to witness the event beginning, was Captain Steve Dainton CBE RN, Commanding Officer of HMS Collingwood. The first runner of the day was the new First Lieutenant, Lieutenant Commander Mike Long, who after his mile remarked: “It was a very chilly morning but well worth the small amount of discomfort for a local charity that does a massive amount for children and adults that will last a lifetime.” Also in attendance from The Rainbow Centre was Jessica Greenwood, Community Fundraiser, who

commented: “The support we receive from Collingwood is always great and I was happy to be invited to see the relay begin.” The ‘Norfolk Trophy’ is the shore side adaptation of the ‘Mike Till Trophy’ challenge. The ‘Mike Till Trophy’ is run each year in memory of Mike Till, who died whilst serving on HMS Sheffield during the Falklands Conflict in 1982. In total, the event raised £519.68 for The Rainbow Centre.

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Prince Consort The Prince Consort is a welcoming Public House which sits in the heart of Netley Abbey, just a stroll down the road from Victoria Country Park. Pepe the landlord, who heralds from Spain, has lived in Hampshire for over 30 years, and met his lovely wife Karen in the village, when the pair were working at a local restaurant. As well as well as providing accommodation and a function area, there is a regular Sunday Night Quiz and weekly Meat Draw. But its Karen’s home cooking that is the real hit with the local villagers. “All our ingredients are fresh and wherever possible we source locally. We then prepare all our quality ingredients fresh every day, that’s everything, here in our kitchens, by our Chefs.”

The Restaurant is open 7 days a week with a menu that offers a wide choice for everyone including vegetarian options and a children’s menu. Don’t forget our Sunday Menu with three types of Roast, Fish dish & a Vegetarian option. The Prince Consort also has separate accommodation to the rear of the main Pub and Restaurant. There are seven rooms available and all our visitors have access to off street parking and private access. All rooms have en-suite facilities and are equipped with Television, Coffee and Tea facilities and Free Wi-Fi and prices include a full English breakfast. The Prince Consort Pub and Restaurant proudly supports ‘The Jubilee Sailing Trust’ and raised over £500 for them at the V.C.P Pumpkin Festival 2014 by making and selling the ‘best ever’ Pumpkin Curry.

Prince Consort Pub and Restaurant Pepe and Karen will always look forward to seeing you at the Prince Consort Pub and Restaurant. On offer is a full range of Beers including Real Ales. Pepe has taken the time to choose a selection of wines to suit all tastes and extensive ranges of Spirits are also in stock. The Bar also offers a selection of Coffee together with tea. The newly refurbished Bar and Restaurant offer an excellent environment and atmosphere. The Bar area also offers free Wi-Fi.

The Restaurant is available for Private function bookings. Quiz night every Sunday at 7:00pm **New from January - Weekly Meat Draw**

Sunday Roast Dinner - Menu 1 Course £9.95 with three types of Roast, Fish dish & Vegetarian option Bar Mon-Sat 11:00am-11:00pm Bar Sunday 12:00-10:30pm Food Mon-Sat 12:00-2:30pm Food Mon-Thurs Eve 6:00-9:00pm Food Fri-Sat Eve 6:00-10:00pm Food Sunday 12:00-8:00pm

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Council recognises ‘Green’ schemes Local residents, businesses, schools

Small Business Award - Rund

and organisations were recognised

Partnership Ltd (Sponsored by

for good examples of sustainability

Hampshire Chamber of Commerce)

within the Borough at the inaugural





Eastleigh Borough Sustainability

Eastleigh Scout Hut (Sponsored by

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Elliotts Building Merchant)

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Innovation - MeasureMyEnergy Ltd (Sponsored by Southern Water)

celebrated a range of schemes and

Cabinet Lead for Environment &

initiatives that have helped to reduce

Sustainability Cllr Louise Bloom said

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The winners in the six categories were

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January - April 2015

Southampton City Art Gallery • SeaCity Museum • Tudor House & Garden ADULT ACTIVITIES Saturday Life Drawing Sat 17 Jan / Art Gallery Education Room 11am-4pm / £30 / Pre-book Draw from life in a relaxed and supportive environment with the opportunity to work in a variety of media, including collage and paint. Basic materials provided. Expressive Drawing and Mixed Media Workshop Sat 31 Jan / Art Gallery Education Room 11am-4pm / £30 / Pre-book Enjoy a day of developing expressive mixed media art pieces, looking at quality of line and mark making in response to the drawings and sculptures of Louise Bourgeois. Bring an image of an object that has personal meaning. Suitable for all abilities. Step into Hampshire: Dance Workshop Sundays: 8 Feb / Tudor House / 2-4.30pm / £12 adult, £6 child / Pre-book Step dancing was once the most widespread of all British folk dances – and anyone can do it! All with live music, put simple steps and foot tapping into social dances. Age 8 to adult. Natural Dyeing & Textile Workshop Sat 14 Feb / Art Gallery Education Room 11am-4pm / £30 / Pre-book Enjoy a basic introduction to the extraction of dyes and the use of mordants to achieve different colours with the same dyes and also try out other patterning techniques. Suitable for all levels. Woodlands in Watercolour Sat 14 Mar / Tudor House Education Room 11am–4pm / £30 / Pre-book Discover how to paint woodland scenes, with a focus on techniques for trees in watercolour. Learn about colour mixing and specialist techniques.


ARTIST ROOMS: Louise Bourgeois FREE Exhibition Tours Saturdays: 24 Jan, 28 Feb & 28 March / Art Gallery Jan & March 2-3pm Feb will be 1-2pm / FREE Pre-book Join artist Jo Bressloff for an engaging and informative tour of the ARTIST ROOMS: Louise Bourgeois exhibition. Albert’s WWI Wartime Diary: Southampton’s Ambulance Trains and Hospital Ships Sun 1 Feb / Tudor House 2-3pm / FREE / Donations welcome / Pre-book Discover the remarkable story of an RAMC serviceman who served in Southampton during WWI and left a meticulous, humorous and at times heartbreaking record of his war years serving on its Ambulance Trains and Hospital Ships. Evening Exhibition Talk with Kurt Jackson Thurs 12 Feb / Art Gallery 6.30-7.30pm / £5 / Pre-book Join artist Kurt Jackson as he talks about the paintings and sculpture in his wonderful new exhibition Place. Art History Study Days Sat 14 Feb and 25 Apr Art Gallery Lecture Theatre 10am-3pm / £26 (conc. £24) Pre-book Join our bi-monthly study days exploring fascinating art movements and artists. Includes a visit to the gallery and morning refreshments. Sat 14 Feb: Explore the life and work of Louise Bourgeois. Sat 25 Apr: Explore the life and work of Matisse.

Mini Monets Club (Age 2-6) Saturdays: 10 Jan, 7 Feb, 7 Mar / Art Gallery / 11am12noon / £5.50 / Pre-book An exciting variety of creative materials provided for each session including a visit to the gallery and a squash drink. The Young Ones (Age 7-12) Saturdays: 24 Jan, 28 Feb, 28 Mar / Art Gallery 10.30am-12.30pm / £7 Pre-book Explore different types of art inspired by the gallery’s exhibitions and experiment with a variety of materials, and take home a masterpiece. New! Toddler Time (Age 18mths-4yrs) Thurs 19 Feb – Beside the Sea / SeaCity Museum 10.30-11.30am / £3.50 Pre-book Calling all active and curious toddlers! Join us for exciting story and rhymes, discover museum objects and be mini-explorers around the museum.

Book Binding Workshop (Age 8-13) Weds 18 Feb / Art Gallery 10.30am-3pm / £15 Pre-book Why not learn the skill of book binding and go home with a fantastic selection of sketchbooks to draw and write in! Frozen Wands and Snow Storm Jars (Age 3+) Wed 18 Feb / Tudor House 10am-12noon OR 1-3pm / £5 Pre-book Create wonderful Frozeninspired wands and produce snow storm jars as dreamy keep sakes. Ships, Knights & Castles (Age 6-11) Thurs 19 Feb / Tudor House 10am-12noon OR 1-3pm £5 / Pre-book Make a ship magnet, find out about medieval times and make your own junk model castle!

Young Persons Workshop: Louise Bourgeois 3-D Self Portraits (Age 12-16) Felt Masterpieces (Age 5+) Fri 20 Feb / Art Gallery 10.30am-3pm / FREE Mon 16 Feb / Art Gallery Pre book 10am-12pm OR 1-3pm / £5 Pre-book Learn how to build your own 3D sculpture using wire and Have fun as a family working mod-rock. Create your own with wool to create beautiful and unusual felt masterpieces self-portrait inspired by Louise Bourgeois’ Cell XIV (Portrait). inspired by our exhibitions. Battle Animation (Age 8-13) Mon 16 Feb / SeaCity Museum / 10.30am-3.30pm £22 / Pre-book Spend the day creating an animation inspired by the War Games Exhibition. Please bring your action figures along. Tin Soldiers (Age 4-11) Tues 17 Feb / SeaCity Learning Deck 1 / 10am12noon and 1-3pm / £5 Pre-book Come and explore our new exhibition War Games and then get creative making a fantastic artwork of a vintage Tin Toy Soldier.

FREE Shakespeare Special Event: A Trail of Tales. Fri 20 Mar / Tudor House 10.30am-4pm / Entrance to the Museum applies Drop in Drop in throughout the day and experience the delights of the Shakespeare in a Week Theatre Company. Some of Shakespeare’s best loved characters are scattered throughout our beautiful historic venue living out their famous stories.

Museum and Gallery Activities tel 023 8083 4536 to book. Visit: www.discoversouthampton.co.uk/visit/whats-on

The Horse and Jockey: Live music nights

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• Free Wi-Fi • Live Music • Specials Boards • All Ingredients Fresh & Locally Sourced Where Possible • Gluten Free Options Available Including Beer • Quiz Night Every Tuesday • Themed Nights • Plenty of Parking • Small Boats, Canoes & Kayaks Can Moor at High Tide

At the head of Curbridge Creek lies the Horse and Jockey – a real winner of a pub that offers you a seat right at the water’s edge. A popular retreat for ramblers exploring the nearby wildlife sanctuary, the pub promises home-made food and lush liquid refreshment. There are quiz nights every Tuesday, as well as regular live music evenings. January: Fri 16 - Adrian O’Neil (rock covers), Fri 23 - The Geckos (rock covers), Fri 30 - Doctor Blu (blues). February: Sun 1 - Blues at Curbridge Creek, Fri 6 - This Way Up, Sat 14 - Valentine’s Day: Doc Martin Trio (acoustic Latin pop), Fri 20 - David 9 Lunas (acid blues, punk folk and reggae country), Fri 27 Castletown (acoustic rock). Book now for Valentine’s Day. Thursday 12 - Saturday 14. Remember to check the high tide time on their website: Tel: 01489 796654 www.horseandjockeycurbridge.co.uk

LOCAL groups

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Sarisbury Choral Society is a mixed

choir of about 35 members. They meet on Thursdays in the Community Centre, Sarisbury Green from 7.50 to 9.20 pm. New members are welcome. Visit sarisburychoralsociety.weebly.com

Warsash Horticultural Society meet on the last Wednesday of each month in the Victory Hall, starting at 7.30pm. For more information phone Suzanne Holleyoak on 01489 574498.

Solent Fuchsia Club

Locks Heath U3A meetings are held at St. John’s Church Hall, Locks Heath Park Road

meet on the first Tuesday of each month in the United Reform Church, starting at 7.30pm. For further details call: 01329 282186.

on the last Friday of the month from 2-4 pm. Members can park in the church grounds and

Whiteley Wags meet on the second Thursday of each month at 7.30pm at Whiteley Primary School.

nearby roads. There is a speaker each month and tea and biscuits will be available at the end of the meeting. There are numerous Interest Groups where you can learn together with fellow members in a friendly environment.

Sarisbury Green meet Burridge & Park Gate

Locks Heath meet on the

on the third Thursday of the month at 1.45pm at the Community Centre. Visitors and new members are welcome to attend.

third Wednesday of each month in the Memorial Hall on Locks Heath Park Road, starting at 7pm.

meet on the first Tuesday of the month at St Margaret Mary church Hall, Park Gate at 7.15pm. Visitors and new members welcome.

Warsash meet on the last Hedge End meet on the

Titchfield meet on the 4th

Thursday of each month in the Victory Hall, starting at 2pm. New members welcome. For more information phone Mary Ford on 01489 584923

Monday of the month starting at 7.30 pm and finishing about 9.30 pm in the Parish Rooms, Titchfield. Visitors are welcome.

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fourth Tuesday of each month in the Hedge End 2000 Centre, from 7.30pm to 9.30pm (doors open at 6.45pm).

The Complete History of Comedy (abridged) Written and Directed by Reed Martin & Austin Tichenor Following a hugely successful, critically acclaimed season at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014 the Reduced Shakespeare Company will set out to reduce the UK to tears of laughter in Spring 2015. Yes that’s right, the bad boys of abridgement will finally tackle the subject they were born to reduce. From the highbrow to the low, The Complete History of Comedy (abridged) covers comedy through the ages, from Aristophanes and Shakespeare to Vaudeville and Charlie Chaplin. The Complete History of Comedy (abridged) is far more affordable than tickets to an amusement park, but you’ll still come away with the same feeling of nausea and motion sickness. From cavemen telling “Rock Rock” jokes to Chris Rock and everything in-between, the Company leave no joke untold as they deconstruct the entire history of comedy in 90 rollicking minutes.

The Reduced Shakespeare Company is a three-man comedy troupe that takes long, serious subjects and reduces them to short, sharp comedies. Since 1981, ‘The Bad Boys of Abridgement’ have created nine stage shows, two television specials, several failed TV pilots and numerous radio pieces – all of which have been performed, seen, heard and translated into Klingon the world over. The company’s first three shows, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), The Complete History of America (abridged) and The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged) enjoyed a nine-year run at the Criterion Theatre in Piccadilly Circus. Not only were they London’s longest-running comedies, but at one point the Reduced Shakespeare Company had more shows running in the West End than Andrew Lloyd Webber. The company were last seen on a four month t+our of the UK and Ireland with The

Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged) at the start of 2014. Before that a whirlwind eight month tour of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) played to packed houses throughout the UK and London’s West End throughout 2013. Prior to this the “other RSC” were wowing the UK with their highly successful Complete World of Sports (abridged), which toured the country before completing a season in London’s West End during the 2012 Olympics. The Complete History of Comedy (abridged) comes to the Berry Theatre in Hedge End on Friday 6 March. www. theberrytheatre.co.uk www.reducedshakespeare.com formation

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Three Belles mark 1st Birthday celebrations for Gracie Ann’s Gracie Ann’s, waterside Tea Rooms in Port got tickets. We were pretty Solent, celebrated its first year in business much sold out each day for in 1940’s style with local singing trio ‘Three the three sittings of high tea.” Belles’ at a Luxury Afternoon Tea party in late November.

Kim Collins, from Fareham, said; “My friend brought our

Diane Newsham owner of Gracie Ann’s tickets several weeks ago to said, “It’s been a brilliant year for the treat me, as I really liked the business and to celebrate with the Three idea of luxury afternoon tea. Belles was the icing on the cake for me.

We were not disappointed.

“When we asked our customers what we The food was lovely and the should do to celebrate the most popular entertainment was brilliant.” idea was a themed 1940’s style afternoon tea party.




Waterlooville, said: “I bought along my

“I also organised a short term alcohol mum and mother-in-law for afternoon tea, licence to serve a glass of ‘bubbly’ to add it was brilliant. I have been to Gracie-Ann’s a bit of sparkle and the Three Belles were before so knew that the birthday event fantastic, everyone had a great time.

would be very popular and got my tickets

“We held the event over two days to early!

The cakes and sandwiches were

make sure everyone who wanted to come delicious and so fresh.”

The afternoon luxury tea was a selection of finger sandwiches, scone clotted cream and jam and selection of petit fours. And on this occasion a glass of bubbly too! Gracie Ann’s Tea Rooms is on Facebook – like the page and follow for special events and news updates or visit www.gracieanns.co.uk open Monday to Saturday: 10am - 6pm – Sunday 11am - 5pm.

Affectionate cat Freddie looking for loving home DISTRIBUTORS WANTED “Want to earn money and keep t?”

The Loop Magazine has an opportunity Distributors Wanted. We are looking for reliable, trustworthy distributors in the following areas Locks Heath and surrounding areas Hedge End and West End Fareham You will need to enjoy walking, be of a reasonable tness and able to deliver over one weekend every other month. You must be aged 13+ (no upper age limit)

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Freddie is a cat with a lot of character and affection. He is in care as he was unhappy living with a number of other cats. Freddie is looking for a secure home where he will be the only pet and receive a lot of attention. He would be content living with older children. If you would like to take on Freddie and have a garden for him once he is settled please contact 023 8043 5855. There are a number of cats in foster care – all longing for a loving home of their own.

Banff Mountain Film Festival to come to Portsmouth’s Kings Theatre in March remarkable characters behind the hair raising on-screen action sports, including climbing, skiing, alpinism, mountain biking, adventure travel, kayaking and more. The Tour is much more than a series of incredible film nights. It brings together people with a wide range of outdoor passions who return every year to enjoy the fantastic community feeling of a Banff screening and leave with new enthusiasm and inspiration for their own adventures. The popularity of the UK and Ireland leg of the World Tour is quickly growing. In 2015, the Tour is expected to bring together more Big Screen, Big Stories: Travel the world

The festival showcases a diverse collection

and experience a selection of inspirational, of the best and latest films from the global exhilarating and unforgettable adventures mountain sports community. The two and from the comfort of your theatre chair at a half hour programme has been selected the Banff Mountain Film Festival World from over 370 films which were entered Tour.

into the prestigious Banff Mountain Film

Now in its sixth edition, the 2015 UK Festival, held in the Canadian Rockies in and Ireland Banff Tour will be the largest November 2014. The film programme will to date with 82 screenings taking place be announced in December. in 55 locations, including 15 new venues, between 24 January and 6 June 2015.

Banff audiences will be taken on a journey around the world, as they get to know the

than 45,000 adventure lovers, celebrating the outdoors in unique venues right across the UK and Ireland. The World Tour travels the globe every year, to over 45 different countries from Australia through to Antarctica, being enjoyed by more than 300,000 people worldwide. The Banff Mountain Film Festival comes to Portsmouth’s Kings Theatre on March 25. For Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour tickets and information go to www. Banff-uk.com.

I just thought I’d email you to let you know that I’ve had a fantastic response to my adverts in the first couple of issues of ‘The Loop’! Financially, I’ve had well over 1000% return on my investment which in itself is excellent, but I’d go as far as to say ‘The Loop’ magazine can take a lot of the credit for the most successful start of the year I’ve ever had! Many thanks to all at ‘The Loop’ magazine. I and all at Rubbish Clearance and Waste Removal are looking forward to the next edition coming to print! Yours, Jim Gildea

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Mandy’s New York Marathon A Babcock employee from Lee-on-the Solent successfully conquered the New York Marathon (NYM) earlier in November. Mandy Chalkley, a Senior Specialist based at HMS Collingwood, completed the epic 26.2 mile race around New York in five hours and fifteen minutes. The NYM was Mandy’s first attempt at this long distance race and saw her and fifty thousand other runners follow a course around the famous boroughs of NY including Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Harlem. She competed in the race as a personal challenge. Mandy, who began running just over four years ago in a bid to get in shape remarked: “I noticed I was out of breath from just climbing the stairs so I joined a local Boot Camp class and also began running. “After three unsuccessful attempts to enter the London Marathon, a friend suggested the NYM as it seemed a lot easier to enter. “I have officially supported the London Marathon before but it doesn’t compare to the support and atmosphere I received in NY. On each corner there was live music, gospel

Keen to continue endurance challenges, Mandy has already signed

choirs and cheer leaders, it is certainly the biggest and the best up to compete in a Tough Mudder next May, and also has a number of half marathons to look forward to. Marathon.”

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Spectators wowed at HMS Sultan’s Bonfire and Fireworks night

Thousands of spectators packed into HMS over 10,000 people, was organised as an entertainment on display.” Sultan for the Establishment’s annual affordable community event, entertaining

“Hopefully everyone who has come along

Bonfire and Fireworks Night last year for an those of all ages with a large funfair, fire this evening will realise how valuable our evening of fabulous entertainment. A crowd buoyed by the exceptionally good weather enjoyed hearing live music

eaters and entertainers all part of the fun. Afterwards Captain Gulley said:

local community is to us, we are so grateful that they have come along. Any money

“We are always immensely proud of our which is raised from tonight will go back

from Country and Western Duo Ward Bonfire & Fireworks event and what it in to charity funds which will support the Thomas alongside a number of on-stage means to the people of Gosport who turn welfare of our service personnel.” competitions provided by The Breeze.

up each year to support us. Year on

Jermaine Jackman followed to perform year the reputation of our events a few of his up and coming music tracks, continue to grow with spectators before the winner of the hit BBC TV show travelling from far away to join with The Voice was joined by Captain Trevor us.” Gulley the Commanding Officer of HMS

“As with our Summer Show all

Sultan and a lucky competition winner of the personnel that have been to set off the Fireworks Finale to it’s own involved tonight have done so with magnificent soundtrack.

lots of energy to ensure that their

The half-term display, which attracted performance matches the excellent

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Rosetta voted most important scientific breakthrough

The European Space Agency Rosetta space mission is the first time a spacecraft has

it landed a robotic probe on its surface

when the Rosetta spacecraft was launched,

and has now been voted the most

this year it caught up with comet 67P/

important scientific breakthrough of 2014

Churyumov-Gerasimenko, completing a

by Science journal.

complex serious of manoeuvres to put it

Voted top out of a list of 10 scientific

into orbit and land the probe. Instruments

breakthroughs, including major advances

on Rosetta have already detected water,

in medicine, robotics, synthetic biology and

methane and hydrogen as well as rarer

palaeontology including the discovery that

molecules such as formaldehyde and

cave art in Indonesia thought to be 10,000

hydrogen cyanide, findings that could

year old is actually up to 40,000 years old.

indicate whether comets delivered the

been put in orbit around a comet.

The ESA mission began 10 years ago

vital ingredients of life to the early Earth.

New horizons spacecraft wakes up observing the Pluto system on Jan. 15

After a voyage of nearly nine years and

Since launching on January 19, 2006,

three billion miles, which is the farthest any

New Horizons has spent 1,873 days in

New Horizons’ closest approach to

space mission has ever travelled to reach

hibernation. With 18 separate hibernation

Pluto will occur on July 14, but plenty

its primary target, NASA’s New Horizons

periods, from mid-2007 to late 2014,

of highlights are expected before then,

spacecraft came out of hibernation in

ranged from 36 days to 202 days in length.

including, by mid-May, views of the Pluto

December for its long-awaited 2015

The team used hibernation to save wear

system better than what the mighty Hubble

encounter with the Pluto system.

and tear on spacecraft components and

Space Telescope can provide of the dwarf

Operators at the Johns Hopkins University

reduce the risk of system failures.

planet and its moons.

Applied Physics Laboratory confirmed

The wake-up sequence had

at 9:53 p.m. (EST) that New Horizons,

been programmed into New

operating on pre-programmed computer

Horizons’ onboard computer in

commands, switched from hibernation to

August, and started aboard the

“active” mode. Traveling at light speed, the

spacecraft at 3 p.m. EST on Dec.

radio signal from New Horizons currently

6. About 90 minutes later, New

more than 2.9 billion miles from Earth, and


over 162 million miles from Pluto takes

word to Earth on its condition,

four hours and 26 minutes to reach NASA’s

including the report that it is

Deep Space Network station in Canberra,

back in “active” mode.


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New exploratory lunar mission announced The remaining funding requirements of the project will primarily be met through sales of digital memory boxes to the general public, as well as through public sector and commercial backing. Also included in the time capsule will be a publicly assembled, owned and authoritative record of life on Earth. This ‘public archive’ will include a record of human history and civilisation to date alongside a species database showing the biodiversity of animals and plants. The project will make the public archive available online both during development and afterwards so it can be developed further. Education and inspiration are central Lunar Mission One, an ambitious and

anticipate that this mission will provide

pioneering lunar mission, has been

new and significantly advanced insights

announced in late November.

into the origins and evolution of the Moon

The mission is raising initial development funding




crowdfunding platform, giving people from around the world the opportunity to support and be a part of the mission. As overall technical advisors for the first

and Earth. It will also tell us more about the practicality of a permanent manned base at the lunar South Pole. Lunar Mission One is using crowdfunding platform




to of

fund the



stage of the project, Lunar Mission One

Supporters who make pledges to the

has engaged RAL Space, which has been

project via Kickstarter will become lifetime

involved in developing more than 200

members of the Lunar Missions Club. They

space missions and has supported NASA

will have access to a range of information

and European Space Agency missions.

and experiences relating to the project,

Within 10 years, Lunar Mission One will

from ‘Meet the Experts’ events to the

land on the Moon’s South Pole. Using

opportunity to have their name inscribed

innovative new technology, the mission’s

on the lunar landing module.

aim is to drill to a depth of at least 20

Kickstarter backers will also receive

metres deep, but potentially as deep as 100

rewards including a digital ‘memory box’

metres, allowing the mission to access and

for inclusion in a 21st Century time capsule

analyse for the first time lunar rock dating

that will be sent to and buried in the Moon

back around 4.5 billion years. Scientists

as part of Lunar Mission One.

to the mission, which aims to inspire a generation to learn more about space, science,




through a worldwide programme of educational



partners backing the project include The Institute of Education and the Open University. All surplus funds raised from the project will go to a non-profit charitable Trust for supporting future space science and exploration. David Iron, Founder of Lunar Missions Ltd and the Lunar Missions Trust said: “Lunar Mission One will make a huge contribution to our understanding of the origins of our planet and the Moon and will inspire a generation to learn more about space, science and engineering – in the same way that my generation was inspired by the Apollo Moon landings.”

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finance /legal

Why put off to tomorrow, what you can do today?

Taxpayers need to file their 2014 tax returns by 31st January 2015. But despite the best efforts of HM Revenue & Customs, taxpayers insist on leaving tax return preparation until the last minute. This coincides with the festive winter period which means nothing gets done in the month up until 2 January. This leaves less time to file and pay any tax owed before the 31 January 2015 deadline. The main advantages of filing a tax return early are as follows. Peace of Mind With your tax return completed and submitted early you can relax and enjoy the holiday period without a tax cloud looming over you. Cash flow management Early filing of your tax return, gives you time to plan for the tax bill and to manage your cash flow. If you pay your tax bill late, HMRC will charge you interest and late payment surcharges of up to 10%. Another benefit of filing early is that if your tax liability is less than £3,000 and you submit your tax return by 30th December 2014, you can choose to have your tax liability collected through your PAYE tax code which means it will be deducted from your wages or pension over the following year. Tax payments aren’t accelerated Even if you file your tax return early, you need only pay the tax liability by the normal due dates of 31st January 2015 and

if applicable, 31st July 2015 Tax refunds are made quickly If you file your tax return early, you should receive any tax refund you are due fairly soon after you’ve submitted it; HMRC do not wait until 31st January to pay you. Therefore, if you suspect you have overpaid tax and are due a refund, you should really prepare your tax return as soon as possible. Time If your affairs have changed this year and you have, losses or a significant amount of additional income, then preparing your return early can gives you the time to consider any tax planning opportunities which could lead to tax savings. Having plenty of time to prepare your return reduces the risk of errors being made, because you aren’t rushing to get it finished. Contacting HM Revenue & Customs Getting hold of HM Revenue & Customs is difficult at times, but it’s even more difficult around the tax return deadline. Avoid leaving your tax affairs until December or later; just in case you need to speak to them and can’t get through. If you are due a tax refund, you’re also likely to experience a longer turnaround time if you file your return during their peak times. Penalties HMRC have changed the penalty regime for late tax returns, and these are now significantly more than they used to be.

For example, the initial £100 penalty used to be reduced if you paid the tax on time or was capped to your tax liability. But the £100 penalty is now automatic. If your tax return is more than three months late, £10 daily penalties start to accumulate up to a maximum of £900. A penalty of the higher of £300 or 5% of your tax due is then charged if your return is 6 months late and again if it becomes over 12 months late. And all of these penalties are in addition to one another; rather than in place of. This can mean penalties for late tax returns can top over £1,600. Accountants & Advisers Using an accountant should take away the stress of filing a tax return and leave you to concentrate on running your business. Not only should penalties and interest be avoided, but accountants may be able to save or defer you tax. They should also keep you informed of your tax position and abreast of any changes in the tax regime. If you plan to use an accountant to deal with your affairs, you should be aware that some firms may charge you a premium if you deliver your records to them close to the deadline because they may have to pay overtime to staff in order to complete the tax returns in time. Moore McCusker, a local Chartered Tax adviser advises: “Taxpayers should provide the information to their advisers as quickly as possible so that if there is a problem the accountant can be held responsible”.

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