Issue 10 March

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Issue 10


IN THIS ISSUE Focus on Fair Oak A host of maritime events Local astronaut set for space The Wickham Festival NETWORKING IN YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY . . . . . . 39,000 copies delivered



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The LOOP is your one-stop shop for excitement, interest, entertainment and information. We make sure that every issue is packed with competitions, articles, photos and facts, all relating to your local community. If there’s a new place to go, an event to attend, a show to see or a new restaurant or shop to try, we make sure to include it.

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In this issue, we focus on Fair Oak, have a host of maritime

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events and happenings, and have a feature on this year’s Wickham Festival. We pride ourselves on having our ears to the ground in our

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Award ceremony held to honour charity apprentices

An award ceremony was held at The Rowan Hospice Trading Company in Farlington to congratulate apprentices who successfully completed their level 2 NVQ in Customer Service. Whilst studying for the qualification the apprentices worked in charity shops and a processing centre, gaining valuable work experience. Amy Palmer and Will Locke were presented with their certificates and enjoyed a celebration tea with the Trading Company managers including Russell Sansom, manager of the North End shop



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and Andrew Cordery who was, until recently, manager of the Fratton Shop, but is now based at the ‘Secret Warehouse’ in Farlington. Also successfully completing his apprenticeship was Dave Sturgeon who received his certificate and celebrated with the van drivers and processing team. All three of the apprentices have been offered full-time employment with the Trading Company. Anne Yendell, Director of Income Generation and Communications, said: “They have worked hard and continue to grow in both skills and

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confidence levels and have proven to be an asset to the Trading Company.” More information about The Rowans Hospice Trading Company, the locations of the shops, how to make donations and volunteering is available on The Rowans Hospice website: www. The Rowans Hospice team works with the NHS specialist palliative care teams to achieve optimal quality of life for families affected by lifeshortening illnesses both within the community and at our Hospice. It costs £4.3 million each year to provide hospice care and to ensure the hospice building and grounds are well maintained, offering a haven for rest and recuperation. The provision of their Hospice at Home service increases this figure to £4.8 million. Although The Rowans Hospice receives some statutory support from the NHS and Social Services, over £4 million (including Hospice at Home) still needs to be fundraised each year. This would not be achieved without help and support from the local community. For more information please visit www.

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Fareham College celeb rates new building opening

Fareham College celebrated a key milestone in its Bishopsfield Road Campus redesign project with the official opening of the first completed building by Mark Hoban, MP. The £16 million project is creating innovative new learning spaces, with investment in technology and facilities to build an outstanding College that will offer students from Fareham, Gosport and the surrounding areas the very best

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educational experience. The opening of ‘A Building’, the first new teaching space to be completed as part of the redesign, was celebrated with an event attended by key project stakeholders, and the unveiling of a commemorative plaque within the building’s contemporary new foyer area. Guests had the opportunity to tour the building, which is now fully operational and includes new workshops for construction students, 16 general purpose classrooms and two IT suites. Students in the new building are studying construction, sport and uniformed services and travel and tourism – all key careers to our local and regional economy. President of the Student Board, Laura Quelch, took her first look around the new building and said: “The classrooms

are amazing, so bright, light and modern – they will definitely provide a really inspirational environment in which to work.” Completed ahead of schedule, the opening of ‘A Building’ is an exciting taster of the leadingedge learning environments that will be featured throughout the rest of the campus redevelopment, which is due to open in September 2015. The campus design will create a ground floor courtyard of real life studios, workshops including a new gym, art studios, digital industries lab, hair and beauty suites and, of course, our excellent Avenue 141 fine dining restaurant. On the upper floors there will be new science labs, a fully integrated media, music and performing arts suite and general purpose teaching spaces. Fareham students will have access to transforming facilities that promise to support the delivery of the very best vocational training in Hampshire. As well as housing the latest technologies and curriculum-based equipment, the new campus will feature an impressive architectural design that focuses on accessibility and incorporates sustainable, environmentally responsible solutions, placing Fareham College at the forefront of educational institutions in the area. As well as formally opening ‘A Building’, MP for Fareham Mark Hoban joined staff from the College and Bouygues UK for a ‘topping out’ ceremony of the building works, where those who have been integral to bringing the new College design to life signed a foundation wall within the progressing structure, leaving a poignant mark which could well be uncovered in generations to come. Mr Hoban said: “I am sure that the investment in this exciting development at Fareham College will reap excellent returns by producing ambitious young people who will be inspired to pursue exciting careers or go on to higher education. “It is my pleasure to open this building, and I wish the College all the best for the remainder of the project.”

Concert raises over £3,000 for local charities

Five local charities were presented with cheques following a successfil concert held at HMS Collingwood. Members from the Royal British Legion, Royal Naval Association, Royal Air Force Association, The Jon Egging’s Trust and Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity were invited to the Wardroom at the Phase 2 Training Establishment to receive their donations. Also in attendance, were the organisers of the Concert including Flight Sergeant Vanessa Bray

and VIP Commanding Officer of HMS Collingwood Captain Steve Dainton CBE RN. After a brief welcome and cheque presentation the attendees were treated to an intimate surprise lunch with the Captain. Captain Dainton said: “It was a pleasure to be able to sit with the representatives from each charity and get to know their members and the amazing work that they do behind the scenes.” Phil Williams, Branch Chairman for the Royal British Legion, Netley and Hamble commented:

“Vanessa came along to an Armed Forces Day event we were at and asked if we would be interested in attending the Concert. We were delighted to have received the support and happy to have helped support the Concert. We didn’t realise that there would be anything after the concert so this was a wonderful surprise.” The well attended ‘We Will Remember Them’ remembrance concert held at Collingwood last November invited each charity along due to their connection with the armed services. Each had the opportunity to promote themselves to attendees as well as act as standard bearers during the event. The Concert raised a total of £3,300 was raised through ticket and raffle sales enabling a sum of £660 to be donated to each charity. Speaking about where the donation will go, Dr Emma Egging, CEO of The Jon Egging Trust commented: “The money raised will go directly to our Blue Skies programme, raising the aspirations of young people from Bournemouth who face barriers to learning and supporting them to be the best they can be. “Thank you to everyone who made the event such a success.”

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New artwork celebrates 50 years of Lions Club in Eastleigh

An eye-catching piece of artwork incorporating an image of a Lion has been jointly unveiled by the Mayor of Eastleigh, Cllr Tony Noyce and Lord David Chidgey to celebrate 50 years of the Lions Club of Eastleigh. The artwork that is sited in Leigh Road Recreation Ground has been jointly funded by

Eastleigh Local Area Committee (ELAC) and the Lions Club of Eastleigh. The image of the lion, designed by the Council’s Implementation & Design Officer Joanne Calcutt, was fabricated locally by ICEE Ltd and consists of several panels of 12mm thick Corten pre-rusted steel. The artwork is an anamorphic design

meaning it needs to be viewed from one specific direction to see the complete lion. It also features a range of words chosen by the Lions Club to reflect their work over the last 50 years. Chair of ELAC Cllr Paul Bicknell said: ”The Lions do fantastic work for the community all the year round and have been doing so in Eastleigh for 50 years. It is only fitting that the town recognises this long connection with the Lions with this stunning artwork which will last another 50 years as I hope the Lions do. This artwork is a fitting tribute to the Lions and is already bringing greater awareness to them as people study and “work out” the artwork.” Cllr Wayne Irish, President of the Lions said, “I am delighted to be president of Eastleigh Lions in its 50th year in Eastleigh. I would like to thank Eastleigh Borough Council for their help and support with this.’ The sculpture completes the refurbishment of the new seating area on a corner of the Recreation Ground that also included the Installation of three Council’s flag poles. The area will also include planting later in the spring.

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Cancer survivor raises over £8,000 for Dave Wellman Cancer Trust in memory of lost friend Tina Wellman-Hawke of the Dave Wellman

mastectomy and reconstruction, but she also had

Cancer Trust was delighted to be handed a

secondary in her Carotid Artery. But with the help

cheque from Sarah Kirk, for £8300 which was

of her amazing consultant, family and friends,

raised from a ball held at Rowlands Castle Golf

she came through and has achieved so much.

Club on 10th October 2014.

Not only has she put on an amazing ball, she has

Sarah organised the ball with Bobby Davro on hand to entertain the guests of over 200 who

also put herself through Hell Runner, a gruelling assault course and 12 miles of a mud fest.

were in stitches. The gourmet meal saw the

Sarah said: “Jamie was my rock throughout. He

head of the table, wearing a proper chef’s hat

understood like no-one else. He was the bravest

and apron, carve the succulent beef that just

and kindest man I have ever met and I promised

melted in the mouth. There was an auction that

him shortly before he was taken from us after a

raised a massive amount along with the raffle, a

long battle with Cancer that I would do as many

wonderful sum of over £16,600 was raised and

crazy muddy runs as I could.”

the proceeds were divided between the charities

Sarah continued: “CLIK is an awesome charity

the Dave Wellman Cancer Trust and CLIC Sargent.

and one which helped Jamie and his family

The evening was sponsored by S G Consultancy

throughout. I also support The Dave Wellman

in Fareham and was in loving memory of Jamie

Cancer Trust: another close to my heart helping

Whitehouse, Sarah’s dear friend.

in the research and supporting many individual

Sarah met Jamie whilst they were both going

and families. I would like to thank everyone who

through treatment. Sadly Jamie passed away,

has donated and made the money I have raised

but Sarah wanted to raise money in Jamie’s


honour. Sarah not only went through a double

Tina said: “Sarah is an inspiration, and to see her

with her wonderful son, Aidan, is lovely, they truly are a team and love each other so much. I cannot thank Sarah, her friends and her family enough for their hard work, they truly have helped in the fight against cancer.”

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“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 you to have the light and spacious feel of a


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a Youth Music Festival at the Victory Hall from

the stocks, mini golf game, mini wire buzzer

1800 hrs. All local Junior schools are invited

game plus Rotary display for various charities.

to send their musically inclined youngsters to compete. Personalised certificates for all participants plus specific ones for the winners and runners up in each section, there is prize cheque’s for the winners and runners up. Thursday 4th June: “Tea on the Beach” Local elderly residents are taken to Lee on Sea for an afternoon tea and entertainment. A joint venture between Locks Heath Inner Wheel and Locks Heath Rotary. A service to the community project. Between 12 and 20 local ‘elderly’ residents are collected by car and taken to a Rotary owned ‘tea hut’ on Lee on Sea shore line. They are treated to afternoon tea and entertainment is laid on for them.

Saturday 20th June: Participate in a National Rotary ‘Cycle Ride’ day with all proceeds going to Prostrate Cancer. Saturday 4th July: Warsash Festival. Held on the Strawberry Fields off Newtown Road, Warsash. A bi-annual event with attendance of some 5000 local residents and their families and friends. Over 50 stalls, plus bands playing, dance demonstrations, dog competitions in the main arenas surrounded by stalls offering everything from hot dogs and beef-burgers, ice cream, teas and biscuits to a host of games supplied by local charities and businesses. Locks Heath Rotary will provide an in the shade tea room, hot

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Eric Robinson Solicitors Launches ‘The Advice Hour’ ‘The Advice Hour’, the initiative seeks to promote the proactive use of solicitors at an early stage. ‘Solicitors and legal advice are often seen as the last resort,’ explains Craig Petrie, Head of Eric Robinson Solicitors’ Dispute Resolution Team. ‘Apart from the obvious benefits of reducing anxiety, frustration and giving peace of mind, knowing your legal position early on in a matter can save time, money and a great deal of stress in the long run. Our aim is to offer a no obligation service which is accessible and affordable to ordinary people’

As part of its commitment to ‘making law make sense’ specialists at one of Hampshire’s largest law firms have launched a new service which makes legal advice accessible and affordable. Eric Robinson Solicitors is offering private individuals the opportunity to meet with its specialist team for advice and practical guidance on the options available for resolving any issues or concerns in regard to disputes concerning contracts, agreements, property, land , wills or the administration of a deceased person’s estate. Entitled

‘We have already dealt with a number of local people who have sought advice on property issues involving blocked access ways, boundary issues, and also those who have had concerns arising out of the administration of a deceased person’s estate. During the advice hour we ascertain your concerns, advise you on any relevant paperwork and give you some workable strategies for resolving the problem.’ For more information on ‘The Advice Hour’, which is charged at a flat fee of £80 + VAT (£96). To make an appointment contact: Craig Petrie or Debbie Ross on 023 8022 6891 or or

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Irish smash hit brings fresh show to the Kings Theatre

Essence of Ireland is set to hit the Kings Theatre, Portsmouth on 15 March. Guaranteed to ignite audiences with its compelling love story inspired by true events, Essence of Ireland is set against the music and dance of Ireland, USA and Spain. Creative Director and co-writer Ged Graham is delighted to have dancers from the Solas School of Irish Dancing performing. He says: “We as producers really want the Solas dancers to participate fully in our show and not just be on the outer edges. My daughter is performing in the Stockport show for example

and I want her to have fantastic memories of being a real part of our production.” Creative Director and co-writer, Ged Graham, says: “We set out not just to tell a powerful love story, but to tell a bigger tale based on true events about the love between a man and his country – something which audiences really relate to. “Our show is guaranteed to entertain and move audiences young and old, whether through our hard hitting story or through our quality music and dance extravaganza!” Set against the backdrop of Ireland, England and America in the 19th century, Essence of Ireland tells the story of love, joy, happiness and heartache endured by Coro McGowen and Sean Dempsey as they are separated by emigration from each other and their beloved Ireland. As the story moves across to England and then on to America, the show takes you on a journey through many historical events including America’s introduction to rock and roll and John

F Kennedy’s historic presidential visit to Ireland in 1963. Simultaneously heart-breaking and heartwarming, many of the much loved Irish songs that run so deep within the country’s music heritage are seamlessly entwined within the show’s engaging story, including ‘Galway Girl’, ‘Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears’, ‘Tell me Ma’ and ‘Irish Rover’ along with original scores. Ross Mills, Director of Production and co-writer of Essence of Ireland, says: “The Irish have a cultural identity like no other and that pride in their cultural identity, heritage and traditions, manifests itself in the global phenomenon that is ‘St Patrick’s Day. “The tour, which has been scheduled around St Patricks Day 2015, aims to really capture that authentic Irish feeling and celebrate this infectious heritage, which is now shared by all cultures worldwide.” Essence of Ireland has a world class and multinational ensemble all of whom are immensely proud of their Irish heritage and deep seated roots – giving a huge weight to the production’s strong sense of place and Irish identity.

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Phase One of Swanwick Marina Expansion Open for Business

Phase One of Premier’s Swanwick Marina boatyard development is complete; offering new and existing customers first class facilities and an outstanding line up of marine services. Located on the eastern bank of the River Hamble, Swanwick Marina accommodates over 300 berths and boasts 24 hour access to the Solent. With the existing boatyard having been in operation since the 1970’s, Premier has invested £5.8 million to build a modern, industry leading boatyard and Phase One of Swanwick’s boatyard is now set to challenge the best on the South Coast. At the heart of the new development is a modern, industry leading boatyard with purpose built accommodation for a suite of marine services. Existing tenants, Dixon Yacht Design, Clipper Marine, Sea Ventures, Marine Clean and Swanwick Marine Engineering are all making the move into the new boatyard complex; attracted by the lighter and more spacious units with adjacent parking and luxury showers and toilets for both berth holders and tenants. Comprising 16 individual offices and workshops, the new boatyard building houses a number of new companies; adding a fresh line up of marine services to the mix. Services include everything from boat sales to heating and engine maintenance and marine electronics to property consultancy and RYA courses. Marine engineering specialists Keto Marine and Hamble (Boat & Rib) Centre and also boat sales company M.i.Cats, property consultants Knight Frank and RYA accredited training school, Urban Truant have all been attracted to the site. Hendy Marine (division of the Hendy Group) has also secured 4 units in the new complex and will be moving in shortly; experts in engine servicing and suppliers of new and refurbished engines for the marine, industrial and automotive industries. The new boatyard aims to set the standard for the marine industry by providing a larger, more modern and user friendly business environment for tenants. But whilst the facilities in the new yard are up to the minute, the buildings have all been designed in an architectural style that reflects the heritage buildings on the site and preserves the character of the marina. To complement the services provided by on-site tenants, Swanwick Marina has also upgraded its boatyard facilities to make it the one-stop location to carry out boat maintenance.

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A new dedicated dry stack area has been installed to offer storage for 80 boats up to 11m and a specialist Neptune dry stack forklift provides fast lifting and launching from the rack to the new dry stack launch bay. The new boatyard also boasts a new hoist bay and new in 2015 and unique to UK coastal marinas is the addition of a new self-serve fuel pontoon with a dedicated high-speed diesel pump for large power boats and pump out facilities. Premier Marinas Chief Executive Pete Bradshaw commented: “Premier Marinas prides itself on providing first-class facilities and customer service at all its marinas. Swanwick’s new boatyard will provide an unrivalled boatyard on the River Hamble and in turn, the expansion of the marina will encourage growth across the whole site, attracting further businesses and generating more employment in the area.” Work on the new boatyard began in early 2014 and the second phase, due to be completed by March 2015, will include an additional building for boat sales offices and new tenant, Maricom; suppliers and installers of navigation and electronic systems.

Swanwick Marina Introduce New Dry Stack Premier’s Swanwick Marina in Hamble is introducing a new dry stack service for boats up to 11m; providing boat owners with a flexible and cost effective alternative to keeping their boats in the water. The new dry stack will store up to 80 boats of between 6m and 11m in length, but Premier is expecting the dry stack to be extremely popular amongst RIB and sports boat owners and fishermen as a convenient alternative to towing, launching and recovery. Dry stacking is the ideal way to store small to medium motor-driven boats as it provides improved security against theft and allows boat owners to maximise their time on the water by reducing the time they spend on the launch and retrieval of their boat. Boat owners can also expect to benefit from easier maintenance, as dry stacking reduces wear and tear on the hull, which in turn means improved through the water performance and reduced fuel consumption. Maintenance costs are lower too and the boat’s residual value is maintained for longer. As part of Premier’s dry stack service, customers will be able to request for their boat to be put in the water, any day of the week – with at least 1 hour’s notice (9am-5pm).

A specialist marine forklift will lift the boat gently out of the dry stack and launch it safely into the water ready for immediate use. On returning to the marina, boat owners will be able to leave their vessel on the new waiting pontoon, where it will be lifted ashore, washed off and stored safely until their next visit to the marina. Flexible service aside, Swanwick Marina offers excellent on-site facilities and a fantastic mix of marine services. Premier’s dry stack customers can also enjoy the benefit of free nights at other Premier marinas, fuel at cost and 15% discount on boatyard services and savings on marine insurance. Andy Osman, Swanwick Marina Manager commented: “We’re excited about this new service as it offers a safe and secure solution to storing motorboats or RIBS. Cheaper than a marina berth it is a great alternative to towing and launching and gives boat owners almost instant access to their boat, 7 days a week.” Swanwick’s dry stack service is available now and includes unlimited launches and recoveries throughout the year for annual dry stack customers. For more information on dry stack or to get a quote, contact Swanwick Marina on 01489 884081, email office@ or call into the Marina Reception.

The National Watersports back for 2015! The National Watersports Festival is back at Hayling Island between 4-6 Sept 2015 with a full line up of activities and events.

Over 500 Windsurfers, kitesurfers, kayakers and stand up paddle boarders will make the annual pilgrimage to Hayling for three days of racing, clinics, taster sessions, trade shows, live music and partying! The event is free for spectators, who can take advantage of all the displays, trade shows and catering tents. For a small charge they can even have a go at the taster sessions in all of the sporting disciplines or boogie the night away at the official parties! National, world and Olympic champions will be rubbing shoulders with everyone who attends and are always happy to chat about the sports they hold so dear. There will be floodlit displays in the evenings, where the professionals venture into the dark out and show off their honed skills to the captivated crowds, expected to exceed last year’s figure of 10,000! Make sure you don’t miss out on any of the activity, by checking the official

P&O takes delivery of its biggest ever ship P&O Cruises has officially taken delivery of Britannia – the largest cruise ship ever designed specifically for the British holiday market. The handover ceremony took place last month (Sunday February 22, 2015) in Italy’s Trieste and was attended by Carnival UK executive chairman, David Dingle, senior executives from P&O Cruises, as well as senior teams from the shipyard Fincantieri, where Britannia was built.

The traditional ceremony included the exchange of flags, in which the shipyard flag is taken down and the P&O Cruises flag is flown. Britannia’s Captain Paul Brown was also presented with the first water to touch the hull of Britannia during the official float out ceremony. Other guests at the handover ceremony included some of P&O Cruises Food Heroes; TV wine expert Olly Smith who is represented in The

Glass House wine bar and restaurant as well as master patissier Eric Lanlard and cheese expert Charlie Turnbull who are represented in The Market Cafe and Epicurean fine dining restaurant. Britannia will left Fincantieri shipyard at the end of February and arrived in Southampton on Friday March 6. She will be officially named on Tuesday March 10 before her maiden voyage to the Mediterranean on Saturday March 14.

Southampton Boat Show 11-20 September 2015 The Southampton Boat Show is the perfect opportunity for the whole family to banish the back-to-school blues by getting together and enjoying a fun day out. The event will completely transforms Southampton and creates an array of exciting attractions all located in the purposebuilt marina. Whether it’s having a go on the attractions, listening to live music, getting up close to super yachts or simply shopping for new sailing equipment, it’s sure to be an action packed day.

Hosted in one of Europe’s largest purpose built marinas, the Show will accommodate more than 300 boats on the water as well as hundreds of exhibitors from the marine industry. A great and interactive day out for all the family, the Southampton Boat Show has something available for visitors of all ages.

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Southampton Apprentices to Build Sustainable Boat for Ben Ainslie Racing Ben Ainslie Racing has announced that a new project with City College Southampton to build two specialised docking ribs. The boats will be built by apprentices trained by the college under the supervision of Darren Patten at the College’s Marine Skills Centre.

The docking rib has been developed from those used at the 34th America’s Cup to help berth the huge, foiling multihulls. The ribs have a highly innovative design, powered by a centrally positioned outboard that can be rotated through 360 degrees to push the boat in any direction. This makes them very manoeuvrable, an important asset when they are used to move the AC45 and AC62 America’s Cup boats into their berths. The team has researched the most sustainable materials from which to manufacture the boats, supported by

BAR’s sustainability partner 11th Hour Racing. A mixture of materials have been explored that have a lower environmental impact than traditional resins and fibres, researching their overall impact in terms of strength and environmental footprint. The team is working with the college on natural materials such as flax (a plant material that has been used in marine applications for thousands of years), epoxy bonding resins with high biomass content (50+%), and a recyclable PET core material that comes from plastic bottles.

The project will provide an opportunity to assess these more sustainable materials. The students are already taught to monitor the different material and wastage quantities as part of their curriculum – driving efficiency in the construction process, an important component of sustainability. The students working on the ribs are mostly Level 2 and Level 3 apprentice boat builders and engineers, studying for City and Guilds qualifications. Many of them work for local marine companies and attend the college one day a week. The college’s Marine lecturer, Darren Patten will manage his rotating workforce so the highest possible number of students will have the opportunity to work on the project, and be part BAR’s challenge for the 35th America’s Cup.

The construction commenced at the beginning of the spring term, and the boats are due for delivery in May 2015 – so the timeline is tight. BAR’s Shore Manager, James Stagg commented, “We’re really pleased that City College Southampton have joined us in this project. We need these docking ribs before we commence sailing operations at the new HQ in Portsmouth this summer, but it’s great to do it in such a way that it will give these young apprentices workplace experience with a project that they own.”

Every student will have the opportunity for exposure to each of the speciality skills involved in the production; from the building of the mould, through the composite construction, fairing and painting, and finally the fit out of engines, tubes and electronics. BAR will be responsible for the materials, and the boats will be built with support partners Yamaha, who will provide the engines.

Sarah Stannard, Principal of City College Southampton said “We are delighted that our Marine Skills Centre team of staff and students will be working with Ben Ainslie Racing to build the docking ribs. This project is an exciting opportunity for our students to work on a world-class project and to make a contribution to the BAR team’s objective of bringing the America’s Cup home to the UK.”

Adventure on your doorstep! Will you push the boat out? For the first time ever, RYA Push the Boat Out will be running over nine days, giving even more people than ever before the opportunity to experience sailing and windsurfing across the UK. Whether you’re a regular sailor, new to the sport or simply want a day out with the family, Push the Boat Out (9-17 May 2015) provides the perfect opportunity for everyone to get out on the water and have a great day out. RYA Push the Boat Out is all about people connecting with their local sailing club or provider and discovering just how easy it is to get involved in a fantastic social outdoor sport. Why not try something new at one the RYA ‘have a go’ taster sessions at your local sailing club? With two weekends and five weekdays, clubs and centres across the region will be running even more activities to appeal to a wide range of people, showcasing what the sport offers, from the freedom of being on the water, to the social buzz, the thrill of racing and the fact there really is something for everyone.

Why give sailing a go? Sailing has everything – from being a sociable relaxing experience to a high adrenaline, high action sport. Experience the adrenaline buzz of skimming across the waves on a windsurfer, or flying across the water in a small dinghy.

Sailing is also one of Britain’s most successful Olympic medal winning sports and one of the most accessible sports for people with a disability.

Join the club Push the Boat Out will provide you with the perfect opportunity to find out what your local sailing club has to offer. Clubs offer a range of fantastic facilities and are the perfect place to experience your first taste of sailing or windsurfing. Sailing has seen huge investment by the RYA and Sport England in the last four years and many clubs have comfortable lounges, dedicated training rooms and up to date changing rooms, plus there are hundreds of boats available in clubs across the country for children and adults to learn to sail, borrow or hire. They are open to the whole family, with children from a very young age able to sail along with their parents and then enjoy quality time together in the clubhouse afterwards. If you want to learn more after your taster session, many sailing clubs run courses that cater for youngsters from the age of eight upwards helping them progress from learning to sail to more advance skills and racing. There’s also an equivalent set of courses for adults.

Photo: RYA/Paul Wyeth

Photo: RYA/Paul Wyeth

RYA Club Support Advisor Jackie Bennetts explains: “Last year’s Push the Boat Out was a huge success, probably our biggest and best yet, and it was fantastic to see so many clubs and centres taking part with record-breaking numbers out on the water. Photo: RYA/Paul Wyeth

“We’re already looking forward to seeing the different options and opportunities that will be on offer for all ages and abilities this year simply by extending the event over the nine days. RYA Push the Boat Out 2015 promises to be even better!”

RYA Push the Boat Out If you’re involved in running a club or centre and you’ve never hosted a Push the Boat Out event before, make sure you get involved this year! Love Boating? Then why not join the association that promotes and protects, safe, successful and rewarding British boating. Join today and support the RYA in protecting your boating rights and freedoms. Take advantage of free advice and support on all aspects of your boating, as well as enjoying a range of fantastic personal member offers. Find out more by calling 0844 556 9556, or email

About Push the Boat Out Push the Boat Out is an RYA initiative which was first created as part of the RYA Sail for Gold Programme which was launched in March 2011. The 2015 event will take from 09-17 May and will see clubs and centres across the UK holding taster sessions and inviting those who live locally to come and ‘have a go’ at sailing and windsurfing. For more information visit

About the RYA • The RYA is the national body for all forms of recreational, competitive and professional boating. It represents dinghy and yacht racing, motor and sail cruising, RIBs and sportsboats, powerboat racing, windsurfing, inland cruising and personal watercraft. • The RYA is recognised by all government offices as being the negotiating body for the activities it represents. It continually fights for the rights and freedoms of its 103,000 personal members, the majority of whom choose to go afloat for purely recreational non-competitive pleasure on coastal and inland waters. There are an estimated further 500,000 boat owners nationally who are members of RYA affiliated clubs and class associations. • The RYA also sets and maintains recognised standards for training for both leisure and commercial boating through a network of more than 2,500 RYA Recognised Training Centres in 47 countries. More than 220,000 people per year complete RYA training courses. • The RYA is committed to promoting all forms of boating and making them accessible to everyone. For more information please refer to our website

P&O’s New Cruise Ship Britannia General Facts Britannia is the largest ship designed exclusively for the British holiday market, and was the fastest selling ship in P&O Cruises history when Britannia went on sale in February 2014. Britannia heralds a new dawn for P&O Cruises. A modern classic, Britannia is borne out of 178 years of cruise expertise and passion. Britannia will effortlessly combine classic signature features, with brand new innovations, making this the most exciting representation of the P&O Cruises experience yet. Britannia will be far and away the most stylish ship afloat, and we have employed leading British hotel designers, Richmond International, to bring a new sophistication to the sea. Britannia will boost P&O Cruises capacity by 24%. With a length of 1,082 feet, it will carry over 3,600 passengers and is 141,000 tons Food We believe Britannia to be the number one ship for foodies, with contributions from six leading names on the British food scene - our Food Heroes A first for Britannia, we are working with James Martin to deliver The Cookery Club, a world-leading cooking school where passengers will cook with the Food Heroes and our own talented team of chefs. This, combined with visits from other renowned celebrity chefs will add a new dimension to holidays at sea.

Environmental The ship will be our greenest yet and will be designed to deliver much greater levels of operational and environmental efficiency. A new hull form will reduce unit fuel consumption by up to 20%.tal The ship can produce 1,500 tonnes per day of drinkable water from sea water using waste heat from the Britannia has a highly energy efficient air conditioning plant utilising heat recovery air handling units and distributed fan-coils When working to full capacity, Britannia’s four engines will generate 62.4 Megawatts or 84,000 horsepower which is equivalent to the power generated by 168 supercars, allowing the 141,000 ton ship to cruise at a speed of 22 knots

Accommodation Following travelling trends and customer research Britannia will also have more single cabins than any other cruise ship, many of them with balconies. Entertainment Britannia will also be home to a new era of entertainment for P&O Cruises, with a range of state of the art technology in her theatre, and some truly imaginative stage shows. Passengers will also enjoy our first combined dinner and entertainment venue, with a whole host of stars lined up to take the stage. Art Britannia will boast Britain’s largest floating art collection, containing more than 6,000 artworks. The multi-million art collection represents a new approach with works having been chosen to complement and enhance Britannia’s interior designs to give the feel of a luxury hotel. Pieces ranging from paintings and bronze sculptures to ceramics and paper wall reliefs have been created by a wide variety of artists – most of them British – with some from as far afield as Japan, Australia and South Africa. The striking Star Burst sculpture is the dramatic centrepiece of the atrium, reflecting Britannia’s “modern classic” style that combines contemporary design with P&O Cruises’ seafaring heritage. The sculpture, which takes its inspiration from the night-time stars which ships traditionally used to navigate the world’s oceans, sits within a framed ceiling sky of midnight blue, bursting downwards with acrylic shards and lit from above and within. It was created and designed by Buckinghamshire-based Jona Hoad Design.

Duchess of Cambridge Gets Inside Track on Cup challenge

Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) and the 1851 Trust were today delighted to host a visit from The Duchess of Cambridge, the Trust’s Royal Patron. The Duchess received the inside track on the team’s progress and was privy to some of the secret technology that will not only give the team the competitive edge in the upcoming 35th America’s Cup, but also be adapted for the BAR Visitor Centre. This will be run by the 1851 Trust at BAR’s Portsmouth HQ and will show not only why STEM matters, but STEM in action. The Duchess was introduced to BAR’s Design Team, who shared the innovative technology behind the America’s Cup racing, introduced some of the advanced technologies the team have in development and gave an update on the timeline and build schedule, between now and the final racing event in 2017. Many of these technologies will be simplified and used within the BAR Visitor Centre which will be an engaging and interactive showcase for the sport, sustainability and innovation, to inspire and engage more young engineers. It will also support the STEM agenda - to focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in schools and provide resources to teachers within the core subjects. Ben Ainslie commented, “It was fantastic to have The Duchess join us today. We’ve just returned to sailing on the Solent with our training boat, and it was a chance for us to be able to explain what we are up to on the technical side of the team’s challenge, and show the work that goes on behind the scenes” The Duchess added her own touch to the 1851 Trust mural - painting BAR’s foiling AC45 The tour continued to Old Portsmouth and the

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construction site of the new headquarters and BAR Visitor Centre. To celebrate its launch last October, the 1851 Trust hosted an art project, coordinated by Southsea arts company Strong Island, bringing seventy two young people from six local schools together – St Jude’s Church of England School, Park Community School, Admiral Lord Nelson School, Charter Academy, Ryde School and Ryde Academy – to work on a painting of the Solent waters that link them all. Local street artists James Waterfield and My Dog Sighs supported the project, painting the skyline from Portsmouth to Ryde, Isle of Wight, and worked with the students who filled the Solent with images of its rich maritime history - a history that Ben Ainslie Racing will maintain from their new home in Portsmouth. The students showcased their artwork to The Duchess, including HMS Victory – Admiral Lord Nelson’s flagship – now just a few hundred metres away in the Historic Dockyard. The Duchess added her own touch to the mural, alongside Team Principal, Ben Ainslie, with a painting of the team’s AC45 – the dramatic, highspeed foiling ACWS boats that will race off Portsmouth and Southsea seafront in July 2015 and 2016. The final stop was the Spinnaker Tower in Gunwharf Quays, which provided a great view from over 100m in the air of the

BAR headquarters site and the construction work. The Duchess was briefed on the construction of the headquarters, the BAR Visitor Centre and shown the racecourse for the America’s Cup World Series event in July. Local students from Brune Park Community School, City College Southampton, Cowes Enterprise College, Springfield School, Mayfield School, Portsmouth Grammar School, Priory School, Riders Junior School and Westover Primary School were also invited to meet The Duchess. The 35 students are some of the first to experience the ideas and exhibits in development that will feature in the Visitor Centre, including a virtual 3D sailing experience. The Duchess of Cambridge tried out some of the BAR Visitor Centre exhibits in development Once open, the centre will provide a unique new experience of sailing for visitors, giving those who have never previously been in a sailboat a sense of what it’s like to race at the very top of the sport. Other tasters on show included a 3D printer, producing custom parts for the team’s boats and the Power Grinder that the sailors use for fitness training, adapted to demonstrate the importance of energy efficiency. The new building is being constructed to BREEAM Excellent standard, and sustainable operations and safeguarding the marine environment are the final pillar of the 1851 Trust’s activity. The Duchess also met apprentices from City College, Southampton. The student apprentices are building two ‘Docking Ribs’ (specialist boats that will help manoeuvre the America’s Cup multihulls in preparation for craning) in a combined project with BAR. Helping young people achieve maritime skills and qualifications is another long term goal of the Trust.

Swimming school picks up 42 medals at winter meet

The swimmers from Locks Heath Swimming Squad delivered 75 Personal Bests, 42 medals, five Hampshire County Qualifying Times and a club record at a meet hosted by Fareham Nomads at Waterlooville on 25th Jan. Newcomers Sophie Thompson and Taylor Gargiulo, both nine, performed well, putting in personal best performances, with Taylor successfully winning a gold medal in his 50m backstroke and a bronze in 200m freestyle. Joshua Beaudro, 10, was on fire in the 200m Individual Medley. After the Butterfly leg he was just off the back. He put in a great back stroke leg to get back into contention before taking the lead with what looked like an almost effortless breaststroke leg. He went on to win gold in this race by finishing off the competition with a strong freestyle finish. He also picked up a Bronze medal in his 200m free.

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Jan Stoop, 11, won a silver medal in each of his four races with his best performance being in the 50m butterfly. He won his other silver medals in 50m free, 100m free and 100m Individual Medley. Kyle Kirkland, 10, put in another fine performance and added to his ever increasing medal collection. He secured two gold medals with strong swims in 200m freestyle and 100m Individual Medley. He also collected three silver medals for 50m free, 100m free and 50m back. A big congratulations goes to Jack Newton, 14, who secured not only a personal best but a club record. This time it was for the 400m free. His performance gave him a deserved third position and a bronze medal. Jack also managed to get bronze medals in 100m free, 50m free, 50m back and silver 50m fly. Jack’s little sister, Lucy Newton, 11, swam well to earn herself a gold medal in 50m back and followed this up with a silver medal performance in 50m fly. Evelyn Hall, 10, swam amazingly well, picking up three silver medals in 50m free, 50m back and 50m breast. She finished off her collection with a bronze medal for her personal best performance in 100m free. Another young starlet was Eve Limburn, nine, who won the 100m Individual Medley for her age category, earning herself her first gold medal. Eve also delivered another top swim to gain a bronze medal for 50m back. Jessica Larby, 13, picked up four shiny medals with good performances in 50m free and 50m back, both for silvers and she gained bronze medals in 200m free and 200m Individual Medley. Not wanting to be outdone by his sister, Thomas Larby, 10, swam out of his skin for a personal best time in 50m butterfly which earned him a gold medal. Thomas showed off his butterfly skills once more in his 100m Individual Medley, helping him finish in second position so another silver medal to add to his ever growing medal collection. Shannon Lamb, 11, continues to demonstrate her individual smooth style, barely making a splash as she glides through the water. Her first race was the 200m freestyle where she showed great strength to finish in second place for a silver medal. She then went on to show a high level of stamina as she finished third in the 400m free, earning herself a bronze medal. Nine year old Isabel Barbary won her first competitive medals by swimming into silver medal position in the 50m backstroke. She then showed good skills in all four strokes to give her a bronze medal for a personal best performance in the 100m Individual Medley. Scott Hutin,10, proved that he has great stamina and determination to succeed after competing in many longer distance races during the day. His best was his 400M free and he well and truly deserved his third position giving him a bronze medal. Brothers Taylor and Matthew Collins were engaged in a bit of sibling rivalry as they raced in adjoining lanes in the 50m breast. Matthew also competed in the 50m free and won a bronze medal in the boys age nine category. There were more medals to come with Arabella Suttie, 12, and Ella Richardson-Fitt, 10, both swimming well to win bronze medals in their age categories for 400m free. Ten Year old Amelia Ayling also delivered an excellent performance in 50m fly to leave her in third position, collecting a bronze medal. For such a young team they delivered some very mature performances and collected a large amount of medals. The LOOP | 31

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Spick & Span Cleaning Services How it all began I started Spick & Span 25 years ago, after giving birth to my son Luke. I needed a way of earning an income, and still getting time to spend with my newborn. I started by putting a little Poem on a card offering cleaning in my local newsagents window, which I am pleased to say caught the eye of a busy family, an elderly couple and then a few weeks later, a professional lady and her mum. The lady and her mum encouraged me all the way and to whom I will always be grateful. I started to receive more calls from recommendations and it all became quite hectic. My sister was on hand to help every now and again, otherwise I was catching the bus in the morning with a pushchair, a days quota of milk and any cleaning bits I needed. I couldn’t afford to run a car, so I had to plan customer cleaning days and appointments very carefully. Soon I needed extra help and so Spick & Span was born. As I am writing this I can still remember the early morning ritual which has remained with me. However, organising the troops now has become slightly different to dealing with a newborn! Spick and Span employees to this day still work hours to fit in with their family commitments, as I still understand the juggling process and in today’s changing world, the need for people to work is more important than ever.

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Wilko for Wickham Star who beat cancer joins The Proclaimers, 10cc and Billy Bragg on Festival Line-Up Legendary rhythm & blues guitarist Wilko Johnson is among the latest big-name acts confirmed for this year’s Wickham Festival in Hampshire. Two years ago the former Dr Feelgood & Blockheads guitarist was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and, after refusing treatment, was given just ten months to live. He embarked on a farewell tour which included a date at the 2013 Wickham Festival described by Festival organiser Peter Chegwyn as one of the most emotional shows he had ever seen. According to his doctors Wilko wasn’t expected to live past the end of 2013 but when he was still alive in the Spring of 2014 his doctors discovered that his cancer was not inoperable after all. They removed a 3kg tumour in an 11-hour operation and Wilko has now made a full recovery and is about to start gigging again with Roger Daltrey of The Who. One of his first gigs will be a fund-raiser for Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge whose doctors saved Wilko’s life. (See Wilko will then appear at a small number of UK festivals this summer and will headline the opening night at Wickham on Thursday 6th August. “It’s bound to be another emotional night”, says Wickham Festival organiser Peter Chegwyn. “When Wilko appeared at Wickham in 2013 we all thought we would never see him again so we’re delighted to be welcoming him back two years later. There’s been huge interest in his appearance with fans from all over Europe booking tickets for his show.” Wilko Johnson will be supported by another legendary rock guitarist at Wickham, Andy Fairweather-Low, who often appears in concert with Eric Clapton. Andy Fairweather-Low was the singer in 60s chart band Amen Corner, had a solo top-10 hit with ‘Wide-Eyed and Legless’ and has often performed live with other guitar greats including Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones, Pete Townsend of The Who, and Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings. Other artists confirmed for this year’s Wickham Festival include chart-toppers 10cc, The Proclaimers, and The South (formerly The Beautiful South), singer-songwriter Billy Bragg, and top folk artists Eliza Carthy, Kathryn Tickell, and Show of Hands.

The Wickham Festival takes place between Thursday 6th and Sunday 9th August, 2015 on a green field site just outside the village of Wickham near Fareham in Hampshire. Day and weekend tickets for the 4-day Festival are now on sale from The Mayflower in Southampton, by phone from 023 8071 1818, online via and in person from Wickham Wine Bar, The Square, Wickham. Full details of the Festival line-up can be viewed on the Festival website




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Dementia advice and support Two new services for people with dementia and their carers have been set upin Fareham, thanks to the Alzheimer’s Society - a Dementia Advice Service and a Support Group. The Dementia Advice Service is based at Fareham Community Hospital, Brook Lane, Sarisbury. It offers confidential advice and wide-ranging information on services available, and is open every Monday from 9 am to 5 pm.

To make anappointment, contact Kellyn Weir on 07707 890891, or email People with dementia and their carers will also be able to visit the Support Group at Fareham Community Hospital on Monday afternoons, from 1-3 pm from Monday, March 2nd. The group offers support and friendship. There’s no need to prebook, just drop in to enjoy tea, coffee and a chat.

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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. March: 1 - David Lunas & The King Pigs, 13/14 - Shamrock Keys, 15 Mother’s Day - Book Now - 1pm Doc Martin Trio, 17 - St Patrick’s Day, 20 - Sunflower Blues Band, 27 - Riverside Blues Band. April: 3 - The Geckos Rock Band, 5 - Easter Sunday - Blues at Curbridge Creek, 10 - Doctor Blu, 17 - Peter Harris Blues Band, 23 - St George’s Day Morris Men. Remember to check the high tide time on their website: Tel: 01489 796654

LOCAL groups

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

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

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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

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.

Warsah Over 60’s Fellowship Club meet fortnightly on Monday afternoons at 2.00pm in The Victory Hall. They have a varied and full programme at every meeting throughout the year – including outings, lunches and theatre visits. New members and visitors are always welcome. For further information please ring Mary Ford on 01489 584923.”

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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.

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

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March - April 2015

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Westgate Hall Talk: Pirates, Pillagers and Pestilence Thurs 19 Mar / 7.30-8.30pm Westgate Hall, (Westgate Street SO14 2AY) / £5 (£4 FoSMAG, SCMAS, A&H Volunteers) / Pre-book A whistle-stop tour of Southampton’s often bloody history. From destructive Danes to the ferocious French, not to mention the ever-present threat of cholera and the plague.

New! Toddler Time (Age 18mths-4yrs) Thurs 16 Apr – Titanic / SeaCity Museum / 10.30-11.30am / £3.50 Pre-book Join us for exciting story and rhymes, discover museum objects and be mini-explorers around the museum.

Tour and Tea at Tudor House Sun 22 Mar / 2-4pm / Tudor House £7.50 (Entrance to the museum is included) / Pre-book Take a full tour of the house and garden then enjoy a hot drink and scone while taking in the beautiful views of our tranquil garden. Tour lasts one hour.

Southampton Vaults Tours Sat 11 Apr / Meet outside Tudor House / 11am-12.30pm OR 2-3.30pm £5 (conc. £4) / Pre-book Discover Southampton’s best kept secret underground. Meet outside Tudor House in St Michael’s Square. Titanic Tour and Tea Tues 14 Apr / 2-4pm / SeaCity Museum / £11.50 Adults, £8.50 Children / Admission to the museum is included) / Pre-book Spoil yourself with an afternoon of history and cream tea at SeaCity Museum. Special Exhibition Tour: War Games Sun 19 Apr / 10-11am / SeaCity Museum / £6 (including entrance to the exhibition) / Pre-book Take a guided tour of War Games and gain an insight into how war and conflict have influenced children’s toys and games through time. Art History Study Days: Matisse Sat 25 Apr / Art Gallery Lecture Theatre / 10am-3pm £26 (conc. £24) Our study days explore fascinating art movements and artists. Includes a visit to the gallery and morning refreshments.


Louise Bourgeois: Family Dream Catcher Webs (Age 5+) Mon 16 Feb / Art Gallery / 10am-12pm OR 1-3pm / £5 / Pre-book Learn a variety of skills to fool and entertain. Suitable for beginners to intermediate magicians. Bring a pack of cards and a packed lunch. Ancient Egyptians (Age 4-8) Thurs 9 Apr / SeaCity Museum 10.30am-12.30pm OR 1.30-3.30pm £6 / Pre-book Learn about different Egyptian gods and goddesses, try the heart weighing scales, mummify an orange and complete a craft activity.

Mini Monets Club (Age 2-6) Sat 11 Apr / Art Gallery Education Room / 11am-12noon / £5.50 / Pre-book An exciting variety of creative materials provided each session including a visit to the gallery and a squash drink. Louise Bourgeois: Spider Sculptures (Age 5+) Mon 13 Apr / Art Gallery Education Room / 10am-12noon OR 1-3pm / £5 Pre-book Come and have fun as a family creating your very own spider sculpture out of wire, fabric and recycled materials. GI Joe Money Boxes (Age 4-11) Tues 14 Apr / SeaCity Museum 10am-12noon OR 1-3pm / £5 / Pre-book Inspired by the War Games exhibition we will create personalised money boxes, complete with action figure to guard your pennies! Young Persons Workshop Louise Bourgeois: Lino Printing Textiles (Age 12-16) Tues 14 Apr / Art Gallery 10.30am-3pm / FREE / Pre-book Learn how to lino print and create your own textile samples using different sewing techniques. Embellish with threads, beads, buttons and found objects.

Young Persons Workshop: Louise Bourgeois Fabric and Wire Spider Animation (Age 12-16) Thurs 9 Apr / Art Gallery Education Room / 10.30am-3pm / FREE / Pre-book Use wire, fabric and found materials to create spider sculptures inspired by works by Louise Bourgeois. You will then learn how to turn your artwork into a stop-motion animation.

Spring Fairies (Age 2+) Wed 15 Apr / Tudor House / 10.30am12noon OR 1-2.30pm / £5 / Pre-Book Listen to a fairy themed story, search for hidden fairies in the Tudor garden and make your own fairy to take home.

Louise Bourgeois: Drawing and Painting Workshop (Age 8-13) Fri 10 Apr / Art Gallery Education Room / 10.30am-3pm / £15 / Pre-book Spend the day exploring drawing and painting skills and techniques.

Shakespeare: Play in a Day (Age 8-13) Thurs 16 Apr / Tudor House 10.30am-3pm / £16 / Pre-book Try on Tudor costumes, try sword fighting, throw some Shakesperian insults at each other, then perform your own version of a Shakespeare play.

All Aboard Titanic (Age 4-8) Fri 10 Apr / SeaCity Museum 10.30am-12.30pm OR 1.30-3.30pm £5 / Pre-book Discover all about life on board Titanic. This session offers the chance to investigate the disaster in an interesting, child-friendly way.

Louise Bourgeois: Sculpture Workshop (Age 8-13) Fri 17 Apr / Art Gallery Education Room / 10.30am-3pm / £15 / Pre-book Enjoy learning the skills to create your own 3D sculptures from clay, wire and mod-roc!

Museum and Gallery Activities tel 023 8083 4536 to book. Visit:

A history of Austin A30 and A35 cars and vans

Little Austin’s have been a favourite of many for decades, they are an infectious petite car which owners have grown to love. The A30 model range was launched at the 1951 Earls Court Motor Show in London by Austin Motor Company and produced by the newly formed British Motor Company from May 1952. The car was advertised as the “new Austin Seven”. This little car was one of the first all new post war cars, made at a time of rationing and hardship but at a reasonable price. At the launch the car cost £507 undercutting the Morris Minor by £62. The body structure was designed by T K Garrett, who had been an aeronautical engineer before

joining Austin but the styling was by Ricardo “Dick” Burzi. Production ran to 223,264 examples before the model run ceased in 1956, they were assembled at Longbridge UK and Melbourne Australia. Originally offered as a two door saloon, by 1954 a van and a van based Countryman were available. A car tested by The Motor magazine in 1952 had a top speed of 62 MPH and fuel consumption of 42 MPG from its 803CC state of the art straight four engine. At the time this was impressive. The car was so successful an upgraded A35 was produced from 1956 to 1959, but the design lasted in van format until as late as 1968. Austin also made a now ultra-rare Pick Up only 477 made. The later A35 had a larger back window and a larger 948CC engine eventually to increase to 1,098CC. These cars have a top speed in excess of 70MPH. Back in the day they were even

tested on the Autobahn, driving flat out all day, averaging 60 MPH for 25,000 miles. Total production for all A35 models reached 354,609. These little cars were successful at motor racing, and rallying during the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. Today they are still used for motorsport and historic car rallies. Find out more by making contact with the local club: New members welcome, together with other car marques.

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children who had gone into domestic service, returned home to their mothers and their church, bringing with them wild flowers picked on the way and a Simnel cake. Congratulations to Susan Dipietro from Bursledon who won our competition featured in the last edition of ‘The Loop’.

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On Saturday May 16 the ballroom at the new Hilton Hotel at the Ageas Bowl will be the setting for a glamorous charity ball raising funds for PLANETS. Tickets are £45 each and include an arrival drinks reception, a delicious 3 course dinner with half a bottle of wine per person, raffle, auction, photo booth, live entertainment and disco. 19.00 arrival and carriages at 1.00am.

Lesley Powell PR Ambassador at Sainsburys Hedge End explained: “PLANETS was chosen by Sainsbury’s Hedge End to be their Local Charity Partner this year and there is a very personal connection. Five years ago one of theirwonderful colleagues Karen Dolan lost her fight to Pancreatic cancer and this is a fitting tribute to her.” The charity ball is being organised by Karen’s daughter Emily ( a teacher at Bitterne Park School ) Debbie (Karen’s sister ) and Lesley ( who worked closely with Karen at Sainsbury’s Hedge End ). PLANETS charity ( started up as the Brain child of surgeon Dr. Neil Pearce and back in 2010 was just an idea. Standing for Pancreas Liver and Neuro Endocrine Tumours Southampton, the charity is based at Southampton hospital and is under the umbrella of the Southampton hospitals charity. Jon Fisher Director of Sales at the Hilton commented: “We are looking forward to welcoming guests to this cherished charity dinner. The stunning ballroom in the new Hilton at The Ageas Bowl, will be a fitting venue for such a worthy cause”. For more information and to purchase tickets, please contact Emily at or Lesley at who will both be delighted to help you with your request. The LOOP | 43

Landscape Gardening & Maintenance Jim’s Mowing Your lawn is waking from its Winter sleep, and needs attention. The first cut of the season, when the soil is reasonably dry and the grass has begun to actively grow, can occur any time in March or early April. For those first cuts, set the blade higher, otherwise you run the risk of severe yellowing. Now is the time to apply moss-killer, and to repair any broken lawnedges. Once the grass is actively growing, shorten the cut height and give the first feed to ensure good strong

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Loving your part time garden all year round It wasn’t that long ago that you couldn’t turn on the TV without the latest garden makeover programme gracing our screens; tired gardens were transformed into breath taking spaces almost daily. But recent years have hit the landscaping industry hard and the trend for gardens that were once the envy of the neighbours has become a distant memory, locked up in the shed with the rusting fork and a half bag of compost. Tight budgets and busy lives have put gardening low down on the DIY list. But suddenly those ten year old decks, tired patios and wet winter, soggy lawns, left over from the noughties garden revolution, are seeing an outdoor garden revival. New products are constantly hitting the market to meet the needs of the twenty first century gardener. Decking has always been a popular and effective way to create open, organic-feeling outdoor spaces but the high maintenance that decking commands is no longer attractive. But now a new composite decking has taken the market by storm! Millboard is an innovative anti slip and maintenance free external flooring that looks as beautiful as natural timber but is completely wood free. Made in the UK, its unique blend of polymer resin and fibres is an environmentally friendly alternative with a 25 year residential warranty. Being wood free and therefore non porous means you can say goodbye to algae, stains, fade

and rot. Millboards Lastane coating has been awarded the highest certification for anti-slip. And for that reason, it is perfect for use around swimming pools, balconies, roof gardens and play areas. Supplied in a large range of profiles, finishes and colours, its incredible realism captures the natural beauty of timber. Another product that is becoming increasingly popular is artificial grass. No longer the astro turf style found in green grocers’ windows, artificial grass is now hugely realistic. Available in a large variety of colours and pile depths with woven in thatch, it is an ideal solution for wet gardens, or areas where grass struggles to grow. Pet and child friendly means no more muddy floors or burnt out patches on the lawn! City gardens can benefit too; artificial grass on balconies and roof gardens can really soften a harsh outlook. Guaranteed for ten years, it really is an affordable solution to many a garden with the added bonus of not having to leave your deckchair to mow it! Paving has always been an outdoor staple, with the trend in recent years moving towards natural stone. New colours, textures and styles appear every year but this year there has been a move to porcelain or vitrified paving. The idea of ceramic tiles in the garden conjures images of flimsy tiles that you may use inside the house. In fact, this type of paving is extremely strong, lightweight, easy to lay, anti slip and requires no maintenance. The non-porous surface stays algae and stain free and unlike natural stone, is scratch resistant. Available in a range of styles and colours to suit a contemporary or traditional look, it even comes in a fantastic wood effect tile.

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finance /legal


Pension planning and tax For many years pensions have

money taken in excess of 25%.

been sold as the best way

However, most commentators

to save for the future while

expect tax to be imposed at the

maximising income tax relief.

marginal rate of the tax payer.

This tax relief was obtained at

For pension contributions to

up money for a long period of

be effective in 2014/15 they

time and a lack of flexibility

contributions must be made

when it came to accessing the

before 5 April 2015.

pension funds.

If you are in the process of proposed

taking a pension it is worth

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April of this year mean that

decision for a few months until

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after 5 April 2015 when the

and can be drawn upon without

changes take effect.


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Lizzy and Cokey longing for their own home Sales Executive Part time or Full time

The Loop Magazine has an opportunity for a conscientious Sales Executive. You need to be self-motivated, hardworking o and offer high quality customer care.

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responding well to love and attention. Both are between 8-10 years old , have sweet characters and would appreciate a future with owners who will give them the love and security they rightly deserve. If you have the patience for them, considering their unhappy past, in a safe area with a garden for them once they are settled, and are interested in adopting these two cats contact 023 8043 5855.

Visit In-Stitch for your corporate and school wear In-Stitch is a local business with a great working with local charities, including those reputation for supplying not only school connected to Hampshire Fire and Rescue.

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They also produce Hen/Stag Party t-shirts,

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New Forest Spring Fair If you enjoy a day out in the forest with all the family then be sure to put Sunday 3rd and Monday 4th May in your diaries. The New Forest Spring Fair is set to take place at New Park, Brockenhurst and is going to be a fun packed day for all the family. The Fair is going to be open between 9.00am and 5.30pm and there will be a full programme of events taking place on both days to include Heavy Horses, Ferret Racing, Dog Displays…….and lots more! Browse the stalls, savour the tasty treats, enter the Home Crafts Competitions and enjoy the entertainment on offer. It truly will be a fun-filled day out to suit all ages. Entry is £5.00 per adult, children are FREE and parking is FREE too. Included in this fee is a programme listing the attractions, events, trade stands and displays that are taking place which include:

New Forest

Entry £5 per adult Children FREE Parking FREE

Heavy Horses: The Heavy Horses are a magnificent sight not to be missed. They can be seen in the display ring and will also be holding demonstrations on harnessing the horse and then hitching up to pull vintage turnout out vehicles (agricultural and trade). You will also be able to watch close up what goes into preparing these beautiful animals for the Show Ring.

Dog and Duck Show: Stuart Barnes has worked as a shepherd all his life and has trained many sheep dogs for others and himself. He does a wonderful 30 minute display which shows what a working Collie Dog does with plenty of involvement from the audience. Look out for the ducks going down the slide!! Gun Dog Display: Lains Shooting School and Mullenscote Gundogs were founded in 1987. Howard leads the team at Mullenscote and specialises in training and assisting handlers to get the best from their dogs. Howard and his Mullenscote can be seen displaying throughout both days. Vintage: A range of vintage vehicles will be on display from motorbikes to cars, tractors, lorries and a vintage bus. Dog Show: Why not bring along your four-legged friend and enter the fun Dog Show? There is a selection of classes open to any breed, small or large. For full details please visit the website Home Crafts Competition: This has proved incredibly popular in previous years with entries from young and old in the various categories. There is a schedule and entry form on the website so why not have a look and pick what you would like to enter – there is literally something for everyone! Music, Food and Drink: Enjoy live music from the New Forest Plonkers, real ales and cider from Ringwood Brewery. Sample delicious regional fare and pick up some tasty treats to take home from the food stalls. The Fair’s chosen charity for this year is the ‘Rose Road Association’ which provides a range of high quality services for children and young people from 0 – 25 years old with profound and multiple disabilities from across Hampshire. For more information, visit their website www. Come and have a great day out and enjoy the best the forest has to offer!

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The Sheep Show: Appearing at over 100 shows a year and in front of an estimated audience of 2.5 million people, this unique show has captured the hearts of many. The 30 minute Show is cleverly devised and is highly entertaining and extremely informative; a rare combination. The highlight of the Show is the sheep show hustle……… dancing sheep are an entertainment for all the family!!

We are saving local stories from 1914 -1945

We want to hear from you if you have any tales about this time from family, neighbours etc. - Did you work in the fields - Land Army? - Do you remember the austerity between the Wars? - Did you help with the War effort? - Were you a War child? Evacuated?

Please get in touch

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Fareham catering students ‘takeover’ restaurant

48 Fareham College Hospitality and Catering students have embraced the challenge of ‘taking over’ and running a local restaurant, Woodies Bar and Brassiere in Chichester. The ‘takeover’ event enabled students to experience the pressures, challenges and rewards of working in the catering industry, using the skills they have learnt during their course. The restaurant was very busy with around 150 guests enjoying the lunch and dinner services provided by the students, who took on roles needed to facilitate a fully operational restaurant from Restaurant Managers and Head Chefs to Commis Chefs and Bar Staff. Students went through a rigorous interview process in order to be selected to take part in the takeover, which included writing and submitting their CV and a cover letter, and learning key interview techniques. The selection process, led by Programme Manager, Oonagh Taylor, allowed students to be allocated roles that best suited their individual skills and talents.

Level 2 Hospitality and Catering student, Lee Taylor, who took on the role of Restaurant Manager for the event, said: “The takeover has given me a real insight into my desired future career. I have always wanted to be a Restaurant Manager and this experience has helped me understand more about the role and what I need to do to get there.” Commis Chef, Jasmine Allen (Level 1 Hospitality and Catering student) added: “It was lovely to work in a new environment with a new team, and I feel proud that we were able to provide such a smooth service.” The owners of Woodies Brassiere, Shane Beaton and Matt Beaton, commended the way in which the Fareham team managed the restaurant: “The students

were a real credit to Fareham College. They were hard working both in the kitchen and front of house. It was a lovely experience for us to help the students, not only with their learning but also their work experience, which will be valuable for them in the future.” As Fareham College has its very own training restaurant, Avenue 141, which is open to customers daily, the students regularly have the opportunity to practice their catering skills, which has helped to develop their confidence and been directly transferable to another restaurant environment. Avenue 141 Restaurant Manager, Ellie Exley said: “It was fantastic to see students of all levels working together and rising to the challenge of running an entire restaurant. The recruitment process meant students put a lot of time and effort into their applications and it outlined the important employability skills that are necessary for a role within the catering industry. Throughout the service, students were confident and willing and I am very proud of their hard work and determined attitudes which made the takeover a real success.”

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Important year for HMS Warrior

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Situated in the heart of Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard, HMS Warrior 1860 commands a prime position in the harbour. The ship is one of the most unusual attractions on the South coast and visited by in excess of 350,000 people a year. However she is not getting any younger; 2015 marks an incredibly important year for Warrior with the hopefully successful outcome of a Heritage Lottery Fund application due in March. They are seeking £2.6 Million for upper deck bulwark repairs and ship preservation, however, in order to qualify for this they will need to raise over £1 million themselves and so their public fundraising campaign commences. Warrior Preservation Trust is a selffunded charity that is not supported by any government grants or funding. Warrior relies solely on daily visitors, donations, private hire, weddings, and fundraising events. Heritage Lottery Funding affords the ability to undertake large scale

projects that may otherwise be cost inhibitive. The importance cannot be underestimated of ensuring that HMS Warrior is preserved as a piece of working history for a further 150 years. To assist with this throughout the year they host a series of public events, the first of which they are delighted to announce is their 2015 Programme of Fundraising Dining events. By booking individual tickets or tables of up to ten you and your guests are certain to enjoy an amazing experience of an evening afloat whilst directly helping to fund and preserve the ship for the benefit of this and future generations. For a full brochure please contact the Events Department on 023 9277 8604. Further 2015 events are still to be added including daytime enrichment activities, theatre productions and concerts so watch this space and keep a look out on their website:


‘HERE NOW FOR YOUR ENTERTAINMENT AND EVENT BOOKINGS’ Wedding and Party DJ Professionals, venues/clients include Victoria House, Jury’s Inn to East Horton Golf Club

Covering all Corporate, Adult and children Event/Party needs


Fundraising Events on board


Spring Shindy!

Friday 24th April | £60 p.p

Summer Ball

Friday 17th July | £80 p.p

Trafalgar Night

Friday 23rd October | £80 p.p

Sea Shanty Night

Friday 4th December | £60 p.p

Winter Wonderland

Saturday 12th December | £60 p.p

A Victorian Christmas

Friday 18th December | £70 p.p *Ticket price includes, drinks reception, free flow touring, three course dinner with wine, & themed entertainment from 1900-midnight. Proceeds directly support the Warrior Preservation Trust, an independent charity, not supported by any government department or grants, whose aim is to preserve the ship for the benefit of this and future generations. Registered Charity Number: 256756 For full details & tickets call the Special Events Team 023 92 778604 | 778610 | The LOOP | 51

New Horizons’ first views of Pluto’s moons Exactly 85 years after Clyde Tombaugh’s




historic discovery of Pluto, the NASA

resolution. At left,

spacecraft set to encounter the icy dwarf

Nix and Hydra are

planet this summer is providing its first

just visible against

views of the small moons orbiting Pluto.

the glare of Pluto

The moons Nix and Hydra are visible

and its large moon

in a series of images taken by the New

Charon, and the

Horizons spacecraft from Jan. 27-Feb. 8, at


distances ranging from about 125 million

background stars.

to 115 million miles (201 million to 186

The bright and dark

million kilometres). The long-exposure

streak extending to

images offer New Horizons’ best view yet

the right of Pluto is

of these two small moons circling Pluto

an artifact of the

which Tombaugh discovered at Lowell

camera electronics,

Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, on Feb.

resulting from the

18, 1930.





The moons Nix and Hydra are visible in a

Pluto and Charon.

series of images taken by the New Horizons

As can be seen in

Space Telescope images taken in 2005.

spacecraft Assembled into a seven-frame

the movie, the spacecraft and camera were

Hydra, Pluto’s outermost known moon,

movie, the new images provide the

rotated in some of the images to change

orbits Pluto every 38 days at a distance

spacecraft’s first extended look at Hydra

the direction of this streak, in order to

of approximately 40,200 miles (64,700

(identified by a yellow diamond ) and its

prevent it from obscuring the two moons.

km), while Nix orbits every 25 days at a


distance of 30,260 miles (48,700 km). Each

processed to remove most of Pluto and

moon is probably between 25-95 miles

Charon’s glare, and most of the background

(approximately 40- 150 kilometers) in

These are the first of a series of long-

stars. The processing leaves blotchy and

diameter, but scientists won’t know their

exposure images that will continue through

streaky artefacts in the images, and also

sizes more precisely until New Horizons

early March, with the purpose of refining

leaves a few other residual bright spots

obtains close-up pictures of both of them

the team’s knowledge of the moons’

that are not real features, but makes Nix

in July. Pluto’s two other small moons, Styx

orbits. Each frame is a combination of

and Hydra much easier to see. Celestial

and Kerberos, are still smaller and too faint

five 10-second images, taken with New

north is inclined 28 degrees clockwise from

to be seen by New Horizons at its current


the “up” direction in these images.

range to Pluto; they will become visible in


first-ever view of Nix (orange diamond). Image Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins APL/ Southwest Research Institute






Imager (LORRI) using a special mode that

Nix and Hydra were discovered by

combines pixels to increase sensitivity at

New Horizons team members in Hubble

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the months to come.

The UK Space Conference 2015 This year, the UK Space Environments Conference, which includes UK Space Life and Biomedical Sciences, has merged with the the Flagship space event for the United Kingdom – The UK Space Conference 2015. Both





launched at this event and opportunities will be available for academic presentations. A university level student competition is also being planned. The UK SPACE CONFERENCE 2015 Space-enabled Futures, is the UK’s Flagship space event taking place 13-15 July 2015,. The theme SPACE-ENABLED FUTURES will focus on the impact satellite services and innovation, research and exploration in space is having on the society, education and in the wider economy. There will be





technology, space environments and space life and biomedicine, promoting cuttingedge innovations and capabilities offering important insights for businesses with enhanced opportunities for networking and discussion.

The conference will provide the main platform







Industries to share their latest plans; Academia and researchers to share ideas and seek collaboration; Entrepreneurs; Users of space-based services; Finance communities;




professionals and for the UK Space Agency to discuss its future priorities with the whole community. The aim of the UK Space Conference 2015 is to bring together people and groups from all parts of the

space community. Actively exchanging

Solutions Marketplace and present UK

visions and ideas for using space, its

Space Environments R&D and associated

technology and satellite enabled-services


to shape our future and to discuss how new

confirmed he will be speaking in the

knowledge and space-based capabilities

UK Space Environments Stream of the

can drive social and economic progress

conference. Designed with the three pillars

into the 2030s and beyond.

in mind, these resources provide an easily





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accessible online platform for professional

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launched; Advancing research, benefiting

to come together to share

terrestrial health and preparing for future

ideas, network and plan for

UK human spaceflight activities, supporting

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Universities, Science & Cities

of space life science in the UK. UK Space

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Local Astronaut Timothy Peake has now been on ISS for a number of weeks, enabling Europe to contribute to the excellent science being carried out in low Earth orbit. Tim was born in Chichester in 1972 and studied at Chichester High School for Boys on the excellent Southdown’s Planetarium site before attending the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst.

This year Tim Peake will become the first British European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut to live and work on the International Space Station. Tim will join the crew of Expedition 46/47 for six months, launching on board the Soyuz TMA-19M from Russia’s Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in November 2015. Tim’s mission ‘Principia’, named for Sir Isaac Newton’s seminal text Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica, was announced by the European Space Agency in May 2013. His mission will follow those of fellow ESA astronauts Alexander Gerst, who has just returned to Earth, and Samantha Cristoforetti, who

He served as a platoon commander in the Royal Green Jackets and became a helicopter pilot and flight instructor, subsequently graduating from the Empire Test Pilots School as a helicopter Test Pilot. In 2006 Tim completed a BSc (Hons) in flight dynamics and evaluation at the University of Portsmouth and, having gained over 3000 flying hours, left the Army in 2009 as a result of his successful candidacy for ESA astronaut selection. His success in this regard saw him being chosen to be one of six candidate astronauts from a field of over 8,000 applicants, graduating from basic astronaut training in November 2010. Tim thereafter embarked upon advanced astronaut training to increase his skills and ability to work in a microgravity environment. More recently he was appointed as a UK ambassador for science and space-based careers, working with the UK Space Agency in developing the country’s microgravity research programme.

Tim commented that “The medical training has been incredible and one of the most enjoyable aspects of mission training. As an army officer I was always qualified and interested in first aid, but as an ISS crewmember a higher level of training is required. This includes skills such as suturing, injections, phlebotomy, minor surgery and even tooth extraction. There are also several in-flight biomedical activities planned such as extensive use of ultrasound, otoscopic imagery, routine phlebotomy, ECG and airway monitoring.”

Since being assigned to an ISS mission, Tim has been gaining the required knowledge of the different modules of the Space Station, training to be able to undertake the various experiments he will conduct on orbit and practicing how to carry out activities such as body mass and metabolism measurement and dentistry. We asked Tim for his views on the Medical knowledge and training he has undertaken and is required to know for his mission and details of any in-flight biomedical activities planned. He informed us that 40 hours of standard Crew Medical Officer (CMO) training was required together with ESA field medical training (familiarisation with acute trauma and surgery) and whilst on ISS there was periodic operational medical monitoring.

Tim’s health must be maintained in the lead up to his mission, during take-off and over the 6 months he is in orbit. Associated with the maintenance of his health is the medical research he’ll conduct which is important to help us understand how to sustain life beyond the confines of Earth. Tim has been undergoing a variety of examinations and has undergone medical training in preparation for his mission. The field of Space Life and Biomedical Sciences is one that he has championed in the UK due to the strong potential for this domain to benefit terrestrial healthcare. We asked Tim what he is looking forward to most about his mission. “There are so many different elements to a six month ISS mission that it is hard to choose what I am most looking forward to. The most demanding tasks will undoubtedly be robotics and EVA, but equally enjoyable will be enjoying the incredible view and of course sharing the mission as much as possible with everyone back on Earth.” All images with thanks to Timothy Peake, Produced by Blake Hopley BSc (Hons) MSc in Biomedicine

Journey Into Space at the South Downs Planetarium in Chichester

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P.J. Drew (Engravers) Ltd Signs and Graphics 50 Years and still going strong In March 1965 soon after Peter and Mary Drew had married, they moved to the South coast and soon after they set up an engraving firm. On the 23rd April they will celebrate 50 years in business. After beginning in humble premises, including a rat infested shed in White’s Shipyard with a communal lean-to toilet, Peter eventually purchased the land to build his own units. They have occupied those units in Lower Vicarage Road, Woolston, since 1970 and hope to remain there for many years to come. Over the years the company has adapted to changing technologies and, as well as continuing to offer many commercial and Industrial engraving services, P.J.Drew (Engravers) Ltd also produce Vehicle Graphics, Shop Fascias, as well as many other types of signage. The business has changed in other ways too. Peter no longer deals with the day to day running of the company, he has handed the reins over to his daughter, Donna Scopes, who - with the help of her team - is doing a fantastic job of running the family business.




As part of the company’s celebrations they are opening the factory doors for three days to give customers, former employees, family and friends and members of the public, the opportunity to see all that they do there. The open days are being held on the 22nd, 23rd and 24th April. If you would like more details please contact P.J.Drew (Engravers) Ltd on 023 8044 6062 or

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