LOOP Magazine Hampshire Feb/Mar 2019

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Spring 2019

Networking in your local community

IN THIS ISSUE: Photo credit: Lloyd Images/RYA

Biggest Ever Wickham Festival Olympic Racing Returns 2019 UK Space Agency Competition A Local Self Build Opportunity Great Road Trips of the USA Keeping Kids Safe In Their Digital World What’s On Parkinson’s and Physical Activity 33,000 COPIES DELIVERED TO: Locks Heath • Sarisbury Green • Titchfield • Stubbington • Park Gate • Titchfield Common Hedge End • Botley • Swanwick • Warsash • Bursledon • West End • Whiteley • Hamble • Wickham Lee-on-the-Solent • Boorley Green • Fareham • Bishop’s Waltham • Waltham Chase • Knowle • Shedfield





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Jay Geddes

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Biggest Ever Wickham Festival


Health & Wellbeing


Olympic Racing Returns 2019


Computer Know How


A Local Self Build Opportunity


Watercress Line 2019 Events


Space Times and Competition


Jay Geddes Recipe




Fashion; In the Trenches


Great Road Trips of the USA


Finance & Legal


Gardening 48 Local Trades


Inspiring A Million Smiles


What’s On





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Let’s talk Garden Design & Plants

Do you long to be inspired by that little something to make your garden a special area to enjoy? A design that truly enhances the exterior of our homes and adds value to our property? Garden Design has never been more popular, yet most of us still universally believe it is ‘something anyone can do’. In some ways, it is true. Many gardens are quite breathtakingly beautiful where a designer has not set foot inside the garden gate.

A Designer’s Hand

This is fine for those who are happy to potter and let the years, toil and ultimate experience take care of how their gardens will look a couple of decades later. The rest of humanity needs a helping – or a designer’s hand! – to obtain quickly and effortlessly a captivating garden. This is because most of us lead very busy lives and we want someone else to create for us what we don’t have time to create for ourselves.

Skilful Planning

Furthermore, most of us want a garden with the minimum of maintenance and to achieve the balance between something that is attractive and requires little attention, needs skilful planning. Today, great garden design needs to depict a lifestyle that reflects stylish 21st century living where the trend for expanding our living areas beyond the four walls of our homes, comes complete with outdoor kitchens, fireplaces, elaborate lighting and all weather garden sofas.

Flower Power

Garden design is also all about the plants in your borders. Plants add the finishing touches to the hard landscaping and requires careful planning, especially if you are looking for a low maintenance garden. The expertise of horticulturists will help you select plants, shrubs and trees most suited to your garden. Not just in terms of form and size, but in colour and all year round interest. Some gardens do not require a total redesign but often just a revamp of borders and this is where a Planting Plan is most useful.

Emerging Trends

So what does 2019 hold in terms of emerging trends? Some of the past trends are returning with the bolder colours of orange and bright yellow to replace the softer hues of recent years. Additionally, on the hard landscaping side crazy paving is becoming increasingly popular despite its fall from grace for a couple of decades. With so many options available to us, choice of materials and plants can be daunting. If you want a truly stunning lifestyle garden, you really do need the talented eye of a good designer and the expertise of a knowledgeable horticulturist. Hambrooks Garden Design & Landscape Centre Titchfield 01489 572285 www.hambrooks.co.uk




Funeral Myths busted A H Freemantle hold hundreds of funeral plans on behalf of clients, that we believe to be good value for money and safe. Increasingly however, people are approaching us who, we feel, have been mis sold a product.

Are there any cancellation charges?

Over 200,000 financial funeral products are taken out each year which means big business for large companies. The aim of a funeral plan is to safeguard your money until it’s needed, ensuring that it’s used to provide the funeral you have paid for.

Is it possible to cancel the plan if circumstances change, for example if you’ve arranged for your spouse’s funeral but you later separate?

But buyer beware! Funeral plans are not regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority or any other statutory regulator. Even though a pre-paid plan resembles an insurance product, the law exempts providers from regulation by the FCA if they put customers’ money either into a trust or a “whole of life” insurance policy. The vast majority of – if not all – providers make use of these exemptions. This also means consumers are unable to complain to the Financial Ombudsman Service and have no protection if a provider goes out of business... plus funeral plans may well not cover everything that is needed for a funeral. SO here are some questions you should definitely ask when taking out a plan:




What exactly is included in the plan and what potential costs are not? Could there be any other expenses for the funeral, and what happens if there are?

Does the plan allow you to choose the funeral director? What if your chosen funeral director goes out of business? What happens if the person the funeral is intended for dies abroad or away from home? If you pay by instalments, how long do you do this for and do you have to pay interest? What happens if there are outstanding instalments at death? What freedom do you have to change the details of your funeral plan? Please don’t be caught out when it matters most. For commitment free advice from local professionals speak to A H Freemantle Funeral Directors 01489 885525 or mail@ahfreemantle.co.uk

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‘The Tea Shirt’ to the South Coast.

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James makes the grade Local firm ARC Fire Safety and Security based in Park Gate, congratulates James Ferris on his new position as qualified James Ferris engineer on completion ARC Fire Safety and Security of his apprenticeship Park Gate with the firm. James has been working with the ARC out on the road installing and maintaining equipment across Hampshire for just over two years. Combining working with studying at Chichester College to complete Level 2 Electronic Security & Emergency Systems apprenticeship framework. Andy Burridge, Managing Director with ARC commented; “James has been learning his trade working with the engineering team here at ARC and combining it with the academic 10



qualification at Chichester College. Having completed his apprenticeship, he’s now a fully fledged engineer with the firm. “Apprenticeships for us has been an excellent way of recruiting into the team. James has a real passion for what he does, which is a great fit for our company values and work ethics.” James added; “It’s been really good to get to grips with the practical side of the work, working alongside experienced engineers. Having the qualification through the college to support everything I have been doing has been really satisfying. Really proud of what I’ve achieved so far.” Derek Honeysett and Ben Stockdale Security and Fire Alarms Lecturers at Chichester College respectively, both said; “James has been an exemplary student. Derek continued; “His qualification in both the knowledge of Electronic Security & Emergency Systems Level 2 and Electronic Security & Emergency Systems NVQ Level 2, means ARC have a valued member of their team in James. I wish him well in his career and hope to see him progress and broaden his learning in the future, as technology changes. Ben added; “It’s a great advantage working in the industry whilst studying, as everything really makes sense between the practical and theory. If you would like to know more about ARC Fire Safety & Security, please visit www.arcfiresafety.co.uk or call 01489 570 707‬.

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Portsmouth Hospitals Charity Shop calls on local residents for help. Local charity, Portsmouth Hospitals Charity based at Queen Alexandra Hospital is calling on residents from Portsmouth and the surrounding areas to help with donated stock for their charity shop.

“Many people often take the New Year as an opportunity to have a clear out. We would gratefully accept any unwanted gifts that people may have received over Christmas or items which are still in good condition and could be loved again! People often don’t realise that items that they no longer want could actually help to purchase an exciting piece of hospital equipment” – Julia, Portsmouth Hospitals Charity Shop Manager

Having experienced a busy period over Christmas, the Portsmouth Hospitals Charity Shop is now very low on donated goods and urgently requires donations. Located on C-Level near the North Entrance of Queen Alexandra Hospital, the Portsmouth Hospitals Charity Shop significantly helps to raise money for all Wards and Departments across Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust. The majority of items sold on the shop floor are either pre-loved goods or unwanted items generously donated by members of the local community. Last year, the Charity Shop raised a significant amount of money, which contributed to purchasing state-of-the-art equipment and enhancing a patient’s

We are looking for items such as homeware, china, general bric-à-brac, books, children’s toys, jewellery and complete puzzles and games all of which are in a good and resalable condition. Unfortunately due to the size of the shop and regulations, items such as clothing, children’s travel equipment, electrical items, sharps, safety equipment and perishable goods cannot be accepted.

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Hollywood Film Star joins headliners at the biggest-ever Wickham Festival

Hollywood actor, producer and musician Kiefer Sutherland is among the latest top-name artists announced for this year’s Wickham Festival in Hampshire. Also newly confirmed are American folk icon Judy Collins, Scottish favourites The Proclaimers, 70s chart-toppers Lindisfarne and local hero Frank Turner who has just completed a UK and worldwide arenas tour with his band The Sleeping Souls. They join the already-announced Level 42, Gilbert O’Sullivan and Ralph McTell in what Festival organisers are describing as the best-ever line-up in the Festival’s 14-year history. The 7000-capacity Festival is held on fields off Blind Lane, Wickham from Thursday 1st to Sunday 4th August and attracts artists and audience from around the world. Hollywood star Kiefer Sutherland is known for his role as Jack Bauer in the drama series 24, for which he won an




Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and two Satellite Awards. He is the son of actor Donald Sutherland and the father of actress Sarah Sutherland. Folk singer Judy Collins has enjoyed world-wide acclaim in a career spanning over 60 years and had a huge international hit with her interpretation of Stephen Sondheim’s ‘Send in the Clowns’. American super-group Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young wrote their biggest hit ‘Suite Judy Blue Eyes’ for her and she recently completed a 100-date US Tour with Stephen Stills, performing siongs by her friends Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez as well as her own compositions. The Proclaimers are festival favourites renowned for charttopping hits like ‘Letter from America’, ‘Sunshine Over Leith’ and ‘(I can walk) 500 Miles’. Fronted by identical twins Charlie & Craig Reid, The Proclaimers last appeared at Wickham in 2015 and are one of the most popular bands on the live music circuit.

Wickham Festival Line-Up: Who’s On When: Thursday 1st August The Proclaimers Judy Collins

Matthews Southern Comfort; Steve Knightley; Skinny Lister; Alan Burke; Rachel Newton; Gnoss

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Saturday 3rd August Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls The Afro Celt Sound System Also returning to the Festival are 70s chart-toppers Lindisfarne who had a string of his such as ‘Meet me On The Corner’, ‘Lady Eleanor’ and ‘Fog On The Tyne’. Local hero Frank Turner is making his Wickham Festival debut with his band The Sleeping Souls. Frank is no stranger to the area as he grew up just down the road in Meonstoke and started performing in local pubs around Winchester, Portsmouth & Southampton before enjoying worldwide success as one of the most in-demand artists for festivals and arena venues across the globe. He’s just completed an eight month world tour including headline dates at The Bournemouth International Centre and Alexandra Palace in London and his Wickham Festival show is sandwiched between European dates in Austria, Slovenia & Hungary. As well as the big-name acts the Wickham Festival also features lesser-known artists from around the globe with an emphasis on traditional folk and world music. There’s live music on four stages plus a host of other entertainment including storytelling, street theatre, a digital funfair, circus skills, childrens entertainers and even a ‘How to train your Dinosaur’ workshop!

Elephant Sessions; Dervish; Grace Petrie; Lil’ Jimmy Reed & The ‘A’ Team Old Man Luedecke; Grace Petrie; Siobhan Miller; Will Pound & Eddy Jay; Robb Johnson; The New Cranes

Sunday 4th August Gilbert O’Sullivan The Kiefer Sutherland Band

Ralph McTell; Lindisfarne; Alabama 3; The Treacherous Orchestra; Martin Carthy; Blazin’ Fiddles; State of the Union; Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys; Jamie Smith’s Mabon; Ross Ainslie & Ali Hutton’s Symbiosis; Ryan Young & Jenn Butterworth For full Festival line-up and Tickets Booking Form please visit the website www.wickhamfestival.co.uk

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Businesswoman launches online portal and website for the Hair and Beauty industry

With an average of 12 new salons opening every week across the UK, do we really know how experienced or qualified these professionals are ?

Kerrie Humphrys has already made her name through previously owning two successful salons in Hampshire and has now set up an online portal and website www. locateyourlook.co.uk which independently reviews and rates businesses and professionals within the industry for you.

“The response has been amazing so far but now we need to get the word out there and let people know why we are doing it.”




Kerrie said “I have been in the industry for the past 32 years and there was nothing out there that provides people with the information they need before booking a service. So many people were coming into my salon, and citing bad experiences from some other service providers that had little or no experience. I decided to do something about it.” After months of researching and planning Kerrie finally launched Locate Your Look in 2018. The business is in its infancy but is already showing signs that it is delivering to service providers and their potential new customers what they deserve.

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Average Geoff

Motivation is nothing without action! With the new year, great intentions are concocted and motivations roused. But motivation alone is not enough. It is not tangible or measurable. It is vital that you act upon this motivation and set about making the path to your goals. Remember that fire that got you started and use it to drive you forward, especially when your motivation is low.

Workout descriptions WORKOUT 1

1 Medicine ball lunge with twist Stand tall, hold the medicine ball in both hands extended out at chest level. Step forward into a lunge with your left foot, making sure your knee doesn’t go past your foot and keep your arms straight. Niw twist to the left as far as you can, keeping your arms extended. Return back to center and repeat on the other side.

2 Uneven push ups Set up in a push up position with one hand on a medicine ball. Keeping your core tight and body tensed, lower yourself down to the bottom position. Push back up, making sure to keep as stable as possible with the pressure in the ball. Perform 5 per side and then switch hands.

If you feel like quitting, remember this: Your results are a mirror of your effort, a direct consequence of the work you put in. When discomfort sets in, push harder, because it’s building a stronger body, a stronger mind and a stronger character. It’s a process that makes you able to push even further next time. So don’t listen to any excuses that it’s too dark, too early or too cold. Focus on your goal, face your discomfort and get it done!!!


Is 5 rounds of 30 seconds work and 30 seconds rest.


Is a descending ladder of 25-20-15-10-5 reps of each movement, alternating. So you do 25 reps of each movement, then 20 and so on. As always, you can find me on the following social media accounts: FACEBOOK: Search ‘Average Geoff’ INSTAGRAM: @Average.geoff Have a great day! 20



3 Medicine ball squats Holding the medicine ball in both hands at chest level, feet slightly wider than hip-width apart. Squat down as if you’re sitting back in a chair. Keep weight in your heels, chest up, and knees behind toes while dropping your hips down until they’re parallel with your knees. Keep your core tight and press the medicine ball out in front of you. Squeeze your glutes (butt) as if you were trying to hold a pound coin inbetween your cheeks and stand back up, bringing the ball back to your chest. Stand tall with the medicine ball in both hands in front of your chest. Step at an angle with your left foot, while simultaneously reaching the medicine ball towards your toes. Push off your left foot to stand back up and pivot on your toes while swinging medicine ball diagonally (it will end up over your right shoulder). Make sure to keep a firm grip or you’ll have some unhappy workout buddies!


4 Medicine ball wood chop Stand tall with the medicine ball in both hands in front of your chest. Step at an angle with your left foot, while simultaneously reaching the medicine ball towards your toes. Push off your left foot to stand back up and pivot on your toes while swinging medicine ball diagonally (it will end up over your right shoulder). Make sure to keep a firm grip or you’ll have some unhappy workout buddies!

5 Plank Setup in a high plank with your hands on the ball. You’ll have to have your hand slightly to the sides of the ball and squeeze them together hard to keep tension and balance. Squeeze your glutes and keep your body straight. Hold that position for the allotted time.

2 Push ups Set up at the top of a high plank position with hands shoulder width apart. Lower yourself down, making sure not to let your elbows flare out. Once your chest touches the floor, drive back up again, keeping your glutes tensed and core braced. If this is a bit too tough right now, put your knees on the floor to reduce the resistance.

Mango chilli salmon noodles (recipe below) Sweet, fiery and bloody lovely!! This meal is packed with flavour and colour and it’s a fiddle to make.


1 salmon fillet 1 pack of straight wok noodles 80g sugarsnap peas 1 spring onion, sliced Small bunch of fresh coriander


1 Kettlebell swings Start off with the kettlebell between your feet and slightly in front of you. Choose a Kettlebell that challenges you but allows you to maintain good form. Remember that this is a hip hinge movement and not an upper body exercise. Stand tall, still gripping the kettlebell with both hands in an overhand grip.. Squeezing your shoulders blades together and engaging your core. Soften knees, shift your bodyweight into heels, and push your butt back and down toward the wall behind you. Driving through heels, explode through hips to send weight swinging upward from quads. Aim for chest height, with arms extended. Achieving this finish position requires you to snap your hips through, contracting your core while squeezing glutes. As the kettlebell begins to descend, let the weight do the work as you ready your body for the next rep. Shift weight back into heels while hinging at the hips and loading both the hamstrings and glutes. Receive the weight, allowing the kettlebell to ride back between legs.


1/4 red chilli 1 tbsp sesame oil 1/2 tsp fish oil 1 tbsp soi sauce 1 tbsp honey 40g fresh mango, chopped


Mix up the sauce ingredients and sit to one side. Heat a little sesame oil in a pan or wok, add a little salt and pepper to the salmon and place skin side down in the pan. Cook on a medium heat until cooked through and keep warm in tinfoil. Now add the noodles, peas and half the onion and coriander and half the sauce to the pan until the noodles are cooked through. Get those noodles in a bowl and top with the salmon, remaining sauce, coriander and spring onions.




News from RYA Racing High-octane Olympic racing is to return to Weymouth and Portland in 2019 after the RYA won its bid t0 host the Nacra 17, 49er and 49er FX European Championship.

Please credit to Lloyd Images/RYA.

The world’s best racers from the Olympic circuit will descend on the London 2012 sailing venue from May 13 to 19 to battle it out for the title of European champion. It will be the first time since the 2016 Sailing World Cup Finals that the UK has hosted a major International Olympic Class regatta. The event, held at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, will also mark the UK debut of Nacra 17 racing since the class become fully foiling in 2017.




UK Sport has provided National Lottery funding for the regatta, and WPNSA will act as hosts to deliver the event on behalf of the Nacra 17, 49er and 49er FX classes. The European Championship will be vital regatta in the Tokyo 2020 cycle with a number of nations counting it towards team selection for the upcoming Olympic Games. Crucially the regatta will continue the legacy of London 2012, offering world-class racing and shining a spotlight on WPNSA’s excellent facilities and organisation. The event will create opportunities for UK race officials and volunteers to improve their skills at a high-profile, international event. Esther Britten, Head of Major Events at UK Sport, said: “We are delighted that the Nacra 17, 49er and 49er FX European Championship is going to be held at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy in May 2019. “It is fantastic to be returning to the amazing venue that hosting the London 2012 sailing competitions and confident we will see a passionate home crowd, who will create an amazing atmosphere for all of the elite athletes. “As we build toward Tokyo 2020, we are proud that this championship will be part of an exciting package of international sporting events, backed by National Lottery funding, we will stage in the UK over the coming years.” Marcus Spillane, President of the International 49er and Nacra 17 Class Associations, said: “We are thrilled to be returning to Weymouth and Portland for one of the biggest championships of our classes. “It is a fantastic place to sail, with unparalleled facilities and a volunteer base steeped in Olympic sailing. The London 2012 regatta brought out the best of what sailing can be, and we expect more of that in 2019 for our European Championship.” Peter Allam, Chief Executive of Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, added: “We are delighted to

be working with the RYA on delivering this exciting event and are really looking forward to welcoming some of the Olympic classes back to Weymouth and Portland.” Ian Walker, the RYA’s Director of Racing, said: “These are the three fastest, most exciting Olympic Classes and this gives us a wonderful opportunity to showcase Olympic sailing to the British media and help inspire many young sailors of the future.” Racing will take place on four course areas – one inside of Portland Harbour and three in Weymouth Bay. The final three days of the regatta will be broadcast live. Teams wishing to enter the 2019 European Championship should do so via the RYA website: https://www.rya.org.uk/racing-events/2019-europeans/ Pages/event-overview.aspx A warm-up regatta for the classes will be held at WPNSA from May 4-6. For more information: https://www.rya.org.uk/racing-events/2019-warm-upregatta/Pages/event-overview.aspx




Computer Know How! Computer Know How! – How to detect and avoid online scams, quickly check files for viruses, Free up Disk space and collect information about a problem. In this edition of Computer Know How: There is a saying “Knowledge Is Power” so knowing about common scams will give you the power to avoid them, and if you have a suspicious file, you can quickly check it with dozens of virus checkers. We also give you some advice about freeing up disk space and finally, collecting troubleshooting information for your support professional.

Avoiding Online Scams

In a recent edition of television program Do The Right Thing (Channel 5 Season 2 Episode 2) there was an article reporting how several people had been scammed out of large sums of money, and like almost all frauds nowadays computers or technology were used in some way. In case you missed it, the episode is available on My 5 until January 2020: https://www.my5.tv/live-do-the-right-thing/season-2/ episode-2 During the report, they raised awareness of The Little Book of Big Scams, which is put together by the Metropolitan Police and is crammed with good advice. You can download this short book from https://www.met.police.uk/SysSiteAssets/media/ downloads/central/advice/met/fraud/the-little-book-of-bigscams The Metropolitan Police main web site is full of additional information and helpful videos: https://www.met.police.uk/ advice/advice-and-information/fa/fraud/online-fraud We highly recommend you take a look. If you are concerned that you may have been affected by any of the computer related scams and need some help, we are happy to help - please give us a call or drop us an email - see details below.


In the words of the proverb it is better to be safe than sorry, and this applies to computer files and websites as much as anything else. If you have a new file from an as yet untrusted source, or you are unsure about a web page that you may want to visit, it is wise to check it before using it, just in case it contains malicious content. You probably have some anti-virus software running, but can it find everything? This is where VirusTotal becomes useful. Simply upload the new file or paste the website address to the VirusTotal website and it will test it using >70 antivirus scanners and URL/domain blacklisting services - and it is very quick too. https://www.virustotal.com

Freeing up Disk Space in Windows 10

Microsoft have announced that in the next major release of Windows 10, the update will reserve 7GB of your device’s storage 24



to ensure successful completion. So, if you are running low on free disk space, what can you do?

Windows 10 Settings

If you are running Windows 10, you can use Settings => Storage => Free Up Space Now. Of particular interest is Windows Update Clean-up. Windows keeps copies of all installed updates, even after installing newer versions. This clean-up deletes or compresses older versions that are no longer needed and are taking up space.


Another thing to do is to locate and remove duplicate files, and we have identified a useful tool to help with that. SearchMyFiles is a free tool from utility software company NirSoft, which has a Duplicates Search mode. No installation is required to run SearchMyFiles – just download it and execute it. Start freeing up space now: http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/ searchmyfiles-x64.zip


After removing duplicate files, the next thing to do is find out which remaining files are taking up all the space. Our choice of software to do that is WinDirStat. In our test, we found that >25% of the disk space was taken by MP4 files (videos). Returning to SearchMyFiles and performing a search for *.MP4 files identified the culprits! Find your space hogs: https://www.fosshub.com/ WinDirStat.html

(Problem) Steps Recorder

Sometimes when you have a problem it can be hard to explain to your support professional. It can be helpful to capture exactly what happened, and that is where the Steps Recorder (Problem Steps Recorder in Windows 7 & 8.1) can come in handy. After it is launched, it records the detail of the steps you executed up to the point of the problem and lets you save them into a zip file that you can share with person helping you. Select the Start button, and then select Windows Accessories => (Problem) Steps Recorder and then Start Record. Now reproduce the problem and when you are done, select Stop Record => Save. That’s all for this edition. Don’t forget that you can always contact us for free impartial advice. Just give us a call at Hypersonic for hardware and software support, tuition, web design, data retrieval, commercial and home networking, all with an efficient and friendly service. Call Wayne, Gareth or Jim at Hypersonic IT 01489 582666. Email: wayne@ hypersonic.co.uk.

Antiques to sell? Established 30 years Have you got any interesting curiosities hidden away or in the loft, not knowing quite what to do with them? Or have you just inherited a box of ‘bits’ that are not to your taste? Carol Walker is looking for Vintage clothes, hats, handbags and ladies paraphernalia. Cutlery, jewellery - precious or costume. Silver and silver plated items. Small furniture and anything old and interesting! If any of these ring a bell with you, call Carol on 01489 602462 or email her at carolwalkerantiques@icloud.com. Carol can come to you and give you a fair price with no fuss.

Kards & Keepsakes “Retired!” Local business woman Sheila (formerly of Sheila Hurst of over 50 years) and her daughter Vicky have embarked on a new venture opening a family friendly card and gift shop “Kards & Keepsakes” with pushchair and wheelchair access in Middle Rd, Park Gate. Offering a large variety of cards and gifts for all occasions, ranging from Jewellery to New baby, Children’s, Age related, Birthday, Wedding & Anniversary even that gift of the run! Lovely selection of Belgian chocolates and sweets including vegan, gluten and sugar free.


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The land is situated with ideal connectivity, M27 to Southampton and Portsmouth and their busy ports, and the Isle of Wight Ferry too. Also Parkway Railway Station is just a 20 minutes drive away, that offers a fast-direct route to London Waterloo. If you are looking for a location that has all you need close at hand, with good schools, local amenities and beautiful scenery, then this is the place for you. Close by, in the historic village centre, Warsash Primary School is rated Good by Ofsted. The meandering river Hamble has yachting and boating and beautiful scenic walks and countryside to explore. Plenty of country pubs to choose from for those social gatherings with friends and family, including The Rising Sun, Silver Fern and The Ferryman. A local pedestrian ferry is also in operation to take you to the Hamble. These plots are available on the market through Chimney Pots Estate Agents and Ivens & Co priced from ÂŁ450,000 and ÂŁ475,000.

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Fareham College Principal makes Queen’s New Year’s Honours list 2019

Fareham College restaurant, Avenue 141, receives top industry accreditations

The Principal of Fareham College, Nigel Duncan has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list 2019, the annual recognition of achievements and service of extraordinary people across Britain.

Fareham College’s hospitality and catering department has been recognised for the quality of its training restaurant and teaching with a duo of prestigious industry awards.

Awarded the OBE for his services to Further Education, Nigel’s career spans nearly 40 years, beginning as a lecturer at Solihull College of Technology in 1981, before moving to work at Lowestoft College as Senior Lecturer and Deputy Head of Department in Health, where he was promoted to Director of Faculty for Vocational and Technical Studies. After 14 years at Lowestoft College, Nigel then moved to West Herts College as Director of Curriculum. In 2004 Nigel graduated with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration in Educational Management from the University of Leicester. Nigel is also a Fellow of the Institute for Learning. Nigel joined Fareham College in 2005 as Vice Principal Curriculum and Corporate Development, where he was responsible for all aspects of curriculum design, development and delivery, quality and the student experience. In March 2012, Nigel was appointed as Principal and Chief Executive at Fareham College and in this role he has the executive strategic responsibility for the quality of the College’s provision, the financial integrity of the business and the safety of all that use the College. As Principal, Nigel has been integral to the College’s success. In 2014, Fareham College opened its Centre of Excellence in Engineering, Manufacturing and Advanced Skills Training (CEMAST), a leading centre in the UK for apprenticeships and technical qualifications. The College was also judged ‘outstanding’ at its most recent Ofsted inspection and last year was named best FE college in the country by the TES. Nigel, who is due to retire later this year and sees the award as a very special way to end his career, said, “I am delighted to be awarded an OBE. It is a fantastic honour, one that I will cherish forever. I would like to thank the amazing team at Fareham College. They do an excellent job in helping me make the College an outstanding place where people achieve and go on to find career success. I couldn’t have done it without their support.”

Avenue 141, Fareham College’s training restaurant, based at its Bishopsfield Road Campus, has been awarded a Highly Commended AA College Rosette Accreditation and Gold Accreditation and Centre of Excellence for Food and Beverage. The AA College Rosette scheme, in partnership with People 1st, is designed to reflect current industry trends within real working environments. It is a coveted award in the hospitality industry and assesses the whole dining experience, including service, hospitality, venue and food. Highly Commended restaurants are commercially focused and compete well within a true restaurant environment. Restaurants at this level are likely to have a clear brand and excellent links to industry. Service levels are highly polished, with clear support from lecturers as well as peer to peer learning. Fareham College has also been awarded the Gold Accreditation and Centre of Excellence for Food and Beverage by People 1st, a stamp of approval from the industry that endorses the quality of training the students receive. The accreditation identifies colleges and providers that deliver excellent full-time or classroom-based hospitality training. It also highlights those that have developed effective employer links, encouraging them to influence the design and delivery of the training programmes. The Gold Accreditation has been awarded to Fareham College’s Avenue 141 Restaurant for consecutive years for its outstanding approach and commitment to matching learners’ skills with employers’ needs. Director of Faculty, Ashley Michael, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded this honour. Avenue 141’s dedicated team of staff and learners are to be congratulated on achieving consistent excellence year on year. To be acknowledged by People 1st and the AA for excellence is reflective of the exceptionally high standards that we exceed daily in Avenue 141. “Having achieved Gold Accreditation and AA Highly Commended awards not only gives our current learners an incredible platform from which to embark on a career in Hospitality and Catering, but it also validates the outstanding quality and service that our public training restaurant offers our customers.” Fareham College Principal, Nigel Duncan, added: “For a college training restaurant to achieve these accolades is truly amazing. Fareham College prides itself on offering the highest standard of training and customer experience. These awards acknowledge that working and dining in Avenue 141 is as close to what would be experienced in the hospitality industry as you can get.” For further information about booking your Avenue 141 experience, please visit www.avenue-141.co.uk or call 01329 81540.

Pictured: Nigel Duncan, Fareham College Principal




Pictured: Fareham College Principal, Nigel Duncan (left) celebrates with staff and students from the College’s award-winning restaurant, Avenue 141.


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The second annual Cultural City Conference is set to return to Southampton

The second annual Cultural City Conference is set to return to Southampton on 28 June 2019 across two of the city’s venues: Nuffield Southampton Theatres City (NST City) and The Spark, Solent Conference Centre. The conference will bring together all sectors of Southampton’s community, including academics, artists and members of the public, to discuss the future of culture in Southampton and set a flight path for its bid to become 2025 City of Culture. Next year’s theme, as well as a call out for submissions and suggestions, will be announced in the New Year. James Gough, Director of the Southampton Cultural Development Trust, said: “I’m delighted to announce the second annual Cultural City Conference in Southampton. We hope to continue to build on the success of the 2018 event, and encourage further partnership and collaboration between as many members of the community as possible as we seek to establish Southampton as a major cultural destination.” Councillor Kaur, Cabinet Member for Homes and Culture, Southampton City Council said: “Southampton City Council is committed to working collaboratively with partners to harness Southampton’s locally distinctive culture and heritage as part of our ambitions for creating a place that people are proud to live in and visit, bringing greater prosperity and opportunity for current and future generations. Building on considerable partnership investment to date, we look forward to continuing our dynamic journey with artists, cultural and heritage organisations, communities, businesses and our learning institutions as we look to a compelling future.” Professor Julie Hall, Deputy Vice Chancellor at Solent University, said: “Southampton is home to a vibrant and growing cultural scene and it is great to see local partners coming together to celebrate and further develop the city’s offer. Our community of staff, students and alumni play an active role in supporting Southampton’s cultural community and I can’t wait to for us to build on last years successful event.” For more information, please visit www.culturesouthampton.org.uk





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The Watercress Line announces 2019 events

The Watercress Line has announced its 2019 events programme, featuring annual family favourites, behind the scenes tours and two jam-packed steam galas. different view as well as play an important part in securing its future when the Watercress Line’s annual sponsored event Walk the Line returns on 9th November, after raising more than £15,000 at last year’s event. Further adding to visitors’ experiences, new interpretation panels will be installed in the first half of 2019. Plus, children aged four and under can now travel for free on the Watercress Line’s standard service, as part of its scheme to encourage love and enthusiasm for heritage railway at a younger age. For more information about the Watercress Line, including upcoming events, visit www.watercressline.co.uk/events

Kicking off the family event programme on 13th April, the world’s favourite little blue tank engine will once again chuff into town for 10 days for the heritage railway’s hugely popular Day Out With Thomas event. From 13th-22nd April and 3rd-11th August, visitors will have the chance to meet Thomas and his friends, shake hands with The Fat Controller, and enjoy unlimited trips behind the famous engine as well as Thomas-themed activities at the Imagination Station, including entertainment by Rusty and Dusty. The Watercress Line’s annual War on the Line will be returning on 15th-16th June to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, transporting visitors back in time to the 1940s to experience the ‘Blitz Spirit’ against the backdrop of a Second World War railway. Budding witches and wizards are encouraged to put on their cloaks and pick up their broomsticks for a day of magic and mischief when Wizard Weekend returns on 26th-27th October, featuring a plethora of spellbinding performances and activities, hooting owls and creepy crawlies. Adding some festive cheer to its event programme is the Watercress Line’s family-friendly Santa Specials, from 30th November and on various dates throughout December, followed by Christmas Leave on 26th-27th December. Visitors will be able to enjoy a magical trip with Santa and his jolly helpers in a festive train carriage and experience Christmas at a WWII railway, respectively. Woodies Mountford, Marketing Manager at the Watercress Line, said: “I am delighted to announce our events programme for 2019, which includes the return of Day Out With Thomas, Wizard Weekend and Santa Specials - all highlights for many families in and around Hampshire. “From family favourites, to behind the scenes tours, to our standard travel experience and activities for visitors, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at the Watercress Line in 2019.” There will be further opportunities throughout the year for visitors to go behind the scenes at the Watercress Line, view current restoration projects at Ropley, and explore the yard and the Engineering Shed and Carriage Shop Viewing Galleries. These include two steampacked galas on 8th-10th March and 18th-20th October and an open weekend on 14th-15th September, which is free to members. Visitors will also be able to experience the railway from a completely 32



Spring Steam Gala Date: 8th - 10th March 2019 A ‘steam’ packed three day event featuring opportunities to see and ride behind guest engines and the home-fleet locomotives as well as go behind the scenes at Ropley workshop and yard. Among the heritage locomotives confirmed for this year are the ex-London Transport Pannier Tank L92 and No. 300 Frank S. Ross in Longmoor Military Railway Lined Blue. Day out with Thomas Date: 13th - 22nd April & 3rd - 11th August 2019 The hugely popular Day out with Thomas returns to the Watercress Line in 2019. Meet Thomas and his friends, shake hands with The Fat Controller, enjoy Rusty & Dusty’s entertainment show and so much more. War on the Line Date: 15th – 16th June 2019 Transport yourself back in time to the 1940s, against the backdrop of a Second World War railway, to experience the ‘Blitz Spirit’ and commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. Bus Rally Date: 21st July 2019 Join one of Britain’s largest free bus rallies at Anstey Park Alton, showcasing a static exhibition of buses and coaches of all shapes and sizes from a variety of eras and operating areas. Plus, classic cars, lorries, vans, motorcycles and emergency services vehicles. Open Weekend Date: 14th – 15th September 2019 The Watercress Line will open its stations, giving visitors the opportunity to view current restoration projects at Ropley as well as explore the yard and the Engineering Shed and Carriage Shop Viewing Galleries. Autumn Steam Gala Date: 18th – 20th October 2019 Join the Watercress Line for a ‘steam’ packed three day event, featuring guest engines and home-fleet locomotives, behind the scenes tours and rides on the ‘Queen Mary’ brake van, among more. Wizard Weekend Date: 26th – 27th October 2019 Get dressed up and join the Watercress Line for a spooky day of magic and mischief, when its popular Wizard Weekend returns with a host of spellbinding activities. Walk the Line Date: 9th November 2019 Experience the railway from a completely different view and walk along the trackbed of the ‘Watercress Line’, as part of its annual sponsored event to raise funds for Hampshire’s heritage railway. Santa Specials Date: 30th November - various dates throughout December 2019 Enjoy a magical trip with Santa and his jolly helpers in a festive train carriage this Christmas. Christmas Leave Date: 26th - 27th December 2019 Come along and join civilian and military re-enactors and experience the atmosphere of a WWII Christmas on the railway.


Fareham Nomads take first weekend of the Hampshire County ASA Swimming Championships by storm



Fareham Nomads Swimming Club entered their largest team for many years into the Hampshire County ASA Swimming Championship 2019 which started last weekend (18th, 19th and 20th). The first weekend of the championships started off with a haul of 12 medals (3 x gold, 1 x silver and 8 x bronze). The club saw 44 swimmers competing in 32 events and overall achieved a very impressive 31 long course personal best times. The shining star from the first weekend was most definitely 14-year-old Charlie Holyer who took home 3 gold medals and 1 bronze in the Boys Age 14 - 800m Freestyle, 400m Freestyle, 1500m Freestyle and 400m Individual Medley events respectively. Purely remarkable results considering the recent unfortunate upheavals that the club has experienced including the head coach suffering serious injuries following a road traffic accident and the loss of one of the training pools which has substantially reduced the training available to our swimmers. To overcome problems of this type in the future the club plan to build their own pool. We are seeking to get local businesses and entrepreneurs to become involved. If you’re interested in this venture, then please contact our Chair – Emma Rowsell on chair@farehamnomads.co.uk Stewart Crowe – Coach, said: ‘This has been a fantastic start to the Hampshire County ASA Championships 2019, we have more competitive swimmers being accepted and I am really proud of the achievements of the younger swimmers and the support of our teaching and coaching team.’ If you’re interested in joining Fareham Nomads Swimming Club, please visit www.farehamnomads.co.uk to find out more.


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Other medal winners from Fareham Nomads include: 1. S idney Collingwood won 3 bronze medals in the Boys Age 12 - 800m Freestyle, 400m Freestyle & 1500m Freestyle 2. C harlie Holyer George Lambert won a bronze in the Boys Age 14 - 800m Freestyle 3. Ellen Jewell won a bronze in the Girls 14 - 400m Freestyle 4. E rin Coffey won a bronze in the Girls Age 12 1500m Freestyle 5. R ory Taylor won a bronze in the Boys Age 17 Years and Over - 1500m Freestyle. 6. P lus, the Girls 10-14 years - 200m Freestyle Relay team who were made up of Amelia Boyes, Georgina Taylor, Emily Blake and Ellen Jewel won a silver medal.





March 2019

2019 Calendar of Astronomical Events Astronomical Definitions: Perihelion: the instant when a planet is closest to the Sun Aphelion: the instant when a planet is furthest from the Sun Perigee: the instant when the Moon is closest to Earth Apogee: the instant when the Moon is furthest from Earth Inferior Conjunction: the instant when a planet passes between Earth and the Sun (Mercury or Venus) Superior Conjunction: the instant when a planet passes on the opposite side of the Sun from Earth (Mercury or Venus) Greatest Elongation: elongation is the apparent angle between a planet and the Sun as seen from Earth; during eastern elongation (E), the planet appears as an evening star; during western elongation (W), the planet appears as a morning star Opposition: the instant when a planet appears opposite the Sun as seen from Earth Conjunction: the instant when a planet appears closest the Sun as seen from Earth Occultation: the Moon occults or eclipses a star or planet Ascending Node: the point where a planet crosses from the southern to northern portion of its orbit Descending Node: the point where a planet crosses from the northern to the southern portion of its orbit




4th The Moon at apogee 6th New Moon 7th Neptune at solar conjunction 9th NGC 3532 is well placed 11th Conjunction of the Moon and Mars 14th Moon at First Quarter 15th Mercury at inferior solar conjunction 17th Close approach of the Moon and M44 18th 69P/Taylor at perihelion 19th The Moon at perigee 20th March equinox 21st Full Moon 22nd Conjunction of Mercury and Neptune 23rd The Moon at aphelion 27th Conjunction of the Moon and Jupiter 28th Moon at Last Quarter 29th Conjunction of the Moon and Saturn Close approach of the Moon and Pluto

April 2019

1st The Moon at apogee M104 is well placed 2nd The Moon at perihelion Conjunction of the Moon and Venus Conjunction of Mercury and Neptune 3rd Conjunction of the Moon and Mercury 4th M94 is well placed 5th New Moon, Asteroid 7 Iris at opposition NGC 4755 is well placed 6th Asteroid 2 Pallas at opposition 9th Conjunction of the Moon and Mars 10th Conjunction of Venus and Neptune Mercury at aphelion 11th Mercury at greatest elongation west 12th Virginid meteor shower Moon at First Quarter 13th Mercury at dichotomy, 136199 Eris at solar conjunction, Close approach of the Moon and M44, NGC 5128 is well placed, Omega-Cen is well placed 14th M51 is well placed 16th 136108 Haumea at opposition, The Moon at perigee, M83 is well placed 17th M3 is well placed 18th Venus at aphelion 19th Full Moon 22nd The Moon at aphelion 23rd Uranus at solar conjunction, Lyrid meteor shower, Conjunction of the Moon and Jupiter, M101 is well placed 25th Conjunction of the Moon and Saturn Close approach of the Moon and Pluto 26th Moon at Last Quarter 28th a–Scorpiid meteor shower The Moon at apogee


March 2019

6th March New Moon, (15:04 UTC) The moon will be on the same side as earth as the sun, the best time of the month to observe galaxies and star clusters without interference from the moonlight. 20th March Equinox, (21:59 UTC) The sun will shine directly on the equator, there will be equal amounts of day and night across the world. It is the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and Autumn in the Southern. 21st March Full moon, Supermoon. (01:43 UTC) The moon will be at the opposite side of the earth than the sun and on its closest approach making it slightly brighter and larger in the sky. This full moon is known by native Americans as the Full Worm Moon, as at this time the ground softens and the worms resurface. Also the Full Crow Moon, the Full Sap Moon, The Full Crust Moon, even the Lenten Moon. This is the last of three supermoons for 2019.

Super Wolf Moon 01:00am GMT

Approaching full lunar eclipse 04:45 am GMT

Moon enters outer earth’s shadow 02:15 am GMT

Approaching full lunar eclipse 05:00 am GMT

Moon enters inner earth’s shadow 03:33 am GMT

Approaching full lunar eclipse 05:10 am GMT

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Full Lunar Eclipse, moon is completely in earth’s shadow, it was very dark and hard to see 05:12am GMT

April 2019

5th April New Moon, (0851 UTC) The Moon being on the same side of the earth as the Sun, it will not be visible in the night’s sky. 11th April Mercury will be at its greatest elongation, reaching greatest western elongation of 27.7 degrees from the sun. This will allow mercury to be at its highest point in the horizon in the east where the sun rises in the morning. The best time to view it is before sunrise. 19th April Full Moon. (11:12 UTC) The moon will be at the opposite side of the earth than the sun its face will be fully visible. This Moon is known as the native Americans as a Full Pink Moon because It marks the appearance of wild ground phlox, one of the first spring flowers. Also known as the Sprouting Grass moon, the Growing Moon and the Egg Moon. Coastal tribes know it as the Full Fish Moon because of native shad fish swimming upstream to spawn. 22nd/23rd April Lyrids Meteor Shower. Usually produces 20 meteors per hour at its peak. It originates from dust particles left behind by a comet called C/1861 G1 Thatcher, discovered in 1861. It occurs annually between the 16th and the 25th of April. Peaks on the night of the 22nd morning of the 23rd. sometimes these meteors can create bright dust trails lasting a few seconds. The waning gibbous moon will block the fainter ones this year. But if you are patient, best viewing is from a dark location after midnight, meteors will radiate from Lyra constellation but can appear anywhere in the sky.

May 2019

4th May New Moon, (22:46 UTC) The moon will be on the same side as earth as the sun, the best time of the month to observe galaxies and star clusters without interference from the moonlight. 6th/7th May Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower An above average shower, producing up to 60 meteors per hour at its peak. Most activity can be seen in the southern hemisphere, but here in Hampshire, there will be a rate of 30 meteors pet hour. Produced by particles of dust left over by comet Halley, an ancient comet. The shower runs every year from April 19th – May 28th. There will be a think crescent moon setting early, the meteors will radiate from the Aquarius Constellation but could appear anywhere in the sky. 10th May Full Moon, (21:11 UTC) Blue Moon is known as it is the 3rd of the 4th full moons in the season. The moon will be at the opposite side of the earth than the sun its face will be fully visible. Known by Native Americans as the Full Flower Moon as this is the first time of the year spring flowers appear in abundance. Also known as Full Corn Planting Moon, and the Milk Moon. This rare calendar event only occurs every few years, giving rise to the expression, once in a blue moon! As there are normally only 3 full moons per season, blue ones occur averagely every 2.7 years.

Full Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse – Photo Credits, Blake Hopley KJ, BSc (Hons), MSc, MResSci (Port).

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Competition for young space Entrepreneurs lifts off

The UK Space Agency is offering young people expert advice and a share of £50,000 for their ideas of how satellites could improve life on Earth. Published 10 January 2019. UK Space Agency and MP Chris Skidmore. The SatelLife Competition, now in its third year, is looking for innovative proposals that have the potential to use data collected from space to benefit our economy, health or the environment.

This competition could be your first step to an exciting career in the space sector as you identify how satellites can provide unique solutions to the everyday challenges we face here on Earth.

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Entries can be as teams or individuals and all prize winners will be able to pitch their idea to a panel of ‘dragons’ from the space sector who will offer more prizes. Over the last two years the competition winners have been offered further funding, patent advice and invitations to discuss job opportunities as well as introductions to the other relevant experts for further help.

Satellites support the economy and everyday life, and this competition gives young people the chance to test their ideas with industry experts and perhaps one day become part of the fastest growing sector of the UK economy. The UK space industry is a success story – it supports 38,000 jobs and generates just under £14 billion in revenue across the country. Science minister Chris Skidmore said: “Young people are bursting with ingenious ideas and this competition offers a great opportunity for their suggestions about how best to use data collected from satellites.” “I would urge young people to get involved and hopefully their ideas will become a reality in the near future, benefiting us all. The competition is a great example of how the government’s modern Industrial Strategy can inspire and engage young people in the challenges and opportunities of the future.” The competition, which is open to those aged 11 to 22 and split into three age groups, aims to support the development of science, data handling and technological skills. There are two overall prizes of £7,500 for the best individual and best team. A further seven entries from across the age categories will win £5,000, making a total prize fund of £50,000. The judging panel will be made up of experts including representatives from the UK Space Agency, the European Space Agency, the Satellite Applications Catapult in Harwell and industry. Gemma Wilson, Knowledge Exchange Manager at the Satellite Applications Catapult and one of the expert judges, said: “The SatelLife Competition is a fantastic opportunity for future space entrepreneurs to showcase their innovative ideas.” 36



The competition closes on 3 March 2019. Visit the SatelLife Competition entry page for more information and to apply. Scan here to find out how to enter. https://www.gov.uk/government/ publications/satellife-competition -2019-how-to-enter-and-other -resources

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Jay Geddes Recipe Page Pea soup, honey roasted gammon and crispy egg Gammon: 1 gammon steak 1 carrot, finely sliced 1 onion, finely sliced 1 bay leaf 5 sprigs of thyme 5 peppercorns 1 1/2 tbsp of dijon mustard 3 tbsp of honey Pea soup: 500g of frozen peas 1000ml of water 1 sprig of mint Salt Black pepper Crispy egg: 6 eggs 60g of plain flour 60g of breadcrumbs 40ml of white wine vinegar 650ml of water Salt Pea Salad: 280g of fresh peas Fresh mint 1 lemon olive oil Salt Pepper Method 1. Preheat the oven to 170˚C/gas mark 3 2. Place the gammon, vegetables, herbs and peppercorns in an oven dish and cover with water. Place in the oven and braise for 1 1/2 hours 3. Meanwhile, prepare the rest of the dish. For the soup, bring the water to the boil. As it reaches boiling point, add the mint and then the frozen peas, cover with a lid until it returns to the boil

4. Remove from the heat, strain the peas and mint, reserving 2 cups of the hot liquid. Remove the mint as this was only used to infuse and will not be blended with the peas 5. Blend on a high speed until you are left with a soup, adding the cooking liquid gradually until you reach the desired consistency. Season to taste and pass through a fine sieve into a bowl set over ice to cool. Store in the fridge until required 6. Pod the fresh peas, then blanch in some lightly salted boiling water for 30 seconds. Refresh the peas in iced water to stop the cooking process, then pop the peas out of their skins 7. Whisk the oil and lemon juice together with a little seasoning until it comes together. Set aside until ready to serve 8. Once the gammon is cooked, remove from the oven and leave to cool in the stock 9. To prepare the crispy eggs, bring a large pot of water to a simmer and pour in the white wine vinegar. Crack the eggs into individual cups and gently pour each egg in the water. Maintain a very gentle simmer until the whites are cooked but the yolks are still soft and runny. Remove from the water with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper 10. Add flour, the remaining beaten eggs and the breadcrumbs to separate bowls. Roll each egg in the flour, followed by the egg, and finally the breadcrumbs and set aside. For a thicker, crispier finish, repeat the egg and breadcrumb stages for each egg. 11. Before serving, reheat the soup in a pan on the hob. Meanwhile, place the shelled peas, pea shoots and fresh mint leaves in a bowl and dress with the lemon juice and olive oil dressing 12. Slice the cooled gammon steaks into lardons, mix together the honey and mustard to form a glaze over the gammon. Sauté the lardons in the glaze in a hot pan until golden 13. Deep fry the eggs at 180°C until crispy and golden, then drain on kitchen paper and season with some salt 14. Divide the salad between plates, sprinkle over some gammon lardons then finish with a crispy egg. Transfer the soup into a pouring jug and serve immediately. contactus@loopmagazine.net


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Keeping kids safe in their digital world The on-line world can be an amazing place; research, learning new skills, games, videos, friendships and organising activities to name but a few! It can enrich our children’s lives greatly but like anything we enjoy, it brings associated risks. We want to raise awareness of the possible dangers our children face and provide a few suggestions to help reduce those risks.

images can pop up; everything from violence, bad language, sexual words or images to “guidance” on how to self-harm. The impact of seeing inappropriate material can be devastating and have long term effects. Even seemingly innocent music videos (think Little Mix) or perfume adverts, for example, can expose children to over sexualised imagery, often reinforcing stereotypes i.e. men in suits and women in…well not much! The problem comes when young people place similar photos on Instagram and Snapchat, or post videos on TikTok. Once on social media, all control of those images is lost and anyone can copy, alter or share them, which unfortunately leads us onto our next concern.

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We’ve all done it - searched for something perfectly innocent online and got more than we bargained for! You can also probably think of an image you will never be able to get out of your mind. Well, our children are no different. While they are researching homework, on social media and watching YouTube videos all sorts of 38



The more time children spend on the internet, chat rooms and social media, the more at risk they are from cyber-bullying (covered in the next issue) and sexual predators. Children can be groomed online by a stranger or someone they know - they can be male or female and any age. Sadly, there has been a massive increase in the

number of children involved in sexual activity online and there is a strong link between how early children are being exposed to pornography and the increase in sexualised behaviour. Children can walk into situations with their eyes wide open, not recognising grooming for what it is; they do not see themselves as victims. One of the reasons social media services require users to be 13+ is due to younger children not being able to discern what is appropriate to post, read or recognise when they are being targeted. In our visits to schools on average 25% of the 9-year-olds we see are already on social media.

So what steps can we take?

Make sure they know to;

• Keep their personal information private • Not to have friends they do not know in real life • Always be kind • Tell an adult if they see something that makes them feel uncomfortable or inappropriate. The internet is part of their everyday life and while we cannot wrap our children in bubble wrap, we can make sure we have educated ourselves and help teach them how to keep themselves safe in their digital world.

Add parental controls to your router which filter out pornography, bad language, gambling and other harmful content from devices connecting to

ThinkUKnow, NSPCC and SaferInternet.org have really great information on all of this and of course visit us on Facebook or Twitter for updates or contact www.cwtcheducation.com

your WIFI. At our workshops parents often tell us that they are afraid of “messing about with their settings” but you can’t break it, so just have a play or google how to do it. Some mobile devices will have their own settings too but if you are concerned that these are not enough while your children are not using your WIFI we suggest an app like ScreenTime.

Cwtch Education is a charity dedicated to educating children, and those who care for them, about how to keep safe online and in relationships; including cyberbullying, self-esteem, social media use, exploitation and gaming. Next time: Social media, mental health and cyberbullying

None of this of course is failsafe so the best defence is having conversations about on-line safety with our children, from a young age, as we would when teaching them to cross the road. contactus@loopmagazine.net


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Thomas Marrington discoverss the Trench Coat, the very best in transistional dressing

My wardrobe consists of four main colourways - black, white, blue and beige. Not only do I find these shades complementary to my personal colouring, but they share the trait of neutrality, blending together seamlessly to create a cohesive look in whatever way I may pair them. Of these, I consider beige to be the most versatile. Depending on the particular shade it can be warmed up or cooled down, dark or light, working equally well on thick wool as it does on cheesecloth. Take the classic trench for example, the piece de resistance in transitional dressing. It’s no accident that Burberry, consistently one of the greatest fashion houses for wearable and classic design, features beige so heavily. In their SS19 show, Kendall Jenner took to the runway decked head to toe in a dusty beige of different textures; that same season, the usually maximalist Balmain chose beige suede for another monochromatic look, followed closely by Kenzo, Tibi, Tom Ford, Christian Dior… and the list goes on.

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Less of a trend and more a sustaining style staple, beige works particularly well for Trench those spring periods where a COAT, winter coat feels out of the H&M, question, but so too does £24.99 stepping out in just a tee. A lightweight trench is the key to pulling together almost any look during this time, and the good news is that virtually every high street store in the UK sells their own take on the garment. My favourites, as ever, hail from Zara and H&M - whilst the former might prove too thick come May, H&M’s is a little more lightweight with a pleasing shine to it when it moves. contactus@loopmagazine.net



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How One Family’s Tragic Loss has Inspired a Million Smiles

extraordinary things people will do to raise funds for the charity, from sponsored head shaves to skydives” comments Community Fundraising Officer, Kathryn Grimes, “and the generosity of all who support our work.”

When 15-year old Richard Bowler set off for a training session with Sarisbury Sparks FC on 2nd July 2002 no-one could have foreseen the tragedy that was to unfold that evening. During the warm-up session, Rich collapsed. He’d suffered a sub-arachnoid brain haemorrhage (SAH) and, sadly, never regained consciousness.

Fundraising in his memory originally sought to raise £1,500 to purchase a pair of ‘memory’ benches, but quickly snow-balled and, in 2004, ‘Smile4Rich’ became the official face of fundraising for the Wessex Neurological Centre (WNC). Located at Southampton General Hospital, it provides acute/specialist neurological care to patients from across Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire, West Sussex, the Isle of Wight and the Channel Islands - a region populated by over 3 million. Each year the WNC treats around 18,000 patients for conditions such as brain haemorrhages, brain tumours, stroke, traumatic brain/spina injuries, epilepsy, dementia and numerous other neurological conditions. Now known as ‘Smile4Wessex’, the charity has since raised over £1.1million to fund numerous projects that enhance the range and quality of care provided at the WNC, and research which furthers understanding of neurological conditions and their treatment. “We never cease to be amazed at the 56



At a recent Open Day, supporters heard from leading neurosurgeons and scientists how their generosity has enabled Smile4Wessex to provide the WNC with some of the most advanced facilities and equipment available in the UK - in some cases uniquely. These include the state-of-the-art Smile4Wessex Children’s Neurosciences Ward and ‘Retreat’ Multi-Sensory Room, and cutting-edge theatre equipment such as; a revolutionary operating microscope with fluorescence imaging technology; an UltraHD 3D Endoscopic Neurosurgical Stack System; multi-channel Intra-Operative Nerve Monitoring equipment. These and other projects have already helped to improve outcomes and/or save the lives of thousands of patients, and have made possible procedures that simply could not be safely undertaken previously. Research funding is also helping to explore new ways to diagnose and treat neurological disease. For example, the Brain Pulse Project is developing a new, non-invasive method for measuring Intra Cranial Pressure (ICP), which is a key indicator in the diagnosis of many neurological conditions. Another project is developing a novel new treatment which it is hoped may help prevent secondary strokes in patients who have suffered a bleed on the brain. Appeals Director and friend of the Bowler family, Neil Westbrook, is justifiably proud of what the charity has achieved, but has never lost sight of how it all started. “Rich was a terrific lad and we’d turn the clocks back in a heartbeat if we could. Sadly, that’s not possible, but it is of some comfort to know that he inspired fundraising that has since benefited thousands, and helped many families avoid similar tragedies.” Inspired to discover more about Smile4Wessex or to get involved? Please visit www.smile4wessex.org or call the Appeal Office on 023 8120 8882.

Navy Medical Teams raise Money for Charity Two teams of medical assistants at HMS Collingwood visited two local supermarkets recently to raise money for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC).

Team at Tesco, Rowner – left to right: Marrow, Gollick, Pellatt.

Team at Morrisons, Gosport – Left to right: West, Stayte, Ullyott.

Medical Assistant (MA) Shaun West arranged the fundraising trips to Tesco in Alver Valley and Morrisons in Gosport, raising £492.41 for this very worthy cause. Talking of the event Shaun said “Local supermarkets are an ideal way for the local community to be involved in charity by donating at ease as they’re shopping. It’s a great way for the community to see their Royal Navy out doing things above and beyond their usual working roles and uphold the charitable reputation of the RN. The teams were Shaun, MA Nathan Ullyott, MA Steven Marrow, MA Olivia Gollick, MA Barry Stayte and MA Andrew Pellatt. On the day we had a lot of fun

and had so many chats with local veterans who are always willing to share their stories of their time in the military. The RNRMC do so many great things for the military community and an event like this is an all round winner.” Photographs, courtesy of Keith Woodland, Crown Copyright).

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Aladdin Musical Extravaganza! Pupils from Hook-with-Warsash C of E Academy kicked off the festive season with 3 spectacular performances of Disney’s Aladdin JR. the Musical at Ferneham Hall.

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Disney’s Aladdin JR. is based on the 1992 Academy-Award®winning film and the 2014 hit Broadway show about the “diamond in the rough” street rat who learns that his true worth lies deep within. In the story Aladdin and his three friends, Babkak, Omar, and Kassim, played by pupils from year 6, find themselves down on their luck until Aladdin discovered a magic lamp and the Genie who has the power to grant three wishes. Wanting to earn the respect of the princess, Jasmine, Aladdin embarks on an adventure that tests his will and his moral character. Year 6 were supported in their performances by pupils from years 3, 4 and 5 who made up a wonderfully colourful choir and sang their hearts out. They were also joined on stage by pupils from years 1 and 2 who formed part of the Prince’s entourage and performed some beautiful dancing. Headteacher Sara Willoughby said, “It was lovely to see how enthusiastic the pupils were to perform in Aladdin and it proved to be an extremely popular choice. We have held our annual school production at Ferneham Hall for the last 20

Paul Nicholls andCHRIS Fountain star in Rain Man live on stage

Paul Nicholls and Chris Fountain star in a new stage production of the Oscar winning film Rain Man, coming to Nuffield Southampton Theatres Campus 4 – 9 Mar 2019. When self-centred salesman Charlie Babbitt discovers that he has a long-lost older brother, Raymond, who has inherited the family multimillion dollar fortune, he sets out to get ‘his half’. Raymond is an autistic savant, has a remarkable memory and a genius for numbers. Determined to get his hands on the money, Charlie ‘borrows’ Raymond from the institution where he has spent most of his life. As the two

Photos by Catherine Nice Assistant Headteacher brothers embark on a trip across America, Charlie soon discovers that Raymond is worth more than he could have ever imagined. PAUL NICHOLLS (Raymond Babbitt) became a household name when he joined EastEnders as the troubled Joe Wicks in 1996 until 1997. He has appeared in acclaimed dramas such as Channel 4’s hit drama Ackley Bridge, The C Word for the BBC and ITV’s Law and Order. His film work includes Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, If Only and The Trench. Previous theatre work includes Long Day’s Journey Into Night with Jessica Lange (Lyric Theatre); Vincent in Brixton (National Theatre); Billy Liar (Bush Theatre) and The Shawshank Redemption (UK Tour). CHRIS FOUNTAIN (Charlie Babbitt) won Best Actor in the 2008 British Soap Awards for his portrayal of Justin Burton in Hollyoaks. He played Tommy Duckworth for 2 years in Coronation Street and has also starred in Dancing On Ice and most recently the ITV drama, Girlfriends. In 2016 he made his stage debut as Guy in award-winning production of The Full Monty UK Tour. Rain Man is the premiere production in a brand new series under the Classic Screen to Stage Company banner, following previously acclaimed adaptations of films for the stage such as The Exorcist, A Few Good Men and The Shawshank Redemption. Tickets for Rain Man start from £10, and are available at nstheatres.co.uk contactus@loopmagazine.net



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