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Contents Marine Matters 7 Win a place in history by naming P&O Cruises newest ship 8 Over 400 Years Service Rewarded at HMS Collingwood 11 Junior Field Gunners Compete In Unique Challenge 12 Computer Know How! 14 500th voyage for SS Shieldhall as Charity celebrates 16 Gosport Shedders Save HMS Collingwood’s Cross 18 A Night of Dirty Dancing – The Ultimate Tribute Show 18 Rural events in Hampshire this summer and autumn 20 The Magnificent South West OZ 22 Comedy Stage Added at Wickham Festival 24 5 minutes with New Band... Hiraeth 28 Making waves in the city! 28 Health & Beauty 29 Locks Heath Swim Squad 30 2428 (Hedge End) Squadron Royal Air Force Air Cadets 32 Finance & Legal Services 34 HMS Sultan Bonfire & Fireworks Night 2017 36 Austin A30/A35 Owners Club Southampton and New Forest Group 38 Council’s leading Contemporary arts venue awarded Arts Council funding 38 Comedy at Nuffield Southampton Theatres 38 Education 39 Chef to the Stars 44 Fish Cakes, Beurre Blanc Sauce 45 Brioche and white chocolate bread and butter pudding with rum soaked raisins 46 Advice on how to spot a SCAM 46 Do you love getting afloat? 47 Sailing helps to shape young people’s life chances across the South 50 Recognition for Ron 52 Gardening 53 St. Mary’s New Garden of Remembrance 58 The power of ..... love© 60 Extend the summer at Britain’s biggest boating festival 62 Local Trades 66 Space Times 72 The Trend Edit 74 Health & Fitness 76 Community News 81 What’s On 82


A Chat about Conifers Is it right that we can draw a parallel between marmite and conifers? Do you either of love them or hate them? Est. 45 years Why do they still have an undeserved reputation of being dull and not deserving of our interest? Many put it down to the bad press about leylandii and the fact that we over used conifers in their heyday during the seventies. A typical sight in our gardens then was the obligatory island bed of dwarf conifers!

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So it seems we fell out of love with conifers and seemingly cannot bring ourselves to introduce them back into our gardens. It’s time to refresh our thinking. It’s time we gave the greatly misunderstood conifer a renaissance! The gardening world has moved on since the seventies and with the current trend in everything ‘retro’, surely conifers qualify? According to the Chelsea Flower Show they obviously do, as conifers were a recurring theme this year, appearing in several of the show gardens. Conifers are versatile and have valuable qualities that many other plants do not possess. In fact they really do have so many qualities, its very difficult to know where to begin. They come in a variety of attractive contrasting shapes and sizes with colourful foliage that ranges from soft golden yellow, steel blue to bronze to several shades of green. Most conifers are evergreen and provide colour, texture and structure all year round and are most noticeable in the winter garden They can be slow growing, fast growing, narrow, pyramid, tall, broad, conical, upright, weeping or spreading. Varieties include juniper, cedar, Italian Cypress, pine, thuja, spruce and larch and there are four basic growth habits. These are miniature, dwarf, medium and large. Now do you see how versatile they really are?

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Then we have conifers that behave as if they were chameleons! Take the Thuja occidentalis globular with its foliage that changes from bright emerald green in the spring to dark green in the summer, a bronze tinge in the autumn back to a bright green for winter! What about the varieties of Picea or Chamaecyparis with their elegant slender shapes and pretty blue foliage? You can use conifers as a backbone to your garden, either as stand alone specimen trees, or to grow as hedges, have as features in mixed borders and to provide ground cover for low maintenance gardens. Once established they require very little care, apart from some annual trimming to keep in shape. Go on join the renaissance and give a conifers a new lease of life - they deserve nothing less! www.hambrooks.co.uk

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Marine Matters Now the sun is out and here to stay we decided to speak to a local company that gets busy in the summer and see how business was going on the water. We managed to talk to Henry Hillier the owner of Marine Matters to find out what the company is all about. LOOP: Hi Henry, give me your elevator pitch for Marine Matters. Henry: I started the company in 2001 from home and a selfbuild website (don’t ask!) Since then we have become one of the longest established RYA Training Centres on The Solent, six years ago we became the Managing Operators of Stone Pier Marina in Warsash, three years ago we were appointed the Solent Dealer for BRIG RIBs and most recently we have been awarded the only Authorised Suzuki service dealer for the River Hamble. All the different parts of the business dovetail together to create an excellent level of customer service all under one roof. LOOP: It sounds like a lot has happened in the last few years what do you put that down too? Henry: I think there is a lot to be said for longevity; we got to the ten year mark when the country was mired in recession but we had trade customers hunting us out with a few big new contracts, this was good for our confidence, we took our chances and it just took off. As a team we are very enthusiastic about what we do and have built a reputation as the easygoing professionals. These days we have a team of seven, which is growing again this year with new apprentices starting in September. LOOP: What is the strongest part of the business for you today? Henry: It varies; such is the nature of the marine industry. The Marina is a staple as all berths are on annual contracts; The RYA Training Centre is year round with the trade work in winter and leisure boating in summer. However, the Suzuki service workshop is getting busier all the time with new and repeat business. But the boat sales are up 150% on last year and show no signs of slowing down. LOOP: What does the future hold? Henry: Marine Matters has gone through a big expansion over the last few years and that has been demanding on the team so the plan now is to consolidate what we have and improve on our business process over the next few years. Essentially we are going to improve efficiency while building the boat sales and outboard servicing part of the business. Although that sounds simple there is a new stock control system to implement, staff to train, and ever growing workloads to manage all without letting our customer service suffer; ultimately that is the most important thing to me. We did ask Henry where he thought the business would be in 10 years but he just smiled and said “Who knows, the skies the limit…” and then left to sea trial a new BRIG RIB with a potential customer. contactus@loopmagazine.net

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Win a place in history by naming P&O Cruises newest ship In 2020, P&O Cruises will enter the history books once again as it brings together over 180 years of history and experience to create the next generation of cruise ship. At 180,000 tons, this will be Britain’s biggest cruise ship and it therefore deserves a name that is worthy of its size and credentials. P&O Cruises is inviting its guests and the general public to be part of this historic occasion and suggest a suitable name for this magnificent ship. The competition to name the ship will run on the P&O Cruises website and through social media channels from Monday July 10, 2017 and a panel of experts will consider all entries with the winning name being announced next year. To help inspire entrants, P&O Cruises has produced four short videos featuring Food Heroes Eric Lanlard and Olly Smith, producer and performer Jonathan Wilkes and Azura godmother and Strictly Come Dancing judge Darcey Bussell CBE which can be viewed online. Not only will the winner earn their place in history with their chosen name being proudly emblazoned on the ship for everyone to see for years to come, but they will also be given two VIP places at the ship’s naming ceremony in spring 2020 - a prize that money cannot buy.

P&O Cruises senior vice president Paul Ludlow said: “This new ship will be the first new launch for P&O Cruises in five years and will play a pivotal role in redefining the brand and broadening our appeal. It is therefore incredibly important that we have a name that reflects the ship’s heritage as well as highlighting the array of new cruising experiences it will offer – something memorable and dignified that reflects its position as the new star in our fleet. I encourage the general public to get their thinking caps on but also to remember that naming a ship is akin to naming a child. The name is an inherent part of its personality and is something that will sail with it for life!” The new ship will accommodate approximately 5,200 guests (lower berths). It will have a striking new exterior and interior design and will comprehensively embrace the company’s classic and iconic features. It will also be the most environmentally efficient ship in P&O Cruises history. The ship’s “green cruising” design will use LNG to generate the primary source of power both in port and on the open sea, significantly reducing exhaust emissions to help protect the environment in support of the company’s sustainability goals. Ludlow continued: “The ship will bring an array of new cruising experiences to guests and attract newcomers to the brand, whilst instantly resonating with forward-thinking P&O Cruises guests, encapsulating the ‘P&O-ness’ they recognise and love. Choice, flexibility and the ability to create individual holiday experiences on board will be at its heart.” For more information on the competition and the new ship go to www.pocruises.com/new-ship To book call P&O Cruises on 0843 374 0111, visit www.pocruises.co.uk or visit a local travel agent.

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Junior Field Gunners Compete In Unique Challenge Hot on the heels of the Seniors Challenge which took place on Saturday 3rd June, HMS Collingwood hosted the annual Junior Leaders Field Gun Competition on Friday 7th July. This competition is very similar to the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity Field Gun, but is predominantly for youths aged 16-24, who have either only recently joined the Armed Forces or are studying at college. This year in addition to the Armed Forces crews, teams competed from Fareham College, Chichester College, Sea Cadet units and University Technical Colleges (UTC) across the country. Building on The Team Works and emphasising the training theme, the teams came into the competition with little or no prior experience of Field Gun and only had one week to train, with the finals taking place on Friday in front of friends and family and personnel across the base. With 18 crews taking part this year the audience were privileged to witness 3 finals; Plate 2 was won by Fareham College, Plate 1 saw the HMS Sultan team first over the finishing line and in a closely fought main final the home team Victory Squadron took the honours.

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500th voyage for SS Shieldhall as Charity celebrates The Solent Steam Packet Limited, the charity operating Southampton’s heritage steamship SS Shieldhall, are celebrating as the vessel recently embarked upon her 500th voyage since charitable status began in 1988. Originally constructed in 1955 as a vessel to carry treated sludge down the River Clyde to the dumping grounds for the Glasgow Corporation, Shieldhall was sold to Southern Water in 1977 to perform a similar role out of Southampton. Her role was discontinued due to rising costs and Shieldhall was due to be sold for scrap. However, a group of enterprising individuals saw her heritage value, forming the charity and purchasing her for her scrap price of £20k. Amongst the 500 sailings since have been trips to Dordrecht in Holland and to her home port of Glasgow for Shieldhall’s 50th birthday celebrations in 2005. Although currently limited to sailing in Solent waters (with passengers) it is hoped to extend the list of cruise destinations in future years.

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Gosport Shedders Save HMS Collingwood’s Cross

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HMS Collingwood recently hosted members of the Gosport Men’s Shed to bacon butties in the Chaplaincy as a thank-you for refurbishing the cross that stands outside.

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Taking pride of place outside the Establishment’s church, the oldest building on the site, the cross, although structurally sound, needed to be completely stripped back to the bare wood as years of harsh weather had taken its toll. The Shedders then had to re-stain and re-varnish the wood equating to a total of about 40 hours’ work.

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The men from Gosport Shed have been kept busy by HMS Collingwood as they have also just finished building a new sign from scratch for the Base’s Woodentots nursery. Ian Bainbridge, the Shed’s Workshop Manager, explained that the Shedders are now working on restoring two cannons for HMS Nelson, having just finished making candle holders and a new sign for a church in Alverstoke. They have also refurbished an historic diving bell for the Diving Museum and renovated a lampstand outside St Vincent College. Jim Coleman said, “The Gosport Men’s Shed is a good thing, it’s like the WI for men! Sometimes men are encouraged to come along by their wives but once they’re here they usually stay.” Brian Richards, the Shed’s Facebook photographer, added, “When men are at work, they have their circle of friends there that they can say hello to every morning. After retirement, lots of men find they have no contact with that network and they miss that contact every day. For ex-servicemen it’s even worse so Gosport Shed provides that camaraderie. We’re a strong team.” The Shed movement started in Australia in the 1990s and the Gosport branch, founded in 2013, is acknowledged as one of the largest in the UK with around 140 members.

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Rural events in Hampshire this summer and autumn A charity that stands up for the Hampshire countryside has organised a range of rural-inspired social and educational events this summer and autumn. CPRE Hampshire (the Campaign to Protect Rural England) events are open to all and include: • Neighbourhood Planning Conference, Sparsholt College, near Winchester - 5th October; looking at the best planning options for local communities

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• Autumn supper and talk, Preston Candover Village Hall, near Basingstoke – 20th October; Guest speaker Rosamund Wallinger will talk about the evolution of gardens in this country and about Gertrude Jekyll in particular • Quiz nights to support Green Belt for South Hampshire campaign and the work of CPRE Hampshire, Itchen Abbas and Avington Village Hall, near Winchester – 27th October and East Meon Village Hall - 17th November CPRE Hampshire’s roadshow programme is visiting Hampshire Farmers’ Markets around the county. Enter the free prize draw to be in with a chance to win a hamper. Coming up: Ringwood – 24th June, Winchester - 13th August and Romsey - 3rd September. Visit www.cprehampshire.org.uk for further event information and booking details. CPRE Hampshire also give talks to town and parish councils and amenity organisations. Please see the website or call 01962 841897 to find out more.

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The Magnificent South West OZ Perth and South West Australia has the shortest travelling time from the UK and it is just about to become that little bit quicker with Qantas starting a direct flight from Heathrow to Perth from the Spring of 2018, reducing the travelling time down to 18 hours. Despite being the nearest gateway to the UK, its popularity as a tourist destination has never matched up to its East Coast neighbours, mainly due to the fact that it does not have such icons as the Opera House and Bridge at Sydney or the Great Barrier Reef of Queensland and that at 5 hours from its nearest neighbour it is somewhat isolated. But the fact that it is so isolated and that it is 6 hours shorter in travelling time is maybe a reason to look at South West Australia as a holiday in its own right rather than an add on to an East Coast itinerary. Having just returned from spending 2 weeks on a self-drive tour of Perth and South West Australia I can confirm that it really does have an awful lot to offer as a holiday Destination. It may not have the Aussie Icons but it more than makes up for it in it Coastal Scenery, abundant wildlife, mesmerising Karri forests, some of best food and wine on the planet and of course the happy positive can do attitude of the Australian people that makes holidays in Australia such a fantastic experience. Perth is a great city to start your holiday at with Kings Park and the Swan River 2 of its major attractions. Kings Park is actually larger than New Yorkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Central Park and has many great walks to enjoy along with its Botanical Gardens, whilst The Swan River offers a great way to see the city skyline and learn a little bit of its history at the same time, and whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s better than a twilight cruise watching the sun go down.

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Nuffield Southampton Theatres Nuffield Southampton Theatres (NST), one of the country’s leading professional producing companies, has announced its new autumn 2017 season, featuring a varied programme of high quality theatre work, including critically acclaimed West End hits People, Places & Things, Things I Know To Be True and Hetty Feather and top class comedy stand-up. Sam Hodges, Nuffield Director, said: “This autumn, as we get closer to moving into our new theatre in the heart of Southampton’s Cultural Quarter, NST City, we feel excited to build the reputation of NST Campus as a home for the country’s most important and innovative touring theatre companies. What better way to signal this than welcoming Headlong, Frantic Assembly, 1927, Fuel and Graeae.” Tickets are available from the Box Office 023 8067 1771 or online at www.nstheatres.co.uk

Golem A 1927, Salzburg Festival, Theatre de la Ville Paris and Young Vic co-production Directed and written by Suzanne Andrade Film, adaptation and design by Paul Barritt Dates: 12th-16th September 2017 Tickets: Starting from £10. Book early for the best prices. A dystopian fable for the 21st Century with animation, live music and performance. Golem explores one of the great questions of the modern world – who or what is in control of our technologies.

The Gruffalo’s Child Presented by Tall Stories By Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler Dates: 23rd-28th October 2017 Tickets: Starting from £12. Book early for the best prices. One wild and windy night, the Gruffalo’s child ignores her father’s warning and tiptoes out into the snow. Just how brave is she? Find out in Tall Stories’ magical, musical adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s award-winning sequel to The Gruffalo – a half term treat, live on stage.

The Hartlepool Monkey Produced by Fuel in association with Stratford Circus Arts Centre Created by Gyre and Gimble Written by Carl Grose Dates: 31st October-1st November 2017 Tickets: Starting from £10. Book early for the best prices. An adventure story based on the legend of ‘The Hartlepool Monkey’ featuring spirited sea shanties and mischievous puppetry from Gyre and Gimble.

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A Graeae Theatre Company production in association with Belgrade Theatre Coventry

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Book by Paul Sirett Music by Ian Dury and The Blockheads Directed by Jenny Sealey Dates: 26th-30th September 2017 Tickets: Starting from £10. Book early for the best prices.

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A gritty coming of age musical celebrating the infectious tunes of Ian Dury and the Blockheads from the renowned Graeae Theatre Company. With captioned dialogue, BSL-interpreted songs and audio description.

The Caretaker A Bristol Old Vic and Royal & Derngate, Northampton co-production By Harold Pinter Directed by Christopher Haydon Dates: 10th-14th October 2017 Tickets: Starting from £10. Book early for the best prices. A bold new adaptation of Pinter’s classic explores the search for a sense of belonging and identity, set against the paranoia of living in our politically and culturally uncertain times.

The Magic Flute

By Duncan Macmillan Dates: 7th-11th November 2017 Tickets: Starting from £10. Book early for the best prices. Emma was having the time of her life. Now she is in rehab. When intoxication is the only way to survive, how can she ever sober up? Grim, disorientating, funny and dark, Headlong Theatre’s West End hit blurs the line between truth and reality.

Things I Know To Be True A Frantic Assembly and State Theatre Company South Australia production By Andrew Bovell Co-directed by Scott Graham and Geordie Brookman Dates: 14th-18th November 2017 Tickets: Starting from £10. Book early for the best prices. A beautifully touching story of a family facing shattering home truths. Blending Frantic Assembly’s potent physicality and formidable storytelling.

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Nuffield Southampton Theatres in association with Kenny Wax, William Archer and Novel Theatre present a Rose Theatre Kingston production

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By Jacqueline Wilson

Orchestration by Alex Beetschen

Adapted for the stage by Emma Reeves

Dates: 17th October 2017

Directed by Sally Cookson

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Dates: 21st November 2017 – 7th January 2018

Following its hugely popular re-imaginings of operas like La Bohème and Don Giovanni, Olivier Award-winning OperaUpClose makes its debut at Nuffield Southampton Theatres, with a brilliant take on Mozart’s classic.

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5 minutes with New Band... Making waves in the city! Within just twelve months Daniel Tidbury has excelled from Hiraeth making his first mark on canvas to being invited to adorn the walls of a London Gallery. Three of his stunning works were on display at Jona Quest Art in the heart of London-East’s cultural hub, Greenwich up until July.

Sometimes a band comes along that supersedes all expectations, and LOOP was lucky enough to meet one such band recently, a group of four local lads from Portsmouth and Southampton, got together as friends & online and have only been performing together for just 7 months recently Headlined at “The Joiners” in Southampton for their second gig…. We got to have a chat in the green room before they went on stage! Welcome Hiraeth, thank you for inviting us along to your second gig, I bet you are buzzing to be headlining. We are really lucky we got the opportunity to play on a stage that so many other cool bands have, like OASIS, REEF and COLDPLAY, its progressed quite quickly. Introduce yourselves to the readers. Matt who is our Lead Singer and guitarist, Tine who is Base guitar Pete who is lead Guitar and Tom who is their Drummer. We all get on like a house on fire, “there is no rivalry” we don’t really argue as creatively we all bring something different. We work on it as a whole and break it down bit by bit, one of our songs took 6 months to write.. It evolves sometimes from a couple of chords.

Morning Glory - Daniel Tidbury

For the past decade Daniel has been working as a graphic designer and photographer. Although immersed in the creative industry Daniel has always been looking for a more expressive release. Back in the summer of 2016 he began working on a series of sea and sky-scapes from his studio on the south coast and since then things have gone from strength to strength.

We don’t really put ourselves in a particular Genre, and our music isn’t for everyone, we have a unique sound but don’t set the bar anywhere, if we write something and we think it sounds good then great! Who decides your set list? We have a limited set of songs at the moment as we have just started out, but we are always improving them & writing new material. We write all our own stuff. Tom said “we play what we can” Where would you like to see yourselves in say. 6 months to a year? And would you like to travel to other countries? Matt “yeah, we’d love to travel to other countries but I think that will come in time”, Base Guitarist Peter said “we’d love to do festivals, I have family in Italy and Holland and may be able to get some gigs over there who knows.. We’ll have to wait and see”! You have an interesting name, what does it mean? Well we loved the way the name looked and sounded said Matt, it’s a nice Welsh word that actually means homesickness, but none of us are, it’s a talking point. Who inspires you? We like a lot of different artists, like the Way David Bowie wrote, he didn’t write trying to make something difficult, he had Ziggy Stardust as a character & we try to get into that mind-set, not to try and sound like anyone. As long as we are happy with what we are doing that’s all that matters! Then if other people like it that’s good too. Out of ten who is the weirdest? TINE..laughing.. he ate about 10 jam tarts before the last gig… We are all a bit weird in our own way I guess. 28 | The LOOP

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Space to Breathe - Daniel Tidbury

Daniel’s striking colourful paintings were discovered as researching curators at Jona Quest were looking for emerging artists to feature. Having received rapturous reviews from fellow artists and collectors, Daniel comments; “The last twelve months have been extraordinary. Almost immediately the work started to gain interest and there’s nothing more validating as an emerging artist than people investing in you with their time and enthusiasm. It’s thrilling and I’m very excited about the future.” You can see Daniel’s work online at www.danieltidbury.co.uk.


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Birthday Parties at The Race Centre

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If you’re struggling to find something to do for your child’s next birthday party, then look no further than The Race Centre in Chandler’s Ford. The facility is home to 10 fully linked professional racing simulators, each with full driving controls and whopping 3 metre HD projection screens! Upon arriving, the group receives a full briefing, including where to find the button for the horn! They then head out on track for their practice session, setting their best lap times to form the grid for the racing. When they head out for their races, all 10 drivers are on the grid for the start, normally followed by a spectacular incident at the first corner! After the racing, the top 3 drivers each receive a trophy for their efforts. Prices start from just £185, and fresh hot pizza can be ordered as an optional addition. The Race Centre also runs special sessions for Under 18s in the school holidays, just £12 per driver, and new for 2017, adults can drive for half price in these sessions too! Please call the venue on 023 8026 9927 for more information or alternatively, you can visit www.theracecentre.co.uk

Locks Heath Swim Squad swam superbly when they competed at the Swim out your Skins Meet at Waterlooville during the weekend of 10th and 11th June. The swimmers swam 133 swims, 103 personal bests, 21 gold, 16 silver and 16 bronze medals. A special mention to James Hall (14) not only did he win silver in the 400 free but also secured himself a club record, well done young man. Harrison Kennedy (13) continues to train hard, it’s been a while since his last medal so big congratulations on securing bronze in the 200 free and gold in the 200 back. Young Toby Ellis (9) continues to progress earning himself gold in 50 free, 100 back and 100IM. Thomas Larby (12) has not trained properly since November due to injury. The boy did himself, his parents and coach proud, he managed to get personal bests in all of 7 of his races, he went on to win gold in his 50, 100 and 200 breast (also an impressive 9 sec PB), silver in 100IM, and bronze in 200 IM, a fantastic day for the boy. Finlay Norris (10) won 5 medals throughout the weekend, gold in 50 breast, 100IM and 100 free and silver in 110 back and 50 fly. With young Joshua Beaudro it was all about securing new PB’s in 4 out of his 6 races and a gold in his 100 back. Jan Stoop (14) one of our older boys competing swam very well, resulting in silver medals in his 50 free, 50 fly and bronze in his 200 free. Scott Hutin (12) was also on form as he brought home silver medals in 200 back and bronze in his 100 fly. Not to be outdone by the boys the girls also proved themselves to be on top form. Once again young Eloise Lamb (9) who is still new to competing won gold in 100 free and bronze in 50 back, 100 breast and 100IM. Eloise’s sister Shannon Lamb (13) also a swimmer in the squad also had a successful day winning gold in 50 back, 200IM, 200 back. Great day for both girls. Layla (9) and Mia Day (12) also sisters both swam brilliantly, Layla won silver in 100 free and Mia gold in 100 fly, 100 breast, silver in 400 free and bronze in 50 fly and 100 free. Evelyn (12) and Matilda (11) Hall are siblings to previously mentioned James, the days success continued with the sisters and Matilda brought home gold in 200 back, bronze in 100 back and Evelyn silver in her 200 IM, 50 breast and Bronze in the 100 back. The amazing Amelia Ayling was once again on form as she won gold in 200 IM, silver in 400 free, 50 back, 50 fly, 200 back, 200 free, 6 medals equals a very successful day. May Fletcher had another weekend of swims, she secured 5 medals in her 400IM and 100 back she was awarded gold, and silver in the 200 back, bronze 50 fly and 100IM. And finally, Grace Goddard completed a weekend of greats swims winning silver in the 50 free and bronze in the 100IM. Think it goes without saying with the above results coach Lynda Reid was very proud of her team.

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2428 (Hedge End) Squadron Royal Air Force Air Cadets What would you say if there was a way that you could fly an aeroplane before you drive a car? Interested? Read on and you will find out how! 2428 (Hedge End) Squadron Royal Air Force Air Cadets is a thriving unit which accepts cadets between the ages of 12 (and in year 8 at school) and 18 and is on the lookout for new recruits. We are also on the lookout for adult staff members – why should the Cadets have all the fun!?

The Royal Air Force Air Cadets can be traced right back to World War 2 when the organisation was responsible for assisting with the training of aircrew. Since then the role of the organisation has changed somewhat. It is now more about providing skills which will be useful for adulthood including teaching leadership and team working skills, fostering the spirit of adventure and encouraging an interest in aviation which goes without saying! Many famous people have been a part of this famous organisation including Olympians, Actors, most of the Red Arrows and even a former James Bond! It has been a busy year for the squadron with cadets travelling all over the South to take part in activities. How would you like a behind the scenes tour of Heathrow Airport? Our cadets have done that. How would you like to fly a Boeing 747 Simulator? We’ve done that. How about a flight in the back of a Chinook helicopter? Guess what, done that too! Our cadets have also helped out at, and led the Hedge End carnival procession along with fund raising for the Poppy Appeal and Royal Air Forces Association. The possibilities and activities really are endless. The organisation really does help young people (and staff!) build their C.V’s. We take part in the Duke of Edinburgh scheme and are lucky enough to have one cadet and staff member currently finishing off their Gold award which will see them go to Buckingham Palace to accept their award! Cadets from 2428 are also well underway with study towards BTEC qualifications and potentially lifesaving first aid qualifications; all of this happens from day one! If you are a keen sports

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person you have the potential to represent the squadron at a number of sporting events and even represent the entire region which really puts Hedge End on the map! The squadron meets on a Monday and Wednesday evening with activities and camps taking place at weekends and school holidays. There is always something happening so why wait, get in touch now to see what we do!

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A record year of growth by law firm Eric Robinson Solicitors was celebrated during the firm’s Annual General Meeting at the Domus Conference Centre in Beaulieu. With recent expansion bringing new faces from across the firm’s nine branches, there were moments of reflection, discussion and excitement for the future. The AGM of Eric Robinson Solicitors saw the official welcome of 18 new fee earners, including paralegals, legal executives and fully qualified solicitors who are strengthening the firm’s services in Commercial, Employment & Immigration, Conveyancing, Private Client and Criminal Law. ‘Some of our recent appointments have been recruited to work from our new offices in Basingstoke, Bracknell and Portsmouth,’ says Managing Partner, Catherine Maxfield who has led an unprecedented year of expansion at the firm, including a breakout from its home county of Hampshire and a staff count exceeding 120 people. ‘Recruitment is an on-going process as we have more plans for the year ahead. We held our first ever recruitment fair at our offices in Southampton City Centre and were delighted with the response and attendance. People seem to be really appreciating and attracted to the innovation and originality we are championing at Eric Robinson.’ ‘The atmosphere at Eric Robinson Solicitors is definitely one of excitement and ambition.’

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HMS Sultan Bonfire & Fireworks Night 2017 Join with thousands of others on Thursday 26th October as HMS Sultan hosts a fun filled evening of entertainment at the HMS Sultan Bonfire & Fireworks Night 2017. As well as the main event there will be entertainers including fire breathers and a funfair with rides at very reasonable rates. There is lots keep you entertained before the big fireworks finale and, with free parking for all, the HMS Sultan Bonfire & Fireworks Night 2017 is sure to be a night to remember. The gates will open at 6.00pm, with the Bonfire lit at 7.15pm and the main display at 8.00pm. The gates will close at 10.30pm. Tickets: £15 (Family 2+2); £5 (Adults); £4 (children Under 14). Advance tickets will be made available at a substantially discounted rate from local vendors from 2nd October. Prices and vendor details will be released shortly. Disabled access and facilities available. For more information visit: www.royalnavy.mod.uk/sultan-fireworks

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Austin A30/A35 Owners Club Council’s leading Southampton and New Forest Contemporary arts venue Group awarded Arts Council funding Our meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month at the Empress of Blandings near Cadnam, meetings normally start at 7.30 for 7.45pm. Our club is open to anyone who is interested in Classic Cars, and our mission is to attract new members. We have one of the best spare parts departments of any motor club, run by dedicated members. Parts are sold new, restored, and used all at affordable prices reducing the cost of classic car motoring. Our parts director Robert Prinn and his brother Rick are experts, and we believe the best Austin A30/A35 specialists in the UK. Our award winning Austin Motors stand will be on display at the Autumn Autojumble at Beaulieu on the 2nd and 3rd September with a wide selection of both new and used parts. Meet Robert and his team you will find them very knowledgeable. Our last meeting at the Empress of Blandings took place on the 13th July. Bob Smith gave a very interesting presentation featuring his AEC and Foden classic Lorries the oldest manufactured in 1949. Bob a skilled experienced engineer has fully restored several Lorries to a high standard and has retained three which he uses and shows. This was a truly excellent and entertaining presentation. Our members own a range of cars in addition to Austin’s, other makes include Porsche, Mercedes, Triumph, Volvo, Riley, Wolseley, Hillman, Austin Healey, Standard, Land Rover and others. All can join in. Feel free to call and see us at Breamore House near Fordingbridge on the 13th August where our vehicles will be displayed, and our Austin Motors Club stand will be there with new and used parts. Our next club meeting will be on the 14th September our guest speaker will be club member Jill Wedge who will give a presentation entitled “History of the Jig Saw”. We have many social and motoring events to look forward to during the year. For more information go to www.austina35sotongroup.co.uk

Eastleigh Borough Council’s popular theatre and contemporary arts venue, The Point in Eastleigh has been awarded funding to once again become one of the Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisations (NPO). This morning (June 27th) the Arts Council announced it was awarding the venue in Leigh Road £500,000, over four years, in funding as one of its prestigious NPOs. The Point’s ‘ambition and quality of provision’ and ‘the positive impact both on individual members and on Eastleigh’ have been highlighted by the Arts Council in the venue’s success in achieving continuous funding, there is also recognition that the venue’s solid support from the borough council has been recognised in the investment decision. Nationally, austerity measures mean that local authority funding has been reduced in arts and culture leading to financial instability for many companies and organisations. However, bucking this trend, Eastleigh Borough Council’s support of its extensive arts and culture programme is the envy of many. Eastleigh Borough Council Leader Cllr Keith House said: “We are delighted that the Arts Council has recognised The Point as a National Portfolio venue once again. The Point, now in its 21st year has developed enormously during this time and provides a much loved cultural asset for the town centre and wider community. As a council, it’s too easy to resort to service cuts in light of national austerity, but we want something different for our residents. The benefits of arts and culture to wellbeing is widely recognised, but additionally, the venue and its staff are committed to helping artists develop careers in the performing arts, which in turn helps to benefit our local economy.“ Says Nick Tustian, Chief Executive of Eastleigh Borough Council: “It is testament to the dedication and hard work of our staff that The Point has been recognised in this way. The Point helps us to deliver important aspects of our corporate priorities around health and wellbeing and our local economy - we are proud of its extensive work into the wider community and with borough schools - as well as the development of artists. We’re delighted that alongside the borough council’s funding, the arts council has recognised the venue and its work with the award of the highlyprestigious National Portfolio Organisation status.”

Comedy at Nuffield Southampton Theatres Phill Jupitus: Juplicity Dates: 17th September 2017. Tickets: £15

Fareham Art Group Exhibition Monday 18th September - Saturday 23rd September At Ferneham Hall, Monday - Friday 10.00am - 4.00pm Wednesday - Friday 6.00pm - 10.00pm Saturday 10.00am - 10.00pm, Free entry.

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Wyvern College Wyvern College Education Education As Wyvern College enters its 60th Our vision is to inspire all students to have Our vision is toaspirations; inspire all students to have the highest to encourage the to highest aspirations; resourceful to encourage them be independent, and them to be independent, resilient with a passionresourceful for lifelongand resilient withinathe passion for lifelong learning 21st century. learning in the 21st century. Come and see for yourself! yourself! Year 6Come pupilsand and see theirfor parents are invited Year 6 pupils and their parents are invited to our Open Evening on Thursday 21 to our Open Evening on Thursday 21 September 2017 at 6.30pm. Come and September 2017 at 6.30pm. Come meet our inspiring students and staff,and tour meet our inspiring students and about staff, tour our excellent facilities, and learn our our excellent facilities,and andextra-curricular learn about our exciting curriculum exciting curriculum and extra-curricular opportunities. opportunities.

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As Wyvern Collegetoenters its as 60th year, it continues flourish year, it continues to flourish as an inspiring and highly successful an inspiring establishment. and highly successful educational educational establishment. Students have enjoyed various Students have enjoyed various activities this year including Careers Week, GCSE Art Exhibition, activities this year including CareerstoWeek, GCSEtheir Art Exhibition, Sports Day and a variety of events showcase talents in Sports Day and a variety of events to showcase their talents in music, art, drama and dance. music, art, drama and dance. Educational visits have enriched learning and provided Educational have enriched and provided opportunitiesvisits to experience otherlearning countries and cultures. Year opportunities to experience other countries cultures. Year 7 students practised their language skills onand a trip to Germany 7 students languageinskills on a trip to Germany whilst olderpractised students their participated a German exchange, Year whilst older had students participated a German exchange, Year 10 students a poignant visit tointhe WW1 Battlefields, and 10 students hadenjoyed a poignant visit to the WW1 Battlefields, another group the Morocco Challenge Expedition and where another group enjoyed the Morocco Expedition where they supported a community project Challenge and climbed in the Atlas they supported community project and climbed in theTheatre, Atlas Mountains. Locala destinations have included the Globe Mountains. Local destinations included the Coast. Globe Theatre, the Black Country Museum andhave Dorset’s Jurassic the Black Country Museum and Dorset’s Jurassic Coast. During the last year, the College has won County and District Girls’ During last year, theachieved College third has won Girls’ Footballthe competitions, placeCounty in theand RockDistrict Challenge Football competitions, place in the Big Rock Challenge competition and secondachieved place atthird the CISCO Little Bang event. competition andreached secondthe place at the CISCO Little Festival Big Bangofevent. The Soul Band finals of the National Music The Soul Band reached the finals of the National Festival of Music for Youth, continuing the College’s strong tradition of appearing at for thisYouth, event.continuing the College’s strong tradition of appearing at this event. Students are also encouraged to become participative citizens with Students are also encouragedDuke to become participative with some joining the prestigious of Edinburgh Awardcitizens Scheme, some prestigious Duke of Edinburgh Scheme, others joining trainingthe as Reading Ambassadors to supportAward younger students, others training as Reading Ambassadors to support younger students, and some representing the College in local community events. and some representing the College in local community events. Discover more at the annual Open Evening on Thursday 21st Discover more at thethe annual Open on2679 Thursday 21st September. Contact college on Evening 023 8069 or visit September. Contact the college on 023 8069 2679 or visit www.wyvern.hants.sch.uk for further details. www.wyvern.hants.sch.uk for further details.

The Gregg School Is your child musically gifted? A talented artist? A potential Olympian? The Gregg School in Southampton is currently offering Scholarships in Music, Art and Sports for entry into Year 7 in September 2018.

The independent school, which has 300 girls and boys on roll aged 11 and 16, prides itself on its holistic approach to education. Whilst the school does not select according to academic ability, it places a very high priority on academic success, and children who sit the School’s Entrance Assessment on Saturday 3 February will be considered for academic scholarships, offering fee discounts of up to 33%, subject to qualifying criteria. The Gregg School’s pastoral care is second to none, its most recent ISI inspection report rating it as “outstanding”. The development of “soft skills” - communication, self-esteem, confidence-building, decision-making and leadership qualities that enhance students’ ability to work both independently and inter-dependently at college, university and beyond, are enhanced by a wide range of co-curricular activities and opportunities. For further information about the range of scholarships offered and the fee discounts these attract, please contact Mrs J Ekin, Registrar on 023 8047 2133 or email: joe@gregg.southampton.sch.uk (Closing date for scholarship applications: Friday 26th January 2018).

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Chef to the Stars Food lover and celebrity catering chef Jay Geddes tells the Loop what it takes to be a professional chef. Jay Geddes is a renowned chef born & bred in Southampton who has made his way to the top one step at a time. He has come from working with Michelin star chefs and serving the England football team in the Grand Harbour Hotel in Southampton, to catering for stars from Beyoncé and Rihanna to the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Kings of Leon. We caught up with him to learn what it takes to be a top chef, and to gain tips on how to cook like a professional. What inspired you to get into cooking? “Around nine years ago I was working as a chef in the Grand Harbour Hotel in Southampton. The head chef at the hotel was a great guy and a phenomenal Michelin star cook. He taught me a lot in very short space of time about cooking, and I grew under him there. “One day I got an unexpected phone call on my day off, which I was expecting to be work asking me to come in! But it turned out to be the head chef from work. He said he had been contracted with some work that he couldn’t do, and that he had recommended me instead. He told me he knew me, trusted me and believed in me to do a great job. “I went to Dublin to work on the catering team for a Chris Brown show, and at the end, the head chef asked if he could keep my number. I thought nothing of it. But before I knew it, I was working with Rihanna and Beyoncé!” Do you get to travel overseas much for work? “Elite catering are based in London but we also have offices in America, so we’ll look after the clients on this side and they’ll look after them on the other side. “Justin Bieber was a last minute call for a one-off date in Cardiff. I get a lot of one-off dates where they only need me for one gig, or I could get booked for a whole 6-10 date tour. “I don’t get to go overseas much myself, but I get to travel all over the UK and occasionally I will venture into Europe. I’ve got Guns & Roses at the Stade de France in Paris next month and, unless I get approached privately, that’s about as far overseas as I go on a regular basis. 44 | The LOOP

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“It’s not just the musicians that need feeding either. We often cater for comedians and even game shows – everyone has to eat, not just the musicians! “These tours that the musicians and comedians go on can be extremely demanding, and we have to give them food that will keep them going on their tours. I’m also a qualified sports nutritionist so, although the artists usually know what they want before they go on tour, I can assist them with food that will keep them going for the couple of hours they are on stage, as well as their fatigue from travelling. Food is fuel; and on these tours it’s really important that you look after your body. “In terms of food trends, everyone seems to be into avocados recently. They are really popular with the artists as well as the public.” Who would be your dream audience to cook for? “I would say the Royal Family, but I’ve already cooked for them! A long time ago I was at Windsor Castle, and again it was complete luck. One of the chefs got sick and somebody recommended me for the job. They did a quick background check on me and that was it! That meal we covered for about 300 people, so it certainly was hard. “I never really get phased or star struck around any of the stars I cook for; I just love cooking! Whether I’m cooking for Beyoncé or John Smith, you will get the same amount of passion from me in my cooking. “If you love food, and you love your job, it doesn’t matter who you’re cooking for. As long as there is a smile on the person’s face when they eat the food – that’s all that matters.” What are your plans for the future? “Next year I’m hoping to bring out a cookbook. It’s early days yet but we are thinking about a Christmas release next year, so I’m very excited about that. The dishes that will be in the cookbook are going to be as simplistic - and at the same time as tasty - as possible. “A lot of people can look at a recipe in a cookbook with 10-15 ingredients and think to themselves ‘I can’t do this!’ So rather than including loads of ingredients, we’re going to keep it simple with minimal ingredients, whilst still including lots of good flavours.”


Any tips for cooking? “The best piece of advice I could give is that people eat with their eyes. If you put a dish in front of someone and it looks beautiful, and uses lots of different colours, it adds that something extra to a dish. It’s almost like food fashion. Keep it simple and sexy – that’s my motto. “I sometimes go to down to the community college as a guest just to give some of the young up and comers some advice

and to give something back to the community. At the moment there is a national shortage of chefs in the UK. We need to get more people into cooking and catering in the UK.” Jay can be hired for personal/private dinner parties anywhere in the world. Please see his website for details or take a peak at his food on instagram @chefgeddes

Fish Cakes, Beurre Blanc Sauce Ingredients For The Fish Cake 450g cod or haddock fillet 2 bay leaves 150ml milk 350g Maris Piper potatoes 1 tsp finely grated lemon zest Small handful fresh chopped parsley 1 tbsp chopped chives 1 egg flour for shaping 100g panko breadcrumbs 4tbsp sunflower oil watercress to serve Beurre Blanc Sauce 1 cup of dry white wine Half white wine vinegar 1 tablespoon finally chopped shallot 1 lb unsalted butter, cold Kosher salt to taste Method 1 Mix all the sauce ingredients together. Set aside. Lay the fish and bay leaves in a frying pan. Pour over the milk and 150ml/1/4 pint water. Cover, bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 4 mins. Take off the heat and let stand, covered, for 10 mins to gently finish cooking the fish. 2 Meanwhile, peel and chop the potatoes into even-sized chunks. Put them in a saucepan and just cover with boiling water. Add a pince of salt, bring back to the boil and simmer for 10 mins or until tender, but not broken up.

6 Heat the oil in a large frying pan. To test when ready, drop a piece of the dry breadcrumbs in - if it sizzles and quickly turns golden brown, it is ready to use. Fry the fish cakes over a medium heat for about 5 mins on each side or until crisp and golden.

3 Lift the fish out of the milk with a slotted spoon and put on a plate to cool. Drain the potatoes in a colander and leave for a min or two. Tip them back into the hot pan on the lowest heat you can and let them dry out for 1 min, mashing them with a fork and stirring so they don’t stick. You should have a light, dry fluffy mash. Take off the heat and beat in 1 rounded tbsp of the sauce, then the lemon zest, parsley and chives. Season well with salt and pepper. The potato should have a good flavour, so taste and adjust to suit.

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4 Drain off liquid from the fish, grind some pepper over it, then flake it into big chunks into the pan of potatoes. Using your hands, gently lift the fish and potatoes together so they just mix. You’ll only need a couple of turns, or the fish will break up too much. Put to one side and cool. 5 Beat the egg on a large plate and lightly flour a board. Spread the breadcrumbs on a baking sheet. Divide the fish cake mixture into four. On the floured board, and with floured hands, carefully shape into four cakes, about 2.5cm thick, One by one, sit each cake in the egg, and brush over the top and sides so it is completely coated. Sit the cakes on the crumbs, patting the crumbs on the sides and tops so they are lightly covered. Transfer to a plate, cover and chill for 30 mins (or up to a day ahead).

1 Cut the butter into a medium (1/2 inch) cubes and return the butter cubes to the refrigerator to keep them cold, which is very important. 2 Heat the wine, vinegar, and shallots in a saucepan until the liquid boils, then lower the heat a bit and continue simmering until the liquid has reduced down to about 2 tablespoons. This should take about 10 minutes. 3 Once the wine-vinegar mixture has reduced to 2 tablespoons, reduce the heat to low, take the cubes of butter out of the fridge and start adding the cubes, one or two at a time, to the reduction, while you whisk rapidly with a wire whisk. 4 As the butter melts and incorporates, add more butter and keep whisking. Continue until you only have 2-3 cubes remaining. Remove from heat while whisking in the last few cubes, and whisk for a moment or two more. The finished sauce should be thick and smooth. 5 Season to taste with Kosher salt. Traditionally the shallots would be strained out before serving, but doing so is optional. Serve right away. contactus@loopmagazine.net

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Ingredients 30g butter for greasing 500ml of milk 1 orange zest 1 dash of vanilla essence 50g white chocolate broken up 50g caster sugar 2 eggs 150g raisins soaked in rum 1 brioche loaf cut into slices Method 1 Pre heat oven to 180 gas mark 4 2 To begin, grease a large baking dish with the butter 3 Pour the milk into a large pan and heat until almost simmering - keep stirring to ensure the milk does not burn. Add the white chocolate, orange zest and vanilla. Continue to gently heat and stir 4 Meanwhile, whisk together the caster sugar and eggs in a large bowl until combined. Once the milk has started to simmer, pour 1/3 of the milk into the sugar and eggs and mix well

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Sailing helps to shape young people’s life chances across the South A leading education thought leader believes young people across the South can benefit from learning to sail after completing a landmark project on developing character strengths with the sport’s national governing body, the RYA.

Professor Bill Lucas, Director of the Centre for Real-World Learning and Professor of Learning at the University of Winchester, combined academic findings on the role character has to play in shaping young people’s life chances with research into life skills developed through sailing. He concluded that sailing nurtures seven key strengths. These are creativity, confidence, teamwork, communication, determination, independence and performance (the process of learning how to improve). The Department for Education (DfE) has committed to helping schools ensure more children develop character traits, attributes and behaviours that underpin success in education and work. Prof. Lucas said: “I’m struck by how much of a child’s life in school, can be focused on exams and how much more needs to focus on the other things that help them to do really well in life including resilience and learning to work with others. “If you do those things better, exam results get better and people who have these attributes get on better in life. They are much happier and adaptable to embrace challenges.” The project was undertaken as part of the RYA’s relaunch of its youth grassroots programme, OnBoard, which provides low cost sailing opportunities for local school and youth groups so more kids aged 8-18 can learn to sail. Prof. Lucas continued: “All the evidence says for a young person to flourish in the 21st century the character attributes they need are on that list of seven. It is no longer a question as to whether these things are important it is now all about how you do it.

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“Sailing can provide an answer to that ‘how’, whilst also providing all the other benefits sailing brings like having fun with friends and family, being active and getting outdoors.”

Bringing it to life Portchester Sailing Club is one local club that runs the RYA OnBoard programme. The club has around 20 juniors as well as 12 OnBoarders out on the water every week during the summer months. Also, through being an official RYA OnBoard club, they have worked with 8 local and rural schools and youth groups, including most recently Swanmore Cub Scouts. They believe Prof. Lucas’ endorsement will help show more local parents, teachers and youth workers that sailing can make a real difference to a youngster’s prospects. Geoff Pavey Senior Instructor and OnBoard Organiser at PSC said: “We’ve always known the life skills young people learn from sailing go far beyond the practical skills of controlling a boat. It’s great that has now been shown to match what the educational research says.”

Getting the kids involved As well as the life-long learning skills there are plenty of other reasons why RYA OnBoard is a fantastic way to get your youngsters out on the water. OnBoard is run through your local OnBoard accredited sailing and windsurfing club or centre with youngsters able to get out on the water each week-they don’t need to have sailed or windsurfed before! The qualified OB instructors teach everything they need to know about being in a boat or on a board and in most cases you


New look OnBoard Over the past 12 years OB has already seen more than a million young people get out on the water but the intention is to continue to see this number grow. The programme was officially relaunched in June by TV presenters Angellica Bell and Michael Underwood, with Paralympic Gold Medalist Helena Lucas. At the Docklands Sailing and Watersports Centre, Angellica said: “As a parent I’m always looking for ways to get my children outdoors and active. The best thing about sailing and windsurfing is that they are fun and affordable activities which are available to children of all backgrounds. They also teach valuable and important life skills.”

will be on the water from day one as part of a group with an instructor close at hand. They will receive detailed and expert instruction, but OnBoard is mainly about being on the water in a relaxed and fun environment – so youngsters really enjoy and make the most of their time on the water. The programme also links to the school curriculum in many subject areas including geography, science, engineering and maths. “Sailing has given David the confidence he can do things,” explains a mum whose 15 year old son David has benefitted from OnBoard. “He is dyslexic and had become introverted and frustrated. But, although not academic, he is very practical and intelligent. Sailing brought him out of himself. He is now a confident young man who helps teach the club juniors and has his RYA Powerboat Level 2 certificate. He never would have talked to adults before, now he is always asking their advice!”

After having their very first dinghy sailing session just a few weeks ago, she added: “Michael and I had a great time out on the water, the instructor was fantastic despite the fact that we had never done it before. We didn’t even get wet which is a bonus and the children had loads of fun!” RYA Director of Sport Development Alistair Dickson added: “OnBoard is crucial in providing the foundation for the future of our sport. This new approach enables us to share the real value of sailing with new audiences who may not have considered it as an activity before. “It is a change in mindset, but it is an exciting opportunity for people to see sailing with all the positive benefits that we know it can provide. We look forward to inspiring even more youngsters of all ages and backgrounds to get out on the water and discover what sailing can offer them.” For more information about RYA OnBoard and how you can get involved in OnBoard in the South visit www.rya.org.uk/onboard If you’d like to find out more about how to get out on the water and start your sailing adventure visit www.rya.org.uk/go/startboating contactus@loopmagazine.net

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Ron Wilson of the Meon Valley Lions Club, has received a Lifetime Achievement Award for services to the local community, from Wickham Parish Council. The main purpose of Lions is to provide support to groups and individuals in local communities, so it’s rewarding for someone as committed as Ron to receive such recognition for his work. Ron is a long-standing servant to the Wickham area community, through his involvement with Meon Valley Lions Club. He joined the Lions in 1982 and at the age of 86 is now their longestserving, active member. He has recently been awarded the Melvin Jones Fellowship (the highest form of recognition for Lions members) and has always played a central and active role in all aspects of the club’s operation. Currently, Ron is the Lions Club Almoner and responsible for members’ welfare, having previously held office as Club Treasurer, as well as leading on our Youth programme, acting as the interface with local schools, youth clubs and Scout and Guide groups. For many years, he has run the “SpekTrek” programme for the Lions in the Meon Valley area, collecting unwanted, used spectacles from local optometrists and feeding them into the Lions’ national SpekTrek network scheme for distribution in developing countries. He also liaises with local doctors’ surgeries to ensure they have adequate supplies of Lions’ “Message in a Bottle” - a device used in emergencies to warn medical service personnel of an individual’s specific medical conditions or drugs regime. Ron was presented with his Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual Wickham Parish Assembly. Councillor Angela Clear read Ron’s nomination before The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Winchester, Councillor David McLean made the presentation, to loud applause from his colleagues and Wickham residents alike. 52 | The LOOP

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St. Mary’s New Garden of Remembrance procured a lovely Book of Remembrance and a wonderful stand, hand-crafted by another local, Gavin Pettit. The stand used the wrought-iron work from the old Choir Stalls and so provides a fitting mix of the old and new, bringing the heritage of St Mary’s into the modern era. The Book of Remembrance will be with us by the end of June, as there is a long lead time to procure it. Meanwhile we have started displaying names of loved ones on separate pages in the stand, with a month to a page; when you read this, names for May and June will be on display.

We wrote last year in this Parish News about our hopes to establish a Garden of Remembrance in our village’s beautiful churchyard. The good news is that, thanks to the generosity of many, all the external work is now complete, and we plan to dedicate the Garden during our 10.00am service on Sunday 9th July. The bulk of the heavy-duty task was undertaken by the local company, Helyers, and a veritable army of volunteers helped to finish off the work – see the picture! This work has involved clearing the flat ground at the east end of the churchyard, and reshaping the bank that had grown up there over the years. The flat area was then seeded with rye-grass and the bank with a woodland mix of grass and plants that we hope will encourage wildlife and insects in an ecologically friendly way. The side of the slope towards the Warsash Wasps playing field has been treated differently, with saplings for low hedge plants used to help stabilise the slope. Paving in the shape of a Celtic Cross has been laid, with the areas between the arms of the cross turfed and edged with low variegated euonymus plants. Interment of ashes will be done in these areas in the future. The Garden is finished off with a central circular bench and a flowering pear tree and will be open for interment of ashes following the dedication. Because we do not intend to use memorial tablets with the Garden area, so that it can be used in perpetuity, we have also

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Remember that the names of loved ones of parishioners or anyone associated with Warsash in any way can have their names entered in our book; we suggest a minimum donation of £25 to do this. We have decided to use three different symbols in the Book to indicate where people have been laid to rest. These have been designed for us by local graphic designer Natalie Brobin are shown below. Further details and application forms can be obtained from the church office or from our website: www.stmarywarsash.org.uk This symbol is derived from the Holy Spirit motif behind the altar in the church and will be used against the names of those who are laid to rest, either buried or interred, in St. Mary’s Churchyard, other than in the Garden of Remembrance. This symbol is designed to reflect the shape of the Garden of Remembrance and will be used to indicate the names of those whose ashes are interred in it. This symbol retains the cross shape and colours of the other two but has more of a compass shape to indicate the names of those who are not in St. Mary’s churchyard: they could be anywhere else in the world! If anyone would like to help maintain our wonderful churchyard, please contact Mr Mike Ford whose details are elsewhere in tis Parish News. Please feel free to join us for our Communion Service on 9th July which will include the dedication of the Garden, but also enjoy it and our beautiful church at any other time too!


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The power of ..... love© Hippies, flower power and VW campervans are not usually associated with cricket, but on Friday’s Open Day at Netley Court Residential Care Home, all were synonymous as a part of the home’s annual Friendship Festival and Open Day.

1864 were delighted to be invited along where we met not only many staff who had really entered into the spirit of the day with full on wigs, loud shirts and flowers in their hair, but also a number of residents and guests too. Once again, it was hugely rewarding to see just how cricket engages people in conversation and provides a great platform for new opportunities to take place, opportunities which can provide great hope. Amongst those who we had a great chat with was Peter, who told us at the outset that he was not a cricket fan! However, he proceeded to tell us about his family in Tasmania and particularly their adopted child (his grand-daughter) who was originally from Pakistan, and is a huge cricket supporter! Peter spoke lovingly of his visits down under where she enjoys taking Grandad to the cricket at Bellerive Oval in Hobart when he goes out to see them. He was interested to hear about Hampshire’s own Tasmanian links to our current Championship skipper, George Bailey. We look forward to hearing more from Peter’s grand-daughter in Australia and to her stories of cricket there.

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We also met David and his wife who have never been to the Ageas Bowl, but are now looking forward to joining us at one of the remaining Memory Days scheduled for this season. Now, we know we are not supposed to have favourites from a day like this, especially when each person we met had such fantastic memories to share, but we did have a rather large soft-spot for Bob! Bob’s room at Netley Court is covered with cricket photos, illustrating his great love of the game which he played for many years, turning out for Hamble and other local sides too. Bob is also a big Portsmouth FC fan, and has been involved with the blues for a long time too. As the picture shows, it was rewarding to see Bob light up when he got a bat in his hand once again. We really look forward to working with the Care Staff at Netley so that we can keep in touch with Bob and his family and learn more about his love of the game. Words by; Simon Young


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Space Times £100m boost for UK space sector to ensure UK is equipped to stay ahead of the competition. Universities and Science Minister Jo Johnson underlined the government’s commitment to the UK space sector as he visited the future site of a new £100m state-of-the-art government-funded satellite facility. The Space sector forms a key part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy to spread economic growth across the UK. The £100m package includes £99m of Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund investment to create a National Satellite Testing Facility (NSTF) on the Harwell Campus in Oxfordshire, alongside a £4m investment for a new National Space Propulsion Facility to develop and test space engines at Wescott Venture Park in Buckinghamshire. Part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy, the significant funding boost will enable UK industry to competitively bid for more national and international contracts and ensure we remain a world-leader for space technologies for decades to come. Visiting the UK Space Gateway on the Harwell Campus in Oxfordshire, where the NSTF will be based, Universities and Science Minister Jo Johnson said: “From Cornwall to the Highlands and islands of Scotland, the UK space sector underpins industries worth more than £250 billion to the UK economy, and through our Industrial Strategy we will unlock the sector’s potential to grow further. “Located in a cluster known for research excellence, these new facilities will help UK companies be more competitive in the global market for space technology and support our ambition to capture 10% of the global space market by 2030.” Due to open in early 2020, the new NSTF will be a worldclass facility for the assembly, integration and testing of space instruments and satellites, positioning the UK to capitalise on the estimated 3,500 -10,000 satellites that are due to be launched by 2025. It will also facilitate the build of bigger and more technologically advanced satellites and remove the need for UK companies to use test facilities located abroad. The NSPF will allow companies and academia to test and develop space propulsion engines, alongside a new facility for Reaction Engines 72 | The LOOP

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where the revolutionary SABRE air-breathing rocket engine will also be tested and built. Dr Graham Turnock, Chief Executive of the UK Space Agency, said: “This investment will enhance the capability of the UK space industry. Having access to a National Satellite Testing Facility will help companies develop and encourage new business to come the UK, while the development of new facilities at Westcott builds on what is already a world-class UK space propulsion sector.”

RAF Henlow Could Become ‘Blue Abyss’ Space And Sea Centre A new £120m facility for space and deep sea research is all set to be developed at RAF Henlow. Astronaut Major Tim Peake tweeted his excitement about the plans.

Blue Abyss would host the world’s biggest 50m deep pool, a hotel and astronaut training facility. The Blue Abyss team hope to reuse some facilities at RAF Henlow, including a centrifuge base for high-G astronaut training. If approved it will be part of a multi-million-pound plan to develop a science, innovation and technology park at the base.

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The acquisition of the site would enable the UK to become a major player in the international space industry. Blue Abyss’s proposal remains under discussion, in a statement the MoD released “The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) representing the Ministry of Defence, are exploring multiple opportunities in partnership with Central Bedfordshire Council to secure the sustainable redevelopment of the Henlow site.” Blue Abyss’s Managing Director, John Vickers, believes this project is important for the country: “I think it puts Britain firmly on the map … It’s akin to people talking about building lots of airports and aeroplanes. Well, who’s doing the pilot and aircrew training? That’s absolutely where we want to come into things.”

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Beyond the Rings of Saturn Nothing has the ability to stir a space nerd’s soul like a new, unexplored horizon. NASA’s Cassini mission has gained attention after we first featured it in Space Times, and it deserves it. The Cassini space probe has been exploring Saturn for 13 years now, hanging out with Saturn’s moon Enceladus and its geysers. In November 2016, the probe went into the penultimate phase of its life: the ring-grazing orbits, designed to sample the particles that make up Saturn’s famous rings. This April, Cassini descended even closer to the planet’s surface, and into a stratum that no craft has ever explored before: the space between Saturn and its rings. From there, the probe, as featured in the last issue of the LOOP, will continue to descend until it makes destructive impact with the planet’s surface. NASA has promised it will be snapping pictures until touchdown. When: Friday 15th September Excitement Level: 10/10 OSIRIS REx Next Steps Over billions of years, space rocks have impacted onto Earth, taking bites out as they do. therefore NASA wants to get a piece of an asteroid. So last year they launched OSIRIS Rex. OSIRIS Rex is a spacecraft equipped not only to orbit the carbon-rich asteroid Bennu, but to take some samples back to Earth. Albeit will be a long time until the mission shows the money—the spacecraft isn’t due to touch back down to Earth until 2023. But in 2017, it will take a crucial intermediary step.

Tim Peake training in a pool with the European Space Agency

Since its launch in September 2016, the spacecraft has been cruising around the solar system, biding its time for its sample mission. But after a year of chilling in the icy void, the Earth and its associated gravity will be used as a slingshot, increasing OSIRIS REx orbital speed and tweaking its trajectory to line up with Bennu before heading straight for it using the cover of space to aid its mission. When: Friday 22nd September Excitement Level: 6/10

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Quick News Final Frontier Countdown On deep space missions, navigating using the light of the stars, pirate-style—just isn’t good enough. So what’s a spacefaring navigator to do? When GPS doesn’t work once you get out beyond its satellites? In the past, they’ve had to rely on the Deep Space Network, a system of Earth-bound antenna arrays and an ultra-precise atomic clock. however, space has become crowded with the modern space era, and not just with nearearth objects like comets and asteroids. This is where the Deep Space Atomic Clock, launching 2016 is known as ‘The fully autonomous mercury-ion atomic clock’ and it will revolutionize space navigation for the future space farers. By making it function more like terrestrial navigation. The implications include: improved accuracy, and cutting down on those pesky communications lag times. When: Saturday 2nd September Excitement Level: 8/10 contactus@loopmagazine.net

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The Trend Edit

Beat the heat without sacrificing your style this summer with four key trends handpicked from the runways by Thomas Marrington

For men and women

MENSWEAR: VARIED STRIPES

One of the benefits of this is having old faithfuls to rely on, which designers will occasionally take upon themselves to subtly transform in ways which make them feel more relevant, yes, but not daring or trend-driven enough to render them unwearable six months post purchase. Take, for example, the nautical theme. Every Spring, swathes of white and navy striped attire sweeps the high street, and not

for a bad reason. Easy to pull off and universally flattering, simple stripes are a sartorial staple for a reason. But now, consider the varied stripe - rather than the done-and-dusted single stripe, mix up the pattern, as seen on the runways of London’s Lou Dalton, Tiger of Sweden and ubertrendy Fendi. With varying widths, this optical illusion shirt from H&M slims the figure as it draws the eyes down vertically, rather than across the body horizontally, emphasising the length, rather than the width of the torso.

LOU DALTON SS17

Between menswear and womenswear, men’s clothing is the one most likely to stay static. Unlike womenswear, which can evolve and change dramatically over the course of even just a year, the men’s shows present, yearin-year-out, a sort of sameness - albeit for minor tweaks in fit, cut and colour, the styles remain largely unchanged.

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WOMENSWEAR: STATEMENT SHIRTING Larger than life, exaggerated, feminised menswear has been in the zeitgeist for a few seasons now. Although not new, the trend has really hit its stride when it comes to reappropriating the classic men’s shirt. Seen on the SS17 runways at Jacquemus, Stella McCartney and Off-White, now is the perfect time to strike with this look - best served striped, oversized and left untucked. The high street offers fantastic versions of this at every price point, but for the best of the best, one must go to the holy grail of runway-to-high-street editions - Zara. The Spanish high street giant has a fantastic selection of styles, but personally, I think this voluminously-sleeved belted tunic is perfect for the warm weather. Airy enough to provide plenty of ventilation, this billowy striped shirt is a total statement piece.

OFF-WHITE SS17

Worn with the simplest of blue jeans and flats, hair tied up or let down loosely, you can let the shirt say it all. Minimum effort, maximum payoff.

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MENSWEAR: PIPING Elegant, sophisticated, best suited for the evening; these are all symptoms we associate with the diagnosis of a sleek line of piping, following the edges of a suit trouser, the pockets of a blazer, or the collar of a silk shirt. But consider the way in which Wooyoungmi, Dolce & Gabbana and Officine Generale used the trimming for their SS17 shows - well, they all actually used it just as is - lining the edges of shirts, jackets and trousers. Conversely, the high street has adapted this into quite the wearable casual style.

modern element, a garment is instantly lifted from dull to up-to-date. Plus, the style is incredibly versatile and subtle enough not to be avant-garde. Mango’s iteration for men features a sky-blue stripe descending down the edge of their navy smartly-cut joggers. It’s a fast upgrade which elevates the uber-comfy streetwear classic and gives it a Vetements-y, urban sophisticate spirit. WOOYOUNGMI SS17

Rather than a thin line of piping, thicker strips of contrast fabric have been used to line the edge of jogger bottoms, technical jackets and polo shirts. By adding this quick and

MANGO, CONTRAST JOGGERS, £19.99

WOMENSWEAR: PRAIRIE BELLES Amidst all the modernised, streetwear influenced trends, it can be nice to slow things down, turn to look around and reminisce on the way things were. Apparently, London label Preen felt the same, with designers Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi sending down beautifully floaty, whimsical prairieesque dresses, complete with real pressed flowers covering the model’s clavicles. Giambattista Valli also indulged in this Mid-West sensibility. His delicately floral organza creations, angelic and feminine, glided down the runway to the wide-grins of fashion editors, collectively tired of trendy but constrictingly sweaty summer clothing. This Mid-West, Southern Belle style has proved popular during recent years under various guises - here, Topshop’s Bardot floral dress is the perfect example. Still tight around the top, it flows in folding waves around the bottom to create a pretty, feminine effect all too lacking in the modern women’s wardrobe. PREEN SS17

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Health & Fitness

Changing part of your lifestyle at any stage can be difficult and staying the course can be even more challenging. Too often we shy away from doing the necessary because the end goal seems too far away or we cant even visualise it through fear or overthinking.

Average Geoff We’ve had a great streak of sunny weather recently so I thought what better excuse to get outside for this month’s workouts!!

Fear is indeed real. Although its not tangible it exists for everyone inside their own mind. That fear is a two way street that can be used to your advantage if you acknowledge it and learn how to use it.

This month brings a medicine ball workout and as always, a bodyweight workout that will help you achieve those fitness goals.

You wont succeed at everything all the time but allowing fear to take over will prevent that success ever becoming a reality.

For the medicine ball workout its 5 rounds of 40 seconds work and 20 seconds rest. For the Bodyweight workout there are three levels all with 5 rounds and 60 seconds rest between rounds. Beginner 10 reps of each movement, Intermediate: 20 reps & Advanced: 30 reps of each. But before you get your sweat on let’s talk about exercising mental strength and turning healthy behaviours into habits and part of a lifestyle. The right mindset and attitude has the power to propel you forward to your goals. The wrong one will paralyse you and keep you from achieving your goals.

What do you want to achieve, how are you going to start? You might not know how you’re going to get to that end goal yet but by taking that first step you’re making a commitment to change. This change will not only affect you but also others around you. People will notice a change and may even be inspired to make their own little change. Every workout you smash out, that’s a step. Every proper meal you eat, that’s another step and before you know it you’ve picked up momentum and what seemed hard at first is just normal to you now. Endure that struggle, embrace fear, welcome that change and recognise that you are responsible for your life from this point onwards....what do you want from it. So get up, get out and get it done!!

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Abshot & Atlas With over two decades of Abshot Country Club providing rackets and fitness facilities to the local community and beyond, it was time to expand their market with the introduction of Atlas gym a strength and conditioning centre catering for a rapidly growing market situated at 89 Southampton Road. Abshot has always thrived on its quality and commitment of staff and instructors ensuring each member is greeted as an individual, with a strong emphasis on encouraging the whole family to enjoy activity. The Crèche has been operational for 15 years, allowing parents to keep up with their workouts or simply have some time to chill with the peace of mind their children are with them and cared for. The all inclusive membership of over 40 studio classes per week, squash, tennis, indoor swimming pool, sauna & steam room, gives the variety to try different activities with no extra costs. In addition our qualified enthusiastic and knowledgeable instructors offer complimentary gym induction and competitive Personal Training rates for those requiring further guidance or motivation. Atlas is still a niche market, where other gyms have introduced a small strength and conditioning area and maintained the norms of vast amounts of cardio equipment and weights machines, Atlas provides the

minimal of cardio equipment but the very best of strength training machinery. The equipment is custom built by Waston’s Gym a UK based Company and an outdoor astro training area is what really sets us apart from other gyms.

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ATLAS GYM IS A FACILITY WITH A DIFFERENCE. Watt bikes, assault bikes, skierg, concept II rower, treadmill.

Our latest campaign is to encourage Ladies into Atlas Gym with an off peak membership of £14.99 per month inclusive of two tutored training sessions per week. With Vanessa Hore setting up ‘’Lets Relax’’ beauty, cosmetic & personal care at the front of Atlas, our slogan Be Strong...Be Beautiful couldn’t be better! The constant evolving of facilities has ensured a high retention of membership especially at Abshot Country Club, with the local area becoming increasingly competitive with leisure facilities available, it has been important to have vision and a financial plan to ensure the long term security of business. Our long term plans, are the development of 4 further residential apartments together with extensive gym refurbishment, incorporating a purpose built cardio suite overlooking the country side, new crèche, relocated hair salon, updated gym equipment and the introduction of virtual spin. There’s a continual emphasis on the benefits of staying fit & healthy and we’re confident at Abshot Country Club or Atlas Gym that we’ll help you achieve your goals whatever they may be.

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Community News Art & Craft Show Painters on the Green 19th - 28th August 10.00am-5.00pm Daily (28th) 10.00am-1.00pm Part of Hampshire Open Studios 2017 A group of over 40 artists showing original paintings, crafts & cards. Refreshments available. Sarisbury Green Community Centre, The Green, Sarisbury Green, SO31 7AA

Campaigner joins CPRE Hampshire as new Chief Executive

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Eastleigh’s popular Park Sport scheme opens This year’s Park Sport scheme has opened and received over 2,000 online bookings in the first few hours of the scheme going live on the Council’s MyEastleigh website page. Hundreds of parents have been busily signing their children, aged between 8 and 16 years, onto the scheme that provides the chance to try an exciting range of sports and activities this summer as part of the Council’s hugely popular Park Sport programme. Golf has already completely booked and some sessions of other activities including sailing, fishing, tennis and cycling are also fully booked. Now in its 13th year, Park Sport 2017 will take place at over 25 local parks and community facilities across the Borough. Over 300 bookable sessions will be provided in this year’s scheme in sports including Baseball, Basketball, Cricket, Cycling, Dance, Fishing, Football, Golf, Martial Arts, Netball, Sailing and Yoga. And this year, because of growing demand, more tennis sessions will be available thanks to support from the Lawn Tennis Association.

Dee Haas, Charlee Bennett and CPRE Hampshire President, the Earl of Malmesbury

The scheme, that provides heavily subsidised activities at just £1 per session, is made possible thanks to ongoing support from VIVID Homes (formerly First Wessex), Eastleigh Borough Local Area Committees, and Parish and Town Councils.

Charlee Bennett joins CPRE Hampshire from Save the Children’s head office in London, where she led on the UK Poverty campaign. Prior to that, she worked for World Animal Protection on global campaign mobilisation. She holds a degree in Oceanography with Physical Geography from the University of Southampton.

Cabinet Lead for Leisure, Councillor Alan Broadhurst, said: “It’s fantastic to see so many local parents booking their children. It was great to see so many young people here performing so many exciting moves as part of the skate jam and I am delighted to launch this years exciting Park Sport scheme”.     The scheme, organised by Eastleigh Borough Council and sponsored by VIVID (formerly First Wessex).  If you are interested in taking part in this year’s event visit www.eastleigh.gov.uk/parksport or call 023 8068 8344

The Hampshire branch of environmental charity the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has recruited a new Chief Executive to work with volunteers campaigning to protect the county’s countryside.

Charlee Bennett said: “I’m looking forward to working with CPRE Hampshire staff, volunteers and the Hampshire public to protect and maintain our beautiful surroundings. We believe that together we can protect our natural environment, keeping Hampshire a place to work, relax, recreate and enjoy for future generations.” CPRE Hampshire Chairman, Dee Haas said: “We are delighted to be welcoming Charlee to the CPRE team here in Hampshire. Charlee’s experience with volunteers, team management and campaigning offer us an opportunity to work with our many supporters and members to more effectively defend the countryside we love”. Charlee starts work at CPRE Hampshire’s branch office in Winchester on 3rd July 2017. Alongside campaigning, she will be responsible for fundraising and the management of the branch. She will lead on the charity’s campaign to create a new Green Belt in South Hampshire. This campaign sits within its wider strategy for the whole of Hampshire. The ‘Hampshire Strategic Vision’ supports CPRE Hampshire’s mission to defend the countryside from damaging development and promote sustainable development. Find out about CPRE’s activities in Hampshire from www.cprehampshire.org.uk. contactus@loopmagazine.net

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Warsash Choral Society

Gosport and District Organ Club

If you enjoy singing then do come and join us; sopranos, altos, tenors and bass voices. We especially need tenors. Music is provided free of charge.

Meetings on the second Wednesday of each month from 1.00pm to 5.00pm at the Thorngate Halls, Bury Road, Gosport, PO12 3PX. Come and hear the magnificent Compton theatre organ, and maybe even play it yourself. Visitors always welcome. Details from Peter Buckles. 01329 310592 www.organfax.co.uk/clubs/ gosport Crofton WI, Meetings are held at the Methodist Hall, Mays Lane, Stubbington at 7.30pm every second Wednesday of the month. We are a very lively group hosting a Book Club, Theatre Trips, Lunch Outings, Walking & occasional coach trips. Contact number 01329 845619.

We urgently need extra voices to come and sing these beautiful works.

For more information call 01489 892326. The Warsash Women’s’ Institute meets on the last Thursday in every month, in the Victory Hall, at 2.00pm. They have a very varied and full programme at every meeting throughout the year including outings, theatre visits and lunches. Visitors and new members are always welcome. WI Meetings Bishop’s Waltham, The Church Hall, Free Street, SO32 1EE 3rd Tuesday at 7.30pm

Whiteley WAGs WI are a modern twist on the traditional WI with a varied and inspiring programme running throughout the year. We meet on the second Thursday of the month at 7.30pm at Whiteley Primary School. We have a number of clubs such as reading, walking, bridge, craft and dinner which members can enjoy.

Bitterne, The Wesley Centre, Whites Rd, Bitterne SO19 7NP 3rd Thursday at 1.45pm

At present our membership is at its maximum, however potential new members are welcome to visit and join our waiting list. Full programme details are on our website, www.whiteleywags.co.uk

Bursledon, Village Hall, Long Lane, Bursledon, SO31 8BZ 3rd Wednesday at 2.00pm

The Warsash Over 60’s Fellowship Club meets fortnightly on Monday afternoons at 2.00pm in The Victory Hall. We 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 Sylvia Smith 01489 589308. 82 | The LOOP

Botley, The Market Hall, High Street, Botley, SO30 2EA 3rd Thursday at 7.30pm Burridge & Park Gate, The Royal British Legion Club, Park Gate 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7.15pm

Fareham Flyers, Fareham Methodist Church Hall, Kings Road, Fareham, PO16 ONU 2nd Wednesday 2nd at 10.00am Fareham Park, WI Hall, Oak Road, Fareham, PO15 5HX 3rd Thursday at 7.30pm Fareham Town, Holy Trinity Church Hall West Street, Fareham, PO16 ODL 1st Thursday at 10.00am Gosport, Christ Church Hall, Stoke Road, Gosport, PO12 1JQ 2nd Tuesday at 7.30pm

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Hedge End, 2000 Centre, St. John’s Road SO30 4AF 4th Tuesday at 7.30pm Lee-on-the-Solent, Community Centre, 51 Twyford Lee-onSolent, PO13 8JU Last Thursday at 2.15pm Locks Heath, Memorial Hall, Locks Heath Park Rd, Locks Heath, SO31 6LW 3rd Wednesday at 7.00pm

Stubbington Village, Methodist Church Hall, Mays Lane, Stubbington PO14 2ER 2nd Thursday at 7.30pm Titchfield, Titchfield Parish Room, High Street, Titchfield, PO14 4AB 4th Monday at 7.30pm Titchfield, Community Centre, Mill Stree, PO14 4AB 2nd Tuesday at 9.30am

Lockswood St John’s Church Hall, Park Road, Locks Heath, SO31 6LW 2nd Tuesday at 10.00am

Wallington Hall, Fareham. 3rd Thursday of each month at 7.30pm

Sarisbury Green, Sarisbury Green Community Centre, 3rd Thursday of the month at 1.45pm

Waltham Chase, Village Hall, Winchester Road, Waltham Chase, SO32 2LX 2nd Tuesday at 7.30pm

Solent Evening, Methodist Church Hall, High Street, Leeon-Solent PO13 9HY 1st Tuesday at 7.30pm

Warsash Victory Hall, 27 Warsash Road, SO31 9HW Last Thursday at 2.00pm

Stubbington & Hill Head, RC Church Hall, Bells Lane, Stubbington, PO14 2PL Last Wednesday at 2.00pm

Whiteley Wags, Whiteley Primary School, Gull Coppice, Whiteley, PO15 7LA 2nd Thursday at 7.30pm.

Hedge End Women’s Institute Hedge End Women’s Institute meets every 4th Tuesday of the month. It starts at 7.30pm and the doors open at 6.45pm. We are a large but friendly group which has many varied activities, such as a walking group, craft evening, discussion group, a luncheon club, plus regular trips to various locations as well as supporting charities and hospital departments. In additions to speakers at our monthly meetings there are extra days, quiz nights, and evening meals. Visitors are always very welcome. Any enquiries to our President – Jill Burrows 01489 782121 or email etwotton2@btinternet.com

Gosport Solent Brass Christmas Concert Sunday 10th December - 2.30-5.30pm Thorngate Hall


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