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In this issue: Fashion – The Trend Edit Exploring Indochina Health & Fitness Jay Geddes Recipe Finance & Legal Space Times Local Trades Gardening Community News What’s On

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New Race for Life Kids Event Launched in Southampton 6 Computer Know How! 8 Solent Mobility matches funds raised for The Haven 9 How to write and deliver a better eulogy 10 Kick-start 2018 and sign up to Race for Life in Portsmouth 12 Mayflower Theatre sees Red…and Gold 14 The Old Mill 16 Exploring Indochina 20 Spring is in the air 22 Hampshire Conservation Volunteers will be at work 24 Trust in Blue 26 British Historic Towns Atlas Winchester launch 28 Choir to perform new work by Handel 29 Nuffield Southampton Theatres continues to build momentum following NST City opening 30 Fashion – The Trend Edit 32 Squeeze to headline 2018 Wickham Festival 34 Finance & Legal 36 Jay Geddes 38 Space Times 40 Health & Beauty 44 Health & Fitness 45 A small local business with a big punch 48 Local Trades 49 Locksheath Pumas 52 Danny Wilson - Hampshire Strawberry Grower (1930-2018) 54 Gardening 55 Fast Love - A tribute to George Michael 60 Community News 62 What’s On 66

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Grand Designs So now that warmer days are approaching, encouraging the more of reluctant of us to venture Est. 45 years once more into our gardens, do you like what you see or does your garden need some extra special attention?

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Perhaps you have been meaning for some while now to have it redesigned and have not got round to making any decisions? Well, now is the time to start planning so that your new garden is ready for you to enjoy this summer. The majority of us believe we can design our own gardens, which of course we can. However, for it to be a little more special and to bring together the house and garden in a complimentary manner, we really do need the talented eye of a good designer. Nobody understood this better than Gertrude Jekyll whose pioneering work in the early 20th century still has influence today on garden design. The garden she created at Upton Grey Manor in Hampshire in 1908 was restored 20 years ago and remains one of the most authentic Jekyll gardens in existence. Jekyll had strong ideas about structure, proportion, colour, texture and scent too, but most important of all, her ‘design’ principles stayed as close to natural beauty as possible. She enjoyed both the formal and informal styles and would often mix the two, creating gardens that had separate sections yet flowed naturally from one area to the other. Having our gardens professionally designed is known to add value to the property so it is worth considering using the experts and Gertrude Jekyll would certain approve! If you would like to have an informal chat call to one of Hambrooks’ professional designers call 01489 572285. www.hambrooks.co.uk

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New Race for Life Kids Event Launched in Southampton Southampton boys and girls are being invited to get muddy for a good cause - at a brand new event from Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life.

Whether they plan to wade their way through the mud or make a big splash, every muddy step they take will help to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.”

The city has been chosen to host Race for Life Pretty Muddy Kids for the first time on The Common on Saturday 30th June.

One in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some stage in their lives, but the good news is more people are surviving the disease now than ever before. Cancer survival in the UK has doubled since the early 1970s and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of that progress.

Pretty Muddy Kids is a new exciting obstacle course designed just for children - with added mud, thrills and spills. From scramble nets and space hoppers to mud chutes and muddy pools, children will face a range of fun and muddy obstacles to crawl under, clamber over and charge through. The Race for Life family of events also includes the traditional 5k, 10k and Pretty Muddy courses, which thousands of women will take part in at the same venue on Saturday 30th of June and Sunday 1st July. By taking part in Pretty Muddy Kids, children in Southampton can have fun with friends and help raise valuable funds to beat cancer sooner at the same time. Money raised will help Cancer Research UK scientists find new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat the disease, helping save more lives. Georgina Horne, Cancer Research UK’s Southampton Event Manager, said: “We can’t wait to bring Race for Life Pretty Muddy Kids to the city for the very first time. The obstacle course promises plenty of fun, thrills and spills and we hope children will rally their friends, family and schoolmates to sign up and make a splash for Cancer Research UK. “Race for Life events are not competitive and children can complete the Pretty Muddy Kids course at their own pace climbing, jumping, walking and laughing their way around.

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Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is an inspiring women-only series of 5k, 10k, Pretty Muddy, Half Marathon and Hiking events which raise millions of pounds every year to help beat cancer sooner by funding vital research. Cancer Research UK’s life-saving work relies on the public’s support. Thanks to the generosity of its supporters, the charity was able to spend over £35 million on research in the South East on some of the UK’s leading scientific and clinical research helping more men, women and children survive. Georgina continued: “Pretty Muddy Kids has all the fun and camaraderie of our much loved Pretty Muddy events - but with an extra dose of muddy fun for the little ones. It promises to be a fantastic event for all the family so we urge people across the city to sign up right now.” The entry fee for Pretty Muddy Kids is £10.00. The event is open to boys and girls aged from 5 to 12 years old and there is a minimum height requirement of 1.2m. All children must be accompanied by a supervising adult, who have free entry to the event. To enter Race for Life Pretty Muddy Kids today go to raceforlife.org or call 0300 123 0770.

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Computer Know How! – Dropbox – Not Just a Pretty Cloud Storage Facility… Dropbox has risen to become one of the web’s most popular cloud services. Since it’s launch (10 years ago now!) it has matured and expanded greatly, but are you using all of its new-fangled features? To be fair, I wouldn’t blame you, as they aren’t shown off by Dropbox, but don’t worry, we’ll get you up to speed in this edition of Computer Know How!

Save Space By default, Dropbox syncs all of your files across every computer you have it installed on. This isn’t a problem if you have a fast PC with oodles of storage space, however on a laptop with a smaller drive, that could get you bogged down pretty quickly! To choose which files or folders you would like to sync to a particular PC, open up your Dropbox client and go to Preferences. Select the Sync tab, then click on Select Folders to Sync, then simply uncheck the items that you don’t want synced to that PC.

Recover Lost Files Remember that file you accidentally deleted? Have no fear, Dropbox will hang onto those “accidentally” deleted files for 30 days. If you need to resurrect one, you’ll need to head on over to the Dropbox web page, found at www.dropbox.com. Sign in, and click on Files in the sidebar, then go to Deleted Files. Simply click on the file that you want to recover, then click on Restore. You also have the option to Delete Permanently if you have any sensitive data that you definitely want rid of.

Accessing Dropbox On-the-Go Dropbox also has a mobile app, available on both Android and iOS devices, letting you browse and view your synchronised files from anywhere. You can also download your file straight onto your phone or tablet, letting you edit them in whichever app you want! After making the edits, make sure you put them back in Dropbox by selecting the Share option!

!!!!!! Important Updates !!!!!! Intel Processor Vulnerability Massive security vulnerabilities in modern CPUs are forcing a redesign of the software at the heart of all major operating systems. Since the issues—dubbed Meltdown and Spectre—exist in the processor itself, Windows, Linux, Android, macOS, iOS, Chromebooks, and other operating systems all need to protect against it. And worse, plugging the hole can negatively affect your PC’s performance. Everyday home users shouldn’t panic too much though. Just apply all available updates and keep your antivirus software vigilant, as ever. If you are concerned, Intel have provided a tool that scans your system, and lets you know if you are at risk, this can be found here https://tiny.cc/2cdeqy. To make sure that your system is up to date, go to the manufacturers website and download the latest drivers. Obviously, we are here to help if you need us! Call Wayne or Gareth at the office or drop us an email!

Save Bandwidth Slow internet speeds? To save using all of the Internet Bandwidth while syncing changes across Dropbox, head back over to Preferences, then switch over to the Bandwidth tab, make sure that the LAN Sync option is enabled! This will use your local network to synchronise files between neighbouring PCs and Macs that are logged into your Dropbox account, meaning quicker syncing, and less hogging of your precious internet connection! If you are wanting to go even further, you can even tweak the download and upload rates which, by default, are set to no limit and an automatic limit. Specifying a lower cap may allow other web services to run significantly smoother on slower broadband connections. Bear in mind that this will slow down the syncing procedure of Dropbox, sharing is caring!

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Solent Mobility matches funds raised for The Haven Solent Mobility Centre, in the High Street Lee on Solent, held a charity event in aid of The Haven, Titchfield, a charity that supports breast cancer patients in our region. For every £1 raised, Solent Mobility matched it doubling the total collected to £320.00. The Mayor of Gosport, Councillor Linda Batty joined with shoppers in the show room, where staff served up delicious mince pies and mulled wine to add to the festive atmosphere. People popped in throughout the day to sample the tasty treats and donate to the firms chosen charity for this year’s Christmas event. There was a raffle with many prizes, plus the traditional wishing well in the window for passers by to donate to the charity. Debbie Watts, one of the directors at Solent Mobility said; “It was lovely to see so many of our regular customers and new ones too. There was a real buzz with people chatting and getting to know one another. A real community spirit as always.” The Mayor of Gosport, Councillor Linda Batty said; “It’s been a very interesting morning. The staff are brilliant and extremely knowledgeable, I was able to gain so much

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How to write and deliver a better eulogy Years ago I conducted a funeral where a family member stood up to pay an extremely short tribute to his Uncle.

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Kick-start 2018 and sign up to Race for Life in Portsmouth Portsmouth women are being encouraged to kick-start the New Year by signing up now to Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life. Every day, 130 people are diagnosed with cancer in the South East. That’s why the charity is urging women of all shapes, sizes, ages and abilities to choose their event - Race for Life 5k, 10k or Pretty Muddy - and pledge to take part on Southsea Common in Portsmouth. The 5k and 10k events take place on Saturday 7th July and Pretty Muddy is scheduled for Sunday 8th July. By signing up to Race for Life right now, women in Portsmouth will make a real difference in the fight against cancer. Money raised will help Cancer Research UK scientists find new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat the disease, helping save more lives. Jenny Ainsworth, Cancer Research UK’s Portsmouth Event Manager, said: “January is the perfect time for women in Portsmouth to commit to getting a little more active in 2018 by signing up for Race for Life and taking on a new fitness challenge. “For those who need some extra encouragement to get moving, Race for Life offers the ultimate motivation. That’s because by taking part and raising money, participants will be helping to fund vital cancer research. It’s time to mark the New Year and make a resolution to remember. By joining like-minded ladies committed to the cause, local women can unite against a disease that affects us all in some way.” Jenny added: “Race for Life events are non-competitive and participants can choose to walk, jog or run around the course. Whether they’re planning a 5k stroll, a 10k sprint or a muddy splash around the Pretty Muddy course, every step women take will help to support life-saving research.” One in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some stage in their lives, but the good news is more people are surviving the disease now than ever before. Cancer survival in the UK has doubled since the early 1970s and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of that progress.

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is an inspiring women-only series of 5k, 10k, Pretty Muddy, Half Marathon and Hiking events which raise millions of pounds every year to help beat cancer sooner by funding crucial research. Cancer Research UK’s life-saving work relies on the public’s support. Thanks to the generosity of its supporters, the charity was able to spend over £35 million last year in the South East on some of the UK’s leading scientific and clinical research - helping more men, women and children survive. Use the next three paragraphs if Pretty Muddy Kids took place in the town for the first time last year: Last year, Race for Life Pretty Muddy Kids took place for the first time in the city. The children-only, non-competitive 5k obstacle course - with an extra helping of mud - received a whole-hearted welcome from the thousands of children who took part. Thanks to their support and enthusiasm, this exciting event will be returning and organisers are urging kids to secure their place as soon as possible. Jenny added: “We’re delighted to be able to bring Pretty Muddy Kids back to Portsmouth as it’s a fantastic addition to our Race for Life family of events. It has the same fun and inclusive atmosphere of our much loved 5k and 10k events - but with added mud, thrills and spills. “Pledging to take part in Race for Life is a great incentive for women to pull on their trainers and join thousands of ladies across the UK who are coming together in the fight against cancer. Money raised is helping to drive research to help beat over 200 different types of cancer - so every person, step and penny raised makes a real difference.” To enter Race for Life today visit www.raceforlife.org or call 0300 123 0770.

The year to Volunteer - Portsmouth Race for Life Needs You! PEOPLE in Portsmouth who are looking to make a resolution with a difference, and connect with their local community, are being urged to volunteer at Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life. By signing up to Race for Life’s volunteer team, and joining the fight against cancer, Portsmouth’s men and women will be playing a crucial part in beating this devastating disease. As the countdown starts to the 5k, 10k and Pretty Muddy events on Southsea Common in Portsmouth on Saturday 7th July and Sunday 8th July, organisers are calling on people to sign up as helpers at www.raceforlife.org Jenny Ainsworth, Cancer Research UK’s Portsmouth Event Manager, said: “This New Year, why not make a pledge to make a difference. Whatever time and skills you have to share, we’ve got the perfect role for you and there is training available on the day. The atmosphere promises to be electric as people from all walks of life unite in the fight against cancer. We’re calling on local men and women to get stuck in, cheer as loud as they can and help motivate our inspirational participants all the way to the finish line.”

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Mayflower Theatre sees Red…and Gold

history. In conjunction with this we have looked at comparable theatres from across the UK built around the same time as ours. The paint samples taken from our walls revealed several different colour schemes over the years including grey, cream, yellow and even a vivid pink scheme in the 1970s.”

Mayflower Theatre today unveiled its highly anticipated new colour scheme which will be in place following a multi-million pound refurbishment of the theatre’s auditorium in 2018. The new red and gold scheme is a tribute to the glamourous 1920s heritage of the Grade II Listed building. The theatre’s last major auditorium refurbishment was over 30 years ago, when the building was painted its current colour-scheme of turquoise, ocean blue and salmon pink. Michael Ockwell Mayflower Theatre Chief Executive, said, “Since we announced our Mayflower 90 Auditorium project in April, the one question I keep getting asked is about the colour scheme. We spent a long time working with paint analysis experts to rediscover what colour schemes have been used over our 89 year

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We decided on a Red and Gold scheme as it celebrates the tradition and heritage of our building, while also meeting the practical needs of a modern theatre. We sincerely hope that the community embraces this exciting new colour scheme and shares our vision to protect and enhance the legacy of the theatre.” The theatre will begin testing samples of paint before Christmas, Michael added, “It’s not a case of popping down to the local DIY store for some sample pots of paint, we have to do this large scale – roughly a 20ft section of wall in the balcony will be painted, and then we have to shine our new lights on this area to see the final effect”. The theatre will close from 10 June to late September 2018 for the refurbishment, which will also include new seating, as well as other major improvements to the levels of comfort, accessibility and efficiency at the theatre. So far the theatre has secured £2.6 million towards its multimillion pound auditorium refurbishment. This is thanks to audience donations, as well as significant gifts from the Garfield Weston Foundation and Backstage Trust. As a charitable trust which receives no direct public subsidy it is seeking public help to raise the remaining funds needed.

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The Old Mill A new beautiful restaurant for Botley set in a unique historic setting. Botley has a new restaurant and its situated within the Botley Mills, the newly opened Old Mill Restaurant is serving quality British cuisine put together with locally sourced ingredients, and is rapidly building a reputation as a great place to enjoy a lunch or dinner. This is only part of the story though as the new team undertook a huge renovation project to create three beautiful dining rooms, making it one of Hampshire’s most unique venues. The main dining room with its stunning original features including a waterfall and milling hopper is a great place to spend time, in an atmospheric environment with family and friends, whilst the Ruston Room still has the original millstone housing in place, as well as the fantastic early 1900’s engine that the room takes its name from as its centrepiece, making it a truly special place to enjoy your dining experience, and finally the Heritage Room housing mill artefacts provides a more intimate setting, with its low key lighting and beautiful décor, making it great place to spend an evening. (This room is also available for private dining or special celebrations such as birthdays or Christmas) The team behind the Old Mill live locally in Curdridge and Hedge End, they came together to create something they believe will appeal to people wanting to enjoy great food & wine, served by caring staff in a unique setting.

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The menu includes dishes such as pan fried asparagus & smoked bacon or a baked open mushroom stuffed with creamy mushrooms & stilton for starters, alongside mains such as fillet steak with a surf of king prawns accompanied by hand cut chips, cherry tomatoes and tempura battered onion rings or pan seared cod loin with sautéed new potatoes, courgette and carrot ribbon served with a apricot and dill sauce… The full menu is available at www.oldmillrestaurant.co.uk and The Old Mill is open for both lunch and dinner - as well a special Sunday Roast. The Old Mill is also stocking guest wine from the local Three Choirs Vineyard in Wickham, with its wonderful English Sparkling Cuvee rapidly becoming a house favourite, as well as an extensive house wine list. The Old Mill has some wonderful reviews on trip advisor with many customers sharing their positive experiences of amazing food, wine and service all delivered in a beautiful venue. The Old Mill Restaurant is also on facebook @theoldmillbotley or you can call direct on 01489 795290.


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Exploring Indochina With Amazing sights, ancient history, beautiful scenery and diverse culture, Indochina offers an abundance of memorable travelling experiences. This increasingly popular destination clearly has much to offer on the tourist trail and whilst Thailand is an old hand when it comes to tourism its neighbours are less so. Vietnam is a great first stop on the map. It’s viewed as the next most developed country in the mainland region after Thailand and while not as unknown and untouched as parts of Cambodia and Laos, it combines enough authenticity without being too remote and inaccessible. It has a trodden tourist path which you can take via a north to south or south to north route with some off the beaten track towns in between

The tailors in Hoi An are as much a compulsory traveller must-do as the beautiful town itself and much needed relaxation can be sought at the beaches in Na Trang and a trip to the local hot mud springs.

Hanoi is a popular starting point, travelling south down to Ho Chi Minh. Hanoi is a fast-paced exciting city, with motorbikes whizzing past you from all directions and where bustling Vietnamese life teems from every nook, cranny, side-street and market. Cruise along the tranquil waters of Halong Bay for a couple of days, marvelling at the spectacular scenery from the junk boat before soaking up the royal history in Hue.

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The Vietnamese are friendly, open and interested in learning everything about you as you will be with them. You’ll experience not only the country’s ancient history but be stunned by its most recent, from the Viet Cong underground combat base that is the Cu Chi Tunnels to the war victims you will pass on the street. Explore at every opportunity, try local dishes (Vietnam’s reputation for great food is true) and feel your head spin as you try and adapt to the pace and chaos all around you. Vietnam is changing fast, but bicycles and mopeds still greatly outnumber cars, so now is the time to visit this most fascinating and colourful destination, whilst so much of its unique character and traditions is still in evidence! Vietnam works as a great stand alone destination, however it works equally as well in tandem with its neighbours Cambodia and Laos.


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When you call for an urgent appointment, you will speak to a ‘care navigator’ who will ask you some questions about your problem and place you on the triage list for a health professional to call you back. Your consent will be obtained to share your information with the healthcare professionals at the Hub and for them to access your medical records. Continuity of care and confidentiality is robust and adhered to. All your notes from your consultation will be visible to your own GP. There are links below explaining the service more fully. Please do take the time to read and understand them. Finally, here at Lapis Care We have heeded our own advice with the ‘Spring Clean’ theme and we have recently moved offices. We are now based next to the entrance to the Meon Valley Marriot Hotel at Unit 9, Shedfield House Dairy. The office is open during usual office hours and the kettle is always on, please feel free to pop in for a cuppa and a chat and even advice. You are always welcome. See you in the next issue, Liz (RGN) & Hazel (RGN) Directors Lapis Care Tel: 01489 890016 www.lapiscare.com Email: contact@lapiscare.com Links: www.farehamandgosportccg.nhs.uk/ Downloads/Urgent%20Care%20Guide %202016.pdf

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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

The sixth volume in the British Historic Town Atlas series was launched on Wednesday 15 November 2017, at a reception hosted by the City Council. Using maps, photographs and illustrations - many of which published for the first time - the Atlas, which is also the eleventh volume in the Winchester Studies series, begins with the period of Roman history when Winchester was known as Venta Belgarum, the capital of King Alfred’s Wessex and later a judicial centre and important county town. The Atlas, edited by Professors Martin Biddle and Derek Keene, was published jointly by the Historic Towns Trust and Winchester’s Excavations Committee and includes the first comprehensive survey of the Roman city and its history to be published in over a hundred years, as well as documenting Winchester’s later growth and development drawing on the results of the most recent archaeological and documentary research. Cllr Caroline Horrill, Leader of Winchester City Council said “In Winchester, we pride ourselves on our history and heritage. Today, as we closely examine the topography and layout of our evolving district, this compilation of maps, photographs and illustrations offers a fascinating insight into developments undertaken by past generations. Our archaeology and heritage will continue to be protected as we look to build a positive future for Wintonians. We are pleased to have Professor Biddle chairing the archaeology panel for Central Winchester as this ensures that his vast knowledge is harnessed for the public good.” Dame Mary Fagan, Patron of Winchester Excavations Committee said: “Congratulations to Martin and his team as well as Giles Darkes, the Historic Towns Trust cartographer, on this magnificent and fascinating book. We are grateful to Winchester City Council for its support and for hosting the reception.” Nigel McNair-Scott, Winchester Excavations’ Vice Chairman, also announced a drive to raise £1million over four years to finish the publications of Winchester Studies, to complete the analysis of the wealth of archaeological and other evidence as well as enabling the literature and materials to remain publically accessible. The British Historic Towns Atlas of Winchester is published by Oxbow books and can be purchased here: www.historictownsatlas.org.uk/atlas/volume-vi/winchester

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Choir to perform new work by Handel Portsmouth Festival Choir is recognised for its innovative programming. This year their Musical Director, conductorcomposer Tom Neal, has discovered a version of the Easter Passion of Christ, written by that favourite of oratorio composers, Handel. Because the Bach Passions are so frequently performed at Easter, this beautiful work has been somewhat overlooked. However, it has now been published in a new edition, researched by internationally known tenor soloist and musicologist, Neil Jenkins. Choir members are very excited that Neil Jenkins himself will sing the lead role of the Evangelist in their performance of this work on Sunday 18th March 2018. The music is completely new to all the members of the choir, but because they are familiar with Handel’s style from singing the ever popular Messiah, they are enjoying rehearsing music which while quite new to them seems strangely familiar. For this special occasion the choir will be accompanied by the Chichester based early music group, the Consort of Twelve. They are an ensemble of musicians from Hampshire and Sussex who specialise in the performance of Baroque music using the styles, techniques and instruments of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. They too are thrilled to be taking part in this performance of the Handel Passion.

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Neil Jenkins as the Evangelist will narrate the story of the Passion of Christ. The story is dramatically re-enacted by the choir who act as the chorus of citizens of Jerusalem and by six brilliant young soloists from the Royal College of Music who will take on the roles of the leading actors in this account of Christ’s crucifixion. Handel’s Passion of Christ will be performed as part of the Havant Music Festival on Sunday 18th March at 7.30pm at Emsworth Baptist Church PO10 7BY. Tickets will be available from The Spring Arts Centre, Havant or online from www.ticketsource.co.uk Portsmouth Festival Choir always welcomes new singers. They rehearse from 7.15 to 9.15pm on Monday evenings at Portsmouth Academy, next to St Mary’s Church, Fratton. Contact Hilary Munro 023 9247 0532 or just come along on the evening. contactus@loopmagazine.net

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Nuffield Southampton Theatres continues to build momentum following NST City opening World premieres, critically acclaimed visiting productions, and performances from the biggest and best acts on the comedy circuit all feature in Nuffield Southampton Theatres’ (NST) inaugural programme for its brand new performing arts venue, NST City, which recently opened with the world premiere of Howard Brenton’s The Shadow Factory. Coming up at both NST City and NST’s original home NST Campus, in 2018, are three more world premieres, including SS Mendi: Dancing the Death Drill, adapted from the book by Fred Khumalo and part of 14-18 NOW the UK’s arts programme for the WW1 centenary; a new version of Aristophanes’ comedy Women in Power; and a new musical adaptation of David Walliams’ Billionaire Boy. Visiting productions include the Sebastian Faulks’ mesmerising story of love and courage Birdsong; a riotous reinterpretation of one of Shakespeare’s best loved plays, A Midsummer Night’s Dream – direct from critically acclaimed London and international festival runs; and a comedy love letter to the schools and music of the 90s Education, Education, Education. The opening of NST City has also given NST the opportunity to expand its core programme to introduce music, film, dance and circus; continue to develop its comedy and spoken word strands; and feature the very best studio scale theatre from all over the country in NST City’s brand new studio theatre, including Palmyra and Noisy Holiday – both supported through NST’s artist development programme, Laboratory. Director of Nuffield Southampton Theatres, Samuel Hodges, said: “2018 is an exciting year for the theatre. I am very proud of our inaugural season that features four world premieres,

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international collaborations, both new talent and household names, untold local stories of national significance, and a brand new programme of studio theatre, music, comedy, film, circus and dance across our two venues. “This season marks a seismic step change for NST and for the city of Southampton’s cultural life. It is a season which champions new work, in the knowledge that theatre can respond most urgently to the world we live in today. A season which looks back to ancient Greece, to 16th century Spain, to both World Wars, and even to 1980s Reading in order to talk about what’s important today. It asks questions about historical whitewashing, about consent, about community, and about faith. It’s going to be a big year.”


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Squeeze to headline 2018 Wickham Festival One of Britain’s top bands of the past 40 years, Squeeze have been announced as the latest headline act for the 2018 Wickham Festival. The hugely-popular new wave icons will top the bill on Saturday August 4 supported by John Ilsley of Dire Straits, the Tom Robinson Band and Ferocious Dog among others. They join Kate Rusby who stars with Show of Hands on Friday August 3 and folk legend Richard Thompson who closes the event on the Sunday night backed by the Undertones, the Blues Band and the Red Hot Chilli Pipers.

the Junction, Tempted, Labelled with Love, Pulling Mussels from a shell… and many more. They join Sunday headliner Richard Thompson who is acknowledged as one of the most talented guitarists of his generation; he will close the four-day event with his electric trio. He has been described by the Los Angeles times as the “finest rock songwriter since Dylan and the best electric guitarist since Hendrix” winning the prestigious Ivor Novello award in 2011 and earning an OBE. Equally adept on both electric and acoustic guitars, the founding member of Fairport Convention has been included in Rolling Stone Magazine’s top 20 guitarists of all-time.

The Thursday headliners are expected to be revealed soon although The South and the Dhol Foundation have already been confirmed. Organiser Peter Chegwyn said: “The line-up is already looking incredibly strong and advance tickets sales are reflecting that. “We still have a couple of names to add but we are delighted to have so many top acts signed up so far in advance. It is exciting that as our reputation grows we are getting a lot of bands approaching us and wanting to play here. “Squeeze are a fantastic addition to the bill. Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook are widely regarded as two of the finest songwriters of their generation and their energetic sets always get the crowd dancing.” Dubbed the heirs to Lennon and McCartney, the duo have enjoyed huge chart success with such hits as Cool for Cats, Up

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Chegwyn added: “Richard Thompson is one of the most iconic musicians on the scene and someone who is regularly requested by our fans. “His unique style and wide catalogue of songs will provide the perfect end to what we are sure will be another very successful event. We already have a very strong programme both in the Big Top and on the other stages as well as the usual entertainment and activities for children. “Bookings are already going exceptionally well partly on the back of last year’s hugely successful event and partly on the back of our reputation for always delivering a great line-up with a fantastic familyfriendly atmosphere.” Weekend tickets are currently on sale at £130 with Under 16’s admitted half price and Under 10’s gaining free admission. A weekend camping pass is £30 and parking is free. See www.wickhamfestival.co.uk for more details.

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Finance & Legal Successful Separation? Keep Talking The breakdown of a relationship is upsetting, difficult and in many cases, truly devastating. Couples and families in this situation go through a multitude of emotions; hurt, anger, grief, bitterness, frustration, fear and uncertainty about the future, but the key to moving forward is, however painful, communication. Finding constructive ways for couples to deal with separation in a non-confrontational way is better, both financially and emotionally, for everyone involved and one of the most popular methods is that of ‘Mediation’. Mediation can play a major role in helping couples wishing to divorce resolve a variety of issues including childcare, finances and shared assets. It is a private and confidential dispute resolution process in which an independent, neutral person, the ‘Mediator’, is appointed to support both parties in reaching an amicable settlement before there is a need to spend further time and often a great deal of money in Court. Mediation provides the forum to calmly explore the motivations and agendas of parties in order to potentially open up a whole range of solutions that can satisfy both individuals and reach a mutually acceptable, lasting agreement for the future. At the core of mediation is the concept of confidentiality. Mediation involves not only joint meetings attended by the mediator and both parties, but also private meetings between the mediator and the individual parties alone. This can usually help avoid the raw emotion that is inevitable in a lot of initial face-to-face meetings. What is discussed in those meetings remains entirely confidential, although the financial aspects can be disclosed.

Vicki Rawlins, Head of Family Law, and Beverley Pym, Head of Mediation at Eric Robinson Solicitors, are two of the firm’s fully qualified Mediators and they have made a video explaining their role. To view it, go to www.ericrobinson.co.uk/mediation Beverly can be contacted on 01489 774853 or beverley.pym@ericrobinson.co.uk

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Assemble the cake Take the cooled cakes and carefully slice the domed top off of each to provide a flat surface. Slice each cake in half with a sharp knife so you have got 4 thin cakes. Place the bottom section onto a board, using a small dollop of frosting to secure it in place. On top of the bottom layer of cake add a tablespoon of jam and smooth down with the palette knife, leaving about half an inch to the edge, you don’t want your jam to seep out the edges. Repeat on every layer of the cake apart from the top one. Place some frosting on the top layer of the cake then spread it all over and down the sides, covering the cake entirely. Now add the chocolate fingers. Work your way round the cake, pressing them lightly into the frosting to hold them in place. Add the strawberries to the top of the cake leaving them whole. Put as many as you can fit on.

White chocolate, strawberries and a cheeky prosecco cake Ingredients Makes 6-8 1 Punnet fresh strawberries 2 Eggs 5 tbsp Strawberry jam 120g Golden caster sugar 320g Icing sugar 120g Self-raising flour 2 140g packets White chocolate fingers 230g Margarine unsalted butter 8 tbsp Prosecco

Instructions 1. Preheat the oven to 180°C / 160°C fan / 350°F / gas 4. Line two 5 inch baking tins and grease well with margarine / butter. 2. Cream the butter and the sugar together until the mixture is nice and fluffy. 3. Add the eggs one at a time and mix well. 4. Sieve the flour into the bowl and fold into the mixture. 5. Divide the mixture evenly between both tins. 6. Place into the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes. 7. Once ready, take out the oven and leave to cool on a wire rack.

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Space Times Tim Peake – Thoughts on the solar system Having not been a great fan of heights, astronaut Tim Peake found his first leap of faith out of an aircraft at 14,000ft far more terrifying than going into space interestingly. He said he found Sandhurst was an incredibly positive experience for him and he held a military career serving as a Major in the Army as a helicopter pilot. Tim describes himself as a very ordinary person, but having orbited the Earth a mere 2,720 times one thing that did strike him most was how vast the Pacific really is, as during an orbit the entire planet beneath him is blue. With many spectacular views a lot of the time into the darkness of space, or back at the Earth while floating in a weightless environment, still must have been an extraordinary experience. Although Tim found coming back down to Earth much harder than going into space, compared to initially being physically enabled in the rocket ride up into orbit, Earth’s gravity is punishing on the body when he returned he felt nausea, dizziness, vertigo and inability to balance, having to learn how to walk again and for three or four days he just wanted to sit in a chair! There was a huge effect on his body as a result of human spaceflight with cardiac and optical changes muscular skeletal changes, and having to readjust to Earth after 6 months in space with rehabilitation programmes and tests on his physiological function, it was a commendable task in itself just coming back. Tim is a strong believer that there could be life elsewhere in the universe and highlights the moons around Saturn and Jupiter with icy crusts and liquid oceans beneath them. As Tim knows where there is water could be life, he believes that we could find single-celled microbiological life forms past or present, in our own solar system. Hinting that we may be very close to

finding past signs of life on Mars within a few years. Suggesting of course also that single cell life forms have the potential to develop into more complex forms of life. Tim also believes that all world leaders should have to go into space, at least theoretically. Astronauts get to experience what is known as the overview effect, this experience you get once you have seen the Earth from space gave Tim a real sense of how fragile our ecosystem is, how frighteningly thin our atmosphere is, the huge areas of pollution and deforestation across continents. Continuing to describe that when we look up we see blue skies, it is certainly not the same environment to being in space as an astronaut, when you look up you see the vast darkness of nothingness and it is not warm and welcoming, suddenly you realise how vulnerable we are on a small rocky planet and that we do need to look after our home.

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Should we brace ourselves for Tiangong-1 Chinese space station?

An illustration of China’s Tiangong-1 China Manned Space Agency

As the Chinese space station is returning from space will it come crashing into Earth? Pieces weighing up to 100kg could make it to the surface when speculated out of control 8.5 ton laboratory breaks apart in our atmosphere. Tiangong or “Heavenly Palace” was launched in 2011 and was a great achievement for China forming a part of an ambitious scientific push to turn China into a space superpower. Tiangong was used for both unmanned and manned missions but in 2016 after months of speculations, Chinese officials confirmed they had lost control of the space station and that it would crash in 2017/2018, as we saw nothing in 2017 we are due its arrival to Earth. Chinese space agency notified the UN that it expects it to crash land between October 2017 and April 2018. With a steady orbital decay in recent weeks it has started falling faster below 300km in denser atmosphere, the rate of decay is getting higher. Although most of the space station craft is expected to burn up in the atmosphere, some parts may still weigh up to 100kg when they crash

Ageing satellites set to be given a life extension using UK Space Drones. A company in the UK aims on launching small space vehicles that could give ageing communications satellites an extended life span, by the small drones docking with craft in orbit, controlling them until they run out of fuel. Effective Space which is based

into Earth although the chance that anyone will be harmed is considered remote it is being closely watched by China and the United Nations “Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space” with a carefully monitored descent as predicting where it is going to land would be impossible to determine even within the days ahead of its landing. The potential crash zone is southern Europe and further south to South Africa. The European Space Agency is issuing regular updates about the space stations decent to Earth, and the current window of estimated surface contact is 17th of March to the 21st of April and re-entry will take place anywhere between 43°N and 43°S (e.g. Spain, France, Portugal, Greece, etc.). However the ESA added that it will never be able to give a definitive time location prediction but areas outside the danger zone can be excluded. The craft is expected to burn up entering the atmosphere and the remaining wreckage will fall without endangering the surface, into a designated area of the sea. There is one small concern with the station, it is carrying a highly toxic chemical called hydrazine, used as rocket fuel but exposure to humans is believed to cause symptoms such as seizures and nausea with long term contact causing cancer. It is worth remembering that in the history of spaceflight, no known person has ever been harmed by space debris re-entering to Earth.

in London has signed a $100 million contract to extend use of two satellites for a large communications operator to be announced soon. Set to be sent in 2020, two drones will be sent into geostationary orbit 36,000km above the surface of the Earth. Attach themselves to satellites and keep them in correct orientation for up to 5 years. Daniel Campbell MD of Effective Space describes how many satellites are designed for service for 15 years and when that time has come, communications hardware will remain effective but there is a failure for propulsion systems to maintain the correct orbital position. This is a cost effective method to keep stations in the correct orbit for several more years. Effective Space has their headquarters in the UK and their technology originated from their research centre in Israel. In the UK development, manufacturing and satellite operations will be based and companies such as Qinetiq, Oxford Space Systems and Neptec are expected to contribute to its development. The UK Space Agency, which acts as both a regulatory and funding body, said: “The UK can thrive in the commercial space age as . . . innovative companies develop new products and services. We engage regularly with these companies and offer a safe and competitive regulatory environment for new commercial ventures to support our growing space sector.”

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We’re right into 2018 now and the festive season with all its tasty treats is distant memory. If you made any new years health and fitness resolutions, have you stuck to them?

Starting in a standing position, crouch down, kick your legs pack to a Push up position, perform a Push up and them reverse the movement, jumping at the top.

It’s right around now that people’s good intentions start to crumble as things get tough or you lose that fire and determination you started with. I want to share some tips to help you stay on track and reach your goals: 1. Last time I spoke about writing down your goals and keeping them somewhere prominent. If you haven’t done that already go and do it now. Seeing your goals several times a day will remind you what you’re doing and why you’re making changes. 2. Get an accountability buddy. Find a workout buddy or several of them. Have someone to go and workout with or cook a healthy meal for each other once a week to add a fresh dose of peer pressure to stay on track and keep your buddies in the game. 3. Share your goals and progress. This can be as simple as telling some work colleagues what you’re doing and why. It could also be creating a social media account such as Instagram and posting your workouts and healthy food as a diary. It will keep you motivated to watch what you eat and you may even inspire others.

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Fitness is an essential part of life and I truly believe that it’s way easier if you can find activities you enjoy. It can be anything from a long walk, a muddy obstacle race, lifting heavy stuff, dancing or scaling a mountain. It shouldn’t matter to anyone but you what you enjoy doing to stay active. If you’re one of those people who gives themselves the excuse “I just don’t like....’ insert activity here” (running, walking, step class etc) then you haven’t found what you truly enjoy and will help change your life.

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Stop making excuses to yourself, stop finding ways to hide from effort and find your passion. Have an awesome day and get up, get out and get it done!!! Workout 1 is a superset so you’re going to perform 10 reps of the first movement then straight into 10 reps of its partner movement. Rest for 1 minute and repeat for 5 rounds before moving on to the next pair in the same format. Workout 2 is a HIIT workout with 40 seconds work and 20 seconds rest for each movement. Comolete the cycle 3-5 times, depending on your fitness level or available time.

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Renegade push ups Hold the dumbbells in you hands and get into a pushup position. Perform a Push up and at the top of the movement perform a single arm row. The repeat for the other side.

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Workout 1 – Dumbbell Superset Thrusters Hold a pair of dumbbells in the front rack position at your shoulders. Squat down making sure to keep your chest high and core tight. Push pack up through your feet and as you come to standing, drive the dumbbells over head.

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Workout 2 – Bodyweight Workout Rear lunge to jumping knee

Mountain climbers Start in a high plank position and swiftly bring one knee up towards your chest and return to the start. Repeat, alternating sides as fast as you can whilst maintaining proper form.

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Squats Start in a standing position with your feet shoulder width apart. Squat down, making sure to keep your chest high and core tight and head neutral. Drive back up to standing making sure not to rock forward on your toes.

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A small local business with a big punch As some of our readers may be aware, our featured waste removal company‘Rubbish Clearance and waste Removal Ltd’ has over the past couple of years been sponsoring JG Speedfit Kawasaki’s double championship winning sidecar team. Whilst discussing this with a customer whilst clearing their garden and workshop the customer asked Jim Gildea, (owner of Rubbish Clearance and Waste Removal Ltd) “Why don’t you support someone local with their sport?” Jim drove away apparently pondering this before phoning his customer back and saying “good point, -any suggestions?”

Jim Gildea said “I suppose I like to support the sports I wish I had done myself, and now that I’ve talked with Floyd and those around him that know him, I think supporting him this year is a win for both of us, he gets a little financial help with training fee’s etc and we get to be associated with a very nice and really really talented local athlete, who I’m sure will promote our company in the same professional and effective manner he takes care of his own business in the ring! I’m going to encourage Floyd to start a ‘Floyd Moore boxing page on face book so other enthusiasts can support and follow him too! I’m also looking forward to going to see him train and to fight, and to see how he helps coach the kids coming into the gym on occasion – it’s a sport I know nothing about so it will be really interesting! We have asked Jim to keep us informed and let us know how Floyd gets on in 2018, we will do our best to keep all our readers updated too!”

Floyd Moore, a local boxer was suggested! Floyd started boxing at Titchfield when 15. He turned professional with Michael Bailingail at 19. Floyd has had 23 fights so far with 15 wins (9 by Knock-out), lost 6 and drawn 2. He has won the British and international masters belts and is a two time southern area champion. He weighs in at 9 stone 9lb and fights in the lightweight division. So. As well as honouring previously arranged commitments to the JG Speedfit Kawasaki Team in 2018 Rubbish Clearance and Waste Removal Ltd (Total Waste Removal) will be giving this local boxer, who is up at 5.30am every day, getting on with his day job, a helping hand.

Spirit of Enterprise and Mugs of Hot Chocolate Warm Brookfield’s Budding Apprentices Hazel Robinson – who coordinates the student leadership programme at Brookfield - stated: “The ‘Apprentices’ initiative is intended to develop an instinct for entrepreneurship, confidence and team working - three critical skills in today’s world. But it also identifies very clearly those students who have strong leadership potential, at the start of the process to select the next team of head boys, head girls and prefects.”

In spite of the cold, damp weather in recent days, teams of Year 10 students at Brookfield Community School in Sarisbury Green near Fareham have been busy outdoors. With a spirit of enterprise that Lord Sugar himself would admire, teams from the different colour houses set out to make as much money as possible from a £20 ‘grant’ provided by the Friends of Brookfield School. Given just a few short planning sessions, in which each team had to produce a properly costed business plan, the students had just one week – in break times and after school – to sell their wares. These ranged from festive packages of sweets and warming, creamy hot chocolate to a full car wash and polish. 48 | The LOOP

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One eager car wash customer was Chair of Governors, Eloise Appleby. Her muddy white car was transformed in no time by a team from Purple House, which is dedicated to inspirational Olympian Bradley Wiggins. While the students washed the grime away, she was also able to buy and enjoy a mug of hot chocolate from a mobile drinks service being provided by other ‘Wigginsians’. Mrs Appleby commented: “This is a great way to apply classroom learning from a range of subjects into a ‘real life’ setting. I am impressed that from a standing start just two weeks ago, these little businesses have sprung into life and been well supported by staff and students alike. I have been interested to see how effectively they have used social media to organise their teams and promote their products, especially when we hear so much bad news about young people and their phone ‘addictions’.” The teams have been nothing if not competitive, aiming for business success in order to secure glory for their various houses. Results of the 2017 Apprentices’ Challenge will be declared at the end of term. The money raised goes back to the Friends of Brookfield School, which raises money all year round to help fund additional equipment, opportunities and reward schemes for all students.


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Since our last article Locks Heath Pumas rugby club have continued to grow. More senior and youth members have joined our ranks and are enjoying rugby life. All are recognisable around Locks Heath as the senior team members all are presented with a Club Tie after playing in their first competitive league match and our youth players (the Puma Cubs) are presented with their proud Beanie hats which I have seen them wearing with pride. The Club has started to develop a real sense of belonging despite still being split over many locations. The senior men’s sides currently train on different days both at Hook with Warsash school and West Hill Park school. They play competitive league matches at Brookfield School which offers the only rugby playing pitch in our immediate area and socialise currently at the Abshot Community centre.

Chairman George Winch says, “for the last 20 years our nomadic existence had served the Club well, as we were able to offer our members a good standard of rugby packed with a great social atmosphere, for both them and their families. However, with the dramatic growth of the Club this has started to create extra challenges and costs for all our members”. This is highlighted by the cost of hiring training pitches during the week, as well as a rugby pitch to play on each Saturday. Winch continues, “we try where possible to control our costs each week but pitches, fuel and running costs for our transport, medical treatment, kit cleaning and food provided for the opposition and our players each week are just some of the expenditure we have to fund. With no clubhouse of our own we cannot raise revenue across a bar and are limited to only our players membership and sponsorship to generate income.”

Even with the Puma Cubs the high costs are starting to be realised. Youth Chairman Richard Hadley says, “The senior club gave us some start up cash to help us get the initiative up and running and we also secured a great sponsorship deal from local builder PLM Homes Ltd, who are very keen to see the safeguarding of the children maintained. So this money will allow us to fund the training of our coaching staff and build on getting the right equipment for the Puma Cubs. We have tried to keep the membership as competitive as possible as we recognise it will take us at least one season to get ourselves fully operational. Each week we continue to grow and it is great to see the children having great fun.” The Puma Cubs have the children’s well-being in their thoughts by making the training energetic by getting them burning the calories and providing fruit at the end of every session. A hot drink is available for all the parents watching from the touchlines. So what is next? Well the Pumas need your help!! Winch continues “We need to bring all elements of our Club under one roof. The safeguarding of our members is of paramount importance as well as the role the rugby club can play within the local community. We have the growing demand from the area and have a great team of committee members and volunteers to help shape the club for many years to come, but what we need is land!!

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“At the moment we seem to operate as separate clubs due to the various locations we find ourselves using. It would be great to watch a mini / junior player rise through the Club to eventually run out in the 1XV as a senior player. But they will only get this drive if they are around a familiar rugby club atmosphere watching the current 1XV players play some great rugby.” The Pumas need help from Councillors, developers, and land owners, planners, lawyers and anyone who has this project experience and a willingness to help us drive our vision forward. The Pumas have been in discussions with Fareham Borough Council for over 5 years now and still no land can be accommodated towards them. Their local Councillor Sarah Pankhurst is an avid supporter of the request to find a space for the Club. There are various plots of land that used to be marked as recreational land such as down Hook Lane that continue to get overlooked. Drainage on this reclaimed landfill site used to be an issue but the Pumas would look to use the expertise of the RFU (Rugby Football Union, who govern rugby clubs) to help fund and supply modern drainage techniques. But other land must surely be available?

The Pumas need your assistance and would welcome a discussion with anyone who may be able to help drive the club forward. We are not going to forget our history and how the Club has got to this point pretty much on its own, but we now have to recognise the need for help from experienced and dedicated people outside the Club currently, who can help us move to the next level whilst continuing to “bring rugby to the community and the community to rugby”. Follow us at www.locksheathpumas.com Facebook – Locks Heath Pumas Rugby Club.

The need for action is now. Another Rugby World Cup is only 18 months away and the vibe for England to bring home some silverware will start to begin momentum. Funding the type of project we are looking at will require support from not only the Club itself but the RFU, England Rugby, Sport England and the local community, but they need the land to start this dream. So the short term goal is finding a new permanent home, but the long term aim is to re-energise and find network of local sponsors to help us raise monies. Winch finishes by saying, “At this time we can run the club ok through our membership but from time to time we need investment for larger items like portable floodlights as ours after 20 years have just had enough. To help the sponsor we are happy to promote their business through our growing membership, website, social media, promotional stands and any other outlet we can. If you are interested in hearing more about what we could do please contact the Puma Chairman, George Winch (chairman@locksheathpumas.com). contactus@loopmagazine.net

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Danny Wilson - Hampshire Strawberry Grower (1930-2018) During the late 1970’s and early 1980’s by his own admission, “he made a lot of money out of Ostara”. As with many good ideas, it wasn’t long before the “big-boys” cottoned on, and prices for late season fruit started to decline as volumes increased. So in 1985, following his second marriage, he decided on a fresh start, selling up in Hampshire and taking on a moribund Apple Farm in Tickenham, near Bristol. With his trademark energy and enthusiasm, he quickly grubbed out most of the trees, replacing them with Soft Fruit and Vegetables, and built up a substantial Farm Shop and PYO business. As might be expected, Strawberries always took pride of place - by this time, he was converted as was the rest of the industry, to the ubiquitous Elsanta.

Danny was born on New Year’s Eve, 1930 in the village of Titchfield, located in the South Hampshire Strawberry belt. At the time of his Birth, around 2000 Acres of Strawberries were grown in the surrounding area, mostly destined for London and other Metropolitan Markets and transported by Train and Road transport. Such was the importance of the industry locally, that School Holidays were scheduled to coincide with the peak harvesting period in early June. (Partly to ensure sufficient labour to harvest the crop, but also a practical measure to avoid large scale absenteeism). Strawberries were therefore part of Danny’s DNA and following National Service and 5 years in the Merchant Navy, he returned to the family home in Locks Heath in 1955. Under the encouragement of his father, Danny started growing the highly prized Royal Sovereign variety on several rented parcels of land. The earliest fruit produced under Glass cloches in mid May, could sell in Covent Garden Market for up to 1 Guinea per 2lb chip (around £25/kg in today’s money). As the strawberry season was very short, an additional income was required and Danny worked as part-time postman, part-time Strawberry grower for a number of years, slowly building up the Strawberry business by taking on extra land and by switching to the higher yielding Redgauntlet variety - which in the mild South Hampshire climate produced a second (late-summer) crop when forced under glass or polythene cloches. By 1967, with 4 acres of production, Danny was able to become a full-time Strawberry grower and continued to build the business, ably supported by wife Pamela, (who he met and married, soon after returning to Locks Heath). Always an innovator, and a keen follower of trials and experimental work done at nearby Efford EHS, Danny was one of the first Hampshire growers to move into raised bed production with trickle irrigation under walk-in tunnels to improve earliness, yields and extend the season of production. Following Britain’s accession to the Common Market in 1973, the high prices Hampshire growers obtained for their early fruit declined, as imports from Italy and Spain rapidly increased. By 1976, Danny realised that the early market was finished for small growers like him, but noticed that there were still good prices for his late season fruit. Realising that the mild Hampshire climate could be utilised at the other end of the season, he started experimenting with “perpetual” (Everbearing) varieties. Initially he grew Aromel, but this was too soft. On seeing the Dutch variety Ostara at Efford EHS, Danny thought, “he might be on to a winner”, and he quickly switched most of his 9 acres of production to this variety. 54 | The LOOP

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In 2010, at the ripe old age of 80, Danny finally decided to retire, and having remarried Pamela 13 years before, he made good on his promise to return to Hampshire. Settling in a nice little bungalow in Locks Heath, only yards from where he first started growing Strawberries, his circle of life was complete. However, not content with a sedentary life, he quickly converted the unproductive lawns and flower beds surrounding the bungalow into a productive fruit and vegetable garden, again with his beloved Strawberries (Elsanta and Redgauntlet) occupying pride of place! As well as being a hard-working and active Fruit Grower, Danny was always interested in politics. Unusually for his chosen profession, he was a life-long Labour supporter. He was an active NFU member most of his farming life too, and represented his fellow growers at Branch and County levels in Hampshire and Avon. For 3 years he also sat as County representative on the NFU Horticultural Committee at Headquarters in London. Danny was a great Horse Racing and Country Music fan. With the Goodwood Festival in August and the Wembley Country Music Festival at Easter being focal points in his calendar. Danny remained extraordinarily fit and active despite his advancing years until being diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia early in 2017. A particularly aggressive variant of Alzheimer’s, it killed this vigorous and energetic man in less than 1 year! Danny Wilson who sadly passed away on 11th January 2018. Danny is survived by wife, Pamela, 3 sons (1 from his second marriage), a daughter and 4 grand-children.


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Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel Help raise money for QA Legendary rock icon and the Hospital by taking part in original Cockney Rebel, Steve Harley makes his third visit to the Wickham Festival when he the Wardwalk headlines with his full rock band on Thursday 2nd August. Harley has written and recorded twelve albums in a career covering four decades, and continues to tour to sell-out audiences in many countries world-wide.

The popular WardWalk at Staunton Country Park is back!

Recognised as one of Britain’s greatest and most charismatic Live performers, Harley is as much in love with the touring life now as at the beginning of his career: “We see some wonderful sights, visit galleries and museums and really take travelling as part of the experience. I’m a genuine and inveterate Tourist”

Join Portsmouth Hospitals Charity for the exciting event on Sunday 20th May 2018, from 10.00am – 12.30pm.

A Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel Live show will be packed with hits such as, Judy Teen, Mr Raffles, Here Comes The Sun, Mr Soft, the classic Sebastian, as well as the world-wide hit and UK Number One, Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me), which has been recognised by the Performing Rights Society as one of the mostplayed singles in British Radio history. Harley also picks an eclectic mix of tracks from his career recordings, including a selection from recent albums The Quality Of Mercy and Stranger Comes To Town. Rod Stewart has described Harley as “One the greatest lyricists Britain has ever produced.” Mojo magazine states, “Harley creates rock songs that are proud, lyrical and full of yearning”. The Sunday Express called him “Britain’s best-kept Live secret; a consummate performer at the top of his game”, and this show will bear that out.

Choose between a beautiful 5K or 10K walk for a Ward or Department within Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust of your choice or The Rocky Appeal. The event is only £2 per person to register and a suggested minimum sponsorship of just £20. The event will be a great family day out for all, and will include an exciting warm up by fitness instructors from David Lloyd, a cake sale for the charity as well as a refreshment stall, a snack bar, a picnic area and free parking. Staunton Country Park is also offering 50% off of Staunton Farm tickets on the day for those taking part. Victoria Greenshields, Fundraising Manager for Portsmouth Hospitals Charity says, “The WardWalk will be a fantastic opportunity for the local community to rally together in support of their local hospital. The event will be a fun filled day with all funds raised being used to benefit current and future patients being treated within Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust.” For more information on the WardWalk and to register your family or team, Please contact the Fundraising Team on 023 9228 6000 Ext: 5927 or email fundraising@porthosp.nhs.uk Portsmouth Hospitals Charity aims to support the patients of Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust by improving existing facilities and by providing additional equipment, supporting research programmes and innovation in the development of services and education to both patients and staff. The charity supports all of the Wards and Departments across the Trust and you can choose to support and fundraise for an area of the hospital that is close to your heart.

The Legion invites the Nation to say ‘Thank You’ • The Legion is launching a movement to say ‘Thank You’ to a generation who shaped our society

To mark the final year of the World War One centenary, The Royal British Legion is inviting the public to take part in a movement to say ‘Thank You’ to the First World War generation who served, sacrificed and changed our world.

The Legion’s Director General, Charles Byrne, said: “The end of the First World War centenary is a chance for each of us to say thank you in our own ways and in our own words not only to those who gave their lives, but those who returned, those who worked in the factories and on the land, and those who pioneered advances in medicine, technology and the arts in response to the experience of the war.

The charity is calling on the nation to remember not only the 1.2 million British and Commonwealth Armed Forces who lost their lives, but also those - military and civilian - who played their part on the home front and those who returned to build a better life for the benefit of generations to come.

“Whilst the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended the fighting 100 years ago marks a poignant time of reflection, it is also a time to look forward to the future with the promise to make it a better place. Everyone living in Britain today has a reason to say ‘Thank You’ to this special generation.”

During the last 100 days of the centenary from 8th of August to 11th of November, the Legion is inviting the British public from all cultures and faiths, community groups, schools, companies and sports clubs to join the movement to express their gratitude to those who gave themselves to the war and its aftermath, and rebuilt a better nation from its darkest hour.

The Legion is asking the nation to plan their ‘Thank You’ activity to take place from the 8th of August onwards, while the first day of daylight savings – itself an outcome of the First World War – will be a focus for ‘Thank You’ activity on Sunday October 28th.

• Activity to take place in the last 100 days from 8th August to 11th November

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About the show Get ready for an unforgettable evening with a global superstar, as he puts the Boom Boom into your heart in the UK’s number 1 tribute to George Michael, Fastlove. The show is packed with crowd pleasing anthems. From the Wham classics of the new pop revival to the chart-topping success of the eighties album Faith, plus the awesome tunes of the nineties and noughties. You’ll be getting up (to get down) to all your favourite songs: Careless Whisper, Freedom, Faith, Father Figure, Outside, Jesus To A Child and many more.

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He says, “It all started when I sang “Careless Whisper” on a karaoke. People thought I was miming to the record. I guess I Michael in this incredible concert sensation staring special guest Ed should take that as a great compliment.” Ed’sanlive solo sax performance And Angels GetBarker. ready for unforgettable evening withona Cowboys global superstar, as heput puts the Boom Boom into your heart in the UK’s number 1 tribute to him on the map and lead to incredible success in his own right. Since his karaoke days Joseph has gone on to perform alongside George Michael, Fastlove. countless famous artists such as Sir Bob Geldof, Billy Ocean, Level A unique background in jazz, pop and classic music means Ed The show is packed with crowd pleasing anthems. From the Wham classics42, of the new pop revival to the chart-topping of the eighties Rick Astley, M People, the Sugarbabes,success UB40 and many more. fuses a myriad of musical traditions with every piece of music he album Faith, plus the awesome tunes of the nineties and noughties. You’ll beHe getting up (to get down) to all your favourite songs: Careless has even made several appearances to crowds of 32,000 at his creates. It is this diversity that has saw Ed’s debut album, Simple Whisper, Freedom, Faith, Father Figure, Outside, Jesus To A Child and manyhome more.football club Leicester City! Truth, rocket up the US independent charts and saw Ed step away Relive theaflare, andwriter the unique sensitivity of George Michael in His thispassion incredible staring guest Barker. fromthe hispassion, career as speech for senior British politicians. forconcert music sensation was evident fromspecial an early age Ed and he took Ed’s live solo sax performance on Cowboys And Angels put him on the mapevery and lead to incredible success in his own right. opportunity to sing. As he grew his main musical influences Joseph Sansome came from bands such with as The Eagles, Straits The Beatles A unique background in jazz, pop and classic music means Ed fuses a myriad of musical traditions every pieceDire of music heand creates. It is Regarded as one of the top George Michael/Wham tribute artists, but George Michael became the biggest. Joseph loves to perform this diversity that has saw Ed’s debut album, Simple Truth, rocket up the US independent charts and saw Ed step away from his career as a Joseph Sansome hasBritish wowed audiences at incredible venues all all of George Michael’s classic hits but it is the ballads that really speech writer for senior politicians. over the country. He has made numerous television appearances stand out for him, saying that the wonderful “A Different Corner” including BBC Children in Need and ITV’s Brit Awards. is the song that he can relate to the most.

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The Fastlove tour is the most exciting project of Joseph’s career so far and along with the extremely talented team around him, he aims to deliver a spectacular show for everyone that George himself would have been proud of. He says, “If I can make people happy, cry, smile and leave the show fulfilled then I have done my job.”

Ed Barker In 2012, Ed Barker, performed sax solo for one of the world’s most iconic pop musicians, George Michael. Ed performed to tens of thousands of fans around the UK as George introduced him personally to the crowd each night. And yet Ed was, at the same time, working in quite a different field making frequent visits to the British Parliament writing speeches for senior British politicians! For Ed, however, the two skills are not that far apart. He says: ‘For me, whether you’re using words or notes, it is all still just a form of communication and the most successful speeches or songs are those which ED BARKER inspire an audience In 2012, Ed Barker, performed sax solo for one of the world’s most iconic emotionally.’ pop musicians, George Michael. Ed performed to tens of thousands of fans around the UK as George introduced him personally to the crowd each night.

So, after tour withtime, working in quite a different field making And yet the Ed was, at the same frequent visits to the British Parliament writing speeches for senior British George Michael, Ed decided politicians! For Ed, however, two as skills he are not that far apart. He says: ‘For me, to put this to the test whether you’re using words or notes, it is all still just a form of communication put and together his debut the most successful speeches or songs are those which inspire an emotionally.’ soloaudience album, Simple Truth So, after the tour with George Michael, Ed decided to put this to test as he put withtogether some unexpected his debut solo album, Simple Truth with some unexpected results… Within a couple of months of the album’s release, one of the songs charted – results… Within a couple not in the more niche US jazz charts but in the US pop charts! of months of the album’s GEORGE MICHAEL release, one of the On the saxophone, Mr Ed Barker! songs charted – not inBBC RADIO STOKE Liz Ellis, Ed’s music is so crisp and refreshing, truly uplifting, such a pleasure to sit the more nichebackUS jazz and fall in love with the sax again... ELLINGTON charts but in the USLANCE pop An incredible talent charts!

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Community News Sailor’s new book reveals forgotten Marine’s life A sailor based at HMS Collingwood has revived an overlooked slice of history with a new book highlighting the career of Royal Marine Lieutenant (Lt) George Cutcher. Engineering Technician (Weapons Engineering)1 Richard M Jones specialises in researching and documenting forgotten historical events so was intrigued when a colleague showed him his greatgreat grandfather’s World War One diary. Offering to scan the fragile document and get it bound for the colleague to give as a family Christmas present, Richard realised he wanted to know more about Lt Cutcher especially when he was told of the impressive collection of memorabilia amassed by him over his long life.

George Cutcher’s diary

He was unable to fight in World War II but instead wrote letters to those who’d suffered in combat, drawing on his personal experiences of the stresses of war to raise morale and hope. George retired in 1962 and died aged 87 in February 1967. Richard Jones launched his new book about George’s life “The Diary of a Royal Marine, The Life and Times of George Cutcher” at a recent event in Gosport, attended by members of George’s family. His book is available from shipwreckdata@yahoo.co.uk and all profits will go to the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, RNRMC.

Some of George Cutcher’s memorabilia and photographs

Speaking of George Cutcher, Richard said, “I’d have loved to have met him, I think he’d have had a lot more stories than I’ve written but I’m proud to say his life is now remembered forever.”

In July 1896 George Cutcher was on his way to join the Royal Navy when a Royal Marines officer persuaded him to enrol in the Marines instead. From there, after basic training at Deal Barracks, George began his career at Spit Head during Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee Review of the Fleet.

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After serving on several ships across the world, George finally ended up at Dartmouth as a Physical Training Instructor where he managed to save the life of the future King Edward VIII during the latter’s over-ambitious gymnastic display! In July 1915 George served in the Gallipoli Campaign where British Forces alone lost over 21,000 men. Evacuated in January 1916 and promoted to Lieutenant, in June of that year George was then sent straight to another challenging combat zone – the Somme, where he took part in the Offensive. With his mental and physical health deteriorating, George was finally invalided back to the UK in March 1917 and ultimately left the Forces. Keeping his links to the sea, he became attendant of the Time Ball Tower at Deal which, at the time, was an essential aid to marine time-keeping and began his own Freemasonry Lodge – the Globe and Laurel Lodge, globe and laurel being the symbol of the Royal Marines.

ET(WE)1 Richard M Jones signing copies of his book “The Diary of a Royal Marine” for one of George Cutcher’s great-great grandchildren.

Successful Christmas collection by The Lions December was a full-on month for the Meon Valley Lions. Most evenings and Saturdays saw us out and about charity fundraising with Father Christmas, from East and West Meon in the north, down to Knowle in the south. It was great that Santa got to see so many excited children and thanks to some wonderful local support again this year, our Christmas collections raised £4,700.14 for our charity account. We’d like to thank everyone who donated so generously again in 2017 – you can be sure we will be working hard in 2018 to ensure it is spent wisely on local groups and individuals in need. 62 | The LOOP

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Each year, what turns up in our collections buckets becomes that little bit more intriguing and bizarre. In amongst the notes and coins, we also amassed an astounding assortment of foreign currency and random items, including US and Canadian dollars, Rupees, Colones (Costa Rica), something unidentifiable from the Middle East, a Gettone-Telefonico phone, some obsolete half-pence pieces, two buttons, a washer and a Philips cross-head screwdriver bit. The usable foreign currency was auctioned amongst the Lions for £15.20 and Lion Roger Morfill is now figuring out how to organise a holiday that takes in Europe, USA, Canada and Costa Rica via India, so he can spend the cash.


Community News Fareham man spends a week presenting cheques to local military charities Dr David Sanders is a lecturer living in Fareham. He is a Colonel in the Army Reserve and the Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Hampshire Trust. He has just spent a delightful week presenting a different cheque from the trust to a different local military charity Every working day.

Day Four - Photo Four - A cheque for £300 being received by Ivor Maddock, committee member for the local Parachute Association to support Territorial Army Veterans.

Day One - Photo One - A cheque for £300 being received by President of the local Royal Signals Association, Lt Col Gerry Corden (R Sigs Retired) with the Chair, Mrs Margaret Gillings, Secretary Mr John McKay and Treasurer, Mr Phil Percival.

Day Two - Photo Two - A cheque for £300 being received by the Treasurer and President of the local SAS Regimental Association, Mr John Tasker VR and Mr Andy Wood VR. Day Three - Photo Three - A cheque for £300 being received by Captain Brian Neville (Royal Navy Retired), the Treasurer of the local Soldiers Sailors Airmen Families Association.

Day Five - Photo Five - A cheque for £300 being received by local Ambulance Driver Richard King VR (Royal Signals Retired) to subsidise meals for veterans of 63 (SAS) Signal Squadron. Most of the money came from nearly £2,000 raised for The Hampshire Trust at a dinner for veterans of 63 (SAS) Signal Squadron to commemorate 50 years since the formation of their Squadron at Peronne Road in Portsmouth. The proceeds raised on the night went to the trust to be used for good causes. The event was organised by local man, Major (retired) Mark Davison and Isle of Wight man, Lt Col (retired) John Irvine. The remainder of the money will go towards good causes and a Families Day for the family of Squadron members. Dr David Sanders from Fareham said: “We were very grateful for the donation to the trust form the veterans and we are putting the money to good use. We are all very proud of the service that our local Territorial Army (now called the Army Reserve) have given to the Country over the past century.” contactus@loopmagazine.net

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Community News Resounding success for ‘Rocky Appeal’

HMS Collingwood welcomes new Commanding Officer

Despite the wind and rain on the day, hundreds attended the Christmas Charity Fayre in aid of the Rocky Appeal earlier this month, raising £2,054.00 for the Da Vinci Robotic Centre at QA Hospital.

Sailors and staff at HMS Collingwood have welcomed their new Commanding Officer, Captain Rob Vitali, to the Fareham establishment.

Jeannette Jones, local business owner and networking professional, worked tirelessly to bring the event to fruition, pooling her resources and calling on fellow networkers to volunteer on the day. A great opportunity for small business to display their wares and create a fabulous display of gifts and products for Christmas. Also wellbeing therapists and make-up artists and stylists, brought that extra special sparkle for customers to enjoy and relax and indulge in. Jeannette commented: “I am so grateful to everyone who braved the weather and came along to the event and for all those who helped with setting up, taking down and taking part in this event.

Photographs - Jeannette Jones event organiser - Stands and crowds attending the event at Portsmouth Football Club

“I personally was very humbled by people’s generosity and commitment to the event, giving not only money but also their time. “I would love to increase the money raised so if anyone would like to give their support to this cause please contact Jodie Young at Portsmouth Hospitals Charity to make a donation on 023 9228 6000 Ext: 5927 quoting Da Vinci Robotic Centre. Every penny helps. Thank you.”

Captain Vitali has taken Command of the 200-acre site together with the wider aspects of the Maritime Warfare School (MWS). His role encompasses the delivery of all Warfare and Weapon Engineering Training for Royal Navy Officers and Ratings and encompasses HMS Collingwood (Fareham), the Defence Diving School (Horsea Island), the Royal Navy School Photograph courtesy of Keith Woodland, of Physical Training Crown Copyright. Captain Vitali. (HMS Temeraire, Portsmouth), Naval Military Training Schools (various sites in UK) and Phoenix Training Group (HMS Excellent, Portsmouth). On assuming Command Captain Vitali said: “I am both privileged and excited to have taken command of HMS Collingwood and the Maritime Warfare School. Training and preparing our Sailors and Officers for a range of global maritime operations is a vital task and I am looking forward to the challenges ahead.”

Masonic Lodge give donation to Childrens Unit A local family have recently handed over a generous donation of £1500 on behalf of the Taverners Masonic Lodge to the Children’s Bubbles Fund at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham. 5 years ago, daughter Savannah suffered a stroke at aged 4. She was admitted to QA where she and her family spent a week in the Children’s Department where she made her recovery. Dad Ben Paterson said: “Our family has visited this Department quite a few times with various ailments over the years, Jacob is quite accident prone for example. I am part of a Masonic Lodge, the Taverners Lodge, and we had two chosen charities for 2017, one of which was The Children’s Bubbles Fund. We did various fundraising events throughout the year like a raffle, race night and ladies’ night. The service at QA has always been exceptional, there’s always plenty for the kids to do, so this money will go towards continuing that.” The Children’s Bubbles Fund resides within Portsmouth Hospitals Charity, based at QA. Portsmouth Hospitals Charity aims to support the patients of Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust by improving existing facilities and by providing additional equipment, supporting research programmes and innovation in the development of services and education to both patients and staff. 64 | The LOOP

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Left to right: Jacob Paterson, Ben Paterson, Savannah Paterson


An award winning American artist holds an exhibition An award winning American artist holds an exhibition in Sherfieldon-Loddon, Hook this March. Marjorie Collins, who is known for her floral still life paintings, will exhibit 30 of her watercolours at Sherfield Gallery at Sherfield School from Friday 16th March when there is a private view from 6.00 to 7.00pm. The exhibition then runs until Thursday 19th April. Viewing is by appointment from 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday. “One of my favourite paintings in the exhibition is A Passion for Peppers,” says Marjorie, who lives in Oxford. “It was inspired by the colourful assortment of peppers I saw in the supermarket - in fact when I was looking at them, I ran into a friend who asked ‘are you going to cook or paint these?’ I replied that by the time I would be finished painting them, they would not be fit for cooking or eating.” Marjorie likes to paint reflections and has a large collection of metal bowls. She will often combine one or more with colourful food backed by a complimentary fabric usually geometric in pattern.

Take part in the Southampton Marathon for QA Hospital Charity

Portsmouth Hospitals Charity based at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham are looking for fundraisers to take part in the Southampton Marathon on Sunday 22nd April 2018. The race starts and finishes in Southampton city centre with the run course passing iconic local landmarks such as the Bargate, QE2 Anchor, Itchen Bridge and The Common. The registration fee for the Southampton Marathon is just £30 and the minimum sponsorship amount is £300. Funds raised will be donated to a Ward or Department of your choice within Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust or The Rocky Appeal. If you would love to take part in a run event, but feel you aren’t quite ready for a Marathon just yet, the charity are also looking for fundraisers to take part in the Southampton Half Marathon or 10K run. The registration fee for the Half Marathon is £20, with a minimum sponsorship amount of £200 and the registration fee for the 10K run is just £15 with a minimum sponsorship amount of £150. For more information and to register your place, please contact the Fundraising Team on 023 9228 6000 Ext: 5927 or email fundraising@porthosp.nhs.uk

A Passion for Peppers - full size 30” x 22”

Portsmouth Hospitals Charity aims to support the patients of Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust by improving existing facilities and by providing additional equipment, supporting research programmes and innovation in the development of services and education to both patients and staff. The charity supports all of the Wards and Departments across the Trust and you can choose to support and fundraise for an area of the hospital that is close to your heart.

Seven-year clean sweep for Eastleigh’ StreetScene team Eastleigh’s StreetScene team is celebrating picking up a prestigious national award – for the seventh year running.

performance indicators, including quality, value-for-money and the way an organisation develops its workforce.

The Borough Council’s Street Cleansing Service was again declared Best Overall Performer by the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) at an awards ceremony in Blackpool. The team first picked up the award in 2011.

With a seven-year clean sweep, Eastleigh’s StreetScene Services’ achievement is unsurpassed. In a competition that attracts submissions from more than 250 local authorities across the UK, no other council service in the country has been voted the UK’s Best Street Cleansing Service more than twice.

Further success was achieved by the authority’s Parks, Open Spaces and Waste & Recycling Services teams, who were ‘highly commended’ at the same event, having made the list of finalists in the Best Overall Performer and Most Improved categories. APSE is the organisation dedicated to promoting quality in the delivery of frontline services to local communities. Its awards are based on independently verified data, assessed against a range of

Eastleigh Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment & Sustainability, Councillor Rupert Kyrle, congratulated the teams. He said: “Our teams take huge pride in keeping Eastleigh’s neighbourhoods and shopping centres pleasant places to live, work and visit. Being voted the UK’s best street cleansing service for the seventh year running – and performing so well in other categories - reflects their hard work and dedication and is a real feather in the Borough’s cap.” contactus@loopmagazine.net

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What’s On Gosport and District Organ Club 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, our Meetings are held at the Baptist Church, Stubbington, Jays Close at 7.30pm second Wednesday of the month. We are a very sociable group and have a Book Club, Theatre Trips, Lunch Outings, Walking & occasional coach trips so do come along and give us a try! A Happy New Year to all. Contact number 01329 845619.

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. 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

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 Margaret Bradbury on 01489 577880. 66 | The LOOP

Fareham Flower Club meets at 7.15pm on the second Thursday of each month at the United Reformed Church, Osborn Road South, Fareham. Enjoy beautiful flower arranging demonstrations, workshops and outings with friendly members. New members and visitors are always welcome. Contact Val on 01329 314844 if you require further information. Learn Italian today! Learn to speak this beautiful language with a truly Italian tutor, one to one and group lessons available in Southampton. For more information call 07448 580425 or email italiancourse@outlook.com Warsash Choral Society We urgently need extra voices to come and sing these beautiful works. 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. 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. Hill Park WI meet at WI Hall, Oak Road (Highlands Road end) at 2.00pm on the 1st Tuesday of each month. We are a small, friendly institute who have a choir and a craft group. We arrange theatre trips, outings, coffee mornings and occasional meals out. Please come along and see for yourself. WI Meetings Bishop’s Waltham, The Church Hall, Free Street, SO32 1EE 3rd Tuesday at 7.30pm Bitterne, The Wesley Centre, Whites Rd, Bitterne SO19 7NP 3rd Thursday at 1.45pm 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 at 7.15pm Bursledon, Village Hall, Long Lane, Bursledon, SO31 8BZ 3rd Wednesday at 2.00pm

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Fareham Flyers, Fareham Methodist Church Hall, Kings Road, Fareham, PO16 ONU 2nd Wednesday 2nd at 10.00am

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

Fareham Park, WI Hall, Oak Road, Fareham, PO15 5HX 3rd Thursday at 7.30pm

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

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 Hedge End, 2000 Centre, St. John’s Road SO30 4AF 4th Tuesday at 7.30pm Hill Park WI, WI Hall, Oak Rd, PO15 5HY (Highlands Rd end) 1st Tuesday at 2.00pm. Lee-on-the-Solent, Community Centre, 51 Twyford Lee-onSolent, PO13 8JU Last Thursday at 2.15pm Locks Heath, St John’s Church Hall, Locks Heath Park Road, Locks Heath SO31 6LW 3rd Thursday morning at 10.00am Sarisbury Green, Sarisbury Green Community Centre, 3rd Thursday of the month at 1.45pm

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 Wallington Hall, Fareham. 3rd Thursday of each month at 7.30pm Waltham Chase, Village Hall, Winchester Road, Waltham Chase, SO32 2LX 2nd Tuesday at 7.30pm Warsash Victory Hall, 27 Warsash Road, SO31 9HW Last Thursday at 2.00pm Whiteley Wags, Whiteley Primary School, Gull Coppice, Whiteley, PO15 7LA 2nd Thursday at 7.30pm.

Lee Players next production Lee Players next production is ‘Love on the Beach’, a comedy by Raymond Hopkins. This tells the story of a widower who makes a ‘bucket list’ of things to do before he dies. Hiring the services of a mature lady escort is one of the items on his list which does not turn out the way he planned: – Crofton Hall Theatre, Crofton Community Centre, Stubbington, Thu 22nd, Fri 23rd, Sat 24th March 2018. Curtain 8.00pm. Tickets £10.00, to include programme and a hot drink, from 01329 662128, or Crofton Community Centre, or on the door on the night.

Bishop’s Waltham Gardening Club Wednesday 28th March – A presentation by Mary Holliday-Bishop Frank Kingdom Ward ‘Last of the Great Plant Hunters’ “From an early age he had been fired with a burning urge for botanical exploration.” Hear about his amazing life at The Junior School Ridgemede 7.30pm (doors open 7.15pm), Raffle, Refreshments, Club News. Visitors (non-Members) £2: Members free. Plus;

Members Spring Show Class 1; 5 Stems Daffodils/Narcissi Class 2: Pot of Bulbs (pot not to exceed 10” - 25cm - diameter) Class 3; 5 Stems, any Spring Flowers (except Daffodils/Narcissi) Class 4; 3 Stems Flowering Shrub


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