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Fashion

Early 2020 By Thomas Marrington

Thanks in part to fashion houses such as Isabel Marant, Alexander McQueen and Simone Rocha, we saw on the Spring 2020 runways an increase in a heavily embellished, handcrafted approach to clothing. You don’t have to go all out - even having something subtle can be more effective than an overload of embellishments as it helps the eye zero in - but the level of crazy you go to depends entirely on your own comfort level. Two options that are much more easily available than their designer counterparts come from H&M and Zara. At only £15.99, Zara’s offering is a simple black t-shirt with a high neck and delicate sequin and beading details around the arms. Perfect for those not looking to draw too much attention, it's a super-easy way to wear the trend. The embellishments are limited to easily coverable parts of the garment - throw on a coat or a jumper and no one would be any the wiser. H&M’s beaded wool-blend jumper comes in at a higher price point of £69.99, but for that, you get alpaca blend wool with pearl-like beaded embroidery covering the sleeves, neckline and front of the turtleneck jumper. It’s a little more in your face than Zara’s t-shirt, but it's sure to keep you warm and cosy without any of the drudgeries of a normal cardigan.

The festive season is over, and all the lights are down. January and February can feel bleak, but with a couple of seasonal wardrobe tweaks, you can add a little lift to your day as well as your look. I love the holidays so much, but unlike most people, I also don’t mind the transition into the New Year. The thing about stepping into a new year, and in this case a new decade, is the promise of a fresh start. Nevertheless, those harsh winter months can feel especially tough to bear without the promise of Christmas on the horizon getting us through. Rather than abandoning all joviality once the festive period passes over, consider bringing some of the glitz and sparkle of the holidays with you into 2020.

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It’s unusual to find a company with a number of women maintaining the smooth day to day running of a business. What we have found is that when a position has been advertised there have been a significantly higher proportion of women applying for the roles, than men. The attention to detail throughout the arrangements is critical and whether it be a floral tribute or the appearance of an order of service, women have an outstanding eye for detail that very often their male counterparts don’t have. In so many ways this has helped A H Freemantle become better at connecting with its clients emotionally. We don’t just show empathy, but also sympathy through understanding how raw and exposed grief can leave you feeling. The ‘macho’ image of dealing with grief by side-lining it, or using dark humour to mask it, is becoming an idea of the past. At all times A H Freemantle works in the clients best interests, within an industry with a poor track record in client care.

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P&O Cruises announces new brand ambassador: Gary Barlow P&O Cruises is delighted to announce one of the UK’s most successful musicians, Gary Barlow, as its new brand ambassador, with the pioneering partnership set to fuse music with amazing travel experiences for guests on board. Multi-award winning singer, songwriter, producer, musician and member of one of the biggest groups in British music history, Take That, Gary’s debut role will be as musical director of The 710 Club on Iona, the contemporary new P&O Cruises flagship to be launched in May this year. As musical director of The 710 Club, Gary is set to make Iona’s intimate music bar the most exciting live music venue at sea. Showcasing an eclectic range of performances, curated to appeal to British music lovers, this atmospheric late-night music venue will offer an opportunity for up-and-coming musicians to get their break. Gary will also perform at Iona’s naming celebration which kicks off IonaFest, the UK’s most exciting new floating festival which is a

seven night cruise to the Norwegian Fjords from Southampton on July 4, 2020. P&O Cruises president, Paul Ludlow, said: “We are immensely proud to have someone of Gary’s stature and talent working with us as brand ambassador. Gary’s impressive career speaks for itself and he will bring his vision and personality to our new The 710 Club; from guiding the resident band, selecting future performers and playlists and even shaping the interiors and signature cocktails. “We’re excited that our guests can be a part of it and they will have the opportunity to watch Gary light up Iona’s theatre for some extraordinary performances in dazzling surroundings. This collaboration highlights our commitment to providing world-class entertainment on Iona that places music firmly at its heart.” Gary Barlow added: “I want The 710 Club to be a celebration of great music and great talent. As its musical director, I want to give a unique experience for people who love music as much as I do. “Music has been such a massive part of my life – and taken me on so many journeys and adventures. I’m hoping to pass this on to all the guests in my club.” Gary will also join guests on two Iona holidays in 2020 for exclusive performances*: Iona G018 departing Southampton on 29 August for the Norwegian Fjords and Iona G025 departing Southampton on 31 October for Spain and Portugal. For more information or to book, call P&O Cruises on 03453 555 111, visit www.pocruises.com/garybarlow or visit a travel agent.

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The Tesla Cybertruck

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by SAM ALLIBONE Tesla’s new Cybertruck has possibly the most radical design ever seen on a pick-up truck, or most other vehicles for that matter. The Cybertruck is angular, simplistic and cutting-edge and is sure to score a large section of the pick-up market. The front features a single light strip and a boxy design, with a peaked roof that meets in the middle of the body. The rear of the truck is largely the same, constructed from stainless steel throughout. This means the Cybertruck can withstand bullets, aided by the reinforced windows. To the rear, the truck’s bed can be covered by a panelled section for protection and safety. The exterior styling might be a bit marmite – some will love it, others won’t – but the performance figures are anything but unimpressive. 0-62mph can take as little as 2.9 seconds, which is an unbelievable time from a pick-up truck. This is, of course, with the truck unladen, so use up the 1588kg payload and this time will likely increase substantially. It’s only the tri motor variant that can reach the 2.9 second 0-62mph sprint. The Cybertruck is also offered with a dual or single motor set-up, doing the sprint in 4.5 seconds and 6.5 seconds

respectively – still giving the famous Golf GTI a run for it’s money. The showcase presentation wasn’t all plain sailing for Tesla though. Whilst emphasising the Cybertruck’s bullet-resistant qualities, Tesla's head of design, Franz von Holzhausen, threw a metal ball at the front window to demonstrate, which proceeded to smash. Repeating the action with the rear window, the same thing happened. CEO Elon Musk joked that there is still ‘room for improvement’.

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Computer Know How! – As we enter into the next decade, we take a look at how to protect your privacy when accessing the World Wide Web… In this edition of Computer Know How! - More secure options for your day to day interactions on the web – from making Google Chrome more secure, to using a different Web Browser, and even a Search Engine designed with privacy in mind. And more reasons to use a Password Manager.

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3. Windows Defender Browser Protection Windows Defender Browser Protection Google Chrome Incognito extension for Google Chrome allows you to add an additional layer of protection when If you share your device, but you would rather that the other users cannot see which browsing online. The extension alerts you web pages you have accessed, you can use about known malicious links, and gives you a clear path back to safety. Google Chrome Incognito mode: 1. On your computer, open Chrome. 2. At the top right, click More New Incognito Window. 3. A new window appears. Check for the Incognito icon . Chrome won’t save the following information: • Your browsing history • Cookies and site data • Information entered in forms Google Chrome Security Extensions A browser extension is a small software module for customising the web browser behaviour. There are hundreds or even thousands available for Google Chrome in the Chrome Web Store, and while Google has done a good job building a safe and secure

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4. AdBlock Block ads and pop-ups on YouTube, Facebook, Twitch, and your favourite websites.

Web Browser Privacy The Brave browser is built with Chromium (the engine that power Chrome), so it has a familiar feel, but it has been designed with privacy in mind. It blocks all ads and trackers by default, but, if you want to see selected ads, you can, and you can be rewarded for doing so. Brave was released November 2019 and already hs >8 Million users. It’s an interesting take on the traditional approach, and it may work for you. https://brave.com/


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New Year, New Decade time to visit New Zealand

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Zealanders are. The quietly confident, no nonsense, can do attitude allows them to go that extra mile in making sure your holiday of a lifetime is a wonderful memory that last forever. Amity Travel specialise in tailoring holidays to your own personal needs and understand what makes their clients come back and say “WOW we can’t wait to go again”. Part of that is down to the choice of accommodation that they offer, from boutique B&B’s, eco lodges and farmhouses right through to elite private homes, the one thing they have in common is that you will be staying


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are plenty of opportunities in New Zealand to do just that. Food is a big part of New Zealand life; with so many wineries dotted around the country the opportunity to have a Champagne picnic seems to arise just about everywhere, from the top of Mountains to sailing through the fjords. One of the most unusual eateries has to be Nins Bin at Kaikoura, a caravan perched along the shore where you can choose your own

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Lobster and Crayfish before sitting down to enjoy your meal whilst spotting seals. Sea food is always going to be a winner and one of the best can be found at Moeraki, half way between Dunedin and Christchurch, Fleurs Place at the Old Jetty looks nothing more than a shack but is reputed to offer some of the best sea food in New Zealand with such winners as Oyster Pie and Shellfish Hot Pot.


With so many gastronomic opportunities along your holiday, a spot of exercise never goes amiss and what better way than a guided walk along the Milford Track which incorporates a cruise along Lake Te Anau or the Routeburn track taking in the spectacular Routeburn Falls near Queenstown. It was once said that New Zealand was closed for business that is definitely not the case anymore, so if you are looking at a holiday in New Zealand, where better to start than talking with the travel experts at Amity Travel tailor Made.

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Fareham College Recognised for Engagement with Employers in Association of Colleges Beacon Awards

● Fareham College has been selected as a finalist in the Association of Colleges Beacon Awards 2019/20 for the City & Guilds Award for College Engagement with Employers ● The Association of Colleges Beacon Awards celebrate the best and most innovative practice among UK further education colleges

Fareham College has been selected as a finalist in the Association of Colleges (AoC) Beacon Awards 2019/20 for the City & Guilds Award for College Engagement with Employers. The not-for-profit Association of Colleges, is the national voice for further education, sixth form, tertiary and specialist colleges in England. Now in their landmark 25th year, the AoC’s prestigious Beacon Awards honour the best and most innovative practice among UK further education colleges. One of eight Award categories, the City & Guilds Award for College Engagement with Employers seeks to recognise exemplary practice in the delivery of provision: responsive to the needs of employers. Fareham College has been selected as a finalist in the City & Guilds category for an innovative initiative which seeks to ensure that the future training and skills requirements for civil engineering and construction businesses in the Solent region, and beyond, are met. An estimated £15 billion worth of construction-based development is planned in Hampshire alone over the next five years. However, the sector is currently unable to meet the demand for skills required to deliver these economically crucial construction projects. In response to this skills shortage, Fareham Magazine #GetInTheLOOP 28

College and the Solent Civil Engineering Employer Group have worked in collaboration to design a highly innovative Civil Engineering and Groundworks Training Initiative, comprising a bespoke apprenticeship programme, workforce upskilling, and a purpose-built Civil Engineering Training Centre to deliver this specialist employer-led curriculum. “Employability is at the heart of the Fareham College mindset. Working together with employers to directly address a recognised sector challenge, through the development of a skilled workforce, is invaluable for our students, for our employers and for the local and regional economic development as a whole” says Andrew Kaye, Principal and Chief Executive at Fareham College. “To be recognised for our efforts towards employer engagement as a finalist in the AoC Beacon Awards is an excellent achievement for the College and our partners.” The new £4.1 million Civil Engineering Training Centre at Fareham College will have the capacity to deliver a wide range of apprenticeships and professional development courses, facilitating the ongoing success of the initiative in meeting the sector’s demands. Applications to study at the Civil Engineering Training Centre at Fareham College are now open to start training in March 2020. Applications will close on Friday 17 January 2020. The AoC Beacon Award winners will be announced at the TES FE Awards in association with the AoC Beacon Awards national Award Ceremony in London on Friday 20th March 2020. For more information please visit: www.fareham.ac.uk www.aoc.co.uk


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Students speak their mind in Rotary competition! Once again the youth of Fareham excelled themselves in the Group round for ‘Youth Speaks’ with their public speaking skills on Monday evening 20th January organised by the Rotary Clubs of Fareham and Fareham Meon. This event has been taking place in the Council Chamber of Fareham Borough Council for many years and this time involved students from Boundary Oak School and Henry Cort Community College in Fareham. The competition is called ‘Rotary Youth Speaks – A Debate’ and had some fascinating topics: Henry Cort chose ‘This house believes that the voting age should be lowered to 16’ and also ‘This house believes that the NHS should never be privatised’ - both being given by Senior teams from the College. Boundary Oak chose interesting topics too: ‘This house believes that video games can be harmful to young people’ (by their Intermediate team) and also ‘This house believes that quality of life in the 21st century is the highest it has ever been’ given by their Senior team. The judges were the Mayor of Fareham, Councillor Mrs Pamela Bryant; President of the Rotary Club of Fareham Meon Geoff Smith, together with Rotarian John Landaw from the Rotary Club of Fareham. Prizes were presented by the President of the Rotary Club of Fareham, Michael Cleaves, said ‘I congratulate all the students who worked so hard to debate these important subjects and also thank the teachers and parents who have supported them. I feel sure the skills they have acquired will prove useful in their future careers.’

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In conclusion President Michael thanked all the teams that took part and said how impressed he had been by the debates. The two winning teams - Henry Cort on lowering the voting age and Boundary Oak on video games - now go on to the next round on Thursday 13th February at Admiral Lord Nelson School in Portsmouth. Photos show: 1. Photo of President of the Rotary Club of Fareham with the judging panel L-R: Rtn John Landaw; President of the Rotary Club of Fareham Michael Cleaves; the Mayor of Fareham Councillor Mrs Pamela Bryant; President of the Rotary Club of Fareham Meon Geoff Smith. 2. Winning Senior team - Henry Cort Community College: L-R Ryan, William and Ryan (they are holding the larger trophy) for ‘This house believes that the voting age should be lowered to 16’. 3. Winning Intermediate team – Boundary Oak: L-R Oliver, Iker and Grace (holding the smaller trophy) for ‘This house believes that video games can be harmful to young people’


“My 50th Birthday Bucket List and other Ramblings” – by Lesley Charlton

(50 Adventures and Challenges for the armchair traveller!) They say you can’t judge a book by its cover, and you certainly can’t tell just by looking at someone, but did you know there is an author and adventurer living close by and you can meet her in Lee-on-the-Solent on Saturday 7th March! Lesley Charlton is the type of person who has a go at everything she is challenged to do. Her eyes light up whenever people say ‘you can’t do that’ and she seems to relish achieving more than most folk will ever do just by sheer guts and determination! Lesley has been known to thrown herself out of aircraft for sky dives and explore coral reefs when scuba diving around the world. More recently she has ridden the longest zip line in Europe; faced the unknown with a ghost walk through secret tunnels; and went to Marrakech for white water rafting in the High Atlas mountains sleeping under the stars each night. Will that do for starters?! To do her bit to protect the Earth, Lesley is donating part of the book’s proceeds to The Travel Foundation https://www.thetravelfoundation.org.uk/ to recognise, as they say, that ‘if we do tourism right, destinations won’t just survive they’ll thrive’. It’s a great time for her to do the signing, at The Book Shop in High Street in Lee, as it falls in

the week when World Book Day is celebrated which encourages others to read and have confidence. It’s also the day before International Women’s Day. As Lesley said: “I am very much looking forward to meeting people who have an interest in pursuing their dreams and taking up new challenges.” From two on-line reviews, by those who have already bought this exciting book, they say: ‘Loved it and so well written. I love the ramblings and of course the bucket list!’ (by KL). Also: ‘I received my copy and I am ignoring what I need to be doing and enjoying this book. The problem is that, when I put it down to do something and return, I find my husband is reading it. I should have bought two!’ (by JGC). The book can be posted if that is easier. The last of the challenges Lesley was set in her 50th year was to write a book about her Bucket List Challenges – I think she has done that in style! So, if you want inspiration to achieve everything you can in life, why not go along to meet Lesley on 7th March from 10:30-13:30. Lesley inherited her wanderlust from her father, Les Harris, who instilled in her the courage to follow her dreams - now let her help you to do that too!

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Health & Wellbeing Success for Locks Heath Swim School The weekend of 30th November and 1st December was spent at Waterlooville as LHSS competed at the Peter Bull Meet. The consisted of 113 swims in total, 75 personal best, they children won a total of 6 gold medals, 8 silver and 9 bronze. The team welcomed Isla Fox and Harrison Plaw; this was a first swim meet for both children. Well done both great efforts from you both. County times were secured over the weekend which is a great achievement, Lucy Selby in the 200 free, Daisy Smith is 50 free and 200 fly, Josh Beadsworth in 50 back and Jacob Knapp in the 50 back. Young Ella Henderson kicked the weekend off by winning silver in the 50 fly. Ella went on to also secure gold in the 200 back. Leila McNamara managed to win bronze in the 200 breast and silver in 100 breasts Owen Berry is fairly new to competing secured gold in the 50 back. Sophie Bagby another relatively new swimmer when it comes to competing won bronze in 200 and 100 breast. Jacob Knapp won silver in his 50 back along with securing a county time. Toby Ellis secured gold in the 50 m back, silver 100 free, bronze in 200 IM and 50 breast Josh Beadsworth won bronze in 3 of his races the 50 fly, 100 free and 50 back Charlotte Aris won gold in the 200 IM and Ruby Goddard bronze in the 200IM. Ruby also won

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gold in the 100 back and silver in 50 free. Daisy Smith managed to win a silver medal in the 200 fly to go with her county time. Also, gold in 50 free. Finley Taplin won bronze in 50 breast. Lucy Selby won silver in the 100IM. Coach Lynda Reid said â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Another fantastic Meet for LHSS. We have had a great start to the new season and looking forward to 2020. https://www.locksheathswimschool.co.uk/


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Health & Wellbeing New report shows more to do to reduce disabled people’s inactivity Four in five disabled people want to be more active but demand is not being met. Only two in five feel they are given the opportunity to be as active as they would like to be. Worryingly, this level of inequality is resulting in a more negative experience, including social isolation for many disabled people. The findings come from a ground-breaking report released by Activity Alliance today, involving more than 2000 respondents. Activity Alliance’s Annual Disability and Activity Survey is supported by Sport England. It gives an in-depth comparison of disabled and non-disabled adults’ experiences of sport and activity. Key findings include: • Four in five (81%) disabled adults want to do more activity than they currently do compared with fewer than three in five (57%) non-disabled people. • Just four in 10 (40%) disabled people feel they are given the opportunity to be as active as they would like to be compared with seven in 10 (71%) non-disabled people. • Disabled people are half as likely as non-disabled people to agree that ‘sport’ is for someone like them (32% vs 63%). • Seven in ten disabled people are motivated to be active to improve or maintain their physical health. • Two in five (41%) disabled people said a fear of losing benefits prevents them from trying to be more active. • Two in three (67%) disabled people said they would listen to GPs, doctors and nurses about taking part in activity. Statistics continue to show disabled people are twice as likely to be inactive as non-disabled people[1]. This new report helps readers to understand the motivations, barriers and scope for improvement in more detail. The report concludes with three recommendations for sport, health and other sectors to work towards: 1. To address the wider determinants of inactivity 2. Design and lead a choice of accessible activities

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3. Challenge perceptions through inclusive and accessible communications Barry Horne, Chief Executive for Activity Alliance, says: “For the first time, we are able to compare perceptions and experiences of disabled people to non-disabled people. It is a new step in gathering a snapshot of real life for a huge number of people in our population. “We want to achieve fairness for disabled people in sport and activity, a position where disabled people are as active as non-disabled people. The findings provide robust insight to Activity Alliance and our partners. This report will be key to helping us and others to change the reality of disability, inclusion and sport.” Activity Alliance’s Annual Disability and Activity Survey complements Sport England’s Active Lives Adult Survey. With the focus on disabled people, this report goes into greater detail on perceptions, experiences and important issues. Future years will enable Activity Alliance and partners to compare and contrast gaps and trends in the market. Tim Hollingsworth, Chief Executive, Sport England, says: “At Sport England we are all too aware that there’s an unacceptably high gap in activity levels between disabled and non-disabled people, and that despite a desire to be more active, many disabled people are missing out on the range of benefits that can be gained through physical activity. “Activity Alliance’s first Annual Survey increases our insight into this issue and throws down a challenge to all in the physical activity sector: to use this new understanding to make sure that far more disabled people can get active in a way that is right for them. It’s a challenge that personally I know we must take up.”


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The findings cover seven topics: 1. Wellbeing Throughout all measures, disabled people consistently reported poorer wellbeing than non-disabled people. Disabled people are a large proportion of our society – one in five people. Yet, more than two in five (43%) rated their health as poor or very poor. Disabled people were also twice as likely as non-disabled people to say they feel lonely. 2. Perceptions of sport and active recreation Disabled people had a less positive perception of, and relationship to, sport and active recreation, compared to non-disabled people. The word ‘sport’ has a considerable negative impact with disabled people being half as likely to agree that sport was for someone like them. (32% vs 63%). Due to sport being perceived as social, fast-paced and competitive. Physical activity, meanwhile, was associated with health and leisure. 3. Barriers and motivators for activity Disabled people were motivated to be active by physical and mental wellbeing, but still feel their impairment is a significant barrier. Most disabled people (84%) reported that a long-term health condition, impairment or illness stops them doing as much sport or physical activity as they would like. More than half of disabled people mentioned their impairment as the sole barrier to being more active. 4. Benefits and financial assistance Previous research from ‘The Activity Trap: Disabled people’s fear of being active’, has shown that benefits and financial assistance may play a crucial role in disabled people’s activity levels. Survey results show that seven in ten disabled people respondents who received benefits said they rely on this financial assistance to be active. More than two in five (41%) disabled people said a fear of their benefits or financial assistance being taken away prevents them from trying to be more active.

5. Types of activity The report shows that half of disabled people (50%) said they currently take part on their own. They were relatively evenly split between wanting to be active with a mix of disabled and non-disabled people (25%), alone (29%) or having no preference (29%). The report also showed that 7% would prefer to be active with other disabled people with similar impairments to themselves. 6. Organised activity sessions and leaders Just one in four (24%) disabled people had taken part in an organised activity session in the last year (vs 42% of non-disabled people). Disabled people generally found being included in activity sessions more important than non-disabled people. 7. Information and advertising The way information about opportunities to take part in sport and physical activity is communicated is crucial. The report reinforces the influence health and sport professionals have in enabling more disabled people to become active. Two in three (67%) said they would listen to GPs, doctors or nurses about taking part in sport and physical activity. Almost half (45%) of disabled people chose websites as an important information source. Around a third (35%) of disabled people chose medical practices and professionals, compared to just 13% of non-disabled people. Download the reports and detailed recommendations via www.activityalliance.org.uk/annual-survey Use #ActivityAllianceSurvey to share your thoughts about this report on social media. Find us on Twitter @AllForActivity.

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Health & Wellbeing EVERYONE IS WELCOME AT THE RACE FOR LIFE PORTSMOUTH THIS year, everyone is invited to Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life and Pretty Muddy in Portsmouth. The charity’s much-loved events are returning to the town but are no longer restricted to female participants. This means everybody can be part of the empowering Race for Life movement – and show support for the 51,400 people diagnosed with cancer every year in the South East. The Pretty Muddy events take place on Southsea Common on Saturday July 11 and Race for Life 5km & 10km on Sunday July 12 and are open to people of all ages and abilities. Georgina Horne, Cancer Research UK’s Event Manager for Hampshire, said: “This year, our Race for Life events are open to everyone. “We’re sending a heart-felt message to a nybody who’s thought about signing up in the past but for one reason or another hasn’t got round to it. This is your year – please seize the opportunity to register and become part of the Race for Life community. She added: “Our events are fun, colourful, emotional and uplifting. Participants take part at their own pace – taking as much time as they like to complete the course. For some people, the Race for Life is literally a walk in the park. For others, it’s a jog or a run.“Although ‘Race’ features in the name, our events are not competitive. Instead, ‘the Race for Life’ is about our doctors, nurses and scientists working as hard and fast as possible to help more people survive.”

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Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is an inspiring series of 5k, 10k, Pretty Muddy and Pretty Muddy Kids events which raise millions of pounds every year to help beat cancer by funding crucial research. Georgina continued: “This year, we’re urging mums, dads, nans, grandpas, brothers, sisters, friends and workmates to show their support by joining the Race for Life. It’s a perfect example of everyday people doing an extraordinary thing – uniting in a common cause to beat cancer.” Cancer Research UK receives no Government funding for its ground-breaking research. That’s why money raised through the Race for Life events is vital. It funds world-class research to help beat 200 types of cancer – including bowel cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer, testicular cancer, brain cancer, children’s cancers and leukaemia. Georgina said: “The Race for Life is a powerful, inspirational movement which unites participants in Hampshire with people across the South East and the whole of the UK.“People get together and remember loved ones lost or celebrate the lives of those who have survived. At the same time, they are helping to make a difference to people with the disease, right now. “Please go to the Race for Life website, choose an event, and sign up today.”

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It’s time for organisations to step up on sustainability Join Minerva in stepping up your sustainability credentials to secure your business purpose, processes and products now and in the future ‘Growing Sustainably’ Workshops are being held in Hampshire and Dorset in 2020 by Minerva to help businesses, organisations and charities start and progress their journey to a sustainable future. Why attend? Today’s clients, customers and members will consider an organisation’s sustainability credentials before deciding to join them, or buy their products and services. Environmental measures are now widely acknowledged as critical for long-term business success - yet with so many organisations merely ‘green-washing’ their activities, the term is in danger of becoming meaningless. This workshop will explore why true and active sustainability is important – both globally and in relation to your own business. Who should attend? Business owners, senior managers and those responsible for growth and/or reputation within SMEs, start-up businesses, charities and organisations. Each workshop is limited to 25 attendees, to provide plenty of opportunity for personal

interaction and networking. Why bother with Sustainability? Although an individual SME can only make a proportionately small environmental impact, collectively SMEs’ impact can be equal to or more than that of all major companies. Business leaders agree that active sustainability practise is a now major part of securing a business’s commercial future. What’s in it for you? Hear from organisations already on their journey to an environmentally sustainable future and discuss with other like-minded people how to tackle this burning issue. Share your own experiences with others. By setting-out clear realistic goals, the half-day workshops will provide a clear return on investment. Next workshops • Laverstoke Park Farm Education Centre, Hampshire: 25th February 2020 - buy tickets here • Kingston Maurward College, Dorset: 28th April 2020 - buy tickets here Tickets for each event are just £20 (inc. VAT) per attendee, including refreshments and lunch. https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/01/company-directors-step-up-sustainability/

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FINANCE AND LEGAL 40 years in Business and still loving it

Local Outsourced Finance Director, Colin Bielckus of Whiteley, Fareham celebrates his 40th year in Business this month. When he started out in an accountancy practice Colin never thought he would reach the dizzy heights he has done in the four decades of his career. Colin commented, “The span of knowledge and business acumen accrued over the years has kept me in good stead plus working with my daughter, Penelope, on her travel blogging business keeps me up to date with the latest technology and social media platforms too. “It never ceases to amaze me how far the business world has come in four decades. Keeping one step ahead of the game these days and diversifying your business to suit the current trends and markets is vital. “Occupation changes and new careers developing with the ever-evolving business arena means you need to keep a very open mind and build a strong network of professionals in all sorts of areas of business to take up opportunities and act immediately.

“I still love what I do and despite doing it for forty years it’s not boring at all, honestly! It has changed so much, and you must move with it. Business owners need more than a set of accounts these days, it’s much more than that they need advice, guidance and coaching too.” To know more about The Outsourced Finance Director, and his extensive knowledge visit http://www.the-ofd.com/

Tecsew Graduates from Oxford! Tecsew is pleased to announce that MD and founder, John Bland has graduated from Oxford University, following his acceptance into the GS10KSB UK alumni community last July! John previously made beneficial appearances at the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses UK programme early 2019. The graduation was originally meant to take place on December the 9th and was rescheduled to Monday 13th January 2020. After the ceremony, John spoke of his delight, “Attending this rewarding programme has been really valuable, and has been vital towards the Tecsew Group of Companies growth plan. After graduating this week with my fellow cohorts, I can’t think of anything better to start off 2020! Well done all!” Funded by Goldman Sachs and the Goldman Sachs Foundation, the prestigious programme

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IN BRIEF: Separated Parents and Co-Parenting What is Co-Parenting?

Co-Parenting is the term given to parents who do not live together, either through divorce, separation, relationship breakup or simply because they never have lived together. Unfortunately, Co-Parenting can be full of conflict, with disharmony and unfriendliness being fuelled by a lack of communication and/or miscommunication. Non-resident parents can feel left out or pushed aside, that their wishes and feelings are ignored, overlooked or marginalised; resident parents can feel overwhelmed and besieged with responsibility. This myriad of emotions can lead to frustration, irritation and disappointment, which in turn can lead to indifference, disagreement and conflict. Communication is key for any successful relationship. However, technology like social media and instant messaging is a double edged sword. It can easily lead to miscommunication, anxiety and disputes. However, there are many different apps available to help families, regardless of whether or not you are living under the same roof. Different apps offer different options, some are paid for monthly or annually whilst others are free.

Some of the services available include: • Shared calendar • Medical history • GP, Dentist and Optician details • School details • Details of child(ren) including age, clothes and shoe size • Allergies and/or medicines • Contact schedule • Hobbies/parties/extra-curricular activities schedule • Handover notes • Language moderator • Journal • Child-related expenses record 42

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The purpose and aim of co-parenting apps is to: • simplify, document, and improve communication; • prevent and reduce unnecessary conflict or hostilities; • provide easy access to records and downloadable reports; • reduce confusion over scheduling; • track and share appointments and parenting schedules; • record requests for changes to parenting schedules, collection and drop off times; • keep your files, contacts and communications in one place; • improve energy and focus on children; • provide a safe, secure and neutral forum for parents. Learning to live apart can be challenging and fraught with emotion, but a co-parenting app can alleviate unnecessary pressures and allow you to work together for the benefit of the children as well as help you, as parents, to rebuild and strengthen your relationship. There is no doubt that co-parenting can be difficult, acrimonious and hostile, but co-parenting apps are one way that can make the transition easier and calmer. We understand how difficult it can be to parent, that complications and misunderstandings arise from time to time, especially when parents are living apart from one another. Our Family Law Department are members of Resolution (www.resolution.org.uk) and as such we are committed to their Code of Conduct and to promoting a constructive approach to resolving family issues. Although apps can be helpful, if you prefer a personal touch Lawcomm specialise in all forms of family disputes and can help with resolving your child related disputes. Lawcomm offer a free initial consultation where you can discuss


your matter and receive advice based upon your particular circumstances, including how best to use and make a co-parenting work for you.

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If you would like further information regarding the benefits of co-parenting apps or how to minimise/resolve family disputes, contact Sarah LightfootWebber, Head of Family Law at Lawcomm Solicitors, on 01489 864132 or sarah.lightfoot-webber@lawcomm.co.uk.

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Finance & Legal Eastleigh Local Area Committee invests in the community

December 2019 at a cost of £68,000 and a new play area is planned for Cheriton Road at a cost of around £66,000 that will also be completed later this year. Improvements are also planned to the zip wire and trampoline at Grantham Green Play Area at a cost of £12,200 and £3,750 is allocated to support the popular Friday Night Football Project. Chair of Eastleigh Local Area Committee, Cllr Paul Bicknell, said: “This investment in these exciting projects is in addition to the new play area planned for North Stoneham Park to be completed early spring and enhancements to Lawn Road. This further reinforces ELAC’s commitment to investing in new play areas and public open spaces for our residents, enabling our younger generation to benefit from quality outdoor play areas for many years to come.”

Solent LEP confirms £700,000 investment to upgrade Island Line

from the Isle of Wight Council, provides the critical £1m local funding to secure the DfT investment. The £26m project will see the upgrading of the rail infrastructure, the reinstatement of a passing loop at Brading station in order to facilitate the operation of an even 30-minute interval train service in place of the existing staggered 20:40 minute service, and new

Local people will benefit from a range of community improvements across a number of parks and open spaces, following a decision made by the Eastleigh Local Area Committee (ELAC) to approve around £300,000 of investment. The improvements are funded from contributions received from developers of housing in the local area. A range of improvements are planned, including a project to provide a major new park that brings together the two phases of the redevelopment of the former Pirelli/Prysmian cable factory site. The works are planned to finish towards the end of 2020. A new play area at Leah Gardens housing site on Woodside Avenue was completed in

Following the announcement in September of £26m major investment by the Department for Transport (DfT) to upgrade the Island Line and the trains that run on it, the Solent LEP is today, delighted to confirm its investment of £700,000, which, alongside an investment of £300,000

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refurbished rolling stock. The improved regular frequency will be easier to understand for users and better aligned with the schedule of other modes (especially ferries) making rail a more attractive and sustainable travel option for residents and visitors alike. Solent LEP Chairman Gary Jeffries said: “Securing a renaissance of our coastal communities is an absolute priority for the Solent LEP as we strive to raise productivity levels and spread prosperity across the Solent. Our work with South Western Railway has been critical to unlocking the significant central government investment announced in September, which will safeguard and transform connectivity on the Island, as well as supporting the coastal communities to the east coast of the Island. We are very pleased that a scheme identified in our Island Infrastructure Investment Plan will soon be delivered.” South Western Railway Managing Director, Mark Hopwood: “I want to pay tribute to our team at Island Line which has kept the current 1938 stock going for so long and to all of the stakeholders who helped us develop our proposals. I am particularly grateful for the grant funding from the Solent LEP and Isle of Wight council and I look forward to our continuing partnership as we deliver the next exciting chapter in Island Line’s history.” The Island’s MP, Bob Seely said: “I am delighted that local partners have come together to secure the future of Island Line.

After working with others to persuade the Department for Transport to make this investment, I am pleased that the Isle of Wight Council is now complementing this at a local level. Island Line provides vital public transport connectivity to the wider Solent region, so I am also grateful to the LEP serving this area for agreeing to invest in the route. The improved frequency and alignment with other modes of transport is long overdue, and I look forward to working with local partners to ensure that this investment is delivered in a timely manner over the next 16 months, with minimal disruption to passenger use during the upgrade works.” Isle of Wight Council Leader, Councillor Dave Stewart said: “This is a great example of partners across the private and public sectors working together to make a real difference to our coastal communities and businesses. The Island Line, which performs a critical role in our sustainable transport network, has suffered from years of under-investment. Now with this significant investment from DfT and the Solent LEP, alongside the Isle of Wight Council's investment, the Island Line has a bright future and can be a catalyst for a renaissance of our economy.” To find out more visit: Website: https://solentlep.org.uk Twitter: https://twitter.com/solentlep Facebook: https://Facebook.com/solentlocalenterprisepartnership LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/solent-local-enterprise-partnership-lep-

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Finance & Legal LEP takes the Solent region global with trade missions across the world The Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is promoting the area, including its assets, the leading industries and sectors flourishing here, and its state-of-the art training facilities, to countries around the globe. Its Chief Executive Anne-Marie Mountifield, and Board Director, Kevin George recently went on a trade mission in Washington DC with British Government representatives. At the same time Growth Hub Manager, James Ford was in Bangladesh with the Portsmouth Bangladesh Business Association (PBBA) to strengthen economic ties between the region and the South Asian country. The LEP is part of the second UK-USA Maritime Nations Forum 2019 in Washington DC, organised by Maritime UK and HM Government. Maritime businesses from both nations will be aboard the HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier, welcomed by the Royal Navy, to celebrate existing links and identify areas for further partnership and collaboration with this year’s focus on decarbonisation.

Kevin George, Solent LEP Director and maritime champion said: “The economic importance of the Solent-based maritime sector is huge due to the role that it plays as a gateway for trade with the rest of the world. With an annual contribution of over £6 billion and forecasts indicating this is set to grow at a rate of 3.1% over coming years, the Solent is at the heart of the world’s marine and maritime sector.

The US UK maritime forum being held on the Queen Elizabeth Among the UK businesses attending Carrier here in Washington underscores were shipowners, law firms, port the importance of the Solent on the operators, manufacturers, technical global maritime stage and this is a great consultancies and training colleges opportunity to enhance our taking part in discussion around key competitiveness. This trade mission areas for negotiation in a future UK-US presents a vast opening to boost the Free Trade Agreement. Following the export of our maritime products and HMS Queen Elizabeth visit on day one, delegates visited the Port of Baltimore on services whilst attracting more investment into the Solent region.” day two. 46

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James Ford, Solent LEP Growth Manager was in Bangladesh as part of a trade, investment and education mission which sees the new Portsmouth Bangladeshi Business Association (PBBA) assist the twinning of Sylhet in Bangladesh with Portsmouth. Those in attendance included University of Portsmouth, PBBA, Portsmouth International Port and Portico. Delegates included entrepreneurs with an interest in joint venture projects and they have the opportunity to make one-to-one appointments with delegates to discuss future working relationships. James commented: "The Bangladeshi

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ministries, businesses and chambers have been so welcoming. International trade and foreign investment is considered to be vital in its endeavour to become a robust economy in South Asia and promoting the Solent's assets here is key to both regions' economic futures." The seven-day mission based in Dhaka included a meeting with Federation of Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce & Industry, a visit to Sylhet to meet its Mayor for the twinning-city agreement, and a meeting with the Sylhet Chamber of Commerce and business elite. Senior Bangladeshi Government officials whom they met included representatives from the Education Ministry, the Commerce Ministry, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. As well as a visit to Chittagong Port Authority, delegates met dignitaries, government officials and business leaders from all over Bangladesh at a British High Commissioner Reception at the High Commissionerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Residence. The LEP has also recently welcomed a delegation from France as part of the TransManche Development Group project to enable companies in the UK, Ille et Vilaine and Brittany to develop bilateral business and to encourage cultural, educational and commercial links.Future trade missions that the Solent LEP is taking part in, include trips to Cannes in France and India. Images: James Ford, Growth Manager at Solent LEP, in Bangladesh L to R: Dr Julie Hall VC at University of Southampton and Anne-Marie Mountifield, CEO and Director of Solent LEP, in Washington Magazine

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HMS COLLINGWOOD WELCOMES NEW BASE WARRANT OFFICER HMS Collingwood welcomes a new Base The establishment has a proud history of trainWarrant Officer (BWO); Warrant Officer 1 Martin ing world class sailors for the front line for the Watson has joined from HMS Duncan where he past 80 years, and to have been part of that has served for the past 2 years as the legacy has been an absolute privilege. I wish to Executive Warrant Officer. thank all the military and civilian personnel that are the Ship’s Company of HMS Collingwood Martin cites the appointment as HMS for making this the best draft during my 34 Collingwood’s Base Warrant Officer as a years of Service.” highlight of his career to date. He states that he The Commanding Officer, Captain Catherine “aims to provide all the due diligence and Jordan, took the opportunity to thank Warrant endeavour required of such a post together with Officer Turnbull publicly at her End of Term efforts to continue maintaining the exceptional Address just prior to Christmas leave, following reputation that the establishment has in his significant contribution to HMS Collingwood delivering first class training and men and and the Maritime Warfare School. She said “His women to the Fleet.” Martin is relishing the contribution amidst significant resource opportunity to be a key advisor to the Command challenges and his unfailing positive attitude on Welfare, Morale, Personnel Development has ensured all staff, trainees and visitors to this and people issues and being instrumental in busy establishment are welcomed, kept safe supporting the Moral Component of Operational and achieve their aims. It has been a pleasure Capability. to work with him and I look forward to working with Warrant Officer Watson as we look to the Outgoing BWO, Warrant Officer 1 Mick Turnbull next 80 years at Collingwood.” departs to become the first Fleet Commander’s Warrant Officer. He said on The photograph shows Martin (left) receiving leaving HMS Collingwood “It has been a real the BWO’s cane from Mick with a handshake honour to have been the Base Warrant Officer just prior to the Church Service held at the of HMS Collingwood for the last 2 ½ years. Fareham Base to commemorate 80 years since its commissioning.

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HMS COLLINGWOOD WELCOMES BACK ROYAL MARINES BAND After a year of sell-out performances at Fareham’s Ferneham Hall, The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Collingwood are set to return home for their 2020 season. The Band will be performing three Sunday matinee concerts at the Establishment’s Millennium Hall, each with a different theme. The first, on Sunday 16th February, will be a programme inspired by Dance. From Viennese waltzes to Celtic classics, ballet to big band, there promises to be something for everyone. Throughout 2020 HMS Collingwood celebrates 80 years of training world class sailors for the front line, looking back to its “hostilities-only” origins and forward to the technological advances in warfare and defence training. The Band will join in with the celebrations with its concert on Sunday 14th June which will have a “Collingwood 80” theme running throughout. The Band will be in action once more on Sunday 27th September with another rip-roaring concert designed to entertain and stir the senses. The awe-inspiring, world-famous Corps of Drums will also be in attendance at all concerts, adding their unique touch to proceedings. A concert date in December is still to be confirmed.

The Band are thrilled to return to Millennium Hall as Director of Music Captain Tom Crane explained, “‘We’re delighted to be returning to HMS Collingwood for the 2020 concert series. No matter how far and wide the band travels, we love playing for our home audience and especially at home in the Millennium Hall.” Tickets for this venue are limited and are currently selling fast. They can be purchased from www.theticketstore.co.uk by searching “Royal Marines Band” or by calling their Box Office on 0333 772 7727 between the hours of 10am-2pm, Monday to Friday. Prices are unchanged at £17.50 for an adult and £15.00 for concessions (under 16s, over 60s, serving MOD & civilian MOD personnel and Collingwood contractors) but there will be a £2.50 transaction fee for each transaction so why not buy tickets for the whole series in one go? Photograph courtesy of The Band of the Royal Marines Collingwood. Crown Copyright. Caption for photograph: Captain Tom Crane introduces the world-famous Corps of Drums appearing with The Band of the Royal Marines Collingwood at Millennium Hall this year.

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HMS COLLINGWOOD REMEMBERS EIGHTY YEARS OF SERVICE Personnel across HMS Collingwood came together recently to commemorate eighty years of training world class sailors in a church service attended by former Commanding Officers (COs) and the Chaplain of the Fleet, the Venerable Martyn Gough. Trainees first entered HMS Collingwood’s gates on 10th January 1940 after Britain recognised the importance of training sailors for front line service during World War 2. From the original wooden huts built on marshland, HMS Collingwood has since grown into the first-class establishment it is today, the Royal Navy’s largest training establishment. The commemorative service was attended by many other friends and supporters, including the Mayor and Mayoress of Fareham, Mayor of

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HMS Collingwood’s youngest sailor, Able Seaman Jay Robinson and Captain Catherine Jordan, Commanding Officer of HMS Collingwood cut a celebration cake.


Former Commanding Officers join current CO Captain Catherine Jordan after the service, Andrew Trevithick, Charles Crawford, Commodore Andy Jordan, Mike Mansergh, Commodore Rob Vitali with Admiral, Lord Boyce.

Gosport, Captain John Voyce, (HMS Sultan), Captain Beth Crowson (Institute of Naval Medicine) and Gary Tuff (Defence Munitions Gosport).

Collingwood in the 1940s said, “It was an honour to be invited to the service today to celebrate HMS Collingwood’s eighty years. Over this period of time, training across the Navy has been centralised HMS Collingwood’s current Commanding here which means HMS Collingwood is Officer, Captain Catherine Jordan said, now at the very heart of today’s Royal “It is an honour to be Captain of HMS Navy.” Collingwood in this, its eightieth year. As we reflect on the vital service this The commemoration service held in the Establishment has given over the years, Base’s chapel, itself one of the few I’m pleased to be taking it forward into a remaining buildings the original recruits new future, modernising training and would have recognised, is the first in a encouraging all our personnel to reach series of events to be held throughout their full potential within today’s Royal 2020 to celebrate HMS Collingwood’s Navy.” continuing tradition of equipping sailors with vital sea-faring, warfare and Former First Sea Lord and Chief of engineering skills. Defence Staff Admiral of the Fleet the Photographs courtesy of Keith Lord Boyce, whose father served at HMS Woodland, Crown Copyright. Magazine

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Getting in the Loop with Jamie Cullum By Lucy Cartridge

become famous, “I keep my private life, private”. We started discussing his new album and how it differs to the ones he has done previously. It’s clear that in his years away writing he has matured emotionally and he thanks his wife, Sophie Dahl, and his two young daughters for that.

In April 2003, Jamie Cullum signed a £1m contract for three albums with Universal Records, he ended this year being the biggest selling jazz artist of all time. His second album “Twentysomething”, went platinum and became the No. 1 selling studio album He tells me that this album was by a jazz artist in the United Kingdom. “unapologetically brought together, with more emotional intelligence than Jamie’s seventh album Interlude was I had before. I’ve realised my released in 2014, and this consisted of emotions and learnt how to jazz covers, Jamie accompanied this externalise them in everyday life. I’ve pure jazz album by playing at written words I’ve not said before, several jazz clubs, including Blue Note and I still get surprised when people Jazz Club in New York, and London's actually listen. I was writing a record Ronnie Scott's. previous to this one and scrapped it, I just didn’t feel like it needed to be in Take us forward to 7th June 2019, and the universe.” after what seemed like forever Jamie resurfaced, with a new and inspiring “This album is like a giant mirror” he album “Taller”. An album that sounds told me. This comment resonated with as though you are listening to a diary, me, perhaps if we all had a way to with thought provoking messages hidden externalise our emotions without fear of along the way. being judged then the world would be a When I spoke with Jamie, his modest persona and openness was abundant. He told me he didn’t become an artist to 56

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happier more open place. Jamie is off to tour his new album this year starting on March 11th in York. He tells me how excited he is to be playing


Whats On - Music on stage with the band of his dreams, performing his most vulnerable album to date. I asked him how it felt leaving behind his young family, “The girls are at school during the week, and I’m one of those artists that are a manager’s worst nightmare, I want to be home as many weekends I can, to maximise family time.” When Jamie speaks about his wife, you can tell how at peace he is. Even just speaking of her, grounds him and you can tell immediately that they are each other’s biggest fans. He tells me that Sophie inspires him to be a better person and that although like any couple they have been through their fair share of challenges, they are ultimately one unit. By keeping their private lives, including their children, away from the public eye as much as possible, they can all have the best of both worlds. He explains that his two daughters have seen him perform before but that they don’t really know the extent of his fame, nor that fame of his wife Sophie either. Sophie is the granddaughter of author, Roald Dahl, and she herself is a bestselling author and former fashion model.

Jamie continues to present a Jazz Show on Radio 2, and speaks fondly of this. “I love my show, I get to meet and speak to people I wouldn’t have done before.” I feel that as an artist Jamie as come so far and has further yet to grow, I for one cannot wait to see what this beautiful writer has in store for us in the coming years. You can catch Jamie Cullum at the Portsmouth Guildhall on 27th March 2020. For his full tour dates please visit www.jamiecullum.com. https://portsmouthguildhall.org.uk/ whats-on/event/jamie-cullum/

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Whats On - Music STEVE HARLEY ACOUSTIC BAND ‘Uncovered’ play PORTSMOUTH – New Theatre Royal on Tuesday 14th April 2020!

Widely considered one of the most charismatic performers on stage, Steve Harley continues to play to sold-out venues across the UK and Europe. For Steve, life on the road is more than just a job: it is almost his life’s blood. And with the February 2020 release of the all-acoustic CD, “UNCOVERED”, the original Cockney Rebel shows no sign of slowing down. The Acoustic Band for 2020 will find Steve supported by long-standing violinist/guitarist Barry Wickens, and Oli Heyhurst on double bass, with Dave Delarre on lead acoustic guitar. Steve has been playing Live shows around the world for over 45 years and the thrill of another night in another place to another audience has not dimmed at all. “We have real adventures on tour, “says Steve. “I’ve seen the Northern Lights, the Midnight Sun and dozens of wonderful galleries, museums and great cities, all on my down-time. I have a great life as a Wandering Minstrel!” “UNCOVERED” includes a re-recording of Steve’s popular song “Love, Compared With You” with a newly composed third verse, plus eleven other songs he’s always wanted to perform. The album features Barry Wickens on viola and acoustic guitar, Oli Hayhurst on double bass, Tom Hooper on percussion and the Roots Music Legend, Martin Simpson, on guitar. Steve also sings a duet with the amazing Scottish singer, Eddi Reader.

The acoustic sets for 2020 will include songs from the new CD, plus a selection from the vast and eclectic Harley Songbook. Mr Soft, Judy Teen, Sebastian and the legendary Make Me Smile will all be re-produced in the unique acoustic style. Close-Up Culture stated: “It was an intimate night in the presence of a great musician. An individual whose passion for live performance and perfection (it shows in his face) remains undiminished.”.

Rod Stewart, who covered Steve’s song “A Friend For Life”, describes him as “One of the finest lyricists Britain has produced.” MOJO said simply, “Harley creates rock songs that are proud, lyrical and full of yearning.” Steve has also been described as “A consummate performer at the top of his game,” and this show will bear that out. Steve received a Lifetime Achievement Award for Acoustic Music from the Acoustic Festival of Britain in 2018. Tickets for the STEVE HARLEY ACOUSTIC BAND – Spring 2020 shows are available from: Tuesday 14th April PORTSMOUTH – New Theatre Royal Box Office No: 0844 249 1000 Website – https://www.eventim.co.uk/artist/ steve-harley/?affiliate=GCL

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For further information on STEVE HARLEY, check out the following website / social media links: Website – http://www.steveharley.com/ Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/ stevehcockneyrebel Twitter – https://twitter.com/steveharleyCR You Tube Links: Steve Harley ‘Make Me Smile’ (Come Up & See Me) - https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=qpJ0cyXbMbI Steve Harley ‘Here Comes The Sun’ - https:// www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Mc69_yAwoI

WILKO JOHNSON and special guest John Otway play WORTHING Assembly on Thursday 9th April 2020!

Following a remarkable recovery from a diagnosis of terminal cancer, Wilko Johnson the original Dr Feelgood guitarist, actor (Game of Thrones character Ser ilyn Payne) and all round national treasure has enjoyed arousing return to the live arena, including a number 1 album with Roger Daltrey (Going Back Home), a sold out show at The Royal Albert Hall to mark his 70th birthday and, most recently, the release of Blow Your Mind, his first album of new material in decades. Wilko is famed for his blistering chop-chord strumming action (the ‘stab’, as he describes it), a technique inspired by his admiration of the late Pirates guitarist Mick Green. With this electrifying sound, his trademark black-suited, scowling look and his characteristic strut, Wilko became one of the guitar heroes of the 1970s and beyond, not to mention on of rock ’n’ roll’s most extraordinary characters. He, alongside

his original Feelgood bandmates, is also widely acknowledged as a forefather of punk on both sides of the Atlantic, fans ranging from Joe Strummer to Blondie. Following a stint with Ian Dury & The Blockheads in the 1980s, he formed the Wilko Johnson Band, with Blockheads bassist Norman Watt-Roy. Featuring former Blockhead Dylan Howe on drums, the trio is known as one of the most exciting r’n’b bands in the world today. Special guest 'Rock and Roll's Greatest Failure John Otway. Tickets for the WILKO JOHNSON – April 2020 shows are available from: Thursday 9th April WORTHING – Assembly Box Office No: 0844 249 1000 Website – https://www.eventim.co.uk/artist/ wilko-johnson/?affiliate=GCL Tickets - £32.50 Friday 10th April POOLE – Lighthouse Box Office No: 0844 249 1000 Website – https://www.eventim.co.uk/artist/ wilko-johnson/?affiliate=GCL Tickets - £32.50 For further information on WILKO JOHNSON, check out the following website / social media links: Website – https://wilkojohnson.com/ Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/ WilkoJohnsonBand Twitter – https://twitter.com/wilkojohnson You Tube Links: Wilko Johnson & Roger Daltrey ‘I Keep It To Myself’ - https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=GwLeTPVuD3c Wilko Johnson on Later With Jools Holland https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=hIXP889rLBQ

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Whats On - Music “Fresh Air“ - World Tour 2020 RED HOT CHILLI PIPERS The most Famous Bagpipe Band in the World, ever! There has never been anything quite like The Red Hot Chilli Pipers, from their formation in 2002 and a cameo appearance at T in the Park in 2004 with the Darkness to opening the main stage in their own right in 2014. The past fifteen years has seen the Red Hot Chilli Pipers become the most famous bagpipe band on the planet…ever! Bagpipes with attitude, drums with a Scottish accent and a show that carries its own health warning. The band’s achievements have reached incredible heights with their groundbreaking fusion of traditional Scottish music and rock/pop Anthems which they proudly call “Bagrock”. The Red Hot Chilli Pipers are a genuinely unique experience. The Chillis have never been more in demand for their infectious style of feel good music which appeals right across the age range to people all over the world. They have collected together an impressive group of musicians, dancers and singers from Scotland and further

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afield, many holding World Championship titles and all seriously good players with impressive credentials and qualifications. In 2014, The Chilli Pipers released a new live DVD and CD entitled `Live at the Lake`. In an explosive evening of entertainment captured on this live DVD and CD, The Red Hot Chilli Pipers recorded their most adventurous project to date, bringing 16 musicians and dancers across the Atlantic to perform at Milwaukee Irish Fest, the US spiritual home of the band. They captured the unique and explosive power of the Chilli Pipers in one unforgettable evening by the shores of Lake Michigan. Tracks include Insomnia, Gimme All Your Lovin', Thunderstruck, Everybody Dance Now,


Amazing Grace, Fix You, Chasing Cars, Wake Me Up, Don’t Stop Believin and We Will Rock You. In February 2019, the Pipers and Tom Walker released a new version of his massive hit “Leave a Light On”. The release is in aid of Nordoff Robins, the music therapy charity and it went straight into the iTunes top five. The collaboration came about after Tom performed with the Red Hot Chilli Pipers at Murrayfield Rugby Stadium before the Scotland v Italy Six Nations match. In June 2019, the Red Hot Chilli Pipers released a new studio album, entitled "Fresh Air”. An exciting fusion of brand-new songs and carefully selected covers. In a new departure for the Red Hot Chilli Pipers many of the songs include lead vocals. Some of the highlights are “Leave the Light On” featuring Tom Walker on vocals. Leonard Cohen´s “Hallalujah” and “Shut Up and Dance” from the American band Walk the Moon, both songs feature the incredibly talented singer Chris Judge on vocals.

RED HOT CHILLI PIPERS – April & May 2020 - UK Tour Dates include: Sunday 26th April BLACKPOOL – Grand Theatre Friday 1 May LONDON – Cadogan Hall

Friday 8th May SALISBURY – City Hall

Thursday 21st May ALDERSHOT – Princes Hall Saturday 23rd May HASTINGS – St Mary In The Castle Tickets are available from: http://www.thegigcartel.com/Artists-profiles/Red-Hot-ChilliPipers.htm

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NEW MUSIC MAKERS STRIKE GOLD!! This year the NEW MUSIC MAKERS choir from Hedge End celebrate it’s 50th year of existence. Their GOLDEN YEAR has had a fabulous start as members of the choir have recently presented cheques to the grand total of £1408.00 to Naomi House and Countess Mountbatten Hospice charities. This money was raised over a very busy and successful Christmas Season with many appearances across the local community as well as their own sell out concerts. The choir was formally established in 1970 and as well as MUSIC MAKING together through the years, thousands of pounds have been raised for charity. Founder member Tom Rodaway said, “we started with songs from ‘Joseph’s Technicolour Dreamcoat’

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and since then have developed a comprehensive music library of contemporary songs.” Current chairperson Lin Kellaway added, “we enjoy our singing but also work hard preparing for performances so that they are special events for those who attend. We are always looking to bring in new members and anyone who is interested should get in touch.” Throughout 2020 the choir are holding various events including their GOLDEN CONCERT on Saturday 6th June. This will be a special concert to celebrate their 50 years so make sure you get your tickets early. Their website: www.newmusicmakers.com has contact and performance details. Congratulations NEW MUSIC MAKERS here’s to the next 50 years!!


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Whats On - Music Costello as well as having several chart hits himself in a career spanning over 40 years.

Wickham Festival announces first artists for 2020 Top celtic rock band The Waterboys; acclaimed singer-songwriter Nick Lowe and chart stars The South and Leo Sayer are among the first names announced for this year's Wickham Festival. The award-winning 7000-capacity Festival will once again be held on a green field site just outside the village of Wickham near Fareham between Thursday 6th and Sunday 9th August. It will be the first return to the Festival for The Waterboys since 2013 when a capacity crowd heard them perform classic songs like 'Fisherman's Blues' and 'Whole of the Moon'. Former chart star Leo Sayer will be making his first appearance at the Festival as will singer-songwriter Nick Lowe who is best known as a long-time producer and songwriter for Elvis

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Also announced are top folk artists Eliza Carthy and Seth Lakeman, leading Scottish artists Capercaillie and Eddi Reader, and a return visit for Britain's top acoustic music duo Show of Hands. One of the world's top guitarists Stanley Jordan will be flying-in from America to perform a special 'Stanley plays Hendrix' set while Rod Stewart's long-time songwriter and musical director, Jim Cregan, will be presenting 'The Rod Stewart Songbook' with an all-star band. Festival Organiser Peter Chegwyn said the Festival line-up is 'coming along nicely' and there are some big-name artists still to announce. 'Early ticket sales are on a par with last year's record sales and we're hopeful of another sell-out for a Festival that attracts audience members from across the globe', said Peter. Full details of the line-up so far can be found on the Festival website http://www.wickhamfestival.co.uk from where day and weekend season tickets can be purchased.


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Whats On In previous years, we have had astronaut costumes, witches and wizards, and last year’s 1960s’ theme, gave lots of us the excuse to get dressed up in our old clothes! So here is your opportunity: Get planning to win this year’s first ‘CHILDREN’S BOOKS’: this year’s theme, so prize. In addition, there will be a major parade that we give people the widest opportunity for of classic cars and motorbikes, as usual, and interpretation. many other entries including the fabulous We hope to see favourite story characters with Batala drum band. lots of vivid colours and extravagant costumes But, that’s not all! The Procession is only a in the Procession. The possible range is really small part of what looks like being a spectacular very wide, ranging from books like Robinson day. There will be a wide range of stalls, Crusoe, Gulliver’s Travels, Swiss Family children’s fun games, arena events including Robinson, Wind in the Willows and Heidi to The the junior motor bike riders, dog show, Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Boy in inflatables, a big raffle, and lots of food to eat. the Dress, Mr Stink, Harry Potter, Charlie and So, put the date in your diary NOW: Saturday Chocolate Factory, Thomas the Tank Engine 13th June in the High Street and Hoe Road and so on and so on. recreation ground.

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Meon Voices Choir Meon Voices – ‘Nice Work’ going into Spring Concert programme! ‘Nice work if you can get it’ is just one of the uplifting songs in the Gershwin Medley that is the centrepiece of the Meon Voices’ Spring performances. The choir members are working hard to perfect an ambitious and varied programme, to keep its audiences entertained whatever their tastes. Alongside the Gershwin Medley are Anton Bruckner’s ‘Locus Iste’; from the Georgian era, ‘The Lass with the Delicate Air’; the Hebrew folk song Tumbalalaika and two of Gordon Sumner’s (Sting’s) most beautiful compositions,

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‘Fields of Gold’ and ‘Fragile’. It’s not too late to join the Meon Voices. If you love to sing, but are worried about auditioning, you’ll be encouraged to hear you don’t need to audition. Weekly practices are held in the United Free Church, Basingwell Street in Bishop’s Waltham each Monday evening 7.30 – 9.30 p.m., September – December and January –April. For further information on concert dates and choir membership, please contact Phil 01489 579078 or email coundleypj@yahoo.com or Maureen 01489 890335 email alan@agbuckland.plus.com.


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Saturday June 13 2020 Procession and Motorcade at 12 noon

Show - 1.00pm to 5.00pm at Hoe Road Recreation Ground

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ED BYRNE - If I’m Honest… in Portsmouth and Southampton 2020

not to disgrace himself on Top Gear or whilst tackling one of The World’s Most Dangerous Roads. As a semi-professional hill-walker himself and fully paid-up humanist, he also brought a refreshing warmth and honesty to BBC2’s recent hit The Pilgrimage. But the Irishman is still best-known and best appreciated for his stand-up performances. A quarter of a century at the comedic coal-face has equipped Ed with a highly evolved story-telling ability and a silky mastery of his craft. Yet his wit, charm and self-deprecatory observational humour is often underpinned by a consistently hilarious vitriol and sense of injustice at a world that seems to be spinning ever more rapidly out of control. Having recently hit a new peak with shows such Following his biggest ever tour last year and yet as the sublime Spoiler Alert and reflective another sell-out Fringe run in August, one of the Outside, Looking In, which explored the UK’s finest observational comics embarks on minefield that is modern parenting and a an EVEN BIGGER brand-new tour and has now generational sense of entitlement, Ed’s new announced an even FURTHER extension for show If I’m Honest digs ever deeper into a 2020! Join him as he takes a long hard look at father’s sense of responsibility, what it means to himself and tries to decide if he has ANY traits be a man in 2019, and whether he possesses that are worth passing on to his children. any qualities whatsoever worth passing on to A TV household name, Ed has been seen on his two sons. Occasionally accused of whimsy, pretty much every TV programme in the UK If I’m Honest is a show with a seriously steely including Mock The Week, Top Gear, Have I core. Got News For You, The Graham Norton Show, Gender politics, for example, is something Ed Live At The Apollo (Host), The One Show, The readily engages with – deploying his customary World’s Most Dangerous Roads, Dara & Ed’s comedic zeal. ‘I’ll admit that there are things Big Adventure, Dara and Ed’s Road to where men get a raw deal,’ he says. ‘We have Mandalay and most recently QI and The higher suicide rates, and we tend not to do well Pilgrimage. in divorces, but representation in action www.edbyrne.com / TWITTER @MrEdByrne movies is not something we have an issue LOCAL TOUR DATES with. It was Mad Max: Fury Road that kicked it MARCH all off, even though nobody complained about Weds 25th SOUTHAMPTON, Guildhall Ripley in Alien or Sarah Connor in Terminator 02380 632601 2. Of course, social media means this stuff gets www.academymusicgroup.com/o2guildhall- broadcast far and wide in an instant, which southampton/ emboldens people. JUNE ‘The problem with men’s rights activists is that Thurs 11th PORTSMOUTH, New Theatre Royal it’s not about speaking up for men’s rights, it’s 023 9264 9000 about hating women. If you’re a men’s rights https://www.newtheatreroyal.com/ activist, you’re not going to care about the fact A household name teetering on the brink of that there’s an all-female Ghostbusters remake. national treasure status, award-winning That’s nothing to do with men’s rights or female comedian Ed Byrne enjoys worldwide acclaim entitlement. That’s everything to do with being, for his stand-up. With 25 years under his belt, well, a whiny baby.’ Ed has parlayed his on-stage success into a As ever, Ed manages to provoke without variety of notable television appearances. A being overly polemical, a balancing act that only regular on Mock The Week and The Graham someone of his huge experience can really pull Norton Show, Ed has recently co-presented off. ‘I did stuff about Trump and the Pizzagate Dara & Ed’s Big Adventure and its follow-up right wing conspiracy,’ he says, ‘and a couple of Dara & Ed’s Road To Mandalay, and managed the reviewers said, “Oh, I would have liked to

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have watched a whole show of this”. And I think, ‘well you might have, but the average person who comes to see me would not like to see that’. I like to make a point or get something off my chest, or perhaps I’m talking about something that’s been on my mind, but the majority of stuff is just to get laughs. ‘People who come to see me are not political activists necessarily, they’re regular folk. If you can make a point to them, in between talking about your struggles with aging, or discussing your hernia operation or whatever it is, you can toss in something that does give people pause as regards to how men should share the household chores.’ He continues, ‘It’s not that I feel a responsibility, I think it just feels more satisfying when you’re doing it, and it feels more satisfying when people hear it. When a joke makes a good point, I think people enjoy it. It’s the difference between having a steak and eating a chocolate bar.’ Ed, who broke through in the mid-1990s when the New Lad became a genuine cultural phenomenon, doesn’t want to submit to any unnecessary revisionism, but admits that if the times have changed, he has changed with them. He reflects a little ruefully on one of his most famous jokes. ‘There’s an attitude towards Alanis Morrisette in the opening of that routine that I’m no longer comfortable with, where I call her a moaning cow and a whiny bint… slagging off the lyrics of the song is fine, but there’s a tone in the preamble that I wouldn’t write today.’ The new show also takes his natural tendency towards self-deprecation to unexpected extremes. ‘I do genuinely annoy myself,’ Ed concedes. ‘But the thing of your children being a reflection of you, gives you an opportunity to build something out of the best of yourself only for you to then see flashes of the worst of yourself in them. It’s a wake-up call about your own behaviour.’ When I challenge him over the degree of

self-loathing he displays, he disagrees. ‘Self-aggrandising humour is a lot harder to pull off than self-deprecating humour,’ he insists. ‘A lot of people get really annoyed when Ricky Gervais is self-congratulatory. I always find it very funny when he accepts awards and does so in the most big-headed way possible. I think it’s a trickier type of humour to pull off, talking yourself up in that way. ‘So no, I don’t think I’m being massively hard on myself. The fact is when you’re the bloke who is standing on the stage with the microphone, commanding an audience’s attention, you’re in a very elevated position anyway.’ That said, If I’m Honest brilliantly elucidates the frustration that arrives in middle age – and lives up to its title. ‘I’m bored looking for things, I’m bored of trying to find stuff, because I can never find it, and it is entirely my fault,’ Ed says. ‘Nobody’s hiding my stuff from me. Although my wife did actually move my passport on oneoccasion’. He insists that, while the show might have mordant and occasionally morbid aspects, it’s also not without its quietly triumphant moments. ‘I thought I was being quite upbeat talking about the small victories,’ he says. ‘You know, finding positivity in being able to spot when a cramp was about to happen in your leg and dealing with it before it does. I was very happy with myself about that.’ Age, it seems, has not withered him. Especially now that he’s figured out how to head off ailments before they become a problem. ‘You see comics who are my age and older but are still retaining a level of “cool” and drawing a young crowd. I can’t deny that I’m quite envious of that. But there’s also something very satisfying about your audience growing old with you.’ Ed Byrne is touring nationwide. For more information, please visit http://edbyrne.com/ ED BYRNE INTERVIEW By Jason Barlow

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Whats On The Watercress Line announces 2020 events

The Watercress Line has announced its 2020 events programme, featuring annual family favourites, behind the scenes tours and a jam-packed steam gala. Kicking off the family event programme on 14th February until 8th March, is the world-famous Flying Scotsman, giving the perfect opportunity for fans of all ages to see her up close. Closely followed on 10th April, by the world’s favourite little blue tank engine as he once again chuffs into town for 10 days during its 75th anniversary year for the heritage railway’s hugely popular Day Out With Thomas event. From 10th - 19th April and 8th - 16th August, visitors will have the chance to meet Thomas and his friends, shake hands with The Fat Controller, and enjoy unlimited trips behind the famous engine as well as unlimited rides on the railway’s large locomotives, Thomas-themed activities and entertainment by Rusty and Dusty. Budding witches and wizards are encouraged to put on their cloaks and pick up their broomsticks for a day of magic and mischief when Wizard Weekend returns for an extended period on 24th, 25th, 30th, 31st October and 1st November, featuring a plethora of spellbinding magic performances and activities, hooting owls and creepy crawlies. You’ll be able to take unlimited rides on the Wizard Express

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steam train in one of the Watercress Line’s Harry Potter-style coaches and walk in Harry’s footsteps on the real Kings Cross footbridge from the films. Adding some festive cheer to its event programme is the Watercress Line’s family-friendly Santa Specials, from 28th - 29th November and on various dates throughout December, followed by Christmas Leave on 27th - 28th December. Visitors will be able to enjoy a magical trip with Santa and his jolly helpers in a festive train carriage and experience Christmas at a WWII railway, respectively. Jules Johns, marketing manager at the Watercress Line, said: “I am delighted to announce our events programme for 2020, which kicks off with the iconic Flying Scotsman, the return of Day Out With Thomas, Wizard Weekend and Santa Specials - all highlights for many families in and around Hampshire. “From the iconic Flying Scotsman and family favourites, to behind the scenes tours, to our standard travel experience and activities for visitors, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at the Watercress Line in 2020.” There will be further opportunities throughout the year for visitors to go behind the scenes at the Watercress Line, view current restoration projects at Ropley, and explore the yard and the


Engineering Shed and Carriage Shop Viewing Galleries. These include a steam-packed gala on 16th - 18th October and an Open Weekend on 12th - 13th September, which is free to members. For more information about the Watercress Line, including upcoming events, visit https://www.watercressline.co.uk/events About the Mid-Hants Railway Ltd ‘Watercress Line’ The Mid Hants Railway Ltd, famously nicknamed ‘The Watercress Line’ in the early 20th century for its role in transporting the crop to London, is Hampshire’s only standard gauge heritage railway. It runs for 10 miles through idyllic countryside along the border of the South Downs National Park, between the market towns of Alton and Alresford. Opened on the 2nd October 1865 as the Alton, Alresford and Winchester Railway, it became part of British Railways until its hotly contested closure in 1973. The line and services were quickly reinstated by a dedicated preservation group and today the Watercress Line is one of the south’s premier visitor attractions, attracting 125,000 visitors annually with a turnover in excess of £2m. The railway employs 50 staff and five engineering apprentices, and is supported by over 450 dedicated volunteers which without it could not function. It is committed to preserving Hampshire’s railway heritage and maintains a fleet of steam and diesel locomotives, rolling stock and infrastructure, creating the essence of a bygone age. As a living history attraction, it provides a comprehensive timetable from February to October and throughout December with standard running days and many special events including ‘Day Out With Thomas’, Flying Scotsman, War on the Line, Wizard Weekend, Steam Gala and Santa Specials. Other popular services include the famous Real Ale Train (RAT), The Watercress Belle and the Countryman Dining trains. The Mid Hants Railway Ltd also has a long record spanning several decades as a versatile location in film, television and photographic productions, ranging from photo shoots, adverts and television dramas to feature films. Past productions include Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast, BBC Countryfile,

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Great British Railway Journeys, The Wrong Mans with James Corden and many historical documentaries. Website: www.watercressline.co.uk Facebook: watercressline Twitter: Watercress_Line Instagram: thewatercressline Flickr: watercress_line YouTube: midhantsrailway, the watercress line

Listings information Flying Scotsman Date: 14th Feb - 8th March 2020 The Watercress Line welcomes the record-breaking Flying Scotsman allowing visitors to travel behind her or visit her on static days. Day Out With Thomas Date: 10th - 19th April & 8th-16th August 2020 The hugely popular Day Out with Thomas returns to the Watercress Line in 2020, celebrating its 75th anniversary. Meet Thomas and his friends, shake hands with The Fat Controller, enjoy Rusty & Dusty’s entertainment show and so much more. VE Day 75th Anniversary Date: 8th - 10th May 2020 To celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day, the Watercress Line will be bringing a Proms in the Park vibe to Ropley Station including live 1940s music and dancing plus a street party themed menu and food options. Magazine

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Whats On PREMIER’S 2020 BRITISH MOTOR YACHT IS SET TO EXPAND

The British Motor Yacht Show (BMYS) is pleased to announce that the 2020 show will extend to four days from Thursday 14th to Sunday 17th May and will include more craft than ever before. Backed by top British luxury motor yacht brands Fairline, Princess and Sunseeker, and hosted by Premier’s Swanwick Marina, the British Motor Yacht Show is set to grow to make the 2020 show arguably the biggest motor yacht show in the UK. Since inception, the BMYS has built an enviable reputation for presenting a stunning line up of luxury motor yachts, powerboats and RIBs and this year will be even better. The high-end show will deliver carefully curated on water and shore side display areas, with model premieres, featuring the finest motor craft from around the globe at a range of lengths from 32 to 95 feet. Alongside headline brands Fairline, Princess and Sunseeker, returning exhibits are expected to include craft from Azimut, Axopar, Brabus, Bavaria, Chris-Craft, Hinckley, Hunt Yachts, Jeanneau, Nordhavn, Prestige Yachts, Sealine and Williams Ribs; new to the line-up will be Fleming Yachts, Parker Boats and Pearl Yachts, a company firmly rooted in the international yachting industry. Now celebrating its seventh year, the in-water exhibits a will showcase Swanwick Marina’s innovative new floating marina. With free entry and parking on site, visitors can expect to be impressed with the number of high-profile overseas brands in addition to the comprehensive range of British built craft.

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Established in 2014, Graham Bristowe, Swanwick Marina’s General Manager, reflects on the show’s longevity and reputation for being the UK’s biggest motor boat show. “We are always incredibly proud to host such a plethora of magnificent motor yacht brands over this period. I think the show’s attraction and its natural expansion year on year is because the show remains unique and focussed on motor boats of all types. Unlike the crowded international shows, the British Motor Yacht Show offers buyers the chance to see beautifully designed boats from global brands up close and personal, and attendees appreciate the ‘private time’ and space to talk to the experts who have a passion for their brands”. Moreover, the 2020 show, which will be supported with live music entertainment and an artisan gin bar, will build on the success of previous years with luxury motorcar brands, courtesy of complementing the line-up of luxury crafts. So whether you are a first-time buyer looking for in-depth advice from the experts or an experienced owner wanting to upgrade your current model, this show is a ‘must visit’ as it celebrates all the exciting aspects of boat ownership. Further information on the exhibitor line up at Premier’s Swanwick Marina can be found at www.britishmotoryachtshow.com.


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Whats On Crofton WI meet at the Baptist Church, Stubbington, Jays Close at 7.30 pm, second Wednesday of the month. Our Speaker this month will be Peter Hull, MBE subject being ‘Gold is More Than a Word – Disability in Sport’. Visitors are always most welcome. We have many activities such as a Book Club, Outings, Lunch meetings, Craft Group, Walking and Coach Trips. Be pleased to see you. Contact number 01329 845619 LEE PLAYERS present 'LADIES IN LAVENDER' Adapted for the stage by Shaun McKenna, at The Crofton Hall Theatre, Crofton Community Centre, Stubbington Lane, Stubbington, PO14 2PP, on 19th, 20th, 21st March. Doors open 7:30pm, curtain 8:00pm. Tickets £10.00, including programme, from 01329 662128, or Crofton Community Centre or at the door on the night. 'When a young Polish man is washed ashore two elderly sisters rescue him, taking him into their home and hearts to nurse him back to health. They discover his musical talent but his mysterious presence unsettles the sisters and those in the local community.' Don't miss this evocative and heart-warming tale of unrequited love and unfulfilled dreams. Thank you

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www.britishmot oryachtshow.co m Solent Branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild We are a small, but very busy guild with lots to look forward to in 2020. Our members range from the beginner to professional textile artists who all share a love of stitch and textiles. At the moment we are finishing off our pieces of work to go into our own exhibition in the summer at the Westbury Manor Museum in Fareham It is shaping up to be a fantastic collection of work, so please come in and see it! Meeting on the third Monday of each mouth, our next speaker will be on Monday 17th February where we will be hosting a Weaver. Alice Hume who will take us through her work. If you would like to join us, please come along. You will be made very welcome. We meet in the Parish Rooms in Titchfield , PO14 4AQ. 7pm for 7:30pm. visitors £5.


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LOOP Magazine Issue 38 February Edition 2020  

#GetInTheLOOP An A4 magazine Local to Hampshire, In this Issue: Fashion, February Special's, Cosmic Calendar, Motoring, Computer Know How,...

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#GetInTheLOOP An A4 magazine Local to Hampshire, In this Issue: Fashion, February Special's, Cosmic Calendar, Motoring, Computer Know How,...

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