LOOP Magazine Hampshire Autumn Edition 2019

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Issue 36 Autumn Edition

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Fareham College Students Achieve an exceptional 98.8% pass rate in Level 3 Qualifications

Fareham College Level 3 students and staff are today celebrating an outstanding overall advanced level pass rate of 98.8%. Over half of the students achieved high grades and nearly a third achieving the highest grade possible. Fareham College’s Principal and Chief Executive, Andrew Kaye, said: “A huge congratulations to everyone. We are incredibly proud of our students for achieving these outstanding results which are a true testament to their hard work and commitment.

“Our strive for excellence through continual improvement is at the core of everything we do and these results truly reflect the benefits our students gain learning from our industry-experienced teachers in great facilities and using the most up-to-date equipment. “Level 3 qualifications have the great advantage of opening the door to different career paths. They offer the same route into university as A Levels and a number of our students are taking this route in September.

A huge thank you to Fareham College for the motivation, support, teaching and incredible facilities. I don’t think I could have done it without you. Knowing I have the results I need to go to university is great. I am really proud of my achievement and am feeling very confident now looking forward to my future.” Jackie Parnell, Level 3 Beauty Student added: “I actually studied A Levels for two years previously but then decided I wanted a change of direction. So, I moved to Fareham College because I believed it could take me through the qualifications I needed to achieve my dream of starting my own beauty business. “Today marks the start of the rest of my life. I’m over the moon with my results and all my hard work and commitment means I can now forge ahead. I am very excited about my future”. Andrew Kaye added “Excitingly, moving into the next academic year, we are taking applications from students for the all-new T Level qualifications.

“Other students want to take advantage of Fareham College’s close business links by going straight into the work place. Students who have taken this option have secured full time employment or apprenticeships in organisations such as McLaren, Carnival, NATS, Hampshire County Council and South West Railways.

These courses starting in September 2020 provide a technical alternative to A Levels, with the added benefit of extended industry placements.The first courses are in education and childcare and digital production, design and development. Again, we are leading the way in offering a choice of qualification to put every student onto the career path of their choice”.

Level 3 Student Lewis Robertson studied IT Practitioners, and achieved D*D*D has chosen the university route. He said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to have achieved such excellent grades for my Level 3 qualification.

Fareham College is holding open days on 2nd October and 19th November. To find out more visit: www.farehamcollege.co.uk


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TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR THE HMS SULTAN BONFIRE & FIREWORKS NIGHT 2019 We are pleased to announce that tickets are available now from: https://hmssultan.ticketsrv. co.uk for the spectacular HMS Sultan Bonfire & Fireworks Night 2019. Join with thousands of spectators on Wednesday 30 October as HMS Sultan hosts a fun filled evening of entertainment.

With entertainers including fire breathers and a funfair with rides at very reasonable rates, there’s something to entertain all the family. In addition, there will be a wide selection of food, at sensible prices and Sultan’s sailors will be selling glow sticks and pick & mix in aid of charity. The gates will open at 6pm, with the Bonfire lit at 7:15pm and the main display at 8pm. The gates will close at 10:30pm. Tickets: £15 (Family 2+2); £5 (Adults); £4 (children under 14), children under 5 FREE. Discounted advance tickets can be purchased now from: https://hmssultan.ticketsrv.co.uk and are also available from a number of local vendors, including Tourist Information Centre and the Tesco superstore in Gosport, priced at £12 (Family 2+2); £4 (Adults); £3 (children under 14). Disabled access and facilities are available and with FREE parking for all, the HMS Sultan Bonfire & Fireworks Night 2019 promises a night to remember.

IMAGES By Leading Photographer Mark Johnson Fireworks - The HMS Sultan Bonfire & Fireworks Night 2019 will take place on Wednesday 30 October. By PO Photographer Dave Jenkins As well as the main event there will be entertainers including fire breathers and a funfair with rides at very reasonable rates. By PO Photographer Nicola Harperfantastic display awaits you at the HMS Sultan Bonfire & Fireworks Night 2019.


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SWEATER WEATHER Transitional dressing is an art form in itself, and as Thomas Marrington explains, The humble turtleneck is a surprisingly versatile piece that will help get you through it WITH EASE

If you know me at all, you know that I love the colder months. Heavy coats, boots, scarfs and gloves - that’s my comfort zone. Nothing makes me happier than realising that, for the first time in months, I need a jacket before stepping out the door in the morning. OVERSIZE TURTLENECK JUMPER, H&M, £24.99

Whilst I realise that many will think this unusual, it’s always been the case for me. A big part of my love for the chilly weather is the clothes that accompany it. As someone not particularly fond of his body shape, it thrills me beyond belief to cover it up as stylishly as possible. With this in mind, I’m a huge fan of a turtleneck. During my time buying clothes on this Earth, I’ve gone through a fair number of them. For the record, I have a few favourite stores to buy them from. Cos is fantastic, but can be pricey and is also difficult to access outside of the major cities unless you shop online. I’m also a big fan of Uniqlo’s offerings, and “A big part of my love for THE chilly weather IS the clothes that accompany it”

whilst their prices are great, ditto on the difficult to access front. Beyond those, there are the easier to get ahold of - Zara, H&M and Topshop being three of the best. Whilst the knitwear at H&M can be a little dicey, it’s so well priced that you won’t particularly mind a bit of bobbling. It gives it a lived-in look, anyhow. Zara and Topshop are slightly better for this, and Zara’s styling is always a little elevated. Case in point, this layering hero item pictured here.


Sleeveless turtlenecks sound like an oxymoron, but what they actually are is a layering godsend. Pop on over a long-sleeve black T-shirt and you have yourself a cosy get-up to get to work in. Once you’re at the office and that hideous indoor heating is trying to cook you alive, simply pop to the loo and slip off the T-shirt - the wide sleeve holes on the jumper provide ample ventilation whilst still keeping you from being chilly.

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Deleting digital - how to remove your digital footprint Nine years on from my own father’s funeral and I have now given up trying to close his Amazon Account…and his email account…and his Itunes and so on. It is becoming increasingly important to consider your position in the digital world and the size of your ‘digital footprint’ in a highly progressive online world. Your digital footprint represents all the information about you that exists on the internet as a result of your online activity. This could be from what you post on social media pages, your emails to colleagues and friends or even just what you have previously searched on google. Many of you will have accounts set up across the web, some of which you use frequently and some you probably don’t remember creating. From ordering something on Amazon to setting up a newspaper prescription through a website, it’s easy to lose track of where you started and what terms and conditions you’ve agreed to. So, what can you do about your digital footprint after you’ve gone? While some people may not mind that information about them online can always be accessed, others are more concerned about their ‘online personality’ outliving them.


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● Appoint someone as your online executor. ○ Pick someone you trust as you will be figuratively giving them a key to your online world. This will allow your chosen someone to either memorialise your accounts (popular for social media pages) or to close accounts down completely in order to protect your online presence from issues like identity theft. ● Make sure you understand the privacy settings of the websites you have signed up for and are aware of all your passwords. ○ Unless you leave your ‘online executor’ all your passwords, you should be aware that it can be very difficult to shut down your accounts. Google and Facebook in particular have a very lengthy process, which is not always successful, to allow someone to gain access to someone’s account without the passwords. ● Have a formal document statement prepared regarding how you want your online accounts to be handled. ○ Do you want them shut down? Do you want them to remain as a memorial where people can share memories and anecdotes? Do you want emails to be sent to inform people of your passing? This will all have to be in writing.

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700th Callout for Hampshire Search and Rescue

Hampshire Search and Rescue (HANTSAR) recently responded to a call from the police to look for a missing child, who was thankfully found safe and well whilst the search teams were en route. This was the 700th Callout for our all-volunteer charity, to search for vulnerable missing people on behalf of the police, since our formation in 2003. This is not a cause for celebration, but it is a milestone in our history. We mark it by remembering how many people we have set out to help and how much time and effort our volunteers have contributed through their commitment to the local communities over the years.

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Solent Local Enterprise Partnership to launch Maritime UK Solent The Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has announced it will be launching a new UK body, one of the first of its kind to be established in the UK, to bring together the Solent’s marine and maritime strengths and assets and champion the region as a globally significant maritime hub. Steered by the LEP, Maritime UK Solent will help its members to develop international links to grow their businesses and provide them a direct route to Government with the help of Maritime UK. The hub will convene, advocate and provide leadership for the sector in the Solent region. It will also encourage collaboration and best practice sharing to improve knowledge, reach and understanding of the sector within the region. In addition to this, the body will hold regular themed networking events, offer advice on marine and maritime matters in the Solent region and monitor and analyse relevant economic figures and data to foresee potential future challenges and opportunities. The new body was announced by Kevin George, a Solent LEP Business Director and Chair of the Board for Red Funnel, the Isle of Wight ferry operator, at a recent event held by the Department for Transport (DfT) at the 1851 Trust in Portsmouth, to launch its 2018/19 Maritime Annual Report. Further activity will follow in September during London International Shipping Week when the LEP will fully launch Maritime UK Solent. Kevin George said: “From the

Local Teenager Chosen for Rotary Youth Leadership Award Course

Local teenager Edward Ralls (17) was selected by Fareham College, and sponsored by the Rotary Club of Fareham, to take part in the Rotary Youth Leadership Course (RYLA). The RYLA course, held at the Tile Barn Activity Centre in the New Forest, ended on Sunday 21st July and Edward came home brimming with enthusiasm and equipped with new life skills which will aid his future career prospects. President of the Rotary Club of Fareham, Bp Michael Cleaves, said: “We sponsor one or two young people in the Fareham area each year to go on a RYLA course to improvetheir self-confidence, leadership, teamwork and communication skills. Fareham College assist by selecting, from all their students, the candidates who they think will benefit the most. I’m delighted Edward has enjoyed and benefited from our sponsorship and we look forward to hearing of his experiences shortly.” Developing leadership and teamwork skills feature highly on the course with practical and theoretical problem solving. These aim to enhance the existing skills of candidates and Edward enjoyed the challenges posed. As Edward said “I had to quickly learn how to work with people I had only just met in teamwork situations, such as low ropes, where you had to appraise each other’s abilities to support each other in the best way. I definitely learnt new skills but was also given the opportunity to recognise leadership skills I already had!”


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world’s largest container and cruise ships relying on the infrastructure and connectivity of Southampton, to the Royal Navy’s most complex and largest warship in history being based here in Portsmouth, the Solent region truly is at the heart of UK maritime. Its geography, heritage and the important part it plays in maritime innovation are all things that we are incredibly proud of and want to champion. We are delighted to announce the launch of the Maritime UK Solent hub, which will play a vital role in further solidifying the Solent as the UK’s coastal powerhouse.” For businesses and organisations that want to find out more about the Maritime UK Solent hub and how to become more involved, the Solent LEP will be issuing more information on its website, solentlep.org.uk, in the coming weeks. To express interest in Maritime UK Solent email MUKSolent@solentlep.org.uk quoting you saw it in the LOOP Magazine. Further details about Maritime UK Solent can be found in this short video : https://bit.ly/2yedD64 Edward came back to Fareham with greater confidence to deal with management opportunities which he hopes will lead to officer entry into the RAF Police. He has already done his Duke of Edinburgh Bronze award along with award winning teamwork for the Fareham College Field Gun entry at HMS Collingwood and on the national squad for sports karate. The Rotary Club of Fareham wishes him well with his endeavours and hopes the RYLA course will help him to achieve his career goals.





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Computer Know How! – An online suite of office tools and another option for screen recording …

In this edition of Computer Know How! - Laptop Battery need replacing? An online backup suggestion, a couple of useful utilities, an introduction to ZOHO – a complete suite of office software. And finally, an updated suggestion on how to collect data if you experience a problem and need to share the details…

simply go to the website and click the big plus sign. Locate the file you want to send (up to 10GB) and click open. The page will now display a 6 digit code. On the receiving device, go to the web page and enter this 6 digit code and the transfer will begin. As Alexander Meerkat would say: “Simples”. Send Anywhere does also offer more advanced options, so its worth checking out if you need to send or receive between devices – yours or your friends. https://send-anywhere.com/


Before deciding if your laptop battery needs replacing, get some facts about it by using the BatteryInfoView utility from NirSoft: https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/battery_information_view.html As a general guide if this reports Number of charge/ discharge cycles > 800 and/or Full Charged Capacity <80% Designed Capacity, then you should seriously think of replacing the battery. And Hypersonic are happy to help if you don’t want to go it alone…

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Even though computers have larger hard disks and faster connection speeds than days gone by, compression of files to save time and space and to group files together is still a frequent occurrence. Compressed files, also sometimes called Zip files or Archives can use a lot of different formats, so it is useful to have a utility that can handle as many of them as possible. One of the best is 7-Zip. It integrates into Windows File Explorer – simply right click on a file or group of files. And its free! Recommended. https://www.7-zip.org/


This one is for power users that often have to work with lots of files. FreeCommander is an easy-to-use alternative to the standard windows file manager. It has a long list of features, with the first being the Dual-Panel technology - it can display two sets of files at a time, split vertically or horizontally, and this can be further extended by using the tabs feature. In fact, the options seem to be endless. Happily, there is a comprehensive FAQ and Online Help to help you navigate the extensive features. After you have tried it for a while, you may wonder how you ever managed without it. https://freecommander. com/en/summary/

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In earlier editions of Computer Know How! we have suggested Microsoft Problem Steps Recorder and Ice Cream Apps Screen Recorder for collecting details of problems you may have so that they can be shared with your support professional. In this issue we would like to add Atomi ActivePresenter to the list. https://atomisystems.com/download/ Once again, it is a simple download/install operation, and basic recording of onscreen operations is just 2 steps – click “Record Video” and then click “REC”. The product has a lot of additional functionality available, but some may need purchase of a license - which Is not cheap. A lot of software choices come down to personal preferences, so we are putting this one out there so you can take a look and decide for yourself, but if you need any help with any aspect of your home or business computing, get in touch.

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Kiwi Encounter Picture yourself sitting by the pool relaxing after hard days sight-seeing, a good book in one hand and your favourite tipple in the other, around you are the well manicured lawns of a subtropical garden with views the Coromandel Hills and Firth of Thames. You wander indoors via the terrace, through the patio doors to be welcomed by the open stone fire, beamed ceiling and antique furniture of this most beautiful of Guest lounges. Welcome to New Zealand. It doesn’t sound bad does it? This is just one of the many unique accommodations that you could find yourself staying at by speaking to the staff of Amity Travel about arranging a self drive holiday of New Zealand. Amity Travel believes that your holiday adventure should be a Kiwi experience from start to finish and that includes where you stay. With a large portfolio of boutique B&BS, farmhouses, eco-lodges and


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self catering cottages and apartments there is little need to stay in one of the multi-national hotels that could be anywhere in the world. New Zealanders are a naturally open and friendly society, keen to share their personal experience and knowledge of their local area, this can be a massive bonus picking up little tit bits of advice (such as avoiding tourist traps)

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Autumn is the Best Time to Plant Trees

Just as daffodils herald the arrival of spring, so the gradual change of colours on the leaves of our trees tell us autumn is gently on her way. Yet, despite the descent of mists at sunrise and a slight chill in the morning air, the gardening season is far from over.

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Did you know autumn is the most perfect time to plant a tree? The earth is still warm from the summer sun and moist from the autumnal damp atmosphere. Planting now gives the roots of a young tree time to settle and become established before the spring stimulates new top growth.

Vibrant Colours

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flower from later October right upuntil March when the the flowers are quickly followed by a small fruit, which is highly popular with the birds. It serves as an ideal specimen tree in the middle of the lawn while its deciduous leaves also provide fine autumnal colour. Still on the trail of cherry trees, there is the Prunes avium ‘Stella’, which, sadly does not blossom during the winter months. However, it is not only the first stone fruit tree to blossom in the spring, it also provides a fantastic crop of large sweet and juicy red cherries in late June.

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What about fruit trees? We would especially like to draw your attention to the Pippin, which produces, arguably, the most famous flavoursome apple in the world. Most apple trees are pretty in shape and the Pippin is no exception. Winter blossom? Or the promise of cherries and apples? Or perhaps a Salix Purpurea Pendula - a handsome American weeping willow? Finally, when you are planting your tree dig in some daffodil bulbs around the base to help remind you that spring will not be far away!

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AUTUMN SALE In October autumn is arriving swiftly, as the chill sets in after some warmer days in September, we will start to feel the difference and so will your garden. What a spectacular time of year though, the trees start to change colour and shred their leaves with the most subtle of winds. Raking may seem pointless but it can be a useful source of leafmould you can make and use in your garden, trapping the fertility of the trees in your soil. Early frosts are on their way too so its time to get set. Here are the top 10 jobs to do this month.

Top 10 jobs to do in October

1. Divide herbaceous perennials 2. Cut back perennials that have died down 3. Divide established rhubarb crowns to create new plants 4. Move tender plants, including aquatic ones, into a greenhouse or conservatory 5. Harvest pears, grapes, nuts and apples 6. Plant out spring cabbages 7. Prune back climbing roses 8. Finish collecting seeds from the garden to sow next year 9. Rejuvinate olf lawns or create new grassy areas by laying turf 10. Mow lawns and trim hedges in mild areas

Winter is on its way when November arrives, the leaves fall more rapidly, and wind and rain lash down.


Some tender plants will need some protection, especially from frost and freezing winds and rains. This is the perfect time to move plants into the greenhouse, or a sheltered spot. Winter can be a tough time for birds searching for food and water, so keep supplies well topped up.

Top 10 jobs to do in November

1. Plant out some tulip bulbs for a spring display next year 2. Use bubblewrap to Insulate outdoor containers from frost 3. Prevent waterlogging and raise containers onto pot feet 4. Prune back roses to prevent wind-rock 5. Clear up the rest of the fallen leaves from lawns, ponds and flowerbeds 6. Plant out your winter bedding 7. If you have a problem with pigeons cover brassicas with netting 8. Use grease bands around the trunks of fruit trees to stop winter moth damage 9. Encourage winter birds into the garden by putting out bird food 10. Use a seasonal bonfire - at an appropriate time and place, to dispose of debris which cannot be composted




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Bat conservation gets a boost in Bishops Waltham and Titchfield

Protected species of bats have been given new homes and their old ones preserved on the roofs of two co-operative convenience stores. Bat boxes have been secured to The Co-operative Food stores in Titchfield and Bishops Waltham to help protect the local bat population. There is also a new bat tile on the roof of the Titchfield store to help bats to get in and out of the loft area. The conservation work was carried out by Southern Co-op - the regional, independent co-operative after a series of surveys were commissioned last year. Emma McVie, Southern Co-op's Project Manager, said: "We are always mindful of the environment when we are looking at refurbishment or building works but it is so satisfying to know we have made a difference. "When we were looking at replacing the roof in Titchfield the age of the building meant there was a high likelihood of bats being present and this was confirmed during one of the surveys when a single common pipistrelle was recorded emerging from beneath a lifted roof tile to the rear of the building. "We made sure we protected them and their access to the loft when we finally replaced the roof in March. We also placed an extra bat box on the side of the building to give other bats a new home should they need one." The bat tile included in the roof is a modified tile which has a hole just big enough for a long-eared bat to access. The bat surveys in Titchfield also recorded three species of bat foraging and commuting within the local area - a common pipistrelle, a noctule and a long-eared bat (either the brown long-eared bat or the grey long-eared bat). These are European Protected Species. A further three bat surveys were carried out in Bishops Waltham with a detailed external and internal inspection of accessible structures to compile information on bat entry/exit points and bat roosting locations.In Bishops Waltham, there were two species of bat found in the area but no roosting bats on the site itself. They were the common pipistrelle and soprano pipistrelle. According to the Bat Conservation Trust, in the UK, bat populations have declined considerably over the last century and are still under threat. Emma added: "Despite not finding roosting bats, we still wanted to make sure we protected the bat population and gave them a home for the future so we have installed two bat boxes on the side of the


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building. "I have learnt a lot about bats and hope that the new boxes will become homes to new two-winged families in the area." Bats play several roles in the environment including helping to pollinate flowers and spread seeds as well as being a pest control by eating insects. Southern Co-op has made a commitment to long term sustainability and launched a five year plan earlier this year to continue to enhance our natural environment. To find out more about Southern Co-op's commitment to the environment, visit www.southernco-op.co.uk/our-plan/.

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A group of Year 6 pupils from Elson Junior School have just ‘graduated’ from their 5-week course working with naval personnel from HMS Collingwood on a variety of leadership activities looking at the Navy’s core values.The naval personnel from Victory Squadron worked with 9 children from the school, providing 5 1- hour sessions, weekly at the Gosport premises, with the final one taking place at HMS Collingwood, for the graduation ceremony. The sessions focused on helping the children develop utilising the Navy’s C2DRIL; Courage, Commitment, Discipline, Respect, Integrity and Leadership, and how these qualities can be incorporated into the Navy’s various roles. Lieutenant Peter Taylor and Leading Physical Trainer Bradley Lotts visited the school to deliver a variety of activities including knot tying, flag work, marching practice and various fun team


A fine print of HMS Hood, signed by the ship’s last survivor, has a new home in the building in HMS Collingwood that bears its name. The print has been kindly donated by Mrs Linda Oxford, who discovered the print when clearing out her late husband’s possessions. John Oxford served at HMS Collingwood during the 1970s, firstly as a trainee and ultimately as a trainer, and Linda thought he would be pleased to learn that the image had found a home at the Establishment. HMS Hood, commissioned in 1920, was the Royal Navy’s last battle cruiser and, by the start of the Second World War was in

building and leadership tasks. Lieutenant Taylor was the Liaison Officer for the programme. He said “It has been a real rewarding experience watching the development of these pupils over the past 5 weeks. They met the challenges set out for them with courage and commitment which are 2 of our Naval core values” When asked how things had gone Rebecca Hull, Family Link Worker based at the school said, “This has been brilliant. It was aimed to raise their aspirations, to try and help them see how the things they learn in school can help them throughout their lives, that school is not just about academic lessons, its about them developing as individuals.” Commander Mark Walker, Commanding Officer, HMS Collingwood, had the honour to present the pupils with their certificates. On addressing them afterwards, he gave them an overview of his role and his career. When he asked them if they had enjoyed themselves he got a resounding “YES!”. Photographs (courtesy of Keith Woodland,

Crown Copyright) show: 1. The pupils with Commander Walker and Lieutenant Taylor, displaying their graduation certificates. 2.Commander Walker addressing the pupils.

danger of becoming obsolete. A major rebuild was planned but the outbreak of war scuppered these plans and she entered battle without the proposed modifications. On 24 May 1941, as she took part in the Battle of the Denmark strait, she engage the German battleship Bismarck but sustained a direct hit, sinking swiftly with the loss of 1,415 men. Only three crewmen survived. John Oxford’s print was signed by the last of the Hood’s survivors Ted Briggs, who died on 21 September 2004. Linda Oxford explained why she decided to donate the print saying, “I knew my husband had spent time here during his naval career and I’m pleased I’ve been able to do something to remember that. I spoke to both of my sons and they agreed this is a good decision and I hope my late husband would be pleased too.” Commander Mark Walker as Commanding Officer of HMS Collingwood received the print on behalf of the Establishment. Showing Linda around just part of the collection of artefacts held by the Base he said, “HMS Collingwood is very grateful to you for donating this print which means so much. Our heritage is important to us at the Navy’s largest training establishment because part of what we do here is to instil in our trainees a sense of their heritage and what it means to them to be in the Royal Navy.” Photographs courtesy of Keith Woodland, Crown Copyright and Mrs Linda Oxford. Caption for photograph 1: Commander Mark Walker, Commanding Officer of HMS Collingwood, officially accepts the print from Mrs Linda Oxford.


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Personnel from across HMS Collingwood came together recently to celebrate the “birth” of the Engineering Branch of the Royal Navy, nearly two centuries ago. Although steam propulsion was introduced to the Royal Navy in 1812, the early ships were manned by civilian engineers employed on an ad hoc basis. By 1837 with 27 steam vessels in the Fleet it was clear that more formal management arrangements for engineers were needed and so early that year the post of Comptroller of the Steam Machinery and Packet Department was created. Then on 19 July 1837 an Order in Council was issued placing engineers onto a permanent footing, “with such rank and pay as appears to be fitting for persons charged with the performance of such important and responsible duties”. On 19 July every year, engineering staff at HMS Collingwood invite personnel across the Base to celebrate with a rousing chorus of “Happy Birthday” and a specially decorated cake. This year, the cake was cut by the youngest engineer present, 18-year-old Engineering Technician (ET) Shaun Allan, who has only been at the Establishment for 4 months. He said, “I’m enjoying my time here at HMS Collingwood. I joined the Royal Navy because I wanted to travel the world and fix things!” ET Nathan Mukoro, 19, shares his birthday with the Engineering Branch. He said, “I have an engineering background because my uncle was an engineer which is why I chose this branch. It’s like a family now!”


Chief Petty Officer (CPO) Leigh “Bobby” Ball was proud to represent HMS Collingwood at a recent ceremony in Stone, Staffordshire. The occasion was the official “swearing-in” of the new mayor of Stone, Councillor Mark Green, at the Parish Church of St Michael and St Wulfad, followed by a march through the town by serving members of the military, civic officials, local army and sea cadets and members of the St Vincent Association. HMS Collingwood is privileged to hold the freedom of the Borough of Stafford and Stoke after inheriting the honour when Gosport training establishment HMS St Vincent closed in 1969. The Base was named after Stone-born Admiral of the Fleet John Jervis, 1st Earl of St Vincent, who served alongside Nelson and Collingwood and a figurehead depicting the Admiral still welcomes visitors to HMS Collingwood today. CPO Ball was the first representative from HMS Collingwood to take part in the ceremony for 5 years and was honoured to be asked to ring “eight bells” on the St Vincent

Lieutenant Commander Tim Lawrenson explained why he felt the birthday commemoration was so important. He said, “We need to celebrate engineering because, across the country, we’re not producing enough engineers. If we don’t take pride in what we do, why would anyone else want to do it? In difficult situations we do a great job and the Royal Navy recognises the skills we’ve got. This event is a bit jokey, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t the right thing to do.” Photographs courtesy of Keith Woodland, Crown Copyright. Photograph top: ET Shaun Allan cutting the celebration cake. Photograph below: The decorated birthday cake. bell which hangs in the church. On ship, this signifies the end of the watch and officially marked the end of the previous Mayor’s tenure and the start of the new. Accompanying Bobby to the event was Cory, his eight-year-old son, who proudly marched in the parade wearing his father’s mess medals on his waistcoat. Bobby said, “I thoroughly enjoyed the event, and despite the rain, it was an impressive sight to see everyone marching through the town. I live in Staffordshire, which is why I was asked to attend on behalf of HMS Collingwood. Even though I am due to leave Collingwood in October, I’m keen to continue to represent the Royal Navy in future ceremonies here. I was proud to have Cory with me, even if he did march with the police section!” Photograph courtesy of CPO Leigh Ball. Photograph: Cory Ball, 8, proudly shows off his dad’s medals.




CHARITIES RECEIVE DONATIONS FROM HMS COLLINGWOOD OPEN DAY 2019 Representatives from local and naval charities, paid a visit to HMS Collingwood recently to attend a special reception. During the event each charity was presented with a donation from monies raised during the Establishment’s Open Day on 1 June. Donations were made to: The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, The Mayor of Fareham’s Charities: Fareport Talking News, 1350 (Fareham & District) Squadron Air Training Corps, The Rowans Hospice, The Rainbow Centre, Warsash Sea Cadets, 5th Gosport Sea Cadets, HMS Collingwood Volunteer Cadet Corps, 9th Platoon Army Cadet Force, Charlie’s Beach Hut. Also in attendance at the event were representatives from some of the Open Day’s Commercial sponsors, whose support made the event possible; Babcock International, Cobham Aviation Services, Centerprise International, Lockheed Martin UK and Saab Seaeye. Other sponsors unable to attend on the day were MBDA and Hendy Ford. Commander Mark Walker, Commanding Officer, HMS Collingwood, welcomed the visitors and presented the cheques to the charities. Addressing the guests he said “It is a privilege to welcome you here today for this presentation of cheques to our nominated charities. Our Open Day is our opportunity to open the gates


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to friends, families and the local community, to show what we do here. It’s also a privilege for us to host the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity Field Gun Competition, which is an excellent spectacle. This year the competition made history with two crews winning in a tied final run. We could not hold our event without the support of our sponsors, many of whom are also here, and I would like to thank you for your support. Finally I would like to thank Lieutenant Commander Nick Cross the Officer in Charge this year and his committee who produced an outstanding event, enabling us to raise a substantial amount for charity.” The Mayor of Fareham, Councillor Mrs Pamela Bryant, received the donations on behalf of her nominated charities. On receiving the cheques she said “Thank you to everyone concerned, this is mammoth to our charities.” Receiving the donation on behalf of the Rainbow Centre, Mrs Helen Somerset How thanked HMS Collingwood saying “These are difficult times for many charities and having this donation will make such a difference.” The Open Day is an annual event regularly attracting over 7,000 people, which is packed full of attractions including the Field Gun Competition, a free funfair, warship simulator tours and much more. The photograph (courtesy Keith Woodland, Crown Copyright) shows the charities with their cheques, accompanied by representatives from the event sponsors the HMS Collingwood team.


Personnel taking part in HMS Collingwood’s Ceremonial Divisions recently had more critical eyes watching them than usual as the Base welcomed three veterans to view the event. Stanley Richardson, Ray Pinn and Gerry England watched as over 700 sailors from across the Maritime Warfare School and HMS Collingwood paraded in front of Reviewing Officer First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Tony Radakin CB, ADC. Stanley Richardson at 99 years of age was the oldest veteran present, starting his Naval career at HMS Ganges at the age of 16, where he was the “button boy” climbing to the very top of the famous mast that stood there. He went on to serve at the Battle of Taranto and also helped clear the jungle, using elephants, in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) to create airstrips. During D-Day Stanley served at nearby HMS Daedalus working around the clock to service and repair the aircraft that flew 400 missions from there and recently unveiled a plaque to commemorate those pilots. Stanley was accompanied to Collingwood by his son Stuart and his daughter-in-law Karen. Speaking for his father, Stuart said, “Stanley was so thrilled to be invited to HMS Collingwood by Commander Mark Walker and was so proud to be presented to the First Sea Lord Tony Radakin, a fellow Northerner, and they chatted happily together along with other senior officers, which Stanley so loved. He is a hero to all our family

and to be back with the Royal Navy/Fleet Air Arm he said this was probably the best day of his life and, in his 100th year, a great honour. He said he was so lucky to make it through the war years and he was only doing his job.” The Base welcomed two other veterans to watch the proceedings, Ray Pinn and Gerry England, representing the Royal Marines and Royal Navy respectively, whose visit was organised by the Portsmouth branch of Age UK. Boasting over thirty years’ service between them, they had served across the world including Malta, the Far East and the Caribbean. The veterans were also delighted to meet Collingwood’s Volunteer Cadet Corps, representing the younger generation and the possible future of the Royal Navy, who marched smartly behind the adult sailors, earning a salute from the First Sea Lord and a warm round of applause from the other VIPs. Photographs courtesy of Keith Woodland, Crown Copyright Photograph 1: 99-year-old Stanley Richardson meets First Sea Lord Admiral Tony Radakin CB, ADC. Photograph 3: Veterans Gerry England, Ray Pinn and Stanley Richardson, together with Admiral Radakin, meet HMS Collingwood’s Volunteer Cadet Corps and staff. Photograph 2: Admiral Radakin takes the salute from a contingent of HMS Collingwood’s ship’s company.





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Cooking up delights with surplus food to save it from going to waste

The team of cooks at the children’s centres were awarded a prize for team of the year, for its innovation and creativity making fabulous meals from surplus food which would have normally been wasted. Jackie Warren CEO at Growing Places explains; “We all know that food waste is a real issue and by joining with FareShare we can do our bit to reduce food waste and reduce our food bills too, without compromising on nutritious meals for our children and families. "However, having a membership with FareShare means our cooks never know what produce is going to arrive so they must be so creative with their menus. They involve the children and team members in creating fun, nutritious meals that the children and adults thoroughly enjoy. “There is a buzz about food as the children see what arrives and the cooks talk to them and share ideas for foods that they have never seen or tasted before, like artichokes, asparagus and different types of mushrooms. “There is usually a lot of seasonal fresh produce and this really takes some imagination as to how to use it all.”

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Local children’s care centres, Growing Places, with settings in Waterlooville, Fareham and Havant have been invited to attend a specially developed Tesco Community Cookery School, for its campaign to cut food waste. Tesco Community Cookery School working with Jaime Oliver and its top food development chefs have extended the invitation to the centre’s cooks after it joined with a project called FareShare, last year, which is a charitable organisation who work with supermarkets to reduce food waste in the area.


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Alyson Walsh, Commercial Director at FareShare commented; “FareShare is the UK’s largest food redistribution charity, helping to transform almost 20,000 tonnes of surplus food into delicious meals, through a network of 11,000 charities across the UK. “Thanks to Tesco’s fantastic Cookery School programme, we know that charity chefs nationwide are being equipped with the skills and creativity to turn in-date, safe to eat surplus food into meaningful meals – whatever turns up at their door!’’ If you want to know more about Growing Places and its innovative ideas visit www.growingplaces.org.uk

About fareshare FareShare is a UK-wide charity fighting hunger and food waste. We redistribute good food that would otherwise go to waste to frontline charities and community groups that support vulnerable people. By ensuring good food is not wasted we turn an environmental problem into a social solution. For more than 25 years FareShare has been working with the food industry to identify quality, in date surplus food that can be redistributed to charities. FareShare reaches over 1,960 towns and cities year and supports 925,000 people every week. The 11,000 charities and community groups that receive food through FareShare provide a lifeline to vulnerable people, including homeless hostels, children’s breakfast clubs and lunch clubs for older people. By receiving food through FareShare, these organisations are better able to provide nutritious meals alongside life-changing support. Food poverty in the UK • 8.4 million people in the UK, the equivalent of the entire population of London, don’t get enough food to eat • People in food poverty are those who don’t have continuous access to affordable, nutritious food. It includes those on low or no income, but also encompasses people affected by physical or mental illness, addiction, relationship breakdowns and so on. Food waste in the UK • 1.9 million tonnes of food is wasted every year in the supply chain in the UK • Wrap estimates at least 250,000 tonnes of surplus food from the food and drink industry could be redistributed to feed people each year. This is enough for at least 650 million meals for people in need. • FareShare currently handles approximately 7% of the surplus food available in the UK. • Last year FareShare redistributed enough food for 46.5 million meals. The majority of this food is fresh, such as fruit, vegetables, meat and dairy products. • ‘surplus’ applies to any food that does not have a commercial outlet but is within date and can still be consumed. It has become surplus for various reasons including overproduction, errors in forecasting, incorrect labelling and damaged packaging.

older people and children’s breakfast clubs. These charities use FareShare food to make nutritious meals for their clients and provide their beneficiaries with additional support to help get back on their feet. • Charities receiving food from our 21 Regional Centres estimate it would cost them on average £7,900 a year to replace the food provided by FareShare. Across all charities, that’s a value of £33.7 million. What is the impact of this food? According to NatCen’s report ‘Saving money, improving lives: Survey of FareShare’s Community Food Members’ one in five FareShare charity members say they would have to close if they didn’t get FareShare food. In addition:

• 58% say they might have to reduce the amount of food they provide clients. • 25% thought they might have to cut back other services. The food helps charities do more: • 70% indicate that the quality of food they are providing has increased. • FareShare enables charities to reinvest £2.3 million a year into other areas and support services, such as general overheads and bills, activities and training for clients or additional staff. The food has an impact of beneficiaries too: • 77% of FareShare’s charity members agree that FareShare food has improved their clients’ diet. • 62% agree that FareShare food means that clients worry less about money. • 75% say the food enables them to better engage with their clients.

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Fareham Nomads Swimmers SMASH the British Summer Championships, National Summer Meet and the Swim England Open Water Championships.

Fareham Nomads swimmers certainly did themselves and the club proud at the recent British Summer Championships, English National Summer Meet and the Swim England Open Water Age Group Championships. The prestigious British Summer Championships 2019 were held across six days at Tollcross ISC in Glasgow from 23–28th July. The Championships form part of a broader Performance Pathway Strategy aimed at increasing and supporting junior talent on the journey towards senior medal-winning performance, as well as offering more athletes across the home nations an opportunity to compete at one of the end of season events. 3 Fareham Nomads swimmers qualified for the British Championships. (Joe Davies, Lydia Parker and Charlie Holyer). • Charlie Holyer swam in the 400m Freestyle (13/14 years age group) and placed 16th with a time of 4.25.15. He also swam incredibly well in the 200m Freestyle and got through to the finals with a time of 2.03.64 (placing 10th in the final). • Joe Davies swam in the 100m Backstroke (16 years age group) and placed 19th with a time of 1.01.55 he was also in the 200m Backstroke (16 years age group) and placed 11th with a time of 2.11.85. • Lydia Parker swam in the 200m Freestyle (15 years age group) and placed 18th with a time of 2.11.27. The National Summer Meet 2019 is Swim England’s biggest domestic swimming event of the year and was held at Ponds Forge, Sheffield from 31 July – 4 August. The Summer Meet forms part of a swimming competition structure in Great Britain whereby the top ranked swimmers in each event are invited to compete at the British Swimming Summer Championships.


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The next ranked swimmers at English affiliated clubs – or those who have chosen to be ranked as an English swimmer – are invited to compete at the English Nationals. 3 Fareham Nomads swimmers qualified for the English Nationals - Lydia Parker, Hannah Cooper and Charlie Holyer. • Charlie Holyer took the competition by storm and brought home several gold medals and impressive personal best times. Charlie swan in the 1500m Freestyle with a time of 17.07.04 and came home in first place with a gold medal. He also came first in the 800m Freestyle with a time of 8.58.02, plus he placed 8th in the 100m Freestyle earning him a place in the finals where he finished 10th with a time of 57.92. • Hannah Cooper swam in the 100m Breaststroke and placed 4th with a time of 1.15.10 earning herself a place in the finals where she placed 3rd and brought home the Bronze medal. • Lydia Parker competed in the 100m Fly and placed 5th with a time of 105.62. In the finals Lydia placed 6th with an impressive time of 105.49. Swim England Open Water National Age Group Championships 2019 were held on the 5th August at Thrybergh Country Park, Rotherham. Charlie Holyer swam his heart out and after 3000m he pulled away to get 2nd place and a silver medal in what was a very close race.Richard Pointon, Head Coach said ’I have been extremely pleased and proud of all of our swimmers who have competed over the past couple of weeks at the British, English and Open Water Championships. I’m especially proud of Charlie Holyer who competed at all three events and smashed his own personal bests… bringing home numerous very well-deserved medals. He’s a real inspiration to our younger swimmers. All of the swimmers have supported each other and put on some really great swims and absolutely deserve every medal, personal best time, or placing that they have achieved’. If you’re interested in joining Fareham Nomads Swimming Club or getting involved with our fundraising to build a new pool, please visit www.farehamnomads.co.uk to find out more.

Fareham Town Youth FC is expanding its girls section

With the addition of the following teams next season: U8 (current school years 1 and 2) U9 (current school years 2 and 3) U10 (current school years 3 and 4) U11 (current school years 4 and 5) U12 (current school years 5 and 6) U14 (current school years 7 and 8)

U9 to U14 teams will compete in the Hampshire County Girls League on Saturday’s, and in addition the U10 and U11 team’s will compete in a Sunday mixed competition. The teams currently train twice a week with a number of friendlies and tournaments booked in over the summer period.All players within the set-up are coached to a high level, using a clear technical programme, with player development at the forefront of everything we do. The teams also have a robust system of play which is embedded across all age groups.In addition, the club also runs two SSE Wildcats’ Centres for girls in current school years 1-6. We are especially looking for players at the U8, U9, U12 and U14 age groups and have limited spaces at U10 and U11. Fareham Town Youth FC is aiming to be the leading club in girls’ football in and around Hampshire, so if you know someone who may be interested please contact us via email at ftyfcgirls@yahoo.co.uk

A Hampshire artist, who works in oils and mixed media, has had two paintings selected for a Royal society exhibition.

Claire Wiltsher from Lyndhurst has had Spatial Connection 2, measuring 50 x 50cm and Time Collector VI, measuring 100 x 100cm selected for the important Royal Society of Marine Artists Annual Exhibition 2019. Her winter seascapes are inspired by Welsh coastal regions while her moody greys, blues and ochre reflect a tradition of British romantic painting. The society received over 1,200 entries this year, which makes this achievement all the more impressive. The exhibition from October 8 to 19 takes place at Mall Galleries, London.




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Of all the ups and downs life has to throw at us, the breakdown of a relationship is one of the hardest to deal with. Whilst struggling to deal with the emotional fall out the harsh reality of considering the financial consequences is a huge burden but essential to resolve early on.

When a marriage or relationship breaks down the parties have to divide between them the assets (or debts) they have accumulated. But what if they cannot agree - how can they avoid the drama and expense of arguing t he matter before a Court? First, nothing can be finalised without both parties making complete disclosure of their assets. Some people might not like this but there is no realistic alternative. Therefore, be prepared to produce copies of pay slips, bank statements, shares and building society accounts and anything else showing what money you have and where it is. It must be up to date. Secondly, remember that the children come first. They almost certainly did when you were together and that will not change just because you are divorcing. The children will need somewhere to live. The parent they live with will need an income to provide for the children. Thirdly, get good legal advice early on from someone who is a specialist. In today’s world changes come about quickly and you need up to the minute expert advice. Perhaps you do not feel ready to take any action but need advice to understand exactly where you stand. We are good listeners and will give you balanced, considered advice to help you to have the confidence to make the decision which is right for you. Driver Belcher has a dedicated family law team with extensive experience of helping people to resolve the difficulties arising from the ending of a relationship.

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Solent LEP announces new funding to back business and productivity in the region The Solent Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is announcing a broad range of funding that will help all sizes of businesses and organisations, with the aim of supporting job creation, safeguarding existing jobs, increasing profitability and helping the economy to grow in the region. It is calling on those looking to start-up new businesses, those looking for money to get a particular project up-and-running, or those who need funding to support large-scale projects or programmes to come and talk to them about the funding available. The LEP is particularly keen to receive applications that will support emerging strengths highlighted through consultation work with Solent residents and organisations in order to develop a Local Industrial Strategy for the region that will take it successfully into 2050. This includes: · Marine and Maritime · Advanced Manufacturing · Aerospace · Defence · Life Science and Healthcare · Digital and Creative Industries · Oil and Gas · Information Economy · Visitor Economy · Construction · Clean / Green Technology In addition, the new funding will support proposals to improve access and understanding of technical data, as well as those that enhance employer-led skills training in the region. The new funds can provide up to £5m towards major projects (although higher levels of investment will be exceptionally considered) and investments in smaller scale projects start from £5,000. Funding for large-scale projects will seek to build on the success of the LEP’s significant Local Growth Fund investment in the area to date, which includes schemes such as the Isle of Wight College’s Centre of Excellence for Composites, Advanced Manufacturing and Marine, the UK’s first Centre for Cancer Immunology in Southampton, and a new link road to unlock investment at the Dunsbury Park site in Havant - now home to a new UK distribution centre for Fat Face. Gary Jeffries, Solent LEP Chairman, said: “Our internationally recognised region has always been at the vanguard of UK innovation, trade and investment and we want to invest now to ensure our coastal powerhouse leads the charge in the Government’s plans to unleash the productivity power of the nation. This funding for large-scale projects in the Solent region is key to bringing forward the transformational investments that will help create jobs and improve the economy for the benefit of everyone living, studying or working here." Large-scale funding is also open to organisations looking for programme funding, a co-investment approach with a broad remit, including rolling out the infrastructure to

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support digital connectivity and support for rural initiatives. The suite of smaller funding packages for small and medium sized (SME) businesses can provide investment ranging from £5,000 - £0.5m and are targeted at those looking to start a brand-new business, those looking for money for a specific project to support their growth, such as expanding the business premises or bringing in new equipment, and supporting businesses seeking to respond to challenging trading conditions. Brian Johnson, Solent LEP Deputy Chair and SME Business Ambassador, said: "There has always been a strong entrepreneurial spirit in this region and we have seen this first-hand through our own SME funding programmes that have enabled the LEP to invest over £10.5m in close to 300 businesses and new start-ups so far. We want to back our Solent businesses to explore new markets, develop new products or explore new global trading relationships as we prepare for a post-Brexit world." We are further backing our businesses with these new funding opportunities that will offer assistance at all stages of business growth; from funding for new start-ups through to support for major investments to drive productivity, as well as ensuring support is at hand to help safeguard businesses and jobs when needed." In addition to the funds launched, the LEP will also shortly be announcing a new micro-grant programme to provide smaller funding awards, up to £5,000, to support businesses with a range of small projects that will unlock growth, including backing for independent retailers and money to enhance the digital capability of Solent businesses. The LEP provides a wide range of support and advice on applying for any of its funding. Its Growth Hub team are available to support businesses seeking to access support and a one-to-one conversation can be booked via its website. For larger projects, the LEP is holding free webinar sessions. To find out more and to book a place visit: www.solentlep.org.uk




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Ian Diamond Appointed as UK's National Statistician Her Majesty the Queen, on the advice of the Prime Minister, has appointed Professor Sir Ian Diamond as National Statistician. Sir Ian succeeds John Pullinger, who retired at the end of June. The National Statistician is the Chief Executive of the UK Statistics Authority, Permanent Secretary of the Office for National Statistics and Head of the Government Statistical Service. As Chief Executive of the UK Statistics Authority, Sir Ian will be an executive member of the Board of the UK Statistics Authority. Sir Ian’s career spans many areas of social and official statistics. Most recently, he served as Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University of Aberdeen, and prior to that held the role of Chief Executive of the Economic and Social Research Council. He is also a Fellow of the British Academy, Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Academy of Social Sciences. Sir David Norgrove, Chair of the UK Statistics Authority, warmly welcomed Sir Ian’s appointment: “I am delighted that we have appointed Sir Ian as the UK Statistics Authority’s new Chief Executive and National Statistician. Ian brings with him enormous professional experience and particular expertise in census design and analysis. “I would like to record my warm thanks for John Pullinger’s exemplary leadership of the Statistical Service over the last five years as National Statistician before his recent retirement. We have valued enormously John’s professional wise counsel and wish him well for the future.”


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The Chief Executive of the Civil Service, John Manzoni, said: “I would like to congratulate Sir Ian on his appointment. With his considerable standing in the statistics community and talent for analysing large and complex data on population statistics, I am sure he will provide strong direction for the UK Statistics Authority and Office for National Statistics. I would also like to thank John Pullinger for his excellent work over the last five years and wish him all the very best for the future”. On the announcement of his appointment by Her Majesty the Queen, Sir Ian Diamond said: “The UK’s statistical system is one admired world-over and it is an enormous privilege to have been appointed as the UK’s National Statistician. I’m looking forward to building on the work of John Pullinger, as we make use of rich new data sources to deliver the data decision-makers across the UK need. “I’m particularly excited to be working with staff across the Office for National Statistics and the Government Statistical Service, as we empower our partners in Parliament, academia, business and beyond with trusted and quality data.” - Professor Sir Ian David Diamond, FBA, FRSE, FAcSS is the former Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Aberdeen. Previous roles include Chief Executive of the Economic and Social Research Council, Chair of the Research Councils UK Executive Group and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Southampton. Sir Ian served as chairman of the Social Security Advisory Committee from August 2018 until his appointment as National Statistician. He also served as a non-executive director at the UK Statistics Authority Board until his appointment as National Statistician. - Sir Ian will join as National Statistician on a full-time basis on 22 October 2019. In the intervening period, he will be working to familiarise himself with staff, stakeholders and the statistical system. The Office for National Statistics produces the numbers that matter most– on the economy and business, people, population and communities. Operating impartially and free of political control, we are mobilising the power of data to help Britain make better decisions and improve lives.

I’m separating from my partner - are there alternatives to Court proceedings?

It is always very difficult when a relationship comes to an end or breaks down; even if you both agree that it’s just not working anymore you can be losing your best friend, your lover and your confidant all in one go. So how can you address the issues between you without causing hostility or acrimony? Court proceedings are one option, and in some cases they are the only suitable option, but here is a quick overview of some alternatives you could consider first:

Round Table Discussions

Pros: • You and your partner attend for discusions with your legal representatives; • Effective at reaching a quick settlement; • Provides an environment for both parties to be heard; • You receive advice and assistance at the time discussions take place; • Informed decision making; • Cost effective. Cons: • Disclosure of information and documentation is voluntary; • May not be suitable for vulnerable people; • Agreement not legally binding unless contained in a Consent Order or Settlement Agreement.


Pros: • Agreement facilitated by an independent third party; • Cost effective; • Safe and neutral environment; • Suitable for children and vulnerable adults; • Can improve and/or restablish communication. Cons: • Mediators do not provide legal advice; • Additional fees for independent legal advice on agreement reached; • Agreements reached may not meet legal rights, duties and obligtations; • No enforcement for non-disclosure or withdrawal from participation.

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Solicitor Negotiations

Pros: • Each party has independent legal advice and representation; • Transpareny between the parties; • Issues can be determined and focussed quickly; • Useful if you live in different geographic areas; • Useful for vulnerable adults as nonconfrontational and indirect. Cons: • Disclosure is vonluntary; • Can be a lengthy process; • Can increase hostility and acrimony; • Legal costs can escalate quickly; • If unsuccessful will need to revert to Court proceedings at additional cost.

Arbitration Pros: • Private alternative to Court proceedings; • Parties choose the Arbitrator and the venue for the hearing; • Parties decide issues to be addressed and agree a timetable; • Hearing conducted in private; • Arbitrator decides the outcomes; • More cost-effective than Court proceedings. Cons: • Decision making given to an independent third party; • No enforcement for non-disclosure or withdrawal from participation; • Arbitrator’s decision is final with no appeal. Any agreement reached between you will need to be contained within a legal document to make it binding; the type of document required will depend on whether you were a married or unmarried couple. It is always advisable to seek independent legal advice before entering into any form of agreement following separation. Lawcomm are able to offer you advice and assistance throughout any of the above processes as well as Court proceedings and also offer fixed fees for drafting agreements into legally binding documents.

For further information or to arrange a free initial consultation, contact Sarah Lightfoot-Webber on 01489 864132 or sarah.lightfoot-webber@lawcomm.co.uk.




Action on climate change at heart of bus industry’s vision for the future • Working with government to make all new buses ultra-low or zero emission from 2025. • Reduced travel costs for job seekers and apprentices. • Bus journey time targets proposed for transport authorities to speed up services. • Introduction of price capped daily and weekly ticketing in urban areas. • Joint project to develop sustainable transport for rural areas. • Target of one billion extra bus passengers a year by 2030. Bus operators across England are setting out a bold strategy to work with government to improve services, help tackle climate change and get a billion more passenger journeys by bus by 2030. The new strategy Moving Forward Together has been launched today by the Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT). The strategy includes new commitments from the industry, including a pledge to work with government to make every new bus an ultra-low or zero emission bus from 2025 The CPT is the voice for bus and coach operators across the UK, representing over 95% of the bus industry including the major operators Arriva, First Group, Go Ahead, National Express and Stagecoach as well as hundreds of smaller operators. Additional commitments in the strategy include reducing travel costs for job seekers and apprentices by 2021, introducing price-capped daily and weekly tickets across multiple operators by 2022 in urban areas and working with government to develop innovative sustainable solutions to rural transport. Alongside the industry’s commitments CPT is calling on the Government to introduce a national bus strategy to help deliver better bus services across England. This would include bus journey time targets for local transport authorities, speeding up millions of journeys to work, school and leisure and encouraging more people to get on the bus. Graham Vidler, CPT Chief Executive said: “Buses are already the cleanest form of road transport and have a crucial role to play in tackling environmental issues and helping to meet important targets on improving air quality and reducing carbon emissions. “With the right support from government to make the transition the bus industry will buy only ultra-low or zero emission buses by 2025, reducing CO2 emissions by half a million tonnes a year.” Buses are a vital part of the UK’s infrastructure with passengers generating


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£64 billion of economic output annually. Each person takes around 50 bus trips per year and 60% of all public transport journeys are taken by bus. Every day, over two million people all over the country travel to work by bus, and a million more to school or college. Graham Vidler continues: “We can do even more to tackle climate change and improve air quality by getting people out of their cars and onto the bus. If everyone switched just one car journey a month to bus, there would be a billion fewer car journeys and a saving of two million tonnes of CO2 a year. “Better bus services are the key to shifting travel habits and growing the significant economic contribution the industry makes. We know that congestion remains the biggest barrier to increasing passenger numbers in towns and cities and that many rural communities feel current bus services don’t meet their needs. We’ll continue to invest in better buses with better facilities and simpler ticketing. We need government to incentivise local authorities to cut congestion and work with us to examine new ways of delivering transport services that work for more isolated communities”. Buses Minister, Baroness Vere said: “Buses link people with work, school, friends and family and are vital to helping drive down emissions by providing a greener travel option. “That’s why this Government is spending an additional £200 million on boosting bus services. This is on top of £250 million already spent each year, as well as funding for a range of low-emission technologies across the sector. “The Confederation of Passenger Transport’s strategy emphasises the importance of the bus industry and I look forward to working with them to continue to bolster bus services across the country.”


Bishop’s Waltham Men’s Shed. Men’s Sheds are community spaces for men to connect, converse and create. The activities are often similar to those of garden sheds, but for groups of men to enjoy together. They help reduce loneliness and isolation, but most importantly, they’re fun. They are already well established in Australia, with well over 900 in existence. BW Rotary has recently made a donation to the local Men’s Shed: established in the local Cricket Pavilion. For more information, contact: helenhills.bw@btinternet.com or 01489 893498.

MERCY SHIPS International Surgical Care Mission Charity works to improve the Health Care systems of many developing countries, by providing direct surgical facilities aboard a hospital ship. It reduces the backlog of surgical patients. It is estimated that more than 17 million people die every year from conditions requiring surgical care. Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland is working to coordinate a $1million contribution to this cause. If you would like to contribute to this cause, please get in touch. BW Rotary have recently pledged £500 towards this charity. Over 95,000 surgical procedures have been performed and 2.7 million lives impacted. If you would like to find out more about mercy ships, see www.mercyships.org.uk

Longstock Water Gardens is owned and managed by Waitrose, the garden covers seven acres and the crystal clear river Test flows for two and a half acres, connecting the two islands and woodland valleys of Longstock and Leckford together. It was created by the Beddington family in the 1930's and further developed by John Spedan Lewis in the 1940’s as a place to reflect and relax, resulting in a true spectacle, hosting an array of plants from around the world. BW Rotary club organised a summer Sunday outing in August.

HART is the Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust, and local Trustee and Board member Jo Russell, (pictured), gave a presentation to the club on the subject in July. Their mission is to support people suffering from conflict and persecution in places with no international attention or outside help. One of their slogans is: ‘Without healthcare, people die’: they work with local partners to deliver emergency health care provision in conflict regions, making medicine available for people who would otherwise die from preventable disease and treatable wounds. BW Rotary will be presenting HART with a cheque to support their work. If you would like to find out more about HART, see www.hart-uk.org Erik Schmidt is cycling the 1,000 miles to return to his home in Linz in Austria. It will take him until 10th October, with some breaks to meet up with Rotaract Clubs and friends along the way. The idea came after working at TFSR at Netley, who help relieve poverty in Africa by working with local organisations to bring about effective and sustainable change.BW Rotary presented Erik with a cheque to support his challenge.

As you can see above, your local Rotary Club engages in a wide range of support of local and international causes as well as fellowship. For more information: Mike Berry at mike.berry@bishopswalthamrotary.org.uk




The Complete Hyperloop Passenger Experience in Virtual Reality Debuts at SpaceX INDG and AltSpace, the computer graphics (CG) specialists, in Los Angeles, 16 July 2019 unveiled the most holistic and immersive virtual reality (VR) experience of a Hyperloop journey, from entering the station to travelling in a pod, in a vivid production that gives a glimpse into the future of high-speed transport. The panoramic VR experience was unveiled at Elon Musk’s SpaceX headquarters in California while hosting the 2019 SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition. Mr Musk conceived Hyperloop in 2013 as a revolutionary highspeed ground transport system. His concept is now being worked on around the globe by the world's top engineers, architects and designers. The VR experience is a virtual model of the Hyperloop being developed by the award-winning team at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) in the Netherlands. The hyper-modern design and streamlined 3-D experience, which echoes AltSpace and INDG’s vision to offer an unparalleled digital experience, has been created for the Dutch team as it competes in the 2019 Hyperloop Pod Competition. It is the third year that Delft Hyperloop is competing in the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition having won first place in 2017. This year, twenty teams from around the globe will compete to achieve the fastest top speed along the fully enclosed 1.25 km test track. This is the second Hyperloop VR experience INDG has worked on, previously creating an interactive model and exploding view of TU Delft’s entry to the inaugural SpaceX competition. For this year’s launch and as creative lead, INDG, the CG specialists focusing on physical goods, brought AltSpace onboard to help virtually bring the Dutch team’s ‘Atlas 02’ pod to life. The result is an experience that reflects INDG’s strong eye-for-detail in creating photorealistic 3-D content. Being responsible for the visual and technical aspects of the VR experience, AltSpace was invited to recreate wide-ranging station facilities, the pod’s minimalistic interior and exterior design, as well as panoramic views, infographic screens, and navigational signage. This became possible due to effective 3D-scene optimisation in order to meet the hardware and software requirements of real-time graphics while maintaining the quality and attention to details which are the signature highlights of AltSpace studio. For INDG, whose mission is to make ‘every product playable’, the Hyperloop experience follows projects completed for long-time partners Adidas, Honda, Philips and Yamaha, which utilise INDG’s own in-house CG technology to bring to life complete product portfolios.


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AltSpace offers the full spectrum of digital experiences and has worked on a variety of projects including the world’s first fully electric car-racing series Formula E, a first global AI race series Roborace, a leading designer in the superyacht industry Malcolm McKeon Yacht Design, as well as World Touring Car Championships and the G20 international forum. Most commonly associated with video games, VR technology has a growing number of real-world applications. Among these is VR medical imaging, which allows surgeons to visually experience human anatomy in detail and perfect surgical procedures before performing them on patients. Other industries, such as automotive and luxury have also begun employing VR for workforce training, and skills assessment. Rieneke van Noort, Team Captain of Delft Hyperloop III, said: “At Delft Hyperloop we do not just focus on setting a new speed-record at the SpaceX Competition, but also on the long-term future of the Hyperloop. A part of this is showing the public what it will be like to travel using this new system. Through VR, we want to enable people to experience the Hyperloop in an interactive and immersive way. It is great to see people's enthusiasm when they walk through the Hyperloop station and board one of the pods.” Igor Voloschuk, CEO of AltSpace, said: “Our collaboration with Delft Hyperloop and INDG is grounded on the shared aspiration to work with technologies that advance and expand our lives. We supported their initiative by developing a VR experience that would allow the audience to dive into the world of the future and appreciate forthcoming breakthroughs. We believe the result is a bridge connecting the technologies of an innovative transportation system with the latest developments in real-time graphics.” Frans Vriesendorp, CEO and Founder of INDG, said: “Our aim was to bring Delft Hyperloop’s Atlas 02 design into virtual existence. This VR experience does just that, bringing the Hyperloop closer to reality and giving everyone an opportunity to share in what the future of transport could look like. We hope the Delft Hyperloop team continues to gain valuable knowledge and experience from its participation in the SpaceX competition. Hyperloop is the future of transport and we believe our virtual product experiences are the future of customer experience.” Watch the video by INDG and AltSpace for a glimpse of the vivid imagining of the hyperloop, as designed by Delft Hyperloop. Download a copy of the video from this Dropbox link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ 0nksobx0owznwcp/AADNmya 6Xl_kEwiEpXIGV5Ooa?dl=0


November 5, 6 - Taurids Meteor Shower. The Taurids is a long-running minor meteor shower producing about 5-10 meteors per hour. It consists of two seperate streams making it unusual. The first stream is produced by dust grains left behind by Asteroid 2004 TG10. The second is produced by debris left behind by Comet 2P Encke. This annual shower runs from September 7 to December 10, peaking on the the night of November 5. The first quarter moon will set shortly after midnight leaving dark skies for viewing. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Taurus, but can appear anywhere in the sky.

2019 Cosmic Calendar of Astronomical Events September/ November September 23 - September Equinox. The September equinox occur at 07:50 UTC. The Sun will shine over the equator and there will be nearly equal amounts of night and day throughout the world. This is also the first day of autumn in the Northern Hemisphere and the first day of spring in the Southern Hemisphere. September 28 - New Moon. The Moon will be on the same side of the Earth as the Sun and so it will not be seen in the night sky. This phase occurs at 18:26 UTC. This is the best time of the month to observe galaxies and star clusters due to the lack of lunar light interference. October 8 - Draconids Meteor Shower. The Draconids meteor shower produces about 10 meteors per hour. Being produced by dust grains left behind by comet a comet first discovered in 1900 known as the 21P Giacobini-Zinner. The Draconids is unusual due to it being best seen in the early evening instead of early morning. It is an annual shower running from October 6-10 and peaks on the the night of the 8th. The first quarter moon will set just after midnight which means dark skies will help in viewing the meteors. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Draco, but will appear anywhere in the sky. October 13 - Full Moon. The Moon will be located on the opposite side of the Earth as the Sun with its face being fully illuminated. This phase occurs at 21:09 UTC. This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Hunters Moon because at this time of year the leaves are falling and the game is fat and ready to hunt. October 20 - Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation. The planet Mercury reaches its greatest eastern elongation of 24.6 degrees from the Sun. This means it is the best time to view Mercury as it will be at its highest point above the horizon in the evening. Look for the planet low in the western sky just after sunset. October 21, 22 - Orionids Meteor Shower. The Orionids produces up to 20 meteors per hour at its peak, and is produced by dust grains left behind by an ancient comet, Halley. This annual shower runs from October 2 to November 7 with its peak on the night of October 21 and the morning of October 22. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Orion, but can appear anywhere in the sky.

November 11 - Rare Transit of Mercury Across the Sun. The planet Mercury will move directly between the Earth and the Sun. Viewers with telescopes and approved solar filters will be able to observe the dark disk of the planet Mercury moving across the face of the Sun. This is an extremely rare event that occurs only once every few years. The next transit of Mercury will not take place until 2039. This transit will be visible throughout all of South America and Central America, and parts of North America, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. The best place to view this event in its entirety will be in the Americas. November 12 - Full Moon. The Moon will be located on the opposite side of the Earth as the Sun with its face being fully illuminated. This phase occurs at 13:36 UTC. This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Beaver Moon because this was the time of year to set the beaver traps before the swamps and rivers froze. November 17, 18 - Leonids Meteor Shower. The Leonids is an average shower, which produces up to 15 meteors per hour at its peak. This shower is unique in that it has a cyclonic peak about every 33 years where hundreds of meteors per hour can be seen. That last of these occurred in 2001, it is produced by dust grains left behind by comet Tempel-Tuttle discovered in 1865. This annual shower runs from November 6-30, peaking on the night of the 17th and morning of the 18th. The second quarter moon will block many of the fainter meteors this year, patience being a virtue you should be able to catch quite a few of the brightest ones. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Leo, but can appear anywhere in the sky. November 24 - Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter. A conjunction of Venus and Jupiter will be visible on November 24. The two bright planets will be visible within 1.4 degrees of each other in the evening sky. Look for this impressive sight in the western sky just after sunset. November 26 - New Moon. The Moon will located on the same side of the Earth as the Sun and will not be visible in the night sky. This phase occurs at 15:06 UTC. This is the best time of the month to observe galaxies and star clusters because there is no moonlight to interfere. November 28 - Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation. The planet Mercury reaches greatest western elongation of 20.1 degrees from the Sun. This is the best time to view Mercury since it will be at its highest point above the horizon in the morning sky. Look for the planet low in the eastern sky just before sunrise.

October 28 - New Moon. The Moon will located on the same side of the Earth as the Sun and will not be visible in the night sky. This phase occurs at 03:39 UTC. This is the best time of the month to observe galaxies and star clusters because there is no moonlight to interfere.




Fareham College Awarded Share of £8.65 Million From the Department of Education Pictured: Andrew Kaye, Principal and CEO, Fareham College. Fareham College, rated Outstanding by Ofsted and winner of the TES FE College of the Year in 2018, has been awarded a substantial amount of funding from the Department for Education (DfE) T Level Capital programme which will enable the college to invest nearly £1m to further develop its world class facilities in 2020. The Further Education and Higher Education college is amongst only eleven T Level providers in the country set to benefit from a share of a £8.65 million investment, helping to build new classrooms and refurbish buildings before the new technical qualifications are rolled out nationally in September 2020. Fareham College has been awarded £446,625 from the DfE which has been match funded, bringing the total to £893,250. This is the first round of funding from the £38 million T Level Capital Fund, which is designed to ensure those opting to undertake T Levels are furnished with the knowledge and skill sets required to flourish in their chosen careers, whilst exceeding the needs of future employers. Fareham College’s Principal and Chief Executive, Andrew Kaye, said: “Today’s announcement by the Government is testament to the commitment we have made towards making the implementation of T Levels at Fareham College exemplary. “We are a major advocate of these new technical


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qualifications and this capital investment will ensure our students continue to learn in an excellent environment, utilising our state-of-the-art facilities and equipment. “We are an innovative and entrepreneurial organisation and this investment will ensure our T Level students leave us feeling empowered to confidently make the best decisions for their futures and are fully armed with the skills they need to realise this. For our employers, our students will have the skills the workplace needs and demands to compete on a global playing field.” From next September, Fareham College will be delivering T Level courses, which are intended as a technical alternative to A Levels, in two areas, Digital Production, Design and Development and Education and Childcare. Fareham College has always been committed to offering its students modern working facilities with the very latest equipment and career-led curriculum. This is reinforced with the construction of its brand new £4.1m Civil Engineering Training Centre (CETC), which will deliver over 1,600 groundwork and civil engineering apprenticeships in its first five years, opening in September. Mr Kaye concluded: “The education sector is moving at such a fast pace and the implementation of T Levels could be one of the biggest changes to be seen in a generation. As a college we are delighted to be amongst the top elite in the country taking the lead with a qualification that is set to transform technical education.”


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TV presenter Matt Tebbutt and award-winning chocolatier Paul A Young to guest chef on P&O Cruises Britannia Host of BBC’s Saturday Kitchen, Matt Tebbutt and London-based award-winning chocolatier, Paul A Young are joining P&O Cruises flagship Britannia in the Caribbean this winter (B931) as part of the cruise line’s ‘Friends of the Cookery Club’ programme. During the cruise, Tebbutt and Young will create some of the best foodie experiences to be found on land or sea and will also inspire Britannia’s guests to recreate some culinary magic once they return home. While on Britannia Young will offer interactive masterclasses in the state of the art Marco Pierre White Cookery Club where he will share some of the essential skills of making fresh, hand-made fine chocolates. Tebbutt and Young will then jointly host a once in a lifetime chef’s table dinner inspired by Caribbean flavours, with paired wines, which will be an experience not to be missed. P&O Cruises president, Paul Ludlow, said: “As the holiday company for anyone with an interest in food, I’m delighted that our guests will have the opportunity to meet and learn from Matt and Paul who are incredibly passionate about their craft. It’s not every day that you rub shoulders with a successful chef/TV presenter and chocolatier while enjoying the holiday of a lifetime and I’m sure that our guests will enjoy this opportunity. Holidays are made of memories such as these.” Matt Tebbutt is passionate about Modern British cooking, making the most of local, seasonal produce and getting back to nature by using wild and foraged foods. After university, he attended the prestigious Leith’s School of Food and Wine in London. He then landed a traineeship with Marco Pierre White, followed by a stint of classic French cooking at Chez Bruce. Moving on to work for his hero Alistair Little, he picked up tips on high-quality, rustic


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cooking and seasonal ingredients. Matt and his wife Lisa ran The Foxhunter in Nantyderry, for fourteen years, turning it into an award-winning restaurant with a daily-changing menu featuring local Welsh ingredients and Matt's foraging finds. Since he left the kitchen to focus on TV work, Matt has presented Market Kitchen on uktv Good Food, filmed eight series of Food Unwrapped on Channel 4 and now presents Saturday Kitchen for the BBC. He also presents Best Bites on BBC2 and recently filmed two series of Save Money: Good Food with Susanna Reid. Paul is a ground breaking and inspirational chocolatier who is at the forefront of the British chocolate scene. He trained as a chef before moving into the world of chocolate, Paul’s passion for his craft and his cutting edge creativity have won him numerous awards including Best Sea Salted Caramel in the World and led to him being ranked amongst the world’s best chocolatiers. Paul has three chocolateries in London, including a flagship store on Wardour Street in Soho. Paul has a reputation as an incredibly creative chocolatier, a flavour alchemist who often incorporates unusual flavours into his wonderful chocolates and develops flavour combinations that are original, experimental, sometimes daring, yet always perfectly balanced. The International Chocolate Awards named Paul Outstanding British Chocolatier. Paul’s dedication to his craft, his personality and his experimental creativity shine through in the quality of his chocolates and through the style of his beautiful, indulgent boutique chocolateries. Paul has appeared regularly on our screens, including most recently as an expert on BBC Two’s Made in Great Britain. Matt and Paul will be joining Britannia’s B931, fourteen-night Caribbean sailing departing November 8, 2019. Select prices start from £1,491 per person (including flights). For more information or to book call P&O Cruises on 03453 555 111, visit www.pocruises.com or see a travel agent.

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Davina McCall heading to the home of the Saints Davina McCall’s heading back to Southampton later this year.The TV star will host her annual fundraising ladies lunch for Action Medical Research at St Mary’s Stadium on Friday 8 November. Event organiser Ruth Dean says she’s really excited: “This is one of the biggest events in Action’s fundraising calendar and it’s always so much fun! “We’re so pleased to be heading to St Mary’s Stadium for the first time. It’s a fantastic venue and a real honour for us to host our dinner at the home of the Saints!” Guests will enjoy a glass of bubbly at the drinks reception whilst browsing some beautiful stalls, followed by an exclusive photo opportunity with their girlfriends and Davina. A delicious 3-course lunch will be served and during service, Davina will entertain with anecdotes about her year gone by.

Along with the all the usual fundraising fun and games there will be incredible prizes to be won as well as money-can’t-buy items in a Live Auction hosted by local legend John Cameron. Tickets are £85 each (table of ten £795) and are available online now https://action.org.uk/events/social-events/dine-davina-2019 ‘Dine with Davina’ is once again proudly supported by Next, with table wine sponsored by local company TSML. Action Medical Research is a UK-wide children’s charity which funds desperately needed research to tackle the diseases that devastate the lives of so many of our children. It has been funding medical breakthroughs since it began in 1952 including helping to introduce the first polio vaccines in the UK, developing the use of ultrasound in pregnancy and testing the rubella vaccine. Action is currently funding research into areas including premature birth, epilepsy, asthma, scarlet fever, cerebral palsy, brain cancer and some rare and distressing conditions.

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The 40 regular members of the popular Bishop’s Waltham-based Meon Voices choir are in the full swing of rehearsals for their Christmas Concert season. The choir has members from all local villages, and is formed from the four main vocal ranges: Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass. Although each range is currently well-represented by existing members, the organisers welcome applications to join regardless of voice type, to join the waiting list for when vacancies arise. The dates of the Christmas Concerts will be published shortly. Weekly practices are held in the United Free Church, Basingwell Street, Bishop’s Waltham each Monday evening 7.30 – 9.30 p.m., September – December and January –April. For further information please contact Phil 01489 579078 or email coundleypj@yahoo.com or Maureen 0148890335 email alan@agbuckland.plus.com.

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Oktoberfest returns to bring steiner-swigging fun to Southampton Oktoberfest, the world’s most famous Bavarian festival, returns to Southampton this October. Taking place over Thursday 24 to Saturday 26 October, Oktoberfest Southampton is planned to be bigger and better than ever with special events planned for businesses and Prosecco lovers. The festival, which will again take place in Southampton’s Guildhall Square, has already welcomed more than 10,000 people since it launched in 2017. It gives guests the full Oktoberfest experience, with traditional Bavarian food, indulgent world-class beverages and live music, including a traditional Oompah band.Oktoberfest Southampton will be doing things differently this year with the launch of Big Werk Night Out, a special night for businesses across the South to come together for an epic work social, and the first ever Ladies Day. For the first time we are introducing Big Werk Night Out, an evening of comedy, music, beer-pong, lots of yodelling and prizes to be won. The afternoon of Saturday 26 October is for a very special Ladies Day, which will feature bottomless Prosecco between 1pm and 3pm. There will also be extras throughout the festival, with standard tickets including a full German Beer Marquee, table staff and authentic German beer served in steins. VIP packages, which include private table service, food and fast-track entry, are also available. Oktoberfest Southampton has been an incredible hit in previous years with over 10,000 people attending. Oktoberfest organiser and Orange Rooms Owner, Gary Bennetton, plans for 2019 to be even bigger. Gary said: “We’re delighted to bring Oktoberfest back to the city. It’s a fantastic event that we’re delighted to be a part of. This year we want it to be really different with something for everyone. What better way for businesses from across the south to banish those office blues by coming together for an epic celebration.” For details about tickets and for more information about the event, visit: https://www.oktoberfestsoton.com/




CinderELLA The Musical is a new hilarious musical Christmas treat for the whole family at NST CITY, Southampton's brand new theatre, from 23 November to 5 January.

Cinders feels old before her time and Ella feels like she’s running out of time. Throw in the reopening of the Midnight Ballroom, a not so charming Prince and two nasty step-nieces and you’ve got yourself A CinderELLA story: The musical remix. Join Cinders and Ella, as they explore what it means to feel a little lost and find yourself again. CinderELLA is a magical fairytale extravaganza featuring step-nieces Ivanka and Melania, that even Love Island would reject, the hapless and hopelessly in love Daniel Deeni and the nice (but dim) Prince Tim. (Charming!) From Nuffield Southampton Theatres, that brought the “super funny” Billionaire Boy The Musical and “whisker-licking treat” Fantastic Mr Fox to Southampton, plus the creative team behind the “high on imagination… simply spectacular” hit musical Amélie, this CinderELLA story combines Freaky Friday with a tale as old as time. Perfect for 5 to 105 year olds! Box Office nstheatres.co.uk


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Spooky Wizard Weekend returns to Watercress Line this Halloween weekend

The Watercress Line is calling witches and wizards of all ages to come and make magic and mischief this Halloween with the return of the railway’s popular Wizard Weekend. The event returns with an exciting array of activities from on 26th - 27th October, 11am-4pm. It invites visitors to dress up as a Halloween spook and take unlimited rides on the Wizard Express 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. Visitors are also encouraged to borrow the railway’s Hogwarts costumes to dress up in character and take a selfie Little ones will also have the opportunity to watch how to make a witch’s broomstick, get their face painted into something scary and try their hand at some Halloween crafts. While spectacular owl and falcon displays, a host of creepy crawly creatures and the spooky miniature railway also promise to entertain the whole family. Woodies Mountford, Marketing Manager, commented: “We’re delighted to be celebrating Halloween with our Wizard Weekend event again this year. We have so much for all the family to get involved in and enjoy a magical Halloween weekend to remember including the


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chance to explore the actual carriage used in Harry Potter films.” Visitors are encouraged to don their best spooky costumes for a chance to win a special prize in the Watercress Line’s daily fancy dress competition. For more information or to book tickets, please visit ​ watercressline.co.uk/wizard​.


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