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Naval Officers lend support to local school Weapon Engineering

Collingwood to engage the local community

Officers, took

at the same time as supporting a good

advantage of a day

cause, and allows members of the public

assigned to conduct

to see the Royal Navy acting not only as an

a Community

armed force but also as a force for good.

Project. Six members of the Course were involved with clearing and cutting over grown areas within the school A






grounds, and in laying a pebbled area

Management Course (SEMC) students

with piped water ways down the adjacent


fencing, thus creating the water play area.





Collingwood, Fareham recently took time

Head teacher Steph Greenwood said of the

out of their training schedules to help out

help “We have a large number of service

at Alverstoke Infants School in creating a

families in the school so are always happy

science water play area.

to work alongside the Royal Navy. We

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Swim School success at Open meet having recently turned 10 years of age. They relished the chance to show the coach what they could do and delivered fine performances. Joshua Beaudro swam hard to finish in first place in 100m breaststroke and collected a gold medal. He later added a bronze medal after finishing in third place in the 100m back stroke. Joshua also delivered a personal best in 50m breaststroke. Kyle Kirkland, also 10, was awarded a bronze for his hard fought third place in 50m backstroke. The girls – Shannon Lamb, Arabella Suttie, Lucy Newton and Jessica Larby – put in some brilliant swims and although they did not bring home any medals most of them posted Hampshire county After a long summer break a small but

There were some fantastic

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Teens release Children in Need single A group of teenagers from Hampshire, Sussex,

Instead a teaser campaign has been running on

Kent and the West Midlands have come

Teen Aid UK’s official Facebook page, hinting at a

together to release a song to raise money for

famous face being involved.

Children in Need.

see the video.”

Producer Forbes Coleman, of Audio Beach Studios in Hove said: “It was great fun working

Band member Amy Marsden said: “It’s been a

with the band on such a worthwhile project. They

The teenagers, collectively known as Teen Aid

brilliant experience to get involved with Teen AID

really put their all into it and I’m sure it will raise

UK, have released a cover version of the Take That

UK and I really hope we can raise a lot of money

lots of money for charity.”

song “Shine”.

for Children in Need. We started recording in April

Shine by Teen Aid UK is available on iTunes.

and it’s been hard keeping the secret for so long,

50 pence of each download will go to the BBC

but I can’t wait to see people’s faces when they

Children in Need Appeal.

They have also produced a music video featuring a cameo from Children in Need mascot Pudsey. The idea to release the single came from one of the teen’s mothers, Emma Finlay-Smith, who thought it would be a good idea to recreate the spirit of Band Aid among the teenagers, who met at a singing school. Emma said: “I was delighted with the enthusiasm of the teens when I approached them to get involved in the project. Their work ethic and commitment to giving their absolute all in the studio has been amazing. It is quite clear that they really do want to help make a difference to the lives of other children.” The name of the song and Pudsey’s involvement in the music video have been kept a close secret, with the teenagers even managing to keep quiet about it when talking with friends.

HMS Collingwood hosts charity garden party had been affected by Cancer in one way or another. Commenting on hosting the event, Rona said: “We had planned so many activities that the office just wasn’t suitable so I offered my garden instead.” “Everything went better than expected and we had huge support from various departments especially from the Warrant Officers’ and Senior Rates’ Mess at Collingwood who donated £50 worth of prizes.” Attendees had the chance to have a go on the large Tombola and grand raffle or make a purchase from the nearly new ladies clothes Babcock employees from the Integrated

Marsden in conjunction with colleagues

Training Support Centre (ITSC) at HMS

Steve Matthews, Mandy Goodland and Sue

Collingwood held a Garden Party in support

Etherington, friends and family all gathered to

of two Cancer Charities.

enjoy a great garden party.

On a sunny afternoon at the end of August,

The idea to hold the event came about as

in the back garden of Senior Planner Rona

many members of their families and friends

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stall. In addition there was game of ‘play your cards right’ and plenty of food. The Great Garden Party raised an incredible £478 to be split evenly between Cancer Research and Macmillan Cancer Support.

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Father and Grandfather run in memory of baby Amber Hospital in Southampton because she had a PDA heart problem. Brian continued: “Poole to Southampton was a long journey to make each day. We were thankful to stay in the family rooms at the hospital, and were one of the first families to stay in the newly renovated area. Having this area helped us to maintain some sense of normality. This room was only possible through donations to the ward, and we want to do our part to help others going through what we did. Amber even received her own Christmas stocking from the unit with a number of presents. It was the small things that made a huge difference.” “Amber was very popular and well loved by her doctors and nurses. She endured so much in a short space of time. We were A father and grandfather ran in the memory

Dad, Brian Underwood, said: “When Amber

then, and are now, so very proud of her. I

of Amber, a baby girl that passed away at

was born she weighed 1.16kg, and her belly

will always remember that she gave the best

only five months old, at this year’s Great

looked bigger than it should compared to


South Run in Portsmouth.

the other extremely premature babies.

“Both Ian and myself are really looking

Amber was born 15 weeks premature

Amber was given a mix of nitrous oxide and

forward to doing this run in memory of

on 30 October 2013 with a condition

oxygen to open up her lungs. She needed

Amber. The Great South Run is so close to



this treatment for nearly three days, and we

the day she was born, so this will be a special

characterised by an overgrowth of many

were told it costed £50 per hour. We wanted

challenge for the both of us.”

parts of the body. She was found to have

to give something back to the NHS for the

“The neonatal unit was like a second home

a larger tongue, kidneys and heart, which

treatment Amber received, allowing us to

to us, and we got really close to the staff

restricted the growth of her lungs. She died

have extra precious time with her.”

on the unit when we were in hospital. They


on 31 March of chronic lung disease due

The family lives in Poole and Amber was

helped us have five amazing months with

to prematurity and complications from the

born in the town’s hospital before being

Amber, and we wanted to give something


transferred to Portsmouth. At just six weeks

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old Amber needed

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How to avoid Overindulgence at Christmas Frank Mangna of Studio Red Fitness provides some tips to help you avoid piling on the pounds during the festive period I have also put together some great eating tips to help you through this period. Christmas is a time when most people turn to go through an episode of overindulgence or binge eating. People usually eat uncontrolled amounts of food during this period. When one binges they are out of control, it’s not usually the amount of food they eat but mostly what they eat and how they feel when they eat it. The question is what happens after the first bite? Is it the person or the food in control? Are they able to stop or it’s highly impossible to even think about stopping. If this is the case then one would be experiencing a binge eating episode. Binge eating can easily lead to a psychological disorder that can develop into a much bigger problem than just food craving. Binge eating can literally turn to comfort eating and invasion of your emotions and feelings. Food may become your coping mechanism. Binge eating doesn’t always involve just fatty foods but continuous unnecessary unstoppable eating. You feel low, depressed, angry and anxious, so you binge. Then you feel angry Overindulgence is one of the main reasons

clients, the reality is that most of them put

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and depressed about binge eating and not being in control. So you binge again and again leading to a vicious unstoppable cycle. (continues over page) The LOOP | 17

During Christmas time most people will gain

trigger the feeling of being full when you eat

enough. Protein has the ability to send that

weight due to over eating combined with lack

slowly. Eating fast will make you eat an entire

message from your stomach to your brain

of physical activities. The brain will associate

plate of food and can easily cause you to

much faster than other nutrients.

this time with fun, eating sweet, fattening

overeat. By taking longer to eat your brain will

Eating high sugar foods will make you eat

foods and high levels of alcohol consumption.

signal the full reflex before you have a chance

more and more as sugar turns off your stop

So how do we avoid overeating and rapid

to overeat. Try to eat as many unprocessed

eating mechanisms which in turn makes you

weight gain during this time? How do we

fruits and veggies as you possibly can. It will

hungry and shaky causing you to over eat.

have fun, enjoy our food without overeating

be better to fill up on these quality calories

Protein keeps your blood sugar levels within

and gaining those excess unwanted pounds?

which will suppress your hunger for the bad

a normal range so you don’t need to go

Remember there’s a high price to pay that may


through the highs and lows of feeling hungry.

cost us months and months of feeling guilty,

I know most people love waiting for the big

High fibre vegetables like broccoli, nuts, dried

having a low self esteem, feeling bloated,

meals at Christmas, but try not to skip meals

fruits, asparagus, green beans and etc have

depressed, over weight and embarrassed

as waiting too long to eat will trigger your

the same effect of helping you to feel full and

about our bodies.

starving reflex. This will cause you to want


As we get older our metabolism slows down

to overeat. If you eat healthy, regular meals

Follow these tips together with 15 minutes

which means we are not able to process the

throughout the day, you are much less likely

of exercise a day and you’ll have a great

same foods the same way as we did when we

to over eat at Christmas.

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food offered at Christmas, you can still avoid

Chicken, fish, beef, Turkey and so on. Just

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eat your proteins first. Protein foods will not


every food item. Limit yourself to one plate

only fill you up faster, but can help with the

of food and eat smaller portions of rich high

secretion of the chemical messengers that

calorie foods, like breads, cakes, desserts,

send messages to the brain letting you know

potatoes and rice.

you’re full. Protein will trigger your leptin

Try to eat slowly during meals. Your brain will

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SWIMMERS DEMONSTRATE COMPETITIVE SPIRIT Locks Heath Swim Squad scared off the opposition at the Portsmouth Halloween Meet held at the Mountbatten Centre. There was some frightfully fast swimming and some monster personal bests from the team of 21. The two day meet saw the Locks Heath team amass nine Gold, ten Silver and 13 Bronze medals along with 66 personal best times as well as Qualifying Times for the 2015 Hampshire County Championships. Ten year old Scott Hutin and eleven year old Shannon Lamb collected six medals each. Scott received two Gold, two Silver and two Bronze medals. Shannon received three Gold, one Silver and two Bronze medals. Ten year old Evelyn Hall also went home well decorated with a Gold, two Silver and two Bronze medals. Thomas Larby, also ten years old, took four medals (three Silvers and a Bronze) as did his thirteen year old sister Jessica (a Gold, two Silvers and a Bronze). Nine year old Mia Day gained a medal of each colour and eleven year old James Hall took two Bronzes . May Fletcher (Gold), Jan Stoop (Bronze) and Hannah Roberts each went away with a medal. Great performances also came from Ella Richardson-Fitt, Amelia Ayling, Shona McGrath, Harrison Kennedy, Lucy Briscoe, Gracie Pick, Sarah Barbary, Isabel Barbary, Eve Limburn and Evie Selby The team are now back in hard training for the next meet in November.

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series of events and activities which explore sound in its widest context. This will be from instruments, musical forms, workshops and concerts. The project will culminate in the Summer Term 2015 with a participatory project involving pupils from Brookfield and their six feeder primary schools. Based around the concept of sound and embracing English, Maths, Science, Music and Technology, Brookfield will develop close working relationships with University students and lecturers plus a range of professional musicians funded by Turner Sims. Phase One begins on 17 November with poetry writing about the ‘sound of place’ with students being inspired by Max West, the Southampton Poet Laureate. Phase two will be launched on 27 and 28 November. Dr Steve Dorney from the University of Southampton Engineering Department will be inspiring students’ thinking about acoustics and acoustic properties.

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WOOLSTON TRADER CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL Saturday 6th December 5.00pm to 9.00pm

The Woolston Traders Christmas Festival, is in association with Crest Nicholson. The tree lined streets of Woolston will be filled with fair ground rides, and market stalls. The shops will have outside selling points, many with special price offers on the evening. From to carol singer to pantomime cast members we have it all. The main attraction is the children’s lantern parade where you can make your lantern this year in the YMCA, newly opened at Centenary Quay. Last year over 200 children took part. We welcome you all to the high street in Woolston for our annual Christmas Festival. For more information pop into Wearabouts in Victoria Rd, Woolston or phone 07866 503563

Brief History of Parkers Photographic Back in April 1925 our founder Reginald Parker Snr. opened this store, which we still operate from today. After serving his apprenticeship in a Photographic Studio in Commercial Road Southampton, he then joined the merchant navy as a ships photographer, which allowed him to see the world and take many fascinating photographs of different countries which was beyond most people’s dreams at that time, this gave him the idea to open his own Photographic Store. At this time people were getting into taking Black and White roll films with their box brownies etc. and needed somewhere to get them processed, so we started a photo processing laboratory at the back of the shop to fulfil this need. It was so successful we started a delivery service to process films for local chemists and camera shops. In 1965 we were the first in Southampton area to open a new Laboratory to process colour films. With our Camera Department we were able to offer the complete service to all our Customers.

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In 1962 Reginald Parker Jnr. the current Managing Director, joined the firm to manage the ever growing Camera Sales. In 1970 Mr Reg Parker Snr. retired and at the same time we sold the colour laboratory to a much larger company, allowing Mr Reg Parker jnr. to concentrate on the camera side of the business. With expansion in mind we purchased the old post office next door in 1986, we opened one of first Kodak Express Colour Labs in the Country, enabling our customers to have their colour films processed in One Hour. Stephen Parker joined the firm after leaving University as sales director. His knowledge in Digital Photograph is second to none. Stephen has opened and equipped three photo studios for customers to hire and take our in house photo shoots, also he has masterminded our own web site, enabling us to sell online. He is now in control in the general running of the business to this present day.

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The Centenary Quay chapter in the Woolston regeneration story In just a few years Crest Nicholson’s Woolston based development, Centenary Quay, has evolved from a neglected stretch of land to a thriving and vibrant neighbourhood community. When complete, Centenary Quay will deliver 1,620 new homes in total providing accommodation for around 3,000 residents, significantly regenerating the riverside of Woolston. The seven year investment programme covers an overall area of 31 acres and will provide a range of restaurants and cafes, a Morrison’s in November 2015, several community facilities including a nursery and a library, a children’s play area, Primary Care Trust facility and a new marine quarter to meet the needs of the marine industry. The site of Centenary Quay itself has an interesting history. The Thornycroft shipyard was established in 1904 and produced a range of crafts for over 100 years. Following its closure, the revitalisation comes in the form of Centenary Quay. The development retains its links with the location’s important maritime centre. This summer, Crest Nicholson announced the launch of a major new phase at the development. This next stage will see the development of the Meridian Circus and Fairfax Wharf complexes, which will introduce additional one, two and three bedroom apartments and luxury penthouses. The complexes will also offer attractive new places to shop, relax, socialise and exercise, as well as new employment and business opportunities to benefit residents. As part of the ongoing regeneration of Woolston, Centenary Quay has also introduced a brand new YMCA nursery facility, which opened its doors for the first time this September. The nursery is situated in the perfect location for parents who live or work in Woolston and the surrounding area. Children from four months to five years are eligible to attend and will be cared for by 25 full-time trained members of staff. The facilities include light and airy playrooms and a large outdoor garden space where children can learn and play. Chris Hand, Chief Executive of YMCA Fairthorne Group, commented: “We make it our mission to create an environment where young children belong, contribute and thrive and believe that the new YMCA nursery at Centenary Quay does just that. We have worked closely with Crest Nicholson from the very start of this project and are delighted to now be open, providing excellent quality facilities to meet the needs of local families, as well as Warwick Payne, Debbie Aplin, creating new jobs and Simon Letts, Chris Hand and the training opportunities for Mayor of Southampton the city of Southampton.” Centenary Quay also boasts a Build to Rent scheme – the first housing development in the country to benefit from the Government’s £1billion initiative which delivers homes for private rent. Crest Nicholson has partnered with housing provider A2Dominion to let and manage over 100 apartments at Centenary Quay through the scheme, which aims to create a better private rented sector to give tenants greater choice. Visits to the site this year to see first hand the progress being made include Prime Minister David Cameron and Housing Minister Kris Hopkins.

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Kris Hopkins said: “I was pleased to visit Centenary Quay, and see for myself how work is progressing on delivering 1,600 new homes at the former shipyard site. In particular, it was good to meet people who, thanks to Government investment in this project, are working on the site to deliver not just the new properties but also new bars, supermarkets and restaurants, creating a new neighbourhood in the heart of Southampton. And with this being the first site to receive funding through our £1billion Build to Rent fund, it will also help deliver newly-built homes specifically for private rent.” Susan Young, Sales & Marketing Director for Crest Nicholson Regeneration, said: “Centenary Quay has made spectacular progress in just a few years. It offers a mix of stylish contemporary homes; there really is something for everyone, and a wide range of purchasers have already seized the opportunity to move here. From first time buyers, second home owners, to downsizers and investors, Centenary Quay is a mixed cosmopolitan community for all ages and lifestyles. “This new phase is a major step towards our vision of Centenary Quay as a revived residential community for both young professionals and families. As well as the new homes, the Morrison’s, nursery and library will ensure that Centenary Quay is an integral and vital part of Woolston. “We anticipate that this exciting phase will bring an additional influx of interest to the area, as already seen in the first two successful stages of the development. I would urge anyone interested to come and visit our show homes and meet the sales team to discuss how one of these beautiful homes could be yours.” The striking new homes, starting from £150,000, will offer a variety of styles and sizes to suit every lifestyle, and many will provide far-reaching views over the river and Centenary Quay itself. All of the homes are designed with Crest Nicholson’s customary attention to detail and flair for appealing modern design. Homes feature Commodore kitchens and master bedrooms with built-in wardrobes. Two and three-bedroom apartments also benefit from an en suite bathroom to the master bedroom. The new complexes will also feature courtyards, gardens and tree-shaded areas which will provide residents with a tranquil outdoor space to enjoy. Maintenance costs are low, thanks to the use of new technologies that provide energy efficiency, as well as reducing environmental impact.

For more information, please contact the Sales & Marketing Suite, off Victoria Road, Woolston, Southampton SO19 9EG on 0870 758 0432 or visit Properties will also be available through the Help to Buy scheme.

P.J. Drew (Engravers) Ltd Signs and Graphics In March 1965, Mary and I married and moved from Slough to Stubbington. Just a month later I followed in my Father’s footsteps and started my engraving business. To begin with I occupied part of another company’s workshop in Holt Road, Southampton, and then I worked from the canteen of Bardic Systems in Northam. After a few months I decided that I needed my own premises and found a shed in what was then called Whites Shipyard, now called Willments Shipyard, in Woolston, for the great sum of £65 per quarter. It was a rat infested property by the Itchen River with an outside urinal in a corrugated lean to that was shared by many. Every morning I had to open the door to the workshop and throw in tin cans to scare off the rats. The business grew and, after a few years, when I had employed more engravers, I purchased a section of land in Lower Vicarage Road and built the unit that we still occupy today. I went on to purchase the old Sholing Fruit Co. building next door and started a screen printing business – Henly Screen Printers Ltd – named after my wife’s maiden name. In the early days both of my daughters, Donna and Linda, used to come and work for me during their school holidays and eventually worked for me full time until they both left to start families. Donna has since returned and taken over the whole operation. With the help of the team Gary, Darren, Richard, Aaron, Emma, Geoff, Darren and Liam, she is doing a grand job of keeping the company progressing with new technology and has opened a shop on Portsmouth Road in addition to continuing to run our Lower Vicarage Road factory. We also have possibly the world’s oldest paper boy in the form of Bert, who, in spite of retiring from us in 2009 after 16 years service, stills comes in every morning with a newspaper for us.

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Strands Hair Studio Strands Hair Studio, the hair colour, style and cut specialist is celebrating over 30 years of trading. The hair styling studio, which has always been based in Woolston, Southampton and now trading at 51 Victoria Road, has seen two recessions and five prime ministers in that time.


Owner Erika Chapple, who trained at Raymond’s, started the Salon on her own in 1983 trading above another shop. The business then moved to accommodate more staff and is now at larger premises on Victoria Road opposite the new centenary Quay development. Erika commented “We are very proud to have been in business for so long in such an ever-changing industry and the years have really flown by! We pride ourselves on our service and wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for all our loyal customers, some of whom have been coming for many years. My daughter Jessica Byrne is now a senior stylist and she represents the next generation of Strands Hair Studio” Fran Kirby who trained with Erika over 20 years ago has now returned to work at the studio and Shannon Dalby has finished training and Strands and won ‘Apprentice of the Year’ with City College and is now a qualified stylist. All staff at Strands Hair Studio attend the Goldwell Academy in London regularly.

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We will shortly be introducing a range of items for those of you who would like to buy generic gifts for a fishing lover. This will include clothing, hip flasks and gift sets etc…just in time for Christmas! If you don’t find something suitable, you can always rely on the good old gift voucher, now available.

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Freddie looking for loving home

Warsash Studios is an exciting new shop and gallery that is brimming with beautiful home-ware, gifts and furniture. Created by local artists and makers, all the pieces at Warsash Studios reflect a love of coastal living and all things nautical. As well as art and gifts Warsash Studios is also the showroom for Onward Trading and stock a range of their beautiful teak furniture ideal in your home, garden or yacht. The Garden Studio is host to a verity workshops and classes taught throughout the year. These include textiles, watercolor painting, flower arranging, photography, creative writing and much more!

With Christmas just around the corner Warsash Studios is the perfect place to find gifts, decorations and inspiration for a unique and nautical Christmas.

Freddie is a cat with a lot of character and affection. He is in care as he was unhappy living with a number of other cats. Freddie is looking for a secure home where he will be the only pet and receive a lot of attention. He would be content living with older children. If you would like to take on Freddie and have a garden for him once he is settled please contact 023 8043 5855. There are a number of cats in foster care – all longing for a loving home of their own.

CHRISTMAS DIARY OF EVENTS Sat 29th Nov - Christmas shopping day at the Studios from 10am – 6pm. An opportunity to buy gifts and decorations and unique hand made products direct from the makers. Start the festive season with mulled wine and mince pies. Saturdays throughout Dec 10am – 3pm - Browse in the shop while the children make a Christmas decoration in our drop in session in the Garden Studio. No booking required. Mon 8th Dec & Tue 9th Dec 7 - 9pm - Christmas Wreath making workshop. £35 per person, booking required. Limited space available. Includes mulled wine and mince pies.

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Local man takes on “Tough Mudder” in mankini

A Whiteley man took on the Tough Mudder challenge last month in a mankini.

Frank Parker, 21, donned the sling swimsuit made famous by Sacha BaronCohen character Borat Sagdiev when he took on the gruelling obstacle course on

October 26. It was the 10th endurance event that he has taken part in recent months. He managed to raise £1,100 for Help the Heroes, after pledging to dress up in the unflattering garment.

Tough Mudder events feature between 10–12 mile-long military-style obstacle courses with challenges involving fire, water, electricity and heights. Frank said of the experience: “I was quite nervous at the ‘Icebar’, which is a skip full of ice. You had to dive down and go through tires before you could surface and climb out. It is 0 degrees and so cold.” “I would definitely do it again – but not in a mankini.” The event, held at the Matterley Bowl in Winchester, had close to 7,000 participants, raising over a million pounds for the army veterans charity.

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weeklong designer show launching it with the VIP fashion show and free prize draw really case was held at the Best grabbed the attention with a record number of brides contacting Western Royal Beach Hotel us for VIP tickets.” Southsea at the beginning of October.

Andrew added: “We are looking forward to welcoming Charlotte to the Boutique and helping her in the selection of her dress.

The gift voucher is valid to spend at the multi award winning Every bride who enters the store is treated as if she is the only Creatiques Bridal Boutique, 151 Albert Road, Southsea on a gown bride ever to cross the threshold. from the 2015 Justin Alexander designer collection.

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Charlotte Tighe said: “I feel absolutely amazing to have won! I of sparkle and I just know she will find her dream dress in the can’t believe it, I’m so excited. I haven’t chosen my dress yet, but 2015 collection”.


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We are saving local stories from 1914 -1945

We want to hear from you if you have any tales about this time from family, neighbours etc. - Did you work in the fields - Land Army? - Do you remember the austerity between the Wars? - Did you help with the War effort? - Were you a War child? Evacuated?

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Following a remarkable recovery from a debilitating perforated disc 14 years ago and finding rapid relief from a broken coccyx using SCENAR Therapy, Tasha decided to train to become a SCENAR Therapist to help others to benefit from the accelerated healing that can be achieved using this advanced scientific technology. Designed for the Russian cosmonauts who were unable to take medication into space, SCENAR Therapy was designed to trigger the release of healing chemicals from the brain to the site of pain/ injury.

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Tasha has lived in Hamble for 11 years with her daughter and two ‘Pets As Therapy’ cats. She has been using the SCENAR device for several years and qualified as a practitioner earlier this year, to launch her Alternative Pain Relief Business. Being trained by Professor Revenko, the neurologist and one of the masterminds behind the development of the SCENAR device, Tasha has already successfully treated many locals. She and a fellow therapist also attended the National Watersports Festival earlier in the year and had amazing results, treating over 80 competitors. Tasha is also a qualified Indian Head Masseuse and in her search to find drug free relief for other medical conditions, she found Cycloidal Massage and incorporates the benefits of this therapy into personalised treatment

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HMS Warrior a unique venue for any occasion

Situated in the heart of Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard, HMS Warrior 1860 commands a prime position in the harbour. The ship is one of the most unusual attractions on the South coast and visited by in excess of 350,000 people a year. However, she is not getting any younger,

with restoration and repair an ongoing project. A self funded charity, not supported by any government grants or funding, Warrior relies solely on daily visitors, private hire, weddings, and fundraising events to enable them to raise valuable income to aid the ongoing preservation of the ship.

As an incredibly unique venue for any occasion and licenced for Weddings, HMS Warrior is one of the most sought after destinations for those looking for somewhere different for their special celebration. Or if you just fancy a great night out, why not take the opportunity of stepping back in time and join them for an evening afloat by attending one of our fundraising events? There’s their Summer Ball sipping cocktails on the Upper Deck whilst taking in the sunset views over the harbour, traditional Trafalgar Night Dinner, their lively Sea Shanty Night and sumptuous Christmas events. You can be sure of a night to remember. By booking individual tickets or tables of up to 10 you and your guests are sure to enjoy a most memorable occasion whilst directly helping to fund and preserve the ship for the benefit of this and future generations. Contact the Events Department on 023 92778604 for more information




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Focus on Bishop’s Waltham Fancy a day out Christmas shopping with none of the hassle and bustle, but a traditional Christmas feel? Then head on down to Bishop’s Waltham with easy parking and a superb selection of shops you couldn’t wish for a more festive day out. Bishop’s Waltham offers a wonderful selection of shops you will find ladies boutiques offering beautiful clothing for the festive season, more than one unique gift shop ,a selection of coffee houses and a vast range of restaurants, and its own bakery for all your Christmas goodies, and a jewellers that offers a bespoke service for that extra special Christmas present.

You could even enjoy an overnight stay in the Crown Hotel with its beautiful roaring fires and Christmas decorations you just won’t want to leave! Bishop’s Waltham was in the final for the great British high street for 2014 results yet to be published, this is a real achievement for Bishop’s Waltham as only three High Streets go through to the finals, we will publish the results in our next edition. So if you’re looking to do all your Christmas shopping in one High Street this Christmas Bishop’s Waltham is the place to be!

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‘Best Wishes’ this Christmas

The specialist card shop ‘Best Wishes of Bishop’s Waltham’ in Brook Street, has recently celebrated its third year of trading. Run by Yvonne Payne and Jenny Coombs, ‘Best Wishes’ has built up a loyal collection of regular customers who enjoy the friendly and personal service offered along with the unique atmosphere within the shop. Both Yvonne and Jenny are more than happy to help customers in their search for the perfect card or gift and both help to make visiting the shop a pleasant experience. This year, ‘Best Wishes’ will again feature an extensive Christmas range with a wide variety of cards and gifts appropriate for all tastes and ages, making the shop a great place to start your festive preparations. The shop works closely with many of the local businesses, including the nearby ‘Banks Bar Bistro’, for whom they often supply balloons to help celebrate special occasions.

Win a £50 meal voucher ‘Best Wishes of Bishop’s Waltham’, in partnership with ‘Banks Bar Bistro’, are offering one lucky reader the chance to win a £50 meal voucher at ‘Banks Bar Bistro’. To enter, answer the following question, then either post your entry to the address in our advert or bring it in to ‘Best Wishes of Bishop’s Waltham’ by Friday 28th November 2014.

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Stainers Bakery and Tea Room Ladies Fashion Cassis Ladies Fashions is one of Bishop’s Waltham’s leading independent shops – almost a destination in its own right – and one of the most popular women’s boutiques in Hampshire. The shop stocks many premium brands including Joseph Ribkoff, Lindi, Gardeur, James Lakeland, Tina Taylor, Marble and more.

With the weather getting colder, why not visit us for some hearty homemade soup and freshly baked bread roll. All day breakfast, light lunches snacks and drinks. Novelty Christmas cakes from early December. You will be assured of a warm welcome.

Open Monday – Saturday 8.30am – 4.30pm High Street, Bishops Waltham, SO32 1AA Telephone 01489 895331

New designers Just White, Derhy and Monari.

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What's on at Southampton's Museums and Art Gallery NOVEMBER – DECEMBER 2014 ADULT ACTIVITIES The Life and Work of Malcom Drummond

Sense of Place: Landscape Drawing and Painting Workshop

Card and Craft Masterclass

Join us to listen to a remarkable portrayal of the life and work of artist Malcom Drummond told by his great granddaughter Fiona McIntyre among our wonderful new collection show: Camden Town to Euston Road. Kindly sponsored by FoSMAG.

This mixed media painting workshop takes as its stating point your own ‘special place’ – inspired by the current Kurt Jackson exhibition. Bring an image of this with some text and begin a creative journey using graphite, pen, watercolour, acrylic and collage. Suitable for all abilities.

Learn how to use rubber stamps and punches to make wonderful hand-made cards and gifts. You will make two gift cards and a more complicated 3D project. All materials are provided.

Thur 27 Nov / 11am-12noon / Southampton City Art Gallery / £4 (£2 FOSMAG, SCMAS)

Sat 29 Nov / 11am-4pm / Southampton City Art Gallery, Education Room / £32 Pre-book

Tour and Tea at Tudor House & Garden

Sun 16 Nov / 2-4pm / Tudor House & Garden / £7.50 (entrance to the museum included) / Pre-book A full tour of Tudor House & Garden including the attic and cellars to discover more about the wonderful history that spans over 800 years. Then enjoy a hot drink, scrumptious scone with lashings of jam and cream while taking in the beautiful views of our tranquil garden. This tour includes steep staircases that may be unsuitable for people with mobility issues.

Sat 29 Nov / 10am-12noon and 2-4pm Tudor House & Garden / £15 / Pre-book

Commemorative Blitz Tour

Sun 30 Nov / 11am-12.30pm and 2-3.30pm / Tudor House & Garden / £5 (conc. £4) / Pre-book Explore vaults used as air raid shelters and learn about the impact the bombings had on Southampton on the anniversary of one of the worst raids. This is an outdoor walking activity which is inaccessible for wheelchair users or people with mobility Issues.

Free Lunchtime Singing Concert

Sat 13 Dec / 1-1.50pm / Southampton City Art Gallery / FREE / Drop-in Come to listen to the new Southampton Voices Community Choir. Led by musical director Fiona Funnell.





Soldiers’ Journey – From Home to War 1914-18

Victorian Christmas

11 October 2014 – 11 January 2015

The Soldiers’ Journey exhibition highlights Hampshire’s critical role in the First World War. Opening at ten locations across the county, including SeaCity Museum and Tudor House & Garden, the exhibitions will bring this fascinating story to life with each venue featuring items of specific local interest. The exhibition will include interactive activities for children while offering an opportunity for visitors of all ages to reflect on momentous events that touched the lives of millions of people and to remember them. For information about other Soldiers’ Journey venues go to:


Sat 6 and Sun 7 Dec / 10am-5pm / Tudor House & Garden / Children go FREE with a paying adult Deck the halls with boughs of holly and visit Tudor House & Garden for some Christmas fun! Travel back in time to see our staff in Victorian themed costumes, book a slot to meet Father Christmas, kids’ arts and crafts to make and take away and try our festive mini-trail. There will be a small charge for some activities.

Kurt Jackson: Place 14 November 2014 – 7 March 2015 Camden Town to Euston Road 4 November – 20 December

Call 023 8083 4536 for more information or to book any of our sessions

The Horse and Jockey: Live music nights

The Horse & Jockey


• Free Wi-Fi • Live Music • Specials Boards • All Ingredients Fresh & Locally Sourced Where Possible • Gluten Free Options Available Including Beer • Quiz Night Every Tuesday • Themed Nights • Plenty of Parking • Small Boats, Canoes & Kayaks Can Moor at High Tide

At the head of Curbridge Creek lies the Horse and Jockey – a real winner of a pub that offers you a seat right at the water’s edge. A popular retreat for ramblers exploring the nearby wildlife sanctuary, the pub promises home-made food and lush liquid refreshment. There are quiz nights every Tuesday, as well as regular live music evenings. November: Sat 15 - RU40 (UB40 tribute), Fri 21 - The Power of 3, Sat 29 - Little Black Dress. December: Fri 5 - Thee Sultan Sheiks, Fri 12 - Castletown (acoustic soft rock), Fri 19 - The Misdirected (rock covers), Sun 21 at 1pm - Doc Martin Trio, New Year’s Eve - Pete Harris Blues Band.

For Bookings 01489 796654

Botley Road, Curbridge SO30 2HB

Remember to check the high tide time on their website: Tel: 01489 796654

LOCAL groups

Sarisbury Choral Society is a mixed

choir of about 35 members. They meet on Thursdays in the Community Centre, Sarisbury Green from 7.50 to 9.20 pm. New members are welcome. Visit

Warsash Horticultural Society meet on the last Wednesday of each month in the Victory Hall, starting at 7.30pm. For more information phone Suzanne Holleyoak on 01489 574498.

Solent Fuchsia Club

Locks Heath U3A meetings are held at St. John’s Church Hall, Locks Heath Park Road

meet on the first Tuesday of each month in the United Reform Church, starting at 7.30pm. For further details call: 01329 282186.

on the last Friday of the month from 2-4 pm. Members can park in the church grounds and

Whiteley Wags meet on the second Thursday of each month at 7.30pm at Whiteley Primary School.

nearby roads. There is a speaker each month and tea and biscuits will be available at the end of the meeting. There are numerous Interest Groups where you can learn together with fellow members in a friendly environment.

Sarisbury Green meet Burridge & Park Gate

Locks Heath meet on the

on the third Thursday of the month at 1.45pm at the Community Centre. Visitors and new members are welcome to attend.

third Wednesday of each month in the Memorial Hall on Locks Heath Park Road, starting at 7pm.

meet on the first Tuesday of the month at St Margaret Mary church Hall, Park Gate at 7.15pm. Visitors and new members welcome.

Warsash meet on the last Hedge End meet on the

Titchfield meet on the 4th

Thursday of each month in the Victory Hall, starting at 2pm. New members welcome. For more information phone Mary Ford on 01489 584923

Monday of the month starting at 7.30 pm and finishing about 9.30 pm in the Parish Rooms, Titchfield. Visitors are welcome.

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fourth Tuesday of each month in the Hedge End 2000 Centre, from 7.30pm to 9.30pm (doors open at 6.45pm).

Collingwood’s cake and coffee collection

Civilian and Military personnel from across HMS Collingwood took to the kitchens in order to fundraise for the annual Macmillan Cake and Coffee morning. Captain Steve Dainton CBE RN, Commanding Officer of HMS Collingwood kicked off the collection of Coffee Mornings

in aid of Macmillan with poignant words stating: “I am always impressed by the amount of events that personnel across Collingwood do in support of charities from big national ones to small local ones. Everyone is aware of the great work and support that Macmillan provides.” Several departments from across the Phase 2 training establishment decided to take part in the annual Coffee Mornings including the Chaplaincy, Medical Centre, Royal Navy Leadership Academy, Babcock Departments and the Executive Department. Able Seaman Charlotte Gilbert, who organised the Chaplaincy Macmillan Cake

and Coffee Morning, commented: “Many of my friends and family have been touched by Cancer. One of my colleagues had just received the diagnosis of terminal cancer. Often there’s nothing you can do. The Macmillan Cake and Coffee morning gives people the chance to raise money for future suffers.” Special thanks were given to Tracey Edgar, IBake of Gosport who donated lots of cupcakes and a cake towards the cake sale. This was the third successful year for the team from the Babcock Integrated Training Integrated Training Support Centre (ITSC) as they held a Macmillan Coffee morning where attendees had the chance to play some of the games that Macmillan had provided for organisers. Games included ‘Guess how many beans are in the jar’, ‘Guess how many 100s and 1000s are on the cake’ and ‘Spot the double shot’. For a competitive edge, guests were asked to vote on whose cakes were the best. Collectively, Departments across HMS Collingwood have raised over £1300. The LOOP | 39

The Complete History of Comedy (abridged) Written and Directed by Reed Martin & Austin Tichenor “THIS SHOW PROVES (THE REDUCED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY) HAVE NOT LOST THEIR TOUCH - OR THEIR REMARKABLE ENERGY.” The Stage (2014) Following a hugely successful, critically acclaimed season at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014 the Reduced Shakespeare Company will set out to reduce the UK to tears of laughter in Spring 2015. Yes that’s right, the bad boys of abridgement will finally tackle the subject they were born to reduce. From the high-brow to the low, The Complete History of Comedy (abridged) covers comedy through the ages, from Aristophanes and Shakespeare to Vaudeville and Charlie Chaplin. “THE REDUCED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY ARE BACK, DOING WHAT THEY DO BEST.” What’s On Stage (2014) The Complete History of Comedy (abridged) is far more affordable than tickets to an amusement park, but you’ll still come away with the same feeling of nausea and motion sickness. From cavemen

telling “Rock Rock” jokes to Chris Rock and everything in-between, the Company leave no joke untold as they deconstruct the entire history of comedy in 90 rollicking minutes. “THE TRIO DELIVER 70 MINUTES FILLED WITH LAUGHTER TO A DELIGHTED AUDIENCE.” British Theatre Guide (2014) The Reduced Shakespeare Company is a three-man comedy troupe that takes long, serious subjects and reduces them to short, sharp comedies. Since 1981, ‘The Bad Boys of Abridgement’ have created nine stage shows, two television specials, several failed TV pilots and numerous radio pieces – all of which have been performed, seen, heard and translated into Klingon the world over. The company’s first three shows, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), The Complete History of America (abridged) and The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged) enjoyed a nine-year run at the Criterion Theatre

in Piccadilly Circus. Not only were they London’s longest-running comedies, but at one point the Reduced Shakespeare Company had more shows running in the West End than Andrew Lloyd Webber. The company were last seen on a four month t+our of the UK and Ireland with The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged) at the start of 2014. Before that a whirlwind eight month tour of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) played to packed houses throughout the UK and London’s West End throughout 2013. Prior to this the “other RSC” were wowing the UK with their highly successful Complete World of Sports (abridged), which toured the country before completing a season in London’s West End during the 2012 Olympics. The Complete History of Comedy (abridged) comes to the Berry Theatre in Hedge End on Friday 6 March. www.

A gorgeous new, vintage style café, right in the heart of Waltham Chase, located at the rear of the village hall with ample free parking A delicious selection of home-baked scones, cakes, cupcakes as well as our speciality rocky road, all served on vintage crockery. Warm up this winter with a bowl of homemade soup and crusty roll or freshly made hot toasty. Enjoy a steaming pot of loose leaf tea or freshly ground coffee. Takeaway available. HOURS OF OPERATION:



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Fareham Pet Supplies

Pet food for the natural feeder

Raw, natural & grain free foods and treats

Established in November 2012 Fareham Pet Supplies specialises in supplying dog and cat food aimed towards the natural feeder. Raw, grain free, meat meal free and derivative free products are fast becoming the preferred foods for owners and their four legged friends. Fareham Pets’ 2000sq feet shop, just off the Wickham Road, stock some of the best, not necessarily more expensive pet foods on the market. Many problems can be associated to diet and at Fareham Pets they are very happy to discuss and give advice regarding any concerns you may have. Wind, diarrhoea, itchy skin and poor coats are among some of the far too often seen problems that can be related to various advised and conveniently available foods. Fareham Pets’ aim is to provide alternative foods that can and often do relieve and in many cases solve food related problems. Their experience with dogs and cats and their evolution over many thousands of years, on a carnivorous diet, posses the question ‘why are we trying to change their food’ by introducing carbohydrate based diets? Consider what you are currently feeding your pets – perhaps they would benefit from a good quality raw or grain free diet.






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Council awarded £50,000 for district heating scheme study Eastleigh Borough Council has been awarded over £50,000 by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to carry out a study into a possible district heating network in West End. A district energy centre at the Ageas Bowl would provide low cost, low carbon, heating and electricity to several commercial sites including the Ageas Bowl stadium, Holiday Inn Express, Virgin Active Health Club and the new Hilton Hotel at the Ageas Bowl. Eastleigh Borough Council is one of 32 local authorities in England and Wales to have been awarded grants through the Heat Networks Delivery Unit (HNDU). Cabinet Lead for Environment & Sustainability Cllr Louise Bloom, said: “This improves air quality by having fewer emissions and also supports our ongoing commitment to tackling climate change and offers the opportunity to grow the scheme to include residential homes in the future.” District heating networks supply heat to a number of buildings or dwellings from heat generated at a central source and supplied through a system of insulated pipes. Heat production is more energy efficient, delivers carbon savings, and can reduce consumer bills through more competitive wholesale fuel prices. It is planned that the feasibility study will be carried out and completed by spring 2015. The LOOP | 41


– a perfect panto for one and all!

EastEnders’ and Hollyoaks heartthrob

Also joining Stefan and Lloyd will be

Stefan Booth will be starring in this year’s

Rebecca Vere as the Wicked Queen, veteran

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs runs

Ferneham Hall production of Snow White

panto dame Kim Wall as Dame Dotty, and

from Friday 12 December – Sunday 4

and the Seven Dwarfs, which will be

Daniella Piper as Snow White.

January at Ferneham Hall, Osborn Road,

packed with all the essential ingredients that make Fareham’s pantos so special. Live music, a fabulous cast, dazzling sets and one or two surprises!! Appearing alongside Stefan will be TV Presenter Lloyd Warbey from Disney’s Art Attack, playing Herbie the Huntsman.

Nothing is more dangerous than a paranoid Wicked Queen!



Will Snow

White escape her jealous clutches? Can Dame Dotty get her man? Can Herbie the Huntsman work out if he is a goodie or a baddie? Can Prince Simon of Sofaria ensure

To book call 01329 231942 or visit www. You can now follow Ferneham Hall on Twitter and join them on Facebook.

a happy ending? Bring on the Magnificent

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Valid until 31.12.14 (Please bring this voucher with you) Picture indicative only.

Open Monday to Saturday 9.00am - 5.30pm Sunday & Bank Holidays 10.00am - 5.00pm

Ferneham Hall in association with Jordan Productions present

A Traditional Fun-filled Family Pantomime

Stefan Booth

(Hollyoaks & EastEnders) as Prince Simon

Lloyd Warbey

(Disney’s Art Attack) as Herbie the Huntsman

Daniella Piper as Snow White

Rebecca Vere

as the Wicked Queen

Kim Wall

as Dame Dotty

Written by Chris Jordan & Ian Marr Directed by Patric Kearns

12th December 2014 - 4th January 2015

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motoring We may be entering the tail end of 2014, but if I’m honest it feels like 2015 is already here. At The Loop we’re looking well ahead into next year, previewing some of 2015’s most exciting new cars. Expect all of them to do well, but some to be rarer than others. Niche cars like the Honda Civic Type R must be worth a few points in your mental book of I-Spy Cars and the new Audi R8 will be far from common. 2015 will be a vintage year for new releases though, and who knows what I’ll try out first hand next year. Thinking of changing your car next year? Read this before you go any further, as we preview some of the most important and exciting new cars set for 2015 launches. In no particular order, here’s the cars we reckon will make the most impact next year.

Jaguar XE This will be Jaguar’s most important new car release in decades. The XE will be competing in the cut-throat compact executive market sector, and will be competing alongside established competitors, mainly from German manufactures. This highly competitive market is one Jaguar haven’t had a presence in since 2009, after the X-Type’s demise. Jaguar has a lot riding on this car, but we have every confidence that they can make it a success.

Audi A4 Audi A4 buyers will for the first time have the option of hybrid technology. The usual petrol and diesel engines will still be offered though, but our prediction is that these more traditional ways or propulsion will continue to make up the bulk of Audi A4 sales. It will also be lighter, so improved handling and fuel economy is to be expected.

Honda Civic Type R Honda’s ninth generation Civic may have been out since 2011, but we’re still having to wait for the high performance Type R...Not for much longer though. The next Honda Civic Type R is due next year, and has undergone some radical changes. A traditional Type R mainstay has always been the use of naturally aspirated engines, but the new car will use a turbo charger, a first for the Civic Type R. This will be mated to a 2.0 petrol engine producing over 276 bhp. Expect it to be rather brisk...

Ford Mustang Is this the most exciting car coming to the UK in 2015? For the first time Ford’s iconic and much loved Mustang will be officially imported to the UK. While it may be an allAmerican icon, many will see it as the spiritual successor to the Ford Capri, and that has to be a good thing. Donkey jackets and fully dice at the ready then? Not quite. The new Mustang will be a very modern machine, and should be able to fight its European rivals on a level playing field: efficiency and handling are to be dramatically improved. Naturally, a V8 engine will be offered, joining an engine from Ford’s Ecoboost family offering over 300 bhp.

Volvo XC90 The third generation of Volvo’s SUV is set to go on sale next year, and is a huge improvement over the outgoing model as far as looks go. It promises a highly up-to-date and tech laden interior, which still retains the traditional Volvo traits of quality and luxury. With Volvo being Volvo, expect safety to be on this car’s agenda. It will also boast a hybrid engine option, which twins a powerful two litre engine to an electric motor.

Honda Jazz Honda’s supermini, the Jazz is another car entering it’s third generation next year. The new car will be bigger than the outgoing model, have more engine options than before and promises improved handling. Will it be enough to make waves in the supermini pond?

Audi R8 Audi’s flagship R8 supercar will be all new for 2015. Following Audi’s established styling ethos of evolution over revolution, the car doesn’t introduce any major visual changes, sticking to the same formula as before. Again, the mid-engined configuration will remain in place for the new car. Much of the R8’s technology will be shared with the Lamborghini Huracán, although the Audi will be slightly larger than the Lamborghini, to allow for more stability and improved comfort.

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VW Passat The eighth generation VW Passat will be hitting the UK’s roads in January 2015, but VW are already taking orders. As before, the Passat will be available in saloon or estate form. For the first time, it will not be offered with a petrol engine at launch. VW will offer a variety of trim levels to suite most tastes and budgets though. Most exciting is the introduction of the Biturbo diesel, which could be game changer for the Passat However, it’s (mostly) business as usual.

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The All Woman Christmas Shopping and Indulgence Show The Norton Park Hotel, Sutton Scotney, Winchester Sunday 7 December 2014 10.30 am until 4.00 pm Tickets In Advance / plus two course lunch* Adults £3.00 / £18.00* Over 60s £2.50 / £17.50* Under 13s £0.50 / £8.00* Under 5s FREE


(available from

FREE VIP one day pass to the Leisure Club with every registration completed on the day 20% Off Any Facial or Massage booked from day of show until end January 2015 Exclusive Show Offer - Free Gift with every ESPA purchase over £40

Tickets On The Door / plus two course lunch* Adults £4.00 / £21.00* Over 60s £3.50 / £20.50* Under 13s £1.00 / £9.50* Under 5s FREE 50p from tickets sold on the day is being donated to The Katie Piper Foundation

For full details visit Charity No 1133313

Ladies – Shopping & Indulgence, The Ultimate Festive Day Out The Christmas Shopping & Indulgence Show is returning for the third year to The Norton Park Hotel, Sutton Scotney near Winchester on Sunday 7th December, from 10.30 am to 4.00 pm. The show is raising funds for The Katie Piper Foundation and beneficiaries from the charity will be at the event. 50p from tickets sold on the day is being donated to the charity. Founded in 2009, The Katie Piper Foundation is the UK’s major charity dedicated to improving rehabilitation for burns survivors, helping to reconnect people with burns and scars to their lives and their communities. The Foundation furthers the physical and psychosocial rehabilitation of burns survivors through workshops that focus on well-being and social activities. It also helps by building self-esteem and confidence through introductions to specialists in medical tattooing, laser treatments and hair replacement systems, and by establishing a peer support network for burns survivors. Donations can be made at The Katie Piper Foundation website: donate-now The LOOP | 45

Navy divers explode pillars in Stoke’s Bay

Royal Navy divers recently carried out a controlled explosion on two concrete and wood pillars in the aim to remove them and relieve sailors in the Solent of tangled nets and boating hazards. For years the two pillars have stood eight metres tall from off Stokes Bay, Gosport. They were the remains of an old pier used by Queen Victoria for safety and privacy crossing the Solent in the 1880s. The pier was constructed 1862-63 and the railway opened on 6 April 1863 to transport passengers to the ferry terminal on the pier, from where they could journey on, by steam boat to the Isle of Wight. With an advertised crossing time of 12 minutes, a 45 ton iron steamer began

making five passages per day, averaging 15 minutes per crossing and a 300 passenger capacity. The remaining pillars had proved to be an underwater nuisance over the decades with many sailors and fishermen scraping hulls or getting their fishing nets caught on them. As a result Royal Navy’s Southern Diving Unit Two (SDU2) were asked if they could remove the columns to gain experience and improve safety on the water. Leading Diver Luke Halbauer said: “There were two obstructions that were under the surface of the water, invisible unless at low tide for many years, causing problems for sailors using this part of the Solent.” “We first went down to

inspect the pillars discovering a plethora of nets tangled around them.” “Our role was to remove them using explosives which we carried out with success.” Royal Navy divers are available to deploy 365 days a year, providing maritime force protection, as well as a civil protection function. The divers cover the whole of the UK and respond to calls of unexploded ordnance being washed up and unearthed along the coast.

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How do I sell when I am the product?

Author Terry Murphy’s guide to selling individual’s services

As a business coach and sales trainer, a

about the process, others only the result.

Or “For the first 3 weeks we will work on

question I am often asked is “How do I

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getting used to the gym equipment and

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listening to them before you talk.

the routine of exercising regularly as it has


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been a while for you.

A great number of small businesses are

‘so called’ sales people who kick straight

Then we will move on to stamina work

of course based on the service provided

into the amazing features of their product

so you don’t feel so puffed all the time as

by an individual.

offering before finding out anything about

you say to do right now.

Coaching, hypnotherapy, massage, yoga, personal training etc. Even if there is also a tangible product, the business success relies heavily on the personality and brand of the business owner. It is also very British to be modest and not blow our own trumpets, so talking ourselves up can be quite a challenge. However the principles remain the same as in any good selling.

my interest.

Gradually we will introduce some

Have you ever been confronted by a

resistance or weight training to build up

sales person opening with a claim such as

strength in the particular parts you are

“I can save you money?”

concerned about and of course some ab’

It makes be stop for a moment and think of all the bizarre situations in which this could not possibly be the case.

work. You will soon see signs of that six-pack you’ve always wanted, perhaps within the

Double glazing salesman at my door… ”This isn’t my house, I live in a tent”. Of course, explaining the results in

first 6-8 sessions.” Gosh, I am almost selling myself back into some personal training.

terms of how you have helped others

Then, the most difficult part for people

Ask lots of questions, understand the

adds credibility, which is why testimonials

who sell their own services is often asking

potential client’s needs, challenges and

and endorsements are so important, but

for the business.

objectives (with regard to the area of work

we all start off with none as we get the

Here is a phrase I love, you could try it.

you are in) and then start to explain your

business going.

“From what you have said, I believe I can


So my advice to the original question is,

help. Would you like my help?”

Not by detailing the ‘how’ of what your

ask questions to understand your potential

service entails, this may or may not be of

client first and foremost, then keep

interest to the client later in the process,

relating back to the issues, challenges,

Terry Murphy is an Author, Speaker

but talk about the result.

problems the potential client has talked

and Business Coach and is the founder of

about and what result they want.

Grasshoppers Don’t Walk.

Explain how the client will feel and benefit from working with you.

Oh, and then stop talking until they respond.

If the service you are selling is to be

“After many years working with business

A quick example, if a GP was asked “what

delivered over a period of time, such as a

owners, I am pained to see so many

do you do?”, better she says “I diagnose

course of treatment or repeated sessions,

who invest their time and money into a

and cure sick people” or even “I make sick

then planning out some milestones can

business venture that does not reach their

people well”.

help enormously.

expectations. Grasshoppers Don’t Walk

Whereas a bad salesperson might say “I

Which of the following would be the

have people lie on my couch, I prod them

most compelling sale if you were looking

with a stethoscope and listen to things….”

for a personal trainer?

That doesn’t sound too appealing does it? Having said that, clients are all different and some will indeed want to know lots

is about helping those business owners release their amazing potential.”

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Taxpayers need to file their 2014 tax returns by 31st January 2015. But despite the best efforts of HM Revenue & Customs, taxpayers insist on leaving tax return preparation until the last minute. This coincides with the festive winter period which means nothing gets done in the month up until 2 January. This leaves less time to file and pay any tax owed before the 31 January 2015 deadline. The main advantages of filing a tax return early are as follows. Peace of Mind With your tax return completed and submitted early you can relax and enjoy the holiday period without a tax cloud looming over you. Cash flow management Early filing of your tax return, gives you time to plan for the tax bill and to manage your cash flow. If you pay your tax bill late, HMRC will charge you interest and late payment surcharges of up to 10%. Another benefit of filing early is that if your tax liability is less than £3,000 and you submit your tax return by 30th December 2014, you can choose to have your tax liability collected through your PAYE tax code which means it will be deducted from your wages or pension over the following year. Tax payments aren’t accelerated Even if you file your tax return early, you need only pay the tax liability by the normal due dates of 31st January 2015 and

if applicable, 31st July 2015 Tax refunds are made quickly If you file your tax return early, you should receive any tax refund you are due fairly soon after you’ve submitted it; HMRC do not wait until 31st January to pay you. Therefore, if you suspect you have overpaid tax and are due a refund, you should really prepare your tax return as soon as possible. Time If your affairs have changed this year and you have, losses or a significant amount of additional income, then preparing your return early can gives you the time to consider any tax planning opportunities which could lead to tax savings. Having plenty of time to prepare your return reduces the risk of errors being made, because you aren’t rushing to get it finished. Contacting HM Revenue & Customs Getting hold of HM Revenue & Customs is difficult at times, but it’s even more difficult around the tax return deadline. Avoid leaving your tax affairs until December or later; just in case you need to speak to them and can’t get through. If you are due a tax refund, you’re also likely to experience a longer turnaround time if you file your return during their peak times. Penalties HMRC have changed the penalty regime for late tax returns, and these are now significantly more than they used to be.

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will take images and conduct science experiments, sampling the dust, gas and plasma environment close to the comet. It will take a ‘farewell’ image of the Rosetta shortly after separation, along with a number of images as it approaches the comet surface. It is expected that the first images from this sequence will be received on Earth several hours after separation. Once safely on the surface, Philae will take a panorama of its surroundings. The first sequence of surface science experiments will begin an hour after touchdown and will last for 64 hours, constrained by the lander’s battery. Longer-term study of the comet by Philae will depend on for how long and how well the batteries are able to recharge, which in turn is related to the amount of dust that settles on its solar panels. In any case, it is expected that by March 2015, as the comet moves closer in its orbit

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towards the Sun, temperatures inside the lander will have reached levels too high to continue operations, and Philae’s science mission will come to an end. The Rosetta orbiter’s mission will continue for much longer. It will accompany the comet as it grows in activity until their closest approach to the Sun in August 2015 and then as they head back towards the outer Solar System. This unprecedented mission will study how a comet evolves and give important insights into the formation of our Solar System, and the origins of water and perhaps even life on Earth. With funding from the UK Space Agency and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), Rosetta is a mission with significant UK involvement from industry and science. UK scientists are involved in ten of the 21 experiments that Rosetta will carry out during its mission. The LOOP | 53

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“head” of the comet still seems to be rather quiet. However, there is some indication that new active areas are waking up about one kilometre from landing area J. These will allow the lander’s instruments to study the comet’s activity from an even closer distance. To signify the importance of the Rosetta space probe, the European Space Agency (ESA) created a short film called ‘Ambition’ via collaboration between Platige Image and the ESA. Ambition was Directed by Tomek Bagiński and stars Aiden Gillen and Aisling Franciosi. Filmed on a location in Iceland, it was screened on 24 October 2014 during the British Film Institute’s celebration of Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder, at the Southbank in London and is available on YouTube. Search Ambition the film and join the exciting adventure towards space exploration.

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The editor was on the phone when Sally returned to the office. “So yes, we do intend to run the story, Max. Hi There! magazine has a duty to inform its readers… No, of course we’re not trying to ruin your client… Well, he should have been a bit more careful in his choice of lady friends, shouldn’t he? There’s no need to take that attitude, Max. The fact is – “ Slamming down the receiver, he turned to his assistant. “He rang off! Know what? I think perhaps we will have a go at ruining his client.” “There’s a couple of guys out there, Mike. I said you might be able to give them ten minutes. They’ve been waiting patiently for – “ “People shouldn’t think they can just walk in, Sal. Tell them to make an appointment, or else hand them over to one of the underlings.” Sally was getting used to her new boss’ brusque manner, though certainly not getting to like it. “They insist on seeing the editor himself, and you’re free until eleven, Mike. They’ve got what might be a good story. One of them claims to be incredibly old, although to look at him you’d – “ “Incredibly old! Everything’s incredibly something these days – incredibly difficult… an incredibly good time - there are other adjectives, you know.” “You’re too fastidious for this end of the publishing business, Mike,” replied Sally, tactfully refraining from pointing out that incredibly was in fact an adverb. “Actually, I was just repeating what his agent said. At least, that’s what he called himself – did all the talking.” “So how incredibly old does he reckon his client is?” “A hundred and fifty. Mind you, he certainly doesn’t look that old, but the way I see it – “ “Well, if he can prove he’s a hundred and fifty it’s got to be good for a column or two at least. Okay, Sal, go get ‘em.” “Do sit down, gentlemen,” said Sally, ushering in a sharp-featured fellow of about thirty and a smooth faced, sandy haired man with prominent blue eyes who looked little more than sixty. Mike glared at the latter. “I take it you’re the one who’s “incredibly old” – a hundred and fifty, you say?” “Yes this is Joe,” replied the younger man. “My name’s Tony Wilkins and I’m acting as his

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agent. The thing is, you see – “ “You’re right, he is incredibly old – incredibly as in unbelievably! Sally, what were you thinking of? Wasting my time!” “I said he didn’t look a hundred and fifty, Mike, but – “ “I thought you meant he looked only about a hundred and ten.” “But don’t you think a fraud would have tried to appear a bit more convincing?” “Good point, lady,” said Wilkins. “If you’ll allow me to explain, Mr Editor…” “Go on, then. Make it snappy.” “Thank you. Now, I work at a hostel for destitute men. Yesterday Joe here wanders in. He’s in a very confused state of mind and no wonder. You see, he’d been abducted by aliens and they’d just returned him to Earth, and so – “ “Oh, I see! Of course their plastic surgery techniques would be centuries ahead of ours, wouldn’t they?” Wilkins flushed. “I don’t think you’re taking us seriously.” “Oh, but I am, and I’m thinking you’re a serious waste of time.” “We may as well hear him out now, Mike.” Sally was curious to know what might be coming next. “Thank you, lady. I’ll be brief. Joe here was born in 1864, making him a hundred and fifty years old, right? The thing is, though – and this is the crucial point – he was abducted way back in 1906. Now, I’m sure you know about time travel – “ “I do know it’s about time you travelled. Show them out, Sal.” “Wait, Mike, I think I understand what he’s getting at. There was this thing on the telly about Einstein’s Theory of Relativity… They reckon time slows down for you, relative to the place you set out from, when you travel through space at very high speeds.” Grabbing pen and notepad, Sally continued, “Born 1864… abducted in 1906… at the age of… forty-two… right, Joe?” “That’s right, miss.” “Oh, so he can speak, then!” said Mike in mock astonishment. “He’d have been in a different time zone, Mike, for… crikey! a hundred and eight years! But it wouldn’t have been a hundred and eight years for him.”

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Wilkins beamed at Sally. “A very smart young lady you’ve got here, Mister Editor. Smart in more ways than one.” “Never mind the gallantry, it’s me you’ve got to impress. Okay,” Mike continued, turning to Joe, “now we’ve established that you can speak… these aliens - what did they look like? Little green men were they?” “Not green, no… pale complexion. About our size… two arms, two legs. Massive heads… a bit like the Mekon in the Dan Dare comic strip.” Mike gave a hoot of laughter. “Gotcha! Away from Earth since 1906! The Eagle comic came out in the 1950s and it folded years ago.” Joe opened his mouth, perhaps to speak, but if so, Wilkins beat him to it. “We happen to have an old Eagle Annual at the hostel. I showed it to Joe after he’d described his aliens to me.” “Got an answer to everything, haven’t you?” “It’s not a problem, when you’re telling the truth.” The editor turned again to Joe. “Must have been pretty scary for you.” “Only at first. They were very reassuring – told me I wasn’t in any danger.” “Speak English, did they? Or did you have to learn Alien?” “They didn’t speak, not speak as such… They… they…” “Communicated telepathically, Joe,” prompted Wilkins. “Yeah, they communicated telepathetically.” Ignoring Mike’s sniggers, Joe continued, “When you’re thinking, you sort of hear the words in your mind – it was like that. They could read my thoughts too.” “So, apart from the obvious delights of your company, what did these aliens want you for?” Sally could tell that her boss was beginning to enjoy himself, relishing the challenge to expose what he saw as a pair of fraudsters. She felt a bit sorry for the gentle-mannered Joe. If he was trying to deceive them it was surely the glib Wilkins who had put him up to it. It was the agent who replied to Mike’s question. “It seems they wanted to examine our human species. Asked thousands of questions about his life on Earth. And they conducted all sorts of tests – memory tests, comprehension tests, even mental arithmetic tests, didn’t they, Joe?” “They did, yeah. “

“And all conducted “telepathetically,” of course. I like that word of yours, Joe – that word that isn’t a proper word at all – seems appropriate somehow.” Wilkins frowned. “Look, if you’re going to keep making snide remarks…” “What other tests did you have to perform, Joe? Anything a bit more practical? No, Mr Wilkins, let him answer for himself.” “Practical… well, they did try to teach me to move objects, just by the power of thought.” “I’ve heard of that, Mike, it’s called telekinesis.” “I know what it’s called, thank you. And were you able to do it, Joe?” Joe gave a modest smile. “Not very well. Didn’t have a powerful enough mind, I suppose. I could often get things to wobble a bit, but I wasn’t much good at moving them from place to place.” “See that milk jug?” said Mike, pointing to the tray on Sally’s desk. “Make it wobble.” “Oh, I don’t know… I haven’t tried it since I’ve been back.” “Try it now. Don’t worry about spilling the milk, Sally’ll clean it up.” “Oh will she!” “Yes, Sally, she will and she’ll do it with a smile, because Hi There! magazine will have landed an amazing story. But don’t bother about a dishcloth just yet. Go on, then, Joe – convince me.” There was a hint of defiance in Joe’s voice as he said, “All right, I’ll give it a try. But don’t be surprised if it doesn’t work.” “I promise I won’t be.” With a look of intense concentration, Joe stared fixedly at the jug for about sixty seconds. Nothing happened. “It’s no good… I can’t… I don’t feel in the right state of mind…” “Oh, what a pity!” Wilkins placed a comforting hand on his companion’s shoulder. “Joe said he had his doubts. It might only work in a space environment. This doesn’t disprove his story.” Mike drummed his fingers on the desk. “Proof… how do we get proof? I know, let’s have a bit of family history. Full name, address, relatives. We might even be able to trace some of your descendants. Why, yes! Great, great, great, granddad Joe did disappear in 1906, never to be seen again.” “If only that were possible,” said Wilkins, shaking his head sadly. “But Joe can remember almost nothing of his life prior to his abduction. He’s not even sure of his surname – thinks it

might be Brown. My guess is that all those mind experiments he was subjected to may have somehow wiped his early memories.” “How very convenient! With the emphasis on the ‘con’! I’ve heard enough – on your way now.” “You mean you’re not interested in buying Joe’s story?” “I wouldn’t have it as a gift.” “In that case we shall be offering it to Swell magazine.” “I can honestly say I wish you the best of luck – nothing I’d like more than to see them make fools of themselves. Their office isn’t far from here. Left as you go out and they’re halfway down the fourth street on the right.” Wilkins got to his feet. “I know where they are, and I just want to say, I think you’ve been incredibly rude.” “If you knew me better you’d say I’d been incredibly patient. Show them out, Sal – incredibly quickly, if you don’t mind.” Mike’s feet were resting on his desk when Sally returned; a sure sign that he was feeling extra pleased with himself. “Talk about a pair of con men! I knew the family history angle would have them stumped.” “That Joe – he did seem very upset, Mike.” “Don’t you mean incredibly upset? Well, he would wouldn’t he? Thought there’d be some money coming his way. Let’s have another coffee, Sal, we’ve got twenty minutes before the boy band ex-groupie is due. Good old sex, drugs and rock and roll! Beats Abducted by Aliens crap any day.” Sally began to make coffee (Mike wouldn’t drink the stuff from the machines.) “This milk’s gone off,” she said, holding the jug to her nose. “And I bought it only this morning… But this seems perfectly all right and it’s the same milk,” she added, sniffing the remaining contents of the plastic container. “I know it sounds crazy, but could Joe’s attempt to move the jug have somehow –“ “Don’t be ridiculous. Just a coincidence. It’s quite warm today.” “Not that warm, surely? This milk’s curdled – look, smell.”

Mike did so. “Ugh! Could one of them have slipped something into the jug?” “Neither of them went near it. Besides, it’s not as though they knew you were going to challenge Joe to move the thing; they’d hardly have come armed with a milk contaminator.” Mike was looking worried now. “I wish I’d probed a bit deeper; not that I really believe their story, but I’d hate Swell to put one over on us. The big boss wouldn’t like that one bit. He’s still stroppy because HIi There! failed to get the heart-rending story of that woman from the TV cookery competition – the one who had the used cotton bud planted in her Bakewell tart.” “Yes, Swell really went to town with that story, didn’t they? My Nasal Cotton Bud Nightmare… We could have run Joe’s story from the “as-told-to-us” angle, Mike; we don’t have to vouch for the truth of everything we print.” “True… I wonder if they’re on their way to the Swell office? I don’t suppose I’d be able to catch up with them now…” Sally held out a scrap of paper. “Actually, that Wilkins bloke did give me his mobile number, just in case you changed your mind, but I didn’t think you’d – “ “Give it here! Why the hell didn’t you say before?” “Before what? Only a moment ago you were talking as though – “ Mike raised an imperious open hand. The gesture was somehow more offensive than a plain old “Belt up” would have been. Sally watched him frantically jabbing up the number; there were actually beads of sweat on his brow. She hesitated; but only for a moment. No, she couldn’t resist it: “You’ll need to be incredibly tactful,” she said sweetly.

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