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Every Month

5 | A vital hub for the community

4 | Editor’s Note

6 | WL meets… 8 | Your care, but who pays? 10 | White Jeans Are Back

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14 | 10 Simple Tips to Spring Clean your Home

13 | Premier Touch

18 | Adventure Assault Course now open

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19 | Honey Lettings: Service Levels 28 | Rosie’s Good Reads

12 | Community Notice Board 16 | Cambridge Primary School 20 | Rushmoor Borough Council 22-25 | Local Groups Clubs & Societies 26/27 | What’s On 29 | Useful Numbers 30 | Index of Advertisers Wellesley Life April 2020 | 3

Hello... …and welcome to our second issue of Wellesley Life. As I am writing this our area is gripped by the coronavirus crisis and its effect is undeniable. It not only affects our daily hygiene habits but our local businesses, too. Admittedly, there are some businesses offering certain products and services that are seemingly profiting from it but in general local businesses are suffering, especially our high street! As one of them told me: “The unfortunate series of events - Brexit, storm and floods during the recent retailers’ trade show and buying season followed by public concern surrounding coronavirus, has created the perfect retail storm.”

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So whether it is a new top or shirt, exotic cooking ingredients, a new haircut or a beauty treatment, glasses, dressing up clothes, gifts, flowers, delicatessen or a new bed give Aldershot a chance to surprise you and help the town prosper. Find us online at www.biglittle magazineco.uk for What’s On in Aldershot plus local groups and you can even read this magazine online. And finally, thank you for your lovely feedback to our launch issue last month and as you can see, we are bringing you more local content each month so do let us now what you want to read about! Happy Easter and have a great month!

Alexandra Editor

Published by Big Little Magazine Company, Gateway House, 8 Kings Road, Kings Parade, Kings Road, Fleet, Hampshire, GU51 3AB T: 01252 711810 E: alex@biglittlemagazineco.uk www.biglittlemagazineco.uk Printed by JMG Creative Print Limited, 35 Bishops Way, Andover, Hampshire, SP10 3EH WL is delivered to all homes currently occupied on the Wellesley development plus selected homes in Aldershot. Pick up points are Rushmoor Borough Council, Smith Dorrien House, Café Macciato, Cambridge Primary School and Princes Hall. This magazine is printed on paper which comes from a sustainable source.

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h A vital pub for

the community The decline of pubs in the UK has been well documented in the press and the decrease has been steady for several decades. From 2000 to 2017, pub numbers declined by 20%. More recently, between 2011 and 2017 pub numbers fell by 12% and this trend is certainly noticeable here in Aldershot. With Brewery owned or leased pubs closing, a group of customers of The White Lion pub in Lower Farnham Road are determined to stop this happening to their local. The Aldershot Civic Society, CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) and the pub’s customers have decided that The White Lion really is too good to lose and are acting to ensure its future - not only as a pub but as “more than a pub” and have launched a campaign to buy and keep the pub running. 

run up to Christmas. Aldershot Civic Society and the local CAMRA branch held a public meeting at the pub on January 23rd 2020 to see whether there was sufficient local interest to fully investigate a community bid. A successful meeting led to the foundation of The White Lion Aldershot Community Pub.

The first known reference to The White Lion was in 1857 and it is a rare traditional two-room pub. Since 2007 The White Lion has been leased to Triple fff brewery by a private owner. A combination of Triple fff’s award-winning beers and landlord Ian’s skill at keeping beers, has seen The White Lion recognised with numerous successive Good Beer Guide entries. It was the only Aldershot pub selected for entry in 2016.

Behind the scenes, members have been working hard setting up a Community Benefit Society (Aldershot Community Pub Limited), registering it with the Financial Conduct Authority and the Plunkett Foundation’s Morethan-a-Pub scheme, which helps local pub groups find ways to offer extra community activities outside pub opening hours for the benefit of the locals.

On November 15th 2019 Rushmoor Borough Council were formally notified that the owner wished to sell The White Lion; and once sold this would lead to the Triple fff ceasing to run the pub. Under the terms of the Asset of Community Value legislation this allowed the community until December 27th to prove there was a serious intent to bid. Notice of intention to bid was served in the

The White Lion Aldershot Community Pub campaign has had a lot of positive responses so far to an ongoing survey with 95% of the participants agreeing with a statement that it is important or very important to them that The White Lion remains a pub. With community project ideas already being developed as well as links with other community organisations in the pipeline - they still need more help from the community.

“We want everyone to have the chance to become members of the society and have a say in the way the pub is run” said member, Jane Attwood. “We’ll be offering community shares at a price that ordinary people can afford so we can raise enough money to buy the pub and run it as a communityowned business.” Group Treasurer Peter Broberg commented “With so many other local pubs closing to make way for shops, flats or houses, this is undoubtedly the only way to really secure its long-term future as a thriving community asset.”

How you can help... Take the survey using the QR Code here to have your say. Check out the website www.whitelionaldershot.co.uk regularly for news on the forthcoming share offer. Keep up with all the development on the campaign on the White Lion Aldershot Community Pub Facebook page or email savethewhitelionaldershot@ gmail.com for more info.

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Wellesley Life meets... The Ballroom Boys Vincent Simone and Ian Waite are coming to the Princes Hall on 25th April with Act 2 of their UK + Ireland Tour. Welcome to Aldershot is this your first time here? I have lived in Guildford for 23 years so know the area well and my dance partner Flavia used to have a Dance School in Aldershot. I live in Finchhampstead so Aldershot is my home show. We know you from Strictly obviously, how does The Ballroom Boys compare? This show is a chance to do our own thing and we have created a show that is very much old school with old school humor. It’s an old school dance show reminiscent of the old black and white Hollywood dance movies. It’s a real mix and has something for everyone. We have amazing dance partners and a West End vocalist joining us – and if you are in the audience don’t expect to just be sitting there watching! It’s very interactive with lots of audience participation. What are the highlights of the show for you? It has to be dancing with each other. Like in the previous show we have a surprise dance and after last year when Ian lifted me it is now time for me to lift him! Oh, and the Argentine Tango – obviously, this is why people come to see me after all.

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What are the best and worst things about touring with each other?

teacher entered me into my first competition which I won. I kept winning and was hooked.

Vincent is so easy going and funny, it is a pleasure to do this with my best friend. However, he is a terrible influence on me when it comes to eating fried foods at the end of the night! Ian and I have known each other since we competed in dance competitions together and he is just a lovely person. I get very nervous before a show but his energy really helps me.

What is your favourite dance?

What do you miss the most about home when you are on tour? I miss my 2 boys and my wife. I miss my husband, my dog, a labradoodle called Oliver and my house. Did you always want to be a dancer? Not really, my dad took me to the local dance school after my parents go divorced as he was told that there were a lot of single women to meet! I was not too impressed as it was cramping my style with the Rugby boys but I took my brother regularly. One day they asked me to join in and that was it. My dad married my dance teacher so classes were cheap after that! My parents took me to dance class in Italy when I was 8 years old and a year later my dance

Argentine Tango, obviously! It depends on the day – how I feel. I love all of them, they are like my children so how can I love one more than the other? Who is your inspiration? I get inspiration from the old Hollywood greats – Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire. Pablo Veron – he was in a movie called The Tango Lesson in 1997 and his Argentine Tango has inspired me ever since. I actually had a chance to meet and work with him for a couple of days and yes, I was completely star struck. What is the best advice you have ever been given? Dance from the heart. Be kind – you don’t know what people are going through. What is the most trouble you have been in? Moi? I lost my driving license when I was 20 years old. It was wet and horrible with lots of traffic and a police car followed me and stopped me for dangerous driving as I was driving too close to the car in front of me. It was actually a good lesson to learn when I was young!


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It can be a difficult and upsetting time when a person is no longer able to live independently and it becomes necessary to arrange for either care at home or for them to move into a residential care or nursing home. Unfortunately, the emotional stress of that situation is often made worse by the complicated system which determines who is responsible for meeting the costs of care. Given that the cost of care is often thousands of pounds each month, it is important that the right assessments are carried out in a transparent manner so that families can have confidence that the costs of care are being met correctly. Care costs are generally met in one of three ways: 1. By the NHS; 2. By the Local Authority; 3. By the person being cared for. The NHS is responsible where the person being cared for qualifies for NHS continuing care. If a person qualifies for NHS continuing care, their ability to pay for care is irrelevant, the NHS will pay for all the care required. If the person does not qualify for NHS continuing care, they might still qualify for Local Authority funding. However, Local Authority funding is means tested. Generally, if a person has assets worth more than £23,250, the Local Authority will not pay for their care. In that case, the person being cared for must meet their own costs of care. This is known as “self-funding.” In some cases, the sources of funding can overlap. For example, a person might receive funding from the NHS for some aspects of their care and funding from the Local Authority for others. It is also possible for the person or

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Your care, but who pays? their family to choose to self-fund to top up costs being met by the Local Authority so that, for example, they can choose a residential home which would not otherwise be available be local authority funding alone. The 2018 National Framework for NHS continuing healthcare and NHS-funded nursing care was implemented from 1 October 2018. The framework aims to set out a transparent and consistent approach to determining whether a person qualifies for NHS or Local Authority funding. In accordance with the framework, a person qualifies for NHS continuing care if they have a “primary health need”. This is not just a diagnosis of an illness or medical condition, it is also having “needs” which require a quantity and quality of nursing care beyond what can be expected to be provided by the Local Authority. If the person does not qualify for NHS Continuing Care, the Local Authority will means test them to decide if their care costs should be met by the Local Authority or whether they must self-fund their care. The means assessment will involve a review of the person’s capital and income. Some capital can be disregarded, for example the value of a home where a spouse or qualifying relative continues to live there. However, there are rules in place which also allow the Local Authority to ignore transactions which have been entered into with the purpose of putting assets outside a means tested assessment for care home fees. The above information is a very broad summary of an area of law which is complex and unfortunately open to inconsistent application in practice. Particular areas in which problems can arise include: 1. Ensuring the assessment to determine whether a person qualifies for NHS Continuing

Care is completed correctly. 2. Checking that any means tested assessment for the Local Authority is carried out transparently and lawfully, with the correct approach taken to determine what is capital, what is income and what assets should be disregarded or whether deferred payment agreements might be relevant. 3. Reviewing care home contracts carefully, to check for potentially unfair terms and to raise questions on any issues not adequately covered by the contract. 4. Dealing with deprivation of liberty issues or decisions about whether a person should move into a residential or nursing home or receive care in their own home. 5. Putting in place arrangements to allow decisions to be made on behalf of a person who is or may become mentally incapacitated, for example using Lasting Powers of Attorney or by seeking an order from the Court of Protection to appoint a deputy. If you need help or advice on any of the above issues, contact us for friendly, expert advice. At Neale Turk LLP our private client practice is led by partner Charlotte Searle, a solicitor and fully qualified member of Solicitors For the Elderly (SFE), the Society for Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), and the Association of Contentious Trust and Estates Practitioners (ACTAPS). Neale Turk LLP is committed to providing an outstanding service to all our clients and you can find us recommended in the Legal 500.

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White jeans are back White jeans are a fashionable, versatile staple in any woman’s wardrobe. You can style white denim to look chic for the office, going out on dates, and casual weekend wear. You can even wear white jeans through the winter months, if you know how to style them right. That’s not to say that white jeans are fool proof, though. In fact, many stylish women have been foiled by not thinking everything through before heading out the door in white jeans. (Oh hello, your underwear is showing!) We’re here to clue you up on the things you absolutely need to get right before you strut your stuff in white denim, so you can be sure to look your best. Check your behind White jeans should be chic – not reveal your cheeks. However, that’s not always as easy as it sounds. Since not all white denim jeans are made from thick, high quality denim fabric, it’s super important when you wear white jeans that you don’t neglect the rear view. This is especially true of stretch denim jeans, which are often made of a thinner denim-cotton than traditional jeans. That means taking the time to check out how your bum looks in a full-length mirror, whether you’re trying on jeans in the shop, or at home. Besides transparent fabric, you should also know that seams from your underwear can ruin your rear view in white denim. So, after you’ve pulled on your white jeans, do turn your back to a full-length mirror and make sure you have no VPL showing through the fabric. Pay attention to fit Because white jeans can be more or less see-through, depending on the lighting situation, we highly recommend doing the check mentioned above in a room with plenty of natural sunlight. Or, you can take a friend or family member outside and ask her/him to do a quick check for you. No matter how thick your white

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denims are, do take the precaution of wearing nude (not white or brightly coloured) underwear beneath them, to prevent unwanted exposure. Style your outfit for figure flattery White is a notoriously unforgiving fashion colour, meaning that too-tight white jeans can highlight every jiggly bit on your body. However, if you were thinking of choosing an overly baggy pair, in hopes of camouflaging your less favourite body parts, you should be aware that doing so can actually end up making your lower half look shapeless, or bigger than it actually is. That’s why it’s essential to make sure that any white jeans fit well. That means no gapping at the waist, a comfortably snug (but not too tight) fit through the hips and bottom, and the correct fit through the thighs. If you’re slender, consider wearing classic skinny white jeans, or a slimmer boyfriend jean (this style is sometimes called a girlfriend jean). It is worth noting that while you can look great in slouchy boyfriend  jeans in darker denim shades, this is not recommended when you’re wearing white jeans, unless you don’t mind if people to mistake you for the decorator. Curvy women will look great in slim or straight leg jeans that closely skim

over their generous proportions. You’re looking for a fit that’s snug enough to show off your womanly silhouette, but not overly tight (which can look tacky on any figure). Your best white jeans are a slim pair that follow your curves closely, without squeezing too tightly, and hug your legs lightly through the thigh area, falling to narrow or medium width hems. If you have a tummy or wider hips, you can wear a tunic top that flows gently over your less-favourite areas, to smooth or camouflage them. You can also wear white bootcut jeans that help to balance wider hips and can be more forgiving on a pear shape figure than skinny styles. Chose the right shoes When wearing white jeans, it’s important not to wear dark shoes that can shorten your legs making you appear stumpy, especially if you are petite or curvy. Always pair white jeans with a neutral coloured footwear, in shades such as tan or camel. Or, go for a metallic finish, to add an edge to your outfit. Do avoid wearing bright white shoes or sandals with your white jeans, as this can look a bit too “nursey”. And always remember buy cheap buy twice, quality white jeans are a core wardrobe piece and well worth the extra cost. Emma Molyneux, Experience, Fleet

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easily and quickly absorbed. Add a little essential oil for extra touch. Simply massage it into the wood. It will give it a new lease of life and added protection. 5. Hate cleaning your oven? Try bicarbonate of soda - so simple and even appears to be good for your hands. First scrape off any loose debris. Then mix bicarbonate of soda and water to make a thick paste. Smother it on the inside and leave to dry, ideally overnight. Then simply rub off and rinse. For stubborn persistent problem areas just repeat. 6. Run out of furniture polish? Try damp dusting! I was brought up with damp dusting, having come from a very allergy sensitive family, our house was dusted daily with a damp cloth as we couldn’t tolerate all the everyday furniture polish. No special equipment was ever required - just water and a rag!! 7. Does your microwave get neglected? Freshen it up by simply put a cup of water with half a lemon in a cup, then heat for 4 minutes. Then just wipe down with a

damp cloth. For stubborn food remnants simply repeat. This will not only will leave your microwave sparkling but will also remove any unpleasant odours. 8. Struggle with limescale in your kettle? Try filling it with white vinegar and leaving it for a few hours or overnight. Then simply empty out and rinse thoroughly several times. (Don’t be tempted to use malt vinegar, it leaves stains and has a stronger odour.) 9. Get frustrated when cleaning windows? Try making your strokes vertical on the inside and horizontal on the outside, that way you’ll know where the remaining smears come from. 10. Find yourself constantly wiping down and polishing stainless steel appliances? Try using you normal cooking oil, or baby oil, sticky fingerprints and grease will be gone in a flash. Not only is it kind to your hands and the environment, it’s also great for your pocket. These tips have been shared with us by Linda Webb from Refresh and Impress. www.refreshandimpress.com

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The Cambridge Primary School

Wellesley | Aldershot The Cambridge celebrate National Storytelling Week! To celebrate National Storytelling Week, the children were treated to a visit from professional storyteller Lucy Lill. This was made possible by local house builder Barratt Homes. The children had a fantastic time and were totally captivated by Lucy. It was brilliant to see how she awakened the children’s imaginations as they immersed themselves in the worlds she introduced them to. We have introduced storytelling as part of our curriculum this year and the children love the sessions. It facilitates high levels of engagement, creates confidence and offers children a bridge into the world of creative writing as they begin to see the links between the oral stories they compose and the words on a page.

You won’t Bee-lieve it! The teachers and children have been working hard on fundraising ideas to raise money to set up our own apiary. Two of our team are about to embark on their National Bee Keeping Qualification to allow us to keep bees and extract honey. The funds raised so far, through discos, Christmas raffles and cake sales, will provide us with 6 bee keeping suits for children and 2 for the adults, 2 hives and a school subscription to the National Bee Keeping Association. We are ‘buzzing’ to

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Adventure Assault Course now open at Aldershot Military Museum Hampshire Cultural Trust is delighted to announce the opening of a new exciting outdoor adventure obstacle course at Aldershot Military Museum. Opening on 25 March children are invited to jump, leap, climb and swing through the brand new 11 obstacle assault course that is inspired by real British Army courses used during World War II.

The addition of the assault course has been made possible through the generous support of Hampshire County Council, TAG Farnborough Airport Community Environmental Fund managed by Rushmoor Borough Council and the Friends of Aldershot Military Museum. It will play a key part in Hampshire Cultural Trust’s commitment to offering outstanding cultural experiences to both residents and visitors. The assault course, which is set up so that friends can compete against each other as well as tackle the course individually, will have 11 obstacles of varying difficulty meaning the course can be enjoyed by adventurers of all ages. Starting with the Jump and Land, inspired by the 1940s Jump and Land obstacle of climbing up a log ladder before jumping from a platform, children will move on to Balancing Logs, also used during the 1940s, and the Zig Zag Balance Beam. From here there are obstacles to conquer

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including the Island Hoppers, raised stepping stone logs similar to those used by World War II recruits, Pole Climb and the Traverse Ladder, inspired by a challenging 1940s monkey bar style obstacle called The Tarzan. And the course won’t just make an already action-packed day out at Aldershot Military Museum, more thrilling, it will be a new way for visitors to learn more about Aldershot’s military past. Having been based on real British Army courses from the 1940s, it is designed to be an interactive exhibit illustrating what life was like for soldiers during the twentieth century. There are interpretation panels illustrating the types of equipment the assault course has been based on and when used during organised group visits, such as schools, Scouts or Beavers, there are opportunities for role play and hands on learning about army training.

Opened in 1984, Aldershot Military Museum is housed in the only surviving brick-built barrack blocks left in Aldershot. Through vibrant collections, including military objects and vehicles, it tells the story of daily life for both soldiers and civilians since 1854. The museum is operated by Hampshire Cultural Trust, an independent charity set up in 2014 to promote Hampshire as a county that offers outstanding cultural experiences to both its residents and visitors. Address: Queen’s Avenue, Aldershot, GU11 2LG. Opening hours: Wednesday to Friday 10am-5pm and Saturday to Sunday 11am-4pm (closed Monday and Tuesday). Tickets: Entry to the museum costs £4.50 for adults and £3 for children (aged 5-15). This gives unlimited entry for a whole year.



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Union Street proposals to transform Aldershot town centre Hopefully you will have already had a chance to take a look at the Rushmoor Development Partnership’s exciting proposals for Union Street in Aldershot town centre. A planning application has now been submitted, which you will be able to view or comment on by going to www.rushmoor.gov.uk/planningapplications The partnership is a joint venture between Rushmoor Borough Council and Hill Investment Partnerships. The new scheme is likely to include: • New commercial/retail and leisure opportunities • A public courtyard • Creative maker studios • New homes for local people • Student accommodation To find out more go to

www.rushmoordevelopmentpartnership.com/ union-street

Join us for some Easter family fun in Aldershot town centre • Children’s farm – Saturday 11 April, 10am – 3pm • Holiday fun at Aldershot library • Easter activities at The Wellington

www.rushmoor.gov.uk/ easterfun

How to get in touch www.rushmoor.gov.uk customerservices@rushmoor.gov.uk 01252 398 399

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Easter rubbish and recycling collections There will be no changes to your bin collections over Easter. To find out more go to

www.rushmoor. gov.uk/bincollections

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Local Groups For a free listing or to amend your group’s details, email alex@biglittlemagazineco.uk

Recreation Aldershot Branch, British Model Soldier Society meets on the third Thursday of each month, except Dec., at 7.45pm at Willis Hall, Sandy Lane, Church Crookham. Call 01252 621056 or e-mail t.b.wright@btinternet.com Aldershot Militaria Society We meet on the last Thursday of every month. New members welcome. We have speakers/ members giving talks on various


Cody Farnborough

two productions each year at

RHL - Rushmoor Healthy Living runs friendly, affordable exercise classes in Hawley, Aldershot, North Camp and Farnborough.

the Princes Hall in Aldershot.


Amateur Operatic Society An award winning local musical theatre company, producing

We rehearse at Velmead Junior School on Tuesdays & Thursdays and always welcome new members. www.cfaos.co.uk Farnham Humanists meet for monthly Sunday evening talks and discussions on topics of general interest,

SeeAbility’s now offers day activities. Sessions available Monday, Wednesday, Friday. Baking, drama, pottery, woodworking, music therapy, crafts. Further details please telephone 01252 815256.

improvements, crew the ‘John

We welcome those who are

Pinkerton II’ trip boat and to

actively modelling railways,

The Friends of Brickfields Country Park are a small group of local residents who The Friends of Brickfields Country Park are a small group of local residents performing varied management tasks from rubbish clearing to building new paths, tree and habitat works. We welcome involvement from anybody, as members of the group or occasional volunteers.

participate in talks and other

wishing to know more about

social events. Members receive

the subject or who have an


a quarterly magazine and a

interest in railways in general.

bi-monthly bulletin.

We meet at 109 Horley Lane,

subjects. We meet at Aldershot Military Museum, Queens Avenue GU11 2LG. Contact the chairman Colin Day on 01784 491695. Basingstoke Canal Society act as guardians of the Basingstoke Canal and welcome new members to help with maintenance and

Contact Doreen Hornsey on 01252 623591 or visit www.basingstoke-canal.org.uk

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and first Wednesday of each month for a pub drink and conversation. People from North East Hampshire are welcome. Visit www.farnham.humanist. org.uk or email info@farnham.humanist.org.uk Railway Enthusiasts

Farnborough every Tuesday night from 7.30pm onward. www.rec-farnborough.org.uk

The White Lion Aldershot Community Pub Steering Group has been established to keep The White Lion going as a traditional English local pub and develop it into ‘More

and Societies Than a Pub’, offering other community activities outside pub opening hours. For updates visit www.whitelionaldershot.co.uk

Sport Angling Aldershot Park Angling Club located at the end of Guildford Road, Aldershot, is suitable for beginners and more experienced anglers. Contact: 01252 330599



Parkside Badminton Club

Basingstoke Canal

is based at the Alderwood

Canoe Club

Leisure Centre, Aldershot.

A canoe club based in Mytchett.

The club competes in the


Aldershot and Camberley leagues and meets on a Tuesday evening. Contact: 01252 344438 Bowling Aldershot Traction Bowling Club plays in the Aldershot and District bowls

Cricket Aldershot Cricket Club based at Guildford Road, Aldershot. The club offers youth coaching and aims to encourage players of all ages and abilities to join. www.aldershot.play-cricket.com

league. A bowls club based



in Farnborough.

Aldershot Town Boys and

Cody Bowmen is based at

Contact: 01252 673946

Girls provides football for both

the Cody Sports and Social


boys and girls of Aldershot and

Club, which offers both field

Rushmoor Indoor Bowling

and target practice archery.

Club An indoor bowling club


based at the Farnborough


Leisure Centre.



Aldershot, Farnham and


District Athletics Club offers training facilities and competition throughout the year

the surrounding area. It is open to children from 5 to 8 years old for non-competitive football and competitive football for those aged 9 to 16. www.abgfc.co.uk

Aldershot Amateur Boxing Club

in a variety of disciplines.

An amateur boxing club

This club accepts members

located at Alderwood

from age nine and above.

Leisure Centre.



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Local Groups

Clubs and Societies


Martial Arts


Surrey and Hants Tai Chi

Gymnastics Academy

and Qigong Club

A local gymnastics academy,

Tai Chi and Qigong lessons

based in Aldershot, offering a range of classes catering for all levels of ability. www.chris-phoenix. squarespace.com Hockey Aldershot and Farnham Hockey Club Friendly and competitive hockey club, which runs men’s, ladies’ and mixed teams, as well as junior and mini hockey. www.afhockey.com Judo Judo Club Osaka offers lessons, based at the Maida Gym, Aldershot.

taught in and around Aldershot and Farnborough, with separate classes for different ability levels. www.surreyandhantstaichi.com Rugby Aldershot and Fleet Rugby Club based at Aldershot Park. www.aldershotandfleet rugby.com

A friendly and active diving club, welcoming divers from complete beginners to fully qualified divers from any diving agency. Full training is offered by a team of nationally qualified instructors. Contact: 07907 565529 www.scubadolphins.co.uk Skiing Aldershot Ski Race Club offers young skiers a chance to develop their skills on artificial surfaces and snow. www.aldershotskiraceclub.org


Aldershot Snowsports

Rushmoor Park Run

for the Disabled Offering the

A free weekly 5km event for runners of all standards, taking place at Queens Avenue, Aldershot, GU11 2JL. www.parkrun.org.uk/rushmoor

Email: secretary@



Hawley Lake Sail

contact 01252 33222 or

Training Centre

07817 292685.

A military centre open to all,


offering training courses and

disabled of all ages to chance to experience different types of snowsports in a safe and secure environment, both competitively and uncompetitvely. www.asdaldershot.org Swimming Aldershot Youth Swimming Club Children’s swimming club based

club facilities in multiple

in Aldershot.

Kung Fu

water sports.


Kung Fu Kids offer lessons



for children aged between six

Rushmoor Synchronised

and 12 years old. It is based


at the Alderwood Leisure

Scuba Dolphins

(British Champions 2013)

Centre, Aldershot.

Diving Club

welcomes girls aged between

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Swimming Club

Local Groups

Clubs and Societies

7 and 12 to join our

two professional tennis coaches

(behind Holly Lodge School)

fabulous club.

that offer private lessons.

and cater for boys and girls

To find out more visit

Their club consists of three all

aged between 5 years and

weather courts with floodlights

18 years.


on two of them, a comfortable

Email richard.llewellyn@


pleasant gardens. They also

www.rssc.org.uk or email

Scamps Squash Club A small, friendly club, offering

clubhouse, ample parking and have adult and junior league teams.

competitive and social squash,


at the Aldershot Garrison


Sports Centre. www.scamps.biz

Volleyball Hart and Rushmoor


Volleyball Club

Predator Taekwondo

The Volleyball Satellite Club

Academy is based at Fight Science, Aldershot, which has

runs every Monday at Wavell school, from 4pm till 6pm for

produced countless domestic

11 years and over.

and international champions.




Table Tennis Aldershot and District Table Tennis League Website showing results, tables and standings of teams within the Aldershot and District Table Tennis Leagues. www.aldershot.ttleagues.com Tennis Eggars Hill Tennis Club

Support Groups

benchmarkgeo.co.uk, call 01276 63940 or view www.1stblackwatervalleyscouts co.uk Air Cadets for boys and girls from 12 – 18 years old with a spirit of adventure and an interest in aviation. Contact Flt Lt Lynda Bradley 01252 515143 also www.2407aircadets.org Sea Cadets Farnham Fleet & Aldershot For ages 10 – 18, we meet Mondays and Fridays at Sea Cadets, TS Swiftsure, Lower Weybourne Lane, Farnham, GU9 9LG.

Aldershot & District

For more info see www.

Tinnitus Support Group

farnhamseacadets.org or email

We meet on the second


Wednesday of the month, between 1.30pm and 3.30pm at the Rowhill Nature Reserve. www.tinnitus.org.uk

Youth Organisations

For a free listing or to

(incorporating Aldershot

1st Blackwater BP Scouts

amend your group’s details,

Methodist Tennis Club)

We meet at the Scout Hut at

email alex@

A thriving and very friendly

the far end of Carrington Lane


local tennis club, consisting of

Recreation Ground in Ash

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What's on in Email your event details to alex@biglittlemagazineco.uk – it’s FREE for charities & non–profits and only £5 to advertise your business event or workshop. View on www.biglittlemagazineco.uk 1 April | Jen Brister: Under Privilege 8pm at Westend Centre, Aldershot. Brister has it all: a wife, kids, a house and a job she loves (sometimes) so what the hell is she moaning about? Join Jen as she takes an irreverent look at the, often controversial subject of ‘privilege’. Who has it? Who doesn’t? And why does no one like to admit they have any? Book tickets from £10.00 at www.westendcentre.co.uk 2/19/16/23/30 April | Aldershot Market Every Saturday in Union Street and Wellington Street between 9am and 4pm. It offers a variety of fruit and vegetables, meat, jewellery, fabrics, clothes, shoes, household items and garden plants. www.rushmoor.gov.uk/ aldershotmarket 2 April | Mindfulness Every 1st Thursday 7 – 8pm at Wellesley Community Rooms, Maida Road, Wellesley, Aldershot, GU11 2FA, opposite Garrison Garage. All welcome, no need to book. For more information email events@ wellspringaldershot.uk 3 April | Messy Babies 10.30am at Westend Centre, Aldershot. A fantastic sensory experience for your little ones to experience various textures

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all over their bodies with no mess for you to clear up. Please bring a towel/ wipes as things will get messy, spare nappies and clothes are also a must – parents and babies are advised to dress for mess! For ages 6 months – 1 year. Book your space at www.westendcentre.co.uk 3 April | David Baddiel – Trolls Not The Dolls 7.30pm at Princes Hall. Tickets £29 from www. princeshall.com 4/11/18/25 April | Aldershot Market Every Thursday in Union Street and Wellington Street between 9am and 4pm. It offers a variety of fruit and vegetables, meat, jewellery, fabrics, clothes, shoes, household items and garden plants. www.rushmoor. gov.uk/aldershotmarket 4/11/18/25 April | Aldershot Car Boot Sale is held on Saturdays, from 9am to 1pm, on the ground floor of the High Street multi-storey car park. The rest of the car park is open as normal. Entry for early buyers is £3 a person between 7.30am and 9am. Normal entry after 9am, entry is 20p. There is no charge for children under ten. www.rushmoor.gov.uk/ aldershotcarboot



9 April | Walk Right Back 7.30pm at Princes Hall, Aldershot. From the producers of That’ll be the Day, the show tells the story of the most successful duo of all time – The Everly Brothers. Book tickets from £26.50 at www.princeshall.com 9 April | Hecklers Comedy Club 8pm at Westend Centre, Aldershot. Join us for a night of laughs with this fantastic comedy line up in April... Andrew O’Neill, Pat Cahill, Dominic Coleman, Karen Bayley. Tickets available from £14.00, book at www. westendcentre.co.uk 10 April | Wild Families: Nature Crafts & Games 1 – 3pm at Rushmoor Bottom (Claycart Road, Rushmoor, Aldershot, Hampshire, GU11 1QA. FREE, to book contact wellesleywoodlands@ tcv.org.uk or 07740 899 609 / 07764 626884 or visit www.wellesleywoodlands.co.uk. 14 April | Wellesley Woodlands Easter Egg Hunt 11am – 1pm & 1 – 3pm at Rushmoor Bottom (Car Park off Claycart Road, Rushmoor, Aldershot, Hampshire, GU11 1QA. £1 per child, booking of time slot is essential via www.wellesleywoodlands.co.uk or contact wellesleywoodlands@ tcv.org.uk 07740 899 609 /

GU52 6ED. 2.30 – 3.30pm. Third Friday every month. Make & Take home an arrangement you will really be proud of – even if you are a beginner! Only £20 inc all flowers & materials you will need. BOOKING on 07802 248862; 0800 458 6459 or flowers@ kathrynaustin.co.uk

07764 626884 or visit www.wellesleywoodlands.co.uk. 17 & 18 April | The World Famous Elvis Show Starring and produced by world renowned Elvis performer Chris Connor, with his 12 piece live band The Steels, and backing vocals by The Sweet Harmonies. Book tickets from £28.50 at www.princeshall.com 17 April | Dawn Chorus Walk 6.30 – 8.30am, meet at the Wellington Statue, off Claycart Road, Aldershot GU11 1QB. Free, for more info contact wellesleywoodlands@ tcv.org.uk 07740 899 609 / 07764 626884 or visit www. wellesleywoodlands.co.uk 17 April | Health Walk 1 – 1.45pm, free & meet at entrance to woodland at Polo Fields Car Park, Prince’s Ave, Rushmoor, Aldershot GU11 2BS. Contact wellesleywoodlands@ tcv.org.uk 07740 899 609 / 07764 626884 www.wellesleywoodlands.co.uk

19 April | Forest Church Every 3rd Sunday 3pm at Wellesley Woodlands, Bourley Road car park. for more information call 07747 561375 or email events@wellspringaldershot.uk 24 April | Petals & Prosecco Flower Workshop with Kathryn Austin. The Alexandra, Farnborough, GU14 7PH, 11am for 11.30 – 12.30. On last Friday every month. Free parking. Take home wonderful flowers, expertly arranged by you! Only £25 inc flowers & materials and FREE glass of Prosecco. BOOKING now 07802 248862; flowers@kathrynaustin.co.uk 24 April | How Sweet It Is 7.30pm at Princes Hall, Aldershot. This stunning 100% live show combines first class music with the slickest choreography and an amazing

band, to deliver truly outstanding performances for the best Motown experience you will ever have! Book tickets from £28.50 at www.princeshall.com 25 April | The Ballroom Boys 7.30pm at Princes Hall, Aldershot. Double act Ian Waite and Vincent Simone are back on the road in 2020 with a brand-new show – ‘Ian Waite and Vincent Simone… ACT TWO’. Tickets £33 & £30 and £58 VIP Meet and Greet* from www.princeshall.com. 26 April | Farnham Humanists Talk by Stephen Paul on Reading’s Sunday Alternative –, the Alternative’s leader, webmaster, and member of its band, Bob’s Boys. 7 for 7.30 at Daniel Hall, Long Garden Walk, Farnham, GU9 7HX. See www.farnham.humanist.org.uk for more details. 30 April | Jamie Smith’s MABON 8pm at Westend Centre, Aldershot. Don’t miss your last chance to see the band knock an audience sideways, on Mabon’s final tour: The Last Huzzah! Tickets available from £14.00, book at www.westendcentre.co.uk

17 April | Poppy’s Petals Flower Workshop with Kathryn Austin. Poppy’s, 18 Northfield Road, Church Crookham, Fleet,

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Rosie’s Good Reads Taking A Chance On Love by Erin Green is a contemporary novel following three women and their different views on relationships. Finding the right person to bring into their lives feels impossible until a unique way to select a potential Mr Right comes along.

Behind Enemy Lines by Sally Malcolm is a fan fiction story which follows ten years after STARGATE SG-1: Fragile Balance. If you liked the television series, then fan fiction is a way of extending the whole experience. I enjoyed meeting some of my favourite characters once more in this story.

Dark Magic by Tom Williams is a paranormal novella. The stage magicians of the Maestros of Magic show have mastered their craft, so they’re mystified about how their competitors, the Carnival of Conjurers, are successfully pulling in the crowds at their West End gigs.

Night Service by John F. Leonard is a horror novella. A fun horror story that kept me turning the pages in its unravelling of unexpected developments and wellpainted atmosphere. Warning! This could be the last bus that you ever catch!

Bury The Deep by James Oswald is an Inspector McLean crime fiction novel. Set in Scotland, this story begins with a missing person: Anya Renfrew has worked as a loyal and reliable police administration assistant for many years, but when she doesn’t turn up at work, the amount of access that she has to securely held information is as much a concern as her absence. 28 | Wellesley Life April 2020

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Local Numbers

Anti-terrorist Hotline

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BT Faultline

0800 800 151


0800 555 111

Gas - Emergency

0800 111 999

NHS Direct

0845 46 47

NHS 111 Service


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Police - Hampshire Constabulary 101 (Non-emergency Number)

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Citizens Advice Rushmoor

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Princes Hall

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Rushmoor Borough Council

01252 398399

West End Centre

01252 330040

Hospitals Aldershot Centre of Health

01252 335000

Frimley Park Hospital (A&E)

01276 604604

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