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This month we have reached our 200th edition!!! This made us reflect about how far we have come over the last 16 odd years. The first copies were four pages in black and white, now a full colour magazine. Due to our popularity, normally we struggle to remain at 44 pages! Stan Bennett, our regular poet submitted the suggestion of Kempshott Kourier when we ran our first competition to name our magazine. Stan has continued his association with the Kourier by sending in a monthly poem. We still have a few of our volunteer deliverers with us who originally started and we thank them for their sterling work. We also remembered one of our regular motoring contributors who wrote for us for quite a while, he ended up being offered a career with a national motoring magazine on the back of his experience. You really never know where life can take you! To mark this special anniversary we have an anagram competition which can be found below with a £50 prize for the winning entry drawn from all the correct answers.

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Page 1: The Editor Page 3: Basingstoke CSRF Page 4: Poetry Corner Page 5: Kempshott Schools Page 6: Kempshott Under 5s Preschool Page 11: Basingstoke Sea Cadets Page 12: Kempshott Sainsbury's Page 14: Phillips Solicitors Page 15: Basingstoke Horticultual Society Page 16/17: Conservation News Page 18: Basingstoke Lions Club Page 20: Food is life Page 19: Small Ads Page 21: Card Corner Page 22: Citizens Advice Page 22: Clarke and Son Page 23: What’s on Noticeboard Page 25: Basingstoke Probus Club Page 27: News from Jolly Olly's Page 28: Neighbourhood Watch Page 32: Kempshott Village Hall Page 33: N2N Page 37: Church Notice Boards

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PURPLE COMMUNITY FUND

Its aim is to help poverty stricken families and transform their lives and skills. Ring pulls provide products made from recyclable material by women in the UK and Asia, it provides training and the opportunity for the future employment. Ring pulls can be used to make handbags, jewellery, necklaces, men’s wallets, individual mug mats etc.

Our upcycled accessories are made from materials donated by our fantastic supporters. Please go to our Get Involved section to see if you can help too. We love turning waste into something beautiful! Items available to purchase from https://www.p-c-f.org/shop/ I would be very grateful if you can keep your ring pulls and give them to me for my collection so I can give them all to the Purple Fund. Annfryer@sky.com mobile 07786 944768 Basingstoke Deane Rotary Alternatively, you can drop them round to 138 Coniston Road for passing on to Ann Fryer

BASINGSTOKE CIVIL SERVICE RETIREMENT FELLOWSHIP There were 52 members at the meeting held on Wednesday 3 July who were welcomed by the chairman, David Cowling. The

CIVIL SERVICE RETIREMENT FELLOWSHI

secretary, Tony Brazier, gave details of the forthcoming trips, and the Welfare Officer, Christine Broadbent, gave an update on those members who had not been well.

th was Ian The speaker this 6 month At the meeting held on Wednesday April the C Kennedy who gave a talk titled “The View from my Sitting Room” 61 members and the Secretary, Tony Brazier, gav in which he described the view that Queen Victoria had from OsbornePark o Brooklands Motor Museum and Hatchlands House on the Isle of Wight. He started by giving a background as Christine Broadbent, Palace on Friday 17th June. to why the Queen wanted a nonand welcomed back thosecastle members who had retu residence which was because

she remembered some happy times spent there as a girl on the island and wanted somewhere for her and her family away from the hustle and bustle of London and Windsor. Robert Peel suggested the estate at Osborne which was purchased in 1845 for £28.000 and Prince Albert then set to work employing Thomas Cubbit to knock down the old Queen Anne property and building a light, airy and sunny residence. The building was completed in 1851 and the Queen loved the place, especially the view down to the sea, and she also found solace there after Albert’s death in 1861. Some additions were made to the building over the years but on Victoria’s death in 1901 no members of the royal family wanted it so the King gave it to the nation in 1902. Today it is maintained by English Heritage and has over 300,000 visitors each year making it one of the top attractions on the island. The group’s next outing is a Thames trip from Abingdon to Oxford, with lunch at the Duke of Monmouth, on Thursday 12 September. Then on Friday 11 October it is the Mystery Trip which includes elevenses, lunch and afternoon tea.

The next meeting is on 7 August when the speaker is Paul Whittle giving a talk about Florence Nightingale. The group meets on the first Wednesday of each month at Brookvale Village Hall from 10am to 12noon and all retired Civil Servants, their relatives and friends are welcome. Further details about the group and information about our trips can be obtained by contacting csrfbasingstoke@gmail.com

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I am so I should Know, what getting out of cramped lodgings is like and so For nine months I had to share, Floating around, just one of a pair I'd kick the walls to find the door and a hand would and a hand would rub it in case it was sore My roommate'sgetting bigger and so am I,so where's the exit I'll give it a try Then comes the day and Mum gives a shout. And whoopee-do as we both out ! Let's get away from this cordlike bungy, cos so long locked up and we are really hungry

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I sit all alone in my chair, I look out of the window and stare. My mind is all scrambled, Like a fishing line all tangled. I see a beautiful butterfly, Fluttering around so beautiful I can not deny. I watch I’m intrigued, To see this creature so carefree. But now it disappears out of view, As if being summoned on queue. I feel anxious and confused,

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Not knowing with what may ensue. But my carer is now here, Happy to see me I lose the fear. I feel happy and now at ease, Knowing she will take care of me. Feeling clean and no longer hungry, She sits and talks to me happily. Before leaving she makes sure I’m alright, As I sit here within my plight. I feel contented and ready for a nap, As my eyes close I no longer feel trapped.

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A LIBRARIAN’S LAMENT (OR RHYME AND ‘PUN’-ISHMENT) I’m bookish sort of lady Who can read between the lines But have problems with romantic-kind relations.

But when I inform them That longer’s ‘fine’ with me You should see the startled look up9on their faces.

Although I’m not a fussy type, Who’s very hard to please, I certainly do have ‘reservations’

Once when in the Music Section, I was accosted by a chap, A ‘CD-looking’ fellow, by the way.

For instance, I once accompanied a Surgeon on a date (his humour had me constantly in stitches),

So when I ‘blew’ him off’ He was instantly dumbstruck. But his looks spoke ‘volumes’, As they say.

But when I discovered it was my ‘Appendix’ he was after I dumped him with a swift kick up ‘his britches’! Another date of mine Was with a local judge, Who constantly would bore me with his yacking, And as it consisted of him Simply ‘passing sentence’ I thereupon quickly sent him packing. When new ‘dates’ take me out It always seems to be Strictly on a maximum 4 -week basis.

My current male companion Works in public transport, And woos me with a musical rendition, Which is usually something from the Famous ‘My Fare Lady’ Because he drives the omnibus edition! So it seems that in the end Enduing all that grief, Remaining true to my inner self. My life is now starting To turn over a new leaf, And no longer will I be left upon the shelf!

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KEMPSHOTT SCHOOLS

Kempshott infant School

The school year is whizzing to a close at such a speed with so much going on that we are hard-pressed to fit it all in! The sun beamed down on our Summer Fair again this year. The children danced, the barbecue sizzled, ice creams dripped and so much fun was had by all! Huge thanks to our hard-working KSA who made it all happen and to everyone who helped to raise an amazing £2200! Year 1 had a delightful day at Hillier’s Arboretum. They found all kinds of creatures in the pond and among the plants. The weather was kind, the children behaved beautifully and they learned so much seeing the animals in their natural habitats. Year 2 have also been out and about, but in a more Royal direction! They spent a fantastic day at Windsor Castle learning about life in a Royal residence, both nowadays and long ago. They also received compliments from the Castle staff on their excellent behaviour. We are very proud that we can confidently take our children on trips knowing that they will behave respectfully and with consideration – well done children! Amazingly, Year 2 managed to find time to dazzle us all with a wonderful production of The Pied Piper. The hall was absolutely infested with rats and the Councillors were calling for “Rexit!” The children gave a truly outstanding performance as a finale to their time at Kempshott Infant School. Everyone’s thoughts are turning to moving on. Our new Year R children have visited school and seemed very excited to be here. They all had fun playing and exploring, meeting new friends and getting to know their teachers. They are looking forward to starting properly in September as our current children are excited about moving on to their new classes, both here and at the Junior School. All the children at Kempshott Infant School can look back on a year to be proud of when they have done their best and achieved many of their goals. They can look forward to an exciting year full of challenge and discovery. We wish them a sunny and joyful holiday in between and look forward to welcoming them to a new year in September. Happy Holidays!

KEMPSHOTT JUNIOR SCHOOL NEWS Reporters Shawn-Lee, Andrew and Hayden Year 6

What a wonderful year we have had at Kempshott Junior School – lots of exciting new topics and trips have been enjoyed by all. The year finished on a high with Year 6 pupils achieving well in their SAT’s and enjoying the end of term bowling and BBQ treats after visiting their new schools for Year 7. The children have enjoyed supporting their Charity of the Year (Hart Wildlife) and have raised over £500, the children will be voting for their Charity for next year in the Autumn Term. The Year 6 children performed We Will Rock You, which was enjoyed by parents, staff and pupils alike. Thank you to the KSA for supporting us throughout the year and running a café for our Sports Day. All children enjoyed meeting their new teachers for next year; pupils and teachers are looking forward to the new term in September. We wish you all a very happy and safe summer.


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KEMPSHOTT UNDER FIVES PRESCHOOL What a great year we’ve had at Kempshott Under Fives! We had a lovely send off for our older children that are leaving

for school – we had a graduation ceremony with family and friends, followed by a big picnic. We wish all of our children lots of luck and happiness in their new schools and although we’re sad to see them go, we know they are all completely ready for this next adventure! There have been so many highlights this year - we’ve had Mums and Dad’s with us to celebrate Mother’s and Father’s Day; hosted a sponsored obstacle course; sung and danced at Christmas parties and Preschool Discos and we’ve even hatched our own butterflies! The children have learnt so much and they’ve grown in confidence and independence too. Thank you to our wonderful bunch of parents for all of their support through the year and to the local businesses that have really helped us with our fundraising. We are now looking forward to welcoming our new starters to Kempshott Under Fives in September and hearing all about our returning children’s summer adventures. Have a great summer! Preschool opens for the new academic year on Wednesday 4th September. We have a few places still available for the 2019/20 academic year - for preschool registration enquiries please contact Melissa Keane, Manager, on 07951 660401, or at kempu5@aol.co.uk. Kempshott Under Fives is part of Hatch Warren Under Fives Preschool. www.kempshottunderfives.co.uk

Kempshott W.I

Well it is hard to believe that we are already half way through the year, summer may have taken its time arriving but it’s certainly here with a vengeance as dried up gardens and wilting flowers testify.. However as we will be celebrating our birthday this month with plans for a party outdoors we can only hope the weather remains kind for a little longer. With no Social or open meeting in August members will enjoy our annual garden party, held in the lovely garden of our treasurer on the 19th. Our social Afternoon in September is on the 9th and our members meeting is on the 23rd when our speakers topic is “Arsenic, Inheritance Powder” a light hearted look at disposing of your rich relatives. As usual we meet in Kempshott Village Hall, if you are interested in becoming a member of the WI please contact our President Mrs Barbara Hutton 01256 460475 or email the Secretary meekmoi@aol.com for more information.

VIKING BADMINTON CLUB Viking Badminton Club members are having a well earned rest this summer after another great

season. Their Ladies and Men's B teams came top of their Divisions in the local Basingstoke and District League. Men's A finished third in Division 1, Mixed A finished second in Division 1 and Mixed B came fifth in Division 2. Winning the Knockout Cup (which takes place at the end of the season in May) was a fantastic effort by the team, playing against some very tough competition. Membership is steadily increasing but there's always room for new recruits, particularly if you've played competitively in the past! The season runs from early September through to the end of April, for full details of new member offers please visit their website: vikingbadmintonclub.org.uk


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BASINGSTOKE HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY www.bhsociety.btck.co.uk Hearing from local people who have links to horticulture is always encouraging and our June meeting was one of these occasions. The talk on Bees and horticulture, by John Fowler from the Basingstoke & District Beekeepers Association, provided us with some fascinating details regarding bees and the honey that they make.

In the UK and Ireland there are 275 species of bees, most are solitary but bumble bees and honey bees live in colonies. In the wild these colonies, often found in hollow trees, can be anywhere between 10,000 to 12,000 bees, all with their own role to play. Honey bees kept by beekeepers have colonies kept in purpose built hives of various designs. These can house large numbers of bees often in excess of 50,000 worker bees, these also have their own role within the colony. The majority of the bees are female and measure about 1.2cm in length whilst the drones, maybe numbering about 3,000, are male and are larger at 1.4cm. However, size is not on their side as when winter comes the female workers bite off the legs of the male drones and kick them out of the colony as their job is done and they take up valuable space! The queen measuring 2cm is always a female and can lay up to 2000 eggs in a day. An established hive can produce up to 30lbs of honey in a week, but the beekeeper will only take the excess as much of it is required to feed the colony and the queen. It takes 12 bees their whole lifetime to make one teaspoon of honey – that’s a staggering fact! Our climate plays a big part in determining the success or otherwise of the hive and in poor conditions losses are common. However, there is always someone with a spare queen or even a colony but at £30 - £50 for a queen and £200 for a colony beekeeping is not cheap. Bees have five eyes, 2 for colour and 3 for black and white and they can turn off their colour vision when they are flying. They can’t see red but can see blue, yellow and ultraviolet. With a range of about 5 miles both the beekeepers and gardeners, like us, need to ensure that we plant flowers and shrubs that are rated as “good for pollinators” to encourage bees into our gardens. However, there is a big threat to our bees that you may have heard about, from the Asian hornet. It’s slightly smaller than our European hornet and has yellow legs and an orange face. If these are seen, they must be reported. There is a good website for all bee related information which is https://www.bee-craft.com/ Our evening rounded off with a close look at an inspection hive complete with live bees and the chance to purchase some local honey. Our next meeting in Kempshott Village Hall will be at 7.30pm on Monday 19th August 2019 when Tim Woodland will be talking about “Current Trends and Varieties in the Bulb world”. If you would like further details, please contact either: - Vida Sinden – Chairman – 01256 466281 or Philip Wraight – Vice Chairman - 01256 324185

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KEMPSHOTT WILDLIFE, GREEN SPACE HEDGEHOGS Following on from last month's contribution from one of our residents, this topic has really captured the interest of our readers. One email from Sandra gives advice on how to encourage these nocturnal garden residents:So having cut a hole in your back fence to allow hedgehogs in, you have to feed them. Dried or wet cat/ kitten food - NO FISH flavours as this upsets their tummies. A nice heavy duty (stops them tipping it over) bowl of fresh water each day. Peanuts - in moderation - and they like apples or pears. If you see a hog out in the day that is because it is either hungry, thirsty, sick or injured. Hart Wildlife at Soldridge Business Park, Medstead is the most wonderful place to take your hog but ring first so they can either prepare themselves for your arrival or give you some advice. It is fascinating to watch them scurrying about the garden looking for the goodies you have put on the lawn. If you have a pond in the garden make sure it is either fenced in or at least has something in the pond so any creature falling in by mistake can climb out. Thanks

Sandra Another reader has submitted the photo (left) of her regular visitor. After reading the piece in July issue thought you might like to see this taken earlier this week. When we replaced our fence some 3 years ago we left gaps for the hedgehogs to come and go and we are visited most evenings for the food we leave out. They follow the same route each evening through the gardens in the neighbourhood.

photo (right) of a baby hedgehog was taken by Margaret Downing in Zinnia Close

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We are busy developing the habitat in Fuzzy Drove for all sorts of wildlife and it is vital that we continue to monitor how we are doing. A Hedgehog survey is one way of doing that, but we could do it better if we have our neighbours to help. This summer we will run our third survey and are hoping to find evidence of even more hedgehogs in our vicinity. The survey runs for 7 consecutive days and involves leaving out a special tunnel, primed with a footprint re-corder and baited with some hedgehog food. The tunnel needs to be checked and reset every day for the 7 days of the survey. You can place it anywhere in your garden, but alongside a fence or hedge is probably best. If you have a couple of “Hedgehog Highway” access points in your garden that would help enormously. A round or square hole 5 – 6” either way will allow hedgehogs to roam more freely and feed more easily. They are great friends to a gardener, hoovering up slugs and other garden pests, as well as being very entertaining to watch. Fuzzy Drove Conservation Group can lend you a tunnel and all the accessories and food needed to take part in the survey, so if you live within 200 metres either side of the Drove and would like to help us, please go to our web site http://fuzzydrove.co.uk/hedgehog-survey/ and leave us your details so we can contact you. You can also find more information about hedgehogs at https://www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk/ or at https://www.hedgehogstreet.org/ For more details about the group please find us on Facebook or visit our web page at www.fuzzydrove.co.uk


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The Fuzzy Drove Conservation Group spendsand countless hours theirand spare time in working to develop the wildlife habiwildlife clearing, planting tending theof flora fauna the Drove for the benefit of local Compost habitat bins areby available from the Council at moderate cost. Garden waste collection services make regular collectat by clearing, planting and tending the flora and fauna in the Drove for the benefit of local people. Please respect people. respect their efforts on subscription. your behalf. Compost heap spaces in your own gardens are free! Fly tiptions fromPlease anyone’s home for a small annual their efforts on your behalf.

ping (which includes throwing your weeds, prunings and lawn clippings over your garden fence) is an offence which car-

Compost are penalty available from the Council at does moderate cost. Garden If waste collection make ries a fine bins or fixed of £400 and our Council prosecute offenders. you spot anyone services leaving waste in a Compost bins are available from the Council at moderate cost. Garden waste collection services make regular collecregular collections from anyone’s home for a small annual subscription. Compost heap spaces in your public place please report it here https://www.basingstoke.gov.uk/flytipping# tions from anyone’s home for a small annual subscription. Compost heap spaces in your own gardens are free! Fly tipown gardens are free! Fly tipping (which includes throwing your weeds, prunings and lawn clippings ping (which includes throwing your weeds, prunings and lawn clippings over your garden fence) is an offence which carover your-garden fence) is an YOUR offenceGARDEN which carries a fine or fixed penalty of £400 and our Council does PLEASE DO LEAVE WASTE FUZZY DROVE ries a fine or fixedNOT penalty of £400 and our Council does prosecuteIN offenders. If you spot anyone leaving waste in a prosecute offenders. If you spot anyone leaving waste in a public place please report it here https:// public place please report it here https://www.basingstoke.gov.uk/flytipping# www.basingstoke.gov.uk/flytipping# For more details about the group please visit our website www.fuzzydrove.co.uk

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BASINGSTOKE LIONS CLUB (Website www.basingstokelions.org.uk) The month started with half of our members going off to Tadley to support the Loddon Valley Lions Club’s

Treacle Fair. It was a huge, entertaining event and very well supported as usual. Our putting game raised £125 and Lennie the Basingstoke Lion garnered another £25 which we made up to £200 and donated to St Michael’s Hospice. Old Basing Carnival was the putting game’s next outing, but inclement weather conditions caused a bit of mayhem. The target and screens were blown over a couple of times and even the arrival of a local funeral director (always good for a laugh) failed to lighten the atmosphere. I’ve no idea how much we made because the collecting bucket was accidentally left in our lockup. The next event was our annual twinning weekend with the Lions of the French Club – Alençon Cité. It was their turn to host. Normally, between 12 and 16 of us go over. But on this occasion we were whittled down to 7 by a series of untoward events like a broken arm, fractured wrist, fractured eye socket (fortunately not all to the same individual) and a contretemps with a deer on the Tunworth road. But those who went had a wonderful time. Our French friends are always very welcoming and we generally get by with the lingua franca known as Franglais. Their programme for the weekend included a visit to La Michauderie, a magnificent dray horse training and exhibition centre, a tour of Le Mans including a vintage car museum and a formal dinner where a new recruit was badged up (lucky them). The weekend ended with the annual BBQ and boules match. We lost. (This is not necessarily a bad thing as the beautiful pink marble trophy is the sort of artefact that tests your car’s rear suspension.) Back at home Lennie went solo to the Winklebury Gala, but even that redoubtable soul was driven home in short order by the 34C heat. Imagine what that must have been like in a big furry suit! Lastly we had our own Handover do at the Red Lion in Overton – lasagne, chips and desserts worked off with a hotly contested skittles match – great fun. Julian Bridges was voted Lion of the Year. Handover is supposed to be the occasion on which Club duties are handed over to the next incumbents. Normally it’s more of a stand by your beds exercise. But this year we have a new Treasurer, a new Welfare Chairperson, a new Fundraising Chairperson and a new Dinner Secretary. Exciting times!!!!! Our next fundraiser is that group of true originals “The Moscow Drug Club”. So please do come along and get in the mood with some gypsy jazz at QMC on 20th July. Tickets are available from Maurice Hockley email: mauricehockley@ hotmail.com or telephone 01256 421867, Toucan Travel at Chineham or direct from our website www.basingstokelions. org.uk This will also allow you to follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Our programme for the rest of the year is:21st September: Ali Mak Rhythm and Blues band at the Royal British Legion, 9th November: Quiz Night at the Millenium Hall, 16th November: Basingstoke’s very own Heritage Light Orchestra who are putting together a special performance for us entitled Music of the Orient Express. Should be good!

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What is income tax

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Why make a Will?

Income Answer

tax is a tax on income including:

Helen Beach, Wills and Estate Planning Solicitor, replies:

I am often asked “When is the right time to make a Will?” There are obvious circumstances when individuals  think about making or even changing their Will.

earnings from employment, including benefits in kind such as a The most common scenarios I am facedcar with are: company After havinga child earnings from self-employment When you have had a child you may want to ensure appropriate guardians are included in your Will in the event you  passes most pensions income, including state, occupational and persona or your partner away. Buying a propertypensions If you want to ensure a cohabitee, who perhaps isn’t invested in the property, has a right to live there for their lifetime  thesome social security benefits whilst ensuring capital for named beneficiaries or children remains protected.  mechanism interestfor on most savings This is a fantastic the preservation of capital for other family members, whist ensuring the person with the benefit (life tenant) has a roof over their heads (subject to paying the outgoings). With the increase in second marriages,  income from shares (dividends) this type of request is becoming more popular.  rental If you are a business owner income A business owner want to ensure theirabusiness is disposed of in a tax efficient manner or again to ensure an individual  may income from trust. inherits the business on their death. Relationship breakdown The breakdown of a marriage or relationship is another important time to make a Will. If you were to die before the divorce is finalised, your soon to be ex-spouse, will inherit your estate (or at least the first £250,000).

Not all types of income are taxable.

In contrast, if you are engaged, you can make a Will now that remains valid post-marriage. Many people do not realise that marriage cancels any Will previously made, unless it is specified to have been made in contemplation of marriage. Without a Will, many of these circumstances would go unaccounted for. The rules of intestacy would apply and the next of kin may be responsible for administering and receiving your estate, something which may be undesirable.

You won't usually have to pay tax on all your income, even if it is all taxa because you will be entitled to a certain amount of income tax free in eac year. The tax year runs from 6 April one year to 5 April the following year

If you would like to review your Will, make a new one or discuss estate planning generally please contact Helen Beach on Tel: 01256 320555 or email hbeach@clakreandson.co.uk.

There is no minimum age at which you become liable to pay income tax. matters is the amount of your taxable income. If this is below a certain le no tax is payable.

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PROBUS HEARS ABOUT CYCLING THE WORLD The Probus Club of Basingstoke welcomed two ladies to their last lunch

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Not one to sit at home and lose physical and mental resilience after being made redundant from the NHS, Barbara, from Old Basing, decided to retire in 2012 and embarked on what has become a series of long distance cycle rides. Her thinking was very simple – going north was up hill while going south was down hill. With that simple philosophy she decided that her first long distance ride was down the east coast of America as it had a “Greenway” path from north to the south. With a stop off in Iceland she saw a sculpture put up by an American benefactor which claimed to have a similar one in Florida. That became a target – to see the one near Key West. That trip was 2,500 miles but had not been too difficult. After that her cycling adventures multiplied with one from the Russian border near St Petersburg which took two months, and another across France from the east coast to the Mediterranean. A four months trip in Australia and New Zealand was completed by visiting Fiji and Hawaii. India was next, followed by North Africa. In a few months Barbara will be tackling the USA Pacific coast, and like all her trips she travels alone. Never being concerned about being a single woman on a camp site she has been overwhelmed by the kindness of strangers who have given her soap powder, a luminous watch so that she could see the time at night in her tent, given her lifts to a country’s border and even taken her into their homes with overnight accommodation. She has now cycled in 24 countries and during that time only suffered three punctures, and that was on her east coast trip in USA. She has cycled on every continent except Antarctica but even that is planned for 2021. She self finances all her trips but gives talks about what she has seen as a means of raising funds for two charities, Headway, where she is a trustee, and Asthma UK. For more information about the Probus Club of Basingstoke see their web site www.probusbasingstoke.wordpress.com or phone their secretary, Peter Hayes, on 01256 882495.

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NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NOTES

We are now well and truly into the holiday season, so wherever you are going and whatever you are doing, please keep safe. I’ll begin with a couple of requests from my police colleagues. First can I ask that you please report ALL crime, however small or significant, because these reports really do have a direct bearing on police operations and priorities. As well as the 999 & 101 telephones, you can ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, or report some crimes on line at https://www. hampshire.police.uk Often the 101 number can be busy as it shares the same call centre as the 999 calls. You may wish to use one of the other reporting pathways, but do please make that call. It is reported that the government will be removing the current 15p charge for calls to 101 from April next years. The current charge is regardless of time of day or how long the call takes. You may be surprised to learn that around 30 million calls are made to 101 every year. Second, I am often told that officers attending an incident get asked why they are not aware of local ongoing issues. Sometimes it turns out that residents have been updating local pages on social media such as Facebook, Twitter, What’s App and others. Unfortunately, these issues don’t have police visibility so if you use these systems, please ask someone looking after your pages, to make sure that crime issues are passed on to the police and they are kept up to date.

NO REPORT means NO RECORD which can compromise an INVESTIGATION. Those of you already on the Alert/Ourwatch National NHW system will have seen the updates from our PCSO Deborah Doherty and all PCSOs have been tasked with producing these reports which are sent out every fortnight. This makes yet another very good reason to register on the system. It is totally free to the users and the data gets sent automatically to your E-Mail inbox or by SMS text to your mobile. All you have to do is read it at your leisure. There are many things that you can do to secure your home and property whilst you are away, so here are just a few reminders. A full list could be almost endless, and there have been at least two recent Alert updates with advice on the subject, but just for starters here are a few simple things to do ; • • • • • •

Make sure all doors and windows are securely locked. Don’t leave anything outside which could make it easy for a burglar eg ladders. Use timer switches to control lights & radio etc to make the house appear to be occupied. If you have an alarm, cctv etc make sure it is operational and switched on when you leave the house. Park your car in your garage or at least in a well lit area. Manually check all doors to ensure it is properly locked. Don’t leave car keys where they are visible from outside or near front doors where they can be “vamoosed” ie stolen with a stick or similar through the letter box. • Cancel any deliveries such as milk & newspapers. • Don’t discuss holiday arrangements where you can be overheard by a stranger, but do ask a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your property while you are away. Don’t discuss on Social Media. After lots of effort checking databases, we now know that there are around 60 NW schemes over the whole of the police Town South Beat. When you consider the number of roads which could be covered, you can easily see that this is only a very small proportion with a NW scheme. Your EDNA committee is looking to the future and working towards large area or village schemes where the Alert/Our watch National system allows us to have a Lead Coordinator assisted by several Coordinators all working together. We already have several such schemes and welcome more. Do please remember that it is essential for everyone’s safety & security that coordinators are police checked before starting the role, so if you are thinking of starting a scheme or maybe changing coordinator, you must let us know first so that the necessary checks can be made. Once approved, schemes can be visible on the Our watch web site to anyone searching on their postcode. The coordinator is not visible to anyone applying to join until such time as the coordinator approves their application. Feedback is welcomed to me at brian.adams@hampshire.pnn.police.uk or admin@bdnw.org.uk Regards

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Windows 7 had a nice and simple menu that evolved from Windows 95 but in Microsoft’s haste to create a better tablet operating system they created the awful Windows 8 Tile menu and the inability to boot straight to the desktop. Microsoft clearly learnt from this mistake and brought back the start menu, albeit a hybrid of the old and new. However, what Microsoft also did was to populate this dynamic menu with a cluster of unwanted icons and promoted/sponsored features like Amazon or Netflix. To make this feature more usable, the first thing is to clean this menu and populate this with your most common applications. Click the “Start” button and then right click each Icon and select “Unpin from Start”. Not only will this make you menu more pertinent but it will speed up access as all the “live” tiles will now be gone!

USE THE TASKBAR

The taskbar is a very useful and powerful feature to increase productivity. A normal Windows 10 installation puts some icons here by default but you may not use them. Clean the Taskbar by right clicking the icons and selecting “Unpin from Taskbar”. Now populate the Taskbar with applications you do use. You can right click a program icon on the Start Menu or from the programs menu and select the “More > Pin to Taskbar”. This will now appear as a plain icon which you can click to launch. Once launched, you will see a line under the icon showing that it’s open. You can also hover over the icon to the various windows you may have open. For instance, you may have three Excel spreadsheets open so hover over the Excel icon in the toolbar and select the right spreadsheet from the documents that pop up. In addition, the Taskbar icons may have quick task and recent documents. For instance, with Excel, right clicking the icon reveals the most recent documents and also provides a feature to “Pin” commonly used spreadsheets. Similarly, if you use Outlook, you can right click the Outlook icons and create a “New E-mail message”.

FASTER TASK SWITCHING

We take this for granted nowadays but the big breakthough that Windows made, even from version 3, was to run mulitlpe appliations at once. Prior to this, you could only run one application and would then have to close that application to open another app. Move forward 30 years and we can run mutliple applications across multiple desktops. Many people switch applications using the mouse to select an application from the task bar but it’s so easy to swap between applications but simply pressing and holding the ALT key and then press the TAB key. If you keep your thumb on the ALT key you can continue to press TAB to cycle through all your open Apps. Windows 10 has improved on this process by using the Windows Key ( ) and TAB. This brings up the “Task View” with an historic view of your applications. You’ll also see an option at the top of the screen that allows you to create a “New Desktop”. This is a virtual desktop that allows you to open applications in a separate environment keeping your main desktop clean. You can easily swap between desktops by pressing the Windows Key + Right CTRL key and then press the left or right arrow.

CONTROL WINDOWS UPDATES

It’s important that you keep Windows 10 installation updated with the latest security update but one of the most frustrating aspects of the Windows 10 update process is its insistence on updating right in the middle of an important task. To control this set the “Active Hours” in the settings app from “Home > Update & Security > Windows Update > Change active hours”. Here you can set a Start and End time in which period Windows will not restart. You may also want to restrict uploads to other PCs. Windows 10 has the option to “share” updates but the wording “Allow downloads from other PCs” actually enables uploads as well. To switch this option off, open the Settings and go to “Home > Update & Security > Delivery Optimisation” and switch this option off.

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STYLE V SUBSTANCE – PERCEPTION V REALITY Transition & Transformation

Hello. My name is Debbie Veel. I am one of the Licensed Lay Ministers (LLM’s or Readers as they are sometimes known) at St. Mark’s church. LLM’s are not ordained, so we don’t I’m not sure exactly when this goes to print butwear my guess is that by now, we know the next Prime a dog collar, but we can do much of what a vicar can do with some notable Minister. exceptions. We can’t bless the communion wine and bread; we can’t marry people nor do we baptise anyone. Interestingly enough, we can lead funerals. Other than that we preach, lead worship, prayer and mid-week groups and we are involved running of the church. I think I’m a bit of a politics junkie and found the leadership contest fascinating. It seemed to bein the a battle of it as being a bit like being a deputy head of a school.

between the undoubted style of Johnson versus the intellectual substance of Hunt. The perception that Boris I am writing this month because, as you may or may not know, the Rev. Kelvin and Jane Taylor left St. Mark’s is the man to “get the job done” v the reality ofat his decidedly unimpressive track record. the end of May. They had been with us for nine years and we are sad to see them go. Many exciting things have happened in the church and community under their leadership.

The decision to participate in a live televised debate had apparently troubled Johnson’s camp. Yes, the format For example- we have started a messy church (very informal craft, food, a short needs to be balanced and clearly the chance to describe hiscelebration opponent “managerial” though were and lotsas of fun for families of all ages (as 2.30pm -5pm everythat third Saturday); we have started doing the fabulous ‘Open the Book’ assemblies forBoJo the Y4’swas in the in some way a bad thing) was always going to be too tempting to resist but I guess overall Team junior school; started Saturday @ Saint Mark’s (2nd Saturday of the month from worried about the disproportionate impact that these short9:30am) sessions might haveto on of ancestry, grass tryroots which is an informal chance learn months’ such things as your flower arranging go for walks or bike rides round Kempshott or find out about various things to do with IT or further campaigning. education. We have employed an Outreach Worker and renovated our kitchen at church – if you have ever used the old kitchen at St. but slender majority tripped up by a moment’s verbal clumsiness? Certainly, a risk, (particularly Mark’s you know what state it was in! All of this and much more under Kelvin’s influences? leadership. but what does this tell us about voter’s Do voters make their choices on detailed

A hard won with Boris), Kelvin andand Jane are off on a well-deserved holiday to their or on a candidate’s gift analysis of manifestos, as de Montfort, Washington Pankhurst mightlong have hoped favourite place- the Greek islands. We wish them well, as I am sure of the gab? many of you do also.

It is a time of change transition them andof for intellectual the church. This contrast between lazy short-term impressionism andand the hardforwork analysis is not new It may well be a time change and transition for you You may be changing job; maybe moving house; of course. The first televised election debate took place inofAmerica nearly 60too. years ago, in September 1960, having a new baby; getting married; leaving home for the first time to go to university or to travel. There between Richard Nixon and John F Kennedy. Radio (whochanges formed a large of the audience may alsolisteners be some less pleasant happening in yourpercentage life- divorce, unemployment, bereavement. in those days) considered that Nixon had won theIn intellectual debate convincingly. Television viewers, however, the church’s year, the weeks just gone still form part of the ‘Easter Season’. It was a time of transition and change for Jesus’ disciples too. They had travelled around the country with Jesus, listening to himyoung teach and who were able to see silent but damning beads of sweat on Nixon’s aging brow felt that the handsome preach, watching him do miracles and healings. But they hadn’t quite understood ‘what he was really about.’ Democrat had won the day, (as indeed he went on to). This suggests that even then superficial appearance On Easter Sunday and on many occasions after that they met the risen Lord Jesus, and during this time, was more influential than detailed analysis. before He ascended to heaven, they began to understand all that He was teaching and explaining to them about God and about how much He loves each and every one of us. They finally did begin to comprehend

All this got me to thinking about how the Christian is perceived today. Is it seen as flamboyant, warm ‘what HeChurch was really about.’ and attractive but ultimately ineffective, or dull, cold and slightly pompous purpose? I Many of what are called resurrection appearances but in the nonetheless Bible involve eating. fit Thisfor is important because it tells us that the risen Jesus had a real physical body -he wasn’t some kind of ghostly apparition. very much fear that the majority, although hopefully not all, non-churchgoers, have an image of Church and Often the disciples didn’t immediately recognize Jesus-‘he was the same but different.’ The best analogy of religion that is very unattractive. this is when maybe you have had your hair done or get new glasses. Often people comment that there is

‘something a bit different about you’ but they cannot quite place their finger on it. My father, bless him, didn’t teach me very much (apart from how to smoke cigarettes, drink beer and generally During this transition period, Jesus appeared to his disciples in pairs, groups and once to 500 people in one get away with stuff), but he did have a few memorable sayings in his legacy to me and one of them was “God go. This tells us that Jesus’ resurrection appearances couldn’t have been a hallucination. It is unlikely that 2 or 3of people, let alone would have had the same hallucination! is not religious” and I think there’s an awful lot truth in 500 that. Transition is unsettling and often make us feel ill at ease - It was for the disciples, it is for us at St. Mark’s

To me, much of what we call religion is man-made has been hijacked political purposes and it mayand well be for you. We wonder, “What for we’ll do?” and “Howand we willmilitary manage?” Jesus promised to send his disciples a ‘helper’, which we call the Holy Spirit, to guide & support them and enable them to countless times through history. The immutable, often impenetrable rules, the rituals and the complex manage and find a way through. ceremonies that seem intractable from the public perception of Church must put some people off. At its best this pageantry is undoubtedly spectacular and glorious and I accept that this style does bring great comfort to many people. Seen in a certain light however, it looks designed to elevate the players above the audience, whereas I think God made us all as equals. Different, yes; special, certainly - each with a unique range of skills and abilities but ultimately sharing the same love and access to God as each other. No-one, at all, will ever be denied that love and access and that is the real substance of God’s promise. It does feel to me personally that much of the pomp and ceremony informing the public perception of religion just gets in the way of a relationship with God who, let’s face it, has had the purest, unchanging message for us for the last 2,000 years. God loves every single one of us and knows us better than we know ourselves. Simples. We all get irritated by other people and sometimes think “I just don’t like you very much”. Worse we see ourselves as in some way better than others. We know this wrong and unhelpful but we just can’t help it. When this thought strikes though I try to remind myself that God loves that person too so if He can love them what right have I to feel differently? tyle v Substance? Perception v Reality? You don’t have to choose - God is there for everyone.


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