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This month’s photo shows part of the Walled Garden located within Down Grange. If you have any nice photos of Kempshott that you might like considered for publication please email them to me. The Sitting With Jane bookbenches have been very popular this year and we are delighted to learn that the Auction raised £95,700 on 15th September. 75% of this goes to the Ark Cancer Centre Charity. A reminder that the Kempshott Neighbourhood Watch quarterly meeting takes place on Monday 2nd October at 7pm at Kempshott Village Hall. Coordinators, as well as anyone interested in learning about the scheme, are invited to attend. Our November litterpick will take place on Sunday 19th November (avoiding Remembrance Sunday), meeting at 10am in the Down Grange Car Park.

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Contents. . . . . . . . . . ETHAN PITTER - CHARITY SWIMMER Early this Summer, 8 year old Ethan Pitter was Page 1:

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watching the news with his ‘old’ Dad. There was so much bad news with ‘death and destruction’ being portrayed that he looked up at his Dad and asked ‘why are all these horrible things happening to these poor people?’ He then asked ‘what can I do to help?’ His Dad found this question very difficult to answer as his son had a very genuine desire to help others in desperate need.

His Dad asked him what he would like to do and Ethan suggested ‘What if I swim in the pool in the garden every single day, even if it rains and is cold (the pool is not heated and often drops to 14/15 degrees C) until the end of the school summer holidays and I will get people to sponsor me’. His Dad told him to ‘go for it’.


and has raised £785 for charity over the Summer holidays. Page 44: St. Marks theAt meeting held on 6thonSeptember the Chairman, David Cowling, welcomed all all th the meeting held 6th 6September the Chairman, David Cowling, welcomed At the meeting held on September Page 45: Church Notice Boards Well done Ethan – wethe need Chairman, more like you! David Cowling, welcomed Page 42: N2N

all ose those present and introduced 3 new members and 2 visitors. The Secretary, Tony present andand introduced 3 new members andand 2 visitors. TheThe Secretary, Tony those present introduced 3 new members 2 visitors. Secretary, Tony th th azier then reported that the Mystery Trip on Wednesday 25 October was fully th BASINGSTOKE CIVIL SERVICE RETIREMENT FELLOWSHIP Brazier then reported that the Mystery Trip on Wednesday 25 October was fully Brazier then reported that the Mystery Trip on Wednesday 25 October was fully At the meeting held onnext 6th September the Chairman, David Cowling, welcomed all at those present and introduced 3 oked but that the outing toouting thetoFestival of Christmas Portsmouth Dockyard booked but that the the next outing the Festival ofthat Christmas at Portsmouth Dockyard but that next to the Festival of Christmas at Portsmouth Dockyard new booked members and 2 visitors. The Secretary, Tony Brazier then reported the Mystery Trip on Wednesday 25th October was CIVIL SERVICE RETIREMENT FELLOWSH st st Friday 1 December still needed some more people to ensure that it went ahead. st fully booked but that the next outing to the Festival of Christmas at Portsmouth Dockyard on Friday 1st December still needed on Friday 1 December stillstill needed some more people to ensure thatthat it went ahead. on Friday 1 December needed some more people to ensure it went ahead. some more people to ensure that it went ahead.

At the meeting held on Wednesday 6 th April the C 61 members and the Secretary, Tony Brazier, ga Brooklands Motor Museum and Hatchlands Park Palace on Friday 17th June. Christine Broadbent and welcomed back those members who had ret

The speaker this month was Tony King who spoke about “Vanished London”. He illustrated his talk with many photographs

The speaker thisthis month waswas Tony King spoke London”. of places around that were mainly photographed in who the 1800’s but thatabout sadly no“Vanished longer stood today either because The speaker month Tony King who spoke about “Vanished London”. e speaker this London month was Tony King who spoke about “Vanished London”. HeHeofHe ill thought out reconstruction or through bombing during the war. Many of the photographs were taken by Henry Fox Talbot illustrated hiswith talktalk withwith many photographs of places around London that were mainly his many photographs of places around that were mainly strated many photographs of pioneer; places around London were mainly (1800illustrated -his 1877);talk a British scientist, inventor and photography who had the foresight to London usethat his newly found technique to photographed in the 1800’s but that sadly no longer stood today either because of ill record many of the landmarks of London. Some of the streets have completely disappeared or been drastically changed as was photographed in the 1800’s but that sadly no longer stood today either because of ill otographed in the 1800’s but that sadly no longer stood today either because of ill Regent Street whose wonderful colonnades were removed in 1925, many buildings hotels and bridges have been demolished thought out out reconstruction or or through bombing during war. Many of the thought reconstruction through bombing during the war. ought reconstruction or Bridge through bombing the the war. Many of theof and out rebuilt or as in the case of London shipped to America asduring a tourist attraction. 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The group meets on the first disappeared or been drastically changed as Regent Street whose wonderful appeared or been drastically changed as was Regent Street whose wonderful Wednesday of each month at Brookvale Village Hall from 10 am to 12 noon and all retired Civil Servants and their partners colonnades were removed in 1925, many buildings hotels andand bridges have been colonnades were removed inmany 1925, many hotels bridges have been are welcome. Further details about be obtained from thebuildings Secretary Brazier on 01256 418770 at bjmapbr@ onnades were removed inmeetings 1925,can buildings hotelsTony and bridges haveorbeen demolished and rebuilt or as in the case of London Bridge shipped to America as a and if you would like to join us onin anythe of our trips please contact Kate Lambethshipped on 01256 328791. demolished and rebuilt or ascase case of London Bridge to America as a molished and rebuilt or as in the of London Bridge shipped to America as a David Cowling tourist attraction. TheThe coming of the railways waswas a considerable cause of disruption tourist attraction. coming of the railways a considerable cause of disruption urist attraction. 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Shiny shoes and new uniforms with room to grow, classrooms equipped with pristine pencils for the children and plenty of tissues for the mums – it must be September! We are all making friends and settling into new classrooms. Our classes have new names as well! They are now named after birds and we are all trying very hard to remember not to use the colours anymore! Our Year R children have settled very well to school life and are having fun getting to know one another. They are sharing their Talk Boxes filled with happy summer memories. As part of our All About Me topic they are looking at photos of themselves as babies and thinking about all that they can do now that they are growing up so fast. Year 1 are finding out about their senses and the world around them. They are exploring our local area using maps and aerial photographs. Keep your eyes peeled as they will be out and about looking at street furniture, houses and buildings. They will also be completing a traffic survey. Year 2 are exploring why it is good to be them. They are talking about the things that make them happy and things that they are good at. They are finding out how to ensure that they stay fit and healthy as well. They have collaged some delicious-looking healthy meals on their Eat Well plates and can talk about how their bodies change when they exercise. We have made an exciting start to the new school year and have lots to look forward to!


It was lovely welcoming everyone back to school after the summer holiday which seems to have gone quickly. I would like to take the opportunity to once again congratulate our Year 6 leavers and to welcome our new Year 3 pupils to Kempshott Junior School who are enjoying their learning opportunities alongside our returning pupils. Year 3 Pirates have begun their training, Year 4 have started their Viking studies in preparation for a day trip to Alice Holt; whilst Year 5 are enjoying swimming lessons at the Aquadrome, Year 6 are starting to learn about World War 2 and prepare for cycling proficiency. Kempshott Junior school clubs have started which range from tennis, football and rugby to wildlife, drama and drawing. Thank you to the pupils who completed optional holiday homework, I really enjoyed sharing them with you as well as hearing the 'charity of the year' presentations. We await the results of the charity of the year and the class councillor nominations. Reporter: Mrs F Craig (Head Teacher)

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BASINGSTOKE LIONS CLUB (Website You’ll no doubt recall that in March we raised funds to help the Basingstoke Bluefins (Disability) swimming team represent the South Region at the 2017 Special Olympics in Sheffield. The team performed superbly.

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Full details thatofaround £350 will go to St Michael's Hospice. the arrival always of Oakley BC!! to Our second day bright National Championships. Oakley had this year its bestand sunnywebsite and in the morning members wandered n our informative, but if youthe would prefer to ever representation at the National Championships held in Esplanade and explored the Town at their leisure, before ctivities taking or would towalk try your hand at bowls not speak to Spencer August in Royal Leamington Spa. Ric Newson, qualifying thelike short to the Sidmouth BC.why  With 2 greens for the first time in the Singles, played well and at one maintained by the Council, a three-rink indoor green, 4 llard on 01256 397435? stage had a good lead over croquet lawns, numerous hard and grass tennis courts Nottinghamshire’s Elliott Ric and  cricket and rugby pitches close by, the  Town, with one forits the members involved with catering as we have already hosted Guthrie but went down 21relatively small population, is fortunate to have such 16. It was a similar story wonderful facilities available. We suffered a 41 shot defeat h two on the same weekend. The first was the North Hants Women’s for Juniors Nicole Rogers but this was soon forgotten as, after dinner,  everyone , our own Averil Adams, welcomed thetoCounty President Carol Eichen and Heather Statham in spilled out onto the Esplanade watch the Fireworks Display which had been laid on to celebrate Oakley's the County and this was followed next day by the Basingstoke andthe Junior Pairs where they raced to an 11-0 lead visit - well actually it was part of the Regatta Weekend n’s game. were a thirsty bunch! over England International butThey a good journalist does not allow facts to get in the way Laura Holden and her partner before being overhauled of a story.   Day 3 involved a short journey along some as Laura showed why she has been a full international picturesque and very narrow lanes to the Madeira Club in each week, some of our teams are inevitably faring better than others for the last 4 years. Nicole registered a victory in the Exmouth.  Traditionally a strong hold of Bowls in Devon, ouragingthe with thehas Men’s “A” team currently in players.  the Basingstoke Junior Singles before falling to World Indoor Champion club excellent facilities and second excellent Fortunately for Oakley their top internationals were not teams topping both Division 1 and 3 of the Whitchurch League. InKatherine team Rednall and Heather had two cracking wins in the Two Wood Singles. It was, however, Nicole, who stole playing, so with 11 rinks playing, we lost by a similar score tunes. The went day. down to Whitchurch in the National Two Rink the show reaching the semi-final of the National Champion to themen previous  Defeat was not hard to take as at tea of Champions before, in a time we were served delicious home baked scones with National Top Club at Basingstoke Town. Our Ladies, however, restored Nicole titanic battle, bowing out 21jam and cream. Day 4 of the Tour saw us playing matches ies Topagainst Club and followed thiswe  up won with another victory against 20 to arguably England’s best Honiton where and against Ottery St their bowler Ellen Faulkner – a Mary where we drew.   Our Farewell Dinner, that evening, ts them into the County semi-final. We are also still going in the mixed three times Commonwealth saw President Jim presented by John Yarrell with a gift d the men reachedthanking the Areahim semi-final County Games medalist and the fromhave the members and Pat of forthe all their hardClub proud possessor of a World work in arranging such a successful Tour.  Following the Championship gold medal. Red Arrows and the Fireworks Jim had one last surprise County Championships. 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The pond Now is the time to keep raking dead leaves out of the pond before they release unwelcome nutrients, and cut back any dead plant material. Maintenance such as repairing any leaks in the pond liner should be done now before any frosts. Large plants can be removed or cut back if they have been growing too vigorously.

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The Group is planning to plant more shrubs and trees and bulbs this autumn so please come along to help if you can find the time. Work parties: For Old Down, we meet outside Old Down Hall every Thursday 10-12noon. For Beggarwood, we meet monthly at The Maze, usually on the third Saturday of the month 10 -12noon. Always check our website just in case there is a change in dates and also for further information about work parties and events. Internet:


FUZZY DROVE CONSERVATION GROUP We’re underway with our autumn working party programme – cutting back some of the brambles and nettles; filling in the gaps along Fuzzy Drove (in the areas where we have agreement to work) to create a hedgerow understorey; undertaking some coppicing where appropriate; creating dead hedges; and putting in some bulbs for ground level interest. The work we do at each working party is part of an overall conservation plan for Fuzzy Drove, which has been developed with support from appropriate experts and input from Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council. More details can be found via our website by selecting ‘Conservation Plans’ from the options at the top of the screen. Sadly, our planned Children’s Event scheduled for the 9th September didn’t go ahead, as only a small number of people confirmed that they planned to attend, and we couldn’t afford to run the event at a financial loss. We hope to be able to either reschedule the event or reuse the activities prepared in some other way. Our October working parties are on: Saturday 7th October and Saturday 21st October. We meet at 10am on Fuzzy Drove beside the entrance to Petrel Croft. Working parties are automatically cancelled if the weather is wet. The dates can change at short notice for other reasons, so if you are interested in coming along and helping please see our website and click on ‘events and activities’ for more information, or find us on Facebook for the very latest updates.


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Scouts in the Old Orchard On 9th September in the Old Orchard, Kempshott Conservation Group played host to Worting St. Thomas Scouts. These were a mix of Scouts and Junior Scout Leaders. So far, the Scouts have participated in two work parties in the Orchard. These were organised to demonstrate the range of work undertaken by the Conservation Group throughout the year. This session was originally planned for mid summer as it was designed to introduce them to insects but, because of Scout commitments, it had to be deferred until early September. The aim was to teach the Scouts about basic insect identification down to taxa and, possibly, family level. That is, how to distinguish a fly from a bee or wasp and how to tell a beetle from a true bug. Interactive discussion on various aspects of insect identification, supported by many pictures, was followed by the Scouts sweeping and the "experts" trying to identify what they had caught. The specimens were then passed round to reinforce the points discussed earlier. This cycle was then repeated a couple of times with the sweeping being very popular. The results of the Scouts sweeping were quite heartening. One of the “experts” told them that of the two main types of grass hoppers and crickets, they would be unlikely to find a Roesel's Bush-cricket (Pictured). So much for the views of "experts" as the Scouts found two of these. This bush cricket is recent coloniser from the continent and is spreading north quite rapidly. It has the characteristic very long filamentous antennae and has a distinctive "Nike Swoosh" on the side of its thorax. The Scouts also found a wide variety of Shield and Leather bugs, both adults and nymphs, large numbers of flies and parasitic wasps, and also a plume moth. They also seemed to delight in catching butterflies and spiders. The second picture shows David Hopkins from the Scout group telling a brief story about the early spying activities of Baden Powell who incorporated his observations on defensive lines and deployed armaments disguised as drawings of insects.

Our next Work Party season will soon be underway and these are the dates for October and November. Why not come and join us for an hour or so? We can always do with some extra help. All equipment is provided, but please bring your own gloves. Sunday, 8th October 10.00am—12.00 noon—Down Grange Meadow (Homesteads Road entrance) Thursday, 19th October 2.00-4.00pm—Old Orchard, Kendal Gardens Sunday, 29th October 10.00 am—12.00 noon—Old Hedgerow, Down Grange (Behind 77-155 Coniston Road) Thursday, 9th November 2.00—4.00pm—Down Grange Meadow (See above) Sunday, 19th November 10.00 am—12.00 noon—Old Orchard, Kendal Gardens Thursday, 30th November 2.00—4.00pm—Old Hedgerow, Down Grange (See above) Another date for your diary…….is Sunday, 5th November at 11 00 when our Annual General Meeting will be held in Stratton Park Sports Pavilion. As always, this is your chance to ask us about our aims, objectives and plans for the coming year, so please do come along and find out what we are up to.

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Our website is: or email us: We have started our Autumn maintenance of Stratton Park. After several years of adding Spring bulbs in various parts of the park we are returning to the problems of over-mature or intermittent hedgerows. The section of hedgerow which finally collapsed east of the scout hall was cut down and is well on the way to regenerating. In a couple of years it can be topped and trimmed annually. The same treatment will be required of the main old hedgerow beside the tennis courts where the hedgerow elements between the mature oak, ash and beech trees are already starting to die off or fall over. Regeneration by cutting back to ground level will look drastic but will retain the feature in the long run. We are also starting a volunteer recruitment drive among local residents and park users. Anyone who is interested in supporting the Friends Group is invited to email us for details of activities this side of Christmas. Our next official Group meeting will be on Sunday, 5th November at the Sports Pavilion in Stratton Park at 12.00noon.

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We are proud to launch SOUTH HAM SATURDAYS – FAMILY Fun this month. Join us every Saturday morning for drop in fun from 10am-midday. All activities are free of charge. We request that children under 10 are accompanied by an adult. 1st Saturday Craft 2nd Saturday Board Games 3rd Saturday Construction Club 4th Saturday Storytime Look at our Facebook page to find out how we will be celebrating NATIONAL LIBRARIES WEEK during 9th16th Oct. During Half term join us for some spooky activities with a Halloween treasure hunt all week and a drop-in Wednesday Craft Puffy Ghosts from 10am -3pm on the 25th October During the week Story Time continues to be held at 10:30 am on TUESDAYS. Come and join us for stories and themed colouring and the Construction Club continues to be after school on Tuesdays, with the opportunity to play with Lego and Duplo from 3:30pm-4:45pm. This term’s CODE CLUB started again last month and we have 8 children learning to code. They never cease to amaze us with what they learn so quickly and their creativity and imagination. Look out for details about what will happen in the future. We are so grateful to our volunteer Peter who gives up his time each week to inspire these youngsters. Chatterbooks reading group for primary aged children has moved to the 3rd Friday of the month and will be held on Friday, 20th October at 4pm with craft and book activities linked with Autumn and at the same time our T.R.@.S.H. group (Teen Reading @ South Ham) will hold a meeting for those at secondary school who love books – come and be part of this exciting venture. This month

they will be discussing the “Books with Blue Covers” they chose last month and will look at first and last lines of books. Both Chatterbooks and T.R.@S.H. would love to welcome new members, pop into the library or contact us via our Facebook page to find out more. Rhymetime continues every Friday with fun rhymes and songs at 11am for babies and toddlers. Activities for adults this month include the Genesis SciFi Reading Group on the 7th October from 10:00am-12:00 noon and Age Concern continue to provide computer instruction for the over 50s on Tuesdays from 10:00am1:00pm; appointments need to be booked through the local office. ADVANCE NOTICE If you love local history then don’t miss our afternoon with the Kempshott History Group about the Basingstoke Fair being held here on Tuesday 7th November cost £2 . Although the west side of Basingstoke was a rural area there were many things worth noting about the area in the 17th and 18th Centuries. The Prince of Wales (later George IV) and his mistress lived in Kempshott Park and the Basingstoke Fairs took place at what is now Down Grange Park from 1671-1779 Advance Booking essential pop into the library or call 01256 336047 or visit


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PROBUS CLUB HEARS ABOUT BRITISH FORCES BROADCASTING The Probus Club of Basingstoke enjoyed a presentation by Alan Grace about the life of a programme maker living with our armed forces whose broadcasts allowed them to maintain morale by keeping contact with families in UK and also provided them with much needed entertainment.

Many people of mature age will remember Two Way Family Favourites on Sunday mornings. Then known as the wireless it was broadcast on the BBC Light Programme. It was claimed that this was the only radio programme that had the smell of roast beef and Yorkshire pudding. The German end was run by BFBS (British Forces Broadcasting Service) with Jean Metcalf there and Cliff Michelmore in London. In World War 2 both the German and Russian military had radio services for their troops and after the Americans joined the war effort the British War Office was persuaded by Col David Niven and supported by Glenn Miller that our troops would benefit from a similar operation. The first military broadcast services saw life begin in Algeria in 1943 and run by the Army Welfare Service. The only drawback was that there was no money, no equipment and no staff. And it was firmly established that editorial control was to be independent of the Ministry of Defence and the armed forces themselves. By some miracle they were on air in seven weeks. It was set in a former harem but the fully glazed floor and wall tiles had to be draped in army blankets to deaden the appalling acoustics. The first requested record was the famous German wartime song, Lily Marlene. In the following years over 100 radio stations were set up from Aden to Zeltweg. Some of the earlier stations were mobile housed in ten ton trucks with transmitters, generators, record library and studio. They followed troops through the Italian campaign and then into mainland Europe. Fixed sites were based in a range of extreme locations from the magnificent Musikhalle in Hamburg that had escaped bombing, down to an old cow shed in Cyprus, tents in the Canal Zone and shipping containers at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan. Some of the people involved became household names. Cliff Michelmore, Frank Muir who was a photographer but volunteered to be a writer, Peter Sellers, Brian Moore who went on to become a top sports presenter with ITV, and Roger Moore who was told that as he could not act he should go back to being a male model for knitting patterns. He later sent a postcard to the producer who had dismissed his talent which said that although he could not act he had still had a good life and signed it 007. In 1957 Alan Grace started working with what then was BFN in Cologne as an announcer and sports producer, while a national serviceman in the RAF. Over the next four decades he experienced life throughout the world’s trouble spots where British forces were involved. Such places of conflict had radio and then television services provided for service personnel and their dependents worldwide. Places of interest included Palestine, Cyprus during EOKA, Kenya in Mau Mau times, Aden with terrorist troubles, Cyprus, again, during the Turkish invasion, Hong Kong, The Balkans, The Falklands, Gulf Wars 1 and 2 and Afghanistan. For more information about the programmes enjoyed by the Probus Club of Basingstoke, the social club for retired professional and business managers, see their web site or phone their secretary Paul Flint on 07770 886521 for an informal chat.

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The Trustees have been working hard to create a welcoming Community Room in the space vacated by the old Leisure and Social Club earlier this year. This room will have its own kitchen facility, ideal for serving light refreshments. So far a weekly Craft Club has been established every Tuesday (6pm – 9pm), this is already becoming very popular - £3 per session to include refreshments. A monthly Quiz Night takes place on the first Wednesday of each month, starting at 7.30pm - £2 per person, winning team receives a bottle of wine. Other ideas the Trustees are considering are a regular informal café, a skittles alley to hire out to local clubs or individuals and any other community orientated clubs/societies. We would be very keen to hear from local residents about the type of event/club they would be interested in attending and whether people would be interested in a skittles alley. To have your ideas considered or to book this Community Room, please email kempshottkourier@ or call Kathy on the phone number above. The Village Hall has traditionally hired out the main hall and the small hall and currently is home to the regular hirers:Monday Baby Sensory 9.30am – 13.20pm (depending on age). ( Womens Institute 2pm-4pm ( 2nd Monday of the month) Horticultural Group 7-9pm (3rd Monday of the month) Tuesday Kaderosi Art Club - 10-1pm Call Kathy on 07799 693339 Circle Dance - 2-3pm Email Weight watchers - 6.30pm Call Vanda 07719 428953 or email Pilates - 8.15pm See for details Wednesday 2 by 2 Toddlers Group 9.45 - 11.30 Super Seniors Keep Fit 2.00 - 3.00 Pilates for Seniors and Back Care - 3.15 - 4.15 Dog training - 6.30 - 7.30

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The hall is also used regularly throughout the year by Kempshott History Group, Kempshott Neighbourhood Watch, Kempshott & District Residents Association, Southern Counties Catfish The Kaderosi Art Club The Kaderosi Art Club meets at Kempshott Village Hall every Tuesday between 10am and 1pm. It is a lovely, friendly group, where people of all ages and abilities come to paint and socialise, and the cost is £5 per week, which is only paid when you attend. The only rule they have at the Club is to "have lots of fun". They have famous artists visit them for demonstrations and workshops. These include Jeremy Ford, Matthew Palmer, Marilyn Allis, Sharon Hurst, Charles Evans and many more. Every year they have a themed Christmas Party and also a Christmas Dinner, and they also go on coach trips. The Kestrel Art Club The Kestrel Art Club meets on Fridays between 10am and 1pm. This Club is open to SAA Members only and costs £4 per week. Both these Clubs are run by Kathy and Marilyn, who are waiting to welcome you. For more information call Kathy on 07799693339.


COUNCIL TAKES LOCAL DEMOCRACY ON THE ROAD Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council officers and councillors will be getting out and about to meet local people this October during Local Democracy Week. Residents will have the chance to check their electoral registration and find out more about voting in elections at the council’s roadshow which is on tour from Monday 9 October to Friday 13 October. They’ll also be able to have a chat to local councillors to find out more about what it’s like to stand for election and to represent a ward. Council officers attending the stands will welcome visitors at Festival Place (Monday 8.30am to 6pm), Overton Library (Tuesday 9.30am to 12.30pm) and Whitchurch Town Hall (Tuesday 2pm to 5pm); Chineham Library (Wednesday 9.30am to 5.30pm); Tadley Library (Thursday 9.30am to 5pm) and South Ham Library on Friday from 9.30am to 12.30pm. The national Local Democracy Week theme is ‘Citizen participation, consultation and commitment: for a thriving local democracy’ and the borough council aims to raise awareness about how and why people should be involved. Leaflets about the council’s work will also be available and members of the public will be invited to take part in a true or false game to find out how much they know about voting. Head of Law and Governance and Monitoring Officer at Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council Bhupinder Gill said: “This is an opportunity to get an insight into the world of local government and to find out more about the local democratic process. “It’s a chance to learn more about what can influence a person to vote in an election, and the role of the council in the elections process. For anyone who’s ever thought about standing as a councillor it’s also an opportunity to talk with those who have made that leap. “Everyone is welcome at the stand, and I hope that many of our residents will be able to join us as we go on the road.”



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BASINGSTOKE HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY In contrast to other meetings where perhaps we might hear, for example, about vegetables or hostas our August speaker was a volunteer at Thrive’s headquarters at Beech Hill near Reading. Thrive also has gardens in Battersea and Birmingham and is a well-known national charity using gardening to change lives. The charity owes its roots (sorry for the pun!) to Chris Underhill who, back in 1978, set up the Society of Horticultural Therapy after seeing the benefits brought to people who had blindness and learning disabilities by working with plants and on the land during his voluntary service in Africa. The Reverend Dr Geoffrey Udall who joined Chris believed in the charity’s work so much that in 1986 he bequeathed his family estate in Beech Hill, Berkshire to Thrive (or HT as it was known then) enabling the gardens to be restored and adapted by an army of willing volunteers so it could become a flagship garden for the charity. Today the name of Thrive is well known although it only changed its name to that in 1998. Trunkwell House was the Udall’s family home but now it is a hotel and a wedding and event centre. This is located next to the Geoffrey Udall Centre which is Thrive’s headquarters. Research has stated that 1 in 4 of us will experience mental health problems each year but it has been proved that those affected benefit from being outside and in particular being involved in some type of gardening activity. The accounts that we heard that evening illustrated how many of the clients at Thrive see significant improvement in their conditions just by attending the regular gardening therapy sessions. In one case, a client was so helped that they eventually became one of the Thrive therapists! Thrive in Beech Hill is also a centre for training and education and can offer a City & Guilds national short course programme in horticulture. Some tasks that need to be carried out to maintain the site which are outside of the client’s abilities are covered by the “Saturday Garden Club” or Corporate Days where companies give their employees time off to go and help with such projects. The Saturday Gardening Club is for volunteers to help with the larger more complex tasks such as hard landscaping and hedge or tree pruning. Since the Thrive gardens are there to help those with disabilities they are not generally open to the public as all staff must have the appropriate clearance to work with vulnerable adults. However, this past summer there were three very successful open days which were advertised widely and proved a useful means of informing the public about the charity and raising some useful funds. For those who want to find out more about coping with disabilities and yet still enjoy gardening Thrive have this website with lots of helpful information and stories. Their main website is http://www. where news of other events and how to become a Thrive volunteer can be found. At this meeting, we also had the latest of our in-house competitions the results of which are as follows: Class 1 2 3

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Specimen dahlia Longest runner bean Potato (provided) heaviest yield, to be grown in a sack/container 3 Herbs (in own vase) 3 Tomatoes Mix of summer flowers

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2nd Jean Elkin Philip Wraight Ann Sargeant 5lb 1oz

3rd Philip Wraight Catherine Clayton Philip Wraight 4lb 4oz

Margaret Payne Philip Wraight Catherine Clayton

Ann Sargeant Muriel Wraight Sybil Gaze

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Thanks goes to Wynne Aherne, our speaker from Thrive, for judging Classes 1 and 4-6. Our next meeting is on Monday October 16th at 7.30pm in Kempshott Village Hall when Peter Sikora will talk on his specialist subject - “Herbs”. If you would like further details, please contact either: Philip Wraight – Vice Chairman - 01256 324185 or Sheila King Membership Secretary 01256 322104 (please use the Answerphone)


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In a repeat of last year’s very successful excursion on Friday 1st of September 32 of our members and volunteers drove to Odiham wharf for a trip and buffet lunch on the purposebuilt canal boat, The John Pinkerton 11. This year, with a little more water in the Basingstoke Canal we were able to go in the opposite direction towards King John’s castle at Odiham, picking up lunch en-route. After an excellent summary of the castle’s history relating to King John and the Magna Carta from our ‘captain’, some of us were dropped off at the castle, to explore whilst the rest were entertained by a swan alighting to join its family just before the boat turned for the return journey and to pick up the castle ‘visitors’. We then all tucked in to a super lunch as the vessel negotiated on-coming traffic in the narrow and shallow water of the canal on our way back to Odiham wharf. Normally the Coffee Club meets every Friday at the Basingstoke Rugby Club in Coniston Road at 10am for coffee/tea and cakes plus the all important chat. Anyone in the Kempshott area is welcome and transport can be arranged if necessary. Our ‘events’ programme up to the end of the year is below and further details are available via the Kancare phone no: 07905 272711. 20th Anniversary Party Christmas Lunch

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Come and visit the Come and visit the More of the Good Stuff FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE More of the Good Stuff coffee and sandwich ‘Let the Writing Begin’… BMAF 2018 Creative Writing Competition Launched coffee and sandwich shop. We are child shop. We are child friendly and dog friendly and dog friendly. Open friendly. Open Mon-Sat, 9am-5pm. Curry & Quiz Night, Mon-Sat, 9am-5pm. Thursday 12th October, 7pm-9.30pm. Ticket £10 includes Curry and QuizWhy not peruse the Why not peruse the Up the Garden Path Adult’s Halloween Party Up the Garden Path gift shop inside? Saturday 28th October, 6pm - 10.30pm. Tickets £12.50 gift shop inside? Children’s Halloween Party, Whilst you are here you Whilst youTickets are here you Sunday 29th October, 3pm - 6pm. £7.50 can also drop into can also drop into Pamper Day  An integral part of the annual Basingstoke Music & Arts Festival – now in its 55 year – September saw The Eco Workshop the launch of the Festival’s Creative Writing Competition. The Eco Workshop Sunday 15th October, 2pm - 10pm.  Prices dependent for up-cycled furniture The Creative Writing competition adult and children’s categories include short stories, poetry, articles on treatments. for up-cycled furniture as well as play scripts and letter writing. Whilst entrants are encouraged to consider something with a and homewares.local flavour, entries in all categories can be on any subject of the author’s choice. Call/text to book a placeand onhomewares. 07958634585 The entry deadline this year will be 11th December 2017. All entrants are automatically invited to attend the awards ceremony that will take place at Queen Mary’s College at 2 o’clock on Sunday 18th Free parking or email March. Entries can be submitted on-line via email (address below) as well as by post. Free parking th

For more information please visit the website then select ‘Creative Writing’ from the ‘Sections’ drop-down me. Alternatively if you would like a printed copy or Dummer Down Farm, Dummer, Hampshire. RG25PDF 2AR of the Creative Writing or the overall BMAF competition syllabus, please send an email with your Dummer Down Farm, Dummer, Hampshire. RG25 2AR contact details to . Otherwise, please contact the BMAF Creative Writing Section Secretary, Tony Corbin, on 07801 166223.


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WITH MAKER JUDITH WITH LOCAL BASKET NEEDHAM LOCAL BASKET WITHMAKER JUDITH MAKER JUDITH LOCAL BASKET Disability Signpost Service Tuesday 3 October / 10am - 12noon NEEDHAM NEEDHAM MAKER JUDITH NEEDHAM Drop-in for information on topics including transport, benefits, housing and more.   Take home a beautiful willow Have fun making ru basket you’ve made yourself style Christmas dec home a willow beautiful willow fun making rustic, shakerBasingstoke Disability Connections Tuesday 3 October / 12.30pm –Take 2.30pm Take home a beautiful Have fun Have making after this one-day course.rustic, shakernatural willow. basket you’ve made yourself style Christmas decoration with basket you’ve made style Christmas decoration be using the ‘frame’ Trees, stars, simple Take home a beautiful willowyourself You Havewill fun making rustic, shaker- with Informal get-together for people affected by disability. after this one-day course. natural willow. after thismade one-day course. natural willow. technique which is ideal for wreaths and even basket you’ve yourself style Christmas decoration with   You will the be using the ‘frame’ Trees, stars, simple You will be using ‘frame’ simple newcomers tostars, the world of reindeer can after this one-day course. natural Trees, willow. technique which is ideal forwreaths and wreaths and even technique which is ideal for even Wonderful Wordsmiths Wednesday 4 October / 4pm – 5pm / newcomers FREE basket making. 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Sat 28 September, 10am to 4pm 10am to 12.30pm & £15 per session   per session £40 1pm to £15 3.30pm Book in person or by telephone on £15 per session Painting for Fun Thursday 5 October / 2.30pm – 4.30pm / FREE www.han Book inorperson or by telephone 01256 478670 Book in person by telephone on 01256on 478670 Informal group of painters who share tips and conversation in Coffee Book shopin area. person or by telephone on 01256 478670 w Hydration and the Digestive System Thursday 5 October / 1.30pm / £3.75 With Jane Wilkinson, The Body Mentor  Water, as you already know is one of the most important elements your body needs, apart from the billion or so cellular reactions that are reliant on water. We need water for the four main pathways of getting toxins out of out body.    How do we know if we are dehydrated and how do we go about changing it? Drinking plain water causes bloating, suppresses thirst and thus further drinking; a poor choice where high fluid intake is required.  Join Jane to discover more about your internal health and digestion.   Hearing Impaired Reading Group Friday 6 October / 2pm – 4pm / FREE An opportunity to meet people in a similar situation round a shared interest.   Discover Board Games Saturday 7 October / 10am – 1pm / FREE / Ages 3+    Libraries Week 9 – 14 October Look out for details nearer the time!    Gemma Cairney at Basingstoke Discovery Centre Tuesday 10 October / 7.15pm / £2.50 BBC Radio presenter, TV personality, journalist and teen ambassador Gemma Cairney OPENs up to talk about how magic and messed up life can be: from mental health to families to first love, and everything in between.   Gemma Cairney is an important advocate for young people and between her life experiences and her personal insight from her time as BBC Radio 1’s resident agony aunt on The Surgery, she is perfectly placed to offer hope to young people questioning what life’s all about or dealing with hard times. Hear what she has to say, pose your own questions and join in the discussion.   Memory Box Project Friday 13 October / 10.30am – 12.30pm The memory box project is an exciting reminiscence project open to all. Drop in and share some stories around the interesting objects on display.   Young Embroiders Club Saturday 14 October / 10am – 12noon / £5 / Ages 5-16 Learn new skills and meet new friends.   To book a place, you can order online from , or visit Basingstoke Discovery Centre in Festival Place, or call 01256 478670. Advance booking is strongly recommended. To find out more about Basingstoke Discovery Centre and Hampshire Libraries visit | |

38 QUESTION: I am thinking about returning to work at the end of my maternity leave. What sorts of things do I need to think about prior to doing so and should I expect to return to the same job or not?


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Being a mother is a full-time job in itself and it is unlikely that you will have found a moment to think about what may be happening at your place of work. The decision to return to work after maternity leave is a difficult one but the transition back in to the workplace need not be a stressful one. A recent survey by the National Childbirth Trust indicated that nearly 45% of new mothers have returned to work sooner than they would have liked for fear of losing their job or damaging their future career opportunities or because their employer was not flexible enough. Of those people surveyed some 4% took less than two weeks off after the birth of their baby and some 40% returned after between 12 and 39 weeks. This does seem to indicate a lack of information being made available to mothers in respect of their rights upon returning to work after maternity leave. Generally speaking you have the right to return to the same job and on the same terms of employment. You are also entitled to receive any pay rises or bonuses which fell payable while you were on maternity leave. In addition your holiday entitlement accrues during maternity leave and if you have not tagged it on to the end of your leave then you are usually entitled to take what is left upon your return, subject to your employer’s annual leave policy. Notwithstanding the above, a lot can happen in six months or a year and sometimes it may not be reasonably practicable for you to return to exactly the same job. For example, there may have been an internal reorganisation resulting in your job being made redundant. In such circumstances your employer should offer you a suitable alternative role. Provided you have been employed for at least 26 weeks you are also entitled to make a flexible working request although there is no obligation on your employer to agree to the requested flexible working. Currently only employees who have caring responsibilities can make such a request but it should be noted that from 30th June 2014 the current flexible working regime will be significantly widened. The caring responsibility requirement will be removed so as to give all employees who have been employed for at least 26 weeks the right to make a flexible working request. Again the request only needs to be considered by the employer and does not need to be granted. Of course with these rights come responsibilities on your part. Firstly, your employer is entitled to make reasonable contact with you during your maternity leave. Such contact which may be deemed reasonable includes telephoning you for the purpose of updating you on changes in the workplace or informing you of promotion opportunities. You can also work up to ten days without losing your right to maternity pay and benefits. These are commonly known as “keeping in touch days”.

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BRINGING A SMILE TO 00’S CHILDREN Christmas may seem ages away, but to bring a smile to those children who receive no other gifts the Rotary Shoebox scheme starts in October. Last year over 27,000 shoeboxes were collected by the 77 Rotary clubs across Wessex, over 1,500 generously donated by the people of Basingstoke. Through the Rotary scheme, shoeboxes are collected , checked , boxed, shipped , delivered and handed over through the International Rotary network. This ensures that an appropriate box is given to an appropriate child, children who have been identified by local Rotary clubs as desperately needing something to bring some joy to their lives.

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My name is Debbie Veel. I am one of the Licensed Lay Ministers (LLM’s or Readers The older I get, the betterHello. I was

as they are sometimes known) at St. Mark’s church. LLM’s are not ordained, so we don’t

wear a dog collar, but we can do much of what a vicar can do with some notable “Mike’s hobbling badly this morning. Was Jonny’s hair always that grey? My right knee is sore again and I’ve 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 started making that umff sound when I stand up.

preach, lead worship, prayer and mid-week groups and we are involved in the running of the church. I think of it as being a bit like being a deputy head of a school.

The more time that passes since my body gave up on pretty much all sport, the better I seem to think I was. My PB for 10k I am writing this month because, as you may or may not know, the Rev. Kelvin and Jane Taylor left St. Mark’s is now 5 minutes less than in 2005, when I last ran the distance. My atmeagre squash talent level andgo. the the end of May. They had been with usis for now nine yearscounty and we are sad to see them Many Old exciting things have happened in the church and community under their leadership. Aldenhamian fourth XI seems to have been unbeaten in the 87/88 season, despite the records showing that they lost seven For example- we have started a messy church (very informal craft, food, a short matches. At this rate, I’ll have scored the winner in a World Cup final by the time I’mand70. celebration lots of fun for families of all ages 2.30pm -5pm every third Saturday); we have started doing the fabulous ‘Open the Book’ assemblies for the Y4’s in the

junioraschool; startedthey’d Saturday @shoot Saint Mark’s (2 Saturday of the month from I strain hamstrings doing the gardening and I don’t “get” modern music. If I was horse me. 9:30am) which is an informal chance to learn such things as your ancestry, try flower ‘We’re none of us getting any younger’ my Nan used to say as if revealing a orwondrous secret universe arranging go for walks bike rides round Kempshott or findof out the about various things to do that with IT orhad further education. We have employed an Outreach Worker and renovated been shared with her and her alone – ‘ah the wisdom of age’ I’d reply, tongue firmly in cheek – ‘can’t teach you oldies our kitchen at church – if you have ever used the old kitchen at St. Mark’s you know what state it was in! All of this and much more anything, can we Nan’. Dead 27 years. Still miss her. nd

under Kelvin’s leadership.

Kelvin and Jane are off about on a well-deserved long holiday to their She was right of course; our bodies start the slow decline to infirmity from 21. Canute-like in the face of this favourite place- the Greek islands. We wish them well, as I am sure inevitability, we all seek ways to preserve our physical youthfulness for asalso.long as possible even it’s just rewriting our many of you do personal sporting history” It is a time of change and transition for them and for the church.

Thoughts as I go into the Church.

It may well be a time of change and transition for you too. You may be changing job; maybe moving house; having a new baby; getting married; leaving home for the first time to go to university or to travel. There may also be some less pleasant changes happening in your life- divorce, unemployment, bereavement.

But whilst I’m in Church something astonishing happens. I realise how unimportant thestillhuman body is toIt God. In the church’s year, the weeks just gone form part of the ‘Easter Season’. was a timePhysical of transition and change for Jesus’ disciples too. They had travelled around the country with Jesus, listening to him teach and perfection, size / shape, gender, skin / hair colour, the shape of thepreach, nose mean nothing at all. Heart and soul are all that watching him do miracles and healings. But they hadn’t quite understood ‘what he was really about.’ matter. Housed in human bodies for life on Earth, these survive death. don’t know where they go, I no need to On EasterISunday and on many occasions after that they met the risen Lordlonger Jesus, and during this time, before He ascended to heaven, they began to understand all that He was teaching and explaining to them know, but I’m certain that this is what we need to nurture and cherish whilst we are here. about God and about how much He loves each and every one of us. They finally did begin to comprehend ‘what He was really about.’

St. Mark’s and the all wonderful people I have met there have taught me this. We need to feed the soul. Church is the Many of what are called resurrection appearances in the Bible involve eating. This is important because it soul’s café. tells us that the risen Jesus had a real physical body -he wasn’t some kind of ghostly apparition. Often the disciples didn’t immediately recognize Jesus-‘he was the same but different.’ The best analogy of

“I don’t need to go to Church to pray” I’d say whenever my parents tohad encourage their truccy teenage tois this iswould when maybetry you have your hair done or get new glasses. Often people comment son that there ‘something a bit different about you’ but they cannot quite place their finger on it. go, usually at Christmas and Easter. This is substantially true – I can and now do frequently pray almost anywhere but it During this transition period, Jesus appeared to his disciples in pairs, groups and once to 500 people in one is at Church that I feel the Holy Spirit most. go. This tells us that Jesus’ resurrection appearances couldn’t have been a hallucination. It is unlikely that 2 or 3 people, let alone 500 would have had the same hallucination!

“God’s everywhere and He doesn’t need me to go to Church to hear Him” – see above. true isit something Transition is unsettling and often make usAlso feel ill at ease - It but was for there the disciples, is for us at St. Mark’s it may well be for you. We wonder, “What we’ll do?” and “How we will manage?” Jesus promised to incredibly special about fellow Christians gathering together just toand be in God’s presence at the same time. send his disciples a ‘helper’, which we call the Holy Spirit, to guide & support them and enable them to manage and find a way through.

We are so lucky to live in a country where we have freedom of speech and can worship openly, yet so many of us seem slightly embarrassed about our faith and seem to see Church as out of touch with the modern world. Ever heard ”I know I believe in something but I don’t know what it is and Church just isn’t for me”? I’ll confess, I have felt that way myself in the past. But now that I have let God back into my life (He’ll always come in if you let Him, no matter what you’ve done - wonderful), I understand my responsibility is to tend the soul He has given me, to grow spiritually through prayer, Church attendance, communion and most importantly by encouraging others to do the same. I will never forget the day my eldest daughter Grace came home from Kempshott Infants and announced that she wanted to be Christened. At the time, I was completely lost spiritually, but having been brought up as a Christian, I felt I ought not to dismiss this request out of hand so off we went to find a Church, any Church, to sort out what we needed to do, what forms needed filling out and most importantly where the party would be afterwards. My Mum was going to be so pleased. It was God that caused us to stumble across St.Marks, tucked away at the top of Homesteads Road. Must have passed it hundreds of times and not known it was there. As we first wandered in 6 years ago, expecting what, I don’t know, but first seeing Hilary’s wonderful beaming welcome at the front door, I felt instantly that I had come home at last. Amazing. If you haven’t been to a Church before please come and try us here at St. Marks. I promise you will receive the warmest welcome and your soul will feel fuller when you leave. I’d love to see more people at StMarks - I need a new audience for fresh tales of my all conquering sports career – and hope to see you there one day. God blesses us all, but some of us need more time than others to realise exactly where our own blessings lie and that’s fine but as I discovered if you don’t look you won’t find.


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