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This month's photo shows one of our eight legged residents building their home! Rather seasonal. The Anvil have kindly donated a family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) to see Peter Pan on Saturday 16th December at 6pm.  Please see details of our competition for a chance to win this ticket on Page 27. Our volunteer who delivered the middle section of Coniston Road has unfortunately had to give up. Sadly no-one has come forward to volunteer to deliver in part of Gabriel Park.  The previous deliverer had to give up a year ago.  This is an appeal for anyone who feels that they can cover either of these rounds - they only take about an hour a month, please give me a call on 01256 354282. We will not be holding a litterpick in December as most of our volunteers are busy preparing for Christmas.  These will resume in the New Year.

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The Editor

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Basingstoke CSRF

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Noahs Ark

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Poetry corner

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St. Michael’s Hospice would like to invite you to their Light up a Life service, taking place on Sunday 3th December at 18.00hrs in the grounds of the Hospice. The service, led by The Reverend Tom Honey, chaplain at St. Michael’s Hospice, will give time for reflection, remembering precious memories of loved ones who cannot be with us this Christmas. If you would like to make a dedication in memory of a loved one, please visit or for further information please contact the Fundraising Hotline on 01256 848848.

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Hold a fun evening and at the same time raise money for St Michael’s Hospice. BASINGSTOKE BASINGSTOKE CIVIL CIVIL SERVICE SERVICE SERVICE RETIREMENT RETIREMENT RETIREMENT FELLOWSHIP FELLOWSHIP FELLOWSHIP Our ‘November Nights ‘campaign is a great way to get involved. Have a cheese Page 30/31:BASINGSTOKE News from Jolly Olly's CIVIL & Wine evening, a games evening, Bonfire Night Party, or a girl’s night in being Page 35: Horticultural Society th th th do to be involved. pampered. The list is endless of the different things you Page 36: Basingstoke Town Ladies FCand October October who who who enjoyed enjoyed enjoyed There There There were were were 4949members 49 members members and and 2 2visitors visitors 2 visitors atatthe at the the meeting meeting meeting held held held onon4on 4could 4October Page 28: What’s on Noticeboard

Page 40: Basingstoke Rotary If you have an idea please let us Cowling, know, or if you need supporting material towelcomed help promote your event, the the the usual usual usual tea, tea, tea, coffee coffee coffee and and and biscuits biscuits biscuits before before before David David David Cowling, Cowling, the the the Chairman Chairman Chairman welcomed welcomed Page 41: Phillips Legal Corner please give Lynne Grimshaw a call onattend. 01256 848845 or email: everyone everyone everyone and and and gave gave gave apologies apologies apologies from from from those those those unable unable unable toto to attend. attend. Christine Christine Christine Broadbent, Broadbent, Broadbent, the the the Page 42: N2N Welfare Welfare Welfare Officer, Officer, gave gave her her her report report report and and and then then then Tony Tony Tony Brazier, Brazier, Brazier, the the the Secretary, Secretary, Secretary, gave gave gave details details details ofofof Page 44: Officer, St. Marks gave the the the forthcoming forthcoming forthcoming trip trip trip totothe to the the Festival Festival Festival ofofChristmas of Christmas Christmas atatPortsmouth atPortsmouth Portsmouth Historic Historic Historic Dockyard Dockyard Dockyard ononon st st st Friday Friday Friday 1 1 December 149December December for for which which which there there there were were were still still still places places places available. available. available. HeHe also also also confirmed confirmed confirmed There were members and 2for visitors at the meeting held on 4th October who enjoyed theHe usual tea, coffee and biscuits before David Cowling, the Chairman welcomed everyone and gave apologies fromththose th th unable to attend. Christine December December which which which arrangements arrangements arrangements for forfor the the the Christmas Christmas Christmas lunch lunch lunch atatBCOT atBCOT BCOT ononon Thursday Thursday Thursday 141414December CIVIL SERVICE RETIREMENT FELLOWSH Broadbent, the Welfare Officer, gave her report and then Tony Brazier, the Secretary, gave details of the forthcoming trip to was was was now now now fully fully fully booked, booked, booked, when when when aa drink a drink drink will will will bebeserved be served onon arrival, on arrival, arrival, before before before a a4-course a 4-course 4-course meal meal meal the Festival of Christmas at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard onserved Friday 1st December for which there were still places available. He also confirmed arrangements for the Christmas lunch at BCOT on Thursday 14th December which was now booked, with with with wine wine wine ororaor asoft a soft soft drink drink drink followed followed followed bytea by tea tea ororcoffee or coffee coffee and and and mince mince mince pies. pies. pies. At by the meeting held on Wednesday 6 th fully April the C when a drink will be served on arrival, before a 4-course meal with wine or a soft drink followed by tea or coffee and mince pies.


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The title of the talk by this month’s speaker, Iain Kennedy, was “Cuba Libre or not so free yet?” in which he traced the turbulent

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Halloween / fireworks On our first week back this half term the children made many spooky creations for our spooktatular Halloween. The children dressed in their scary outfits (orout favourite outfits) Halloween day. Wefamilies movedand straight onto our to explosive On thisuptopic the children carried activities whichfor included all about their people special them. fireworks activities with lots of bright colours filling out up our preschool with all the lovely crafts the children They also carried activities about their favourite things; we started with anmade. activity about their favourite colour. Christmas it is now time for us to be thinking about Christmas and all the wonderful things this joyful time of year brings us, from the / fireworks children getting Halloween excited about Santa coming, to all of our Christmas theme crafts and cooking we will be doing. We will also be practicing for our end of term Christmas nativity that will be taking place in mid-December. On our first week back this half term the children made many spooky creations for our spooktatular Halloween. The Garden update As autumn here, thescary children are(or enjoying watching how the leaves change colour and getting children dressedisup in their outfits favourite outfits) for Halloween day. We moved straight onto ourready to plant our winter vegetables and explosive watchingfireworks them grow. The children planted pumpkins earlier in the year that were harvested for Halloween; activities with lots of bright colours filling up our preschool with all the lovely crafts the children we also enjoyed pumpkin soup and crusty bread for snack. made.

If you are interested in your child coming to join our friendly caring preschool, we are open Monday-Friday 8am-4pm. To contact us please Christmas call 01256 323853 or email or text 07592 913953. Two by Two parent Our two by Christmas two toddler on Wednesday it is now toddler time for usgroup to be thinking about andgroup all theruns wonderful things this mornings joyful time 9.45am-11.30am of year brings us, term time only in the Kempshott village hall. Theregetting is no excited need toabout bookSanta just turn up to onallthe We provide lotscrafts of exciting activities for be you and your child to from the children coming, of day. our Christmas theme and cooking we will do together around different themes each week and also include a snack and little story/song time at the end. The group doing. We will also be practicing for our end of term Christmas nativity that will be taking place in mid-December. is run by members of staff from the preschool with helpers too all ready to welcome you. Garden update

KEMPSHOTT INFANT SCHOOL The Great As autumn is here, the children are enjoying watchingOutdoors! how the leaves change colour and getting ready to plant our

At Kempshott Infant School we to take the teaching and learning outside as often as possible during our Outdoor winter vegetables andtry watching them grow. The children planted pumpkins earlier in the year that were but harvested Week we werefor hardly ever inside! Halloween; we also enjoyed pumpkin soup and crusty bread for snack. Year R enjoyedIfphonics in the woodland, sitting on logs and listening to the leaves rustling in the breeze. Chaffinch Class you are interested in your child coming to join our friendly caring preschool, we are open Monday-Friday 8amhad a special visitor to one of their lessons – a squirrel came to see if he could learn a new sound too! Maths activities 4pm. To contact us please call 01256 323853 or email or text 07592913953. are great fun outdoors, looking for shapes, bowling number skittles and chalking numbers on the playground. Music in the woodland was lovely too but I think Two by Two parent toddler groupperhaps we frightened the squirrel away that day! Year 1 took many of their outside and also became Street Detectives ontime their Our two by twolessons toddler group runs on Wednesday mornings 9.45am-11.30am term only in the Kempshott Kempshott walk. They had to find various items of street furniture and then completed village hall. There is no need to book just turn up on the day. We provide lots of exciting activities for you and your a traffic survey.child They spotted a great of vehicles – perhaps them!andWhile to do together arounddeal different themes each week andyou also spotted include a snack little story/song time at the they were out the children had a good look at the playground. This offered inspiration end. The group is run by members of staff from the preschool with helpers too all ready to welcome you. for the exciting play equipment which using straws, pipe cleaners, their fantastic imaginations and all manner of recycled materials they have designed and built in DT. Year 2 used the grounds as inspiration for a setting for a story and came up with some wonderful vocabulary. They used thermometers outdoors and went on a hunt to find a list of things which tested their mathematical knowledge. It was great to make the most of our outdoor environment before the cold weather really sets in!

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Time certainly flies when you’re having fun and we cannot believe half a term has gone by already! Year 3 have become sandwich makers using the professional knowledge of Warburtons. Year 4 pupils have visited Alice Holt to study the Vikings. Year 5 have enjoyed their swimming sessions and real progress has been made in the water with every child earning an award certifying their achievement and progress. Year 6 pupils have taken part in cycling proficiency. The Shakespeare cast of Year 6 are looking forward to performing ‘Twelfth Night’ at the Haymarket on 6th November. (Tickets can still be purchased if you wish to watch). In the world of technology Kempshott Junior School welcomed, once again, Harrap at the start of the term to provide e-safety training to all staff and pupils. Parents were also welcomed for an information session regarding safe use of technology for their child. Kempshott Junior School are pleased to announce that the charity of the year of which pupils and parents have chosen to support for the year is ‘The Pink Place’. A local charity within the Basingstoke community supporting women and men with cancer offering a place to chat, relax and receive complimentary therapies or hair dressing services free of charge. We all went to St Marks Church to celebrate the Harvest Festival and our parents gave us tins of food to give to the community.


KEMPSHOTT UNDER FIVES PRESCHOOL Kempshott Under Fives is part of Hatch Warren Under Fives Preschool. We’ve had a great first half term at Kempshott Under Fives – our little ones have adjusted well to new staff, new friends and new routines and have thoroughly enjoyed our first topics. We’ve spent the past few weeks learning about autumn – we’ve looked at animal that hibernate, collected leaves for leaf painting and looked at the changing colours on the trees. It’s a great season for getting outside so we’ve also spent time walking and listening to the sounds of leaves crunching underfoot. While we’ve been outside the children have noticed lots of cobwebs, so we’ve also made spiders and cobwebs on our craft tables. We’ve been baking too - for our Harvest Festival celebrations the children helped bake bread and attended a small service in church. This term we’re looking at light and dark. We have bonfire night coming up, so at preschool we’ll be creating lots of colourful crafts, and exploring the sounds of fireworks. The children will also get creative with crafts for Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights.  Our first event took place before half term with our annual Teddy Bears Picnic. Children from Kempshott Under Fives went down to the woods with family and friends (and of course their favourite teddy bears), and enjoyed a teddy bear trail, face painting, games and there was even a prize for the best-dressed teddy! A big thank you to Sainsburys, Hatch Warren, who kindly donated picnic food for the event – generosity from local businesses is always hugely appreciated by our charity run preschool. Our preschool fundraising quiz night is coming up soon – Saturday 18th November at the Hatch Warren Community Centre. If you’d like to grab a team and join us for an evening of fun and trivia, tickets are available to buy from preschool. Don’t forget we also run a fabulous drop-in baby and toddler group. Our PrePlay group runs on Friday mornings during term time at 9.15-10.30am at the Hatch Warren Community Centre. No need to book, just turn up and play! To enquire about our waiting list at Kempshott Under Fives, please contact Yvonne Hunt, Preschool Leader, on 07951 660401, or at To find out more, please take a look at our website You can also like our Facebook page, “Kempshott Under Fives”.



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Full details of these events and all we do Marion winning 21-7 and Richard winning 21-13.  equivalent the Trophy. Also in the JohnsJanie is 18Vickers years old Nicole in the Club can be found on our informative website TheJohns Pairs Final saw previous winners, but if you would prefer to talk and Sean Lassman up against last year’s runners-up e youngest person, in most memories, to have played for Hampshire in directly to someone about our activities why not speak Nicole Rogers and Ashley Nethercliffe and by 9 ends the t Nicole,latter having initially been Janie overlooked bypicked the England Selectors a to for Spencer Kerley on 01256 780418 or Lesley Allard on led 7-4. However, and Sean up 11 shots 01256 397435? and over the next 5 ends they moved into a commanding last moment), has been selected to represent England in the 15-7 lead.  At this point, there was a momentum change es to be as held in Londonderry July. on shorter jacks, also   Nicole and Ashley,inplaying



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Massive THANK YOU to all our Volunteers and Supporters {Picture one} team with awards Thank you to all our wonderful gardening volunteers who have worked incredibly hard to keep our Kempshott Community Garden in shape over the past year. Thank you also to all our supporters, neighbours, corporate organisations and residents in the area who have donated equipment, seeds and plants to help us develop the garden cheaply and on a shoe string! We were thrilled to receive an RHS (Royal Horticulture Society) award, Level 4 “Thriving” and a South East in Bloom Silver Gilt award for our horticulture work in the community including our Nature2Nurture, special needs project with Dove House Academy School. Going forward we have some exciting classes planned for our adult Green Therapy group including cooking, willow weaving and day trips coming into the winter months. If you would like to join please get in touch. In 2018 Inspero will starting an affordable In 2018 Inspero willbebe starting an affordable Forest School Forest School for local children, we for have wanted to put this in place for several years, though the cost of training is very local expensive children, we have wanted to put this in place for several and it is a big commitment from individuals. Earlier this year we won years,award though the and cost of training expensive and it is an a big from Tesco Ground Work ‘Bagsisofvery help’ which has enabled two staff to be Inspero team from left at RHS Awards 2017: Jane Bicknell, trained. Inspero will also be supporting a local school commitment from individuals. Earlier thiswith year won an theirwe implementa tionaward of Muriel Wraight, Rochelle Buisson, Catherine Waters-Clark, Forest School. We are really exciting to bring this great opportunity local enabled children from and Tesco and Ground Work ‘Bags of help’ whichtohas families. Yvonne Mendelsohn two staff to be trained. Inspero will also be supporting a local Over the past decade there has been growing interest in Forest Schools, originating school with their implementation of Forest School. We are really exciting to bring this great opportunity to local children and families. in Scandinavi a, the Forest School concept was brought over to England in 1993 Inspero team from left at RHS Awards 2017: Jane Bicknell, Muriel Wraight, Rochelle following an exchange visit to Denmark from staff at Bridgwater College, Somerset. Over the Catherine past decade there has been growing interest in Forest Schools, originating in Scandinavia, the Forest School concept was On their return they set up the first Forest School which was an adaptation of the Buisson, Waters-Clark, Yvonne Mendelsohn Danish model and schools now started brought over to England in 1993 following an exchange visit to Denmark from staff at Bridgwaterhave College, Somerset. On their return they to grow throughout the country. set thethrilled first Forest Schoolan which an adaptation ofSociety) the Danish model andSo have now started to grow throughout the country. what is Forest School all about? Weup were to receive RHSwas (Royal Horticulture award, Level 4schools So what is Forest School all about? Forest School supports natural holistic development, increasing children’s “Thriving” and a South East in Bloom Silver Gilt award for our horticulture work in the selfconfidence and independence. The ethos encourages child-led learning and community including ournatural Nature2Nurture, special needs project with Dove House Forest School supports holistic development, increasing children’s self-confidence andForest independence. The ethos encourages development through play. School instils a deep respect and awareness for the natural world reconnects participants Academylearning School.and development through play. Forest School instils a deep respect child-led and and awareness for the natural world t.and reconnects to their environmen participants to their environment. Going forward we have some exciting classes planned for our adult Green Therapy Where you aware that: “74% UK CHILDREN SPEND LESS OUTDOORS group including cooking, willowOF weaving and day trips coming intoTIME the winter months. THAN THE 60 MINUTES RECOMMENDED FOR PRISON INMATES” Source: Dirt is If you would like to join please get in touch. good campaign, commissioned by Persil 2016

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Veronica created this beautiful flower made from natural materials from the hedgerow at Inspero Forest School Taster class

Play is important too! Children who have the freedom to play today — making friends, Picture two – Veronica created this beautiful flower made from natural getting lost in the moment, having fun — are better prepared for whatever tomorrow throws at them. materials from the hedgerow at Inspero Forest School Taster class Playing helps children build friendships, test their own boundaries and solve their own problems. It’s central to a child’s development and Where you aware that: to their enjoyment of childhood. “74% OF UK CHILDREN SPEND LESS TIME OUTDOORS THAN


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I have been teaching Pilates for over 20 years and it never ceases to amaze me the benefits gained from my participants of regular Pilates.  Classes are specifically aimed at Core strength/flexibility/stamina/breath and fluidity.  Classes appeal to all ages and all fitness levels as many different levels can be achieved at one session whether a beginner or more advanced participant.  Regular Pilates will help improve flexibility, greater strength and muscle tone, better posture, greater joint mobility, less incidence of back pain, more efficient respiratory system just to mention a few!!! Classes are held at Kempshott Village Hall on a Wednesday afternoon at 3.15-4.15pm. for more information and to book call Janice on 07789 711294.

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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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 making good progress with our autumn working party programme. During November, in addition to continuing to plant new saplings and coppice overgrown hazels, will be planting native woodland bulbs – wild daffodils, wild garlic and wood anemone. Our November working parties are on: Saturday 4th November and Saturday 18th November. We meet at 10am on Fuzzy Drove beside the entrance to Petrel Croft and our working parties last for a maximum of 2 hours (including a coffee break!). There is no commitment to the number of working parties anyone needs to attend – some of our volunteers support a few working parties a year and some attend almost every time – all effort is gratefully received. Volunteers also don’t need to be able to stay for the whole 2 hours – some volunteers come for part of the working party and then leave to go to other commitments. 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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On Down Grange Meadow, the bees they were a buzzin’………. At the end of one the last butterfly transects of the season in late September, one of our members spotted a large number of ground nesting bees. In an area of a couple of square metres, there must have been around a hundred or more nests. Even though the ground had been well compacted, this did not deter the bees from excavating their nests in the soil, each one having the "spoil tips" or "tumulii" around the entrance, like tiny volcanoes. They turned out to be Ivy Bees (Colletes hederae). These are solitary bees that are one of the last species to emerge, coinciding with the flowering of Ivy (Hedera helix). The Ivy Bee (pictured right) is a recent arrival from Europe, first recorded in Dorset in 2001. It has since spread along the south coast from Cornwall to Kent and is now advancing inland. While some pioneers have got as far as Pembroke, the north coast of Norfolk & Shropshire, the focus of the inland spread is in the central southern part of the country, centred on Hampshire. There are around 260 species of bees in the UK, of which 25 are "social" species and the rest being "solitary". Solitary does not, however, mean being anti-social as some species can have substantial aggregations of nests close together. What solitary means is that each nest is only occupied by a single female. The nest will consist of a number of chambers or cells, where the female will lay an egg. To protect the over wintering larvae each chamber is "water-proofed" by a cellophane-type substance. The female will "provision" each cell with pollen mixed with nectar and she will then seal the up the entrance. She needs to provide sufficient supplies to feed the growing larvae through the winter and spring and, in the case of the Ivy Bee, the summer as well. The larvae will eventually pupate and the newly emerged adult will make its way out of the nest to start the cycle again. Ivy Bees start emerging in late August, peak in late September, when ours were seen, but can also continue to be seen around Ivy flowers into November. Ivy Bees are what is known as "oligolectic", which means they only nectar on a restricted range of flower species. Their main source of nectar comes from Ivy but those emerging early will use Bristly Oxtongue as well.

Our new Work Party season has started and these are the dates for November and December. Please do come and join us if only for an hour or so. Extra help is always welcomed. We provide all equipment, but please bring your own gloves. Thursday, 9th November 2.00—4.00pm—Down Grange Meadow (Homesteads Road entrance) Sunday, 19th November 10.00 am—12.00 noon—Old Orchard, Kendal Gardens Thursday, 30th November 2.00—4.00pm—Old Hedgerow, Down Grange (Behind 77-155 Coniston Road) Sunday, 10th December 10.00am—12.00 noon—Down Grange Meadow (See above)

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SOUTH HAM SATURDAYS – FAMILY Fun started last 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 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. In this term’s CODE CLUB as well as learning to codethe children have been getting to grips with Micro:bits. A Micro:bit is a tiny programmable computer, designed to make learning and teaching easy and fun! Have a look at https://www. if you want more information. These are now available to borrow free on a 4 week loan from this library what ever your age. We also have a selection of coding books to borrow to get you started. Chatterbooks reading group for primary aged children has moved to the 3rd Friday of the month and will be held on Friday, 17th November at 4pm with craft and book activities linked with Superheroes 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.. 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 Sci-Fi Reading Group on the 4th November from 10:00am-12:00 noon and Age Concern continue to provide computer instruction for the over 50s on Tuesdays from 10:00am-1:00pm; appointments need to be booked through the local office. 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 16711779 Advance Booking essential pop into the library or call 01256 336047 or visit We now have our range of Christmas Cookbooks available to borrow if you are looking for inspiration on what to feed your friends and family this Christmas and craft books with ideas for gifts and home decoration. Don’t forget we have 4 computers giving access to the internet and Microsoft office software, a scanner and colour printer and photocopier. The computers are free to use but there are charges for printing. We also have FREE access online to Ancestry, Find my Past, Which? Magazine Online and the British Newspaper Archive Online. Ask a member of staff for help getting started. Also by joining the library you can access hundreds of ebooks, audiobooks on your smartphone, tablet or home computer through our NEW Libby App which is even easier to use than Overdrive and magazines through RB Digital. We look forward to welcoming you to our busy, buzzy, friendly, local library this month.




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Dale Greenwood, a qualified Blue Badge guide is a man also very much involved in historic railways, gave a talk to the Probus Club of Basingstoke which was about a local subject; the Basingstoke to Alton Light railway. Most people will have seen the small section of railway track in the centre of the roundabout at Viables and possibly wondered about it. It was laid very close to the original position of the light railway that was opened in 1901 between Basingstoke and Alton. The line was the first to be constructed after a decision in Parliament to allow light railways to be built, with great savings in costs, as a way of increasing economic activity in sparsely populated areas. The original idea that the London & South Western Railway Company had was to open up a route to Portsmouth. Passengers could travel from Waterloo to Basingstoke, then on the light railway to Alton and thence on to Portsmouth. Light railways had restrictions, being built, as the name suggests, to a lower standard than traditional routes, which meant that only lighter engines could be used and were restricted to a top speed of 25 mph. Our light railway was mainly single track with, initially, only three trains in each direction daily. Stations were built at Cliddesden, Herriard, Bentworth & Lasham and Butts Junction outside of Alton. While all the stations had sidings only Herriard had two platforms. The stations were hardly close to their village names and most of the cottages seen today close to them were built for the railway workers. The cost of the venture was £50,000, being a quarter of the typical budget had the line been laid to the usual standard. The total distance was only 12 miles and because of the stops and speed restriction the journey would take 45 minutes. During WW1 the tracks were removed for use by the army in France. The company hoped that it would never reopen but due to public pressure the line was relaid and opened in 1924. It was never a commercial success and passenger services ended in 1932 but a goods service continued from Basingstoke as far as Bentworth & Lasham until the line eventually closed in 1936. The whole of the line was dismantled except for short stubbs at either end – from Basingstoke in to the Thorneycroft factory (now the site of Morrisons supermarket) and from Butts Junction to Alton Park, the Treloar Hospital. These short stretches were used for goods traffic until 1967.

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LONELY CLUB News from YOU JollyARE Olly’s Coffee Shop WELCOME TO JOIN US News from Jolly Olly’s Coffee Don’t be Lonely- Come to Lonely ClubShop I will be honest, I am trying to find the right words here; there is

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Voucher Entitles the Bearer toit.Shop. 1So, FREE Tea Hello toThis everyone from Coffee we need to say it, in order toJolly us to confront I have decided to say it as it is… rdhelp Olly’s Thurs 23 November 2pm -4pm At Jolly Olly’s, we talk to people who come into Olly’s the shop on a daily basis who are lonely. We are sure that there are many Jolly Coffee Shop Oakley lonely people Pedalers in the area who we don’t see, but who would really enjoy some company. I was recently listening to a program 32 Oakley Lane, Oakley RG23 7JY on the Radio about a lady who had set up a Lonely Club and I have decided to try and do the same. If you are lonely, and Congratulations to the Oakley who completed their 50 100 mile bike rides in aid would like some company, please come Pedalers along to Lonely Club on Thursday 23rdand November between 2pm and 4pmofand Thursday 21st December between 2pm and 4pm. Feel free to chat, play cards or just sit quietly. Be sure that we will Breast Cancer Research. We were delighted to be able to give them a much needed energy make you feel welcome and, if you present the voucher below, we will give you a free mug of tea. We look forward to seeing you. boost when they stopped off at Jolly Olly’s for bacon sandwiches, cake and drinks on their way. Memory Club Well done to Tony Willard and his supporters who hobbled home at the end of a great days cycling in aid of a fantastic cause.Wednesday 8th November and Wednesday 13th December from On Wednesday 11th October, 10.30am – 12.30 we are welcoming organisers the Oakley Club to Jolly Olly’s Coffee YOU AREof WELCOME TO JOINMemory US Shop New News from Jolly Olly’s Coffee Raffles, the giant dog which we raffled in aid of the charity was won by Sinead Giffen. Shop. The club has been set up toThis support people have to early stage Voucher Entitleswho the Bearer 1 FREE Tea dementia and to provide rd an opportunity for their carers to have a Thurs break. along, out about what happens at the 23Come November 2pmfind -4pm Hel Hello to everyone from Jolly Olly’s Coffee Shop. The Wedding club or ask any questions. Jolly Olly’s Coffee Shop 32 Oakley Lane, Oakley RG23 7JY You may remember that, a couple of months ago, Jolly Olly and his girlfriend LolaOakley Granola Pedaler Oakley Pedalers Memory Club OnWinter Wednesday 11th October, Wednesday 8th November and Wednesday 13th December from 10.30am – 12.30 New Autumn/ Menu announced engagement. Well the big day is here! has herThe wedding planned and we are welcomingtheir organisers of the Oakley Memory Club to Jolly Olly’sLola Coffee Shop. club hasoutfit been set up to support people who have early dementia and to provide opportunity for their carers to have aknot break. along, find Olly isCongratulations having a stage hat made for thean occasion. They willand be you tying theenjoy onCome Tuesday 27thout Congratulations to any the Oakley Pedalers who completed their 50 and 100 mile Our new menu is now upspecially and running. Homemade soup is back, can such delights about what happens at the club or ask questions. August. To help the couple to celebrate, Jolly Olly would like to offer a free piece of cake to any of as American style pancakes with bacon andWe maple syrup, goats cheese, onion relish Breast Cancer Breast Research. were delighted tosuch becaramelised able to give them a muchR Ourhis newcustomers menu is nowCancer up and running. Homemade soup is back, and you can enjoy delights as American style pancakes who come in for a coffee, tea or cold drink with us on that day. and rocket toasties and our local butcher’s handmade sausages served with fried onions in a bap.


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Wellat done Too Well done to Tony Willard and his supporters who hobbled home the to end Jewellery Making Workshop On Saturday 19th November we will be hosting a jewellery making workshop Jewellery Making Workshop atof Jolly Come along and meetwho withruns AprilaMoakes, will lead the“Use session between 10am 12 in aid ofdelivers aand fantas in aid a Olly's. fantastic cause. Reminder - Local baker Stuart, family who bakery called Your Loaf” April willon help you to make a and threaded bead necklace using beading wire (also known as tiger tail bread order Wednesdays Saturdays. Simon bakes a range of artisan breads, On Saturday 19th November we will be hosting a jewellery workshop because it is very strong!) April has thousands of beads to choose from, inmaking a rainbow of colours. at The range all stone baked and made fromwe British flour. in His loaves include, among others, an Raffles, gian Raffles, the giant dog which raffled of glaze, the charity won bythe Sinea ofJolly beads includes: handmade Indian glass, frosted glass,aid crackle pearl, and seed beads. The Olly's. Come along and meet with April Moakes, who will wooden leadwas the session Artisan Heritage Sandwich loaf, a Black Olive Bread and Sourdough. For more details on ordering workshop is suitable for adults and children aged 7+ but children must be accompanied by an adult. The and prices please come into the shop and ask one of£13 ourbut friendly who will are belimited pleased help cost of the workshop is £12 per person (normally reducedstaff for us). Places andto booking The Wedding The Wedding you. is essential. If you would like to see examples of the type of necklace you can make do pop into the shop and have a look at some samples.

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Ideal Stocking Filler or Christmas lunch table gift. Mini Christmas Puds, filled with a chocolate, by Anne Ward for the which made are good as new and would als announced their eng Barth Syndrome Charity. £1.50 each. Christmas Afternoon Tea Why not treat yourself to a Christmas afternoon tea at Jolly Olly’s. Available throughout December at a cost of £12.50 per person, afternoon tea consists of tea or coffee, a mixed selection of freshly made sandwiches and a cake stand of Christmas slices and sweet treats. Why not celebrate with us? To book a tea please call Jolly Olly’s with at least two days notice so that we can make sure we have all the special goodies baked and prepared for you.

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Well summer is finally over and the darker evenings have arrived. With the shops already full of Christmas food and gifts it is easy to forget that there are still lots of other things going on. A few weeks ago a number of our members enjoyed an outing to Kintbury and a trip on the horse drawn narrow boat that operates from there. After a pub lunch to fortify us we had a lovely afternoon enjoying the last of the summer sun. We also had great fun recently at a skittles afternoon and lunch.

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Our September speaker Malcolm Nelson, an ex-customs and excise employee presented a very amusing talk on smuggling Although we have ha and the lengths air passengers will go to in order to bring illegal goods into the country. We hope to invite him back in 2018 quite slow. Therefor to present one of his other talks as he was so well received.

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Meanwhile our Craft meetings take place on the second Monday of the month at 2.00pm in the village hall. Not only is craft or would iced latte might te work produced but our ladies paint, play board games, and generally have a pleasant social afternoon. We like to encourage ladies who would just like to come for a bit of company to join us. We would also be delighted to extend that Best wishes, welcome to members of other local WIs. Our WI is also organising a trip by coach to Stonor Park and Christmas fair on the 24th November for WI members and guests. The Jolly Olly’s Team We meet at Kempshott Village Hall at 2.30pm on the fourth Monday of the month but should you have any questions or require further information please phone Barbara Hutton 01256 460475 or email Moira Meek For more information about Kempshott WI please contact Mrs Barbara Hutton 01256 460474 or email Moira Meek,



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NOVEMBER 2017 IN THE WILDLIFE GARDEN The flower beds Now is a good time to plant berrying shrubs and trees. Waxwings which came to the UK in large

numbers last winter, like rowan, hawthorn, roses and cotoneaster. However be careful which variety of Cotoneaster you choose as Plantlife is particularly concerned about four types of Cotoneaster, all of which have been judged to be a Critical Risk under the Rapid Risk Assessment. These are: • Hollyberry cotoneaster (C. bullatus) • Wall cotoneaster (C. horizontalis) • Small-leaved cotoneasters (C. microphyllus agg.) • Himalayan cotoneaster (C. simonsii). Birds can spread the seeds into the countryside where they can damage native plants and be difficult to eradicate.

Birds I have heard jays in Fuzzy Drove this week. Keep an eye out for them carrying acorns to hide away for the winter.

This is a good month to clean out nest boxes or put up new ones so birds or small mammals can shelter in them in extreme winter conditions. To clean boxes that have been used this year use boiling water to kill off any parasites, and let the box dry out thoroughly before adding a small handful of clean hay (not straw) and replacing the lid.

The pond Keep gently removing leaf litter from the pond. Remove any unwanted plants now. Wash the plants out in a

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John Hall has been growing heathers for nigh on 40 years so what he doesn’t know about them is not worth knowing. At his nursery in Hampshire, according to his web page, he grows 200,000 plants each year and has access to around 1,000 different varieties. At our September meeting he brought a selection of his heathers to show us the difference between some of the varieties. His current projects include propagating heathers from RHS Wisley for their new heather garden and trialling 88 varieties of winter flowering heathers over the next 3 years for the RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit). John demonstrated how to take cuttings from this year’s growth on a plant telling us that his staff can achieve 600 cuttings per hour. That may seem a high number but such propagation has a relatively small window of opportunity as the best time to take the cuttings is between July and September. If you planted a heather in your garden earlier this year and it looks as if it is struggling then it maybe because it was a Summer/Autumn flowering variety which needs to be planted in acidic soil. The majority of Kourier readers are on chalk and so the heathers that grow best for us are the Winter/Spring flowering varieties which will tolerate all types of soil. These will flower from November through to April/May so with the other variety in a pot with ericaceous compost you can have a heather in flower all through the year. This cropped picture copied from John Hall’s Facebook page shows a good range of colours but you’ll notice that there are no blue heathers and other bright “in your face” colours that are now common in supermarkets and garden centres. These bright “unnatural” colours have been sprayed on for effect and to meet a demand but don’t be fooled – after a few waterings by the rain the true colour will be revealed. During the break for refreshments there was a frenzy of activity as many of our members sought to purchase some of the plants which John had bought with him as well as retrieving some of the “cuttings” which were free for all to take and try to propagate. Our next meeting will be our AGM on Monday 20th November at 7.30pm in Kempshott Village Hall. If you have never been to one of our meetings but are interested in gardening or horticulture why not take the opportunity to find out what you missed this past year and what’s in store for 2018. If you would like further details, please contact either: Philip Wraight – Vice Chairman - 01256 324185 or Sheila King – Membership Secretary – 01256 322104 (use answerphone)

COMMUNITIES CELEBRATE FUNDING GRANTS FOR LOCAL PROJECTS Village halls, play areas and sports facilities are among the community projects set to receive funding awards from Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council. More than £900,000 will be handed out to community organisations from the council’s Local Infrastructure Fund to carry out improvements that will benefit residents across the borough. Grants totalling £908,030, funded by the New Homes Bonus, will benefit 16 local projects. These include £150,000 to The Hurst Community College in Baughurst to support the refurbishment of the gym, hall and treatment room to deliver a wider range of activities to improve health and wellbeing. Queen Mary’s College in Basingstoke will also receive funding of £34,500 for improvements to its swimming pool and changing facilities. Kempshott Village Hall has been awarded £60,000 to carry out repair work on its roof, floor, windows and kitchen; and Dummer Village Hall has £19,600 to upgrade to a more sustainable heating system. Children and their parents/guardians in Brookvale and Kings Furlong can look forward to new play equipment and landscaping at the Cordale Road and Culver Road play areas with a grant of £176,200. The awards approved by borough councillors also include projects in Norden, Eastrop, Basing, Kingsclere, Burghclere, Highclere and St Mary Bourne. Cabinet Member for Finance, Service Delivery and Improvement Cllr Robert Tate said: “Once again, the council is pleased to support community projects through funding awards from the Local Infrastructure Fund. “A wide range of improvements will now go ahead around the borough, benefiting local people of all ages as much-used amenities are extended and refurbished, made safer and more accessible “The fund is a useful source for the community. Since the start of the LIF programme, in January 2014, grants totalling £5,307,484 have supported 78 projects across the borough.” Full details of the latest round of LIF awards can be viewed at



Would your business like to sponsor their local, successful and growing ladies football team? Basingstoke Town Ladies FC have two thriving teams, our first team play in the Women's Premier League South West Division 1 and our reserve team play in the Hampshire Division 2 League. Playing in the Premier League means the first team are in the fourth tier of the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s football pyramid, however playing at this high level can prove to be very costly. Therefore, the club is currently looking for help in terms of sponsors. We have a variety of sponsor opportunities available: â&#x20AC;˘ Main sponsor: Be our main sponsor that covers a large array of things involved within the club â&#x20AC;˘ Match Day Sponsor: Sponsor a home game â&#x20AC;˘ Individual player sponsor: If you're interested in sponsoring a particular player to further their development As a sponsor you would have a large say on what the money is spent on and would know exactly where it is going, such as for kit, facilities, officials and equipment. What would you and your business get out of this? Along with the knowledge of helping out a local team to further their development and allow participation levels into women's football increase, the sponsor would get a wide range of coverage on our social media and website. These are also linked with the Basingstoke men's team. This would in return raise the profile of your business and spread the word of the work that you do! If you feel you can help the club in any way can please contact Anna Watson on or contact us through our website

From time to time readers write in to the Kourier asking residents to save items for them to assist local organisations or charities. The following items are currently being collected: Supermarket Milk Bottle Tops In aid of St Michaelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospice, please drop off at 138 Coniston Road or Bob at 27 Old Kempshott Lane



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Getting home afterwards is also important. Check whether your employer is arranging transport back from the office Willsensure are subject to a have wide range of rules and laws, and oneyou of the problems the DIY party and if not that you arrangements in place so that domain not under anywith circumstances drink and drive. Have fun, enjoy the party season, keep safe and make sure you turn up for work the next day, even if approach is that a badly drafted Will can render it completely invalid. Sheila also warns of the risks ofyou do have a hangover!    being exposed to unregulated, unqualified and uninsured Will writers having seen examples of shoddy, Whether you are an employer facing these issues or an employee that has fallen foul of them, Gill badly written Wills that are not legally binding and have hidden charges which inflate the advertised Brown will be happy to assist. price of the Will. In Summary Sheila advises ‘DIY good for the occasional bit of decorating, but when Contact her by emailing oriscall 01256 854605. For more information our services visit it comes toabout protecting your loved ones, don’t go for a false economy – speak to a professional.’ Phillips Solicitors Town Gate 38 London Street Basingstoke Hampshire RG21 7NY professional advice when preparing your Will please callBasingstoke Sheila Glyn-Owen on 01256 854 637. t. 01256 460830 For f. 01256 854638 e. legal w. dx. 123073 10


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In our October meeting we enjoyed a very interesting and informative presentation by guest speaker Brian Spicer on, “The Rise and Fall of the Hackwood Estate”. Brian covered his subject from the laying down of sediments lying under the Estate, through the introduction of deer by the Normans, the royaltyOn Friday 10 January Barry Hedger gave occupiers of Beachdown House, also kn that owned or lived there, and finally to it’s role today as Qatar’s Embassy. land, not so much a farm as an estate. L interesting to learn that the owners were gentry originally. The biographies of Our next meeting will be on the 12th January at the usual time of 2.30pm. Our own Margaret Clarke andnor Jane Hussey would make a good novel if imagination will present their researches into the History of Buckskin Farm. Farming provides a precarious living and   infectious disease at the end of the Victo all the animals and the farmhouse becom For your diaries the dates for our meetings 2018 are: was at an all time low, so it was not surp   there were no buyers at either the 1931 Kempshott Lane was sold as “accommo 12th January Kempshott took place. 13th April The next meeting of Kempshott History G 13th July Phillips Solicitors Town Gate 38 London Street Basingstoke Hampshire RG21 7NY in the Kempshott Village Hall with an illu Park. Newcomers welcome. 12th Octobert. 01256 460830 f. 01256 854638 e. w. dx. 123073 Basingstoke 10   If you are interested in local history or wo Kempshott of old, please contact us fo  If you are interested in local history and in the Kempshott of old or would like to contribute your recollections or 012 please come and join us in the Kempshott Village Hall at 2.30pm.     We look forward to seeing you there to enjoy the presentation and refreshments. Contact us on 01256 470171 / 352776 or  or visit our web site at   Best Regards  

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In recent months both the UK and US governments have discussed the need to provide access to encrypted systems in order to protect the citizens of the respective countries. They have specifically mentioned WhatsApp, a free messaging app that works on smartphones. The reason for this was cited by a security expert that said: "It is crucially important that we can access their communications - and when we can't, it can provide a black hole for investigators," Back in September, Theresa May had discussions at the United Nations and asked technology companies to do more to help governments fight terrorism in the wake of the explosion at Parsons Green tube station. She went on to say that Social Media companies should react quicker to “evil material” and develop technologies to prevent such material being posted in the first place. She also said of technology companies: “They have some of the best brains in the world. They should really be focusing on what matters, which is stopping the spread of terrorism and violence. We want them to break the echo chambers.” While all this sounds really great, there are some fundamental issues around the proposal to create a “back door” in the encrypted systems. Specifically with WhatApps, they state the following about their end-to-end: “WhatsApp's end-to-end encryption ensures only you and the person you're communicating with can read what is sent, and nobody in between, not even WhatsApp. “ So why does your message need to be encrypted? Two reasons; privacy and security. I’ve spoken about privacy on numerous occasions and many people say “if you’ve got nothing to hide, you’ve got nothing to fear” but privacy has nothing to do with hiding information but everything to do with deciding what you want to make public. After all, we all “hide” things. Your bank balance. Your PIN number. The amount you get paid. This is all information we choose to share but not necessarily hide. Adding back doors to encrypted system will naturally weaken any security and if someone can access the data, anyone, given sufficient time, will be able to making the entire process null and void. If fact, as of the 16th October, it’s been announced in the news that ALL WiFi networks are vulnerable due to a bug in the WiFi protocol WPA2 that provides the security layer. How would you feel if anyone could read all of your traffic and browser data as well as using your WiFi without permission? It’s encryption that protect ALL aspects of your life. Online shopping would be impossible without encryption because credit card details would be easily visible to even the most basic hackers. Think of a back door as a skeleton key, a key that can open any door. How would you feel if you knew the government could just turn up at your house without a warrant and just let themselves in without your knowledge? Would you still have nothing to hide? Or would you feel your privacy has been invaded.

The Bigger Problem

Despite all the hype around preventing terrorism, the UK has a much bigger problem – Cybercrime. Last year, £1.1bn worth of fraud occurred in UK, a 55% increase in just 12 months and worryingly, while the cost of fraud was higher the number of incidents was lower. This dramatic rise in cybercrime included a cold calling scam which accounted for £113m that ended up with the ringleader getting 11 years in jail. The number of cyber offences investigated by police has risen by nearly 90 per cent in the last year. Much of the cyber threat to the UK originates from organised crime syndicates in Russian-speaking countries but the ability to launch attacks is increasingly global and the British government needs to start protecting people from such attacks. Don’t get me wrong? I’m not saying we should stop intelligence gathering with respect to terrorism but fraud is effecting more and more people and there is no legislation in place to effectively deal with this global threat. GCHQ has stated that developed countries are “on the losing end of an arms race” in which organised crime groups and hostile states are deploying powerful online tools to net millions of pounds a day and disrupt daily life with attacks such as the ransomware assault which earlier this year crippled the NHS. I still can’t understand how BT can’t stopped Indian call centres ringing in from overseas using UK based internet based phones systems (VoIP) and shut them down. Whatever direction the government chooses, this problem is not going away.

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44 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 wear a dog collar, but we can do much of what a vicar can do with some notable 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 in the running of the church. I think of it as being a bit like being a deputy head of a school.

November is a month which is full of opportunities to remember. Many reading this will know the rhyme, “Remember, remember, the 5th of November; gunpowder, treason and plot”. What may be less well known is that there was an Act of Parliament, passed in January 1606 just two months after the Gunpowder Plot and the I am writing this month because, as you may or may not know, the Rev. Kelvin and Jane Taylor left St. Mark’s attempt to assassinate the King, whichat wasn’t repealed 1859. the end of May. They had beenuntil with us for nine yearsSo and for we are250 sad to years, see them go.Britons Many exciting were legally required to remember. things have happened in the church and community under their leadership. For example- we have started a messy church (very informal craft, food, a short

celebration and lots of fun for families of all ages 2.30pm -5pm every third Saturday); On 2nd November, many churches commemorate All Souls. This is an opportunity to remember all those who have died we have started doing the fabulous ‘Open the Book’ assemblies for the Y4’s in the junior school; started Saturday Saint Mark’s (2 Saturday ofAt the month from in the preceding 12 months; and churches up and down the land will hold special services of@remembrance. Saint 9:30am) which is an informal chance to learn such things as your ancestry, try flower Mark’s we have an Evening Service on 1st at 6 pm and you’d be most welcome. arranging go for walks or bike rides round Kempshott or find out about various things to do with IT or further nd

education. We have employed an Outreach Worker and renovated

our kitchen at church – if you haveis everthe used the old kitchen Probably the most well-known, and most widely observed event in November Act of at St. Mark’s you know what state it was in! All of this and much more under Kelvin’s leadership. Remembrance. On 11th November 1918 the Armistice of Compiègne was signed, bringing the Kelvin and Jane are off on aat well-deserved long hour holiday to their First World War to an end. It was agreed at 5 in the morning and came into force the 11th favourite place- the Greek islands. We wish them well, as I am sure of the 11th day of the 11th month. Since when we hold the Act of Remembrance every year at the many of you do also. same time; an opportunity both to remember and give thanks for all people who fought sochurch. It is athose time of change and transition for them and for the It may well be a time of change and transition for you too. You may be changing job; maybe moving house; bravely to create the peace which we now enjoy. 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. Each of these still has a modern resonance, but the way we remember has changed as our society has developed. We still In the church’s year, the weeks just gone still form part of the ‘Easter Season’. It was a time of transition and have bonfires and fireworks around 5th November, but we no longer the Protestant v around Catholic changehave for Jesus’ disciples too. They had travelled the countryundertones with Jesus, listening to which him teach and preach, watching him do miracles and healings. But they hadn’t quite understood ‘what he was really about.’ were common in the 17th and 18th century: which I feel is a good thing. On Easter Sunday and on many occasions after that they met the risen Lord Jesus, and during this time,

before He ascended to heaven, they began to understand He was and explaining toit: them Halloween is moving closer to the American “Trick or Treat” and away from the pagan rites whichall that used toteaching accompany 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.’ but if you are going out “Trick or Treating” please remember that many elderly people are upset or even fearful of these Many of what are called resurrection appearances in thewould Bible involve eating. is important because it knocks on the door in the darkness. Perhaps people should only visit family and friends. That be aThis good thing. 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 theitself same but is different.’ The best analogy of The Act of Remembrance is sadly kept evergreen by continuing conflicts around the world, but the was Act increasingly this is when maybe you have had your hair done or get new glasses. Often people comment that there is also about a celebration of peace: which is surely a good thing. ‘something a bit different about you’ but they cannot quite place their finger on it. During this transition period, Jesus appeared to his disciples in pairs, groups and once to 500 people in one

But what I feel is not such a good thing is the fact that we don’t seem tousbe so resurrection good at remembering go. This tells that Jesus’ appearances couldn’t have been our a hallucination. It is unlikely that 2 or 3 people, let alone 500 would have had the same hallucination! loved ones. Anyone who uses Facebook will probably have seen someone posting on the anniversary of the Transition is unsettling and often make us feel ill at ease - It was for the disciples, it is for us at St. Mark’s death of someone they love and, while it’s good to remember, it would be sad if that person doesn’t have and it may well be for you. We wonder, “What we’ll do?” and “How we will manage?” Jesus promised to and loss they feel when they remember a loved one, isa ‘helper’, likely towecontribute those negative send the histhis disciples which call the Holy Spirit, to to guide & support them and enable them to any chance to talk with a friend about their loved one and remember happy times they shared.


manage and find a way through.

One of the most common responses which emerged from the recent “Who Cares?” campaign run by churches across North Hampshire, where question hurts was theall negative emotions people There willwe beasked more the about “Who “What Cares?”, andthe themost?”, response from the churches in the area,feel in aabout family and work, loneliness and stress. If people don’t have a chance to talk about the pain and loss they feel when they separate article in next month’s Kourier. remember a loved one, this is likely to contribute to those negative emotions.

ButThere at Saint we about want to offerCares?”, you the opportunity to talkfrom withall someone aboutin any feelings willMark’s be more “Who and the response the churches the area, inofa in next Kourier. lossseparate or griefarticle you may havemonth’s and which you may be struggling to deal with. Of course, we have services every when you are mosttowelcome come and join us. theof 10:00 But at Saint Mark’s we want to Sunday offer you the opportunity talk withtosomeone about any After feelings loss service or griefwe you may have and which youhave maypeople be struggling tolisten deal with. course, have every Sunday when you always ready to and toOfpray withwe you overservices anything which is hurting. We are alsomost welcome to comehave and an joinexcellent us. AfterPastoral the 10:00 service always haveinpeople ready with to listen andato pray with over Care teamwe who can help many ways, a card, phone call oryou even a anything which is hurting. We also have an excellent Pastoral Care team who can help in many ways, with a card, a visit. Call the Church Office (01256 840502) to get in touch. phone call or even a visit. Call the Church Office (01256 840502) to get in touch.

Andisoften company is aremedy simplefor enough remedy for feelings of isolation, Very often company a simple enough feelings of isolation, loneliness or sadness. Every month we run anloneliness “open house” on the Every second Saturday of the month:house” we call or sadness. month we run an “open onthis the Saturday second @ St Mark’s. There is Saturday free coffeeofand and we there be a@listening ear.There is free coffee thecake month: callwill thisalways Saturday St Mark’s. and cakeremember; and there but will if always be a listeningisear. It is good to remember, the remembering painful for you, remember that the people of Saint Mark’s are here to help in whatever way we can.

It is good to remember, remember; but if the remembering is painful for you, remember that the

Jon Morrispeople Chair of Saint the Church Mark’sCouncil are here to help in whatever way we can. Jon Morris

BASING SINGERS They always say be prepared and book special dates in your diary early, so we are letting you know of our forthcoming of musical delight on Saturday 9th December  in  Old Basing Village Hall  with guests "The Blue Horizon evening Handbell Ringers", the programme will include a tribute to Cole Porter, a medley from Walt Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin,as well as Queen and much, much more including more traditional Christmas music.

Our previous concert back in July was a sell-out so get your tickets early which will be on sale from Glaysher Butchers, Belle Vue Road, Old Basing, by telephoning 01256 850415 and of course they will be available on the night of the concert at the door. Thank you for your support without which our charitable fund raising would not be so successful.


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SERVICES FOR NOVEMBER Every Sunday Every Sunday at 8.30am Holy Communion. All services at 10am unless stated otherwise                                                            

1st November 7.30pm All Saints Holy Communion, held at Immanuel Church, St Mark’s School, Hatch Warren, RG22 4US                                 15th November 10.00am All Welcome!              Readings – Joshua 3:7-17, Matthew  23:1-12 12th November         10.00am   Remembrance Service            Readings – Joshua 24:1-3a,14-25, Matthew 25:1-13                                

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Would you like us to pray for you? Then please contact the office on 01256 840502 weekdays (10am-1.00pm) Please visit the website or facebook page for more information Email: Website: Facebook: 18th November     2.30pm Messy Church- Messy Parables                                 19th November       10.00am Holy Communion               Readings -  Judges 4:1-17, Matthew 25:14-30                                 26th November         10.00am Service of the Word               Readings – Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24, Matthew  25:31-46                                   Funerals Vera Newman  19th September 2017 Aged 92 Glenda Smith    6th October 2017  Aged  82 Baptism Isaac White    8th October 2017                

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