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Issue 226 | October 2021

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he change in the weather and children returning to school heralds the onset of Autumn and the run up to the Christmas - where has the year gone? And what a difficult year it has been and most recently with the fuel shortage due to the lack of HGV drivers. Let us hope this is resolved shortly. Readers will be aware that there was a further much more serious fire in the Stratton park recycling bins, the 3rd in two years. The clean up has taken a number of man hours to clear up and finally the council have taken the decision to remove the facility. Obviously a disappointment for the regular responsible users but there are understandably some concerns that the next incident could be much more serious We are pleased to welcome a number of new advertisers to the Kourier many are new businesses and we wish them well. Also the Anvil is back with a programme of shows up to Xmas. The image used for this month's editorial comes from the lady photographer who kindly supplied the photos for the popular July competition and our thanks for these.

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BASINGSTOKE CIVIL SERVICE RETIREMENT FELLOWSHIP There were 44 members and 2 visitors at the meeting on 1st September who were welcomed by the Chairman,

David Cowling, who then gave apologies for those unable to attend. The Secretary, Tony Brazier, gave details of the forthcoming trips planned for this year and said that the programme for next year would be available within the next few weeks. The planned speaker for this meeting was unable to attend but we were fortunate enough to have Alan Jones stand in at short notice. Alan titled his talk “The Roving Reporter” though he said that perhaps after some of the experiences he had endured during his time at BBC Radio Solent it ought to be the “Raving” reporter. He explained the area was very diverse and that he must have conducted over 20,000 interviews throughout the area with differing degrees of success despite a great deal of preparation. This included interviewing a bishop who disliked heights at the top of a cathedral, a Frenchman playing the drums at altitude in a Galaxy aircraft to gain entry into the Guiness Book of Records and a group of naturists raising money for charity. He also had to scale the side of a USA warship to speak to the captain, assist in the milking of a deadly poisonous snake for its venom and cope with many situations where he had to use his initiative to get the interview completed. The scariest occasion was nearly being arrested by MI5 when they did not realise that he had special clearance to speak with those presented to the Queen at a ceremony. He re-enacted this for us using members of the audience. The group’s first outing this year will be the Mystery Trip on Thursday 14th October to be followed on Thursday 18th November by a trip to Haskins Garden Centre for Christmas shopping and then the Christmas lunch at BCOT on Thursday 9th December. The next meeting is on 6th October when the speaker is Malcolm Nelson speaking about 40 Years of Catching Smugglers and the speaker on 3rd November is Dave White from the RNLI. The group meets on the first Wednesday of each month at Brookvale Village Hall from 10am to 12noon and all retired Civil Servants, their relatives and friends are welcome. Further details about the group and information about our trips can be obtained by contacting csrfbasingstoke@

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GARDEN WASTE COLLECTIONS SUSPENDED DUE TO HGV DRIVER SHORTAGE Owing to the national HGV driver shortage, garden waste collections are to be temporarily suspended in Basingstoke and Deane to protect the core household waste and recycling collections.

The council’s waste and recycling contractor Serco has made every effort to attract drivers, by offering increased salaries and enhanced benefits packages, with some applicants currently being recruited or trained. But a number of driver vacancies are still not yet filled. Agencies, who are also affected by this shortage in a fast-moving market, are unable to provide staff to fill gaps. Therefore, the council has had to take the difficult decision to temporarily suspend garden waste collections due from the week of Monday 4 October in Basingstoke. The suspension is not related to the current fuel situation. All existing garden waste customers will be contacted by letter to advise them of the pause in service. The council will review the situation regularly and hope that, if the HGV driver availability improves, the service will start again in November. However, Serco will continue to catch up on the backlog of garden waste collections that were due during the week commencing 6 September across Basingstoke and Deane and subscriptions will be extended to cover missed collections. Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Recycling and Waste Hayley Eachus said: “We’ve tried hard to keep the garden waste collections running despite the continuing challenge of COVID-19, but the increasing impact of the national driver shortage means we now need to temporarily pause the service. We believe it is better to suspend the service rather than continue with the uncertainty customers are facing about collections currently. “We apologise for the disruption and understand that it is frustrating for our customers, who we thank for their patience and understanding. Our bin crews have worked hard for more than a year, since the beginning of the pandemic, to keep our waste services going despite all challenges they have faced.” Updates will be provided on the council's websites and social media channels. For more information on bin collections in Basingstoke and Deane visit or follow @BasingstokeGov on Twitter or Facebook.


Noah’s Ark Preschool Kempshott Village Hall Stratton Park Off Pack Lane Basingstoke RG22 5HN

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Settling in Since we came back in early September all of our new children have settled in really well and are slowly getting Novemberchildren 2017 used to their new daily routines and making new friends. Our existing have come back full of beans and have been extra helpful with the new ones showing them round and helping them to access any resources. We have had a fun first half term back where our topic was All About Me

Sign of the week We have started to introduce simple Makaton signing for all the children and adults in the setting and this this children carried out activities“thank which included all “toilet”. about their families an has proved to be very enjoyable for all. So far, we have learnt On how totopic saythe “good morning”, “please”, you” and They also carried out activities about their favourite things; we started with an activity

Topics In September we looked at “All About Me” which was really beneficial to learn more about all the children, we looked at our emotions, our family, our 5 senses and our body and how it works. We carried out lots of fun activities including making Halloween / fireworks a colourful mini stick hand x-ray, and pulling different faces on how the children were feeling at that time. our first week back this half termhibernating the children made manyand spooky creations for our Looking ahead to future topics this month we will looking atOn autumn, seasonal changes, animals, spooky Halloween fun. children dressed up in their scary outfits (or favourite outfits) for Halloween day. We m explosive fireworks activities with lots of bright colours filling up our preschool with all

Teeth cleaning As part of the new EYFS curriculum we have introduced a segment into the daily routine and that is teeth made. cleaning. Each child has been given their own labelled toothbrush and so far, this has proven to be a successful activity.

Christmas SPACES Yep, we still have spaces available for all children aged from 2years up to primary school age. If you are interested then please don’t hesitate to give us a call on (01256) 323853 and ask for either Linda (manager) or Alison (admin) to book a is now time for us to be thinking about Christmas and all the wonderful things this joy show round. We are open Monday – Friday 8am- 4pm term timeitonly.

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from the children getting excited about Santa coming, to all of our Christmas theme cra doing. We will also be practicing for our end of term Christmas nativity that will be takin Garden update

As autumn is here, the children are enjoying watching how the leaves change colour an winter vegetables and watching them grow. The children planted pumpkins earlier in t for Halloween; we also enjoyed pumpkin soup and crusty bread for snack.


If you are interested in your child coming to join our friendly caring preschool, we are o

Kempshott Under Fives is part of Hatch Warren Under Fives Preschool. 4pm. To contact please callto01256 323853 or email Welcome back! We love the start of a new academic year at Kempshott Under Fives –usit’s lovely see how much our or text 0759 returning children have grown over the summer holidays and it’s wonderful to meet our new children too. Two by Two parent toddler group

Transitions can be challenging for young children, so our first few weeks are all about settling in, exploring the new environment, making new two by twoas toddler group runs on Wednesday mornings 9.45am-11.30am friends and looking after the children's well-being – this helps to make Our the transition smooth as possible. All children are individuals, and term tim village hall. There is no need to book just turn up on the day. We provide lots of exciting while some children will adjust fairly easily and quickly to new routines, others will take longer to feel comfortable and secure. At Kempshott child to do together around different themes each week and also include a snack and li Under Fives we work hard to ensure that all children settle happily.

end. The group is run by members of staff from the preschool with helpers too all ready

Our first topic “All About Me” is a great chance for the children to learn all about themselves, their new friends and their families. We use stories, arts, crafts and songs to help our children discover what is unique and special about themselves and each other.

As the weather is still good the children have been making the most of the garden. We will be using our outdoor learning environment as much as possible and we have some great activities planned for extending our children’s learning outdoors. We’ll also be learning about autumn this term and exploring colours, outdoor sounds and hibernating animals. There will be lots of sticks and leaves to collect to build bug hotels and hedgehog houses. And we’ll be holding weekly cooking sessions and weekly science experiments too. KEMPSHOTT UNDER FIVES AND THE EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION STAGE (EYFS) Kempshott Under Fives work to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework in all our activities. The EYFS sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to five years old. At the start of any new academic year change is ahead for our little ones. Will they see new teachers? Stay at preschool for a longer amount of time without Mummy or Daddy? Will they be starting their school journey for the very first time? One of the areas of the EYFS is 'PSED' which stands for Personal, Social and Emotional Development. A large part of what we do here at Kempshott Under Fives is to ensure that we bond with your children and encourage their confidence building. We would encourage and observe a little one to see if they can separate from their main carer with support and encouragement and also express their own interests and preferences. If they are not quite ready we work on it together. It is lovely to hear your little ones asking for a particular toy that may not be out on that day...and yes we will get it for them. Kempshott Under Fives is based in St Mark’s Church on Homesteads Road and has a lovely main room and a wonderful garden. We still have spaces available for this academic year, to enquire about a space please contact Melissa, Preschool Manager, on 07951 660401 or at

Cuckoo Meadow Preschool


Rathbone Pavilion, Church Road, North Waltham, RG25 2BL. Tel: 01256 398172

Hello from Cuckoo Meadow Pre-School! In July we had a gloriously sunny leaving ceremony for all our Pre-Schoolers starting Reception in September - we wish them lots of love and luck – it has been wonderful teaching them, mostly Cuckoo Meadow Pre-school since the age of just two. Since then we have been enjoying our six weeks of summer, we hope you all did the same (despite the Cuckoo Meadow Pre-School offers a warm, friendly and stimula environment for children aged 2 yrs 9 months up to rising 5 year o The Pre-school is situated in an enviable location in the heart of rather gloomy weather!)

Waltham village, just 10 minutes drive from Kempshott. It has play suitable for outside play in the winter months as well as access to th

Park andas playing field inas the summer. It has a fantastic As of Monday September 6th the children have been back and we have enjoyed welcoming the old pupils well the new to team of esta and qualified staff who will be happy to show you around or answe questions you have regarding the pre-school or forthcoming events. our newly repainted pavilion and playground fencing. We have our settling in week and then the children willcontact enjoy learning all Jo or Fiona on 01256 398172, email, or visit the website about the different nursery rhymes. What’s more we will be introducing them to Emily, our newest member of the team. For the latest news do visit our Facebook page

With not much to update on given the recent summer holidays, please can we take the opportunity to remind you of the ways you can support us…. Firstly we invite you to take part in the Cuckoo Meadow Pre-School lottery. This lottery has been set up specifically to raise money and make a difference for our children. It's a fantastic way to bring parents, carers, teachers and the wider community together, in partnership with our Pre-School, and at the same time give something back. Visit www.YourSchoolLottery. and search for: Cuckoo Meadow Pre-School.

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About Cuckoo Meadow Pre-School: We are a small, friendly, Ofsted Outstanding ranked pre-school located in the Rathbone Pavillion, North Waltham.both Theinternally children and During Duringthe thesummer summer holidays holidays the thesetting setting has has undergone undergone aacomplete complete make-over make-over both internally andextern exter who attend come from within the village and the surrounding areas including Dummer, Hatch Warren, Kempshott and Beggarwood and all agree the location We WeOakley, have havetransformed transformed the thesetting setting making making ititaamore more natural natural environment environment for for the thechildren children to toplay playand andthe the and wonderful caring staff mean it is more than worth the short journey. To find out please contact orrevamped Fiona on 01256 398172. garden garden area areamore has hasbeen been opened opened up upJo and and revamped offering offering us usmuch muchmore morespace spaceto tohave haveadventures adventuresand andee

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Our aimbeen going forward the complete We have making the most of is theto goodgive weather andchildren the children have been enjoying searching for mini beastslearning and playing in the mud kitchen. allowing them to choice over their experiences, We are hoping good weather stays for ourplay. Sports Day on the 23rd and is 24th.filled The children explore andthe experiment during The setting will take part in several races and we are even planning one for the parents if they would like with open ended resources and loose parts that will provide to take part! the children with the tools toth let their imagination flow. Our Quiz night is taking place on Friday 8 June from 7.30 at St Marks Primary School.

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Our windows are gradually being replaced and they are looking very nice…it’ll be well worth the wait and disruption. The What do we need from you? outside Playdale has received a fresh coat of paint and is looking as good as new. We look forward to the exciting things that the Autumn terms brings.

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NEW COUNCILLOR GRANT SCHEME LAUNCHED TO SUPPORT COMMUNITY PROJECTS Community groups and organisations can now apply for funding support for small-scale items to support local groups and projects following the launch of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council’s new Councillor Community Grant Scheme. Grants of between £250 and £1,000 are available to help groups and not for profit organisations purchase equipment which will make a difference to people’s lives and help bring communities together following the COVID-19 pandemic. Each councillor across Basingstoke and Deane will have a £2,000 pot to support projects in their communities until 31 March 2022. The maximum grant that will be available for each project in a ward is £1,000. Funding is available for voluntary groups, charities, schools, faith groups and town and parish councils for projects which meet the scheme criteria. The grant funding can be used for items that contribute to key priorities set out in Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council’s Council Plan - strengthening communities, protecting and enhancing our environment, improving safety and planning for the future. This could include purchasing tools or equipment for a variety of group activities such as community groups, health and wellbeing activities, lunch clubs or play groups. Cabinet Member for Communities, Infrastructure and Planning Cllr Simon Bound said: “The COVID-19 pandemic has shone a light on the amazing community spirit we have in our borough and has given people more opportunities to explore the facilities and activities on offer in their local communities. “Our new Councillor Community Grant Scheme will give councillors the chance to support their local communities with grant funding for projects and activities which will make a big difference to residents’ lives and foster thriving communities across the borough." For more information about the scheme and eligibility criteria, visit


(CGH) PATIENT PARTICIPATION GROUP (PPG) NEWS Dear Local residents, We hope you will find our latest article helpful. Flu Vaccines Invitations for the flu vaccine should have been received by all age 65+ patients by now. Any problems, contact CGH on 01256 479747, or email: Members of the PPG will be acting as marshalls on vaccination days. Please feel free to have a chat with them about your experiences as patients of CGH. GP Patient Survey Patients can explore results of the survey for CGH via Blood Tests The NHS has guided that the shortage of blood test tubes should be concluded by 17th September. Please keep an eye on the CGH website for up-to-date information.

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We are well into Autumn now. Sadly the wild flowers and butterflies are now gone. The meadows look a bit sad now and some areas will be (or have already been) mown. You will recall that Spring was pretty chilly and wet and there was thought that butterfly numbers would be badly affected but surprisingly they seem to have been plentiful this year. The little hot spell we had in September kept many species of butterflies around into the Autumn – such as Speckled Wood (see photo), Large Whites and Peacocks. The fortnightly bird count has started up again (there is always a break in the summer months). From mid-September the migrant birds start leaving our shores to go south so this is a good time to bird-watch. An unusual local sighting in September was a Wheatear (see photo) on the Manydown Estate up by Breach Farm Cottages. These birds like open fields and are summer visitors. No doubt it was on the start of its migration to Central Africa for the winter. There are also Barn Owls up there – but one has to get up early or be there at twilight to catch a sighting. The weekly work parties are now in full swing. On both sites it would be nice to have a few more volunteers turning up – you don’t have to commit to turning up every week. Due to the lack of maintenance on the sites over the last two years, the dogwood has spread prolifically. Digging up and cutting back the dogwood has been a top priority for the work parties during the last couple of months. If the dogwood is left there is no space for the lovely wildflowers. Work Parties. For Old Down we meet outside Old Down Hall every Thursday 10-12 noon and for Beggarwood 10-12 noon at the café on the first Tuesday of the month. Please come along. Check the Internet address for updates. Internet: Old Down & Beggarwood Wildlife Group ( Facebook Page : Email:

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An interesting partnership This year has been a good one for ants in meadows. At the end of last year large conical ants nests were found in Down Grange Meadow constructed by Lasius flavus, the Meadow Ant. As this area of the Meadow had not been cut for some time, it’s likely that the ants had built these nests over the last couple of years. Recently we have been doing some late summer work in the Old Orchard and we came across a number of nests there as well. This is the first time we have noticed these nests in the Orchard. In early summer, Common Blue butterflies were spotted there, but were a bit thin on the ground in the Meadow. This year in the Meadow we saw more of the rarer Small Blues than the supposedly Common Blue, despite the many large ants nests. Why the connection between Ants and “Blue” butterfly species? All of the blue species that occur on our sites, Common, Small and Holly Blues (as well as Small Copper and Brown Argus) use ants as part of their life cycle. The other blue species not found on our sites, Chalk Hill, Silver-studded, Adonis and Large Blue, also use ants. None more so than the Adonis Blue. The caterpillars of the Adonis feed on Horseshoe Vetch and have organs that secrete a sweet “honeydew” viscous liquid. This drives the ants wild. Adonis caterpillars will attract any species of ant but particularly Myrmica sabuleti, a red ant and Lasius alienus, a brown ant. More………………………………………….


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The ants will swarm around each caterpillar protecting it from predators. The caterpillar then produces some pheromones that fool the ants into thinking this butterfly larva is one of their own. The ants then carry the Adonis caterpillar down into their nest. There, the Adonis larvae will not only continue to provide “honeydew” but will “sing” to the ants by rubbing two ribbed tentacles, located behind the head, against its body. Soldier ants then guard the Adonis larvae, protecting them from attacks by other carnivorous ants and even parasitic wasps. This armed guard is on duty 24hours a day. When the larvae are ready to pupate, the ants are still in attendance as the pupae will sing to the “armed guard”. Even when the caterpillar has crawled out of the nest to pupate, the ant guards will follow it to wherever the larva chooses to turn into a pupa. This very close relationship between larvae and ants is an extreme example, but all “blue” species use ants as part of their life cycle. They may not get the same treatment as the Adonis, but that of its close relative, the Chalk Hill Blue, is very similar. Most species of “Blue” caterpillar will sing to ants, but may not get the dedicated attention that the Adonis does. Larvae of the Adonis and our Common Blues receive protection and the ants receive the “honeydew” food – this is known as a symbiotic relationship (mutually beneficial). This is why we like ants nests on our sites. The Large Blue butterfly (found only in Somerset, Dartmoor and Gloucestershire) is very rare and only present in the UK thanks to conservation reintroduction. The larvae of the Large Blue feed on the larvae of their ant hosts. This is a parasitic relationship – no way to return the ants hospitality. If it’s a warm year the Common Blue can be seen until October. If you’d like to attract Common Blues or Holly Blues to your garden, try letting ivy grow.

FUZZY DROVE CONSERVATION GROUP On 12th August some of our volunteers were made aware that a large tractor with flail machinery was carrying out work in Fuzzy Drove. Several of our volunteers spoke to the tractor driver who stated that he had been given the job of cutting back the entire length of Fuzzy Drove 1.2 metres either side of the vehicle track and was completing the first half from Kempshott Lane that day, returning the next day to do the top half beyond the bollards. The driver confirmed that Basingstoke Council had ordered the work to prevent over hanging branches from scratching passing vehicles. Our group understands that the shrub and bramble growth needs to be controlled. However, a bit of judicious pruning would have done the job. Instead of which, as you will see from our photographs, the result in many places is really upsetting for those of us who value Fuzzy Drove as a haven of peace and natural habitat for wildlife and people alike. Branches were left torn and new plantings (which are all native hedgerow species complete with council-issue guards), have been shredded. No sense of empathy or moderation came across at all. We managed to persuade the Council to stop the same work being carried out on the top half and they are currently "hanging fire" on the top section, for which we are grateful. We are very disappointed that so many new plants (many supplied by the Council!) and some very established trees will have to be written off. Branches still overhang the Drove which our group cannot deal with as we may not use power tools or carry out work at height. As you can imagine there has been much comment on the local social media pages as well as in conversations with regular users of the Drove. One of our young volunteers who had planted a sapling a few years ago and always kept a close check on it is very upset as it has now totally gone. Fuzzy Drove is a natural and wild area, rich in flora and fauna, not least hedgehogs which as we know are now an endangered species. It gives a strong sense of place to all those who live hereabouts, just as envisaged in one of the Council’s own policy aims. Our group will continue trying to look after the natural habitat of the Drove as best we can, although we are short of volunteers to help since the Covid lockdown. During warm wet summers such as this year the growth will bolt and we are limited as to what we can achieve using hand tools, but if you are able to help then please contact us. We are really keen to ensure that work can be carried out with empathy for the natural habitat that makes the Drove so valued. For up to date information on work parties in the Drove please visit our Facebook page: 'Fuzzy Drove Conservation Group' or

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With the Royal Corps of Drums and special guests The Chelsea Pensioners, the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines gave their usual stunning performance at our Annual Charity Concert at The Anvil on 26th January On the day everybody won. The Band got to perform to a nearly full house in our magnificent Anvil Concert Hall. 12 Chelsea Pensioners and a group of local Army Cadets were given a great day out. The Cadets, from the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Corps of Drums, all musical instrument players, were invited by the Director of music to shadow the Marines during the band’s rehearsal. From this they got a feel of how it is to be part of a professional Military Band before they watched them perform.

Hospital to purchase a new piece of equipment to help with the treatment of atrial fibrillation, this will mean hundreds of patients being treated in our local Hospital instead of having to travel to Southampton or perhaps even further afield. Our thanks to all the local folks who supported this event and hence these great charity causes. We hope you had a wonderful time, and that we see you again at our concert next January.


The audience were given an outstanding concert. The Anvil itself is a Charity which received much needed revenue from a nearly full house. And profit was made for charities supported by your local Rotary. Some of you are doubtless aware that we have been supporting the Ark Cancer charity for a number of years and we are continuing to support this great project. However lead by our President Alf McCarthy we have started a new project to help the Cardiology Unit at Basingstoke and North Hampshire

Winchester University will again host PeaceJam this March but this year’s youth leadership development conference will be a 1 day ‘Slam’. We will again be sponsoring a group of young people from Cranbourne School and from Whitchurch WAAG to attend. This year the inspirational speaker will be The Right Honourable Stuart Lawrence the brother of Stephen Lawrence, the black British teenager from Woolwich, south east London, who was murdered in a racially motivated attack while waiting for a bus in Well Hall, Eltham on the evening of 22nd April, 1993. There will be a programme of development workshops and action projects covering topics such as conflict resolution and water aid To find out more see:


Basingstoke Deane Rotary is a group of 35men & women from a wide variety of backgrounds. All live locally in the borough but some commute to work outside Basingstoke. Most joined Rotary to help others less fortunate, and they find Basingstoke Deane Rotary adds another extremely enjoyable dimension to their lives. If you would like to find out more about how we enjoy ourselves, just tune in to to see what we have coming up, or contact Helen or Paul above to find out more . We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Facebook: @RotaryBasingstokeDeane Twitter: @RBstokeDeane

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This month, we are looking forward to The Oakley Green Week and we are trying to do our bit to help. As well as maintaining our exisiting efforts to re-duce, re-use and recycle, we are now collecting ring pulls. Jolly Team Member, Lucy Routledge, recently discovered a charity called, “The Purple Community” who re-cycle and re-use the tabs to make all kinds of products, including wheelchairs! We are happy to be a collection point for your used ring pulls too.

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Some of you know that, Jolly Team Member, Sophie Pogmore, is an enthusiastic environmentalist. Green Week SomeDuring of you know that, Jolly Team M she will be setting up a display explaining some of the measures we are taking here to improve our carbon footprint. environmentalist. During Green Wee She also has lots of new ideas about easy ways in which we can all help to suststain our wonderful planet. Sophie is very the measures we are taking here to i knowledgable and her enthusiasm is infectious. Please do come along, have a look and a chat. ideas about easy ways in which we c Other News…The Draw for the Oakley Pond print was won by Dave Nichols and the model Jolly Olly’s by and regualr very knowledgable her enthusia customer, Eve. Thanks to Bob Porter for the generous donations which raised a £106.00 in aid of the Pond Fund! a chat. My Landord has made improvements to the ramp he constructed for wheelchair and pushchair access to the shop. The Other News… slope is now less steep and he has checked that it is within safety regulations. Thanks to Tom for all your help. We hope to see you soon! The Draw for the Oakley Pond print w

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The group normally walk on Tuesday, Saturday and occasional walks on other days of the week , which are sometimes a bit shorter for those who do not want to walk the longer distances. The walks cover areas in and around Basingstoke as well as sometimes going further afield. Now that COVID restrictions have been relaxed walks are now going back into the programme. Although we do now ask walkers to register with the walk leader before the walk and most walk leaders are having a maximum number of walks who can attend the walk. The details for each walk are on the walks calendar on the website. On our Tuesday morning walks, which are typically 6- 7 miles, we continue to attract quite a number of walkers. Our Saturday walks tend to be longer, with fewer walkers, and can sometimes take most of the day. Our walks have included walking a linear walk from Bentley to Winchester in 4 stages , around Kingsclere and Upper Wield, Bentworth area. As well as the walks, the group also enjoys social activities, this includes an Annual Summer Picnic, Boys lunches, and Ladies walks and lunches, and the group occasionally organise weekends and days away. The men have just come back from a 3 day break in Dorset and intend another break around Arundel next year. The ladies have a walking trip in London booked for next April The group have an active path patrol group, who report problems to the local council and also do some work on the paths, which can be as varied as checking waymarking and replacing waymarking discs, minor clearing or even repairing stiles and gates. To date this group has replaced 20 plus gates in conjunction with the local council. If you are interested in finding out more about the North Hampshire Downs group, there is more information on our Website. If you are new to walking and want to give us a try, or already walk, you would be given a very warm welcome by the Group. We hope to see you soon! If you are interested in joining the Ramblers we suggest you come along for a couple of walks with the group first to get a taster. Do contact the walk leader before turning up for the walk. Membership details are available from the Ramblers’ national website: As a member of the Ramblers you can also access walks by other groups, the rambler’s website will give you information on walks within a specific radius of your postcode, so you can walk with other groups if they are more suitable on a particular date. Ramblers Charity England & Wales No: 1093577 Scotland No: SC039799

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The speaker for our September meeting was arranged at relatively short notice following a cancellation by the person previously booked. However, the talk on “Plant Collecting on the Equator - Papua New Guinea' by Graham Pattison was both interesting and informative. In 1975 Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew chose Graham as the horticultural representative on a 6-month botanical expedition to Papua New Guinea. The purpose of this was to take living and herbarium specimens and send them back to Kew. Some of those taken were in fact new to science. This was the first time a horticultural representative had gone on a Kew expedition. This was to ensure that a higher percentage of the material sent back was suitable for propagation. The expedition took the team to some very remote parts of Papua New Guinea. Much of their time was spent in the forest amongst the indigenous clans. Transport to and from some of the more remote islands was not for the faint hearted – dugout canoes loaded to the maximum, old single engine aeroplanes landing on air strips that were just clearings and crossing bridges that were still “under construction” i.e., just loose planks of wood! Amazingly, only one of the group on the original trip had a fever just for a day, everyone else stayed fit and healthy. Although that visit was some 46 years ago Graham’s presentation did not appear to be dated, except the clothes which the group wore were definitely not current! Graham and his wife paid a return visit in 2019 and a book was available to purchase which was compiled from Graham's journals written at the time of his first trip and contrasts his return visit to Papua New Guinea. Interestingly he said nothing much had changed which was quite a surprise since we do tend to assume that all the world progresses as fast as we do in the West. We are hoping to meet again in Kempshott Village Hall on Monday 18th October at 7.30pm when our speaker is Jim McDonald, and his subject is “Growing Sweet Peas for exhibition and pleasure”. For more details or to get in touch please go to our website.


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It was with a sense of demonstrable relief that after twenty months since their last face to face business meeting that life is getting back to normal for the Probus Club of Basingstoke. The Club has continued unabated since its foundation in 1979 and it was time for a much-delayed 41st Annual General Meeting. Covid restrictions delayed the AGM from the traditional June until mid-September and it was held at the Test Valley Golf club, the normal venue for Probus monthly meetings. Because Covid also made it impossible to hold the AGM in June 2020 the Executive Committee had continued in office for a second year. This time there was a change at the top with David Wickens (a retired engineering sales manager) taking over as President from Richard Wood (a retired Chartered engineer). The other committee members, who range from a nuclear scientist, a solicitor, a small business owner, a civil engineer and two RAF officers have specific responsibilities and were happy to continue in post for another nine months until June 2022. This ensures that their experiences are paramount in successfully returning to normal operations as a social club for retired Professional and Business managers as per the acronym of the name the Probus Club. Although Probus Clubs now extend throughout the English-speaking world, with most UK towns having one or two Probus Clubs, the organisation was founded in Caterham, Surrey, in 1965 for retired managers who wanted to remain socially active. With no central office each club sets its own rules while following the basic tenet that likeminded men from all branches of society enjoy meeting for lunch with an attendant interesting speaker. Other opportunities exist to include wives for visits to interesting places throughout the year. Their October meeting will have as its guest of Honour the Worshipful the Mayor of Basingstoke & Deane BC, Cllr Onnalee Cubitt. Interested? See for more information.

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Sir Clive Sinclair was a prominent British inventor that created many products from the fated C5 electric personal vehicle, for which he was ridiculed, to the superb range of ZX computers that changed the face of home computing. Sinclair was the son and grandson of engineers, both of whom worked at the Vickers shipbuilders. His grandfather, naval architect George Sinclair, was responsible for making a mine-sweeping device, the paravane, operate. Clive Sinclair first started inventing electronic goods whilst still at school. He penned the circuit for a radio in one of his exercise books and planned to sell these as kits. As he did not want to go to university, he left school at the age of 18 and started selling miniature electronic kits by mail order to the hobby market from his kitchen at home. On July 25, 1961, Sinclair founded Sinclair Radionics Ltd as his original choice Sinclair Electronics was already taken. He attempted two times to acquire start-up funds to publicise his inventions and purchase components. Eventually he found someone who agreed to buy 55% of his company for £3,000 but unfortunately the deal fell through. Sinclair, unable to find capital, joined United Trade Press (UTP) as technical editor of Instrument Practice. In March 1962, explained how to make silicon planar transistors (the manufacturing process), as well as their features and applications, and predicted that they would be ready by the end of 1962. As his career evolved, it became increasingly apparent, that Sinclair was preoccupied with miniaturisation. During the 1960s, Sinclair Radionics created several radios and amplifiers and in 1972 they released their first pocket calculator. The Executive calculator was considerably smaller that most of its competitors at the time because it used hearing aid batteries whereas most other calculators required mains power. In August 1975, Sinclair introduced the Black Watch, an LED digital watch that was available in kit form for £17.95 or readybuilt for £24.95. Whilst ground-breaking at the time, the watch suffered multiple issues from a dire battery of only 10 days to a clock crystal which was very temperature sensitive causing the device to lose or gain time. This resulted in the company making a loss and Clive Sinclair eventually worked with the National Enterprise Board to help recover funds but in 1979, Sinclair’s relationship worsened so he broke up Sinclair Radionics and left the company. In 1977, Sinclair had established Science of Cambridge Ltd with a former employee Christopher Curry and planned for Curry to develop technology ideas Cambridge University. The company had already developed a calculator watch and by the time Sinclair joined full time, cheap microprocessors had started appearing on the market. Sinclair came up with the idea of selling educational microprocessor kits and launched the MK14 kit. At this point Curry wanted to build small computers but Sinclair was against the idea, so Curry and Hermann Hauser left Sinclair of Cambridge and set up their own company Acorn Computers. Their first product was essentially the MK14 kit with a keyboard. This incensed Sinclair so he embarked on a project to create a cheap personal computer. The Commodore Pet was already making inroads at school and this was the first computer I ever used to program on. However, the Pet, and other similar products were very expensive, and Sinclair wanted affordability. Jim Westwood, a former Sinclair Radionics employee was hired to start working on the ZX80. This was launched in February 1980 and was initially only available in kit form for £79.99; that’s around £350 in today’s money. I remember our school getting one of these kits and I helped to build it so watching this come to life was magical. The ZX80, despite its many limitations, became a huge success and Science of Cambridge was renamed to Sinclair Computers Ltd and finally Sinclair Research Ltd. Sinclair and Curry got wind that the BBC were planning to run a television series on computing and programming and both companies pressured the BBC to choose their respective computers. This pushed the development of the ZX81, my very first home computer at £69.95, which I still have! Ultimately the BBC chose the Acorn computer, a successor to the Atom, originally called the Proton but renamed to the BBC micro. Again, another computer that I spent a lot of time on at school. The issue with BBC micro was price as the Model A cost £235 and the more powerful Model B was £335. This was fine for schools but unaffordable for most students. This is where the Sinclair ZX Spectrum shone when released in 1982 at a cost of £125. 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Hello. My name is Debbie Veel. I am one of the Licensed Lay Ministers (LLM’s or Readers

Much as I love spending time with my children and granddaughters and helping sometimes as they are sometimes known) at St. Mark’s church.them LLM’s areout, not ordained, so we don’t a dogthe collar,super-power but we can do much what a vicar canso do Iwith some just notable as a busy mum, wife, Nana and ordinand I wishwear I had ofofinvisibility, could exceptions. We can’t bless the communion wine and bread; we can’t marry people nor disappear for a bit and have some space and time. 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 If you could choose a super- power what would yours be? Strength? ability to fly ? ability to move at the speed of of it as being a bit like being a deputy head of a school. light? or there might be many other things you'd choose.

I am writing this month because, as you may or may not know, the Rev. Kelvin and Jane Taylor left St. Mark’s

end of May. They the had been withI us for nine years and we Iare sad to to see them Many exciting Although I don't often watch super-hero movies atI the have enjoyed few have watched. have saygo. my one of things have happened in the church and community under their leadership. my current favourites is 'Thunderforce' on Netflix with Octavia Spencer and Melissa McCarthy.It is a bit of a spoof For examplewe have started aagainst messy church (verymisinformal craft, a short super-hero movie. Without adding any spoilers the Thunderforce duo are fighting fear, use offood, power, celebration and lots of fun for families of all ages 2.30pm -5pm every third Saturday); injustice and hypocrisy in their home town of Chicago. we have started doing the fabulous ‘Open the Book’ assemblies for the Y4’s in the

eaders *ignorance | *power | *fear |*prejudice | *silence | *hypocrisy e don’t otable ple nor hat we ning of the church. I think

junior school; started Saturday @ Saint Mark’s (2nd Saturday of the month from 9:30am) which is an informal chance to learn such things as your ancestry, try flower arranging go for walks or bike rides round Kempshott or find out about various things to do with IT or further education. We have employed an Outreach Worker and renovated 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 Mark’s, under backKelvin’s in March, leadership.I looked at silence, power and hypocrisy, so picking

These 6 words are the ‘super-crimes’ of our times

Last time I wrote the Kourier article for St up the remaining three this time.

Kelvin and Jane are off on a well-deserved long holiday to their

favourite place- the Greek islands. We wish them well, as I am sure These 6 ‘super crimes’ play a major part in the ailments of our town, our nation and indeed our world. It is not just many of you do also. the imaginary Thunderforce team who need to fight against them. It is a time of change and transition for them and for the church.

Ignorance We don't want to be a community thatIt may is ignorant of the plight of others; or ignorant of their experiences well be a time of change and transition for you too. You may be changing job; maybe moving house; and perspectives. It is easy to stereotype people based on their race, gender, faith beliefs.It is easy having a new baby; getting married; leavingsexual home for identity the first time or to go to university or to travel. There may also getting be some lessto pleasant changes happening in your life- divorce, bereavement. to think we know what people think without actually know them.Really getting tounemployment, know someone who is different to us requires time, openness and courage In the church’s year, the weeks just gone still form part of the ‘Easter Season’. It was a time of transition and

change for Jesus’ disciples too. They had travelled around the country with Jesus, listening to him teach and

Fear Fear can cause us to feel unable to speak out or watching to be him honest about whoButwe rejection byreally others preach, do miracles and healings. theyare. hadn’tWe quite fear understood ‘what he was about.’ or even open hostility. We may become increasingly marginalised and isolated and our fearfulness may be directly On Easter Sunday and on many occasions after that they met the risen Lord Jesus, and during this time, linked to mis- use of power. In our conversations before and He inascended our actions need to beallsensitive and compassionate to heaven,we they all began to understand that He was teaching and explaining to them about God and about how much He loves each and every one of us. They finally did begin to comprehend when dealing with other people. ‘what He was really about.’

Prejudice We separate ourselves from others andMany identify with weappearances feel are in‘like us involve ‘ andeating. formThis cohesive of what are calledthose resurrection the Bible is importantgroups because it and whilst these can be positive and enriching they also a physical kind of where we reject, tells uscan that the risenbecome Jesus had a real bodytribalism -he wasn’t some kind of ghostly apparition.exclude and vilify those who are different to us. These prejudices givedidn’t riseimmediately to unhelpful stereotypes. Often the disciples recognize Jesus-‘he was the same but different.’ The best analogy of this is when maybe you have had your hair done or get new glasses. Often people comment that there is

What are some of the stereotypes and prejudices‘something arounda bit within ofquite Kempshott oronin differentthis about community you’ but they cannot place their finger it. our town ?

transition period, Jesus appeared to his disciples in pairs, groups and once to 500 people in one Have you ever experienced being stereotyped or During havethis you experienced prejudice ? go. This tells us that Jesus’ resurrection appearances couldn’t have been a hallucination. It is unlikely that 2

3 people, alone 500 would the same hallucination! These 6 ' super-crimes' or ‘pervading evils’ make or up the 6let topics thathave arehadcovered by the Pastoral Principles, which form a basis that will enable us all to try to have conversations difficult in such a wayit isthat doesn't Transition is unsettling andabout often make us feel ill attopics ease - It was for the disciples, for us at St. Mark’s it may importantly well be for you. Weallows wonder, “What we’ll do?” to and be “Howvalued. we will manage?” Jesus promised to polarise opinion, allows everyone to be heard andandmost everyone

send his disciples a ‘helper’, which we call the Holy Spirit, to guide & support them and enable them to

manage and find a way Love and Faith.’ ( LLF) LLF has taken over 5 They are part of the Church of England’s programme called ‘Living years to develop and has been worked on by a wide range of professionals from outside the church as well as church leaders.It is primarily, but not exclusively, concerned with gender identity and sexual relationships.

On hearing this some of you may be uttering a huge sigh of relief "Finally! the church of England has finally caught up with the rest of society." Others of you may be horrified that the church has lost its reason! There is as much difference of opinion on this topic inside the church as outside! The LLF course and the 6 pastoral principles are aiming to bring people together , to create safe spaces where people can be who they are and where we can disagree without vilifying those who have a differing viewpoint.

Jane Taylor left St. Mark’s them go. Many exciting

What a difference it would truly make to our world if we could listen, learn and live together and get rid of theses 6 evils from our society. The last book of the Bible is called the book of Revelation. It is a book of visions and imagery, much of which is difficult to understand, but there is a beautiful description of what the new heaven and new earth will be like. “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” and a bit further on it says “The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and ....the nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendour into it......Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful....” I think that sounds like a wonderful place to live, a place where everyone is happy, is loved, is free to be who they truly are, with no crimes, no racial hatred or bigotry, no one living in fear or being excluded.

rmal craft, food, a short

We could make where we live right here and now more like this if each one of us became a super- hero fighting these 6 ‘ super-crimes' in our everyday lives, at work, in school, in college, in clubs and in our recreational activities.

29 To finish I leave you with a prayer taken from the Pastoral Principles booklet (p33) even if you don’t have a faith I hope the words of this prayer will connect with you. God bless us with discomfort at easy answers and superficial relationships, so that we might live deeply from our hearts. God bless us with courage to challenge prejudice in our lives and community, so that all people might be seen as made in your image God bless us with tears for those who feel the pain of fear, rejection or exclusion so that we might reach out our hands in love. God bless us with enough faith and hope to believe that we can make a difference in our world Amen (adapted from a traditional Franciscan blessing)

Debbie Veel

Licensed Lay Minister St. Mark’s Church, Kempshott

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