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Community Magazine & Business Directory October 2017

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Welcome...

In this issue... to the October edition. Lots for you to read and do this month.

Our “Meet the Locals” column is always popular and this month we feature local Stuntman Paul Weston. His credits include James Bond and Star Wars to name but two - quite a remarkable man I’m sure you will agree. If you like getting out and about I would recommend the New Forest Walking Festival. It’s run by the New Forest National Park Authority and is providing 80 different guided walks! As you can imagine our four legged friend Bugle loves his walks. He’s been a bit under the weather recently (well he is a Veteran for his breed at 7 years old) but is now back on form. You can catch up on his latest news inside. Finally we have an apology to make about an item published in the last edition featuring the “Young Employee of the Year.” We published photos but left out details of the winners. The winner in 2016 was Holly Bentley of Bradbeers Department Store and the Runner up was Tom Bates of Col-Tec Solutions. Please support your local businesses and if you do contact any business listed in the magazine please mention from where you got their name. You would be helping the magazine greatly.

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FILM: OCEAN FILM FESTIVAL WORLD TOUR (12A) World’s most amazing Ocean Films above and below the surface Thur 12 Oct 7.30pm £13.50 Regent Centre CABARET: A NIGHT WITH TOM JONES - New Milton Friends Group Thurs 12 Oct 8.00pm Tickets £12.50 from Janet on 01425 626047 Hoburne Bashley Holiday Centre FOLK CONCERT: CHRIS WHILE & JULIE MATTHEWS Thurs 12 Oct 7.30pm £15.00 + £0.50 Conc £14.00 + £0.50 Forest Arts Centre FILM: VICTORIA & ABDUL(PG) Fri 13 Oct 11am, 2.30pm & 7.30pm, Sat 14 10.30am & 2pm, Mon 16 Oct 11am, 2.30pm & 7.30pm. Wed 18 11am, Thur 19 11am & 2.30pm, Fri 20 11am & 2.30pm, Mon 23 Oct 11am, Tue 24 11am & 7.30pm, Wed 25 3pm & 7.30pm, Fri 27 Oct 11am & 7.30pm, Sun 29 Oct 7.30pm. Regent Centre BROADCAST: (Live broadcast on screen) Met Opera NY: DIE ZAUBERFLOTE (Magic Flute) Sat 14 Oct 5.55pm £22 Regent Centre THEATRE: TERROR ON THE TRACKS Sat 14 Oct 7.30pm Highcliffe Castle

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AUTUMN FAIR: NEW MILTON CRAFT FAIR Sat 14 Oct 10:00 am until 3:30 pm Admission by donation The New Milton Memorial Centre CONCERT: LIZA SINGS STREISAND & Stardust Ensemble Sun 15 Oct 7.30pm £20 Regent Centre THEATRE: RIDE Tues 17 Oct 7.30pm £10.00 + £0.50 Conc £8.00 + £0.50 Forest Arts Centre CONCERT: TALES OF THICKER DICKER Tues 17 & Wed 18 Sept - Show & Cream Tea £18.50/£17.00 Hoburne Bashley Holiday Centre

TALK: MACCA THE CONCERT West End cast starring Emanuele Angeletti Sun 22 Oct 7.30pm £23 Regent Centre FIL M: NUT JOB 2: Nutty by Nature 2D (U) Mon 23 Oct 2.30pm, Tue 24 2.30pm, Thur 26 11am & 2.30pm, Fri 27 2.30pm, Sat 28 Oct 11am & 2.30pm Regent Centre BROADCAST: ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND – Royal Ballet (Live broadcast on screen) Mon 23 Oct 7.15pm £18.50 Conc £16.50 Child £10 Encore: Recorded screening Sun 29 Oct 2pm Regent Centre

CONCERT: CAJUN ROOSTERS Weds 18 Oct 7.30pm £15.00 + £0.50 Conc £14.00 + £0.50 Forest Arts Centre

CHILDRENS THEATRE: DOGS DON'T DO BALLET Tues 24 Oct 11.30am & 2.30pm £7.00 + £0.50 Family 4 (each ticket) £6.25 + £0.50 Forest Arts Centre

THEATRE: AND THEN THERE WERE NONE (Regent Rep) Thur 19 – Sat 21 Oct 7.30pm Mat Sat 2.30pm £12.50 Conc £10.50

CONCERT: MIKEVERNON&THEMIGHTYCOMBO Tues 24 Oct 7.30pm £14.00 + £0.50 Conc £13.00 + £0.50 Forest Arts Theatre

Regent Centre COMEDY: PROMISE & PROMISCUITY Fri 20 Oct 7.30pm £14.00 + £0.50 Conc £13.00 + £0.50 Forest Arts Centre

FILM: SING--A-LONGSING LONG-A FROZEN (PG) Come in Costume! Full screening of the Disney classic with words on screen & Two Live SingSing-a-longlong-a Princesses to show you the dance moves Wed 25 Oct 11am Adult £15. Child £10 Inc Free Prop bag Age 5+ Regent Centre

FOLK CONCERT: THE MILE ROSES Sat 21 Oct 7.30pm £12.00 + £0.50 Forest Arts Centre

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CONCERT: SIXTY’S GOLD (Gerry and The Pacemakers – farewell tour, The Searchers, Brian Poole and The Tremeloes) Wed 25 Oct 7.30pm Tickets from £29.50 to £35.50 Mayflower Theatre, Southampton THEATRE: A DOLLS HOUSE - WRITTEN BY HENRIK IBSEN : THE NEW FOREST PLAYERS Wed 25 to Sat 28 Oct 7.30pm BallardSchoolPerformingArtsCentre FILM: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS Director’s Cut (PG) Thurs 26 Oct 8pm Jimmy Film £5 Regent Centre CHILDRENS THEATRE: SPOOKY SCIENCE Thurs 26 Oct 11.30am & 2.00pm £7.00 + £0.50 Forest Arts Theatre FILM: VAMPIRE ACADEMY (12a) Part of our 4U season of events exclusively for 1111-18 year olds. Thurs 26 Oct 6.30pm £4.00 + £0.50 Forest Arts Theatre THEATRE: PRIVATE HENRY TANDEY VC Fri 27 Oct £14.00 + £0.50 Conc £13.00 + £0.50 Forest Arts Theatre HALLOWEEN: HALLOWEEN EXTRAVAGANZA! Sat 28 Oct 2.00pm until 7.00pm £3.50 per person (no discount for children). Tickets must be purchased in advance Highcliffe Castle

HALLOWEEN: CREEPY HALLOWEEN CELEBRATION Sat 28 Oct Time TBC £8 for the evening Barton Court Studios. (Close to Pebble Beach Restaurant)

CONCERT: STACY MITCHHART Fri 10 Nov 7.30pm £12.00 + £0.50 Conc £11.00 + £0.50 Forest Arts Centre

WALK: CASTLE BY CANDLELIGHT – A FOND FAREWELL Sun 29 Oct 5.00pm – 8.00pm Free event but tea lights will be on sale (please bring a torch) Highcliffe Castle

COMEDY: LEE NELSON Serious Joker Sat 11 Nov 7.30pm £20.50 Over 12s Only Regent Centre

CONCERT: THE PAPERBOYS Tues 31 Oct £14.00 + £0.50 Conc £13.00 + £0.50 Forest Arts Theatre THEATRE: KWAIDAN Thurs 2 Nov 7.30pm Pay What You Decide Forest Arts Centre FILM: MANCHESTER BY THE SEA (15) Wed 8 Nov 2.30pm & 7.30pm Forest Arts Centre THEATRE: SUMMER OF LOVE Music of Byrds Hendrix Joplin etc from producers of Simon & Garfunkel Story Fri 10 Nov 7.30pm £22.50 Conc £20.50 Regent Centre

Forest Arts Centre Old Milton Road, New Milton www.forest-arts.co.uk 01425 612393 Highcliffe Castle Rothesay Drive, Highcliffe www.highcliffecastle.co.uk 01425 278807 Regent Centre High Street, Christchurch www.regentcentre.co.uk 01202 499199 The New Milton Memorial Centre Whitefield Road, New Milton. www.newmiltonmemorialcentre.co.uk 01425 629451

The New Forest Centre Lyndhurst FILM: SO43 7NY TERMINATOR (15) www.newforestcentre.org.uk Thur 9 Nov 8pm £5 Jimmy Film 023 8028 3444 Regent Centre

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Ashley Baptist Church

This year Ashley Baptist Church celebrated its 200th anniversary. The Baptist movement in Milton Parish has its roots in 17th century Lymington where there were two Baptist churches. When they merged one of the pastors, a Mr Mursell started up a Baptist church in Sway and also began preaching in the Downton Common area, which was then described as “a most barren and neglected spot”. From 1809 to 1817 a Mr William Peckham allowed his house to be used as a place of worship in the Ashley area. His son, George let the Baptists worship in his barn situated in Downton. This building proved to be cramped and unsuitable for the growing congregation. The Lymington Baptist church paid £60.00 to purchase a cottage in Lower Ashley Road. This was located next to the site of the existing Baptist Cemetery by the junction of modern day Pitts Place. The cottage was pulled down and the congregation build a larger ‘mud walled’ chapel. This is most likely made of cob which is a mixture of mud, straw and lime. As a building material it was very popular at that time and is seeing a revival in use today. The chapel was extended in 1845. It was finally demolished in 1961. A view of the inside shows a somewhat cramped interior with wooden floors and pews. The end wall is dominated by a high pulpit.

There are two large plaques fixed either side of the pulpit. One acknowledges the services of George Peckam as being one of the founders of the Ashley Baptist Church and the other commemorates the service of Thomas Taylor as deacon of the church for 50 years. He worked as the bailiff on the Ashley Clinton Estate. By 1897 the Baptist congregation had grown to such an extent that it was realised that a new, larger chapel was needed. Funds were raised from the congregation and the foundation stone was laid on 26th of October 1898. The new building was located close to the cross roads in Ashley.

The Interior of the Second Ashley Church

The inaugural church service took place on 14th of June 1899. In contrast to the old chapel this new church had a spacious interior with a large number of pews. In 1908 Ashley Baptist Church opened a mission in New Milton. This was so successful that in 1910 a Mission Hall was built on the junction of Old Milton Road and Hobart Road.


This would eventually lead to a reduction in the congregation of the Baptist Church in Ashley as a number moved to the new chapel in Milton.

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The Mission Hall building became a church in its own right in 1940 and is still in use today. The development of the Ashley Baptist Church is interesting as it gives clues to the development of Ashley village. Piped water was connected to the church in 1912 as the water from a nearby well was contaminated. In 1911 gas was piped to Ashley village and the church debated using this for lighting. In 1914 the Bournemouth Gas Company estimate to install gas lighting was ÂŁ23. However at a church meeting this was voted against even though a member of the congregation had offered to lend the church the money and the Minister, Reverend W.A. Edwards complained that he had difficulty reading his notes. It was not until 1920 that gas lighting was finally installed in the church. Electric lighting eventually replaced the gas system in 1931.

In that same year a pipe organ was installed. It was extremely large which meant the pulpit had to be moved. It dominated the east end of the church until it was replaced in 1967 during the TerJubilee anniversary. In 1992 the old church building was demolished and replaced with the modern building still in use today. This is a great improvement on the original chapel. Whilst the church building was unavailable to the congregation, services were held in Ashley Junior School. The past two centuries saw a number of minsters take up the Pastorate of Ashley Baptist Church. Each has brought their own personality to bear on the church and each in their own way has introduced changes to the services and the running of the church. The congregation numbers fluctuated over the years and now stands at over 200. The church has become much more welcoming to families and children of all ages.

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Two hundred years on the senior minister, the Rev. David John and his assistant and wife Rev. Alison John are continuing the Baptist tradition of reaching out to the community of Ashley. For more information about Ashley Baptist Church visit their website www.ashleybaptistchurch.co.uk Thanks to Alison John for providing copies of documents relating to the history of Ashley Baptist Church. Nick Saunders is a local historian who would be pleased to hear from any reader who has information relating to local history. In addition he would be interested to see any postcards or photographs of our district. Nick Saunders 01425 618549


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Lasting powers of attorney or deputyship application You may have heard the comments by retired Court of Protection Judge Denzil Lush about the risks posed by creating a lasting power of attorney (LPA). Mr Lush claimed that they provided opportunities for abuse. An LPA is a legal document that allows you to choose the people you want to make decisions on your behalf when you lack mental capacity. These people are called attorneys. Being an attorney under an LPA carries responsibilities. An attorney is being trusted to look after the person making the LPA (the donor) in relation to their finances and/or their health and care. If an individual has not made an LPA and then loses capacity it is likely that their financial affairs will need to be managed and so an application has to be made to the Court of Protection for someone to be appointed. This can be a complicated process involving numerous forms and applications. The person the court appoints is known as a deputy. Attorneys and deputies must

follow the Code of Practice of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 which means that they must always act in the donor’s best interests. If they do not then the Court can step in and remove them. An LPA cannot be used until it has been registered with the Office of the Public Guardian. Health and welfare LPA’s cannot be used until the donor lacks capacity. An application for an LPA requires that a certificate is provided by an independent third party confirming that the donor is fully aware of the effect of the LPA and that they are not being pressurised into making an LPA. The main safeguard in making any LPA remains that you should choose the right attorney to act for you. There are different safeguards if a deputy is appointed. A surety bond will need to be taken out so that if funds are misused the surety bond will provide compensation; there may be regular meetings between the deputy and a visitor appointed by the court and the court

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reviews an annual report of the financial affairs. If you seek professional help in appointing an attorney or in making an application for the appointment of a deputy then there will be fees to pay and in our experience the costs of appointing a deputy and of looking after the finances under a deputyship are significantly more than those of having an attorney. Unfortunately financial abuse can occur whether you have an attorney or a deputy. At Dixon Stewart we believe that you should still consider making an LPA. If it is made and administered diligently and correctly it does ensure peace of mind. The key is to choose the right person or persons to manage your affairs for you. This does not always have to be a family member or a friend you could appoint a professional person. If you would like to discuss LPA’s or the appointment of a deputy then please do contact us by telephone or at enquiry@dixonstewart.com


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Paul Weston Stuntman

This month in ‘Meet the Locals’ we catch up with Paul Weston, who lives in Lymington with his wife, Dolly. Paul has had a long and exciting career as a stunt man in numerous major films and TV productions. Paul was born and brought up in Edmonton, north London. On leaving school in 1955 he started a career as an engineer. One day he was stood in a grimy London factory, with blackened hands, drinking tea out of a tin. He thought to himself, “There has to be more to life than this”. In those days the London Evening Standard had a lot of jobs advertised including engineering jobs overseas. Paul decided that he would look at the situations vacant section, close his eyes and place his finger on an advert. No matter what the job was Paul was determined to apply for it. That evening, when Paul opened his eyes he was surprised to see that his finger had fallen on an advert for the London School of Charm, who required men and women to work as models. Paul phoned the school expecting to be told that he was not the right type. To his amazement he was invited along to an interview. Paul was accepted and was trained in how to be a model for fashion shows and for photographic shots. He was taught how to walk and how to react to the camera. His first job as a model was working on a photoshoot in bed with a Swedish model advertising duvets. Paul got to know a number of other people in the modelling world in 1960s London. Some of them introduced him to an agent who managed to get Paul some work as a walk on extra in TV shows such as ‘Z Cars’. He also worked with Arthur Haynes and later with Spike Milligan on the ‘Q’ shows. Other work as an extra led to Paul singing with the Beatles in the film ‘Help’ and dancing with Charlie Chaplin, Sophia Loren and Marlon Brandon in the 2 ‘The Countess from Hong Kong’. film

A turning point in Paul’s career was when he was sent to understudy for Roger Moore in ‘The Saint’ at Elstree Studios. As he stood on stage, Paul thought to himself, “Yes! This is what I want to do”. Whilst ‘The Saint’ was being filmed Paul was asked if he would be willing to be thrown through a window. He agreed. This was his first introduction to stunt work. Paul was invited back to do more stunts as Roger Moore’s double in further episodes. Paul managed to secure work as a stunt man in other iconic 1960s shows such as ‘The Avengers’ where he doubled for the character Steed and played the role of Peter Peel. At this time there was no formal training to be a stunt man. You simply had to be willing to take the risks. Owing to the lack of training and regulation

Paul was instrumental in starting up the British Stunt Register in 1968. Today the industry is highly regulated with trainees having to be qualified in at least six aspects of stunt work before they are licensed to work in the film industry. In the late 1960s Paul decided to get some formal acting training and went to Drama School where he took evening classes. He ended up touring in Berlin as part of a Shakespeare production. He also went on to tour the USA in 1970 putting on a number of different plays on University Campuses. These were 25 volatile 298 times and-at Berkley University Paul only just managed to

avoid getting caught up in an anti war riot. During the 1970s Paul was working as a stunt man on films such as ‘A Bridge Too Far’ and ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’ again working with Roger Moore. In 1979 he worked on the Bond film ‘Moonraker’. He did the stunts for the character Jaws where Paul had to jump from one moving cable car to another. In 1981 Paul was one of the many stuntmen in the film ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’. During the 1990s through to recent times Paul has worked as a stuntman or coordinated the stunts on films and TV shows such as ‘New Tricks’, ‘The Bill’, ‘Holby City’ and ‘Doc Martin’. Paul and his wife Dolly have been together since they met at school. Paul never tells Dolly what stunt work he is doing until after the event. She enjoys watching the films Paul has appeared in but does not want to watch Paul at work. They moved to Lymington in 2008 to be nearer their two daughters and three grandchildren. They are now thoroughly enjoying life in our part of Hampshire. One day Paul will have a quiet and peaceful retirement! More information on Paul and his work can be found on his website paulwestonstunts.com

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A Printmaker’s Journey - Angie Lewin. Angie Lewin’s highly recognisable prints reflect and record the time she Northwest frontier wireless station during afghan spends sketching the native flora of the clifftops and salt trouble. I am talking to Landi Kotal marshes of the North Norfolk coast and Scottish Highlands. Her distinctive imagery can be seen across a variety of mediums. Curated by the artist for Hampshire Cultural Trust, A Printmaker's Journey includes work selected from a wide range of disciplines and periods which lead us through the inspirations and affinities which have influenced her journey as a printmaker and designer. Paintings, textiles, prints, posters and ceramics by artists and designers including Eric Ravilious, Edward Bawden, Graham Sutherland and Paul Morrison are displayed alongside work from various stages of Angie’s career. C J

A very personal j selection, A (B Printmaker’s Journey is very I F (H A ) W L much Angie reflecting on her - as she (M own work and career shares with visitors the works and artists she has looked to for inspiration or personally loves.

More than sixty paintings, textiles, prints, posters and ceramics by around twenty five artists and designers are displayed alongside work from various stages of Angie’s career. Angie says “It’s a privilege to have been given the opportunity to look back at the work of the artists, craftspeople and designers )who have been significant influences from college days through to the present day. ) Curating the works that will Meeting Gordon Brown feature in the exhibition has revealed the connections between this diverse selection and how each has

inspired the development of my own work.” A Printmaker's Journey features over 60 works selected by Angie Lewin. Having originally opened in March 2017 at The Gallery, Winchester Discovery Centre, the exhibition travelled to the Sainsbury Gallery, The Willis Museum, Basingstoke (6 May – 19 July 2017) and will re-open at its third and final destination, St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, Lymington (30 Sept – 25 Nov 2017).

A Printmaker’s Journey at St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery will be open Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm and Sunday 11am – 4pm. Tickets, which include entry into the museum, cost £6 for adults, £5 for senior citizens and Clive with partner Judy on students, £3 for children aged 5ceremonial duty 15 years and £12 for a family of two adults and up to four children (including a voluntary gift aid tationdonation); Road under fives are admitted free of charge.

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Denmark Being of Danish descent, I thought it was about time I promote this beautiful country. Denmark has recently been named the happiest place on the planet and it’s a fabulous place to visit. Denmark’s capital city is Copenhagen, a truly ‘wonderful, wonderful’ city. Outdoor dining and living are high priorities in Copenhagen even when it is a little on the chilly side. All of the café’s in the cities Nyhavn area offer outdoor dining with blankets and heaters, summer and winter! Nyhavn, translated is New Harbour, a popular area of bars and restaurants where you can join boat trips around the harbour where you will see the Little Mermaid, the Royal Opera House, Royal Yacht and much more. Copenhagen is a small city which can be traversed easily by foot, bike or boat, seeing all of the sites on offer in a few days on a short break. Tivoli gardens is a must in Copenhagen any time of the year. There is a friendly and gentle vibe in the city which is full of cyclists and locals. The Christmas markets in Copenhagen are truly magical,

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found mostly within Tivoli Gardens and on Strøget (the longest pedestrian street in Europe). The whole city is beautiful at Christmas time. There is an excellent transport system in the city with trains, underground and local buses running from the airport all the way over to Sweden and Jutland. In the summer, the beaches around Copenhagen are full of friends and families enjoying the sunshine and well worth a visit. Denmark is much more than just Copenhagen and the rest of the country is beautiful, laid back and hospitable. Crossing from Zealand to Funen brings you to one of Denmark’s many islands. The small city of Odense is on Funen which was the birth place of Hans Christian Anderson. This is beautiful city, well worth a visit. From Funen you can visit many other small islands within the archipelago. Heading over onto mainland 25 298 Denmark (Jutland), there are lots of

lovely little towns and villages worth exploring taking in Aarhus and Aalborg on the way up to the northern coast and an area called Skagen. This is a beautiful part of the world, with vast white windswept beaches, small islands, inlets, heathland and forests. There are countless little fishing villages and holiday towns full of cafes, galleries and a stunning light which you get in Skagen. Denmark is a little hidden gem, with a flight time of around an hour and a quarter from London. Danes generally speak English as well as Danish and as it is in the EU, no visas are required. Currency is the Danish Kroner and there is a one hour time change from the UK. I have spent a lot of time in Denmark and would be very happy to help arrange and discuss your holiday. Please call 01590 644899 or email enquiries@milford-travel.com for more details on this wonderful country or any other holiday enquiries.


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’ October has rolled around again and the year is just flying by. Are there ever moments when you wonder where the time goes?

Will Writing If you die intestate without making a Will then all your assets will be divided and distributed according to law not your wishes, so it is worth As we all reminisce on the considering. Our team good times of summer have great connections just passed, it is also wise and can point you in the to consider planning for direction of an the future. experienced Will Writer who can assist you further Our dedicated Advisers in the creation of a Will. are experts in Inheritance Tax Planning and can help you to reduce the amount of tax paid on what you leave your loved ones when the time comes. Inheritance Tax is a charge levied on the value of your estate, as well as Gifting This area can get any gifts made within confusing as there are seven years of death. several rules regarding the size and regularity of In order to manage your gifts, as well as some estate's tax liability, planning is essential and exemptions. Our Advisers are happy to help you plan there are four key areas your gifting in such a way that our Advisers can as to minimise the tax assist you with. paid. That way your loved ones benefit the most.

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New Forest National Park News New Forest Walking Festival is back

Ovenu Walkers enjoy a New Forest Walking Festival stroll in Ashurst D-day remains, wild play activities and fascinating wildlife are just some of the treats awaiting walkers in the fifth New Forest Walking Festival.

residents and visitors since it began in 2013. More than 2,000 people attended last year’s event to gain behind the scenes knowledge of the Forest.

The festival boasts 80 guided walks led by knowledgeable local experts and early bird booking is now open online.

The National Park is a wonderful place to walk during the autumn, with flat, accessible routes that allow walkers of all ages and abilities to enjoy the Forest’s fiery foliage. Walks cover topics including:

Walks will reveal the history, heritage and wildlife of the Forest during the festival from 14 to 29 October, which includes half term week. Run by the New Forest National Park Authority with support from Forest organisations and businesses, the festival has proved popular with

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beginners • Top tips for bird watching. The New Forest Walking Festival is funded by the £4.3m Our Past, Our Future Landscape Partnership Scheme backed by the Heritage Lottery Fund to make the Forest fit for the future. The festival is run in partnership with many local organisations including the Forestry Commission, Hampshire County Council, New Forest Association, New Forest Ramblers and Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust. For full details, including booking, visit www.newforestnpa.gov.


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‘IT’ by Steven King Just in time for Halloween, this bestseller has hit the top ten list again. I am not alone in re-visiting this Stephen King classic. Fans of the fantastical will no doubt be preparing themselves for the new movie released last month. King is the master of phantasmagorical horror and his sales verify his number one place amongst authors of the genre. This is the story of a group of youngsters who each have an encounter with Pennywise the Clown, an evil, malevolent being that feeds on the fears of children. Their friendship pact brings them together thirty years later to confront their demons and end their battle with ‘IT’. A great read.

‘My not so Perfect Life’ by Sophie Kinsella This is a lovely light read. Katie has moved from Somerset and reinvented herself in London. Now her Instagram account shows a perfect existence in modern London but the reality is far less fun. Her indomitable boss Demeter has made her work life miserable and she shares a cheap flat with strange flatmates and a hellish commute to work. Life takes a turn and Katie seizes fresh opportunities to discover what she really wants, and needs, in her life. Kinsella is skilful at telling stories of our strange contemporary lives with humour, several situations make you laugh out loud. Not a heavy read but one that has great characters and a decent storyline.

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood This is another revisited classic, due to a TV adaptation earlier this year. This book is infinitely better than anything you can watch. Atwood presents a stunning, stark creation of the world within Gilead, where women are there for one purpose; to breed. The story of one woman’s journey and the harsh reality of it gives you a sense of frustration. TV land has managed to spin another season out of this story. However, read the book and you’ll understand why I prefer it up to the bitter end.

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September has seen fur growing on his head so the bald patch has nearly gone. And with the aid of Devils Claw liquid (used for horses to ease joints) and a new toy, he is back to his bouncing self, showing enthusiasm for walks and trips out in the car. You may recall the wonderful weather at the Bank Holiday weekend - it must have been good because Gary and I took our annual dip in the sea! Many people ask us if Bugle likes the sea - the answer is a definite No! During the summer we sometimes walk along the beach and I have a paddle at which point Bugle will grab my clothing with his teeth

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Verno & Admiral Jackson

Intrigue. You can’t beat it. I was intrigued by the story of an Admiral Jackson, who was not only a famed naval figure, but had been immortalised in a novel, and lived in Christchurch. So the story went. When my Christchurch book was published, I’d found out little about him, or his home, said to be, ‘up Roeshot Hill’. I mentioned him pithily. ‘Captain Frederick Marryat’s novel ‘Peter Simple’ (1834) about a young British midshipman during the Napoleonic Wars is reputed by the family to be based on the life of Admiral George Vernon Jackson, of ‘Verno’, Christchurch’. On many journeys down Roeshot Hill I clocked ‘Verno Lane’ and intended to investigate.

Peter Simple’, 1st edition title page, 1834

Jackson (1787-1876) was born in Surrey. We know that his father was a purser in the Navy, which was decidedly secondrank, maybe explaining why the admiral was evasive about his pater’s naval career. It was a fairly large family, as Jackson had four brothers (all served in the Navy) and four sisters. There wasn’t much money about as Jackson’s mother was living in poverty after Jackson Snr died. Jackson Jnr’s wealth in later life was self-made.

Jackson first went to sea, as a midshipman, aged 14, in 1801, and first saw action in the West Indies, aboard the ‘Carysfort’. More crew died from yellow fever than enemy action, but Jackson, who was afflicted, was lucky. He also survived deserting his next ship, the ‘St Lucia’ and its tyrannical captain. Jackson was still in North American waters come 1805, by now on the ‘Cleopatra’. It was the year of Trafalgar. He also went overboard when a massive wave hit his ship, but was luckily grabbed ‘by the hair’ and saved. It seems someone watched over him. Jackson soon had his first command as well, the ‘Porgey’. Reciprocation followed when Jackson leapt into the water himself to try and save a drowning man, an act of heroism which may have influenced his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in 1809. Jackson became a POW in December 1809 after an action in which his ship, the ‘Junon’, was pummelled, with 20 men killed.

Captain Frederick Marryat (1792-1848), the author of ‘Peter Simple’, by John Simpson, 1826 (National Portrait Gallery).

The name ‘Verno’ lives on with Verno Lane, Roeshot Hill.


Jackson escaped the French almost immediately, but was recaptured after 14 months on the run. Having arrived at the officers’ prison at Verdun, Jackson vamooshed again after about a week. This time he was found before he’d even got out of town. A third escape attempt also ended in failure. Jackson was moved to a more secure citadel, which he literally strolled out of, dressed in enemy uniform, brazenly acquired from his guards. At the fourth time of asking, Jackson made it home, in April 1812. Jackson joined the ‘Indefatigable’ and was most likely in North American waters when more momentous events were played out in Europe (Waterloo, 1815). He next saw action in the Battle of Algiers, in August 1816, when the Navy attacked the city to aid persecuted Christians. Jackson was aboard the ‘Hecla’, a socalled ‘bomb ketch’, or floating mortar. After this a period of

The house was destroyed by fire, so Jackson rebuilt in brick and tile. He would live at ‘Verno’ until his death in 1876.

‘Verno House’, seen from Verno Lane.

post-war stagnation set in and it appears the remainder of Jackson’s career was somewhat quieter. He was back in England in 1828, and effectively on the retired list, although this didn’t prevent him being promoted, until he became an admiral in 1875. I have read that Jackson lived at the Vicarage in Christchurch, before he acquired ‘Verno’ in 1834, which was thatched and standing in some 20 acres. It is assumed (unconfirmed) that the name is an abbreviation of Jackson’s middle name (Vernon).

I explored Verno Lane and saw a large house through trees, which turned out to be ‘Verno’ (or ‘Verno House’). The next lane as I descended Roeshot Hill took me past ‘The Lodge (Verno)’ to the house itself, which has been subdivided. As for Marryat and his book, there is some scepticism as to whether this truly was about Jackson. What I do know for sure is that Jackson is buried in St Mark’s churchyard. I need to go there next.

‘The Lodge (Verno)’

Stephen Roberts Steve Roberts’ first book, ‘Lesser Known Christchurch’, was published in August 2015, by Dorset book specialist Roving Press. He is currently working on ‘Lesser Known Bournemouth’. For more information visit the publisher’s website www.rovingpress.co.uk or the author’s website www.steveroberts.org.uk (Twitter: @SRChristchurch)

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October is a good month for taking stock of how things have gone this year and starting to make plans for what you will grow in the future. Removing spent crops exposes slugs and other such pests to birds and other garden friendly wildlife. It also gives you the chance to look after your soil and assess how the space will be used next. Crop rotation is important so if the space is to remain bare over winter it may be wise to make notes about what grew where this season. Add matter from your compost heap to newly cleared areas, either digging it in, or leaving a layer on the top where the worms will gradually incorporate it into the deeper soil over winter. If the soil is heavy leaving it bare will enable frosts to help break it up. Our soil is lighter and benefits from being covered over - we use flattened cardboard boxes which protect from the rain and also help keep the weeds at bay. You may think that it’s all too late in the year to be planting, but there are some crops that definitely need to be thought of now, and others that, given an early start now, will benefit next Spring.

protect other crops from pests, and with just a small amount of space you can grow enough to see you through the whole year! Now is definitely the time to order your garlic bulbs and they can be planted anytime between now and Christmas, but preferably not when the soil is too wet. Rather than planting all the garlic together it may pay to spread it around the plot as the strong smell can be an aid in keeping pests such as the carrot root fly away from other crops. Each garlic bulb should be separated into individual cloves and the cloves are planted with the pointed end uppermost, just below the surface, leaving about 4 inches between each one. They like well drained soil and you’ll be pleasantly surprised in the long winter days to see their green tips creeping upwards. Each clove matures into a whole new bulb. The traditional time for harvesting garlic is in June, on the longest day of the year and if properly dried and stored it will keep right through the winter. Would you like some fresh, tender, young, peas early in the Spring next year? Look out for hardy varieties that can be planted now. They can be overwintered and are able to withstand the frosts, though protection with a cloche will be appreciated. We will be starting ours in pots to keep in the polytunnel over winter ready for early planting next season.

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