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January/February 2017






To spectacular South Africa

A STEP BACK IN TIME A visit to Old Portsmouth



Strength through adversity MEETING ANDY KELSEY


Welcome to Beautiful South, the south’s premier lifestyle magazine.

Cover photo: Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, by Shaun Roster

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A new start, a fresh focus, a different approach…. The New Year is a time of rejuvenation. Inside this issue, we explore this concept through inspiring stories, people and places, past and present, discovering some of Hampshire’s true hidden gems. First and foremost, it was an absolute pleasure to meet local Invictus Games gold medallist Andy Kelsey – a man who has shown great strength through adversity and never lost sight of his ultimate aims, making for an insightful and inspiring interview. And with the New Year a perfect opportunity to focus on health and wellbeing, Kelly Barfoot of Boxxfresh explains how keeping things simple in the kitchen is the key to success, sharing her healthy eating ideas and tips. Taking a step back from our hectic lives is something we are all encouraged to do, but how do we really put this into practice? We discover the power of mindfulness and its many benefits to the body and mind.

On a journey to the coast, Southsea’s food and drink revolution is in the spotlight as we learn how this vibrant community and its array of independent eateries are really making their mark. Meanwhile, history and heritage are the focus in Old Portsmouth, home to many of the area’s best-known landmarks - a fascinating step back in time. And if you’re looking to start 2017 by planning a getaway, check out our feature on spectacular South Africa – a vast and beautiful land of contrasts which truly offers something for everyone. Our exciting, vibrant and diverse county never ceases to inspire me – and that’s what Beautiful South is all about, celebrating local life by telling the stories which make this part of the world so special. Enjoy the issue.

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THE STYLE EDIT Deep winter


INTERIORS Open plan living


HEALTH & BEAUTY Live in the moment Flower power


FOOD & DRINK Back to basics Exploring Southsea A taste of tradition

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30 THE INTERVIEW Andy Kelsey




OUTDOOR LIVING A step back in time


40 EDUCATION Making the right decision



46 TRAVEL Escape to South Africa


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Open Plan Living The open plan kitchen diner has 1. Feeling sociable? been the single most popular Some of us like to be part of the hubbub of home development in recent family life whilst cooking and to engage with guests; this is exactly what the kitchen diner years, with many of us keen to brings. Incorporating a living room as well takes combine our cooking space with this a step further and could mean an end to a separate living room, creating a cooking whilst listening to your favourite radio station or without TV intrusion. single, open-plan area. But is this the right approach, or in 10 years’ time, will we find ourselves reinstating walls and separating rooms again? Here are some suggestions that may help you to decide which way to go…

However, you can mitigate the ‘intrusion’ factor for the chef - and indeed for the ‘loungers’ - by using an L-shaped design to help zone the area or alternatively by using a clever glass or similar partition that could rise from the work top to help section off the cooking area when in use.

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3. Dirty dishes can spoil a party Dirty dishes can rather spoil a party and with the open plan kitchen diner living and entertaining space, this can be a problem. An adjacent Butler’s pantry or utility room with double sink and work top is the ideal solution, but requires significant space. Again, the partially sectioned off cooking area or a clever automated raised partition is also a good option but even a splash back of sufficient height along the length of the work top can be an effective shield.

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t n e om m The New Year: time to look forward, to take a fresh approach. For some it may mean leaving behind a challenging year, for others it’s a time for new beginnings and breaking old habits, by setting ‘resolutions’, such as getting fit. While focusing on the physical aspects of fitness is an obvious place to start, mental fitness is even more important. The practice of mindfulness enables us to deal with everyday stress and the challenges presented to us, by nurturing the qualities of gratitude and kindness, towards yourself and others – which are essential for leading a happy and fulfilling life. Yvette Jane, who runs mindfulness and meditation courses at Place of Serenity, based in Petersfield, explains: “With mindfulness you gain a greater understanding of your body’s response to stress and how the stress reaction is created. You can then deal more effectively with the stresses of your life. “A mindful approach at work enables you to manage stress effectively, gives you greater clarity and focus, and improves your communication skills. “When you learn mindfulness you can stop and be aware of the choices you have. You might have too many tasks on the go, an overload of demands on your time or a never-ending stream of anxious thoughts.

“With a couple of deep mindful breaths, a powerful pause gets you centred once more and creates a sense of spaciousness and calm.” Put simply, mindfulness gives you the tools to shift from negative reactions to positive, more resilient responses. And far from being complex or complicated, it begins with the most basic changes in our lifestyle, such as focusing on your breathing. This allows you to be present and more accepting of the situations you find yourself in.

“With a couple of deep mindful breaths, a powerful pause gets you centred once more and creates a sense of spaciousness and calm.” And of course today, we live with technology designed to constantly pull for our attention. But many scientists believe our brains were not made for this kind of information bombardment, and that it can lead to mental fatigue and burnout, requiring “attention restoration” to get back to a normal, healthy state.

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Spending time in nature is the perfect antidote to this, and a vital aspect of ‘being mindful’. It improves our awareness of the world around us, heightens our senses and allows the body and mind the chance to completely ‘switch off ’ from the stress around us. Another key element of mindfulness is gratitude. By making gratitude a part of your daily routine, you are made aware of what makes you happy and/or grateful in that moment, which supports the idea of living ‘in the present’. Creating a gratitude jar and making a list of 10 thing you’re grateful for every day are perfect places to start. Indeed, as mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe states: “The present moment is so underrated. It sounds so ordinary and yet we spend so little time in the present moment that it’s anything but ordinary…” Place of Serenity are running a mindfulness taster session for beginners on Saturday 14th January. To find out more, call 01730 261940 or visit

Flower power Henry Ascoli discovers how harnessing the natural powers of flower essences has seen a local business blossom… Nature’s Wish, based in Liphook, produce a range of flower essences, combining them into natural beauty products with essential oils, carefully chosen to extract the many benefits from the natural essential oils and the flower and crystal essences. Amy Murphy-Watts, founder of Nature’s Wish, explains: “Nature’s Wish began with flower and crystal essences in 2010. I started by making the essences for me and my family to use, but quite quickly the circle widened to friends and then their friends, and so Nature’s Wish began. “Flower essences are wonderful to help bring you back from your negative to your positive, to help release yourself from destructive patterns of behaviour and fantastic for stress and anxiety. They are taken in drop form, in the same way that Bach Rescue Remedy is used.”

During recent years, Amy has focused on developing the product range to allow people to access the essences in different ways and create more holistic products focused on wellbeing, and last year picked up the award Natural Health International Beauty Awards for her Balance face oil: a combination of organic skin-nourishing oils rich in essential nutrients, antioxidants and vitamins.

With every success, Amy’s enthusiasm seems to grow, her passion for the business and its products evident in all she does: “Nature’s Wish is growing all the time, with more people becoming familiar with the essences. It’s so wonderful to see. “I am currently working on other aromatherapy blends in the sprays to go with the rest of the range of combination essences. But I am also focussing on the flower essence workshops that I run every couple of months. These are informative and great fun, as there is a learning aspect followed by a practical element in the afternoon, where you get to put together your own combination essence.

“Flower essences are wonderful to help bring you back from your negative to your positive”

the January blues always presents something of a challenge. So what would Amy recommend? “Instead of making a resolution, try setting an intention. Resolutions are easily broken and then there’s that feeling of not having come up to the expectations you have set for yourself. To say to yourself ‘I intend to…..’ is far more powerful. “For anyone can feel quite down in January, Joy is a wonderful essence to help enable you to see the lighter side of life again. You could try the spray, body oil, roll on or essence, whichever way you feel drawn to use the essences.

“I am also putting together Nature’s Wish Training, to allow therapists to become practitioners and use the essences within their practices.”

“I have just released a new essence called Aphrodite, which is to enable us to see love in all we do and in those people we may have difficulty with. There is a lot of fear around at the moment, with all that is going on in the world. So to move away from fear and move towards kindness and love is a good thing…”

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basics Christmas is over. The turkey’s been eaten, the Prosecco has run dry and we’re into our next annual ritual: The New Year health kick. While eating well can be a challenge, there’s no need to overcomplicate things. Instead, it’s all about focusing on three key things: fresh, seasonal and local, and also getting creative in the kitchen.

Shop locally Here in Hampshire, we’re blessed with an array of high quality, independent producers, all of whom are championing the cause of buying fresh, direct from the producer. By visiting your local Hampshire Farmers’ Market or farm shop, you have the opportunity to buy as fresh as possible – whether this is a steak or salad, the nutritional value of the food in question will be much higher as a result, not to mention the reduction in food miles.

Changing with the seasons Next, think seasonal. It may be bleak outside, but during January and February there are plenty of colourful ingredients to throw into healthy recipes – opt for butternut squash, purple sprouting broccoli, carrots, cauliflower and parsnips in nutritional soups. In terms of fish and seafood, mussels, skate and salmon are at their best at this time of year. For the days where you need something with a little more substance, roasted or stewed duck and lamb works wonders, and winter fruits can be incorporated into cakes and crumbles.

Many of these ingredients not only offer the obvious nutritional benefits, but help the body and mind through winter’s dark days. Foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish, help to keep your blood pressure down and improve your mood, while roasting vegetable caramelises their natural sugars – satisfying your sweet tooth without encouraging you to dive for the biscuit tin or unhealthy dessert. But it’s not only about sourcing healthy ingredients, but finding easy, quick recipes which will encourage you to embrace fresh food all year round. For some simple recipes with a local twist, including Venison steak, winter coleslaw and vegan chilli, check out the Hampshire Farmers’ Markets website (www.hampshirefarmersmarkets.

ALL ABOUT TIME Another key factor which can affect your New Year health kick is time – or rather, shortage of it. A perfect solution to this age-old problem is the slow cooker, which offers a healthier, low-fat method of cooking and requires the minimum amount of effort. For many dishes, particularly soups and stews, you really can just throw all the ingredients in.

Ideally you want to choose recipes where most, if not all, of the ingredients can be added at the beginning, leaving you free to do other things. However in most cases, pasta, rice and fresh herbs will need to be added towards the end. And finally, if you’re trying to cut down on alcohol this new year, you don’t have to just drink water. Seedlip is the world’s first non-alcoholic spirit; low in sugar and flavoured with cardamom, pimento berries, lemon and grapefruit peel, it’s perfect for your New Year health kick. Find out more at

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Exploring From quirky cafes to fine dining, Southsea’s historic streets are bursting with independent eateries just waiting to be discovered… Inspired by the thriving arts, music and culture scene, small food and drink businesses are flourishing in Southsea, as the community embraces the concept of ‘thinking outside the box’ and taking a fresh, innovative approach to dining. Leading the way is Restaurant 27 on South Parade, where chef patron Kevin Bingham creates a delicate blend of classic gastronomic cuisine with modern flavours, sourcing many ingredients from local suppliers and focusing on creating an exceptional dining experience. This epitomises the approach of many fellow independent establishments, whose focus is not simply on providing great food, but showing attention to detail with every aspect of the customer’s experience and demonstrating a desire to do things a little differently. In Castle Road, Monty’s is an English-style restaurant which presents British classics in an exciting way through seasonal menus, while also sourcing locally-made furniture, art, and signage to create a beautifully inviting interior. Darren Swann, the executive head chef at Monty’s, explains: “We are passionate about the changing seasons and fresh foods that are in tune with the land.

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“Traditionally, the best cuisine for any region was based on local produce that is available at a particular time of year. Our own traditions of cooking followed the cycles of the year, recognising that the freshest produce makes the best ingredients and for this reason a truly seasonal cuisine is our goal at Monty’s.” Another establishment earning plenty of attention, Cheese & Cheers in Osborne Road is a true Parisian-style café in the heart of Southsea, serving French sweet and savoury breakfasts, an extensive range of speciality teas and farmhouse juices all the way from Normandy. Cheese & Cheers also offers cheese slates, featuring a selection of cheeses accompanied by freshly-cooked breads - a real favourite with both first-time customers and regular visitors. Similarly popular venue with the locals, the Garage Lounge has taken the allday café concept to Southsea, offer a contemporary twist on home style cooking, all in a relaxed, antique setting. A perfect place to catch up with friends, pop in for a coffee or escape the hustle and bustle of the city. But perhaps the best-known product of Southsea’s food revolution is recent years is Pie & Vinyl, which combines a passion for music with one of the nation’s favourite traditional comfort foods in Castle Road, sourcing many ingredients locally – including pies from Buckwells of Southsea.

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Photos from top: Pie & Vinyl - one of the biggest successes of Southsea’s food revolution. At Restaurant 27 chef patron Kevin Bingham focuses on every aspect of the dining experience. Right Photo: The Garage Lounge offers a retreat from the hectic city.

means a taste of tradition and luxury. Dukes Bar offers truly stunning views across Southsea Common and the Solent, while Libby’s Lounge, with its panelled walls, comfortable sofas and leather chairs has the feel of a ‘Gentleman’s Club’ from yesteryear. A quiet corner and the perfect place to unwind with a drink of your choice. Another prime location to experience striking views across the Solent, British dishes and international favourites are on the menu at the bright and modern Holiday Inn Portsmouth, with a restaurant refurbishment planned for the spring.


On the surface a blissfully simple concept, Pie & Vinyl has taken Southsea by storm, while also attracting interest from much further afield courtesy of the recent resurgence of vinyl. And of course, there’s even a pie dedicated to Portsmouth: ‘The Porksea Islander’, featuring British Pulled Pork with fennel seeds and a caramelised onion chutney topped with double crispy crackling. Everywhere you turn, Southsea’s history, heritage and diversity are incorporated into its food and drink offerings, and at The Queen’s Hotel, this

Southsea’s array of mouth-watering eateries not only provide something to suit every palette, but represent a desire to achieve more than simply serving fantastic food. It is about offering an unique experience, making the most of local ingredients and suppliers but also showing creative flair at every opportunity.

Courtesy of its wealth of independent eateries, this vibrant community really is making waves.

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Beautiful South’s Henry Ascoli discovers the Blue Bell Inn’s key ingredients to success…

Everywhere you turn, the pub’s proud heritage and its connections to Emsworth’s fishing community are in evidence, only serving to add to the Blue Bell’s homely feel – everyone is welcome.

Just a stone’s throw from Emsworth Quay, the Blue Bell Inn is one of those rare finds: A traditional pub at the heart of the community which has stayed true to its roots: buying local, serving local.

Settling at our table near the bar, we deliberate over the menu and glance up at the specials board. Renowned for its fantastic fish dishes, throughout the Blue Bell’s menu, pub classics feature alongside more creative dishes, always with a local twist.

A free house, the Blue Bell has been owned by the Babb family since 1994 and is currently owned by Giles Babb, who greets us warmly as we step inside, escaping a cold winter’s evening on the quay.

In part as an antidote to the bleak midwinter, we both opt for curried parsnip soup to start, served with parsnip crisps, curry oil and local bread from Southbourne Farm Shop (pictured above). Warming and comforting, with just enough of a spicy kick, this left us wanting more. Even with such a simple dish, Giles and his team demonstrated attention to detail – the beautifully fresh local bread in a mini chip serving basket a nod to the pub’s seafaring connections. For my main course, I turn to the Specials Board and opt for smoked haddock. Served on a bed of mash with wilted spinach, poached egg and cheese sauce, this dish certainly lives up to expectation. The smooth, creamy sauce and mash a fine contrast to the fish, which falls from the fork, the flavours complementing one another beautifully. Across the table, my partner enjoys pan roasted duck breast with dauphinoise potato, cranberry

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and mulled wine sauce (pictured left), a delicate blend of savoury and sweet and a real hearty winter dish to savour. After eyeing the dessert board throughout our meal, we both opt for a something sweet to finish. For me, Montezuma’s dark chocolate and Wodehouse ale cake with malted cream proves too tempting to resist, and the Chichester-based chocolatier’s cocoa works wonders with a hint of the full-bodied ale.

“RENOWNED FOR ITS FISH DISHES, THE BLUE BELL’S MENU FEATURE PUB CLASSICS, ALONGSIDE MORE CREATIVE DISHES, ALWAYS WITH A LOCAL TWIST.” Meanwhile, my partner samples caramel panna cotta with home-made ginger cake, describing the dessert as smooth, creamy and indulgent, the sharp ginger not overpowering, but instead bringing a spicy twist to the dish. If you’re looking for a taste of tradition, the Blue Bell Inn should be your first port of call. Fantastic food, served without pretence - but with plenty of passion. The epitome of the Great British pub. The Blue Bell Inn, 01243 373394,

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SET FOR THE SLOPES If you’re heading for a winter sports holiday this year, here are some reasons to prepare like the pros: The heart and lungs work harder at altitude, so increasing fitness in advance will improve your endurance, meaning more time on the slopes. The intensity of skiing and boarding can cause muscle soreness which can spoil the fun, so build them up before you travel. Injuries are (unfortunately) not uncommon, but the risk is reduced by being stronger and fitter. So, here are some simple fitness tips: • Do strength exercises that replicate the sport - exercises such as squats, lunges, rows and side bends are ideal • Stick to high repetition and low weight with very few breaks, to build up the cardio fitness at the same time

• If you have a piece of fitness equipment, use it at varying intensity levels to stimulate endurance • Give yourself a target - perhaps a four-week plan with the aim of doubling your output by week four. However little you manage, it will help when you hit the slopes, so start today! If you plan to train at home, your local fitness equipment provider can offer advice and supply any kit you may need. Everything from a 6kg Kettlebell, available at £11.99, to a full home gym. Call Fit Hire on 01730 825050 for more information.

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Charging ahead FIRST DRIVE: 2017 BMW I3 AND I3 REX (94AH) By Wayne Gorrett BMW has upgraded its i3 electric car range for 2017. But at first glance you’d be hardpressed to spot the difference, as BMW have secreted away the upgrades literally under the carpet. As before, the car’s battery bank lies under the floor, but the new 94Ah (ampere-hour) suffix denotes the amount of power those batteries can store. Whereas the previous BMW i3’s held only 60Ah, the new 94Ah models store half that much again, offering an encouraging 50% increase in the all-electric range to 195 miles. Go for the petrol-powered range extender (REx) version and BMW says you’ll be looking at a reassuring 276 miles from a single charge. Despite the additional range, the technical dimensions of the new battery pack are exactly the same as its predecessor.

As far as real-world distance figures go, it would be safe to anticipate approximately 160 and 220 miles respectively, which is still very impressive. Remember, in a city or semi-urban environment, there’s more frequent regenerative braking taking place than that experienced out on the motorway. On the i3 REx, the range extender motor delivers a maximum output of 38hp and powers a generator in order to produce electricity. The 2017 i3 94Ah also benefits from improved efficiency and DC rapid-charge as standard. AC charging is now multi-phase allowing charging of 3.7, 7.4 or 11 kW, this represents a 50% increase compared to the previous BMW i3 60Ah. You definitely wouldn’t miss the BMW i3 on the road. It is quite funky and draws admiring looks from passers-by. With the environment in mind, every effort has been made to keep it as light as

possible and the choice of materials reflect that. On the road, it’s interesting – but in a good way. It’s no sporty B-road slayer but it is no shrinking violet either. It is sharp and zippy with 250Nm of seamless torque available as soon as you prod the accelerator. The sprint from 0-62mph takes 7.3 seconds - much the same as a Mazda MX-5. Enter a corner with a tad too much enthusiasm and the car’s height, narrow tyres and frontwheel drive layout make it roll and understeer, but the trade-off is ride quality. It’s a comfortable machine, with suspension that’s firm without being jarring, and soft seats that offer more support than you’d expect just from looking at them. The one-touch accelerator slows the car down quickly as soon as you ease off the power – and will do so even to a stop. The strong (but adjustable) regenerative braking takes some getting used to but is easy enough to figure out in just a few miles. Indeed, with due diligence of the road conditions ahead, you could drive this car with just the accelerator pedal. In a bid to reassure buyers who may be nervous about living with unfamiliar electric drive technology, BMW provides an eight-year and 100,000-mile warranty for the lithium-ion battery pack. The rest of the car – including the electric power system and the motor itself - is covered by a standard three-year guarantee, much like the rest of the BMW range. The new BMW i3 makes a great second car for anyone who regularly drives into the city centre, but even with the extra range, it’s of limited use as a tourer. Nonetheless, if you want a nippy, environmentally friendly hatchback to complement your main set of wheels, but don’t want to sacrifice the premium feel, the upgraded BMW i3 is the car for you.




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Strength through adversity Interview by Henry Ascoli


ometimes the most successful people in life are defined not by their achievements, but instead by their attitude and approach to overcoming obstacles, in showing strength through adversity.

Andy Kelsey is a perfect example of just that. Passionate about sport from an early age, Andy discovered his love of cycling on local routes around Haslemere, such as Gibbett Hill and Marley Common. Always one for a challenge, his first experience of being pushed to the limit involved tackling the South Downs Way as a teenager, cycling 80 miles in just two days. But after being injured while in the line of duty for the RAF, resulting in damage to his spinal cord, paralysis of all four limbs and a minor brain injury, it was uncertain whether Andy would ever ride a bike again, let alone compete in any kind of competition. Now the proud owner of three Invictus Games medals, the latter a gold achieved in the cycling time trials at last year’s competition in Florida, Andy’s story is one of dedication and determination to achieve success against the odds. “Sport has always been an important aspect of my life, but it now has an added importance because it enables me to live as normal a life as possible - without sport, the effects of my injuries would be much worse,” Andy explains.

The word ‘Invictus’ means ‘unconquered’. It embodies the fighting spirit of the wounded, injured and sick service personnel and what these tenacious men and women can achieve, post injury. “Obviously the military connection played a big part in convincing me to get involved,” Andy comments. “Of course the Games are hugely competitive and everyone wants to do the best they can, but there’s also that camaraderie associated with the Forces and a great spirit to the Games. While not as rigorous as the Paralympics, training for the Invictus Games demanded Andy’s total focus and attention.


“Following rehabilitation at Headley Court, Leatherhead, I joined the Great Britain Cycling Team and was invited to attend trials for the first Invictus Games.” The Invictus Games, the brainchild of Prince Harry, was set up to challenge wounded, sick or injured service personnel, and those who have left the armed forces, to strive for sporting excellence and prove that, beyond injury, they can achieve extraordinary things.

“My friends and family have been a great support throughout my rehabilitation and made a lot of sacrifices to allow me to train for the event,” Andy explains. “The University of Surrey, where I work, were also very understanding of my training, and allowed me to use some of the superb facilities at the Surrey Sports Park. “But it was an incredible experience, to be able to take my wife and little girl, Elsa, out to Florida with me – and my parents also flew out to join us. That made the whole Games even more special for me – and Elsa had a wonderful time meeting all the Disney characters!” And for the next challenge?

“This year’s Invictus Games take place in Toronto, and I’ve not decided whether or not to take part,” Andy comments. “For now, I’d like to keep my focus more local, by setting up my own coaching business, Andy Kelsey Coaching. There are so many talented riders of all ages out there, and my aim is to play a part in giving them the encouragement and skills to succeed, whether that’s in competition or simply to enjoy cycling locally.” Find out more about Andy Kelsey Coaching at

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A step back in time... Historic homes, quaint tea rooms and traditional pubs flank the cobbled streets of Old Portsmouth, the point from which today’s sprawling south coast city was born.


nce a hive of vice and debauchery, today Old Portsmouth is an ideal place to experience the quiet life. As the city’s original home, Old Portsmouth features a host of historical attractions and landmarks, including the Round Tower, Royal Garrison Church and Portsmouth Cathedral. Everywhere you turn in Old Portsmouth, the city’s Naval history is brought to the fore, most notably at the Spur Redoubt - the point where Nelson left Portsmouth to join Victory for the Battle Of Trafalgar in 1805. Built around 1418 to defend the entrance to Portsmouth Harbour and prevent raids on the city by French ships, today the Round Tower plays host to Hotwalls Studios, where artists and design-makers can begin their creative ventures. Meanwhile, the Square Tower is one of the oldest surviving parts of Portsmouth’s fortifications, built in 1494 to defend the city and harbour, and still maintains a number of its original Tudor features. Another prominent Portsmouth landmark, the Cathedral and its turrets act as a beacon for ships entering and leaving the port. In the Navy aisle is an inscribed stone marking the place where bones recovered from the wreck of

the Mary Rose were interred, carved with the words ‘May they rest in peace 19th July 1984’. In Penny Street, the oldest British Garrison Church in the world can be found. Dating back to 1212, the Royal Garrison Church survived not only the dissolution of religious houses by Henry VIII, but also a German bombing raid in 1941, when the Nave of the church was gutted, but the Chancel was saved. On the eastern side of the narrow harbour entrance is Portsmouth Point or ‘Spice Island’ – so called not only because it was where spices were imported to the city, but also due to the district’s seedy reputation in the past. Portsmouth Point was commonly abbreviated to “Po’m. P.” in ships’ logbooks, which gave rise to the nickname of ‘Pompey’ for not only the city, but its naval base and football club. Today, this area includes Camber Dock, the city’s oldest commercial docks and home to Portsmouth’s inshore fishing fleet - some 20 to 30 vessels landing fresh fish and shellfish on a daily basis. It also now welcomes seafaring vessels of a very different kind, as the home of Ben

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Ainslie’s Land Rover BAR team headquarters. Opened in 2015, this state-of-the-art, carbon neutral building, forms a striking presence on the seafront – a perfect example of the redevelopment of the harbour and Old Portsmouth’s naval heritage playing a part in its future.

Around every corner, there is another piece in the jigsaw of Old Portsmouth: fascinating history and heritage on our doorstep.

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Keeping things

fresh Henry Ascoli discovers how a young and vibrant local company is aiming to inspire people to get creative in the kitchen and incorporate fresh, local produce into their diets…

Boxxfresh, based in Titchfield, Hampshire, deliver bespoke veg boxes all year round, fresh from the farm to your front door.

not only using a lot of fresh produce, but changing perceptions and ensuring healthy eating is as convenient as possible for everyone.

They also offer inspiration for their customers to cook easy, healthy and, above all, tasty meals using their Boxxfresh veg, posted weekly on the Boxxfresh blog.

Kelly explains: “Everybody understands that eating more fruit and veg is going to be a healthier choice. Convenience is one challenge, but the other is almost certainly knowledge and confidence. Once people have overcome this and have the competence to create really easy and tasty dishes, suddenly a gateway is opened to a world of possibilities…”

Launched in 2016 by Kelly Barfoot and her husband Jon, Boxxfresh was inspired by the family’s farming heritage and their passion for cooking with quality fresh produce. The business has gone from strength to strength during the last year, with the team now expanding to assist Kelly with everything from creating new recipes, to trade events and raising awareness of the importance of fresh, local produce; with minimum food miles and maximum taste. “Being married into a vegetable farming family certainly kick-started my interest in fresh produce,” Kelly explains. “Knowledge gained from the farming side, in terms of growing seasons and how to taste the difference in quality, was a real advantage when I began cooking and developing recipes.” Kelly has developed her food philosophy whilst raising three children, allowing them to appreciate and understand the value of fresh produce on their plates as they grow up. This perfectly represents the aims of Boxxfresh, whose mantra ‘Love life, live well’ is based around

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“It comes down to having a healthy relationship with food, a confidence to prepare your own meals, a sensible approach to eating a diet with plenty of fresh produce and an active lifestyle.”

“WE HAVE A REAL PASSION FOR WHAT WE DO, AND WE HOPE THAT IS REFLECTED IN OUR APPROACH.” “We have a real passion for what we do, and we hope that is reflected in our approach. At the end of the day, looking after yourself and eating well is a lifestyle choice; it just takes a bit of planning. At Boxxfresh we aim to make this choice as simple as possible for people to do. ” For seasonal recipe inspiration, check out the Boxxfresh blog: For more details, email or call 07731470966.

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Functional Diagnostic Medicine Functional Diagnostic Medicine, is by no means a new concept, the origins date back to Hippocrates and his famous quote “Let food be thy medicine …”. It is a scientific, yet totally natural, way to achieve and maintain optimum health.

“Our bodies are as complex and

diverse as our personalities and should be treated as such.”

Precise, non-invasive, laboratory testing uncovers the root cause of the problem, assesses symptoms, dysfunctions and imbalances and treats these using diet, nutritional supplements, sleep patterns and lifestyle changes, including stress reduction.

This may sound like something your Grandparents would have preached and to a great extent this is true, however, with the added benefit of modern science, laboratory tests show in precise detail what to include, what to avoid and the respective ratios, holistically treating the cause and not the symptoms. The ethos is simply based on the truth that our bodies are as complex and diverse as our personalities and should be treated as such. Practitioners look at the body as a whole and each patient as unique. There is no ‘one size fits all’. It is a close, therapeutic partnership between practitioner and patient. You can expect to spend a great deal more time with your functional medicine practitioner than you would with a GP. Initial consultations

are generally about an hour and a half, with subsequent visits at approximately an hour, ongoing phone and email access is the norm. Patient empowerment is at the root of the beliefs and an experienced practitioner will take time to ensure that patients fully understand all causes and implications and, more importantly, will ensure that their patient is fully educated to be able to take control of their own long term health. In the next issue we will examine Adrenal Fatigue, what it is and why it can impact not just your quality of life, but your overall wellbeing.


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From pre-school to college, choosing the best education is undoubtedly one of the biggest decisions you will make for your child. But by carefully considering each aspect of the school experience, you can ensure your child receives an education of the highest standard, allowing them to prepare for the future both academically and socially… Not all children have the same needs and abilities. Some flourish best in a more competitive environment. Others do better in a smaller, more homely setting where the emphasis is more on nurturing creative and communication skills than aiming for Oxbridge. There is no one best school that suits all children equally.

Making the

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the school will offer support in weaker areas, while encouraging them to pursue their interests.

Firstly, consider your child’s interests, whether that be traditional subjects or more practical vocations, and look into the school’s allocation of resources to these different fields. Also think about your child’s strengths and weaknesses to ensure

Next, look into what type of school would best suit your child – a large school which encourages them to be independent, or would they benefit more from a more close-knit, nurturing community?

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If you are considering sending your child to an independent school, look into your budget, as fees vary hugely. Also look into the cost of school trips or extra-curricular activities, some of which may be essential to your child’s enjoyment and general wellbeing at school. If available, scholarships or bursaries can have a big impact on the affordability of your favoured school.

Having finalised your short-list of schools, you should definitely pay a visit. As schools are all about people and atmosphere, this could play a key part in the decision-making process.

Location is also vital – look into school bus routes, options for car sharing, and any other travel links. When a school benefits from a more rural location, this is not such a pressing issue, but commuting into a busy town or city can present a challenge. Look into the timetable and extra-curricular activities - when do sports practices and fixtures take place, and how would these fit in with work or family commitments?

Visiting on an open day is a good start point, but remember a school is putting on a show on these days and there is little opportunity to meet personally with key staff to ask your own individual questions. It is far better to call the admissions department and book an individual appointment to visit on a normal school day, so that you can see the school in the way it operates on a day-to-day basis.

THE FINAL CHOICE Following your school visits, you will likely have a front runner. It may be the school that felt warm and welcoming as soon as you arrived or that you particularly liked the staff you met or the

way they were interacting with the pupils during class. Whatever the reason for your ‘feeling’, this typically leads to the correct school choice. There are so many things to keep in mind when choosing a school at any stage of your child’s education, so seeking advice from a reputable, experienced educational consultant may give you peace of mind and support the family in making such an important decision. But above all, your child’s health and happiness will ultimately come first, and it’s about finding a school in which they can truly thrive.

MAKING THE NEXT STEP… When it comes to helping your child on the next step of their journey, as they head off to college and further education, the role of the parent is more to guide, assist and encourage. Consider several key factors: the range of college choices available, your child’s interests or career ambitions at this stage, and also their level of independence. Many students drop their passion — such as athletics, music and drama — when choosing a college, simply because the college in question does not offer what they want. In this instance, asking the right questions is key, and open days, which take place from October right through to February, are an ideal opportunity to do just that. If your son or daughter is leaving a small school where the range of subjects is limited, this may encourage them to look at larger colleges, including specialist or further education colleges, and if they are at a single sex school, they may wish to move to a mixed sixth form. As with choosing a school, consider the level of challenge and support offered to your child and whether this will help them get the very most out of the college experience. Even more important than at school, the social aspect of college can have a big impact on your child – but the right college will allow your child the freedom to express themselves, which in turn leads to greater confidence, enjoyment, and ultimately, academic achievement.

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Learning should be active, meaningful and purposeful By Jo Webbern, Head of Bedales Pre-prep, Dunannie

Bedales Pre-prep school, Dunannie teaches vital life skills through the fostering of creativity, individuality and contact with the natural world. Bedales was established in 1893 by founder John Haden Badley as a humane alternative to the authoritarian regimes of late-Victorian public schools. Badley believed that children should be encouraged to be curious and spontaneous, and be allowed to flourish independently and guided only when necessary. Learning should be an active, meaningful and purposeful experience. Since moving to Steep in 1899, the Bedales Schools have continued to flourish and innovate. Dunannie puts an emphasis on children making real, healthy, independent choices

without being bound to a strict text. For instance, a lesson might involve children wandering the 120 acres of parkland at the Bedales estate, looking at vegetation, the farm, animals, seeing changes in the environment with their own eyes, and taking their own cameras and documenting what they have found. The children are also encouraged to engage with the local community and wider national and international matters. At harvest time, children support food banks and deliver goods to care homes. As they grow older and continue up the school, such involvement can continue and get deeper. Dunannie sets a high bar when it comes to preparing its pupils for the real world –

for example, the development of skills in English and Science. We remember we are teaching children. Of course their learning, development and subsequent progression is at the core of everything we do, but it is also crucial to maintain a sense of childhood.

“Dunannie puts an emphasis on children making real, healthy, independent choices without being bound to a strict text.” We believe that minds – especially children’s minds – are inspired by more than just being told about things. They must experience things for themselves and engage the senses – the head, the hand and the heart. Dunannie Nursery and Pre-prep welcomes individual visits. There are also open mornings for Bedales Prep School, Dunhurst on 25 February 2017 and for Bedales Senior School on 4 February 2017. For more information, visit or contact Registrar, Janie Jarman; tel: 01730 711733; email:

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. . . e p a c s E to South Africa South Africa is renowned for its breathtaking scenery, array of wildlife and large range of activities. Discover why this fascinating destination is one of our favourites…

A vast and beautiful land of contrasts, South Africa offers spectacular experiences for all who go. Along with amazing scenery, visitors will discover an abundance of natural wildlife, friendly locals, world-class hotels, fantastic food and plentiful vineyards – there’s something to offer everyone. One of the best starting points is the capital city of Cape Town, where in just a few days you can explore majestic Table Mountain, watch the penguins play at Boulders Beach and visit iconic Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned. Take your pick from the many incredible hotels in the area and don’t

forget to take advantage of the amazing food at the choice of restaurants along the V&A waterfront, followed by fantastic sundowner cocktails. One of the best things about South Africa is the incredible value, and the country is growing in popularity due to a favourable exchange rate at the moment. In the latest Post Office Travel Money 2016 report, the bustling and vibrant city of Cape Town was revealed as one of the best long-haul destinations for value when it came to tourist items, including drinks and meals.

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Adventure is also a huge part of this amazing country - a wildlife safari is top of most visitors’ lists and the world famous Game Reserves such as Kruger and the Eastern Cape are some of the best places to spot the ‘Big Five’. During a morning game drive, listen for lions, rhino, elephants, giraffes and cheetahs waking up and keep your eyes peeled as the sun rises for the chance to catch them in their natural habitat, a magical start to any day. If you’re keen to sample a taste of the finest wines in the area then there’s no better place than Stellenbosch. Set in the heart of the Winelands with an impressive reputation for

the very best grapes, no visit would be complete without trying the local produce. You can indulge at one of the many beautiful wine estates or vineyards and relax at some of the finest hotels, the perfect place to unwind and admire the beautiful sunsets. There are also plenty of opportunities to discover the country’s rich heritage, taking in the wealth of history and culture which South Africa has to offer. This includes guided tours of the fascinating Swazi Villages, Drakensberg Mountains and Rorke’s Drift Battlefields. Alternatively, beach lovers will be more than at home on the glorious golden sands of Durban – an ideal destination to end your South African itinerary. Our tailor-made South African itineraries are put together by TRAVELplanners South Africa experts, each offering the perfect introduction to the country’s main highlights. Choose from our action-packed Cape Town, Winelands, Garden Route and Eastern Cape itineraries; an escorted Glimpses of South Africa tour; Classic Cape Town; or our self-drive Battlefields and Wildlife tour. Alternatively, contact us to create your own incredible South Africa holiday.

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JANUARY Monday 9th January – Sunday 5th February, Hinton Ampner House & Garden


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Climb aboard HMS Warrior 1860 for a special celebration of Scotland’s most famous Bard. There will be traditional fayre and entertainment throughout the ship, finishing with a Ceilidh band on the Officer’s Half Deck. 023 9277 8600,

Thursday 2nd February, Chawton

Saturday 28th January, Winchester

Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th February, Petersfield


Join the mayor of Winchester for the annual quiz in aid of the Mayor of Winchester’s

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‘Life is a Magic Lanthorn’: The Lives of Hester Lynch Thrale Piozzi, talk by Dr Sophie Coulombeau (Cardiff University). 01420 541010,


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things by offering signature cocktails for a discount and hosting special events and parties. There’s also the opportunity to learn more about the spirits that go into your cocktails – as well as trying new drinks – right across the city with exclusive masterclasses for wristband holders.

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Join a celebration in the Great Round House as the farm is brought back to life after the winter. Learn the background to Imbolc, watch the ceremonial fire lighting and enjoy story-telling and singing. 023 9259 8838,

Saturday 4th February, Winchester Cathedral


Standing beside the grave of Jane Austen and reflecting on the life of this great author is a moving experience. This tour by specialist Cathedral guides includes insights into Jane’s life and connections within Hampshire, with a walk through the Cathedral Close to the house on College Street where she died and time at her grave. 01962 857200,

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WINCHESTER COCKTAIL WEEK Across the city, cafes, bars, restaurants and shops will be getting into the swing of

Friday 24th – Saturday 25th February, Alton

ALTON WINTER BEER FESTIVAL The beer festival is held in aid of local charities at Alton College. There will be an average of 40 different ales, mainly from micro breweries. Also wines, lagers, food and music available at both sessions. 01420 89418,

Friday 24th – Saturday 25th February, Petersfield


Fantastic cooled real ale, lager and cider from all across the region backed up with quality live music and great hot food.

LOCAL LIFE MILITARY CONNECTIONS A specially-commissioned commemorative print has been presented to the City of Winchester by the Adjutant General’s Corps to mark their ‘Freedom of Entry’ to the City. The print is taken from an original painting depicting the Adjutant General’s Corps exercising their rights of the Freedom of Entry by parading through the streets in October 2015. Colonel Adjutant General’s Corps, Colonel Frances Castle ADC, made the presentation, which was accepted on behalf of the city by The Mayor of Winchester, Cllr Jane Rutter. Photo courtesy of Winchester City Council

AWARDS SUCCESS The Hampshire Food Festival earned acclaim at Tourism South East’s ‘Beautiful South Awards’, as Hampshire Fare was awarded Bronze for Tourism Event of the Year. Held at the Hilton at the Ageas Bowl, the awards were presented by TV and radio celebrity Toby Anstis, with Wallops Wood Cottages, Careys Manor, The Watercress Line, Packridge Farm, The Montagu Arms, Forest Holidays, The Old Vine, Riverside Lifestyle and more all collecting awards.

COMMUNITY CALENDAR Emsworth showed its community spirit once more with the Emsworth Life ONE Day Calendar 2017. The calendar, sold by the Emsworth Business Association (EBA), aims to celebrate life in the town in pictures. Every picture was chosen from ‘Emsworth Life – ONE day’, a monthly photographic competition open to everyone which captured Emsworth, its heritage, its people and its day-to-day life. Local MP Alan Mak showed his support for the community venture during a visit to see EBA chairman Giles Babb at the Blue Bell Inn. All money raised from the sales of the calendars went towards the Emsworth branch of the RNLI, Emsworth Primary School and St. James’ Primary School.

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Contributors Issue 5 January/February 2017

Managing Director Denise Lloyd Editor Henry Ascoli Account Manager Linsay Hawkes Internal Sales Jo Jacob Designer Zoe Mirza

Proudly published by BS Publications Limited, trading as Beautiful South. Sales team: Designer: Editor: Tel: 01730 260746 Address: Beautiful South, Unit 1 Viceroy Court Bedford Road, Petersfield, Hampshire, GU32 3LJ BS Publications Limited cannot accept responsibility for unsolicited submissions, manuscrips and photographs. While every care is taken, prices and details are subject to change and BS Publications Limited takes no responsibility for omissions or errors. We reserve the right to publish and edit any letters. All rights reserved.

Shaun Roster

Yvette Jane

Wayne Gorrett

A full time serviceman in the Royal Navy, Shaun is a self-taught professional photographer in his spare time. Now based in Portsmouth, he enjoys capturing the local landscape, coastal scenery and on-water action around the Solent.

A mindfulness and meditation coach based in Petersfield, Yvette is the author of a range of wellbeing books including ‘Mindfulness for Every Day’ and ‘Mindfulness for Mums’. Her mission is to help people find their own place of serenity and be empowered by peace.

UK and international automotive writer, Wayne scribes first-drive impressions and attends UK and EU new car launches. He also reports on events such as Goodwood Revival, Festival of Speed and Carfest.

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