COMPLIMENTARY STYLE •
HEALTH & BEAUTY
• GENTLEMAN’S NOTEBOOK • THE INTERVIEW
• FOOD & DRINK
• OUTDOOR LIVING • EVENTS
The wonders of
Local gardens reveal their beauty
This season’s beauty trends
HELEN PATTINSON OF MONTEZUMA’S
BRING THE OUTSIDE IN
F O R D I A M O N D S , F O R WAT C H E S , F O R YO U
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Welcome to Beautiful South, the south’s premier lifestyle magazine. The arrival of spring heralds new life, vibrant colours and positive energy.
Top photo: All Saints Church, East Meon, by Mark Rutley Cover photo: National Trust Hinton Ampner Garden, by Ginny Boxall Sales team: firstname.lastname@example.org Designer: email@example.com Editor: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 01730 260746 www.beautiful-south.co.uk Address: Beautiful South, Unit 1 Viceroy Court, Bedford Road, Petersfield, Hampshire, GU32 3LJ Find us on Pinterest Beautiful South Magazine Follow us on Instagram @BeautifulSouthMagazine Find us on Facebook /beautifulsouthmag Follow us on Twitter @beautifulsouthmagazine
Here in Hampshire, we are blessed with some truly stunning gardens, which are beginning to awake from their winter slumber and reveal their true beauty once more. Ginny Boxall’s striking cover shot depicts the National Trust’s Hinton Ampner garden in all its glory, and inside, our special spring gardens feature celebrates some of the county’s horticultural highlights… Plus, we meet one of the leading lights of the British flower industry, whose unwavering focus on provenance and sustainability has helped create a flourishing local business supplying heavenly-scented garden roses and English flowers across the country. In our latest interview, we discover how a local couple escaped the corporate rat race to find a fresh focus, taking inspiration from South America and an Aztec Emperor to launch a chocolate company with a difference.
And over in Alresford, local producers are bringing fresh, innovative ideas to the table, shaped around the local landscape. From vineyards to coffee shops, there is a desire for quality and creativity – read more in our Exploring Alresford article. Spring also provides the perfect opportunity to make positive changes within our own lives, so our latest health feature looks into workshops, retreats and activities which could help you do just that. And if you’re searching for holiday inspiration, check out our feature on the ‘Deep South’ – home to the heart and soul of country music and steeped in history, America’s southern states will truly capture your heart. At Beautiful South, we’re passionate about celebrating local life and being a part of this vibrant local community, discovering inspiring stories about people, places and businesses – so if you have an idea for a feature or simply wish to provide some feedback on the magazine, please feel free to get in touch. Enjoy the issue.
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What’s Inside? 10
THE STYLE EDIT Step into spring
INTERIORS Bring the outside in
HEALTH & BEAUTY Positive energy Skincare superheroes
FOOD & DRINK Your local Easter lunch Exploring Alresford
GENTLEMAN’S NOTEBOOK Golf & grooming
28 MOTORING Ultimate Driving at Goodwood
30 THE INTERVIEW
33 OUTDOOR LIVING
Stockbridge: a river runs through it
36 PRODUCER PROFILE The Real Flower Company
SPECIAL FEATURE The wonders of spring
46 TRAVEL Escape to the Deep South
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JEWEL IN THE CROWN The MiaLuce collection is the jewel in Fope’s crown, the very pinnacle of all the brand’s current creations. The bracelet and necklace are crafted using Flex’it technology, and the complete jewellery set exudes all the elegance and opulence of classic Italian design. MiaLuce is exceptional both for its style and delightful wearability, all finished off with the instantly recognisable flair of the Fope brand. Pictured is the Solo MiaLuce flexible bracelet (£9,045). Made entirely of 18 carat gold (with diamonds) and it is elegant and easy to wear, with dozens of gold springs are hidden between the links. Made in Vicenza, Italy and available from RL Austen Jewellers, Chichester, 01243 782135, www.austenjewellers.co.uk
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For many of us, the arrival of spring heralds new life, vibrant colours and positive energy, often inspiring us to make changes within our own lives to improve our mental and physical wellbeing. Taking part in workshops, retreats or new activities allows us to dedicate the time and energy to supporting our health and rejuvenating the body and mind…
Bootcamp benefits Compared to exercising indoors, for example in a gym, breaking a sweat outside during a boot camp can leave you with a stronger sense of revitalisation, more energy and less confusion, anger and depression. Any kind of exercise can be great for stress relief, but it’s been discovered that exercising in the midst of nature can be a particularly powerful antidote, helping to lower concentrations of the stress hormone cortisol while burning calories and helping the immune system function correctly. Champneys Forest Mere, in Liphook, offers FitCamps retreats, catering for all ages and abilities and providing active solutions for all fitness goals, combining fitness with having fun. For more details, see www.champneys.com
All in the mind
Often, making positive changes to our physical health stems largely from our mindset. A clearer mind and more focused approach allows us to understand the causes of stress within our lives and what affects our wellbeing.
“BY CHANGING OUR THOUGHT PATTERNS, WE CAN, IN TURN, IMPROVE OUR APPROACH TO FITNESS AND STRESS MANAGEMENT.” By changing our thought patterns, we can, in turn, improve our approach to fitness and stress management, and rather than seeking a quick fix, such as a fad diet or a 30-day gym challenge, focus on long-term goals and a proactive approach to our own wellbeing. Local coach and mentor Rachel Maunder is hosting a one-day workshop, ‘Start with the Small Stuff ’, which offers a safe environment to explore how your thoughts impact everything you do. This takes place at the Holiday Inn, Winchester on Saturday 18th March. Find out more at www.rachelmaunder.com
Striking the balance
The hectic nature of our everyday lives, with so many commitments and so little free time, means we naturally reach for quick fixes – caffeine and fast food, for example. Our nutrition affects every aspect of our health and wellbeing, from weight to sleep patterns. The best way to find a fresh approach to our nutrition is to escape the everyday – breaking the negative cycle, allowing us to take a step back and improve our understanding of food, before putting a plan in place to make improvements. Langrish House hosts a ‘Rebel Woman’ retreat on Sunday 19th March, featuring four sessions including nutrition and meditation. To find out more, call 07786 550873. Whether you opt to sweat it out at a bootcamp or escape the everyday at a wellness retreat, seize the opportunity this spring to rejuvenate your health and wellbeing.
SUPERHEROES With more women embracing a no make-up or a fresher skin look, skincare has become more important than ever. There are several key trends that are emerging for this year which will enable us all to achieve that fabulous complexion… Firstly, plant stem cells and superfoods - super botanicals which target the negative effects of modern living, such as pollution, dehydration and visible light ageing. Also, skin hydration and plumping - the more hydrated your skin, the plumper, firmer and more radiant it will look. And finally, gentler cleansing and exfoliation being gentler with our skin, removing the harsher cleansing and exfoliation ingredients. Women are always looking for luminous skin to give them that all-round youthful glow. This is a great time to have the Elemis Superfood Pro
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“CONVENIENCE HAS ALSO REALLY COME TO THE FOREFRONT, LEAVING ROOM FOR NO RINSE CLEANSERS WHICH LEAVE THE SKIN HYDRATED.” The more hydrated the skin is, the more plumped and radiant it looks. Due to this, ELEMIS is launching its new Hydra Boost serum this month, (RRP £45) but there has also been a huge resurgence for oils recently. These slide on
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A celebration of the arrival of spring, an opportunity to share in the spirit of the new season with friends and family: Easter lunch is so much more than just a meal. This year, why not give your traditional Easter lunch a local twist by sourcing your ingredients from independent producers from across the county… If you’re keen to keep things traditional, with a succulent leg of lamb the centrepiece to your dinner, pay a visit to Buckwells, butchers of distinction in Southsea. Buckwells’ Lamb is free range and locally reared, chosen according to a strict selection process to ensure it is succulent and tender. Tired of tasteless vegetables with your Easter dinner? Then the next stop on the shopping trip should be Boxxfresh. Based in Titchfield but delivering across the local area, Boxxfresh supply bespoke veg boxes, fresh from the farm to your front door. They also offer tasty and inventive recipes on the Boxxfresh blog, perfect if you’re looking for a vegetarian alternative this Easter, or simply something a little different to the leg of lamb. Head to www.lovelife-livewell.com And no lamb dish would be complete without a generous serving of mint sauce… For a step up from the shop-bought variety, try the Hampshire Jam & Chutney Company’s apple mint jelly.
Check out their website for a list of local stockists. Lamb is certainly one of the most wine-friendly of meats, as at home with red Bordeaux and Rioja as it is with a fruitier wine, but if you’re looking for something specific or keen to try something new, pay a visit to Discover Wine in Denmead. And the Easter food traditions extend to sweet treats - the most famous of which, of course, is the hot cross bun. Try The Baker Boys, a small award-winning organic bakery in Hook who, when they’re not busy in the bakehouse or out on deliveries, can be found at food and farmers’ markets locally. For the personal touch, Southampton-based Little Bee Bakery can deliver the traditional simnel cake straight to your door, and they can also create colourful hand-iced Easter biscuits – perfect for the kids. To add a finishing touch to your Easter fare, a beautiful bunch of spring flowers could provide the centrepiece to the dinner table. The Real Flower Company at Durleighmarsh, just outside Petersfield, provide stunning scented garden rose and herb bouquets, grown locally and delivered to you in style. For more ideas and information about local producers, check out county food group Hampshire Fare: www.hampshirefare.co.uk
The shopping list Buckwells of Southsea, 02392 827053, www.buckwells.co.uk Boxxfresh (Titchfield), 07731470966, www.boxxfresh.com Hampshire Jam & Chutney Company (Colden Common), 01962 713553, www.hampshirejam.com Discover Wine (Denmead), 023 9225 5037, www.discoverwine.uk.com The Baker Boys (Hook), 07917 088860, www.the-baker-boys.co.uk Little Bee Bakery (Southampton), 01794 329263, www.littlebeebakery.co.uk The Real Flower Company (Durleighmarsh), 01730 818 300, www.realflowers.co.uk
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Alresford In the heart of the Hampshire countryside, Alresford is the epitome of the English country town. Perhaps best-known as the UK’s capital of watercress, in recent years Alresford has become something of a hub for independent producers and eateries, many of which have shaped their business around the local landscape to bring fresh, innovative ideas to the table… Today, this beautiful Georgian town still celebrates its roots with the annual Watercress Festival, which brings together thousands of visitors drawn from the local community and from far and wide to celebrate watercress - the superb locally-grown, delicious and versatile crop. This year’s event takes place on Sunday 21st May. Inspired by Alresford’s roots, The Watercress Company believe in the importance of farming ‘in harmony with the environment’, and their five-acre farm at Bishops Sutton is still owned by the Mills Family who first established a watercress business in the 1800’s.
Surrounded by grazing used by the local dairy farms, the farm can be seen from The Watercress Line steam railway which runs daily between Alresford and Ropley.
Talking of which, Raimes English Sparkling released their first ever vintage at the end of November at Wine Festival Winchester – an elegant well-balanced sparkling wine produced from grapes grown at Hinton Ampner.
Indeed, the perfect way to truly embrace Alresford’s roots is a trip on the historic steam railway, which runs for 10 miles through the beautiful countryside. Take a step back in time and experience the splendour of steam with fine dining on board the Watercress Belle, from a traditional Sunday lunch to high tea – a slice of the high life in the heart of Hampshire. A short stride from Alresford station is The Horse & Groom, a traditional pub which has served the Alresford community for some 400 years. The first known inn on this site opened around 1550, and specialised in good liquor and good conversation - just as it does today!
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Photos from left: Watercress Line Real Ale & Dining Train, Raimes English Sparkling Wine, Wellies and watercress The Electric Eye Photography, Afterrnoon tea at Long Barn (Leela Bennett Photography)
Augusta and Robert are the fifth generation of the family to farm the fields now flourishing with vines. Together with land farmed on the historic Tichborne Estate, the farm stretches from the water meadows of the river Itchen, to the grassy rolling hills of the South Downs near Winchester. This desire to push the boundaries and aim for perfection is matched by Winchester Distillery, based at Manor Watercress Factory, where Paul Bowler produces premium spirits and alcoholic concoctions inspired by the Hampshire countryside and its wealth of local botanicals. The distillery’s best-known creation, Twisted Nose gin, truly celebrates Alresford’s watercress connections, combining 10 botanicals including locally-grown watercress to create a spirit that is intense, fragrant and very refreshing. Innovation and creativity are also in evidence with Alresford’s array of eateries, from Caracoli’s modern coffee culture to traditional treats at Tiffin Tea Rooms.
“ALRESFORD HAS BECOME SOMETHING OF A HUB FOR INDEPENDENT PRODUCERS AND EATERIES, MANY OF WHICH HAVE SHAPED THEIR BUSINESS AROUND THE LOCAL LANDSCAPE”
Meanwhile, seasonality is key at Long Barn Café, on the picturesque Long Barn lavender farm. From healthy smoothies to ‘hint of lavender’ scones, the Long Barn Café offers something a little different and embraces local produce throughout the menu. Long Barn co-director Jane Marsden comments: “Delicious local, fresh and seasonal produce are always on the menu here at Long Barn Café. One of our café best-selling dishes is the local butcher’s bacon bap at weekend brunch time and our
amazing cakes, all locally baked or made inhouse, are a special feature of our afternoon teas.” Meanwhile, back in Broad Street, Pulpo Negro has added a sunny slice of the Med to Alresford’s quintessentially English appeal. There’s a smart-casual, modern feel-good vibe about the place, with its floorboards, café-style chairs, pews and wooden tables. The appealing tapas menu features succulent, full-flavoured secretto (shoulder) Ibèrica, slowcooked Ibèricus tomatoes bursting with sweetness, spicy Alejandro chorizo teamed with local watercress, and individual piquillo pepper tortilla.
A determination to celebrate local connections at every opportunity, coupled with a desire for consistent quality, has seen independent producers flourish in the Alresford area. This has surely been aided by a far greater understanding and appreciation of the importance of buying local in recent years. Tracy Nash, commercial manager of Hampshire Fare, comments: “Alresford is a key location in terms of Hampshire’s food heritage. Nowadays the Alresford area is also known for its local wine, gin, lavender, game and more. Many of these local ingredients are evident when shopping and dining out in and around Alresford.” To discover more local producers, places to visit and shop, visit www.hampshirefare.co.uk
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WIN A break for two at Gunwharf Quays The south coast’s leading designer outlet, Gunwharf Quays, is offering Beautiful South readers the chance to win a mini-break to Portsmouth for two! Located in the very heart of Portsmouth, visitors to Gunwharf Quays can enjoy over 90 premium outlet stores with up to 60% off, including Nike, Hugo Boss, Joules, Under Armour, Mint Velvet and Karen Millen. The unique waterfront setting, variety of bars, restaurants and cafes and close proximity to Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard and iconic Emirates Spinnaker Tower make Gunwharf Quays a destination to remember. We’re offering one lucky reader an overnight stay for two at the centre’s Holiday Inn Express with the opportunity to indulge in authentic French cuisine with dinner for two at Brasserie Blanc at Gunwharf Quays, plus a £50 Gunwharf Quays Gift Card. The Holiday Inn Express is situated at the heart of Gunwharf Quays, offering visitors an ideal base to visit Portsmouth’s famous attractions, shop, eat, drink and relax. The hotel’s 130 bright, modern and comfortable rooms ensure guests always have a great night’s sleep, offering guests the chance to reboot after a day of shopping and sightseeing.
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OUT ON THE FAIRWAY Whether you’re an experienced golfer or it’s your first time on the fairway, here in Hampshire we are blessed with some truly stunning – and often challenging – courses. The arrival of spring presents a perfect opportunity to hit the greens once again and perfect your golf swing, join friends for a four-ball, or even take part in a charity golf challenge. The short but stunning Liphook Golf Course features five par-4s over 400-yards and three par-5s. With tight fairways lined with heather, gorse and trees, course management – and deadly accuracy – is the name of the game here. Just down the road, the magnificent Old Thorns golf course, designed by Peter Alliss, has plenty of character, with mature trees, natural springs, lakes and testing bunkers. Generally kind to the less experienced golfer, it also has a few surprises up its sleeve… For slick, true greens, Alresford Golf Club cannot be beaten. This friendly members club features a free draining and easy walking chalk downland course, set on the slopes of Tichborne Down, its narrow fairways presenting a constant challenge.
Petersfield boasts two excellent courses. Adhurst is an 18-hole members club, set in an area of outstanding natural beauty, nestling beneath the South Downs, while South Petersfield is a 12-hole pay and play. The 18-hole course was designed by Martin Hawtree and is a 6437 yard par 72 course, with a standard scratch of 71. The undulating course meanders through delightful countryside with outstanding views. It is built on 170 acres of sandstone beds, which affords excellent drainage. USGA designed greens, coupled with the free draining fairways, offers all-year-round play, and a true test of golf for all levels of golfer. Down on the coast, Hayling Island hosts a challenging links course with fast fairways and fine true greens – coupled with some truly stunning views across the Solent. But if the harsh winter has kept you off the course, and your game is a little rusty, the picturesque driving range at Brows Farm may well be your first port of call…
Good grips are essential for good golf as they make the connection between player and club. From £4 per grip.
Pro Quip Therma Tour Gilet, £69 A garment designed for both warmth whilst allowing the mobility to swing. Perfect for golf or just out for a walk.
All of these items are available from the Greg Hughes Pro Shop at Petersfield Golf Club. Call 01730 895216 or visit www.greghughesproshop.co.uk
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TIMING IS EVERYTHING The new IWC Pilot’s Watch Timezoner Chronograph is a world first, allowing the wearer to set a new time zone with just a simple turn of the bezel. The hour hand, 24-hour display and the date also move automatically into place, and with only one time zone shown, it’s impossible to mix them up. This watch is perfect for frequent travellers or those who work across different time zones, as the wearer can quickly and easily switch between each by rotating the polished black bezel that features 24 cities. Perfect if you wish to contact your business associate in Tokyo or Mexico City during office hours or at night, or check in with your family when you are far from home. More than functional, this watch is also stylish, with a stainless steel case, sleek black dial and black Santoni leather strap.No other watch manufacturer has ever succeeded in making a world time watch that is so simple, practical and elegant. Parkhouse Hampshire are the exclusive retailer for IWC Shaffhausen on the south coast. 02380 226653, www.parkhousethejeweller.com
5. Victor Skincare Vitamin C4 Face & Beard Oil £29.95/15ml, available soon from Long Barn Lavender (Alresford) and at www.walkerjohnston.com A luxurious oil with 66% Vitamin C boosters for brighter, hydrated and plumped skin. Excellent for conditioning and softening beards. 6. Proraso classic Italian shaving range featuring pre shave, soap both tub and tube, post shave balm and a cologne, all available at Sweeney Plod – The Folly Barber (Petersfield), 07766 524859 7. Homme Fiberboost shampoo (£12) and Homme Mat styling paste (£14) at Lavant Rowe (Petersfield), 01730 266661, www.facebook.com/lavantrowe Shampoo designed for fine hair, enriched with Intra-Cylane and Guarana extract. Matte effect styling paste ideal for deconstructed, tousled looks. 8. Peppermint Blooming Bath & Shower Oil (£12), plus Mint Overboard Shaving Soap (£9.50) and Mint & Orange Vitamin Sea Balm (£12), Southsea Bathing Hut, www.southseabathinghut.co.uk
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Ultimate Driving at Goodwood by Henry Ascoli
Speed, power and beauty in the Sussex Downs… Ever since it first opened its gates to the public nearly 70 years ago, Goodwood Motor Circuit has proved a thrilling and fascinating track for so many reasons. Legends including John Surtees, Sir Jackie Stewart and Sir Stirling Moss have all taken to the hallowed tarmac, and in more recent times wheel-to-wheel racing has returned to the circuit in the form of the iconic Revival Meeting. For any petrolhead, driving the Goodwood circuit is not simply another track day, it’s a chance to experience its history and heritage first-hand – an opportunity not to be missed. After a week of nervously checking the forecast, come Friday morning, glorious sunshine greets us as we arrive at the circuit. Eager to get started, we begin with some low-grip activity in one of the latest MINI models, its stiff suspension and low centre of gravity offering plenty of fun on the wet
surface. Powerslides, hand brake turns and j-turns are among the morning’s activities – safe to say a little different to a Friday morning in the office! While difficult to master, by the end of the session our understanding of the car’s behaviour in such conditions is much improved, only serving to strengthen our desire to get out on track…
“DRIVING THE GOODWOOD CIRCUIT IS A CHANCE TO EXPERIENCE ITS HISTORY AND HERITAGE FIRST-HAND – AN OPPORTUNITY NOT TO BE MISSED.” Following a safety briefing, we meet our designated instructors for the afternoon’s three 20-minute sessions, before finally gaining a glimpse of the performance line-up – the powerful BMW M Series fleet and, tucked away at the back of the grid, the hybrid revelation that is the i8. At first glance, Goodwood appears a relatively simple track to drive – the sweeping first corner
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(Madgwick) and the final chicane are, on paper, the main challenges. Yet the moment I get behind the wheel, under the guidance of my instructor, Goodwood’s many intricacies become apparent – miss one apex, get your braking point wrong, fail to jump on the throttle fast enough, and not only does this compromise your corner, your sector, but your entire lap. This is a circuit with no margin for error. Take any of the M Series cars out on track and they are sure to impress, not only for their speed and power, but sheer grip. Concluding my session, my instructor shows how it’s done with two full speed laps in the M6, its 4.4 V8 twin power turbo growling all the way. But for me, the ultimate highlight of the day was the chance to not only witness, but drive, the beautiful i8. Explosive acceleration and revolutionary efficiency are two phrases not usually seen alongside one another on a car’s specification, but the combination of the electric motor and petrol engine make this one of the most innovative sports cars in the world. Combine this with the iconic Goodwood circuit and you have something truly unique, an experience to savour. From car clubs to corporate days, Goodwood Driving Experiences offer much more than a track day. Professionalism and attention to detail throughout - but above all, exhilarating fun. Goodwood Road & Racing, 01243 755055, ticketing.goodwood.com Photo by Nicole Hains - Goodwood Road & Racing
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Seize the day Interview by Henry Ascoli
any of life’s best opportunities come about when we least expect them. Fate can often take our lives down different and unexpected paths, inspiring us to take a fresh approach or rise to the challenge…
Indeed, that was the case for a Surrey couple who, tired of the corporate rat race, jetted off to South America in search of inspiration for a new life away from the city.
packaging and sold in our own stores,” Helen explains. “It was only when we finally secured our first store in Brighton that we discovered our key manufacturer had gone bust in the meantime, leaving us no choice but to learn how to make chocolate – and fast, we were due to open in six weeks’ time!” Knowing that they did not want to return to the hectic life in the city, the couple looked to relocate in the south, and settled on West Sussex.
“It was when we went to a friend’s wedding in Chichester Cathedral Little did Simon and Helen Pattinson know that this would prove that we fell in love with the city,” Helen explains. “We were keen to be the first step on the journey to becoming cyclists, sailors and runners and the area does all entrepreneurs as owners of the highly successful of this so well. Of course, when the business was “GENERALLY Chichester-based chocolatiers Montezuma’s… in its early stages, there was no time for cycling, CONSUMERS ARE sailing or running! We have always been proud “Before we were even married, Simon and I of West Sussex and can’t see this BECOMING MUCH MORE producers were already fairly disillusioned with our lives as changing. Who doesn’t want a quick trip to the city lawyers, the money was good and it could be AWARE OF WHAT THEY beach when you need a break from the office!” interesting but we couldn’t see ourselves working ARE EATING INCLUDING As a young and evolving company, Montezuma’s out our careers waiting to become partners in a ITS ORIGIN AND HOW law firm,” Helen explains. success has certainly been supported by a greater and appreciation of artisan THEY ARE SOURCED. WE understanding “So before it was too late, we resigned and sold businesses and quality, local produce in recent ARE CONFIDENT THAT years. our house and took a very clichéd year off to find ourselves and work out what we wanted WHEN THEY TASTE to do. We headed to South America and it was Helen adds: “Generally consumers are there that we discovered cocoa and everything becoming much more aware of what they are MONTEZUMA’S THEY that goes in to making it the incredible food that including its origin, ingredients and how WILL BUY IT AGAIN...” eating it produces.” they are sourced. We are confident that when they taste Montezuma’s they will buy it again, When the couple returned home, they set about researching the but it’s harder to get across the messages about sourcing and ethics so chocolate industry with the aim of finding a business working with the this is something that we ensure is on every piece of packaging and food they had fallen in love with. literature.” They also created the company name, inspired by the Aztec Emperor who introduced chocolate to the Spanish Conquistadors in the early 1500’s. The Spanish took cocoa and chocolate back to their royal family, making this the first time that chocolate had been tasted in Europe. “We started to write a business plan and gradually the plans for Montezuma’s were born - a retail business selling great chocolate, drawing inspiration from our travels, packaged in fun, quirky
But as for Helen’s personal favourite from the Montezuma’s range… “That’s a really hard one and depends on my mood and the time of day… which is my way of saying that I have several favourites! Absolute Black is now always in my larder but when I want something sweeter, I love Dark Side (a 54% cocoa milk chocolate, really rich and creamy) and for decadence, I would work my way through the Cocktail truffles, savouring the Margarita and Pina Colada!” Montezuma’s, 01243 510516, www.montezumas.co.uk
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years, the fort is a nationally important Scheduled Ancient Monument, Site of Special Scientific Interest – and also perfect for kite flying!
A river runs through it In the heart of the Test Valley, the picturesque town of Stockbridge has a long and varied history, just waiting to be discovered…
he wide High Street stems from the town’s early role as part of a drovers road, where Welsh drovers rested with their flocks during their travels to various sheep markets and fairs across the south east – and indeed the prosperity of Stockbridge has always been aided by the roads which pass through it.
and restaurants - many of which serve local produce - craft and gift shops, a delicatessen and a traditional butchers.
In testament to the town’s roots, there is a thatched cottage known as ‘Drovers House’, which has the message in Welsh painted on the wall: ‘Seasoned hay, tasty pastures, good beer, comfortable beds’.
And in August, the town celebrates its intrinsic links to the River Test at the annual food festival, the High Street packed with stalls offering an array of local produce.
Today, the wide High Street hosts an abundance of independent specialist shops: tea rooms, pubs
Flowing under the High Street is the River Test and, naturally, Stockbridge plays host to the Houghton Club - the oldest fishing club in England, founded in 1882.
You don’t need to venture far from Stockbridge to discover an array of attractions, including Danebury Hill Iron Age Fort. Dating back 2,500
Meanwhile, the beautiful Houghton Lodge Gardens offer peace and tranquillity. Overlooked by Houghton Lodge - an 18th Century Grade II* listed Gothic Cottage Orné - the formal and informal gardens offer a riot of colour and something different around every corner.
“TODAY, THE WIDE HIGH STREET HOSTS AN ABUNDANCE OF INDEPENDENT SPECIALIST SHOPS: TEA ROOMS, PUBS AND RESTAURANTS.” For the keen walker, there’s plenty to explore: The National Trust’s Stockbridge Marsh and Stockbridge Down, and the Sprat and Winkle Line, once a railway line linking Southampton and Andover, and now part of the Test Way long distance footpath, which runs through Stockbridge. With stunning views, a fascinating history and so much to explore, Stockbridge is the epitome of the Hampshire country town. Top left photo: Stockbridge Down - flock of sheep on western slope, (National Trust Images, Catherine Hadler)
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One of the leading lights of the British flower industry, Rosebie Morton invested her passion and energy in creating the Real Flower Company in 2002. Today, the business, based just outside Petersfield, stays true to its mission to bring exquisitely scented natural roses, flowers, herbs and foliage back into the floristry and cut flower market. The primary focus for the Real Flower Company has always been provenance and sustainability, growing flowers on its own farms at Hinton Ampner near Alresford, Chichester and Tambuzi, Kenya, where Rosebie helped establish the acreage at the base of Mt Kenya with British farming couple Tim and Maggie Hobbs to supply roses all year round – not only during the British growing season. “Rather like the slow food movement, people are taking much more interest in where their flowers are coming from,” Rosebie explains. “As flower farmers we want to supply flowers which are grown with minimum impact on their surroundings. We believe in putting as much organic matter in the soil as possible to give the plants the best start and to minimise the necessity for additives. We use biologicals rather than sprays if possible and if we have to resort to spray, we use the bare minimum.”
Most of what the Hampshire and Kenyan farms grow supplies the online retail operation, but plenty of produce is also sold at Covent Garden as well as various London farmers’ markets during the summer, and also from the Hampshire Rose Paddock farm gate.
“AS FLOWER FARMERS WE WANT TO SUPPLY FLOWERS WHICH ARE GROWN WITH MINIMUM IMPACT ON THEIR SURROUNDINGS.” “The area where we are growing in West Sussex has the advantage of greater light intensity than elsewhere, benefitting from being close to the Isle of Wight and a mild micro climate,” Rosebie explains. “We can leave home near Petersfield on a gloomy day and arrive at the nursery to bright sun and a positive and uplifting atmosphere! It’s no wonder our Sweet peas are happy! Rosebie regularly exhibits at Chelsea Flower Show and Hampton Court Flower Festival, where she delivers humorous and informative talks on cultivating roses under the vagaries of the English weather system: “The weather has
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suffering from Adrenal Fatigue find it very difficult maintain energy levels and are frequently overwhelmed both physically and mentally.
These hormones regulate our stress response, which allows us to increase strength, focus and awareness when we need it. People suffering from Adrenal Fatigue struggle to release the required amount of these hormones, which depletes their ability to cope.
glands is to enable the body to be able to deal with stress by producing hormones essential to our wellbeing.”
A decline in adrenal function is commonly caused by chronic stress which can be physical, emotional, dietary, environmental or a combination. This causes a significant reduction in energy levels, leading to exhaustion, lethargy and anxiety. People
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A telltale sign of adrenal fatigue is increased use of stimulants, not illicit drugs, but perfectly legal, detrimental stimulants such as sugar, caffeine, alcohol, prescribed pharmaceuticals and nicotine that literally millions of people around the world rely on for an instant ‘high’. A quick fix to boost them up when they are flagging.
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The arrival of spring heralds new life, vibrant colours and pure beauty in nature. Here in Hampshire, country gardens are beginning to awake from their winter slumber and reveal their wonders once more… From rows of daffodils to carpets of bluebells, the evolution of these stunning gardens in spring is a sight to behold – with something new just waiting to be discovered around every corner.
West Dean West Dean Gardens in West Sussex is one of the greatest restored gardens open to the public in England. Wander through the historic Edwardian pergola, visit the restored Victorian glasshouses, Walled Kitchen Garden, and the orchards as they come into bud, and take a stroll through the
Sunken Garden and the Spring and Woodland Garden.
while the semi-formal box hedging that makes up the stunning peacock topiary garden offers pure splendour.
Between March and October, West Dean is open from Mon-Fri 10.30am-5pm, Sat, Sun & Bank Holidays 9am-5pm.
Gardens open daily from 1st April – 30th September, 10am-5pm.
West Dean Gardens, West Dean, Nr Chichester, West Sussex PO18 0RX. For admission prices and more info, call 01243 818210 or visit www.westdean.org.uk
Houghton Lodge Gardens, Houghton, Stockbridge, Hampshire SO20 6LQ For admission prices and more info, call 01264 810502 or visit www.houghtonlodge.co.uk
Houghton Lodge Gardens
Houghton Lodge Gardens in Stockbridge is described by some as ‘the jewel of the Test Valley’. A Grade II* listed “Cottage Orné” is surrounded by mature trees and lawns sweeping down to the banks of the famous River Test and is arguably one of the most beautiful privately-owned gardens to visit in Hampshire. The walled garden boasts vast espalier fruit trees enclosed by a historical chalk cob wall. On leaving this part of the garden the scents and colours of the magnificent 300 foot herbaceous border are an impressive sight indeed. Ambling down to the Test, visitors can engage with our ever-friendly Alpacas, Tom, Dick and Harry. Nearby, the woodland walk offers an enchanting mix of the quiet and scents of ancient times,
Houghton Lodge Gardens
Daffodils at West Dean Gardens
A beautiful five-acre garden famous for its mirror image herbaceous borders, with carpets of spring bulbs - especially snowdrops. A large and unusual collection of plants and shrubs offers year-round interest, while the one-acre walled garden features prize-winning vegetables, fruit and flowers. Features include a wild flower meadow, boxwood castle, a large collection of old fashioned sweet peas. Also home of the nation’s tallest sunflower ‘Giraffe’. Open Sunday 9th April as part of NGS Gardens open for charity. Bramdean House, Bramdean, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 0JU www.ngs.org.uk
Beautiful Bluebells With over half the global population of bluebells flowering in UK woods, this springtime delight is a quintessential part of our native landscape, often found in ancient or semi-natural woodland cared for by the National Trust. Native bluebells (as opposed to the common invasive Spanish bluebell) can be identified by their delicate scent, intense blue colour and flowers that droop down like a bell along one side of the stem. They usually burst into flower between April and May. The National Trust’s Hinton Ampner is one of the best places in Hampshire to see bluebells. Visitors can explore acres of ancient woodland, along glorious beech avenues, and drink in the bluebell phenomenon that appears here. Pick up a map at visitor reception or download a copy at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hinton-ampner
HINTON AMPNER The National Trust’s Hinton Ampner is an elegant country whose garden is widely acknowledged as a masterpiece of 20th century design. The idyllic five hectare garden brings together a formal layout with varied and informal plantings in a series of outdoor ‘rooms’ in colours from cool greens, creams, and yellows, through to hot pinks, oranges and deep reds. Ralph Dutton designed the garden to have scent and colour all-year-round, and in spring this includes apple and pear blossom in late spring,
coupled with delicious-smelling narcissus and vibrant tulips. Walk down the lichen-covered steps from the terrace and find yourself in a quintessentially English landscape leading to ancient woodland. Stroll slowly through glorious beech avenues and drink in the bluebell phenomenon that appears here each spring. Gardens open from 10am-5pm daily. For admission prices and more info, call 01962 771305 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ hinton-ampner Photo above: National Trust, David Sellman
Where every child is known and valued Ditcham Park School is nestled amidst the uplifting and inspirational surroundings of the South Downs National Park, near Petersfield and provides school transport from the surrounding areas.
on the same site, promoting a very friendly, supportive and inclusive family atmosphere.
“Through close support and encouragement, Ditcham pupils consistently achieve impressive academic results.”
At Ditcham Park School we know our pupils extremely well and the special ethos of our caring family school challenges and supports each student in their progression towards personal academic success, as well as very impressive achievements in a wide range of musical and dramatic exams.
The grounds are extensive and they include 16 acres of playing fields as well as woodland, play areas and lawns. The impressive views over Hampshire and West Sussex to the Isle of Wight create a beautiful and spacious natural environment and the school is unique in the area having an age range of 4-16 years
The school has a reputation for providing for the needs of individual children. Through close support and encouragement, as well as being given high expectations, Ditcham
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Do come and visit us at our Open Day on Saturday 6th May 2017, 10am-1pm to discover the unique atmosphere and learning opportunities at Ditcham Park School.
Most of our pupils also achieve Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards and many perform at the highest level in sports as well as raising funds for charities.
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Helping pupils find their passions By Jane Grubb, Head of Bedales Prep School, Dunhurst
For some first time visitors to Bedales Prep School, Dunhurst, the informal atmosphere and busy medley of lessons and activities that make up the school day can seem a little bewildering. We make no apology for this. Rather, in line with the philosophy of the school’s founder John Haden Badley, we swim against the educational tide of the day. Of course, the context has changed – whereas Badley sought to provide a humane alternative to the austerity of late-Victorian public schools, we strive to bring about a world away from the confines of Common Entrance and traditional prep school teaching, and the strictures of the national curriculum, over-testing and inspection. Instead, we offer our young people the space, support and challenge to find what they love, and begin the process of growing into themselves. We like to keep things fresh, and encourage our teachers to be creative and to take risks – if the work is interesting, we believe our pupils will throw themselves into it, with rich reward.
Educationalist Sir Ken Robinson has observed, memorably, that nobody can make anybody else learn anything, any more than a gardener can make flowers grow. Rather, the flower grows itself, whilst the job of the gardener is to provide the right conditions. The more we challenge our pupils to dig
The more we challenge our pupils to dig deeper, the more they own their learning and enjoy the process. deeper, the more they own their learning and enjoy the process. We value learning through discussion and exploration, and adults are most certainly not the only source of wisdom and ideas. Those expecting to find quiet, orderly classes hanging on the every word of the teacher are likely to be disappointed. The young people we are privileged to serve will, in time, inherit a world that is fastchanging and demanding. Increasingly, their
wellbeing will depend on their capacities to be curious, inquisitive, experimental, reflective and sociable. If we want our children to be happy we need to help them to discover what they love, to experience the ‘joy of struggle’, and to understand and develop the craft of learning in service of the things that they themselves have identified as worthwhile and interesting. Bedales comprises a Pre-prep (Dunannie), Prep (Dunhurst) and a Senior School. Regular open mornings and taster days are held. For more information about admissions including bursaries and scholarships, visit www.bedales.org.uk or contact Registrar, Janie Jarman; tel: 01730 711733; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Home to the heart and soul of country music and steeped in history, America’s southern states will truly capture your heart. Encompassing the states of Tennessee, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia, the mesmerising Deep South region has so much to offer visitors. It is home to some of the most famous and iconic cities and towns in the USA, and people will find absorbing history and famous names around almost every corner. The region is known for its legendary southern hospitality and the tantalising creole and Cajun cuisine will definitely be well appreciated after a day exploring world famous landmarks.
“PEOPLE WILL FIND ABSORBING HISTORY AND FAMOUS NAMES AROUND ALMOST EVERY CORNER.” One of the main attractions to the Deep South is its incredible musical heritage. In Nashville, Tennessee, a stay at the famous Gaylord Opryland Resort is perfectly located for visiting the Grand Ole Opry Music Hall and a regular residence for many country and western stars. An evening enjoying the southern charm of the Listening Room Café, a live music venue with great character and a fantastic atmosphere, is highly recommended. Up-and-coming country music artists often perform at the venue and it’s a perfect place to enjoy pre or post-dinner drinks, although Nashville has so many fantastic bars and music venues you’ll be spoiled for choice. A guided tour of the famous Studio B - home to record label RCA - is a must for any itinerary, as visitors can see where iconic music stars like Jerry Lee Lewis and Dolly Parton recorded; the Ryman Auditorium, which has seen thousands of artists perform and is a popular venue; and the Country Music Hall of Fame, packed with memorabilia ranging from cars and costumes to instruments and an interactive music area.
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No trip to the region is complete without a stop in Memphis and Sun Studios, the first place Elvis ever recorded a track. Just a 20-minute drive out of Memphis, Graceland offers an entirely different music experience, giving people the opportunity to see Elvis Presley’s home in person. In Georgia’s Atlanta, the Martin Luther King Memorial is a great introduction to the history of the area and people can even look around the church where he preached from. History buffs should also head to Alabama for Civil War battlefields and beautiful antebellum mansions of a bygone era. Chattanooga’s railroad history inspired the popular song ‘Chattanooga Choo Choo’, and people can explore the restored train station. To gain a deeper understanding of the area’s history and culture, a tour is the best option. A Memphis and Nashville twin-centre holiday is a great starting point – if there’s time, add on a stop in the birthplace of Jazz, New Orleans. A self-drive tour is ideal for exploring off the
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EVENTS GUIDE March - April 2017
MARCH Monday 6th March, Langrish House
ITALIAN FILM DAY
Italian food (two course lunch), Italian wine, Italian music and un po’ di conversazione. 01730 266941, www.langrishhouse.co.uk
Friday 24th – Sunday 26th March, Emsworth
EMSWORTH COMIC RELIEF
In 2015 the charity Comic Relief granted Emsworth the mantle of being the UK’s first ever Red Nose Town and the fun will continue in 2017. This March, Emsworth once again ‘Goes Funny for Money’ with a whole weekend of activities aimed at bringing a smile to everyone’s faces. These include a Silent Disco in St Peter’s Square and two comedy nights compered by Portsmouth’s Joe Wells, and Havant’s Jeff Lane, at ‘The Hewitt’s @’. Plus, the world’s longest Red Nose Duck Race! A special Red Nose bus is expected to run along Stagecoaches Coastliner 700 route, and brewer Malcolm Irving will once again produce a special ‘Red Nose’ beer to be sold through the
Blue Bell inn – whose loyalty to Portsmouth prevents a change of colour!
Motor Museum. 01590 612345, www.beaulieu.co.uk
Saturday 25th March, Alresford
Thursday 6th – Saturday 8th April, Petersfield Festival Hall
MOTHER’S DAY CELEBRATION CHOCOLATE MAKING WORKSHOP During this special Mother’s Day chocolate making workshop, you will create your own unique handmade chocolates from a range of the finest quality ingredients and culinary alcohols. Refreshments are included. 01962 732731, chocolatecraft.co.uk
APRIL Sunday 2nd April, Beaulieu, New Forest
SIMPLY ASTON MARTIN
Every age and model of Aston Martin is invited to join Beaulieu’s inaugural Simply Aston Martin event. Devoted to the sporting marque, this will get the 2017 events season off to an exciting start, promising to delight fans with an amazing display in the grounds of the National
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‘THE BIG SALE’ IN AID OF SAVE THE CHILDREN
Save the Children (Petersfield Branch) are holding their “Big Sale” - three days of shopping in Petersfield Festival Hall, with a wonderful selection of new and good-as-new clothing and shoes for all the family, many with original price tags and some with designer labels. There will also be homeware, a designer room and cafe. Thurs – 10am-9pm (£2 entry), Fri – 10am-5pm, Sat – 10am-1pm (everything half price 2pm-4pm) To donate and find out more, go to www. petersfield-savethechildren.co.uk
Saturday 22nd – Sunday 23rd April and Saturday 29th April – Monday 1st May, Emsworth
EMSWORTH ARTS TRAIL
Art lovers are in for a real treat this spring
at the Emsworth Arts Trail - over 150 artists will exhibit in this year’s event. Designed as a walking trail, with nearly all the artists within a mile of the centre of town, the event turns Emsworth into a hive of creativity. Artists open their doors to visitors during the last weekend in April and first in May at over 78 venues. www.emsworthartstrail.org.uk
Saturday 29th April, Butser Ancient Farm
A wonderful celebration of the start of summer. Enjoy a variety of food stalls, licensed bar, bands, and much more, culminating in the burning of the spectacular Wicker Man. 023 9259 8838, www.butserancientfarm. co.uk
Saturday 29th – Sunday 30th April and Friday 5th – Sunday 7th May, Liss and Petersfield
SPIRIT OF MUSIC FESTIVAL
The Spirit of Music Festival returns, offering high-quality, family-friendly musical events. Concerts are held in venues in Liss and Petersfield over two weekends. www.spiritofmusicfestival.org.uk
MAY Friday 5th – Sunday 7th May, Petworth Park
THE PETWORTH PARK ANTIQUES & FINE ART FAIR
Some 48 dealers, mainly members of the UK’s two professional associations - the British Antique Dealers’ Association and LAPADA The Association of Art & Antiques Dealers - are congregating with their finest art and antiques from contemporary and antique sculpture, oil and watercolour paintings, illustrations, jewellery, traditional and country furniture, lighting, glass, ceramics, silver, barometers, clocks and vintage watches, decorative pieces and objets d’art, dating across several centuries. 01797 252030, email@example.com, www.petworthparkfair.com
Friday 17th – Saturday 25th March, Festival Hall, Petersfield
PETERSFIELD MUSICAL FESTIVAL
For more than a century, the festival has promoted music-making in and around Petersfield, bringing together local singers and instrumentalists of all ages to share the platform with visiting musicians of national and international standing. This year’s festival will include a special evening about local poet Edward Thomas, who celebrated the landscape and people of the South Downs so wonderfully in his writings. www.ticketsource.co.uk/ petersfieldmusicalfestival
This year’s Petersfield Musical Festival will include a special evening about local poet Edward Thomas, who celebrated the landscape and people of the South Downs so wonderfully in his writings. Photo by Peter Timney, Petersfield Photographic Society
LOCAL LIFE A REMARKABLE ACHIEVEMENT Sarah Waddington, Sales and Marketing Manager for the 4 star Holiday Inn Winchester, has received the Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) ’Most Remarkable Sale Achievement Award 2016’ for Holiday Inn UK and Ireland and was also a finalist in the ‘Sales Person of the Year Award 2016’. The award, presented at a recent awards event in London, was for growing the business accounts of the AA 4 star accredited Holiday Inn Winchester to a record high, including growing one account from 80 room nights to 5,000 room nights over recent years. Sarah commented on her award: “I was so excited to receive the award and be recognised for the hard work that myself and the sales team have put into growing our business.”
CELEBRATING LOCAL FARE Representatives from local food group Hampshire Fare, Bentley Primary School and the community of Emsworth recently travelled to London to accept awards presented by Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom, recognising the most imaginative and inclusive celebrations of British food held during the national celebration, British Food Fortnight. During the fortnight, Hampshire Fare collaborated with local producers to put together a day of engaging food and farming activities for the pupils of Bentley Primary School which was placed third in the competition. Commercial Manager of Hampshire Fare, Tracy Nash attended the awards event with Jenny Shaylor, a parent at Bentley Primary School who was instrumental in the organisation of the event at the school. Tracy was joined at the event by Alistair Gibson on behalf of Emsworth’s British Food Fortnight.
SHAKEN NOT STIRRED… Winchester Cocktail Week returned for its second year, with an array of workshops and events across the city. Event organisers Gary Whiter and Marcus Roe of the Cabinet Rooms hosted a launch event at Hotel du Vin, attended by the Mayor of Winchester Jane Rutter (pictured) and numerous guests. Highlights of the week itself included a cocktail syrups workshop, a Caribbean Night, a Fever-Tree Gin & Tonic Trail and The New Romantic Ball - the ultimate 80’s party at the Guildhall Winchester.
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Contributors Issue 6 March/April 2017
Managing Director Denise Lloyd Editor Henry Ascoli Account Manager Linsay Hawkes Designer Zoe Mirza
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Ginny is a freelance photographer passionate about and specialising in landscape and family photo shoots in the Hampshire area. She has run her own business for a number of years and as well as photo shoots, also sells bespoke photo cards and post cards in the local area.
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