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A new decade is upon us, and this issue brings to life a well-balanced selection of stories and features designed to equally inspire, regenerate and get you towards your best self as we gear up for the warmer months ahead.
Feeling the Spring thirst? The Art of the Spritz explores the humble cocktail and a whole new selection of ways to enjoy and make them. We also speak to the producers of Winchester’s Twisted Nose - an area that has been cultivating Watercress since the 18th century that is now reflected in a series of delicious gin expressions.
Spring represents new beginnings. What better way to start than a deep dive into health? We explore the fasting craze, letting you reset your digestive system and shed away winter’s extra pounds. You are what you eat? Well, what about the products you use? We take a look at organic beauty and grooming.
Inspired by Japan’s Cherry Blossom season, we look at interiors – the Japanese way to give your home a little edge and far away sophistication.
Interested to explore, near or afar? We take a look around outdoor living in our Loving Hayling Island feature, take a walk through Emsworth’s Art Trails and even jump on a plane to Singapore to raise the humidity!
So sit back, enjoy the longer days and lighter evenings and enjoy our new issue.
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HEALTH & BEAUTY Time to Fast Talking Organic
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INTERIORS The Japanese way
INTERVIEW Keeping the Faith - Mick Mellows
GENTLEMAN’S NOTEBOOK Prep for Polo
EDUCATION FEATURE Outside Learning
HOMES & GARDENS FEATURE Revamp, Redesign & Renovate
FOOD & DRINK The Art of Spritz
OUTSIDE LIVING Loving Hayling Island
MOTORING Alpine A110 Coupe
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PRODUCER PROFILE A Delicately Floral Spirit
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With spring just around the corner, colour will be back in our lives once more. Celebrate the new season with an injection of pastels and sorbet shades into your wardrobe. From lilacs and mints to buttercup yellows and bubblegum pinks, soft hues are a classic spring staple, and timeless enough to be re-worn year after year. The most important rule of pastel shades is not to overdo with their sweet and dainty manner, so try to avoid ruffles and embellishments. Wearing pastel clothing is all about clean line garments and strong shapes, so choose streamlined items with simple cuts and structure to capture the look. Searching for some style inspiration? Beautiful South Magazine has selected our top pastel picks for this season, to make your life that little bit easier.
1. Silvian Heach Guarayos Skirt Dogwood Pale, £89.00 - Velvet and Rose, 1, London House, Chapel St, Petersfield GU32 3DR. 2. Ellen Trousers in Aqua, £199.00 - Hobbs, 137, 141 High St, Guildford GU1 3AD. 3. A Postcard From Brighton, Lemon Chiffon Sweatshirt, £52.00 - Karen George Ltd, 34a High Street, Emsworth, Hampshire PO10 7AW 4. Oversized Ribbed Crewneck Cardigan, £85.00 - & Other Stories www.stories.com. 5. Mia Linen Tunic, £55.00 - White Stuff, 47 High St, Winchester SO23 9BT. 6. Asymmetric Barely There Sandal in Yellow, £65.00 - Dune, Unit Su63, Harbour Parade, Southampton SO15 1QE 7. Callie Large Bag, Mint Green, £54.99 - Katie Loxton, 93 East St, Chichester PO19 1HA
style insider The secret to keeping your outfits exciting is by playing around with accessories. For some, accessorising comes easily, and for others, it can be difficult to know where to start.
DAINTY GOLD NECKLACE A gold necklace is timeless and can be worn forever, no matter your age. Gold is an investment, and a special item you can treasure forever. Beautiful South Magazine loves the look of layering necklaces, mixing and matching different types of chains and lengths.
HOOPS From shining silver to matte finishes, and little and large shapes, there really are so many hoop options to choose from. But, where to start if this is a new style for you? Mini hoops are a delightful accessory to complement your outfit and can work for both casual daytime activities and evening events. If you are feeling a little daring, experiment with hoop sizes and go for something a little larger.
STACKABLE RINGS Stacking rings is a trend that keeps growing and growing, first making an impression on the fashion industry in 2013 across catwalk shows. It can bring great excitement and glamour to your outfit, and if you’ve fallen out of love with some of the rings in your jewellery box, stacking is the perfect way to see them in a new light. First of all, the thing to remember is that there is no “right” or “wrong” way to do this. The more different the rings, the easier it is to stack them. Wear statement rings with dainty rings, mixing metals and mix stones. Engagement and wedding rings are not off-limit to stacking, don’t be afraid to try something creative.
STONES Gemstone jewels across necklaces, bracelets and rings are beautiful, versatile and should be a staple in your jewellery collection. Although gemstones can be eye-catching, they don’t always have to steal the spotlight. Sometimes just a touch of colour and sparkle can do the job. Whether it is adding a small pendant necklace to a simple workday look, wearing drop earrings to make your outfit a little more formal, or adorning your wrist with a gemstone bracelet, it will add a new touch of elegance to any outfit. We are lucky to be home to some delightful jewellers in the local area, including RL Austen in Chichester, RJ Morris based on Hayling Island and Annie Haak online (www.anniehaakdesigns.co.uk). All of which have a vast and beautiful selection of jewellery to choose from, including our staple suggestions. Be sure to make a journey to the delightful stores over the next few weeks and follow our jewellery guide for some inspiration. You won’t regret it!
The Joan Ring Stack (above) £60.00, and Clear Crystal Star Hoop Silver Earrings (left) £40.00 both from Annie Haak www.anniehaakdesigns.co.uk. Top image 18ct White Gold Sapphire and Diamond Loop Necklace £4,195.00 from RL Austen Jewellers www.austenjewellers.co.uk. 9ct White Gold Peridot & Diamond Pendant Necklace (right inset image) £255.00 from RJ Morris Jewellers www.rjmorrisjewellers.co.uk
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There is no denying that in recent years the trend and conversation around fasting, or 'intermittent fasting' as it is known, is growing rapidly. You probably know someone who has engaged in some form of it or perhaps even given it a go yourself. But what are the benefits that back up the theory? And what’s the best way to do it yourself? Popularised by British writer, Michael Mosley, the 5:2 diet involves eating normally 5 days of the week while restricting calories to 500-600 for two days out of the week. On the fasting days, women are to eat around 500 calories while men eat 600 calories. For example, you might eat normally every day of the week except Mondays and Thursdays. For those two days, restrict your intake over 2 small meals. The Warrior Diet was created by fitness guru Ori Hofmekler, and is based around eating small amounts of raw fruits and vegetables during the day and eating one large meal at night. You fast at day, and feast in the night within a 4 hour window. This approach advocates that food choices that are quite similar to a paleo diet — whole, unprocessed foods that resemble what they looked like in nature. Fasting, when undertaken correctly as part of a balanced routine and overall healthy lifestyle, has many beneficial and scientifically proven positive attributes. From weight loss, through to a reduction in insulin and blood sugar, through to inflammation, increase of hormone and growth of new nerve cells. There have even been claims of increased lifespan... The basic explanation of intermittent fasting is through shifting your eating patterns between periods of consuming and fasting. You are still able to eat an average amount of food but just in a smaller time frame, which is called your 'eating window.' On the right are our top 3 round-ups for ways you can give it a go.
Basically, you "fast" all day and "feast" at night within a 4-hour eating window. Eat-Stop-Eat involves a 24-hour fast, either once or twice per week. This method was popularized by fitness expert Brad Pilon. By fasting from dinner one day to dinner the next day, this amounts to a full 24-hour fast. For example, if you finish dinner at 7pm Monday and don't eat until dinner at 7pm the next day, you've just done a full 24-hour fast. You can also fast from breakfast to breakfast or lunch to lunch. The end result is the same. Water, coffee, and other non-caloric beverages are allowed during the fast, but no solid foods are permitted. Remember, always consult your health care professional before embarking on any new dietary ventures.
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Talking Organic We increasingly spend so much time thinking about our diets. We are, apparently, what we eat. There are also many theories around our skin and its power of absorption. Can the products we apply – cosmetics, fragrances, lotions or soaps really penetrate the dermis and circulate within our bodies? Generally, the theory is 'not really'. It's not easy for ingredients to penetrate through the skin because of it's highly complex and defensive structure, and primarily, these are myths. However – there are small and specific changes, based on the size of molecules in ingredients, where our skin can indeed pick up and absorb certain products. With this in mind and in the broader context of looking after the planet and being conscious consumers, it is still a worthwhile exercise to find out more about where your products come from, how they are sourced, their chemical make-up, and what affects this could have on our bodies. Just like vegetables or fresh produce, Organic Beauty is the formulation of cosmetic products using organically farmed ingredients. These ingredients are grown without the use of Genetically Modified Organisms (GM), herbicides, synthetic fertilisers and more. Certified organic products not only make a promise in the ingredients – but also the process. No animal testing, no genetic modification, no controversial
chemicals. Here are our roundups of some of the best organic products suitable for all-round use, for all members of the family…
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1. Cleanse and revitalise your skin with conditioning seaweed, soothing arnica and organic juniper, lavender and pine essential oils. They are blended with sustainably sourced organic seaweed from the rugged Breton coastline in northern France and hand-harvested arnica that grows wild in French mountain meadows. Neal’s Yard Remedies seaweed and arnica shower gel 200ml, £14 www.halsa.ltd
2. This shampoo has been formulated with natural cleansers from sugar and coconut to gently cleanse your scalp and hair without stripping natural oils. The incredible Baobab proteins have been shown to boost shine, strengthen, protect, reduce frizz and tangles as well as increasing softness and smoothness. Organic pomegranate extract rehydrates and protects hair. Also contains soothing organic aloe. Evolve Organic Beauty Superfood Shine Shampoo 250ml, £5 www.evolvebeauty.co.uk
3. Mix up your morning routine with cool, minty fresh peppermint toothpaste from Dr. Bronner’s. This low-foaming, vegan friendly fluoride-free toothpaste is as clean as they come, being free
4. Trilogy Rosehip oils powerful blend naturally contains nutrients your skin needs to achieve and maintain optimum health including 80% essential fatty acids (oleic, linoleic and linolenic), vitamin E and the antioxidant lycopene, all well known for their ability to promote skin repair and rejuvenation of skin cells. Trilogy 100% Natural Certified Organic Rosehip Oil 20ml, £19.50 www.nealsyardremedies.com
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Bringing Japanese joy into your home
eaceful simplicity surrounds the modest designs of Japanese culture. Thousands of years steeped in tradition have influenced Japanese architecture and interior design aesthetics, resulting in a serene and very cultural style. With the Tokyo 2020 Olympics happening this year, Japanese trends are set to trickle throughout the globe. From food and fashion to sport and The best way to maintain interiors, the far East has a lot to a strong connection with teach us. Beautiful South Magazine the outside world is to explores how you can incorporate this harmonious and relaxing style bring nature indoors. into your home.
Make it minimal To start, it is important to understand that Japanese interior style evolves around clean and uncluttered living, holding tightly to balance, organisation, ancient customs and items that only serve purpose. Bring zen into your life by organising your items and
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keeping it minimalist. The Japanese are famous for being smart with their space, and their clean designs are heavily influenced by their history and beliefs of simple, happy living. A great way to bring the Japanese ethos into your home and find more inner peace is by getting rid of things that don’t bring joy, for example: clearing surfaces, emptying drawers and creating space by stripping back your unneeded items. We highly recommend the wonderful Japanese author, Marie Kondo’s book ‘The life-changing magic of tidying up - the Japanese art of decluttering and organising’, to guide you thoroughly through your new journey.
Colour code To create your zen space, choose the colour palette of your interiors wisely. Japanese homes avoid bold hues and instead opt for calming, neutral colours. From sand and pale grey to ivory and mocha, be sure to keep your colour code basic and authentically calm. Farrow & Ball has a vast and beautiful selection of paints to choose from that can help transform your space.
The natural world Japanese culture surrounds a love and respect for all things natural. The best way to maintain a strong connection with the
suggests incorporating a water feature or even an aromatherapy humidifier into your space. If you are looking to go the extra mile, Bring zen into your traditional Japanese baths, called furos, can be found all over the country in homes and life by organising your traditional inns. They are a brilliant way to items and keeping it embrace relaxed, Japanese interiors. A furo minimalist. differs from conventional Western bathtubs by being of a deeper construction. Turn your bathroom into an enlightened escape by adding one of these soaking-style tubs. We are fortunate enough to have a fantastic array of bathroom companies in the local area who will be able to help you with your design needs.
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outside world is to bring nature indoors. But how? Simply add traditional Japanese plants, such as bonsai and bamboo, into your living area. It is not as normal to see a lot of colourful floral arrangements in a Japanese home, so whatever plant you decide on, keep it simple, natural and green. Keydell Nurseries based in Horndean is one of our favourite, local Japanese homes avoid garden centres and will be able to assist bold hues and instead with any plants you may need.
opt for calming, neutral colours.
Another option is to add natural, wooden elements into your home. Japanese interiors are known for using wooden items throughout their homes. Frames, doors, walls and screens are all traditionally made from this material. The most common types of wood, include: cypress, hemlock, red pine and maple. Try enhancing your living space with these elements, as it can help create a clean and calming effect.
The wonders of water Incorporating elements of water is vital when updating your home interiors to be more Japanese. The relaxing, serene sounds of water bubbling will immediately create a calming effect in your living environment. Why not enhance your bathroom area by creating a spa-like atmosphere? Beautiful South Magazine
Japanese furniture is low to the ground, and when it comes to traditional tea ceremonies, floor cushions are usually the goto for seating. Mimicking this design aesthetic into your space can be as easy as incorporating low-based furniture into your home. For an authentic Japanese look, simply opt for low-down side tables, removing headboards and framings from beds, or featuring fine-lined sofas and armchairs. The only rule is that furniture should be modern, clean and of natural shade. Online interiors page Made.com has an array of furniture designs to choose from that will help transform your space.
KEEPING THE FAITH Faith & Football is a Portsmouth based charity which was started and is run by ex-Portsmouth footballer Mick Mellows. Here he tells me about his life and work within the charity. Mick was born in Woking, where he attended Sutton Grammar School for Boys and played firstly for Sutton United before going to train as a teacher at King Alfred College, Winchester. During this time he played and scored (although losing 2-1) the 1969 FA Amateur Cup Final and made 16 international appearances for the England national amateur football team. While playing for the college, he came to the notice of many league scouts[ and eventually signed for Reading, for whom he played 17 games, before signing for Portsmouth prior to 73-74 season. He was to remain a regular for the next five years and won the clubs coveted “Player of the Year” trophy in 1975.
They provided the charity with an opportunity to connect and build relationships with the local communities to help meet the needs of the city. The leagues are for children 7 - 11 years old. There is no coaching involved, just a friendly and encouraging environment to allow children of all abilities to play together, have fun, make friends and keep fit! Other initiatives include Family Engagement Programs, Christian Supporters Club (PFC), Enterprise & Leadership Challenge, and work in Uganda, where a Bi-Annual football tournament has been hosted to bring together local Ugandan people with Sudanese refugees arriving in the region.
One of the longest-running schemes is the “Extra Time Reading Course”, which has now been in operation for more than ten years. According to studies produced by Save the Children, there is a proven link between higher quality education benefitting the UK’s poorest After retiring from football and looking for direction in life, Mick children. The reading course is an early intervention scheme which discovered Christianity and became interested in how he could share targets children that will be shortly entering the senior school system this with more people. He recognized the difficulty that people had but have fallen behind on the National Curriculum. F&F have up to with connecting with the Church and felt that Football could be used 40 volunteers who go into schools that are requesting help on a weekly as a means to achieve this. basis to provide one-to-one reading practice with the children. The books used are based on traditional bible stories In 2002, he founded and became Charity and have increasing levels of difficulty as the THE COURSE IS Director of “Faith and Football” (F&F) - a pupil becomes more confident and proficient. Portsmouth based community initiative NOW SO POPULAR which reached out through sport to the City’s Mick feels proud of the achievements of this THAT THERE IS A youth and disadvantaged. Linvoy Primus and scheme, and in particular, meeting children in WAITING LIST FOR Darren Moore, who had both recently become their late teens who have so obviously benefitted BOTH SCHOOLS AND Christians, were invited to join the organisation from the kick start that the course was able to give and to use their positions within football to them. The course is now so popular that there is PUPILS TO JOIN. promote both Faith and the charity. a waiting list for both schools and pupils to join, dependent on the number of volunteers that be Linvoy Primus was a hugely popular figure within Portsmouth FC encouraged to make themselves available. and the wider community and helped to raise the profile of F&F, particularly during the Premier League years. Linvoy remains a trustee In 2015, Faith & Football received the Queens Award for Voluntary of the charity while working for “Christians in Sport”, which offers Service, which is the highest award that any charity can achieve in the pastoral care to elite athletes. UK. The award is equivalent to an MBE and is announced on 2nd June each year, via the London Gazette, to coincide with the anniversary of As with many other charities, F&F have found it much harder to raise the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. The award is managed by the funds in recent years, as there are many organisations competing for the Government department for Culture, Media and Sport. same public generosity, whilst there has been a societal shift away from donations to religious-based groups. The charity is therefore very reliant Whilst other people of his age (72) are looking forward to an easier on its team of volunteers, as well as having one full-time employee. pace of life, Mick’s enthusiasm and passion remains undimmed, and he puts this unbelievable energy down to his Faith. He would, however, Despite the restrictions on money and resources, F&F now provides a be grateful for any help and support range of community, educational and overseas programs as a platform that is offered and can be contacted for relationship building. The first programs were based around on email@example.com inner-city football leagues throughout Portsmouth. or visit www.faithandfootball.org.uk.
Are wood-burning stoves bad for air quality? In recent months there has been much talk about wood-burning stoves and air quality. Many of the headlines have been based on studies that don’t necessarily give the whole picture, and modern wood-burning stoves have been lumped together in the same category as open fires and much older solid fuel appliances.
Ecodesign Ready stoves reduce particulate emissions by 90% compared to an open fire To combat, SIA (Stove Industry Alliance) Ecodesign Ready stoves are a new breed of stoves that are actually part of the solution to air quality offering exceptional efficiencies and very low particle and CO emissions. Ecodesign is a new Europeanwide programme to help lower emissions and improve air quality across the UK and Europe. All products manufactured and
installed after 1st January 2022 will have to comply to Ecodesign regulations. Ecodesign stoves have to meet a set of clean-burning criteria. The efficiency must be over 75%, and emissions must be below certain levels using ultra clean-burning technology that ensures an excellent burn while reducing smoke and emissions whilst burning a lot less wood. As well as helping to reduce household emissions, wood-burning stoves also provide a carbon-neutral, sustainable heat source. In fact, recent SIA tests have shown that Ecodesign Ready stoves reduce particulate emissions by 90% compared to an open fire and 80-84% compared to an old stove. They are a cost-effective and fuel-efficient option for households across the country, and in particular, they help to provide a source of heating for people in rural communities who live off the gas grid. In the government’s energy efficiency indicator logs have a significantly lower carbon factor than gas, oil or electricity.
Modern wood-burning stoves are virtually carbon neutral when using current burn technology. High-quality wood emits less CO2 when burned than it does with natural decay, so with correctly installed stoves producing emissions of only 0.008 kg CO2 per kWh - compared to 0.198kg for gas, and 0.517kg for electricity - wood provides an attractive and environmentally responsible alternative to gas and electricity for heating the home. TFS Wood Stoves offer one of the largest ranges of Ecodesign ready stoves on the market that not only meet the criteria but are a vast improvement on the regulation by up to 45%. If you would like some help and advice on choosing a wood stove for your home, please call TFS Wood Stoves on 01730 890200. You can get more information and view the stoves we supply by visiting www.tfswoodstoves.co.uk.
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With Polo Season in the UK officially kicking off in May through Summer, now is the perfect time to review your wardrobe and update your style.
Here we give you the ultimate recap on what to be seen in this season. Giddy up.
The biggest determining factor in shoe choice at the Polo is probably the weather. For wet and muddy terrain, go for a Chelsea Boot.
This suit is the ideal centrepiece of the outfit for the ultimate daytime chic. Saman Amel favours a natural palette, believing careful fabric selection will add the right amount of texture and depth. This jacket is tailored from melangé wool and fully canvassed to maintain structure while allowing it to mould to the shape of your body over time. A light, mismatched suit and trouser combination is the perfect way to attend the polo in style and showcase a daytime look.
Crew Clothing offer an excellent option for £115 www.crewclothing.co.uk (top right image).
Saman Amel Beige Unstructured Mélange Wool Suit Jacket From £1,300 www.MrPorter.com (opposite page, far left image).
Whether you decide to keep it in the family or opt for a different coloured lower half, keep the overall theme light and uplifted. When it comes to shirting, nothing says daytime luxury like Ralph Lauren. The classic Oxford shirt is a wardrobe staple, and fresh white is the perfect addition to your outfit that can be worn on and off the turf. Ralph Lauren Slim Fit Oxford Shirt from £95 www.ralphlauren.co.uk (opposite page, far right image).
For warmer summer days, up the ante with loafers from Gucci. The ‘Brixton’ loafers are embellished with green and red webbing, as well as burnishedgold horse bits - two iconic design details that nod to the house’s equestrian-themed collections during the ‘30s. For light suiting, opt for brown. For darker shades – stick with black. From £530 www.MrPorter.com (image below).
Add finishing, casual touches that deliver a hint of unique personality. Our go-to - a colourful pocket square. Avoid cliché polka dots and head for something more refined. We love the Richard James, Wool and Silk-Blend Pocket Square from £55 www.MrPorter.com (above right).
Have a bit of fun while keeping things together. Ralph Lauren’s Striped Braces add a curated edge to your look while keeping things in equal measure contemporary and classic. From £129 www.ralphlauren.co.uk (opposite page, centre image).
Off to the Polo and looking for somewhere to stay? Look no further than Cowdray Park With 16,500-acres of picturesque parkland within the South Downs National Park. It has so much more to offer than just Polo, with a stunning 18 hole Championship golf course, Wellbeing at Cowdray Hall as well as Fly Fishing and Clay Pigeon Shooting, Cowdray Park has more than enough to keep even the most active guest entertained. Nearby you can also discover breathtaking vistas, cultural gems and heritage sites in the local West Sussex towns and countryside. Check out the delightfully romantic “Bothy” located across from the main Lodge. for blissful countryside living. www.cowdray.co.uk/stay/the-lodge
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explore a whole range of subjects, often those that are about the environment. Even during the winter months in dry weather, the children were out there writing poetry about what they see and experience around them in the woodland fringes of the green, the far distant views and the wildlife. It was a joy to see how engaged and excited the children were as they discussed and composed their poems.
is renowned children’s author Michael Morpurgo, who with his wife Clare, founded Farms for City Children. This is a charity offering urban children a unique opportunity to live and work together for a week on a real farm in a ‘learning through doing’ experience of a different life, for children who may not know where their food comes from and have limited opportunities to explore the outside world.
There is now a growing movement towards taking the classroom outside, and this has been promoted by the global Outdoor Classroom Day campaign, with three million children
The environment is a key issue at the moment, and the desire and need to get children outside and connecting with nature is being fulfilled in many imaginative ways, even in the centre of huge overpopulated cities, including in London with its Vauxhall City Farm, not that far from Waterloo station. The farm is run as a charity focusing on education, youth work, animal care and horticulture.
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recent survey has revealed that children spend less time outside per week than a prison inmate, with 74% of children spending less than 60 minutes out in the fresh air each day, which is recommended to prisoners as essential to mental and physical health. The temptations of modern technology and our addiction to it have not helped. On the BBC’s ‘Easy Ways to Live Well’ programme, a typical modern family were interviewed about their screen time, with the mother monitored as spending up to six hours a day on her phone and her children far more daily screen time when TV viewing was also added. One of the startling statistics to come out of this programme was that those who have too much daily screen time are 26% less productive. The good news is that educators are now getting the children into the fresh air, with a relatively new movement to take the classroom outside. The writer of this article often sees groups of school children and teachers using her local village green as a classroom. Log stumps provide the seating, set around in a circle, where they discuss and
worldwide taking part in 2019, with more than 619,000 of those in the UK and Ireland. The campaign promotes that: ‘outdoor learning improves children’s health, engages them with learning and leads to a greater connection with nature. It can also teach critical life skills such as resilience, teamwork and creativity and is central to children’s enjoyment of childhood’. The annual campaign states that time outdoors every day is import to every child. Sir Ken Robinson, leading expert in education, creativity and human development, commented: “Academic research shows that active play is the natural and primary way children learn.” One of the earliest pioneers of outside education
Outdoor Classroom Day There are a number of schools in our Beautiful South catchment area that take part in Outdoor Classroom Day, with two dates this year on Thursday 21st May and on Thursday 5th November.
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There are plenty of outdoor learning attractions in our beautiful South Downs area, including Butser Ancient Farm, which offers hands-on school workshops and activities. The National Trust also has many opportunities for children to experience all kinds of outdoor learning activities, offering families the chance to cut their screen time and experience some real-life learning experiences.
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Be the best that you can be At Alton School, small class sizes and excellent teaching allow us to tailor learning to each pupil. Academic progress is exceptional. At A Level, 100% achieved A*- B (15 subjects) in 2019. At GCSE, 48% achieved 9-7 (A**- A). Great schools educate the whole child, mind, body and soul. Our pupils enjoy a broad and vibrant curriculum and a rounded education. Students discover their talents and learn what they can contribute to the world. We have outstanding performing arts; punch well above our weight in sport, and are part of a global school network offering language and cultural exchanges. Students have a wide choice of co-curricular activities from Combined Cadet Force (Army) to chess, tennis to trampolining, musicmaking to movie making. A Catholic school, our kind and caring community welcome pupils of all faiths and those with none. We are rated â€˜excellentâ€™ in all areas by the Independent Schools Inspectorate. Please come and see for yourself. Open Morning: Friday, 7 February at 9.30 am. Register at: email@example.com or call 01420 82070. School minibuses collect from a wide area across Hampshire and Surrey.
Nurturing young minds in a wonderfully vibrant environment Churcher’s College is an independent day school for girls and boys offering Nursery, Junior, Senior and Sixth Form education. School years are a journey of discovery, both outward and inward, and we relish that adventure. We offer an outstanding education: inspiring and challenging lessons, a rich and varied co-curricular programme and a warm and caring community. Boundless opportunities in adventure, sport, creative and performing arts, combined with teaching and learning that “exceeds expectations” *, we equip our students for 21st-century life. Churcher’s is hosted on two campus sites in Hampshire enabling the Junior School and Nursery pupils to flourish in their own large and leafy grounds in Liphook whilst maintaining close links with the Senior School and Sixth Form located in nearby Petersfield.
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Every child is known and valued Our supportive environment and outstanding pastoral care at Ditcham Park School, where ‘every child is known and valued’ provides a strong foundation on which we nurture and encourage each child to learn and progress. Our well established and exciting STEAM programme, excellent teaching and all-round approach to education and sport develops our pupils into confident young people who go out into the world with the skills and desire to improve it. Nestled within Ditcham Park School’s 16 acres is a purpose-built nursery, Ditcham Dragonflies, staffed by a professional and caring team ready to welcome your child and nurture their inquisitive minds. Our youngest children are fully integrated into our school family; Dragonflies are taught music, PE and drama by specialist teachers and use the school’s facilities. Our beautiful grounds provide endless opportunities for outdoor play, learning and exploring, and the fresh air builds healthy appetites for a freshly cooked lunch whatever the age! Book a tour or attend an open morning and come and experience Ditcham’s magic with your child. You will receive a warm welcome. Call 01730 825659.
Bursaries and Scholarships - Academic, Art, Drama, Music & Sport - offered For more information call us on 01730 825659 Petersfield Hampshire GU31 5RN www.ditchampark.com
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pring is all about revitalising, refreshments and new starts - the ideal time to consider revamping your home. After a long, cold winter, a spring renovation project is a great way to breathe new life into your living environment. There are plenty of ways to update your home without the messy overhaul or vast expense of remodelling. Whether you are only looking to do small changes, or for a whole new project, Beautiful South Magazine can share some inspiration on where to start. Once completed, these touches go a long way to improving your living space.
Small touches There are plenty of renovation projects you can do if either you're working with a more modest budget or do not have the desire for a major revamp. If so, it is time to explore with a new palette of paints. Whether you gloss your walls, kitchen cupboards or even front door, adding new pops of colour to your home can make it feel like an entirely new space. Why not be bold, and opt for hues outside your comfort zone? It's spring, after all, so the ideal time to adorn your walls in minty green or tangerine, or perhaps your front door in a vibrant blue. Other small touches you can update your home with can include: updating a kitchen backsplash with new tiles, replacing doorknobs, light switches and handles or even styling your walls with artwork and prints. The possibilities are endless.
Lighting Lighting is an essential aspect of interior design, as it enhances the aesthetic appeal and creates the ambience of a living space. Lighting fixtures that illuminate a room create a safe and comfortable environment alongside adding style to the interior
dĂŠcor. Ensure your 'light spectrum' from your bulbs is appropriate for each room. Soft bulbs emitting yellow and red undertones are more suitable for lounges and bedrooms, whereas brighter bulbs emitting blue undertones work better for the bathroom or study. To enhance the lighting of an area, hang mirrors from your walls to create a lighting illusion.
Reupholstering furniture Rather than bidding farewell to your sofa or dining chairs, you can reupholster your furniture to immediately update your home. By adding new fabric to an existing armchair or sofa can create a chic modern style that will look as good as new. Easier additions, such as new throws or cushion covers, also help give old furniture a fresh feel.
The essentials While it isn't the most glamorous or exciting, upgrading your living environment's electrical and plumbing mechanisms can improve the safety and efficiency of a home and be the base of starting your house projects. There's little sense in updating a whole new bathroom on a crooked floor or have your new room damaged by a leaking foundation or roof. Being smart with the essentials is key!
Getting outside It's important not to forget about your outdoor spaces so dress them the same as you would inside, to create flow and continuity. While winter weather can expose exteriors to harsh conditions, these couple of months bring a much better working environment. And if you're thinking about these exterior projects, starting in the spring allows damaged grass, shrubs and gardens to recover and regrow once complete. Just as the interiors should be carefully planned and rearranged, so too should the outdoor entertaining area.
Covering costs Renovating a house from fresh can bring about a set of issues that will need to be resolved before your dream home can emerge â€” and these issues tend to involve hidden costs. Being aware of these and having a step-by-step plan of action should mean the project remains on schedule and budget. Plan your expenses and let the fun begin!
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A bespoke service from Traditional & Modern Joinery Starting as a joinery apprentice, to running a highly reputable business, Les Parvin, owner of Traditional & Modern Joinery, celebrates 45 years of providing the South’s best carpentry and joinery service. Les began his love for carpentry and joinery back in the 1960s, where he spent five years as an apprentice learning the valuable skills of the trade. By the mid-’70s, Les had employed several other qualified cabinet makers and wood machinists to assist him in his restoration projects. Les and the team continued to run a successful business which manufactured pine and oak furniture for 20 years, however, by the mid-’90s, it became apparent that the team should focus their skills on providing bespoke and architectural joinery. Today, Traditional & Modern Joinery is a team of highly-skilled joiners, knowledgeable
cabinet makers and machinists who offer their expertise to all of the South’s bespoke joinery requirements. As well as offering a vast range of bespoke joinery and fitted built-in furniture for your kitchen, bedroom, or study, Traditional & Modern Joinery also create flawless staircases, sash windows, exterior doors, garage doors and garden gates; using only the best quality hardwood and softwood materials. Using their professional skills in traditional methods of joinery alongside modern techniques, the dedicated team at Traditional & Modern Joinery will work with you to design your new dream fit or provide special profile cutters to match your traditional mouldings. Their list of various finishes and catalogues of architectural ironmongery are available for you to choose from, in order to reach your desired design whilst finally providing you with a full fitting service, to ensure a faultless finish that will transform your property.
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IS YOUR KITCHEN CRYING OUT FOR A MAKE-OVER THIS SPRING? Do you get that sinking feeling every time you walk into your kitchen? You may have been longing to replace it with something completely different, a fresh new look that is in line with your current tastes, and also uses the available space more effectively. Whatever your taste or chosen style Conquest Fine Bespoke Furniture can create the perfect kitchen for your home - from galley kitchen, kitchen diner to large scale open plan kitchen, dining, living space. Our high quality handmade furniture can be built to perfectly fit your space, whilst incorporating clever design features and touches, and you will find that our bespoke kitchen furniture may be more affordable than you think. Many of our clients have chosen our Bespoke Classic Kitchens range which is
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The art of the Spritz You would have seen them sweeping bars, beach clubs and restaurants across the south, across the UK… probably across the world. The Spritz. Specifically, the Aperol Spritz. Aperol Spritz is one of Italy’s most famous exports. An easy 3-2-1 mix of three parts
The Pimms Spritz Originally sold as a medicinal drink in 1823, Pimms was intended as a way to improve digestion by Mr James Pimm himself.
But did you know, there is a whole world of Spritz beyond simply Aperol? Yes indeed… and here we have it. Our top 3 picks for the best alternative Spritz recipes that will guarantee equal surprise and delight over the Spring months and beyond!
The Ginger Spritz
Add the below ingredients in a long glass over ice, garnish generously and enjoy. 100 ml Pimm’s Number 1 200 ml lemonade 1 large sprig of mint 2 slices of cucumber 1 slice orange cut in half 1 slice lemon cut in half
prosecco, two parts Aperol, and one splash of soda water. Pour all the ingredients into a wine glass filled with ice, garnish it with an orange slice, and you’re ready to go.
The perfect serve for a hot spring day, when you need a refreshing drink with a kick. Prepare the following...
The Campari Spritz Keep it close to the Aperol - but with a distinct difference. Campari spritz is your answer. Dry sparkling rosé and lemon soda bounce off the citrusy flavour of Campari.
1 thin slice of peeled ginger 2 oz Lillet 3 oz Cava Splash of ginger beer
Place ginger around the inside of your glass to maximise flavour. Fill with ice, and add Lillet and cava. Top off with ginger beer and stir gently to combine. Delicious.
2 oz Campari 3 oz dry sparkling Rosé Splash of lemon soda
Pour Campari and rosé into a high glass - or, even a wine glass. Top off with soda, stir gently to combine, and add the lemon to garnish. Squeeze en route - and sit back.
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Loving Hayling Island… Tucked between Portsmouth and Emsworth, Hayling Island is a place which boasts greenery and nature, local produce and a true sense of community; all surrounded by fresh harbour waters and awardwinning beaches. Hayling’s coastline consists of a three-mile stretch of unspoilt beaches, as well as more miles across the shore of the Harbours. Known for its swimmers and water sports enthusiasts, the island’s blue flag beach is the perfect place to take a dip or practice your windsurfing. The deep high tide is an excellent location for the more competent swimmers, whilst the low tide exposes a vast area of sand for families and dogs to enjoy. You will soon realise that horse riding is a popular pastime
for residents and visitors of the island, with owners and their four-legged beauties galloping across the shallow waters into the summer sunsets - creating a true cinematic scene. The rainbow of beach huts between the Golf club, Funland Amusement Park and the Seaside Railway make this beach an idyllic place to stroll (or ride) along. Many walkers often pop into the local café for a well-deserved icecream or make a mid-way pit stop for fresh fish and chips at the Inn on the Beach pub.
THE HARBOUR IS AN EXCELLENT LOCATION FOR recreational ACTIVITIES
Top image: Capturing the first sunset of 2020. By Debbie Mcilroy
The famous coastal Hayling Billy Cycle Trail, which was originally used as a railway line to the island and Havant, is a five-mile off-road round trip used by walkers, cyclists and horse riders. This trail passes through Langstone Harbour, which is recognised internationally for its impressive nature conservation due to its haven for bird life and aquatic wildlife; including harbour seals! Image above: Hayling Billy Trail
The harbour is home to charter fishing boats and commercial fishermen and is also an excellent location for recreational activities such as water skiing, canoeing, motor cruising and more. After a day of exploring, the locals and visitors of the island venture to Langstone’s The Ship Inn. Sitting alongside the edges of the harbour, this pub serves locally sourced dishes including freshly caught fish, which can be enjoyed alongside the great company and stunning views of the harbour’s freshwater. Inland you’ll find the much loved Northney Farm. Located in Northney Village with views of Chichester Harbour, the Northney Tea Rooms are open every day between 10 am – 5 pm, serving delicious home-made sandwiches, icecreams and light lunches. The farm dates back to the 1930s, before dividing into two sister farms in the 70s . Northney farm is one of the islands most enjoyed attractions, boasting a herd of 120 Ayrshire cows, fresh produce and its admired heritage. Image below: Stoke Fruit Farm Sunflowers by Andrew J Hulson
Guests are welcome to walk along the fields footpaths and spot the wildlife that too enjoys the farmland; including pheasant, foxes, deer and woodpeckers. The Northney Farm crop rotation is an important part of farming for its sister farm, Stoke Fruit Farm, which also uses some of Northney’s fields to grow wheat, potatoes and peas.
Images above: Northney Farm
Stoke Fruit Farm shop is a family-run business located on the main road of the island. It sells delicious local produce including eggs which are freshly laid each morning from some of their 3,000 free-range chickens.
THE RAINBOW OF beach huts BETWEEN THE GOLF CLUB, FUNLAND AMUSEMENT PARK AND THE SEASIDE RAILWAY MAKE THE BEACH AN idyllic PLACE TO STROLL
The shop’s Milk re-fill station is most definitely a highlight. Pricing at £1.99 for a glass bottle of milk or 99p for a milk re-fill, the milk station dispenses locally sourced pasteurised whole and semi-skimmed milk, promoting the brilliant efforts to re-use glass containers, instead of purchasing plastic milk bottles from supermarkets. The farm is also home to the extremely popular sunflower fields. Owner Sam Wilson first sowed the sunflowers seven years ago and now runs the annual pick-your-own sunflowers extravaganza with the help of his wife Annabel, his sister Nette, his stepchildren and the rest of the family.
It’s safe to say The golden radiation from the acres of sunflower fields, the beautiful beaches and the local produce are some of the main things that attract the thousands of people to the island each year... ...Deservingly
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Bentley Walker Ltd is a family run business that was established in 1946. Since our opening, we have become Hayling Island’s premier suppliers of top of the range, high-quality electrical goods and accessories as well as smart home appliances and white goods. Our number one priority here at Bentley Walker, is to ensure that every customer that shops with us leaves satisfied with the service they have received - be it anything from shopping for a new television or washing machine to calling up to arrange a call out with one of our engineers to repair an appliance.
“Our number one priority is to ensure that every customer leaves satisf ied with the service they have received” Come and visit our shop at: Bentley Walker, 116 Elm Grove, Hayling Island, PO11 9EH, which is open from Monday Saturday, 8:30am - 5:30pm. Alternatively call us on 02392 311 115 or visit our website: www.bentleywalkershop.co.uk
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THE PERFECT DESTINATION Occupying an old RNLI lifeboat station dating back to the 1860s, this is one of the most unique pub sites in the UK. The Inn on the Beach has a stunning location right on the coast of Hayling Island. It is the perfect destination on warm summer days or a warm, cosy place to relax during the winter months enjoying the very best of the freshest ingredients on their A la Carte menu, coupled with teas and coffees and a comprehensive drinks list including locally sourced real ales.
The team at the Inn on the Beach is passionate about serving fresh, tasty food. Our menu offers a wide choice of seafood and fish dishes as well as the pub classics you know you love.
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enault has revived the name of a classic French sports-car ibrand, and the stunning Alpine A110 is its first production model. The Alpine A110 is a mid-engined sports car that’s fast, fun, surprisingly cheap to run and probably the best French Porsche current money can buy. Based on the design of a sixties legend that found fame in rallying, it’s a successful homage to the much-loved original. It’s far quicker than its predecessor, too, and adds extra choice for driving enthusiasts who, these days, have a relatively narrow selection of cars from which to choose.Compact and lightweight, the A110’s closest rival was the nolonger-available Alfa Romeo 4C, but being built out of aluminium instead of carbon-fibre, the Alpine is less extreme and easier to live with day-to-day. Now that the 4C isn’t offered new, the Audi TT, Toyota Supra and Porsche Cayman are arguably its nearest competitors. However, the Alpine is still a very different proposition from both these cars. Power comes from a throaty 1.8-litre turbocharged petrol engine with 249hp. It’s the same engine found in the Renault Megane RS, but here it only has one
tonne of car to get moving. This means 0-62mph is dispatched in just 4.5 seconds, which puts it on a par with its rivals. Yet, despite its performance, whooshes and rasps, the A110 can still return economy of up to 46.3mpg, bringing surprisingly agreeable running costs. RenaultSport engineers have more experience with front-wheel-drive hot hatchbacks, but that hasn’t held the Alpine A110 back. Light, communicative and accurate steering makes threading it along a twisting road a sheer delight. A low centre of gravity and mid-engined balance mean it can flick from one direction to the other in an instant. It also has a pliant ride, making it more comfortable than the Porsche or Audi. Its interior is spacious enough for a tall driver and passenger, with supportive and comfortable seats and decent visibility. The dashboard layout is simple, with an infotainment display hovering in front of the fascia and a simple row of toggle switches under it. The centre console is a thin spine with push buttons for the automatic gearbox and a prominent red starter button. It’s less brutally simplistic than the Alfa 4C, but can’t quite compete with the Porsche 718 Cayman or Audi TT for plushness or build quality. Luggage space could also be a deal-breaker for some, with just 100 litres in the
In most respects, though, the Alpine A110 is a surprisingly good all-rounder. It feels special and doesn’t beat you up with a rock-hard ride or uncomfortable cabin, yet still has plenty of performance and sublime handling. Happily, these come without the usual sports-car caveat of sky-high running costs. By Wayne Gorrett
door, and a beautiful body of work started to come together. My warm-hearted neighbour, Roessa Marks, offered her home as a venue, Amanda Wyatt of Sage & Season set up in the kitchen with homemade soup, and fresh focaccia arrived from Sarah Raisbeck. Over 100 wonderful people turned up from across the county, and I faced a wall of generous buyers for the best part of four hours. Pieces were sold from £1 to £400.
Australia In early January, I sat in the kitchen and said to my partner, ‘how bad does it have to get?’. How bad does it have to get before we really take notice of what is happening to our planet, to nature, to our home? For me, this was bad enough. I had reached a point where I wanted my voice to be heard. If I feel the horror and if I feel daunted by what is happening, I can’t be the only one. That question planted a seed, and very quickly, an idea began to develop.
I am a potter, working and living in the Meon Valley. I have a small presence on social media, but enough of an engaged audience I hoped would share my sentiment. My overriding thought was, I can’t sit here and do nothing, I want to help in the only way I know how. So on the 19th January, I planned a charity art sale, bringing together the work of local and national artists and makers, to raise funds for relief support and wildlife rescue in Australia. I first posted about the event on my Instagram account ten days before. From expecting just a small handful of artists wanting to take part and hoping there would be just enough space in my small studio to hold the sale, I am still shocked by what ended up happening. In those few short days, over thirty artists and makers reached out to me, asking to take part. Incredibly generous donations of work arrived at my
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We raised an incredible £5,690.59. This has now been donated to Australian Red Cross, Wires Wildlife Rescue and Cobargo Wildlife Sanctuary. This amazing event has taught me some lasting lessons. The most important being that I can make a difference. We can all make a difference by sharing our thoughts and ideas and coming together. Each of us, individually, has a voice. And if you are in position for that voice to be heard for good, then use it. If you have something to say, someone else will be wanting to say it too. This is when change happens. These disasters continue, and they will spread. The fires in Australia, the floods in Indonesia, they won’t be the only shocking climate disasters we see in the years to come. This isn’t happening to someone else; it’s happening to us all. Make your voice heard.
We can all make a difference by sharing our thoughts and ideas and coming together. Written by Rachael Potter Photography by Sarah Sheldrake
...if you are in position for that voice to be heard for good, then use it. Credits for the generous artists and makers that made the event what it was: Justine Allison, Kirsty Anderson Gail Altschuler, Gemma Bedford Yvonne Blumberg, Kate Box Louise Braithwaite, Philip Chung Carina Ciscato, Alison Crowther Camilla Flint, Tiffany Francis Caro Gates, Jules Hogan Catrin Howell, Michael Huggan Chris Keenan, Sun Kim Melanie Lucas, Juliet McLeod Marnie Moyle, Rachael Potter Katharine Rabson-Stark, Sarah Sheldrake Ruth Taylor, Sarah Tyssen, Philip Walker Eileen White, Charlotte Wirdnam
Donations also made from local businesses: Lamb and Newt Raimes English Sparkling Wine Sage & Season Sarah Raisbeck Tunworth Cheese
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Singapore is a city with effortless sophistication and a dizzying assortment of attractions with character in every district. Whether you’re seeking history, iconic landmarks, a fabulous shopping scene or famous cuisine, there’s a new experience waiting around every corner.
ingapore is a paradise for food lovers, shoppers and history buffs, so there are plenty of places to start your Far East adventure. Find rainbow-painted houses and Hindu temples in Little India, a glimpse back at Singapore’s history at the 19th century Sri Veeramakaliamman temple, or the Temple of 1,000 Lights, built by a Thai monk in 1927 with its famous Buddha statue standing 15 metres tall.
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Tiong Bahru district, packed with wall murals and indie cafés, is known for the creativity of its residents. It is one of Singapore’s oldest areas but has transformed to merge contemporary and traditional and is well worth a visit. Find the Civic District to visit the many museums and memorials in Singapore as well as many of Singapore’s
most historic buildings which have been restored and given a new lease of life. Parliament House, built for the court and government offices, is now The Arts House and home to art exhibitions and concerts. The Supreme Court is now home to the National Gallery Singapore, the world’s largest collection of Southeast Asian art. Take the time to visit the memorials in the area including the Civilian War Memorial to honour civilians killed during Japanese Occupation, the Cenotaph for For foodies, seek out World Wars I and II and the Lim Bo Seng Memorial, one of authentic fare at hawker Singapore’s war heroes during centres or enjoy slap-up World War II.
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You’ll also find the iconic Raffles Hotel in the Civic District so be sure to pop in for a Singapore Sling. The Long Bar has recently undergone a renovation, but you’ll still find it full of people with Slings in hand and enjoying a handful of monkey nuts with the shells covering the floor. Marina Bay is home to impressive architecture with tall glass buildings dotting the skyline. Soak up the views unobstructed from Sands SkyPark Observation Deck or take a scenic spin on the Singapore Flyer, an observation wheel offering a bird’s eye view of the entire city. Visit Gardens by the Bay to marvel at its futuristic beauty or head to the waterfront Merlion Park to see Singapore’s unmissable icon while you’re here. For foodies, seek out authentic local fare at hawker centres or enjoy slap-up meals in Chinatown. Joo Chiat is another of the country’s great food destinations with endless food to try. Treat yourself to a celebrity chef or Michelin star restaurant experience around the city or dine alfresco in Clarke Quay before chilling out with a cocktail at one of the many rooftop bars with fantastic views. If you’re a shopaholic, Orchard Road is a must-visit for luxury labels and high street favourites. Or get out to the local neighbourhoods where you’ll find bustling markets or independent boutiques with hidden gems to remember your holiday. This Far East city is a great option for a break in its own right or as a stopover on the way to a relaxing beach in Thailand or a tour of New Zealand or Australia.
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The journey in creating what is now the distillery's signature gin, Twisted Nose, was not an easy one. In fact, it wasn't until recipe 84 that Paul was satisfied he had achieved what he had set out to make â€“ an intensely herbaceous yet delicately floral spirit with soft sweet citrus notes and spicy undertones finishing with a peppery sparkle.
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atching the forests burning in Australia, covering an area roughly the size of England, has undoubtedly torn the world's hearts; acknowledged through the outpour of donations and praise to the firefighters and aid workers. But even as we count our blessings here in the UK, there is sadness in our hearts to say that our own forests are too currently suffering a devastating threat. Ash dieback disease (also known as Hymenocyphus Fraxineus) is moving frighteningly quickly through forests within the UK; including Stansted Park, situated on the Hampshire/West Sussex border, which now suffers from the infection causing many young trees to die.
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This virulent disease weakens even larger trees, reducing their ability to fight infection and making them unstable. This has serious safety implications in areas of public access, or adjacent to roads and buildings. Managing them is fraught with danger, meaning landowners are, with heavy hearts, having to fell large numbers of ash trees. The Stansted Park Charitable Foundation is offering the chance to help forests closer to home, planting thousands of trees to recreate forest cover, offset emissions and create wildlife habitats.; but it needs your help.
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The Stansted Park Foundation has reluctantly begun its own felling programme, under licence from the Forestry Commission. Head Forester, Michael Prior, said, 'This is a last resort, something we never wanted to do. 'Ash is one of our most common trees and its widespread loss will have a disastrous effect. The species is vital for biodiversity, with huge numbers of
The cost of replanting these large areas within the ground is huge, however this scheme a vital part of Stansted Park's charitable mission. A mix of native hardwoods will optimise biodiversity and the introduction of new species, able to thrive in our changing climate, will add seasonal colour. New access paths will also be laid to enhance visitors' experience.
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Emsworth Arts Trail 2020
25-26 April and 2-3 May By Kate L’Amie
his year’s Emsworth Arts Trail is set to be just as varied and exciting as ever. With 99 Artists taking part in venues throughout the picturesque harbour town, it promises to be two weekends full of a diverse and interesting range of art. “The Emsworth Arts Trail has certainly put the town on the map as a destination for art,” said Carol Price, the event’s chairman. “Now in our 19th year, we have seen visitor numbers grow year on year and art lovers arriving from far and wide.” Last year’s event saw 99,000 individual visits recorded over the two weekends, an impressive increase since the trail began in 2001, with just a handful of artists exhibiting in their home studios.
is a creative and colourful journey around Emsworth; it really is a community-wide event.
With the majority of venues located within a mile of the town centre, visitors often make a family day out of it by walking or cycling along the trail. The printed trail guide can be picked up in shops around Emsworth or in the library and includes a map so you can plan your visit. With such a wide variety of work on show – painters, printmakers, photographers, textile artists, woodcarvers, ceramicists, jewellers and sculptors – there is something to interest everyone. The Arts Trail takes place on 25-26 April and 2-3 May 2020. To preview all the artists taking part, and plan your visit, see emsworthartstrail.org.uk.
Julie Turner is a contemporary printmaker, working mainly in monoprint and screenprint to capture the wild beauty of Chichester Harbour in her own distinctive style. She sells work in PO10 Interiors in Emsworth and also shares her love of printing by teaching workshops there. Sylvia Tomkinson is a “technique-led” jeweller, experimenting and perfecting new processes to create distinctive individual collections. Sylvia loves working with natural stones and forms, always creating jewellery that is both wearable and comfortable.
“We like to think of ourselves as a community of artists, with new exhibitors always welcome; this year we have a number of new artists joining us”, added Carol. “It means there is always something new to surprise and fascinate - from both the new and established participants.” The Trail includes many local businesses and community venues; Artists and makers exhibit their work in shops, halls, pubs, sailing clubs, home studios and pop up galleries. The result
Kate L’Amie is taking part in the trail for the second time this year. A stitch artist, she is inspired by the beautiful birds and scenes of Chichester Harbour. Her thread paintings are created (following trips out with the binoculars!) at home on her dining table, using free-motion embroidery.
EVENTS GUIDE March - April 2020
HISTORIC LIFE WEEKENDS: BREWING AND BAKING THROUGH THE AGES
7th – 8th March Weald & Downland Living Museum The latest in a series of Historic Life Weekends at the Weald & Downland Living Museum, March will see the Museum host special events celebrating the traditions of brewing and baking. Bread and butter are staple foods that we can take for granted, however there is much more to both than meets the eye. During this historic life event, visitors can learn about different baking practices. These events are one of many at the Weald & Downland Living Museum in the coming year and highlights the broad range of activities and experiences designed to provide an immersive and interactive view of history. To find out more please visit www.wealddown.co.uk or call 01243 811363
PETERSFIELD MUSIC FESTIVAL 13th – 21st March Petersfield Festival Hall
Music-lovers of all tastes and ages can find something to enjoy in this year’s varied programme of concerts at Petersfield Musical Festival. This
year’s Festival puts the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven centre-stage with a performance of the third piano concerto in C minor on March 19th at Petersfield Festival Hall, Heath Road, Petersfield. Other performances include Mozart’s Don Giovanni by the Merry Opera Company on the 20th of March and other performances from The Festival Chorus, Highfield Chapel Choir, Southern Pro Musica and more! For a full line up on the festivals performances or to book tickets, please visit www.petersfieldmusicalfestival.org.uk, or you can get tickets from One Tree Books, 7 Lavant Street, Petersfield GU32 3EL | 01730 261199
WINE TASTING 13th March Chawton House Come along and try some beautiful Hampshiremade sparkling wine in the atmospheric surroundings of the Old Kitchen Tearoom. Chawton House have partnered up with Hambledon Vineyard to offer this unique evening event. This will be a fun, social evening, showcasing these unique English wines, with the opportunity to purchase a bottle or two on the night. To find out more visit www.chawtonhouse.org/whatson
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MOTHER’S DAY CREAM TEA 22nd March The Watercress Line Take your mother on a nostalgic trip down memory lane and treat her to a delicious traditional cream tea on board*. It will be a lovely way to celebrate with all the family and, for those mum’s who travelled in the days of steam, a great way to share those memories. *Two delicious home-made scones, butter, jam and cream plus tea or coffee. We are able to provide gluten free scones but, regrettably, we are unable to offer a vegan alternative. Departing Alresford Station at 2:30pm. Adults £25.00. Children (aged 5 – 16) £20.00. To find out more visit www.thewatercressline.co.uk or call 01962 733810
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SAVE THE CHILDREN BIG SALE 3rd - 4th April Petersfield Festival Hall Gorgeous Good-as-New Garments and Goods at Petersfield Festival Hall. Friday, open between 9am - 7pm with £2 entry (Friday only). Saturday, 9am - 1pm, between 1pm - 4pm all items will be half price. You can also fill a ‘Save the Children’ bin bag for £10 (4.30pm 5.30pm). For more info please see our website: www.petersfield-savethechildren.co.uk
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LITTLE BEAULIEU & MOTORING IN MINATURE 4th - 19th April Beaulieu, National Motor Museum
Get playful this Easter as Beaulieu throws open its doors to magical adventure play area Little Beaulieu and the start of new exhibition Motoring in Miniature – the Toys of Your Childhood for families to share memories together. For the whole of the Easter holidays (4th-19th April), families can enjoy letting off steam in Beaulieu’s enchanting new adventure play area Little Beaulieu. Play continues inside the museum as the fun-filled exhibition Motoring in Miniature – the Toys of Your Childhood opens for Easter. For more information visit www.beaulieu.co.uk or call 01590 612345
SPRING TIME EASTER ACTIVITIES 4th – 19th April Butser Ancient Farm
Join us for a cracking Easter at Butser Ancient Farm. Meet our newborn baby lambs, go on the hunt for clues to crack our spring-time trail and learn a new skill with a hands-on demonstration (selected dates and times) Over the Easter weekend come and meet the Saxons from Herigeas Hundas who will be joining us from Friday 10th to Monday 13th April and on the 18th and 19th April the Romans from the Butser IX Legion will also be taking up residence in the Roman Villa with displays, demonstrations and an insight into Roman life. To find out more visit www.butserancientfarm.co.uk or call 02392 598838
15th – 25th April Titchfield Festival Theatre
Sometimes a dream just isn’t enough… Willy Lomas has problems. His job doesn’t pay enough and makes him endure long, stressful days trying to sell to uninterested customers. His sons are a disappointment, and his wife has noticed he talks to himself. With its commentary on the American Dream and one man’s daily fight to achieve it, this Arthur Miller classic exposes, what exactly makes that ‘Dream’ possible and shows why it will always be beyond Willy’s grasp. The Oak Theatre, Hampshire, PO14 4BG. For more performances or for more information please visit www.titchfieldfestivaltheatre.com or call 03336 663366
SOUTHSEA HAMPSHIRE FARMERS’ MARKET 19th April Palmerston Road, Southsea
Southsea’s Hampshire Farmers’ Market takes placed every third Sunday of the month. A Free Event! Enjoy the great taste of Hampshire, savour the delights of truly local food reared, grown, baked, caught & brewed in Hampshire. Home reared meats including buffalo and game, eggs, cheese, milk, ice cream, wine, beer, apple juice, bread, cakes, bakes, pickles, chutney’s preserves, fruits and vegetables, wood and coppice goods. Seasonally produced from within Hampshire. Palmerston Road, Southsea, PO5 3QE. To find your local market visit www.hampshirefarmersmarkets.co.uk or call 01420 588671
EMSWORTH ARTS TRAIL 25th – 26th April & 2nd – 3rd May Emsworth Arts Trail offers the chance to see and meet designers, painters and makers in their own homes and studios. Churches, community halls, pubs and shops also act as exhibition space to bring creativity to every corner of the town. All venues are within a mile of the centre of Emsworth, making it an ideal trail to walk or cycle. Enjoy a full spectrum of mediums and styles from our local artists; including painting, printmaking, photography, weaving, woodturning, ceramics and jewellery. This year’s trail takes places over two weekends and will have over 100 local artists taking part! To find out more visit www.emsworthartstrail.co.uk
THE CHICAGO BLUES BROTHERS 26th April Theatre Royal Winchester
Direct from the West End, The Chicago Blues Brothers and their 11 piece band perform the greatest movie anthems of all time, live in concert. From Dirty Dancing to A Star Is Born. Plus, Blues Brothers classics and lots of lunacy! For more information visit www.theatreroyalwinchester.co.uk or call 01962 840440
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Alongside working for Beautiful South Magazine, Aimee is a photographer for Shots Photography, specialising in family and wedding photography for the past 10 years. Aimee lives in Southsea with her husband and two young daughters, and enjoys weekend walks along the seafront followed by a nice glass of red!
Kate L’Amie is a thread artist based in Emsworth, using free-motion embroidery to create unique artworks inspired by the local area. She loves the outdoors; much of her work features the birds of the coast. Kate is on the Emsworth Arts Trail committee, using her skills in Social Media and PR.
Wayne Gorrett 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.
Beautiful South has 32,000 copies printed with 29,000 distributed directly into ABC1 homes, and a further 3,000 at pick up points, including superstores and Hampshire Farmer’s markets throughout the following areas: Petersfield, Winchester, Alresford and the Meon Valley, Havant, Rowlands Castle, Hayling Island, Emsworth, Old Portsmouth and Southsea.
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The copy deadline date for our May/June edition is 7th April 2020
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