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/ EDITOR’S LETTER

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Welcome to the March / April edition of Beautiful South magazine.

which is certainly a popular topic for fashionistas for this time of year.

Spring is such a fabulous time of the year where most of us will welcome brighter and warmer days. This edition highlights many gorgeous destinations, which are guaranteed to blossom with beauty over the coming months.

Particularly, the background of where this popular style came from is intriguing too. Fishing enthusiasts will certainly enjoy The Gentlemen’s Notebook which talks about fly fishing and its benefits to you physically and mentally. If fly fishing isn’t of interest to you, then our pointers to some high-quality pieces of clothing available at local retailers are worth a read.

Featured in your copy of the magazine, we write about Leonardslee Gardens, in West Sussex, which will soon reopen to the public after several years of closure. When visiting the estate, you are overwhelmed with colourful floral beauty, man-made ponds and wildlife, so you can only imagine how wonderful the grounds will look when ready. In addition, we uncover the story behind the doors of the impressive Stansted House, with its land open to members of the public all year round. The house itself throw open its doors to the public on Easter Sunday, so we hope the article touching on some of its history and heritage inspires you to explore the building for yourself. The estate is based at Rowland’s Castle and offers the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle many of us experience. There’s the usual Style Edit and Insider, where we pay attention to the fashion world’s ongoing love affair of floral prints,

Our interview with Jane Devonshire, who won Master Chef in 2016, touches on her passion for food and what it means to win the television competition. Beautiful South magazine thoroughly enjoyed hearing all about her experience with food and love for Hampshire. We hope you have a great read too! As well as a double page special feature on Portsmouth’s New Theatre Royal, we have a competition giving you the chance to win two free tickets to a show of your choice. There’s more information inside! But for now, sit back and relax, enjoy your copy of Beautiful South…

Denise Lloyd Denise Lloyd, Managing Director

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THE STYLE EDIT Flower Power

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HEALTH & BEAUTY Rise of the meat-free lifestyle Natural Beauty

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INTERIORS The Essence of Painted Furniture

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FOOD & DRINK Exploring Andover

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SPECIAL FEATURE New Theatre Royal

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GENTLEMAN’S NOTEBOOK Fly Fishing The Stylish Outdoors Man

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MOTORING Infiniti Q60 S

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THE INTERVIEW MasterChef winner Jane Devonshire

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PRODUCER PROFILE Meon Valley Cider

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COMPETITION

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THE PLASTIC CRISIS

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OUTDOOR LIVING Leonardslee Gardens

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TRAVEL Escape to The Indian Ocean

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The fashion world’s ongoing love affair of floral prints are emerging through fashion boutiques, offering their take on the iconic pattern. This season’s florals come in vibrant hues, either printed, embroidered or painted. Prepare to find your inner elegance this spring, by luring yourself into the botanical trend with a little assistance from Beautiful South.

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style insider FLOWER POWER! By Danielle Beavis–Smith

Floral printed fashion has become irresistible among designers. Beautiful South highlights how flowers found their way into fabrics and fashion. The pattern is believed to have originated in South East Asia. Flowers formed an integral part of their culture and were used to produce silk printed garments incorporating exotic blooming designs. In the middle ages, what is now a wardrobe staple was also beautifully tailored to embellish plain fabrics and rejuvenate the harsh cuts of each garment. Let’s not forgot the “Flower Power” movement in the 1960’s; the perfect combination of using flowers and fashion to break through racism, to create a world of freedom and acceptance.

flowers in fashion... If you are experimenting with flowered patterns, opt for floral statement pieces and pair with an otherwise understated outfit. Options include floral printed scarfs or a simplistic floral bag. If you’re a fan of the chic feminine image, nothing says spring like investing in a floral dress. Floral dresses offer a flattering silhouette that will showcase your elegance. If you want to tone it down, invest in a dress that you can accessorise with a plain elegant belt. Tighten

your belt around your waist and pair with basic ankle boots if there is a chill in the air. If subtle is your style, teaming soft floral prints with the basics of denim or block colours creates a smart casual appearance. For instance, a crisp floral shirt will always compliment plain hued trousers. Keep your accessories simple, by adding a muted leather handbag. Invest in your spring essentials today, to create a spring in your step this season!

Above image: Flower Power fashion, Photograph by Peter Knapp, 1967, Image scanned by Sweet Jane

Today, floral fashion has continued to inspire textile designers. Flowers have taken centre stage on some of the most high profile catwalk collections. Why not invest in some flawless floral pieces this spring, to find your new found elegance?


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So what can you do to limit the particulate emissions from your wood burning stove? If you don’t yet have a wood burner, make sure you ask the retailer/installer to only recommend stoves that are Ecodesign Ready. If you have an old wood burner or open fire consider replacing it with an Ecodesign stove.

If you have an old wood burner or open fire consider replacing it with an Ecodesign stove.

The future has arrived; the stoves of tomorrow are available today. There has been some coverage recently in the media regarding concerns about particulate emissions from wood burning appliances. The stove industry has been aware for some time that many of the older stoves and particularly open fires are not efficient and actually quite polluting and the recent air quality concerns in London has brought home the importance of improving air quality.

wood burning accounts for around 10% of London particulate matter emissions. Along with diesel cars, burning wood is a source of ‘particulate matter’ and it is now estimated that in winter time, wood burning accounts for around 10% of London particulate matter emissions. Even though wood burning is having a significant impact on carbon reduction, the concentration of particulate matter emissions is dependent on

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how the wood is burnt. For example, burning wood on an open fire can produce 90% more particulate matter than burning wood in a new ultra clean-burning stove. Older stoves that don’t meet these new limits can produce 80% more particulate matter. Air quality is important to all of us and even though wood burning stoves are a relatively low source of emissions, the Stove Industry Alliance (SIA) feels it is important to reduce emissions from wood burning stoves even further, so in February 2017 the SIA launched the new Ecodesign initiative in Parliament. Ecodesign is the European-wide directive to lower emissions which will come into full force in the UK in 2022. This new initiative brings into force new stringent emission levels which are more in line with those set by the Nordic Swan Mark, the official sustainability ecolabel for Nordic countries. The main stove manufacturers within the SIA are developing stoves that will efficiently heat our homes whilst significantly reducing the production of CO2 and other emissions. The SIA Ecodesign Ready will set the standard for the most environmentally friendly stoves available today and the Ecodesign Ready

However, the stove is only as good and ‘clean’ as the fuel you are burning in it, so even the cleanest most environmentally friendly stove will be polluting if damp unseasoned wood is being used. We always recommend the use of very well-seasoned or preferably kiln-dried logs in wood burners, so if you have concerns about the moisture content of your logs, consider investing in a moisture meter or buy kiln-dried logs. If you would like to know more about the new Ecodesign Ready initiative or get advice about choosing and installing a wood burning stove in your property, visit TFS at Mainline Business Centre, Liss GU33 7AD or at our shop in Chobham at 24 High Street, Chobham GU24 8AA . Give us a ring on 01730 890200 or 01276 857695, or visit the TFS website www.tfswoodstoves.co.uk.


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/ HEALTH & BEAUTY

Rise of the meat-free For years being a vegetarian or vegan is a choice many people have struggled to understand. On occasions, veggies may have felt uncomfortable by meat-eaters as eyes were rolled at their decision to have a meat-free meal. But this is no longer the case; a growing number of people are embracing the meat and fish-free dish. Beautiful South delves into why individuals may not have meat or fish at meal times, and how society’s approach has radically transformed over time. People with a meaty appetite for food may struggle with the thought of eradicating it from their meal. But, this doesn’t have to be the case! Making the decision to give meat up, indefinitely or partially, can trigger many health benefits. That is for as long as it is balanced with regular exercise. Let’s not forget, individuals may not eat meat or fish not only because of the positive effects to your health, but due to spiritual beliefs, animal welfare and on occasions, dietary requirements.

Nonetheless, the acceptance of the veggie diet is unprecedented. Marks and Spencer are one of our most favourable supermarkets and have hugely contributed to the rise of a meat-free dish. Moreover, it was found they showcased more meatless dishes in a recent seasonal dinner menu than meat options. Their aim was to engage with their growing ‘Flexitarian’ customer base while remaining accommodating for meat eaters. Waitrose, Sainsbury and other larger chains have followed too.

lifestyle: So, what is ‘Flexitarianism’? Flexitarianism is where eaters predominantly, but not strictly, eat vegetarian dishes. It was one of the biggest food trends of last year and is expected to grow even more so as the food industry embraces the craze. After the rise and fall of clean eating, Flexitarianism is emerging as a more bearable and achievable alternative to going full vegetarian or vegan. Choosing to be a flexitarian will mean you may only eat meat on weekends, when eating out or after a time which suits. It is achieved in whatever way is most manageable. This way of eating isn’t new, but it is growing in popularity thanks in part to high-profile champions including Sir Richard Branson, Emma Thompson and Jamie Oliver, who all support the Meat-Free Monday campaign started by Paul, Mary and Stella McCartney in 2009. Limiting the amount of meat in which you consume can support weight loss, if that is something you may desire. Studies have indicated cutting down on meat has several health benefits including reduced risk of diabetes, cancer and heart disease. ‘Flexitarianism’ presents people with an opportunity to improve their health without going the whole hog and giving up meat for good. Replacing meat with healthier alternatives is a decision worth exploring. The world around us is continually evolving so it may be worthwhile to embrace positive change. Let’s face it, there’s no escaping the food industry!


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Clarins Lipstick, £20 Clarins Lip liner (below) £17.50 1 Alpine Court, Park Road, Petersfield, Hampshire, GU32 3FB. www.daylewis.co.uk, 01730 263064 or avaliable online at www.johnlewis.com

Brush on Radiance, The Body Shop, £14, West Quay, Harbour Parade, Southampton SO15 1QE or 118-121 High St, Winchester SO23 9AS, 023 8022 4783 or 01962 855778, www.thebodyshop.com

THE BEAUTY TREND OF 2018 Natural Beauty This look was inspired by the French phrase joie de vivre which means the joy of life. – Makeup Artist, Monica Marmo By Danielle Beavis–Smith

The ‘natural makeup’ look resonates with most women because of its effortless and youthful appeal. Before you apply your make up, it is essential you apply a moisturiser to your face. Tip: Use a small drop to avoid your skin feeling greasy and spread evenly across your face. Pump a few drops of subtle foundation onto the palm of your hand or a glass palette and dip a fluffy brush into the foundation and lightly swirl the brush across your cheeks, forehead and chin. Tip: Make sure you select a foundation that best meets your natural skin tone. Apply a blusher, either peach or pink hues and sweep the blusher brush from your ear to your mouth to highlight cheekbones to create a natural flush.

To avoid seeing your mascara smudge onto your upper or lower eyelids, invest in an eyelash primer and then gently apply a light weighted mascara. Rotate your brush from the root of your lashes to the tips and then wiggle the wand across your lashes to aid separation.

Neal’s Yard Remedies, Lengthening black mascara £16, 25 Lion & Lamb Yard, Farnham GU9 7LL 01252 719212 www.nealsyardremedies.com

Exfoliate your lips and apply a subtle shaded lipliner to create definition. Lipliners, are extremely pigmented and long lasting – plus, the finer tip will make a more precise application to your lipstick. Lastly, spread a delicate shade of lipstick across your lips to create that finalised look. Follow Beautiful South’s beauty tips this season, to create a youthful and free-spirited appearance we all can endeavour.

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Fishy Business We have been led to believe that eating fish is the healthier option, but this is not always the case. The benefits of eating fish can be nullified by the presence of toxic metals and metalloids such as lead, cadmium, arsenic and mercury, which can have harmful effects on the human body if consumed in toxic quantities. Small quantities of mercury occur naturally in rock, soil and water and approximately half of the mercury that enters the environment comes from volcanic eruptions and other geological processes, Sadly, the other half comes from man, with mercury emitted into the atmosphere from the burning of Fossil fuels, mining and industrial waste. This mercury then enters our oceans and waters, and while there is not too much danger in this initial form, the problem Is that bacteria convert mercury as it’s carried down from the ocean surface, turning it into a highly toxic form called methylmercury. Methylmercury is absorbed by phytoplankton, which is consumed by zooplankton, which, in turn,

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are consumed by smaller fish. This pattern, which is called bioaccumulation, continues up the oceanic food chain with toxins accumulating in quantity so that animals high on the food chain such as tuna, swordfish and sharks carry the most mercury. Some can have mercury concentrations in their muscles that are 10 million times higher than those of their surrounding habitat and around 95% of the mercury found in fish occurs as methylmercury, which is a disturbing reminder that the energy we burn, the waters that surround us and the food that we eat are all intrinsically linked. According to University College London, Chemistry Professor, Andrea Sella, “Mercury is a profound, systemic and long-term poison for humans, but also for other organisms, so getting mercury into the environment is a very serious issue.” In simple terms, the best rule of thumb to remember is the bigger the fish, the higher the risk. This is especially true for the elderly, infants, children and pregnant ladies as methylmercury presents the highest risk to foetuses, infants, and children, whose growing brains and nervous systems can

be adversely affected. It’s also important to note it takes months to excrete the methylmercury absorbed from fish. This means a human foetus can be exposed to some of the mercury consumed by the mother before she falls pregnant. In adults, mercury poisoning can adversely affect fertility, blood pressure regulation and can cause memory loss, tremors, vision loss and numbness of the fingers and toes. It is a matter to be taken seriously. We suggest avoiding Shark, Swordfish, Skipjack Tuna and King and Spanish Mackerel altogether and limiting consumption of Albacore Tuna to occasionally. If you are a real fish lover, add coriander to your cooking, as coriander has properties that help to chelate heavy metals. Prioritise fish that are high in Omega-3’s but low in mercury; ideally Sardines, Wild and Alaskan Salmon and Atlantic Mackerel, followed by Trout, Sole, Pollock and Haddock, Squid and Cod and always remember the size ratio rule of thumb.

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/ INTERIORS

e r u t i n r u F d Painte

THE ESSENCE OF

By Danielle Beavis–Smith

Furniture is the key ‘ingredient’ to your home! With so many different colours and finishes available, you will always have unlimited choice. Whether you prefer your home modern, contemporary, traditional or even minimalistic, painted furniture will always assist you in creating your dream home.

The décor style, and furniture selections that you choose will reflect you and your personal taste. Each furniture piece must be aesthetically pleasing, refreshing and inviting. To create this look, it is important that you select furniture that incorporates the perfect hues that balance seamlessly with your home. When choosing the right colour pallet for your furniture you may want to start with contrasts, something dark paired with something light or, if you wish to infuse a little more colour and energy into your room you might consider choosing furniture that is bright and vibrant. When picking your colours, especially the bolder ones, make sure they blend effortlessly with the rest of your interior. If you prefer colours that are more neutral, opt for subtle, softer, neutral shades which seem to blend perfectly with a variety of painted furniture design.

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That being said, if you do not want spare your old furniture, second hand styling and up-cycling have become a key trend within design! Transforming unwanted furniture is not only cost effective but there seems to be no limits to what you can create! It is far more economic, not to mention environmentally friendly and the end results can create a truly unique space. There are numerous independent companies that offer upcycling as a service. For those who want to embrace this style, there’s nothing stopping you from doing it yourself either. This is where the Annie Sloan paints come in!

Aubusson Blue

Annie Sloan Paints Now a global phenomenon, the leading decorative painting revolution recognised by Annie Sloan created a ‘Chalk’ Paint which is easy to use; quick to dry and can be used for a number of different paint techniques to transform homes. The paint requires minimal prep and is described as ‘miracle in a can’. You can use it on chest of drawers, side tables, chairs and even metal. The paint offers strength, durability and a matte finish to transform the look of your furniture. Gorgeous results have never been so simple and straight forward!

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So what are you waiting for? Pick up that paintbrush and exhibit your inner creativity! You will be pleased to know that the Annie Sloan Paints are stocked in our local areas!

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Planning a kitchen or bathroom project? Your dream kitchen or bathroom can be turned in to a reality with the support from Aqua. The specialists in bespoke kitchen and bathrooms can transform virtually any space into a place that becomes the family hub, where you’ll love to entertain, or where you can relax, unwind and renew. From the initial design concepts through to installations and decoration, Aqua Kitchens and Bathrooms offers you a complete service. “We take every care and attention to ensure our clients are well informed with the work we carry out, every step of the way” says Simon Adamson, who manages the business. He added: “We are a family run business offering a professional, relaxed and friendly service. The kitchens and bathrooms we install are all overseen by Simon Heaver, Dave Stokes, myself or Johnathan our lead surveyor. Our team of installers take great pride

in their workmanship, they are a blend of employed skills and contracted craftsmen, many who were previously members of staff at Aqua. Whatever their status they all install to the Aqua standard.

Homeowners can be confident the work conducted is to the highest quality. If a customer has any concerns with a product or aspect of the installation we will address those concerns quickly and ensure absolute satisfaction. With a free design service, you can ensure your new kitchen or bathroom is well designed and functional. The skilled design team will work closely with you to understand your personal requirements, offering a range of high quality products from the finest designers and manufacturers. Using specialist CAD (computer aided design) technology, Aqua will

produce a series of high-quality 3D photo-realistic drawings. Dave Stokes, Director of the business, is proud with how the business has transformed many homes since 1999. He said: “I am very proud of what has been achieved through the years, I am passionate about my company and continue to work towards providing fantastic kitchens and bathrooms to the local area. “The actual kitchen or bathroom is only part of the work, all of us here at Aqua put a lot of effort into making sure our customers complete experience is positive. We continue to invest in our company to allow us to offer a first-class service second to none.”

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/ FOOD & DRINK

Exploring Andover

Andover is a picturesque market town in the Test Valley, Hampshire. Beautiful South’s Samuel Poole delves into its history and highlights a range of some wonderful coffee shops, traditional public houses and restaurants. With an attractive high street and narrow walk ways, dating back to the Saxon times, this town will certainly please onlookers who appreciate history and superb architecture. Andover is populated mainly by buildings from the 18th century. The area was regarded as an important stop over destination for coaches on their way to London, Southampton and Oxford. Beside the River Anton visitors will discover The Town Mills, in which the town trails commence. The Andover Time Ring features key historical events from the towns past throughout

the high street. Marked by 10 mosaic panels, there are also two poetry trails along the high street and another meandering along the River Anton. Poetry can be found engraved in stone, metal plaques and etched glass. The area is located 15 miles north-west of Winchester and is connected to the rest of the country via convenient transport routes. It sits 18 miles west of Basingstoke, 25 miles from Southampton and 65 miles from the south-west of London. The town is twinned with Redon in France, Goch in Germany, also Andover, and Massachusetts in the United States. The wealth of history in which Andover presents works well with the purpose it holds today. Focusing our attention on locations in which you can enjoy quality food and drink there is certainly something to satisfy all appetites. Andover offers a wide selection of eateries – from traditional pubs to modern and themed restaurants. Much of the ingredients used to create delicious meals are also locally produced.

Top image © Mike Cattell via Flickr, right image Bourne Valley Inn. Opposite page: left image Kudos Coffee, right image Bourne Valley Inn.


The Hare and Hounds has not long been transformed by a full refurbishment and extension. The area is now more spacious making it accommodate for individuals and groups. With a new large dining area with patio doors out on to the garden terrace this location is an idyllic place to enjoy a traditional dinner – especially with the warmer months on their way. Being a traditional country pub, the kitchen produces an excellent array of food. Fresh fish being their speciality, as well as steaks and the popular mouth-watering half lamb shoulder can be enjoyed by all. With roaring fires and a friendly service this public house is certain to make people feel at home. The business is also rated as one of the top 10 places to eat in Andover on Trip Advisor. Anyone with a taste for coffee may enjoy Kudos Coffee, which is a short distance East of Andover. Their focus is fixated on selling the very best quality coffee. Using beans from The Roasting Party, based in Winchester, this local independent is an idyllic relaxation spot for anyone with an appreciation for coffee.

and chairs are surrounded by over-sized windows and patio doors, so people can dine while enjoying views of exquisite gardens. Guest rooms are available for those who may desire to extend their experience of the idyllic location. The team at Bourne Valley Inn are devoted to creating delicious pub classics and true country fare presenting a respectful nod to the seasons and the local farms and estates providing the produce.

“The team at Bourne Valley Inn are devoted to creating delicious

pub classics and true country fare presenting a respectful nod to the seasons and the local farms and estates providing the produce.” If you are seriously seeking good beer and exquisite food, then The Old Bell and Crown is a delightful destination to spend some of your time. Surrounded by countryside, its exterior follows the format of a cottage with the interior bursting with character. Wooden beams, dimmed lighting and warmth compliment each other to maximise the dining experience.

The surrounding areas are full of lakes and rivers rich in trout and other freshwater catches. Specialising in fish the pub and restaurant have an array of creative dishes for you to satisfy your pallet. British pub favourites are also on the menu. This delightful food can all be washed down with a tasteful glass of wine or a pint.

Their extensive menu offers something for all ensuring diners have a charming time when eating. One reviewer states: “This is a little gem, lovely traditional building and an amazing British menu to match. The service was very good, the staff was friendly and helpful. We arrived as a large group and they catered for us all, from the older ones to the youngsters, they seated us at a table even when we arrived without reservation.”

Andover is a location suitable for visitors seeking variety. With history, independent businesses, local produce and excellent accommodation, exploring Andover should be worthwhile. From exploring the more condensed areas to strolling through the countryside – your food and drink destination is sure to impress.

Furthermore, The Bourne Valley Inn, which is a dogfriendly destination, is a rustic-chic village pub prepared to accommodate smaller and larger groups. Guests may walk through the cosy pub and restaurant with the opportunity to dine in The Barn. This spacious and bright dining area is highlighted with wondrously eclectic details. Wood tables

Restaurants & Hotels featured: www.hareandhoundscharltondown.co.uk, Mays Down Lane, Andover SP11 0JA, 01264 735672. www.kudoscoffee.com, 3 Church St, Whitchurch RG28 7AD. www.theoldbellandcrownhatherden.co.uk, Hatherden, Andover, Hampshire SP11 0HT, 01264 735321. www.bournevalleyinn.com, St Mary Bourne, Andover SP11 6BT, 01264 738 361.

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: t h g i tl o p In the s l a y o R e r t a e h New T The New Theatre Royal, at Portsmouth, is a theatre for the people of Hampshire. That’s the message Samuel Poole perceived when he met CEO Scott Ramsay to discuss its heritage and relevance in a modern society.

Nested in the heart of Portsmouth the building is a short distance from The Guildhall and is surrounded by shopping centres and public houses. The theatres exterior is monumental allowing it to have a presence, which is one to be appreciated, rather than being absorbed by the busyness which surrounds. Prior to its opening next to the White Swan, in what was then Commercial Road, the Theatre Royal has connections with a life in the High Street, Old Portsmouth. Originally, the theatre was built by John Arthur of the Bath Company in 1761, bought by Thomas Ellis Owen in 1830, mentioned in Dickens’ Nicholas Nickleby, and sold to the War Office in 1854. Established as the Portsmouth Theatre, Portsmouth and Portsea Theatre and finally as the Theatre Royal, the last Actor Manager William Shalders moved to the new and current site of the Theatre Royal when it opened under the management of Henry Rutley in 1856. The story of this new chapter began in 1854 when a former travelling circus owner Henry Rutley became licensee of the White Swan and leased the Landport Hall next to it, hoping to create “a place of entertainment to which the middle classes of the borough might resort”.

What is important to me is that the work we do has as much relevance in the area as possible. Landport Hall was transformed after its conversion into a theatre, with a theatre license granted on the condition that the doorways between the theatre and the white Swan were permanently bricked up, and the Theatre Royal was secured. The management of the Victorian Grade II* listed building may carry a different vision and values compared to its origins – but it continues to


The Theatre Royal aims to offer a unique venue making a dynamic contribution to cultural, educational, economic and social life of the community. remain popular among local people and beyond. The Theatre Royal aims to offer a unique venue making a dynamic contribution to cultural, educational, economic and social life of the community. “We are a part of the Arts Council England who provide us with some funding. Portsmouth and the region deserve an investment in theatre and this money allows us to exist and support the development of new work with shows. What is important to me is that the work we do has as much relevance in the area as possible. We want to produce more shows tailored around local people” says Scott Ramsay. Quality, diversity and community now resonates through the work of the theatre. With a vision to empower through creativity and bringing performances and artistic opportunities to the area, Scott Ramsay adds there is great potential. He said: “There is a huge under supply of skilled people in our industry and what we need is for all education institutions to not just teach but help the shortage. I think there is substantial potential in Portsmouth and the wider area, so we should encourage this.” What visitors will see today when exploring the building itself is an ongoing redevelopment in partnership with the University of Portsmouth and Arts Council England. A fire in 1972 presented much damage to the theatre with the loss of the whole back of the building, inclusive of the stage and fire curtain, and was never entirely replaced. In 2012, the building closed so a fully functioning stage, backstage area and additional performing spaces could be built. The seating capacity was also increased to 700.

The £4.5 million revamp saw the New Theatre Royal reopen for business in 2015. Since then, it continues to showcase a range of professional and amateur dramatic performances, offering something for all. Scott said: “There was a plot of land at the back of the theatre that burnt down in 1972. What happened is there was an idea of using part of the land to build a new university drama building and an area for the theatre. So, the developers decided to do the two together. “My job is to see how we can put the two together. For us the recent development means the theatre is more sustainable. I have a deep passion for people to make it in the performing arts. The creative industry is one of the most successful industries within the UK.” Looking ahead, the theatre will continue to build on its reputation, while reminding people of its rich history and how it is an asset for local people to enjoy. Scott Ramsay concluded: “What we must do is challenge ourselves about being more creative. We know we can present

things in different ways. I see Portsmouth as an international city and we have a beautiful theatre so must make it work. It is an important building for our area.” A list of upcoming shows can be found at: www.newtheatreroyal.com @newtheatreroyal

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The constant back and forth of casting a fly into the water is a soothing activity. With its graceful motions, fly fishing is particularly a meditative form of ‘quiet sport’ requiring patience, with fishing improving the more you unwind. Fly fishing is a sport which is idyllic for both beginners and the more experienced. With countless locations, which each offer a unique ambience, there is destined to be something for those with an intent on exploring the sport. Offering the freedom to enjoy fresh air, relaxation and exercise, the act of fly fishing can be liberating while presenting a strong sense of togetherness, not only with nature, but with those enjoying the activity with you as well. Fly fishing is an angling method in which an artificial fly is used to catch fish. The fly is cast using a flyrod, reel and specialised weighted line. Casting a nearly weightless fly or ‘lure’ requires casting techniques significantly different from other forms of casting.

Dave Quirk, proprietor of Hampshire Fly Fishing, which specialises in coaching the sport, encourages people to try it for themselves. He said: “I have been doing this activity since I was in my twenties and I have really enjoyed teaching people to learn new skills. When I retired I decided to become a fly fishing coach and now regularly support people with learning all about it.

Give a man a fish and feed him for a day. But teach a man how to fish and he’ll be healthy for life.” “I encourage people to give it a go. It’s a new experience and one that is very relaxing and enjoyable. At times it can be very fruitful if the person fishing enjoys eating their catch.” Concentration is required from the person who is fly fishing. Having good visibility is important as is the ability to ‘read’ the water, as it allows the fisherman to predict where to cast the fly. “Casting a fly is very different to any other form of fishing. It is almost like poetry and has a technique to ensure everything flows well” added Dave. Hampshire offers a remarkable range of locations in which experienced, and less-advanced fly fishers can appreciate. For the more sophisticated

fisherman, the Test and Itchen Rivers and are two of many appreciated destinations for the more challenging fish. These rivers are two of the many top locations to catch trout. An ideal place to commence your fly fishing experience is on stocked still waters. Calmer surroundings allow the person casting the fly to practice the method without the challenge of moving water. Dave Quirk concluded: “The Meon Springs, at East Meon close to the A3, is a brilliant place to learn all about fly fishing. This is one of my favourite locations to teach people and I highly recommend learning there.” In addition, the four spring-fed lakes at Meon Springs have been attracting anglers for around 30 years. Why wouldn’t fishermen be inquisitive to understand the reason behind this popular destination. Day passes to fish on the springs start from £38 for a two-fish pass. Fishing visits can be booked online at: fishing.meonsprings.com Overall, fly fishing may be an amusement which is welcomed by yourself. Regardless of the outcome when dabbling with the adventure of fly fishing, there isn’t much to lose so try the sport today. To book a lesson with Dave Quirk, email: info@hampshire-flyfishing.co.uk or visit www.hampshire-flyfishing.co.uk


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INFINITI Q60S:

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Understandably, most buyers create a priority list when shopping for a car and practicality is usually at the top; it needs to accommodate a certain number of people in a degree of comfort, hold their daily detritus and fall somewhere within the realms of acceptable fuel efficiency. If it happens to look good then hey, it’s a bonus. Then there’s the ‘just because’ cars, when the want far outstrips the need and here is where Infiniti’s all-new Q60 sits. It’s too big to be a sports coupé, too cosy to be a family car and whichever engine variant you choose, it’s going to be a bit thirsty…but hey, look at it! Britain is the second largest market in the world for four-seat coupés and, with the new Q60, Infiniti is chasing a clutch of German coupés from Mercedes, Audi and BMW. Barring one or two niggly nagglies, it may well be in with a fighting chance.

The engine line-up is split down the middle: the 2.0-litre available in both Premium trims is the one that’s expected to sell best, but the 3.0-litre V6 – reserved for the Sport variants and badged Q60 ‘S’ – are the great ones to drive. They both get the same seven-speed automatic

The Q60’s gorgeous profile and organic lines signal a great return by the niche car maker. Coupés are inherently good-looking and, beyond the occasional eccentricity, the Q60’s gorgeous profile and organic lines signal a great return by the niche car maker. The Q60 coupé is based on the Q50 saloon and certainly stands out in its own way. The huge grille, sculpted flanks and crescent-shaped C-pillar give it a distinctive look, aided by the smart standard-fit 19-inch wheels. I lost count of the number of snatched second glances it attracted during my week with it. To a lesser degree, the drama exuding from the exterior continues on the inside where you find a modern, tech-focused front cabin, which it also shares with the Q50. The overall design and quality aren’t as elegant or stylish as that found in, say, a Lexus RC or C-Class, but material and build quality feel good and solid. There’s loads of kit such as sat-nav, electric leather seats and a full suite of active safety kit are standard across the four model range: Premium, Premium Tech, Sport and Sport Tech.

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Presenting Jane Devonshire Interview by Samuel Poole

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t was an emotional accomplishment for Jane Devonshire, when she was crowned winner of Master Chef, in 2016. The chef, who has been living in Hampshire for many years, fought a battle worth winning and says she is excited for the future.

The creativity of her parents in the kitchen initiated the passion she carries for delicious food. “My parents did not have much and would cook most of our dinners from scratch. I remember the food being so wonderful and delicious” she said.

in 1865]. The Hampshire Fare team do an excellent job with promoting local produce.” Jane has been inspired by many dishes in which she has tasted, saying: “I was continually in awe with the different type of dishes people could produce. I always knew I could make something similar. With a gentle push from one of my son’s, and self-belief, I applied for Master Chef. I never had an incline I would get as far as I did.”

Winning the Master Chef competition saw Jane “IF YOU CAME IN TO awarded with the curly ‘m’ trophy. She was “My father was a market trader in London and used to sell all different types of food. He would MY HOUSE FOR DINNER immediately launched into the busy cooking bring home wonderful varieties which would world to build her portfolio. She said: “When I WOULD HAND YOU you are filming you don’t really think about the be cooked in our kitchen. There was so much colour and vibrancy to the different produce. TV especially when you are concentrating on A PEELER TO GET When growing up, the kitchen at home was the food. I was so focused you almost forgot the always an enjoyable experience.” INVOLVED WITH THE cameras were there.” Appreciation for good food is something which runs in the family. The celebrity says when she CREATION OF THE DISH.” “Winning the competition was a surreal experience. I had won the Master Chef created a family with her husband, Mark, the competition and at 5am on the Monday morning I was getting on love and value for flavoursome dishes has been passed on to her a plane at Southampton and flying to Manchester for an interview children. on BBC Breakfast.” Friends of Jane cannot escape her energy for food: “If you came in to my house for dinner I would hand you a peeler to get involved with the creation of the dish. I think it is important for people to really understand where the food comes from and to really appreciate it.” Speaking of her love for food, Jane says: “I love living in Hampshire; there is so much local produce which is lovely to cook with. We have the best watercress beds in this county [based in the Georgian town of Alresford which became the centre of the watercress industry

Since winning the competition, Jane has been participating in various cooking shows across the country. She has starred on various cookery television shows, Loose Women and, most recently, quiz show Pointless. Jane Devonshire’s colourful range of images on social media also inspires the inner-chef many of her followers possess. The star concluded: “I have worked so hard on this journey and am so grateful for the opportunities which have been presented to me.”


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Business for Nigel and Charlotte Johnson at Meon Valley Cider is flourishing as a greater number of local people are becoming fond of the beverage. Describing their cider as “a wine-like cider using local apples from Hampshire together with apples from Sussex and Somerset to produce a wellbalanced drink”, they say having fun is at the heart of the business, which launched in 2015. Previously working in the investment sector, the duo adored the Meon Valley area when they first visited early in their relationship. “We came down to the area when we were in our mid-twenties and fell in love. We vowed to ourselves that if we ever left our careers in London we would come back to this hidden gem which is the Meon Valley.”

Desiring to build a company within the food and drink sector, Meon Valley Cider was born. “We did not know how successful the launch would be. But, above all, tried to create a great product that people would like” said Nigel. He added: “We felt the craft beer industry was a crowded market and felt we were late to the game. Whereas with the cider there aren’t many cider makers in Hampshire, so we thought this would be a good avenue.” Annual cider production has almost doubled over the past 10 years, from five million to 9.5 million hectolitres. With its growing popularity many ciders are mass produced, but local cider makers are still highly valued.

We vowed to ourselves that if we ever left our careers in London we would come back to this hidden gem which is the Meon Valley.” Charlotte says: “We see our cider as a cleaner, refreshing and a more elegant type of cider. I think if you go back in history you will see there has been a strong history of a more wine-like and refined cider. I think people these days are more experimental depending on occasion, compared to many years ago where someone was either more of a beer, wine, or cider drinker.” When Meon Valley Cider was established, Charlotte and Nigel extended their knowledge of cider making and participated in one of the top cider making courses in the country, at Peter Mitchell’s in Gloucestershire.

There are three types of apple: dessert, culinary and cider apples. Generally, cider apples east of Hampshire are limited which is why there is a stronger tradition for cider in the West Country. Meon Valley Cider blend all three types of apple to produce its product. Charlotte says: “Cider apples contain high levels of tannin. The skill in blending is to balance the tannin of the cider apples with the acid and sweetness of dessert and culinary apples. “It is all in the blending. Because we don’t own vast orchards we have the flexibility to choose what we buy in. We ferment and mature our apple varieties separately so when it comes to blending we have all the components where as other people might have a pile of apples from their orchards and that is their cider.” Looking ahead, the business prepares to showcase their sparkling medium, medium-dry and dry produce, as well as their still cider range, at local farm shops, festivals and many markets. www.meonvalleycider.co.uk @Meonvalleycider

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THE PLASTIC CRISIS: Microplastics are polluting our oceans By Samuel Poole

There is a plastic problem. With it being the 21st century it is a challenge to not contribute to the growing issue. Did you know around eight million tonnes of the synthetic material is poured into the oceans every year? Polyethylene shopping bags, takeaway cups, plastic drink bottles, disposable cutlery and plastic straws end up in the seas. The list is endless. There are more than seven billion people living on the planet. Therefore, we all have a part to play regarding fate of the earth. Plastic was first introduced in 1907 and became a highly regarded material over time. But, let’s face it, the material is yesterday’s hero. It may be transparent, tough, light and waterproof, but when thrown away, its journey doesn’t end there. The breakdown of plastic has ramifications on the environment. With a growing concern towards the affect plastic has on our oceans, every one of us can be a part of doing something about the situation. Making a change to support the worlds future is exactly what many companies are doing locally and nationally.

Recently, the BBC said it will aim to be free of single-use plastics across all operations by 2020, making the announcement after the corporation’s landmark series Blue Planet II. Her Majesty the Queen even took the decision to ban all disposable plastics from royal estates after the David Attenborough series.

The microplastics are then eaten by the fish, which ultimately end up in our food cycle. It is not on. The change needs to start here. Additionally, Network Rail has pledged to introduce free drinking water facilities in many of the nation’s busiest stations to ease the use of plastic bottles. The number of national projects combatting the issue plastic is having on the environment is endless. Locally, The Final Straw Emsworth, which has been inspired by the work of The Final

Straw Cornwall, are now working with businesses in the area to minimise their consumption of plastic altogether. Bianca Carr, who has set-up Emsworth’s The Final Straw group, says something must be done about the global issue. She said: “People seem to think recycling is the best way to go but that is not the answer. When recycling plastic, much of it can be broken down in to microplastics which go into the ocean. It is everywhere. “The microplastics are then eaten by the fish, which ultimately end up in our food cycle. It is not on. The change needs to start here. “Even though we are independent, we relate to other projects along the South Coast to ensure we maximise the impact we have when building awareness and seeing change.” The Geomar Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research in Kiel, who analyse samples of the sea, say fragments taken from the middle of the South Indian Ocean, show microplastic particles have been found at relatively high volumes. Their data indicated an average of 42 particles per cubic metre were found, which was incredibly surprising given the remoteness of the area. The Blue Bell Inn, at Emsworth, have said no to plastic straws. They will now serve drinks with an environmentally friendly alternative. Café Moka, Treagust & Sons, The Greenhouse Café and other local businesses have backed the campaign against the use of plastic with their services. #SayNoToPlastic


Can Shared Ownership really help me onto the property ladder?

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I’m looking to take the plunge and move out of my parents’ house. However, I’ll be doing it on my own which means my deposit will be much smaller, and I don’t want to rent. I’ve heard Shared Ownership is a good stepping stone, but I find the idea of owning and renting confusing. Can you help? Rachel from Winchester Shared Ownership has been helping house-hunters for several years. In fact, it’s the industry’s forgotten knight in shining armour when it comes to providing high-quality affordable housing in desirable locations across the UK. However, it’s not surprising you’re looking for clarity about the scheme, and you’re not alone. A recent survey undertaken by YouGov on behalf of Aster Group discovered that four in 10 people do not understand the benefits of Shared Ownership. To help determine if Shared Ownership is the right route for you, we have busted four of the most common misconceptions surrounding the Government backed, part buy/part rent scheme: 1. Shared Ownership is home ownership – not social housing Shared Ownership makes it possible to buy a property which otherwise would not have been affordable. The scheme allows purchasers to buy a share in a property and pay rent on the share they don’t own – normally you can purchase between 25% - 75% of the full purchase price. It is designed as a stepping stone for buyers to own their own home, allowing them to buy further shares in their property over time (which is called staircasing). 2. Paying a mortgage and rent is affordable The scheme is designed to keep both the initial and ongoing costs of home ownership manageable. For example, the monthly costs usually work out less than if you had purchased the home outright and at times, if you are privately renting. With Shared Ownership, you only require a mortgage deposit on the share you are purchasing, not the full value of the property. When (and if) you purchase further shares through staircasing, your rent will reduce accordingly.

3. Homes are of high-quality and in highly desirable locations A mistaken public perception is that Shared Ownership homes may be badly maintained, poor quality and in less desirable areas. This is far from the truth. Properties available through the scheme can be found in sought-after areas, usually within high quality developments with a range of house sizes. The quality and specification the houses provided by the development’s housebuilder will be the same, regardless of how they will be purchased. In fact, many Shared Ownership homes are new-builds. 4. You can make it your own because it is YOUR home Whether you want a library, a lime green lounge or art-deco wallpaper, Shared Ownership will give you the freedom to decorate how you like. The property is yours after all! Just don’t knock down any walls without permission first. Good luck! If like Rachel, you would like to talk about how Shared Ownership might be the right fit for you, please contact us and arrange an appointment. We provide a tailored and individual service, and our qualified mortgage advisers are available for Saturday appointments. Visit our Winchester branch, 143 High Street, Winchester, SO23 9AY, call us on 01962 852716 or email winchester@newbury.co.uk. YOUR MORTGAGE IS SECURED ON YOUR HOME. THINK CAREFULLY BEFORE SECURING OTHER DEBTS AGAINST YOUR HOME. YOUR HOME MAY BE REPOSSESSED IF YOU DO NOT KEEP UP REPAYMENTS ON YOUR MORTGAGE.

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Appreciating beauty AT LEONARDSLEE GARDENS Leonardslee House and Gardens was built in 1901 and now presents breath-taking views of the English countryside and blooming displays. The site, which has been closed to the public for more than seven years, is soon reopening in 2018 offering a colourful attraction for people to enjoy. Samuel Poole highlights its past and the attractions on offer today. A 19th-century Italianate style house sits on a part of the 200-acre estate, which also includes a series of seven man-made ponds, two alpine glasshouses and an impressive rock garden which was built in 1890 by the well-known Victorian landscaping company James Pulham and Son. The current occupants have been on a mission to restore the garden to its former glory with every intention to establish exquisite tearooms, charming dining facilities and ultimately becoming an attraction for families. Leonardslee also intends on accommodating wedding groups and others who desire to hold a special event. Colour sweeps throughout the grounds, listing the garden as Grade I in the English Heritage Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest. Ponds, which contain a colony of Carp fish, along with parkland, lawn and forest, will continually appeal to those exploring the beauty all year round. Wallabies and many deer species wander semifreely throughout the estate making sightseeing impressive throughout the site. The late Sir Edmund Loder, who was a Victorian plant collector, has planted rich flora throughout Leonardslee. His plantation includes a collection of Rhododendrons and Azaleas and many species of trees giving the garden its renowned reputation. Adam Streeter, who is the general manager at the gardens, says excitement has been building for the grand opening.

He said: “It is amazing to learn about how many people love the gardens when they were open before, so we are very excited for the official opening.

“Between now and the next four or five years we will be investing in many areas. Every month something will be different. It will be a great opportunity to see the progress of the site.” Before the estate was sold to a private buyer in 2010, up to 50,000 visitors enjoyed the scenic views on offer throughout the year. The new management continue to express their enthusiasm towards welcoming people to the beautiful location based at West Sussex. The new owner, Penny Streeter, who has been awarded an OBE for ‘services to enterprise’ says she is: “So happy with my new acquisition” on Twitter. She added: “We will restore the gardens to their former glory and create new facilities on site, including tea rooms and dining facilities, as a major local attraction for families, wedding groups and others.” Meanwhile, a workforce of gardeners has been responsible for the restoration. News of the planned opening has triggered eagerness among local people. Annual membership passes are now available. For more information and stunning images head to the Leonardslee Gardens website at: www.leonardsleegardens.co.uk @LeonardsleeG


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The Maldives are 1,200 islands spread over 26 coral atolls, and every resort has its own private island with one available for every budget and occasion - what could be better for a romantic hideaway? Couples not content lazing on the beaches can take a dip in the warm, clear waters, or even try their hand at water sports such as diving and snorkelling. For a memorable experience, people can explore the renowned underwater coral gardens that are home to turtles, rays, sharks and brightly coloured fish of all shapes and sizes. Many islands also offer cruise excursions to uninhabited islands for a true Robinson Crusoe experience, or fishing trips in search of the catch of the day. Another favourite among couples is the Seychelles, the closest to paradise you’ll ever likely find. This magical destination is renowned for its uncrowded beaches, lush tropical vegetation and

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Uncovering the story... Nestled between Chichester and Portsmouth and part of the South Downs National Park, Stansted Park stands in 1800 acres of extraordinary landscaped parkland and ancient forest. The earliest records of inhabitants on the estate date back to medieval times when the grounds were used for hunting and royalty frequented the Park. King Henry II, Richard the Lionheart and King John have all been known to have visited the forest. In 1688 the first house was built on the present site for Lord Lumley. The estate changed hands and appearance over the centuries, being bought and sold by many colourful characters including an Indian Nabob, the famous Jewish converter Lewis Way, a generous London wine merchant by the name of Charles Dixon and the Wilder family, who gained possession in the nineteenth century.

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EVENTS GUIDE March - April 2018

MARCH Friday 9th, Winchester Guildhall, The Broadway

THE MAGIC OF MOTOWN

Now seen by more than 1 million people worldwide, music fans are invited to the biggest party of the year as the unstoppable Magic of Motown show steams into town. Prepare yourself for 40 back-to-back classic Motown hits, glittering costume changes, dazzling dance moves and outstanding musicianship in this explosive concert experience. Doors open at 7pm. 01962 840 500 tourism@winchester.gov.uk

Saturday 10th, Southampton

VAULTS TOUR

Find out about Southampton’s exciting past with Dr Andy Russel and visit the city’s hidden vaults. Meet outside Tudor House in St Michael’s Square. This is an outside walking activity. Please note that this tour is not accessible for wheelchair users or people with mobility issues. Adult £5 (£4 concession). Book at 023 8083 4536 | www.discoversouthampton.co.uk

Sunday 11th, Emirates Spinnaker Tower

MOTHER’S DAY HIGH TEA

Treat your mum to something truly special this

Mother’s Day. High Tea at Emirates Spinnaker Tower is a traditional afternoon tea experience with a breath-taking view. Enjoy sandwiches, sweet treats and fruit scones with clotted cream and jam, plus a selection of teas or coffee. Tickets are £55.00 for two people which includes general admission to explore the tower at your leisure. Add a bottle of Prosecco for £15 or a bottle of Champagne for £35. 023 9285 7520 | www.spinnakertower.co.uk

Sunday 11th, Hambledon Vineyard

TREAT YOUR MUM THIS MOTHER’S DAY

For a relaxed, enjoyable and memorable afternoon, Hambledon Vineyard are putting on a cream tea and fizz event. Treat your mum on Mother’s Day to a serene and idyllic tour of our beautiful vineyard in early spring. 023 9263 2358 | www.hambledonvineyard.co.uk

Wednesday 14th, Portsmouth

ASK THE ARCHIVES

Join us for Ask the Archives at The National Museum of the Royal Navy Portsmouth from 10am to 4.30pm. Come along and learn about family history with one of our museum curators. This family event requires tickets which can be purchased for £35 adults. Discounted family tickets are available. www.historicdockyard.co.uk 023 9283 9766

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Friday 16th and Saturday 17th, Winchester

CAMRA WINCHESTER BEER AND CIDER FESTIVAL

This festival is organised wholly by volunteers of the Southern Hampshire branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA). Once again, Winchester Guildhall will be filled with more than a hundred different real ales, ciders, perries and foreign bottled beers. Tickets between £6 and £10. www.winchesterbeerfestival.org.uk

Saturday 24th, The Lord Mayor’s Banqueting Room

THE ELIZABETH FOUNDATION RACE NIGHT

The race night and disco will raise money to help preschool children learn to listen and talk. A drink on arrival and 2-course hot fork buffet will be available, followed by tea or coffee. Bring friends and family for a fun night, followed by dancing. Tickets £25. 023 9232 2163 www.elizabeth-foundation.org

APRIL Easter Sunday, Rowlands Castle

STANSTED PARK HOUSE OPENING

Stansted Park stands in 1,800 acres of parkland and ancient forest within the South Downs national Park. In 1983 the 10th Earl


of Bessborough gave Stansted Park, the Arboretum, his family home and its beautiful contents to the public. This is inclusive of the house which reopens to the public for another season. 023 9241 2265 www.stanstedpark.co.uk

Easter Sunday, West Sussex

VINTAGE CAR SHOW

With a wonderful display of visiting car exhibitors, the cars tell the history of motoring over half a century through to the nineteen fifties, by which time the first of the motorways was on the horizon. With our resident steam trains enjoy riding the railway around the site. At Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre, Arundel. Adults £14 and children at £8. 10am to 5pm. 01798 831 370 www.amberleymuseum.co.uk

Tuesday 3rd to Saturday 7th, New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth

TURN OF THE SCREW

The original inspiration for Susan Hill’s The Woman in Black and numerous films, Turn of the Screw is thought provoking, moving and above all terrifying! Stylish, edge of your seat theatre! Various times. Box office: 023 9264 9000 | www.newtheatreroyal.com

Wednesday 11th, Old Portsmouth

LAND ROVER BAR TECH DECK OPEN DAY

Land Rover BAR are opening the doors to the Land Rover BAR Tech Deck; a unique behind the scenes experience with hands-on interactives. The Tech Deck enables visitors to get close to the boats, people, and technologies in development that will allow the team to fly faster and sail smarter; helping the British Challenger achieve their goal to bring the America’s Cup home for the first time in its 165year history. From 11am to 3pm. Free event. 023 9228 7814 | land-rover-bar.americascup. com

From Friday 13th, Portchester

POPPIES: WAVE AT FORT NELSON

Royal Armouries will be hosting Poppies: Wave

at Fort Nelson next spring. Poppies: Wave is from the installation ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ poppies and original concept by artist Paul Cummins and installation designed by Tom Piper – by Paul Cummins Ceramics Limited in conjunction with Historic Royal Palaces, originally at HM Tower of London 2014. You can take the #PoppiesTour between 10:30am and 4:30pm. Admission is free. 01329 233734 | royalarmouries.org

Saturday 14th to Sunday 15th, Petersfield

ROUGH RUNNER HAMPSHIRE

Rough Runner is an obstacle event like no other. It was created to give everyone the chance to take on an obstacle challenge, and not just the super fit and mega tough! From 9am to 6pm. Various prices – team tickets available. 077894 06436 | roughrunner.com

Saturday 28th, Petersfield

HAMPSHIRE POLICE MALE VOICE CHOIR CONCERT

At 7:30pm, Petersfield Festival Hall. Raising money for The Rosemary Foundation. Formed in 1940 as the Portsmouth City Police Choir, it was in demand to lift morale and for fundraising activities in the battered city. After police

reorganisation in 1967 it became the Hampshire Police Male Voice Choir, and now has about 60 members, retired officers and members of the community. Call 01730 264182 for additional information www.hampshirepolicechoir.org.uk

Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th, Emsworth

EMSWORTH ARTS TRAIL

The 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 day event – various times. 01243 372610 info@emsworthartstrail.org.uk

Sunday 29th, Old Alresford Place, Alresford

ENGLISH COUNTRY GARDEN WEDDING FAYRE

Little Star Events welcomes you to our wedding fair at Old Alresford Place on Sunday 29th April. Come along any time between 11 am and 3 pm. This is a great opportunity to view Old Alresford Place and see the rooms set up for wedding ceremonies. Free entry. Free goody bag for every bride. 01420 565997 www.littlestarevents.co.uk


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