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LOCAL LIFE PASSIONATE ABOUT PERFORMANCE The Mayor of Winchester, Cllr Jane Rutter, welcomed Deryck Newland, the new Chief Executive of the Theatre Royal and Hat Fair, to the city of Winchester at a special reception in Abbey House. The reception was attended by representatives from Winchester’s vibrant creative sector including those delivering major festivals and events in the Winchester District. Theatre Royal Winchester presents a first-class programme of drama, dance, children’s theatre, comedy, music and pantomime. The Hat Fair is the UK’s longest-running festival of street theatre, comedy, and music, and is held in Winchester during the first weekend in July.

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FOLLOWING THE TRAIL Walkers, cyclists and horse riders can follow in the footsteps of the famous and much-loved author, Jane Austen, on the new Writers’ Way trail, which has been launched by Hampshire County Council and East Hampshire District Council. The trail links existing public rights of way and small, quiet country lanes from Jane Austen’s former home in Chawton, through Alton, to Selborne the home of pioneering 18th century naturalist Gilbert White, whose book ‘The Natural History of Selborne’ is reputed to be the most published book in the world, after the Bible, Shakespeare and Pilgrim’s Progress. The trail, which ends in Four Marks, is also associated with William Cobbett who wrote ‘Rural Rides’ to highlight the difficult living conditions faced by rural families in the 19th century.

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Beautiful South magazine | Issue 7 | May-June 2017  
Beautiful South magazine | Issue 7 | May-June 2017