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March/April 2019


EDUCATION: Comparing the best schools and colleges for your child

Homes & Gardens Spring Feature

Sue Wassall OPTOMETRIST Update your interiors with patterns, florals and colours

Celebrating 20 years in business

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DOWNS HOUSE A graciously appointed home with all rooms en-suite, large public areas, coffee bar, lifts to all floors and beautiful landscaped gardens

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Welcome to the March/ April edition of Beautiful South, your complimentary luxury lifestyle magazine.

Cover photo by Jon Neil, taken at Canoe Lake, Southsea.

Sales team: Designer: Editor: Tel: 01730 260746 Address: Beautiful South, Unit 1 Viceroy Court, Bedford Road, Petersfield, Hampshire, GU32 3LJ

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Spring is an inspiring time of year. The daylight hours become longer again, daffodils burst from grassy banks, the air is warmer and we celebrate Easter with loved ones. This is the season for refreshing, rebirthing and revitalising your life. We certainly believe that here at Beautiful South, which is why this issue surrounds new ideas and new beginnings. The team have been working tirelessly behind the scenes to present you with our spring edition. In this bi-monthly, we hope to inspire homeowners with our house, garden and interior revamp recommendations. We have given you, our readers some suggestions on how you can achieve your home’s full potential through updating your living area and garden landscape. From creating room with lighting, to cleaning your home’s exteriors, we have a special piece on how you can make the most of your home environment. Not just this, our interiors feature explores how floral and botanical patterns can enhance home comfort and bring a touch of the great outdoors inside. Spring is the season for a floral frenzy! This month we were lucky enough to dine at Southsea restaurant, Becketts. We have provided a full review of what you can expect from it’s delicious British-inspired cuisine and vibrant venue within this issue. You don’t want to miss it! We also visited the delightful village of Chawton,

located a short drive away from Alton. Primarily known as the home and main museum for Jane Austen, we discovered the full wonder this village has to offer alongside its key tourist attraction. Beautiful South have also celebrated this season’s top fashion accessories that will keep your spring style on-trend. Our latest issue of the Style Edit highlights our favourite ‘it’ bags, which are inspired by recent runway looks. From luxurious totes to powerful prints, we have you covered. Gentlemen, we haven’t forgotten about you! If you are looking to give your wardrobe a little revamp this season then you’ll be pleased to know that sports attire is the way forward. Comfortable, casual and cool, we have picked our favourite sportswear items that you can also wear off-court. With the Cricket World Cup being held in England this year, and a number of international matches being played right here in Hampshire, 2019 is the year to go cricket crazy. Whether you are looking to take up the sport or to spectate, be sure to read our full feature to find out more. We hope you enjoy the latest edition of Beautiful South and we look forward to seeing you again in the summer. Have a wonderful spring and a fantastic Easter!

Denise Lloyd Denise Lloyd, Managing Director

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What’s Inside? 58



THE STYLE EDIT Spring’s Hottest Handbags


HEALTH & BEAUTY Preventing ‘Oops’ Moments Restore and Revive with Roses


INTERIORS Maison De Fleurs


FOOD & DRINK Becketts Restaurant Review Tipple Talk






SPECIAL FEATURE The Best New Reads from One Tree Books




GENTLEMAN’S NOTEBOOK Crazy about Cricket


THE INTERVIEW Quinton Shillingford










TRAVEL The Great American West


SPECIAL FEATURE Butser Ancient Farm






SPECIAL FEATURE Mayflower Theatre 90 years








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Spruce up your wardrobe this Spring starting with your handbag collection. From bold and boxy styled bags, to luxe-leather totes, Beautiful South have selected this season’s stand-out accessories, inspired by recent runway trends.


HOTTEST Handbags

1. Pretty Poppy Scallop Handbag, Katie Loxton (Chichester), £51.99, 2. Mia Mini Canteen Bag - Poppy, Sass & Edge Boutique (Winchester), £120.00, 3. London Velvet Midnight Blue Fringe Bag, 42 West Street Boutique (Alresford), £215.00, 4. Fold-over Chain Strap Bag, Karen Millen (Southampton), £210.00, 5. Inyati Tara Cross Body Bag Lilac/Light Grey, made from vegan fabric, Velvet & Rose (Petersfield) £44.00 6. Ted Baker Caliee Mini Crossbody Handbag – Yellow, Knight and Lee ( John Lewis Portsmouth), £149.00,

style insider For the fashion conscious, ’it’ bags are this season’s must-have accessory and all you need to keep your outfit Spring fresh. Featuring spherical shapes, oversized carriers, powerful prints and bright hues, the SS19 catwalks gave way to an array of fantastic statement bag trends that you’ll have to get your hands on. We have picked some of our favourites that can carry you through this season...

1. Popping Colour...

From cherry reds, to candy-coloured pastels and sunshine hues, add a bold bag to your outfit for that extra wow factor. A colourful accessory can make an everyday outfit stand out from the crowd.

2. Textures and Prints...

Searching for something different? Try rich suedes, velvets, tassels or even eye-catching prints to mix up your bag collection.

3. Tremendous Totes…

A bag that holds everything, from day-to-evening. This over the shoulder slinger has been re-invited through runways as luxurious and an outfit must! This style is perfect for carrying all your essentials.

Coco Chanel’s Influence on the Handbag The iconic and legendary, Coco Chanel, founder of the renowned Chanel brand, popularised feminine trends and designs in the 1920s. Her timeless creations have lasted throughout the decades and still remain classic pieces of world-class fashion, worn and loved by women today. Almost 90 years ago Coco Chanel re-invented the handbag from a typical handle-to-hand design. She created a new, ‘over-theshoulder’ style for women to liberate their arms and have more freedom. The birth of the Chanel 2.55 bag saw the introduction of straps, chains, quilted leather and buckled tweed. Coco Chanel pushed the boundaries in her accessory designs, opting for new materials, shapes and functions. The style-icon re-defined femininity and fashion for a life-time to follow. The influence of her elegance and chicness can be found within handbags across modern catwalks at Fashion Week, all the way down to local stores on our high streets. Handbags are a key accessory in a woman’s every-day outfit, and a fashion statement whilst being an essential. So, why not invest in something special with the help of Beautiful South?

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Tight is not always right If you pee when you sneeze, cough or jump, you are not alone. Around 14 million people have bladder problems in the UK, and around 34 per cent of women have urinary incontinence*.

It’s common but not normal Whilst incontinence is common, it’s not normal; it’s really the body’s way of shouting ‘we need help down here!’. Holistic Core Restore ® Coach Julia Willmott trains women in pelvic and core wellness in Petersfield: ‘When women start to experience leakage, they are often told to ‘do their pelvic floor exercises’ and left to their own devices. But often women are unsure of how to do these exercises well. Also, TV adverts promote the use of ‘pads’ as a way to manage leakage, but this doesn’t tackle the issue, so the symptoms can just get worse.’ ‘It’s also important to know what is causing the problem in the first place. In some cases, Julia refers her clients to a Women’s Health Physio, so that between them, they can offer the best holistic advice and support.’

‘For example, there is a misconception that if we have a ‘tight’ pelvic floor then all is well. But what we really want is pelvic floor muscles which can work through their full range of movement, from being ‘switched on’ to being fully relaxed. Problems can also occur when the pelvic floor muscles are switched on too much of the time, so a programme of release exercises would be the best starting point in this case.’

It’s not just about ‘kegels’ ‘Many of us were taught to do ‘squeeze and release’ exercises after having a baby, but ultimately we want to integrate use of the core muscles with every day functional movements. There’s no point in being able to do your kegels like a queen if you don’t know how to lift a barbell whilst engaging your pelvic floor correctly.’

And breathe ‘It’s quite common for people to hold their breath when they are lifting, getting off the sofa or doing exercises like ‘the plank’, which causes a lot of pressure through the pelvic floor. If the pelvic floor muscles are already weakened or not functioning well, this can contribute towards incontinence problems or even prolapse.’

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Julia’s Holistic Core Restore ® classes have helped women regain their core through a mixture of exercise, nutrition, mindset and lifestyle changes. Benefits include being able to enjoy life without that ‘oops’ moment, less back pain, reduced ‘tummy gap’, higher self esteem, better sex and improved posture.

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Restore and Revive with Roses Not only are roses one of our favourite flowers, but they are also a powerful ingredient in beauty products. Elegantly fragrant and extremely delicate, essential oil is yielded from the blossoms and is packed full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, which hold benefits for sensitive, dry and acneic skin types. Rose based products are ideal for anti-ageing, hydrating and soothing skin. Deep in the Bulgarian Balkan mountains lies a unique area called The Bulgarian Rose Valley. It is here where Bulgarian rose oil is extracted and produced. Recognised as one of the finest and most expensive essential oils on the planet, this product is rare and of the highest quality. For years Bulgarian rose oil has been used to restore and revive complexions. With delicate properties and rich bioactive compounds, the ingredient hydrates and calms whilst its antiseptic notes help nourish skin. The floral fragrance

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By Rebecca Barnes

While our back gardens contain little more than twigs, mud and few early buds starting to push through for Spring, we can enjoy horticultural heaven indoors. The design houses are full of seasonal oversized florals and botanicals, such as the stunning Botanica Forest Wallpaper by Cole & Son, creating an awe-inspiring feeling of intricately hand-painted fantastical trees or the Ellie Cashman dramatic large-scale floral wallpaper, inspired by the still life paintings of the Dutch Golden Age. Majestic, ethereal blooms cascade down a dark, shadowy background. As florals and botanicals are typically strong sellers, these specimens are so popular adding the softness desired with a contemporary classic feel, losing the reputation of the 80’s ‘chintz’.

Several of the season’s catchiest fabric designs are based on botanical drawings revisited and recoloured in linens, cottons and brushed velvets. Several of the season’s catchiest fabric designs are based on botanical drawings revisited and recoloured in linens, cottons and brushed velvets. One of my favourite suppliers is Titley and Marr Every seasonal collection is designed in-house with styles inspired from traditional documents from across the globe, recreating imagery and colourations that suit modern day living environments. Printed and woven fabrics made of textured yarns, wools, velvets, linens and cotton, combined with a mix of natural colours and rich vibrant hues. The modern take on English country garden style of floral interior trend is perfectly suited to all homes from the apartment to the house. Here are my tips to incorporate florals and botanicals into your home space from the bedroom to the dining table...

Floral prints work well in the bedroom as they can be added easily into an existing interior scheme by simply adding smaller elements, such as, refreshing your bed linen with a new design can completely transform your sleeping space. Further additions such as floral cushions and throws, and even botanical wall prints can complement a floral theme and combine to refresh the room Set the table with floral finesse this season to bring a little of the outside in. Matching floral dinnerware and tea sets are the perfect addition to a rustic style table and dining room. For a more contemporary feel, look to eclectic mismatched designs - these always add a topic of conversation at the table. There’s a vast collection of floral designs across dinnerware, perfect for creating that finesse dinner party to an afternoon tea setting with many vintage inspired designs. A fresh floral arrangement to complete your table setting is always appreciated or faux flowers and plants these days have advanced in their finishes and look just as good as the real thing. Remember to add the floral fragrance to the spaces.

Matching floral dinnerware and tea sets are the perfect addition to a rustic style table and dining room. Cloakrooms and living spaces of all shapes and sizes will benefit from a style revamp in the way of this year’s floral trend, adding stylish mirrors, wall lights and accessories. If not brave enough to add the florals or botanicals to the walls, key pieces of small furniture upholstered in floral patterns are ideal for a trend update. Soft furnishings such as window seat cushions and throws in floral patterns with contrast linings or Left hand page photos: Bottom left & bottom middle are both designs by Rebecca Barnes Designs. Top right: wallpaper by Titley and Marr. Right hand page: Top right photo by Rebecca Barnes Designs, middle right and bottom left photos both Titley and Marr. Contact Rebecca Barnes on 01730 719070 or email

piping are ideal for a quick trend update. Go one step better and add fresh flowers to the setting or faux flowers and plants have come a long way in recent years and look just as good as the real thing with far less maintenance.

Adding floral home fragrances to your rooms is another quick and easy way to bring a touch of the great outdoors inside.

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Just as important is a health check for your eyes. With an OCT scanner available, and the latest equipment, eye problems can be detected earlier than with a standard eye test.

Here’s an eye opener for you. Optometrist Sue Wassall is celebrating 20 years in business. Having qualified in 1982, Sue started her own business in 1999 trading in two locations: Knights Chambers, The Square, Wickham and 124 High St, Lee-on-the-Solent. Hers is an independent opticians, offering a bespoke service; consultation times are spent listening and understanding customers’ needs.

“We allow a minimum of half an hour for all our appointments but we’ll happily spend longer with you if necessary,” says Sue. “Conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol can have an impact on your vision so it’s important we know about your general well-being, not just your sight.” Clients rate this a 5-star opticians, saying they feel totally cared for and appreciate the bespoke service they receive. Some customers have been with Sue’s company since she started 20 years ago; proof of the quality service she provides.

As an independent practice, we’re able to offer you a service and range of frames and lenses that our corporate counterparts can’t.

Her skilled and knowledgeable staff are very happy to take the time to help choose frames to ensure that the style and colour suits you, and to select the right lenses for you - from single vision to varifocals, prescription sunglasses, contact lenses, and protective eyewear for sports and leisure.

Customer after-care is second to none, they say, with follow up calls from staff to check that they are happy with their glasses.

There is an extensive range of frames available, including designer brands.

Sue says: “We have an unrivalled fitting service to ensure your glasses perform at their best, and

you can get them adjusted for free whenever you like. We can also help you benefit from an immense range of contact lenses. We’re experts at helping people adjust to varifocals, too, often after other opticians have failed.” “As an independent practice, we’re able to offer you a service and range of frames and lenses that our corporate counterparts can’t; no wonder we’re the preferred choice for thousands of people.” “You’ll also find a personal touch at our practices which few others can match. That means a fun and friendly place for your children to have their first eye tests, and a listening ear if you have worries about your eyesight you want to talk over.” See to find out more, or call the Wickham practice on 01329 832706 or Lee-on-the-Solent on 02392 550723.

Sue Wassall is offering Beautiful South readers a special discount: £20 off an eye scan and 20% off all glasses. Just quote Beautiful South 20/20 offer when you book your appointment.


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most loved restaurants Located at the southern end of Portsea Island, Hampshire, lies Southsea – a lively, vibrant and culturally diverse town which really does have something for everyone. From the stunning seafront, to independent shops and fantastic restaurants. Nestled between the centre of Southsea and the quaint streets of Old Portsmouth lies one of the areas most loved restaurants and bar, Becketts. When new owners took over the beautiful Grade II listed building in 2016 they had grand plans for the future of Becketts, including renovating 6 luxury bedrooms, and their vision most certainly paid off. To this day they pride themselves on being the only restaurant establishment in Southsea where you can brunch, lunch, dine, drink and sleep! We were lucky enough to visit for a delicious 3 course meal one cold, February evening. Stepping inside we are warmly greeted and escorted to our table in the main dining room, which is already bustling with happy diners. The restaurant is divided into separate areas, with the new courtyard room, bar and main restaurant. The trendy, rustic décor is welcoming and relaxing, with simple wooden tables and cosy seating. The upbeat background music also adds to the atmosphere, creating a perfect balance between lively and intimate.

Deliberating over the menu, I opt for the Asian Lamb starter, which consists of soy and chilli BBQ marinated lamb neck served with an Asian style salad. With its tender meat, crisp salad and tangy dressing, it really packed a punch, with the presentation and attention to detail being very impressive. Over the table, my partner opted for the Potted Shellfish; fresh crab and prawn in a lobster butter, shallots, chives and sweet orange mayo served with grilled sourdough. He described it as incredibly fresh, with the light sourdough complimenting it beautifully. For my main course I enjoyed the Pan Fried Hake Fillet, served with new potato fondants, roasted carrot puree, grilled courgette, charred cauliflower, and a lemon, garlic and herb velouté. The chunky, perfectly cooked hake paired perfectly with the

vegetables and tangy citrus sauce, making a clean, vibrant dish. My partner opted for a classic; 28-day aged 8oz Fillet Steak. This is served with homemade chips, roasted tomato, chestnut mushrooms, spinach, and a green peppercorn sauce. Other highlights on the menu include ‘Surf and Turf ’ Becketts style, Smokey Mussels and Frites, and Spiced Vegan Tagine, making the decision making a difficult task! We chose to pair our meal with a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz, with notes of red berries, plums and a hint of cinnamon spice. Incredibly full but not to be defeated, we decide to share one of the delightful desserts on offer. We enjoy the Soured Cherry Bakewell; frangipane sponge served with cherry compote, almond crumb, yoghurt sorbet and almond brittle. The service at Becketts is attentive, friendly and speedy, with the team taking time to make sure we were happy with every aspect of our dining experience. We highly recommend taking time to visit Becketts, whether it’s a weekend brunch, cosy date night, group celebration, or to enjoy a ‘Prosecco Wednesday’ it’s the perfect place for any occasion. Becketts can be found at 11 Bellevue Terrace, Southsea, Hampshire PO5 3AT, 02392 865000,

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Forget about Dry January, Feb Fast or Sober October. It doesn’t always need to be about going to extreme lengths to spend some time abstaining from alcohol. Sometimes, you just need a break. Sadly, that can be easier said than done, and often in social situations – peer pressure means we succumb to having that ‘one’ drink. Furthermore, a cultural shift is underway. Research across the UK and Europe in recent years has shown attitudes, particularly with young people, are changing when it comes to alcohol consumption. Luckily, there are now plenty of options on the market when it comes to either low alcoholic, or non-alcoholic options for spirits, beer and wine, that allow you to enjoy an exceptional drink that is well crafted and delicious. Designated driver? Expecting? Or simply fancy a break from booze? We’ve got you covered…

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Husband-and-wife duo Craig and Maria were inspired by a visit to South Africa and in turn, created and launched a delicious gin alternative. Natural botanicals from the trip, combined with Swedish water from Maria’s home town deliver a fragrant concoction that is best served with a premium tonic and natural garnish. Nobody will ever know!

Seedlip bill themselves as a ‘nature company on a mission to change the way the world drinks with the highest quality non-alcoholic options’. Their range of non-alcoholic spirits means you can enjoy a range of unique & complex blends Spice 94, Garden 108 & Grove 42 - simply served with tonic or mixed to create sophisticated non-alcoholic cocktails.

Belvoir Shiraz is a non-alcoholic wine-like drink made from red grape juice with elderberry and blackcurrant notes and a hint of spice. Intensely fruity, the drop is produced in Leicestershire. Aside from this excellent Shiraz, Belvoir have a broader range of non alcoholic treats that can be enjoyed.

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JUST OUT IN PAPERBACK The Salt Path by Raynor Winn Days after hearing that her husband of 32 years was terminally ill, Raynor Winn is evicted from her house and with it their livelihood. Penniless and homeless they decide to put their remaining possessions in a rucksack and start walking - from the depths of despair they

embark on the 630 mile journey around the South West coast. Wild camping, at the mercy of weather and a rugged landscape, and with little money, they soldier on. This true story is an extraordinarily uplifting and inspirational read.


We Must Be Brave by Frances Liardet November 1940: Southampton is being bombed by the Luftwaffe and people are rushing out of the city to the surrounding villages. In the morning they return but in the chaos a little girl, Pamela, gets left behind. Newly married Ellen decides to look after her and nothing will ever be the same

again. The novel spans most of the century, with descriptions of Ellen’s childhood of rural hardship through to old age. This is a story of kindness, heartbreak and friendship, about human relationships put under strain. Full of wisdom and love this book will definitely move you.

BOOK OF THE SEASON An Anthology of Hampshire Churches - Sketches of a Lifetime by Anthony New Evacuated to the countryside from London aged 14, Tony New started cycling to local buildings of interest and sketching them. Towards the end of the war he was called up to the Navy and was based near Petersfield, where he started sketching churches again. This book is the result of drawing Hampshire churches for over 76 years indulging a passion that has never left him. He has collected pictures of every church (apart from the modern ones) in the county. The sketching hand of 1943 (St Mary’s Preston Candover) is rather different from that of 2018 (St Mary’s Longstock) but this is a delightful record.

In each case he has included a brief paragraph describing the building. What distinguishes the churches of Hampshire is the extensive use of timber and flint, both available locally in abundance, while stone is relatively scarce as it had to be brought in from elsewhere. This book is a wonderful collection that chronicles a world that is changing fast and will hopefully inspire people to visit the treasures of our county. Tony has lived in Hampshire since retiring from practice as an architect specialising in church conservation and is the author of several books on churches and cathedrals.

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With the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup being held here in England, why not get in the spirit and take up the sport this season? England and Wales last hosted the event in 1999, and with cricket coming home this year, expect exciting festival atmospheres throughout the summer and a surge in the sport’s popularity. Cricket is a global and well-loved sport, played everywhere from the dusty streets in Sri Lanka to the tropical beaches in India, giant stadiums in Australia to our local village greens. However, the history of this popular game can be traced back to the 16th century, to right here in Southern England. Hambledon in the South Downs is world-famous as the ‘Cradle of Cricket’, known as the world’s first cricket club and the place where the game evolved. Hambledon Cricket Club holds the roots of the sport and was the main cricket club in England developing many of the rules in the 18th century, prior to focus shifting to the Marylebone Cricket Club in London.

How to apply for tickets: If you aren’t situated particularly close to Hambledon but are interested the sport, we’re lucky enough to have some fantastic clubs within the surrounding areas. From the respected Burridge Cricket Club based in Southampton, which has over 150 members, to the accredited Liphook and Ripsley Cricket Club which is home to a variety of different levelled teams and ages. There are plenty of local clubs to get involved with and sure to be one close to you, so why not sign up this spring and join in the fun? Whether you’re looking to play league games, friendly games, or even support, teams are frequently looking for additional players and clubhouse members. If you are more in to spectating than participating, then 2019 is your year. Hampshire is home to the well-known Ageas Bowl in Southampton, and will host 5 of the International Cricket World Cup matches this June, all of which promise to be sell-outs. Be sure to apply for tickets in advance, and follow our details on how to get your hands on them… This is the year to go cricket crazy!

• Register on the official ticket website, where they become available on a first come first serve basis: • Check out The Ageas Bowl’s website for all the match details:

Cricket club details: • The Hampshire Bowl – Ageas Bowl: Botley Road, West End, Southampton, SO30 3XH • Hambledon Cricket Club: Hambledon, Waterlooville, PO7 4TH • Burridge Cricket Club: Burridge Cricket Club, Botley Road Burridge, Southampton, SO31 1BS • Liphook and Ripsley Cricket Club: Portsmouth Road, Liphook, GU30 7JG

STYLISH AND SPORTY Step into trend with this season’s top casual-wear look, sport attire. In recent years sportswear has become extremely popular off the court as these everyday items can be implemented into your sporting activities and weekend wardrobe. Whilst remaining super comfortable and easy-to-wear, athleisure items are ‘in’ and fashion-forward. So, how did this happen? Fuelled by a rise in the trainer culture, shifting dress codes from formality and a focus on fitness, sportswear has become an everyday essential in the 21st century. Casual is cool. Beautiful South presents our favourite pieces this Spring, from training shorts, to cricket jumpers, golfing vests and varsity bomber jackets, checkout our top picks and stay stylish whilst on and off the playing field.

1. Cotton Blend Cricket Jumper, Ralph Lauren (Portsmouth), £345.00, 2. Adidas Gazelle Trainers – Black, Schuh (Southampton), £70.00, 3. Under Armour Blue UA Woven Graphic Shorts, Debenhams (Portsmouth), £23.00, 4. Tommy Jeans Teddy Bomber Jacket – Navy, John Lewis, £150.00 5. Woodwell Long Sleeve Classic Fit Polo, Joules (Petersfield), £39.95, 6. Merino V Neck Slipover – Wine, Andrew McDowall Boutique (Chichester), £99.00,

NOW IS THE PERFECT TIME TO UPGRADE YOUR HOME WITH HELP TO BUY we’re noticing people opting to use Help to Buy again to secure a bigger family home. It’s a great way to stretch your money further to fund your dream move.”

There are so many reasons for putting down roots in this beautiful region - not least its close proximity to spectacular countryside, the breathtaking south coast, and easy access to the delights of Petersfield, Portsmouth, Southampton, and London. It’s not surprising then that so many potential buyers are seeking out homes here. And they won’t be disappointed. New build properties, known for their low maintenance and energy efficiency, are a particular favourite. With competitive mortgage rates available, and special schemes designed to help people enter the property market or move further up the property ladder, David Wilson Homes sales director Michelle Storer believes there has never been a better time to upgrade your home.

Help to Buy is available on all new build homes up to £600,000 at Berewood Heath. Buyers can become owners with just a 5% deposit of the property value of their new home. Many lenders are able to offer a loan-to-value mortgage because the UK Government provides a guarantee of up to 15%.

“It’s a great way to stretch your money further to fund your dream move.” “Many of our buyers have previously used Help to Buy to secure their existing homes. They’re finding mortgage rates are low, so they’re seizing the opportunity to upgrade.”

“We’re seeing a significant rise in the number of buyers seeking moves to our new Berewood Heath development in Waterlooville,” she says.

After five years, payments on the Help to Buy scheme start to incur interest but by moving home, and entering into a new Help to Buy arrangement, purchasers can have another five years interest free.

“It’s a particularly attractive site - with a stylish collection of two, three and four bedroom homes surrounded by nature reserves and farmland. “More than ever,

“There is a common misconception that Help to Buy is for first timers only - and this couldn’t be further from the truth. Our team at Berewood Heath is at-the-ready to talk

buyers through the entire process - giving them the perfect opportunity to acquire a wonderful new home here in 2019.” Part of an exciting new community in the market town of Waterlooville, Berewood is designed with convenience for its residents in mind. Close by is Berewood Primary School - which opened in 2014 and is already rated Good by Ofsted. There is also a selection of new shops, as well as play areas and sports facilities. “There are also plans for a new health centre, and nearby Wellington Way Shopping Centre features an even larger selection of stores to choose from,” adds Michelle. “Families, particularly, are loving this perfect combination of a semi-rural location with easy access to all local amenities.” To find out more about David Wilson Homes’ homes at Berewood Heath or to make an appointment to visit head to or call 02392 267 355.



Interviewing Quinton Shillingford MBE By Kat Wootton

uinton Shillingford MBE, or ‘Q’ as he is known, was born in 1967 in London and spent his infant years in the West Indies. Returning to England in 1975, he enjoyed sports and athletics at school. At the age of 10, he joined Andover Boxing Club and a year later stepped into the ring for his first amateur bout. He went on to win his next 12 and realised a passion for the sport. He remembers that first bout: “I was petrified. In the ring for the first time, facing a stranger. My heart was pounding... But when I came out of there, when I won, I was elated! And I thought, ‘Yes, this is it!’ I’ve had 142 competitive boxing bouts since then, and I was as nervous for the 142nd as I was for that first. But my coach taught me, ‘that’s adrenalin, that’s natural. See it as excitement, not fear.’ Just change the word. Not fear; excitement.” Another thing he told me was ‘if it doesn’t swim, run, fly or grow in the ground, don’t eat it!’ He taught me about healthy eating; not filling myself with crisps and junk.

Q won two NABC Titles and was then invited to train in the Navy Squad. He joined the Navy in 1985 and won the NABC Class C Senior Title in 1986. At 18, he moved up to the senior ranks and became Navy Boxing Champion for five years. During this period, he was ranked fourth in Great Britain and was in the England Squad. Q retired from competitive boxing at 22 and switched to coaching. He created Boxing Awards which provides boxing school lessons and courses to help mentors, coaches, youth workers, teachers and professionals learn how to coach boxing for students of all ages, with lesson plans and coaching guides.


“That coach put hours of unpaid work into training me. I’m just paying that back now.” “Growing up on an estate was hard. There was a lot of bullying. It all started when us kids were sitting on a wall outside a shop and these two men came running past. I was going to take the mickey but I got a look from my mate that was like ‘no, these guys are respected.’ They were boxers. I liked the respect they got. So I went into the gym, which was run by a gypsy, another outcast like me, and he took me on and I felt like I had a safe place, another family. He saw something in me, a talent.”

The main centre in Southsea is so successful that there are plans for expansion into the hall next door. The club has young boxers of international standard training there but is open to all.

“To be a competitive boxer is very hard. But take your child down the local boxing gym to develop them as a person, and teach them how to defend themselves. If they want to compete, then great, if not, they would have learned some very important life skills: courage, confidence, self-esteem and respect.” “It’s totally inclusive here: we train middle-aged women, little kids, people with disabilities, all nationalities. It’s like the United Nations here sometimes!” “There are three rules for anyone walking into this club: 1. You’re welcomed 2. You’re developed 3. We believe in you. “What I love is seeing people develop. That’s what it’s all about. One day I’m teaching a five-year-old with the pads, the next I’m training an Olympic team member, but it’s all the same feeling. It’s for everyone.”

Some of the one hundred or so cars I drive every year could arguably be described as appliances – machines to get from A to B and back again, perhaps via C should the mood so take you. In a mature market such as ours, the majority of cars are good and an increasing number are extraordinarily good. But only a few are so exceptional as to leave a lasting memory. The Hyundai i30N Performance is one such car. Building on their growing list of World Rally Championship successes and to prove that the company can make truly credible fast cars, the i30N Performance takes the much improved i30 family hatchback released in early 2017 and enhances it to include aggressive front and rear bumpers with larger air intakes and de rigeur red ‘GTi’ pinstrips front and rear, aerodynamic rear spoiler with triangular brake light, dual muffler exhaust and sport seats. Inside, there’s subtle 'N' branding on the floor mats, the door sill scuff plates, steering wheel and gear knob. Also on the multifunctional steering wheel are two oversized light blue buttons – the left one for 'Drive Mode' (Eco, Normal and Sport) and the other sporting a chequered flag for N and N-Custom modes. The four-pot turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine in the i30N Performance benefits from a total power output of 275hp. The


standard electronic limited slip differential prevents excessive power being allocated to just one of the front drive wheels, along with an ‘active variable exhaust system’ which emits a playful ‘crackle’ and ‘pop’ audio track from the exhaust when in N or Custom drive mode. (PS – it’s best in tunnels or when overtaking Golf GTi’s.) Those seeking a set of flappy paddles and a dualclutch automatic gearbox on the i30N Performance will be found wanting. Wisely, Hyundai chose only to offer an excellent short-throw manual six-speed ‘box – and the car is way better for it. Equipment includes a launch control function to assist with maximum acceleration from a standing start, a cool steering wheel mounted rev match switch that eliminates the need for heel and toe gear changes, and ‘brake control knock back pre-fill’ to maximise braking response after high g-load cornering. The punchy 2.0-litre engine has a wonderfully thuggish quality that suits the car very well. Turbo boost arrives a little late and hard, its lowrev anaemia morphing to a full-blooded surge with white knuckle suddenness. The soundtrack is deep

throated even with the exhaust in its quietest mode and borders on antisocial levels when revved with the exhaust in its loudest setting. The engine spins eagerly to its 6,000 rpm / 250 horsepower peak and continues slightly less willingly to the rev limit 750 rpm later. There are sequential upshift LEDs integrated into the top of the instrument cluster to encourage harder applications of power. Ride quality is firm even with the dampers in their more pliant settings and higher speeds over anything other than perfect surfaces produce lots of road noise to add to the omnipresent engine grumble. At enthusiastic speeds and higher cornering loads, the chassis proves itself to be very well disciplined, resisting roll and fighting hard to prevent bumps from skittling the car off your chosen line. Hyundai’s fabulous i30 N Performance brings strong power, plenty of equipment and a thrilling, adrenalin-filled driving experience. The result is not one punch, but a flurry of rib-crushing blows inflicted on its rivals. It’s so much more than very good.

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After the huge success of Miss Saigon two years ago, Churcher’s College have taken on the equally daunting challenge of Boublil & Schonberg’s best known musical, Les Miserables. If the standing ovation at the end of tonight’s performance is anything to go by, the school has another hit on its hands. Halcyon Sheen drew tears from the audience in her heartfelt and moving performance of the tragic Fantine. As did Rosie Botham as Eponine, and her singing of ‘On my own’ was one of many highlights of the evening. As young Cosette, Matilda Shapland cut a sympathetic character and, as her older counterpart, Bella HerramanStowers sang this vocally challenging role with ease and grace.

THE SCHOOL HAS ANOTHER HIT ON ITS HANDS Nick Tomlinson and Tildy Bilsberry-Grass made a fantastic pair of Thenadiers, bringing much needed light relief but with just the right sinister undertone. Harry Fagge was ardent and totally believable as Marius and his singing of ‘Empty Chairs’ rightly drew cheers from the audience. Samson Carroll was utterly committed as the student Enjolras, acting and singing with presence and energy. Moritz Flohr brought admirable chutzpah to his performance as Gavroche and his elder brother, Carl, was a suitably saturnine Javert whose suicide was especially dramatic and

well sung. Alec Murray was splendid in the taxing role of Jean Valjean, making complete sense of the character’s complex journey. The immense supporting cast were equally committed and focused in their performances of a variety of roles and I wish I could give them all the mention by name that they deserve. Suffice it to say that there were strong contributions from Elizabeth Turner, India Easson-Hastings, Holly Conder, Immi Evans, Ella Mitchell and Seb Swanborough which really reflected the strength in depth of this cast. Helen Purchase ran a tight musical ship, guiding the excellent, largely student orchestra with panache and it was great to see them take a welldeserved curtain call at the end. One need only glance at the vast list of backstage and technical crew to be reminded that a production of this nature is a machine with many working parts. Chris Pellett and Nathan Etherington once again worked their technical wizardry and special credit should go to Judy Stones for co-ordinating the army of costumes. What impressed most, however, was the commitment of the entire cast and crew. There was an overriding sense of working together for a common aim – to make the show as good as it could possibly be. And they clearly had a fantastic time doing it. Congratulations to Stacey Carty for so skilfully guiding the production and giving the students the opportunity to shine so brightly. If there were a spare ticket, I would gladly go again….and again. I suspect that ‘Do you hear the people sing?’ will echo around the corridors of Churcher’s College for some considerable time to come. By John Lofthouse

Nestling in a valley on the fringes of the South Downs, Chawton is a quintessentially English country village with all the right ingredients - village green, cricket pitch, church, school, pub, tea room and village hall. Located in the centre of the village is Jane Austen’s House and Museum, one of the primary tourist attractions in Hampshire, and this year will be celebrating its 70th Anniversary with a long list of additional events planned. There are a lot of interesting connections to explore in the village, including the links between Jane Austen and Chawton House, just a few hundred yards from the centre of the village. Inherited by Jane Austen’s brother Edward Austen Knight, the house is a grand stately home with a unique collection of early women’s writing and is also open to the public, with new additional car parking by its entrance. Chawton is not only a fascinating place for visitors, it is essentially a vibrant community of over a hundred homes, including many listed buildings that tell the architectural and social story of how the village has evolved over many centuries. The perfectly tended gardens of many of the homes in the village will be open to the public on May 25th and 26th for Chawton’s Open Garden event. An Art and Craft Exhibition will be an integral part of the Open Gardens and will be held in the School Hall at Chawton Primary School.

Chawton is essentially a vibrant community, including many listed buildings that tell the architectural and social story of how the village has evolved.

The village pub is often considered the true heart of every village and social meeting point for locals and visitors. The Greyfriar pub, also located in the centre of the village, is run by Simon and Norma Brencher, who moved from London to Chawton when they acquired the business in October 2017. They have developed new menus and a programme of interesting events including Guest Chef Evenings, a regular Spanish Night, as well as planning a special Vegan Event later in the year. “Norma and I can’t believe that we have been in Chawton for over a year,” commented Simon Brencher. “The time has gone so quickly - probably because we have been so busy putting our own mark on the place, settling into our new home above the pub and enjoying village life, as well as being able to walk our son to the village school.” The other traditional English feature of the village is Cassandra’s Cup Tea Room, which also has a B&B suite for visitors. It is the perfect place to enjoy a morning coffee and cake, brunch, lunch or an indulgent afternoon tea, while looking out towards Jane Austen’s house opposite, into the window where the author sat to complete her major works.

The landscape surrounding the village is breathtaking and has a number of public footpaths and a woodland walk. Visitors can also enjoy a few relaxing hours sitting on the village green watching Chawton’s cricket team in their whites, playing at home - the most quintessentially English way to relax!


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fulfilling future Earlier this year East Hampshire MP and Education Secretary Damian Hinds said he would ‘make a very compelling case’ for more money for education by lobbying the treasury for a multi-year funding settlement for education in England, similar to the 10 year package announced for the NHS. It will be interesting to see how this story unfolds and how the education system will benefit in the long term. Like the NHS, education has come a long way since its early days. Many of our readers may have watched the recent BBC 2 documentary ‘Back in Time for School’. The series took 15 teenagers back in time to see how education has changed over the past one hundred years. The episode covering 1945 included a school motto ‘knowledge itself is power.’ It was interesting to see how this TV programme showed development of the curriculum over the decades, and to appreciate how children today are taught a much broader range of subjects. Personal Social Health Education (PSHE) is a relatively new addition to the curriculum, which

aims to help pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe, and prepare for life and work. Pressures on pupils and their parents have also changed dramatically in recent times and PSHE also covers the use of social media and bullying, two areas that concern many parents. Teachers are also encouraging pupils to become more

There appears to be more emphasis on balancing children’s education with the quality of life physically fit, with a number of schools organising a run or walk a mile a day, helping children towards a more active outdoor life, with some schools also expanding their outdoor learning. Hampshire has such a wide range of good schools, some of the best private and state schools in the South of England, that constantly obtain excellent exam results. But as most parents know it is not all about the exam results and it is heartening to hear that schools are focusing on the quality of education as well and taking into account how pupils are progressing and improving.

There also appears to be more emphasis on balancing children’s education with the quality of life with more attention on each pupil’s individual progress and homework that helps them to develop and reinforce what they have studied in class. Parents are constantly making decisions about their children’s education from nursery school through to university. Reading with children from an early age can put them eight months ahead of their peers in their language skills, according to a report commissioned by the Nuffield Foundation, a charitable educational trust, that states regular reading with parents or an adult helps children to express themselves better and to understand language. If you are currently looking for new schools for your children then the Good Schools Guide recommends parents take a reconnaissance trip to the school gates as one of the best ways to get a feel for the school. The guide suggests talking to waiting parents of current pupils and seeing how enthusiastic and happy their children are after their day at school. It is important for parents to know that their children are happy in their chosen school and when they leave education they not only have good exam results, but also the confidence and life skills to create a good and fulfilling future for themselves.

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Education is Evolving With their pupil numbers at an all-time high and many year groups nearing capacity, St. Ed’s are celebrating a successful and busy Lent Term. A co-educational day school for children from 2 to 16 years, St. Ed’s seeks to provide an excellent all round education by offering their pupils ample opportunity, promoting individuality and encouraging everyone to achieve their very best in all that they do. With its reputation of high standards in academia, confirmed by last Summer’s superb GCSE and Common Entrance results, and with their dedication to small teaching groups, St. Edmund’s promotes an environment where their children’s confidence can be strengthened and their personalities encouraged. Through building on the girls and boys own talents and opening their eyes to a love of learning, the school instils in every child a sense of self-esteem and belonging that naturally reflects positively throughout their academic journey. Join them at their next Open Morning on Saturday 18th May to see for yourselves why ‘Education is Evolving’ at St. Ed’s. For more information please contact their Registrar, Karen Subber Row on

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Ditcham Park School is situated in the uplifting and inspirational surroundings of the South Downs National Park, near Petersfield and provides school transport from the surrounding areas. The school is unique in the area having an age range of 2 ½ -16 years on the same site, promoting a very friendly, supportive and inclusive family atmosphere.

“The school provides an outstanding education which prepares them for the future” The extensive grounds include 16 acres of playing fields as well as woodland, play areas and lawns. A unique Nursery with living walls and roof, designed to feel like you are living in a tree is about to open. The school provides an outstanding education which equips our pupils with excellent academic qualifications and prepares them for the future with an exciting Science Technology Engineering, Arts and Maths (STEAM) programme.

Come and visit us to discover the unique atmosphere and learning opportunities at Ditcham Park School at our next Open Morning on Saturday 11th May, or contact Admissions to arrange a personal visit Tel: 01730 825659, Email:

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When you picture The Great American West, undoubtedly it is a vision of expansive prairies, majestic mountains, shimmering lakes and awe-inspiring scenery. It will usually bring to mind real-life cowboys riding rodeos and ranch lands, historic legends in Wild West attire, iconic national park scenery and a vast wilderness rich in wildlife. This intriguing and colourful world, known as The Great American West, comprises the American states of Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. Montana, known as Big Sky Country, gives new meaning to the phrase ‘wide open spaces’. Montana represents the untamed, the wild and the natural; a blend of spectacular scenery, intriguing history and outdoor fun. To the north you’ll find Glacier National Park and to the south Yellowstone. Between, expect ranches, cattle drives, rodeos and old mining towns. Exhilarating adventures abound with countless opportunities for white-water rafting, horse riding, fly fishing, zip lining and mountain biking.


Create your own legend in North Dakota. The rugged, untamed landscape of Theodore Roosevelt National Park unfolds across more than 1,500 square miles. President Roosevelt’s love for the American West was born here and today, it is still clear why. Step back in time at the Custer House in Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park, soak up the atmosphere of the United Tribes Pow Wow in Bismarck every September, or dig for dinosaurs at one of the many paleontological sites. South Dakota is renowned as the land of ‘Great Faces, Great Places’. It offers infinite variety, reflected in the rolling prairies, glittering lakes, granite peaks and towering pines you will find here. The urban areas are just as unique, ranging from old western towns to bustling cities. The Black Hills, Badlands and Lakes region in the west, has one of the largest concentrations of National Parks, monuments, memorials and caves in the Midwest including the spectacular mountain carving of Mount Rushmore, the nation’s Shrine to Democracy. Wyoming is perhaps the best known of the cluster states. Visitors adore the 100,000 square miles of mountains, prairies, crystal-blue rivers and alpine lakes. This is the place to witness geysers bursting skyward, bald eagles soaring overhead and herds of bison roaming the plains. This is also the perfect location to discover Native American heritage and the rich history of the American West. Explore Yellowstone National Park’s 10,000 geysers, hot springs and mud pots, discover Grand Teton National Park’s wealth of wildlife from bears to moose, watch a small town rodeo in Lander or Cody, ski or board some of the USA’s most challenging terrain. There’s never a shortage of things to do in Wyoming. • Always include a ranch stay on your itinerary. It is the only way to have a completely immersive Great American West experience and you don’t have to partake in the activities.

“AN INTRIGUING AND COLOURFUL WORLD” • May, June, September and October are the best times to visit for cooler clear days and fewer visitors to the National Parks. In the peak of summer temperatures can reach 100 degrees Fahrenheit and during the depths of winter snow and ice may cause some road closures. • The Cody Nite Rodeo runs from the beginning of June to the end of August every year and is a must for all visitors to Buffalo Bill’s Cody. • When visiting Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse be sure to drive the Iron Mountain Road anti clockwise for perfectly framed views of Mount Rushmore. • Try to time your visit to Badlands National Park to co-inside with a spectacular ranger led night sky viewing of constellations, stars, planets and even the Milky Way. The programme usually runs Friday to Monday during the summer. • Don’t miss driving The Enchanted Highway in North Dakota, which features a series of unique giant metal sculptures including Geese in Flight, the World’s Largest Grasshopper and a Tin Family.

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dirt to uncover bones, bits of tile, metal and wood in the specially-created pits on site. They can have their lunch by the fire in one of the houses, run around on the grass, feed the sheep and goats and generally have a fantastic time being grubby kids for a day. It's no wonder many schools book a visit every year. There's nothing else like it. In addition to the main education team, there are experts who offer workshops in everything from Roman cooking and Iron Age weaving to Neolithic bushcrafts and Bronze Age blacksmithing. For most of the year, Butser Ancient Farm is open to the public. There are information sheets and trails for children to explore the site, and there is usually a member of staff in the familiar maroon top, very happy to chat to you about the buildings and life in the past.

Butser Ancient Farm isn't a museum. None of the buildings you see there are ancient. In fact, the site was chosen specifically because there were no archaeological remains there. Over the past 20 or so years, a series of experiments have taken place. The Iron Age Roundhouses, the beautiful Roman Villa, the Neolithic Houses and the Anglo Saxon Hall are all based on archaeological digs, but with very little natural material surviving down the ages to copy directly, all the building work is an experiment. So every bit of timber framing, wattle and daub, chalk floor, thatch and reed roofing, drainage and storage pit, has been an experiment. Everything is recorded; how the materials weather and rot, where the smoke from the fire goes, the temperature in and around each house, the waterproofing, how long grain lasts in a pit, what consistency of daub and which kind of animal dung is best to use (cow, if you're interested) for walls... On-site archaeologists and students have made a Roman onager (a huge wind up catapult), planted ancient crops such as einkorn and spelt, used woad and weld plants to dye yarn for weaving, set fire to roundhouses to see what happens, and made a Stone Age boat out of a log.

There's always something going on, even if it's not immediately apparent, and film crews can often be seen there, using the site as the perfect backdrop for historical dramas but also for documentaries bringing archaeology to life. Meanwhile, the site is a fantastic opportunity for children to get a feel for the life of our ancestors. The education department at Butser Ancient Farm is a major part of the site's use, and hundreds of mainly primary school pupils arrive daily in their coaches from all over the south. The point of their visit isn't to learn the dates and facts of British prehistory (although some fascinating facts will be imparted during their day); it's about getting hands-on and close up. They can try pottery, clunch (building walls with chalk and mud), jewellery-making, spinning wool with a drop spindle, wattle fence building, chalk carving and of course, archaeology - digging in the



There are also a number of special events held there, from Saxon and Roman days where you can meet living history experts all dressed in their finest, to theatre, and a series of festivals, probably the most famous being Beltain at the start of May. This is the Farm's biggest fundraiser, which culminates in the burning of a giant wicker man. It's all good, clean fun and don't forget the mead! There are plans for more major events this year. Check out the website to find out more.


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A new way of ome is the most important place in most people’s lives, a place to retreat to, rest and restore and build happy memories. If you are a home owner then your property can also represent your greatest financial asset, so maintaining it and improving it will help to secure and sometimes improve its value. Spring is a time of new beginnings, fresh starts and making changes in our lives and environments. It is the perfect time to take a good look at our homes and consider improvement and important maintenance work. The way we live and want to live today is very different to the way previous generations lived. The majority of people see the kitchen as the hub of the household and the key area of every home. Today home owners and those seeking a change of property are looking for a kitchen that is also a

dining, living and entertainment space. This can be achieved even in smaller properties by removing adjoining walls between the kitchen and dining room and it is worthwhile to firstly speak to your local kitchen designers and architects. Perhaps also adding a small extension, garden room or insulated conservatory to create one larger open plan space that can connect well with the outside area.

Simple changes can make a big difference to your home. Gone are the days of neutralising everything and colour is back big time, from rich deep vibrant tones ideal for the ultra contemporary

Spring is a time of new beginnings, fresh starts and making changes in our lives and environments. It is the perfect time to take a good look at our homes and consider improvement and important maintenance work. look through to the popular chalky pastels favoured by those who want a more vintage retro look with a modern twist. Patterns are now big news in home furnishings with everything from beautiful botanical images through to bold contemporary geometric designs. Lighting is also such an important element to consider when transforming your home. Today

there are so many different and interesting ways that you can create and change the mood of the room simply by having the right lighting. Take a look at your home from the street side and make changes that enhance its kerb appeal. A new front door, some elegant planting and fencing, plus simple things like jet washing your driveway and paths, can transform the entrance into your home. Having moss cleared from roofs and gutters can also be a good investment.

Consult a qualified landscape designer as they will be experienced in not only making the best use of your space, but also the botanical knowledge on what and where to put each plant. Step inside your home as though you are a visitor and think about that first impression. Consider the entrance hall and how each individual room looks and flows together, not only in its layout but also in its decoration. Keeping to one type of flooring throughout the ground floor, wood, carpet or vinyl, can give the feeling of more space and flow from room to room. It you have the funds available you could consider consulting an interior designer, or an architect if you are planning to extend.

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After the record breaking summer we had in 2018 more and more people are looking at their outside space as an extension of their living space. Bi-fold or clear glass sliding doors can help to make the inside-outside connection, leading to a new outdoor living/dining space that can now even include an outside kitchen or wood fired pizza oven. Additional outside buildings for an office, gym, music room or for the occasional guest can help to extend your living space. Visit some of the garden shows, National Trust gardens and open garden schemes to get ideas for your outside space. As we’ve all seen on the TV garden transformation shows, you can create your perfect paradise even in the smallest of spaces. Consulting a qualified landscape designer may be an option to consider as they will be experienced in not only making the best use of your space, but also the botanical knowledge on what and where to put each plant.

Outside lighting and creating a focal point for the garden with a water feature, sculpture or simply painting your fences a colour that will open up the space, can make a huge difference to a garden. Also consider wildlife and planting things that will attract butterflies and birds. You can even grow your own fruit and vegetables in the smallest of gardens using small raised beds and hanging baskets. Don’t forget about the furniture, today there are a vast range of options from restored retro, wooden traditional and the ultimate comfort of padded recliners for you to relax in and enjoy your outside space. Whether you are a home owner or in rented property, you can now create a highly individual home, whatever its size, both inside and outside. Bottom left photo: fabrics by Titley and Marr

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Rebecca Barnes Designs At Rebecca Barnes Designs we are proud to offer a fantastic personal service of interior design, interior architecture and project management from concept to completion. We pride ourselves on making your experience one that you will enjoy. Some fantastic, exciting times are happening for our business. We are pleased to announce that we are moving premises. The amazing space that we are expanding into is called The Engine House and we are situated at 77 Station Road, Petersfield, Hampshire, GU32 3FQ , you can contact us on 01730 719070.

Our new showroom is a beautifully renovated building which internally boasts a mixture of clean, crisp lines and exposed brickwork. It is glass fronted allowing streams of glorious natural light in. Making it a very pleasant working space, but also an inviting bright showroom for you to enjoy. The surroundings will enhance our ability to display our fantastic ranges of fabrics, cushions and fixtures allowing you to really see the products in stylish surroundings. We also intend to showcase our fantastic kitchens made by Zero Kitchens. We are busy designing an island and kitchen area to really give you that sense of knowing the product. We welcome you to come and visit us, relax and truly get the passion that we exert on your home. There is parking outside the showroom, so from the moment you arrive you can relax and enjoy your experience with us. We look forward to seeing you soon. Photos: fabrics by Titley and Marr

Mark says: “We are always changing our range as I think its important to have items you would perhaps not find anywhere else. That is something we desire to offer to all those who shop with us.” Members of staff are always on hand to help and have been working for the company for many years. They are passionate about what they do and the service they offer. If you are thinking about adapting the appearance of your home, whether you desire to have more of a traditional or contemporary outlook, or more of a classic appearance, John Jenkins will inspire your design. We are 10 minutes from Petersfield and offer plenty of free parking! Browse the exciting additions available at the new look shop. John Jenkins Nyewood Shop, Nyewood, Rogate, Petersfield, GU31 5HZ. 01730 821495 Open Monday – Saturday 9:30-5:00.











From Concept to Completion At Rebecca Barnes Designs we offer a variety of services to help you with any residential or commercial property project. From concept to completion we can carry out the works for your build or renovation offering technical drawings for planning, floor plans, joinery design, lighting design, kitchen and bathroom designs, or even colour schemes, window treatments and furnishings. We can assist you in all aspects and work to your budget. We offer a free of charge initial consultation, throughout Hampshire, Surrey and Sussex, either at your property or at our showroom. To discuss your ideas contact us today. Call: 01730 719070 | Email: | Website: FIND US AT: The Engine House, 77 Station Road, Petersfield GU32 3FQ


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So if anyone knows of a local Gooseberry or Damson grower get in touch as Dylan’s needs more. The second Dylan’s van was brought in 2012 to accommodate the number of double bookings Dylan’s was getting, with just too many invites to local events to cover with the 1 van. Happy with the local response his ice cream van got when attending fetes and fairs in Haslemere, Ben decided to take on the lease of an old shoe shop when it became available in 2014. Founded in 2008 to realise Ben’s childhood dreams of making ice cream, Dylan’s Ice Cream based in Haslemere has become an institution, serving customers both old and young an ever changing range of crafted ice creams. Unhappy with what was available, Ben reckoned he could do better making more interesting ice cream with a focus on local suppliers. An ice cream van was bought off eBay and a second hand ice cream machine sourced. Then came the good part, developing the flavours. Seasonal fruit from local farms and friends allotments formed many flavours, supplemented by some more original flavours such as Bumble Bee (Honey, Chocolate and Honeycomb) Currently they make all their ice creams on a Farm in Petersfield, but are moving to a substantially larger unit in Fernhurst. This move will allow Dylan’s to both make and store more ice cream, allowing them to supply more wholesale customers, which they are currently turning down. Keen to make the best ice cream possible Dylan’s only uses real fruit, purchased in season as locally as possible. You will never find them buying in synthetic pastes. Gooseberry Ripple and Damson are 2 flavours that always sell really quickly.

With the help of friends and family it was rebuilt and turned into “Dylan’s Milk Barn”. Ever since opening Ben hasn’t looked back. “Having a shop and being part of the Haslemere community has been great, with the help of some brilliant staff we have built not only a great product but also an amazing atmosphere.” Some of the great events have been held in the shop including Haslemere Comedy Festival, Dave Day (for pancreatic cancer) and 3 Counties Church carol concert. Working with local schools each year, giving them the chance to learn about the ice cream making process and then designing their own flavours has been very successful with some of the winning flavours such as Stripy School Surprise (Strawberry, blackcurrant and Raspberry) and Sandy Beach (Vanilla, Caramel and Fudge) still being made to this day. Ensuring everyone is catered for, Dylan’s

have a range of dairy free options. Sorbets made from the same local fruit used in the ice cream, as well as a very popular dairy free chocolate ice cream. They also offer a range of coffees from Horsham Coffee Roasters, and a great selection of cakes from Crosbies, based in Witley. Every year brings its own challenges. This year Dylan’s would like to open a Pop-Up Shop in a second town, to test the local demand, hopefully with the view of opening a second shop in the future. Tempted to try one of Dylan’s ice creams, the Milk Barn is located at 1 Junction Place, Haslemere. GU27 1LE, or look out for one of the vans. @dylansicecream


t a k c a b Looking s ’ r e ow l f May past


The year of 1928 saw multiple major events such as the world’s first colour television transmission and the launch of the first ever bread slicing machine; consequently inventing the phrase we all know and love ‘it’s the best thing since sliced bread’. This year also saw the opening of one of the UK’s most successful theatres, Mayflower Theatre.

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Our theatre is the very best in class and continues to draw in hundreds of thousands of people to the city.

On 1st February 1928 the Managing Director of Moss Empires, R. H. Gillespie, laid the foundation stone of what was then to be called The Empire Theatre. Although having been renamed twice to The Gaumont in the 1950s before finally claiming its famous title of Mayflower Theatre in 1987, this stone lay the first ever block onto the build of which, still to this day, remains the largest theatre in the South of England. In 1986, the theatre was bought by Southampton City Council to prevent it from becoming a bingo hall and Mayflower Theatre Trust was established. Thirty-two years later and this theatre continues to thrive as it brings more than 500,000 people to the city every year; whilst operating as a charitable trust meaning all profits generated from ticket sales are invested back into the local community, education strategies and into the Grade II listed theatre itself.

As we look back to the day of Saturday 22nd December 1928 when this magnificent hub of talent opened its doors with its musical production, Winona, we can’t help but feel a warm nostalgic fondness in our hearts; a venue that it has since seen the likes of Julie Andrews, Laurel and Hardy, Michael McIntyre, Take That and even The Beatles, take to its stage.

The year 2019 is set to be yet another spectacular year for the Mayflower as it continues to host many productions direct from the West End! Fast forward 90 years to 22nd December 2018 where the theatre’s milestone birthday celebrations were in full swing with its spectacular pantomime, Dick Whittington. Mayflower Theatre Chief Executive Michael Ockwell said “Our theatre is the very best in class and continues to draw in hundreds of thousands of people to the city. We are mere custodians of our wonderful venue, and I am extremely proud to be steering this ship through the 90th year having overseen the regeneration for the next generation of theatregoers. Here’s to the next 90 years.”

During its 90th year, the theatre undertook two major capital works and is eternally grateful for the public, trusts and foundations who helped fundraise for the project. This once in a generation level of investment of £7.5 million included a newly refurbished auditorium and a redecoration for the theatre itself, including its new royal red and gold colour scheme inspired by its glamorous 1920s heritage. Out with the old and in with the brand-new 1,659 wider seats for the stalls and circle area, along with the reupholstered balcony seats, the theatre ensure that visitors enjoy the entertainment from the comfort of their throne. New environmentally-friendly LED lighting has been installed, the orchestra pit was moved beneath the stage and accessibility has been improved, creating better facilities for people with disabilities. In addition to the theatre’s commitment to enhance customer experience, an extension to the west side of the theatre has been built which will ultimately improve connectivity around the theatre and provide much needed extra space including a new archive room. The year 2019 is set to be yet another spectacular year for the Mayflower as it continues to host endless touring productions with many direct from the West End! From musicals such as the acclaimed Les Miserable to dance, opera, drama, ballet and comedy shows, this theatre is certain to provide tremendous entertainment to all. Visit to book your tickets.

Images clockwise from top: Matilda, photo by Manual Harlan. Jersey Boys, photo by Matt Martin. The Bodyguard.


EVENTS GUIDE March - April 2019


It’s been a busy few years for Jason since his last smash-hit stand up show, but fans of his Absolute Radio show will know this nationally acclaimed comedian hasn’t changed a bit. ‘Muddle Class’ promises to feature a wealth of new material about Jason growing up ‘working class’ then finding, over the years, that part of him has become ‘middle class’ - causing much confusion! Delivered with Jason’s amiable charm and captivating wit, this is a show not to be missed. £31.80 including fees & levy. Portsmouth Guildhall, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 2AB. Call 02074 905546 or visit to book.


Collaboration or murder which is it to be? A series of murders in rural France but are they linked? Have old wartime wounds healed or are they still open and festering. To be a Collaborator is maybe not what it seems. Is this the perfect murder or will the audience decide ‘who dunnit’. A brand new thriller from Steve Harris (The Pub Quiz and Ask Me Another) will

have you intrigued and guessing to the end. 73 St Margaret’s Lane, Titchfield PO14 4BG. For more performances throughout March/April or to buy tickets call 01329 556156 or visit


Fri 8th – Sun 10th March, 9am -5pm

This three day event at The Watercress Line is a chance to see and ride behind guest engines and the home-fleet locomotives. Come and enjoy behind the scene tours throughout Ropley workshop & yard and get up close and explore The Watercress Line’s locomotives under restoration. Prices – Adult £30, Child (aged 4 and under) FREE, Child (aged 5-16 yrs) £15 Family (2 Adults and 2 Children) £75. The Railway Station, Alresford, Hampshire, SO24 9JG. Call 01962 733810 or visit for more information.


The craft show is situated right in the heart of the picturesque Alresford, a few minutes walk from the Watercress Line. Crafts will include metalwork, felt landscapes, silk flower

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arrangements, jams and chutneys, pottery, glasswork, original watercolours, jewellery, and much more. (Free entry). Open 10am to 4:30pm. Alresford Community Centre, West Street, Hampshire SO24 9AG. For more information please contact: 01252 724968 or visit

A SPECIAL EVENING WITH RUSSELL WATSON Thurs 14th March 7.30 -10.30pm

Join four-time Brit Classical Award winner Russell Watson for a very special evening, accompanied by his pianist and guest choir. Tickets £45. The Broadway, Winchester, SO23 9GH. To book or find out more call 01962 848 179 or visit

EMSWORTH FARMERS MARKETS Sat 16th March and Wed 20th April

Showcasing the best of what Hampshire has to offer, local producers and small businesses many based in rural areas growing and rearing their own to bring to customers. From bread to beer, fruit to fish cakes, gin to game, shopping at your local Hampshire Farmers’ Market offers an abundance of choice. (10-2pm). St Peter’s Square, Emsworth, PO10 7AG For other locations and dates please call 01420 588671 or visit



The internationally acclaimed stage sensation Jersey Boys is working its way back to Southampton. The smash hit musical has won 57 major awards worldwide, including the Olivier Award for best new musical. Jersey Boys tells the true life story of four boys from the wrong side of the tracks who wrote their own songs, invented their own unique sound and sold 100 million records worldwide. Featuring hit after legendary hit including Beggin’, Can’t take my eyes off you, Oh What A Night, Bye Bye Baby, Big Girls Don’t Cry, and many more. Commercial Road, Southampton SO15 1GE. For tickets call 02380 711811 or visit

All Aston Martin owners are invited to drive into Beaulieu on Sunday 7th April and park up within the museum complex for what promises to be a superb day out for both Aston Martin owners and enthusiasts. All participants have the opportunity to be chosen as the winner of the People’s Choice Award, selected by public vote. Prizes will be awarded to the winner and runners-up. 10am- 5pm (9am - 3pm vehicle entry). Beaulieu, New Forest, Hampshire, SO42 7ZN, For more information about booking call 01590 612345 or visit events/simply-aston-martin/

Tues 19th – Sat 30th March


Sun 31 March

A visit to Chawton House is the perfect day out for all generations: take a stroll in the beautiful grounds, soak up the atmosphere of the Elizabethan manor house, and enjoy a cup of tea and sweet treat in the Old Kitchen Tearoom. As a special treat this Mother’s Day, bring Mum along to Chawton House and she will receive a slice of cake for free! (11 - 4.30pm). Chawton House, Alton, Hampshire. To find out more call 01420 541010 or visit

APRIL 100 ACRES 10K Sun 7th April

Come and join Team Rainbow for a challenging 10K around the scenic forest course. After taking on the tracks and trails of Forest Bere and crossing the finish line, you’ll be greeted by all the rainbow cheer volunteers and receive your Winnie the Pooh themed medal. Entry fee: £20, Fundraising target: £100. Forest of Bere, 6 Hundred Acres Road Fareham, NH PO17 6JB. To register please call 01329 289500 or get in touch with Maya

Sun 7th April

THE JUNGLE BOOK Wed 17th and Thurs 18th of April

Wicked Productions return to the New Theatre Royal with their production of The Jungle Book. The Jungle Book tells the story of Mowgli, a young boy who is raised in the jungle by a family of wolves. When Shere Khan, the tiger, swears to kill the child, Baloo, the bear and Bagheera, the panther, agree to take the boy to the man village for his safety. But the jungle holds danger and surprises for them all in this hilarious adventure of a lifetime! Wed 17th April 2019 - 18:00 Thu 18th April 2019 - 11:00 Thu 18th April 2019 - 15:00 Adult £18, Children £15.50, NTR Friends £15.50, Family£62. New Theatre Royal 20-24 Guildhall Walk, Portsmouth PO1 2DD. To book tickets call 02392 649000 or visit


It is 1929 in New York and the city is divided by gang warfare. On one side, Dandy Dan’s mob terrorise the district, taking out those they turn against with their new splurge guns. On the other side, Dandy Dan’s rival, Fat Sam, runs his successful Grand Slam Speak easy. Splurge, custard pies, and flour bombs fly across the bar as the pandemonium comes to a sticky end.

Adults £19.50 | Children £13.50 Kings Theatre, Albert Road, Southsea, PO5 2QJ. To book tickets call 02392 828282 or visit

PETERSFIELD BEER AND CIDER FESTIVAL Fri 26th April (6pm – 11pm) Sat 27th April (12pm – 5pm)

Lots of beer to sample from many local breweries as well as some from further afield. As always there will be fantastic water cooled Real Ale and Cider from all across the region backed up with quality live music and fantastic hot food. The Festival Hall, Heath Road, Petersfield, GU31 4EA. For tickets visit HometownFestivals (Over 18’s Only).

WINE TOUR AND TASTING Sat 27th April This two hour tour begins by hopping on a trailer to be taken to the vineyard to see Hattingle’s Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier plantings followed by an in-depth tour of their state-of-the-art winery explaining the production process. (10.30-12.30pm). Hattingley Valley Vineyard, Wield Yard, Lower Wield, Alresford, Hampshire, SO24 9A. To find out more call 01256 389188 or visit

Contributors Issue 18 March/April 2019

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Julia Willmott is a Holistic Core Restore ® Coach and Pilates Teacher offering classes and 1:1s in Petersfield, Hampshire. She specialises in women's wellness from pregnancy to menopause and beyond. She also offer Wellness At Work workshops and retreats. You can contact Julia via her website

Based in Portsmouth Jon believes ‘a good photograph can help you notice the unfamiliar in the familiar.’ His work has been exhibited in his home town and has also featured in many well known publications both locally and nationally. His enjoyment of creative photography is evident across his social media pages.

Georgia is a Hayling Island based freelance writer and PR professional. Travelling between Hampshire and London, Georgia works at an agency amplifying brand campaigns and social media launches. With passions sitting in the travel, fashion and beauty industry, her clients recognise her trend expertise and flair for creativity.

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