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November/December 2018

COMPLIMENTARY

TRANSFORMING

Your Winter Wardrobe

COMBAT the cold

this Winter!

GENTLEMEN’S STYLE:

EXPLORING

Mottisfont

AT CHRISTMAS

Tartan &Tweed


/ EDITOR’S LETTER

Welcome to the November/December edition of the Beautiful South Magazine.

Cover photo by Ginny Boxall, taken at the Christmas tree festival at St Lawrence Church in Alton. Sales team: info@beautiful-south.co.uk Designer: design@beautiful-south.co.uk Editor: editor@beautiful-south.co.uk Tel: 01730 260746 www.beautiful-south.co.uk Address: Beautiful South, Unit 1 Viceroy Court, Bedford Road, Petersfield, Hampshire, GU32 3LJ Find us on Pinterest Beautiful South Magazine Follow us on Instagram @BeautifulSouthMagazine Find us on Facebook /beautifulsouthmag Follow us on Twitter @beautifulsouthmagazine Top image: Mottisfont at Christmas ©National Trust Images - Oskar Proctor

I feel as though I blinked and suddenly we were in the final two months of 2018! A certain calmness seeps in this time of year as the last of the red and orange leaves fall and frost begins to set in… and it’s a lovely time to reflect on the year that has passed as well as looking ahead to the year approaching. Before we get carried away thinking about the new year, it’s nice to get fully immersed into the lead up to Christmas, which is always a beautiful one across Hampshire with its Christmas markets, carol concerts and picturesque towns painted with fairy lights. Our November/December issue is all about indulgence and luxury, it is the season to treat yourself after all. This month’s style edit features a Capsule Winter Wardrobe which will inspire you to buy less and wear more! From a statement leopard print coat to bold metallic boots, our ten-piece collection of wardrobe staples will help you easily source something to wear throughout the winter. Not forgetting men’s style, our Gentleman’s Notebook this time is all about embracing tartan and tweed, and we’ll show you how to wear these patterns together and bring a sense of the great outdoors to your style. From restyling yourself to transforming your home, our interior feature on the Contemporary Glamour trend will give you all the motivation you need to add a touch of gold and shimmer to your rooms, from the small accents to the furniture and paint, you can add a new chic finish to your home in just a few steps.

We had the pleasure of interviewing local author Claire Fuller for this issue, who spoke to us about getting into writing in her forties, studying an MA in Creative Writing at Winchester, and how her life experiences encouraged her to start writing books. We’ll show you that gin and tonic isn’t just a summertime staple, and the clink of gin-gle bells is the perfect beverage for winter. We’ve got a selection of festive gins for you try including Cherokee Gin, produced by Corner 53 in Clanfield, as well as a limited edition Spiced Apple and Blackcurrant Gin to warm you through this winter, plus many more! As well as lovely style tips and the perfect festive beverage, we’ve also included a special piece on serums in this issue to help protect your skin throughout the cold months. Whether you have dry, oily, or combination skin, our guide will help you find the perfect serum to maintain your glow regardless of the weather. Wherever and whenever you find the time to read the latest issue of Beautiful South, sit back, relax, and indulge in our final issue of 2018. Have a wonderful winter, a fantastic Christmas, and a prosperous New Year!

Denise Lloyd Denise Lloyd, Managing Director

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/ CONTENTS

What’s Inside? 14

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THE STYLE EDIT The capsule Winter wardrobe

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HEALTH & BEAUTY Combat the cold this season Face to face - must have serums

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INTERIORS Contemporary glamour

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FOOD & DRINK The perfect cheese board Tipple talk

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GENTLEMAN’S NOTEBOOK Tartan & tweed

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OUTDOOR LIVING Little donkey, little donkey...

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THE INTERVIEW Claire Fuller

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MOTORING Ford Mustang

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SPECIAL FEATURE Mottisfont - The night before Christmas

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COMPETITION

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TRAVEL Escape to Malaysia and Borneo

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SPECIAL FEATURE Festive gins

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SPECIAL FEATURE Your local Christmas gift guide

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PRODUCER PROFILE Wylds Farm

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EVENTS GUIDE

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CONTRIBUTORS

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THE THE CAPSULE WINTER

WARDROBE


The leopard print coat Animal design is everywhere this season, and the leopard print trend doesn’t seem to be changing its spots anytime soon. If you don’t normally wear bold patterns, begin small by incorporating accents of this print into your outfit with a scarf or belt. Once you feel more confident, you’ll realise it’s easier to embrace leopard print into your outfit than you think, and you’ll be strutting down the street in this coat in no time! Pair this statement coat with some ankle boots in the day and swap for a pair of stilettos, a little black dress, and finish with a gold necklace to transition to evening wear.

Evening wear jumpsuit This lightweight wrap jumpsuit is perfect for work and play, with just a quick change of shoes and the addition of jewellery, you can go from desk to dinner with this classic staple item. Combined with metallic boots, a bold scarf and a leather jacket, you’re ready for the night!

Don’t let the cold weather get you in a fashion funk... with these ten items your winter wardrobe woes will be no more! With classic jumpers, a pop of on-trend leopard print and a sprinkle of gold, simply mix and match these outfits and you’re good to go from head to toe.

The classic white blouse No capsule wardrobe is complete without a wellfitting white blouse, and this subtly-embroidered number is perfect to wear for all occasions. Wear with trousers under a black jumper with the collar popped out, layer over a dress for a textured look, and tuck into a skirt for a traditional formal look.

LEATHER JACKET No wardrobe is complete without a timeless icon, and a good-quality leather jacket never goes out of style. A black leather jacket easily transitions from day to nightwear, and adds biker glamour to any outfit.

Tailored grey trousers Stride into winter with this seasons trouser-print of choice: tartan! Pair with loafers for a casual day-look, or vamp up with metallic boots and gold accessories.

PINK TARTAN SCARF Tickle your outfit pink and keep snug with an oversized scarf, ideal to wear while out and about, as well as doubling as a shawl for a night-time look. This subtle tartan scarf adds a pop of colour and pattern to your outfit and will keep you cosy all winter long.

STATEMENT BLACK LOAFERS Combine comfort and style with these black leather loafers, ideal for work paired with trousers, or smartened up with a dress and gold jewellery.

The Cashmere knit Invest in the best knitwear for the winter with a versatile jumper that you’ll wear and re-wear with a variety of outfits. This star-print jumper is perfect to wear with jeans and trainers for effortless casual chic, or wear over a dress or tucked into a skirt for a smarter look.

METALLIC BOOTS A pop of metallic is all the range to add a touch of sparkle to your outfit, and can be styled with jeans for a casual day look, and smarter trousers, dresses and skirts for a work or evening occasion. These boots will be a goldmine in your wardrobe throughout the winter.

Statement gold jewellery The right accessories can completely transform an outfit, and nothing is quite as timeless as statement gold jewellery. Go straight from office chic to a night on the town with pearl drop earrings, and complete your ensemble with a pendant necklace.

Left hand page products (clockwise from top) 1. White Blouse, £56 available from Velvet & Rose. 2. Gold Jewellery, pendant £150 and earrings £49 available from Goldsmiths Farnham/Southampton. 3. Leather Jacket, £249 available from Marks & Spencer Petersfield/Havant/Emsworth. 4. Pink tartan scarf, £17.99 available from Blue Tree Petersfield. 5. Metallic boots, £129 available from Mint Velvet Petersfield/ Portsmouth/Chichester. 6. Wrap jumpsuit, £160 available from Jigsaw in Chichester/online. 7. Grey trousers, £45 available from Marks & Spencer Petersfield/Havant/ Emsworth. 8. Black Loafers, £75 Russell & Bromley available from Winchester/Chichester/Southampton. Right hand page products (from top) 9. Leopard Print Coat, £139 available from Velvet & Rose Petersfield. 10. Star-print jumper, £70 available from Karen George Emsworth, www.karengeorgeltd.co.uk

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Combat the cold this season and restaurants are filling reusable bottles free of charge, enabling you to hydrate on the go wherever you are.

Take a breather While exercise is an important factor in reducing the risk of illness during the winter, a proper amount of R & R is just as beneficial for your mind, body and soul. Remember to slow things down from time to time and relax, whether that’s snuggling down in front of the fire with a warm drink, or getting an early night and catching up on your zzz’s. Your body can’t function without sufficient rest, so set aside at least 30 minutes every evening to unwind.

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is’ the season for illness; whether it’s a common cold or the flu, the chilly weather can leave us feeling bunged up and lethargic, which makes it all too easy to forget to take care of ourselves. But as the weather turns icy, it’s time to heat up our routines and stay healthy throughout the winter months. Here’s a few ways you can reduce illness throughout the frost, and maintain a healthy and active lifestyle rain or shine (or snow and sleet).

Beneficial Bacterial Greek yogurt not only tastes delicious, but it’s also hugely valuable to our well-being as it’s filled with healthy probiotics that help maintain a healthy immune system. Greek yogurt also contains iodine, which is essential for our metabolism, and calcium which is great to reduce fat storing in our bodies… so this delicious treat is fundamentally a triple-threat when it comes to keeping well this winter! Greek yogurt is easy to add into our diets, whether it’s combined with oats and berries for a healthy breakfast, or switched in as healthier alternative to cream and butter.

Energy from endorphins We all know exercise is great for our health, but it can also have a huge impact on our immunity to illness, as it drastically improves our overall fitness which in turn keeps our immune system in great shape. Our heart and mind also reap the rewards from moderate exercise, and it has been proven that even just walking daily, running twice a week, or going to the gym every other day can reduce the amount of cold symptoms we get, as opposed to partaking in no exercise at all.

Healing hydration Despite all the vitamins, kale smoothies and superfoods that exist, water remains the most consistent way to keep a healthy body and mind. Drinking 2-3 litres of water a day not only does wonders for your skin, metabolism and energy levels, but is also recognised to reduce the risk of illness due to flushing away toxins and keeping the body hydrated. Investing in a reusable water bottle contributes to saving the environment of plastic waste, plus more and more cafés

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Winter illness may seem inevitable, especially as there is no permanent cure for a cold. But indulging in these proven methods will help keep the chill at bay, and allow you to embrace the season with resilience and positivity.


/ HEALTH & BEAUTY

to discovering your new beauty must have serums

Scrub goodbye to signs of aging and oily skin… these serums will become the new champions of your skincare regime. During the winter months it can be all-too-easy to neglect taking care of your skin, but it’s important to keep your skin properly hydrated through the cold spells when oily skin can become irritated, and dry skin can be triggered. Serum is a beauty product you may already have in your makeup bag or bathroom cabinet, but you may not know the full extent of what this magical liquid can be used for. Fret no more, as we’ve sourced the five best serums on the market, so whether you have oily, dry or combination skin and want to reinvigorate it with a youthful glow, the perfect potion is just waiting for you to try.

To plump up your skin Plantscription Anti-Aging Power Serum, £65 Featuring 20 targeted anti-aging plant extracts, this serum works tirelessly to reduce visible lines and wrinkles, and your skin will appear plumper and firmer in as little as two weeks. The wonderfully natural ingredients in this serum include: anogeissus from Ghana, bamboo and pea extract from Australia, crithmum from France and commiphora from India. To defy aging skin Frankincense Intense Lift Age Defence Collection, £170 This serum visibly lifts, contours and firms the skin to defy signs of aging and give skin a youthful and glowy

appearance. The added aroma of frankincense has been proven to help you de-stress and age less! This set is also perfect as a stocking filler or birthday gift during the festive period. For sensitive skin Lancôme Advanced Génifique Sensitive Dual Concentrate Serum - £59 The powerful antioxidants and probiotic extracts in this luxurious serum will soothe your skin and reduce dryness to protect you from internal and environmental factors that can cause irritation. This serum is the perfect base for your skin-care routine, so simply dab on before applying your makeup.

For dry skin Chanel Hydra Beauty Micro Serum - £70 This magical serum from Chanel is the first of its kind to be created from camellia micro-droplets, which is an active ingredient to keep skin hydrated all day long. The microdroplets within the serum fuse with the liquid, releasing camellia extract to keep intensely plumping the skin. For supple skin Decorte Liposome Serum - £113 If a serum is endorsed by fashion icon and beauty expert Kate Moss, then it must be good! This product is designed to strengthen the barrier of your skin and gradually release hydration and moisture throughout the day to keep your skin looking fresh and glowy, so it’s ideal for the winter when our skin becomes dryer.

Products 1. Plantscription Anti-Aging Power Serum, £65 available from Marks & Spencer in Petersfield/Havant/Emsworth. 2. Chanel Hydra Beauty Micro Serum, £70 available from John Lewis in Chichester/Southampton. 3. Frankincense Intense Lift Age Defence Collection, £170 available from Neal’s Yard Remedies in Farnham. 4. Lancôme Advanced Génifique Sensitive Dual Concentrate Serum, £59 available from Boots in Petersfield/Havant/Waterlooville. 5. Decorte Liposome Serum, £113, available from www.selfridges.com


Nicotine Before you take another puff, please can we talk about what is actually in a cigarette. Seasoned smokers will tell you, that a cigarette relaxes them, helps them to concentrate, makes them calm down and many other justifications, but in actuality, the majority of that is not the cigarette itself, it is nicotine. The American Addiction centre cites nicotine in the top five most addictive substances on the planet, along with heroin, barbiturates, alcohol and cocaine. This makes sense as it is an alkaloid, which means it contains nitrogen and is chemically similar to things like caffeine and cocaine. Nicotine is found naturally in tobacco which is part of the nightshade family which, alongside aubergine, potato and tomatoes, also includes, mandrake, deadly nightshade or belladonna. It is a mild stimulant that actually can help to sharpen memory, concentration and attention span in the short term. When it binds to receptors in the brain, it releases dopamine, which aside from being the ‘feel good’ chemical, also plays a role in appetite suppression, movement, and concentration. Nicotine is a highly addictive substance, that can cause feelings of temporary relaxation and stress relief, by elevating your mood and heart rate.

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Your smoker friends are not incorrect with their justifications. It can provide instant relief, just one puff through the lungs and nicotine is released to the brain in just ten seconds. A short-term fix with long-term detriment. Nicotine and tobacco are not the only ingredients in cigarettes. They are said to contain more than 600 ingredients, and that is not a typo. A few notables are; tar, used for paving roads, formaldehyde which is used to embalm bodies, carbon monoxide as in car exhaust fumes, lead, arsenic, acetone as in nail polish remover, butane as in lighter fuel, ammonia, naphthalene, which is an ingredient in mothballs and methanol; a main component in rocket fuel and these are just ten off the list. This information and all other health cautions are freely available in the public domain, yet millions of people continue to smoke voluntarily. Which just goes to show how powerfully addictive nicotine is. What is most important to remember is that many people who smoke frequently refer to this pastime as a habit, it is not. It is an addiction to one of the top five most addictive drugs on the planet, coupled with a psychological habit; a truly deadly

combination. So, in giving up, it is essential to address both the addiction and the ritual together. The physical craving lasts between 10-20 minutes, so many find that a distraction during this period helps them through it. Pair this with creating a new ritual. Some peel grapes, some crack pistachios, some water plants, it doesn’t matter what it is, the key is to find what works for you. Intense withdrawal cravings usually peak at three days after quitting and continue on and off for approximately two weeks, after that they start to dissipate, and it is said that after three months your brain chemistry starts to return to normal allowing the smoker to regain both their freedom and health. There are methods of extra help, that don’t use nicotine replacement therapy, such as The Maas Clinic’s ‘Stop Smoking Programme’ which works using Pulse Electromagnetic Feedback technology. It is well worth looking into as it generally only takes 2-3 sessions to do the trick. Drug free, totally painless and non-invasive.

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Meet the new Head of Bedales Pre-prep School, Dunannie Victoria Homewood, new Head of Bedales Pre-prep School Dunannie, arrives with a wealth of experience, enthusiasm for Early Years’ education, and a fresh approach to reading, writing, numeracy, and creativity as well as the benefits of encouraging children to interact with nature and the outdoors. When the chance came for her to join Dunannie, with its track record of pioneering and innovative education, it was an opportunity she simply had to take. She says: “The school’s values and approach align very closely with my own educational philosophy, which focuses on the differing needs of each individual and the development and encouragement of children’s inquisitiveness and love of learning.” The school’s ethos of ‘head, hand and heart’, as established by founder John Badley, prescribes an education for the whole child, combining the academic, the practical and the social. Victoria endorses this ethos entirely, but adds, “the Bedales original educational philosophy obviously requires constant reinterpretation to make it appropriate for its time”. For example, of her enthusiasm for outdoors’ education, she says: “These days, most of us spend the vast majority of our time indoors,

and our connection with nature is consequently limited. This is one area where we can re-imagine education and rectify this imbalance”. Beside the benefit of this bringing subjects to life in a new way, Victoria believes that exposure to nature can help children connect with themselves and others in an unpressurised way. Perhaps unsurprisingly, she is not in favour of testing for young children. She says: “There is an assumption that children should achieve a certain level at a certain age, which is misguided – they should not have to deal with that kind of stress, and the fear of so-called failure”.

“The school’s values align closely with my own educational philosophy, which focuses on the differing needs of each individual.” Rather, Victoria is an advocate of ‘growth mind-set’, a concept developed by psychologist Carol Dweck, which supports the idea that young people who believe their intelligence, intellectual and otherwise, is not fixed but can be increased, or grown, are better able to cope with life both as children and adults. Accordingly, she favours children learning to see mistakes as evidence of something that they are simply not be able to do at present but will eventually achieve in the future. What, then, might the future for Dunannie look like under Victoria’s ambitious stewardship? She will ensure the essentials – reading, writing and numeracy – are thoroughly addressed, and brings with her innovative and proven new methods in these areas. But she is equally passionate to ensure that creativity and other talents are nurtured, such as an emphasis on social and interpersonal skills – the values of

helping others, of politeness and consideration, and being kind and decent to one another. Victoria notes: “The ethos and family culture – of involving parents, grandparents, siblings and the wider community – are invaluable here at Bedales. The facilities are also wonderful, and we have great teaching talent.” However, her passion for outdoor learning might see more happen outside the classroom. She concludes: “This has always been an outstanding feature of life at Dunannie, but it is one of several areas I plan to explore and expand.”

Victoria Homewood invites prospective parents and children to visit Bedales Preprep, Dunannie, part of the 3-18 Bedales Schools. There is a special Santa’s Grotto free event for Nursery age children and parents on Wednesday 5 December at 10am. To book a place or to arrange a visit, please contact Kate Freeman, Deputy Registrar, 01730 711558; e: admissions@bedales.org.uk. www.bedales.org.uk/opendays


CONTEMPORARY

Glamour

As the days grow shorter and the frost sets in, we’re trading nights out for cosy evenings in… so what better time for a wintery interior revamp! This season is all about Contemporary Glamour, which means monotone greys and pastels are taking a back seat, and gold accents are at the forefront of our winter interior must-haves. There are some easy, fun and surprisingly inexpensive ways to glamorise your home this season, and with Christmas upon us, it’s the perfect time to shop for those extra luxurious accessories. A chandelier is the perfect place to start glamming up your home. A contemporary chandelier can become a focal feature within your room, and will certainly draw the eye. Opt for a chic and elegant light that is not too heavy on the metal, but rather focused on glass and intricate detail, with a touch of gold on the arms. This will give your dining room, living room, or bedroom a truly stylish look. As interior designer Rebecca Barnes from Petersfield says: “It’s the devil in the detail that will create a fabulous home.” Contemporary Glamour is all about the details - try switching up your curtains, rugs, cushions and other


/ INTERIORS

fabrics throughout your home with pieces that have accents of gold colouring and patterns. Why not go all out and create a gold feature wall, or simply add gold paint to your shelves and skirting boards! If you aren’t quite ready to take the complete goldplunge, you could simply replace the curtain hooks or poles with a dash of shimmer for a more subtle look. This will give you the sophisticated edge you’re looking for without requiring a full curtain make over. And don’t forget those accessories… Gilt mirrors, glass and coated brass coffee tables and lamps will add a wonderful pop of metallic to the room, and you could even go all out with gold pillows, a foot stool, or even a statement chair. Less is more when you are initially redecorating your home, so start small with accessories and go from there once you find the style that suits your room and taste. Unsure where to start? Not to worry! We have handpicked our favourite on-trend products that will set off your redesign, so you can get inspired and begin your own Contemporary Glamour home design.

1. Gold Printed Brunches Cushion Cover, Modern Cushion, £3.99 www.moderncushion.co.uk 2. Miami Side Table Gold, Brissi, £425, 112 West St, Farnham GU9 7HH 01252 718906, www.brissi.com 3. Metal Starburst Mirror, Decorative Mirrors Online, £99. 4. Pear Lamp in Assam and Decayed Gold, Porta Romana, Lamp Base £1,224, Lamp Shade £287. 4 Northbrook Farm Cottages, Northbrook Estate, Farnham GU10 5EU, 01420 23005 5. Diego Cabinet, Julian Chichester £6,770 www.julianchichester.com Top left image Rebecca Barnes Interior Design, featuring Porta Romana Lamp.


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/ FOOD & DRINK

by Evangeline Lloyd

Colder climates call for evenings filled with warm fireplaces, glasses of red and fabulous cheese boards. With many Hampshire farms producing award winning cheeses on our doorstep, mastering the art of creating the perfect cheese is easier than you think. A well put together cheese board is the perfect food for any occasion - be it a starter, dessert or an afternoon nibble. And let’s be honest, who doesn’t love cheese? A cheeseboard is such a versatile dish, so even if you get tired of one board in particular, there are so many cheeses out there for you to try so you can easily change your selection and swap in new choices each and every time. The possibilities are endless. In general, the trick to a good cheese board is to include a variety of textures and tastes. You should select three to five cheeses and ensure that there is a mixture of hard, soft, blue, nutty and oaky flavours. Don’t forget about the accompaniments. You should always pair cheeses with breads, crackers, fruit and meats to balance and compliment their flavours. However, there are no rules to cheese boards, so have fun with it and try something new! To push you in the right direction, we have tried and tested some local produce to bring you some delicious suggestions as to how to create the perfect, hearty Hampshire cheese board...

Photos on opposite page: top left Old Winchester cheese from Lyburn Farmhouse, bottom left British Camembert, Tunworth from Hampshire Cheeses. Top right Isle of Wight Blue cheese, bottom right Gouda from Briddlesford Lodge Farm


Choose a cheese made from goats milk to add variety to your platter. The Beau Farm Soft Goats Cheese, made from free range goats milk, will add a strong and salty flavour to any cheese board selection. This cheese is beautiful when enjoyed with a sticky caramelised onion relish. You can find this cheese online at The Beau Farm Shop and the Farmers Choice Delicatessen.

For a hard cheese, try the Old Winchester from Lyburn Farmhouse in the New Forest. This is an award-winning British cheese that has been recognised across Europe for its mature and distinctively nutty taste. Pair with a segment of fresh fig, as the honey-like sweetness of the fruit will compliment this sharp cheese. The Old Winchester is also a fantastic vegetarian replacement for any hard Italian-style cheese. You can find this cheese at Stansted Park Farm Shop in Rowlands Castle and Kingsgate Wines & Provisions in Winchester.

For that scrummy blue cheese, tuck into the Isle of Wight Blue. This mild, dark blue and green veined cheese has a lovely smooth texture and tastes delicious when accompanied by a wafer cracker with a sprinkle of walnuts. This cheese is proven to be the best of the best, having most notably won the Best English Cheese at The World Cheese Awards. You can find this delicious blue cheese at the Southbourne Farm Shop in Emsworth, or you can order online at www.britishfinefoods.com.

If you’re looking to add some oakiness onto your board, try the Gouda from Briddlesford Lodge Farm in the Isle of Wight. This rustic cheese has been maturing on wood for up to 12 months prior to purchase and as a result offers a unique meaty flavour. Find this oaky delight at your local Southern Co-op and online at www.thecourtyarddairy.co.uk. Last but not least is the classic cheddar, so if you can’t get enough of this traditional favourite, look no further than the Buffalo Cheddar from Laverstoke Park Farm in Overton. This protein rich, crumbly cheese is made an even more attractive purchase as it is produced purely through organic means, making it a delicious and healthier choice. This cheese is available from The Farm Shop in Longstock Park, your local Watirose, and online. For a creamier cheese, bake the soft British Tunworth, the unique Camembert from Hampshire Cheeses, until the centre is oozy. You cannot go wrong when you pair this camembert with a warm crusty loaf and a dollop of sweet cranberry sauce. The earthy mushroom fragrance of Tunworth ensures you will not mistake this local delight with a camembert from across the Channel. This unique Hampshire cheese is available from The Great British Charcuterie Co in Brighton, The Hampshire Farmers Market in Winchester on the second and last Sunday of each month, and online at www.finecheese.co.uk.


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If you are short on ideas for creating a memorable festive season, then take a look at the Holiday Inn Winchester’s website for some great ideas. The hotel is ideally located as a meeting point for friends and family, with lots of free car parking, award

winning food, comfortable contemporary rooms and space to gather friends and family. How about meeting up for a Festive Afternoon Tea or Sunday Lunch with Santa? For those who dread the thought of cooking for family or larger groups on Christmas Day or any other day during the festive break, then why not take the day off and come along to the hotel and let someone else do the hard work. With an AA Rosette Award the hotel can offer a vast range of imaginative, skilfully cooked, beautifully presented food and exceptional service in the elegant surroundings of the hotel’s Morn Hill Brasserie. If you are looking to party then see some of the options on offer at the hotel with

Christmas Party Nights, an Abba Tribute event (30th November), Del Boy’s Christmas Comedy Dinner Show (24th November) and Party Through the Decades on New Year’s Eve - all great opportunities to have a good time with friends, family or work colleagues.

The hotel can offer a vast range of imaginative, skilfully cooked, beautifully presented food and exceptional service. Christmas is also a time for visitors to arrive from further afield and it can sometimes be difficult to accommodate everyone and the hotel could be an ideal option for your additional guests. Christmas Residential Breaks are also available from Christmas Eve through to Boxing Day. Visit the hotel’s website www.hiwinchester.co.uk for more information and to book.

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Discovering the perfect wine for your festive feast By Jonathan Rogers of VIN WINE MERCHANTS, Emsworth.

After the hottest summer on record where we spent our time sipping fresh fruity rosé, crisp dry whites and the odd gin and tonic, it’s time to focus our attentions to some stunning ‘sitting by the fire’ reds to warm our hearts as the cold nights draw in. It’s the time of year when we start to think about which in the world wine we are going to enjoy with our Christmas feasts. If you love to stay traditional and opt for the turkey to take centre place on your table then fruity, rounded whites’ pair well. However, in this issue we are focusing on the red variety, so I have picked three fantastic choices that will pair perfectly with turkey, beef and goose, as well as the vegetarian option of your choice.

TAHBILK Cabernet Sauvignon Nagambie Lakes, Victoria Australia £16.99

LES VIGNES DE L’EGLISE Merlot/Grenache Languedoc Roussillon France £8.49

From the oldest family owned vineyard in Australia dating back to the 1860’s and where I learnt how to make wine, this stunner has a beautiful, full yet smooth character full of blackcurrant fruit and minty hints. Savour this wine, take your time and it will remind you why winter is the best time of year.

A great example of what good value for money wines from this region are. Softer red berry fruit with bags of flavour with a rounded, medium bodied finish.

SANTA ALBA Pinot Noir Chile £10.25 The perfect red to pair with the turkey, this smooth, elegant number is light and fresh and is ideal to drink at the beginning of your meal. Its cherry fruit characters jump out from the glass and its finish is round soft and gentle.

All of the wines mentioned above plus many more delicious options are available from VIN Wine Merchants 6 Queen St, Emsworth, Hants, PO10 7BL and online at www.vinwinemerchants.com.

Proprietor of VIN Wine Merchants and The Solent Wine Experience Jonathan Rogers has over 25 years of experience in the world of wine, having started his career at Oddbins and then moving on to a position at Tahbilk Vineyard in Australia where he learnt how to grow grapes and make wine. Jonathan’s career then took him to London, where he had a buying role with Annabels Club and Harrods Wine Department, but he eventually returned to the South Coast to begin his own venture. Visit Jonathan at VIN Wine Merchants in Emsworth today for quality wine at affordable prices, or to speak to him about the various courses he has to offer, as well as tours and tasting events. Find out more here: www.vinwinemerchants.com. Disclaimer: Beautiful South encourages our readers to always drink responsibly.


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It’s time to embrace the great outdoors, with the trend for ‘all things heritage’ this season! Tartan and tweed have always been ‘team mates’, and they are back in fashion again this winter offering you warmth and durability! Both tartan and tweed originate from the Scottish Highland which has grown in popularity amongst the fashion industry.

At this point, we’re all wondering how to make our daily outfits weatherproof. In the world of fashion, many things look appealing but aren’t exactly practical, however, investing in tweed and tartan products will enable you to stay warm and stylish without bulking yourself up in layers of heavy clothing.

This season, the trend of country-side inspired apparel, is set to dominate the shop rails. While tartan and tweed associate itself with tradition and quality, it also embeds the conception of being a timeless and voguish style. After enjoying two months of unseasonably warm weather, winter has finally arrived!

Both tartan and tweed originate from woven wool which come in a variety of weights, weaves and colours, making it the perfect wear for the winter months. When worn together they burst with charm and sophistication.


Creating the perfect outfit... hen it comes to pairing tartan and tweed, it’s all about the accessories you choose. Primarily, if you are wearing a tweed jacket or trouser, we advise that you pair with a tartan scarf. It is the scarf that will lift the outfit to create a modish look. Or, if you are planning to wear a tartan hat, you should always opt for apparel that complements the detail of the pattern.

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For example, if the hat incorporates the colour light brown, pair with a tweed jacket or trouser that match the colour precisely. It is through this articulation that you can form a compelling outfit that oozes with composure and character.

Polo Plaid Twill Sport Coat, £495.00, Ralph Lauren www.ralphlauren.co.uk Ralph Lauren Classic, Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth PO1 3TA, 023 9289 0030

That said, if you are purchasing your first tweed or tartan item, we advise that you should start with a tweed jacket. For instance, you could buy a jacket that will suit your existing wardrobe and pair with a cashmere jumper and dark fitted jeans. An effortless and fashionable way to wear the fabric to keep you warm this winter. Or, if you prefer a jacket that is less formal, we have included a tweed coat which is the perfect wear for those ‘stylish’ winter walks of glooming chill.

Alan Paine Combrook Men’s Field Coat, £329.95, New Forest Clothing, 17 Downton Industrial Estate, Batten Rd, Salisbury SP5 3HU, www.newforestclothing.co.uk 01725 510051

Don’t forget, investing in a practical, yet stylish boot is also a key ‘must have’ to accompany the final look. Beautiful South have found the perfect boot created by Thomas Partridge. This is inspired by the original Chelsea Boot, and has been expertly crafted with the highest quality leather and engineered with comfort and style. On a final note, tartan and tweed in unison create the perfect outfit. Not only does the style associate itself with the British heritage look but it also offers you a practical yet modern appearance for your everyday wear, this Winter! Amanda Christensen AC Tartan Scarf, £49.00, The Pavilion, 23 The Square, Winchester SO23 9EX, 01962 890707 County Donegal Tweed Trouser, £149.00, Orvis, www.orvis.co.uk 34 South Street Chichester, PO19 1EL 01243 792140

Thomas Partridge Shoes, £125.00, The Mantique, 71 Parchment St, Winchester SO23 8AT, 01962 867777

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Donkeys are often associated with Christmas, but the folks at The Hayling Island Donkey Sanctuary work year-round to provide a safe home for these beautiful creatures. Christmas is on the horizon, and so our thoughts turn to giving something back to those less fortunate than ourselves, whether that be people or animals. In this edition, we share the magical story of The Hayling Island Donkey Sanctuary and how this non-profit organisation provides incredible life-long care for retired, unwanted and abused donkeys. Owners of the sanctuary Paul and Tracy Hunt are experienced equine carers having owned horses for many years. Thirteen years ago, after seeing an advert in the local paper for two working donkeys named Ollie and Rusty, Paul and Tracy instantly fell in love and bought them. They continued the tradition of donkey rides along Hayling Island seafront as a hobby, but soon realised that these kind and caring creatures had so much more to offer. Since then, Paul and Tracy’s herd has grown, and they now provide a home to eighteen gorgeous donkeys with various background stories; some retired, some unwanted, some neglected and some simply in need of a place to call home. Old or young, a donkey hug from one of these affectionate animals will uplift the spirits of all. After a health assessment, the donkeys that are still able to work provide rides for children at local farms, fetes and shows. They also visit schools and nursing homes, and are available to hire for special occasions.

To help fund their work further, the sanctuary has introduced a ‘Care n Cuddle’ workshop, an adoption scheme coupled with open days so that people can spend quality time with their adopted donkey.

“THE EXISTENCE OF THE SANCTUARY HAS ONLY BEEN POSSIBLE THROUGH THE SUPPORT FROM THE LOCAL COMMUNITY AND THE GROWING BAND OF TRULY AMAZING VOLUNTEERS.” Over the years, employees and volunteers have cared tenderly for these donkeys to help rebuild their trust in humanity. These people have witnessed first-hand how these gentle and intelligent creatures will give themselves whole-heartedly and in return, simply ask for a comfortable safe home for the rest of their lives, which may not be possible without the sanctuary. Paul explains, “It is so heart-warming to find so many like-minded, kind hearted people who appreciate how special the donkeys are.” To enable the sanctuary to continue providing a safe and fulfilling place for both two and four legged beings, Paul and Tracy hope to replace the old fencing, improve the animal facilities and build a garden building where workers, volunteers and visitors can gather. Why not adopt a donkey this christmas? Refer to the Beautiful South Christmas gift guide for more information, or visit www.haylingdonkeys.co.uk/ adopt-a-donkey/. Visit the sanctuary at Mill Rythe Lane, Hayling Island, PO11 0QG. To volunteer/fundraise for sanctuary, or to find out more information email sanctuary@haylingislanddonkeys.co.uk, or call 02392 465640.

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Award-Winning Local Author: Claire Fuller

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aving been awarded the 2015 Desmond Elliott Prize for her debut novel Our Endless Numbered Days and winning the Royal Academy and Pin Drop Short Story Award in 2016, Claire Fuller discusses with Beautiful South her latest book entitled: Bitter Orange along with an insight into her career to becoming a renowned novelist and short fiction writer.

Writing a novel, we thought would entail a considerable amount of planning but for Claire, it’s the opposite. “I don’t plan my novels. I have no idea how they will end and what will happen, it happens as I write”.

Claire was born and raised in Oxfordshire and currently lives in the beautiful city of Winchester. She studied Sculpture at Winchester School of Art but went on to have a long career in marketing and didn’t start writing until she was forty. She later completed an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Winchester.

“Without giving away any spoilers, it’s about Frances who is commissioned to survey the follies in the gardens of an old country house. There she meets a couple who are staying in the rooms below hers, but it becomes clear that not everything is right between them. As Frances becomes increasingly entangled in the couple’s lives the boundaries between truth, lies, right and wrong, begin to blur. A small crime is committed which brings on a bigger one, which changes all their lives forever”.

We then continue by asking about her most recent novel, Bitter Orange.

“IT IS MY MEMORIES, CULTURE, LOCAL PLACES AND THE BOOKS I READ THAT IMPACT MY WRITING”.

Her skills and life experiences encouraged her to write several books. These being, Our Endless Numbered Days, Swimming Lessons, and her most recent, Bitter Orange. Each book has been bought by the renowned publishing company Penguin, with each edition becoming a success amongst a variety of readers. As external surroundings can influence a writer’s creativity, we thought it would be interesting to begin the interview by asking what influenced her writing. Claire states: “It is my memories, culture, local places and the books I read that impact my writing”. For instance, “The Grange, a neoclassical country house near Alresford, was the inspiration behind my latest book, Bitter Orange”. Claire also finds it inspiring to read a variety of other novels and believes that it enhances the creative flow of her writing.

The book is currently receiving fantastic reviews one being:

“Claire is an accomplished and serious writer who has the ability to implant interesting psychological dimensions into a plotty, pacy narratives.” – The Observer Claire States: “Receiving positive reviews validates my writing and its great to know that readers enjoy my books, it’s an inspiring feeling”. Speaking of the future, we asked her what literary success looked like to her. “People might think it’s about the books charts and how many books are sold. Although there is an element of that, I also feel that writing a book that I am proud of and building a readership of people who enjoy my novels are priceless.”


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CHRISTMAS WITH THE NATIONAL TRUST

The night before christmas Mottisfont, located near Romsey, is one the National Trust’s most popular properties: an 18th century house with a medieval priory at its heart, surrounded by beautiful riverside gardens. Mottisfont offers a year-round programme of exhibitions and events, and Christmas is always a highlight. From 24 November – 6 January (excluding 24 and 25 December), 10am-4pm, scenes from the much-loved poem ‘The Night Before Christmas’ will be brought to life around the house and grounds, with exquisitely decorated rooms and a festive family trail.

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A team of garden florists will make sure you’re given a festive welcome with outdoor decorations, from giant wreaths on the entry gates to floral displays on the bridges that lead you into the grounds. Follow pathways illuminated by decorated lanterns to discover Father Christmas’s sleigh in front of the house; and, of course, Dasher, Dancer, Prancer and Vixen – all crafted from willow. Inside the house, oversized books and set-dressed rooms will take you through each verse of the poem, from children’s dreams to hints of Father Christmas’s impending visit. And, unlike the poem, the mice are definitely stirring here, hidden in nooks and crannies. Spot a carolling choir, tiny Christmas helpers, and little robed monks hinting at Mottisfont’s medieval past. Rooms will be enhanced by luxurious, traditionally-styled decorations, with festive flower arrangements, mantelpieces draped with dramatic swags, and towering trees sparkling with hundreds of baubles.

A 14ft tree, surrounded by a pile of children’s presents, will take centre stage in Mottisfont’s celebrated Whistler Room as a grand finale. Families can follow in Father Christmas’s footsteps around the grounds with an active trail, great for warming up on cold days. Take part in Santa’s sack race, throw some presents down a chimney, and visit Father Christmas’s workshop

Another classic Christmas tale is being brought to life at Uppark, whilst at Hinton Ampner there’s foul play afoot with a festive murder mystery. The Vyne and Mompesson House are celebrating Christmas from centuries gone by, and at Sandham Memorial Chapel’s cosy craft workshops you can make unique gifts and decorations. There are family activities at all National Trust places in the local area, including the New Forest base camp and Winchester City Mill. National Trust shops feature traditional and contemporary Christmas ranges for all ages and pockets, including locally made food, drink and artisan gifts. Tea-rooms are serving a new winter menu, featuring delicious homemade treats using ingredients from our own kitchen gardens and local producers. Each festive day out you enjoy supports the National Trust’s work as a charity looking after special places for future generations to enjoy. ©Top left Photo National Trust - David Sell ©Photo Below National Trust - Oskar Proctor


Celebrate the festive season with friends, family and colleagues at Ampfield Golf and Country Club This charming golf and country club nestled amongst stunning grounds, transforms itself each year to become the most spectacular Christmas Party venue. Over the last few years Ampfield Golf & Country Club has been quietly attracting a reputation for creating a beautiful Christmas environment in which to dine and celebrate the festive season, and this year looks to be no exception. They have already planned an exciting and extensive program of dining, party and entertainment evenings this Christmas, and with such a variety of choice, there’s something to suit everyone. Party and Entertainment Nights include dining for just £35.00, and evening dining-only from £21.50. Fantastic value all round!

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/ TRAVEL A holiday to Malaysia is truly hard to beat: the destination is blessed with an astonishing number of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, from Taman Negara National Park and the rich tea plantations of the Cameron Highlands in Peninsula Malaysia, to the island of Borneo with its majestic scenery and large array of wildlife. Lots of visitors spend a few days in the dynamic capital of Kuala Lumpur in order to appreciate the city’s delights. Highlights include the elegant colonial buildings around Merdeka Square, the enclaves of Chinatown and Little India along with exotic mosques, temples and traditional street markets – you certainly won’t get bored. Beach lovers will find Malaysia blessed with an abundant variety of beaches. On the west coast is the popular island of Penang – the most wellknown of Malaysia’s beach destinations – and an ideal choice for those seeking entertainment as well as relaxation. The striking archipelago of Langkawi is a serene tropical paradise in the Andaman Sea, situated 18 miles off the north-west coast of the Malaysia Peninsula. To the east, visitors will discover a

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YOUR FIRST STOP FOR LUXURIOUS WOMENSWEAR Velvet & Rose arrived on Chapel Street in Petersfield in March 2018 and has already become a staple clothing boutique within the town. Owner Shirley Leader had previously worked at Procter & Gamble amongst other companies, so has over twenty years of experience with high-end beauty brands such as Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, OPI and Max Factor. Shirley’s prior experience with indulgent brands gave her a fantastic understanding of what women like, so with her eye for what looks good and an interest in setting up her own retail business, Shirley went to look at a premises in Petersfield in December, and things moved swiftly from there! With a background in working with marketing, Shirley quickly learnt that networking and speaking to other shop-owners was the best

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Spice up your G&T this Christmas with one of these festive flavoured gins! There is no denying it that the ubiquitous gin and tonic has been a summertime staple! But, that doesn’t mean we should avoid drinking it within the Winter months! Gin has become one of the fastest selling spirits across the UK, with fruited gins being the perfect winter beverage. One of our favourite festive gins is the locally made Cherokee Gin, produced by a company in Clanfield called Corner 53. The recipe draws inspiration from Tennessee Whisky producers in the 1800’s who would use the maple-charcoal filtration process to create a whisky that incorporates a distinctive, smoky and sweet taste. Corner 53 use the same process but instead, create gin. The maple flavoured gin includes the essences of fresh orange peel, pear and apple alongside an earthy vanilla essence. This concoction sits well with Indian or elderflower tonic. The Copeland, Winter Limited Edition Spiced Apple and Blackcurrant Gin is also a favoured

drink of ours. They create a Winter spice wonder, by combining both ingredients and mixing it with cinnamon to ensure a fruity but warm flavouring. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and charred orange. If you prefer, you could also add a sweetened pear. You can serve with ice, or heat to create a warm texture. This is a gin which will enlighten your pallet delightfully due to the variety of fruity festive flavours it offers.

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The Winter Wassail is a great dry gin, produced at the Winchester Distillery. This gin is an ideal festive beverage due to the variety of flavours it offers. It is rich in juniper and spices as well as fresh Bramley apple, quince and whole cranberries. Winter Wassail can be served with tonic water, sparkling apple juice or, if you prefer, you could also add, hot apple or Cranbury Juice to enjoy as a Winter warmer. It is the perfect tipple to accompany you while you sit by a hot roaring fire this Winter.

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That said, if you prefer a plain traditional gin, you can always create a wintery vibe by adding a flavoured mixer. For instance, Ginger Ale blends perfectly with gin. Garnish with root ginger and a sprig of rosemary to finish. With the topic of gin on the radar! We have included our favourite festive gin cocktail for you to try - this being the Hot Negroni.

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Hot Negroni Recipe 25ml White Gin 25ml Campari 25ml Sweet Vermouth Red Berry Tea Pour all ingredients into a mug and top with hot red berry tea. Finish with a dehydrated orange to garnish.

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PETERSFIELD YOUTH THEATRE: A SPACE FOR Petersfield Youth Theatre was founded in 1990. It is a registered charity working to advance the education in music and theatrical arts among children and young people. The company is run mainly by volunteers who employ theatre and education practitioners to direct productions, workshops and projects. As well as producing two shows a year, in September and at Christmas, PYT run termly workshops for all ages. Years 1 to 6 can take part in Learn, Rehearse and Perform, an introduction to theatre and music, and older members 7+ are offered a series of musical theatre performance skills workshops. In addition an annual Easter Project

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is run for non-members as well as members. This usually takes the form of a challenge to produce a piece of musical theatre in four days to perform to family and friends. A Summer School provides further opportunities for younger members and non-members to build on their theatre skills. PYT pushes the boundaries of theatre for young people, offering experiences of the highest possible standard and encouraging them to develop their teamwork and communication skills as well as self-discipline, thereby building their self confidence. The Friends of Petersfield Youth Theatre was set up in 1997 and their financial support has provided invaluable equipment for the group. In 2001 the Ron Bowler Memorial Fund was launched in recognition of the wonderful support that Ron gave to the Youth Theatre. In 2007 PYT announced its intention to find a suitable building from which to deliver its year round activities. The search for this venue ‘The Space’ was exhaustive and for some years appeared impossible. However the ideal building was found in 2010 and a lease signed in January 2011 – PYT’s 21st Birthday year. A most welcome birthday present was the granting of a £60,000 award from the Jubilee People’s Millions (A Big

To celebrate twenty one years of PYT, the group put on a cabaret style concert of music and dance at Chichester Festival Theatre. Twenty One was excellently received by the sell-out audience and won the Youth Theatre many new supporters. Most recently, the production of Les Misérables in 2011, Miss Saigon and High School Musical in 2013 and West Side Story and The Jungle Book in 2014 proved to be sell-out performances. The group are not afraid to take on more challenging works, and Leonard Bernstein’s Candide in 2016 was a case in point. Audiences have also been enthusiastic about Honk! In 2017 and this year’s production, the highly rated Guys and Dolls was extremely well received. The Youth Theatre will shortly be performing Oliver! at the Petersfield Festival Hall between 18 and 22 December. PYT membership is open to young people from school year group 1 up to the age of 23. Young people come from as far as Denmead to the South, Alton to West, Petworth to the East and Haslemere to the North. For more information on Petersfield Youth Theatre, visit the website www.pyt.org. uk Photography © Michel Focard de Fontifiguieres. Top left photo: Candide.

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We’ve handpicked a selection of gorgeous gifts, perfect for the hard-to-buy-for and those who enjoy the finer things in life Polar Bear Toy - £46, Cuddle + Kind uk.cuddleandkind.com It doesn’t get much sweeter than a new teddy bear waiting under the tree, especially a bear from Cuddle+Kind who give 10 meals to children in need for every purchase!

One of the greatest gifts of all is watching your loved ones open that well-thought gift on Christmas day. Whether they are the hasty un-wrappers who can’t wait to see what’s inside or the careful type who daintily unpick each strip of cellotape… we’ve found a selection of gorgeous gifts to please the whole crowd. Flow Necklace 9ct Yellow Gold £385 and Flow Earrings 9ct Yellow Gold £290 Amberley Jewellers Waterlooville 023 9226 4642, www.amberleyjewellers.co.uk Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, and this Flow set from the Hot Diamond Gold Collection will go down a treat. These beautifully crafted 9 carat gold necklace and earring set are the very definition of sophistication and decadence, and their delicate lines and nature-inspired shape are sure to wow her this Christmas.

Velour Rose Dress - £75 Karen George Emsworth 01243 379966 , www.karengeorgeltd.co.uk This decadent dress is perfect for the festive period, with its brushed cotton velour material and stylish linear shape, it’s sure to be a showstopping gift for the fashionista in your life.

I Heart Disco Jumper, £55 Blue Tree Petersfield, 01730 263660, www.blue-tree-retail.co.uk This grey jumper combines comfort, cuteness and style. Made from merino wool and cotton for extra softness and luxury, the all-over heart design with pink piped seams will be the perfect gift for the print-loving lady in your life.

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Rust Blouse - £67, Velvet & Rose Petersfield, www.velvetandrose.co.uk It’s all in the details with this stunning silk blouse, which features a gorgeous open back. Rust is a versatile colour perfect for any season, so you can pair with jeans or a skirt.

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These last few years have been quite a journey for skincare entrepreneur Samantha Worsey. In April 2015 she lined up a small selection of homemade, natural soaps on a Southsea market stall, to see what would happen. Three months later, she left her job to go full time as the director of Southsea Bathing Hut - natural skincare from the seaside. “I started making soap as a hobby,” Samantha says. “When I read about Portsmouth’s forgotten soap-making heritage in the local paper, I thought there was a business idea in that. People loved my soaps and asked me to make other types of skincare. I started experimenting with different vegan, cruelty free products and haven’t stopped!”

Southsea Bathing Hut has won accolades including The Beauty Shortlist, International Beauty Awards and Green Parent Natural Beauty Awards. Last summer, Samantha realised her dream of opening a skincare apothecary on Southsea’s Albert Road.

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THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE OPENING A SAVINGS ACCOUNT Setting aside money for unexpected emergencies is a part of life. Mortgage or rent payments, food and utilities, a failed MOT or an unexpected vet bill can all effect how much money you can afford to save each month. However, if you are able to save regularly, growing your own nest egg is a prudent thing to do. If you have been thinking about opening a savings account, but are not sure where to start, we have put together four points to consider. 1. Set yourself a savings goal: Those who set themselves a target, or have something specific they are saving for, usually save £550 more a year than those who don’t, claim the Government’s savings arm NS&I. Defining your savings goals will help you understand your savings needs and can steer you towards appropriate accounts. If you open an account that suits your savings plan, it can help you reach your goals more quickly and efficiently. There are a range of savings accounts on the market, such as easy access accounts and ISA’s, each of which has their own features and suitability. And, while setting a goal isn’t strictly necessary, it may help spur you on! 2. Shop around but don’t forget, loyalty can pay off too: Treat savings accounts in the same way you would your internet or gas provision – look at a range of provider’s savings account rates and compare them. By doing so, you can establish which account will give you a better return in interest. Visiting comparison websites such as Which? and Money Saving Expert is a good starting point for anyone looking for a savings account which is tailored to their needs. Some banks and building societies also reward a customers’ loyalty if they decide to open a savings account with them. Some offer their higher interest rates on ‘linked accounts’ or ‘member accounts’, which can only be opened if you are an existing customer of the bank or building society. 3. If the rate seems too good to be true, it may be an introductory for a limited time: Introductory account rates are usually higher, to encourage new customers to open an account. Unfortunately, these rates may only last for a set amount of time - typically 12 months. After this period, the rate may well drop.

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Rocking around the Christmas trees at Wylds Farm There is nothing more magical than choosing your tree each December. Whether you have yours up from the first of the month, or more traditionally wait until Christmas Eve, the smell of pine as you untangle the fairy lights truly signifies Christmas has arrived.

Christmas Trees

From a Nordmann Fir to a Blue Spruce, your perfect Christmas tree is just waiting to be handpicked from Wylds Farm, who grow and supply the best trees in Hampshire! Wylds Farm is a small family run business who grow all of their trees sustainably – they have won several awards for their efforts, and are

members of the British Christmas Tree Growers Association. The farm grow three different types of trees, all of which have been nurtured year round so they are in the best possible condition when you bring them home. Choose from the Norway Spruce (the most traditional tree), the Blue Spruce (the farm’s most popular tree) or the Nordmann Fir (the ‘non-drop’ tree).

Artisan Decorations

As well as trees, you can find Christmas gifts and decorations in the beautiful farm shop, all of which have been created by Hampshire-based artists. From delicately felted baubles to wonderful wire sculptures and hand-crafted wreaths, you can find one-of-a-kind trinkets and seasonal ornaments to decorate your home and give to your loved ones. Have a browse of the shop’s selection via the Wylds Farm website: wylds-farm-christmas-trees.co.ukshop

Festive events

There’s more than just beautiful trees to choose from, and you can make a whole festive day of it when you go and visit! There is a daily tractor ride that goes around the farm, so you can see exactly where each of the famous Christmas trees are grown, and indulge in the glorious scent of fresh pine. Both children and adults will love this ride around the forest, and once your fingers get too cold, you can return to the Après Tree Bar… The Après Tree Bar offers warm snacks and drinks all day, including traditional Glühwein (mulled wine) to truly get into the spirit of Christmas! Around the farm, there is also face painting and go-karts for the kids to enjoy, plus a winter walk through the trees to a vintage post box where children can post their letter to Father Christmas! Another lovely Christmas tradition is making your own festive wreath to hang, and each year Wylds Farm have a wreath-making workshop so you can do just that! Enjoy mulled wine, tea, coffee, and homemade cakes while you combine foliage, pinecones and dried fruit to make your own bespoke decoration. You can truly soak up the Christmas atmosphere at this fantastic farm, from choosing your tree to the artisan decorations, seasonal tractor ride and wreath-making workshops! Wylds Farm Christmas Trees are open daily from 9-5 until Friday 22nd December. Find them at: Wylds Farm, Warren Rd, Liss GU33 7DF.


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EVENTS GUIDE November - December 2018

WINCHESTER BONFIRE & FIREWORKS 3rd November, Broadway & Recreation Ground, Winchester

Taking place in the heart of the city on 3rd November, this event donates all profits to local organisations and charities. From 6pm, Starting at King Alfred’s Statue – The Broadway, Winchester. www.winchesterbonfire.co.uk

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES FROM TITCHFIELD FESTIVAL THEATRE 3rd November – 22nd December Titchfield Festival Theatre

The Titchfield Festival Theatre have a variety of performances to enjoy, with Dracula on the 3rd and 4th of November, Black Adder Goes Forth from the 7th – 17th November, The Birthday Party from the 26th November – 1st December, and Peter Pan from the 12th – 22nd December. See the full list of performances on the website www.titchfieldfestivaltheatre.com

GUNWHARF QUAYS FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA! 8th November, from 6pm

Gunwharf Quays’ hugely popular Fireworks Extravaganza returns on Thursday 8th

November 2018. This will once again be hosted by Wave 105 and will feature live performances alongside a breath-taking waterfront fireworks display. This will be a free event. www.gunwharf-quays.com

PORT SOLENT WATERSIDE MARKET 11 November, Port Solent, 10am - 4pm

The ever-popular Port Solent Waterside Market brings the best traders to a unique waterfront location. Free Parking. www.portsolent.com/whats

QUEEN EXTRAVAGANZA TOUR 15th November, Portsmouth Guildhall

The hugely popular live band performance returns to rock the UK with the ‘Queen Extravaganza Tour’. Described by the legendary Roger Taylor himself as ‘A rock celebration in the Royal tradition’ and designed to enable new fans and old to celebrate the music of Queen, they will play 17 shows across the UK. 8:00 PM Tickets from £32.85. www.queenonline.com

WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL CHRISTMAS MARKET & ICE RINK 17th November - 20th December,

Winchester Cathedral

As well as unusual Christmas gifts and decorations you’ll find festive favourites such as mulled wine and mince pies available from the pretty wooden chalets, all situated around an open air ice rink. Open every day, 10am-6pm from Sun-Wed, 10am-7.30pm from Thu-Sat. www.winchester-cathedral.org.uk

PORTSMOUTH ICE RINK 17th November - 6th January 2019. Guildhall Square, Portsmouth

Ice Skate Portsmouth is a real, 612sqm ice rink installed in Guildhall Square, transforming it into a winter wonderland! There is also an adjoining alpine chalet called Moguls Bar, where you can relax with aromatic mulled wine or a steamy hot chocolate! www.iceskateportsmouth.co.uk

STANSTED CHRISTMAS FAYRE 22nd – 25th November, Stansted House

Soak up the traditional festive atmosphere at Stansted House this Christmas. As well as shopping there will be a chance to hear the delightful sounds of the evening choir located on the front steps of the house, followed by the arrival of Father Christmas and a procession to Santa’s Grotto! House and marquee entry:


Adult/Senior £8 (under 16yrs free). www.stanstedpark.co.uk/Events

WINE FESTIVAL WINCHESTER 23rd-24th November 2018, Winchester Guildhall The festival will feature hundreds of delicious wines which all visitors can sample for free. The festival is all about enjoying wine and making new discoveries in a fun and friendly atmosphere amid the stunning surroundings of Winchester’s Neo-Gothic Guildhall. www.thewinefestival.co.uk

HAYLING ISLAND WINTER WONDERLAND 24th November, -24th December Funland, The Seafront, Hayling Island Hayling Island Winter Wonderland boasts over 40 displays featuring animations, hand crafted scenes and West End artwork. One of our features is an incredible walk through Gingerbread Town that has to be seen to be believed! Visit Santa in his house for an early gift! A real treat for little ones. Tickets are £20 per child (under 1’s free) £10 per adult. www.haylingwonderland.co.uk

SOUTHAMPTON SANTA FUN RUN 25th November, Southampton Common, The Avenue

Get into the spirit of Christmas and join the Naomi House & Jacksplace annual Santa Fun Run! Help make Christmas 2018 extra special for the local children and young adults cared for at our hospices. The 3k route takes you around the Southampton Common. Registration: Adult (16+) £20. Child (3-15 years) £15. www.naomihouse.org.uk

THE DICKENS CHRISTMAS MARKET AT THE HISTORIC DOCKYARD 30th Nov 2018 - 2 Dec 2018 10.00am – 5pm, Portsmouth Historic Dock Yard

This year Portsmouth Historic Dockyard are celebrating Portsmouth-born Charles Dickens. Meet characters from Mr. Dickens’ most famous

novels! There will also brand new markets for 2018. A great family event to get you in the festive spirit! With over 100 stalls selling hand-crafted gifts and curiosities, you’ll find the perfect stocking-fillers or best big gifts for your loved ones. Plus sit down for a tipple or two in our new Gin & Prosecco parlour! www.historicdockyard.co.uk

THE WATERCRESS LINE- SANTA SPECIAL 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 19th-24th December, Alresford

See Santa on a magical steam train ride on the scenic Watercress Line - the perfect way to celebrate Christmas. Travel in a festive train carriage for a magical trip where Santa and his jolly helpers visit you in your seat with a gift. www.watercressline.co.uk

THE GINCHESTER CHRISTMAS MARKET 1st December 2018, The Great Hall, Winchester, 12:00 – 17:30

Ginchester are thrilled to be bringing you the very first Ginchester Christmas Market in the majestic setting of the The Great Hall. www.cabinetrooms.com

PETERSFIELD CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL MARKET 2nd December, Petersfield Town Centre, From 10am until 3.30pm

Petersfield will be transformed into a festive wonderland full of stalls and shops to buy that perfect gift! There will be Christmas carols, Santa in his grotto and rides for children. There will also be mulled wine, fudge, cheeses and mince pies to enjoy! www.petersfieldfest.com

CINDERELLA PANTOMIME 11th December – 6th January, Kings Theatre Southsea

The Kings Theatre is the perfect place to enjoy this sparkling, traditional family entertainment! Tickets available at the box office or online. www.kingsportsmouth.co.uk

A TASTE OF CHRISTMAS CHOCOLATE AND SWEET FAIR’ December 16th at Lyndhurst Community Centre.

A range of exciting stalls including: sweet stalls, fudge stalls, Belgian chocolate, chocolate gifts, chocolatiers, healthy chocolates and vegan chocolate. The day will also include demonstrations, activities and so much more! www.discoversouthampton.co.uk

PETERSFIELD YOUTH THEATRE PRODUCTION OF OLIVER! 18th-22nd December, Petersfield Festival Hall

The Youth Theatre will be performing Oliver! for their Christmas performance, so what better way to get into the festive spirit than with a pantomime? Tickets will be available from the 23rd November, and can be purchased online at Ticketsource.co.uk/petersfieldyouththeatre, or in person at One Tree Books. Visit their website to find out more www.pyt.org.uk.


Contributors Issue 16 November/December 2018

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Ginny is a Hampshire based freelance photographer/artist and fledgling author. Specialising in landscape and family photoshoots she has run her own successful business for 8 years. As well as photoshoots she sells bespoke photocards, watercolour art cards and canvases in the local area.

Jonathan Rogers

Lucy Scott

Jonathan’s career in wine spans over 30 years, beginning at Oddbins wine merchants. In 1994 he moved to Australia to learn how to make wine, then studied further at the University of Brighton. He was the buyer for Annabels Club and manager of Harrods wine department in London, and he now runs his own company VIN Wine Merchants.

Lucy has joined Beautiful South as our new sub editor, and her degree in creative writing led her to writing for various craft publications, marketing for an independent book publisher, and now here. New to Hampshire from Dorset, she lives with her partner, two kittens, and far too many plants!

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