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The independent directory of local businesses serving the residents of Brockenhurst

Delivered FREE around the village In this issue: Win a Family Portrait Gift Voucher from Barrett & Coe Local Business Directory Hampshire Wildlife Trust News & Events Storm damaged trees could be benefit to wildlife Rhinefield Probus Club Celebrity Interview: Paloma Faith

March/April 2014


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Welcome...

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Dear Brockenhurst, We hope you are all doing well and haven’t suffered too much from the torrential rains and winds that we have had. I heard yesterday that we may get some snow! Does it ever stop?

Well we have a packed Brockenhurst Guide for you this month so do grab a cup of tea or coffee and have a read in the warmth of your own home. There are many different articles including one from the Hampshire Wildlife Published by: Trust, an interview with Paloma Faith, a tomato Stephen & Debbie Corney at Hampshire Publications smoothie recipe and our very own Where is Telephone: Nellie? The prize wordsearch is also fun to do. 023 8065 9309 You could just be the lucky winner so give it a Email: go. Don’t forget that if you have a club or society info@brockenhurstguide.co.uk in the area, I can promote you for free. Copy deadline for the There are of course our very valuable trades’ May 2014 edition: people and local businesses who would love 25th April 2014 Disclaimer: Whilst every care has to hear from you. The useful index at the back been taken to ensure that data in this tells you all you can find inside. Do mention publication is accurate, the publisher cannot accept any liability to any party The Brockenhurst Guide when making any to loss or damage caused by errors or calls or enquiries, this makes all the difference omissions resulting from negligence, accident or any other cause. and makes our work worth while. I still get The Brockenhurst Guide does not very excited when advertisers tell me they are officially endorse any advertising m a t e r i a l i n c l u d e d w i t h i n t h e getting lots of calls from you. publication. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in any retrieval systems or transmitted in any form, without prior permission of the publisher.

Stephen and I wish you good months of March and April and may Spring soon be here!

Cover Photo: Bluebells by Richard Lock

Debbie & Stephen Corney

Very best wishes,

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Wildlife News

News & Events March The problem with phosphorous

In our gardens, compost feeds the plants we grow, and farmers spread fertilizers on their fields to ensure a productive crop. It’s the same for our rivers - aquatic plants need nutrients carried in freshwater for healthy growth. But just as on land, excessive nutrient levels can be damaging. Chalk rivers like the Itchen are naturally low in nutrients, and their characteristic plants, like water crowfoot, starworts and lesser water parsnip thrive in these conditions. Competition for phosphorus helps keep plant growth in check, so if quantities increase, more vigorous species can take hold, affecting other river wildlife. Extra phosphorus can originate from farmland runoff, fish farm and watercress farm discharges, and household waste water. When we allow this extra phosphorus to enter our rivers, algae take advantage and quickly out-compete other plants. In serious cases, the end result can be ‘eutrophication’ (where algal blooms die off and decompose, using up dissolved oxygen and causing river plants, insects and fish to suffocate). Our chalk rivers are globally rare habitats, and fantastic places for wildlife. Much work is underway to limit human impacts upon these special sites. The Wildlife Trust’s land advisors work with farmers to limit nutrients from soil being washed into rivers, and the Environment Agency is tightening controls on phosphoruscontaining discharges from fish farms and watercress farms, which should go a long way towards helping to reduce the impacts upon our rivers. Household wastewater is also high in phosphorus, found in both human waste and domestic detergents. A European Directive aims to protect the environment from the harmful effects of sewage discharges, requiring larger treatment works to strip phosphorus from effluent. Biological and chemical methods can remove up to 95%, but smaller treatment works, cesspits and septic tanks are not subject to the same controls. Effluent from these sources can enter local waterways, but little is known about how much phosphorus reaches our rivers by this route. Forms of phosphorus are found in many household products as a water softener and most laundry products contain phosphonates, a similar but reportedly less harmful substance. In contrast, most dishwasher detergents contain high levels of phosphate; many containing over 30%. This means the most beneficial change that householders could make would be to switch to a no or low-phosphorus dishwasher detergent. Brands like Sonett, Bio D, Ecover, Ecozone, Faith in nature, and Planet Clean are all phosphorus-free. Alternatively look for a product that has a low phosphorus content – the Environment Agency suggests aiming for 5% or less. A small change can make a big difference to our local rivers. For more information, please see www.hiwwt.org.uk Ali Morse, Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust

Sunday 16th at 10am - 12noon Spring Firsts

Join us for a guided walk around Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve to look out for the first signs of spring. Meet at “Tern Hide”. Parking at the main Blashford Lakes Reserve car park (not the Centre), Ellingham Drove, near Ringwood (Map ref. SU 151 083). For further details and to book your place, please contact Jim Day or Michelle Crooks on 01425 472760 or e-mail BlashfordLakes@hwt.org.uk. Suggested donation £3 per child. Sorry, no dogs.

Wednesday 19th at 10am - 4.30pm The Role of Volunteers in Invasive NonNative Plant Control

Hosted by the New Forest Non-Native Plants Project, this conference will appeal to naturalists, practical conservationists and anyone interested in the vital role of volunteers in the control of invasive non-native plants. To be held at Brockenhurst Village Hall, Highwood Road, Brockenhurst, SO42 7RY (Map ref. SU 299 018). Booking essential. For further details and to book, please contact Catherine Chatters on 023 8042 4205 or e-mail CatherineC@hwt.org.uk. No charge but donations are very welcome.

Saturday 22nd at 2 - 3.30pm Family Nature Walk at Testwood Lakes

Join the Testwood Lakes Education Officer for a walk to look for signs of spring, play games, bug hunt and look for tracks along the way. Booking essential. For further details and to book your place, please contact the Education Team on 02380 667929. All abilities are welcome. Suitable for all ages but children must be accompanied by adults. Suggested donation £3 per child. Sorry, no dogs. For details of all our events, check out www.hiwwt.org.uk

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Photography Competition

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Photography Competition! Are you an amateur photographer? Do you have photos of scenery in Poole, Bournemouth, Christchurch, Southbourne, Ferndown, Wareham, Swanage or even the New Forest? Would you like to see your photo on a front cover, in print on thousands of magazines as well as have your own photo with a small article about you inside the magazine? Well, then this competition is for you! If you would like to enter please email, in a high resolution, your photos to photos@hampshirepublications.co.uk. I have already had some quite remarkable photos given to me, so go on give it a go. Every month there will be a different photo featured and we look forward to featuring your photo!

Buy Local! I was recently talking to Robert from Hardys in Station Road, New Milton, and we got onto the subject of ‘High Street’ shopping and how much harder it is these days for local shops. Robert has taken to buying local butcher’s meat and generally buying much more from local trades and shops. Internet shopping can seem easier. It can appear that you can shop from your own home, avoid the rain and stay warm and dry. However we lose the pleasure of meeting others, talking to another, having a real conversation. What a shame. Is there any wonder that we can sometimes feel a bit lonely or isolated when we don’t (if we are physically able) make the effort to go out and see people? Also, there is a grave risk with internet shopping that the item is broken when it arrives. It may not fit or just not look anything like it did in the picture, once you try the item on yourself. There is then the hassle of returning the item, even if

the cost is covered by the company. Now you have to wait another week to get what you wanted, or have to start again, to actually find what you were looking for in the first place. Personally I am all for the old fashioned go and look, see what you want, try it, have a good conversation about the weather, and then buy. There is a time and place for internet shopping and busy, more impersonal supermarkets, but don’t forget about your local shops. They need you… and we need them. If all local residents spent just £5 a week in a local shop, this would make a massive difference and could keep our local economy alive. My motto is Have fun speaking to your local shop owners!

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Community News

Hampshire Library Service Mobile Library in Brockenhurst

Every Monday afternoon between 1.30 and 4.00pm in the lane leading to Homeforde House opposite the Football Ground, off Grigg Lane in Brockenhurst. As well as Adult Fiction, Non fiction and Children’s books you can borrow from a wide range of large print and talking books – tapes and CD’s - and if we don’t have titles you want we will order them from one of our 54 libraries in Hampshire. No overdue charges. For more information about your mobile library schedules and services mentioned please check out our website www.hants.gov.uk/libraries or ring our Contact Centre on 0845 603 5631.

Rhinefield Probus Club

The Rhinefield Probus Club meets every third Wednesday at 10:00am at the Forest Park Hotel, Rhinefield Road, Brockenhurst. We have a wide variety of entertaining speakers followed by lunch. New members and guests are always welcome. For further details please visit our website: www.rhinefieldprobus.org.uk Or contact the Secretary at: secretaryrhinefieldprobus@hotmail.com

NEW FOREST

We get together on every third Thursday in the month at The Masonic Centre, Grigg Lane, Brockenhurst 2pm - 4.30pm. Support and information is available to people with Parkinson’s, their carers, family & friends. Tea and cake will be served and all are very welcome. Our Guest Speaker on March 20th will be Colin van Geffen with ‘Sign of the Times’.

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Storm damaged trees could benefit garden wildlife – with your help Two iconic trees were felled by the February storms in Wimborne last weekend. Knoll Gardens lost its stunning Monterey Pine along with the garden’s tallest tree, the amazing Eucalyptus chapmaniana. Both were listed on Knoll’s tree trail that features a selection of the rare and unusual trees found throughout the gardens. Knoll’s owner, Neil Lucas said, ”It was a real wrench to wake up and discover these wonderful trees had fallen. The shallow rooted eucalyptus literally just toppled over as its roots had less and less solid ground to cling too. Its fall has seriously damaged a water feature, but if we are able to sensitively relandscape the area we will try to save this iconic tree in its now, horizontal position. Sadly that is not an option for the Californian pine which will have to be cut down.” As well as their botanical interest both trees had huge sentimental value to both Neil and Knoll’s many visitors and he is hoping a way can be found to use at least some of the timber as a permanent reminder. “Alongside the gardens we also run a gardening charity,” said Neil. “The Knoll Gardens Foundation aims to promote wildlife-friendly,

sustainable gardening and it would be wonderful if there was someone who felt able to use our wood to create something which would make a permanent contribution to the value of the wildlife in the garden and we could position in pride of place where this stately tree once stood. “I have seen some stunning designs for bee houses which would fit beautifully into the landscape of the garden, but I’m very open to any good idea.” If you would like to help please contact Neil Lucas on 01202 873931 or email enquiries@knollgardens.co.uk. The gardens at Knoll are currently closed while the clear up is underway. Please check the website for details of reopening at www.knollgardens.co.uk. The onsite nursery has not been affected at all and remains open for business.

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Where is Nellie? Do you know the South of England? Can you recognise these places? These are just some of the sights that Nellie, the rather large Hampshire and Dorset Publications Campervan has travelled to in just the last month! The answers are at the bottom of the page so you can immediately see if you are right. Most are easy, but one or two maybe a challenge‌? Have a go and see how many places you know! You can also follow her...

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Tastes so good... TOMATO REVITALISING SMOOTHIE

Revitalise yourself with a delicious, fresh tasting, peppery tomato smoothie. This quick and easy smoothie packs a punch both in flavor and also nutritionally. Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, the nutrient that gives tomatoes their red colour, the benefits of which are well documented for protecting cardiovascular health and also for being anti-carcinogenic. Tomato based lycopene, combined with a small amount of fat in the yogurt increases these health benefits according to much research conducted in the last decade. Enjoy!

Ingredients: 1 tbsp fresh basil leaves 12 cherry tomatoes 2 tbsp natural yogurt or crème fraiche A few turns of freshly ground pepper 1 tsp lime juice 2 tbsp water or apple juice.

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Vdub At The Pub Festival 2014

Friday 16th May – Sunday 18th May 2014 – Wimborne, Dorset 2014’s Vdub At The Pub Festival promises to be bigger and better than ever before, with a great new line-up of live music, acoustic artists and live DJ’s. We will of course be bringing back our ever popular Show & Shine competition, with this year’s classes including: Best Beatle, Best Type 2 Bay, Best Split, Best Type 25 Air & Water, Best Type 4 Van, Best Newie, Best Golf/Polo, Best Other, Best Paint, Best Rat and Best Overall, for our Volkswagen lovers to show off their wheels. Our line-up of music this year will see the return of Vdub veteran Si Genaro, (recently becoming a national personality after his quirky performance on BBC’s The VoiceUK) Saturday Sun, (in January being listed as one of The Guardian’s new band of the day) and The Crematics, (having previously supported the likes of Bastille and The Rizzle Kicks) just to name a few. As well as live music all weekend, we are kicking off the show this year with Friday night’s DJ night, where 2014 Vdub festivals goers can start their weekend by dancing the night away. The first Vdub at the Pub took place back in 2008 at Drusilla’s Inn in Dorset and was the first time the festivals creator John had combined engines, beer and live music. Dubbers came from far and wide to Drusilla’s Inn for 2 years before the numbers grew so high that it was time to find a larger show ground. In 2010 Vdub moved to the grounds of Wimborne Town Football Club, where it still runs today. Last year’s festival was a 3 day event, catering for everybody’s needs, with live music all weekend, DJ’s playing into the night and local Brewery Dorset Piddle Beer holding a mini beer Festival in the live music tent. We also had the Dorset Stormtroopers in attendance all weekend entertaining the crowds. We sold out our camping spaces a week before the festival and with the help of local land owners we managed to increase our camping facilities and open and second camping field for the second year running! The 2014 show will be our best yet. We hope to see you there!

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The Adventures of Nellie

The Hampshire Publications Camper Van Wow, what a mixture of weather we have had these last few months! Nellie took us all the way to Hull to see my family and we had 7 hours of solid rain getting there. Poor Nellie, she looked pretty drowned by the time we arrived. In fact a few days before we left, a shop owner pointed out that Nellie was “illegal!” Astonished, I asked “Why?”… He was right, Nellie was so dirty with all the spray, mud and debris off the roads, that you couldn’t see her number plate. Well I am pleased to say that she has had a wash and there should be NO policeman knocking on our door! Anyway, the journey back from Hull was far more pleasant and I just had to show you our panorama view of Nellie under the magnificent Humber Bridge. Back to ‘sunny’ Dorset and last weekend we went on a Geo Cache. If you have never done a Geo Cache before and like walking, exploring sights you may not have seen previously,

I highly recommend it. It is free! All you need to do is go online to www. geocaching.com. It is a “real world treasure hunt” and there are literally hundreds of walks with a purpose…to find the hidden “treasure”. The hidden treasure is actually a box of odds and ends that walkers have added, which you can take and replace with some thing else. There is often a list of all the ‘geo cachers’ who have done the same hunt which you can add your details to. The way you find the hidden treasure is by use of a GPS device which you can buy, or indeed find an app on your phone. Once you have printed out the Geo Cache that you want to do, there are lots of clues which you use to discover the coordinates and thus find the trail to the treasure. It is ideal for youngsters who would otherwise complain about a ‘boring old walk’ and basically make your life a misery whilst you try and enjoy the fresh country or

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23 23 said it was the middle of February and I hadn’t thought of that. Following the coordinates from the clues given, the Geo Cache took us over the fields with three wonderful Shire horses (not to be messed with, I could see…) and great views across the River Stour and the Priory at Christchurch. We would never have taken this route, or discovered it at all without having looked on line for a Geo Cache. A couple of the clues were a little tricky but we found the treasure! The tree was lying in a pool of water and Hayden and Stephen had fun doing ‘a tight rope walk’ to get to the buried treasure box. Victory! The first clue... seaside air and the views. Everyone wins! It is exciting, it can be competitive, and it gets you outside. Saturday was a beautiful day and Nellie chose to take us to Hengistbury Head. The Geo Cache took us along the river behind the golf course. Protected here from the wind, it really was very warm. Hayden, knowing we were near the sea and being a keen swimmer himself, announced disappointedly, “Oh Mum, you didn’t bring the swimmers!” I laughed and

The ‘tightrope walk’ - treasure found!

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Finder’s reward We followed the trail back past the golf course, had a much appreciated and rather large ice cream reward, a cup of coffee in Nellie and a final brisk walk along the wonderful coastline. Once we were back on the cliff top with a very cold sea breeze, though a gorgeously bright day, I think Hayden forgot about the “swimmers”! A really pleasant day was had by all and we do recommend trying a geocache. Where will Nellie go next…? By Debbie Corney whereisnellie

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Faith Healer

It takes listening to precisely fi ve seconds of Paloma Faith’s comeback single to realise that you are already in the company of one of the best pop tracks that you are going to hear all year. By the time it gets to the chorus of Can’t Rely on You, with its defiant stomp and backing vocals from the songs’ creator, hit-maker-in-chief Pharrell Williams, it also becomes patently clear that Faith, reinvigorated and buoyant, is set to enjoy a bumper year. Can’t Rely on You is the lead track of her forthcoming third album A Perfect Contradiction, and her best yet: as equally upbeat and sassy as it is soulful, and with a positivity that’s impossible to resist. The inspiration, Faith says, came from not wanting to make a record as downbeat as its predecessor Fall to Grace, which documented failed relationships to mostly melancholy, ballad-like fare. “When I was touring the last album I got a bit bored of being upset,” Faith says. “I think sometimes when you write sad songs you write them in a moment when it’s like therapy, but then when you’re singing them 18 months later it’s like picking off a scab. This time I knew I needed to inject some hope. There’s some heartache, but it’s got a hopeful vibe to it. And I’ve returned to my soul roots, working with people I’ve admired for a long time.”

A Perfect Contradiction is an evocative title - where did that come from? “I mean perfect contradiction in terms of the last album, because that was melancholic, but also in everyday life. You can’t have real joy without real sadness. It extends to a conversation I had with Pharrell. He was asking me about myself and I said I feel an affinity with people who are a perfect mix of contradictions. And he said ‘do you think you are?’ and I said ‘yeah’ and then he told me I should call my album that. I went home and mulled it over; I decided it was a really good title, because it meant a lot of things. It’s to do with accepting difference within ourselves as well as other people and our experiences.” Faith worked with a host of names on A Perfect Contradiction (Raphael Saadiq, John Legend, Diane Warren) but it is inevitably the collaboration with Pharrell that is of most intrigue. “He approached me at a party to work

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my art project?’ She later wrote to me on Twitter later to say ‘sorry, I had no idea it was you!’ It was so funny.” But getting stopped in the street was partly what made Faith head across the Atlantic to make A Perfect Contradiction. “I do get stopped a lot – it’s flattering but it’s difficult to detach yourself. Ultimately, I wanted to write an album that was down to earth and about real issues, and I didn’t feel that my life was conducive to that over here. It’s not a realistic lifestyle to have being stopped by people all the time; it doesn’t promote a realistic attitude of life. People can’t relate to it.” After A Perfect Contradiction hits the shops in March, Faith says she can’t wait to get on the road and reinterpret the new songs for a live audience. “We haven’t planned it yet but we’ll hopefully be touring towards the end of the year. I am looking forward to going out and touring it - it’s a musician’s album. My band love it; they can’t wait to show off, and nor can I!” Shaun Curran Paloma Faith’s new album A Perfect Contradiction is out March 10th, on RCA Records.

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