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The Brockenhurst

Guide

The independent directory of local businesses serving the residents of Brockenhurst

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May/June 2014

In this issue: Win a Family Portrait Gift Voucher from Barrett & Coe Local Business Directory New Forest Show News Update Hampshire Wildlife Trust News & Events The Adventures of Nellie Short Story: My Greengrocer Martin Lewis: Tips to save money Photo by David Mckechnie


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Proprietor: Avril Owton MBE FIH The Cloud Hotel, Meerut Road, Brockenhurst, SO42 7TD Enquiries: Tel: 01590 622165 enquiries@cloudhotel.co.uk www.cloudhotel.co.uk

A warm welcome awaits you at The Cloud Hotel Brockenhurst, proud to be a traditional New Forest Hotel. ‡ Delicious traditional English food at its best served in our Encore Restaurant ‡ Special breaks – 4 nights for the price of 3 ‡ Private Dining Room for special family occasions

Lunches Weekday - 2 courses £16-25 3 courses £19-25 3 course Sunday lunch £23-00 all including coffee

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Welcome...

The Brockenhurst Guide Edition 27

Published by:

Stephen & Debbie Corney at Hampshire Publications

Telephone:

023 8065 9309

Email:

info@brockenhurstguide.co.uk

Copy deadline for the July 2014 edition: 25th June 2014

Disclaimer: Whilst every care has been taken to ensure that data in this publication is accurate, the publisher cannot accept any liability to any party to loss or damage caused by errors or omissions resulting from negligence, accident or any other cause. The Brockenhurst Guide does not officially endorse any advertising material included within the 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.

Cover Photo: Girl and pony by David Mckechnie

Dear Brockenhurst, Did you have a good Easter break? With two bank holiday Mondays this month as well, we really are being spoiled. We had a very busy April going over to The Isle of Wight for a family celebration of my Mum and Dad’s 50th Wedding Anniversary. The weather was wonderful and with 180 degree sea views from the house on the cliff top, it was really rather special. I have to say I do like the Isle of Wight. We were there for a holiday last summer and we couldn’t wait to go back. Straight after coming back, and an overnight unpack and repack, we went off to The New Forest for a long weekend camping in Nellie! We joined the Caravan Club as Stephen’s parents are already members and we met them at the Centenary Site which is a lovely park with good facilities. Stephen’s sister has a new, retro, bright yellow VW Campervan - Jessie Phyllis named after her two grandmothers. She shines! We were not quite so lucky with the weather but sitting in the van playing games and then watching a movie on the computer, all cuddled up together, made the weekend very special and a great end to a fantastic ten days. All in all it has taken some effort getting back to work, but we are glad to say that The Brockenhurst Guide is full of local information for you as well as trades people who would love to hear from you. Please mention The Brockenhurst Guide when making any calls. This makes all our work worth while and keeps the trade local. The gorgeous photo on the front of the magazine this month was taken by David Mckechnie. Well done to you! The winner of the prize wordsearch in March was Melanie Edwards. Again well done. So we hope you have a great month of May and we look forward to receiving your wordsearches as well as any ideas you have to add interest to your local Directory. All the best,

Debbie & Stephen Corney Useful Numbers

Brockenhurst Police Southern Electricity Transco Gas Emergency Southampton Gen. Hosp.

0845 045 45 45 08457 708090 0800 111999 023 8077 7222

Train Enquires First Bus Company Wessex Water Lymington Library

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Wildlife News

News & Events There’s something about Badgers...

Badger conservation is at the forefront of all our minds. But with a close connection with our countryside that stretches back thousands of years, it’s little wonder we care so much about these symbolic creatures. So much has been written about badgers recently, including adverse and contradictory news reports, that it is easy to forget how special these creatures are. Few creatures are more embedded in our nation’s folklore than badgers. If you grew up living in the rural areas of Hampshire, you will no doubt have been told that badgers can bring both good and bad luck. The story goes that if a badger walks across the path behind you, you are in for very good luck. But if a badger walks across the path in front of you, and if it happens to scrape up a bit of earth as it goes, then it is time for you to choose your coffin – a sudden death is imminent! Ancient superstitions extended to belief in the magical powers of badgers. Badger hair was supposed to protect you against witchcraft, although witches themselves also put badgers to good use – boiling them up and smearing their grease on their broomsticks. It was also believed that badger skin could be made into bridles to give riders magical power over their horses. Gamblers used to carry badger claws, teeth or hair to bring them luck and the animals even had a role to play in folk medicine. They were thought to cure rheumatism, snake bites and arthritis. Badger blood was even thought to help cure leprosy. Clearly, our ancestors had a closer connection with badgers in their everyday lives than we do today, which helps explain our own strong feelings towards this most charismatic of species. Badger facts • An adult badger can be as heavy as 10kg (22lb) and will need to eat 500 kcals per day. • Badgers prefer woodland areas with worm-rich grassland, but they will also live elsewhere as long as they are not disturbed and there is an abundance of food. • Badgers can be fierce when protecting their young. They can move as fast as 30km/h over short distances and also climb trees and fences. Help our vaccination programme Many people have contributed to the Wildlife Trust’s badger vaccination fund. The Trust believes that vaccinating badgers against bovine Tb is the best current option to counter the spread of the disease, at least until better solutions are presented. The money raised so far has helped us vaccinate badgers on Trust reserves located in the most high risk areas. Please see the website www.hiwwt.org.uk to find out more and see how you can help. Peter Hutchings Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust

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Saturday 17th at 8.15am - 10.15am Tracks, Traps & Signs

Find out more about the mammals of Blashford Lakes. Head out on a short walk around the reserve to spot tracks and signs and identify and release the small mammals caught overnight in our live traps. Meet and park at the Blashford Lakes Centre. Contact Jim Day or Michelle Crooks on 01425 472760 or email BlashfordLakes@hiwwt.org.uk. Booking essential. Children must be accompanied by adults. Suggested donation £3 per person. Sorry, no dogs.

Wednesday 21st at 10.30am - 12.30pm Testwood in May

Join us for a stroll to the bird hides to discover the wild flowers, butterflies, dragonflies and breeding birds on the reserve at one of the best times of the year. Contact Clare Bishop on 023 8042 4206. Booking essential. Meet at Education Centre. Suggested donation £3. Sorry, no dogs.

Saturday 24th and throughout Half Term Summer Scavenger Hunt

Calling all explorers! How many of Blashford Lakes’ natural treasures can you find on this MEGA scavenger hunt around the nature reserve? Download your “hit-list” from the Blashford page of the trust web site or pick one up from the centre. Contact Jim Day or Michelle Crooks on 01425 472760 or email blashfordlakes@hiwwt.org.uk. No charge. Sorry, no dogs.

Tuesday 27th at 10.30am - 12.00noon Run, River, Run!

Bring your wellies for a splash in the Dockens Water river and discover the fish and other wildlife that lives there. We’ll supply the nets and expertise for fantastic family freshwater fun. Meet and park at the Blashford Lakes Centre. Booking essential. Children must be accompanied by adults. Contact Jim Day or Michelle Crooks on 01425 472760 or email blashfordlakes@ hiwwt.org.uk. Suggested donation £3. Sorry, no dogs. For details of all our events, check out www.hiwwt.org.uk

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Fantastic forest fly in There’s a clutch of new arrivals at Moors Valley Country Park and Forest near Ringwood, this spring with birds flocking for attention across the Park. Thirteen ducklings were sighted on Moors Lake as the first raft took to the water – the highest single hatching figure recorded at Moors Valley. Chiffchaffs (Phylloscopus collybita) are being sighted regularly snapping up insects as they fly past and, with the swallows due to arrive any day the nest cameras are already relaying images of nuthatches (Sita europaea) bringing in bark peeled from the abundant pine trees to line their nest. “It’s wonderful to hear the dawn chorus as the Park wakes up each spring morning,” said Pam, a longtime bird enthusiast and Moors Valley Information Offi cer. “We are already keeping a watchful eye on many young families and I’m particularly delighted to announce the arrival of a nest of House sparrows near the railway platform at Kingsmere Station.”

many species you can spot.” With over 800 acres to explore and relax in the natural attractions of Moors Valley Country Park and Forest are not restricted to the spring. Wildlife enthusiasts will find the Park is one of the best places in the country to spot summer dragonflies, autumn sees the arrival of the swanringer to ring the new cygnets, while overwintering arrivals at the lake include two Amber Listed dabbling ducks, Gadwall and Teal. Moors Valley opens daily and whilst admission is free there is a charge for parking. Regular visitors can benefit from a choice of season tickets providing parking at significantly reduced rates. For more information go online to www.moors-valley.co.uk or contact the Rangers on 01425 470721.

Once common in most gardens the House sparrow (Passer domesticus) is now Red Listed by the RSPB following a drop in recorded numbers of 71%. It is thought that part of this severe decline has been caused by a lack of insects resulting in poorly fed chicks. “At Moors Valley there are plenty of suitable nest sites for sparrows and natural food sources, and we also provide a feeding station at the back of the Visitor Centre,” added Pam. “It’s a great place to sit quietly and see how

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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 May 15th will be talking about Bucklers Hard.

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We are a cleaning company on your doorstep with full liability insurance. We have many years of cleaning experience. We are honest, reliable and discrete. Our services: • Weekly • Fortnightly • Monthly • Deep Clean • Removal/Letting Cleans If you require our services, please contact us for a free quote on:

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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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Money Saving Tips

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LEWIS Debt Recovery

This is a golden time for those in debt. While that may seem a strange thing to say, the best EVER deals for cutting loan, store or credit card costs are now on the market. So if you've existing debts, a little bit of action could save you £100s or £1,000s. The aim is to cut the interest rate you pay, so more of your repayments clear the debt rather than servicing the interest, so you're debt-free far quicker. 1. Stop borrowing. Borrowing more just makes the problem costlier and longer-lived. You can’t borrow your way out of debt. The tips below are about getting new products, not borrowing more. 2. CREDIT & STORE CARD DEBT: Shift to 31mths 0%. If you've debts on cards, do a balance transfer. This is where you ask a new card to pay off debts on other cards, so you owe it instead, hopefully at a cheaper rate. To get a card, you must pass a credit score. Usually the only way to find out is to apply, which marks your file. To get round that, find which card’s most likely to accept you with my free Eligibility Checker at www.mse.me/ eligibility Follow the balance transfer golden rules: a) Always repay at least the set monthly minimum, or you lose special rates. b) Always plan to shift the debt again or fully repay before the 0% ends, or these cards' rates jump to 18.9% and 17.9% representative APR. c) Don't spend on these cards – it's usually not at the same cheap rate. 3. LOAN DEBT: Can you cut the cost? This is more difficult, as most old loans charge up to two months' interest to repay early, which needs factoring in. It's worth trying if you can get a much lower APR loan (ie, more than a fifth off) and have a while left to repay – especially if your credit score's improved since getting the loan.

transfer' cash into your bank account, so you then owe the card instead. You could, of course, find a 0% overdraft. Both First Direct and Nationwide offer this if you switch to them, but the amounts offered are usually limited. 5. Don't repay all debts equally – attack the highest APR first. Once your debts are as cheap as possible, list them all, including overdrafts, in order of APR. Then focus every penny on clearing the highest APR one as it grows fastest, just paying the minimum on the others. Once that's clear, move to the next highest. The more you pay off, the better. If you just stick to minimum repayments, you’ll take years or decades to be debt-free (they're designed so you just clear the interest). The exception to the ‘highest APR first’ rule is loans with penalties for overpaying early. 6. Set up a direct debit to protect your credit score. Forget or make late repayments and you risk losing 0% deals, being fined and suffering a hit on your credit score. So set up a direct debit to cover at least the monthly minimum, then manually pay more on top each month. 7. Got both debts and savings? Stop. £1,000 credit card debt at 18% costs £180 a year, while the same amount saved in top paying savings earns just £15 before tax. If you’re thinking “yes, but I like some spare cash”, this is often false security. More at www.mse.me/ClearDebtsWithSavings 8. Free debt crisis help. While my tips above should help cut the cost of debt, for some people that isn’t enough. If you're struggling to meet your minimum repayments and basic bills, have non-mortgage debts bigger than a year's salary, or can’t sleep for worry, you're likely to be in debt crisis.

If so, ignore the options above and contact a non-profit debt advice service that uses a different set of solutions, such as StepChange (stepchange.org), Citizens Advice 4. OVERDRAFTS/CATALOGUES: Shift to 0%. (citizensadvice.org.uk) or National Debtline If you've a costly overdraft or need to put money in a bank account to pay off catalogue debts, there’s a way to (nationaldebtline.co.uk). Don’t worry, they’re there to help, not judge. use a credit card for this. A few balance transfer cards let newbies 'money

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Recipe

Tastes so good... BUTTERED BRIOCHE PUDDING

If you’re looking for a little bit of food indulgence it doesn’t get much better than this pudding. Super easy to prepare, this dish works beautifully well either on its own, or with a dollop of custard or ice-cream.

Ingredients:

Equipment: Well greased, deep baking dish

1 brioche, sliced and buttered 60g sultanas 2 level tablespoons castor sugar 1 1/4 pint whole milk 4 medium sized eggs Sprinkling of nutmeg

Method: Preheat the oven to 180°c or gas mark 3-4.

Serve with cream, custard or icecream.

Place the milk in a pan and gently heat.

Slice and butter the brioche. Put a layer on the bottom of the dish and sprinkle the sultanas over them. Arrange a second layer of brioche over the top.

Whisk the eggs and sugar together and add the warm milk to make a creamy custard. Strain the custard over the brioche and sprinkle the nutmeg over. Stand for 15 minutes before placing in the oven. Cook for 30-40 minutes until set and lightly golden.

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This is an excerpt from The Way to Happiness book, for information about this book and programs go to www.twth.org

6. SET A GOOD EXAMPLE1 There are many people one influences.2 The influence3 can be good or it can be bad. If one conducts his life to keep these recommendations, one is setting a good example. Others around one cannot help but be influenced by this, no matter what they say. Anyone trying to discourage you is trying to do so because they factually mean you harm or are seeking to serve their own ends. Down deep, they will respect you. Your own survival chances will be bettered in the long run since others, influenced, will become less of a threat. There are other benefits. Don’t discount the effect you can achieve on others simply by mentioning these things and setting a good example in your own right.

The way to happiness requires that one set a good example for others. 1. example: someone or something worthy of imitation or duplication; a pattern, a model. 2. influences: has an effect upon. 3. influence: the resulting effect. © 2014 HAMPSHIRE PUBLICATIONS. All Rights Reserved. Grateful acknowledgement is made to L. Ron Hubbard Library for permission to reproduce a selection from the copyrighted works of L. Ron Hubbard. THE WAY TO HAPPINESS and the ‘Road and Sun’ design are trademarks owned by L. Ron Hubbard Library in the USA and in other countries (trademark registrations issued and other registrations pending) and are used with permission.

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The Adventures of Nellie The Hampshire Publications Camper Van Wow! Nellie has been a very busy ‘girl’ this month. She took us to Moors Valley where she met not only the train but also the tractor…. story below. Then she took us to The Isle of Wight for a 50th Wedding Annivesary celebration with my parents and then… a weekend trip to the New Forest with Stephen’s parents and his sister in her gorgeous yellow VW Campervan! Nellie is currently resting in the garden… It is a lot of work you know for an ‘old girl’ who is a little overweight. Moors Valley is a favourite for many. It is a fantastic place for youngsters, parents and grandparents alike. Saturday the 5th April was a special day and Hayden, our son was invited to be a park keeper for the day. Just like Percy! There is a brand new trail for all the family which is an ideal way to get the children out to experience our wonderful countryside. As the Moors Valley website says, “Enjoy… Experience… Explore… At Moors Valley there is something for everyone… whether you want to enjoy a peaceful walk or cycle ride through the Forest, experience a ride on an authentic

Nellie meets up with Zeus... behind the train sheds

In the main signal box with Jim Haylock narrow-gauge steam train or even Go Ape on a high wire forest adventure swinging through the tree tops.” We started our day in the reception area where there was a great art exhibition of wild animals. Wonderful paintings. After a smooth start, this is where the fun started for us. Nellie had been invited to meet the steam train, so off we went down to the wonderful station, so well set out. Stephen drove Nellie across the railway line so we could take a photo of the train and her together. At the other side was a lovely, if rather wet looking field. Have you guessed…. YES, Nellie got stuck in the mud! Her high wheels spun very ineffectively and she sat there looking rather frustrated. Much to her delight, and that of Hayden who was now worried as he had a swimming competition to attend later in the day and feared he would never make it, the tractor was a great success and Nellie came out totally unscathed, if a little flushed… and muddy. It was all rather exciting really.

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23 23 The trains at Moors Valley are a treat. We were very honoured, not only to meet Jim Haylock the owner and creator of the Moors Valley Railway, but also have a personal tour by him. Originally Jim was a carpet fitter but had always had a dream to create a ‘full railway experience’. This is exactly what you get when you hop aboard. There is a ticket collector, a conductor, bridges, overhead signs, a signal box, level crossings, in fact everything you see on a full working railway. There are even sheds where the trains are made, renovated and otherwise kept in tip to condition. Jim and his nephew Tim, who is now working very closely with his uncle, both have a total passion for trains and you can see the sheer delight and enjoyment in what they do. Tim drove his first train at a very early age and I think from the look in his eyes he was smitten immediately. What young boy wouldn’t be! Hayden, our son was so excited when he was able to blow the whistle to start the train! His chest stuck out like a proud robin as he blew. A very happy boy. We didn’t have enough time to do the Percy trail unfortunately, but will be back, as Moors Valley is a favourite of ours. Hayden is also extremely keen to try his

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Hayden can’t wait to Go Ape! skills at Go Ape, so I guess now that he is tall enough, we will be doing this soon too. Wish me luck! We are so fortunate to have such a gorgeous park which is ever developing and expanding. If you want fun and adventure or a leisurely walk in the forest, even through the tree tops, then Moors Valley is a great place to visit. Please see the website www.moors-valley. co.uk. There are planned events such as orienteering, mountain biking, golf, angling, Nordic walking and much more. You can of course hire bikes and ride around to your hearts content, taking a picnic and stopping whenever you want to. Have fun! Where will Nellie go next…? Find out in the next edition of The Brockenhurst Guide. By Debbie Corney whereisnellie

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New Forest Show News

Hampshire’s Hands-On County Show The New Forest and Hampshire County Show is an annual agricultural show held for three days at the end of July at New Park, Brockenhurst in Hampshire. The aim of the Show is to create a great family day our bringing together a celebration of traditional country pursuits, crafts, produce and entertainment. This year it is taking place on 29th, 30th & 31st July and there is an exciting line-up of events for all the family to enjoy! The theme this year is ‘Hands On’ so come and live the country for a day. Roll up your sleeves, don your walking boots and get stuck in with all the hands-on activities that we have on offer! Try your hand at milking a cow, making a scarecrow, holding a day old chick, voting for your favourite feathered friend in the Poultry Tent and watching the amazing Jamie Squibb in action on his motorbike in our main ring. BBC South are returning for another year and are bringing their fully operational television studio where you can record your own version of the daily news, including a weather green screen and autocue! Watch close up how television programmes are made with the professionals and meet the local presenters! Visit the Forest Fun Factory which runs a full programme of events between 10am and 4.30pm and be entertained by clowns, choirs, dance acts and much more! Head over to our Show Farm where the children can get up close and personal with all sorts of farmyard animals, pop in to our Countryside Area for Terrier and Ferret racing and sit in the incredible machines in the Old Time Farming section. Perhaps one of the most visited places on the showground are the food tents offering top quality items and the Local Food and Farming area where the county’s top producers can be found. Here, not only will you find a huge variety of the best produce of Hampshire, but

also lots of opportunities to have tastings from the cookery demonstrations held there. There are also over 600 trade stands providing one of the most varied and unusual goods and produce – from large commercial companies to small local businesses, for those of you looking to make that special purchase. One area not to be missed is the Flower Show which is one of the most stunning must-see parts that the Show lays on. It is Hampshire’s answer to the Chelsea Flower Show, boasting beautifully landscaped gardens, Sweet Pea classes and Flower Arranging competitions as well as the Southern Vegetable Championships and displays of plants and flowers from trade nurseries. If you want to keep up to date with news of the Show, details of the events taking place at New Park, exciting goings on that are happening locally as well competitions to win tickets then sign-up to receive our monthly e-newsletter by visiting our website: www.newforestshow.co.uk We are also on Facebook and Twitter if you want to follow us for daily news from the team. For more information about the Show, please visit our website www.newforestshow.co.uk where you can also take advantage of 10% off advanced tickets bought online before 21st July. If it’s a countryside experience you’re after, the Show’s about to begin!

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Community News

New Milton Decorative & Fine Arts Society For the last of our talks for this season, Dr. Susan Kay-Williams will consider the way we think about textile colours, as shown in paintings and tapestries of the past. Often when we look at a work of art we read its symbolism through the characters in the painting and the artefacts they show. But clothing is often overlooked, yet can be just as symbolic in the narrative of the art. This lecture will introduce us to some recognisable images but will look at them in a new way, challenging assumptions about textiles in paintings and what they tell us about the colour of clothing actually worn at the time. ‘ True Colours – How art influences the way we think about textile colours’ is the title of the talk to be given on Thursday 12th June at 10.30 in the Memorial Centre,

Whitefield Road, New Milton Coffee is served from 10.00am and visitors are welcome at a charge of £5. For more information please contact Anna Howarth on 01425 614409 or Joyce Dossett on 01425 616548 or visit the website at newmilton.dfas.org.uk.

Dr. Susan KayWilliams will be speaking about Textile colours

New Forest Fuchsia Society Why not join us! ‘‘From the Heath Hotel to Dibden Church” - Gordon Chambers Wednesday May 28th at 7.30pm Lyndhurst Community Centre Including a short question and answer session on “Planting Hardy Fuchsias” by an NFFS member

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My Greengrocer

by Janet Richardson

Being married to a greengrocer has its perks, if you like your fruit and veg fresh every day. Me, I’m not that bothered. Tastes the same as your supermarket stuff, if you ask me. And then, at the end of the day, I’m presented with all this floppy greenery and bruised fruit and he expects me to do something with it. ‘Shame for it to go to waste,’ he says. Shame my time is going to waste, I think to myself.

He can talk the talk - melons, plums, titter titter, the ladies love him. I can see them all, clamouring for his favours. His favours, as I know them, are dwindling now. I’m not that bothered. Our son, Ryan, being so like his dad, has a flair for the job and loves being on the stall. I can hear his banter from down the street. Some nice girl will love him, I tell myself. After all, his father has me. Who am I kidding? I sometimes wonder if Charlie ever thinks of me when he’s out and about, chatting up his ladies. He’s not a romantic chap, my Charlie, not at home, anyway. They’ve branched out into home deliveries. ‘Nice little earner,’ Charlie says. ‘Ryan on the stall, me doing the boxes.’ He’s bought a van. Elkins and Son. Quality Fruit and Veg delivered to your door. I notice our veg is going upmarket. ‘It’s what people expect,’ he says. Every colour of pepper (stuff the peppers, ha-ha), corn-on-the-cob, artichokes. Artifartichokes, I call them. ‘You are lucky,’ says my friend, Rita. Really? I wonder. What would you do with bruised kumquats? I’m not sure about my friend. She’s always liked Charlie (that’s not why I’m not sure about her, she doesn’t know him like I do) so why is she saying these things about him? Of course he has to spend time away from home. Yes, he’s out in his van a lot, and on the allotment, that’s where his ‘special deals’ come from. I wonder why she’s so interested; she doesn’t seem bothered about my feelings. I think she might be jealous. She’s got

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29 me thinking now, but I’m not letting her know that. I happened to be near the allotments this afternoon, thought I’d pop in, see if Charlie was there, say hello, but he wasn’t there. Someone else was, though, on the neighbouring plot. Rita’s husband, canoodling with some woman. If he thought they couldn’t be seen behind the runnerbeans he was sadly mistake,. Typical bloke. His beans aren’t a patch on Charlie’s, none of his veg is up to much, probably because he’s busy doing other things…. I was just creeping away, hoping he hadn’t seen me, when he called out. ‘Sandra, hello! Don’t often see you down here.’ Bold as brass he came over, leaving the poor woman straightening herself, and kissed me on the cheek! ‘I’m sure you understand, Sandra. A man in my position needs some time for himself.’ His position! The chairman of a tiny allotment society! ‘I’m not as lucky as Charlie, a lovely wife, a son to join the business…’ I stopped listening and walked away, wondering what on earth I was going to say to Rita. Poor Rita; but she shouldn’t have tried to spoil things for me just because she’s unhappy. Charlie is unusually affectionate this evening. No, he hasn’t been drinking. ‘I am a lucky sod,’ he says, once we’ve settled on the sofa. He puts his arm round me. ‘Lovely wife and smashing son. I think there might be good news soon. Ryan’s been seeing a lass, her dad runs a stall in the market. I met her today and it took me right back to when I men you, quite bowled me over. He’s obviously inherited my eye for a fine woman.’ I’ll have to be content with that. I snuggle up against him. ‘Any chance of more of those lovely strawberries?’ Janet belongs to a local writing group. She often writes stories for children - but this light-hearted look at vegetation is definitely for the adults. If you are a budding writer and would like to send in a short story, we would love to hear from you!

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Your quick guide to everyone and everything in your Directory... Bathrooms K & B Installations............................................17

Hearing Aids & Services Kellear Hearing.................................................17

Bedrooms The Kitchen & Bedroom Showroom..................11

Hotels & Restaurants The Cloud Hotel................................................ 2

Blinds, Curtains & Shutters Ashley Blinds..................................................... 5

Kitchens K & B Installations............................................17 The Kitchen & Bedroom Showroom..................11

Builders & Carpenters ACP Builders..................................................... 1 New Forest Home Improvements.....................27 Community News Adventures of Nellie.........................................22 Fantastic forest fly in........................................ 8 Hampshire Mobile Library................................10 Hampshire Wildlife Trust.................................. 6 Martin Lewis: Debt Recovery............................16 New Forest Fuchsia Society..............................24 New Forest Show News....................................24 Parkinsons UK: New Forest Branch...................10 Recipe: Butter Brioche Pudding........................18 Rhinefield Probus..............................................10 Short Story: My Greengrocer............................28 The Way to Happiness......................................20 Computer Services K W Computers................................................. 5 Dentists Solent House Dental Centre.............................. 9 Domestic Cleaning Services Maids of the Forest...........................................11 Estate Agents Penyards........................................................... 3 Spencers of the New Forest..............................32 Funeral Directors R Hallum...........................................................27 Garden Services Green Scheme................................................... 9 Garage Doors Skandoor...........................................................17

Mobility Products New Forest Mobility Services............................15 Opticians Specsavers........................................................ 7 Pet Services Wagging Tails................................................... 5 Plumbing & Heating First Choice Heating & Gas...............................31 Puzzles & Competitions Prize Wordsearch..............................................25 Where is Nellie?................................................14 Roofing Forest Park Roofing..........................................15 Solicitors Abrams Collyer.................................................19 Heppenstalls.....................................................21 Scott Bailey.......................................................13 Stamps, Coins, Postcards and Collectibles Rushstamps of Lyndhurst..................................15 Turf & Garden Supplies Sherborne Turf..................................................21 Vehicle Tracking Systems Global Tracking Solutions................................. 9 Windows, Doors & Conservatories Flyscreens......................................................... 9 New Forest Home Improvements.....................27

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A charming detached cottage tucked away in a quiet and picturesque position close to the forest.

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