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FORUM Hampshire Mum (page 6) Alresford Show 2016 (page 38) The Forum talks to MasterChef Winner - Jane Devonshire (page 62) Cover Artwork by Rachel Hudson (see page 26)

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We hope enjoy the summer and any holiday plans you may have. Let's hope the warm weather and the sunshine stays with us throughout August.

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HampshireMum Green Day

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ell the whole process took rather longer than a day to be honest. But anyway there I was in our bedroom with two slightly sweaty young men fresh from the gym and one of them was my son. Yes you’re right, this is not sounding quite proper! The Husband was busy hitting little white balls with various sticks all over Portugal- yes I know still not sounding good but I can explain. If you want something done when all around are busy then you’d best crack on and do it yourself, so I had decided to decorate the Pagan boudoir and finally place together the items I had collected for its’ make over, all in four days. A visit to our local Cathedral City’s palace of paint proved fruitless, armed with the brand and exact name of the colour I wanted only to be told they didn’t stock that paint. But they helpfully mixed me the nearest match that I later delicately applied (slapped) to the wall – perfection! I was ready to transform a tired cream bedroom into a cocoon of sensual luxury via the use of velvets, linens, pineapple lamps and Amsterdam Green paint which is darkest green – we’re talking bottom of a pond green. So I flew back to the paint palace to find it…shut. Day one and nothing achieved. Another day another DIY store, clutching my match pot I loitered by the colour swatch cards then a very nice young man, a ‘trainee’ in fact, earnestly asked if he could help. I have to say he was excellent and took a huge amount of time to ensure he had mixed the nearest green to my desired shade, what ever it was for by then I had forgotten to be frank. I watched fascinated by the complex procedure of injecting various hues into the base colour and mixing them in a special vibrating cabinet to reveal five liters of….the wrong colour. I fixed him with my best smile, “Lovely thank you”. Well I couldn’t do it to him he’d been so kind and told me all about how he got the job and apologized for the paint splats all over the floor, the result of an unfortunate accident a fellow trainee had the previous day – note to self always secure the lid before mixing. So forty-five pounds later I left the citadel of home improvements with five liters of the wrong green…. Or so I thought. Colours are curious things, are they not, for from the minute my first brush stroke went on the carpet..err..I mean the wall, it was a eureka moment; “It’s the right colour!!!”

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Star II decided he would help which was welcome but dangerous so he did the wall behind the door, very well as it happened, luckily the carpet is to be replaced. So having got so far I needed furniture moving, with my back? I think not. Enter Star I and his chum Maximus fresh from the gym, “Could I just borrow you, (and your brawn), for a moment.” I gave quick sweeping instructions to make it sound easy- “ If you could just move all the furniture into the middle then I’ll have just enough room to get to the walls- easy.” They looked doubtful, but heaved and grunted their way through the procedure. Now Star I is clearly used to the ‘lived in’ atmosphere of chez Pagan but Maximus, despite being a student, was just a little surprised by what lurked beneath the bed… Dust, the likes of which had never been seen, scientists could happily have come and taken core samples. “ Would you mind awfully getting the hoover”? After a day of ‘careful’ cutting in and rampant rollering the transformation was all but complete. I had also decided to re arrange the furniture; no need to measure one has a sixth sense about aesthetics. Star I and Maximus were not convinced, “You know it won’t fit mum, just measure it!” More sweating and moaning ensued, not sure why - after all I could save them a fortune on gym membership by giving them regular workouts in the bedroom. Ah that’s not sounding quite correct either, clearly I mean furniture moving! Having replaced all the books, dusted and ripped open copious bags containing new bed linen, cushions and last but not least my pineapple bedside lights; I was smugly delighted with my efforts. But pride, as you know, comes before a fall. The first night in my pristine boudoir was not as I had imagined, the new lay out was just not comfortable the vibe was all wrong, my feng shui was clearly not doing whatever the hell it’s meant to. No, nothing for it, the furniture would have to be moved back as it was. With Maximus steering clear, for breathing problems apparently, it was down to Star I and I to move it all back to it’s original position and so we, well he, did. So a blissful night’s sleep was had, happy as can be in my new bedroom, couldn’t wait show The Husband. And his reaction? “Umm, well that’s different.” Sandra Pagan


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St. Mary's OLD ALRESFORD SUNDAY 7 AUGUST 09.30 Holy Communion [with hymns] SUNDAY 14 AUGUST 09.30 Parish Communion [with hymns] SUNDAY 21 AUGUST 09.30 Parish Communion [with hymns] SUNDAY 28 AUGUST 09.30 Parish Communion [with hymns] THURSDAYS 09.00 Holy Communion Old Alresford Place

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Methodist Church NEW ALRESFORD SUNDAY WORSHIP 10.30 Every Sunday, Morning Worship and Junior Church. Holy Communion, monthly. Please note that there will be no regular Sunday evening services MIDWEEK ACTIVITIES TUESDAYS 10.00 Come in for coffee with Pause for Thought (1st & 3rd) WEDNESDAYS 07.00 Men’s Breakfast, bible reflection & prayer 14.30 1st & 3rd Thursdays Women’s Fellowship THURSDAYS 19.00 (term time) Guides 19.30 1st Thursday Lydia Group for ladies FRIDAYS 14.30 Fridays (term time) KIDZ Café for parents, carers, babies and toddlers group. Craft, playtime, story time and special events Contact: Revd Dawn Carn: Tel: 01962 735278 www.alresfordmethodist church.org.uk

New Farm Chapel ALRESFORD SUNDAY SERVICES 10.30 Morning Worship, with creche and

KOSMIC for children 16.30 Will vary between talk or discussion with praise and prayer MIDWEEK ACTIVITIES MONDAYS 16.30 Kidz Club TUESDAYS 10.15 Toddlers Group WEDNESDAYS 14.30 Senior Citizens Group 19.30 Alternate Bible Study / Prayer THURSDAYS 10.00 Home Prayer Group SATURDAYS 10.00 (2nd in each month) Prayer Time

All Saints BIGHTON SUNDAY 7 AUGUST 11.00 First Sunday SUNDAY 14 AUGUST 11.00 Holy Communion

Upper Itchen Benefice SUNDAY 7 AUGUST 09.00 Bramdean Holy Communion 10.15 Cheriton All Age Communion 17.00 West Tisted Holy Communion SUNDAY 14 AUGUST 09.30 Cheriton Family Service 09.30 Bramdean Holy Communion 11.00 Kilmeston Family Worship 11.00 Tichborne Holy Communion 15.00 Church in the Wood Evensong SUNDAY 21 AUGUST 08.30 Beauworth Holy Communion 09.30 Cheriton Holy Communion 11.00 Hinton Ampner Prayer & Praise

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Itchen Valley Benefice SUNDAY 7 AUGUST 08.00 Avington Holy Communion 10.00 Easton All Age Service 11.00 Itchen Abbas Matins 18.00 Itchen Abbas Healing and Wholeness SUNDAY 14 AUGUST 08.00 Easton Holy Communion 10.00 Itchen Abbas Parish Communion SUNDAY 21 AUGUST 08.00 Martyr Worthy Holy Communion 10.00 Easton Parish Communion 18.00 Avington Patronal Evensong SUNDAY 28 AUGUST 08.00 Itchen Abbas Holy Communion 10.00 Martyr Worthy Parish Communion 18.00 Easton Taize


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lthough lavender is considered a quintessential English cottage garden plant it’s natural habitat is the Mediterranean and hence it prefers a free draining, poor soil in a sunny position (ideal for chalk and sandy soils). There are three main species of lavender: Lavandula angustifolia this group, sometimes referred to as English lavender includes varieties such as ‘Hidcote’, ‘Munstead’, ‘Felice’ ‘Melissa Lilac’ and ‘Little Lady’. This is a good cultivar hardy to -10 to -15 with relatively compact growth, flowering in June and July. Lavandula x intermedia (lavandins) have long flower stems typically growing to around 1 metre high and make a fantastic hedge. Good varieties to look for are ‘Grosso’, ‘Provence’, ‘Alba’ and ‘Sussex. These plants are later flowering, typically in July and August. The final group are the Lavender stoechas, also known as French lavender which are easily identified by the leaf like bract extensions to the flowers sometimes called bunny ears or butterfly wings. This type will generally not survive the winter in our climate without some protection. They do however repeat flower all summer if they are regularly pruned. All lavenders require an annual prune to keep them in a compact form, in the south of England the end of August is the ideal time to complete this, enabling the plants to put on some new growth which should have time to harden off before winter. Prune the lavender to the lowest point where fresh growth is visible, this will stop the plants from becoming ‘straggly’ and ‘woody’. Pruning can be completed with secateurs or shears but for a large area a hedge trimmer works well. For further advice, pop into Long Barn where one of the plant team will be happy to help. Jobs for August: • Any summer fruiting raspberry canes can be cut down to the ground after fruiting, remove any weak canes and leave 6 – 8 of the strongest canes for next year. • Clip evergreen and deciduous hedges now to limit growth next season, if growth is required clip in November. • Wisteria should have their first prune now, remove the current season’s whippy growth leaving five or six leaves on each stem. • Mow summer flowering meadows this month. The hay can be left for a few days once cut to allow seeds to fall off and can then be collected. • Some Penstemons are short-lived perennials, so to ensure you have plants for next year take cuttings now.

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Wellbeing DANCING & YOGA – A LIFE TONIC!

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et me share my own experience here with you. Life feels all a little up in the air at the moment. Recent events have left us with the feeling that the only thing constant in life is change!

So how are we to lift our spirits? Pick ourselves up and learn to flow with Life’s Flow? Well one great way is, what I personally did some 10 years ago, when my life hit a low point: go dancing, dancing to great music is naturally uplifting. Some of you might have watched the programme 'How to stay young'. And the overall winner for best exercise to keep us young is 'Dancing,' It’s social, it’s fun and it keeps our brain beautifully young by making new neuron connections as we learn new steps. And yes, dancing made a major difference to my life. I would live for those times when I went out dancing and then the effect of the dancing just lifted me for the rest of the week. Apart from being passionate about dancing,Yoga has always played a big part in my life. Yet it was only when I started to teach dancing, that I really felt like balancing my life with Yoga as well and subsequently share this joy with others.Yoga is the most amazing Life Tonic. Through moving my body I freed up areas that had previously been blocked and it allowed me to travel deeper, come back to my true nature. And I reached that place, where there is always peace and always joy, whatever might be going on outside. So now I am able to weather any storm and feel strong enough for whatever life is presenting me with. If you feel inspired by my own experience, then come and join us for our new Autumn Season of Dancing & Yoga starting on Monday 5th September! We are looking forward to seeing you Silvia & Max Salsa y Sol Dance & Yoga www.salsaysol.co.uk

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ALRESFORD SURGERY NEWS Thank you Thank you to the trustees of the Edward Pay Medical Fund for providing 5 new high backed chairs in the small waiting room. Welcome We are very pleased to welcome Sue Millard who started as our new Practice Nurse in July. Sue is an experienced practice nurse who will be joining the team & has previously worked at Grayshott Surgery. Please join us in offering her a warm Alresford welcome! italk italk is a service that provides free treatment to people suffering from some of the most common mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety and stress. It is a unique partnership between Solent Mind and Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust that helps thousands of people every year gain a better understanding of their feelings, thoughts and behaviours, in order to regain control of their symptoms and lead more fulfilling lives. The service is available to anyone aged 16 and over who is registered with a GP in Basingstoke, Bordon, Eastleigh, Fareham, Gosport, Havant, the New Forest, Petersfield, Andover, Romsey or Winchester. italk has launched a new website for their service, which is now live and accessible at www.italk.org.uk The new site includes full details on types of treatment available, support groups and how to book them, what people can expect from the service and how to get in touch, as well as useful resources and case studies from previous patients. A quick link to self-referral makes it easy for patients to make contact with the service, which can be done in the comfort of their own homes, or with their GP or healthcare professional. Travel abroad If you are travelling abroad and think you may need advice and vaccinations from us you must complete a questionnaire (available from reception or from our website) and make an appointment with a nurse. We have become aware that patients are often leaving it too late to seek this help, some vaccinations need a course spread over a few weeks so please make apply in good time – up to 2 months before departure. You can find more information on; http://www.alresfordsurgery. co.uk/clinics-and-services.aspx?t=4


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VILLAGE AGENTS

enise and Fiona are the local Age Concern Hampshire ‘Village Agents’ for Alresford. Part of their role is to provide information to older people in the local community. They can also provide home fire safety visits and pass on information from our partners such as Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service:

Cooking Fire Safety Messages Fires from cooking appliances have consistently resulted in around half of all accidental fires in the home in England. Having sufficient detection equipment and escape plans remains of high importance.

Cooking safely • Avoid leaving children in the kitchen alone when cooking on the hob. Keep matches and saucepan handles out of their reach to keep them safe. • Make sure saucepan handles don’t stick out – so they don’t get knocked off the stove. • Take care if you’re wearing loose clothing – this can easily catch fire. • Keep tea towels and cloths away from the cooker and hob. • Double check the cooker is off when you’ve finished cooking. • Take care if you need to leave the kitchen whilst cooking, take pans off the heat or turn them down to avoid risk.

Take care with electrics • Keep electrics (leads and appliances) away from water. • Check toasters are clean and placed away from curtains and kitchen rolls. • Keep the oven, hob and grill clean and in good working order. A build up of fat and grease can ignite a fire. Deep fat frying • Take care when cooking with hot oil – it sets alight easily. • Make sure food is dry before putting it in hot oil so it doesn’t splash. • If the oil starts to smoke – it’s too hot. Turn off the heat and leave it to cool. • Use a thermostat controlled electric deep fat fryer. They can’t overheat. What to do if a pan catches fire: • Don’t take any risks. Turn off the heat if it is safe to do so. • Never throw water over it. • Don’t tackle the fire yourself Get Out, Stay Out, Call 999. Call Denise or Fiona on 07969376023 to arrange a home safety visit.

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Poppies, Poppies, Poppies... BY CLAIRE THURLOW

“Come back tomorrow; the light will be better then.” A voice floats across the field. “Stand here in the morning. The poppies glow with the light under them!” I turn towards the voice and see a figure dressed in full beekeeping gear, only head and shoulders visible over the hawthorn hedge. I pick my way across the furrowed ground, skirting the knee-deep ocean of scarlet flowers. “Do your bees like poppies?” I ask, peering over the hedge. A gentle buzzing pervades the air, but the hives are hidden from view. The beekeeper removes his hood; his protective suit gleaming white against the pastoral landscape. “Hard to tell,” a stray bee brushes his ear. “I haven’t had these long. Storm Katie did for the last lot. The roof blew off the hive and the queen flew away. The bees got soaked and they all perished of cold!” “That’s awful.” “Blessing in disguise – they were vicious little devils. I’ve got these ginger ones now. They’re more easy-going.” The bees hum contently around him. I watch as one takes flight over the field. It skims the swathe of swaying blooms, before settling on the perfect specimen. This is papaver rhoeas, the common or corn poppy, not to be confused with its opium-producing cousin, papaver somniferum, grown in Afghanistan. This beautiful, blowsy wildflower, with petals like crinkled crepe paper, black centre and sturdy, hairy stem has brightened Britain since the Bronze Age. It prefers light, gravelly soil, but seems to be doing just fine here on cloddy Hampshire clay. A field of blazing poppies used to be commonplace until intensive farming and herbicides changed the face of the countryside. Fortunately, some farmers are embracing more conservation-friendly methods, setting aside margins of land where wild flowers and wildlife can flourish. And sometimes Nature interferes. This field had been planted with winter

rape seed, but after it was decimated by pigeons, mild spring weather encouraged a crop of poppies to take over. Poppy seeds can lie dormant for up to eighty years, and won’t germinate without sunshine and soil which has been disturbed in some way, such as digging, ploughing or even warfare. For many, the sight of a field of poppies stirs thoughts of the First World War, and the flower has been a symbol of remembrance since Canadian serviceman, John McCrae, wrote after the battle of Ypres: In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row. That mark our place and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard among the guns below. Yet this association with death dates from much earlier. The Ancient Greeks decorated gravestones and tombs with bunches of poppies and were familiar with the plant’s narcotic and sedative properties. They knew that an overdose would lead to eternal sleep – as did the Wicked Witch of the West in ‘The Wizard of Oz’: “Poppies, poppies, poppies will put them to sleep”, she croaks over the steaming cauldron, as Toto, Dorothy and Cowardly Lion collapse into a Technicolour field of flowers. Mercifully, our heroes are saved by the counter-spell of Glinda, Good Witch of the North. Over the following week, it seems every time I drive up the narrow lane, someone’s leaning on the five-bar gate or sneaking through that gap in the hedge. A young couple grin as they take a ‘selfie’ with poppies as a backdrop, a serious photographer arrives with tripod and wide-angle lens, hikers stop and stare. My sympathy to the farmer who’s lost his crop of rape-seed, but these glorious, iconic poppies have brought unexpected pleasure to many.

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YOGA IN ALRESFORD (ADVERTORIAL)

oga can help significantly with overall health and wellbeing and in particular with managing stress, anxiety, back pain, sleep disorders, low energy and to lift mental outlook. Starting September, there will be a series of classes at The Studio, Alresford focusing on each of these health issues. These classes are suitable for all ages and abilities, even those new to the practice of Yoga. Yoga works by bringing awareness to the body and the breath and helps us see how intimately linked the two are. Educating ourselves to breathe properly, to move well, to slow down and take care of our bodies, impacts the nervous system directly allowing relaxation and rest and triggering the healing response. When we breathe well, and when our bodies are relaxed, we face the challenges of life with greater ease and become an asset to our families and our community.

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Yoga is a physical practice that is accessible to all, if you haven’t tried it yet, please call Fazila Benoit: 07786 537335 or email: yoga@fazilabenoit.com for more details of classes.

YAVINGTONSTUDIO A SPECIAL PLACE FOR REFLECTION AND NUTURE Learn how to relieve tension and stress by bringing awareness and understanding to your habitual responses - both physically and mentally FREE TASTER SESSIONS Wednesday 7th September -10am and 7pm Friday 9th September -10am. Everyone welcome, just wear comfortable clothing. CLASS TIMES Wednesdays 10am, 11.30am and 7pm Fridays 10am NEXT REVITALISE DAYS Friday 30th September and 25th November 11am- 5pm For further information, please contact: T: 01962 779295 E: info@yavingtonstudio.co.uk www.yavingtonstudio.co.uk www.feldenkrais.co.uk Yavington Studio

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Culture

‘ROYAL BLOOD’ LOCAL PRIMARY SCHOOLS ART PROJECT

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um’s Eg (from the Old English name for Romsey) is a contemporary gallery and Arts space in Bell Street run by Hampshire Art & Craft CIC (Community Interest Company) which is becoming a renowned centre of excellence for Art & Craft in the South of England. It was set up and opened in December 2012 by the founding director, Siriol Sherlock, as an accessible, affordable, friendly Art and Craft Gallery and creative hub. Her mission was to create a self-supporting, sustainable gallery to support Artists and Craftsmen working or living within 70 miles of Romsey and to engage the public and local community in the creative arts and crafts – in particular people who would not normally enter a commercial gallery, buy original hand-crafted pieces or take part in workshops and courses. She also wanted to create a third visitor attraction in the town centre to support the retail businesses which form the heart of the market town of Romsey. Rum’s Eg are now beginning to expand their Community Arts brief and have been working with teachers and children at three local primary schools in June (Halterworth, Awbridge and Wellow) on a very special project which was inspired by Hampshire Cultural Trust’s ‘big theme’ for galleries and museums in 2016

entitled ‘Royal Blood’. Funds have been raised by Rum’s Eg for Community Arts Projects such as this by a small volunteer team who organise and cater for ticketed events such as dinners and quizzes at Rum’s Eg; together with some funding from Hampshire County Council and the assistance of a Community Arts Coordinator, Jill Searl, Sue Tinkler (a highly respected glass artist from Winchester) was able to go into each of the three schools with two student assistants and work with the children to create three glasswork panels. The fired, fused and completed schools’ panels will be on show at Romsey Abbey from 3rd August to 4th September alongside many exciting glass and ceramic pieces by some of the best South of England

craftsmen and women in an exhibition entitled ‘Dissolution & Revolution’ which is curated by volunteers at Rum’s Eg and was also inspired by the Royal Blood theme and the turbulent history of Romsey Abbey. Cheryl Burton from Awbridge Primary School said: ‘what an amazing morning the Year 5 and 6 children had working with Sue. It was such a great project to be a part of. In the lead-up session the previous week, we linked the theme to history and the children were really eager to find out more - they especially enjoyed the links to William II. Only a few of them had knowledge about Romsey's royal links and I was surprised to find that some had not heard of Broadlands! So a very successful local history lesson there! They all came up with designs of their own - there were some coats of arms, some depicting arrows or crowns, some with warships or medals. Sue was great because she took the designs for each group of 12 and clearly modelled how to simplify it if it was detailed. All the children were totally engrossed in their work and we were so pleased with the outcomes. Sue complemented the children on their good listening skills and it was a very successful morning. We look forward to seeing the display at the Abbey in August - thank you so much for including Awbridge in this project!” Sue Tinkler and her student assistants also enjoyed the experience and were full of respect for primary school teachers as they were all completely exhausted after three days! Siriol Sherlock Director of HA&C CIC

HAPPY DAYS FOR HAPPY ART

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aunched earlier this year, the Happy Art Company is an innovative local business that provides Art parties and Art workshops throughout Hampshire and the bordering counties. Local residents may also have seen the Happy Art Company at the Alresford Music Festival making colourful festival masks, or at Blissfields, where festival-goers dropped in to the Happy Art tent to make fairy jar lanterns or take part in their popular silkpainting workshops. “It’s been a busy few months and I am thrilled with how the business has taken off ” said Miranda Bryan, founder of the

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company. “And feedback from both the school workshops and the children’s parties has been very encouraging!” After the very first party, a happy mum wrote: Miranda was just perfect for our daughter's Harry Potter birthday party, and her attention to detail was very impressive. She did just the right combination of art activities and games and held the children captivated throughout. The art materials were very high quality, and Miranda had the children making snitches, mirrors of Erised, Deatheater masks, spell books... Our daughter absolutely loved every part of her very special party. We just stood back and watched a lot of spell bound

children thoroughly enjoying themselves! During the summer holidays, the Happy Art company will be holding an Art Club for 7-11 year olds at The Old Chapel in the Dean, Alresford. This will be held daily during the first week of August, from 9.30-12 noon. There will be a different Art workshop each day, as well as a wide range of art and craft resources which children can use to create their own artwork. If you are interested in this, or would like to arrange an Art workshop or Happy Art Party, email info@ happyartcompany.co.uk. Visit www.happyartcompany.co.uk for more information!


GALLERY CAFÉ WORKSHOPS

3 August - 4 September

Dissolution & Revolution Exhibition of Glass and Ceramics part of Hampshire Big Theme ‘Royal Blood’ at Romsey Abbey and Rum’s Eg

Also featuring glasswork by pupils from Awbridge, Halterworth & Wellow primary schools as part of the ‘Royal Blood Schools Project’

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Rum’s Eg, 27 Bell Street, Romsey SO51 8GY t: 01794 511220 info@hampshireartandcraft.org www.hampshireartandcraft.org Open: Mon - Sat: 10 - 5. Sundays: 10.30 - 4.30

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ampshire Open Studios is an annual art trail where the visiting public can meet artists in their homes, studios and galleries free of charge. In the week leading up to bank holiday Monday 29th August, 250 studios, galleries, artists and art groups (in excess of 500 artists) open their doors to exhibit original artwork, give talks and demos to the visiting public. This is an amazing opportunity for you to meet professional and amateur artists who show their work in diverse venues around the county. This year we have over 60 new spaces exhibiting – from Aldershot in the east to the New Forest in the West and everywhere in between. Why not take a day out, watch work in progress, ask about materials or techniques or just enjoy the arts being made in unique rural, city or coastal studios and maybe pick up a great piece of unique art. Visitors can also enter a prize draw to win £100 towards artwork from your favourite Hampshire Open Studios artist. Entry is free and to find your nearest venue check the website or look out for the pink direction arrows that will guide you to the artists’ doors. Our colour catalogue will be distributed across the county throughout July and August. www.hampshireopenstudios.org.uk

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HAMPSHIRE OPEN STUDIOS

20-29th August 2016 - Top Itchen Valley highlights: • Granary Creative Arts Centre (new for this year) exhibit nearby to Wessex Sculptors venue at Bramdean. • Rachel Hudson, wildlife illustrator and Sophie Bartlett painter exhibit at Four Marks • New for 2016, Barry Edge exhibits striking landscape photography at Gundleton

SUMMER ART CLUB

for 7-11 year olds

£15 per day! The Old Chapel, The Dean, Alresford Mon 1st Aug - Fri 5th Aug 9.30 - 12 noon

info@happyartcompany.co.uk Tel: 01962 884937 / 07846 429082

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HAMPSHIRE ARTISTS

Julie&Ted Hepenstal

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(ADVERTORIAL)

efore you even get to look at the work of artist Julie Hepenstal it is obvious that there is an innate creativity in everything she does. We soak up the new summer sun in her Hampshire garden which is immaculately laid out. In every part there is an awareness of exciting colour and interesting form yet the overall scheme is one of effortless naturalism, traits that are to be found in her beautiful and vibrant landscape paintings. Originally from Liverpool, Julie moved south thirty years ago. She studied an Arts Foundation course in Liverpool followed by a degree at Manchester College of Art and then a PGCE at Manchester. Julie designed textiles for a London agent who sold her designs in the U.S, she also taught screen printing and spinning at Quarry Bank Mill in Styal. She now teaches adult art classes, exhibits widely, sells prints and is busy with commissions. But she is not a lone artist since settling in Hampshire some twenty nine years ago. Julie has raised her family here, one of whom Ted Hepenstal - is also an artist. Ted has enjoyed painting since he was a child but after A levels ‘listened to his head instead of his heart’ and went to university and studied Business Management. Since then he has worked full time in the world of business. However a couple of years ago on visit to Amsterdam he was hugely inspired by the colour, brush strokes and energy of Van Gogh’s work, and knew that he needed to pick up the paintbrush again. Ted is very focused, after a day at work it’s straight to the painting. Ted explains, ”My aim is to work full time as an artist at some point in the future but it’s not easy, hopefully in a year or two.” Interest in Ted’s work has rapidly increased since his painting of Broad Street appeared on the front cover of the Itchen Valley Forum. “ I’ve had a number of private commissions since then which is fantastic.”

paint trees, but my favorite place would have to be along The River Itchen from Alresford to Easton. But we also both find inspiration in the beauty of the Lake District and go there every year”. As we talk it’s clear there’s a great creative connection as they bounce ideas around and feel similarly about many aspects of their work. Julie: “It’s great that Ted loves to paint and I can talk to him about my work.” Ted: “We help each other out, it’s really good to have a fresh pair of eyes sometimes, we give each other honest advice and support.” What would be their artistic ideal? Julie: “Oh to be exhibited at the Royal Academy would be amazing.” Ted: To be exhibited at the Musee D’orsay! But more realistically to be a full time artist. Bluebell Wood, Hinton Ampner Julie Hepenstal

Mill Hill, Alresford Ted Hepenstal

Where do they find inspiration? Julie: “I love the countryside, especially Old Winchester Hill and the coast. In terms of artistic influence the list is endless. However if I had to narrow it down, my favourite three would be the American artist Edward Hopper,Vincent Van Gogh and Wassily Kandinsky.” Ted: “Any woodland in the areas surrounding Alresford as I love to

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So what next for Ted and Julie Hepenstal? Julie: I’m so fortunate to be doing what I’m doing now, I love it. I will continue to teach adults as I have done for the past twenty years. I learn so much from them. It would be fabulous to form an artist’s collective here, lots of people have had that thought but we need premises which is the difficult bit. I have just finished a painting of the Thursday Market in Alresford. Ted and I produce prints and cards of our work but we also have a lot of exhibitions coming up. In June we are at the United Reform Church in Bishops Waltham. In August we are exhibiting in Petersfield. In September we are exhibiting at the Southern Nature Art Exhibition in Wickham.You can also find our prints available for sale at ‘Nosh’ in Four Marks, ‘Cuppachino’ in West Meon, ‘Molly’s Den’ in Winchester and ‘The Sandwich Shop’ in Alresford. Ted: There’s a lot happening, I’ve just completed some commissions over the past couple months and I have a few more on the horizon. There are also a few exhibitions coming up so I am looking forward to showing my work there too! I also have plans to paint a couple more townscapes of Alresford.

You don’t have to go far to enjoy the work of Julie and Ted Hepenstal. Visit Julie Hepenstal on Facebook @ juliehepenstalart or her website www.juliehepenstalart.co.uk Visit Ted Hepenstal on Facebook @tedhepenstalart or his website www.tedhepenstal.com


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ART EXHIBITION SPREADS A LITTLE SUNSHINE winner is selected each year by visitors to the exhibition who vote for their favourite artwork.

The People’s Choice painting Crazy Bird, won by Jeannie Pakenham

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lresford Art Society’s 2016 exhibition boasted a delightful display of the highest quality and visitors came from miles around. Not only was the standard of exhibits high but the variety of styles and subject matter made for an exciting viewing, with entries in mosaic, linocut and sculpture as well as acrylic, ink, oil, watercolour and pastel. Jeannie Pakenham from Owslebury won The People’s Choice prize with her watercolour painting Crazy Bird. The

The Rachel Thomsen Watercolour Prize was won for the second year by Ann Hart of Ropley for her painting Mother’s Day Blooms. The prize is given in memory of one of the Society’s most talented watercolourists. A new category for Best New Exhibitor went to Chrissie Landale from Winchester for her acrylic painting of Carnival in Venice. At the Exhibition launch party, County Councillor Jackie Porter was invited to ‘do the honours’ and officially launch the exhibition. A good friend to the Society, Jackie declared that thanks to her last Art Society purchase she had had to completely change the colour scheme of her dining room to go with the painting. In the past Art Society members had enjoyed a painting day at Jackie and Mark Porter’s magnificent garden, painting amongst the blooms. Jackie congratulated Exhibition Organiser Gillian McCallum and her team for an excellent exhibition, acknowledging all the hard work behind the scenes that goes into creating such an event.

BBC COMES TO TITCHFIELD WITH ‘THE INSTANT GARDENER’

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he BBC featured Hambrooks of Titchfield Garden Destination Centre on a recent episode of the popular gardening series ‘The Instant Gardener’, which runs on BBC1. Each week a different garden is given a makeover, which is completed within one day. The Garden Destination Centre was chosen as the location because the programme wanted to include gardens that not only demonstrated, but also inspired ‘outdoor living’. The Centre has 16 Chelsea Show Gardens that feature different styles of gardens and planting ideas that are used for general makeover ideas or to create different or unusual areas in an existing garden. Presenter Helen Skelton took the programme’s guest around the Show Gardens as

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they discussed what features were useful for children friendly gardens and how quirky garden accessories can add that little extra special touch. Skelton also interviewed our Head award winning designer, Mike Hodges who designed the show gardens and she was particularly interested in how gardening seating can double up as storage areas as demonstrated in the show garden ‘The Cook’s Haven’. She was also keen to know if outdoor kitchens were easy to keep clean, which Mike Hodges assured her that built with the right materials, they are! Mike Hodges - Head Garden Designer Hambrooks of Titchfield T:01489 572285

Calendar THURSDAY 11 TO SUNDAY 14 AUGUST 2016 Boomtown 2016 BoomTown rose up from the underground in 2009 to become one of the UK’s wildest and most inspiring independent festivals, from a humble village fair it is now a sprawling creative metropolis and home to every species of artistic miscreant! We invite thousands of citizens to embark on an immersive audio-visual joyride, dancing through the labyrinthine streets and plazas on a non-stop weekend journey of discovery! All Day - Matterley Estate

STARTING IN SEPTEMBER Alpha – The Meaning of Life? Never too young or too old to Learn. If you have lots of questions about the meaning of life and being a Christian in the 21st Century, you are invited to join an Alpha course starting in September 2016. Alpha started about 20 years ago and is now run in countries all over the world. Do come along and bring a friend or if anyone would like to be helper on either of the courses please let Rosie know. The Alpha Course is run in a relaxed atmosphere in someone’s home where you can ask as many questions as you like to help you grow in faith. Times and Days are yet to be organised but to register your interest please contact: Rosie Waring Green – 01962 733237 ra@22rwg.co.uk

FRIDAY 16 SEPTEMBER Festival Barn dance in Pingleston Barn, Old Alresford, SO24 9DL by kind permission of Lady Wakeham from 7.30pm Featuring the Four Marks Folk Band Ploughman's Supper, Bar and raffle Tickets £10 from Six West and St John's Parish Office Children over 12 years only please.

FRIDAY 23 TO SUNDAY 25 SEPTEMBER Alresford Scarecrow Festival Music Theme Competition Free to enter. Open to everybody including individuals, families, businesses and organisations Entry forms with details available from: St John's Church, Six West, Morgans, Long Barn Alresford Surgery and Library


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HAMPSHIRE ARTIST (ADVERTORIAL)

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oin the art trail and enter The Stores. This is the second year I am taking part in Hampshire Open Studios, when more than 500 artists across the county exhibit original artwork to the visiting public for FREE (www. hampshireopenstudios.org.uk). Whether you are a seasoned visitor or new to the art trail it’s a lovely event to experience. New for 2016 - collect three artist signatures on a Hampshire Open Studios flyer and you could win £100 voucher in the prize draw to spend with a Hampshire Open Studios artist of your choice!

From Friday 26th to Monday 29th August, 10am to 4.30pm, I am opening my home, The Stores, at 39 Lymington Bottom in Four Marks and it becomes the shop it once was in the 1930s. You will be able to buy limited edition prints, greetings cards, stationery, homeware and giftware featuring my contemporary wildlife illustrations. My work is all about bringing nature into daily life. How I work I make quick, scruffy pencil sketches - lots of them - in notebooks or whatever comes to hand. That’s when I get my initial buzz – seeing something special, albeit briefly, and getting the kernel of an idea for a design as I scribble. Perhaps it’s a treecreeper spiralling up a silver birch or a stoat slinking through the hedgerow. Whatever I see on my daily walks becomes the source of new work. I then simplify and refine the lines to capture a sense of movement and energy. I use flattened, stylised forms that have a natural rhythm. A birding friend of mine (with one eye permanently fixed on the sky), explained to me that once you become attuned to movement in nature, you begin to see more. My next step is to translate the excitement of a fleeting moment into a full colour illustration. I’m influenced by a number of artistic traditions: Japanese art, the Arts and Crafts Movement (my great grandmother was a designer for William Morris & Co) and surface pattern design from the 1930s. I also have a well-stocked library of art history and natural history books that I constantly dip into. My finished illustrations are printed, signed and framed as limited edition giclée prints using colourfast velvety inks on Hahnemühle fine art paper. In shows and shops Since moving to Hampshire in 2013 and becoming a full-time freelance illustrator, I’ve staged three successful solo exhibitions at The Sustainability Centre in East Meon and The Allen Gallery in Alton, (my latest show Up With the Lark was extended ‘due to popular demand’). After Hampshire Open Studios I’ll be taking part in Blackmoor Apple Tasting Day (9th October) and Crafty Women at Christmas in Winchester Guildhall (10th December). For customers living further afield I have an online shop where my garden bird fridge magnets are proving particularly popular (www.etsy.com/shop/ butterflytrack).

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Interpreting nature As well as creating new work for exhibitions and my shop, I run my own company, Butterfly Track Publications, and regularly freelance for nature conservation organisations, both local and national. Working for a worthwhile cause puts a spring in my step. I love the variety of work I gain from commissions. Just lately I’ve illustrated a pond dipping panel for Medstead Parish Council, a ‘History of the Earth’ wall frieze for a visitor centre in Buckinghamshire, and a children’s wildlife magazine spread about life in a rock pool, to coincide with National Marine Week (to 7th August). At this moment I’m working on an ‘Animal Olympics’ trail card for Countryfile Live (4-7 August at Blenheim Palace). Living in a world shaken by big events I think that it’s important to value and take pleasure in small things. For me, it’s making time to notice nature and what the changing seasons bring. My aim is to share some of my excitement with you. If you’d like to find out more please visit www.butterflytrack.co.uk or follow me via social media: facebook.com/butterflytrackpublications, @butterflytrackp, instagram.com/butterfly_track_


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Creative Arts department as the school orchestra and the cast have been practising for what will be the highlight of this year’s school calendar. 1,400 tickets have been sold for the production which premiered on Monday 12th July and runs until Saturday 16th July. Perins invited 240 local primary school children to experience the production on the opening day.

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PERINS STUDENTS EXCEL IN OUTSTANDING PHANTOM OF THE OPERA PRODUCTION

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or over nine months the Creative Arts department and Perins Youth Theatre at Perins School have been working non-stop to stage the sensational West End version of Phantom of the Opera. This hugely ambitious project is made up of 120 Perins students forming the cast, orchestra and backstage team. The Main Hall has been transformed into an incredible set, where the audience will step back in time into the opera house of the Paris Opera Populaire. Stage Production Company, M3 Technology, have worked tirelessly to build the set which has all the special effects inspired from the West End production, including a flying chandelier and a motorised boat. They are also responsible for all technical

aspects of the production including the lighting, sound and pyrotechnics. For the dedicated team in Creative Arts, this production of Phantom is a dream come true and the students have all learnt valuable skills in what has been an unforgettable experience. Marilitsa Alexiou, Director of the Creative Arts Department, said, “I have been astounded by the maturity and dedication demonstrated by these pupils, both through their talents and their extraordinary sense of creative ambition. They have shown a great sense of responsibility both to one another and also the staff who have worked with them.” Over the past few weeks the sounds of singing and music have flowed from the

The cast were amazed to receive a personal note from Andrew Lloyd Webber, wishing them luck for the production and, in addition, the Phantom of the Opera West End cast made a good luck video courtesy of Daisy Hulbert, an exPerins student who plays a leading role in the London production. Head Teacher Steve Jones said, “I can honestly say that this performance not only surpasses any school performance I have ever seen but genuinely rivals many professional productions. I am incredibly proud of the students and staff for their hard work, dedication and talents shown throughout this process.” Feedback and comments from the audience have been fantastic so far, with people of all ages saying they have never seen a school performance like it. John Gleadall, writer and creator of Musicals4kidz, saw the production on Monday evening and said, “Congratulations to all involved. In over forty years involvement with school and youth theatre productions I have never seen such an ambitious musical production in a school. How brilliant to have a Performing Arts team who are dedicated enough to mount such a production and a leadership team, who must be bursting with pride, who can see the value of such a venture. Bravo, I applaud you to the rafters.” John added, “I never stand. I stood at the end of your show”.

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music in December followed by a buffet supper. For the second we join forces with other local choirs to perform a much bigger work as part of the annual Winchester Music Festival. These concerts take place in either Winchester Cathedral or Romsey Abbey, with soloists and an orchestra. They give us a great opportunity to experience singing a bigger and more challenging work in a magnificent setting, and to meet people from other choirs. Next year we will be performing Carmina Buran by Orff

and Rio Grande by Lambert in Romsey Abbey. If you think you might be interested in joining or would just like to see if it is for you, why not come down to the village hall and give it a try! The new season starts on Wednesday 7th September. For more information please contact Gabby O’Grady, IVCS Secretary Mob: 07712 112174 email ivcs.secretary@gmail.com


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ALTON'S ANGLO-SAXON FESTIVAL

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society of the time. He would have had access to the gold and silver he needed to produce the silver gilt as the Anglo Saxons traded widely throughout Europe and beyond. He probably used a method called fire gilding which involved grinding together gold leaf and mercury, then making a paste of them and applying a fine coat to the silver. The filigree around the edges was applied by making tiny gold filigree balls into threads, interweaving them and soldering them on to the plate. The gold repoussé of the plate of the triangle was beaten from the front and beaded wires were soldered onto it. It was common in Anglo Saxon times to use animal shapes in jewellery; on buckles like this four shapes are often identified but on this one just two abstract animal shapes (possibly snakes) can be made out, with their heads in the top left corner and centre left of the triangle. Garnet cloisonné was a popular decoration in Anglo Saxon England and these are almandine garnets, which may have come from the Middle East. Those in the shoulder of the buckle, just above the two side studs, are said to represent birds and those below the tongue are contrasted with shell inlays. The cloisonné decoration was formed by first adding compartments (cloisons in French) to the base by soldering gold wires on their edges. These remained visible in the finished piece, separating the different compartments of the inlays. The garnets were then applied using glass paste. The glass probably came originally from North Africa or the Middle East, possibly in the form of mosaic stones or glass staves. Buckles like this were worn by men and used to fasten a belt worn around the waist or hips during the 6th and 7th centuries. Jill Line

Available from this September, Claire will be offering inspiring walks through Alresford and the surrounding area. During your walks, you will be guided in how to look at the every day in new and exciting ways, finding new angles to make the common sights more interesting and starting to use your camera in a more creative way. It's not about what camera or lenses you have these walkabouts are about you looking at how you can take better and more interesting pictures, whether with an iPhone or your SLR. All participants are invited to join the Facebook group “Hampshire Shutterbugs” for more photography support and to help your passion for photography grow. All you need is some basic knowledge of your camera, comfy footwear and Claire will assist you further. Claire also runs “Back to Basics Photography” workshops, recently being asked to run this popular class at the Ashgate Gallery in Farnham, following rave reviews she is looking into other venues at this moment to be able to run these workshops on a regular basis. If you would like more information regarding the Walkabouts or the Back to Basic Workshops please contact Claire on mobile (07956 086818 ) or www.clairelewisphotography.co.uk. Spaces are limited at these events as Claire likes to be able to give you individual attention and in-depth guidance. Dates for Hampshire Photography Walkabouts for this September are 15th, 22nd and 29th, location Alresford. 10am - 2pm £38 including light refreshments. t: 01420 362803 : m: 07956 086818 admin@clairelewisphotography.co.uk www.clairelewisphotography.co.uk


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or many lovers of outdoor pursuits, as well as quality ladies and men’s clothing, Roxtons, established in 1979, has been a trusted one-stop shop for the past four decades.

Today, Roxtons continues to cater to our country loving clients but is placing a renewed emphasis on becoming a destination for quality and unique lifestyle clothing for both men and woman sourced from small independent labels and from some of the world’s most respected brands. Based in Hungerford – but with three other shops in Alresford, Stockbridge and Haslemere, this well-established independent brand is keeping ahead of the curve.

We have wonderful shops in four stunning Market Town locations. Our Sales Teams are passionate about providing exceptional customer care with a very personal service. They are incredibly knowledgeable about our products and brands and will go above and beyond to make sure our customers leave the shop smiling.

This month we talk to its Womenswear Buyer, Sam Smith, who tells us more about how Roxtons, a company with a strong heritage and reputation, moves with the times but still keeps the core customer happy. “As the Womenswear Buyer of Roxtons, my remit is to provide a vibrant, exciting range of clothing and accessories to suit our discerning customer. Our Ladies are always on the lookout for something unique and distinctive - it is my mission to find that for them. Whether that be at showrooms all over London, Trade Shows in Europe or spotting something in the street; I am constantly on the hunt for quality brands and unique products that are that little bit different and fit with the lifestyle of our customers. 32

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Community TREASURER NEEDED FOR ALRESFORD ART SOCIETY

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lresford Art Society needs a Treasurer to support this thriving organisation. Founded fifty years ago the Society is one of the largest member organisations in the town. Apart from regular

member meetings from September to June which showcase speakers and demonstrators in every medium, the Society runs painting days in the summer, workshops in the winter and five classes a week during term time in watercolour, oil, life and portraiture. “Our new Treasurer doesn’t need to know anything about art,” says Chairman Sue Gentry, “but needs to have a head for figures and preferably experience of online banking.” For more information contact Sue Gentry on 01962 773185 or email: sue.gentry@ gentrypublicity.co.uk.

CLOSURE OF SURE START CENTRES IS SHORT-SIGHTED, SAYS FAMILY SUPPORT CHARITY children can prepare a child emotionally, academically and socially for school, thereby reducing inequality of opportunity at the start of a child’s school career and thereafter,” says Mrs Cooper. “We have consistently expressed concern for the future of preventative work with families who require support in a world of diminishing family support provision and these short-sighted and devastating cuts will impinge on future generations of Hampshire children.”

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ampshire County Council’s proposal to close 43 Sure Start Centres and replace with 11 Family Support Hubs has been greeted with dismay by family support charity Home-Start Winchester. “For Winchester families, the nearest Family Support Service Hub will be in Wickham which is an impossible journey for our families,” says Home-Start Winchester Chairman Liz Cooper. “In addition, the County plans to charge families for group activities at other potential outreach locations - if they can get there - in order to save £8.5m, with further savage cuts to Children’s Services planned for 2017/18.” “Research has shown that early intervention in vulnerable families with pre-school

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“A high proportion of families, which were previously supported by Social Services, now have nowhere to turn. These are also families with complex needs whose circumstances are likely to deteriorate - and these are the families that we deal with on a day-to-day basis,” said Mrs Cooper. “The County has made drastic cuts in its services following year-on-year Government cuts and will now only target expenditure on the most vulnerable children. It no longer provides preventative work with families which require support when they are struggling to cope with small children, unless they are amongst the 10% of those families who have problems thought to be severe enough to meet the threshold for statutory social care intervention. This will have a detrimental effect on vulnerable children, the impact of which will come home to roost later in their lives,” said Mrs Cooper.

Calendar SUNDAY 4 SEPTEMBER Bighton Village Fete From 1.30pm to 4.30pm There will be a craft Fair, A Fistful of Falcons will be exhibiting their wonderful birds; see the llamas , ride on one of the splendid Honda Goldwings. Enter your dog in the ever popular the dog show and enjoy all the traditional fete stalls. Circus skills, Children's World, a mega slide, and wildlife quiz will entertain the children. Enjoy a cream tea, a BBQ and a beer. Free parking. www.bighton.org.uk Like us on Facebook

FRIDAY 23 TO SUNDAY 25 SEPTEMBER A Little Bit of Scarecrow Fun Scarecrow Festival Concert St John’s Church, Alresford 7pm Saturday - 3pm Sunday 25th Sunshine Singers – Eddie Saves the World. Sun Hill Family Singers – Shakespeare Rocks. Our Place Youth Group. Guest Appearance of Phil Collins Tickets are free but limited so book early. Available from Rosie Waring Green:01962 733237 / ra@22rwg.co.uk or St John’s Parish Office Retiring Collection

THURSDAY 1ST TO FRIDAY 2 SEPTEMBER Daniel – The production this year from Summer Fun From 9am - 3pm. Wednesday August 31st, Thursday You are invited to come and watch the performance on Friday 2nd September at 6.00pm in St John’s Church. We have more than 60 children this year and we would appreciate any help you could give for 1, 2 or 3 days. Please contact Rosie Waring Green 733237 or ra@22rwg.co.uk

THURSDAY 13 OCTOBER Annual Bridge Tea From 2pm - 5pm. Once again we are delighted to announce our annual Bridge Tea to be held at: The White House, Main Road, Littleton, Winchester SO22 6QS. Come and join us for a friendly competition and a gorgeous homemade tea. To book a table (£50 per table), or to make a donation, please complete and post the accompanying application form to: Gimma Macpherson, Springfield Cottage, Bedfield Lane, Headbourne Worthy, Nr Winchester, SO23 7JQ. Or for more information contact Gimma at: gimmamacp@aol.com or Telephone: 01962 884098


We would like to invite any, who wish to join us, for our special Anniversary Sunday Morning service at 10.30, on 11th September. You would be warmly welcomed. The speaker on that occasion will be Sam Gordon of 'Truth for Today'. If you wish to make any enquiries, please go to the website and use the 'contact us' tab or alternatively call us or send an enquiry by post T: 01962 851299

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We wish to record and give thanks to God for His faithfulness and provision in so many ways over these 60 years. In doing so, we remember how it all began, and all who have in so many ways, been part of that journey with us.

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Alresford Show

TICHBORNE PARK (ADVERTORIAL) Airborne livestock will once again be well represented with bees and birds of prey.

This year, of all years, you need to visit the Alresford Show. After months of bitter strife and nation-wide argument, monumental referendums and political resignations, we all need to take a deep breath and calm everything down a bit. And what better way that to come along to the spectacular surroundings of Tichborne Park on September 3rd, where you can let your soul sample a little rural peace. Come along and sample some local food and drink –Hampshire Fare will be special guests, celebrating 25 years of banging the drum for the best of local farm produce. There will be the usual produce tents, stock full with cheesemakers (bless them), bakers, charcuteries and wine producers (to name but a few). If you seek some entertainment, you can settle down to watch the Shetland Pony Grand National, or admire the show jumping and carriage driving. There will be a juggling workshop and displays of glass blowing. The Alresford Ukulele Band will be there, along with a Caribbean Steel Band – and I bet I’m not the only one hoping they jam together. Don’t go thinking that farming itself has faded into the background. The ‘old’ will be well represented, with vintage machines gleaming more brightly that they did the day they left some now-demolished factory. Meanwhile, satellite guided combines and comfy tractors with leathers seats, air con and deafening hi fi represent the ‘new’. Away from the roar of the engines will be the livestock section: All the traditional favourites will be there, pampered and polished.

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And if the children are a bit intimidated by the huge machines and two ton cattle, never fear. There will be a petting farm and family fun playground, tree climbing, and the always reliable Punch and Judy Show. Oh no, there won’t. Oh yes there will. Finally, for the ultimate in peace, quiet and soothing scents, head for the horticultural section – bigger than ever this year. Plantsmen have been beating a path to the Alresford Show office, demanding to come and exhibit. Because they know what the Show’s all about. It’s a haven of common sense and uncommon scents, of rural straightforwardness. It’s a day when you can, just briefly, reconnect with the deep roots that we all have in the countryside. And nobody really minds how you voted.

Tickets prices: £15 for adults, £11 for senior citizens, accompanied under-15s are free. Save £2 (and time on the gate) by buying before 27th August.

Tickets available from: Alresford: Six West & Morgan’s Hardware: Alton: Alton Herald Office, Bishops Waltham: Post Office, Winchester: Mole Country Stores, Winnall


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Clubs & Societies OTHER CLUBS AND SOCIETIES O Learn To Play Bridge Learn to play the best card game in the world. It improves memory, is a lovely way to meet people and great fun. A gentle introduction for beginners and individual / group sessions for improvers, by an English Bridge Union qualified teacher. Lessons held at both Winchester Bridge Club and in Alresford. Enquiries to Margaret Blewett on 01962 734797 or email: bridgewisembl@gmail.com.

 Royal Air Forces Association Were you, or are you, in the Royal Air Force? The Alresford and District branch of the R.A.F.A. meet at the Swan Hotel, Alresford on the first Thursday of each month, at 8:00 p.m. New members always welcome. Derek Sweetenham (Chairman) 01962 733559, or Brian Gabriel (Secretary) 01962 734482  Alresford Royal Naval Association Second Tuesday each month at 7.30pm in the Swan Hotel, Alresford. Membership is open to all members and ex-members of the Naval Service, and also to anyone who supports the Naval Service. Mess Nights combine some formal business with time to chat and socialise. Secretary - Lesley Jones: 01962 736573 family@jonesberry.net O Alresford Twinning Association Would you like to be involved in developing relationships with our Twin Town in Bricquebec, Normandy, or just join us for a wide range of social activities through the year. Contact Jean: 01962 733131 jahalresford-twinning@yahoo.co.uk O The Royal British Legion To become a member please contact our sub-branch in Eastleigh. www.britishlegion.org.uk/branches/ eastleigh

SENIOR CITIZENS O Alresford Day Care Centre Chiltern Court, Beech Road Tuesday and Thursday. Run by a professional and volunteer team. A sociable and enjoyable day out for the housebound elderly. Gives carers a break.Transport and lunch provided. Part funded by Age Concern.Tel: 01962 735612 O Senior Citizens Hour Meetings are held each Wednesday at 14:30 at New Farm Chapel. Meetings are informal and consist of quizzes, talks, craft and refreshments. New members are always welcome. Contact: Mrs Jill Hardiman, 6 Mallard Close, Alresford.Tel: 01962 733765

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O Alresford Senior Citizens Lunch Club At the Methodist Hall – Alresford Do you have some free time? Would you like to help elderly people in your local community? Volunteer helpers, men or women, are urgently needed to join our friendly team to set up tables, serve and clear/ wash up (fast dishwasher), after a 2 course lunch for the elderly ladies and gentlemen of Alresford every Thursday in the month starting at 11.00, or can you collect the money before the meal? Come along and see what we do.The ladies and gents are a very cheerful bunch and have many stories to tell. If you can spare 2/3 hours whenever possible on a Thursday morning please Contact: Liz Garton: 01962 733125 or Elaine Secluna: 01962 733192 O Saturday Evening Bridge Join us for Duplicate Bridge; we are a small friendly club playing in Makins Court. No partner required - any standard of play. Contact Margot Power, 01962 734167 or Ron Turner 01420 543187.

SPORTS CLUBS O ACA Badminton Club Friendly club seeks new members, plays on a Monday evening 7.3010.00pm at Alresford Community Centre. All levels welcome. Call Clive Earthy: 01962 733812 or Caroline Lowman: 01962 733155 O Alresford Badminton Club We are a friendly club that caters for all abilities up to local league standard and all ages from 14yrs and up. Membership is available, or just turn up to play and pay on Wednesday evenings at Perins Sports Hall from 19.00 hrs. Come and give us a try, your first visit is free, we look forward to seeing you. Contact: Ralph Pointer 01962 734833 or ralph.judyp@tiscali.co.uk www.alresfordbadminton.co.uk O Alresford Bowling Club Sun Lane - Our season is from April to September and we meet for roll-ups on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10.00 - 12 noon and Thursday evenings from 6.00 -8.00p.m. Lawn bowls is a great game, not just for the retired but for adults of all ages and we can provide bowls for you to have a go. Further information from Barry Morgan (club secretary) 01962 733477 and on the club www.alresfordbowlingclub.org.uk O Ropley Bowling Club Welcomes players of all abilities and experience.We are a small club only playing friendly matches with other clubs from April to September. Located in the old village of Ropley

at the recreation ground behind the village hall, the club is set in a lovely area, plus there is plenty of free parking. Come and try a roll up without obligation and see whether you will enjoy this gentle form of exercise. Equipment is available. Come and have a go. For more information contact secretary Gill Moore: 01420 563139, gillianfmoore@yahoo.co.uk O Alresford Golf Club The Secretary, Cheriton Road, Tichborne Down, Alresford. Tel: 01962 733746. secretary @alresfordgolf.co.uk www.alresfordgolf.co.uk O Alresford Netball Club Meets on Thursdays at Perins School, 6pm - 7.30pm on the tennis courts. New members welcome. First session free, thereafter £10 per month. Opportunity to affiliate and play in local leagues should you wish to. Or just come for training sessions, to get fit and meet new friends. Donna: 01420 561755 or 07860 931150 donnabirtles@fsmail.net O Alresford Rugby Football Club Tuesday evenings at 6.30 for 7pm start – newcomers welcome. Minis sessions are held on the rugby pitches at Arlebury Park, every Sunday at 10am (during term time). Seniors’ Head Coach: 07964 423001. Minis contact: alresfordminisrugby@ gmail.com or visit www.alresfordrfc. co.uk O Alresford Tennis Club Howard Lewis: 01962 733818 O Alresford Su-Ha-Ri Karate School For children ages 5-16 years,Thursday 7pm - 8pm at Alresford Community Centre. Contact Cassie & Tony Whelan - Tel: 01420 568135 act4health@hotmail.com O Alresford Yacht Club We welcome all interested in boats, sailing or power, large or small, modern or classic.Whether you are a newcomer to the sport or an old hand, both if you own a boat or would like to crew. Meetings will be held at Alresford Recreational Centre on the 3rd Monday of each month until April at 7.30pm. Contact Valerie: 01962 808827 valeriej.powell@tiscali.co.uk O Chawton Park Indoor Bowls Club Six rinks available throughout the year. Information from Centre Manager. Chawton Park Road, Alton. Tel: 01420 541546 O Cheriton Cricket Club Are you interested in playing Sunday afternoon friendly cricket? Contact Nick: 07931 456214

info@cheritoncc.com www.cheritoncc.com O Cheriton Tennis Club Coaching with Mike Aggiss. Adult, junior and mini courses including Cardio Tennis. Ladies Tennis Morning with Mike on Thursdays 9.30-10.30am. Pay and play session open to members (£4) and non members(£5.50). Enquiries to Donna at Don Perrin Tennis: 07928 855175. www. cheritontennisclub.co.uk O Children’s Judo Club Lance Wicks - Telephone: 07787 565233 Email: lw@judocoach.com O Cyclists’Touring Club South Hampshire. Easy rides, day rides, social events and more! Tel: 01962 864479 www.southhampshirectc.org.uk O Judo Club Perins School on Monday nights. From 7-8pm - Year 3 to year 6 children. From 8-9pm – Year 7+ children. Contact: Steve Fullick, 10 Perins Close, Alresford Tel: 01962 732883 O Old Alresford Cricket Club Home pitch - Upton Park Farm, Old Alresford. New Players welcomed at any time. John Stanbrook: 01962 733612 or Mike Armitage: 07878008853 Tel: 01420 568135 act4health@hotmail.com O Practical Wing Chun Classes Adult self-defence classes Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7pm - 8:30pm in The Studio on The Dean, Alresford. Additional classes in Winchester. Contact Gary: 07986 298283 or see www.uctuk.co.uk O Ropley Tennis Club Located at rear of Ropley playing field. New members welcome. Coaching sessions throughout week for all levels www.ropleytennis.org.uk O Tai Chi Beginners' class on Thursdays 2-3 pm at the Christy Hall, Old Alresford. Suitable for all ages, no floorwork. £6 a class. Call: 02380 651223 or email taichienquiries@gmail.com O Tichborne Park Cricket Club 14 Benenden Green, Alresford, SO24 9PF. Contact: Andy Joyce Tel: 01962 734316 andypjoyce@ hotmail.com O Fitique Run Club Fitique, Broad street. Thursday Evenings 6.30pm - 7.30pm. Fun and friendly beginners run club for all ages & abilities. Run leader: Melissa Panter (Qualified Run England Leader). For more information please contact: Melissa (07708) 532210 / sales@fitique.co.uk Facebook page: Fitique Run Club

O Fitique Women’s Cycle Club Fitique, Broad street.Wednesday evenings 5.30pm - 7.00pm. Easy road rides around Alresford and surrounding villages. For more information please contact:Victoria (01962) 733154 victoria@fitique.co.uk


PERINS SCHOOL ACHIEVES PRESTIGIOUS EDUCATION AWARD and beyond the network. All Leading Edge schools must demonstrate statistically significant levels of progress and that their students perform above the national average. Due to the school’s excellent performance last year, SSAT has awarded Perins with two Educational Outcomes awards for

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School has been recognised as a high-performing school and has joined Leading Edge, a national network of secondary and special schools. Leading Edge is run by the Schools, Students and Teachers Network (SSAT) and supports schools in working in partnership to raise achievement, develop innovative practice and share practical strategies within

Headteacher, Mr Steve Jones, commented, “I would like to thank SSAT for awarding Perins with theses fantastic achievements. I am delighted that the hard work and dedication from both staff and students is being recognised. As a school we are continuing to build on these successes and the future for Perins is most certainly looking bright.”

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2015. Firstly, recognising Perins in the top 10% of non-selective schools nationally for attainment and, secondly, in the top 20% for progress in the 2015 end of KS4 examinations. This is based on the students' best 8 average point scores at Key Stage 4.

SSAT's Chief Executive Sue Williamson said "We are delighted to welcome Perins School to our Leading Edge network. It is a credit to the hard work of all of their staff that they have been recognised as high-performing and we look forward to working with them.” For more information on Perins School visit: www.perins.net

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Community WE ARE LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS IN YOUR COMMUNITY

What will I be doing? As a Volunteer Befriender your role will be to provide social companionship to patients who have a chronic or life limiting illness and who are isolated or lonely.Visiting patients in their own homes, you will help them to feel more supported and help to improve their emotional well-being and confidence. How much time do I need to commit? Just 2-hours a week, or less, can make a real difference to a patient living in your local community. What support will I be given? All relevant training will be given, as well as regular and ongoing support and supervision. Interested? For further information contact Caroline Nash, Befriending Manager on: 01264 835293 Email: Caroline.Nash@hhft.nhs.uk Interested volunteers will be invited to an informal interview and the role is subject to references, simple health checks and DBS clearance.

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re you a friendly, sociable, caring person? Do you have a couple of hours to spare, every week? We are looking for volunteer befrienders to come and join our new service.

For further information please contact Caroline Nash The Volunteer Befriending Manager: T 01264 835293 Caroline.Nash@hhft.nhs.uk Befriending.volunteers@hhft.nhs.uk

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hat a tumultuous month since I wrote my last ‘County Corner!’ Now our Referendum posters have come down and we have a new Government in place, we have local county consultations on devolution and adult care this month. Personally, I am sorry that the result ended in us coming out of the EU, but respect the fact that there were many reasons for voting no. If you want to correspond with me on this- please feel free to do so at Jackie@ jackieporter.co.uk. Cuts continue locally as the Government makes drastic reductions in the income devolved down to local authorities. With this in mind, Adult Services are carrying out consultation on three aspects of adult social care. If you or your family need or may need care in the next decade, it’s worth going online to complete the consultation: the link is on the front page of www.hants.gov.uk Watch out for the devolution consultation too- there is no website link available as

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I write this but every Hampshire resident has the chance to respond, whether you are eligible to vote or not-so please let HCC know what you think! Smart Living was the project name of Hampshire’s lifestyle and waste prevention initiative, and is estimated to have already secured a waste reduction of 4,112 tonnes and avoided over £200,000 of waste disposal fees. HCC want to work with residents to keep up these savings and has now compiled a waste prevention survey. The survey, which will take approximately 15 minutes to complete and is open until the end of July, can be accessed by typing in the following link https://www.snapsurveys.com/wh/s. asp?k=145794700975 I seem to have spent a lot of days out wearing a cagoule! The Summer has been extremely wet and dramatic localized flooding has occurred. I have been working with residents and Parish Councils to try to sort this out before our even wetter winter season

arrives. The rain makes the greenery grow faster too! Please ensure that your hedges and greenery doesn’t flow onto the footpath or road and if you cannot see past a junction or signpost because of greenery, please report to me and I’ll organise for it to be cut as soon as I can. County Councillor Jackie Porter, 01962 791054, Jackie@jackieporter.co.uk, @ JackieLibDem


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raze Festival is Hampshire’s newest music, food and arts festival taking place on Sunday 28th August 2016 in Twyford, Winchester. Now in its second year, Graze Festival is looking to raise even more money for local groups and charities who make up the fantastic community in and around Winchester. Graze Festival boasts an exciting lineup of live music, performing arts, pop-up restaurants and excellent entertainment, complete with a dedicated kids’ area for families to enjoy the day. Tickets will be available to purchase soon, in the meantime don’t forget to find them on www.facebook.com/GrazeFestival/ or www.grazefestival.com

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Alresford Town Council Reports

urrah for all the jolly July village fetes we have enjoyed this Summer! For a small entrance fee we have been able to relish beautiful settings and the usual Midsummer capers of tombolas, white elephant stalls, home made scones and tea - and more lethally, locally brewed Damson vodka (guilty as charged). What about a New Alresford Summer fete? A dog show? Any takers? This August our Town Centre Development Manager, Heidi, is organising her popular Mask competition with the participation of many local shops. In October we can look forward to Alresford Apple Day - and there are spooky plans afoot for Halloween. Oh, and expect the re-appearance of The Scarecrows in the Autumn! Details to follow. Talking of our Development Manager Heidi and NATC commissioned a Town Benchmarking Report focusing on such issues as footfall in the Town, parking, the Market, and satisfaction with the shops on offer. This Report is now out (copies in NATC office), and it makes fascinating reading. By far the most vociferous comments concerned, yes you've guessed it, PARKING. There's not enough of it, basically. Some folk interviewed wanted universal 2 hour parking throughout the Town - others opted for meters catering for 30 minute stays.We desperately need another carpark and The Dean is an obvious location.

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Hanging Baskets This year your Council has introduced a new regime in conjunction with an outside Company to water and deadhead baskets and troughs. We think the system is running smoothly but we are sending out a Survey shortly to check you agree. Millenium Walk The flooding at the Fulling Mill in June appears to have been caused by a build up of weed, which was cut and the waters rapidly abated. There are on-going plans to repair the path with the help of HCC (thanks Jackie Porter for getting stuck in), the Environment Agency, and various local landowners. The Local Plan In July the Inspector examined the NATC Local Plan Part 2 and listened to contributions both for and against. He (and it is a `he', called Nigel) produced a Note of his initial findings to be found on the WCC website. Officers are now working on revisions so as to produce a Plan for public consultation this Autumn. Open Space at Sun Lane We are consulting on what sort of facilities you would like on the 15 ha of land . The Survey is on the Council website, and paper copies are in the Office. You have 6 weeks to participate as of the middle of this month. Pavement Parking There have been reports of unacceptable parking on pavements which impedes pedestrians, buggies, and of course, the disabled. Please report to NATC and incidents in your neck of the woods.

And Finally In this hot weather (well it is at the time of going to press!) don't leave your dog to roast in a hot car. Oh, and please pick up your dog's poo! Jazz at the ARC The 1st Wednesday of each month sees popular live Jazz performances at the ARC. All are welcome. Tickets on the door. Upcoming Meetings Tuesday 2nd August Planning at the Town Offices from 7.30pm There are no other meetings scheduled for August. The next full town council meeting would be on the 20th September.

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All Town Council and Committee meetings are open to the public. Your council welcomes public participation and warmly invites you to attend any and all such meetings. Dates and times can be found on the NATC website and posted on public notice boards in the town. Details also available from the Council offices at the Alresford Recreation Centre.

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Lost Property Various items of lost property have been handed in to the town council are kept in the Council Offices at the Alresford Recreation Centre. If unclaimed by the end of the year they will be donated to or sold for charity. For more information, please contact the office using the details below.

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Alresford Show – Saturday 3rd September Please look out for our Chamber members at the Alresford Show, you will recognise them by our logo being displayed somewhere on their stand. August members offers Regardless of the EU financial constraints and uncertainty the local community needs to pull together, shop locally and share business locally. Below are a couple of events/sales run by our members in August……

right size before they go back to school. If necessary, we can then swap the un-worn shoes for a bigger size. The Retro Cleaning Company Ltd The Retro Cleaning Company Ltd has new positions due to our popularity and excellent reputation. Good rate of pay, travel time, holiday pay and pensions as some of the package. For more information please contact our office. info@retrocleaning.com 01962 738671 - Part time or full time.

Billy Goat We are celebrating our 1st anniversary on Monday 1st August and to celebrate we are offering 10% off school shoes for one day only. Also our ‘buy now, check later’ service, gives you the peace of mind that you can buy school shoes at the beginning of the holidays to make sure you get the style you want, and then just pop-in to check if they are still the

Joint Chamber Event Vineyard Tour and tasting – a joint networking event on 8 Sept 2016 from 4.30pm – 6.30pm. Since launching its first release in August 2013, Hattingley Valley has developed into one of the most respected producers and leading contract manufacturers of English sparkling wines in the country. The Wines have been recognised in competitions across the globe including winning the English & Welsh Wine of the Year Competition - SILVER for their 2010 Classic Cuvée. At this joint event, Hampshire and Alresford Chamber of commerce will network during a tour of the vineyard by tractor and trailer, enjoy wine tasting over a lite bite and have the opportunity to purchase the wines on the day. To book please click below or email events. north@hampshirechamber.co.uk or for further information call 01329 242420 Member of Hampshire Chamber and Alresford Chamber £20 (incVAT) Non Member £25 (incl VAT) Location: Hattingley Valley, Wield Yard, Lower Wield, Alresford SO24 9AJ Collated & Written by Liz Brown Chamber Secretary

CITIZENS ADVICE WINCHESTER DISTRICT ADVICE COLUMN depend on the terms and conditions of your booking, and your reason for wanting to cancel.You might be entitled to cancel the holiday without a cancellation fee if the holiday company changes the holiday or puts the price up after you book. Check your travel insurance You might be covered for cancelling a trip if you have travel insurance - check your policy or contact the insurance company if you’re not sure.

Cancelling a holiday Lesley Rose, Advice Services Manager for Citizens Advice Winchester District looks at your rights to cancel a holiday.

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You have the legal right to cancel without charge if the company has made ‘major changes’ to the holiday after you booked it. There’s no exact definition for what a major change is.

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If you’ve changed your mind about a holiday or you can’t go anymore (e.g. because of an emergency), you should check the terms and conditions of your booking to see what your options are. It’s likely that you’ll either have to pay a cancellation fee or won’t be entitled to any refund at all. Contact the company if you can’t find your terms and conditions.

booking has changed to another resort with a smaller room.You can argue that this is a major change. Contact the company you booked with and explain to them why the original booking was important to your circumstances and explain why you think the changes are ‘major’. Ask for a refund or to rearrange the holiday. You have the legal right to get a refund or book a different holiday if the company makes a ‘major increase’ to the price of the holiday. There’s no exact definition for what a major increase is - the Association of British Travel Agents suggests that 10% or more is a ‘major increase’. However, this is only a guide. Contact the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 04 05 06 if you need more help - a trained adviser can give you advice over the phone.You can also use an online form or write to them. Copyright Citizens Advice. For the most up-to-date version, please visit our Citizens Advice public site www.citizensadvice.org. uk.


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Clubs & Societies ARTS, CRAFTS & MUSIC O Winchester Music Club WMC is an amateur choir of some 100 members, supported by a semiprofessional orchestra and directed by David Thomas, Master of Music at Winchester College. Concerts with first class professional soloists are held in Winchester Cathedral and other locations in Winchester. Admission is by audition – please see www.winchestermusicclub.org.uk for details.

at Christmas and welcomes new members and audiences alike. For more information call 01962 771796 or visit www.cheritonsingers. hampshire.org.uk.

O The Waynflete Singers One of Southern England’s premier amateur choirs, performing large scale choral works mainly in Winchester Cathedral with professional orchestras and first class soloists. Admission by audition – for info visit: waynflete. hampshire.org.uk Rehearsals Thursdays 7.30pm in Pilgrims’ School Hall in the Cathedral Close.

O Itchen Reading Group Meets at Alresford Library at 2pm on the first Thursday every month. We read a wide variety of books chosen by members and provided by the Library Service. New members and visitors are very welcome. Contact Jill Clayton : 01962 735482

O The Alresford Community Choir (ACC) Meet every Monday in St. John’s church at 7.30pm.We hold several concerts a year and sing a variety of music to suit all tastes.This large, friendly and thriving choir welcomes new members and audiences alike. www.alresfordchoir.com

O Bishops Sutton Handbell Ringing Team We meet every Tuesday 2.30 - 3.30pm in the village hall and we would welcome new members. It is not essential to be able to read music. Why not come and have a go - it's lots of fun. Contact: 01962 736211 or just turn up.

O Alresford Ukulele Jam We would like to welcome new people to join our Jam whether people would like to sing, play an instrument or do both then we would like to see people at our Jam evenings.We meet up on Tuesday evenings at the Swan Hotel from 7.30pm until 9.30pm. Contact: alresfordukejam@outlook. com Tel: 01962 710385 http://facebook.com/ AlresfordUkeJam

O The Candover Valley Bell Ringers Are you looking for a way to meet new people, support your community or learn a new skill? Why not become a church bell ringer. Join us for learning and fun at our practice night every other Monday at St Peter’s Church in Brown Candover at 7.15 pm, or Contact Carol: 01256 389387

O A.C.T.S - Alresford Community Theatre Society New members welcome, to ensure the continued success of our local theatre group. If you are interested in becoming involved, either on stage or behind the scenes. Contact Debbie: 01962 732055 markwick34@gmail.com O Alresford Historical and Literary Society Meetings (generally there is a talk followed by a ‘get together’) are held at the Methodist Hall, Jacklyns Lane, Alresford at 7.30pm on the third Wednesday of most months. For more information Contact Glenn Gilbertson, 26 Grange Road, Alresford, SO24 9HB.Tel: 01962 732726. glenngilbertson@btinternet.com or Bob Fowler: 7 Sun Hill, Crescent, Alresford, SO24 9NJ. Tel: 01962 734125 bob_fowler@tiscali.co.uk O Ropley Horticultural Society Generally meet at 7:45pm on the last Monday of the month, at Ropley Coffee Room in Church St, Ropley with an invited speaker. Annual membership is £7, which includes free entry & refreshments to all standard meetings, whilst non-members are welcome at £5 per meeting.There are

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Spring & Summer shows, and social outings during summer months. For more more information contact Jill on 772425 or Ropley.hort.soc@ btinternet.com.

O Minden Rose Garland Dancers We welcome dancers and musicians to come and see what we do and have a go.We support local events and travel further afield to take part in festivals, days of dance and displays and have strong links to a dance group in Hamburg, Germany. Contact Imelda on 01962 773487 /07762 902143 to check we will be there. O Zumba Classes From 7.45 – 8.45pm Wednesdays at Bishops Sutton Village Hall. £5 first class (but look out for special FREE try-outs) Fun, easy dance! Tel: 079474 10394 www.zumbaaround-winchester.com or sue@ plays-r-ussell.com O The Cheriton Players Active local theatre group that puts on two productions a year and welcomes new audiences and members alike. Online ticketing for upcoming events www.ticketsource.co.uk/ cheritonplayers. Follow us on Twitter @ CheritonPlayers www.facebook. com/groups/120589672533. David Cradduck: 01962 771700 davidncradduck@gmail.com www.thecheritonplayers.org.uk O The Cheriton Singers Active local choir that puts on two concerts a year plus a Carol Concert

O The Medstead Players Lesley Rae, Fiver, High Street, Medstead.Tel: 01420 56563916 www.medsteadplayers.co.uk O Four Marks Folk Band Folk Music Workshop, 1st & 3rd Mondays of each month. 7.30 -10pm at Four Marks Village Hall. Instrumental musicians of all ages & abilities welcomed.The band is available to play for dances etc, for charities. Enquiries: Peter Treacher Tel: 01420 562794 O Why not join a choir with a difference? We do not voice test but invite all prospective singers of all voices to come to a rehearsal, try us out for themselves and then decide if they would like to join us making music. We sing a varied range of choral works, both sacred and secular.We meet every Thursday at 7.45 pm in St John’s Church, Northington and would love to hear from you. Further info from Jane Bryant, Music Director on: 01962 734418 O Wessex Sculptors We meet on Monday and Thursday at Brockwood Barn Bramdean, under the guidance of our tutor.We work in many different materials, including stone, clay and ciment fondue. Taster sessions are available at £10. Carole Scobling: 01962 771259

OTHER CLUBS / SOCIETIES O Alresford & District Horticultural Society Meetings are held at St Gregory's Church Centre, Grange Road, Alresford on the second Wednesday of the month (no meeting in December) from 7.30pm until 10pm. At least three outings are organised annually and a holiday is arranged visiting gardens. Contact: Clare Read - 01962/735172 O Alresford Flower Club Come and join us at 7.30pm on the last Wednesday of the month at St.Gregory’s Catholic Church, Grange Road Hall, Alresford. Friendly, lively meetings, professional flower arrangers

and beautiful flowers. Pearl Court: 01962 734441 O The Alresford Ladies Group Meet for fun and friendship on the second Thursday each month in the John Pearson Hall at 7.30pm.We have a varied programme of walks, talks, trips out and social evenings. Please come along and join us Contact Pearl Page: 01962 734665 O Alresford Rotary Club Rotary carries out local and international community service projects .With members from Alresford and surrounding villages, and open to men and women.We meet most Monday evenings at the Swan. www.alresfordrotary.co.uk or contact Secretary Jon Pittam: 01962 733903 O New Alresford W.I. We meet on the first Wednesday of each month at St.Gregory’s Pastoral Centre, Grange Road at 7.30pm.We have many interesting speakers, trips, craft workshops and much more. New members and guests are welcome. Kate at kitcat1108@aol.com or: 01962 733785 O The Alresford Society A Civic Society for people interested in the local environment.We aim to encourage high standards in planning and preserve and enhance the town, village and surrounding countryside, encouraging community interest in these.We circulate to our members about local issues as they arise and seek their input.We have an interesting social programme. Sue Alexander 01962 732043 suealex13@gmail.com O The Giles Group A club for people with disabilities, and their carers, who meet in the Community Centre every Tuesday morning for a coffee and chat, and monthly on the second Monday afternoon for a talk or quiz. Bus transport is available, and longer outings are monthly, every third Monday. Drop in and see us, or call: 01962 732978 O Alresford Area Craft Club Welcomes crafty people throughout the area who enjoy being creative. Or if you would like to take up a craft and learn something new. For details of venue and dates, contact Sandy: 01962 732995 O Alresford Art Society Meetings from September to June at The ARC, Alresford, on the last Wednesday of the month. Painting days at venues around Hampshire in the summer. Paintings are hung in the surgery and the ARC. www.artsociety.alresford.org Tel: 01962 736751 artsociety@alresford.org


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But once a decision is reached, for many the fear of the unknown remains – what now? Fear is a useful tool, along with fundamentalism and rampant patriotism fear has been propagated by the hierarchy for centuries coercing the populous to its’ will. Politics, the economy, security, ecology and infiltration of our country by everything from aliens to killer bees, it is the media who control our fears today. Fear of fear is working well causing discord and fracture all around, surely that’s not the way we should move forward, in a climate of fear? If democracy has truly spoken then rather than fear the unknown isn’t it time to face our fears and press on? For often a fear faced and overcome is life changing. What do you think? GG.


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VALLEY CITY COUNCILLORS – AUGUST 2016 Alresford tip to remain open! Following a successful campaign by all Parties (as we know, politics are largely irrelevant in the Alresfords, it’s a matter of getting the job done), HCC have announced that the Alresford tip will remain. The hours will be reduced, and suggested opening hours are expected to be slightly later than current, but the tip will remain open until 4pm in the winter and 6pm in the summer. Finer details of timings are yet to be announced but thanks to the great effort of the public, your voices were heard and HCC listened.

Devolution The Devolution debate continues; various offers from Hampshire have been put to the Secretary of State which have either been rejected or abandoned. This has been mainly due to offers leading to fragmentation of the Hampshire local authority and refusal to accept being led by an elected Mayor. Devolution will happen, it is important as it will affect all of us. Hampshire County Council commissioned a study by independent consultants who have produced options which will be shared with the public sometime this Autumn. The most favoured option is to disband the HCC and WCC and combine their functions into one authority. A Unitary Authority named the Hampshire Council. This will make savings which will potentially reduce council tax and provide a more efficient service. The relationship and responsibilities of Town and Parish councils has yet to be declared.

problems or pedestrian safety concerns, and what measures it might be possible to introduce.

Boomtown 2016 Both WCC and South Downs National Park (SDNP) have approved Boomtowns’ application for an increase of attendees to 59,999, effective for this years’ festival. This number includes 11,600 working at the event, including 700 on security.

Major Projects for WCC The Council will be concentrating on three major projects, Silver Hill, Station Approach and the new Leisure Centre to be located at Bar End.

Community First Grants This is an organisation which works in conjunction with WCC to provide information for voluntary and community organisations with advice and information about their fundraising needs. They are able to guide groups and support to obtain grants that are currently available. If you need help to identify suitable trusts or support to write a strong bid, please contact : mandy.harris@ cfheh.org.uk anstey.brierley@cfheh.org. uk Telephone: 0300 500 8085. Their website is : www.cfheh.org.uk/services/ winchester/ Community First plan to hold an open session in Alresford in the near future, but should groups need support before a visit is scheduled, then make contact via the above mentioned way.

HCC Road Policy Cllr Rob Humby recently announced HCCs continuing policy of not making changes to road layouts or speed limits unless it is in a known fatal accident area. However, he did add that HCC would be willing to look at changes funded by Parish/Town Councils. This is something to be explored further in respect of areas where there are known speeding

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'Real Change’ - Campaign for the homeless Winchester’s diverted giving scheme

‘Spare Change for Real Change’ was relaunched on 10 June. The campaign aims to encourage Winchester residents and visitors to give their spare change to two dedicated local charities, Winchester Churches Nightshelter and Trinity Winchester, instead of handing money to street-beggars. Winchester Churches Nightshelter and Trinity Winchester offer support for people to get back into longterm accommodation and help rebuild their lives. All the donations through the campaign are used to improve the charities’ services for those sleeping rough. Look out for the red house-shaped donation boxes at shops and businesses in Winchester. A list of participating businesses may be found at http:// winchesterbid.co.uk/enhancing/sparechange-real-change/. People may also donate by texting REAL17 £2/£5/£10 to 70070. The aim is to stop this cycle of begging and urge those who want to help to give their donations to local charities working directly with the homeless to turn their lives around. This scheme offers Winchester residents and visitors the chance to support homeless people with the confidence that their donation will be used directly to improve services for those sleeping rough.

Car Park Consultation A further consultation with WCC is due to commence (date to be confirmed, so do check the WCC website) and will run for 6 weeks. Please make sure you respond. Copies can be obtained from WCC by telephoning 01962 840222 or online at www.winchester.gov.uk If you need assistance from your City Councillors, who were elected to represent those living in the Alresford and Itchen Valley ward, please contact any of the following: Cllr Kim Gottlieb: kgottlieb@ winchester.gov.uk Tel : 07795 494919 Cllr Lisa Griffiths: lgriffiths@ winchester.gov.uk Tel : 01962 738646 or 07545 375632 Cllr Ernie Jeffs: ejeffs@ winchester.gov.uk Tel : 01962 734629 or 07887 536966


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HampshirePeople THE FORUM TALKS TO JANE DEVONSHIRE WINNER OF MASTERCHEF 2016

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ane is hungry, it’s past two o’clock and she hasn’t eaten since breakfast. “It’s just been really busy today again, I’ve not had time to eat!” At that point a man in the café approaches and loudly announces how well she’s done winning MasterChef, there is an audible buzz of recognition in the café. Jane thanks him politely and retreats to a quiet part of the garden, such is her new life since winning the competition three months ago. “It’s very strange and takes some time to adjust to it, at first I was totally rabbit in headlights but I cope much better now.” Jane, her husband and four children live in Hampshire not far from Alton “I’m originally from London. Then we lived in Ascot but were not really happy so we decided to move out of London. Like many people we chose here in Hampshire because of the proximity to really good schools and a good community based life. We’ve been here for twelve years now and feel settled without a doubt, although I do need to go back to London every now and then!”

When not looking after her family and of course cooking, does Jane have a favourite place here? “Walking in the woods near my home at any time of year but especially when the bluebells are out. The River Test where I’m learning to fly fish and I really love going over on the ferry to the Isle of Wight.” Having watched Jane create the most delicious dishes on MasterChef I wonder what she enjoys cooking the most? She laughs, “Do you know I think there’s nothing like a great Sunday roast. I’m fanatical about all food but especially really good English food. I always shop locally and where possible through independent suppliers to ensure excellent and, most importantly, seasonal food. It’s so important to have the family around the table together”. If Jane was to have her fantasy dinner party, who would she invite and what would she choose to cook? “Audrey Hepburn, Martin Luther King, Frank Sinatra, David Bowie and my Nan, she taught my mum to cook and I learnt from them both through a process of osmosis really. They cooked everything from fresh so for me it came naturally. I would cook the menu I did for the Master Chef final;

Winkles and parsley on toast served with pan-fried cockles and mussels, langoustine tempura, deep-fried caper berry and a saffron mayonnaise; a main course of an Indian inspired Sunday Roast including Braised Shoulder of Lamb marinated in yoghurt, cumin and garam masala, with cannon of lamb cooked in a red chilli, garlic and kaffir lime leaf puree, shallot bhajis, roasted cauliflower, pan-fried shallot, onion puree, deep-fried kaffir lime leaves and a lamb and masala gravy; and a dessert of Rhubarb and Custard – a vanilla panna cotta flavoured with rosemary, served with honeycomb, roasted rhubarb, a rhubarb and ginger granite and a burnt orange and lemon caramel.’’ If Jane were to cook for her culinary hero: who, what and where? “Ah Marcus Wareing - I’ve been lucky enough to eat at his restaurant and the food was just beautiful. We would sit on a roof top over looking Westminster Bridge, as for the food I think he would have to choose the menu!” Does Jane see herself as a chef or a cook? “Oh a cook most definitely. I have an absolute passion for really good food and I adore cooking but I’m not a professionally trained chef, I would never call myself that, the food they produce is just amazing, I would never put myself there.” How did Jane find the whole Master Chef experience? “I’ve always watched the program but never imagined I

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would be a contestant let alone win Master Chef! My son encouraged, well, pushed me into it really. It’s an amazing experience, people don’t realise it takes three months to film and you’re constantly shopping for really good quality food because you need to rehearse each dish more than once. But the Master Chef team supplies all the contestants with their amazing ingredients for the televised programs. You don’t really see a great deal of Greg and John, they only appear for the judging, but as the competition progresses they become more involved and are just lovely and incredibly supportive. It becomes a very intense atmosphere once there are just three of you left but equally we became very close just like family not competitors, in fact they are all coming over for dinner soon.” Jane is quoted as saying that all the years of being a mum means she can multitask easily. “ Well it’s so true, all women have that ability and it’s not celebrated enough. We’re not just cooking the supper but checking homework, answering the phone, knowing the

whereabouts of every thing for everybody. That multitasking tool came in very handy when I cooked for on MasterChef for a large number– I wasn’t nervous at all!” What is it like being Jane Devonshire since becoming winner of MasterChef 2016? “I’m the same, I’m not about to change at my age! Just because I’m dealing with more I won’t let it alter me, I think the children find it harder than me really. But I have fabulous family and long-term friends who are very protective of me and who I trust implicitly. My kids keep me grounded they always made fun of the way my hair looked a mess all the time on Master Chef and they think it’s really weird seeing my picture on the front of the Sunday Telegraph!” What is her mantra for life? “I genuinely believe you have to look for the good things in life, finding a positive in certain situations is not always easy but there will always be a good side.” What next for Jane? “ To be honest I’m not quite sure! There are lots of exciting projects being discussed at the moment. I discovered I have 10,000 followers on Twitter; it’s a bit scary! The MasterChef team looks after me very well and I trust their judgment, so we’ll see. I think if something like this happens to you then it’s important to give back, I’m going off to talk to Perins school soon and my own website is now live which amongst other things celebrates excellent local producers.” Which three things could Jane not live without? “Easy. Family, health and, of course, good food”. Jane Devonshire may well have been thrust into the limelight but she remains unaffected and utterly lovely. www.janedevonshire.com WRITTEN BY GILL GRANT

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think it’s fair to say the life an MP has been anything but quiet since my last column for The Forum. The awful murder of Jo Cox MP spread horror everywhere and of course, the result of the EU referendum has dominated our political – and national – life since the morning of June 24. The immediate ramifications have been sweeping and the only thing I know for certain in these desperately uncertain times is that the implications of that decision will be with us for years to come.

The Referendum Act 2015 gave life to the vote and, with some 72% of the population taking part including (as we now know) a high percentage of 18-24 year-olds, it was the biggest exercise in democracy this country has seen for more than 20 years. It was also an example of direct democracy with you, the voters, in charge. It’s no secret I was for Remain but there’s no point replaying the arguments and dividing down those lines anymore. We accept the verdict of the people and we in Parliament must find a way to make it work under the leadership of our new Prime Minister, Theresa May, who will have my full support as did her predecessor. In my experience, in life as much as politics, there’s never good cause for panic and Brexit is no exception. The last thing our country needs right now is hot-headed MPs making decisions in haste to a timetable that does not exist. As all the party leaders have said, Brexit does mean Brexit but I am clear the country is not sure what the terms of our exit will be. So here’s what else I know. Whether we invoke Article 50 now or later, whether we vote on it in Parliament or not, whether we repeal the European Communities Act 1972, or not, the debate and the legal opinion will not pass unnoticed. There will be many parliamentary moments as we grapple with Brexit and, while I respect the public vote, I am not signing any blank cheques in terms of our exit and will be doing my job as a responsible member of the legislature to ensure we make the very best of the country’s new direction. And contrary to what you may read, there are other things going on at the same time. Last month we finally had the outcome of NHS England’s review into children’s heart surgery, a cause I have followed for many years. The result is good news for Southampton which will retain its specialism in this area. More; www.stevebrine. com/childrensheartsurgery Secondly, I have campaigned for a long time on the issue of rail services from our area and last month saw the publication of the Invitation to Tender for the new Southern Western Franchise operator. It contains some important wins around peak time

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