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Dates for your diary Every Thursday Country Market Alresford Community Centre. From 8.30am - 11.30am. Homemade local produce, flowers, vegetables, plants and crafts. Every Thursday Town Trust Market Broad Street, 9am - 2.30pm Wednesday 3rd April 345 Preschool Spring Activity Morning From 10am until 12.00 noon at Alresford Methodist Hall, 24 Jacklyns Lane, Alresford. Come along and have some crafty fun with your children (up to 5 years old) and also have a drink and yummy homemade cake at our Cafe. (Siblings up to 11 years within the family are also welcome). £3.00 per family (max 2 children) Additional children £1.00 each. Contact Candyce Primmer on 07766940335 for further information. Funds raised for 345 Preschool. Registered Charity number 1039049. Friday 5th April Stephen Foster demonstrates abstract landscape in acrylic with a palette knife Alresford Art Society, Alresford Recreation Centre, 7.30pm. For information contact 01962 736397, email or visit Saturday 6th April Ropley Horticultural Society Spring Show Enjoy home-made afternoon tea with waitress service, set amongst our ‘Floriade’ of spring blooms, floral arrangements and local children’s creations. From 2 until 3:30pm. Parish Hall, Vicarage Lane, Ropley. Entry free, all welcome. Sunday 7th April Open Gardens The Dower House, Springvale Road, Headbourne Worthy, Winchester. 5½ acres with easy paths, numerous seats, good views, colourful perennials, shrubs and mature trees. Bog garden, pond with fish and water lilies. Small secret courtyard garden. 2.30pm – 5.30pm. Admission £3.50. Teas. Tuesday 9th April Hampshire Writers Society meeting with two poets Christopher Reid and Julian Stannard. From 7.30pm at The Stripe Building, University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester SO22 4NR

Wednesday 10th April The Alresford and District Horticultural Society ‘Members Only’ Spring Show Heralds the start of spring and what everyone hopes will be a good year in gardening. With classes for the flowers and shrubs of the season, a pot plant, flower of the month and even a class for rhubarb there is something for everyone. There is also a category for photographs of a horticultural theme. The evening is a fun one with everyone involved. Members act as judges voting for their favourite exhibit in each class. The Boise Cup will be awarded to the member with the most points overall and the Supreme Cup for the best entry in the Show. These cups were presented in 2012 to Michael Baron and Janet Pooley respectively. Meetings take place in the Phair Hall of Alresford Town Hall in West Street. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30 pm start.Although not able to vote, visitors are welcome to come along and enjoy the evening. For further details please contact M. Barton on 01962 734247.

and support the Cathedral. You will be very welcome.

Wednesday 17th April A WI talk by Carl Baldrey on 'silver smithing & glass art' Bramdean & Hinton Ampner WI Bramdean Village Hall, Wood Lane. Doors open 7.30 for 7.45pm. Why not come along and see what the WI is all about? We are a friendly bunch and there will be a raffle, sales table & refreshments. For more info please contact Sarah Gill on 01962 771426

Saturday 27th April Table Top Sale 2-4pm - Bramdean Village Hall Local groups and craftspeople will be selling their wares and there will be tea and delicious homemade cakes served by the WI. If you are interested in renting a table (£6 per 6ft trestle table) please call Caroline Barnes on 01730 828336.

Saturday 20th April Open Gardens Hinton Ampner, Alresford. 12 acres. Created by Ralph Dutton. Dramatic foliage planting in the Dell; orchard with spring bulbs; magnolia and philadelphus walks. Vibrant dahlias alternate in spring with tulips. 10am - 6pm. Adm to garden only £7, chd £3.50. Plants for sale. Teas. Saturday 20th to Sunday 21st April Garden Open at Abbey Cottage, Itchen Abbas The garden at Abbey Cottage, Itchen Abbas will be open in aid of the Winchester Cathedral Appeal from 2 - 5pm each day. There will be plants, teas, and some artist's work for sale. Admission will be by donation. Visit for more information about the garden. Please visit the garden

Sunday 21st April Winchester Camerata Music for Strings: Mozart, Elgar, Arensky, Lekeu, Britten From 6.30pm at St John's House Winchester, SO23 9BE. Tickets £12.50 inc glass of wine; students £7.00 from Louise Woods 01962 732487 or on the door. Sunday 21st April Open Gardens Bramdean House, Bramdean. Beautiful 5-acre garden on chalk, famous for mirror-image herbaceous borders. Carpets of bulbs in the spring. Small arboretum. Boxwood castle. 2pm – 4.30pm. Adm £4. Plants for sale. Teas. Friday 26th April Champagne Quiz Night From 7.30pm. For Home-Start Winchester at Itchen Abbas Village Hall. Tickets £10, includes two course supper. Bring a table of eight or join a team. For tickets call 01962 893605 or email

Monday 29th April The Annual Parish Meeting for Bramdean and Hinton Ampner will take place at 8.00 pm in the Village Hall, Wood Lane, Bramdean. The agenda will include reports from the Parish Council, local organisations, elected representatives and the Police. After the formal business there will be a talk by Christopher Hobbs: “Iraq and Afghanistan – A doctor’s view”. Refreshments will be served. Visitors welcome. Further details from Rachael Greenwood (Parish Clerk) 01962 771964 /bhapc@ Monday 29th April Ropley Horticultural Society talk Andy McIndoe is giving a special illustrated talk on 'Garden Design & Planting'. He will include garden design ideas with tips on improving your garden for successful planting using structure, colour & texture. Andy

is Gold Medal designer of Hillier’s award winning Chelsea displays. From 8pm at the Sports Pavilion, Vicarage Lane, Ropley, SO24 0DT Tickets £6, parking available & free, refreshments. All welcome. Entry by ticket. To apply for tickets, phone Penny on 01962 773070 or email ropley.hort.soc@ Friday 10th May Fund raising quiz night in aid of Itchen Abbas School Itchen Abbas Village Hall. Teams of 8, tickets are £12.50 to include fish and chip supper. For further enquiries or to buy tickets please call the school on 01962 779310. Friday 10th May Join Cherry Tree Pre-school for a night of Pampering, Shopping and Relaxing! At the Community Centre, Alresford from 7.30 - 10pm. Fantastic mini treatments available (to be pre-booked!), Shopping, Bar and Canapés. Free Entry! Contact Ali Owen on 07900 213909 or alirally100@ for trade, more information, or to book treatments! All funds raised will go to Cherry Tree pre-school. Registered Charity 1038574 Saturday 18th May Cheriton Singers Concert To be held at St. Michael’s Church, Cheriton at 7.30 pm. The Cheriton Singers present Vivaldi’s Gloria accompanied by an extempore Chamber Orchestra which has been specifically formed for this concert and conducted by Christopher Burton. The concert also includes music from the Cheriton Primary School Choir. Tickets £10 including glass of wine in Cheriton Village Hall afterwards. Under 16’s are free. Available from Cheriton Village Stores or Cheriton Singers' Secretary on 01962 771916 and visit our website www.cheritonsingers. Sunday 19th May St Johns Café at The Watercress Festival From 10.30 – 4.30pm. Don’t forget to come along to the John Pearson Hall for refreshments and homemade cakes! If you would like to feature a date for the diary simple send your contribution to editor@forumpublications.





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Features & Community News

Youth Football Club Funday

10 Perins U15 Rugby

03 Dates for your diary 06 Church Services and News New Farm Chapel

07 Nutrition Bites: Do you know how much sugar you put in your trolley each week?

08 Team Cherry Tree hits the road for Relocation Fund

Alresford Town



into Action

18 Alresford Town Council Reports

20 Do you love dancing?

23 Alresford Music Festival 2013

08 Alresford Surgery 10 Come and join

12 Useful Information 14 Rotary - Springing

07 Bible Talks at


Squad - Hampshire Cup Champions

24 Jackie's County Corner

24 Steve Brine M.P

27 The Rolls Royce of Home Care for Alresford

42 Ken Dykes publishes his first book at the age of 77.

28 Clubs and Societies

42 'Lady Luck' 1943

32 What do you think?

42 Your Letters

Litter: A response to a reader's letter

34 A bigger splash

44 Hampshire Mum Standards are slipping

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34 Clubs and Societies 36 Recipe of the Month Moelleux au Chocolat

38 The Brewing History of Alresford!

38 Why practice yoga during pregnancy?

42 Alresford Chamber of Commerce News


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Sports & Fitness 08 10

Building Services 09

Home Services 11 13, 15, 16, 17, 19

Leisure and Entertainment 20 21

Parent & Child 22

Professional Services 26 27, 29, 30, 31

The Garden 33 35

Food & Drink 36 37, 39

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Church Services & News


Sunday 7th April 08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 Parish Communion Sunday 14th April 08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 Second Sunday Family Service 18.00 Choral Evensong Sunday 21st April 08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 Parish Communion 18.00 Sundays at Six Sunday 28th April 08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 Parish Communion Parish Office 01962 733545


Old Alresford Sunday 7th April 09.30 Holy Communion 18.00 Old Alresford Cottage Service Sunday 14th April 09.30 Parish Communion Sunday 21st April 09.30 Parish Communion Sunday 28th April 09.30 Parish Communion 09.30 Benefice Taize Workshop Thursdays 09.00 Holy Communion at Old Alresford Place

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Sunday 7th April 10.00 First Sunday Sunday 14th April 10.00 Parish Communion Sunday 21st April 10.00 Parish Communion Sunday 28th April 10.00 Palm Sunday Service

Sunday 21st April 18.00 Evensong


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

10.00 Every Tuesday, come in for coffee with Pause for Thought (1st & 3rd) 07.00 Every Wednesday Men’s breakfast, bible reflection & prayer 14.30 1st & 3rd Thursdays Women's Fellowship 19.00 Thursdays - (term 20.30 time) Guides 19.30 1st Thursday Lydia Group for ladies 19.00 Fridays (term time) KIDZ Café for parents, carers, babies and toddlers group. Craft, playtime, story time and special events Daytime and evening bible study groups meet in church members’ homes, as do the Lydia Group; all other activities are at the church. For details about services, weddings, baptisms, funerals or other events, please contact: Revd Dawn Carn: 01962 735278 or Senior Steward Senior Steward Gary Carter: 01962 732350 www.alresfordmethodist



Sunday Services 10.30 Service (with Sunday school and crèche available) 16.30 Varies (Prayer, Praise and Discussion/Talk)

Sunday 7th April 08.00 Holy Communion

Other Weekly Activities Sunday 10.30 Kosmic - for kids




Term Time Activities Tuesday 10.15 Toddlers' Group Thursday 10.00 Prayer Group 19.30 House Group Wednesday 14.30 Senior Citizens' Hour 19.30 Prayer/Bible Study Fridays 18.30 Youth Club (Years 5 and 6) 19.45 Youth Club (Years 7, 8 and 9) Contact us for details of other events and activities such as ALPHA, on: 01962 732130 or 01420 561210 or email: info@newfarmchapel. See the website:


Sunday 7th April 11.00 All Age Service Sunday 14th April 11.00 Parish Communion Sunday 21st April 11.00 Morning Prayer Sunday 28th April 11.00 Parish Communion

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Sunday 7th April 11.00 Mattins Sunday 14th April 08.00 Holy Communion Sunday 21st April 14.00 Parish Communion Sunday 28th April 18.00 Taize


Itchen Abbas Sunday 7th April 10.00 Family Service 16.00 Evening Prayer Sunday 14th April 10.00 Parish Communion Sunday 28th April 08.00 Holy Communion



Martyr Worthy Sunday 14th April 18.00 Evensong Sunday 21st April 08.00 Holy Communion Sunday 28th April 10.00 Parish Communion

UPPER ITCHEN BENEFICE Sunday 7th April 08.30 Beauworth Benefice Communion 10.00 Cheriton Family Service Sunday 14th April 08.30 Bramdean Holy Communion 09.30 Cheriton Holy Communion 11.00 Beauworth Holy Communion 11.00 Kilmeston Non Eucharistic 18.30 Tichborne Evensong Sunday 21st April 11.00 Bramdean Benefice Conformation Service Sunday 28th April 08.30 Beauworth Holy Communion 09.30 Cheriton Holy Communion 11.00 Bramdean Family Worship 11.00 Kilmeston Holy Communion 18.30 Tichborne Evensong

ST.GREGORY'S New Alresford

Every Sunday 11.00 Mass All other enquiries: 01962 852 804. We are keen to get information on the services for St.Nicholas Church, Bishop's Sutton each month. If you could help, then please email editor@ We look forward to hearing from you.

Church Services & News / Community News


is for everyone who wants to explore life’s big questions and understand a little more about the Christian Faith. Hear a short video talk, with opportunity to discuss any questions - visit: The short video talks will be held at New Farm Chapel, Alresford each and every Wednesday from April 17th through to June 6th (10.30 - 11.30am). Refreshments, hot and cold drinks with lite-bites will be available and we also provide a creche facility for those who require it.

New Farm Chapel, New Farm Road, Alresford, SO24 9QH For more information email: or call David: 01962 808315 / 07714509121 or Andrew: 01962 734287 / 07775673391

Bible Talks Nutrition Bites: Do you know how much at New sugar you put in your trolley each week? Farm Chapel products, which people buy in order to lose weight, actually contain a lot of sugar. Sugar in fact makes us fat and can make us ill! Did you know that a 0%Activia yogurt contains 3 tsp sugar, 1 serving Kellogs Special K contains 3 tsp sugar, and a Tesco light choice sweet and sour chicken oriental rice contains 6tsps sugar!

Saturday 11th May 2013 7.00pm - Talk: (part 1) An overview of 'The Revelation' (part 2) The Church, Israel, and current events. Refreshments will be served after the talk. Sunday 12th May 2013 10.30am - Talk: The Second Coming of Christ -How will it be? What will it mean for me? Refreshments will be served after the talk. Sunday 12th May 2013 4.30pm - Talk: Heaven rejoices-will you be there? The final session will conclude with a time of Communion.


his is a subject close to my heart. It’s not to say that I never eat sugar! Of course I do. But I get frustrated with the way sugar is hidden in the foods we buy, therefore taking away our ability to choose when, and how much of it we want to eat or feed to our children. It also concerns me that many low fat

So what’s the science behind it? Sugar doesn’t need to be broken down and is taken straight into our blood stream. If this sugar is excess to our immediate requirements it needs to be stored. If our liver glycogen stores are full, then the sugar is dumped into our fat cells. Additionally sugar intake stimulates the release of insulin. Insulin is the hormone required to transport the sugar into our cells for use.

It’s a vital hormone for life but if constantly being released can cause numerous problems leading to type II diabetes, weight gain, raised cholesterol to name just a few. There are a number of simple ways you can cut down on your sugar, curb sugar cravings and rebalance your energy levels by changing your foods. However looking past the advertising and checking the labels for sugar content is a really good start and will be of immediate benefit to your health. Joanna Lutyens BA(hons) Dip(ION) FdSc





Community News / Sprots & Fitness

Alresford Surgery News Patient Hospital Transport Some patients may be eligible for non-emergency patient transport services (PTS). These services provide free transport to and from hospital appointments for people who have a medical need for it. If a patient does qualify for hospital transport we at the surgery can only book this for the first outpatient appointment, thereafter the hospital must make the booking.

Scheme. Most hospitals have a Cashier's desk where refunds can be requested.

To qualify for non-urgent transport a patient must: • Require a stretcher or the support of two or more ambulance personnel, OR • Require to lie down for part of the journey, OR • Have no alternative means of private transport (car, friends, family, community scheme or taxi) and has a condition that would make them a risk to themselves or others or compromise their dignity by using public transport, OR • Have no means of private transport as described above and uses a wheelchair or walking aid AND is unable to transfer into a car or taxi.

• Publish information to help patients get the best from their surgery, particularly in terms of seeing the most appropriate clinician at the most appropriate time in order to improve continuity of care. • Widen the distribution of paper copies of the newsletter • Re-record the telephone message using a shorter message and a female voice • Keep patients better informed about doctors and nurses running late during surgeries • Re-publish information about 28 day prescribing • Purchase a screen for the waiting room to provide health information and surgery news. • Doctors to review the use of courtesy titles when calling patients from the waiting room

Given these strict guidelines we anticipate that very few patients will meet these criteria. Unfortunately patient transport is not available if a patient is unable to afford the cost of public transport or a taxi. If a patient receives certain benefits they may be entitled to financial help with the cost of getting to a hospital appointment under the Healthcare Travel Costs

Communication with Patients At the end of 2012 we carried out a patient survey on the subject of communication with patients. The results of the survey were discussed by the Patient Forum who recommended some action points for us to address:

We are pleased to report that all points have now been addressed and a new information screen has been installed in the waiting room.

Team Cherry Tree hits the road for Relocation Fund


arents and relatives of Cherry Tree Pre-School (Kathryn Vaughan, Richard Townsend, James Chaplin and Gideon Wilson) successfully completed the Winchester 10k Road Race yesterday and in the process



raised around £600 for the preschool’s Relocation Fund. Now in its 31st year, the team ran the outskirts of Winchester in this popular annual event. The was

Relocation launched by

Fund George

Hollingbery, MP for Meon Valley in March 2012. The pre-school, which currently operates from the Cheriton Village Hall is looking to relocate to the former Cheriton Scout Hut, located at the Cheriton Recreational Ground. The fundraising target for the project has been set at £30,000, with the aim of opening the new setting this April. George Hollingbery said: “It is very encouraging to see a community-led pre-school being so proactive in securing its future success and the wellbeing of its children. They have a lot of money to raise but I’m very confident that the people and businesses of Cheriton and the surrounding communities will play their parts in reaching this target.” Caroline Sorgi, chair of Cherry Tree Pre-school, said: “We are looking forward to celebrating a new chapter in the life of Cherry Tree and will soon be in a position to provide a building to match the excellence of our


staff and service. The Early Years Foundation Stage (the curriculum followed by all preschools) encourages maximum use of outdoor areas because research has demonstrated that fresh air and natural light can dramatically enhance a child's educational experience. What better way to realise this than have a vast amount of open space right on our doorstep. Many thanks to team Cherry Tree on what was a very cold morning - it will give our fundraising a much needed boost.” For anybody who would like to make a donation relating to the Winchester 10k Road Race in aid of the Relocation Fund, please visit the pre-school’s Justgiving page teams/cherrytree10k For more information on Cherry Tree Pre-School please email or visit




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Come and join Alresford Town Youth Football Club Funday to Celebrate their FA Charter Standard Award kite mark is awarded to clubs and leagues that are well run, sustainable, which place child protection, quality coaching and safety paramount.


s part of our celebrations we are holding a Funday where we will be presented with our certificate and plaque. There will be events for people of all ages to participate in. Activities will include human table football, (teams of 4,5), sheep Rodeo, penalty shoot out, stocks etc Alresford Town Youth Football Club was established over 30 years ago and has grown with the community. It has always been a locally run club for local children and this year has been successful in being awarded charter standard by the FA. The FA charter standard programme supported by McDonald's is a kite mark, which recognises and rewards high quality levels of provision in club and league football. The

There will be information available on the day about our club for those interested in joining us in the future. Alresford Town Youth football club currently have 10 teams across the age groups (under 8s to under 18s) competing in league football. We also hold regular fun football sessions for ages 4-6. We are extremely proud to have two girls' teams playing competitive football with a further two entering next season to meet demand. All our managers/coaches are CRB verified and every team has at least one coach/ manager that has achieved FA level 1 coaching certification. We welcome all members of the community to come and join in the fun on 20th April 2013, between 12pm and 4pm at Stratton Bates Recreation Ground, Grange Road, Alresford. Refreshments will be available Parking will be very restricted on the day please use local car parks.

Perins U15 Rugby Squad – Hampshire Cup Champions


he Perins U15 Rugby Squad produced the perfect performance to win the U15 Hampshire Cup Final at Winchester RFC in the first week of February. They



faced the daunting challenge of Portsmouth Grammar School who had won the four previous U15 Cup finals, but approached the task in hand with confidence following a victory over their

opponents earlier in the season in the Daily Mail Vase. From the outset the Perins boys played with composure and fierce determination. The Perins pressure was finally converted to points when slick handling from one side of the pitch to the other released Ed King down the left wing. The quick, stocky winger utilised his attributes to the full and blasted past three potential tacklers to score in the left hand corner, sparking chants of “beast" (his rugby nickname), from the band of excited Perins supporters. This first score boosted confidence levels further and sparked the full squad into 40 minutes of intensely passionate, committed and skilful rugby. The ferocity of Matt Iddeson, Myles FitzPatrick, Ciaran Young and Alex Beanland at the breakdowns ensured that Perins had a constant supply of possession and two further tries came before half time from Dean Griffin and Angus Kennedy. The intense competitiveness from one to fifteen was maintained into the second half and six more tries were scored by Jamie


Pakenham-Walsh, Doug Wicks, Oli Pratt, Jack Saunders and Ed King (x 2). Captain and play maker, Doug Wicks converted five of the tries. The scorers clearly played a significant part in the victory, but the key factor in the win was the tremendous team spirit displayed by the entire squad (playing and nonplaying) throughout the season and in the match particularly. The relentless tenacity exhibited from the first second through to the very last from every player was the fundamental reason that the final score stood at Perins 55 - PGS 0. The Perins Squad was Matt Iddeson, Ciran Young, Henry Jaynes, Myles Fitzpatrick, Jack Saunders, Oli Pratt, Alex Beanland, Angus Kennedy, Dean Griffin, Doug Wicks, Ed King, Basty Forman, Jamie Pakenham Walsh, Joe Eller, Ben O’Connor, Lewis Tett, George Baggalay, Gabriel Jacobs, James Garnett, Josh Saunders and Max Rhodes. For further information please contact Linda Sheppard Tel: 01962 737230


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Royal Hampshire County Hospital Winchester, Hampshire Tel: 01962 863535

Emergency Only (Ambulance, Fire, Police): Tel: 999

North Hants Hospital Basingstoke, Hampshire Tel: 01256 473202

Electricity Emergency 24hrs a day, 7 days a week Tel: 08457 708090

Alton Community Hospital Alton, Hampshire Tel: 01420 82811

Gas Emergency 24hrs a day, 7 days a week Tel: 0800 111 999


Water Emergency 24hrs a day, 7 days a week Tel: 0845 278 0845 Reporting a leak? Then call: Tel: 0800 820 999

ALRESFORD POLICE Alresford Police Station Closed Alresford Police are now located at the Fire Station (no public access)Call: 0845 045 45 45 for non emergency police assistance. PCSO Tel: 07901 102348 If not available please call Hampshire Police using: 101

Alresford Dental Care 4 Pound Hill, Alresford Surgery Hours: Monday to Thursday 9:00 to 17:15. Friday 08:00 to 13:45 Tel: 01962 733580 The Alresford Surgery Station Road, Alresford Tel: 01962 732345 Mansfield Park Surgery Lymington Bottom Road, Medstead, GU34 5EW Tel: 01420 562922 Alresford Pharmacy 1 East Street, Alresford Monday - Friday 09.00 - 6.30pm Saturday 09.00 - 5.00pm Tel: 01962 732858 Wessex Pharmacy Broad Street, Alresford. Tel: 01962 732445 Out of Hours Service Anyone requiring a chemist service out of practice hours will find their nearest point is either Winchester, Basingstoke or Andover. Call one of the below for details. NHS Direct: 0845 46 47 24hrs a day, 7 days a week Out of Hours Service Tel: 0844 8113060


If a question is put in writing at least 3 days before the meeting a written response will be provided. Public opening times for the Town Council Office: 11am to 1pm Monday to Friday.



Alresford and District Neighbourhood Watch Association Newsletters are issued three times a year and are available at www. To report a crime anonymously call Crimestoppers: Tel 800 555 111 For Neighbourhood Watch enquiries contact: Administrator Jennie Roberts Tel: 01962 736505 e-mail

Winchester Citizens Advice Bureau Winchester Citizens Advice Bureau is back at the Alresford GP Surgery


If you need help Contact CAB on 01962 848000 or drop in to the surgery on Mondays between 1- 3pm (not bank holidays)



Alresford Library Monday 10.00 - 1.00 Tuesday 2.00 - 5.00 Wed/Sun Closed Thursday 10.00 - 1.00 Friday 10.00 - 7.00 Saturday 10.00 - 1.00 Contact number 0845 603 5631 Or

Alresford Town Council Arlebury Park, The Avenue, Alresford, Hants. SO24 9EP. Clerk: Mrs Stevie Kavanagh email: Tel: 01962 732079

If you want to help Please donate to CAB on line at Or send donations to CAB – Alresford 68 St George’s Street, Winchester, SO23 8AH

RECYCLING Prospect Road Recycling Centre Recycle all your bottles, car batteries, cardboard and other household waste at Prospect Road recycling centre. Open seven days a week. Tel: 01962 735961 Recycle your obsolete mobile phones to help raise funds for Help the Aged. Contact the charity shop in Broad Street, Alresford. Tel: 01962 734926

COUNCILS Hampshire County Council The Castle, Winchester, SO23 8UJ Tel: 0800 028 0888 Winchester City Council City Offices, Colebrook Street, Winchester, SO23 9LJ Tel: 01962 840222 East Hampshire District Council Penns Place, Petersfield, GU31 4EX Tel: 01730 266551

Sun Hill County Infant School Sun Lane, Alresford email: beverley.minall@sunhill Tel: 01962 732632 Sun Hill County Junior School Sun Lane, Alresford Tel: 01962 732801 Cheriton Primary School Cheriton, Alresford, SO24 0QA Tel: 01962 771278 Four Marks Primary School Four Marks, Alton, GU34 5AS Tel: 01962 772200 Itchen Abbas County Primary School Itchen Abbas, SO21 1BE Tel: 01962 779310 Ropley C of E Controlled Primary School Church St. Ropley, SO24 ODS Tel: 01962 772381 Perins Community School Pound Hill, Alresford, SO24 9BS Tel: 01962 734361

TOWN & VILLAGE HALLS Alresford Community Centre There are two halls and a committee room available for public hire with concessions for local groups. It is self-supporting so has an enthusiastic fund raising committee who, with good community support, raise much of the income to run the


activities. Booking Secretary: Robbie Winters (after 6pm) Tel: 01962 733950 The Old Chapel in The Dean Does your group or organisation need a comfortable, well equipped meeting place in the centre of Alresford, with full disabled facilities? If so contact: Stuart on Tel: 01962 737252 (day) 732059 (Evenings) Bishop’s Sutton Village Hall Ideal for parties and other events. With ample car parking, full disabled access and a seating capacity of over 120. Crockery and cutlery available for use. Perfectly suited for all kinds of functions. Mandy Bennett. Tel: 01962 732863 (10am. -12 noon, 6.00pm.- 10.00pm) Christy Hall, Old Alresford Available weekday mornings and some afternoons for regular bookings. Seating for up to 75 people. Hire costs include the use of the heating and all kitchen equipment. Tel: 01962 733978 Ropley Coffee Room Church Street, Ropley, Alresford, SO24 0DS. Booking Contact David Ottley Tel: 01962 772440 Itchen Abbas Village Hall Jenny Sloan Tel: 0796 911 3630 Beauworth Village Hall A former national school in 1873 and listed building. The hall is heated and has a sound enhancement system with hearing impedance loop. An enclosed patio and grass area ideal for children’s parties. Heating and kitchen facilities included. Please contact Caroline Stanley. Tel: 01962 771793 Cheriton Village Hall Available throughout the year for clubs, classes, meetings, parties etc on some afternoons, evenings and weekends. Mornings as well during school holidays. Contact Penny Scott. Tel: 01962 771263 Bighton Village Hall The large hall which has ample car parking and is adjacent to a picnic area has kitchen facilities and is fully heated. Contact: Gail Johnson Tel: 01962 736556 e: bighton.hall. Kilmeston Village Hall Situated on the village green, the extensively refurbished Hall is an excellent venue for group functions, family parties, or as a base for outdoor activities. Please visit our website on www. or Phone Pamela Thomas on 01962 771590 to book.

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s the bulbs show some signs of Spring along The Avenue, Rotarians are leaping into action in many different ways – with activities close to home, and also with other projects responding where help is needed most. The funds that the club raises through its events through the year, all go to charitable causes. In February 2008, we had a raffle at the Quiz Night at Itchen Abbas Village Hall where we raised funds for a young Philipino boy called Paulo who has a life threatening heart condition. His mother Chita works, at the care home in Old Alresford, doing as many shifts as she can to bring Paulo to the UK for the best treatment, you may have seen her round the town without realising who she is. We raised £400 and reserved the money to be available as soon as it was needed, once Paulo was in England. It has taken her over 4 years but Paulo is now living here in Alresford. He has been referred to Great Ormond Street and starts treatment in March. Our Annual Christmas Tree Sale provided enough funding for the club to finance two Shelterboxes. The £1200 contribution allows for more aid to the desperately poor and homeless refugees from the Syrian conflict. If you would like to help, details are in last month's Forum, viewable on line, or contact the club directly. A contribution of £250 Rotary made recently to the Town Trust should help with the maintenance of the Minibus, used heavily by Rotary, the Pigs and many other organisations within the town. Valentine’s Day was the occasion chosen by Perins School to stage the final Alresford round of the 2013 Rotary Young Chef Competition. Working in small groups after school, fourteen students from Year 7 to Year 9 demonstrated their skills in creating a splendid two-course meal. The challenge was to produce in one and a half hours a main course and dessert. Planning and timing skills, hygiene and neatness, food temperature and presentation were all tested in the competition. The overall standard, creativity and quality of the meals were of the highest standard. The eventual winners were Becky Knight, Emelyn AutorNilssen, Charlotte Sandell and Poppy Hines who produced a spinach, ricotta and pine nut Filo pastry pie with heart shaped mini lemon meringue pies as desserts. The judges, from Rotary’s Youth Activities team, found it hard to mark the entrants in view of the consistently high standard shown by them all. They felt the winning team produced a meal that used a good combination of ingredients, was well balanced and attractively presented. The judges thanked Miss Gibbs and Miss Bissett of Perins for their dedicated support in coaching the students to produce such excellent results.



Try not to get too stressed if you’re accosted by Rotarians outside the Swan on Saturday April 20th. Every year an estimated 150,000 people in the UK have a stroke. That's one person every five minutes. Most people affected are over 65, but anyone can have a stroke, including children and even babies. Last year in the UK, Rotarians have helped to potentially save thousands of lives by contributing to the organisation of over 900 "Know Your Blood Pressure" events, checking the blood pressure of over 30,000 people, referring over 4,000 people for a follow up with their GPs. This year, John Parrington’s team will be offering passersby on West Street the chance to have their blood pressure checked by medical staff from the Alresford Surgery, working, for that morning, in the hospitable Swan Hotel’s dining room. An event which the club has run for many years, each time highlighting, for many people, that they need to visit their GP as the results show the need for further examination. After Rotary held another successful Annual Quiz in March, two pupils from Perins are running one of their own on Friday 26th April in the school Dining Hall. Lydia Glass & Victoria Smith have been selected to go to South Africa as volunteers to help building work at a school in conjunction with the Rotary Club. The girls would like to invite supporters to a fundraising Quiz Night with Fish & Chips supper (bring your own drink). Doors open at 7pm for 7.30 pm start. The teams can be between 4 and 8 (adults only). The cost will be £8.50. There will also be a raffle with many prizes. You can buy tickets at Perins School office, Lydia, Victoria or Mrs Aynsley. Don’t forget the Alresford 10k Run is on Sunday June 16th, after which you can relax and Race a few Ducks! Find out more about Rotary, what it does, and how to become a member, at our website www.alresfordrotary. or, to get help, email us at Roger Ashbrook


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Town Council News

Alresford Town Council Reports Local plan needs Group Having taken on board the amplified guidance provided by Winchester City Council at the public meeting in Alresford on 23 January, the Council decided to deploy its resources more effectively. Four Councillors have taken chairmanship of the required “Needs Groups” and others are supporting them with the benefit of their experience in planning, coordination, and communications. The four Needs Groups have set to work with a will and Winchester City Council officers have very kindly supported the meetings, bringing valuable data and knowledge of the process to the table. The Infrastructure Group has met twice and the others once each, though The Employment Group is planning to meet again on 3 April (at the time of writing, this is planned to be held in the Old Chapel in The Dean at 7.30 pm but please check the website for changes). There has been excellent participation by townspeople, some with a general interest in the work of the groups and some with particular skills and experience to offer. There is not enough space here to do justice to the findings so far but links to these can be seen on the web site at http://www. townplan.php. Although a lot of work has been done already, there will be more opportunities for Alresford residents and indeed, our friends who live in neighbouring villages, to contribute. We are arranging a public meeting at which we shall report the findings of the Needs Groups (see notice). This will give attendees a chance to see the big picture



and help to draw together the work of the groups. And there’s a long way to go yet. The programme for the rest of 2013 is: Needs Groups submit inputs May Preparation of draft plan September – November Assess shortlisted sites May – August Consultation Late 2013 – January 2014 Public Meeting Local Plan Needs To discuss the draft submission document on Needs prior to approval by the Town Council. Wednesday 25th April - 7.30 The ARC Councillor Vacancies An election has been called for the 2 New Alresford Town Councillor vacancies. Application forms for this position can be obtained from Winchester City Council, Returning Officer, Electoral Services Unit, City Offices, Colebrook Street, Winchester SO23 9LJ. Nomination papers will be accepted after 25 March 2013 but no later than noon on Friday 5 April 2013. Rugby Pitches The Rugby Club have now put forward detailed plans for the pitches on the west field at Arlebury Park. To provide two high quality, level pitches there is a need to use both the purchased land and 40% of the leased land at the bottom of the field. There will be discussions with Winchester City Council and the Rugby Club, as well as potential funders, before it will be clear if this is possible. The Town Council discussed this at its meeting on 14th March; for an update see the Town Council website.

April 2013 Meeting Schedule Alresford Recreation Centre Time: 7.30pm Planning Tuesday 2nd April Full Town Thursday 11th April Recreation Wednesday 17th April Tourism Wednesday 24th April Planning Wednesday 24th April Please note this meeting starts at 8pm. Hanging Baskets Application Forms for this year’s Hanging Baskets will be delivered shortly after Easter and the cost will be £36 which represents no increase. Pay and Display Arlebury Park Please note that Arlebury Park becomes Pay and Display on the 1st April. The first two hours are free and charges are incurred thereafter. The A to Z of Community Services The Winchester City Council website has an A to Z of all community services available within the Winchester District. This website www. is regularly updated. Views If you have a view or an issue that you wish to express to the Council please call or write to:- New Alresford Town Council, Town Offices, Alresford Recreation Centre, The Avenue, Alresford SO24 9EP. Tel: 01962 732079 email: skavanagh@newalresfordtc.



Jazz at the ARC Monthly Jazz The first Wednesday of the month, from 8.30pm until 11pm, the ARC hosts Traditional Jazz bands. Playing on the 3rd April, 2013 The Excel Jazzmen will be appearing next month on the 1st May. Tickets to Alresford residents are £6 on the door.


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Busy Bees Pre-School Bishops Sutton Village Hall, children from 2yrs 6 months. We are a thriving pre-school with lovely grass and all-weather outdoor play spaces to give active youngsters the space they need to have fun and learn through play. As a Pathfinder pre-school, we offer 15 hours per week Monday to Friday, including some lunchtimes. Our good Ofsted rating means you know your little ones will be very well taken care of and have oodles of play and activities to give them a good start for school. Our huge car park means drop off and pick up couldn't be easier. Call Caroline Newman at Busy Bees on 01962 734495 (term time). www. Alresford After School Club For 4 - 11year olds, term time only from 3.30 - 6pm, we are now located in Sun Hill Infants and Junior Schools. For more information contact Angie on 01962-771709 or 07876165592. 3.4.5 Pre-School Playing to Learn. Located in the centre of Alresford and established since 1969, 345 is open 4 mornings a week (not Thursday) 9.15 – 12.15/1pm for children from 3 years. Our highly experienced and dedicated staff offer a caring, creative and exciting learning experience, both indoors and out. Very good OFSTED reports and continuity of staff. For more information: Contact Taryn Stroud on: 07826 948826 Patchwork Day Nursery Perins School, Alresford. Full time day care, 8.00 - 6.00: 6 months to 5 years. N Baxter Tel: 01962 737251 Ropley Pre-School Ropley Pre-School offers sessions from 9am to noon Mon-Fri for children from 2 years 9 months, with an optional Lunch Club from noon to 1pm, in the Village Hall. We have Pathfinder status so offer 15 hours of free sessions for children of 3 and over. We provide a fun, friendly and stimulating learning environment with excellent links to local schools. Contact: Sarah Harry 07510 684055 during opening hours. Cherry Tree Pre-School Based in Cheriton Village Hall. We



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CHILD GROUPS Girlguiding Alresford District Rainbow Guides 5 - 7 years. Brownie Guides 7 - 11 years. Guides 10 - 14 years. Senior Section 14 - 26 years. Adults 18 - 65 years. Friends Of Guiding Group. Contact to Jo Rodgers: 01962 772346 and join a thriving organisation. Beaver Scout Group 6-8 yrs Mondays, Cub Scouts 8-10 yrs. Tuesdays, Scouts 10-14 yrs Thursdays, Explorer Scouts 14-18 yrs Wednesdays. All meet at Scout Hut, off Bridge Road. Adults also required to join a growing group. Roy Naismith Tel: 01962 735607 1st Candover Valley Beavers For 6-8 year old boys and girls. We meet on Mondays 6.15-7.30pm at Preston Candover Village Hall. For further details, please contact Victoria Andrew on 01256 389768 or by email


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Fridays 2:30 - 4:00pm, during Term Time. Craft activities, play and story time. Contact Dawn Carr on 01962 735278 or Sarah Johnson on 01962 733453 Medstead Toddler Group Medstead Village Hall Thursday 9.30-11.30am during school term times. Contact: Julie Burton Tel: 01420 562546 Mothers and Others Toddler Group Monday 1.00 - 3.00. Children under 5 with parent/carer. Gospel Hall, Four Marks Mondays 1-3pm under 5s. Ruth: 01962 773482 Mother and Toddler Group Itchen Abbas Village Hall Wednesdays 10-12pm. Contact: Juliet on 01962 779365 or Vicky on 01962 860935 Chatterbox Baby & Toddler Group A drop-in parent and toddler group for babies, toddlers and pre-school children and their parents or carers. Thursdays 10-11.30am all year round (including school holidays) John Pearson Hall, Alresford. Contact: Louise Cranfield 01962 733932 or email chatterbox. Toddlers Drop in play sessions. New Farm Chapel, New Farm Road, Alresford. Tuesdays 10.15 to 11.45am

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Jackie’s County Corner in Alresford. Call 01962 848000 and you can ask specifically for an Alresford appointment. Help is also available if your power bills are more than 10% of your income. You can call your energy provider direct to ask for a social tariff or contact 0800 804 8601 for general advice. This applies to Water bills too.


ildflower planting is on the agenda in many villages in the Itchen Valley division this month, but we already have the most spectacular display at the Ladycroft roundabout just south of Alresford. The roundabout and verges there produce the most stunning display from Spring until late Summer, despite (perhaps because of?) the County Council’s cutting regime.

This year many communities are planting wildflowers – do you have a spot where there is a special patch that needs more care? Please let me know. As household budgets are hit hard, there will be families who find life difficult. Please remember that there is a bookable CAB service in Alresford on Monday afternoons- available for all who live in the area- not just



The 67 bus is a popular service but only operates three hourly on a Saturday. The Operator, Velvet Travel has offered to provide a two hourly service, but the County thinks there are problems with this because it risks the viability of the early bus- what do you think? We would all appreciate your views. The rush of applicants to spend the last few pounds of the County Councillor’s Budget included Alresford applicants. Thank you for your interest in this scheme which will start again in June 2013. You can see more about the scheme by going to the HCC link on my website www. uk This money is devolved to each County Councillor to be shared out within the division. So, please-put your thinking hats on for future years! Finally, the cycling agenda has come up many times but my involvement with WAAFA (Winchester Area Access For All) revealed a deep fear of cyclists who are unaware of the impact they have cycling past or behind those who cannot move very fast, or hear or see them easily. I am pleased that the Road Safety Council in Hampshire has now included a specific module on this in the new cycling proficiency testcalled Bikeablity. This will mean that now, young people will be aware of this fear right at the start of their biking life. A good result!

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ast month I hosted a really interesting meeting in Parliament with the Prime Minister and Prof Khalid Aziz from Winchester’s well-known and high-profile charity, Naomi House. The debate around the funding of children’s hospices is one the PM knows well and he was extremely receptive to our delegation (which included the Salisbury MP John Glen) and our arguments. Our aim was to explain how Naomi House is funded but above all to argue for a unified national model for children's hospice funding in the UK that puts their public funding on a par with counterparts in the adult hospice network. The PM’s comment to us after the meeting was simple and direct, saying; “I totally get this. I will write to the healthcare commission and suggest they take up this model immediately. I see no reason to delay." We await the reply with great interest as do many people working in the child hospice movement across England. While we wait it was a pleasure recently to visit Jacks Place at Naomi House (the brilliant new facility for young adults with life limiting conditions) and meet properly with the new Chief Executive Chris Robinson who is now fully settled in his role and doing really well from what I observed. In my last column for FORUM Magazine, I advertised my Alresford street surgery which is now in its seventh year. Cllr Ernie Jeffs, Acting Chair of New Alresford, Town councillor (Lisa Griffiths) braved some fairly chilly temps on Saturday 2nd March and it was great to be joined again by some of the neighbourhood policing team. Thank you to everyone who braved the cold to stop and chat. I have spoken a fair bit lately about the local business community and since then we have had some heavyweight endorsement from two of the biggest figures in this coalition Government. Chancellor George Osborne appeared on


video-link at the city council’s excellent ‘Business in the 21st Century’ conference and said; “The Council understands that Winchester's future is about encouraging companies to invest, to create jobs and to foster innovation and skills. Invest in Winchester: it's a great place to do business and it's a great place for the future." The conference, held at the Intech Science Centre, was organised to show how Winchester is working with Government to make this a great place to start a business and to run one. And Mr Osborne was backed-up by the Business Secretary, Vince Cable who was here last month to address a banking conference at the Guildhall. Dr Cable complimented the Council on its ambition to be a catalyst for the local economy saying its actions were ‘music to my ears’ and calling WCC an ‘enterprising local authority’ which ‘used its own initiative’. These are of course only words but they are being backed up by actions and it is no accident that our economy has created more than one million private sector positions in the past three years and Winchester is definitely playing its part in our long road to economic recovery which is music to the ears of this MP I can tell you! Finally for this time, readers will know of my work in the field of breast cancer since becoming a Member of Parliament. The All-Party Group, which I chair alongside Lib Dem Annette Brooke and Labour’s Sharon Hodgson, will be holding a major inquiry into older people with the disease this month. You can find all the details via my new – and dedicated - breast cancer pages at breastcancer. Lots more going on - in Winchester and in Westminster – and you can catch-up on much of it via my main site at www.

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ack in March 2012 the Alresford & Itchen Valley Forum reported the arrival of a new home care provider for the Alresford area, Bluebird Care. Bluebird Care’s aim was to become the best quality provider of home care in Alresford, employing local people in order to help and support local people to remain independent in their own homes. One year on and the care company established by local Alresford couple Norman & Claire Murphy celebrated its 1st year anniversary this month. Norman Murphy, Managing Director said: “We

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CLUBS & SOCIETIES The Royal British Legion To become a member please contact our sub-branch in Eastleigh. eastleigh. 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 Mondays evenings at the Swan. More details and contacts at www. or call Jon Pittam, Club Secretary, on 733903. 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. Contact Derek Sweetenham (Chairman) on 01962 733559, or Brian Gabriel (Secretary) on 01962 734482 for details Alresford Royal Naval Association. We hold our Mess Nights on the second Tuesday each month, at 7.30pm in the Alresford Recreation Centre. Membership is open to all members and ex-members of the Naval Service, and also to anyone who supports the Naval Service including comrades from other services, friends and families. Our Mess Nights combine some formal business with time to chat and socialise (with the help of an adjacent bar) and, most months, a guest speaker. For more information please contact the Secretary, Lesley Jones by email family@jonesberry. net or tel 01962 736573 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 please 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@ Arle Reading Group Meets at Arlesford Library at 2.00 pm on the third Monday every month (excluding August and December). We read a wide variety of books chosen by members and provided by the Library Service. New members and visitors are very welcome. Contact Susan Shannon on 01962 734432 for further information. Itchen Reading Group Meets at Alresford Library at 2.00 pm 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 on 01962 735482



Alresford & District Horticultural Society Meetings are held in the Phair Hall of the Community Centre from 7.30pm until 10pm. At least three outings are organised annually and a holiday is arranged visting gardens. Contact: M Barton for more details on 01962 734247. Visitors are always welcome. Bramdean & Hinton Ampner WI We meet on the third Wednesday of every month in Bramdean & Hinton Ampner Village Hall at 7.30pm for an interesting talk, refreshments and a raffle. We organise trips to gardens, pubs and restaurants and craft mornings. New members and guests welcome. For more info contact Sarah at bramdeancrafts@ or Judith: 01962 771655. 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, or for more information call Beryl on 01962 732695 The Swan Ladies Club, Alresford Offers an evening of fun and good company. Dinner comprising two courses of excellent food, glass of wine plus coffee and mint are followed by interesting talks demonstrations quizzes etc. Meet at 7.30pm on the third Tuesday of each month. Dinner served at approx 8pm. New members welcome. Ring Liz Garton: 01962-733125 or Swan Hotel: 01962-732302 for further details. 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, then visit or call Jean on Tel: 01962 733131 Alresford Flower Club Come and join us at 7.30 on the last Wednesday of the month at the Methodist Church Hall, Jacklyns Lane, Alresford. Friendly, lively meetings, professional flower arrangers and beautiful flowers. New members and visitors most welcome. Please contact Barbara Hudson on: 01962 733401


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 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

SPORTS CLUBS Alresford Bowling Club (150yds up Sun Lane). Lawn bowls is not just for the retired, adults of all ages are welcome. Our season is from the end of April to the end of September. We meet for roll-ups on Tuesdays from 10-12noon and Thursdays from 10-12noon and from 6-8pm. We can provide bowls to get you going. For further information: or contact Gail Straker [Secretary] Tel: 01962 732438 or John Holliday. [Captain] Tel: 01962 732023 Ropley Tennis Club Located at rear of Ropley playing field. New members welcome. Coaching sessions throughout week for all levels. w: Alresford Golf Club The Secretary, Cheriton Road, Tichborne Down, Alresford. Tel: 01962 733746. Judo Club Steve Fullick, 10 Perins Close, Alresford Tel: 01962 732883 Karate Club Tel: 01420 568135 Ladies Wot Run A Bit Meet every Tuesday and Thursday at 6.30 at the Arlebury Park Sports and Social Club. A good way to get back to exercise. For Information contact Tichborne Park Cricket Club 14 Benenden Green, Alresford, SO24 9PF. Contact: Andy Joyce Tel: 01962 734316 Alresford Rugby Club Alresford Tennis Club Howard Lewis - Tel: 01962 733818 Cheriton Tennis Club New members welcome. Pay & play sessions available too. www. Alresford Badminton Club Looking for new players of all ages and abilities. The club offers both membership from £85.00 for the season and a Pay-and-Play at £4.00 per evening. Contact: Mark Emmerson on 01962 736123 or 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 for more information. Chawton Park Indoor Bowls Club Six rinks available throughout the year. Information from Centre Manager. Chawton Park Road, Alton. Tel: 01420 541546


Alresford Netball Club Meets on Thursdays at Perins School, 6pm - 7.30pm on the tennis courts. New members welcome. First session free, thereafter £10pm. 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 Birtles. Tel: 01420 561755 or 07860 931150. Cheriton Cricket Club Are you interested in playing Sunday afternoon friendly cricket? Visit: for the 2012 fixtures. For more information call or email Richard on 01962 779169, Cheriton Tennis Club Coaching with Mike Aggiss. Adult, junior and mini courses including Cardio Tennis. NEW 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 Cyclists Touring Club South Hampshire. Easy rides, day rides, social events and more! Tel:01962 864479 Alresford Yacht Club We welcome all interested in boats, sailing or power, large or small, modern or classic. Whether you a newcomer to the sport or old hand, both if you own a boat or want to crew.Meetings for the new season 2012-13 will be at our new venue of the Undercroft at the Swan Hotel on the third Monday of each month from September to April at 7.30pm for 7.45pm. Contact Robert; 01962 735681, Roger; 01962 733652 , or Alan; 01962 735340. Alresford Su-Ha-Ri Karate School For children ages 5-16 years, Thursday at 19:00hrs – 20:00hrs at Alresford Community Centre. Contacts Cassie & Tony Whelan Tel: 01420 568135, E-mail: act4health@ Old Alresford Cricket Club Home pitch Upton Park Farm, Old Alresford. New Players welcomed at any time. Please contact John Stanbrook: 01962 733612 or Mike Armitage: 07878008853

ARTS,CRAFTS & MUSIC 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 on: 01962 732055 debbie@ The Cheriton Singers Active local choir that puts on 2 concerts a year plus a Carol concert at Christmas and welcomes new members and audiences alike. More information from Sue White on blackth.white@btconnect. com or visit www.cheritonsingers.

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n the March issue of the Forum an Alresford resident wrote a letter expressing concerns about the amount of litter to be found on and adjacent to the playing fields at Perins school and its potential to cause health and environmental problems. Within the letter was the suggestion that the litter builds and builds during term time and that the school caretakers’ are failing to tackle the problem. And also, that we adults should instil in our young, a sense of pride and responsibility for our shared surroundings, to include not littering. All of which is true. Although in the defence of the school’s caretakers they may well be simply too busy in a school of that size to deal with the litter problem effectively. The world is divided into two halves: those that litter, whether they be the youth in our schools, the drivers that throw their food wrappers from their car windows, the fly tippers that dump washing machines, tyres etc; industrial litterers who swill out ships’ tanks or dump chemicals miles out to sea. And those that refuse to take their dogs’ faeces home so leave them, sometimes in large numbers, in bags by the side of the path or simply stubbornly refuse to pick up after their dogs at all. And then there are those that absolutely wouldn’t consider littering at any age under any circumstances - never have, never will. Litter comes in many guises, but what are we to make of the issue raised by our Alresford resident?

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ou Walker is one tough cookie. To train for a Channel swim this September, every Sunday she leaves her Swarraton home and heads to the beach at Boscombe to swim in the sea - come rain, snow, hail and wind - all winter long, with no wetsuit to protect her from the freezing water.

It’s all to build up a tolerance to cold water for the English Channel and Lou (50) grabs every cold water training opportunity that comes her way. In January she competed in the Cold Water Swimming Championships in London, where she swam in water that was only just above freezing (1.5°C). Unable to get to the sea in the recent bad weather, the next best thing was for Lou put on her swimsuit and do some snow angels in her garden and she’s planning a dip in the Itchen in Winchester with some fellow winter swimmers. The Channel swim will be completed in relay with five other swimmers, all members of The Seabrook Seals, based near Boscombe. The crossing will be attempted under strict Channel Swimming Association rules, which means no wetsuits, and the crossing will take place ISSUE 77


between 12-19th September, depending on weather conditions. No stranger to charity fund raising, Lou cycled through the Himalayas for Mencap in 2000 and hopes to raise £10,000 to share between her chosen charities. Her local charity is Home-Start Winchester and Districts which supports families with children under five in the Winchester area, whose volunteers provide a listening ear and practical advice to help them cope with problems like multiple births, post-natal depression, bereavement, mental or physical disability of either parent or child, or a lack of parenting skills. Lou is also backing the Friends of the Hampshire County Youth Orchestra to raise funds to support young musicians, buy music, and maintain and transport instruments. Her third charity is Wellbeing of Women, a charity dedicated to improving the health of women and babies across the UK, which each year invests in special research projects towards the training of specialist doctors and midwives. Lou first got the swimming bug while pregnant with daughter Charlie, but lane swimming and even circuits of large lakes felt like going nowhere. “I think the Channel has always been in my mind,” says Lou, who happily swam in the Atlantic alongside a yacht which husband-to-be Simon was skippering for delivery to the Caribbean. “The best thing about swimming in the ocean is the feeling of freedom.” Used to sporting challenges, Lou already has seven

Clubs and Societies Alresford Art Society Meetings from September to June at The ARC, Alresford, on the first Friday of the month. Painting days at venues around Hampshire in the summer. Paintings are hung in the surgery and Makins Court. www. Tel: 01962 736751. 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. Follow us on Twitter @CheritonPlayers www. More info from David Cradduck 01962 771700 or email www.

of those questions, then why not become a church bell ringer. This year the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics will be celebrated with churches ringing out nationwide. If you wish to be part of such a memorable event, then why not 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 call Carol on 01256 389387 for more information. If you would like to feature your club or society in our free listings then please send your contribution to editor@ Space is limited so we cannot guarantee publication. Please

The Medstead Players Lesley Rae, Fiver, High Street, Medstead. Tel: 01420 56563916 The Candover Valley Bell Ringers Are you looking for a way to meet new people, support your community or learn a new skill? If the answer is yes to any or all

Marathons under her belt, three Iron Man Triathlons (each comprising over two miles of swimming, 112 miles of bike riding, followed by a Marathon). A runner and athletics coach with Winchester and District Athletics Club and a sports massage therapist, Lou is well placed to know how to prepare for such gruelling adventures. In the summer Lou and her fellow Seabrook Seals swim for up to three hours, but sea temperatures of 5C mean swim times are slashed to 10 or 15 minutes in the winter. Says Lou, “The hardest part of the training isn’t the swimming, but learning to deal with the cold water. Getting in is hard enough with the hyperventilation and cold shock response, but your skin then burns for


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the next 15 minutes. When you get out you have about seven minutes before you start to shiver uncontrollably as the cold blood from your extremities trickles back into your core – a really vile sensation. So aspects of winter swimming are definitely uncomfortable but once you’ve warmed up you feel amazingly good!” Find out more about Lou at http://uk.virginmoneygiving. com/LouWalker where you can follow her build up for the big event or sponsor her charities. Further press information from Sue Gentry on 01962 733893 or Lou Walker on 07764 189516 or lou@

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Moelleux au chocolat

• You may also use a fennel cut in half length wise, cauliflowers, sliced mushrooms, or chicory, in which case add a little sugar for the bitterness. • A small quantity of vegetables of choice to flavour the white sauce

• Grated cheese; any will do, leftovers are excellent • 50g butter • 50 gr flour • 1 litre chicken or veal stock or for a better taste, use 500ml stock with 250ml cream and 250ml white wine

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• 225g chocolate • 150g sugar • 4 eggs eggs • 225g butter , softened • 75g flour

Melt the chocolate slowly in a bain marie, never in a microwave! Meanwhile, whisk

the sugar and eggs until it forms a ribbon. When the chocolate is soft add the butter and mix well. Add to the egg/sugar mixture, mix well and then add the flour. Butter some small moulds or ramequins and pour the mixture in. Bake for approximately 25 minutes at 180˚C. Don't overcook them the centre MUST remain soft! Absolutely delicious served with a little crème anglaise.





Then visit the French Pantry located between Sutton Scotney and Stockbridge on the A30. We have a wealth of traditional French cuisine and ingredients. The French pantry also has a deli with fresh products imported regularly from France. We also stock a range of ready to eat products carefully prepared by our French Chef - Germain. You can also take part in our of our cookery lessons, call us to book your place. FRENCH PANTRY & COOKERY SCHOOL, LONDON ROAD (ON THE A30, NEXT TO CLOS DU MARQUIS), SO20 6DE

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he Alresford Museum, run by the New Alresford Town Trust, has updated the exhibits on view in their display cabinet in the Alresford Library: this now features various storage jars, flagons and bottles - as used by the breweries and businesses in Alresford over the years. Prominent amongst this display are stone and glass bottles bearing the name of Batchelor’s Soft Drinks, of Alresford and Alton. Frederick Charles Batchelor established this business in Alresford in the 19th Century, and in fact his ginger beer won a Gold Medal at the Great British Brewer’s Exhibition of 1901. Mr Batchelor always claimed that his ginger beer tasted so good because of his secret recipe: in fact it is still a secret, because he didn’t even tell his family, and took it to his grave! It has always been assumed that the secret was in using the pure chalk-fed water from the local springs around Alresford, but he won the medals to justify the claims! Operating from Broad Street, Batchelor’s lemonade, mineral waters and ginger beer was delivered in the 1800s by horse and carriage as far away as Basingstoke: the lemonade was sold in marble-stoppered Codd bottles – hence often referred to as “Codd’s Wallop” – and several are featured in this display in the library. The ginger beer was sold in earthenware containers,



various styles of which are also on display, labelled as produced by Batchelor’s, W H Twine of Old Alresford, and Hunt and Co, of West Street, Alresford. Mr Batchelor in fact introduced the first motorised vehicle to Alresford, when this van was introduced to speed up his delivery service! The display has bottles owned by the Alresford Museum, plus many bottles on loan for the display by local collector Darren Goodley of Bishop’s Waltham. Other items include jars of cold cream and medicines from suppliers in Alresford, and also a rare whisky flask – a type known as a “pumpkin flask”, which is labelled as from the Swan Hotel in Alresford. More modern bottles, still full of beer, have also been given for the display by the current local bottlers, the Itchen Valley Brewery! With Alresford having a history of so many public houses, these are also identified in a display of photographs. The Alresford Museum intends to update the display cabinet in the library on a regular basis, with items of local historic interest, at approximately three month intervals. For further enquiries please contact: Pam Stevens, New Alresford Town Trustee and Clerk to the Trust, on 01962 734861 or heatherhollow@ or clerk@

aving enjoyed yoga for many years, I was very keen to carry on when I found out I was pregnant. I tried going to a general yoga class and practising on my own following instructions from a precariously balanced book, but found both options frustrating and isolating. It was this experience which influenced me to study to become a pregnancy yoga teacher. Throughout my training and subsequent teaching, I have become more and more convinced of the huge benefits that it offers to women and their babies. Any Google search will bring back sites listing the advantages of practising pregnancy yoga. These can sometimes give the impression that it offers a miracle cure for all possible pregnancy complaints and almost guarantees an easier labour and birth, even though this is not the message given by teachers. While practising yoga undoubtedly does help alleviate many pregnancy related ailments, it is very often not this benefit women focus on when they are asked what they find most helpful in their classes. Probably the most common observation students make, is how much they gain from the opportunity for some time to themselves. The pressures on women today have undoubtedly increased tremendously, particularly with regard to the need to work, often later and later into pregnancy. It is so often the stresses of jobs, commuting, and balancing home and work life that are discussed when women have a chance to chat in class. Interestingly it is often the simplest practices which allow them the chance to relax, observe their breathing and connect with their unborn babies which work so well to help alleviate these stresses. Clearly, it is also the opportunity to share pressures and anxieties with others which is also beneficial, and many


students go on to develop lasting friendships. One of the most rewarding things to observe as a pregnancy yoga teacher is the sense of confidence women gain from coming to class. This self assurance is particularly noticeable as students gradually become more balanced and at ease, during yoga poses and flowing practices, even when their bodies are undergoing such significant changes from week to week. Confidence and body awareness are, of course, even more important as women prepare for labour and birth itself. Many students observe that they feel better prepared and less anxious about childbirth after coming to classes where they have the opportunity to try out positions and movements in order to find out what suits them best. Since it is the physical benefits of pregnancy yoga which are most often focused on, it is surprising that another thing nearly all students comment on is how effective they find the breathing techniques they are taught. Few people are aware how significantly our 21st Century lifestyle affects the way we breathe, or what a negative impact this can have. In pregnancy yoga we teach not only specific breathing techniques which are helpful during labour and birth, but also simple practices which many students say they fall back on long after pregnancy to help cope with the day to day anxieties of modern living. For me, this highlights the most important benefit of practising yoga for pregnancy. Not only does it give women the chance to enjoy their pregnancy, but it has the real potential to benefit their future health and wellbeing. Susi Miller is a BWY and Birthlight trained pregnancy yoga teacher who teaches in Old Alresford. For more information visit

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Alresford Chamber of Commerce news Business Survey Thank you to all the businesses that kindly completed our survey with regards to employment. The results have been passed onto Winchester City Council who will use the information to hopefully make positive changes to our town. Membership Renewal Alresford Chamber of Commerce membership renewal is due 1st April 2013. The renewal fee for the next year is £58. You will receive your renewal reminder in the post soon. Membership Benefits • Automatic submission into the Alresford Diary • Free vacancy & events advertising space at www. • Free quarterly advertising via email to all Chamber members • Bi-monthly Chamber events • Quarterly newsletter • Availability to have a stall within the Chamber of Commerce tent at Alresford Show at a discounted rate. Interested in joining the chamber of commerce? The Alresford Chamber of Commerce has a thriving membership of around 100 businesses in the Alresford area. We welcome membership

'Lady Luck' 1943 The plaque in Soke Gardens honours Captain Cogswell of the 303 Bomb Group, US 8th Air Force and his conduct in saving Alresford from a potential disaster.

enquiries from businesses of all shapes and sizes, and would love for you to be involved. We are affiliated to the North Hampshire Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the wider network of Hampshire Chambers of Commerce, offering a broad spectrum of member benefits. If you would like to know more, please contact the Chamber Secretary on 07769 722 985 or email info@ Thank you’s A big thank you to Rachel Drewer who hosted a ‘Hatty’ Chamber Chat in March for us, the turn out for the event was great & all who attended thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Thank you to Jane Fuest of Jane Fuest Gallery for offering her exquisite premises as the venue & to The Naked Grape for supplying the refreshments. Welcome to new members Richard & Kate Williams of The Horse & Groom AGM Watch this space for when & where our annual general meeting will be. Collated & Written by Liz Brown – Chamber Secretary


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1943 the B17 Flying Fortress "Lady Luck", carrying a full bomb load, got into difficulties over Alresford. Captain Robert Cogswell ordered his nine crewmen to bail out remaining on board the aircraft himself in an attempt to steer the bomber away from the town. The plane crashed just east of Old Alresford Pond, Captain Cogswell having jumped to safety himself shortly before it crashed.

Is there anyone who still remembers this event? This year is the 70th Anniversary of that fateful day and we are hoping to have a display in the Library window in the week covering the 26th September. If anyone has any memorabilia that they would be willing to lend us, or any memories that they would like to share, then please could you contact Ray or Hilary Cornford on 01962 734876 or write to us at: 14, Kiln Lane, Old Alresford. SO24 9DU Thank you.

Your Letters Dear Editor, We fully support your correspondent in the March issue of Forum. It may be that the school is not responsible for all the litter which has accumulated round the Sports field. Nevertheless training in the care and maintenance of property is an important part of the students' education. Other schools in the district take pride in their establishments and given that Perins specialises in sport surely their self respect requires the school to keep their playing fields and surrounds in a clean

condition fit to welcome visitors. The maintenance staff have other more skilled work to attend to and therefore it falls to the students to organise themselves into working parties to tackle the problem, either in lieu of detentions or as a regular duty. Incidentally the appearance of the Avenue at present with the annual lovely display of crocuses and daffodils is in sharp contrast to the paths to which we refer. Yours sincerely, Local walker

Ken Dykes publishes his first book at the age of 77


etired Hampshire journalist Ken Dykes has just published his first book—at the age of 77. Titled Country Capers, it is the autobiographical account of a youngster growing up in the English countryside during and just after the Second World War. Said Ken, who worked on Hampshire local weekly newspapers for nearly 40 years, ‘Since I retired I got so fed up with being totally ignored by publishers and receiving proforma rejections from literary agents that I decided to selfpublish.



‘I believed I had a story to tell that was worth telling so the book has been published on Amazon Kindle.’ Ken, whose family was ‘bombed out’ while living in Church Square, Basingstoke in 1940, thanks Adolf Hitler, or rather his bombs, for turning him into a ‘country boy’ when, strictly speaking, he should have been a ‘townie’. His next 20 years were spent growing up in Old Basing and his book reflects this complete period of his life. He later became a trainee reporter on the local weekly newspaper, the

Basingstoke Gazette, progressing to the positions of chief reporter, assistant advertising manager, news editor and deputy editor before moving to Andover where he became Editor of the Andover Advertiser. ‘During those dark days of 1940 and early ‘50s , when just about everything was rationed, we seemed to be hungry most of the time,’ he recalls. ‘Many of the capers we got up to as youngsters were schemes designed to increase our calorie intake and nobody took much notice, after all, lots of others were doing the


same things. ‘Many of the capers we got up to as youngsters were schemes designed to increase our calorie intake and nobody took much notice, after all, lots of others were doing the same things. Ken now lives in Andover with his wife Wendy. He has a grown-up son and daughter and three ‘delightful’ granddaughters. Country Capers can be downloaded from Kindle. For those without a Kindle there is an app available free from Amazon which allows you to download the book to computer, laptop or tablet.

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r have, rather unknowingly, slipped. We Pagans have always acknowledged that we are not the tidiest of families. Our home is a mish-mash of music, funny furniture, rugs, candles, and endless bits of paper, paintings, photographs and books. At the risk of making excuses, working full time and playing reasonably hard means that dust will inevitably settle. I keep up with the basics but happily put the rest of the messy milieu down to burgeoning eccentricity, the constraints of time and arthritis, confident that it really isn’t that bad… Or so I thought. The trouble with having a bad back is that periodically you are rendered immobile. To save yourself from slipping into depression, (having watched ten minutes of the Jeremy Kyle show on daytime telly), your eye starts to wander. I started to wonder, when did I last vacuum under the beds? Why were there polar ice caps alive and well and burgeoning in my freezer? How long had I been promising to clear out that (ok, those) cupboards? And what IS that stuck to the bottom of the oven? This was bad, I mean really bad. I set about compiling a comprehensive list of maison Pagan’s ‘must dos’, to systematically work through until we were living in a gleaming citadel. Although my resolve was firm it would actually have to wait until the following weekend, as we, along with the Immaculate In-Laws, were off to visit cousins in the New Forest. As ever, a happy time would be had by all, but my visit would be marred by the stark realization that we Pagans appear not only to have won the least coveted award for most untidy home for the past fifteen years running, but stand more than a good chance of winning the new category, that of most grubby car. At present the New Forest, as my brother in law so aptly describes it, resembles a mangrove swamp. Walking on the heath is impossible without the aid of a diving suit. The cousins’ house is tucked down a little lane in the middle of the forest and they have two dogs, yet their home is both beautiful and pristine. Yet more surprisingly, given the climatic conditions, their black Land Rover and white Mercedes reside on the drive in showroom condition, and on this day were joined by the Immaculate In-Laws’ Audi, which is in even cleaner condition.



One could almost see the three graces of the automobile world wince as our Trusty Renault shambled onto the drive behind them. After lunch it was time for a walk which necessitated much wrapping up in warm clothes and changing into stout boots. As tailgates eased open, it became apparent that all outdoor gear should be stored in colour-coded plastic boxes, and those boxes placed on a rubber mat so as not to dirty the inside of the car. Ah, so that’s how it’s done. “Right Sandra, I’ll lift up the tailgate, all you have to do is hold it up long enough for me to get the stuff out.” Star II in a fit of pique had, some time ago if I’m honest, swung on the hydraulic arm that lifts and supports said tailgate and needless to say, it broke. In true Heath Robinson fashion The Husband came to the rescue with a four-foot length of 3 by 3, the perfect prop apparently. It worked very well; it was ok–ish on the privacy of the drive, it drew some curious glances in Tesco’s car park, which was bearable, but here, amongst the elite, it was up there in neon just how far we Pagans had slipped. As the others donned pressed coats and shiny outdoor shoes, the Trusty Renault spewed forth its contents of muddy wellies and tatty coats, and curiously, a long section of old man’s beard from a previous walk; not quite sure how long it had been in there. Oh the shame! In accepting the award for ‘Most Messy Car’, I would like to thank ten years of chocolate buttons and chewits, mud and sand from all regions of the country, loose change, CDs (all in the wrong cases), Star II’s stone and stick collection, old parking tickets and two paperbacks. I couldn’t have done it without the help of my family. Thank you. Still, there is hope on the horizon as The Husband has ordered the new part for the tailgate and I have persuaded him that we should keep our beloved and beleaguered car for another year and then give it to Star I who would be of an age to drive. Perfect! Star I is not impressed, can’t think why…. Sandra Pagan.


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