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ISSUE 79 - JUNE 2013

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Community News

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 Friday Community Coffee Mornings Held in the Community Centre. Bric a brac stall, meat raffle, book stall and country market produce stall. Everyone welcome, please do come and join us. Coffee or tea and biscuits £1. Every Thursday Town Trust Market Broad Street, 9am - 2.30pm Wednesday 29th May Wednesday Wander Bentley Station Meadow. Leader: David Walton. Contact 01962 808400 for details. Meet: 10.30am in the Forestry Commission car park off Gravel Hill Road. Map ref: SU 802 433. Leave the A31 east of Bentley sign-posted Alice Holt Research Station. Go along Gravel Hill Road, over a railway bridge. The car park is about 500 yards after the bridge on the right. Please turn up on the day. Friday 31st May to Saturday 1st June 2013 Vigil for Peace in Israel and Palestine St John's Church, West Street, Alresford. SO24 9AG. Starts with Communion Service at 10am until 6pm with service of Compline. On Saturday there will be an 8.30am Communion. Service ends at noon Saturday. There will also be rolling images and prayers, soft music and information. Saturday 1st June Bullington Farm Open Day From 12 noon - 4pm A charity farm open day for the family. There will be lots of activities, demonstrations and stalls, including clay pigeon shooting, fly fishing, river walks, tractor rides, heavy horse demonstration, vintage machinery, children's crafts, games, craft and food stalls, hog roast, BBQ and more..... Phone Enquiries: 01962 763900 Email Contact: emilyhleader@ Pricing £5 per car. Bullington Manor Farm, Bullington, Sutton Scotney SO21 3RB Wednesday 5th June 'Fields of Hope' - An illustrated

presentation by Yonat NitzanGreen & Miranda Pinch at Old Alresford Place (OAP), Old Alresford. SO24 9DH at 7.30pm. Saturday 8th June The 4th Alresford Music Festival Starting at 10am, the festival will offer an experience you won’t forget this summer. This year we are thinking differently and making it bigger and better. We’re adding two new stages, increasing the vibrant and diverse music on offer. So, with four stages in total, there will be an exciting blend of style – from Rock, Indie and Blues through to Jazz and Folk. We are also pleased to announce we are now able to offer overnight camping at the festival for only an additional £5 per person. Plus there are limited tickets available for the festival After Show Party, held indoors in the ARC venue on the festival site... Saturday 8th June 'Justice like a river' An evening with Garth Hewitt in concert From 7.30 pm, St John’s Church, West St, Alresford, SO24 9AG Tickets: Adults £10, Children under 16, students and unemployed £6. Available from St John’s Parish Office, Miranda Pinch (01962 732064, or 6 West newsagent, West Street, Alresford. Sunday 9th June Winchester Race for Life Ladies, it’s time to take the fight to cancer at Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life. Let’s face it, cancer is a nasty piece of work. It will affect one in three of us. It will stroll into our lives and ruin everything without even flinching.. We will beat it though. We’ll wipe that smile off its stupid face. Cancer’s going down. And every single pound we raise pushes it closer to the floor. That’s why we Race for Life. We take absolute delight in reminding cancer that we’re coming to get it. Run, walk, dance or sponsor at raceforlife. org. Race starts at 11am. Venue: The Garrison Ground & University Stadium, Bar End Road, Winchester, SO23 9NP Sunday 9th June Nearly New Sale Second hand children's items 9:30am - 12:30pm. Perins School, Main Hall. There will be a cafe serving tea, coffee, squash and cakes. £10 a table, £1 entry per family. Plenty of FREE parking

Come along for a look and pick up some bargains. Run by the POP Group (Parents of Patchwork) to raise money for outdoor equipment at the nursery and pre-school. To arrange a table or for more information contact Courtney Winstone on thepatchworkpopgroup@yahoo.

the loose clusters of the damask or the single flower of a modern shrub rose then this evening is for you. Meetings take place in the Phair Hall of Alresford Town Hall in West Street and start at 7.30pm. Everyone is ensured of a friendly welcome! Further details from the Secretary, M. Barton, 01962 734247.

Sunday 9th June Middle Farm Open Day Cheriton, Hampshire Mark & Joanna Cheyney welcome you to Middle Farm Open Day. Farm activities and information for the whole family to enjoy. Take a Tractor & Trailer, tour of the farm, watch the cows being milked, see the sheep shearing and have a go weaving. Visit and groom the calves, see the pigs, poultry and goslings. Learn how we feed our cows and look after them - demonstrations from our vet and other professionals - have a go calving the virtual cow! Find out about the arable crops on this and other farms, talk to the many farmers that will be there on the day. See Ed Goodall - Master Thatcher - giving a thatching demonstration. Have a go making sausages, cheese, turning wheat into bread. Try driving the Mini Tractor on a course and then go with the professionals in their 4x4. Many fun activities organised by the Perins School Rugby Team including a straw bale maze. Refreshments - hog roast, BBQ, strawberries, ice cream, teas, home-made cakes, Gray's Farm cider, local beer, soft drinks. White Pony jams & chutneys, Little Village sweet shop. (As we have livestock please could you leave your dog at home - Thank you)

Thursday 13th to Sunday 16th June Open Garden for Charity Lake House, Northington. 2 large lakes in Candover Valley with waterfalls, abundant bird life, long landscaped vistas and folly. 1½-acre walled garden. Formal kitchen garden. Picnicking by lakes. 12.30pm – 5pm. Admission £4. Plants for sale. Teas.

Wednesday 12th June The meeting of the Alresford and District Horticultural Society A meeting devoted to roses. A talk by Tom Stone on “The roses of Mottisfont Abbey Gardens” is followed by a members only Rose Show, judged by the guest speaker. This light hearted and informal evening has no schedule to follow; the only rules are that Members display a single stem of any type of rose which they have grown. The grower of the winning exhibit will be presented with the Brill Trophy which is an elegant crystal rose bowl given by the family of Doctor Christopher Brill who had a lifelong love of this beautiful flower. If you have an interest in the multi headed floribunda,

Saturday 15th June Old Alresford Village Fair From 2pm on the Village Green. Dog Show, Display of model boats on The Brook, Duck Race. Plenty of Stalls and Sideshows. Teas, BBQ and Beer Tent, Crafts. Take a free ride on a vintage bus from New Alresford. Lots of fun for all the family! Sunday 16th June Rotary Club of Alresford 10k Road Race and Fun Runs Children’s races from 9.30am. 10k race at 10am and 5k Fun Run at 10.20am. Starting and finishing at Arlebury Park, New Alresford. Watercress for every runner. The Watercress Company are providing 500 bags of watercress – running superfood! Children’s Races and Fun Run 500m/1000m/5k-ish. (Organised by Sun Hill Junior School) Entry forms available on the website: Alresford-10K. Evolution Health & Fitness are running a draw for the top 20 SO24 male and female runners with gym membership as the prize Friday 21st June Ropley Horticultural Society Open Garden at Chalkwood, Stapley Lane Ropley SO24 0EN. This lovely atmospheric garden features choice plants in different settings; pond, vegetable plot and woodland areas. Open 6:30 – 8:30pm. The £4 entry fee includes an aperitif, canapés, and optional guided tour. Proceeds will benefit Hants Air Ambulance. Continued on page 28 >>





Community News





Features & Community News

16 Alresford Chamber of Commerce News

03 Dates for your diary 06 Duck Race 2013 08 Church Services and News 10 Alresford Surgery News

18 Rotary - Youth awards update 2013 18 Winchester Hat Fair 2013 20 Big cheques and big days out afoot for the Busy Pigs

12 Health meeting will focus on Bugs

20 Tichborne Park Cricket Club seeks new players

12 Winchester Health Walks

22 Alresford Town Council Reports

13 Bluebird Care launches new 24hr live-in care service for Alresford

24 Alresford Royal Naval association celebrates its 20th anniversary

14 Useful Information 16 Alresford Festival of Toy Trains comes of age 16 Alresford Town Youth Football Club Funday



28 'Fields of Hope' An illustrated presentation by Yonat Nitzan-Green & Miranda Pinch 32 Recipe of the Month Green asparagus and smoked salmon 33 Droxford Country Fair 34 Hampshire Mum Spring has sprung! 35 Jenny Meadows Winchester Citizens Advice Bureau 36 What do you think? Simplicity 40 Clubs and Societies

44 Swansea City Opera returns to the Theatre Royal 44 Nationally renowned theatre brings Shakespeare to the Theatre Royal 46 Hampshire's wine producers sparkle in top wine magazine's tastings 46 West End Summer School returns to Perins 48 Get Britain Cycling 48 Perins' rugby girls set for future dominance

24 Help our big Yellow Bus

41 Anti-Bullying in Hampshire

48 Cherry Tree Pre-School Cheriton, relocation project completed!

24 Chris Barber & Wally Fawkes perform

42 Clubs and Societies

50 Jackie's County Corner

44 Rising stars join galaxy of performers for 2013 Winchester Festival

50 Steve Brine M.P

26 Alresford Music Festival 2013 28 Additional Dates for Your Diary


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The Home 07 9, 52

Property Management

Health & Beauty

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Food & Drink

Animal & Pet Services

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Parent & Child

Home Services 15 17, 19, 20, 21, 23

Building Services 25

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Professional Services

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Church Services & News



Sunday 2nd June 08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 Parish Communion Sunday 9th June 08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 Second Sunday Family Service 18.00 Choral Evensong Sunday 16th June 08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 Parish Communion 18.00 Sundays at Six Sunday 23rd June 08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 Parish Communion Sunday 30th June 08.00 Holy Communion

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Old Alresford Sunday 2nd June 09.30 Holy Communion 18.00 Old Alresford Cottage Service Sunday 9th June 09.30 Parish Communion Sunday 16th June 09.30 Parish Communion Sunday 23rd June 09.30 Parish Communion Thursdays 09.00 Holy Communion at Old Alresford Place

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Sunday 2nd June 10.00 First Sunday Sunday 9th June 10.00 Parish Communion Sunday 16th June 10.00 Parish Communion Sunday 23rd June 10.00 Parish Communion

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New Alresford

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) 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 2nd June 11.00 All Age Service Sunday 9th June 11.00 All Age Service Sunday 16th June 11.00 Morning Prayer Sunday 23rd June 11.00 Parish Communion

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Sunday 2nd June 10.00 Family Service Sunday 9th June 08.00 Holy Communion Sunday 16th June 10.00 Parish Communion Sunday 30th June 08.00 Holy Communion


Itchen Abbas Sunday 2nd June 18.00 Evening Prayer Sunday 9th June 10.00 Parish Communion Sunday 23rd June 08.00 Holy Communion


Martyr Worthy Sunday 2nd June 11.00 Mattins Sunday 9th June 18.00 Evensong Sunday 16th June 08.00 Holy Communion Sunday 23rd June 10.00 Parish Communion


UPPER ITCHEN BENEFICE Sunday 2nd June 08.30 Tichborne Benefice Communion 10.00 Cheriton Family Service Sunday 9th June 08.30 Bramdean Holy Communion 09.30 Cheriton Holy Communion 11.00 Beauworth Holy Communion 11.00 Kilmeston Family Service 15.00 Church in the Woods Evensong Sunday 16th June 08.30 Tichborne Holy Communion 09.30 Cheriton Holy Communion 11.00 Hinton Ampner Prayer and Praise Sunday 23rd June 08.30 Beauworth Holy Communion 09.30 Cheriton Mattins 11.00 Bramdean Service 11.00 Kilmeston Holy Communion 15.00 Church in the Woods Evensong 18.30 Tichborne Evensong Sunday 30th June 09.30 Cheriton Mattins 09.30 Hinton Ampner Holy Communion 11.00 Beauworth Village Thanksgiving Service 11.00 Tichborne Family Service

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Health & Beauty

Alresford Surgery News Surgery Staff News We are sad to be saying goodbye to Dr Katie D’Arcy who is leaving to take up a post in the breast clinic at the hospital. We know Dr D’Arcy’s thoughtful care has been appreciated by the patients treated by her and we wish her success in her new role. Dr Jane Stebbing will be increasing her sessions to cover. Our reception team has been boosted by two new members of staff. Glenn Fordyce and Carol Mattock joined us during April and are rapidly learning the ropes!

Missed Appointments During April 91 GP appointments and 57 nurse appointments were missed. Each appointment slot is at least ten minutes so this equates to over 24hours lost appointment time. Please make sure you keep your appointment or cancel it in good time for it to be offered to someone else. Our appointments are valuable – please don’t waste them.

Measles Epidemic Everyone will be aware of the outbreak of measles in South Wales. This has been caused by low levels of immunisation in the 1990s and subsequently leaving a large number of children, teenagers and young adults now susceptible. Uptake in other areas such as Alresford has been better and it is unlikely that we would suffer a sustained outbreak. However people who

have not been immunised may contract the disease if they come into contact with a carrier of measles. Immunisation is therefore being offered to people for whom we have no record of immunisation or for whom we have a record if incomplete. Immunisation as follows: Age 10-16 Surgery by invitation We expect to be sending out invitations in the near future

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Health meeting will focus on bugs


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Executive and Executive team.

Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (HHFT) is holding a Health Focus meeting, open to the public and its members, on Tuesday 25 June, from 6.30pm in the Education Centre at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester.

Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust runs the hospitals in Winchester, Andover and Basingstoke. Health Focus events are planned to encourage public involvement with HHFT. All members of the community can become members of Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and have a say in how your Foundation Trust is run, by filling in a simple form on the website www.hampshirehospitals.nhs. uk or by picking up a leaflet at one of the three hospital sites in Basingstoke, Winchester and Andover. You can also come along to any meeting and sign up on the day.

The theme of the event will be ‘Focus on Superbugs’ and will include a presentation by the Foundation Trust’s Consultant Microbiologist and Director of Infection Prevention and Control, Dr Mathew Dryden, as seen on a recent edition of the BBC science programme ‘Bang goes the Theory’. This is your opportunity to hear about our plans for the future and the proposed Critical Treatment Centre and Cancer Treatment Centre. You can also meet your local governors and put questions to our Chief

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Bluebird Care launches new 24 hour live-in care service for Alresford (assistance with getting up, washing, personal hygiene etc) and generally ‘keeping house’. The need may also include shopping or accompanying customers on visits to friends, appointments and generally getting out and about in the local community. One of the beauties of live-in care is its flexibility. No two days need be the same and customers can, if they wish, choose a different agenda each day.

“removes the need for anyone to ever leave the home they love to go into a residential care home”


luebird Care recently launched its new 24hr live-in care service. Alresford & Winchester’s award winning home care provider set up just over a year ago provides high quality care to people in their own homes and this new 24 hour live-in care service is an extension to their already popular range of home care services. Bluebird Care now widely serves the areas of Alresford, Winchester and all surrounding villages; even the

most rural areas in our local community.

“the beauty of live-in care is its flexibility, no two days need be the same” Bluebird Care’s live-in care service provides people with the very highest one-to-one care service where customers benefit from a dedicated ‘personal assistant’ living in their home to take care of their every need. This may involve all aspects of care

Claire Murphy, Owner & Director of Bluebird Care said: “Our new 24 hour live-in care service really is the ultimate personal assistant for our customers and promotes our ethos of independent living in the comfort of your own home. It effectively removes the need for anyone to ever leave the home they love to go into a residential care home. No upheaval, no stress but a care service that works around your individual needs enabling you to remain in your own home surrounded by familiar family, friends and possessions.” Claire added: “We take pride in only recruiting the very best carers for our customers and know that this new service will transform the lives of many for the better”. Bluebird Care’s other services include helping its

customers with a variety of tasks including personal care, domestic help, shopping trips out, assistance with medication and help with mobility issues. In addition to traditional care, they provide companionship services and consider a game of dominos, a trip to the bingo or helping with the daily crossword as being just as important to improve people’s quality of life. Bluebird Care’s Care Workers also support people with end of life care in their own homes to enable them to be surrounded by their family and friends at this most emotional time. For further information please contact our friendly team on:

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Useful Information

EMERGENCY SERVICES Emergency Only (Ambulance, Fire, Police): Tel: 999 Non Emergency Medical Services Tel: 111 Electricity Emergency 24hrs a day, 7 days a week Tel: 08457 708090


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

Royal Hampshire County Hospital Winchester, Hampshire Tel: 01962 863535

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

SURGERIES & CHEMISTS 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



Winchester Cancer Support Centre - offering free, non-clinical support to anyone affected by cancer. Visit us on 2nd Floor, 68 St Georges Street, Winchester. Chat to trained befrienders, try a complementary therapy or use our professional counselling service. Open Tues to Thurs, 10am to 4.30pm Call 01962 868576 or email

North Hants Hospital Basingstoke, Hampshire Tel: 01256 473202 Alton Community Hospital Alton, Hampshire Tel: 01420 82811

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

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

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH 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


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

Sun Hill County Infant School Sun Lane, Alresford email: beverley.minall@sunhill Tel: 01962 732632

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

Sun Hill County Junior School Sun Lane, Alresford Tel: 01962 732801

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

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? 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. Contact Penny - Tel. 01962 771 263 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.

LIBRARY 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

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Community News

Alresford Festival of Toy Trains comes of age


his summer the Alresford Festival of Toy Trains will celebrate 21


The show organised by Bob Leggett is on June 15th at Perins School, Alresford and will include twenty layouts and over 80 sales tables with a BBQ, live music and Real ale. The first show in 1993 was held in the Community Centre to raise money to improve local children’s playgrounds. Once this project was completed Bob took over the show and enlarged the show when it moved to Perins School in 2000. Today the show has become one of the top events in the Train Collectors' calendar and still raises money for Save the Children and the local Scouts. The aim of the show has always been variety and offering family entertainment.

Supported by members of the TCS, HRCA, Trix Society, Tri-ang Society, Lionel Club, Bowman Circle, Brickish Association (LEGO), Kitmaster Club and other societies over the years Bob has a special line up this year. The Chiltern Group will be setting up their 24’ Hornby Dublo 2-rail layout while Tri-ang fans, Les Martin, Dave White, Neil Bowsher, Neil Smith, Paul Rees and David Lyon will be running a similar size Tri-ang Super 4 layout with Minic Motorway. Peter Corish and members of the Brickish Association will have a 20’ Lego layout; other layouts include LGB, Trix, Triang Big Big and TT, Hornby O Gauge electric and clockwork, American tinplate O gauge with monorails, Lionel, Hornby Dublo 3-rail, Bowman, Lone Star, Minitrix N gauge and others. Toy and model train dealers will be in force with over 80 sales tables. Doors open at 11am-5pm; however early birds looking for a bargain can enter the Sales Hall at 9am for an additional fee. For full details visit

Alresford Town Youth Football Club Funday


he club were presented with a certificate and plaque from Hampshire FA to recognise their club meeting the high standards expected of a charter standard club.. There were events for people of all ages to participate in. Activities included human table football, sheep Rodeo, penalty shoot out, stocks etc which were all free to who ever wanted to participate. The weather was kind and the sun bought out the crowds. 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

Alresford Chamber of Commerce News

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Membership Renewal Alresford Chamber of Commerce membership renewal was due 1st April 2013. The renewal fee for the next year is £58. You will have received your renewal reminder in the post. If you wish to continue your membership for the next year, please renew as soon as possible.

Thank you’s A massive thank you goes to; Hannnah & Malc from The Running Horse at 22 Pound Hill for hosting our Chamber Chat/ AGM on 14th May & to head chef James Stewart for letting us sample his new spring menu. We had an amazing turn out & all who attended had a fabulous time!

Welcome to all new members Dan Street – The Barnyard Podiatry Clinic ISSUE 79


Richard & Kate Williams Horse & Groom Alresford Show 2013 Saturday 7th September 2013 Would you like a greater presence in Alresford & the surrounding area? If yes, then why not book a stall within the Chamber of Commerce tent. We require a £50 deposit to secure your booking & the balance to be paid in full 6 weeks before the Show.If you would like more information or would like to

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and rewards high quality levels of provision in club and league football. The kite mark is awarded to clubs and leagues that are well run, sustainable, and place child protection, quality coaching and safety as paramount. 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.

on the Chamber’s ‘Things to do’ page on the website. Let’s get connected Were you aware that the Chamber has a Twitter account & a Facebook page? Why not look us up & start connecting with us. All the details you need are below; Collated & Written by Liz Brown – Chamber Secretary


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Community News

Rotary - Youth Awards Update 2013


otary in Britain and Ireland (RIBI) organises many competitions and personal development courses for young people and the Alresford club, with its Youth Team led by Colin Pope and Jon Mackenzie, has always been very active in promoting these opportunities.

Young Photographer We are delighted to announce that Harry Thomas has scooped the RIBI National Young Photographer Award for his age group. Sponsored

by Alresford Rotary, 12 year old Harry won the award for the intermediate category with serene lake and mountain shots that expressed with great skill the theme of the competition, which was peace. Harry said, ‘The landscape is untouched by the modern world, as if stepping back hundreds of years. When I look at these photos I remember the silence as if I’m back there.’ Harry will receive his award at RIBI HQ in June. You can see some examples of

Winchester Hat Fair 2013 money in the hat, which is how Hat Fair got its name.




Youth Speaks You might expect a sportsman to be enthusiastic about explaining the beauty of his particular sport and the skill required to play it well, but sometimes, some of our national players seem reticent or tongue tied. Not so with the very successful rugby teams at Perins. This year, a three man team entered the RIBI Youth Speaks competition and took all the points, finishing ahead of all the competition. Jamie Pakenham-Walsh, Chris Campbell and Jack Saunders (left to right below)

spoke eloquently on the reasons for and the consequences of recent changes to the laws of rugby,

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at Fair 2013 is coming! Now in its 39th year, Hat Fair is back. It’s bigger, better and bouncier than ever before for 2013. Friday 5 – Sunday 7 July 2013 Across Winchester. Most events are free, just put your

his excellent photography on the club website www. and we hope to see more of his work in the future.

Hatters will be all over the city, carrying out feats of daring do with their hat outstretched. The best of street theatre will pop up round every corner, and Hidden Hat Fair will take new performances to spaces that have never seen theatre before. Our beautiful city will be alive with music and fun, there will be market stalls selling everything from etched brass to ponchos and of course lots of hats! From the launch procession and Mad Hatter’s tea party involving kids from local

schools to the Small Wonders Park at the Winchester Discovery Centre and a teatent in Abbey garden for older ones, Hat Fair will be making a special welcome for the young this year. And for the whole family, join us for the usual Sunday 7th party at Oram’s Arbour. Unexpected – for everyone Hatters, dancers, musicians and street artists are just round the next corner. There are pitches around the city where all kinds of dare devilry and out-of-the-ordinary performance are taking place. Prepare to laugh, gasp and be amazed! Sit back and enjoy the best that street theatre can offer. And don’t forget to


a most appropriate topic for the school which has enjoyed significant success on the rugby field in recent years. In addition to presenting their arguments, they were also tasked with chairing the meeting and dealing effectively with questions from the floor. The judges from Alresford Rotary Club were very impressed with the clarity of the explanations and enthusiasm shown by the team.

…and remember The popular Alresford 10k Road Race and Children’s Fun Runs will be held on Sunday June 16th. Ideal for families, new runners and seasoned club competitors, the race is a relaxed event, set around a varied and interesting course. After the run, the whole family can then relax and watch the toys do all the hard work in the biannual Alresford Duck Race! You can find out more about these events and about Rotary – how you can volunteer, become a member or get help from us – on our website, Roger Ashbrook

put some money in the hat. Unexpected – Hidden Hat Fair Sometimes Hat Fair ventures to unexpected places, so that the familiar suddenly takes on a whole new perspective. Ticketed events include Small Wonders, I Do presented by Dante or Die, Memory Point(s) presented by Platform 4, Where Did It All Go Right? By Ponydance, Mercurial Wrestler by Magna Mysteria and the High Tea Theatre Tent For more information or tickets for ticketed events call Theatre Royal Winchester Box Office 01962 840440

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Big cheques and big days out afoot for the Busy Pigs

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We look forward to hearing more about the great creative work which results from the new equipment! Kevin Burrows (ChairPig) presents a cheque to Jo Furguson (left) and Sam Waterer and Laura Hoggard, with children from Cherry Trees Playgroup


oing what we do best, May has seen a flurry of donations to local worthy causes from the Alresford Pigs – activities matched by further fundraising plans and the onset of the annual minibus outings for local elderly residents. Recent donations have included two terrific worthy causes for our younger residents, first to Cherry Tree Pre-School, and secondly to Sun Hill Infant School. Cherry Tree approached us recently asking for support for their ambitious ‘relocation

project’, a project backed by many local people with the aim of providing a permanent and safe setting for all of their children. In addition to their own fundraising activities, we were delighted to step forward to donate £500 for the provision of their building shutters. Pictured above is our Chair Pig Kevin Burrows proudly presenting a ‘big cheque’ to Jo Ferguson (manager) Moving up in age group, we were equally delighted to support the Creative Arts award winning Sun Hill Junior School with a donation towards their new ‘test’ kiln.

Tichborne Park Cricket Club seek new players


ichborne Park Cricket Club, who play in the prestigious Southern Premier League on one of Hampshire's most picturesque grounds, are looking for new players for their U15 team. As part of this recruitment drive, the club is taking part in the ISSUE 79


Hampshire Cricket Board's (HCB) Chance 2 Shine (C2S) program and enlisting the help of development coach Simon Hammond to boost numbers. The scheme allows for curriculum time and after school coaching to give prospective players the chance to move to the club

Moving a little further up the age group range, we are delighted to once again be putting on a number of mini-bus outings for our older residents. Our thanks to Phil Voce for his expert organisation of the ‘Drive time’ project – and of course to everyone who joins us throughout the spring and summer. Finally Much work has been taking place over recent weeks, planning the bi-annual Duck Race. A fabulous fundraising event for the Pigs – but equally importantly, a fabulous day out for all of the family. Held as ever, at the picturesque Weir House (our thanks once again go out to George and

with confidence. In order to encourage new players along, the club are offering free taster sessions to all those interested in joining. This gives players access to the club's experienced ECB coaches and matches throughout the summer in the Winchester Warriors U15 league and possibly one of their senior teams, with no up front payment required; equipment can also be provided if needed. If you are looking for a new challenge,


Janette Hollingbery for their great support and hospitality) on Sunday 16th June, this promises once again to be an occasion to remember!! Entrance is FREE with all proceeds going to local, needy causes. We look forward to seeing you (in the sunshine) on the 16th!!

More information about the Alresford Pigs can be found at or for an immediate request for support call our Help line 01962 658961

you are a player returning to the game or are frustrated at the lack of opportunity to play competitive games please come along to any of the training sessions on Wednesday evenings from 6-7 or contact the HCB development office through simon.hammond@ for more details of this great opportunity to play cricket in beautiful and historic Tichborne Park.

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Town Council News

Alresford Town Council Reports Local Plan 2 Needs Group Submission On the 25th of April, the Local Plan Committee of Alresford Town Council staged an exhibition of the work carried out by the Local Plan 2 Needs working party; this was followed by a formal evening meeting. The event had been well advertised and leaflets were delivered to every house in the town. Some 200 people came along to see how the needs for Housing, Employment, Infrastructure and Recreation Space had been gathered by groups of townspeople coordinated by Councillors and members of local organisations. The council was delighted with the format of the event as it resulted in good attendance and we collected many useful comments that we can feed into the process. Available on the NATC Town Plan website http://www.newalresfordtc. are the answers to those questions raised by the public on the day along with an action list. This type of proactive event gives the public an opportunity to exchange ideas and a strong majority view emerges. We will use this successful exhibition style format again in the next stage of the process when we have to discuss with Winchester where it would be best to sympathetically build new houses. Our aim is to retain the unique character of Alresford whilst accommodating the demands of the District wide strategy. The City Council’s target for Alresford to accommodate 500 new houses between 2011 and 2031 is 25 per year and recent years have seen surges of more than that, approximately 80 have already been built or have



planning permission, so the programme from now on is not that onerous if a longer term view is taken. At our June meeting we will approval the LP2 needs document. In general the council are happy with the proposed submission with the exception of the provision made for one bedroom properties where we considered the requirement to be too high. Also we are questioning the need for a commercial burial space requirement of 2 hectares and investigating the plot required for non-commercial burials. Annual Town Council Meeting At the ATCM Councillors were elected to the following Council positions for 2013/14:Cllr. Lisa Griffiths was elected as Chair of Council Cllr. Margot Power became Vice- Chair Cllr. Roy Gentry retained Finance Chair Cllr. Stuart McCullouch became Recreation Chair Cllr. Roy Gentry became Environment Chair Cllr. Lisa Griffiths retained Tourism Chair Cllr. Margot Power became Planning Chair ARC Car Park Good news. Our new ARC car park has been assessed by the accredited Police assessor, and the Safer Parking Scheme Area Manager for London and Hampshire from the British Parking Association and has been granted Parkmark Safer Parking Status. This prestigious award owned by ACPO (Association of Chief Police Officers) and managed by the BPA demonstrates that the ARC car park, has low or no crime, is well managed,

clean and patrolled on a regular basis. EV Electronic Vehicle Charging Bay The car park also boasts an Electronic Vehicle charging point and bay signed EV located immediately next to the entrance to the building alongside the Disabled Bays. This charging point is linked into the solar panels on the roof of the building and any re-charging during the day is truly green energy. 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. June 2013 Meeting Schedule Time: 7.30pm Venue: ARC Full Town Council Meeting - 13th June Planning - TBA All meeting dates are advertised on the Council Notice boards located in Broad Street and Mitford Road. It is advisable to check these boards as any changes to scheduled meetings or additional meeting dates will always by notified on these notice boards. 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@



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he Alresford Branch of the Royal Naval Association celebrated 20 years of comradeship when it marked its anniversary on April 14th with a formal luncheon at Alresford Golf Club. In his welcoming address, the Chairman, Mr David Ottley, noted that this was a noteworthy achievement at a time when several RNA branches across the country are struggling.

A wealth and variety of naval experience was represented at the lunch, ranging from D-Day veterans to currently serving Naval personnel. Special guests included representatives from Alresford Town Council and the Royal Naval Association. Presentations were made to three of the founder members, who are still active within the Alresford Branch, to thank them for their vision, commitment and hard work. At the end of the formal lunch, the anniversary cake was ceremonially “cut” by the President, Sir Derek Reffel, with a naval sword. It was, he commented, only the second time the sword had been used for this purpose – the first being at his own wedding, over 50 years ago. There was also time for much laughter and many reminiscences amongst the guests, some no doubt prompted by the Branch memorabilia which was on display.



During his closing remarks the President congratulated the Branch on reaching this 20th anniversary and paid tribute to the qualities of loyalty, patriotism, support and friendship within the Branch. These were true to the ideals of the Royal Naval Association and augured well for its future. Alresford RNA holds Mess nights on the fourth Tuesday of each month starting at 7.30pm. It has recently moved venues to the Cricketers Inn, Jacklyn’s Lane, Alresford. The RNA is an association for members and ex-members of the Naval Service (including Royal Navy, Royal Marines, WRNS, QARNNS, RNR, RMR, RFA, RNXS). Membership is also open to anyone who supports the Naval Service, including comrades from other services, ex-Merchant Navy, friends and families. The Alresford branch membership comprises a good range of experience and also covers a wide age range. They have lots of character and are friendly and welcoming. The mess nights include a formal business meeting, time to chat and socialise (with the help of the adjacent bar) and there is usually a guest speaker. The talks range from those with a direct military focus, to matters of local and more general interest. If you would like to know more about the RNA in Alresford and come to one of the Mess Nights, please contact the Hon. Secretary, Mrs Lesley Jones, preferably by email (family@jonesberry. net) or by telephone 01962 736573.

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Four stages of live music at the 4th Alresford Music Festival Last year’s festival was a fantastic success – with our new venue in the heart of the town being well received with more festival goers than ever! The reputation of the Alresford Music Festival as a great family day out will continue in 2013 with even more family entertainment to enjoy. The response from the local community has been fantastic over the past three years and it’s great to see the festival being supported not only locally but by festival goers from all over the country. This year we’re pleased to announce we have over 20 great bands confirmed and as ever the quality of the artists is getting better each year. There will be such musical delights as a nine piece party band delivering high energy disco, soul and funk to a three-piece electro-pop band from Southampton.

An innovative twelve piece act fusing hip-hop, classical and rock music. We also welcome a young female artist who shot to fame after appearing on ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ and an internationally renowned female vocalist who has performed at The Montreux Jazz Festival. Plus psychedelic indie rock, some great pop acts and a healthy serving of blues, rock, ska, folk and some great cover bands. In addition to our two main stages we’re introducing an acoustic stage this year with a wide range of artists performing, from Southampton based Seán McGowan who has recently supported Frank Turner, Winchester’s Juliet Howland who received Radio 2 acclaim last year through to the multitalented musician Louise Jordan, whose second album just received 4 stars in the Sunday Express. As well as the four stages of live music there are a variety of quality food stalls, a packed festival village, a ‘big top’ bar and lots of family entertainment throughout the day, including circus activities, music workshops, pop dance workshops, craft stalls and zorbing to name but a few!



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Circus Activities Provided by Marky Jay, there will be lots of circus skills to try out and to participate in. Plus watch the ‘The Marky Jay Show’, an amazing street show with a mix of comedy, stunts, clowning, audience participation and circus tricks. This year there will also be an excellent fire juggling show with one of the country’s top fire performers!

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Additional Dates for your Diary Friday 21st June Summer Party Night with Live Cuban Band! From 7.30 – 10.30pm. £13/ £15 on the night. Concessions available The Performance Hall, Winchester Discovery Centre Jewry Street, Winchester, SO23 8SB. Come and join Silvia & Max for this special treat – a Party Night with true Cuban Ambience with Live Cuban Band Sarabanda! There is nothing like dancing to the rhythms of a live band. Everyone is welcome, whether you have been dancing for years or you just enjoy live Latin music, whether you come with a partner or on your own – we’ll get everyone dancing! Bar open all night with Sangria on offer. We are looking forward to seeing you. Silvia & Max 01256 389 275 Saturday 22nd June Beauworth Village Fete The Milbury’s 2pm-4pm. Lovely stalls, Bric-a-Brac, Games and Activities, Plants, Home Produce, Teas Sunday 23rd June Winchester CycleFest: Winchester Cycle Fair A fun family event giving children and adults the chance to take part in a range of cycling activities and entertainment throughout the afternoon. More details to follow soon! Contact uk or call the Sports & Physical Activity Team on 01962 848 532. Please also see the other cycling event: Winchester CycleFest: Winchester Criterium & Family Cycle Day - Sunday 11 August 12 - 8pm. Sport@winchester. or call 01962 848 532. Pricing FREE at the Broadway, Winchester. Sunday 23rd June Walk the Walk, Avington Park Avington Park will be opening the Box Walk from 11am to 6pm. 2 miles through the Village, back along the river, finishing in the Park for tea and historic cake. All ages welcome, dogs on leads please. In aid of Itchen Valley Churches and Mark Davies Injured Riders Fund. Minimum donation £5. For more information contact enquiries@ or 01962 779260



Monday 24th June Ropley Horticultural Society Gardeners Question Time With John Wood, Head Gardener at Hinton Ampner, the local National Trust property best known for its magnificent garden. John offers comprehensive practical knowledge, alongside a particular interest in roses. Bring your queries to make the most of John’s expertise. At the Coffee Room, Church Lane, Ropley (near the village church). Starts at 8pm. £5 on the door, all welcome. Saturday 29th June Alresford Community Choir invite you to join them for an informal Summer Concert St John's Church, Alresford 7.30pm. Tickets: £10 to include a drink, available from Six West (formerly County News) Sunday 30th June Bishop's Sutton Village Fete and Garden Party From 2pm - 4.15pm at Bishop's Court. BBQ, Bar, Teas, Swimming, Snail Racing, Raffles, Punch-Judy, Egg Throwing, Best Dressed Hat Competition, Tractor Rides, Treasure Hunt, Cakes, Plants.... Stalls Galore and Much, Much More! Join Us for a Fun Filled Family Afternoon Out Sunday 30th June The Romsey Singers - Music for a Summer Evening From 7.30 pm at Old Alresford Place. Tickets £10 available from romseysingers or in person from reception at Old Alresford Place Bring a pre-concert picnic to enjoy in the grounds. Pimms bar in the interval. The choir’s programme marks the centenary of Benjamin Britten's birth with his Hymn to St Cecilia. There will also be lots of lighter music, concluding with the animals going in two by two in Captain Noah and his Floating Zoo by Joseph Horovitz. Saturday 13th July Tichborne Village Fete & Teas From 2-5pm at Sevington Manor Garden, Tichborne, nr Alresford In aid of St Andrew's, Tichborne & the Church Bells Appeal. Plants, Bric a Brac, Pet Show, Tombola, Games, Childrens' Stalls, 'Garden Creations' competition, Books, Cakes & Home Produce, BBQ & other attractions. Entry £1.50, children free. Enquiries to 01962 734203

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Droxford Country Fair


nnual event for all the family. Refreshments, stalls, games, displays and more. Come and enjoy. Droxford Country Fair is being held on Saturday 1st June, from 12:30 pm until 4:00 pm. Following the success of recent years, and with public support, the Fair will again be held in Droxford Square and adjacent gardens of the Manor House and Old Rectory. Please follow signs for Parking in the Recreation Ground. There is a small entry fee of £1 per adult and children under 16 are free. A programme will be provided. Refreshments are and will include

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teas, ice creams, Pimms, local ale and other drinks. Musical entertainment will be provided by the excellent Ferdies Friends. The Fair will include a fun dog show for which details are available on local posters, country crafts and other rural interests, falconry, swordmanship demonstrations with a chance to join in, donkey rides, steam train, wool spinning, range of stalls with local produce, books, bric-abrac etc, an ever popular raffle with excellent prizes, range of games for all ages including ferret racing, coconut shy, darts, splat the rat etc. Droxford School be contributing entertainment.

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Event details Contact Richard McGilloway 01489 878 790 Email Contact: £1 per person. Under 16 free.

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Wednesday 19th June, 6.00pm to 8.30pm

Mid Summer Tasting Venue: King Charles Hall, The Guildhall, Winchester, SO23 9GH Our big mid summer tasting is your chance to catch up with our favourite wines of the moment – everything from fresh and lively whites and rosés for daily drinking to fine red Bordeaux and Burgundy. There will be around 50 wines from fizz to white, rosé, red and sweet wines from all over the world, all open at an informal, walk-round tasting. Of course we will lead with summery wines - fresh, lively and with lowish alcohol - so expect Sauvignon Blancs, rosés, Beaujolais, Loire Cabernet Franc etc. - but there will be a few hearty and fruity reds for barbecues too! We will be charging £10 a head for the tasting, but we do offer 10% off our bottle prices for any wine in the tasting, for all orders placed on the evening. Just let us know at 01962 712351 or if you would like to attend. TO ADVERTISE CALL: 01962 735137 JUNE




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Spring has sprung! T

om Cruise passed by my house again, it was becoming irritating. It wouldn’t be so bad, in fact thoroughly exciting, if he had been chatting on his I-Phone while sipping an espresso with an extra shot (he’s SO not a latte man), but no his image was plastered across the number 64 bus along with a single word, ’Oblivion’, the title of his latest blockbuster to be. It was all too easy to fall into a similar state of oblivion as our dear Tom, a tad pallid with eyes downcast. After all everything had been rather depressing of late, winter seemed to be infinite and I’d completely lost faith in ever feeling the warmth of the sun again let alone with its accompanying blue sky; it was all a bit grey. Yet there is, I’ve discovered, something about grey. ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ aside, (The Husband thinks I’m referring to my hair colour), it’s a restful serine hue whether in nature or in Dulux and of course so in vogue darling. The kitchen is grey, the conservatory too but the lounge – oh dear. The years have not been kind; having passed the boundaries of ‘Shabby Chic’ long ago there was now no discernable difference between the lounge and the interior of the Trusty Renault, something had to be done. The Husband had a free day and reluctantly muttered the immortal words, “Is there anything you want doing Sandra?” Poor man, “Oooh yes love………” I purred, his eyes widened with anticipation…”Could you paint the lounge grey” “Eh?” Little did he know concealed behind every picture were test patches of various greys having been in discussion about the merits of grey with chums for some time. Their response ranged from stunned silence and glazed smile to ‘you’ve got to be kidding it’ll be like living in a cave!’. But this Pagan was undaunted. Initially Mineral Haze turned out to be Battleship Grey but by the second coat the grubby Classic Cream had gone and the room, having been spring cleaned as well, was transformed looking somehow altogether larger with even the old sofas and curtains enjoying a new lease of life. In the absence of bright greens and yellows outside, grey was the new colour of spring! The lounge was just the start; I was on a mission of cheerful transformation. I made a comprehensive list of all that would be required for the renewal of Chez Pagan. And…oops it would seem that interior design is beyond expensive.



All was not lost though, there was always a cheaper option. So it was that a dear chum and I travelled to the palace of Scandinavian delights at our local Solent port. We were merely doing a reccy for later projects you understand, pausing for coffee and a slice of a cake with an unpronounceable name, before pouncing on candles. At first our resolve was strong just one yellow bag between the two of us but then my temptress of a chum said, “Shall we get a trolley?” I was powerless to resist and it all went down hill from there on. Naturally I needed more grey bowls, serviettes and oh another candle. Also some picture frames and a small rug. Then I remembered I had to purchase a five-foot roller blind; trust me that turns into a lethal weapon once placed in a trolley with a dodgy wheel. We careered through the market place apologizing profusely to all those we speared. My chum not only had an uncontrollable fit of the giggles but also then spied IT. “OMG I have to have it!!” She cried. Now I could have understood completely if ‘IT’ had been a handbag or lovely piece of knitwear, but no. The object of her desire was a bright green, (I mean not even grey!), clothes airer with extendable side panels for that extra heavy washing. Like a woman possessed she grappled with the ungainly metal contraption until at least part of it was in the trolley. By the time we had negotiated the soft furnishing and carpets my chum was completely convulsed with laughter. At the checkout I packed my purchases into the usual blue bag and having paid turned to help my chum. An extraordinary sight met my eyes. Customers looked on incredulously as she, in wrestling with the clothes airer and not being the tallest person, had managed to get herself stuck over the side of the trolley with both feet off the ground. The only words she could utter as tears of laughter streamed down her face were “Thank god for Tena Lady.” I feared for her sanity when even the bill induced further hysterics. In the car park we were both hapless and hopeless with mirth heaving the bags into the back of the Trusty Renault. A woman approached my chum: “You’ve made my day. I was in the queue behind you – the funniest thing I’ve seen in ages.” She was right, it felt good to really laugh properly even if we didn’t quite know why! Whatever the reason the sap was clearly rising and my chum had brightened up a gloriously grey day; spring had definitely sprung! Sandra Pagan


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Jenny Meadows Winchester District Citizens Advice Bureau


I am going to live on my own for the first time and am worried about how to manage my budget. What can I do to avoid getting into debt?


Try not to be intimidated by money matters. Keep track of how much money you have coming in and how much you have to put aside for bills, rent and food. You may find it helpful to set up standing orders and direct debits to pay your bills. Arrange for payments to

leave your account soon after your pay date. If you can, try and save some money each month as a general savings plan or to cover emergencies when they arise. Make sure you look again at your budget each time there is a change in your income or any other change that might affect your finances. Always shop around for the cheapest gas, electricity, telephone and insurance deals. There are many to choose from now.

secured and unsecured lending. If you take out a secured loan, you are using your house as surety and may lose it if you cannot make the loan repayments.

Be careful about buying goods on credit. The interest repayments can be quite high. Also, be careful about interest free credit. It may seem a good deal but if you fail to repay the full amount before the end of the free interest period, you could find yourself paying the full interest, even if you are one day late on your payment. Try to pay at least 10% of your balance every month on your credit cards.

For more information about buying goods on credit and taking out loans, see Credit on For more information about unauthorised overdrafts, see banks and building societies on For more information, or contact details of your nearest CAB, go to the Citizens Advice website

Don’t just run up an overdraft without talking to your bank, you will be charged for unauthorised overdrafts. Be very careful about taking out any loans. Read and familiarize yourself with the terminology. Most important, know the difference between

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What do you think?

Simplicity T

wo books fell through the door, one with ease the other the postman had to wrestle with a little, ironically the large tome was called ‘Simplicity’ and the thinner volume ‘Simplicity Made Easy’.

Sir David Attenborough prompted my purchases: in an interview he was asked if he considered mankind could do more to rescue the planet. His response was, all man needed to do was to stop what we are doing currently. Simply change our behaviour in order to save the planet. “It’s as simple as that.” Yet there had to be more to it surely? For some reason the Ten Commandments came to mind. Ten simple rules by which Christians are meant to live, there’s one for every facet of human existence, not difficult to understand and how harmonious it would all be if we adhered to them. But no. Enter free will, full of over analysis and excuses regarding why we can’t, they’re too naïve and outdated, too literal, that’s not really what is meant. But then Einstein said ‘Everything should be made as simple as possible but not simpler.’ Do we prefer to struggle with the complexities and ignore the simplicities? The idea and ideal of simplicity can be found in many religions; Quakers advocate sharing or giving away possessions, stripping away the physical to gain a deeper understanding of the spiritual. Like-wise the Franciscans and Buddhists give up all they have and live with the poor to become closer to the teachings of God; that is their choice, yet one man's simple



life is another man's poverty. Lifelong poverty due to birth and circumstance renders millions without a choice. In the capitalist consumer society we have that privilege of choice. The simple life has become synonymous with baking bread or keeping chickens and growing your own vegetables; things that, in actuality, are not always easy and take practice and knowledge to perfect. The simple life is not about opting out but rather opting in to what Attenborough was suggesting as the right way forward – taking only what you need, living as sustainably as possible, asking ourselves if we really need all this ‘stuff’. The simple quote from Miles van der Rohe,’Less is more’, precisely captures the feeling we get when we de-clutter. Whether it be clearing your wardrobe of long forgotten clothes, ridding your life of too much frippery or choosing a diet when you eat good food only when you are truly hungry. The fact is we feel so much better spiritually for achieving these simple things. So if simplicity is so easy to obtain why then do I need to buy books to tell me how to achieve it? There is no doubt that the desire for a simple life comes from within- it feels right- but we need points of reference and knowledge to help us un-learn our current way of living. Simplicity as it turns out is far from simple. What do you think? GG




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Clubs and Societies 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 or visit www.cheritonsingers. 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. Tel: 01962 736751. artsociety. 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

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. Alresford & Cheriton Scout Group Beavers (6-8 yrs) meet on Monday, Cubs (8-10 yrs) meet on Tuesday, Scouts (10-14 yrs) meet on Thursday and Explorers (15-18 yrs) meet on Wednesday, all at the Scout Hut off Bridge Road behind Perins playing field. Adult leaders required to join a successful and growing Group. Contact Group Scout Leader Roy Naismith on 01962 735607 or email 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 Please contact Carol Jenkins by email at


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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 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 732978. Alresford Royal Naval Association. We hold our Mess Nights on the second Tuesday each month, at 7.30pm in the Cricketers Inn, Jacklyn's Lane. Membership is open to all members and exmembers 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 contact Jean email:; 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

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Rising stars join galaxy of performers for 2013 Winchester Festival


ising stars will be showcased alongside internationally renowned names from the worlds of classical music, literature and politics during a 10 day festival of the arts in July. The 2013 Winchester Festival will bring former cabinet minister and railway buff, Michael Portillo, Best Exotic Marigold Hotel author Deborah Moggach, guitarist John Williams and erstwhile Poet Laureate, Sir Andrew Motion, to the city in a programme of 30 talks and concerts between 5 and 14 July. As in previous years, the Festival will open with a large-scale choral and orchestral concert in Winchester Cathedral. Owain Arwel Hughes will conduct the Philharmonia Orchestra and a massed choir drawn from the Waynflete Singers, Bournemouth Symphony Chorus and Hampshire County Children’s Choir in a performance of Berlioz’ mighty Te Deum. The second half of the programme will feature Saint-Saëns’ Organ Symphony with the cathedral’s director of music, Andrew Lumsden, at the console. Other musical treats include internationally renowned violinist, Tasmin Little, a ‘come and sing’ day with composer John Rutter and a chamber concert finale given by the Nash Ensemble. Jazz is represented by Joe Stilgoe and classical stars in the ascendant will once again captivate lunchtime audiences in a series of weekday recitals at St Lawrence’s Church in The Square. The Guildhall is the focal point for literary events and ISSUE 79


talks by an eclectic group of broadcasters, authors and influential experts. Names include Whitbread and Orange prize winner, Rose Tremain, BBC Deputy Political Editor James Landale, architects Sir Nicholas Grimshaw and Stephen Hodder, and two of the art world’s most influential figures; Sir Roy Strong and Brian Sewell. Festival goers will also have the opportunity to try their hands – and feet – at Regency dancing in Winchester’s former assembly rooms (now St John’s House), home to balls attended by Jane Austen and her sisters. At the opposite end of the spectrum, the Time Warp may well put in an appearance during a oneoff screening of the Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Guildhall. Festival director, Carol Butler, said: “The Winchester Festival has been a highlight of summer in the city for the past 15 years and continues to attract a wide range of nationally and internationally renowned performers. “We are extremely fortunate to have the continued backing of generous patrons, local businesses and the city and county councils in bringing this 16th festival to fruition.” Art exhibitions, the latest production by Blue Apple Theatre, a talk commemorating the 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice and a programme of guided walks add further variety to events, tickets for which are now on general sale. For further information pick up a brochure or visit the Festival website at www. The Winchester Cathedral Box Office: 01962 857 276.

Swansea City Opera Returns to Theatre Royal


comic effect, but not before the story is ultimately resolved and peace is restored to the household.

The show tells the story of the rich but ageing Don who, along with his physician and confidante, embarks on an ill-advised plan to eschew the inheritance problems that beset his estate. Intrigue, deception and mistaken identity all conspire to great

Swansea City Opera is renowned for its presentation of comic opera classics delivered in English by accomplished singers and musicians, and has been touring since it was established in 2004. There will be a pre-show lecture about the opera and its production, given by the Artistic Director of SCO, Brendan Wheatley. The pre-show lecture is at 6.00pm prior to the performance on Tues 18 June at 6.00pm. Places for the talk are free but must be booked at the box office.

wansea City Opera returns to Winchester with Don Pasquale, Donizetti’s popular comic opera, set in Rome in the 1840s. The opera is performed in English with period costume, and is the latest production from the company who have toured to Winchester most recently with ‘Cosí fan Tutte’, ‘The Barber of Seville’ and ‘The Pearl Fishers’.

Nationally renowned theatre brings Shakespeare to the Theatre Royal


hakespeare at the Tobacco Factory, the nationally renowned Bristol-based company, presents one of the Bard’s earliest comedies, Two Gentlemen of Verona, from Tuesday 11 to Saturday 15 June. The play famously stars a live dog, and will be set in Edwardian Italy, with the stage transformed into an Italian piazza complete with stone pillars, café tables and singing waiters. The darkly comic drama is widely regarded to be one of Shakespeare’s first plays, and has pre-echoes of Twelfth Night and As You Like It, sharing themes around the madness of love, loyalty and betrayal and friendship. The dog, Crab, is played by canine thespian Lollio, owned by actor Chris Donnelly who plays the brilliantly comic Launce.


Communications Manager at the Theatre Kate Raines said: ‘We are delighted to welcome Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory to Theatre Royal Winchester for the first time. The company has a reputation for excellent work on a national scale – this tour has sold to capacity audiences in Bristol and Two Gentlemen of Verona is set to be a hugely enjoyable evening’s entertainment.’ In 2001, Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory won a National – the Empty Space / Peter Brook Award, which resulted in a growing reputation for high quality work in the UK and beyond. ‘If you’ve never found Shakespeare’s comedies funny, do try this’ The Guardian.

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West End Summer School returns to Perins


est End theatre company, West End Summers, will be returning to Perins for the second year running to host a drama summer school for young people in Alresford. West End Summers will be running a week long summer school for 8 to 18 year olds who are interested in the performing arts. The Summer School will run from Monday 29th July to Friday 2nd August in the Perins main hall and is open to young people of all abilities. This fun and interactive course will train the students in improvisation, characterisation and acting techniques, building up to a performance to family and friends on the last day. The students will have the chance to steer the direction of the production whilst guided by the professionals. Last year one parent commented: “The production we watched on Friday evening was ridiculously good!”



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had won the high profile Rock Challenge drama competition, in Southampton, earlier in the year. “We received some great feedback from the students who took part in the summer school last year and we are pleased to be returning to Perins” added Roxanne Kamberos of West End Summers. “There’s some great talent in Alresford and we hope to help nurture interest in the performing arts by expanding the performance opportunities for the students.” West End Summers is part of West End in Schools, a yearround theatre programme that takes leading West End performers to schools nationwide, performing musicals and running drama and dance workshops. The Olivier Award winning company includes stars of West End shows such as Mamma Mia, Phantom of the Opera and Grease, and films and television programmes such as Bridget Jones’s Diary, Hollyoaks and How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria. Places on the summer school are limited and cost £250 per person for the week. For further information and bookings please go to http:// perins/.

West End Summers approached Perins last year to launch the programme after seeing that the school

Hampshire’s wine producers sparkle in top wine magazine’s tastings


nglish sparkling wines are at last being taken seriously, not only in this country but also across the waters, and Hampshire’s wine producers are up at the top with the most respected vineyards. In a recent tasting of 55 English sparkling wines, conducted by Britain’s leading wine magazine, Decanter, three of Hampshire’s vineyards were recognised and awarded top scores. The wines were tasted by a panel of highly experienced and respected judges including two Masters of Wine - Justin HowardSneyd who used to head up the Waitrose wine team and Stephen Skelton who is one of the UK’s top wine consultants. The panel placed two wines from Jenkyn Place and one from Danebury Vineyard in the ‘Recommended’ category. The judges described the Danebury Cossack Vintage Brut 2006 as having ‘real class and character’. The judges thought that the Sparkling Rose 2008 from Jenkyn Place was ‘bursting with flavour’ and that the vineyard’s Brut 2009 was ‘elegant, with a lovely balance’. Both vineyards are proud members of the county food group, Hampshire Fare and are delighted that this latest recognition by some of


Caroline Stevens of Danebury Vineyards near Stockbridge said, “We are all thrilled that our wine has been so well received by such a discerning group of wine experts. We have worked hard to ensure our wines are of a consistently superior quality and this kind of recognition puts English sparkling wines on the map.” Simon Bladon of Jenkyn Place Vineyard near Alton commented, “We are delighted with how well our wines have performed in this prestigious tasting as we were up against some of the very top producers. After the success of last year’s Diamond Jubilee and Olympics it seems that English sparkling wines are finally being taken seriously both by consumers and by wine experts.” Hampshire’s mild climate and ground conditions are ideal for vine growing and both vineyards have already received prestigious awards for their wines. The wines are available to buy from independent wine merchants and other retailers. They can also be ordered directly from the vineyards or online at www.sparklingenglishwine. If you are eager to learn more about Hampshire’s vineyards look out for tours and tastings taking place as part of the Hampshire Food Festival at vineyards across the county in July.

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he 'Get Britain Cycling' report calls for a default 20mph speed limit in towns, high quality cycle paths and cycle training to be included in the National Curriculum. Currently across the UK, only 2% of journeys are made by bike - the report calls for a figure of 10% by 2015. In the Netherlands, 27% of journeys are made by bike already. Prime Minister David Cameron is being urged by cross-party MPs and cycling organisations to radically overhaul the future of cycling, with the aim of making the streets more cycle-friendly. The proposals are being supported by many of the Olympic champions from

2012 and CTC President Jon Snow but could fail to get a proper hearing if there are not enough signatories to an e-petition calling for a debate in Westminster. At the time of writing, the e-petition has reached over 43,000 signatories but will need to be at 100,000 to be successful. Would you feel happier to dust off your bike if the roads were more suitable for cyclists? Would you like to see a healthier lifestyle for all as well as less congestion and less pollution? Then please spare a moment to add your name to the online petition at uk/petitions/49196.

Perins rugby girls set for future dominance


n the weekend of 27th April, Perins School turned up to the Girls’ National Rugby Finals at Staines RFC with not just one team, but two! Perins was the only school in the country to get two teams of girls through to the U13s and U15s national rugby tournament. Chris Hancock, coach and Perins PE teacher said, “The girls’ commitment to training this year has been second to none and it really paid off when they were faced with some formidable opposition.” Perins U13s are now ranked ISSUE 79


11th in the country and the U15s are ranked 7th. Already many of the current squad in the U15s who will be to old to play in next year’s tournament have offered their expertise to help the younger girls at training and to develop their rugby skills for next season. Many of the girls are now joining Basingstoke Rugby Club with whom we have developed strong links over the last year. This will really add to the girls’ development and game understanding. With a regular core of 30 girls at training the future looks very bright for girls’ rugby at Perins.

Cherry Tree Pre-School, Cheriton Relocation Project Completed!


herry Tree PreSchool in Cheriton has completed its relocation project to provide the pre-school with a new setting. The pre-school is now ready to open its doors and has moved from the Village Hall in Cheriton to the newly renovated Cherry Tree Hut at the Cheriton recreation ground. George Hollingbery, MP for Meon Valley, who originally launched the relocation fund in March 2012, unveiled the renovated building at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the hut on Friday 26 April. He also planted a cherry tree to mark the opening.

The pre-school set an ambitious target of raising £30,000 to complete the renovation project and from a vast amount of fundraising events and initiatives, and having benefitted from a £10,000 Awards for All Grant


from The Big Lottery Fund, this goal has been achieved. George Hollingbery said: “I am delighted that the preschool has managed to raise the necessary funds and secure community support to relocate to this new setting. This is testament to the hard work of the pre-school’s parents and the generosity of local businesses and tradespeople. I would like to wish the children, staff and parents all the best for the future.” Caroline Sorgi, Chair of Cherry Tree Pre-School, said: “The unveiling of our new setting marks the beginning of a new chapter in the life of Cherry Tree Pre-School. It was always our goal to provide a building to match the excellence of our staff and service and we are delighted that this has now been achieved. We look forward to welcoming our children to this fantastic building and its enviable location. We would also like to say a massive thank you to all our supporters and parents for helping us on this journey. Without their support this mammoth project would not have been possible.

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hank you for your support at the local elections. You have given me another opportunity to represent you at the County Council for the next four years. Perhaps we met on the doorstep? I enjoyed talking to you and getting out in the fresh air more! So, with a completely new political mix, we listened as the Chief Executive talked to old and new councillors and I learned a few new facts about Hampshire. •

Hampshire County Council spends around £1m every single day on adult social care. School dinners are getting so popular that the kitchens may have to be expanded to cope!

There’s a really good news story on the challenge of Rural Broadband. With £13.8million in the pot for Hampshire (£5m from the Government (BDUK), £5m from Hampshire County Council and £3.8m from BT), the broadband programme has begun, to deliver 2mB broadband service to 100% of homes in Hampshire by the end of 2015, not 90% by 2017 as was originally planned. Experts tell me that the last 3.5% of homes will be the real challenge. This is a massive improvement for residents in the Itchen Valley division, as many of you are in the last rural 10%. Our local campaign persuaded the County Council to ISSUE 79


From April 2013, the County Council takes responsibility for a £40million+ public health budget, including healthier lifestyles, vaccination, fluoridation and wellbeing. I have also received support from Dr Milton, the Director of Public Health on the subject of water treatment, which is an issue in rural areas. Energy generation is a hot topic in the division- now there are applications for a wind farm, an anaerobic digester, and a solar farm in the area, and a licence for fracking nearby! Please let me know what you think about these technologies, especially if you work in the industry, or if you want details of the applications. The county has enormous purchasing power for electricity for street lights, public buildings etc, and is offering an opportunity for householders to tap into that. Please telephone 01962 846828 or go to www.hants. to register your interest with no obligation. When all the applications are in, HCC will close the deal for cheaper electricity, so that you get a better deal too.

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great little Alresford secret is out in the open after Broad Street based Caracoli won a national award for its coffee. Barista Dhan Tamang has won the title of best latte artist in the country and, as a customer myself when I am in the town on a Saturday morning with the kids, I think the judges chose well. Congratulations to James and the team. In Parliament we have now received our work for the next session courtesy of the Queen’s Speech. My view is, at this stage in any Parliament (especially given this country has in my humble opinion too many laws already) it is tempting to ask Her Majesty to simply say ‘My Government will ... just get on with it’ but I guess I remain just a hopeless romantic. What we have is not a large legislative programme but some important Bills to consider.

Sometimes life isn’t so easy. You may need a little help along the way for an essential journey, a work tool or to pay for a new car part? Please contact me so I can put you in touch with your local representative at the Winchester Villages Trust, an excellent charity committed to helping residents through difficult times.

This Queen’s Speech is all about backing people who work hard and want to get on in life. Highlights for me: we will introduce further reforms to control and reduce immigration, deterring those who would abuse our system, and we will finally cap care costs and extend the means test threshold for financial assistance to ensure that noone has to sell their home in their lifetime to pay for residential care. As a member of the influential Justice Select Committee I expect also to have quite a bit of work around the proposals for the rehabilitation of offenders and reform of the probation service. All issues will be much discussed and reported in coming months.

Cllr Jackie Porter, Tel: 01962 791054, text 07973 696 085, www.jackieporter.

You may also have read - in the local and/or national press (see page 48) about the major report we launched last month from the All-Party Cycling Group of which I am Vice-


Chair. Get Britain Cycling has made quite a splash and we plan to sit down with the Prime Minister soon to present our findings in more detail. You can read all about this and see news of Winchester’s exciting Summer of Cycling via my special web-pages at Finally for this time, I recently organised for the brilliant Blue Apple Theatre Company, which showcases the talents of actors with learning disabilities, to perform in Speaker's House in Westminster. It is thought to be only the second time a play has been performed in the Palace of Westminster. The cast of seven presented 'Living without fear' - which shows through powerful stories the experiences of young adults with learning disabilities trying to lead independent lives in the face of harassment, hate crime and prejudice - for an audience which included Culture Secretary Maria Miller MP and Disabilities Minister Esther McVey MP. Veteran Labour MP Anne Begg also attended as did the new Chief Constable from Hampshire Police. I was so proud how they performed and how they touched a whole new audience with this show - Blue Apple is now a national as well as a local phenomenon. More at www. I hope to see some of you at the Alresford Music Festival on 8th June; I am working on a special guest so mum’s the word for now and let’s pray for sunshine! Lots more Winchester, Westminster catch via com.

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