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Alresford Forum

Y O U R F R E E & I N F O R M AT I V E L O C A L C O M M U N I T Y M A G A Z I N E


and Itchen Valley

Useful information Community news & events Church services Local entertainment Clubs & societies Local businesses Children's corner


Recipe page

Serving Alresford and surrounding towns & villages - view the magazine online at: Old Alresford Bighton Gundleton Tichborne Ropley& Ropley Dean Bishop’s Sutton Cheriton

Martyr Worthy Itchen Abbas & Stoke Bramdean Kilmeston

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Your vehicle will be looked after by qualified master technicians with many years of experience. Receive a dealership standard of service at local garage prices.

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to the Alresford Forum


elcome to the October issue of the Alresford Forum. We hope you like this month's issue which is packed with interesting articles from our writers. As per usual you will find a monthly recipe, a children’s activity corner and many other interesting articles. We thank all of the people who responded to our request for writers. The Forum has now built up a portfolio of wonderful local writers that will bring even more interest and topical issues to light around our area. From next month we will be adding a letters and comments page to the magazine. It's your opportunity to speak to us and let us have your thoughts, be it on the magazine itself or the content of an article. The Forum is for the community and the community needs a voice, so our letters page will give you the freedom to speak. The Forum team are constantly working hard to provide a good quality, informative and interesting magazine for our readers. We aim to include as many local events and news items as possible – so if you have a bric-a-brac sale; fete; class or exhibition etc. that you would like advertised for free in our magazine, please contact us at the earliest opportunity and we will include it in our News and Events section. Don't forget if you would like to read the magazines online simply visit the site and click on 'Latest Issue' in the menu bar . If you saw something in a previous issue and need to find it then click on 'Old Issues' tab in the menu bar.

Doesn't time fly - next month the magazine will be four years old! It seems such a short time since we put together the first magazine. We would like to thank all of our advertisers, contributors and readers for making the magazine what it is today. We have so many plans for the forthcoming years, rest assured your local community magazine will become bigger and more interesting. If you feel that we have missed something from our pages or you have an idea for the magazine you would like to discuss then please contact the editor on: 01962 735137 or alternatively email: editor@forumpublications We look forward to hearing from you.

Mark Tubb Editor

November Copy Deadline The copy deadline for all news, events, editorial and advertising is the 15th of October. Any items received after this date are not guaranteed publication in our November issue of the magazine.

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The Alresford Forum contains facts, views, opinions, statements, recommendations, advertisements and other content and links to external websites not owned or controlled by the magazine. The Alresford Forum takes reasonable efforts to include accurate, current information on its pages, but make no warranties or representations as to the accuracy, safety or value of the published items that are displayed. No liability or responsibility can be taken for errors or omissions in magazine content. The Alresford magazine content does not necessarily reflect the views, opinions or recommendations of its creators and any reliance upon its content is taken at the user’s sole risk. Adverts designed by Forum Publications remain the magazine's legal ownership.

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In this Issue

Business Guide Motors 2, 35, 36, 37

Community News 6, 24 Useful information 9 Alresford Surgery News

Health & Beauty 5, 7, 8, 9

10 Jackie's County Corner. Pud-Swan book in Aid of Naomi House. Favourite Recipes from Cheriton. 12 Alresford Town Council Reports

Home Services 11, 13, 15

14 Clubs and Societies 15 Alresford Recreation Centre 16 Church Services and News

Arts & Crafts 18, 19, 20

17 New Farm Chapel News. St.Mary's Church Mid Winter Evening of Gospel.

The Home 21, 23, 40

18 Modern Day Animaliers 19 Georgeous Georgain Alresford on Facebook

Professional 25, 27, 29

20 Hampshire Artists Co-operative Show. Call 01962 658961 for the Pigs.

The Garden 31

22 Change - written by Hampshire Mum 24 Situations Wanted

Food & Drink 32, 34 Property Management 37 Information Technology 34 Building Services 39

24 Make Children Smile this Christmas 26 Cattle Market and Conspicuous Consumption - Hampshire Mum's Diary 28 Gants help keep Alresford Community Minibus Running. 30 The Bountiful Garden - written by AWB 31 Alresford Chamber of Commerce News 32 Recipe of the Month - La Tarte Tatin Aux Coings 36 Sunbeams - A Sure Start Childrens' Centre 37 Alresford Voluntary Care Group Needs You! 38 Childrens' Activity Corner

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Health & Beauty

Better Health - Naturally * Nutritional Therapy & Kinesiology * Homotoxicology & Homoeopathy * Sports Massage for back & joint problems * Neuro Skeletal Re-alignment Technique * Trigger Point Therapy NEW Mesotherapy – Homeopathic Injections (not fillers/neurotoxins) for – wrinkles, acute/ chronic pain, injuries, joint problems * Ayurvedic & Indian Head Massage * Manicure, Pedicure, Reflexology * Dermalogica Facials * Non-surgical face lift & Microdermabrasion * Eyebrow/eyelash Tint & Shape * Waxing, Electrolysis, Eyebrow Shaping * Counselling Chiropody Clinic Mary Walden, HPC registered Chiropodist / Podiatrist


Tom Davies frames are now in stock. Take advantage of the Bespoke Tom Davies frame design service. Have your eyewear designed exclusively for you. Tom Davies offers the ultimate in luxury personalisation to spectacle wearers around the world. We take millimetre-perfect measurements, create a design brief for the designer to work from and, with you, select the most flattering colour palette for you based on your natural colouring.

Practitioners Mary Walden MCPH FSSCh DipPodMed MBCha ITEC IFA Tim Walden Dip ION BANT Dr Kathryn Fielden BSc(Hons) MSc PhD

Bay Tree House, 26 West Street, Alresford, SO24 9AT

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24 The Dean, Alresford, Hampshire Tel: 01962 736336


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Sports Massage Therapist Sports & remedial massage therapy Deep tissue massage

Body Control Pilates® Teacher Body control pilates® classes 1:1 and small group private sessions

Mob: 07771 522665 Tel: 01962 738683 (Studio 49) email:

Jacqueline Redway

Chiropodist • Podiatrist

DPodM, B.Sc (Hons), M.Sc, MChS, HPC registered

Now at Alresford Beauty Provides an all round service from nail care to verruca treatments

Tel: 01962 735553 for an appointment Home visits available Tel: 0753 9040 458

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Useful Information Winchester City Council

Emergency Services


Emergency Only

Royal Hampshire County Hospital

(Ambulance, Fire, Police):

Tel: 999

Winchester, Hampshire Tel: 01962 863535

Electricity Emergency

North Hants Hospital

24hrs a day, 7 days a week

Tel: 08457 708090

Basingstoke, Hampshire Tel: 01256 473202

Gas Emergency

Alton Community Hospital

24hrs a day, 7 days a week

Tel: 0800 111 999

Alton, Hampshire Tel: 01420 82811

Water Emergency 24hrs a day, 7 days a week

Tel: 0845 278 0845


Reporting a leak? Then call:

Tel: 0800 820 999

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

Alresford Police Alresford Police Station Opening Hours Monday - Thursday

9.30 - 1.00 2.00 - 5.00 Closed 9.30 - 1.00 9.30 - 1.00 2.00 - 7.00 9.30 - 1.00

email - Tel: 0845 603 5631

Open 12.30 - 4.30pm

Closed Bank Holidays Other times by appointment.

Citizens Advice

Tel: 0845 045 45 45

Citizens Advice Bureau Outreach Service

PCSO Steve Hull 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

Your nearest Citizens Advice Centre is now Winchester. Opening Times: • Monday: 9:30 - 4:30 (last entry to building 4:00) • Tuesday: 9:30 - 1:30 • Wednesday: 9:30 - 4:30 (last entry to building 4:00) • Thursday: 9:30 - 4:30 (last entry to building 4:00) • Friday: 9:30 - 1:30 Tel: 01962 848000 Fax: 01962 848005

The Alresford Surgery Station Road, Alresford Tel: 01962 732345

East Hampshire District Council Penns Place, Petersfield, GU31 4EX Tel: 01730 266551

Alresford Town Council Arlebury Park, The Avenue, Alresford, Hants. SO24 9EP. Clerk: Mrs Stevie Kavanagh email: skavanagh@ 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 quarterly and are available at www. neighbourhoodwatch. Report a crime anonymously: Call Crimestoppers Tel: 0800 555111 For Neighbourhood Watch enquiries contact: Administrator - email, Mobile 07595 368 946

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

Sun Hill County Junior School

Mansfield Park Surgery Lymington Bottom Road, Medstead, GU34 5EW Tel: 01420 562922


Sun Lane, Alresford Tel: 01962 732801

Prospect Road Recycling Centre

Cheriton Primary School

Recycle all your bottles, car batteries, cardboard and other household waste at Prospect Road recycling centre. Open seven days a week

Alresford Pharmacy 1 East Street, Alresford Monday - Friday 09.00 - 6.30 Saturday 09.00 - 5.00

Tel: 01962 735961

Tel: 01962 732858

Recycle your obsolete mobile phones to help raise funds for Help the Aged. Contact the charity shop in Broad Street, Alresford. Tel: 01962 734926

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

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City Offices, Colebrook Street, Winchester, SO23 9LJ Tel: 01962 840222

Councils Hampshire County Council The Castle, Winchester, SO23 8UJ Tel: 0800 028 0888

Cheriton, Alresford, SO24 0QA Tel: 01962 771278

Four Marks Primary School Four Marks, Alton, GU34 5AS Tel: 01962 772200

Town / Village Halls Alresford Community Centre The Alresford Community Centre is maintained for the use of the community. It has two halls and a committee room available for public hire with concessions for local groups. It is self-supporting so has an enthusiastic fund raising committee who, with good community support, raise much of the income to run the activities. Booking Secretary: Robbie Winters (after 6pm) Tel: 01962 733950

The Old Chapel in The Dean Does your group or organisation need a comfortable, well equipped meeting place in the centre of Alresford, with full disabled facilities? If so contact: Stuart on Tel: 01962 737252 (day) 732059 (Evenings)

Bishop’s Sutton Village Hall Ideal for parties and other events. With ample car parking, full disabled access and a seating capacity of over 120. Crockery and cutlery available for use. Perfectly suited for all kinds of functions. Mandy Bennett. Tel: 01962 732863 (10a.m. -12 noon, 6.00 p.m.10.00 p.m)

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

Itchen Abbas, SO21 1BE Tel: 01962 779310

Available throughout the year for clubs, classes, meetings, parties etc on some afternoons, evenings and weekends. Mornings as well during school holidays. Contact Ann Teers Tel: 01962 771109

Ropley C of E

Bighton Village Hall

Itchen Abbas County Primary School

Controlled Primary School Church St. Ropley, SO24 ODS Tel: 01962 772381

Perins Community School Pound Hill, Alresford, SO24 9BS Tel: 01962 734361

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.bookings@

Health & Beauty

The Dove Clinic for Integrated Medicine Twyford and Central London



Special October offer £30 per manicure and GELeration gel polish Lasts for up to 4 weeks and is gentle on your nails. Please phone us or come in for more information.

An integrated medical practice providing a combination of conventional medicine and complementary therapies

Is it a polish? Is it a gel?

Summer Wellness Checks Chronic Condition Treatment Consultations by appointment with our practitioners, with treatment programmes which can incorporate:  Acupuncture  Allergy Treatment  Homeopathy and Herbal Medicine  Programmes for life threatening illnesses  EECP—for chronic heart conditions � Practitioner Feature: The Dove Clinic has two full time doctors; Dr Julian Kenyon and Dr Richard Fuller (pictured right). The nursing team is also based in Twyford. Dr Fuller joined the Clinic in 2008 having previously worked as a GP in Derbyshire. He has a family heritage in homeopathy and is the Clinic’s lead doctor for EECP and neutralisation. The Dove Clinic for Integrated Medicine All consultations at our new treatment centre

The Old Brewery, High Street, Twyford, SO21 1RG

Tel 01962 718000

Paints like polish, but performs like gel, GELeration Soak-Off Gel Polish is the new generation in soak-off systems. One professional application takes nails from day to night, to day to night, for up to four weeks. No chips, no touch-ups, no fading. Just long lasting protection, perfection and the promise of everlasting, beautiful natural nails and true to Jessica's founding philosophy, GELeration has been developed with the long term health of the natural nail in mind, so the process is kind to nails. Even weak, broken or bitten nails are given a new lease of life - perfect as an ongoing manicure solution, or to provide temporary support to help problem nails grow.

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Health & Beauty

Health & Beauty


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tudio 49 is proud to add Dermalogica’s outstanding high performance skin care range to the beauty salon's already comprehensive list of treatments and products and, to celebrate its arrival in Alresford, is holding a special event to mark this new partnership. The salon which opened eight years ago is situated in The Dean, Alresford. Studio 49 is a bright contemporary salon offering a wide range of beauty treatments. The business has gone from strength to strength and now with the introduction of this prestigious globallyrenowned brand, salon owner, Kellie Sweet, is confident that they will stay those crucial steps ahead of today’s savvy clients who know their skin care. “Dermalogica products contain absolutely none of the more commonly used beauty ingredients such as mineral oil, lanolin, artificial colours/ fragrances or cheap fillers,” says Kellie, “but instead their products are completely natural and botanically researched and developed by the International Dermal Institute. In addition, products have never been animal tested

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and all skin treatments are 100% customised to individual needs.”

To celebrate its arrival and official launch, Studio 49 is holding a special ‘one-off’ event on Tuesday 5th October from 6 – 9pm. At the open evening current and new clients are invited to try the full range of products for themselves and also experience free face mapping, free skin consultations and free skin scanning. In addition to Studio 49’s team of friendly and proficient therapists, a Dermalogica skin care professional will be on hand to personally advise and, of course, light refreshments will be served throughout the evening. “We will also be offering a special 10% reduction on all products purchased during the evening,” says Kellie “and for those wishing to book a Dermalogica facial during October and November there will be the added benefit of a 20% discount on regular prices. Finally, all those who

Pictured (left to right) is Studio 49’s proprietor - Kellie Sweet with salon therapists Vicky, Zoe and Sports Massage/ Deep Tissue Therapist, Sally Hogg.

attend will also take home an interesting little goody bag of products to try!” Invitations will be limited so, to secure your place at the open evening, please call Studio 49 on 01962 738683 as soon as possible with your name and contact number.

Massage • Manicures and Pedicures • Nail Enhancements • Waxing, Threading and Electrolysis • Vertical Sunbed and Spray Tanning

As well as the new Dermalogica Facials and Body Treatments the following are also available at Studio 49 : • Microdermabrasion Facials • Individual Eyelash Extensions • Ear Piercing • Swedish and Aromatherapy Massage • Deep Tissue and Sports

26 The Dean Alresford Hampshire S024 9AZ Tel: 01962 738683 Tel: 01962 738683

Health & Beauty


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Treatment for sports injuries as well as muscular aches and pains resulting from occupational or postural strain and stress

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OSTEOPATHY & HEALTH Ashley Shah Bsc (Hons) Ost Med DO ND Registered Osteopath Osteopathy is a recognised way of treating problems affecting the body including joints, ligaments, muscles and other parts of the body.

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Community News

Alresford Surgery News Doctors Consultation Times from 4th October With the retirement of David Green and Sheila Cassidy and arrival of Dr Paul Webb and Dr Christine Glew we have slightly altered our surgery schedule. Surgeries run from 8.40am in the morning and 3.20pm in the afternoon as detailed below. Our extended hours surgeries offer booked appointments only, on one evening a week and Saturday morning. The surgery is open Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 6.30 pm Dr Richard Cribb Tuesday, Thursday and Friday Dr Peter Stokes Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning Dr Ann Lowman Monday and Thursday Dr Susie Wright Tuesday and Thursday Dr Anna Cross Wednesday and Friday Dr Paul Webb Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday Dr Jane Stebbing Monday and Thursday afternoon Dr Claire Walsh Thursday and Friday Dr Christine Glew Monday and Wednesday Patients do not need to register with a new doctor if they were previously seen by Dr Green or Dr Cassidy. We operate a ‘shared list’ system and patients can choose which doctor they wish to see at the time of booking an appointment. If a patient has an ongoing condition it is best for them to regularly see the same doctor. We would like to suggest that it may be easier to book appointments with one of our new doctors.

Flu Vaccinations Seasonal Flu jabs are recommended for the usual groups plus pregnant women who have not had swineflu vaccination in the past and poultry workers. This years vaccine will include protection against Swineflu. These jabs will be available to all patients who will be over 65 as at 1st April next year or are in one of the ‘at risk’ categories below: • • • • • • • •

Asthma – that requires continuous or repeated use of inhaled steroids or has required hospital admission Chronic respiratory, heart, kidney, liver or neurological disease Diabetes Lowered immunity (due to disease or treatment such as steroid medication or cancer treatment, HIV, asplenia or splenic dysfunction) Any other serious medical condition – check with your doctor if you are unsure Those in receipt of a carers allowance or the main carer of an elderly or disabled person whose welfare would be at risk if you fell ill. Poultry workers Pregnant women who have not had swineflu vaccine in the past

We will be running our usual walk in clinics from 1.00 to 2.30 on the following dates. Wednesday 29th September, Wednesday 13th October and Tuesday 2nd November. Preston Candover Village Hall. Thursday 30th September 10.00 – 10.30am These dates may be subject to alteration and changes will be advertised here next month, at the surgery and on our website www.

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Local Books

Community News

Jackie's County Corner


he Rural Coalition, an umbrella body supported by ACRE, CLA and the CPRE, published “The Rural Challenge” Report in August, looking at how to achieve sustainable rural communities in the 21st century. It’s worth reading-: many of the problems are familiar to us, but it proposes solutions too.

Choosing a tradesman

If you don’t have a personal recommendation from friends or family it can be difficult to know who to trust when looking to buy goods or services. The ‘Buy With Confidence’ directory gives people the reassurance that businesses have been approved by the County Council’s Trading Standards service. The updated directory is available from libraries or you can request by e-mail: buy. uk, by phone 08454 04 05 06, or search for a trader online at

SEN provision

Parents whose children have particular needs often come to me feeling battered by the system as they battle for the best outcomes for their children. Now is your chance to influence new National Policy. Sarah Teather, Minister of State for Children and Families, is seeking views on education for SEN pupils including those with learning difficulties and physical disabilities. The Green Paper will consider how to achieve better educational outcomes and life chances, better early intervention, greater choice for parents in the schools, and services they provide

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and streamlined assessment systems, so that parents don't feel they have to struggle with the system to get the support they need. It will suggest ways in which public services can be centred more on the needs of the family and child, joining up support from education, social care and health, particularly for those with the most severe and complex needs and at key transitions. The consultation group says it wants to hear from anyone who has experienced services for children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities - those who use them, and those who provide, or commission them. The consultation acknowledges that people's perspectives are varied and understandably deeply felt. Please contribute your experiences and the problems and priorities from your perspective. Share your ideas for practical solutions, and if things are working well, please tell the minister why they work, or how they save money or time. To respond, contact me for a paper form or go online to consultations. Closing date 15th October 2010.

Pud-Swan book in aid of Naomi House


n the Pud-Swan books you can meet Melanie and Angela as they travel secretly with me, 'Pudswan', to lots of different places, such as London, Los Angeles and St. Petersburg. In the story, I'm invisible except to persons whom I like. In the three-part books there are pages for you to do your own illustrations so that your book will become special to you, also... find out the secret of how we all travel to these far away places. The first 20 or so pages of the book 'Hello Pud-swan' are available to read on Google Books. So far Naomi House has received £3000 to date from its sales.

If you would like more information on the book please visit:

Favourite Recipes from Cheriton plus food-themed quotations and observations from the famous (and not so famous).

Parish Fetes and Councils

We have all enjoyed the local fetes this Summer, and perhaps joined in the fun of helping beforehand and on the day. They were all different and all great fun. My highlight? The brave group who learned to Morris dance on one hot sunny afternoon, keeping British tradition alive and dancing! Huge thanks to all who contributed to the success of the fetes and summer events. Every Parish Council holds regular meetings. This unsung band of volunteers deserves your interest and help too! This winter, why not go along to their meetings, all advertise the dates locally, and see what is being done in your area!

avourite Recipes from Cheriton, Hampshire features nearly 150 favourite recipes from residents in Cheriton (and further afield). There is a foreword and recipe for a delicious chocolate cake from Mary Berry, the renowned cookery writer and current judge on BBC2’s “The Great British Bake Off”.

Councillor Jackie Porter 01962 791054, The Down House, Itchen Abbas SO21 1AX

The book also features line drawings by local artist, Henrietta Hellard, a poem by “The Cheriton Poet” John Frew,

UNIQUE, interactive, educational storybook for children, 7-10 years. HELLO PUD-SWAN by BRYAN BEGGS. Sold in aid of NAOMI HOUSE Children’s Hospice. Complete set of three books £20. Individual parts £8.99. NEW VIDEO and all purchase details on or contact: or T.V.C. Book Society [01264] 365190


Sponsored by Hampshire County Council, three major supermarkets, and the Watercress Alliance, all proceeds from sales of the book will be shared between the following voluntary organisations: Cheriton Players, Cheriton Playing Field (Recreation Committee), Cheriton Singers, Cheriton Village Hall Committee, Church of St Michael and All Angels, Friends of Cheriton Primary School. Favourite Recipes from Cheriton, Hampshire is on sale now, priced £7.50, at Cheriton Stores and The Flower Pots Inn, and also at Etiquette Cookware, Broad Street, Alresford. For further information, please telephone 01962 771083 or 01962 771398.

Home Services


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Town Council News

Alresford Town Council Reports

Stratton Bates Hedgerow Earlier this year complaints were received from local residents regarding the amount of waste, including human and dog excrement, around the vicinity of the hedge on Stratton Bates Recreation Ground. The hedge adjoins the heavily used path between Windsor Road and Ashburton Road. The hedgerow seems to encourage waste and hinders clearance and its removal would make the maintenance of this area much easier, as well as removing the cover for people creating waste. In March the Council resolved to remove the hedge this autumn to ensure that any nesting birds were safeguarded, after checking that there were was no legislation to prohibit its removal. No such legislation exists but we have received a number of objections to its removal from residents and others outside the town. Councillors may re-consider this decision at the October meeting.

Highways Maintenance

Hampshire County Council (HCC) agreed that it would cut-back roadside vegetation in Tichborne Down in August 2008 but two years on no work

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had been undertaken. Indeed the situation has deteriorated with overgrown vegetation now impacting the east side of Sun Lane. We took this matter up with HCC and some work has been carried out with the vegetation being partially cut back and remaining clearance is scheduled for completion soon. The clearance of footpaths on the east side of Sun Lane, Orchard Close to Headley Close and the Golf Course were also raised, with a request that the work be given high priority as they represent a hazard to both pedestrians and motorists. We have also requested that work at these locations be carried out within a scheduled maintenance programme. Flooding at the junction of New Farm Road and Spring Gardens is recurring as a result of the recent heavy rains. Regular clearance of the drains is critical in this area, probably more frequently than the annual programme. However, we believe there is an underlying problem with surface water drainage in this area and we will continue to press HCC for a comprehensive solution.

Perins Car Park

The Council has been working closely with Perins School to

find a solution to the closure of the car park on Sunday afternoons and Bank Holidays and with the active support of the school an answer has now been found. It is proposed to install ‘dragon’s teeth’ to prevent cars entering the area of the car park dedicated to school use. The solution will allow cars to exit from this area when it is used as a public overflow car park and with the ‘dragon’s teeth’ in place the school is happy to leave the Jacklyn’s Lane gate open until 10 pm on weekdays and at least 6 pm on weekends and Bank Holidays. Winchester City Council supports the proposal and is happy that the grant money received from SEEDA be used for this purpose. At the time of writing we are still awaiting a positive response from The Alresford & District Partnership.

Jacklyns Lane Bus Shelter One of the bus shelters in Jacklyns Lane was recently demolished by a SERCO refuse lorry. SERCO acted swiftly and positively to make the area safe and have accepted responsibility for the incident. The bus shelter will be replaced at no cost to the taxpayer.

Year End Accounts The Audit Commission has now signed off the Year End Accounts for the financial years 2006/7 and 2007/8. The Auditor made some recommendations, which are not mandatory, and they will be considered at the next Council meeting. We will report more fully on this subject in the next Forum Magazine.


The first Wednesday of the month from 8.30pm until 11.00pm the ARC hosts Traditional Jazz bands and playing on the 6th October The Excel Jazzman Tickets to Alresford residents, are £5 on the door. Appearing on 3rd November is Cuff Billett’s New Europa Jazz Band If Alresford residents hold a celebratory event at the ARC and the bar takings reach £350 the hire of the hall is free. To book your meeting or event contact the office or outside of office hours call Steve on 01962 736689.

October Meeting Schedule

October 7th - Full Council 7.30pm ARC. October 6th - Tourism 7.30pm ARC October 13th - Planning 7.30pm ARC Members of the public are always welcome to these meetings and there is an opportunity for public participation at the beginning of each meeting.


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 Telephone No. 01962 732079 email:- skavanagh@

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Clubs and Societies Clubs & societies  The Royal British Legion Suzi Samuel, 31 Broad Street, Alresford. suzi.s@dsl.pipex. Tel: 01962 732394

 Alresford Historical and Literary Society Meetings are at the Methodist Hall, Jacklyns Lane, Alresford at 7.30pm on the third Wednesday of most months. Guests are welcome. Only £2 entry at the door. For more information please contact Secretary Colin Metcalfe, The Old Bothy, Arlebury Park Barns, Alresford SO24 9ES, Tel: 01962 736303, or Chairman Glenn Gilbertson, Tel: 01962 732726,

 Alresford & District Horticultural Society Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month with the exception of December. They 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. Secretary Tony Bravery Tel: 01962 733676 but visitors are always welcome to meetings without an appointment.

 Hants and I.O.W Butterflies The Hampshire Branch of the national charity dedicated to saving wild butterflies and moths and their habitats is very active in the local area with a large nature reserve just 10 minutes away from Alresford. We welcome friends of the reserve (nothing to pay) to join us on walks or help at conservation work parties. Lynn Fomison: 01962 772251

 Bramdean & Hinton Ampner WI We are a friendly WI (with a varied age range) meeting 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 also organise other activities such as trips to gardens, pubs and restaurants and craft mornings. New members and guests are always 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 Dorothy on Tel: 01962 733298.

 Alresford Twinning Association If you are a Francophile and would like to be involved in developing relationships with our Twin Town in Bricquebec Normandy, or just join us

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for a wide range of social activities through the year, then visit our website or telephone Terry Foreman on Tel: 01962 733769.

 Salsa in Alresford Community Centre

 Cheriton Cricket Club

Contact: Cathy Swann Tel: 01962 733410 www.greening.

Beginners LA Style Salsa 7.45 till 9.15pm. Level 1 and 2 Improvers LA Style. 9.00pm till 10.30pm. Level 1 and 2 welcome to come from 7.45pm to warm up etc. No extra charge. Freestyle dancing 10.30 till 11pm. £40 for course (8 weeks). See or Tel: 07915 645418

 Alresford Singles Supper Club

 Dance Fit Classes

 Cyclists Touring Club

 Alresford Greening Campaign

For the 40 - 55 age group. Wine and dine and meet new friends in a local pub. Email: for more details"

Senior Citizens

Alresford Community Centre Wednesdays 10.30am-11.30am. Contact: Jan Hone Tel: 01962772001

Sports clubs  Bowling Club

 Alresford Over Sixties Club Meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at 2.30 pm in the John Pearson Hall, Alresford. Why not come along and join us for whist, scrabble or bingo and a cup of tea and a chat. It is very nice to meet old friends and make new ones. New members and visitors are always welcome. Tel: 01962 732903

 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 Ransom, 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 Enquiries to Centre Manager Tel: 01962 735612

Music/Dance Clubs  Line Dancing Classes 11pm to 12 noon at Makins Court. All welcome, just turn up or contact Sue on: Tel: 01256 331046

 Salsa y Sol - Salsa West Coast Swing, Zumba(R)

Salsa Mon 19.30 - 22.30 Winchester Discovery Centre SO23 8SB Tue 20.00 - 23.00 Preston Candover Village Hall RG25 2EE West Coast Swing Regular Thus 19.30 - 22.30 Winchester Discovery Centre SO23 8SB Zumba(R) Dance Fitness Mon 13.15 - 14.15 River Park Leisure Centre SO23 7DD. Mon 17.30 - 18.30 Winchester Discovery Centre SO23 8SB Fri 9.00 - 10.00 Preston Candover Village Hall RG25 2EE Use your Salsa y Sol Club Card and get one free session for every 10 attended! Contact Silvia & Max at Salsa y Sol Tel: 01256 389 275

J D Cattle, 39 Benenden Green, Alresford, Hants. Tel: 01962 734846

 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

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 Running Sisters For information call Dawn on Tel: 01962 733723 or email:

 Tichborne Park Cricket Club 14 Benenden Green, Alresford, SO24 9PF. Contact: Andy Joyce Tel: 01962 734316

 Alresford Rugby Club

Are you interested in playing Sunday afternoon friendly cricket? New members always welcome. Visit for the 2010 fixtures. For more information call or email Richard on 01962 779169, South Hampshire. Easy rides, day rides, social events and more! Tel: 01962 864479

 Alresford Yacht Club Are you interested in sailing or power boating? Do you have a dinghy or a classic yacht? Are you a newcomer to the sport or an old hand? We have something for everyone! Meetings are held on the 3rd Monday of the month at 7.45 for 8pm from September to April at the Arlebury Recreation Centre, Pound Hill. Contact Rob on 01962 735681 or Richard on 01962 735681

Youth 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 Debbie Pennells Tel: 01962 735023 and join a thriving organisation.

 Beaver Scout Group 6-8 yrs Mondays, Cub Scouts 8-10 yrs Tuesdays, Scouts 10-14 yrs Thursdays, Explorer Scouts 14-18 yrs Wednesdays. All meet at Scout Hut, off Bridge Road. Adults also required to join a growing group. Roy Naismith Tel: 01962 735607

 Alresford Tennis Club

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 Cheriton Tennis Club

 A.C.T.S - Alresford Community Theatre Society

Howard Lewis - Tel: 01962 733818 New members welcome. Pay & play sessions available too.

 Alresford Badminton Club The Club plays on Wednesday evenings from 7-10pm at Perins Sports Hall. New for this season pay-and-play for £4 per evening, all levels welcome. For further information please call Mark Emmerson: Tel: 01962 736123

 Chawton Park Indoor Bowls Club Six rinks available throughout the year. Information from Centre Manager. Chawton Park Road, Alton, GU34 1RQ Tel: 01420 541546

 Alresford Netball Club Meet on Thursday at Perins School, 6pm – 7.30pm on the tennis courts. New members always welcome. First session free, thereafter £10.00 per month. Opportunity to affiliate and play in local leagues should you wish to. Alternatively just come along for training sessions to get fit and meet new friends. Donna Birtles Tel: 01420 561755 or 07860931150

We are always looking for new members to ensure the continued success of our local theatre group. If you are interested in becoming involved, either on stage or behind the scenes. Contact Jane on: 01962 733040 Alternatively email her at

 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 and the Annual Exhibition is held in July. Tel: 01962 736751

 Are you Interested in Scrapbooking or Cardmaking?

We meet on the 3rd Saturday of every month (except August) from 9:30 am-1 pm at Kilmeston Village Hall. All levels are welcome to join us. £4 includes tea and biscuits plus use of equipment. Brenna: 01962 793088

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ARC Alresford Recreation Centre offers free meeting rooms to Alresford residents during the week. Our large hall can be hired for only £5.

If you belong to a local club, society or charity or just want to arrange a family party, call Steve Meekings now to make a booking. Full bar facilities available.


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Weddings • Children’s parties Seminars & Exhibitions • Discos • Family gatherings Hobby & activity classes ARC, Arlebury Park, The Avenue, Alresford SO24 9EP.

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Church Services & News St. John the Baptist

St. Peters Ovington

New Alresford

Sunday 3rd October

08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 Harvest Festival

Sunday 10th October

08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 Second Sunday Service

Sunday 17th October 08.00 09.30 16.00 18.00

Holy Communion Parish Communion Pet Service Sunday@Six

Sunday 31st October

08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 One world peace service

Midweek services 14.00 12.00 10.00 08.30

Every Monday: Prayer time Tuesday - Friday: Midday Prayer Every Friday: Holy Communion Every Saturday: Quiet Communion

Parish Office 01962 733545

St. Mary the virgin Old Alresford

Sunday 3rd October

09.30 Holy Communion

Sunday 10th October

09.30 Parish Communion

Sunday 17th October

09.30 Parish Communion

Sunday 24th October

09.30 Parish Communion

Midweek services

09.00 Every Thursday: Holy Communion at Old Alresford Place

New Alresford

Sunday Services

Sunday 3rd October

Sunday 10th October

10.30 Service with créche PM Varies: Please phone for details

Sunday 17th October

Other Weekly Activities Sunday

Sunday 10th October

Sunday 3rd October 10.00 FIrst Sunday

10.00 Parish Communion 10.00 Parish Communion

Sunday 24th October

10.00 Parish Communion

Methodist Church New Alresford

Sunday 24th October

08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 Parish Communion

Upper Itchen Benefice

New Farm Chapel

Sunday Worship

10.30 Every Sunday Morning Worship and Junior Church

Please note that there will be no regular Sunday evening services

Midweek Activities 10.00 07.00 19.00- 20.30 14.30 19.30 19.00

Every Tuesday Come in for coffee with Pause for Thought (1st & 3rd ) Every Wednesday Men’s Breakfast, bible reflection & prayer Thursdays - Guides (term time) 1st & 3rd Thursdays Women’s Fellowship 1st Thursday Lydia Group for ladies Fridays (term time) JAKZ Youth Club for school years 6 –9, ages 10 – 14

Daytime and evening bible study groups meet in church members’ homes, as do the Lydia Group; all other activities are at the church. For further details about services, weddings, baptisms, Lent Groups or other events, please contact: Revd Dawn Carn 01962735278 or Senior Steward Malcolm Miles 01962 771109

10.30 Kosmic - for kids


10.00 Prayer Group 19.30 House Group

Term time activities Tuesday 10.15 Toddlers Group


14.30 Senior Citizens Hour

Fridays 18.30 19.45

Youth Group (Yrs5, 6 and 7) Youth Group (Yrs 8 and 9)

Contact us for details of other events and activities such as ALPHA, on: 01962 732130 or 01420 561210 or email: newfarmchapel@alresford. net. See the website for more. www.newfarmchapel.

All Saints Bighton

Sunday 3rd October

11.00 All Age Worship

Sunday 10th October

11.00 Parish Communion

Sunday 17th October 11.00 Morning Prayer

Sunday 24th October

11.00 Parish Communion

St. Nicholas Bishop’s Sutton

First Sunday of Month

10.00 Tichborne Benefice Communion and Sunday School 08.30 09.30 11.00

Beauworth Holy Communion Cheriton Parish Communion Bramdean Harvest - Holy Communion Kilmeston Family Service Tichborne Childrens Sunday Club

Sunday 17th October 08.30 09.30 09.30 10.30 11.00

Tichborne Holy Communion Cheriton Harvest Family Worship Beauworth Holy Communion Beauworth Shoot Out! Hinton Prayer and Praise

Sunday 24th October 09.30 11.00 18.30

Cheriton Parish Communion and Sunday School Bramdean Morning Worship Kilmeston Holy Communion Tichborne Harvest Evensong

Sunday 31st October 09.30 09.30 11.00 11.00

Cheriton Mattins Hinton Holy Communion Beauworth All Saints and Baptism Celebration Tichborne Family Service

St. Gregory’s New Alresford (Roman Catholic)

11.00 Mattins

Second Sunday

11.00 Holy Communion

Third Sunday

18.00 Evensong

Fourth Sunday

11.00 Child friendly service

Every Sunday 11.00 Mass

All other services and events please contact the Parish Office on: 01962 852804 Website Parish Priest, Canon Paul Townsend

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Church Services & News

The Alpha course is an opportunity for anyone to explore the Christian faith in eight thought provoking weekly sessions. It is low key, informal and there is no cost. Our Autumn Alpha will begin with a launch evening (that will include a light meal) on Thursday 14th October at 19:30 at New Farm Chapel. Each following Thursday session will include food, DVD and discussion on subjects including Who is Jesus?, why did Jesus die?

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e have reached the time of year when we say 'goodbye' to the summer and 'hello' to the Autumn! In our last news item, we looked back over various activities, which involve most age groups in the community. Now, having just recommenced the various groups of: Toddlers, Senior Citizens, and Youth Club (see details elsewhere in the magazine for timing of these), it all emphasises the start of a new phase in our life and lives, even if it is the last quarter of the year! We are planning to start another Alpha Course (see advert above), on 14 October; please call or email for details. The Alpha Course is a way of finding out about the Christian message, -its importance and having the opportunity to

ask questions, in an informal and friendly setting as well as enjoying a meal together, all completely free of charge. Then we are due to hold our Harvest Thanksgiving Service on Sunday 3 October, when there will be representative from Tearfund to talk about their work. This is an organisation which assists with the development needs of other countries, all done in a Christian context and with a Christian ethos. Monetary donations will be given to Tearfund. Any produce items, etc., given on that occasion will be taken to a local charity for needy people. So, however autumn is shaping up for us, in the areas of work, home or personal life, and whether there are challenges we might face or not, we can

be sure of the reality and truth of God's promise that not only will He be our Shepherd (Psalm 23), but that He also says, ''I will go before you.....'' (Isaiah 45 verse 2)- when we are prepared to trust Him.

Please make use of our contact details below for any further help or information. Contacts details: email: info@ Tel: 01962/732130; 734287; 01420/561210

St Mary’s Church Easton Presents: A mid-winter’s evening of gospel and soul music performed by The Goldsmiths College London, Gospel and Soul Choir. From rousing big choir gospel classics to the Motown greats of Stevie and friends. Saturday 27th November, Performances at 6pm –

7:30pm and 8pm – 9:30pm Tickets: £12.50 (under 15 £7.00) of which £7.50 is a voluntary donation for St. Marys Easton and Lupus UK. Cheques payable to Itchen Valley PCC Please contact: Sara Janssen 01962 779 337 or

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Arts & Crafts

Modern Day Animaliers

An exhibition of painting and sculpture by three modern masters 3rd – 31st October 2010 at Stockbridge Gallery, Hampshire


hree internationally acclaimed female artists who specialise in the portrayal of animals will be showing a selection of their work at a major exhibition being held from 3 to 31 October at Stockbridge Gallery in Hampshire. It is rare for such an extensive and unique collection of 75 exceptional pieces of work to be exhibited outside London. Sam Sopwith, Kate Denton and Georgie Welch have each established themselves at the forefront of their chosen genre and the exhibition will include a mix of both their canine and equine works in two and three dimensions. Sam Sopwith studied with the renowned sporting artist Neil Forster, under whose expertise she developed her skills in drawing animals. She has undertaken many commissions on a wide variety of subjects, including houses, racehorses, highland cattle, portraits of members of Her Majesty's Bodyguard and virtually every known breed of dog. Sam is the grand-daughter of Sir Thomas Sopwith, the pioneering aircraft designer. Kate Denton has worked for 30 years as a sculptor and went to Goldsmiths College where she studied under Sir Ivor Robert-Jones. She took a post graduate qualification in foundry techniques and then worked in Poplar, making her one of the first women in the UK to work in a commercial foundry. She has exhibited broadly throughout the UK and South Africa, and was elected to the Royal Society of British Sculptors in 1993. Georgie Welch specialises in limited edition bronzes of dogs and horses. Having spent most of her childhood on

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contemporary UK animaliers, whose work features in the private collections of many notable connoisseurs. The aim of the exhibition, however, is to show that beautiful works of art are also affordable and the exhibition will display some 75 pieces, which we hope will appeal to animal lovers and art lovers alike.” The preview is to be held on 3rd October (noon to 3pm) and for more information or to request a catalogue, phone Stockbridge Gallery on 01264 810142, email enquiries@ or visit www. The gallery is situated in the picturesque village of Stockbridge, Hampshire and is open to the public every week from Tuesday to Saturday. Private viewings available on request. ‘Dogs in Art’ is happy to ship work throughout the UK, Europe and internationally. Stockbridge Gallery, The Old Post Office, Stockbridge, Hampshire, SO20 6EU

horseback Georgie left school and rode professionally until she started sculpting in 1995 and now works solely as a figurative sculptor. Georgie won the British Sporting Art Trust Award in 1998 and all of her sculptures are cast in the `lost wax` method of casting at the renowned Pangolin Editions Foundry in the UK. She was also recently acknowledged as one of the best in show at the The Society of Equestrian Artists International Open Exhibition. Stockbridge Gallery specialises in animalier art and sculpture, exhibiting a fine selection of work from early 19th century to modern day artists. “I opened the gallery in 2009, having had a life-long passion for art, and in particular dogs in art. Despite the difficult economic conditions, interest in animalier work continues to flourish,” says Victoria Armstrong, curator of Stockbridge Gallery. “We are delighted to have the opportunity to hold this major exhibition, featuring three of the most talented

Modern Day Animaliers Sam Sopwith Georgie Welch Kate Denton An Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture 3rd—31st October 2010

Preview 3rd October noon—3pm. Tickets or Catalogue available from 01264 810142 or

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VALUATION DAY in ALRESFORD PAINTINGS Monday 18th October To be held from 10am to 2pm at: Alresford Gallery, 36 West Street, Alresford SO24 9AU

Come for a FREE VALUATION OF Oil Paintings, Watercolours, Prints, Miniatures and Sculpture ENQUIRIES Jo Butler Tel: 01722 424503

Appointments available or drop in on the day. Home visits can be arranged.

Or come to our Valuation day in Stockbridge at the Stockbridge Gallery, Dogs in Art on 12th October. See website for details:

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Arts & Crafts Anne Vail has exhibited widely in the south of England and in London.

Events Guide Every Thursday Country Market

Alresford Community Centre. 8.30am - 11.30am. Homemade local produce, flowers, vegetables, plants and crafts. Every Thursday Town Trust Market Broad Street, 9am - 1pm Starts 24th September KiDZ Cafe

New Parent and Toddler Group. Alresford Methodist Church, Jacklyns Lane, Alresford. Fridays 2 – 3.30. Monthly craft activities, play time, and story time for the toddlers. Coffee, tea and cakes for the parents. More information from Kirstie on 01962 733179. Friday 1st October Alresford Art Society

Alresford Recreation Centre at 7.30pm. A Racing Start - Loosen up your watercolours with Jake Winkle. Members free, visitors £2. More information 01962 736751 or email Saturday 2nd to Sunday 3rd October Grand Plant Fair At Long Barn Alresford

It will include a plant sale, autumn crafts and a small exhibition on the Alresford Sheep Fair which used to take place on our field until 1977. Open 10am 4.30pm. Long Barn, Old Sheep Fair, Bishops Sutton Road, Alresford, SO24 9EJ T: 01962 738684 Wednesday 6th October Jazz at the ARC

8.30pm - 11.00pm The ARC, Alresford Recreation Centre. New Orleans to Alresford Continued on page 22 >> Issue 47 OCTOBER


Award winning furniture makers make a return visit to the Selborne Gallery. Also showing will be guest oil painter Anne Vail.

James Ryan, the designer at the workshop, will be giving a talk on Friday, 3rd September at 7pm in Selborne Village Hall and afterwards there will be a reception in the Gallery where a full range of skills will be on show. The evening is free. The 18 permanent members of the Co-operative have again produced a diverse range of original creative work for this new show comprising, contemporary hand-made pottery, felt-work, sculpture, jewellery, glassware, textiles, with prices starting from £10 and paintings and drawings from £50.


The award winning Edward Barnsley Furniture Workshop will be exhibiting as guest artists at the Autumn Exhibition of the Hampshire Artists’ Co-operative together with guest painter, Anne Vail. The exhibition starts on Saturday, 4th September 2010 from 11 am at their Selborne Gallery, The Plestor, Selborne, Hampshire.

The Barnsley Workshop, based at Froxfield, near Petersfield, produces contemporary furniture of outstanding quality and in recent years has received ten Guild Marks Awards from the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers. Oil painter Anne Vail has exhibited widely in the south of England and in London. James Ryan, the Designer at the workshop, will be giving a talk on Friday, 3rd September at 7pm in Selborne Village Hall and afterwards there will be a Reception in the Gallery where a full range of skills will be on show. The evening is free.

The 18 permanent members of the Co-operative have again produced a diverse range of original creative work for this new show comprising, contemporary hand-made pottery, feltwork, sculpture, jewellery, glassware, textiles, with prices starting from £10 and paintings and drawings from £50.

The award winning Edward Barnsley Furniture Workshop will be exhibiting as guest artists at the Autumn Exhibition of the Hampshire Artists’ Co-operative together with guest painter, Anne Vail. The exhibition starts on Saturday, 4th September 2010 from 11am at the Selborne Gallery, The Plestor, Selborne, Hampshire. The Barnsley Workshop, based at Froxfield, near Petersfield, produces contemporary furniture of outstanding quality and in recent years has received ten Guild Marks Awards from the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers. Oil painter

The Co-operative is a member of the Art Council’s ‘Own Art’ Scheme which is designed to make buying contemporary works of art available to everyone. Customers can borrow up to

The Co-operative is a member of the Art Council’s ‘Own Art’ Scheme which is designed to make buying contemporary works of art available to everyone. Customers can borrow up to £2,000, or as little as £100, and pay back the loan in 10 monthly, interest free, instalments. Please ask about the scheme in the gallery where the staff will be willing to answer all your questions. For more

information please visit the website uk. For that special occasion present a gift voucher may be purchased which can be exchanged at leisure for a piece of artwork of choice. The Gallery is staffed by the artists themselves with a different member of the Cooperative being on duty each day. Why not come along to the Selborne Gallery during opening hours, meet the artists and look at the new exciting and original work. The exhibition continues until Wednesday 3rd November 2010 with the Gallery is open 11am until 5pm from Tuesdays until Sundays each week. For more information, please contact Selborne Gallery on Tel: 01420 511347 www.hampshireartistscooper Selborne Gallery The Plestor, Selborne, Hampshire GU34 3JQ www.hampshireartists

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rue to our slogan of ‘Local people helping local people’, September was an important month for the Alresford Pigs, with funds raised via support at the hugely popular Alresford Show and the launch of a HELPLINE – put in place to encourage more individuals, groups, clubs and organisations to request financial and/or manpower support. On the ‘earnings’ side, this year’s Alresford Show proved to be another bumper year, with record crowds enjoying some late summer sunshine along with

a vast array of livestock, local exhibitor stands and things for all the family to enjoy. As usual, the Pigs were on hand to help the Show Committee

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Events Guide The Excel Jazzmen Entrance £6 Concessions £5 Club bar prices - free on-site parking - all welcome. Saturday 9th October Autumn Bazaar


2pm - 4.30pm. Bishop's Sutton Village Hall. All the usual stalls. Sunday 10th October Rolls Royce Sunday

The Rolls Royce Owners Club graces the railway with their collection of spectacular motorcars. 10am - 5pm. The Mid Hants Railway Ltd ‘Watercress Line’ Hampshire SO24 9JG Thursday 14th October Broad Street Old Michaelmas Fun Fair

All the fun of the fair for just one night. Huge selection of rides, shows, games. Friday 15th October Disco in aid of Cherry Tree Pre-School.

To be held at The Swan Hotel, Alresford. Tickets £7.50 to include snack food. For more details ring 07979230019. Sat 16th October Barn Dance in a Barn

Murphy’s Lore are doing another fundrasing ’Barn Dance in a Barn’ open to the public at Middle Farm, Cheriton near Winchester. The tickets are £10 each, £25 for families and includes not just ourselves with Lisa Purkies calling, but a hog roast supper (NOT just a bit of pork in a bun - there will be a proper meal). There will be a bar with beer (from the Flower Pots), wine and soft drinks, and a raffle. Come and have a ’hooley’. Continued on page 28 >> Issue 47 OCTOBER

With kind thanks to for use of the image showning West Street in Alresford in 1986!


hange, to become different, is an integral process in our lives. Whether it be our appearance, our aging process, families, homes, finances, gardens, hobbies, cars or the way we go about our daily lives; all are subject to change. Some changes we make are deliberate, some are inevitably forced upon us; some will have enormous impact, others are so subtle we may not even notice them initially. Change can be both good and bad, can make us happy or sad. However, there are certain areas in life where change is not so straightforward, where it can be surreptitious, a fickle friend and even biased. Changes and proposed changes to the place where we live is one such area. Like many people I have lived here all of my life and have seen many changes , I could,rather sadly, tell you what most of the shops were

ten or even twenty years ago. I remember The Dean School when Nursery and Linnets Road were just green fields. In my youth I was unconcerned with change and despite the fact that large changes were happening around me, thought that Alresford would always ‘stay the same’. In my early twenties a group of us built thirteen houses on wooded land at the top of Beech Rd and were outraged that many people objected so strongly. We wanted a home; they wanted Alresford to stay the same. Later I found it morally reprehensible that people could sell their gardens to developers; now I have children to get to Uni one day I wish I had a large garden to sell too! So I’ve gone from a ‘NIMBY’ to not minding in-filling at all! Yet ask me about town planning meetings where change appears to be ‘rubber stamped’ prior to community consultation,

when individuals with plans for sustainable housing or those creating businesses that are enhancing in environmental, economic and aesthetic areas are subject to planning witch hunts , allegedly. Then I want to protest. Ask me about ‘sweeteners’ like, sloping rugby pitches and new schools and I want to know, albeit irrationally, why we can’t have those for the benefit of our community without huge housing developments that go hand in hand with them. I want change, but on my terms. So you see change can be fickle...what do you think ??? - GIll Grant Editors Note: If you would like to comment on any of the articles shown in the Alresford Forum, then please write to us at Your letter could be shown on our new letters page which will start in the November issue of the magazine. We cannot guranteee that your letter will be published but we would be delighted to hear what you have to say.

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Cedar Veterinary Group New Farm Road, Alresford Surgery Hours, Monday to Friday 2.00 - 2.30 and 5.30 - 6.30 or by appointment. 24 hour emergency service Tel: 01962 732535

Pre-Schools & Playgroups Bishops Sutton Village Hall, children from 2yrs 9months. We are a thriving pre-school with lovely grass and all-weather outdoor play spaces to give active youngsters the space they need to have fun and learn through play. As a Pathfinder pre-school, we offer 15 hours per week Monday to Friday, including some lunchtimes. Our good Ofsted rating means you know your little ones will be very well taken care of and have oodles of play and activities to do, to give them a good start for school. Our huge car park means drop off and pick up couldn't be easier. Call Caroline Newman at Busy Bees on 01962 734495 (term time) Kim Mason on 01962 732261 (pm) or leave a message on 07518 918892.

Alresford After School Club The Chapel, The Dean, Alresford. Children are collected from school and escorted to the Club. 5-12 year olds Term time 3.15 - 6.00. Angie Bunce: Tel: 01962 7717094

3.4.5 Pre-School Methodist Hall, Jacklyns Lane, Alresford, SO24 9JJ. Taryn Stroud: Tel: 01962 779584

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The CURTAIN workroom The Curtain Workroom Requires: Full time / Part time Machinists for our expanding business, making top end soft furnishings Training will be given to suitable applicants. Good rates of pay / 4 weeks holiday and the opportunity to join a great team. View some of our work on our website

 Registered childminder vacancy 2 full days, weds/thurs from September. Dolores Pinniger Tel: 01962 733626

 Care for the Elderly Trained, private carer has vacancies for home care. Excellent references and own transport provided. Contact Bonnie on: Tel: 07868786885 (pm)

 Kerry's House Home from home childcare. Ofsted registered qualified childminder. Alresford area. Tel: 01962 732564 / 07799 821376

 Mothers help required from early September for school drop off and pick up approximately three days per week. Flexibility to help during the holidays also needed. Good rates of pay. Tel: Alison on 07779 952755 for further information.

Excellent references. Call Sarah on 07827295859.

Patchwork Day Nursery Perins School, Alresford. Full time day care, 8.00 - 6.00: 6 months to 5 years. N Baxter Tel: 01962 735251

Toddlers New Farm Chapel, Alresford. Tuesdays 10.15am Tel: 01962 734287

Ropley Playgroup Open daily Monday - Friday for children from 2 years 9 months. Fully qualified staff. OFSTED inspected, PLA.Provides a friendly, safe and fun setting which has excellent links with Ropley School and also welcomes children who may later attend other primary schools. Val Matthews . (Playgroup Supervisor) during opening hours. (Mon - Fri 9 – Tel: 01962 732612

Available mornings or afternoons for school collection, homework supervision, and more in your own home. Evening babysitting on request. Mature and reliable with plenty of experience and excellent references. Tel: 07868786885

 Nanny with 10 years experience looking for full time work from mid September.

John Pearson Hall, Alresford. Thursdays 10.00 - 11.30. Kazia Montefiore Tel: 07776 015461

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Cheriton - We are open weekday mornings 9.15 - 12.15. including lunch club on a couple of days. Children from 2 years 6 months are welcome. Cherry Tree offers a quality of provision with its focus on outdoor activity, creative expression and offering diverse experiences including optional weekly French lessons and a Multi Sensory room. For more details please contact: Jo Ferguson: 07979230019

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Make Children Smile this Christmas


nce again its time to ask everyone in the Alresford area to participate in the Rotary District 2010 Christmas shoebox appeal which locally this year will be a joint venture of the Rotary Club of Alresford and the new Rotary Club of Four Marks and Medstead. Last year, despite difficult economic times clearly having an effect, local schools, churches, young farmers, women’s institutes and other individuals and groups responded magnificently; enabling the Rotary Club of Alresford to contribute 587 boxes of presents towards a district total of 27,172 bringing joy and delight to 27,172 children in Tanzania, Montenegro and Romania, many of whom would never previously have received any present. The following schools and organisations have already

committed themselves to the shoebox scheme:- Years 7 & 8 of Perins, primary schools at Chawton, Four Marks and Medstead, Sun Hill and Itchen Abbas (Junior / Infants), Princes Mead preparatory school, Patchwork nursery, Churches Together in Alresford, Swarraton and Northington W.I. and numerous other individuals. The shoebox scheme will “make Christmas” and more for children aged 0 -15 in Tanzania, Montenegro and Romania. Boxes should be packed and ready for collection by 5th November. If either your organisation or you as an individual wish to be involved this year please contact or phone James on 738788 for further information and full details. Please get involved and make even more children smile this Christmas!

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Hampshire Mum's Diary

Cattle Market and Conspicuous Consumption


ts Sunday 6.20am, I sit glassy eyed with Star I in the trusty Renault which is stuffed to the gunnels with the debris of our


Is there a crisis? No far from it; we have successfully completed phase one of the major house de-clutter and await the arrival of a dear chum and mate of Star I with whom we will journey to the old cattle market in our local Cathedral city. For it is here, as virgin vendors, we will attend our first ever car boot sale. My chum, who is an experienced ‘booter’, assures me that an early start is essential and she’s right; by the time we arrive there are already three lanes of vehicles varying in age and type, neatly queued. So we obediently take our place. And there we wait a little while…and then just a little while longer…Luckily the Earl (Grey) is with us and as we sip Star I notices two men sidling up to the back of the car clearly checking out the contents. I feel strangely awkward about the whole thing, even slightly sullied. I wondered if the cows at market felt that way as they were scrutinized for breeding, price and ultimately the best cuts.

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My bovine sympathises were interrupted by the high viz marshal waving us on to our allotted spot. At this point it became immediately apparent that we were surrounded by expert sales people; three tables with cloths over seemed to be de rigor and all their respective wares individually priced and displayed to their best advantage.

bargains relative to RRP to the interested, and slightly bemused, punters. The introduction of a ‘buy one get one free’ initiative meant those hard to shift cuddly toys were soon leaping from the box.

It had been a long morning, by 11.30 Star I was tired of being an entrepreneur and set of in search of burgers leaving me in sole charge. In his absence and with the spirit of ‘everything must go' I made the executive decision, I‘d mark all the remaining stock down to ten...pence.

Our stock was strewn on the ground around the back of the car and was in danger of encroaching upon the neighbouring pitches, as we battled to retrieve the table, which the husband had kindly packed, from underneath the remaining boxes. Mild panic set in; we were pounced upon hungry bargain hunters, “How much for that Hornby love? Will you sell the trains separately, eh? Eh??" I could only manage “Um... err...” in response but managed to fend them off with exorbitant prices. But I need not have worried for Star I having set up the stall table and all had now seemingly turned into Alan Sugar. “Sit in the boot Mum with the petty cash and leave this to me ok?” A polite way of saying ‘You’re fired’ I think. So there the Earl and I sat in the warm Sunday sunshine while Star I waxed lyrical about our

they pounced on their game sorting through with great dexterity, gently caressing each precious piece found. Star I had, rather worryingly, sensed their strong desire and set a high price. They hesitated but the urge was too strong; powerless to resist the deal was done.

Linguistic and cultural divides presented no barrier to this mini capitalist as ‘Robbo –Sapian’ skipped off – or would have done if he had the batteries- with a delighted Polish punter.

Despite Star I complaining about the lack of profit margin he happily threw the empty boxes and few remaining books into the trusty Renault and we were off home some seventy pounds the richer.

I’d started to enjoy the whole thing when...out from the dark spaces between the cars they came, furtive and nervous they sidled up to the boot of the trusty Renault to make their desperate enquiries. They were the Hornby hungry, those lusting for Lego, the Duplo dependents.

I was under strict instructions not to come back with anything so I made a quick detour to our local recycling tip...where I managed to pick up two giant magnets and a football table!!

Once I had casually mentioned that there might be some in the large blue box

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Events Guide and help raise some money at the same time! Tickets are available either from the Flower Pots pub; Cheriton Village stores or Ruth Allen Tel: 01962 793368. We would love to see anybody who would like to come. 7pm - 10pm. Middle Farm, Cheriton near Alresford Hampshire SO24 0PW Thursday 21st October West Coast Swing Freestyle

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7:00pm - 12am. Join Naomi House children’s hospice for a fabulous night of ’fashionable’ entertainment to raise much needed funds. Tickets are £40 and include a welcome drink on arrival, a 3 course meal, the fashion show, a magician, a 'Rat Pack' style singer, a goody bag, as well as hair and makeup demonstrations. There will also be some stalls-ideal for some early Christmas shopping! Holiday Inn, Telegraph Way, Morn Hill, Winchester Hampshire SO21 1HZ.

Grants help keep Alresford Community Minibus running


rants totalling £3,190 have enabled the New Alresford Town Trust to continue to provide Community Minibus services for the Alresford area. The Trust relies on the support of local councils in the provision of operating grants to subsidise the community bus service and to keep fares competitive. Grants have been received from Hampshire County Council (£1,790), Winchester City Council (£1,000) and Old Alresford Parish Council (£400). Further grants are being sought, however, from other local organisations so that the costs of running the service can be met. Pam Stevens, Chair of the Community Minibus project and a Trustee of the New Alresford Town Trust, commented “The minibus is the most important activity done by the Trust or any organisation in New Alresford and I am therefore so pleased that HCC, WCC and Old Alresford Parish Council have granted us this money, despite the economic difficulties, and it shows how the local organisations believe the minibus is important to the community, and in particular the elderly and disabled”. Councillor Mel Kendal, Executive Member for Environment at Hampshire

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Cllr & Mrs F Allgood (HCC) City Councillor Ernie Jeffs; Kevin Ings (Officer HCC); Cllr Jackie Porter (HCC); Bernard Tucker (Old Alresford Parish Council); Mark Luckham (Trustee); Len Orton (Trustee) Robin Atkins (Trustee); John Watley (Alresford Pigs) Bill Witchard (voluntary driver) and his son Joe; Pam Stevens (Minibus co-ordinator and Trustee).

County Council, said “I am delighted that we have been able to support this valuable community resource. Community transport schemes like this are a lifeline for many people without their own transport or a suitable public transport alternative. It is particularly good that there is such a facility for residents of the Alresford Community who are elderly or who have restricted mobility.” Bernard Tucker, the Chairman of Old Alresford Parish Council said, “The Parish Council is most supportive of the Community Minibus as it is an excellent idea used by many residents, and therefore the Parish Council were pleased to make a donation towards its upkeep.” Andy Hickman, an Officer for Winchester City Council said,

“The City Council is pleased to be able to help support the Alresford Community Bus, which provides an invaluable service enabling community groups and local people to access important services”. The current minibus, which the operating grants will support, was purchased in October 2008. Since then, it has made 933 journeys, covering 23,304 miles and carrying 8,260 passengers. The service could not operate without the help of 30 volunteer drivers and a Trustee co-ordinator who works at least 10 hours a week, unpaid.

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Events Guide Saturday 23rd October Save the Children Autumn Sale

Alresford Community Centre. 9.00am - 12 noon. Books/jigsaws/cds/dvds/ cakes/jewellery/cards refreshments. Jackie Earthy. Fundraising Secretary. Alresford Community Centre. Sunday 31st October Dinner & Dance Salsa Night

7.00pm - 10.30pm. At the Bishop on the Bridge, Winchester SO23 9JX Enjoy a night of true Cuban ambience with our brand new Dinner & Dance Salsa Night! Buffet, drink, Salsa class & freestyle £15. Silvia & Max at Salsa y Sol 01256 389 275 Saturday 30th October Halloween Fancy Dress Party

7pm for 7.30pm. Hot Meal *Games* Raffle. Bring your own drink. Ticket £12.50. Jackie Earthy. Fundraising Secretary. Alresford Community Centre. Saturday 30th to Sunday 31st October East Stratton Village Hall Art Exhibition

For information call: 01962 774516 Thursday 11th November Shopping Evening

Friends of Sun Hill Infants School from 7.30pm to 9.00pm at Sun Hill Infants. Saturday 27th November Christmas Bazaar

2 - 4 pm at Sun Hill Infants. For more info contact Kelly Cleeve 07788 582559 or Pippa Sherry 07748 441873

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The Bountiful Garden


om, Dick and Harry live at the bottom of our garden. To the uninitiated, these are our apple trees. Nicknamed in a flight of fancy they have absurdly stuck. The names serve us very well, even if they totally bemuse everyone one else. “Harry is not looking well” (he is most in the shade). “I’ve lopped a bit off Tom” (he overhangs the path). “Dick is looking a bit droopy” Beg pardon! No, it’s all above board. We bought dwarfing rootstock so that they would not become too big for the garden. Except no-one thought to explain this to Tom, Dick and Harry. We chose good croppers; we now know the error of our ways. They try very hard to grow above their alleged 8 – 10 feet. They have very spindly branches and very heavy crops; which we annually forget to thin out until it’s too far gone. So now our three apple trees look more like weeping willows. And yes, we probably should have espaliered them at some point, but they are now seven and they are set in their ways. So, having remembered at the last minute to thin them out a bit, I have supported them best I can all summer (physically and emotionally you understand) and must now try and harvest the bountiful crop before they all drop to the ground and feed the squirrels. We were a bit late to the garden party this year; on a Friday in May we managed to beat the Bank Holiday pandemonium and come home laden with trays of bedding plants and stock for the vegetable patch. All of which sat in its trays for another two weeks, whilst I valiantly watered it daily and we bemoaned the lack of time to plant any of it. Then one afternoon my husband grabbed

the opportunity and planted up the vegetable patch before it got too late in the season. He toiled hard, his back ached and he declared he felt like a ‘proper gardener’. It all looked magnificent. We awoke the next morning to find the rows of brassicas stripped bare. ‘Pigeons’ said Mother. ‘Really?’ we replied in disbelief. Our innocence was abruptly ended when a suspicious looking pigeon was spotted with a beak full of green leaves. So next morning I quickly erected ‘the cage’; a triumph of bamboo canes, netting and twisty wire that has served very well to keep all manner of wildlife out and thwarted every attempt to get inside to weed. But then weeding is not my strong point. Well, it is a never ending task at the best of times and our garden is mostly dandelions. Mother suggested I start with one bed and try to keep it weed free. It was good advice, helped enormously by the fact that I picked the raised bed which is not only near enough to the back door for late evening pottering, but is now so overrun with herbs, raspberries, salad and a rampant courgette that any dandelion would be hard pressed to break though. Our gardening efforts are always bound by time, energy and local pestilence. We have an unwritten agreement with wire worm that we will plant potatoes every year and they will neatly destroy them for us,

and this year’s attempts at root vegetables have yet to tell just how thriving our slug population is. But, despite the odds, our harvest has not been too bad and it all served very well when six year old daughter announced her school topic was ‘growing stuff’. We dashed around proudly taking pictures of all the fruit, herbs, salad and vegetables which at that point were looking positively luscious. A few weeks of unintentional neglect and the hardiest have proved their Darwinian point which we applauded by plundering their bounty, such as it was. We have had a few good servings of broad beans, broccoli, runner beans, courgettes and tonight the first couple of corn cobs. Even the tomatoes put on a good show, although you have to be really quick to get to them before the daughter! The raspberry plants brought from a local plant fair have had a good first year, as have the ‘marked down, end of line’ DIY shop strawberries. None of this matches the bounty of Mother’s harvest of course; personally I blame it on the soil - hers is perfectly brown and crumbly in that TV garden kind of way. She keeps sending me home with bagfuls of potatoes and delicious delicacies that make me want to try harder. But at least I can always rely on my three boys, Tom, Dick and Harry to reciprocate with bagfuls of apples that she uses to make all manner of things. ‘More power to her elbow’, as my Grandma would say. - AWB

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Alresford Chamber of Commerce Alresford Show

We have had some very positive feedback from many of the businesses that had stands within our chamber tent at Alresford show this year. Here is just one of the comments;

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'Feedback for show - for our stall a lot of interest - very busy. Many people asking where product can be purchased.’

Countryman’s Show

A big thank you to the Naked Grape & Cresson Creative who very generously donated a bottle of merlot & a jute bag containing locally made chutneys for our raffle prize at the Countryman’s Show on Sunday 12th September. We had an overwhelming response & the lucky winner of the raffle prize was Rachel Bartrop – Raffle number 3

Chamber Events

We are currently planning a

chamber event for the end of October. The exact date is still to be confirmed but be assured if you are a chamber member; your invite will be winging its way to you shortly.

Welcome New Members

We would like to offer a warm welcome to the following new members who have recently joined the Alresford Chamber of Commerce; • • • •

Terry Anderson of Infin8 Pulse Fitness Eddie Rich of Capital Edge Ltd Jackie Scarfe of Certus People Management Ltd Mark Tubb of Forum Publications Ltd

If you would like to find out more about becoming a member of the Chamber of Commerce, or would like to submit some info for the News & Events page, please contact for more information.

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Ingredients 1 pan or an oven proof dish 20 cm (must be able to fit in the oven) 3 large quinces peeled and cut into pieces ½ inch thickness 100g + 175g sugar 1 vanilla pod 40g butter Puff pastry or short pastry

La Tarte Tatin Aux Coings Quince tart cooked up-side down A most delicious tart, a great success in my restaurant. Method 1. Cut the vanilla pod in half length wise. Grate the seeds inside. Boil 1 litre of water with 100 grams of sugar, the vanilla seeds and vanilla pod. When boiling also add the pieces of quince. 2. Butter a ovenproof dish. Make a caramel in a saucepan using 175 grams of sugar. When a nice brown/gold colour remove from heat. 3. Pre-heat the oven to 180˚C or Gas Mark 6. 4. After 30 minutes strain the quinces from the

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boling water with a strainer making sure that you keep the vanilla pod for later. Pour the caramel onto the oven proof dish and place the two half vanilla pods on top, then cover carefully with the pieces of quince. Place some bits of butter on top of the pieces of quince. 5. Place the ovenproof dish into the oven and cook for approximately 30 minutes. 6. Remove the dish from the oven and carefully pour off the extra juice. Cover the quinces with the pastry (you can brush with a little egg wash if you feel – this is not

really necessary as the tatin is served up side down). Poke once or twice in the middle with a small knife. 7. Return to the oven for another 25 / 30 minutes. The tart must be beautiful gold brown. 8. Take out of the oven and place the hot dish on a wet cloth (it helps release the tart from the dish). 9. Place a large flat tart dish on the tart and turn over (away from you to avoid been burned by sugar or juice). 10. Serve warm with an excellent vanilla ice cream. Keep a day or two. Enjoy! Germain Marquis

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elcome to Sunbeams Children’s Centre

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Children’s centres aim to give every child the best possible start in life. They are places where all families and those caring for children aged 0 to 5 years can easily access a range of different services to support them. Through their local children’s centre, mums, dads and carers can access information, advice and support on a wide range of issues including health, parenting, childcare, early education and even employment advice. The idea of children’s centres is to focus on the local needs of the area they are in. Each children’s centre focuses on the needs of their community and develop their services by asking local families what they want. Members of the local community are strongly encouraged to play an ongoing active role in the development and delivery of services.

About Sunbeams


Sunbeams is a new Sure Start Children’s Centre located within the grounds of Sun Hill Infant and Junior schools in a newly refurbished building. We are tucked away in a quiet area behind the Junior school. Parking is not available on the school site, but you can park on Sun Lane, with pedestrian access available from Sun Lane and Oak Hill. Sunbeams Children’s Centre covers a large catchment area including: The Alresfords, Four Marks, Medstead, Ropley, Cheriton,

Tisted and Bishops Sutton. Our centre building is a local hub for a wide range of integrated services, including outreach services delivered out in the wider community at various venues. Our aim is to provide groups and services to support local need, enhancing the services that are already in place. The centre is open Monday to Friday 9am – 3pm.

Meet the team

Jackie Harrison – Centre Co-ordinator Maria Butler – Family Support Outreach Worker Sara Peters – Family Support Outreach Worker Tracy Shafe – Administration and Finance Assistant

What services are we currently running? • • • • • • • •

Family support outreach Signposting and referral to other support agencies Fortnightly Rhyme Time Weekly Little Sunbeams – babies and toddlers under 18 months Weekly baby clinic run by Health Visitors Weekly ‘Hot Jobs’ from Jobcentre Plus Children and parents book borrowing library Stay and Play sessions in the school holidays

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Pop into the centre at: Sunbeams Children’s Centre, Sun Lane, Alresford, SO24 9NB Telephone: 01962 732801 Email: - Web: uk/sunbeams-cc Come and visit your new children’s centre, we look forward to meeting you. Every family who registers with the centre will receive a free goody bag!

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With cutbacks in the hospital transport we are being asked more and more to assist but sadly this is proving very difficult to achieve. So if you are able to offer some time to provide transport to Alresford residents please contact either Barbara Griffiths (01962 734408) or Jackie Elvins (01962) 735660.

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