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45 Issue 59 OCTOBER

community 05 Dates for your Diary 06 Winchester CAB 06 Movie at the ARC 08 Alresford Town Council Reports 10 Housing the greens 12 Clubs and Societies 12 Situations Offered 14 Recipe of the Month - Escalope de Saumon SoufflĂŠ aux St. Jacques 16 The Rotary Club of Alresford 16 The Red & White Appeal 18 Stars Perform in Musical Spectacular for Alresford's Historic Bells 18 Keeping the Minibus on the Road 20 Activity Corner 22 Falconry Experience Day 22 World Space Weekend 24 Alresford, Rock City (well town anyway) 25 Alresford, Rock City (well town anyway) 26 Hampshire Artists Co-operative 26 In a class of their own 28 What do you think? - Gossip 30 Useful Information 31 Edible and Medicinal Plant Walks for berries and more at Shawford and St.Catherine's Hill 32 Church Services and News 34 Church Services and News 34 Alresford Surgery News 34 The Autumn Steam Spectacular 36 Alresford Pigs 36 Alresford Chamber of Commerce 37 Autumn Pumpkin Festival & Scarecrow Avenue 38 Steve Brine MP 38 Jackie's County Corner 38 Business Start-Up One Day Course 42 Hampshire Mum - The Art of Tanning 44 Parent & Child 45 Perins Delighted at 2011 GCSE Results 45 Hillier Gardens - Nature's Child 46 October Walk

October Diary


Dates for your Diary 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 Saturday 1st October Charity Barn Dance Anna's Room, a local charity that actively supports the recovery and rehabilitation of brain injured adults and children, is holding its annual Barn Dance in the Itchen Abbas Village Hall from 8pm-11.30pm. Live band and caller, chilli supper, licenced bar. Tickets £12.50 Tel 01962 793494, Wednesday 5th October Forget Me Not Clothes Sale From 9am – 5pm at Alresford Community Centre. You’re invited to another sale of high quality pre-owned clothes. ‘New’ selection of beautiful autumn and evening clothing at amazing value. 10% of all profits to Naomi House. Contact: Katie 07771 855912 if you also have anything to sell. See you there! Wednesday 5th October The ARC, Arlebury Park, New Orleans To Alresford From 8.30 - 11.00pm The Louisiana Jazzmen. Tickets £6 Concessions £5 - Free on site parking, club bar prices. Friday 7th October For One Night Only! Yes, for one night only, the Itchen Abbas and Avington Hall committee is bringing a wonderful musical band called Braga Tanga to the Hall. 7pm. The group is from Cornwall, and play an eclectic mix of folk and country music from all over the world. You can dance or just sit and listen, but you will enjoy every moment. The whole family from granny to her grandchildren will be foot tapping and jumping about. Bring your own supper and there will be a cash bar for wine and soft drinks. The tickets are £8 per adult and children under 16 are free. Contact: Sarah Robinson 01962 779907 - Sue Humphrey: 01962 779335

Saturday 8th October Autumn Concert by The Charnwood Trio From 7.30pm in St Peter's Church, Ropley. Tickets £10 (including a glass of wine). Call: 01962 773603 Music for piano, flute & cello. Proceeds to Friends of St Peter's and Futures Unlocked. Wednesday 12th Ocotber Salsa Party Night at New Park Manor Hotel and Spa In the beautiful New Forest! From 7.30 - 10.30pm. A night of true Cuban ambience dancing the night away to hot Salsa rhythms! There will be a Salsa beginners class followed by tapas style buffet and party dancing! £19.95 including Salsa Style Buffet. Contact Silvia & Max Weds 12th October 6-9pm Thurs 13th October 9.30-4pm Michaelmas Gift Fayre Dummer Cricket Centre Wonderful shopping at over 95 fantastic stalls in aid of the Youth Clubs of Hampshire and Isle of Wight. ‘The only Gift Fayre in Hampshire to go to....’ Entrance £6 Thursday 13th October John Wall Huge Funfair To take place in Broad Street, Alresford from 3.00pm until late. One day only. Info line: 07766115320 Saturday 15th October 345 Preschool - Indoor Car boot / Table Top Sale From 10am - 12noon at Methodist Hall, Jacklyns Lane, Alresford. Perhaps a perfect solution for Christmas! Everything from baby things to household items. Come and grab yourself a bargain ! Or just pop in for a nice cuppa and a delicious homemade cake! Tables available at £10. Contact Sarah Cornick on 07717307602 / 01962 734616. Saturday 15th October Save the Children 40th Anniversary Concert By Basingstoke Male Voice Choir 2011 at 7pm. Itchen Abbas Village Hall. Admission by ticket only (£12.50) Available from G. Wood, Tel: 01962 732374. Raffle, enjoy a glass of wine (£2) and meet the choir after.

Monday 17th October Alresford Reading Group We read a wide variety of books and meet at 1.30pm on the third Monday of every month at Alresford Library. This month we're discussing Noah's Compass by Anne Tyler. Come and tell us what you think of it - new members are very welcome. Contact Susan Shannon on: 01962 734432. Wednesday 19th October Alresford Historical and Literary Society Talk From 7.30pm at the Methodist Hall, Jacklyns Lane. David Otley, ex submariner, will talk on the ‘Development of the Submarine Service’. Visitors welcome; £3 at the door. Enquires to Secretary Bob Fowler on: 01962 734125 Saturday 19th November Under MilkWood - A play for radio, by Dylan Thomas Directed by Ian Waring Green Saturday November 19th 7.30pm. St John’s Church, Alresford. Tickets £8 (ACTS members £7), to include a glass of wine and canapes. Purchase from Rosie Waring Green or phone: 01962 733237. Cash or cheques, payable to ACTS can be delivered to 2 Grange Rd Alresford. Unallocated seats - first come, first served! Saturday 22nd October Save the Children Autumn Sale 2011 At Alresford Community Centre from 9am to 12 noon. Books, Christmas cards, jigsaws, CDs, jewellery, apple stall, cakes, tea/coffee. Admission free Tuesday 25th October Sahaja Yoga Meditation Learn how to meditate, by working on the body's subtle system, to help you achieve a state of balance, harmony and inner peace in your everyday life. Come and discover for yourself your own spiritual awareness! Each Tuesday at 7.30pm starting on 25th October 2011. Venue: The Studio, 26a The Dean (behind Studio 49), Alresford SO24 9AZ Everyone is welcome and Sahaja Yoga is always offered free of charge! Enquiries to: 01962 738561

Saturday 26th November Alresford Methodist Church Christmas fair At the church from 10am to midday. Saturday 29th October Halloween Fancy Dress Party Alresford & District Community Centre Fundraising Team invite you to join them. Hot Meal... Games…Raffle from 7pm for 7.30pm in the Phair Hall. Alresford Community Centre Ticket £12.50. from Joan on 733658. All proceeds go towards the refurbishment of the Alresford Community Centre. Registered Charity No: 301723 Wednesday 2nd November Film showing of 'With God on Our Side' Introduced by Rev. Dr Stephen Sizer with question time to follow. A look at what Christian Zionism teaches and the real implications it has for the people of the Middle East. St John's Church, Alresford, 7pm in the church. For more info. please contact Miranda Pinch 01962 732064 or Thursday 3rd November RNLI Gala Dinner and Auction at The Master Builders Hotel A great way to help raise money for this very worthwhile cause. From 7.30pm for 8pm to raise money for the RNLI. Tickets priced at £35.00 per person. Auction lots include; Maritime paintings, Outing on the Solent with Steve Curtis - (4 times world power boat champion), case of Bubbly, Kayaking down the Beaulieu River, plus many other auction lots – see web site for more details. Limited places – ring 01590 616253 Thursday 10th November Sun Hill Infant School Shopping Evening 2011 in the school hall £1 entry. Arts, crafts, homemade produce, gifts, cards, clothes, children's toys, jewellery and raffle. Jamie Oliver at Home and more!! From 7 - 9pm, licensed bar. Please phone Kelly to book a table 01962 735917. £10 per table or simply come and enjoy an evening shopping!

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Community News

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Community News

Alresford Town Council Reports Bus Service Cancellation At the time of going to press we are being told Stagecoach is cancelling the 64 bus service from the 30th October, and will be combining the 67 and the 64 routes to make a new 67. The X64 will run twice an hour. This bus route will divert through New Farm Road and Jacklyn’s Lane. From 10th October a new mid- day service will be provided on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday and will run from Ropley, Bighton and Old Alresford. The 67 is reduced to running 6 times a day excluding Sunday. Steps are being taken to try to improve these diminished bus services. But there is nothing definite. The Government Transport Committee and the Green Economy are of the opinion that for those who do not have a car to get to work, school or to visit the shops or hospital, the first and often only travel choice, is a bus. It is the absolute minimum requirement needed to provide vital services to local people. The cancellation of buses reduces the green economy’s intention to lower carbon transport and reduce local road congestion. Steve Brine has been involved in several local meetings regarding this matter which clearly has wide ranging consequences and will no doubt be reporting back.

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Excess Signage A working party is to review the traffic signs in and around the town as we feel that Alresford has a proliferation of signs. The group will report back to us with their recommendations. Audit Commission Additional Cost. Over and above the standard Audit Fees, we have now received additional fees totalling £7,732 incurred in respect of objections made to the Audit Commission by two Alresford residents. The Audit Commission investigated these complaints and we were given a clean bill of health resulting in the 2006/7 and 2008/9 accounts being officially signed off. Queen’s Diamond Jubilee £1,000 has been given towards the refurbishment and re-hanging of the bells at St. John’s church as our contribution towards the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. We have also agreed to provide a commemorative plaque to mark the occasion. The total cost of the project is around £11,000 and the Church is arranging a concert in the Church on Saturday 10 December 7.30 to raise funds. This is an All Star Musical Spectacular Hosted by Debbie Thrower the world renowned classical pianist . Di Xiao and West End musical Star Gina Beck will perform with Hampshire County Youth Choir in a

one-off concert towards the restoration of the town's historic church bells. Tickets £20 from County News and Theatre Royal. Alresford Parking Recommendations from the working party formed to review the town’s parking problems were discussed at the last Council meeting. The group brought to our attention concerns encountered regarding parking during the Thursday Market. It was agreed to request the City Council to revise the restricted period from midnight to 9.30am. Traders would then have the advantage of clear bays upon arrival and residents and visitors would have the benefit of bays being released from 9.30am when not in use by traders. The Council went on to review the groups suggestion of introducing parking restrictions in Sun Lane and agreed that it would be beneficial to initially approach Hampshire County Council with a view to introducing a weight and width limit in Sun Lane, between Nursery Road and East Street, as they anticipated that this measure will reduce the congestion created by heavy vehicles on this road. OCTOBER MEETING SCHEDULE Time: 7.30pm Venue: ARC Tourism 5th October Full Town Council 11th October Planning 19th October Environment 26th October

The ARC MOVIES AT THE ARC The ARC hosted its first Movie on the 14th September which was a great success and it was agreed that Movies would be shown at the ARC on the 3rd Wednesday of the Month. Exact dates and films will be advertised.

This Month we will be showing Bridesmaids on 19th October. Monthly Jazz The first Wednesday of the month, from 8.30pm until 11pm, the ARC hosts Traditional Jazz bands. Playing on the 5th October, the Excel Jazzmen with Jazz, Blues & Gospel singer Christine Tyrrell Appearing next month on the 2nd November the Louisiana Jazzmen Tickets to Alresford residents are £6 on the door.

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 e: skavanagh@



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Clubs & Societies CLUBS & SOCIETIES The Royal British Legion To become a member please contact our sub-branch in Eastleigh. www. eastleigh

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. Guests are welcome – only £3 entry at the door. Tea/coffee & biscuits included. 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

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. Secretary Tony Bravery. Tel: 01962 733676 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 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 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 in the newly refurbished Undercroft. New members are always welcome. Ring Liz Garton on 01962-733125 or Swan Hotel 01962-732302 for further details.

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 for a wide range of social activities through the year, then visit www.

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

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 Jean Johnson on 01420 564238.

SENIOR CITIZENS 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. Tel: 01962 735612

MUSIC & DANCE The Cheriton Singers We are a community choir who enjoy singing a wide range of music and meet on Thursdays during term time at St Michael's Church in Cheriton at 7.45 pm. Sue White: Tel: 01962 771796

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

Alresford Golf Club The Secretary, Cheriton Road, Tichborne Down, Alresford. Tel: 01962 733746

Alresford Rugby Club

Alresford Tennis Club Howard Lewis - Tel: 01962 733818

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members always welcome. Visit for the 2011 fixtures. For more information call or email Richard on 01962 779169,


New members welcome. Pay & play sessions available too.

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Season starts on Wednesday 7 September at 7pm at Perins and is 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 mark.’

Alresford Yacht Club

SPORTS CLUBS 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 Sarah Speller 01962 734732 for more information.

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 Meets on Thursdays 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

Cheriton Cricket Club Are you interested in playing Sunday afternoon friendly cricket? New

South Hampshire. Easy rides, day rides, social events and more! Tel: 01962 864479 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? Meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7.45 for 8pm from September to April at Arlebury Recreation Centre. Contact Richard on: 01962 773285 or Rob: 01962 735681

A.C.T.S - Alresford Community Theatre Society 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 Debbie on: 01962 732055

Alresford Art Society Meetings from September to June at The ARC, Alresford, on the first Friday of the month. Painting days at venues around Hampshire in the summer. Paintings are hung in the surgery and Makins Court. www.artsociety.alresford. org Tel: 01962 736751

The Cheriton Players David Cradduck, Colyton Cottage, Cheriton SO24 0QA Tel: 01962 771700

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Food & Drink

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SERIOUS FOOD, SENSIBLY PRICED e Purefoy Arms is a relaxed, informal dining pub nestled in the beautiful country village of Preston Candover, a short drive from Basingstoke and Winchester. Responsibly sourced, seasonal food; good beers; exceptional wines and spirits and a warm welcome have made this village gem an up-andcoming destination eatery. From the cozy bar to the stunning garden, the Purefoy has the perfect space to eat, drink and entertain. Since its opening in September of 2009 the combined efforts of the pubs chef and front of house staff have earnt the pub two prestigious awards. e pub recently attained a Michelin Bib Gourmand award for serving 'good food at moderate prices' and in the last month have also been awarded 'Hampshire Pub of the Year'. Andres and Marie-Lou are delighted to have received these accolades after putting their heart and soul into making the Purefoy Arms the success that it is today, but they never lose sight of their initial vision for the pub which was 'to serve serious food at sensible prices' and always provide a warm, welcoming atmosphere.

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de saumon soufflé aux St Jacques

INGREDIENTS 4 Salmon fillets 160gr each FOR THE Soufflé 40g Butter 40g Flour 400ml Cold milk Grated nutmeg Salt & Pepper 200g Scallops (you can use frozen ones) 4/5 Eggs - separated FOR THE SAUCE 125ml Cream 125 ml Fish stock 125 ml White wine or dry vermouth eg noilly prat YOU CAN ALSO ADD A pinch of Arrowroot Sauteed spinach to serve

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ake a bechamel sauce; gently melt the butter in a pan, then add the flour and mix well. Add the cold milk very gradually, stirring all the time until it comes to the boil. Add grated nutmeg, salt and pepper. Remove from the heat. Puree the scallops in a liquidizer or blender. Add the pureed scallops and mix well, make sure the béchamel stays fairly firm. Add 4/5 egg yolks and mix well. Beat the egg whites until very stiff and fold in to the béchamel. With a spatula, cover the slice of salmon with a thick layer of the soufflé mixture. Butter a dish, pour a little white wine into it and lay the salmon on it. Bake at 200ºC for 25/30 minutes, or until cooked. Meanwhile, sauté some spinach to accompany the salmon. Make a pouring source by reducing some fish stock and white wine, then add the cream and let it reduce a little further. If the cream boils – no problem. If necessary add a tiny amount of arrowroot to thicken, just a little at a time. If you want to colour the sauce you may add a soupçon of tomato paste or juice from the puréed spinach. Whisk well and check the seasoning. When ready, pour the sauce over the salmon and serve immediately.

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Community News

The Rotary Club of Alresford Rotary Club said, “The theme for 2012 is 'Olympic Spirit' which will have everyone sprinting into action with their cameras and creating medalwinning pictures. Everyone has a sporting chance of being a winner”. Application forms are available now from Colin at

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lresford Rotary has announced that entries for the 2012 Young Photographer competition can be submitted from October 1st. The digital camera has revolutionised the photographic world with instant results and the end of the concept that the camera never lies. Editing, cropping and special effects can be applied with ease and skill. As a talent, and an art form, Rotary in Britain and Ireland (RIBI) celebrates the photographic skills of thousands of young people with competitions that give them the chance to demonstrate and display just what they can produce. This year, the competition has been granted the prestigious Inspire mark by the London 2012 Inspire programme. Sebastian Coe, Chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic games said: “The Inspire programme is ensuring the legacy of the 2012 Games starts now as projects like Rotary Young Photographer are enabling people to be part of the Games.”

There are three age ranges: 7 to 10, 11 to 13 and 14 to 17 years (on 31 August). All entrants will receive a certificate from Rotary and the winners in each category will win a prize of £35 from Alresford Rotary Club. Their entry will go on to the District level competition with the chance that they may reach the National final with the possibility of further prizes. The Closing date is 11 December 2011. Commenting on the range of the project, Club President Gary Ellis said that he expected many of the competitors to wait for the Annual Fireworks, which always provides some brilliant displays. This year is the 21st year that Rotary has provided this event for the town and will be a special evening on Saturday November 5th at Arlebury Park. Tickets will be on sale from October at County News, Keats, and the Courtyard Shop in Ropley. More information about Rotary and how to join is on the website. www.alresfordrotary. You can also follow Alresford Rotary on Facebook & Twitter.

Colin Pope, who leads the Youth Projects team for the

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The Red & White Appeal


hank you for helping us to raise £1million! We need the continued support of the city and region to make the Appeal a reality. Southampton Hospital Charity’s Red & White Appeal is celebrating a huge milestone, raising over £1million towards a new day treatment unit for blood cancer patients. Thanks to tremendous support from individual donors, groups, communities and local businesses £1,013,597.30 has now been raised for the project which aims to create a specialist day unit for patients with leukaemia and other blood disorders from across Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Wiltshire, Dorset, West Sussex and the Channel Islands. Joan Newman, Bone Marrow Transplant Clinical Nurse Specialist said, “Thank you very much to everyone who has supported this Appeal. It is brilliant to be such a big step closer to our goal in building this facility. The project will be of great benefit to all our blood cancer patients and will ensure that we can provide the very best care to all those undergoing treatment for these life threatening conditions.” Joan continued, “We hope that people will continue to support the Red & White Appeal and help us reach our target as soon as possible.” There is currently no dedicated facility for blood cancer patients who need day case treatments such as chemotherapy, blood transfusions, platelet transfusions and stem cell collections at Southampton General Hospital. The current treatment area is located at the opposite end of the hospital to the blood cancer inpatient service and is often overcrowded. Southampton strives to provide continuity of

care so that patients come to the same area and are able to see the same staff throughout their treatment. The Red & White Appeal aims to raise £2.2million to create a specially designed, purpose built unit for these patients. The state of the art unit will be built next to the inpatient facilities and the integrated service will vastly improve the patient experience, creating a calming and more comfortable environment for these vital treatments. Veryan Grant, Director of Southampton Hospital Charity said, “We are absolutely delighted to have reached the £1million milestone in our Appeal for blood cancer patients. It’s been a real team effort from the whole of the city and I would like to thank everyone for their support. Veryan continued, “However we can’t start building the new unit until the whole amount has been raised. It is vital that we now work together to reach our goal and we need the continued support of people across the region. It would be great for patients to make this a reality in 2012.” There are a wide range of fundraising events, challenges and activities on offer for supporters to get involved with the Appeal. Why not become a Christmas Star and raise £100 in the lead up to Christmas? Whether it’s a cake sale, raffle, sponsored event or a quiz night, Southampton Hospital Charity’s fundraising team will be happy to provide advice and support.

For more information about the Red & White Appeal, fundraising ideas and ways to donate, please call 023 8079 8881 or visit www.

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Community News

Stars to Perform in Musical Spectacular for Alresford’s Historic Bells


n unforgettable musical spectacular is to sound from St John’s Church in Alresford this December with not one, but two of music’s most accomplished stars set to raise the roof. On December 10th at 7.30pm, the Hampshire town will host international classical pianist Di Xiao, who will be performing alongside one of West End’s biggest musical stars, Gina Beck, in a special one-off concert to raise essential maintenance funds for the town’s historic church bells. The evening promises to offer something for everyone, with an eclectic mix of musical styles to please all ears. Di Xiao is one of the world’s most revered pianists and comes to Alresford having recently

played at Elgar’s Birthday Concert at the legendary composer’s birthplace museum. She has also performed with a number of the world’s leading musicians, including cellist Julian Lloyd Webber. Gina Beck has starred in lead roles for a number of famous musicals, including Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera, where she was nominated for a ‘Theatre Fans Choice Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical’. The much sought-after duo will be joined by local television presenter, Debbie Thrower, who will be lending her insight and charm as Master of Ceremonies, as well as the talented Hampshire County Youth Choir, with their wide-

ranging repertoire spanning music from the 15th century to the present day. The concert has been organised to raise funds to repair and restore the historic bells of Alresford’s St John’s Church. The church bells require maintenance of around £12,000 for structural and tonal repairs to ensure that they continue their long history of ringing for the town. Concert organiser Graham Smith said: “It is 200 years since St John’s bells were first rung in 1811 and they are now in need of significant repair to restore their tonal quality. This one-off concert is a great way to raise funds for one of Alresford’s most historic features whilst giving

the community a fabulous opportunity to witness some of the world’s finest musical talent first hand.” Tickets for the event are priced at £20, with early tickets now available from County News in West Street, Alresford. Alternatively, music fans can call The Theatre Royal in Winchester from 1st September on 01962 840440. Tickets will be limited to around 300 and are expected to sell fast. All proceeds from the concert will go towards the restoration of the church bells. Those wishing to separately support the church bells ' fundraising initiative should contact Elizabeth Johnson on 01962 733266.

Keeping the Minibus on the Road


he big yellow Community Minibus is a common sight around Alresford and the surrounding villages. Provided by the New Alresford Town Trustees and driven by a large team of volunteer drivers, the Minibus provides an essential service for the elderly and disabled residents

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of the area, and even helps with getting wedding parties to and from the Churches. But in the weekdays it offers regular shopping trips to the local towns, and evening drives are organized by local groups like the Alresford Pigs and Rotary. In a year there are typically 600 journeys, covering

12,500 miles, carrying 8-10 passengers, some loaded in their wheelchairs using the hydraulic lift at the rear. Driving the Minibus in a rural area with narrow roads and fast growing hedges provides one of the biggest problems for the Town Trustees; repair costs from minor dents and scrapes are high – possibly one saving suggestion is to buy wing mirrors in bulk rather than one at a time, as these are frequently left in the hedge. In addition, the rising cost of fuel is a constant problem. Fares paid by the passengers cover around 40% of the annual running and repair costs, and the Town Trustees are grateful for the many organizations that support the shortfall. Safety of the passengers is

the first essential, and the Minibus has fortnightly safety checks at New Farm Motor Services in Alresford, who also carry out the repairs and maintenance. The photo shows the team behind the Minibus, including Pam Stevens, who organizes the drivers and passengers, and the service team at New Farm Motor Services. The Town Trustees are constantly fund raising to support the operation of the Minibus service, and need to find around £5500 each year, to avoid having to raise fares above the current low level. All donations are welcomed, either in the collecting box on the bus, or sent to the New Alresford Town Trust, c/o the Old Fire Station in Broad Street, Alresford.

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Activity Corner


ActivityCorner Streamers for a windy day

Cut different colours of crepe paper into strips. Attach a strip of crepe paper onto a stick with sticky tape. Then add strips of crepe paper in other colours onto each other with tape. Hold the stick high and watch the wind moving the streamer.

Fairy houses

Build houses pushing sticks of equal length into the ground and put bark on top as a roof. Or layer the sticks by putting two parallel sticks on top of two parallel sticks and then another two etc. Make it cosy inside with beds of moss to sleep on and put out a bowl of acorn cups for their breakfast. Put on a roof of sticks or pieces of bark. Leave overnight so the fairies can shelter.

Flower Slide

Get two or more pieces of guttering from a DIY centre and put them together, perhaps in an angle, at different heights, or sloping slightly with gaps in between. Pour water at the top end of the slide, ideally from a hose. Put in brightly coloured rose petals, buttercups or dandelions and watch them move down the stream and waterfalls. If you have a large metal tray, put it at the bottom and watch the petals float in glimmering water.

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HIGHLIGHTS: • See Astrium's prototype Mars Rover "Bridget" from the ExoMars project • Hold real pieces of the Moon • Meet Science Fiction characters from Rebel Legion ALSO: • Launch your own water

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Arts, Crafts & Music



ossibly the country’s biggest rock school is coming to Alresford in November when Clive’s EasyLearn Music School opens its doors.

is a pretty good way to spend your time. You’ll make friends and have LOTS of fun along the way. ’

A family company based in the New Forest, Clive’s delivers over 50,000 music lessons nationwide to children aged 7 upwards every year. Taking a simple approach to learning guitar, drums, bass, keyboards and vocals the EasyLearn method includes ‘jamming’ with other musicians from the very first visit. Alresford’s branch is being opened by local resident and recipient of many ‘traditional’ music lessons in his youth, Oliver Wilson-Barnes.

‘So this isn’t necessarily about preparing you for a career as a musician. Studies indicate time and again that learning an instrument helps with many other forms of learning, especially languages and even mathematics. More than all that it builds confidence, teaches teamwork and allows your child to take part in something different and a bit special. Some students enjoy it so much they learn more than one instrument, coming back for 3 or 4 years perhaps.‘

‘I distinctly remember taking my Grade 4 Piano when I was around 12 years old. I had to go into this freezing hall with a grand piano in the middle and the examiner who was ancient, barely said a word to me. I passed, but it wasn’t a very inspiring experience and soon after I followed in my father’s footsteps and took up the drums. ’

‘At Clive’s the emphasis is split between learning the instrument with a tutor and playing with other musicians right away because that’s the fun, rewarding part. So each lesson lasts 1 hour with the first 45 minutes taken up with teaching and the last 15 minutes devoted to an EasyJam session when all the pupils and tutors join together to play 3 songs.’

‘I began playing in a band with my schoolmates and although we never amounted to much musically, we still talk about our rehearsals and gigs with great fondness. It’s funny, we had little discipline when it came to schoolwork but we all knuckled down when we had a gig coming up.

‘Every 6 months we’ll hold a ‘Clive’s Live’ event so that all students can play together on stage in front of an audience and show what they can do. It’s for parents, family and friends but everyone’s invited and all the proceeds will go to charity. Clive’s Live events regularly raise thousands of pounds all over the country.’

‘I learned a to play and perform in front of an audience and that confidence came in handy when I was trying to give Sales and Marketing presentations in my first couple of jobs. If you’re enthusiastic, well-prepared and a team player you’ll go a long way in life so learning an instrument and how to play in a band

Clive’s Easylearn Music School, Alresford opens in November and FREE taster sessions are available to book now. Call Oliver on 0845-680-4685 or go to

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Arts, Crafts & Music



he Hampshire Artists’ Co-operative’s Autumn Exhibition is showing at the Selborne Gallery, The Plestor, Selborne, Hampshire. During this exhibition the gallery will be featuring two guest artists, printmaker Ruth Barnett-Danes and potter Elaine Coles. Ruth’s prints are a combination of the techniques of collagraph, dry point and card cuts. A base plate of thick mount board is used and the image is built up, cut away or incised onto or into the surface of the board. The finished plate is then given several coats of varnish so the plate can withstand the printing process. In the 1970s Elaine lived in Botswana and on her return she

took up pottery. Her current work is smoke-fired using different firing methods incorporating organic material. Her pieces generate an emotional response by their form, depth and complexity. Take advantage of the Art Council’s ‘Own Art’ Scheme which is designed to make buying contemporary work of art available to everyone. Up to £2,000, or as little as £100, can be borrowed and paid back in 10 monthly, interest free, instalments. Please ask for more information at the gallery or visit uk. The exhibition continues until 9th November with the gallery being open from 11am until 5pm Tuesday until Sunday each week. The gallery is closed on Mondays. For more information, please contact Selborne Gallery on: 01420 511347 or visit: www. hampshireartistscooperative.

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A qualified teacher, who is passionate about nurturing creativity in young people, is now running after school and Saturday morning art clubs and holiday workshops in Alresford. Come and create some wonderful pieces of art, learn new techniques, experiment with your imagination and have lots of fun! Also offering totally bespoke ‘Pick and Mix Art’ parties in your own home or chosen venue.

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he demand for art classes in Alresford just keep on growing and the town’s Art Society is creating yet more classes in response to this explosion in interest. Already running Friday daytime and Tuesday evening classes for watercolour improvers, as well as beginners, life and portrait classes and ad hoc workshops throughout the year in all media, the Society is creating yet another daytime watercolour class, based at the ARC on a Thursday morning.


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“The demand just keeps on growing,” says Society Chairman David Hughes, “which is marvellous. After all, the reason we exist is to encourage people to learn more about all forms of art and the natural progression is to pick up a pen, brush, pastel or palette knife and have a go ourselves. Art is such a marvellous escape from the cares of our day-to-day lives and can be a great outlet for our inner selves.” Such has been the success of the Society’s classes that membership is booming and demonstrations by well-known artists and speakers planned for the coming season promise another inspirational year. For more information on the Society’s art classes, contact Sue Gentry on 01962 733893 or email sue.gentry@gentrypublicity.

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What’s so special about number 22? First it is the number in West Street, Alresford of the Jane Fuest Gallery. Secondly it is the launch date of the gallery on 22nd October.

Elsa Taylor

Somewhere between the grandeur of the National Gallery and the wildness of the Tate Modern! What better place for a perfect balance of the visual arts that will be Jane Fuest Gallery, and in the perfect position in Alresford. No stranger to world wide galleries having travelled the world with her Artist / Film Director husband Robert – Jane now has, at last, the opportunity to put together a representative collection of works by her favourite and best loved Artists. The gallery will be opening its doors to the public from the beginning of October with its grand opening on the 22nd. Everyone is most welcome to come in and look, browse or even buy on or before our official opening day.

Hugh Greasley

The gallery will be selling paintings, ceramics and sculpture. Jane hopes that anyone who visits the gallery will find something to their liking. It has always been her fond wish that everyone should have at least one original contemporary work of art in their home, which will then become part of their life and its narrative.


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ow let’s not pretend; we’ve all done it, and some of us have been the innocent victim of the nastier type of gossip, when you can’t defend yourself against an untruth because the majority would prefer to believe the detrimental bits. Yep, been there, life-forming experience to find out who your friends really are... With that aside, for all the negative connotations that the word ‘gossip’ has, for the most part when we talk about our friends amongst ourselves, it may well be that we are annoyed with them. Perhaps we’ve misinterpreted what they meant to say, or we don’t understand why they behave the way they do at times, but largely gossip about friends is rooted not in malicious envy, but in loving concern for their welfare. However we human beings are a fickle bunch. If the gossip is regarding someone we’ve only heard of vaguely or any celebrity, well then it’s open season. Gossip is a universal language and it’s big business. Dress it up how you like, you can buy a ‘quality’ gossip magazine or, well let’s face it, a ‘trash mag’ - the choice is yours. It’s a conscious choice based partly on the cost of the publication, partly on habit but mostly on an eye-catching headline and photo. There are, obviously, plenty who would never stoop to the depths of reading them (they say), and then there are those who scour the celebrity and society pages to bask in

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reflected glory when they manage to find someone within they actually know. There’s a thin line then between gossip and news. The pen, and sometimes the tongue, is mightier than the sword, enabling the most lewd mud to stick, for it’s all based on fact - apparently. So who do we trust to deliver an accurate literary account of the ‘fact’; the magazine, the tabloid, the broadsheet? What happens when all of them are owned by the same corporation? In that instance does the broadsheet accurately deliver the news while the tabloid simply regurgitates it in all its bilious, gossipy minutiae? Irrespective of journalistic style or type of publication, the source of the information may well be the same, and as recent events have demonstrated, some corporations will go to any lengths to get the story. It may well be foolish to assume that there hasn’t been a reciprocal relationship between journalists, police and politicians for years, and equally ludicrous would be the notion that the secret services don’t bug those who represent a danger to national security. The odd leak here, the occasional bit of misinformation there, has perhaps worked well for decades, but hacking into the calls of those innocents in the depths of distress and despair was a step too far, and a salutary lesson for all. What do you think? Gill Grant

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Emergency Only

Royal Hampshire County Hospital

(Ambulance, Fire, Police):

Tel: 999 Electricity Emergency 24hrs a day, 7 days a week

Tel: 08457 708090

Winchester, Hampshire Tel: 01962 863535

North Hants Hospital Basingstoke, Hampshire Tel: 01256 473202

Gas Emergency 24hrs a day, 7 days a week

Tel: 0800 111 999

Alton Community Hospital Alton, Hampshire Tel: 01420 82811

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

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

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.

LIBRARY Alresford Library

ALRESFORD POLICE Alresford Police Station Opening Hours Monday - Thursday Open 12.30 - 4.30pm Closed Bank Holidays Other times by appointment. Tel: 0845 045 45 45

Monday 9.30 - 1.00 Tuesday 2.00 - 5.00 Wednesday Closed Thursday 9.30 - 1.00 Friday 9.30 - 7.00 Saturday 9.30 - 1.00 email - Tel: 0845 603 5631


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

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 - 6.30 Saturday 09.00 - 5.00 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 City Council

Citizens Advice Bureau Outreach Service Winchester Citizens Advice Bureau is back at the Alresford GP Surgery IF YOU NEED HELP Contact CAB on 01962 848000 or drop in to the surgery on Mondays between 1- 3pm (not bank holidays) IF YOU WANT TO HELP Please donate to CAB on line at Or send donations to CAB – Alresford 68 St George’s Street, Winchester, SO23 8AH

RECYCLING 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


NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH Alresford and District Neighbourhood Watch Association Newsletters are issued quarterly and are available at neighbourhoodwatch. Report a crime anonymously: call Crimestoppers Tel: 0800 555111 For Neighbourhood Watch enquiries contact: Administrator - email, Mobile: 07412 733393

The Castle, Winchester, SO23 8UJ Tel: 0800 028 0888

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

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

Sun Hill County Infant School

Beauworth Village Hall

Sun Lane, Alresford email: beverley.minall@ Tel: 01962 732632

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

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

Alresford Community Centre

Bishop’s Sutton Village Hall

Cheriton Primary School Prospect Road Recycling Centre


Pound Hill, Alresford, SO24 9BS Tel: 01962 734361

Jenny Sloan Tel: 0796 911 3630

Cheriton Village Hall Available throughout the year for clubs, classes, meetings, parties etc on some afternoons, evenings and weekends. Mornings as well during school holidays. Contact Penny Scott Tel: 01962 771263

Bighton Village Hall The large hall which has ample car parking and is adjacent to a picnic area has kitchen facilities and is fully heated. Contact: Gail Johnson Tel: 01962 736556 e: bighton.hall.bookings@

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 or Phone Pamela Thomas on 01962 771590 to book.

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The Winchester Bridge Club welcomes all bridge players from beginner to expert, especially visitors and new members. There is no table money for members, who may play as often as they like. The club is affiliated to the English Bridge Union and has its own card room. It is a comfortable environment with a licensed café bar and large car park.

Croquet is a sociable and enjoyable game – not the vicious game it is often made out to be! It is played by all ages and is one of the few games where women can play on level terms with men. Winchester Croquet Club caters for all levels from beginners to county standard. We have excellent lawns and club facilities. There is plenty of opportunity for friendly games and for the more competitively minded there is ample scope to play in Club or Inter Club competitions. Croquet is played all the year round at Winchester.

Edible and Medicinal Plant Walks for berries and more at Shawford and St Catherine’s Hill

When we play: Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday

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4:30pm to 7pm 7pm to 8:30pm 7pm to 10:15pm 6:30 pm to 9pm

Informal session Cut-in rubber Duplicate pairs (Hosting rota*) Partnership rubber

*Hosting rota on Tuesdays guarantees you a game, even if you turn up without a partner.

Find out more: Contact Bob McRobert on 01962 760311 or Arun Swarup on 07710 176968 or visit our website:

Special reduced membership fees are available for new players in their first Groups are keptHave small. year. We also offer free coaching and use ofHill. equipment for beginners. you is it? required thought of playing but are not sure whether Booking you would like Come andfor haveall a free trial. walks. Just e-mail Celia on or When we play: The Croquet Club play from April to the end telephone of September in the summer with a 07860 178516. reduced schedule in the winter when only one lawn may be available. We have Groups discounts available. mix-ins on Monday afternoons for Association Croquet and Thursday afternoons for Golf Croquet. St Catherine's HIl is 15 minutes

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01962 854028 Most plant walks are concerned with the identification of plants. Her walks tell you more! They tell you what you can eat and how to prepare it. Why they are called names like Devil's guts, Hag’s taper etc., and their associated folklore. Finally, the walks include information about the general

and medicinal use of the plant where relevant. These walks will appeal to plant and nature lovers alike. Why not come and join Celia and find out!

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Church Services & News St. John the Baptist


New Alresford

Sunday 2nd October

08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 Parish Communion

Sunday 9th October

08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 Second Sunday Family Service

Sunday 16th October

08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 Choral Communion 18.00 Sundays @ six

Sunday 2nd October

Sunday 30th October

08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 Celebrating All Saints 16.00 Comfort and Hope

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 2nd October 09.30 18.00

Harvest Festival Parish Communion Old Alresford Cottage Home

Sunday 9th October

09.30 Parish Communion

Sunday 16th October

09.30 Parish Communion

Sunday 23rd October

09.30 Parish Communion

Sunday 30th October No Service

Midweek services 09.00 Every Thursday: Holy Communion at Old Alresford Place

St. Gregory’s New Alresford (Roman Catholic)


Sunday Services

Sunday 9th October

Sunday 16th October

Other Weekly Activities Sunday

10.00 Parish Communion 10.00 Parish Communion

Sunday 23rd October

10.00 Parish Communion

Methodist Church New Alresford

Jacklyns Lane, New Alresford

Sunday Worship

10.30 Every Sunday Morning Worship and Junior Church Holy Communion Monthly Please note that there will be no regular Sunday evening services

Midweek Activities

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 further 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

Every Sunday 11.00 Mass

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All Saints

New Alresford

10.30 Service with crèche (Varies: please phone for details see below)

10.00 Harvest Festival

Sunday 23rd October

08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 Trafalgar Day Parish Communion

New Farm Chapel


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:

Sunday 2nd October

11.00 All Age Worship

Sunday 9th October

11.00 Parish Communion

Sunday 16th October 11.00 Morning Prayer

Sunday 23rd October

11.00 Parish Communion

Sunday 30th October

11.00 All Saints Eucharist

St. Nicholas Bishop’s Sutton

Sunday 4th October 11.00 Mattins

Sunday 11th October

11.00 Holy Communion

Sunday 18th October 18.00 Evensong

Sunday 25th October

11.00 Child friendly service

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Church Services & News

ALPHA IN ALRESFORD Each Thursday Evening from 6th October to 24th November 2011

Each Thursday evening commences at 7.30pm with 2 course meal and coffee or tea. An opportunity to learn about the relevance of the Christian Faith, in a friendly atmosphere... Some of the topics covered in the DVD sessions shown after the meal: Is Christianity boring, untrue or irrelevant? Who is Jesus? Why did He die? There is also opportunity to ask questions and discuss any matters raised.

To find out more, and to register your interest, please contact us, using any of the following:

Tel: 01962 732130 or 734287 or 01420 561210 Or write to: The Office, New Farm Chapel, New Farm Road, Alresford, Hants. SO24 9QH.

Alresford Surgery News The Autumn Steam Spectacular Computer System Change We will be introducing a new computer system which will improve the way we work and the care we can provide for our patients.

However we must experience a degree of pain in order to achieve this goal and need to ask for the co-operation and understanding of our patients while we go through the transition. We are asking patients to avoid making requests for routine appointments between 31 October and 8 November. The surgery will be open and working during this period. We will be here to see emergencies and patients whose care cannot be delayed during this period. From 9th November we will be providing plenty of appointments to compensate for the lost

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routine appointments. It will also help us if patients could submit requests for repeat prescriptions needed between 31 October and 8 November earlier than usual but we will be able to deal with prescriptions as usual during the transition period.

Flu Clinics • Walk in clinics on 20 & 28 September and 11 October all 1.00 -2.30 (no need to book ahead) • Preston Candover Village Hall 13 October 9.30 – 10.00 (no need to book) • Pre-booked appointments – clinics will commence on 13 October with various dates and times up to the end of November – please phone to make an appointment Our website will have full details of who qualifies for a free jab and clinic dates.


e are very pleased to announce that we have two very special guest engines for this event. The first is new build A1 Class Tornado, star of BBC Top Gear, Royal Train fame and our most successful gala ever in Spring 2010. And secondly, but by no means least, fellow LNER mainline stalwart A4 Class Sir Nigel Gresley!!!

Both engines will join our already impressive home fleet of Southern, Western and Midland locos. The Watercress Line, The Mid Hants Railway Ltd, The Railway Station, Alresford, Hampshire, SO24 9JG. From 28/10/2011 to 30/10/2011. Steam Galas timetables usually scheduled to run anytime between 9.30am – 6.00pm Best advice if is if the timetable is not yet available, to keep checking

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odging the recent u n s e a s o n a l ( & unwelcome) weather, this year's Alresford Show was blessed with fine & dry conditions and attracted, thousands of happy visitors who once again enjoyed the sights and sounds of a traditional and splendidly organised and supported Agricultural Show.

As usual, the Pigs were on hand to help the Show Committee organise and man the car parks and entry gates, as well as taking on many important duties as Safety Stewards. However, completing all of these tasks would be impossible without the superb support from a wide range of friends, family & ex-Pigs

(respectfully & collectively known as Old Boars) as well as local clubs and committees, including the Alresford Rugby Club, Old Alresford Cricket Club, Tichborne Cricket Club, Ropley Parish Hall Committee, helpers from 345 Playgroup, Sun Hill Juniors & Infants and Cheriton schools. To all of these friends and helpers we would like to pass on our sincere thanks in what was truly a terrific community effort, and one enjoyed by all who took part See you next year – same time, same place! With the reward of additional funds from our support at the Show, there’s never been a better time to request help from the Pigs for a suitable local needy cause. Please do this by calling our HELPLINE on 01962 658961, email: or write to us at Laurel House, Station Approach, Alresford SO24 9JH or visiting www.alresfordpigs. org and completing our simple ‘Request for Support’ form.

Alresford Chamber of Commerce News Don’t know who to contact? Then please feel free to contact a Chamber of Commerce committee member: Simon Evans The Naked Grape Tel: 01962 732002 Anthony Oxley Lawrence Oxley’s Bookshop. Tel: 01962 732998 Maxine Baughan Jaga Design Tel: 01962 735135 Tim Considine First Option Ltd Tel: 01962 738250 Ann Brown Cradduck Designs Tel: 01962 734606 Mike Dowsett

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Service Point Tel: 01962 734466 Eddie Rich Richly Creative Tel: 0800 0433770 Chamber of Commerce & Police Liaison Meeting Summary: The meeting was held on Tuesday 30th August 2011. The Alresford Police now report to a different area after a reshuffle of Police structure and areas. The new structure is a result of re structuring and Alresford now makes up part of the Northern Hampshire Policing Area, covering Winchester, Alresford, Alton, Bordon and Petersfield. The Alresford Police Station relocation continues to be

investigated, however no timescale or new location has yet been identified. The Country Watch scheme has shown some good results and was part of the display at the Alresford Show. Communication between the Police and Chamber is now fully working, and the good old email has shown itself as the best way for businesses and the police alike to communicate well. Issues in Tesco Express, Damon Barker Jewellers and The Alresford Linen Company have all been recorded and attended by the police with solutions, arrests and prosecutions made in each case. The feedback about CCTV is still sought by the police and the Chamber will continue to press its members for thoughts, feelings and ideas about CCTV in Alresford. Alresford Show What a success! The Alresford show on Saturday 3rd September was a huge hit for the Chamber of Commerce in their ‘new look’ tent. Due to popular demand and some disappointed members not being able to get a stall with the Chamber’s tent this year, we are planning on extending our tent for 2012 and we have also decided to take advance

bookings for the Alresford Show, September 2012 now! We require a completed booking form, a non refundable deposit of £50 & then the balance paid in full by the 1st August 2012 Email: info@alresfordchamber. A warm welcome to new members! Davina Spinney - DJ Spinney David Woodroofe - Create Design Studio Nigel Hughes - Auditel Interested in joining the Chamber of Commerce? The Alresford Chamber of Commerce has a thriving membership of around 100 businesses in the Alresford area. We welcome membership enquiries from businesses of all shapes and sizes, and would love for you to be involved. We are affiliated to the North Hampshire Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the wider network of Hampshire Chambers of Commerce, offering a broad spectrum of member benefits. If you would like to know more, please contact the Chamber Secretary on 07769 722 985 or email info@ Collated & Written by Liz Brown – Chamber Secretary

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My life as a constituency MP, of course continues alongside my work in Westminster. My Summer Tour 2011 has been a great success and it was good to hold a special Alresford surgery in August.

October sees the culmination of the party conference season and the return of Parliament for its tenweek session through until the end of the year. We have much to do as the domestic economy struggles, Europe continues to battle its sovereign debt crisis and huge public service modernisation plans have been brought forward by the coalition Government. I think we can expect renewed unrest from the trade unions as the Government faces up to the fact you cannot scale more than £900bn of debt without generating a lot of opposition. There will be much trouble ahead.

As I write I am looking forward to the bus ‘summit’ I have convened in Old Alresford with Stagecoach and local councillors to see what, if anything, we can do about future bus services for the village and the wider town. I have had a lot of emails on the subject and they all have a fair point. Report back to follow next time, I hope.

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utumn is my favourite time of year. I know, spring is supposed to win in those stakes but I always feel it is now many people re-focus after a summer break and the excitement of Christmas is not that far away!

Finally, this month (October) sees my promised public meeting with the Chief Inspector of Winchester Police to discuss the proposed moving of Alresford Police Station and local policing in general. The meeting will be held on Wednesday 5th October from 7:30-9:00pm in the upstairs room at the Community Centre on West Street. I hope residents will come and put their questions to Chief Inspector James Fulton. You can see more via www.stevebrine. com/events. You will find full details of my work via or you can call 01962 791110.

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Jackie's County Corner


t was good to have a summer break, but County Corner is back by popular demand!

I am bringing three items of interest to you this month. With a local planning application between Alresford and Basingstoke pending, I went to visit a Wind Turbine in action at Swaffham. This one is the only one in Europe with a viewing platform! If you have the internet you can see a report in more detail on my website: www.jackieporter.mycouncillor. or I can send you a printed copy on request. I was particularly interested in the efficiency at lower wind speeds and the effect on the landscape. I was impressed by the harnessing of this natural power, but await the local application with interest; advances in the technology are happening daily. The turbine that we went to see has been improved to reduce wind noise, (which wasn’t nearly as loud as I expected) and further advances are made often. Stagecoach is changing bus services dramatically from the 30th October. You have reported to me that the changes across the whole area threaten jobs and study as well as your social life. Old Alresford fares particularly badly in the rearrangements proposed by Stagecoach. Although I have made numerous protests and constructive suggestions to the bus company, colleges and Hampshire Council, and some have been adopted, the situation as it stands is not likely to improve significantly when the new timetables will come into effect. (The new CANGO timetable, and the 240 service on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, which are commissioned by HCC will start on 10th October.) Although, as I write this article, the 67 and X64 timetables are not final, Stagecoach plans for the 67 (through the Itchen Valley and on to Petersfield) to run only six times per day, with no bus on Sunday. The

X64 direct to Winchester from Alresford (including New Farm Road and Jacklyn’s Lane) will be half hourly, less frequently on Sundays. I have more details on the website, and update it regularly. You can call me for a paper copy of the CANGO timetable if you prefer. I have been asked by passengers if Free Bus Pass Holders could be allowed to pay a small fare to improve the viability of services. I have checked, and HCC say they have been instructed by the Department of Transport that charging is illegal, but there is no harm in leaving your pass at home and paying the fare!

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So how do we go about this? Would anyone do it? I would be interested in your views! Youth Clubs currently provided by Hampshire County Council at Micheldever and Alresford are being cut this autumn as part of the local Government cuts. Personally, I deeply regret this move to cut youth services across the whole country: a young person bravely came to a Parish Council meeting to describe how the youth workers at her club had helped her. Alresford has an active Youth Association which is dealing with the problem there, but now, Micheldever Youth Club needs your help. If you are willing to become part of a management committee which would seek funding and staff for this well used service, please contact me as soon as you can.

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hanks to the generosity of a friend, it was to be no camping for us Pagans this summer, oh no, but rather, the beautiful surroundings of Portugal.

amazing; all of the above and ‘ripped’. Not a shaven head or an earring in sight, with an eye for the bevy of beauties that were around the pool, clad in the tiniest of bikinis.

Having lost a little of my bulk (I am now on a par with a small elephant seal), I resolved to stay fit and healthy on my hols. So it was a morning jog, swimming, some tennis, seafood and salad only – cracked it! Or so I thought…

The Husband seemed strangely distracted…“Think I’ll have a quick dip Sandra love - coming?”

It’s worth pointing out at this point that when it comes to skin, we are a divided family. Star I has the genetics of the olive (as in tone, not the oval green thing with a stone in the middle) which he gets from The Husband. Ten minutes in the sun equals bronzed gorgeous and The Husband, mahogany and distinguished, much like an old piece of Mulberry luggage. It’s not so for Star II and I; we are Saxon through and through i.e. white (in color that is, not in any BNP kind of way), and one must be careful, but this year I was determined that we too would have a healthy glow about us. I have a fear of my children burning in the sun since the days of my own childhood when you simply covered yourself in baby oil, caring not a jot for UVB and UVA (and I’m not even sure if we knew what they were), and suffered the consequences. As a result I go for factor 50 for Star II and 30 for me, the application of which is thorough and rigorous. “Mum can we stop now PLEEEASE?” “Yes, just behind your ears to do” So there I was, spread-eagled on the sun lounger looking like a veal steak catching the morning’s rays when ‘they’ arrived. With the Portuguese economy dropping like a stone there was an influx of nationals holidaying on the Algarve; the young women, slim and beautiful without exception, were already evenly tanned to perfection. The young men (yes, I know I am of an age when they could have been my sons) were simply

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With Star I plugged in to an i-Pod and Star II still underwater somewhere, it seemed like a good idea. Looking like a local, The Husband picked his way carefully through the stretched out bodies, and I concentrated on pulling my stomach so far in I swear I could feel my kidneys, in an attempt to make a black halter neck one-piece still look chic. It wasn’t happening; my thighs still looked as if someone had spread a tin of Ambrosia creamed rice over them, merely serving to emphasize that a week of poolside sophistication had still eluded me. Still, at least I remained ambiguous: ‘Is that an English woman with that Portuguese man?’ As for his tan, Star II’s extremities were café latte with a hint of blush on the shoulders. I was concerned that The Husband may have a little trouble with UK immigration officials and knew that Star I would have happily blended in with the gods of Olympus. And me? Well, I never did work out how the other women laid out for hours roasting their Teflon-coated bodies and ending up the same colour from every conceivable angle. I looked like I’d been on a boil wash with something red and then pebbledashed with Cuprinol. Still, I’m content in the knowledge that had we stayed in Blighty this year, we would all by now be undergoing some sort of treatment for rust. Let’s not judge our holiday by our colour but by our experiences, I say! Happy hols! Sandra Pagan






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Pre-Schools & Playgroups Busy Bees Pre-School Bishops Sutton Village Hall, children from 2yrs 9 months. We are a thriving pre-school with lovely grass and all-weather outdoor play spaces to give active youngsters the space they need to have fun and learn through play. As a Pathfinder pre-school, we offer 15 hours per week Monday to Friday, including some lunchtimes. Our good Ofsted rating means you know your little ones will be very well taken care of and have oodles of play and activities to 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 For 4 to 11 year olds, Term time only, From 3.30 to 6.00pm. Children will be collected from the Main Hall in the Juniors School and from the office in the Infants School. You can now find us in Sunbeams Children Centre behind the Junior School, Contact Angie on: Tel: 01962 7717094 or 07876165592

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For 6-8 year old boys and girls. We are a new Colony, meeting on Mondays 6.15-7.30pm at Preston Candover Village Hall. For further details, please contact Cat Lambourne-Skilton on 01256 389352 or at Catlskilton@

Drop in play sessions Ropley Baby and Toddler Group Meet on Wednesdays during term time from 9.15am to 11.45am in Ropley Coffee Rooms, next to the Village Shop. Under 5s. Please ring Ros Wynne 01962 773374 for further details.

Kidz Café Alresford Methodist Church, Contact Dawn Carr Tel: 01962 735278 Parent and 0-5 year old Play Group Fridays 2-3.30pm

Cherry Trees Toddler Group Cheriton Village Hall Weekdays 1.303pm. Monthly craft activities, playtime and story time for toddlers. Coffee, tea and cakes for the parents. Julia Kimber Tel: 01962 733224

Medstead Toddler Group Medstead Village Hall Thursday 9.30-11.30am during school term times. Contact: Julie Burton Tel: 01420 562546

Mothers and Others Toddler Group Monday 1.00 - 3.00. Children under 5 with parent/carer. Gospel Hall, Four Marks Mondays 1-3pm under 5's Contact Ruth on: 01962 773482

Mother and Toddler Group Itchen Abbas Village Hall Wednesdays 10-12pm. Wednesday 10.00 - 12.00. Contact: Juliet on 01962 779365 or Vicky on 01962 860935

Chatterbox Baby & Toddler Group

CHILDRENS EVENTS The Little Ballet Company Ballet Classes for children aged 18 months to 5 years: Cygnets Class for 18 months to 2 years, Saturdays term time 10am-10:45am. Swans Class for 3 to 5 years, Saturdays term time 11am-11:45am. Additional drop in classes during school holidays. Ballet uniform can be purchased at class. Venue has free and ample car parking with snug room and refreshments. Please contact Miss Emily for further information and to book a free class. 07503 173 163 / 01962 841 635 missemily@thelittleballetcompany.

Saturday 22nd - 23rd October Halloween Festival Half-term fun at Marwell Wildlife. Prepare to be spooked…Meet a tarantula, lose yourself in our eerie maze, enjoy creepy storytelling or carve your own pumpkin. Saturday From 10am - 6pm. Tickets: FREE with entry to the park (small charge for pumpkins). Contact: 01962 777 407

Tuesday 25th October Drawing workshop with Robert Davies Work with the creator of the Animals exhibition at Winchester Discovery Centre. A two hour workshop for all ages with exhibiting artist Robert Davies. Have fun drawing your favourite farmyard animal, or bring one of your own animal photos to work from. Grab this great opportunity to learn from a master! You'll try different techniques and materials and contribute to a giant drawing wall in the Children's Library. suitable for all (8yrs+) The Gallery, Winchester Discovery Centre, Jewry Street, Winchester, SO23 8SB 10:00am and 1:30pm Tickets: £5, no concessions 01962 873 603

Karen's Childcare Services Ofsted Registered Childminder Tel: 07900 692892

Come along and enjoy a cuppa and chat with other mums, dads and child carers while the children play. John Pearson Hall, Alresford. Thursdays 10.00 - 11.30. Kazia Montefiore Tel: 07776 015461

Saturday 29th October Community Centre Halloween Fancy Dress

Youth Groups


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Ropley Pre-School Ropley Pre-School offers sessions from 9am to noon Mon-Fri for children from 2 years 9 months, with an optional Lunch Club from noon to 1pm, in the Village Hall. We have Pathfinder status so offer 15 hours of free sessions for children of 3 and over. We provide a fun, friendly and stimulating learning environment with excellent links to local schools. Enquiries to Sarah Harry 07510 684055 during opening hours.

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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.

Party Hot Meal, Games, Raffle. Tickets £12.50 01962 733658

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Education Services


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Perins Delighted at 2011 GCSE Results T he head teacher at Perins School in Alresford, Mrs Janice Bernard, has expressed her pleasure on the behalf of the school over the GCSE results achieved by students in 2011. With 219 students taking exams this summer Perins achieved a rate of 86% of students gaining five grade A* to C across all subjects and 74% gaining five grade A* to C including English and Maths.

“We are delighted that so many of our students have had their efforts rewarded with our very pleasing examination results” commented Mrs Bernard. “Highlights this year include our results for students who took AS levels a year early, as well as students who gained distinctions in their vocational studies. Our congratulations go to all of those who worked

so hard and who deserve every success. Well done too to our very supportive parents!” Although these are early days there are some notable successes we would like to share:

Hillier Gardens Nature's Child O utdoor learning of forest skills and bushcraft through play and wild experiences for young children ages 3 to 4.

From 1.00pm on Monday 10 Oct 2011. Cost: £60 for six sessions at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens. Telephone: 01794 369318

• Fifteen of our students achieved all their GCSE at grade A or A* • Charlotte Tickner gained full marks in each of her Physics, Chemistry and Biology exams • Deanna Dickson gained an Outstanding Student Award at Sparsholt as part of her Land Based Operations Agriculture course Summary of figures • 5 grade A*to C 86% • 5 grade A*to C including English and Maths 74% • English Baccalaureate 32%

Book online or call 01794 369318. £60, for six sessions; includes one accompanying adult.

Sessions are from 1 to 3pm Monday afternoons: On the 3rd, 10th and 17th October. Limited spaces.

To advertise call: 01962 735137 OCTOBER ISSUE 59


October Walk


The Ship Inn, Bishop's Sutton

lovely walk from Alresford through cut fields, over the Watercress Line and along wooded tracks – oh, and some beautiful country lanes.

From Alresford, walk to Bishops Sutton using Whitehill Lane, keeping a sharp lookout for traffic. Follow the lane until you reach Bishop's Sutton where you will see the ‘Ship Inn’ on your left.Take the road to the left of the pub signposted to Gundleton. Walk down the lane, over the river, past the farm to your right and walk up the hill. Follow the sharp bend round to your right and there in front of you is a grassy track (called Green Lane).Follow this track until you see a path crossing the field to your left. Walk across the field aiming straight across to where you will see a stile; at this point you will cross the Watercress railway line, and if you’re lucky you may get to see a steam train thundering by, just make sure you aren't on the track at the time! Once over the railway line follow the well-trodden (unless ploughed) path through the field until you reach a lane (Northside Lane). Cross directly over the road and follow the footpath sign into the next field; this path lead you into Sutton Beech Wood. Follow the path into the wood and head in a North North East direction. This is a beautiful old wood; the path through the wood should bring you out onto Sutton


Wood Lane just before the junction leading into Goscombs Lane. Continue along Sutton Wood Lane (toward Bighton) until you meet a junction where you turn left onto Bighton Dean Lane. Walk along Bighton Dean Lane following the road round to the left at the end which will lead you into Bighton Village. Once in Bighton Village you can always stop at the Three Horseshoes public house for a drink and a bite to eat. Continue on through the village until you reach the junction where you will see Manor Farm in front of you to your right. Walk straight across this junction past all the farm buildings that will be on your right. There is a wooden fence to your left; at the end of the wooden fence you will see a footpath sign pointing across the field, follow this path through several fields passing behind Bighton Bottom Farm and you will come back out onto Bighton Lane just before the old railway bridge. Follow the lane over the bridge back into Bishop's Sutton. Here you could take another well earned refreshment break at the Ship Inn. Turn right onto the main road and then quickly left, back onto Whitehill Lane, leading you back in Alresford.

Railway Bridge over the Watercress Line


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