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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

ISSUE 50 . JANUARY 2011

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

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e wish all of our readers a Happy New Year! We hope you like this month's issue which is packed with interesting articles from our writers.

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.

As per usual you will find a monthly recipe, a children’s activity corner and many other interesting articles.

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Contents

Business Motors Motor vehicle sales, repairs & serving

community 20

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2, 32, 33, 37 Health & Beauty Health & beauty services, shops & salons

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Home Services Trades & service for the home

13, 15, 17, 40 Food & Drink Food & drink retailers and services

19, 20, 21 The Home Items for the home

21, 23, 25, 40 Professional Services Professional trades & organisations

26, 27, 29, 30, 31 Information Technology Computer / IT repairs & services

30 Building Services Building services & supplies

38 The Garden Trades & services for the garden

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05 Dates For Your Diary 06 Your Letters and Emails Alresford Surgery News 08 Alresford Town Council Reports 10 Useful Information 11 Interval Training for Fat Loss 12 Clubs & Societies 14 Alresford Music Festival 2011 16 What is to Become of Georgian Alresford? Start the New Year with Zumba 18 Church Services & News 20 Recipe of the Month - Le Pot au Feu 22 A New Year Walk King Alfred Buses Running Day 24 2011 Census Dazzle - 1920’s Dress Exhibition Alresford Music Festival Talent Search 25 Do You Want Superfast Broadband in Alresford? 26 Useful Information 28 An Embarrassment of Improvements 30 Salsa Y Sol 32 Sunbeams a Surestart Children's Centre 32 Sunbeams a Surestart Children's Centre 34 The Plot Thickens The Resolute Gardener Alresford Chamber of Commerce Chat 35 It's New Year at Activity Corner 36 Winter Wildlife 37 Hello Pud-Swan a New Book by Bryan Beggs


Community News

Dates for your Diary Tuesdays Zumba at Alresford Community Centre Starts at 6.45pm Entry: £5 For details contact Sue Russell on sue@plays-r-ussell.com Zumba is all about the music you do not have to be great at dance, just come and enjoy! 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 Until 3rd January Winchester Cathedral Ice Rink Winchester ice rink is open come rain or shine, so please dress according to the weather. For more information and booking details visit: www.winchestercathedral.org.uk/icerink/ or alternatively call the booking office on: 01962 857276 Until 16th January Dazzle at Winchester Discovery Centre From 9:00am. A spectacular 1920s beaded dress collection is on exclusive display at Winchester Discovery Centre. Celebrating the exquisite detail, glamour and design of the roaring twenties, the exhibition presents over 25 items from Hampshire County Council's collection. In a rare opportunity to see these stunning but fragile pieces, The Gallery presents an enviable collection of Art Deco elegance in its full glory. Free admission see page 24 for more details. Sunday 2nd January King Alfred Buses Running Day The transport scene of yesteryear in Winchester is brought to life again! Enjoy bygone travel when over 40 heritage buses provide free journeys in and around Winchester. Free rides on buses and coaches operating over the routes of former local bus companies. Services run all day from the Broadway and Bus Station in Winchester from 9am until 5pm. www.fokab.org.uk Contact: 01962 880 917 runningday@fokab.org.uk

Monday 3rd January Milling and Baking The millers will be producing wholemeal stoneground flour and our volunteers will be turning it into tasty baking treats for you to sample. Winchester City Mill, Bridge Street, Winchester, SO23 0EJ. From 11.30am-3.30pm www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ winchestercitymill Contact: 01962 870 057 winchestercitymill@nationaltrust.org.uk Friday 7th January Alresford Art Society Artist Soraya French demonstrates ‘Mediterranean Sunshine’ in mixed media at The ARC, Alresford at 2.30pm. Members free, visitors £2. More information 01962 736751 or email artsociety@alresford.org Saturday 8th to Sunday 30th January Mayor's Choice Exhibition At Winchester Discovery Centre 10:00am. A selection of paintings from Winchester City Council's art collection of local views and scenes graces this always popular exhibition. With a personal selection by the Mayor of Winchester. Free admission. Telephone: 01962 873610 Sunday 9th January Hampshire Wassail & Mummers Play Manor Farm Country Park. 12:00pm. Join The Madding Crowd for a day of traditional Hampshire songs, music and theatre at Manor Farm. Price: Normal farm admission charge. Telephone: 01489 787055 Thursday 13th January Launch of the Winchester Business Excellence Awards At Winchester Guildhall from 6pm - 7.30pm. An opportunity to network and find out about the Awards at the same time. Drinks and canapés provided by the Guildhall. Sunday 16th January Hampshire Wildlife Trust Alresford Bird Walk 10:00am to 12:00pm. Join experts and amateurs for a guided walk through Alresford. Meet at the bottom of Broad Street. No need to book, for more information. Contact John Bush on 01962 735062. Sorry no dogs. Please remember to dress for the weather.

Sunday 16th January Intech Astronomy Day Rescheduled from 5th December Please Note: 'The Astronaut Show' is replaced by "Secret Of The Cardboard Rocket" due to a prior group booking. Join us for a programme of lectures, workshops, displays and planetarium shows aimed at the keen amateur. Workshops are repeated through the day so you have a choice of times, but you must book specific time slots when paying. Events run from 10:15am to 4:30pm; arrive at 10:00am or shortly beforehand to book (early entry available for pre-booked Astronomy Societies). Pricing: entry to INTECH + £5 per special event, or £25 for an all-day ticket (includes entry). We regret it is not possible to pre-book your tickets for this event. These events are intended for an adult audience, although children aged 11yr+ (8yr+ for planetarium) may also attend if accompanied by an adult. Friday 21st January "Florence Nightingale: a Hampshire life and death" An evening lecture organised by the Hampshire Field Club and Archaeological Society. A lecture by Dr Russ Foster on one of Hampshire's most famous residents. At Hampshire Record Office, Sussex Street, Winchester, SO23 8TH from 7.30pm. Free to all. Refreshments to be included. www.fieldclub.hants.org.uk Contact: 01962 867 490 publications@fieldclub.hants. org.uk Saturday 22nd January ACTS - (Alresford Community Theatre Society) QUIZ Sun Hill Infant School from 7.30pm. Licensed bar, food + fun. Tables of 8. For tickets phone Miranda Roadnight on 01962 735556 or e.mail roadnightfamily09@btinternet.com Saturday 22nd January Iestyn Edwards Anything for a Tenor + My tutu's gone AWOL! at 7.30pm. Bighton Village Hall. A new comedy revue show from renowned tenor Iestyn Edwards and his alter ego the prima ballerina Madame Galina the latest "Forces Sweetheart"! Parental warning: Not suitable for under 16s. Admission by pre-booked reservations only Adults £7.50 each (Concessions £5.00). Make your reservations

by contacting Geoff Buss on 01962 734853. Licensed bar will be available 7pm to 11pm. Doors open at 7pm. A Hog the Limelight event supported by Hampshire County Council. Saturday 22nd to Sunday 23rd January Long Barn Seed Potato Weekend Sale Long Barn, The Old Sheep Fair Bishops Sutton Road, Alresford SO24 9EJ T: 01962 738684 www.long-barn.co.uk Tuesday 25th January Family History for Beginners Evening Find your ancestors in the archives at Hampshire Record Office. Access Hampshire family history sources on microfilm/ fiche and some for England and Wales. All you need to know to begin researching your family tree. 7-9pm Hampshire Record Office, Sussex Street, Winchester, SO23 8TH. Tickets £7 per person. Advanced booking required. www.hants.gov.uk/archives Contact: 01962 846 154 enquiries.archives@hants.gov.uk Wednesday 23rd to Saturday 26th February ACTS Perfom te musical 'The Boy Friend' (Twiggy's big hit) Performances start at 7.30pm each evening plus a matinee at 2pm on Saturday. Tickets available from 01962 733818 or email 63lewis@dsl.pipex. com. Wednesday £8, all other performances Adults £10/Under 16s £5. For more information visit our www.actstheatre.co.uk. Wednesday 16th February Alresford Historical and Literary Society February Meeting At 7.30pm, The Methodist Hall, Jacklyns Lane, Alresford. Elizabeth Johnson, Captain of the Tower at St. John’s Church will talk about “The Science and Art of Bell Ringing in Churches” Visitors welcome - £3 at the door. Tea/coffee & biscuits included. Dont miss out of the chance to have your event listed here FREE of charge. Simply email your diary event to: editor@ forumpublications.co.uk and we will do our very best to make sure it is featured in the magazine. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Letters Page

Community News

your LETTERS & EMAILS Dear Editor We agree wholeheartedly with your article “The Dirt on my Shoe”. [Issue 49 - Page 18]

issue that seems impossible to resolve in a civilised fashion, albeit we live in the 21st century.

We find that the “uncaring minority” in fact proves to be a surprisingly large number of people - often not content with owning only one dog.

We suggest that you carry a pot of bright yellow powder paint to sprinkle on the offensive excrement to alert children (in particular), walkers and footballers of its presence. It is doubtful whether this would induce the shameful, selfish dog owners to clear up their mess - we can but try.

Do you have anything to say? Is there something within the Forums pages that you would like to comment on? Call or email us using the contact information provided on page 3.

The owners allow their dogs off their leads to defecate, jump up at you with muddy paws and scare children with the comment that “he/ she only wants to be friendly”. When asked to control their animal, invariably they respond with aggression, burning resentment and in some cases threatening behaviour.

The Editor reserves the right to decline or edit letters as deemed necessary.

In 30 years of living in Alresford, this remains an

We do hope that your appeal meets with some success well done on highlighting the issue! Yours sincerely A resident of Alresford

Alresford Surgery News

Patient Forum The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 18th January at 2pm. For more information or anyone interested attending please contact Sue Lees – suelees@ nhs.net

Winter Weather With the first cold snap hitting us in November we are reminded of the problems experienced last year. Could we ask that neighbours think of each

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other and that the elderly and infirm are watched over; a helping hand collecting medicines or just a friendly word can make a real difference to the vulnerable.

Christmas and New Year The surgery will be closed on Saturday 25 December and will re-open on Wednesday 29th December. We will also be closed on Monday 3 January. The usual Out of Hours cover will be available

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for emergency or urgent medical care. Please make sure you have sufficient medication to see you over the closures. May we take this opportunity to wish all patients a happy and healthy Christmas and New Year.

Patient transport With NHS finances coming under increasing pressure can we remind patients that unless they are seriously incapacitated patient transport for out

patient appointments is not generally available. Patients are expected to use public transport or taxis to get to appointments if friends, family or voluntary

care cannot help. For patients in receipt of benefits costs of transport can be claimed back at the hospital.


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Town Council News

Alresford Town Council Reports Blueprint for the Future The City Council has been seeking the views of residents, organisations, Parish and Town Councils in response to the Government’s ‘localism’ project. The objective is to base a twenty year local plan on the needs of the community. The deadline for input to the process was 10 December but we have managed to negotiate an extension for the Town Council’s input until mid-January. We are therefore, publishing our draft input which can be viewed at www.newalresford.org.uk/blueprint.htm. We would welcome any comments on this draft, ideally by the end of the year, in order that they can be considered for the final document. Comments should be addressed to the Town Clerk. For contact details see ‘Views’ below.

Grit Bins

As you will have read in the local press Alresford’s share of new grit bins to be provided by the County Council has been far below our expectations. We have been able to negotiate additional bins but in addition we are considering financing further bins from the Town Council’s budget, as we have received several comments indicating that his has the support of the community.

City Council Car Parking Charges The Town Council has written to Winchester City Council objecting to the proposed increases in parking fees. Parking charges are being reviewed as a result of the forthcoming increase in VAT, but we felt that an increase of 66% on short term charges was unacceptable. We feel this proposal will exacerbate the parking problems, which

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we have spent a number of years trying to address, and encourage the return of long term parking in the town centre. We have suggested only a 10p increase in the short term fees with a 50p increase to £2.00 for all day parking and some increases for periods between the two. This appears to have been accepted by the City Council.

Sun Lane Bridge Dependant upon weather conditions the work on providing a pedestrian footway across Sun Lane Bridge is scheduled to begin in January

‘Dragon’s Teeth’ at Perins Car Park Dragon’s teeth are to be introduced at the exit to the Staff Car Parking area at Perins. This installation will improve the security of the school car park and allow for the public car park to remain

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open on Sundays and Bank Holidays.

The ARC

NATC Council Tax for 2011/12

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The Council has set the 2011/12 precept at £246,000 which will mean no increase in Council Tax in respect of the town.

Stratton Bates Hedgerow With the help of the Alresford Wildlife Group, the problem of the hedge at Stratton Bates has been resolved. The hedge has been reduced and thickened and the group has agreed to ensure the area remains free of all litter.

Rugby Pitches at Arlebury Park We are in the process of obtaining professional advice on the acquisition, by compulsory purchase order, of the land adjoining Arlebury Park. It is anticipated that we will be in a position to report back at a public meeting in February.

January 2011 Meeting Schedule January 4th Full Council Meeting: Alresford Recreation Centre 7.30pm January 12th Planning meeting: Alresford Recreation Centre 7.30pm January 19th Environment Meeting: Alresford Recreation Centre 7.30pm

The first Wednesday of the month from 8.30pm until 11.00pm the ARC hosts Traditional Jazz bands and playing on the 5th January are The Excel Jazzmen. Appearing 2nd February is The Excelsior Vintage Jazz Band. Tickets to Alresford residents are £5 on the door. To book your meeting or event contact the office or outside of office hours call Steve on 01962 736689.

Members of the public are always welcome to these meetings and there is an opportunity for public participation at the beginning of each meeting. 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, The Avenue, Alresford SO24 9EP Tel:.01962 732079 e: skavanagh@newalresfordtc.org.uk


Health & Beauty

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Useful Information Winchester City Council

Emergency Services

Hospitals

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

Library

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 - library@hants.gov.uk Tel: 0845 603 5631

Open 12.30 - 4.30pm

Closed Bank Holidays Other times by appointment.

Citizens Advice

Tel: 0845 045 45 45 www.hampshire.police.uk

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 www.alresforddentalcare.co.uk 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 advice@winchestercab.org.uk Tel: 01962 848000 Fax: 01962 848005

The Alresford Surgery Station Road, Alresford www.alresfordsurgery.co.uk Tel: 01962 732345

East Hampshire District Council Penns Place, Petersfield, GU31 4EX www.easthants.gov.uk Tel: 01730 266551

Alresford Town Council Arlebury Park, The Avenue, Alresford, Hants. SO24 9EP. Clerk: Mrs Stevie Kavanagh email: skavanagh@ newalresfordtc.org.uk 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

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

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

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

Councils Hampshire County Council The Castle, Winchester, SO23 8UJ www.hants.gov.uk Tel: 0800 028 0888

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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)

Sun Hill County Infant School

Beauworth Village Hall

Sun Lane, Alresford www.sunhill-inf.hants.sch.uk email: beverley.minall@ sunhill-inf.hants.sch.uk Tel: 01962 732632

Cheriton Primary School

Out of Hours Service

The Old Chapel in The Dean

Itchen Abbas Village Hall

Prospect Road Recycling Centre

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

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

Schools

Sun Lane, Alresford www.sunhill-jun.hants.sch.uk Tel: 01962 732801

Tel: 01962 735961

Alresford Community Centre

Christy Hall, Old Alresford

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

Alresford Pharmacy

Town / Village Halls

Newsletters are issued quarterly and are available at www. alresford.org/ neighbourhoodwatch. Report a crime anonymously: Call Crimestoppers Tel: 0800 555111 For Neighbourhood Watch enquiries contact: Administrator - email ADNWA@btinternet.com, Mobile 07595 368 946

Sun Hill County Junior School

Mansfield Park Surgery

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City Offices, Colebrook Street, Winchester, SO23 9LJ www.winchester.gov.uk Tel: 01962 840222

Cheriton, Alresford, SO24 0QA Tel: 01962 771278

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

Itchen Abbas County Primary School Itchen Abbas, SO21 1BE Tel: 01962 779310

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

Perins Community School Pound Hill, Alresford, SO24 9BS www.perins.net Tel: 01962 734361

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 Jenny Sloan Tel: 0796 911 3630 www.iaavillagehall.co.uk A former national school in 1873 and listed building. The hall is heated and has a sound enhancement system with hearing impedance loop. An enclosed patio and grass area ideal for children’s parties. Heating and kitchen facilities included. Please contact Caroline Stanley. Tel: 01962 771793

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

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

Kilmeston Village Hall Situated on the village green, the extensively refurbished Hall is an excellent venue for group functions, family parties, or as a base for outdoor activities. Please visit our website on www.kilmestonvillagehall.co.uk or Phone Pamela Thomas on 01962 771590 to book.


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should I do to lose the most amount of weight in the shortest amount of time?” Well, although this has many answers depending on your beliefs and current level of fitness etc, there are some methods that are proven to work better than others; yet these are often the ones used the least. I ask myself why this is and why I constantly see people out on long runs when this really is not the best way to lose that ever elusive “muffin top”. It is a common misconception that you will burn the most amount of fat by getting on a treadmill or getting out on the road and running in your “fat burning zone” for an hour a day. This is not true, and there are much more efficient ways of getting rid of that excess fat we all hate! One of these methods, and a personal favourite of mine, is interval training. This is a great alternative to continuous exercise and consists of short periods of high intensity exercise in which the person works hard for a period of time, followed by a rest period,

then a hard period and so on. The effect this achieves is that the person becomes more out of breath and generally more intensely worked in a shorter period of time. This type of training can also be used alongside a new and very effective training method called Metabolic Conditioning, or “MetCon”. This is similar to interval training and creates similar results, and the best part about these sessions is that they often last no longer than 30 minutes each; therefore, generating much better results but in a fraction of the time that most people would normally work out for. Both of these types of training have a great effect on the person’s metabolism by increasing it much more than just training in your fat burning zone. The effect

of doing an interval session lasts on the body for up to 24 hours afterwards, meaning you are still burning calories while you sleep!! Compare this to the 3 hours of post exercise calorie burning when exercising in your fat burning zone, and I know which method of training I would choose! So next time you decide to go for a run or get on an exercise bike why not try a session of interval training instead and see what wonders it will do for you! Any further questions on interval training, MetCon workouts, health and fitness or simply if you would be interested in training with me, feel free to contact me any time on the details below. Train hard and good luck!

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Clubs & Societies Clubs & Societies

Senior Citizens Hour

The Royal British Legion

To become a member please contact our sub-branch in Eastleigh.

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, glenn.gilbertson@ alresford.net.

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.

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@ yahoo.co.uk 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 for a wide range of social activities through the year, then visit www.alresford-twinning.org.uk or call Jean on Tel: 01962 733131

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

Alton Model Railway Group

Meet on Tuesdays 8-10pm at the Scout Hut, Anstey Park, Alton. All welcome. All ranges of scales and guages. If you would like more info visit: www.altonmrg.co.uk

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Senior Citizens 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

Sports clubs Bowling Club

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

Are you interested in playing Sunday afternoon friendly cricket? New members always welcome. Visit www.cheritoncc.com for the 2010 fixtures. For more information call or email Richard on 01962 779169, info@cheritoncc.com

Alresford Golf Club

Cyclists Touring Club

The Secretary, Cheriton Road, Tichborne Down, Alresford. Tel: 01962 733746 secretary@alresfordgolf.co.uk www.alresfordgolf.co.uk

Judo Club

Steve Fullick, 10 Perins Close, Alresford Tel: 01962 732883

Karate Club

Tel: 01420 568135 act4health@hotmail.com

Running Sisters

For information call Dawn on Tel: 01962 733723 or email:padcar@aol.com

Tichborne Park Cricket Club 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 Tue 20.00 - 23.00 Preston Candover Village Hall RG25 2EE West Coast Swing Regular Thus 19.30 - 22.30 Winchester Discovery Centre Zumba(R) Dance Fitness Mon 13.15 - 14.15 River Park Leisure Centre SO23 7DD. Mon 17.30 - 18.30 Winchester Discovery Centre 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 www.salsaysol.co.uk

Salsa in Alresford Community Centre

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 www.unannounced.net or Tel: 07915 645418

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 Michaesl's Church in Cheriton at 7.45 pm. For details please visit www.cheritonsingers. co.uk or phone membership secretary Sue White on: Tel: 01962 771796

Dance Fit Classes

Alresford Community Centre Wednesdays 10.30am - 11.30am. Contact: Jan on Tel: 019627 72001

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Cheriton Cricket Club

14 Benenden Green, Alresford, SO24 9PF. Contact: Andy Joyce Tel: 01962 734316 andypjoyce@hotmail.com

Alresford Rugby Club

www.alresfordrfc.org secretary@alresfordrfc.org.uk

Alresford Tennis Club

Howard Lewis - Tel: 01962 733818

Cheriton Tennis Club

New members welcome. Pay & play sessions available too. www.cheritontennisclub.co.uk

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

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

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 donnabirtles@fsmail.net

South Hampshire. Easy rides, day rides, social events and more! Tel: 01962 864479 www.southhampshirectc.org.uk

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 Richard or Rob 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.scouts@tiscali.co.uk

Arts & Crafts 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 Jane on: 01962 733040 Alternatively email her at janerx90@aol.com.

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. www.artsociety.alresford.org Tel: 01962 736751 artsociety@alresford.org

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. Brenna: 01962 793088 midhantscrop@hotmail.com


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hat is to become of our gorgeous Georgian Alresford? Since taking over as the chamber secretary in September this year, I have been struck by the amount of burglaries occurring in Alresford. In particular Simply Mee and Mid Hants Railway have been victims on several occasions during this increase in crime. As the Chamber of Commerce, we try to support all members who are victims of such occurrences, but it is getting to the point where something drastic needs to be done. I have forwarded all correspondence regarding the burglaries, with member’s permission, to Steve Brine MP, Simon Eden (Winchester City Council) and Hampshire Constabulary. Steve Brine has informed us that he is dealing with Hampshire Constabulary regarding the matter, but in the meantime burglaries are still happening and businesses are suffering. Several members have suggested that all members contribute financially to employ an external security company to watch over the businesses within the town. The plan at present is to try to get more

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police presence in town, as currently the police cover does not seem to be present when the majority of these crime are taking place. Caroline Ward from Simply Mee did however say after her recent burglary on Wednesday 8th December: ‘The police were actually very efficient and extremely helpful today. So I know that although the whole event was yet again distressing and depressing at least having caught some one this might be encouraging to fellow victims’ Caroline also added; ‘ I feel we definitely could do with improved police presence in Alresford - I think the thieves in my case know that they have a good window of time once the alarm has gone off before the police will arrive as they probably will be coming out of Winchester or Alton! I am sure the police were as pleased as I was to catch one of the thieves, as so far they have had no luck in finding them on previous occasions. AND it was the vigilance of the residents on West Street that we have to thank for this, NOT the speed of the police arrival!’ The current spate of burglaries (and attempted burglaries) is a serious worry for Alresford businesses, particularly as many operate on slim margins. A break-in not only

first one in Alresford at the Community Centre, Tuesday 11th January at 6.45pm. I discovered Zumba whilst living in the States and now, three years later, am keen to share my passion for the music and dance with others! Everybody should Zumba! There are no age or fitness limits – you do it at whatever level you feel comfortable. See you in the New Year –

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hits financially (the high excess on insurance policies and subsequent claw-back through increased premiums makes claims not worth pursuing), but also on the morale of the owner and employees. These are people who care not only for their own businesses, but for the town. One recently-established business has suffered damage five times, and other small businesses have been hit once or more. Along with the burglaries there are the window-breaking attacks, affecting both shops and bus shelters, costing amounts outside the puny comprehension of the offenders. So easy and so stupid, this ‘bravado’ is unlikely to give initiation to the most pathetic gang. We need the Police here, particularly on Friday nights. We also need to reconsider CCTV in the town and if necessary an outside security company. There will be a Chamber committee meeting on Tuesday 4th January and this issue will be discussed in depth at this time. Any suggestions or feedback with regards to the above issues would be greatly received. On a more positive note Caroline Ward of Simply Mee has also commented; ‘I would also like to say I have been incredibly touched by the kindness and genuine concern that customers and

can’t wait to fill the hall with great music and lots of happy faces! Contact: Sue Russell (sue@plays-r-ussell.com ) Class times are as follows: Mondays: 10am at South Wonston Village Hall (£4) 7.45 pm at Kingsworthy Community Centre, Tubbs Hall (£5) Tuesdays: 6.45pm Alresford Community Centre,

fellow traders have shown. I can't tell you how important that has been and proves what a special and lovely place Alresford is! And lets never forget that! Plan of action so far…. 1. We are contacting security companies (one of which is a member) for a quote for CCTV. 2. We have made the Chamber's views known to: Steve Brine (MP) Winchester and Chandlers Ford Jackie Porter - County Councillor Itchen Valley and Alresford Ernie Jeffs - District Councillor, Alresford Simon Cook - District Councillor, Alresford Margot Power - Winchester City Councillor for Alresford Simon Eden - Chief Executive of Winchester City Council And we have asked for a six week response to our concerns, which revolve around enough policing to keep our neighbourhood safe. 3. We are in open contact and support business that has been a victim of crime. 4. We will not let Alresford become a crime riddled town. 5. An article will be submitted to the Alresford Forum to reiterate the chambers views on this situation Please contact Liz Brown the chamber secretary on info@ alresfordchamber.co.uk with your views.

Alresford (£5) Wednesday: 7.45pm Bishops Sutton Village Hall (£5) Starting 12/01/11 Thursdays: 6.15pm South Wonston Village Hall (£5) For details contact Sue Russell on sue@plays-r-ussell.com Zumba is all about the music – you do not have to be great at dance – just come and enjoy!


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Church Services & News St. John the Baptist New Alresford

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Sunday 30th January

08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 Fifth Sunday Service 16.00 Deanery Service for Candlemas

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

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St. Mary the Virgin Old Alresford

Sunday 2nd January

09.30 Holy Communion

Sunday 9th January

09.30 Parish Communion

Sunday 16th January

09.30 Parish Communion

Sunday 23rd January

09.30 Parish Communion

Sunday 30th January

09.30 Parish Communion

Midweek services

09.00 Every Thursday: Holy Communion at Old Alresford Place

10.00 Communion for first Sunday of the year

Sunday Services

10.30 Service with créche PM Varies: Please phone for details

Sunday 16th January

10.00 Parish Communion

10.30 Kosmic - for kids

Sunday 23rd January

Thursday

10.00 Parish Communion

Sunday 30th January 09.30 Mattins

10.00 Prayer Group 19.30 House Group

Term Time Activities Tuesday 10.15 Toddlers Group

Methodist Church New Alresford

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 Every Tuesday Come in for coffee with Pause for Thought (1st & 3rd ) 07.00 Every Wednesday Men’s Breakfast, bible reflection & prayer 18.30 - Thursdays - Guides 20.00 (term time) 14.30 1st & 3rd Thursdays Women's Fellowship 19.30 1st Thursday Lydia Group for ladies 19.00 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

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Other Weekly Activities Sunday

10.00 Parish Communion

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Upper Itchen Benefice

New Farm Chapel

Wednesday

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. org.uk

Sunday 2nd January

10.00 Benefice Communion and Sunday School

Sunday 9th January

08.30 Beauworth Holy Communion 09.30 Cheriton Parish Communion and Sunday School 11.00 Bramdean Holy Communion Kilmeston Family Service Tichborne Children's Sunday Club

Sunday 16th January

08.30 Tichborne Holy Communion 09.30 Cheriton Blessing of the Plough 09.30 Beauworth Holy Communion 11.00 Hinton Epiphany Carol Service

Sunday 23rd January

Cheriton Parish Communion and Sunday School Bramdean Morning Worship Kilmeston Holy Communion Tichborne Evensong - Blessing of the Plough

11.00 All Age Worship

09.30 11.00 18.30

Sunday 9th January

Sunday 30th January

All Saints Bighton

Sunday 2nd January

11.00 Parish Communion

Sunday 16th January 11.00 Morning Prayer

Sunday 23rd January

11.00 Parish Communion

Sunday 30th January

09.30 Joint Communion at St.Mary's, Old Alresford

09.30 Cheriton Mattins 09.30 Hinton Holy Communion 11.00 Beauworth Plough Sunday Tichborne Family Service

St. Gregory’s New Alresford (Roman Catholic)

St. Nicholas Bishop’s Sutton

First Sunday of Month 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


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  Evans  the Butchers 

has been trading in Alresford for almost 100 years and we  strive to bring you the  best quality and service in the town.  

    Visit us in the shop or online, you’ll be amazed at the range of goods available.





Specialist local supplier of All your culinary needs

• A wide variety of homemade pies including, steak, chicken and Game. • Cheeses & home cooked hams. • Freshly baked cakes, deserts & pies. • Locally sourced beef and game. • Try some fish from our well stocked counter, including smoked & sea food. And to complete your preparation collect all your condiments and specialist goods from our shelves. Please feel free to ring us, we are always happy to give help and advice.

Tel: 01962 732477 www.ceevansandson.co.uk

High quality and efficient service Hire of china, glass and cutlery Range of gas and electric cookers and rings, urns, hot cupboards and paella pans. Everything you need for your successful party or event - delivered, collected and washed up!

Available 7 days a week

01962 773800

enquiries@two-hire.co.uk HOME FARM, PETERSFIELD RD, ROPLEY

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8 West Street, Alresford, Hants, SO24 9AT

Beautiful fresh bread baked every day on the premises. A range of freshly made and extremely healthy ready meals such as lasagne, shepherds pie, fish cakes and fish pie all made by us in generous portions. Ideal for those with little time on their hands. Meats, cheeses, cereals, preserves, pickles and so much more. A wonderful range of herbs, spices and condiments to help you create recipes from many countries.

Opening times: Monday - Friday: 8.30 - 5pm Saturday: 8.30 - 3pm

Tel: 01962 733189

44-46 West Street, Alresford

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Clos du Marquis French Restaurant at the Leckford Hutt

France on your doorstep Warming Winter two course lunch and dinner menus Tuesday to Sunday __ Ă la carte always available __ Saturday night Ă  la carte only __ Closed Sunday night and all day Monday

On the A30 (between Stockbridge and Sutton Scotney) T: 01264 810 738 E:closdumarquis@btinternet.com

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Recipe of the month Recipe supplied and sponsored by Germain Marquis of Clos du Marquis Restaurant

Clos du Marquis

French Restaurant at the Leckford Hutt

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Ingredients

You don't have to use all the different meat described, but it is essential that you use chuck steak and marrow bone. • 500g Chuck steak • 500g Lamb neck cut into slices or lamb knuckle or both if you prefer • Half a small chicken, partridge or pheasant • 500g of oxtail • Marrow bones, each cut to 5 x 5cm. Put in very cold water for few hours to remove any blood. • 3 leeks coarsely chopped • 5 carrots coarsely chopped • 5 turnips cut into quarters • Half celeriac coarsely chopped • Half fennel coarsely chopped • 3 onions each with a glove of garlic set into them. • A few extra cloves of garlic • 3 ripe tomatoes • A few parsnips coarsely chopped • Bouquet garni Condiments: • Horseradish, • Strong mustard • Gherkins

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his is a most earthy dish to be eaten by a bunch of friends. The only problem is the size of the cooking pot. Our grandmother used large pots which have unfortunately disappeared! But you can use two pots if necessary. It’s a very traditional French dish enjoyed by everybody, especially with friends.

to the cooker and slowly cook for another 20 minutes. Remove any remaining foam and add salt and pepper to taste, add the onions and all the other vegetables except the tomatoes.

Method: In a large pot fry all the meat until it is a nice golden brown. Once the meat is browned cover with cold water, ensure that the water is level with the meat, bring to the boil then simmer.

Remove the vegetables and poultry as they are cooked. But leave the other meats to carry on cooking for another 60 minutes. Check and remove the other pieces of meat when ready. The meat should be so well cooked that it begins to fall off the bone. Now add the marrow bones and tomatoes and cook for an additional 20 minutes. Once the marrow bones are cooked remove the slices of carrots from the end. Warm up vegetables and meat briefly in the bouillon and serve carefully arranged on a large serving dish.

Whilst the water is coming to boil peel and cut the vegetables. Take some slices of carrot and put them at each end of the marrow bones and attach with a piece of string, this stops the marrow coming out of the bones! After 20 minutes of cooking, remove the foam from the surface of the simmering water with a soup ladle. Return

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Let the ingredients cook for another 40 minutes removing any foam from the surface of the liquid.

For a luxurious version of this recipe add a scallop of duck foie gras per guest, briefly

poached in the bouillon, absolutely superb! Serve into soup plates with slices of toasted country bread beside. Each guest may add a drop of red wine in the bouillon toward the end of the meal, it’s called “faire Chabrot or chabrol” in the South West of France. The next day it will be even better or you can keep it in the freezer. The bouillon will make the most delicious consommé. Using a hand mincer, mince all the left over vegetables and meat together, fill an oven dish with it, cover with a good mashed potato to make a Hachi Parmentier!, freeze and use later on. If you use a lamb knuckle for your pot au feu then make sure it is placed in the middle of the dish, the bone sticking out prominently. It is then called “La soupe a la jambe de bois” or the “Wooden leg soup”! a speciality from Lyon and Mr Paul Bocuse. An ancient version of this recipe uses a whole turkey and a leg of lamb, plus a piece of silverside without forgetting some prime rib of beef!


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at Ovington  Wonderful traditional food, unpretentious yet contemporary in style  Real ales from Wadworth, fine wines and champagne  A traditional pub in tranquil setting, with a beautiful riverside garden  Lunches  Dinner  Enjoy riverside walks  Open Saturday & Sunday afternoons (limited menu available) WinE OffER fOR nOvEmbER 2010 AnD jAnuARy 2011 from monday to Thursday bring a pre-booked party of 4 to get a fREE bottle of house wine Please book in advance and bring this advertisement with you to qualify

VISIT OUR SECOND ANNUAL SEED POTATO WEEKEND SATURDAY 22nd & SUNDAY 23rd JANUARY DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND WE WILL ONCE AGAIN BE SELLING A FABULOUS RANGE OF OLD & NEW VARIETIES TO TEMPT YOU INTO GROWING YOUR OWN POTATOES. ALL WEEKEND OUR BARN WILL BE BRIMMING WITH ACCESSORIES, ADVICE AND HOT SOUP!

Christmas menus are now available or call us to discuss your bespoke requirements. Open all over the Christmas and new year period. Visit www.thebushinn.co.uk for further information

Bush Inn, Ovington, Alresford, Hampshire, SO24 0RE Tel: 01962 732764

CALL IN AND... GET CHITTING! ESPALIER FRUIT TREES ALSO IN STOCK. The Old Sheep Fair, Bishops Sutton Road, Alresford, SO24 9EJ Tel. 01962 738684 www.long-barn.co.uk OPEN SEVEN DAYS FREE PARKING

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A New Year Walk A

lovely circular walk of roughly four and a half miles; well you’re still on holiday so who cares how long it is. Some of it is ‘off road’ and yes, there is a pub at the end, fear not!

Drive, or walk, to Itchen Abbas village hall and park. From the car park walk to the main road, B3047, but don’t cross. Turn right and walk up the lane, around the corner and under the rather beautiful railway bridge. Continue up the hill to where the road bends round to the right, just before the bend

there is a gravel track to your left, take this track and follow it to the end, about a half a mile.

At the end of the track you will meet a tarmac road, turn left and go under another railway bridge and continue down until the T-junction with the main B3047. Here cross over and take the ‘dead end ‘signed lane to ‘Chilland’ which is slightly to your right as you cross.

Walk down to the very bottom of the lane where you will find a footpath that takes you over the river, be sure to pause and

have a look, it’s really lovely here. Continue to follow the path which will soon meet at a T-junction with the road from Easton. Turn left here and walk up the long, but not very steep , hill. Once at the top you will enter Avington Park via the gate or over the cattle grid. From here you will get a lovely view over the lake to Avington Park House beyond and some lovely farm land to your right. Continue through and out of the park, via another gate or cattle grid. Walk up the hill until you meet another T-junction, here turn left.

King Alfred Buses Running Day owned bus companies to run a municipal service. KAMS was proudly independent, with the statue of King Alfred on the green side panels of its buses to add that ultimate distinction. It is also down to the enthusiasm of members to keep the memory of KAMS alive and protect part of Winchester's great heritage.

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he transport scene of yesteryear in Winchester is brought to life again! Enjoy bygone travel when over 40 heritage buses provide free journeys in and around Winchester on Sunday 2nd January 2011. Free rides on buses and coaches operating over the routes of former local bus companies. Services run all day from the Broadway and

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Bus Station in Winchester from 9am until 5pm. Friends of King Alfred Buses (FoKAB's) membership now stands at about 250 people. One may ask why there still so much interest in a bus company of such relatively small size that has been gone for more than thirty years? The answer lies in the nature of King Alfred Motor Services (KAMS) itself. King Alfred was one of the few privately

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In 2000 we became a charitable trust, rather than just a group of enthusiasts preserving buses and coaches. Anyone who has travelled on our vehicles at our running days or at other events will have noticed that even the crews try to wear the correct uniform of the 1960's. Our aims are to eventually house all our vehicles together in a living museum in Hampshire, to assist in educating the public in the

You will now walk down through the village of Avington, simply follow the road all the way round and you will eventually past the front of Avington Park with its horses and ha-ha to your right. Continue over the hump back bridge, lovely water fall here, over two more bridges and before long you will see welcome sight of ‘The Trout’ in front of you, with Itchen Abbas village hall tucked next to it on the left. Enjoy! Gill Grant

role of transport in Winchester and in the surrounding district. We of course already recreate the past when we hold our annual running days and show our vehicles at many local events. As we have a unique collection of ex KAMS buses and coaches, our next aim is attain museum status. At the 2004 running day we launched our new mobile information unit to explain the work of FoKAB and the history of KAMS. Preserving the past takes both time and money. This is where you can help by becoming a member! We hold regular working sessions on the vehicles in Winchester on Tuesday afternoon and evenings and all day Saturday. For more information visit: www.fokab.org.uk Contact 01962 880 917 runningday@fokab.org.uk


Tel: 01962 733888 e:mike1ams1@aol.com The Home

Our dry cleaning and laundry service continues to offer the highest levels of care with each item hand-finished and carefully checked before collection. We also offer a superior repair and alteration service as well as specialist suede and leather cleaning. The make-over is complete and the Alresford Linen Company is now filled with gorgeous gifts for every occasion along with everyday items for your home, all at reasonable prices. Now with twice as much space and ten times as many interesting gift ideas!

Alresford Linen Company Livingstone House 7-9 Broad Street Alresford SO24 9AR 01962 734221 www.alresfordlinen.co.uk

Special offer

25% discount We are offering 25% off our regular price to dry clean your curtains and chair/sofa covers during January and February. Take advantage and start your spring clean early this year! Please bring this advertisement with you to receive your discount. Happy New Year to all our loyal customers. For those of you who haven’t yet ventured in, do come and see us, you will be surprised! We look forward to seeing you soon.

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Community News the number of seamen for the Royal Navy...[don’t forget the Napoleonic Wars started in 1803]. Thirdly, he thought the census would provide a basis for planning to feed the nation.

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he Census - some facts and figures. 2011 is going to be another ‘census year’. Censuses, [or should it be ‘censi’] have been held every ten years since 1801, except in 1941 for obvious reasons, but a ‘population

The 1801 census was held in March, but the next three were held in late May or June. 1851 saw a return to March and dates since then have always been either late March or April. The 2011 Census will be held on 27th March. Censuses have sometimes proved controversial as more information is sort

Dazzle - 1920s Dress Exhibition

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rt Deco fashions from the Roaring Twenties. A spectacular 1920s beaded dress collection is on exclusive display at Winchester Discovery Centre. Celebrating the exquisite detail, glamour and design of the roaring twenties, the exhibition presents over 25 items from Hampshire County Council's collection. In a rare opportunity to see these stunning but fragile pieces, The Gallery presents an enviable collection of Art Deco elegance in its full glory. With object loans from Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove and Portsmouth City Council Museum, Dazzle is set to be an unmissable exhibition.

count’ was carried out on 29th September 1939... perhaps for one of the same reasons as the very first census [see below]. They were first suggested by John Rickman in an editorial he wrote for the Commercial, Agricultural and Manufacturers Magazine in 1800, called ‘On Ascertaining the Population’. His initiative brought him to the attention of Mr. Charles Abbot M.P., who in 1802 became the Speaker of the House of Commons. He decided to employ John Rickman as his private secretary. Rickman drafted the Census Act that was passed in 1800 and supervised the census of 1801 and the next three. Rickman’s motivation had several strands; firstly he could see the need for ‘an intimate knowledge of population as the only rational basis for legislation’. Secondly he realised the need for an assessment of the conscription numbers for the militia and

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about us all. The 1911 census for example was boycotted by the Women’s Freedom League [the suffragettes], and it is estimated that in 1991 over one million people avoided the census for fear of it being used to identify them for Poll Tax purposes. By the way, the 1931 census results were destroyed in an accidental fire, so future genealogists will find there is quite a gap in the records between 1921 and 1951! An extra census was held for a random 10% of the population in 1966 and new questions asked about car ownership and the means people used to travel to work. This year there will be the option to complete the census ‘online’. Happy form filling and a Happy New Year. Bryan Beggs.

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The exhibition will be open until the 16th January 2011 at The Gallery, Winchester Discovery Centre, Jewry Street Winchester, SO23 8SB Tel: +44 (0)845 603 5631

Alresford Music Festival Talent Search

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n appeal has been launched for talented musicians and bands to come forward for the 2011 Festival. A broad range of styles are required for all ages. Demo CDs with a minimum of three tracks should be sent to: AMF Music Review Team, 38 Stockbridge Road, Winchester, SO23 7BZ

The CD should be labelled and have a track listing, band/ musicians name, details of number of members, description of type and style of music and contact details. For more information and up to the minute news visit: www. alresfordmusicfestival.com


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Community News

Do You Want Superfast Broadband in Alresford? The five areas with the largest percentage of votes by December 31st 2010 will win the chance to bring superfast broadband to their area. BT will also donate £5,000 of computer equipment to a local community project.

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ver the next five years BT is rolling out superfast fibre optic broadband across the UK. If you're not on the announced roll out plan The Race to Infinity gives you the opportunity to fast track your area to get BT Infinity next.

Whether you're big on social networking, gaming, streaming, uploading or downloading, prepare to have your life transformed with superfast speeds. To vote simply visit www. alresford.org and click on the 'VOTE NOW' text highlighted in purple, then enter your details.

Awnings Canopies Conservatory Blinds Intu Metal Venetians Panel Blinds Perfect Fit

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All blinds and awnings come with a full 5 year guarantee. Normal delivery is between 2-3 weeks. For a free, no obligation quote in your own home or office call:

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Useful Information Cherry Tree Pre-School

Vets Chawton End By appointment only. 24 hour emergency service. Tel: 01420 562048

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

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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Baby Sitters / Childminders

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 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

Baby Sitter/ Childminder with own transport 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

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

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

Nanny with 10 years experience looking for full time work from mid September. Excellent references. Call Sarah on 07827295859.

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

Elderly Care

Chatterbox Baby & Toddler Group

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

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

Patchwork Day Nursery Perins School, Alresford. Full time day care, 8.00 - 6.00: 6 months to 5 years. N Baxter Tel: 01962 737251

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 – 1.00) Tel: 0775 210 9072

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ell, you know what it’s like. The New Year always reignites feelings of regeneration: out with the old and in with the new.

still asleep, he cheerily announced, “I think I’ll take the roof off now Sandra, OK? Then I’m just popping into Winch.”

That sentiment started late last year in the Pagan household, and so it was that one sunny, chilly morning Stars I, II and I found ourselves gazing up through a large aperture where the conservatory roof had once been, at a clear blue November sky.

With the phrase ‘keep calm and carry on’ reverberating around my skull, we stoically sat down to breakfast amongst the rubble, with the wind whistling through our rashers.

For months prior to that, any precipitation necessitated the strategic deployment of towels on the floor as part of a wellrehearsed mopping-up campaign. Slowly reality had dawned on the Husband: “Think we’ll have to replace the conservatory roof Sandra, love. And I reckon the kitchen’s on its last legs too.” The kitchen? I didn’t think he’d noticed the fact that the oven timer had taken to cutting in and out at will, leaving the cooking of the Sunday roast in the lap of the gods, and that the extractor fan … well, didn’t extract. Or that the dishwasher emitted an agonized moaning sound throughout its cycle, whilst the fridge–freezer, having had its very own identity crisis, had decided to swap roles so that the fridge panicked and froze most of its contents, leaving the freezer struggling to keep up. The wooden cabinets had gone through a couple of metamorphoses, having once been painted blue (I know). They are currently cream, but had elected to come over all peeling and difficult to clean, and jettisoned their draw handles in protest. And for all I knew, there could well be an out break of Legionella under the sink due to a persistent and unresolved leak. The Husband, apparently, was right, so on that November morning with the small Pagans

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High noon heralded the arrival of ‘Iron Man' chum who had generously offered to help. Fuelled by numerous cups of tea and toasted cheese (well, the fridge had frozen everything else), the ‘boys’ happily played with the equivalent of a giant Meccano set all afternoon. With apparent consummate ease, by five o’clock the roof was on and looking amazing; and a couple of weeks later with the plastering and painting complete, we had a space Kevin McCloud would be proud of. But the Husband was not content with that, oh no. This was a man on a mission. He had a date with demolition, a rendezvous with refurb. “So, Sandra, have you chosen the kitchen yet?” “Sorry?” Having worked out our budget …..oh dear. The family Pagan pilgrimaged to our local Solent port's palace of Scandinavian delights. It was to be a lengthy visit. Star I needed to seek out a new design for his bedroom, while Star II tried out the chairs, and the sofas … and the beds……. all of them. By the time we reached the kitchen department we had trouble remembering our own names, let alone those of the Nordic gods after whom the kitchens appeared to be named. Coffees and strange-looking but surprisingly tasty cakes were required.

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We’d seen enough. Having harvested brochures and made the obligatory candle and pizzacutter purchase, we vacated the premises with glazed expressions and an unstamped parking ticket. Then one Saturday morning, the Husband was at it again …… “I think I’ll take the kitchen ceiling down today, get it ready for the lads to come in to do the plumbing and electrics, OK?” I elected to take Stars I & II to a local emporium of tea and chocolate brownies, and to satisfy my addiction to the ‘Carocoli muffin’ once more. Upon our return there was surprisingly little mess - just needed to hoover out the fruit bowl, and all was returned to relative normality. After a couple of weeks spent cogitating and measuring, the Husband and I went out on our own for the evening... back to the Scandinavian citadel of domestic consumption where, after more coffee and cake, we set about ordering our new kitchen. The Husband's exacting bill of quantities came as a relief to the lovely kitchen planner who was quite keen to get away by nine, and it was already eight o’clock. With the deal sealed, the Husband went to sort out the delivery date, and I took the opportunity to pop to the candle department. Well, one can never have too many, you know. “Right then Sandra, love, delivery on Thursday.” “Which Thursday?” “Thursday, as in day after tomorrow.” “Right ……. lovely!” The peace and luminous tranquillity of my new-look conservatory was to be short-lived, for on Thursday evening, two large vans pulled up on the drive and their contents - some fifty or sixty boxes and white goods various

- were manhandled into the conservatory by two burly men. “New kitchen in time for Christmas then, Mrs Pagan?” A look of panic shot across the Husband's face. I spent the evening pondering whether anyone would notice if I just drew a Christmas tree on one of the boxes, as there was certainly no room for a real one. Then, I confess, I threw a hissy fit. The stark realisation that the four people coming for supper on Friday and the six people coming for lunch on Saturday would have to do so seated in flat–pack hell, initiated a major sense of humour failure. Oh yes! And actually, what about Christmas? Star II offered comfort: “Don’t worry Mum, I’ll use all the boxes to make a giant robot.” Star I was more emphatic: “Well none of it’s going in my room.” Marvellous. The Husband performed a damage limitation exercise, and we now have bits of kitchen in the attic, lounge, and in various locations around Hampshire. Christmas came and went without me having to resort to Nigella's ‘How to cook a Yuletide Feast for Eleven on a Camping Stove and still Look Sexy’; mercifully the hob and cooker are still in place - did I mention that the only item out of stock was the double oven? And now? Well it’s what you would describe as a ‘work in progress’. As I type, the conservatory looks like a carpenter's workshop with accompanying cardboard mountain. To say I’ve let the housework go a little would be an understatement, but not to worry. The Husband, bless him, working flat out to get it completed, seems as happy as Larry. The sawing, hammering and swearing are all accompanied by loud rock music. It’s a little like being an extra in ‘Apocalypse Now’ but without the napalm. Mind you, they haven’t fitted the gas hob yet … what could possibly go wrong?


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dream a couple of years ago by offering dance classes in the Candover Valley and Winchester, are inviting you to come and join them for some Dancing Fun in the New Year! Their dance classes offer something for everyone! You might like to learn or brush up on some hot and fun Salsa! Latin Music is so uplifting!

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e all like new beginnings, having the chance to start afresh and the New Year gives us the opportunity to do just that! It gives us a chance to reflect and readjust our priorities. It seems all of us lead such busy lives these days and we are continuously trying to keep the balance between work, family life and looking after our own wellbeing by doing things we really enjoy doing! Yet, that’s just it! We have to start thinking of what really matters in life and where our priorities should be. And one of the most important things in life is to give priority to looking after ourselves, in order for us to be able to cope with all those things life has in store for us, and one of those things all of us seem to enjoy doing is: dancing! It’s in all of us! If you watch young toddlers when they hear music, they start dancing – it’s a basic instinct! We’ve all got a heartbeat, so we all have rhythm! So why not follow your instinct and start the new year with dancing! Silvia & Max, the couple behind Salsa y Sol, who started to live their

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You might like to try the smoothest of dances: West Coast Swing, which is enjoying ever increasing popularity, since it can be danced to almost any kind of music! Or you might like to try the latest craze from the US that is sweeping our country: Zumba Dance Fitness! Ditch the workout and join the Party! Or you might like to try all of them: by using your Salsa y Sol Club Card, you’ll get one free session for every 10 attended!

Dance classes at a glance: Salsa: Monday: 7.30 – 10.30pm Winchester Discovery Centre SO23 8SB Tuesday: 8.00 – 10.30pm Preston Candover Village Hall RG25 2DN West Coast Swing Thursday: 8.30 – 10.00pm River Park Leisure Centre, Winchester SO23 7DD Zumba Dance Fitness Monday: 5.30 – 6.30pm Winchester Discovery Centre SO23 8SB Thursday: 7.30 – 8.15pm River Park Leisure Centre, Winchester SO23 7DD Friday: 9.15 – 10.15am Preston Candover Village Hall RG25 2DN So get ready for a fresh start to your New Year and contact Silvia & Max at Salsa y Sol: Tel: 01256 389 275 www.salsaysol.co.uk

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So, whether it’s a worldwide cruise or a cross channel ferry, a no frills flight or the luxury of first class, an escorted tour or a traditional holiday package, a theatre break in London or a city break further afield then Alresford Travel can help. Or if you are in need of inspiration then just pop in for a coffee – we provide both of these too!

Although new to the high street Alresford Travel is far from being a new business. Alresford Travel is part of Travelators Ltd, an on-line travel agency that has a fully bookable online portal (www.travelators.co.uk) and a specialist arm for U.S.A multi city itineraries and more so Las Vegas (www.dealstolasvegas.co.uk).

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appy New Year to you all. As I’m writing this, I cannot believe that we are now in 2011, where did 2010 go? The years seem to zoom by when you have children, and their social lives overtake your own, it’s non stop, and just when you have a chance to catch your breath, it starts all over again! I do hope 2011 slows down slightly! The snow in December, gave us all a chance to be a child again, but it is often in the months of January and February that we expect it, so the snow last month took us all by surprise. The team at Sunbeams are all based locally, so should it snow again, we will endeavour to open the centre, if it is safe to do so.

Children’s Centre’s have to alert Hampshire County Council of any forced closures (just as schools do). Should we have any more adverse weather conditions and you are unsure whether Sunbeams is open, you can either telephone us or go online and view the emergency closure page: www.hants.gov.uk/ education/schoolclosures.

New timetable We have listened to parents views and have a new programme of activities for January to April 2011. The new timetable can be viewed at: www.hants.gov.uk/sunbeamscc or please pop into the centre and pick up a printed copy. Alternatively contact us and we can email it to you. There will also be copies of the leaflet in Alresford Library, in all school reception areas and all pre-schools.

Would you like to have a say in what services we provide? We would like to set up a Family Forum, which would give families who use the centre an opportunity to become more involved in shaping the development of Sunbeams Children’s Centre and the services we provide. We envisage that the group would meet once a term, to discuss current issues and how the centre can support local families.

If you are interested in becoming involved in the Family Forum, please contact the centre. We look forward to hearing from you. Tel: 01962 736852 sunbeams.cc@hants.gov.uk www.hants.gov.uk/ sunbeams-cc

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ike most people I have an annual New Year’s resolution, it’s just that mine does not involve dieting or exercise; although it probably should. No, my resolution is simply ‘snowdrops’. I love they way they welcome in the change of season in their small and hopeful manner, looking so delicate and yet tough as old boots. Every year I remind myself that I really must get some, every year Mother reminds me to buy them ‘in the green’, and every year I never quite seem to get around to it. It is such an annual event that Mother actually took pity on me a couple of years ago and dug up some of hers for me; needless to say they are still in their black plastic pot and

not in the flower bed – yet. January is of course the month for planning the garden year; the fact that our lawn needs an overhaul, that I still haven’t pruned things I should have (but at least they look pretty in the frost), that bits of fencing need mending, that the vegetable patch needs doing properly this year, that Tom, Dick and Harry need better support, that the decking needs a good clean and seal, that I really must keep up with all of the weeds, that the garden toys will need a good hosing down, oh and that the crocosmia need moving away from the path. The list keeps growing and growing… I’ll start small and see if I can finally get those snowdrops in!

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Very Happy New Year From The Chamber Of Commerce Chamber Chat. Chamber members have been invited to the new bi-monthly 'Chamber Chat' evenings - an informal get together open to all Chamber members. The idea is that members can come along for a complimentary drink and

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nibbles whilst catching up with their fellow local business owners. We plan to hold our Chamber Chat evening at various members' business premises in the future, so if you would be interested in opening up your doors for a future Chamber Chat event please let us know. The next Chamber Chat is to be held at The Swan Hotel on Thursday

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biodegradable hessian with a cornstarch lining. If you have not already purchased yourself a versatile Alresford Bag for Life, they are available from the Naked Grape & Laurence Oxley’s for just £2.50 each. Please do support us! 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 info@alresfordchamber.co.uk for more information.


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ardens can prove a real life-saver for wildlife at this time of year, especially when it is frosty or snowy. Birds become bolder, venturing into gardens in search of scattered scraps and well-stocked feeders and bird tables.

Fallen apples can still be a good food source, which you can supplement with sliced fruit from the kitchen. You may be lucky enough to see more unusual visitors, such as fieldfares and redwings looking for berries and fruit in cold winter weather. The simplest way to encourage birds into your garden is with a bird feeder. Generally, there are three types of bird feeder, to match the three common types of bird food: seeds, peanuts, and suet or fat balls. Also at this time of the year another essential thing to do is make sure that there is a unfrozen water source in your garden. Seed feeders are generally tube-shaped with small openings at their base where birds can perch and pick out the seeds. It is important to note that if you plan to offer niger seed, you need a feeder that is specifically designed for it as niger is too fine to work in a regular seed feeder. Peanut feeders have coarse mesh or perforated sides just large enough to allow peanut fragments to pass through, and most suet feeders have larger openings still, resembling small hanging cages. Choose your feeder carefully, the larger the holes and the reward, the larger the bird causing smaller birds to be left out. Try the good old fashioned upside down coconut shell filled with fat and seeds.

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Find a safe spot

Choosing where to put your bird feeders can be a challenge. The ideal spot for a bird feeder is quiet, but not too out of the way. Remember that you’re going to have to trek out there to refill the feeder. Having natural cover, such as trees or bushes, nearby is a plus, since it gives birds somewhere to hide. However, try to avoid putting the feeder directly under a tree, since trees also make good launching points for pouncing squirrels or cats.

Squirrel raids are of course an ongoing problem for many bird feeders. While some people do not mind squirrels, they do scare off birds and have voracious appetites

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that can make your bird food disappear in a flash. There are a variety of squirrelproofing devices available for safeguarding your feeder, such as cages with openings too small for squirrels to fit through or deflectors that prevent the squirrels from jumping on top of the feeder. If you anticipate a squirrel problem, do not get a cheap plastic feeder as they will simply rip it apart. Sturdier polycarbonate or metal feeders are a much safer investment.

food and seed husks and wash off any stains, droppings, stray feathers and dirt. Doing so will help prevent the growth of mould and diseases such as salmonella. To avoid the possibility of crosscontamination, do not wash a feeder in the same area you prepare food.

You should also watch out for windows. The feeder should not be less than three feet from a window, or birds may end up colliding with the glass. A well-made crook should allow you to place the feeder wherever you like in your garden.

However, a bird feeder cannot take the place of a bird’s natural diet. You can best help birds find their own food by maintaining your garden well.

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NEED A FREE VENUE?

ARC Alresford Recreation Centre offers free meeting rooms to Alresford residents during the week. Our large hall can be hired for only ÂŁ5. 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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lans are under way for Winchester CAB to resume service in Alresford for one morning a week. About £4,000 is needed to run the service for a year and over £2,000 has already been promised to get it under way, early in the New Year. Accommodation is being provided without charge at Alresford Surgery. In January there will be publicity for the new project under the name ‘Friends of Alresford CAB Outreach’: FACABO Contributions are sought from Chamber members and other

local businesses to restore this valuable and popular service. For further information contact Tim Gibbons on 01962 736926. Donations in supporthowever small, they’ll be bigger with gift aid !- can be made to: FACABO c/o New Alresford Town Trustees, The Old Fire Station 54 Broad Street, Alresford SO24 9AN Or online at www. winchestercab.org.uk Winchester CAB is a registered charity no 1045169 New Alresford Town Trust is a registered charity no 239052

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