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Welcome

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As the summer draws to a close and the new academic year approaches, we might reflect on the (generally) good weather we've experienced; the various alfresco entertainments, festivals and eclectic leisure and culture events that we've enjoyed in Hampshire this season.

At The Forum, we are continuously working to feature ALL your local events, no matter how small, so please do drop us an email or give us a call if you'd like to feature your table top sale/charity event/school disco etc. We pride ourselves on being a community focused magazine and strive to be as inclusive as possible.Your support is always valued and appreciated! Of course, summer isn't officially over in the Itchen Valley, until we've had the Alresford Show! The flagship of local annual events, folk come to Alresford from far and wide to experience this traditional countryside show, held on the first Saturday in September 3rd (see page 30). In this month’s magazine, Hampshire People features the wonderful Cannon Phil Collins (p.70) who is due to retire and who be sadly missed by the Alresford community. Other features include another adventure for Sandra Pagan in Hampshire Mum (p.10); an exploration into the theory of Art and Power in What Do You Think (p.62) and Claire Thurlow's enigmatic nature inspired prose, A Summer's Evening (p.26). If you'd like to discover what is happening in other parts of Hampshire The Forum also produces Meon Valley and Test Valley editions, copies of which can be found in Caracoli and Longbarn in Alresford. We hope you enjoy this issue!

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Community JACKIE’S COUNTY CORNER FOR SEPTEMBER

Calendar THURSDAY 1 SEPTEMBER Evening dog training classes Remember the evening dog training classes at Bishops Sutton Village Hall resume after the two week summer break. A warm welcome from Janet Gray awaits owners and their dogs. New participants most welcome. For enquiries and bookings contact Janet on 01420 562869 www.janetgraydogtraining.co.uk

MONDAY 5 SEPTEMBER Afternoon dog training classes A reminder to participants, the Monday afternoon dog training classes at Bishops Sutton Village Hall resume after the short summer break. Details as 1st September.

WEDNESDAY 21 SEPTEMBER Bramdean and Hinton Ampner WI Talk Alresford Recycling Centre New arrangements have been agreed. It was worth protesting! After all the threats of closure, I think the final proposal is a reasonable compromise for a Council which has to reduce its costs. From Jan 2017, the Recycling Centres will be open later, from 11am, and just closed on Thursdays. Holiday traffic/school traffic We have to battle with traffic at all times of year: school traffic in term time, holiday traffic in the summer and even Christmas shopping traffic! With growing numbers at most schools, we need to reduce term time congestion too: if you currently take children to school by car, could you walk the last mile on just one day a week? Or set them off on a walking bus? I help with one on a Tuesday. A band of volunteers take it in turns to accompany the children to school. Let me know if you would like more information on how to set this up at your school. Our new Prime Minister is reconsidering introducing grammar schools. It is a credit to Hampshire Council that they have stuck to their guns with a successful comprehensive system. Most schools in this area are good or outstanding and parents have an excellent and varied choice. Results in Hampshire are above the England average, so I am confident

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that Hampshire County Council will continue to support the comprehensive system: I hope our MP’s will do too. Children's Centres Sadly, 43 Children’s Centres are closing in another money saving bid, leaving just one per district.Your nearest will now be in Wickham or Basingstoke! It is a real blow. The ‘Early Help’ programme will work with families in the most need (but not the parents now) and HCC owned centres sites are being transferred to schools. I know as a governor, that our school hopes to use the extra space to offer outside services even if the Children’s Centre staff are no longer there. There are so many amazing events raising money for good causes in this area. The NGS Hampshire Open Garden scheme does exactly that, raising over £200,000 a year for cancer and hospice charities. We are opening our garden again as part of the scheme on the 3rd and 4th September from 1.30- 5.30pm. Please contact me if you’d like more details! Contact County Councillor Jackie Porter on 01962 791054, by email Jackie@ JackiePorter.co.uk, or text 07973 696 085. Twitter: @JackieLibDem.

From 7.30pm - talk 'Winchester Prison, Past and Present', plus regular raffle and refreshments.Visitors very welcome, please contact Val on: 01962 771915 with any questions.

SUNDAY 8 OCTOBER Michael Project Coffee Morning With Sale Table and raffle in the John Pearson Hall. 10am-12noon

TUESDAY 11 OCTOBER Hampshire Writers' Society Poets and their Poetry Speakers: Maura Dooley and Maggie Sawkins - Special Guests: Isabel Rogers and Hugh Greasley. From 7.00pm for drinks and networking. 7.30pm for speaker. The Stripe Building, University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester, SO22 4NR Cost: £5 non-members. Students free. Contact: www.hampshirewriters society.co.uk

THURSDAY 13 OCTOBER Annual Bridge Tea with Winchester GoLD From 2pm - 5pm at The White House, Main Road, Littleton, Winchester, SO22 6QS. Come and join us for a friendly competition and a gorgeous homemade tea. To book a table (£50 per table), or make a donation please contact Gimma at: gimmamacp@aol.com or telephone 01962 884098


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Church Services St. John the Baptist NEW ALRESFORD SUNDAY 4 SEPTEMBER 08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 Sung Eucharist 18.00 Powerhouse - a service by and for young people SUNDAY 11 SEPTEMBER 08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 Second Sunday Family friendly service 18.00 Choral Evensong SUNDAY 18 SEPTEMBER 08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 Sung Eucharist 18.00 Sunday at six SUNDAY 25 SEPTEMBER 08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 Sung Eucharist 10.30 Celebration:Tea, Cake and Music 15.00 Scarecrow Concert 18.00 Phil's Final Service Parish Office: 01962 733545 stjohnsalresford.org.uk

St. Mary's OLD ALRESFORD SUNDAY 4 SEPTEMBER 09.30 Holy Communion SUNDAY 11 SEPTEMBER 09.30 Parish Communion SUNDAY 18 SEPTEMBER 09.30 Parish Communion SUNDAY 25 SEPTEMBER 11.00 Mothers' Union Service THURSDAYS 09.00 Holy Communion Old Alresford Place

St.Peter's OVINGTON SUNDAY 4 SEPTEMBER 10.00 First Sunday

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SUNDAY 11 SEPTEMBER 10.00 Parish Communion SUNDAY 18 SEPTEMBER 10.00 Parish Communion SUNDAY 25 SEPTEMBER 10.00 Fourth Sunday

Methodist Church 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 TUESDAYS 10.00 Come in for coffee with Pause for Thought (1st & 3rd) WEDNESDAYS 07.00 Men’s Breakfast, bible reflection & prayer 14.30 1st & 3rd Thursdays Women’s Fellowship THURSDAYS 19.00 (term time) Guides 19.30 1st Thursday Lydia Group for ladies FRIDAYS 14.30 Fridays (term time) KIDZ Café for parents, carers, babies and toddlers group. Craft, playtime, story time and special events Contact: Revd Dawn Carn: Tel: 01962 735278 www.alresfordmethodist church.org.uk

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SUNDAY SERVICES 10.30 Morning Worship, with creche and KOSMIC for children 16.30 Will vary between talk or discussion with praise and prayer MIDWEEK ACTIVITIES MONDAYS 16.30 Kidz Club TUESDAYS 10.15 Toddlers Group WEDNESDAYS 14.30 Senior Citizens Group 19.30 Alternate Bible Study / Prayer THURSDAYS 10.00 Home Prayer Group SATURDAYS 10.00 (2nd in each month) Prayer Time

All Saints BIGHTON SUNDAY 4 SEPTEMBER 11.00 First Sunday SUNDAY 11 SEPTEMBER 11.00 Holy Communion

Upper Itchen Benefice SUNDAY 4 SEPTEMBER 09.00 Hinton Ampner Holy Communion 10.15 Cheriton All Age Communion 17.00 West Tisted Evensong SUNDAY 11 SEPTEMBER 09.30 Cheriton Family Matins 09.30 Bramdean Holy Communion 11.00 Kilmeston Family Worship 11.00 Tichborne Holy Communion 15.00 Church in the Wood Evensong SUNDAY 18 SEPTEMBER 08.30 Beauworth Holy Communion 09.30 Cheriton Holy Communion 11.00 Hinton Ampner Prayer & Praise

SUNDAY 25 SEPTEMBER 09.30 Cheriton Holy Communion 09.30 Beauworth Harvest Thanksgiving 11.00 Kilmeston Holy Communion 11.00 Bramdean Family Worship 15.00 Church in the Wood Harvest Festival 18.00 Tichborne Evensong Midday Prayers every week Monday-Avington,TuesdayItchen Abbas,Wednesday- Martyr Worthy,Thursday- Easton

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HampshireMum Sands of Time

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he last day of the summer holidays! Already? Can’t be! Well sadly it was. As usual a dear friend and I journeyed out of county to a glorious West Sussex beach, accompanied by Star II and chum and mermaid daughter of friend and her chum who came equipped with a ‘pop up’ tent. We have always been blessed with the weather and that day was no exception, with storm clouds parting to reveal blue and gold the shallow sea sparkled. For once I had remembered the mallet so we set about staking out our territory with the use of windbreaks and then it was the first ever erection of my new beach tent.The young had no problem with their tent, aptly named it simply popped up and they weighted it down with stones. My chum and I however had just about managed to get the new shelter from its bag but it looked like no tent we had ever seen. Much like an inside out umbrella it had a steel skeleton on the outside with various clips but it was very low to the ground, we’re talking limbo. Perhaps it was excitement or the heat but it took my chum, (who is a Doctor, I might tell you), and I a significant amount of time to work out that the frame extended….ah right. So after that it was plain sailing and the tent was up and secured- base camp established! The chum of Star II was unimpressed with camp and stretched out on a towel just alongside. As Star II retreated into the tent with some custard creams the girls were heard tittering and peeping unable to believe they had the most popular boy all to themselves. For his part he looked as cool as a cucumber all he required was a Gitaine, perhaps not since Brexit, a cocktail, (and a few more years) and the girls would swoon. Star II couldn’t be doing with it all, emerging from the tent brandishing a spade he simply said, “Do you want to dig a hole?” Coolness quickly evaporated, ‘Yeah ok then’, leaving the girls thinking they may go for someone in Yr. 10. So having brushed their hair again they strolled nonchalantly along the shore, hole digging being SO unsophisticated!

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...Oh yes, sand! The wind had picked up and changed direction with the in-coming tide and wind breaks were no longer inclined to do their duty. Once the barbie eventually caught alight, after a slight technical hitch when we forgot to remove the cardboard tray from the bottom, the sausages were soon sizzling.Yet no matter how we tried contorting our bodies this way and that to block the Sahara type sands the snags ended up just a tiny bit…gritty, and no amount of ketchup in a finger roll could disguise it. Cool chum was cajoled into trying one but declared he had his own picnic. Clearly he’d been on one of our beach excursions before, even Star II gave up on what I told him was valuable fibre and disappeared back into the tent with some Pringles. The increasing wind emptied the beach of all but the most hardy and then our time was up too.We cleared base camp, the usual soggy apparel and rubbish into plastic bags.The new beach tent was easily folded into its bag but not before it revealed a petrified hot dog with a single bite taken from it. Sea gulls gathered and then hurriedly retreated, too much for even them.The boys had wandered off towards ice creams, the girls were singing and dancing to the latest chart noise. All we had to do was to pop the pop up tent back into its small circular bagsimple. And so the sands of time slipped by - now physics has never been my specialist subject and I’ll happily confess to being a sarnie short of a picnic, (or even a hot dog short of a barbie in this instance), so I was somewhat reliant on my chum. But I quickly realized that biology was more her thing as she grappled with the uncontrollable pop up circular sea serpent. More time passed as we thoroughly calculated exactly how fit ten feet of tent into two foot of bag, the answer was simple… with no instructions we couldn’t. Exasperated we laid heavy things upon it in the back of the car for fear of it popping up at an inopportune moment, while assuring the owner that her mum would be ok about it…or we would buy another.

My dear chum and I relaxed in the sun sipping beach café latte reminiscing about the previous years on that beach, and others in France, and just how quickly the sands of time had run through our metaphorical timer. In a blink of an eye the currant offspring would not want to come on this annual trip, ‘What with YOU! No thanks!”.

We will miss our children and their various friends, but we’ll travel lighter to the beach in our dotage, M&S food, two deck chairs, elasticated waistbands and open toe sandals.

We made a pact that we would continue to come each year as long as our knees allowed us. But were we down hearted? No, not when there was barbecuing to be done.The offspring would need hearty fodder, with all that sea air and sand...

Sandra Pagan.

Stuff that!! How depressing - turn the sand timer up the other way - I’m off to by a purple pop up tent and a paddleboard.


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here are many plants that come to the fore at this time of year, some provide late colour but others such as grasses add movement and interest in a different form. They can create a bold statement, create a screen, ground cover or just be an ornamental feature in the border. All true grasses are from the Poaceae family which includes a huge variety (10,000 species) of plants in size, adaptation to different soil conditions and situations.

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Hakonenechloa macra ‘Aureola’ – This is a small deciduous grass from the foothills of Mount Hakone in Japan. It has golden leaves which are subtly variegated with lime green, and fine feathery inflorescences (flowers) which create a haze of russet in the summer. It is great for the edge of the border but also works well in shade with a height/spread 40 cm.

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Road, Old Alresford. Spectacular riverside garden with sweeping lawn backed by old walls, yew buttresses and mixed perennial beds. Contemporary vegetable garden at its height in September. Adm £5. 2pm – 5pm. Teas. WEDNESDAY 14 SEPTEMBER Alresford & District Horticultural Society Talk “Shangri La and the flowers of Yunnan” Jim Love MONDAY 26 SEPTEMBER Ropley Horticultural Society Talk With Tom Stone MCI Hort, fruit pruning & rose care expert. Free parking available at the Parish Hall just down the road. £5 on the door includes refreshments, all welcome. At the Coffee Room, Church St, Ropley from 7.45pm

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SATURDAY 3 & SUNDAY 4 SEPTEMBER NGS: Gardens Open for Charity, Itchen Abbas The Down House, Itchen Abbas. This autumn, come and see the vineyard. There will be 'Vine to Wine' walks and talks at 2pm and 4pm during our September 'Wine Weekend' opening, plus estate wine tasting! 1pm – 5.30pm. Adm £5. Plants for sale. Teas.

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The World of Garden Design 1. Why have our garden professionally designed? While many of us are very capable of creating our own gardens, equally there are many more of us who would love a beautiful garden but just do not have either the time or the experience to maximise the potential of our outdoor spaces. No matter how large or small, to create a garden with visual impact requires specialist skills and knowledge. Modern living is all about gardens that create additional living areas so to transform your garden effectively and brilliantly you need the clever combination of both design and colour.

2. What makes a good garden design? As we all know beauty is in the eye of the beholder. However, we can probably recall when we have come across simple, even very small gardens that look stunning and yet we can’t quite put on our finger on why. We can spot elements of the garden that instantly appeal, yet there is something ‘unseen’ that brings it all together. This is the real essence of great design because it appears natural while combining atmosphere, shapes, textures and focus. Good designers also have extensive knowledge of spatial design, which combines interior and exterior design so both house and garden appear seamless.

3. Do we need a garden design plan? We would always recommend this because you will find it very useful in helping you to visualise your new garden. You might either have some ideas of your own and we work together to combine those ideas, or you might want us to provide concepts once you have told us the primary use of your garden. A garden plan also provides you with a tool to identify any potential changes you may like to make before work finally begins.

4. How important is it to know about flowers and planting? When we create a plan, it will show both hard landscaping details and recommended planting schemes. We take into account how much or how little maintenance you feel you can manage and we make our recommendations based on this information. For some people colour is a primary request while for others creating all year form and structure is more important. Our horticulture experts will guide you on the suitability of plants, shrubs and trees depending on the aspect and soil conditions of your garden and the overall design.

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5. Who will build our garden? We are proud to say we have been in business nearly 48 years and we have our own highly skilled fleet of landscaping teams who work closely with our award-winning designers. This is a very important consideration as it means you are only dealing with one company, and there are no subcontractors. Most importantly, we are well established and you can find one of our staff at the end of the phone seven days a week, either at our head office in Curdridge or at our Garden Destination Centre in Titchfield.

6. We don’t want a complete renovation just some borders replanted - what do we do?

Because we have a team of horticultural specialists we can provide shrub, flower or border revamps and we will create an individual planting plan specific to your own requirements. In fact, this service proves very popular as often there is nothing wrong with the design of the garden, it’s just the plants have become too big, unruly or unmanageable and this is when we step in to help.

7. What about garden accessories, furniture and lighting?

We always feel this is one of the most exciting aspects of your new garden. All the messy and hard work has been done and now you can think about how you are going to ‘dress’ your garden. We have a Garden Destination Centre in Titchfield where we stock garden furniture, lighting, bespoke vintage accessories, water features and other more practical items such as gardening gloves and tools.

8. When is a good time to plan a new garden?

Although it really does not matter what time of the year you decide to have a new garden, in our experience we find early autumn is a good time because you tend to use your garden slightly less than in the summer and it is less disruptive. Also, you may like the winter months for planning then you can organise an early installation in the spring so you are ready to enjoy your garden in the summer.

9. We don’t know where to begin - who can we speak to?

Call into our Garden Destination Centre in Titchfield and talk to one of our award-winning designers who will be very happy to discuss initial ideas with you and arrange for a free site visit. We have a design studio on site and a coffee courtyard where you can relax with light refreshments. We look forward to seeing you and helping you create the garden of your dreams!

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there are private introductory sessions for those who are new to Pilates and want to get started. With all this expansion comes a new identity, Alresford Pilates, and the launch of a brand new website: alresfordpilates.co.uk Here you can find lots more information about the Pilates Sally and her colleagues teach and details of the fun, inspirational classes on offer which are not constrained by age or level of fitness. We are hearing all the time how we will soon be living longer than ever before – at Alresford Pilates we are passionate in believing that through Pilates we will ensure you enjoy the best quality of life you possibly can now, and throughout all those extra years! Your posture will improve – you will walk taller, the range of movements around your joints will be the best it can be, and your flexibility and strength will start to return.

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hen Sally Hogg first moved her Pilates classes into The Studio in Alresford over five years ago, there were just a few sessions running and she taught alone. Today it’s a very different story. The timetable currently includes 12 Pilates classes of varying levels and Sally has been joined by fellow Body Control Pilates trained teachers Hannah Plomb and Liz Wakelin. Alongside the regular weekly classes, they teach on a ‘one to one’ or ‘small group’ basis and there are also frequent ‘new beginner workshops’ like the one scheduled for Saturday 17th September at 10am (see advertisement below or opposite??) or if you’d prefer

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t’s natural to spend moments of thought in the past, but when our lives become dictated by thoughts and emotions attached to past events and possible future outcomes, standing peacefully rooted in the present becomes increasingly rare and we become unhappy. Our routine, our habit, is to be off in our mind somewhere mulling over negativity and struggles of the past, or becoming anxious and fearful about what might just happen in the future. Seldom are we fully 'here'; truly centred and happy. HealthSpace, located in Bishop's Waltham is a clinic committed to improving your health and wellbeing. To treat your physical self, the beautiful premises at HealthSpace has three modern treatment rooms offering Physiotherapy, McTimoney Chiropractic, Acupuncture and Sports massage. Indulge yourself with a relaxing massage in the Spa or treat yourself to a manicure or pedicure in the Hands & Feet Room. To complete the holistic approach to better health, HealthSpace offers Counselling, Mindfulness Yoga, Pilates and Meditation in their Studio. This season there are five talented Yoga teachers offering students the highest standards of teaching and expertise six days a week. All teachers are qualified and affiliated with reliable yoga institutions such as IYN and IYT. HealthSpace offers a wide variety of classes covering Ashtanga,Vinyasa Flow and Hatha, to suit everyone whatever your age and ability. Whether it’s a fast-flowing

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• Saturday morning Pilates with a different focus every week for runners, horse riders and those with back related problems. • Starting 16th September 'Catch your Breath' is an eight week Mindfulness course, suitable for complete beginners or those more experienced wanting to join a group. Learn techniques to evolve your relationship with your thoughts and your emotions and increase your focus. Embark on a journey that will support you to integrate mindfulness into your life in a practical and pragmatic way. • 24th September 'Principles for Life Success' is a half day life coaching workshop to help you to realise your true purpose and realise your greatest ambitions. • At the start of the week, there is a free drop in Monkey Mind Monday Meditation class and on the last Friday of every month, a special evening Restorative Yoga class. For more information on these events, take a look at www.healthspace.co.uk/pm or speak to one of our friendly staff on 01489 874100. Online booking is available for all these events.


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Wellbeing ALRESFORD SURGERY NEWS Appointment availability If you have tried to book a routine appointment recently you will know that the wait for appointment is longer than we would all like. We are still offering the same number of appointments but demand has increased hugely in the last six months.We are addressing this increase in demand by using locum GPs to cover holiday and sick leave where possible and in September we are planning to increase the number of doctor sessions being worked ( a session is a morning or afternoon). Unfortunately we are also noticing an increase in the number of appointments which patients are failing to turn up for. In the last month we have had 66 DNA (did not attend) appointments. Each doctor offers 14 appointments per morning or afternoon session so 66 missed appointments equates to nearly 5 GP sessions. We currently offer a text message reminder service for appointments so if you have a mobile phone please make sure we have your correct details.We have recently upgraded our text message service, so that appointments can be cancelled easily by replying to the appointment reminder text. Please help us to help our patients by cancelling appointments which are no longer needed.

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s an avid Zumba instructor of many years (dancing, not my age!) I guess this article – taken from my www.zumba-aroundwinchester.com blog dated July 17 – was originally written as an attempt to justify my 'fling' with Ceroc! I have faithfully and loyally returned to Zumba since – I have to confess to a preference for leading from the front! But I am so glad I forced myself out of my comfort zone to try something different. The event I am referring to was the July Fireball at Winchester Guildhall. I was there really by mistake - in my usual slightly less than thorough way, I managed to miss bit about 'type of dancing' - just reading 80s/90s music and of course, dance. I had been forewarned by someone from one of my classes who'd said 'You realise it’s an evening of 'jive' dancing, right?' To which I really had no answer ... as I hadn't! But having 'sold' it to a fellow dance enthusiast, I couldn't let her down so I duly turned up at the Guildhall, wondering what on earth I was doing there!

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Upgraded text message service We have sent a message to all patients with a mobile phone number on their medical record regardless of their current opt in/opt out status to say that we are using a new text message reminder service. You will have had the option to reply to the message to opt out. Appointment reminders will NOT be sent to anyone under the age of 16 years of age. Flu and Shingles Vaccinations 2016/7 Adult Flu Clinics 2016 We are approaching the time of year for flu clinics.There will be three walk-in clinics on Wednesday 28th September,Tuesday 4th October and Wednesday 12th October all 1-2.30pm Patients eligible for the flu jab are those who have reached age 65 by 31st March 2017 i.e. with a date of birth before or on 31st March 1952, younger adults who have a condition which puts them ‘at risk’ should they contract flu and pregnant women.There will be a series of bookable mop-up clinics available for those patients who are unable to attend the walk-in clinics and dates will be announced later. Dates for Preston Candover and pre-bookable clinics

This feeling of bemusement was in no way lessened by the arrival of very glam ladies in equally glam 'ball' dresses - my floral ‘number’ feeling decidedly frumpy and rustic in comparison to the glitz around me! And when I saw everyone was in couples - oh lord, that nearly sent me on my way! When the first guy came up and asked me to dance I'm ashamed to say I declined on the grounds that I really didn't have the first clue as to what to do - and watching the experts ‘doing their thing’ did nothing but confirm my initial ‘what on earth am I doing here?’ feeling. (I later redeemed myself by finding this first bloke and saying 'I'm up for it now if you are' - which fortunately he didn't take the wrong way!) All told it was wonderful to just go for it which is what I did much to the bemusement no doubt of my fellow dancers (I did have one or two near fatal collisions!) And I will try it again - though maybe after I've had one or two lessons - for the sake of those poor partners (who are probably still recovering in local psychiatric ward from their Friday night ordeal!). I did love dancing with so many different partners all with differing levels of bemusement at my approach to the dance! Oh and the fact that I laughed all the way through. ‘Fraid

will be published here and on our website next month. Child Flu Clinics We will be offering child flu vaccinations to children aged 2, 3 and 4 years and older ‘at risk’ children at the surgery.We will be writing to parents with eligible children when we have clinic dates available. Children in Years 1, 2 and 3 will be offered the flu vaccine at school through School Health. Shingles Vaccinations 2016/7 We have been informed that there have been advertisements appearing in the local newspapers in August encouraging eligible patients to have a shingles vaccination.We will be running shingles clinics in the New Year and will be inviting all patients who have turned 70 or 78 in the year before 1st September 2016 by letter. Patients who have been invited previously are still eligible until they turn 80.This is a one-off vaccination so you need not attend again if you have had one previously. We will not be offering the shingles vaccine prior to the New Year as we will be concentrating our resources on the flu clinics for adults and children through the autumn. Welcome to our new trainees A warm welcome to our new trainee doctors Dr. Lucy Pickup & Dr. Dee Fowler. Dr. Pickup will be with us for a period of 12 months & Dr. Fowler will be with us for a period of 18 months. The Alresford Surgery - Station Road, Alresford, SO24 9JL - Tel: 01962 732345

not for me a poker face - I might have been focusing but on the music not what I was doing which just had to 'come' as I was flung from one spin into the next ... and next ... and next (I lost count of how many there were ... but I was glad I'd worn a swirly dress and not some little black number!) Maybe I shouldn't have 'exclaimed' when the first guy I danced with (an instructor) said 'The first thing you have to take on board is the fact that it is the man that leads'! ‘What? Always?’ was my response. ‘Yes, always!’ was his! I think this experience showed me it really is a good thing to go out of your comfort zone - try new things. And it was lovely being in such a friendly social situation - though no doubt the Ceroc class locally will be talking about 'that crazy intruder' for weeks, months to come! Oh and it goes without saying, anyone wishing to try something new in the form of Zumba is more than welcome to come to any of my classes! But please note - I do lead from the front! (Guys welcome to follow!) Sue Russell - www.zumba-aroundwinchester.com


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BLUEBIRD CARE LAUNCH INDUSTRY FIRST OPENPASS APP TO ALLOW FAMILY MEMBERS TO VIEW THEIR LOVED ONES’ CARE NOTES ON THEIR MOBILE PHONES an emergency in a customer’s home. This new system replaces the need for the old, paper method where hand written notes would need to be made at each care visit, and would only be reviewed each month as opposed to instantly every day.

“Our customers’ whole care visits are recorded electronically so you can see what your loved one has had for breakfast, if they've taken their medication and how their general wellbeing is by lunchtime.” Pictured: Claire and Norman Murphy, Owners of Bluebird Care, demonstrating their new openPASS application.

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luebird Care, Alresford's multiaward winning home care provider, has launched ‘Bluebird openPASS’, an innovative app which allows its customers, family members and friends to read a live feed update of a loved one’s care notes anywhere in the world on their mobile phone. Bluebird openPASS electronically lists all notes from a customer’s care visit, highlighting what tasks were completed, when they were carried out and the overall health and wellbeing of a customer. Bluebird openPASS is also available to health professionals such as GPs and hospital staff, meaning important and current care information can be accessed in the event of

Norman Murphy, Owner & Managing Director of Bluebird Care, said: “We at Bluebird Care are proud to be leading the way in the social care industry and utilising this fantastic technology that will make our customers’ and their relatives’ lives easier. Bluebird openPASS is a brilliant app which enhances care connectivity and communication by giving access to real time care records on your mobile phone. It also allows you to keep an eye on a friend or relative anywhere, anytime, for example if you live elsewhere in the UK or even abroad.

“Our customers’ whole care visits are recorded electronically so you can see what your loved one has had for breakfast, if they've taken their medication and how their general wellbeing is by lunchtime.


Mrs Collis, a Bluebird Care customer in Ropley said: “We’ve found Bluebird openPASS fantastic as we have instant access whenever we want it. We found it particularly useful when we recently went away on holiday as it gave us the added peace of mind that someone was seeing my Dad every day as he still lives on his own.

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“Bluebird openPASS even allows our customers’ relatives to message the office and removes the paper based system which makes for a more efficient way of recording the care we provide.”

“You can see whether he’s refused any tasks or what has been carried out in detail. It is also easy to use, very accessible and it makes sense as it’s not complicated and gives exactly the right level of information. The main benefit is its access - even when we’re away we can keep up-to-date with my Dad’s care. There were no problems but if any did arise we would be able to take action quickly.”

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A Summer Evening BY CLAIRE THURLOW

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golden summer day fades to evening, the inconsistency of the British weather making such sun-filled days particularly sweet. In the garden I squeeze between rows of fruit canes, staining my shirt and shorts with drops of scarlet juice. A bee lands companionably on my arm, its tiny legs tickling my skin. It rests for a moment, buzzing gently, then hovers away to the next raspberry bush. The swifts are performing their daredevil acrobatics in the evening sky, whizzing and darting across the blue, shrieking in high-pitched excitement. I dread a high-speed collision, but these fearless birds are too agile for that. Another squadron shoots in from across the meadow, careering headlong towards the rest, screaming madly, wings beating furiously as they dive into a swarm of midges. At the last possible minute, they break formation, swerving and shrieking as they devour an in-flight feast. The swifts will be gone all too soon, on their migration to South Africa, and I’ll miss their antics until next year. The sun dips behind the trees, transforming their leafy shapes to silhouettes against the horizon. The sky is streaked with playful stripes of pink and orange, summer colours of seaside rock or canvas deck chairs. It fades slowly, leaving a clean slate of pale grey. Lumbering clouds move steadily across the sky, like pods of whales on the ocean, rooftops huddled black below them. Beyond the hedge looms the ruin of the church, gutted by fire two years ago. I shiver. The air is suddenly chilly without the warmth of the sun. There is a sett in the bank below the hawthorn hedge, but we have yet to see any badgers. This might be a good night for a sighting if we are still and quiet. We grab a couple of chairs and

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carry them silently into the meadow, installing ourselves under the plum tree with a good view of the bank. The air is so still barely a leaf is turning. I fold my arms over my chest to keep warm and hunker down in my chair. Earlier in the day, the air was full of summer noises; children squealing in delight as they splashed in paddling pools, the whirr of lawn mowers taming daisy-studded lawns, and the victorious shout of cricketers as runs were scored. Now the gardens are empty and the cricket pitch deserted. My eyes adjust to the gathering darkness and I see the outline of a pigeon squatting on her nest in a tree just metres away. She is unruffled, either by our presence or by the sharp blast of the whistle from a train as it ploughs along the Watercress Line. A dog barks once in the distance, then silence again. And then a slight sound, a rustling in the undergrowth. The scuffling gets closer; it’s not a badger – unless it’s a very small one. Little feet are tramping on last year’s dry leaves, and a small snout is snuffling closer. Then we see it, pushing through the gap in the fence between meadow and churchyard – a hedgehog. It ignores us, and carries on foraging. We watch as it waddles off into a neighbour’s garden. I’m cold now and wish I’d brought a sweater – and a torch. In a moment it will be pitch black. We gather up the chairs and stumble across the dewy grass towards the house. I turn and look back one last time. More nocturnal visitors have arrived; hungry bats, diving and spiralling along the line of the hedge. These tiny stunt fliers make a hell-for-leather circuit of the meadow, then rapidly gain altitude, clearing the woods and pressing on toward the village pond and a banquet of mosquitoes.


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urrah Summer nights grow longer, the bees hum frantically through the lavender and the children return sunburnt and tired from sandy, sea-salted holidays. We look forward to autumn and as results are digested and futures considered we turn our thoughts to our youth - and it is with great sadness that we mark the loss of another promising life at the Boomtown Festival - new schools, new jobs, careers or university lie ahead, a welcome reminder that the end of summer brings much promise and much to look forward to. The Alresford Winchester District Local Plan Part 2 The Government Inspector finished his assessment of Part2 of the Winchester District Local Plan during July. In a recently issued a letter to the WCC stating his initial comments the Inspector says that the Council (Winchester City Council) has demonstrated it has a five-year supply of land for proposed developments in the district. Providing the Council make certain minor adjustments to the plan then he will be satisfied it will be sound. As far as New Alresford is concerned the Inspector says we should, "add references to the new access from the A31 Alresford by-pass being in the form of an “all moves” roundabout, in accord with requirements of Hampshire County Council as highway authority". Parking The Alresford 2016 Town Benchmarking Report has uncovered, as we may have suspected, that we have parking issues! Here’s an excerpt from the report: Car Parking; Concerns about the pricing, policy and provision of Car Parking is one of the key themes to emerge from

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the quantitative and qualitative analysis of the National Benchmarking System. The vacancy rates recorded in Alresford on the Market Day audit are some of the lowest ever registered on the Benchmarking System since inception. The British Parking Association have cited that a 15% vacancy rate is the target if pricing, provision and policing are set at correct levels and the Alresford Non Market Day Audit is close to this figure. Recommendations are the Car Parking Audit is replicated on each of the weekdays throughout September. If the vacancy rates are still very low in comparison to the National Small Towns averages a review of the Car Parking situation in the town centre would be recommended. The various groups involved in the commission of this report are, as you may imagine, discussing the findings avidly in the hope of coming up with a strategic plan. Town Centre Hanging Baskets All thoughts, comments and feedback on this season’s Hanging Baskets are very welcome. For example – were they well maintained? Is the variety of plants suitable or should there be greater variety? Please direct your thoughts to the Town Council Offices, details at the end of this page. Reminders Allotments: We would remind all allotment plot holders that they are required to maintain their plots, in accordance with the rules, in a reasonable state of cultivation. Given the long waiting list for an allotment those who do not maintain their plots will, after a warning, have their lease terminated. Dog Poo Please be advised that it is both legal and a very welcome act to

dispose of your dog’s waste in the green ‘dual-use’ bins as well as the red ‘dog-poo’ bins. River Path The River Path is for use by pedestrians only. The use of this path by cyclists is illegal and dangerous, the Town Council has recently installed new notices making the rules very clear, and will take action those contravening them. Lost Property Various items of lost property have been handed in to the town council are kept in the Council Offices at the Alresford Recreation Centre. If unclaimed by the end of the year they will be donated to or sold for charity. For more information, please contact the office using the details below. Open Space Questionnaire: Apologies, the promised questionnaire is not yet available on the Town Council website, but will be very shortly. Upcoming Meetings Thursday 1st September Finance - Town Offices 7.30pm Tuesday 6th September Planning - Town Offices 7.30pm Tuesday 20th September Town Council - Town Offices 7.30pm Wednesday 28th September Recreation - Town Offices 7:30pm All Town Council and Committee meetings are open to the public.Your council welcomes public participation and warmly invites you to attend any and all such meetings. Dates and times can be found on the NATC website and posted on public notice boards in the town. Details also available from the Council offices at the Alresford Recreation Centre.

JAZZ AT THE ARC

Monthly Jazz On the 1st Wednesday of each month we have JAZZ AT THE ARC The ARC has a 60” Television and the full Sky Sports package which shows all major sporting events. No membership is needed. Everyone welcome

Contact Us We are always keen to hear from residents. You can get in touch by calling 01962 732 079 or by writing to us at New Alresford Town Council, Town Offices, Alresford Recreation Centre, The Avenue, Alresford SO24 9EP or by email to skavanagh@ newalresfordtc.org.uk You can find us on Facebook and online www.newalresfordtc.org.uk


Part of the local community Sousa Law have offices in both Alresford and Southampton. We have built great relationships within the communities surrounding both offices and we support various local events to help maintain this and to raise money for local causes. On Saturday 3rd September we are supporting the Alresford Show with our own stand. This year our stand will be providing free cakes and G & T’s! We will also be offering the chance to win a free will! Here at Sousa Law we consider local events essential to keep community spirit alive. The Alresford Show is a great day out with a variety of attractions to keep the whole family entertained. It would be lovely to see as many people attend as possible and please feel free to visit us for a G & T!

Why choose us? • Free initial, no obligation consultation – however long it takes • No hidden costs – the price we quote is the price you will pay • Responsive & proactive – same day response • Direct personal contact – direct contact with your solicitor

Legendary House • 4a Broad Street • Alresford • SO24 9AQ Legendary House • 4a Broad Street • Alresford • SO24 9AQ Tel: 01962 670510 www.sousarichards.co.uk Tel: 01962 670510 www.sousalaw.co.uk enquiries@sousarichards.co.uk ENQUIRIES@SOUSALAW.CO.UK 16 College Place • SOUTHAMPTON Southampton • SO15 2FE T: 02380 713060 16 COLLEGE PLACE • SO15 2FE T: 02380 713060

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Calendar EVERY THURSDAY Alresford Country Market At Alresford Community Centre From 8am until 11.30am.

STARTING IN SEPTEMBER Alpha – The Meaning of Life?

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his year, of all years, you need to visit the Alresford Show. After months of bitter strife and nation-wide argument, monumental referendums and political resignations, we all need to take a deep breath and calm everything down a bit. And what better way that to come along to the spectacular surroundings of Tichborne Park on September 3rd, where you can let your soul sample a little rural peace. Come along and sample some local food and drink – Hampshire Fare will be special guests, celebrating 25 years of banging the drum for the best of local farm produce. There will be the usual produce tents, stock full with cheesemakers (bless them), bakers, charcuteries and wine producers (to name but a few). If you seek some entertainment, you can settle down to watch the Shetland Pony Grand National, or admire the show jumping and carriage driving. There will be a juggling workshop and displays of glass blowing. The Alresford Ukulele Band will be there, along with a Caribbean Steel Band – and I bet I’m not the only one hoping they jam together. Don’t go thinking that farming itself has faded into the background. The ‘old’ will be well represented, with vintage machines gleaming more brightly that they did the day they left some now-demolished factory. Meanwhile, satellite guided combines and comfy tractors with leathers seats, air con and deafening hi fi represent the ‘new’. Away from the roar of the engines will be the livestock section: All the traditional

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favourites will be there, pampered and polished. Airborne livestock will once again be well represented with bees and birds of prey. And if the children are a bit intimidated by the huge machines and two ton cattle, never fear.There will be a petting farm and family fun playground, tree climbing, and the always reliable Punch and Judy Show. Oh no, there won’t. Oh yes there will. Finally, for the ultimate in peace, quiet and soothing scents, head for the horticultural section – bigger than ever this year. Plantsmen have been beating a path to the Alresford Show office, demanding to come and exhibit. Because they know what the Show’s all about. It’s a haven of common sense and uncommon scents, of rural straightforwardness. It’s a day when you can, just briefly, reconnect with the deep roots that we all have in the countryside. And nobody really minds how you voted. Tickets prices: £15 for adults, £11 for senior citizens, accompanied under-15s are free. Save £2 (and time on the gate) by buying before 27th August. Tickets available from: Alresford: Six West & Morgan’s Hardware: Alton: Alton Herald Office, Bishops Waltham: Post Office, Winchester: Mole Country Stores, Winnall

Never too young or too old to Learn. If you have lots of questions about the meaning of life and being a Christian in the 21st Century, you are invited to join an Alpha course starting in September 2016. Alpha started about 20 years ago and is now run in countries all over the world. Do come along and bring a friend or if anyone would like to be helper on either of the courses please let Rosie know. The Alpha Course is run in a relaxed atmosphere in someone’s home where you can ask as many questions as you like to help you grow in faith. Times and Days are yet to be organised but to register your interest please contact: Rosie Waring Green – 01962 733237 ra@22rwg.co.uk

FRIDAY 16 SEPTEMBER Festival Barn dance in Pingleston Barn, Old Alresford, SO24 9DL by kind permission of Lady Wakeham from 7.30pm Featuring the Four Marks Folk Band Ploughman's Supper, Bar and raffle Tickets £10 from Six West and St John's Parish Office Children over 12 years only please.

SATURDAY 8 OCTOBER Bishops Sutton Village Hall Jumble Sale Proceeds towards Village Hall funds. Books, Bric-aBrac, Clothing, Produces, Raffle, Refreshments, Tombola. Admission 50p. Jumble may be brough to the hall from 10am on the day. For more information contact: 01962 736211 or 01962 733908

SATURDAY 22 OCTOBER Fun Bingo Evening Eyes down, Look in Two Fat Ladies and Two Little Ducks are back! £8 to include supper. Licensed bar & prizes Tickets from Claire 01962 734941or Gill 01962 732374. At John Pearson Hall, Alresford, at 7.30pm


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enise and Fiona are the Village Agents for Alresford. Village Agents are volunteers for Age Concern Hampshire who can help older people to find information and services in their local community such as getting out and about, help around the home and money matters. Good nutrition is getting the balance of food right, eating the correct portion size and frequency of meals. There can be a number of factors that affect how people normally cope with nutrition; for example, diabetes, blood pressure problems, energy levels and natural defences. 15% of older people are undernourished and the reasons for this can be physical or mental. Someone who has suffered bereavement and is left alone can become depressed, so that it becomes hard to summon the energy to prepare a proper meal. A person who has problems shopping or cooking due to frailty or mobility issues will struggle to buy and prepare meals, something as simple as a set of dentures not fitting correctly, making it difficult to chew and swallow, can also lead to under nutrition.

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ampshire Country Sports Day, sponsored by GMK Limited of Fareham, suppliers of Beretta shotguns, has a bigger and better events programme than ever, for the annual countryside extravaganza. Jonathan Marshall, the horse riding falconer, is back by popular demand. There will also be a range of displays and exhibitions and countryside activities to participate in, such as clay pigeon shooting and fly fishing. The main arena will feature hunter gatherer Chris Green the Cornishman, fishing and gun dog demos, terrier racing and the inter-hunt mounted relay. There will also be a fun dog show, with classes including Dog with the Waggiest tail, Best Puppy and Best Heinz 57. Gates open at 9.30am, main ring events start at 10am. There will be more than 75 trade stands offering countryside clothing, handbags and jewellery, paintings and craft gifts, plus hunting, shooting and fishing equipment, and a large range of food and drink vendors, with a Licensed bar. Gates open 9.30am, events start at 10am Admission is £12 for adults and is free for children under 14. Tichborne Park, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 0NA Sunday 11 Sep 2016

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There are a variety of warning signs to look out for: • Unplanned weight loss which will show in loose clothing or rings • Frequent or prolonged illness due to a reduction in the natural defences of the body • Loss of interest in activities and withdrawal from social events • Finding it hard to keep warm and to concentrate • Feeling weak and tired • A lack of equipment, beverages and food supplies in the home • Lack of income You can help by encouraging the person to take nourishing drinks and supplements. If they find it difficult to eat a full meal then they should have smaller meals and more often. They can increase the calories to their meals by adding ingredients such as eating cheese and snacks, for example teacakes with butter. Whole milk products provide vital elements of the diet, so why not encourage a hot milky drink at bedtime. Seeking early help and support for the person concerned will reduce the likelihood of serious infections and hospital admissions. Nutritional advice can be obtained from the pharmacist, practice nurse or GP. Please keep an eye on your neighbours, friends and relatives so that we all stay healthy and independent in our own homes for as long as possible. If you have any concerns around malnutrition then please give your local Village Agents, Denise and Fiona a call on 07969 376023, or contact Age Concern Hampshire on 0800 328 7154.

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utserfest is the UKs biggest and best alcohol and drug-free music festival for young people. It features three stages of live music, showcasing everything from internationally acclaimed bands to local up and coming acts. It's going to be amazing! Our line-up announcements will take place on social media and on our website from early April, so connect now to be the first to know. As well as fabulous music, we have loads of fun, free activities (including, for the first year ever, a zip wire!), market stalls and a diverse range of tasty food and drink. 2016 promises to be bigger and better than ever before in celebration of our tenth year, so get your tickets today. The festival is organised by East Hampshire District Council and takes place at Queen Elizabeth Country Park, Petersfield, Hampshire on Saturday 10 September 2016. 10am - 11pm Price: Earlybird - GBP 15, Advance ticket GBP 20, Gate price (cash) - GBP 30 Queen Elizabeth Country Park, Petersfield, Hampshire PO8OQE - Saturday 10 Sep 2016

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Clubs & Societies OTHER CLUBS AND SOCIETIES O Dog training classes At Bishops Sutton Village Hall. Monday afternoons and Thursday evenings. Professional and friendly instruction with suitable classes for all levels and breeds from puppies to rehomed adult dogs and of course long standing family pets. One to one training also available at Medstead. To book or find out more contact Janet Gray 01420 562869 www. janetgraydogtraining.couk O Learn To Play Bridge Learn to play the best card game in the world. It improves memory, is a lovely way to meet people and great fun. A gentle introduction for beginners and individual / group sessions for improvers, by an English Bridge Union qualified teacher. Lessons held at both Winchester Bridge Club and in Alresford. Enquiries to Margaret Blewett on 01962 734797 or email: bridgewisembl@gmail.com.

 Royal Air Forces Association Were you, or are you, in the Royal Air Force? The Alresford and District branch of the R.A.F.A. meet at the Swan Hotel, Alresford on the first Thursday of each month, at 8:00 p.m. New members always welcome. Derek Sweetenham (Chairman) 01962 733559, or Brian Gabriel (Secretary) 01962 734482  Alresford Royal Naval Association Second Tuesday each month at 7.30pm in the Swan Hotel, Alresford. Membership is open to all members and ex-members of the Naval Service, and also to anyone who supports the Naval Service. Mess Nights combine some formal business with time to chat and socialise. Secretary - Lesley Jones: 01962 736573 family@jonesberry.net O Alresford Twinning Association Would you like to be involved in developing relationships with our Twin Town in Bricquebec, Normandy, or just join us for a wide range of social activities through the year. Contact Jean: 01962 733131 jahalresford-twinning@yahoo.co.uk O The Royal British Legion To become a member please contact our sub-branch in Eastleigh. www.britishlegion.org.uk/branches/ eastleigh

SENIOR CITIZENS O 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

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O Senior Citizens Hour Meetings are held each Wednesday at 14:30 at New Farm Chapel. Meetings are informal and consist of quizzes, talks, craft and refreshments. New members are always welcome. Contact: Mrs Jill Hardiman, 6 Mallard Close, Alresford.Tel: 01962 733765 O Alresford Senior Citizens Lunch Club At the Methodist Hall – Alresford Do you have some free time? Would you like to help elderly people in your local community? Volunteer helpers, men or women, are urgently needed to join our friendly team to set up tables, serve and clear/ wash up (fast dishwasher), after a 2 course lunch for the elderly ladies and gentlemen of Alresford every Thursday in the month starting at 11.00, or can you collect the money before the meal? Come along and see what we do.The ladies and gents are a very cheerful bunch and have many stories to tell. If you can spare 2/3 hours whenever possible on a Thursday morning please Contact: Liz Garton: 01962 733125 or Elaine Secluna: 01962 733192 O Saturday Evening Bridge Join us for Duplicate Bridge; we are a small friendly club playing in Makins Court. No partner required - any standard of play. Contact Margot Power, 01962 734167 or Ron Turner 01420 543187.

SPORTS CLUBS O ACA Badminton Club Friendly club seeks new members, plays on a Monday evening 7.3010.00pm at Alresford Community Centre. All levels welcome. Call Clive Earthy: 01962 733812 or Caroline Lowman: 01962 733155 O Alresford Badminton Club We are a friendly club that caters for all abilities up to local league standard and all ages from 14yrs and up. Membership is available, or just turn up to play and pay on Wednesday evenings at Perins Sports Hall from 19.00 hrs. Come and give us a try, your first visit is free, we look forward to seeing you. Contact: Ralph Pointer 01962 734833 or ralph.judyp@tiscali.co.uk www.alresfordbadminton.co.uk O Alresford Bowling Club Sun Lane - Our season is from April to September and we meet for roll-ups on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10.00 - 12 noon and Thursday evenings from 6.00 -8.00p.m. Lawn bowls is a great game, not just for the retired but for adults of all ages and we can provide bowls for you to have a go. Further information from Barry Morgan (club secretary) 01962 733477 and on the club www.alresfordbowlingclub.org.uk

O Ropley Bowling Club Welcomes players of all abilities and experience.We are a small club only playing friendly matches with other clubs from April to September. Located in the old village of Ropley at the recreation ground behind the village hall, the club is set in a lovely area, plus there is plenty of free parking. Come and try a roll up without obligation and see whether you will enjoy this gentle form of exercise. Equipment is available. Come and have a go. For more information contact secretary Gill Moore: 01420 563139, gillianfmoore@yahoo.co.uk O Alresford Golf Club The Secretary, Cheriton Road, Tichborne Down, Alresford. Tel: 01962 733746. secretary @alresfordgolf.co.uk www.alresfordgolf.co.uk O Alresford Netball Club Meets on Thursdays at Perins School, 6pm - 7.30pm on the tennis courts. New members welcome. First session free, thereafter £10 per month. Opportunity to affiliate and play in local leagues should you wish to. Or just come for training sessions, to get fit and meet new friends. Donna: 01420 561755 or 07860 931150 donnabirtles@fsmail.net O Alresford Rugby Football Club Tuesday evenings at 6.30 for 7pm start – newcomers welcome. Minis sessions are held on the rugby pitches at Arlebury Park, every Sunday at 10am (during term time). Seniors’ Head Coach: 07964 423001. Minis contact: alresfordminisrugby@ gmail.com or visit www.alresfordrfc. co.uk O Alresford Tennis Club Howard Lewis: 01962 733818 O Alresford Yacht Club We welcome all interested in boats and boating, newcomers or old hands, boat-owners or not. Our 2016/17 season has a programme of speakers to suit everyone.We meet at 7.30pm on the 3rd Monday of each month from September to April at the Alresford Recreation Centre. New members and visitors welcome. Contact Valerie: 01962 808827 valeriej.powell@tiscali.co.uk O Chawton Park Indoor Bowls Club Six rinks available throughout the year. Information from Centre Manager. Chawton Park Road, Alton. Tel: 01420 541546 O Cheriton Cricket Club Are you interested in playing Sunday afternoon friendly cricket? Contact Nick: 07931 456214 info@cheritoncc.com www.cheritoncc.com

O Cheriton Tennis Club Coaching with Mike Aggiss. Adult, junior and mini courses including Cardio Tennis. Ladies Tennis Morning with Mike on Thursdays 9.30-10.30am. Pay and play session open to members (£4) and non members(£5.50). Enquiries to Donna at Don Perrin Tennis: 07928 855175. www. cheritontennisclub.co.uk O Children’s Judo Club Lance Wicks - Telephone: 07787 565233 Email: lw@judocoach.com O Cyclists’Touring Club South Hampshire. Easy rides, day rides, social events and more! Tel: 01962 864479 www.southhampshirectc.org.uk O Judo Club Perins School on Monday nights. From 7-8pm - Year 3 to year 6 children. From 8-9pm – Year 7+ children. Contact: Steve Fullick, 10 Perins Close, Alresford Tel: 01962 732883 O Old Alresford Cricket Club Home pitch - Upton Park Farm, Old Alresford. New Players welcomed at any time. John Stanbrook: 01962 733612 or Mike Armitage: 07878008853 Tel: 01420 568135 act4health@hotmail.com O Practical Wing Chun Classes Adult self-defence classes Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7pm - 8:30pm in The Studio on The Dean, Alresford. Additional classes in Winchester. Contact Gary: 07986 298283 or see www.uctuk.co.uk O Ropley Tennis Club Located at rear of Ropley playing field. New members welcome. Coaching sessions throughout week for all levels www.ropleytennis.org.uk O Tai Chi Beginners' class on Thursdays 2-3 pm at the Christy Hall, Old Alresford. Suitable for all ages, no floorwork. £6 a class. Call: 02380 651223 or email taichienquiries@gmail.com O Tichborne Park Cricket Club 14 Benenden Green, Alresford, SO24 9PF. Contact: Andy Joyce Tel: 01962 734316 andypjoyce@ hotmail.com O Fitique Run Club Fitique, Broad street. Thursday Evenings 6.30pm - 7.30pm. Fun and friendly beginners run club for all ages & abilities. Run leader: Melissa Panter (Qualified Run England Leader). For more information please contact: Melissa (07708) 532210 / sales@fitique.co.uk Facebook page: Fitique Run Club

O Fitique Women’s Cycle Club Fitique, Broad street.Wednesday evenings 5.30pm - 7.00pm. Easy road rides around Alresford and surrounding villages. For more information please contact:Victoria (01962) 733154 victoria@fitique.co.uk


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C1920 – A Pre-Owned Emerald & Diamond Ring Emerald 0.95ct, Old Cut Diamonds 0.50cts

£2,650

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OPENING TIMES Mon to Fri - 9am - 5pm Sat - 9.30am - 1pm

Why travel all the way to Winchester for office supplies when we have a comprehensive range available on your doorstep A wide range of print cartridges in stock Services available: Photocopying, Laminating, Document Binding, Faxing, Scan to Email, Professional Personalised Printing Agent

56 West Street, Alresford, Hants, SO24 9AU Tel:01962 736116 info@oakleafstationery.co.uk

ADVERTISE WITH US! and reach up to 14,900 readers in Alresford & The Itchen Valley Eighth page placements: £51 Quarter page placements: £88 Half page placements: £166 Discounts are available on 3, 6 and 12 month bookings. For more information email: stevewalker@forumpublications.co.uk

A fine pair of Japanese bronze and mixed metal vases attributed to Miyao Eisuke of Yokohama, Meiji Period. 45cm high. Estimate: £10,000-15,000

Saturday 5th November 2016 We are now inviting entries to include ceramics, costume, pictures, works of art, jewellery, metal wares etc from China, Japan, Korea, India, Nepal and Tibet. If you are interested in consigning, or simply require valuation advice, please contact our team on 01962 735988

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Andrew Smith & Son - Auctioneers

New autumn collection by Marc Cain 35 West Street, Alresford, SO24 9AB Tel: 01962 733277 | www.modarosa.co.uk

Twisted glass candle holder. Small (w15cm) - £21.50 Large (w20cm) - £29.00 Tel: 01962 736311 | www.interiorstyle.biz

Monthly Antiques and Interiors Auction - 3rd Sept Fine Art, Antiques and Interiors Auction -13th/14th Sept Tel: 01962 735988 | www.andrewsmithandson.com

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Equestrian Fencing

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Standard and Bespoke Garden Buildings. 8x6 Apex Shed from £485 +Vat. High Ridge Farm, Hospital Rd, Shirrell Heath Tel: 01329 835100 | www.equestrianfencing.com

NEW SEASON Footwear instore and online 5A Broad Street, Alresford, SO24 0AR Tel: 01962 722154 | www.fitique.co.uk

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Ilse Jacobsen Dark Indigo colour Jacket - £190 34 West St, Alresford, SO24 9AU Tel: 01962 738470 | Delilah Boutique

Hand-finished cache pots available in 8 designs - £37.50 12 x 12 x 12 cms 36 West Street, Alresford Tel: 01962 732507 | www.design-realities.co.uk

‘Cacti Blue’ Silk Shirt. New season autumn/winter stock is starting to arrive at No.42. Come and take a look! Tel: 01962 733242 | www.42weststreet.co.uk

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D.Barker & Son

Alresford Beauty

Knitted Little House Dress by Mayoral available in sizes 6 months – 2 years. £26.95 - 2 Bakehouse Yard, Alresford Tel: 01962 734488 | www.ragamuffin-uk.com

Blue Hematite & crystal necklace by Coeur De Lion £119 40A West St, Alresford SO24 9AU Tel: 01962 732200 | www.dbarkerandson.co.uk

Fairtrade bags by Noi Noi in various styles and colours - £39.99 24A West Street, Alresford Tel: 01962 735553 | www.alresfordbeauty.co.uk

Naked Grape

Soles Butchers

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Meon Valley Cider - A taste of fresh crunchy apples with a super refreshing zing. 4 for £12 Tel: 01962 732002 | www.thenakedgrape.co.uk

Mid Week Specials - Any two trays for £10 - Chicken breasts, thighs or pork steaks. High quality meat cheaper than the supermarket! Tel: 01962 735221 | www.solebutchersofalresford.co.uk

Rand and Prisoner Cusions (45cm x 45cm) - £26 Other designs available - 19A-21 West Street, Alresford Tel: 01962 734504 | www.morebydesign.com

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Eggar'sSchool School AUTUMN Eggar’s AUTUMNOPEN OPENEVENTS EVENTS COME AND SEE OUR STUDENTS AND STAFF IN ACTION

Thursday 22 September • 18:30 - 20:00 Friday 23 September • 09:15 - 12:00 Thursday 20 October • 09:15 - 12:00

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Education

HAMPSHIRE CHILDREN INVITED TO GET CREATIVE BY DESIGNING A LIBRARY CARD IN A NEW COMPETITION

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ampshire County Council's Library Service is inviting four to eleven year olds to get creative by designing a brand new children's library card. For the first time ever, a short competition is being run by Hampshire libraries to replace existing library cards for children, with two new fun and vibrant designs by Hampshire children who have completed this year's current Summer Reading Challenge, The Big Friendly Read. Children will receive an entry form once they finish the Summer Reading Challenge along with their medal and certificate, and can create any design they imagine from now until 30 September. Designs could be inspired by a whole range of favourite animals and characters, including swashbuckling pirates, pretty princesses, daring dragons and lovely ladybirds. Hampshire County Council's Executive Member for Culture, Recreation and

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Countryside, Councillor Andrew Gibson, said: "We're inviting young children to show off their creative flair by entering the competition and designing the new library card which will be used by thousands of children across our libraries. "There is still lots of time for children to enter by completing the Summer Reading Challenge in any of Hampshire's libraries when they read any six library books by 18 September. "Favourite books read on the Summer Reading Challenge are the perfect inspiration for entries which can be drawn in any colour or design. We hope children have fun with their colouring pens and pencils and we're looking forward to receiving a range of designs, we wish everyone the best of luck." Competition entries are limited to one per child and will be split into two categories; ages four to seven and eight to eleven. Both

categories will have a winner and runner up with exciting prizes up for grabs for these four youngsters. The winner of the 4-7 age category will receive a Kindle Fire Kids, and a copy of the book 'Where's Will' while the winner of the 8-11 age category will be given a 3Doodler and a copy of 'Where's Will.' Designs can be submitted by post, scanning it into a computer or taking a photograph of it and attaching it to an email. Both winners' designs will be made into actual library cards. All entrants will need to provide a postal address, an email address, telephone number and age in order to be contacted if their entry is chosen. Competition winners will be selected by a judging panel made up of Hampshire County Council library staff. Winners will be contacted by the end of October. Inspiration to finish the Summer Reading Challenge and enter the competition can be found thanks to this Hampshire libraries' blog which reveals the current top 10 most popular reads. Anyone living, working or studying in Hampshire can become a member of Hampshire Libraries by joining online or in person at any Hampshire library to start enjoying a wide range of free resources including books, e-books, e-magazines and language packs.


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Saturday September 24th Scarecrow display in St John’s Church: Open 9.30am - 6pm 7pm Scarecrow Concert - Eddie Saves the World & Shakespeare Rocks Sunday September 25th 11am - 2pm - Scarecrow display in St John’s Church. Scarecrow lunchtime Meal Deal, available 11.30 - 2pm from the John Pearson Hall 11.30 - 2pm - The Scarecrow Band performance in churchyard or church depending on weather 2pm - Scarecrow Competition Prize-Giving 3pm - Scarecrow Concert - Eddie Saves the World & Shakespeare Rocks 6pm - Phil’s Farewell Service in St John's Look out for further details.

inal date for entries Thursday 15th September (in order to be included in the programme, competition and Scarecrow trail). Scarecrows start appearing around Alresford from Tuesday September 20th.

Scarecrow entry forms should be placed in the box at the back of the church. Scarecrow entry forms and information leaflets can be obtained from Six West, Morgans, Long Barn, Alresford Surgery, Alresford Library and St John's church.

Friday September 23rd Scarecrow display in St John’s Church: Open 10.30am - 6pm

For more information please contact St John's Parish Office on 01962 733545 or email: events@stjohnsalresford.org,uk

SHELLEY PRESTON LIVE IN ALRESFORD. Luther Vandross, WestLife, Tom Jones and the legendary Andy Williams to name but a few. Of course there will be a nod to her Bucks Fizz heritage in her set along side the chilled funky electronica CloudFish tracks and popular standards given the Cloudfish Touch.

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helley's Pop/Rock pedigree includes being a member of 80's group Bucks Fizz, The Brian May Band and Cloudfish. Also as one of a group of highly sought after session singers touring and recording around the world with a CV that includes Michael Bolton, INXS, Roger Daltery, Belinda Carlisle,

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She will also be performing a track so new she hasn't actually recorded it yet and plenty of anecdotes between songs. It's a set perfect for a summer evening whether you are dining, relaxing at the bar or just want to groove. "I'm thrilled to be playing locally at The Swan and looking forward to seeing new and familiar faces friends and fans alike. Performing is in your blood you just can't deny it." Your chance to share a non ticketed evening with Shelley starts at 8pm on Saturday 3rd September.

Calendar SUNDAY 4 SEPTEMBER Bighton Village Fete

From 1.30pm to 4.30pm. There will be a craft Fair, A Fistful of Falcons will be exhibiting their wonderful birds; see the llamas, ride on one of the splendid Honda Goldwings. Enter your dog in the ever popular the dog show and enjoy all the traditional fete stalls. Circus skills, Children's World, a mega slide, and wildlife quiz will entertain the children. Enjoy a cream tea, a BBQ and a beer. Free parking. www.bighton.org.uk

MONDAY 5 SEPTEMBER Brighten your Autumn Days with Dancing and Yoga

From 4.30pm - 10.30pm at Winchester Discovery Centre, SO23 8SB. Starting with a week of Taster Sessions for all ages from kids aged 4 to those Young at Heart! Drop in: £5 children, £7 or £9 for adults depending on Class Choice. Get one free session for every 10 attended with your Club Card! Contact: Silvia & Max Salsa y Sol Dance www.salsaysol.co.uk

FRIDAY 16 SEPTEMBER Festival Barn Dance

At Pingleston Farm, Old Alresford, SO24 9DL on at 7.30pm Featuring the Four Marks Folk Band Ploughman's Supper, Bar and Raffle Tickets £10 (includes supper) from Six West and St John's Parish Office Only Children aged over 12 please

FRIDAY 23 TO SUNDAY 25 SEPTEMBER A Little Bit of Scarecrow Fun

Scarecrow Festival Concert at St John’s Church, Alresford. 7pm Saturday and 3pm Sunday 25th. The Sunshine Singers – Eddie Saves the World. Sun Hill Family Singers – Shakespeare Rocks. Our Place Youth Group. Guest Appearance of Phil Collins. Tickets are free but limited so book early. Available from Rosie Waring Green: 01962 733237 / ra@22rwg.co.uk or St John’s Parish Office Retiring Collection

SUNDAY 2 OCTOBER Alton Runners & Alton Lions present The Alton Downland Challenge 10K and 5K

In addition a 500m and 1K dash Supported by Bottega Dei Sapori, and Alton Sport. Starts and finishes at: Anstey Park, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 2NB. The terrain is a mixture of grass, roads and tracks. Min. age 15 years for 10k, 10 years for 5k, 500m age 5-7 years, 1k 8-9 years. Medals for all finishers. School trophy in the 5k event. Entry fees: 10k - £11, 5k - £5 (a £2 increase for on the day entries). 500m at 9.45am, 1k at 9.55, 10k at 10.35am, 5k at 10.35am. Enter online at www. activetrainingworld.co.uk/events


In this connection and in keeping with the aims of the chapel at the beginning, , we shall endeavour to present to each home in Alresford over the coming weeks, a leaflet explaining the ''good news'' of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. Not only is it ''good news'', but also urgent news as we see, hear and read of all that is happening in the world today. The urgency is that we need to act / respond, while it is still ''Today''. When the leaflet is received, please take time to read and think about it. They will be the most important moments we will spend, and can lead us to make the most important decision of our lives, affecting our time here and now, as well as our eternity. Please feel free to use the contact details below, which also appear in the leaflet

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Saturday 15th October 2016

Organ and Piano Duo Concert 7.30pm St John’s Church, Alresford Featuring the fantastic talents of internationally renowned organist Thomas Trotter and pianist Roger Owens.

The concert will include Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, Addinsell’s Warsaw Concerto and other virtuosic show pieces. Roger Owens

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n its 174th year, the Romsey Show has chosen one of its key industries, Forestry as its theme. A great day out for everyone is planned on Saturday 10th September, with special ring attractions including a ‘logging display’, The Adams Axemen, a Chainsaw Carving competition, various sawbenches, a charcoal burner and displays of vintage forestry and logging equipment. In the main President’s Ring, local Fordingbridge-based farmer and heavy horse breeder, David Shearing, will be bringing along a team of horses to show how they work in the forests and woods moving logs. Also joining him will be friends and colleagues and their mobile

saw pit – demonstrating the traditional method of sawing trees into planks by hand. We are very grateful to Hampshire Collegiate School for sponsoring this unique display. The Countryside Ring will play host to the Adams Axemen from Ringwood demonstrating their power and skill with razor sharp axe’s to chop logs. A great atmosphere is created with the crowd being invited to cheer for the fastest. In the Special Events area the show is welcoming 3 saw-benches powered by a mixture of steam- and vintage-driven engines. Watch these majestic beasts help the saws make light work of the largest of

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trees, cutting them into various workable lengths. In this area visitors will also see an Alaskan saw bench. Richard Austin, the show’s usual chainsaw carver, is this year joined by some friends for a carving competition, kindly sponsored by Mole Valley Farmers. Come and be astounded as these people make a seemingly large and ordinary tree trunk into a work of art suitable to grace any garden or sculpture park. Then, at the day’s end, join the live auction to take one of these pieces home with you. Come to the show and see how charcoal is made. ‘Black Fox’ will be bringing a charcoal burner to the show, lighting it to burn through Friday night, and then unpacking the finished product on showday. Charcoal does not start off in bags from the supermarket – come and see how it goes from wood to being your BBQ fuel. Romsey Show is arguably the largest and oldest one-day agricultural, horse and countryside show in the south and west. The show is being held on Saturday 10th September at Broadlands Park in Romsey. Advance tickets available from the show’s website or a variety of local outlets. Forestry is the theme but there’s plenty else to do and see – in fact something for everyone. For more information: Tel: 01794 517521 www.romseyshow.co.uk enquiries@romseyshow.co.uk Correspondent, covered the Gulf War from Saudi Arabia, becoming the first British TV reporter to broadcast live from the liberated Kuwait City. He has provided live commentaries for State Visits, Royal Weddings, Elections, and moderated the first Leaders debate in the 2010 General Election between Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg. He will reveal the stories behind these events in conversation with fellow-broadcaster John Miller in Bishop’s Sutton Village Hall on Friday, September 30th at 7pm.

lastair Stewart joined Southern TV as a reporter in 1976, before moving to ITN in 1980 as industrial

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TREASURE YOUR TREASURES – HERITAGE OPEN DAYS (8-11 SEPT)

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n July this year, Heritage Open Days 2016 was launched at the RIBA by Patron Loyd Grossman. He described the event, which attracts over three million visitors annually, as ‘the world’s greatest heritage festival’. Between 8-11 September thousands of dedicated volunteers across England will organise 5,000 events in celebration of our wonderfully diverse local heritage. It is an invitation to share local stories, discover special places of historic and cultural significance, seek out hidden or unfamiliar places not normally open to the public and try out new experiences - all of which are completely free to explore during the festival. It offers an opportunity for communities to come together, to engage with their local history and heritage and to foster a sense of belonging and place. It is also a once-a-year chance to be a tourist in your own town and to treasure the treasures on your doorstep. This September sees the welcome return of Heritage Open Days to Winchester with over 40 events taking place in and around the city. Many places will also be putting on special family friendly events including P&G Wells where you can Come and Meet Binky Bear and listen to his adventures around historic Winchester. Children will receive an Explorer Pack complete with trail maps, checklists and colouring sheets and are also invited to bring along their teddy for a photo with Binky. The Winchester City Mill who will be running a milling weekend with hands-on activities, displays and baking demonstrations. At the Great Hall you can try on a judge's costume, follow trails and see the Former Grand Jury room. Enjoy Regency readings, storytelling and dancing in the ballroom at St John's House, or join an afternoon of arty fun and use traditional printing presses at the Colour Factory Studios. Take a ride in a vintage bus and visit the Winchester Lido where you can have a go at badminton, judo or aikido and learn more about the building’s fascinating past. The education team from the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust will also be hosting a fun outdoor session on the St Cross meadows exploring wetland plants, conservation and river dipping.

Some events need to be pre-booked including tours of museum collections, Theatre Royal, Winchester College, the Cathedral Close, and areas rich in history such as Hyde, Chesil and St Cross. There's even a ghost walk! Visitors will be given a rare chance to see inside Wolvesey, the Bishop of Winchester's home, the Barter Memorial Chapel with its beautiful stained glass windows, Serle’s House and Abbey House, the Mayor's official residence. Watch traditional skills that have been used for hundreds of years at one of the workshops that will be open - see a wedding ring being made, clocks and watches repaired and book binders at work. The Royal Green Jackets Museum, the City of Winchester Trust and the Hospital of St Cross will all be holding exhibitions and, at the Abbey Mill, an evening of poetry celebrating some of Hampshire's heritage sites will be read alongside an exhibition of ' Nunnaminster - An Artist's Interpretation' inspired by the lives of the women who lived there hundreds of years ago. Further afield you can discover the recent history of the Matterley Bowl and join a guided tour of the stunning natural amphitheatre within the South Downs National Park. Learn about traditional land management, watch hedge laying and hurdle making heritage skills and go in search of late flying butterflies. The Grange at Northington, owned by English Heritage, is not normally open to the public but currently used for opera events and private functions. Heritage Open Days offers a rare opportunity to see inside this 'roofed ruin' which is one of the earliest Greek revival houses in Europe. The Watercress Company in Alresford is joining forces with the Winchester Distillery to present an evening of Watercress and Gin where you can explore the history of watercress in Hampshire, take a guided walk around the beds and learn more about the health-giving properties of watercress and wasabi. The evening will be rounded off with a tour of the distillery and free tasting of their award-winning gin. For more Heritage Open Days information and booking details please visit www.heritageopendays.org.uk and www. visitwinchester.co.uk. Programmes can also be obtained from the Winchester Tourist Information Centre.

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A New Bigger and Better Alresford Travel Your independent Travel Agent 01962 733659 COMING IN OCTOBER

We are looking for someone to manage the markets element of the annual Alresford Watercress Festival. The role is one of only two within the AWF team that are remunerated and would suit someone who can spare a few hours a month from September to June each year. During this period, the Markets Manager will invite stall-holders to apply for pitches at the festival; process their applications; liaise with the necessary authorities (e.g. Environmental Health, WCC Licensing, Fire & Rescue, Police, etc); plan the site layout; issue joining instructions and manage the markets on the day of the festival itself (always the 3rd Sunday in May). The deadline for applications is

Friday 14th October 2016 with the appointee expected to take on the role before the end of October.

If interested, please go to the festival’s website: www.watercressfestival.org and download “the invitation to apply” to be found on the contacts page.

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BRITISH SAILING TEAM TO INSPIRE WITH APPEARANCES AT FORTHCOMING SOUTHAMPTON BOAT SHOW

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n Giles Scott added to Great Britain’s medal tally yesterday (Tuesday 16 August) with a stunning victory in the Men's One Person Dinghy (Heavyweight) Finn class at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. This follows Nick Dempsey’s silver in the windsurfing RS:X class on Sunday and the anticipated Olympic gold for Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark in the women's 470 sailing if they finish today’s medal race. Fresh from their medal winning performances in Rio, members of the British Sailing Team* will help celebrate the start of this year’s Southampton Boat Show. With two 2016 Olympic medallists already in the team and more to come, visitors will be able to get up close to the sailing stars at the Show’s official opening ceremony on Friday 16 September. Murray Ellis, British Marine Boat Shows’ Managing Director, comments: “We are passionate about giving visitors to the Southampton Boat Show the opportunity to get out on the water with over 10,000 people taking part in watersports activities at last year’s event. We’re thrilled that members of the British Sailing team will be joining us to help open the Show and inspire even more of our visitors to get involved in sailing and other activities on the water.”

Giles Scott, Finn. Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Regatta, 8-18 August 2016. Copyright © Richard Langdon & British Sailing Team

15TH FAI WORLD MICROLIGHT CHAMPIONSHIPS - 9TH FAI WORLD PARAMOTOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

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he British Microlight Aircraft Association (BMAA) are pleased to announce that the 2016 FAI World Microlight and Paramotor Championships will be held at Popham Airfield, near Basingstoke, on 20th-27th August, an historic airfield and home to the Spitfire Flying Club. The BMAA looks after the interests of microlight pilots and enthusiasts in the UK and aims to further the sport of microlight aviation, keep flying costs down to a minimum and to represent members in national and international microlight matters (www.bmaa.org).The BMAA is approved by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). From Monday 15th to Friday 19th of August pilots and their aircraft will arrive at Popham Airfield for practice sessions and training flights for the Fédération Aéronautique

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*Members of the British Sailing Team who will be attending the Show will be announced on Tuesday 30 August 2016. FOr more information visit: www.southamptonboatshow. com Internationale (FAI) World Championships. The Opening Ceremony is on Saturday 20th August from 11.00 followed by the first of the flying competitions. The Championships culminate on Saturday 27th August with the Awards and Closing Ceremony at 11.00. Each class of microlights and paramotors will fly a series of tasks throughout the week, depending on the weather conditions. Both groups of aircraft fly tasks consisting of Navigation, Precision, and Economy. Navigation involves long-distance flying in which pilots typically cross a start gate and before reaching the finish point navigate a route through a series of waypoints and turn points over a period of up to 90 minutes for paramotors and more for microlights. Every aircraft carries an official GPS logger and on arrival back at the airfield is then downloaded to check flight tracks and award points. Precision involves landing tasks e.g. spot landings, engine switched off at a certain height and gliding to land on a specific target and additionally, for paramotors, a slalom-based course in which timed circuits are flown around inflatable pylons or poles. Economy comprises taking off with a measured quantity of fuel and using thermals to fly for as long as possible whilst still being able to return to the airfield. The Opening Ceremony is 11.00 Saturday 20th August with the first flying tasks at 14.00. Flying continues all week with the Closing & Medal ceremony on Saturday 27th August at 11.00. For further information and to arrange interviews or flights please contact: Event Director, Rob Hughes sportflying@ gmail.com Tel: 07977 147690.


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ome of us will recall a time in the 1980’s and 90’s when Loyd Grossman graced our television screens as the face and voice of Through the Keyhole and Masterchef. Others may recognise the name as the entrepreneur behind the successful brand of pasta sauces. However, perhaps it may come as a bit of a surprise to discover that not only does his punk band make regular appearances at Glastonbury, but he is also a highly regarded figure within the heritage sector. Born in Boston and educated at Boston University (BA), the London School of Economics (MSc) and Magdalene College, Cambridge (MPhil, PhD) the list of Dr Grossman's credentials is truly impressive. He has been involved in a number of organisations including English Heritage, The Churches Conservation Trust and the Museums and Galleries Commission and currently holds posts which include Chairman of the Heritage Alliance, Chairman of the Royal Parks and President of NADFAS. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, an Emeritus Governor of the LSE and a member of the Council of the British School at Rome. He is also Patron of Heritage Open Days. On Wednesday 7th September, the eve of Heritage Open Days, Dr Grossman will be making a special visit to Winchester to preview some of the festival events followed by an interview in the Guildhall. Speaking about his career, his passion for playing guitar, and a lifelong interest in history, the arts and heritage he will also explain the importance of ‘Treasure Your Treasures’, the theme of this year’s Heritage Open Days. Do go along to what promises to be an informative, entertaining and inspiring evening. In Conversation with Loyd Grossman – Tickets £10 Wednesday, 7 September 2016 at 7.30pm, The Guildhall, Winchester. To book tickets please visit the Winchester Cathedral Box Office (tickets.winchester-cathedral.org.uk) or telephone 01962 857275.

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he key to planning the perfect kitchens to first consider how you use the space. Forget about choosing doors and worktops for now and think about how you like to cook. Do you prefer a range oven or built in appliances, perhaps you regularly rustle up a stir fry in which case a hob with wok ring could be included or a specialist teppanyaki plate. Do you use a bread machine, juicer, microwave or food processor? Make a wish list of all the elements you would like in your kitchen, this will be an invaluable starting point for your designer. Also consider storage, do you prefer cupboards or the streamlined appearance of drawers? Would you like to incorporate open shelving or do you prefer glass fronted display cabinets? Are you happy to have small appliances on the worktop or would you prefer them to be concealed behind doors? A good kitchen designer will be able to create a larder unit, breakfast zone or even built in bar area that can all be shut away to maintain a clutter free kitchen. Next, consider what it is you like and don’t like about your existing kitchen. It might be that you love it but just think the units look dated in which case a simple refit may be all that is required. But if you are building an extension or knocking two rooms together, involve your kitchen designer as early as possible, ideally at the planning stage before any construction work has been undertaken. An experienced kitchen designer will be happy to work with an architect to make the best use of the new build. Just tweaking the position of a door to allow for a

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artians and time machines: Uppark celebrates HG Wells from 10 September – 27 November, 11am – 4pm This autumn, find out how Uppark

2016 celebrates the 150th anniversary of the birth of HG Wells, author of novels including The War of the Worlds and The Invisible Man. Wells spent some of his youth at Uppark, where his mother was Housekeeper. He loved stargazing through his telescope from the top of the house – Uppark is now an official Dark Skies site – and visiting the well-stocked library. His time at Uppark helped influence his social and political views, career and writing. Find out more about Wells’ life at Uppark, visit the tunnels said to inspire sinister Gothic novel The Time Machine, join one of our regular free talks or come along to one of our events. For more dates and times please call 01730 825415 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ uppark-house-and-garden

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led by tenor Stephen Anthony Brown and American soprano Maribeth Diggle and accompanied by Susanna Stranders, the Head of Music Staff at Garsington. Don Giovanni is sponsored by Carter Jonas and Eric Robinson Solicitors. Kobbe’s Complete Opera Book sums up Don Giovanni excellently; “Perhaps Don Giovanni owes part of its success to the unique blending of the irresistibly comic and the tragically serious, as much as to the speed of its dramatic and musical action, and to the quality of the music. Another decisive factor is the character of the Don himself, the libertine and the blasphemer, whose courage endears him to the men and his scandalous reputation to the women”. Tickets at £30 and more information from www.southwoodplayers.org.uk or Nick Owen: 01962 779162.

Calendar THURSDAY 1ST TO FRIDAY 2 SEPTEMBER Daniel – The production this year from Summer Fun From 9am - 3pm. Wednesday August 31st, Thursday You are invited to come and watch the performance on Friday 2nd September at 6.00pm in St John’s Church. We have more than 60 children this year and we would appreciate any help you could give for 1, 2 or 3 days. Please contact Rosie Waring Green 733237 or ra@22rwg.co.uk

FRIDAY 9 SEPTEMBER Watercress and Gin... Heritage Open Day: Explore the history of Watercress in Hampshire, take a guided walk around the beds and learn more about the health-giving properties of watercress and wasabi.Then adjourn to the onsite Winchester Distillery for a tour of the site with a free tasting of their awardwinning watercress gin. From 6pm - 8pm Free Entry. The Watercress Co, Old Alresford, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 9DH

TUESDAY 13 SEPTEMBER Hampshire Writers Society: Publisher Barry Cunningham and Guest Speakers Barry Cunningham OBE, the best known name in children's publishing, Publisher and Managing Director of Chicken House, a highly individual children's book publishing company will launch the HWS 6th season. 7pm for drinks and networking, 7.30pm for speaker. The Stripe Building, University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester, SO22 4NR. £5 non-members. Students free. For more information: www. hampshirewriterssociety.co.uk.

WEDNESDAY 28 SEPTEMBER Alresford Art Society Jake Winkle will demonstrate Animals in watercolour. This is an evening meeting starting at 7.30 in the Alresford Recreation Centre. For information contact: 01962 736397, email: jo.may@live.co.uk or visit www.artsociety.alresford.org If you would like to feature your event in our calendar simply email the item to editor@ forumpublications.co.uk


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advance for 5 sessions at £50 Sept 10th,17th, 24th Oct 1st,15th,29th Nov 5th,12th,19th, 26th Willow Weaving evening classes £20 (book at least 3 sessions in advance). Sept 6th, 27th, Oct 18th Nov 8th, 29th, Dec 6th Family day session Sun Dec 4th Life Drawing Wednesday evenings: 6 - 8.15pm at £15 ( book 5 in advance for £70) from Sept 7th - Nov 30th Sundays Long Pose classes 2 − 6pm £25 ( book 4 in advance ) From Sept 18th - Dec 11th (alternating in portrait/ life drawing & ideal for clay or oil studies) Exhibtions September: Celebrating the Vernacular October : SMUG satire ( invite to submit satirical work now open) Private View - Oct 7th from 6.30pm Nov/Dec/Jan: Winter Exhibition (for unique Christmas presents ) Mid-Winter Chocolate Feast Dec 21st, 7- 11pm ( advanced booking essential £21pp)

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On Thursday 22nd September The talk will be given by Tom Yendell, entitled 30 years of painting for The Mouth and Foot Painting Artists. Tom was educated at Lord Mayor Treloar School and College, studied for his Expressive Arts degree at Brighton University and now sits on the international managing board of the worldwide self-help co-operative. He will talk about his 30 years with the organisation. £5 per person, ticket to

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include light refreshments. Please get your ticket in advance from the Gallery. (Tel: 01420 82802) 7.30pm start. On Thursday 27th October Prebendary Terry Stokes will speak on Delftware: Dutch or English? With reference to the Allen Gallery collection. Terry Stokes started his extensive collection of Delftware tiles when he was Prebendary of St Albans Cathedral and now lives in Hampshire. He will base his talk on the outstanding Delftware tiles to be found in the Allen Gallery as well as his own collection. Antiques Roadshow and Flog It! fans might like to make a date in their diaries. £5 per person, details as above. Also at the Gallery, the Friends of the Curtis Museum and Allen Gallery hold monthly meetings with interesting speakers. Visitors are welcome. The first one this Autumn is on Thursday September 8th, when David Quick of

Liss Archeaological Society will talk on The Stroud “Big Dig”. Stroud, near Petersfield, has a rich history of Roman remains, and David will describe the latest developments following new excavations in July. 7.30 start. Details from the Museum (tel. 82802) or Jane Hurst (86701). Jill Line - Tel: 01420 82802 Curtis Museum - High Street, GU34 1BA, Alton www.hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk/ curtis-museum


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t’s been a beautiful sunny day, summer dresses are on, pedicures are on display and you don’t want the day to end. We’ve all spent many an enjoyable summer’s evening in a beer garden or at a friends for a BBQ, but they all just seem so…typical. And in reality what actually happens is the local supermarket runs out of meat and the beer gardens get so busy no one can move as everyone tries to squeeze the last few hours of sun out of the day.

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nternationally renowned clarinettist, Michael Collins, will be joining the Primrose Piano Quartet at this year’s West Meon Music Festival, to be held in the village from the 16th to 18th September. Collins – winner of the woodwind final in the very first BBC Young Musician of the year competition back in 1978 – is recognised as one of today’s most distinguished artists and a leading exponent of his instrument. He will be performing Mozart’s ever-popular Clarinet Quintet in A major with the Primrose at the festival’s Saturday evening concert (17th September) as well as Poulenc’s Sonata for Clarinet and Piano. It will be the sixth year for the festival, founded by the Primrose – Susanne Stanzeleit (violin), Dorothea Vogel (viola), Andrew Fuller (cello) and John Thwaites (piano) – in 2011; this year there will be a total of seven concerts over the weekend including an informal event for children, an opportunity to hear two “rising stars” on Saturday afternoon, and a candlelit concert of Viennese classics. Concert-goers can also “make a day of it” in West Meon on the Sunday with a coffee concert in the morning – including the world première of Anthony Payne’s arrangement of Elgar’s Two Miniatures, specially adapted for the Primrose, a tea-time finale which includes Dvorak’s wonderful Piano Quintet in A major, and of course, lunch in between at one of the village’s pubs. As always the festival will combine music-making with support for its chosen charity: this year’s beneficiary is The Rosemary Foundation which provides hospice at home services in Hampshire. Ticket prices for the concerts are from £10 to £19.50, depending on event. Full details can be found at www. westmeonmusic.co.uk and tickets are available online or by post from WMMF Box Office, Walnut Cottage, Hampton Hill, Swanmore, SO32 2QN. For more information visit www.westmeonmusic.co.uk

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What if you could still spend those balmy summer evenings outdoors with your friends, but not in the smelly back yard of a pub, but instead in a field, with the most stunning views of the South Downs National Park? Relaxed, laid back and escaping from it all. What if you then add in a classic movie and a bar stocked with exquisite cocktails and local ales? Sound like a great idea? Well that’s exactly what Chris Horn of Droxford thought when he established Film on a Farm in 2015. Now into his 2nd year, Film on a Farm is storming ahead, with 10 screenings already planned and more to squeeze in around Harvest. Make no mistake 2016 is set to be even bigger and better than ever. Gates open at 7pm. Films showing in September are: Notting Hill (9 Sep 2016) and Grease (10 Sep 2016) at Mayhill Lane, Droxford, Southampton, SO32 3AH Visit our Website: www.filmonafarm.co.uk

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Clubs & Societies ARTS, CRAFTS & MUSIC O Winchester Music Club WMC is an amateur choir of some 100 members, supported by a semiprofessional orchestra and directed by David Thomas, Master of Music at Winchester College. Concerts with first class professional soloists are held in Winchester Cathedral and other locations in Winchester. Admission is by audition – please see www.winchestermusicclub.org.uk for details.

at Christmas and welcomes new members and audiences alike. For more information call 01962 771796 or visit www.cheritonsingers. hampshire.org.uk.

O The Waynflete Singers One of Southern England’s premier amateur choirs, performing large scale choral works mainly in Winchester Cathedral with professional orchestras and first class soloists. Admission by audition – for info visit: waynflete. hampshire.org.uk Rehearsals Thursdays 7.30pm in United Reform Church, Jewry Street.

O Itchen Reading Group Meets at Alresford Library at 2pm on the first Thursday every month. We read a wide variety of books chosen by members and provided by the Library Service. New members and visitors are very welcome. Contact Jill Clayton : 01962 735482

O The Alresford Community Choir (ACC) Meet every Monday in St. John’s church at 7.30pm.We hold several concerts a year and sing a variety of music to suit all tastes.This large, friendly and thriving choir welcomes new members and audiences alike. www.alresfordchoir.com

O Bishops Sutton Handbell Ringing Team We meet every Tuesday 2.30 - 3.30pm in the village hall and we would welcome new members. It is not essential to be able to read music. Why not come and have a go - it's lots of fun. Contact: 01962 736211 or just turn up.

O Alresford Ukulele Jam We would like to welcome new people to join our Jam whether people would like to sing, play an instrument or do both then we would like to see people at our Jam evenings.We meet up on Tuesday evenings at the Swan Hotel from 7.30pm until 9.30pm. Contact: alresfordukejam@outlook. com Tel: 01962 710385 http://facebook.com/ AlresfordUkeJam

O The Candover Valley Bell Ringers Are you looking for a way to meet new people, support your community or learn a new skill? Why not become a church bell ringer. Join us for learning and fun at our practice night every other Monday at St Peter’s Church in Brown Candover at 7.15 pm, or Contact Carol: 01256 389387

O A.C.T.S - Alresford Community Theatre Society New members welcome, to ensure the continued success of our local theatre group. If you are interested in becoming involved, either on stage or behind the scenes. Contact Debbie: 01962 732055 markwick34@gmail.com O Alresford Historical and Literary Society Meetings (generally there is a talk followed by a ‘get together’) are held at the Methodist Hall, Jacklyns Lane, Alresford at 7.30pm on the third Wednesday of most months. For more information Contact Glenn Gilbertson, 26 Grange Road, Alresford, SO24 9HB.Tel: 01962 732726. glenngilbertson@btinternet.com or Bob Fowler: 7 Sun Hill, Crescent, Alresford, SO24 9NJ. Tel: 01962 734125 bob_fowler@tiscali.co.uk O Ropley Horticultural Society Generally meet at 7:45pm on the last Monday of the month, at Ropley Coffee Room in Church St, Ropley with an invited speaker. Annual membership is £7, which includes free entry & refreshments to all standard meetings, whilst non-members are welcome at £5 per meeting.There are

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Spring & Summer shows, and social outings during summer months. For more more information contact Jill on 772425 or Ropley.hort.soc@ btinternet.com.

O Minden Rose Garland Dancers We welcome dancers and musicians to come and see what we do and have a go.We support local events and travel further afield to take part in festivals, days of dance and displays and have strong links to a dance group in Hamburg, Germany. Contact Imelda on 01962 773487 /07762 902143 to check we will be there. O Zumba Classes From 7.45 – 8.45pm Wednesdays at Bishops Sutton Village Hall. £5 first class (but look out for special FREE try-outs) Fun, easy dance! Tel: 079474 10394 www.zumbaaround-winchester.com or sue@ plays-r-ussell.com O The Cheriton Players Active local theatre group that puts on two productions a year and welcomes new audiences and members alike. Online ticketing for upcoming events www.ticketsource.co.uk/ cheritonplayers. Follow us on Twitter @ CheritonPlayers www.facebook. com/groups/120589672533. David Cradduck: 01962 771700 davidncradduck@gmail.com www.thecheritonplayers.org.uk O The Cheriton Singers Active local choir that puts on two concerts a year plus a Carol Concert

O The Medstead Players Lesley Rae, Fiver, High Street, Medstead.Tel: 01420 56563916 www.medsteadplayers.co.uk O Four Marks Folk Band Folk Music Workshop, 1st & 3rd Mondays of each month. 7.30 -10pm at Four Marks Village Hall. Instrumental musicians of all ages & abilities welcomed.The band is available to play for dances etc, for charities. Enquiries: Peter Treacher Tel: 01420 562794 O Why not join a choir with a difference? We do not voice test but invite all prospective singers of all voices to come to a rehearsal, try us out for themselves and then decide if they would like to join us making music. We sing a varied range of choral works, both sacred and secular.We meet every Thursday at 7.45 pm in St John’s Church, Northington and would love to hear from you. Further info from Jane Bryant, Music Director on: 01962 734418 O Wessex Sculptors We meet on Monday and Thursday at Brockwood Barn Bramdean, under the guidance of our tutor.We work in many different materials, including stone, clay and ciment fondue. Taster sessions are available at £10. Carole Scobling: 01962 771259

OTHER CLUBS / SOCIETIES O Alresford & District Horticultural Society Meetings are held at St Gregory's Church Centre, Grange Road, Alresford on the second Wednesday of the month (no meeting in December) from 7.30pm until 10pm. At least three outings are organised annually and a holiday is arranged visiting gardens. Contact: Clare Read - 01962/735172 O Alresford Flower Club Come and join us at 7.30pm on the last Wednesday of the month at St.Gregory’s Catholic Church, Grange Road Hall, Alresford. Friendly, lively meetings, professional flower arrangers

and beautiful flowers. Pearl Court: 01962 734441 O 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 Contact Pearl Page: 01962 734665 O Alresford Rotary Club Rotary carries out local and international community service projects .With members from Alresford and surrounding villages, and open to men and women.We meet most Monday evenings at the Swan. www.alresfordrotary.co.uk or contact Secretary Jon Pittam: 01962 733903 O New Alresford W.I. We meet on the first Wednesday of each month at St.Gregory’s Pastoral Centre, Grange Road at 7.30pm.We have many interesting speakers, trips, craft workshops and much more. New members and guests are welcome. Kate at kitcat1108@aol.com or: 01962 733785 O The Alresford Society A Civic Society for people interested in the local environment.We aim to encourage high standards in planning and preserve and enhance the town, village and surrounding countryside, encouraging community interest in these.We circulate to our members about local issues as they arise and seek their input.We have an interesting social programme. Sue Alexander 01962 732043 suealex13@gmail.com O The Giles Group A club for people with disabilities, and their carers, who meet in the Community Centre every Tuesday morning for a coffee and chat, and monthly on the second Monday afternoon for a talk or quiz. Bus transport is available, and longer outings are monthly, every third Monday. Drop in and see us, or call: 01962 732978 O Alresford Area Craft Club Welcomes crafty people throughout the area who enjoy being creative. Or if you would like to take up a craft and learn something new. For details of venue and dates, contact Sandy: 01962 732995 O Alresford Art Society Meetings from September to June at The ARC, Alresford, on the last Wednesday of the month. Painting days at venues around Hampshire in the summer. Paintings are hung in the surgery and the ARC. www.artsociety.alresford.org Tel: 01962 736751 artsociety@alresford.org


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Tony Blair by Alastair Adams, 2013 - (c) National Portrait Gallery, London

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Art and Power WHAT DO YOU THINK?

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ithin the collection of the National Portrait Gallery there is a not overly large, (4ft x 3ft), painting in oil of Tony Blair by Alistair Adams, which was commissioned by the Trustees of the gallery in 2013. The canvas is filled with just the depiction of Blair’s face. In other words there is no need for superfluous visual clues as to who this person is, or what he does; they are not required.

was bitter and very unpleasant. The rest is history, our living history. In years to come I wonder how the portrait will be seen in the context of this well documented era.

Tony Blair is apparently well-known for looking people directly in the eye when engaged in conversation and it is his gaze in the portrait that holds your attention, but there is something else too. Art is subjective, of course, and I’m not talking about political preference but rather purely historically, when I say that to my mind the portrait speaks of the ravages of power.

Yet with this portrait there is no paraphernalia alluding to status or accomplishment. There is certainly no avoiding the gaze of Tony Blair, and the more you look the more you see in this up-close and personal portrait. Captured to perfection in one eye a grim determination and self-belief in the other, fragility maybe, some creeping doubt as his mouth is poised to speak.

We remember New Labour, a new all-singing, all-dancing Labour - a strange cocktail of blended private education, enthusiastic youth, a dash of ‘Power behind the Throne’ and a squeeze of philanthropy poured over crushed Trade Union ice all served with a tiny piece of Conservative type-peel and garnished with a ‘Cool Britannia’ paper parasol. It tasted sweet and was the toast to the future, but there was too much salt on the rim of the glass and the resulting aftertaste

We can choose to read the portrait as we will. For me, this is an image of the burden of power. As history moves on, the sitter is suspended in time, accompanied only by the eternal residue of past decisions and their effects on not only the United Kingdom but the world.

Classical art has been masterful in its depiction of power, a pictorially proud power, heroic stances swathed in the trappings of wealth and success or accompanied by the symbols of education, religion and heroism.

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At this joint event, Hampshire and Alresford Chamber of commerce will network during a tour of the vineyard by tractor and trailer, enjoy wine tasting over a lite bite and have the opportunity to purchase the wines on the day. To book please email: events.north@ hampshirechamber.co.uk or for further information call: 01329 242420. Costs to members: Member of Hampshire Chamber and Alresford Chamber £20 (including VAT) Costs: Non Member £25 (including VAT) Location: Hattingley Valley, Wield Yard, Lower Wield, Alresford SO24 9AJ

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he Rotary Apple Day will be held on Sunday 9th October 2016 from 11.00am. Entrance is FREE. Come and join us at Arlebury Park, Alresford, SO24 9EP for our second Apple Day. Bring your own apples and have them pressed into delicious fresh apple juice. There will be apple cakes, apple bobbing and a cider stall, face painting, live music and all sorts of other entertainment. To find out more please email the organiser, Mark Porter, at markstephenporter@ gmail.com

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anon Phil Collins is retiring and saying goodbye to St. John's, Alresford and the surrounding villages at the end of September after 14 years in post. His final service with us will be at 6 p.m. in St John's on September 25th. It seems appropriate that Phil will bid farewell at the end of this year's Scarecrow Festival as he himself introduced the event. Over the years Phil has become very well known by people in the communities of Alresford, Ovington, Bighton, Old Alresford and beyond. He is very much liked and admired by those both in the churches and those outside such as at

He has fulfilled his role with much love for everyone, an endearing sense of humour, an energy and a vast commitment to the whole benefice. His ministry has been inclusive, lively, innovative and as a result he leaves a church, thriving and forward looking with a wonderful variety of services and activities catering for all ages and many styles of worship. His ministry has been hugely supportive at all times, undoubtedly he has touched many hearts and will be greatly missed by us all. If you would like to donate towards a leaving present for Phil you can either pay money into a Nationwide account set up to handle this (account number 66896050 sort code 07 10 40) or by placing money in the plain envelopes marked Phil Collins Retirement Collection at the back of the church or in the Parish Office. The envelopes may be handed in at the office or placed in the donations box at the back of St. Johns Church. Thank you!


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he chief subject presently on Winchester’s development agenda is Station Approach, which is an area opposite the rail station, including the car park, earmarked for an office and residential scheme. All city councillors, without exception, are supportive of the business community and recognise the need for modern accommodation and facilities but the proposal put forward by the Council is fraught with problems. These include design issues whereby the Design Jury, which was specifically established to judge the design, rejected the proposal preferred by the Council, and viability issues where the Council was advised that it wasn’t viable without the assistance of grant monies. These, and several other issues, account for why Ernie and I voted against the Council’s proposal as it stood – Lisa was away that evening.

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the tools needed and that the Council stays focussed on the ultimate objective, we have every chance of succeeding. Lastly, for now, is Sun Lane which was much talked about at the Local Plan Inquiry, at which all three of us spoke. My own particular concern is that the cost of any junction will render all the promised affordable housing unaffordable. The only comment we’ve had from the Inspector so far is that he would rather there was a four-way roundabout than any junction arrangement, but there still some distance to go before we learn of his final decision. Kim A Gottlieb Winchester City Councillor For Alresford & Itchen Valley 07795 494919


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here are some people that you meet too late in life it seems. Canon Phil Collins has been based at St.John's church in Alresford and the surrounding parishes for some fourteen years, ably assisted by his wife Jan an Accredited Lay Minister herself, Revd. Amanda Grant and a team of other Lay Ministers. A larger than life character he is well loved and respected in the community and as such I feel I know him yet this is our first meeting. We partake of latte but no cake, “I’ve already been naughty at Winchester Cathedral!” He laughs, ”Celebrating St. Swithuns Day, and looking at the rain, he’s doing his job!” How did Phil come to be in Hampshire? “ We came down regularly to visit our friend Raymond Tomkinson, who at the time was in charge of Old Alresford and Bighton churches, and also looked after Old Alresford Place. At that time I was based in the Fens where I had been for twenty-five years. Prior to that I was working in Hackney – quite different places yet both so similar in so far as they both had an amazing community spirit. So when Andy, our youngest, finished his A Levels, the time seemed right for a move, I had looked at Stratford Upon Avon and Bognor but neither places were quite right, just not me some how. It was on our way back from Bognor that we

called in to see Raymond again, who was really insistent that I apply for a new position that had come up in Alresford and took me to visit St. Johns. I was very impressed with the way St. Johns church put the needs of other people before their own in supporting charitable projects in Uganda, Rwanda, The Holy Land, and since my arrival, India.” Does he have a favourite place here in Hampshire? Phil laughs, “Well Caracoli! and the Horse and Groom in Alresford. When I was looking for a new post, the parable of the Good Samaritan came into my mind, and in the story there is one character, the Inn-Keeper, that stood out for me. I have built my ministry in the Arle Valley on the strength of that, endeavouring to make people feel welcome. It was a strange irony that my son Andy became the Licensee of the Horse and Groom, as the Inn-Keeper! Along with the Church, where else can you get to meet people and get to know them well!” I wonder how Phil was called to the church? “I was brought up in Whipsnade. I remember when I was seven the Rector asked me to take part in the Palm Sunday Service, giving out palm crosses,but I came down with Chicken Pox so couldn’t. Some of the ladies in the congregation took pity on me, and some twenty Easter eggs arrived for me (and I have had a love of chocolate ever since). I felt so valued that I started to attend church regularly from then on, but there were no more Easter Eggs offered! Later I went to Theological College in London for a three year course with another year based in Canterbury. I was twenty-three when I was ordained which is the youngest that you can be. Jan, who was born in Liss, and I were married during my time in Hackney between 1974-78 and were the first married couple to lead that congregation.” What is your favourite biblical story? No hesitation. “The Good Samaritan. It resonates with the way I felt when I moved here. St. Johns and all the other churches within the diocese are always open, offering sanctuary, which is wonderful. I often find people just sitting quietly in church.” Has your personal faith ever been tested? “Yes, a couple of times. In the second year of Theology College just because of all the study but once I could do something practical it quickly returned. Then in 2013 whilst I was on sabbatical in India I had a bit of a “hiccup” in faith, but by the time I finished the sabbatical I was revitalised and inspired into a renaissance of faith.” Can you tell us about the charitable works of St. John’s church? “The Deanery has a strong link with the Diocese of Lango (Uganda). We aim to offer help and training in things they

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We also have a link person we support in Southern Sudan, where there is particular conflict at the moment. In the Holy Land we support Abuna Elias Chacour, a Christian Arab, who works toward peace in educating both Jewish and Arab children together. In India we support the twenty people who are cared for by the Pannai Orphanage and the Shanthigramum leprosy village. There are many other charities supported by St. Johns, Fair trade, Winchester Prison, Winchester Night Shelter,

religion and religion doesn’t prove science. I would defend my faith more than I would the church; I personally am not convinced that the church is always the best vehicle for faith. Having said that, I love the fact that the Church of England is here for all people – those who have faith, and those who have none. I am delighted that people use the church to celebrate life’s important events, even though they may not attend at other times. Mind you, I’m delighted if people DO attend, but my privilege as far as the Church of England is concerned is that everyone is my responsibility” What will you miss about Alresford and the surrounding parishes? “Oh I will miss the people, the privilege of being connected to so many peoples’ lives. It’s been wonderful. I hope I brought a smile to Alresford. I’ve tried to make the church more accessible for people and I hope that’s something that will continue to be built upon.”

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currently can’t afford to do. We have a personal link with something called “The Michael Project”, which cares for disadvantaged street-children in Harare, Zimbabwe.

What next for Phil Collins? “Well retirement in September, my last event will be the Alresford Scarecrow Festival. I have some plans to think about in time, but I’ll still be me - going to Boomtown, eating too much chocolate, and growing old disgracefully!”

Christian Aid, charities local to the diocese, Mother Union in East Africa and we have a long-standing twinning with the Parish of St. Wilfrid in Newbiggin Hall, Newcastle.”

Canon Phil Collins has brought renewed faith, support, humour, care, creativity, love and friendship to the whole community and we wish him a long and peaceful and, in the nicest way possible, a slightly irreverent retirement. GG

In an increasingly technological and overtly scientific world, where does Phil see the role of the church? “I really don’t have an issue with it, science doesn’t prove

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e sit in Jayne Chapman’s peaceful rural office but Jayne’s working life is far from peaceful. In fact, who would have thought that such a maelstrom of activity could surround the humble butterfly? But the conservation of a species is never easy and the butterfly in all its glorious variances is no exception. After graduating with a degree in Conservation Jayne found herself applying for the post of Reserves Officer with the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Branch of Butterfly Conservation, whose Patron is Sir David Attenborough. “After having my own business for 25 years, it was nerve-racking being interviewed by a panel of three, and I really thought I had mucked up the interview. But actually, they chased me around to tell me that I had in fact got the job!” That was five years ago and Jayne now manages three nature reserves in Hampshire for Butterfly Conservation - a total of 155 acres. In conjunction to these reserves, Jayne sits on a committee with representatives from The South Downs National Park Association, Hampshire County Council, Winchester City Council, Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, the Environment Agency and Natural England, advising landowners within a 2,500 acre landscape on habitat management for a range of butterflies as part of a project funded by Natural England. The UK has the largest remaining area of chalk downland in Europe which still only amounts to some 41,000 hectares. We are fortunate enough to have some of this wildlife rich habitat on our doorstep - Up to 40 species of flowering plants can be found in just one square metre of lowland calcareous grassland! It is the management and conservation of these areas that ensures the survival of some of Britain’s rarest butterflies, which also support a diversity of important chalk grassland flowers, farmland birds and arable plants. Magdalen Hill Down at 120 acres is the flagship reserve of Butterfly Conservation. “It’s an enormous task looking after nature reserves. I run working parties from October to March to reduce the scrub that has grown up over the summer months, and to ensure the grassland remains in optimum condition for the butterflies. We graze the reserves with up to 150 rare breed cattle and sheep which are provided by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust. Grazing is an integral part of conservation but it’s balanced on a knife edge - over, or under-grazing can both have significant impacts on different butterfly and moth species. The whole process has to be very carefully monitored across all of our sites.” As the only paid member of staff running the Hampshire Reserves, Jayne relies heavily on a team of volunteers, who assist with a range of tasks from scrub clearing to checking livestock,

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helping with admin and attending events such as the New Forest Show. In order to raise awareness we invite schools to Butterfly Conservation’s reserves and run regular talks and guided walks along with the annual Big Butterfly Count which runs for 3 weeks during the summer. We are very fortunate to have forty six of the UK’s sixty one species of butterfly at Magdalen Hill Down. Different species emerge at different times of the year, so it is always worth a visit on a warm sunny day in Spring to see the first Brimstones emerging from their winter hibernation. Magdalen Hill Down is a wonderful place to visit at any time of the year but is complex in its management. There are fiftytwo gates and stiles and nearly six miles of fencing all of which has had to be either replaced or repaired over the last five years. While education is key to raising awareness of butterflies and their requirements, there is a delicate balance between the enjoyment of the visitors and that of placing too much pressure on the environment and hence the butterflies. Dogs are most welcome providing they are on a lead. Disturbance by dogs can impact on butterfly life-cycles such as mating and egg-laying. Dog faeces if not picked up can destroy the balance of the soil nutrients resulting in the loss of the low-growing herbs, that the caterpillars rely on as food plants. These herbs require poor nutrient soils to thrive. Another real risk is the transference of the Neosparosis infection which is passed on through contaminated dog faeces to cattle and sheep, and which may cause early abortion of calves or lambs. In the past we have lost sheep to dog attacks, which is horrific. Every aspect of management on the reserves is carefully orchestrated for those butterflies that are restricted to specific habitat niches. People often comment ‘oh we have lots of butterflies in our garden’ but they have little knowledge of the wealth of British butterfly species such as the Green Hair Streak and Silver-washed Fritillary. My personal favourite is the UK’s smallest or aptly named, ‘Small Blue’ which has responded favourably to targeted management in the Winchester area over the last 3 years. I wonder if Jayne fears for the butterfly? She gesticulates toward the beauty of the countryside outside, “ I fear for everything! We are losing so many natural habitats due to development and infrastructure – can it get better? “ For more information or to volunteer, please contact Jayne on 01962 808400 or email: jchapman@butterfly-conservation.org Butterfly Conservation is the UK charity dedicated to saving butterflies, moths and our environment. Our research provides advice on how to conserve and restore habitats.We run projects to protect more than 100 threatened species and we are involved in conserving hundreds of sites and reserves. www.butterfly-conservation.org


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