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Alresford Forum

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


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

We would like to thank all of our advertisers, contributors and readers for making the magazine what it is today. We have so many plans for the forthcoming years, rest assured your local community magazine will become bigger and more interesting. If you feel that we have missed something from our pages or you have an idea for the magazine you would like to discuss then please contact the editor on: 01962 735137 or alternatively email: editor@forumpublications We look forward to hearing from you.

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Competition Winners Congratulations to Barbara Woolford of Alresford who correctly answered B- Tinkerbell and wins a family ticket to see Peter Pan the Pantomime at the Theatre Royal Winchester. Also congratulations to Kate Walton of Alresford who is the lucky winner of the £80 voucher from Retro Housewife Cleaning Services!

January Copy Deadline The copy deadline for all news, events, editorial and advertising is the 13th of December. Any items received after this date are not guaranteed publication in our January issue of the magazine.

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

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In This Issue

Business Motors 2, 37, 38, 39

News 6 Your letters and emails 7 Dates for your Diary 8, 32 Useful Information

Health & Beauty 9, 11, 13

10 A community party for the 'Pigs' 12 Town Council News

Home Services 15, 17, 19, 44 Food & Drink 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 The Home 27, 29

14 Clubs and Societies 16 Are you looking for a Christmas present with a local flavour? The Churches of the Test Valley by Bryan and Diana Beggs. Hello Pud-Swan - A new book by Bryan Beggs. Wallace and Gromit's Great British Tea Party 18 Alresford Surgery News. The Dirt on my Shoe.

Professional 31, 32, 33, 35

20, 21 Church Services and News

Information Technology 36

28 Christmas Tree Festival Concert at StJohns. Winchester Christmas Market 2010. Winchester Ice Rink 2010.

The Garden 41

30 Perins Scouts raising funds for World Jamboree. Gypsy musician create mayhem in award winning extravaganza. Santa's Circus.

26 Boxing Day Walk. Alresford Recreation Centre (ARC)

Property Management 41 Building Services 43

32 Situations Vacant 34 Hampshire Mum's Diary - It's Christmas but not as we know it! 36 Alresford Chamber of Commerce News 38 Sunbeams a SureStart Children's Centre 39 Rodney.. Rodney Who? 40 The Family Christmas Tree 42 Children's Acivity Corner 43 Official Opening & Lantern Parade


Churches Together

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Sunday 19th December 18.30 Carol Service 17.00 Crib Service 23.30 Midnight Mass Christmas Day 08.00 Christmas Communion 09.30 Christmas Family Communion Sunday 26th December Feast of St Stephen 09.30 Benefice Communion

St. Gregory's New Alresford (Roman Catholic) Christmas Eve

20.00 Carols 20.30 Midnight Mass Christmas Day 11.00 Mass Sunday 26th December Feast of the Holy Family 11.00 Mass

St. Mary the Virgin Old Alresford (Anglican) Sunday 19th December 17.00 Carol Service Christmas Day 09.30 Parish Communion

Alresford Methodist Church Sunday 12th December 18.30 Carol Service Christmas Eve 23.30 United Servie at St. Johns Christmas Day 09.30 Family Christmas Service Sunday 26th December 10.30 United Winchester Circuit service


Community News

Letters Page

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December Diary


Dates for your Diary Every Thursday Country Market Alresford Community Centre. 8.30am - 11.30am. Homemade local produce, flowers, vegetables, plants and crafts. Every Thursday Town Trust Market Broad Street, 9am - 1pm St John’s Church Christmas Tree Festival 2010 The lights will be turned on: Wednesday 8th December 5pm8.30pm. Thursday 9th December 3pm-7pm. Friday 10th December 4pm-7pm. Saturday 11th December 10am-5pm. Sunday 12th December 11am – 4pm Monday 13th December 10am – 5pm. Come along and vote for your favourite tree. £1.00 donation to charity. Wednesday 1st December Forget Me Not Clothes Sale Back by popular demand another sale of beautiful pre-owned clothes from Forget Me Not. To be held at the Alresford Community Centre, West Street From 9am – 5pm. This sale will be supporting Naomi House Children’s Hospice. For more information contact Katie on 07771 855912. See you there! Friday 3rd December Tom Yendell talks about his life and the work of the Mouth & Foot Painting Association Alresford Art Society. Followed by mulled wine & mince pies. At the ARC from 7.30pm. Members free, visitors £2. More information 01962 736751 or email Saturday 4th December to Friday 24th December Santa Specials Board the steam hauled ‘Santa Special’ and meet Santa himself! Ho! Ho! Ho! from 10am - 5pm Saturday 4th December The Cheriton Singers present their Winter Concert at 7.30pm Featuring Handels’ Messiah (Part 1) plus the Hallelujah Chorus. To be held in St. Michael’s Church, Cheriton. Tickets £10.00 (including glass of wine and light refreshments). Saturday 4th December Christmas Card Café Kilmeston’s 4th annual card-making café will be held at

Kilmeston Village Hall on from 10 am – 4 pm. Drop in and make Christmas cards and gift tags while enjoying tea and yummy homemade cakes. £5 includes all materials, tea/coffee and a slice of cake. All proceeds to Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research. Contact Nicky or Brenna on 01962 793088 for more information. Sunday 5th December A Candlelit Celebration of Christmas 3.30p.m at St. Mary’s Church, Itchen Stoke. Presented by South Today’s Roger Johnson Tickets £5, to include mulled wine and a mince pie, children free, available from Sue Germon 01962 779959, Yvette Riley 01962 779177 or Kyrene Beames 01962 779304. Proceeds in aid of the Churches’ Conservation Trust to help maintain this wonderful building. Monday 6th to Tuesday 7th December Long Barn Christmas WreathMaking with Natasha Thomas Make your own English country style Christmas wreath with Alresford florist Natasha Thomas. A half day workshop will teach you how to make your own bespoke wreath using traditional foliage, fruits and lavender ... after which Natasha will demonstrate how to make a rustic garland for a mantelpiece or stairway. Price £50.00 and includes festive refreshments and your fabulous wreath to take home and deck the front door!! 10am and 1.30pm. 10am on Wednesday 8th December. Book with Natasha Thomas on 01962 733200 Wednesday 8th December Late Night Shopping in Alresford between 5.30 and 8.30pm. Come to the Library - there will be activities for the children and craft stalls, Christmas gifts, jewellery and The Alresford Chocolate Company. Saturday 11th December Long Barn Carol Concert with the Hampshire County Youth Choir at 2.30pm. Free event. Donations on the day to the Winchester Womens’ Refuge.

Saturday 11th December Christmas Tree Festival Concert at St John’s see page 28 for full details Sunday 12th December New Alresford Town Trust Sunday Christmas Market As Prod Grow has now given up the Sunday monthly market, New Alresford Town Trust has decided to take it on with the help of the Thursday market traders and some of the original stallholders of Prod Grow. The first Sunday monthly market will be on 12th December 2010 when we hope to have a Christmas style market, and the Town Trust hope that residents of Alresford and beyond will support this new venture. If it is a success, we will work to holding a monthly Sunday market on the 2nd Sunday of every month, other than the months when the French and Italian markets will be held. Pam Stevens - Market Co-ordinator. Sunday 12th December Tichborne Christmas Market 10.00am - 2.00pm. Tichborne Arms Pub Garden, Tichborne SO24 0NA. Browse our range of stalls whilst sampling a glass of mulled wine! Fabulous local Christmas crafts, gifts and homemade food on offer. Wednesday 15th December Itchen Valley Choral Society invite you to a Concert Party From 8pma at Itchen Abbas and Avington Hall. Buffet supper and a glass of wine, raffle, audience participation! Songs, carols and excerpts from My Fair Lady. Tickets - £8 For more information contact Judi at: Judy@pippinhill. Wednesday 15th December Moviola Alresford & District Community Association Fundraising Team invite you to a moviola Production. ‘The Ghost’ (15) about a Ghost Writer. Starring: Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnan Kim Catrall, Olivia Williams, Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw. Lily Collins & Tim McGraw. 7pm for 7.30pm. Doors open 30 mins before performance begins. £5.00 Tickets available in advance from County News or at the door. Refreshments available. All proceeds go toward the refurbishment of The Alresford Community Centre.

Friday 17th December Salsa y Sol Christmas Party 19.30 - 22.30 at the Winchester Discovery Centre SO23 8SB Everyone welcome! Come and join us for our seasonal celebration of fun with Salsa, West Coast Swing & Zumba! There will be mulled wine and mince pies and a wonderful mixture of Latin, soul, jazz, blues and chart music to dance to! Tickets: £8/£10 on the night Concessions for students and OAPs. Contact Silvia & Max at Salsa y Sol: 01256 389 275 Saturday 18th, Sunday 19th and Wednesday 22nd December Father Christmas Comes To Long Barn! Visit Father Christmas in Long Barn’s ‘Christmas courtyard’! Bring your young children or grandchildren to our special “Santa Days”. Booking is essential as he can only stay with us for 3 days ! Tickets cost £6.50 per child. Find out more on 01962 738684 Saturday 22nd January Lestyn Edwards Anything for a Tenor + My Tutu's Gone AWOL! at 8pm Bighton Village Hall. A new comedy revue show from renowned tenor Lestyn Edwards and his alter ego the prima ballerina Madame Galina - the latest "Forces Sweetheart"! Parental warning: Not suitable for under 16s. Admission by pre-booked reservations only Adults £7.50 each (Concessions £5.00). Make your reservations by contacting Geoff Buss on 01962 734853. Licensed bar will be available 7.30pm to 11pm. Doors open at 7.30pm. A Hog the Limelight event supported by Hampshire County Council. If you would like to feature an event on our diary page, FREE of charge then please email us or call us using the contact details on page 3 of the magazine.

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Useful Information Winchester City Council

Emergency Services


Emergency Only

Royal Hampshire County Hospital

(Ambulance, Fire, Police):

Tel: 999

Winchester, Hampshire Tel: 01962 863535

Electricity Emergency

North Hants Hospital

24hrs a day, 7 days a week

Tel: 08457 708090

Basingstoke, Hampshire Tel: 01256 473202

Gas Emergency

Alton Community Hospital

24hrs a day, 7 days a week

Tel: 0800 111 999

Alton, Hampshire Tel: 01420 82811

Water Emergency 24hrs a day, 7 days a week

Tel: 0845 278 0845


Reporting a leak? Then call:

Tel: 0800 820 999

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

Alresford Police Alresford Police Station Opening Hours Monday - Thursday

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

email - Tel: 0845 603 5631

Open 12.30 - 4.30pm

Closed Bank Holidays Other times by appointment.

Citizens Advice

Tel: 0845 045 45 45

Citizens Advice Bureau Outreach Service

PCSO Steve Hull Tel: 07901 102348 If not available please call Hampshire Police using: 101

Surgeries & Chemists Alresford Dental Care 4 Pound Hill, Alresford Surgery Hours: Monday to Thursday 9:00 to 17:15. Friday 08:00 to 13:45 Tel: 01962 733580

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

The Alresford Surgery Station Road, Alresford Tel: 01962 732345

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

Alresford Town Council Arlebury Park, The Avenue, Alresford, Hants. SO24 9EP. Clerk: Mrs Stevie Kavanagh email: skavanagh@ Tel: 01962 732079 If a question is put in writing at least 3 days before the meeting a written response will be provided. Public opening times for the Town Council Office: 11am to 1pm Monday to Friday.

Neighbourhood Watch Alresford and District Neighbourhood Watch Association Newsletters are issued quarterly and are available at www. neighbourhoodwatch. Report a crime anonymously: Call Crimestoppers Tel: 0800 555111 For Neighbourhood Watch enquiries contact: Administrator - email, Mobile 07595 368 946

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

Alresford Pharmacy 1 East Street, Alresford Monday - Friday 09.00 - 6.30 Saturday 09.00 - 5.00 Tel: 01962 732858

Broad Street, Alresford. Tel: 01962 732445

Anyone requiring a chemist service out of practice hours will find their nearest point is either Winchester, Basingstoke or Andover. Call one of the below for details. NHS Direct: 0845 46 47 24hrs a day, 7 days a week Out of Hours Service Tel: 0844 8113060

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

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

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

Christy Hall, Old Alresford Available weekday mornings and some afternoons for regular bookings. Seating for up to 75 people. Hire costs include the use of the heating and all kitchen equipment. Tel: 01962 733978

Itchen Abbas Village Hall

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

Cheriton Primary School

Out of Hours Service

The Old Chapel in The Dean

Sun Hill County Infant School

Prospect Road Recycling Centre

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

Wessex Pharmacy

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

Church Street, Ropley, Alresford, SO24 0DS. Booking Contact David Ottley Tel: 01962 772440

Sun Lane, Alresford Tel: 01962 732801

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

Town / Village Halls

Ropley Coffee Room

Sun Hill County Junior School

Mansfield Park Surgery


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

Cheriton, Alresford, SO24 0QA Tel: 01962 771278

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

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

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

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

Jenny Sloan Tel: 0796 911 3630

Beauworth Village Hall A former national school in 1873 and listed building. The hall is heated and has a sound enhancement system with hearing impedance loop. An enclosed patio and grass area ideal for children’s parties. Heating and kitchen facilities included. Please contact Caroline Stanley. Tel: 01962 771793

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

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

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Community News

A Community Party for The Pigs


s exclusively announced in the Forum last month, the Pigs have been chosen by the Alresford Co-op as the recipient of their ‘Community Support Card’. This means that when shoppers show, and have their community card swiped instore, a proportion of their spend will be paid back to the Pigs (at the end of the year) for re-investment back into the local community. Celebrating the start of their ‘donations year’ a Community Launch Party was held at the Alresford Community Centre on Saturday 13th November. On a cold, but fine day, over 150 people came along to enjoy the celebrations. A delicious (and suitably apt) hog roast was provided by

Soles Butchers, with Cresson Creative offering equally mouth watering alternatives of watercress burgers, sausages and other savoury delicacies. Liquid refreshments were taken care of by the ladies and gentlemen of the Alresford Community Association.

Responding on behalf of the Alresford Pigs 'Chair Pig' Andrew Thorne said,”

Wrapping up the day, Andrew Thorne added, “Needless to say, we are looking for as many local people as possible to pick up and use a ‘Community card’, and in doing so bring to life our slogan of ‘Local People helping Local People’. More information on the Alresford Pigs can be found at

A range of family entertainment was enjoyed on the day including a band, face painting, magician, balloon sculpture and a host of arts and crafts courtesy of the local Sunbeams Children’s Centre. With a great sense of community spirit and fun, the Co-operative’s Deputy Manger Dave Dilley donned a ‘party pig’ outfit for the afternoon and is seen above kicking off the event along with Pigs, Mike Powell, Ian Fry, Rob Sanders and David Learmonth. Speaking at the launch, Derek Hawkins, Store Manager at Alresford Co-operative, said, "We are really delighted that the Alresford Pigs have been chosen to benefit from our scheme this time around. They were nominated as it was felt that they provide such a great deal of support to many worthy causes in the area” Derek went on to add that “The target this year is to raise £15,000, and to date


almost £1,200 has already been raised, which shows the popularity of the Association within the town."

We are proud to have been selected by the Co-op this year to receive funds from their community card, and can assure all Co-op customers that we will put the contributions to excellent use in the community." After a fun, action packed day, the true identity of the pinkpig was revealed below by David Learmonth and store manager Derek Hawkins – our thanks go out to Dave for his sense of fun and occasion!

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Town Council News

Alresford Town Council Reports Year end accounts for 2006/7 and 2007/8 The Audit Commission has finally signed off New Alresford Town Council’s accounts for 2006/7 and 2007/8. Following complaints made by Mr. Robin Atkins and Mrs. Pam Stevens the Audit Commission have, after three years of investigation, given the Council a clean bill of health. The District Auditor decided the accounts were not contrary to law but made the following recommendation which were considered by the Council: Auditor’s Recommendation In the view of the Auditor the Council currently has loans which are not represented by equivalent capital expenditure and it should: • Establish the cost of early repayment of part of the loan • Consider the equity of the current position • Decide whether it should repay some of the PWLB loan so that the balance more closely matches the capital expenditure incurred. Extract from Finance Chairman’s report The Auditor’s view is not based on any matter of fact, or documentation, either before or after the event. The reasonable interpretation is that the PWLB loans were obtained to cover the capital cost of the new extension, supported by the Football Foundation Grant which was given with some conditions (all met), but none limiting the use of that grant to capital expenditure. Similarly, the money held in reserve was not specifically earmarked for capital expenditure. There has never been any question of taxpayers money being improperly used and it should


be noted that, if the Auditor’s view could be regarded as in any way reasonable, under the financial stewardship of Mr. Atkins the previous Council spent up to £70,000 that they didn’t actually have, when in reality they had insufficient funds to meet their then current liabilities. It should be remembered that the Council had incurred substantial and growing legal costs and liabilities, rooted in Mr. Atkins legal actions for libel, and as a result during the following financial year the Council had insufficient funds to meet its actual liabilities. It has taken three years for the Audit Commission to come to this conclusion, albeit they have given the Council a clean bill of health as to its interpretation and presentation of the 2006/7 accounts. It could be argued that they have been negligent in their handling of this matter having prevaricated for some two years before finally becoming pro-active. The final cost to this Council and, therefore, the taxpayer, has yet to be finalised but it should be noted that Mr. Atkins said that the Council’s provision of £5000 was completely inadequate to cover the cost of handling the complaints made by him and Mrs. Pam Stevens for the 2006/7 year alone. The burdening of the Alresford Taxpayer with high costs continues with the Council having to bear a high administration overhead in handling the unabated stream of complaints from the same source. Council Review The Council decided not to accept the Audit Commission recommendation and thereby would not be making any early repayment of the loan.

In rejecting the Auditor’s recommendation the Council were mindful of the following. It was established that the penalty cost would be £8,700 for early repayment of £69,000. It was thought to be unfair to burden taxpayers with the penalty of £8,700. Also the Council would have to either borrow the money to repay the loan or substantially increase the precept. The PWLB loans were taken to cover the capital cost of the new extension and supporting funds from the Football Foundation Grant and earmarked reserves were not limited to funding capital expenditure. The total borrowed from PWLB funding was sought only to cover capital expenditure and all other expenditure was sourced from supporting funds which was not limited to capital costs. The full text of the Auditor’s report and recommendations together with the Finance Chairman’s report and the formal press release can be viewed at www.newalresfordtc. Alresford Recreation Centre The refreshment facility at the ARC has shown a significant loss during the summer months and steps have been taken to stem this deficit. Staffing of the facility is being more tightly controlled and levels of wastage are being more effectively monitored. The bar is known to be more popular during the sporting season which has now commenced. It is hoped that income will increase during the winter months, but if this proves not to be the case the facility may be forced to close at the end football season. The ARC is available to everybody although there is still a

The ARC The first Wednesday of the month from 8.30pm until 11.00pm the ARC hosts Traditional Jazz bands and playing on the 1st December is The Tony Karavis. To include a guest appearance by Jazz, Blue and Gospel singer Chrsstine Tyrrell Tickets to Alresford residents are £5 on the door. To book your meeting or event contact the office or outside of office hours call Steve on 01962 736689.

perception that it is a member’s only club. Since the Council has taken over the running of the facility the Centre is no longer members only and ALL ARE WELCOME. Now the ARC has been open for over a year we will be reviewing room charges for 2011. The Council will undertake a full financial review in April next year when a decision will be taken on whether it can continue to run this facility on behalf of the community. PLEASE USE IT OR LOSE IT. January 2011 Meeting Schedule No meetings are held during December January 4th Full Council - 7.30pm ARC. January 12th Planning - 7.30pm ARC January 19th Environment - 7.30pm ARC Members of the public are always welcome to these meetings and there is an opportunity for public participation at the beginning of each meeting. Views If you have a view or an issue that you wish to express to the Council please call or write to:New Alresford Town Council, Town Offices, The Avenue, Alresford SO24 9EP Tel:.01962 732079 e:

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Clubs & societies  The Royal British Legion To become a member please contact our sub-branch in Eastleigh.

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 Cheriton Cricket Club

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

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

Sports clubs  Alresford Over Sixties Club

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

 Alresford & District Horticultural Society Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month with the exception of December. They are held in the Phair Hall of the Community Centre from 7.30pm until 10pm. At least three outings are organised annually and a holiday is arranged visting gardens. Secretary Tony Bravery Tel: 01962 733676 but visitors are always welcome to meetings without an appointment.

 Bramdean & Hinton Ampner WI We are a friendly WI (with a varied age range) meeting on the third Wednesday of every month in Bramdean & Hinton Ampner Village Hall at 7.30pm for an interesting talk, refreshments and a raffle. We also organise other activities such as trips to gardens, pubs and restaurants and craft mornings. New members and guests are always welcome. For more info contact Sarah at bramdeancrafts@ or Judith: 01962 771655.

 The Alresford Ladies Group Meet for fun and friendship on the second Thursday each month in the John Pearson Hall at 7.30pm. We have a varied programme of walks, talks, trips out and social evenings. Please come along and join us, or for more information call Dorothy on Tel: 01962 733298.

 Alresford Twinning Association If you are a Francophile and would like to be involved in developing relationships with our Twin Town in Bricquebec Normandy, or just join us for a wide range of social activities through the year, then visit our website or telephone Terry Foreman on Tel: 01962 733769

 Alresford Greening Campaign Contact: Cathy Swann Tel: 01962 733410 www.greening.

 Alresford Singles Supper Club

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

 Bowling Club

 Cyclists Touring Club

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 Senior Citizens Hour

 Judo Club

Meetings are held each Wednesday at 14:30 at New Farm Chapel. Meetings are informal and consist of quizzes, talks, craft and refreshments. New members are always welcome. Contact: Mrs Jill Ransom, 6 Mallard Close, Alresford. Tel: 01962 733765

 Alresford Day Care Centre Chiltern Court, Beech Road Tuesday and Thursday. Run by a professional and volunteer team A sociable and enjoyable day out for the housebound elderly. Gives carers a break. Transport and lunch provided. Part funded by Age Concern. Enquiries to Centre Manager Tel: 01962 735612

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

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

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

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

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 Alresford Golf Club The Secretary, Cheriton Road, Tichborne Down, Alresford. Tel: 01962 733746. Steve Fullick, 10 Perins Close, Alresford Tel: 01962 732883

 Karate Club

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

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

 Tichborne Park Cricket Club

Youth groups  Girlguiding Alresford District

Rainbow Guides 5 - 7 years. Brownie Guides 7 - 11 years. Guides 10 - 14 years. Senior Section 14 - 26 years. Adults 18 - 65 years. Friends Of Guiding Group. Contact Debbie Pennells Tel: 01962 735023 and join a thriving organisation.

 Alresford Tennis Club

 Beaver Scout Group

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

 Alresford Rugby Club

Howard Lewis - Tel: 01962 733818

 Cheriton Tennis Club New members welcome. Pay & play sessions available too.

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

 ACA Badminton Club Friendly club seeks new members! Plays on a Monday evening 7.3010.00pm at Alresford Community Centre. All levels welcome. Call Clive Earthy 01962 733812 or Sarah Speller 01962 734732 for more information.

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

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

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

Arts and crafts  A.C.T.S - Alresford Community Theatre Society We are always looking for new members to ensure the continued success of our local theatre group. If you are interested in becoming involved, either on stage or behind the scenes. Contact Jane on: 01962 733040 Alternatively email her at

 Alresford Art Society Meetings from September to June at The ARC, Alresford, on the first Friday of the month. Painting days at venues around Hampshire in the summer. Paintings are hung in the surgery and Makins Court and the Annual Exhibition is held in July. Tel: 01962 736751

 Are you Interested in Scrapbooking or Cardmaking?

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

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Arts &/ Crafts Local Books News Are you looking for a Christmas present with a local flavour?


hen look no further than 'Favourite Recipes From Cheriton, Hampshire' which contains nearly 150 recipes from Cheriton residents with illustrations by Henrietta Hellard. There is something for everyone; from elegant morsels for “ladies who lunch” to hearty family casseroles, not forgetting a recipe from renowned cook Mary Berry. All proceeds from sales will be shared between six local voluntary organisations. On sale now, price £7.50, at Cheriton Stores, The Flower Pots Inn, and Etiquette, Alresford. Enquiries to 01962 771398 or 01962 771083.

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Founded more than thirty years ago the Winchester Book Fair attracts dealers from all over Hampshire. With a selection of books, maps and prints there is something to suit all budgets and interests. At the Saxon Suite, The Guildhall, Broadway, Wincehster, SO20 9LJ on Saturday 4th December 2010. 10:00am4:00pm.


'The Churches of the Test Valley' by Bryan and Diana Beggs


new edition of ‘The Churches of Test Valley’ is expected to be available during this month of December in bookshops and Tourist Information Centres in Test Valley. The first edition [now sold out] raised £3000 for The Countess of Brecknock Hospice and Countess Mountbatten House. This new edition is being sold to raise funds for another local charity, the Test Valley Arts Foundation... the retail price is £15.00. It is of the same quality as the original with over 120

colour photographs, but new emphasis has been placed, in the introductory pages, on the book’s potential to encourage tourism with its associated benefits, to our area of Hampshire and to our churches in particular. A special page is devoted to the ‘Churches of the Test Way Footpath’. The Bishop of Winchester, The Rt. Rev’d. Michael ScottJoynt, has again written the Foreword and the authors have recorded their own tribute to all the sponsors who helped them with the first edition. Tributes to the second edition have been written by the Chairman

of the Test Valley Arts Foundation, Cllr. Roy Perry, who is also Deputy Leader of Hampshire County Council; by The Chief Executive of Test Valley Borough Council, Roger Tetstall, and by Andrew Bateman, Hampshire Tourism Manager. ‘This is a book where the joint authors’ keen interest in the Test Valley churches and local history, encourages all readers to follow in their footsteps’.

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aomi House Children’s Hospice in Hampshire, as reported last month, has benefitted to the tune of £3000 from the newly published storybook for children by Andover author Bryan Beggs. ‘Hello Pud-Swan’ [a three-part set] is a story with a difference, which aims to capture the imagination of readers aged from 7 – 10 years, in an INTERACTIVE and

EDUCATIONAL way. Topics of geographical, historical, scientific, and cultural interest are woven into the storyline, as are the 7, 8 and 9 times mathematical tables! All information about these books and where they can be bought can be found on the books’ own website and now the first 17 pages are available to read on Google Books.

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an invitation if they did not attend a walk in clinic. If you have not yet made an appointment please do so without delay as our supply is now running low.

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The next meeting of the Alresford Surgery Patient Forum is due to take place on Tuesday 18th January at 2.00pm. For more information please see our website www.alresfordsurgery. and if you are interested

attending please let Sue Lees know either by telephone or email,

Flu Jabs

We are now very close to the end to the programme. All patients who are entitled to have a jab will have received

We have been unable to make any progress recovering the phlebotomy time which has been reduced by Royal Hampshire County Hospital. As a result we are experiencing a shortage of appointments for blood tests which will mean patients may have a longer wait for their appointment. Patients may go to the hospital for their blood test where appointments are not necessary. If your blood test is urgent your doctor

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This is a far from festive subject, but perhaps that makes it all the more pertinent.


hether you are a rambler, cyclist, runner or dog-walker, it cannot have escaped your attention that we are fortunate to live in such a beautiful area. In any direction within thirty minutes from central Alresford you can find yourself


in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by stunning countryside. You can take various footpaths from town, river walks, those around the golf club, the track from the bridge opposite the Cricketers that leads to Tichbourne, and the path adjacent the A31 to Bishops Sutton, and many

These paths are peppered with poo, strewn with….. , well there are plenty of descriptive expletives, and it doesn’t stop there. I suppose people think they can get away with not clearing up on a rough track. As if that wasn’t bad enough, (presumably) the same offenders adopt a similar attitude on New Farm Road, along The Avenue, on Stratten Bates, and Arlebury Park football pitches, bringing a whole new perspective to the ‘sliding tackle’. You would think, wouldn’t you, that having your dog ‘mess’ on the pavement in Alresford town centre, or in the churchyard in full view of others, would shame owners into clearing up. Well you would be wrong.

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Christmas and New Year

The surgery will be closed on Saturday 25th December and re-open on Wednesday 29th December. We will also be closed on Monday 3rd January. The usual Out of Hours cover will be available for emergency or urgent medical care. Please make sure you have sufficient medication to see you over the closures. We would like to take this opportunity to wish all patients a happy and healthy Christmas and New Year!

They couldn’t care less. Even the pavement outside Sun Hill School is not immune despite the well documented dangers of disease that could, potentially, be passed on to young children. There are, of course, plenty of responsible people who clear up after their dogs and either take it home in tell-tale bags, or pop it into the red bins provided by the council. Whilst it’s not a pleasant job to pick up fresh doggy droppings, it’s actually worse having to scrape it off children’s shoes, buggy wheels, bike tyres and wellies. Why should the rest of us have our enjoyment of the countryside ruined by an uncaring minority? A dog is not just for Christmas: it’s for clearing up after too. What do you think? Send your letters or emails to us at the Forum, we are always interested in public opinion.

Home Services


The Retro Housewife Services Domestic * Commercial * Carpets * Ovens * Open Beams We are a professional cleaning company offering total cleaning solutions within the Hampshire area. We believe in traditional values of high standards with excellent customer care whilst offering complete flexibility for a wide range of services.

Xmas, New Year deep cleans

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Splash Clean Splash Clean is a local cleaning company providing a professional and friendly service to homes & offices in the Winchester & Alresford area. Mob:07891 181267


Plumbing and Heating All plumbing and heating works from fixing a leak to installing a full heating system or bathroom suite.

• Complete bathroom refurbishment • Shower-room and cloak-room suites • Power showers and electric showers • Water softeners • Full heating systems

• High efficiency boiler and system upgrades • Power flush and system treatments • Radiators and thermostatic valves


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Church Services & News St. John the Baptist

St. Peters Ovington

New Alresford

Sunday 5th December

08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 Parish Communion 16.00 Christingle

Sunday 12th December 08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 Second Sunday Service 18.00 Sundays@six

Sunday 19th December

08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 Parish Communion 18.30 Carol Service

10.00 Advent Service

Sunday 12th December

10.00 Parish Communion

Sunday 19th December 10.00 Nine Lessons & Carols

Christmas Day

10.00 Christmas Communion

Boxing Day

08.00 Benefice Communion at St.Johns, Alresford

New Alresford

Sunday Services

10.30 Service with créche PM Varies: Please phone for details

Other Weekly Activities Sunday 10.30 Kosmic - for kids

Methodist Church

10.00 Christmas Eve Communion 17.00 Crib Service 23.30 Midnight Mass

New Alresford

Sunday Worship

10.00 Prayer Group 19.30 House Group

Term time activities Tuesday

Christmas Day

08.00 Christmas Communion 09.30 Christmas Communion

Boxing Day

08.00 Christmas Communion 09.30 Christmas Communion

Midweek services

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

Parish Office 01962 733545

St. Mary the virgin Old Alresford

Sunday 5th December

09.30 Holy Communion 18.00 Old Alresford Cottage Service

Sunday 12th December

10.30 Parish Communion

Sunday 19th December 17.00 Carol Service

Christmas Day

09.30 Christmas Service with All Saints, Bighton

Boxing Day

09.00 Benefice Communion at St.Johns, New Alresford

Midweek services

09.00 Every Thursday: Holy Communion at Old Alresford Place


10.30 Every Sunday Morning Worship and Junior Church

Please note that there will be no regular Sunday evening services

Midweek Activities

10.00 Every Tuesday Come in for coffee with Pause for Thought (1st & 3rd ) 07.00 Every Wednesday Men’s Breakfast, bible reflection & prayer 18.30 - Thursdays - Guides 20.00 (term time) 14.30 1st & 3rd Thursdays Women’s Fellowship 19.30 1st Thursday Lydia Group for ladies 19.00 Fridays (term time) JAKZ Youth Club for school years 6 –9, ages 10 – 14 Daytime and evening Bible study groups meet in church members’ homes, as do the Lydia Group; all other activities are at the church. For further details about services, weddings, baptisms, Lent Groups or other events, please contact: Revd Dawn Carn 01962735278 or Senior Steward Malcolm Miles 01962 771109


14.30 Senior Citizens Hour

Fridays 18.30 19.45

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

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

All Saints Bighton

Sunday 5th December 11.00 All Age Worship

Sunday 12th December

11.00 Parish Communion

Sunday 19th December 18.00 Carol Service

Christmas Eve

23.30 Christmas Eve Midnight Mass

Christmas Day

09.30 Christmas Service at St.Marys, Old Alresford

Boxing Day

09.30 Benefice Communion at St.Johns, Alresford

St. Gregory’s New Alresford (Roman Catholic)

Every Sunday

Sunday 5th December

08.00 Avington Holy Communion 10.00 Martyr Worthy Family Service 11.00 Easton Mattins

Sunday 12th December


10.15 Toddlers Group

Christmas Eve

14.00 12.00 10.00 08.30

Sunday 7th December

Upper Itchen Benefice

New Farm Chapel

11.00 Mass All other services and events please contact the Parish Office on: 01962 852804

08.00 Easton Holy Communion 10.00 Itchen Abbas Parish Communion 16.00 Itchen Abbas Christingle 18.00 Martyr Worthy Evensong

Sunday 19th December 08.00 10.00 18.00

Martyr Worthy Holy Communion Easton Parish Communion Easton Carol Service

Sunday 26th December

10.00 Avington Parish Communion

New Farm Chapel


e look forward to many things in our lives, either with great excitement or possibly with some apprehension. Everyone has occasions that they particularly await, maybe just to break the monotony of everyday life, or we may think to help relieve the pressures we face, or meetings with family members-and sometimes these occasions can sometimes be all too infrequent because of our busy schedules. Surely Christmas is one such time that we await: some with eager anticipation; some may be with reservation, or even resignation; especially if we don't accept or understand the reason for it. Christmas is a time when above all else, and despite all else, essentially we remember the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ into this world. A traditional event just before Christmas is the Service of 'Nine lessons and Carols' on the

Church Services & News Television or radio. Of the selection of readings, most important are the Bible readings, and significantly the quotations from the Old Testament, where we read (or hear) that the birth of Christ was foretold 700 years before it actually occurred. The Apostle John, in his Gospel account, was inspired to write these words: ''the Word (Jesus) was God... and the Word was revealed (made known) in the flesh''-ie He was born at Bethlehem in Israel, now 2000 years ago. The Old Testament prophecy was fulfilled when Jesus came into the world.

Him should not perish, but have eternal life.''

Is there any significance or importance to all this? Another Gospel writer, Matthew, says: ''you shall call His Name 'Jesus', for He shall save His people from their sins'. We know as we continue reading through the Gospels how He can do that. We know that Jesus was taken and put to death on the Cross, outside of the city walls of Jerusalem. The Bible account continues: ''and on the third He rose again...''. Then we know why He did it: ''For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son (Jesus), that whoever believes in

May we all have a truly Happy Christmas and New Year, whatever our circumstances may be, as we experience the difference Jesus can make in us as we call upon Him. If you would like to know more, please contact* us and request a copy of the 'Jesus Book', which is an abridged account of Mark's Gospel, as he wrote about Jesus' life, death, resurrection and Second Coming.

We don't need to celebrate Christmas not knowing or not understanding what it all means. John the Apostle goes on in His Gospel: ''to all who receive Him and believe on His Name, He (Jesus) gives us the right to be His children...''. We can actually have that kind of close and personal relationship with Him, when we confess our need, and ask His forgiveness, and receive Him into our lives.

Please see page 5 and page 20 for details on our Christmas Services.

Food & Drink


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Available 7 days a week


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

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

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

Clos du Marquis French Restaurant at the Leckford Hutt

France on your doorstep Warming Autumn two course lunch and dinner menus Tuesday to Sunday __ à la carte always available __ Saturday night à la carte only __ Closed Sunday night and all day Monday __ "Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat!" We look forward to your bookings for the festive season. Festive season and function menus available on our website On the A30 (between Stockbridge and Sutton Scotney) T: 01264 810 738

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Food & Drink

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Recipe of the Month

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

Clos du Marquis

French Restaurant at the Leckford Hutt

T: 01264 810 738 W:

Ingredients Ingredients for the Bouillon / Stock 2 Plucked birds 3 Carrots chopped in large pieces 2 Leeks chopped in large pieces 1 Onion 1 Bouquet garni 1 Cube chicken stock in 1 Litre of water 2 Spoons of olive oil or goose/duck fat which is better Ingredients for the puree 500g of fresh chestnuts or pre-cooked / vacuum packed Other Ingredients Thick Cream Croutons

Partridge or Pheasant

Soup with Chestnuts


his is another great way to use up any surplus game birds. Chestnuts are very much under rated, but they are so good for you! This soup is extremely delicious and freezes very well. Method: Bouillon/Stock Fry all the vegetables in two spoons of olive oil or goose/ duck fat. Add the birds, cover them with water and dissolve the stock cubes in it. Let the ingredients simmer slowly in the pan for 5 hours. Strain the bouillon/stock, no reduction is necessary, make sure you keep the birds aside. The vegetables do not need to be retained and can be thrown away. Dice the bird breast into small pieces and set aside.


Chestnut Preparation: If you are using fresh chestnuts then plunge them into salted boiling water for 30 minutes to remove the skins then refresh in cold water. With your prepared fresh, pre-cooked or vacuum packed chestnuts keep quarter aside and puree the rest. Cut the remaining quarter into dices. Method: The Soup Pour the bouillon into a pan and add the pureed chestnuts. Mix carefully with a stick blender, letting it cook slowly until nice and warm. Add salt and pepper to taste. The consistency of the soup must be not too liquid but not too thick either.

In the plates or soup bowls sprinkle the reserved dices of chestnut and the bird’s breast then pour the soup over. You can add as much as you prefer. Finally add a half a soup spoon of thick cream or croutons. If you feel like it you can add both. This is a great alternative for Christmas lunch or New Years Eve‘s dinner. A great tip is to add some grated truffle during the second cooking for that extra special touch!

Food & Drink


Seasons Greetings White Lion Inn


at Wherwell

In Service Since 1611 AD Tel: 01264 860317

Image courtesy of David Lowman


e are a family friendly Inn and welcome wiped muddy boots, children off the leash and dogs on. So when you are next out Wherwell way please be sure to pay us a visit, you can be certain of a great welcome with time well spent. With dining rooms and a well stocked comfortable village bar featuring open log fires, our friendly, attentive staff are dedicated to providing and serving:-

• Our renowned selection of 11 mouth watering varieties of individually handmade butter pastry pies • Great country classic menu and specials of the day • 5 award winning real ales, beers and lagers on draught. • Delicious wines and soft drinks. • Bed & breakfast accommodation and private function room facilities.

Christmas Menu Now Available Winter Opening Times

11.00am to 11.00pm seven days a week Monday to Thursday Food Served: 12 noon to 2.30pm and 7.00pm to 9.30pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday Food Served: 12 noon to 2.30pm and 6.30pm to 9.30pm Sunday Food Served: 12 noon to 4.00pm and 7.00pm to 9.00pm The White Lion Inn, Winchester Road, Wherwell,Nr, Andover, SP11 7JF


Beautiful fresh bread baked every day on the premises.


A range of freshly made and extremely healthy ready meals such as lasagne, shepherds pie, fish cakes and fish pie all made by us in generous portions. Ideal for those with little time on their hands.




Meats, cheeses, cereals, preserves, pickles and so much more.

Not only can you buy:Free Range Copas Turkeys. Geese & all other Christmas meats. We have Deli & specialist foods And our very own fresh fish counter NEW Master Class - Thursday December 9th Learn all about poultry from the experts! Specialist Classes, with small numbers Hands on experience Take home your dinner! Refreshments provided

A wonderful range of herbs, spices and condiments to help you create recipes from many countries.

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

Tel: 01962 733189

44-46 West Street, Alresford

Tel: 01962 732477 8 West Street, Alresford, Hants, SO24 9AT To advertise call: 01962 735137 DECEMBER Issue 49


Community News

Boxing Day Walk W

ell, it has to be done. Having gorged the previous day, on Boxing Day copious amounts of fresh air and exercise are required, to clear out the tubes as it were - so here’s an idea for an effortless (well, relatively) six-mile walk, which is certainly suitable for dogs, hardy rellies and children alike. At the end of the Avenue in Alresford opposite the turning to New Farm Road, stroll gently down Drove Lane (yes it's downhill!). Follow the road around the bends and up the hill, taking in the views over Arlebury Park House as you go, until you reach a T-junction. Here, turn left up the hill (sorry, but it’s not the steepest you’ll encounter) and follow the road to the farm. There will be a large white farmhouse on your right, and various cottages and some farm buildings nestling into a valley to your left. Follow the road around the bend, and you rise up to the old burial mounds situated on both sides of the narrow road: there are often lovely black cattle grazing here. Drop down into the hamlet of Abbotstone, where the


road goes over the river, and more cattle graze the meadows on either side. By the thatched cottages there is a small triangular piece of grass with a sign post on it: take the left-hand road signed to Itchen Stoke. This hill is steep, but once at the top of ‘Folly Hill’ you’ll have beautiful views all around, so it’s well worth it. Continue along this road, past the farm on your right, and down into Itchen Stoke. You will come to a T-junction with the B3047. There’s a church on your left which if open, is well worth a look. At this junction you have two options. If you cross straight over the road you can follow the footpath that takes you along beside the beautiful River Itchen and thence to ‘The Bush’ (make sure you get the timing right for opening hours!). However, if you are abstaining, then cross the road and turn left following the pavement until, opposite the farm, there is a turning to your right. This will take you down to a ford, perfect for wellies, but with a little footbridge too. Cross over or wade through, then weave your way around the front of the mill house to the next

T- junction, pausing to look at the river en route. Turn left and continue along the narrow road. You will have the river on either side of you now, and if you return in the spring, the bank to your right will be carpeted with snowdrops, whilst in the autumn the beech trees provide a tunnel of amber

as you climb the steep, long hill. Sorry, but it is the last one! Once at the top, you will need to cross the A31 and then walk down the hill and under the railway bridge, back into Alresford.


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

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

Why not find out more about:

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

Tel: 01962 736689 or email:

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Community News

Christmas Tree Festival Concert at St John’s

Winchester Christmas Market 2010

Supporting Save the Children Fund


magine sitting surrounded by at least 25 richly decorated and illuminated Christmas trees, with a glass of wine in your hand and singing carols along with one of the best concert bands in the south of England. That will be the experience you will have at the Christmas concert set in the middle of the 2010 St John’s Christmas Tree Festival.

surrounding an open-air real ice rink. All our exhibitors have been hand picked for their interesting, high quality and unique products many of which can’t be bought on the high street.

singing and a unique chance to take part in a special audience participation version of the 12 Days of Christmas. This is a charity concert supporting the Save the Children and St John’s charities. It takes place on Saturday 11 December at 7.30 in St John’s in Alresford. There will be a licensed bar. This really is fun for all the family

There’s no better time to visit Winchester than at Christmas, the historic city centre is dressed with Christmas lights and the crisp winter air is scented with roasting chestnuts and mulled wine.


The Woodfalls Band are one of the UK’s major brass bands, appearing on radio and TV, and finalists in national and regional competitions. They make a tremendous sound, and will offer a rich mixture of popular, classical and Christmas music. There will be plenty of opportunity for carol

in a fabulous setting. Tickets are £10, with a special price of £3 for children under 16, and they are available from County News, West Street, Alresford, and on the door. Advance booking is advised. Contact Ewart Wooldridge on 01962 732736.

ounded in 2006, the Christmas Market is recognised as one of the best in Europe, renowned for its unique location, high quality exhibitors and bustling atmosphere. Wonderful Christmas gifts, decorations and festive foods can be found in abundance. Our Christmas Market is inspired by traditional German Christmas markets and attracts more than 350,000 visitors each year. The pretty wooden chalets are situated in the Cathedral’s historic Inner Close

For that special gift head to the British Crafts Village and meet the jewellers, painters, glass makers and textile artists that have created their own range of unique gifts and decorations. All products within this area have been designed and made in the UK. Christmas Market Thursday 25th November to Sunday 19 December 10am – 6pm Sunday to Wednesday 10am – 8pm Thursday to Saturday

Winchester Ice Rink (25th November – 3rd January)


temporary open-air real ice rink is built in the centre of the Cathedral’s historic Inner Close for our Christmas celebrations and is enjoyed by more than 40,000 people. Skating is fun for people of all ages and abilities so it’s a great way to spend time with friends and family. The Cathedral provides a stunning backdrop to the ice rink, which for much of the time is surrounded by our Christmas Market. The adjoining café offers a warm welcome, a wide selection of hot and cold food and drinks and a perfect view of the rink.


Mums & Tots Sessions Exclusive sessions will be held for children aged 2 years and above and accompanying adults on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 25 November – 9 December at 9.45am. 10 penguins (stabilizers) will be available for hire on each of these sessions for an additional £2. Booking Information Buy tickets online, or by phone (01962 857 276) or in person from Winchester Cathedral Box Office (The Visitors’ Centre, The Close, Winchester, SO23 9LS), or the

Ice Rink Box Office, Education Centre, The Inner Close from 22 November. Booking and postage fees apply. Special Offers These offers can only be booked in person or by phone. Buy 10 and get the 11th ticket free. Buy 25 or more and only pay £7.50 per person. Book exclusive use of the rink for £1200 (available Monday – Wednesday). Schools discount - £4.00 per person (available for all session up to and including 3.15pm from Monday – Friday until 17 December)

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Community News

Gypsy musicians create Perins Scouts raising funds for World Jamboree mayhem in awardSince all the boys go to ix year 9 boys and winning extravaganza! different Scout Troops but one year 10 boy


from Perins School have been selected for some exciting Scouting Expeditions. Tom Street, Chris Fry, Triss Morris, Ryan Cooper, Ben Malam and Richard Blizzard are all travelling to Sweden next August for two weeks to take part in the 22nd World Jamboree. The main aims of the Jamboree are Meetings, Nature and Solidarity. Participants will get to know those who live outside their local community and find that strangers can become friends. They will use the natural environment as a learning tool, demonstrating both its vulnerability and what individuals can do to better for the world we live

attend Perins School they are calling themselves the “Perins Expedition Scout Team” or PEST for short. They have been doing much of the needed fundraising together as a group with a quiz night in Perins hall in October and a Gang Show in St. Johns Church on Sat 13th November. The boys are also trying to raise funds so that Scouts from every country in the world have the chance to attend the Jamboree. A solidarity fund has been established within The Scout Association, called Operation One World, to help Scouts who have economic difficulties participate in the Jamboree. This will ensure that all recipients have everything they need to fully


ne of Spain’s leading street theatre companies invites you to an entertaining and boisterous evening to celebrate the life of their grandfather. This award-winning show from Teatro Che Y Moche, a hit at last year’s Edinburgh Festival, is entitled Oua Umplute (meaning ‘stuffed eggs’) and is coming to the Chapel at Royal Victoria Country Park, Netley, on Saturday 13 November, as part of a national tour. Dressed in dusty black cloaks and hats, this band of four gypsy musicians quarrel and clown whilst using violins,

guitars, saxophones and drums to play the music their Grandfather loved – with spectacular results. Led by Ukrainian virtuoso violinist Tereza Polivka, the explosive characters, incredible music and audience interaction turn this funeral into an unforgettable party, rooted in gypsy and Eastern European music traditions. ‘A wonderful band of musicians … with Gypsy music running in their veins’ – The Scotsman Doors open 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start and tickets are £6 (concessions £4) available from the Park’s Heritage Visitor Centre or book on 023 8045 5157.

Santa's Circus Santa's Circus will be on from Friday 10th December Friday 31st December at the Playing Fields, Wide Lane, Eastleigh SO50 5PE Contact the ticket hotline for show times. Prices start from as little as £5, or visit the on-site Box Office (cash only - open performance days) Between 10am and 5pm from Friday 10th December 2010

Jamboree Scouts: Tristan Morris; Ryan Cooper; Bish Clow; Richard Blizzard; Chris Fry; Tom Street and Ben Malam

in. The Scouts will encourage solidarity between scouts of all ages. It is hoped that they will learn that we all share a common responsibility to our world and each other. Bish Clow has been selected to travel to Denmark to take part in an International Camp with an emphasis on learning outback survival skills and sustainability with Scouts from all over the world. He will also spend one day visiting and taking part in the Swedish Jamboree.


participate. The boys recently organised a Free Dress Day at Perins to raise funds for Operation One World and they talked about the reasons for their fund raising during an assembly. They will be helping boys and girls from as far flung places as Sierra Leon and Malawi to attend the Jamboree and will make a difference to their lives in a positive way. For further information please contact Linda Sheppard Tel: 01962 737230


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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 Photocopying and laminating services available All the stationery you need for the office and home Great monthly offers to be had (ask in the shop)

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Useful Information Cherry Tree Pre-School

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

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

Pre-Schools & Playgroups

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

KiDZ Cafe Parent / Toddler Group Alresford Methodist Church, Jacklyns Lane, Alresford. Fridays 2 – 3.30 Tel: 01962 733179

Baby Sitters / Childminders

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Elderly Care

Chatterbox Baby & Toddler Group

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

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

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

Ropley Playgroup Open daily Monday - Friday for children from 2 years 9 months. Fully qualified staff. OFSTED inspected, PLA.Provides a friendly, safe and fun setting which has excellent links with Ropley School and also welcomes children who may later attend other primary schools. Val Matthews . (Playgroup Supervisor) during opening hours. (Mon - Fri 9 – 1.00) Tel: 0775 210 9072


New Alresford Town Council Job Vacancies Litter Containment A person is needed for a minimum of 8 hours a week to keep the Alresford recreation parks and some Alresford footpaths clear of litter and debris. The hourly rate of pay is £7.50.

Hanging Basket Watering This is a seasonal post from May until October and applicants will be expected to water the hanging baskets every other day throughout the high streets. The salary will be £36 per session. All applicants must hold a current, clear driving licence. Please apply for either position in writing to:- Stevie Kavanagh, Town Clerk, New Alresford Town Council, Alresford Recreation Centre, The Avenue, Alresford, Hants SO24 9EP or email:


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Situations Vacant

Experienced PA/ Secretary/Book-keeper available for part time or full time work Either to work from home or on-site. Can work flexible hours as required. I have over 20 years’ experience and am fully qualified – RSA I, RSA II, Pitman 3, LCCI Private & Executive Secretarial Diploma). Experienced in Sage Instant Accounts v.12. All secretarial and administrative work undertaken. Competitive rates offered. CV and references available on request. For further details, please contact: Cath Venn - Tel/Fax: 01962 735256 Email:

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The Perfect Wedding Day The imposing present building of Old Alresford Place spans over 400 years of history. Old Alresford Place has fifteen ensuite bedrooms and a stunning (recently built) conservatory that leads out directly onto the grounds. The dining room and formal meeting room are of Georgian origin and style.

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UsefulMum's Information Hampshire Diary

It's Christmas, but not as we know it!


re you familiar with this Christmas scene? Effortlessly beautiful women relax clad in velvet, their chiseljawed men casual in cashmere jumpers and toning scarves, with delighted laughter coming from their wide-eyed, scrubbed-clean cherubic children. They reside, naturally, in a country pile, its drive lined with trees festooned in white lights; a huge wreath bedecks the oak front door, and inside there’s a garland and a golden retriever with every fireplace, and to complete the scene, Cath Kidston stockings hang above the Aga. The lady of the house, despite preparing for Yuletide feasting since early November, has still found time to do Christmas crafts and baking with her excitable brood - and although the family’s social calendar has been an absolute whirl, she has still managed to lose half a stone. Her taxing Christmas Eve is spent taking delivery of luxury essentials from Fortnum and Mason, select wine merchants and that lovely cheese shop in Bath, before the first guests arrive bearing exquisitely wrapped gifts.

it seven feet high, but it was also eight feet wide.

turkey’ echoing in our ears we set off to the lovely olive stall.

Funny that, it was only half past twelve.

“Don’t stress, Sandra. We’ll move the book case and I’ll cut the top out of the tree, oh, and shape up the branches so it fits in the corner. Sorted.” Whilst Stars I and II argued about who should put the fairy on the top, I slunk off to do some more wrapping.

Star I, having stoically offered to carry the food, declared it to be “really heavy Mum,” and so took to dropping it to the ground every hundred yards or so; even if my chosen bird had its bones intact they would surely have been crushed by the impact.

Christmas heralds the busiest week of my working calendar. Christmas Eve was, as ever, sacrosanct, but the three working days prior to that were the usual ten or twelve hours long. Stars I and II (obviously at state school otherwise they would have been home since October), broke up for the holidays the weekend before Christmas. A well-practiced military campaign swung into action and fellow working Hampshire Mums were picking up and dropping off kids all over our market town and managing to fit in ice- skating at our local cathedral city. All went well, as ever.

Once home, at Eve’s end, Stars I and II got the sudden urge to go to bed early. Despite the fact that Star I “didn’t believe in Father Christmas any more,” he encouraged Star II to sleep, otherwise “he wouldn’t come.” Happy in the knowledge that we had left a carrot, mince pie and, on the Husband’s insistence, a large Scotch for Santa, they retired contentedly to bed. For a brief moment we too resembled a magazine depiction: the Husband and I settled down with some fizz in the glow of the log fire, searching for the purple ones in the large tin of ‘Quality Street’, just about to watch a traditionally bad film on the TV, when… it dawned on me. The immaculate in-laws were coming. Panic set in. All the in-laws, although very lovely, are all very immaculate. We Pagans – sadly - are not. Like a condemned woman I took my last gulp of champagne (or was it cava?). Where was I to start?

Early on Christmas morning I was to be found reading the instructions on the box containing the turkey: ‘Remove foil tray from box …’ - “Oh for god’s sake if you can’t manage to do this, how thick are you? "This isn’t any insult; this is an M&S Christmas insult with extra glitter.” Seemed a bit harsh, but anyway, into the oven it went and, as it was half past seven, I thought I would put the sprouts on to boil as well.

The Pagan family festivities are a little different - take last year...

On Christmas Eve, with the house not unlike a festive grotto, all the pressies wrapped, all the cards sent long ago… except for… oh my god I’d forgotten… ooops, too late… it was now time for the first Pagan festive tradition: the early morning pilgrimage to that shrine of Christmassy culinary consumption in our local cathedral city which is the food order section of Marks and Spencer.

On the first weekend in December, Husband and Stars I and II went to their usual purveyor of the finest Christmas trees in the vicinity, vowing to ‘be sensible this year and get a small one’. They returned with sheepish grins and a tree approaching giant redwood proportions - as the Husband dragged it through the hall I’m sure I saw Chip and Dale clinging to the top branches. Once the net had been removed we discovered that not only was

Star I had come over all helpful and offered to help collect the boneless turkey and large garnish pack (major attack of inadequacy had caused me to secrete the ready-made gravy and bread sauce at the back of the freezer some weeks before). As we stood in the queue we became acutely aware that turkey was so last season and that lobster and shellfish platters were the alternative to the humble roast fowl. Regardless, with the words ‘Pagan - large

God bless us every one... for being so thoroughly patronized by the Christmas issue of magazines various.


Right, bleach the loos, polish the top of the shower cubicle, dust, hoover everything including the tree and the cutlery draw, set the table, and prep the veg… Oh why were we so messy? Beads of perspiration had formed on my furrowed brow as I took a knife to my wrist, er I mean, bag of sprouts. I dispatched the Husband, who by then was full of Christmas cheer, to the darkest recess of the cupboard under the stairs to retrieve the children’s pressies. Having thrown them under the tree, he ordered, “Come and sit down love, you look knackered!”

The Pagan Christmas morning passed in a flurry of wrapping paper and excited “thank you’s,” and the realization that we were very fortunate. Star II was amazed that Santa’s’ white footprints were still to be seen on the hearth, whereas a slightly cynical Star I was unimpressed: “Come off it, Mum, it’s obviously flour.” The house was, once again, in a mess, but I decided to leave the paper and packaging around, not least because it disguised a nasty stain on the carpet - and you know what? I cared not a jot. The rellies arrived and, once plied with alcohol, didn’t seem to notice that we Pagans live in a pickle. Albeit the sprouts were somewhat past their best, we sat down to a hearty Christmas lunch which, despite my best efforts, managed to put one in mind of the gastronomic equivalent of roadkill – strikingly dissimilar to the beautifully displayed festive magazine spreads. The Husband happily played the role of entertainer as he attempted to ignite the pudding with a blow torch and I force-fed the grandparents with Baileys. A happy afternoon followed, full of Pagan festive frivolity with lashings of Lego and games galore. No doubt this year will be the same. Happy Christmas!





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Local services for the local community; that’s the reason behind the opening on January 8th 2011 of the independent travel agent Alresford Travel at 14 West Street, Alresford.

Clients like Paul Oliver from Floral Design, who has been using Alresford Travel for more than 2 years; it is Floral Design that has kindly agreed to let part of their premises for our new venture. Being totally independent Alresford Travel is not part of the “big two” and we deal with over 250 operators/ suppliers, 200 + airlines and over 100,000 hotels/ apartments across the world. So, whether it’s a worldwide cruise or a cross channel ferry, a no frills flight or the luxury of first class, an escorted tour or a traditional holiday package, a theatre break in London or a city break further afield then Alresford Travel can help.

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Community News

Alresford Chamber of Commerce News Important December Dates


hristmas Tree to go up in Broad Street, Alresford from Wednesday 1st December. Late night shopping and Father Christmas’s arrival to Alresford - Wednesday 8th December

their wonderful showroom doors to us for the occasion. I would also like to say a thank you to Debbie Carter of The Alresford Chocolate Company for her kind hospitality for the ‘Chamber Chat’ held at her premise in Old Alresford on Tuesday 16th November.

Chamber Chat Chamber members have been invited to the new bi-monthly 'Chamber Chat' evenings - an informal get together open to all Chamber members. The idea is that members can come along for a complimentary drink and nibbles whilst catching up with their fellow local business owners. We plan to hold our Chamber Chat evening at various members' business premises in the future, so if you would be interested in opening up your doors for a future Chamber Chat event please let us know. The next Chamber Chat is to be held at the Alresford Chocolate Company, Upton Park Farm, Old Alresford on Tuesday 16th November from 6pm onwards.

Over & Above Award This year’s Awards will run from 1st to 31st December. All the relevant documents will be sent electronically this year. Please display the voting forms and posters prominently in your shop or business. Several voting boxes for posting nominations will be positioned in The Post Office (Co Op), The Naked Grape and Laurence Oxley Bookshop. All votes will be counted and judged and the winner will be announced in the February issue of the Alresford Forum.

Christmas Chamber Chat Tuesday 7th December at the Bell Hotel, West Street, 5.30pm-7pm. All members & potential members are welcome. Your festive invitations have been sent to you, electronically. It is £10 per person to include a drink & nibbles. Please RSVP no later than 30th November. Some thank you’s I would like to say a big thank you to Simon from the Naked Grape who kindly donated drinks & glasses for our first ‘Chamber Chat’ at Jaga Designs on Thursday 21st October. Also to the Southern Co-operative who gave us a discount on various nibbles for the event and also to Maxine & Jaga of Jaga Designs for opening up


Alresford Bag For Life – An Ideal Christmas Present! These fantastic shopping tote style bags are made of totally biodegradable hessian with a cornstarch lining. If you have not already purchased yourself a versatile Alresford Bag for Life, they are available from the Naked Grape and Laurence Oxley’s for just £2.50 each and would be a fabulous part of anyone’s Christmas present. Please do support us! Welcome – New members Kate Hughes of Cook Academy Ltd. If you would like to find out more about becoming a member of the Chamber of Commerce, or would like to submit some info for the News & Events page, please contact for more information.

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Allows your petrol engined vehicle to run on Autogas, a fuel costing approximately 58p per ltr, with the environmental benefits of a 20% reduction in carbon dioxide production and 2000 times fewer particulates produced from the exhaust fumes when compared with a diesel. Widely available across the country and locally in Winnall, Winchester and West Meon Hut service station. The government has committed to this fuel difference for the future.


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Sunbeams Registrations


can’t believe that we are approaching the Christmas period with such speed! This time of year is so busy with lots of exciting things to do, people to see, lists to write, parties to attend, presents to buy; the list seems endless. There are times when it feels as though it will never all be done in time but, like last year and the years before that, somehow it all comes together. Take some time out and enjoy some special time with your little ones. They may be asking for the most expensive toy on the market for Christmas, but the best gift you could give them is some time together.

Saturday 11th December

between 10.3am – 12.30pm in Sun Hill Infant School we are holding a Christmas Craft morning, time to have some messy fun together and make some wonderful decorations for your home. Cost per family is £2.00. We look forward to seeing you and joining in the messy fun!

Christmas Tree Festival

Sunbeams has sponsored a tree this year, which will be decorated in creations made by children who attend Sunbeams sessions. The festival runs from 8 – 13 December and is held in St John’s Parish Church, Alresford. Please visit the church during this period, as it is a magical sight, with many beautifully decorated trees.

To date, we have 262 children registered with Sunbeams. There are approximately 813 children under 5 living within the Sunbeams catchment, so it would be lovely to have some more children registered. Registration is free and you receive a free goody bag. We will use the information you provide to keep you up to date with what’s going on at Sunbeams. Please be assured that the information on the registrations forms is only for our use; we do not give any information out to third parties.

New Session Timetable

We have listened to parents comments and, as a team, we are busy putting together a new session timetable for next year, January to April 2011. The new timetable will be available at the end of December.

Christmas Opening Times We will be closed during the week commencing Monday 27th December and re-open Tuesday 4th January 2011. Please note, baby clinic is still running on Thursday 30th December. If you have any child protection concerns during this time, please call Hampshire Children’s Services on 0845 600 4555. If you need someone to talk to, Parent Line Plus offers support 24 hours a day, 7days a week. Call 0808 800 2222. We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year. Jackie, Maria, Sara and Tracy (The Sunbeams Team)

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Rodney... Rodney Who? ... Rodney of Alresford!


f you know someone called ‘Rodney’, do you know how the name originated? Do you know its connection with Alresford? Quite a lot of questions! The answer is that the name derives from that of George Brydges Rodney, better known as Admiral Lord Rodney, who bought himself the property of Old Alresford House in about 1748 with the proceeds of the ‘prize money’ he received after the end of the War of the Austrian Succession [1740-1748]. He was born in London in 1718 just before his father lost most of his money in the South Sea Bubble [this was a wild speculation on

the stock exchange]. Of course some people made fortunes too; a Mr. Guy built Guy’s Hospital in London with some of his profits! He married Jane Compton, the daughter of the Earl of Northampton in 1753; sadly, after bearing him three children she died in 1757 and there is a fine marble memorial to her in Old Alresford church. The Rodney family came from Rodney Stoke in Somerset, not far from Cheddar. George’s early naval career involved actions in the Mediterranean and the ‘Western Approaches’ to the English Channel. Later he achieved some fine victories against the French fleets, predominantly in the West

Community News Indies during the period of the Seven Years War 17561763; there is an amazing statue to him in Spanish Town, Jamaica. During the War of American Independence [1775-1783] he defeated a Spanish fleet off Gibraltar and thereby saved ‘The Rock’ from invasion and went on to defeat the French when they tried to attack New York. However he became ill in 1781 and had to return to England; subsequently the British fleet was defeated in the Battle of Chesapeake Bay and this led to the surrender of the land forces at York Town. A grateful nation created him Baron Rodney in 1782 and it was his fame

and exploits as a Royal Navy officer that caused his surname to become a popular first name at the end of the 18th century, and since. His life was very much a rollercoaster ride of ‘rags to riches’ and back again; fortunately his final years restored his fortune! He died in London 1792 and was buried in Old Alresford, having at one time or another been an M.P. for Saltash, Penryn and Northampton as well as performing his naval duties. Bryan Beggs. Nov.2010.

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Community News The Plot Thickens

The Family Christmas Tree tree we prefer; I’m confident it’s Blue Spruce, but I stand to be corrected. Annually.


o say I am a bit fussy about my Christmas tree would, I admit, be a rather large understatement. I am woman enough to own that I am totally precious about it; it’s probably not my most becoming character trait. Now approaching its ninth year, our Christmas Tree Ritual begins with choosing the tree itself; a very involved process. First we spend a few days trying to remember exactly when we got the tree last year and how soon we can reasonably have a tree that isn’t stick bare by Christmas Day. Then we select and visit a garden centre where my husband pulls out various, apparently quite prickly and heavy, trees which I then summarily dismiss on grounds of shape, height, odd bits poking out and so on. (He has never been quite forgiven for the year he went alone and brought back the split-trunk tree. I really tried very hard not to raise an eyebrow every time I saw it, honest!) This is accompanied by the annual discussion on which type of


This adventure generally takes a whole afternoon as the tree is carefully selected, diligently wrapped and delicately carried by the garden centre staff and then pushed and shoved into the back of the Picasso by us; always with one end at such an angle that I can just about squeeze in to the passenger seat if I sit sideways and duck slightly. At home we then spend an hour or so getting it perpendicular in the heavy duty but worryingly wobbly tree stand, check it from every angle, tighten the bolts, remove the branch wrapping and find it has a definite lean - which we annually decide to ignore. It, and the carpet, is given a thorough watering and it is left to settle into its new surroundings. A few days later I suddenly remember that the tree is still there, silently waiting to be dressed and quite probably shedding its first few needles in protest at the neglect. A quick confer with the husband and the evening is set – he settles down with a ritual whisky and a paper whilst I begin the decoration. It all starts with the lights, which I untangle, put on, swear at, take off, redo, pull about a bit and they finally

end up looking passable. By this time my arms are scratched and itchy, I have knelt on pine needles that really shouldn’t be there yet and I am rapidly losing the will to live. My husband glances up from his paper and passes me my sherry. And there I stand, surveying the boxes of red ribbon, wooden decorations, corndollies and garlands that cover the floor and the coffee table. Yes dear reader, my tree is a tinsel free zone; definitely no twinkly baubles, absolutely no glitter. And, now that we have children this is becoming tougher, no handmade kids’ decorations. They all have their place, goodness knows we like our kitsch. Just not on my tree. If it’s not made out of wood or corn it’s not allowed on, and even then it has to undergo my personal vetting process. I am so precious about it that our daughter has her own pink fibre optic tree in her bedroom, adorned with

all manner of glittery fairies and sparkly bits. From the outside it makes me look like a Good Mummy, but now you know the awful truth. In fairness she did paint some lovely wooden decorations last year that are allowed on my tree, which I must remember to put higher up this year so that she cannot keep moving them to the front. I think this year my husband may well get his own tree for the log cabin and make sure he covers it in as much tinsel as it can handle without toppling over. In my defence our Christmas tree is on show, taking pride of place in our bay window for all to see as they walk past on this busy pedestrian route. I get many admiring comments and even got one complaint when it could not be fully seen one year. My hard work, scratched arms and swearing are all worth it as I bask in the reflected glory. Yes, I admit, I am ridiculously, overtly and childishly proud of it. My family kindly indulge me in this little foible of mine. Well, that’s what Christmas is all about isn’t it? Happy Christmas! AWB

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