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FORU M Autumn Edition Jane's Kitchen - Apple chutney All the seasonal events and news Win an Obaku ladies watch Plus feature articles from : Claire Thurlow Hampshire Mum Iris Crowfoot

OCTOBER 2017 • ISSUE 132 • REACHING 18,750 READERS * ITCHEN VALLEY, WINCHESTER & THE WORTHY'S OLD ALRESFORD CANDOVER

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04 Community

Keep up-to-date with what is happening in your area

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06 Property

Buying, selling, letting? Find local estate agents and property management services

09 Garden

Make your garden dream come true. Or visit local beautiful country gardens

13 Wellbeing

Looking after your health and yourself!

22 Features

Hampshire Mum, Claire Thurlow, Iris Crowfoot and many more

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23 Motoring

Local services to keep your vehicles running smoothly

26 Education

Find local schools and educational experts

27 Leisure

Discover local events and days out in Hampshire. Don't miss this years Alresford Show

28 Food & Drink

Eat out, stay in: food, drink and dining in Hampshire

30 Retail/Market Square

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34 The Arts & Crafts Arts and crafts, of Hampshire

37 Professional

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46 Home

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54 Animals

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Church Services NEW ALRESFORD

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Sunday 1 October 08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 Parish Communion 18.00 PowerHouse Service Sunday 8 October 08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 Harvest Festival & Second Sunday Family Service 18.00 Choral Evensong Sunday 15 October 08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 Parish Communion 18.00 Sundays at Six Sunday 22 October 08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 Parish Eucharist Sunday 29 October 08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 Benefice Communion at St.Mary's 15.00 Service of Comfort and Hope Every Friday 10.00 Holy Communion Parish Office: 01962 733545 stjohnsalresford.org.uk

Sunday 1 October 11.00 First Sunday Sunday 8 October 10.00 Parish Communion Sunday 15 October 10.00 Harvest Festival Sunday 22 October 10.00 Morning Prayer Sunday 29 October 09.30 Benefice Communion at St.Mary's Parish Office: 01962 733545 stjohnsalresford.org.uk

OLD ALRESFORD O St.Mary the Virgin Sunday 1 October 09.30 Holy Communion 18.00 Old Alresford Cottage Service Sunday 8 October 09.30 Parish Communion Sunday 15 October 09.30 Parish Communion Sunday 22 October 11.00 Village Family Service 17.00 Taize Service Sunday 29 October 09.30 Benefice Communion Every Thursday 09.00 Holy Communion at Old Alresford Place Parish Office: 01962 733545 stjohnsalresford.org.uk

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NEW ALRESFORD O Methodist Church Sunday Worship 10.30 Morning Worship 1st Sunday CafĂŠ Worship. Holy Communion Monthly Midweek Activities Tuesdays 10.00 Come in for coffee 3rd Tuesday Men Who Lunch Thursdays 14.30 1st and 3rd Thursdays Womens Fellowhip 19.30 1st Thursday - Lydia Group for ladies Saturdays 09.30 1st Saturday Bacon Butties Contact: Revd Ruth Fry Tel: 01962 882828

NEW ALRESFORD O New Farm Chapel Sunday Services 10.30 Morning Worship, with creche and KOSMIC for children 16.30 Will vary between talk or discussion with praise and prayer Midweek Activities Mondays

16.30 Kidz Club Tuesdays 10.15 Toddlers Group Wednesdays 14.30 Senior Citizens Group 19.30 Alternate Bible Study / Prayer Thursdays 10.00 Home Prayer Group

1st Saturday in the month 10.00 (2nd in each month) Prayer Time www.newfarmchapel.org.uk

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Bramdean Harvest Festival Tichborne Evensong

NEW ALRESFORD O St. Gregory's Every Sunday 11.00 Mass All other enquiries: 01962 852 804

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O All Saints Sunday 1 October 11.00 Family Service Sunday 8 October 11.00 Harvest Festival Sunday 15 October 11.00 Morning Prayer Sunday 22 October 11.00 Parish Communion Sunday 29 October 09.30 Benefice Communion at St. Mary's Parish Office: 01962 733545 stjohnsalresford.org.uk

UPPER ITCHEN BENEFICE Sunday 1 October 9.45 Bramdean Holy Communion 10.15 Cheriton All Age Communion Sunday 8 October 09.30 Cheriton Harvest Festival 09.30 Bramdean Holy Communion 11.00 Kilmeston Harvest Festival 11.00 Tichborne Harvest Festival Sunday 15 October 08.30 Beauworth Holy Communion 09.30 Cheriton Holy Communion 11.00 Hinton Ampner Harvest Festival Sunday 22 October 09.30 Cheriton Holy Communion 11.00 Kilmeston Holy Communion

Sunday 1 October 08.00 Avington Holy Communion 10.00 Easton All age service 11.00 Avington Harvest Matins Sunday 8 October 08.00 Easton Holy Communion 10.00 Itchen Abbas Harvest Communion 18.00 Martyr Worthy Harvest Evensong Sunday 15 October 08.00 Martyr Worthy Holy Communion 10.00 Easton Informal Service 18.00 Avington Evensong Sunday 22 October 08.00 Itchen Abbas Holy Communion 10.00 Martyr Worthy Parish Communion 18.00 Easton Festive Evensong Sunday 29 October 08.00 Itchen Abbas Holy Communion 10.00 Avington Parish Communion


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COMMU N IT Y P R OP ER T Y MA N AG EMENT ISSUE 132 | OCTOBER

The secret to life's meaning is found in having a personal relationship with the God who created us.

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Community AGE UK SHOP CALLS UPON PEOPLE OF THE ITCHEN VALLEY TO DECLUTTER FOR THE BIG BAG CHALLENGE

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efore you pack away your summer wardrobe and make room for the winter woollies, Age UK is encouraging people to de clutter and donate their unworn or unwanted clothes to Age UK’s Big Bag Challenge to help support lonely older people. This October Age UK is once again calling on the people of Alresford to support its annual stock appeal by donating as many bags of quality unused clothing or goods as possible. Whether it’s a summer slip dresses, last season’s sandals or toys the children have outgrown, the Age UK shop in Alresford is encouraging everyone to have a clear out and donate a bag full of unwanted items to raise much needed funds for the Charity’s work supporting older people. Kicking off on 9th October and volunteers in the Age UK Alresford shop will be on hand to receive bags of donations, with the goal of reaching 100,000 bags of goods in just two weeks. All types of quality goods are accepted, including clothing, shoes, books, accessories and homewares, all of which are sold on to be loved again.

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Deborah, Manager at the Age UK Alresford shop, said: “Taking part in The Big Bag Challenge couldn’t be easier, which is why we’re asking everyone in the Itchen Valley to get involved. Simply donate at least one bag of quality items you no longer need to the Age UK shop in Broad Street, Alresford. With your help we can continue to raise vital funds to support older people in the local area and across the country.”


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Garden

AUTUMN IS THE IDEAL TIME TO RENOVATE YOUR LAWN. LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT CAN BE DONE

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he days become shorter, the sunlight less intense and rainfall increases. Moss begins to flourish. Let’s take a look at what can be done to improve things. Like all living things, those that are unhealthy, stressed or run-down are more susceptible to pests and diseases. Whilst moss is neither a disease nor an insect pest, it can certainly be a pest in lawns. Lawns that are in poor condition are far more likely to suffer moss problems. You may be wondering what moss is, why it’s in your lawn and what can be done. Mosses are flowerless plants that reproduce through the production of spores or from small pieces of existing moss that break away and settle on a suitable growing medium. Cool, damp and shaded areas provide the perfect environment for mosses to thrive. Moss in lawns Moss can quickly smother out your grass plants. When things turn dry, moss quickly loses it colour and before long your lawn appears brown and dead. Chafer grubs love to live in mossy lawns. Birds love to eat chafer grubs. Ignore lawn moss at your peril, completely lifting and replacing a lawn affected by this kind of damage can be costly. Mosses grow in lawns in many conditions. I often see lawns that are neither shady nor damp but still have major moss problems. If you have concerns about moss in your lawn it’s best to speak to a lawn care professional who can carry out suitable soil sampling and advise on the correct regime to get the problem under control. Practices and factors Lawn care practices can be a major cause of moss establishing itself in your lawn. Mowing too short, too infrequently or not following the correct mowing height for the time of year can be a big contributor. As can incorrect nutrition, not dealing with thatch or compaction and not removing leaves from the lawn regularly. Bare areas should also be dealt with promptly so as not to leave space for moss spores to germinate. A healthy dense grass sward leaves little room for moss or weeds to take up residence.

Environmental factors play a big part too. Poor drainage or heavy shade means the soil surface and grass remains wet for long periods creating ideal moss growing conditions. Dealing with moss So now you know what moss is and what causes it to take up home in your lawn, you can probably begin to work out how to deal with it if you have it, or how to prevent it in the future. The first thing to think about is nutrition. Ensure the lawn has the correct nutritional plan in place, so it’s receiving the right nutrients at the right time of year. Healthy grass, like healthy people, is in a better position to fight off invaders. Secondly deal with any shade issues. If there are overhanging branches that can be removed to help with light and air-flow consider doing this when these plants are dormant over winter. Next you need to consider drainage issues and compaction. Many lawns benefit greatly from aeration to remove plugs of soil from the lawn and improve drainage, air circulation and penetration of water and nutrients to the plant roots. Top-dressing following aeration is particularly good practice and massively beneficial. If you already have moss in your lawn this can be treated. Some people try this themselves with lawn-sand but the results can be hit and miss, with the grass often being killed at the same time. Our approach is a liquid treatment combined with a wetting agent that helps penetrate deep into the thick matting of moss. Not only does this kill the moss but it also acts as a tonic for the grass, encouraging re-growth and stronger grass plants. Once the moss has been killed it’s time to remove it. This can be hard work over a large area where a petrol driven scarifier is essential equipment for the job. It’s time consuming and pretty hard work but its important to get the dead moss out and will reduce thatch at the same time. The final process is over-seeding. Introducing new, healthy grass plants to in-fill the gaps left by the moss that’s been removed. Creating a stronger, healthier lawn that’s more capable of dealing with the challenges nature throws at it over the winter months. Now is the ideal time to get your lawn in shape. The wet weather of autumn provides the ideal growing conditions for your lawn. Ian Kenyon is Technical Director for Shrekfeet Lawn and Garden Services. He is always happy to offer friendly, professional advice and help 01962 460146, 07739 789483 www.shrekfeet.com


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Garden

EQUESTRIAN FENCING COMPETITION WINNER ANNOUNCED

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questrian Fencing & Timber Ltd recently exhibited at Romsey show on Saturday 9th September, and were showcasing their products including Field Shelters, Stables, Gates, Fencing & Garden Furniture.

Whilst at both Alresford & Romsey Show, Equestrian Fencing were running a competition to win a free bespoke Oak Bench, usually retailing at £395.00+Vat. Hundreds of entries were taken, and on Tuesday 13th September a lucky winner was selected. Sarah, from Lyndhust, is thrilled with her new bench- it will be a beautiful addition to her garden and cannot wait to make good use of it.

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A MEN’S SHED IN ALRESFORD?

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e are looking for interested people to establish and join a Men’s Shed in Alresford. Men’s Sheds are larger versions of a typical man’s shed in the garden – a place to feel at home and pursue practical interests, but with the added benefit of numbers. The idea originated in Australia where they now have 1000 sheds, and it has spread to this country which has 400 sheds with a new one opening every three days. There are 30 sheds within 25 miles of Alresford, the closest being Alton and Colden Common. Wouldn’t it be great if we had our own here in Alresford? The principle of the Men’s Shed is collaboration: it will be run by its members and provide a workshop and social centre. They are places of skill sharing and informal learning for individual pursuits or working together for the community. Men’s Sheds provide a safe and welcoming environment where members can meet and socialise and undertake projects jointly or individually for the benefit of themselves, the town, individuals of limited means, charities and so on… Exactly what members do is down to their skill mix and the things they would like to pursue. Examples might include woodworking or metalworking, repair or refurbishment, recycling items, or even decorating and gardening one offs for people of limited means. An 12

ALRESFORD DAY CENTRE – AGE CONCERN HAMPSHIRE

Fun, friendship and a warm welcome awaits you. We offer a variety of activities and outings every Tuesday and Thursday from 10am-3pm based at Chiltern Court, Searles Close, Alresford. The centre offers caring and professional support as well as specialist dementia support. Service users and their families will also benefit from a variety of services including free information and advice and counselling. A 2 course lunch is freshly cooked by Evans butchers in Alresford. We offer flexibility and support whilst at the centre and a free introductory session. Referrals can be made directly to the centre or you may be eligible for funding through HCC Adults Health and Care on: 0300 555 1386 For more information to discuss day care charges or arrange a visit, please contact Lisa Munro, Centre Manager on 01962 735612 or email Lisa.Munro@ageconcernhampshire.org.uk underlying principle, however, is the work does not compete or take away trade from any existing business in the town. Whichever activities are pursued, the essence of The Shed is the network of friendships between the members, the building providing the hub and the safe environment where the diverse knowledge and skills can be passed on to those who want to gain them in a relaxed friendly atmosphere. We learn from, inspire and help each other as well as the town! Grants and donations will be sought to support the project, however, in the meantime we would love to hear from you if you are interested in getting involved. We also need to find or build appropriate premises of >100 sq. m, so if you know of any available buildings (for minimal rent), or more likely an appropriate plot where a shed could be built in or close to Alresford, please get in touch. We truly hope that the town will get behind this project so please get in touch with Brian Durham 01962 738677 brian.durham@hotmail.co.uk


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ALRESFORD SURGERY NEWS

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WHY ZUMBA?

If you are wondering what Zumba has to offer, read on! 1. Start with most important element - the music. The best! Zumba covers every type of music from around the world, with Latin American producing the most uplifting sounds around. 2. The company. Both my Bishops Sutton (Wednesdays 7.45pm at Village Hall) and Itchen Abbas (Mondays 6.30pm at Millennium Hall) classes are friendly and welcoming to newcomers.Young and ‘old’ alike can participate (I include myself in the latter category – I am probably the ‘oldest’ instructor in Hampshire though I still feel 21!) 3. It’s fun! Dance is not about ‘pumping iron’ – it is, in my opinion, the best form of exercise as you are moving every part of your body, all the time. We run through between 10 – 15 routines a class, pretty much non-stop (I keep chat to before and after class!) and I can vouch for the physical benefits of Zumba having stayed at size 8/10 since I started 10 years ago! 4. It’s perfect for mental and physical health – both equally important in today’s world. When you ‘go into the zone’ there’s no better place to be. 5. You can genuinely ‘dance like there’s nobody watching’ – there isn’t! No competitive atmosphere. No divas … with possible exception of brightly coloured one at the front! So, if you dance in the kitchen, come to my classes! Any questions – contact me on sue@plays-r-ussell.com or go to my website www. zumba-around-winchester.com See you in class!

AN EVENING WITH ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS AT THE DISCOVERY CENTRE

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f you’ve ever wondered what actually happens at those famous meetings, Alcoholics Anonymous is holding a free open evening at The Discovery Centre in Winchester on Thursday 12th October at 7.30pm. Whether you’ve a professional interest or are just intrigued to know more about what AA does and how it works, this promises to be an entertaining evening of history, explanation, and personal stories and a chance to chat with members of AA – and you can ask anything you like! AA holds many meetings locally. All are free to attend, if you want to find one near you please go to www.alcoholics-anonymous.org. uk or ring our 24 hour helpline on 0800 9177 650 and speak to someone in confidence. AA also provides people to give talks to schools, societies or community groups – these are also free of charge and can be booked by e mailing pi.northdown@aamail.org

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Flu Clinics 2017 As we announced last month, this year’s walk-in clinics are going to be: Wed 27th September 1:00-2:30pm Tues 3rd October 1:00-2:30pm Wed 11th October 1:00-2:30pm For residents of Makins Court and Ellingham Close, the Practice Nurse will visit on Tuesday 3rd October at 9:30 and 11:00 respectively, and there will be a clinic at Preston Candover Village Hall on Tuesday 10th October 9:00-10:30. If you are already being seen by the District Nurse or the Proactive Care Nurse (Zoe Denyer) he/she will be able to give you your flu jab. For other truly housebound patients who are unable to get to the surgery, the Practice Nurse can visit you at home. This year we are trying to streamline her visits and it would be helpful if you could phone the surgery as soon as possible to let us know. We are splitting her home visits into two sessions: Alresford/Cheriton/Beauworth/Bramdean. Afternoon of Tuesday 3rd October. Candover Valley/Itchen Valley/Medstead/Bighton/Ropley. Afternoon of Tuesday 10th October. Child Flu Clinics We will be offering child flu vaccinations to children aged 2 and 3 (but not 4) on 31st August 2017 (i.e. DOB 1st September 2013 to 31st August 2015) and older ‘at risk’ children at the surgery. We will be writing to parents with eligible children when we have clinic dates available. Children in Years R, 1, 2, 3 and 4 will be offered the flu vaccine at school through School Health. Shingles Vaccinations The criteria for eligibility for shingles vaccination have changed slightly so that patients become eligible on their 70th and 78th birthday. We will be running a series of catch-up clinics in September and will be offering the shingles vaccine to all patients who have reached these ages since last year’s clinics. These patients will be contacted by letter. From then on, we will contact patients on a rolling basis, i.e. patients turning 70 or 78 in September will be called in October and so on. If you have previously been invited but not been vaccinated, you may still have it until you are aged 80. Welcome to our Dispenser A warm welcome to our new Dispenser Julie Rustell who joined us at the beginning of September. Dispensary closure Our dispensary will be shut every Wednesday between 12-1pm for essential staff training. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. The Alresford Surgery, Station Road, Alresford, Hampshire, SO24 9JL Telephone: 01962 732345 Website: www.alresfordsurgery.co.uk


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“WEIGHT LOSS, DIETS, GETTING FIT I’VE TRIED FOR YEARS, BUT NEVER BEEN ABLE TO STICK TO ANYTHING.”

I have salads every day for lunch and I’m getting bored, what else could I have? Try basing your lunch around lean protein, carbohydrates and rainbow of salad. For protein you could choose from; chicken, turkey, fish, beans, lentils, and eggs. Then add some carbs, such as wholegrain rice, quinoa or new potatoes and then rainbow of salad. For example - tuna nicoise, tuna and chopped egg on a salad of lettuce, green beans, cherry tomatoes, black olives and chopped new potatoes with a drizzling of olive oil and lemon juice & sprinkling of black pepper. Perfect! I’m still hungry after dinner and all I want to do is raid the fridge, what can I do to fight this? Did you have enough protein for your evening meal? Protein takes a long time to digest and so keeps you feeling fuller for longer. Keeping a food diary can help to see patterns in your eating and snacking. A top tip is to leave any pudding to a later evening snack – for example, Greek yogurt with chopped peach & sprinkled cinnamon

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e all know that what we eat and exercise are crucial to our health and waistline, but with so many companies claiming to be the best solution to weight loss, with new diet trends, medical breakthroughs and exercise gadgets, it’s difficult to know where to start. As professionals we have to help our patients develop strategies to break the cycle of lapse and relapse, we want to leave them better equipped to cope with stress and emotions and have alternative techniques to self-soothe that don’t involve food or drink. Faye Keefe is a Registered Nutritionist, accredited Weight Management Practitioner and the Clinical Lead for Perform Lifestyle, a weight management service run by Perform Southampton, part of the Spire Southampton Hospital. Here she answers some of your most common questions. I want to lose weight but I don’t know where to start, there’s so many diets and different advice! My new Patients often say at their 1st appointment that they are very confused and ‘overloaded’ with information about the best diet and foods to ‘cut back on’. We start with a simple approach, making small changes to the patient’s current eating habits. It could be about portion sizes, having the right amount of protein and carbohydrate but mostly about basic foods and recipes that are accessible to all, there’s no magic ingredient. Do I need to calorie count to lose weight? I don’t advocate calorie counting; it can lead to food deprivation, increased cravings and can lead to key nutrients being omitted from meals. Not all kcal are equal. A handful of almonds may have the same kcal value as a handful of fruit pastilles; however the nuts grow on trees, are full of protein, heart-healthy fats and support heathy brain development, fruit pastilles on the other hand are processed, contain lots of chemicals and refined sugar. I work with patients to develop a healthy relationship with food, to plan nutrient-dense meals and small protein-rich snacks, so calories don’t need to be part of their sustainable healthy eating plan.

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I’ve been skipping meals to lose weight but I’ve heard you shouldn’t do this? Definitely, skipping meals is not good for a number of reasons. Some studies show this can slow your metabolism, which is the process by which your body converts what you eat and drink into energy. Skipping meals can also lead to low blood sugar levels, which can make you crave energy-dense foods, such as bread and doughnuts. Analysis of food diaries also show that by skipping meals throughout the day, you may eat much more in the evening than you would having three evenly spaced meals throughout the day I really struggle to carry on the diet after 4 weeks, I keep going back to what I was eating before and putting the weight on We devise tailored healthy eating plans, making small gradual Lifestyle changes that are sustainable, meaning the changes become part of the patient’s ‘every day’ and something they don’t want or need to ‘break-free’ from. For more information Tel: 02380 371840 info@spiresouthampton.com www.spiresouthampton.com Facebook: Spire Southampton Twitter: Spire Southampton

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Nursing • Respite • Palliative Care Situated in the picturesque area of Sleepers Hill in Winchester, with stunning views across St Catherine’s Hill in Winchester lies Westacre Care Home. Our Edwardian home caters for the elderly living with dementia. We currently provide care for 40 residents and have a dedicated, caring team of nurses and care staff, whose first priority is the wellbeing and quality of life for your loved one. At Westacre, we believe that provision of high quality care for vulnerable people should be a fundamental expectation.

Our main Aims and Objectives To provide an environment that feels as near as possible to being at home, surrounded by familiar objects, where the resident feels secure, content and cared for. • To have the best interests of residents at the forefront of our care provision. • To expect a high quality of work and level of professional conduct from members of staff at all times. • To meet our residents expectations in every way. • To foster an atmosphere of openness and respect between residents, staff, family and friends.

We have 3 new refurbished suites, including one bedroom with a small ‘kitchenette’ to promote more independent living. Our top floor is currently undergoing extensive refurbishment, to include floor to ceiling windows overlooking stunning views of St Catherine’s Hill, available within the next 2 months. These too will promote more independent living.


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Joint Innovation in Healthcare Professor Barrett & Mery Zanutto

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s a lead consultant at Southampton University Hospital and Professor of Orthopaedic Engineering, Spire Southampton’s internationally known Professor David Barrett has developed a number of innovative procedures to address the complex problems in knee surgery. Working alongside Mery Zanutto, a Senior Surgical Practitioner and Biokineticist, as well as his specialist theatre team Professor Barrett has developed a unique service. “The advantages of a committed theatre team are that the operation becomes very much ‘second nature’”, explains Professor Barrett, “which means that complex surgery can be delivered simply and safely with good outcomes every time.” We spoke to Professor Barrett, Mery Zanutto and one of their patients, Melvin Wright, on what this approach meant for him as a patient, and what impact this had on his recovery.

All the ligaments remain intact after this surgery, which is unlike a total knee replacement.This is advantageous for the patients because it offers a quicker recovery and increases the levels of activity they can enjoy after the operation. “The partial knee resurfacing is quite a technically difficult procedure and most surgeons do not perform this operation. We asked Melvin to describe the first six weeks following surgery “I rested my knee completely and kept it elevated and iced on a regular basis. After that period I then started going to the swimming pool, swimming up-and-down. I also saw my own physiotherapist to gently massage around the knee to break down the scar tissue. On 11 February I had my first session at the Perform centre with Mery” Mery is an integral part of the expert rehabilitation team, based at Perform in Southampton. Perform is part of Spire Healthcare, it offers treatments for those in need of rehabilitation from injury, as well as help to improve levels of strength, health and fitness or encourage behavioural change in the workplace. With over 20 years’ experience as a surgical practitioner in orthopaedics and trauma, Mery has first-hand experience and an unique insight into the injuries and conditions of the joints and soft tissues, their reconstruction and rehabilitation post surgery and injury. Mery described her approach to rehabilitation “I use a fusion of multiple techniques, such as Garuda, to suit each client on a one to one basis. I adopt only scientifically proven and researched treatment methods. Specifically designed equipment allows therapy to be delivered on low resistance exercise apparatus, which allows isolation of particular muscle or joint groups and movements.”

“When I first visited Professor Barrett my right knee was basically bone on bone and I was in a lot of pain. At one point I could hardly walk, I had surgery on 17th November at the Southampton Spire and was extremely nervous about the procedure.” Professor Barrett described the procedure that Melvin had. “Melvin had a partial knee resurfacing. It is my signature operation involving more minimal intervention and focused care on just the part of the knee that is damaged rather than replacing the whole joint with a total knee replacement. 20


Mery describes how we all move in a unique way and this is a crucial part of rehabilitation. “I recognise each of us has a different movement architecture that changes from day to day. My treatment routines combine strength, flexibility, endurance and dynamism.The exercises involve muscle and soft tissues stretching, emphasising the three-dimensional nature of movement and coordination.” “My 20 years’ experience; provides a unique insight into the injuries and conditions of the joints and soft tissues, their reconstruction and rehabilitation post injury. We all face challenges in life, and recovery from a major surgery is both physical and emotional. I work with a spectrum of clients from international athletes to everyday champions. Understanding and working with their mind-set is paramount to what I do, enabling the client to be more confident and achieve their best.” This proved to be especially true for Melvin, following his operation he went on to achieve some incredible challenges. A far cry from the man who was in so much pain he could hardly walk. “On 7th May, six months after the operation I completed a 100 mile bike ride in Hertfordshire with no pain which was amazing. I have continued with Mery’s program which without doubt has helped strengthen my leg and has given me a complete new lease of life.

I recently cycled to Wales which was over 300 miles in three days, I skied in Whistler for seven weeks and my right leg became the leading leg. It is so much stronger than the other leg which unfortunately looks as if I will have to have a similar operation. The most invaluable advice Professor Barrett gave me was to have gone to the Perform centre, Mery gave me complete confidence.”

About Spire Healthcare

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Starting rehabilitation following surgery can be a big step “I was very nervous about putting my knees through any kind of exercise” Melvin tells us “but from that moment on I realised that I have nothing to worry about.The treatment did not damage to my knee and by attending Mery’s sessions on a weekly basis I have made the most of amazing recovery.”

Spire Healthcare is a leading independent hospital group in the United Kingdom. We deliver high standards of care, with integrity and compassion and from high-quality facilities to our insured, Self-pay and NHS patients. From our 38 hospitals, 10 clinics and two Specialist Cancer Care Centres across England,Wales and Scotland, we provide diagnostics, in-patient, daycase and out-patient care. We also own and operate sports medicine, physiotherapy and rehabilitation brand, Perform. Working in partnership with over 3,800 experienced consultants, our hospitals delivered tailored, personalised care to more than 274,000 in-patients and daycase patients in 2016. Spire Healthcare offers in-patient/daycase procedures in areas including orthopaedics, gynaecology, cardiology, neurology, oncology and general surgery and also diagnostic services including imaging and pathology, and is the principal independent provider by volume of knee and hip operations in the United Kingdom. We also offer out-patient services, such as consulting, minor procedures, treatments, health checks and physiotherapy.

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Nature – A Question of Perspective BY CLAIRE THURLOW If you look down on it you won’t have to worry about perspective,” Helen, the art tutor, suggests.

ripe fruit in droves. Free food for everyone, but a total pain for the gardener.

I rearrange the single maple leaf on my desk and prepare to put HB pencil to paper. As a complete novice, I have yet to master the art of drawing a three dimensional object, so the prospect of a nice, flat leaf is appealing. It’s a thing of beauty. Its lobes are traced with dozens of delicate veins and it radiates sunset-orange in the sunshine which streams in through the studio skylights. It brings back memories of time in Vermont, where sugaring season in the New England woods results in delicious maple syrup to drizzle on buttermilk pancakes. Doing artistic justice to something so simple, yet so perfect, is a challenge. But the process is enjoyably mindful; two hours to forget about everyday preoccupations and concentrate on observing, and attempting to replicate, a natural wonder.

Stealthy ivy prises apart a stone wall, the painstaking work of a former resident, and which is now in danger of collapse; but ivy is a vital food source for bees during the winter, so I should let it be (or at least restrict my tidying to a minor trim).

But how will I feel about leaves in a month’s time? It’s all very well having the odd leaf drift to the ground to be scooped up for some still-life sketching, but what about when the lawn, paths and driveway are littered with them? Trees provide shade on a hot day, shelter for birds and animals, and are a vital part of the eco-system, but many of us will be cursing them after days of backaching work with rakes and wheelbarrows. Helen has brought in a bucket of natural treasures gathered from the hedgerow as subjects for our still-life endeavours – spiky twigs covered in blackberries, a clutch of rosehips and trailing tendrils of ivy. I have mixed feelings about blackberries. Great with apple in a crumble with custard; not so great on the thick, bramble stems which invade the garden and lacerate bare arms when you’re weeding.The blackbirds love them, and pollinators are attracted to the

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Helen gingerly offers me a sprig of rose as my next drawing project. The blooms have long gone, but almost better, and far more robust, are the rose hips, or haws, which have taken their place.This is what you get if you forget to deadhead your roses; the petals fall away leaving the seed pods. Those dog roses in my garden, which lurk at the back of a border and have pierced my hands with their thorns, even through thick gloves, have made up for it with an autumnal feast for finches, blackbirds and thrushes. Leave them to ripen for a bit and they can produce wonderful jellies and vinegars, with a big hit of vitamin C. Rosehips range from orangey red to purplish black depending on the species, and they make an even more striking picture in late autumn when they’re coated with frost. There are no snippings of hawthorn in Helen’s bucket, but the hedgerows are full of these prickly native shrubs. From September they’re bursting with scarlet berries, food for tiny wrens and boisterous starlings alike. Like the rosehips, hawthorn berries are essential winter provisions for birds and insects. My still-life is finished, and it’s recognisable as a maple leaf. Not too bad for a first attempt. In the weeks to come, when leaves fall on the garden in torrents, and I’m hacking my way through brambles and dog roses, I’ll try to remember that Nature is not designed for my convenience! It’s all a matter of perspective.


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Community

ALRESFORD ROTARY SUPPORTS THE MURRAY PARISH TRUST

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n late August Alresford Rotary Club donated £5,000 to the Murray Parish Trust. The donation comprised the proceeds of the Club’s 10k Road Race, held on 18th June 2017, topped-up with money raised at the Club’s tombola bottle stall during the annual Alresford Watercress Festival held on 21st May.

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1869 Map of the Avenue signed by Charles Sumner

n 1869, one hundred and forty eight years ago, four years after the railway arrived in Alresford, the Bishop of Winchester gifted to the Town 4 ½ acres of land both sides of the Avenue with a freshly planted avenue of lime trees over the old sheep road that led down from Drove Lane to Pound Hill, and then on to Broad Street. The land was to be used for the recreation of the inhabitants of the town and no other purpose whatsoever, specifically, no building was to be allowed. The Bishop’s aim was clearly to keep it as special as possible. And so it has remained. Somewhat miraculously given all the changes around it. For the first 21 years it was owned by the Bailiff and Burgesses, but in a government reorganisation it was entrusted to the New Alresford Town Trust, along with the old fire station and the Broad Street trees, with the income from holding fairs and market in Broad Street to support it - exactly as it is today. Of course, some of the trees have been lost along the way as you can easily see the younger trees they have been replaced with. But they have not been attacked the way that the elms on the south side of the avenue were. Today there are still 84 mature trees in the Avenue, and given there are known Lime trees that are 350 years old they may only be half way through their life.

Rotarian Mark Porter, Chairman of Alresford Rotary’s Community Service Committee, is pictured presenting the Club’s cheque to the husband and wife team of Sarah Parish and James Murray in the garden of their home near Alresford. The Murray Parish Trust (www. themurrayparishtrust.com), of which actors Sarah and James are the founding trustees, is committed to raising £4m to fund a brand new Paediatric Emergency & Trauma Department (A&E) based in Southampton to cover the entire South of England and The Channel Islands. The challenge is in memory of their first daughter, Ella Jayne, who they lost to a congenital heart defect in 2009. Jon McKenzie, President of RC Alresford, said, “The Rotary Club of Alresford is delighted to make such a significant contribution to the Murray Parish Trust, which aims to make life so much better for very sick children. It is gratifying to know that the Club’s donation of £5,000 will be doubled to £10,000 in real terms, thanks to Government funding”.

CAR BOOT SALE BREAKS ALL PREVIOUS RECORDS

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he Annual Car Boot Sale in aid of Home-Start Winchester has broken all previous records and made over £2,100 for the family support charity. Event organiser Caroline Stanley declared it to be "a fantastic result and worth all the hard work," as 58 car booters filled the park at Bramdean on the hottest Bank Holiday Monday for 50 years. The event was masterminded by Caroline who has organised the sale for over 30 years. All the gate monies went to the charity and the fund raising team also put up their own stall packed with goodies that were snapped up throughout the morning.

c1890 with the old track road on the centre and the new road on the right.

Walking thought the shady vista you can imagine the families who made their way from the local farms into town on market day, and undoubtedly, the numerous pubs in town. The grandeur of the trees, the daffodils and crocuses in the spring and the vista hiding the properties from view combine to make a grand entrance to Alresford from the west, with the town opening up in front you at the end, whether you are walking or on the road. Of course, all this needs some TLC, and the Trust will be undertaking some tree management this autumn, taking down one heavily diseased lime tree along with two poplars on the other side of the road, and clearing out a lot of dead branches in the top of the trees. And, of course, replanting for the next 150 years. Looking at it today we can be grateful to past generations of Alresfordians who have looked after the trees and the land to preserve the glorious entrance to the town. Keith Divall is Trustee with responsibility for the Avenue and can be contacted at keith@divall.net

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PERINS SCHOOL CELEBRATES

OUTSTANDING GCSE RESULTS

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erins School is celebrating another year of outstanding GCSE examination results, rewarding the exceptionally hard work of students and staff. In a year of changes to performance measures as well as curriculum requirements, the students exceeded all expectations and the school has seen a significant increase from 2016 on all key measures. In comparison with 2016, the ‘old’ headline figure of 5A*-C including English and Maths saw a 7 percentage points increase on last year’s excellent results. Over 28% of all entries achieved at least an A grade. The core subjects achieved staggering results of 88% A*-C equivalent in English and 79% A*-C equivalent in Maths. Science results were also notably incredibly high, including 99% A*-C in Biology and over 93% A*-C in both Chemistry and Physics. Headteacher, Mr Steve Jones, commented, “Behind these excellent results are stories of individuals. I know the many hours of work that our staff and students have put into achieving these exceptional results. We took the moral decision to ‘break from the pack’ and, where other schools were narrowing their curriculum at the detriment of areas such as sport and the arts to focus on core and English Baccalaureate subjects, we invested heavily into a more holistic approach. I am delighted that not only is this reflected in the overall results, but that those very core subjects of Maths and English have shown significant improvements as a result of students becoming ‘immersed’ in life at Perins. Of note should be the major increases in our English Baccalaureate and English and Maths combined ‘Good+’ pass figures with a further 10% rise from last year’s commendable figures. This, along with the significant number of our young people achieving the new grade 9, indicates that our students, in a yeargroup labelled nationally as ‘guinea pigs’, have shown that they have the resilience, intellect and work ethic that will ensure that they will achieve major successes throughout their lives. I am proud to be working with such committed staff, supportive parents and most importantly an outstanding student body that never fails to impress me with their attitudes, abilities and support for one another.”

Some of the notable successes at Perins: • Our top performers this year with average points’ scores exceeding 57 are Maia Cave, Sophia Hawkins, Ben Matthews, Eleanor Moss and Josh Taylor. Sophia, Eleanor and Josh gained A* and A (9-8) grades in all ten of their GCSE subjects. • Exceptional results were achieved in the non-core subjects including: Drama 98%, Music 96%, Physical Education 92%, Textiles 89%, Computing 84%, and History 83%. • An equivalent of 83% (Good+) achieved 5 A*-C. • An equivalent of 76% (Good+) achieved 5 A*-C, including English and Maths. • 41% of pupils achieved the English Baccalaureate, bettering last year’s figure by a 11 percent point increase. For further details please contact: Olivia Cook Marketing Manager Tel: 01962 737252 Email: cook@perins.hants.sch.uk Website: www.perins.net

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he Holiday Inn Winchester is to host a third special charity fund-raising event for the Hampshire based charity Hounds for Heroes, with the return of its popular Curry and Quiz night on Thursday, 12th October.

“The fund raising evening will combine a challenging quiz devised by our general manager Marc Solarz, who is a very keen quizer, and a home cooked curry buffet,” commented Sarah Waddington, sales manager at the hotel. “The two previous events have been very popular, with many of the participating teams asking us to put on a third event. We have raised £1429 so far from the first two events and want to add to that total, so that the charity can train more dogs to help injured service men and women.” “The hotel has worked closely with Hounds for Heroes for the last three years, sponsoring free accommodation in our eight fully adapted wheelchair friendly rooms, which we felt could be utilised to help this worthwhile charity. Our staff and guests at the hotel love seeing the assistance dogs working with the veterans and seeing the positive life changing difference they can make.” Tickets to the event are £14.95 including entry to the quiz and a home cooked Indian Buffet, specially prepared by the hotel’s 2 AA Rosette Award winning team. The food will be served from 7pm and the quiz will start at 7.45 pm. To book call 01962 670700 or email events@hiwinchester.co.uk

CHARITY CHRISTMAS CARDS MORE THAN 50 CHARITIES!

On Sale At THE CHARITY CHRISTMAS CARD SHOP Tourist Information Centre WINCHESTER GUILDHALL 26th OCTOBER – 16th DECEMBER 2017 MONDAY – SATURDAY 10am-4.30pm All Proceeds to Charity

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In Omnia Excellentia “As someone who felt particularly shy when starting at secondary school, I believe that Perins has offered me a variety of experiences which inevitably shaped me to be the conscientious student I am today. I feel as though Perins creates an inviting atmosphere for students to thrive in.” Nadiya Khair, Year 11 student

To experience life as a Perins Student, visit our website to book a tour of the school

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METHOD Peel and core the apples, slice and place in a preserving pan or heavy based saucepan. Simmer the fruit in half of the vinegar until soft. Add all other ingredients and cook gently until the mixture is reduced to a thick pulp. This can take 30 – 40 minutes depending on the ripeness of the fruit. Allow to cool slightly and then pour into clean warm jam jars and seal tightly. COOKS TIP If the job of preparing the fruit puts you off – ‘Lakeland Kitchenware’ sell a great gadget that peels cores and slices apples in one go. Job done in minutes! From Jane’s Kitchen. An eclectic collection of seasonal recipes. Available from Caracoli, Alresford - Leckford Farm Shop and Chilbolton Village Stores - Price £6.99


Christmas Festivities

W E L O O K F O R WA R D T O W E L C O M I N G YO U T H I S F E S T I V E S E A S O N Christmas Parties

Christmas Day

New Year’s Eve Party Packages

We have delicious Christmas menus from £20.00 per person for private parties, large or small, which can be held in one of our stunning function rooms – The traditional Dining Room, Watercress Room or our hidden secret, The Undercroft.

Enjoy the most special lunch of the year with your family in our festive surroundings. Our Chefs have created a special seasonal menu. We have a selection of beautiful starters, traditional and less traditional main courses and a tasty choice of desserts. There are mince pies too, of course. Adults: £70, Children under 12: £25

Celebrate the New Year in style with Mia and the Cats, a wonderful vintage 4-piece band. Dress to impress from the fabulous 50’s to the swinging 60’s. Entry to Party and light buffet £15 per person. If you would like to include a 3 Course Dinner: £60 per person. If you would like to include accommodation, breakfast and 3 course dinner: £240 per couple.

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The Swan Hotel

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For more information or to book a table please visit: www.swanhotelalresford.com get in touch via email: swanhotel@btinternet.com or call 01962 732302

RIOJA WINE TASTING

Rediscover the Wines of Rioja at our next Tasting Event

Saturday 14th October

2-6pm

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WIN A beautiful Obaku Ladies Watch worth ÂŁ155*

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COMPETITION QUESTION What is the capital of Denmark Answer: A Stockholm | B Copenhagen | C Oslo TO ENTER simply insert your name and contact telephone number below and pop your entry into our shop in West Street, Alresford. Alterntatively email: info@d.barkerandson.co.uk with your answer. Please put the words Forum Compeition in the subject title. Only one entry per person. The winning entry will be drawn in store and the winner notified by us. *The winner will be drawn on Tues 17th October, winner announced Weds 18th Oct (no purchase necessary) Your Name

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Artisan Route is a young business just 2 years old, but with a wealth of experience gathered over many years by Clive Webber, there is a maturity underpinning this new brand. Artisan Route specialises in rare pieces of Alpaca Knitwear, exotic hand woven Silk Scarves, and their ‘Perfect Fit’ Pima Cotton Tops are an example of real excellence, with an attention to fit and finish which just ‘shout’ quality. Clive is no newcomer to Alpaca and Pima Cotton products, having built up a solid reputation, working extensively in Peru and Bolivia for over 20 years, and with products sold throughout much of the UK and Scandinavia. Clive has had connections with this corner of Hampshire for close to 15 years and is delighted to be making this very first event at Bishop’s Sutton Village Hall. On Saturday 21 October Artisan Route will be holding a one day Open Day Event at the Bishop’s Sutton Village Hall from 10.30am 4pm. They will be showing their Autumn collection all of which will be available for sale on the day. They will be delighted to welcome visitors along with their friends and families to this Open Day. You can check out their collection in advance at www.artisanroute.co.uk (entering this full address)

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Market Square UNIQUE - BESPOKE - ECLECTIC - LOCAL

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We supply the best parkas at affordable prices. Please contact us for details of other colours and lengths. Tel: 07973 688251 | jojoinspired.com

Silver & 18ct Gold 'Fire & Ice' Ring - Size 'O' £895 One of an exclusive range of one-off designs by Gill Mallett. Tel: 01794 511220 | www.hampshireartandcraft.org

PS by Paul Smith - Biker Jacket 35 West Street, Alresford, SO24 9AB Tel: 01962 733277 | www.modarosa.co.uk

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For all your Christmas Meat and Game. We are taking orders NOW. Tel: 01962 735221 | 5 Broad Street, SO24 9AR

Winter boots like GEOX Arzach £60 11 East Street, Alresford, SO24 9EQ Tel: 01962 733926 | www.billygoatshoes.co.uk

Carousel Horses Twirly Organic Dress by Frugi - Available in sizes 3-7y £30 2, Bakehouse Yard, Alresford, SO24 9AU Tel: 01962 734488 | www.ragamuffin-uk.com

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Equestrian Fencing & Timber Ltd

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Super Fine Handmade Indian Kazak Kelim 200 x 140cm £490 huge selection of rugs available in store Tel: 01962 734504 | www.handmaderugs.co.uk

Keep small logs out of the weather with this British made log store - £145. High Ridge Farm, Hospital Road, Shirrell Heath

Planning a party? We offer an extensive range of China, Cutlery, Glassware, Linen & more for all your hire needs Tel: 07836 745603 | www.jasminechinahire.co.uk

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Alresford Gift Shop

Delilah Boutique

Bronze-finish handsome hare - (h)8cm - £39 36 West Street, Alresford, SO24 9AU Tel: 01962 732507 | www.design-realities.co.uk

New jewellery styles arriving all the time - Gun metal necklace with magnetic fastening Tel: 01962 732192 | 10 West Street, Alresford

Dress by In Wear £94.95 34 West Street, Alresford, SO24 9AU Tel: 01962 738470 | Delilah Boutique

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Alresford Linen Co.

D.Barker & Son

Andrew Smith & Son - Auctioneers

Make your home cosy during the dark, cold nights of Autumn with our lambswool throws, soft cushions and scented candles. Tel: 01962 734221 | www.alresfordlinen.co.uk

WIN this beautiful Obaku ladies watch £155 (see page 30) 40A West Street, , Alresford, SO24 9AU Tel: 01962 732200 | www.dbarkerandson.co.uk

Monthly Antiques Auction Sat 14 Oct - Fine Art, Antiques, Interiors & Collectables Auction - Tues 31 Oct & Wed 1 Nov. Tel: 01962 735988 | www.andrewsmithandson.com

Pulpo Negro

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An award winning tapas restaurant situated in the heart of Alresford. Book now for you Christmas parties and celebrations Tel: 01962 732262 | www.pulponegro.co.uk

Our Autumn/Winter collection has arrived! From cosy jumpers & coats to silk blouses & boots, there’s lots to keep you stylish this season! Tel: 01962 733242 | www.42weststreet.co.uk

Natural Fir Wood and Iron 4 drawer, 2 door unit - £435 29 West Street, New Alresford, SO24 9AB Tel: 01962 736311 | www.interiorstyle.biz

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MAYFLY VINTAGE FURNITURE,

CHRISTMAS CRAFT AND JEWELLERY

LIGHTING AND HOMEWARE

FAIR AT THE GUILDHALL, WINCHESTER

SHOWROOM NOW OPEN

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he Mayfly team has an excellent eye for finding original quality vintage items which they source across the UK and Europe. Demand for their lovely pieces has grown both locally and internationally so they are excited to announce the opening of their new showroom. Set on a picturesque farm on the outskirts of Winchester, close to the beautiful market town of Stockbridge, is a 3,000 sq ft showroom full of vintage antique furniture and homeware. “Mayfly Vintage was established after years of my husband and I collecting vintage pieces of furniture and homeware across the UK and Europe. Collecting pieces is our passion and we wanted to share what we find. We only stock items which we would have in our own home and our style is an eclectic mix: reclaimed rustic, industrial, French vintage, country house, mid century and decorative pieces. The majority of our pieces are one-off unique items so our stock changes all the time. We only sell genuine vintage items.

For opening times please visit our website or www.mayflyvintage.co.uk Mayfly Vintage, The Old Stables, Chilbolton Down Farm, Stockbridge, SO20 6BU.

THE CURTIS MUSEUM & ALLEN GALLERY ALLEN GALLERY EXHIBITION I am not who you think I am. Saturday 2 – Tuesday 29 September. Evening Talks Mrs Clay’s Freckles : Regency Beauties and Jane Austen A talk on behalf of the Friends of the Curtis Museum & Allen Gallery by Annalie Talent. 12 October 7.30pm - FREE Treloar: The Man and His Hospital Luath Grant Ferguson tells the story of Lord Mayor Treloar and the hospital that bears his name - 26 October, 7:30pm Cost: £5 The Story of Sweet Fanny Adams by Alton Fringe Theatre 26 October, 7:30pm - Please note this will take place in the Friend’s Meeting House nearby. Cost: £5 WORKSHOPS Dorset Button making - 3 October, 11:00am – 1:00pm. Join Deborah Woodland for a Dorset Button making workshop. Learn about the history of Dorset Buttons and use your sewing and embroidery skills to make your own buttons to take home. Suitable for beginners. Cost: £15 Drawing Class with Ronnie Ireland - 7 October, 11:00am-2:00pm. Ronnie returns to Alton to lead this class using the delights of the Allen Gallery as inspiration.. Materials and light refreshments provided. Prebooking essential, limited places available. Cost: £25 CURTIS MUSEUM Half Term Family Trail - 21 - 28 October. Pop in and explore the museum with our special half term family trail. Free, donations welcome Museum By Torchlight - 26 October 5:30pm – 7:30pm Take part in our very popular family trail around the museum. Bring a torch and explore the museum at night. £3.00 per child. No need to book. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 34

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raft In Focus will be staging a mixed discipline craft fair alongside its popular Desire Jewellery and Silversmithing Fair at the Guildhall in Winchester this year form 17-19 November making a visit even more worthwhile.

The organisers of the Desire Fair will be using other rooms within The Guildhall to allow visitors to view and purchase contemporary crafts such as artwork, furniture, ceramics, glass, fashion, woodwork, handbags, scarves, metalwork and textiles. This is in addition to the stunning collection of contemporary jewellery and stylish silversmithing work being exhibited within the Bapsy and King Charles Halls at The Guildhall. If you have not visited a Craft in Focus event, this will change your perception of ‘Craft Fairs’ entirely. Both these events will offer the public a calibre of exhibitor rarely seen at other fairs, offering a perfect opportunity to see outstanding work and craftsmanship from these talented British makers. Whether you’re looking to treat yourself, purchase a unique gift for someone special or commission something for a special occasion, make a date to visit these two events. Opening times for this year’s event are 12.30pm – 6.30pm on Friday and 10am – 5pm Saturday and Sunday. Admission is £4.50 which covers admission for both events. For further information contact the organisers on 01622 747 325 or visit the web site at www.desirefair.com or www.craftinfocus.com Venue: The Guildhall, Broadway, High Street, Winchester, SO23 9GH

FORTHCOMING GURKHA MUSEUM LECTURES AND CURRY LUNCHES 2017

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ight and life in the middle hills - A photographic perspective on life in nepal. Speaker: Lieutenant Colonel Johnny Fenn. Friday 13th October 2017 from 10.30am, coffee and biscuits will be served on arrival in The Library with Lecture commencing at 11.00am followed by Curry Lunch with cash bar in the McDonald Gallery. Tickets available for each event from the Admin Officer, Mary Brown. The Gurkha Museum, Peninsula Barracks, Romsey Road, Winchester. SO23 8TS. Email admin@thegurkhamuseum.co.uk or Tel: 01962 842832 - Cost £30 (£25 for Friends of the Museum)


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Learn basic basketry techniques to create simple decorative and functional items for the home and for Christmas.

The Alresford Arts

Four workshops are being held at Beauworth on 30th September, st 1 , 11th and 25th November, £55.

Festival

Art Exhibition

Long Barn, Alresford

Details on facebook: @LouiseBrownBasketmaker or contact Louise direct by email LB.Brown@icloud.com

Friday 13th - Sunday 15th October

FREE ENTRY Also at White Space Alresford a demonstration of portrait painting by Karen Popham Saturday 14th October - 10am to 1pm

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Willow Weaving Workshops

Tickets £6 - available from Jo Bunce - Tel: 01962 736346 email: jo@thealresfordartsfestival.co.uk Gill Grant - Tel: 01962 734978 email: gill@thealresfordartsfestival.co.uk Kindly Sponsored by: Long Barn, Forum Publications, White Space Alresford, Thomas Miller, Naked Grape and In The Mix.

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Alresford Town Council Reports

t seems incredible that it is already October. The Town’s summer festivals have now given way to autumnal events such as the annual apple pressing, Night Fair and bonfire/firework display. For NATC October, is in many respects, the start of the new Council year, which begins with the preparation of the forthcoming year’s annual budget. This budget needs to be approved by Winchester City Council in December in order that the precept is paid in time for the start of the next Council financial year on the 31st March. In addition to the annual budget NATC committees will be working on their 5 year plan during October to December. This longer term plan will impact the budgeting process for 201819 as the Council includes monies to be set aside in reserve to contribute to future major expenditure. October is therefore an ideal moment to let us know if there are activities you would like us to do more or less of; please do let us know. Hampshire County Council are equally in the thick of budget discussions, as they work within the austerity measures and cuts imposed by central Government. Disappointingly, we understand that one of the areas that has suffered funding cuts is road maintenance. The practical impact of this reduced funding will be a longer waiting time for repairs to take place. With regard to current planning consultations, we are trying to achieve maximum benefits from the Sun Hill development, whilst mitigating its impact. In this regard it is important to remember that Hampshire County Council control all aspects of road design, layouts

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and safety measures, not developers. The developers are required to implement HCC’s demands. In our discussions relating to the proposed West Street improvements, we are attempting to overcome problems of pedestrian mobility scooter access and environmental upgrading. We are trying to acquire for the town a just proportion of CIL money levied from developers. Finally, the Recreation committee are looking at measures to protect the Stratton Bates playing field from unauthorised occupation. In deciding which measures to take, we need to bear in mind that the playing field is used, during the festival season as an overflow car park. We are particularly keen to hear from the regular users of the park and those who live in close proximity, with views on whether preventative measures are required and if so, what is the preferred method of deterrent. If possible, the reasoning behind your view would be very helpful. Skate-park Danger We have become aware that a small group of people have been smashing glass bottles at the skate-park and leaving rubbish. Clearly broken glass is a dangerous hazard for everyone but we are particularly concerned that children and animals that use this part of the park may be injured. If you do see any suspicious activity in the area please immediately inform the Town Clerk and/or the police. Pavement Obstructions If you are a wheelchair user, push a pram/buggy or use

a walking aid we would appreciate your assistance. If your pavement access is obstructed by an overgrown hedge that is taking up part of the pavement, please let us know. We can then notify Hampshire County Council who will contact and advise the householder/land owner. Alresford Apple Festival Sunday 15th October Wondering what to do with all those windfalls? Worry ye not, gather them up, pick some others and bring them to Alresford’s 'Apple Day'. After last year's successful inaugural event, the Alresford Rotary club are back with an even bigger Apple Day. This year Hampshire Farmers Market and the Alresford Rotary club will be organising the event that will take place, at Perrins Car Park on Sunday 15th October from 10am to 2pm. There is no entry fee. They will be crushing and pressing apples and there will be over 35 stalls with local produce.

ARC News The ARC has continued to attract a number of new day and evening classes; please see local press for details. It has also been busy providing a venue for the Rugby and Football clubs to entertain their visiting teams. There have also been a number of local businesses who have chosen the ARC as a venue to host hospitality events; we understand that the ample on-site car parking and the attractive full length balcony where considered positive attractions in selecting the building. The facilities available for rent at the ARC include, an events room with access to the balcony, a function hall and fully furnished office accommodation. For terms and conditions please contact the Town Clerk Karen Ross. New Alresford Town Council Arlebury Park, The Avenue, Alresford, Hampshire, SO24 9EP Open 9am–5pm 01962 732079 www.newalresfordtc.org.uk

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If you are interested in purchasing this delightful Sweet Trolley please email: finclerk@ newalresfordtc.org.uk or ring 01962732079 for further details or to arrange a viewing.


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ampshire County Council has recently improved its website. I like it - and I hope you do too. The front page is simple and the names of the sections reflect their purpose. You can see this in the activities page, based on venues across Hampshire that are managed by Hampshire County Council. They have been putting significant investment to improve ‘the brew, the view and the loo’! You can see opening times and full details at www. hants.gov.uk/thingstodo Even though Hampshire is on target with their ‘Wave 2 Broadband ’ programme to put 97% homes onto superfast broadband by 2019, a fibre to cabinet system is still elusive for many of us, and so I was pleased to hear that Hampshire has set up the £1million Community Match Funding Scheme. This scheme is designed to offer support to communities in the last 2.6% of properties in Hampshire that are not currently expected to be covered by the Hampshire Superfast Broadband Programme. For more information please go to www.hants.gov.uk/broadband, and complete the enquiry form, and let me know how you get on. As you read this, there will have been a decision to go forward with a reduction to 40mph at the Cart and Horses junction on the A33, adding CCTV and proposed street lighting. I know many of you are hoping to see bigger changes here, but it is heartening to know that our lobbying (through the change.org petition) for a lower speed has had some effect. Our MP and I met with the Exec Member at HCC to discuss this again earlier in September: he and I agreed that we will continue to work for the same outcome on this matter, which is a safe junction for all road users.

MAY YOU LIVE IN INTERESTING TIMES

I recently attended an excellent Hampshire Chamber of Commerce seminar on GDPR- the new data protection legislation which comes into force in April 2018. There have been several high-profile cases against charities and companies as they try to sort out their databases in preparation for the deadline, so it’s important to get this right. The aim of the legislation is threefold: to reduce nuisance contacts, only to collect data (stored carefully) if it is needed to do the job and to dispose of it (very carefully) when you no longer need it. This seminar is one of many being offered at the moment and I advise Charity Trustees to take advantage of one of the many courses being offered. Last but not- please ‘shop local’ We all value our local high street, the social contacts we make there and the colour it brings to our daily lives. Local shops report that purchases online put real pressure on the high street every year but business rates remain high. If we are to support our local shops, especially in the run up to Christmas, we need to spend our money right here in the district! Thank you! Cllr Jackie Porter, text 07973 696 085, tel: 01962 791054, email: Jackie@jackieporter.co.uk, website: www.jackieporter.co.uk

the smaller individual shops are being priced out of their markets. Even large department stores such as M&S are struggling to find their role in a marketplace which once was theirs alone. Social media sites have multiplied and diversified since the early days of LastMinute.com and offer the user virtually unlimited access to anyone anywhere anytime. Facebook, Google and Twitter provide anyone with internet access to communicate and share information with others irrespective of location.

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o goes the ancient Chinese proverb or curse, depending on what you read. The arrival of the internet in the late 1990s would definitely be classed as Interesting Times; as to whether this is a proverb or a curse is debatable and again, depending on what you read, may be seen as either a curse or a blessing. The Internet today has matured since those early pioneering years. Websites have changed in look and feel and will undoubtedly change some more, driven by the constant marketing desire to be new and modern. eCommerce transactions now make up over 8% of all retail sales in the US and growth in this sector topped 14% over 2016 in the UK alone. But this trend comes at a cost. UK High Streets are changing, due in no small measure to this on-line shopping surge and

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But with this explosion of accessibility comes loss of privacy. Personal information is disseminated in the twinkling of an eye and with little regard to the individual. Data concerning credit cards, names and addresses, debts and spending habits are available to almost anyone who has the desire to obtain it. Unsavoury characters lurk in the shadows ready to take advantage of anyone who lets them and continue to exploit loopholes in international law. The Internet is like any tool. It requires knowledge on how to use it safely and can be dangerous if the unwary fail to take heed. Understanding how to use it safely is key to enjoying its almost limitless benefits, which is where New Tricks can help. New Tricks has great experience of managing access to and use of the Internet safely and is there to provide support and advice as required. For further information please go to www.newtricks.tech. Christopher Duff


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Professional USING YOUR WILL TO SAFEGUARD YOUR MINOR CHILDREN AFTER YOUR DEATH

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ew people think about what would happen to their children if they, themselves, die young. It is morbid and can seem as if you are tempting fate. Most of us feel indestructible between the ages of 20 and 45. There is always something more urgent to spend your money on than having a Will prepared. Typically your salary arrives in your account and goes straight out again to pay for the mortgage and other unavoidable expenses. However you can make sure that if the unthinkable happened, you would have some control over what happened to your children. You can appoint a guardian, of your choice, in your will. Here are some frequently asked questions:Why should I appoint a guardian in my will? Appointing a guardian in your will gives you the opportunity to choose the people who would look after your children if you died whilst the children were still under the age of 18. You can select people that you trust, who already have a relationship with your children and might be the best “fit” for the children. If your children are old enough, you can ask them whom they would choose to look after them until they are 18. You can include wishes about how you would like your children to be brought up. You may want them to continue with music lessons, to be brought up in a particular faith, or to continue their education at the same school if the guardian lives in the same area. Importantly, it gives you a chance to ask a friend or a relative if they are prepared to act in this role or if they would prefer not to do so.

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Could the children continue to go to their school and see other family members or friends? Is this person financially stable? Is this person physically capable of caring for my children? An elderly relative may not be appropriate for very young children.

It is possible to appoint guardians who live abroad but it may not be practical. The guardian would have no automatic right to live in the UK because of their appointment as guardian nor would the child automatically be able to leave the country to move to live with the guardian. For further advice contact Catherine Paget, Paget Will Writing Ltd: Tel: 07786 626979 or catherine.paget@pagetwillwriting.co.uk www.pagetwillwriting.co.uk

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n my particular Hampshire market town there has been a sudden and very visible outbreak of severe ……fitness. It’s everywhere! No matter how early one rises you can bet your bottom dollar, or just your chubby bottom, that there will be one of those women who has already worked out and is now on her way for vitamin packed green smoothie or at worst herbal tea and granola with yoghurt. How do they do it I ask myself? Post workout (ah those were the days) I was generally reduced to a sweaty heap with a redness in the face that took some hours to subside. I was at a trough gulping water like a camel about to cross the Sahara. No this is a new breed of workout woman; they are already a fraction of their birth body weight making a size six look roomy, their dedication means they haven’t eaten a chip since the 90s.They are clad in the very latest styles, everyday a different colour co-ordinated head to toe breathable fitness fashion statement with immaculate hair, make up and jewellery. Jeepers, what chance do ordinary mortals have clad in last years leggings, which cover enormous pants and an old away strip football shirt that happily conceals a rather grey sports bra. What’s this Sandra? Do we detect a touch of jealousy? No! Well yes…I mean no. It’s just they are so bloody perfect! One gets to my age and if you haven’t achieved a marathon or two and are not a size eight then you may as well forget it and revert to the theory that one must either sacrifice face or hips. In other words ‘there are no wrinkles on a balloon’ as my Mum once kindly told me.The older more knackered and fatter version of womanhood simply can’t compete. Or can we…. There was a knock at the door, ‘Sign here please’, said a young man as he thrust an overly large box at me. It had arrived!

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For everything there is a season as they say, and the days of being seen out in public in anything remotely athletic are long gone and as such I have become a part of an underground movement. All over Hampshire in converted garages, garden sheds or a corner of the spare room we ordinary women of a certain age have grasped the metal and purchased a ‘Core Strength Machine’, (complete with simple assembly instructions and exercise DVD), Oh yes! We are all doing our triceps, biceps and deep core exercises as instructed by a steroid fed orange American. My core strength machine is not dissimilar to a giant hole punch in shape, once you have managed to get onto the floor you sit with your back against the bar and lean back as part of your ‘sit up’ exercise.The bar supports you as you do so and your core and pelvic floor (mine is more like a pelvic shag pile carpet) resist as you slowly rise back up with hands clasped behind your head. One can tighten a gadget at the side to increase the resistance of the backward movement, a word of caution though, I started off at the highest setting and very nearly catapulted myself across the room on the way back up. Imagine the thud against the window and my face slowly sliding down- what a treat for the neighbours, ‘I see Sandra’s doing her core strengthening again’. Of course there is a reason why those fitness females look so pert and perfect, it’s called dedication, hours and hours they spend working out. My resolve is weak, and my core strength is not all it should be. Now the machine resides in a cupboard as I was fed up with stubbing my toe on it. Will I get my core up to strength? Starting again this week! Sandra Pagan


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What's On OCTOBER 7 OCTOBER Badger Farm Community Centre Auction : 2pm Drop off lots to sell 9-9.30am.Viewing from 12.30pm.To include China, Coins, Ephemera, Collectables, Old Toys, Jewellery, small items of Furniture, not Household goods, Car Boot Items or modern Electricals. Sellers booking recommended. Please call Claire 01962 734941 or Bob 01962 733475 for bookings or further information. www.auctionsinaday.co.uk

7 OCTOBER Coffee Morning The Michael Project invites you to a coffee morning in the John Pearson Hall, from 10am with a sale table and Raffle. Contact Margaret Stewart: 01962 735185

9 OCTOBER The Giles Group Talk 2pm at Alresford Community Centre “Life of a harbour pilot in Southampton” by Gareth Rees

12 OCTOBER Annual Bridge Tea From 2pm – 5pm.The White House, Main Road, Littleton,Winchester SO22 6QS. Come and join us for a friendly competition and a gorgeous homemade tea. To book a table (£50 per table), or to make a donation, please contact: Susie Evershed, Compton Close, Cliff Way, Compton, Nr Winchester SO21 2AP. Or email: smevershed@gmail.com or telephone 01962 712009, 07979248471 Or download an application form from our website: www.winchestergold.org.uk

14 OCTOBER Fun Bingo Evening Eyes Down Look in... From 7.30pm at St John's Hall, Alresford Ploughman's Supper included. Licensed Bar Entry by ticket £9.Tickets available from Claire 01962 734941 or Gill 01962 732374 All proceeds to Save the Children

15 OCTOBER Alresford Apple Festival Come and join us. at Perins Car Park, SO24 9BS. Apple pressing - bring your apples for crushing. Over 35 stalls with local produce including a cider bar, apple gin and apple burgers and sausages and much more... Apple bobbing, Juggling Jake, live music and lots to entertain you. Free entry 10am - 2pm. 44

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'The Patient Group invites all patients registered with Mansfield Park Surgery to a meeting 10.00am in Four Marks Church on Lymington Bottom. Enquiries to Chris King-Smith at mansfieldparkppg@btinternet.com

Autumn Dance Party From 7.30 - 10.30pm (approx) at Performance Hall,Winchester Discovery Centre SO23 8SB Brighten up your Autumn with a Dance Party with all the Music and Dances your Heart desires: Jive, Salsa, Bachata, Merengue,West Coast Swing, Swing, Cha Cha, Flamenco,Tango, Group Party Dancing, Club Dancing and much much more! Silvia & Max get everyone dancing! Music with DJ Max and Bar open all night! Tickets: £12 - To book your tickets contact: Silvia & Max - Salsa y Sol Dance & Yoga www.salsaysol.co.uk www.dancingwinchester.co.uk

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October Half Term Dancing Fun for Kids From 4.30 - 5.30pm at Performance Hall, Winchester Discovery Centre SO23 8SB Let your kids have the time of their life this October Half Term with some fabulous Dancing Fun & Games! Let them dance to their heart's delight to all the music they love in the amazing performance hall with huge video screen! Ages 4 - 13 £5/ special sibling rate To book your place contact: Silvia & Max Salsa y Sol Dance & Yoga www.salsaysol.co.uk www.zumbakids-winchester.co.uk

25 OCTOBER Alresford & Cheriton Thursday Cubs Bring you the Little Man Hunt At Alresford Community Centre. Enjoy the Little Man Hunt around the beautiful town of Alresford. Fun games, lovely cakes and a good English brew.What better way to fill a day in half term? Run and organised by Cub Scouts to raise money for MIND, Murray Parish Trust, Toilet Twinning and Edinburgh '18 trip.

27 - 28 OCTOBER Save the Children (Petersfield Branch) Gift Fair Churchers College will again provide the venue for this popular annual event. To be held over two days, there will be a wonderful selection of new stalls offering a wide range of items - jewellery, homeware and decorative items, luxury fashion goods, gifts for men, toys, art ware and many other fabulous items you simply won’t see in the High Street. The fair will be open on Friday, 27th October 10am - 4pm and Saturday, 28th October 10am - 4pm. Entrance £4 which includes a beautiful hessian bag and a free cup of coffee or tea. There will be free car-parking. Save the Children works in the U.K. and abroad to save childrens’ lives, battle child poverty, help families in need and delivers educational programmes in homes and schools. Do come along and support this charity and get ahead with your Christmas shopping and perhaps buy something for yourself.

Service of Comfort & Hope St John’s Parish Church, Alresford at 3pm Everyone is warmly invited to this simple and reflective service, in which we remember loved ones who have died. You may wish to bring a single flower for each person remembered and add it to the Bouquet of Memories during the service. Memorial cards, on which you can write the names of loved ones, will be available as you enter the Church. These will be collected and blessed.

29 OCTOBER Busy Bees Preschool Halloween crafts and pumpkin carving morning 10am - 12 noon at Bishops Sutton Village Hall Join us for tricks, treats and a morning of Halloween crafts, fun and activities. Pick and carve a pumpkin and make Halloween decorations ready for the big day. Mum and Dad can relax with a cuppa and a cake in our cafe. Entry costs £3 per child and includes the craft and activities and a Halloween biscuit to decorate. Pumpkins are available to carve for £2. For more information visit www.busybeesbishopssutton.co.uk , email busybeestreasurer@hotmail.co.uk or call Jo on 07769 708940.

30 OCTOBER Ropley Horticultural Society Illustrated talk 'Botanical Autumn Fireworks' with Peter Chivers, formerly of Portsmouth Parks Department. 7:45pm start at the Sports Pavilion,Vicarage Road, Ropley Parking free. £5 on the door includes refreshments, all welcome Enquiries: Jill 01962 772425

31 OCTOBER Alresford Art Society Heather Joliffe demonstrates a watercolour landscape. Evening meeting at 7.30pm Alresford Recreation Centre. For information contact 01962 736397, email jo.may@live.co.uk or visit www.artsociety.alresford.org


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give a brighter feel. A glass sided staircase can rejuvenate an older property.” So, what is involved? “We take out your existing wooden spindles and replace them with 10mm toughened glass sides. Some people keep their existing handrail and Newell posts, others go for a totally fresh look and in a small number of jobs we even take out the whole staircase and start from scratch.” What about the price? Peter explains, “Glass Sided Staircases are not an everyday item but if you have been quoted for a glass sided staircase from one of the bigger companies you will be very pleasantly surprised to get our quote. We source our glass locally and we have minimal overheads which means we can keep our prices right down and deliver a great product at an affordable price. What reaction have they had so far? Keith explains: “Within a week of launching we were quoting for our first job. We took a stand at The Alresford Show in September and we made a ‘before and after’ staircase to show people the effect of replacing wooden spindles with glass. People really got it and we have had a lot of interest.”

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fter working together off and on for many years, Keith Wake and Peter Nankivell launched The Glass Sided Staircase Company with a first Facebook post on February 1st, 2017. The post said: “And we're off! Two Hampshire blokes with a passion for light and glass.Visit www. TheGlassSidedStaircaseCompany.co.uk - Launched today.” “Yes, it was a bit cryptic,” admits Peter, “But within a week we had our first client. Getting the right name for our company was important and calling ourselves The Glass Sided Staircase Company was definitely something we got right first time.” So where did the idea for The Glass Sided Staircase Company come from? Keith Wake explains: "After fitting staircases for other big firms I realised Peter and I could design, supply and fit at more affordable prices. So, we set up The Glass Sided Staircase Company to work for people direct." What makes you stand out? Peter and Keith pride themselves on delivering craftsmanship and great service. Peter continues, “We only use quality materials and the precision part is making several templates for each job so the glass fits perfectly. We spend time getting this absolutely right and it is the only way to ensure the correct fit. Finally, it is just us. Each job starts with a free consultation and quotation, when one of us comes out to your home to discuss various options, and we do the job ourselves.” So why do people want Glass Sided Staircases? A glass sided staircase brings light into your home. Keith explains: “A lot of houses have narrow hallways which can be quite dark and the glass sides will reflect both natural and artificial light to 46

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Community SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR THE CHERITON PLAY AREA!

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he play area in Cheriton is coming to the end of its useful life. We really need to hear the views on the long-term future of this area. Please come along to our consultation event in Cheriton Village Hall on Friday 29th September 1.30pm to 8pm and Saturday 30th September 9.30am to 12.30pm. The Cheriton Play Area working group is putting a lot of effort into applying for grant funding and asking for contributions from other sources. Just coming along to the consultation event and sharing your views will give us vital facts and figures that we can use to support these bids. We would also like to give members of the community an opportunity to offer financial support to this very worthwhile project. Any donation you make will make an enormous difference and will support the development and ongoing maintenance of this area. You can make a donation towards the replacement of the swing set by following this link: www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/ cheritonplayarea If you would prefer to write a cheque please make it payable to Cheriton Parish Council and bring it to the consultation. Cheriton Play Area working group can be contacted on: cheritonplayarea@gmail.com

The 1st XV began their campaign at home against Isle of Wight, a team that finished 6th in the league last season, and came away with a fantastic victory. Our second match was against Overton away and unfortunately we fell just short. The First's have a full ALRESFORD fixture list for October and RUGBY CLUB we would love to have your support.The seconds began their campaign in their new league against one of our biggest rivals Stoneham, recording a well deserved victory. Please come along and support the 2's as this is a crucial part of the club. No first team can be strong without a committed second team.All games in October will kick off at 3pm with the bar open for refreshments on home match days.

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eptember saw the return of the Alresford Agricultural Show attracting thousands of visitors from all over the county and as always the Pigs were on duty. The Alresford Pigs Association assists the Alresford Show by co-ordinating over 200 volunteers for the setting up and running all the car parks, the ticket stations and by acting as Safety Stewards on the day. The team is run by Chris Lillywhite who is also one of the Directors/Trustees of the Show. The large number of volunteers are needed to help park cars, sell tickets and help visitors on the day of the show to ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable time. As well as The Alresford Pigs Association, volunteers come from many other local organisations and a wide variety of people from these groups give up their time to help on the day. We now move on to planning for the Festive season which for us includes the arrangements for the Arrival Of Father Christmas on December 13th, the erection of over 180 Christmas Trees on the houses and businesses in the centre of the town as well as the main Christmas Tree at the top of Broad Street. It’s a huge job for an organisation comprising only 30 members but helping give Alresford its famous festive makeover is something the Pigs enjoy immensely. Electrical testing nearly 200 lighting strings, sorting over 4,000 traditional coloured bulbs, carefully stringing each tree and then finally on a manic Saturday morning, attaching them to each property is exhausting work but the end result it something residents and visitors love dearly. Well worth the effort! The Alresford Pigs Association is a small charity comprised of people who either live or work in Alresford and come together to raise money to given financial help to those in need in Alresford and the surrounding villages. We have given money for: • Organisations such as the scouts, guides, sports and youth groups • Local schools for specific projects • School children unable to pay for school trips • Single families needing white goods • Families who need support that cannot be provided by other services • Mobility scooters • Park benches • Senior residents events and activities

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Lesley Rose, Advice Services Manager for Citizens Advice Winchester District gives advice on flight compensation.

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I’ve just got back from a week-long holiday to Greece. My outbound flight was cancelled with an hour’s notice, but I got the replacement flight provided by the airline. Can I claim compensation?

If your flight is cancelled at short notice you are legally entitled to a full refund or a replacement flight. If the replacement flight delays you arriving at your destination, you can also claim compensation directly from the airline operating the flight - unless it was cancelled due to extraordinary circumstances, like bad weather.

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The amount you can claim depends on when your replacement flight departed and arrived, how far you were travelling, and when the flight was cancelled. Start by contacting the airline’s customer services department and explain you’d like to claim compensation for the delay.

enise and Fiona are the local Age Concern Hampshire ‘Village Agent’ volunteers for Alresford. Their role is to help older people in their local community to find information and services such as: • Getting out and about: finding transport for shopping, organised trips, medical appointments and local activities • Around the Home: finding reputable trades people to help in the house and garden • Money Matters: your entitlement to claim benefits grants and loans They can also arrange a free Safe and Well visit from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service.

They will ask for your flight details and booking reference number, and explain your next steps - either writing a letter or filling in a form on their website.You’ll need to enclose copies of any tickets and receipts. Make a copy or take a screenshot of the form. If the problem isn’t resolved after 8 weeks, you can take your complaint to the Alternative Dispute Resolution service the airline is a member of, or if that doesn’t work, the Civil Aviation Authority.

Cooking Fire Safety Messages Fires from cooking appliances have consistently resulted in around half of all accidental fires in the home in England, so having smoke alarms fitted, and an escape route planned in case of fire is very important.

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Cooking safely • Avoid leaving children in the kitchen alone when cooking on the hob. Keep matches and saucepan handles out of their reach to keep them safe • Make sure saucepan handles don’t stick out – so they don’t get knocked off the hob • Take care if you’re wearing loose clothing – this can easily catch fire • Keep tea towels and cloths away from the cooker and hob • Double check the cooker is off when you’ve finished cooking • Take care if you need to leave the kitchen whilst cooking, take pans off the heat or turn them down to avoid risk Take care with electrics • Keep electrics (leads and appliances) away from water • Check toasters are clean and placed away from curtains and kitchen rolls • Keep the oven, hob and grill clean and in good working order. A build-up of fat and grease can ignite a fire Cooking with oil • Take care when cooking with hot oil – it sets alight easily • Make sure food is dry before putting it in hot oil so it doesn’t splash • If the oil starts to smoke – it’s too hot. Turn off the heat and leave it to cool Please call Denise or Fiona on 07969 376023 if you’d like to arrange a Safe and Well visit from Hampshire Fire and Rescue, or if unavailable call Age Concern Hampshire on 0800 328 7154 or email villageagent@ageconcernhampshire.org.uk

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obin Atkins (Chair of NATT) reports that the 5 Open Days in 2017 attracted a record 1192 visitors, making an overall total since the start of restoration of 7429. He further states that the reasons for this success were :-

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1,000 fliers sponsored by Jackie Porter and distributed locally. Paddy Walshe who organised efficiently the Eel House volunteer rotas, and erected safety barriers. David Woods, Eel House Committee Chair, for dealing with the Environmental Agency and creation of a Donor Board, which is due to be unveiled later this year, and the successful application of an eel catching licence. David will trial the catching (and subsequent releasing) of eels later this year, prior to educational involvement with local schools next year.

The Eel House restoration which has included new features each year is still an important Alresford Visitor Attraction, and the Trustees have now signed up for the Heritage Weekend in 2018. The NATT website www.towntrust.org.uk gives a short history of the Eel House and Trustees will publish the Open Days for 2018 on this website. The Trustees wish to pay tribute to Paddy Walshe who has intimated he wishes to resign as a Trustee for personal and family reasons. Finally, anyone wishing to volunteer to help at the Eel House is always welcome. Please contact Pam Stevens, telephone number (01962) 734861 or E.mail heatherhollow@btinternet.com. Robin Atkins Chair


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Winchester City Councillor Monthly Report Winchester Bus Station Catching a bus from Winchester into the Ward : No.64 arrives/leaves on The Broadway and No.67 arrives/leaves from the bus station. Sun Lane Outline Planning The outline application is with WCC for consideration – we have yet to be advised when it will be heard. Maybe October? The majority of concerns relate to the traffic implications around the application – these are subject to Hampshire County Council, as the Highways Authority, for evaluation and comment as to their appropriateness or measures required to address any problems. City Council launches ‘It’s great to be up to date campaign’ This campaign is to remind residents receiving Housing Benefits and/or Council Tax Support to let the Council know as soon as they have a change in their circumstances. Residents who do not contact the Council straight away following a change in circumstances risk losing out on benefits they may have been entitled to or being asked to repay overpayments. Winchester Sport & Leisure Park A third phase of engagement is due in the autumn which will show emerging designs/layout of the building at Bar End. It is expected WCC will be asked to approve the business case in late Autumn and, should that be confirmed, a planning application will be submitted in Spring 2018. It is anticipated that building of the new facility will commence later in 2018. The new facility at Bar End will be much easier for Alresford & Itchen Valley residents to access and we would therefore encourage you to look at proposals in the coming months to comment. WINnovation funding event launches again! Community groups, registered charities and not-for-profit voluntary organisations are invited to pitch at their unique WINnovation one-off funding event. Grants of up to £4000 are up for grabs for community activities or projects in the Winchester District, which specifically benefit local residents. Initiatives which are delivered in an entrepreneurial way, that are innovative, engaging, capacity building or which enhance the organisation's strategic development, are more likely to succeed. Applications to ‘pitch’ should be submitted online by noon 17 October and grant decisions will be made at a special ‘Dragon’s Den’ style event from 3.30pm on Thursday 2 November at the Marwell Hotel. The Panel will score the ‘pitches’ on the night and awards will be made at a short ceremony at the end of the evening. Council ups transparency with new style reporting The first in a series of new reports was reported to the Overview and Scrutiny Committee. The quarterly reports set out the Council’s progress against budget, key performance and project measures and will be presented to a cross-party committee who look to monitor delivery. The first report includes information on Major Projects such as the Central Winchester Regeneration Scheme, and also

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outlines the performance in services areas such as Council Tax collection and Planning Application processing. The new measure reflects the Council’s commitment to providing greater transparency – affording residents and local organisations a better oversight of its key activities in a single document. The move also looks to demonstrate that the organisation is monitoring this information, building on the recommendations of the Corporate Peer Challenge that the Council requested earlier in the year. Successful architecture firm announced for Station Approach Winchester City Council has announced the appointment of Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands as the architecture firm to take forward the Station Approach development. The Council is tasking the successful tenderer to design the area with a sensitive blend of commercial and residential property developments. As an initial task Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands will scope the mix and balance of different uses across the Carfax and Cattlemarket sites. Council Strategy We Asked : If you supported the council's proposals for the following 5 outcomes. 1. Delivering Quality Housing Options 2. Winchester will be a premier business location 3. Delivering an Entrepreneurial approach to efficient public services 4. Improving the health and happiness of our community 5. Improving the quality of the district’s environment You Said : For each of the 5 outcomes there was positive support for the Council policy. Yes No No Answer Housing 76% 15% 9% Business 69% 20% 12% Public Services 65% 24% 10% Community 82% 9% 8% Environment 81% 14% 5% We Did : There were over 1,200 comments from the 404 respondents and we are now analysing this information in more detail. A full report will be presented to the Council Cabinet and made available to the public. You can contact your City Councillors as follows Cllr Kim Gottlieb - kgottlieb@winchester.gov.uk Tel : 07795 494919 Cllr Lisa Griffiths - lgriffiths@winchester.gov.uk Tel : 01962 738646 or 07545 375632 Cllr Ernie Jeffs - ejeffs@winchester.gov.uk Tel : 01962 734629 or 07887 536966


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owner and occasional dog-minder for friends and family has provided me with a good understanding and love for our canine friends. However, setting up a dog day care and home boarding service is not simply a case of being a dog lover, opening your doors and welcoming lots of dogs to stay. There is a minefield of dog-related issues to consider; dog legislation, licensing laws, insurance requirements, animal welfare, animal hygiene, first-Aid for dogs, not to mention dog psychology. A non-dog-lover friend recently commented how great a responsibility it is looking after her precious grandson and, not thinking, I replied, ‘I know, it is the same for me looking after other people’s dogs!’ Probably not the most diplomatic response, but it is a huge responsibility looking after someone’s much-loved pet, and one I take very seriously. It is important to me to provide a well-run, ‘dog’ happy establishment. With this as my pre-requisite, my registration process is designed to help me understand the temperament and needs of the characters put in my charge - ensuring that we suit each other and will be happy together. Be assured that your dog will not be confronted with bullies as only social, non-aggressive dogs are welcome. I consider limited numbers allows me to give all dogs the attention they deserve so I do advise booking early. If you are contemplating day care or home boarding, now or in the future, we would be delighted for you to visit us. Contact Helen on 07785 223636, or helen@ alresfordcountrycanines.co.uk to arrange a visit. I look forward to meeting your dog (and you) soon. Prices, inclusive of country walks, from: Day Care £20 / Home Boarding £28.

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very autumn, when the moon is at its darkest, there’s a stirring on the bottom of Old Alresford Pond.The eels have got the call to start their seaward migration down the Itchen Valley.Turning towards the faster-moving water of the River Arle, they slither through the river and wriggle over marshy land at the start of their journey to their salt-water breeding grounds in the Sargasso Sea. This is on the far side of the Atlantic Ocean, over 3,000 miles away. Until 1980, many of these migrating eels would have been caught at Alresford Eel House.This unusual 1820s building straddles the River Arle beside The Wayfarer’s Way, 500m west of The Dean in Alresford.The little brick house stands on three arches with water channels running through them.The river keeper used to go there during the dark quarters of the moon, in the months of September to December. By hurricane lamp, he would close the sluices of the two outer channels to guide the fast-flowing stream through the central channel, which contains the eel trap.This device uses the force of the river to push the eels over a fixed metal grid and into a holding box.The river keeper would scoop the eels out by the bucket and keep them alive in a hazel keep net in the pool downstream.The following morning, a fish dealer would buy the night’s catch, empty it into a tank on a horse and cart and drive it to Alresford Station. From there it would be craned onto a steam train and transported alive to Billingsgate fish market in London. London street vendors chopped the gelatinous fresh eels into rounds then boiled them in water, vinegar and spices, a mixture which set into jellied eels when cooled. Served with pie and mash from stalls in the East End, Londoners enjoyed cheap, nutritious fast food, whilst the river keeper supplemented his income considerably.The river keeper would catch fifty to sixty pounds of eels each time the Eel House was used and by 1980 the fish dealer was paying him £1 per pound - so why did the eel trapping stop? David Woods, chairman of the Eel House Committee, has a theory that the Eel House was abandoned because the Watercress Line had closed and so the eel distribution network had fallen apart. By 2006, the abandoned building was only held up by the ivy which

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smothered it. Fortunately, it was saved and restored by The Alresford Society, then leased to the New Alresford Town Trust.The Trust has restored the sluices and the eel trap and now volunteers demonstrate the two hundred yearold system in full working order to the public. At first, the simple building seems tranquil as you approach it along a footpath beside a treefringed pool.This impression is shattered by the thundering interior, where the river roils and hisses its way through the iron trap. I’m quite sure nothing, not even a slippery eel, would be able to wriggle back out again. The Trust has recently obtained an educational trapping licence and aims to arrange visits from local schools, letting the children see and handle the eels before releasing them to continue their migration. My eight year old son was quite keen on this idea. He said, ‘I’d like to feel them wriggling, but I’d want a tap near me to wash my hands if I wanted to scratch my nose.’ The Trust also hopes to tag eels as part of a study to track their migration by satellite. Europe’s eel population has crashed by 99% since 1980 and marine biologists need to understand their far-flung life cycle better, in order to save the species. A few years ago, tagged river Itchen eels were tracked unexpectedly turning eastward from the Solent, sweeping round Kent, up the North Sea and over the top of Scotland - surely the longest way round to the Atlantic Ocean, but entirely powered by the strong currents sweeping east.The last tagged eel stopped transmitting near the Hebrides.The satellite picked the signal up again in Lisbon a few weeks later - when the stomach of the shark which had eaten the eel was cut open in the market. Just imagine what other perils, ocean trenches and undersea mountain ranges Alresford’s eels might encounter on their epic journey this autumn. Alresford Eel House will open on 1st April, 20th May, 15th July, 27th August and 16th September 2018. For details, please see www.towntrust.org.uk/eel_house.htm Iris Crowfoot Iris.crowfoot@gmail.com www.HamboneJunior.com


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he Neighbourhood Watch Association AGM took place on 13th September, at Alresford Golf Club and was attended by five Committee members, ten Co-ordinators and by three of the four members of the Winchester Rural Neighbourhood Policing Team, each of whom gave a short presentation. Sergeant Bethan Wood said that her team had been based temporarily in Kings Worthy since May, when there had been a fire at Alresford Fire Station. The fourth member of her team is a part time PCSO who works for 20 hours per week. This area remains one of the lowest crime areas in Hampshire, but there had been two occurrences of note during the past year. There had been anti-social behaviour in the vicinity of Arlebury Park, but this had reduced after the Town Council closed the car park overnight and repaired some fencing. In July there was an influx of travellers at Stratton Bates, but excellent work by the Town Council, which took prompt action and supported the Police, resulted in the travellers moving on after only 24 hours. She thanked members of Neighbourhood Watch for being eyes and ears on the ground and helping the police and encouraged everyone to report suspicious occurrences promptly.

Colin Harris, Chairman, then gave a short annual report in which he thanked his Committee and sought more volunteers to join it. He also said that new Co-ordinators for Chiltern Court, Bridge Road, Itchen Stoke and Swarraton are required. There was recent news that the gypsy and traveller site in Appledown Lane had been re-occupied, but there had not been any problems reported yet to the Police. David Pain gave the annual financial report after which, there being no other business, the meeting closed at 8.30 pm. CONTACTING ADNWA OR POLICE: ADNWA website: www.neighbourhood.watch.alresford.org e-mail us at: contact.adnwa@gmail.com

PCSO Bruce Hagger then gave a very interesting presentation on scams and frauds via post, telephone and e-mails. Much of this crime originates in Africa and India and is, therefore, almost impossible

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ATT has undertaken its quadrennial survey of the trees in the Avenue and Broad Street. There are two poplar trees on the south side opposite the entrance to Arlebury Park House that will have to be felled, and one of the limes near the ARC. Apart from that a few branches need to be taken off and a lot of deadwood removed. NATT is currently appointing professionals to undertake the work, starting in November, and applying for permission as the trees all have Preservation Orders.

Comments on potential traveller’s site proposed for town • The Alresford Chamber have fed back to the council that the site would discourage potential businesses in close proximity, increase insurance rates leading to loss of small businesses from the town Come join us, let us help represent your interests Parking in Alresford • Progress with parking is still ongoing Up and coming events • October Event - 12th – Come along for advice on preparing your car for winter Hosted by Service Point / Andrews-Autosource, at Service Point • Initial discussions have started with the PIGS for their invaluable work with the Christmas trees • Plans are afoot to plan a Chamber Christmas Event for members info@alresfordchamber.co.uk www.alresfordchamber.co.uk

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to prevent. In the UK about £3.5 billion per annum of successful crimes of this type are reported, but it is estimated that almost as much again is not reported. Current scams include fraudsters posing as officials, attempts to sell investments in wine, stocks and shares, gems and timeshares, romance and dating fraud and competition scams. His basic advice is IF IT SOUNDS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE THEN IT PROBABLY IS, so don’t have anything to do with it. PCSO Rhys Griffiths then described some types of doorstep crime, such as distraction burglaries and attempts by rogue traders to persuade residents to buy things at inflated prices or to have building or gardening work done. His advice is DO NOT LET SUCH PEOPLE INTO YOUR PROPERTY AND REPORT THEM TO TRADING STANDARDS OR THE POLICE, (dial 999 if you feel threatened, otherwise dial 101).

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intervention and better recognise the worth of talking therapies as two very obvious examples. One thing no column here would be complete without is the Cart & Horses junction on the A33! Cllr Porter and I with Cllr Humby at HCC last month and the bottom line is, progress IS being made but it’s not the fundamental change we know residents want to see. Either way, it’s good to be working cross-party again on this important issue once again. More on this following Rob Humby's next Decision Day which I will post to www.stevebrine.com/A33 Finally, Cllr Lisa Griffiths and I met recently with Seaward Homes who have now of course lodged an application for outline planning permission for 320 houses off Sun Lane, Alresford. Understatement of the year but this is obviously a big deal for Alresford so I want to know every detail and stay on top of this as it develops. I am especially anxious to ensure we take every opportunity around this development for school-time drop off/pick-up outside the schools as well as future GP provision in the town and am doing my best to facilitate constructive engagement with the relevant people. www. stevebrine.com/alresfordSunLane You can find more about my work, locally and in Westminster, via my website.

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irst of all this month, Summer 2017 may have often seemed like four seasons in one day but one thing you can always rely on is my Summer Tour. It took place as usual during Parliament’s recess (across August and September) and this year included some work door to door in the constituency as well as a street surgery outside the Kings Worthy Post Office and even a supermarket ‘surgery’ at Sainsbury’s Badger Farm.

Steve Brine MP for Winchester, Alresford & Itchen Valley

WHITHER GOES THE CHURCH IN THE WOOD?

Summer Tour is simple and it’s one of the best things I do as our local MP; a statement borne out by the response from constituents again this year. You can check out full details via www.stevebrine.com/ summertour My work in Parliament continues via the Department of Health where I am a new Minister and, as I mentioned last time, hold the Cancer brief which I am really getting stuck into. That means driving down smoking rates even further but also taking forward our work to challenge the obesity crisis – and alcohol harm - that presents so many health dangers including of course an increased risk of developing cancer. I have also been busy working through the Government’s COBRA committee to bring public health advice and the life-savings services of the NHS to British nationals in Overseas Territories affected by last month’s devastating hurricane’s in the Caribbean and United States. It’s hard work but hugely rewarding and a real privilege to be involved in. There is so much else going on, it’s hard to be selective but we are also working on plans that will eventually see us reform mental health legislation whilst continuing to invest in better services. It’s early days but we want to look at why detention rates are increasing, understand why there are a disproportionate number of black people detained under the existing Act and review the use of Community Treatment Orders; to see if they remain fit for purpose in helping people leave hospital to receive better care and support in the community. We also want to consider how the rights of family members to get information about the mental health and treatment of their loved ones can be improved and ensure those with mental ill health are treated fairly, protected from discrimination, and employers fulfil their responsibilities effectively. It’s a major task but I am determined we will make mental health a priority in the NHS to see further improvements in early

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ention was made on the radio this morning, September 10th, of the increase in attendance at Evensong services. A possible explanation offered was the quality of music in cathedrals whose attendance increase, especially at Evensong, exceeds that of the parish churches. Also suggested was the simplicity of Evensong which seemed to appeal to people from many walks of life.

With the exception of christenings and other special services The Church in the Wood holds only Evensong, and those from May to September with an afternoon of Carols on December 10th this year. It cannot be said that the music is especially beautiful. The trusty harmonium that it is difficult to play softly, is accompanied by enthusiastic singing of popular hymns. This in a wood lined candlelit; corrugated iron building that could not be further from the concept of a lofty and beautiful cathedral, housing elegant and sophisticated music, but the CIW is in an idyllic setting among the trees. Perhaps that is the key to its attraction to an alternative congregation; people from several denominations who come, some from a distance, as they include a visit with a walk through the woods; also to some to whom church going does not come naturally but who look for a link, however tenuous with god. We shall be asking the congregation in the future whether they would like a battery driven electric replacement to the harmonium or whether the CIW should remain faithful to its 19th century roots. What do you think? James Stanley james@millbarrow.me.uk


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