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FORU M Enjoying the Festivities of Hampshire Alresford Music Festival Winchester Festival The Curious Arts Festival Smoked and Uncut Festival Plus features from Sandra Pagan, Claire Thurlow and Iris Crowfoot Front Cover: Dan Farmiloe - www.danfarmiloe.co.uk

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his month, the Forum takes a look at Hampshire’s fantastic summer festivals, fetes and shows. Whether your interest be music, art, culture or food, there is a festival for you. So, why not get out there and enjoy the entertainment that our rich and diverse county has to offer? We also have our regular interesting articles and features. A big 'thank you' to our readers for all the recent compliments about the magazine. Over the last year we have worked hard to increase the editorial content and we hope to continue adding new features as the year progresses. Next month we will be taking a closer look at our plethora of independent food shops and artisan food producers throughout Hampshire. There will be plenty of interesting foodie news and articles to tantalise your taste buds! If you would like to be part of our 'Foodie' feature in the July edition email: editor@ forumpublications.co.uk The Forum is also available online. Our website has all three Forum magazine areas for you to read. It also features a local information section that includes all the local clubs and societies in detail. visit: www.forumpublications .co.uk

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o, this picture is the morning after the night before! This year about two hundred people joined in the Big Sleep Out for Trinity. It’s a great event: we slept out under the stars in the fabulous location of the Cathedral Close - including our Mayor who had her own cardboard castle! It was my fifth time - and I think the busiest. The cost of housing and benefit sanctions add to the risks of homelessness, and in Winchester we are so lucky to have the safety nets of Trinity, the Night shelter as well as the food and clothing banks. But how should we treat our fellow man? Is it good enough just to offer charity? Are we aiming for everyone to be self reliant? There’s a subtle but real difference. Five months after the Hampshire children’s centres closed, I am seeing an increasing number of families who need a little help. They come to me because the criteria to receive help is so harsh that they need to be in crisis before anything can be done. Public service cuts are subtle and most of us won’t notice them. Until perhaps our mother has dementia, our friend is diagnosed with a mental health issue, we lose our job or our child is born with a disability. Then we hope the state can help us in our need until we can become self-reliant again. The human cost of not helping is far greater than the cost in money terms. Sleeping out for one night does not replicate homelessness at all. But as I laid on the hard ground, and the clock chimed in the chilly air at 3.45am, I was reminded of the frailty of our position and wondered which of us might need the public services in the future - and will they still be there when we do? (Message to Bishop: can we cut out the quarter hour chimes next year, please?!?) Jackie Porter, 01962 791054, email Jackie@jackieporter.co.uk, text 07973 696 085, website: www.jackieporter.co.uk

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ver since Peter Mailes wrote ‘ A Year in Provence’ that area of France has been tempting and seducing Brits into staying, sometimes for a holiday, sometimes for life. You too can fall in love with Provence if you haven’t already done so and there’s no better place to do it than to stay at the beautiful villa ‘La Colette’. The house sits in an elevated position overlooking the stunning medieval village of Callas with a number of small and quintessentially French restaurants and quaint bars, oh and a Saturday market, all within a 15-20 minute walk. Further afield Nice Airport is just 58 miles away and you are within easy reach to explore Cannes, St. Tropez, The CoteD’Azur, many beautiful villages and the Lac St. Croix. For those wanting to be active on holiday Provence is an ideal cycling destination, there are challenging golf courses to play and more daring activities in The Gorges du Verdon. But if you are seeking luxurious peace and tranquillity with uninterrupted views of pine covered hills then La Colette is the destination for you. The villa is surrounded by its own terraced olive groves, a tennis court and shaded boules area. The swimming pool has a shady lawn alongside it – an ideal place to lie on your sun lounger whilst sampling some of famous Provencal wines. The accommodation is spread over two floors with three airconditioned en-suite bedrooms, the master with balcony, a twin (ideal for two children) and sleeps a maximum of eight people. The modern fully equipped kitchen is open to the dining area. TV and DVD are located in the comfortable living room, together with an excellent library of paperbacks and DVDs. Should any laundry be required the utility room has both washing machine and tumble dryer. Towels, apart from beach/swimming, are provided, as is all linen. Amenities of a small supermarket and petrol station are less than one mile away. A larger Supermarket is located in Le Muy (directly on your route to La Colette). One double en-suite bedroom is on the ground floor, one well-behaved dog is allowed. Until now La Colette has been a family home from home and if you are amongst the first visitors you will find everything you need to make your holiday in Provence unforgettable. For further information please contact: Heather : hburkeb@btinternet.com or 07803 610 853


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A NON-PROFIT EVENT RAISING FUNDS FOR REGIONAL, NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL MUSIC CHARITIES

Saturday 10th June ARLEBURY PARK, ALRESFORD NR.WINCHESTER

ONE GREAT DAY OF LIVE MUSIC

FOUR STAGES OF LIVE MUSIC FEATURING ROCK ★ POP ★ INDIE ★ BLUES ★ WORLD ★ FOLK ★ DANCE ★ JAZZ ★ DJs Last year over 3,500 festival-goers enjoyed the all-day family party atmosphere of the Alresford Music Festival, and this year it’s set to be even better. Five stages of live entertainment, a packed festival village and a huge choice of local and international food stalls, plus the popular Ringwood Fine Ale bar as well as Prosecco, Pimms, cocktails and cider bars.

FAMILY ARENA

Once inside the festival the family entertainment arena is FREE all day. Relax and watch you kids run free or have a go yourself! Details on website or see opposite page for a few highlights.

LINE UP

Over 25 bands will play throughout the day from 12.00-23.55 and sensational headline act MOLOTOV JUKEBOX is confirmed for the top slot; so look forward to an explosion of colour and energy as Natalia Tena (from Harry Potter and Game of Thrones) and the band, top the festival day with a spectacular summer party. A full line up of all the bands and artists with links to check them out is on the website.

TRAVEL

It’s easy to get to the festival! There are FREE shuttle buses running between Alton and Winchester train stations from late morning until midnight so everyone can relax, travel safely and have a good time.

CAMPING

There’s plenty of camping in Arlebury Park (tents only) on both Friday and Saturday nights, PLUS a dedicated motorhomes site only 600m from the festival entrance (limited capacity – first come first served). Camping is £5 per person per night. Alresford Music Festival is a community event in the heart of the town. It only happens due to generous support from residents, volunteers and sponsors and we are very grateful to; First Option Software, Thomas Miller Creative, SQA Consulting, CleverTouch, Philip Prado, Butler & Co., Cold Control, Mint Signs, Belgarum, The Globe, The Bell, The Swan Hotel, The Horse & Groom and many more. The festival is not-for-profit and money raised is donated via The AMF Foundation to music based charities. This year we are supporting local charity Winnall Rock School, national charity Key Changes and international charity Harmony of Hope. With more music and activities than ever in 2017, we are ready to welcome more of you, which will mean we can raise even more funds for worthy organisations. Bring your friends and spread the word, we are one of Hampshire’s best kept secrets. Tickets are cheaper if bought in advance from our website. Buy tickets in advance and save £££s on the gate…

GATES OPEN AT 10AM

For more information please visit www.alresfordmusicfestival.com


TICKETS AVAILABLE ON THE GATE FROM 10AM - WEEKEND CAMPING FROM £5 – UNDER 5s GET IN FREE!

2017 LINE UP – 25 LIVE BANDS THROUGHOUT THE DAY! ST. JAMES TAVERN

MAIN STAGE 12.00-22.55

2ND STAGE 12.30-21.30

BIG TOP TENT 11.20-23.55

THEATRE TENT 12.30-19.30

BLUES JAM 10.00-20.00

The Ginormous Teddy Bears Picnic

Rock Out! Live Performances

Mayflower Musical Youth Theatre

Rock Out! Music Workshops

Street Theatre

Winnall Rock School Live Performances

Compass

Shifty Lao

WAIT

Urban Lions

Harpers Ferry

Alresford Ukulele Jam

Isobel Wannell

Kasai Masai

Screamin’ Miss Jackson

Ushti Baba

Alphabet Backwards

Strumpet Town

RattleWreck

The Undercover Hippy

NECKTR

Black Water County

Slip-On John & The Cheap Suits

The Hattie Jacques’ Playlist

Electric Swing Circus

Southampton Ukulele Jam Dan O’Farrell & The Difference Engine

Black Hat Band Molotov Jukebox

DJ Set OMG! It’s The Church

Puppet Workshop & Performance African Dance Workop

St. James Tavern Blues Jam

Jared Gale Magic Show Ali Sparkes Children’s Author

To listen to the bands in advance please visit the ‘LINE-UP’ page on our website. DOWNLOAD OUR FREE FESTIVAL APP & KEEP UP-TO-DATE WITH THE RUNNING ORDER.

A GREAT DAY FOR ALL THE FAMILY FREE FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT

Check out the website for the full list of fun stuff… SILENT DISCO

Dance to your own tune. Don a pair of our wireless headphones with multi-channels to choose exactly what you want to hear… then let yourself go.

BUNGEE TRAMPOLINES

A combination of four trampolines and bungees gives everyone the thrill of zero gravity whilst doing single, double and triple somersaults! A truly exhilarating experience for all!

CLIMBING WALL

Experience rock climbing and abseiling in a safe environment. Scale the 25ft high wall with multiple routes from easy to hard. All participants are attached to safety ropes and guided throughout by qualified and fully trained personnel making it fun, challenging and safe for all ages.

CHILDREN’S AUTHOR

Blue Peter Award Winning author and festivals favourite, Ali Sparkes will share the story behind her brand new ghostly adventure - Thunderstruck in an electrifying mix of true life tragedy, horrifying history and something weird to do with Sindy dolls…

THE GINORMOUS TEDDY BEARS PICNIC

Starting from 12.30pm in The Globe Theatre Tent in support of The Murray Parrish Trust. Bring along your favourite furry friend and if he’s dressed in his/her festival best you can enter a competition to win prizes.

GRAFFITI WALL & T-SHIRT WORKSKOP

The Granary Creative Art Centre, an independent arts venue dedicated to youth arts workshops, will be running a graffiti wall mural workshop and you can also design your own T-shirt.

THE AMF FOUNDATION – REGISTERED CHARITY NUMBER: 1168066


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NOT YOUR AVERAGE WEEKEND IN THE COUNTRY….

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n Saturday 10 June 2017, the Ginchester Fête returns to Winchester, the South of England’s “Capital of Gin”. This year, the event takes place at the breathtaking Great Hall, which houses the legendary King Arthur’s Round Table. Stall holders will be entertaining visitors with games to create a quirky, quintessentially English summer fête; all with a gin theme. Tickets are priced at £10 per person and include entry to one of two sessions (12pm-2.30pm and 3pm-5.30pm) and a cup of gin punch on arrival. They can be purchased online via ginchester.com, at the Tourist Information Centre and at the new Cabinet Rooms café. Event organisers, Cabinet Rooms, are now in their third year of running events to mark World Gin Day in the city. Co-Founder, Gary Whiter, explained, “Like many other cities, Winchester has been enjoying a love affair with gin over the last few years. What sets Winchester apart from the rest, though, is that it is at the heart of an extremely exciting regional food and drink scene, which includes a number of creative gin distillers, large and small.” The city has been perfectly captured in the gin-inspired cityscape, which is being used to publicise the event, created by local design firm and event sponsors, Buttercross Creative. A host of exciting, local gins from across the region will also be at the event. Visitors will be able to sample new favourites, meet some of the geniuses behind the drinks themselves and perhaps buy a bottle or two to take home with them. For more details and to buy tickets, please visit www.ginchester.com. Follow the festival on Twitter, Instagram (@GinchesterUK) and Facebook (@Ginchester).

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treet-food feasting, day-long drinking, dancing like no one is watching and sleeping under the stars; Food and Music festivals from Smoked & Uncut. Taking place in the grounds of THE PIG hotels and Lime Wood hotel (the festivals will be hitting Hampshire in July), a stellar line up of musical talent will keep you entertained throughout the summer, with bands hailing from all over the UK bringing you an eclectic mix of rock, indie, acoustic and even pop. Two stages will play host to each festivals line ups which this year include Noisettes, Toploader, The Blockheads, Ward Thomas, Rationale, Dr Feelgood, Flyte, Molotov Jukebox, a very special secret act yet to be announced to headline Sunday afternoon at Lime Wood, and many more. Forget standard festival fare. Tuck into home-made street food…think smoking hot BBQs, wood-fired flat breads, colourful salads, old school ice-creams and much more! Celebrate the summer with a pint of local ale or cider, one or two glasses of rose or even a cocktail from our festival sponsors Chase Distillery. Brand new to the festivals this year, Chef Mark Hix has designed a VIP lunch menu to get you all fired up - the ‘Heavy Metal Meat Feasts’. Either Mark or one of his friends, Angela Hartnett, Luke Holder, James Golding or Lee Bull, will be taking to the smokin’ hot BBQ! Get stuck into some serious flavour at these long table family-style lunches; three courses of BBQ cult classics served with a side of rock’n’roll!

And not forgetting the little’uns. There is a very special Kids tent where they can enjoy games and a spot of face painting. Under 5s go free! Intimate home-grown festivals, not too far from home, that are just as much a celebration of food as they are music. Join us to celebrate the season …no wellies needed! For more information visit: www.smokedanduncut.com


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Winchester Festival

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7th to 15th July 2017

he Winchester Festival started in 1998 and it quickly grew into a festival with over 25 events and total audiences of 5000 plus. Looking back on the last 20 years, we remember outstanding talks from the likes of Michael Portillo, David Starkey, Roy Strong and Brian Sewell, Sandi Toksvig and Robert Winston, and sublime moments from the Tallis Scholars, Steven Isserlis and John Williams. As other festivals have emerged, we have endeavoured to remain vibrant and relevant. The Winchester Festival’s strength lies in the broad range of its programming, showcasing musicians with an international reputation alongside renowned authors and speakers, and giving a platform to talented performers from Hampshire. This year is no exception. Our aim is to bring arts of the highest calibre to Winchester. The 2017 programme includes homages to Rachmaninoff, Queen Victoria, Shakespeare and, in the year that marks the 200th anniversary of her death, Jane Austen. Along the way we will delve into the mysteries of China, the daring of the SAS and the secrets of MI5 and hear exquisite music by Vivaldi, Bach, Mozart and Schumann, alongside beautiful 20th-century repertoire. We would like to acknowledge the crucial role that our patrons, sponsors and donors play in keeping the Festival afloat. We could not bring such a programme to Winchester without the help and support of a myriad of companies and individuals and we are hugely indebted to all the people who make the Festival possible each year. With growing competition, increasing artists’ fees and reduced arts funding, we are extremely thankful that our sponsors, donors and patrons continue to help us. Special gratitude goes to Godwins Solicitors, our Principal Sponsor, for their unstinting enthusiasm and support, and to our generous Festival and Event Sponsors (particularly to the Friends of Music in Winchester, Rathbone Investment Management and the Roger and Ingrid Pilkington Charitable Trust), and lastly to our patrons – they are the heart of what we do.

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We very much look forward to welcoming you to the 2017 Winchester Festival in July and hope that you will find much to interest and entertain you in the performances in Winchester’s many wonderful venues. Carol Butler (Festival Director) and Ginny Sherriff (Literature Consultant) TALKS • John Simpson in conversation with Alastair Stewart, Guildhall, 8th July • Canon Andrew White, My Journey so Far, The Wessex Centre, 9th July • Michael Wood, The Story of China, Guildhall, 10th July • Stella Rimington in conversation with Peter Guttridge, Guildhall, 11th July • Ben Macintyre, SAS Rogue Heroes, Guildhall, 12th July • Joanna Trollope, On Jane Austen, Theatre Royal, 13th July • Tristram Hunt, Ten Cities that Made an Empire, Theatre Royal, 14th July • Kate Williams, Victoria: Becoming Queen, Theatre Royal, 15th July MUSIC • Tasmin Little and the European Union Chamber Orchestra, Vivaldi Four Seasons, Cathedral Nave, 7th July • Ashton Singers, St Cross Church, 8th July • Wessex Sinfonietta, St Paul’s Church, 9th July • Lunchtime young musicians’ series at St. Lawrence’s Church, 10th to 14th July • Voces8, Choral Dances, Cathedral Quire, 11th July • Hampshire Youth Orchestra, Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Great Hall, 11th and 12th July • Primavera, Cathedral Quire, 13th July • Southern Voices, Sun, Moon and Stars, St Cross Church, 14th July • Lucy Parham/Alex Jennings, Elégie: Rachmaninoff – a Heart in Exile, Theatre Royal, 15th July DRAMA • Meeting Miss Austen, Discovery Centre, 8th and 9th July • My Dear Cassandra, Jane Austen walk, Tourist Information Centre, 10th to 13th July

Telephone booking: 01962 857276 Theatre Royal box office: 01962 840440 www.winchesterfestival.co.uk


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ribute season launches with Dolly and summer fun with Little Mix music for all the family. The four star Holiday Inn Winchester is about to launch its latest season of tribute events with Kennedy Caitlin’s take on the Queen of Country Music, Dolly Parton, on Friday 19th May. The Dolly Parton tribute by Kennedy, as seen on ITV’s ‘Stars in their Eyes’, will also include a second set of broader country music classics. Tickets are £29.95 which includes a three course dinner prepared by the hotel’s double AA Rosette award winning team. ‘The second tribute event will be just in time for the school holidays and is aimed much more at the family market,’ comments Holiday Inn Winchester’s sales manager, Sarah Waddington. ‘We wanted to create an event that will celebrate the end of school, the beginning of the holidays and be something unique and different for families to come

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along to in the afternoon. Little Chix, a Little Mix tribute act are perfect for a mothers, daughters and friends fun event.’ Little Chix will perform on Sunday 16th July with an arrival time for guests of 2.30 pm and a 3pm start to the show, with guests able to buy a joint ticket for the event and also for the hotel’s renowned Sunday Brunch/Carvery (served from 12.30 to 2 pm). The prices for the joint ticket are £30 per adult and £25 per child under 12. Tickets to the event only will cost £15 per person. The hotel’s autumn season of tribute events will see talent from the London stages with the West End Jersey Boys, performing the music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. All the group have West End show credits to their names and are renowned for their exceptional vocals, energetic routines and tight harmonies, as they perform their way through the Jersey sounds. Their visit to the hotel will be on Friday, 6th October and tickets will include a three course meal and are priced at £32 each. An extended show will be performed by the award winning ‘No 1 UK Tribute Show to Michael Jackson’ on Friday, 24th November. ‘Forever Jackson’ has been headlining events across the world and was voted as the No 1 tribute event by the UK Agents Association. Michael Jackson tribute artist, Robin Parsons, pays homage to the late, great King of Pop, having spent the last seventeen years studying his vocal style and performances. Tickets will be priced at £39 per head to include a three course meal, the tribute show, followed by a disco until midnight. For further information visit www.hiwinchester.co.uk or call 01962 670700


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om Jones may well have sung about the green green grass of home, but far too few gardeners really understand what goes into the perfect lawn nutrition. Most think it is okay to pick up a bag of feed from the garden centre, sprinkle it liberally on the lawn and all will be okay. Sometimes this works fine, however your lawn has a complex relationship with nutrition, which changes throughout the growing season and these things need to be taken into consideration if you want a healthy, attractive, disease free lawn. You may be thinking that surely it can’t be that complicated. Let’s try to explain the basics. When it comes to lawn nutrition there are really three main things to think about; fertiliser composition, timing and application methods. Fertilisation is important as it influences the colour of your lawn, its ability to cope with the stresses of drought, mowing and extremes of temperature. It also helps to fight against disease and weed infiltration. Choosing the right fertiliser and applying it correctly really is the key to success. Both chemical and organic fertilisers display the nutrient content on the packaging by way of three different numbers. These three numbers represent the compounds Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium (or Potash). Often they will be displayed as N-P-K. The numbers on the pack correspond to the percentage of each of these compounds in the fertiliser inside the pack. That’s the easy bit! What each of these compounds does for the plant is probably the most important part. However, when to apply it is important too. Nitrogen helps leaf growth. Phosphorus helps the growth of roots and flowers, and Potassium is important for the overall health and wellbeing of the plant. When to promote leaf or root growth is really the key to successful lawn nutrition.You want healthy leaf growth in the growing season to encourage a stronger grass plant, but you don’t want to go into winter with too much leaf that can be damaged by the bad weather. High nitrogen fertilisers will encourage quick leaf growth but potentially make the plant more susceptible to the attacks of pests and diseases. Phosphorus is important going into winter when you want to encourage a healthy and robust root system to support your lawn throughout the challenging months ahead. Another important factor in selecting the right lawn fertiliser is the type of nitrogen actually in the product. Nitrogen fertiliser may consist of fast-release or controlled-release nitrogen. For lawns, fertilisers containing controlled-release nitrogen sources are suggested for most applications. Lawn care professionals tend to use coated granular

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So we have covered composition and also timing of application. Let’s take a look at application methods. Most home owners who buy their lawn feed from the garden centre will have a choice between granular or liquid feeds. As we mentioned earlier, ideally you want a product that releases its nutrients into your lawn slowly, as required, over time. There are two downsides to liquid feeding. The first is that it is immediate.Your lawn gets an instant food hit then nothing. A bit like the all you can eat restaurant.You leave feeling full but soon return to that hungry state! The other issue is that liquid feeding can be very time consuming and it’s difficult to get the application rates right. Controlled-release granular feed is by far the best choice. However most gardeners will attempt to apply this themselves and this can create issues. Firstly application by hand is almost impossible to get right. The granules slip through your fingers easily and distribution is uneven. Apply too much to one area and you will scorch the grass, often blackening or killing it in patches. Uneven application results in uneven grass growth. Ideally what you should use is a broadcast spreader. This consists of a hopper which holds the fertiliser and releases a controlled amount onto a rotating disk which is powered by the forward movement of the wheels and distributes the granules across the lawn in a controlled and even manner. The amount of fertiliser released from the hopper is controlled by adjusting the holes in its base. Getting the quantities right is important so as not to over or under fertilise your lawn and you must calibrate the spreader before you use it based on the flow rate of the fertiliser, the granule size the application rate required and the size of the hopper holes. It’s important not to miss any of the lawn or to overlap as you make each pass with the spreader. I’ve tried to make things as simple as possible but lawn nutrition, product selection and application rates can be relatively complicated. By the time you have bought the product, the right applicator and factored in the time it takes to carry out the work, you can usually save money by asking a lawn care professional to help look after this part of your garden for you. After all, if you want professional results then a professional is usually the person to ask. 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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Community ALRESFORD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE NEWS Alresford Chamber of Commerce AGM An Exciting AGM, with a few changes for the committee. Followed by guidance on Business rates from Simon Evans. All in the pleasant surroundings of the Long Barn cafe with Jane Marsden and Richard Norris, our thanks to them for hosting us this year. Our hard felt thanks for the hard work and commitment to Simon Evans, who stood down as Chairman. A position he has held, as the face of “Alresford Chamber”, since 2008 Liz Brown, our treasured secretary, resigned, she will be missed. Mike Dowsett a long standing, valued member of 16 years also stepped down from the committee New positions Fiona Isaacs was elected Chairperson (left in image),

Business rates A long discussion was had at the AGM on how businesses in the town can review & check their business rates. Simon explained the process, how to understand your invoice, what the new rules are and, where applicable, how to apply for transitional relief. The Alresford Chamber of Commerce is well positioned to continue the work of pushing for the voice of Alresford businesses to be heard. Membership Renewal Alresford Chamber of Commerce membership renewal was due 1st April 2017. If you are a current member we have sent invoices, via email this year. If you haven’t received yours please email the treasurer Cherry (treasurer@alresfordchamber.co.uk) If you’re not already a member, why not join the 70 plus businesses that already are?! Contact the Secretary for more information: info@alresfordchamber.co.uk or 07769 722985 Our next event Join the Chamber members for an event hosted by Selina of Pretty Woman on Tuesday 20th June. Invitations will be going out to all members closer to the time. T: 07769 722985 or info@alresfordchamber.co.uk www.alresfordchamber.co.uk Davina Spinney – Chamber Secretary

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Not all estates need to go through probate; about half of deaths result in an application for a grant of probate in England and Wales. The new fees would have ranged from nothing for estates valued at up to £50,000, to £20,000 for estates worth more than £2m. This would have replaced a current flat rate of £215 if an application is made by an individual. The controversial Ministry of Justice scheme to raise £300m a year extra on the fees was authorised by the justice secretary, Liz Truss. However, the ministry has confirmed that the relevant legislation would not be completed before the election. It will be up to the next government to decide whether to push through the plans, with no guarantee that this will happen. Further Information If you would like to find out more about probate, call Age Concern Hampshire’s Information and Advice line for free on 0800 328 7154. Your Village Agents Denise and Fiona can also point you in the right direction to local services and organisations that may be able to help with other needs. Give them a call 07969 376023

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Community Sousa Law has offices in Alresford and Southampton, where we have established great relationships within the local communities, supporting various events and raising money for local causes. On Sunday 21st May, Sousa Law was proud to again be supporting the annual Alresford Watercress Festival, offering refreshing watercress G&Ts, cakes and sweets along with the chance for the little ones to win tickets to Marwell Zoo. There was also the opportunity to receive one of five free wills on the day…winners to be announced. It was a fantastic day, celebrating with the Alresford community and our colleagues and peers. A big thank you to everyone who visited and supported us – see you next year! Other local event not to be missed is the Alresford Duck Race at Weir House! We have sponsored one of the ducks and will be following its progression on the day. Later this year, on Saturday 2nd September, we will also have a stand at the Alresford Show 2017, so please come and pay us a visit. At Sousa Law, we consider community events essential to keep community spirit alive. It would be lovely to see you all at these events supporting the local area.

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h yes it’s that time of year again, from May onwards there is a veritable feast of festivals from which to choose without even leaving the county. Time to shake the sand of last summers beach trip from the picnic rug and dig deep into the wardrobe to fine ones festival attire- faded denim, something vintage and hippy for floating around in during the day and not forgetting fleeces, scarfs and thick socks once darkness and temperatures have fallen – this is Hampshire not California after all. And talking of California dreaming The Husband was definitely born on the wrong continent possibly even at the wrong time. He feels he has missed out on the whole festival era and waxes lyrical about how he’s really really going to Glastonbury this year oh yes he is for sure. “Too late, they sold out Sandra”. But not to be outdone he throws himself into Hampshire festivals with gusto. The week before is all about the weather, daily up dates seem to be required and that will eventually determine what clothes he’ll choose and what extras will end up going into my bag. To my mind we are always a tad early, but hey ho once there I settle down with my magazine and nail polish and sit happily in the sun sipping cocktails, reading about country living, painting my toes and looking forward to a Buffalo burger. Star II has been equipped with money and with the arrival of friends my shoulders relax down to where they should be and I feel chilled- I love the summer. Amid music, chatting and drinking time passes by, Star II returns periodically for renewed funds and general financial negotiations –“Look I’ll give you ten pounds but make it last a while!” The morning blurs into lunchtime and I will stroll home to walk the Pagan Pup and grab a cup of Earl Grey, (so out there man). Now the thing is our local festivals are safe environments for young folk to wander around, however not so safe for The

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Husband as it often turns out. I must learn not to take my eye off the ball on these occasions, so often someone goes missing. “ Has anyone seen The Husband?” “ Yep Sandra he was last seen wearing a tiara and clutching a fairy wand heading in the direction of the beer tent- that was a couple of hours ago.” Oh god lets hope he didn’t snatch it from a passing child While I have realised the idea of Glastonbury tickets as an ideal present is flawed- The Husband would need to have some form of tracking device implanted- he also couldn’t be given any form of responsibility for anything; I do feel guilty for he would absolutely love it. But no lets keep it, or rather him, local. So as night falls on the festival and the anticipation of the headline act hangs in the air. I feel around in the grass for my nail polish and gather up our belongings. It’s at this point that Star II returns and rummages through the bag for a fleece usually with a concerned look on his face. “Coffee and a hot chocolate Mum?” Ah ok it’s THAT time of night. We head off to the nearest Barista and all the time Star II will be nervously glancing this way and that, I feel sorry for the lad perhaps The Husband’s forgotten this year. Lulled into a false sense of relief we warm are hands on the paper cups when suddenly weaving through the crowd something is sparkling. The wand is long gone but the tiara although slightly askew caught the lights beautifully if I say so myself. “ Come on son, we’re off down the front – into the mosh pit with us!!!” “Mum, really?” Bless him off he is dragged to be treated to a couple of hours of dad dancing in the crush and it’s only the beginning of the years feast of festivals! Sandra Pagan


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Alresford Town Council Reports have been in very active use last month being the chosen venue for a wide range of meetings and activities. The Art Society, Jazz Club, Bridge Club,Yacht Club, History Society, Music Festival, Watercress Committee and Alresford Society are just a few examples of the local groups enjoying these facilities at the ARC. To book these facilities, at a very reasonable cost, please contact our staff on 01962 732079.

How to know what’s going on If you are new to Alresford or have an interest in what the Council are currently discussing please do have a look at the New Alresford Town Council web site. On www. newalresfordtc.org.uk you will find a wide range of information including the names and contact details of the current councillors, monthly financial statements and annual reports. The site also carries the official statements the council issues from time to time, minutes from previous meetings; from which you can see what has been discussed and what the resolution (agreed action) was. You will also find dates for future meetings and the proposed agendas. The national rules for council meetings are fairly ridged, in that the council must only discuss the items on the published agenda. It is important therefore, if you are interested in a particular item and wish to hear the item discussed, to check that the item is actually listed on the agenda of the meeting you are proposing to attend. Public participation is very warm ly welcomed. In addition to the web site, dates of meetings, agendas and important notices are placed on the council’s two notice boards. One board is outside the Co-operative store and the other is on the west side of 26

Broad Street close to the junction with West Street. The council offices are open to visitors on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 11.00am to 1.00pm and of course outside these hours our Officers can be contacted by telephone on 01962 732079 or by email on tclerk@newalresfordtc. org.uk We are pleased to be able to report that the vacancy for a Responsible Financial Officer has attracted some very positive interest and we shall be interviewing the prospective applicants over the next few weeks. New Alresford Town Council By-Election to fill five vacant seats: Thursday 8th June On the 8th of June when you attend your local polling station to register your vote in the General Election you will also be given a voting slip listing the names of the six local residents who have agreed to stand as Town Councillors. We are extremely grateful to these six members of the public who have agreed, if elected, to undertake this demanding unpaid role. We would ask that you do take the time to register your vote in this local election by placing a cross against five of the six names listed. Events at the ARC last month The events room, hall, and offices

Thank You Basket Sponsors New Alresford is now famous for its wonderful flower baskets that line the Town’s streets. The majority of these are funded by the businesses and householders, the “Up the Pole” baskets are sponsored by Alresford and District Agricultural Society, Alresford Salads, Butler and Co., Roger Pearson and last but not least the Town Trust.

Anti-Social Behaviour A number of residents have recently contacted NATC with regards to an increase in anti-social behaviour in various locations in the Town. In response to these

reports the council have been working with the Neighbourhood Policing Team and the Winchester City Council Community Safety Officer to address this unwelcome activity in our Town. First and foremost it is vital that these incidences are reported to the following: Hampshire Constabulary phone 101 (24 hour number) Winchester City Neighbourhood Services Officer 01962 840222 or Online www.winchester.gov.uk/ report . There are measures that can be used to deter anti-social behaviour where a vehicle is used. Section 59 of the Police Reform Act 2002 can be used by police constables and police community support officers (PCSOs) to seize vehicles being used in an anti-social manner. Vehicles can be seized if the police officer / PCSO reasonably believes that a mechanically propelled vehicle is being used in a manner causing, or likely to cause alarm, distress or annoyance to the public, and: contravening section 3 (careless/inconsiderate driving), or contravening section 34 (prohibition of off-road driving/ driving other than a road) of the Road Traffic Act 1988.Vehicles are issued with a warning however if an officer also reasonably believes a previous warning has been given within the past 12 months - whether or not recorded on the Police National Computer or similar system, they can seize the vehicle immediately. The presence of police in Alresford is very much directed by reported incidents. New Alresford Town Council   Arlebury Park, The Avenue, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 9EP Phone: 01962 732079 www.newalresfordtc.org.uk tclerk@newalresfordtc.org.uk


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wners of properties that are let as furnished holiday accommodation can benefit from a range of tax reliefs. These reliefs are based on the lettings period, rather than the use of the property, so more properties may be eligible for these tax reliefs than is commonly thought. At its simplest, this type of property let is treated for most tax purposes as a trading venture. There are some exceptions to this, which is why it is always advisable to talk to a tax specialist to ensure you are working within HMRC rules. The letting rules are relatively simple: the property must be available for commercial letting to the public for at least 210 days in a 12-month period. It must actually be let for at least 105 days in that 12-month period. The first of these rules is reasonably easy to comply with, and the second is usually met by those owners actively marketing a holiday let, but may be more difficult for those simply letting a property in a non-holiday location. It is usually advisable not to let your property for more than 31 consecutive days, as this can reduce the opportunity for tax relief. Owners may also be unaware that they can claim capital allowances for all the equipment used in the holiday let. For new equipment purposes, such as white goods, furniture and any moveable items, the cost can be up to £200,000, which can be deducted from the net profits of your trading business for that period. There are also advantageous capital gains tax (CGT) benefits for owners of furnished lets: When you sell your furnished letting property, any capital gain arising can benefit for ‘roll over relief ’ where the proceeds are reinvested into another property intended as a furnished let, or into any other asset used for a trading purpose. There are various rules applied to this relief, which your tax adviser can explain to you. Furnished holiday lets are also excluded from the restriction to mortgage interest relief which came in on 6 April. Your property is treated as a business asset, so if you give the property away – maybe as part of your inheritance tax planning – the capital gain can be held over to the recipient, which results in no CGT arising on the gift. Entrepreneurs’ relief is also available on the disposal of a furnished holiday letting business. This reduces the rate of CGT to 10%. This relief is complex, so we would recommend you talk to a tax adviser to see whether your business qualifies. Usually, this type of property is not exempt from inheritance tax, although there are situations where some tax relief may be available.

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y Charlie is missing. Not my home-loving American tabby, who moved back to the UK with us 12 years ago, but another animal not native to these shores.The Charlie who’s gone AWOL is a skunk. Having seen plenty of these in the USA – and more to the point – smelled the traces of them in the ‘backyard’ or by the roadside – I can’t imagine why anyone would want to keep one as a pet.Yet it seems that around 2000 people in the UK do just that. Around the size of a domestic cat, the skunk is remarkable, not only for its markings which range from vivid black and white stripes to a grey/brown, but for its pong! If it feels threatened it can spray foul-smelling liquid from scent glands beneath its bushy tail. As it can spray as far ten feet, this is enough to deter all but the hungriest of predators.The Animal Welfare Act prohibits removal of the scent glands, so a pet skunk clearly needs very careful handling. Charlie still hasn’t been apprehended. It’s been a couple of weeks now and the East Hampshire community has been keeping a look-out for the elusive skunk in the hope of reuniting him with his worried owner.The trouble is skunks are mainly nocturnal, coming out at night to hunt for rodents, worms and frogs, or snacking on berries, leaves and fungi. Nor are they averse to scavenging on carrion or rubbish; so if your bin-bags have been ransacked, this time it might not be the fox who’s to blame.Thanks to Facebook, potential sightings have been posted, although some are a little vague: “Does it look like a very small fox and move like a ferret?” “It may have been a cat.” Skunks are intelligent, inquisitive animals, and Charlie has been spotted ambling beside a garden centre, checking out a golf course and (possibly) stealing eggs from a roadside stand. Unfortunately, they also have little road-sense or sense of direction, so let’s hope Charlie is a quick learner. Of course, it’s always possible that he’s hooked up with another skunk. In 2009 a colony was discovered

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living happily in the Forest of Dean, probably the result of a breeder throwing them out into the wild, so a Hampshire ‘gang’ is unlikely, but possible. Some non-native species do extremely well.Victorian landowners imported North-American grey squirrels as a novelty for their parkland estates. Now there are millions of them.The grey’s ability to put on fat helps it to survive winter better than its less robust red cousin, and worse still, it’s a carrier for the squirrel pox virus which is fatal for reds. Luckily in Hampshire there’s a population of red squirrels on the Isle of Wight, but otherwise you’d have to go to the Scottish Highlands or Anglesey for a chance of seeing one. On the bright side, scientists are working on fertility control for the greys, experimenting with contraceptive-laced bait – Nutella or peanut butter have been mentioned – but there’s still a long way to go. Meanwhile in the Rivers Itchen and Arle environmentalists face a similar problem with crayfish.The signal crayfish was introduced from Sweden in the 1970s to breed for the Scandinavian market, but its larger size and aggressive nature have caused great harm to the native species, as well as spreading the fatal crayfish plague. But not all these ‘incomers’ are unwelcome, and some definitely bring a smile to my face. On a drizzly spring day in Kent, the suburban calm of my parents’ garden was disturbed by a sudden riot of colourful plumage descending on the bare branches. A flock of parakeets has taken up residence in the neighbourhood and seems to be thriving, despite their preference for a warmer climate. Meanwhile, Charlie, the skunk is still on his walkabout, but I’m keeping my eyes open in case he shuffles over this way soon. To find out more about saving the red squirrel, please see the website www.rsst.org.uk


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Allows your petrol engine vehicle to run on Autogas, a fuel costing approximately 76p per ltr, with the environmental benefits of a 20% reduction in carbon dioxide production and 2000 times fewer particulates produced from the exhaust fumes when compared with a diesel. Widely available across the country and locally in Winnall, Winchester and West Meon Hut service station. The government has committed to this fuel difference for the future.

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What's On JUNE 3 JUNE Cycle and General Auction At Itchen Abbas Village Hall 12 noon Deliver Cycle lots to sell 8:00am.Viewing from 10:30. Auction starts at 12:00. Please call Andrew Wilcox on 01962 738534 or 07813 211451 or email cycles@auctionsinaday.co.uk with booking and any questions. General Auction : 2pm. Drop off lots to sell 9-9.30am. General Auction Viewing 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 General Auction. auctionsinaday.co.uk

7 JUNE Magdalen Hill Down – Wednesday Wander Leader: Jayne Chapman 01962 808400 ‘Wednesday Wander’. Meet: 2:30pm as 12 April in the gravel car park opposite the cemetery on the Alresford Road, B3404 Winchester. Map ref: SU 512 295. Sat Nav: SO21 1HE

10 JUNE Alresford Music Festival At Arlebury Park - Over 25 acts are being finalised over the coming months, but our annual 'Party in the Park' is planned to be more exciting than ever in 2017. Five stages of live music, rock - pop - indie - blues - world - folk - dance - jazz - northern soul - DJs and much more. For more information and tickets visit: www.alresfordmusicfestival.com

10 JUNE Salsa Y Sol Summer Dance Party From 19.30- £10/£12 at the Winchester Discovery Centre SO23 8SB. Bring sunshine into your life and enjoy a Party Night with all the dancing fun you could wish for: Club Dancing, Jive, Salsa,West Coast Swing, Cha Cha, Tango, Merengue, Bachata, great Group Dances and much much more. Everyone welcome, whether you've been dancing for years or are 32

a complete novice, whether you come with a partner, friends or on your own. Silvia & Max get everyone dancing! www.dancingwinchester.co.uk

11 JUNE Yew Hill Nature Walk with Peter Hutchins Tel: 07895 388378. Meet: 2:30pm at end of Old Kennels Lane at junction with Port Lane and Millers Lane, Oliver’s Battery. Map ref: SU 451 269. Butterflies and birds. All welcome.

11 JUNE Bishop's Sutton Village Fete and Garden Party From 2pm to 4.15pm at Bishops Court. The Fete includes a BBQ, Licenced Bar,Teas, Raffle,Tombola, Cake, Books, Plants, Bric 'n' Brac,Toy Stalls and much, much more. Magic Wanda to entertain the children along with face painting, hook 'a' duck, glitter tatoos, tennis. The 'Famous Egg Throwing' Competition. A heated swimming pool open rain or shine. Don't forget your kit. Join us for a fun filled family afternoon out.

11 JUNE Ropley Open Gardens From 2pm - 5 pm. 11 gardens in the centre of Ropley are opening to help raise funds for the rebuilding of St Peter's Church and for The Rosemary Foundation, a local 'hospice at home' service.Tickets cost £5 for entry to the gardens and can be bought on the day from the Parish Hall in Vicarage Lane, Ropley SO24 0DU. Come and enjoy the gardens and then have tea and cakes in the Hall or a glass of Pimms in one of the gardens. Plenty of parking will be available. For more information phone 01962 773603 or 01962 772425.

your dogs at home – Thank you. 11am to 5pm. Entry and Parking Free. Middle Farm, Cheriton, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 0PW Contact telephone: 07769 696030

17 JUNE Old Alresford Traditional Village Fair From 2pm to 4.30pm - Featuring; • Knickerbocker Glory Appalachian Dance Team • Fun Dog Show with Dog Fancy Dress Competition • Free Vintage Bus rides from New Alresford • Free Parking and Free Entry • Duck Race • Beer Tent,Teas, BBQ, Ice Creams and Popcorn • Bottle Stall, Bouncy Slide and many more stalls and side shows • Grand Draw – win an iPod Mini Trade Stalls please contact Clive Hancock on: 07970 549022

16 JUNE Bentley Station Meadow Nature Walk Leader: Arthur Greenwood 07920 803900 Meet: 2:30pm as 30 May. Please turn up on the day.

17 JUNE Alresford Festival of Toy Trains Alresford Festival of Toy Trains From 10.30-4.30. Perins School, Alresford 20 Layouts and over 80 Sales Tables BBQ, Refreshments, Live Music, Real Ale Adults £6, Child 32, Family £14 (2+2)

18 JUNE Open Gardens Scheme The Gardens of Broad Street, New Alresford. Open Day (11am – 5pm). Advance notice of the open day date.

24 - 25 JUNE The Dene Steam & Vintage Rally From 10am - 4pm. Steam roller, traction Engines,Vintage Tractors,Vintage Cars,Vintage Motorbikes and much more.Tickets £5, Children £3. www.facebook.com/denerally Starter Gate Farm, Monkwood, Ropley, SO24 0HA

24 JUNE 11 JUNE Open Farm Sunday At Middle Farm, Cheriton. SO24 0PW from 11am - 5pm. Entry and Parking Free Tractor and Trailer Tours of our Arable and Dairy Farm Cows being milked, Demonstrations of how we look after our Cows and Calves. Sheep Shearing, Pigs, Chicken and Goslings. Farm Machinery, Arable Farming Demonstrations and Have-a-go activities. Perins School Sports Team Activities and Straw-bale Maze. Refreshments available As we have livestock please could you leave

Concert by West End Singers From 3.30 to 5.30pm at Otterbourne Village Hall, SO21 2ET. We are pleased to present our musical trip around the British Isles aboard The National Express where traditional melodies travel alongside the likes of Karl Jenkins, Keane, Elgar, Elton John etc. Fully licensed bar available. Free tea and cakes will be served during the interval.Tickets £12, children free. Book your tickets online at www.westendsingers.co.uk Additional Events can be found on Page 46 >


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SO IF YOU HAVE ONE TO SELL, OR WOULD LIKE SOME FREE ADVICE PLEASE GIVE ROSS A CALL. AND, WE DON'T CHARGE A FEE! The following cars have been carefully selected because of their low mileage, excellent condition and service history. 2015 2014 2013 2015 2014 2014 2013 2011 2010 2008 2008

(15) Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, 4x4 Auto Estate, plug in electric hybrid 1 owner, 7,000 miles, zero, road tax (14) Skoda Yeti SE petrol, 1 owner 12,000 miles (63) BMW 116 D SE 2.0 5 door 20,000 miles (15) Honda Jazz 1.4 ES Auto, 1 owner, 1,300 miles (14) Ford Focus 1.6 Titanium Navigator Estate Automatic, 1 Owner, 12,000 miles (14) Skoda Fabia 1.6 TDi SE 16,000 miles (13) Suzuki SX4 1.6 1 owner, 10,000 miles (11) Skoda Roomster SE 1.6 TDi 2 owners, 57,000 miles (10) Citroen C3 VTR+ 1.4 HDi .2 owners, 52,000 miles (57) Vauxhall Corsa 1.4 Auto 2 owners, 18,000 miles (08) Vauxhall Astra Estate, 82,000 miles

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WE’LL BUY YOUR OLD HIFI Amplifiers, turntables, speakers, CD players etc Vintage or modern – Good quality separates wanted

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ALRESFORD VINTAGE TOY TRAIN SHOW

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he Alresford Vintage Toy Train Show as it was first named was inspired after organiser Bob Leggett saw James Day’s and Chris March’s superb Tri-ang Super 4 Layout at a small show in Ditchling on the South Coast in 1992. At the time Bob was looking for ways to raise money for the Children’s Playground in Alresford (APES) where he lived, and had the idea of running a Toy Train Show. Using James’s knowledge of other exhibitors and a few traders from local swap meets, the first show took place in June 1993 at the Alresford Community Centre. It was so crowded that one layout from the local Alton Model Railway Club could not fit in and had to be left out. One trader was even on the first floor corridor. The show included Mike Allen’s Hornby O Gauge layout and Trix and Hornby Dublo layouts. The show was a great success and raised over £300 for the local charity. Over the next few years the show completed its fundraising for APES and by 1999 was solely organised by Bob who continued to raise money for groups who helped at the show. In 2000 the bold step was taken to move to Perins School and have two large halls and use the local Scouts to organise refreshments and parking, with the local branch of Save the Children manning the doors. With over 20 vintage layouts, 90 sales tables and regular live music, the show began to establish itself as one of the most popular events on the Toy Train Calendar. Today the show, now called The Alresford Festival of Toy Trains, continues to offer a variety of 20 vintage layouts and 90+ sales tables, inside and out. This year’s show is on Saturday 17th June from 10.30am-4.30pm with early entry from 9am. The Watercress Line is a short walk away so many visitors take the train from Alton to the show. Bob is not likely to do another 25 years, but hopes the show will continue for a few more.

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t Alresford Rugby Football Club’s (ARFC’s) End-of-Season & Awards Dinner held at The Cricketers’ pub on 6th May, we celebrated the promotion of both our 1st & 2nd XVs as champions of their respective league and merit tables. These are massive achievements for the club and we wish to

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thank all of our loyal supporters and sponsors along with the players, coaches and administration for making this possible. We also need to acknowledge the part played by Perins in supplying first class players to the club, a steady stream of fit, talented and respectful young men (and women for that matter, pity we don’t have a ladies team) that are a credit to the school and provide selection pressure on which the club thrives. The inanimate magnet provided by our two magnificent pitches are a further incentive for players to join from other local clubs and for those whose boots were not finally hung-up, to reconsider the old adage that you’re a long time retired! It’s a supreme irony that our last home game for the 1sts, on April Fool’s Day, when we’d invited all our sponsors and the Alton RFC Committee to the Alresford Recreation Centre (ARC) for a prematch lunch, we had to reveal that we had no bar and no catering other than that provided by the club’s volunteers! It is again a testimony to the dedication of ARFC members that we pulled together and put on a lunch and after-match meal for our visitors, a feat repeated a week later when the 2nds played their last home game of the season. As we look forward to the 2017-18 season in Hants Division 1 for the 1sts and Solent 2 for the 2nds, with the ever-increasing mini section introducing so many young boys and girls to the joys of our sport on Sunday mornings, we hope and expect the New Alresford Town Council to resolve the issue of the ARC Bar so that we can maintain ARFC’s reputation as the friendliest club in Hampshire. John Weston - Chairman ARFC


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Viewing: Friday 2nd (10am – 7pm) and morning of sale from 8.30am

Pre-Owned Sapphire & Diamond Cluster Ring in 18ct Gold £4,475 40a West Street, Alresford, Hants Tel: 01962 732200 www.dbarkerandson.co.uk

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In Omnia Excellentia

Open Mornings

Thursday 13th July - 9am to 10.30am Friday 14th July - 9am to 10.30am

Open Evening

Thursday 13th July – 5pm to 7pm To experience life as a Perins student, please join us for our Open Day events. Visit our website to register and for further information.

www.perins.net Pound Hill, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 9BS 01962 734361

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Alresford Gift Shop

Andrew Smith & Son - Auctioneers

Summer tiered dress with little red bow on the back by Hatley -£20.95 Tel: 01962 734488 | www.ragamuffin-uk.com

Hugo - Dog Cushion 50cm x 30cm - £35 10 West Street, Alresford, SO24 9AT

Tel: 01962 732192

Monthly Antiques & Interiors Auction - Sat 3rd June Viewing: Friday 2nd (10am – 7pm) & morning of sale 8.30am Tel: 01962 735988 | www.andrewsmithandson.com

Face Matters

Alresford Gift Shop

D.Barker & Son

NEW treatment coming to the Alresford studio from 22 June opening price of £40 for the first 2 weeks. Usually £60. Tel: 07887 878567 | email info@sallycurson.co.uk.

New summer bags now in stock - Flip flop design 10 West Street, Alresford, SO24 9AT

Tel: 01962 732192

Leather wallet in wine and orange by Deakin & Francis £135 40A West Street, Alresford, SO24 9AU Tel: 01962 732200 | www.dbarkerandson.co.uk

Equestrian Fencing & Timber Ltd

More by Design

Jasmine China Hire

Wooden garden swing seat - in stock High Ridge Farm, Hospital Road, Shirrell Heath

Mojito and Lemons cushions 45cm x 45cm £36.00 - 45cm x 35cm £30.00 Tel: 01962 734504 | www.morebydesign.com

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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Moda Rosa

Whether you’re heading to Wimbledon or a wedding, see our collection of dresses perfect for many occasions Tel: 01962 733242 | www.42weststreet.co.uk

Aluminium Photo Frames - £15 each. Other designs and sizes available. West Street, Alresford, SO24 9AB Tel: 01962 736311 | www.interiorstyle.biz

Missoni top -£335 and skirt - £399 35 West Street, Alresford, SO24 9AB Tel: 01962 733277 | www.modarosa.co.uk

Delilah Boutique

Alresford Linen Co.

Jo Jo Inspired

Ilse Jacobsen Flip Flops in a range of 7 colours - £24 34 West Street, Alresford, SO24 9AU Tel: 01962 738470 | Delilah Boutique

Add some summertime colour to your home with one of our bright embroidered pouffs Tel: 01962 734221 | www.alresfordlinen.co.uk

"The Beach to Bar Collection" is back at www.jojoinspired.com. Tel: 07973 688251 | jojo@jojoinspired.com

101 Dogs and a Panda

Billy Goat

Design Realities

Original needle felted dog sculptures. For more information see: j.mcgetrick16@btinternet.com

GEOX Strada from £38 - Sandals from SaltWater, Startrite, Petasil, Birkenstock, PediPed and GEOX Tel: 01962 733926 | www.billygoatshoes.co.uk

Decoupage wood paper bins available in several designs £80 each (as shown, Morris pattern) Tel: 01962 732507 | www.design-realities.co.uk

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A place for local retailers to display their wares and provide readers with seasonally evocative, inspirational gift and style ideas.

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Bishops Waltham

Not only a great selection of clothes but also jewellery (ENVY, Eliza Gracious, Zelly), handbags (Red Cuckoo, Katie Loxton), scarfs, and a selection of beautiful handmade candles created by a good friend and former RAF Officer, Trish (ChilternCandleCo). All perfect for that little extra to compliment your outfit or as a gift for someone special. Looking to the future already orders have been placed for the Autumn/Winter 2017 collection including Marble, Latte, Izabella, Ella Boo, Emreco, James Lakeland in addition to the current ranges. An exciting collection which will also be shown at a fashion show, organised by Bishops Waltham Rotary Club raising money for Women V Cancer who support Breast Cancer Care, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust and Ovarian Cancer Action, Thursday 26th October at Bishops Waltham Jubilee Hall.

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ased in the Medieval Market town of Bishops Waltham, comes a new Boutique offering a wide range of casual and occasion wear to suit all ages. Boutqiue ME (previously Cassis) opened Easter Weekend after a full refurbishment, creating a lovely fresh new interior perfect to compliment a great selection of new and previously stocked brands. Including the popular Great Plains, DECK by Decollage, Bohemia, NOMADS, Suzy D, Pont Neuf, FDJ, Anna Montana and a selection of Michaela Louisa for those more formal occassions (Weddings, ASCOT, Graduations). Tracey has had family in Bishops Waltham for over 30 years and moved to the town herself in 2009. Following a successful 25 year career in the Royal Air Force she decided to retire in 2014 and embrace civilian life. A years sabbatical gave her the opportunity to spend time doing up her own home before working part time in several local shops in Bishops Waltham including Labels Dress Agency, Luvvit Want It and Cassis. When Barbara who owned Cassis decided to retire from the fashion industry a perfect opportunity arose for Tracey to take on a new and exciting challenge. A whirlwind of hard work and fun since the 1 April has allowed her to open her doors in time for the Spring/Summer 2017 collections.

SUZY D

Suzy and brother Andrew created the SUZY D range manufactured out of Italy and aimed at women of all ages who love fashion & want to look good. Comfort, great quality fabrics & yarns, as well as affordability are just some of the key objectives, a truly amazing feeling I’m sure you will experience once you start wearing these gorgeous clothes

BOUTIQUE ME High Street Bishops Waltham SO32 1AA


SPRING/SUMMER 2017 COLLECTION

NOMADS

Fair Trade Fashion using organic cotton. All dresses, tunics and tops are made from this wonderful fabric. Soft, colourful feminine clothes that are comfortable and flattering. Benefits for us super soft and breathable.

GREAT PLAINS

A must-have collection of high quality basics, instantly satisfying the style demands of any modern wardrobe. For the lady who loves to experiment with contemporary fashion trends, but is not dictated by them.

MICHAELA LOUISA

Michaela Louisa is a moderately priced label which produces fabulous styling and versatility in their collection going from Daywear to Occasion pieces suitable for Mother of the Bride / Groom or other special occasions.

T: 01489 891052

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BoutiqueMeBishopsWaltham

Monday 10am – 3pm

boutiquemebishopswaltham

Tuesday – Saturday 09.30am – 5pm

info@boutiquemebishopswaltham.co.uk


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Pearls of Wisdom

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here can one find 'value' in the pre-owned jewellery market right now? It's a good question and one that we are often asked by shrewd jewellery buyers. Trying to second-guess any market can be a very high-risk game and there are many nursing burnt fingers who can testify to that. 'Finding value' though is one of the attractions of purchasing pre-owned jewellery instead of 'new', and we think that there is one sector that has been under appreciated for some time. In recent years pearls have been out of the limelight but jewellery trends are cyclical and today, after a period in the doldrums, pearls are enjoying a real revival. Last year's Spring/ Summer 2017 catwalk shows featured pearls very strongly and the style pages have picked up on this trend.With pearl being the birthstone for June there is added interest at this time of year. The pearl market is wide and varied with 99% of the pearls sold in the world today being farmed commercially.The Chinese have been producing vast quantities of pearls grown in freshwater mussels for some years; these are very affordable and the quality has improved considerably, although they often lack lustre (or shininess to put it another way). Saltwater-grown Akoya cultured pearls are what most people think of when we talk about 'cultured pearls' and these have been produced in large numbers, mainly by the Japanese, since the 1920s. In our opinion, Japanese Akoya cultured pearls are where the real value lies at the moment, but only if you buy 'pre-owned'. Like all 'new' jewellery the costs of production including manufacturer and retailer margins feature very prominently in the retail price you are asked to pay and you can add a very substantial premium if you choose to buy from a recognised pearl brand. Even for non-branded pearls, we are astonished by the prices asked by some pearl importers keen to sell new pearls to our business.

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This disparity has led us to reconsider how we source pearl necklaces. Over the years we have built up a network of sources for much of the Antique and Pre-Owned jewellery that we sell.We still buy some jewellery privately and a little at auction but mostly we utilise our contacts to get what we need at a price that enables us to demonstrate value to our customers without compromising on quality.This way we can offer pearls in a range of sizes and colour tones, either as single or multiple rows, and in a variety of lengths; all are in near perfect condition and nearly always come with beautiful diamond or gem set clasps the sort of which simply are not made these days. So what should you look for if you want to buy pre-owned cultured Akoya pearls? For us, the most important thing is condition, condition, condition. Simple as that.Walk away from pearls that are 'skinned' - these are pearls that have been worn to such an extent that the nacreous layer to the pearl has completely worn away revealing the nucleus bead at the centre. If the pearls don't match, are an uneven colour or have a patchy lustre then give these a wide berth as well. Don't dismiss pearls that are in good condition but appear to be grubby or in need of re-stringing - defects such as this can be put right very easily and for modest expense. And what about price? Compared to the prices of comparable pearls being offered to us by the established pearl importers, we are able to offer our pre-owned pearl necklaces at prices half of those for the new equivalent and often for less.That's what we mean by being able to demonstrate 'good value'. So, if you are thinking of buying Akoya cultured pearls then there are alternatives to the ubiquitous 'white pearls with a pink hue' and most definitely value to be had in considering pre-owned pearls before taking the plunge. Let's put it this way: unless a customer has very specific needs, we won't consider buying rows of pearls from traditional importers, so disillusioned are we with the price imbalance. If we won't buy new pearl necklaces why should you? Damon Barker FGA Gemmologist and Director of D.Barker & Son Ltd


small groups : individual support : close supervision call sally hogg on 07771 522665

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PrettyWoman Luxury Beauty Salon

Perfect for Prom Choose one treatment from the list below: Back, Neck & Shoulder Massage Callus Peel Hard Skin Removal, Shellac – Fingers or Toes, Express Facial using ESPA or Guinot products, Full Body Spray Tan

And two more... Eyebrow Shape, Shellac Soak Off, Mini Manicure or Mini Pedicure, Lip & Chin Wax, Bikini Wax, Extended Bikini Wax, ½ Leg Wax

All for just £50!

Alresford 01962 736888 www.pretty-woman-salon.co.uk 5 EAST STREET, ALRESFORD, SO24 9EE

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IT’S THE ALRESFORD DUCK RACE!

26 The Dean Alresford Hampshire S024 9AZ Tel: 01962 738683 www.studio49alresford.com

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n 18 June the Alresford PIGS will be holding the biannual Duck Race. There are seven heats throughout the afternoon followed by the Grand Final which, for the fifth time running, is sponsored by local company, Hydrotech

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Once again, this great family afternoon out will be held in the gardens at Weir House thanks to the generosity of the owners, the Hollingbery family. Entertainments in this stunning riverside setting include a bouncy castle, a tombola, and music from Rock Out school and the Alresford Ukulele Jam. There’s also a licensed bar, food provided by Evans the Butchers in Alresford, plus teas & coffees. All our races have commercial or community sponsorship, and the Ducks themselves are backed by businesses, as well as local organisations and families. The proceeds from the event go to help many local causes throughout the year, from individuals and struggling families to local associations and community groups.Your support makes a real difference! Race programmes will be available on the day from which you can choose your winners. So put the date in your diaries, save your pennies for a flutter on the ducks, and do please come and join us on from noon on 18 June!

Traditional Chinese Medicine· Cosmetic Acupuncture Alresford· Southampton • Free consultation • Pay for 8 treatments and receive the 9th free • Pay for a course of 8 cosmetic acupuncture treatments to receive 10% discount See website for further details

Alresford Sugaring

The natural, gentle alternative to waxing Suitable for all areas of the face and body Private treatment room For more details please contact Sadie Mackrell:

Tel: 01962 738727 Mob: 07738 908258 smackrell1@yahoo.com

ADVERTISE WITH US! At the time of going to press, our sponsors include: Alresford floors, Alresford forum, Alresford surgery, Barnes & Liddiard Butler & Co, Butler & King, Cedar veterinary group, Charters estate agents, C.E.Evans & Son, Edmundson electrical, Hair Art, Hellards Estate Agents, The Hollingbery Family, Hydrotech Services Ltd Meardean Electrical Supplies Ltd, Retro cleaning company, Sousa Richards Solicitors and Family Stow We’d like to thank all our sponsors who support the event and all the volunteers and organisations who commit to helping out on the day. See you there! For more details visit: http:www.alresfordduckrace.co.uk

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hen Hannah Aitken went to get a second opinion for her chronic knee pain, she had one thing on her mind, a fantastic holiday to Australia and being well enough to enjoy every moment. Mrs Aitken, 55 from Ashurst tells her story, from a painful birthday in France to the top of Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Typically patients stay 3 – 4 nights at Spire Hospital when recovering from this type of surgery but Mrs Aitken was keen to recover as soon as possible and was discharged home after 3 nights. “Though the surgery was on a Wednesday, I was well enough to go home on the Saturday and with help from the physiotherapists, I was up and about the following Thursday. It wasn’t easy and apparently a partial knee replacement is harder to recover from than an entire knee replacement but I worked at it.” Mrs Aitken had physiotherapy at Spire Southampton’s Rehabilitation Centre – Perform, in Millbrook.There she was supported by specialist Physiotherapists who worked with Mrs Aitken to help her achieve her ultimate goal.

“I was in France last summer, celebrating an important birthday with friends, when my knee just went, it gave way. I was in agony but managed to soldier on for the weekend. As soon as I got home I went straight to my GP. I had a steroid injection but that didn’t work and after an MRI scan I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis. I was still in agony and really felt I needed a second opinion so I used my private health insurance and was given Mr Tilley’s name.” Mr Tilley is a specialist lower limb orthopaedic surgeon at Spire Southampton Hospital, with a particular interest in hip and knee replacement surgery and lower limb trauma, especially those with osteoporosis. “He saw the earlier MRI scan and stated the injection would never have solved the problem because I had a tear in the cartilage and a cyst growing on the tear.That appointment was 13th September 2016 and on the 21st September, I was booked in for my partial knee replacement at Spire Southampton Hospital under the care of Mr Tilley. I wanted it sorted quickly as I’d booked a trip to Australia the following February and had every intention of still going regardless of the surgery and a long flight. ” With the holiday of a lifetime coming up, Mrs Aitken was admitted to Spire for a ‘unicompartmental resurfacing’, also known as a partial knee replacement. Although anxious she was determined to be finally free of her knee pain and to be confident to enjoy her forthcoming adventures. 44

“Just five and a half weeks later I was back at work, full time and I was almost back to normal. At my six week, post-operative appointment with Mr Tilley, I wanted to get more bend in my knee. I’ve now achieved this, I’m an active person, I love my job as well as walking and cycling and I felt I was just too young to slow down. I can honestly say the surgery was the best thing I’ve ever had done. I was in so much pain before and it was really stopping me from living life to the full. Now I’m not only wearing my heels again, I’m travelling and as you can see, climbing bridges in Australia.”

About Spire Healthcare 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 inpatients 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 offers out-patient services, such as consulting, minor procedures, treatments, health checks and physiotherapy.


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What's On JUNE/JULY 28 JUNE Alresford Art Society Members meeting Wessex Sculptors give us an opportunity to find out more about what they do. This is an evening meeting starting at 7.30pm at Alresford Recreation Centre. For information contact 01962 736397 or email jo.may@live.co.uk www.artsociety.alresford.org

28 JUNE The Wind in the Willows by Mark and Helen Johnson (c) Out of the Ark - Performed by Sun Hill Young Voices and Sun Hill Family Singers. A fundraising concert for Sun Hill Infant School 50th birthday. Gates open at Sun Hill Infant School from 7pm (Bar open from 6.30pm).Tickets £6.00 from Six West or Rosie Waring Green 01962 733237 / ra@22rwg.co.uk

press to bottle.We have plenty to offer from face painting, to woodland coppicing, to live music! Delicious local food and drink to tuck into, plus apple delights! Bring your own apples to the apple press and take home your very own apple juice. For more information contact: Alex Handford - Contact: 01420 588671

16 JULY Itchen Valley Flower Show From 2.30 – 4.30pm. Classes of flowers, fruit, cookery, and craft on display at the Itchen Abbas and Avington Village Hall. There will be a beer tent, a bouncy castle and raffle as well as tea and cake and many other interesting and fun things to do that afternoon. If you would like to enter any of the classes, please visit the Parish Council website where you will find all the details: www.itchenvalleyparishcouncil.org. uk/ItchenValley-PC/Itchen_Valley_Flower_ Show_10060.aspx

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15 JULY Alresford Apple Festival This is a free event! (10am-4pm).Take a tractor ride to see the apple journey from harvest to 46

30 JUNE - 2 JULY Alresford Art Society Annual Exhibition Come see the wonderful work done by local artists! Alresford Community Centre Friday 30 June 10am-5pm, Saturday 1 July 10am-5pm, Sunday 2 July 10am-4pm

and the Minibus service is, quite literally, a lifeline for many. The fact that the last bus did over 100,000 miles shows what an incredible resource it is for the town and I have no doubt it will go from strength to strength with this new and improved model. It was a privilege to cut the ribbon and send it on its way.”

Alresford Art Society Annual Exhibition Friday and Saturday from 10am - 5pm, Sunday 10 - 4pm at Alresford Community Centre. Come see the wonderful work done by local artists.

Eel House Open Day From 11am - 5pm - The river Alre footpath 500m from the bottom of The Dean. Come and see the traps and the Eel House interior and find out about the secret life of the eel in one of only two known eel houses in the country. Directions www.towntrust.org.uk/eel_house.htm

Vineyards of Hampshire 5th Annual Wine Festival 12pm - 4.30pm at Cottonworth Vineyards, Cottonworth, between Andover and Stockbridge, SP11 7JX. Come and taste a selection of the region's sparkling and still wines. Meet the winemakers, book wine workshops or go on a vineyard tour.Try before you buy. Delicious Hampshire food stalls. Please note this is a mainly cash only event.Tickets: £10 booking available from www.eventbrite.co.uk, call: 01264 781851 or email: info@danebury. co.uk

UNVEILING OF NEW COMMUNITY MINIBUS

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t was a great day for the new minibus on 29th April when Mr Steve Brine, MP cut the ribbon, as well as for three long serving voluntary drivers who were retiring. The ceremony was attended by a gathering of 40 people at The Swan Hotel, ranging from minibus organisers, volunteer drivers, local councillors, Steve Brine MP accompanied by his children and Trustees. NATT Chair, Robin Atkins, informed everyone that it had taken two and a half years to decide on the merits of 5 possible minibuses, and to build to our specification. The Mercedes Sprinter has 15 seats including the driver (the best compromise available) which has the advantage of automatic steering, special luggage/shopping compartment and graduated steps, which the Trust hopes will help the elderly and disabled passengers get on and off the minibus. Steve Brine who was the first member of NATT then gave a speech in which he stated: “The work done by both Pam Stevens and the Trust has proven itself over so many years

Pam Stevens then presented certificates and M&S vouchers to Barry Mitchell who had driven the bus for over 10 years, Wayne Sansom (8 years) and Dennis Jones (7 years). She also thanked Bernard Simmons, the experienced driver who had helped the Trust in selecting the new minibus and gave him a bottle of Jack Daniels Whisky as a thank you. The group then progressed to The Swan for excellent buffet refreshments. The Trustees will retain the old minibus as a back-up which will enable the Trust to perform a greater number of journeys. The initial journey will be on 2nd May with Age Concern who use the minibus twice a week, and also for a shopping expedition to Sainsbury’s in Alton. Other journeys include regular visits to supermarkets and leisure trips. Finally, the Trust presented Pam with a large fuchsia to thank her for her excellent job as the minibus organiser. Any person or organisation interested in using the minibus should contact Pam Stevens on (01962) 734861 or Email heatherhollow@btinternet.com for details.


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Wellbeing ALRESFORD SURGERY NEWS

Carers Week – 6th- 12th June Carers’ Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. This year we're focusing on building Carer Friendly Communities. These are communities which support carers to look after their loved ones well, while recognising that they are individuals with needs of their own. Carers’ Week is brought to life by the individuals and organisations who come together to organise activities and events throughout the UK, drawing attention to just how important caring is. Health promotion board We are now focusing on “Living well in later years” on our themed notice board. Exercise remains very important, as reduced activity leads to muscle fatigue, postural instability and a tendency to fall. Many of our patients have been active all their lives and are able to continue golf, tennis and cycling for many years. Walking remains a good choice, and Pilates and Tai Chi are also beneficial. On our notice board we are promoting home exercises and ‘steady and strong’ classes, which are designed to help posture, balance and maintain muscle strength in those with reduced mobility or uncertain balance.You will also find information on support for carers (Princess Royal Trust); community activities for those with memory impairment; and the services of Wessex Drivability. This charitable organisation is dedicated to assisting people with disabilities or medical conditions to drive independently. Instructors also carry out Fitness to Drive assessments, and our patients who have used this service speak very highly of it. www.wessexdriveability.org.uk For those who have no transport, lifts to the hospital or the surgery can be arranged through Alresford Voluntary Care Group, and we have information about that. (This group always welcomes new drivers to help provide this wonderful service.) Finally, Alresford Village Agents have a wealth of knowledge to help make life easier in later years and enable older people to remain selfreliant. Why not have a look at their poster on our notice board, visit the website www.ageconcernhampshire.org.uk/our-services/villageagent/ or give Denise and Fiona a call on 07969 376023 to find out how they can help you? Men ACWY vaccine Young teenagers and 'fresher' students going to university for the first time are advised to have a vaccination to prevent meningitis W disease. If you have had a call letter and are due to go to University, please remember to come in for your Meningitis ACWY vaccination before starting in September. Travel abroad If you are travelling abroad and think you may need advice and vaccinations from us you must complete a questionnaire (available from reception or from our website) and make an appointment with a nurse. We have become aware that patients are often leaving it too late to seek this help. Some vaccinations need a course spread over a few weeks, so please apply in good time – up to 2 months before departure. You can find more information on: www.alresfordsurgery.co.uk/clinics-and-services.aspx?t=4

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APPEAL FOR HELP FOR DEFIBRILLATORS

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arious public access emergency medical defibrillator units have recently been installed around Alresford and in the villages along the Candover Valley. In the Alresford area eight units were installed in 2015, as a result of a project led by Dr Peter Stokes at the Alresford Surgery, and Chris Lillywhite of Alresford Pigs: the major funding came from the Alresford Pigs Association. Further donations came from the Alresford Bowling Club, Old Alresford Parish Council, and the Rugby, Football and Tennis clubs at the ARC. Currently, other local communities and Parish Councils are fundraising to install further units in the villages of Cheriton, Bramdean and Bighton. Most of the defibrillators are part of the scheme run by the Community HeartBeat Trust (www. communityheartbeat.org. uk), a national charity focused on providing these units to local communities, working with the local ambulance service. In the event of an emergency, where a patient appears to have had a heart attack or similar, it is important to get help as fast as possible. A 999 call will advise whether a defibrillator could be of benefit, where the nearest unit is located, and will provide the caller with the code to open the storage box. The patient must be given chest compressions and mouth-tomouth resuscitation, so someone must stay with the patient. The yellow wall-mounted boxes are highly visible, located outside public buildings, or in disused phone boxes. They contain a portable defibrillator, and a pack containing scissors and other items. The sticky pads are already connected to the unit: the unit itself, as well as the 999 operator, will give verbal instructions as to what to do. Meanwhile an Ambulance will be coming, but the fast application of a defibrillator is often crucial to ensuring the recovery of the patient. Each defibrillator needs regular checks, and replacement of either the sticky chest pads or the main batteries every year. The typical maintenance cost is £100 per annum for each unit. For the Alresford town scheme, a webpage for charity donations has been set up at www.tinyurl.com/DefibAlr, to fund the necessary maintenance. Please help by making a donation! From the Alresford Defibrillator Committee (The Alresford Defibrillator Committee is currently Dr Peter Stokes, Chris Lillywhite, Nick Denbow and Bernie Simmonds)


Bluebird Care & Princess Royal Trust host pamper days for local family carers

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luebird Care and the Princess Royal Trust for Carers in Hampshire (PRTCH) are looking forward to hosting their annual programme of pamper and treat events for family carers for National Carers Week. National Carers Week this year takes place from 12th-18th June and strives to raise awareness of caring, highlighting the challenges carers face and recognising the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the Hampshire area. This year’s National Carers Week theme is building carer friendly communities which support carers to look after their family and friends well, while recognising they themselves are individuals with needs of their own. The Princess Royal Trust for Carers in Hampshire is a charity that supports unpaid carers by providing information, advocacy and advice, ensuring that carers feel supported and valued. The Trust facilitates support groups across the region, clinics in GP surgeries, counselling and carers hubs. The Trust also provide an Emergency Planning Service where replacement care is arranged should a carer be unable to fulfil their caring role in the event of an emergency and this is supported by us at Bluebird Care. Claire Murphy, Owner and Director of Bluebird Care, said: “We are delighted to host these special pamper days in partnership with the PRTCH as they really are a wonderful treat for family carers who always put the needs of their loved ones above their own.

“We will be offering free respite care to enable family carers to enjoy these events, so they know that their relative is receiving the very best care while they have a chance to enjoy themselves.” Kerry Hearsey MBE, Chief Executive of the PRTCH, said: “We have a wonderful National Carers Week programme of fun events this year, from beauty and pamper days where people will enjoy manicures and massages, to cream teas to even a trip on the Watercress Line.

“We thank Bluebird Care for their ongoing support and look forward to making lots of family carers smile at these special days!”

Alton & Alresford

3 Cross & Pillory House, Cross & Pillory Lane, Alton, GU34 1HL T: 01420 550 777 E: alton@bluebirdcare.co.uk

Kerry Hearsey MBE, Chief Executive of the PRTCH with Claire Murphy, Owner of Bluebird Care.

National Carers Week Events DATE

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EVENT

Mon 12 June

10am3pm

St Peter’s Church, Winchester

Winchester Pamper Day and Lunch

Tues 13 June

10am3pm

Wells Place, Eastleigh

Eastleigh Pamper Day and Lunch

Weds 14 June

11am3pm

Meeting at Alton Railway Station

Watercress Train Line trip with Lunch at the Alresford Swan Hotel

Fri 16 June

10am3pm

Hawk Conservancy

Andover Hawk Conservancy Trip and Cream Tea

Weds 21 June

10am12pm

Wisdom House, Romsey

Romsey Cream Tea

Andover & Stockbridge

Foresters House, 4 London Street, Andover, SP10 2PA T: 01264 310 888 E: andover@bluebirdcare.co.uk

Winchester, Eastleigh & Romsey Calford House, Wessex Business Park, Colden Common, SO21 1WP T: 01962 856 900 E: winchester@bluebirdcare.co.uk


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Clubs & Societies O Cheriton Cricket Club For more information contact: Nick: 07931 456214 info@cheritoncc.com www.cheritoncc.com

65+ SPORTS & FITNESS O ACA Badminton Club For more information contact: Call Clive Earthy: 01962 733812 O Alresford Badminton Club For more information contact: Contact: Ralph Pointer on: 01962 734833 or brickwoods@talktalk.net www.alresfordbadminton.co.uk O Alresford Bowling Club For more information contact: Barry Morgan (club secretary) 01962 733477 and on the club www.alresfordbowlingclub.org.uk O Ropley Bowling Club For more information contact Gill Moore on: 01420 563139 gillianfmoore@yahoo.co.uk O Alresford Golf Club For more information contact Tel: 01962 733746. secretary @alresfordgolf.co.uk www.alresfordgolf.co.uk O Alresford Netball Club For more information contact Donna: 01420 561755 or 07860 931150 donnabirtles@fsmail.net O Alresford Rugby Football Club For more information contact: Seniors’ Head Coach: 07964 423001. Minis contact: alresfordminisrugby@gmail.com or visit www.alresfordrfc.co.uk O Alresford Tennis Club For more information contact: Howard Lewis on 01962 733818 O Alresford Yacht Club For more information contact: Contact Valerie: 01962 808827 valeriej.powell@tiscali.co.uk O Chawton Park Indoor Bowls Club For more information contact: Chawton Park Road, Alton. Tel: 01420 541546

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O Cheriton Tennis Club For more information contact: Donna at Don Perrin Tennis: 07928 855175. www. cheritontennisclub.co.uk O Children’s Judo Club For more information contact: Lance Wicks - Telephone: 07787 565233 Email: lw@ judocoach.com O Cyclists’ Touring Club For more information contact: Tel: 01962 864479 www.southhampshirectc.org.uk O Fitique Run Club For more information contact Melissa (07708) 532210 / sales@ fitique.co.uk Facebook page: Fitique Run Club O Fitique Women’s Cycle Club For more information contact Victoria on (01962) 733154 victoria@fitique.co.uk O Judo Club For more information contact: Steve Fullick, 10 Perins Close, Alresford Tel: 01962 732883 O Old Alresford Cricket Club Home pitch – Upton Park Farm, Old Alresford. For more information contact: John Stanbrook: 01962 733612 or Mike Armitage: 07878008853 Tel: 01420 568135 stanbrookjm@talktalk.net. O Practical Wing Chun Classes For more information contact: Contact Gary: 07986 298283 or see www.uctuk.co.uk O Ropley Tennis Club For more information visit: www.ropleytennis.org.uk O Tai Chi For more information contact: call: 02380 651223 or email taichienquiries@gmail.com O Tichborne Park Cricket Club For more information contact:

Andy Joyce on Tel: 01962 734316 andypjoyce@hotmail.com

O Zumba Classes (Easton) Every Thursday at Easton Village Hall, Easton 10.30am to 11.30am. Come and get fit whilst dancing to fantastic Latin beats. Getting fit never felt such fun! Tel: Muriele on 07821 545403. www.murielezumba.com

65+ MUSIC & DANCE O Alresford Community Choir (ACC) For more information visit: www.alresfordchoir.com O Alresford Ukulele Jam For more information visit: alresfordukejam@outlook.com Tel: 01962 710385 http://facebook.com/ AlresfordUkeJam O Bishops Sutton Handbell Ringing Team For more information contact: 01962 736211 O Four Marks Folk Band For more information contact: Peter Treacher on: 01420 562794 O Minden Rose Garland Dancers For more information contact Imelda on: 01962 773487/07762 902143 to check we will be there. O The Candover Valley Bell Ringers For more information contact Carol: 01256 389387 O The Cheriton Singers For more information call 01962 771796 or visit www. cheritonsingers.hampshire.org.uk

ARTS & CRAFTS O Alresford Area Craft Club For more information contact: Sandy: 01962 732995

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O Alresford Art Society For more information visit: www.artsociety.alresford.org Tel: 01962 736751 artsociety@ alresford.org O A.C.T.S - Alresford Community Theatre Society For more information contact Debbie: 01962 732055 markwick34@gmail.com O The Cheriton Players For more information visit: www.facebook.com/groups/ 120589672533. Or contact David Cradduck: 01962 771700 www.thecheritonplayers.org.uk O Wessex Sculptors For more information contact: Carole Scobling: 01962 771259

O The Medstead Players For more information contact: Lesley Rae, Fiver, High Street, Medstead.Tel: 01420 56563916 www.medsteadplayers.co.uk O The Waynflete Singers For more information visit: waynflete.hampshire.org.uk O Winchester Music Club For more information visit: ww.winchestermusicclub.org.uk O Zumba Classes For more information contact Tel: 079474 10394 www.zumbaaround-winchester.com or sue@ plays-r-ussell.com

FOR DETAIL ON THESE LISTINGS VISIT www.forumpublications.co.uk Click on the local information button on the menu. Select the Itchen Valley and browse all your local clubs and societies in detail with direct links to their websites

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Residential

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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Jane's Kitchen DRIZZLE CAKE

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une brings a flurry of fetes and festivals, picnics and barbeques and a tray bake is a good standby as a dessert or teatime treat. The following is a rather ‘grown-up’ version of a drizzle cake, but the alcohol content can be reduced by using more lemon juice than Pimms if preferred.

Ingredients • • • • • • • • •

225g butter 225g caster sugar 4 eggs (beaten) 225g self raising flour 1 teaspoon baking powder Zest of one orange Zest of one Lemon 2 teaspoon chopped fresh mint 3 tablespoons Pimms

Method Place all the above ingredients into a mixing bowl except the Pimms and mint. Beat with an electric

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mixer until the mixture is just smooth and combined. Fold in the Pimms and mint and pour into a well-greased baking tray (8” x 12”). Bake for 35 - 40 minutes in a medium hot oven (180˚C). While the cake is cooking, mix another 3-4 tablespoons of Pimms with the juice of the orange and lemon and 3oz of caster sugar. Remove the cooked cake from the oven and while still hot, prick all over and drizzle the Pimms mixture over the top. Sprinkle 1-2 tablespoons of caster sugar to finish. From ‘Jane’s Kitchen’, a collection of recipes arranged by season and illustrated with photography and watercolours. Available from Chilbolton Stores, Leckford Farm Shop or direct from Jane –randjbrown12@ btinternet.com Price £6.99 plus £1.50


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abbits can make rewarding pets and live healthy lives as long as their welfare needs are provisioned for. There are approximately 1.2 million pet rabbits in the United Kingdom. Rabbits need a high-fibre diet consisting mainly of grass and hay (85-90%), green herbs and vegetables (10-15%) and pellets (5%) to maintain correct dental wear, efficient gut motility and overall good health. Eating grass takes time and so prevents boredom by encouraging grazing whilst scattering of hay, pellets and other small food items can encourage foraging. Additionally, the provision of apple logs, branches and twigs from trees provide a source of bark for stripping and chewing which may help to minimise destructive behaviours. Muesli diets not encouraged as they promote selective feeding and some human ‘treats’ like biscuits are a definite no-no. Always make sure plenty of water is available too.

For example; discharge from the eyes, nose or mouth, changes in appetite and toileting behaviour, or overgrown teeth are signs that something is wrong. As well as regular treatment against parasites such as fleas, worms, mites and E.cuniculi rabbits require yearly vaccinations against myxomatosis and viral haemorrhagic diarrhoea (VHD), both of which can be fatal if contracted by your rabbit. Rabbits are social animals and so require contact with their own kind for companionship and to feel safe. A neutered male and female combination generally works well although same sex pairing can be successful if introduced to each other correctly or if raised from the same litter but still need to be neutered to minimise fighting and dominant behaviour.Never place rabbits together until they have been neutered even if you are sure of the gender as mistakes on identifying a rabbit’s sex can be made and not realised until it is too late! 17th-25th June 2017 is Rabbit Awareness Week, a sponsored campaign led to improve the welfare for rabbits by meeting the rabbit’s five welfare needs (diet, company, health, environment and behaviour). For more information, please contact your vet.

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Alresford & District Neighbourhood Watch CONTACTING THE POLICE Following severe cutbacks in funding and the resulting reduction in the number of officers, it is not possible to deploy an officer to many reports of criminal or suspect activity. However, Neighbourhood Watch has always, and still does, encourage reporting of all incidents. This allows the police to build a picture and maybe identify a pattern of times or locations, from which data they can target their resources. For example, there has been a recent spate of non-dwelling break-ins. The Police need all information relating to these incidents, even if nothing was stolen. Part of a registration number, the colour or make of a vehicle seen acting suspiciously in the area; all could help. Hampshire was the first county to pilot what is now the 101 non-emergency phone service. One of the drawbacks to this and other similar services, is misuse by unscrupulous members of the public, making repeat calls, for either irrelevant, or nowadays, fake reasons. These overload an already very busy system.

They are aware that asking for your details does actually stop some people from calling in incidents at all, so there is now the ability from the Hampshire Constabulary website to report minor incidents and in some circumstances request a call back. Visit: www.hampshire.police.uk/ contact-us/

Please, do report all incidents or suspicions by whatever means suits you. CONTACTING ADNWA OR POLICE: ADNWA website: www.neighbourhood. watch.alresford.org contact.adnwa@gmail.com CRIME IN PROGRESS: RING 999 NON-URGENT ISSUES: RING 101 (if you observe suspicious activity) CRIMESTOPPERS: 0800 555 111

The police are currently working on a small flier to be made generally available, giving details of how to contact them for different reasons. We will publicise this when it is finalised.

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hallenging times met with grit and determination at Sun Hill Junior School has seen a speed of events and change that has been unprecedented in raising standards at our school. With the skills, knowledge and experience of those on-board, coupled with a picture of growing strengths across the school, this positive vision for learning is being realised.

• A Boomtown weekend family ticket for 2 adults and 2 children under 18 • School of Dolphins Swimming Birthday Party for up to 10 children. • 1 Hours Private use of the School of Dolphins heated swimming pool for a Family. • The King Alfred - A meal for 2 and over night stay • The Cricketers - A pizza and pop party for 6 people.

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The police therefore, have to try to identify and cut off these calls and this is the reason they ask for your personal details. Repeat, or time wasting callers can be identified in this way.

There is also the Crimestoppers service which is entirely anonymous. They won’t ask you for personal details, they don’t want them. Phone 0800 555 111 or report on line at https://crimestoppers-uk.org/giveinformation/give-information-online/ This is a national service where calls are directed to the appropriate police force.

to also bring together our community with what promises to be a tremendous evening. A complimentary glass of fizz, courtesy of The Naked Grape, is sure to start the evening well. Many Alresford Music Festival goers will be familiar with our amazing live entertainment 'The Hattie Jacques Playlist'! Coupled with a Scrum-Diddly-Umtpious 3 course meal, our Auction of truly tremendous things, all set in the Wonderful World of Wonka. We have been overwhelmed by the fabulous businesses in and around Alresford. Their generosity in donating their services

Everyone is welcome - For booking information and forms, please contact Sara Curtis, or collect a form from the Sun Hill Juniors School Office. Alternativelt get in touch via email: saracurtis748@gmail.com or call 07793 224844 Supported by chocolate craft and Alresford Youth Association


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Originally from Hayling Island in Hampshire, Ben did most of his growing up in Italy and has also spent a lot of time in Barcelona where he developed a keen eye for design.

He now runs Human Kitchens based in Swanmore, with offices in West Sussex and the Test Valley. He's had a successful career in kitchen design and has worked with some of the 'big names' in the UK kitchen industry. Human Kitchens specialise in bespoke, high quality, madeto-measure kitchens and Ben wanted to offer top quality kitchens at the fraction of the cost, together with excellent customer service. He says: "There are a lot of customers who would use a high-street retailer to source their kitchen and find it difficult (if not impossible) to purchase the size and style they wanted to fit their space. The materials could also be low quality; for instance, rather than being real oak, it would be veneer."

can make something wonderful out of that situation, as opposed to being stopped by it." Quality, affordability and service are paramount to Ben, as shown by the fact that his company recently won Best in Customer Service 2017 award from Houzz. His clients would describe Human Kitchens as a company they can really work with, a company they get great quality from and a company with whom they get a great end result, without having to spend the earth. A happy customer, David Farr, confirms this: "We can't thank Ben and his team enough for the fabulous job they did on our kitchen. We worked with Ben for a few weeks beforehand, explaining the vision we had. He was able to help us by introducing suppliers and making suggestions that enhanced the whole project. From start to finish we were treated courteously and with patience by every team member we met. Old fashioned service from a fully professional team - can't recommend them higher." Project Date: April 2017

Ben is proud of the high quality 'British Made', handcrafted kitchens they provide. He explains: "If someone wanted to buy a kitchen of our quality from the High Street it would be far too expensive. You will find in most cases that you are paying for the brand name, not the quality of the product." Human Kitchens set to overcome this by slashing the price of their hand-made kitchens. They keep overheads to a minimum by avoiding the use of flashy showrooms and not charging hefty premiums for their brand. Ben tells us that this allows him to supply and fit a ÂŁ60,000 kitchen for well under half the price and still provide a perfect service. Ben continues: "I think, our craftsmen are amongst the best in the world. They come from a luxury yacht fitting background. Fitting luxury yachts involves working to unusual layouts and specific customer requirements, whilst achieving a perfect finish. There is a world of difference between a craftsman and a kitchen fitter. A kitchen fitter can fit a kitchen, but as soon as there is a slight curve in the wall or something is not quite right with the room, problems begin. A craftsman

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When Ben was asked how people would describe him he replied: "Passionate, I think would be the best word." If you are considering a new kitchen, Human Kitchens would love to hear from you.


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I was born in the wrong era

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he Mid Hants Railway (Watercress Line) becomes a 1940s railway for a special War on The Line weekend each June, where visitors travel through history and mingle with civilian and military reenactors.

I met Julie Walsh, who was trying on a new hat, in the Ladies Room at Alresford Station last year. She was a most eyecatching passenger in her fitted scarlet dress, high heels and pencilled stocking seams down the backs of her legs. ‘I’d dress up all the time if I could,’ she told me. ‘I just love these do’s.’ She explained that it’s very difficult to accessorize period costumes, so it’s great to come to re-enactment events like this and trawl through the vintage clothes stalls. ‘I was born in the wrong era,’ she concluded with a sigh. Smart Alec the Spiv accosted my family as we clambered aboard the steam train to Alton. He offered a prize from his cardboard suitcase if either of my sons could tell him Mr. Churchill's job. The oldest was inspired - 'He's the Prime Minister, I think ?' – and the case was opened, scattering vintage ladies' underwear and a crumpled bag of sweets over our table. Alec debated the pros and cons of Kit-Kats and toffee drumsticks with us until we alighted at Alton, both types of sweet clasped in the boys’ sticky little mits. Can you see the pink nylon stocking overflowing from Smart Alec's top pocket? Perhaps I should have introduced him to Julie who tried on the hat in Alresford Station. But later I saw Alec on the Alton platform, demonstrating a folding mirror attached to the bottom of his walking stick to a passing GI, 'Specially designed for looking up a lady's skirt, this is!' Just as well I didn't. When we returned to Alresford, The Screaming Eagles (101st Airborne Division) Living History Group were putting on a ‘static display’ in the station car park. Sadly this meant no marching or unarmed combat demos, but on the plus side, Mark Richards (on the right) was standing still long enough for me to interview him.

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For Mark, the highlight of Living History shows is meeting the veterans, although there are many fewer of them now than when he started ten years ago. Still, a person might tell him their granddad was billeted here, or a serving officer of the Airborne Division will come up to say hi. ‘It’s great to meet them and hear their stories.’ Can you see the gleaming brass whistle pinned to Mark’s lapel? He found it using a metal detector in the grounds of stately home in Berkshire where the Screaming Eagles had their HQ in 1944. There are many other traces of the GIs still to be found there – he’s seen their initials carved on the trees, and those of their sweethearts. Meanwhile, the boys were checking over the Screaming Eagles’ vintage jeeps, which were on display in the station car park. John Keegan described the US Army vehicles which invaded the West Country in 1943, ‘buzzing nimbly about the lanes on independent errands like the beach buggies of an era still thirty years ahead, tiny and entrancing jeeps, caparisoned with whiplash aerials and sketchy canvas hoods’ and decked with optional extras like deep-treaded spare tyres, winches, towing cables and fire extinguishers’. The Screaming Eagles made airborne landings in Normandy on 6th June 1944 (D-Day). I asked Mark whether he would have wanted to go with them. ‘Nope. The ideal life for me would be Gary Sparrow’s [in Goodnight Sweetheart]. I could go through that alley into the 40s and come back again.’ This year’s War on The Line event will be held on 10th and 11th June. Iris Crowfoot Iris.crowfoot@gmail.com www.HamboneJunior.com


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Church Services NEW ALRESFORD

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O St. John the Baptist

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Sunday 4 June 08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 Parish Eucharist 15.00 Pet Service Sunday 11 June 08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 Second Sunday Family Service 18.00 Choral Evensong Sunday 18 June 08.00 Holy Eucharist 09.30 Parish Eucharist 18.00 Sundays at Six Sunday 25 June 08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 Parish Eucharist Every Friday 10.00 Holy Communion Parish Office: 01962 733545 stjohnsalresford.org.uk

Sunday Worship 10.30 Morning Worship 1st Sunday Café 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

OLD ALRESFORD O St.Mary's

O New Farm Chapel

Sunday 4 June 09.30 Holy Communion 18.00 Old Alresford Cottage Service Sunday 11 June 09.30 Parish Communion Sunday 18 June 09.30 Parish Communion Sunday 25 June 11.00 Village Family Service @11 17.00 Taize Service Every Thursday 09.00 Holy Communion at Old Alresford Place Parish Office: 01962 733545 stjohnsalresford.org.uk

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

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Sunday 25 June 11.00 Parish Communion Parish Office: 01962 733545 stjohnsalresford.org.uk

UPPER ITCHEN BENEFICE Sunday 4 June 09.00 Tichborne Benefice Holy Communion 10.15 Cheriton All Age Holy Communion Sunday 11 June 09.30 Cheriton Family Matins 09.30 Bramdean Holy Communion 11.00 Kilmeston Family Service 16.00 Church in the Wood Hymns in the Wood Sunday 18 June 08.30 Beauworth Holy Communion 09.30 Cheriton Holy Communion 11.00 Hinton Ampner Prayer & Praise with Holy Communion Sunday 25 June 09.30 Cheriton Holy Communion 11.00 Kilmeston Holy Communion 11.00 Bramdean Family Worship 15.00 Church in the Wood Evensong 18.00 Tichborne Evensong

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

ITCHEN VALLEY BENEFICE Sunday 4 June 08.00 Avington Holy Communion 10.00 Itchen Abbas All age service 11.00 Easton Matins Sunday 11 June 08.00 Martyr Worthy Holy Communion 10.00 Itchen Abbas Parish Communion 18.00 Martyr Worthy Evensong Sunday 18 June 08.00 Martyr Worthy Holy Communion 10.00 Easton UTX 10.00 Easton Parish Communion 18.00 Avington Evensong Sunday 25 June 08.00 Itchen Abbas Holy Communion 10.00 Martyr Worthy Parish Communion 18.00 Itchen Abbas IA Patronal

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BIGHTON O All Saints Sunday 4 June 11.00 First Sunday Sunday 11 June 11.00 Parish Communion Sunday 18 June 11.00 Morning Prayer

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Community STEVE BRINE M.P

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s you know, we are in the middle of a General Election campaign so this is not my usual column. If you do want more of that, I have a feeling it's never going to be far away between now and June 8th! Instead, I thought readers of the FORUM would be interested to hear about something quite remarkable taking place in our mist. Hyde900 is a community project in Winchester to celebrate the 900th anniversary of the founding of Hyde Abbey, the burial place of King Alfred the Great. It continues today as a community organisation, organising social and cultural events and supporting research into the history of the Hyde area. It also supports other events in and around Hyde and it's been my honour to be part of some.

At the end of April, the children and I took part in a Community Dig to shed new light on the history of Hyde and to solve a mystery linked to St. Bartholomew's church. Excavations over the course of three days in the gardens of two houses in King Alfred Terrace - right by the River Park Leisure Centre in town - covering what is believed to be the cloisters of Hyde Abbey had revealed a mass of building and other material dating back to the middle ages. However it wasn't until the final day that startling conclusions were reached which could transform our understanding of this area of Winchester. Potentially most important was the unearthing of a significant amount of Roman mortar fragments together with tesserae (small blocks of clay used in a plain mosaic floor) in one of the five trenches which had been opened up by the volunteer archaeologists. Located at a level lower than that of an adjacent wall and floor - probably part of the medieval monastery - this prompted a re-evaluation of the site. The volume of material that we have found opens out the possibility of a building from the Roman era in this location. The Roman road from Winchester to Silchester ran about one hundred metres to the west and it is possible that this material came from a nearby house in the countryside just to the north of the Roman city.

The second exciting discovery was of two Quarr stone 'abacus' fragments datable by their style to the first half of the 12th century. Originally thought to be plinths these were identified by Dr. John Crook (consultant archaeologist to Winchester Cathedral) as being, in fact, the load-bearing stones which are placed on the top of column capitals. Measurements undertaken by Dr. Crook showed that the abacus dimensions matched exactly those of the capitals which are now on display in St. Bartholomew's church and which have long been believed to come from the abbey cloister. By discovering the two abacus fragments the team can now begin to visualise the capitals in context and are developing a better idea of how they would have appeared in the medieval abbey. In total, five pits were dug in the course of three days by over 150 volunteers under the guidance of experienced workers. Participants were of all ages from five to seventy years of age, including me! And it seems, interest in exploring what lies beneath the surface of their gardens is now becoming infectious in Hyde. Already there are five more families volunteering their properties and further community digs are planned for next year. History really does live in Winchester and long may that continue. www.hyde900.org.uk Steve Brine

SUNHILL INFANT SCHOOL 50TH BIRTHDAY Wednesday June 28th at 7.00pm in Sun Hill Infant School.

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un Hill Infant School will be celebrating their 50th Birthday on April 23rd 2018. To launch the year of celebrations and also the start of fund-raising you are invited to attend a concert performance of Wind in the Willows sung by the Sun Hill Young Voices and the Sun Hill Family Singers on

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We are raising money for some beautiful wrought iron 'golden' gates at the pedestrian entrance to the Infant school. We hope to celebrate and include all the societies and groups within our Alresford community that make this such a special place to live in. Once a group has signed up their interest in this project, the children will be designing something for the metalwork artist to represent that particular group on the archway. Please do come along to the concert and have a nostalgic evening with Mole, Ratty, Badger and Toad and help raise money for the gates. Tickets - ÂŁ6 from Six West or Rosie Waring Green 01962 733237 or ra@22rwg. co.uk

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www.alresfordrotary.co.uk or contact secretary Jon Pittam on: 01962 733903 O New Alresford W.I. For more information contact Kate at kitcat1108@aol.com or 01962 733785

O The Royal British Legion For more information contact: www.britishlegion.org.uk/ branches/eastleigh

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O Alresford Day Care Centre For more information contact: Tel: 01962 735612

O The Giles Group For more information call Nick Denbo on 01962 734824

O Senior Citizens Hour For more information contact: Mrs Jill Hardiman, 6 Mallard Close, Alresford.Tel: 01962 733765 O Alresford Senior Citizens Lunch Club For more information contact: Liz Garton: 01962 733125 or Elaine Secluna: 01962 733192

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O Royal Air Forces Association For more information contact: O Saturday Evening Bridge Derek Sweetenham (Chairman) For more information contact 65+01962 733559, or Brian Gabriel (Secretary) 01962 734482 Margot Power, 01962 734167 or Ron Turner 01420 543187 O Alresford Royal Naval Association For more information contact: Secretary - Lesley Jones: 01962 736573 family@jonesberry.net

HORTICULTURE O Alresford & District Horticultural Society For more information contact: Clare Read on: 01962 735172 O Ropley Horticultural Society For more more information contact Jill on 01962 772425 or Ropley.hort.soc@btinternet.com. O Alresford Flower Club For more information contact Pearl Court: 01962 734441

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O Alresford Twinning Association For more information contact: Jean on 01962 733131 jahalresford-twinning@ yahoo.co.uk O Itchen Reading Group For more information contact: Jill Clayton: 01962 735482 O Alresford Historical and Literary Society Contact: Glenn Gilbertson Tel: 01962 732726. glenngilbertson@btinternet.com or Bob Fowler Tel: 01962 734125 O The Alresford Ladies Group For more information contact Pearl Page: 01962 734665

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