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FORU M Hampshire Artisan Food Feature (page38) Local News and Events Alresford Music Festival Plus features from Sandra Pagan, Claire Thurlow and Iris Crowfoot JULY 2017 • ISSUE 129 • REACHING 18,750 READERS * ITCHEN VALLEY, WINCHESTER & THE WORTHY'S OLD ALRESFORD CANDOVER

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his month the Forum focuses on Artisan food and drink producers in Hampshire. We have a wealth businesses locally offering a wide range of delicious produce (see page 38). We also have our regular interesting articles and features. If you have something to say and would like to contribute to the magazine we would be delighted to hear from you. Simply send your contribution to editor@forumpublications.co.uk. We cannot guarantee publication but always try our very best to include items sent to us. Next month we will be focusing on the Arts. We will have interesting features and articles and will be talking to local artists/exhibitors. If you would like to be part of this feature 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

EDITOR MARK TUBB

Printed on recycled paper The Itchen Valley Forum contains facts, views, opinions, statements, recommendations, advertisements and other content and links to external websites not owned or controlled by the magazine. The Itchen Valley Forum takes reasonable efforts to include accurate, current information on its pages, but make no warranties or representations as to the accuracy, safety or value of the published items that are displayed. No liability or responsibility can be taken for errors or omissions in magazine content. The Itchen Valley magazine content does not necessarily reflect the views, opinions or recommendations of its creators and any reliance upon its content is taken at the user’s sole risk. Adverts designed by Forum Publications remain the magazine's legal ownership. Š Forum Publications Ltd, 2017 * Readership figures calculated on an average national statistic of 2.5 readers per household

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Hampshire Mum, Claire Thurlow, Iris Crowfoot and many more

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

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

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11 Wellbeing

Looking after your health and yourself!

19 Garden

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

25 Professional

From photographers to solicitors - every professional service you need

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30 Motoring

47 Home

34 Retail/Market

48 Education

Local services to keep your vehicles running smoothly

Square

Our regular retail feature Unique, Bespoke, Eclectic and Local shopping

38 Food & Drink

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

41 Leisure

Discover local events and days out in Hampshire

Trades, services, designers. All you need for your home

Find local schools and educational experts

50 Culture

The diverse theatre, music, arts and crafts, of Hampshire

64 Animals

From Canine to Equine all your animal needs

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A WASPS REVENGE

ust because I’m wearing orange linen trousers doesn’t make me a Buddhist!”Thwack went the fly swat again as I cavorted around the conservatory in pursuit of the biggest wasp I had ever seen. “Yeah, but mum you even save flies in the butterfly

net.” Thwack! “Gotcha! Yes, but I don’t like to kill things….apart from wasps”. Call it Karma if you will, but I was about to be tested…. “Fancy some trout?” a friend had asked. So over I went to pick up four fresh trout from my kind chum. Now there’s fresh and there’s VERY fresh. Driving back in the trusty Renault Mark II I swore I heard…no, it couldn’t be could it? A rustling from the bag on the back seat? Probably just my imagination. But then came more rustling and out of the corner of my eye I saw the bag containing said trout leap across the seat. “Oh God they’re alive!” As the trout continued to do acrobatics in the bag I turned the CD up and drove a little faster than perhaps I should. Once back at Chez Pagan I tentatively reached for the bag which gave an almighty lurch as I picked it up. I did my best girlie scream. “ You alright Mum, what’s that?” “Supper, but one of them is still with us.” I dropped the bag on the draining board and stood well back. “Don’t be daft Mum, it’s just stunned. Leave it for a while and…. bloody hell, it’s alive!” Star I, in that manly way, retreated to the lounge and peering around the corner said helpfully, ”Do something then!” By now it was clear that while three trout were in fishy heaven the fourth was determined to prolong his mortal life. It is worth pointing out at this point that the fish are properly and humanely killed but for some reason dear Bob, (as he will forever be remembered), was made of stern stuff.

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There was only one thing for it; I would have to… call The Husband. “What are you going on about Sandra?”The Husband found it highly amusing. Luckily he was working in Our Market Town. “ You need to come home and sort it please!” “I’m at work, just leave it and it will stop soon”. “No listen!”With that the bag nearly leapt into the sink. I thrust the phone towards it as the contents continued to thrash about, “See! There’s fresh and there’s fresh- that is NOT a dead fish! I can’t have live fish cavorting on my draining board!” I was verging on the hysterical. It was clear that Star I was hopeless as he filmed the proceedings on his phone from the safety of the conservatory. “All right I’ll come back” My hero! A few minutes later The Husband was sharpening his best chef ’s knife, “See what you mean – Bob’s a bit lively for a dead fish”. Bob? It seemed to me that this was not the best time to invest in a pet type relationship with Bob, err I mean the fish. I couldn’t look but from Star I’s comments I could deduce that having been hatched some time ago the trout were most definitely dispatched, ”That’s disgusting Dad. Bob’s mouth is still opening and shutting even though he’s not joined anymore!” (GCSE Biology where are you now?) “ There you go love”.The trout were topped, tailed, gutted and in the dish with Bob indistinguishable from his fishy friends.” Later that day The Husband produced trout stuffed with fresh herbs and lemon – delicious. But just before we all sat down to supper ….another wasp. The last remaining Buddhist tendency left my soul-THWACK!! “ Take that waspy!” Sandra Pagan


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Church Services NEW ALRESFORD O St. John the Baptist Sunday 2 July 08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 Parish Eucharist 18.00 PowerHouse Service Sunday 9 July 08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 Second Sunday Family Service 18.00 Choral Evensong Sunday 16 July 08.00 Holy Eucharist 09.30 Parish Eucharist 18.00 Sundays at Six Sunday 23 July 08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 Parish Eucharist Sunday 30 July 08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 Parish Eucharist Every Friday 10.00 Holy Communion Parish Office: 01962 733545 stjohnsalresford.org.uk

OLD ALRESFORD O St.Mary's Sunday 2 July 09.30 Parish Communion 18.00 Old Alresford Cottage Service Sunday 9 July 09.30 Parish Communion Sunday 16 July 09.30 Parish Communion Sunday 23 July 11.00 Village Family Service @11 Sunday 30 July 09.30 Parish Communion Every Thursday 09.00 Holy Communion at Old Alresford Place Parish Office: 01962 733545 stjohnsalresford.org.uk

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

NEW ALRESFORD O New Farm Chapel Sunday Services 10.30 Morning Worship, with creche and KOSMIC for children 16.30 Will vary between talk or discussion with praise and prayer Midweek Activities Mondays 16.30 Kidz Club Tuesdays 10.15 Toddlers Group Wednesdays 14.30 Senior Citizens Group 19.30 Alternate Bible Study / Prayer Thursdays 10.00 Home Prayer Group

Sunday 23 July 11.00 Parish Communion Sunday 30 July 11.00 Parish Communion Parish Office: 01962 733545 stjohnsalresford.org.uk

UPPER ITCHEN BENEFICE Sunday 2 July 09.00 Beauworth Benefice Holy Communion 10.15 Cheriton All Age Holy Communion Service Sunday 9 July 09.30 Cheriton Sunday Service 09.30 Bramdean Holy Communion 09.30 Tichborne Holy Communion 11.00 Kilmeston Morning Worship 15.00 Church in the Wood Evensong Sunday 16 July 08.30 Beauworth Holy Communion 09.30 Cheriton Holy Communion 11.00 Hinton Ampner Prayer & Praise with Holy Communion Sunday 23 July 09.30 Cheriton Holy Communion 11.00 Beauworth Village thanksgiving service 11.00 Kilmeston Holy Communion 11.00 Bramdean Morning Worship 15.00 Church in the Wood Evensong 18.00 Tichborne Evensong

Sunday 30 July 09.30 Cheriton Holy Communion

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

ITCHEN VALLEY BENEFICE Sunday 2 July 08.00 Avington Holy Communion 10.00 Martyr Worthy All age service 11.00 Easton Matins Sunday 9 July 08.00 Easton Holy Communion 10.00 Itchen Abbas Parish Communion 18.00 Martyr Worthy Evensong Sunday 16 July 08.00 Martyr Worthy Holy Communion 10.00 Easton Parish Communion 18.00 Martyr Worthy Patronal Evensong Sunday 23 July 08.00 Itchen Abbas Holy Communion 10.00 Martyr Worthy Parish Communion 18.00 Easton Taize Sunday 30 July 08.00 Martyr Worthy Holy Communion 10.00 Avington Parish Communion

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BIGHTON O All Saints Sunday 2 July 11.00 First Sunday Sunday 9 July 11.00 Parish Communion Sunday 16 July 11.00 Morning Prayer

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Wellbeing ALRESFORD SURGERY NEWS

Could you have Diabetes? Did you know that for every five people with diabetes that we know about there is another one person who has it but no one realises? In Alresford that is 70 people. I would therefore like to pose this question to you. Could you have diabetes or be at risk of getting diabetes in the future? This is an important question. Diabetes is a long term condition that can cause blindness, kidney failure and lead to heart attacks, strokes and amputated limbs. The good news is that it does not have to be like this. Early diagnosis and treatment of diabetes is proven to prevent the development of diabetic complications so the sooner you are diagnosed the better. Even better news is that diabetes can be prevented. You can calculate your risk of having diabetes by using the diabetes UK risk calculator online https://riskscore. diabetes.org.uk. People who have an increased risk of diabetes tend to be overweight, have a parent, brother or sister with diabetes, or have a health problem that is commonly associated with diabetes such as high blood pressure or coronary disease. If you think you might be at risk of diabetes you can ask your GP practice to organise a blood test. If the blood test is abnormal to a degree that indicates diabetes you will be advised that you have diabetes and offered treatment and opportunities to learn about looking after your diabetes. If on the other hand it only shows a high risk of diabetes you will be offered a place on the Healthier You Programme. This will help you learn how to reduce your risk and to remain healthy. It has been shown to prevent diabetes in people at high risk. Even if your blood test is normal, you can improve your chances of avoiding diabetes by loosing weight. If your body mass index is above 30 the NHS will pay for you to attend weight watchers and other help is available. Ask your doctor or nurse about this. Further Information is available from Healthier You (http://www.stopdiabetes.co.uk/ ) 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 or are due to go to University for the first time, 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 make apply in good time – up to 2 months before departure. You can find more information on; http://www. alresfordsurgery.co.uk/clinics-and-services.aspx?t=4 New Management Structure As we mentioned last month, our new Business Manager, Mike Ott has now started work at the surgery. Our management team now consists of Mike Ott, Sue Lees, Debra Lain and Liz Brown. Sue Lees is now Operations Manager and will continue to run our Patient Forum group and deal with any issues patients may have with the services we provide. Debra Lain is our Patient Services Manager and she makes sure our patients are called for health reviews, vaccinations, blood and other tests appropriately. Liz Brown is, amongst other things, responsible for Patient Access, which gives online access to 12

parts of your medical record as well as allowing online appointment booking and repeat prescription ordering. Pharmacy2U We have been alerted by a number of patients to let us know that they have received a letter from Pharmacy2U who are offering to handle and supply NHS repeat prescriptions. We would like our patients to know that we do not endorse this service at the current time. As well as dispensing ourselves we also have excellent relationships with both dispensaries in Alresford. The Alresford Surgery, Station Road, Alresford, Hampshire, SO24 9JL Telephone: 01962 732345 Website: www.alresfordsurgery.co.uk

ALRESFORD 10K RUN 2017 Dear all, Many thanks for your help and support for the 10th Alresford 10k. Through your efforts we managed to get 410 runners safely around the course. There are a lot of you to thank and I may miss someone out but here are some highlights: 1. Rorie Whybro and the Perins team. Outstanding support across the board - please pass on our thanks to everyone. 2. Simon Evans for the water - an actual lifesaver yesterday and once again delivered without ceremony or fuss - you have true community spirit. 3. Andy Pond - our lead cyclist - as cool, fast and efficient as ever. 4. Kay and Paul at the water point - you survived what was clearly a very challenging situation. If it's that hot in future, we'll make sure we get more water out there. 5. Mike in the lead car - sorry I didn't get a chance to say hello thanks for just getting on with it. 6. Philip and Catherine Scrase from Alton runners for the timings and... 7. Davina and Zoe for collating the results. 8. All those non-Rotarians and former Rotarians who marshalled the feedback we get about how good the marshals are is amazing. 9. Paddy Roadnight for 3 hours of non-stop chat and information you are the voice of the race. 10. Prospect fencing for the race numbers for the 10th year in a row 11. Charters for the extra water bottles at the finish - another life saver, and the route signs and a donation! 12. Maria for the ice creams and the donation. 13. Alresford Salads for the T-shirts!! Very popular, we could have done with another 100... 14. The Watercress Company for the smoothies on the day and the watercress ahead of the event. 15. Alton Sports for the prizes and for organising getting the T-shirts printed. 16. Fitique for the prizes and for running a raffle to raise funds for us. 17. Fyffes for the bananas - 600 bananas! 18. Itchen Valley Brewery for the beer - let us know how many people come in to claim their pint... 19. Hair Art for the Hair Cut - the recipient was over the moon you'll see her soon. 20. All the Rotarians without whom none of this would happen, especially... 21. Jon McKenzie and Colin Pope for organising the marshals, and... 22. Mick Merritt for sorting out the new PA system. 23. Clare and James for putting up with the stress of the organisation and for getting up at 6 on the day to get things rolling. I'm still waiting on the final reckoning, but I think we should have raised about ÂŁ4000 for the Murray Parrish Trust and, of course, we delivered another event of which Alresford can be proud of. Thanks and see you next year! - Jonathan


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Community CITIZENS ADVICE: CAN I GET

COMPENSATION ON A DELAYED FLIGHT? Lesley Rose, Advice Services Manager for Citizens Advice Winchester District looks at what you’re entitled to if your flight is delayed.

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I recently flew from London Gatwick to Dubrovnik and my flight was delayed by three hours. Am I entitled to compensation?

Because your flight departed from Europe and was delayed for at least three hours then you’re entitled to receive compensation from your airline, so long as the delay is their responsibility. Unfortunately, you won’t get compensation if it was delayed for less than three hours or if it wasn’t the responsibility of the airline such as bad weather or a strike. The amount of compensation you’ll receive is set depending on the distance of the flight, the length of the delay and whether you’re flying to an EU or non-EU destination.

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With a medium haul distance within the EU, such as London to Dubrovnik you should be entitled to up to €400 (£352) in compensation. The airline should also give your vouchers for food and drink and access to phone calls and emails. Where a flight is delayed by five hours or more then the airline has to give a full refund no matter whose responsibility it is and regardless of whether you choose to take the flight or not.You may be entitled to other compensation too, such as overnight accommodation or a connecting flight depending on your circumstances. For further help, call the Citizens Advice consumer service helpline on 03454 04 05 06 or go to www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer Citizens Advice Winchester District is an independent charity offering free, high quality advice to everyone in our community. Anyone requiring advice or support can call into our offices Winchester and Bishops Waltham or call our Advice Line on 03444 111306.

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charity tennis tournament has lobbed £2,600 to family support charity Home-Start Winchester and Districts. Organised by Kerry Coleman, some 70 tennis players enjoyed a hectic morning of matches on courts around Winchester; in Kilmeston, Cheriton and Upham, followed by a picnic lunch in the walled garden at Lane End Farm in Owslebury, courtesy of Sue and David Elton. Players settled in the sunshine on their rugs and picnic chairs and, after a glass of Prosecco enjoyed a two course lunch created by Jo Tyler and her team. Ladies were also able to shop for sportswear, tennis gear and designer fashions from stallholders Six Love, Ask Sal, Spanish Steps and Emma Darlington. The event was sponsored by Simon Brown of IVC in Alresford who came along for lunch. “We are so grateful to Simon for his continued sponsorship of this event,” said Home-Start Chairman Liz Cooper, “and the money we raise will support our work with young families in the Winchester area.” The charity supports families who are experiencing isolation, low selfesteem, disability or mental health issues, bereavement, lack of parenting skills or the challenge of multiple births. The charity’s 35 volunteers work alongside parents in their own homes to help raise self-confidence and their ability to cope.

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Bluebird Care Kept us Together Live in Care is the ideal solution and gives us massive peace of mind

We all know how wonderful our Alresford community is and how important it is to keep couples and families together. Well, Bluebird Care can do just that! Here we share a moving story of how our Live in Care service has kept together a couple who have been married for over 42 years. Alan and Sue from Andover have lived in their family home for over 30 years, but when Sue was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2013, the last thing they wanted was to be forced apart. Alan then became Sue’s full-time carer, but following accidents and hospital admissions, Alan knew Sue needed more help with her care. With a relative already in a care home, Alan knew this was not an option for them because they wanted to stay in their own home. This is when Bluebird Care came in to keep him and Sue together.

Sue and Alan happily together at home

Alan said: “I thought, misguidedly, I’d be able to care for Sue on my own, but as much as I tried I had to admit defeat and have care assistance to maintain her quality of life. “I was recommended to choose Bluebird Care and they have really come up trumps. I didn’t find it obtrusive having Jana - our Live in Care Assistant - living with us as she was so helpful and it quickly blossomed into a relationship that was good for Sue and for me. It was like she was a member of the family. “The brilliant thing about Bluebird’s Live in Care service is that it allows me to live as normal a life as possible outside these four walls. I can now continue with the interests I had prior to Sue’s illness happily knowing that when I’m away Sue’s in good hands. “It gives me massive peace of mind and I didn’t realise how beneficial it would be to me personally. People say ‘Gosh you look a lot better, Alan.’ So I must have been pretty haggard at one time! “I tried going it alone because it’s my wife and my responsibility, but 24-hours a day just wears you down. Sue had a tendency to get up in the night and there were problems with falls, so I never really slept peacefully. “At the start we had two care assistants visit us three times a day from the NHS Community Care Team, but they always sent different people and the timings were never right because Sue doesn’t have a set routine, so it didn’t really work. I also don’t feel comfortable leaving Sue with someone she doesn’t know. Sue, Alan and Jana before a trip out

“But Live in Care gives great continuity of staff which is important for Sue’s Alzheimer’s, so Bluebird are just right. The girls have also been superb and to them it’s second nature when to do things and when not to. They picked up Sue’s likes and dislikes really quickly and they’re fantastic!

“Sue’s mobility has also improved as the Bluebird Care Assistants are magnificent at helping her get out and about. If we want to go and see her brother or go to the garden centre for coffee and cake then we can. Sue’s only living relative is her brother who lives in a care home, but it’s a vast difference and much better for Sue to stay here at home. “Bluebird’s Live in Care service is the ideal solution, they’ve become like a family support network and they’ll be welcome in our house anytime.”

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PLANS FOR NEW ALRESFORD LOCAL PLAN SITE SUBMITTED TO WINCHESTER CITY COUNCIL

STEVE BRINE M.P

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irst of all, thank you to my constituents for re-electing me as our MP. It was really nice once again to receive over 50% of the vote and special thanks to Alresford and the Itchen Valley who obviously played such a decisive part when all the votes were counted. After fighting (and winning) three elections in seven years however, you’ll forgive me if I just want to get on with the job! Full details of the result via www.stevebrine.com/GE2017 Talking of getting on with things, I will go on representing every resident, rolling up my sleeves on the very local issues, every bit as much as my national work in Parliament. That means supporting local charities or events (such as the awesome Watercress Festival or East Stratton Fete recently) as I have always done and a renewed push with local councillors – of whatever political persuasion – around the infamous Cart & Horses Junction. I have already spoken with the new Roads Minister to put a marker down that this one will not go away. I think constituents expect us to work together, cross-party, to improve things and I know we will be more effective combined. I also want to continue my work in welcoming local schools to the Houses of Parliament. Hundreds of children, staff and parents (it’s one trip where there’s never a shortage of parent volunteers!) have been up in recent years and I would love this new session to include a visit from the Alresford schools or Itchen Abbas of course. The Headteachers have the details and I would encourage all younger readers to use their lobbying skills. My work in Parliament has changed somewhat since that election after the Prime Minister asked me to go to the Department of Health as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State. I will be picking up the role of Minister for Public Health, Primary Care and Prevention and am thrilled this will also allow me to be the Cancer Minister. Readers will be aware of my work leading the Breast Cancer Group from 2010-2015 so the chance to take up the fight as the Minister in the new Government means a great deal to me. More on this in future columns I very much hope. And finally, my PMQ ballot will shortly return and if you thought it was exciting before, think again! Add your name to the draw, and check dates the moment they are published, via www.stevebrine.com/ PMQs Finally, you can find more about my other work, in Winchester and Westminster, via my website at www.stevebrine.com Steve Brine MP - Winchester, Alresford & Itchen Valley www.stevebrine.com

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eaward Properties Ltd (Seaward Properties) has been consulting with the community of New Alresford since 2014 to bring together a masterplan for Sun Lane, to help deliver up to 320 new homes required as part of the Local Plan. Seaward Properties has now submitted an outline planning application to the City Council for a decision on its outline masterplan for Sun Lane. Sun Lane is unique in its ability to deliver up to 320 new homes, 16.8 hectares of open space and new, modern employment premises, under one landownership. As such, after three years of consultation, a number of community suggestions have been able to be included within the masterplan, in particular, the look and uses of the open space. Steve Culpitt, Land and Planning Director of Seaward Properties explained: “Throughout we have been committed to supporting New Alresford Town Council’s and the local communities’ aspiration for the town, where practicable, on the Sun Lane site.” “The preference for a large area of natural parkland, which will include cut grass walking and cycling trails and wildflower and long grass meadows, has been incorporated. A Park and Stride will be introduced to the south of the open space. We are also in discussion about safeguarding land for a community building next to the Park and Stride.” Since first consulting with the local community, Seaward Properties has also been able to redesign the A31 junction which can now accommodate all east and west movements to and from the site. Vehicles will be able to travel straight to the A31 junction towards the M3, Winchester or Alton. Steve Culpitt added: “Along with the redesigned A31 junction, we have also provided land for the improvement of Sun Lane through the realignment of the road to reduce speed and allow the expansion of the Sun Lane schools.” Winchester City Council will now formally consult on the masterplan, with a final decision on the outline application expected in Autumn 2017. If you would like further information about Seaward Properties Ltd, please contact the project’s dedicated freephone information line (0800 298 7040) or visit www.sunlane-newalresford.co.uk


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

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

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

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What's On JULY

Alresford Library Summer Reading Challenge Come to Alresford Library and join in the fun of our Summer Reading Challenge – Animal Agents. It will be going on throughout the summer. Read 6 library books, collect stickers. Get a medal and certificate when you finish.

taster sessions, health checks, children’s activities, sports clubs, allotments, gardening, holistic therapies, demonstrations, Hampshire food fayre and much, much more! For more information or to book a stall please contact Sarah Goudie on 01420 768284. www.fourmarksvillage.co.uk.

2 JULY 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

5 JULY Magdalen Hill Down – Wednesday Wander Leader: Jenny Mallett/Brian Fletcher 01962 882746. Meet 11:00am in the gravel car park opposite the cemetery on the Alresford Road, B3404 Winchester. Map ref: SU 512 295. Sat Nav: SO21 1HE . All welcome.

8 JULY Victor & Albert Classical Mayhem An evening of music, songs games, comedy and sheer physical exertion from 6.30 to 8.30pm at St.Mary's Church, Easton. Great British musical fun. Credits inc. Edinburgh Fringe. Sideshow Leicester Square.The Ghillie Dhu and the Pleasance Theatre. £15 including canapes and wine - donation bar for wine during the performance. In aid of St.Mary's development fund.Tickets available from: Penelope Kellie 01962 779317 or pkellie@pkworldwide.com Steeple Cottage, Church Lane, Easton, SO21 1EH. Cheques payable to IVPCC or bank transfer.

8 JULY Busy Bees Pre-school Open Morning From 9.30-11.30am.Why not come along and join us for a cup of tea/coffee and meet our wonderful staff and have a look at our setting. Bishops Sutton Village Hall, Bishops Sutton. Plenty of parking available.

9 JULY Festiwell - Healthy Lifestyle Summer Fayre From 11am-4pm at Four Marks Recreation Ground. Live a healthier life, become more active and stay fitter for longer. A wide range of activities, food and healthy lifestyle ideas will be there on the day to help you choose what’s right for you. Family fun runs, walking for health, free

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8 JULY Alton’s Last Night of the Proms Bring your deck chairs, picnic blankets and hampers and enjoy a spectacular evening openair concert on Sat 8th July in Alton Public Gardens with gates opening at 6pm for 7.30pm start.The theme for 2017 is - A NIGHT AT THE MOVIES! A musical selection of well known film favorites from great cinema classics to modern day movies such as Superman, James Bond,Titanic,The Sorcerer's Apprentice, My Fair Lady, Marriage of Figaro and West Side Story. Alton's Last Night of the Proms is brought to you by the Alton Concert Orchestra and Alton Town Council with headline sponsor Specsavers Alton and the support of our Proms Patrons. Gates open at 6pm for 7.30pm start. Free admission but donations to the event collection on the evening encouraged. Public Gardens, Alton, Hampshire GU34 1EN

10 JULY The Giles Group Meeting From 2pm at Alresford Community Center. July “A visit to Holland” (slide show) by Roger Bricknell

13 JULY Tea Party in Ropley Village Hall Alresford District Friends of Girl guiding invite you to a Tea Party in Ropley Village Hall from 3pm. We are raising funds for our local Rainbow, Brownie and Guide units by serving delicious cakes and teas.There will also be a raffle, bric-a-brac stall, books and much more. We look forward to welcoming you all to an enjoyable afternoon.

14 JULY Magdalen Hill Down - Nature Walk Leader: Jenny Mallett/Jayne Chapman 01962 808400. Meet: 11:00am in the gravel car park opposite the cemetery on the Alresford Road,

B3404 Winchester. Map ref: SU 512 295. Sat Nav: SO21 1HE. All welcome. One of the best times of the year to see butterflies and the wildflowers at their best. Launch of the Big Butterfly Count.

16 JULY Open Air Theatre at Avington Park We welcome back The Pantaloons for their version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. There will be two performances 2.00pm and 7.00pm – Bring a picnic and something to sit on. Midsummer night. An enchanted forest. Puck and his musical fairy band told a tale of lovers, mechanicals, and magical mayhem. The critically-acclaimed Pantaloons Theatre Company tell this timeless comic tale in their own distinctive and anarchic style. “Ingenious… The madness of Shakespeare’s Dream came through with such enthusiasm and natural comedy… I can’t really offer enough praise.” (Northern Echo) “Brilliant” – The Telegraph “Glorious” – The Stage “Inimitable” – The Guardian. Box Office 01962 840440 or www.thepantaloons.co.uk www.avingtonpark.co.uk

16 JULY Alton Bus Rally & Running Day One of Britain’s biggest Bus Rallies & Running Days with a display of around 150 buses and coaches of all shapes and sizes from a variety of eras and operating areas. An extensive network of FREE bus services will operate from Anstey Park to Alton Town Centre, the Mid Hants Steam Railway and surrounding villages and towns.There is also a large display of other types of vehicles including classic cars, lorries, motorcycles, vans, emergency services and military vehicles. Programme (with timetables) available to purchase on day. Sales stands, catering outlets, toilets and FREE parking at rally site. Entry to the event is FREE. Transport links: FREE buses from/to Alton Railway Station connecting with trains from/ to London Waterloo and Alresford. FREE feeder bus services from/to Aldershot, Basingstoke, Fareham, Farnham, Guildford and Winchester. Event runs from 10am to 5pm. Car park open from 9am to 6pm. Entry to the event is FREE. Anstey Park, Anstey Lane, Alton, Hampshire GU34 2NB


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IT’S THIRSTY WORK FOR A LAWN DURING THE SUMMER; LET’S LOOK AT THE PROBLEMS AND HOW WE CAN HELP.

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ou may be wondering why your lawn in turning brown and what you can do to help it remain healthy throughout the summer.

Drought and heat When temperatures rise and rain doesn’t fall, lawn grasses become dormant. Brown grass leaves are a good indicator that your lawn is beginning to suffer from drought. The plant protects itself from death by withdrawing available moisture to the roots, causing leaf die-back. When moisture returns the lawn will soon recover, however you may want to water your lawn so you can enjoy its lush and healthy appearance throughout the summer season. When and how to water The biggest mistake made when watering a lawn is too-little, toooften. To help your lawn to become more drought resistant add enough water to encourage a deep root run so grass is more capable of finding water in the soil when things dry up. To green up a browning lawn add one inch of water once a week. If you simply want to ensure your lawn doesn’t die completely during a severe drought add half-an-inch of water every two weeks. To measure how much you are watering simply place a container on the lawn under the sprinkler spray. Alternatives to watering Science is a wonderful thing and a number of products have been developed for the management of tennis courts, golf courses and bowling greens. These products, not available on the high-street, can help to improve the water retaining ability of your lawn. Help to make grass plants more drought resistant, and greatly improve the appearance of your lawn during dry periods. Speak to a lawn care professional for more information; you may be surprised how effective and affordable this is compared to running up a large water meter bill.

Fungal disease Warmth and moisture can help promote fungal attack of your lawn grasses. Brown patches on your lawn may be an indicator that your lawn is under attack. Watering and moisture from dew add to the problem. Early diagnosis followed by the relevant treatment is essential. It’s important to examine the area of grass around that which is dying in order to correctly diagnose the problem. If you have patches of brown on your lawn speak to a professional who will be able to help put it right. Acidity Grass plants require a neutral pH level to enable them to access available nutrients. High pH could well be a contributing factor to grass browning once it becomes stressed from high temperature and low rainfall. Ask a professional to take soil samples and test the pH. If necessary a correctional treatment plan will address the pH balance and give your lawn the opportunity to thrive. Insects Lawns support a variety of insects, most are beneficial.Your lawn could be under attack from its two greatest pests. The first is the chafer grub; the young of the cock-chafer beetle. The second is the leather jacket; the young of the crane fly. Both of these pests damage the roots of grass plants and can be a cause of die-back during times of heat and water stress, when the lawn struggles to compete with its hungry nemesis. Correct nutrition and treatment plans will keep this problem under control. Doggy doo – doggy don’t! If a dog uses your lawn as a toilet then the nitrogen and other compounds in the dog urine can cause grass scorch. This is especially noticeable during periods of dry weather as the rain isn’t washing the urine through the soil and diluting it. There are products on the market to help reduce the impact of dog urine on your lawn if you think it might be a part of the problem. What’s hiding beneath? Do you really know what’s hiding beneath that area of brown grass in the middle of your lawn? Might there be something under the surface preventing roots from become well-established? At other times of year the grass plants can cope with these obstructions, but once you introduce the stresses of heat and drought, only those plants that are healthy and receiving the right nutrition will survive. Mowing and nutrition Mowing your lawn at the correct height throughout the season will greatly help it when the weather presents challenging conditions. If your lawn is correctly mowed, has a weed and feed treatment programme in place and has fungal issues treated correctly, to ensure it is healthy, then it will be capable of coping with the stresses of drought and heat. A lawn that is already suffering from stress before the challenging weather arrives will fair less well. Speak to a lawn care professional to ensure your lawn looks its best throughout the year and is something you can enjoy and be proud of. 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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oin Wildlife Worldwide for an evening’s nature photography walk in the Alresford area on Thursday 13 July between 18.30 and 20.00. The free to attend event, led by award-winning wildlife photographer Bret Charman, is being held to mark the travel company’s move to their new rural offices in Bishop’s Sutton, Alresford, Hampshire. During the walk guests will hope to spot a whole host of wildlife including roe deer, barn owls and red kites, while also picking up a number of valuable photography tips. The event will begin at Wildlife Worldwide’s new offices at Long Barn South, Sutton Manor Farm, Bishop’s Sutton, Alresford, SO24 0AA. The specialist tour operator, along with its sister companies in The Natural Travel Collection, namely Dive Worldwide, Families Worldwide, Schools Worldwide, The Travelling Naturalist and Walks Worldwide, have all recently moved its offices to Alresford, after spending five years in the heart of Winchester. The new rural location will allow the company to host sociable events, such as this photography walk, when visitors can enjoy the unspoiled countryside, while receiving expert advice and first-hand knowledge about adventures worldwide. Speaking about the move, co-founder of The Natural Travel Collection Chris Breen comments, “We are delighted to have completed the move to our gorgeous, newly refurbished offices here in Alresford. Throughout the summer, we will be running a series of ‘open-barn’ events, so that our customers can come and discuss their travel wish list, while enjoying the great outdoors.” Wildlife Worldwide runs a series of events throughout the year including inspirational evening talks and nature photography walks. To join the next nature photography walk email the team events@ wildlifeworldwide.com or call 01962 302086. Please note places are limited.

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VOTE WITH YOUR FEET! VOTE ZUMBA!

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es, I know it’s post-June 8th but this ‘candidate’ is still willing and able! I am hoping to run a zumba class at King’s Somborne Village Hall Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm. If you are interested, please turn up for registration in July. I am going to run two ‘trial sessions’, July 4th and 25th. I will ask those who are interested to register/pay up front on this second Tuesday so that I can get classes started, Sept 5th – beginning of Autumn term. Any questions, drop me a line sue@plays-r-ussell.com And if you’ve got any doubts in the meantime, read on for my ‘election’ pledge/why you should do Zumba! 1. Zumba delivers – no false promises – music doesn’t lie! 2. It doesn’t matter when you cast your vote – you’re welcome to this party anytime! 3. No inner party squabbling – we’re all united in loving zumba! 4. Wherever you see yourself in life, you’ll ‘fit into’ zumba – since when did music make any distinctions? 5. No boxes to tick.You’ll always feel welcome and you’ll always leave with a smile on your face. 6. If everything else is falling around you, music and dance will always make you feel better. 7. Zumba is the best form of mental and physical exercise. 8. Still can’t decide which party to vote for? 9. Come on! There’s only one party in town … 10. Zumba! Check out my classes on www.zumba-around-winchester.com and come join the Zumba Party! You won’t be disappointed. Sue Russell (Instructor)


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Alresford Town Council Reports

e are delighted to be able to confirm that the Council is now back to full strength, with the five vacant seats now filled. The election held on the 8th June for Town Councillors was supported by a 76.16% turnout, from an Electorate of 4,359. We would like to thank all those

residents who took the time to vote in the local election and to offer our congratulations to new councillors Marion Boyes, Steven Deeming, Russell Gordon-Smith, Andrew Sprott and Bill Witchard. The full results are in the table below prepared by Howard Bone the Returning Officer.

DECLARATION OF RESULT OF POLL Election of Town Councillors for New Alresford Town Council On Thursday 8 June 2017 Name of Candidate

Description (if any)

Number of Votes*

ATKINS, Robin Vaughan

The Justice & Anti-Corruption Party

913

BOYES, Marion Dawn

Independent

1513E

DEEMING, Steven John

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1180E

GORDON-SMITH, Russell Digby

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1063E

SPROTT, Andrew Nicolas John

Independent

1516E

WITCHARD, Antony Edward

Locally Grown

1918E

*If elected the word 'Elected' appears against the number of votes

Policing in our Town The Neighbourhood Policing Team have been working with the Council to deal with antisocial behaviour. In their latest New Alresford Policing Update they have made the following comments; “We know that residents of New Alresford are particularly concerned about the Alresford Recreation Ground / Alrebury Park and the increased reports of anti-social behaviour in this area. Of the damage incidents, only two recorded in the last 90 days are for the

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Rec or Clubhouse, although 7 of the reported nuisance incidents have been linked directly to the area. The local policing team have met with the Town Council and have suggested measures that can be implemented in order to both deter and resolve nuisance behaviour and crime. Primarily these will focus on securing the area, preventing access by those who misuse it (locking gates, reinstating fencing around the football pitch). However, CCTV could also be considered as a longer term option to

detect those responsible. There are also options to be considered in terms of youth engagement such as using the Club for youth projects. In relation to the skate park it might be interesting to explore the possibility of a ‘graffiti’ workshop with a professional engaging a group of youths in tastefully decorating the area, encouraging them to take pride in the skate park and offering them an opportunity to gain skills and be gainfully occupied”. NATC are most grateful for the advice offered and will be considering all the options in the coming weeks. However, the suggestion that we should restrict access to the car park at night is an option that we would like to trial immediately. The car park at Alrebury Park is actually held on a long lease by Winchester City Council, therefore we do need to confer with WCC. However, for a trial period of 6 weeks, from the middle of July, the gates to the car park will be locked at night. Special arrangements will be made for those residents who have purchased overnight parking licenses. The Council will be discussing the operational issues related to the other measures that have been recommended, with all parties concerned. Watercress Festival Whilst this year’s Watercress Festival was another huge success, there were some significant problems created by cars being parked/abandoned in such a manner as to cause obstruction: indeed the bus service had to be suspended. The Organisers have apologised for the inconvenience and the traffic management plan

for next year’s event will be reviewed to ensure that the congestion is not repeated. A31 Junction Update A key issue during the Sun Lane development consultation was the introduction of a new A31 junction. We are advised that through discussions with Hampshire County Council and a redesign of the junction, a three-arm roundabout, which can now accommodate all east and west movements onto the A31 to and from Alresford is now incorporated in the masterplan. Lorries heading towards the waste water treatment works will no longer need to travel through Tichborne Down. An Outline Planning Application has now been submitted to Winchester City Council. Events at the ARC The Events Room, Meeting Hall and Offices have been in very active use last month, hosting a wide range of meetings and activities, including the Alresford Tennis Club AGM and a new fitness class for mature fitness enthusiasts called runriotfitness. com. The income from the hire charges is an increasingly useful addition to the Towns funds. To cope with this increased activity and to ensure that the hiring of the facilities is undertaken in a professional manner, the Council have recruited a Bookings Clerk. New Alresford Town Council The Avenue, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 9EP Phone: 01962 732079 www.newalresfordtc.org.uk tclerk@newalresfordtc.org.uk


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16 JULY & 2 AUGUST Dean House - Open Garden for NGS The 7 acres have been described as 'a well-kept secret hidden behind the elegant facade of its Georgian centre piece'. Sweeping lawns,York stone paths, gravel pathways, many young and mature trees and hedges, mixed and herbaceous borders. Rose garden, pond garden, working walled garden with glasshouses growing 125 different varieties of vegetables, which help to create a diverse and compact sliver of Eden. Wed 24 May,Wed 21 June,Wed 5 July (10-4); Sun 16 July,Wed 2 Aug (12-4.30); Sun 13 Aug (10-4). Admission £6, Children free. Homemade cream teas & a wide selection of cakes in the Orangery.Times:12:00 to 16:30. Open for charity. Dean House, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 0NL

classics and an old take on some new tunes. Relax on the lawns as the sun sets over Hinton Ampner, bring a picnic and make an evening of it. Booking Essential. Phone: 03442491895.This event is suitable for young teens and older. A National Trust Event - Gates open 18:00. Start 18:00. End 22:00. Check Website for Admission Charges. Park in normal car park and follow the route to the performance area ( the parkland behind the house). Check website for latest information. Hinton Ampner, Bramdean, near Alresford, Hampshire SO24 0LA

23 JULY 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

large. Small Dexter cows. Dried flowers. Sun 30 July,Tue 8,Thur 10 Aug (1.30-5). Admission £4, Children free. Home-made teas. Times:13:30 to 17:00.Telephone:01962 732720. Visits also by arrangement from mid July to mid Aug only.. Open for charity. Hill House, Old Alresford, Hampshire SO24 9DY. Contact telephone: 01962 732720

AUGUST 3 AUGUST - 6 AUGUST Wickham Festival 2017 An award-winning 4-day music and arts festival with a relaxed, friendly 'folkie' feel held in a scenic location near the historic village of Wickham in Hampshire. One of The Guardian's 'Top 8' Family-Friendly Music Festivals.Voted the UK's Best Small Festival (cap. under 15k) in the Live UK Music Awards 2015. Live music on three stages plus an 'Open Mic' stage, dance displays, digital funfair, street theatre, storytelling, childrens entertainers; traditional crafts fayre, exotic foods fayre, Real Ale Festival, Late Night Festival Club and much more. 11am to 11pm daily.Tickets from £35 (evening) to £150 (4-day weekend). Camping £30 per tent or caravan. Under-16s half-price. Under-10s free. Please see website for online ticket sales and box office telephone details. Blind Lane,Wickham, near Fareham, Hampshire PO17 5AD Contact telephone: 01329 231942

19 AUGUST 16 JULY Magdalen Hill Down- Nature Walk With Jayne Chapman. Meet: 11:00am in the gravel car park opposite the cemetery on the Alresford Road, B3404 Winchester. Map ref: SU 512 295. Sat Nav: SO21 1HE. All welcome. A wonderful month to see butterflies.

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

21 JULY Hinton Ampner - Spitfire Sisters concert Enjoy a vintage summer evening with the fabulous Spitfire Sisters, a classic '40s style, close harmony vocal trio, backed by a six piece swing band.The air will be filled with some swing 28

25 JULY - 3SEPT Hinton Ampner - Summer family trail This pretty garden, with its different levels, winding paths and quirky topiary, is a great place for kids to explore. Discover the gardens at Hinton Ampner on our action packed family trail. Booking Not Needed. Suitable for all ages. A National Trust Event - Gates open 10:00. Start 10:00. End 17:00. Normal Admission Charges Apply. suggested donation. Pick up a map at Visitor Reception. Check website for latest information. Hinton Ampner, Bramdean, near Alresford, Hampshire SO24 0LA. Contact telephone: 01962 771305 - Hinton Ampner

30 JULY / 8 AUG / 10 AUG Hill House - Open Garden for NGS Traditional English 2 acre garden, established 1938, divided by yew hedge. Large croquet lawn framing the star of the garden, the huge multicoloured herbaceous border. Dahlia bed and butterfly attracting sunken garden in lavender shades. Prolific old fashioned kitchen garden with hens and bantams both fluffy and

Ropley Horticultural Society Summer Show Doors open 2:30pm, entry free, and home-made refreshments available.You can see the best of our flowers, fruit, vegetables, floral art, cookery, craft and photographs. Ropley Parish Hall, Vicarage Lane, Ropley. Entry & parking FREE, all welcome

SEPTEMBER 9 SEPTEMBER Celebrating Last Night of the Proms Live on the big screen At Holden Farm, SO24 0NX on the 9th September. Join us for a very British evening on the farm in a natural amphitheatre in the South Downs. Celebrate an evening of Britishness live from the Royal Albert Hall. Bring a picnic, something to sit on and dress for the weather; red, white and blue compulsory! Tickets £20 and include a free drink (14 and under go free). Gates open 6.30pm. Premier parking £20/ car - free parking within a short walk. Licenced Bar and British bar snacks available on site. Book now: www.hhevents.uk


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. May and June have been a very busy couple of months here at Sousa Law – we had a fantastic day at the Alresford Watercress Festival and were blessed with gorgeous weather. Five lucky people won a free will and an excited family of four will soon be off to Marwell Zoo with our compliments. It was lovely to see you all and thank you for visiting our stand…if you couldn’t make it, why not join us next year?! Several members of staff also visited the Alresford Music Festival in June, which is always a fun event and a great way for us to meet up and mingle socially with our community, and we were blessed with yet another glorious summer’s day! Coming up in a few months, we will have a stand at the impressive Alresford Agricultural Show 2017, held at Grange Farm, Tichborne Park on Saturday 2nd September. Open from 9am to 6pm with free parking, this is a great event for all ages. We’d love to see you if you can pop by, should you need any no-obligation advice, or just a chat and a browse. At Sousa Law, we consider these local events essential to keeping community spirit alive. We look forward to seeing you at one of these events soon.

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

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

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he Eel House sits beside the Wayfarers' Way footpath in idyllic woodland in a valley about a mile and a half from the centre of the charming small market town of Alresford. It straddles the clean clear waters of the tranquil River Alre with a foot on each of its banks. It is a modest but nicely proportioned building with a clay-tiled roof dating from the 1820's when the Harris family of nearby Arlebury Park commissioned this minor masterpiece of 19th century ingenuity. Its purpose was to trap mature eels near to the start of their once in a lifetime three thousand mile journey.outdoors.” The Eel House will be open to the public from 11.00pm - 5.00pm on: Sunday 2 July August Bank Holiday - 28th August Heritage Weekend - Sunday 10th September. Entry is free but donations, to fund further necessary restoration work, will be much appreciated. A special opening can be arranged for groups of 10 - 15 peopls. Please apply to the Trust Clerk for details on 07849 870565 or email: clerk@towntrust.org.uk

PLACE A MINI-AD IN THE FORUM FOR AS LITTLE AS £25 A MONTH ADVERT SIZE 44mm x 62mm

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Alderman House, 12-14 City Road, Winchester (01962) 862333 Richard Steel • Iain Steel • Mark Allery • Personal 24 Hour Family Service •

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PRESTIGE CARS OF ALRESFORD TEL: 01962 865602 MOBILE: 07752 570787

Serving Hampshire Since 1860

WILCAN MOTOR COMPANY LTD

Servicing, MOT, Tyres & Bodywork Repairs

FREE Local collection and courtesy cars (T&C's apply) Free Safety Checks

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No r t h Mo to r Company Holden Farm, Cheriton, Alresford, Hants, SO24 ONX

Independent Garage and MOT Testing Centre

Please ring our friendly team on: 01962 736186 andy.wilcan@live.co.uk www.wilcan.co.uk

Established in1999 - All makes of car serviced and repaired - Saab approved repairer and Subaru specialist Free collection, delivery and courtesy car (when available)

THE LONG BARN, WINCHESTER ROAD, ALRESFORD, SO24 9EZ

Competitively priced tyres - Batteries - Vehicle Diagnostics - Exhausts

Telephone Gary or Andy on 01962 771331 or 771881 www.northmotor.co.uk info@northmotor.co.uk

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New Farm Motor Services Ltd New Farm Road, Alresford, SO24 9QE

01962 732338 L.P.G.A approved autogas conversions www.autogas.com

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.

M.O.T Testing Centre • FREE COLLECTION • COURTESY CARS

Class 7 Vans from 3,000 - 3,500kg Class 4 Cars and Vans up to 3,000kg All makes of cars and vans serviced and repaired All makes of truck and horsebox up to 7500kg maintained and prepared for ministry plating tests

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Alresford & District Neighbourhood Watch Garden ornaments and furniture The theft of garden ornaments, furniture and planters is a Spring/Summer trend. Consider the security of your property and remember that valuable planters and ornaments are safer in the back garden where passers-by can’t see them. Secure garden furniture using an anchoring device making it harder to remove. These can also be used to protect expensive planters and ornamental trees. Use brackets to protect hanging baskets. Consider security marking your valuables. If they are difficult to mark, take a photograph of them to help with identification if the worst happens and they are stolen. You can also protect your property by registering significant items at the ‘Immobilise Property Register’. A list of benefits of registration and details how to register can be found on the website www. immobilise.com. It’s cold caller season As the weather improves, there tends to be more cold callers knocking on doors. Cold callers may be offering work around the home and garden, asking residents to sign direct debits to donate to charities, offering small household goods for sale or travelling in vans offering carpets, beds or televisions. Telephone cold callers may include home and security companies trying to make appointments to visit and companies cold calling to offer solutions to cold telephone calls (for a monthly fee).

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or families living with dementia, planning a holiday can seem daunting. But with the right advice, and a bit of research, you can all enjoy a welcome break, and the charity Dementia UK (dementiauk.org) has outlined some simple steps to make travelling with people with dementia go more smoothly. • Make sure you have medical insurance and take all of the documentation with

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Some of the above will be genuine, but some may be rogue traders, distraction burglars, or there to gather information on the doorstep for their criminal associates. You can’t tell by looking at someone how honest they are. Dealing with cold callers you risk being overcharged for goods or services that may be poor quality from workers that can’t be traced once they leave, or distracted while an accomplice steals from the address. If you deal with a rogue trader on the doorstep, your details could be passed to other cold callers so that you receive more visits. If cold callers don’t succeed in your area, they are less likely to come back, and although you may not be at risk, there are vulnerable neighbours in every area that may fall prey to unscrupulous callers. We can all help by not opening the door and not dealing with cold callers. Anyone needing work around the home and garden is advised to get at least three quotes from different, reputable companies before deciding. you in case of a medical emergency. If holidaying in Europe, have a free European Health Insurance (EHIC) card with you. And before going away, it’s a good idea to do some research on the location of local GP surgeries and hospitals. • Ensure the person with dementia has ID and emergency contact details with them at all times. Consider a personal GPS that he or she can wear. • Being in an unfamiliar location can cause disorientation. Walk the person around the building you are staying in, when you first arrive. Make some signage you

Members of Hampshire County Council Trading Standards Buy With Confidence scheme are fully audited to ensure their trading practices are legal, honest and fair. All members have been checked for trustworthiness and compliance with consumer protection laws. Details can be obtained by telephoning 01962 833620, emailing buy.with. confidence@hants.gov.uk or via the website www.buywithconfidence.gov.uk If anyone has any information about traders who are cold calling or requires any advice on doorstep crime they can contact Hampshire County Council's Quick Response Team on 01962 833666 (Monday – Friday 0900hrs to 1700hrs) where specially trained officers are on hand to provide advice. If assistance is required outside of these hours please contact Hampshire Police, on their non-urgent number 101 or dial 999 if you feel threatened or intimidated. CONTACTING ADNWA OR POLICE: ADNWA website: www.neighbourhood. watch.alresford.org e-mail us at: contact.adnwa@gmail.com CRIME IN PROGRESS: RING 999 NON-URGENT ISSUES: RING 101 (if you observe suspicious activity) CRIMESTOPPERS: 0800 555 111

can put up to locate the toilet, bedroom, kitchen etc. • Plan your activities in the morning (not too many!) as the person with dementia will get tired as the day progresses. • Pack portable low-level lights to help during the night. • Finally, watch for signs of distress and anxiety, sometimes purposely hidden so as not to spoil your holiday…… For more information please call Alresford’s local Village Agents Denise or Fiona on 07969 376023


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MOT's WHILE YOU WAIT UNIT 5, SHELF HOUSE, NEW FARM ROAD, ALRESFORD, SO24 9QE

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Mon - Fri: 7.30am - 5.00pm APPOINTMENTS CAN BE BOOKED IN ADVANCE All weather facility, dry and warm waiting area ID VALETING, UNIT 4, SHELF HOUSE INDUSTRIAL NEW FARM ROAD, ALRESFORD, SO24 9QE TEL: 07967 730584 idt45@btinternet.com

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'WE DON'T BUY ANY OLD CAR' BUT, WE BUY VERY GOOD CARS OF ANY AGE, FOR CASH!

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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 2013 2015 2014 2014 2014 2011 2010 2009 2003

(15) Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, 4x4 Auto Estate, plug in electric hybrid 1 owner, 7,000 miles, zero road tax £19495 (63) BMW 116 D SE 2.0 5 door 22,000 miles £20 tax £11295 (15) Honda Jazz 1.4 ES Auto, 1 owner, 1,300 miles, £10995 (14) Ford Focus 1.6 Titanium Navigator, Automatic - 1 Owner, 15,000 miles £9995 (14) Skoda Fabia 1.6 TDi SE 16,000 miles £20 tax £6995 (14) Kia Picanto 1.0 5 door, 1,600 miles, Zero road tax £5995 (11) Skoda Roomster SE 1.6 TDi 2 owners, 57,000 miles £4995 (10) Citroen C3 VTR+ 1.4 HDi .2 owners, 52,000 miles £4495 (09) Ford Fusion 1.4 TDCi Style 2 owners, 76,000 miles £2995 (03) Peugeot 307 S, sunroof & air con 35,000 miles £1795

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Bright Green Polo Shirt with contrast Collar and Navy Twill Shorts by Mayoral - Shirt now only £11.95, Shorts £17.95 Tel: 01962 734488 | www.ragamuffin-uk.com

Bags in many styles and colours available from £9.95 10 West Street, Alresford, SO24 9AT

Impressive 'faux' red cymbidium in water - 73cm H - £225 36 West Streety, Alresford, SO24 9AU Tel: 01962 732507 | www.design-realities.co.uk

Tel: 01962 732192

Delilah SALE

Delilah Boutique

Lavenders

Andrew Smith & Son - Auctioneers

SALE starts 1st July 2017 34 West Street, Alresford, SO24 9AU Tel: 01962 738470 | Delilah Boutique

Summer sequin bags, perfect for the beach or everyday shopping. More designs in store. Tel: 01962 733894 | www.lavenders-alresford.com

Monthly Antiques & Interiors Auction Sat 19 July - Fine Art, Antiques, Interiors & Collectables Tue 18th and Wed 19th July Tel: 01962 735988 | www.andrewsmithandson.com

Equestrian Fencing & Timber Ltd

More by Design

Jasmine China Hire

Beautiful garden furniture, gazebos and obelisks made to order High Ridge Farm, Hospital Road, Shirrell Heath

Deck Chairs £75, Directors Chairs £75 in various designs 19A-21 West Street, New Alresford, SO24 9AB 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

Tel: 01329 835100 | www.eqestrianfencing.com

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Moda Rosa

Linen t-shirt with metallic Mexican motifs, just add your favourite pair of shorts for a lovely holiday look Tel: 01962 733242 | www.42weststreet.co.uk

Glitter Flower Dish (diameter 34cms) - £28.00 29 West Street, New Alresford, Alresford SO24 9AB Tel: 01962 736311 | www.interiorstyle.biz

SUMMER SALE - Dress by Parosh £595.00 - NOW £295.00 35 West Street, Alresford, SO24 9AB Tel: 01962 733277 | www.modarosa.co.uk

Jo Jo Inspired

Alresford Gift Shop

D.Barker & Son

Pink Bandeau One-Piece. Also in black, white and blue. "The Beach to Bar Collection" is back at www.jojoinspired.com. Tel: 07973 688251 | jojo@jojoinspired.com

Our NEW Alresford range of products is in. Cushions, firdge magnets and tea towels

Crystal cocktail set with sterling silver stirrer & FREE bottle of Pimms - £270 Tel: 01962 732200 | www.dbarkerandson.co.uk

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Alresford Linen Co.

Dynasty rug - £3285 - We have a great selection of beautiful hand knotted rugs Tel: 01962 734504 | www.morebydesign.com

'Hare Scratching' sculpture by Karen Jenner - 'Untamed' Exhibition - 27 Bell Street, Romsey SO51 8GY Tel: 01794 511220 | www.hampshireartandcraft.org

The latest collection of men’s swim shorts from Love Brand have arrived and are ready for the summer holidays! Tel: 01962 734221 | www.alresfordlinen.co.uk

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ALEX HANDFORD OF HAMPSHIRE FARMERS’ MARKETS

ou could be forgiven for thinking that wellies and warm coats are the necessary attire for a day on the market, and while that may often be true, today it clearly isn’t. Alex Handford, Manager of Farmers’ Markets for Hampshire, is looking a picture of elegance in a vibrant pink dress, “I’ve been in meetings all day”, she explains. Alex sits on the Great Taste Awards panel, overseeing new applications and guiding new producers through the process of joining Hampshire Farmers’ Markets (HFM), and meetings constitute only part of her busy and varied position. “On a typical HFM day I would be on site at 5:00-6:00am, one of our two logistics teams would arrive at 6.30am to set up for the traders to arrive and they will trade until 2:00pm, or longer if part of festival. There are 114 HFM in Hampshire each year some, like Petersfield and Romsey, are on the same day so we have to ensure that our logistics teams are well briefed for the set-up.We can encounter problems when the Council pop in a bollard or two or some new parking bays that were once HFM pitches and forget to tell us! But generally it all works out”. How did Alex come to Manage Hampshire Farmers’ Markets? “I am Hampshire born and bred, but once I graduated in Agriculture I went to Somerset for thirteen years where I was involved with dairy farming. I then qualified as an HR specialist before having a baby. At that point I needed a part-time job so did maternity cover in the office for HFM.The lady I covered for never came back and I’ve been Manager of Hampshire Farmers’ Markets for eleven years now.” Originally run as part of Hampshire County Council HFM became independent in 2002 and now operates from offices on the Rotherfield Park Estate home of Sir James Scott who is an enormous supporter of HFM. How do local producers apply to HFM? “It’s a simple application process but there are strict criteria applicants must adhere to.We visit new members at their offices and places of production to ensure they comply with our regulations. Producers obviously have to come from within Hampshire or 20 miles of the county border.We have our primary producers - meat, eggs, dairy, and fish.Then our secondary producers who provide, for example, pies, pâtés, biscuits, preserves, cakes and confectionery. All of these products must contain at least 20% of locally sourced ingredients, so butter, eggs and flour must also be local to ensure that we are supporting

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our Hampshire farmers and producers.With this in mind, we hold our Producers Awards, this year at Lainston House Hotel on October 5th, voted for by our customers, the public, in recognition of the wonderful products our producers bring to our markets. I think the most rewarding part of my job is guiding new local producers through the application and then seeing their individual businesses grow and flourish. Often producers have a fabulous product and, having chosen not to go down the supermarket route, feel a bit lost as to what to do next. At HFM we offer mentoring support for new start-up businesses, marketing support through local and national press, the markets themselves, and not forgetting our social media. Marketing is so important and what we provide is essentially an inexpensive, but very large, shop front.There are many events throughout the year such as British Food Week in September which we are linked to. We can also give advice on various grants which are available for small local producers which they may not have been aware of. My absolute passion is to keep the farming community alive by providing an affordable opportunity to sell their fantastic products to an increasingly concerned and discerning public who want to buy foods where they know the provenance and are assured of quality.The Hampshire Farmers’ Markets are community events with both producers and public coming together.They are lovely social occasions.” Hampshire Farmers’ Markets also promotes local food producers through their schools workshops. “We do wonderful things like butter making with the children which they love and get to know how food gets from field to fork, it’s so important”. So what products does Alex particularly like? “Oh so many! Too hard to choose! But I don’t like to be without oils from the Cold Pressed Oil Company, or smoked trout from the New Forest Smokery. FA Secrett’s Veg are passionate about what they do and sell the most amazing salad and vegetables. Plus wines from the Hambledon and Raynes vineyards”. Sounds like a wonderful meal! Alex’s support and hard work has been recognized many times, not least by Hampshire Life magazine through whom she was presented with the ‘Food Hero Award’ in November 2016.Thanks to her dedication and that of The Hampshire Farmers’ Market team she sees the future of local producers is assured going from ‘strength to strength’. For a calendar of Hampshire Farmers Markets Visit: www.hampshirefarmersmarkets.co.uk.


Amplifiers, turntables, speakers, CD players etc Vintage or modern – Good quality separates wanted

NEW ALRESFORD TOWN TRUST Invites You To Visit The Market Every Thursday Between 9.30am & 3.30pm

Is your old hifi in the attic? Cluttering up the house? Moving to digital or just downsizing? Talk to us now for a friendly quote Happy to collect 07595 021922

GOOD SELECTION OF STALLS INCLUDING Flowers, Plants, Vegetables, Fresh speciality bread, Olives & cheese, watch repairs and a good selection of cards. Anyone wishing to have a stall on the market contact: Pam Stevens - 01962 734861 or e.mail: Heatherhollow@btinternet.com

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Oakleaf Stationery Ltd OFFICE EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES

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

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

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

N F IN E A RT AU C T ION EER S & VA L U ER S

MONTHLY ANTIQUES & INTERIORS AUCTION Saturday 29th July Viewing: Friday 28th (10am – 7pm) and morning of sale from 8.30am

FINE ART, ANTIQUES, INTERIORS & COLLECTABLES Tue 18th & Wed 19th July Viewing: Thursday 13th 12 noon – 4pm, Friday 14th, Saturday 15th, Monday 17th 10am – 4pm, and mornings of sale from 8.30am

Pre-Owned Pink Sapphire & Diamond Cluster Ring in 18ct Gold Sapphire 1.61cts, Diamonds 0.80ct £4,475 40a West Street, Alresford, Hants Tel: 01962 732200 www.dbarkerandson.co.uk

Illustrated catalogues available to view online at www.the-saleroom.com www.andrewsmithandson.com Enquiries: t:01962 735988 e:auctions@andrewsmithandson.com THE AUCTION ROOMS, MANOR FARM, ITCHEN STOKE, ALRESFORD SO24 0QT

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The Naked Grape Nestled in the chalky hills near Alresford, classic champagne grapes are grown by the Raimes family producing an elegant, pale gold, fresh and well balanced sparkling wine, bottle fermented in the traditional method. The NEW release from Raimes is out now; medal winning 2014 Blanc de Noirs. The wine spent 24 months on the lees lending creaminess and a lovely texture. “People will love it, it is very easy drinking with fine bubbles and a deliciously fruity nose” Stockists: The Naked Grape, Wine Utopia, Fareham Wine Cellar Buy online: www.raimes.co.uk

Join us at the Riverside Yurt for an exclusive opportunity to indulge in a 4 course Hampshire Flavours menu at the idyllic Riverside Yurt, prepared and served by the highly acclaimed Little Kitchen Company. On Thursday 20th July 7.30 for 8pm at £40 per person. Please contact Clare to book (limited seating) Tel: 07973 215407 www.riversidelifestyle.co.uk Riverside Cottage, The Riverside Yurt, Bransbury, Near Barton Stacey, Winchester, SO21 3QJ

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An award winning tapas restaurant situated in the heart of Alresford serving a mixture of traditional and contemporary tapas. Pulpo Negro sources the very best ingredients from all corners of the Iberian peninsula. We also have a newly opened cellar bar and small alfresco seating area serving cocktails, sherry's and a wide range of gins. The restaurant is open: Tuesday to Saturday: 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – late For bookings: Tel: 01962 732262 or email: info@pulponegro.co.uk www.pulponegro.co.uk

We have been serving the local community in Hampshire the best quality fresh meat and game for fifty years. We are proud of our award winning Pork, Watercress and Ale sausages and Beef and Watercress Burgers. We also have a selection or locally produced Award winning ready meals and freshly baked pies. Our pies are produced on the premises for you to enjoy every day using the finest quality meat from a Hampshire producer. Tel: 01962 735221 www.solebutchersofalresford.co.uk

Every wine we stock has been carefully sourced, tasted and selected from Artisan producers throughout Europe and the rest of the world. We import a range of wines that are exclusive to The Naked Grape, and these wines have found many fans in the last few years across our three shops. We also sell and range of Real Ales and Imported Lagers from small producers within Hampshire. Tel: 01962 732002 or email: simon@tngwine.co.uk www.thenakedgrape.co.uk

A truly artisan dairy nestled deep in the Hampshire Herriard Estate – lovingly making delicious British cheese by hand. Maker of Tunworth Cheese, Supreme Champion British Cheese Awards 2013 and 2006. Now also producing Winslade cheese - best new cheese at the British Cheese Awards 2013. If you are a cheese lover you can buy our cheeses at all good cheesemongers, delis, farm shops, selected Waitrose stores and we also sell at Petersfield and Winchester farmers market. Tel: 07880 738470 info@hampshirecheeses.com www.hampshirecheeses.co.uk


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Jane's Kitchen

SMOKED TROUT AND ASPARAGUS QUICHE

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uiche is rather like soup – after the basic recipe you can add whatever flavouring or ingredients you like or have to hand. With an abundance of local produce – the choice is yours. This recipe is a little firmer with the added cream cheese and so great for taking out on picnics or in lunch boxes.

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8” shortcrust pastry case 180g cream cheese ¼ pt full fat milk 2 large eggs beaten 150g smoked trout skin removed 5-6 asparagus tips cut into 1” pieces 2-3 tablespoons grated cheddar cheese. Salt and pepper

Method

Blanch the asparagus tips for 5-6 minutes, in boiling water and drain. Cut the smoked trout into strips and place in the flan tin. Soften the cream cheese by beating with a wooden spoon then add the eggs and blend well until smooth. Add the milk to the

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mixture and whisk together. Season to taste with the salt and pepper. Pour the mixture over the trout then arrange the cooled asparagus on top and cover with the grated cheese. Bake in a hot oven for 15-20 minutes and then lower the heat. Cook for a further 10 minutes until firm and golden on top. Serve hot with a green vegetable or cold with salad. From Jane’s Kitchen An eclectic collection of seasonal recipes Available from Caracoli, Alresford Leckford Farm Shop and Chilbolton Village Stores Price £6.99


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ALRESFORD 2017 SHOW TICHBORNE PARK 2nd SEPTEMBER (9am - 6pm)

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The Sheep Show Pony Club Relay Pig Racing Shire Horse Competition The Slackline School - Come and try slacklining Carriage Driving Horse Jumping Display of Vintage Machinery Tree Climbing Bee & Honey Show Birds of Prey & Flying Display

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Farmyard Fun Playground Grand Parade of Champion Livestock Glass Blowing Rural Craft Village Fit2Cook, Educational fun for children Food & Craft Tents The Alresford Ukulele Jam (with free workshops) Dog Show Hedge Laying Demonstrations

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Food & Drink CURRY AND QUIZ EVENTS RAISE FUNDS FOR HOUNDS FOR HEROES

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he Holiday Inn Winchester recently hosted another special charity fund raising event for Hounds for Heroes, raising a total of £1429 for the charity. The funds will go towards helping to train assistance dogs for injured and disabled men and women from the armed forces and civilian emergency services. The fund raising evening combined the winning combination of a home cooked curry, specially prepared by the hotel’s 2 AA Rosette Award winning team, with all the fun of a challenging quiz. The hotel’s General Manager Marc Solarz is a very keen quizzer and was the quiz master for the fund raising events and commented: “We wanted to create a fun way of raising funds and awareness for this very special charity that our hotel sponsors, by providing free accommodation to the injured veterans, while they are in training with their Hounds for Heroes assistance dogs. We were delighted with the great response from local quiz teams who attended the two events and who helped us to raise a total of £1429 for the charity. It was such a success that we are planning another event in October.” “The hotel has worked closely with the Hampshire based charity Hounds for Heroes for the last three years. We have eight fully adapted wheelchair friendly rooms available and we felt that they could be utilised to help this worthwhile charity, that does so much to rebuild the lives of injured service personnel,” commented Sarah Waddington, Sales Manager at the hotel. “All of our staff at the hotel look forward to hearing the patter of paws around the hotel while hosting the regular training sessions, and have become very attached to the beautiful highly intelligent dogs that bring positive changes to the lives of the veterans.”

BOOMTOWN TO HOST ‘FARMERS’ MARKET’ FOR LOCAL PRODUCERS

“Over the past few years we have had a great uptake of involvement from local people in areas such as volunteering, set painting, production, stewarding and also main contract suppliers. However, trader applications from local suppliers are relatively low, so we wanted to make it even easier for local producers to get involved. A Farmers’ Market is a great way to provide a space to put the spotlight on huge range of incredible products and crafts that Hampshire and this part of the South Downs area has to offer, and we look forward to discovering even more ourselves!” - Boomtown organisers Another initiative recently launched from Boomtown, for local organisations only, is for further involvement from smaller local charities. Alongside the main charity partnership with Winchester based youth charity Street Reach for 2017, the festival are offering registered charities and community interest groups space at the festival to bring along a stall or activity that represents their charity but also will tie in with the immersive and interactive atmosphere of the festival. More details can be found applications via: https:// applications.eventree.co.uk/apply/form/id/402 For larger local traders that would like to be involved as a one of the festival’s plentiful food or market stall holders, applications are also open. Any Hampshire companies applying should make it clear in their application that they are local to the festival and to be prioritised for consideration. “We are really pleased to learn that the organisers of Boomtown are adding a local Farmers’ Market to this year’s festival. We are very proud of the food and drink on offer in Hampshire and are excited to be able to offer the opportunity to be involved to our members.” Tracy Nash, Hampshire Fare. For any further locally related information or any queries contact local_community@boomtownfair.co.uk.

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The Farmers’ Market plans to feature the very best in local produce and will serve as an opportunity for Hampshire producers to promote their products to Boomtown’s 60,000 attendees from all over the world and showcase the delicious foods that Hampshire has to offer. The applications are now open for local producers to exhibit their craft to the global audience of Boomtown, via the festival’s website: https://applications.eventree.co.uk/apply/form/id/434 There are a variety of options available starting from as low as £30 a pitch for information stands up to £300 for a large Hot Food / Freshly Prepared Food / Drink Pitch.

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THOUSANDS OF THANK YOUs

This year’s Alresford Music Festival drew the BIGGEST attendance EVER!

A HUGE thank you for your consistent support and a very special thank you to all the artists who entertained over 4,000 festival-goers. The festival simply wouldn’t be possible without the support of our wonderful sponsors, the town council, the local sport clubs and our amazing volunteers who work hard all year round to bring the festival to the town.

WE’RE PROUD TO ANNOUCE WE RAISED £10K FOR CHARITY! Since the festival started we have donated over £35K to charity. Last year The Alresford Music Festival became a registered charity (AMF Foundation), set up to support musically based charities working to improve the lives of those who need it most. This year we’re delighted to support:

WINNALL ROCK SCHOOL winnallrockschool.org Providing free music tuition and band workshops as well as bespoke or outreach programmes for aspiring musicians who would not otherwise have access to tuition or need additional support.

harmonyofhope.wordpress.com Dedicated to bringing the healing power of music to improve the lives of refugees affected by conflict.

AMF FOUNDATION

keychanges.org Music therapy helping young and old who have social, behavioural, personal, developmental, learning and emotional issues to discover new ways of communicating & working with them to open doors towards a more fulfilled life.

Channelling our love of music to make a real difference.

www.alresfordmusicfestival.com Registered Charity Number: 1168066

Photographs kindly supplied by Chris Gillard, David McKibben, Richard Turner & The Photo Rooms


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ALRESFORD GOLF CLUB

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lresford is one of the oldest and prettiest places to play in Hampshire. An easy walking, chalk downland course which is lush in the summer and enjoys outstanding natural drainage in the winter ensuring that bad weather does not spoil your golf and that you get maximum value for your membership. Always tidy and well presented , the layout is a challenging test for both amateurs and professionals, regularly hosting county amateur and PGA competitions. Whether a beginner or regular player, the regular ‘roll ups’ and social occasions will ensure that you make new friends quickly.

Challenging Course  Well maintained  Excellent practice facilities  Lessons available  Great clubhouse catering  Social golf & events  Family and junior friendly  Memberships available  Visitors welcome 

Membership enquiries are welcome for all playing categories and abilities, including those new to golf or thinking of joining their first club . Our ACADEMY membership is proving very popular and includes a lesson package within the annual fee. SOCIAL EXTRA membership gives access to some of the best practice facilities in the county with a newly extended practice / covered driving range with ball collection, short game and wedge area, 6 hole par 3 course, chipping green, practice bunkers and two putting greens. This is perfect for those not yet ready to make the step to a full playing membership or who are members elsewhere but live in or near to Alresford and would like to make use of our facilities. Our experienced Golf Professionals offer a range of lessons (individual and group) for adults and juniors to help you get started or improve your game. Interested ? We would be delighted to show around the club and discuss all the options with you.You really will be very welcome. Tel: 01962 733746 / 01962 733998(Pro-Shop) Email: secretary@alresfordgolf.co.uk www.alresfordgolf.co.uk

ALTON BUS RALLY & RUNNING DAY

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ne of Britain’s biggest Bus Rallies & Running Days with a display of around 150 buses and coaches of all shapes and sizes from a variety of eras and operating areas. An extensive network of FREE bus services will operate from Anstey Park to Alton Town Centre, the Mid Hants Steam Railway and surrounding villages and towns. There is also a large display of other types of vehicles including classic cars, lorries, motorcycles, vans, emergency services and military vehicles. Programme (with timetables) available to purchase on day. Sales stands, catering outlets, toilets and FREE parking at rally site. Entry to the event is FREE. Transport links: FREE buses from/to Alton Railway Station connecting with trains from/to London Waterloo and Alresford. FREE feeder bus services from/ to Aldershot, Basingstoke, Fareham, Farnham, Guildford and Winchester. Event runs from 10am to 5pm. Car park open from 9am to 6pm. Entry to the event is FREE. Anstey Park, Anstey Lane, Alton, Hampshire GU34 2NB - Sunday 16 Jul 2017

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Alresford Golf Club

For all memberships and general golfing enquiries please contact us on: 01962 733746 (opt 2) and for lessons: 01962 733998 Or visit our website www.alresfordgolf.co.uk

NORTON PARK CHARITY FETE

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orton Park Hotel near Sutton Scotney will be holding their first Summer Fete, with all proceeds going to their nominated charity, the NSPCC. The Fete will be held in the hotel grounds on Sunday 23rd July, from 1-5pm, with free admission and plenty of parking. There will be lots on offer for children and adults alike including face painting, go karting, bouncy castle and a spa tent offering mini treatments as well as a BBQ, beer tent and vintage ice cream van. Local businesses will be selling everything from sweets, toys and books to cakes, clothes and jewellery from their stalls. Local Irish band ‘Kilcannon’ will be providing musical entertainment and there will also be a fun Dog Show with classes priced at £1 per entry. For all enquiries, please contact Isi Taylor by email itaylor@qhotels. co.uk or call 07900 981 814 and leave a message. We hope to see you all there and we look forward to raising lots of money for this wonderful charity!


SATURDAY 15TH JULY

carnival costume, theatre and music workshops Winchester Discovery Centre, 10am-4pm

Come & create CARNIVAL COSTUME Design and make costumes for the carnival parade at Boomtown Fair.

THEATRE WORKSHOPS Boomtown’s Theatrical team will provide an inspiring and exciting day of drama workshops. Come and find your character.

MUSIC WORKSHOPS Produce your own music using live and electronic instruments with Jus Now.

workshop details We will have two groups 5-11, and 12-18. The workshops will run for the whole day and will lead on to further Carnival costume workshops at the festival and an opportunity to take part in the Sunday Carnival at Boomtown Fair Sunday 13th August.

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Participants in the workshops will be offered a Free Sunday ticket to come to the festival. (Kids and families)

To book: outreach@boomtownfair.co.uk ..or call 07779418115


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Crossing the Channel this Summer?

’ll be taking my sons to France when school breaks up for the summer holidays. Living so close to Portsmouth, the only way to travel is by ferry and when we get to Caen, how can we resist visiting the D-Day landing beaches? Well, I’m afraid one son has developed an aversion to military history and has to be bribed with sweets and ice-cream to go within ten miles of any beach named Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno or Sword. I’m glad the other is still happy to spend hours crawling through restored landing craft, visiting gun batteries and reading the memorials with me. It seems to me that the small boys of Hampshire fell into similar groups in 1944. Some still lick their lips seventy years later when they describe the donuts, chocolate and gum shared by the soldiers as they prepared for the invasion. Others have told me about the generous camp cookhouses where a plate was always put out for a visiting child whenever the soldiers ate. However, Brian Sacree wasn’t interested in food: growing up in Winchester, he spent the war observing the soldiers and airmen as they prepared for battle. No. 4 Commando was billeted in Stanmore and had an assault course in the grounds of Winchester College. Brian and his schoolfriends would watch the ‘green berets’ exercise and after they had gone, copy them zooming down the rope slide across the river. He remembers the US Air Force Piper Cub spotter planes parked among the trees of Chilbolton Avenue and taking off from the playing fields where Kings School is now. Brian got into Peter Symonds Grammar School and joined the Junior Training Corps (JTC). On their field days, the JTC boys had to practice defending Farleigh Mount, and Brian laughs when he remembers the Rifle Brigade firing smoke bombs from 2” mortars into the Peter Symonds trenches to cover their advance. You won’t be surprised to read that he joined up at Peninsula Barracks as soon as he left school and enjoyed an interesting army career serving in the UK and Egypt.

Listening to Brian reminiscing about climbing St. Catherine’s Hill to watch Spitfires on their test flights and going to see a Horsa Glider which had come off its tow-rope on Twyford Down, made me wonder what else an observant school boy might have seen in the skies above Hampshire in 1944. Three squadrons of 368th Fighter Group USAF arrived at Chilbolton Airfield on March 15th 1944, bringing their mascot, a black and white terrier called Calvados, with them. From then until 6th June, D-Day, they flew two or three missions a day, with Calvados curled up in the cockpit of a P47 Thunderbolt. On a typical mission, 48 fighter bombers would take off in less than seven minutes then fly across Hampshire to the Continent. Their dive-bombing and strafing missions destroyed 27 enemy-run locomotives and three Seine River Bridges. A young mother who lived in Winton Cottage, Chilbolton said of D-Day: ‘I remember that morning. I was hanging out the nappies and the sky was white with [aircraft]. They were painted with black and white stripes and they just went overhead in endless formation; they just went on and on. So of course, we knew it had begun.’ Chilbolton pilots were the first across The Channel, supporting the landing vessels and ground troops as they reached Normandy, and the first to return. By afternoon, General Quesada had ordered them back to search out and attack enemy artillery firing on Omaha beaches. Next day, the situation was critical and continuous fighter-bomber support was requested on Omaha beachhead. 368th Fighter Group flew 35 squadron strength missions between 4am and midnight. Chilbolton ground crews supported them, armourers loading bombs and mechanics covering the largest bullet holes with fabric, letting the small ones go to a later date. By the following day, the situation on Omaha was materially improved and General Quesada said, ‘History may show that you saved the day.’ Calvados participated in the organised chaos at Chilbolton and became a D-Day casualty - he was run over by a weapons carrier. However, ‘Due to the skill of the Group Surgeon, assisted by the three Squadron Flight Surgeons, he survived. They spent hours putting that mutt back together.’ And when the 368th Fighter Group finally left Chilbolton Airfield on June 19th, to become the first group to be based on the Continent, Calvados went too. Iris Crowfoot - Iris.crowfoot@gmail.com www.HamboneJunior.com

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ALTON CONVENT SCHOOL GETS READY FOR THE NEXT 80 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE

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s it approaches its 80th year, Alton Convent School has announced radical changes and a major programme of development to ensure the school remains a centre of excellence for generations to come and best prepares pupils for life in the future. • The school is changing its name to Alton School from Sept 2017 • Year 7 (Senior School) and Year 12 (Sixth Form) will accept boys from September 2018 • Curriculum changes designed to prepare pupils for a profoundly different future world • Significant development of sports facilities and provision • Expanded international programme with increased interaction with sister and partner schools around the world • Boarding facilities to develop its international programme The Chair of Governors, Clive Hexton, said, “Our vision is of a modern, diverse, outward-looking school which nurtures intellectually brave, morally sound, confident young people who are prepared for life. In readying the school for the next 80 years, the Governors and Trustees unanimously agreed that, while holding fast to the school’s founding principles, we should embark on a programme of curriculum and facilities development combined with becoming co-educational. I am delighted that this will allow families with sons and daughters to stay together beyond the Prep School.”

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

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The Headmaster, Graham Maher, said, “Alton Convent School is thriving and received an ‘excellent in all areas’ Inspection Report in March this year. We have a strong foundational ethos, outstanding academic and sports results, and excellent pastoral care. Allowing boys to stay with us into the Senior School will not change this. Interestingly, in some respects, co-education is a return to our roots. We will continue to recognise and adapt to the differing needs of each individual, an approach that enables our pupils to ‘be the best that they can be’. Our small, friendly community feel will remain in place, with an additional international dimension. We have a very exciting programme of development ahead of us, shaping our school for the next 80 years.” In terms of curriculum and programme developments, these include: • A new Design and Technology facility • All Senior school pupils to use portable devices in class as an essential educational tool • A new, indoor Sports Facility • A floodlit astro turf pitch • A three-lane cricket net • Refurbishment of school facilities, including the conversion of the Manor House for school use, refurbishing the Prep School, re landscaping the estate and new parking facilities • Expansion of outdoor learning for all Prep school children • Weekly engineering challenge activities in Years 5-6 to encourage creativity and innovation through problem-solving • A new sports scholarship programme offering tailored support to those with exceptional ability • More opportunities for immersive language and cultural experiences with up to half a term in France for Years 7 and 8 and a four week programme in Colombia for Years 10 to 13 • A café for use by parents, staff and Sixth Formers If you would like to find out more about the school please contact them directly on: 01420 82070


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Culture

FIFTY SHADES OF HAMPSHIRE!

SOUTHERN CATHEDRALS FESTIVAL

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n 2017 the festival will be held at Winchester Cathedral. This festival offers sacred choral and organ music performed to the very highest standard by the three Cathedral Choirs of Chichester, Salisbury and Winchester. The choirs will be performing separately and together and will be complemented by visiting performers. The music is presented in concerts and within worship. The Festival offers a unique opportunity to enjoy music and to take part in worship within the setting of three magnificent cathedrals. See http://www.southerncathedralsfestival.org.uk for the full programme and tickets.

WINCHESTER FESTIVAL 2017

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elebrating its 20th year, the 2017 Winchester Festival brings nine days of music, talks, drama and visual arts to the city in a programme that 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. Once again, we are showcasing worldrenowned musicians, including Tasmin Little and Voces8, as well as a host of prestigious names in our series of talks, from BBC foreign correspondent John Simpson to bestselling novelist Joanna Trollope. We could not bring such a programme to Winchester without the help and support of a myriad of companies and individuals. This year, in particular we extend much gratitude to our Principal Sponsor, Godwins, for their unstinting support, to our generous Festival and Event Sponsors – both those who have been our partners for many years and those who are supporting us for the first time – and especially to the Friends of Music in Winchester, Rathbone Investment Management and the Roger and Ingrid Pilkington Charitable Trust. We are also enormously grateful to our individual Patrons who are at the heart of what we do. Without all of these individuals and companies, we would not be celebrating our 20th Festival. Lastly we would like to thank the Trustees of the Festival for their advice, help and encouragement throughout the year. We very much look forward to welcoming you to the 2017 Winchester Festival from the 7-15 July 2017 and hope that you will find much to interest and entertain you in the performances in Winchester’s many wonderful venues. Tickets on sale now online, viait: winchesterfestival.co.uk

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walk along the South Downs Way inspired Heather Lacey to discover a fascinating county, rich in history. After one of the driest Aprils on record, it’s hard to believe that in the last few years Hampshire seems to have had more than its fair share of April showers. So it was in 2014 when Heather chose to walk the Hampshire end of the South Downs Way. Squelching along with water swashing over her boots, things felt bad as the murky conditions obscured any views. And then the waterproof gear failed! Most hikers would have given up at this point. But not Heather. She came back to find out what she’d missed. The result is a stunning book, full of “stuff ” about the county’s past, people and its places. ‘Whan that Aprille’ is overflowing with pictures – drawings, maps and loads of photographs, many by Petersfield photographer Steve Cannings. Heather was not surprised when they had a weekend of photography in April last year ... and it rained! “Hinton Ampner’s pond is certainly different in the rain, and as the deluge swept in over East Meon we managed to get a very atmospheric picture before making a mad dash for shelter.” recalled Heather. Spies, spook and sailors are among the characters emerging from the pages of ‘Whan that Aprille’. Questions needed answering. What did Betty Mundy do, and what’s so important about her bottom? Who was the inspiration for the Master in Anthony Trollop’s Barchester Chronicles? Why was Nelson’s Victory almost not launched? And which village was owned by the mistress of the King?

All these questions and so many more are explored in ‘Whan that Aprille’ by Heather Lacey, a hard backed coffee-table style book. Find out more at www.whanthataprille.co.uk The book can be bought at Laurence Oxley’s and at Longbarn in Alresford, West Meon Village Shop, The Sustainability Centre near East Meon and One Tree Books, Petersfield.


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he Funky Flute Club are a group of flute playing young people aged 8 - 18 who entered the FluteWise / ABRSM competition and have got through to the final round in London on 16th July 2017. They are now trying to raise the £500 needed to pay for the group to travel to London and compete.

Non-musical fundraising includes a car wash at Upham Village Hall (date tbc) and a cake sale at the hall on 11th July from 4.30pm - 5.30pm. Every little helps and would mean a lot to these hard working musicians. If you are unable to come and see them perform live you can still support them on the fundraising website Crowd Funder. www.crowdfunder.co.uk/help-Funky-flute-Club-get-toLondon. For further details please contact Sarah Finch, their musical director, on sarah@sarahheard.co.uk or 07779927613. Funky Flutes have their own website as well: www.sarah33210.wixsite.com/funkyfluteclub

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They will be performing at Eastleigh bandstand on Sunday 25th June from 11am-12pm where they will be collecting donations from passers-by. On 1st July they are performing at Hedge End Carnival Arena, as well as having a stall selling cakes and treats to raise money. They will also be busking in Winchester on 8th July from 1.30pm3pm and would love to see you at one of their performances.

ALLEN GALLERY With the emphasis on Jane Austen in this bicentenary year, there will be a Family Workshop – “The Beautifull Cassandra”, - based on a story written by the 12 year old Jane. Hear the story, write with a quill pen, make a bookmark or poke bonnet to take home. Suitable for 6-11 year olds, who must be accompanied by an adult. 27 July, 11am – 1pm, £6 per child, pre-booking essential. Exhibition - The beauty of nature – Photographer Joe Wilson’s glimpse into landscapes, plants and animals of the UK 4- 28 July - FREE Music day in the gallery garden - 22 July 11am – 4pm. Talented local musicians, varied programme. Why not bring a picnic? FREE, donations welcome. CURTIS MUSEUM Jane Austen Family Trail 26 July – 31 August Take part in our Jane Austen themed family trail around the museum. FREE, donations welcome. Still on the Jane Austen 200 theme, Make or Take Tuesdays 1, 8, 15 and 22 August are children’s craft activity sessions either to complete in the museum or take away and do at home. £2 per activity pack. Children must be accompanied by an adult. As part of the Alton Anglo-Saxon Festival, the re-enactment group Weorod will be pitching camp outside the Museum to help you explore the 6th and 7th centuries. See museum-quality replica artefacts and crafts, and investigate various aspects of the period with their specialist interpreters. There will also be timed presentations throughout the day. 5 August 11am – 4pm. FREE, donations welcome. (01420 82802) www.hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk Hours are Tues-Sat, Gallery 10.30 -4.30, Museum 10 – 5


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first time locally offers the opportunity to view and purchase signed limited edition lithographs of water colours by HM Prince Charles and original etchings by HM Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. An introduction to the exhibition was given by Anna Hunter from the Belgravia gallery Prince Charles’s paintings capture many of his favourite places around the world as well as some of the Royal homes and landscapes of the UK and date though the 1990s and early 2000s. The high quality prints were produced at Curwen Studios in Cambridge in the traditional manner on 100% cotton paper specially watermarked with the Prince of Wales feathers. The proceeds from the exhibition that includes contemporary press images of the Prince and his family go to the Prince’s Charitable Foundation and are used to support many of his charities.

Siriol Sherlock (founder and volunteer Curator Rum’s Eg), Mayor Test Valley Cllr Carl Borg Neal, Anna Hunter (Belgravia Gallery)

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and publisher Dave Eggers, prolific contemporary novelist Joanna Trollope, award winning journalist Lynn Barber and prize winners Eimear McBride (A GIRL IS A HALF FORMED THING, Bailey Prize) and Keggie Carew (DADLAND, Costa Award) to mention a few.

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The kids programme promises a Jabberwocky Hunt, comedy from Howard Read, Breath of Life Puppetry workshops, Story Cures for children from Ella Berthoud and a series of events for budding writers and photographers with The Week Junior. The festival will take place from 21st – 23rd July 2017. Tickets are now on sale at www.curiousartsfestival.com. Tickets are priced at £128 weekend adult, £300 weekend family, £23 weekend child (513), £55 day adult, £20 day child (5-13). Camping is FREE and extensive GLAMPING options are also available.

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riginally 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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An unexpected encounter… with a Barn Owl

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e’re having a heatwave. The doors of Bishops Sutton Village Hall are flung open to allow a welcome breeze to refresh a dozen women attempting to follow a lively Zumba routine. On such a beautiful evening the view over the meadow is enticing, but we’re here to get fit, not to gaze at the Hampshire countryside. Our ever-patient, instructor, Sue, has her back to us, making it easier to copy her steps as we attempt to master the choreography. It also means that she can’t always see what we’re up to! Halfway through another tricky Latin American number, several of our troupe make an unexpected lurch to the right, eyes no longer on Sue, but fixed on something outside. A barn owl! It’s not unusual to see this beautiful bird at the edge of a village, and rough, open grassland bisected by a stream is perfect territory. Meadows offer a plentiful supply of voles which are the barn owl’s preferred food, but it will also make a meal of mice, small rats and birds. Widespread they may be, but it’s still a heart-warming moment to see one just metres away. We drag ourselves back into line and carry on, catching up just as the song comes to an end. There’s no respite in which to indulge in another burst of bird-watching, so we launch into the next number, craning our necks to catch a glimpse through the village hall windows. The owl is unruffled; unperturbed by the music or by the proximity of humans. It sweeps past the open doors again, closer this time, powerful tawny-grey wings beating a far more graceful rhythm than that of most of our arms and legs. Its underparts are pristine, snowy white and that iconic, heart-shaped face is tilted ever so slightly in our direction. On the hunt for prey, it’s also keeping a soulful eye on us. “Where are you going?” 60

We’ve made a dash for the doors to get a better look, leaving poor Sue, hands on hips, at the front of the class. But she’s quick to follow, and we crowd outside to watch as the owl ploughs leisurely circuits of the meadow. It flies with its white face toward the grass, making use not only of its phenomenal eyesight, but also of its superb hearing. The feathers on its disc-shaped face act like a satellite dish, catching sounds and directing them back to the owl’s large ear-holes. Even in the pitch dark, no vole is safe. And the barn owl’s flight is silent, thanks to fringed feathers which allow the wings to beat the air without a sound. When the bird flies towards us, those wings seem massive in comparison to its compact body. With the females having a broader wing-span than the males, up to 90cm, perhaps this is a female. Taloned feet are held low, like an aircraft with landing gear engaged, ready to drop on unsuspecting prey scuttling in the dense grass. It’s only 8.30pm, and dusk is only just creeping over the sky, but the owl probably has young to feed and cannot wait. If food supplies are plentiful, it may well have a second brood by summer’s end. The nest is a rather minimalist affair, usually in a tree hollow or a convenient hole in an old building, but manmade nest boxes are also proving successful. In my own garden, I’ve heard the haunting shriek of a barn owl at night, and found tell-tale pellets of regurgitated food at the base of an old beech tree, but I’ve yet to see a barn owl in my own backyard. Luckily for me, I’ve had a close-up view of this wonderful bird when I least expected it. Standing by the fence, we watch as across the meadow the owl dips suddenly, then takes to the air with a defenceless rodent in its grasp. Dinner is served. WRITTEN BY CLAIRE THURLOW


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ats are naturally inquisitive which can get them into trouble from time to time. However, there are ways in which we can limit potentially dangerous situations to help keep our pet cats healthy and safe this summer.

Summer is an active time for fleas but not all flea treatments are safe for cats. Flea products for dogs containing permethrin (spot-on, sprays, flea collars) can be highly dangerous and even fatal if used directly on cats or applied to dogs in the same household where mutual grooming between cats and dogs is seen. This risk of poisoning can be avoided by using flea treatments that do not contain permethrin or by keeping dogs treated with permethrin away from cats in the same household for 72 hours. Indications of permethrin poisoning can include neurological problems (convulsions, tremors) and respiratory difficulties.

The warmer weather can encourage cats to be more active and spend more time outside. It is important therefore that they are microchipped and/or have a collar fitted for identification purposes should they wander or have an accident. If using a collar always use one with a ‘snap-open’ or quick release fastener and ensure correct fitment (enough room between collar and cat’s neck for two fingers) to prevent them getting caught on branches etc. Cats can suffer gravely from collar injuries and have been known to have wounds bad enough to warrant amputation of a limb. Hot summer days can also mean lots of open windows in the household. Although often believed that a cat will always land on its feet they can actually sustain serious or even fatal injuries from a fall. This can occur if the cat has not had time to ‘right’ itself onto its feet before landing or if it falls from a great height. This is particularly the case if the cat is old and frail or young and small. For more information on any of the above topics, please contact your vet. The Veterinary Surgery New Farm Road Alresford, Hants SO24 9QW. Tel: 01962 732535

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With all the benefits of a thatched or timber roofed Gazebo

from Equestrian Fencing - Dreams really can come true!

from Equestrian Fencing - Dreams really can come true!

Tel: 01329 835100 Fax 01329 835157 Email: info@equestrianfencing.com please visit www.equestrianfencing.com

Tel: 01329 835100 Fax 01329 835157 Email: info@equestrianfencing.com please visit www.equestrianfencing.com

Equestrian Fencing Services High Ridge Farm, Hospital Road, Shirrell Heath, Southampton, Hampshire, SO32 2JR

Equestrian Fencing Services High Ridge Farm, Hospital Road, Shirrell Heath, Southampton, Hampshire, SO32 2JR

Equestrian Fencing Services High Ridge Farm, Hospital Road, Shirrell Heath, Southampton, Hampshire, SO32 2JR

Equestrian Fencing Services High Ridge Farm, Hospital Road, Shirrell Heath, Southampton, Hampshire, SO32 2JR

Tel: 01329 835100 Fax 01329 835157 Email: info@equestrianfencing.com please visit www.equestrianfencing.com

Tel: 01329 835100 Fax 01329 835157 Email: info@equestrianfencing.com please visit www.equestrianfencing.com

from Equestrian Fencing - Dreams really can come true!

from Equestrian Fencing - Dreams really can come true!

With all the benefits of a thatched or timber roofed Gazebo

With all the benefits of a thatched or timber roofed Gazebo

pre-prepared base is also included in the price.

pre-prepared base is also included in the price.

back page of this brochure.

balustrade infill panels. Delivery and assembly on to level back page of this brochure.

balustrade infill panels. Delivery and assembly on to level

A full set of gazebo accessories can be found on the inside

Unless stated allfound Gazebos come with a deck base, solid and A full set of gazebo accessories can be on the inside

Unless stated all Gazebos come with a deck base, solid and

and privacy. Available in a choice of terracotta or green.

and privacy. Available in a choice of terracotta or green.

invest in a roof liner to improve water protection.

are available to further enhance your comfort invest in a roof liner to Gazebos improve water protection.

Gazebos are available to further enhance your comfort

ingress. We recommend with the thatched range that you

Specifically designedrange accessories to fit our range of ingress. We recommend with the thatched that you

Specifically designed accessories to fit our range of

E X T E N S I V E R A N G E O F WO O D O N S I T E , F U L LY E Q U I P P E D S H O P & B E AU T I F U L G A R D E N F U R N I T U R E weather conditions there may be a chance of water

weather conditions there may be a chance of water

environment. It is important to appreciate that in severe

sustainable forests, that to suit every size and style of garden. environment. It is important to appreciate in severe

sustainable forests, to suit every size and style of garden.

materials. They are designed to provide a shower proof

Gazebos from carefully selected materials. They are designed to provide a shower proof timber from well managed

Gazebos from carefully selected timber from well managed

All gazebos from Equestrian Fencing Services are made

Equestrian Fencing Services offer an extensive range of All gazebos from Equestrian Fencing Services are made

Equestrian Fencing Services offer an extensive range of

Your Local Friendly Stockist of High Quality Structural Building Timber reality - it just couldn’t be easier.

reality - it just couldn’t be easier.

party.turn A thatched timber roofed party. A thatched or timber roofed Gazebo from Equestrian Fencing Services will yourordreams intoGazebo from Equestrian Fencing Services will turn your dreams into

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Whether of simply relaxing with a well earned glass of wine, or are hosting that never to be forgotten al-fresco Whether you dream of simply relaxing with a well earned glass of wine, or are hosting that never you to bedream forgotten al-fresco

email: info@equestrianfencing.com Live the Dream with a Gazebo from Equestrian Fencing Services

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Live the Dream with a Gazebo from Equestrian Fencing Services

H I G H R I D G E F A R M , H O S P I T A L R O A D, S H I R R E L L H E A T H , S O U T H A M P T O N , S O 3 2 2 J R GAZEBOS & ACCESSORIES

GAZEBOS & ACCESSORIES Come & Visit Our Yard & Display Area

Come & Visit Our Yard & Display Area


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Event Running Times Thursday 10th August: 12.00 - 00.00 Friday 11th August:12.00- 04.00 Saturday 12th August:12.00 - 04.00 Sunday 13th August:12.00 - 00.00 Gate Opening Hours On Thursday 10th August, vehicle gates open at 10.00 and pedestrian gates open 12.00 - 22.00. from 11th -13th August all gates are open 10.00 - 22.00. Pre-event Sound Checks In order to test the monitoring of sound systems across the site, Boomtown has arranged with Winchester City Council, Environmental Health Team an allotted time period for the testing to occur. this is scheduled between 16.00 - 20.00 for Wednesday 9th August. Sound Monitoring During Event • Boomtown have nine off site compliance monitoring points this year which will be checked on a routine basis. • Continuous sound monitoring has been installed at the front of house positions on the main stages to provide real-time feedback of sound levels to sound engineers and the sound control team at event control, thus helping with the overall noise management strategy. Community Response Team During the festival the community response team will be on call to handle issues raised by local residents. the team will be on duty from 18.00 on Wednesday 9th August until 18.00 on Monday 14th August. They will be able to deal with issues such as parking, pedestrians on the road, litter or any issue you feel the festival has directly contributed towards. Contacting the Festival There is a Hotline phone number: 01962 678 603 based in the event control room and an email address: eventcontrol@boomtownfair.co.uk Event Control Room Opening Times Monday 7th August: 09.00 - 21.00 Tuesday 8th August: 09.00 - 21.00 24 hours a day from Wednesday 9th August at 07.00 until Monday 14th August at 23.30. There will be an answer machine for pre-show times when the control room is not manned. the email address and phone line will be operational with a team regularly checking for messages and answering calls from Saturday 5th August at 09.00 until Monday 14th August at 23.30. Local Traffic Information Traffic management will be in place from Thursday 10th August until Monday 14th August. The following routes will be most heavily impacted at the following times: The A31 from M3 J9/Spitfire Link to Alresford Thursday 10th August 08.00 -18.00 and Monday 14th August 10.00 -1700. A272 from A31 to Rodfield Lane - Thursday 10th August 10.00 -1800 and Monday 14th August 08.00 -1700.

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Coach and Campervan Routes Some coaches and campervans will be directed to site via Twyford, Morestead Road and Longwood Road: Inbound on Thursday 10th August 10.00 -18.00 and outbound Monday 14th August 08.00 -16.00. There will be staff available at the Twyford Traffic Lights to assist traffic past the Post Office from 08.00 - 20.00 on Thursday and Monday. Vehicles will also be directed to use routes from the A34 via junction 9 from the Midlands and the A32/A272 route from London. Local Traffic Management Signage Direction and information signage will be erected on the local network during the event. Temporary traffic signals will be utilised to maintain traffic flows and increase safety at key locations. 40 mph speed limits will be in force on the A31 and A272 from Thursday 10th to Monday 14th August. Pedestrians who are insistent on walking to the festival site will be encouraged to cross the A31 at the Percy Hobbs roundabout where signage will direct them to walk along a track inside the field away from the A31. Road Closures Newburgh Street near Winchester Train Station will be closed from 07:00 -19:00 on Thursday 10th August to prevent a build up of shuttle buses on local roads in that area. Additionally, on Monday 14th August, a number of roads local to the festival site may be subject to closure to protect local residential areas from excessively heavy traffic congestion. Residents wishing to use a road that is closed may approach the accredited staff on duty in these locations to request access. The location of these closures will be between Rod field Lane and the A32 on the northern side of the A272 and also on the northern side of the A31 from Percy Hobbs to Alresford. Footpath Closures The South Downs Way will be diverted from Monday 7th to Wednesday 16th August inclusive. There will be signage in place signifying the diverted walking route around the perimeter of the event site. The diversion is necessary in the interests of public safety. Road Sweepers Road sweepers will be on standby throughout the event to keep the roads outside the event clear from mud, stones and debris should the need arise. If there is a period of prolonged rain predicted, this resource will be on site. Boomtown Finale Fireworks Boomtown is not planning a Finale Fireworks display on the Sunday of the festival. Community Liaison Officer Please do keep us informed on your opinions, feedback and general points via your Community Liaison Officer at: local_community@boomtownfair.co.uk


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