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ISSUE 172 APRIL 2021

Life in your Community





Savoury Hot Cross Buns

Valuable tips for creating beautiful garden landscapes

Trinity's Big Sleep Out at Home

Your A to Z of useful local info


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CONTENTS 04 Community

Church Services


06 Property Management

30 Recipe of the Month

Make your garden dream come true

Looking after your health and yourself!

Discover local events and days out in

Alresford Town Council Reports

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

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Design Manager James Curtis james@forumpublications.co.uk

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22 Community

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48 Education

17 Wellbeing

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From photographers to solicitors - every professional service you need

37 Home

Valuable tips for creating beautiful garden landscapes

09 Garden

Editor Mark Tubb editor@forumpublications.co.uk

32 Professional Services

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

08 Feature

The Team

Savoury Hot Cross Buns

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23 Motoring

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Local services to keep your vehicle running smoothly


26 Retail

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

29 Food & Drink

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


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Unfortunately we are not able to publish services at this time but please do consult individual churches for details. Many of our churches are now open, please check websites for full details. Anglican: St John's www.arlevalleychurches.org.uk

Roman Catholic: St Gregory's www.catholicwinchester.org.uk

Methodist: Alresford Methodist Church www.alresfordmethodistchurch.org.uk

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PROPERTY / COMMUNITY Alresford PSCO Hi all I hope everyone is staying safe in the current climate. I would like to introduce myself as PCSO Victor Mills, I’m the new beat officer for Alresford and will be doing an input here every month. I want to say a big thankyou to everyone for adhering to the Covid regulations. We have been quite good on the most part in this area. I would like to inform everyone that I will be holding on the 21st April between 11:00 and 13:00 so please feel free to attend. This beat surgery will be about safe at home and crime prevention advise. In preparation of the lifting of lockdown and summer being just around the corner I thought now would be a good time to I’ve out crime prevention advise. With it being so close to summer more people will be using garden equipment so my main advice would be to make sure you leave it out of sight somewhere secure such as a shed. Also make sure you have proper locks for sheds and only give keys out to people you trust. Another thing to note are keys as many people keep there keys in the view of the public in windows and doors so please make sure you are keeping them out of sight somewhere safe. You can contact your local Neighbourhood Policing Team by email at winchester.rural.police@hampshire.pnn.police.uk Please use 101 to report non urgent crimes but if it is urgent please use 999.

New photography competition to capture local chalk streams

Winterbournes unites 16 organisations in caring for these habitats, with support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. This new competition, titled Tales from the Riverbank, is continuing the rich creative tradition around the streams. Prizes will be awarded in four main categories (Heritage, Landscape, People, and Wildlife), as well as additional Community Choice and Young Photographer categories. Entrants could win up to £75 of photography gift vouchers and the chance to be featured in local exhibitions. While the current Covid-19 restrictions are in place, the partners ask competition entrants not to go outdoors specifically for taking photos. Instead, they could capture sights on their daily exercise or make a note of places to visit later. The competition is open to Hampshire residents who are not professional photographers and closes at midnight on 30th June 2021. For more information, including full terms and conditions of entry, visit www.hiwwt.org.uk/winterbournes/tales


The partners of the Watercress and Winterbournes Landscape Partnership Scheme are delighted to announce a new photography competition. Its focus is the unique qualities of seven Hampshire chalk streams: the Bourne Rivulet, Candover Brook, Cheriton Stream, Pillhill Brook, River Arle, Upper Anton, and Upper Test.

Kathryn Boler, Watercress and Winterbournes Partnership Manager, said: “Our local communities are enormously creative, and our chalk streams are a great source of inspiration. We’re excited to recognise budding local photographers, and we can’t wait to see how the special nature of our streams is captured on camera.”

These globally rare environments are home to iconic species like kingfishers, water voles, and brown trout. Watercress and

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Valuable Tips for Creating Beautiful Garden Landscapes


hen you bring a new plant from a nursery to plant in your garden you become a designer who designs the garden landscape that you have. If you want to be a great designer, you need to be aware of certain aspects so that you can have the best landscape. You may have noticed that some gardens have an organized look while others, having the finest plant collection, look haphazard. The basic reason for this is because the owner or the landscape designer has not planned the future of the garden properly. The following tips will help you to have among the best garden landscapes that can be had. The following good tips will help you to have a garden which will stand out from other gardens and will also keep you from the headache of knowing what to do. Plan the garden properly The landscape of the garden must be planned in such a manner that it looks beautiful now while also having the future in mind. You will find it is best to plant your precious collection of plants in such a manner that there is enough space when in future you require a mower, or the stump grinder, to enter for building projects for your porch or the patio. If this planning is not done now, then in future you may have to throw away your precious plants in order to have space for allowing movement of such equipment. Have a focal point The focal point of your garden must be such that it attracts people and engages their attention when roaming in your garden. It should be different than others but not out-of-place. You can have an antique garden bench as the focal point but don't use an object which is not related to the garden. A water body or an oak tree can be a great focal point which will give the garden landscape a new dimension. Curves must be checked It is good to have curved pathways or flower beds in a garden, but you must not overdo them. It must be kept simple so that the geometric design that you have incorporated in the landscaping stands out. If you use those shapes too often it will become common and no one will notice them. Have movement in the garden A garden landscape that does not have movement is like a painting. Paintings are good on the walls but in a garden, you must have movement so that you can bring life and create interest in your garden. You may be wondering how to have movement. It is quite easy to have such


movement in your garden by adding swaying ornamental grass or flowers which attract birds and butterflies and this will help to have the desired movement in your garden. Think completely differently When you are designing the landscaping of your garden you must think completely differently from the one that you now have. For example, if you have overgrown shrubbery don't think that you have to keep it like that. By removing it you may be astonished to find a sunny sport which can be ideal for a rose bed. So, don't plan your landscaping according to the present situation but think differently and you will find new possibilities to have an even better landscape. Choose plants according to locations When you select a plant base for a particular spot in your garden, consider the growth rate and the final size it will be. If you do not base your plant selection on these considerations, then the money you spend will not lead to overall beautification but, in the end, you will have to spend more money for adjustments. If you think that having a cheap plant which grows fast you are gaining much you are thinking wrongly. The money you will spend later for pruning and other maintenance will eat up your initial savings. So, have a purposeful selection of garden trees and place them properly. Let the garden show the way The design of the garden should lead visitors to your house. You don't want visitors losing their way so the garden must show the way to the house. The curved pathway or the big pots that you place need to say, "Hi, this is the way that you need to go." Limited number of species If you have a garden don't feel pressured to have every plant species that is available. Select those species which will help you to have a garden which is easier to maintain and gives it a uniform look. Select the species according to seasons so that you can have flowers in your garden all throughout the year and also add to the biodiversity that you have in your garden. Space plants properly This is of utmost importance because it determines how your beloved garden will survive. Having proper spacing of plants ensures having the right air flow required for the survival of the plants and avoids having fungal insect infection. You may feel that there are vacant places in the garden. Yes, there will be and you can easily fill those spaces by the proper use, and positioning, of annuals.


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COMMUNITY Protecting the inspirational landscape of South West Winchester

A team of experienced planning volunteers from CPRE Hampshire, the countryside charity, have carried out an assessment of a tract of chalk downland surrounding the south west of Winchester and concluded that it is countryside and green space of such high quality as to qualify as ‘Valued Landscape’, which requires it to be protected. The land consists of one large area running south west from Oliver’s Battery to Hursley, and another large area running south east from Oliver's Battery to Compton. The first area is proposed for a development of 5,000 homes, ‘Royaldown’, with an adjoining area planned to house solar panels. The second area is put forward for commercial development, park and ride, approach road and solar panels. CPRE Hampshire has made a physical assessment of the land in the context of a National Planning Policy Framework Valued Landscape which should be

protected according to national planning guidance. CPRE Hampshire’s assessment highlights: • • • • •

the attractive and distinctive chalk downland and undulating landscape the attractive, undulating farmland, with tree belts, hedgerows, rural lanes and public rights of way the high-quality public experience of the landscape from public rights of way including the much-used Monarchs Way and Hurdle Way the limited development and overall sense of tranquillity the important contribution of these areas to the landscape character of the West Winchester Downs

Christopher Napier of CPRE Hampshire says, ‘These areas of land are part of the West Winchester Downs and a continuation of the main South Downs chalk landscape, which stretches from the Itchen Valley to the Test Valley. It is a very undulating landscape often with far-reaching views over adjoining downs and lowland landscapes but also more visually enclosed landscapes in dry valleys and woodland. Together the areas form an essential part of a tract of National Planning Policy Framework Valued Landscape of fine chalk downland with escarpments surrounding south west Winchester, which extends south west from St Catherine's Hill to Hursley and then northwards to Farley Mount and Teg Down.

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The National Planning Policy Framework sets out that planning policies and decisions should contribute to and enhance the natural and local environment by protecting and enhancing Valued Landscapes. We strongly advocate that all local planning authorities in Hampshire carry out landscape assessments to identify Valued Landscapes in their Districts in the process of revising their Local Plans. This would ensure that where they exist, they are protected as required in Local Plans for current and future generations.’ Planning volunteers at CPRE Hampshire, along with the Save South Winchester Campaign Group and the Dever Society, are responding to Winchester City Council's Local Plan Consultation 2021 which is currently out for public consultation until midnight on 12 April. This Valued Landscape assessment will be submitted as part of the CPRE Hampshire response. Meanwhile, you can view it at www. cprehampshire.org.uk.

Landscapes are not only diverse and inspirational with breath-taking views

start of spring and the Easter holidays and runs right through the summer. The Hunt is all about putting names to the familiar faces of the wildflowers that surround us every day. Whether in town, local woodland, or the countryside, this is a chance to get to know these characters and the stories behind them and what they can tell us about the natural world.

The Great British Wildflower Hunt

but play a vital role in tackling the climate emergency by capturing carbon, cleaning the air, helping to slow floodwaters and providing habitats for wildlife. As a feature of open countryside and green space, they are also important to people’s health and wellbeing, something that has been proved during the coronavirus pandemic.

This year’s hunt includes 24 early-blooming spring species which you may be lucky enough to find flowering now, such as celandines, whose flowers close up when it’s not sunny to protect their nectar, violets which are indicators of ancient woodland, ramsons with their unmistakable garlic scent and primroses, the “prima rosa” or “first flowers” that are the true harbingers

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Lawn Pests Lawn Pests There was a time when I rarely came across a chafer grub or leather jacket in a lawn – that was before the withdrawal of Merit Turf, the insecticide used for controlling these tenacious pests. Since then, we are seeing an explosion in the population of these unpopular pests. Let’s take a look at their lifecycle, the problems they cause in a domestic lawn and what can be done. Crane Fly/Leather Jacket



The larvae of the crane fly are nicknamed Leather Jacket due to its tough brown outer skin. Beginning life as an egg, laid into damp soil. Once hatched the larvae feeds on the roots of lawn grass plants. The larvae pupate in late summer, emerging as a flying insect in early autumn. The adult only lives to mate and has a short life of around 15 days. After finding a mate the female returns to lay eggs in the soil then dies. The cycle begins once again. Like moths, the crane fly is attracted to light so you probably come across them flying erratically around your house on a warm autumn evening. Garden Chafer Beetle/Chafer Grub

Chafer Grub

Chafer Beetle

Looking like an alien invader, the chafer grub is the larvae of the garden chafer beetle. In my experience they appear most often in mossy lawns, where they can live for up to four years, devouring grassroots as they grow. After they pupate, the adult beetle emerges from the soil in May or June giving it the common name of May Bug or June Bug. The beetle doesn’t fly well and buzzes around annoyingly on early summer evenings – threatening to get stuck in


long hair! After around a week of mating the female returns to lay hundreds of eggs back on the surface of the soil and off we go again. Lawn Problems Grass relies on its roots, not just to anchor it into the soil but as its lifeline to moisture and nutrition. In addition, there is an essential gaseous exchange between roots and the atmosphere. In times of drought, grass leaves die back and the plant stores essential moisture in its roots. When the rain returns the grass absorbs moisture and moves out of dormancy and back to producing green leaves. If your lawn is carrying a burden of root eating pests then it has fewer roots to access essential nutrients and moisture and gaseous exchange. Grub damage is often first noticed after a period of drought when the lawn fails to come back to life after the rain returns. If you have localised areas of dead grass, further investigation as to the cause is recommended. Secondary Attack These lawn pests are a favourite food of birds– rooks, ravens, magpies etc. Foxes and badgers are also known to eat them. Once this secondary attack begins it’s unlikely to stop until the food source is gone. These grub eating animals can decimate a lawn in a relatively short period of time. Control Following the withdrawal of Merit Turf, we are now dependant on biological controls to manage the population and reduce lawn damage. Total eradication is unlikely, getting the population under control is the first step. Pheromone traps can be purchased online and placed in the garden to catch breeding adults. In addition, the use of parasitic nematode worms is reported to be effective. Nematodes are applied to the surface of the lawn and move through the soil to burrow into the body of the grass-eating grub, digesting it from the inside, increasing in population and moving through the soil to find more grubs. Management If your lawn is carrying these pests it’s essential that you do all you can to help the grass cope with the burden. Focus on root development through the application of the right nutrition and mechanically aerate the lawn regularly – both of which will aid root development. In addition, the application of wetting agents can help the grass deal with drier conditions. Watering in times of drought is essential. If you suspect problems of this kind then contact a lawn care professional for advice. Ian Kenyon runs Shrekfeet Professional lawncare and sits on the committee of the UK Lawncare Association. He is always happy to offer free and friendly advice. www.shrekfeet.com Tel: 01962 46 01 46


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COMMUNITY / GARDEN Winchester Citizens Advice Lesley Rose, Advice Services Manager for Citizens Advice Winchester District gives advice on how to manage your post and delivery issues. Question We’ve had a lot of issues receiving our post recently and haven’t seen our usual postie around in a little while. Some of my neighbours have had some of their online deliveries delayed too. Is there anything I can do? You’re not alone, we know posties are currently working very hard, but we’ve seen a huge increase in the number of people coming to us for advice about post and parcel issues. Letters If you haven’t received any letters in your post, think about if there’s anything you were expecting like bills that might be due soon. If you’re missing a bill you could check your account online to see how else you could pay. Lots of businesses offer online chat, email and phone as a way to contact them. If you’re worried about missing letters about any benefits you receive you can contact the Department for Work and Pensions on the number given on any previous letters you’ve had. If you have questions about Universal Credit and don’t have a digital account, you can call the Universal Credit helpline on 0800 328 5644. You can check Royal Mail’s website for updates on areas that may be experiencing delays.

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Parcels If you bought something from a business to be delivered, it’s the seller’s responsibility to make sure the item is delivered to you. If the seller used a courier, they should chase the courier to find out what’s happened to your order - it’s not your responsibility. Check the delivery address you gave the seller. Then contact them and ask where your order is. If the seller claims they've delivered it or don't know where it is, you can ask for redelivery. You might be able to get a refund in some circumstances where the delivery time was essential and you let the trader know ahead of time. Under the Consumer Rights Act, you can ask the seller to deliver the item again if the item wasn’t delivered either: • by an agreed date • within a reasonable time - usually within 30 days. If the new delivery fails to come within a reasonable time you can ask the trader for a refund. If you ordered something from a private seller or if you think a seller had broken the law by refusing to deliver an item, you can contact the Citizens Advice consumer helpline for help. For specific support with a consumer issue, contact the Citizen’s Advice Consumer Helpline on 0808 223 1133. To speak with a local adviser at Citizens Advice Winchester District, call their Freephone number 0808 278 7861 or email advice@ cawinchesterdistrict.org.uk


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Full Consultation vs Hearing Screening A full consultation is desirable when you, a loved one or your healthcare provider suspect you have hearing loss because you are experiencing problems with hearing. A full lifestyle consultation will be undertaken and a full audiometric and diagnostic test undertaken. This includes sitting in a sound-proof booth and having your hearing levels measured across a wide range of frequencies. If the test results show signs of deterioration of the hearing then your audiologist will show you a variety of hearing devices to suit your situation. A hearing screening can be conducted to get a baseline of your hearing. Screening is useful if you suffer from tinnitus or if you would like a general health check of your ears. A screening is usually faster and not as in-depth as a full hearing consultation. You can


Is the Television Volume Loud? • Are you struggling to hear your favourite television programmes? • Are your family members commenting on how loud the volume is on the television? Do you regularly say to others ‘pardon’ or ‘what did you say’? • One of the most common signs of a hearing loss is others hearing peoples speech is muffled or unclear. If you find people are mumbling or speech is perceived as muffled it could be a consequence of hearing loss Do you experience a ringing in your Ears? • Tinnitus or the perception of hearing a ring or buzzing within the ears can often be a sign of a hearing loss If you are suffering from any of the above symptoms it’s time to have your hearing checked. Alresford Hearing studio offers both full consultation and screening services to suit your needs, Alresford Hearing Studio are a local family run business with years of experience helping people with their hearing needs. If you feel you would benefit from an appointment, contact their friendly team on 01962 790749.





May be a good time to address your EYECARE NEEDS If we enter another lockdown situation, it may result in a suspension of routine eyecare services. Why not take the opportunity to get your new spectacles now? We can provide emergency cover under the local Minor Eye Conditions Scheme in most cases. Our spectacle workshops mean we can usually supply your new spectacles quickly, often on the same day. A l r e s f o r d 01962 732336 Four Marks 01420 560082



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ENTERTAINMENT Yes – didn’t you know, just a short stroll up Sun Lane, and there on the right, looking like the front lawn of a stately home, is a magnificent 4 rink bowling green and clubhouse, peopled by knowledgeable and friendly locals eager to guide you gently into the wonderful world of Lawn Bowls!

The Joy of.. ..Bowling!

Ah, the Spring! Season of promise and joy to come! When at last the good gentlefolk of Alresford, venturing out after the enforced Covid hibernation, can enjoy their first game of….. Bowls! What – is there a Bowling Green in Alresford??

What pastime can compete with an afternoon of friendly competition, out there enjoying fresh air and sunshine, while trying your skill at rolling a large ball in an attempt to reach and touch a distant smaller one – what could be simpler? Yet you will find it is not so easy, with the vagaries of what appears at first glance to be a perfectly flat green, and the tendency of the bowl to turn in a gentle curve as it slows, the ‘bias’ causing a frustratingly unpredictable change in the direction just when you thought you had the measure of it!

Never mind, Alresford Bowling Club will offer guidance, free use of club bowls, and friendly advice as you learn to master this most gentle of outdoor sports. At least three free visits are available to newcomers of all ages, our only request being that you wear flat-soled shoes, with no heel which could damage the green. Please see our advert below for our times of play. We look forward to welcoming you to the glorious, sunny, exciting world of outdoor bowling! Come on – give it a try – make new friends, learn a new skill, exercise both your arm and your little grey cells! Contact secretary Barry Morgan on 01962 733477, or alresfordbowls@gmail.com, and start your next adventure!

Alresford Bowling Club

We are a friendly bowling club, situated in Sun Lane, close to the centre of Alresford. During the bowling season (roughly mid-April to September) we play many friendly matches against local clubs, have a number of internal competitions and knock-out tournaments, and regular roll-up sessions. Roll-ups are opportunities to meet, play and socialise with other members, and take place on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, 10.00am to 12.00 noon, and Thursday evenings 6.00pm to 8.00pm (with a social element). Visitors are welcome at roll-ups, and at other times when accompanied by a Member. 2021 is a good year to join the Club, as we have a one-year-only half-price membership offer of £40 for Playing members (£10 for Social Members). Lawn bowls is a great game, not just for the retired but for adults of all ages; and we can provide bowls for you to have a go. Further information from Barry Morgan (Club Secretary) 01962 733477; and on the club website.

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Annual Town Assembly At the Annual Town Assembly held virtually on Tuesday 16th March 2021, the Chairs of our committees gave an overview of work undertaken during an unprecedented year which has frustrated some activities but has shown how we can respond quickly to challenges. We reacted swiftly to the pandemic by setting up the New Alresford Town Council non-medical support network and helpline for the more vulnerable members of our community. All made possible by our team of fantastic volunteers together with Alresford PIGS, Rotary, Churches Together and New Alresford Town Trust. Our grants At the Annual Town Assembly, we received updates from groups who have benefitted from Council grants. Winchester Basics Bank and Citizens Advice have been extremely busy during the pandemic. It was lovely to hear that the children at Sun Hill Junior School are enjoying their colourful new picnic tables, in a designated area where they can go and


have some “quiet time”. We award grants to local groups and organisations serving residents every quarter. Our next round of applications will be considered at the Town Council meeting on 27th April 2021. Applications should be submitted by Tuesday 6th April. We would be delighted to hear from you. Please visit our website for more details.

Around our parks In Stratton Bates Rec Ground 24 whips have been planted, a mixture of shade-loving species: yews, holly, and hazel to enhance the existing hedgerow as part of our Spring planting programme. We know that at certain times there is a demand for parking. But please do not park on the grass as this is causing damage to tree roots along the edge of Rosebery Road and there are safety risks to other road users and visitors to the park. If parking in residential roads near the park, please park considerately. We have installed signage as a reminder to drivers.

Winchester Basics Bank We are delighted that Winchester Basics Bank will continue to operate a food hub from our offices at Arlebury Park every Wednesday from 10am to 12pm. They provide emergency food and clothing. Please do not hesitate to ask for help from their friendly team. www. winchesterbasicsbank.co.uk Citizens Advice We have been asked to appeal to anyone who is experiencing debt problems. Help is at hand. If you have money worries, please don’t delay in contacting them for confidential and impartial advice. www.citizensadvice. org.uk

At Sun Hill Recreation Ground all the play equipment and surfaces have been thoroughly cleaned and the ball shooter has been repainted. We’re pleased with the result and the play area looks smarter and refreshed. In addition, three new bins have been installed: two at

Sun Hill and one at Arlebury Park, Our thanks to NATTA building company for kindly installing the bins free of charge. Community Grants The Watercress and Winterbourne's Community Grant Scheme is offered by Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust as part of an initiative focussing on the chalk streams that comprise the Test and Itchen headwater. This scheme offers small grants for community projects that protect, enhance, or celebrate the streams that feed the Rivers Test and Itchen. If you would like more details, please visit www.hiwwt.org.uk Respect Protect Enjoy We have been asked by the Countryside Service to encourage everyone to work together to ‘Respect Protect and Enjoy’ our countryside and the rights of way network, especially during this time when there has been a huge increase in demand. They are also asking owners to ensure their dogs are kept under control as they can pose a danger to grazing animals. Please see the Hampshire Countryside Service Facebook page for more information. New Alresford Town Council Arlebury Park, The Avenue, New Alresford, SO24 9EP Phone: 01962 732079 www.newalresford-tc.gov.uk


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How the UK’s largest community theatre is inspiring our future performers Titchfield Festival Theatre (TFT) is delighted to announce its new partnership with the Gosport and Fareham Multi-Academy Trust (GFM), with the launch of a two-year post-16 BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Performing Arts this September. The BTEC national qualification is equivalent to 3 A levels and will provide a wide range of opportunities for students to work alongside the theatre cast and crew. It gives openings for young people to perform on stage as well to develop technical skills, helping to broaden their understanding of theatre. Kevin Fraser, Artistic Director of Titchfield Festival Theatre said, “Titchfield Festival Theatre are delighted to be able to partner with GFM on this BTEC initiative. “Young People are the mainstay of theatre: it is important to ensure that the performing arts sector have a pool of trained and inspired individuals who wish to go on and seek a career in this dynamic business sector.” This collaboration is only one example of TFT’s commitment to giving opportunities for young people to fulfil their potential. In addition to the partnership with the Gosport and Fareham Multi -Academy Trust, TFT has been working with Havant & South Downs College since 2020 as part of their BTEC Performing Arts programme. Final year students are opening TFT’s 2021 Shakespeare Season with a contemporary and reimagined production of A Midsummer’s Nights Dream at Titchfield’s Great Barn on 18th – 21st May. At the heart of all these activities is the Titchfield Festival Youth Programme managed by Conner Handstock and Sassy Harvey. Conner is a professionally trained actor and qualified drama teacher, having trained at Bath Spa and Chichester Universities. Sassy is a trained drama facilitator possessing a degree in Drama, Applied Theatre and Education from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London. As part of the course, students will have the opportunity to take part in the Titchfield Shakespeare Festival, devise and produce Children’s Theatre to be toured to local schools as well as honing their theatre and stagecraft skills within a theatre environment.


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Sassy said, “We are so excited about the future of the new partnership with the Gosport and Fareham Multi-Academy Trust, which builds on our growing youth theatre programme. Our goal is to inspire the future theatre-makers and performers of tomorrow.” Head of performing arts at the GFM David Malcolmson said: “We are very happy to work with a highly respected organisation such as the Titchfield Festival Theatre. “They have a well-deserved reputation for engaging, inspiring, entertaining and challenging audiences, with theatrical productions that range from the classics to new works. “This course is unique and vocational in the truest sense because it will allow our students to work alongside talented people working within the industry. We can’t wait to get started.” A promotional video has been produced of the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Performing Arts.

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COMMUNITY Alresford Surgery News The Alresford Pigs – Thank you We have been extremely fortunate to have been given a very generous donation from The Alresford Pigs. This donation has been gratefully received & has been used to purchase an airway suction kit for emergency care and resuscitation, a surgical trolley & digital cool bags with thermometer’s which allows staff to vaccinate the housebound. The addition of this new equipment helps us to provide essential services to our community during the Covid pandemic, and will also benefit our patients in the future…. The Alresford Pigs has given financial help to those in need in Alresford and the surrounding villages for more than 40 years& do so through fundraising events. For more information about the Alresford Pigs or any of their upcoming fundraiser events, please visit; https://alresfordpigs.org/

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Thank you so much from all the GP Partners at The Alresford Surgery on behalf of our patients. COVID-19 Vaccine Update We know that you, like us, are struggling with the continued confines imposed upon us all due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Everyone is trying to make the best of the situation and, as a practice; we are committed to caring for you in the best possible way whilst keeping both you and our team safe. To keep you as informed as possible, we will update these messages frequently as we become aware of more information from NHS England: • The vaccines are still being rolled out in a very strict order. • We are working hard to get Cohort 9 patients vaccinated by the government’s target date of mid-April & we are confident in being able to achieve this. • Those eligible will be receiving a text or call to book their vaccination. • We are completely reliant on the supply of the vaccine; please do not call us querying when you will be receiving your vaccine. At present, the order of priority for vaccination is: 1. Residents in care homes for older adults and their staff Completed 2. All those aged 80 years or over and frontline Health and Social Care workers - Completed 3. All those 75 years of age or over - Completed 4. All those aged 70 years or over and the clinically vulnerable individuals ( not including pregnant women and those aged less than 16 years) - completed 5. All those aged 65 years to 70 years over - Being invited by the NHS mass vaccination sites. 6. All those aged 16 to 65 years of age in an at-risk group – Completed. 7. All those aged 60 years or over - Completed 8. All those aged 55 years and over – In progress 9. All those aged 50 years and over - not starting yet. • • • • • •


We may contact you via telephone or text to book your vaccination or you may get written to by NHS England. Please only book one appointment for your Covid vaccine. Vaccinations organised by the surgery are being held at the Holiday Inn, Winchester & this will be the case until at least the end of June. Please do make sure you keep your vaccine appointment. If you are unable to attend, please telephone the venue. It is very important that no vaccines go to waste due to patients not attending their appointment. Before and after your vaccine you must

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Grease and line a deep roasting tray. Rub the butter into the flour and add in salt, sugar, spices and then mix. Add the yeast and mix again. Beat the egg and warm water together and add to the dough. Mix the ingredients to form a soft dough then knead for 10 minutes until you get a smooth and elastic result. Mix in the raisins or sultanas, if you are using them. Split the dough up into 12 equal amounts and roll into balls. Roll each ball in the grated cheddar cheese then wrap two slices of bacon over the top of the dough to form a cross. Place the dough balls in the tray and loosely cover with cling wrap and allow to prove until roughly doubled in size.


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Fowler & Smith are evolving and expanding! We are delighted to say that we have taken over number 32 Broad Street and will be opening our doors on the 12th April to our new antiques, vintage and contemporary centre, as well as our brand new and exciting café/restaurant – No 32 Broad Street.

This is such an exciting collaboration with other antiques and vintage dealers bringing you a broader range of interesting items to peruse over 3 floors. To add, we have 2 super talented Chef’s, Craig and Pedro who will be offering a range of British, European and World Cuisine, Street Food, yummy breakfasts and a good range of vegan and vegetarian dishes, as well as boozy afternoon teas!

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COMMUNITY / PROFESSIONAL Sponsors thank you and club update Firstly a very happy Easter to you all. Following on from our entry in this fantastic publication last month, we wanted to take this opportunity to do two things. Firstly, we would like to thank our incredible supporters who despite not seeing a competitive game of rugby since March 2020, not one has approached us to discuss or review their terms of the contract. This shows us their devotion, integrity and total understanding of our situation whilst battling their issues due to Covid. As published last month, ARFC will be doing what we can to reward their loyalty with any future commitments. In no particular order: Alresford Agricultural Show, Alresford Watercress, Alresford Pigs, Alresford Music Festival, Barnes and Liddiard, Big Scaffold, Claas Western, Cleeve Construction, Country Cures, Covers, Exclusive Double Glazing, The Forum, Hampshire Tiling Company, Hellards, Hilton Banks, Orchid Sky, SRC Carpentry, The Swan Hotel, Deefort Kit, The Bell, NATTA, Red Cat Brewary, Crawfords, Workflo, Label Craft, IVC, Fyffes,NUTS, Tim Miller, Looseheadz foundation. Secondly, as things stand at the time of print, all seniors will, of course under Govt. and RFU Covid guidelines, return to training from 30/3. Our Minis Hornets will resume on Sunday 4/4 Thank you to all that have stuck with us and we hope to welcome you back when allowed to. www.alresfordrfc.co.uk

Easter at the farm Join us for a cracking Easter holiday at Butser Ancient Farm. We’ve been busy over the winter working on our Stone Age and Saxon house constructions, come and see our progress as you step back in time. Meet our newborn baby lambs, follow our easter trail and learn a new skill with a hands-on demonstration (selected dates and times). Visit www. butserancientfarm.co.uk for more information. Easter at the Farm - Monday 12th April to Sunday 18th April 10am to 4pm. Normal admission applies - tickets must be booked in advance and will go on sale at the end of March. All activities are being planned in a Covid secure way, and we will be limiting numbers on-site in order to comply with social distancing and give the best experience for all.


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Village Agent Worried about falling? You can help prevent it from happening to you. Stay active Exercises designed to improve muscle strength, balance and coordination are the most effective in preventing falls. You can do these at home or join an exercise class aimed at preventing falls. Hampshire County Council run such classes all across Hampshire. Have your medication reviewed Some medicines or combinations of medicines can make you sleepy or dizzy. Have your vision and hearing checked Problems with sight can lead to trips and problems with hearing can affect your balance. Make your home safer Use good lighting, especially on the stairs. Tidy away things you might trip over. Use a non-slip underlay under rugs. In the bathroom, have grab bars put in and use non-slip mats in the bath or shower. Use a small stepladder to reach high places, not a chair. Wear suitable footwear – make sure your shoes and slippers fit well and stay on properly. Don’t walk indoors in socks or tights. If you are worried, speak to your doctor. Also consider having a personal alarm, so you can call for help if you need it. For more information, contact your local Village Agent Denise…… on …..07969 376023 - Village Agents are volunteers who can help you find information and local services that will enable you to stay living safely and independently.

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COMMUNITY Alresford Watercress Festival 2021

As many readers will already be aware it was with a very heavy heart that the AWF committee decided to cancel the 2021 festival. At the time of our announcement there was no guidance in place and the committee felt that with the anticipated continued restrictions the delivery of a festival would be impossible, even with

Alresford Rotary April 2021

Helping Reduce Digital Poverty The closure of schools required children to have access to a suitable computer/ laptop and the Internet to facilitate home learning. During the first days of the second lockdown, Ewan Gardner and the Friends of Sun Hill made an appeal on Facebook for the donation of IT equipment that could be refurbished and distributed to local students. The appeal received a fantastic response from the local community and, recognising that this was something that local Rotarians could help out with whilst in lockdown, Alresford Rotary President Jonathan Read contacted Ewan Gardner who agreed to engage in a partnership to provide equipment for local students who needed support for home learning. Ewan had been refurbishing laptops to donate to local children since the first lockdown in March 2020 and had already refurbished and donated several machines on his own before this new appeal brought in many more devices for his attention. Rotarian Jon McKenzie’s appearance on BBC Radio Solent’s breakfast show publicised the appeal across a wider area resulting in the generous donation of dozens of laptops locally and from as far afield as South Wonston and Alton. They were of varying specifications – many of


restricted numbers and a potential new location. The recent “Roadmap” announcement would have still halted the event so, whilst extremely disappointed, we know it's the right decision. The "Watercress Week" will take place online 17th – 23rd May 2021 at www. watercressfestival.org and will include live cookery demonstrations, recipes, links to traders sites and interviews with specialists including Dr Kyle Stewart. Full details and the schedule of events will all be announced via the website and social media over the coming weeks. In the meantime, we look forward to seeing you in the streets of Alresford on 15th May 2022.

which Rotary was able to upgrade to Windows 10. Ewan Gardner and Ken Coburn have been largely instrumental in ‘cleaning’ and upgrading the laptops, being careful to ensure the removal of all personal data and settings of the donors. Since March 2020 approximately 70 laptops have been distributed to local families. Ewan and Alresford Rotary now has a pool of devices ready for distribution. If your family needs one, or if you know of others that need them, please get in touch. Once the Covid restrictions are lifted, Rotary plans to develop a digital/internet hub within the town to enable families and individuals to access IT facilities and perhaps learn IT skills from the expertise of Rotary’s members. Alresford Rotary want to help those that need to get online to manage bills or other domestic needs and those that are job hunting in the wake of the pandemic. Once the hub is up and running, we’ll let everyone know what the arrangements are and how to get in touch. This project has been generated from the needs of the community in an extreme situation and the community has responded magnificently, helping us to work together for the benefit of all. Jon McKenzie/Ken Coburn/Ewan Garner Alresford Rotary, part of the world’s largest voluntary service organization, wants YOU to join it and/or help it in its activities! Please contact rotaryalresford@gmail.com www.alresfordrotary.co.uk

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The Light Room is a new exhibition/ gallery space for hire in Alresford. Already attracting interest from a wide range of artists, we are excited to be opening for exhibitions and reservations from April 12th. Please contact gill@the-lightroom.com www.the-lightroom.com

National Garden Scheme Nothing much has changed in respect of travel, and really up until 12th April we will still be offering pre-booked tickets only to visit our gardens. This way the numbers can be regulated and we will be following government guidelines. After that things won’t change a great deal for a while, but as always it is best to check the website ngs. org.uk for all up to date details. As we are still limited to local travel, we do not have a plethora of gardens open for April in your area. As the weeks pass and we can travel further afield, we will have many more gardens to tempt you with. For now, we have:Crawley Gardens Crawley, Winchester, SO21 2PR Crawley is an extremely pretty little village and is a pleasure to walk around with its fair share of thatched dwellings, its C14 church and the obligatory duck pond. This year they are offering two Spring Gardens open to visitors:Little Court & Paige Cottage https://ngs.org.uk/view-garden/17567 Opening: 2nd & 5th April 2pm to 5.30pm Admission: £7.50 children free. Pre-book tickets at ngs.org.uk Refreshments: Due to the current situation there will be no refreshments available. Take Care and Keep safe Pat Beagley (Publicity) National Garden Scheme - Hampshire pat.beagley@ngs.org.uk

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Alresford Chamber of Commerce We can’t often shout about how hard The Alresford Chamber of Commerce is working behind the scenes to support and represent important things relating to our business community, due to confidentiality, but we are delighted to be able to let everyone know some of the things from just the last month. Together we are stronger • Our chair, Fiona Isaacs, attended a stakeholder meeting with WCC economy team , NATC and others, in order to represent important issues relating to businesses across all areas not just the high streets, at this time. • Our chair Fiona Isaacs and Simon Evans from our committee registered to speak at the WCC meeting relating to the station carpark. These committee members requested that permit parking be retained and that the extra income from the increased prices be retained in Alresford. We also asked for support on the Dean Carpark proposal and the importance of this to the town. • We have been working hard to ensure that businesses who reached out to us about grant help, or grants that they did not know they qualified for, or have been given incorrect information on. As a result we have assisted many in re-opening of business grants that they qualified for, from nonessential retail, hospitality, mobile hairdressers, taxi drivers and small Ltd companies and more. This includes The Forum Magazine to re-open grant applications that had been closed and missed.


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We have also hosted our first New Business Showcase via zoom. This was a great success and highlighted how many new businesses have managed to start up during this dreadful year. We will have more on this next month.

Promoting all types & sizes of business in Alresford. Join the Chamber and take advantage of these benefits to your business • Grow your business by increasing your company’s profile locally. • Stay informed of what’s happening in the town and have your say. • A great way to ensure everyone knows who you are and what services you offer. • Get free affiliation membership to the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce. • Build your business connections and sales through a vibrant local business group. The Alresford Chamber of Commerce is a representative body for business members in Alresford and the surrounding area Recent Chamber Achievements • Secured funding from NATC for the Annual Christmas Tree Project • Lobbied our local MP to bring business rates reviews forward • Helped and advised with COVID19 Local Gov Business Grants • Given local feedback on parking in the reviews to WCC & HCC • Carried out a public questionnaire on the future parking plans in Alresford Chamber Events • Biannual town centre events to drive football and sales • Various networking and information events held at local business premises • Developing the War on the Line event into the centre of the town • Taking part in the #Alredressedup charity fund event • Late night shopping in December • Regular online meetings and AGM What Our Members Say “I joined the Alresford Chamber to increase my sales. I have made lots of new contacts and also sales that I probably wouldn’t have made if I hadn't joined” “ for the equivalent of just £3.67 per month, it’s a no brainer!” “ I like to know what’s going on around me and the Chamber is the perfect forum to do this” Alresford Chamber of Commerce Keeping Alresford on the map




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I have lived in Alresford for over 13 years. I have run 2 businesses in Alresford for over 10 years. I am Chair of Alresford Chamber of Commerce and have been for over 4 years and an active member for 8yrs. I have been involved in the towns parking group for over 8 years and passionate about keeping the towns free street parking. I am involved in the community with The Lighting up Alresford project (Christmas tree project) and lead on the LED project ensuring that the town can successfully continue with the project with LED bulbs. Myself and my husband run the free halloween charity event for over 5 years. This last year I have been assisting businesses with their Covid-19 grant applications, ensuring that the key issues for businesses in the town and surrounding areas are fed into the main groups within the parish, city and county councils and many others. Why vote for me? I believe that for our community to thrive, we need a better understanding for the business community , the impact decisions within the city council have on our community, the businesses and the economy. That being a councillor means representing all aspects of our community and surrounding areas. That giving back to our community is important. That is why over the last 13 years I have employed local people, supported other businesses, supported our community with volunteer work and hosting charity events, supporting residents with pedestrian access to the recycle centre, defending on street parking 4 times over the last 2 years, presenting data on why WCC should purchase land for the Dean carpark and continuing to raise the importance of this for our town and surrounding areas. It has been my main priority to ensure that all businesses get the help in order to survive this pandemic and support our town and villages.

Dear Fellow Resident, My name is Caroline Horrill and I am standing for election to the County Council. Working for my community is at the heart of my values and way of life. For many years I was a Parish Councillor, Churchwarden and founder member of the Community Shop in my own village. I still volunteer at the shop every week, some 11 years on. That belief in ‘community’ led me to stand as a Winchester City Councillor for the Wonston and Micheldever ward, where I have served for the past 7 years. I know the Winchester District and County of Hampshire well – I was born in the New Forest and have lived in Hampshire for most of my life. With this experience, I know how to get things done and I will work hard on your behalf, bringing renewed energy and ideas. Working to combat climate change, including finding renewable energy sources, must be a priority but building solar farms in parts of our beautiful landscape is just unnecessary. Building on greenfield sites before brownfield sites is, again, unnecessary. You can count on me to be clear in my views on this fundamental planning principle. In these difficult times it is hard to meet in person, but if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me at 01962 679910. With very best wishes

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pandemic. The New Forest & Hampshire County Show will be returning to New Park in 2022 on 26th, 27th and 28th July. All stakeholders involved with the New Forest Show will be contacted personally within the next couple of days. The cancellation of two subsequent New Forest Shows has only happened once before in the Show’s 100-year history. No Shows were held between 1940 and 1945 during World War 2. The 2020 event which was also cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic would have marked one hundred years since the very first New Forest Show in 1920.

Following a review of the current pandemic and the Government roadmap the board members of the New Forest Agricultural Show Society (NFASS), organisers of the New Forest and Hampshire County Show have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 event that was due to take place on the 27th, 28th & 29th July at New Park, Brockenhurst. Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on 22nd February 2021, board members held a digital meeting to discuss the 2021 New Forest Show and unanimously agreed they had no option but to cancel the 2021 event due to ongoing uncertainties surrounding the COVID-19

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Martin Stewart Chairman commented, ‘We are all extremely saddened to have come to this decision, but the Society is a Charity and the Show costs well in excess of a million pounds to lay on annually. Whilst we believe we are slowly coming out of lockdown there are still too many things that could delay matters. The final date of the 21st June is the earliest the final restrictions could be lifted; it could be delayed. If the Society were to go ahead and for whatever reason the Show was cancelled (even with 3 months to go) it would bankrupt the Society. The Board unanimously agreed that it was better to protect the long-term survival of the Society than to risk everything in what is still very uncertain times. We know what the show means to the community, exhibitors, competitors, sponsors, stewards, members and indeed the whole team at the

(NPPF) and new draft National Model Design Code. The consultation seeks views on draft revisions to the NPPF to implement policy changes principally in response to the Building Better Building Beautiful Commission “Living with Beauty” report. The independent report encourages the use of high-quality design for new build homes and neighbourhoods. Meanwhile, the consultation is also seeking views on the draft National Model Design Code, which provides detailed guidance on the production of design codes, guides and policies to promote successful design.

The South Downs National Park Authority has submitted its response to the Government’s consultation on the revised National Planning Policy Framework


The response, which can be read in full here, was approved by Members of the National Park Authority at Planning Committee on 11 March.

Showground. We are very disappointed but will be back with a vengeance in 2022’. In a response to requests from Society supporters, the NFASS has created a Centenary fund. Anyone who would like to help secure the future of the New Forest Show is encouraged to do so by donating to the Centenary fund. Donations can be made online via the New Forest Show website. Denis Dooley, Chief Executive commented “This was a very difficult decision to make and I am sorry we cannot hold the New Forest & Hampshire County Show this year. The fragile nature of the roadmap alongside the uncertainly over regulations for large events this Summer made planning for the 2021 Show impossible. When coming to the decision the Board were unanimous in their aim to prioritise the long term success of the Show and the safety of all those involved. These are both unprecedented and challenging times for the Society and I would encourage anyone who wants to demonstrate their support to contribute towards our Centenary Fund”. The Society are delighted to be launching their new education program this year with the aim to connect people with nature through the formation of an education hub at New Park. The project will consist of six areas and more information can be found at www.newparkfarm.org. For more information about the New Forest and Hampshire County Show visit www. newforestshow.co.uk

Alun Alesbury, Chair of Planning Committee, said: “The South Downs National Park Authority welcomes this opportunity to comment on the draft revisions to the NPPF and the draft National Model Design Code. “We strongly support the addition to paragraph 175 of the NPPF that any development within the setting of national parks and other protected landscapes should be sensitively located and designed to avoid adverse impacts on the designated landscapes. “We also welcome the Government’s emphasis on good design and the creation of beautiful places both in the amendments to the NPPF and the draft National Model Design Code.” For more information visit: www.southdowns.gov.uk



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COMMUNITY Trinity Winchester's Big Sleep Out

Trinity Winchester’s Big Sleep Out is going virtual this year to raise money for its work with homeless and vulnerable people. Join in the fun from your own home on Friday 14th May 2021 and resist the temptation to jump back underneath your warm bed covers for one night. The evening consists of a full programme of virtual entertainment streamed live through Facebook. Activities include exploring nature at night with nature experts Chris

Alresford Neighbourhood Watch News Neighbourhood Watch in the United Kingdom is the largest voluntary crime prevention movement covering England and Wales, with upwards of 2.3 million household members. The charity brings neighbours together to create strong, friendly and active communities in which crime can be tackled. Neighbourhood Watch Network is the umbrella organization, supported by the Home Office to assist Neighbourhood Watch groups and individuals across England and Wales. Neighbourhood Watch groups work in partnership with the police, corporate companies with aligned values, voluntary organizations and individuals who want to improve their communities. Neighbourhood Watch aims to help people protect themselves and their properties and to reduce the fear of crime by means of improved home security, greater vigilance,


Packham and Megan McCubbin from BBC Spring Watch and a chance to take part in a cooking masterclass with Chef Jack Stein (from Rick Stein restaurants) who will be showcasing meals to cook with simple ingredients. Participants will also enjoy close up magic and illusions with magician Colin Phillips,

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There will be shelter building activities to help sleepers build a masterpiece to sleep out in and each participant will receive an extra special goody bag including a beanie, torch, selfie frame and snacks to help them through the night. accurate reporting of suspicious incidents and fostering a community spirit as well as tackling new forms of crime such as cybercrime. In 1964, 28-year-old Kitty Genovese was stabbed in New York outside her apartment. Two weeks after the murder it was rumoured that 38 witnesses saw or heard the attack, but none of them called the police or came to her aid. This motivated a community response and the very first Neighbourhood Watch scheme was set up in New York, and in 1982 the first UK scheme was set up in Mollington, Cheshire. From there Neighbourhood Watch grew from strength to strength. Neighbourhood Watch representatives formed local, and wider, structured groups. In 2007, with the support of the police and the Home Office, the umbrella organization for the movement, now known as Neighbourhood Watch Network, was established. Their focus was on building local Neighbourhood Watch community groups which liaised with the police and focused on reducing burglary and other home and personal crimes. Neighbourhood Watch schemes are run by their members and are often supported

The evening will provide an insight into the work of the Trinity Winchester and a chance to hear from the clients it supports, including an exclusive look inside the new accommodation project, UnderOneRoof @ trinity which is due to open in June 2021. Finally, as participants get ready to sleep out for the night, they will be able to enjoy a reading of A Cat Called Smokey from renowned actor Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey, W1A). Registration is open now at trinitywinchester.org.uk/bigsleepout. For more information contact the team on 01962 828636.

by the police and in many areas, a local Neighbourhood Watch Association. Schemes can vary in size. A volunteer resident coordinator supervises the scheme and liaises with the police and other partners on information, messages and initiatives. It must be recognised that the scheme is a community initiative, so success depends on what the members make of it. The police can't deal with the problems and issues arising from crime and anti-social behaviour alone; they need the help of the whole community. Neighbourhood Watch provides a way for local people to play an important part in addressing this balance and making their communities safer. If you have any questions, please contact us. 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 Or visit the national website. https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/about-us/ contact-us/frequently-asked-questions

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Friday 14th May 2021

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to raise money and awareness to help reduce homelessness £12 TO SLEEP OUT £55 FOR TEAMS OF +

Target sponsorship $100 per person Register today: www.trinitywinchester.org.uk/bigsleepout @Trinity_Winch



Are you ready to swap your cosy bed to take on this challenge? You’ll have to resist the temptation to jump back underneath your warm bed covers for one night, to raise money and awareness to help reduce homelessness.

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You can get creative and build yourself a cardboard shelter to sleep out in your garden, whilst listening to nature and the wildlife around you. You could even bed down for the night in your bathtub! Wherever you sleep, make sure it’s unusual and don’t forget your sleeping bag.

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS Music and entertainment from local artistes, close up magic with Colin Phillips, shelter - building activities and a chance to test your knowledge in our big sleep out quiz.

Jack Stein from Rick Stein restaurant will be showcasing meals to cook with simple ingredients and a delicious recipe for a banana split in his cooking masterclass.

Join wildlife experts Chris Packham and Megan McCubbin as they explore nature at night. Take part in their competition to win a special prize.

Finish off your evening and get ready to sleep out with a bedtime story of A Cat Called Smokey read by actor Hugh Bonneville.

Every penny that you raise in sponsorship will go back into Trinity’s services, to help us to keep offering long-term, positive change. This is not an experience of being homeless, as we will all be taking part in our own homes or gardens, but it is a fun way to raise funds and awareness.

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COMMUNITY / EDUCATION New Hampshire History Trust reveals exciting plans for the future

The organisers of Winchester’s successful Heritage Open Days programme announce the formation of Hampshire History Trust, a brand new Charitable Incorporated Organisation. The primary role of the new Trust will be to run Winchester Heritage Open Days, to develop a Winchester History Festival and to run other community projects such as a Blue Plaque Scheme and Hampshire HistBites, Hampshire’s very own history podcast channel. Nicky Gottlieb and Becky Brown, two of the three founding Trustees, said they were delighted that the new charity had been approved by the Charity


Commission, especially as they got the news on the close of last year’s Heritage Open Days. “This is the start of an exciting journey for us,” Nicky said. “Five years ago when I first re-launched Heritage Open Days here in Winchester I always dreamed that it would develop into a wider history festival to celebrate Winchester’s incredibly rich history and heritage. Becoming a CIO in our own right is a crucial and exciting first step in realising our ambitions to bring Hampshire's rich history and heritage to a wider audience. ” Becky paid tribute to the City of Winchester Trust and Bruce Winton at Community First and all the organisations, sponsors and volunteers who have been involved in Winchester Heritage Open Days since 2016. “We wouldn't be here without their support and encouragement ', she said.” And we hope our partnerships with the City of Winchester Trust, Hampshire Cultural Trust, Winchester College, Hampshire County Council, Winchester BID, and the University of Winchester will continue

to grow as we build on the success of Winchester Heritage Open Days to develop a Winchester History Festival and hold more outreach activities and events for schools .” The proposal is for the Winchester History Festival to take place in late September, immediately following on from Heritage Open Days to ensure that the Trust continues to offer a diverse range of events that are accessible to the whole community.

The general public can discover more about the Trust and its plans by visiting the website www.hampshirehistorytrust. com , or by listening to Episode One of Season Three of Hampshire HistBites released on Wednesday 3rd March and available via Spotify, Apple Tunes and Google Podcasts.

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EDUCATION / COMMUNITY Godolphin’s Spring Term 2021

Godolphin Spring Term Godolphin has come alive again this month as students were welcomed back into School after lockdown. Head Emma Hattersley said “it’s so good to be back. During the first few weeks, the emphasis has been on reintegrating the students into School and allowing them to spend time with their friends. It’s been wonderful to see the whole

Jackie’s County Corner for April

Hopefully, some of you will have received notice of vaccination by the time you read this. But that doesn’t mean that everyone’s problems will be over. You can ask for advice on Hampshire’s Coronavirus Support & Helpline 0333 370 4000. Maybe you have time to be a telephone buddy to a lonely resident? For info : https://www. butterfliesfriendship.com/telephonefriends The Winchester District Local Plan consultation is open until the 12th April. Go to www.localplan.winchester.gov.uk to see the strategic Issues and give your views on the options posed. Questions include Carbon Neutrality, Homes for all, the Natural Environment, and the Vibrant Economy. If you need a paper copy, please call WCC on 01962 848508


Students have adapted well to wearing face masks in class and Godolphin’s dedicated parents have joined the medical team to provide regular Covid testing across the School. The boarding houses have been full of laughter while the girls have been reunited with their friends. Now more than ever Godolphin’s flexible boarding offering is really popular and is helping to meet the demands of family life during this time.

school community reunited and together again.“ Action-packed days in the Spring sunshine have really helped to lift our spirits and students have embraced all the activities on offer. From team building sessions, lacrosse and netball, fitness and tennis, football and Combined Cadet Force, there’s been so much going on.

Other consultations are coming this Summer after the May elections. Hampshire Hospitals consultation on hospital provision see more at www. HampshireTogether.nhs.uk Highways England M3Jn9: go to https:// highwaysengland.co.uk/our-work/southeast/m3-junction-9-improvements/ for details, and to register for updates. Extensive Flooding Alleviation Work is continuing across the division. This has been a major focus for me in the last year. Several sites have been listed but frustratingly, some of the work isn’t being done until the next financial year due to budgetary constraints or the effects of Covid 19 on work teams. A pilot of School streets is looking at removing traffic from streets in front of school gates, to improve opportunities for active travel (cycling and walking) into school. We’ll hear the results in the Autumn term. Residents are seeking non-motorised access to Recycling Centres (HWRC’s) but the promised pilot of ‘’walk in/cycle in/ buggy in/wheelbarrow in’ hasn’t started yet. Hopefully the HWRC’s will be fully open by the Summer, and the pilot will start then. Additional special school places are being created in Andover at Icknield and Samuel

Godolphin’s strong pastoral focus continues with the health and wellbeing of its students being a priority. Last month the School launched a telephone helpline talk@ godolphin.org and last week an invitation to join a new Wellbeing hub was extended to the whole school community. If you would like to find out more about Godolphin, please get in touch with our Head of Admissions, Corinna Florence admissions@godolphin.org

Cody school, due by 2022, and opening in September 21, the Austen Academy at Basingstoke for children on the Autism spectrum. This provision adds to the growing need for special school places for children with SEMH and neurological conditions as well as for those with physical disabilities. The 20/21 HCC Gigabit scheme being carried out in conjunction with BDUK and Openreach is very popular after a slower start and as a result, the resident/organisers are finding the process challenging! Of the 26 schemes registered so far in the county, at least 7 are in the Itchen Valley Division! I have appealed to the County to renew their fund of £1m to ensure their top-up support continues. We asked to scrutinise the process because it is resulting in frustration in failure to deliver by Openreach. It was very useful- you can see extracts of the you-tube of the meeting on my website: search ‘broadband’. My website includes news throughout the month too, but please email me directly if you have any queries. Jackie.porter@hants. gov.uk 07973 696 085 , @JackieLibDem or see my website www.jackieporter.co.uk

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