Itchen Valley Forum - September 2021 - Issue 178

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Life in your Community





Delicious Curried Pumpkin Soup

By Lucia Foster-Found

Enjoy Halloween with a whole host of local events

Experience the magic of the South Downs


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CONTENTS 04 October Events 06 Property Management

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

35 Food & Drink

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


36 Home


08 Halloween Events

Looking after your health and yourself!

Find local schools and educational experts

18 Feature


From photographers to solicitors every professional service you need


34 Recipe of the Month

Curried Pumpkin Soup

Graphic Designer James Curtis Accounts

Forum Publications Offices Unit 8A, Shelf House, New Farm Road, Alresford, SO24 9QH Tel: 01962 735137

Discover local events and days out or in

Music, Art, Literature and Dance

Advertising Manager Mandy Head

Get in Touch

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

32 Culture

Director of Marketing Rob Harrison


30 Leisure & Entertainment

Director of Advertising Steve Walker

Lucia Foster-Found

26 Retail

Find local schools and educational experts

Editor Mark Tubb


Of Monks and Airmen - by Lucia Foster-Found

23 Professional Services

Local services to keep your vehicle running

48 Education

16 Garden

Make your garden dream come true

Experience the magic of the South Downs this Autumn

46 Motoring

14 Education

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

40 Feature

12 Wellbeing

The Team



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October Events Clubs & Societies Alresford Arts Society

Learn to paint or re-visit an old hobby by joining the Alresford Art Society's classes. Choose daytime or evening. Mixed ability and beginners are available. Call Sue Gentry on 01962 773185 or email: sue. for more details

Alresford Ladies Group

be provided at 8.30 and is included in your ticket price. Keep your ticket handy at that time, as they are numbered and a prize draw will take place during the meal. Teams will be up to six, but do not worry if you want to come but do not have a full team. Teams can be put together on the night. Cost will be £12.50 per person and tickets can be obtained from Terry Foreman at or text to 07841 629999, or Ali Love at or text to 07933 298323.

Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month at 7.30 p.m. in the John Pearson Hall, Alresford. We hope to have a speaker arranged for our October 14 meeting and also at our November 11 meeting which will be the AGM. Enquiries to Beverly Terrill, 01962 733112.

October 14th

Hart Wildlife Talk - Alresford Ladies

Group. The talk will take place in The John Pearson Hall at 7.30 p.m. and new members are always very welcome. Enquiries to Beverly Terrill, 01962 733112.

October 22nd

Alresford Twinning Society Quiz Night The Quiz

6.45 for 7.15 start at Arlebury Park Recreation Centre, open to all. Food will


October 23rd

Michael Project Coffee Morning

in the John Pearson Hall Alresford 10am to 12noon. Coffee and Homemade cake, Sale Table and Raffle. Raising Money for the Michael Project in Zimbabwe caring for orphaned and vulnerable children.

October 25th

Ropley Horticultural Society talk 350 years of Glasshouses at Oxford Botanical Gardens A talk by Timothy Walker.

Cheriton Singers

We are a small, friendly choir who meet each Tuesday evening in term time in Cheriton. We sing a range of works, from secular to sacred. We welcome members of all ages and abilities. If you think that you might be interested in joining us, please go to our website where you will find more details:"

£25 including wine and canapés. Book early to avoid disappointment! For further information and tickets please visit: www. Proudly supported by NFU Mutual, Alton.

October 22nd

The Sidewinder Big Band to the Alton Maltings Cardiac Rehab are delighted to announce the return of the 16-piece Sidewinder Big Band who have been performing together for the last 10 years and have performed across the South-East of England, including a Christmas concert for Cardiac Rehab in 2019, which got people in the mood! Much of their repertoire comes from the American Song Book but they perform a wide variety of music ranging from the traditional big band sounds of Count Basie, Buddy Rich, Glenn Miller and Duke Ellington to the more contemporary sounds of bands like Earth, Wind and Fire and the Average White Band. Tickets are priced at £15pp which includes a glass of wine. All proceeds from the evening will help Cardiac Rehab and you are guaranteed a night out to remember. Tickets are also available for the Rehab Guest Lecture, this year featuring esteemed physicist and broadcaster Professor Jim Al-Khalili. His lecture is titled "What We Know So Far: Are we approaching the end of Physics?" and will take place at the Alton Maltings Centre on Friday 3rd November. Tickets

From 7.45 at The Sports Pavilion behind Ropley Parish Hall - All welcome.

October 28th

Alresford Art Society

A demonstration by John Somerscales entitled 'Townscapes in Watercolour' at 7.30 pm in Bishop's Sutton Village Hall, Alresford Road (B3047), Alresford SO24 0AH (Covid regulations allowing). Nonmembers welcome - admission £3. For further information please contact Richard Cox on 01962 732043 or visit www.

November 27th

Ropley Dramatic Society

Murder Mystery Evening with Fish and Chip Supper - (vegetarian/vegan alternative available). From 7.30pm at Ropley Parish Hall, SO24 0DU Tickets £15. Box Office: janbennett42@ Priority bookings for tables of 6-8 people.


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COMMUNITY / PROPERTY Alresford Rotary - Christmas Shoeboxes As has been the case for many years Alresford Rotary invites everyone to participate in the Wessex Rotary Shoebox Scheme and bring joy to disadvantaged children in Albania, Montenegro, Romania and the Philippines. Compared with previous years, fewer boxes were contributed because of the global pandemic. Those that were sent did not leave the UK until the new year. Although the boxes arrived late, it would have been of little concern to many of the recipients who had never before received any present. Alresford Rotary is supported by many local schools, Churches Together in Alresford, and other organizations such as the Women's Institute and Mother's Union. Individuals or representatives of local groups interested in becoming involved can contact James Pinniger ( / 738788), who can provide as many copies of the relevant leaflet as you need. Please adhere to the detailed "do's and don'ts" specified in the scheme leaflet. Alresford Rotary carefully inspects all boxes collected and removes any "contraband" items before the boxes are delivered to a central collection center. Whenever items are removed, we strive to find them a good home, but we prefer that there are none! In summary, all items must be new or "as good as new" and for educational, health, and hygiene purposes. Please DO NOT include battery-powered items, war-related items, large clothing or shoes, books of a religious, racial, or political nature, food, liquids, sweets, medicines, large toys, or sharp objects. Boxes MUST NOT exceed 12” x 7” x 6” / 30 x 18 x 15 cm. Please specify whether your box is for a boy or a girl, as well as their age (1-3, 4-7, 8-11, or 12-15). To facilitate Customs inspection, boxes should be wrapped in wrapping paper and the lid wrapped separately from the main body of the box. The contents of each box must not be individually wrapped. A donation towards the cost of transport and administration is requested in respect of each box contributed. For many years the requested donation has been £1 but this year to offset increased costs £1.50 is requested. Boxes need to be ready by the second week of November. Remember Remember the Fifth of November! - All being well, what we modestly consider to be the best mid Hampshire’s firework display and bonfire night, will return with a bang after a years absence on Friday 5th November. The display will be preceded by the traditional torchlit procession down West Street from 7pm. Not to be missed! Please support Rotary, a worldwide voluntary organisation of individuals (men and women) dedicated to “service before self”, helping others, promoting what is good in society and aiming for peace the world over. If you like having fun and helping other people at the same time please let us know! James Pinniger - Alresford Rotary Tel: 07753 998829 / 01962 735172


1 John Chapter 4 Verse 10 Not that we love God, but that God loves us, and sent His Son (Jesus) to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins’’ Question! Do we know His Love and Forgiveness?

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Events October 29th - 31st

Wizard Weekend on the Watercress Line

There are lots of spooky activities to keep the kids entertained. ALL activities run from 11am – 4pm and are included in your ticket price. • Travel on the thrilling Wizard Express steam train • Walk in Harry Potter’s footsteps over the famous railway footbridge where Harry received his Hogwarts Express ticket in the film! • Be brave and get up close to hairy, scary, creepy creatures! • Be spooked by some scary characters (courtesy of Go Geek events) • Get your face painted into something spooky! (additional cost) • Make a wonderful wand • Enjoy some Halloween activities Advanced booking prices: Children (under 5 years) FREE, children (5 - 16 years) £10, Adults £20, Family (2 adults & 2 children) £50 Contact Information:info@ Tel: 01962 733810

October 31st

A Halloween feast of ghosts and other ghastly goings-on for adults only The tour lasts 1.5 hours and starts at the Visitor Information Centre. Adult tickets are £7. The tour will take place rain or shine so please wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Tours will leave promptly so please arrive 10 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time. The centre will be closed when you arrive for the tour so please wait outside the main doors and the guide will meet you there.


Winchester Area Tourist Guides have gained the ‘We’re good to go’ accreditation from Visit England so you can be assured the tours are run safely. halloween-guided-walking-tour/ Tickets:£7 for adults. Contact

TicketsStandard admission charge From 5pm at Westgate Museum, Winchester.

October 25th to 31st

Halloween Ghost Walks at Basing House

A night for the grownups, with Music & Story Telling on Saturday 30th October Featuring: Alresford's - Jake Gauntlett & Glastobury's Story Teller - John Row To avoid disappointment we recommend that you book in advance to reserve a table via our website

Take an after-dark tour of the ruins with our knowledgeable guide – if you dare! Hear about the real historic events that led to the fall of this grand house and the spooky local stories that have surrounded it ever since... This event is not suitable for young children. Children must be accompanied at all times. Tours will begin the Great Barn. Tickets £13.50 per person Tours start at 5.30pm, 7pm and 8.30pm at Basing House. Not suitable for very young children.

October 23rd to 31st

October 23rd to 24th

October 30th

Halloween Night at No.32 Broad Street

Alresford Ghost Hunt

Look out for the ghosts in Alresford shop windows to find the halloween items. For more information visit: Ghost Hunt 2020 | Alresford Chamber of Commerce Hampshireh

October 23rd to 31st

Come and explore the spooky Westgate Museum this Halloween!

Find out how the Tudors celebrated Halloween and take home a historic recipe to make over the half term. Learn how this medieval gate was used as a debtor’s prison, marvel at the historic markings left by prisoners and judge for yourselves if the Westgate is haunted. See if you can find all the witches in our new activity trail too! Last entry to the museum is 4.30pm.

Halloween Make and Take Weekend at Bursledon Mill

Join the windmill for a family friendly make and take drop-in weekend, including ghost and witch-themed crafts and a nature activity pack. Come along in your best spooky fancy dress! Tickets£4 per child, accompanying adults free From 4pm at Bursledon Windmill.

October 23rd and 31st

Curtis Museum, Alton Spooky Trail

Explore the Curtis Museum and search for the clues to complete our spooky Halloween trail. Find all the clues and receive a prize! All children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets £1 per trail. 23 October 2021, 10am - 31 October 2021, 4pm at The Curtis Museum, Alton.


Let somebody fall for your home this autumn It’s the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness – a great time to fall in love. Here at Prado HQ the holidays are a distant memory and our buyers are getting serious, so autumn is the perfect time to put your home on the market. The scents of the season – wood-burning stoves, freshly ground coffee or a baking apple crumble – won’t hurt your sales prospects either. And with a new year on the horizon, buyers who fall in love in the autumn can get ahead of the spring frenzy and look forward to new beginnings in a new home.

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New Alresford Town Council Streets Ahead There are many people to thank for their efforts over lockdown, and one group locally that deserves special thanks are the street co-ordinators and helpline team who made up the nonmedical support network in Alresford. They leapt into action due to the urgency of the situation to ensure a clear support route for everyone in need of help in our town. We were overwhelmed by the response and in no time, there were street co-ordinators for all 110 streets. They in turn contacted everyone in their street sharing their contact details and acted as a conduit by matching requests to offers of help. In total there were some 200 volunteers in the network, along with many times those numbers in neighbours, friends and family helping out. The Alresford community spirit is alive and well with WhatsApp groups started due to Lockdown still operating bringing an already caring community even closer. On behalf of New Alresford Town Council, Alresford PIGS, Alresford Rotary and Churches Together congratulations to you and many thanks for the time you put into it and for your kindness and generosity in helping your community. The pandemic is still working itself out, and there is practical help available via


Citizen Advice (0808 278 7861), Winchester Basics Bank (Wednesday morning at Arlebury Park), and the Hardship Fund which is administered by the Town Trust

Ghost Hunt If you have children and are looking for an activity during October half term, why not join in the ghost hunt? We are delighted to continue funding this popular activity kindly run by the Alresford Chamber of Commerce. Why not give it a try? It's free to enter. For more details, please visit www. Pedestrianised area We will shortly be consulting with residents and business owners about opinions on making the pedestrianised area in Broad Street running from its junction with East Street beyond Eddolls carpet shop a permanent feature of the town centre. We would like to hear your views and will keep you updated on the start of the consultation.

Room Hire If you require a reasonably priced room for a meeting or club, then we may just have what you are looking for. The Lower meeting room is located on the ground floor of Alresford Recreation Centre and is readily accessible with café facilities and plenty of parking on site. It is £7 per hour for residents and charities or £8 per hour for Alresford businesses or nonresidents. Please contact us for further details. We look forward to welcoming you. Parking at Arlebury Park We are pleased that the sporting events at Arlebury Park are so popular, the accompanying car parking mayhem is not welcome though. Please park within the allocated parking bays. Do not park in front of the gate by Alresford Recreation Centre as access may be needed for an ambulance in the event of an injury. There is additional parking at Perin's and Station Road. Winchester Parking Enforcement will be visiting during future events. Thank you for your cooperation Vandalism There have been reports of

vandalism in playgrounds across the district and sadly our parks have suffered too. In Arlebury Park, the little wooden boat in the play area was set fire to and in Sun Hill Rec, the little wooden train was tipped over. Both items have been taped off together with "Out of Use" signage whilst we assess the damage.

Bins A polite reminder to take in your rubbish bin as soon as the bin men have emptied it especially in the town centre. Thank you New Alresford Town Council Arlebury Park, The Avenue, New Alresford, SO24 9EP Phone: 01962 732079


Alresford Surgery News Before Entering The Surgery Today

1 Please do not come into the surgery if you have any of the following; • A high temperature or fever • A new continuous cough • Loss or change to your sense of smell or taste Please stay at home and use the following website for further help. 2 3

You need to be wearing a face covering/mask before entering the building, even if collecting a prescription. To ensure there are as few patients in the building as possible, • Do not attend more than 5 minutes before your appointment time. • You should attend the surgery alone, unless you need an essential carer or parent/guardian to accompany you.

Adult Flu Clinics

Initial text invites will be going out to patients shortly to book in for their annual flu vaccines. These messages will give details of how to book for your flu vaccine, our preferred method is via Patient Access or the NHS APP. Due to current issues with self-isolating & our services being unprecedentedly busy, using the online booking system will mean less time waiting on the phone and clear our main lines for more urgent calls and, so we request all patients use this system, where possible. If you are unable to use the automated system, then please ensure that you call after 2PM to book your appointment. Those eligible for NHS influenza vaccination in 2021 to 2022 are: • Those aged 6 months to under 50 years in clinical risk groups. • Pregnant women • Those aged 50 years and over • Those in long-stay residential care homes • Carers • Close contacts of immunocompromised individuals • Frontline health and social care staff We have weekday flu clinics scheduled throughout September & October, with the addition of the following Saturday clinics; *Saturday 25th September and *Saturday 9th October Please make sure you wear a face covering when you come for your flu jab. Please make sure you wear a short sleeved shirt or top and that your outer clothing can be easily removed. We will need to access the very top of your arm in order to administer the vaccine and anything you can do to make that easier would be very much appreciated. Please note at the time of going to press we have just heard of a national flu vaccine delivery issue, which is delaying some deliveries by up to 2 weeks, if you do not hear from us please assume your vaccination is going ahead.

Child Flu Clinics

We will also be contacting parents whose children are aged 2-3 or aged 4-17 and have a condition which puts them at greater risk if they get flu. Children in years R-7 will be vaccinated in school by


Schools Health. Please wait until you get an invitation letter before contacting the surgery.

Welcome to out new GP trainees

As many of you will know, we are a training practice which means we regularly host doctors who are undergoing their specialist GP training. Prior to starting the GP Specialist Training Programme a doctor will usually have worked in a number of different hospital departments gaining skills, knowledge and experience. The GP training programme takes 3 years and during the first two years of this a GP trainee will undertake placements in a number of different medical specialties including a six month placement in a GP surgery. The final year of the training programme takes place in a different practice where the trainee (or Registrar as they are known) will use the knowledge and experience they have already have to gain the particular skills of a GP. We are very pleased to introduce our new cohort of trainee GPs, Dr Zane Koetser & Dr Ghayth Sandouka.

Pulse oximeters

If you have had COVID over the last few months and have been given a pulse oximeter by the surgery please could you return it (if you haven't already done so). If you have one please just pop it in a bag or an envelope and drop it into reception or into the letter box on the front of the surgery. Many thanks for your help!

National shortage of blood test tubes:

There is currently an international shortage of blood bottles used for taking samples and clinicians working in GP practices, hospitals, community and mental health trusts and ambulance trusts have been asked to suspend non-essential blood tests. Clinicians and managers in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight are working together to be more efficient. We will ensure we don't waste blood bottles and that we don't duplicate tests which have already been done. We are being thoughtful about which tests are ordered and prioritising those tests which will have an immediate impact on the diagnosis or treatment. We are working hard to prioritise our blood tests and we appreciate your patience whilst we put in place systems to manage this difficulty safely. We would like to reassure all our patients that this disruption in supply should not affect any essential blood tests and any tests that are delayed will be rescheduled as soon as possible. We are working closely with NHS England to follow their guidance. We will continue to provide you with updates regarding this and thank you for your support. If you are already booked for a blood test and do not hear from us, please attend as arranged. Alresford Surgery, Station Road, Alresford, Hampshire, SO24 9JL Appointments: 01962 732345 Dispensary: 01962 732345 Health Visitors: 01962 831088 Community Nursing Team: 01489 878629


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Godolphin School At Godolphin we place a huge emphasis on reading, and more specifically reading for pleasure, if students enjoy reading then they are relaxing while broadening their minds and learning empathy. With more and more parents worrying about excessive screen time it becomes increasingly important to promote an alternative which has been proved time and time again to have great health benefits. Thankfully, it is not difficult at the moment with such a fabulously diverse range of zany and hugely imaginative authors writing for the young. It is a good time to be a reader, and this has been obvious at the literary festivals we have hosted here at Godolphin since 2015. The positive response from the many hundreds of students who have attended our festivals, from primaries and secondaries across Salisbury, have proved how popular children’s authors have become with their readers. The extraordinary enthusiasm showed for authors such as Lucy Worsley, Lauren St John and Robin Stevens proves the young think authors are pretty cool.


We host festivals to bring authors to their readers and to promote the thought that reading is something we value. We run events for all ages and this year we have young children from primary schools listening to Tracey Corderoy talk about her picture books, as well as Onjali Q Rauf speak about The Boy at the Back of the Class to older children. Local secondary schools will come in to hear MA Bennett talk about her popular teen series S.T.A.G.S. Our evening events are held at 7.00pm and are open to the public and this year the journalist Mary Ann Sieghart talks about her book The Authority Gap; Christy Lefteri will speak to Sarah O’Rorke about The Beekeeper of Aleppo and her latest novel, Songbirds, while Nigel Farndale, The Times’ celebrity interviewer and obituarist, will be in conversation with the writer Giles Kime about his famous subjects and his latest novel, The Dictator’s Muse. For further information and to book a ticket to Godolphin's Literary Festival, please follow this link - https://www.eventbrite.

Godolphin School Milford Hill Salisbury Wilts SP1 2RA Tel: 01722 430500

HOW TO GET IT RIGHT: MAKING A BRILLIANT START TO SCHOOL A conference for parents of children up to 4 years Saturday 9 October 2021, 9.30am What can you expect when your child starts school? Come and find out by taking part in some enjoyable and interactive sessions led by our Early Years Foundation Stage experts. Choose from Forest School and cookery, maths, science, reading, ICT, sport, music and art. Gain an insight into education beyond the primary years.

This event is free. Booking is essential. T: 01962 835792


COMMUNITY / GARDEN National Open Garden Scheme Despite it being early September, it feels more like late October. Summer certainly seem to have disappeared at a pace. It seems to be a time of presentations this month. Firstly we have an award for one of our Hampshire Garden Owners, who has opened her garden for 10 years This is a great achievement and a lot of weeding and planting and edging. I am sure many of you will recognise Jill Ede - owner of Old Thatch in Winchfield, North Hampshire receiving her 10 year certificate and trowel from our County Organiser - Mark Porter.

Alresford Chamber of Commerce Market Town Events Alresford Ghost Hunt 23rd (Sat) – 31st October (Sun) Half term fun. Late Night Shopping – December 8th on the night of the arrival of Father Christmas, organised by The PIGS. Lighting up Alresford – December - January. Meetings are held monthly organising the Christmas trees & with their new led lights for the festive season. Market town events will be posted on the event boards in town and a full list on our events page (https://www. Chamber Events Our next is on October 20th, hosted by Saddle House Medi-Spa who are passionate about helping clients love their looks, and whose treatments are individual. They are committed to preserving unique features, while highlighting natural beauty. Unfortunately the September’s Founders Day Medieval Banquet was postponed until 2022. Any businesses or individuals wishing to participate, sponsor or generally assist with any of our projects please do email us. Together we are stronger Keep track of our events, follow us on Facebook Twitter & Instagram @AlresfordChamberofCommerce / AlresfordCofC / info@ /

This is a very well deserved award Jill, for a very popular garden. Maybe one to note for 2022, when you might even arrive by the John Pinkerton narrow boat from the wharf near the Barley Mow Pub.

Davina – Chamber Secretary


• Local fully insured family business • HCC Trading Standard approved • No Call out or VAT charge • Wasp Nests, Rats & Mice, Moths, Ants, Bed bugs, fleas and all other pests. Secondly we have the presentation of a beautiful brass plaque to commemorate the NGS Community Garden Award funding for the raised beds for this amazing project near Fordingbridge in the New Forest. This raised beds project is on an acre of land, which is slowly being cleared and turned into a productive kitchen garden and sensory raised beds area. This one acre area is part of a five acre smallholding, which not only has a productive organic growing area and animals, but places where people can find peace and solitude. The aim is to create this therapeutic horticultural project for people with varying needs. Here we have Mark Porter (again !) presenting the plaque to Bethany Turner, who has led Project Manna with drive, enthusiasm and dedication. Your can find out more about Project Manna at It makes very interesting reading. Best Wishes to All - Pat Beagley (Publicity) National Garden Scheme - Hampshire


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utumn arrives with a flurry of leaves and the hint of a chill. Done picking the blackberries, we’ll wait for the sloes to be frosted, before we introduce them to the gin that waits for them too. In orchards, apples no longer aloft languish in long grass beneath rapidly balding boughs. On warmer days in slanting sunlight, sleepy wasps buzz about their bruised, browning flesh. The nights draw in, suddenly it seems. We retreat into our home, close the doors and pull together the curtains. We shut out the gathering gloom and allay all thoughts of oncoming winter. And Halloween comes, when it’s said the veils that separate the world of the living from that of the dead become thin and porous. Traditionally, we’d light candles to guide our departed loved ones back to us and set them a place at the table. Turnips and pumpkins would be carved into grotesque faces to ward off evil - and offerings of food were left on the doorstep to placate malevolent spirits. It was and still is, a time for feasting, dressing up in costumes, games and storytelling. And these might be my Halloween tales to tell. I last heard this first one many years ago; the teller is no longer with us, so sadly I can’t ask them to tell it to me afresh. I believe it took place in the ’70s and this is how I remember it… Parked up one night outside Beaulieu Abbey Domus, a woman sits in the car and waits for her husband. He’s there after-hours on some business and she’s come along for the ride. Sat there alone in the darkness, I suspect that time trickles by slowly for her. By and by her husband returns to the car, together with a staff member who apologises for keeping him so long. She says it’s alright, that she’s been listening to the recording of the monks singing, like they do. Must have been playing from somewhere inside the ruins, for the tourists she supposes..? Excellent, logical explanation in theory, but apparently anything visitor-related had long since been


switched off for the day. The chanting of the Monks that she thought she’d heard? Whatever it was, it was no recording. Postscript: And it seems she hasn’t been the only one to hear the chants - others have reported similar experiences. Here is another tale, one such as might be shared of a Halloween night, autumnal gusts rattling the letter box and rain thrashing wetly at the windows. This one is mine. It was a Saturday morning and I had some tasks to finish off at the office. I didn’t usually work weekends and I wasn’t planning on being there long, so my husband came with me. We were going on from there once I was done – shopping I think. Sat at my desk, I saw a movement to my left at the far end of the open-plan space. We were alone in the building and the doors were locked, so assuming it was my beloved with that promised cup of coffee, I looked up expectantly. A tall, slim figure wearing what I’d describe as a beige boiler suit was just disappearing around the corner and out of my field of vision. He most definitely was not my shorter, stockier, jeans-clad husband. Startled, confused, I sat for a moment then got up from my desk, just as my husband came rushing out of the kitchen towards me. “I’ve just seen some bloke walk past. I think he’s gone into the loos.” He exclaimed, looking as startled and confused as I felt. “I saw him too. Wearing overalls?” He nodded “Yes, biscuit-coloured.” We both went and searched the toilets, which were located down a dead-end corridor. Although we can’t explain why, neither of us were the least bit surprised that no-one was there. I should mention here that the office was located in a brick-walled Nissen hut. It was situated on the periphery of an airfield; both RAF and USAAF squadrons had used it as a base during WW2. And the beige overalls? Can’t be sure of course, but they looked very much like a flying suit.



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Holey Moley – Let’s look at the importance of aeration We mostly look at our lawns from above, judging their health by the appearance of their leaves. Let’s take a moment to consider what’s going on beneath the surface and the importance of the soil structure in the health of your lawn. When it comes to an iceberg, we all know that there’s much more going on under the surface of the sea than there is above. Your lawn isn’t dissimilar. Within the soil, a network of roots not only anchors the plant, but also acts as it’s access to essential nutrients and moisture. Without a healthy, fully functional and well-developed root system your grass plant is never going to thrive.

Mind the gaps

Believe it or not, roots don’t actually grow in soil. Roots grow in the gaps within the soil, working their way deep into the ground through the network of tiny crack between the minerals and organic matter that makes up what we call soil. In order for soil to be healthy it should comprise of 25% air, 25% water, 45% minerals – that’s what you get when large rocks are broken down over time. And let’s not forget the remaining 5% which is humus. Not the chickpea dip, humus is the organic matter created when animals and plants decompose and it’s the essential food source for life within the soil. As soil forms from the action of weather on rocks, plants begin to grow in it. These plants mature then die and new ones grow in their place. The leaves and roots of the dead plants are added to the soil. In addition, animals eat plants and other animals and their waste and, when they die, their bodies are added to the soil. Bacteria, fungi, worms and other creatures that live in the soil break down plant litter and the animal waste or remains and these then become the organic matter which help create healthy soil.

Life’s essentials

All living things need three essentials to survive. Whether you’re an elephant or an earthworm, unless you have water, air and food you’re not going to survive for very long. Restrict any of these three essentials and that living thing is going to suffer and struggle to be healthy. Your grass plants are no different and neither are the microbes within the soil that are critical to the health of your lawn.

Compaction – it’s a hard life

Now you have a bit of background about what your lawn soil is made up of and what makes it healthy, let’s talk about the importance of air gaps within your soil. Our lawns get a lot of foot traffic. We are out there barbecuing, kicking a ball around, playing with the dog or pegging out the laundry. Over time this foot traffic can compact the soil beneath your


lawn, gradually reducing the air gaps which are essential to life. Less air means fewer insects that break down dead plant material. It also means less microbial activity and this is a major issue. These beneficial microbes create a relationship with the plant roots, they make important nutrients available to the plant and they produce growth hormones and help protect the plant from pests, parasites and diseases. Fewer microbes means that the balance of nature is being upset – don’t upset Mother Nature!

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Air gaps within the soil are also essential for the health of the plant. Without air your grass would die. Plants don’t just breathe through their leaves, for roots to be healthy they too must breathe. Roots take in oxygen through tiny hairs within the gaps in the soil, they use this oxygen and then expel carbon dioxide. If the plant roots have limited access to air gaps within the soil then this gaseous exchange is compromised and the plant will be weakened, making it less vigorous and more susceptible to attack from pests and disease.

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So, you may we wonder what we can do to help nature along and create a healthier environment for all this subterranean activity. The answer is aeration. What’s aeration I hear you ask. Let me explain; aeration is the mechanical introduction of air spaces within your lawn soil to provide the essential balance needed to support soil life and healthy roots. In its most simple form, you could do this with a garden fork. Stamp the fork into the ground, rock it back and forth, remove and repeat - over the whole lawn area. Trust me, this is really hard work and there are better ways to work up a sweat. Lawn care professionals use a petrol-powered machine specifically designed for the task. It’s still hard work but its far more effective than a garden fork. The aerator is fitted with a metal tine that is driven deep into the ground to create a hole. If a hollow tine is used it pulls out a small plug of soil which is deposited on the surface of the lawn and soon breaks down. The surrounding soil now has the space to ‘relax’ into the hole, creating cracks and gaps within the soil and more air spaces essential to life. These newly created holes also allow dead plant matter into the soil where it can decompose and be broken down by insects and beneficial microbes, therefore creating a heathier soil environment.

Root pruning

The sharp edge of a hollow tine cuts into the soil and also cuts through the roots of the grass plants. When these roots re-grow, they do so in a more fibrous way and this gives them a greater surface area. More roots mean more access to food, water and air – the essentials for a healthy plant. Aeration is by far the most beneficial mechanical process for any lawn and should ideally happen at least once a year.

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Finally, compaction issues are often responsible for water-logging. When the air gaps become filled with water instead of air, they prevent the roots from accessing the essential air needed for life. The lack of air in the soil also impacts the life of beneficial bacteria and promotes the life of damaging bacteria which reproduce in anaerobic environments. This virtual ‘soil death’ will result in actual grass plant death. Regular aeration relieves compaction which can reduce waterlogging. Ian Kenyon sits on the committee of the UK Lawn Care Association and runs Shrekfeet Professional Lawncare. He is always happy to offer friendly, professional advice and help: 01962 460146


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COMMUNITY Curtis Museum & Allen Gallery Allen Gallery October - Exhibitions

Ceramicus is a group of ten local potters and a sculptor. They are delighted to be returning to the Allen Gallery after three successful exhibitions between 2014 and 2019. This talented local group will be presenting their latest work – giving visitors a chance to buy unique items direct from the artists for the home, or as a gift.

a successful business in the years after the Great War, when female entrepreneurs were thin on the ground. Thursday 14th October 7.30pm. FREE but donations to the Friends most welcome.

Gilbert White of Selborne and his Tortoise

Dr June Chatfield OBE Dr Chatfield provides an introduction to Gilbert White for the tricentenary of his birth (actually 2020 but held over). This talk will explore his life in Selborne and observations on his tortoise Timothy, which he acquired from his aunt. Thursday 28th October 7.30pm - £6.50 per ticket from the Gallery.

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Worldham Park and King Edward’s Hill? A new book by Jane Hurst. This meticulously researched book traces the history of an area of East Worldham which has seen many changes of fortune and ownership. Some famous names have been connected with the Hill and surrounding Park - King John, Edward III, and Geoffrey Chaucer’s son Thomas. At times the Park has been enclosed, but often the owners were chastised for neglect which affected the King’s hunting. A fascinating read for the amateur historian. £3 from the Museum. The exhibition will show a wide range of throwing, hand-building and sculpting techniques. Firing methods include oriental wood firings, simple outdoor Raku kilns as well as those using modern kiln technology. Many types of surfaces and colours are on display, including stoneware, porcelain, exciting Raku and the fascinating colours obtained from wood firing. 25th September – 31st October (FREE in the Main Exhibition area.)

The exhibition by Local artist Alex Loach continues to 10th Oct. (FREE in the Café area.)


Gilbert White & Alton - A talk by Jane Hurst Although White lived in Selborne, he had many connections in Alton - a sister-in-law and two nieces lived here; he shopped at drapers and ironmongers in the town and bought wine from the Swan. Come and learn about Gilbert's Alton. Thursday 7th October 7.30pm - £6.50 per ticket from the Gallery.

The Bridge Pottery of Beauworth

A talk by William Barham, whose fascination with Dorothy Watson, the founder of the Pottery, began with his family’s use of her wares. His recent book Forty Years a Potter: Dorothy Watson and the Bridge Pottery, 1921-1961 enlarges on the life of a woman who set up


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COMMUNITY One lap 10K around historic Winchester

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The Winchester 10km Road Race started back in 1983 at a 10-mile distance. The race adopted the popular 10km format in the late 1980s. The 2021 edition of The Winchester 10km Road Race will be held on Sunday 31st October 2021 (we have had to move the date later in the year due to COVID-19).

The Hampshire Fair is one of the leading shopping events of the year, taking place in the stunning location of The Grange near Alresford on Wednesday 6th October 2021. We look forward to welcoming you all to this year’s fair where we will take all precautions to ensure a friendly and Covid-safe experience. Over 60 wonderful stallholders, handpicked by our discerning committee, will offer a diverse and high-quality shopping experience for our visitors. There will be a wonderful café offering lunch and refreshments - a great place to meet up with your friends.

The race will feature a 1 lap route which is a mix of urban and countryside starting outside the historic Winchester Guildhall in the Broadway. This year features a revised start with the race leaving the Broadway via the exit next to King Alfred's statue. The route heads up St George's Street before going out towards the village of Kingsworthy. The return leg passes through the village of Headbourne Worthy and back towards Winchester before finishing at The North Walls Recreation Centre. An event for all and this year falls on 31st October - why not enter our Halloween Fancy Dress Competition?! Prizes for the best dressed! What time does the run start? The run will start at 8.30am so please make sure you are ready and on the start line in plenty of time. Why does it start so early? When the race first started in 1983 the start time was 2pm. This was the same for our neighbours at Eastleigh 10km. Back then you could hear a pin drop in the High St. Fast forward to 2021 and Sunday is possibly the busiest day of the week in the High St. We are incredibly lucky that Winchester City Council has allowed the event to grow to one of the largest 10km runs in Hampshire. With extra runners comes extra responsibility. Winchester has a rather unique road system which does not work well with road closures. To keep disruption to local residents and business owners to a minimum, an earlier start ensures we keep most people happy. With less traffic on the road at 8.30am it makes it a safer event for all concerned. Where is the race start? Winchester Guildhall, 168 High St, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 9BA

Event address details: The Grange, Northington, Alresford, Hampshire, SO24 9TZ Our Charities for 2021 The Grange Festival Learning@The Grange The Grange Festival is continuing its Learning@TheGrange programme for schools and the local community, sharing its passion for opera and dance with young and old alike. Their aim is to demystify opera and dance, and create exciting and stimulating opportunities to engage with the Hampshire public. Allegra’s Ambition

Allegra’s Ambition aims to enable, engage and empower young people to fulfill their potential through participation in sport and outdoor activities.

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Where do I park? The recommended car park is St Peter's, Gordon Road, SO23 7DD which is roughly 800 metres from the start and 800 metres from the finish.


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Songs for a New World is the first musical from Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown (Parade, Bridges Of Madison County), coming to Titchfield Festival Theatre in October. It's about one moment. It's about hitting the wall and having to make a choice, or take a stand, or turn around and go back. These are the stories and characters of today, the Songs For A New World, this moving collection of powerful songs which examines life, love and the choices we make. It is also about looking forward and knowing that there is always someone there routing for you. Karla Watkins is the director of Songs for a New World and said, “Songs for a New World is technically a song cycle, a collection of


“People will particularly enjoy the variety of music there is in this show. There is something for everyone, from your traditional sounding musical ballads to songs with elements of jazz or funk. The singers are incredible and will have people on the edge of their seats with the performances they will be giving.” Titchfield Festival Theatre’s production of Songs for a New World opens at the Titchfield Festival Theatre, St Margarets Lane on Monday 11th October until Saturday 16th October 2021. Evening shows start at 7.30pm. For more information including booking tickets, please go to http:// or contact our Box Office on 0333 666 3366. Songs for a New World will be also streamed live on Friday 15th & Saturday 16th October 2021.


Cheriton Singers are pleased to announce their Autumn concert Classes in Ropley and Cheriton on Thursdays - Fridays in Alresford Classes start at the beginning of October

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Directed by Ben Cooper, it will consist of a duo of classic favourites, Fauré’s Requiem and the Vivaldi Gloria. Tickets will be £10, available from or, or on the door. The concert will be on Saturday, November 20th, at 7.30pm in St Michael’s Church, Cheriton. We are a small, friendly choir who meet each Tuesday evening in term time in Cheriton. We sing a range of works, from secular to sacred. We welcome members of all ages and abilities. If you think that you might be interested in joining us, please go to our website where you will find more details:

22 OCT @ 6.30PM, 23 OCT @ 2.30 & 6.30PM




The Autumn Hampshire Art Show The Autumn Hampshire Art Show Our annual autumn show promises to be more remarkable and dynamic than ever as Nadia Waterfield Fine Art exhibits some captivating new ‘finds’. With over half the artists as first-time exhibitors at the gallery, Nadia demonstrates her passion for bringing in fresh artwork to her shows, all carefully curated from all over the UK and abroad. It is this vibrancy and diversity which makes this exhibition so original and stimulating.

With the advantage of such a huge space, there is more artwork to enjoy than in the average gallery. Prices reflect the broad reach of the art too, with very affordable pieces for new collectors, to more expensive impactful pieces to fill larger walls. Representing a vast cross-section of subjects and media – from stunning new garden sculptures, intricate hand-woven rugs, to beautiful hand-painted ceramic plates – the essence of this show is a range


of beautiful and eclectic exhibits to suit all tastes and budgets. Parking is ample, stunning dog walks on the doorstep, the welcome warm and coffee delicious!

Consultancy Nadia is always delighted to inform and advise clients on selecting and hanging paintings. She has a natural eye for interiors and knows instinctively where best to place art to maximise its impact. A home visit allows Nadia to assess the scale of a space and to gauge more precisely her client’s style and requirements. She will then source suitable artwork from her extensive portfolio and bring a selection to the client to be viewed in situ – this, Nadia believes, can transform a painting and help the client make a decision.

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Curried Pumpkin Soup Don't waste your pumpkins this Halloween. Make a delicious pumpkin Soup, packed with goodness of pumpkin, carrot and apple flavoured with whole spices and a dash of curry powder. Soups are the best comfort meal for this time of the year. Preparation: 15 minutes, Cook time: 20 minutes Servings: 4 bowls Ingredients

1 onion, chopped 1 medium sized pumpkin, peeled, deseeded and cubed 2 carrots, peeled and chopped 1 apple, peeled and cut into cubes 4 - 5 garlic cloves, chopped Salt and black pepper as per taste 2 tbsp olive oil 1 litre vegetable stock 1/4 tsp Curry Powder


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Experience the magic of the South Downs this autumn


is the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, with cool morning breezes, birds twittering in the skies, golden leaves, and crimson sunsets. It’s not hard to see why autumn has inspired some of our greatest literary figures, from Keats to Shakespeare. As we say the long goodbye to summer and enjoy the last of its comforting warmth, September and October are some of the best months of the year to experience the stunning beauty of the South Downs National Park.

time for most people as the sun rises later and sets earlier. All the gorgeous reds, oranges and pinks that we see in the sky are partly because the sun stays near the horizon for longer and the sunlight has to pass through more of the Earth’s atmosphere before it hits our eyes.”

It’s also a great time of the year to enjoy taking photographs in the National Park, which stretches for almost 100 miles from Winchester to Eastbourne and includes some of the UK’s most picturesque hills, valleys, rivers, streams and forests.

Woodland walks – There’s nothing quite like a forest adventure with the sound of trilling birds and crunchy autumn leaves underfoot. Did you know that almost a quarter of the National Park is covered by glorious treescape, with more woodland than any other National Park in England and Wales? The South Downs is blessed with some very tranquil woodlands, often with openings in the trees offering majestic views of the chalky hills. Why not try Alice Holt, Queen Elizabeth Country Park, Slindon or Friston? A walk and pub fare – Who could fail to be charmed by a crisp autumn walk, followed by a steaming supper by a log fire at a wood-beamed inn? The National Park has some fantastic eateries and a bit of online research (CAMRA is a good place to start) and booking ahead are all it takes to round off your day-out with something really special.

With almost two months left of the National Park’s annual photo competition, people are being encouraged to capture the serenity of this special season in the South Downs.

Here are three ideas for autumn days-out in the National Park, combined with snapping some awesome shots on your camera or mobile phone:

Autumn Morning by Nichola Stewart

The theme for this year’s competition is “Nature Makes Me Happy” and judges are looking for uplifting images that capture the beauty of the natural world – whether that be landscape, wildlife, rivers and coastline, woodland, a piece of history, or people enjoying the National Park. The broad theme could also cover those “happy places” in the South Downs that replenish the soul. The top prize for the adult category will be £250, with a runnerup prize of £150, third prize of £100 and fourth prize of £50 The youth competition returns this year for budding young photographers – with categories 10 years and under and 11 to 17. There will be a prize of a family pass to Marwell Zoo for the 10 years and under category, while the prize for 11 to 17 category will be a family pass for a Forest Segway outdoor adventure ride at Go Ape. Nick Heasman, Countryside and Policy Manager for the National Park and chair of the judging panel, said: “Autumn really is a magical time to enjoy the South Downs National Park. “The sunrises and sunsets are particularly impressive, with the ‘golden hour’ of photography happening at a more convenient


Grazing horses and misty landscape, Froxfield, by Sharon Thayer

Miles Without Stiles – With the weather turning a little colder, many of us just want a gentle stress-free walk and the chance to fill our lungs with some fresh, clean air. Our Miles Without Stiles routes, designed for people of all levels of mobility and fitness, are a wonderful choice for an autumn stroll. Check out the website for downloadable walks at locations in Hampshire and Sussex. Entries for the photo competition close on Sunday 31 October. Find out more and download the entry form at www.southdowns.

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COMMUNITY / HOME Jackie’s County Corner for October 2021

Winchester County Councillor Fiona Isaacs Report

I’ve included two pictures this month: The picture of the ‘yellow brick road’ is not of The Watercress Way, but a section of the new cycle path from Worthy Down south towards to the Water Treatment site off the Andover road. It’s a fantastic surface, and the section that is done is a credit to Hampshire County Council who have constructed it, but unfortunately, it doesn’t reach all the way to Winchester yet. I am continuing to press for this route to be completed and I’d welcome your views. I’ve been trying to get the Millennium path mended for several years, and a recent sighting (and photo) of ducks swimming in the puddles on the path seemed to chime with Hampshire County Council! I’m delighted that they have now agreed a budget for this work. It’s a sensitive site ecologically, so the County Council will be working with the Winterbournes project and others to upgrade the path, hopefully before someone falls in the river. They have also agreed a budget to upgrade the path to Bishop’s Sutton: hooray!

Supporting our Businesses Self Employed and Business Covid-19 grant help - From Monday 6 September, businesses and organisations who continue to be impacted by COVID-19 are being urged to act now and apply for the additional grant scheme. The new COVID-19 Business Challenges (CBC) one-off grant to compensate organisations and businesses based in our district, for loss of income during the six week period from 1 July to 16 August 2021.

The County Council is preparing the budget for 2022-23 and it inevitably includes cuts. I’m pleased to see that the proposal to cut the school crossing patrols budget has gone: if we want children to walk to school, they must be helped to cross busy roads safely. There are a number of Consultations this Autumn: the proposal for the County Deal (similar to the Mayoral deal) will go out in early October. I’ll give notice of others as they arrive. There’s still no news of the New Hospital Consultation, but it was a huge pleasure to visit the Winchester Hospice on its open weekend. Huge thanks to every one of the fundraisers, NHS staff and Trustees. It will support residents as inpatients and whilst using their Hospice at Home service. Please continue to support them now the building is up and running- they need £1/2 million per year. You can donate online- or maybe run an event? Finally, please don’t forget, if you need a grant for your local organisation, please contact me for the details. I have a small grant pot but I’m keen to share it out as fairly as I can! Cllr Jackie Porter County Councillor for the Itchen Valley Division Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Children in Hampshire Text: 07973 696 085 Ansaphone: 01962 791054 Write to me at: The Down House, Itchen Abbas SO21 1AX I'm also on twitter: @JackieLibDem, Facebook or What's App, but for a personal matter, a phone call, text or email is best.


I am delighted to see this support for both businesses who have premises, but also for the self-employed, of which we have many in our ward, who have also been affected. This grant fund forms part of the government’s Additional Restrictions Grant Fund. If you have any queries or questions regarding the criteria please contact our Economy Team at: or telephone on 01962 814915. New Alresford Town Trust - Heritage open day - Volunteering I was delighted to volunteer to help with this very popular event. Town Trust's 3 sites namely The Eel House, Norman Bridge and Museum are always positively received and it's always a pleasure to see visitors reactions to these sites. This time Digby and I were at The Bridge. It's ok to complain! Residents along with concerned parents and some disabled residents contacted me over concerns relating to safety issues around visibility and access issues. Whilst I have raised a formal complaint and review of the grass cutting issues this year, I was pleased to help everyone who contacted me to resolve the issues they were experiencing. It's ok to complain, how else are we as councillors, going to help resolve issues unless people do. These are all legitimate concerns esp regarding children’s safety. If people are not carrying out what has been agreed for the health and safety of all concerned, then they should quite rightly be held to account. I can be contacted in the following ways. Email - Telephone - 01962 738671

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Girls only sixth form: outdated notion or catalyst for success? ‘It’s not the real world’ and ‘girls won’t cope when they go to university if they haven’t been to school with boys’ are the frequent reactions I hear to the idea of an all-girls sixth form. Having worked in all-girls’ schools for over twenty years, I can assure you that both my own experience and scientific research prove that these views are far from the truth. In fact, being in an all-girls learning environment gives young women the best possible chance of flourishing in the world beyond school. Let’s first consider the real world. In spite of some significant steps towards equality, girls and young women are under greater pressure than ever to conform to social stereotypes. From gender reveal parties where the unborn child is greeted with gendered paraphernalia such as pink or blue balloons, to clichés about not liking competition or having neat handwriting, young women continue to be channelled towards, and judged against, outdated notions of the female ideal. Humans are undeniably social creatures who like to fit in. The effect of stereotypes, therefore, is that many young people end up feeling they have to conform. At school this means girls avoiding so-called ‘male’ subjects, activities which are ‘non-feminine’ and roles which might lead to them being criticised as ‘bossy’ or ‘shrill’. Even as young as six, many children have internalised stereotypes such as that maths is for boys. Depressing as that is, the plasticity of our brains means that there is always time to help our pupils escape the constraints of gender stereotyping. In girls-only sixth forms, young women have the space and encouragement to test and develop their own interests. Research shows the success of this model in many areas such as developing greater levels of self-confidence and facilitating the study of STEM subjects. In fact, girls educated in single-sex school are just as self-confident as boys educated in boys’ schools and significantly more likely to study subjects such as physics than girls in co-educational schools. In addition, girls in single-sex schools are more inclined to carry on playing sport until 18 benefitting from the resulting positive effects on physical and mental health. Indeed, a Bristol University study found that single-sex schools encourage “improved self-esteem, psychological and social wellbeing in adolescent girls”. Moreover, every pupil leadership role is occupied by a young woman who is starting to learn about the positive impact that she can have on the world around her. As a 2018 article pointed out, in a girls’ school, girls are intentionally “equipped with the knowledge and skills required to overcome social and cultural gender biases and in doing so actively break the stereotypical norms that define women in society.”


This brings us to the second question about to what extent an allgirls sixth form prepares young women for university. At St Swithun’s around 25% of our leavers go on to study STEM-related subjects at top universities in the UK and overseas and will enter careers that still tend to be male-dominated. Our pupils have many opportunities outside the classroom to interact with young people from a range of other schools in drama and music productions such as our celebrated St Swithun’s Live rock concert, at competitions such as national debating challenges or Model United Nations and at social events. They are perfectly placed to enjoy good relationships with all kinds of people when they leave our sixth form having developed a quiet self-confidence and a genuine interest in others. A recent poll of our leavers from the past two decades revealed overwhelmingly that they formed healthy and happy relationships with male students precisely because they approached them as equals.

Far from being an old-fashioned model of education, an all girls sixth form prepares young women to create and seize opportunities in the modern world. Jane Gandee is head of St Swithun’s, Winchester.

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New Alresford Town Trust News The Eel House

Since opening in 2008, the Eel House has displayed a number of detailed information boards on its public open days. While very informative, these have lacked one essential part - a graphic design of the lifecycle of the eel. This is the extraordinary story of the 5,000 mile “round trip” of eels from their European homes, to mate in the Sargasso Sea from where their eggs and larvae are taken by the Gulf Stream back to Europe. This lack has now been remedied by a beautifully designed and printed picture of this amazing journey by Stephen Harte and generously donated by him to the Eel House.

Visitors to the Bridge - 308, Museum - 242 and Eel House - 203 A total of 753 (amazing similar in total) Donations: Bridge £90, Museum £83 and Eel House £111 Total £284 plus gift aid of £359 So the 2 days produced Visitors 1505 and total donations including gift aid £729 which will go to the Museum and Eel house upkeep. The Trustees themselves were fully involved as was David Woods (stalwart) of the Eel House, City/County Councillors plus around 20 volunteers in total. There was never a dull moment with interesting observations and helpful comments . As chair of NATT I have been involved in most of the open days,starting with the Eel House in 2008 and extending to the other 2 sites over the last few years.,This was one of the best! The Trust needs more open day volunteers who can help sustain these very special Alresford open days. Robin Atkins - NATT, Chair

The Trust's Responsibilities The Avenue: The Trust is responsible for the upkeep of this area of The artist Stephen Harte presents his design of the Lifecycle of the Eel to David Woods (chairman of the Eel House Committee) on 13the August 2021

Open day at the Eel House, Norman Bridge & Museum

What a magnificence day and performance by the hard working volunteers at the Town Trust's 3 sites namely The Eel house,Norman Bridge and Museum. The advance publicity provided by Nicky Gotlieb helped provide a very good turnout of interesting and lovely people who all enjoyed the sites and were pleased to meet the volunteers. The Museum was the star attraction this time and many remarked on the many changes and additions since its opening a couple of years ago. The first open day figures were: Visitors to the Bridge - 287, Museum - 271 and Eel house - 194 A total of 752 Donations: Bridge £36, Museum £163 and Eel house £97 Total £296 plus gift Aid of £370 The 30/8/21 bank holiday results were:


the town. The area is defined as the land on each side of the road from Pound Hill to Drove Lane. Regular checks and maintenance works are made on the trees, bulb planting is organised, and the grass cut. Broad Street: The collection of all dues and revenues from Broad Street, including its annual fair, the weekly Thursday and monthly Sunday markets; in addition, there are occasional Continental markets. They are also responsible for the upkeep of the trees along the Street, and permission is given for road closures during the annual Watercress Festival, third Sunday in May, and the October fair which this year is on Thursday 14 October. The Old Fire Station: As landlord of the 1881 building, its upkeep is the responsibility of the trustees. It currently houses Andrew Lawes' picture framing business and the Alresford Museum. The Eel House: As part of the team that worked to save the partially collapsed building which sits astride the River Alre, the Trust agreed to act as the umbrella organisation under which various bodies support the Eel House. The Trust now lease the building and maintain it. The Minibus: The service was first started about 45 years ago to take the elderly and disabled shopping, to appointments, sometimes on day trips. The Alresford Museum: Operates under the umbrella of the Town Trust with the objective to provide and maintain a museum for the town. The Museum has taken over the old garage part of the Old Fire Station to provide a small exhibition area with the centrepiece being the old Tichborne Park Steamer Fire Engine.

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