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Life in your Community





Simple Yellow Lentil Dahl

By Lucia Foster-Found

All the local news and events for the local area

The South Downs National Park


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CONTENTS 04 November Events 06 Property Management

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

37 Home


38 Feature

12 Wellbeing

Looking after your health and yourself! Make your garden dream come true

From photographers to solicitors every professional service you need

Advertising Manager Mandy Head

Find local schools and educational experts



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

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32 Leisure & Entertainment

Discover local events and days out or in


34 Food & Drink

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

36 Recipe of the Month

Simple Yellow Lentil Dhal

Graphic Designer James Curtis Accounts

28 Feature

Director of Advertising Steve Walker

50 Education

Local services to keep your vehicle running

25 Retail

Editor Mark Tubb

Director of Marketing Rob Harrison

20 Professional Services

Help Nature to Re-Nature - South Downs National Park

The Team

48 Motoring

16 Garden

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



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November 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 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. Alresford and District Horticultural Society Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month at 7:30 pm in St Gregory’s Hall, Grange Road, Alresford. The next meeting will be on 10 November and the speaker will be Rosemary le Grande who will talk about Gardens of South Africa. As the speaker has a health condition, masks will be obligatory for this meeting. For further information contact Mr Stephen Morley on 01962 733524 or Cheriton Singers We are a small, friendly choir who meet each Tuesday evening in term time in Cheriton.

Events Wed 10th to Sat 13th November

Cheriton Players presents Murder Weapon By Brian Clemens a tense murder mystery from the creator of the avengers. from 7.30pm at Cheriton Village Hall. All tickets £12 online from www. or tel: 0333 6663366. All telephone bookings handled through TicketSource. This amateur production of Murder Weapon is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French Ltd. Covid-19: Reduced seating for better distancing; improved ventilation; hand sanitiser supplied. face coverings encouraged, please take a lateral


flow test before the show if possible.

on 01962 732043 or visit:

Thur 11th November

Fri 26 to Sun 28 November

Hart Wildlife Talk A representative from Hart Wildlife will be coming to talk to the Alresford Ladies Group on November11, Elizabeth Johnson will give a talk on bell ringing before the AGM starts. It would be appreciated if you would kindly advertise these events in the appropriate monthly edition. The meetings 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.

Fri 17th December

St.Swithuns -Live Christmas music event for the whole family From 4pm-8pm at St Swithun’s School, Winchester. A brand new, LIVE Christmas music event for the whole family. ‘A Christmas Cracker’ with Special Guests, ‘Santa Babies’, Winchester Rock Choir and the fabulous Otterbourne Brass Band. With a ‘Nativity’ petting zoo from Mucky Bucket Farm, an A rtisan Christmas Market, Reindeer and an appearance from the Big Man himself, there is something for everyone. Tickets – Adults £20 | Child (11-17yrs) £5 | Under 10’s – FREE. for further details and ticket sales.

Sat 20th November

Cheriton Singers' Autumn concert From 7.30pm at St Michael’s Church, Cheriton. Directed by Ben Cooper, it will include a duo of classic favourites, the Fauré Requiem and the Vivaldi Gloria. Tickets will be £10, available from www. or from or from Cheriton Village Stores or on the door.

Thur 25th November

Alresford Art Society A talk by Tim Craven on the cartoonist Norman Thelwell on at 7.30 pm in Bishop's Sutton Village Hall, Alresford Road (B3047), Alresford SO24 OAH (Covid regulations allowing). Nonmembers welcome - admission £5 (includes mulled wine). For further information please contact Richard Cox

The Watercress Line Steam Illuminations From 4pm - 8pm from Alresford Station SO24 9JG. Steam Illuminations is a unique Christmas, pixel mappable digital LED train! It’s an incredible light show on and in a steam train, consisting of thousands of fully controllable colour mixing LED lights and LED wristbands. This makes the train look magical both inside and out!It's back! is even BIGGER than before! Watercress Line

Saturday 27 November

Alresford Antiques Fair The Fair is held in Alresford Town Hall in the centre of the town, usually on the 3rd Saturday of the month. We offer a wide range of Decorative, Interesting and Unusual items including good quality Furniture, Silver, Jewellery, Militaria and Books. We will also buy. Free Admission. Limited Free Parking nearby & large car park at the Station. Open: 9.30am 5.00pm. Contacts: Carol - 01264 335769 / 07870 432805. Steve - 01722 712267 / 07915 663251, Lakewood Smith - 07970 797306

Sat 27th November

Ropley Dramatic Society Ticket demand has been high for our November show. If you would like tickets, please contact the Box Office without delay. 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.

Mon 29th November

Ropley Horticultural Society A talk by Timothy Walker From 7.45 at The Sports Pavilion behind Ropley Parish Hall. Death in the Garden, a talk by Timothy Walker. The talk will be followed by mince pies and mulled wine. All welcome.

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COMMUNITY / PROPERTY Alresford Rotary News Remember Remember the Fifth of November! What we modestly consider to be mid Hampshire’s best firework display and bonfire will return with a bang after a year’s absence on Friday 5th November at Arlebury Park at 7.45 p.m. preceded by the traditional torchlit procession down West Street from 7.00 p.m. Tickets on 5th November are priced at £10 per adult and £5 per child (under 16) but earlybird tickets are available at a substantial saving by buying before 5th November from Oakleaf Stationery in West Street (cash only) or online from – Adults £7, Children £3

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Christmas Tree Sale Alresford Rotary will be selling good quality locally sourced Christmas Trees at the top of Broad Street on Saturday 4th December from 8.00 a.m. until all are sold (probably late morning / lunchtime). Help support Alresford Rotary and the good causes it helps and a local grower! End Polio Now! The eradication of Polio is the Rotary’s longest standing and most significant effort. Along with its partners (notably the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) it has helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children against Polio in 122 countries. Remarkably (but reflecting the immense effort made) Polio cases have reduced over the last three decades or so by 99.9% worldwide. In August 2020 the World Health Organisation announced that transmission of the wild poliovirus had ended in Africa, an historic and vital step towards global eradication of Polio. Wild Polio cases have been reported this year in only Pakistan and Afghanistan and in each of those countries very few. Rotary is a non political organisation and the early indications are that notwithstanding the many current changes in Afghanistan the final push towards the eradication of Polio is supported by the Taliban. To distinguish which children have been immunised the practice has been to dip one of the children's fingers in a purple dye and that is why for some years one Rotary activity to raise awareness of and funds for End Polio Now has been the mass planting of purple crocus corms. Millions have been planted across Great Britain and Ireland as a reminder each spring of the ongoing work for a Polio free world. Alresford Rotary will be planting 4000 crocus corms in November and is currently identifying public locations where it has permission to do so and where the vegetation will be sufficiently short in the spring to enable the flowers to be seen and where the flowers will not be mown down! If you can suggest / offer any appropriate locations and/ or wish to volunteer to help with the planting please let us know! Rotary A worldwide voluntary organisation of men and women dedicated to “service before self”, helping others, promoting what is good in society and aiming for peace the world over. Sadly two local Rotary clubs have folded within the last couple of years. Please support Alresford Rotary and its events to ensure it does not have a similar fate. If you like having fun and helping other people at the same time please let us know! Alresford Rotary needs you! James Pinniger Tel: 07753 998829 / 01962 735172


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Be a property optimist The past eighteen months have been a busy time in the property market with demand higher than it’s ever been in working memory for many in the property business. Whilst there has been a supply issue in both the sales and rental markets, we are hopeful that this should resolve itself when everyone starts going about their business as before. In property there is rarely ‘normal’. It is either flying high or flying low – or heading in either direction. But whatever the market our job, as your agent, is to get the best result for you when it is right for you and your family.

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With this in mind, it is wise to plan ahead and make sure you are ready. We can give professional advice on the potential market value of your home, the current levels of activity in the area and the preparations that need to be completed before the house can be marketed. Don’t be a panic seller or buyer, or let the market dictate your move – be a property optimist and take control, and if you plan ahead you will increase the chances of moving quickly when the time comes. Kate Porter (Partner)

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Put the sparkle back into selling your home Feeling like your hopes of securing a sale on your home are fading faster than a Catherine wheel? Maybe it’s time to re-ignite the light and let your home shine in front of the right buyers. Illuminating your home with beautiful photos and bespoke written descriptions that will make potential buyers go “ooh and aah” are just some of the ways we can help your sales prospects soar into the sky with a bang. It will also help you achieve the price your home deserves it’s not rocket science!

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hat we modestly consider to be mid Hampshire’s best firework display and bonfire will return with a bang after a year’s absence on Friday 5th November at Arlebury Park at 7.45 p.m. preceded by the traditional torchlit procession down West Street from 7.00 p.m. The New Green Economic Development Strategy This has been commissioned and will identify the scale and necessary steps to deliver a greener, inclusive and more technologically driven, creative economy. Success criteria will be to deliver an environment in which existing businesses can grow sustainably; new businesses can be created and thrive, particularly those operating in the green growth sectors, and high-quality job opportunities are provided for all across the district. A shorter-term deliverable was the first of Carbon Reduction Open Fora on 29th September. The participants were engaged and engaging, with useful suggestions what we should be exploring further. Attendees included both local councillors and interested members of the public. The total value of business support grants now distributed to businesses across the Winchester District is £50.3m. A second round of the Transformation, Adaptation and Diversification (TAD) grant opened on Monday 16 August and closed on Monday 13 September 2021. This grants forms part of the discretionary Additional Restrictions Grant fund. It has attracted 35 applications in total. The total value of grant that has been applied for is £412,668. The applications are currently being reviewed for eligibility and to determine the level of grant offer. A somewhat mischievous article on the front page of the Hampshire Chronicle suggested that developers wanted to build 57,000 houses in the district. All this has arisen from the release of plans of the latest SHELAA sites, the result of the latest call for development sites for housing, employment etc. This call for sites is a legal requirement under the National Planning Policy Framework and part of the lengthy process to establish the Local Plan as a valid legal instrument. Landowners and/or their agents can put forward their land repeatedly at every SHELAA call. (There will be another call for sites after the preparation of the Draft Local Plan.) The total area of land put forward for development amounts to 3,700 Hectares. It is worth repeating that the SHELAA does not recommend which sites are most suited to meet any remaining requirements and it is not a policy document and does not allocate sites. The housing needs of the district are currently estimated at 700 per annum. (This is an estimate as the housing needs algorithm is subject to change by the Government and the number is also subject to variables such as ’windfall’ sites). Housing density varies between about 30 to 90 units per Hectare so that the total land take per year would between 8.0 and 23.0 Hectares. A very small fraction of 3,700 Hectares. (For those of you familiar with rods, poles and perches and other of


the proposed Imperial units, suggested for re-introduction, 3,700 hectares is 8,917 Acres). Northington Pipeline: Originally this ‘temporary’ measure was to provide a stand-by water supply in a drought until a desalination plant could be brought on-line. The de-salination idea has now been dropped which raises the questions of what is meant by ‘temporary’ when long-term solutions for increased supplies are not clear. Southern Water have been consulting with local parishes on a new planning application for the ‘temporary’ pipeline from the boreholes at Totford to the fish farm at Itchen Abbas. The original scheme was to have been laid above ground except for a few buried sections below roads. Many objections were made due to the visual intrusion of the pipe itself and to the storage yards where the pipes would be stacked. The new proposal is to bury the pipe for its entire length. This obviously minimises its visual impact, but there is a worry that a ‘temporary’ pipeline, buried underground might prove a very tempting longerterm solution for Southern Water with a potentially devastating effect on the water table and Candover Brook, which is home to a significant population of White Clawed Crayfish

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Introducing Alex… “I am proud to be a Sales Manager in Charters’ Alresford branch, serving a community that I’ve lived in for most of my life. In fact, I attended both Sun Hill Junior and Perins School, so I know this area very well! Here in Alresford, we have a high calibre team of property professionals who all have close local connections to this beautiful market town. The market feels extremely positive right now, but my call for homeowners who are thinking of selling their property and moving will undoubtedly echo that of my colleagues in other Charters’ branches -


Now is a great time to sell! Please talk to us if you want an accurate valuation that will reflect current prices - you may well be surprised at the value you can achieve in today’s market.” If you would like to contact Alex or any other member of the Alresford team to arrange a valuation, please call us on 01962 734633 or email us on

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Alexander Technique in Alresford

re you moving as freely and effortlessly as you’d like? Is postural deterioration inevitable with age? Can youthful poise, balance and co-ordination be regained? We were all born with wonderfully functioning bodies, but nobody gave us the instruction manual! So during our lives we have pulled ourselves out of shape. Alexander Technique is a valuable education to show us how to return to ‘factory settings’ where our bodies once again work as they were designed. Through this, problems often drop away. As young children we could stand and walk with ease, sit comfortably for as long as we please without strain; our bodies a model of poise and perfect muscle tone. Sadly, the emotional and physical stresses of modern life accumulate and manifest in chronic muscle tension, distorting our movement patterns and well being. Our musculoskeletal system - our bones, muscles and soft tissue is a complex integrated system harmonised by appropriate tension and elasticity to maintain stability and strength, balance and coordination. Think very simplistically of a tent; poles, canvas and guy ropes, ineffective by themselves but tensioned together appropriately, the tent structure is strong, stable and able to withstand external forces. Unfortunately, when we start interfering with our own natural functioning with undue tension (over contracting some muscles and under using others) imbalances occur throughout, which has a major impact on the way we react, move and perform. Aches, pains and injury are also tell tale signs. Often we focus on individual body parts or muscles. Exercise is beneficial - muscle atrophy is to be avoided at all costs! - but it is important to recognise that our bodies are not made up of parts to make a whole, but they are a whole. Understanding how our whole body integrates and how we are affecting it, comes possibility to restore ourselves as nature intended. Fear, stress, thoughts, emotions, chaos, excess demands on strength and co-ordination are all enemies of how we use our bodies. We


fix, contract, compress and shorten in stature. Even furniture has an impact. The trouble is, much of our busy lives are carried out repetitively on autopilot, at a subconscious level. Repetitive movements becomes habitual and before long, these patterns feel normal and ‘right’. Worse still, if most of our reactions are subconscious how on earth do we know what to change and how? Alexander Technique works through thinking in activity; with initial help from a Alexander Technique teacher we learn awareness of our unwanted habits, to make change and from that, real choice as to how we react and move. Alexander Technique can be applied to help you do anything better and easier. Co-ordination and energy levels improve, movement becomes lighter, free, and more enjoyable. When our bodies and minds work together we learn to rebalance physically, as well as mentally and emotionally. With that comes greater self awareness, confidence and inner strength. Better functioning gives better performance; in your everday activities, business, education, sport, music and arts. Alexander Technique is a simple and practical method which is best learned by one-to-one lessons with a qualified teacher. Alexander Technique eventually becomes a self-help tool to regain control over our lives and problems, for a healthier and happier way of being. For more information please contact Cathi Foale MSTAT M: 07484 823049 E:

BE THE BEST Move,Perform, YOU CAN BE Look & Feel. WORK • SPORT • MUSIC • ARTS • EVERYDAY ACTIVITY Alexander Technique is a powerful tool for personal change in everything you do It is a skill that teaches you how to change and prevent long standing habits that cause unnecessary tension and compromised movement patterns. Regain your natural balance, co-ordination, free movement and vitality. Learn a whole new way of relating to yourself…

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My lessons are a real education and journey of self-discovery. I am more aware of my habitual patterns and already my breathing and walking are easier, and I can stand for longer periods in comfort. I feel more calm and composed within myself. The lessons are explanatory and gentle and whilst my body is quietly re-organising itself I can apply the technique to my daily life. Cathi makes you feel at ease and has special empathy towards people. JENNIFER BLACK

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WELLBEING Alresford Surgery News

Adult Flu Clinics Our flu clinics are well under way and are operating safely. All eligible patients should now have been contacted – Please visit to check if you are in one of the eligible groups. Please be aware that the groups of eligible patients has increased, so we do have limited vaccine stock. Please bear with us if you have not been able to book an appointment or we have to postpone your appointment. Meanwhile could we remind you to wear a face covering and wear a short sleeved shirt or top when you come for your flu jab. Child Flu Clinics We are working through contacting the parents of eligible children who are aged 2-3 or aged 4-17 and have a condition which puts them at greater risk if they get flu. Please ensure you book an appointment for your child to receive their flu vaccination, if you have not been contacted yet, please give us a call. Children in years R-7 will be vaccinated in school by Schools Health. REMINDER: Please continue to wear face masks when attending our Surgery Please continue to wear a face mask when attending our surgeries, remembering also to wash your hands, and make space: hands, face, space. This is so we can continue to protect our most vulnerable patients, as well as each other. Thank you. Healthier Together: It can be extremely stressful when your child is unwell. We know that there is a huge amount of information available at your fingertips, but finding something that provides clear and accurate information is not always easy! The resources on the Healthier Together website have been developed in partnership between parents and healthcare professionals from across Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. You'll find clear information on common childhood illnesses, including advice on what 'redflag' signs to look out for, where to seek help if required, what you should do to keep your child comfortable and how long your child's symptoms are likely to last. they also have a whole section on Covid-19. The Alresford Surgery, Station Road, Alresford Hampshire, SO24 9JL Telephone: 01962 732345 Website:


Save the Children - Alresford & District Branch H E L P - We have been fundraising for over 50 years in Alresford and, despite the Covid restrictions, we hope to continue for many more years. But we need help. Our Hon. Secretary is retiring after many years and we need a replacement. Someone who can organise committee meetings, take Minutes, sort out licences, etc. as well as help physically at fundraising events. Committee Meetings are held three or four times a year in the evening and fundraising events are usually at weekends. If you are interested in joining a team of people raising funds for a long-established national charity and would like more details, please contact Rob (Tel: 01962 733605) or April (Tel: 01962 735757).

Need an extra £100 to help stay warm this winter?

If you're on a low income, over 60 and live in Hampshire, you could get a grant of £100 to help stay warm this winter from the Surviving Winter fund. With rising energy prices, an increasing number of people will be finding it hard to heat their homes this year. The Surviving Winter fund is open from 11th October until the end of March 2022 (or earlier if all funding is allocated before that date) and can be accessed via your local Citizens Advice. The scheme is aimed at people who are over 60 and live in Hampshire and whose only income is the state pension (with or without state credit), or those who will struggle to heat their home adequately this winter. Successful applicants will receive a one-off grant of £100 which will be paid directly into their bank account and can be used to help with heating costs or to buy food and clothes. If you think you might be eligible, please contact Citizens Advice Winchester District, and one of our advisers will support you with an application. Call Citizens Advice Winchester District for free on 0808 278 7861 or email Phone lines are open 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.


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COMMUNITY / WELLBEING / GARDEN Petersfield Christmas Festival

A festive day of fun, shopping, Santa, singing.. Awesome News! We are planning the Petersfield Christmas Festival for 2021 and we are so excited to be back on Sunday 5th December. From 10am until 3.30pm Petersfield will be transformed into a festive wonderland full of awesome stalls and shops to buy that perfect gift for loved ones, children singing Christmas carols, Santa in his grotto in Rams Walk greeting all the children to see if they have been naughty or nice, fantastic rides and play areas for young and old alike as well as mulled wine, fudge, cheeses and mince pies in abundance… The Petersfield Christmas Festival Market has previously been described by a distinguished local resident as one of the busiest days Petersfield has ever seen. We hope the crowds will be out in their thousands to visit the stalls and buy some unique presents and to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the entertainment in the build up to the awesome festive period. ​Sunday 5th December 2021 from 10am-3.30pm


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Get in the festive mood by learning how to create a natural willow star and decorate wands with foliage. No previous skills necessary, although some manual dexterity and patience is needed. Bring sharp secateurs if you have them and wear old trousers. If you have a recent injury, carpel tunnel or arthritis please check with the tutor first. Runs from 10am to 1pm on the 26th Nov 2021 - £35.00. For more information and booking visit: Visit: for booking


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COMMUNITY Winchester Councillor, Fiona Isaacs Report New Breast Lump and Symptoms service Many residents may not know but Surgeries in Winchester , Alresford and others are part of a new Pilot scheme for Rapid Investigation service. This means that patients who think they have a lump or concerns should call this number first instead of going to the GP. Tel: 0300 123 0769. As a woman and an ex nurse, I strongly believe services like this help speed up diagnosis and treatment. Alresford Apple Day It was a pleasure to support the Rotary along with churches with this popular event. What ghastly weather for it but this didn’t dim the smiles on everyones faces. Well don’t to everyone involved. The Hampshire Fair I was delighted to be able to support yet another excellent event raising money for local Charities. Held at The Grange, Northington, it was packed with local traders from within our ward. A beautiful day for it. McMillan Coffee Morning This charity is close to my heart and it was yet another excellent event hosted by Angie and her team at The Swan Hotel in Alresford. Always a popular event and this year was no exception. I was pleased to be able to support it again this year. Helping local residents

I have been contacted by local residents with regards to lots of different issues. Planning enforcement, advice and information. I have been pleased to help with them and address all of these. Helping gain wheelchair access footpaths for some residents, supporting businesses with issues relating to licensing or planning and organising repairs or help address issues raised has been not only rewarding but my pleasure to help in some small way. Please don’t hesitate to contact me. Halloween I will in my spare time be preparing ,with my husband, for our own charity Halloween event that we have held for the post 6 years (excluding last year due to the pandemic) We look forward to seeing everyones smiling faces once again this year. Bishops Sutton Footpath update Having arranged for the footpath to be cut and also assessed by HCC for narrowing and repair issues I can confirm that we have allocated funding in the form of S106 developers contributions towards a scheme to improve the pedestrian infrastructure between Bishops Sutton and Alresford. I continue to work on the possibility of an enhancement project.


New sound equipment addition for the Community

It is with great pleasure we announce a new sound equipment addition for the Community. As a legacy from the Alresford Music Festival (20102020), the Foundation has purchased a Community & Music Community PA (public address) System. The purchase has been made with a flexible configuration in mind, where it can be used in 5 Configurations depending upon the event. This ranges from singular announcements to a full band scenario. The use of the PA System is Free of Charge. The PA System is for the use of ALL the community for any events from the Duck Race, Watercress, Santa and any music events. There are a set of rules that need to be abided by when using the equipment, and these are laid out in a Folder that is with the equipment on a sign out / sign in basis. The main rules is that if the equipment is damaged it will be on the User to make good. The Equipment is being kindly housed by the Alresford Community Centre. For access to the equipment please call Gareth Rees (07746 118284) or Ken Veitch (07767 661166). We are excited to be able to provide this facility for all from our great 10 years of Festivals. Best Wishes - Ken Veitch (AMF Founder)

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COMMUNITY / PROFESSIONAL Alresford Financial Dear All, The number of enquires around equity release is very strong at the moment, particularly around Inheritance Tax (IHT) planning and I thought it worth highlighting some of the key points around this. The following should not be considered advice but information which may help? A married couple have an IHT allowance of £650,00 (£325,000 each). Everything above this is liable to IHT at 40%. For example, an estate worth £1.5m has IHT liability of £350,000. This can be minimised by reducing the value of the estate by gifting assets away & putting things in trust (or simply spending as much possible!). Gifts made are normally totally tax free but are subject to IHT should the donor not live 7 years (this also tapers down over the 7 years). Often the greatest asset a client holds is their home and Equity Release may help.

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Equity release is effectively a mortgage that remains with you for your whole life but the interest does not need to be paid back monthly. Rates have been rising recently probably reflecting the inflationary pressures, but are still available at around 3% and fixed for life. Inflation (CPI) is currently (September 2021) running at 3.2%. So, equity release may reduce your estates IHT liability & gifts made could benefit loved ones. With an interest rate at 3% the debt, if the interest if left to compound, will not double for over 20 years. There is no guarantee what will happen to house prices over 20 years but there is a chance that the actual level of equity will not be eroded provided house prices rise. Modern plans are very different to the older traditional plans which attracted very poor press. Nowadays plans have flexibility, transparency, protection for the estate & most importantly the client benefits from any increase in house value & keeps the home ownership.

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Itchen Abbas Primary School children have been gifted a new bike rack to encourage local families to get active and ride their bikes to school. Thanks to the fundraising efforts of school parent Matt Kurton who took on an Half-Ironman Triathlon and a donation from Boomtown, children now have a safe space to store bikes during the school day. Head teacher Aimee Dear said: "Our new cycle rack will really encourage our children to consider cycling to school rather than coming in by car. That's good news for the environment too so everyone benefits."



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Join local groups by telephone and online

Many local groups and organisations are now offering services and activities by telephone and online. You can complete a virtual exercise class, join a club and participate in church services, without leaving your home. Contact your local church and community groups to see what is on offer in your area or try

Learn a new hobby

A great way to occupy your mind is to learn a new hobby or skill. In addition to books and magazines, there are many online resources to help you get started. Try one of the Open University’s free courses full-catalogue or improve your cooking skills with BBC Food Techniques:

Alton’s Big Dig (Part 2) Keith Baker and David Quick fill us in (sorry) on what they and their colleagues discovered at the second Big Dig, in July this year, following on from a very successful first Dig in 2019. Thursday 11th November 7.30. FREE but donations most welcome. Late Night Opening to tie in with the switch-on of Alton’s Christmas Lights. Why not explore the Museum following our special Bauble Trail. Then buy some early Christmas presents and stocking-fillers. 19th November, 5pm -7pm.

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Open up to friends and family and tell them how you are feeling. This will allow them to help you and offer support. You will be surprised how many people are feeling the same way you are and would enjoy a chance to chat with you over the phone.

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Alresford Chamber of Commerce HCC is asking parents and carers to take the Hampshire Children's Trust survey, so we can improve outcomes for the next generation. For ease, I have shortened the link to https://tinyurl. com/childtrustsurvey

There are several county planning matters being considered at HCC:- The Candover Water Augmentation Scheme is still far from being submitted. Thanks for all of your interest in this. This is currently at the pre-application consultation stage. The Solar farm at Three Maids Hill is awaiting an appeal date, the Ecogen application will be heard after November now, the Road Planning site at Three Maids Hill is going to committee, and a new application has been received for the Bryan Hirst site at Bullington Cross. Please contact me if you’d like more details on any of these.

Chamber Members We welcomed a new member from Old Alresford Fringe Media a full-service web development agency that strives to help their clients identify and achieve their goals.

In October, HCC has published an Annual Report for their Climate Emergency Action Plan and HCC Climate Change Strategy 2020-2025. The Report is available online on www. search ‘Climate Change Annual Progress’ There are successes: grant funding has enabled an ambitious programme to improve energy efficiency in schools, but one figure that stays depressingly low is our recycling rate, which is one of the lowest of the ‘shire councils’. ‘Aspirational recycling’ contributes to this. Putting something into your recycling bin ‘because it should be recycled’ or ‘because I did so at my last home’ is something we hear often -and it’s tempting! But doing this will contaminate a whole bin lorry and will result in that whole lorry load going for incineration rather than to recycling. So we can all play our part to improve that rate: please check again to remind yourself about what can be recycled. Go to or ask me for a leaflet.

Together we are stronger Keep track of our events, follow us on Facebook Twitter & Instagram @AlresfordChamberofCommerce / AlresfordCofC / info@ / Davina – Chamber Secretary

And we’re starting a ‘Be Kind’ campaign at the Alresford HWRC. Having talked to the public and the HCC officers, it’s clear that we need to ensure there’s a positive attitude on both sides to keep everyone safe- and ensure our valued Alresford HWRC continues to be there for us. Both WCC and HCC have grants available for innovative green schemes for your community. Ask me for details.

I know many people have signed out of the Covid19 ‘tracing app’. because they see no point. Local authority tracing will continue because they always trace contacts for other illnesses too, such as meningitis or food poisoning as a matter of Public Health, so Covid 19 is no exception. If you are called, and you do need to isolate or seek medical help, you can request help with food shopping, as well as practical or financial support too. Finally, would you like to start working with individual children? HCC is seeking new foster carers and needs more independent child minders . If you are interested, please contact me for more details.

The scaffolding went up some weeks ago and work started but the early coat of paint did not harden and showed streaking due to the rain. On the advice of the specialists, Smiths of Derby - and rather than spoil the finished job - this coat has been removed and a temporary grey primer applied to protect the clock face through the winter. The refurbished hands will be refitted but there will be no lettering. And so, sadly, for the time being at least, no glancing up at the tower to check the time as generations have done. The scaffolding will now come down, to be re-erected when Smiths come back in 2022 to complete the work, once the weather conditions are better. The other delay is the planned re-opening of the Alresford Community Cinema, where The Friends of St John’s have raised over £8000 for these works. It had been intended to open the cinema in late October but the delay there has, of course, been Covid-related rather than anything to do with the restoration. But we will be back in the early spring. (And I hope I don’t have to eat my words again!) Jan Field, Chairman, Friends of St John’s

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Market Town Events Alresford Ghost Hunt - Winners to be announced next month 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.

Members met up on our first in-person Chamber Chat for quite some time. Our hosts were Saddle House Medi-Spa. Any businesses or individuals wishing to participate, sponsor or generally assist with any of our projects please do email us.

Stands the Church clock at ten to three. Well, no, not as yet! My short note in the September issue of the Forum, heralding the cleaning and repainting of the clock on the tower of St John’s this autumn, was rather ahead of itself.



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n lockdown, the spare room had quietly morphed into the store room. With the annual retreat indoors for the darker, colder months under way, she decided it was time for a de-clutter. It was good for the psyche - any number of books and programmes said so. She’d sell some bits on social media; it was simple and fun. Allegedly. And it was simple. A few photos, a couple of sentences and ‘bingo’. Or rather ‘ping-go’; her phone immediately made an entirely new sound and a message from someone appeared. “Is this still available?” She typed feverishly in reply “Yes it is” and excitedly awaited a response. Nothing.. A short while later.. Ping. “Is this still available?” Same question, different item, different someone. Again she replied in the affirmative and “Would you take £20?” came the swift rejoinder. It was a bit less than she’d listed it for. And whoever it was hadn’t yet clapped eyes on it, but, well, she did want it gone.. “Yes, OK” she messaged and waited. And waited. Internet tumbleweed.. Over the next week, various enquiries ensued. Some got as far as “Please give your full address and postcode”. One even arranged a time to collect something and asked for her mobile number. She waited about. They never turned up. “It is simple, but I’m not feeling the fun” she complained to Himself. He shrugged his shoulders. “P’raps it’s a case of horses for courses. Personally, I’m in favour of a good old car boot sale for a good old clear out. People come, they look, they buy stuff. Or they don’t.. Very black and white.” Good point, well made. So Sunday morning found them in a chilly, dewy field before the sun had even risen. The last car boot of the season. With a flask of hot coffee and some sustaining bacon sandwiches, they parked and Himself opened the tailgate. A horde emerged from the gloom, brandishing torches and pushing forward, hands in the boxes, peering into the bags. “Got any records mate?” “Old tools?” “Anything military?” “Designer labels?” Himself was trying to fend off the arms reaching past him, whilst answering their questions: “Wait a minute… I’ll have a look… Yes, I


think so…. No… Now put that back…. STOP!!!!” Himself finally lost it. Sheepishly, the chastised horde rediscovered their manners, retreated to a safe distance and waited whilst he put up a table and she unpacked some boxes. The morning dragged on and not without incident. Two dealers fought over an old teddy bear; a black eye was given. A couple of things were pinched. Money changed hands – usually less than they’d asked for and no-one had the correct change or their own bags. There was also some slight confusion over Himself’s favourite camping chair: “How much is the chair mate?” “The chair I’m sitting on?” “Yes.” “It’s not for sale.” “Why not?” “Because I’m sitting on it…?” There were mutterings as the chap wandered off. But Himself, a veteran of many a boot sale had come prepared for most eventualities and was largely un-phased. And undeniably, the car was going to be pretty empty going home. She’d just waved goodbye to a large mirror, when her phone pinged. The now-familiar message “Is this still available?” appeared. Coincidentally, it was for the self-same mirror, but before she could respond with a ‘No’, the virtual clamouring came thick and fast. “Will you take £15?” “What’s your postcode.” “Give me your mobile.” “Can I collect tomorrow?” Panicking, she opened the app and swiftly marked it as ‘SOLD’. By midday they’d sold a lot and had enough. The coffee and sandwiches were a distant memory and the footfall had tailed off. It didn’t take long to pack up and leave with their jar of loot. “Go back via the recycling centre shall we?” Himself raised his eyebrows and glanced sideways at her. She nodded wearily. But one thing made it home with them; a small reproduction chest of drawers, much too nice to dump. Although she’d reduced the price from a score, to a tenner, to a fiver, there’d been no takers at the car boot. Her sales banter of “would look great if you chalk paint it” cut no mustard. She gave it one last chance on the internet. That afternoon a lady messaged her who did not beat her down on price. Who offered her own mobile number and arranged a time to collect. Who arrived promptly, declared herself delighted and paid £25 with the correct notes. In response to Himself’s questioning look as she returned indoors, she said. “You’re right. Different selling arenas suit different things.” She waved the cash triumphantly. “It really is a question of horses for courses. I sold it for a pony!”


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Cheriton Singers are pleased to announce their Autumn concert 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:

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Titchfield Festival Theatre is delighted to announce a new playwright competition with a total prize package worth £10,000. Supporting new plays and playwrights is extremely important to everyone at our theatre. That is why we have launched this new contest by providing financial incentives and a platform for playwrights to see their play performed in front of a live audience. The Winner will receive a cash prize of £1000 and see their play performed in the Acorn Theatre for one week. The package includes support from a TFT Director and a cast of actors. The criteria is simple. Your play must be a Brand New Full Length Play and never performed before. Plays of all genres are welcome, with a maximum length of two hours performance time. Submissions close 30th November 2021, with our expert panel shortlisting the finalists in December 2021. All plays will be read anonymously by a panel of readers appointed by TFT. This panel consists of a diverse mix of Patrons, volunteers, language and literature professionals, all from a wide age range and geographical area). This panel will then create a final shortlist. A panel of readers consisting of artistic directors, professional actors, directors and playwrights will meet to make the final decision. One winner will be picked from 10 shortlisted finalists and announced in January 2022. To find out more including a link to the Entry Form, please visit our website at


Hawk Conservancy Trust Christmas Market Enjoy the run up to Christmas with a delightful, festive shopping experience at the Hawk Conservancy Trust. Discover beautiful gifts for your loved ones while supporting local craftspeople and the Trust. With over 30 local businesses attending, you can find personalised presents, Christmas decorations, handcrafted treats, beautiful homeware and much more. The Trust shop will also be open selling a range of gift tickets, experiences, hampers and our usual range of quality gifts. They’ll also have a fantastic 20% off* in the shop for this night only! There’ll be a variety of tempting treats for you to enjoy during your evening, with a speciality hot chocolate stand, barbecue, churros stand, festive hot drinks including mulled wine, and Feathers Restaurant will be open and serving a selection of drinks and snacks. There’s limited capacity so there is plenty of space for you to enjoy this wonderful event and peruse the stalls. Tickets include a small mulled wine or hot apple juice. There will be free on-site parking. Some stall holders will be taking card payments only. No cash machine available. Your ticket will support the charitable work of the Hawk Conservancy Trust. Thursday 25th Nov 2021 from 4.30 - 8.30pm Tickets £2.00 For more information visit: events/christmas-market/

IS THIS THE WORLD’S BEST RIOJA? This wine has hit the headlines with an astonishing power, intensity and complexity of flavour. Taking its place at the very top of the pile, this Rioja will be sure to delight any red wine lover. We have secured a limited amount of stock, get yours now.

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Simple Yellow Lentil Dhal A nice winter warmer lentil dhal. In India, dal is the term used for all dried legumes, but it has also come to refer to a simple, filling stew-like preparation served with rice or flat bread. This yellow lentil dal recipe can be made with any type of lentil, just increase the cooking time 10 to 15 minutes if using black or green lentils. (serves 6)

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Why do we need to ReNature the South Downs? The South Downs National Park is home to some incredibly beautiful and rare habitats and wildlife. Our chalk grassland has up to 40 species in one square metre and our lowland heath is rarer than rainforest and home to all of our native reptiles and amphibians. Even here, nature is under pressure, and it needs our help. Since it came into being, the National Park Authority has worked with local partners to deliver ambitious projects, bringing together land managers, conservationists, planners and volunteers to conserve and enhance the landscape. These partnerships have not only restored habitats and reintroduced keystone species but also helped people better understand the history of the South Downs and the special role people have played in its changing character. At the moment, 25% of the National Park is managed for nature. Our goal is to increase that to 33% by 2030. This will add an extra 13,000 hectares managed for nature. But, we don’t want to stop there! We want to ensure that there really is nature everywhere, and so we want the remaining 67% to be nature friendly. Using our experience and best practice from previous projects, we will support those projects that will help us reach 33% of land for nature by 2030. We are going to be working with farmers, communities, local authorities and other partners to make this happen. Together we can create a nature network spreading across the South Downs National Park making this an even better place for nature and people, where wildlife can flourish, habitats thrive and where everyone can experience nature and wildlife at their best. Simply put, we want nature everywhere, for everyone. We cannot do it without your help.

What does ReNaturing in the South Downs look like? With ambitious goals of adding 13,000 hectares managed for nature and ensuring there is space for nature everywhere and for everyone, we will support nature recovery projects from large landscape scale restoration of entire habitats to small-scale projects in the community. Our projects will include: Woodland Trees are incredible. They give us clean air to breathe, enhance natural beauty, support wildlife and are vital for tackling climate change. The South Downs National Park has more trees than any


other National Park in England but with a changing climate and many pests and diseases, they need our help. As part of our Trees for the Downs project, we aim to plant 100,000 native trees over the next 5 years.

Heathland restoration Our stunning heathland is brimming with biodiversity but with only 1% of rare heathland left in the South Downs, we need to restore and increase this rare habitat that support so many amazing species including one of the UK’s rarest reptiles, the sand lizard. We aim to improve and expand an additional 12,000 football pitches worth of heathland. Beelines The iconic chalk grassland of the South Downs attracts a multitude of bees and butterflies with its array of stunning wildflowers. However, with a continuing deterioration in chalk grassland these key pollinating species are on the decline and in need of our support. We will be working with farmers and partners within the Arun to Adur area, to create wildflower corridors across downland linking species rich chalk grassland to sites which are in need of pollination.

South Downs hedgeroads Hedges are like highways for wildlife, providing homes, food and highways to travel between habitats. We plan to work with farmers and land managers to restore hedgeroads across the National Park. Water Our rivers, streams and ponds are vital to our wildlife. There are 1000 historic dew ponds spread across the South Downs that provided vital water for wildlife and grazing livestock. In recent years many have fallen into disrepair. We will work with landowners across the South Downs to restore this pond network for the great-crested newt, invertebrates and other key species that depend on them. We will also work to help our rivers to renature, restoring natural processes and supporting habitat for watervoles, otters and the other iconic creatures that call our rivers home. You can help by ReNaturing your home, garden and even your flat. There are so many ways that you can help nature – in small spaces, community spaces and out and about, with little or no budget.

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At midwinter the ancient oak and holly meet in the forest to duel. Listen to the tales of these ancient trees and the winter wildlife nestling within their branches in the magical setting of our Iron Age roundhouse.

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You are then invited to explore the ancient buildings of the farm and follow a trail to discover the folklore of winter and see what nature you can spot! Whilst much of nature may appear to be slumbering, midwinter is the perfect time to celebrate the natural world and be reminded that although the nights are long now, the season is turning and the green leaves of spring will soon come again. The stories will be suitable for children aged 5 to 11 but all are welcome. Please wear wellies or walking boots and wrap up warm. We will be ensuring that the event complies with any necessary covid guidance in

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New Alresford Town Council Broad Street Pedestrianised Area During the Covid-19 pandemic, emergency measures were taken by Winchester City Council to put in place a temporary socially distanced scheme on the service road in Broad Street, from Ash Turkish Barbers to Fowler and Smith. Traffic in this area was prohibited, allowing the public a wider area of movement. Restrictions have now been lifted but we would welcome your views on making this space a permanent pedestrian area. The survey enclosed in this month’s Forum is aimed at households and businesses situated near to Broad Street and we would be grateful if you took a little time to complete the questionnaire and return it to our office by 30th November. We would like to emphasise that we are at the beginning of the consultation and all your views will be considered. The survey can also be downloaded from our website. We look forward to receiving your comments. Planters in Broad Street We are extremely grateful to Fowler and Smith for agreeing to store the planters normally located in the pedestrianised area in Broad Street. They had to be temporarily removed from the area for the Michaelmas Fair Remember, remember Friday 5th of November as


flooding, enhance vegetation to support juvenile fish and provide robust river access for dogs. Please visit www. for more details on their vital work to protect our local rivers. Alresford Fireworks and Bonfire will be lighting up the night sky at Arlebury Park. We're delighted to welcome them back and organisers Alresford Rotary have promised they'll will be back with a bang. The event will begin with a torch lit procession from the top of Broad Street through the town starting at 7pm followed by the lighting of the bonfire at 7.45pm and then the firework display at 8pm. Tickets can be purchased from Oakleaf Stationery, West St or online at https//

River path The footpath between the Eel House and Arlebury Park has been closed temporarily and we were pleased to grant Wessex Rivers Trust's request to store their machinery at the bottom of Arlebury Park whilst essential repairs could be completed. Their aim has been to repair and protect the banks from erosion, improve accessibility, alleviate footpath

Hanging Baskets Our thanks to the residents and businesses in the town centre who purchased a hanging basket this year. We do hope that you enjoyed them, and we welcome any comments that you may have so that we can give feedback to our suppliers. We will be advertising our 2022 Scheme soon, so please look out for an application form in your inbox.

Arlebury Park outdoor gym We are delighted to have been successful in securing a grant to install a new outdoor gym at Arlebury Park. We want to make sure the gym is most beneficial to our community, so if you have a view on whether the gym should be located in one area at Arlebury park or spaced out in a route around the edge of the park,

please do let us know. Also, if there is a particular piece of equipment you would like to see installed, do contact the Council.

Wildflower planting Many thanks to New Leaf community group who kindly cleared an overgrown area at the bottom of Arlebury Park, and supported by the Council, sowed it with a mix of wildflower seed suitable for our chalky soil. Watch this space for beautiful blooms buzzing with life next Spring. The long grassy edge at Arlebury Park has also been oversown with yellow rattle (which suppresses grass) and wildflower seed. New Alresford Town Council Arlebury Park, The Avenue, New Alresford, SO24 9EP Phone: 01962 732079


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COMMUNITY "Exhibition Of Fine Art And Beautiful Homeware In Alresford – The Perfect Opportunity To Start Your Christmas Shopping Early Whilst Supporting The Cameron Bespolka Trust The Exhibition will open its doors from 10 am on Friday 12th November and will offer a wide range of exclusive, individual items and perfect Christmas gift ideas.

The joyous work of British artist Sharon Harvey will be exhibited and for sale at the event including original works and prints. Sharon’s paintings are inspired by nature, be it the rugged coastlines of Cornwall, botanical forms or the weather. For a preview of her work visit

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The Trust will be selling their range of gifts, in particular, their wildlife homes, made by a local charity using recycled wood, that make wonderful Christmas presents. Founding Trustee Corinne Bespolka said “We are so grateful to Sharon and Caroline for supporting our charity and are thrilled to be part of this unique event held in such a special location in Alresford.“

A new Christmas shopping experience combining art exhibition and boutique shopping event comes to Alresford from Friday 12th-Sunday 14th November. The Exhibition, organized by local businesses Sharon Harvey Art and The Interiors Apothecary will donate a percentage of all sales to the Winchester based charity, The Cameron Bespolka Trust, set up in 2013 in memory of young naturalist, Cameron Bespolka.

Winchester Cathedral’s Christmas Market is recognised as one of the best in Europe, renowned for its unique location, handpicked high quality exhibitors and bustling atmosphere. The Christmas Market is inspired by traditional German Christmas markets and attracts more than 400,000 visitors each year. The authentic wooden chalets are situated in the Cathedral’s historic Inner Close, selling a range of tempting seasonal treats and delightful Christmas gifts. Winchester holds its own with any European destination for those in search of an authentic Christmas experience and is regularly recognised as being in the top 10 in Europe. The Cathedral is at the heart of the city’s celebration, with its many Christmas services, Christmas Market, and festive activities that offer a truly unique and magical experience.

Interior Design Consultancy, The Interiors Apothecary, will be exhibiting unique homewares, interiors accessories, soft furnishings and restored furniture pieces. Their range focuses on simple, stylish living and is inspired by a love of life in the English countryside, www.theinteriorsapothecary.

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The Exhibition will be held at The Light Room, The Old Chapel, The Dene, Alresford SO24 9BQ from 12th–14th November. NEW for 2021, travel through magical ‘snow’ at one part of the ride and spot new light installations along the line! You will have a chance to see the outside of the train at the start, middle and end of your journey to capture it by camera. Everyone is given an LED wristband (included in the price of your ticket) to wear on the train and take home after the event.

Steam Illuminations is a unique Christmas, pixel mappable digital LED train! It’s an incredible light show on and in a steam train, consisting of thousands of fully controllable colour mixing LED lights and LED wristbands. This makes the train look magical both inside and out! Marvel at the wonderful light show with different colours and flashing patterns, whilst sitting back and relaxing on one of our steam trains as it travels up and down our 10 mile line.

Popular and traditional music will play along with the lights to enhance your experience. Trains depart from either Alresford or Alton and complete a round trip, back to the starting station. This is a wonderful experience for the whole family and is sure to be an event to remember! CAUTION: This event consists of many flashing lights so may be unsuitable for people suffering from epilepsy. The event runs from 26-28 November 2021 3-5, 10-12, 16-23 & 27-31 December 2021 1-2 January 2022

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EDUCATION Health and Wellness are important at all stages of life As a School, Godolphin recognises that good mental health and wellness is significant at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. We realise it is our responsibility to provide up to date, thoughtprovoking and informative sessions for parents and pupils alike. Talking Mental Health and Wellness seeks to do exactly this. Every member of our community exists on the continuum of mental health which affects our emotional, psychological, and social wellbeing and therefore how we think, act, and feel, how we relate to others, react to stress, and make choices. Our aim is to promote positive mental health which allows our community to realise their full potential and make meaningful contributions, as well as equip our students with the resilience, positive emotions and practices they can use beyond their school years. On Friday 5 November 2021, Godolphin will host the Third annual Mental Health and Wellness Conference. This year, we focus on mental health and wellness as we return to school and how as parents, we can best support our young people after 18 months of uncertainty. Keynote speakers include Dr Nick Baylis and Natasha Devon MBE. Both are inspirational speakers, and I am sure will offer

Winchester College Launches ‘The Wykeham Award’ Winchester College has today announced the launch of a dedicated bursary for Sixth Form pupils, known as The Wykeham Award. The Wykeham Award will provide means-tested financial support for pupils who join the school in the Sixth Form from a UK state secondary school. Available for boys and girls, and for those who would like to join as a day pupil or boarder, the award can cover up to 100% of the school fees, as well as other associated expenses. Candidates should be confident of excellent GCSE results, and those with a talent in sport, music, the arts, or a broad range of extra-curricular interests, are particularly encouraged to apply. The launch of The Wykeham Award is an important step in realising the school’s ambition to increase the bursary provision by 25% to 150 pupils in 2024. A mother of a bursary recipient commented, “We never considered private school to be a possibility, but the bursary has given our son an educational journey that has been transformative. Winchester has the capacity to look at each child individually, to stimulate, support and challenge their interests, raise horizons and realise potential.” Dr Tim Hands, Headmaster at Winchester College said, ‘The bursary provision at Winchester is one of the most generous in the country and is there to support any pupil who has the academic ability and ambition to make the most of an education here. We’re delighted to launch The Wykeham Award to encourage even more applicants to apply.’


some no-nonsense much needed guidance for us all. As with last year’s conference, the knowledge and expertise of our speakers is both diverse and relevant. Other speakers include Alicia Drummond from Teen Tips who will give us practical strategies to help our children fulfil their potential, Dr Nihara Krause, a specialist in eating disorders and Fiona Spargo-Mabbs whose personal experience has shaped the charity which she set up. We will also be hearing from Tasha Lawton, who has developed her own comprehensive series of curriculum-aligned resources, covering alcohol, drugs, eating disorders, gender-based violence, periods, sex, sexuality and suicide and self-harm. John Perry has spoken to pupils and staff and returns to share his wisdom on imposter syndrome and Jo Reeves from Barefoot Coaching, will be addressing the emotional needs of children. We also look forward to hearing what Dr Emma Ross has to say on how to use sport and exercise as a vehicle to reframe attitudes towards the female body. Tickets available via

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