Itchen Valley Forum June 2022

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ISSUE 186 JUNE 2022

Itchen Valley

FORUM Life in your Community

Celebrating the Queen's Platinum Jubilee RECIPE OF THE MONTH




Tunworth Cheese twice baked souffle

Cross Border By Lucia Foster-Found

All the local news and events for June

'True Colours' - At the Lightroom, Alresford


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CONTENT S 04 June Events 06 Property Management

Buying, selling, letting?

Find local estate agents and property management services



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



Alresford Rotary

20 Community 20

36 Feature


Cross Border - by Lucia Foster-Found


42 Entertainment

Jubilee Picnic in the Park

Discover local events and days out or in


47 Education 47


Find local schools and educational experts

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Join friends and family to


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in the ‘Alresford’s Jubilee Picnic

New Leaf, Chamber of

Commerce and New Alresford


Town Council)

48 Professional Services

From photographers to solicitors every professional service you need

Alresford Town Council Report

51 Motoring 51

26 Recipe of 26 the Month

your vehicle running

Local services to keep

Tunworth Cheese twice baked souflle


28 On your 28 Highstreet

Our regular retail feature

30 Wellbeing 30

35 Garden 35

Make your garden dream come true

Director of Advertising Steve Walker Director of Marketing Rob Harrison Advertising Manager Mandy Head Accounts

Contributors Lucia Foster-Found www.

Get in Touch Unit 8A, Shelf House, New Farm Road, Alresford, SO24 9QH Tel: 01962 735137

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

34 June Events

Editor Mark Tubb

Forum Publications Offices

27 Retail 27

Looking after your health and yourself!

The Team



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June Events

Every Second Saturday The Teamsters CMC Country Music Dance

At Fourmarks Village Hall GU34 55AA with live bands 8.00pm-11.15pm. Freestyle & Social dancing. BYOD. Food, tea, coffee, available. For details & booking contact: Ken & Magaret on 01962 734673

Thur 2 - Sun 5 June

Flowers and Family Fun at St Mary’s Church Old Alresford

Do Come, celebrate and explore the seven decades of HM Queen Elizabeth II’s 70-year Reign. The Church will be open every day over the Bank Holiday Weekend from 10am to 4pm. You will be able to take a look back at events over the last 70 years. Enjoy puzzles and Craft Activities for the whole family. The Jubilee Beacon will be lit at St Mary’s at 9.45pm on Thursday 2nd June. Refreshments will be available.

Saturday 4 June

Kilmeston Village Fete

From 2pm - 4.30pm at Dean House Gardens, Kilmeston, SO24 0NL. There will be Cream Teas, Coffee and Homemade cakes served in the Orangery with Pimms on the lawn. Live Brass Band, stalls games and kids' activities. Adults £2, Children free. No dogs except assistance. 70th ANNIVERSARY

Saturday 4 June

The East Stratton Fete & Dog Show

This quintessential village fete will be held on the village green opposite the Northbrook Arms PH in East Stratton, described as one of the best preserved estate villages in the south of England and set in a conservation area just off the A33 about 5 miles north of Winchester (SO21 3DX). It offers genuine family entertainment for all ages with a wide range of stalls and sideshows, a barbecue and Pimms bar, a children’s entertainer, tractor & trailer rides, a jazz band and a fun dog show as well as a grand draw with numerous exciting prizes. Car parking and entry is free.

Thursday 9 June

Alresford Ladies Group

This month's meeting will be Basket Making by Louise Brown. Meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month and new members are always welcome. Please contact Beverly Terrill on 01962 733112 for more information.

From 1.30pm – 4.30pm at Bramdean House, Bramdean, Alresford SO24 0JU Garden Open Enjoy the famous gardens of this 18th Century house including herbaceous borders and a working kitchen garden. Refreshments will be available. Tickets £7.50 in advance £8.50 at the door with 25% to Bramdean Church. All other proceeds to Cardiac Rehab.


Sunday 12 June

Alresford and District Horticultural Society Meeting

Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm in St Gregory’s Hall, Grange Road, Alresford. The next meeting, on 8 June, will be the Annual Rose Show and a talk by Gillian Taylor: ‘For the Love of Roses.’ The competition is open to Members only but visitors are welcome to attend. For further information contact the Chairman, Stephen Morley, on 01962 733524 or hortic@

Saturday 18 June Festival of Toy Trains

From 10.30am to 4.30pm at Perins School, Pound Hill, Alresford, SO24 9BS. Adults £8 Children £2, Family (2+2) £15. Early entry to sales Hall 9am £10. There will be a BBQ, real ale and live music. For more information contact: or call: 07836 734311. uk

The Open Gardens of Broad Street

BIGinSCREEN Jubilee Picnic the Park - Arlebury

Find more information at our Facebook page ‘Alresford’s Jubilee Picnic in the Park’

From 7pm at Pinglestone Barn, Old Alresford SO24 9TB in aid of Home-Start Winchester. Tickets £25 include, salads and home-made desserts. Book online (plus booking fee) at email or call 07776 041574

Sunday 19 June

Saturday 4 June

Organised by Coordinating Alresford (Rotary, Pigs, New Leaf, Chamber of Commerce and New Alresford Town Council)

Kasbah Swing Band & Hog Roast

Bramdean House Open Gardens


Arlebury Park, Alresford Celebrate the Queen's 70th Anniversary. LATE the ‘TIL – 2PM ENTRY of WatchFREE live coverage the day including Fete with activities, competitions, music, concert from Buckingham Palace on the Big refreshments and entertainment Screen. Take activities, competitions, Join friends andpart familyin to celebrate this amazing milestone music, refreshments and entertainment. Join friends and family to celebrate this amazing milestone. Find more information at our Facebook page 'Alresfords Jubilee in the Park'

Saturday 11 June

Thursday 9 June

Jubilee Picnic in the Park Park,SATURDAY Alresford 4 JUNE

Liam Kelleher, step by step, so no experience is needed. We provide all of the materials that you will need for the session, so all you need to do is turn up, have fun and create something beautiful to take home! Buy tickets

Friday 10 June

Alresford Wine & Paint Evening

From 7.30pm -10pm at St John's Church, SO24 9AG. The popular Basingstoke Wine and Paint Evening is now also available in Alresford. Join us for an evening of drink, painting and socialising! With a free drink in hand, you'll paint along with renowned Artist

From 11am - 5pm - Broad Street An opportunity to visit these unique gardens. These ancient burgage plots created in the 13th Century are survivors of the town's medieval layout. Afternoon teas, tombola and plant stall. Entrance £6 per head, Children free allow access to all open gardens.

For more June events see page 34

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A cause for celebration…

A name you can count on in a changing world… The long bank holiday weekend will give us a chance to pay tribute to A name you can count on in a changing world… Her Majesty the Queen on her Platinum Jubilee, a momentous event that will be celebrated both nationally and internationally. Locally, the Jubilee will be marked by a host of events, including garden and street parties, which will provide a chance for us all to have a bit of well-deserved fun and relaxation, and to be able to raise a glass to celebrate Her Majesty’s milestone event. Have a wonderful weekend!

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The importance of using a professional estate agent when selling your property

Hellard's is owned and run by Gordon Thoday, who has 18 years experience of estate agency, and is a member of Propertymark, the leading industry body in the UK. Gordon comments: “We want to be prepared well in advance of the forthcoming ROPA recommendations, and are busy training our sales and lettings teams now to be the best in their field. This focus on training and qualifications will ensure our clients get advice they can rely on, that is given with their best interests in mind at all times”.

Did you know there is currently no requirement for estate agents to be licenced or qualified, and that pretty much anyone can offer advice on what is most peoples’ largest asset? There have been many cases over the years of clients being misadvised, leading to them losing money, with little chance of recourse against the agents involved.

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The government is looking at addressing this issue, with the ROPA (Regulation of Property Agents) working party looking at improving industry standards by the introduction of qualifications, which are destined to become mandatory over the coming years. The requirement for people in the property industry to be qualified will undoubtedly lead to a better experience for home sellers and buyers, with fewer problems along the way and swifter transaction times.

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Winchester Cheese & Chilli Festival 2022 - 18th & 19th June

The Cheese and Chilli Festival is the only show in the UK which celebrates both Cheese and Chilli within a festival setting. The Cheese and Chilli Festival is now held at FOUR locations throughout the south of England: Christchurch, Winchester, Swindon and Guildford. We are delighted to announce that the amazing Cheese and Chilli Festival is returning to Winchester for for the 7th time in 2022, once again we will be at the North Walls Recreation Ground (behind the River Park Leisure Centre). Enjoy the following at this event: • The Famous Jez Avery mountainbike legend and renowned UK stunt show performer. • We would like to create our own silly version of (perhaps) the greatest dog show • A festival is not a festival without some live music! To keep us entertained, we have a number of bands playing for us throughout the weekend. • Cooking Theatre - A number of cooking demonstrations or talks will be offered by professionals from the cheese and chilli industry. • Walkabout Musicians - Red hot accordion tunes, thumping guitar & harmony drenched vocals. International folk-duo BoxSet have played festivals together all over Britain, mainland Europe & America. • Circus Skills - Have a go at Circus Skills; including juggling, diabolo, poi, plate spinning, flower sticks, staff spinning, hula hooping, stilt walking, unicycles and rola bola – we even have a freestanding slackline for the more adventurous to try! • Punch & Judy - 'A Classic Whodunit’ Punch & Judy is a classic show which the kids love. It’s also a time to have 30 minutes or so to grab a drink etc and relax as we’ll take the strain. The show is a fun and interactive play which we all know and love. • Chilli Eating Competition - The Chilli Eating Competition takes place each day at around 4pm. It’s quite a sight to see grown adults struggle to eat tiny fruits and hilarious to see the consequences! • Crazy Golf - Another FREE activity, why not test yourself against our very own Cheese & Chilli Crazy Golf Course. Par 27! Large and small putters available plus multicoloured balls so no cheating. • Taste Tent - At each event we have a tailored selection of sauces from various traders around the site and we ask you to judge which ones you prefer. • Children's Entertainment - We have number of FREE activities available for the kids. We have Punch & Judy, Magic Shows, Treasure Hunts, Balloon Modelling, Crazy Golf, Football and Circus Skills available. • Cheese & Chilli - An array of lovely cheese & chilli available for you to sample and purchase. For more information visit:


New Alresford Town Trust The New Alresford Town Trust organised a bumper Monday Bank Holiday for the visitors and residents of Alresford. Jackie Edwards organised the Brocante Market for its 4th year. There was a great attendance, and in addition there were open days at the Eel house,Museum and Norman Bridge. Jackie said "Alresford welcomed the first of 2 Brocante Markets this year on Sunday,2nd May with a huge turnout making the day a vibrant enjoyable day for the public,enthusiast and traders. Broad St took on a "French feel"with an eclectic mix of items with the public browsed and purchased between brunch, lunch and afternoon tea in the many Alresford cafes ,bars and restaurants. If you missed this market then come to our next Brocante market on Sunday,25th September" Robin Atkins reported that 770 visitors visited the 3 open day sites and donated over £270 plus gift aid of £68 making £338 for the Trust split between the Eel House fund and the Museum. It was a busy day for all volunteers!! The next open days are: Museum- Sunday,5th June and 19th June Eel House -Friday 3rd June and then all three venues will be open on Sunday 17th July Robin Atkins - NATT,chair

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Two years on from the start of the pandemic, the frenetic sales activity that emerged from it shows no sign of fading with almost 115,000 sales recorded in March, the third highest March of the decade. HMRC estimates there were over 330,000 sales in the first quarter of 2022 in the UK, with 12,996 in the south east. In terms of average property values, Nationwide reports an annual increase of £33,000; in the year to March, annual price growth was 14.3% - the highest rate since November 2004. Halifax has pointed to a

















February-to-March monthly rise of 1.4%, which is the largest monthly increase in six months. Meanwhile, the story of the year concerning the shortage of housing stock continues unabated, much to the frustration of buyers who are facing National Association of Estate Agents news that 40% of properties are selling over asking price. Indeed, in March 2022, Propertymark revealed agents have an average ratio of 26 buyers for every property.



In Alresford, demand echoes this national trend; in many of our most sought-after areas, properties are frequently subject to best and final offers. Our database of ready-to-go buyers means we can match people and properties fast, while Rightmove reports the national average time to secure a buyer in February 2022 was 36 days. Our prediction for the 2022 property market remains optimistic and, unless the supply of more homes increases dramatically, that’s how the state of play is likely to stay.

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Alresford Pigs Association - Local People Helping Local People It’s been a busy month for the Pigs. We’ve helped Ukrainian visitors with funds for Bus Passes, we’ve funded events and items for local schools and people, and we’ve stood in the rain directing traffic for happy Watercress Festival visitors and some (a very few) less happy locals! There’s much more coming and we look forward to Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee this month and to be involved in local events, such as the Alresford Show. (Yes, it’s happening!) Please remember if you need help, don’t be afraid to ask, we’ll consider all requests – from financial to physical help – and even provided a friendly ear and chat when needed. Mobility issues still provide many of our requests for help. We are geared up with equipment, for either loan or permanent use, ranging from crutches and walkers, through to powered mobility scooters.


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Councillor Fiona Isaacs On-Street parking

Hampshire County Council has confirmed to The Alresford Chamber of Commerce and myself, that a consultation will take place before decisions are made. The Chamber has been actively engaged in feeding back their survey results from residents and businesses after Winchester City Council (WCC) suggested parking meters in Alresford. Businesses recognise that things may have to change to get parking enforcement in the town as WCC is not investing in this. The lack of enforcement has been frustrating for many residents and businesses. I have always opposed parking meters and it is not an easy situation with car parks managed by WCC and on-street by Hampshire County Council. Enforcement obviously needs to be funded and a balance needs to be carefully managed.

Safety concerns raised by residents

Last year there were official complaints made by residents who could not get out of their homes with wheelchairs due to long grass. This issue was raised again as cuts were missed in March and April in some areas. As a result, I have made sure that this is temporarily addressed until proper action could be taken. I have called for a meeting of lead officers from Winchester City Council to discuss things and show them the issues in Alresford. I have asked our New Alresford Town Council Chair to attend. I will update the outcome in my next report. I am pleased to announce that there has been some cutting taking place in these missed areas. We are currently scheduled for 9 monthly cuts. There are also a few project areas where there will be sightline cuts at the very least. At the moment neither has been done and this is why I have spent over a month trying to resolve things.

Ukrainian Assistance - Update

• I have written many letters to key Directors and others from Stagecoach Buses over the last few months asking about offering 6 month free travel to these residents. Many buses in our more rural areas have empty seats, so to offer them free is not costing Stagecoach any more. I would like to thank Estelle and James Bentham and others in our ward who have worked so hard on this negotation. • I was the only WCC councillor to attend the first Ukrainian 'refugee guest and host meeting' in Winchester. I spent a lot of time ensuring that there were pathways to employment and communication of vacancies within our local groups. Linking in the Alresford Chamber of Commerce, Hampshire Chamber of Commerce and other business groups. (eg Winchester BID) We have managed to successfully find employment for most.


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The River Arle

As one of about 200 chalk streams worldwide the River Arle is precious, much loved by the local community and home to the native white-clawed crayfish, an endangered species now only found in a few strongholds. Just upstream of the Eel House, the footpath had fallen into disrepair and was becoming difficult to use even with regular repairs. Happily, a more permanent solution has been implemented through Watercress and Winterbourne's, a Landscape Partnership Scheme funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Washed away

The causes for the footpath's decline were numerous and interlinked. High footfall caused the surface to wear down and prevented the growth of vegetation that would normally secure the soil. The plants that did appear up were stunted by the heavy shade cast by nearby trees and the bank side of the path was further scoured by the stream whenever the water level was high. These factors combined to cause gradual but significant bank erosion, especially noticeable on the footpath, which developed narrow sections and large dips that were often filled with rain, making the route increasingly tricky to navigate, and in parts inaccessible for those with low mobility. But there was another, less visible, casualty, the health of the adjacent chalk stream. As the bank and path crumbled, sediment was being released into the water, settling on the gravelly bed, preventing fish from breeding and leaving invertebrates without a home. As the sediment built up the stream grew shallower, making it sluggish, warm, and more likely to overflow. Vegetation dwindled, compounding


the erosion and reducing the available shelter for water voles.

Shoring up

With the Wessex Rivers Trust, the Watercress and Winterbourne's Landscape Partnership Scheme began tackling these issues in October 2021, resurfacing the footpath and widening it to allow pushchairs to pass. Replacement bank supports were added and reinforced by buffers of woody debris. A silt curtain newly purchased to avoid exposing the white-clawed crayfish to any contamination, kept the stream clear during the disturbance. These improvements will be invaluable in securing the bank, but its long-term stability depends on the return of sufficient vegetation. Plant growth will lock the soil in place and shield it from the flowing water, in addition to providing important wildlife habitat, to encourage this, the Wessex Rivers Trust thinned the trees to let in more sunlight and added native plants to bolster the natural regrowth. As vegetation is vulnerable to trampling, particularly whilst becoming established, the bank is now protected by a low fence with an access area where dogs can enjoy a dip. In November, brilliant volunteers returned to 'hinge' trees into the channel: partially cut through, the trees still grow but can be laid down to form 'pinch points' that hasten the flow and help sweep excess sediment away.

Moving forward

This spring signs of success appeared. The bank is growing greener as new plants populate the area, the gravelly bed near the pinch points is largely free from sediment and the footpath once again offers an

enjoyable walking route. The full impact will take time to show and the Watercress and Winterbourne's Landscape Partnership Scheme looks forward to assisting the community with their ongoing care of the stream. The repairs to and the enhancement of the river and its bank are in memory of local residents Mike and Bridget Newitt, whose generous legacy to Alresford Rotary enabled the works carried out to be significantly more extensive than would have been possible otherwise. Mike and Bridget’s generosity, and its legacy, have been commemorated by an information board next to the Eel House. They wished Alresford Rotary to use their

legacy for the benefit of the local community and it has also enabled Alresford Rotary to donate toward the imminent refurbishment of the Stratton Bates playground.

Cherishing our chalk streams

If you love our local chalk streams have a look at the Watercress and Winterbourne's website Alresford Rotary acknowledges that the contents of this is article and the photographs largely originate from the Watercress and Winterbourne's Landscape Partnership Scheme and the Wessex Rivers Trust.

Alresford Rotary needs you! If you like contributing to your local community and worldwide projects and having fun at the same time please let us know!

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New Alresford Town Council

Neighbourhood Plan

Thank you to all those residents who attended the Neighbourhood Plan Engagement Day on 28th April, and to all those who have completed the questionnaire. The Advisory Group held its first meeting on 16 May and the results of the Engagement Day and questionnaires are currently being collated and reviewed. Further information is available on Neighbourhood_Plan

Floral Displays for the Town

160 floral displays have been installed in the town centre on many properties and will soon be looking splendid. As this is the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year, we felt it was fitting that the displays are red, white, and blue flowers. The theme was continued by Anita Wade who planted the three town entry flower beds. A huge thank-you for her continued enthusiasm.

Platinum Jubilee

Celebrating the four-day weekend between 2-5 June with a party or community celebration to mark 70 years of HM the Queen’s reign? Please join the town celebrations at the Jubilee Picnic in Arlebury Park on Saturday 4th June from 2pm until late. There will be a big screen showing live coverage of the day including the concert from Buckingham Palace, fete, competitions, music, entertainment and refreshments. Thank you to our partners who have assisted in organising the

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event, Alresford Rotary, Pigs, New Leaf and Chamber of Commerce. Further information on Facebook page ‘Alresford’s Jubilee Picnic in the Park.’


NATC employs a very loyal litter picker who covers all the Recreation Grounds, centre of town, main arterial routes and one-off incidents most days of the week. Especially worrying has been continued incidents of broken glass on the football pitches and public footpaths at Arlebury Park and Stratton Bates Recreation Ground. Families of small children and dog walkers use our parks daily. Please help the litter picker to keep your town clean and tidy by using one of the many litter bins or simply take litter home with you. Fly tipping should be reported to Winchester council but if you witness a fly -tip please report this to the Police 101 number.

Vodafone mast to be erected at Arlebury Park Case 22/00483/ TCP A planning application has been approved by Winchester Council under permitted

development, for the installation of a replacement base station consisting of a 20 metre monopole supporting six antenna, two 600mm dishes, three cabinets and ancillary development. It is not known what date the works will commence, however when complete this will improve the signal strength and connectivity in the area.

A new committee ‘Community and Open Spaces’ has been formed by merging the former Community & Tourism and Recreation & Environment committees, the Chair is Cllr Sarah Jane Cavell. Chair of Planning committee is Cllr Ann Bean and Chair of Operations & Resources committee is Cllr Simon Evans.

On the Alresford River path

All council meetings are open to the public, and a full calendar of dates can be found on the council website. We welcome the views of the public.

Very sadly two resident swans, ducks and pigeons have recently been killed on the river path by air rifles. This is an unlawful offence in a public place. If you see any untoward activity of this nature, please report to the police immediately.

Annual Meeting of New Alresford Town Council

The council had its annual meeting on 10th May. At this meeting councillors decide the council structure for the municipal year 2022/23. The Chair of New Alresford Council Town remains with Cllr Marilyn Weston and Vice Chair is Cllr Ann Bean.

World Refill Day Save the Date!

Please be aware to help people live with less waste. REDUCE, REUSE, REFILL & REPEAT. Eat, drink, shop without the pointless packaging. Refill your water bottles in Alresford where you see the REFILL logo displayed. Get the app REFILL.ORG.UK. If your business would like to support the scheme, contact committeeclerk@ who can provide a REFILL LOGO sticker for your business.


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National Garden Scheme - Hampshire Dame Mary Berry, President of the National Garden Scheme, launches the Great British Garden Party for the third year. Dame Mary said: “As President of the wonderful NGS, I am delighted to invite you to join me in hosting a Great British Garden party this year. It doesn’t matter whether your garden is large or small, tidy or untidy why not join in and help raise funds for vital nursing, caring and health charities. To read more about the Great British Garden Party simple go onto the NGS website and click on the link for Mary Berry. If hosting a party is not your thing, you could always support the NGS by visiting one of our stunning gardens. Here are a couple, that you might be interested in - around 20 miles of Itchen Abbas.

Opening: Friday, Saturday & Sunday 24th 25th & 26th June 2pm to 5pm Pre-booking available OR just turn up on the day Admission: £6.50 children free Card Payment available. Refreshments: Home-made teas at both gardens. Pat Beagley (Publicity) - National Garden Scheme - Hampshire

Alresford Flower Club, 50 years old!

Longstock Park Water Gardens

Leckford, Stockbridge, SO20 6EH. Part of John Lewis Partnership. Opening: Sunday 19th June - 1pm to 4pm prebooking available. Admission: £10.00 child £2.00 card payment available. Refreshments: At Longstock Park Farm Shop available till 3.30pm. Famous water garden with an extensive collection of aquatic and bog plants set in 7 acres of woodland with rhododendrons and azaleas. A walk through the park leads to the National Collections of Buddleja and Clematis viticella; arboretum and herbaceous border at Longstock Park Nursery.

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Maple Cottage opened after a 2 yr break, in 2021. After a huge success Photo Credit Marienne Majrerus then, we are pleased to be opening again. It is a ½ acre cottage style garden with herbaceous borders, veg plots and a tiny, but very active wildlife pond surrounded by hostas, astilbe, sarracenia and a quirky tree cave for kids. The neighbouring 1 acre contemporary garden at Cherry Tree Barn is just 3 yrs old and is the realisation of the owner’s ideas working with garden designer Fiona Harrison. The area around the thatched barn has been planted with grasses, iris, salvia, euphorbia, phlomis and knautia. Drifts of oxeye daisies and other wildflowers on bunds line the perimeter. Hard landscaping incl terracing, decking, pathways and Japanese influenced Yatsuhashi Bridge through the main border. Small collection of sculptures completes the piece.


In 1971 a group of ladies met to discuss the formation of a Flower Club. Initially, the Club met on a Friday in the Community Centre. This changed to the 4th Wednesday. More recently, we have met in St John's Hall, the Methodist Hall, and are now in St Gregory's Church Hall. Our first birthday party was in Lawrence Oxley's shop (where our secretary worked), and our President was Princess George Galitzine, who regularly attended our Christmas Fayre. We always had a Father Christmas, a bran tub and cake, decoration and gift stalls. We ran Jumble Sales to raise funds for special demonstrators. Other events included Fashion Shows - our secretary provided the clothes, with members as the models! We had monthly competitions judged by the demonstrator. There were cups (beginners, intermediate and advanced) and even one for husbands to win! This was abandoned as entries decreased due to rising costs. Members have supported the Alresford Show every year, gaining many awards. We have taken part in festivals in Winchester, Portsmouth and Salisbury Cathedrals, Westminster, Farnborough and Romsey Abbeys, North Foreland Lodge School, Wilton House, Jermyn’s House, Avington Park and Gilbert White's at Selborne. We were also responsible for festivals on our own - Old Alresford Place, St John's, St Gregory's, Methodist Church, Bishops Sutton, Preston Candover, Ropley, Northington, Ovington, Winchester Guildhall, Theatre Royal and the Literary Festival. We recently held a belated Anniversary Lunch at the Bell Hotel, complete with a cake! A friendly club with an excellent programme of demonstrations and lectures, we are pleased to welcome new members on last Wednesday of each month at St Gregory’s Church Hall – enquiries 01962 735321


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It's so good to see a growing number of local food producers making names for themselves. Stacey Hedges at The Hampshire Cheese Company makes Winslade and Tunworth, two delicious artisanal cheeses which can now be bought at several branches of the Co-op around Hampshire as well as Waitrose and independent delis and grocery stores. And further afield as far away as Singapore! Her present creamery will soon be replaced with a new and bigger one to meet the growing demand. Try my amazing double baked souffle recipe using Tunworth. It is easier than you might think and can be made a day or two ahead, ready to finish off in a hot oven, brown and bubbling, and it will be a showstopper I promise! My recipe serves 6 starter size.

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Butter the ramekins and sprinkle the inside with grated parmesan Fill a baking dish with hot water in the oven at 180 degrees. This is known as a Bain Marie which will help even cooking. Melt the butter gently and stir in the cornflour to form a roux. Gradually add the the milk and cream mixture until the sauce thickens slightly. Add the Tunworth to the mixture and stir over a gentle heat. The sauce should be smooth. Set aside to cool slightly. Separate the eggs and beat the egg yolks. Stir the yolks into the mixture. If it looks as though it is separating at this stage, don’t worry keep going! Whisk the egg whites to soft peaks and fold into the mixture. Season to taste. Gently fill the ramekins to the top and bake for twenty minutes until brown and risen. Allow to cool and turn onto a try. The souffles at this stage can be kept in the fridge for a couple of days or frozen.

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Alresford Surgery News Andover Mind Update

Andover Mind are excited to announce the launch of their web chat service! The new online chat service makes accessing information faster and provides another way to get in touch without the need to call. It also makes communication easier for people who do not speak English as their first language, allowing the use of programmes like Google Translate to chat. The chat is open on weekdays between 9:30am - 16:30pm. They have a dedicated team waiting to offer advice, support and information for all their services. To access the web chat by clicking the small pop-up in the bottom left of Please be aware that despite being called “Andover MIND”, they actually provide services right across Hampshire, supporting people with mental ill health as well as adult carers, who care for an adult, and people living with dementia and mild cognitive impairment.

Farewell from Dr. Wright Dear Patients, iring later this you that I shall be ret I am writing to inform ctor in 1989, and have spent most a do month. I qualified as as a partner at a GP, the greater part as life . of my working ch en it will be quite a wr Alresford Surgery, so dicine and cinated by science, me allenges of I have always been fas ch ic ost gn dia relished the psychology, and have nted to walk wa st mo e I’v all e ov ab General Practice, but health and ill their journeys in both to support alongside patients on le ab pe that I have been health. I very much ho er the years. Thank you all for y ov joyable. some of you in this wa so interesting and en life ng rki wo my g makin rted at ous changes since I sta There have been enorm example, how many of you for Alresford - I wonder, ck room of Preston in surgeries in the ba lkwa the r be em rem uple of years ll? - and in the last co ich we all Candover Village Ha wh s on to many frustrati to work with the Pandemic has led ate tun for en be always share. However I have rs, nurses and vital support staff, cto a dedicated team of do teful. gra y ver am I and for that With my best wishes Susie Wright

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Goodbye from Dr. Lowman Where have the last thirty years gone? I rem ember starting work at Alresford Su rgery in 1992, when Ge neral Practice was very different, inc luding writing in patie nt notes using fountain pen, doing nights on-call carryi ng a bag full of equipment and medic ations, and relying on paper maps and torches to find rural addresses. A fond me mory is holding weekly branch surge ries in Preston Cand over Village Hall, using the nearby phon e box to enquire abou t home visits to be done afterwards. Ho spital referrals were sim ple, and I had easy access to Consult ant colleagues, meeti ng them once a week over lunch for an educational sessio n. From antenatal to end-of-life care, and everything in between , we were involved in it all. How things have chan ged. I am now part of a large multidisciplinary team wi th greater specialisat ion, and technology has allowed me to co nsult by text, email, an d video, even working from home when necessary. There is a “template” for everything, electr onic inboxes and me ssaging systems, and various pathway s to enable hospital ref errals. Medicine is more complex and treatment possibilitie s almost endless. Education and meeti ngs are done via “Team s” sitting at my computer, and lunch is noticeable only by its absence! Yet, much has remain ed the same. Concern , anxiety and fear around ill health is a normal human ch aracteristic that can affect us all. Illness continues to pre sent in many different ways, challen ging clinicians daily as we try to make a diagnosis. Some of my patients have been from the same families for three decad es, though in recent yea rs from the third or even fourth generation! Over the years we have shared many stories together, and I have had the privilege of being there through both good and difficu lt times. It is the continuity of the se relationships that has made my role as a GP such an enjoyable one and I am grateful for this. Alongside this, I have had the privilege of working within a team who are kind, compassionate , and committed to providing the best care possible, having to respond to a continually changing NHS. As I step back from the surgery, I wish you all well in the future. Best wishes, Ann Lowman

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Winchester District Citizens Advice Lesley Rose, Advice Services Manager for Citizens Advice Winchester District gives advice on what to do if you think you’ve been treated unfairly when applying for a job. I recently applied for a job at a local pub which offered National Minimum Wage. I had an interview and at the end the manager asked how old I was. After telling her I was 25 she told me she would be in touch, but it would be unlikely I’d get the job because they wouldn’t be able to afford to pay me the required wage. She said she’d prefer to hire someone younger. Is this legal? Nobody should be asking you how old you are in a job interview. Being 25, you’re entitled to the National Living Wage. On the Citizens Advice website there are full

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details of the wages people are entitled to by law. But these rules shouldn’t mean employers avoid hiring people because of how old they are. That’s known as ‘direct age discrimination’ in the Equality Act 2010. You’re also protected by the National Minimum Wage Act 1998, which says employers can’t not hire you (and they can’t fire you) because your age means you’re entitled to a higher rate. We have a lot of information on our website about what to do if you’re being treated unfairly when applying for a job. If you’ve been discriminated against, there are steps you can take to either get compensation or convince the person to give you a job. Make a note of what happened as soon as you can - noting down exactly what you were asked and any other remarks the interviewer made. This will be useful as evidence later. Next, you should write a letter of complaint to the employer. Keep a copy of this letter for your own records. There’s advice on the Citizens Advice website on what this letter should include and you can also speak to an adviser at your Halloween events in Alresford or from walking with the much loved family dog, Digby. Colin is married to one of our local Winchester City Cllrs Fiona Isaacs. Colin Isaacs said, “I look forward to contributing further to our wonderful town and thank our previous chairman for all the work that Colin has done.”

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We have been busy the last couple of months behind the scenes, and we are sorry that we have not had any information in the last few Forums. We aim to maintain regular articles moving forward.

New Chairman

We would like to thank Colin Harris, our chairman for the last four years, who has supported our committee working freely for the local area, but now has passed the baton to the newly elected Chairman Colin Isaacs. Colin has lived in Alresford for over 14 years and many will know him from the charity

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You are a coordinator or want to volunteer. Due to events in the last two years, we have had to change the way we communicate with our coordinators, so we ask that all our coordinators please get in touch, so we can update our database.

local Citizens Advice to get help writing it. If the letter doesn’t get an outcome you’re happy with, you could take the employer to an employment tribunal. You’ll need as much evidence of discrimination as possible. Evidence should include the job advert, the job description, your notes about what was said at the interview and any contact you’ve had with the employer since - like your complaint letter. Remember that you only have three months minus one day from the date that the ‘discriminatory act’ (in this case, the comments in your interview) happened to start tribunal proceedings. You do this by contacting the government organisation Acas and telling them that you intend to bring a claim. Nobody should have to worry about being discriminated against when job hunting. For more advice on your rights when searching for work, visit or call Citizens Advice Winchester District on 0808 278 7861.

Free Training

Dragonfly project (Paragon) Due to an increase in domestic violence, we are sharing this free training. The Dragonfly Project offers training for community members who want to offer signposting and support for people affected by domestic abuse. Dragonfly champions are trained to provide a listening ear and act as a link to domestic abuse support agencies so that people who are isolated have access to help.

If you wish to be a coordinator we are currently looking for new members and we would be happy for you to join. Please use this new email address and pass on your details. or please ring 01962 808072

Up-coming events

We are sponsoring a local event due to the Queen’s Jubilee we hope to see you all at The Globe for four days of fun on Thursday, June 2nd to Sunday 5th.

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Tuesday 21 June

Alresford Rotary 10K run

From 6pm – 9pm at Colemore House, Shell Lane, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 3RX An opportunity to see this plantsman’s garden with a guided tour by the owner and an opportunity to visit the neighbouring church too. Wine and nibbles included in ticket price of £15 per person. Only 40 tickets available on line. All the proceeds from this event will be used to support Cardiac Rehab.

Sunday 19 June

From 10am several hundred runners will run from Arlebury Park to Abbotstone and back. Until about 10.15am the Avenue (from Arlebury Park), Pound Hill, West Street, Broad Street and the Great Weir will be closed and “out in the country” Abbotstone Road and Drove Lane will be closed until about 11.30am to ensure the course is safe.

Alresford Rotary regrets any inconvenience caused. Local runners, as well as seasoned club runners, are very welcome. To check availability and book a place have a look at There will also be children’s races at Arlebury Park organized by Sun Hill Junior School’s PTA. This is another Alresford Rotary event raising funds for Ukraine assisted greatly by the support of its sponsors including Prospect Fencing, Becky Shotton Driving Instructor, Steve Cleverley – Alresford Town Private Hire, The Bottom Line Accounting, ServicePoint, Chocolate Craft, Arlebury Café and Top Marks Coaches. If not running come along and show your support at Arlebury Park or on the route

Sunday 19 June Solos Sunday Tea

We will be holding our Solos Sunday Tea in the John Pearson Hall from 2-4pm. Hope you can join us for Tea Homemade cake conversation and friendship. Information available from 10am-12noon on 01962 733545.


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families from Ukraine. The concert will be given by the excellent choir, Index Cantorum. Drinks will be served from 5.30pm, the short concert will begin at 6.30pm, tickets cost £12.50 per person, payable at the door. More details will be available from stnbconcerts@ nearer to the date. As St Nicholas is a small church, tickets will be limited and will need to be reserved in advance through the above email.

Saturday 9 July

Cheriton Singers are back!

Please save the date of our Summer concert. We will be singing some medleys from popular shows such as The Greatest Showman, West Side Story and Les Miserables. St Michael's Church, Cheriton. 7.30 pm.

Clubs & Societies Alresford Art Society

Wednesday 29 June to Saturday 2 July Cheriton Players 60th Anniversary Production

Your local theatre presents Calamity Jane. Gates open at 6pm, show at 7.30pm. Matinee Saturday 2nd at 2pm, gates open at 12.30pm. Middle Farm, Cheriton, SO24 0PW. There will be a BBQ and a Licenced bar. Available 90 minutes before curtain up. You are invited to come in wild west costume - a prize for the best costume!

Saturday 2 July

Summer drinks and charity concert at St Nicholas Church, Bishop’s Sutton To raise emergency funds for local refugee

Learn to paint or revisit an old hobby by joining the Alresford Art Society classes. Choose from oil or watercolour; beginners or mixed ability; mornings or afternoons. Contact Nikki Flannigan on 07803 855157 or email her at 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.

Cheriton Singers

We are a small, friendly choir who meet each Tuesday evening in term time in Cheriton.

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urprised to find herself flat on her back, she looked sideways. Inches from her face, her terrier was sporting a similarly stunned expression in her fur trimmed, smoky eyes.

The weeny Houdini once even disappeared from the rigorously ‘dog proofed’ garden for a whole day, returning triumphant and unrepentant with a cargo of a thousand ticks. Her mistress picked up her wriggling furry body and kissed her; so relieved she was back, and the dog so pleased to be back, that noone could be cross.

They’d been walking parallel to the river. Marshy, thickly populated with brambles and rotting fallen trees covered in moss. Scrambling over slippery logs and side-stepping thorny trip wires required stamina, agility and close quarter concentration. So when the deer rose out of the ground where it had lain hidden and camouflaged in the brown, decaying detritus, she’d been unprepared. In its flight it struck her full in the chest, leapt gracefully over her dog and fled the scene, leaving her prone. The terrier was in disbelief; the nerve of that funny looking dog with the pointy feet and sticks on its head! Years before, resting literally in the palm of her hand, she’d been the tiniest puppy when she was that best-of-all birthday present. Himself had bought a chicken coop and told her to look in the Land Rover for another gift. Expecting a chicken – well, you would, wouldn’t you – she was surprised to find a little scrap of excited, yapping fur. ‘Chicken’ didn’t quite cut it as a name, so they chose something fittingly cute and chirpy for the tiny creature. And she was extremely cute and terribly chirpy, but she was also a terrier… A Border-cross at that. With a bit of a volatile nature, she was often referred to as the ‘cross Border’. To be fair, her wayward traits presented themselves early on and they should have been prepared from the get go. Her very first walk was going so well. Proud owner, tiny puppy, lots of compliments and charm. Until tiny puppy scented something more interesting in the form of two large dogs on the other side of the park, that is. She homed in on them. My, she was fast – like a blunt and furry missile. Her proud owner, not so much. She scooped up the miscreant whilst panting and wheezing like an asthmatic accordion with the effort of running and yelling at the same time. The two large dogs and owner were, thankfully, amused at the tiny terrier who’d been telling them off and making a dreadful noise, something between a scream, a bark and a howl. And at a surprising volume for one so small.


Yes, she admitted it without a shred of shame - that dog had her wrapped around her little claw. She was putty in her paws. But the terrier would lie on her sick bed all day when her mistress was ill. A personal protection squad of one, snout towards the door she was ready to repel all hostiles. And when her mistress cradled her in her arms and kissed her soft ears, smelling faintly of elderflowers, the small dog would croon and half close her eyes with pleasure.

But the cross Border was also, it has to be said, ‘a bit of a worry’.

One sunny Saturday just before Christmas, the terrier was running through a narrow thicket as they walked alongside on the grassy riverbank. Himself, hearing the drone of an insect, commented that it was very late for wasps. When they reached the end of the wood they called their dog. And called. Eventually she tottered out of the trees, collapsing at their feet. Having presumably encountered the mother lode nest, the small, furry body was crawling with wasps. Himself scooped up her limp and comatose little body. A mercy dash to the nearest vet, adrenaline shots and an oxygen tent – and the terrier was saved! Relieved tears all round. Reluctantly they left the prone and semi-conscious dog with the vets, who said she needed to overnight with them. However, they hadn’t long been home when the ‘phone rang. “Hello?” In the background, she could hear the most awful noise. Hard to describe – something between a scream, a bark and a howl. And so loud. It sounded familiar… And cross. “Hello.” Said the slightly stressed sounding voice at the other end. “Please can you come and collect your dog. We think she’s well enough to go home…” But all things come to an end and eventually she lost her constant companion, her terrier. To use the word ‘lost’ is, of course, a flimsy euphemism - it makes it sound like she wandered off. Which actually was clearly a recurring theme throughout her 16 odd years. But all too soon, the wet-nosed, furry vandal broke her heart and was gone, sauntering off and wagging her tail behind her…


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Garden weed control can be challenging, let’s understand why When I first began studying plant science I remember a tutor asking me; ‘Kenyon, when is a daffodil a weed’? The answer it seemed was simpler than I knew at the time. Weeds can be described as any plant growing in an area where it is not wanted. If that daffodil is in your rose-bed it might be considered a weed. If your lawn grass is in your flower-bed it most certainly is a weed. You must hold a suitable qualification as a paid professional applying pesticides to control weeds. If you ask your regular gardener to do it, and she doesn’t hold a licence, then you are both breaking the law. The general code of practice covering the use of pesticides states that you should attempt other forms of control before you start to use pesticides to control a weed issue. Weeds can be relatively small, like clover, or large like thistles. They are typically fast growing and spread rapidly, impacting on plant growth in and around them. Weeds are characterised as narrow leafed, like grasses, broad-leafed, like dandelions or woody, like brambles. Large weeds can often be removed by hand, but removing smaller weeds from your lawn may require an effective pesticide. Pesticides used for treating weeds are often called herbicides. There are two types of herbicides; selective herbicides control only certain types of weeds, typically either broad-leafed or grass-like weeds. Non-selective herbicides control and kill all plant types with which they come into contact. The application of a broad-leaf herbicide will affect and control the growth of broad-leaf plants. As such, this herbicide can usually be applied to existing lawns, but will control only broad-leaf weeds. A grass herbicide controls the growth of grass type plants. Grass herbicides can safely be applied to flower beds and will have no impact on broadleaf plants, but will control and impact grasses.

How weed killers work

Everything we use in your garden is safe for everything that uses your garden – bees too! Some weed killers work by disrupting the fine balance of biochemical processes that occur within the plant. Often causing uncontrolled growth, twisting, thickening, elongation, and eventually death. The weed literally grows itself to death. Others target photosynthesis, the process where plants produce energy from sunlight. Blocking photosynthesis is only part of the story. When photosynthesis is blocked, highly toxic oxygen and other compounds form within the plant. These compounds rapidly destroy cell membranes, causing the weed to die. Many selective herbicides target enzymes within plant cells. Enzymes allow complex chemical reactions to occur. When herbicide targets an enzyme it disrupts the sequence of complex chemical reactions, producing highly toxic compounds in the plant and killing

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the weed. So why don’t selective herbicides kill the useful plants we are trying to grow? The main reason is because the useful plants are able to metabolise (break down) the herbicide more rapidly than the weeds, allowing them to survive.

When to use weed killers

Herbicides are most effective on actively growing plants, as the active ingredient is carried by the sap of the plant. The faster the plant is growing, the quicker the solution will be moved through the plant. Application during less active growth periods are also effective, however the results will take longer.

How to use

Weed plants fall into different families. Much like sprouts and cabbage are different plants but within the same group of plants, some weeds are in the same family group and some in different groups. Certain plant groups are susceptible to certain herbicides that other groups might not be affected by. Identifying what weed you need to kill, understanding which plant group it is in and what pesticide needs to be used to treat that specific group is the key to weed killing success. All herbicides have application rates. Much like medication you take at home has a recommended dose. Exceed the dose and you may cause issues, take too little and there may be no effect. Getting the dose right isn’t just about how much you pour out of the bottle, it’s also about how much water you add to the mix and how much of the mix is applied to the weed.

Is one application enough?

If you select the correct herbicide for the weed you aim to kill, use the correct dose rate and apply at the right time then often one application is enough. However, some weed varieties are more resilient than others. Some have thick leaf coatings or hairs that reduce the contact of the droplets of pesticide that have been sprayed on the weeds. Some weeds are persistent and are not controlled after only one application and several, consecutive applications are recommended. Applications may be necessary throughout the growing season and should continue until the weeds have been successfully controlled. Failing to do so may increase the weed’s resistance to the type of pesticide used – much like the risks of not finishing a course of antibiotics. Often additives can be used along with the pesticide to increase the efficacy of the chemicals present. Remember, weeds are fast growing and quick to set and disperse seed. These seeds germinate to form new weeds, so regular herbicide applications are essential. It’s relatively complex, which is why you need to study for an exam to carry a licence to use pesticides. All the products we use in the garden are safe for pets and wildlife. For effective lawn weed control speak to a lawn care professional. Ian Kenyon sits on the committee of the UK Lawn Care Association and owns Shrekfeet Professional Lawncare. He is always happy to offer friendly, professional advice and help: T: 01962 460146


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Open Garden at Tichborne House Sunday 3rd July

Following on from last years 2 successful open days we will support The Hampshire Medical Fund with another open garden on Sunday 3 July from 1-5pm. The entrance fee will go directly to them so please join us for a wander around the garden and in turn help them to supply Basingstoke, Winchester and Andover hospitals with state of the art equipment not available on the NHS. The Tichborne family have lived on this site beside the river Itchen since the 12th century. They have a fascinating history - there’s a Catholic martyr, Chidiock Tichborne; a lost-at-sea heir, Sir Roger Tichborne, and his impersonator, Arthur Orton known as the Tichborne Claimant, whose trial gripped Victorian society. Then there’s the Tichborne Dole, the giving of flour to locals, which still continues on 25 March each year and was instigated by the charitable Lady Mabella Tichborne in the thirteenth century. The bones of the garden may be rooted in this history with a large house containing a private chapel beside a moat, ancient trees and Victorian out buildings but the essence of the garden is progressive and created almost entirely over the last 20 years. An original plan by Michele Hickman for an area around the moat has been tinkered with, extended and adapted over the years. More hedges have been planted and core structural shapes have been integrated to give the perennials and grasses a backdrop and winter interest. Seed is left to settle and the sinuous bed shapes are in direct response to the surrounding rolling hills and curvaceous boundary hedges visible from the house. There is a fully productive walled kitchen garden with cut flower beds, fruit trees and vegetables plus a rickety greenhouse. Outside this walled garden you will find an orchard and berry cage. The garden is very much a work in progress and a private family space but for a few days this year it will be open for people to visit and enjoy (hopefully) and maybe even get inspiration from for their own gardens. The entrance fee from these days will be donated to charities chosen by Catherine Loudon, whose late husband Anthony was the grandson of Sir Anthony Doughty Tichborne, and their 3 children. Tichborne House, Tichborne, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 0NA Instagram @tichbornehousegarden


Dogstival 2022 - 4th to 5th June

Dogstival, The Coolest Dog Show in town is back with a special Jubilee edition on the 4th & 5th June 2022 at a stunning new venue of Broadlands Park, Romsey! The ultimate day out for you and your dog the festival is jam packed with have a go activities, main arena displays, shopping, live music, talks, dog diving pool and delicious food and drink for you and your four legged friend! The weekend is crammed full of fun canine activities, shows and demonstrations, expert talks and of course every delicious treat that dogs of all breeds, shapes and sizes could wish for. For more information visit:

Winchester Hat Fair - 2nd to 4th July

Hat Fair is the UK’s longest continually running festival of outdoor arts. Founded in 1974 by Jonathan Kay, Hat Fair inspires and is inspired by the people, heritage and public spaces within the city of Winchester. The aim is to shine a light on the city, transforming the everyday into the extraordinary Initially conceived as a busking festival, Hat Fair takes its name from the tradition of the audience showing their appreciation by putting money in the hat at the end of the show. This year's Hat Fair runs from Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th July 2021. Three days of entertainment featuring theatre, dance and circus events! Friday & Saturday the festival takes place throughout Winchester city centre. In a change to previous years the Hat Fair Festival will be a ticketed event! For more info and to see what's on at this year's festival see the festival website.

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‘True Colours’ – An exhibition of recent work by Christopher Cristóbal Newberry. At The Light Room Gallery in Alresford for one week from Tuesday 14th to 20th June. Christopher Cristóbal Newberry is an Anglo-Mexican artist who uses photography as a tool to create incredibly colourful, yet very structured images. He combines a Mexican sense of colour with a modern, European sense of abstraction and order. He takes a scene such as a seascape and turns it into geometric shapes. The wheels of a bicycle may become colourful. The stools at a bar may become a geometric pattern. Colours are bright, lines are straight, shapes are even. His work during the Covid lockdowns focused on residential scenes in house and garden, segmenting images into squares which are coloured and rearranged to form a large pattern. The large works are limited edition, printed on Dibond – a very light rigid material. Smaller open edition prints are available on quality photographic paper. However, his images have most impact when seen live and full size and The Light Room provides a beautiful white space, which highlights the images’ powerful colour. The Light Room is a lovely

An exhibition of work by Christopher Cristóbal Newberry Tuesday 14th to 20th June The Light Room Gallery, The Old Chapel, Alresford

Born in Mexico City, Christopher studied Communication Science at the Universidad Ibero Americana. He went on to write and direct documentaries and educational radio and television in Mexico and Britain. In addition he has worked for a large number of third sector organisations, helping them with their communications, using his skills as a photographer, designer and writer. He is co-author of a series of books on architecture and social history, including “Look Up! Winchester”. Christopher has exhibited at galleries in London, Southampton, Yorkshire, Winchester and at the National Art Museum in Romania – to name a few. Saatchi Art interviewed him as an ‘emerging artist’ ( meet-the-others-christopher-cristobal-newberry) his work features at Flecha Art Gallery in Madrid. His work can be seen on-line at and on Instagram at

Composition 456, Lockdown, “Dining Room” 40x40 inches printed on Dibond

True Colours

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The Joy of Bowling!

Summer is on its way, the days are getting longer, the evenings are stretching out. With May out, clouts can, at last, be cast aside! For those of you who are new to, or considering joining the bowling fraternity, we have the friendliest bunch of locals you

are ever likely to meet. There is the promise of joy and victories to come as your game steadily improves with practice and tuition. Soon you will be out there, on the green sward with only one concentrated thought in mind, with all other worries put aside. Can you reach and touch that distant jack?

visiting teams in one of our Friendly matches. You will be able to enjoy a full afternoon of play, pitting your wits against those of the opposing team and glorying in that brief ripple of applause as your efforts dislodge the opponent’s wood and you win the end!

However, to achieve your goal you will need to practice, we have been open since the 1st of May for club members. If you would like to join us, then come along and play practice games on Tuesday and Thursday mornings or Thursday evenings. Our annual fees are £80 for a playing member, £25 for social membership. We offer at least 2 practice sessions before you make that decision to join us for a summer of enjoyable sport.

As the sun sets, and you savour those much anticipated refreshments and you can look back on an afternoon well spent with pleasant company, suntanned and exercised. Rejoice that you were clever enough to join this wonderful bowling club – happy days indeed!

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We are a friendly bowling club, situated in Sun Lane, close to the centre of Alresford. During the bowling season (roughly late April to September) we play many friendly matches against local clubs, have a number of internal competitions and knock-out tournaments, and regular roll-up sessions. Roll-ups are opportunities to meet, play and socialise with other members, and take place on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, 10.00am to 12.00 noon, and Thursday evenings 6.00pm to 8.00pm (with a social element). Visitors are welcome at roll-ups, and at other times when accompanied by a Member. You can try out bowls of various sizes and can take advantage of 2 trial sessions before you decide if the game of bowls is for you. Lawn bowls is a great game, not just for the retired but for adults of all ages, so come along to Sun Lane and have a go. Further information from Barry Morgan (Club Secretary) 01962 733477; and on the club website.



Good Festival 2022

Sunday 26th June From 9.30am -4.30pm at Bere Mill Farm, Whitchurch, Hampshire

Good Festival (formerly Hampshire Country & Garden Festival) is a fun-filled day for all of the family hosted by the Hampshire Medical Fund, raising money for Basingstoke, Andover and Winchester NHS hospitals. The children’s area will be jam-packed with exciting activities from face painting to bush craft. Live music from brass band, Tuba Libres, will have you dancing around the hay bales. The Good Living Tent will host yoga sessions alongside fly fishing tuition on the banks of the River Test.


There will be a line-up of stalls from local artisans, food and drink producers, plant nurseries and a mouth-watering array of food providers including a barbeque feast from Bere Mill itself, a hog roast, locally roasted coffee and handmade cakes. Don’t forget to bring your dogs to enter the popular family fun dog show and be in with a chance to win ‘Waggiest Tail’; pick up some tricks from local dog trainers while you are there. There is something for everyone in this fun festival celebrating all that is good about being in the great outdoors. For further information about Good Festival and to book tickets: www.

Bishop's Waltham Festival 2022 Events Friday 24th June - The Recruiting Officer by Richard Farquhar

will be performed by Rain Or Shine Theatre Company on the open-

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Saturday 25th June

Awful Auntie by David Walliams, adapted and performed by Heartbreak Productions in the grounds of Bishop's Waltham Palace, is a truly thrilling tale. Gates open 1.00pm, performance from 1.30pm. Marucci's Ices will be on site. Bring picnics, drinks, Grannies and Aunties with chairs, rugs and umbrellas (to keep the sun off!) Tickets: Adult £12; Child 5 – 15 yrs £8; Family ticket (4 people max. 2 adults) £36. Tickets: www.heartbreakproductions.

Saturday 25th June:

Festival Jazz features Harry Strutter's Hot Rhythm Orchestra, an 8 piece band with 2 lady vocalists. Gates open 6.00pm, music from 6.15pm – 10.30pm. Bar on site and beverages by Mermaids of Botley (card or cash payments). Bring picnics and friends with chairs and rugs. Tickets: Adult £15; Concession £12; Young people 5 – 18 yrs. £6 Available from Best Wishes, Brook Street, BW (card or cash) from 4th May.

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Mr Mac - Support for Apple & Windows Google PhotoScan

It is nice to be able to recommend something that will not cost you a penny! Available at google. com/photos/scan/ It does exactly what it says, it scans and digitises your old printed photos, nothing more nothing less! Ideal if you have lots that you would like to add to your existing, or new photo, library. Plus, Google Photos offer for free 15Gb of online storage.

Hot corners

This little used feature in Mac’s OS can be quite useful. It is possible to assign a shortcut for when you hover with your mouse in any of the four corners of your screen. By default, the bottom right-hand corner will open a new note. If you want to change this option, go in to the System Preferences > Desktop & Screen Saver and they are in System Prefs >Mission Control. There are various options available, try out a few of the available choices. If you do not want any corner enable just highlight the – (dash)

From this month in the world of all things Apple.

June 29th 2007 the original iPhone went on sale. It quickly became an overnight phenomenon; one million iPhones were sold in only 74 days. Since those early days, the ensuing iPhone models have continued to set sales records. On June 24th in 2010, Apple’s iPhone 4 officially went on sale. Within 24 hours there were 600,000 pre-orders! The iPhone 4 saw the introduction of the high-resolution Retina display and a design that is still familiar today. It came with iOS 4 and introduced FaceTime video chat for the first time.

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Jackie's County Corner Ukrainian families

So much is available for families coming to the UK- but it’s often still a struggle for individuals to get the specific help they need. HCC has set up a direct query line specifically for councillors to answer these questions. So far, it is proving effective. If you are hosting a family, please contact me and I can seek a quick answer.

Household Support Fund

The fund for food, heating and fuel is now extended to all ages. Please contact your school, Citizens Advice for access to this fund. You may also like to check if you are entitled to benefits. Go to the website and search for ‘benefits calculator’ or search on my website for links.

Warm Homes Scheme

If you live in private housing, and have an income of less than £30,000, you may be entitled to funds from the Warm Homes scheme to improve the insulation in your home. Please see my website for detailssearch ‘Warm Homes scheme’

Grants for projects

The County Councillor grant scheme is now open. I have a limited fund to distribute so

Winchester Go LD celebrate community spirit with successful outdoor event

Headbourne Worthy Garden & Craft Fair. Winchester Go LD, a charity that supports adults with learning disabilities, held their annual Garden & Craft Fair. The event was officially opened by retired Paralympian Gold Medallist Peter Hull MBE and Lady Portal MBE DL (Louisa). The fair took place in the stunning grounds of Katie and Simon Browne and included gardening Q&A with Bob McQueen of


you are strongly advised to talk to me first about your idea. Funding can be from £100 to £1000.

how many calories in each glass of alcohol… A fun quiz from Heart Matters https://

Walk to school week


I hope your family took part in Walk to School week in May. If a small change to the route could have made your journey easier, please let me know. The Bishop’s Sutton to Alresford path assessment has been made but the costs are astronomic. The A33 paths are overgrown too. Is your route used by many others? If it is well used, the path may be kept clear by feet walking along it, but report any difficulties on your route, and let me know of any ideas for future park & stride locations.

Glass recycling

Post lockdown, many of the public glass bins are reporting as full quicker than expected, even though most households have access to a Winchester Council doorstep collection. The County Council has withdrawn glass recycling at the HWRC’s, adding to this problem. A local pub owner describes public delivering wine bottles to his onsite container as the ‘walk of shame’! I have taken up the matter with city and county to ask them about capacity, but meanwhile, you may like to take this quiz from Heart Matters- it’s a simple look at Hilliers and a selection of plant stalls from nurseries across Hampshire and a variety of garden products, unique gifts and produce. The atmosphere was no less fun despite the downpour and there were plenty of hot drinks and home-made lunches on hand in the relaxed sanctuary of the Winchester Go LD Café Marquee. “The community spirit is important as people with a learning disability can feel very isolated and have fewer chances to take part in leisure or social activities. This week is Mental Health awareness week and at Winchester Go LD we work hard to ensure our members have a voice and have the opportunity to connect with staff and our incredible volunteers, both in group settings and individually with Walk and Talks. “ explains Betty Chadwick, CEO. The charity launched it’s new member designs – T-shirts, T-towels and cards. “This is a place for us to share the creativity of our members with learning disabilities and a chance for people to invest in

I continue to use HCC’s select committee process to challenge the very slow roll out of the Gigabit broadband scheme . Openreach cancelled their appearance in March, and are now coming to HCC in June. Thank you to our Community Fibre Partnership organisers who are continuing to press the case for faster broadband for your area- they truly are your local heroes!


Finally, thank you for voting in the local elections this year. I was elected as a city councillor again, but I will leave magazine reports on city matters to others and continue to concentrate on County matters in Jackie’s County Corner. Cllr Jackie Porter: email Jackie. uk Answerphone: 01962 791054, tel/text: 07973 696085, website www.jackieporter. them. 100% of the profits goes back into supporting our members and our activities. Our members enjoy working with paint during our Tuesday activity session at the Arc in Winchester and this latest range is called “My Favourite Fruit.” It supports our Health and Nutrition learning in our workshops.” Winchester Go LD were delighted to bring the Smoothie Bike to the Garden Fair after 2 years in lockdown. The one-wheeled, orange mobile drinks machine provides valuable training and experience - social and workrelated skills, promoting independence and boosting self-confidence. For more information please visit With hundreds of visitors, the funds raised will help with running costs for Winchester Go LD, who offer free memberships to adults with learning disabilities in the Winchester area.

MOTORING N o r t h Mo to r Company

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The following cars have been carefully selected because of their low mileage, excellent condition and service history.

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2014 (64) Honda CRV, EX Automatic, Top spec. Sat nav, dual zone climate control, electric and heated leather seats, panoramic roof, power operated tailgate, cruise control. Only 36,000 miles SOLD 2014 (64) Honda CRV SR I-DTEC, sat nav, dual zone climate control, heated front seats, £ 30 tax, Only 25,000 miles,1 owner £16,495 2017 (67) Honda Jazz 1.3 EX Nav , 5 door, Sat Nav, front and rear parking sensors and camera, cruise control, 8,000mls £14,395 2014 (14) Honda CRV EX I-DTEC 4x4, 150 bhp, Sat nav, dual zone climate control, electric and heated leather seats, panoramic roof, electric tailgate, cruise control, 65,000 miles, 1 owner £12,495 2020 (69) Hyundai i10 Play, sat nav, air conditioning, cruise control, parking sensors, 8,600 miles £10,495 £7995 2018 (68) Hyundai i10 S, no frills just a basic car 21,000 miles 2014 (64) Kia Venga 2 Automatic, air conditioning, parking sensors, 25,700 miles SOLD 2014 (64) Nissan Note Acenta Premium, sat nav, air con, 18,300 miles SOLD COMPACT CAMPERVAN The conversion has an elevating roof with space for an extra bed, swivelling passenger seat, compressor fridge, full mains electric hook up and leisure battery charged either from the engine or on board charger, hob with sink, pumped water, gas locker with drop out vent, full insulation and of course a rock and roll bed with gas strut assisted closing. SOLD

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Five Godolphin teams complete Ten Tors Challenge 2022

In the foggy gloom of Saturday morning, the teams set off on their adventures - 35 miles of self-sufficient travel across the wilds of Dartmoor. As the sun chased the fog away by 8 am the temperatures rose and provided an additional challenge for the girls to consider.

Many congratulations to the Godolphin teams who successfully completed the Ten Tors Challenge 2022 on Dartmoor last month. This year, after two years away, Godolphin secured 5 teams on the start line

Back in the Okehampton campsite and across many Wiltshire and Hampshire homes the teams were tracked and followed as they made their way around their designated routes with nail baiting nervousness (some kitchens were even turned into Command Posts, with parents tracking every team). All teams progressed well through the day and remained on course in line with their route cards, making it to the night time camps in good order. Waking up at 4.30am on Sunday morning the teams were greeted with a thick fog

Winchester City Councillors Report

needs to be less than £30,000, or in receipt of benefits, and for privately rented homes the landlord needs to make a contribution.

Thank you for Voting

Especially those that had never voted before. The count was held at our lovely new Leisure Centre at Bar End, we thoroughly enjoyed it all.

Tetrapak Recycling, other varieties of coated cartons are available.

It seems that news of the recycling option in Alresford has still not reached you all. The recycling point for Tetrapaks is at the western end of Alresford Station car park, next to the clothes recycling bins.

The lovely new Rubbish Bins for the Town Centre

were installed ready for the Watercress Festival, all part of our budget to improve the Market Town centres.

Cost of living crisis - Warmer Homes The rising costs of heating continue to defeat many, the Warmer Homes Initiative is available to owner-occupied and privately rented properties with an energy rating of E, F or G, with limited funding for D rates properties.; the maximum grant is £10,000 if there is a gas connection or £25,000 if there is no gas. Your household income


for the Challenge with 30 girls taking part.

Funds may be used for the following energy efficiency measures: Solid wall insulation, Cavity Wall Insulation, Underfloor insulation, Loft Insulation, High Heat Retention Storage Heaters, Room-in-roof Insulation, Air Source Heat Pumps, Park Home External Wall Insulation, Solar PV Panels, Heating Controls. Households can apply to the Warmer Homes programme at or by calling 0800 038 5737 (freephone).

Local Refugee Support

Not everybody has accommodation available to host a family but you can help in other ways such as • Donating clothing etc for the Winchester Basics Bank • Volunteering to sort the above • Providing financial support to provide English resources to help teach English • Volunteering to teach English • Donating old laptops or old phones • Offering lifts to support groups, job interviews etc • Signposting to anyone offering jobs • Offering your time for admin hours on a phone or pc All offers to please

as they readied themselves for a 6.00am start. The fog remained in place for several hours and provided some tricky navigation conditions initially. Slowly, parents gathered at the finish line and welcomed the first tired team over the line at midday. The remaining teams marched in triumphantly over the next couple of hours with the final team arriving at 4.15pm to a huge cheer from all the parents and girls who had stayed on to see their teammates complete the Challenge. This year the most notable characteristic has been the togetherness and teamwork across the whole squad and there is no doubt that is the strength that got all of these girls to the end of the Challenge. Many of the girls are already asking about 45miles in two years' time! - Godolphin School, Milford Hill, Salisbury, SP1 2RA

On-street parking

The Ping Pong Poll held in Alresford found that most feel that 1-hour free parking is the minimum necessary to retain our independent shops. Join our campaign here

Recycling and the Tip

There is a well-hidden DEFRA consultation on tip access and the disposal of DIY waste. It closes on 4th July, you will need a cup of something restorative.

Housing Association Tenants

Have been given some very high service charge bills for 2022-23. We are seeing some success in having these reduced. Your first step should be to query the basis for these bills with your housing provider, if that does not result in a satisfactory result let us know. Margot Power Tel: 01962 734167 Russell, Gordon Smith Tel: 07803 168 155

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