Itchen Valley Forum - Issue 187 August 2022

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Itchen Valley

FORUM Life in your Community





Take a look at our new theatre and shows line up for August

Allergic Reaction By Lucia Foster-Found

Find out about this years Alresford Show

Drought Control, Water Management


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CONTENT S 04 Local Events 06 Property Management

53 Professional Services


From photographers to solicitors every professional service you need

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

54 Literature 54 59 Motoring 59

10 Feature

Local services to keep

Allergic Reaction by Lucia Foster-Found

12 Garden 12

your vehicle running

60 Environment South Downs


Make your garden dream come true

National Park

62 Education

21 Wellbeing 21

Looking after your health and yourself!

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



Unit 8A, Shelf House, New Farm Road,


Alresford, SO24 9QH Tel: 01962 735137

39 Home

Trades, services, designers,

All you need for your home

Dolce Fresco Al Limone

Advertising Manager Mandy Head

Forum Publications Offices

38 Theatre & Shows 38

50 Recipe of 50 the Month

Director of Marketing Rob Harrison

Get in Touch

30 Culture 30

44 Alresford Town 44 Council News

Director of Advertising Steve Walker


Discover local events and days out or in

Editor Mark Tubb

Lucia Foster-Found

25 Entertainment 28 Retail 28

The Team


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Local Events

A Day out with Thomas

visit, danawylie. net and cheritonsessions.yolasite. com

Bumper Bramdean Car Boot Sale Saturday 6 - Sunday 14 August From 9am - 5pm Station Road, New Alresford SO24 9JG

Join Thomas & Friends for a day of family fun at The Watercress Line. Take a train ride with Thomas, meet some of your favourite characters and join Sodor Station Sweepers Rusty & Dusty for a trainload of excitement!

Alresford & District Horticultural Society Talk Wednesday 10 August From 7.30pm St Gregory’s Church Hall, Grange Road, Alresford

Contact: Chairman, Stephen Morley, 01962733524 or hortic@ This month’s talk is All Things Dahlias by John Wood.

Saturday 14 August From 8am Wood Lane Bramdean, SO24 0JW

Directions from A272 and A31 In aid of Home-Start Winchester, sponsored by Hellards Estate Agents - Boots £10, Vans & Trailers £15, cash only Admission by donation, Refreshments available. Why not clear out your garage or attic? Great bargains for all the family. fFor more information call 01962 771971 or 07976 686979 or email chrissie. barlow@home-startwinchester.

Solos Sunday Afternoon Tea

Alresford Antiques Fair Saturday 20 August From 9.30 - 5pm

The Fair is held in Alresford Community Centre 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. Contacts: Carol 01264 335769 / 07870 432805 Steve - 01722 712267 / 07915 663251, Lakewood Smith 07970 797306

Ropley Horticultual Society Summer Show Saturday 20 August

Ropley Parish Hall, Vicarage Lane, Ropley SO24 0DJ

Our Summer Show will be held Vegetables & Fruit, Flowers, Floral Art, Eggs, Cookery, Design & Create, Photography, Children’s Classes, Teas, Raffle, free parking and free entry!

Watercress Line 50s and 60s weekend

Saturday 13 August From 7am (Doors open 7.30pm)

Friday 27 to Sunday 29 August

Cheriton Village Hall, Cheriton, SO24 0PZ

From 10am - 5pm


Sunday 21 August From 2pm - 4pm John Pearson Hall, Alresford

We will be holding our Solos Sunday Afternoon Tea in the John Pearson Hall Alresford on Sunday the 21st August from 2pm-4pm, Do join us for Tea Home Made cake conversation and Friendship. Information available from 10am-12noon on 01962 733545

Alresford Show 2022

Saturday 3 September From 9am - 5pm Tichborne Park, SO24 0PN

The Alresford Show quite simply, a celebration of rural life and the communities which live in it. Join us for beautiful animals, gorgeous local food and drink, plenty of shopping, children’s FREE entertainment plus much more. We have plenty of FREE parking at the showground.

From 2.30pm to 4pm

Cheriton Sessions

Cheriton Sessions present another fantastic evening of live folk music with Jez Hellard & The Djukella Orchestra and featuring the Canadian songstress, Dana Wylie.Tickets are limited, so please make sure that you book early! Available @ £14 from Cheriton Village Stores, Cheriton and online at cheritonsessions (fees apply). Bar (cash only). For further information about this gig, please

Event arranged by New Alresford Town Trust.

Alresford Art Society A demonstration of Landscapes Thursday 22 September From 7.30pm Bishop’s Sutton Village Hall, Alresford

A demonstration of oil by Jerry Smith. Non-members welcome – admission £3. For further information: 01962 733031 or visit www.artsociety.alresford. org.

Brocante Market Alresford

Sunday 25 September

Station Road, New Alresford SO24 9JG

From 9am - 4pm

Enjoy a taste of the Great British summer holiday with the sights and sounds of the railway in the 50s and 60s

Norman Bridge Open Day New Alresford Monday 29 August From 12pm - 6pm

Broad Street, Alresford. Brocante market Alresford welcomes back the Brocante flea market for its 5th year with up to 40 traders offering a mixture of Antiques, Collectables Curios, Vintage Retro, bric-a-brac, Vinyl records and those ‘must-have’ quirky finds from traders and enthusiasts

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Sales | Property Management | Lettings LAURA BROWN Adminstration Manager

VIV DENYER Sales Progressor

JAYNE SLOANE Viewings Assistant

NIKKI WILLIS Residential Sales

LIANE PHILLIPS Residential Sales

ROSANNA JAGGS Residential Sales

REBECCA JACKSON IAN WOODHOUSE-SMITH A name you can count on in a changing world… Property Manager Lettings Manager FARLA

HELEN GEE MARLA Property Manager

FIONA WINGENT Accounts Manager

11 Broad Street, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 9AR | | Tel. 01962 736333


Sales | Property Management | Lettings

Sales | Property Management | Lettings Sales | Property Management | Lettings

A name you can count on in a changing world… Your local property partners in Alresford With the recent addition of a couple of new faces, the residential sales and lettings team at Hellards now have over 150 years’ combined property experience between them.

A name you can count on in a changing world… A name you can count on in a changing world…

The expertise our staff have built up over the years, coupled with our deep-rooted connections with the area and local knowledge, puts us in an ideal position to offer practical and realistic advice on all aspects of residential property locally, taking into account clients’ individual needs and expectations. By talking to Hellards, you can be assured that you are dealing with professionals who will look after your best interests at all times, with advice that is pertinent to your own situation. Wherever you are on your property journey, whether buying, selling, renting or letting, our friendly team would be pleased to help. Pop into our office in Broad Street, or call us. We hope to hear from you soon!

11 Broad Street, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 9AR | | Tel. 01962 736333

11 Broad Street, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 9AR | 11 Broad Street, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 | 736333 | Tel. 9AR 01962 | Tel. 01962 736333


The importance of a qualified agent Legislation moves quickly within lettings, and so it is important to keep up with the plethora of changes. In order to remain ‘in the know’ agents can join ARLA Propertymark. To become a Member, the agent must complete the Level 3 exam, which demonstrates their knowledge and competence. At Hellards, we are delighted that both our Property Managers have recently passed their exams and are now full members of ARLA. Our Accounts Manager is currently studying to complete her exams. In the future, the Government are looking to ensure that all agents working in the Private Rental Sector are fully qualified. This will mean an end to the rogue agents that sadly give the industry a bad name. For Landlords, the importance of using a qualified agent cannot be stressed enough. With more legislation on the horizon, as outlined

Ian Woodhouse-Smith CRLM, FARLA, ANAEA

in the Government’s recent White Paper entitled “A fairer private rented sector”, it would be easy for a landlord to become unstuck. From October, there are further amendments to legislation surrounding smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. If you would like to discuss your rental property with a qualified lettings professional, Hellards would be happy to help. “In my experience (over several years) the Hellard's team consistently deliver in helping landlords realise the potential of their rental property, crucially finding the right tenant for the property. They provide a professional appraisal of the market and property as well as a friendly progression from tenant interest, through informed viewings, to the handing over of the keys to the selected tenant. I would happily recommend them to anyone wishing to let a property locally”.

Helen Gee - MARLA Property Manager

Fiona Wingent Accounts Manager

Rebecca Jackson - MARLA Property Manager

John's Gospel, 14:3

Jesus said: ''....I will come again, and take you unto Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.'' Will you be one of those? Will you be ready? Only ONE Way, and that is Jesus. Please ask for the free booklet, ''Why MUST Jesus return'' Contact:

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Allergic Reaction

© Lucia Foster-Found 2022

“Would you like some?” Himself asked. Like an iridescent caterpillar, a blue moustache curled around his top lip. She looked dubious. The smoothie that he was so obviously enjoying was an unnatural shade of Prussian blue and she’d read somewhere that there was no truly blue food. “I might – depends what’s in it..” “Banana, apple, ginger, pear … umm..” He looked at the glass of blue-green gloop as if seeking inspiration, “Oh yes, oats and yoghurt.” “But why is it blue?” “Knew there was something else – blue spirulina powder.” He took another appreciative slurp. “Want some?” As she was steering away from dairy, regretfully she declined. “Can’t. Yoghurt. Although it’s a wonderful colour. Reminds me of one of those expensive paints that come in fancy tins with uber tasteful labels; names like Dragonfly Nasal Hairs and Eau de Workhouse. They’d probably call that something like ‘Lascivious Lobster.” At some point in their shared history they’d toyed with the idea of painting their dining room ‘Din-Dins’ or something similar. Seemed appropriate. Until Himself had looked at the sample on the wall and declared “looks like dried blood,” which had somewhat killed it for her; she’d shuddered and reached for the old faithful - magnolia... “Anyway, what’s wrong with yoghurt?” Himself took another gulp of ‘Lascivious Lobster’ and smacked his lips. “I’m seeing if dairy is why I occasionally blow up like a monsoon frog. Apparently,” she prepared to impart some of her research, “lots of people experience a reduced ability to absorb lactose after infancy. Leads to bloating, diarrhoea and farting.” “That’s attractive,” Himself chuckled and continued to consume his bizarre looking drink. “Although,” she hastened to add “I can neither deny nor confirm that I’m experiencing the whole spectrum of symptoms. I wouldn’t want to dispel any vestiges of mystery in our marriage.” “Does this mean,” he fixed her with a quizzical look over the top of the glass, “that you’ll have to declare this as well as the gluten thing when we go out to eat?” She understood his concern. At their last trip to a carvery she’d been asked if she had any allergies. “Well, a bit of a gluten


intolerance, that’s all. Not serious,” she’d assured airily, anticipating the simple and low key receipt of the usual allergen sheet. But nothing so simple and low key.. When they reached the head of the queue, despite her protestations, the chef proceeded to cheerfully clean down his workstation and replace all of the utensils in the self-service veg section. It was a notable demonstration of duty of care. It was thorough. It was vigorous. It took quite a while... “The locals are getting restless,” whispered Himself, barely containing his amusement at her stricken expression. And her flustered “I’m terribly sorry,” to the people lined up behind her fell on deaf and hungry ears. There were frowns from the queue. Mortified, she quickly dished up her veg with the new serving spoons and scuttled back to their table, now very much aware that it was in the middle of the restaurant. “We can run, but we can’t hide,” Himself commented chirpily as he tucked into his dinner. She wondered if they’d best eat fast and slope off, but then noticed another couple arriving. Duly approached by staff they were asked, “Any allergies?” “Well we’re not very good with gluten…” came the answer. “Oh crikey,” Himself muttered happily. It was a lot busier by the time this new couple reached the front of the long queue. And the locals were looking even hungrier as the chef once more went through his good-natured, comprehensive and lengthy cleaning process. This time there were quiet mutterings in addition to the grumpy looks. The couple quickly served up their veg with the clean spoons and, revealing an impressive turn of speed, scuttled off to their table. Himself finished his meal and they left. “Woe-betide anyone who gets between a Brit and their roast dinner,” he laughingly observed. Some weeks later, they went to a pizza restaurant for their date night. As they confirmed their reservation, the helpful waiter uttered those fateful words.. “Any allergies?” As Himself started with “Well..” her reaction was immediate and almost a shout, “NO THANK YOU.” And then more quietly, “just a copy of the allergen menu please.” At Himself’s questioning look she smiled sheepishly and said, “after all that fuss I caused before, that, my darling, is my new ‘Allergic reaction’.”

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Cheriton Alresford

Alresford Hampshire

Abbots Worthy Alresford

Ropley Alresford





An impeccably-presented detached family home, situated within the charming village of Cheriton. Within walking distance of the village centre and local amenities, this spacious house sits within a generous plot alongside the River Itchen and affords picturesque countryside views beyond.

This impressive detached property is situated on one of Alresford’s premier roads and is ideally suited to modern family living with a versatile and sociable layout and exceptional finish throughout.

A beautiful Grade II listed double fronted cottage carefully restored and extended by the current owners to create a wonderful family home. The ground floor accommodation is particularly well configured with an open plan farmhouse style kitchen-dining room, complete with range cooker and a walk-in pantry.

A spacious detached family home, ideally situated on a generous plot, providing ample driveway parking and stunning, sweeping rural views to the front and rear. Due to the size of the plot, the home offers great scope for development in the future, subject to planning consents, with the current owners having substantially improved the home.





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Sparsholt college trained & qualified Free advice & written quotations 15 years experience

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Supply and planting large specimen trees and shrubs Espalier, pleached and instant impact hedges




Chris Matthews Tree Care and Woodland Management

• Tree surgery / TPO applications • Hedge maintenance • Fencing / Garden structures • Woodland management / tree planting Qualified in arboriculture and countrsyide management. 15 years experience

Tel: 01962 732498 Mob: 07879 448141

Specialising in all your garden needs Fully insured . Free estimates Also specialising in Commercial gardening work.

All trees and shrubs carefully selected Design, landscaping and ongoing maintenance Free site visit and consultation Bosque is a trading name of Just Limegrass Ltd.

Hard Landscaping Patios • BBQ Areas • Raised Beds • Pathways • Garden Walls • Fencing • Garden Lighting • Wood Mulch & Woodchip Supplied

Soft Landscaping Lawn Care • Turfing • Planting • Hedge Trimming • Topiary • Shrub pruning • Garden Clearance & Renovation • Pressure

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Washing • Weed Control • Tree Work • Patios & Gutter Cleaning


Tel: 01962 736261 Mob: 07896 027356



Home & Garden Furniture in stock or available to pre-order FREE local delivery

Stockists of Alexandra Rose, Daro, Leisure Grow Furniture and German Design Award Winner, Aluvision Puro Pergolas.

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2022 Outdoor Furniture Range now available in our 1200sqm Showroom

Garden Furniture





Fire Pits Find us on Facebook: @SilverSprings.Garden.Centre FONTLEY ROAD, TITCHFIELD, FAREHAM, PO15 6QX

SUMMERHOUSE CAFE Breakfast | Brunch | Lunch | Afternoon Tea | Tables of up to 20 available to pre book | Private hire available for celebrations of all sizes Kids eat for free and £10 lunch menu throughout August and September

Why not come and try our new and improved Cafe Menu and a FREE tea or coffee on us

Monday to Friday throughout August Please bring in this voucher to

redeem for your free tea or coffee* IVF08/22

Offer applies: 1st August to 31st August 2022. Voucher has no cash value

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National Garden Scheme Hampshire The Community Gardens awards were announced a few weeks ago. For 2022 the National Garden Scheme donated £189,617 supplying funding for 75 Community Projects across England and Wales. Danny Clarke – aka The Black Gardener – and new National Garden Scheme Ambassador added: “It’s great to see this funding going to the heart of so many community projects. Projects that will help invigorate the people they support and introduce new audiences to the huge benefits that gardens and gardening bring to their health and wellbeing and to the environment around them.” There are more details on the website

Healthy Haven Garden, Southampton

A grant of £1,520.00 was made to Healthy Haven Garden, Waterside Health Centre in Southampton. The garden already exists, constructed by Fairweather's Nursery (who also open for the NGS). The garden is based at Waterside

Planning the Garden

Medical Practice and is run by a team of volunteers, for the benefit of the patients, staff and the whole community. The grant will be used to purchase sleepers, metal edging, a pear tree and plants to attract the wildlife. If you are looking for a garden to visit for a relaxing afternoon out Why not try the Down House, Itchen Abbas, SO21 1AX - Opening: Wednesday 3rd August 12 noon to 5pm. Pre-booking available Admission: £5.00 children free. Cash or Card Refreshments: Home-made teas A 2 acre garden laid out in rooms overlooking the Itchen Valley, adjoining the Pilgrim's Way. In summer, see the agapanthus, herbaceous perennials and potager. A garden of structure with pleached hornbeams, rope-lined fountain garden, yew lined avenue and walks in adjoining meadows. This garden regularly opens in the Spring for the carpets of Spring bulbs. Now is a chance to see it in all it’s Summer glory. There is something for everyone with the NGS. Enjoy a great afternoon out knowing that you are helping to fund some amazing charities.

The Down House, Itchen Abbas

Pat Beagley (Publicity) National Garden Scheme Hampshire

to the house beautifully. A rural setting suggests a naturalistic or cottage style planting, or urban space could go modern. You could compliment this in the material you choose for your pots or other garden décor. A formal style is traditionally achieved by Symmetrical planting, using straight lines that mirror each other, and this is easily replicated on a small scale with clever use of statement plants to punctuate. Asymmetry, with the use of curvilinear planting, provides a more relaxed feel. Think about Balance to maintain proportion (a tall shrub might be offset by a bench, or a water feature, for example).

Hello, Plant Lovers! In a recent edition of the Forum, we explored ‘Right Plant, Right Place’. You are probably looking forward to your local Summer Plant Fair. But wait! Whether it be the sensory joy they induce, or the wildlife that they attract that you love about plants – take a moment to consider these 6 Design Principles. Harmony: What feeling does your space give you? Do you feel calm or elegant, playful or quirky? This is the ‘Spirit of the Place’. The principle of Cohesion helps us connect the growing space


Simplicity – where less is more. Fewer plants (or pots or materials) in a similar family or colour group together cause a greater impact that many different plants dotted about the place. Rhythm / Repetition is similar – the designer’s trick of using groups of 3 to 5 plants in regular spacing about the site is very effective in making a place seem ‘put together.’ Divide perennials to multiply plants cheaply. A nod to these principles will elevate your planting space to a whole new level. Next Time: Plant selection! By: Patti Carter. Mum, Dr & RHS student. Share your thoughts @ motherspluckingposies or

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FREE 25% off lawn treatment plans FREE seeding with lawn renovations FREE £30 lawn assessment report FREE soil analysis FREE lawn care advice Offer limited to bookings made this month. Limited availability so call now to avoid disapointment. Impress your friends and create a garden your family can really enjoy. Moss, weeds, bare patches and unhealthy lawns can be improved with professional care & maintenance. This requires the right treatments, at the right time of year, applied in the right conditions. Off-the-shelf lawn care products can be OK, professional grade products provide professional results.

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Drought Control, Water Management

Lawn Watering and Drought Management Lawns need water. Let’s understand the water requirements of your lawn and how wetting agents and drought management products work.

Why do I need to be concerned about moisture levels in my lawn? In times of extended drought, grass reduces the water it supplies to the leaf. It stores water in the roots to keep itself alive. The leaf will turn brown, appearing dead. The plant may be dead, you won’t know for sure until moisture returns to the root zone. If a grass plant had other issues to deal with, such as grub damage, that has reduced its root mass, it may well die in a period of drought as it doesn’t have enough root to retain moisture needed to survive. Drought conditions often result in more lawn weeds and less beneficial soil biology. Some grasses tolerate drought better than others. Failure to provide water when your lawn needs it could result in more issues with weed grasses such as Poa Annua (annual meadow grass) which are better adapted to take advantage of poor conditions. Certain weeds thrive in drought conditions. Not watering your lawn could be making your lawn weed issues worse. As grasses die back, this creates space in your lawn for new weed seeds to settle, ready for germination later. In addition, a number of weed types thrive in drought conditions. One such weed is yarrow. Difficult to control once established in your lawn, yarrow is very challenging to irradicate. Healthy soil biology is essential for a healthy lawn. When moisture levels drop, so does the population of beneficial soil microbes, responsible for breaking down organic matter, excreting nutrients into the soil which benefits your lawn grasses. This breakdown of organic matter also reduces surface thatch. How do wetting agents benefit my lawn?

Not everyone can water or wants to water their lawn. There was a time when all we could do for lawns in times of drought was add water or wait for rain to return. If soil has dried out too much, then often that water struggles to be absorbed into the soil. This is when soil has become hydrophobic and repels moisture. Soil in this condition also struggles to hold on to water and it quickly drains through the soil out of the grass root-zone.


A more modern approach to moisture management involves applications of wetting agents. This technology was developed for golf courses and has now found its way into modern, professional lawncare.

What is a wetting agent and how does it work? A wetting agent is a specialised molecule which is used to reduce the surface tension of water. Surface tension is what forms water into a droplet. The fact that water has a high surface tension can be an issue when we want water to penetrate a surface or spread throughout another material – such as soil. Wetting agents help water penetrate into soil and then hold water in the root zone for longer, reducing water wastage and making any water far more effective for plants. Wetting agents and moisture retaining products can drastically reduce the quantity of water you need to maintain a healthy lawn through periods of drought. Typically, wetting agents come in a liquid form and are applied to your lawn using a sprayer. Some manufacturers supply wetting agents in granular form where the liquid has been applied to a carrier which can then be applied using a spreader. In this format the inert carrier would break down following application, releasing the wetting agent into the soil when water is applied, or it rains. Will wetting agents reduce the cost of watering my lawn? The amount of water you need to apply to your lawn can be significantly reduced through the use of wetting agents. In addition, the time it takes for your lawn to become stressed in a period of drought can be extended and therefore you can start watering later or you may even find that the rain has returned before you need to begin to water. Do wetting agents work if there is no rain? Wetting agents are there to make water more effective for your lawn. Applied in a period of drought they will sit patiently on the surface of the soil waiting for rain to return. When it does, they spring into action, aiding the penetration of that rain into the soil, spreading it laterally and holding it in the root zone for longer. In this way they make even the smallest amount of rainfall more effective. As lawncare professionals, we have access to industry leading products and technology that not only helps you achieve a wonderful, healthy lawn you can be proud of, but also products that help you to avoid longer term issues you may not even be aware of. Learn more about lawncare from our website or contact us to ask our advice. 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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Alresford Surgery News

that you place your medication requests in plenty of good time.

requested at least 4 weeks before you plan to travel)

NHS Covid Pass

For full information please visit; https://www.

With travelling abroad on a lot of people’s minds we have seen an increase in queries regarding covid passes for travel, this is something that is not handled by the GP Surgery but by NHS England. There are several options available on how to option a covid pass, please see a summary of these below;

Mask wearing

There has been a change to guidance which we must follow effective 1st July 2022. Please note that due to the rapidly rising rate of Covid infections locally patients MUST wear a face mask when attending the Surgery. Thank you for your understanding.

Dispensary service

Over the summer months (From now until September) it is likely to take longer for prescriptions to be handled by our dispensary due to staffing levels. Therefore please ensure

You can get a digital NHS COVID Pass online or by using the NHS App if you are aged 12 years old or above. You can download your NHS COVID Pass, print it, have it sent to you in an email or show it on your smartphone if you have one. To get your NHS COVID Pass online or through the NHS App, you'll be asked to create an NHS login if you do not have one already. If you do not have access to a smartphone & are unable to use the NHS App then you can request that your covid pass to be sent to you by post, by calling 119 (This needs to be

Exhibition Voted a Success Alresford Art Society organisers are delighted with their 2022 exhibition which showcased 120 works of art and welcomed over 700 visitors. With exhibits in watercolour, oil, acrylic, pastel and mixed media, as well as sculpture, wire and mosaic, there was truly something for everyone. Indeed 543 visitors took part in the People’s Choice competition, voting for their favourite exhibit, with Jeannie Pakenham of Longwood scooping both the People’s Choice prize and the award for the Best Watercolour Painting for her painting The Sightseers. Jeannie Pakenham The Sightseers


The exhibition was sponsored

Travelling abroad

Immunisations and advice are available through our Travel Service. Please collect a form from Reception, or follow the link on our website to complete the form online, and then make an appointment in our Travel Clinic. The form should be returned to the surgery prior to your appointment. You will have a telephone appointment initially to discuss all your travel arrangements, then if required a follow up face to face appointment for the vaccinations. You should allow at least 8 weeks to enable vaccination courses to be completed. There may be a charge for certain vaccines. For more information please visit our website;

want to see it every day in their home and it changes the perception we artists have of ourselves and of our work for the better. The studio, whether it be a kitchen table or converted barn - can be a place of solace, pleasure and achievement, or conversely of frustration, problem-solving even loneliness. Gordon Thoday, Jeannie Pakenham, Robin Moore and Gill Grant

for the fifth year by Hellards estate agents and opened by Gill Grant, founder of the Alresford Arts Festival and Manager of the Light Room in Alresford. “Exhibiting is terrifying,” said Gill, “so why do we do it? Promotion? Baring your soul to the world? What if no one likes it, or worse is very critical? I believe we exhibit our work because we are courageous, but more than that we simply love what we do and hope that people will come and at the very least love to look. “Professional artists are delighted when they do sell a piece,” she said, “likewise, the amateur artist sits happily in a haze of smiley self-belief. It makes it all worthwhile to sell a piece, to have a person fall in love with it enough to make a connection and

“Here in Alresford we are blessed with many things, one of which is undoubtedly The Alresford Art Society which since 1965 has been supporting, educating, inspiring, helping, promoting, collaborating and offering meetings and days out with other artists and obviously exhibiting - creating a real and long-lasting legacy and artistic community,” she declared. Other exhibition winners were Best Oil - The Blyth at Walberswick by Ken Crowhurst; Best Floral or Botanical painting - Cyclamen by Sue Cox, Best Acrylic - Washing Day by Julie Hepenstal, Best Mixed Media - Copse and Landscape by Jean Wheeler, Best 3D - Bull Mastiff by Alice Aernout. The Best New Exhibitor to this year’s exhibition was Windmills of My Mind by Catriona Mills,



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Winchester Councillors Report

Our rivers are not only beautiful, they provide restorative space for us all and vital habitats for wildlife

What do we see? • A 99.5 % decline in eels in the Arle since the 1960s. • Silt and algal growth – which stops the eggs of all sorts of species taking up the necessary oxygen, and reduces the oxygen available for those that do hatch. • A decline in both species and quantity of wildlife in our rivers -very apparent to those that have lived here a while. • A marked difference in aquatic life above and below settlements without mains drainage. • Sewage, chemicals and pesticides - none of us want this stuff in our local waterways! Winchester City Council has resolved take a far closer interest in what goes into our rivers, and ask agencies to explain what is being done. But we all need to do what we can to help. So, here’s some ideas on how you can make a difference and help clean up our local rivers.

1. Cut back on the water you use from the tap and toilet!! Every drop of tap water used comes from local chalk aquifers - the more we use, the less there is in the aquifer to feed our rivers. Purifying water to drinking standards uses a lot of energy, so using less helps reduce your carbon footprint as well. Actions range from easy to challenging. ‘Shower not bath’ is well known if you want to reduce water consumption but why not set a timer for 5 minutes and/or use an aerator or low-flow shower: power showers increase the volume of water used.

Toilets account for over 35% of all the water used in the home. If you don’t have dual flush cisterns, and the cistern capacity is 6l, or greater, you can get a free Save a Flush bag Run washing and dishwashing machines only when full, don’t run taps unnecessarily,


friendly. Don’t use your toilet and sink as a rubbish bin! Important for all of us, but especially those on ‘private arrangements’: don’t flush cat litter, disposable nappies, paper towels, sanitary items, facial tissues, coffee grounds, cigarettes, cotton buds or condoms down the toilet.

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Many of you are on ‘private arrangements’ rather than mains drainage but all of us can make simple changes to cleaning regimes to prevent chemicals contaminating our aquifers and rivers. The suggestions below apply especially to those with septic tanks and following them will save money on pump outs as well as benefit water quality but they are also important for those of us on mains drainage. Most obvious of all, use fewer cleaning products - they all have an impact. A lot of grime can be removed with a hot damp cloth. Use toilet fresheners, mild detergents, fabric conditioners and washing powders/liquids in moderation. These can adversely impact the natural bacteriological balance in the septic tank. Use bleach and disinfectants VERY SPARINGLY - bleaches kill friendly bacteria. Use non-biological and less aggressive cleaning products. There are many environmental ranges and even a biodegradable bleach. Look for labelling which shows that products are septic tank

don't dispose of white spirit, varnish, paint thinners, motor oils, petrol, etc down the drain - they will ruin your tank, and will seriously pollute groundwater don’t wash paint brushes in the sink or put brush cleaning liquids into the drains - collect these liquids and dispose of them safely at our local tip; or move to nonsolvent based paints - better for the air you breathe as well don’t connect rainwater drainage pipes from roofs or drains to the septic tank.

3. Garden for water conservation

Rather more fun is to be had in the garden - by engineering levels you can reduce run off - the silt impacts water quality - and retain more water for your plants, as well as providing possible boggy bits, for interest and diversity. You are all, of course, using water butts where you can - not on seedlings though, there’s a risk of fungal disease. To reduce run off and increase retention, grow plants that use less water, and increase permeability - no hard surfacing. Grass is very overrated - it’s good for playing on, and livestock, but a lawn takes a lot of love, effort and chemicals which again will end up in the aquifer.


The Romsey Show is back with an action packed day– Saturday 10th September!


he Romsey Show organisers, The Romsey Agricultural and Horse Show Society, are pleased to announce that the Romsey Show is back this year on Saturday 10th September at Broadlands Park in Romsey. The Show has a new location within the park, with easier access for visitors from Romsey. Run by a large team of dedicated volunteers, it is a fantastic day out for all the family!

your dog to take part in the family dog show. The Food Zone offers a range of local produce as well as the Kids Kitchen, Honey tent and Skills Kitchen. Enjoy your picnic in the area whilst listening to live performances from Beggars Fair acts. The show is open from 8am to 6pm, and tickets are on sale now at with discounted rates. Children 11 years and under are free and there is also plenty of free parking.

The Sheep Show will be at the Show with their humorous live display, introducing us to nine different breeds of sheep, each with their own story to tell! Attractions across the Showground also include the popular Countryside Area with ‘have a go’ opportunities, livestock and equine classes, vintage machinery and the interactive mobile farm. Stroke a goat, learn more about reptiles and bring

SATURDAY 10th SEPTEMBER 2022 Broadlands, Romsey, Hampshire

FARM - FOOD - COUNTRYSIDE The Sheep Show • Popell Barns Mobile Farm • Heavy Horses • Falcon High Livestock • Traction Engines • Vintage cars and tractors • Floral Art Food Zone including Skills Kitchen, Kids Kitchen and Honey • Horses Art • WI • Fun Fair • Family Dog Show- agility - scurry - fly ball • Mole Show Blacksmith • Military Farriers • Food courts with picnic area Beggars Fair Stage • Shopping areas • Climbing Wall Bring cash for shopping and food • Dogs on leads welcome Free parking • Children FREE (11 and under)

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lifetime of visiting the Alresford Agricultural Show has taught me that there are two ways to enjoy a day out at Hampshire’s – and possibly England’s – finest farming show. The first is to enjoy an all action day: turn up at the stunning Tichborne Park on the first Saturday in September and go flat out, hell-for-leather, and do as much as you can. Enjoy a session on the climbing wall, cuddle a beagle, and cheer on the Pony Club relays and Dog Scurry competitions. You can eat and drink your way round the many refreshment stands – perfect for a refuel before you head out for a boogie to the music, brought to you this year once again by the superb Alresford Uke Jam and their friends. And when (and ONLY when) your food has gone down a bit, round things off with a 99 flake on the way out.

The second way to enjoy the Show is more sedate: yes, you arrive early at Tichborne Park, but you stroll in a more leisurely fashion round the ground. You drop in on a stand, shake a few hands, have a cup of something, exchange a friendly insult or two (or ten), and move on to the next one, shaking more hands on the way. Drool over the farm machinery that the dealers


have brought – at huge effort and expense from far and wide. Enjoy the fantastic range of farm produce on show: the livestock (both mundane and exotic), and the arable produce. There’s food and drink to suit a slow day, too, with cheeses, honey, breads and charcuteries, and a huge range of wines and exotic spirits to match. Never forget the inner peace to be found during a session in the horticultural tent, or from maxing your credit card in the craft marquee.

Do it either way – it’s up to you. But make sure you’re here to join us farmers as we welcome you all into our world on September 3rd at Tichborne Park. Beat the queues, purchase your e-tickets now! Available online, Ticket Prices: Adults 16+ £16, Children 16 and under free when accompanied by a fee paying adult. Tickets available from:





A GREAT DAY OUT FOR ALL THE FAMILY • Pony Club Relay • Shire Horse Competition • Classic Car Display • Horse Jumping • Display of Vintage Machinery • Beagle, Hounds & Bloodhounds • Bee & Honey Show • Birds of Prey & Flying Display • Farmyard Fun Playground

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Hampshire Open Studios

Hampshire Open Studios is an annual art trail where the visiting public can meet artists in their homes, studios and galleries free of charge – 20th – 29th August 2022.


ith over 290 venues open this year we are bigger than ever! In the ten days leading up to bank holiday Monday 29th August, visitors can get the opportunity to meet the makers direct and learn more about the work. Our colour catalogue is out from mid July in local stockists or view all the listings online – if you are not sure where to start some mini-trails have been suggested for each area around the county. Visitors can also enter a prize draw to win £100 towards artwork from your favourite Hampshire Open Studios artist. There are a wide variety of venues to see along with every type of art and craft on offer in the region, including painting, sculpture, ceramics, glass, furniture, jewellery and many more. Entry is free and to find your nearest venue check the website or look out for the pink direction arrows that will guide you to the artists’ doors. Some local highlights include the 12 venues you can visit throughout the city of Winchester. Including artist Clare Goodman who is an impressionist artist taking inspiration from light and colour in her landscape paintings. Also at this venue,

new for this year, is Hayward Guitars Workshop showing hand-built instruments. In the city centre you’ll get a warm welcome at riverside studio of artist Deborah Porter in Durngate Terrace. Showing large paintings, small encaustic work and prints for sale, Deborah’s work is abstract expressionistic and gestural. You can also find out more about workshops into art journaling for wellbeing. Heading north to Kingsworthy one of three venues here is artist Emma Lowres with expressive oil paintings of landscapes, seascapes of the countryside and coast of Hampshire and beyond. (Emma is our cover artist for 2022). Nearby is Strange TimesQuest an artist collective set up in January 2020 and continues to provide a positive distraction in these uncertain times. Thirty-six artists complete monthly creative Quests ‘alone, together’ networking just by e-mail. In Martyr Worthy you can visit illustrator Jonathan Chapman who is showing figurative paintings and illustrations of colourful landscapes and cityscapes inspired by Winchester and popular destinations from around the world. At the Light Room in Alresford you can see two exhibitions during Hampshire Open Studios, firstly Salisbury Art Scene (20th – 23rd) followed by Four Contemporary Alresford Artists (25th - 29th August) Gill Grant, Melanie Bliss, Penny Metcalfe and Tobie Jennings. They are exhibiting expressive art inspired by nature, landscape and still-life, working in paint, collage and ceramic.

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Artists are very much looking forward to inviting you once again to their studios and galleries. They will be making every effort for your visit to be enjoyable and creative. Visitor information will be on the website so please do check that to help you make the most of your days out!

Hampshire’s largest open studio event

Over 290 artist venues and galleries to visit free of charge

Saturday 20th - Bank Holiday Monday 29th August


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THE FOUR CONTEMPORARY ALRESFORD ARTISTS The Gallery is central to Alresford at the crossroads of the B3046, Pound Hill, The Dean and West Street. The Light Room is at the top of the Dean on the left. Gill Grant, Melanie Bliss, Penny Metcalfe and Tobie Jennings are exhibiting expressive art inspired by nature, landscape and still-life, working in paint, collage and ceramic. Reflecting a passion for colour and evoking a sense of place and emotions. OPENING DAYS/TIMES Open 10am - 5pm from Thurday 25 Monday 29 August Tel: 01962 733815 / 07941 219483 Email: The Light Room, The Old Chapel, The Dean, Alresford, SO24 9BQ

SALISBURY ARTS SCENE Art to Inspire! Mixed media, Acrylic, Oil, Watercolour, Photography, Wood, Glass, Sculpture. Artists - AM Thomas, Annie George, Esther brown, George Shapland, Geraldine McLoughlin, Jane Walker, Karen Welsh, Lucinda Nicholas, Sally Edwards, Will Richardson. Private View: Friday 19th 3-8pm, Meet the artists. Refreshments. Visit our website for full details. OPENING DAYS/TIMES Open 10am-5pm Saturday 20 - Tuesday 23 August Tel: 07870 495 225 Email: The Light Room, The Old Chapel, The Dean, Alresford, SO24 9BQ



Broughton Village Art Exhibition 2022



Large Art Exhibition with free entry At Broughton Village Hall

From August 20th to August 29th open from 10am until 5pm Large free car park | Coffee shop onsite | 45 local artists and crafts people Part of the 2022 Hampshire Open Studios

Visit an amazing array of local talent sharing their work in what is possibly the largest local exhibition in Hampshire. Website Email Facebook Instagram

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The Light Room Gallery to stage Botanical Art & Culture Exhibition in Alresford


ick McMillen was at his gigantic drawing board by the window, dabbing intricate charcoal detail onto a harrowing ash hedgerow, when we met in his Hampshire studio some years ago. He was my client. I was there, eager to photograph him and his effervescent wife, Molly, both hard at work — a beautifully introverted artist and craftsman and a celebrated willow weaver and fibre artist.

For Mollie, her creative expression is about the reciprocity of caring for the Earth. “This exhibition is an artistic response to what we have been doing for almost two decades,” she said. Sixteen years ago, in a moody forest not far from Alresford, she first laid eyes on her future husband, Nick. They met on a course about living in harmony with the land. Having known them for years, I can affirm that this talented duo lives this way with integrity and sincerity.

I marvelled at Nick’s exquisite and painstakingly detailed botanical illustrations and at Mollie’s lampshades and baskets, woven from sustainably harvested, local plant fibres, bark and willow. I loved learning about their art. We discovered that we shared a twisted sense of humour and a deep respect for nature – which is how this trinity of artists and upcoming exhibition of fine art were born.

Mollie’s hand-harvested materials are sensitively drawn from the land in her local area in Hampshire. Her year is punctuated by the tree bark harvest in spring, plant fibres in mid-summer and the willow harvest in winter. She nurtures relationships with community members and the environment; her intention being to improve the land, garden or hedgerows while producing beautiful woven pieces from what might have become compost or ash.

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Original charcoal drawing by Nick McMillen

“We pass by things all the time,” Nick told me when talking about his lichen and seedpod art works. He literally draws from the land and his botanical illustrations honour his subject matter through his hyper-attention to detail. “I want to preserve those moments of open-mouthed astonishment that exist in nature,” he said as I viewed a drawing of a chestnut tree in decline, breaking itself apart with its own weight and age. Our exhibition is a gentle invitation for people to be curious about nature. Sir David Attenborough said that “no one will protect what they don’t care about, and no one will care about what they have never experienced.” With this in mind, when you drop into the Lightroom in Alresford to see the exhibition, you can experience art fostered from a place of inquisitiveness and deep respect. If it sparks interest or encourages you to notice something new, that would be the greatest compliment.


At the exhibition, you’ll see my work too. I’m Heather Chuter, a fine-art photographer and portrait maker. I have a keen interest in connecting with people. My love of fellow artists and the interesting lives they lead fuels a lot of my work. Many hours spent observing other artists compelled me to turn my lens to create my own interpretations of the communication and spirituality playfully existing between the living natural world and the elements. I created etherial landscapes, brimming with life and energy using double exposures, found objects in the environment and digital layering.

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Winchester Heritage Open Days


9th-18th September 2022

ow in its seventh year, Winchester Heritage Open Days (HODs) is shaping up to be another fantastic festival packed with tours, behind the scenes, and engaging talks. Heritage Open Days is all about opening doors, exploring local heritage and culture, and connecting with the community.

The Trust is thrilled too to have support again this year from our lead sponsor Winchester College, who will be offering guided tours including visits to the Fellows’ Library and Treasury again. Additionally, we are grateful to Winchester BID, our media partner Hampshire Chronicle, to the heritage sites and individuals putting on events, and to our volunteers. HODs couldn’t happen without them!

This year’s festival takes place 9th-18th September 2022 with events not just in Winchester, but in the surrounding areas too (including Aldershot, Alresford, Alton, Bishop’s Waltham, Hursley, Romsey, Whitchurch and more). And the best part? Every event is FREE to attend. The theme for this year’s festival is "Astounding Inventions", celebrating innovation, pioneers and creativity. Code breaking and brickmaking, weaving in the Roman world and railway engineering; these are just some of the Astounding Inventions topics to be explored. Join Aldershot Military Museum for their series of talks on Rushmoor’s Remarkable Innovations and view the Alexander Observatory. Discover the life of Hampshire born inventor, engineer and campaigner for women’s suffrage, Hertha Ayrton Marks with a performance by Pedlars & Petticoats at the Winchester City Museum. Visit IBM Hursley Park, home to decades of innovation, or take a tour of Farnborough Centrifuge. Whether your interests are medieval or modern, in the everyday experience of people throughout history, technological advances, or courtly clashes, there is an event for you to enjoy. Many events you can just turn up to, but some require booking. The Online Box Office opens on Tuesday 9th August – book early to avoid disappointment. To view the full programme of events, how to book, or how to join our team of volunteers, go to our website www. Ever wondered how the fantastic HODs programme comes into being every September? Behind the scenes, the Hampshire History Trust works hard year-round overseeing the coordination of Winchester Heritage Open Days - but that’s not all the Trust does. If you are keen to delve deeper into Hampshire’s heritage before or after the festival itself, the Hampshire HistBites podcast is shortly entering into its eighth season, coinciding with this year’s festival. You can listen to all HistBites episodes online, via the podcast’s website (www. - and it’s here that new episodes will drop in the run-up to HODs itself.


Here are just some of this year’s highlights... Our online box office is now open for bookings. Please visit the website for more information • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Winchester College Guided Tours Winchester Combined Court Open Day The Grange Open Day and Guided Tour The Brickworks Museum Open Day Whitchurch Silk Mill Food Festival Winchester City Mill Live Milling Demonstrations Alresford “Norman Bridge” Alresford Museum Open Day Alresford Eel House Open Day Merchants, Millers and Maitre d’s Guided Tour The Art of Bollards Guided Tour Farleigh House Guided Tour Westgate and City Museum Open Days Royal Logistics Corps Museum Guided Tours Bishop’s Waltham Palace Guided Tours Jane Austen’s House: Director’s Highlights Tour “You spin me right ‘round – spinning and weaving in the Roman world” talk and demonstration Jeremy France Jewellers Behind the Scenes Friends of King Alfred Buses Running Day and Display

Our online box office is now open for bookings. Please visit the website for more information

9th-18th September 2022

Delve into Hampshire History Join us again as we journey behind closed doors and share tales of the past through walks, talks, exhibitions, performances, workshops and tours. Now in its seventh year, Winchester Heritage Open Days is shaping up to be fantastic festival, with over eighty events taking place in Winchester and the surrounding area. Many events you will be able to just turn up to on the day, but others will need to be booked in advance through our online box office. Sign up to our newsletter via our website or follow us on social media to keep up to date with festival news.

Winchester Heritage Open Days is coordinated by the Hampshire History Trust.

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Theatre & Shows


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Sat 13 Aug

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21-23 Jewry Street, Winchester, SO24 8SB

Hairspray: The Broadway Musical Book by Mark O’Donnell Thomas Meehan. Music by Marc Shaiman Lyrics by Scott Wittman Marc Shaiman . Based on the New Line Cinema film written and directed by John Waters. In 1960s Baltimore, dance-loving teen Tracy Turnblad (Nikki Blonsky) auditions for a spot on The Corny Collins Show and wins. She becomes an overnight celebrity, a trendsetter in dance, fun and fashion. Perhaps her new status as a teen sensation is enough to topple Corny's reigning dance queen and bring racial integration to the show. A great musical for all the family with some amazing show tunes as well.

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Bugsy Malone

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Theatre Royal Bath Productions, Birmingham Rep Theatre and Kenny Wax present The Lyric Hammersmith Theatre production Alan Parker’s Bugsy Malone A Modern Musical Classic. Play by Alan Parker, Words and Music by Paul Williams. Prohibition era New York. A city full of mobsters, showgirls and dreamers. Rival gangster bosses Fat Sam and Dandy Dan are at loggerheads. The custard pies are flying and Dandy Dan's gang has gotten the upper hand since obtaining the new-fangled "splurge" gun. Now Fat Sam and his bumbling buffoons are in real trouble!

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Alresford Chamber of Commerce As we approach the end of term, ready for the summer break we wish you all a happy and safe summer! Ukrainian Refugee Update Following Cllr Fiona Isaacs, attending the first Ukrainian/Host meeting in Winchester. A process of finding employment with business vacancies was established. We would also like to thank and acknowledge all the hard work of Estelle Bentham our Deputy Chair, in arranging and organizing the travel and hosting of our Ukrainian guests. Should any member of Alresford Chamber of Commerce or Hampshire Chamber of Commerce have any job vacancies, please do not hesitate to contact us. Parking Strategy As advised previously, Hampshire County Council will be taking over the parking management in 2023 from Winchester City Council. There won’t be any changes made without consultation first, after our chair raised the question. After 2 attempts by Winchester City Council in the last 4 years to try and bring in parking meters, we have good data of how businesses and residents feel. This will obviously be raised; we continue to monitor and will lobby for the best interest of the businesses. New Members We are happy to announce New Era Travel as our recent New Member to the Chamber. If you are thinking of taking a trip, why not pop in to see Brian, Alan, Cathy or Jordan for some inspiring ideas!

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Successful 10K Run

400 runners turned out on a perfect day for running at the final Hampshire Road Race League race of the season, the Alresford Rotary 10k. The course followed the usual route through the market town, past the famous watercress beds and out into the countryside beyond. It’s a tough course with plenty of hills, but all the runners proved up for the challenge. The men’s race was won by for the second year in a row by Phil Berntsen in 33 minutes and 32 seconds, closely followed by Sebastian Hoenig in 33:51.

supported by local businesses: Prospect Fencing funded the race numbers, The Watercress Company provided 500 bags of local watercress, Becky Shotton Driving Instructor sponsored the medals, Chocolate Craft provided the chocolate medals for the children’s races and boxes of chocolates for the adult races, The Arlebury Cafe baked 500 special cookies and made up hampers of local goodies for the age category winners, Fyffes supplied the bananas, Charters Estate Agents allowed the use of their sign boards for the kilometre markers, Hair Art helped out with the art work and signage, and The Bottom Line Accounting contributed towards the prizes for the age category winners. Thomas Miller designed the logo for the race. The event was marshalled by volunteers from Alresford Rotary and additional help at the field was provided by enthusiastic students from Perins school. Everyone gave their time for free and all profits will be used for local and international good causes, including providing medical supplies to Ukraine, part of a global effort by Rotary International.

The women’s race was won by Victoria Gill in 36:56 with Tamsin Anderson second in 37:52. All of the results are available at Three children’s races preceded the main event, with children between 2 and 11 running different distances around the park. The winners received specially made chocolate medals from Chocolate Craft in Alresford, and everyone got a special medal for finishing. The race was the 15th annual event organised by Alresford Rotary and

The race organisers made new efforts this year to reduce waste and improve sustainability. All of the prizes were from local sources and the race medals were wooden and made from sustainable wood. Water was in containers and recyclable cups with no single use plastic. Competitors were encouraged to car share, walk or take public transport. Next year’s race will again be on the third Sunday in June (Fathers’ Day), June 18th.

Eel House Open Day

On July 17th an eager group of Rotarians ran the open day at this unique local

attraction. It proved a popular way for local residents and visitors to get a glimpse into the amazing life cycle of the eel. Eels start and end their life in the Sargasso Sea near Bermuda but find their way up the Arle river to Alresford where they spend most of their life. The recent renovation (part funded by Rotary Donations and organised by the Town Trust) has brought the 1822 built Eel House back into splendid working order. Don’t miss one of next year’s open days.

Upcoming Events

Wessex Rotary Shoebox Scheme Make an early start to preparing Christmas shoeboxes of gifts for disadvantaged and displaced children in eastern Europe. Because in recent years it has become increasingly difficult to source boxes of the prescribed size Rotary can now provide boxes as well as the scheme leaflet (wjrp@ 738788) and both are available now! Local schools who supported the scheme last year are being contacted but it is not just a scheme for schools. Everyone and all local organisations are encouraged to take part – please contact us and make a child’s Christmas! Alresford Show on September 3rd Alresford Rotary will be helping out at the Alresford Show making it a safe event where pedestrians and horses meet. Bonfire Night Fireworks on November 4th We are already planning our annual Bonfire and Fireworks evening with torchlight parade. Block your calendar now! In addition to this, members will be enjoying a number of social events to complement the varied volunteering agenda. The Stratton Bates playground opening has been postponed to 6th August at 2pm. Thanks to a generous legacy from Bridget Newitt (widow of former Rotarian Mike Newitt) we have made a financial contribution to the new space and will be there to celebrate. If you are new to Alresford or just looking to join a growing group of like-minded individuals help catalyse our great community, contact me for a chat or join a ‘social’ to find out more. David Marshall



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Last month, we were delighted to see the opening of our new outdoor gym, located on the upper part of Arlebury Park. The gym includes a range of equipment Double Leg Press • Dips Station • Lat Pull Down/Shoulder Press • Twister • Air Skier • Rower • Cross Trainer • Double Pull Up Bar Do please make use of this fantastic new facility, which is accessible at any time and free to use. Outdoor gyms are a brilliant way of helping you to live an active and healthy lifestyle, while enjoying the outdoors and beautiful green space at Arlebury Park.


A new surface has been installed on the Petanque pitch at Arlebury Park. This is a lovely facility which is used all year round by a local group but is open to all. Boule games have an exceptionally long history dating back to the Middle


Ages. If you would like to give it a go, the Council office hold a set of boules. Just come in and ask to borrow the set.

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Anti-Social behaviour The council is still experiencing anti-social behaviour in the Recreation Grounds. If you see anyone defacing public or private property or leaving litter that could be damaging for other users, please let us know so that the Police can be updated. Telephone the council office on 01962 732079

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This levy allows local planning authorities to raise funds from developers who are undertaking new building projects in their area. The funds go towards infrastructure that is needed to support growth. This year there were twelve community bids submitted to WCC, the value of which exceeded the CIL funding available. Of the twelve bids, seven were recommended for CIL funding. I am pleased to write that New Alresford was successful and will be recommended for the allocation of funding to Cabinet in September. It is hoped that with this funding NATC will be able to provide additional new allotments in the future.

This is a fungal disease affecting the common ash tree (Fraxinus excelsior) and other Fraxinus species. It is caused by a fungus called Hymenoscyphus fraxineus which is native to eastern Asia. Unfortunately, there are affected trees within the Parish.

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St.Peter's Church Ropley Re-opens

ight years ago, our beautiful church was devastated by fire. Now, thanks to the generosity and hard work of so many people, it is about to reopen. Many of you will remember the horrific sight of St. Peter’s burning. I hope you’ll now take up the invitation to come and see it reborn. John Alexander has designed a remarkable building, and our contractors Reside Construction and many talented artisans have made that vision a reality; preserving everything possible of the old and enhancing the building to create a space that can be used by generations to come.

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The people of Ropley and our supporters from near and far have been determined to put the Church back in to the heart of the village. Together they have created a place where all our welcome, where young and old alike can flourish and where, over the August Bank Holiday Weekend we will be gathering to celebrate this remarkable achievement. Do join us at our opening celebrations or visit in the week that follows when you’ll be warmly welcomed by our volunteers between 9 and 5. We are still fundraising to complete and furnish the project, please see our website for further information and click the donate button to support us with a gift.


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Lesley Rose, Advice Services Manager for Citizens Advice Winchester District gives advice on what to do if your flight is delayed or cancelled this summer. I’m due to fly to Spain during the school summer holidays. After hearing about all the problems at airports, I’m really worried. My family have been looking forward to this and it’s cost us a lot of money. What do we do if our flight is cancelled or delayed? A lot of people will be worried after seeing the recent news about flights. If you face issues, the Citizens Advice website has lots of information about what to do when your flight is delayed or cancelled. If you’re already at the airport when they announce the delay, the airline should give you food and drink, access to phone calls

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Six months after launching the 2022 Challenge, Age UK has received over 1.1million bags of donations from across the UK, but the challenge isn’t over - the Age UK shop in Alresford is urging people to continue supporting the appeal. Shop Manager at the Age UK shop in Alresford said; “We are so grateful to the generous community of Alresford for the amount and variety of donations we have received since Age UK’s 2022 Challenge launched. It’s great that we’re on track at this halfway mark, but we don’t lose momentum and that’s why we are asking people to continue to bring us their good-quality, unwanted items. “With the summer now upon us and many of us putting away our winter wardrobes, there has never been a better time to have a clear out and bag up the items you no longer need. Whether it’s a winter jumper taking up lots of space, a dress you won’t wear again, toys that haven’t been played with in years or books that are gathering dust, we will sell them on to be loved again, whilst also raising much-needed money to support older people. You’ll also be doing your bit for the

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Thanks to you all. Yes, thanks to you – the patrons of the Alresford Community Cinema, set up in 2019 to raise funds - well over £8000 and counting - for the fabric of the church of St John’s. And thanks also to the Town Council for its additional contribution. As with so many things, Covid caused a major hiatus in our activities but the cinema is now back and fundraising continues.


The Age UK shop in Alresford is also encouraging people to make their donations worth an extra 25% for the Charity by signing up to Gift Aid. Simply filling out a basic form when dropping off donations means Age UK will receive an extra 25p from the government for every £1 that is raised from donated goods and it won’t cost you a penny! Age UK has over 250 shops across England and Wales, which are reliant on the generous donations of the local community to keep the shelves stocked and supported by a team of dedicated staff and volunteers. To find your nearest Age UK shop visit www.ageuk/shop To find out more about Age UK’s Telephone Friendship services and to be signposted to local Age UK services in your area please call Age UK's Advice Line for free on 0800 169 6565 (open every day from 8am – 7pm), or visit: Today we have watches, I-Pads, laptops and so on that tell us the time wherever we are. In 1811 things were rather more ‘laissez-faire’: even the few watches owned by ‘the gentry’ and prosperous business men showed different times. The town – with growing commercial, service and professional services - needed a clock so everyone in the town could use the same time!

Work to restore the face of the town clock on the tower at St John’s has been completed, and very splendid it looks. These photos rather speak for themselves! In the centre of the dial is shown the year 1811, when the clock was installed by the Bailiff and Burgesses (effectively, the Town Council of the day), thanks to money raised by public appeal. Now, over two hundred years later, in 2022, the Friends of St John’s have funded the latest restoration and refurbishment of the clock face.

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This was also an important ‘marker’ of the town’s growing status; it said ’… we are growing; we have a town clock’. And everybody could see it, up on the tower at St John’s. (Greenwich Mean Time wasn’t adopted across Great Britain until 1847, introduced to standardise time for railway time tables!) So, thanks to you, we can again take pride in the town clock at St John’s, an important part of our heritage. This has been an allround community effort that, quite literally, now shines down upon us!

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m for phase 2 of this scheme in Feb 22, which will be spent in this financial year. HCC also received £9.4m in developer contributions in 21/22, mainly used to provide road improvements and school places, including special school places which are still under considerable pressure as well over 13,000 young people now have an Education Health and Care Plan in Hampshire alone. I continue to work with local families on these plans but please contact me if you feel that you need assistance. HCC has also received £0.8m to develop a business case for a ‘Mini-Holland’ for Winchester: the bid focus is to improve walking and cycling to and from the city centre, and potentially introduce some Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTN’s) in the city too. All of this will be subject to public consultation, so please watch for more detail to come. Kings Barton roads: I know that many Parishes are affected by decisions made by Cala and HCC about the final road system at Kings Barton. A new County Executive (Cabinet) has just been formed, and so I am afraid the pressure to get this right for all residents both in Kings Barton and across the north of Winchester has started anew with correspondence and a conversation with the new Exec Member, Cllr Heron. He has agreed to meet me to see the roads (as they are now) this month too. We are living in an increasingly digital I’m calling on readers join me this August by hosting an Afternoon Tea. Afternoon Tea is Breast Cancer Now’s annual fundraising event, that gives you a chance to get together with friends, family or colleagues over a cake in the garden, or a picnic in the park, to raise money for charity. Money raised will help Breast Cancer Now continue to provide award-winning health information, fund cutting-edge research projects, and give someone much-needed reassurance on their Helpline, which I know from calling the team myself, can make all the difference. Research into finding new treatments is incredibly important and everyday Breast Cancer Now’s research in the lab brings us closer to a future where everyone with breast cancer lives and is supported to live well. By

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Exactly one year on from the launch of the ReNature campaign and the fundraising tally continues to rise for the inspiring initiative, which is looking to create an extra 13,000 hectares of habitat where plants and animals can thrive. Following a “Call for Nature Sites” plea to landowners and community groups last autumn, 59 projects are now being progressed with a view to creating new wildlife habitat. They include entire farms, fields, road verges and old quarries, covering thousands of hectares. Meanwhile, this month an exciting ReNature festival will take place from 16 to 24 July with the aim of encouraging people to do simple things to help nature thrive, such as picking up litter, creating a wild space in your garden or helping to survey wildlife. Activities will include a microvolunteering beach clean at Seven Sisters, a heathland discovery day and bookable guided walks, as well as a range of inspiring online videos. As part of the festival, a selection of community groups, including those serving young people and those who may never have accessed the National Park, are being sent ReNature packs, crammed with nature-based goodies and activities. The public are also being invited to take three “pledges” and share images on social media for the chance to win a day-out at a wildlife venue (Marwell Zoo, RSPB Pulborough Brooks and Arundel Wetland Centre) in the National Park. They will be invited to: Experience nature – share an image of you in the natural world, whether it be the National Park, your local park, or garden! Care for nature – share an image of you looking after nature, such as planting wildflowers or picking up litter. Share the caring for nature message with others (by sharing your images on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram and using hashtag #ReNature) Andrew Lee, Director of Countryside Policy and Management for the South Downs National Park, said: “It’s been a hugely encouraging start to the ReNature campaign and I’d like to


thank each and every farmer, estate, community group and business that has pledged to support it. I think it underlines just how much people cherish nature. “It’s still very early stages, but we’re working with a diverse range of projects that will eventually create new areas for nature in the National Park. It’s a very exciting notion that within ten years new areas could be teeming with wildlife and increasing the biodiversity of the region. None of this nature recovery work would be possible without the farmers and estates that make up a very significant portion of the National Park – and these land managers will continue to play a pivotal role as we move forward. I’d like to thank all those who have been involved so far for their enthusiasm for the project and look forward to forging new links in the years to come. “There’s obviously a lot more work to do and much more fundraising to be done, but we’re determined to help reverse biodiversity loss. Nature can thrive anywhere given the right support and we can all work together to make a real difference.” The South Downs National Park currently has 25 per cent of the land managed specifically for nature, such as nature reserves, woods, heaths, ponds and flower-rich road verges. The additional 13,000 hectares would bring this to 33 per cent of land managed for nature – going beyond current UN-backed conservation targets of “30 per cent by 2030” (30 for 30). The National Park Authority also wants to go one step further – ensuring that the remaining 67 per cent of the National Park is nature-friendly by 2030. The South Downs National Park Trust, the official charity for the National Park, has been leading on the fundraising and has an ambitious target of raising £100m over the next decade to help nature recovery. Joshua Esan, Engagement and Events Officer for the National Park, said: “We hope everyone can get involved in our festival this month. Each day will focus on a different habitat of the National Park, such as woodland, coast or chalk grassland, and there’ll be lots of interesting things to see, do and learn about. Experience nature, care for it and inspire others!” To see the programme for the festival, visit www.southdowns. - To donate to the South Downs National Park Trust’s fundraising appeal visit https://southdowns.

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EDUCATION Adam King, Headmaster Elect at Prince’s Mead School The Governors are delighted to welcome Adam King as the Headmaster of Prince’s Mead School from September 2022. In September 2021, it was announced that Peter Thacker was stepping down to become Headmaster of Bishopsgate School after 4 years of outstanding leadership at Prince’s Mead. After 13 years of Headship at Thorngrove School, Highbury, Adam is relocating to Winchester to lead this vibrant and adventurous Prep School & Nursery. He was previously House Master at Giggleswick School in the Yorkshire Dales and St Faith’s School in Cambridge.

In his spare time, Adam enjoys running (he has run a couple of London marathons and a few half-marathons), walking and cooking. Although his playing days are over, he supports Bath Rugby Club and enjoys watching them at the Recreation Round in Bath. Adam loves the theatre, whether it’s regional or West End and also enjoys going to the ballet at Covent Garden and Sadler’s Wells. Adam and his family are very much looking forward to moving down to Winchester and making the most of living in such a beautiful city, as well as the surrounding countryside. We are delighted to have made an exceptional appointment for our new Head at Prince’s Mead School. Adam extends a warm welcome to every new family that will be joining Prince’s Mead in the coming year. Prince’s Mead is a thriving independent preparatory day school for 300 boys and girls set in a beautiful site in Winchester, Hampshire. The school is a forward-thinking yet traditional school with a strong family ethos and an excellent reputation. Housed in an impressive Grade II Georgian building, with spectacular panoramic views over the Itchen Valley, the School offers an imaginative, allround education.

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