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FORU M Health, Beauty & Wellbeing Feature

Watercress Festival 2017 Hampshire Mum The Forum talks to Charles Barter of the NFU Watercress Association Win a family ticket to the Curious Arts Festival Recipes from Jane's Kitchen Nature writer Claire Thurlow Social history writer Iris Crowfoot Cover image courtesy of Ted Hepenstal (see page 64)

























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JUNE COPY DEADLINE MAY 12TH Printed on recycled paper The Itchen Valley Forum contains facts, views, opinions, statements, recommendations, advertisements and other content and links to external websites not owned or controlled by the magazine. The Itchen Valley Forum takes reasonable efforts to include accurate, current information on its pages, but make no warranties or representations as to the accuracy, safety or value of the published items that are displayed. No liability or responsibility can be taken for errors or omissions in magazine content. The Itchen Valley magazine content does not necessarily reflect the views, opinions or recommendations of its creators and any reliance upon its content is taken at the user’s sole risk. Adverts designed by Forum Publications remain the magazine's legal ownership. © Forum Publications Ltd, 2017 * Readership figures calculated on an average national statistic of 2.5 readers per household




We hope you enjoy our early Summer edition of the Forum. Our feature theme this month is Health, Beauty and Wellbeing, of which have such a plethora of wonderful businesses in and around the Itchen Valley, that offer an eclectic range of services. We also have many interesting features and articles from our writers that amuse and inform. There is also the opportunity to take part in the Curious Arts Festival competition, for a chance to win a family ticket worth £300! And of course it would be impossible to forget our two local festivals, the Watercress Festival on the 21st May and the Alresford Music Festival on 10th June. Advance tickets for the Alresford Music Festival are available at The Forum is also available online. Our website has all three Forum magazine areas for you to read. It also features a local information section that features all of the local clubs and societies in detail. Enjoy reading...


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06 Property


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

08 Community

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Inside Keep up-to-date with what is happening in your area

21, 24, 32, 38, 40, 46, 50, 52, 58, 66, 70

09 Health & Beauty Find local schools and educational experts

12 Features

Hampshire Mum, Claire Thurlow, Iris Crowfoot and many more

16, 20, 30, 42, 54, 60

23 Garden

Make your garden dream come true. Or visit local beautiful country gardens

28 Animals

From Canine to Equine all your animal needs

31 Professional

From photographers to solicitors - every professional service you need

38 Retail/Market Square

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

40 Education

Find local schools and educational experts

43 Leisure

Discover local events and days out in Hampshire

51 Motoring

Local services to keep your vehicles running smoothly

54 Food & Drink

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

56 Home

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

62 Culture

The diverse theatre, music, arts and crafts, of Hampshire


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All Alresford about Alresford All about

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roperty owners in the core of Alresford, especially those with older houses in Broad Street, East Street & West Street, all know the difficulty of parking their cars near their house.


In the core of Alresford less than 10% of properties have their own private parking or garage despite property values falling easily into the £600,0000 to £2m plus league. A situation reminiscent of Chelsea or Hampstead save permit parking is not available in Alresford. A number of lucky property owners have had an amazing opportunity this year to buy a parking space or garage located just off Broad Street, for their sole private use. Alistair Williamson, Director of G.A.K. Williamson & Associates Ltd. (formally of Keats/Marshall Bendall), with over 30 years experience in the sale and management of properties in the core of Alresford has reported a very prompt reaction to the marketing of parking spaces & three garages where prices of around £60,0000 to £80,000 have been achieved. "The sales of many period properties in the last 30 years in the core of Alresford have been severely restricted by the lack of private parking, irrespective of the price paid. The value of private 'off road' parking significantly enhances the appeal of these properties." There remains one or two spaces for sale as we go to press. See advert opposite for more details.



he Town Trust wish to make it clear that the Museum which will open in Summer 2017 will only occupy one room of the building - ie: the original room which housed the Fire Engine (behind the red door).

Artworthy Framing will continue as tenants and framing business for the remainder of the building. Andrew Lawes the proprietor said “We have run my framing business from the Old Fire Station for 14 years from 2003, and this business will remain unchanged. We have invested considerable goodwill in the Old Fire Station location”. Robin Atkins NATT Chair said “Artworthy and Andrew are ideal tenants. We have worked together well in the past, and this relationship will continue in the future. We hope that both the Museum, which will be open on Sunday afternoons in the Summer, and Artworthy, can both develop and prosper separately in the future. Any queries contact: Robin Atkins: 01962 733778 or Andrew Lawes: 01962 738585



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s this edition of The Forum is focusing on health and fitness, we thought who better to speak to than the team at Fitique, Alresford’s very own hub of wellbeing. Victoria, Karen and Rebecca are three active women who are all passionate about the benefits of exercise.


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6 7 If, like many people, motivation is your struggle, here is their 10 point plan to achieving a healthier, fitter and more active you…

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Set yourself a goal. Enter an event that’s just beyond your reach. Tell people you’re doing it. Fear of failure and not wanting to let people down is very real and will make you stick to your guns. Never say never! How many times have we heard friends say “I just can’t run”. Well, let us tell you, just about anyone can run. You can learn to run. The incredibly popular couch to 5k running apps (there are a few) take you through every step, starting with walking. Alternatively, try a discipline you haven’t don’t before – pilates, barre, yoga, a fitness bootcamp and keep trying until you find something you like.

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Buy some good kit. Those old tracksuit bottoms and a cotton t-shirt are not going to help, in fact they will positively hinder you. Exercise kit now is functional, attractive, comfortable and technical. Good kit will make you feel good and you will want to exercise. Plan your fitness activities and write them in your diary. This avoids other things creeping in and taking over. Join a group e.g. a run club or a swim group. There are lots of clubs/organisations around catering for all disciplines and all abilities. Fitique’s weekly run club meets every Thursday evening, making the most of the beautiful area we have on our doorstep. All abilities are welcome and a qualified coach leads runners for various drills. New friendships have been made and the camaraderie, especially when running in bad weather, is priceless. A number of the group have even decided to enter a 10k race this summer having never run before. Find a friend with a similar goal and enter together. You are less likely to let someone else down if you’ve agreed to do something. When you get up in the morning, put on your exercise kit. Whilst it’s easy to wear this comfy kit all day, such is the advancement in modern fabrics, you are not going to want to go to bed having done no exercise. Get yourself fitted for a good pair of trainers and a sportsbra, designed with your specific discipline in mind. Invest in a fitness watch/tracker. These are great for staying focused on your exercise, weight, bodymass, steps taken. Always have bananas in the house or at your desk – they fill you up and are a great pre or post exercise snack!

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on’t ask me what I was doing in the baby food aisle, clearly thinking about other things, but I suddenly noticed just how many varieties of foods there are crammed into tiny jars and tins. Exotic foods from around the world as well as the British staples of lamb, beef and chicken. “Can I help you, Madam?” came the unexpected enquiry. “Um, no it’s fine, thank you, I was just wondering what to have for tea”. I felt certain the work experience newbie wanted to call over the PA system: ’New fad diet consumer in aisle four!’ I beat a nonchalant retreat to the fruit and veg section and set about gathering all things healthy. The baby food took me back though, my first-born was six weeks early so my dear old body was not ready for the dairy cow experience. As he was beyond tiny, it was rather like trying to feed a butterfly with a pipette. After two weeks in SBCU chained to an expressing machine with regular visits from a plaited hair, open-toe sandal-wearing, earnest mother of ten who was supposed to offer breast feeding advice, but only looked on with both disappointment and pity; I was more than ready to leave. Starting motherhood feeling a failure is not how it’s meant to be so I decided if I couldn’t feed him then Mother Nature would. Over the months while the formula bottles steamed themselves sterile I set about my own home-cooked organic baby food production. This guilt-driven cottage industry initiated the purchase of a second freezer. Ice cube trays containing every fruit and vegetable combination known to man, (and a few that possibly were not- carrot and kiwi didn’t go down a storm), were stacking up to cope with the demands of his ample appetite. Five years later when my second was born my forty-one year old body simply said ‘you have to be kidding. Are you nuts?’ and promptly gave up in the milk department despite the best, if


slightly harsh, efforts of a maternity nurse who in exasperation contorted my breasts and baby this way and that in an effort to achieve ‘latch on’. I blew the dust off the sterilizer and ice cube trays and started up Pagan Potted Provisions again with much success, although my second-born soon became a ravenous steak and chips kinda guy. But no matter I was at least reassured that, even before the advent of ‘Five a Day’, they were getting double that quantity of fruit and veg. And now years on there are times when Chez Pagan struggles to cope with the size off my off spring especially when we all decide to cook at once. The happy bi-product of feeding them copious fruit and veg is that my eldest has developed a taste for the high end, not for him breakfast cereal but rather mashed avocados on brown bagels with poached eggs and grilled bacon. I look on with envy as I spoon in another Muller Light. My youngest has strayed recently; he has developed a penchant toward patisserie and makes fabulous cakes and deserts. What’s the problem I hear you ask, well he prefers to eat them at every meal in fact they are the meal! All that training! Where did I go wrong? Before I admit to being a failed Pagan parent I’m putting down to puberty, the drive for independence is strong in this one as is the taste for sugar. The battle lines are clear- I pack him off with a couple of pieces of fruit; he lets them rot in his bag. I stock the fridge to Hemsley and Hemsley standards; he says there’s nothing to eat. So the next non- pulse Pagan proposal has been vegetarianism two days a week but he is still adamant that his sneaked post evening meal snack of cheese and onion crisps makes up a further two of his Five a Day! I capitulate. Hang on where’s that recipe for carrot cake… Sandra Pagan

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Pretty Woman

wins big at the English Hair & Beauty Awards


ver 500 of England’s elite Hair & Beauty professionals gathered at The Athena, Leicester for a star studded night, put on to recognise and reward the best in the industry on Sunday March 19th. The English Hair & Beauty Awards, now in their sixth year, has become a staple event in the hair and beauty calendar which celebrates the amazing breadth of talent and style in this country. As chosen by the public, finalists from across England attended the glamorous ceremony, where winners were announced for the best in the hair and beauty industry. The glamorous evening was hosted by beauty queen, Rachelle Perez and provided a platform to thank those in the beauty industry, letting them know that their good work doesn’t go un-noticed. Irfan Younis said: “We are grateful for the continuous support from the public and our finalists, whom have helped grow the awards every year. Well done to all the winners and finalists and we thank everyone who participated in making the sixth annual English Hair & Beauty Awards a night to remember!”


Alresford’s very own Pretty Woman Beauty Salon picked up two awards at the event, snapping up the regional New Beauty Salon of the Year award and the coveted Overall Beauty Salon of the Year award for the Pretty Woman chain. This is the third time that Pretty Woman has won at the awards. Owner and Head Beauty Therapist, Selina Jogaloo, has previously won Beauty Therapist of the Year 2013, and Pretty Woman, Alton took home Beauty Salon of the Year 2014. Selina says: “We are so proud of this fantastic achievement and would like to thank our wonderful clients. We have worked incredibly hard to create a fun and friendly salon environment in a luxurious and relaxing setting. Our beauty therapists take the time to listen to our clients’ beauty goals, and we tailor each treatment to their individual needs. As nail and skincare specialists this means we can ensure each and every client leaves our salons looking and feeling great! To book an appointment with the award winning salon, please call: 01962 736888 or visit to book online. For more information search our Facebook page: Pretty Woman Beauty Salon email: or call in at 5 East Street, Alresford, SO24 9EE.

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Botanical Bathing Beauty


he beauty industry has taken our delight in bathing and created a never-ending line of bubbly soaks and soothing oils to cope with all our needs. We can be de- stressed, moisturised, soothed and scented with just a cap full of coloured liquid. Alongside these are the well-known homeopathic bath beauty products that have been successful for many years. The rise of the foodie culture, organic growing, sustainability and alternative therapies has reignited an interest in therapeutic, natural botanical remedies. But far from being a transient fad, the use of herbs and flowers for medicine and what we would now call beauty therapy purposes was engrained in the daily life of many ancient cultures. The ancient Greeks and Romans grew herbs and recorded their uses and findings in manuals on herbalism, some of the oldest books in history, with much of the information still relevant. Today in a culture of ‘heal thyself ’ and amid growing concerns regarding some routine and over the counter medicines

and their side effects, the web is alive with alternative treatments for minor ailments and for increasing a sense of well-being. Methods range form hurling some herbal tea bags into your bath and allowing them to steep for a while, to growing, drying and blending your own herbs. If not, then perhaps the easiest natural ingredient to add to the tub is sea salt, which is good for relaxation, relieving stress and enhancing circulation, all while you imagine you’re by the sea! But if herbs appeal then lavender is a must for its relaxing and calming properties and it makes a lovely base to be mixed with geranium. Calendula is excellent for those with dry skin, while yarrow is a cure-all for minor cuts and abrasions. Rosemary soothes away aches and pains and basil will refresh and up- lift you. Roman soldiers would bathe in thyme to invigorate and bring luck prior to battle. Now both thyme and lemon balm will do the same for you - hopefully without the desire for fighting. Many parents are well aware of the decongestant property of eucalyptus but chamomile is so mild that it has been used to de-stress and aid sleep for fractious children. Whatever your preference or need, herbs are readily available and quick and easy to grow, adding both beauty and scent to the garden and to your bath. Written by Gill Grant


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Bank Holiday Closures We have a number of Bank Holiday closures in May. We will be closed on Monday 1st May & Monday 29th May. Outside surgery hours urgent medical care is provided by Care UK. The service is available by telephoning 111 or 01962 718697 if 111 is not available from where you are calling. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It can provide medical advice and details of the best local service that can provide care. A team of fully trained call advisers, supported by nurses, assess patients’ symptoms and put them directly in touch with the people who can help; for example, an out of hours doctor, a district nurse or an emergency dentist — or it may be something as simple as a 24 hour chemist. NHS 111 can also send an ambulance, without delay, if required. The Southampton, Hampshire and Portsmouth NHS 111 service is provided by the South Central Ambulance Service, with a call handling center based in Hampshire. When should you use it? You should use the NHS 111 service if you urgently need medical help or advice but it's not a life-threatening situation. Call 111 if: • You need medical help fast but it's not a 999 emergency • You think you need to go to A&E or need another NHS urgent care service • You don't know who to call or you don't have a GP to call • You need health information or reassurance about what to do next Dementia Awareness Week 15-21st May At present many sufferers remain undiagnosed until a late stage which means that they and their families and carers can miss out on appropriate care. Timely diagnosis should help people plan their lives better and access available treatment and support. What is dementia and what can I do to prevent dementia? Dementia is more than a poor memory. For example, it is normal to forget why we have gone upstairs, or to have to search out brains for a name sometimes. Dementia is a collection of difficulties that also includes the ability to manage our affairs and to plan things to an extent that interferes with daily functioning. It is caused by the brain being damaged by diseases such as Alzheimer’s or by a series of strokes. Some new cases of dementia can be prevented by tackling “vascular” risk factors, such as blood pressure and cholesterol. Looking after your heart is also good for your brain! Not smoking, avoiding excessive alcohol, keeping weight down, exercising, keeping mentally active and maintaining social interactions are all worthwhile. Staff Changes We are delighted to announce that Mr. Michael Ott has joined the surgery staff as Practice Business Manager. Mike has many years’ experience as a Practice Manager and brings particular skills in business management and working collaboratively with other practices.

Richard Hanney will be retiring from Alresford Surgery at the end of May. Richard has worked with us for nearly 20 years and we will be particularly sad to say goodbye to him. He has helped to steer the surgery through some big changes in the way Primary Care is delivered and we are grateful for his care, attention and expertise. Travel abroad If you are travelling abroad and think you may need advice and vaccinations from us you must complete a questionnaire (available from reception or from our website) and make an appointment with a nurse. We have become aware that patients are often leaving it too late to seek this help, some vaccinations need a course spread over a few weeks so please make apply in good time – up to 2 months before departure. You can find more information on; http://www. The Alresford Surgery, Station Road, Alresford, Hampshire, SO24 9JL Tel: 01962 732345



eading children’s charity The Murray Parish Trust, announces the launch of a new national annual event; The Ginormous Teddy Bears Picnic, the first of which will run between 5-11th June 2017.

As part of The Murray Parish Trust’s on-going plans to raise two million pounds for a brand-new state of the art children’s emergency and trauma department at University Hospital Southampton; the Ginormous Teddy Bear’s Picnic will enable primary school children from all over south central England to get involved and give support to a critical cause. Invitations have been sent to every school and setting of primary school aged children in Hampshire, Dorset, Devon, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, West Sussex, Isle of Wight and the Channel Islands to host their very own Teddy Bears Picnic. It’s free to participate with a suggested donation of £1 per child. Participants are encouraged to be as creative as possible and share inventive picnic ideas. Sarah Parish, mother, actress and founder of The Murray Parish Trust said; “We wanted an event that would catapult our cause into the hearts and minds of the region but at the same time bring fun, some fantastic facts and a smile to the faces of many children. And so the Teddy Bears Picnic was born”. More information and fundraising packs, please email: Further details can also be found at

Bluebird Care welcome you to the 2017 Alresford Watercress Festival


luebird Care have been providing the highest quality of care to the people of Alresford and all its surrounding villages since 2012.

We have won numerous awards for our Home and Live in Care services because we care so passionately about both our customers and our staff. We are also a local, family company and family is at the heart of everything we do. In fact, many of our staff know our customers before starting to care for them! We want to help people stay independent and living in their own homes with the freedom of their own front door. This is a beautiful part of the country that we live in and it gives us immense pride being able to keep people integrated into our wonderful community!

LOCAL CARERS CARING FOR LOCAL PEOPLE We have a fantastic team of local Alresford Care Assistants as well as a very professional team managing all operations in the office. We can, in most cases, start providing care within 24-hours to enable you to stay in the home you love, surrounded by your family, friends and possessions. We offer care visits from 30-minutes right up to 24-hour Live in Care, including full overnight care cover. Your care is completely tailored to you and can change as and when you require.

Bluebird Care will again be at the Alresford Watercress Festival on Sunday 21st May and will be happy to talk to you about any care related questions you may have. Even if you are only planning for the future, we’d be happy to help. To us, our mission is clear: to take care of local people the same way we would care for our own family or friends.


Bluebird Care are all about families staying together, so we’ve teamed up with Alresford’s premier pub, The Globe, to give you the chance to win a £100 meal voucher! Simply fill in this voucher & bring it to our stand at the Alresford Watercress Festival (opposite The Co-op) and a winner will be picked at random! Name: ..........................................................................................Tel: ............................................................................... Address: ............................................................................................................................................................................. .................................................................................................................................................................................................

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f you’re tempted by that stash of chocolate left over from Easter, you might want to consider an equally sweet, but far healthier treat. Don’t get me wrong, I love a bag of Cadbury’s Buttons as much as the next girl, but with a family history of Type 2 diabetes, the Thurlows are keen to cut down on sugar as much as possible. Luckily for us, there are great, natural alternatives which combine that ‘hit’ of sweetness we crave with a multitude of nutritional benefits. The fibre content of fresh berries means they take longer to digest and the sugar is released more slowly, avoiding those sugar spikes we experience after consuming sugary drinks or sweets, and the water content helps to make us feel full for longer. Perhaps the most popular of all are strawberries, those appealingly heart-shaped berries which are often the first fruit we persuade our kids to eat. A cup of strawberries holds more than enough Vitamin C for your daily needs, and provides potassium which is beneficial for the overall health of your eyes. According to research, they may also help to maintain correct brain function, and have antiinflammatory properties to counter-act gout and arthritis. And if you’re enjoying a bowl of strawberries and cream outdoors this summer, you’ll be glad to know that the fruit contains chemicals which help against sunburn (you might also want some sunscreen and a hat!) If you’re lucky, you may find some wild strawberries in your garden, which have tiny, but delicious, fruit. And what about blueberries? This unassuming fruit is packed with antioxidants which protect our organs from toxins and prevent cell damage. They are thought to strengthen blood vessels, which may help those suffering from conditions such as varicose veins. Antioxidants help to neutralize free radicals which are harmful, naturally


occurring substances which cause our bodies to age. In tests, eating a cup of blueberries per day (perhaps with your cereal, stirred into yoghurt or just as a snack), helps to improve memory. Blueberries are recommended to students as ‘brain food’ as well as to those who hope to slow the progression of diseases such as Alzheimer’s. If you’re keen to grow your own berries and have space for a patch of raspberry bushes, the plants seem to be indestructible, so much so that last summer we were eating raspberries with every meal! But being obliged to eat a fat-free, high-fibre, low GI food, which also tastes delicious is no bad thing. Traditionally raspberries have been used to combat PMT and labour pains, and make a refreshing tea. Their variety of nutrients is reputed to regulate blood pressure and heart rate, as well as healthy bones. If you have so many raspberries you don’t know what to do with them, you could try using them for a facial. Simply mix a cup of raspberries with a spoonful of honey and apply it to your damp face. Leave it for about 15 minutes then rinse off thoroughly. On a more professional level, beauty companies are utilising the nutrients found in berries in their products, particularly for maintenance of elasticity in the skin and repair of sundamage. Finally, if you’re reading this late at night, unable to sleep, you could try berries to cure your insomnia. The slowburning carbohydrates help to produce serotonin, the chemical in the brain which helps us to calm down at the end of the day, as well as magnesium for muscle relaxation. Blueberry smoothie, anyone? Claire Thurlow



Church Services NEW ALRESFORD O St. John the Baptist Sunday 7 May 08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 Power House - and laying-on of hands 15.00 Pet Service 18.00 PowerHouse Service – a service by and for young people Sunday 14 May 08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 Second Sunday Family Service 18.00 Choral Evensong Sunday 21 May 08.00 Holy Eucharist 09.30 No Service - Church Cafe open for Watercress Festival Sunday 28 May 08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 Parish Eucharist Every Friday (except Good Friday) 10.00 Holy Communion Parish Office: 01962 733545

NEW ALRESFORD O Methodist Church Sunday Worship 10.30 Morning Worship 1st Sunday Café Worship. Holy Communion Monthly Midweek Activities Tuesdays 10.00 Come in for coffee 3rd Tuesday Men Who Lunch Thursdays 14.30 1st and 3rd Thursdays Womens Fellowhip 19.30 1st Thursday - Lydia Group for ladies Saturdays 09.30 1st Saturday Bacon Butties Contact: Revd Ruth Fry Tel: 01962 882828



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Sunday Services 10.30 Morning Worship, with creche and KOSMIC for children 16.30 Will vary between talk or discussion with praise and prayer Midweek Activities Mondays 16.30 Kidz Club Tuesdays 10.15 Toddlers Group Wednesdays 14.30 Senior Citizens Group 19.30 Alternate Bible Study / Prayer Thursdays 10.00 Home Prayer Group

Sunday 7 May 09.30 Holy Communion 18.00 Old Alresford Cottage Service Sunday 14 May 09.30 Parish Communion 18.00 Old Alresford Cottage Service Sunday 21 May 09.30 No Service Sunday 28 May 11.00 Village Family Service @11 Thursdays 09.00 Holy Communion at Old Alresford Place Parish Office: 01962 733545

OVINGTON O St.Peter's Sunday 7 May 10.00 First Sunday Sunday 14 May 10.00 Parish Communion Sunday 21 May 10.00 Parish Communion


Sunday 28 May 10.00 Morning Prayer Parish Office: 01962 733545

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Sunday 21 May 11.00 Morning Prayer Sunday 28 May 11.00 Parish Communion Parish Office: 01962 733545

UPPER ITCHEN BENEFICE Sunday 7 May 09.00 Kilmeston Benefice Early Communion 10.15 Cheriton All Age Holy Communion 15.00 Church in the Wood Evensong Sunday 14 May 09.30 Cheriton Rogation Service 09.30 Bramdean Holy Communion 11.00 Kilmeston Family Service 11.00 Tichborne Rogation Service Sunday 21 May 08.30 Beauworth Holy Communion 09.30 Cheriton Holy Communion 11.00 Hinton Ampner Prayer & Praise Sunday 28 May 09.30 Cheriton Holy Communion 09.30 Beauworth Rogation Service and Processsion 11.00 Kilmeston Holy Communion 11.00 Bramdean Family Worship 15.00 Church in the Wood Evensong 18.00 Tichborne Evensong

NEW ALRESFORD O St. Gregory's Every Sunday 11.00 Mass All other enquiries: 01962 852 804

ITCHEN VALLEY BENEFICE Sunday 7 May 08.00 Martyr Worthy Holy Communion 10.00 Easton All age service 11.00 Martyr Worthy Matins Sunday 14 May 08.00 Easton Holy Communion 10.00 Itchen Abbas Parish Communion 18.00 Martyr Worthy Evensong Sunday 21 May 08.00 Martyr Worthy Holy Communion 10.00 Easton UTX 10.00 Easton Parish Communion 18.00 Avington Evensong Sunday 28 May 08.00 Itchen Abbas Holy Communion 10.00 Martyr Worthy Parish Communion 18.00 Easton Taize

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O Royal Air Forces Association O Saturday Evening Bridge For more information contact: For more information contact 65+Derek Sweetenham (Chairman) 01962 733559, or Brian Gabriel Margot Power, 01962 734167 or (Secretary) 01962 734482 Ron Turner 01420 543187 O Alresford Royal Naval Association For more information contact: Secretary - Lesley Jones: 01962 736573

O Alresford & District Horticultural Society For more information contact: Clare Read on: 01962 735172 O Ropley Horticultural Society For more more information contact Jill on 01962 772425 or O Alresford Flower Club For more information contact Pearl Court: 01962 734441

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n opportunity to visit fourteen private gardens, tucked away in Broad Street. This year, as in previous years, the charities this wondeful event will be in aid of will be The Murray Parish Trust #£2 million pound steps appeal and The Churches Together in Alresford (CTiA). The Murrary Parish Trust needs to raise £4 million for a brand new Paediatric Emergency and Trauma Department in Southampton, to serve 9 counties across the South of England. The govenment has already pledged £2 million, so the appeal is aiming to raise the additional £2 million. Funds are also being raised for The Churches Together in Alresford. Formed 20 years ago, including St Gregory the Great, St John the Baptist and the Methodist Churches throughout Alresford, the group works together both for the local community, and for the wider world.

On offer throughout the day will be afternoon teas and a tombola. The entry price is £6 per head, which will admit you to all gardens. Children go free (aged 16 and under). Parking available at the Watercress Line Station car park and Perins School car park. Donations Made from Previous Open Gardens Event - 2015 £3,000 to Alresford Town Minibus £5,840 to Parkinson's Society Please do come along to help these two great charities promoting a wonderful cause. For more information please contact Charmain Jones on 07720 379574 or email: charmainjones49@

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ne man may have gone to mow a meadow, how many men (or ladies) might be going to mow their own meadow this weekend? And how many of them might be doing more harm than they think?

Lawn mowing is one of those garden tasks that many people think they can do themselves. Some get it right and do a wonderful job; others are regularly getting it wrong. Perhaps you’d be surprised to learn how much harm you can do to your lawn by not getting the basics right. By now you might be wondering; just what it is that you need to know before mowing your lawn? When it comes to lawn mowing there are really three main considerations; height, direction of cut and frequency. We’ll look at each of them in turn. Mowing height is a fine balance between keeping the grass tidy and looking superb, along with allowing the grass to have enough leaf to photosynthesise and remain healthy. Plants use the green pigment in their leaves, along with sunlight, to synthesise nutrients from carbon dioxide and water. Remove too much leaf and you are reducing the ability of the grass plants in your lawn to create food. Weakening the grasses and allowing diseases to take hold. The grass dies back leaving bald areas where weed seeds can settle, germinate and spoil the appearance of your lawn. By all means mow your lawn short, but don’t do it suddenly. Only ever reduce the mowing height gradually over time. If you want to mow short then ensure growing conditions are right. Warm but not too hot. Moist, but not too much rain. And of course, adequate fertiliser. Speak to a lawn care professional to ensure your lawn is receiving the treatments it needs to keep it healthy before you reduce its chances of feeding itself. Ideally you should be varying the cut height throughout the growing season. Starting high as grass growth slowly begins. Lowering as the season warms up and growth is more vigorous. Raising the height again in the dry hot weeks of summer and then lowering again with lush autumn growth. Finally you want to be going into winter with longer grass, better able to survive the bad weather.


Humans are by nature creatures of habit. Think about your day and the things you do regularly, the same way each time. We get ready for bed in the same order or drive to work the same route. It makes things easier for us as we don’t have to think about the mundane stuff. We just do it. Most people are the same with their lawn mowing. Rarely do they vary their approach or direction of mow. They start at point A and finish at point B. As you mow your lawn the weight of the mower and the forward motion pushes the grass leaves in the direction you are mowing. Over time the grass begins to lean over this way making it harder to get a clean cut.Varying the direction of mow helps to promote healthy grass growth and makes for a more attractive lawn. It also reduces the chance of ruts forming from the wheels of the mower pressing into the turf. Go a little crazy. Mix things up a bit. Now to look at mowing frequency; let’s face it, we are all busy people. Most of us work hard all week and often hard on the weekend too. Speak to those lucky enough to be retired and they usually tell you they’ve never been busier. When we are busy or tired there is a tendency not to get everything done on time. The problem with mowing is that the grass just keeps on growing. Miss a mow and it’s longer than ever. As the grass plants grow taller the stems of the plants extended into your cutting area. When you do finally catch up you are inevitably taking off too much. Cutting into the stem of the grass plant shocks the plant. Making it less able to recover from the mow and more susceptible to diseases. Plus the lawn looks scalped and untidy. Mowing can feel like a never-ending job and grass growth can be unforgiving. Lawn care professionals have access to growth suppressants. Applied to your lawn they reduce growing height and encourage more compact, dense growth. They also encourage root growth, creating a more drought tolerant lawn. Speak to a lawn care professional to find out more. Mowing is a Marmite kind of job; those that love it really love it and those that don’t thoroughly hate it. After all, if you work hard all week, or if you are at a stage in life where hard work is behind you, then maybe there is something else you’d rather be doing than mowing the lawn. Create some you-time and leave your lawn care to the professionals.You might be surprised by how affordable a professional lawn care plan is and I’m certain you’ll be impressed by the professional results.

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King of the Skies “It’s definitely dead.” I say, interrupting our Sunday afternoon walk in the middle of a deserted country lane. “Well, done, Miss Marple.” My husband stares at the dead rabbit. Glassy eyes stare back, whiskers and soft fur moving gently in the breeze. It could be a taxidermy exhibit or a discarded toy. “There’s barely a scratch on it. It can’t have been a car.” But looking closer, there are scratches. It seems something has grabbed the rabbit, then for some reason dropped it – possibly from a height that was enough to kill the poor thing.Then we hear it, the unmistakeable ‘mewing’ of a buzzard, its plaintive cry calling far above our heads. And it’s brought company. Shading our eyes from the sun, we peer up into the cloudless sky and count four raptors gliding over the open fields, gradually circling lower until they are over the lane.The buzzards call to each other, flying so close that at times their wing tips seem to be touching. A family perhaps; parents teaching the juveniles to hunt. I get the uneasy feeling that we’re being watched. “Come on,” I say. “We can’t stand here all day.” But I could. Watching these enigmatic birds of prey is hypnotic. Earlier in the week, I stood in our garden and spectated as a posse of crows chased a lone buzzard out of their neighbourhood. It seemed to take delight in goading them, weaving circles around the smaller birds before soaring effortlessly upwards on powerful wings that reach nearly a meter and a half at full stretch. This is one cool customer. Hunting in daytime, the buzzard holds its wings straight and still as it glides on thermal


currents, its tail feathers spread like a fan.This raptor makes it all look so easy. One wildlife expert even described the buzzard as ‘sedentary’, although the aerobatic flying displays during breeding season are anything but, with a catalogue of spectacular dives and loop-the-loops. Once a buzzard has found a mate, they’ll stay together for life, building a series of bulky nests which they regularly ‘decorate’ with bits of ferns and other greenery. Once the eggs, have hatched (normally two or three in mid-April) and the chicks are mature enough to be left in the nest, both parents hunt for food. It’s such a pair that I’ve seen gliding over the garden and surrounding fields, a good hunting ground for their favourite food – rabbit. If bunnies aren’t on the menu, they’ll settle for small rodents, birds, worms and insects, and there are reports of them catching snakes.The buzzards have made themselves unpopular in some areas due to their taste for pheasant, and gamekeepers can legally shoot the predators under licence. We had a trio of young pheasants trotting round the garden, entertaining, but gormless - easy pickings for a hungry buzzard. But the best view of these impressive raptors has been from the car.

On a stretch of dual carriageway flanked by fields and woodland, a buzzard regularly perches on a post only metres from the road.The road-kill caused by our many vehicles is welcome food for a buzzard. Its ability to hover, then throw itself into a rapid dive, gives it a chance to swoop down between passing cars to retrieve the carrion.Then it’s back to the sentry post to watch and wait. One day I nearly drove off the road due to my staring at this huge bird! It gazed back, looking haughtily down its hooked beak.Those amber eyes are like a telescope, able to spot a moving rabbit at a mile away, or from 300 feet above the ground. After a moment, the buzzard nonchalantly turned its head away, shuffled its mighty talons and scanned the field over its muscular shoulder.The rabbits had better watch out. BY CLAIRE THURLOW

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06 MAY Monthly Auction Badger Farm Community Centre,Winchester SO22 4QB From 2pm.Viewing from 12.30pm To include China, Coins, Ephemera, Collectables, Old Toys, Jewellery, small items of Furniture, not Household goods, Car Boot Items or modern Electricals. Sellers drop off 9.30-10.00am. Sellers booking recommended Please call Claire 01962 734941 or Bob 01962 733475. The Giles Group Talk From 2pm at Alresford Community Centre.Talk by Bluebird Care (with a Film).

13 MAY Bramdean Village Fete To be held at Bramdean House SO24 OJU from 2 - 4.30pm by kind permission of Mr and


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19 - 20 MAY Ropley Horticultural Society Plant Sale At the Coffee Room, Church Street, Ropley, SO24 0DS. Locally grown bedding, specimen plants, vegetables & perennials. Come early to get the best choice. Open Friday 2 - 5pm, Saturday 9.30 - 1pm. Contact: Chairman: 01962 772425, email for more details

20 MAY Cheriton Singers Showtime Concert at St Michaels Church, Cheriton at 7.30pm. Programme to include Music from The Lion King, Les Miserables, Oklahoma and Mary Poppins featuring the Cheriton Primary School Choir. Tickets cost £10 with under 16’s free. For further information please visit www.

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JUNE 11 JUNE Bishop's Sutton Village Fete and Garden Party From 2pm to 4.15pm at Bishops Court. The Fete includes a BBQ, Licenced Bar,Teas, Raffle,Tombola, Cake, Books, Plants, Bric 'n' Brac,Toy Stalls and much, much more. Magic Wanda to entertain the children along with face painting, hook 'a' duck, glitter tatoos, tennis. The 'Famous Egg Throwing' Competition. A heated swimming pool open rain or shine. Don't forget your kit. Join us for a fun filled family afternoon out.

17 JUNE Old Alresford Traditional Village Fair From 2pm to 4.30pm - Featuring; • Knickerbocker Glory Appalachian Dance Team • Fun Dog Show with Dog Fancy Dress Competition • Free Vintage Bus rides from New Alresford • Free Parking and Free Entry • Duck Race • Beer Tent,Teas, BBQ, Ice Creams and Popcorn • Bottle Stall, Bouncy Slide and many more stalls and side shows • Grand Draw – win an iPod Mini Trade Stalls please contact Clive Hancock on: 07970 549022

The Busy Bees Spring Bash Back by popular demand! Bishop's Sutton Village Hall and featuring the band Somethin' Else, there will be a bar and hot food provided. Tickets are £10 and are available from Busy Bees Preschool. Email busybeespreschoolteam@ or call Debbie on 07815 166687

21 MAY Alresford Watercress Festival 2017 From 10am - 4pm. Alresford Town Centre. This nationally acclaimed annual festival will bring together thousands of visitors drawn from the local community and from far and wide to celebrate watercress - the superb locally grown, delicious and versatile crop.

30 MAY Bentley Station Meadow Nature Walk Leader: Jayne Chapman. Contact 01962 808400

17 JUNE Alresford Festival of Toy Trains From 10.30-4.30 at Perins School, Alresford. 20 Layouts and over 80 Sales Tables. BBQ, Refreshments, Live Music, Real Ale Adults £6, Child 32, Family £14 (2+2)

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So what is a permitted trust? This area is complicated and it is worth getting some expert advice. Prior to 2007 a great many wills had a nil rate band trust drafted into them. These are not always eligible for the RNRB. Even if a property is left on trust for direct descendants, only limited types of trust will benefit from the RNRB. It is also important to know whether your estate will be too large to benefit from the RNRB at all and take some life-time tax planning steps to avoid this. The New Residential Nil Rate Band On 6th April a new inheritance tax nil rate band was introduced. It is called the residence nil rate band (RNRB) and increases the amount of your estate which you can pass on to your relatives at your death without paying inheritance tax. However, it is only available in certain situations. It is worth checking if your will is up-to-date and drafted in a way that makes use of this additional band. This new band is £100,000 this year. It will go up in increments of £25,000 every year until 2020-21 when it will be £175,000. It is valuable because it can be added to your current nil rate band of £325,000 for inheritance tax. At the moment, every adult individual has a nil rate band (NRB) for inheritance tax of £325,000. When a person dies, inheritance tax is levied at 40% on their taxable estate above that figure. From 2007, it has been possible to pass the unused part of your nil rate band to your spouse or civil partner on your death. So for example, if you had not made eligible gifts reducing your nil rate band, you could pass the full £325,000 value to your spouse/civil partner at the time of your death to add to their own nil rate band. If they had not made any gifts to reduce their own nil rate band, they would have a threshold of £650,000 on their estate before inheritance tax is levied at 40%. As with the NRB, any unused RNRB can be transferred to a surviving spouse or civil partner. This will be possible even if the first spouse to die did not own a residence and also where the first death occurs before 6 April 2017. So by 6 April 2020, you and your spouse/ civil partner could have a joint inheritance tax threshold of £1,000,000 - i.e. two nil rate bands of £325,000 equalling £650,000 added to two additional RNRBs of £175,000 equalling £350,000 - total £1,000,000. So when is the RNRB available? This tax year, the RNRB is available when a person dies, leaving a property which he has lived in, to his direct descendants and the value of his total estate does not exceed £2,200,000. A direct descendant includes a spouse or civil partner, child or grandchild. It also includes step-children, foster children and those children’s or grandchildren’s spouses/civil partners, widows or widowers who have not remarried. The property does not need to have been the deceased’s main residence or his residence at the time of his death. It is enough if it has been used as his residence at some point during his ownership of it. However it is only available on one property. If a person had more than one residence, his personal representatives can nominate which property is to benefit from the RNRB. The RNRB may still be available if the individual has down-sized. The Finance Act 2016 extends the availability of the RNRB to


those who downsize or cease to own a home on or after 8 July 2015, provided that their direct descendants are left some of their estate outright or on permitted trusts.

The RNRB will be tapered away for estates worth over £2million In 2017/18, an estate over £2.2 million will not benefit from the RNRB at all. When the relief reaches £175,000 in 2020/21, the cutoff will apply to estates over £2.35 million. For further advice contact Catherine Paget, Paget Will Writing Ltd: Tel: 07786 626979 or

ALRESFORD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE NEWS Membership Renewal Alresford Chamber of Commerce membership renewal was due 1st April 2017. If you are a current member you will have received your renewal invoice along with our events calendar for the year electronically to the email address you have supplied to us. If you’re not already a member, why not join the 70 plus businesses that already are?! Contact Liz Brown for more information. 07769 722985 or Future events We have lots of future events planned to include digital tax for businesses & business rates. Are there any other topics you would like us to cover in the future? Please email info@ with your ideas. Save the date – June Chamber Event Join the Chamber members for an event hosted by Selina of Pretty Woman on Tuesday 20th June – Time to TBC. Invitations will be going out to all members closer to the time. Parking Following on from the well-attended business parking meeting that we organised back in February, we have clarified & are moving forward with the topic of parking in the town for businesses. Is parking important to you? If you want to be involved & learn more, then join the Chamber! Watercress Festival – Sunday 21st May Join the nationally acclaimed annual festival which brings together thousands of visitors drawn from the local community and from far and wide to celebrate watercress - the superb locally grown, delicious and versatile crop. Collated & Written by Liz Brown – Chamber Secretary


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egular followers will know of my long-standing interest as a constituency MP - in rail services for our area. So it was big news last month when Ministers announced that a coalition led by FirstGroup will take over the contract to operate the South Western rail franchise, from Stagecoach/South West Trains, this August. The group, who I met many times during the bidding process and had impressed me with their ambition, will invest some £1.2bn over the period of the franchise which runs until at least 2024. Their undertaking to increase capacity - in new spacious carriages deliver wi-if (that actually works), a modern smart and flexible season ticket policy as well as new lower fares for 16-18 year olds are really exciting. I have already secured an undertaking from First to work afresh on finding a long- term solution to the parking problems at Micheldever Station because what we have now is a short-sighted sticking plaster which answered a clarion call but doesn’t solve the problem. As I said on the media at the time, I look forward to working with the new team and will hold them to every promise they have made. My rail site sits at Thank you to the many constituents from Alresford and these villages who got in touch after the terrifying events in Westminster on 22nd March. I was in the Chamber at the time taking the Pension Schemes Bill through its final stages as part of my Ministerial work at the DWP. We were actually voting when the rampage began but it quickly became clear hundreds of MPs were not there. As we’re now aware, our attacker acted alone but we didn’t know that at the time, and a full lockdown of the Commons chamber – with heavily armed close protection officers on every door – followed. For me it was a horrible reminder that an open, accessible Parliament can never be 100% safe and, in any event, we cannot beat this kind of twisted hatred with force alone. All our love and prayers remain with the family of PC Palmer and the others who lost their lives on that (seemingly ordinary) day in March. As I said on my Facebook page ( late that night as I left the Commons, “today darkness had a victory today but tomorrow the light will flow back in”. And it did. Finally, you can find more about my other work, in Winchester, and of course in Westminster, via my website which includes my regularly updated Brexit mini-site at which now contains information post Article 50 trigger looking ahead to the Great Repeal Bill. Steve Brine MP for Winchester, Alresford and Itchen Valley



erins School is proud to announce that it has been awarded a Bronze Certificate by the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) and the ISM Trust for its students’ success in GCSE music. This is an accolade for schools which demonstrate a strong commitment to developing a dynamic arts programme for young people. Perins School Headteacher, Mr Steve Jones, commented “This certificate is the culmination of the hard work by our students and inspirational Music department. I am incredibly proud of their achievements. This award demonstrates the diversity of the educational provision at Perins and highlights our commitment to providing a rounded education for all students.” Deborah Annetts, Chief Executive of the ISM, congratulated the school, saying, “We are delighted to recognise Perins School’s achievement in music and celebrate the commitment to music education shown by the school in their high uptake and high achievement of pupils. Music is a valuable subject; it brings value in itself to pupils as well as supporting achievement in other subjects. Music also opens doors and generates educational opportunities for pupils from all backgrounds. We are delighted that Perins values music within their school curriculum and as the professional body for musicians and a subject association for music education, we are delighted to recognise this high level of achievement with this certificate.” The Incorporated Society of Musicians is the UK’s fastest growing professional body for musicians and a nationally recognised subject association for music. It was set up in 1882 to promote the art of music and to protect the interests of all musicians. Today it supports nearly 8,000 members with unrivalled services and expert advice, from study up until retirement. The ISM Trust, the Incorporated Society of Musicians’ (ISM) sister charity, was created in 2014 to advance education, the arts and to promote health. The primary focus of the Trust is to deliver high quality professional development by leading practitioners from the ISM and also in partnership with other organisations. The ISM Trust is dedicated to creating pioneering resources to support music and all those who work in the sector, inducing music educators, performers, and composers. It delivers its work through webinars, regional seminars, training events and advice packs. For Further information on the ISM please see



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Viewing: Thursday 11th (12 noon – 4pm), Friday 12th, Saturday 13th, Monday 15th (10am – 4pm) and mornings of sale from 8.30am

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Useful Information EMERGENCY SERVICES O Emergency Only (Ambulance, Fire, Police) Tel: 999

O Alton Community Hospital Alton, Hampshire Tel: 01420 82811

O Non Emergency Medical Services Tel: 111

O North Hants Hospital Basingstoke, Hampshire Tel: 01256 473202

O Electricity Emergency 24hrs, 7 days a week Tel: 08457 708090

O Royal Hampshire County Hospital Winchester, Hampshire Tel: 01962 863535

O Gas Emergency 24 hrs, 7 days a week Tel: 0800 111 999 O Water Emergency 24 hrs, 7 days a week Tel: 0845 278 0845

POLICE For non-Emergency Services Call Hampshire Police using: 101

CITIZENS ADVICE O Winchester Citizens Advice Bureau Winchester Citizens Advice Bureau is back at the Alresford Surgery If you need help Contact CAB on 01962 848000 or drop in to the surgery on Mondays between 1- 3pm (not bank holidays)

COUNCILS O Alresford Town Council Arlebury Park,The Avenue, Alresford, Hants. SO24 9EP. Clerk: Mrs Stevie Kavanagh, skavanagh@newalresfordtc. Tel: 01962 732079 O East Hampshire District Council Penns Place, Petersfield, GU31 4EX Tel: 01730 266551 O Hampshire County Council The Castle,Winchester, SO23 8UJ Tel: 0845 603 5638 O Winchester City Council City Offices, Colebrook Street, Winchester, SO23 9LJ Tel: 01962 840222 42


LIBRARY O Alresford Library Monday 10.00 - 1.00 Tuesday 2.00 - 5.00 Wed/Sun Closed Thursday 10.00 - 1.00 Friday 10.00 - 7.00 Saturday 10.00 - 1.00

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH O Alresford and District Neighbourhood Watch Association Newsletter available at neigbourhoodwatch.To report a crime anonymously call Crimestoppers:Tel: 0800 555 111 contact: Administrator Jennie Roberts Tel: 01962 736505 e-mail

RECYCLING O Prospect Road Recycling Centre Open seven days a week Tel: 01962 735961

SCHOOLS O Cheriton Primary School Cheriton, Alresford, SO24 0QA Tel: 01962 771278 O Four Marks Primary School Four Marks, Alton, GU34 5AS Tel: 01962 772200 O Itchen Abbas County Primary School Itchen Abbas, SO21 1BE Tel: 01962 779310

O Medstead Primary School Medstead, Alton, GU34 5LG Tel: 01420 562824 O Perins School Pound Hill, Alresford, SO24 9BS Tel: 01962 734361 O Ropley Primary School Church St. Ropley, SO24 ODS Tel: 01962 772381 O Sun Hill Infant School Sun Lane, Alresford email: beverley.minall@sunhill Tel: 01962 732632 O Sun Hill Junior School Sun Lane, Alresford Tel: 01962 732801

SURGERIES & CHEMISTS O Alresford Dental Care 4 Pound Hill, Alresford Surgery Hours: Monday to Thursday 9:00 to 17:15. Friday 08:00 to 13:45 Tel: 01962 733580 O Alresford Pharmacy 1 East Street, Alresford Tel: 01962 732858 O Alresford Surgery Station Road, Alresford Tel: 01962 732345 O Mansfield Park Surgery Lymington Bottom Road, Medstead, GU34 5EW Tel: 01420 562922 O Out of Hours Service Anyone requiring a chemist service out of practice hours will find their nearest point is either Winchester, Basingstoke or Andover. Call one of the below for details. Out of Hours Service - Tel: 0844 8113060 O Wessex Pharmacy Broad Street, Alresford. Tel: 01962 732445 O Winchester Cancer Support Centre Offering free, non-clinical support to anyone affected by cancer. 2nd Floor, 68 St

Georges Street,Winchester. Chat to trained befrienders, try a complementary therapy or use our professional counselling service. Tue to Thur, 10am to 4.30pm.Tel: 01962 868576 or

TOWN & VILLAGE HALLS O Alresford Community Centre Secretary: Robbie Winters (after 6pm)Tel: 01962 733950 O Beauworth Village Hall Contact Felicity Morrogh. Tel: 01962 793075 O Bighton Village Hall Gail Johnson: 01962 736556 email: bighton.hall.bookings@ O Bishop’s Sutton Village Hall Please contact Vera on: 01962 736211 or email O Bramdean and Hinton Ampner Village Hall Tel: 01962 771945 O Cheriton Village Hall Tel penny on: 01962 771263 O Christy Hall, Old Alresford Diane Cox: 01962 735388 O Itchen Abbas Village Hall Jenny Sloan - Tel: 07969 113630 O Kilmeston Village Hall or phone Melanie Hill: 01962 771388 or email bookings@ O Ropley Coffee Room Church Street, Ropley, Alresford, SO24 0DS. For bookings contact David Ottley: 01962 772440 O Ropley Parish Hall Vicarage Lane, Ropley, SO24 0DU. For bookings contact Norma Day: 01962 772267




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motor engineering at Loughborough University, I worked for Ford Motor Company but returned to the family business when Father became ill – and frankly Brentwood/Dagenham was no match for Dorset. What do you love about Hampshire? Although I was born and live in Dorset, I see Hampshire as my second home. I just love the rolling downs, which give us the world-famous chalk streams and rivers, the quaint villages, and of course New Alresford is absolutely gorgeous.


ince Roman times it has been known that watercress is a healthy crop - a “superfood”, in fact. Now we have the evidence, thanks to university research, that watercress can, not only help in the body’s recovery from injury, but also has properties which may aid the treatment of some cancers. Watercress provides 15 vitamins and minerals and more calcium than milk, and including it in your daily diet can increase the levels of antioxidants in the body. Watercress is undoubtedly a superfood, as Charles Barter Chairman of the NFU Watercress Association would agree. How did you come to have an interest in and career in Watercress? My father started the watercress business in the early 1930s having worked for the biggest watercress producer in the country at the time. Having studied


In 2014 you were awarded the Millennium Egg, Winchester City Council’s equivalent of a Life Time Achievement Award. You are responsible for making Alresford the ‘Watercress Capital of the World’ and the NFU Watercress Association sponsors the Alresford Watercress Festival to which you have a close affiliation. What is your role within the Watercress Association? I became Chairman of the NFU Watercress Association in the early 1970s, and am still its Chairman. I steered the industry through the first ever Code of Practice for the hygienic production of a primary crop, and developed some of the machinery we still use today. In 1986 I set up a watercress farm in southern Spain, and again in Florida in 1995. I led the Industry in negotiations with the EU to regulate that ‘watercress can only be grown in flowing water’ – not on land, and was elected President of the Federation of the European Growers Association. As well as heading PR for the Industry, I’m involved in research work at both Ulster and Reading Universities, and leading our Company to become the largest producer of watercress in Europe. What are the specific conditions needed to grow watercress? An abundance of water from underground sources, which we only use for a short period of time, good light and the best climate in the UK. Water is key - the quantity and quality. Water supplies some of the nutrients and minerals the crop requires, and the crop is only as good, and safe, as the water it is grown in. Watercress is very traditional in the way it is produced. There have been developments in seedling production and mechanical harvesting, but the biggest changes have been the way watercress is presented to our customers, from hand produced bunches to pre-packs in supermarkets.

Is the UK, and in particular Hampshire, still the leading producer of watercress? The UK is the biggest consumer of watercress per head of population and Hampshire is the largest producing county. My favourite times of year for watercress is spring and autumn which produce the best flavour. One type, which we all use, simply known as Dark Green, was selected by the Industry in the late 1970s; but all growers produce their own seed

What’s your favourite watercress recipe? It has to be watercress soup and there are some great recipes on the website. But I eat watercress in various ways around four times a week. Would you say the Alresford Watercress Festival has helped raise awareness and culinary use of watercress? The Festival has been the major driver to awareness of the versatility of this superfood for culinary use as, well as of the health benefits. In the early 2000’s our whole PR activity was based on the Festival and the start of Watercress Week. The Watercress Festival also supports our charity the Joe Glover Trust which offers support to children, young people and their families who are affected by cancer.


It’s one of the most sustainable crops, creates a unique environment for wildlife, and assists in the augmentation of river flows on some of our most famous rivers.

You can enjoy watercress in all its guises and much more at the Alresford Watercress Festival on Sunday 21st May. Have a chat with Charles and enjoy a fabulous free family day. Written by Gill Grant






he Alresford 10k Road Race and Children's Fun Runs were first held in 2008. The idea was for the Rotary Club to organise a community event to appeal to new and experienced runners alike. The date has always been the 3rd Sunday in June in order to fit around other town and county events, like the Music Festival which takes place the week before the run. The format is very popular and has remained unchanged over the years. There are two races around the park for children before the main 10k road race event. The children's races are organised by Sun Hill Junior School PTA and they benefit from the entry fees. The races form one of the highlights of the day as the young folk tear off at the start, only to find that a lap or two of the park really is too far to sprint and that a more modest pace is needed. The 10k road race starts at 10 o'clock. The route takes the runners out of Arlebury Park and onto the Avenue. It then goes through the town, over the weir and onto the Abbotstone Road. The runners get to enjoy the undulations of the Abbotstone Road all the way to the grass triangle at Abbotstone cottages before retracing their footsteps back to Drove Lane. The route then goes along Drove Lane to the Avenue and back to Arlebury Park where a final lap of the football fields makes up the total distance. Numbers taking part have grown from about 150 in the first year to well over 300 last year (there is a limit of 500) and the race now attracts some top-quality club runners. Novice runners are more than welcome and receive warm praise for tackling a challenging course in the middle of summer. The race couldn't take place without the support of New Alresford Town Council who provides the facilities at Arlebury Park for free and Winchester City Council who manage the road closure paperwork every year. Similarly, the event wouldn't be possible without support from local businesses. Our main sponsors are Alresford Salads and The Watercress Company; significant contributions come from The Naked Grape (who provide all the water), Prospect Fencing (who cover the cost of the running numbers and the UK Athletics race license), and The Watercress Line (who provide prizes for the children's races). Other businesses also provide prizes for the various age categories (such as Servicepoint who provide the lead car, Sousa Richards Solicitors who give prosecco for the winning runners and Hair Art who give a free hair appointment each year for the most deserving, rather than the fastest runner). Perins School always provides a small army of helpers who assist with the registration desk, the baggage room and the finish line as well as marshalling the tricky bit of the course through the centre of town. It takes a lot of people to manage and marshal the race and we are always looking for volunteers to help us. Keeping the runners safe and separate from the traffic through the town requires over 30 marshals in total. The race has a reputation for great organisation and for the cheerfulness of the marshals and other helpers! If you would like to help out on the day so that we can maintain this reputation please make contact through the website or by calling Jonathan Read on 01962 735172. All of the profits from this year’s race will go to The Murray Parrish Trust, an excellent local charity raising funds for the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit unit at Southampton Hospital. The year's event is on Sunday 18th of June. Details are on the website:


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Curious Arts Festival 2017


urious Arts Festival is the UK’s most illuminating and eclectic boutique festival; taking place in the New Forest on 21 - 23 July 2017. Renowned for attracting the cream of UK and international literary talent, this unique festival also offers a glittering array of the cultural, creative and curious, including comedy, music and a packed children’s programme. Set in beautiful Pylewell Park, near Lymington, the Curious Arts Festival is a celebration of talent with an eccentric, garden party vibe. It has a glittering programme of events to amuse, intrigue and enlighten audiences, from the youngest creative minds through to the most seasoned appreciators of the Arts.

With stunning views of the Solent on one side and the majesty of the country house and glorious gardens on the other, Curious offers an intimate opportunity to hear great authors, talented musicians and hilarious comedians, whilst reclining in a deck chair Curious Brew in hand. Day tickets from £55. Camping is free and situated in arguably the most idyllic spot in the New Fores or glamping options are available. Find out more at

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The amazing singer songwriter Tom Odell, the soulful Izzy Bizu, the legendary writer, film-maker and publisher Dave Eggers, the People’s Poet Lemn Sissay, the foremost chronicler of our emotional lives Joanna Trollope, and Mock The Week’s hilarious Ed Byrne. Curious family adventures include: Breath of Life Puppetry workshops, a Jabberwocky Hunt, cartoon club and songwriting workshops. Ella Berthoud will be offering Story Cures for children and their families and there will be a series of events with The Week Junior. Our new afternoon acoustic stage will offer a chilled setting to relax with an ice cream (or G&T), enjoying the sea views and glorious gardens whilst listening to the soothing sounds of some of the UK’s best acoustic acts, including Aine Cahill, Jordan Mackampa and Alex Francis. There will be a dazzling display of comedy from BBC Radio 4 host Simon Evans, The Noise Next Door, Paul Tonkinson, Nat Luurtsema and others. Then as dusk falls the musicians take the stage with a funky line up including Izzy Bizu, Ibibio Sound Machine and Seramic on Friday night and charttopping, award winning Tom Odell, John Niven and a host of extraordinary special guests on Saturday. A plethora of other curious happenings include life drawing, cocktail masterclasses, breathing workshops, yoga, wine tasting, night time bat walks, authors cricket and snail racing. Expect illuminating adventures, lively literary chat, breakfast briefings on the day’s news, poetry workshops, and a fine array of food providers, including a pop-up restaurant.



A family ticket worth £300! For the chance to win a family ticket, worth £300, to the Curious Arts Festival, email with the phrase “Curious Forum” and a winner will be selected at random. T&C: This prize consists of a Family weekend pass to Curious Arts Festival 2017 (Two adults and up to three children, aged 13 and under), worth £300 The festival runs from Friday 21 July to Sunday 23 July. All festival goers are invited to camp at no extra charge in the beautiful grounds overlooking the sea, or Glamping options are available to book separately. The festival site is open for camping from noon on Friday to 10am on Monday. The winner will be notified directly by Curious Arts Festival and their tickets will be emailed to them by the ticketing company Eventbrite.


Alresford Watercress Festival

Road Closure Notice Various Orders have been granted by WCC to safeguard visitors to the festival and to assist the AWF team to manage the traffic movements to/from and around the site between 0600 and 1800 hrs on Sunday 21st May 2017.


• Bridge Road – between its junction with The Avenue and its junction with De Lucy Avenue • Broad Street - entire length • East Street – entire length • Great Weir – entire length • Jacklyns Lane - between its junction with West Street and its junction with Grange Road • Pound Hill – entire length • Station Approach – entire length • Station Road – entire length • The Avenue – between its junction with New Farm Road and its junction with Pound Hill • The Dean – entire length • The Soke – entire length • West Street – entire length • Drove Lane - no entry from The Avenue (B3047)


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his April, Alresford was truly a “green and pleasant land”, reminding us what a great privilege it is to live in this town. For the NATC councillors, this has been one of the most difficult, and on various fronts, the saddest month of all. A number of councillors felt that they could no longer impose the pressure of council life on their families, and took the decision to resign. They are a great loss to the Town and will be missed. Equally, the Town’s long-serving Town Clerk, Stevie Kavanagh, retired in April and we wish her all the best for her well-earned retirement. The remaining councillors are: Ernie Jeffs (Acting Chair), Margot Power (Finance Chair), Stephen Pinch, Irene Spencer, Simon Evans and Barbara Jeffs. If you are interested in finding out what is involved in being a councillor then please contact our Locum Town Clerk, Karen Ross. The council are currently investigating a number of


Calling all amateur actors The Alresford Live History Trail to be held on Saturday 24th June, 2.00pm to 5.00pm, needs 8 volunteers to play the roles of interesting characters from Alresford’s past. A costume, script, notes and somewhere to sit during your performance will be provided. Great fun, so please contact Heidi on 07876 898099. issues raised by residents, including the speed limit in Winchester Road, lorry traffic in New Farm Road and a suggested pedestrian crossing across the Avenue. The Council has agreed that discussions with Hampshire County Council should be resumed with regard to the upgrading of West Street. All Town Council and Committee meetings are open to the public.Your council welcomes public participation and warmly invites you to attend any and all such meetings. Dates, times and agendas can be found on the NATC website and posted on public notice-boards in the town. With regard to public participation, we would like to thank all those residents who took part in the Alresford Spring Clear-up; your hard work made a huge difference to our town. Reminders There is still time to enter the Garden of the year Competition 2017, with nominations to be lodged with the Council office by the end of June. The Council’s water bowser, offered for sale in last month’s Forum for

Alresford Recreation Centre The Alresford Recreation Centre remains open and at the centre of sporting life in Alresford. In addition to the varied sporting events held at the ARC, there are a function room and two meeting rooms available for use by the whole community. To make a booking for the function room or one of the two meeting rooms, call 01962 732079. Vacancy Clerk to the Council NATC is seeking a Clerk to the Council. The Clerk to the Council/Town will

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Community ALRESFORD & ITCHEN VALLEY WCC CITY COUNCILLORS - APRIL REPORT New affordable houses get off the ground in Alresford The new Council homes in Mitford Road New Alresford, consist of 6 x 1-bedroom flats, 2 x 2-bedroom homes and a 2-bedroom bungalow which can be easily adapted to suit a family with a disabled member. FE Chase & Son Ltd has been appointed as contractor for the scheme. Local Plan Part 2 – Adopted 5 April 2017 Winchester has an up-to-date Local Plan which was adopted on 5 April 2017 putting us in a strong position to deliver on the ambition to provide more affordable housing and to resist applications which do not meet the Local Plan requirements. We are planning for housing that meets the needs of everyone in our district – vital when we have over 2000 cases on our books seeking homes. Government announcements regarding house-building, support the Council’s aspiration to do all we can to help those residents in the district struggling to afford housing. Launch of initial consultation to inform the Gypsy and Traveller and Travelling Showpersons Local Plan The City Council has launched a survey to seek views on matters to be considered as part of its Traveller Local Plan and options for the identification of sites. This follows on from the Inspector finding Local Plan Part 2 sound, which establishes a requirement for 15 gypsy and traveller pitches and 24 travelling showpersons plots in the District between 2016 and 2031. The short questionnaire can be accessed at the consultation hub on the Council’s website and closes at midday on 8 May 2017. Further details about the Traveller Local Plan can be found on the Planning Policy web pages. This is NOT about where the sites are located, but matters to be taken into consideration when allocating sites. Fly-tipping prosecution In March, a further prosecution led to a total financial penalty of £6316.92 for fly-tipping offences. HCC are in the final stages of developing an action plan working closely with a number of key public and private partners including Districts, Borough Councils, Police, and the Environment Agency, representatives of the Hampshire Rural Forum including the National Farmers Union and Country Land and Business Associations. A full time officer will be recruited to work within Trading Standards. Fly-tipping rates between October to December 2015 and 2016 have decreased by 33.74%. This is a steady decline in reported incidents from information from the Districts. This is somewhat different to the report in the local press! (Figures have been double checked by District.) Winchester business rates The Spring Budget set aside over £900,000 in the next four years for businesses across the Winchester district that face a significant rise in their business rates bill. This funding is ‘front-loaded’, with over £500,000 available for the coming financial year. This is a result of the 2017 revaluation exercise by the Valuation Office that takes effect from 1 April 2017. The Council aims to launch its rate relief scheme as soon as possible after the Government has confirmed the allocation. This will enable the Council to further support businesses in the district that provide such a valuable contribution to the local and


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his is a delicious if delicate soup and ideal for using up any of your home grown lettuce that may have ‘shot’. Like all good soups it needs a good flavoured stock. Home made from a roast chicken carcass with vegetables added is always good and if strained well makes a clear stock. However a cube will do too. To make a richer soup the addition of single cream is optional. I serve it with oatmeal scones or wholemeal bread so not to spoil the subtle flavour.

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There were some 20 stalls stretching down to Pizza Express, which had been organised and promoted by Muriel Chase. They run 70 markets within the UK during the year. The stalls included a fresh bread van with oven, which was sited at the top of Broad Street, a stall selling a variety of cheeses, another with a good variety of cooked meats and other stalls selling olives, onions and peppers, delicious cakes, homewares, clothes, gifts and toys.

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espite a wet start when the stalls arrived, the first French Market for 4 years to be held in Broad Street was a great success. The sun came out as did the public and I am pleased to say that it was a success, until the rain came down again in the afternoon.


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Pam Stevens, a Town Trustee who organised the event said Broad Street was buzzing and she would like to thank all the shopkeepers and Broad Street residents for their support and co-operation. It was a good day for the Town and we will arrange another one for next year.






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The competition is open to anyone aged 16 or over and may be on any subject in any form or style and no longer than 40 lines. Entry fee is £5 for the first poem and £4 for subsequent entries. Winchester Poetry Festival, a biennial festival, was launched in 2014. Plans for the 2018 festival are in preparation. The Winchester Poetry Prize is run in partnership with Hampshire Cultural Trust.



inchester Poetry Festival announces that the Winchester Poetry Prize will become an annual competition and that the 2017 competition is open for entries. Winchester Poetry Festival aims to promote and foster exciting talent with this open award. The winners will be announced during at a special festival event, Winchester Poetry Day on Saturday 14 October 2017. The award-winning poet Sarah Howe will be the sole judge and will read all entries. First prize will be £1000, second prize £500 and third prize £250. Winchester Poetry Prize aims to give serious recognition to the successful poets. As well as receiving substantial prize money, the winners will be invited to read at a special awards event at a one-day festival event Winchester Poetry Day on Saturday 14 October 2017. Winning and commended poets will also see their entries published in a special anthology to coincide with the presentation. Closing date is 31 July 2017. Full details of how to enter are on the Winchester Poetry Festival website. Festival chair, the poet Stephen Boyce said: “The success of the first Winchester Poetry Prize in 2016 led us to decide that although the festival itself is a biennial event the prize will be an annual competition.”




WITH HAY FEVER e are sticking to Noel Coward for this year’s openair play at Itchen Abbas in Southwood House garden on 28th and 30th June and 1st July. Hay Fever is one of Coward’s earlier plays, but is in the tradition of “a comedy of manners”. The Bliss family could well be called eccentric, even dysfunctional, and it is their behaviour, as well as the typical Coward script, that makes for so many laughs – even occasionally at ourselves. The play is in aid of The Multiple Sclerosis Society, for their work at the Hobbs Centre in Bridgets Lane, and the Itchen Valley Churches, who will give us an alternative venue should the weather intervene. Start now to organise your party and a picnic! It is always a good evening but tickets will be limited in case we have to squeeze into St John’s Church – which is both an intimate experience and fun to be so close to the drama. Tickets at £15 (£10 for under 21) are now available on the website – www. Southwood Nick Owen, 01962 779162


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s a new Sergeant, new to the area, and new to the role of Neighbourhood Policing, I was grateful that the first community representatives I got to meet were from one of the two Neighbourhood Watch Teams that we work in conjunction with here in Winchester Rural District. It must have been a productive meeting as I then agreed to explain in the local magazine who we are and what we do! So, who are we? The Winchester Rural Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) is part of Winchester District. We also have NPTs based in Winchester City and Bishops Waltham. We work closely together as a district to have the right people, in the right place, and at the right time. The team at Alresford are co-located at the Fire Station and cover a large area that includes Shawford, Sutton Scotney, Micheldever, Otterbourne, Sparsholt, Kingsworthy, Itchen Abbas, Northington, Beauworth, Bramdean, Bishops Sutton, New Alresford and Old Alresford – to name just a few. We choose to simplify this by splitting it into three areas, each covered by a PCSO and overseen by myself. The Western and Northern beat areas, are covered by PCSOs Kerry Croutear and Amey Stevens. The Eastern area rather conveniently aligns with the Alresford & District Neighbourhood Watch Association area and is covered by PCSO Rhys Griffiths.


What do we do? My team is responsible for many different areas of work including managing risk and vulnerability, engagement, crime prevention, and sign posting to other agencies with whom we work together to keep, you, your families, and our communities safer. Every week my PCSOs visit vulnerable people, whether through age, disability, or circumstances, and put measures in place to prevent them being victims of crime. They also work closely with the Winchester City Council departments such as Highways,

Our colleagues on the Response and Patrol Team at Winnall provide our emergency response capability and are on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We are also joined at Alresford by CountryWatch PCs Lee Skinner and Lynn Owen who focus on rural crime. How Do You Contact Us? EMERGENCY / CRIME IN PROGRESS: RING 999 NON-EMERGENCY : RING 101 You can also report criminal damage, theft, or theft from a motor vehicle through www. or can request that we call you back if that is more convenient. CRIMESTOPPERS: 0800 555 111 email:

YOUR VILLAGE AGENTS FOR ALRESFORD Probate Changes Bereaved families face sharp increases in probate fees from May under a new system that will charge up to £20,000 before assets can be released. Changes to probate fees were mooted in the consultation last year, but despite 95 percent of respondents disagreeing with the proposals, the government confirmed the plan in the spring budget. At the moment fees for establishing probate are set at £155 for those applying through a solicitor, or £215 for those without, but there is no fee for estates worth less than £5,000. Under the proposals a sliding scale of charges based on the size of the deceased’s estate will be introduced. It is aimed at raising money for the courts service, but some families will face charges of up to 129 times the present rate.

The £20,000 fee will be levied on the top tier of estates worth more than £2 million, while estates worth between £1.6 million and £2 million will pay £12,000. The tiered system will charge no fees for an application of probate on estates worth up to £50,000. After that a charge of £300 will be levied on estates worth £50,000 to £300,000, £1,000 on estates between £300,000 and £500,000, £4,000 on estates of £500,000 to £1 million and £8,000 on estates worth £1 million to £1.5 million. If you would like to find out more about probate, call Age Concern Hampshire’s Information and Advice line for free on 0800 328 7154. Your Village Agents Denise and Fiona can also point you in the right direction to local services and organisations that may be able to help with other needs. Give them a call 07969 376023





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What happened to our GI Brides?


y 1946 all the American soldiers had left Hampshire, taking dreams of glamour with them, and most girls were settling for a quiet life in a rural county again. But the marriage records in the Hampshire Record Office show that three local girls did follow their dreams. Phyllis Butcher, Lillian Thatcher and Marjorie Small married American servicemen at the end of the war and travelled further from their childhood homes than they ever could have imagined. Here are their stories. It's a testament to the love and determination of the three couples that they managed to get married at all. The US Army did not want its soldiers distracted by romance and particularly discouraged marriage. 'Don't Promise Her Anything - Marriage Outside the U.S. Is Out', ran a headline in the armed forces magazine Yank in July 1942. The prospective bride was discouraged, too. She had to allow the American Red Cross to visit her home, interview her relatives and compile a character report. Meanwhile, in the USA, the Red Cross would seek the approval of the groom’s father and check the groom’s bank savings to ensure that he would be able to support a wife. After this, the groom’s commanding officer had to approve the application and often did his best to persuade the soldier to change his mind.

Marine Flasher, a former troop ship. Phyllis and baby Brian sailed on the US Army Transport Henry Gibbins. Imagine the hugs in New York, when the husbands met their wives and children five days later! However, the passenger manifests show that although Angela and Brian were received as USA nationals, their mothers were not. I’ve found Lillian’s Petition for Naturalization in 1957. By then, she had lived in Long Beach California, Honolulu Hawaii, San Antonio Texas and returned to California – and had five more children. There’s a record of Lillian's funeral in Hollywood Hills which showed she lived to be 96. Meanwhile, Phyllis settled in Minersville, Pennsylvania and little Brian grew up to be a Lance Corporal in the US Marine Corps. Sergeant Eddy Knasel, who appeared in the February edition of The Itchen Valley Forum maintaining Sherman tanks in Alresford, also found time to court Marjorie Small, usherette at the Civic Cinema. Eddy had an eventful war, getting separated from his unit behind enemy lines during The Battle of the Bulge, then fighting at Remagen. He returned to marry Marje in Winchester in November 1945.

At first, the couple moved to Esslingen in Germany. Eddy spoke some German and worked as a translator for the Military Police as they gathered evidence for the Nuremberg Despite these obstacles, Soldier Elvin James war trials - another chilling experience. After Martin married 18 year old Phyllis Mary Esslingen, they travelled back to his family Butcher, at St. Nicholas Church, Bishops home in Kentucky. Marje couldn't settle Sutton on 6th May 1944 (D-Day!) Their there, but Eddy remembered how friendly the son, Brian Martin, was born in October people were over here and so they returned 1944, whilst his Dad would still have been to England after six months. First they lived fighting in Germany. In December 1945, in London and then they moved back to Ambrose Speer, Staff Sergeant US Air Alresford in 1958. Their sons, Eddy Junior and Sergeant Eddy Knasel Force, married Alresford farmer's daughter Richard, had a typical Hampshire childhood Lillian Margaret Thatcher (19) at St Johns except for wonderful memories of times spent in Church. Baby Angela was born in 1946, after her Dad had been hillbilly country and flying over for Christmas in a US Airforce repatriated to the USA. plane, stopping in Iceland on the way! Lillian, Phyllis and their babies travelled as US Army dependents in 'Operation War Bride' in 1946. They went to the Tidworth processing camp on Salisbury Plain, where they slept in large dormitories, were fed by disgruntled German and Italian prisoners of war and subjected to humiliating medical exams. ‘You may not like the conditions here,’ one group was told, ‘but remember, no one asked you to come.’ Lillian and Phyllis toughed out the processing and went on to Southampton to board the nursery ships which would take them across the Atlantic. Lillian and baby Angela sailed on SS


Eddy and Marje celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in 1995. Sadly, they have both passed away and are commemorated together in St. John's churchyard in Alresford. Eddy Junior says, 'There's a nice view from where they are - on one of the walls between the church and the path down to where the Civic Cinema used to be.' Iris Crowfoot

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s an artist, Ted hopes to develop paintings that speak both to him and to others about the beauty that he sees in the world. He loves to paint landscapes and townscapes, particularly scenes in his home county of Hampshire. Ted has enjoyed painting since he was a child but after A-levels ‘listened to his head instead of his heart’ and studied Business Management at University. However a few years ago on a visit to the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam he was hugely inspired by the colour, brush strokes and energy of his work and knew that he needed to pick up the paint brush again. He is influenced greatly by the artists from the post impressionist movement such as Cezanne, Bonnard and Van Gogh, and uses bold colours in his paintings in the hope to capture moods, emotions and also create a sense of connection to a location. He paints for the pure enjoyment of it and desire to share this joy with others. 64

His paintings are made by using a variety of mediums including acrylic, oil, gouache, oil pastel, ink, collage and pencil. He has exhibited paintings at Winchester Cathedral and also the Business Design Centre, Islington, as winner of the Abstract and Experimental category for the Society for all Artists. Alresford RFC v Alton RFC

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n Saturday 8 April, over 50 local school children took part in a charity marathon relay event on the playing fields of Sun Hill Schools, Alresford, to raise funds to support three local runners, who will all be taking part in this year’s Virgin London Marathon (23 April).




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The children, from local schools including Sun Hill Infants and Junior Schools in Alresford and Cheriton Primary School, smashed the target of completing the 26.2 mile relay and managed to complete FOUR marathons between them – that’s a staggering 104.8 miles! Local runners Kathryn Vaughan (Alresford), Caroline Sorgi (Alresford) and Sarah Townsend (Beauworth) will all be competing in this year’s Virgin London Marathon and will be doing this to raise money for three very deserving charities; HemiHelp, Get Ahead and Heart Research UK. The fundraising event was the brainchild of Alresford resident, Denise Grant, whose son has Hemiplegia. HemiHelp, one of the runner’s chosen charity, has supported Denise’s family and will continue to be invaluable to them in the future. She wanted to help the runners raise even more funds and to put on an event which would encourage local children to get active. In case four marathons weren’t enough, the day finished with a ‘dads versus children’ football match, which resulted in a draw. Kathryn Vaughan said: “Thanks to everyone who came to our marathon relay. The children really rose to the challenge and ran with great purpose and pride. Thanks to everyone’s very kind generosity, we managed to raise £270 for our three chosen charities. As well as the children and their families, we would like to say a special thank you to Jack at Tesco Express, Alresford for supplying food for the BBQ and the marshmallows, Julie Mountain for providing us with and manning a fire pit, so our budding athletes were well fed, Sun Hill Infants and Junior Schools for the use of the playing field and the facilities and Denise for coming up with such a great fundraising idea. We are all incredibly inspired by the children’s amazing achievement and will keep this in our thoughts on the big day.” 66

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he annual display of daffodils in The Avenue always attracts admiration but not everyone recalls how it got there. In fact, the bulbs were planted by Alresford Rotary under an initiative started in 1989 by the late Rotarian Barry Framp, Past President of Alresford Club. Barry was inspired by the impressive display at the top of Magdalen Hill in Winchester as he journeyed to work as an optometrist. With the approval of the Town Trustees, Barry organised fellow Rotary members to begin planting in The Avenue. Over successive years additional daffodil and narcissi bulbs were planted along both sides of The Avenue, on the verges at the junction of Spring Gardens and Jacklyns Lane/Cheriton Road, and on the roundabouts at each end of the by-pass. Students from Perins, plus Scouts and Guides amongst others, helped the members of the Rotary Club to plant the bulbs which now bring so much joy to residents and visitors alike.



he trustees have produced a new card, which will be on sale starting on 16th April at the Eel House first open day. Tessa Purkiss painted the original painting, which was bought by NATT Chair Robin Atkins and donated to the Alresford Museum. The painting was in memory of David Goodman, who was instrumental in the Eel House restoration

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s I write, trustees of The Watercress Way are looking forward to their first Dawn to Dusk Day on the 30th April. You can see more about the day and future events on the website: www.thewatercressway. We have been very heartened by the positive response from landowners and look forward to sharing more news with you as the route develops. The Eel House in Alresford has hundreds of visitors every year. There you can see how eels were caught for food in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. As just one of a band of volunteers, I enjoy telling the story of the building, and we have all have learned a lot about the eel’s lifecycle. The open days are on Sunday 21st May (Watercress Festival Day) and 2nd July, then 28th August and Heritage Open Day, 10th September. In last month’s report I talked about Ofsted and its role in monitoring settings for children. Little did I know that they would turn up at


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