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Welcome The Itchen Valley Forum is a decade old this month! Ten years ago, my vision for a full colour, informative, local community magazine was finally about to be realised as the first edition went to press. Originally called the Alresford Forum, the first magazine was only 36 pages big and distributed to 2500 homes. This November's issue is 80 Pages and now reaches just under 5000 households! Next month the Itchen Valley Forum will be delivering magazines into Winchester too! Did you know that The Forum has always been online? Our newly updated and fresh looking website offers great value advertising opportunities www.forumpublications. co.uk. You can also find us and follow us on:Facebook Forum Publications @Forumpub Instagram Forumpublications Twitter Forum Publications @Forum_Magazines In this month's magazine, Hampshire People features an interview with local celebrity, Alistair Stewart OBE (page 70) and features include, amongst others, a rather royal adventure for Sandra Pagan in Hampshire Mum (page 8) and Claire Thurlow's wonderful natural study on the slow worm (page 32). Restoring The Elm on (page 14) is a fascinating account of the reintroduction of this splendid tree in the hope of saving a rare butterfly.

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Hampshire Mum Security & Other Tails here are those in life who are prepared, in that Girl Guide kind of way, for absolutely every eventuality. You can totally rely on them if you’re in a tight spot. One such dear chum is ‘Miss Poppins’, no matter what the occasion or venue she will have it covered, aside from the ‘basics’ of spare tissues, plasters, (waterproof, corn, blister or steri-strip), plastic rain capes and sufficient over the counter medical provisions to withstand any form of alien attack, she will often amaze us with the more unusual items. From out of a small and stylish handbag she has been known to produce a plastic wine cooler, wet wipes, anti-bacterial hand wash, a foil blanket, high heel protectors and on the occasion of a recent girlie trip to London, a selection of pastries complete with jams, serviettes...and a knife.

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Despite our collective hysteria as we approached the security guard dear Miss Poppins decided honesty was the best policy and boldly declared, “I think you should know I have a knife in my bag.”

So once on the train, while the accompanying football supporters tucked into a breakfast of beer and whisky chasers- well it was 9:30 am, fair do’s- we chose from a selection of croissant and pain au raisin generously provided by said chum.

On a separate table the contents of Miss Poppins bag had been tipped out and the knife, which far from a deadly weapon was in fact a tiny ineffectual blade that once belonged to her son complete with paw prints on the handle, was placed in a plastic bag to be collected at the end of our tour.

Once at Waterloo we raced, via the Jubilee Line, to Green Park and onto The Mall.There the crowds were huge due to some kind of major Army type Trouping of The Colour affair.We were reliably informed by a London Bobby that we had at least a half hour walk around the back of Buckingham Palace to join the queue to see the ‘Reign of Style Exhibition’, a display of HM fashions inside the Palace. Time was short for our timed tickets. Miss Poppins was having none of it and we jogged it in 15 minutes while she had Buck House on the mobile saying not only were we on our way but that we should have been more reliably informed of the delay. “ They must have known about this ages ago.” While the rest of us caught our breath, (and one chum, I know was dying for a blister plaster but didn’t like to admit defeat), the invincible Miss Poppins stood tall in the queue guiding us through the airport type security, until… “Oh my god I’ve got a knife in my bag!” Now trust me these are not the words you want shouted out whilst in a crowded vestibule approaching security for entry to Buckingham Palace. “Sssshhhh!” was all we could think to say.

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I attempted to soften the news by saying to him,”Well I guess you don’t hear that every day.”The security guard remained stony faced. Not surprisingly she was ushered to one side while the rest of us were scrutinized rather more thoroughly than our fellow tourists. While my chum and I breezed through the security gate our other chum set off the metal detector. Eventually it was decided the cause was a bangle she simple couldn’t get off without surgery and her underwired bra.

But in indomitable style Miss Poppins proceeded to offer the remaining pastries to the security team, “There is jam if you’d like it’. I had the strangest feeling that we were being watched all the way through the exhibition and staterooms…maybe not. Anyway once the knife had been collected we were hot foot to the Wolsey for afternoon tea, all very lovely I might tell you! It was a deliciously leisurely affair, people came and went but we four remained chatting and politely nibbling on delicate sandwiches, tiny cakes and warm scones for hours completely unaware that a certain person was waiting for a table. There was a palpable buzz in the room as waiters scurried this way and that. Tracey Emin and male companion squeezed past our table, he tripped and said to my chum, “ Oh my god, I’m so sorry I tripped over your dog! Did I step on its tail?” All we could do was smother our laughter.The dog was in fact a pony skin handbag, a purchase made in Venice recently that my friend picked up and stroked. Poor little thing, it’s tail will never be the same again - come to think of it, neither will we!! Sandra Pagan


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Restoring the Elm to Hampshire

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WRITTEN BY ANDREW BROOKES

he elm was once one of the great icons of the TestValley and Hampshire, the miscalled ‘English’ elm sometimes topping 150 feet, the tallest and fastest-growing broadleaf tree in Europe. Alas, the devastation wrought by the lethal strain of Dutch elm disease (DED) which arrived in the 1960s is legend. Old trees are now virtually confined to remote enclaves such as Southsea Common in Portsmouth, isolated by sea and urban sprawl. However, the tree’s former abundance was a relatively recent phenomenon. No archaeological dig in the county ever found elm timber, while the tree trunks reinforcing the foundations of Winchester Cathedral are beech, not elm, even though the latter would have been superior for the purpose. The proliferation of elm is inextricably linked with Man.The ‘English’ elm, its suckers remaining the most commonly occurring elms along the Test, is a tree of Italy (Atinia) and Spain (Aranjuez), which almost certainly arrived with the Romans to support their vines. Femalesterile, it could only be cloned from suckers, which left the entire population genetically identical and thus hugely susceptible to DED.The wych elm fared little better, and although it reproduces only sexually, its singular lack of genetic diversity has left it with little chance of evolving a resistance in the near future. Consequently the elm breeding programmes initiated in Europe (not the UK, alas) and the USA have focussed on hybridization with or between Asiatic species with high genetic resistance, to produce trees with an appearance not too dissimilar to native species. Almost half a century from the outbreak of the disease, there are now 10 highly-resistant hybrid cultivars in commerce. Better news still has come recently from the Universidad Politecnica Madrid which, after patiently collecting and germinating thousands of native field elm seeds, has discovered and cloned seven with a resistance on a par with the best cultivars, a ‘first’ for a European species. Mention must also be made of the anomalous European White Elm Ulmus laevis, a riparian species almost certainly not native, but which occurs so randomly in the English countryside as to suggest

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otherwise. Only one mature specimen is known in Hampshire; about 100 years old with a girth of over 4 metres, it was discovered in a remote hedgerow on farmland near Over Wallop. The species is not blessed with an innate resistance to DED, rather it synthesizes a chemical, Alnulin, which renders it unpalatable to the bark beetles which spread DED, with the result it is rarely, if ever, infected. Butterfly Conservation (BC) Hants & IoW Branch began trialling these trees in 2000 to assess their potential in saving the White-letter Hairstreak butterfly from extinction. This secretive butterfly, on the wing through July, depends exclusively on sexually-mature elm, ie elm mature enough to produce flowers and seeds needed to sustain its caterpillars when they hatch in early March. Now on the IUCN Red List, the butterfly’s numbers have inevitably plummeted as a result of DED. The BC trials at four very different sites near Portsmouth have now identified which of these trees are able to thrive in the Hampshire environment, and planting is now underway across the county as a whole. Planting began in the Test Valley in 2010 around fishery lakes near King’s Somborne, but has expanded recently thanks to the kind permission of the Leckford Estate. The most popular planting choice so far has not been a cultivar, rather the European White Elm, as it is a riparian tree which relishes wet ground. Moreover, it is readily and cheaply available as seed. As supplies from Madrid increase, it is hoped to add the resistant strains of the field elm, another species introduced to the UK probably during the Bronze Age but still largely confined to Essex and Kent. Anybody interested in planting elms should contact the author at ptelea22@ outlook.com. A report on the resistant elms featured in Butterfly Conservation’s trials is available on the internet at http:// www.hantsiow-butterflies.org.uk Meanwhile a delightful 14-minute close-up film of the White-letter Hairstreak is available on YouTube courtesy of the French VarWild film company (narration in English): https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=vdDNGF2HDr0.


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Alresford & District Neighbourhood Watch

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the introduction of electronic communications • With respect to Alresford and its District, we are fortunate to live in a relatively low crime area although this can lead to police resources being focussed on other areas with greater need • On some roads the NW signs require repair or refreshment and if anyone spots these can they please let the NWA know asap • The committee is looking for co ordinators in Chiltern Court and Itchen Stoke, whilst there are some places vacant on this years’ committee – volunteers are welcome and if you are interested please call Chris Day on 07721 564882.

he Neighbourhood Watch Association held its 2016 AGM on the 22nd September and please find below a summary of the evening and an overview of the proceedings. There were 21 attendees including representatives from the Hampshire Constabulary and North Hampshire Magistrates in the Community. Following the Chairman’s welcome to the visitors, Inspector Jon Turton gave an update on behalf of the local police. He confirmed the following: • Sgt. Andy Fisher is moving to Southampton and will be replaced by Sgt. Ivan Marshman in mid October • Recently there was criminal damage involving spray paint following a youths’ party in Cheriton and there has been a rise in the theft of quad bikes plus damage to stables in the local area • Poaching is increasing, although the police managed to seize 6 lurchers and a vehicle after a reindeer had been killed illegally • ‘Beauty Spot’ thefts have also increased in places such as Sparsholt, Farley Mount and the Meon Valley PCSO Amy Stevens then issued lists of crime statistics for the Winchester Rural Area and this was followed by a short Q&A session with Jon and Amy. Following the Constabulary overview the next speaker was Amelia Ashton JP, who sits on the North Hampshire Bench. She explained that the origins of the Justice of the Peace role date back to the reign of Richard 1. The local courts are based in Aldershot and Basingstoke and on the North Hampshire Bench, in total, there are 51% women and 49% men.

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After the committee report there was the Financial Report and then the re-election of the Committee. The meeting closed at 20.55. These days in a court the ‘Bench’ comprises three Magistrates and 100% of criminal offences start in magistrates courts, even indictableonly offences, including murder, manslaughter, rape and robbery, which are sent immediately to a Crown Court for trial. 98% of all cases remain in magistrates courts for trial, if appropriate, and sentencing, if appropriate. Following this very informative presentation there was a short Q&A session with Amelia. Next, the committee report was given by Frazer Budd and he highlighted the following: • Neighbourhood Watch serves to provide the police with eyes and ears in the community and this role has evolved substantially with

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Wellbeing ALRESFORD SURGERY NEWS Flu Clinics All patients who are aged 65 and over on March 31 2016 – that is, you were born on or before March 31 1951. So, if you are currently 64 but will be 65 on March 31 2016, you do qualify, you are pregnant or who have a chronic illness (see list below) that puts them at risk if they catch flu should have this vaccination. It saves lives, reduces the effect of illness and prevents hospital admissions. • A chronic respiratory disease • Asthma – that requires continuous/repeated use of inhaled steroids or has required hospital admission • Chronic heart disease • Chronic kidney disease • Chronic liver disease • Chronic neurological disease

• Diabetes • Lowered immunity (due to disease or treatment such as steroid medication or cancer treatment, HIV, asplenia or splenic dysfunction) • Any other serious medical condition – check with your doctor if you are unsure • Those in receipt of a carers allowance or the main carer of an elderly or disabled person whose welfare would be at risk if you fell ill. Bookable appointments are now available & can be booked by telephoning reception or you can book online via Patient Access. Child Flu Clinics We will be writing to the parents & carers of children aged two, three and four on August

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31 2016 – that is, children born between September 1 2011 and August 31 2014 & children aged 2 to 17 years with long-term health conditions, inviting them to attend for their nasal spray flu vaccine. Children in school years one, two and three will be offered the vaccine at school via the school nursing team. Patient Forum The next meeting of the Patient Forum is due to take place on:Wednesday 7th December @ 1pm. Minutes of all Patient Forum meetings are available on our website and in a folder in the surgery waiting room. If you have comments or ideas about the services we provide but no time to attend meetings please join our Virtual Patient Group. See our website for more information. Dispensary closure for staff training On Friday 25th November the Dispensary will be closed 11.30am-1.30pm for vital staff training. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Bluebird Care are delighted to have delivered over 115,000 care visits to 341 customers over the past three years, of which 46,000 were delivered in the last year alone. Since opening in September 2013, the home care company have also won 8 awards, including ‘Service Excellence’ at the Winchester Business Excellence Awards and ‘Care Coordinator of the Year’ at the 2015 Great British Care Awards. Norman Murphy, Owner and Managing Director, said: “We are thrilled to deliver the fantastic care we do throughout the Alton & Alresford community and it was even lovelier to see all our customers and staff singing, laughing and smiling together today!

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luebird Care, Alton & Alresford’s only “Overall Outstanding” CQC rated provider of home and live-in care, celebrated turning three years old this week by inviting customers in for a morning of fun during a Macmillan ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’ event. The event was held at Bluebird Care’s Cross and Pillory Lane office in Alton where customers thoroughly enjoyed a good old sing song to Vera Lynn’s ‘White Cliffs of Dover’, John McCormack’s ‘Long Way to Tipperary’ and Reinald Werranrath’s ‘Pack up your Troubles’ amongst others.The singing was led by Bluebird Care’s community care team who had earlier

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chauffeur driven their customers to the event and served them tea, coffee and cake. It has been a momentous year for Bluebird Care who in the past 12 months have created a whole new Bluebird Career Pathway for their care team, launched Bluebird openPASS (an electronic based app enabling family members to view their loved ones’ care notes), celebrated their oldest customer living in Alresford turning 104 years old and this was all topped off by being rated “Overall Outstanding” by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).This was a first for Hampshire and puts the Bluebird Care (Alton & Alresford) in the top 1% of home care providers in the UK.

“We all share the same passion to do things the right way and the standout highlight this year was having our industry regulator, the CQC, rate us “Overall Outstanding. “We will continue to provide the highest level of care in the community and look forward to another successful year.” Bluebird Care is a national provider of home and live-in care.The multi-award winning home care company specialises in working with customers and their families that require care in their own homes, and work alongside GPs, District Nurses, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) and Hampshire County Council. Bluebird Care offers a unique service of tailored home care visits that range from a 30 minute visit to visiting 2-5 times a day, right up to full 24 hour live-in support.


Sally, Senior Care Assistant Bluebird Care

Why I came to care... Bluebird Care are Hampshire’s first and only “Overall

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Name: Sally C Lives in: Alresford Hours: 20 hours per/week Cares for customers in: Alresford, Bighton, Bishops Sutton, Ropley, & Cheriton Pictured: Sally with her customer Mrs F

“I was attracted to care as I enjoy looking after people and have a natural caring trait. I get to know individuals who share their lives and experiences with me, which is such a joy. I enjoy making people happy. “I’ve lived in Alresford all my life and working for Bluebird Care means I can care for the local people who I love. I like to be able to work hours that fit around me going home to let my three dogs out or spending time with my grandchildren. I also like being able to walk down Alresford High Street and go into the butcher’s or the beautician’s and speak to the direct relatives of people who I’m caring for, it’s an amazing feeling. “The other Bluebird carers I work with are a fabulous bunch of colleagues and I’ve built many friendships whilst working here. We all get on and are willing to support each other in a way I have not experienced before in any of my previous jobs. We all want the same thing – good practice and the very best for our customers. “To me care is not only for the customer, but also the customer’s family. It is a real pleasure seeing how much of a difference our help can make to all their lives.”

Would you like to be a part of our Outstanding Care Team? We are currently recruiting for Care Assistants to be a part of our Alresford care team. We are interested to hear from people currently working in care as well as people considering a career change and coming into care for the first time. We offer a full career pathway suitable for people of all backgrounds and experience. We have full and part-time positions available and pay the best rates in the local area as well as offering the best training. If you are interested to find out more or to apply for one of our positions please contact us at your nearest office below:

Winchester, Eastleigh & Romsey Calford House Wessex Business Park Colden Common, SO21 1WP T: 01962 856 900 E:careerswinchester@bluebirdcare.co.uk

Alton & Alresford 3 Cross and Pillory House, Cross and Pillory Lane, Alton, GU34 1HL T: 01420 550 777 E: careersalton@bluebirdcare.co.uk

Andover & Stockbridge Foresters House, 4 London Street, Andover, SP10 2PA T: 01264 310 888 E: careersandover@bluebirdcare.co.uk

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Christmas is coming - Just ask The Alresford Pigs!

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or many more years than most people can remember a team of local volunteers has worked behind the scenes to make sure that our lovely town is one of the most special places to be at Christmas time. There is nothing more magical than walking or driving through the town on the first night that the Christmas trees are illuminated, making you feel that Christmas has arrived and underlining just what a special community Alresford is. Relying purely on donations and goodwill ‘The Alresford Christmas Tree Fund’ has successfully provided a landmark Christmas tree in Broad Street and orchestrated the arrival of Father Christmas, assisted each year by The Alresford Pigs who ensure that Santa arrives safely one pre-Christmas evening to deliver presents to local children. This year the ‘Tree Committee’ have further joined forces with The Pigs who for many years have erected the smaller trees mounted on houses and business premises that help to make the town so colourful at Christmas. The two organisations are now working together to deliver both the giant tree on Broad Street and the arrival of Father Christmas on 7th December! However, each year it gets harder and harder to maintain this tradition, with rising costs of materials and ever tightened Health and Safety legislation/insurance meaning that the ‘Tree Committee’ have to work to an ever tighter budget. If you are keen to see the ‘Giant Christmas Tree’ lighting up our town and Santa delivering presents on the evening of December 7th, please text a donation to ACTF17 followed by the amount £ to 70070 and/or you can donate on the night by contributing to our collection buckets and taking part in our terrific Tombola – which has an array of fantastic prizes! Futhermore, local businesses will be keeping their doors open for late night shopping and refreshments on December 7th with timings as follows:

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Lead up to the Arrival of Father Christmas with community carol singing 7.00pm Father Christmas will arrive in the town 7.15- 8.30pm Children visit Santa in his grotto where presents will be handed out 6.00-9.00pm Late night shopping Please help us to keep this tradition alive in Alresford! The Alresford Pigs Association is a registered charity (charity no. 1163001). More information can be found at www.alresfordpigs.org or for an immediate request for support call the Pigs Help line 01962 658961


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he 10 – 16 October 2016 was UK Wool Week, which didn’t register much with me until a tide of sheep flowed towards me down a narrow lane. Obliged to pull into the hedgerow to let them pass, I took a moment to ponder the challenges faced by 21st century sheep farmers.

Moving the ewes from one field to another might seem simple enough, until you see the process in action. Restrained by the farmer in his pick-up, the flock surged forward, slowly but steadily, urged on by the second farmer walking behind with her implacable collie.The sheep squeezed between vehicles and fence, bleating noisily.The ewes were placid and orderly, with only a couple trying to (quite literally) jump the queue, but the motion of the flock was enough to gently rock my Subaru, as woolly bodies brushed against the paintwork. These ancient lanes were built for horses, carts and livestock - not cars, vans and lorries. Pastures are dotted around the village, so sheep must be herded past village shop and parish hall, churchyard and primary school, not to mention dozens of houses, where garden gates must be closed to prevent sheep making merry in the flower-beds.The collie slunk under the car, determined to outflank the ewes before any could skip off down the lane, but soon they were all safely corralled in their new field. Fortunately, sheep farmers have a high-profile ally in Prince Charles, patron of the Campaign for Wool (CFW), launched in 2010 to support wool producers in Britain and the Commonwealth. In a recent article, Prince Charles revealed his concern that consumers are choosing man-made fabrics over natural ones. He also expressed shock that the cost of shearing a sheep sometimes exceeds the value of its fleece. (Although he might be impressed by this summer’s ‘Olympian’ achievement of record-breaking Welsh farmers, Gareth Daniel and Ian Jones, who sheared a combined total of 1457 lambs in nine hours). During the annual Wool Week, the industry aims to raise awareness of the benefits of this unique, renewable substance. Not only is it breathable, but according to the CFW, wool is also ‘multi-climatic’, responding to the temperature of the wearer, making it suitable for all seasons (or a typical British summer). It’s resilient and versatile, perfect for carpets and upholstery as well as clothes. So are we buying it? The Chairman of the British Wool Marketing Board observed recently that, although there’s a healthy demand for fine

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and medium wool, this market stems mainly from China. Making a quick check in the family wardrobes, I found that, although we did have sweaters made wholly or partly of wool, several of these did, indeed, have ‘made in China’ on the label. Rummaging further, I was relieved to find tweed skirts and jackets woven in Yorkshire from ‘100% British wool’. I was less excited to discover that the cloth was made into garments in Bulgaria and Romania, but it was a start. Finally, I pounced on an ancient, woolly jumper, which, according to the label, was ‘made in Scotland’. Result! But clearly I needed to do better if I want to help British wool producers. In an attempt to emphasise the eco-friendly credentials of wool, Prince Charles carried out a couple of experiments.The first entailed setting light to a pair of sweaters (with fire brigade in attendance!).The woollen garment simply smouldered, while the synthetic version burst alarmingly into flames and melted. Secondly, he buried another set of garments (unwanted Christmas gifts, perhaps?) in the garden of Clarence House. Disinterring them after six months, the woolly sweater had partially biodegraded into the soil, while the made-made version was apparently in good enough condition to be washed and worn (presumably not by HRH). This is all good publicity by the heir to the throne, but what should we be doing about it on a day-to-day basis? Are we afraid to buy woollen sweaters because we don’t know how to wash them? Will they shrink, stretch, bobble? Must they be dry-cleaned? Or are they just too expensive? I might covet the hand-knitted, snowflake design worn by Danish detective, Sarah Lund, in the television series, ‘The Killing’, but do I really want to shell out over £200 for a pullover? I must remind myself that before the arrival of the ubiquitous and practical fleece (so handy for dog-walking, gardening or the school run), the only fabric available for a warm top layer was wool. Recently I found a childhood photo of my brother and myself enjoying a summer holiday on a Scottish beach.We’re wearing shorts, plimsolls and (you’ve guessed) hand-knitted woolly jumpers. So if I’m feeling chilly this winter, and in need of a cosy new sweater, I’ll definitely make sure it’s made from British wool – even if I have to knit it myself. WRITTEN BY CLAIRE THURLOW


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Community MEDSTEAD PRIMARY SCHOOL GETS THE X-FACTOR

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edstead School celebrate receiving £15,500 in fundraising and officially open their Yr 1 classroom canopy - Medstead Primary School had the pleasure in being joined by local X-Factor finalist, Joe Waller at their Macmillan Coffee morning on Friday 30th September 2016. Joe put on a fantastic performance to the whole school in assembly and then officially cut the ribbon to open the Year 1’s outdoor canopy to enable the children to play outside in all weathers.

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It has taken Friends of Medstead School (FOMS) which is made up of the schools parents and friends a whole year of fundraising to raise the £13,000 that was needed in order to build the canopy for the Year 1 children as well as fitting black out blinds in all the classrooms. Fundraising efforts have included hosting school discos, Secret Santa shopping where the children can buy their family presents for Christmas, making and selling personalised hoodies, as well as the school’s Summer Music Festival Extravaganza Medstock.

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In addition to the £13,000 raised by FOMS, The Medstead Ball Committee also presented the school with a cheque for £2,500 which will go towards future projects. Jane Oborn, Headteacher at Medstead Primary School said: “We are thrilled to have Joe Waller here today to officially open our Year 1 classroom canopy and can’t thank all the friends and families of FOMS enough for their truly marvellous fundraising efforts. £13,000 is an incredible sum to raise and both the canopy and the blinds will really assist in all our children’s learning and enjoyment. Our thanks also go to The Medstead Ball Committee for their very generous sum of £2,500 which will also hugely benefit the school”. Tor Harris, Chair of FOMS said: "On behalf of FOMS I would like to thank all the families and friends of Medstead school for supporting our fundraising efforts over the last year. It really is greatly appreciated and directly benefits all our children at the school. Going forward we are now going to be raising money to refurbish all the classrooms with new tables and chairs as well as putting money into further improving the outdoor play areas”. Medstead School will be hosting a number of open days for new and prospective pupils and their parents to look round the school, these are taking place on Tuesday 4th October 7-8pm, Tuesday 18th October 1.30-3pm, Thursday 10th November 7-8pm and Tuesday 22nd November 1.30-3pm. 24

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Alresford Town Council Reports LOCAL PLAN UPDATE A series of Master Planning meetings has been held to consider what a masterplan for The Dean may include and the principles it should include. Under the Local Plan (LPP2) areas of The Dean are to be redeveloped to provide various types of housing, public open space, employment and parking. There are a number of challenges to be overcome in bringing this plan forward, not the least of which is the multiple ownership of the various proposed sites in The Dean, and the meetings will hopefully find ways to overcome these. While the entire site is of the utmost importance to the town it is the provision of a new car parking area, for between 50 and 100 vehicles, in the south eastern section of the site, i.e. nearest the Town Centre, that will be of particular interest to residents and the Town Council and we will continue to keep a close eye on proceedings and report back to you on developments. PEOPLE & PLACES TOWN BENCHMARKING REPORT Our Market Town manager Heidi Isa and the All Together Alresford Group are almost at the end of a long process to help us understand, measure, evaluate and ultimately improve our town centre. The report, to be made public soon, highlights key indicators of our Town’s performance against those of similar market towns. A number of towns have been able to use these Benchmarking reports to effect beneficial changes to their, for example, economic performance and traffic and parking management.

We await the final report with interest and would like to thank all involved for their hard work and commitment to the continued success of Alresford.

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SUN HILL OPEN SPACE SURVEY Thank you to all who took part in this survey. The results are in and based on this survey the Town Council will be writing to Winchester City Council’s Strategic Planning Office with recommendations for uses on the Open Space and to investigate ways to ensure funds are both made available and secured for these uses.

Highlights from the survey: Overall 359 valid responses were received. The vast majority were received online. We asked 11 questions about the types of uses you would like to see and these are the levels of responses, ranked by most popular to least popular: Amenity Grassland Wild Play Area Wildlife Friendly Zone New Community Building Community Orchard Bike Trail Allotments Dog Free Zones Running Track New Parish Burial Ground Parking Area

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For a copy of the report please contact the Town Clerk for an electronic copy. Paper copies will also be available from the Town Offices if required. SUN HILL REC. GOALPOSTS Thanks to the generosity of Alresford Town Football Club, two football goals will soon be installed at Sun Hill Recreation Ground.The goals should reduce the traditional use of jumpers for goalposts and subsequently, it’s hoped, the volume of jumpers and hoodies in the lost property. GRANTS The Town Council is pleased to have voted to approve grants to the Alresford Children’s

Christmas Tree Fund of £950 and £350 to the Giles Group. REMINDERS Allotments: We would remind all allotment plot holders that they are required to maintain their plots, in accordance with the rules, in a reasonable state of cultivation. Given the long waiting list for an allotment those who do not maintain their plots will, after a warning, have their lease terminated.

Lost Property: Various items of lost property have been handed in to the town council are kept in the Council Offices at the Alresford Recreation Centre. If unclaimed by the end of the year they will be donated to or sold for charity. For more information, please contact the office using the details below. JAZZ AT THE ARC The 1st Wednesday of each month sees popular live Jazz performances at the ARC. All are welcome. Tickets on the door. UPCOMING MEETINGS Tuesday 1st November Planning - Town Offices 4pm Thursday 3rd November Finance - Town Offices 7.30pm Wednesday 16th November Recreation - Town Offices 7.30pm Tuesday 29th November Town Council - Town Offices 7.30pm Tuesday 6th December Planning (if required) Town Offices 4pm

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 and times can be found on the NATC website and posted on public notice boards in the town. Details also available from the Council offices at the Alresford Recreation Centre.

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CONTACT US We are always keen to hear from residents. You can get in touch by calling 01962 732 079 or by writing to us at New Alresford Town Council, Town Offices, Alresford Recreation Centre, The Avenue, Alresford SO24 9EP or by email to skavanagh@newalresfordtc.org.uk You can find us on Facebook and online at www.newalresfordtc.org. uk


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he Alresford Rotary Information Evening will be held on 23rd November from 6.00pm to 8.00pm at Home Instead, Construct House, Winchester Road, Alresford SO24 9EZ Ever wondered what Rotary does? How we raise money, how we spend it or how we get involved in worldwide projects like helping to eradicate polio ? If you’d like to find out more about what we do please come along to an informal information evening where we’ll tell you a bit more about us and how we raise and spend money over a glass of wine and some nibbles. We hope you can make it and look forward to seeing you. If you have any questions please call Steve Gapper on: 01962 736681

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he Green Paper on Education is open for consultation until the 12th December seeking your views on four subjects. They are:- single-faith Faith schools, how the Independent Sector could justify its charity status, how Universities could raise tuition fees further if they sponsor schools, and whether to offer Grammar schools (and I presume Secondary Moderns?) across the country. Please go to www. gov.uk and search ‘Schools that work for everyone’ to give your views. I have a limited number of these ‘Slow Down’ stickers for your bin if you’d like one. Please contact me direct. Huge thanks to those residents and businesses who organised coffee mornings both large and smaller which raised lots of money for Macmillan Care-and to those who went along and spent money! Local activities raising money for worthwhile causes ranges from eating cakes to running marathons this month! At the Rotary Clarendon Marathon, over 1000 runners were inspired to run either the whole 26 miles, as a full or half marathon or as a relay, with 250 volunteers on the day. I’d like to thank Hampshire County Council and SSE who supplied us with barriers, cones and road signs, and Sparsholt College students who helped HCC to clear paths of overhanging branches before the event.

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irectory of services for 2017 (The Alresford Diary) As with last year we offered our members & other local businesses the opportunity to advertise within our publication, which we print every year which is available locally, free of charge to members of the public. If you would like to advertise within it this year, these are the prices; 79 x 50 mm advert @ £15 97 x 140 mm (Quarter page) @ £50 198 x 140mm (Half page) @ £90 198 x 285mm (Full page) @ £200 For further information please contact Liz on info@ alresfordchamber.co.uk Christmas Trees Once again we are delighted to be teaming up with The Alresford Pigs who will light up our lovely town centre this Christmas. Work has already begun, with trees ordered, sales teams prepared and PAT testing complete! All that now needs to be done is for more businesses and more homes than ever to

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Did you ‘Go Sober in October’? It’s too late now but perhaps worth putting in our diaries for next year! Keep Me Posted campaign When my Mother died suddenly in the summer, I was so glad that she had kept her records on paper. Although she had a ‘computer tablet’ which she adored, keeping financial records on paper has made sorting out her affairs much easier, and it reminded me of the campaign ‘Keep Me Posted’ which now has EU-wide support.You can find out more about the campaign by writing to ‘Keep Me Posted’, PO Box 72064, LONDON, EC4P 4DZ or going to www.keepmeposteduk.com The campaign’s goals are to ensure that all consumers are given the choice in how they receive their bills and statements by major organisations, and that customers do not face a financial penalty as a result of choosing to receive paper bills or statements. I was interested to attend the AGM of the West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Trust. We had a discussion about the challenge of the NHS’s Strategic Transformation Plan.You will hear more about the STP which is set to make dramatic changes to health care and hospitals in the future. I was pleased to hear that WestHantsCCG is putting a special emphasis on child mental health. Tragically, in the same week I was approached by three mothers seeking help for their children. We must do something about this NOW! Finally- if you need a small grant for your organisation, please consider applying for a slice of my County Devolved Budget. This grant offer varies enormously from defibrillator support to starting a new Morris dancing group! If you have an idea- please discuss it with me before you apply. Contact me, your County Councillor Jackie Porter on Jackie@ jackieporter.co.uk, by text on 07973 696 085, or by post The Down House, Itchen Abbas, Winchester SO21 1AX, by telephone 01962 791054 or twitter @JackieLibDem

place your orders! Let's make it the brightest and most colourful Christmas ever! Thank you in advance for everyone's support with this fabulous venture. For further information or to place your order please visit www.alresfordpigs.org/christmastrees or call the Pigs Christmas Tree Hotline: 01962 659452. Save The Date Christmas Chamber Do Who: The Swan Hotel When: Thursday 1st December @ 6pm Where: 11 West St, Alresford £10 per head to include a drink & festive fayre. Numbers of guests attending & monies need to be received by the Chamber Secretary no later than Friday 25th November – We will not be accepting money on the night. Please email: info@ alresfordchamber.co.uk or call 07769722985 Halloween half term fun Thank you to Heidi Isa the Market Town Development Officer who organised a fantastic ghost hunt round the town during the October half term. Collated & Written by Liz Brown – Chamber Secretary


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onty Don would be proud! We’ve managed to turn our garden clippings and kitchen peelings into crumbly, cocoacoloured compost. I start to give the bin a vigorous stir with a handy stick, turning over the wilted salad leaves, tea bags and coffee grounds I’ve just added. It smells earthy and wholesome, and the stuff in the middle seems warmer than the outer edges. It’s just the sort of place where a canny creature might hibernate. I stop prodding, worried that I might accidentally bash some unsuspecting resident. A cosy leaf pile or compost heap might be just the spot a slow worm would choose to spend the winter, and I’d hate to injure one. I’ve seen one slither through the long grass in our meadow, but the last time I saw a slow worm wasn’t in the garden, but in Alresford station car park. It was midmorning in early July, with shoppers passing through and a Mid-Hants Railway engine steaming noisily behind me. An elderly couple stood by the Pay and Display machine, bending to inspect what looked like a bit of old rubber tube on the ground. “I think it’s a snake”, the man said, leaning closer. “Don’t get too close, it might bite!” his wife warned. They hurried off to the Watercress Line, leaving the ‘snake’ to sunbathe on the warm tarmac, where it was in real danger of being run over by an unsuspecting motorist. I crouched down to stare at the sun-worshipper. It stared back, unperturbed.Then it blinked. “So you’ve got eyelids,” I muttered. “I suppose that means you’re a slow worm.” The slow worm blinked again in agreement, and flicked its little tongue. It had an endearing face, with no neck to speak of, and its body looked polished in the sunlight. Only about 30 - 40cm long, with sleek grey/brown skin, the slow worm is a reptile, a leg-less lizard, in fact. It controls its body temperature by warming up in the sun, then retreating to the shade to avoid overheating (like Brits on holiday, but without the Ambre Solaire or the cocktails). It’s unlikely to bite you, although its hinged jaws are quite capable of

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tackling an earthworm or a snail, and it’s particularly partial to those irritating little slugs which have plagued our vegetable patch this year.Tempting as it was, I didn’t bring it home in my hand-bag. A car park might seem a strange habitat, and seeing one in such an exposed place is certainly rare, but slow worms can be found on waste land and railway embankments, as well as meadows and woodland. I’m told that they’ve been seen in the grounds of St John’s Church in Alresford, and churchyards are valued as havens for wildlife in an urban setting. Hampshire County Council lists no less than 3700 Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINCs), which make up around 9% of the county’s land area.These include copses and ponds, golf courses and heathland, and exist in addition to the perhaps more familiar Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs).Together these places contribute to Hampshire’s Biodiversity Plan, and help wildlife to coexist with humans. So what about my slow worm in the station car park? Before I could relocate it to a safer spot, my shadow must have spooked it, and it wriggled off (at some speed!) towards the shelter of a box hedge. Back at the compost bin, I secure the cover to keep the rain out and the warmth in. It’s the end of October and slow worms will be bedding down for the winter. Perhaps not in the compost, but possibly in an abandoned log pile or among the windblown leaves under the shed. It needs a place where it will be safe from badgers, pheasants and their biggest enemy, the domestic cat (although Charlie, our tabby is so well-fed and lazy, he’s unlikely to bother with a slow worm unless it’s served with gravy). If it does fall foul of a predator, the slow worm at least has a chance to escape by shedding its tail.They are appealing creatures, and wonderful for pest control, so I’m glad to know that they are protected. Even building giant, Taylor Wimpey, was obliged to give way to the slow worm. In 2014 they relocated 350 slow worms to Lynchmere Common so that they could build Maple Park in Liphook. Slow worms have been known to live in the wild for up to 20 years (one at Copenhagen Zoo was still going strong at 50!), so hopefully we will see them in Hampshire for many years to come. Written by Claire Thurlow


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O Dog training classes At Bishops Sutton Village Hall. Monday afternoons and Thursday evenings. Professional and friendly instruction with suitable classes for all levels and breeds from puppies to rehomed adult dogs and of course long standing family pets. One to one training also available at Medstead. To book or find out more contact Janet Gray 01420 562869 www. janetgraydogtraining.couk

O Senior Citizens Hour Meetings are held each Wednesday at 14:30 at New Farm Chapel. Meetings are informal and consist of quizzes, talks, craft and refreshments. New members are always welcome. Contact: Mrs Jill Hardiman, 6 Mallard Close, Alresford.Tel: 01962 733765

O Ropley Bowling Club Welcomes players of all abilities and experience.We are a small club only playing friendly matches with other clubs from April to September. Located in the old village of Ropley at the recreation ground behind the village hall, the club is set in a lovely area, plus there is plenty of free parking. Come and try a roll up without obligation and see whether you will enjoy this gentle form of exercise. Equipment is available. Come and have a go. For more information contact secretary Gill Moore: 01420 563139, gillianfmoore@yahoo.co.uk

O Learn To Play Bridge Learn to play the best card game in the world. It improves memory, is a lovely way to meet people and great fun. A gentle introduction for beginners and individual / group sessions for improvers, by an English Bridge Union qualified teacher. Lessons held at both Winchester Bridge Club and in Alresford. Enquiries to Margaret Blewett on 01962 734797 or email: bridgewisembl@gmail.com.

 Royal Air Forces Association Were you, or are you, in the Royal Air Force? The Alresford and District branch of the R.A.F.A. meet at the Swan Hotel, Alresford on the first Thursday of each month, at 8:00 p.m. New members always welcome. Derek Sweetenham (Chairman) 01962 733559, or Brian Gabriel (Secretary) 01962 734482  Alresford Royal Naval Association Second Tuesday each month at 7.30pm in the Swan Hotel, Alresford. Membership is open to all members and ex-members of the Naval Service, and also to anyone who supports the Naval Service. Mess Nights combine some formal business with time to chat and socialise. For more information please contact Mike Edwards-Labelle (Secretary) Tel 01489 877162 or e-mail DrakkarCowes@ aol.com O Alresford Twinning Association Would you like to be involved in developing relationships with our Twin Town in Bricquebec, Normandy, or just join us for a wide range of social activities through the year. Contact Jean: 01962 733131 jahalresford-twinning@yahoo.co.uk O The Royal British Legion To become a member please contact our sub-branch in Eastleigh. www.britishlegion.org.uk/branches/ eastleigh

SENIOR CITIZENS O Alresford Day Care Centre Chiltern Court, Beech Road Tuesday and Thursday. Run by a professional and volunteer team. A sociable and enjoyable day out for the housebound elderly. Gives carers a break.Transport and lunch provided.

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O Alresford Senior Citizens Lunch Club At the Methodist Hall – Alresford Do you have some free time? Would you like to help elderly people in your local community? Volunteer helpers, men or women, are urgently needed to join our friendly team to set up tables, serve and clear/ wash up (fast dishwasher), after a 2 course lunch for the elderly ladies and gentlemen of Alresford every Thursday in the month starting at 11.00, or can you collect the money before the meal? Come along and see what we do.The ladies and gents are a very cheerful bunch and have many stories to tell. If you can spare 2/3 hours whenever possible on a Thursday morning please Contact: Liz Garton: 01962 733125 or Elaine Secluna: 01962 733192 O Saturday Evening Bridge Join us for Duplicate Bridge; we are a small friendly club playing in Makins Court. No partner required - any standard of play. Contact Margot Power, 01962 734167 or Ron Turner 01420 543187.

SPORTS CLUBS O ACA Badminton Club Friendly club seeks new members, plays on a Monday evening 7.3010.00pm at Alresford Community Centre. All levels welcome. Call Clive Earthy: 01962 733812 or Caroline Lowman: 01962 733155 O Alresford Badminton Club We are a friendly club that caters for all abilities up to local league standard and all ages from 14yrs and up. Membership is available, or just turn up to play and pay on Wednesday evenings at Perins Sports Hall from 19.00 hrs. Come and give us a try, your first visit is free, we look forward to seeing you. Contact: Ralph Pointer 01962 734833 or ralph.judyp@tiscali.co.uk www.alresfordbadminton.co.uk O Alresford Bowling Club Sun Lane - Our season is from April to September and we meet for roll-ups on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10.00 - 12 noon and Thursday evenings from 6.00 -8.00p.m. Lawn bowls is a great game, not just for the retired but for adults of all ages and we can provide bowls for you to have a go. Further information from Barry Morgan (club secretary) 01962

O Alresford Golf Club The Secretary, Cheriton Road, Tichborne Down, Alresford. Tel: 01962 733746. secretary @alresfordgolf.co.uk www.alresfordgolf.co.uk O Alresford Netball Club Meets on Thursdays at Perins School, 6pm - 7.30pm on the tennis courts. New members welcome. First session free, thereafter £10 per month. Opportunity to affiliate and play in local leagues should you wish to. Or just come for training sessions, to get fit and meet new friends. Donna: 01420 561755 or 07860 931150 donnabirtles@fsmail.net O Alresford Rugby Football Club Tuesday evenings at 6.30 for 7pm start – newcomers welcome. Minis sessions are held on the rugby pitches at Arlebury Park, every Sunday at 10am (during term time). Seniors’ Head Coach: 07964 423001. Minis contact: alresfordminisrugby@ gmail.com or visit www.alresfordrfc. co.uk O Alresford Tennis Club Howard Lewis: 01962 733818

O Cheriton Tennis Club Coaching with Mike Aggiss. Adult, junior and mini courses including Cardio Tennis. Ladies Tennis Morning with Mike on Thursdays 9.30-10.30am. Pay and play session open to members (£4) and non members(£5.50). Enquiries to Donna at Don Perrin Tennis: 07928 855175. www. cheritontennisclub.co.uk O Children’s Judo Club Lance Wicks - Telephone: 07787 565233 Email: lw@judocoach.com O Cyclists’Touring Club South Hampshire. Easy rides, day rides, social events and more! Tel: 01962 864479 www.southhampshirectc.org.uk O Judo Club Perins School on Monday nights. From 7-8pm - Year 3 to year 6 children. From 8-9pm – Year 7+ children. Contact: Steve Fullick, 10 Perins Close, Alresford Tel: 01962 732883 O Old Alresford Cricket Club Home pitch - Upton Park Farm, Old Alresford. New Players welcomed at any time. John Stanbrook: 01962 733612 or Mike Armitage: 07878008853 Tel: 01420 568135 act4health@hotmail.com O Practical Wing Chun Classes Adult self-defence classes Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7pm - 8:30pm in The Studio on The Dean, Alresford. Additional classes in Winchester. Contact Gary: 07986 298283 or see www.uctuk.co.uk O Ropley Tennis Club Located at rear of Ropley playing field. New members welcome. Coaching sessions throughout week for all levels www.ropleytennis.org.uk O Tai Chi Beginners' class on Thursdays 2-3 pm at the Christy Hall, Old Alresford. Suitable for all ages, no floorwork. £6 a class. Call: 02380 651223 or email taichienquiries@gmail.com O Tichborne Park Cricket Club 14 Benenden Green, Alresford, SO24 9PF. Contact: Andy Joyce Tel: 01962 734316 andypjoyce@ hotmail.com

O Alresford Yacht Club We welcome all interested in boats and boating, newcomers or old hands, boat-owners or not. Our 2016/17 season has a programme of speakers to suit everyone.We meet at 7.30pm on the 3rd Monday of each month from September to April at the Alresford Recreation Centre. New members and visitors welcome. Contact Valerie: 01962 808827 valeriej.powell@tiscali.co.uk

O Fitique Run Club

O Chawton Park Indoor Bowls Club Six rinks available throughout the year. Information from Centre Manager. Chawton Park Road, Alton. Tel: 01420 541546

O Fitique Women’s Cycle Club

O Cheriton Cricket Club Are you interested in playing Sunday afternoon friendly cricket? Contact Nick: 07931 456214 info@cheritoncc.com www.cheritoncc.com

Fitique, Broad street. Thursday Evenings 6.30pm - 7.30pm. Fun and friendly beginners run club for all ages & abilities. Run leader: Melissa Panter (Qualified Run England Leader). For more information please contact: Melissa (07708) 532210 / sales@fitique.co.uk Facebook page: Fitique Run Club

Fitique, Broad street.Wednesday evenings 5.30pm - 7.00pm. Easy road rides around Alresford and surrounding villages. For more information please contact:Victoria (01962) 733154 victoria@fitique.co.uk


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HOW DO I GET MY PET TO LOSE WEIGHT?

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ccording to a study carried out by the PDSA, around 1 in 3 dogs and 1 in 4 cats are currently overweight! Obesity can cause many long-term medical conditions that can significantly reduce your pet’s quality of life as well as shorten their lifespan. Some of these medical complaints include heart conditions, diabetes, joint problems, increased blood pressure, difficulty breathing, exercise intolerance as well as putting them at a much higher risk during any general anaesthetics. Obesity can occasionally be caused by underlying medical conditions that have so far gone unnoticed. A couple of these include both hypothyroidism and cushings disease. However the majority of the time it is just due to their lifestyle. Weight loss doesn’t always require a huge upheaval in your pets normal routine, it can usually be achieved with a few simple lifestyle changes. Firstly, reducing your pet’s daily calorie intake can make a huge difference. Many owners are unaware that they are significantly over feeding their pets so reducing titbits, and daily rations can have a big impact. Most complete diets have a

daily intake guideline on the packet relating to your pets weight, which is a good place to start in relation to cutting down your dog’s food. However, if your pet is already overweight, you should feed them for the target weight instead of their current weight. Exercise plays a large part in achieving weight loss. For dogs this can start as a short walk and as they lose weight and their fitness levels improve it can be increased. Cats are sometimes harder to encourage exercise. Games that include food are often best in these cases so scatter feeding with dry food can work as you are making them move around to get their meal. Of course everyone likes to give their pets treats so taking food out of their daily allowance is a good way to go about this without overfeeding. Healthy snacks such as carrot sticks can also be given without adding heavily to their calorie allowance. The main thing to remember with weight loss is that it doesn’t happen overnight and the one thing that is always required is patience! If you think your pet is overweight, speak to your vet today for more tips and handy hints to achieve your pets weight loss goal. Written by Laura Smith RVN & Emily Binfield RVN Cedar Veterinary Group www.cedarvet.com Alton: 01420 82163 Alresford: 01962 732535 Four Marks: 01420 562048

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Farm Services Following Our Recent Re-Fit Please join us for our

A family business supplying agricultural and forestry services for over 25 years All agricultural work undertaken • equestrian maintenance • Ploughing • field cultivation • Hedge cutting • Forestry • spraying specialist • fencing • topping • wood thining • Tree Felling & branch lopping

Load of logs - £70 per truck load Tel: 01962 735452 / Mob: 07880 527049 www.appletonfarmservices.co.uk

Grand Re-Opening on

Saturday 19th November Between 10:00 and 4:00

Exciting New Ranges From Orla Kiely Linda MacDonald Reeves & Reeves Rotary Watches Dalvey & New Additions to our Pre-Owned Jewellery Collection

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Appleton

40a West Street, Alresford, Hants Tel: 01962 732200 www.dbarkerandson.co.uk

Alrebury Park ARC BAR FIXED LEASE

5 Year Fixed term Lease £10,000 pa. Exclusive New Alresford Town Council are inviting contact from interested parties with reference to a Fixed Term Lease agreement for the ARC Bar. The ARC Bar is located in part of the first floor premises of the Council building, in The Avenue, Alresford, Hampshire. Operating as a going concern, this premises offers traditional Bar sales, including bar, function room, cellar, kitchen, staff room, access corridor, bar office. The Bar area is 800 sq ft approx with a large Meeting/ Event Room of 1700sq ft approx. The Current Rateable Value of the ARC Bar is £9000pa.

Tenant Evaluation Criteria Leaseholders have held a personal licence for at least 5 years. Minimum of 3 years’ experience within the last 5 years of pub on sales trade management. Leaseholders to provide evidence of current food and hygiene certification. Interested Parties are to contact Stevie Kavanagh at SKavanagh@newalresfordtc.org.uk or in writing to Stevie Kavanagh, New Alresford Town Council, Arlebury Park Office, The Avenue, Alresford, SO24 9EP.

Closing date for contact: 10th January 2017

N F INE ART AUCTIO NEERS & VALUERS

ASIAN CERAMICS & WORKS OF ART AUCTION Saturday 5th November Commencing 11am

MONTHLY ANTIQUES & INTERIORS AUCTION Saturday 12 November Commencing 10am

Illustrated catalogues available to view online at www.the-saleroom.com www.andrewsmithandson.com Enquiries: t:01962 735988 e:auctions@andrewsmithandson.com THE AUCTION ROOMS, MANOR FARM, ITCHEN STOKE, ALRESFORD SO24 0QT

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Lavenders

JoJo Inspired

Black and White Paul Smith Dress 35 West Street, Alresford, SO24 9AB Tel: 01962 733277 | www.modarosa.co.uk

Lavenders Xmas shopping evening, glass of bubbly and 10% off all shopping, Wednesday 9th November (6 - 8pm) Tel: 01962 733 894 | www.lavenders-alresford.com

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Keep warm with Eribe mittens. Knitted in Scotland with super fine, soft lambswool to keep your hands extra cosy Tel: 01962 734221 | www.alresfordlinen.co.uk

Cast metal family figures - £65 For all your Christmas gifts 29 West Street, Alresford, SO24 9AB Tel: 01962 736311 | www.interiorstyle.biz

Bobux Whirl boot from £45 11 East Street, Alresford, SO24 9EQ Tel: 01962 733926 | www.billygoatshoes.co.uk

Gentle Balance

Alresford Beauty

Jasmine China Hire

Reflexology - relax, rebalance and rejuvenate. Gift vouchers available. Tel: 01420 561374 | www.gentle-balance.co.uk

Naturally European - Candles, room diffusers, envelope sachets, lip balms, hand creams in a range of six fragrances Tel: 01962 735553 | www.alresfordbeauty.co.uk

Christmas/New Year party? We offer an extensive range of China, Cutlery, Glassware, Linen & more for hire Tel: 07836 745603 | www.jasminechinahire.co.uk

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Delilah Boutique

D.Barker & Son

Get cracking and conquer your Christmas list! 43A West Street, Alresford, SO24 9AB Tel: 01962 736162 | www.roxtons.co.uk

A selection of knitwear available 34 West Street, Alresford, SO24 9AU Tel: 01962 738470 | Delilah Boutique

Sedan Clock & Stand by Dalvey of Scotland - £105 40A West Street, Alresford, SO24 9AU Tel: 01962 732200 | www.dbarkerandson.co.uk

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Ragamuffin

Keep yourself warm and stylish with a gorgeous leather jacket. Flattering fit, buttery soft leather and beautiful fur hood Tel: 01962 733242 | www.42weststreet.co.uk

Asian Ceramics & Works of Art - Sat 5 Nov, Monthly Antiques & Interiors Auction - Saturday 12 Nov - Commencing 10am Tel: 01962 735988 | www.andrewsmithandson.com

Super soft Knitted dress with fully lined skirt by Wedoble from NB–12m - £34.95 Tel: 01962 734488 | www.ragamuffin-uk.com

Lavenders

More by Design

Design Realities

PomPom beanie and hand warmers. £24.50 & £19.50. Come in 3 colours. 19 Broad Street, Alresford, SO24 9AR Tel: 01962 733 894 | www.lavenders-alresford.com

Mugs available in various designs, Birds, Alresford (East Street) and Alresford (Morris Minor) - £12 each Tel: 01962 734504 | www.morebydesign.com

Luxury festive fragrances for your home this Christmas Candles and Diffusers from £12.50 Tel: 01962 732507 | www.design-realities.co.uk

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A MODERN TELLING OF THE CHRISTMAS STORY

Itchen Valley Choral Society present

A Light in the Stable by Alan Bullard

Music, light buffet and drink all for £10 Tickets at the door Wednesday 14th December at 7.45pm Itchen Abbas Village Hall! COME AND JOIN US!

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Fireworks Friday 4th November At Alrebury Park, Alresford

TRADITIONAL TORCH LIT PROCESSION Start Time - Top of Broad Street - 7pm Bonfire & Fireworks - 7.45pm Guys made by local children Professional Fireworks Display Refreshments On the 4th Before 4th ADULTS £8.00 ADULTS £6.00 CHILDREN £5.00 CHILDREN £3.00 Tickets available from Six West, Alresford Supporting Local and Rotary Charities Charity No. 1014447

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The Dixie Ticklers

Rotary Club of Alresford

Brockwood Concert Series Nov 5th, 8pm Combining their love of early jazz with a modern aesthetic The Dixie Ticklers fearlessly improvise and innovate in a captivating and exciting live show that has built the band a fierce reputation within the jazz, blues and acoustic scene. There is a recommended donation of £10 per person to help cover costs with any excess going to the School Music Fund. Refreshments will be available. To reserve a seat please email: admin@ brockwood.org.uk or call 01962 771 744 Brockwood Park School, Bramdean, SO24 0LQ

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Food & Drink

NEW FOREST FOOD AND DRINK FESTIVAL

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week-long celebration of food and drink ending on the 6th November from this stunning corner of the British Isles. Spectacular through every season, the forest in autumn is unique. A riot of russets, golds and a rich, extraordinary autumnal larder.

Celebrate with us this Christmas! Pay in full before 1st November and save 10% on your food bill*

Come and relax at The Bush Inn, Ovington and let us do all the hard work to make your Christmas meal an enjoyable event. Our Celebration Menu is available throughout November and December at £19.95 for 2 courses or £24.95 for 3 courses (excluding Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve).

On Christmas Day, we will be open for drinks and lunch bookings only between 12 noon & 4pm – book now to enjoy a delicious 4 course Christmas Lunch; Adults £69.95 per person and children (under 12yrs) are half price. The week will see a programme of culinary events, produce, tastes, dishes and activities for every foodie. Whether you live locally, want to visit for lunch, a day, a short break or a whole week of forest feasting, a warm welcome is awaiting you at the New Forest Food & Drink Festival. Twelve amazing ‘Main Course’ headline events are now in place. The likes of Chewton Glen, The Beaulieu Hotel, The Drift Inn, The Master Builder’s, Lime Wood, Rhinefield House, The White Buck, Balmer Lawn, Burley Manor, Montagu Arms, The New Forest Inn, Careys Manor and The Bell Inn will be participating in the festival. A Festival Food & Drink Produce Market will be held on Sunday 6th November at Brockenhurst College and will feature skills workshops and showcase the forest’s farmers, producers and local ingredients. For more information on the New Forest Food Festival visit: www.thenewforest.co.uk/newforestfoodfest

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We look forward to helping you celebrate this festive season,

- Mark , Kay and the Team *Terms & conditions apply – see our website for details

For further details and to make your booking call us now on: 01962 732764 or email: bushinn@wadworth.co.uk www.facebook.com/bushinnovington www.twitter.com/thebushinnuk

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Owton’s award winning family butchers offer quality fresh meat, locally sourced food & outstanding value straight from your local farm

Where to find us Owton’s Chalcroft Farm Burnetts Lane, West End, Southampton, SO30 2HU Tel: 02380 601154 shop@owtons.com

Owton’s at Kimbridge

Our Christmas hampers are terrific value at only £74.99* and tailored to meet all your family needs but note that we wont do the washing up!

Kimbridge Farm Shop Near Romsey, SO51 0LE Tel: 01794 341681 kimbridge@owtons.com

What you get with an Owton’s Christmas Hamper:

Owton’s at Garsons

• 1.9kg NZ Leg Of Lamb (Feeds up to 8) • 1.8kg Beef Roasting Joint (Feeds up to 10) • 1.8Kg Gammon Joint (Feeds up to 10) • 1.8Kg Leg Of Pork (Feeds up to 10) • 454g Owtons Pork Sausagemeat • 454g Owtons Pork Chipolatas • 454g Green Streaky • FREE 2.25kg Boneless Turkey Breast Roll*

Fontley Road, Titchfield, PO15 6QX Tel: 01329 854895 garsons@owtons.com

This excellent meat hamper comes frozen. Get a £5 voucher to spend in January or February if you collect your hamper in October or November. *You can replace the free Boneless Turkey Breast Roll with a 4.6kg Turkey for £79.99

Owton’s at Country Market Kingsley, Bordon, Hampshire, GU35 0QP Tel: 01420 5450902 countrymarket@owtons.com

Owton’s at Rosebourne Rosebourne Garden Centre, Amesbury Road, Weyhill, Andover, SP11 8ED Tel: 01264 774888 Rosebourne@owtons.com #OwtonsButchers

See all our latest news, offers and events at: www.owtons.com


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New Look Alresford PizzaExpress is right on track...

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izzaExpress is celebrating the launch of its exciting new look restaurant in Alresford. The popular, family friendly restaurant in Broad Street has been totally transformed and features new artwork based on Mid Hants Railway’s famous “Watercress Line”.

Each PizzaExpress restaurant is individually designed – often using well known places, people or historical events from the area as a basis. Alresford Station is on the Watercress Line, which used to transport the locally grown plants to Covent Garden. Inspired by the railway’s history, posters in the restaurant portray steam trains and details of their design form the basis for graphic abstracts.

team who are looking forward to welcoming everyone over a delicious pizza.” The transformation coincides with the launch of a new autumn menu which includes a Basilicata Romana lamb meatball pizza and the welcome return of the Rustichella Romana pizza, as well as the vegetarian Al Forno Cannelloni. New on the dessert menu is a rich and intense warm Chocolate Fondant. For younger pizza-lovers, the Piccolo menu is full of tasty choices including ‘Create Your Own’ pizza, and starts at just £3.95. And for budding chefs looking to celebrate a birthday, a Pizza Making Party will see them transformed into pizzaiolos so they can stretch, toss and top their own pizza and play party games before sitting down to enjoy their culinary creations. For more details visit www.pizzaexpress.com

The Alresford transformation is on track with the recent refurbishment of PizzaExpress in Alton, further along the Watercress Line, where different artwork pays tribute to the railway. At Alresford there are two new bars, feature chairs, settles and light fittings. Customers can enjoy the new garden area with festoon lighting and heaters. And the coach entrance has been improved with new tables, chairs and plants.

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PizzaExpress has been dishing up fresh, handmade pizza to Alresford since 2002. Manager, Jessica Sant, said, “We love our restaurant’s new look and have a friendly and enthusiastic

From 26 October - 30 November you can enjoy 30% off your food bill all day Monday - Thursday and after 5pm on Sunday. Simply hand this voucher to your waiter when asking for the bill (Exclusive to Forum readers)


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HILTONBURY JERSEYS EST 1947

FRESH RAW JERSEY

MILK for sale at:

UPLANDS FARM,

Winchester Street, Botley, SO30 2AA

Taste the quality of our raw milk... Cream now in stock Milk Machine now installed - Bottle your own milk Purchase fresh milk from the farm One or two litre bottles available

Open Daily: 7am - 7pm

Support your Local Dairy Farm Follow Hiltonbury Jerseys on Facebook

Contact Oliver or Julie on: 07977 933470 hiltonbury_jerseys@btinternet.com www.hiltonburyjerseys.co.uk

PROFESSIONAL MIXOLOGIST NICK GRANT ALRESFORD HAMPSHIRE

IN THE

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Nick Grant is an EBS trained mixologist and director of 'In The Mix' and offers a bespoke cocktail service for private parties and corporate events. T: 01962 734978 M: 07787 654561 NICK@INTHEMIX COCKTAILS.CO.UK

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Join us at The Bush Inn, Ovington for some truly wonderful events during November

British Sausage Week October 31st - November 6th

Enjoy a delicious selection of great British bangers such as Cumberland; Wild boar, apple & sage; pork, black pudding & cider plus more and served in a variety of ways all week!

Taste of Winter Menu November 1st - November 30th

Our talented team of chefs have created a superb ‘Taste of Winter’ menu – a 7 course tasting menu available every evening from 6pm, Monday - Saturday. At only £35.00 per person.

British Game Week

November 21st - November 30th

British Game week – enjoy a selection of stunning game specials all week to celebrate the best of British Game.

St Andrew’s Day November 30th

Celebrate St Andrew’s day by enjoying a fabulous Scottish themed 4 course menu plus a ‘wee dram’ – bookings only from 6pm onwards for only £29.95 per person

Eighth page placements: £51 Quarter page placements: £88 Half page placements: £166

To view all our events and special menus, go to www.thebushinn.co.uk/events

Discounts are available on 3, 6 and 12 month bookings. For more information email: stevewalker@forumpublications.co.uk

www.facebook.com/bushinnovington www.twitter.com/thebushinnuk

For further details call: 01962 732764 or email: bushinn@wadworth.co.uk

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Tel: 01962 732302 www.swanhotelalresford.com swanhotel@btinternet.com

The Swan Hotel

Christmas Festivities

W E L O O K F O RWA R D TO W E L C O M I N G YO U T H I S F E S T I V E S E A S O N Christmas Parties We have delicious Christmas menus from £19.00 per person for private parties, large or small, which can be held in one of our stunning function rooms – The traditional Dining Room, Watercress Room or our hidden secret The Undercroft. Christmas Day Enjoy this most special lunch of the year with your family in our festive surroundings. Our chefs

have created a special seasonal menu. We have a selection of beautiful starters, traditional and less traditional main courses and a tasty choice of desserts.There are mince pies too, of course. Adults: £69.95, Children under 12: £25.00 Boxing Day Open as normal for lunch.A Family party from 5pm with a delicious light Buffet with music by Steve Carroll and Megan Rhodes. £10.00 per head. Children under 10 Free

New Year’s Eve Party Packages with Soundzulike Disco. Entry to Party and light buffet: £10.00 per person. If you would like to include a 3 Course Dinner: £45.00 per person. If you would like to include accommodation, breakfast and 3 course dinner:£200.00 per couple. For more information or to book a table please visit: www.swanhotelalresford.com, get in touch via email: swanhotel@btinternet.com, or call: 01962 732302

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Case Deals - Special Offers - Quality Wines Once again those fine people at Jaga Designs are opening up their whole showroom so we can showcase our Christmas Wines. The now familiar Whites & Fizz plus Spirits rooms downstairs are just as popular as the Red room upstairs. And this year we will have even more wines to show. Where else can you see such a range of wines for free?

CHRISTMAS WINE TASTING Saturday 26th November

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Culture

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n aid of the four churches in Itchen Valley Parish. At Itchen Abbas and Avington Village Hall, SO21 1BQ from 7.00pm for a complimentary glass of wine and canapés. Lectures will be an hour, starting at 7.45pm.

THE WORLD IN CONFLICT – JOHN ANDREWS Thursday 26 January 2017 John Andrews (author, journalist and former Foreign Correspondent of The Economist) John Andrews will analyse, region by region, why global conflict is ever present in our lives, helping us to better understand the world’s trouble spots. Following on from the American Presidential election, he will consider the policy challenges for the new leader of the World’s superpower and why it matters to us.

Calendar TUESDAY 8 NOVEMBER Hampshire Writers' Society What Editors look for in a submission and how to make your novel stand out. Speaker: Clare Hey senior commissioning editor at Simon and Schuster. 7pm for Networking. 7.30pm for speaker. At the Stripe Building, University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester, SO22 4NR Cost: £5 non-members. Students free. www.hampshirewriterssociety.co.uk

SATURDAY 12 NOVEMBER Brahms Requiem Performance by the Cheriton Singers on 2016 with Soloists from the Royal Academy of Music. Conducted by Christopher Burton accompanied by the Fiocco Orchestra At St Michael’s & All Angels Church, Cheriton SO24 0PZ. At 7.30pm. Tickets £10 with under 16’s free. For more information contact www.cheritonsingers.com

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THE DUTCH GOLDEN AGE: MIRACLE OF THE 17TH CENTURY JOHN LANG Tuesday 15 November 2016 During the Dutch golden age in the 17th century people from the northern Netherlands came together to overcome a range of almost insurmountable challenges to become the world’s most enterprising and successful trading nation. Building on its considerable maritime skills it excelled in fields as diverse as science, medicine, industry and – most memorable of all – art, through its supremely talented artists such as Rembrandt and Vermeer.

A TALE OF TWO CITIES: OXFORD AND CAMBRIDGE – JOHN DAVIES Tuesday 28 February 2017 To the casual visitor Oxford and Cambridge have many similarities. They are both ancient and successful cities with flourishing universities dating from the Middle Ages, displaying some of the finest architecture in England. However the early monastic buildings of Oxford, built in the golden limestone of the Cotswolds, contrast dramatically with those of Cambridge, largely built in brick from rich East Anglian clay. Tickets are £15 from: martyrworthylectures@gmail.com or by phone to Liz Platt: 01962 779298, Gilly Greenwood: 01962 779540, Joanna Lang: 01962 734209 and Verity Coleman: 01962 882800

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Bramdean & Hinton Ampner Village Hall are proud to present “FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY” The Thomas Lord Old Gits’ Band on 7.30 for 8pm. Tickets £10 to include a Ploughmans Supper. Licensed Bar available. Contact Margaret at Bramdean Garage for Tickets – Tel 01962 771541

WEDNESDAY 23 TO SATURDAY 26 NOVEMBER Cheriton Players present Cash on Delivery, a farce by Michael Cooney At 7.30pm, Cheriton Village Hall Cheriton, SO24 0PZ (doors open 7.00pm) Tickets £10 all performances available at www.ticketsource.co.uk/ cheritonplayers or tel 0333 666 3366 (standard rates apply) More details from: www.thecheritonplayers.org.uk/ comingsoon

TUESDAY 29 NOV TO SATURDAY 3 DEC Babes in the wood with T.O.A.D.S Children have always been at the heart of The Old Alresford Dramatic Society’s (TOADS) annual pantomime and this year it’s literally true. The 31st Christmas performance is Babes in the Wood. TOADS invites you to come along and enjoy singing,... CONTINUED ON PAGE 60 >>


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nce again the elegant Guildhall in Winchester will be the venue for a stunning mixed media jewellery and silversmithing event from 11-13 November, where visitors can purchase direct from contemporary designer makers selected from the best in the UK. Desire offers visitors a choice of around 70 individual jewellers and silversmiths who have been selected for their superb and innovative craftsmanship and have a genuine passion for the work they

create. Visitors can see and purchase from an exciting range from both emerging British talent as well as more established designer makers. Comments from visitors to the event last year included “Excellent crafts people. Lovely displays. Really nice ambience.” and “Have been three times, always a good range of jewellery and silver, nice to find things you don’t see everywhere.” Exhibitors at Winchester include jewellers working in gold, silver,

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splattering, swirling and boogying onto stages across the UK. The tale of a young person who is given a paintbrush that magically brings paintings to life is given a zingy new energy by choreographer Darren Ellis, whose own dance company Darren Ellis Dance is known for collaborations with companies such as Richard Alston Dance as well children’s shows including Meeting Mr Boom! With a beatboxing-inspired soundtrack and video design accompanying four dancers, The Magic Paintbrush has been created for everyone aged 3+, and will be enjoyed by adults and children alike. Once upon a time in a grey, colourless world, someone is scribbling. As the young girl paints, her drawings appear on the surfaces of the theatre where they wiggle to life before magically floating out in 3D form. Can our imaginative young artist vanquish the mighty shadow

Opening times for this year’s event are 12.30pm – 7.30pm on Friday and 10 am – 5 pm Saturday and Sunday. Admission is £4.50. For further information contact the organisers on 01622 747 325 or visit the web site at www.desirefair.com. Venue: The Guildhall, Broadway, High Street, Winchester, SO23 9GH of greed? Inspired ancient and modern versions of the Chinese folktale and exploding with energy, surprises and giggles, this is The Magic Paintbrush as never before. Director Nathan Stickley said, “The Magic Paintbrush is a modern retelling of an old folk tale - a girl who is given a magic paintbrush brings joy and hope to a bleak world. We've created an imaginative production that keeps on inspiring both children and adults long after coming to see the show. Our audiences haven't stopped talking about the shows' magic and surprises.” Live Theatre Winchester, Jewry Street, Winchester SO23 8SB 11.30am and 2.30pm. Tickets£13 (£44 Family) www.theatreroyalwinchester.co.uk Tel: 01962 840440


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he Dali Lama called Jiddu Krishnamurti ‘ one of the greatest thinkers of the age’. Born in 1895 in Madanapalle, India, his thoughts on all aspects of the human condition were prolific throughout his life and drew the attention of many eminent physicists, scholars, artists and politicians and inspired many more. His thoughts are now published in books and CDs and supported by three archives containing thousands of primary resource materials here in the UK, India and America. He was awarded the 1984 UN Peace Medal and died at his home in California in 1986.

Yet perhaps it is strange that so little is known about Krishnamurti locally, despite the fact that his Brockwood Park School has been nestled in some forty acres of stunning Hampshire countryside near Bramdean since 1969. It has grown considerably with the addition of a home for the Foundation, the overarching charity, and a place of retreat and understanding that is the beautiful Krishnamurti Centre and more recently the opening of the Inwood Small School, for children from five to eleven years of age. According to Bill Taylor, who is the Development and Coordination Director for Brockwood Park and guide during my visit, Krishnamurti did not assume the role of guru or authority. In essence and explained simplistically, the core of Krishnamurti's message is embodied in a statement he made in 1929-“ Truth is a pathless land” – we cannot come to it through ideologies and doctrine but rather by viewing all that we experience with full awareness. In terms of education then the Krishnamurti School follows that same principle. The school currently has sixty students aged from fourteen to nineteen, from twenty- five countries.While the curriculum has the usual academic and artistic subjects the students are free from prescriptive and restrictive timetabling, are not graded and spend a good deal of time on thematic and project based work. For Krishnamurti ‘school is a place where one learns not only the academic knowledge required for daily life but explores the art of living with all its complexities and subtleties.’ So students share household tasks and gardening; Brockwood has an enormous walled garden and the menu is vegetarian. Because subjects

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are explored through a series of projects the students are very self -motivated, independent learners and are free to present their work in a variety of ways. Alongside this is the natural creation of a real sense of family, the students are encouraged to express and explore their emotions openly, irrespective of what that might be given that they are teenagers; they are supported in that by members of staff.

The ISI, (Independent School Inspectorate) 2016 report states that –‘they are highly independent and self-motivated learners who develop a keen sense of inquiry and love of learning for its own sake’. Bill is in agreement and says the young people that attend the Krishnamuti schools—there are also currently seven in India and one in the U.S.—are incredibly fortunate and tend to be very successful at University because they already have a maturity of thought and are very adept at independent study. The Krishnamurti Centre is adjacent to the school and set in beautiful parkland commanding spectacular views.The Centre has nineteen ensuite rooms, a library, lounge, quiet room, conservatory, video room and dining area.There are theme weekend programmes, dialogues and introductory days, but otherwise there is no guidance for the duration of your stay. Guests are free to use the extensive Krishnamurti library if they wish or simply to use their time to retreat in a way personal to them. Day guests are welcome. As Bill explains both the Krishnamurti Schools and the Krishnamurti Centre would like to welcome the local community to visit Brockwood, encouraging parents to discover the value of education at the schools and anyone interested to make use of the valuable resource that is the retreat Centre. Upon leaving the Krishnamurti Centre and School at Brockwood Park I was left not only with a desire to learn more about the thoughts of Krishnamurti, but with an overarching sense of intriguing calm. WRITTEN BY GG For further information visit: www.brockwood.org.uk www.krishnamurticentre.org.uk


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(A31) which meant most residents had to cross a busy highway to use the local facility. A committee came together to organise and open the Courtyard Shop with a Post Office that is still open 4 ½ days a week. The shop itself is open from 8.30am – 5.30pm Monday to Friday and for the mornings at weekends. Ten years later, the shop is as active as ever. Run by volunteers in true community shop fashion, with a small team of employees, the Courtyard Shop has over 1,600 stock items on its shelves, two freezers for COOK frozen meals, a good variety of wines and local produce including honey, jams, wine, drinks. As the seasons change so do the shelves, Hallowe’en items will be followed by Christmas, Valentines Day, Mother’s Day, Easter and picnic fare for the summer holidays. New lines get tried and requests for particular items are usually sourced and stocked. Every day, apart from Sundays, there is a delivery of fresh vegetables and bread – at the weekends the range of artisan breads, pastries and savoury treats is second to none – fish is delivered from Cornwall once a fortnight and meat comes from a local Alresford butcher.

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Alongside the lunch there is a Raffle, prizes range from half a lamb, shop voucher, hamper to cases of wine, and an Auction by Sealed Bid for a week in a Pembrokeshire Farmhouse, long weekend in Swanage and a sculpture of lambs by a local artist, all kindly donated by locals. Proceeds will be ploughed back into the community through shop improvements and a general upgrading of the equipment (freezers, fridges, shelving etc).

The Courtyard Shop opened in October 2006 to cater for village residents. At the time there was one shop in Ropley on The Dene

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outhampton Philharmonic Choir, the city’s longestestablished choir, recently commissioned composer Janet Wheeler to write a new piece of choral music, using a bequest from long-standing choir member, Joan Wood. The result is I sing and ever shall with words from the poem the argument of his book by 17th Century lyric poet, Robert Herrick, among other poems by Emily Dickinson, Rabindramath Tagore, Abraham Cowley, Sara Teasdale and a movement inspired by Scottish mouth music and vocal exercises. This 25-minute work celebrates the power and joy of singing, both individually and collectively. Poets throughout the ages have explored the link between air and breath, words and song. The libretto draws largely on poetry, Janet explains “I spend a lot of time reading poetry, partly for my own enjoyment and partly looking for things to set to music… an interesting form can be just as much an inspiration as the subject matter. I like to find patterns of textures and a progression in the piece… I don’t write static music - it usually goes somewhere… that’s the kind of thing I’m looking for in words.” This exciting new work is accompanied by the more traditional, but magnificent Mozart Requiem. Commissioned in 1791 and completed by others after his death, it still includes enough of Mozart’s genius to be considered a masterpiece, and Serenade No. 6 (Serenata Notturna) K.236. This concert will be held on Saturday 26 November at O2 Guildhall Southampton, see: www.southamptonphil.org for more details.

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musical genres: pop, classical, sacred, jazz, folk, gospel, light opera and musicals. Some of us have surprised ourselves as to what is possible under Keith’s directorship! Orchestral accompaniment is made up of professional musicians as our concerts and events require. The choir also performs with notable young national, professional soloists, some of whom started their careers locally under Keith Clark’s tuition. Keith also encourages and supports local solo instrumentalists by having them feature as guest performers at our concerts.

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ALRESFORD COMMUNITY CHOIR lresford Community Choir is celebrating its fifth birthday this year, and is currently preparing to perform Handel’s Messiah in early April 2017 with the Hanover Band, a Baroque orchestra. What adds to the life and enthusiasm of the 120+ members is the skill and charisma of its founder and musical director, Keith Clark, who has been in music education all his life, mostly in West Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire. His constant and essential partner in leadership of the choir is accompanist Kate Jones, who appears to be able to read Keith’s mind, and whose keyboard skills continue to amaze us all. The choir performed its first concert, Zimbe! by Alexander L’Estrange, in Winchester Cathedral, within months of being founded. This is an African-themed work involving singing in Swahili and English. Two or three concerts and community events have followed each year, with performances from many

At Arundel Cathedral in Sussex in 2013, along with The Hanover Band, the choir performed the world premiere of Zadok rules, Hallejah!, written and arranged by Alexander L’Estrange, who in 2015 was invited to become the choir’s Honorary President. The choir is self-funded and professionally managed through a committee. It is open to all and there are no auditions for joining. Recently, the National Lottery has been impressed enough to support us with a grant of £10,000, to buy bespoke staging to suit our usual venue at St. John’s Church, Alresford. Although the choir is based in Alresford, members come from a wide area of mid-Hampshire. The Messiah performance will be staged in the Harvey Hall Performing Arts Centre, St. Swithun’s School, Winchester. Local publicity for the Messiah concert will commence in December, and tickets will be available at our Christmas concert, which is on Saturday, December 10th in St. John’s Church at 7.30pm. Tickets for the Christmas concert are priced at £15 (£12 for concessions), and can be purchased at Six West Newsagents, Alresford, or via our website at http:// alresfordchoir.com/concert-news Geoff Buss Publicity Office Alresford Community Choir

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inger-songwriter Andy Comley is moving out of the usual venues and heading back to his roots, by embarking on a tour of rural halls, which will begin in Hampshire and then move countrywide. Having played on three continents and supported some of the UK’s top singersongwriters such as Boo Hewerdine (Eddie Reader), Emily Barker, and Amy Wadge (Ed Sheeran), he explained why he has now set his sights closer to home. “I believe in community, and arts provision for all, and I understand that the local hall can be an important place for people to meet and create social ties” said the 47 year old, who grew up in the sleepy Hampshire village of Owslebury.

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However, he also has artistic reasons for moving out of the city. “I want a different, intimate atmosphere for my music, where there's no distraction, and the audience can focus and be transported musically, and I think we can find it in small halls” The gigs will be a sit down, lights out, spotlight on, affairs but that’s not the only way they will differ from your average gig. “Although the music will be our usual line-up of myself on acoustic guitar and vocals and Dave Bulbeck on double bass, this time we'll be playing and singing to only one

microphone to get a rich, but delicate, live sound - more of the player, less of the technology. It’s an old-time way of performing in the USA, but you don’t really see it over here”. And Andy believes that this format will make for intimate, atmospheric evenings for the audience and performer alike. Andy will be putting on two warm-up shows in Hampshire at the end of the year, before the tour begins properly in 2017. These are at Shedfield Reading Room, nr. Wickham on the 26th November 2016, and Cheriton Village Hall, nr. Alresford on 10th December, 2016. Doors open at 19:00 for 19:45 start. Tickets are £12 on the door, or £10 online at www.andycomley.com.


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TUESDAY 29 NOV TO SATURDAY 3 DEC Babes in the wood with T.O.A.D.S laughing ... and a lesson in baby-sitting! Enjoy a host of colourful and magical characters and of course the babes themselves, who are at the heart of this fairytale of how NOT to look after children. There is a bar every night and at the matinee performance. The show starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are from just £7 Buy online www.oa-toads.org.uk or from the Box Office boxoffice@oatoads.org.uk or Tel: 01962 736257 Christy Hall, Old Alresford

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he ever-popular series of talks at St Michael’s and All Angels Church Cheriton are coming round again. In addition to the well-known local art historian and author Douglas Skeggs, we have a distinguished line-up of two professors, a British historian and a senior Labour MP. SATURDAY 11TH FEBRUARY Douglas Skeggs launches the series with a lecture on “David Hockney: The Old Master of Modern Art” . This coincides with the opening at Tate Britain of a comprehensive exhibition of the most popular and influential British artist of the twentieth century. SATURDAY 18TH FEBRUARY Douglas is followed on by Professor Nick Petford, a celebrated volcanologist with a talk entitled “The Volcano that Stopped the World” with an exciting audio-visual accompaniment! This talk will go with a bang! SATURDAY 25TH FEBRUARY Professor Jonathan Story is flying over from his home in Salzburg to lecture on “The EU, Brexit and the World”. Jonathan is a highly respected political thinker, who has been based for decades at INSEAD, the leading European business school, outside Paris. This promises to be a fascinating insight into an exceedingly topical subject.

SATURDAY 4TH MARCH We then welcome the veteran Labour MP Frank Field for a talk about Poverty and Politics. Frank was famously asked by Tony Blair to “think the unthinkable” about poverty and reforming the welfare state and was then fired when he did just that! Now chairman of the influential Work and Pensions Select Committee in the House of Commons, Frank has been engaged in a very public battle with Sir Philip Green over the future of the BHS pensioners. SATURDAY 11TH MARCH The series concludes with an illustrated talk by Alison Weir entitled “Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen”. Alison has made the study of Tudor England her life’s work and has written many books on the period and this promises to be a fascinating lecture. The lectures start at 7pm. Doors open at 6.30pm for a glass of wine and delicious home-made eats and the ticket price has been held at £12 for another year! Tickets will be on sale from 1st January and may be requested in advance by sending a stamped addressed envelope with your cheque (payable to Cheriton PCC) to Penny Scott, Burnt Platt, Cheriton, Hampshire SO24 OPY.

From 7.30pm. ESC played in Ropley last year and almost blew the roof off the village hall. A 6-piece fusion of saucy 20’s swing and stomping electro beats with an explosive sound that reverberates back through time. Absolutely unmissable! 1920’s attire encouraged! This gig is standing/ dancing and tickets are only £12. To purchase tickets please visit www.ropleymusic.co.uk

THURSDAY 8 DECEMBER Perins School Creative Arts Christmas Cracker Perins School - Hub1 from 6pm Adults £7 Conc. £5 Tickets on sale in HUB1 from 21st November. (10s and under). Dram, Music and Art come together for some festive fun.

SATURDAY 10 DECEMBER Advent Concert From 7.50pm in The Abbey Church of Our Lady & St John, Alton Abbey, Beech, GU34 4AP. Tickets £5.00 for mulled wine & nibbles after the Concert For Tickets contact Br John OSB guesthouse@altonabbey.com Alton Abbey, Beech, Alton, GU34 4AP Tel: 01420 562145

TUESDAY 13 DECEMBER Perins School Christmas Carol Service St.John's Church, Alresford. From 6pm - 8pm. Free entry - Collection for church during service. Featuring: Choir, Jazz band, Orchestra, Acapellas, Chamber Choir, Small ensembles & soloists and NEW for 2016. The Acafellas.


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017 marks the 200th anniversary of the death of globally loved author Jane Austen – and Hampshire Cultural Trust is coordinating a yearlong series of events across the historic and beautiful county to celebrate her creativity and talent.

Hampshire was not only Jane Austen’s birthplace (and where you can visit her grave today), but its people, landscape and the society in which she moved provided inspiration for her novels, classics such as Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Mansfield Park and Sense and Sensibility. From a landmark exhibition to talks and walks, from picnics to performances, 2017 will be a very special celebration of her life, times and work. Sure to be a highlight of the celebrations is the exhibition The Mysterious Miss Austen, which opens on 13 May 2017 (until 24 July) at The Gallery in Winchester Discovery Centre, before travelling to the Gallery at Gosport Discovery Centre and the Sainsbury Gallery at Basingstoke’s Willis Museum.

Much as there will only ever be one Jane Austen, Hampshire Cultural Trust passionately believes that Jane’s work still inspires excellent writing today. To find not only the next great literary talent, HCT has created a brand new competition for children and adults, with two categories; short story and letter. Grownups need to submit a short story of 2017 words, based on Jane’s classic quote from Mansfield Park: “Selfishness must always be forgiven you know, because there’s no hope of a cure”. Youngsters are invited to write a letter of 400 words based on ‘A day in the life,’ real or imagined. Entries for both have just opened (and close 28 February 2017). Actor Hugh Bonneville, star of Downton Abbey, and of course, the 1999 film of Mansfield Park is a Hampshire man and says: “As a local and as a fan of Jane Austen, I hope you will join us in Hampshire in 2017 to get to know a bit more about the woman behind the novels. We have a great year ahead, packed with regency celebrations, talks, arts installations and so on. So please google Jane Austen 200 and come and join in the fun.” Janet Owen, Chief Executive of Hampshire Cultural Trust, echoes Hugh’s invitation: “Jane Austen has been a much loved figure worldwide for more than two centuries, so we are pulling out all the stops to celebrate her life and works here in Hampshire. Whether you are a Jane Austen scholar or have just enjoyed one of the many TV or film adaptations of her works we will have something for everyone, young and old, to celebrate her legacy.” This is just a small handful of the events taking place for Jane Austen 200, for the latest news and information visit www.janeausten200.co.uk

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The Mysterious Miss Austen will also include a surviving manuscript of an alternative ending to her final novel Persuasion, in her own hand (on loan from the British Library). There will also be a silk pelisse coat (one of the only garments in the world with a provenance that can be traced back to Jane), first editions of her works and fascinating personal letters. Bringing a contemporary view, Grayson Perry’s Jane Austen in E17 vase is evidence of her lasting legacy and influence on the arts.

he annual carol concert by the Harmonium Singers at St Mary’s Church, Andover, has become a regular Christmas event in the town. And there’s nothing like a choir to create that special seasonal atmosphere in the true spirit of Christmas. This year’s event begins at 7.30pm on Saturday 17 December. As always there’ll be a popular mix carols old and new, with choral arrangements of well-known favourites and carols for all to sing. This year there’ll also be recent pieces by John Rutter, Bob Chilcott and Mack Wilberg, all combined with seasonal readings and festive interval refreshments. It all adds up to a mouth-watering proposition, so get your tickets early from The Lights, Newbury Building Society or choir members at £8.00. Alternatively you can buy a ticket at the door on the night for £10.00. Under-14s are admitted free. Proceeds go to Andover Foodbank.

Set to be a ‘deliciously’ popular feature of Jane Austen 200 are the Big Picnics. These feasts of fun and nibbley gorgeousness will be held at significant locations throughout Hampshire.

For further details see the choir’s website www. harmoniumsingers.org.uk.

This unique exhibition, presented in partnership with Jane Austen’s House Museum, will explore Jane’s life, work and her relationship to Hampshire. The centrepiece will be five portraits of Jane together under one roof for the very first time – including two works from the National Portrait Gallery, London and three from private collections, one of which has not been seen in public for more than 40 years.

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At these events, visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy Regency delicacies, watch performances and, of course, learn about this amazing, world-renowned writer. Bringing a very 21st century slant to the proceedings, Hampshire Cultural Trust will be creating a downloadable picnic pack that will inspire bakers and ‘Janeites’ to unite and create their own Regencystyle Bake Off.


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The last lecture of the year David Allen, Curator of Archaeology at Hampshire Cultural Trust, speaking about The Alton Buckle in context – a look at Mount Pleasant and other Saxon cemeteries. Thursday 24th November, 7.30. Tickets £5.

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amily theatre at Winchester Discovery Centre. Drama, intrigue laughter. It's all here in The Henry VIII Show. In this unique show, Henry VIII tells his story with the ghosts of his Queens and principal courtiers coming back to haunt him. Ken, a volunteer at the local museum, is setting out a display of Tudor items for a lecture being given that day. He finds a hat that belonged to Wil Somers, Henry VIII's Jester, and tries it on. Suddenly there is a noise from outside, and a magnificent King Henry VIII bursts into the room shouting for Wil and demanding a drink. After the show there is a lively question and answer session about the life and times of Henry and his court. Six children are invited to be one of the Tudors. Come and have your picture taken with the king! Time Out Magazine's Critics Choice Funded by The Arts Council of Great Britain (Age:4+) Tel: 01962 873 603 Pricing Details £7.50 or 4 for £24 Winchester Discovery Centre, Jewry Street, Winchester, SO23 8SB

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Children’s Art Competition 2 to 17 December. An open exhibition for 5-11 year olds. (At the time of going to press, a subject had not been set, so see the website www.hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk/allen-gallery for entry details or ring the museum on 01420 82802.) Closing date will be 26th November.

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Community GOOD FOOD AND GOOD COMPANY

Calendar EVERY THURSDAY Alresford Country Market At Alresford Community Centre from 8am until 11.30am. Producers required for our popular Thursday market. The organisers are especially seeking for cake and pastry cooks, general produce growers and enthusiastic plant and shrub growers. If you are interested in any aspect of this plea for help please drop into the MARKET on Thursday mornings to see us. We will be happy to let you know details and requirements.

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enise and Fiona are the Village Agents for Alresford. Village Agents are volunteers for Age Concern Hampshire who can help older people (50+) to find information and services in their local area such as getting out and about; help around the home and garden, and on money matters.

Good nutrition can be essential to help keep warm over winter period, and it is easy to refer someone for the Meals on Wheels service. All you need to do is visit www. hants.gov.uk/meals-on-wheels and complete an online referral form. If you need help to complete an online referral, Denise and Fiona can help you with this.

There are several services available which help older people to keep well nourished and prevent loneliness. This article looks at the Meals on Wheels service and Age Concern Hampshire’s Food and Friendship scheme.

Food & Friendship Age Concern Hampshire run a service called Food & Friendship alongside the Meals on Wheels service. This is a chance to receive a visit on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis from a friendly volunteer. Volunteers visit you at home to make your lunchtimes more enjoyable and spend time chatting about things that interest you and about what's going on in your local community. The visit lasts at least 30 minutes. You can request a Food & Friendship visit using the same form when you request Meal on Wheels (www. hants.gov.uk/meals-on-wheels) or you can call Age Concern Hampshire directly on 01962 892455 to request the Food & Friendship service. Alternatively, your Village Agents can help you to make the referral. (Note: to qualify for food and Friendship you must be in receipt of Meals on Wheels for at least two weeks.)

Meals on Wheels The Meals on Wheels service in Hampshire is run by apetito who have a contract with Hampshire County Council to deliver the service. Anyone living in the Hampshire County Council area who is aged 55 or more can choose to receive Meals on Wheels if they have certain needs: • struggling to cook for yourself • have just come out of hospital • carer or relative who needs a break from cooking • feeling unwell, either physically or mentally • can't get out to the shops The meals consist of a main course and a pudding from a menu of four options, and there is also an afternoon tea service delivered at the same time as the lunch time meal which includes a choice of savoury pastry, sandwich and cake as well as a portion of fruit and a fruit drink. Deliveries are made 365 days a year, in an agreed time slot between 11.15am and 2pm. The cost of a two course meal is £3.95, and afternoon tea is £3.25.

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Denise and Fiona can also help to point you in the right direction to local services and organisations that may be able to help with other needs, such as help in the home, gardening services, finding a local activity club or group, and a wide range of other topics. Give them a call today to find out how they can help you on 07969 376023 (if unavailable please call Age Concern Hampshire on 0800 328 7154).

MONDAY 14 NOVEMBER Sun Hill Infant and Junior School open Morning From 9.30am to 11am. Do you have a child who will be 5 or 8 years old between 1 September 2017 and 31 August 2018? Would you like to know more about Sun Hill Infant and Junior Schools? Come and see what our schools can offer you and your child. Meet both the Head teachers and their learning ambassadors. Tour both the infant and junior schools. See staff and children at work. Talk to school governors. Meet representatives of both schools PTA. Find out about school meals and our breakfast and after school clubs. We can offer accessible buildings and excellent special needs provision. High standards of academic achievement. Well resourced classrooms. Single year group classes. A rich, exciting child centred curriculum. Extensive school grounds used to enhance the curriculum. Sun Hill Infant School, Sun Lane, Alresford, SO24 9NB 01962 732632 www.sunhill-inf.hants.sch.uk Sun Hill Junior School, Sun Lane, Alresford, SO24 9NB - 01962 732801 www.sunhill-jun.hants.sch.uk

WEDNESDAY 16 NOVEMBER Bramdean and Hinton Ampner WI From 7.30pm - talk on ‘Cantering through a funny life', plus regular raffle and refreshments.Visitors very welcome. Contact: Val on 01962 771915

FRIDAY 2 DECEMBER Cheriton Primary School Christmas Fayre Cheriton Primary School are holding their Christmas Fayre from 5pm - 7pm. Lots of stalls for children and adults. BBQ and raffler! Come and join in with festivities. £1 entry and children go free.


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h what’s the word they occasionally use? Ah yes ‘help’. How can I help you – that’s it. In many instances it is still very much alive, at the reception desk, in restaurants and cafes and in some independent and high street stores. Increasingly though there is also a trend toward the antithesisthe ‘I really can’t be bothered to help you at all’ attitude that pervades many retail outlets. So often accompanied by a look that says ‘and besides it’s obvious you really can’t afford to be in here’. Some assistants are masters at not raising their eyes from the screen to offer, at the very least, a polite hello; and too often you are made to feel it is they who are doing you the favour by daining to acknowledge your presence. As Adina of Absolutely Fabulous famously once snarled, “drop the attitude sweetie, you only work in a shop”.

me. But everyone has the right to retail therapy or to browse beautiful things and dream a little. But of course it’s one of the rules of business to set out ones stall to attract a particular caliber of client or customer base and thus by definition reject and exclude another, maybe harsh but true, but it works there can be no doubt and we all want business to succeed. Yet there should be just a tiny thorn in the side for those retailers who use a measure of blatant patronising arrogance against certain customers- a reminder to never judge a book by it’s cover. The once obvious boundaries of who has or has not got money have blurred. After all in these uncertain times a sale is a sale, irrespective who has made it, and it’s sales that keep businesses afloat, is it not? What do you think?

Call it what you will, snobbery, the class system in microcosm there is nothing worse than being belittled in a shop, trust

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TALKS WITH ALASTAIR STEWART OBE met Sally, Alastair Stewart’s wife, in the yard of their Hampshire farm. She was busy organising the donated tack and riding clothing collected for the charity Ebony Horse Club which they both support. I was clutching a bottle of Lea and Perrins Worcestershire Sauce, a gift to Alastair. I know it’s one of the ‘Five things he can’t live without’ according to the Daily Express that day and I felt in need of an icebreaker. My gift is met with a guffaw of laughter, as we were seated in the living room Sally apologises for the roaring fire that Alastair has lit despite it being summer; he asks if I mind if he smokes. Any nervousness I felt quickly disappeared over mugs of tea and it became apparent that Alastair Stewart OBE is not only shorter and slighter than he appears from his commanding position at the ITV News desk, but is extremely generous of spirit, interesting, humorous with a boundless pride and love for his family. “Having been born in Emsworth I’m genuinely happy in Hampshire, it has such lovely scenery – the rolly polly Candovers, the coast and the New Forest where Sally and I courted! I was with Southern Television in Southampton in 1976 and Sally and I were married in ‘78, we’ve been married nearly forty years and have lived in six houses across Hampshire. We are lucky to have a small and very close-knit group of friends here who we’ve known for years. All of us enjoy eating out so we meet up regularly at our favourite restaurants- Lime Wood in the New Forest, The Thomas Lord in West Meon and the Chesil Rectory in Winchester.” I wonder how Alastair became a broadcaster. “ I was Deputy President of the Student Union between 1974-76. At that point there was a move to close some teacher training colleges, the NUS was keen to promote keeping colleges open. I was interviewed at Southern television by Barry Westward, I arrived in jeans and t-shirt looking like a ‘lefty’ but made an impression on Terry Johnston who said Southern TV should sign me up!”

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Alastair Stewart's OBE career has spanned some thirty-eight years making him the longest serving male news broadcaster on British television. From his first post with Southern Television he moved to Channel 4 for three years and then onto ITN and ITV. During his career he has commented on the Royal weddings of Prince Charles and Prince Andrew and many momentous occasions now resigned to history such as the tragedy of the Challenger space mission. He was the first broadcaster to report live from the liberated Kuwait city. Do accolades mean a lot to you? “Yes I think so it’s nice to win Television Presenter of the Year, as one gets older the industry’s awards mean so much. I have four Honorary Degrees from Plymouth, Winchester, Bristol and Sunderland universities. But the OBE - I was so thrilled that it was awarded for services to broadcasting and to charity.” How do you think Social Media has revolutionised news? “Revolutionised is right. I follow around two thousand people on Twitter it’s great to have a ‘heads up’ on things, it’s so quick. But it can be dangerous too and there is jungle confusion regarding the legalities of what is said or rather written. My son Alex has a new equestrian site and finds it an invaluable aid for promoting his business which is going really well”. With so much news and Tweeting surrounding the Europe debate is Alastair in or out? He gives me a rye smile, ”Impartial. Impartiality is a crucial part of my job, Charles Clarke MP once said to me ‘ you have more influence than I have – what goes on television and what doesn’t.” Do you miss being the face of ITV News at Ten? “ No, genuinely not. There have been some outstanding moments- the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Gulf War, Tony Blair winning the election, more recently the formation of the coalition with David Cameron. But the one thing that reduced me to tears and I really struggled with on air was the Russian Beslan massacre, those poor children- the epitome of man’s inhumanity. It was heart breaking. My work takes me to many places, often lovely, but normally for sad reasons: I was recently in delightful West Yorkshire but only because of the tragic murder of Jo Cox MP. I found it deeply moving.” Would you like to host your own political program again? “I’ve done that. I’m sixty three and winding down now. I joined ITV News at Ten taking over from Alastair Burnett who represented everything that is good in our business. I’m the one having to give way now and it’s never easy but Tom Bradbury is excellent. I do a Friday night for him and I present the lunch time ITV News. I don’t get the argument that men last longer than women on television. I’ve worked with many powerful women, Diana Edward Jones, Dame Sue Tinson DBE now Vice President of MBC, Anna Ford, Selinna Scott, Natasha Kaplinsky and Julie Etchinham. They are all very successful and excellent mothers too, I think ITV is pretty gender neutral.”


What is it like being Alastair Stewart? “I’m just me and those who know me well would agree with that. As I get older I have become more guarded, ‘ to thy self be true’ I stand by that.” What does Alastair do to relax? “I listen to a lot of music – Strauss, Beethoven, Pink Floyd and my favourites The Rolling Stones. I have a very varied taste and there’s very little music I don’t like. I really love costume drama, anything by Julian Fellows, Downton Abbey was fantastic. Also Cromwell staring Mark Rylance, who is a personal friend and such a lovely man. I interviewed him for the Radio Times. Walking too! We have twenty-two acres here and at times, if the kids come over, four dogs and then there are the horses - they are a passion - we currently have eleven! I am an Ambassador for British Show Jumping and my son Oscar is a professional show jumper. I was at the Royal Windsor Horse Show the night of the Queen’s birthday tribute which I thoroughly enjoyed.” Is it right that you are a real fan of The Rolling Stones? He laughs, ”Yes! I’ve seen them about twenty times - they were my specialist subject when I was on Mastermind - they are without doubt the greatest rock n’ roll band of all time!” Knowing now what Alastair cannot live without- family, horses, Worcestershire Sauce and of course The Rolling Stones- what could he well do without in life? “Ah smoking - it’s a constant weakness, whenever I go for a walk I realise I should give it up, it would be a wise thing to do. I wish I had planned better financially to give one flexibility to do other

things – Mr. McCorber that’s me, readers take note!

Oh and people who disrespect the countryside, littering and churning up tracks with off road vehicles. We shouldn’t disrespect what we have been given.” Alastair Stewart OBE may be considering winding down on screen but off screen he is passionately involved with a number of charities.

“My parents instilled a sense of the importance of thinking of others. I’m associated with The Royal British Legion, Home Start along with Alison Wakeham who is brilliant. I’m the National Vice President of Action for Children and a Patron of Brooke International Equine which funds help for working horses, donkeys and mules all over the world and of course Naomi House and Jacksplace Children’s Hospice of which I am also Patron are hugely important to me.” www.ebonyhorseclub.org.uk www.actionforchildren.org.uk Naomi House and Jacksplace: hello@naomihouse.org.uk Brooke International Equine: www.thebrook.org/contactus

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Over the years have you come to love or loath politics? “I have never loathed it, I love it and had aspirations to be a politician myself. It’s a great principle that everyone over eighteen regardless of race, creed etc. can have a say. I’ve known politicians on many levels and some have become friends. People like John Denham MP, Alan Whitehead MP and the Rt. Hon. Anna Saibry MP, they all could make more money in business but politics is what they are passionate about.”

Though very at home by his fireplace in Hampshire Alastair Stewart OBE with his busy television career and his enthusiastic involvement with his charitable work means he won’t be lingering there for long. GG.

Addendum Since this interview, on September 15th, Alastair Stewart was awarded the Charity Champion Award at the prestigious Third Sector Awards. He was nominated for his work in support of Naomi House and Jacksplace hospices, in particular the Caterpillar appeal.

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Clubs & Societies ARTS, CRAFTS & MUSIC O Winchester Music Club WMC is an amateur choir of some 100 members, supported by a semiprofessional orchestra and directed by David Thomas, Master of Music at Winchester College. Concerts with first class professional soloists are held in Winchester Cathedral and other locations in Winchester. Admission is by audition – please see www.winchestermusicclub.org.uk for details.

at Christmas and welcomes new members and audiences alike. For more information call 01962 771796 or visit www.cheritonsingers. hampshire.org.uk.

O The Waynflete Singers One of Southern England’s premier amateur choirs, performing large scale choral works mainly in Winchester Cathedral with professional orchestras and first class soloists. Admission by audition – for info visit: waynflete. hampshire.org.uk Rehearsals Thursdays 7.30pm in United Reform Church, Jewry Street.

O Itchen Reading Group Meets at Alresford Library at 2pm on the first Thursday every month. We read a wide variety of books chosen by members and provided by the Library Service. New members and visitors are very welcome. Contact Jill Clayton : 01962 735482

O The Alresford Community Choir (ACC) Meet every Monday in St. John’s church at 7.30pm.We hold several concerts a year and sing a variety of music to suit all tastes.This large, friendly and thriving choir welcomes new members and audiences alike. www.alresfordchoir.com

O Bishops Sutton Handbell Ringing Team We meet every Tuesday 2.30 - 3.30pm in the village hall and we would welcome new members. It is not essential to be able to read music. Why not come and have a go - it's lots of fun. Contact: 01962 736211 or just turn up.

O Alresford Ukulele Jam We would like to welcome new people to join our Jam whether people would like to sing, play an instrument or do both then we would like to see people at our Jam evenings.We meet up on Tuesday evenings at the Swan Hotel from 7.30pm until 9.30pm. Contact: alresfordukejam@outlook. com Tel: 01962 710385 http://facebook.com/ AlresfordUkeJam

O The Candover Valley Bell Ringers Are you looking for a way to meet new people, support your community or learn a new skill? Why not become a church bell ringer. Join us for learning and fun at our practice night every other Monday at St Peter’s Church in Brown Candover at 7.15 pm, or Contact Carol: 01256 389387

O A.C.T.S - Alresford Community Theatre Society New members welcome, to ensure the continued success of our local theatre group. If you are interested in becoming involved, either on stage or behind the scenes. Contact Debbie: 01962 732055 markwick34@gmail.com O Alresford Historical and Literary Society Meetings (generally there is a talk followed by a ‘get together’) are held at the Methodist Hall, Jacklyns Lane, Alresford at 7.30pm on the third Wednesday of most months. For more information Contact Glenn Gilbertson, 26 Grange Road, Alresford, SO24 9HB.Tel: 01962 732726. glenngilbertson@btinternet.com or Bob Fowler: 7 Sun Hill, Crescent, Alresford, SO24 9NJ. Tel: 01962 734125 bob_fowler@tiscali.co.uk O Ropley Horticultural Society Generally meet at 7:45pm on the last Monday of the month, at Ropley Coffee Room in Church St, Ropley with an invited speaker. Annual membership is £7, which includes free entry & refreshments to all standard meetings, whilst non-members are welcome at £5 per meeting.There are

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OTHER CLUBS / SOCIETIES O Alresford & District Horticultural Society Meetings are held at St Gregory's Church Centre, Grange Road, Alresford on the second Wednesday of the month (no meeting in December) from 7.30pm until 10pm. At least three outings are organised annually and a holiday is arranged visiting gardens. Contact: Clare Read - 01962/735172 O Alresford Flower Club Come and join us at 7.30pm on the last Wednesday of the month at St.Gregory’s Catholic Church, Grange Road Hall, Alresford. Friendly, lively meetings, professional flower arrangers

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Community REPORT FROM THE ALRESFORD & ITCHEN VALLEY CITY COUNCILLORS Local Plan update: 5 October 2016 There was a Local Plan (Cabinet) meeting on the 5 October at Winchester City Council (WCC). It is worth noting there are 3 Main Modifications (MMs) : [1] in respect of the flood provision at Wickham (which goes beyond Government requirements), [2] limiting of house sizes of 2/3 bedroom homes (it was felt unnecessary to restrict the maximum size which WCC had proposed), and [3] the lack of Traveller provision. These need to be addressed to make the Local Plan Part 2 sound. All other comments are Additional Modifications (AMs). Travellers sites Report reference : CAB2837(LP). Many will have been alerted to the fact that the independent report produced for WCC indicated that the Travellers Rest (off Appledown Lane) and HCC owned site at the Bishops Sutton end of Northside Lane, were suggested as possible sites. This is an independent report which has been prepared for districts across Hampshire, which therefore has a consistent approach across the area, will be consulted upon in the District. More work is to be undertaken by WCC to ascertain the required number of sites/pitches during the Plan Period (2011-2031) and a consultation will be undertaken across the District to ascertain support (or otherwise). Your City Councillors are in touch with many residents regarding the Bishops Sutton and Northington suggestions. WCC are requesting that Parish Councils gather feedback from residents on the facts which would make a site unsuitable for allocation to Travellers, and to ensure this information is given to Ward Councillors who will be able to represent residents’ views within the Ward. Comments on Travellers and other aspects of the Local Plan will be sought prior to Christmas 2016. A draft Travellers plan is expected March/April 2017, thereafter a Pre-Submission Plan and Final Plan consultations are also anticipated. Councillors will alert residents as soon as these consultations are released. Review of Local Plan The Government Inspector recommended a review to take place around 2018 and certainly no later than 2021. As part of this process, the consultation process will be scrutinised to see where improvements can be made. As was stated on 5 October, much has changed since the original strategy was put in place and therefore greater use can be made of media more easily available. Once this process begins, we will seek views of residents on how greater involvement can be secured. On the electoral roll? If you received a form to register, ensure it is completed and returned. It is a legal requirement to register! NatWest Mobile Bank update Service in Broad Street, Alresford, from Wednesday 23rd November 2016. 76

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