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Church Services St. John the Baptist NEW ALRESFORD

SUNDAY 4 DECEMBER 08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 Benefice Eucharist 18.00 Powerhouse - a service by and for young people SUNDAY 11 DECEMBER 08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 Second Sunday Family friendly service 16.00 Candlelight Sung Evensong at Itchen Stoke 18.00 Sundays at six SUNDAY 18 DECEMBER 08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 Sung Eucharist 18.00 Christmas Carol Service CHRISTMAS EVE 17.00 Crib Service 23.30 Midnight Mass with Old Alresford CHRISTMAS DAY 08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 Sung Eucharist Parish Office: 01962 733545 stjohnsalresford.org.uk

St. Mary's

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SUNDAY 4 DECEMBER 09.30 Holy Communion 18.00 Old Alresford Cottage Service SUNDAY 11 DECEMBER 09.30 Parish Communion SUNDAY 18 DECEMBER 17.00 Carols by Candlelight CHRISTMAS DAY 10.00 Christmas Family Communion THURSDAYS 09.00 Holy Communion Old Alresford Place

St.Peter's

OVINGTON SUNDAY 4 DECEMBER 10.00 First Sunday

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SUNDAY 11 DECEMBER 10.00 Parish Communion SUNDAY 18 DECEMBER 10.00 Parish Communion CHRISTMAS DAY 10.00 Fourth Sunday

Methodist Church NEW ALRESFORD

SUNDAY WORSHIP 10.30 Morning Worship 1st Sunday Café Worship Holy Communion Monthly MIDWEEK ACTIVITIES TUESDAYS 10.00 Come in for coffee 3rd Tuesday Men Who Lunch THURSDAYS 14.30 1st and 3rd Thursdays Womens Fellowhip 19.30 1st Thursday Lydia Group for ladies FRIDAYS 14.00 Fridays (term time) KIDZ Café for babies, toddlers, parents and carers. SATURDAYS 09.30 1st Saturday Bacon Butties 10.30 1st Saturday Open the book suitable for all primary ages Contact: Revd Ruth Fry Tel: 01962 882828 www.alresfordmethodist church.org.uk

New Farm Chapel ALRESFORD

SUNDAY SERVICES 10.30 Morning Worship, with creche and KOSMIC for children 16.30 Will vary between talk or discussion with praise & prayer

MIDWEEK ACTIVITIES MONDAYS 16.30 Kidz Club TUESDAYS 10.15 Toddlers Group WEDNESDAYS 14.30 Senior Citizens Group 19.30 Alternate Bible Study / Prayer THURSDAYS 10.00 Home Prayer Group 1ST SATURDAY IN THE MONTH 10.00 (2nd in each month) Prayer Time www.newfarmchapel.org.uk

Hinton Ampner Holy Communion CHRISTMAS DAY 08.30 Beauworth & Tichborne Holy Communion 09.30 Cheriton Holy Communion 11.00 Kilmeston & Bramdean Holy Communion Midday Prayers every week Monday-Avington,TuesdayItchen Abbas,Wednesday- Martyr Worthy,Thursday- Easton

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BIGHTON

SUNDAY 4 DECEMBER 11.00 First Sunday SUNDAY 11 DECEMBER 11.00 Holy Communion CHRISTMAS EVE 23.30 Midnight Mass with Old Alresford

Upper Itchen Benefice SUNDAY 4 DECEMBER 09.00 Tichborne Holy Communion 10.15 Cheriton All Age Communion 15.00 Church in the Wood Carols in the Wood 17.00 West Tisted Carol Service SUNDAY 11 DECEMBER 10.30 Cheriton Holy Communion 18.00 Kilmeston Carol Service with Christingles 18.00 Bramdean Carol Service SUNDAY 18 DECEMBER 09.00 Cheriton Holy Communion 10.30 Beauworth Carol Service 11.00 Hinton Ampner Carol Service 15.00 Cheriton Carol Service 18.00 Tichborne Carol Service CHRISTMAS EVE 16.00 Cheriton Crib Service 23.30 Cheriton &

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Itchen Valley Benefice SUNDAY 4 DECEMBER 08.00 Avington Holy Communion 11.00 Martyr Worthy Matins 16.00 Itchen Abbas Christingle SUNDAY 11 DECEMBER 08.00 Easton Holy Communion 10.00 Itchen Abbas Parish Communion 18.00 Martyr Worthy Evensong SUNDAY 18 DECEMBER 08.00 Martyr Worthy Holy Communion 10.00 Easton Parish Communion 16.00 Avington Barn Carol Service CHRISTMAS EVE 16.00 Easton Cribs and Carols 11.30 Avington First Communion of Christmas CHRISTMAS DAY 08.00 Itchen Abbas Holy Communion 10.00 Easton Family Service 10.00 Martyr Worthy Traditional Communion


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Sunday 18th December 18.00 Service of Nine lessons and Carols Friday 23rd December 18.00 Advent Choral Evensong

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Christmas Day 09.30 Christmas Day Service

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CHURCHES TOGETHER IN ALRESFORD BASICS BANK IN THE CO-OP

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his has been a wonderful late Summer and Autumn, with warm sunny days and little rain, which is only now coming to an end. So perhaps we should start to think again about those less fortunate than ourselves who struggle at the best of times, and as Winter and then Christmas approaches may be cold and hungry. A few years ago Churches Together in Alresford (CTIA) arranged with the Southern Co-operative store in West Street, Alresford, to set up a “Basics bank”, along the lines of those operating in the big supermarkets like Sainsbury’s. This was much appreciated by donors and recipients alike; and the donations are taken weekly to the Winchester Basics Bank in Milland Road, Bar End, Winchester by volunteers organised by CTIA. Recently, however, donations have dropped off, perhaps because the receiving bin has become obscured and not very well publicised. Efforts will be made to keep the bin prominent and well signed; but it would be appreciated if those using the store could think of this bank as they shop – a list of the items most wanted is displayed by the bin. In particular, where there are offers of “2 for the price of 1” or “3 for the price of 2”, why not put that “free” item in the bin for those who cannot afford even one item?

FRIDAY 2 DECEMBER Ropley Horticultural Society Illustrated talk “Friend or Foe (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly)” with Geoff Hawkins, a renowned local gardener & speaker Unforeseen circumstances have meant a change to our December meeting, which is now a 7.30pm start at the Coffee Room, Church Street, Ropley. Free parking available at the Parish Hall just down the road. £5 on the door includes refreshments, all welcome

SATURDAY 10 DECEMBER Alresford Community Choir Christmas concert “A Carol for Everyone” St. John’s Church, Alresford, at 7.30pm. Tickets: £15 (£12 for concessions) – available at Six West Newsagents, Alresford, or via the ACC website at alresfordchoir.com/concert-news

Carl Dore, on behalf of CTIA (Anglican, Methodist and Roman Catholic churches).

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n Friday 23rd December at 6pm, the acclaimed choir of St John’s Church, New Alresford will be singing a special Choral Evensong, directed by Richard McVeigh. Scheduled at the height of advent, the service will be accompanied by a small orchestra, will feature professional soloists, and a complete performance of JS Bach’s famous cantata ‘Wachet Auf ’, BWV 140. Following Christmas shopping in the picturesque town of New Alresford, which is decorated beautifully at Christmas, all are warmly invited to take a break from hectic festive preparation to attend this service, which promises to be a wonderful spiritual and musical occasion.

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f you live in or around Alresford, then there may still be places available at the traditional Christmas Day lunch provided by Churches Together in Alresford. Sunday 25th December, at Makins Court, Alresford. Transport (including wheelchairs) can be arranged. Arrive from 12 noon for lunch at 12.30pm.You contribute £5 a head, which can be paid on the day. To book (ASAP, please, & by 16th December latest), drop in to St John’s Parish Office or phone 01962 733545 (Monday to Friday 10.00am – noon). If leaving a phone message, please include your name and number.

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WEDNESDAY 14 DECEMBER Bramdean and Hinton Ampner WI, From 7.30pm - talk on ‘Radio Times Broadcasting Memories' with Mr J Pittman, plus regular raffle and refreshments.Visitors very welcome, please contact Val on 01962 771915 with any questions.

SATURDAY 17 DECEMBER St John's Church - Christmas Three of Remembrance You are warmly invited to come and place a star on this tree in memory of someone who will be especially in your thoughts this Christmas time. This tree is a very positive way of remembering a loved one. There are stars next to the tree and you simply need to write the name of the person you are remembering. The tree will be in church from Monday 5th December until the New Year. There will also be a very short service of prayers around this tree at 12.30 on Saturday December 17th.


You are warmly invited to our Christmas and New Year Services

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Christmas 2016

Sunday 18th December

10.30am 6.30pm

All Age Service with Richard Cole (Decade Drama) A Christmas Presentation- Christmas Story by Kidz Club • Carols • Short Epilogue • followed by seasonal refreshments

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Christmas Morning Service with Gareth Bolton (of AMEN and O.M.) Take time to remember the greatest gift of all

Christmas Day 25th December

New Farm Chapel New Farm Road Alresford Hampshire SO24 9QH T: 01962 736197(leave message) or 01962 851299 or visit our website: newfarmchapel.org.uk

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o room at the Inn, and not much in the stable, with Shepherds, Magi, Mary, Joseph, the heavenly host and a baby using the manager as a cot! But, there is always room for you in our delightful little Saxon Church, at this important time in the Christian year, to see our Nativity Scene and much else besides. All Saints, Hinton Ampner’s display of Christian Christmas Traditions including our beautiful Nativity Scene begins on 3rd December. You are very welcome to join us for the Services too; National Trust Carol Service on 9th December, All Saints Carol Service Sunday 18th and Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve. Last year we welcomed hundreds of visitors all keen to share in the true meaning of Christmas and this year we also welcome the Cheriton Singers. Take home a memento of your visit and share it with family and friends. Christmas Cards of this beautiful nativity scene with “Happy Christmas and Peaceful New Year” are now on sale at: Cheriton Post Office and Stores, Bramdean Garage and Hinton Ampner House, in aid of All Saints. They work out at just 60p each in bundles of 10. Profits will be used for: the regular maintenance of All Saints Church, the installation of a sound and audio loop system, and improvements to our church lighting. Details of all our Christmas Services and the many activities in the Upper Itchen Benefice are in www.upperitchen.org and there’s definitely room at the Inn for you! www.upperitchen.org

So much happens around Christmas, but let us take time to consider how it all began and why, and what a difference faith in Jesus can make to us today: ''And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS (Saviour): for he shall save his people from their sins. Matthew 1:21 ''Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, 'Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us'' Isaiah 7:14

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t was late November and all the Christmas magazines were out.The phrase ‘for gods' sake I’ve got ages yet’ pervaded my thoughts, after all I was reasonably well prepared with a few presents brought and half the cards written, so I was chilled. But then Christmas hit our Market Town with fripperies all around. Go into any emporium of coffee and cake and there they were, the young mums with slender diamond encrusted fingers running through newly highlighted hair. Hunched over their laptops frantically emailing their husbands about the likelihood of getting the annual work's Fortnum and Masons hamper that would be just perfect for the mother-in-law’s present. Then their next crisis: the dilemma of the Christmas trees both outside and in-what colour scheme this year? And the Christmas feast – was it to be a goose or a turkey stuffed with a goose that then becomes like a Russian doll with an ever-decreasing array of boned foul right down to a titchy quail? Then of course the pudding-one couldn’t possibly have the rich hearty steamed variety-no it would have to be some hugely expensive creation of a celebrity chef complete with exploding chocolate hedgehog at its centre. Poor souls! They down another skinny cappuccino with four extra shots before they can face present shopping online for their offspring who have probably already demanded copious items from Apple, Hollister and Jack Wills to name a few.Thank the lord for American Express. “What’s it all about? I ask myself.What has happened to Christmas? The real meaning and the long established traditions that go with it. So I decided to make a stand, and create the perfect Christmas of old. I compiled a list of handcrafted presents, foods and decorations – easy…or so I thought. A memory of the Pagan Pup and I foraging for sloes a year ago leapt to the fore; how I laboured to make sloe gin, decanting the berry infused spirit into suitably country-esque bottles adorned with tartan ribbon and plain brown tags. A month or two later I peered into the back of a dark cupboard to find them gone! Turns out, while The Husband and I were away Star I had, had few friends round and such was the quality of my sloe gin it had been utilised as the main forfeit in drinking game. “It was disgusting Mum, Max threw up!” Marvellous, right so sloe gin’s not on the menu but pickles and maybe jams most definitely are.

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Now perhaps it is the ravages of age, but I have quite inexplicably become somewhat of a hoarder, so I was equipped with a large assortment of recycled jars complete with lids. I confidently blew the dust off me ‘Delia’s Christmas’ to discover that leaving ones pickles until the end of November was not the best plan as they should have been the ‘job for September’ (as in the previous year), when green tomatoes proliferate apparently- who knew?! Plus I found myself a little bereft of a preserving pan, cooking thermometer and twenty-five gallons of vinegar. Ok, no panic. Hot foot I went to local suppliers of Hampshire’s finest relishes and spent a happy evening spooning them lovingly into odd jars, cutting out suitably festive fabric to make the lid covers and adorning with labels and rustic ties. The result, a traditional ’home crafted’ present to be given in the true spirit of the Yuletide season? Nope, rather my kitchen looked like Beelzebub himself had been in charge of catering. I was just faking... I mean transforming a raw material into a loving gift but I felt bad, like the Grinch cheating on Christmas. So there I was, hunched over my laptop on my second latte, shaky hands running though my grey re- growth, searching the world for suitable presents. I’d split most of my fingers trying to extricate a length of old mans beard from a hedge in order to make fairy light lit garland. I had no idea it would still have so many things living in it! “What the hell is that Sandra?”, The Husband had spluttered on his return from the 18th to find a slightly damp if I’m honest, natural garland twisting up the banister. “Well it looked ok in the magazine.” I was slightly tearful by then. Star II saved the day. “Don’t worry Mum, I’ll make cinnamon biscuits for everyone”.They are so good there’s no way I could pass them off as my own even if I wanted to. So with relief I resorted back to my old Christmas ways, the huge tree decorated with all manor of the peculiar; some home cooked staples and a healthy smattering of M&S; lots of new and utterly frivolous ‘necessities’ from our Local Market Town; a huge amount of chocolate and way too many scented candles-cracking! On the upside I now have enough pickles to last me through Trump’s presidency and maybe beyond! So I’ll wish you a Happy Christmas from the Pagans and leave you with the thought that trying to achieve perfection will only leave you in a right pickle. Sandra Pagan


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eorge began his mower repair business quite literally in a shed at the bottom of his garden over 40 years ago, supported by his late wife Faith. In the mid 1970’s they purchased part of Laceys Farm at Bramdean, a few miles to the east of Winchester on the A272, and today his son Steve and daughter Jill carry on the family business from a large showroom and workshop, supported by a very experienced team. The business has continued to prosper over the years, whilst still maintaining its traditions of customer service. In 2014 George Cann Garden Machinery Ltd won the UK Garden Machinery Dealer of the Year Award. The award recognises outstanding advice and support provided to their customers over the years, in both sales and servicing

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Steve and Jill would like to congratulate their father George on reaching the milestone of his 90th birthday in December 2016. We wish our customers, present and future, a very Merry Christmas. We thank them for their business in this and previous years and look forward to many more years of continuing success in providing our service to one and all.

Jobs for the month ahead: • Only leave frost proof containers outside in winter, if left outside raise terracotta pots on pot feet to help drainage and stop soil freezing solid. If there are prolonged periods of freezing weather it is advisable to wrap pots in bubble wrap or preferably move undercover if feasible. Any borderline tender plants in the container should be wrapped in a double layer of garden fleece. • Make a final cut of the lawn once it has stopped growing and then clean and service lawn mower so that it is ready for next year. Keep clearing leaves from the lawn to avoid damage to the grass, however avoid where possible walking on the lawn when it is very wet or frozen. • If you have a pond keep it clear of leaves either by collecting them with a net or by covering with a fine mesh to catch the leaves as they fall. • Tie in wall shrubs and climbers to prevent wind damage over the next few months. • In exposed areas cut back long whippy growth on roses by one third to prevent wind rock loosening the roots.

THE STORY OF CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS AT HINTON AMPNER

f you’re feeling creative why not make a Christmas wreath, first collect evergreen plant material from the garden such as Hebe, yew, box, Thuya and bay. Wire the cuttings onto the moss in groups of three burying the stems into the moss as you go until the whole wreath is covered. Then attach florists wire to cones, berries, apples, cinnamon, dried oranges or anything else that takes your fancy and attach around the wreath tying at the back, and then push the wire ends back into the moss. Once finished hold up and decide where the top should be, tie a ribbon around at this point and hang on the door. Mist regularly to keep the wreath fresh.

And lastly don’t forget to top up bird feeders and keep a fresh supply of water for birds in the garden. Chris Nutt – Designer To contact Chris for advice call 07765 692396 or email chris.nutt2@btinernet.com

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George Cann Garden Machinery, Laceys Farm, Bramdean, Alresford, SO24 0JT Tel: 01962 771800 www.georgecanngardenmachinery.co.uk

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Hinton Ampner is like a jewel box at Christmas, full of sparkling decorations and a festive story to tell. This winter is no exception; each ground room is beautifully transformed with lots of sparkle to illustrate some of our favourite Christmas traditions, from bulging stockings and twinkling trees, to sumptuously wrapped presents and the legend that is Father Christmas. A highlight is Hinton’s very own Punch and Judy display, celebrating the annual entertainment that former owner Ralph Dutton would host for the village children. Outside, children can follow an Advent calendar-themed trail around the gardens in search of 25 boxes, each one containing something hidden inside (£2 per trail). After Christmas, enjoy Hinton’s beautiful winter landscape on a Boxing Day or New Year’s Day guided walk led by Hinton’s knowledgeable head gardener, and with warming hot chocolate and shortbread. Hinton Ampner, Alresford, Hampshire, SO24 0LA


Steve, Jill and the staff at George Cann Garden Machinery would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas.

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C&M FENCING All Types of Fencing and Gates Supplied and Erected Experienced & Friendly Service Free Quotations Given For more information please call Clive:

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TRADITIONAL PEST CONTROL Daren George your local pest controller based in Alresford

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with best wishes for Christmas & the New Year to all our customers

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Education BUSY BEES PRE SCHOOL

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ere at Busy Bees we have been very excited to welcome our new leader, Debbie Markwick this term. She has arrived with lots of amazing new ideas and the children have settled into the new routine brilliantly, they are flourishing with the care and encouragement from our consistent staff following the summer break. During each session the children have access to a wide range of activities, both inside and out, helping them to reach their full potential in every area of learning within the EYFS curriculum. One activity that has proved extremely popular with the children is making obstacle courses in our lovely garden. Using tyres and planks they make new routes, risk assessing them as they play and working as a team to help one another. When the children have been asked what they particularly like at busy bees they have also said they like playing with their friends, the Beat Baby and playing in the water. The Beat Baby has been introduced by Debbie as part of the daily music and movement sessions, along with lots of Makaton signing. A past parent recently popped in and left saying ‘It’s amazing and you can really tell the children enjoy the music session’ Lisa, a current parent, has said ‘the team are fantastic with the children. Dylan loves Busy Bees, always looks forward to his time there and leaves happy. I feel very at ease with the Busy Bees Ladies and am very happy with the way things are run. The setting is brilliant, love the location, Dylan loves the outside play. It is

structured in just the right way, giving children a routine ready for school and a lovely mix of fun and learning! I am a very happy mummy feeling my son is cared for and nurtured in just the right way. I would highly recommend Busy Bees’ Busy Bees is based at Bishops Sutton Village Hall and is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9.15 – 12 and Tuesday and Thursday 9.15 – 12.45. we welcome children, both government funded and fee paying from 2 years. We were rated ‘Good’ in our recent Ofsted inspection. If you would like to look around and find out what we can offer, please contact us to arrange a convenient time to visit. For more information about Busy Bees please contact Debbie on 07815 166687 or by emailing busybeespreschoolteam@hotmail.com

Home-School Tutoring UK (est. 1984) Initial consultation is free and without obligation

Tutors (with full references/CRB checked) available for:

Please contact the Area Advisor for Hampshire (West &Central) Mrs Alex Murray-Twinn, BA (Hons) PGCE, NPQH

• All Ages, Levels and Subjects • Special Needs Support • Exam Preparation • Support with Home Schooling • Holiday and/or Term Time work

Like to join us as a tutor? Do get in touch

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Kate Edwards PA/Secretarial Services

Looking for Admin / Office Support But don't need a full-time PA / Secretary

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Andrews Autosource

Quality Used Cars, Carefully Selected Approved by trading standards

THE LONG BARN, WINCHESTER ROAD, ALRESFORD, SO24 9EZ

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Alresford & District Neighbourhood Watch web address directly into the address bar. Don't click on a link or copy and paste from the email itself. Is the email trying to scare you into action? Emails from reputable companies should sound reasonable and calm. Phishing emails often contain threats of account suspension or immediate risk of fraud. If you’re not sure about an email that looks like it’s from your bank, you can always phone the bank using the number on the back of your card.

BEWARE OF SCAMS – THE CROOKS ARE GETTING BETTER The police are spending more and more time these days on what is called ‘cyber crime’ as distinct from physical crimes such as house burglaries and thefts from sheds and other outbuildings. The criminals who commit ‘cyber crime’ are often very good at it because it’s their day job. We can help ourselves and the police by not falling for the tricks that these criminals often use. STRANGE PHONE CALLS Have you had an unexpected phone call from someone claiming to be from Windows who tells you that they have detected a fault on your computer and they can help you fix it? If so, it’s a scam because there is no company called ‘Windows’. Microsoft Corporation is a genuine American company whose computer operating systems are called Windows XP, 7, 8 and 10. Also, you will almost certainly not have given your phone number to Microsoft so the call cannot be from that company. The criminals have obtained your phone number from elsewhere and will want you to give them remote access to your computer so that the ‘fault’ can be fixed. If you do so, they will put some software on to your computer which will send them any financial account numbers and passwords that you use. Thereafter, they will take money from your accounts and you will have been robbed. PHISHING SCAMS AND SUSPICIOUS EMAILS AND TEXT MESSAGES Have you received a strange email or text message from a company you

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Banks will never ask you to carry out a test payment online or move money to a new sort code and account number, even if it’s described as a “secure", "safe” or ”holding” account.

know well, like Lloyds Bank,Visa, Apple or HMRC? It’s urging you to act, asking for personal information. It might claim there is something wrong with your account. Or that your details need to be updated. Fraudsters use a scam called phishing for email, and smishing for texts. They copy emails and texts from real companies to try to steal your data or send your computer a virus. Is the email asking for financial and personal info? Genuine companies never ask for Internet Banking log on details or card details in an email . Don’t reply, and don’t click on any links or attachments. Do you know who really sent the email? If in doubt, phone the company on a trusted number or visit their website by typing their

REPORT IT TO ACTION FRAUD Call telephone number 0300 123 2040 They’ll be able to log the incident and provide you with a Crime Reference number if needed. Action Fraud collect data from across the UK to help banks and other businesses combat fraud.

Contacting ADNWA or Police: ADNWA website: www. neighbourhood.watch.alresford.org E-mail us at: contact.adnwa@ gmail.com CRIME IN PROGRESS: RING 999 NON-URGENT ISSUES: RING 101 (if you observe suspicious activity)


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No r t h Mo to r Company

UNIT 5, SHELF HOUSE, NEW FARM ROAD, ALRESFORD, SO24 9QE

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New Farm Motor Services Ltd New Farm Road, Alresford, SO24 9QE

01962 732338 L.P.G.A approved autogas conversions www.autogas.com

Allows your petrol engine vehicle to run on Autogas, a fuel costing approximately 76p per ltr, with the environmental benefits of a 20% reduction in carbon dioxide production and 2000 times fewer particulates produced from the exhaust fumes when compared with a diesel. Widely available across the country and locally in Winnall, Winchester and West Meon Hut service station. The government has committed to this fuel difference for the future.

M.O.T Testing Centre • FREE COLLECTION • COURTESY CARS

Class 7 Vans from 3,000 - 3,500kg Class 4 Cars and Vans up to 3,000kg All makes of cars and vans serviced and repaired All makes of truck and horsebox up to 7500kg maintained and prepared for ministry plating tests

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REPORT FROM THE ALRESFORD & ITCHEN VALLEY COUNCILLORS

ISSU E 122 | D E CE MBER

Local Plan Part 2 During December 2016, residents are invited to make comments on the amendments to the Local Plan. The Government Inspector requested a number of amendments to the plan which was Examined in Public in July, and residents will find documentation on the Winchester City Council website highlighting the amendments made. Comments are only required in respect of the amendments. So if you are aware of a site which you would like to be considered, please complete the Site Request Proforma on the WCC Website and return it by 12pm Monday 12th December 2016 to Winchester City Council. The gypsy and travellers site plan for the district is currently being prepared. A call for proposed sites is underway, and it is expected a recommendation for where sites need to be located and the number of pitches, will be put forward to consultation in spring 2017. Comments must be submitted by midday on 12 December 2016.

Dine with wine £25

Enjoy 2 main courses from our Winter menu PLUS a bottle of wine for only £25.00 per couple! Simply fill out your details below, cut out the offer and present it to your server on arrival (Does not include Valentines menu)

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We would like to wish all our residents a very happy Christmas, thank you for the support you have given us in 2016 and look forward to working with you, however you need our assistance, during 2017. You can contact your City Councillors as follows :• Cllr Kim Gottlieb : kgottlieb@winchester.gov.uk Tel : 07795 494919 • Cllr Lisa Griffiths : lgriffiths@winchester.gov.uk Tel : 01962 738646 or 07545 375632 • Cllr Ernie Jeffs : ejeffs@winchester.gov.uk Tel : 01962 734629 or 07887 536966

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FORUM OFFER 1: 12.16

PROFESSIONAL MIXOLOGIST NICK GRANT

Access to Winchester City during Christmas period Various changes have been made to improve access to the City during December. Visit the WCC website to view improved parking and park and ride changes during the month. Looking forward to 2017 ... WCC have agreed to purchase the Garrison Ground in Winchester which will allow a more flexible approach to the new leisure centre the council intends to build as a replacement for River Park leisure facilities. The Station Approach project will move forward, as we hope will Silver Hill to ensure vibrancy for the future of Winchester as a place to shop, live and work. Around the district, WCC will be looking to enhance economic prosperity by developing land and/ or premises which will provide income to the Council and job opportunities for local people.

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New Chief Executive for WCC Laura Taylor has been appointed as Chief Executive of WCC and is due to start in early January 2017. Mrs Taylor is currently Executive Director at Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and has previously worked at other Hampshire authorities. In her current role she is responsible for a number of major development and regeneration projects along with business liaison. Mrs Taylor also has responsibility for community development, arts and wellbeing and partnerships.

Join us at The Bush Inn, Ovington for some truly wonderful offers during January & February 2017

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ADVERTISE WITH US! and reach up to 14,900 readers in Alresford & The Itchen Valley Eighth page placements: £51 Quarter page placements: £88 Half page placements: £166 Discounts are available on 3, 6 and 12 month bookings. For more information email: stevewalker@forumpublications.co.uk


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HILTONBURY JERSEYS EST 1947

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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

Celebrate with us this Christmas!

Purchase fresh milk from the farm One or two litre bottles available

Pay in full before 1st November and save 10% on your food bill*

Open Daily: 7am - 7pm

Come and relax at The Bush Inn, Ovington and let us do all the hard work to make your Christmas meal an enjoyable event

Support your Local Dairy Farm Follow Hiltonbury Jerseys on Facebook

Our Celebration Menu is available throughout November and December at £19.95 for 2 courses or £24.95 for 3 courses

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

(excluding Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve).

Book a table of 4 or more persons for our Celebration Menu, Monday – Thursday during December and enjoy 3 courses for the price of 2 at only £19.95 per person 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. We look forward to helping you celebrate this festive season,

- Mark , Kay and the Team

Join us at The Bush Inn, Ovington a truly wonderful offer during December

*Terms & conditions apply – see our website for details

A Complimentary Bottle of Wine Book a table quoting 'Forum offer' for 3 persons or more to dine, Monday – Thursday evenings during December and enjoy a complimentary bottle of wine with your main courses.

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

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Alresford Town Council Reports

t doesn't seem that long ago that we were basking in an Indian Summer - and now the shops in the Town are gearing up for Christmas;(and a certain PERSON OF NOTE is due to drop by on December 7th at 7pm!) Talking of magic: the torrential rain on November 4th suddenly stopped in time for the Alresford Bonfire procession, and according to Rotary who ran the event, it was the best fireworks display ever! So many thanks to everyone who made it a night to remember. Planning Issues In November Winchester City planners refused the Alfred Homes application for land North of the Avenue. The Town Council had previously objected to the application, mainly on the basis that the site was not part of our Local Plan and we considered that this was an opportunistic ruse to parachute in a development just before LPP2 was given the final go ahead. There is no doubt that the design was most attractive and there was support from local residents for it. However, to quote NATC Chairman Lisa Griffiths, to have approved this scheme "would have opened the floodgates for all sites to be approved" not just in Alresford, but throughout the District. It is worth bearing in mind that although our Local Plan process was at times fraught and even divisive, there was little support for additional housing in the Avenue. In a questionnaire sent out by the Town Council, many respondents described the

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Avenue as "the jewel in the crown of Alresford". The Avenue The Town Trust, who has ownership, are in the process of securing sponsorship to maintain the land to the highest standards. There are a lot of trees to care for, a lot of leaves to gather up in the Autumn - and all those bulbs to plant for a blooming lovely Spring. The Town Trust also manages our historic market every Thursday here in Broad Street. If you haven't gone along, make the visit.You can get your bike fixed, you can buy artisan bread and pastries, and even mobile phone accessories. When the Town Council commissioned a Benchmarking Report earlier this year to record public satisfaction with various aspects of the Town, it emerged that there was huge dissatisfaction with the availability of parking. You could take this as evidence of the popularity of Alresford as a shopping venue. People are coming here wanting to shop - hurrah! But what we don't want to happen is that people drive in, can't find a parking space, and then decide to move to another shopping destination. So: we have convened a dedicated parking committee to work with all the stakeholders in the Town. We are considering whether there should be uniform parking times in both West Street and Broad Street - or special 30 minute slots outside, say, Tesco and the Co-op. We are also considering whether local shops could purchase reduced parking permits. But as a

starter, we want to publicise the availability of parking in the car park outside the Recreational facilities at the top of Pound Hill. Did you know that within a 4 minute walk to West Street you can park for free for 2 hours? Improved signage could tempt shoppers coming in from the West to abandon their fruitless search for a space in Broad Street, and take in a pleasant stroll along West Street, discovering the amazing diversity of independent stores along the way. If you have any comments about parking issues, please contact the Town Council, details below. It's a modern problem solved by a Medieval method! Yes, the Parish Lengthsman's scheme has been re-invented for the 21st Century. Back in the day a `Lengthsman' would patrol part of the highways and by-ways keeping the weeds and undergrowth at bay. Due to mechanisation and budget cuts, the service went into decline but Hampshire County Council is now working closely with the Parishes to provide an individual service. In Alresford, Cllr Barbara Jeffs is drawing up a list of works, including footpath and ditch maintenance. We hope that now we have signed up to the project some much needed improvement works can be undertaken. From all at New Alresford Town Council, may we wish you a Very Merry Christmas and a Peaceful and Prosperous New Year! CONTACT US We are always keen to hear from

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Community CHERITON PRIMARY SCHOOL CHRISTMAS FAYRE

Citizens Advice Winchester District has been helping people in the local community for 63 years. 6,799 people turned to the charity for assistance in the last financial year (2015-16). Benefits advice was the most common issue facing residents, representing one quarter of all queries.

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Tesco Alresford have kindly donated the items in our window display, so if you are looking for inspiration as to what extra item you could add to your Christmas shopping, please pop along to the shop and have a look in our festive window. We always very grateful for any unloved items in your wardrobe, unwanted gifts and goods you no longer require; and if you are able to help us maximise your donations please sign up for gift aid. We look forward to welcoming you over the Christmas period and would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all your support and donations during the rest of the year.

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itizens Advice Winchester District (CAWD) is working with Winchester City Council (WCC) and the Job Centre Plus to support local people impacted by new welfare reform, and in particular, the benefit cap which will impact some local households from 7th November 2016 as they see benefits cut. ‘Make Money Work’ is a new project created by CAWD and WCC to offer a sustainable and supportive solution to those people adversely impacted by the benefit changes.

Help us provide companionship, advice and support for local older people facing Christmas alone.

A dedicated CAWD Money Coach will provide a wide range of free support to local people across Winchester District, helping them to access a range of services including in-to-work support, financial literacy, debt/ money management and budgeting. CAWD will offer the service primarily from its Winchester and Bishop’s Waltham offices, with support by phone and email and home visiting as required. Natalie Webb, Chief Officer of Citizens Advice Winchester District, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Winchester City Council to help local people manage changes to their benefits, ensuring that they have the best possible support. ‘Make Money Work’ will deliver positive support and potential solutions to enable our clients and their families to find a positive way forward and to make ends meet.” 28

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Community JACKIE'S COUNTY CORNER There’s just time to respond to these consultations before your Christmas lunch!

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1. Local Plan Part 2 Modificationsalthough a city council plan, it covers highways, and will include gypsy and traveller accommodation/site planning: http://winchester.gov.uk/ planning-policy/local-plan-part-2: deadline 12th Dec. 2. Education that works for Everyone- covering principles of 100% faith schools, charity status of independents, re-introduction of grammar (and we assume secondary modern) schools and sponsorship by Universities allowing them to increase the already high fees: go to www.gov.uk and search ‘education that works for everyone’: deadline 12th Dec County consultation on Statement of Community Involvement: Everyone uses roads, footpaths, schools, waste management services, energy. When these are planned, there is a process by which the community are invited to give opinion along with other stakeholders. This consultation (online at hants.gov.uk) is to reflect some of the lessons learned in the years since the last one was adopted, increase consultation deadlines and create more up to date processes as the power of the internet communication strengthens. You are invited to respond online, but it is also available on paper. I urge you all to consider the proposals and respond to this consultation: deadline 19th Dec

Roads, flooding and footways are in our thoughts at this time of year. Itchen Valley Parish Council hosted a useful meeting for parishes using the scheme to discuss how we used the Lengthsman in this area. We compiled a list of issues to be clarified and later, I put forward these constructive solutions for a safer and more effective service to the Executive Member at HCC. We now await a timetable of the agreed suggestions. I have had queries about a number of footways are being created or completely resurfaced in the area, and why they are being done now when money is tight? These are simply as a result of submissions made over the years, or urgent matters and have come to the top of the list: the works come from a different budget from the roads. Wishing us all a healthy 2017 Adult Social Care is in a well publicised crisis, and in this area

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our wonderful carers are more precious than jewels. I am urging HCC to reconsider their options for Cornerways, where the respite care home has been empty for four years now. Children’s Social Care: is currently tendering for suppliers to provide respite care for seriously ill and/or disabled children. There are excellent opportunities to work with the respected local charities Sebastian Trust and Naomi House on this. I hope that useful arrangements can be made to offer more opportunities for families affected. The second attempt at the Sustainability and Transformation Plan for the NHS in this area is expected soon, and we must urge our MP to share the information with us all as users as soon as possible. Don’t forget to recycle all that you can over the Christmas period, but the County is refusing to accept old fridges at recycling centres because the government scheme can’t cope. There is no apparent end to this problem, so it could go on for some while. Meanwhile, please look after your empty fridge carefully: I am urging HCC to create its own stockpile to avoid fly-tipped fridges arriving in your fields before Christmas. The whole issue of changes at the Cart and Horses junction is called ‘Junctiongate’ by residents. I was going to include a junction picture here- but thought you might prefer a decorated Brussel sprout instead? It seems to sum up the logic of the new road layout on the A33 for many of you… Many of you will use the junction in your daily travel. We discussed your concerns -and fury- when I met with the HCC bosses in October. There are three aspects of frustration: the time it has taken to implement the scheme, the speed of through coming traffic and the uncertainty as to who has priority, leading to confusion and congestion. In view of public concern, I asked again for a record of accidents and a complete re-think. You can contribute to the petition by going to change.org and putting ‘cart and horses’ into the search box. Will you be ‘taking the air’ along the Millennium Walk at Alresford this Christmas? Unfortunately, holes continue to develop along the popular riverside route that many of you will enjoy, but the environmental implications of the work forces the timing of any permanent repairs to be carried out in Autumn next year. I have used some of my councillor allowance to progress this matter. Finally, a new number to remember: simply call 105 to report a power cut. No other number necessary. Let’s hope we don’t need it this year! Merry Christmas! You can contact me, Cllr Jackie Porter, Jackie@jackieporter. co.uk, Text 07973 696 085, on Facebook, website www. jackieporter.co.uk, tel: 01962 791054, or write to me at The Down House, Itchen Abbas, Winchester SO21 1AX, twitter: @ JackieLibDem


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o, did you see the Super Moon? Thanks to the closest orbit of a full moon to Earth in 70 years, on 13 November the moon appeared bigger and brighter than usual. With the South Downs National Park designated an International Dark Sky Reserve, we have opportunities in our own backyard for enjoying the night sky with minimal light pollution. Luckily, I was alerted to the Super Moon event by Charlie, the tabby, who for much of the evening refused to leave his observation post by the back door. I managed to sneak outside in my wellies and was rewarded by the spectacle of a huge, luminous golf ball of a moon, its mountains and craters clearly visible to the naked eye, and seemingly suspended just above the roof. I’m so glad I witnessed this beautiful phenomenon, because the next Super Moon isn’t expected until 2034. Of course, with a little forward planning, I could have taken my amateur astronomy to a higher level, to an elevated spot in the Hampshire countryside where the sky opens up like a planetarium. Old Winchester Hill, near the village of Exton in the Meon Valley, is just such a place, recommended by the International Dark Sky Association as one of the South Downs’ best locations for star-gazing. Having recently explored the summit of Old Winchester Hill in daylight, I can only imagine how atmospheric it would be on a clear night. This is a place to come for some of the best views in Hampshire. The hill dominates the landscape, offering a panoramic outlook across steep chalky slopes, springy grassland and a patchwork of fields. Summer brings orchids and cowslips, followed by ox-eye daisies and scabious, along with flotillas of chalkhill blue butterflies. But I was here in autumn, when oak leaves were turning to gold and holly trees were dotted with scarlet berries. As I followed the track from the car park, a sharp-eyed blackbird enjoyed tail-end berries among the brambles, and hedgerows were edged by desiccated stems of towering hogweed.

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Looking down into the valley, the southern slopes were lit by afternoon sun; it glinted off the wings of a gang of cawing rooks circling overhead. But the damp coombes on the chilly northern side were deep in shadow, made yet darker by pockets of impenetrable woodland. Some of these craters resulted from the efforts of Second World War military exercises, but it’s thought that human activity here dates back as much as 4000 years. It is certainly atmospheric. The land is shaped by a series of Bronze Age burial mounds, which loom like a pod of grassy whales on the crest of the hill. Just as striking, are the remains of an Iron Age settlement, fortified with a ditch and ramparts dug from the earth with ancient tools. How long it took them to do it, nobody knows. Old Winchester Hill has never been excavated and, for me, this mystery is part of its charm. I continued on the path uphill and the sky opened up before me. We may not have the ‘big skies’ of East Anglia, but on this particular day the Hampshire horizon was spectacular! Stately cumulus clouds drifted across the bright blue sky like ships on the ocean. As I turned the corner, a string of teenagers loped by, bedrolls strapped to their rucksacks, billy cans swinging. Laughing and joking, their Duke of Edinburgh expedition clearly offered more than sore feet and aching shoulders. Swinging open a gate, I was now on part of the South Downs Way. A couple wearing serious boots sat on a bench, unwrapping sandwiches and fruit. Proper hikers, not a Sunday stroller like me. I carried on towards the summit and noticed a solitary figure silhouetted against the skyline. The view here at almost 200 metres above sea level, stretched for miles, with a glimpse of the sparkling coast in the distance. I stopped to take a photograph, and when I looked again the stranger had gone. I shivered. Time to go home, but I’ll go back soon. Perhaps next time I’ll wait until after dark, and armed with blanket, torch and thermos, I’ll do some star-gazing.


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OPH Barn Owl Project - Hampshire & Bird of Prey Hospital - A Passion for Raptors. We often spend our life tied into what we have to do, work, family, home… BOPH formed as a result of a career change.

The gift of a moment in time and the words “Do something you want to do”. Two trips to Zambia found the answer, Conservation and Volunteering. Falconry training, wildlife rehabilitation, a home grown diploma, a set of certificates and a few years of volunteering and we now have an active set of local Barn Owl nest boxes installed, an essential support that we can offer this declining species in the UK. Ringing birds is a helpful and vital resource in order to support the British Trust for Ornithology, an independent charitable research institute that combines professional and voluntary input to establish bird populations in order to support government and environmental decision makers. One does not need to go to Africa when we have such wonderful wildlife here on the doorstep that is facing decline and we can all make a difference to support and preserve what we have left. The flip side is the inadvertent persecution of animals and birds, often damaged on roads, falling foul of eating chemicals or just starving when times are hard and the weather unkind. Most unfortunate is the fact that man has a hand in most of the reasons we find struggling wild species, when often space and development can change their lifestyle in order to make provision for ours. Take the Barn Owl for example, named as such because it used to be the farmers best friend, sheltering in the barns to stay alive in winter living on a diet of rats! So today we despise the rat, so much so that we poison, trap, bate and chemical before ever thinking of the consequences. Without doubt, the amount of poison we use is vastly out of control, does not only affect one species as it is carried in the organs of almost all Birds of Prey, because they eat the rodents who are being fed the chemicals. Is it any wonder they are failing, we are in fact weakening the species, and that is just one species of owl. Add to that the lack of shelter, as so many barns have been developed or replaced, therefore no longer offer the shelter they once did. The result is a shortened tough little life for the iconic white owl, who will not survive without natural whole food, shelter and a mate. The nursing background has provided a toolset that is immeasurably useful. Transferring understanding and

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common sense in a blend that can help wildlife. Experiencing the rescue of many creatures since childhood, it remains clear that our wild species have little or no professional support, as so much of the rehabilitation that takes place is unregulated and carries no formal training. Most often, it is kind hearted volunteers who just want to do their best to alleviate suffering, spend time and money to try and make a difference, yet are on the outside of the veterinary spectrum that is well supported with training and regulation. One could so easily lose heart at the mercy of veterinary practice, who, though duty bound to attend to wildlife will readily charge full price to cover the urgent need for assistance or xray, failing to realise the immense effort to just do the best for the Birds. General vet practices rarely have qualified ‘bird’ practitioners, leaving a costly journey to the nearest bird specialist, of which I can name 4 in the UK. Helping wild birds that live free is like trapping and torturing them in a foreign language, they will never understand you are helping, often lurching from sick to critical in the blink of an eye as thestress takes its toll. However articles and press do not read well. The State of Nature Report has David Attenborough’s dulcet tones declaring the demise of species, never to be seen again only one lifetime away from now. It is down to us all to improve understanding and maintain this wonderful passion for our natural world, encourage children to be inquisitive and learn about how this rich tapestry is sewn into our own world. Primarily, to keep species thriving among us, a tall order but we can all help. If we put up a 100 more nest boxes, thats wonderful, yet without enough grassy land to provide habitat for small mammals, there is questionable point, as without food, there is not life. In reality, Wisdom the Educational Barn Owl will have a long life of protected care, freedom to fly, clean healthy food and will expect to live for 15 years or more. Of all the wild young Barn Owl that leave the nest in the summer, only 30% will make it to the following spring if they are lucky, but even if they make it and procreate, their life average in the UK is 2 - 5 years. Luck should not be their future, life choice for our wild species is something we should all take notice of. For now, we carry on helping casualties, returning them to the wild to face the consequences of real life. Kim Boog-Penman Barn Owl Project Hampshire & Bird Of Prey Hospital 0797 3747 305


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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@talktalk.net 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

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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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Welcome to our special festive feature of The Market Square

We hope you like our carefully designed pull-out feature, for you to keep to hand when making Christmas lists and perusing our local shops. This month's edition is packed full of festive treats and gift ideas

Wreath created by Wildbunch Florists, Alresford Festive bouquets and garlands also available 14 West St, New Alresford, Alresford SO24 9AT T: 01962 735097 www.wildbunchflorists.co.uk


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Lavenders

JoJo Inspired

Polar bear - £49.95 Cavendish french necklace - £110 Costume and silver jewellery arriving daily Tel: 01962 732192 | 10 West St, Alresford

Handmade felt Christmas wreath - £36.99 19 Broad Street, Alresford, SO24 9AR Tel: 01962 733 894 | www.lavenders-alresford.com

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Fine Art, Antiques, Interiors and collectables Auction Tue 13 and Wed 14 December - Commencing 10am Tel: 01962 735988 | www.andrewsmithandson.com

Faux Fur bobble hats £25. More colours available in store 34 West Street, Alresford, SO24 9AU Tel: 01962 738470 | Delilah Boutique

Decorate your home this Christmas. Gifts also available. 11 East Street, Alresford, SO24 9EQ Tel: 01962 736116 | www.billygoatshoes.co.uk

Gentle Balance

101 Dogs and a Panda

Jasmine China Hire

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

Unique and completely original, a needle felted wool sculpture of your dog. The perfect gift - £40 Tel: 01962 733910 | www.101dogsandapanda.com

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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Full of fun Pettiskirt by Candy Bows in sizes 0-12y From £23 2 Bakehouse Yard, New Alresford, SO24 9AU Tel: 01962 734488 | www.ragamuffin-uk.com

Assorted festive decorations from £4.50 29 West Street, Alresford, SO24 9AB Tel: 01962 736311 | www.interiorstyle.biz

Libelula Beatrix Sequin Dress - £345 35 West Street, Alresford, SO24 9AB Tel: 01962 733277 | www.modarosa.co.uk

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Cashmere jumper with sequin patches - perfect for adding a little bit of sparkle to the festive season. Tel: 01962 733242 | www.42weststreet.co.uk

Handmade Floral Entwined silver necklace by Linda Macdonald - £115 40A West Street, Alresford Tel: 01962 732200 | www.dbarkerandson.co.uk

For the night before Christmas! Screen printed cotton present sacks | Gift ideas, decorations and festive cheer in store now. Tel: 01962 734221 | www.alresfordlinen.co.uk

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Sofa or bed side table W48cm x D30cm x H66cm - £299 36 West Street, New Alresford, Alresford, SO24 9AU Tel: 01962 732507 | www.design-realities.co.uk

A selection of festive glass and ceramic baubles starting from £3.50 19A-21 West Street, New Alresford, Alresford, SO24 9AB Tel: 01962 734504 | www.morebydesign.com

Handmade felt christmas pudding door stop - £32.99 19 Broad Street, Alresford, SO24 9AR Tel: 01962 733 894 | www.lavenders-alresford.com

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Christmas gift pack - Hand and body wash and hydrating hand and body lotion - £39 (saving £11)

Smoky eyes Clarins gift set - £21.50 Buy the mascara and the rest is FREE

Christmas Cracker Gift Box - 50ml self tan lux dry oil - £10 Better value than the 100ml size and in a cracker!

Alresford Beauty is not simply a beauty salon - oh no - it's also a veritable gift emporium, especially at Christmas! Come on in and discover a wonderful eclectic array of designer bags. Hand-printed scarves and beauty products for him and her! ALRESFORD BEAUTY 24A WEST ST, ALRESFORD, SO24 9AT Jessica Colour & Care Colour and care gift pack - £10.50 A saving of £5 when bought in a pack

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Elemis Joyful glow Christmas candle - £27.50 Traditional Elemis Christmas aroma

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Assorted Designs - £4 Our popular stocking filler last year back with more designs

Sterling silver earrings in gift box - £9.95 Matching necklace available £18.95 (not shown)

Novelty hand washes - £5.95 - 3 designs Christmas Tree, Father Christmas and Snowman


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n Thursday November 10 2016, Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium is joining forces with other Science Centres and Science Museums across the world to celebrate the first ever International Science Centres and Science Museum Day.

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Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium The day, backed by UNESCO, recognises at the highest levels the huge contribution that Science Centres and Science Museums make every day, on every continent, in inspiring young people and families with science. To mark the day Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium, alongside a selected group of Science Centres and Science Museums across the UK, will be planting seeds from the very apple tree that Sir Isaac Newton was famously sitting under, when a falling apple inspired his revolutionary theories about gravity. The apple seeds have been donated by National Trust’s Woolsthorpe Manor in Lincolnshire, the birthplace and family home of Sir Isaac Newton. Newton’s tree still flourishes in the orchard there and continues to inspire visitors from all across the world. Ben Ward, Director at Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium, said: “Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium is honoured to be a part of the specially selected group of Science Centres and Science Museums involved in the project. We welcome more than 173,000 visitors per year, 37,000 of these are schools so we can’t wait for our very own Newton's Apple Tree to grow and inspire everyone that sees it.” Jannette Warrener, Operations Manager for Woolsthorpe Manor, said: “I’m delighted to share apple pips with other amazing sites for science across the country and hope that the project will engage young people with the fascinating story of Newton. He truly shaped modern scientific thinking here at Woolsthorpe when he worked on his theory of gravity and also explored light and calculus. “Pips from the tree are currently in space on the International Space Centre, originally sent up with Tim Peake as part of his ‘Principia’ mission. They have certainly travelled far and wide!”

This unique project has been made possible through a partnership with The UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres (ASDC), the national charity that brings together the UK’s major science engagement organisations. Together UK Science centres and museums involve 20 million children and adults every year with science through their hands-on science programmes, schools science programmes and community activities. The CEO of ASDC Dr Penny Fidler, said: "We are delighted to be able to celebrate the day by sharing Newtons's apples seeds with families and the public through the impressive network of UK science centres. As a nation and a global society we have some major challenges ahead that will take scientific creativity and entrepreneurship to solve. Science Centres and Museums are at the heart of bringing the latest science to the public across the UK and helping children and adults to get involved with science in a hands-on and inspirational way, building the skills we need to create a better world for the future." Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium is Southern England's leading hands-on, interactive, science and technology centre with the largest standalone planetarium in the UK. The Science Centre is a self-funded, independent educational charity and relies on Gift Aid and visitor donations to stay open seven days a week. Online booking discount available on general entry. To book, visit www.winchestersciencecentre.org or call 01962 863791.

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WHAT ARE THE DANGERS OF THE CHRISTMAS SEASON FOR MY PET?

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hristmas is the season to be jolly, but many of the foods we indulge in are potentially dangerous for our pets. Sweets and chocolate are in abundance at this time of year. Many of us know that chocolate can be highly toxic to animals but a lesser known one is Xylitol. This is used as a sugar replacement in many human food products especially sweets and even items like tooth paste. It is highly toxic to dogs. Ingestion of even a small amount can lead to low blood glucose, liver failure, seizures and even death. Onion is also toxic, when used in cooking it is worth remembering if onion is present in a meal and any left overs are fed to the dog this is a potential hazard. Raisins are everywhere at Christmas. Mice pies, Christmas cake, stollen and Christmas pudding all have a high content of raisins in and pose a potential risk to your dog if ingested.

three day stay in a veterinary hospital if ingestion has been suspected. Paracetamol may be used more frequently at this time of year, to aid our recovery from the Christmas parties and over indulgence of alcohol. While controlled dosing of this drug may be prescribed by a veterinary surgeon for dogs the same cannot be said for cats. Cats are highly sensitive to the effects of Paracetamol and this can be fatal so make sure all drugs are kept well out of the reach of pets as well as children. One more commonly seen poisoning at this time of year in cats is Ethylene Glycol. It is commonly found in Antifreeze, screen wash or de-icers. Cats that have been shut in garages for a couple of days often find access to this solution and drink it as a water substitute. It is rapidly absorbed from the gastro intestinal tract and is highly fatal once ingested. For further information regarding dangers of the Christmas period and your pets speak to your local veterinary practice. Written by Laura Smith RVN & Emily Binfield RVN Cedar Veterinary Group www.cedarvet.com Alton: 01420 82163 Alresford: 01962 732535 Four Marks: 01420 562048

Raisin poisoning isn’t quantifiable; this means one raisin could be potentially fatal to a large dog. Treatment often requires a

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Antique & Pre-Owned Jewellery Antique & Pre-Owned Jewellery

Antique & Pre-Owned Jewellery 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

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Pre-owned sapphire and diamond oval cluster ring in 18ct gold Pre-owned sapphire and diamond oval cluster ring in 18ct gold £5,250 £5,250 40a40a West Street, Hants West Street, Alresford, Alresford, Hants Pre-owned sapphire and diamond oval cluster ring in 18ct gold Tel:01962 01962 732200 732200 Tel: £5,250 www.dbarkerandson.co.uk www.dbarkerandson.co.uk 40a West Street, Alresford, Hants Tel: 01962 732200 www.dbarkerandson.co.uk

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hristmas is not very far away and the daylight hours are growing shorter week by week. This can be a tricky time for both dog owners and their dogs. Everyone is trying to walk their dogs in the few hours of daylight which means we are likely to meet more other dogs on our walks. In many dogs senses heighten as it gets colder and the days grow shorter. Also behaviours that we thought were resolved can rise again and there can be more dog to dog issues. At this point our leadership skills must be stronger than ever and we must be extra vigilant and responsible. If young or nervous dogs are charged or growled at by other dogs it can make them nervous and possibly aggressive - problems that might take months to resolve. With a bit of thoughtfulness there are lovely walks for dog owners to enjoy at this time of year, frosty mornings, crunchy leaves and the approaching festive season. Remember over Christmas that the best gift you can give to your dog is your time. For classes, one to one training and work on behavioural problems phone Janet Gray 01420 562869. Classes resume after the Christmas break on Monday 5th January.

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F INE ART AUCTIO NEERS & VALUERS

FINE ART, ANTIQUES, INTERIORS& COLLECTABLES AUCTION Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 December Commencing 10am

Viewing: Thursday 8th 12 noon – 4pm, Friday 9th, Saturday 10th, Monday 12th 10am – 4pm, and mornings of sale from 8.30am

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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immediately direct you to the best medical care for you. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.

ALRESFORD SURGERY NEWS Welcome back We wish a warm welcome back to Dr. Marie Dodd who has been on maternity leave since last Winter. She has returned to us on Wednesdays,Thursdays & Fridays.

The surgery will be closed on 26 and 27 December and 2 January. If you need urgent medical care you can access the Out of Hours service for advice, a face to face appointment or, if it is necessary, a home visit. The number to call is 111.

Christmas & New Year We wish everyone a very happy Christmas – please make sure you have sufficient supplies of your usual medications to last over the holiday period which you can order in a number of ways; • In person at the surgery • By post • By fax (01962 736034) • Via Patient Access (www.patient.co.uk/access)

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our Village Agents for Alresford are Denise and Fiona.We can be contacted during the week on 07969 376023 or villageagent@ ageconcernhampshire.org.uk. If we are unavailable, please leave a message and we will call you back, or call Age Concern Hampshire on Freephone 0800 328 7154. Denise and Fiona are in contact with local services, have access to the accredited Information and Advice service at Age concern Hampshire, as well as links to Hampshire County Council’s Support Services – all of which will help get the right information to you as swiftly as possible.

111 is the NHS nonemergency number. It’s fast, easy and free. Call 111 and speak to a highly trained adviser, supported by healthcare professionals.They will ask you a series of questions to assess your symptoms and We can offer information on the following topics: • Benefits – what you may be entitled to • Blue Badge Scheme • Community groups/ Social Clubs/Courses in your area • Computer/internet Help • Cookery Classes • Council Enquiries • Council Tax • Safety Around the Home • Safety Out and About • Home Fire Safety • Reliable Tradespeople • Gardening help • Help in the Home • Getting to the Doctors

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he charity Action on Hearing Loss is calling on the 421,500 people living in Greater Manchester with deafness or hearing loss to provide feedback on how well GPs and other NHS services communicate with them since NHS England’s Accessible Information Standard was launched early this year. The Standard, which came into full force on 1 August, requires all NHS and adult social care providers to meet the communication and information needs of people with a sensory loss, impairment or a disability, including the one in six living with a hearing loss. The charity, which was heavily involved in the development of the Standard, wants real feedback from people

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who are deaf or have hearing loss to include in its submission of evidence to NHS England’s planned review of the Standard early next year. Roger Wicks, Director of Policy and Campaigns at Action on Hearing Loss, said: “For the first time all NHS and adult social care services must take note of, and meet, the communication needs of all of its patients.The Standard is a hugely welcome step forward for the 421,500 people in Greater Manchester who are deaf or have a hearing loss, and we need your help to make sure this is happening where you live. The charity’s Access All Areas research report found that most people with hearing loss surveyed were forced to struggle on the phone

If you take regular medications please make sure you have enough to see you over the festive period and please place requests with us in good time if repeats will be needed. If you have family coming to stay with you remind them not to forget their medicines. May we wish you all a very happy Christmas and a healthy New Year. Welcome to our new Receptionists A warm welcome to our new Receptionists Vikki Wilmot & Francine El-Qada who joined our friendly reception team in late November. The Alresford Surgery Station Road, Alresford, Hampshire, SO24 9JL Telephone: 01962 732345 Website: www.alresfordsurgery.co.uk

• Finding Residential Care • Keeping Warm at Home • Support from your Library • Meals on Wheels • Nuisance Calls • Personal Care • Preventing Falls • Scams • Assistance with Shopping • Transport • Voluntary Sector We can help you save time searching for information and making multiple phone calls – Give us a call today Call Denise or Fiona on 07969 376023

to book appointments, one in seven missed appointments when they hadn’t heard their name called, and one quarter didn’t understand their diagnosis after seeing a GP. If you are deaf or have a hearing loss and would like to offer feedback on the way your GP or other NHS services communicate with you, please email campaigns@hearingloss.org.uk or contact its Information Line on telephone 0808 808 0123, textphone 0808 808 9000 or send a text message to 0780 000 0360. Action on Hearing Loss has also produced resources to help people explain to their GP what support they need.To download the resources and to find about more about whatthe Accessible Information Standard means for people who are deaf or have hearing loss, please visit: www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk/ ontherecord.


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"I love how Bluebird's ethic is to be the best and there is no cutting corners." Amy, Care Assistant Bluebird Care

Why I came to care... Bluebird Care are not only Alresford’s, but also Hampshire’s first and only “Overall Outstanding” CQC rated provider of home and live-in care. Our excellent team come from all walks of life and here we profile why Amy, one of our Care Assistants in Alton, came to care.

Name: Amy B Lives: Alton Joined: February 2015 Hours: Full time – 40 hours per week Cares for customers in: Ropley, Alresford, Four Marks, Medstead, Alton

Pictured: Amy with her customer Lizzie

“I used to be a sports coach but wanted a change so I could progress in a career rather than just having any old job. My Nan was also a carer and always said I'd be good at it too as I'm a very enthusiastic person and love being around people. I thought I'd give it ago and I couldn’t believe how much I enjoyed it! “What makes Bluebird Care different is we have a good reputation and I wanted to be a part of that team. Also the customers! We are very lucky to have so many customers with amazing backgrounds, it’s so interesting speaking with them about their past. We also have a customer who is 104 years old who we enable to stay at home which I feel is just incredible! “Bluebird Care treats employees well and are always willing to listen to us and assist us in any way possible. This makes it so much nicer to work in an environment where everyone is welcoming. “It’s such a rewarding role and it’s even more amazing to enable people to stay at home and near their loved ones during Christmas. Seeing their faces at this time of year is such a wonderful feeling!”

Would you like to be a part of our Outstanding Care Team? We are currently recruiting for Care Assistants and are interested to hear from people currently working in care as well as people considering a career change. We offer a full career pathway suitable for people of all backgrounds and experience. We have full and part-time positions available, pay the best rates in the area and offer the best training. If you are interested to find out more 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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The road to the Wild West CLAIRE THURLOW

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e could have been in South Africa by now! How much further is it?’ We left Glasgow four hours ago, and on this July evening we’re still miles from our destination, a remote spot on the west coast of Scotland. The rented house is on the Morvern Peninsula, across the water from the Isle of Mull. Turning from a narrow road onto an unpaved track, and then onto little more than a trail, that it strikes me that there are still parts of Britain which are truly wild. To my teenage son’s horror neither satnav nor mobile phones work here, so we rely on the OS map and the dubious logic that with so few roads crossing the mountains and glens, it should be difficult to get lost. ‘Turn left here.’ ‘Lochaline is that way.’ My husband stops the car at the junction. ‘It’s this way.’ The house is 14 miles from the nearest village. We carry on, avoiding skinny, muscular sheep. They scamper on agile hooves among rocks and ferns, turning horned heads to watch as we negotiate a tight bend. This is the most westerly point of Britain, as far north as Stockholm, sharing the same extended hours of summer daylight. It’s a fine evening, and beyond the tree line, above the bare crags, the sky is still a benevolent blue.Yet it’s not hard to imagine the bleakness of the landscape in winter months. Today the moorland is threaded with heather and swaying grasses, but in winter it could be feet deep in snow. A black speck wheels over the hills, a peregrine falcon, or a sea eagle? There are golden eagles here too, comfortable in a place with sparse human population. I’m too slow to grab binoculars for a better look. We swerve to avoid a boulder, and then Loch Teacuis swings into view - turquoise water, edged with cool grey rock. A tiny beach is tucked against the shore, pine trees fringing the pale sand, but without a boat, the only access is across a patch of bog. Bouncing over a cattle grid, we enter the shade of ancient woodland. Densely packed rowan, ash, hazel and gnarled oak

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trees line the track. This is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, managed by the Scottish Wildlife Trust, where the grazing of sheep and highland cattle is strictly controlled. Emerging into fading sunshine, we find our house at last. Stumbling inside on cramped legs, we’re thrilled to find that our home for the next week looks directly onto the water. A pair of dinghies, anchored in the gentle waves, bob cheerfully, and beside them, on a crumbling post, perches a heron. In repose between fishing expeditions, its grey feathers flutter in the evening breeze. The light is dwindling, the sky flecked with pink. There are bags to unpack, a meal to be cooked, but I’m drawn back to the window to watch the loch. Then I see it, down in the shallows, where rafts of ochre-coloured seaweed offer shelter to crabs and other sea-food. It’s an otter, clearly visible through the huge living room window, even without binoculars. It dabbles in the water, inspecting its surroundings with little concern for intruding humans. After a glance in my direction, it dives beneath the water and makes for the opposite shore. ‘Look!’ My husband points through another window, looking over open hillside at the rear of the house. It’s a red deer stag – a handsome one, with striking 12 point antlers. He stands, like a film star humouring the paparazzi, then swaggers off through the bracken. I need to get on with supper, but the show isn’t over yet. Our teenager rushes from sofa to window. The glass stretches from floor to ceiling, and low down, pressing its small nose against the pane, is a startlingly confident creature with chocolate brown fur and a yellow throat. ‘Is it a weasel?’ ‘No, a pine marten. Look, its going for those slugs on the path!’ ‘It says here she likes peanut butter and comes down every night to get some.’ My husband reads from the guest-book. The pine marten snuffles, sniffing the slugs with disdain, then she slinks away into the undergrowth, sweet tooth unsatisfied. ‘Still wish you’d gone to South Africa?’ I ask. ‘No way!’ my husband says, dragging himself from the window. ‘It’s quite wild enough here for me.’ Written by Claire Thurlow


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he current Minibus has clocked up 98,000 miles over its 8 years, and has done nearly 5000 journeys. The new Minibus, a Mercedes Sprinter ordered in October at a cost of £58K, has started its production. Pam Stevens and Bernard Simmons visited Stanford Coachworks in Essex who are taking on the conversion work, and Sales Director Mike Gasper is confident of meeting the delivery target of March 2017. M.P. Steve Brine, a great supporter of the Trust, has agreed to perform the opening ceremony of the new Minibus. The unveiling of the new Minibus by Steve Brine will also include a special social gathering for the 30+ volunteer drivers who have been the backbone of the Minibus operation, and without their dedication there would be no Minibus service. The Mercedes Sprinter is a big improvement to the current Minibus with easy accessible steps into the bus and a top of the range air conditioning and heating system. It will also be fitted with a shopping and walking aids area to keep these items safe. The Minibus will have 7 logos from its principal financial supporters, namely Andrew Smith Auctioneers; Richard Steel Funeral Directors; Winchester City Council; Old Alresford P.C; Alresford Rotary; Alresford Pigs, Alresford Thursday Market. You can join the list of supporters. Pam Stevens has the details and can be contacted on (01962) 734861, or email: heatherhollow@ btinternet.com. It not only advertises your organisation but helps towards the running costs of the new Minibus.

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vington Ladies’ Golf section were delighted to present a cheque for the marvellous sum of £2,810 to Sebastian’s Action Trust. This amount represented a busy year of fund-raising events coupled with the generous hospitality of the proprietor, Robert Stent, who welcomed ladies from other clubs to a special coffee morning held in the summer.

Sebastain’s Action Trust works to support over 500 families who have a child with a life threatening or life limiting illness. Much of this direct support is provided by The Bluebells, the flagship Family Respite Holiday Home in North Waltham near Basingstoke. It is a unique facility which offers support to families from all over the UK. The club’s donation will enable the charity to continue its very vital work with vulnerable and challenged families. At the start of the year the charity welcomed the committee and members to Bluebells and as a result of what they saw all sections of the club have adopted the charity for their fundraising efforts this coming year.

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CHRISTMAS LEAVE WWII AT THE WATERCRESS LINE “We'll meet again, I do know where, I do know when, I know we'll meet again….” This Christmas, the Watercress Line invite you to join civilian and military re-enactors and experience the atmosphere of a WWII Christmas on the railway.

Whether this is a trip down memory lane, or a chance to make new memories, it is the perfect place to bring your family and guests after Christmas. On both the 26th and 27th December, our period stations will host re-enactors and the general public enjoying song, dance, steam and seasonal merriment. Do come and join them for this unique experience. Your ticket will include all day travel on the railway, and you can hop on and off at all 4 stations enjoying the 40s entertainment on offer. For more information visit: www.watercressline.co.uk

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SATURDAY 11 FEBRUARY Douglas Skeggs, Art Historian DAVID HOCKNEY: THE OLD MASTER OF MODERN ART

SATURDAY 18 FEBRUARY Nick Petford,Volcanologist and Vice Chancellor of the University of Northampton

Lets get social! Thank you to all who attended our Social Media workshop evening in November, we look forward to seeing your festive tweets and status updates soon.

THE VOLCANO THAT STOPPED THE WORLD

Christmas Chamber Do Who: The Swan Hotel When: Thursday 1st December at 6pm Where: 11 West St, Alresford £10 per head to include a drink & festive fayre. Numbers of guests attending and monies need to be received by the Chamber Secretary no later than Friday 25th November – We will not be accepting money on the night.

SATURDAY 25 FEBRUARY Jonathan Story, INSEAD Emeritus Professor of International Political Economy THE EU, BREXIT AND THE WORLD

Please email info@alresfordchamber.co.uk or call 07769722985 to book.

SATURDAY 4 MARCH Frank Field, Labour MP for Birkenhead

Late Night Shopping & Father Christmas’s arrival Don’t forget to see the arrival of Father Christmas in Alresford and the late night opening of the shops on Wednesday 7th December. Please keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter page for member’s promotions running on the night.

POVERTY AND POLITICS

SATURDAY 11 MARCH Alison Weir, British historian and author

The Alresford Chamber of Commerce Business Award If you know of an Alresford business that you feel has shown innovation, progression and stand out ability in the last year then please contact a member of the Alresford Chamber of Commerce Committee. The Business Award will be voted on by the Chamber of Commerce Committee in early January 2017. Look out for the winner’s business name being announced within the local press in the New Year. Thank you to the Alresford Pigs Thank you to the hard work of the Alresford Pigs for supplying, erecting and maintaining the Christmas Trees in town during this month. A big thank you also goes to all the businesses and residents who have supported them this year by buying a Christmas Tree. The Alresford Chamber of Commerce would like to take this opportunity to wish all of their members and readers of The Forum a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year Collated & Written by Liz Brown – Chamber Secretary

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CHRISTMAS CRAFT WORKSHOP AT THE FIELD FARM PROJECT, ALTON Rustic Christmas Crafts 3 December - Come and join us in our beautiful barn to get festive and Christmassy! Adults can make a unique wreath for the door or a table display using willow, a variety of greenery and natural materials to decorate. Children can have fun with the glitter and tinsel making willow spirals, willow stars, traditional pomanders and pine cone garlands. Hot chocolate and decorate your own ginger bread man for a seasonal sweet treat! Family workshop, suited for children 6 years and up. £15 per person Wreath making workshop 14 December - Just for the adults, take a pre-seasonal break to come and get

creative in our beautiful barn. Using locally sourced willow make your own wreath for decorating your door or use as a beautiful table display. On offer will be a fabulous array of different greenery, natural materials, pine cones and ribbons to decorate your wreath using your own design and style. Lots of help on hand, ideas and inspiration as needed. Have a glass of mulled wine, a mince pie and just enjoy creating and crafting to get into the Christmas spirit. Price: £20 per adult Please call 07979 321369 For more information visit www.fieldfarmproject.com

CINDERELLA AT THEATRE ROYAL WINCHESTER

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he 2016/17s pantomime will be the magical tale of Cinderella. Boo the Ugly Sisters, cheer the Fairy Godmother and laugh with Buttons as Prince Charming falls in love with Cinderella. Enjoy original songs, audience participation, a wickedly funny script and adorable live ponies in a traditional family pantomime. Book now before performances sell out. Recommended Age: 3+ (all ages welcome) School & Group Friendly Performance Adults £13.50 - Children/Schools £10 Concessions £11

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Buy 8, receive 1 free teacher ticket Schools Early Bird £9.50 (booked & paid prior to 3 Oct) Family Performance Adults £20.50 - Children £18.50 Concessions £18.50 - Friends £18 Family Ticket £70 - Group offers from £16 per ticket. Please call Box Office 01962 840 440 Premium Performance Adults £23 - Children £21 - Premium Family £80 - Group offers from £18.50 per ticket. Box Office 01962 840 440 For more information visit: www.theatreroyalwinchester.co.uk

A Christmas Fantasia - With the Waynflete Singers and English Chamber Orchestra in Winchester Cathedral directed by Andrew Lumsden. From 7.30pm - Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Christmas Carols; Poulenc: Gloria; Finzi: In Terra Pax; Carols for choir and audience. Soloists: Nadine Benjamin – soprano, Marcus Farnsworth – Baritone. Tickets £9 - £39 (2 for 1 offer available on some seats) from The Cathedral Box Office 01962 857275 / www.tickets.winchester-cathedral. org.uk / www.waynfletesingers.org.uk (registered charity No. 285107)

SATURDAY 3 DECEMBER Ropley Music Nights presents The Electric Swing Circus - 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

SATURDAY 10 DECEMBER Christmas Dance Party Night From 19.30 at Winchester Discovery Centre, SO23 8SB - £10/£12 on the night. Come and join Silvia & Max to celebrate this most special time of year at a Dance Party Night filled with the Spirit of Christmas and all the Dancing Fun you could wish for! Everyone is welcome and no previous dancing experience required -we’ll get everyone dancing. Bar open all night. Music with DJ Max. Salsa y Sol Dance & Yoga www.salsaysol.co.uk www.dancingwinchester.co.uk

TUESDAY 13 DECEMBER Hampshire Writers' Society Technique in Comics Writing and Graphic Novels Lisa Nightingale - Publicity Secretary 6.30pm for Mince Pies and Networking. 7.30pm for speaker. The Stripe Building, University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester, SO22 4NR Cost: £5 non-members. Students free. www.hampshirewriterssociety.co.uk


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NATIONAL TRUST UNVEILS EXHIBITION OF WORK BY ONE OF BRITAIN’S MOST TALENTED BUT OVERLOOKED 20TH-CENTURY ARTISTS

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major exhibition of work by one of Britain’s most exceptional, but overlooked 20th-century artists, Rex Whistler, goes on display at the home of his final great artwork, created before he was killed in action in World War Two Opening on 14 January at the National Trust’s Mottisfont in Hampshire, Rex Whistler: More than Murals explores the talents of this extraordinary artist – creator of Mottisfont’s stunning trompe l’oeil wall paintings, but also a far wider range of work. The show borrows work from Plas Newydd, the Whistler Archive at the Salisbury Museum and the Welsh Guards regimental headquarters. From large-scale paintings to working designs, sketches and some personal items, this is chance to see rarely-displayed material by one of the country’s most celebrated creators of painted illusions, a talent cut tragically short by war. Over seventy items will be on display in Mottisfont’s gallery. Some of Whistler’s best-known works will be on show, including his oil studies of Lady Caroline Paget, with whom he had a difficult and complicated love affair. Best known for the awe-inspiring murals at Plas Newydd and Tate Britain, as well as Mottisfont, he was also an imaginative set-designer, an illustrator for books and advertisements, and an acclaimed portrait artist. His artistic career lasted only until his tragic death in the Second World War, in 1944, but he has left a legacy of extraordinarily varied work. Mottisfont’s exhibition touches on all aspects of his creative output, demonstrating his artistic development and powerful imagination, with touches of humour. Sketchbooks reveal intricately detailed drawings and paintings, while letters are adorned with cartoons and elaborate flourishes. Personal items include the artist’s own paint box, borrowed from Plas Newydd, and a selection of photographs, from the Bright Young Things to a poignant picture with members of Whistler’s tank regiment.

His keen imagination and eye for detail are abundantly evident in working design drawings for murals and theatre sets. Whistler designed for opera, ballet and theatre, including Fidelio at the Royal Opera House and Victoria Regina on Broadway. He created illustrations for over a hundred books. Whistler’s final pieces document his time with the Welsh Guards, many created while he was stationed at Salisbury Plain. Compelling oil portraits of his fellow army men will be on display as part of Mottisfont’s exhibition. The exhibition also includes a film by Rex’s nephew Daniel Whistler, created for Salisbury Museum, including footage filmed here. Rex Whistler: More than Murals sets into context the most celebrated element of Mottisfont’s collection, Whistler’s trompe l’oeil murals for Maud Russell’s drawing room. Through this exhibition, Mottisfont will re-visit and reveal more about the relationship between Rex Whistler and his final patron, with new evidence and understanding of the creative processes behind this spectacular piece. Mrs Russell collected and supported the work of many artists. Just before war broke out in 1939, she transformed the original entrance hall into a large saloon. Whistler was commissioned to paint this room in a way that would deceive the eye. The results were his spectacular trompe l’oeil murals, painted in a gothick style, light-heartedly reflecting the building’s origins as a medieval priory. All columns, ledges or moulded plasterwork in this room are cunningly painted illusions, which create an extraordinary threedimensional appearance. On one of these deceptive ‘ledges’ stands a further, almost hidden trompe l’oeil detail: a paint pot, brush, and box of matches, together with a painted inscription: ‘I was painting this Ermine curtain when Britain declared war on the Nazi tyrants. Sunday September 3rd. R.W.’ This extraordinary room was his last major piece. Whistler left to fight in 1944, but never returned, killed on active service in France.

Calendar 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.

WEDNESDAY 14 DECEMBER 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 at 7.45pm Itchen Abbas Village Hall! Come and join us!

Rex Whistler: More than Murals runs from 14 January to 23 April. Mottisfont’s gallery opens at 11am and closes at 5pm (dusk if sooner). Normal property admission price only. For visitors unable to access the second floor gallery, we have digital versions of exhibitions on iPads which are available on lower levels. Families visiting in February half-term can enjoy a ‘Scribbles and Sketches’ activity trail inspired by the exhibition. There’s also a Whistler-themed a ‘spot the detail’ trail in the gallery. For more information about the exhibition, visit: www.nationaltrust.org. uk/mottisfont/features/rex-whistlerexhibition-at-mottisfont. or call 01794 340757.


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ounded in 2006, the Christmas Market celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. Now recognised as one of the best in Europe with its unique location, high quality exhibitors and bustling atmosphere. Wonderful Christmas gifts, decorations and festive foods can be found in abundance.

About the Christmas Market Our Christmas Market is inspired by traditional German Christmas markets and attracts more than 350,000 visitors each year. The pretty wooden chalets are situated in the Cathedral’s historic Close surrounding an open-air real ice rink. All our exhibitors have been handpicked for their interesting, high quality and unique products many of which can’t be bought on the high street. The 2016 Christmas Market will be running from Fri 18 Nov to Tue 20 Dec. Open every day, 10am-6pm from Sun-Wed, 10am-7.30pm from Thu-Sat. Many of our exhibitors will be attending for the full duration but some will only be here for the first half with new exhibitors filling the chalets for the second half.

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Food and drink There’s plenty of choice when it comes to food and drink at the Christmas Market.You’ll find chalets selling festive favourites such as, mulled wine, bratwurst, mince pies and stollen. Alternatively, our Cathedral Refectory and ice rink café provide a warm and comfortable setting with plenty of seating and great menus.

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ome-Start Winchester’s Naked Quiz Night laid bare the audience’s general knowledge with tricky questions galore, courtesy of Quiz Inquisitor Mike Davies. The event was sponsored by the Naked Grape of Alresford and the evening was duly named in their honour and chef Jo Tyler created a delicious two course supper to help feed the little grey cells. Sue Alexander's team were the brainiacs who gained top marks and Jenny Walmsley of Compton won the week in a luxury villa in the South of France kindly donated by Cecile and Tony Pryor. The evening raised over £2,200 which will help support struggling families in the Winchester area. “Our fund raising team must be congratulated for all their hard work,” said Home-Start Winchester’s Chairman Liz Cooper, “and special thanks must go to Simon Evans of the Naked Grape for his support.” The Home-Start team will be hosting a Quiz Night for the Mayor’s Charities on Saturday 28th January at the Winchester Guildhall and Mike Davies has promised that the questions will be even trickier. Tickets at £10 for tables of up to eight people can be obtained online at http://www. mayorofwinchesterscharities.co.uk/events/details/783.

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TREE IN BASINGSTOKE WAR MEMORIAL PARK TO MARK ITS 50TH ANNIVERSARY

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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ast Worldham Church (East Worldham is on B3004 between Alton and Bordon) 3 and 4 December from 10.30am – 5.30 pm on both days The Christmas Tree Festival is in aid of East Worldham Church Fabric Fund. Our money raising efforts are especially important at this time as we are busy repairing our belfry and tower. Wet rot has been found in the timbers of the belfry and the shingle cladding of the tower is in urgent need of replacement. At the moment the tower is surrounded by scaffolding. Families and groups around the village are presenting over 40 decorated Christmas Trees to the theme of Christmas Songs and Nursery Rhymes. Many will be lit so the church should look splendid with all the fairy lights. There will be a stall selling Christmassy produce and gifts and also refreshments. Carol singing for children around the village will start from the church at 5.30pm on Saturday 3 December. A traditional Christingle service will be held at 9.30 am on Sunday morning leading on to the second day of the festival. Admission is by donation with children free of charge. Car Parking will be signed. We hope you will come to support our festival and look forward to seeing you. Any enquiries to Mary Trigwell-Jones (mary.trigwell-jones@outlook.com).

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Christmas Shopping Evening at SunHill Infant School From 7-9pm. Crafts, Gifts, mulled wine and mince pies. Come and support local businesses and our local infant school. If you are interested in a stall at the event contact foshi2016@yahoo.com.'

The Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Basingstoke with members of CPRE North Hampshire District Group and staff and apprentices from Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council

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olunteers and members from the North Hampshire District Group of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) were joined by the Mayor of Basingstoke on 2nd November to plant a hawthorn tree in the War Memorial Park to mark the charity’s 50th anniversary. Peter Bedford, Chairman highlighted how CPRE stands for a beautiful, thriving countryside for all to value and enjoy and added, “We recognise and support the need for more housing but ideally on brownfield sites so that the beautiful Hampshire countryside and its landscapes remain unspoilt. For example, we applaud the proposed development on the former Eli Lilly site which will produce a large number of new houses close to the centre of Basingstoke.” The Mayor of Basingstoke, Councillor Jane Frankum, who was attending with her son, the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Paul Frankum, said: “I have a love of the countryside which goes back to my roots in Lincolnshire and coming from a farming family.” She added, “We need development but in the right places”. CPRE Hampshire is a membership organisation and depends entirely on public support. To find out more about its work on wide-ranging countryside and rural issues visit www.cprehampshire.org.uk.

THURSDAY 1 DECEMBER Victorian Christmas Market From 6pm to 8pm - Ropley Parish Hall Wide range of exciting craft stalls, fabulous cake stall, variety of Christmas gifts. Mulled wine and mince pies. Carol singers. Free entry. Easy parking. Don't miss the opportunity to complete your Christmas shopping under one festive roof

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.

FRIDAY 2 TO SATURDAY 3 DECEMBER Medstead Players present Trouble in Evermore Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm SATURDAY matinee 2pm for 2.30pmmedstead Village Hall an original panto by Nita Simpson Tickets £6 (£3 children). See website www.medsteadplayers.co.uk or phone 01420 562342

MONDAY 12 DECEMBER Judi Dench in Conversation with John Miller - In aid of Home-Start Winchester From 6.30pm, Guildhall, Winchester Sponsored by Dutton Gregory Solicitors Tickets £15 No concessions. For tickets visit the Winchester Cathedral Box Office, call 01962 857275 or book online at www.tickets.winchester-cathedral.org.uk


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An Afternoon at the Opera

’m not sure what I think about opera. But as we have a brand new opera company launching in our area, I thought I should keep an open mind and investigate, taking my somewhat cynical husband along with me.

Grange Park Opera ended its association with The Grange at Northington, near Alresford, and moved to West Horsley in Surrey. An agreement was reached with the newly-formed Grange Festival to continue the operatic tradition at the house, under the leadership of Artistic Director, Michael Chance. Judging by the number of people who attended the Open Day, many locals were keen to discover what to expect from the new company. Approaching The Grange down a long, pot-holed track (which should be re-surfaced before the 2017 season) provided an opportunity to view the house and parkland in the bucolic landscape of the Candover Valley. Although owned by the Ashburton family, it was taken into state guardianship in 1975. According to English Heritage, the building is “the foremost example in England of Greek Revival architecture”, and it certainly looks more like a Greek temple than a domestic dwelling. Originally a relatively modest country house, it was extended in the early 1800s by architect William Wilkins, who based the classical facades and imposing Doric columns on those he’d seen in Greece. Up close, the mansion shows signs of age, weather and neglect, but still exudes a fascinating, if faded, glamour. Inside, the plaster and lathe walls are crumbling, with nets suspended from ceilings to catch fragments of falling debris. In places, entire floors are missing, doors and fireplaces have been ripped out, but it’s not difficult to imagine how the house must have looked in its heyday. Unfortunately, the auditorium where performances will take place was not open at the time of our visit. Refreshments were provided by ‘pop up’ stalls; so we sat on the elegant steps overlooking the lawn, enjoying scotch eggs and coffee. During the season, opera-goers can enjoy rather more substantial picnics, washed down with a glass of something. Moving into the marquee, Alan Titchmarsh, a long-time supporter of The Grange, promised “an eclectic mix” for 2017. Mr Titchmarsh, host of Classic FM’s Saturday morning show, made a refreshingly down-to-earth (excuse the gardening pun!) and enthusiastic interviewer, and the lively questioning provided insight into the new Artistic Director’s vision for the future. A world-class counter-tenor, who has performed around the

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globe, with numerous recordings to his name, Michael Chance, CBE modestly recalled that he “stumbled into singing”, but his three decades in the business should stand him in good stead to take the new company forward. He stressed that he would not be “pandering to the critics”, and wanted The Grange Festival to break away from the old era and perform less well-known works, as well as old favourites, performed by a combination of established and emerging singers. He also intends to introduce a young artists’ programme, which will include masterclasses which the public can watch before a performance. In addition, there is a possibility that the 2018 season could include ballet or even Shakespeare. The new season begins on 7 June 2017 and will offer nineteen performances across four productions. Bizet’s ‘Carmen’, which as Michael Chance remarked “fizzes with life”, and has never before been staged at The Grange, is likely to be a hit with audiences, and there is comedy in Britten’s ‘Albert Herring’. So far, so appealing, but what about opera’s notoriously high ticket prices? Indeed, French playwright Moliere claimed “of all the noises known to man, opera is the most expensive”. Michael Chance hoped to offer up to 40 seats per performance at £40 a ticket, with standing room passes also available, and possible concessions for young people. Other ticket prices were not available at the time of writing. The interview was enlightening, but the best was yet to come. From the back of the marquee rose the beautiful voice of soprano, Nia Coleman, as she began Puccini’s ‘O mio babbino caro’. Moving to the front of the room, she finished the lyrical aria in front of a captivated audience – even my husband had tears in his eyes! Joined by tenor, Richard Pinkstone, Ms Coleman then performed a rousing duet from ‘West Side Story’, leaving us all in upbeat mood. So will I be going to The Grange Festival in 2017? I certainly hope so. The singing was marvellous, and the venue is unique, set in our very own Hampshire countryside. But I might have to be quick off the mark to get a ticket! The grounds and exterior of The Grange are accessible to the public every day free of charge (with the exception of special events). More information of The Grange Festival can be found at www.thegrangefestival.co.uk Written by Claire Thurlow


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The National Trust apprenticeship scheme was fantastic in setting me up for a career working with stone. An important aspect of the apprenticeship was for me to gain a qualification in Heritage Masonry. This focused understanding on how historic and vernacular pre-1919 buildings were built, the materials used and the correct approach required to undertake in the conservation of their stonework. I was very lucky as not only did I have the support of such a renowned organisation, but you can’t beat learning in the working environment alongside people who are experts in their field. No two pieces of work you get are the same, so the only way to approach a job is to actually do it.

How long did you live in Hampshire? ‘I was brought up in Hampshire, and I have spent most of my adult life here. Education and work has taken me for short times around the country but I always return and wherever I am, I’m always a Hampshire man in my heart.

Where are you based with the National Trust? I worked for the National Trust for 3 years at the famous Elizabethan country house, Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire. Although based at Hardwick Hall, the stonemasonry team supported the East Midlands region for the charity. During my time I carved replacement urns at Belton House in Lincolnshire through to repairing old barns and walls in the Peak District.

STONEMASON ife can be strange. One moment you are travelling confidently down the road towards your future career yet when you arrive, whilst it may be alright, there is a nagging feeling that something’s not quite as it should be. Some may ignore that feeling while others like listen to their inner self and make a major change. David Wilkins is one such person, giving up office life to pursue his dream of becoming a stonemason; he is now working on major projects including St.George's Chapel, Windsor.

Do you have a favourite place here? There is so much about this part of the country I love including Alresford walks along the watercress beds and the Candover Valley but ultimately if I had to choose, it would be the cricket ground at Tichborne Park located in a field on the estate. Having played there for 20 years I have many fond memories of long, hot summer days playing and watching games in the beautiful Hampshire countryside. There is no better way to spend a summer’s afternoon. I have gained lifelong friends through my time at the club and for me the community environment and its location typifies the quintessential essence of English village cricket. I can see why John Arlott enjoyed coming to the Park to watch matches. What inspired you to become a stonemason? I’ve always had an interest in history and the architecture of buildings. I am sure Winchester and the cathedral has always subconsciously had an influence. Previously, I was working in an office in Southampton and knew it wasn’t really ‘me’ or what I wanted to do. When my father unfortunately passed away it was trigger. I thought that life was too short and decided to find a new career, one where I could give something back. After consideration I decided on stonemasonry. After attending a 3 day carving course in Lincoln I knew working with stone was a path I wanted to follow. The next week I had handed in my notice and soon signed up to attend a stonemasonry course at Weymouth College. Can you tell us about your training and apprenticeship? Initially I was at college on a full time stonemasonry course in Weymouth when I found an advert on the National Trust website for an apprentice stonemason. Having watched a programme about one of Britain’s most famous Elizabethan buildings and the stonemasonry conducted there, I knew I wanted the job at Hardwick Hall. A stonemason apprenticeship is three years predominately work-based in-between attending college four times a year in 3 week blocks. The qualification is a combination of on-site training working on real projects and industry-set stonemasonry projects and theory that need to be conducted at college. The 66

How do you feel about the buildings and items you help to restore? I am proud to be involved in working on all historic buildings, from famous structures to remote vernacular houses, they all have a story to tell so to be involved in their conservation I am helping to preserve our heritage and our history. It makes me really happy and is a privilege to be a part of that. When using traditional skills it is a nice feeling to know that I am following in the footsteps of generations of stonemasons before me and one day I hope to pass this on myself and keep the craft alive for years to come. Do you like the feeling that your work could well be part of English architectural heritage for centuries to come? Ultimately this is one of the major reasons why I decided to become a stonemason and carver. The grotesque at Windsor, for example, will easily outlast my lifetime and several generations after. It is a privilege and honour to have my work on the building and to know that people will be looking at it in many decades time is very exciting. It will be a nice legacy to leave and to maybe one day show my grandchildren and tell them “I made that”, would be very special. Are there concerns regarding the art of stonemasonry dying out? There have been. A major reason why the apprenticeship scheme was set up by the National Trust and other heritage bodies was that research in 2005 estimated that 6,500 additional crafts people are required within the built heritage sector to meet the anticipated increased demand for work. A skills shortage was identified with craftsmen retiring and a lack of people inheriting the trade. Do you have a favoured stone with which to work? Portland limestone specifically the Basebed. It has a nice cream colour and with its fine grain is relatively easy to work whilst having ability to hold fine detail. It was the first stone I was trained to work and has been used to embellish many of the country's famous buildings. It is a nice feeling to know that you are working on stone that carvers hundreds of years before you would also have experienced.


Each year there is competition in place for up to 3 students at the school to design and carve a grotesque for St.George's Chapel, Windsor. My design was based the story of John Schorne, a holy rector from Buckinghamshire whose remains reside in Windsor Chapel. A very religious man he was said to have acted out many miraculous cures. After his death in 1314, his shrine in North Martson became a hugely popular place of pilgrimage. His reputation grew to the extent that prayers were sought for ague, toothache, and even drowned people and dead cattle, some of which were said to have been revived by his help! He became so popular that his remains were later moved to St George's Chapel, Windsor to raise funds. His reputation for holiness was so great that he is believed to have cast the devil into a boot. These can be seen on medieval pilgrimage badges (souvenirs) where he is often pictured holding a boot with a devil in it – the origin of the child's jack-in-the-box toy. This was the basis for my design; an angry devil popping out and escaping from the boot in which he has been imprisoned. I wanted to reflect the spirit of medieval grotesques in making the carving a combination of the ludicrous and fearful. The process involved the students creating clay models for assessment. My design was chosen and I was given the commission. I was incredibly happy, as when I first set out on my career my dream was to carve a grotesque for one of our famous cathedrals.

If you could carve anything what would it be and where? That is a really hard question, as right now it is the grotesque and the figurative projects I am working on at the moment. Once completed I am sure it could evolve and change into something new. Long term, public sculpture to my design would be a wonderful dream to fulfil. Name three things you can’t live without? Cricket, My hands, Walking Boots What is your mantra for life- the phrase/ thought that keeps you going when things are tough? Recently, when developing creative ideas and reaching points of frustration I remind myself of the phrase “Dare to Fail”. When drawing or modelling for a project to give yourself permission to explore different avenues through trial and error really opens you up and helps the creative process. The important part is being able to learn from your mistakes. To understand why something does not work helps you understand when it does.

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Can you tell us about the project for St.George's Chapel Windsor? Having changed career late I was hungry to develop my stone working skills further and made the difficult decision to leave the Trust and study Historic Architectural Stone carving at the C&G of London Art School. I was pleased to be accepted as it is the only place in the country that teaches you the traditional carving skills required to carve ornamental carving through to statuary.

As a perfectionist this is easier said than done and it can be hard to get into this mind-set, but what is the worst that can happen? It is so important to have questions answered before the carving begins as you cannot afford to make mistakes in the stonework. What next for David Wilkins? In the immediate future I have a memorial to carve for the family of a friend who I used to play cricket with. My next big carving project is to carve a 3ft Virgin and Child for a lovely medieval church as part of my final year project at the City and Guilds college. I am incredibly excited and honoured to do this. I am at the modelling stage and expect this take up a considerable amount of time. I also intend to continue with stonemasonry and conservation work which I thoroughly enjoy as each project is varied and never the same. GG

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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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Spring & Summer shows, and social outings during summer months. For more more information contact Jill on 772425 or Ropley.hort.soc@ btinternet.com.

O Minden Rose Garland Dancers We welcome dancers and musicians to come and see what we do and have a go.We support local events and travel further afield to take part in festivals, days of dance and displays and have strong links to a dance group in Hamburg, Germany. Contact Imelda on 01962 773487 /07762 902143 to check we will be there. O Zumba Classes From 7.45 – 8.45pm Wednesdays at Bishops Sutton Village Hall. £5 first class (but look out for special FREE try-outs) Fun, easy dance! Tel: 079474 10394 www.zumbaaround-winchester.com or sue@ plays-r-ussell.com O The Cheriton Players Active local theatre group that puts on two productions a year and welcomes new audiences and members alike. Online ticketing for upcoming events www.ticketsource.co.uk/ cheritonplayers. Follow us on Twitter @ CheritonPlayers www.facebook. com/groups/120589672533. David Cradduck: 01962 771700 davidncradduck@gmail.com www.thecheritonplayers.org.uk O The Cheriton Singers Active local choir that puts on two concerts a year plus a Carol Concert

O The Medstead Players Lesley Rae, Fiver, High Street, Medstead.Tel: 01420 56563916 www.medsteadplayers.co.uk O Four Marks Folk Band Folk Music Workshop, 1st & 3rd Mondays of each month. 7.30 -10pm at Four Marks Village Hall. Instrumental musicians of all ages & abilities welcomed.The band is available to play for dances etc, for charities. Enquiries: Peter Treacher Tel: 01420 562794 O Why not join a choir with a difference? We do not voice test but invite all prospective singers of all voices to come to a rehearsal, try us out for themselves and then decide if they would like to join us making music. We sing a varied range of choral works, both sacred and secular.We meet every Thursday at 7.45 pm in St John’s Church, Northington and would love to hear from you. Further info from Jane Bryant, Music Director on: 01962 734418 O Wessex Sculptors We meet on Monday and Thursday at Brockwood Barn Bramdean, under the guidance of our tutor.We work in many different materials, including stone, clay and ciment fondue. Taster sessions are available at £10. Carole Scobling: 01962 771259

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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hey say the pace of life is picking up speed these days and they’re not wrong. It beggars belief that Christmas is just around the corner and what a year it’s been in politics – so far! Given the time lag from me writing this column to it landing on your doormat, I won’t even try a Brexit update except to say the notion Parliament is somehow prevented from debating the issue is one of the silliest myths of our time; every day (quite rightly) brings a Brexit inspired debate of some kind. I will of course continue to keep constituents up-todate with my thoughts and actions in

this respect via my monthly column for the Hampshire Chronicle and on my website but you are welcome to write to me anytime. Life in Westminster continues to be really busy and recent work for me – alongside everything Brexit of course - has included taking part in a very special debate on baby loss, various events as part of breast cancer awareness month, supporting the new Homeless Reduction Bill and overseeing some real progress in our long-running campaign to fight nuisance calls. Furthermore, my new Ministerial role at the DWP is keeping me on my toes and I am extremely proud of the new Health & Work Green Paper we launched last month including, as it does, our plans to close the employment gap for people with disabilities and autism. See more on all of this via www.stevebrine.com/ Westminster Locally, I have launched ambitious plans alongside the University of Winchester, City Council and Chamber of Commerce to develop a Knowledge Park on the current Sir John Moore Barracks site. We are actively exploring how to bring hundreds of new high skilled jobs to the 86-hectare site which the MoD have sadly confirmed it will vacate by 2021. Obviously it is disappointing the MoD have made what is an

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I will be working with the MoD and our project team to develop the plans and am determined to ensure some of the current activity on the site – including the play school and the annual reunion of the Royal Green Jackets – will not be overlooked as we move forward. You can stay updated at www.stevebrine.com/knowledgepark My PMQ ballot is proving more popular than ever. I have now added Wednesday 22nd March 2017 so do add your name to the draw via www. stevebrine.com/PMQs or 01962 791110. Finally, there’s a great deal of potential change coming to our local NHS in the years ahead and I remain as committed as ever to seeing we have access to the best services and receive treatment that is world-class. To this end, please look out for another ASKtheNHS event from me on Thursday 12th January. See www. stevebrine.com/asktheseries for details as they are made available. I wish all readers a Merry Christmas and a successful New Year. Steve Brine MP for Winchester, Alresford and Itchen Valley steve.brine.mp@parliament.uk

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n a busy corner of England the two of us rose to our feet and stood motionless. All around life went on, people rushing here and there, coffee and cake being consumed amid chat and laughter while others read about Trump in the Times. No one noticed us standing there and more importantly no one noticed the hour, 11am on Remembrance Sunday. Two minutes once a year out of our lives to pay homage to those who have

operational decision to dispose of the ATR but we have a huge opportunity from that if we are smart. I hear time and again from business leaders that we have a serious lack of commercial space in the city so this land becoming available could tie up well with our long-stated ambition to foster high quality, well paid, employment locally.

no more time, who gave their lives and hence all of their futures so that we may continue in time and freedom, is nothing to ask.Perhaps the more time separates us from tumultuous events of the First and Second World Wars and

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