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FORU M New to Winchester & The Worthys Hampshire Mum Hampshire People Alresford Music Festival 2017 Nature writer Claire Thurlow Social history writer Iris Crowfoot Win Easter Sunday brunch at the Holiday Inn, Winchester Cover image by Neil Howard © - www.neilhowardphotos.com Reproduced with kind permission of Neil Howard & Winchester Cathedral

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If you are from the Worthy's or Winchester and are reading the magazine for the first time, welcome to the Forum! We are delighted to be able to reach our new delivery areas. The Forum magazines began in 2006 providing news and events for the local community. We welcome our readers contributions, so if you would like to feature something in our magazine simpy email: editor@forumpublications.co.uk and we will endeavour to include it for you. Don't forget that The Forum is also available online! Our website has all three Forum magazine areas for you to read. It also features a local information section that has all of the local clubs and societies in detail. You can also find us and follow us on:Facebook Forum Publications @Forumpub Instagram Forumpublications Twitter Forum Publications @Forum_Magazines We pride ourselves on being a community focused magazine and strive to be as inclusive as possible.Your support is always valued and appreciated! Enjoy reading...

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06 Property

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08 Community

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09 Garden

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12 Features

Hampshire Mum, Claire Thurlow, Iris Crowfoot

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19 Professional

From photographers to solicitors - every professional service you need

26 Leisure

Discover local events and days out in Hampshire

30 Food & Drink

49 Motoring

35 Retail/Market

53 Home

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40 Wellbeing

Looking after your health and yourself!

46 Education

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Local services to keep your vehicles running smoothly

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

58 Culture

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

62 Animals

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People love the Alresford area for so many reasons. We’re in an enviable location perfect for commuting, we have beautiful properties bursting with character, welcoming shops and thriving local businesses. Community is central to our lifestyle, transport networks are excellent and the countryside and villages are idyllic. Our extensive knowledge of this area enables us to give specialised advice offered in an honest, informative and realistic way, keeping your interests at the heart of everything we do.

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Church Services NEW ALRESFORD O St. John the Baptist Wednesday 1 March 17.30 Eucharist and Ceremonies 20.00 Fresh Directions Bereavement Support Group for men 18.00 Power House - a service by and for young people Sunday 5 March 08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 Sung Eucharist 18.00 Power House - a service by and for young people Sunday 12 March 08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 Second Sunday Family Service 18.00 Choral Evensong Sunday 19 March 08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 Sung Eucharist 18.00 Sunday@six Sunday 26 March 08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 Sung Eucharist Parish Office: 01962 733545 stjohnsalresford.org.uk OLD ALRESFORD O St.Mary's Sunday 5 March 09.30 Holy Communion Sunday 12 March 09.30 Parish Communion Sunday 19 March 09.30 Parish Communion Sunday 26 March 11.00 Village Family service (no communion) Thursdays 09.00 Benefice Eucharist at St.John's, New Alresford OVINGTON O St.Peter's Wednesday 1 March 07.30 Eucharist and Ceremonies Sunday 5 March 10.00 First Sunday Cafe Church Sunday 12 March 10.00 Parish Communion

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NEW ALRESFORD O Methodist Church Sunday Worship 10.30 Morning Worship 1st Sunday CafĂŠ 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 CafĂŠ 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 ALRESFORD O New Farm Chapel Sunday Services 10.30 Morning Worship, with creche and KOSMIC for children 16.30 Will vary between talk or discussion with praise and prayer Midweek Activities Mondays 16.30 Kidz Club Tuesdays 10.15 Toddlers Group Wednesdays 14.30 Senior Citizens Group 19.30 Alternate Bible Study / Prayer Thursdays 10.00 Home Prayer Group

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BIGHTON O All Saints Sunday 5 March 11.00 First Sunday Sunday 12 March 11.00 Holy Communion Sunday 19 March 11.00 Morning Prayer

UPPER ITCHEN BENEFICE Wednesday 1 March 18.00 Cheriton Ash Wednesday Sunday 5 March 09.00 Hinton Ampner Benefice Early Communion 10.15 Cheriton All Age Holy Communion Service Sunday 12 March 09.00 Tichborne Holy Communion 09.30 Cheriton Family Matins 09.30 Bramdean Holy Communion 11.00 Kilmeston Family Service Sunday 19 March 08.30 Beauworth Holy Communion 09.30 Cheriton Holy Communion 11.00 Hinton Ampner Prayer and Praise Sunday 26 MARCH 08.30 Cheriton Holy Communion 09.30 Cheriton Mothering Sunday Service 11.00 Kilmeston Mothering Sunday Service 11.00 Bramdean Mothering Sunday Service

18.00 Tichborne Mothering Sunday Service Midday Prayers every week Monday-Avington,Tuesday- Itchen Abbas,Wednesday- Martyr Worthy, Thursday- Easton

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

ITCHEN VALLEY BENEFICE Sunday 5 March Avington Holy Communion 10.00 Easton All age service 11.00 Martyr Worthy Matins 18.00 Itchen Abbas Healing and Wholeness Sunday 12 March 08.00 Easton Holy Communion 10.00 Itchen Abbas Parish Communion 18.00 Martyr Worthy Evensong Sunday 19 March 08.00 Martyr Worthy Holy Communion 10.00 Easton Parish Communion 18.00 Avington Evensong Sunday 26 March 08.00 Itchen Abbas Holy Communion 10.00 Martyr Worthy Parish Communion 18.00 Easton Taize 08.00

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Garden

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rowing hardy annuals is an easy way to fill in gaps and provide impact and colour later in the year in a newly planted garden. They can be sown directly into finely raked soil in the spring once the soil is warm. Here are some of my favourites to try:

• Nigella damascene commonly known as love in a mist, pretty flowers in shades of white, pink, mauve and blue followed by spectacular seed pods. • Helianthus debilis, this form has smaller blooms than the classic sunflower but is very prolific growing to 1.2 metres so great for filling gaps towards the back of the border. • Cosmos bipinnatus – these plants are very low maintenance and keep flowering all summer. They come in shades from pure white to deep pink, growing up to about 1 metre. • Ammi majus and visnaga two lovely umbels with clouds of white flowers and delicate foliage, they grow to around 1 metre. Jobs for the month ahead: • Bare rooted roses are available to purchase and plant out now. Finish pruning any roses now before buds start to swell and grow. First remove any dead, diseased or crossing branches and then cut back remaining growth by one third, to an outward facing bud. • Cut down any remaining growth on deciduous ornamental grasses and herbaceous perennials which have been left for winter interest, taking care not to damage new shoots. • Cornus (dogwoods) and Salix (willow) plants grown for winter colour should be cut back hard now. Vacancy for Plant Assistants: Long Barn is seeking individuals who have commitment, energy and enthusiasm to join our expanding plant area team this Spring. Duties would include: helping with receiving plant deliveries, plant care including watering and maintenance of displays of a large range of stock. The appointed persons will have good plant knowledge, good communications skills, provide excellent customer service and be able to work alone or as part of a small team. Hours available 10 – 25 per week with some weekend work required. The hourly rate being in the region of £7.50. If you are interested in the above position send your CV to barn@longbarn.co.uk. Please also let us know why you would like to join us and how many hours you are available to work. Chris Nutt: Garden Designer To contact Chris call: 07765 692396 or email: chris.nutt2@btinternet.com

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ccording to Don McLean’s 70’s classic, American Pie, ‘moss grows fat on a rolling stone’. According to my experience, moss grows fat on a winter lawn. Many suffer moss growth in their lawns. It’s easy to spot, lush and green amongst the grass. Thriving as it smothers its less vigorous winter bed partner. The good news is it responds well to treatment and can be brought under control with specialist lawn-care. The bad news is, left untreated it will thrive. From a distance it gives the impression of a green, lush lawn. The grass it is smothering struggles to survive, the percentage of moss in the lawn increases and the grass dies away. Why is this a problem? Wait until the drier summer months and you’ll soon see. Moss thrives in wet conditions. But unlike healthy, well maintained grass, which is far hardier, moss dries out and dies in dry, warm summer weather. At the height of summer, when you want to be enjoying your garden at its best, you are left with brown, scorched areas of lawn and areas of dead moss. Most unsightly, and far too late to treat. Planning ahead is the way to create superb outdoor spaces you can enjoy all year. Now is the time to treat lawn moss problems. Granular treatments available at your garden centre are less effective than sprays and more of a challenge to apply without killing the grass. Sprays you buy off the shelf are nowhere near as effective as those available to professionals. It’s illegal for your gardener to spray your lawn without the right training and certification. Most don’t have this and any fines hit you, the home-owner, not the person treating your lawn. So now is the time to call in the professionals and get on top of that moss problem before it’s too late. Ian Kenyon is Technical Director at lawn and garden maintenance specialists, Shrekfeet.com and is always available to offer professional advice on: 01962 460146


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What's On MARCH

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.

EVERY TUESDAY New Year, New Art Class run by Alresford Art Society Ten week term in Watercolour. Tuesday evenings - Old Alresford, Christy Hall. For more information contact: sue.gentry@ gentrypublicity.co.uk or call 01962 773185.

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Monthly Auction At Itchen Abbas Village Hall from 2pm Viewing from 12.30pm to include China, Coins, Ephemera, Collectables, Old Toys, Jewellery, small items of Furniture, not Household goods, Car Boot Items or modern Electricals. Drop off 9.30-10.00am Sellers booking recommended. Please call Claire on: 01962 734941 or Bob: 01962 733475 www.auctionsinaday.co.uk

has been enthralling audiences for over 20 years with his fascinating journeys around the Universe. At Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium - Telegraph Way, off Alresford Road, Winchester, SO21 1HZ Tel: 01962 863791

MARCH

Mark Thompson's Spectacular Science Show This is science like you have never seen before! Explore the strange and magical properties of matter with exploding elephant’s toothpaste, vortex generating dustbins, dancing paste, vanishing beakers and even exploding Pringle tubes! TV astronomer and author Mark Thompson

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13 MARCH The Giles GroupTalk Talk by Age UK at 2pm -Alresford Community Centre

15 MARCH Bramdean and Hinton Ampner W.I From 7.30pm - talk on ‘How to paint and laugh' , plus regular raffle and refreshments. Visitors very welcome, please contact Val on 01962 771915 with any questions.

8 MARCH Auctions in a Day Monthly Auction, Badger Farm Community Centre, Winchester from 2pm.Viewing from 12.30pm. To include China, Coins, Ephemera, Collectables, Old Toys, Jewellery, small items of Furniture, not Household goods, Car Boot Items or modern Electricals. Drop off 9.30-10.00am. Sellers booking recommended. Contact - Claire 01962 734941 or Bob 01962 733475

8 MARCH National Trust Winchester Association Talk The Private Lives of the Tudors - A talk by Tracy Borman chief curator of historic palaces at Guildhall Conference Chamber, Winchester from 7.30pm. Tickets £12 – Seats Unreserved. To apply for tickets please contact: Elisabeth Wicks 1, Fairdown Close, Winchester, SO23 0JU. Tel: 01962 862510 and enclose a S.A.

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Tickets £12 (children free) subject to availability from Cheriton Stores, The Flower Pots Pub or send SAE with remittance to Mrs P Scott, Burnt Platt, Cheriton SO24 OPY. Tel 01962 771263. See www.cheritontalks.com. Cheques to Cheriton PCC. All proceeds St Michael's Church, Cheriton.

Alresford District Friends Of Girlguiding Table Top Sale in The Community Centre, Alresford. From 10am – 1pm for buyers, doors open at 9am for table holders. Cost of table hire is £10. to book and pay for a table. Friends Of Girlguiding fundraise throughout the year to help our local Rainbow, Brownie, Guide and Senior Section units, if you would like to join our committee or be a supporter contact Jo as above. Jo Curtis on 01962733629 or e-mail:- rayjo.curtis@btinternet.com

11 MARCH Cheriton Talks Starts 6.30 for 7pm at St. Michael's Church, Cheriton. 'Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen'. an illustrated talk by Alison Weir.

17 MARCH Charity Dog Walk for Home-Start Winchester Sponsored by Gay Dog Boarding Kennels From 10.30am at Pinglestone House, Old Alresford, SO24 9TB. Two guided walks of different lengths - 3/4 and 1.5 hours. Both walks leave at 10.45am prompt, whatever the weather, and will include some stiles. Donation £10 per walker (includes soup and a ploughman’s lunch) Non-dog walkers welcome. Book with Sue Barham, Home-Start Winchester & Districts, Lanterns, Bereweeke Road, Winchester SO22 6AJ. Call 01962 851177 or email info@home-startwinchester.org.uk

17 MARCH Federation of Holistic Therapists Talk From 7 - 9pm at The Balloon Room, Alresford Cricketers, Jacklyns Lane. Everyone welcome to join us to learn from Herman Fenton Vice President of The FHT. The evening is a presentation on stretches for lower back and legs. Stretches can alleviate or completely eradicate back pain, so a very helpful session if you know anyone, or yourself suffer with back pain. Those attending are asked to please wear loose fitting clothing as this will be a practice and full participation evening aimed for use by both therapists and their patients/ clients. Students £3, FHT members £5 (and 2 CPD points), non-members and public £8. Please contact Carol 07780953143 or email FHTAlresfordLSG@greenwood-therapies. com to book your space. Details also available on www.greenwood-therapies. com/fht-alresford-lsg-events and Facebook FHT Alresford Local Support Group ADDITIONAL EVENTS LISTED ON PAGE 60 >


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Community JACKIES COUNTY CORNER

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Rural Policing Conference Along with CLA representatives, rural councillors and other stakeholders, I attended the Rural Police Matters conference at Sparsholt College. After a morning of information, we gathered to discuss priorities for rural policing. Fly-tipping topped the poll: it is antisocial and expensive. All delegates, including Police, felt the problem had increased since the arrangements at recycling centres had changed. It is often ‘dropped off ’ on rural land so all wanted an easier way to dispose of waste for small businesses to cut this antisocial behaviour. We also identified a greater Police visibility, based on intelligence, and agreed it would be useful to retain PCSO’s as the community link. There is now a range of alternatives to 101. Just 16% of calls are to report actual crime, but 111 receives thousands of calls every day. To save waiting, you can use the free ‘Self Evident’ App (an orange fingerprint logo) to report problems or information, or email postmaster@hampshire.pnn.police.uk Council Tax: The proposed increase to the County part of your Council Tax bill is 4.99% This includes 3% for social care. There are cuts in budgets as the councils are forced to become increasingly less dependent on Government grants and more dependent on local council tax. Limited funds can be raised without a referendum and so this is leading to more cuts, drip by drip in our services. A simple cut is that some information booklets will no longer be automatically distributed to all libraries, meaning that some events and activities will only be advertised where there are volunteers to promote them.

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Cart and Horses junction Thanks to all who turned out for the Awareness Photo – it brought results and we now expect an interim report on the 23rd March.You can see more news on this on my website We had a spate of Ofsted inspections in my division recently These included Kings Worthy, where I am a Governor, and Perins school. With just hours of notice, staff don’t have time to be nervous, but do demonstrate their professionalism. As I write, all of the reports are awaiting publication. I was pleased to hear Perins’ Head teacher, Steve Jones, reassuring Senior school parents about his Executive role for Perins and Sun Hill Junior as new arrangements are put in place. Most Junior school parents are excited about the opportunities the Perins MAT (Multi Academy Trust ) will bring for the under 11’s, and we are looking forward to a new head teacher too. Many of you will know about The Watercress Way Project, a long distance circular walk which encompasses the Gratton Recreation Ground on its western side, and ‘starts’ near the Watercress Line Steam Railway to the east. We are holding a series of events from ‘Dawn to Dusk’ on 30th April 2017 including a Dawn Chorus Walk at 4.45am! 14

You can sign up for news, including this and other plans for the day on www.thewatercressway.org.uk Do you commute from Micheldever Station? On the 2nd February, a Traffic Regulation Order was agreed that will restrict on-street parking for safety reasons. This will take out approx. 20 spaces for commuters. It was agreed that although it is SW Trains’ responsibility, we will all seek alternative arrangements for commuters. If you use the station and have a view on this please contact me or Katy Toms (katy.toms@ gmail.com) who is co-ordinating responses for Micheldever Parish Council County Councillor Jackie Porter - Tel: 01962 791054 email Jackie@jackieporter.co.uk - Text: 07973 696 085 Website: www.jackieporter.co.uk - twitter: @JackieLibDem


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In 2017 the Forum Expands BERKSHIRE

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orum Publications Ltd began in November 2006 with the launch of the Alresford & Itchen Valley Forum. The concept of the magazine was to bring WILTSHIRE a fresh, exciting, high quality publication to affluent rural towns and villages within Hampshire. Providing regional news, events and items of interest. From small beginnings the magazine grew and in August 2008 Forum Publications launched its second title, the Stockbridge Forum which was an instant success; after three years the Stockbridge Forum DORSET had expanded its readership vastly and subsequently became known as the Test Valley Forum reaching homes from Romsey all the way up to the borders of Wiltshire. In 2015 we launched our third publication the Meon Valley Forum. This new title proved to be an instant success.We were delighted by the response from readers and advertisers alike. The response was so positive that in March this year the Meon Valley Forum will expand its readership again and become the Meon Valley & Solent Forum, reaching thousands of new readers between Southampton and Portsmouth. Meanwhile the founding magazine, the Itchen Valley Forum will be expanding too, encompassing Abbotts Worthy, Headbourne Worthy, Kingsworthy, Littleton and, of course, central Winchester. Every month the Forum magazines are filled with an exciting mix of content. We now have several dedicated writers, Sandra Pagan, Gill Grant, Claire Thurlow and Iris Crowfoot. Our writers bring interest to the magazines with their factual and amusing local articles. We also have a wealth of community and local interest news and events. Our reputation as the ‘Hampshire magazine to be seen in’ has allowed us to expand the magazines to reach a combined readership of over 56,000*. We print in excess of 22,500* magazines monthly which are either hand delivered door to door by our own dedicated delivery team or left at high footfall public places. Throughout all of the changes over the years we still pride ourselves in retaining our initial idea which was; ‘to provide a high quality, interesting community based publication’. There will be one more change to the magazines in the layout of the clubs and societies pages and local information pages. These will now provide just the name of the club or organisation and their contact details in the magazine. This will allow us space to add more groups and also provide a dedicated page for the group

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COMMUNICATION IS ALL

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store. Some time later amid much teeth grinding when the company salesman The Husband only saw the previous week declared, “Sorry mate that deal’s off ”, and had clearly not read the following chapter entitled “But I Can Offer You This Sir” in his training manual; I firmly guided The Husband to the store in which Star II had found his mobile nirvana. Star II and I took our seats and The Husband launched into his spiel, “I just want a phone with a decent signal so I can make calls and text people where I live- simple- not bothered about a camera, forget ruddy Facebook, I don’t want apps or 4G….” My tin cans connected with string came into mind. Two hours later, punctuated by my little trip to The White Company, Star I, The Husband and I were equipped with three new androids and the promise of a signal from the depths of the ocean to the highest peak including our very own Market Town which previously even a satellite had been unable to locate- success! “Oh for gods sake give it to me!” Star I was busy sorting out the transfer of all our contacts and photos. Now a week later The Husband is still leaping round the lounge, “Look I’ve got a signal here and here and even over here!” Yep we know. However there is one tiny little problem, so in love with a phone that actually does what is was designed for, The Husband has in fact entered the world of the app – the very thing he swore he’d never do. He now has maps, weather, news, a torch and a fitness app that monitors the number of steps ones takes per day. The whole signal thing didn’t worry me much as I tend to be a fan of the text punctuated with a plethora of emojies. But the fitness app, (yes I now have it too), is a cause of some stress in my life. Not only are you forced to carry your phone about your person absolutely everywhere you go but at the end of the day it will tell you how you’ve done. “Sandra, I’ve 10976 steps today, how about you?” Despite me running up and down the stairs numerous times my app gives it too me straight- Be more active- aka get off your backside and move you fat old bag! That’s a bit of communication I could well do without. Sandra Pagan


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he 2 AA Rosette award winning Holiday Inn Winchester is offering a delicious Easter Sunday Brunch for 4, the perfect way for family or friends to relax. While the adults enjoy a bottle of Prosecco as part of the prize, all children under 12 will receive an Easter Egg. Many people assume that Brunch is an American invention, when in fact it was created in England, and documented in ‘Punch’ magazine as early as 1895 by writer Guy Beringer, who described it as ‘a meal for Saturday night carousers’. The Holiday Inn Winchester’s contemporary version of Brunch combines all the best of breakfast and lunch, served from noon. It includes 4 generous courses with delicious starters, all the breakfast/brunch favourites, main course dishes including Sunday roasts, fish and vegetarian dishes, followed by a range of desserts and local Hampshire cheese. The Sunday Brunch is served in the hotel’s elegant Morn Hill Brasserie, overlooking the patio terrace garden.

For your chance to win this prize just answer the following question: In which year was Brunch first written about in Punch Magazine?

HOW TO ENTER Email your entries to: amy.leitch@hiwinchester.co.uk by Friday 31st March 2017 with the answer to the question, your name, address, email and daytime contact telephone number and confirmation that you would be available to receive the prize on Easter Sunday, 16th April 2017 Please ensure you also put ‘Easter Sunday Brunch Competition’ in the subject box of your email. Or by post to: Holiday Inn Winchester, (Easter Sunday Brunch Competition) Telegraph Way, Morn Hill, Winchester, SO21 1HZ

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don’t know about you but rather than a large, imposing and somewhat scary tennis club, I prefer to play tennis at a small, friendly club in a tranquil country setting. If you feel the same, then Worthy Park Tennis Club may be just the place you are looking for. Tucked away in the beautiful grounds of Prince’s Mead School in Abbots Worthy, the tennis club has two all-weather courts, a clubhouse and an LTA coach who offers private and group coaching for club members. There is plenty of free parking and as a member, you can invite friends and family to watch the tennis or perhaps bring a picnic to have courtside, as the club is very relaxed and everyone is welcome. Worthy Park Tennis Club was set up in 2012.Very generously, the governors of Princes Mead School wanted to share their new tennis courts with the local community. Thus, in school hours, the courts are used by the pupils but after school each day, at the weekends and during all half terms and holidays, the Club’s members are able to use the courts to their hearts’ content.

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lresford is one of the oldest and prettiest places to play in Hampshire. An easy walking, chalk downland course which is lush in the summer and enjoys outstanding natural drainage in the winter ensuring that bad weather does not spoil your golf and that you get maximum value for your membership. Always tidy and well presented , the layout is a challenging test for both amateurs and professionals, regularly hosting county amateur and PGA competitions. Whether a beginner or regular player, the regular ‘roll ups’ and social occasions will ensure that you make new friends quickly. Membership enquiries are welcome for all playing categories and abilities, including those new to golf or thinking of joining their first club (ACADEMY) and the SOCIAL EXTRA membership which gives access to some of the best practice facilities in the county with a newly extended practice / covered driving range with ball collection, short game and wedge area, 6 hole par 3 course, chipping green, practice bunkers and two putting greens. Interested? We would be delighted to show around the club and discuss all the options with you.You really will be very welcome.

Open Day - Saturday 18th March

With a membership of 120, consisting of all ages and abilities, the Club runs several tournaments each year, plus other events to help members mix together socially and encourage them out onto the courts! There are no court fees to pay as your membership allows you to play whenever the club is open and the courts can be reserved using an online booking system. There are mix ins on light evenings for those who want to play after work and the chance to buy tickets for Wimbledon in the club’s ballot. Please see our advert for more details. If this sounds like the sort of club you might want to join, do visit the Club website: www. worthyparktennis.com, or call our Membership Secretary Yvette on 01962 779177 for further information.

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• 9.30am – 3.00pm • FREE use of PAR 3 course • FREE use of Driving range • FREE ‘taster’ golf lesson (pre-booked 15mins slot) • Complimentary refreshments • Opportunity to speak to members and staff about what we can offer you at the club. This spring we are also offering a series of mixed beginner’s lessons for those keen to take up the game. These will run over a six week period starting on 30th March and can be booked as single lessons or package of six.

Please see our advert on the opposite page

If you wish to participate in either the Open Day or Beginners lessons please contact the Pro-Shop to reserve a space. Tel: 01962 733746 / 01962 733998 (Pro-Shop) Email: secretary@alresfordgolf.co.uk www.alresfordgolf.co.uk


‘Get into Golf ’ Beginners Group Lessons

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£13.50 per lesson or package of 6 for £67.50 All sessions run from 11.30am - 1.00pm 30 March & 1 April

The basics of the swing / Shots from the sand bunker

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Pitching into the green / When to use your hybrid

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Chipping close to the flag / Putting from close range

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Basic rules / What you need to know about etiquette and course care

For full details of the lessons or to book please contact the Pro-Shop on: 01962 733998 or visit our website: www.alresfordgolf.co.uk

ALRESFORD RUGBY CLUB All home games at Arlebury Park in March kick off 2.30pm. Come and enjoy a family post match drink at the ARC.

RESULTS 1ST XV SNOWS GROUP HAMPSHIRE LEAGUE 2 NOMADS 0 – 53 ALRESFORD 1ST XV LYMINGTON MARINERS 0 – 63 ALRESFORD 1ST XV

MARCH FIXTURES 4/3/17 ALDERSHOT AND FLEET – HOME KICK OFF 2.30PM 25/3/17 SOUTHAMPTON – AWAY KICK OFF 2.30PM

RESULTS 2ND XV SNOWS GROUP SOLENT LEAGUE 3 EASTLEIGH 15 – 27 LOSS PORTSMOUTH 18 – 32 WIN ROMSEY HWO

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Alresford Music Festival 2017 SATURDAY 10TH JUNE 2017 ARLEBURY PARK

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his month The Forum is talking to Ken Veitch, founder and chairman of Alresford Music Festival - now in now in its eighth year. The festival and has grown since its inception in 2010 to become one of the most anticipated events of the Alresford year. Forum: Your Scottish accent tells us you aren’t originally from Alresford, what made you come here? Ken: My wife Alison and I were both working in Belgium and I was planning to start a business in the Thames Valley. Alresford was always on our radar and of course once we visited we fell in love with the place. That was back in 1998.

Forum: So festival organising isn’t your day job then? Ken: No, I work in investment banking in the city and so setting up the festival was a very steep learning curve for us all. Forum: So what inspired you to set up Alresford Music Festival? Ken: In 2007 my wife gave me an Eric Clapton DVD called Crossroads. It was a series of music festivals and benefit concerts featuring Clapton and well-known musicians like John Mayer and Jeff Beck. The festival raised money for Clapton’s drug rehabilitation clinic in Antigua. I wanted to do something to raise funds to help find a cure for Diabetes as both my sons are Type 1 Diabetics. Initially the idea met with some resistance, people said it wouldn’t work in Alresford. But I like a challenge and I’m a musician myself. Band mate Brian Hayward (Hayward Guitars, Winchester) and long time friend Tim Miller (Thomas Miller Creative Ltd., based here in Alresford) were really keen on the idea. Right from the outset Tim and Brian were right behind the idea and fully engaged from day one. Forum: Talk us through that first year Ken: The level of organisation and the things we had to find out and get through at times seemed insurmountable. From finding a venue and sourcing reliable suppliers, to motivating bands to play for free, and then convincing the festival goers to come, took a huge effort for all concerned. Luckily Tim, Brian and I were able to inspire other like-minded volunteers with our vision and passion to make this work. Winchester City Council was supportive, but as often happens finance was the biggest hurdle to overcome. Forum: How was the finance question resolved? Ken: We found a fantastic headline sponsor in Tim Considine, Matt Clarke and Richard Turner of First Option here in Alresford. They understood our vision and stepped in to help. If not for First Option’s support the music festival simply would never have got off the ground. First Option remain our principal sponsors to this day and words

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can’t express how grateful we will always be in fact without any of our valued sponsors and volunteers we simply wouldn’t be able to do this. Right now I think Tim & I would say that we have one of our strongest teams ever. Forum: Have you had many set-backs in the eight years you’ve been running? Ken: Oh yes. 2011 was the wettest coldest day of the summer; the rain just didn’t stop. The bands all turned up and played but it was to a very small and soggy audience. We lost money and the festival nearly closed. But we’d been through too much to let it break us, so between us we raised the cash personally to try again. And thank goodness we did because AMF has blossomed. It’s grown, moved from its first venue at Perins School to Arlebury Park and last year we doubled the size of the festival area thanks to Alresford Town FC. Forum: So what’s new for 2017? Ken: We now have five stages. As well as the three main stages, there’s a new Globe Theatre Stage featuring creative and theatre acts and a Blues Jam Tent where younger musicians can rock out early in the day while later on and people can pay to play on stage and jam with other musicians. We’re really excited about how things are developing. We’re also offering Friday night entertainment around the town, from the Soul Cellar in The Swan’s Undercoft to singer-songwriters in The Globe and popular covers band Answer Back in The Horse & Groom. We are looking to make this the Alresford Music Festival weekend and to give venues in town the chance to welcome new customers coming to camp and enjoy the festival weekend. Forum: Who is headlining this year? Ken: Molotov Jukebox fronted by the Game of Thrones and Harry Potter actor Natalia Tena. This is arguably the most high profile band we’ve signed up to date and we’ve over 25 other bands coming too. It’s the strongest most diverse line up we’ve ever offered, from established to emerging talent – and across many musical genres. Forum: You have donated over £25,000 to good causes since 2010, who are you supporting this year? Ken: We have founded a charitable trust called the AMF Foundation. We are committed to supporting charities with a musical leaning. This year we will be supporting three worthy causes: The Winnall Rock School (providing musical opportunities to families in the Winnall area), Key Changes (a music therapy charity working with mentally and physically challenged people as well as terminally ill children), and Harmony of Hope (a charity working with Refugees and using music for rehabilitation). So we are supporting regional, national and international music charities. Forum: You must be proud of what you and the team have built? Ken: It is an immensely good feeling to create something that did not exist before. I am super proud that what we as a team have created, an amazing, fun and safe family music festival that everyone can enjoy. But even more important is that we are not-for-profit and the funds we raise really make a difference to people’s lives.


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or the first time in Alresford, France at Home will be running a genuine French Market on Saturday 1st April, in partnership with the Town Trust. French Traders, coming from Normandy, will be selling a wide range of authentic produce from France including bread and patisserie, crepes, nougats, French cheeses, leather handbags, olives from Provence, paté and saucisson from Normandy, and French music. There are many fantastic products that you will want to try. Bakery, biscuits and crepes: This is something that the French do best. The variety and styles of bread is truly amazing.You will certainly have to watch your waistline when you are tempted by the delicious crepes and cakes, biscuits and so much more. Cheese and Sausages: These are just two of the variety of foodstuffs available. There is a full range of cooked meats. Music: A treasure trove of vintage music from the 20's to the 50's.You will find amongst others, CDs of the great Chansons Francaises from Edith Piaf and Charles Trenet to Jacques Brel and George Brassens, accordion music, swing from the likes of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, Dixieland from New Orleans, Jazz, Blues and much more. Bags : choose a hand bag to go with your outfit, but be warned there is such a huge choice it could take some time. Come and say bonjour.

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eople will love it, it is very easy drinking with fine bubbles and a lively, spicy and interesting nose” - Peter Richards MW and Susie Barrie MW. Nestled in the chalky hills of the South Downs in Hampshire three classic champagne grapes; Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier are grown, tended and harvested by hand by the Raimes family. Six years on from planting and the result is an elegant, pale gold, fresh and well balanced sparkling wine, bottle fermented in the traditional method. The South of England is fast becoming an area renowned for sparkling wine production. The Raimes vineyards between Cheriton and Hinton Ampner lie on south facing slopes on essentially the same chalk which runs through the soils of Champagne. This soil, aspect and Hampshire’s climate provide the perfect terroir for growing grapes for sparkling wine with excellent minerality, balance, good acidity and complexity. A very long growing season starting early in the Spring and going on into late autumn allows the flavours to really develop in the grapes. The first release from Raimes is a Blanc de Noirs, which is a white wine made from red grapes, in this case Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. The wine spent 24 months on the lees which lends the wine more creaminess and a lovely texture. Already a silver medal winner in the WVA Wine of the Year competition, the judging panel praised “lemon sherbet with elegant bready overtones.Youthful. Rich brioche, chalky, mineral flavours balanced with citrus”. Robert and Augusta Raimes said “We are thrilled to be awarded this very special silver medal right at the beginning of our journey. We are proud of the family team and long hours of work establishing our vines on our farm, and of our superb winemakers Emma Rice and Jacob Leadley at Hattingley Winery.” Tasting Notes: Dominic Lockyer, Fareham Wine Cellar “The bead is fine. The nose has aromas of baked fruit, quince, red apples and a hint of toast, brioche note. On the palate it is rich and full and the mousse is quite persistent. There are flavours of red berry fruits and a hint of spice. The finish is dry and lingering. A stylish sparkling wine with a lovely texture. Great stuff ” Only 900 bottles of this particular vintage were produced, so get in quick! Each bottle is hand-numbered, a nice touch. This year will see the release of two more delicious wines; 2014 Blanc de Noirs due for release in June followed by their Classic Reserve at the end of the autumn. Raimes English Sparkling 2013 Blanc de Noirs can be purchased through Raimes online shop at £29.95 and at The Naked Grape in Alresford, Four Marks and Hungerford, Fareham Wine Cellar, Fareham and at The Tichborne Arms. www.raimes.co.uk/product/2013-blanc-de-noirs/

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man hours and 7300 cable ties go into lighting up the town throughout the month of December, which is a project run by the Alresford Chamber of Commerce in association with The Alresford Pigs and it is now becoming a tourist event across the South of England. This projects wouldn’t work if it wasn’t for all the businesses and residents who kindly support us by purchasing a tree year after year. Another Thank You goes to Peter Payne for storing the bulbs and strings, supplying the trees and for disposing of them after the festivities. Weekly mobile banking facility Every Wednesday from 11.30-12.30pm there is a Natwest mobile banking van parked in Broad Street. Please use these facility and let others know about them.

Above: Victoria Gedye (Fitique) with Simon Evans, Chairman of Alresford Chamber of Commerce.

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he winner of the ‘Business Award 2016’ is Fitique, an independent fitness boutique and exercise studio. Team Fitique consists of Rebecca Caplan,Victoria Gedye and Karen Hazlitt. The criteria for the award was based upon innovation, progression and stand-out ability within the Alresford Chamber of Commerce business community. Since setting up the business in Alresford in 2015, Fitique has gone from strength to strength, it really is a one-stop shop for discerning women to purchase all their day to day fitness wear. In addition they offer extensive exercise classes in their modern studio. But the thing that has stood out most is the positive effect they have had on the local community's health and wellbeing by leading a well-attended weekly ‘run club’ which runs every Thursday evening and is attended by a range of fitness abilities. The Business Award was voted upon by the members of the Alresford Chamber of Commerce Committee. If you think your business could be deserving of next years’ award, why not become a member of the Alresford Chamber of Commerce to be eligible to enter? To find out about the full benefits of membership, contact the Alresford Chamber of Commerce Chamber Secretary on 07769 722985. Business parking meeting There were 13 actions points raised at the meeting in February which was well attended by members of the business community which we will taking forward. Were you there? Do you know what’s going on? To know what’s going on, why not join the Alresford Chamber of Commerce? Contact Liz Brown – Secretary for more information on: 07769 722985 or info@alresfordchamber.co.uk Membership Renewal Alresford Chamber of Commerce membership renewal is due 1st April 2017. If you’re not already a member, why not join the 70 plus businesses that already are. Contact Liz Brown – Secretary for more information on: 07769 722985 or info@alresfordchamber. co.uk A record number of Christmas trees around the town in 2016 A massive Thank you to The Alresford Pigs for the excellent job they carried out again in 2016 by lighting up the town with their Christmas Trees. It was a record year which saw 181 trees put up by the wonderful volunteers. A whopping 3000 bulbs, 450

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Chamber AGM Join us for our annual general meeting which is scheduled for; When: Thursday 27th April @ 6pm Where: The Longbarn Further details are to follow. Collated & Written by Liz Brown – Chamber Secretary

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There are steps you can take to avoid your bills from building up. First, check that you’ve been paid any redundancy money you’re entitled to - you might get statutory redundancy pay and possibly contractual redundancy pay if you’ve been in the job two years or more. This should be evident on your final payslip, but if it’s not contact your employer. Then look at ways to boost your income. See if you’re eligible for benefits like Jobseeker’s Allowance with Citizens Advice’s benefits calculator.You could also check if you can make savings on your bills, for example by switching to a cheaper gas or electricity deal. Now look at how much money you have coming in and compare it to your essential spending. Priority bills include your rent or mortgage and council tax, and should be paid first as there can be serious consequences for missing payments. If you own your home, contact your mortgage lender to see if you can negotiate on your monthly repayment.You could also see if your credit card provider will negotiate on repayment amounts to give you some breathing space. For further help understanding managing your money, contact your nearest Citizens Advice. Lesley Rose - Advice Services Manager Citizens Advice Winchester District, 68 St Georges St Winchester SO23 8AH Tel: 01962 848008 (ex-dir)


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Clubs & Societies O Cheriton Cricket Club For more information contact: Nick: 07931 456214 info@cheritoncc.com www.cheritoncc.com

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O Cheriton Tennis Club For more information contact: Donna at Don Perrin Tennis: 07928 855175. www. cheritontennisclub.co.uk O Children’s Judo Club For more information contact: Lance Wicks - Telephone: 07787 565233 Email: lw@ judocoach.com O Cyclists’ Touring Club For more information contact: Tel: 01962 864479 www.southhampshirectc.org.uk O Fitique Run Club For more information contact Melissa (07708) 532210 / sales@ fitique.co.uk Facebook page: Fitique Run Club O Fitique Women’s Cycle Club For more information contact Victoria on (01962) 733154 victoria@fitique.co.uk O Judo Club For more information contact: Steve Fullick, 10 Perins Close, Alresford Tel: 01962 732883 O Old Alresford Cricket Club For more information contact: John Stanbrook: 01962 733612 or Mike Armitage: 07878008853 Tel: 01420 568135 act4health@hotmail.com O Practical Wing Chun Classes For more information contact: Contact Gary: 07986 298283 or see www.uctuk.co.uk O Ropley Tennis Club For more information visit: www.ropleytennis.org.uk O Tai Chi For more information contact: call: 02380 651223 or email taichienquiries@gmail.com O Tichborne Park Cricket Club For more information contact: Andy Joyce on Tel: 01962 734316 andypjoyce@hotmail.com

O Zumba Classes (Easton) Every Thursday and Friday morning at Easton Village Hall, Easton 10.30am to 11.30am. Come and get fit whilst dancing to fantastic Latin beats. Getting fit never felt such fun! Tel: Muriele on 07821 545403. www.murielezumba.com

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MUSIC & DANCE O Alresford Ukulele Jam For more information visit: alresfordukejam@outlook.com Tel: 01962 710385 http://facebook.com/ AlresfordUkeJam O Bishops Sutton Handbell Ringing Team For more information contact: 01962 736211 O Four Marks Folk Band For more information contact: Peter Treacher on: 01420 562794 O Minden Rose Garland Dancers For more information contact Imelda on: 01962 773487/07762 902143 to check we will be there. O The Alresford Community Choir (ACC) For more information visit: www.alresfordchoir.com O The Candover Valley Bell Ringers For more information contact Carol: 01256 389387 O The Cheriton Singers For more information call 01962 771796 or visit www. cheritonsingers.hampshire.org.uk

ARTS & CRAFTS O Alresford Area Craft Club For more information contact: Sandy: 01962 732995

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O Alresford Art Society For more information visit: www.artsociety.alresford.org Tel: 01962 736751 artsociety@ alresford.org O A.C.T.S - Alresford Community Theatre Society For more information contact Debbie: 01962 732055 markwick34@gmail.com O The Cheriton Players For more information visit: www.facebook.com/groups/ 120589672533. Or contact David Cradduck: 01962 771700 www.thecheritonplayers.org.uk O Wessex Sculptors For more information contact: Carole Scobling: 01962 771259

O The Medstead Players For more information contact: Lesley Rae, Fiver, High Street, Medstead.Tel: 01420 56563916 www.medsteadplayers.co.uk O The Waynflete Singers For more information visit: waynflete.hampshire.org.uk O Winchester Music Club For more information visit: ww.winchestermusicclub.org.uk O Zumba Classes For more information contact Tel: 079474 10394 www.zumbaaround-winchester.com or sue@ plays-r-ussell.com

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Claudia Bradby Jewellery holds Alresford Spring Sale

Claudia’s latest collection, available via the website, is the elegant ‘Garbo’ range of 1920’s inspired pink pearl jewellery, designed to celebrate the diverse naturally occurring shades of pink found in real pearls.This new collection is offered alongside established ranges such as the luxurious Couture collection and modern Geometric designs. Visit www.claudiabradby.com to see the full range of jewellery. The Claudia Bradby sample sale will take place at Alresford Community Centre on Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd March from 8.30am to 5.30pm. Limited stock will be available.

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Market Square UNIQUE - BESPOKE - ECLECTIC - LOCAL

Interior Style

Alresford Gift Shop

Ragamuffin

Large Biba Vase (H 38cm) - £48 29 West Street, Alresford, SO24 9AB Tel: 01962 736311 | www.interiorstyle.biz

Gisela Graham Butterfly Range - Vase, medium and small jug and 'Lovely Mum' mug Tel: 01962 732192 | 10 West Street, Alresford

Story Book Dress by Mayoral - £38.95 2 Bakehouse Yard, Alresford, SO24 9AU Tel: 01962 734488 | www.ragamuffin-uk.com

JoJo Inspired

Andrew Smith & Son - Auctioneers

Raimes English Sparkling

Beach to Bar collection coming soon jojo@jojoinspired.com

Fine Art, Antiques, Interiors & Collectables Auction Tues 28th and Wed 29th March - Commencing 10am Tel: 01962 735988 | www.andrewsmithandson.com

Delicious, elegant and locally grown. Available in the Naked Grape, Alresford and online Tel: 01962 732120 | www.raimes.co.uk

Alresford Linen Co.

Equestrian Fencing & Timber Ltd

Jasmine China Hire

Spring cleaning underway? Freshen up your curtains, sofa covers and bedspreads with a dry clean Tel: 01962 734221 | www.alresfordlinen.co.uk

Kiln dried crated logs, from £185 + Vat Delivered. Mixed Hardwoods, Oak & Ash. High Ridge Farm, Hospital Road, Shirrell Heath.

Planning a party? We offer an extensive range of China, Cutlery, Glassware, Linen & more for all your hire needs Tel: 07836 745603 | www.jasminechinahire.co.uk

Tel: 07973 688251 | www.jojoinspired.com

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Blue floral reversable hand bag with inner clutch bag (available in blue, pink, silver, yellow and white) - £28.95 Tel: 01962 735553 | www.alresfordbeauty.co.uk

Ladies GEOX, Skechers and Converse, just arrived for Spring ‘Vega’ by GEOX £95 Tel: 01962 733926 | www.billygoatshoes.co.uk

Weill Aqua Dress - £325 and Jacket - £325 35 West Street, Alresford, SO24 9AB Tel: 01962 733277 | www.modarosa.co.uk

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Kelim 119cm x 89cm - Available in various sizes, colours and designs - £125 Tel: 01962 734504 | www.morebydesign.com

A delightful handmade cache pot with scallop detail - £128 29W x 20W x 27H 36 West Street, New, Alresford, SO24 9AU Tel: 01962 732507 | www.design-realities.co.uk

Masai Cape in Melon £157 - From the spring collection 34 West Street, Alresford, SO24 9AU Tel: 01962 738470 | Delilah Boutique

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Optimal Skin ProSerum - £48 and Optimal Skin ProMoisturiser -£45 5 East Street, Alresford, SO24 9EE

Our Spring/Summer deliveries have now arrived. See the new collection and get ready for when the warmer weather appears Tel: 01962 733242 | www.42weststreet.co.uk

'Rotary Lucerne Lady's watch in steel at £249.00 (free gift with purchase) Tel: 01962 732200 | www.dbarkerandson.co.uk

Tel: 01962 736888 | www.pretty-woman-salon.co.uk

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

O Alton Community Hospital Alton, Hampshire Tel: 01420 82811

O Non Emergency Medical Services Tel: 111

O North Hants Hospital Basingstoke, Hampshire Tel: 01256 473202

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

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

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

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

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

COUNCILS O Alresford Town Council Arlebury Park,The Avenue, Alresford, Hants. SO24 9EP. Clerk: Mrs Stevie Kavanagh, skavanagh@newalresfordtc. org.uk Tel: 01962 732079 O East Hampshire District Council Penns Place, Petersfield, GU31 4EX www.easthants.gov.uk Tel: 01730 266551 O Hampshire County Council The Castle,Winchester, SO23 8UJ www.hants.gov.uk Tel: 0845 603 5638 O Winchester City Council City Offices, Colebrook Street, Winchester, SO23 9LJ www.winchester.gov.uk Tel: 01962 840222 38

HOSPITALS

LIBRARY O Alresford Library Monday 10.00 - 1.00 Tuesday 2.00 - 5.00 Wed/Sun Closed Thursday 10.00 - 1.00 Friday 10.00 - 7.00 Saturday 10.00 - 1.00 alresford.library@hants.gov.uk www3.hants.gov.uk/library.htm

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH O Alresford and District Neighbourhood Watch Association Newsletter available at www.alresford.org/ neigbourhoodwatch.To report a crime anonymously call Crimestoppers:Tel: 0800 555 111 contact: Administrator Jennie Roberts Tel: 01962 736505 e-mail jenniero987@gmail.com

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

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

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

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

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

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


F IN E A RT AU C T ION EER S & VA L U ER S

Antique & Pre-Owned Jewellery

FINE ART, ANTIQUES, INTERIORS & COLLECTABLES

Tuesday 28th & Wednesday 29th March

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MONTHLY ANTIQUES & INTERIORS AUCTION Saturday 11th March Commencing 10am

Viewing: Friday 10th 10am - 7pm - Morning of sale 8.30am Pre-owned French platinum ring with centre diamond and calibré cut ruby surround £3,845 40a West Street, Alresford, Hants Tel: 01962 732200 www.dbarkerandson.co.uk

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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BERTOLINI BTR450 Self-powered self-tipping barrow agricultural duties involving transportation of bulky and heavy loads over rough terrain. Currently converted as water bowser but pump can be very easily removed. Very little use so engine in excellent condition

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Wellbeing ALRESFORD SURGERY NEWS

New Medical Secretary A warm welcome to Meg Dray who joined us at the beginning of February as a Medical Secretary. Looking after yourselves and your children Coughs. Did you know? The common cold lasts about 10 days and a cough about 3 weeks. Most of them are caused by viruses and so cannot be treated with antibiotics. Most healthy adults will not need antibiotics if they do not appear particularly unwell. However frail, elderly patients, or adults with other medical conditions or medications which make them more susceptible to bacterial illness, may need to be assessed. We know that, when faced with an unwell child, parents often find it difficult to be sure whether the child needs to see a doctor, or whether they can be managed with sensible self-care at home. It can also be hard to judge how urgently a child might need to be seen. Should the child wait for an appointment? Should the child go to A and E? There are two excellent sources of help for parents who are concerned about their children with cough. One is the Healthier Together website http://www.what0-18.nhs.uk which covers a large range of childhood conditions. Another is the Caring for children with coughs website; http://child-cough.bristol.ac.uk which has been produced by Bristol University. We have an example of this leaflet on our “Looking after yourself and your children” noticeboard at the surgery. If you walk straight ahead on entering the surgery, you will see it on the left hand wall before dispensary. Dispensary closure for staff training On Friday 17th March the Dispensary will be closed for staff training from 11.30-1.30pm. Apologies for any inconvenience caused. The Alresford Surgery, Station Road, Alresford, Hampshire, SO24 9JL Tel: 01962 732345

Traditional Chinese Medicine· Cosmetic Acupuncture Alresford· Southampton • Free consultation • Pay for 8 treatments and receive the 9th free • Pay for a course of 8 cosmetic acupuncture treatments to receive 10% discount See website for further details

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NIKKI BUTLER COSMETIC & MEDICAL TATTOOIST What is Cosmetic Tattooing? Cosmetic Tattooing is also known as semi-permanent makeup, permanent makeup and micropigmentation. It is a form of tattooing that lasts between 1-5yrs and incudes procedures such as natural hair stroke or powdered eyebrows, eyeliner and lip contouring. These are the latest in advanced cosmetic procedures, with bespoke treatments that are adaptable to every individual client. Who is Cosmetic Tattooing For? Cosmetic tattooing attracts a different kind of client than you may initially think. My clients include career women, busy mums, sports enthusiasts, ladies with ailing vision and those with medical conditions, such as multiple sclerosis, alopecia, underactive thyroid or post chemotherapy. Eyebrow treatments have continued to grow in popularity over the last few years. This treatment is fantastic for anyone that has been left with sparse or no eyebrows from over plucking or due to medical conditions/treatment. I am able to create incredibly natural hair stroke brows that are perfect for each client, helping to restore their confidence and create definition to the eye and face (amazing how the perfect brow can really lift the face and take years off!). Eyeliner and Lip contouring treatments are really becoming the new ‘must have’ treatments in the beauty world. My eyelash enhancement treatment is particularly popular with those that would like to add definition to the eye, without full eyeliner. Lip treatments are fantastic at adding definition to the lips. For a great number of ladies, our lips lose colour and definition over the years, so lip blush and full lip colour treatments are perfect for creating definition and the illusion of fullness. Colours range from subtle to more vibrant. In addition to the Cosmetic Tattooing, I offer Medical Tattoo treatments. These include Mesotherapy, MCA Scsar Treatments (from April 2017) and Areola & Nipple Tattooing (June 2017). I have worked in the Beauty and Aesthetics Industry for over 5 years. I have trained with the industry leaders that are responsible for training within the NHS and hold licences across Hampshire. I offer a FREE consultation and hold clinics across Hampshire, including Alton and Alresford, so please do get in touch and find out how these treatments can benefit you. For further information, please contact Nikki Butler by telephone on 07879998080, or send an email to nikki@ nikkibutlerpermanentmakeup.co.uk. Visit www.nikkibutler.co.uk for full details.


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The Hare CLAIRE THURLOW

pair of deep brown eyes is watching me, not afraid, but curious. It’s a hare, the so-called ‘common’ brown hare which, although widespread in Britain, is sadly not such a common sight these days. Our meeting is an unexpected pleasure. Negotiating a narrow country lane, we’ve paused to allow the oncoming cars to pass. In the passenger seat, I’m day-dreaming, gazing out of the side window into a colourless January field. An as yet unidentifiable crop, kale perhaps, is struggling through the frozen Hampshire clay. Then I see it: the hare, resting on the grassy margin beside a gap in the hawthorn hedge, its face tilted towards me with an expression of bold interest. It’s a handsome face, leaner and more angular than its bunny cousin, with sweeping elegant whiskers and supersensitive black nose. And what about those ears? Long and dark-tipped, they twist with the intensity of radar, alert to potential dangers. We stare at each other. I’m close enough to see the ruffle of the icy breeze through its goldbrown coat, and the white hair on its belly. I fight an urge to get out of the car and move closer, but I doubt the hare will allow that, and besides, the traffic is starting to move again. I keep watching, as the car edges forward. Through intermittent ‘windows’ in the hedgerow, I’m surprised to see that the hare is following, running parallel to the road, keeping pace easily on those powerful limbs. The hind legs are longer than the front ones, and the back feet are bigger too, enabling a 40mph sprint if pushed. Intrigued, we pull over beside a gate. The hare stops too, nonchalantly scratching its nose with a hind leg, but poised to spring at any moment. It can be a pest, of course, foraging on cereal crops and nibbling the bark of young trees, but the hare has been

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part of our landscape since it arrived with the Romans. It’s something of an enigma, turning up in both pagan and Christian symbolism. The Anglo-Saxon goddess, Eostre, kept a hare as her sacred animal, a symbol of fertility, rebirth and spring. Eager to get the pagans on-board, the early Christian church embraced this; the Easter bunny, is not so much rabbit, as hare. It seems, the creature even has its own patron saint, St Melangell, a 7th century nun who sheltered a hare beneath her skirts, safe from a prince and his hounds. Impressed by her courage, the noble huntsman gave Melangell a swathe of Welsh valley on which to found an abbey. Even earlier, Chinese mythology replaces the ‘man’ in the moon with the ‘hare’, representing immortality and new life. It’s not all good, of course, which is perhaps not surprising for such a charismatic animal. Cornish legend suggests that abandoned maidens turn into white hares and haunt their faithless lovers. The bad reputation continues with claims that a witch can escape by transforming herself into a hare, and so it goes on. And what of their legendary madness, immortalised by the ‘hare-brained’ March Hare in Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’? Mad, as in really angry, perhaps! Normally solitary, in late winter, the hare goes in search of a mate. Harassed by an over-attentive suitor, the female may retaliate by rearing on her hind legs and boxing the male on the nose. Watching such a pair lunging and sparring is quite a spectacle, as their leaps take them airborne, hot breathe steaming in the freezing air. So feisty is this courtship that it seems amazing they ever get together at all! With luck, a month later a litter of leverets will be born, concealed in a shallow scrape or ‘form’ in the ground. Our’ hare grows bored with us. Gracing us with a final, unconcerned glance, it turns a cold shoulder and bounds away across the field.


What does good care really look like? Bluebird Care are proud to do it better Bluebird Care are Alresford’s, and indeed Hampshire’s, first Home and Live in Care company to be rated “Overall Outstanding” by industry regulator the Care Quality Commission (CQC). But what does that really mean to you and me? When you are in the position of considering care either for yourself or a loved one, it is vitally important to read the care provider’s CQC report and know their rating. This applies to both home care providers and residential care homes. All providers are rated and quality monitored by the CQC and their reports are readily available for your information online at: www.cqc.org.uk. Much like researching the OFSTED rating for a child’s school, CQC ratings set apart high-quality care providers from the rest. They provide you with a good insight into the true standards of each company and in some cases you will not like what you read, as sadly not all care is delivered to the standards we would expect.

Hampshire Home Care Provider CQC Ratings (2015-2017)

Outstanding

Good

UK Home Care Provider CQC Ratings (2015-2017)

Requires Improvement

Inadequate

The CQC score care providers across five key areas to rate how: Safe, Effective, Caring, Responsive and Well-led they are. Those 5 areas are then graded as either Outstanding, Good, Requires Improvement or Inadequate. CQC rarely award the top accolade of “Overall Outstanding” which is achieved when more than two areas are graded at Outstanding. More often they are sadly scoring many as “Requires Improvement” and even going as far as shutting some providers down. The pie charts above illustrate how small the proportion of “Overall Outstanding” care providers are throughout both Hampshire and the UK.


Bluebird Care (Alton & Alresford) were the first care provider in Hampshire to achieve the highest CQC rating of “Overall Outstanding” when they received Outstanding in three out of the five areas. This status puts them in the top 1% of care companies in the entire UK, so it’s wonderful that the people of Alresford have access to one of the best rated care providers in the country.

What the CQC said about Bluebird Care (Alton & Alresford): Effective: rated Outstanding “The service was outstandingly effective. People received outstanding care that was based on best practice.”

Caring: rated Outstanding “Staff went out of their way to make people feel valued, cared for and cared about. Care Assistants were kind and gentle to people.”

Well-led: rated Outstanding “The provider had created a very positive staff culture, valued them, developed them and had identified ways to retain them to ensure continuity of care. The service had a track record of being an excellent role model for the provision of outstanding home care.”

Responsive: rated Good “People consistently told us they received personalised care from Care Assistants who understood their care needs.”

Safe: rated Good “Measures were in place to manage risks whilst still supporting people to remain as independent as possible. The provider used technology fully and innovatively to plan and deliver people’s care. They ensured people were provided with skilled staff to meet their care needs safely.”

About Bluebird Care: When local Alresford couple Norman & Claire Murphy launched Bluebird Care in 2012, their mission was to radically shake up an industry renowned for poor standards. Their efforts have been continually recognised with nine award wins at both local and national levels that go hand in hand with their “Overall Outstanding” CQC rating.

Claire & Norman Murphy, Owners Bluebird Care

Claire Murphy, Owner, said: “We are a family company and family really is at the heart of everything we do.”

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he Holiday Inn Winchester is to host a second special charity fund-raising event for Hounds for Heroes, with the return of its popular Curry and Quiz night. The first event held last year raised £640 for the charity, with the funds helping towards training assistance dogs for injured and disabled men and women from the armed forces and civilian emergency services. “The first fund-raiser quickly sold out and those who came wanted a return match and to sample our award winning chef ’s amazing Indian Buffet again. Many of those who took part said that the Curry was the best they had ever tasted!” commented Sarah Waddington, the hotel’s sales and marketing manager. “So by popular demand, we have decided to have another fundraising event for the charity, that the hotel sponsors by providing free accommodation to the injured veterans, while they are in training with their Hounds for Heroes assistance dogs. The hotel has worked closely with the charity for the last three years. We have eight fully adapted wheelchair friendly rooms available and felt that they could be utilised to help this worthwhile charity, that does so much to rebuild the lives of injured service personnel,” said Sarah Waddington. The fund-raising evening on Thursday, 23rd March will include home cooked Indian Buffet, specially prepared by the hotel’s 2 AA Rosette Award winning team, with all the fun a quiz. The food will be served from 7pm (the quiz will start at 7.45pm) The hotel’s General Manager Marc Solarz is a very keen quizer, putting the quiz together and acting as Quiz Master, he commented: “Curry and Quiz is such a winning combination and representatives from Hounds for Heroes with assistance dogs will be at the event. Our staff really look forward to the training sessions and having the assistance dogs in the hotel. It is great for us to all be part of helping to make positive changes to the lives of the veterans.” The hotel is taking bookings for the Hounds for Heroes Curry and Quiz Fund Raising Event to be held on Thursday, 23rd March 2017. Tickets will be £14.95 per head. To book call 01962 670700 or email events@hiwinchester.co.uk

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erins School and Sun Hill Junior School, in Alresford, are delighted to announce that they will be joining to form a Multi-Academy Trust (MAT). A MAT is a trust that is responsible for a collaboration to improve and maintain high education standards across a number of schools. The MAT has overall responsibilities for governance and is responsible for the performance of each individual school, although each school still has its own local governing body. Following the Ofsted review at Sun Hill Junior School last October, the school was placed under a ‘Directed Academy Order’ by the Department for Education (DfE). This requires Sun Hill Junior to become an Academy and to be ‘sponsored’ by an existing Academy. Perins School was approached by the DfE and received confirmation on Friday 27th January that it has been appointed as the Preferred Sponsor of Sun Hill Junior School. This requires Perins to form a MAT and Sun Hill Junior to convert into an Academy and subsequently join the Perins MAT. Headteacher of Perins School, Steve Jones, commented, “Becoming a MAT will help strengthen further links between Perins and Sun Hill Junior. We can develop opportunities for staff at both schools to gain cross-stage experience and can share resources, knowledge and expertise; and most importantly we can work together as a community to offer all our students, from the age of 7 through to 16, the best possible education and opportunities with a shared ethos and vision.” The process of forming the MAT will take about six months, with the planned start date of full operation being 1st September 2017. Chair of Governors at Perins School, Alison Mayne, said: “This is a very exciting time for both Perins and Sun Hill Junior. It will enable both schools to work together to build on the strengths within the community and to collaborate on offering the best possible teaching and learning opportunities for all students and staff within the MAT.” Margaret Crowe, Chair of Governors at Sun Hill Junior, added, “Sun Hill Junior governors feel strongly that there should be significant benefits for everyone here at Sun Hill Junior, including staff, students and parents, in joining the Perins MAT and look forward to working together on this venture.” Perins parents and members of the local community are invited to attend an ‘Information Session’ on Thursday 2nd February at 6pm in the Main Hall at Perins School. The Headteacher and Chair of Governors from both Perins and Sun Hill Junior will be giving further information on the MAT conversion and answering questions. A separate event will be held for Sun Hill Junior parents only at the school on Tuesday 31st January. Further information on these events can be found on Perins School and Sun Hill Junior websites.


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typical view from a footbridge over the M3 during the Friday rush hour: the southbound traffic is crawling and the tired commuters and lorry drivers heading for the docks must be longing to reach the coast. The scene can't have been so very different in 1944, when the Winchester bypass was 'repurposed' as a tank park. One of the first dual carriageways in the country, it was perfect for the job: the US Army lined up the tanks on one carriageway and camped on the other. GIs off-loaded the tanks at Alresford Railway Station then parked them between the trees which still line The Avenue, as a staging post to the bypass. I doubt the tank drivers were as eager to push onwards as a motorist in a modern traffic jam, but as tension built up to D-Day, they must have been keen to get moving again. The construction project for D-Day included many other Hampshire roads leading up to the embarkation points. In December 1943, the County Surveyor, Brigadier "Archie" Hughes, received instructions to widen the A32 to Droxford, the A272 to Winchester and a huge amount of road improvements in the New Forest and Hambledon area - all to be finished by 1st May 1944. What would a modern project manager do? Say it couldn't possibly be done and negotiate an extension, of course. Brigadier Hughes must have objected, for the deadline was moved out - a meagre fortnight to 15th May. Considerable areas of land had to be acquired very quickly and it is the land beside the A272 that interests me. The gardens of six cottages at Cheriton were 'gifted' to the project and two more at Bramdean, garage frontage at West Meon, arable land, pasture and copses were compulsorily purchased. Front gardens, farm hedges and fields were cut back and re-fenced and mature trees were sadly felled to allow the military convoys through 48

without obstruction. The council widened the road to 22 feet (to allow for two-way traffic), improved junctions and built refuges for broken-down vehicles. In some places the road had to be reinforced to take the weight of the tanks (a Sherman weighs over 31 tons). Who was doing all this hard labour? Most of the young, able-bodied men were serving in the forces, after all. Women joined the road crews, as well as older labourers whose work was now considered to be of national importance. As D-Day approached, convoys from the training camps converged towards the Marshalling Areas, their tracked vehicles scouring the road surfaces as they changed direction, and gangs of road workers were on hand to shovel material back into the holes. After D-Day, security restrictions were relaxed, and Italian prisoners of war joined the teams repairing our roads. And as we know, there were no major delays in getting the vehicles, soldiers and materiel to the embarkation points, either on D-Day or in the months which followed - all credit to Brigadier Hughes and the men and women who worked for him. By February 1945, Brigadier Hughes was objecting again - the Winchester bypass was still blocked by tanks and workshops had been constructed beside, and in some cases over, the road surface. Summoned to a meeting at the War Office, he was informed that £30 000 had been spent on the workshops, hutments and camp equipment and that the senior officers who had been party to the agreement were serving in France and therefore unavailable for questioning. 'Quit moaning,' in other words. This story makes the M3 smart motorway roadworks seem tame in comparison, doesn’t it? Iris Crowfoot Iris.crowfoot@gmail.com www.HamboneJunior.com


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Community ALRESFORD & ITCHEN VALLEY WCC CITY COUNCILLORS - MARCH REPORT Local Plan Part 2 As you will no doubt be aware, LPP2 has been found ’sound’ following independent inspection and WCC can now proceed to adoption providing more certainty for the District’s communities and businesses. Local Plan Part 2 together with Local Plan Part 1 provides strong positive planning policy for the District, setting out areas for growth and those to be protected, together with a comprehensive suite of policies to guide individual planning applications. New WCC Strategy WCC is in the final stages of approving the Council Strategy for 2017-2020. They are working on five outcomes : • Delivering an entrepreneurial approach to efficient public services • Winchester District will be a premier business location • Delivering quality housing options • Improve the health and happiness of our community • Improve the quality of the District’s environment These will be the themes which will drive the work undertaken by the Council in the coming years. Recycling – are you doing it right? Just because the label on the packaging says you can recycle it, doesn’t mean you can! The link shows what to put in your recycling bin : http://www.winchester.gov.uk/waste-and-recycling/recyclingcollection/. Putting the wrong things in, slows the process and costs WCC (or you actually) more money. Refuse Collection (General Waste) Recycle as much as you can, but don’t put everything else in the other bin. Again, the sorting time costs money. What to include and exclude : http://www.winchester.gov.uk/waste-and-recycling/refusecollection/ If your bin is missed, please report to WCC by 12pm the following day, either on line or call 0300 300 0013. Entrepreneurial Council takes shape Full Council backed proposals to launch an open-market shared ownership scheme and to create a strategic acquisition strategy. Under the scheme, the City Council will support local residents by providing equity to buy a property in the district for those who do not have the substantial deposit required for a house. Through charging a rent on the deposit element the Council will ensure a good financial return for the local taxpayer while ensuring that the Council’s investment is supporting the local area. The household will normally own 70% of the property with the Council owning a 30% share. The household could buy the Council out of its share in the future. The acquisition strategy will see up to £15m invested in property by Winchester City Council to produce rental income that supports services for local residents and compensates for loss of Government grant. The investments have an expected rate of return of 5-6% as part of its new strategy over the next three years.

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The City Council has lost £2m in funding over the past four years, with a further £1.5m of reductions expected by 2020. Fly-tipping prosecution – WCC means business! A further fly-tipping prosecution has been successfully completed by WCC with two cases pending, and three under investigation which may lead to prosecution. The Council will investigate fly-tipping on private land but is not in a position to use public money for clearance in those cases.You can report fly-tipping on line or call 0300 300 0013. Changes ahead for parking in Winchester Increased park-and-ride, dedicated spaces for ultra low-emission vehicles, use of new technology and differential pricing will be part of Winchester’s future approach to parking following Cabinet’s approval of an updated strategy. The Council has already started to implement the measures. Parking charges in the city will increase the difference in price between city centre car parks and those further out, while freezing prices of park-and-ride tickets to encourage drivers to use the car parks most suited to their visit. The aim is for people making longer visits to park outside the centre. Progress on Central Winchester Regeneration (including Silver Hill) The City Council has invited JTP to create a Supplementary Planning Document which will set out a vision for the future development of central Winchester through collaborative planning and consultation. There will be an Engagement Session in Alresford on 9 March 2017. Please go along and let JTP know what you would like to see. This is a project which will affect us, as well as those who live in Winchester. Consultations WCC runs regular consultations to which residents and parish councils are encouraged to respond to. Current consultations : https://winchester.citizenspace.com/ and also a “What you said, what we did” showing how the Council responded.

You can contact your City Councillors as follows:Cllr Kim Gottlieb kgottlieb@winchester.gov.uk Tel: 07795 494919

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Alresford & District Neighbourhood Watch Neighbourhood Watch Neighbourhood Watch in the United Kingdom is a partnership intended to bring people together to make their communities safer. It involves both the police and the community to make their neighbourhoods better places to live. It aims to help people protect themselves and their properties and to reduce the fear of crime by means of improved home security, greater vigilance, accurate reporting of suspicious incidents to the police and by fostering a community spirit. The UK's first Neighbourhood Watch was set up in Mollington, Cheshire in 1982 following the success of a similar scheme in Chicago in the United States. Many more schemes followed throughout the UK, and it is now claimed that 3.8 million households are covered by a scheme. Neighbourhood Watch schemes cover many aspects of community safety, including crime. The stated objectives are: • To improve community safety generally. • To prevent crime by improving security, increasing vigilance, creating and maintaining a caring community and reducing opportunities for crime by increasing crime prevention awareness. • To assist the police in detecting crime by promoting effective communication and the prompt reporting of suspicious and criminal activity.

• To reduce undue fear of crime by providing accurate information about risks and by promoting a sense of security and community spirit, particularly amongst the more vulnerable members of the community. • To improve police/community liaison by providing effective communications through Neighbourhood Watch messaging systems which warn Coordinators of local crime trends which they can disseminate to their scheme members and by members informing the police of incidents when they occur. Local Schemes Local Neighbourhood Watch schemes are run by their members through Coordinators and are supported by the police and the local Neighbourhood Watch Association. Schemes can vary in size. A volunteer resident committee supervises the scheme and liaises with the police. They receive information and messages to keep them in touch with activities, and some have marker kits, alarms and other security items, which are available to members. It must be recognised that the scheme is a community initiative, which is supported by the police, not run by them, so success depends on what the members make of it. The police can't deal with the problems and issues arising from crime and anti-social behaviour alone; they need the help of the whole community. Neighbourhood Watch

EVENTS AT THE CURTIS MUSEUM & ALLEN GALLERY ALLEN GALLERY EVENTS Talk: Me and My Hats - 23rd March from 7.30pm. Alton’s Town Crier, Stan Whitcher, gives us an insight not only into that job, but also some of the other roles he plays. Cost: £5 Exhibitions Alton Camera Club Exhibition of Members’ Work (FREE) 18th – 30th March. The Club is celebrating its 60th year Observer Observed Photographs by Jane Bown - 5th to 28th April. Famous faces by photographer and Alton resident, Jane Bown (FREE)

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Workshop Silk Painting Workshop - 30th March 11am – 2pm. Join Deborah Woodland in this workshop and take home at least two items that you have made £15 per person. For Children Easter Make-and-Take, 11th April 11am -1pm and 2pm - 4pm Drop in and make your very own Easterthemed creation.

CURTIS MUSEUM EVENTS Easter Family Trail - 8th – 22nd April Pop in and explore the museum with our special Family Trail. FREE

provides a way for local people to play an important part in addressing this balance and making their communities safer. The role of a Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator is to oversee a Neighbourhood Watch scheme within a specific street, neighbourhood or area. • They will often be in contact, via their local association, with the crime prevention Co-ordinator at their nearest police station who will help clarify what is involved and the initial steps to take. • They can encourage vigilance amongst scheme members and actively encourage the early reporting of suspicious incidents to the police. • They may receive crime information from the Neighbourhood Watch messaging system and distribute these messages to scheme members. • They can circulate newsletters and other relevant information to scheme members. Contacting ADNWA or Police: www.neighbourhood.watch.alresford.org e-mail: contact.adnwa@gmail.com CRIME IN PROGRESS: RING 999 NON-URGENT ISSUES: RING 101 (if you observe suspicious activity) CRIMESTOPPERS: 0800 555 111

Paint your own wooden Crown 18th April 11am -1pm and 2pm - 4pm Drop in and paint and decorate your own wooden crown. No need to book, but numbers are limited by materials available. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Cost: £3 per wooden crown Hours are Tues-Sat, Gallery 10.30pm 4.30pm, Museum 10am - 5pm. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Cost: £2 per activity pack

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on a crisp December night with all the Christmas trees alight, we realised how lovely the place is. We eventually settled on Swarraton and threw ourselves into village life. It felt like we were on holiday every day! I’m a staunch believer in supporting local shops and businesses, and living here I feel completely at home – I’m a country girl at heart. Living here really puts a smile on my face.” Do you have a favourite place in the area? “It’s hard to pick a favourite, but I do love the Grange. It’s great to have such a majestic building and beautiful country estate a stone’s throw from my front door. I love Northington/Swarraton and the Candover Valley where I live now. The countryside is stunning and I enjoy seeing sheep and cows in the fields. Not to mention the wildlife – deer, rabbits, red kites and hares. And there’s cricket to boot! I feel like I’m in an episode of Midsomer Murders or Miss Marple, but without the slaying of half the village every week!”

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Shelley Preston is apologetically late and orders her favourite skinny latte with chocolate. She is most familiar as the ‘new girl’ of 1980’s pop group, Bucks Fizz, who not only won the Eurovision Song Contest, but also had a string of hit songs. How does she remember the day she officially joined the group? “Looking back it was utterly crazy. I was kept hidden in secret locations for over a month before being introduced as the new member of Bucks Fizz live on the Terry Wogan Show in 1985. It also made the BBC Nine O’clock News on the same evening. My life changed overnight!” How did she come to live in Hampshire six years ago? “My lifelong friend Alison lives here, and we’d been meeting in Alresford for coffee since 1998! My expartner and I had talked about moving out of London for a better life in the country, and were struck by the beauty of Alresford over Christmas 2008. We’d been out with friends in Winchester, and driving back via Alresford,

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What does Shelley consider to be her career highlights so far? “Well, Buck’s Fizz was huge. One highlight was reforming as the Original Bucks Fizz and performing in the 2004 ‘Here and Now’ tour. Being back in the album Top 40 in 2006 was great too, working with Cheryl and Mike, and doing all the PR stuff. We had such a laugh. Then there was Cloudfish, a band collaboration with my ex-partner, which was really special. We even once sold out Ronnie Scott’s, and Gary Kemp came along and heard our version of ‘True’. Luckily he loved it! I really enjoyed writing, recording and performing together, and I’ll always be proud of what we created together as Cloudfish.”


I’ve performed with Michael Bolton in a concert to raise funds for the children of Bosnia, and worked with the phenomenal Belinda Carlisle for over fifteen years. The Unplugged VH1 was a memorable gig. I’ve been so very lucky to have worked with, and got to know, many iconic figures in the music industry over the past few years.” Aside from those individuals, who else has influenced Shelley’s music? “How long have you got? Marvin Gaye, Rickie Lee Jones, Steely Dan/Donald Fagen, Joni Mitchell and Prince. I’m also influenced by Motown, early 70’s and 80’s funk. But I like all sorts of music and many people I’ve met along the way have had an impact. For example, I met Robert Plant when my ex-partner was his drummer, and after that I went a bit rockier with my vocals.”

So what’s next for Shelley? “The past three years have been horrific for me personally after the pain of divorce. It’s also been tough professionally to the extent that I didn’t want to sing, write or even listen to music again. My personal and professional lives were so closely intertwined that everything was a painful reminder. But I’ve learnt to accept, forgive and move on; it’s in the past and the laughter is back in my life. I’m writing again and have lots of ideas. I’ve made a demo of a new song and am starting to book gigs in small venues. I’ll be performing some new material as well as all the songs I know the fans will want to hear. I’m working at my own pace which leaves me time to devote to my son in his last year of A Levels. For me it’s not about fame and fortune, but about performing and loving what I do for a living. My mantra now is ‘always live life forward’, that’s what I living by.”

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And you also had a successful career as a session/ backing singer? “My favourite tour was with INXS. I first met them in 1986 on a TV show when they were trying to break into the UK. (Bucks Fizz were in the Top Ten with ‘New Beginning’ at that time). They were lovely guys and keen to chat. Michael Hutchence was an enigmatic performer and when he sang he held an audience in the palm of his hand. He’s been a lasting influence on my singing style. Then in 1993 I was on a world tour with The Brian May Band – Brian is amazing to work with. In 1997 I was booked for a one-off radio performance as a backing singer with Jaydee, which led to me performing on their world tour.”

As well as her passion for music, what else couldn’t Shelley live without? My son, Ben, of course, and our pets Otis and Jinx who bring such joy and companionship into our home. And I can’t live without laughter. Ben made me laugh the other day when I suggested that I’m a ‘cool’ mum. He simply said “Er, no”. I love a home full of laughter!” Talking to Shelley Preston about her life and her plans for the future, not only as a performer, but as a once again happy person, she certainly does sound ‘cool’. Gill Grant

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Winchester GoLD Annual Quiz Night 7.00pm for 7.15pm at Twyford Village Hall, Hazeley Road, Twyford SO21 1NH Soup & Ploughman’s & Cash Bar Tickets £16 p.p., table of 8 for £128 Tickets available through local contact or Juliet Hawkes on 01962 808554, 07887946830, julietahawkes@aol.com

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Ropley Dramatic Society a one-act play 'The Fat Lady Sings in Little Grimley' (A hilarious comedy by David Tristram). Doors open at 7.30pm, curtain up 8pm. At Ropley Parish Hall, followed by a fish and chip supper and quiz. A superb evenings entertainment - Licensed bar - Free parking. Tickets £15 (incl supper). Our last show was a sell out so don't miss out. Contact Box Office: 01420 568265

Alresford Art Society Demonstration Karen Pearson will demonstrate Koi in mixed media. This is an afternoon meeting starting at 2.30pm at Alresford Recreation Centre. For information contact: 01962 736397 email jo.may@live.co.uk or visit www.artsociety.alresford.org Joanne

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Am-Dram Costume and Accessory Sale The Old Alresford Dramatic Society (now in our 32nd year) no longer has a storage space for our large collection of costumes and accessories and so we are having a sale! At the Christy hall, Old Alresford from 10.30am until 3.00pm. So, if you are an Am-Dram enthusiast or just love dressing up, do come along. Also, look out for our next show - An interactive Murder Mystery, with supper - 17th to 20th May. Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/toadstweets or Facebook: www.oa-toads.org.uk

19 MARCH Winchester Music Club Spring Concert 2017 From 7.30pm at New Hall, Winchester College. David Thomas will conduct the Music Club and Orchestra performing: Mozart Vesperae Solennes de Confessore and Haydn Organ Concerto (Soloist Jamal Sutton) and Haydn Missa in Angustiis. Tickets: www.winchestermusicclub.org.uk/ buy-tickets or 01962 857275

23 MARCH Auctions in a Day Monthly Auction, Badger Farm Community Centre, Winchester from 2pm.Viewing from 12.30pm. To include China, Coins, Ephemera, Collectables, Old Toys, Jewellery,

Ropley Horticultural Society Illustrated talk 'Soft fruits - all aspects of growing' with Peter Barwick, formerly of Blackmoor Estates. 7.45pm 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

APRIL 14 APRIL Easter Charity Concert 'In Monte Olivetti' - A Cappella Group Vox Lucis. Early Music And Readings For Lent Gesualdo,Victoria, Byrd, Lotti and others at St John’s, Northington from 5.30pm. Tickets: £12 (under 16s: No charge) Available from peter@kiteshill.co.uk or ian@iwmassociates.co.uk or at the door

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

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replacement for a person in a private hospital may cost around £11,500, the veterinary equivalent is nearer £4,000. Similarly, an ultrasound scan may cost £300 under private healthcare compared to approximately £90 at a veterinary practice. The veterinary surgeon should discuss treatment options with the client, and although it may be challenging for the surgeon to foresee all expenses, an estimate of costs must be provided before a treatment plan is begun. A client should ask for an estimate prior to treatment. This will help to give detailed information of the cost incurred so as there are no sudden unexpected fees and will allow the client to compare prices at different practices and budget accordingly. If a client feels there has been an inconsistency between the fees discussed in the initial consultation and the final bill the first stage should be to have an open discussion with the vet to resolve the situation. Pet insurance can help give you some piece of mind to know that should accident or injury or an unexpected illness occur veterinary fees are contributed to by some extent. However when owning a pet it is your responsibility to ensure the welfare of the animal is provided for, this includes adequate veterinary assistance when needed. Some animal charities can offer assistance to those who fit into specific criteria but for the most part veterinary treatment needs to be paid for by the owner. For further information please contact your local veterinary practice, they would be more than happy to offer you a breakdown of fees relating to procedures should you have any concerns.

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You and Your Health If you are prone to falling you may want to consider a review with your GP of your regular medications to see if this could be making you feel dizzy and therefore contributing to falling. Having your eyes tested at least once a year (free for the over 60s) is vitally important too as poor vision can increase your risk of falling. See your local optician to book an eye test. You may also be entitled to help with the cost of any new glasses if you receive certain benefits. It’s helpful to know too that a problem with your ears can also affect your balance, so make sure you talk with your GP if you notice that your hearing is deteriorating. In addition, certain medicines, or an illness such as poorly controlled diabetes, can also make you feel faint or dizzy, so it’s worth mentioning any incidents like this to your GP. And, of course, wearing suitable footwear will help. If you have arthritis, you may find that well-cushioned shoes are comfortable and offer welcome support. However, make sure that the soles are not too thick, as you could feel a little unsteady if you can’t feel the floor beneath your feet. Do wear shoes that fit well, firmly secured with laces or Velcro. Make sure that your slippers fit well and have a good grip, not loose and worn, as this may cause you to trip. Make sure too that your trousers and skirts don’t trail on the ground. Looking after your feet is important too, so make sure you report any foot pain, or if your feet become noticeably more, or less, sensitive. Keep your toenails short, and if you need help doing this, then ask a friend or family member for help. Your Village Agents will also be able to tell you about any local toenail cutting services in the area. Denise and Fiona can also help to point you in the right direction to local services and organisations that may be able to help with other needs, such as help in the home, gardening services, finding a local activity club or group, and a wide range of other topics.

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t a dinner held at Avington Park on Friday 20th January 2017 to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Rotary Club of Alresford’s Charter, Club President Steve Walker presented a cheque for £1,000 to Sarah Parish and James Murray. The husband and wife team of well-known actors, who live locally to Alresford, are the founders of the Murray Parish Trust. With matched funding by the Government as well as the Barker Mill Foundation, this donation will quadruple to £4,000. In presenting the cheque to Sarah Parish and James Murray, Steve Walker said, “On behalf of the members of Alresford Rotary, it gives me great pleasure to hand over this donation and be able to support such a worthwhile charity appeal.” The Murray Parish Trust (http://www.themurrayparishtrust.com) is committed to raising money to fund paediatric facilities, in memory of their first daughter Ella-Jayne who lost her young life to a congenital heart defect. These facilities are not only in Southampton but across all of Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Dorset, West Sussex, Devon, Surrey, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire and The Channel Islands. The latest challenge is to raise £4million for a brand new Paediatric Emergency & Trauma Department (A&E) based in Southampton, to cover the entire South of England and The Channel Islands. After a very successful #SayYesGeorge campaign, the, then, Chancellor George Osborne agreed in a spring budget to fund-match their cause. The Government pledged £2 million, so it is the Trust’s mission to raise the additional £2 million and make this new, life-saving department a reality. As an added bonus the philanthropic Barker Mill Foundation (http://www.barkermillfoundation.com), in association with the Southampton Daily Echo, has committed to match fund contributions to the Trust. Sarah and Jim were accompanied to the Dinner by Dr Jason Barling, a Trustee and Consultant in Paediatric Emergency Medicine, and Dr Kim Sykes a Consultant in Paediatric Intensive Care. Between all four, with the aid of short DVDs, they spoke of the dire conditions which exist at Southampton General Hospital for children suffering trauma. Space has been allocated within a newly-built part of the Hospital; it just needs fitting out and this is what the Trust is aiming to fund. Kim Sykes explained, also with the aid of a DVD, that to assist the final design parameters for the new facility a simulation day was organised. This was the first such initiative in design of hospital facilities used in the UK. The contractors fitted temporary walls and partitions and made the space firesafe, and local groups of children and adults were invited to act the part of traumatised children and concerned parents. This exercise evidently threw up a whole plethora of solutions to factors which might otherwise have created difficulties or been overlooked. The Rotary Club of Alresford, which comprises just under 30 members of both gender, donated money to the Murray Parish Trust from the proceeds of the Club’s annual sale of Christmas trees. The Christmas Tree Sale at the top of Broad Street was the first fund-raising project which the Club initiated in 1987 its first full year, and the popular event has continued annually since. Other local fund-raising and community projects in and around Alresford include the annual bonfire and fireworks party in November, 10k Race in June, Apple Day in October, as well as various activities with the local primary and secondary schools in the town. Richard Hawkins


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Alresford Town Council Reports Inspector’s Report on the Local Plan Following the Examination of the Local Plan Part 2 the final report by the Inspector has been received. The Inspector concluded that with the recommended Main Modifications, LPP2 is "sound". The Local Plan Part 2 is scheduled to be adopted at by Winchester City Council on 5 April 2017. The Inspector's report and the proposed modifications, can be found at the Winchester City Council’s web site www. winchester.gov.uk by searching for LPP2 2017 Inspector's Report. If you are unable to access the report this way, please contact the Town Council Offices for assistance. Update on New Homes at Mitford Road FE Chase, the contractor constructing the new homes, have informed us that they intend to fence off the empty garage court and demolish it during the week commencing 20th February 2017. It is intended that construction works will commence in early March. The path that is located to the rear of the construction site that links Ashburton Road to a nearby garage court will be closed for health and safety reasons for the duration of the works. Alternative access to the properties that currently use the path is in existence so we don’t anticipate that the path closure will cause disruption to local people. For further information please contact the Town Council Offices. Alresford Spring Clear up - Saturday 29th April A quick reminder to all those lovely people who came to our last litter pick.

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is for use by pedestrians only. The use of this path by cyclists is illegal and dangerous, the Town Council has recently installed new notices making the rules very clear, and will take action against those contravening them. Lost Property: Various items of lost property have been handed in to the town council are kept in the Council Offices at the Alresford Recreation Centre. If unclaimed by the end of the year they will be donated to or sold for charity. For more information, please contact the office using the details below. Jazz At The Arc The 1st Wednesday of each month sees popular live Jazz performances at the ARC. All are welcome. Tickets on the door. Upcoming Meetings Tuesday 7th March Planning - Town Offices from 7.30pm Tuesday 21st March Town Council - Town Offices from 7.30pm Tuesday 28th March Annual Town Meeting Town Offices from 7.30pm All Town Council and Committee meetings are open to the public.Your council welcomes public participation and warmly invites you to attend any and all such meetings. Dates and times can be found on the NATC website and posted on public notice boards in the town. Details also available from the Council offices at the Alresford Recreation Centre. Contact Us We are always keen to hear from residents.You can get in touch by calling: 01962 732

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February saw my annual opportunity to address Winchester’s business community via their big breakfast event at the Wessex Hotel in town. Sponsored by Winchester Business Improvement District, the event is an opportunity for businesses across the area to meet up, share experiences, and hear an update from me on the national, international and local business scene. After providing a detailed report on the current buoyant labour market and an update on the Government's approach to Brexit, I took questions from the floor including the ongoing business rates revaluation, immigration, planned works J9 of the M3 Junction how the UK should work responsibly with President Trump. I also spoke about a range of local issues including what I call the 'Winchester Challenge' and didn’t pull my punches. That challenge is to ensure the new leadership at the City Council – now including your own impressive Cllr Caroline Horrill as leader - drives through some its big projects so Winchester regains its reputation for competence and a place where things get done. Big ticket items such as the leisure centre and station approach have got to move forward now and I am clear the new leader and Chief Executive need to assert their authority because Winchester is not a great bet for investors right now. It is time for all our sakes to face down the sneering, often politically driven, cynicism which is threatening any attempt to improve the city. More: www.stevebrine. com/businessbreakfast. Don’t forget my ongoing PMQ ballot to which I have now added Wednesday 22nd March 2017 so do add your name to the draw via www.stevebrine.com/PMQs or via 01962 791110. Finally, you can find more about my other work, in Winchester and of course in Westminster, via my website which includes my regularly updated Brexit mini-site at www.stevebrine.com/brexit Steve Brine MP Winchester , Alresford & Itchen Valley

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