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FORU M Exclusive Spring Garden Feature ________ Hampshire Mum Hampshire Garden Festival The Forum talks to Mark Porter Chairman of the National Garden Scheme Nature writer Claire Thurlow Social history writer Iris Crowfoot APRIL 2017 • ISSUE 126 • REACHING 18,750 READERS * ITCHEN VALLEY, WINCHESTER & THE WORTHY'S OLD ALRESFORD CANDOVER

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OUR TEAM

We hope that our new readers in Winchester and the Worthys are enjoying reading the magazine. With spring now upon us our thoughts turn toward the garden and outdoor living. We are lucky in the Itchen Valley and Hampshire to have a wealth of businesses here to help you create that perfect outdoor space. We have had lots of positive feedback from our new delivery areas and plan to carry on expanding our readership throughout the year. 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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53 Motoring

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56 Food & Drink

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59 Home

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64 Culture

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78 Animals

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Church Services NEW ALRESFORD

OVINGTON

O St. John the Baptist

O St.Peter's

Sunday 2 April 08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 Parish Eucharist 18.00 Power House - a service by and for young people Sunday 9 April 08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 Procession and Second Sunday Family Service 18.00 Tenerbrae Monday 10 April 19.00 Compline Maunday Thursday 13 April 20.00 Maundy Eucharist 21.00 Maundy Watch (until midnight) Good Friday 14 April 08.00 CTiA Outdoor Witness 12.30 Devotional Service (until 15.30) Easter Day 16 April 08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 Parish Eucharist 18.00 Easter Praise Sunday 23 April 08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 Parish Eucharist Sunday 30 April 08.00 Holy Communion 11.00 Benefice Service at Bighton Every Friday (except Good Friday) 10.00 Holy Communion Parish Office: 01962 733545 stjohnsalresford.org.uk

Sunday 2 April 11.00 Café Church Palm Sunday 9 April 10.00 Parish Communion Holy Saturday 15 April 20.00 Easter Ceremonies Easter Day 16 April 10.00 Parish Communion Sunday 23 April 10.00 Fourth Sunday Sunday 30 April 11.00 Benefice Service at Bighton Parish Office: 01962 733545 stjohnsalresford.org.uk

OLD ALRESFORD

NEW ALRESFORD

O St.Mary's Sunday 2 April 09.30 Holy Communion Palm Sunday 9 April 09.30 Parish Communion 18.00 Old Alresford Cottage Service Easter Day 16 April 09.30 Parish Communion Sunday 23 April 11.00 Village Family Service Sunday 30 April 11.00 Benefice Service at Bighton Thursdays 09.00 Holy Communion at Old Alresford Place

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

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

1st Saturday in the month (2nd in each month) Prayer Time www.newfarmchapel.org.uk

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Midday Prayers every week Monday-Avington,Tuesday- Itchen Abbas,Wednesday- Martyr Worthy, Thursday- Easton

NEW ALRESFORD

BIGHTON

O St. Gregory's

O All Saints

Every Sunday 11.00 Mass All other enquiries: 01962 852 804

Sunday 2 April 11.00 First Sunday Palm Sunday 9 April 11.00 Parish Communion Easter Day 16 April 11.00 Parish Communion Sunday 23 April 11.00 Parish Communion Sunday 30 April 11.00 Benefice Service Parish Office: 01962 733545 stjohnsalresford.org.uk

UPPER ITCHEN BENEFICE Sunday 2 April 09.00 Cheriton Benefice Early Communion 10.15 Cheriton All Age Holy Communion Sunday 9 April 09.30 Cheriton Palm Sunday Bramdean Palm Sunday 11.00 Kilmeston Sunday Holy Communion Tichborne Holy Communion Good Friday 14 April 09.30 Cheriton Passion Reading 10.30 Tichborne Taizé Service Easter Day 16 April 06.10 Beauworth Holy Communion 08.30 Tichborne Holy Communion 09.30 Cheriton Holy Communion 11.00 Bramdean Holy Communion 11.00 Hinton Ampner Holy Communion 11.00 Kilmeston Holy Communion Sunday 23 April 09.30 Cheriton Holy Communion 11.00 Kilmeston Holy Communion 11.00 Bramdean Family Worship Sunday 30 April 10.00 Benefice Holy Communion

ITCHEN VALLEY BENEFICE Sunday 2 April 08.00 Avington Holy Communion 10.00 Martyr Worthy All age service 11.00 Itchen Abbas Matins 18.00 Itchen Abbas Lent course and Compline Sunday 9 April 08.00 Easton Holy Communion 10.00 Itchen Abbas Parish Communion 18.00 Martyr Worthy Evensong Monday 10 to 12 April 08.00 Martyr Worthy Compline Maunday Friday 13 April 08.00 Itchen Abbas Holy Communion Good Friday 14 April 10.00 Martyr Worthy The Way of the Cross 14.00 Itchen Abbas Last Hour Easter Day 16 April 08.00 Avington Holy Communion 10.00 Easton Family Communion 10.00 Martyr Worthy Traditional Communion 18.00 Itchen Abbas Evensong Sunday 23 April 08.00 Itchen Abbas Holy Communion 10.00 Martyr Worthy Parish Communion 18.00 Easton Taize Sunday 30 April 08.00 Easton Holy Communion 10.00 Avington Parish Communion


Churches Together in Alresford

Holy Week Services St. Gregory's New Alresford (Roman Catholic)

St.John the Baptist New Alresford (Anglican)

Maundy Thursday 19.30 Communion of the Maundy Thursday Last Supper 19.30 Mass of the Good Friday Lord's Supper 12.30 Good Friday Service Good Friday Easter Day 15.00 Solemn Liturgy 08.00 Holy Communion of the Lord's 09.30 Parish Communion Passion 18.00 Sundays at Six Service Holy Saturday 20.00 Easter Vigil Easter Day 11.00 Mass 11am - Good Friday

Alresford Methodist Church Maundy Thursday 18.30 Communion Service Good Friday 10.00 Good Friday Service Easter Day 10.30 Sunday Service

Walk of Witness Beginning at Alresford Methodist Church


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What's On APRIL 5 APRIL Winchester and District Local RSPB Group Meeting The Wildlife of the New Forest presented by Marcus Ward & Russ Wynn. From 7.30 for 7.45 start until 10pm approx. £4 for non group members. Shawford Parish Hall, Pearsons Lane, Shawford,Winchester, Hampshire SO21 2AA T: 01962 851821. Call to check latest times or cancellations. www.rspb.org.uk/groups/ winchester

precious chocolate eggs across Britain. Now it’s up to you and your family to find them by Joining the Cadbury Egg Hunt! The Easter Bunny needs help delivering his chocolate. Follow the trail to transform into an Easter Bunny and help deliver all the eggs. Booking Not Needed. younger children may need help completing the trail. A National Trust Event Gates open 10am. Start 11am. End 5pm. Pick up your trail from the house at 11am. Hinton Ampner, Bramdean, near Alresford, Hampshire SO24 0LA.Tel: 01962 771305 Call to check latest times or cancellations. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events

8 APRIL Calligraphy Workshop at Winchester Cathedral Learn the art of Calligraphy under the expert tuition of the Cathedral Scribes. The day will focus on studying The Uncial Hand. Equipment will be provided, but if students prefer they can bring their own. Beginners are welcome. Tea and Coffee will be provided. Tickets: £25* Available from the Cathedral Box Office. www.winchester-cathedral.org.uk

8 - 23 APRIL The Easter Bunny Hop returns to Winchester This Easter weekend. Follow the trail around the city for a chance to win great prizes and goody bags.Winchester's Easter bunny hides colourful clues around the city and invites families to help find them to crack a puzzling code to win a treat!

10 APRIL Dancing fun for Kids From 16.30 - 17.30 at the Performance Hall, Winchester Discovery Centre. SO23 8SB £5/ siblings half price. Do you have some dancecrazy Kids at home? Then let them have the time of their life with some fabulous Dancing Fun and Games. From 16.30 ages 4 - 7 and from 17.00 ages 8 - 13. Fabulous music, amazing space and huge video screen.We are looking forward to seeing you. Silvia & Max - Salsa y Sol Dance & Yoga - www.salsaysol.co.uk www.zumbakids-winchester.co.uk

Hinton Ampner - Cadbury Easter Egg Trail Once again the Cadbury Bunny has hidden

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Easter Bunny Weekend at Sparsholt Join a host of nursery rhyme characters for a fun, family day out with plenty of Easter activities to enjoy! Find Humpty Dumpty on the Easter Trail, meet the Easter Bunny and animal characters from nursery rhymes. Enjoy lots of craft activities including Easter baskets and you can even make your own pea-green boat! There will also be plants for sale grown by our Horticulture department, refreshments, face painting and pony rides. Pony rides from 1pm – 3pm. Sorry, no dogs with exception of recognised assistance dogs. Westley Lane, Sparsholt, Hampshire, SO21 2NF T: 01962 776441 enquiry@sparsholt.ac.uk

10 APRIL The Giles Group Meeting From 2p.m at Alresford Community Centre. 'How to make Birthday Cards' by Agela Hartley

12 APRIL Nature Walk at Magdalen Hill Down Our first walk of the year to see early butterflies and cowslips. Leaders: Jenny Mallett/Jayne Chapman: 01962 808400. Meet: 2.30pm in the gravel car park opposite the cemetery on the Alresford Road, B3404 Winchester. Map ref: SU 512 295. Sat Nav: SO21 1HE

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8 - 23 APRIL

Eel House Open Day From 11 - 5pm - Come and see the traps and the Eel House interior and find out about the secret life of the eel in one of only two known eel houses in the country. Directions: . The river Alre footpath 500m from the bottom of The Dean, Eel House www.towntrust.org.uk/eel_house.htm

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8 APRIL Ropley Horticultural Society Spring Show Ropley Horticultural Society spring show with refreshments featuring home-baking. Relax over a special afternoon tea with waitress service, before admiring our cheerful display of spring designs and flowers.Entry & parking FREE, all welcome Enquiries: Jill 01962 772425, Ropley. hort.soc@btinternet.com

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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.

14 - 23 APRIL Easter Fun with Thomas at the Watercress Line Meet Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends at the Watercress Line. There will be rides on a real steam engine, opportunities to shake hands with The Fat Controller and plenty of free Thomasthemed activities in the Imagination Stations to take part in. A travel ticket includes an entire day’s travel on the big steam trains that run along the whole line so you can hop on and off at any of the four stations.There will be a chance to enjoy unlimited rides behind Thomas in his carriages or in Toad the Brake Van and unlimited rides with Iron ‘Arry and a friend of Diesel’s – and kids may even go in the cab with the driver! The free activities include a Thomas themed children’s entertainer, rides on the miniature railway, daily story time, a Bouncy Slide (age 3+), Tea Cup ride, colouring,Thomas transfers, DVD shows and more! Additional events on page 28 >


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As Christians, we celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ from the dead! 'What difference does it make' Easter Sunday - 10.30am - Sunday 16th April All welcome - Refreshments after the service

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Easter Praise - Easter Sunday afternoon -16th April from 5pm A selection of Easter Hymns and Songs ~short personal reflections on 'what Easter means to me' approximately 45 minutes, then Easter tea served afterwards

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THE WILDERNESS YEARS

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ith my fingers enveloping a mug of Earl Grey, I shut my eyes for a moment while the first rays of a burgeoning spring sun warm my face delivering, if the news is to believed, a much needed dose of vitamin D. The garden bench was slightly damp but no matter, my mind ran through a plethora of images of my perfect garden: from the tall purple alliums caressed by golden fennel, to deep aubergine coloured acers, sun-worshiping olive trees and pots full with tumbling ivies, lavenders and scented herbs. The wind blew up while a ferocious looking cloud smothered the sun and I was abruptly dumped back into my horticultural horror. The garden- if one can call it that- has what I believe is known as a skeleton; curved low walls, a small raised terrace, various vintage, (made last month and allowed to rust), obelisks and a profusion of strategically placed pots. Then there’s the brown stuff - soil – though mine has more similarities to builder’s rubble than the luxurious loam of an herbaceous border. Yet this patch of poor old sod is nothing short of living history. When the Pagan Pup turns archeologist, as he is apt to do, he unearths all manner of Pagan relics, “So that’s where my trowel got to”. And many a family BBQ has been interrupted by a mud and worm encrusted Thomas the Tank Engine toy being tossed into someone’s lap. “Hey Mum, I’ve been looking for that!” “What since you were five? You’re fourteen now!” Who would have thought the barren winter branches of a forsythia hedge could look so attractive with various tennis, golf and footballs rammed into its thicket? The early spring chill drove me indoors where the vista from the window was somewhat disappointing.Yes, I have a wooden obelisk painted in sage green, but the ball was

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knocked from the top by the ace thwack of a tennis racket rendering it yet another broken plaything. My garden does have architectural plants – lateral spreading junipers, cypress, climbing vines and honeysuckle, but the only real sign of fresh spring was some tulips in an urn, struggling to make their presence felt in amongst something dead, last year’s attempt at under-planting… “Come on, Sandra, cheer up. It’s not that bad, you’ll soon knock it into shape”. And there you have it. I have three burly men in the house who all view the garden as a place for beer induced snoozing or, in the case of Star II, a place to practice tennis, “Ooops sorry could I have my ball back please.” None of them are about to knock anything into shape. No, tending to our wilderness over the years has fallen to me, but now I’ve got this back/ knee/ hip you see, so no more digging or sweeping for me. A decision had to be reachedgardener or chiropractor? Easy, gardener. Ben the talented and tolerant happy horticulturalist now comes and tends to my wilderness, all I have to do is text saying my spikey bush needs sorting and he’s there. We have a special understanding; he doesn’t use the correct Latin terminology with me, as he knows it’s pointless. Instead when I say I’d like something large and purple growing up the shed he simply asks if I want the yellow flowers, (weeds, I think), taken out first. Then all that’s left to do is to nod wisely while he tells me what he’s going to do this month and the next. Then it’s off to our local emporium of all things green and flowery to purchase a purple thing. The years of wilderness have been nipped in the bud! Sandra Pagan


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Mark Porter, for the love of Gardening THE FORUM TALKS WITH MARK PORTER - CHAIR OF THE NATIONAL GARDEN SCHEME CHARITY (NGS) FOR SOUTH EAST ENGLAND

the RHS and, more locally, Mark has been Chair of the gardening club, The Valley Gardeners, for nearly seven years. Mark showed me an aerial photo of their home from that time which clearly illustrates the staggering amount of work they have done to both house and garden over the years. He remembers well the night when a storm demolished the old stable block. Back then, the garden was just a field which had been used for grazing. Mark and Jackie started creating the garden by constructing a sunken ‘room’ with a surround of oak posts and rope, which are festooned with climbing roses in the summer, an idea gleaned from a visit to Hidcote, one of many gardens that inspired them. Then in February 2007, Mark and Jackie opened a small part of the garden to the public – a meander through a spring carpet of snowdrops- in aid of PCaSO, a charity for prostate cancer support. A couple of years later a friend suggested they opened their enlarged garden for the National Garden Scheme. What followed was a stringent assessment by the NGS, who decreed that the lawn was not up to standard! But by 2009, aided by gardener Brian and after a lot more physical work and planting, the garden was approved and opened to the public under the NGS for the first time.

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hey say a change is as good as a rest and I think Mark Porter would agree. The change in his life was certainly radical. Formerly CEO of the European division of a global IT company, Mark took early retirement and turned designer, horticulturalist and joint-creator of a three-acre garden with his wife, Jackie. The couple has lived in Hampshire for over thirty years, and it was in 2001, when they moved to The Down House in Itchen Abbas, that they discovered the major project they’d been looking for. This labour of love subsequently led to Mark becoming Regional Chair of the National Garden Scheme charity (NGS) for South East England. His passion for sharing his enthusiasm for horticulture earned him a seat as a Council Member for

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Not only has the garden grown, but so has its popularity. On NGS open days Mark and Jackie may welcome as many as two hundred visitors. This year the NGS celebrates 90 years of opening gardens for charity, raising £200,000 last year in Hampshire alone.Visitors come from as far as Devon and Wales to visit the garden, sampling tea and locally-made cake in the barn where the stables once stood. In early spring there’s a woodland walk through varieties of snowdrops, English crocus and hellebores, with a connecting bog garden and wildlife pond. Passing a statue of an elegant lady reading, you find yourself in a sunken garden beside a pond and fountain, with a quiet seat to contemplate this secret space. From there, wander along an avenue of yew hedges toward the main lawn bordered by hornbeam, to the well-tended ornamental, vegetable garden. Further on


For me the most striking part of the garden is in the bottom meadow where the garden meets the Pilgrim’s Way and eventually the River Itchen. Two large curved borders have been planted with willow and dogwood which in March provide an incredible display, their tall, leafless branches coloured black, purple, amber, golden yellow and parchment. The cuttings from these plants are quick and easy to grow and Mark often distributes them to friends and neighbours. Turn away from these colourful borders and you are presented with perhaps the most striking image in the garden, two groups of white-barked birch trees. They stand in stark contrast to the green of Hampshire, but far from looking out of place, they take on an almost spiritual resonance. One is so tempted to sit amongst them, as Mark and Jackie often do but only after Mark has gently scrubbed the bark to ensure no algae or lichen ruin the white colour! To walk through Mark and Jackie’s garden is a delight. Not only do you wander through the seasons but also through a cleverly designed series of ‘rooms’, each with its own distinct atmosphere and vista. Whether you are looking at the garden from the house or the extensive terrace,

where summer seating is set out below climbing wisteria, or from within the garden landscape itself, there is a new, surprising view which leads you this way and that. This journey looks very naturalistic, with not a bedding plant in sight, but has taken years to create. Mark may spend up to nine hours in his greenhouse some days; then there are the one hundred and fifty pots to water using collected rain water, and plants to move to give an ever-changing feel to the garden, along with the ongoing general maintenance. With all that and the co-ordination of work for the NGS, the Valley Gardeners and his position at the RHS, Mark has ‘willingly swapped one career for another’, and couldn’t be happier. While Mark Porter may not rest very often, it’s all done for the love gardening.

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are 150 grape vines close to the house, with glimpse of another thousand vines planted in the meadow beyond with help from Alresford Rotary. In 2015 Mark and Jackie produced 400 bottles of The Down House wine.

The Down House Garden is next open for the NGS on 3rd September 2017 including ‘Walks and Talks’ and wine tasting. Full details of this and the other 140 open gardens in Hampshire can be found at www.ngs.org.uk Written by Gill Grant

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he grass isn’t always greener on the other side of the fence – or so we are told. However, sometimes not only is it greener, but it’s also free from weeds and moss. It might even be neatly mown with tidy edges and impressive stripes, the envy of the neighbours, a beautiful, quintessentially British lawn to be proud of. So what is that neighbour with the perfect lawn doing differently and how could you achieve a lovely lawn to complement your home? A place to relax throughout the summer, which your family can enjoy and your friends will admire. No more bald patches, dead moss and daisies. Not that there’s anything wrong with daises of course – just not in the lawn! To start with you need to understand a little about grass. It’s not rocket-science, but it is plant-science. Plants, like most living organisms, need three main things to survive; energy, water, and nutrition. You might think that water would be readily available for your lawn most of the year. However, compaction issues and waterlogged ground mean fewer spaces in the soil for water and air to reach the roots – a big problem if you’re hoping to achieve a healthy lawn. Compaction can be reduced, drainage and air circulation can also be improved. It can be hard work but your lawn will respond well. Look closely at the surface of your lawn, at the spaces between the grass plants. What do you see? Most probably you’ll find a build-up of moss, dead leaves and other plant matter, which is referred to as thatch. This layer above the soil can cause major lawn issues. Like compaction, it prevents air and water reaching the roots. It also provides ideal conditions for some rather nasty lawn pests which like nothing better than eating the roots of grass. To make it worse, these pests are welcome food for birds, badgers and foxes which dig up the surface to get to the food. Prompt action is required to reduce moss and thatch before the lawn is ruined. If you want to know more, search the Internet for images of chafer

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grub damage. This is a very real problem, so act fast to reduce thatch before secondary damage occurs, because if it does, it’s a major problem to correct. Next we come to nutrition. If you remember anything from biology you may recall that plants need sunlight to synthesise nutrients, using water and air. To do this they also need green leaves. What are we doing regularly with lawns? Mowing them and reducing the amount of green leaves, reducing the ability the grass has to feed itself. In nature leaves fall to the ground, decompose and help feed the plant above. With lawns we typically remove the cut grass, thus further reducing the potential for the grass to feed itself. Grass plants have differing nutritional requirements depending on the time of year. Poor nutrition results in weak plants which are more vulnerable to disease, more likely to die back leaving space for weeds to take hold. Too much of the wrong nutrition can also cause problems. Getting the balance right is challenging, but when you do your lawn will respond beautifully. A qualified lawn care professional can help. So let’s come back to mowing. Many people mow their own lawns and see no point in paying a professional to carry out what seems like one of the easiest garden tasks. However, many people get mowing wrong. The frequency of mowing is important. Too often, and the grass has no time to recover. Not often enough, and the grass leaves get too long, cutting away too much and stressing the plant. Cutting at the wrong height also encourages moss growth. Height of cut is almost as important as frequency, and grass should be cut at different heights at different times of year, depending on temperature and weather. Finally a brief word about weed control. A healthy, well-fed and correctly mown lawn, with the right drainage and growing conditions, provides little opportunity for weeds to take hold. Life’s too busy to try to do everything yourself. A lawn care professional can help you create the right environment, correct any existing problems and maintain the perfect growing conditions. Perhaps then you will be on the greenest side of the fence. Ian Kenyon is Technical Director at lawn care and garden maintenance specialists, Shrekfeet.com and is always happy to offer friendly, professional advice and help T: 01962 460146 M: 07739 789483


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Bee Creative in the Garden! ROYAL HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY AND THE WILDLIFE TRUST

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LAUNCH CAMPAIGN TO HELP WILD BEES

he Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and The Wildlife Trusts have joined forces to urge gardeners to do more to help protect bumblebees and solitary bees, heroes of the pollinator world. The Bee Creative in the Garden! call comes as bees are under increasing pressure largely due to loss of habitat. In the countryside, 97% of lowland meadow has already been lost and the dramatic decrease in suitable habitats isn’t just confined to rural areas. The network of 15 million gardens that once formed ‘green corridors’ for wildlife are disappearing at an alarming rate. In London alone, vegetated garden land the size of 2.5 Hyde Parks is lost each year*. The number of front gardens that have been paved over has tripled in a decade and over five million have no plants growing at all. The charities will be arming gardeners with the advice, insights and inspiration they need to create habitats that support wild bees as they emerge from their nests in early spring to forage for food. Gardeners will be able to download a wild bee-friendly gardening guide. Wildlife events and a ‘Bee Creative’ photo competition will also be taking place from 1 April to 1 November 2017 as bees buzz during the gardener’s growing season and then look for nesting sites in autumn. Bee Creative in the Garden! is this year’s Wild About Gardens campaign – a joint initiative to encourage gardeners to create wildlife havens for the many, once-common, native animal species. Helen Bostock, Senior Horticultural Advisor at the RHS said: “A healthy garden is buzzing with bees and other pollinators.

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By providing nesting sites and growing nectar and pollen rich flowers gardeners can and do support a wide variety of bumblebee and solitary bees.” Ellie Brodie, Senior Policy Manager, The Wildlife Trusts, says: “Anyone can take action to help wild bees whether you have a wall for vertical planting, window box, or back garden. It’s easy to plant a bee haven and fun choosing between bee-friendly beauties such as borage, foxglove and honeysuckle.” The wild bee-friendly gardening guide, ‘Get your garden buzzing for bees’, is free to download and contains lots of facts about the different species of wild bee, their lifecycles and how they nest, as well as practical steps gardeners can take to help them. It is available to download at wildaboutgardensweek. org.uk from 27 March. Enter our Bee Creative photo competition! Gardeners, gardening groups and schools are encouraged to share how they’ve welcomed wild bees into their gardens by posting a picture on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram – using the hashtag #wildaboutgardens and the category being entered – of their bee-friendly area, whether that be a tailor-made bee home, a flower-packed border or a wall that bees have made their own. A list of the wildlife gardening events taking place can be found at wildaboutgardensweek.org.uk from the 27 March – please note that more will be added as the season progresses. Our Bee Creative in the Garden! campaign will culminate in Wild About Gardens Week which will run from 23 - 29 October. This will be a fun-filled week of special activities focused on how to help bees survive the winter ahead.


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‘A Curious Herbal’: A visit to Chawton House Library Gardens

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hawton House Library is known to lovers of Jane Austen, myself included, as ‘the Great House’ she referred to in her letters, and was a regular destination on her walks. Built in the 1580s, it was home to her brother, Edward, who changed his surname to Knight, when he inherited the property from a childless relative. But by the 1990s, the house had fallen into disrepair, until it was rescued by American entrepreneur, Sandy Lerner, co-founder of Cisco, and life-long Austen fan. Chawton House Library is now an internationally renowned centre for research into women’s literature, housing a unique collection of works mainly from 1600 to 1830. Among the rare books, letters and artefacts is ‘A Curious Herbal’, produced in instalments by Elizabeth Blackwell between 1797 and 1739. It contains hundreds of meticulous illustrations of medicinal plants, painted from specimens from the Chelsea Physic Garden in London. Elizabeth’s artistic talent, combined with her business acumen, earned enough to secure the release of her husband from debtors’ prison, and gain grudging respect from 18th century medical practitioners. Not only is this talented botanical artist represented in the Library itself, she’s also celebrated in the garden, and I was keen to learn more during an Estate Ramble with Head Gardener, Andrew Bentley. As part of the restoration of Chawton House Library’s 200 acre grounds, Andrew has constructed a herb garden in recognition of Elizabeth Blackwell. ‘She was married to a cad,’ he says, ‘who stole both her heart and her money.’ Blackwell abandoned his wife and child and ran off to Sweden, finally being hanged for treason, but Elizabeth, and her art, survived. The garden has been designed in four parts, representing distinct areas of the human body – Head, Chest, Skin and Digestion. The planting plan, with 48 different herbs, reflects traditional remedies as shown in ‘The Curious Herbal’, and are not necessarily recommended today.You’ll find St John’s wort for sleep disorders and anxiety, mullein for respiratory problems, house leeks for wounds or chapped skin, and peppermint for improved digestion.

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This has certainly been a labour of love! Andrew singlehandedly dug the 56 metre-long path, and planted 24 ‘Pride and Prejudice’ roses alongside. The garden is designed to invite the visitor in, with meandering paths and a curved seat in the centre. In summer it’s alive with butterflies, as well as bees from hives nestled against the warm brick walls. Nearby is the restored rose garden, which boasts 80 types of heritage roses – a feast for the senses in June and July. But you don’t have to wait until summer to enjoy Chawton House Library grounds in bloom. In spring, the orchard offers apple, cherry, apricot and mulberry blossom, with hopes to add nut trees in the future. Andrew has a wealth of stories about the history of the place, and horticulture in general. I never knew that being ‘caught red-handed’ originated from mulberry thieves apprehended with scarlet juice-stained hands. While standing beside a 130 year old Bramley apple ‘seedling’, I learned some tips for pruning. The bowler-hatted Head Gardener of the 1800s would check that the apprentices had done their work properly by hurling his hat through the branches, to be caught by apprentices on the other side. If the hat got stuck, those lads, (known as ‘bothy boys’ from the shacklike bothies they were housed in), were in big trouble! The tour lasts about an hour and provides a varied landscape, from shady wooded walks (which in May are full of bluebells) to views of grassy parkland, and sheep-filled fields beyond. And for Jane Austen fans, there’s a Shrubbery Walk, where it’s easy to imagine Elizabeth Bennett or Emma Woodhouse enjoying a gentle stroll and a gossip. For me, it’s this link between wellloved books and local landscape that makes it such a special place. Chawton House Library is open from until the 27th October 2017. More details can be found on the website: www.chawtonhouse.org Written by: Claire Thurlow


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he Hampshire Garden Festival, formerly known as the Test Valley Garden and Literary Festival encompasses all that is great about Hampshire. From Plants to Food, Practical Demonstrations to Books, this year’s Festival will provide great entertainment and a fantastic day out for all ages. Bigger and better than ever before, the Festival will be held on Sunday, 11th June 2017 at the most beautiful of locations – Bere Mill on the banks of the iconic River Test at Whitchurch. Plants and so much more The Hampshire Garden Festival 2017 will include a wide range of interesting and quite wonderful offerings so whatever your interests, you are guaranteed a truly great day out for the whole family. There really is something for everyone. For keen gardeners there are wonderful plants to buy from an array of plant stalls manned by passionate plants people. The vastly experienced Helen Yemm will host a Gardeners’ Question Time where all your horticultural questions will be answered and lively debate will abound. There are talks and lectures on all forms of horticulture and gardening as well as wonderful displays of garden accessories, equipment and art which you can buy and take home to your own garden. Gardeners’ Question Time One of the highlights of the Hampshire Garden Festival will be a ‘Gardeners’ Question Time’. Chaired by well known Daily Telegraph Gardening Correspondent Helen Yemm (Thorny Problems). Helen is a writer, lecturer and author of ‘Gardening in your Nightie’ – she is Sussex based and passionate about small gardens, having created a pint sized beautiful garden in East Sussex. Also on the panel are high profile and popular garden personalities that include Pippa Greenwood, the Hampshire based author, TV and radio personality, regular contributor to BBC2’s Gardeners’ World and BBC Radio 4 Gardeners’ Question Time. Pippa is passionate about growing your own vegetables and herbs. In addition we have Rosy Hardy of Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants. Winner of 21 RHS Chelsea Gold Medals, Rosy designed the Brewin Dolphin show garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2016. She focused the design on the River Test and called the garden ‘Forever Freefolk’. Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants will be exhibiting at the Festival. Demonstrations and workshops At the Hampshire Garden Festival our aim is to inform and inspire you. We have a range of free practical workshops and demonstrations that range from Willow Weaving to Hurdle Making, Butterfly Conservation to Tree Surgery. And for budding foragers, we even have a Fungus Identification class! Food and tasteful delights Enjoy our wide selection of food stalls taking in the widest selection of delights and tasteful wonders. Learn how to prepare great dishes for all the family. Meet expert chefs and learn about healthy eating as well as devilish delights. Books for all Literature and books have always been part of our Festival and this core theme continues in 2017. We have a wide selection of book sales for you to browse and select from as well as fascinating talks and

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lectures. Why not come and meet an author and explore how books can open up a whole new world of experiences? Learn about how poetry can expand the mind and reach hidden depths. Entertainment for the whole family The Festival has always been a great family day out and kids love the array of fun activities. Come and enjoy the music and spirit of Hampshire at its very best. It will be a wonderland of fun for the kids! From Alan Titchmarsh The Hampshire Garden Festival encompasses all that is good about Hampshire. It is a county rich in culture, history, art and literature. A landscape of beautiful countryside and, of course, gardens. Plants and flowers provide that vital connection with nature and our gardens are a refuge for wildlife and an escape from the hectic world we live in. But gardens are about those who create and tend them and I have always found that gardeners are people with real heart. They are people who care. Caring about nature and caring about each other is what really counts and that is why the Hampshire Garden Festival is such a wonderful event. A Festival organised to support a very worthy cause – The North Hampshire Medical Fund – that really does make a difference. From the North Hampshire Medical Fund The North Hampshire Medical Fund is very grateful to the Hampshire Garden Festival for their fantastic support. On behalf of the patients, staff and all of the board of Trustees say a very big thank you for amazing work supporting the charity. All the money raised goes towards the much needed hospital equipment which benefits the patients of Hampshire. About Bere Mill The Hampshire Garden Festival will be held at the beautiful Bere Mill on the banks of the iconic River Test at Whitchurch. This 18th century water mill is surrounded by contemporary gardens, water meadows and a farm which, worked on traditional lines, produces rare breed beef and lamb. A renowned stretch of the Upper Test, famous for its trout fly fishing, runs through the garden. The Saxon mill was the original paper mill for Portals, the company which first supplied paper bank notes to the Bank of England in 1718. Since 1993 it has been the family home of Rupert and Elizabeth Nabarro. The garden is open for the National Garden Scheme and for visits by gardening parties and groups. beremillfarm.com Ticket prices

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ruit trees have traditionally been the domain of large gardens but in recent years there have been various innovations including miniature trees which can be permanently grown in a large pot on a terrace or in the garden. These trees have been specially grown to remain small, a mature plant being 5 or 6 feet tall, making it easy to collect the fruit and require little maintenance just the application of a controlled release fertiliser in the spring and watering as necessary to ensure the soil does not dry out. They are available as either a solo plant which is self-fertile or as a family plant which has two apple varieties grafted onto the root stock so only one tree is required to ensure pollination in the spring. The soil is now warming nicely and it is a great time to plant these excellent new trees to enjoy your own delicious apples later this year. Jobs for the month ahead • Prune any early flowering shrubs once they have finished flowering, including Forsythia, Chaenomeles and Ribes.

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ow we love our gardens! Last year several new gardening programmes hit our television screens. Ranging from ‘The Big Allotment Challenge’ to ‘A Potted History of the Suburban Garden’, the subject matter covered most aspects of how to make the most of our gardens. Additionally, garden design was covered by ‘British Gardens in Time’ featuring famous designers such as Edwin Lutyens. Despite his own tremendous success and reputation, it was Edwin Lutyens’ partnership with Gertrude Jekyll and her influence that led them to both create some of the most stunning landscapes and gardens throughout the UK. Gertrude Jekyll’s pioneering work in the early 20th century still has influence today on our garden designs and landscaping, proving her design principles are timeless. The garden she created at Upton Grey Manor in Hampshire in 1908 was restored 20 years ago and remains one of the most authentic Jekyll gardens in existence. Jekyll had strong ideas about structure, proportion, colour, texture and scent, but most important of all, her ‘design’ principles stayed as close to natural beauty as possible. She enjoyed both the formal and informal styles and would often mix the two, creating gardens that had separate sections yet flowed naturally from one area to another

• Divide Agapanthus if plants are container grown and did not flower well last summer, replant into fresh John Innes No2 and then water and feed every week once fresh growth is showing. • Summer flowering bulbs, corms and tubers such as Dahlia, Lilium and Gladiolus can be planted out now either direct into their final flowering position or into containers. • Combined lawn weed and feeds can be applied now, and then sow grass seed in any bare patches once the weeds have been eradicated. • Evergreen shrubs such as Hebe and Ceanothus can be moved and planted now. It is also a good time to clip or prune evergreen hedges and remove any frost damaged growth on evergreen plants. Chris Nutt: Garden Designer To contact Chris for commissions or advice call 07765 692396 or email chris.n@longbarn.co.uk

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Hambrooks Head Garden Designer Mike Hodges is a keen advocate of Jekyll and says: “The importance of creating harmony and synchrony in either formal or naturalistic designs is not always appreciated and takes a good trained eye to achieve it. Softening hard landscaping with the right combination of plants is also essential, which was another of Jekyll’s guiding principles.” Many of us enjoy creating our own gardens and are happy to let a garden evolve. However, for our gardens to be a little more special, or if we really do want to create a masterpiece to bring together the house and garden in a complimentary manner, we need the talented eye of a good designer. A good designer will be able to help you make the most of your outdoor space, no matter how large or small. Also, having our gardens professionally designed is known to add value to the property so it is worth considering using the experts. Lutyens & Jekyll would certainly approve! www.hambrooks.co.uk T: 01489 779998


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What's On APRIL 19 APRIL Spring Activity Morning From 10am- 12pm at Alresford Methodist Church, 24 Jacklyns Lane.Tickets £3 per family (Max 2 children) and £1 per additional children. Great family fun- Spring crafts, seed planting, glitter tattoos, cafe/cake sale and raffle. All proceeds go to 345 Preschool

year we are delighted to offer an ever greater range of walks with over 20 walks spread across 9 days incorporating 2 weekends.We look forward to welcoming you to a range of guided walks that will give you the chance to explore the town and the beautiful surrounding countryside.Whether you are looking to delve into the town’s history, enjoy the local shops or are a keen walker looking to enjoy a day out in East Hampshire countryside, our programme will offer something for all ages and tastes. Our aim of this festival is to provide local residents to be able to actively engage with the event which is designed to promote healthy living. All walks are free apart from the Adult Ghost walks in the evening which is £5 per person. Town Hall, Hampshire, GU34 1HD. Contact telephone: 01420 83986. Call to check latest times or cancellations. www.alton.gov.uk/ Walking_Festival_6410.aspx

19 APRIL STOP PRESS - Alresford 10K Run Want to take part in the Alresford 10k in June without having to run? Alresford Rotary is holding an Open Evening on Monday 10th April 2017 at the Swan Hotel,West Street, Alresford from 19.30 where we will be discussing the run and the opportunity to get involved. This will be an informal evening with buffet refreshments. Come along and learn how you can help with the Alresford 10k and the many other projects undertaken by Rotary in Alresford. Call Steve Gapper on: 01962 736681 if you’d like to find out more.

24 APRIL Ropley Horticultural Society – Illustrated talk 'Vegetable growing - techniques, ideas and advice' with Barry Newman, FNVS. 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.

26 APRIL Alresford Art Society Demonstration Julie Collins will demonstrate - Flowers in watercolour.This is an evening meeting starting at 7.30pm at Alresford Recreation Centre For information contact: 01962 736397, jo.may@live.co.uk www.artsociety.alresford.org

29 APRIL - 5 MAY Alton Walking Festival 2017 Alton Town Council has been hosting a Walking Festival since 2013, which has grown year on year as demand and interest has increased.This

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featured in many horticultural books. The fete will feature many varied stalls including Home Produce and Cakes, Gifts, Magpie,Toys, Books, Plants and a Bottle Stall. A Licenced Bar and Teas will be available throughout. For the children there will be many games including Face Painting, Hoopla, Coconut Shy as well as fun Children’s races. Entrance is £2 with all under 16 entry free. For further information please contact Alex Hardie 01962 771354 or family.hardie@gmail.com.

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

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

30 APRIL Bishop’s Waltham Charity Garden Fair 60+ Specialists stalls, ask the expert: Andy McIndoe, children’s corner, birds of prey, homemade refreshments, hog roast, Cuff Billett’s New Europa Jazz band. All set in beautiful grounds. From 10am - 4pm. Entrance £5. Children under 14 free. Free Parking.Wintershill Hall, Durley, Hampshire, SO32 2AL T: 01489 892430. www.bishop’s-WalthamGarden-Fair.org

MAY 2 MAY Abbeyfield Alresford & District Society Annual General Meeting Bailey House, Station Approach, Alresford, SO24 9JG. Annual General Meeting at 19.00hrs

13 MAY Bramdean Village Fete To be held at Bramdean House SO24 OJU from 2 - 4.30pm by kind permission of Mr and Mrs Hady Wakefield. Enjoy a classic village fete in these inspiring and beautiful gardens

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

JUNE 17 JUNE Old Alresford Village Fete More details to follow in coming issues

18 JUNE Open Gardens Scheme (NGS) The Gardens of Broad Street, New Alresford. Open Day (11am – 5pm). Advance notice of the open day date. More details to follow in the May issue.


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Community STEVE BRINE M.P

Finally, it's encouraging our cross-party work (and I have to say it has been that) to remind HCC that the A33 'Cart & Horses' junction is still a huge concern to residents is paying off. Working together over many years we've been clear a speed reduction, plus fundamental layout change, are what’s needed. The new measures proposed, especially a further reduction in the speed limit, seem promising although I cannot see how banning the right turn out of Kings Worthy is remotely possible. We look forward to seeing worked up proposals but must remain realistic in what engineering solutions can ultimately achieve. More: www.stevebrine.com/A33

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s I write this month’s column, it is Budget Day here in Westminster and I’ve just fought my way through the throng to talk to Meridian TV. From my usual seat just behind the PM and Chancellor, I was tuned to hear anything on business rates and the NHS/social care. I wasn’t disappointed. My conversations with Ministers in recent weeks have brought numerous Winchester case studies to bear and I was therefore, pleased to see a cap of £50 a-month extra in 2017/18 for all businesses coming out of universal Small Business Relief alongside a £1000 discount for pubs and a £300m discretionary fund for local authorities use as they see fit. I am reminding Winchester City Council already that thriving market towns (such as Alresford) are a key part of its vision so they must get involved. Equally, new money for social care and a determination as well as more money to tackle inappropriate A&E attendance via greater primary care presence in emergency departments. This will be key as we move towards next Winter when demand will peak again. My job now, as I have learned over seven years, is to plough through the detail and make sure it works for my constituency. I spoke to the Chancellor the night of the Budget and remain on the case. When I was at school, 'stranger danger' was the mantra. These days, the message is essentially the same but it's much more complicated because of the dangers posed by the internet. As a dad of young children, the safety of our children online is hugely important me. Recently, I teamed up with Parent Zone and Google to lead an assembly at a constituency school. The ‘Internet Legends’ event was an online safety initiative that aims to teach primary school children practical tips for staying safe. The session is based around four ‘pillars’, Think Before You Share, Protect Your Stuff, Check It's For Real (so much fake news around now) and Respect Each Other. This early engagement is absolutely crucial to keep our little ones safe from the modern stranger danger but also to ensure childish mistakes don't ruin lives. I often remind young people that anything posted to the web is there, somewhere, forever. Certainly, Facebook is one of the first places I look when someone applies to work for me. 32

One frightening element to all this is the secret acronyms teenagers can use online which keep us parents in the dark. Must admit I did not know '99' means parents have stopped watching and left the room, 'WTTP' asks if you want to trade pictures and, most chillingly of all, (L)MIRL is taken from the title of the rather good Deftones song meaning let’s meet in real life. Ones to note. More at www. stevebrine.com/internetlegends

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 for Winchester, Alresford and Itchen Valley

CITIZENS ADVICE WINCHESTER DISTRICT Lesley Rose, Advice Services Manager for Citizens Advice Winchester District explains what you can do if your new mobile phone is unusable due to a poor reception.

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While poor signal doesn’t give you a right to cancel your contract, you should be able to make a case to your phone company to end it. If you bought your mobile online or over the phone within the last 14 days, you can cancel the contract without needing a reason by contacting your provider. But if you bought it in store or have had the phone for longer, you’ll need to ask to leave the contract. Contact the company and explain the problem. They may give you a device which can boost your signal. If this doesn’t work, you can ask to terminate the contract. However they will usually ask you to pay an exit fee, which can be as much as the remaining cost of the contract. Paying the exit fee could allow you to terminate the contract immediately, but if you don’t want to pay then make a complaint using their complaints procedure. This can take time, but if you haven’t got a resolution after 8 weeks, ask an Alternative Dispute Resolution Service to intervene. An adjudicator will make a decision on releasing you from the contract. Lesley Rose - Advice Services Manager For further help, call the consumer service helpline on 03454 04 05 06 or contact your nearest Citizens Advice.


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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 34

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


All home games at Arlebury Park in APRIL kick off 3.00pm. Come and enjoy a family post match drink at the ARC.

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A Date with Dolly! When you have finished working 9-5 why not head to the Holiday Inn Winchester to join our Dolly Parton Tribute night. Kennedy Caitlin’s performance includes everything from the moves and mannerisms complete with all the assets!

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Leisure

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re you an early bird, who likes the outdoors, and wants to be part of something new? If you are all or any of these, then put a circle around the 30th April on your calendar. For on this day at 4.45am the Trustees of Hampshire’s newest named activity route, ‘The Watercress Way’ will be putting their best feet forward and tuning in their ears to the beauty that is the dawn chorus. This will be the first event in a day of activities open to all that includes exhibitions, local history talks, route way-marking, a flora and fauna walk, and a ‘Mouse House Walk’ where children seek to find a string of doors in trees belonging to mice. All of these are to celebrate the launch of the new 26 mile circular route. The Watercress Way uses two of the area's old disused railways, existing paths, tracks, and bridleways to travel between Sutton Scotney and Alresford. Aimed at walkers, cyclists and horse riders, the Trustees are keen to get as many people as possible to visit and walk some of the route, view the exhibition, and learn more out about the history, flora and fauna on their doorstep. Trustee Clive Cook is keen that anyone thinking of joining them on the day takes a look at the charity's website where they can view and download a map of the proposed route. “At the moment it is not possible to walk, cycle, or ride the entire length of the route between Sutton Scotney and Alresford on the old railway line as some of it is not publicly accessible, but we are working with local landowners to try and secure this wherever possible. In the meantime we have drawn up a map that shows a route which follows as close as possible the old railway lines and allows you to experience some of the beautiful local countryside.”

A SUPPER THEATRE MYSTERY BY JO WEST. ADAPTED FOR TOADS BY HELEN GARD & JO STOKES You are invited to come and celebrate a surprise birthday party at Christy Hall, Old Alresford. Could this be a recipe for murder? Come and see what’s on the menu – it might be you.

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The 4.45am Dawn Chorus Walk is open to all and will start at SO21 2RR to walk from Worthy Down Halt, and a full list of the activities taking place on the day can be found on the website. The Watercress Way website may be found here: http://www.thewatercressway.org.uk

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ALRESFORD ROTARY EMBRACES FLEXIBILITY

events. This year’s winner was Quidditch and over £600 was made for the Club’s charity account. Alresford Rotary Club, in keeping with other Rotary Clubs in the UK and beyond, is suffering from what affects so many voluntary organisations: a lack of new and, particularly, younger members. In order to try and overcome this problem, the Alresford Club is following the national lead and providing a greater flexibility in its membership requirements. Gone are the days where a minimum 60% attendance at weekly meetings was a prerequisite to membership. Gone too are the days whereby, if a member missed a meeting at his or her home Club, he or she was expected to make-up the attendance by visiting another Rotary Club. And obtain a ‘make-up’ card in confirmation of the fact! Attendance now is flexible to suit members’ individual circumstances, coupled with a recognition that we all lead busy lives. Alresford Rotary’s future will continue to concentrate on fundraising for good causes, both at home and internationally, whilst serving the community.

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arly spring has traditionally been a relatively quiet time of year for Alresford Rotary and this year is no exception. After the 30th anniversary dinner in January, the next event of any magnitude was the annual Quiz Night. This year it was held on Friday 24th February at the usual venue of Itchen Abbas Village Hall, where 16 tables of six battled it out, delving into the depths of their memories for the kind of trivia which pervades such

SAVE THE CHILDREN

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he Alresford Branch of Save the Children has been running sales in the Community Centre for a number of years. However the funds raised from our more recent sales has decreased substantially, and we have therefore reluctantly made the decision not to hold any further sales, and to concentrate our efforts on other fund-raising activities. We would like to thank all those who have supported our sales over the years, both those who have provided goods, and those who have bought on the day. Please keep your eye out for further fund raising events for Save the Children later on this year. Rob Attenborough, Chairman, Alresford Branch

THE ARC, ALRESFORD RECREATION CENTRE - JAZZ NIGHTS

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lresford is extraordinarily lucky to have top-class jazz groups performing at the ARC on the first Wednesday of every month. May I be permitted to blow a trumpet on their behalf, not as musically as theirs but no less enthusiastic. Had these sessions been a regular event in the 1980s when I was commissioning music programmes for Television South I wouldn’t have hesitated to put each and every one of these groups on our TV screens. They deserve a bigger audience than they sometimes get, and I would urge all music lovers in Alresford who have not yet heard them to do so soon. My wife and I haven’t missed a session since our first visit, and it lifts our spirits at the beginning of every month. Do give it a try, and you will understand why I recommend the experience so strongly. John Miller 38

The Club is always keen to hear from anyone who has an interest in joining the other 1.2 million members of the World’s largest service organisation in 31,000 clubs spread over 194 nations. Meetings take place every Monday evening at the Swan Hotel in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Please either e-mail raph681@btinternet.com for more information, or grab a passing Rotarian at one of the Club’s many functions. Richard Hawkins

DAY OUT WITH THOMAS AT THE WATERCRESS LINE, ALRESFORD

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eet Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends here at the Watercress Line. Come and experience a ride on a real steam engine, shake hands with The Fat Controller and take part in free Thomas themed activities in the Imagination Stations. Adult £18 / Child (age 2 - 16 yrs) £12 / Family (2A+2C) £54 Child under 2 yrs FREE.

The travel ticket includes: • An entire day's travel on the big steam trains that run up and down the whole line. (Trains run approximately every 40 minutes from 9:45am to 4:45pm). • A Day Out With Thomas certificate. • Unlimited rides behind Thomas and Toad the Brake Van • Thomas themed children's entertainer • Rides on the Miniature railway • Bouncy Slide (age 3+) • Tea Cup ride • Story corner and daily story time • 'Thomas & Friends' Transfers • Imagination Stations with Thomas play-sets, colouring and DVD shows Important Information: Children of 14 years of age and under must be supervised by an adult at all times. Trains run between 9.35am and 4.30pm. The Imagination Station is open at Alresford and Ropley from 10.30am - 4.30pm, entry is strictly by travel ticket only. 'Thomas' gives short rides at Ropley station, he does not pull any passenger trains. For more detailed information visit: www.watercressline.co.uk


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Frugi Betsy Cardigan in Raspberry Dot available in sizes 12m - 8yr - From £28 2 Bakehouse Yard, Alresford Tel: 01962 734488 | www.ragamuffin-uk.com

Gisela Graham Easter Wreath - £25 Many other easter gifts available Tel: 01962 732192 | 10 West Street, Alresford

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Tamerisk Harris, Turquoise Sofa - £1750 29 West Street, Alresford, SO24 9AB Tel: 01962 736311 | www.interiorstyle.biz

Adventure shoes, lots of colours available! Water-safe and machine washable ‘Canyon’ by Pediped - £45 Tel: 01962 733926 | www.billygoatshoes.co.uk

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Monthly Antiques/Interiors auction 22nd April - Fine Art, Antiques, Interiors, Collectables auction May 16th and 17th Tel: 01962 735988 | www.andrewsmithandson.com

Quality outdoor furniture, see website for details High Ridge Farm, Hospital Road, Shirrell Heath

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'The new Spring range from Coeur De Lion is here Geo Cube necklace - £118 Tel: 01962 732200 | www.dbarkerandson.co.uk

Weill yellow shift dress and coat 35 West Street, Alresford, SO24 9AB Tel: 01962 733277 | www.modarosa.co.uk

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Neom Organics at Alresford Linen Co. Products designed to aid sleep, de-stress you, boost your energy or lift your mood Tel: 01962 734221 | www.alresfordlinen.co.uk

Primrose Park Dalmatian shirt - perfect with jeans and a leather jacket. Pop into the shop or you can also now shop online! Tel: 01962 733242 | www.42weststreet.co.uk

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Education J PERINS ARTS FESTIVAL 2017

ust after half term Perins students had the opportunity to take part in a range of arts events. From dance, music and drama to art and a graphic novel workshop, the school was buzzing with students trying out new skills.

The workshops on offer were varied and included a Blood Brothers workshop for Year 10s led by actor Mike Southern who played Sammy for 11 years in the West End production of the show.Visiting Sam Booth Arts Festival practitioner Nick O’Brien taught Year Winner 9 students about the work of Brecht and Stanislavski. Younger students enjoyed a Commedia dell’ Arte workshop presented by Learning Through Theatre where they practiced slapstick comedy and Mask Drama. For the musical students there was a Samba workshop and in the art rooms there was a variety of themes for the competition to have paintings displayed on the school walls.Year 7s were treated to a visit by the Bloke of Steel aka librarian Paul Register who enthused students about his love of comic books and manga. Over 140 pupils auditioned for the Music/Drama/Dance auditions and the Creative Arts studios were filled with all kinds of music from classical instrumental and solos to rock and pop music and classical singing. The drama was thought provoking in some cases and hilarious in others. Dancers showed their talent with ballet, contemporary dance and tap. The finals evening was a culmination of the week. A full house of students, proud parents and staff turned up to watch the fantastic showcase of drama, music and dance. The judges had a really difficult time trying to decide on the winners because of the standard of the entries but the overall winner of the performing arts competition was Sam Booth (14) who played a beautiful cello piece; ‘Polonaise De Concert’ by Popper . Key Stage 4 winner was Toby Cooper (15) for an outstanding Classical vocal solo of ‘The Impossible Dream’ and the Key Stage 3 winner was Lewis Clark (13) for a stunning solo dance to ‘Tears of an Angel’ by Ryan Dan. Serge Wynne (12) won the nonperformance award for his beautiful detailed painting representing the new school houses. Lizzy McLaughlin, who worked very hard all week with other teachers from the Creative Arts department said, “It was a brilliant evening and the four comperes were outstanding and kept the crowd entertained.” Also this year, 80 pupils from local primary schools attended, with their parents, a preview show of the finals night. They had a chance to vote for their favourite acts which were – 7th Heaven (Sophie Jarrett, Sasha Wells, Anya Rhodes and Morgan Fereday ( Year 11) for their unique A Cappella performance and Josh Fletcher (Year 10) for a brilliant, punchy, drum solo. Amy Craig, Acting Team Leader of Drama said, ‘We are so incredibly proud of all our students. The finals night is a fantastic way of letting them shine! The talent is outstanding and the judging panel found it very hard to decide on winners. We look forward to next year already.’ 42

WE ARE LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS IN YOUR COMMUNITY Could you be a ‘Befriender’? What will I be doing? As a Volunteer Befriender your role will be to provide social companionship to patients who have a chronic or life limiting illness and who are isolated or lonely. Visiting patients in their own homes, you will help them to feel more supported and help to improve their emotional well-being and confidence. How much time do I need to commit? Just 2-hours a week, or less, can make a real difference to a patient living in your local community. What support will I be given? All relevant training will be given, as well as regular and on-going support and supervision. Interested? For further information contact Caroline Nash, Befriending Manager on: 01264 835293 Email: Caroline.Nash@hhft.nhs.uk Interested volunteers will be invited to an informal interview and the role is subject to references, simple health checks and DBS clearance.

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Wellbeing ALRESFORD SURGERY NEWS

Good Friday & Easter Monday closure Please make sure you have sufficient supplies of your usual medications to last over the bank holiday period which you can order in a number of ways; • In person at the surgery • By post • By fax (01962 736034) • Via Patient Access (www.patient.co.uk/access) The surgery will be closed on 14 and 17 April. If you need urgent medical care you can access the Out of Hours service for advice, a face to face appointment or, if it is necessary, a home visit. The number to call is 111. 111 is the NHS non-emergency number. It’s fast, easy and free. Call 111 and speak to a highly trained adviser, supported by healthcare professionals. They will ask you a series of questions to assess your symptoms and immediately direct you to the best medical care for you. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.

Urine Specimens If the doctor has requested that you bring in a urine specimen please ensure you follow these simple guidelines: • We can only accept samples which are in appropriate sample containers, as using jars or containers from the home could contaminate your sample. You can collect urine sample bottles from reception • Ensure your specimen is labelled with your name and date of birth. Any sample not labelled will not be able to be identified by the nurse, and will be disposed of. • Please ensure you hand your urine sample to a Receptionist and not just leave it on the Reception desk, we understand that at times our Reception desk does get busy but it is important that you hand the specimen over to the Receptionist wherever possible. Looking after yourselves and your children Sore throats. Did you know? Sore throats may last 7-8 days. Antibiotics are rarely needed. - 90% are better within a week without an antibiotic. In fact, antibiotics only shorten symptoms (pain) by about half a day! Complications are rare. We would need to give antibiotics to 200 people with sore throat to prevent one ear infection, and to 4000 people to prevent one tonsil abscess (quinsy). In fact, people can develop quinsy even when they are taking antibiotics! The most important self-care is to drink adequate fluids to prevent thirst, and to take medication for good pain relief.Your pharmacist can advise you on this. If antibiotics are taken unnecessarily, it allows bacteria to build up resistance. This means, they’re less likely to work in the future, when they might be essential. They can also cause side effects. 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? Parents who are concerned about their children with sore throats can get excellent advice on the Healthier Together website http://www. what0-18.nhs.uk , including a clear section which explains when their child should see a doctor.

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New doctor’s appointment system As all our patients will be aware General Practice is currently facing enormous pressures and demand for GP appointments is increasing all the time. Despite boosting the number of appointments available over the last year we are still, unfortunately, seeing longer waiting times than we would all like. In order to try and cope with this escalating demand we have spent the last six months reviewing and re-designing our appointment system. From March 2017 we are implementing a new appointment system which will further increase the number of appointments available each week, but not all of them will be face-to-face appointments. Our reception team have received additional training. When you call to book an appointment or with other enquiries, they will ask you a few more questions so that your request is dealt with by the right person in the most efficient manner. This should not be intrusive. You may be offered a telephone consultation rather than a faceto-face appointment if this is more appropriate and suitable to the situation. We hope that this will allow greater scope for patients to receive continuity of care from their preferred doctor who knows them best. Patients who are acutely unwell and need same-day attention will, as always, receive a call back from a member of the duty team (this may be a doctor or a nurse) who will assess your problem and treat as necessary. In addition to the changes to our appointment system we are also removing some administrative burden from our GPs. If you have a query about test results, a hospital referral or an insurance or other report these will all be dealt with, in the first instance, by a member of our secretarial or admin teams. Eddie Paye Fund We have recently bought a new ECG machine for the Surgery using funds from the Eddie Paye Fund. We are really pleased with the new machine. The Alresford Surgery, Station Road, Alresford, Hampshire, SO24 9JL Tel: 01962 732345


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ot any gum, chum? It was undoubtedly the children who were first bowled over by the GIs when they arrived in Hampshire in 1944. A child who plucked up the courage to ask ‘Got any gum, chum?’ would often be rewarded with gum or candy and the riposte, ‘Got a sister, mister?’ Ann Hone’s grandpa was the landlord of 'The Dean Arms', only a few doors down the road from the 47th Infantry Regiment campsite in Alresford. She explained to me that because they had a piano in the bar 'with things like Home on the Range' it was inevitable that the GIs acquired a taste for warm English beer and spent much of their free time there. The garden behind the pub backed onto the campsite and so four-year-old Ann, her Mum and Grandma could visit the cookhouse without setting foot on the road. 'It was so exciting,' she said, 'Going off and eating food you'd never tasted before. They filled me up with chocolate until I was sick.' Ann also recalls eating ring donuts and having ‘a thing’ about their butterscotch pudding. Ann remembers riding the short distance into Alresford with the soldiers in their jeep - 'The Americans never walked if they could drive somewhere!' - and they took her and her Mum on a trip into Winchester on one occasion. That was a wonderful treat, because few civilians owned cars in those days, and no-one could get the fuel to drive them during the war. Ann's Mum kept up correspondence with GI Wally Weilenbeck after he departed for France. When Wally returned home safely after the war, he remembered his time in Hampshire and sent Ann a generous present. 'Shirley was unlike any British doll,' Ann remembers, 'They were all baby dolls. But Shirley had long, slim legs, a beautiful dress and long, red hair. She was like a forebear of Barbie dolls.' Harold Young’s family befriended the American servicemen who were billeted at Tichbourne House, near their farm. Danny Forte, the military cook, would visit the family bringing steaks for dinner and upside down cake for afters. The boy spent whole days in the camp watching the soldiers training and had breakfast, dinner and evening meal in the mess room with them. He also discovered he rather liked Chesterfield cigarettes.

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Jim Smith was equally smitten by the soldiers. He recalls meeting one by the river in Abbotstone, back in 1943. 'Do you want a trout for your supper, lad?' the soldier asked. 'Well, I wasn't bothered,' Jim told me. 'Father worked on the water anyway. But the soldier still threw in a hand-grenade and up the fish came!' Growing up in Bishop's Sutton during the war, Jim made the most of the freedom afforded by a lack of grown-ups to tell him off. He sneaked into Northington Grange (headquarters of the US Ninth Division) to look at the oak-panelling and gold-fittings. He explored the brick ammunition dumps in the woods around Abbotstone and survived to tell the tale. And when he crawled through the hedge to get into the army camp at Bishops Sutton, they invited him to dinner. 'They lived like kings and they shared it. They would put a plate out for me, whenever they ate.' Little Jim was also an entrepreneur: he started with two chickens (Henny-Penny who laid one egg a day and HennyTuppence who laid two) and sold their eggs to the cookhouse at 6/- a dozen. When he expanded his flock, he was given wooden boxes from the camp to recycle into a new henhouse. As in Alresford, the soldiers’ generosity extended after the war: a Canadian unit with happy memories of their stay sent each family in Bishop’s Sutton a big tin of cocoa. Iris Crowfoot Iris.crowfoot@gmail.com www.HamboneJunior.com


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

65+ SPORTS & FITNESS O ACA Badminton Club For more information contact: Call Clive Earthy: 01962 733812 O Alresford Badminton Club For more information contact: Contact: Ralph Pointer on: 01962 734833 or ralph.judyp@tiscali.co.uk www.alresfordbadminton.co.uk O Alresford Bowling Club For more information contact: Barry Morgan (club secretary) 01962 733477 and on the club www.alresfordbowlingclub.org.uk O Ropley Bowling Club For more information contact Gill Moore on: 01420 563139 gillianfmoore@yahoo.co.uk O Alresford Golf Club For more information contact Tel: 01962 733746. secretary @alresfordgolf.co.uk www.alresfordgolf.co.uk O Alresford Netball Club For more information contact Donna: 01420 561755 or 07860 931150 donnabirtles@fsmail.net O Alresford Rugby Football Club For more information contact: Seniors’ Head Coach: 07964 423001. Minis contact: alresfordminisrugby@gmail.com or visit www.alresfordrfc.co.uk O Alresford Tennis Club For more information contact: Howard Lewis on 01962 733818 O Alresford Yacht Club For more information contact: Contact Valerie: 01962 808827 valeriej.powell@tiscali.co.uk O Chawton Park Indoor Bowls Club For more information contact: Chawton Park Road, Alton. Tel: 01420 541546

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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

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MUSIC & DANCE O Alresford Community Choir (ACC) For more information visit: www.alresfordchoir.com 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 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

O Practical Wing Chun Classes For more information contact: Contact Gary: 07986 298283 or see www.uctuk.co.uk

O The Medstead Players For more information contact: Lesley Rae, Fiver, High Street, Medstead.Tel: 01420 56563916 www.medsteadplayers.co.uk

O Ropley Tennis Club For more information visit: www.ropleytennis.org.uk

O The Waynflete Singers For more information visit: waynflete.hampshire.org.uk

O Tai Chi For more information contact: call: 02380 651223 or email taichienquiries@gmail.com

O Winchester Music Club For more information visit: ww.winchestermusicclub.org.uk

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

O Zumba Classes For more information contact Tel: 079474 10394 www.zumbaaround-winchester.com or sue@ plays-r-ussell.com

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

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From Catering to Care Dawn tells us how the best decision she ever made has helped her become an integral part of the Alresford community Dawn worked locally in warehouses, offices, catering and child support prior to joining Bluebird Care. However, she never felt satisfied and reached a point where she wanted a change. Now, her new role as a Care Assistant is one which she has found the most rewarding. Bluebird Care are Alresford’s, and indeed Hampshire’s, first Home and Live in Care company to be rated “Overall Outstanding” by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Their outstanding team come from all walks of life to provide the highest quality care to people in their own homes across Central Hampshire. Dawn was apprehensive of her career change at first, but is encouraging more people to work in care, highlighting Bluebird’s extensive training programme and their friendly team as integral to helping her settle in as a Care Assistant. Dawn said: “At first I was wary of moving to a new industry but my colleagues have been really friendly and I’ve settled into the job really easily. Bluebird Care’s induction training was also really thorough and helped me prepare for a career in care. I’ve always been a people person and looked out for others, so naturally everyone has always said I’d be a good Care Assistant. I like to help and give advice.

Dawn with her customer Anne

“You get so much job satisfaction working for Bluebird Care, but the best part of my role is helping customers to keep their independence. It’s also so nice getting to know them as they have a great sense of humour and keep me laughing which is definitely a bonus to the role. “I came to Bluebird Care as it is well known locally that they have the best reputation and look after their staff just as well as their customers. I have spoken to other people about local care providers and Bluebird has always come out on top. Working in care is the most rewarding job I’ve ever had. “The support at Bluebird Care is also really good and the office staff and other carers are always there to help me if needed. I just wish I had gone into care work years ago, because the people I work with are brilliant and I love my job.”

Would you like to join Bluebird Care’s Outstanding care team? Bluebird Care are currently recruiting for Care Assistants across their three offices and are interested to hear from those currently in care, as well as those considering a career change like Dawn. For more information, please contact them at your nearest office below:

Alton & Alresford

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

Andover & Stockbridge

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

Winchester, Eastleigh & Romsey

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


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Wellbeing ALRESFORD BASED FITIQUE SHORT

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n independent fitness boutique owned by three fitness loving women in Alresford, has been shortlisted for the finals of the 2017 Running Awards, in the category of ‘Independent Sports

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Karen Hazlitt who is a qualified running coach and leads the shop’s running club said, ‘Our customers love the fact that Fitique is owned and run by women who are passionate about fitness themselves. They know that whenever they come in, or attend a session in our new studio or join a run, they will be met with someone who speaks their language and is as passionate about sports as they are. Equally, those who are new to fitness appreciate our experience and advice as they begin their fitness journey.’ The Running Awards, which were founded in 2013 are voted for by individual runners, aim to identify and recognise the best in running across a variety of categories, from Races, Shoes, Technology, Literature, Clothes, Nutrition, Communities, Charities and more. Fitique’s customers voted it into the final shortlist of the ‘Independent Sports Retailer’ category and winners will be announced at The 2017 Running Awards at indigo at the O2 in April 2017.

TOP CONTENDERS FOR THE ENGLISH HAIR & BEAUTY AWARDS ANNOUNCED

Fitique, which was founded in 2015 and is owned by Karen Hazlitt, Rebecca Caplan and Victoria Gedye sells women’s sports equipment from their high street shop in Alresford. The company was founded after the three women recognised a gap in the market for a sports shop that catered solely to the needs of women. Consequently, Fitique’s customers now enjoy high performance activewear in the very latest colours, styles and trends combined with the chance to meet other women who enjoy sports such as running, yoga, barre, tennis and pilates. To increase the sense of community of this thriving local business, Fitique opened a studio above the shop in 2016 which now offers a variety of classes 6 days a week. Karen, Rebecca and Victoria pride themselves on the amount of time they spend researching new products, insisting that they will only sell articles that make women look good, feel good and do the job they were intended for. To this end the team try to road-test every item before it is allowed to go on sale either in their shop or on their online portal. They also offer a sports-bra and trainer fitting service. Co founder Victoria Gedye , who is a keen cyclist and took part in a triathlon last summer said,   ‘We are thrilled to have been shortlisted for these awards and would like to thank all our customers who voted for us. The progress of design and technology in fitness clothing over the past few years has been huge and we’re proud to bring so many great labels to our shop. We have a few key criteria. We insist on the item being well made, up to date and technically brilliant; we know that many of our customers are going to spend a large proportion of the day in their sportswear, so looking good is a must but it must also perform well when they are exercising.’ 50

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he public have voted in their thousands, for their favourite hair and beauty specialists from across the country. The English Hair and Beauty Awards Chapter 1 shows appreciation for those in the beauty industry that leave us looking and feeling fantastic. These Awards provide a platform to thank those in the beauty industry, letting them know that their good work doesn’t go un-noticed. As chosen by the public, finalists from across England will be invited to attend the glamorous ceremony, where winners will be awarded the best in the hair and beauty industry. Pretty Woman Beauty Salon, Alresford has been shortlisted in the New Beauty Salon of the Year category. Pretty Woman will find out if they will be crowned winners at the glamorous ceremony being held in Leicester. “We are delighted to be invited to this prestigious event, and thank all of our fantastic clients who have supported us.” The glitzy event promises to be the biggest in the Hair and Beauty calendar, with a variety of awards there for the taking, including the Stylist of the Year to the much sought after Beauty Salon of the Year. The Athena Leicester Hotel will play host to the fourth annual English Hair and Beauty Awards which will take place on Sunday March 19th 2017.


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JACKIE’S COUNTY CORNER FOR APRIL

BAUBLE DONATION FOR THE ALRESFORD PIGS

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hree years ago, on the initiative of Jane Marsden, local artist Jen Boardman designed a wonderful Alresford Christmas bauble. Every year these are sold exclusively at the Long Barn who donate fifty pence from the sale of each bauble to the Alresford Pigs. We were most grateful to receive a cheque this year from Richard Norris from the Long Barn (pictured) and look forward to Jen’s new bauble for 2017, which will go on sale at the end of November.

Duck Race We are holding our biennial Duck Race this year! This will be held on Sunday 18th June and, as ever, we are grateful to George Hollingbery MP who has agreed to offer the Pigs use of his wonderful garden in which to host the event. If you wish to sponsor a duck or a race then please contact the team via our website. This is a great family day out! More details will be available soon on our website and Facebook page. A big thank you. Last, but by no means least, we would like to extend a huge thank you to all the residents of Alresford and the surrounding area who supported the town Christmas trees: the main Christmas tree in association with the town Christmas tree committee, the arrival of Father Christmas, and carol singing over the festive period. We are already planning for this December! www.alresfordpigs.org | www.facebook.com/alresfordpigs

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he 2017 Alresford Duck Race is going to be held on Sunday 18th June, and the Alresford Pigs Association would love you to be a part of it. The Race is one of our main fund raising events and is also lots of fun for all involved. Your support will ensure that the operating costs are underwritten and all the profits are directed to local, worthy causes. The 2015 Duck Race was without a doubt a record breaking year with over 2000 people passing through the gates to enjoy the day. The amazing weather also helped with the proceedings. Our main sponsor is once again Hydrotech Services Limited, and the event will be held at the Weir House by kind permission of George & Janette Hollingbery. We are now seeking Duck Owners and Race Sponsors. Duck Owners will have a duck allocated to them along with a suitable entry in the programme. Race sponsors will get a special

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o come along to our Dawn to Dusk Day for The Watercress Way on Sunday 30th April. The events cover a wide range of interests and on are many sections of the route: from a Dawn Chorus Walk at 4.45am, a talk by railway expert Peter Clarke, an exhibition at Itchen Stoke Church, some volunteer action installing way markers and a Children’s Mouse House Trail. We finish with a walk of botanical interest from Couch Green at 4.45pm. Not exactly dusk, but close to it! Full details on www.thewatercressway.org.uk I took up the opportunity for my regular NHS Breast Screening appointment recently. This time it was carried out in a mobile unit at the Tesco car park. The only check is a simple mammogram: no blood pressure or weight check etc. I thought it was a friendly efficient and convenient location. If you have used this service, what did you think? What do you think of the location? Does it work for you? The Great British Tidy was in March and a team of us went further afield in our Parish and cleaned up Junction 9 inner footways. Whilst the village was in good condition, the main roads are dreadful. You can see from the photo that we worked together to Clean up Britain! If you have a coffee, please don’t throw the empty container out of the car window: take your litter home! Thank you! Social Services for adults and children are under an enormous amount of pressure to cut costs but I hear worrying stories of care cut at short notice. If this has happened to you, please get in touch. We may be able to find another solution. Finally, if you have children and work 16 or more hours every week, you will be interested in the new childcare support on offer from September 2017. Read the details on https://childcare-support.tax. service.gov.uk .You can register to receive email updates and apply from April 2017. Parents earning less than £100,000 per year can apply for tax free childcare vouchers for children up to the age of 12 (17 if disabled) or receive free pre-school education for 3 and 4 year olds at welcoming sites. The system will be usable on phones too. Let me know how you get on! You can contact me Jackie Porter by email: Jackie@jackieporter.co.uk, by phone on 01962 791054, by text 07973 696 085 or from the button on my website www.jackieporter.co.uk

mention in the race card and via the race commentary. There are also advertising opportunities within the race programme and banners within the grounds. The cost of duck ownership is remaining at £75 and the cost of race sponsorship is also remaining at £125. Due to the hazardous going, and nature of the course, the number of ducks is limited, so first come, first served. The Duck Race Programme will be bigger and better than ever this year with advertising opportunities on quarter, half or full pages. If you can support the Duck Race this year, we now have a dedicated website where you can book your sponsorship advertising online. Just head for www.alresfordduckrace.co.uk for full details.You can pay online (preferred) or request Cheque payment and we'll contact you after your booking to arrange this. If you have any questions regarding sponsorship or advertising, please call Oliver Wilson-Barnes on 07801-821378. Thank you for your support.


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Community ALRESFORD & ITCHEN VALLEY WCC CITY COUNCILLORS - APRIL REPORT Central Winchester Regeneration Community Planning Winchester City Council (WCC) is seeking the comprehensive mixed use redevelopment of this area to bring real benefits to local people and create a positive legacy for the city. We want your help to create a Vision for Central Winchester at the Community Planning Weekend. Report Back Presentation After the public workshop days in March 2017, the JTP led team will analyse and summarise the outcomes, and draw up a Vision for Central Winchester. This will be presented back to the local community at the Guildhall starting at 6.45pm on Tuesday 4 April. Supplementary Panning Document (SPD) Following the creation of the Vision, the team will develop the proposals, feeding the background technical work into the process, and draw up the SPD for the area. The aim is to produce the draft SPD in June 2017, with the target that the Council will adopt the SDP before the end of 2017. Council scoops Gold Standard award for local homelessness services Winchester City Council has become the first council in Hampshire, and only the fifth in England, to receive the Government’s prestigious ‘Gold standard’ award in recognition of its work in preventing and tackling all forms of homelessness. Winchester City Council Housing Service has demonstrated that early intervention is a cost-effective way of preventing homelessness, which is a key priority for the Council. It also shows that Winchester City Council provides a fitfor-purpose front-line housing service in collaboration with its key stakeholders. Check before you eat out The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme rates food businesses on their hygiene standards, based on inspections carried out by food safety officers. Businesses are rated on a scale ranging from 0 which means ‘urgent improvement necessary’ to a top rating of 5 which is ‘very good’. Make sure you choose one of the 97% of businesses in the Winchester area with a rating of 3 or above. It’s easy to check. Just go online to the Food Standard Agency’s website: www.food.gov.uk/ ratings. Or, if you are out and about, check for the green and black sticker; if you can’t see one just ask the business. Winchester Criterium and Cyclefest returns to Winchester for 2017 Date for your diaries - Winchester Criterium and CycleFest is back bigger and better for 2017 and will take place on Sunday 11 June, supported again by headline sponsors Hargroves Cycles. The Criterium race is widely regarded as the best of its kind in the region and further afield. For those looking to race, Criterium entries are open, and with a range of family activities and opportunities to try bikes, the city will be a hive of activity. A range of local cycling clubs and partners will join British Cycling’s Go Ride team and Hargroves to demonstrate what they have to offer and how you can get involved. For more information visit www.winchestercriterium.org Opportunity for a Winchester car club In a bid to help employees and residents in the city centre make better transport choices, and also to reduce air pollution in the air quality monitoring zone, a car club is being planned. WCC will be looking for ultra low-emission vehicles to participate along with a number

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of initiatives to reduce reliance on privately owned cars to commute to work. Look on the website for further information. Signed-up members will have the chance to hire a car on an hourly basis for local, short journeys. This can be especially useful for business people. The key to success will be working with partners such as Winchester BID to liaise with the business community. South Downs National Park - Take the Lead South Downs National Park has launched a “Take the Lead” Campaign which is promoting responsible dog ownership. The key messages in this campaign are focused on putting dogs on the lead around livestock, picking up dog mess, being aware of sensitive wildlife such as ground nesting birds and understanding the importance of responsible dog ownership.

You can contact your City Councillors as follows:Cllr Kim Gottlieb kgottlieb@winchester.gov.uk - Tel: 07795 494919 Cllr Lisa Griffiths lgriffiths@winchester.gov.uk - Tel: 01962 738646 or 07545 375632 Cllr Ernie Jeffs ejeffs@winchester.gov.uk Tel: 01962 734629 or 07887 536966

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Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees. Beat the butter and sugar together until creamy. • Add the beaten egg yolk with the flour and the mixed spice and dried fruit.

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• Mix well to a stiff dough. Allow to rest in the fridge for 20 - 30 minutes and then roll out to a thickness of approx ¼ inch. • Cut into rounds with a 3 inch fluted cutter and place on a baking sheet. • Bake for 10 – 15 minutes until slightly risen and a pale golden colour. • Remove from the oven and brush with beaten egg white and sprinkle with caster sugar. • Return to the oven for a further 5 – 7 minutes. • Cool on a wire rack and store in an airtight tin.

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Alresford & District Neighbourhood Watch Cyber-Crime Over the past few years we have heard more and more about cyber-crime and the threats it poses in the 21st Century. However, to the majority of people and certainly those of us working outside of IT departments, little is known about this ‘global threat’. According to the dictionary ‘cyber’ is defined as relating to information technology, the internet and virtual reality. Meanwhile ‘Cyberspace’ refers to the virtual computer world, and more specifically, is an electronic medium used to form a global computer network to facilitate online communication. It is a large computer network made up of many worldwide computer networks in communication and data exchange activities. This threat was recognised in the UK when, in 2010, the National Security Council announced that hostile attacks upon UK cyberspace would be considered a Tier 1 threat to national security, along with International Terrorism, natural disasters and International Military crisis. Further information regarding the UK Security Cyber Strategy can be found at: www.gov.uk/government/uploads/ system/uploads/attachment_data/ file/60961/uk-cyber-security-strategyfinal.pdf Every time we use a smart phone, home computer, lap-top, email or social networking sites we are entering cyberspace and as such opening ourselves to threats from crime. Some of the techniques utilised in cyber attacks are: • ‘Social Engineering’ - whereby hackers trick us into offering them access to information and data. Terms such as ‘Phishing’, ‘Whaling’ and ‘Smishing’ cover these. Examples are fraudulent emails asking for passwords, or credit card information, or instructions to download a certain program (normally to answer a false invoice you were sent previously), which then gives the criminals access to your phone/ computer.

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• ‘Malware’ - whereby hackers disrupt communication systems through attacks using malicious software such as ‘viruses’ and ‘worms’, etc. • ‘Local/Physical Access’ – whereby hackers breach our security by stealing passwords written down/stored in wallets or diaries etc. Mobile Phones and Lap Tops stolen with important data and insufficient security credentials such as a strong password. • ‘Network Attack’ – whereby hackers will try and gather passwords and other sensitive information by setting up malicious websites, breaking into Wi-Fi networks or disguising malicious software which we then download in good faith. How can we increase our protection against these threats? • Ensure credentials such as username, passwords etc. are not stored with a device, such a lap top or mobile phone, as they are open to theft or tampering • When using a device in open spaces beware of being overlooked i.e. tailgating • Minimise the amount of information stored on a device • Change passwords on a regular basis and do not use the same password for

all programs • Take care before opening an email where you do not recognise the sender or the email starts with Dear Sir/ Madam rather than your name • Beware of emails/calls asking you to give information such as account numbers, passwords, etc. • Follow the router manufacturer instructions for securing your home based Wi-Fi networks • Turn off your router when you are away to deter possible hacking attempts There are various websites to guide us on protection including: https://www.getsafeonline.org/ways-youwork/mobile-and-home-access/ https://www.getsafeonline.org/ protecting-your-computer/physicalsecurity/ Contacting ADNWA or the Police: ADNWA website: www.neighbourhood.watch.alresford.org e-mail us at: contact.adnwa@gmail.com CRIME IN PROGRESS: RING 999 NON-URGENT ISSUES: RING 101 (if you observe suspicious activity) CRIMESTOPPERS: 0800 555 111

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Age Concern Hampshire is an independent charity working across the county to promote independence & choice to people over 50. We provide information and advice as well as activities, wellbeing and care to thousands of people each year. We have volunteering positions available in and outside of Alresford from helping out at Alresford Day Care Centre on Tuesdays or Thursdays, to being a fully-trained Information & Advice volunteer on any week day in Winchester. For more information please call Denise and Fiona on 07969 376023 or call Age Concern Hampshire on Freephone 0800 328 7154


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y friend, Karen, had been ‘spring cleaning’ her garden. A winter coat of moss had accumulated on the small deck, making it as slippery as an ice-rink, so she set to with scrubbing brush and bucket of water. Unfortunately, her hard work revealed the rotten wood beneath, so she called in her builder friend to get rid of the thing before someone took a tumble. ‘I never liked it anyway,’ Karen said cheerfully. ‘I think the previous home-owner was a big fan of ‘Ground-Force!’ After a morning of ripping up decrepit timbers, the builder suddenly stopped. ‘I think you’ve got a lodger,’ he shouted. Lying low under the remains of the deck, snug against the house wall, was a large toad.With its greeny brown skin it was well camouflaged in a pile of logs and windblown leaves, only noticeable when it crawled a pace or two. Its eyes glowed like copper in the dim light, and the warty skin looked positively prehistoric. As a predator the toad is relatively small, at around 15cm long, but it can tackle a slow worm or a small mouse, as well as slugs and bugs. ‘I suppose it was hibernating.’The builder scratched his head. ‘Looks like it’s going to be evicted now.’ ‘No, wait!’ Karen looked around her modest garden. ‘There must be somewhere we can re-house him.’ ‘Him?’ ‘Toady. Give me a couple of days; I’ll find something.’ Karen’s toad isn’t unusual in choosing a home without a pond or stream in sight. It seems that ‘bufo bufo’, to use the scientific name, only seeks a large expanse of water during mating season. Depending on the weather, they can emerge from hibernation as early as January if conditions are mild. Mainly nocturnal, they do enjoy a daylight wander after a spot

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of rain, but Toady seemed reluctant to go anywhere. This is a good thing. Spring can be a dangerous time, particularly at dusk, as toads set off on the annual pilgrimage to the breeding ponds, risking life and limb evading cars and vans on country lanes. Luckily for the toads, many have guardian angels in the shape of toad patrols, whose volunteers, equipped with hi-viz vests and torches, scoop the amorous amphibians into buckets and carry them to the safety of the pond. Once they’ve reached the breeding ground, the fight to secure a mate begins. If successful, the female lays long strings of eggs, as many as 20,000, in the weeds at the water’s edge and in around two weeks these hatch into tadpoles. If they can avoid being eaten by predators such as fish, birds and frogs, the tadpoles will gradually lose their tails, and develop into adult toads.Their knobbly skin carries a foul-tasting toxin which deters predators, although some, like wily otters, have figured out how to detach the toxic parts. Karen limited her toad rescuing efforts to one particular specimen.Thanks to the wonders of the Internet, she tracked down a dark green, ceramic ‘toad house’ for next-day delivery, and installed it in a dark, damp corner of the garden under a large hydrangea.When push came to gentle prod, and the remnants of the rotten deck were gingerly removed,Toady scuttled off in disgust – making a beeline for his new home on short, sturdy legs. Meanwhile, Karen’s boyfriend, Mike, had been tidying up his own garden and was delighted to discover a toad of his own. It had taken up residence in a soakaway by the garage, and was surrounded by fat, juicy slugs. ‘I got rid of them all’, he said. ‘I can’t have my toad living in all that mess.’ ‘You realise that was probably its larder you tidied away?’ Karen said. ‘You’d better go and find it some more slugs!’


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Girlguiding Winchester Division cast and crew, for the first time, have opened their doors to debut their performance for a Community Evening, an opportunity to welcome members of the community, who might not always get the chance to go to the theatre, these tickets are offered free of charge. Epitomising the Girlguiding ethos of being active citizens and giving back to their local neighbourhoods, on Thursday 20th April families or groups from organisations can watch this fantastic performance. If you would like or know of anyone who would appreciate a night at the theatre then please contact olivergg2017@gmail.com. They would love to see a full house! Email: olivergg2017@gmail.com Tel: 01962 885844 Pricing - Adults: £15, Children: £10 You can buy tickets by emailing olivergg2017@gmail.com To be held at the Performing Arts Centre, St Swithun's School, Alresford Road, Winchester, SO21 1HA

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n exhibition by contemporary artists celebrating the literature of Hampshire writers – Jane Austen, Edward Thomas and Gilbert White. Winchester Cathedral, Gilbert White’s garden at The Wakes in Selborne, Petersfield Museum’s newly refurbished gallery and Petersfield Physic Garden, Chawton House Library and the Red House Museum garden, Christchurch will showcase sculpture, letter carving and works in other media. 2017 marks the bicentenary of the death of Jane Austen in Winchester and the centenary of the death of Edward Thomas at Arras.

Gilbert White’s Garden, Selborne - 1 April – 30 September Gilbert White and the Oates Collections are commemorating the writings of Gilbert White with an exhibition of lettering and sculptures based on quotations from The Natural History of Selborne and Gilbert White’s poems and letters. They are on show in Gilbert’s restored 18th century Garden at Gilbert White’s House in Selborne in the landscape that he loved, substantially unchanged since his day. Artists - Geoff Aldred, Danny Clahane, Chris Elsey, Mark Evans, Ayako Furuno, Alyosha Moeran, Jason Mulligan MRBS, Tom Sargeant, Tracey Sheppard FGE, Helen Mary Skelton, Will Spankie, Roger Stephens MRBS, Richard Watts www.gilbertwhiteshouse.org.uk Petersfield Museum - 4 April – 22 April This year, Petersfield Museum marks the centenary of the death of Edward Thomas, a poet who took much inspiration from the natural beauty of the South Downs countryside, especially around his home in Steep. His later poems relate to his experiences after enlisting and he died during the First World War on 9 April 1917 at the battle of Arras. Our featured artists have taken inspiration from Thomas’ work, his life and the landscape about which he wrote. Artists - Penny Burnfield, Liz Clifford, Wendy Couchman, Gaynor Goffe, Caroline Webb, Susan Wood www.petersfieldmuseum.co.uk

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ulwich Opera Company presents an evening of operatic arias, duets, and trios. Following the success of the company’s recent recital in St Martin-in-the-Fields, Dulwich Opera Company has programmed an evening of beautiful music, including works by Mozart, Bizet, and Rossini. The evening will feature a trio of young professional singers Loretta Hopkins, Felicity Buckland, and David Fletcher, accompanied by highly acclaimed pianist, Kelvin Lim. Established in 2014, Dulwich Opera Company presents an annual programme of concerts and fully staged productions, has developed a loyal following in the Dulwich area, and now seeks to bring opera to audiences further afield, with a view to bringing full productions to Winchester in the near future. Contact: info@dulwichoperacompany.org.uk Enquiries: 07762820899 Tickets £16 / £14 concessions / £5 under 16's. To be held at St Pauls Church, St Pauls Hill, Winchester, SO22 5AB

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Petersfield Physic Garden - 4 April – 30 September Petersfield Physic Garden is a private garden, created in a 17th Century style, which is open to the public without charge, providing a green oasis in the centre of the town. There is a topiary walk, a knot garden, an informal orchard with wild flowers and a rose arch, which provide the perfect setting for the artists’ works. Artists - Lisi Ashridge, Mark Evans, John Neilson, Jo Sweeting www.petersfieldphysicgarden.org.uk Winchester Cathedral - 8 June – 30 September Winchester Cathedral will be marking the 200th anniversary of the death of Jane Austen with a series of events celebrating the life and work of this much-loved and admired author. The artists showing at the cathedral will be focusing on Jane’s enduring commitment to the Bible through her letters and poetry, as well as exploring some of her famous clerical characters. Artists - Jak Blackman, Nigel Boonham FRBS, Peter Furlonger, Robyn Golden-Hann, Giles Macdonald, Junko O’Neill, Jackie Perkins, Tom Perkins, Joy Pitts, Teucer Wilson, Suzie Zamit www.winchester-cathedral.org.uk/whats-on For more information and exhibit prices contact: Rachel Bebb at The Garden Gallery rachel@gardengallery.uk.com 01794 301144


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he Winchester Portrait exhibition will be displaying photographs of people who have made an impression on local life through their work and activities and who live in, or come from, Hampshire. The portraits have been taken by photographer Michael Butters and will be supported with artwork and sculpture by myself, local artist Nadine Collinson.

We will host the exhibition 26th April – 2nd May 2017 at The Great Hall, Winchester with help from Eileen Berry who was the Mayor of Winchester 2014/2015. We hope to raise money for both Winchester Cathedral and PICU (Paediatric Intensive Care Unit) at Southampton General Hospital. The exhibition will be presented in association with The Peter Cooper Motor Group and Paris Smith. The Cathedral is entirely self-funded, and receives no statutory support from the state or the church to support its buildings or activities. Maintaining and conserving the buildings, facilities and precious artefacts requires significant investment. This magnificent building hosts daily services and great festivals, musical and cultural events, and educational activities open to all. PICU provides vital care to critically ill children. The Friends of PICU exists to raise money to support the unit, the children and their families by providing equipment and services that are not always provided by the statutory authorities. In addition, a new ambulance is needed to provide a key part of the PICU service across the South of England.

EBB AND FLOW AT RUM'S EG, ROMSEY Ebb and Flow - 12 April to 20 May - Ground Floor Sue Tinkler & Paul Sansome Inspired by travels to Iceland, Isle of Harris,Vietnam, Venice and (closer to home) Micheldever Woods, Winchester Artist, Sue Tinkler, has used a variety of glassmaking techniques to create new artwork including glass panels and vessels in response to Paul’s inspiring and atmospheric photographs. Susie Prangnell – 12 April to 20 May - First Floor Abstract Landscapes in Pastel Susie's paintings are inspired by the sights and sounds of the wilder landscape. An expanse of moorland, the corner of a hedge, or a woodland pool can all be experienced as special places. She is intrigued by ideas of fragility and resilience, order and chaos, the hidden and the apparent and she seeks to explore the balance between them and evoke a sense of mystery. Her paintings evolve from location sketches, colour studies done in the studio, and her memories and impressions of a place. An obsession with painting and drawing and a love of the natural world in childhood continued throughout various jobs and family life and, in 2008, Susie was able to paint full time and exhibit her work. She lives and works on the Isle of Wight. Rum's Eg, 27 Bell Street, Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 8GY T: 01794 511220 E: info@hampshireartandcraft.org

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108 subjects have been photographed for the exhibition from wide and varied walks of life including celebrities, public figures and many “unsung heroes” who have given many years of service to some tremendous organisations throughout Winchester and Hampshire. The exhibition is a celebration of the community. We are also producing a book to accompany the exhibition which includes the portraits and articles about the portrait subjects and their diverse and fascinating stories. The book will be on sale during the exhibition and in bookshops after the exhibition has concluded. In addition, we are running a silent auction online for the month of April and throughout the exhibition week. In association with The Peter Cooper Motor Group and Paris Smith @ The Great Hall, Winchester 26th April – 2nd May 2017 Nadine Collinson - Tel: 0771 4245335 www.winchesterportriatexhibition.co.uk www.michaelbuttersphotography.co.uk www.nadinecollinson.co.uk

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THE CURTIS MUSEUM AND ALLEN GALLERY, ALTON ALLEN GALLERY EVENTS Talk: Around the World in 80 Plants on the 27th April We are very lucky to have Stephen Barstow, world expert on edible plants and foraging. When he first went to live in Norway, Stephen, a vegetarian, had a lot of trouble finding enough suitable vegetables in the shops. So he set about seeing what grew there naturally. Still based in Northern Norway, he now writes and lectures all over the world on what he calls “edimentals” (edible ornamental plants). In his book ‘Around the World in 80 Plants’ Stephen describes what he calls the ‘Hampshire Perennial Vegetable Triangle’ of Alton, Selborne and Alresford and he will expand on this theme in his talk. He has agreed to come to Alton because he is a fan of William Curtis the Botanist, and we are privileged to have him.

Before his talk, Stephen will be doing a guided walk round the Gallery garden to see what edible plants grow there. The Walk begins at 7pm, the Talk at 7.30. Tickets £5, book in advance as we expect a rush! Stephen has created a salad using 537 different ingredients – leading to his title “the extreme salad man”. Exhibition Observer Observed: Photographs by Jane Bown 5th – 28th April If you have seen BBC4’s series on the history of photography in Britain, Britain in Focus, you will have seen the late Jane Bown, renowned for her black-and-white portraits of famous people from many walks of life. Much of her work was done for the Observer. She was an Alton resident, and died here in 2014. This exhibition reminds us why she was so widely regarded (FREE) For Children Easter Make-and-Take 11th April - 11am -1pm and 2pm - 4pm. Drop in and make your 70

very own Easter-themed creation. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Cost: £2 per activity pack 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 CURTIS MUSEUM EVENTS Easter Family Trail on 8th – 22nd April Pop in and explore the museum with our special Family Trail (FREE) Jill Line - The Curtis Museum and Allen Gallery, Alton (01420 82802) www.hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk Hours are Tues-Sat, Gallery 10.30 - 4.30pm, Museum 10 – 5pm

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ilk Stockings and Spitfires: an illustrated talk by John Smith will be held on Monday 24th April at 8pm*. Silk Stockings and Spitfires is the inspirational story in words and pictures of the women pilots recruited into the Air Transport Auxiliary soon after the outbreak of World War II. They had to overcome opposition and prejudice and served with distinction throughout the war. At first experienced pilots formed the nucleus, but as time passed young women were being trained to fly from scratch, some before they'd learned to drive a car! John Smith, a former Education Officer in the RAF, describes how the organisation was formed, the demands made on the pilots and the extraordinary and surprising range of aircraft that they flew, and the roles that women now have in national Air Forces worldwide. The talk has attracted a great deal of attention because few people know about the women pilots: it is an inspirational story which continues to evolve as more information comes to light. *The talk follows the Annual Parish Meeting for Bramdean and Hinton Ampner. Enquiries to Rachael Greenwood, 01962 771964 clerk@bhapc.org.uk


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Alresford Town Council Reports towards an agreement with all prospective developers in the Dean to provide this car park. This is good news, but please tell friends and family visiting Alresford that the ARC car park is often up to two thirds empty, and parking is free for 2 hours.

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pring has sprung and the daffodils are nodding and waving in the breeze (apologies to William Wordsworth!) Our Avenue looks spectacular, especially after a jolly good clear up by the Town Trust and friends and volunteers in late March. Hard work, (a lot of sore backs), but so worthwhile. And on the subject of making our town beautiful, record orders are in for the hanging baskets which will be going up just before our famous Watercress Festival in May. NATC carefully surveyed all those who applied for baskets and troughs last year and we have taken account of planting suggestions. Heartfelt thanks to all of you who participate in this Town effort. There's still time to sponsor some `up the poles' displays contact the Council office, details below. Garden of the Year Competition 2017: This event celebrates residents whose gardens brighten up the town and whose gardens are enjoyed by the wider community. Please send nominations (address

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and name of resident) to the Council office by the end of June with judging to take place during the first 2 weeks of July. First prize: £70 National Garden Gift Voucher.

The Dean has been designated in our Local Plan as an area which can accommodate more residential dwellings. Last month Winchester planning committee approved the application by McCarthy Stone to build an `extra care' home in the Warwick Trailers site. The committee spent about 2 hours debating this important application. The developers have agreed to contribute £221,000 towards a car park in the Dean, which is much needed. Winchester City Council is working

You may have heard some confusing accounts about alleged financial problems at the Town Council. Chairman Lisa Griffiths explains: " We have recently appointed a new internal auditor who has highlighted some areas of potential risk within the Council's financial regime. These problems have been swiftly dealt with and we as a Council take full responsibility for any failings. Thus we have closed the Clerk's `imprest' account (which was overseen by councillors at all times) . Under the guidance of our new auditor your Councillors feel confident that we can fulfil all our obligations, and we are implementing improvements to make our dealings even more transparent and accountable."

Now that the Inspector has approved development in Sun Lane, decisions need to be taken about how the `open space' might benefit the Community. The Scouts have come to the Council to make a proposal to build a new scout hut on the open space land - as they have, literally, outgrown their hut off Bridge Road. Your councillors have agreed

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O New Alresford W.I. For more information contact Kate at kitcat1108@aol.com or 01962 733785 O The Alresford Society For more information contact Sue Alexander on: 01962 732043 suealex13@gmail.com

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O The Giles Group For more information call 01962 732978 bob_fowler@ tiscali.co.uk

O Senior Citizens Hour For more information contact: Mrs Jill Hardiman, 6 Mallard Close, Alresford.Tel: 01962 733765

O Dog Training Classes For more information contact: Janet Gray: 01420 562869 www.janetgraydogtraining.co.uk

O Alresford Senior Citizens Lunch Club For more information contact: Liz Garton: 01962 733125 or Elaine Secluna: 01962 733192

O Learn To Play Bridge Contact: Margaret Blewett on 01962 734797 or email: bridgewisembl@gmail.com

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

HORTICULTURE O Alresford & District Horticultural Society For more information contact: Clare Read on: 01962 735172 O Ropley Horticultural Society . For more more information contact Jill on 01962 772425 or Ropley.hort.soc@btinternet.com. O Alresford Flower Club For more information contact Pearl Court: 01962 734441

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Barnes & Liddiard

LED, Low Energy and Halogen Bulbs We have a comprehensive range available (fitting service can be arranged by request)

aNDy clIff tEl: 01962 738883

Plugs, Fuses, Extension Leads Etc...

Email: cliffbuilding@googlemail.com

We also offer a restoration and repair service for most fittings

26 The Dean, Alresford, SO24 9AZ Tel: 01962 733272

Barnes & Liddiard Electrical Contractors Limited

EXPERIENCED LOCAL BUILDER & PEACE OF MIND

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Michael Ltd Michael Hoggard Hoggard Ltdexperience, fully With over 30 years

• DESIGN qualified andLtd insured, I am happy to talk Michael Hoggard • INTERIOR RECONSTRUCTION Quality Building Quality Building Contractors throughContractors what you need to help create AND REFURBISHMENT your design and give a FREE no Quality Building Contractors ‘A‘Afamily company built on family company built onaasolid solidfoundation’ foundation’ obligation estimate. • BATHROOMS ‘A family company built on a solid foundation’ Contact me now, I’m here to help. • KITCHENS • EXTENSION AND CONVERSIONS ANDY CLIFF TEL: 01962 738883 29 Email: cliffbuilding@googlemail.com • GENERAL BUILDING WORKS

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Michael Hoggard Ltd Quality Building Contractors

Quality Building ‘A family company built on aContractors solid foundation’

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Basingstoke Window Cleaning Services We use a pure water, reach and wash system which allows us to clean even the most difficult windows 29 We also offer the following services:

• Windows cleaned inside • Conservatory roofs cleaned • Guttering cleared and cleaned • Soffits and fascias cleaned For a free no obligation quotation, please give us a call

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Maid Marian

PROFESSIONAL DOMESTIC SERVICES

High quality domestic services Guaranteed One less thing to think about.

We can help. • Regular cleaning and end • of tenancy cleaning • One off spring cleans • Washing and Ironing • Carpet cleaning • Building maintenance • including painting and • decorating • Shopping • Man with a van telephone: 01962 736713 email: enquiries@maidmariancleaners.co.uk web: www.maidmariancleaners.co.uk

Alresford Floors Luxury Vinyl Tiles: Amtico, Spacia Karndean, Polyflor Rubber Flooring Carpet Tiles

Solid Wood Engineered Wood Wood Floor Sanding Wood Floor Repair

For an appointment to discuss your requirements, please call

Tel: 01962 732643 or Mob: 07734 459748 www.alresfordfloors.co.uk Approved Amtico Installer & NVQ Certified

PR AERIALS DIGITAL TV & SATELLITE SPECIALIST

Paul Rolfe Free Quotes • Service & Repairs • Full Year Guarantee on parts • OAP Discounts TV installations considered • Freeview achieved where others have failed

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L.Sheppard Plastering All aspects undertaken

Quality Finishes Tel: 07547 190332 liamsheppardplastering@gmail.com @liamplaster


NEW CONSTRUCTION, BARN CONVERSIONS & OAK FRAMING REPAIRS

CONSTRUCTION

OVER 40 YEARS EXPERIENCE.

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CPFM

OFFERING A COMPLETE SPECIALIST SERVICE IN

LOFT CONVERSIONS REFURBISHMENTS AND ASSOCIATED WORKS ALL WORKS GUARANTEED

Barn Conversions and Repairs Using Traditional Materials and Methods New Oak Framed Construction New Houses, Barns, Garden Rooms & Extensions Oak Framed Garages, Stabled and agricultural Buildings

Offering a full service from groundworks to a complete turn-key build

info@cpfm.co.uk www.cpfm.co.uk Tel: 01962 732 970 Mob: 07947 812 412

Unit 5, Frith Farm, Frith Lane, Wickham, Hampshire, PO17 5AW Tel: 01329 835 551 | Mob: 07801 143 986 | Email: danny@hampshireoak.co.uk Visit our website at hampshireoak.co.uk

FENCING, GATE AUTOMATION & TIMBER FRAMED BUILDING SPECIALISTS • Fencing contractors • Timber Merchants • Fencing & gate supplies • Timber framed buildings • Gate automation specialists • Manufacturers of beautiful bespoke gates Local authority approved contractors, serving Hampshire & surrounding counties

Proud sponsors of ALRESFORD TOWN FC! Opening hours 7.30am – 5pm Monday to Friday

Appledown Lane, Alresford, Hants SO24 9PB 01962 732786 or email info@jameswhitefencing.com

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Animals

MY PETS BEHAVIOUR IS GETTING OUT OF HAND, WHAT DO I DO?

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or many of us our pets are part of the family. The reasons for people having pets are vast, company, security and education are some to name but a few. Having a pet for many is a luxury; they need to consider the cost of care, vets bills, grooming, feeding but what happens when the little bundle of fluff starts wanting their own way? For this many owners never budget for. Every animal is different, what worked for one dog may not for another, two litter mates may have completely opposite personalities, just like people. The environment in which an animal is brought up in or comes from has a large part to play in their behaviour onwards throughout their life, as does instinct, breed and training. For many animals there is a critical socialisation period and if this is missed it can have serious repercussions later on in life. The meaning of socialisation can broadly be defined in relation to animals as learning how to communicate with others in their environment. In the wild this would naturally occur within a group of species. A wolf pack would be exposed to others in their group of varying ages. A pup would grow up learning from the rest of the group how to behave in the pack and survive, sub missing to those higher up. When taking any species and introducing it into our homes we should bear this in mind, it will have to learn how to behave in the family ‘familiar’ environment and when taken outside of this safe environment to unfamiliar places. Animals learn from those around them just like children, this is why socialisation during the critical stages is so important. For puppies this period is generally said to be from birth until around 16 weeks, however if stopped at 16 weeks then this socialisation can revert if not continued over a longer period. Most puppies will not go to their new homes until 8 weeks so if not well socialised in the breeding

environment it can have a knock on effect later in life. This can be difficult when considering vaccination, immunity and socialisation. For kittens it is important to have gently handling and interaction from around 2- 8 weeks. Animals solely hand reared as an individual by people will have little or no capabilities of interacting with their own species. This is a huge implicating factor in behaviour of pet parrots and one that sadly leads to the demise and ultimately rehoming of many birds due to unwanted behaviours. They simply do not know how to be a parrot. Equally the trade of wild caught parrots means they know how to be parrots but make completely unsuitable pets, this is at the other end of the spectrum and thankfully this is now banned in the EU. Aggressive behaviour in a cat or dog will often have a reason or a trigger behind it; more often than not it can be fear. The more the owner worries about the situation, the more the animal can pick up on this fear from the owner and the whole situation can snowball. Animal behaviourists are trained to help recognise the reasons behind and triggers for this behaviour so they are a good place to start. For more information or an initial talk regarding your pets behaviour contacting your local veterinary practice can be a good place to start. Georgina Constable-Dakeyne - RVN CertVNES Cedar Veterinary Group

An exclusive service in the heart of Alresford

Dog Grooming & Home Boarding Rachel Gray Tel: 07419 324362 alresforddoggrooming@gmail.com www.alresforddoggrooming.com

a Independent practice with free onsite parking and convenient location

a 24 hour emergency service provided

by our own staff

a Fully equipped on site laboratory for

New Pet Healthcare Plan! TWO MONTHS FREE when you sign up to our HealthCare Plan.

quick diagnostic results

a Practice health care plan to spread the cost of routine treatment

a Home visits available for your convenience A dedicated team working to improve the health and wellbeing of your pets

ALTON: 01420 82163 ALRESFORD: 01962 732535 FOUR MARKS: 01420 562048

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Showrooms 59 Winchester Road Four Marks Hampshire, GU34 5HR Tel: 01420 562100

Unit 8, Woolmer Way, Bordon, Hampshire GU35 9QF Tel: 01420 487575

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MICHAEL J SLY Plumbing and Heating

All plumbing and heating works from fixing a leak to installing a full Heating System or Bathroom Suite

Plumbing and Heating Complete Heating Systems High Efficiency Boiler and System Upgrades Power Flush and System Treatments Gas Boiler Service Water Softeners

Bathroom Installations Complete Bathroom Installation Cloakroom and En-suites Power Showers and Electric Showers Tiling and Flooring

Family run company est. 1973 Professional friendly service All aspects of Interior and Exterior Domestic and Commercial

Email: paulbest@live.co.uk Free competitive quotations

Tel: 01962 771285 Mobile: 07973 407996

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