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FORU M Hampshire Mum Nature writer Claire Thurlow Jane's Kitchen - Seasonal Winter Warmer Social history writer Iris Crowfoot All the local News and Events FEBRUARY 2018 • ISSUE 136 • REACHING 18,750 READERS * ITCHEN VALLEY, WINCHESTER & THE WORTHY'S OLD ALRESFORD CANDOVER KILMESTON

BIGHTON

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ABBOTT'S BARTON

CHERITON & NEW CHERITON

HINTON AMPNER WEEKE

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

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

10 Garden

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

14 Features

Hampshire Mum, Claire Thurlow, Iris Crowfoot and many more

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16 Wellbeing

Looking after your health and yourself!

25 Motoring

Local services to keep your vehicles running smoothly

30 Retail/Market Square

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

32 Food & Drink

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

34 Education

Find local schools and educational experts

35 Professional

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42 Animals

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43 Home

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


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February; a month for optimism We go into the early spring with everything to look forward to. It is the time of year when our gardens start to change for the better and buyers start thinking in earnest of moving home. We have just had our busiest January ever at Hellards on both the sales and lettings sides of our business, which we believe is an indication that home-movers are setting aside the much talked about economic and political concerns and getting on with their lives. If you are thinking about moving, or letting out your property in 2018, come and talk to one of our friendly team at our office PRESTON in Broad Street, or call us on 01962 736333. CANDOVER ALRESFORD ALRESFORD Guide Price: £1,250,000 | EPC Rating: C Price: £399,950 | EPC Rating: D Guide Price: £675,000 | EPC Rating: D We lookGuide forward to hearing from you!

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Church Services NEW ALRESFORD St. John the Baptist

Sunday 4 February 08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 Parish Communion 18.00 Powerhouse Service Sunday 11 February 08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 Second Sunday 18.00 Choral Evensong Wednesday 14 February Ash Wednesday 10.00 Holy Communion 19.30 Eucharist + Ceremonies Sunday 18 February 08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 Parish Communion 18.00 Sundays at six Sunday 25 February 08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 Parish Communion Every Friday 10.00 Holy Communion (except 16 February) Parish Office: 01962 733545 stjohnsalresford.org.uk OLD ALRESFORD St.Mary the Virgin Sunday 4 February 09.30 No Service 18.00 Old Alresfdrd Cottage Service Sunday 11 February 09.30 Parish Communion (Old Alresford Place) 16.00 Mothers' Union Thanksgiving for Marriage at Old Alresford Place Sunday 18 February 09.30 No Service Sunday 25 February 11.00 Village Fanily Service at Old Alresford Place

Every Thursday 09.00 Holy Communion at Old Alresford Place Parish Office: 01962 733545 stjohnsalresford.org.uk OVINGTON St.Peter's Sunday 4 February 11.00 Café Church Sunday 11 February 10.00 Parish Communion Sunday 18 February 10.00 Parish Communion Sunday 25 February 10.00 Morning Prayer Parish Office: 01962 733545 stjohnsalresford.org.uk NEW ALRESFORD Methodist Church Sunday Worship 10.30 Morning Worship 1st Sunday Café Worship. Holy Communion Monthly Midweek Activities Tuesdays 10.00 Come in for coffee - at Tiffins 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 NEW ALRESFORD New Farm Chapel Sunday Services 10.30 Morning Worship,

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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 19.30 Alternate Bible Study / Prayer Thursdays 10.00 Home Prayer Group 1st Saturday in the month 10.00 (2nd in each month) Prayer Time www.newfarmchapel.org.uk BIGHTON O All Saints Sunday 4 February 11.00 Family Service Sunday 11 February 11.00 Morning Prayer Sunday 18 February 11.00 Parish Communion Sunday 25 February 11.00 Morning Prayer Parish Office: 01962 733545 stjohnsalresford.org.uk UPPER ITCHEN BENEFICE Sunday 4 February 09.00 Beauworth Benefice Early Communion 10.15 Cheriton Benefice Early Age Communion Service Sunday 11 February 09.30 Cheriton Matins 09.30 Bramdean Holy Communion 11.00 Kilmeston Family Worship 11.00 Tichborne All Age Worship

Wednesday 14 February 18.00 Cheriton Special Service for Ash Wednesday Sunday 18 February 08.30 Beauworth Holy Communion 09.30 Cheriton Holy Communion 11.00 Hinton Ampner Prayer & Praise Sunday 25 February 09.30 Cheriton Holy Communion 11.00 Kilmeston Holy Communion 11.00 Bramdean Morning Worship 18.00 Tichborne Evensong NEW ALRESFORD O St. Gregory's Every Sunday 11.00 Mass All other enquiries: 01962 852 804 ITCHEN VALLEY BENEFICE Sunday 4 February 08.00 Avington Holy Communion 10.00 Martyr Worthy All Age Service 11.00 Easton Matins Sunday 11 February 08.00 Easton Holy Communion 10.00 Itchen Abbas Parish Communion 18.00 Martyr Worthy Evensong Sunday 18 February 08.00 Martyr Worthy Holy Communion 10.00 Easton Valley Worship 18.00 Avington Evensong Sunday 25 February 10.00 Martyr Worthy Parish Communion 18.00 Easton Taize


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Sundays at New Farm Chapel 10.30am A series in Paul's letter to the Christians at Colossae: January 28th, February 18th and 25th, March 4th and 11th. All Age service on 18th March. The series continues after Easter. New Farm Chapel, New Farm Road, Alresford. SO24 9HB

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Garden

LAWN CARE - MOSS AND SCARIFICATION

nutrients at the right time of year. Healthy grass, like healthy people, is in a better position to fight off invaders.

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ccording to Don McLean’s 70’s classic, American Pie, ‘moss grows fat on a rolling stone’. According to my experience, moss grows fat on a winter lawn. Many suffer moss growth in their lawns. It’s easy to spot, lush and green amongst the grass. Thriving as it smothers its less vigorous winter bed partner. The good news is it responds well to treatment and can be brought under control with specialist lawncare. The bad news is, left untreated it will thrive and it encourages infestation from chafer grubs which can cause a huge amount of lawn damage. From a distance moss gives the impression of a green, lush lawn. The grass it is smothering struggles to survive, the percentage of moss in the lawn increases and the grass gradually dies away. Why is this a problem? Wait until the drier summer months and you’ll soon see. Moss thrives in wet conditions, but unlike healthy, well maintained grass, which is far hardier, moss dries out and dies in dry, warm summer weather. At the height of summer, when you want to be enjoying your garden at its best, you are left with brown, scorched areas of lawn and areas of dead moss. Most unsightly and far too late in the season to treat. Spring is the ideal time for dealing with moss issues. Mowing too short, too infrequently or not following the correct mowing height for the time of year can be a big contributor to moss growth. As can incorrect nutrition, not dealing with thatch or compaction and not removing leaves from the lawn regularly. Bare areas should also be dealt with promptly so as not to leave space for moss spores to germinate. A healthy dense grass sward leaves little room for moss or weeds to take up residence. Killing and removing moss If you already have moss in your lawn this can be treated. Some people try this themselves with lawn-sand but the results can be hit and miss with the grass often being killed at the same time as the moss. Our approach is a liquid treatment combined with a wetting agent that helps penetrate deep into the thick matting of moss. Ensure your lawn has the correct nutritional plan in place, so it’s receiving the right

Once the moss has been killed it’s time to remove it. This can be hard work over a large area where a petrol-driven scarifier is essential equipment for the job. It’s time consuming and pretty hard work but it’s important to get the dead moss out and will reduce thatch at the same time. Scarification vigorously rakes the surface of the lawn with spinning blades. These blades rip out moss and thatch and open up the surface of the lawn. Top-dressing It’s often beneficial to top-dress your lawn after scarification. This addition of a special mixture of sand and sifted soil helps to level uneven hollows in the lawn surface, improves soil structure, drainage and helps the general health of the lawn. Over-seeding to infill The final process is over-seeding - introducing new, healthy grass plants to in-fill the gaps left by the moss that’s been removed, creating a stronger, healthier lawn that’s more capable of dealing with the challenges nature throws at it. Scarification creates ideal surface conditions for over-seeding. Unlike re-seeding, where the existing vegetation is removed completely and a new seed-bed created for the sowing of a new lawn, over-seeding works with what you already have by adding new grass seeds to your existing lawn and helping to blend areas of weak growth into other areas of your lawn more naturally. It’s also far less labour intensive, uses fewer lawn seeds and is much more economical. It is however really important to deal with any weeds before seeding begins. New grass plants are susceptible to the treatments used to kill lawn weeds. Older, existing lawn grasses are robust enough to withstand these treatments. Therefore manage the weed issue first and then get new grass plants growing. Remember that once germination begins your new grass seeds need moisture to survive. They won’t be able to manage times without water until they have established roots. If it doesn’t rain then you need to remember to keep them watered for the first few weeks but regular rain is almost guaranteed at this time of year. Planning ahead is the way to create superb outdoor spaces you can enjoy all year. Now is the time to treat lawn moss problems, if you don’t want to do this yourself call in the professionals and get on top of that moss problem before it’s too late. Ian Kenyon is Technical Director for Shrekfeet Lawn and Garden Services. He is always happy to offer friendly, professional advice and help 01962 460146, 07739 789483 www.shrekfeet.com


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What's On FEBRUARY

Improvers Computer Classes February Community First will be running an Improvers class starting 20 February at Alton College. Tuesdays, 3.30 to 6 for four weeks. Cost is free to those seeking employment, £45 all others. The course is aimed at those with basic keyboard and computer skills who would like to develop their skills further. Training delivered by local trainer, Christine Phillipson. For more details, call 0300 500 8085.

3 FEBRUARY General Auction at Badger Farm Community Centre Auction - 2pm. Drop off lots to sell 9-9.30am Viewing from 12.30pm.To include China, Coins, Ephemera, Collectables, Old Toys, Jewellery, small items of Furniture, NOT Household goods, Car Boot Items or modern Electricals. Sellers booking recommended Please call Claire 01962 734941 or Bob 01962 733475 for bookings or further information www.auctionsinaday.co.uk

ingredients. Expert chocolatiers will teach you fine piping techniques too and you'll create your own handmade chocolate lolly. All packaging is provided to ensure your finished products will wow your family and friends. 10.00am 12.30pm & 2.00pm - 4.30pm. Chocolate Craft Ltd, Unit 1, Upton Park Farm, Old Alresford, SO24 9EB. £59 for one. £99 for two Call: 01962 732731 or visit www.chocolatecraft. co.uk/shop/

10 FEBRUARY Skittles evening at the Phoenix Inn, Twyford With curry supper. Contact Sue Cook sjcook@winchester.gov.uk £12 per person

13 FEBRUARY Friends of the River Arle - and why they are needed At 7.30pm, John Pearson Hall, New Alresford Speakers: Graham Roberts, Chair of the Upper Itchen Initiative. Roger Harrison of Ovington Mill and Ali Morse of the Hampshire and IoW Wildlife Trust. See Forum article on page 22 for details. The meeting is free of charge, but must be booked with Dorothy Hamilton, Secretary of the Alresford Society at dorothy.wales1@ btinternet.com or on 01962-734619

9 FEBRUARY Cheriton Sessions evening of live folk music with James Patrick Gavin & Friends 8pm (doors open 7.30pm) - Cheriton Village Hall, SO24 0PZA special 'showcasing his debut album 'Chewing The Fat'. London-born James is a fiddle player and guitarist who creates folk music that dances the line between tradition and irreverence, groove and grace - with original material that weaves together three generations of his own Irish family.Tickets available at £12 from Cheriton Stores,The Flower Pots Inn and online (fees apply) at www.ticketsource. co.uk/cheritonsessions For further information, please visit www.jamespatrickgavin.com and cheritonsessions.yolasite.com

10 FEBRUARY Chocolate Workshop Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a chocolatier? Have fun creating your own unique chocolates using the finest 12

for charity. Brandy Mount House, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 9EG Contact telephone: 01962 732189

22 FEBRUARY Allen Gallery, Alton Thursday Evening Talks in early 2018 The Ups and Downs of Opening a Yellow Book Garden. Mary Trigwell gives us an insight into opening her garden to the public on behalf of the National Garden Scheme. This Scheme, operating since 1927, arranges for public visits to private gardens, the proceeds going to charity. 7.30pm, tickets £5 from the Gallery. The Curtis Museum and Allen Gallery, Alton (01420 82802) www.hampshireculturaltrust. org.uk. Hours are Tues-Sat, Gallery 10.30 4.30, Museum 10 – 5

24 FEBRUARY Chocolate Workshop Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a chocolatier? Have fun creating your own unique chocolates using the finest ingredients. Expert chocolatiers will teach you fine piping techniques too and you'll create your own handmade chocolate lolly. All packaging is provided to ensure your finished products will wow your family and friends. 10.00am 12.30pm & 2.00pm - 4.30pm Chocolate Craft Ltd, Unit 1, Upton Park Farm, Old Alresford, SO24 9EB £59 for one. £99 for two Call: 01962 732731 or visit www.chocolatecraft.co.uk/shop/

26 FEBRUARY 18 FEBRUARY Snowdrops at the Down house Open Garden for NGS From 12-4pm open garden courtesy of Mr & Mrs. Jackie Porter, entry on door £5, teas available, parking, at Itchen Abbas, more info-D. McLean: 01489 891911

18 FEBRUARY Brandy Mount House - Open Garden for NGS 1 acre, informal plantsmans garden. Spring bulbs, hellebores, species geraniums, a wonderful snowdrop collection and daphnes. European primulas, collection of dwarf narcissi, herbaceous and woodland plants. Raised beds to display early spring bulbs and alpines. Sun 18 Feb (124). Admission £5, Children free. Home-made teas. Also open The Down House.Times:12:00 to 16:00.Telephone:01962 732189. Open

Ropley Horticultural Society Illustrated talk "A Practical Guide to Pruning" with Kevin Hobbs, Head of R&D at of Hillier Nurseries. 7.45pm start at the Sports Pavilion,Vicarage Lane, Ropley. Parking free. £5 on the door includes refreshments, all welcome Enquiries: Jill 01962 772425

MARCH 3 MARCH Ropley Music Nights presents… Port Erin at Ropley Parish Hall. Doors and bar open from 7.30pm. Drawing on influences such as Talking Heads, XTC, Syd Arthur,Talk Talk, Cowtown and Elbow, Port Erin are a band that simply won’t be constrained by genre or style, their music speaks for itself.Tickets are only £10 and this gig will be seated. Feel free to bring your own picnic! Buy tickets online at www.ropleymusic.co.uk


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Close encounter with a fox BY CLAIRE THURLOW

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t’s been noisy in the garden during the last few nights, the peace disturbed by the gruff bark of a dog fox and the answering screech of a female.The result of these romantic assignations might well be a bundle of cubs in the spring, but there’s no guarantee that I’ll spot them. Although I regularly hear foxes, and find their droppings on the grass, I’ve yet to actually see one in the garden. According to recent research, we’re more likely to see a fox in an urban environment than here in the countryside. Having witnessed one strolling through a Waitrose car park in broad daylight, it seems to be true. A few years ago, when living in the Surrey suburbs, we had a family of foxes living at the bottom of our garden in a neglected scrap of woodland behind the compost heap.They’d scraped out a den beneath a pile of tree prunings and dry leaves, which despite its proximity to the house, provided a safe and secluded home which even our inquisitive collie, Fergus, couldn’t reach. Come nightfall, with Fergus confined to the house, the foxes would emerge into the garden, even venturing close to the French windows to peer inside.We never fed them, but coexisted well enough. They are omnivorous, and while rural territory may offer rabbits and voles, a suburban garden provides pigeons, insects and worms. Irritating as it was to see them dig my tulip bulbs from a frozen flower bed, the foxes were forgiven when they polished off the rats overwintering in the compost. Seeing three cubs tussle for a plastic flower pot on the snowy lawn was a delight. One summer, my young son and nephew were playing football in the garden, growing increasingly frustrated with the dog who

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was streaking back and forth across the ‘pitch’, barking at the top of his lungs. Getting no interest from the soccer-mad boys, Fergus tried another tack, barking outside the back door until I appeared. In the best tradition of Lassie struggling to make a nice-but-dim human understand that there was an emergency, he herded me, still barking, across the lawn to the thick bank of rhododendrons. His front half disappeared into the shrubbery, but the back half remained outside, tail wagging furiously.The barking stopped. I peered into the gloom but couldn’t see anything. Stooping beneath low-hanging branches I ventured forward and was greeted by an angry hiss. It was a fox cub, apparently healthy and unharmed, but somehow it had got its head stuck in the fence. The plastic-coated wire was loose enough that it wasn’t hurting the cub, but too tight for the animal to get free. I took a step back and the cub sat down, watching me expectantly. “You should call the RSPCA,” one of the boys piped up beside me. “Tell them to bring wire-cutters,” instructed the other one. A charming young woman from the RSPCA was there within half an hour, bringing a cat-carrier and a sturdy pair of gauntlets – but minus the wire-cutters. Luckily, the next-door neighbour whose garden we invaded to get closer to the fox, had a shed full of tools, so the five of us set off to the rescue.With its fluffy red coat and over-sized ears, the cub was as appealing as a puppy, but its warning hiss and bared teeth were a reminder that this was an unpredictable wild animal. Crawling through the rhododendrons and keeping the fox at arms’ length, our RSPCA heroine made a first snip to the wire around the cub’s neck.That was all it took.The cub wriggled free and ran off through the bushes to the safety of its parents and the den.


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Available to all residents living in the Winchester district with a landline telephone connection

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Welcome to Osteopathy and Hampshire Health Your Family Osteopath based in East Street, Alresford Established in 2005, we are the oldest and first operating osteopathic practice in Alresford. Our Osteopathy patients come from Alresford, across Hampshire and the South East, as well as elsewhere in the UK & Europe. The practice provides a professional, clean, calm and relaxed atmosphere offering caring, effective and safe treatment.

Our Therapies & Services Conditions we treat include

Back Pain ∙ Neck pain ∙ Joint Pain ∙ Sports Injury ∙ Tendonitis ∙ Repetitive Strain Injury ∙ Headaches ∙ Problems affecting Joints ∙ Tendons ∙ Muscles ∙ Ligaments of the01962 body ∙ 735086 Postural or advice and506963 more Appointments: 07887

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Available Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday (excluding public holidays) We are covered by most major health insurance companies. However, patients are reminded they are responsible for the cost of treatments. Receipts are issued which can then be reimbursed by their health insurance provider.

Alresford Practice, 3 East Street, Alresford, SO24 9EE T: 01962 735086 M: 07887 506963 info@osteopathy-alresford.co.uk www.osteopathy-alresford.co.uk

Turn their telephone into a lifeline allowing them to call for assistance with the press of a button • No more struggling to get to the phone • Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year • Friendly operators with access to named contacts and emergency services • Neck Pendants available • One button to activate

• Less than 50p a day For more details contact Winchester Lifeline  01962 855335  Lifeline@winchester.gov.uk

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Alresford & District Neighbourhood Watch KEYLESS CAR THEFTS – CRIME PREVENTION There are a variety of ways in which criminals will try and gain access to a keyless vehicle. As we all know, due to the mess and noise involved with breaking a window, thieves will try the door handles first; especially since some cars remain unlocked if the owner’s key fob is nearby. Unfortunately, more and more criminals are using a receiver to capture the owners signal from the fob and tricking the car’s security system into believing it is close to the relevant key fob, thus unlocking the doors. A similar practice is by jamming the owner’s signal, as they leave the car, because they then think it has been securely locked, when in fact it is still open. Once a thief has access they can then plug a hand held ‘key fob’ programmer into the car’s on-board diagnostics which provides them with control of the car, normally within 20 seconds! Unfortunately these key-fob programmers are freely and legally available on the Internet. Current advice is to • Be aware of potential jammers/thieves by ensuring all windows, sunroof and boot are shut and physically locked, whenever you leave the vehicle. • Try and park your vehicle in an open, well-lit and secure area. If you have access to a garage then use it, or park within the view of CCTV cameras. • Either fit, or confirm that an approved alarm or immobiliser is working.

CITIZENS ADVICE WINCHESTER DISTRICT Lesley Rose, Advice Services Manager at Citizens Advice Winchester District gives advice on how to avoid getting into debt if you are made redundant. I was made redundant last month and I've already started to fall behind on my bills. I'm looking for work, but is there anything else I can do so I don't end up in debt?" There are steps you can take to avoid your bills from building up. First, check that you’ve been paid any redundancy money you’re entitled to - you might get statutory redundancy pay and possibly contractual redundancy pay if you’ve been in the job two years or more. This should be evident on your final payslip, but if it’s not contact your employer.

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• Use an approved steering wheel lock or gearstick lock. Some vehicles can be fitted with a lockable pedal cage and all of these items are highly visible and good deterrents. • Consider fitting an on-board diagnostics (OBD) lock and displaying the warning notice in your car. • Consider fitting a tracker, so that if the car is stolen the police have a greater chance of finding it. • Combat the use of scanners, for cloning your vehicles key, by purchasing a Faraday Bag or Box to store your keys/fob. This will restrict electronic signals being transmitted to and from your keys. A number of car owners, especially those with vehicles worth many thousands of pounds, are buying steering wheel locks, as well as a Faraday Bag or Box (*) for their keys. These can be quite easily purchased online, or in store, and it has been found that by making it more difficult for thieves to break into your car, they will probably go elsewhere. Finally, always remember to never leave items on show in a vehicle. If you do, you will stand a good chance of getting your vehicle broken into! CONTACTING ADNWA OR POLICE: ADNWA website: www.neighbourhood.watch.alresford.org e-mail us at: contact.adnwa@gmail.com CRIME IN PROGRESS: RING 999 NON-URGENT ISSUES: RING 101 (if you observe suspicious activity) CRIMESTOPPERS: 0800 555 111

Then look at ways to boost your income. See if you’re eligible for benefits like Jobseeker’s Allowance with Citizens Advice’s benefits calculator.You could also check if you can make savings on your bills, for example by switching to a cheaper gas or electricity deal. Now look at how much money you have coming in and compare it to your essential spending. Priority bills include your rent or mortgage and council tax, and should be paid first as there can be serious consequences for missing payments. If you own your home, contact your mortgage lender to see if you can negotiate on your monthly repayment.You could also see if your credit card provider will negotiate on repayment amounts to give you some breathing space. For further help understanding managing your money, contact your nearest Citizens Advice. Advice Winchester District The Winchester Centre 68 St George’s Street, Winchester, SO23 8AH Tel: 01962 848008, Fax: 01962 848005 comms@cawinchesterdistrict.org.uk www.citizensadvice.org.uk/winchester-district


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Clubs & Societies

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: Martin Brickwood, email: brickwoods@talktalk.net Phone:02380 693711 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 Ropley Cricket Club For more information contact Anne Carter (Secretary) on tel: 077177 26506, email: anne.pac@ btinternet.com 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

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Tel. Maureen on 07817 502260 Wessexmaturedancers@gmail.com Wessexmaturedancers.co.uk

O Chawton Park Indoor Bowls Club For more information contact: Chawton Park Road, Alton. Tel: 01420 541546 O Cheriton Cricket Club For more information contact: Nick: 07931 456214 info@cheritoncc.com www.cheritoncc.com O Cheriton Tennis Club For more information contact: Donna at Don Perrin Tennis: 07928 855175. www. cheritontennisclub.co.uk

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

O Children’s Judo Club For more information contact: Lance Wicks - Telephone: 07787 565233 Email: lw@ judocoach.com

O Alresford Ukulele Jam For more information visit: alresfordukejam@outlook.com Tel: 01962 710385 http://facebook.com/ AlresfordUkeJam

O Cyclists’ Touring Club For more information contact: Tel: 01962 864479 www.southhampshirectc.org.uk

O Bishops Sutton Handbell Ringing Team For more information contact: 01962 736211

O Fitique Run Club For more information contact Melissa (07708) 532210 / sales@ fitique.co.uk Facebook page: Fitique Run Club

O Four Marks Folk Band For more information contact: Peter Treacher on: 01420 562794

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 Practical Wing Chun Classes For more information contact: Contact Gary: 07986 298283 or see www.uctuk.co.uk O Ropley Tennis Club For more information visit: www.ropleytennis.org.uk O Tai Chi For more information contact: call: 02380 651223 or email taichienquiries@gmail.com O Tichborne Park Cricket Club For more information contact: Andy Joyce on Tel: 01962 734316 andypjoyce@hotmail.com

O 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 The Medstead Players For more information contact: Lesley Rae, Fiver, High Street, Medstead.Tel: 01420 56563916 www.medsteadplayers.co.uk O The Waynflete Singers For more information visit: waynflete.hampshire.org.uk O Winchester Music Club For more information visit: ww.winchestermusicclub.org.uk O Wessex Mature Dancers Classes held in Alresford, Bishop's Waltham and Winchester incl the new RAD Silver Swans!

O Synergie Acappella. Learn to Sing in 4-part harmony a-cappella style.We meet every Wednesday at Christy Hall, Old Alresford, SO24 9DJ, from 7.30 to 9.30pm. All ladies welcome (especially those with Alto voices!). For more details please contact Kathy on kathy@ seam.co.uk O Zumba Classes For more information contact Tel: 079474 10394 www.zumbaaround-winchester.com or sue@ plays-r-ussell.com O Zumba Classes Bramdean Village Hall For adults. Every Thursday 6pm to 7pm. No experience needed. www.murielezumba.com Tel. 07821 545403

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: Joyce Wragg: 01962 732398


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elling the story of the Passion, the final days of Jesus's life, is a tradition that dates back to the fourth century. This originally took the form of a liturgical chant, but during the sixteenth century, music and theology became tightly bound and from this time, the Passion began to be sung and performed in different ways. Bach's St Matthew Passion was first performed in 1726 and tells the tale from the perspective of Matthew, one of the Apostles.

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The St Matthew Passion is acknowledged as one of the outstanding works of Western Culture; containing some of the most beautiful music ever written, as well as some of the most dramatic moments, particularly for the chorus as part of the narrative. In Bach’s day, the audience would also have been expected to join in with the Chorales (well-known Lutheran hymns of the period), which form part of the structure and allow for considered reflection on the story. It could be viewed as the most outstanding baroque opera ever written, but conceived for performance in an inspiring ecclesiastical building such as Winchester Cathedral. Here, a work of this intensity and quality can hardly fail to inspire. Bach wrote primarily out of a deep Christian faith, and probably did not appreciate the greatness of the work he had produced. The piece remains a favourite amongst performers and audiences alike, perhaps because Bach achieved such balance and representation of both tragedy and beauty throughout, and perhaps also because the subjects of love, hate and betrayal are such human and universal experiences. The choir is delighted to welcome back the Hanover Band, whose reputation as one of the finest period orchestras in the UK is not unfounded and serves to give the listener a completely baroque experience. Poignantly, the concert is being dedicated to Peter Evans, who was conductor of the Southampton Philharmonic Choir between 1965 and 1990, He was instrumental in the creation of the Turner Sims Concert Hall and started a music department at the University of Southampton. He sadly passed away on New Year’s Day. Saturday 3 March 2018 7.15pm at Winchester Cathedral, see www.southamptonphil.org for more details. 22

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he River Arle is in trouble. Pollution and water extraction are badly affecting our local wildlife because the food chains are being damaged. Kingfishers, for example, are rarely seen now. The fish they depend on are dwindling; their food supply, largely dragonflies and leeches, are reducing; freshwater shrimps (at the bottom of the food chain) are now severely depleted. In turn, the shrimps no longer keep algae and detritus at bay. Swallows and martins have largely disappeared with the loss of insect life. What can be done to prevent this downward spiral?

The Alresford Society is taking action and invites you to a public meeting: Friends of the River Arle – and why they are needed Tuesday February 13th, 7.30pm, John Pearson Hall, New Alresford Our speakers will describe what is going on, why it matters, and how it affects both the wildlife and ourselves. They will tell us of the steps being taken to remedy matters, and invite discussion on possible uses of a £2m lottery grant received by Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust for the improvement of the Itchen and Test headwaters. The speakers: • Graham Roberts, Chairman of the Upper Itchen Initiative, formed by landowners, ecologists and local stakeholders; • Roger Harrison of Ovington Mill, Trustee of the Salmon & Trout Association and long-term ‘friend’ of the Arle; • Ali Morse of the Hampshire Wildlife Trust, the main instigator of the successful lottery bid. Local support is needed. We hope the people of Alresford will want to play a part in ensuring that the sheer beauty and varied wildlife of our precious chalk streams are protected now and in the future. The meeting is free of charge, but you will need to book with Dorothy Hamilton, Secretary of the Alresford Society at dorothy. wales1@btinternet.com or on 01962-734619.


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Clubs & Societies 65+ SENIOR CITIZENS O The Royal British Legion For more information contact: www.britishlegion.org.uk/ branches/eastleigh O Alresford Day Care Centre For more information contact: Tel: 01962 735612 O Senior Citizens Hour For more information contact: Mrs Jill Hardiman, 6 Mallard Close, Alresford.Tel: 01962 733765 O Alresford Senior Citizens Lunch Club For more information contact: Liz Garton: 01962 733125 or Elaine Secluna: 01962 733192

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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 O The Giles Group For more information call Nick Denbow on: 01962 734824 O Dog Training Classes For more information contact: Janet Gray: 01420 562869 www.janetgraydogtraining.co.uk O Learn To Play Bridge Contact: Margaret Blewett on 01962 734797 or email: bridgewisembl@gmail.com

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artin HughesGames (presenter from Springwatch/ Autumnwatch and TV producer) and Steve Leonard (TV vet and wildlife presenter) are holding “An evening with.....” to mark PDSA’s centenary year and to raise awareness of this charity’s vital work. The informal evening will feature the two presenters, who are friends and who have worked together often, sharing their experiences filming TV wildlife series. There will be a sneaky peek behind the scenes at Springwatch and a chance to meet Martin and Steve. A glass of wine and soft drinks will be available with snacks in the interval and children are particularly encouraged to attend. PDSA is the leading veterinary charity in the UK, providing 2.3 million treatments to the nation’s pets each year. Here is the perfect evening for animal/wildlife lovers and perhaps an early Mothering Sunday present for Mum! Tickets are £20 adult, £12 child and a family tickets (2 adults and 2 children) is £50. For tickets, please call PDSA on 01952 797274 or book online at

O Royal Air Forces pdsaaneveningwith.eventbrite.co.uk Association Discover for yourself why you should make For more information contact: Derek Sweetenham (Chairman) Fresh Air Fridays part ofwhy your life…. Discover forfor yourself you should make Discover yourself why you should make 01962 733559, or Brian Gabriel Fresh Air Fridays part of your life... Fresh Air Fridays part of your life…. (Secretary) 01962 734482Fresh Air Fridays gives you time to:

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Fresh AirFridays Fridays gives you Fresh Air you time to: time to: O Alresford Royal Naval Relax Stillgives your mind Learn Relax Still your mind Learn Relax Still your mind Learn Association Move your body Connect with nature Make friends Move your your body Connect with Make friends Move body Connect withnature nature Make friends For more information contact: Secretary – Mike Edwards Labelle In and aroundIn beautiful Alresford, SO24 In and and around Alresford, SO24 SO24 aroundbeautiful beautiful Alresford, drakkarcowes@aol.com HORTICULTURE O Alresford & District Horticultural Society For more information contact: Clare Read on: 01962 735172 O Ropley Horticultural Society For more more information contact Stephen Morley on 01962 733524 or Ropley.hort.soc@ btinternet.com. O Alresford Flower Club For more information contact Pearl Court: 01962 734441

OTHER CLUBS AND SOCIETIES O Alresford Rotary Club For more information visit www.alresfordrotary.co.uk or contact secretary Jon Pittam on: 01962 733903

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inter might not seem to be the best time to visit the Hampshire seaside, but my family enjoyed an exhilarating walk at Lepe Country Park earlier this year. ‘Look at these lovely shells, Mum.’ My youngest son held out a hinged pair of clam shells. ‘They’re beautiful,’ I said. ‘Why don’t you see if you can find some others?’ He liked that idea and scuttled off to probe the tidewrack for more. We passed some bollards which were used to tie the ships up as they were loaded for the Operation Overlord invasion in 1944. My oldest son jaywalked along a groyne, pointing out a tanker turning into Southampton Water on its way to the oil refinery at Fawley. During the Second World War, Fawley was used as a storage depot and bomb-proof underground pipelines distributed fuel from there to airfields throughout the south of England.Youngest son held out a palm full of shells to show his brother, who jumped down to help him add to the collection. Looking over the fence running behind the beach, I could see modern gas pipeline signs snaking through the nature reserve towards the sea.These are a clue to Fawley’s great contribution to the war effort – ensuring Operation Overlord was not stalled by fuel shortages. Petroleum tankers would have been bombed by the Luftwaffe if they had tried to dock in French ports and so the British Armed Forces and oil companies developed Pipe Lines Under The Ocean (PLUTO). American tankers unloaded the fuel at Fawley; PLUTO took it from Lepe across the Solent, on to a pumping station on the Isle of Wight, and then 70 miles across the Channel to Cherbourg; then it kept the Allied vehicles moving as they fought through Normandy. ‘Our pockets are full,’ whinged the boys. ‘Can we put some shells in yours?’ Meanwhile, Dad was having a wonderful time photographing the strange concrete tetrahedrons spaced out at intervals along the shingle.These are the remains of the winching gear bases which were used to launch Mulberry harbour components from the beach. As well as fuel, the Allies needed to unload 12,000 tonnes of stores and 2,500 vehicles every day in the weeks following the

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invasion. German Forces were expected to bomb the French ports as they retreated and so the Allies decided to construct and float a harbour the size of Dover’s across the Channel! The construction team at Lepe manufactured and launched six hollow concrete caissons, each weighing up to 6000 tonnes, which were towed to the Normandy coast then sunk to form a temporary harbour.We visited the remains of the Mulberry Harbour at Arromanches on holiday last year and checked the quality of the construction work. Concrete blocks the size of houses still stand proudly in the bay, having survived 74 years of buffeting by Channel storms - and small boys climbing all over them. The sands had shifted since our last visit to Lepe and revealed a new section of regular concrete squares, looking like pieces of chocolate, poking up through the beach.These were once hardening mats, used to help bear the weight of tanks and other vehicles being driven onto landing craft.They create irresistible, photogenic patterns in the sand. Dad took his camera out. ‘No, you can’t put those shells in my camera case.They’ll scratch the lenses,’ he said, when the boys asked. It was time to go home and so we walked back to the car park, pockets rattling.Whatever were we going to do with all those sea shells? Then we spotted a war memorial and read the plaque:

4th/7th ROYAL DRAGOON GUARDS On 3rd June 1944 the Regiment left from here to land on D-Day 5 minutes before the main assault on GOLD BEACH in Sherman amphibious Duplex Drive tanks for the campaign in NW Europe. In proud memory of our comrades and the 124 who did not return to these shores and we used the shells to write T H A N K Y O U on the sand. Lepe Country Park is open every day from 7.30am to 8pm or dusk, whichever is earlier.There are bird box, marine craft and bush craft activities planned for February half term, as well as a children’s trail. For more information, see https://www.hants.gov. uk/thingstodo/countryparks/lepe Iris Crowfoot Iris.crowfoot@gmail.com www.HamboneJunior.com


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arming and the environment must go hand-in-hand and producing quality, home-grown food is critical to the future of the country, the NFU said today. It follows the publication of the Government’s 25 year Environmental Plan. Theresa May revealed details of the long-awaited and wide-ranging 150-page strategy during a keynote speech in south-west London. Farmers manage 70% of the nation’s iconic countryside and take their environmental responsibilities seriously. 10,000 football pitches worth of flower habitat, creating homes for wildlife, have been planted while more than 30,000km of hedgerows have been planted or restored by farmers. The NFU says farming is in a unique position to deliver for the environment as long as there are productive and viable businesses – where food is at the heart. NFU Vice President Guy Smith said: “Over the past four decades, farmers have carried out a huge amount of work to encourage wildlife, as well as benefitting the landscape, soil and water and reducing their impact on the climate. “Farming also offers innovative solutions to wider environmental challenges. For instance the Government’s current concern with plastics highlighted by the BBC’s brilliant Blue Planet series could be met with substituting synthetic plastics with farm produced biodegradable starch-based packaging. “But there must be a coherent approach. British farming has a unique role in producing a safe, affordable and high quality supply of food as well as protecting, maintaining and enhancing 70% of the nation's iconic countryside. “That only remains feasible, however, as long as farmers run sustainable and viable businesses. We provide the raw materials for a domestic food industry that employs 3.8m people and which, as the UK’s largest manufacturing sector, generates £112bn in value for the UK economy. This is why we welcomed the Secretary of State’s commitment last week to create a national food policy and his recognition that food is at the heart of viable farming businesses. “It’s vital therefore that a holistic approach is taken and the environment plan must go hand-in-hand with a future food policy, where measures for protecting and enhancing the environment are joined up with policies to improve productivity and manage volatility to ensure that we have profitable, productive and progressive farm businesses post-Brexit.”

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JACKIE’S COUNTY CORNER FOR FEBRUARY

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hank you if you took part: the Winchester Movement Study consultation has closed now and Councillors are receiving the first feedback in February. After two recent major accidents on the A34 causing local chaos for many hours, one of the prime questions to Highways England has to be the resilience of the network to closures -and safety of course. As a councillor covering both Winchester and National Park areas, I am particularly interested in how the two Local Plans will dovetail. One plan that will affect us all is the M3 junction 9 upgrade, due to be complete by Autumn 2023. You can see the proposals online at www.highways.gov.uk/m3j9 or pop into Tesco at Winnall or the Tubb's Community Building in the Worthy's to pick up a paper copy. There is also an exhibition there from 2-8pm on the 16th and 104pm on the 17th. I will be holding my usual surgery in the Tubb's Hall on the 2nd February so you might like to pop in then from 9.30 until 11am. Deadline for comments is the 19th February and expected start date is June 2021. I also hold a surgery at the Community Centre in Alresford on the third Friday of the month from 9.30 to 10.45 so you could meet me there if you prefer. Are you planning to be even healthier in 2018? Walking for free with a trained leader, regular Health Walks offer the chance to chat to others if you wish, and often followed by not so healthy coffee and cake! Please contact me if you’d like more details of these or Barton Farm Meadows. Or perhaps you’d like to have a go at Walking Football or Netball at the Leisure Centre? Everyone welcome! Abbotstone Down Country Park will be having extensive tree work done this Spring or it may be delayed to the Autumn.The B3046 cuts through the iron age fort which has become hidden by vegetation and this work will reveal it. Would you like to help research the history of the site? Please contact me if you think you can help. As the County cuts bite, consultations are carried out to gauge the effect of change on residents. Late in 2017, there was a consultation on the proposal to close of Merrydale, a respite care facility for parents of disabled children. Despite 87% of responders saying they didn’t agree, as I write this, the proposal is to close the site so it can be sold. I do not want all of this year’s consultations to follow the same pattern. I am told there will be 11 opportunities for residents to put their points of view on HCC service changes in 2018. Finally- it’s Snowdrop Sunday at The Down House, Itchen Abbas SO21 1AX on the 18th February from 12 to 4pm. All welcome, with teas, a flat path and plenty of places to sit. All proceeds go to the National Garden Scheme which donates the money to major nursing charities. Please come along if you can! Cllr Jackie Porter, tel: 01962 791054, email: Jackie@jackieporter. co.uk, text; 07973 696 085 Website www.jackieporter.co.uk, twitter @JackieLibDem


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Fine Art, Antiques, Interiors & Collectables Auction - Tue 6, Wed 7th Jan - Antique & Interiors Sat 17th Feb Tel: 01962 735988 | www.andrewsmithandson.com

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New spring jewellery in stock. Leaf Necklace - £22 10 West Street, Alresford, SO24 9AT Tel: 01962 732192 | 10 West Street, Alresford

And why are they needed? Public meeting February 13th 7.30pm John Pearson Hall, New Alresford. Booking required (see page 22) Tel: 1962 734619 | dorothy.wales1@btinternet.com

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Marmite Jar with silver lid - various sizes - from £29 40A West Street, Alresford, SO24 9AU Tel: 01962 732200 | www.dbarkerandson.co.uk

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Indian handknotted illusion rugs available in a selection of sizes and colours Tel: 01962 734504 | www.handmaderugs.co.uk

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FEATURE ISSUE 136 | FEBRUARY

Jane's Kitchen A REAL WINTER WARMER WITH EASILY OBTAINABLE INGREDIENTS

Ingredients

• 4 tbsp olive oil • 4 large leeks cleaned and finely chopped • 2 green chillies – finely chopped • 3 pts beef stock • 4 medium courgettes – cubed • 6 – 8 oz chorizo sausage • 1 large can cannelloni beans • Salt and pepper to taste

Method

Heat the olive oil in a large heavy saucepan and cook the prepared leeks and chillies until just brown. Slice the sausage and add to the pan. Continue cooking until the fat runs from the sausage stirring frequently to prevent burning, then add the beans and stock then stir well and simmer for 20 minutes. 32

Finally add the courgettes and cook for a further 10-15 minutes. Garnish with chopped chives and serve with your favourite crusty bread From Jane’s Kitchen. An eclectic collection of seasonal recipes. Available from Leckford Farm Shop, Leckford and Chilbolton Village Stores Price £6.99 The Forum Magazine would like to apologise for the error in last months Jane'es Kitchen where the Mixed Fruit Marmalade recipe should not have included the last two lines on the ingredient list. ie. parsley if available or a teaspoon of dried thyme. salt and pepper ( to taste)


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Education WHY MOO MUSIC?

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djusting to life with small children can be challenging in many ways. As a new Mum, people told me how important it was to get out of the house, and I remember how difficult that could be sometimes. However I did enjoy meeting up with other Mums and their little ones, and I admit in the early days there was quite a lot of teadrinking and cake eating (shh!). This was lovely whilst our babies were very small, but after a while we were looking for ‘things to do’. That’s when we discovered Moo Music – something entirely different to any other group we had been to. Each week was a creative mix of fun, games and fabulous funky music. My little boy was always excited about going and he gained in confidence, had the chance to socialise with other children, and learnt new skills week by week. He loved the music, the instruments, the puppets and there were bubbles – all children seem to love bubbles! Fast forward a bit - my two children are now at school, and I have been bringing Moo Music to children in the Alresford area for 3 years. Over 500 local children have enjoyed Moo Music with me - at our weekly sessions, at nurseries and pre-schools and at parties and events. It is fabulous to see the children enjoying themselves, to watch them grow and develop, and to know that their parents and carers form new friendships through Moo Music. With a carefully considered balance of structure and exploratory play, Moo Music is a great chance to spend some special time with your child. It can also help them develop confidence and skills beneficial to them as they move towards starting nursery or school. Every session has something for every age group (up to 5 years) so it’s perfect if you have children of different ages and you are looking for an activity to enjoy together. The moo-sical fun continues at home too (Moo Music CDs are available), and it’s not just the children who sing along! Moo Music sessions run weekly during term-time in Alresford and Easton. To see full details of class times and booking, visit www. moo-music.co.uk/alresford; or contact Denise Rosewell on 01962 779182, denise@moo-music.co.uk. 34

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CHERITON TALKS 2018

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he well-known Cheriton talks season is about to start! The price is held at £12 for the fifth year running. Come to Cheriton church to hear fantastic speakers on a wide range of subjects. The ticket price also entitles you to a glass of wine, excellent canapés made by village people and plenty of free heat on a winter’s night. We start on Saturday February 10th with a talk by a local man, Simon Cooper, born and brought up in Beauworth, who will talk about Life of a Chalkstream. Simon is managing director of Fishing Breaks in Stockbridge and is an author of a well-known book of that name and has just published another book The Otter’s Tale This is followed on Saturday 17th February by Professor Jon Adams from Southampton University. Jon is described as the world’s leading maritime archaeologist and was involved in raising the Mary Rose. Now, some 20 years later he has been leading the fascinating Black Sea Maritime Archaeology Project researching prehistoric wrecks discovered in wonderful condition. Then, on Saturday 24th February, we welcome Andrew Adonis, recently described in the Guardian as a mild-mannered policy wonk transformed into a battling anti-Brexiteer. The former Labour transport secretary and No 10 policy chief has been steadily morphing from bookworm to kick-ass over the last 18 months, his interventions growing more trenchant, his cerebral manner increasingly matched by a taste for action. We expect him to electrify the Cheriton audience! On Saturday 3rd March, just after Chinese New Year, we meet Leo Austin, who is one of very few Englishmen who is running a large successful Chinese business. Leo moved to China in 1996 where he began selling Carlsberg along the North Korean border. He has worked his way up an almost impossible ladder for a foreigner to head China’s largest luxury spirits retail chain. Leo will talk to us about China from the inside and its likely impact on the lives of our children and grandchildren. We close the series on Saturday 10th March with our most loyal and best-loved speaker, the great Douglas Skeggs – art historian to the gentle classes. This year Douglas has chosen to talk about Claude Monet ahead of an exhibition of more than seventy of his works at the National Gallery opening in April. This spans his long career from its beginnings in the mid-1860s to the public display of his Venice paintings in 1912. Come at 6.30pm for a drink and canapés – the lectures will start at 7pm. Tickets are selling very fast! To order yours, at £12 each, send a stamped self-addressed envelope with your cheque (payable to Cheriton PCC) to: Penny Scott, Burnt Platt, Cheriton, Hampshire SO24 0PY. And see our website www.cheritontalks.com.

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Winchester City Councillor Monthly Report Parking on pavements As many will be aware, it is an offence to park on pavements and we are increasingly receiving reports of how this is creating hazards. At times it means pushchairs, wheelchairs or mobility scooters are unable to pass without going into the road. If you are business receiving deliveries, please ensure your suppliers do not park inconsiderately. As residents, please think of the safety of others who may experience danger by your actions. Community Safety – Neighbourhood Services If you experience issues around Anti-Social Behaviour, please report on 101 as well as on-line to WCC. Please also contact your Ward Councillors (as above) if issues arise at any time. WCC works in partnership with the emergency services to co-ordinate support around the District.

Central Winchester Regeneration Project The draft Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) for the Central Winchester Regeneration Area (CWR area) has been devised with public input and received a great deal of applause for the very detailed document. Closing date 12 noon 5 February 2018 http://www.winchester.gov.uk/projects/engagement-andconsultation

Looking after yourself, friends and neighbours during the winter Residents may find this link useful as the winter months are with us: https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/barometer/advice There are helpful advice sections on what to do when there is no power, icy roads (grit bins) etc.

Dementia Awareness Sessions These are being held at The Discovery Centre in Winchester on the following dates and times : February 22nd 2018 at 18:00 and at 19:00 March 24th 2018 at 11:00 and at 12:00

M3, Junction 9 Consultation The Government are currently seeking views on the proposed changes at this Junction. Please give your views and see the details here : https://www.gov.uk/government/news/major-overhaul-form3-winchester-junction The Consultation closes on 19 February.

You can contact your City Councillors as follows

Domestic Abuse WCC work in partnership with organisations supporting victims and providing guidance on how to get help. Abuse takes many forms, including psychological, physical, sexual, financial and emotional. If you or someone you know, is suffering from abuse it’s worth visiting https://www.whiteribbon.org.uk/ This organisation supports women, and also signposts men, on how to get help. Spare Change for Real Change – help the homeless Spare Change for Real Change supports Trinity and Winchester Churches Night Shelter with donations shared between the two charities, which ensure that the money is used in the best possible way to work towards supporting homeless people. Donations can be made in the 50 red house-shaped collection boxes located in bars, pubs, shops and businesses across Winchester - these are emptied and counted by volunteers.

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There is an outreach team which supports the homeless including volunteers from Trinity and Winchester City Neighbourhood Services. The team regularly visits known areas where people may be sleeping rough to encourage them to engage with support services. The City Council’s housing advice service also provides advice and assistance to anyone in need of shelter - no matter what their circumstances.

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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: 0300 555 1375 O Winchester City Council City Offices, Colebrook Street, Winchester, SO23 9LJ www.winchester.gov.uk Tel: 01962 840222 40 40

HOSPITALS

LIBRARY O Alresford Library Monday 10.00 - 1.00 (Knit and Natter 10.30 to 12pm) Tuesday 2.00 - 5.00 (Storytime 2.15 to 2.45) 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

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The most important single responsibility of Councillors, is to manage the money. We have to balance what needs to be done, against the costs that ultimately fall upon residents by means of their Council tax. On 9th January we met to agree the budget and precept for the coming financial year. This was a very good-tempered meeting; there were disagreements, and robust discussions; but the meeting was completed in less than the 2 hours required by Standing Orders. Our new Councillors thought that this was business as normal, but in previous years the meetings have gone for several hours, and sometimes several meetings, so the more longstanding Councillors were very relieved. The headline changes to the budget are as follows: A reduction of £15 k. in the cost of running the office, including staff costs. An increase of more than £46 k in refurbishing buildings owned by the Council. There is unfortunately, a backlog of maintenance work required on all buildings and to a large degree this is structural, necessary to preserve the fabric and make the buildings safe for use. The Facilities Committee will be specifying and prioritising this work over the coming months and would welcome input from residents during Pubic Participation. A very small increase in the Environment budget, despite 44

an increase in staff responsible for keeping the recreation areas, and to some degree the town at large, safe and pleasant. This recognises that the work that was previously done by County and District Councils has been impacted by the lack of resources and budget cuts caused by the reduction in financial support from National Government. The Recreation budget has been reduced by c. £5 k. reflecting the reduction in grass cutting. The extended growing season has made it very difficult to predict these costs, however, to date the committee has been able to find capacity within their overall budget to keep the recreation grounds looking reasonably spruce. There is a reduction in the Economy and Tourism budget of c. £1 k. A major discussion in this area was whether we should fund the promotion of a soft media based events promotion facility, to cover everything that happens in Alresford, crossing the divides of the voluntary, commercial and statutory sectors. This was a role undertaken for the Market Towns Manager, jointly funded by Winchester City Council and the Town Council in the last few years. This proposal was narrowly defeated but we would like to hear your views on this at the Annual Town Meeting. We also had to take into account a reduction (50%) in the annual grant the Town receives from Winchester City Council, which is usually set against the expenditure budget. The grant was

£17,735, in 2017/2018, will be £8868 in 2018/19, and will be zero in £2019/20. We are also required to maintain appropriate reserves: it is recommended by our Internal Auditors that we hold four months gross expenditure in reserve. We are holding the receipts from development in accounts set aside for major projects, and continue to accumulate funds to cover the costs of major play equipment replacements, necessary roof works, and the provision of a borehole at the allotments which will save us money in the long term. In conclusion, the annual expenditure budget has been reduced from £313,733.00 in 2017/2018 to £300,322.00 for 2018/2019. This reduction means that, the portion of your overall rate bill that is specifically for Alresford expenditure will be £10.82 per month for an average (Band D) property. The current rate for 2017/2018 is £10.42. The Council has done all it can to reduce expenditure in order to soften the impact of the substantial reduction in external grants. In the circumstances, we feel that the 42 pence per month increase demonstrates that every effort has been taken to avoid the full effect of grant reductions impacting on household budgets.

Winchester City Council Neighbourhood Services Officer – Lesley Bridger The Town has a new Neighbourhood Services Officer available to assist in a

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and privacy. Available in a choice of terracotta or green.

and privacy. Available in a choice of terracotta or green.

• ENTRANCE GATES • EQUESTRIAN BUILDINGS • OAK GARAGES • SUMMER HOUSES • SHEDS • LOG STORES • GARDEN GATES Unless stated all Gazebos come with a deck base, solid and

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back page of this brochure.

pre-prepared base is also included in the price.

pre-prepared base is also included in the price.

With all the benefits of a thatched or timber roofed Gazebo

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from Equestrian Fencing - Dreams really can come true!

from Equestrian Fencing - Dreams really can come true!

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Equestrian Fencing Services High Ridge Farm, Hospital Road, Shirrell Heath, Southampton, Hampshire, SO32 2JR

Equestrian Fencing Services High Ridge Farm, Hospital Road, Shirrell Heath, Southampton, Hampshire, SO32 2JR

Equestrian Fencing Services High Ridge Farm, Hospital Road, Shirrell Heath, Southampton, Hampshire, SO32 2JR

Equestrian Fencing Services High Ridge Farm, Hospital Road, Shirrell Heath, Southampton, Hampshire, SO32 2JR

Tel: 01329 835100 Fax 01329 835157 Email: info@equestrianfencing.com please visit www.equestrianfencing.com

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from Equestrian Fencing - Dreams really can come true!

from Equestrian Fencing - Dreams really can come true!

With all the benefits of a thatched or timber roofed Gazebo

With all the benefits of a thatched or timber roofed Gazebo

pre-prepared base is also included in the price.

pre-prepared base is also included in the price.

back page of this brochure.

balustrade infill panels. Delivery and assembly on to level back page of this brochure.

balustrade infill panels. Delivery and assembly on to level

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weather conditions there may be a chance of water

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materials. They are designed to provide a shower proof

Gazebos from carefully selected materials. They are designed to provide a shower proof timber from well managed

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New Alresford Town Trust ANNUAL REPORT - BY ROBIN ATKINS CHAIR

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The Trust ended 2017 in a strong position with 7 Trustees and can look forward to an exciting 2018. The activities of the Trust are divided amongst these Trustees. The Trust relies on volunteers and has no paid staff. At 31st December 2017 the Trust had 119 members.

2.

Old Fire Station (OFS)/ Museum The Trust re-negotiated its Lease with Artworthy Framing whereby the Trust now occupies the room behind the Red Doors, whilst Artworthy Framing continues to trade within the remainder of the building. A good solution.

The Trust is refurbishing its room as a Museum, which will house the original Horse Driven Fire Engine together with the Fire Station artefacts and accessories. The refurbishment including a glass “see through panel” will be installed by end of January. Trustee Andrew Smith has organized and supervised this contract.

Trustee Roy Gentry (i/c of Museum) will celebrate both the re-housing of the Fire Engine and the opening of the Museum. Details of these events will be announced in the New Year.

3.

Eel House (EH) The EH attracted a record 1192 visitors during 2017 making an overall running total of 7429 since it was re-opened in 2009. The Open Days were efficiently organized by Paddy Walshe Trustee Dorothy Hamilton will take over this responsibility in 2018, the dates of which are 1st April; 20th May; 15th July; 27th August and 16th September.

In the meantime discussions with both the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust have started in relation to strengthening the EH structure – and also with the Heritage Lottery re openings in the Autumn.

A board listing some 92 Donors was unveiled by Cllr Jackie Porter in November 2017, and David Woods who chairs the EH Committee was presented with an engraved Tankard.

4.

The Avenue Trustee Keith Divall working with C&D Trees and WCC Arboriculturist have completed the First Phase of essential tree work by 31st December 2017 costing some £8K. This involved the cutting down for arboricultural reasons of 2 Poplar Trees on the South side and 1 Lime Tree near Arlebury Park. Further work will continue in 2018.

The Friends of the Avenue contributed £632, whilst a NATC Grant was received of £1250 together with £1250 from Sponsorship. The Trust is very grateful for all these contributions. 5.

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October Fair Trustee John Cattle organised the October Fair with John Searle, a member of the Walls family who have run this special event since the early 1900’s. It was a great success and many people enjoyed themselves in attending this ancient tradition.

6.

Minibus Trustee Pam Stevens purchased a new Automatic Minibus seating 14 persons in April 2017 as well as having a complete refurbishment of the old Minibus, which has done 104,000 miles. Steve Brine MP unveiled the new Minibus on 29th April 2017, which was followed by refreshments at The Swan Hotel for all attendees.

Pam intends to run both Minibuses in 2018, and already has 6 bookings, including 2 weddings and other special events. The new Minibus continues to run weekly shopping excursions.

On Friday 8th December Pam arranged a special Christmas shopping trip to Hedge End M&S and Sainsbury's, followed by tea and cake at Haskins Garden Centre in West End. Two Minibuses were run for this event and everyone had an enjoyable time.

Grants and donations amounted to nearly £5,000, and this has been of great help with funding some of the increased running costs.

7. Market Trustee Pam Stevens organised a French Market, which was so successful that it has been re-booked for 31st March 2018. Please put the date in your diary and come along and sample some delicious French Food.

The Thursday Market continues to prove popular with an average of 12 regular stall holders each week, plus in the last 3 months of 2017 we had some new stall holders, including a person selling local logs (plus Christmas Trees) a representative of Usborne Books and an organic stall.

8.

Please support the Trust by becoming a member for a one-off payment of £5.00, or become a Friend of the Avenue for £25.00 per annum. You can also support the Trust by attending the Thursday Market for your flowers, veg and fruit, bread and olives, purchase any cards you may require, and then end up having a coffee at the Refreshment Bar.

If you require any further information on the Trust activities, please contact Pam Stevens on 01962 734861, or email heatherhollow@btinternet.com. Robin Atkins (Chair)


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Community ALRESFORD RUGBY CLUB

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irstly ARFC would like to welcome you all back to Rugby after two weeks of food, drink and games. That does just sound like 2 weeks of rugby matches! We went into the Christmas period with our first's putting right a poor away display against Overton earlier in the season with a convincing home win against the same opposition,28-19. We were due to play Millbrook away on our first weekend back in January, but due to a their waterlogged pitch, the match was postponed. On the 13/1/18, due to a previously rearranged venue, ARFC set sail over to the Isle of Wight to play a very strong Sandown and Shanklin side, who disappointingly, after accommodating their earlier season request to switch our fixtures, were not so generous with our request to take a slightly larger squad to fulfill a competitive fixture. The result was inevitable. Without any rugby for a couple of weeks and the firsts not playing, the support to come and watch the 2's was brilliant. They played a very decent Petersfield side going down 0 -17. The 2's first game of the New Year was home against a good Overton side, and despite one of the best first half performances from either ARFC sides this season, slipped to a narrow defeat. Please keep an eye out for February's fixtures and you support is always so welcome. As an important addition, ARFC are keen to expand our coaching team and we would welcome budding or experienced coaches who would be interested in exploring, and taking the next forward steps ,of this clubs magnificent current and past history. If interested please go to our website and contact either our current Head Coach Scott Cleeve or our Chairman John Weston.

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enise and Fiona are the local Age Concern Hampshire ‘Village Agent’ volunteers for Alresford. Their role is to help older people in their local community to find information and services such as: • • •

Getting out and about: finding transport for shopping, organised trips, medical appointments and local activities Around the Home: finding reputable trades people to help in the house and garden Money Matters: your entitlement to claim benefits grants and loans

The darker evenings in winter mean that we need to think about how best we can protect our homes from burglars. Houses can often be left in darkness during the early mornings and late afternoons when we are at work and this tells the thief that there is probably no one at home. Here’s some advice from the Blue Lamp Trust/Bobby Scheme on how best to keep your house safe and secure:• Use timer switches, available from most D.I.Y stores, to switch on lights and perhaps radios while you are away from the house to make it look and sound occupied. 56

RESULTS 1ST XV 16/12/17 13/01/18

OVERTON (H) 28 -19 WIN SANDOWN+SHANKLIN (A) 14 -73 LOSS

2ND XV 16/12/17

PETERSFIELD (A) 0 - 17 LOSS

FEBRUARY FIXTURES (ALL KICK OFF'S 2.30PM) PLEASE CHECK WEBSITE FOR LATEST UPDATES 1ST XV 03/02/18 FORDINGBRIDGE (H) 10/02/18 MILLBROOK (A) 17/02/18 ELLINGHAM+RINGWOOD (A) 2ND XV 03/02/18 17/02/18

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alresfordrfc.weebly.com • Ensure you shut and lock windows and doors when you return home and settle down for the evening. • Ensure you have used padlocks on the side gates to deny access to the rear of your property. • Ensure your outside lighting is in working order and consider low level ambient light on a dusk to dawn sensor. This will activate even when you are not at home. • Put your garden tools and garden equipment in a locked and alarmed shed or garage for the winter so that they cannot be used to gain entry to your home. • Mark your property with your house number and postcode, and keep a list of any makes, models and serial numbers. Take photos of jewellery. Register your items for free at www.immobilise.com. Using this service will help the police in returning your property to you should it be stolen. This is a good time to address your security, fit extra door and window locks. If you are feeling vulnerable or are elderly, ask for a free home safety and security survey by the Blue Lamp Trust/Bobby Scheme or call 0300 777 0157 for an appointment. Alternatively you can call Denise or Fiona on 07969 376023 if you’d like any more information on the Blue Lamps Trust/ Bobby Scheme or if they are unavailable call Age Concern Hampshire on 0800 328 7154 or email villageagent@ageconcernhampshire.org.uk


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