Page 1

Itchen Valley

FORUM Hampshire Mum (page 8) Halloween Feature (page 38) New Alresford Fair 2016 (page 44) What do you think? (page 60) Visit our NEW website at: www.forumpublications.co.uk OCTOBER 2016 • ISSUE 120 • WWW.FORUMPUBLICATIONS.CO.UK • NOW REACHING 16,800 READERS *

OLD ALRESFORD CANDOVER

BIGHTON

GUNDLETON

ITCHEN ABBAS & STOKE

TICHBORNE

MARTYR WORTHY

ROPLEY & ROPLEY DEAN BRAMDEAN

AVINGTON

BISHOP’S SUTTON EASTON

CHERITON & NEW CHERITON

HINTON AMPNER

BEAUWORTH

NORTHINGTON FOUR MARKS

PRESTON

1

MEDSTEAD


Your friendly garage with a personal touch Quality Service & Repairs

Your vehicle will be looked after by qualified technicians with many years of experience. Receive a dealership level service at local garage prices.

MOT centre

Receive complete attention to detail and thorough safety checks in our MOT centre.

Child friendly customer waiting area

Stay warm, dry and keep the children entertained in our relaxing waiting area. Coffee and tea making facilities available and clean toilets with child changing area.

Free local collection & delivery service

Don’t fret about getting the car to us if things go wrong. Just give us a call and let us make the arrangements for your car repair stress free. (vehicle recovery is chargeable unless covered by your insurance policy).

While you wait service

We are more than happy to have you wait for your car. Take advantage of our warm, dry and clean customer waiting area.

Tyres & Exhausts

Extremely competitive prices on all exhausts. Tyres supplied direct from the leading suppliers. Order Online. Why travel and join a queue when you can simply pay us a visit. We are also an award winning GT radial dealer.

Free courtesy car (by appointment)

Don’t let your breakdown or service cause problems. Take full advantage of one of our clean and reliable automatic or manual courtesy cars.

Computer 4-wheel alignment Check

We have recently invested in one of the latest computer Wheel- Alignment systems where we can carry out full alignment checks and adjustments, increasing the life of your tyres and improving your driving experience!

Mention this advert to get £10 off your next MOT

Call today: 01962 736343 www.phoenixautoservicesltd.co.uk Free local collection and delivery service

PHOENIX AUTO SERVICES LTD, PROSPECT ROAD, ALRESFORD, SO24 9QF


Editor - Mark Tubb Tel: 01962 735137 editor@forupublications.co.uk Sub Editor - Emma Sumpster Tel: 07450 575284 emma@forumpublications.co.uk Advertising Director - Steve Walker Tel: 01962 735137 stevewalker@forumpublications.co.uk Advertising Manager - Mandy Head Tel: 01962 735137 mandyhead@forumpublications.co.uk Design Manager - Mark Tubb Tel: 01962 735137 editor@forumpublications.co.uk Senior Designer - James Curtis Advertising & Creative Design james@forumpublications.co.uk Copy Writer - Gill Grant gill@forumpublications.co.uk Accounts accounts@forumpublications.co.uk

FORUM PUBLICATIONS LTD 11 BROAD STREET ALRESFORD HAMPSHIRE SO24 9JA TEL: 01962 735137

NOVEMBER COPY DEADLINE OCTOBER 17TH

Welcome

WELCOME ISSU E 1 20 | OCTOB E R

TH E TE AM

As we head into the Autumn Season we look forward to our traditional festivities like Halloween and Guy Fawkes night. Our towns and villages have a whole host of events taking place, see our Halloween feature on page 38. We also have a great deal other news and features for our readers to enjoy. At the Forum we always try to evoke the season that is upon us. We can make the Forum even more interesting with feedback and articles sent by our readers, so keep your emails coming! We do all that we can to include your copy, we like to be seen as a voice for the community. If you'd like to discover what is happening in other parts of Hampshire The Forum also produces Meon Valley and Test Valley editions, copies of which can be found in Caracoli and Longbarn in Alresford. We hope you enjoy this issue!

EDITOR MARK TUBB

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, 2016 * Readership figures calculated on an average national statistic of 2.5 readers per household

3


make your kitchen a happy kitchen by changing the doors, worktops and accessories

Itchen Valley Forum readers save 20% during October


Community

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

12, 14, 22, 24, 26, 28, 32, 44, 46, 50, 58, 62, 64, 66

07

Property

08

Features

20, 30, 38, 60

10 14 16

08

Buying, selling, letting? Find local estate agents and property management services

Hampshire Mum, What do you think? Claire Thurlow and so much more

Garden

25 34

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

Motoring

Local services to keep your vehicles running smoothly

Wellbeing

Looking after your health and yourself!

F OR U M I SSU E 1 20 | OCTOB E R

06

Inside

Professional

From photographers to solicitors - every professional service you need

Retail/ Market Square

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

36 38

40

Food & Drink

44

Education

47

Home

48

Culture

Animals

From Canine to Equine all your animal needs

Leisure

Discover local events and days out in Hampshire

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

Find local schools and educational experts

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

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

30 20 5


COMMU N IT Y ISSU E 1 20 | OCTOB E R

Church Services St. John the Baptist

St.Peter's

NEW ALRESFORD

OVINGTON

SUNDAY 2 OCTOBER 08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 Benefice Eucharist 18.00 Powerhouse - a service by and for young people SUNDAY 9 OCTOBER 08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 Second Sunday Family friendly service 18.00 Choral Evensong SUNDAY 16 OCTOBER 08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 Sung Eucharist 18.00 Sunday at six SUNDAY 23 OCTOBER 08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 Sung Eucharist 17.00 Benefice Taize Service SUNDAY 30 OCTOBER 08.00 All Saints Day Holy Communion Parish Office: 01962 733545 stjohnsalresford.org.uk

SUNDAY 2 OCTOBER 10.00 First Sunday SUNDAY 9 OCTOBER 10.00 Parish Communion SUNDAY 16 OCTOBER 10.00 Parish Communion SUNDAY 23 OCTOBER 10.00 Fourth Sunday

St. Mary's

OLD ALRESFORD

SUNDAY 2 OCTOBER No Service SUNDAY 9 OCTOBER 11.00 Family Harvest Festival (with hymns and no communion) SUNDAY 16 OCTOBER 09.30 Parish Communion (with hymns) SUNDAY 23 OCTOBER No morning service 17.00 Benefice Taize Service SUNDAY 30 OCTOBER 09.30 Benefice Communion with Hymns THURSDAYS 09.00 Holy Communion Old Alresford Place

Methodist Church NEW ALRESFORD

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

New Farm Chapel ALRESFORD

SUNDAY SERVICES

6

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 SATURDAYS 10.00 (2nd in each month) Prayer Time

All Saints

BIGHTON

SUNDAY 2 OCTOBER 11.00 First Sunday SUNDAY 9 OCTOBER 11.00 Holy Communion

Upper Itchen Benefice SUNDAY 2 OCTOBER 09.00 Bramdean Holy Communion 10.15 Cheriton All Age Communion 17.00 West Tisted Harvest Festival SUNDAY 9 OCTOBER 09.30 Cheriton Harvest Festival 09.30 Bramdean Holy Communion 11.00 Kilmeston Harvest Festival 11.00 Tichborne Harvest Festival SUNDAY 16 OCTOBER 08.30 Beauworth Holy Communion 09.30 Cheriton Holy Communion 11.00 Hinton Ampner Harvest Festival SUNDAY 23 OCTOBER 09.30 Cheriton Holy Communion

11.00 Kilmeston Holy Communion 11.00 Bramdean Harvest Festival 18.00 Tichborne Evensong SUNDAY 30 OCTOBER 09.30 Hinton Ampner Benefice Holy Communion Midday Prayers every week Monday-Avington,TuesdayItchen Abbas,Wednesday- Martyr Worthy,Thursday- Easton

St.Gregory's

NEW ALRESFORD EVERY SUNDAY 11.00 Mass All other enquiries: 01962 852 804

Itchen Valley Benefice SUNDAY 2 OCTOBER 08.00 Avington Holy Communion 10.00 Easton Harvest All Age Service 11.00 Avington Harvest Matins 18.00 Itchen Abbas Healing and Wholeness SUNDAY 9 OCTOBER 08.00 Easton Holy Communion 10.00 Itchen Abbas Harvest Parish Communion and Lunch 18.00 Martyr Worthy Harvest Evensong SUNDAY 16 OCTOBER 08.00 Martyr Worthy Holy Communion 10.00 Easton Parish Communion 18.00 Avington Evensong SUNDAY 23 OCTOBER 08.00 Itchen Abbas Holy Communion 10.00 Martyr Worthy Parish Communion 18.00 Easton Friends Service SUNDAY 30 OCTOBER 08.00 Martyr Worthy Holy Communion 08.00 Avington Parish Communion


ALRESFORD

t: 01962 734633 www.chartersestateagents.co.uk


FEATURE ISSUE 120 | OCTOBER

HampshireMum Two slices of cake I t’s not every day you have an epiphany in beach tent, but if you’re going to have one I suggest that there are few places better than a sunny Cornish beach, sheltering from the seagulls, pasty in hand.

Ah Cornwall, what is it about that county? I’ve lived there and know most of the pitfalls of Cornish life for the ‘up country emit’. Yet The Husband and I are drawn back time after time and Stars I and II love it. I have a file entitled ‘Cornish Dreams’ on my desktop and troll through endless details of houses for sale, and when no one’s home I play my CD ‘Sounds of the Cornish Coast’, crashing waves gusting wind and screeching gulls. An acquired taste I grant you, but it’s good to dream… While in North Cornwall last time, I had decided that Star I and II required a bit of culture in between bouts of surfing so we set off for the glorious cliff top amphitheatre that is the Minack Theatre. Now one of the things I had conveniently forgotten about that part of the world is navigating the labyrinth of lanes that twist this way and that, lined with lush green and wild flowers that hide unforgiving granite walls.The shortest journey can seem like an eternity, there was silence from the back seat as The Husband swung us around hairpin bends, “ This is great! I’d forgotten about the roads!” I’d never felt so nauseous…. but oh-so worth it to be seated at the Minack gazing out at the sunset.Yet that journey brought back memories of living in coastal Cornwall and forgetting to buy milk- a ‘short’ trip to the shop…I may be some time. So back in the beach tent clutching my crust, I realised what I’m about is the best bits.Yes, what I would like is the perfect cottage, beach, scenery and art preferably in one place! And there on that

8

day was exactly what we had plus a pasty! But then on holiday, if you’re fortunate, that’s what you get, the best bits, the fantasy and of course the memories. At that point Star I arrived with ice cream and lattes, (more best bits), and a thought occurred to me.What if we lived here and found our Market Town home on a holiday in Hampshire? Hampshire with its rolling hills, ancient cart tracks, beech woods, crystal clear chalk streams and rivers where trout jump on cool summers evenings.Thatched villages concealing country pubs, Georgian streets, a Cathedral City and a history rich in Saxon Kings, maritime glory and ancient myth. Not forgetting the profusion of arts and pride in traditional fare. Of course, like Cornwall, it has its bad bits – over development, the rude arrogance of new money and parking to name a few and there is no doubt that Hampshire has its social problems the same as anywhere. But if we found our Market Town on holiday we probably wouldn’t want to leave.The truth of it is that we live in a best bit; I have all I want in a place that is in my soul. If I moved to Cornwall I know I would dream of the best bits of Hampshire because that’s what I did when I lived in a coastal cottage. I worried about my epiphany, only wanting the best bits means I spend most of my life with my head in the sand but I guess that’s preferable to many I can think of who have theirs somewhere entirely different! Well yes, you’re right I want my cake and eat it too but with a huge dollop of clotted cream. Sandra Pagan


All about Alresford Sales, Sales, Lettings Lettings and and Property Property Management Management || Call Call 01962 01962 736333 736333 for for aa free free market market appraisal appraisal

ALRESFORD ALRESFORD OLD ALRESFORD Guide GuidePrice: Price:£197,500 £197,500||EPC EPCRating: Rating:D D Guide Price: £299,950 | EPC Rating: E

ALRESFORD ALRESFORD ALRESFORD Guide Guide Price: Price:£280,000 £345,000 £345,000|||EPC EPC Rating: D DC Guide Price: EPCRating: Rating:

ALRESFORD ALRESFORD ALRESFORD Guide Guide Price: Price: £365,000 £365,000|||EPC EPCRating: Rating:BBD Guide Price: £425,000 EPC Rating:

ALRESFORD ALRESFORD ALRESFORD Guide GuidePrice: Price:£470,000 £470,000||EPC EPCRating: Rating:D D Guide Price: £675,000 | EPC Rating: D

WEST WEST STRATTON STRATTON SWARRATON Guide Guide Price: Price:£695,000 £645,000 £645,000|||EPC EPCRating: Rating: Guide Price: EPC Rating:FFD

MARTYR MARTYR WORTHY WORTHY ROPLEY Guide GuidePrice: Price: Price:£1,400,000 £1,400,000 EPCRating: Rating: TBA Guide £450,000 |||EPC EPC Rating:TBA F

ALRESFORD ALRESFORD CHERITON Guide GuidePrice: Price:£1,250,000 £1,250,000 ||EPC EPCRating: Rating:C C

PRESTON PRESTONCANDOVER CANDOVER ALRESFORD Guide GuidePrice: Price:£399,950 £399,950||EPC EPCRating: Rating:D D

ALRESFORD ALRESFORD BISHOP'S SUTTON Guide GuidePrice: Price:£675,000 £675,000||EPC EPCRating: Rating:D D

Guide Price: £725,000 | EPC Rating: D

To Let: £1,250pcm | EPC Rating: D

Guide Price: £1,095,000 | EPC Rating: E

11 11 Broad Broad Street, Street, Alresford Alresford SO24 SO24 9AR 9AR || alresford@hellards.co.uk alresford@hellards.co.uk || www.hellards.co.uk www.hellards.co.uk


P R OP ER T Y

1

Church Street Farm Cottages, Ropley

G A R DEN ISSU E 1 20 | OCTOBE R

ALRESFORD Guide Price: £470,000 | EPC Rating: D

WEST STRATTON Guide Price: £645,000 | EPC Rating: F

SO LD

MARTYR WORTHY Guide Price: £1,400,000 | EPC Rating: TBA

Three beautiful village homes built to a high specification by Friday Street Developments of Odiham - Prices from £595,000

Professional Services

yCorner ALRESFORD Guide Price: £1,250,000 | EPC Rating: C

PRESTON CANDOVER Guide Price: £399,950 | EPC Rating: D

ALRESFORD Guide Price: £675,000 | EPC Rating: D

 

OFFICE

FACTOTUM book keeping, secretarial

&

£

office skills

Tel: 01962 736333

ACCOUNTS • CREDIT CONTROL • TYPING LETTERS/QUOTES • OFFICE BACK-UP • URGENT DOCUMENTS

Tel: 01962 734903 email: off.factotum@live.co.uk

11 Broad Street, Alresford SO24 9AR | alresford@hellards.co.uk | www.hellards.co.uk

OFFICE SUITES TO LET

INCLUSIVE RENTAL, FLEXIBLE TERMS On-site parking, close to Alresford Town Centre. Suites from 146sq ft. Huxley Court, The Dean

01962 733222

ADVERTISE WITH US! up to 14,900 readers and reach TENNIS LESSONS AVAILABLE IN in Alresford & The Itchen Valley ALRESFORD & ROPLEY A great way to keep fit and meet new people. Established for over 12 Eighth page placements: £51 years in Alresford, we have a dedicated enthusiastic team of coaches Quarter page placements: £88 who aim to deliver fun & friendly sessions for juniors & adults, all abilities welcome. Private lessons available. We are holding Easter Half page placements: £166 Tennis Camps, please get in touch for more information.

Discountsabout are available oncourt 3, 6 and andjoin 12 in the fun, For more information how to get on monthDonna bookings. For more information please contact - administrator@donperrintennis.co.uk. Tel: stevewalker@forumpublications.co.uk 07928 855175 www.donperrintennis.co.uk email:

10


Rats, Mice, Moles, Squirrels, Cockroaches, Rabbits, Pigeons, Bird-Proofing, Mole Trapping Specialist

Call Peter Chivers on: 01256 389124 or Mobile: 07803 096642

BPCA MEMBER - FULLY INSURED 9 STENBURY DRIVE, PRESTON CANDOVER, BASINGSTOKE

G A R DEN I SSU E 1 20 | OCTOB E R

FOR ALL YOUR PEST CONTROL NEEDS:

ALL AREAS COVERED

ALL AREAS COVERED

PETER CHIVERS PCS

SPECIALISTS IN STUMP GRINDING, TREE WORK & THE SUPPLY OF LOGS All types of countryside contracting undertaken • Mobile Bandsawing Service • Brushwood Chipper Hire • Concreting • Hedge Cutting • Fencing

PETER PAYNE 01962 733866 or 07778 170442

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

DON'T GET STUNG THIS SUMMER Fixed price wasp and hornet treatments for only £40.00

RATS, MICE, MOLES, RABBITS, SQUIRRELS Fully insured - Discreet service assured at all times

T: 07778 141505

1 Kiln Lane, Old Alresford, SO24 9DU E: traditionalpestcontrol@gmail.com www.traditionalpestcontrol.co.uk

Please visit our website for all the latest news, information, second-hand machines for sale; and special offers in the showroom

WINNER

Garden Machinery Dealer of the Year 2014

Complete Garden Construction Professional Garden Design & Construction

Laceys Farm, Bramdean Alresford, Hampshire, SO24 0JT

TEL: 01962 771800 steve.cann@btconnect.com www.georgecanngardenmachinery.co.uk

LANDSCAPING & BRICKWORK SERVICES • GARDEN MAKEOVERS • PATIOS & DRIVEWAYS TURFING & FENCING • FLINTWORK • GARDEN MAINTENANCE (LAWNS , HEDGES ETC ) AND GARDEN CLEARANCE ALL WORK UNDERTAKEN BY EXPERIENCED LOCAL TRADESMEN LOCAL SHOW GARDENS & REFERENCES AVAILABLE

OFFICE: 01962 735750 MOBILE: 07766 900092

geoff_amey@btinternet.com www.completegardenconstruction.co.uk

11


G A R DEN COMMU N IT Y ISSU E 1 20 | OCTOBE R

Garden

CHRIS NUTT’S GARDENING COLUMN

options but here are some ideas to consider: Winter beddings plants: for some flowering interest add Cyclamen, winter flowering pansy, viola, primula and polyanthus which all flower during mild weather. Evergreen shrubs: These make a good focal point in the container as they retain their leaves and provide structure in the display, snowberry (Gaultheria), Skimmia, Hebe, Euonymus, box (Buxus), bay (Laurus nobilis) and Pittosporum are all good options. Bulbs: These can be added during the planting process to extend the interest, Narcissus, Muscari, Tulipa and Iris will all add colour in the Spring. Other plants to consider are Heuchera which have evergreen or semi-evergreen foliage in a range of colours from green too plum, and ornamental grasses such as Carex which will create movement and a contrast of texture.

W

ith temperatures cooling rapidly pots and hanging baskets planted for the summer are now looking past their best and it is time to either put plants such as fuchsias and geraniums into the greenhouse for the winter or consign them to the compost bin. This creates an opportunity to refill the containers with plants and bulbs for a winter display that will last until next year. Start by refreshing the compost in the container, the old compost can be used as a mulch to protect less hardy perennials (see below), but will be exhausted of nutrients. The next step is to choose the plants for the new display there are many

Jobs for the month: • Cut back herbaceous perennials as they finish flowering. Plants such as Penstemons and Verbena are less hardy and should be cut back by about a third now leaving some foliage for winter protection. Trim them down to the base in late April or early May, this will ensure that any new shoots are protected from frost. • Plant bulbs such as Narcissus, Crocus and Alliums now but wait until November to plants Tulips. • Lift summer flowering tubers and rhizomes such as dahlias and cannas. Clean the plant removing all foliage and as much soil as possible. Store them in dry compost over winter in a frost free shed or greenhouse. • Prune climbing roses, and in exposed positions prune back any whippy growth on shrub roses by one third to prevent damage from wind-rock. • Plant garlic cloves, break the bulbs into individual cloves and plant 2.5 – 5cm deep in soil enriched with garden compost. Chris Nutt: Garden Designer To contact Chris for advice call: 07765 692396 or email chris.nutt2@btinternet.com

Community T PURCHASE OF NEW COMMUNITY MINIBUS he Town Trust took over the management and running of a Minibus, a converted Ford Transit van, in August 1970, and now some 46 years later it has placed an order for a new Mercedes Sprinter at a cost of nearly £60,000. The minibus which is purpose built will be delivered to the Town Trust in March 2017. The Mercedes has 14 passenger seats, but can take up to 2 wheelchairs, has a 7 speed automatic gearbox, a special pen area for shopping, trolleys and folding walkers, as well as top quality air conditioning system. Pam Stevens (Minibus Trustee) together with a driver’s committee led by Bernard Simmons, an experienced regular driver for the Trust, have seen and tested 5 Minibus alternatives and have concluded that the Mercedes Sprinter is the best compromise. This minibus is a mid floor level model and is most suitable for the rural conditions. The current minibus is driven by an all volunteer force of 30 drivers who give their time freely. The minibus covers over 12,000 miles per year and undertakes 600+ journeys. 12

If you have a couple of hours spare each week/month perhaps you would like to join the band of volunteer drivers and become part of the Community Minibus. Alternatively, you may be finding it difficult to get your shopping, we do various shopping trips to Alton Sainsburys, Tesco at Winnall, Winchester Town Centre, every Friday morning into Alresford and on the 2nd and 4th Saturday morning to Petersfield. The Trust is very grateful to the many donors in particular Winchester City Council, Old Alresford Parish Council, Andrew Smith & Son and Richard Steel (Funeral Directors), as well as the many private donors. The Alresford Pigs and Rotary also organise and run 15 leisure trips during the summer months. In conclusion, the Alresford Minibus is a very important service for all residents who need transport for their shopping and leisure activities. Pam Stevens and her drivers are an integral part of making the Alresford minibus work for the Community. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer driver, or wish to use the minibus for any of the shopping trips, please telephone Pam Stevens on (01962) 734861 or email: heatherhollow@btinternet.com.


Supply and planting large specimen trees and shrubs Espalier, pleached and instant impact hedges

Tel: 01962 771 479 Mob: 07879 651 065

www.geminilandscapes.com

G A R DEN I SSU E 1 20 | OCTOB E R

Design & Construction Driveways Paths Patios Water Features Pergolas Fencing Decking

All trees and shrubs carefully selected Design, landscaping and on going maintenance Free site visit and consultation Bosque is a trading name of Just Limegrass Ltd.

Contact us today! Harko: 07710502798

Tom: 07855656984

www.bosqueinternational.co.uk

C&D Trees All Tree & Hedge Care

Sparsholt college trained & qualified Free advice & written quotations 15 years experience

www.cdtrees.co.uk

Telephone - 01962 738 420 - 07900 987 609 Bishops Sutton, Alresford

Chris Matthews Tree Care and Woodland Management

• Tree surgery / TPO applications • Hedge maintenance • Fencing / Garden structures • Woodland management / tree planting Qualified in arboriculture and countrsyide management. 15 years experience

Tel: 01962 732498 Mob: 07879 448141

ROPLEY TREES PROFESSIONAL TREE CARE SINCE 1987, SPARSHOLT TRAINED FULLY QUALIFIED AND INSURED CALL LYNDN GAUNTLETT:

TEL 01962 791180 13


COMMU N IT Y MOTOR IN G ISSU E 1 20 | OCTOBE R

Community ALRESFORD VOLUNTARY CARE GROUP

North Motor Company, Holden Farm Cheriton, Alresford, Hants SO24 ONX

he Alresford Voluntary Care Group (AVCG) was set up some 45 years ago to help local people get to their hospital, GP and other medical appointments, in particular for those who are elderly, infirm or just not able to drive. The group provides a valuable service to the local community currently carrying out some 900 journeys each year over half of which are to Alresford Surgery, with most of the remainder to the hospitals in Winchester, Southampton and Basingstoke. Most appointments are scheduled between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.

www.northmotor.co.uk info@northmotor.co.uk

T

Volunteer drivers use their own cars, transporting people from their homes to their appointments, and where necessary, helping them to the appropriate department at the hospital or surgery. Drivers receive a hospital parking permit and a payment to cover their fuel costs, plus, of course, the satisfaction of knowing that they are providing a valuable community service and helping people less able than themselves. The ‘clients’ themselves make a donation towards the cost of fuel. The AVCG operates a ‘pool’ of drivers that can be asked to provide transport by one of the telephone coordinators; these are the volunteers that customers speak to when they need to arrange transport to the surgery or hospital. With the gradual reduction in home visits by GPs, and the cutting back of hospital transport services, the number of requested journeys continues to grow, possibly by as much as 20% this year alone. As a result, the AVCG urgently needs to recruit new drivers, so if you have a couple of hours to spare each month, and would like to help your local community, please contact 01962 734408 or 732695, or email david@casapequena.net to find out more about this worthwhile voluntary work.

MAYOR OF WINCHESTER'S

T

CHARITIES CONCERT he mayor's charities represent a wide mix of local and national organisations, which all do wonderful work in their chosen fields. The charities can be supported by attending and donating to the varied events that have been organised. For more information visit: www. mayorofwinchesterscharities.co.uk. We hope everyone will enjoy the different events, which range from a Teddy Bears’ picnic in Abbey Gardens to concerts, dinners, a 90 mile sponsored bike ride, and the annual quiz night. The Mayor of Winchester's Charities Concert featuring the fantastic talents of internationally renowned organist Thomas Trotter and pianist Roger Owens. To include Gershwin's

14

No r t h Mo to r Company

Over 30 years experience • Service • Repairs • On site MOTs All makes of car catered for Full Saab, Subaru diagnostics Free collection, delivery and courtesy car (when available)

Independent Specialists Supply and fit tyres, batteries, exhausts for all makes and models Telephone Gary or Andy on

01962 771331 01962 771881

ALRESFORD MOTOR SERVICES LTD MOT TEST CENTRE

• • • • •

Welding specialists Tyres for cars and motorcycles 4 wheel laser alignment LPG for sale for cars Recovery services

• Free collection • Diagnostic testing (including Landrover) • Courtesy cars • Certificated engineers

MOT TEST CENTRE FOR: Cars, motorcycles and vans up to 3,000kg. All makes serviced and repaired.

Class 4 MOT's

Class 1 & 2 Motorcycles

MOT's WHILE YOU WAIT UNIT 5, SHELF HOUSE, NEW FARM ROAD, ALRESFORD, SO24 9QE

Tel: 01962 733888 e:mike1ams1@aol.com Rhapsody in Blue, Addinsell's Warsaw Concerto and other virtuosic show pieces. The concert will take place on Saturday 15th October at 7.30pm in St John's Church, Alresford. Bar open from 6.30pm. Tickets: Adults £15, Students £10 from Winchester Tourist Information Centre, Six West, Alresford and online at www.mayorofwtnchesterscharities.co.uk. Charities - Music for All, Home Start, Street Reach, Combat Street and Winchester Youth Counselling.


WILCAN MOTOR COMPANY LTD

Servicing, MOT, Tyres & Bodywork Repairs

FREE Local collection and courtesy cars (T&C's apply) Free Safety Checks

Please ring our friendly team on: 01962 736186 andy.wilcan@live.co.uk www.wilcan.co.uk

Andrews Autosource

Quality Used Cars, Carefully Selected Approved by trading standards

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

AVAILABLE FOR:

PRESTIGE CARS OF ALRESFORD TEL: 01962 865602 MOBILE: 07752 570787 OR VISIT

PRIVATE HIRE AIRPORT TRANSFERS OTHER JOURNEYS

WWW.PRESTIGECARSALRESFORD.CO.UK

ID VALETING BESPOKE SERVICE ALRESFORD PROFESSIONAL VALETING GET THAT NEW CAR FEELING BY BOOKING A FULL VALET

OPENING TIMES

Mon - Fri: 7.30am - 5.00pm APPOINTMENTS CAN BE BOOKED IN ADVANCE All weather facility, dry and warm waiting area ID VALETING, UNIT 4, SHELF HOUSE INDUSTRIAL NEW FARM ROAD, ALRESFORD, SO24 9QE TEL: 07967 730584 idt45@btinternet.com

CARS LIKE THE ONES WE SELL, CASH PAID. THE FOLLOWING CARS HAVE BEEN CAREFULLY SELECTED BECAUSE OF THEIR LOW MILEAGE, EXCELLENT CONDITION AND SERVICE HISTORY.

2014 2013 2013 2013 2012 2013 2009 2013 2012 2005

(14) Skoda Yeti 2.0 TDi CR SE 1 owner, only 12,000 miles (13) Citroen C4 Picasso 1.6 HDi 110 1 owner, only 16,000 miles (13) Fiat Panda 4 wheel drive Twin Air. 1 owner, 8,600 miles (13) Suzuki SX4 1.6 1 owner, only 10,000 miles (62) Kia Picanto 2 Automatic 1.2 2 owners, only 13,000 miles (13) Smart Four Two, Pulse only 6,000 miles, Free road tax (09) Toyota Yaris TR 1.3 5 door. 2 owners, only 34,000 miles (13) Peugeot 107 Active Automatic 2 owners, only 3,000 miles (62) Citroen C1 VTR, 1 owner, only 20,000 miles Free road tax. (55) BMW 120 D SE 1 owners p/x bargain

MOTOR IN G I SSU E 1 20 | OCTOB E R

Repairs Servicing M.O.T

£12995 £8995 SOLD £7995 £6695 SOLD £4795 SOLD £4695 £3995

CLASSIC CARS 1996 (P) Ford Escort 1.8 Ghia Cabriolet, only 35,000 miles, 1 owner since 1998, every Mot, Full s/ history, immaculate cond. £3995 1994 Rover Mini Tahiti Special, Automatic 1 lady owner, full service history, Beautiful condition, only 57,000 miles £5995

VIEW OUR CURRENT STOCK AT www.andrews-autosource.co.uk/vehicle-stock

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL CARS HAVE SERVICE HISTORY TAYLORS GARAGE, HIGH STREET, DROXFORD, SO32 3QL

TEL: 01489 878 879 EVENING TEL: 01962 732995

15


WELLBEIN G I SSU E 1 20 | OCTOB E R

Wellbeing

ALRESFORD KARATE CLUB

ALRESFORD SURGERY NEWS

invited to attend our walk-in clinics on Tues 4th October and Wed 12th October 1- 2.30 We will be holding the following walk-in flu clinics at community venues; Preston Candover village hall Tuesday 4th October 9.30-10.30 Makins Court Tuesday 10th October 9.30-10.30 Ellingham Place Tuesday 10th October 11.00-12.00 Keeping us updated Please ensure that you update us with any contact detail changes.You can complete a slip at Reception for updating your contact details.

Once our walk-in clinics are complete we will offer bookable appointments for flu jabs and these will be available to book from the beginning of October.

Better Health and Travel Clinic availability on a Saturday morning We will now be offering a limited number of better health and travel clinic appointments on a Saturday morning with one of our Practice Nurses.These appointments are bookable in the usual way by phoning the surgery or in person.

Eligible children will receive an invitation to attend for a nasal flu vaccination in late September or early October.

Flu Clinics Our flu vaccination programme is now well underway for 2016. Eligible patients are

Dispensary closure for staff training: On Friday 21st October & 29th October the Dispensary will be closed for staff training 11.30-1.30pm. Apologies for any inconvenience caused. The Alresford Surgery - Station Road, Alresford, SO24 9JL - Tel: 01962 732345

ARE YOU LIVING WITH PAIN? HEALTH FOCUS TALK - MANAGING PAIN

H

aving run Alresford SU HA RI Karate School in Alresford Community Centre for 25 years Senseis Cass and Tony Whelan have decided it's now time to hang up their Gis. We have many amazing and proud memories. We would like to thank all students and families for their support and hard work and the people of Alresford who supported us over the years. We hope that these students will continue training in Wado Ryu Karate and details of other SU HA RI Clubs in our area can be found at www.su-ha-ri.co.uk or by telephoning Sensei Jon Wicks on 01252 326498.

and “I will recommend future talks to all my friends and family.” Health Focus talks are an opportunity for patients and the public to hear expert consultants talk about their specialist area of health, meet the trust’s management team and to ask questions. Everyone in the community can become members of Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and have a say in how the trust is run, by filling in a simple form on the website www.hampshirehospitals.nhs.uk or by picking up a leaflet at one of the trust’s three hospitals in Basingstoke,Winchester or Andover.You can also come along to the talk and sign up on the day.

T

he talk will be taking place on Tuesday 11 October at Beech Hurst, Weyhill Road, Andover, SP10 3AJ. Talk starts at 6.30pm (refreshments from 6pm) Are you living with pain? Or are you interested in hearing more about managing pain?

16

Hampshire Hospitals is offering a free Health Focus talk that is open to everyone interested in hearing from leading consultant in Pain Management, Dr Dominic Aldington. The trust’s previous Heath Focus talks have received excellent feedback with comments such as: “Brilliant, informative and fascinating”

For more information: 01256 852615 hampshire.hospitals@hhft.nhs.uk or visit www.hampshirehospitals.nhs.uk If you would like to find out more about becoming a member of HHFT, or information about future meetings, see the website www. hampshirehospitals.nhs.uk/membership


With over 24 years on the rolling road we can solve all your problems up to 400 b.h.p

Is your classic car green enough? Did you know that your classic car is likely to be causing considerable harm to the environment?

MOTOR IN G I SSU E 1 20 | OCTOB E R

A

irey Tuning Co.

At Airey Tuning, we not only increase the power of your car, but we also considerably improve economy with a huge benefit to the environment.

Tel: 01962 771845 www.aireytuning.com

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

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

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

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

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

CERTIFICATED ENGINEERS • RECOVERY AVAILABLE •

17


ADVERTORIAL ISSUE 120 | OC TOBER

A Day in the Life of a Carer Abigail’s Story

W

orking as a carer can be exceptionally fun, satisfying and rewarding but can also be quite a challenging and demanding job. I began working for Absolute as a live-in carer for an elderly couple. I found this very enjoyable and the couple kind of became like my grandparents but I soon felt the relationship was getting too deep so I chose to change my role. I then went on to do domiciliary care where I would visit different clients’ houses and assist them with personal care and domestic jobs. When I first did this, I was unable to drive a car so had to walk to clients. Most of the time I was allocated to clients that were walking distance from my home. On some occasions I would have to take a bus or train to places which was fine as long as it was on time. Eventually I did get my driving license and can now drive to any client near or far. The pressures of time management can vary from day to day. Some days my shift can run smoothly and I have plenty of travel time between each client. On other days it can be harder to be on time as sometimes calls can overrun due to a client needing extra support, they are unwell or there is an emergency. Luckily most clients are understanding as they realise that next time it may be them that cause me to be a few minutes late to other clients. When I first encountered an unforeseen situation, I would panic on the spot and spend time gathering my thoughts before deciding how to act with the task in hand. After gaining more experience I learnt how to use my natural instinct and deal with a situation like

18

you would deal with anything else. I’ve found the key to any care job is to always expect the unexpected. Throughout my time working as a carer, I have been faced with a variety of duties and responsibilities. Tasks can include washing & dressing clients, disposing & administering medication, preparing meals and cleaning clients’ homes. Sometimes I’ve had to face random jobs such as persuading a client to drink more fluids, tackling a lot of dishes and accompanying clients in the community to the shops or appointments. The biggest challenges are dealing with clients when they have falls or injuries, clients who become severely ill and watching clients pass away. Last year, a client, who I cared for regularly, passed away and I admit I struggled to come to terms with this as I had a special bond with her and her family. The hardest part was having to carry on with the job as normal despite me having to deal with her loss. My favourite parts and highlights of this job is making conversation with the clients; listening to their stories, getting to know their characters and having a laugh with them. In addition, I always feel like I’ve had an accomplished call when the client smiles at me and thanks me for my work as I leave. Being a carer is a rewarding job. It’s about helping people and trying to make a difference in a person’s quality of life.You get to learn new skills, be involved in a range of tasks & activities and meet a variety of clients and staff throughout your career. Visit www.absolute-healthcare.co.uk www.facebook.com/careinhampshire


We are recruiting, to join our team


F EAT U R E I SSU E 1 20 | OCTOB E R

Bzzzz

WRITTEN BY CLAIRE THURLOW

W

hack! I flail at the air with a rolled-up newspaper, but only manage to slap myself on the leg. A mosquito is buzzing round the bedroom and I know that unless I defeat this irritating insect I’ll wake up covered in bites. That’s assuming I get any sleep at all with that persistent droning in my ear. To be honest, I’m surprised to be pestered by ‘mozzies’ this late in the year, but according to Public Health England (PHE) our warmer, wetter summers are ideal for the 34 species found in Britain. 2016 has been particularly bad with a soggy June, followed by a warm July and August. PHE’s surveillance of these biting bugs involves setting mosquito traps across the country from mid-April to mid-October. If, like me, you’re bitten in the autumn, it’s most likely to be by the most common variety. If it stays still, you might notice its striped legs and scaly wings which, from a distance, look spotted. I’d rather not get up close and personal, but the mosquito has other ideas. She (and apparently it’s always a female which feeds indoors) swoops onto my arm, latching on before I manage to swat her away. Her tastes range to most invertebrates, so pets can get bitten too – although our tabby is dozing undisturbed. With a sharp jab of her proboscis, the mosquito sucks up blood to absorb protein needed to develop her eggs, injecting saliva to prevent the blood from clotting. She’s not fussy about blood group or skin colour, but is particularly attracted to warmer bodies, so pregnant women are frequent targets. And if you run or cycle, especially at dusk, make sure you cover up. Mosquitoes love both the lactic acid and the carbon dioxide we produce during exercise. I stand in the middle of the room, weapon poised; the buzzing has stopped. Perhaps the mosquito has decided to attack another member of the family. I’m about to switch off the light, when the bug makes a kamikaze dive for my ankle. Luckily this time my aim is less clumsy and my tormentor is beaten!

20

It’s my own fault, of course. I should have closed the windows after dark, especially as there’s a water butt just a few metres below. In trying to conserve rainwater for the garden, I’ve unwittingly provided an ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes. Apparently a mere inch of water is enough to lay up to two hundred eggs, so the bird bath is another choice spot. In fact any area of standing water – pond, ditch, abandoned watering can or dog bowl – can provide a perfect habitat for an opportunistic mosquito. The water doesn’t even have to be stagnant, clean is fine, and a sunny location suits just as well as a shady one. So as gardeners keen to provide drinking and bathing water for birds and other wildlife, we may have to put up with a bite or two. But is there anything we can do to minimise our attractiveness to mosquitoes, especially as it seems some individuals are more susceptible than others? Personally, I’m not keen on spraying myself with insect repellent as I’m concerned about some of the ingredients. The best defence is to cover as much skin as possible and wear unscented body lotions and deodorants, but there are all sorts of suggestions as to what might repulse a mozzie.You could rub your skin with garlic or Vaporub (smelly), or with a sheet of fabric softener (Bounce or own brand, I don’t suppose it matters). It’s rumoured that golfers in swampy Florida dangle these from their belts. Some people recommend catmint and rosemary tea; don’t drink it, but allow it to cool and spray it on. Fill your garden with marigolds and basil. Try a diet of Marmite, garlic and almonds, but whatever you do, don’t eat bananas – mosquitoes love them. Of course, for every person who swears by any of these solutions, there’s another who claims it’s useless. Luckily for us, although the British mosquito is annoying, and its bite can be itchy or even painful, it’s unlikely to spread serious disease. Besides, unless you’re heading south for the winter, colder weather’s on the way and the mozzies will be gone for another year.


COMMU N IT Y I SSU E 1 20 | OCTOB E R

Community SAVE OUR PUBLIC PARKS

P

arks are for everyone. On a summer’s day they’re filled with families enjoying the sunshine and kids having a kick-about with their friends. If they aren’t protected they could be sold to private companies - forcing us to pay to visit them and destroying their magic. Or they could be closed and lost completely. The MPs are holding a consultation to ask the public their opinion, but it closes soon. If MPs don’t hear from us, we could be left with a woolly plan that doesn’t fix the problem. But a huge petition, launched today, demanding the government takes responsibility for looking after our parks, would be hard for them to ignore. It’s the first step in protecting our parks, and showing they matter to us all. Get involved The parliamentary committee wants to encourage as many people as possible to contribute to an inquiry. In addition to a face-to-face survey in parks across the country, the Committee is organising an online survey, web forums and a Twitter hashtag, #myparkmatters, where people can let the Committee know why they value their local parks. The Committee will also be working with the House of Commons Education Service's network of Teacher Ambassadors to engage with children and young people. The 75 Teacher Ambassadors, representing schools from across the country, will be asked to encourage their classes to think about what their local parks mean to them and their communities, and to share their views with the Committee. Key facts There are an estimated 27,000 public parks in Britain Local authorities have no statutory duty to fund and maintain public parks. A 2014 report by the Heritage Lottery Fund found 86 per cent of parks managers had seen cuts to their budgets since 2010. An estimated 2.6bn visits are made to public parks each year. For more information on the public parks enquiry visit: www.parliament.uk/business/committees/ committees-a-z/commons-select/communities-and-localgovernment-committee/news-parliament-2015/public-parkslaunch-16-17/ Local authorities have a set of “statutory duties” that they have to fulfil and protect. Things like what they prioritise in funding, and what services are their responsibility. Right now, nobody has the responsibility for looking after our parks and green spaces, so local councils see them as an opportunity to move money into other services, or even to make money. By making parks a statutory duty, it would be a legal requirement for them to be protected. Data.gov.uk: Statutory duties placed on local government: https://data.gov.uk/dataset/statutory-duties-placed-on-localgovernment You can sign a petition now and demand that looking after our parks is made a legal requirement by the government? Simply visit this link and sign the petition. https://speakout.38degrees.org.uk/campaigns/1355

22

ALRESFORDPILATES Beginners saturday morning pilates - starts saturday 15th october 9.15am small groups : individual support : close supervision call sally hogg on 07771 522665 info@alresfordpilates.co.uk www.alresfordpilates.co.uk

Alresford Sugaring

The natural, gentle alternative to waxing Suitable for all areas of the face and body Private treatment room For more details please contact Sadie Mackrell:

Tel: 01962 738727 Mob: 07738 908258 smackrell1@yahoo.com


WELLBEIN G I SSU E 1 20 | OCTOB E R

Nicky Plumridge HOUSEKEEPING njp8478@gmail.com Excellent References & CRB Checked Any Housework Undertaken Professional, Trustworthy

Mob: 07885 637433

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

Better Better Health Health -- Naturally Naturally

Greenwood Therapies ALRESFORD

Jikiden Reiki, Holistic Massage and Bodywork Therapies Jikiden Reiki, Hot stone, Sweedish, Deep tissue, Myofascial release, Indian head, Hand, Foot, Lymphatic drainage, Movement, Nutrition, Psychological release Day, Evening and Weekend appointments avaialble

07780 953 143

www.greenwood-therapies.com carol@greenwood-therapies.com

stockists of:

Mary Mary Walden Walden Chiropody & Podiatry Podiatry Chiropody Chiropody& & Podiatry For comfortable, healthy feet New New --Laser Laserfoot footscanning scanningfor fororthotics orthotics Sport injury treatments, Massage Toenail correction and reconstruction Sport injury treatments, Massage MCPH FSSCh DipPodMed MBCha IFA MCPH FSSCh DipPodMed MBCha IFA

Dermalogica Skin care

Dermalogica Nutritional Therapy Skin withcare Kinesiology Help restore health naturally

Tim ION ProActive-K Cert mBANT Tim Walden Walden Dip Dip ION ProActive-K Cert mBANT Allergy Testing Nutritional NutritionalTherapy Therapy Kinesiology ++Energetic Active BioMarkers Sports Therapy Massage Kinesiology Energetic Active BioMarkers -a unique way of assessing the body For all of those aches and pains -a unique way of assessing the body

Skin Care Kate Bsc MNIMH Kate Parker Parker Bsc MNIMH Dermalogica Facials & product Western Herbal Medicine Western Herbal Medicine

Electrolysis Dr Kathryn Fielden BSc(Hons) MSc PhD Dr Kathryn Fielden BSc(Hons) MSc PhD Manicures & Pedicures Counselling

Counselling ++ many other therapies

www.healthwaycentre.co.uk www.healthwaycentre.co.uk 26 The Dean Alresford Hampshire S024 9AZ Tel: 01962 738683 www.studio49alresford.com

24 The Dean Alresford 24 The Dean Alresford Telephone 01962 736336 Telephone 01962 736336

1 1

23


COMMU N IT Y I SSU E 1 20 | OCTOB E R

S

Alresford Town Council Reports

o it’s officially Autumn. No sulking, Summer will be back again. In the meantime, we have the glorious colours of Autumn, falling leaves, conkers and Halloween and the Fireworks parade. Then of course, not to panic anyone, it’s Christmas… Amazing how quickly it all comes around. COUNCIL REORGANISATION In an attempt to streamline our processes and deliver a better service to residents the Town Council will be restructuring both its meeting schedule and its committees. Going forward a new meeting schedule will be agreed and distributed in the normal fashion via notice boards, our website and this page in the Forum. A number of committees will be merged; the Recreation and Environment committees will join to form the Parks and Environment Committee (yes, we tried to go for Parks and Recreation), a new committee will report to Council on the ARC Bar and Function rooms and recommend any changes to the benefit of users, town residents and the Council. The Tourism committee will be re-designated as Economy and Tourism to emphasise the importance of the local economy and to work closely with business sector to bring economic benefits to the town. Over time the plan is to reduce the number of Full Town Council meetings while increasing the frequency of the Committees at which (hopefully) the bulk of the work is done. These formal committee meetings are of course open to the public and welcome public participation. LITTER PICK Following the success of the previous litter pick in June Town Councillor Barbara Jeffs

24

is looking to organise another event for November. As before teams of volunteer litter-pickers will be spending the day clearing our streets and verges of the unsightly accumulation of litter. Various local groups have kindly agreed to get involved in the project, but all volunteers are welcome. The day will see teams meeting at the Alresford Recreation Centre at Arlebury Park on Saturday 12th November (date to be confirmed). Equipment, such as high visibility clothing and gloves will be provided. If you’d like to know more, please contact Barbara via the Town Council offices – details below. PARKING Do you have an issue with parking on your road or in your area? Please bring it to the attention of the Town Council – contact details below. SUN HILL OPEN SPACE SURVEY Many thanks to all who have responded to this survey. At the time of going to press we have 297 individual responses - a fair number in the light of past consultations and responses – and the Survey closes on October 4th 2016. The results will be used to inform and direct the Town Council’s letter the site developer and Winchester City Council in setting out the uses for the Open Space on Sun Hill and will be publicly available, in due course, on the Town Council website.You may also view them at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ LLWMN78 REMINDERS Allotments: We would remind all allotment plot holders that they are required to maintain their plots, in accordance with the rules, in a reasonable state of cultivation. Given the long waiting list for an allotment those who do not maintain their plots

will, after a warning, have their lease terminated. Dog Poo: Please be advised that it is both legal and a very welcome act to dispose of your dog’s waste in the green ‘dualuse’ bins as well as the red ‘dogpoo’ bins. River Path: The River Path is for use by pedestrians only. The use of this path by cyclists is illegal and dangerous, the Town Council has recently installed new notices making the rules very clear, and will take action those contravening them. Lost Property: Various items of lost property have been handed in to the town council are kept in the Council Offices at the Alresford Recreation Centre. If unclaimed by the end of the year they will be donated to or sold for charity. For more information, please contact the office using the details below. JAZZ AT THE ARC The 1st Wednesday of each month sees popular live Jazz performances at the ARC. All are welcome. Tickets on the door. UPCOMING MEETINGS Tuesday 4th October Planning - Town Offices from 7.30 pm Wednesday 12th October Tourism - Town Offices from 6.30pm Tuesday 18th October Town Council - Town Offices from 7.30pm Wednesday 26th October Environment - Town Offices from 7:30pm All Town Council and Committee meetings are open to the public. Your council welcomes public participation and warmly invites you to attend any and all such meetings. Dates and times can be found on the NATC website and posted on public notice boards in the town. Details also available from the Council offices at the Alresford Recreation Centre.

JAZZ AT THE ARC

Monthly Jazz On the 1st Wednesday of each month we have JAZZ AT THE ARC The ARC has a 60” Television and the full Sky Sports package which shows all major sporting events. No membership is needed. Everyone welcome

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


Time to make a move With the children returning to school after the summer holidays, autumn is always a busy time for the housing market. The property market is on the increase and with the economy picking up, now may be the time to make that move. Our primary focus is always exceptional customer care and communication with our clients. We work closely with the estate agents and you will have direct contact with your solicitor, who will guide you through the process and ensure that you know where you are every step of the way. We offer competitive fixed fees with no hidden extras and will provide a full written quote at the outset. If you would like to discuss your sale or purchase with the conveyancing team then please phone or drop into our office in Broad Street. Please come along to meet us and find out more about the services we offer.

Why choose us? • Free initial, no obligation consultation – however long it takes • No hidden costs – the price we quote is the price you will pay • Responsive & proactive – same day response • Direct personal contact – direct contact with your solicitor

Legendary House • 4a Broad Street • Alresford • SO24 9AQ Legendary House • 4a Broad Street • Alresford • SO24 9AQ Tel: 01962 670510 www.sousarichards.co.uk Tel: 01962 670510 www.sousalaw.co.uk enquiries@sousarichards.co.uk ENQUIRIES@SOUSALAW.CO.UK 16 College Place • SOUTHAMPTON Southampton • SO15 2FE T: 02380 713060 16 COLLEGE PLACE • SO15 2FE T: 02380 713060

25


COMMU N IT Y I SSU E 1 20 | OCTOB E R

Community THANKS TO THE PIGS & JUST GIVING HELPING LOCAL PEOPLE IN NEED HAS NEVER BEEN EASIER

T

he Alresford Pigs Association has given financial help to those in need in Alresford and the surrounding villages for more than 40 years, donating money (and time) to individuals, families, groups and organisations less fortunate than the majority of us. Naturally, donations cannot be given without money been raised, so fund-raising has always been central to the work of The Pigs and many of you will have seen them, for example, stewarding and working alongside other organisations in the car parks and on the gates at the terrific Alresford Show recently. Whilst providing a valuable public service, activities such as these also raises much needed cash that is always put to good use within the local community. However, in the fast paced, hectic world that we live in, it’s not always easy for people to be able to readily find a way of donating to local needy causes, so we are delighted to announce that The Pigs have come up with a simple, quick and easy way to do this, and have launched their very own ‘Just Giving Page’.

PERSONALISED CHRISTMAS CARDS THE NATIVITY SCENE AT ALL SAINTS

T

he cards will be sold in aid of All Saints Church, Hinton Ampner.Your personalised Christmas Cards, will come with 'Happy Christmas and Peaceful New Year' on them and your address and telephone number. The cards work out at 60p each, based upon a minimum order of 100 cards (A6 size 150 x 105), If you would like to order your cards cheques must be made payable to “Hinton Ampner PCC”. Order early to guarantee Christmas Posting Abroad. If you would like to know how to order your

26

Pictured at the recent launch of this fund-raising page are a number of Pigs, armed with smartphones & mobiles to make those much needed, and much appreciated donations. To make a donation anytime, simply text ACTF17 followed by the amount to 70070 (for example, to donate £10, text ACTF17£10 to 70070) – we can guarantee that this will then be put to immediate use to help support a whole host of local needs. The Alresford Pigs Association is a registered charity (charity no. 1163001). More information can be found at www.alresfordpigs. org or for an immediate request for support call the Pigs Help line 01962 658961 personalised cards, please call: David Templeman 01962 793009. This personalised offer closes early November, but don’t despair, cards of the beautiful nativity scene will also be on sale at Cheriton Village Shop, Bramdean Garage and Hinton Ampner House, cash only for bundles of 10. All profits will be used to maintain All Saints. The stable was designed and built by our local carpenter, figures and crib were all made possible through your generous donations and this card produced by our local printer. All Saints welcomed hundreds of visitors last Christmas and with your support, at this important time in the Christian year, our visitors and all who receive our Christmas card, will share in the true meaning of Christmas. Help make this possible by buying the 2016. All Saints Nativity Scene Christmas Cards, with personalisation (minimum 100), or without in bundles of 10 at an outlet near you. www.upperitchen.org


Unfair dismissal can be difficult to deal with. Choosing your solicitor need not be. As a highly respected law firm working with both local and national clients, we understand that for many, selecting the right employment law solicitor can be a difficult process. We’re here to make the decision easier for you.

Whether you are an employer or employee, our Employment Law Department can help you with: settlement agreements, contracts of employment, policies & procedures, unfair dismissal, redundancy, discrimination, disciplinary/grievance matters and more.

Tel: 01962 841484 Email: info@godwins-law.co.uk www.godwins-law.co.uk 12 St Thomas Street, Winchester SO23 9HF


COMMU N IT Y

Community

P R OF ESSION A L ISSUE 120 | OCTOBER

JACKIE'S COUNTY CORNER Many of you will use the Cart and Horses junction on the A33 The plans to reduce the speed at this junction are on hold because there is no police support for this. There is a change.org petition online giving you the opportunity for you to give your comments too: ‘Make it Safer, make it 40.’ I hope you will support the petition if you use the junction. It’s on my facebook page too. Straw lined many rural roads in late August and threaten to block recently cleared drains. I have asked HCC to check the drains and investigate whether lorries could not be stacked so high or be covered in future? The Boundary Commission is now looking at constituencies, but they have recently undergone a review of the county council boundaries, and the Itchen Valley Division will stay as before. The number of councillors will stay the same in Hampshire despite the growing population. The Itchen Valley Division includes the new community at Barton Farm and the first residents are expected to be moving into Kings Barton by April 2017. I have been attending several meetings about the community facilities that we hope will benefit everyone. Peter Symonds are hoping to relocate Adult Education to the site, and there is provision for a pub/ restaurant and new food store as well as the primary school. Faster broadband- are you connected yet? Although the delivery programme is continuing, some of the new green cabinets (which BT claim will solve the problem) are not reaching those further away! If this is your problem, please contact me. Officers at HCC are keen to find out more about this problem. From October, Hampshire County Council is charging for some DIY waste such as tiles, plasterboard- but the sites are now open for small amounts of trade waste too. There is a full description of the charges on the hants.gov.uk website. (Go to ‘recycling’ in the search box.) Many people have asked about a small charge for every visit to the sites as a way of saving the smaller sites. Currently this is not allowed by law, although Hampshire is discussing this at Government level. Personally, I think it is fraught with problems-and anyway, isn’t this what our council tax should be used for? I have seen the first plans for flood mitigation for Littleton and the Worthys in mid September. More on this next month. Don’t duck the issue HCC! Potholes are continuing to appear, but they are not being repaired fast enough. Please report to me if a hole you have reported is still there, weeks after the white line has been painted round it. The time taken to mend them is dragging on. County Councillor Jackie Porter, Jackie@jackieporter.co.uk phone: 01962 791054, text 07973 696085 Twitter:@JackieLibDem

28

Richard Steel & Partners The Family Owned Funeral Directors

Alderman House, 12-14 City Road, Winchester (01962) 862333 Richard Steel • Iain Steel • Mark Allery • Personal 24 Hour Family Service •

www.winchesterfunerals.co.uk

WILLS & LASTING POWERS OF ATTORNEY PROBATE Anne Allen LL.B Willmanage.com Your local professional Wills specialist WILLS; POWER OF ATTORNEY FROM: £135 (EXCL REGISTRATION FEE)

PROBATE (FIXED FEE) NO VAT HOME VISITS IF REQUIRED CRB checked. Member of the Institute of Professional Willwriters

Tel: 01962 734981 Mob: 07745 406046 alresfordwillmanage@gmail.com Serving Hampshire Since 1860


P R OF ESSION A L ISSU E 1 20 | OCTOBE R

Your Local Accountants since 1992

 Full range of Accountancy, Auditing, Taxation and

Payroll services tailored to suit your needs

 Small Business Consultancy and Business Start Up  Farming and Equine Specialists 

FREE Half Hour Initial Consultation For friendly, professional, proactive advice please contact: Butler & Co, Bennett House, The Dean, Alresford, Hampshire, SO24 9BH Tel: 01962 735544 Email: j.butler@butler-co.co.uk Please visit our new website:

www.butler-co.co.uk

Sharing your home with parents… children…grandchildren? Legal and tax advice about multi-generation property ownership

Gibbons Solicitors Limited Authorised and Regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority no. 617854’

29


FEATU R E ISSUE 120 | OCTOBER

A Day Out at… Alice Holt Forest, Farnham A s the seasons change and the leaves take on their autumn colours, it’s good to get out into the fresh air and make the most of the shortening days. Luckily for us, one of the places named in the Forestry Commission’s 2016 Top Ten for woodland walks is not far away. Alice Holt Forest, sits four miles south of Farnham in Surrey, but is located within the county of Hampshire. It offers more than eight miles of trails for walkers and cyclists of all ages and abilities, in a delightful, family-friendly setting. Dogs are very welcome too! The origin of the park’s name is obscure, but it’s been suggested that it’s a variation of ‘Aelfsige’, an AngloSaxon bishop of Winchester, and ‘holt’ meaning ‘wood’.

If you fancy a longer walk, Alice Holt is the first stop on the recently completed Shipwrights Way, which connects with Sustrans, the national cycle network. One of the newest trails in Britain, Shipwrights Way meanders fifty miles through the beautiful South Downs to Queen Elizabeth Country Park, and beyond to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, home of Henry VIII’s warship the Mary Rose and Nelson’s flag-ship, the Victory. Along the trail are twenty sculptures, with three of these, by artist Richard Perry, found at Alice Holt.With no less than seven railway stations along the route, it’s quite feasible to walk in one direction, then let the train take the strain on the way back, perhaps with a stop for refreshment at a friendly country pub or cosy tea-shop. But for a day out with the kids, especially with half-term approaching, you need venture no further than Alice Holt Forest. Once a royal hunting ground, it can now be enjoyed by everyone. In Tudor and Napoleonic times, the oaks in this ancient woodland were felled to build ships for the Royal Navy on the south coast. Centuries later the forest has regenerated, providing a wonderful setting in all seasons, with a combination of evergreen pines, conifers and native broadleaf species.The woods are carefully managed, with the aim of providing suitable habitats for a variety of wildlife, ranging from the rare Purple Emperor butterfly (which features in Alice Holt’s logo) to the elusive dormouse.This is home to all manner of birds, including woodpecker, grey heron and nightjar, as well as badgers, roe deer, squirrels and rabbits. Despite plenty of cars in the car park, it’s easy to get away from the crowds and find your own peaceful spot in the forest.

30

This extensive natural environment is a great place for energetic kids to let off a bit of steam. Intersected with nature trails and streams, playgrounds and open spaces, Alice Holt has plenty to keep the family entertained.There’s the Habitat Trail, plus a recent addition, the Timberline play trail, with plenty of opportunity for climbing, scrambling and sliding. And for autumn there’s a seasonal activity trail to engage the senses while exploring the forest. Although there are a few steep hills, there are also plenty of flatter paths. Most of these are gravel, making them accessible all year round, but if you venture off the path, it can get muddy and wellies are recommended.The Easy Access Discovery Trail is suitable for wheelchairs and baby buggies, and encounters a number of charming characters from the popular Gruffalo stories.This gentle route has a mile or mile and a half option, and is mainly bump-free. If you’re more adventurous, you can clamber up rope ladders and whizz through the tree-tops on a zip-wire at Go-Ape (booking required). For those with a head for heights this bird’s eye view is definitely the best way to see the forest. If you prefer to travel at ground level, bring your own bike, or rent one from the cycle hire shop situated near the visitor centre.The helpful staff can provide bikes and helmets for riders large or small, including tagalongs and bike trailers.They dispense maps, safety tips and advice on what to do if you get puncture. A popular family cycle route covers three miles of traffic-free forest and includes picnic opportunities! Advance bike booking is available online and is recommended for busy times. If you don’t fancy a picnic, refreshments are available from the Café on the Green, with a new, larger café currently under construction. Alice Holt Forest is located off the A325 at Bucks Horn Oak, near Farnham, Hants GU10 4LS.The park is open every day except Christmas Day, from 8am to 5pm, October to February, with later closing times in spring and summer. Admission is free, but pay and display charges apply to parking. At the time of writing, one of the car parks is being extended to provide additional spaces. For more information please check the website www.forestry.gov.uk/aliceholt Written by Claire Thurlow


OFFICE EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES

OPENING TIMES Mon to Fri - 9am - 5pm Sat - 9.30am - 1pm

Why travel all the way to Winchester for office supplies when we have a comprehensive range available on your doorstep A wide range of print cartridges in stock Services available: Photocopying, Laminating, Document Binding, Faxing, Scan to Email, Professional Personalised Printing Agent

a extr off % 10 /MK

A GOOD

usin

g qu

re ote

f.

m Foru

IMPRESSION

COUNTS indigo-press.com

56 West Street, Alresford, Hants, SO24 9AU Tel:01962 736116 info@oakleafstationery.co.uk

MATT LAMINATED BUSINESS CARDS Printed in full colour onto both sides of a sturdy 400gsm silk board with a matt laminate applied for style and durability.

85x55 double sided

QTY

PRINT

DELIVERY

SPOT UV

250

£20

£10

£15

500

£25

£10

£15

1,000

£50

£10

£15

LETTERHEADS Now printed as standard onto a premium 120gsm Laser Guaranteed white bond in full colour.

A4

single sided

Computer Problems?

• We fix wireless ‘dead spots’ in 30 minutes • Business and private customers welcome Contact: 01962 734750 or 07808 480344 For more information visit: www.claritycomputing.co.uk philip@claritycomputing.co.uk

DELIVERY

£65

£10

1,000

£100

£10

2,000

£150

£10

Printed in full colour to both sides of a triple coated 130gsm silk paper, our leaflets can be single leaf or folded in a variety of formats.

A5

A4

double sided

QTY

PRINT

DELIVERY

FOLDING

250

£23

£10

£10

500

£26

£10

£11

1,000

£29

£10

£12

2,500

£40

£10

£15

QTY

PRINT

DELIVERY

FOLDING

250

£41

£10

£10

500

£56

£10

£11

1,000

£63

£10

£12

2,500

£101

£10

£15

STANDARD FLYERS Printed in full colour with a machine seal onto both sides of a high quality, triple coated 300gsm silk board.

• For all computer, laptop and tablet needs • Broken screens replaced from £80 (fitted)

PRINT

500

LEAFLETS

double sided

Computer Repairs

QTY

QTY

PRINT

DELIVERY

A6

1,000

£38

£10

2,500

£47

£10

5,000

£60

£10

QTY

PRINT

DELIVERY

A5

1,000

£77

£10

2,500

£94

£10

5,000

£119

£10

double sided

double sided

T: 0800 652 7299

E: sales@indigo-press.com indigo-press.com

Indigo Press @IndigoPressLtd

P R OF ESSION A L ISSU E 1 20 | OCTOBE R

Oakleaf Stationery Ltd


COMMU N IT Y I SSU E 1 20 | OCTOB E R

Clubs & Societies OTHER CLUBS AND SOCIETIES

Part funded by Age Concern. Tel: 01962 735612

733477 and on the club www.alresfordbowlingclub.org.uk

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

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

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

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

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

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

32

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

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

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

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

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

O Fitique Run Club

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

O Fitique Women’s Cycle Club

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

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

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


P R OF ESSION A L ISSU E 1 20 | OCTOBE R

Sale of antique, vintage and modern fishing tackle, cased fish, books and art

Saturday 1st October Crossfield Hall, Broadwater Rd, Romsey, SO51 8GL For catalogues and further details contact:

PHOTOGRA IS

p or

e es t y l

lif

W

Y PH

CLAIRE LE

Tel: 01794 518076 • Mob: 07785 281349 neil@anglingauctions.demon.co.uk www.angling-auctions.com

t r a it r e & u

33


R ETA IL I SSU E 1 20 | OCTOB E R

Market Square

Moda Rosa

Interior Style

Ragamuffin

Paul Smith Peaches Shift Dress - £395.00 35 West Street, Alresford, SO24 9AB Tel: 01962 733277 | www.modarosa.co.uk

Decorative serving bowl 30cm x 30cm. Available in turquoise, purple and copper colours - £45.00 Tel: 01962 736311 | www.interiorstyle.biz

Silkscreen Picture Dress by Mayoral in Dusky Pink. Available in sizes 2-9y £32.95 - 2 Bakehouse Yard, Alresford Tel: 01962 734488 | www.ragamuffin-uk.com

SQU

ARE · M A

·M

AR

ET S QUARE

E · MARKE

RK

T

UNIQUE - BESPOKE - ECLECTIC - LOCAL

ARKET SQ U

Alresford Linen Co. Super soft lambswool throw for cosy Autumn nights. 9 Broad Street, Alresford, SO24 9AR Tel: 01962 734221 | www.alresfordlinen.co.uk

34

Autumnal hues, warmer wardrobes and beautiful new stock-lines all adorn the pages of the Market Square this October. So why not pull on your winter boots and take some time out to pop to your local retailers for a seasonal shopping item?

The Alresford Gift Shop Cavendish French sterling silver jewellery with free dancing, sparkling cubic zirconias - £96 Tel: 01962 732192 | 10 West Street, Alresford

Equestrian Fencing

Soles Butchers

Jasmine China Hire

Standard and Bespoke Garden Buildings. Log Store - £195 (excl. vat) High Ridge Farm, Hospital Road, Shirrell Heath Tel: 01329 835100 | www.equestrianfencing.com

Local game - Fresh Pheasants, Partridge and Vension Oven ready grouse £10 each, £18 brace. Pigeon £3 each, 4 for £10 Tel: 01962 735221 | www.solebutchersofalresford.co.uk

Planning a party? We offer an extensive range of China, Cutlery, Glassware, Linen and more Tel: 07836 745603 | www.jasminechinahire.co.uk


ARE · M A

·M

AR

ET S QUARE

E · MARKE

RK

T

SQU

R ETA IL I SSU E 1 20 | OCTOB E R

A place for local retailers to display their wares and provide readers with seasonally evocative, inspirational gift and style ideas.

ARKET SQ

U

Delilah Boutique

Alresford Beauty

Roxtons

Masai Poncho - £119 34 West St, Alresford, SO24 9AU Tel: 01962 738470 | Delilah Boutique

Autumn / Winter 2016 scarves and bags now in. David Jones Bag - £32.95. Peony Scarf - £16.95 Tel: 01962 735553 | www.alresfordbeauty.co.uk

Marella - Bouclé Coat -£370 Aatipiic - Embroidered Wool Scarf, £82 43A West Street, Alresford, SO24 9AB Tel: 01962 736162 | www.roxtons.co.uk

Andrew Smith & Son - Auctioneers

No.42

D.Barker & Son

Monthly Homes and Interiors Auction - 8th Oct. Fine Art, Antiques and Interiors Collectables Auction - 25th to 26th Oct Tel: 01962 735988 | www.andrewsmithandson.com

Cara London suede tassel boots. Autumn/Winter stock now in, pop in and take a look! Tel: 01962 733242 | www.42weststreet.co.uk

Rotary Swiss made 'Lucerne' bracelet watch at - £269 40A West St, Alresford SO24 9AU Tel: 01962 732200 | www.dbarkerandson.co.uk

Billy Goat

More by Design

Design Realities

Kids first classic Hunter wellies in a range of colours - £32 11 East Street, Alresford, SO24 9EQ Tel: 01962 733926 | www.billygoatshoes.co.uk

Our Rug collection can be made in your choice of colours and size. Starting from £390. - 19A-21 West Street, Alresford Tel: 01962 734504 | www.morebydesign.com

Candles, Room Spray and Reed Diffusers for the home in 16 fragrances, from - £13.50 Tel: 01962 732507 | www.design-realities.co.uk

35


A N IMA LS I SSU E 1 20 | OCTOB E R

Animals

OLD AGE AFFECTS THE BEST OF US!

P

ets are considered senior when they reach the age of 8. There are many medical conditions that are associated with old age. Some of these include chronic kidney disease, arthritis, cognitive dysfunction, dental disease and reduced vision and hearing. With the help of regular checks and routine blood and urine tests, early detection can assist your pets in growing old gracefully. As with people, pets begin to slow down in old age and need more care and assistance. Simple alterations such as, shorter walks, senior diet and joint supplements can all help make their last years enjoyable. Chronic kidney disease is a long-term condition where the kidneys become less efficient at their job. The main function of the kidneys is to filter blood to extract waste, balance the fluid in the body which aids blood pressure and create urine. When the function of the kidneys is reduced the toxins build up in the blood resulting in long term damage. This makes the animal feel very unwell. Chronic kidney disease usually goes undetected and only shows symptoms when it reaches an advanced stage. Symptoms include drinking more, weight loss, lethargy and vomiting. Earlier stages can be detected by doing blood and urine tests. Although it cannot be cured,

early detection can slow down the deterioration of the kidneys and improve quality of life. Arthritis is inflammation of the joint, which causes discomfort, pain and stiffness. When arthritis sets in, the normally smooth cartilage that covers the ends of the bones allowing smooth movement becomes damaged, resulting in a rough surface. This then causes increased friction as the rough bones rub together, leading to inflammation and new bone formation. This reduces the movement of the joints and causes pain when the animal moves around. Many Veterinary practices run clinics to monitor pets as they progress into old age. These clinics aim to ensure your animals have the most comfortable retirement years possible and to pick up on potential illness before it has progressed too far. Although many illnesses are not curable, treatments can be given to help alleviate symptoms. If you think your pet would benefit from clinics like these, speak to your vet today. Written by Laura Smith RVN & Emily Binfield RVN Cedar Veterinary Group www.cedarvet.com Alton: 01420 82163 Alresford: 01962 732535 Four Marks: 01420 562048

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

36

cedarvet.com facebook.com/cedarvet


• equestrian maintenance • Ploughing • field cultivation • Hedge cutting • Forestry • spraying specialist • fencing • topping • wood thining • Tree Felling & branch lopping

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

arker Son& Son

NAL FAMILY JEWELLERS

WELLERS

w.dbarkerandson.co.uk Tel: 01962 732200

uk

D. Barker & Son D.Barker && Son GOLDSMITHS & SILVERSMITHS D.Barker Son

T: 01962 733659

Join us for our grand launch with wine tasting provided by the Naked Grape T SHOR DRINK OO

IN E

All agricultural work undertaken

22 West Street, Alresford

TO

W

A family business supplying agricultural and forestry services for over 25 years

LIFES T

Farm Services

R ETA IL I SSU E 1 20 | OCTOB E R

Appleton

A New Bigger and Better Alresford Travel opens 9am on the 8th October

DRIN K BA

D

N

T RADIT IONAL FAMILY JEWELLERS

T RADIT IONAL FAMILY JEWELLERS www.dbarkerandson.co.uk Tel: 01962 732200

F INE ART AUCTIO NEERS & VALUERS

PRE-OWNED & ANTIQUE JEWELLERY www.dbarkerandson.co.uk PRE-OWNED &Tel:ANTIQUE JEWELLERY 01962 732200

MONTHLY ANTIQUES & INTERIORS AUCTION Saturday 8 October FINE ART, ANTIQUES, INTERIORS & COLLECTABLES AUCTION Tuesday 25 & Wednesday 26 October C1910 – An Edwardian BlackOpal Opal&&Diamond Diamond Cluster Cluster Ring C1910 - An Edwardian Black Ring FullyRestored Restoredin In our Ourown Ownworkshop Workshop Fully £1,495 £1,495 40a West Street, Alresford, Hants Tel: 01962 732200Hampshire 40a West Street, Alresford, www.dbarkerandson.co.uk

Tel: 01962 732200

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

37


HINTON AMPNER GHOST HUNTERS: HALLOWE’EN TRAIL at Hinton Ampner Saturday 22 Oct 2016 to Sunday 30 Oct 2016 Come on a spooky adventure this half term. Pick up our trail and see if you can hunt out all the ghosts haunting the grounds this Hallowe'en. Search for clues along meandering paths and into the nooks and crannies of the garden; you'll need everyone in the family to help solve the clues and hunt for the ghosts. Booking Not Needed. suitable for children 6 and up. may need grown-up help. A National Trust Event - Gates open 10am. Start 10am. End 5pm. General Admission Prices Apply. Pick up your trail from the team at Visitor Reception. For more details please phone the contact number below. Hinton Ampner, Bramdean, near Alresford, Hampshire, SO24 0LA Tel: 01962 771305

ADULT ONLY WINCHESTER GHOST WALK Monday 31 October Get ready to discover the ghosts of Winchester in this Ultimate Ghost Walk Experience! Our guides will take you on a journey around the city's historic streets sharing its many secrets with you.You'll hear about the bloody plots of treason, horrific deaths and tales of dark deeds that all took place. Along the way you will encounters

38

some of the city's tormented souls who tell you their stories. Prepare to meet Lady Lisle who spent her final night in Winchester before being publicly executed and prepare to find out about the bloody curdling accounts of Winchester Prison. The tour starts in one of the oldest pubs in the UK, The Royal Oak. We will be meeting downstairs where you can purchase drinks we set off around Winchester. The walk will take around an hour before finishing back at the Royal Oak where you can join us back down stairs and have a chat about your experiences with our team. The bar will still be open so you can purchase refreshments. From 8.30pm £6.00 per person Royal Oak Passage, Winchester Hampshire, SO23 9AU. For bookings or to check latest times or cancellations call Tel: 07516 103947 www.supernaturaltours.co.uk

FAMILY FRIENDLY WINCHESTER GHOST WALK Monday 29 October Join Winchester's official tourist guides for their ever popular feast of ghosts and ghastly goings-on for Halloween... come dressed for the part if you like! The tour last approximatley 90 minutes and departs the tourist information centre at 6:30pm. Tel: 01962 840500

HALLOWEEN FAMILY FUN HANDMADE CRAFT MARKET Saturday 29 October Fromthe Craftbox is a Hampshire based organisation which offers family

friendly Markets in local community locations. We aim to offer stalls to you by a variety of local handmade or handcrafted sellers whether its Jewellery, cards, candles, soaps, upcycled items, fabric, patchwork, wooden, metal and so so much more. We hope to offer stallholders a way to bring their works to the public eye. All of our Markets are free to enter by the public, we run a free prize draw for customers kindly completing a comments card with some always valued feedback. At most venues we offer a childrens crafting area, where the younger generations can enjoy crafting themselves by creating a mini project to take home, whilst adults can enjoy refreshments, homemade cakes, as well as taking a look around what all of our amazingly talented stallholders have to offer. Open from 10.30 am to 14.30 pm. Free Entry. Colden Common Community Centre, st Vigor Way, Colden Common, Winchester, Hampshire SO21 1UU Tel: 023 9311 6749. Call to check latest times or cancellations. www.fromthecraftbox.net

HALLOWEEN HORRORS SPOTTER QUIZ From Saturday 22 – Monday 31 October During normal opening hours. Can you spot all of the bats hanging around the Westgate chamber? Free Entry (donations welcome). Westgate opening times: Monday to Friday: 10am to 5pm Saturday: 10am to 4pm Sunday: 12pm to 4pm Tel: 01962 869864


www.alresfordrotary.co.uk

Fireworks Friday 4th November At Alrebury Park, Alresford

ALRESFORD RUGBY CLUB All home games at Arlebury Park in September kick off 3pm. Come and enjoy a family post match drink at the ARC.

RESULT 10/9/16

Alresford 2nd XV

1stXV 1/10/16 8/10/16 22/10/16 29/10/16

9 – 7 Eastleigh 3rds

Overton (away) Southsea Nomads (home) Kingsclere (away) Lymington Mariners (home)

2nd XV

1/10/16 Sandown (away) 8/10/16 Fawley (home) 15/10/16 Isle of Wight (away)

alresfordrfc.weebly.com

LEISU R E I SSU E 1 20 | OCTOB E R

Rotary Club of Alresford

TRADITIONAL TORCH LIT PROCESSION Start Time - Top of Broad Street - 7pm Bonfire & Fireworks - 7.45pm Guys made by local children Professional Fireworks Display Refreshments On the 5th Before 5th ADULTS £8.00 ADULTS £6.00 CHILDREN £5.00 CHILDREN £3.00 Tickets available from Six West, Alresford Supporting Local and Rotary Charities Charity No. 1014447

AUTUMN STEAM GALA 23 - 25 OCTOBER

Guest engines LMS Crab No. 13065, LMS Ivatt Class 2 No. 46521 and LSWR T9 Class No. 30120 will be joining the MHR home fleet for this 3 day spectacular! WWW.WATERCRESSLINE.CO.UK TEL: 01962 733810 39


F OOD & DR IN K ISSU E 1 20 | OCTOB E R

Food & Drink

LOCAL DAIRY FARMING COUPLE DIVERSIFY INTO SELLING RAW JERSEY

recently invested in a milk vending machine which will be arriving with us hopefully by the end of September where you will be able to bottle your own milk with the bottles provided.” “We are determined to stay in dairy farming and come through this difficult period within the industry, so we hope that as many of you as possible will come to the farm and purchase our wonderful fresh raw milk and become part of the raw milk revolution.” For more information about Oliver and Julie's new venture, please go to www.hiltonburyjerseys.co.uk, search for Hiltonbury Jerseys on Facebook or visit them in person at Uplands Farm, Winchester Street, Botley, SO30 2AA

MILK TO STAY IN BUSINESS

HILTONBURY JERSEYS EST 1947

FRESH RAW JERSEY

MILK for sale at:

UPLANDS FARM,

Winchester Street, Botley, SO30 2AA

Taste the Quality of our Raw Milk... Purchase fresh milk from the farm. One or Two litre bottles available

D

ue to the current state of the dairy industry in the uk, Oliver Neagle and Julie Smith have obtained a raw milk licence from the food standards agency allowing them to market their own raw jersey milk directly from the farm gate to the general public. “We decided a few months ago we had to do something as our milk price had been falling the last 18 months to an unsustainable level” says Julie Smith. “We milk 120 pedigree jersey cows, breed all of our own replacements and grow all our own forage on our rented 200 acre Hampshire county council farm in Botley.”

Open Daily: 7am - 7pm

Support your Local Dairy Farm Follow Hiltonbury Jerseys on Facebook

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

PROFESSIONAL MIXOLOGIST NICK GRANT

“When we moved here 12 years ago we ran a budget for this farm on 21 pence per litre although during this time our milk price has risen to over 35 pence per litre it is currently at 20 pence per litre with our production costs of 30 pence per litre. Dairy farmers in the uk cannot carry on losing around 10 pence per litre on every litre they produce and be expected to stay in business.” “We started raw milk sales on the 3rd August this year and have been overwhelmed with the positive comments and support we have received. At present we bottle the milk in the morning when we finish milking so it is ready for purchasing anytime between 7am and 7pm, 7 days a week. Due to popular demand for our milk we have

40

ALRESFORD HAMPSHIRE

IN THE

MIX

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


Christmas Celebration Menu STARTERS

Watercress, leek & potato soup with mini onion loaf (v) Smoked haddock & creamed leek tart with soft poached egg & hollandaise sauce Slow roasted tomato panna cotta with tapenade (v) Duck liver parfait with a port & redcurrant jelly & Parmesan crostini

MAINS

Roast British turkey with bacon wrapped sausages, stuffing, seasonal vegetables & crispy roast potatoes Red pepper & sun-blushed tomato tart, rocket & Parmesan salad & sautéed potatoes (v) Confit of pork belly served with bubble & squeak, black pudding, caramelised apple & smoked bacon sauce Pan-fried cod with a Mediterranean mussel dressing on garlic crushed new potatoes

PUDDINGS

Traditional Christmas pudding with brandy butter ice cream or custard Clotted cream rice pudding served with a spiced plum compote Poached pear with honey, Greek yogurt & toasted almonds Selection of British cheeses with assorted biscuits, apple, grapes, celery & chutney

Christmas Day Four Course Meal STARTERS

Lobster bisque with Gruyère cheese & saffron rouille Rabbit & pistachio nut terrine with rocket, spiced orange chutney & crostini Seared Cornish scallops served with parsnip purée, crispy pancetta & roasted pistachios Goat’s cheese mousse, pickled & puréed beetroot, with apple & rocket (v)

MAINS

Roast British turkey with bacon wrapped sausages, stuffing, seasonal vegetables & crispy roast potatoes Roasted lamb rump with a redcurrant & thyme gravy, crispy roast potatoes & seasonal greens Pan-fried sea bass with tomato & rocket salad, mango salsa & sautéed potatoes Chestnuts, mushroom & roasted fennel tart with buttered new potatoes, rocket, sun-blushed tomatoes & Parmesan salad (v)

PUDDINGS

Traditional Christmas pudding with brandy butter ice cream or custard Plum frangipane tart with cinnamon spiced ice cream Vanilla crème brûlée with spiced homemade shortbread & mulled apple sorbet Selection of British cheeses with oatcakes, apple, grapes, celery & quince jelly

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

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

On Christmas Day, we will be open for drinks and lunch bookings only between 12 noon & 4pm – book now to enjoy a delicious 4 course Christmas Lunch; Adults £69.95 per person and children (under 12yrs) are half price. We look forward to helping you celebrate this festive season,

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

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

THE BUSH INN, OVINGTON, ALRESFORD, SO24 0RE


F OOD & DR IN K ISSU E 1 20 | OCTOB E R

Food&Drink FIRST THE NAKED CHEF, THEN THE NAKED GRAPE, NOW THE NAKED QUIZ?

H

ome-Start Winchester has created quite a stir with its plans to hold a Naked Quiz on Friday

14th October. However clothing will be compulsory as the event is being sponsored by The Naked Grape of Alresford and the charity has named its event in the wine merchant’s honour. A regular and popular fund raising evening for the family support charity, it will be held in Itchen Abbas Village Hall and the tricky questions will be supplied by Quiz Inquisitor Mike Davies. Over 150 guests will test their little grey cells and enjoy a delicious supper of lasagne and fudge brownies. Simon Evans, MD and owner of The Naked Grape said “We are delighted to be able to support Home-Start Winchester in this way. I have a young

HAMPSHIRE’S OCTOBERFEST 2016 to let their hair down and enjoy a team night out. Organisations across the region can get involved with Hampshire’s OctoberFest, by sponsoring a barrel or taking up a trade pitch. This year we are more social than ever before! Check out our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Make sure to follow us on Facebook where we’ll be running regular competitions to win tickets to OctoberFest!

H

ampshire’s OctoberFest is back in 2016 for the 8th year running. Organised by the Wessex Heritage Trust, the event attracts over 8,000 visitors yearly. This year’s OctoberFest takes place 8th-9th October 2016, and will feature over 180 beers, ciders and wines from across the region plus delicious food from local suppliers. As well as a huge range of drinks, the event also has a wide mix of musical talent on offer. With over 50 bands and musicians taking to the stage, there’s something for everyone from funk to punk, rock to ska and boozey blues. On Friday night - Works Night Out will provide a great opportunity for businesses

42

Based at Basingstoke Cricket and Sports Ground the festival showcases a large range of producers selling great food, beers and cider. There is a full programme of live music, street entertainment, competitions and children’s activities including free children's theatre and music workshops. On it's 8 year anniversary this year's

family and admire the work that the charity does in supporting local families who are struggling. I hope the event is a sell out again this year. We have even supplied some questions about wine.” “A quiz night is such a great way to raise funds,” said Home-Start Winchester’s Chairman Liz Cooper, “and the money raised will provide a real boost to the support that we can give to local families. We are so grateful to the local businesses that support us and its great to have Simon Evans and The Naked Grape on board.” The evening’s star raffle prize will be a week in a luxury villa in the south of France. Others include dinner at The Chesil, golf at the Royal Winchester, House of Lords Whisky, a hamper from The Good Life and a massage from Heather Mitchell. Tickets can be obtained from Sue Barham on 01962 851177 or email info@homestartwinchester.org.uk.

OctoberFest also brings 'Family Sunday' with special ticket offers and free entry for under 16's. Plus – new for 2016, there will be a free circus and theatre field for families. As part of our commitment to make OctoberFest more family friendly, we are creating a new area of free family activity open throughout Saturday and Sunday for young people aged 3 – 16 years old. Take part and enjoy watching a variety of entertainers which will include arts, craft, circus, puppetry, storytelling, theatre and walkabout performers. What’s more, children under 5 can enter for FREE on Saturday, and children under 16 can enter for FREE on Sunday (children must be accompanied by a responsible adult). So why not make a day of it, bring the kids and enjoy a fantastic family Sunday. For more information visit: www.hampshireoctoberfest.co.uk


The Swan Hotel

Christmas Festivities

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

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

F OOD & DR IN K ISSU E 1 20 | OCTOB E R

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

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

T HE S WA N H OT E L , 1 1 W E S T S TREET, ALRESFORD, HAMPSHIRE, SO24 9AD

The Sunday Times Wine Club, Laithwaites, Averys, Virgin Wines, The Wine Society etc etc etc The Sunday Times Wine Club, Laithwaites, Averys, Virgin Wines, The Wine Society etc etc etc

All bit monotonous? monotonous? All getting getting aa bit We the answer. answer. We have have the

YOUR YOUR MIXED MIXED CASE CASE

We as Weoffer offermixed mixedcases casescontaining containing wines wines from from as little as £5.50 per bottle. And these aren't just any wines, little as £5.50 per bottle. And these aren't just any wines, they are all tasted and chosen by Simon. they are all tasted and chosen by Simon. IfIfhe you? hewouldn't wouldn'tdrink drinkthem them they they why why should should you? Contact wine lovers lovers Contactus usnow nowto tojoin jointhe the growing growing band band of of wine who prices. whoare areenjoying enjoyingour ourgreat great wines wines at superb prices. We your Wewon’t won’tpester pesteror orcold coldcall call you, you, and and you can buy your cases as frequently as you wish, no catch. cases as frequently as you wish, Free Freelocal localdelivery delivery as as always always

simon@tngwine.co.uk simon@tngwine.co.uk

ALRESFORD ALRESFORD 01962732002 732002 01962

FOUR MARKS MARKS HUNGERFORD HUNGERFORD FOUR 01420 562060 562060 01420 01488 684684 684684 43


EDU CAT ION COMMU N IT Y ISSU E 1 20 | OCTOBE R

To belong, to aspire, to achieve

Eggar’s School

Smaller than the average secondary school Come and see us in action! OPEN MORNING Thursday 20 October 09.15 - 12.00 • Visit eggars.net

Community NEW ALRESFORD FAIR

A

street pleasure fair takes place in the centre of New Alresford every year. A rumble of big articulated lorries announces that this surprisingly large funfair, run by John Wall & Son, has arrived in town again. Heavy machinery is unloaded and assembled. Once the big mechanical items are in place, smaller stall holders begin to arrive. They lay out their wares, in filling all of the available space in Broad Street. Suddenly, everything is

44

ready and at three o'clock in the afternoon on a very particular Thursday in October the annual fair opens for business. The music and the lights, the rides and the slides, the candy floss and the toffee apple stalls are only in place for one day. The fair closes as the clock strikes eleven, marking the end of this once a year spectacle. As the public depart, the fair people begin to dismantle their equipment and to load up their lorries. By the time daylight returns on Friday morning, peace has returned. It is as though the fair had never been through. Why does it happen in October? Why always on a particular Thursday? Why for only one night? Why do the residents and the town trades people put up with the disturbance? Why, in this safety conscious age, hasn't the event been transferred to a different, and less disruptive, venue? The answer, to all of these questions, lies in the determination of the Town Trustees, and the fair people, to maintain one of the old traditions that reflect our history.

History and tradition - Alresford Fair in the 1920s. New Alresford developed into a market town on the back of the wool trade in the middle ages; that's why there are so many old mills still standing today. Both wool and livestock needed to be traded in the town for this to happen and, as a result, sheep and lamb fairs became established and important events in the annual calendar. The two biggest sheep fairs were unsurprisingly scheduled in the summer, after lambing, and in the autumn, when ewes were purchased for breeding, of every year. In bygone days the feast of St Michael and All Angels, or Michaelmas, announced the onset of autumn. Before the Gregorian replaced the Julian calendar in 1752, this feast was celebrated on 11 October. It became a tradition in the town for the autumn sheep fair to take place on Michaelmas Day, if it fell on a Thursday, and if it didn't, on the Thursday after the celebration. The date of today's funfair follows this ancient pattern, being scheduled according to the fall of the days of the week in the old Julian calendar. Don't miss this year's fair which will be held on Thursday 13th October from 3pm onwards.


Offered by experienced teacher, UK and France, who is happy to teach all levels of ability. For more information call:

Creative music and movement for 0-5 year olds Book now for Autumn Term

St Gregory’s Church Hall, Alresford on Tuesdays Easton Village Hall on Wednesdays Sessions run during termtime – contact us for details

denise@moo-music.co.uk 01962 779182 www.moo-music.co.uk/alresford

www.alresfordtutors.com

01962 734007

EDU CAT ION I SSU E 1 20 | OCTOB E R

FRENCH TUITION

Alresford Tutors • One-to-One Tuition • Friendly, personal approach • Professional tutors Initial consultation free of charge

Local Tutors al for Loc le p o e P

Full diagnostic assesment with no further obligation Tel: 01962 736974 Email: admin@alresfordtutors.com

In Omnia Excellentia “Perins has become the foundation in which I will lay my future upon, and I am therefore thankful for the wonderful experiences I have had here as a student” Darnesh Dadgostar (Student 2011-2016)

To experience life as a Perins Student, visit our website to book a tour of the school

www.perins.net Pound Hill, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 9BS 01962 734361

45


COMMU N IT Y I SSU E 1 20 | OCTOB E R

Alresford & District Neighbourhood Watch Guy Fawkes Night (5th November) Bonfire Night Advice Having your own Bonfire Night party or celebrating with family and friends can be great fun, but by far the safest way to enjoy these seasonal activities is to attend a professionally organised event. If, however, you are holding your own fireworks party, please don't put your family and friends at risk. The law and fireworks: • It is an offence to throw or set off fireworks in any highway, street, thoroughfare or public place. • It is illegal for under 18s to be sold fireworks or to possess fireworks in a public place. • It is illegal to set fireworks off between 11pm and 7am except in the following cases: November 5th – until midnight New Year’s Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year – 1 am the following day. Advice for staying safe: • Always buy from a reputable shop and make sure that they conform to British Standards, they should have BS7114 written on the box, never buy individual fireworks.

• Keep fireworks in a closed box and never carry in your pocket. • Light fireworks at arm’s length, using a taper and never go near a firework that has been lit, even if it has not gone off, it could still explode • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. If your guests are drinking alcohol keep them well away from fireworks and the bonfire, and never drink alcohol if you are setting off fireworks or tending to a bonfire. Consider limiting the availability of alcohol until after your fireworks have been set off. • Never give sparklers to children under 5 and light sparklers one at a time wearing gloves. Sparklers get five times hotter than cooking oil! • Supervise children at all times around fireworks.

REMEMBERING AN ALRESFORD RESIDENT in the RAF, mainly in the defence of aerodromes, but he did see foreign service in the Norwegian campaign and Palestine. Post-war Len delivered milk for his brother-in-law, Len Dedman, again visiting all the local villages. He later worked for Taylor's of London at their factory in the Dean. Len lived for many

L

en Pearce, (1922-2015), lived all his life in and around Alresford. He was born and raised in Northington, the son of a gamekeeper. Pre-war he was a butcher's delivery boy, and cycled round all the local villages. During the war Len served

46

Advice for keeping your pets safe: • Keep all pets inside when fireworks are being let off. Close all the windows and doors, and block off cat-flaps to keep noise to a minimum and to stop pets escaping. It's also a good idea to draw the curtains, and if the animals are used to the particular sounds of TV or radio, switch them on (but not too loudly), in order to block out some of the noise of the fireworks. • Make sure your pet is wearing some form of easily readable identification (ID) - even in the house. Think about fitting them with a microchip, so that if they do run away they have a better chance of being returned to you. Note: From April 2016 it has been a legal requirement for ALL dogs to be microchipped and contact details kept up-to-date. 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)

years on the corner of West Street and Jacklyn's Lane. Many residents will remember Len for his friendly disposition, and his regular appearances at local shows supporting his favourite charity, the Royal Air Forces Association, which he was instrumental in setting up the local branch in 1948. He was also their Standard Bearer from its inception until just before his death. The Alresford & District branch of R.A.F.A. have installed a seat in his memory outside Northington village hall. A short service of dedication was held on Thursday the 18th of August. Standard Bearers from Alresford, Alton and Basingstoke were present. For more information on Alresford R.A.F.A visit: www.alresford.org/ displayed/displayed_20_5.php


H OME I SSU E 1 20 | OCTOB E R

Wychwood Furniture Ltd

Traditional & Contemporary Furniture

Blinds & Awnings Ltd We offer a full measuring, manufacturing and installation service for all types of high quality

Blinds - Awnings - Shutters

Kitchens, Bedrooms & Bathrooms

Full 5 year guarantee

For beautiful bespoke furniture Free initial consultation Design & Installation

Other services include: Awning and canopy restoration (including re-covering) Blind servicing and repair work

www.wychwood-furniture.co.uk

For a free, no obligation quote in your own home or office:

WYCHWOOD FURNITURE LTD, BLUERIDGE FARM, LOWER WIELD, ALRESFORD

Tel: 01962 736836 or 07711 007079

Tel or Fax: 01256 389788

e clusive Double Glazing Ltd

email:enquiries@drblinds.co.uk

Alresford's Conservatory and Window Experts

UPGRADE YOUR WINDOWS & DOORS WINDOWS, DOORS, CONSERVATORIES • Supply & Installation • New Handles, Letterboxes, Locks • Broken Sealed-Units replaced

OTHER SERVICES • Fascias, Soffits & Gutters • Key Cutting & Locksmith Services

FOR A FREE NO OBLIGATION QUOTE

CALL: 01962 732091

www.exclusive-double-glazing.co.uk sales@exclusive-double-glazing.co.uk SHELF HOUSE, NEW FARM ROAD, ALRESFORD, SO24 9QE

47


take their inspiration from rugged and beautiful coastlines, ports, estuaries, harbours, sea vessels and wildlife. Featured craftsmen and women include: Julia Webster (glasswork), Angela Perrett (glasswork), Wendy Bramall (sea creatures and shore birds painted on driftwood and stone), Paul Harvey (streamlined sea bird sculptures), Fiona Kelly (sea and fish themed ceramics), Sue Baker (papier-mache fish) and Donna Collinson (sea-shore themed jewellery).

CU LTU R E ISSUE 120 | OCTOBER

Culture R RUM'S EG EXHIBITION

um’s Eg are delighted to announce a top bill of Artists and Craftsmen for this exhibition which will fill the ground and first floor of the gallery in Romsey up to the end of the year. The Artists

On the walls will be hanging sea-inspired glass wall panels by Sue Tinkler, photographs by Zak Gilbert, oil paintings by Barry Peckham, Jennie Slater, Jo Ellis and Steve Prangnell, pastel paintings by Sheila Goodman, gouache by Evelyn Bartlett, etchings by Sally Winter and exciting mixed media paintings by Pete Gilbert, Jane Puckering, Linda Saul, Lindsey J Cole, Liz Pannett, Lynne Reeves, Len Murrell, Sophie Bartlett and our young Artist in Residence, Victoria Williams. Their prints and cards will also be for sale along with an ever-changing range of beautifully hand-crafted gifts which you can always find at Rum’s Eg and this exhibition continues until 7th January. Rum’s Eg, 27 Bell Street, Romsey, SO51 8GY Tel: 01794 511220. Email: info@hampshireartandcraft.org Web: www.hampshireartandcraft.org

THE CURTIS MUSEUM & ALLEN GALLERY

Autumn Activities For Children in The Museum Museum by Torchlight Wednesday October 26th 5.30pm - 7.30pm. Take part in our family trail round the museum. Bring a torch and explore. No need to book. This has been a very popular event in recent years, and great fun for participants and staff alike. Children must be accompanied by an adult. £3 per child. Half-term Family Trail 22nd -29th October. Pop in and explore (in daylight this time).

Free Autumn Talks in the Allen Gallery Thursday October 13th. The FREE talk for October, organised by the Friends of the Curtis Museum and Allen Gallery, is The Mary Rose, by Trevor Sapey. 7.30 start. More details from the Museum (tel. 82802) or Jane Hurst (86701).

48

Thursday November 24th The Alton Buckle in Context Dave Allen, Curator of Archaeology at Hampshire Cultural Trust will look at Mount Pleasant and other Anglo-Saxon cemeteries. £5 per person, ticket to include light refreshments. Please get your ticket in advance from the Gallery. (Tel: 82802) 7.30 start. In December there will be a Children’s Art Competition for 5-11 year olds. Details nearer the time, or visit: www. hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk Last year’s Competition was very well supported, so Young Artists – get going!. Jill Line - The Curtis Museum and Allen Gallery, Alton (01420 82802) www.hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk Tues-Sat, Gallery 10.30 - 4.30, Museum 10 – 5

WINCHESTER POETRY FESTIVAL

Friday 7 October The opening day of the Winchester Poetry Festival featuring a packed programme of poetry by local poets, workshops, readings and more.

Saturday 8 October With readings from first thing until late in the evening Saturday 8 October is a day packed with readings, competitions, workshops and more.

Sunday 9 October This final day of the Winchester Poetry Festival is once again packed with readings, workshops and more. The winner of the Winchester Poetry Prize will be announced today. For more information on the festival and its events visit: www. winchesterpoetryfestival.org/


SAVEON ONTHE THEOTTERBOURNE OTTERBOURNERANGE RANGE SAVE ON THE OTTERBOURNE RANGE SAVE

bouurnee Otterr .999

m /m m q s q 9 . 9 9 199 lonn 444000ooozzz £ £ w o N lon Nyyylo N

£ 4..99 Wass 22

% %N o ll222000% o o W o W 0 % 880% K OC CK IIN N SSTTO

G G N G I N I T N I T T I T T I F T I F F E E R E S FFR PLLUS YY

LLLAAAY R EER E R D D N N D U U N EEE U R F R S SSS IILILL U S AAA L EEETTT P D D R R PLU O D O F F REE FOR R O SSSTTTO ORE N IIN K K S N S I A A K AS

023 8026 9011 023 8026 9011 petergreen.co.uk petergreen.co.uk petergreen.co.uk

Southampton SouthamptonStore StoreExit ExitJunction Junction13 13M3 M3direction, direction,Chandlers ChandlersFord FordRailway Railwaystation; station; Southampton Storeto Exit Junction 13 M3 direction, Chandlers Ford Railway station; find findPeter PeterGreen Greennext next tostation stationon onSchool SchoolLane, Lane,SO53 SO534DG 4DG find Peter Green next to station on School Lane, SO53 4DG Peter @peter_green_ southampton@petergreen.co.uk PeterGreen GreenFurniture Furniture @peter_green_ southampton@petergreen.co.uk Peter Green Furniture @peter_green_ southampton@petergreen.co.uk


CU LT U R E COMMU N IT Y ISSU E 1 20 | OCTOBE R

Culture

SNAP UP GREAT PRIZES IN THE SOUTH DOWNS ‘BUILDING THE LANDSCAPE’ PHOTO COMPETITION

Calendar SATURDAY 15 OCTOBER The Vestry Gold Cup Horse Racing Event in aid of St Nicholas Church. 7pm in Bishop’s Sutton Village Hall. This is a Race Night with a difference! The participants become the jockeys with appropriate racing caps and race their own horses to the amusement of the spectators. Tote Betting available. Food provided. Please bring your own drink. Tickets: Adults £10. Juniors £5 from: Richard Milligan (01962)732241 or Lynette Joly: 01962 733540

WEDNESDAY 19 OCTOBER Bramdean and Hinton Ampner WI Talk

T

he South Downs’ landscapes have been shaped by people over thousands of years. We see their stories today in the traces of ironage forts, remains of Roman palaces, Saxon churches, medieval villages, Norman castles, Elizabethan manors, Georgian mansions, Victorian houses, 20th century war defences all the way to modern homes. For our 2016-17 photo competition we’re challenging professional and amateur photographer to capture the stories of

building and construction throughout this rich history across the South Downs. Impress our judges with your innovative and creative pictures showing these stories within the National Park’s landscapes and you could win a first prize of £250, second prize of £150 or third prize of £50. The competition closes at midday on Tuesday 11 October 2016. To enter the competition visit: www.southdowns.gov.uk/ care-for/have-your-say/photo2016-17/and download the entry form.

Community CASINO NIGHT IN AID OF WESSEX KIDNEY CENTRE

A

t Four Marks Village Hall. The casino night will be on 4th February 2017 between 8pm and 11pm. Tickets £30 per session or 2 for £50. To include £50 of 'fun money' and glass of Champagne on arrival. Tickets available from cherylharmes@ yahoo.co.uk. Osgoods Garage, Wildy Upbeat Printers 50

4TH ALRESFORD BROWNIES PACK SEEK A NEW LEADER

W

e are looking for a leader to be involved with our pack, as Little Owl is leaving us at half term and I have George to take care of which leaves us short of a warranted leader. We meet in the John Pearson Hall on a Wednesday in term time from 6pm to 7.30pm. If we do not find a warranted leader by Christmas then the pack will have to close which is a great shame after 40 years plus. If anyone is interested please contact Jo Milner, 01962 732585 or jomilner1@ hotmail.com

From 7.30pm - talk on ‘Sight Loss : a clear and present danger"’, plus regular raffle and refreshments.Visitors very welcome, please contact Val on 01962 771915 with any questions.

SATURDAY 22 OCTOBER Fun Bingo Evening Eyes down, Look in Two Fat Ladies and Two Little Ducks are back! £8 to include supper. Licensed bar & prizes Tickets from Claire 01962 734941or Gill 01962 732374. At John Pearson Hall, Alresford, at 7.30pm

TUESDAY 25 OCTOBER Note Change of Date Alresford Art Society. Demonstrator to be confirmed. This is an evening meeting starting at 7.30pm. Alresford Recreation Centre. For information contact 01962 736397 or email jo.may@live.co.uk or visit www.artsociety.alresford.org

THURSDAY 27 OCTOBER Charity Christmas Card Sale

This year's charity Christmas card sale will be held at Winchester Guidhall from to 17th December from 10am - 4.30pm. All proceeds to charity.

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


Call 01962 925568 to arrange a free no obligation survey and quote

We supply and install all leading manufacturers of Up & Over, Side Hinged, Insulated Roller, Timber and Sectional Garage Doors

D

DON S DOORS garage door solutions

VAT EXEMPT supplies to registered disabled blue badge holders on all automated products

sales@donsgaragedoors.co.uk Unit 9 & 10, Vicarage Farm Business Park, Winchester Road, Fair Oak, Eastleigh, Hampshire, SO50 7HD

www.donsgaragedoors.co.uk


CU LT U R E I SSU E 1 20 | OCTOB E R

Culture

BILL BRYSON TRAVELS TO WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL enjoy a journey through Mr Bryson’s life and travels, peppered with many of his wry observations and anecdotes. From Iowa to Hampshire, Mr Bryson’s life has much to entertain the listener – journalist at Bournemouth Daily Echo, Chancellor of Durham University, President of the Campaign for Rural England, author of many much-loved books. Through it all, his observations of British life have amused and delighted readers across the world.

B

ill Bryson received his British citizenship in Winchester and now Bill Bryson is coming back to the City to talk about his life and his work, at an event in Winchester Cathedral on 12th October 2016, 7.30pm.

As a fan of historic churches and a resident of Hampshire, Mr Bryson is very pleased to be appearing at the event, which will raise money for the Friends of Winchester Cathedral, a charity which supports many essential ingredients of Cathedral life – from the work of the stonemasons to the girls’ choir.

The Friends of Winchester Cathedral’s Annual Lecture – which has previously boasted speakers as diverse as Kate Adie, Joanna Lumley and David Starkey – will

Tickets priced at £20 (£15 for Friends of the Cathedral) are available at the Cathedral Box Office 01962 857275, www.winchester-cathedral.org.uk

PLAY STOPS PLAY FOR THE ART SOCIETY “We will now have to meet at different times or on different days. Sadly we have lost a speaker as they are unable to cater for the unforseen last minute change.”

T

he committee of the Alresford Art Society is struggling to come to terms with having to unpick its current year’s programme due to a clash on bookings at the ARC. “We have discovered that Alresford Town Football Club home matches will now be played on Wednesday nights, which will clash with many of our meetings. Plainly this is a problem on match nights as demands for the car park do not allow for parking for both. “We plan two years ahead and the speakers, demonstrators and tutors need to be booked well in advance,” said Sue.

52

“We are so grateful to the Bar Manager at the ARC who gave us the heads up about the clash. This has proved frustrating for the Society,” said Sue. The revised Programme for the next six months is as follows: • The September 28th meeting will now be held at the ARC on Tuesday 27th September at 7.30pm, • The October 26th meeting will now be held at the ARC on Tuesday 25th October at 7.30pm. Change of demonstrator - to be confirmed. • The November, January, February and March meetings will now all be held at 2.30pm at the ARC on the dates already published. For further information contact: Sue Gentry on 01962 773185 or 07802 354444

Calendar TUESDAY 11 OCTOBER Hampshire Writers' Society Poets and their Poetry Speakers: Maura Dooley and Maggie Sawkins - Special Guests: Isabel Rogers and Hugh Greasley. From 7.00pm for drinks and networking. 7.30pm for speaker. The Stripe Building, University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester, SO22 4NR Cost: £5 non-members. Students free. www.hampshirewriterssociety.co.uk

TUESDAY 8 NOVEMBER Hampshire Writers' Society Talk Clare Hey Senior Commissioning Editor at Simon and Schuster. Time: 7pm for Networking. 7.30pm for speaker at the Stripe Building, University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester, SO22 4NR Cost: £5 non-members. Students free. www.hampshirewriterssociety.co.uk

SATURDAY 22 OCTOBER Salsa Y Sol Autumn Dance Party From 7.30pm at the Winchester Discovery Centre, SO23 8SB. £10 /£12 on the night. Bring some Sunshine into this Autumn with a Dance Party filled with all the Dancing Fun you could wish for. Everyone welcome and no previous dancing experience required - we’ll get everyone dancing. Bar open all night. Music with DJ Max. Salsa y Sol. www.salsaysol.co.uk www.dancingwinchester.co.uk

FRIDAY 14 TO SUNDAY 16 OCTOBER Oborne Opera Accompanied by Susanna Stranders In W A Mozart’s Don Giovanni on October 14th and 15th. October 16th will be a Concert of Opera and Musical Favourites: 7.30pm. At St John’s Church, Itchen Abbas. In aid of the MS Society and Itchen Valley Churches. Tickets £30 from www.southwoodplayers.org.uk or Nick Owen 01962 779162 “Susanna Stranders is a remarkable talent” Antonio Pappano Sponsored by Carter Jonas and Eric Robinson solicitors


H OME I SSU E 1 20 | OCTOB E R

Andover

01264 337711 Andover

k u . o c . r o o d e rag a g y m

The Repair Specialists

Andover

fix Andover

01264 337711 Wallpaper Specialist

Winchester

D E C O R AT I N G I N H A M P S H I R E S I N C E 1 9 8 0

01962 715200

COMMERCIAL • INDUSTRIAL • DOMESTIC Providing a comprehensive electrical installation service • Home automation • Lighting schemes • Electric gates • Emergency lighting • Electrical installations • Home entertainment • Fire alarms • Burglar alarms

T: 01962 735397 w: butlerandking.co.uk e:info@butlerandking.co.uk Unit G, Prospect Commercial Park, 4 Prospect Road, Alresford, Hampshire, SO24 9QF

JOYCE & BROS Adrian Cobb Plumbing & Heating M: 07774 979 325 T: 01962 735354

No job too small – No call out charge Free quotations available ALL ASPECTS OF PLUMBING & HEATING Reliable local plumber

Your Storage Problem Solved

Painters & Decorators • Gutter Clearing 01962 735273 07767 711497

joycebrospainters@btinternet.com

Call us now for advice

01962 771993

www.barn-store.co.uk

Cheriton SO24 ONX

Barnes & Liddiard Electrical Contractors Limited All aspects of electrical work undertaken Fully compliant to part ‘P’ of the building regulations

Domestic Commercial Industrial Garden Lighting

Tel: 01962 733272 53


CU LT U R E I SSU E 1 20 | OCTOB E R

Culture T

WINCHESTER SHORT FILM FESTIVAL

MARTYR WORTHY LECTURE SERIES 2016/17

I

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

THE DUTCH GOLDEN AGE: MIRACLE OF THE 17TH CENTURY JOHN LANG Tuesday 15 November 2016 During the Dutch golden age in the 17th century people from the northern Netherlands came together to overcome a range of almost insurmountable challenges to become the world’s most enterprising and successful trading nation. Building on its considerable maritime skills it excelled in fields as diverse as science, medicine, industry and – most memorable of all – art, through its supremely talented artists such as Rembrandt and Vermeer. THE WORLD IN CONFLICT – JOHN ANDREWS Thursday 26 January 2017 John Andrews (author, journalist and former Foreign Correspondent of The Economist) John Andrews will analyse, region by region, why global conflict is ever present in our lives, helping us to better understand the world’s trouble spots. Following on from the American Presidential election, he will consider the policy challenges for the new leader of the World’s superpower and why it matters to us. A TALE OF TWO CITIES: OXFORD AND CAMBRIDGE – JOHN DAVIES Tuesday 28 February 2017 To the casual visitor Oxford and Cambridge have many similarities. They are both ancient and successful cities with flourishing universities dating from the Middle Ages, displaying some of the finest architecture in England. However the early monastic buildings of Oxford, built in the golden limestone of the Cotswolds, contrast dramatically with those of Cambridge, largely built in brick from rich East Anglian clay. Tickets are £15 from: martyrworthylectures@gmail.com or by phone to Liz Platt: 01962 779298, Gilly Greenwood: 01962 779540, Joanna Lang: 01962 734209 and Verity Coleman: 01962 882800

54

he 2016 WSFF Short Film Competition is now open for entries. This year, we are accepting submissions from both British and international filmmakers, with the addition of the Best Foreign Short Film category. We have also re-vamped our award categories, with awards for Best Animated Short Film, Best Comedy Short Film, Best Non-Fiction Short Film, and Best Budget Short Film, along with an amazing prize of £1,000 for the Best British Short Film. We have a number of other prizes, from mentoring and camera equipment, to four more cash prizes worth a total of £2,500. You could also be in with the chance of having your film shown at one of the packed short film screenings that take place in November. This, together with a glitzy black tie award ceremony that is streamed live worldwide will give you and your film full worldwide exposure. For full details on the award categories and prizes, take a look at the 2016 Competition at: www. winchestershortfilmfestival.com/short-film-competition/2016competition/ FESTIVAL HISTORY The initial idea for WSFF was something of a whim that Festival Director John Hayes decided to explore. In its inaugural year, 2012, the WSFF was only open to Hampshire based filmmakers. It boasted only 3 award categories and prizes were two sessions of mentoring from award-winning Directors Jonah Weston and Lawrence Walford of Form Films. In 2013 the festival remained small scale, open only to Hampshire based filmmakers, but still managed to attract BBC & ITV Series Producer Alison Martin who donated her time to present the awards. Everyman Cinema also agreed to screen one of the winning films before their main feature. Then in 2014, BOOM! the WSFF_ snowballed. Winchester Film & Art CIC was incorporated to run the festival, with WSFF founder and WFA director John Hayes remaining at the helm. High-profile sponsors offered prize money, an esteemed panel of judges coalesced to adjudicate and provide critiques, the City & County Councils reached into their pockets, highly trained volunteers gave their time. All this attracted a staggering 152 entries from Hampshire based filmmakers alone. In 2015 the festival went National on the back of the 2014 success, WSFF_2015 opened up the competition to filmmakers from across the UK. It boasted 13 Award Categories, a £2000+ cash prize fund , a new festival DVD featuring a collection of the short listed films, and a bespoke designed Award Trophy. There were packed short film screenings for the officially selected films, and the glitzy black tie award ceremony was streamed live worldwide to over 500 viewers. The WSFF_ Filmmakers Hub was also published, which provides advice on filmmaking, opportunities for mentoring, masterclasses, and chances to collaborate on both short and feature length films, plus a platform for actors and directors looking for work. In 2016 the festival will be going International and will be open to filmmakers throughout the world, with special categories for Foreign Films and British Films. There is a cash prize fund of £2,500 as well as opportunities to win camera equipment and on-set experience with professional filmmakers. Once again, our panel of judges comprises of esteemed industry professionals, the black tie award ceremony will be streamed live worldwide and, if previous years are anything to go by, short film screenings will be packed to the hilt.

For more information visit: winchestershortfilmfestival.com


Come & Visit Our Yard & Display Area

Come & Visit Our Yard & Display Area

GAZEBOS & ACCESSORIES

GAZEBOS & ACCESSORIES

Live the Dream with a Gazebo from Equestrian Fencing Services

Live the Dream with a Gazebo from Equestrian Fencing Services

youforgotten dream ofal-fresco simply relaxing with a well earned glass of wine, or are hosting that never to be forgotten al-fresco Whether you dream of simply relaxing with a well earned glass of wine, or are hosting thatWhether never to be thatcheddreams or timber into roofed Gazebo from Equestrian Fencing Services will turn your dreams into party. A thatched or timber roofed Gazebo from Equestrian Fencing Services willparty. turnA your reality - it just couldn’t be easier.

reality - it just couldn’t be easier. Equestrian Fencing Services offer an extensive range of

Equestrian Fencing Services All gazebos from Equestrian Fencing Services are madeoffer an extensive range of

All gazebos from Equestrian Fencing Services are made

Gazebos from carefully selected timber from well managed

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

materials. They are designed to provide a shower proof

sustainable forests, to suit every size and style of garden.

sustainable forests, every size and style of garden. environment. It is important to appreciate thattoinsuit severe

environment. It is important to appreciate that in severe

weather conditions there may be a chance of water

weather conditions there may be a chance of water

Specifically designed accessories to fit our range of

Specifically designed accessories ingress. We recommend with the thatched range that you to fit our range of

ingress. We recommend with the thatched range that you

Gazebos are available to further enhance your comfort

Gazebos areprotection. available to further enhance your comfort invest in a roof liner to improve water

invest in a roof liner to improve water protection.

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

Unless stated all Gazebos A full set of gazebo accessories can be found on the come insidewith a deck base, solid and

A full set of gazebo accessories can be found on the inside

balustrade infill panels. Delivery and assembly on to level

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

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

With all the benefits of a thatched or timber roofed Gazebo

from Equestrian Fencing - Dreams really can come true!

from Equestrian Fencing - Dreams really can come true!

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

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

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

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

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

WE OFFER AN EXTENSIVE RANGE OF

T R A D I T I O N A L & D E C O R AT I V E F E N C I N G, Q U A L I T Y S T RU C T U R A L T I M B E R , S H E E T M A T E R I A L , AG G R E G AT E S A N D L A N D S C A P I N G S L E E P E R S 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

A full set of gazebo accessories can be found on the inside

Unless stated allfound Gazebos come with a deck base, solid and A full set of gazebo accessories can be on the inside

Unless stated all Gazebos come with a deck base, solid and

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

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

invest in a roof liner to improve water protection.

are available to further enhance your comfort invest in a roof liner to Gazebos improve water protection.

Gazebos are available to further enhance your comfort

ingress. We recommend with the thatched range that you

Specifically designedrange accessories to fit our range of ingress. We recommend with the thatched that you

Specifically designed accessories to fit our range of

weather conditions there may be a chance of water

weather conditions there may be a chance of water

N E W S H O P N OW O P E N

environment. It is important to appreciate that in severe

sustainable forests, that to suit every size and style of garden. environment. It is important to appreciate in severe

sustainable forests, to suit every size and style of garden.

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

Gazebos from carefully selected timber from well managed

All gazebos from Equestrian Fencing Services are made

Equestrian Fencing Services offer an extensive range of All gazebos from Equestrian Fencing Services are made

Equestrian Fencing Services offer an extensive range of

Your Local Friendly Stockist of High Quality Structural Building Timber reality - it just couldn’t be easier.

reality - it just couldn’t be easier.

party.turn A thatched timber roofed party. A thatched or timber roofed Gazebo from Equestrian Fencing Services will yourordreams intoGazebo from Equestrian Fencing Services will turn your dreams into Whether of simply relaxing with a well earned glass of wine, or are hosting that never to be forgotten al-fresco Whether you dream of simply relaxing with a well earned glass of wine, or are hosting that never you to bedream forgotten al-fresco

C A L L U S N OW O N : 0 1 3 2 9 8 3 5 1 0 0

email: info@equestrianfencing.com Live the Dream with a Gazebo from Equestrian Fencing Services

www.equestrianfencing.com

Live the Dream with a Gazebo from Equestrian Fencing Services

H I G H R I D G E F A R M , H O S P I T A L RO A D, S H I R R E L L H E A T H , S O U T H A M P T O N , S O 3 2 2 J R

GAZEBOS & ACCESSORIES

GAZEBOS & ACCESSORIES Come & Visit Our Yard & Display Area

Come & Visit Our Yard & Display Area


H OME I SSU E 1 20 | OCTOB E R

complete floors

See our friendly sales team for free, helpful advice and estimating

• CARPETS • NATURAL SISAL • WOOD • VINYLS • LAMINATE • KARNDEAN & AMTICO

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

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

www.completefloors.co.uk facebook.com/completefloors

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

Email: paulbest@live.co.uk

H: 02380 448959 M: 07740 797163

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

T. 01420 80650 56

L

TD

DE

AN

ING & HEAT UMB IN L P G

M. 07918 913194


S PA C E S TO LOVE

WINCHESTER Kitchens & INTERIORS Central Winchester showroom: Opposite Côte Brasserie, 32 Staple Gardens, Winchester SO23 8SR www.winchesterkitchens.com

01962 855 900


COMMU N IT Y I SSU E 1 20 | OCTOB E R

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

58

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

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

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

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

and beautiful flowers. Pearl Court: 01962 734441 O The Alresford Ladies Group Meet for fun and friendship on the second Thursday each month in the John Pearson Hall at 7.30pm.We have a varied programme of walks, talks, trips out and social evenings. Please come along and join us Contact Pearl Page: 01962 734665 O Alresford Rotary Club Rotary carries out local and international community service projects .With members from Alresford and surrounding villages, and open to men and women.We meet most Monday evenings at the Swan. www.alresfordrotary.co.uk or contact Secretary Jon Pittam: 01962 733903 O New Alresford W.I. We meet on the first Wednesday of each month at St.Gregory’s Pastoral Centre, Grange Road at 7.30pm.We have many interesting speakers, trips, craft workshops and much more. New members and guests are welcome. Kate at kitcat1108@aol.com or: 01962 733785 O The Alresford Society A Civic Society for people interested in the local environment.We aim to encourage high standards in planning and preserve and enhance the town, village and surrounding countryside, encouraging community interest in these.We circulate to our members about local issues as they arise and seek their input.We have an interesting social programme. Sue Alexander 01962 732043 suealex13@gmail.com O The Giles Group A club for people with disabilities, and their carers, who meet in the Community Centre every Tuesday morning for a coffee and chat, and monthly on the second Monday afternoon for a talk or quiz. Bus transport is available, and longer outings are monthly, every third Monday. Drop in and see us, or call: 01962 732978 O Alresford Area Craft Club Welcomes crafty people throughout the area who enjoy being creative. Or if you would like to take up a craft and learn something new. For details of venue and dates, contact Sandy: 01962 732995 O Alresford Art Society Meetings from September to June at The ARC, Alresford, on the last Wednesday of the month. Painting days at venues around Hampshire in the summer. Paintings are hung in the surgery and the ARC. www.artsociety.alresford.org Tel: 01962 736751 artsociety@alresford.org


SUPER-FAST 15 MINUTES DRYING onable prices, and courteous friendly om people you can trust in your home

Fabulous Clean Carpets, Upholstery and Curtains

Very reasonable Winner prices, and courteous friendly service from people you can trust in your home.

Forum

al residents

ur carpets king for an pany who e, will be and above

ted to take f the three ue, high upholstery re offering month o give to know d out how sh and ill look eshened by ple.

The Carpet Care People

Our approach is simple: We are proud to run a celebrated professional carpet and upholstery cleaning business, and we insist on providing you with good oldfashioned service and value. Call now and find out why our award-winning service is probably Have the most requested any three of carpet cleaning in the local Stockbridgeyour areacarpets cleaned for justfor £87you total!to do The next thing is call us on 01962 690 005 we’ll welcome your call, answer your questions and take care of everything for you.

3 Great Deals!

of the st trusted ompanies l, nearets for a rmal cost

Deal 1

Upholstery

Tel 01962 690 005

Carpet Price

Carpet Price Carpet

.

2 £67

Carpet Price

3 £87

Carpet Price

4 £107

£97

4

Price

£117

Carpet

Price

5 £137 Office: 01962 734978 (9am-5pm)

Mobile: 07979 506416 email: enquiries@grantandwimbleton.co.uk

FULL OFFER PRICE LIST 1 £47

Deal 3:

Have any 3 carpets and your 3 piece suite freshened up for just £177!

New builds Conservation work Deal 2 Have your three piece Painting & decorating suite freshened up for just £97! Extensions & alterations Frequently Asked Questions Conservatories Here’s a selection of frequently asked questions especially for you sceptics (you know who you are). 1. When you sayDeal ‘carpet’3what do you mean? We mean average size areas, say 10x12ft ish. But we don’t quibble if the areas are a little larger - it’s all done on fairness really. 2. Do you move furniture? Roofing Have anythe three Our pricing policy reflects timecarpets it takes to clean working around furniture, rather than moving it. That said, we are and for example, happy to move your three piece suite backwards and forwards cleaning your three piece Brick under it and replacing it back into position. What we don’t price into the job at these discount prices & is flint specialist suite for moving large pieces of freshened furniture likeup bookcases, sideboards or wardrobes. Similarly we are not insured to move electricaljust items, in particular flat-screen tvs. Again we apply common sense and fairnessGroundworks to the £167! situation and inevitable we do end up moving some furniture around, even at these discount prices. 3. Are there any ‘hidden’ extra costs? The prices quoted above are fully-inclusive and are the actual Structural works (steel) prices you will pay. Carpet Price

Carpet Price

Deal 2:

Have your 3 piece suite freshened up for just £97!

we specialise in cleaning and refreshing 3 piece suites (at our current offer price of £97). Fabric Master, our special upholstery and cleaning system is safe, gentle, and very effective. Fibres are restored to their original beauty and softness you’ll see!

Full Offer Price List 1 £57 2 £77 3 Tel: 01962 690 005 or 07790 883507

Carpet Price

Deal 1:

Have any three of your carpets cleaned for just £97 total!

H OME I SSU E 1 20 | OCTOB E R

ous Clean Carpets

3 Great Deals!

SUPER-FAST 15 MINUTES DRYING

Carpet Price

5 £127

18 NEW FARM ROAD, ALRESFORD, HAMPSHIRE, SO24 9QP

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

Free competitive quotations

Tel: 01962 771285 Mobile: 07973 407996 Est. Locally for over 30 years

59


FEATURE ISSUE 120 | OCTOBER

Look, I said sorry! WHAT DO YOU THINK?

W

hat more do you want? How many times has an apology been received in that way and how do you feel when your child for example says, ’oh sorrrrry’ without any conviction. Not only is it insincere but it is also disrespectful. You would more than likely chastise your offspring or feel differently toward a friend. In the workplace an employee, or employer for that matter, displaying that same lack of genuine apology and disrespect too many times would no doubt be cautioned by HR or voted out. Lets face it we’ve all made mistakes, we are only human after all, generally we feel awful and eager to make amends with a heart felt apology, flowers, chocolates or a pint - whatever appeases your particular conscience. Yet recently ‘apologies’ from those in authority, whether in Government or business, exposed by the media are no more than tokens, a ‘get out of jail free’ card. They say the most outrageous things that would be considered

60

slanderous in the real world whilst their incompetence and ability to whitewash seem boundless. Having been exposed, they often have the audacity to employ some unfortunate representative to ‘apologise’ on their behalf. How often do we listen to an irksome statement read on behalf of-‘X’ who is ‘extremely sorry for any offence caused and has learnt some valuable lessons’ as it frequently goes. Well ‘X’ should have the courage to apologise publically, but no, they are too busy negotiating a pay off. Some even manage to keep their positions, or are moved to a new job for which they have suddenly become uniquely qualified to do despite their wrongdoing. Meanwhile another plays sacrificial lamb, resigning for the sake of public appeasement, apologising profusely and taking the blame by covering for another. The public, far from being fooled are left incredulous. Turns out a true sorry, like the songs says, is the hardest word. What do you think? - GG


31/1/10

12:38

Page 1

Maid Marian

PROFESSIONAL DOMESTIC SERVICES

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

We can help.

Your local storage company

• 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

EASY ONLINE HIRE

ALL ENQUIRIES: www.selfstore.co.uk 01962 600220

H OME I SSU E 1 20 | OCTOB E R

Maid Marian Ad 90 x 135

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

Peter White Groundworks

Mini Digger and Operator

JJ DECORATING SERVICES

Competitive rates • Fully insured

Reliable and experienced painting and decorating service at very competitive rates Free quotations • Fully insured • References available

Tel: 01962 808182 Mob:07917 222713 E: peterdwhite71@gmail.com

Tel: James - 07919 487821 james.jimjamie@googlemail.com

Landscaping • Driveways • Drainage

City and Guilds Qualified

61


COMMU N IT Y HOME ISSU E 1 20 | OCTOBE R

Community ALRESFORD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE NEWS Would you like to host a Chamber event in 2017? If any members are interested in hosting a Chamber Chat in 2017, please do get in touch. This is an excellent opportunity to promote your business or premise to various like-minded business people in the local area.

The event only needs to last a couple of hours, usually on a Tuesday or Thursday evening & the Chambers Secretary handles the advertising & invitations. Email Liz on info@alresfordchamber. co.uk if you would like further information. Save the date – Christmas Chamber event Save the date for our Christmas Chamber event which will be on Thursday 1st December this year & will be hosted by The Swan Hotel. This event is chargeable at £10p/h to include food & a drink on the evening. Invites & more details will be going out to all members closer to the time, but in the meantime to save a place email info@alresfordchamber.co.uk Fair Night Don’t forget fair night will be taking place on Thursday 13th October in Broad Street.

Arrival of Father Christmas & Late Night Shopping Father Christmas will be arriving on Wednesday 7th December & this will coincide with Late Night Shopping. Come along to soak up the fantastic festive atmosphere and activities whilst doing your Christmas shopping. Shops will be open until late! For 60 years Father Christmas has entranced children by arriving in Broad Street and handing out presents a couple of weeks early. The street is closed off and the hundreds-strong crowds sing carols before

62

his arrival. The event is organised by The Alresford Christmas Tree Committee. Timings for the event; 3pm – 8.30pm – St. Johns Church – view the Christmas Tree Festival 6pm –Christmas Carols in Broad Street 7pm-The Arrival of Father Christmas FREE vacancy advertising Don’t forget to use your FREE members perk of the ‘jobs’ page on our website. 25% of the visitors to our website were using our jobs page, if you have a vacancy in Alresford, it’s the best place to advertise it. It will cost you nothing. Please email your vacancy details to info@alresfordchamber.co.uk Collated & Written by Liz Brown – Chamber Secretary

PLACE A MINI-AD IN THE FORUM FOR AS LITTLE AS £22 A MONTH ADVERT SIZE 44mm x 62mm

CJ The Plumber Colin Joyce

• Reliable friendly service • Repairs or installation • Kitchen, bathroom, shower • Outside tap, cold water • Storage cisterns, taps, WC • No call out charge

01962 776545

Domestic plumbing

OFFERING A COMPLETE SPECIALIST SERVICE IN

NEW CONSTRUCTION, BARN CONVERSIONS & OAK FRAMING REPAIRS

OVER 40 YEARS EXPERIENCE.

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 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


CONSTRUCTION NEW HOMES EXTENSIONS

Elegant lighting for Fine Homes & Gardens

LOFT CONVERSIONS

H OME I SSU E 1 20 | OCTOB E R

CPFM REFURBISHMENTS AND ASSOCIATED WORKS

Specialist lighting designers Owl Lighting have been creating for Fine Homes Fine Homes & Gardens Elegant lighting & Gardens ALL WORKS GUARANTEED lighting schemes for homes in Hampshire for over 10 years.

ghting have been creating lighting schemes Specialist lighting designers Owl Lighting have been creating lighting schemes mpshire for over 10 years. for a whole house or for one room for homes in Hampshire for over 10 years. Whether please contact usWhether to findwe outfor how we can help you.or for one room please contact us toinfo@cpfm.co.uk m please Elegant contact us tolighting find out how can a help whole you. house find out how we can help you. for Fine Homes & Gardens

www.cpfm.co.uk Tel: 01962 732 970 Mob: – OW L L I07947 G HTI N G 812 412

ghting.co.uk 01962 738689 www.owl-lighting.co.uk 01962www.owl-lighting.co.uk 738689 designers info@owl-lighting.co.uk www.owl-lighting.co.uk Specialist lighting Owl Lighting have been creatinginfo@owl-lighting.co.uk lighting schemes

for homes in Hampshire for over 10 years. llow usfor on:a whole house or for one room please contact us to find out how weFollow us on: hether can help you. W L LI GHT I N G – OW L L IGH T IN G – @OW L L I G HT I N G – OW L L I G HTI N G 01962 738689 info@owl-lighting.co.uk www.owl-lighting.co.uk

Follow us on: – @OW LLI G H T I N G

– OW L L I G H T I N G

– OW L L I G H T I N G

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

www.jameswhitefencing.com 63


COMMU N IT Y I SSU E 1 20 | OCTOB E R

Community REPORT FROM THE ALRESFORD & ITCHEN VALLEY CITY COUNCILLORS Alresford Local Plan WCC are awaiting a final report from the Government Inspector, Nigel Payne, before the Local Plan for Winchester District can be agreed by the Council. Currently, it is expected the Sun Lane site will be the preferred location along with redevelopment at The Dean in Alresford. WCC will be meeting with owners of properties in The Dean regarding future development of this area with a view to a masterplan being created to ensure the area delivers additional car parking and that sites link cohesively with one another. Council Housing WCC are looking at their stock of council housing and will be conducting a survey with residents in the coming months. Residents are urged to complete forms. Forms are frequently returned by older residents, however it is important to understand the views of all age groups and tenants and it may be residents will be called on in order to assist in gaining a greater response rate and understanding of residents views. Received a letter from WCC about electoral registration? WCC carry out a "canvass" every year to ensure that the electoral register is up to date. With the introduction of Individual electoral registration (external website), the annual canvass process has changed. If there are changes to the occupant details - for example, someone has moved away or moved in follow the instructions on the letter to let WCC know. If you tell WCC there are new people eligible to be registered, each person will receive an "invitation to register". If new voters do not reply to the written reminders, WCC will visit to help them complete the canvass. The law says that you must provide WCC with the information as part of the annual canvass. Station Approach New designs will be sought for the multi-million-pound redevelopment of Station Approach in Winchester. Winchester City Council’s Cabinet agreed (7 September) to seek fresh plans for creating offices, shops, homes, parking and public spaces at the

HOLIDAY INN WINCHESTER HOSTS HOUNDS FOR HEROES CHARITY FUNDRAISER

W

orking closely with the Hampshire based charity Hounds for Heroes for the last three years, the Holiday Inn Winchester has been sponsoring accommodation for injured veterans to train with their new assistance dogs. The staff at the hotel look forward to hearing the patter of paws around the hotel while hosting the regular training sessions, and have become very attached to the beautiful highly intelligent 64

Cattle Market and Carfax sites near the city’s railway station. Plans for Friarsgate car park Planning permission was granted for the partial demolition of Friarsgate multi storey car park on 19 August. The partial demolition will allow for at least 31 parking spaces to be reopened at ground an upper ground levels. It is anticipated works are to commence in October/November 2016. Commercial Premises Survey Recent studies suggest that there is a shortage of small commercial premises (both office and industrial) in rural areas of the Winchester District suitable for small businesses and those looking to “start-up”. WCC have undertaken a survey to understand demand. New Transport Group for Winchester District A new group to consider transport issues across the district is being set up by Winchester City Council. It will consider transport-related (including walking and cycling) issues and the delivery of major projects as well as enabling public input. Works to begin on Casson Block enhancements Works to enhance the frontage of the Casson Block on St George’s Street, Winchester, will see an extension to the usable area outside the businesses, renewed lighting and the installation of planters to make the area more appealing for pedestrians and customers, as well as those passing by on St George’s Street. The existing shrubs, previously a fountain, to the east of the building, will also be removed with plans to provide an area for public art currently being formed. Natwest Mobile Bank Broad Street between 10.30-12.00 each Wednesday, from 19 October 2016. Am sure this will be welcomed. If you need any assistance from your City Councillors, please contact any of the following: 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

dogs that bring positive changes to the lives of the veterans. The hotel will be hosting a special charity fund raising event for Hounds for Heroes on Thursday 6th October with the evening including the winning combination of a home cooked curry, specially prepared by the hotel’s 2 AA Rosette Award winning team, with all the fun a quiz. The hotel’s recently appointed General Manager Marc Solarz is a very keen quizzer and commented: “Curry and quiz nights are always such a popular event. We wanted to create a fun way of raising funds and awareness for this very special charity that we sponsor.” Tickets are available at £14.95 per person to include the curry buffet and quiz, with a prize for the winner and a raffle. Food will be served from 7pm and the quiz will start at 7.45pm. Maximum team size of 10 people. To book call 01962 670700 or email events@hiwinchester.co.uk


ICES

CES

Y Y

Y

Electrical Sales

ExpEriEncEd local buildEr and pEacE of mind Much of my work is achieved by personal recommendation and there’s no better reassurance than that. With over 30 years experience, fully qualified and insured, I am happy to talk through what you need to help create your design and give a FREE no obligation estimate.

Contact me now, I’m here to help.

FOR YOUR HOME ELECTRICAL NEEDS

• DESIGN • INtErIor rEcoNStructIoN aND rEfurbIShmENt • bathroomS • KItchENS • ExtENSIoNS aND coNvErSIoNS • GENEral buIlDING worKS

H OME I SSU E 1 20 | OCTOB E R

CES ICES

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

29 29

29

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

Michael Hoggard Ltd

Michael Hoggard Ltd Quality Building Contractors

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

‘A family company built on acompany solid foundation’ Michael Limited isisaafamily built MichaelHoggard Hoggard Limited family company builton onaa Michael Hoggard Limited is a family company built on a

solid foundation. one the longest trading building solidfoundation. foundation.ItItItisisisone one of the longest trading building solid ofof the longest trading building firms locally, having been established inin1967. firmslocally, locally,having having been established 1967. firms been established in 1967.

“We deal with every aspect building construction” “Wedeal dealwith withevery everyaspect aspect of building and construction” ofof building andand construction”

mhoggardltd@btconnect.com Office phone/fax: 01962 732985 mhoggardltd@aol.com Phone/Fax: 01962 732985 mhoggardltd@aol.com Office Phone/Fax: 01962 732985 mhoggardltd@aol.comOffice Office Phone/Fax: 01962 732985 Michael Hoggard: (Home)01962 01962 732494 (Direct) 07802 418079 Michael Hoggard: (Home) 732494 (Direct) 07802 418079 Michael MichaelHoggard: Hoggard:(Home) (Home)01962 01962732494 732494 (Direct) (Direct)07802 07802418079 418079

Michael Hoggard Limited is a family company built on a solid foundation. It is one of the longest trading building firms locally, having been established in 1967. “We deal with every aspectisofabuilding construction” Michael Hoggard Limited familyand company built on a

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

on 01256 886241 Simon 07852 117361 Dan 07712 885345

www.BWCS-Online.com 65


COMMU N IT Y I SSU E 1 20 | OCTOB E R

Community S STEVE BRINE M.P

eptember was back to school time for many of my constituents with young families and it was no different in our household. It’s a new term for MPs also as the Autumn political season gets underway and Parliament returns.

was the usual mix of street surgeries, events, a supermarket surgery and even a festival. The wide engagement it provides is so important to me and you can see full details at www.

stevebrine.com/summertour16

Locally, August and September saw the return of my Summer Tour. It

66

EVERY THURSDAY Alresford Country Market At Alresford Community Centre From 8am until 11.30am.

SUNDAY 8 OCTOBER Michael Project Coffee Morning With Sale Table and raffle in the John Pearson Hall. 10am-12noon

SATURDAY 8 OCTOBER Bishops Sutton Village Hall Jumble Sale

There’s a real sense of renewal in the air (with a new Prime Minister and a new Ministerial job for me) but nobody’s under any illusions there’s a lot to do. Britain’s exit from the European Union understandably dominates and all smart MPs are focused on making a success of Brexit. I’ve written a fair bit since June setting out three of the areas I intend to focus on in discussions with Government colleagues. Given the large number of my constituents that commute to the City every day, I am obviously interested in how we maintain London as the powerhouse of our economy and the place the world's big banks want to be. Alongside this, I am working with environmental organisations to see we take into UK law the best of, for example, the EU Habitats Directive, and blend it with other conventions and directives from outside the EU we will remain signed up to. That can all be drawn together as we honour a manifesto commitment to develop a 25-year plan for our environment. Finally, farming already makes a major contribution to the UK and is the bedrock for a vibrant supply chain that is essential for our food and drink industry, worth some £100 billion to the economy. I believe this industry can embody the much talked of ‘opportunity’ of Brexit as we shape a new vision for an agricultural policy which ensures a dynamic, profitable and sustainable future. My columns all appear online via www.stevebrine. com/chroniclecolumn

Calendar

September also saw (as pictured) the opening of significantly improved facilities for cyclists at Winchester Railway Station following the completion of a new Cycle Hub. Alongside Winchester resident Conrad Haigh, who also heads up integrated transport at ATOC, I cut the ribbon on the £400,000 investment by South West Trains which provides 100 cycle spaces on two-tiered racks. The fully enclosed facility also boasts free to use cycle maintenance equipment, 24/7 CCTV and real time train information screens. Finally for this time, PMQs is more lively than it’s been in years so why not enter my ballot to see Theresa May take questions from the new (or renewed) Labour leader on Wednesday 7th December? Enter via www. stevebrine.com/PMQs You can find more about my other work, in Winchester and Westminster, via the website or on 01962 791110. Steve Brine MP for Winchester, Alresford & Itchen Valley steve.brine.mp@parliament.uk.You can find more about my other work, in Winchester and Westminster, via the website or on 01962 791110

Proceeds towards Village Hall funds. Books, Bric-aBrac, Clothing, Produces, Raffle, Refreshments, Tombola. Admission 50p. Jumble may be brough to the hall from 10am on the day. For more information contact: 01962 736211 or 01962 733908

WEDNESDAY 12 OCTOBER Forget me not clothes sale From 9am - 5pm at Alresford Community Centre. Beautiful pre-owned clothes Great labels at a fraction of the price Fun, exciting way to shop. Contact: Katie 07771 855912 katie@forgetmenotsales.co.uk

THURSDAY 13 OCTOBER Annual Bridge Tea with Winchester GoLD From 2pm - 5pm at The White House, Main Road, Littleton, Winchester, SO22 6QS. Come and join us for a friendly competition and a gorgeous homemade tea. To book a table (£50 per table), or make a donation please contact Gimma at: gimmamacp@aol.com or telephone 01962 884098

FRIDAY 14 OCTOBER The Naked Quiz Night In aid of Home-Start Winchester. From 7.30pm at Itchen Abbas Village Hall. Sponsored by The Naked Grape Bring a table of eight or join a team on the night (Clothing Compulsory) Tickets £12.50 to include a delicious two course supper. Prize Draw includes seven nights accommodation in the South of France. For tickets call Sue Barham on 01962 851177 or email info@home-startwinchester.org.uk


h s e r f ideas for of PRESENT MOMENT Titchfield CATCH YOUR BREATH IN THE

Est. 45 years

your garden

GARDEN DESIGN

PLANTS, SHRUBS & TREES

16 SHOW GARDENS

the unusual, the interesting, the different PLANTING PLANS

WATER FEATURES

RETAIL SHOP

Call in and speak to our award winning Designer Mike Hodges. You can find us just off the M27 jct9

hambrooks.co.uk 01489 572285 BESPOKE GARDEN ACCESSORIES

www.healthspace.co.uk/pm GARDEN MAINTENANCE

COFFEE COURTYARD


eco eco DESIGN AND QUALITY

GERMAN KITCHENS WINCHESTER

Luxury kitchens at exceptional value

GERMAN KITCHENS WINCHESTER

'From our first visit to the Eco showroom we could tell that their attention to detail was first class'

WINCHESTER SHOWROOM ABOVE BATHROOM WAREHOUSE, UNIT 3, WYKEHAM ESTATE, MOORSIDE ROAD, WINNALL, WINCHESTER, HAMPSHIRE, SO23 7RX

VISIT OUR WEBSITE TO SEE WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS THINK

T: 01962 867540

E: info@eco-germankitchens.co.uk

www.eco-germankitchens.co.uk

Itchen Valley Issue 120 (October 2016)  
Advertisement