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FORU M All the local events and news Jane's Kitchen - Sausage Plait Plus feature articles from: Hampshire Mum Claire Thurlow Iris Crowfoot NOVEMBER 2017 • ISSUE 133 • REACHING 18,750 READERS * ITCHEN VALLEY, WINCHESTER & THE WORTHY'S OLD ALRESFORD CANDOVER

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29 Motoring

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Hampshire Mum, Claire Thurlow, Iris Crowfoot and many more

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PROMOTION ISSUE 133 | NOVEMBER

A new gift shopping experience comes to Winchester

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t a time when our high streets look increasingly homogenous, and independent retailers struggle to survive, one impact on shoppers is the growing difficulty in finding unique gifts for friends and family. All this looks set to change with the arrival of The Rare Brand Market at The Winchester Guildhall on November 30th and December 1st. The Rare Brand Market was founded in 2008, with a view to bridge the vast gap between a London-style shopping event and a regional charity fair. To date, this company’s pop-up markets have been primarily on The Goodwood Estate in West Sussex but are welcomed this year in Winchester, and with plans underway to expand to London over the next twelve months. The Rare Brand Market focuses on emerging brands, ones that are likely to have been created in the last one to three years. Over one hundred brands will occupy The Winchester Guildhall over the course of two days, of which approximately one-third are based within an hour of Winchester and the remainder from London or elsewhere in the UK. These are brands you won’t find on the high street and are created by businesses that have great back stories. Winchester shoppers will be able to select from fabulous food, drink, clothing, accessories, toiletries, jewelry, art and sought after services all under the one roof.

Founder Emma Schwarz, who’s lived on the South coast all her life, has been a retailer since her teens, working for big giants like Marks and Spencer PLC, medium brands like Sofa Workshop and luxury product startups. More recently she found herself consulting with the Limewood Hotel Group, in the New Forest. She helped to create their exclusive retail range. Emma is also a huge foodie and has judged with The Guild of Fine Food / Great Taste Awards, written a Cookbook and published a food magazine. The Guildhall in Winchester has been chosen for its central location and beautiful interior, with the market occupying the whole of the ground floor. The different offering will compliment Winchester’s celebrated Christmas Market and high street stalls, providing even greater choice for shoppers in the festive season.

So, if you want to find unique products and meet the founders behind them, visit The Rare Brand Market which is always held in magnificent venues, never outside or in a marquee. Shopping has become soulless, The Rare Brand Market puts the theatre back into shopping, making it pleasurable and wholesome again. Invite the friend who would make a good companion on a Christmas shopping trip and take advantage of the two for one offer on the entry price.You can also choose which charity benefits from a percentage of ticket sales. Our café will be serving breakfast, brunch, lunch, Barista coffee and afternoon tea. Stylish shopping is guaranteed – leaving empty handed is not!!

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With The Rare Brand Market’s distinctive shopping experience and diverse collection of brands, it really is a pop-up Lifestyle Shopping dream come true!


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OJO Inspired are excited to be popping up again at Fitique in Broad Street, New Alresford thanks to Victoria Gedye on the 1st December from 9.30am - 5.30pm. We will have our range of fabulously affordable winter parkas, fur jackets, gilet’s and much more. We will donating 10% of sales to the Alzheimer’s charity something that is very close to my heart. We are also at Twyford School Christmas Fair from 9am - 4pm. The address is Twyford School, Twyford, Winchester, SO21 1NW. For more information: Tel: 07973 688251 www.jojoinspired.com

SMALL GRANTS UP FOR GRABS FOR THE WINCHESTER TOWN AREA

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inchester City Council’s Town Forum is looking to award small grants to organisations that provide activities within the Town area of Winchester. The small one-off grants are intended to benefit residents in the five unparished areas of the Town by enabling them to purchase items of equipment, or to fund specific activities. On Wednesday 20 September, Cllr Jamie Scott and Cllr Ian Tait saw the direct impact of the Town Forum grant funding when they visited Clausentum Fen, which received Town Forum funding in August 2017. The grant helped to fund the Clausentum Fen Conservation Group’s environmental project, which encouraged the local community to undertake voluntary work together. Cllr Jamie Scott, Chair of the Town Forum Grants Panel said; “It is with great pleasure that we are able to offer small grant funding again this year. The grants have proven invaluable to recipients and have previously funded a wide range of activities. If your organisation could benefit, please get in touch.” Marcus Swalwell, Chair of the Clausentum Fen Conservation Group explained how their grant has helped their organisation; “Fen Conservation got off to a flying start thanks in part to support from a Winchester City Council Town Forum grant. Our community has collaborated to create an ambitious plan which has already reversed 50 years of overgrowth on a special chalk stream fed meadow. We hope to build on these partnerships, to bring the wonders of native species wildlife to the edge of Winchester city.” The deadline to apply for a Town Forum grant is noon on 7 November and further details can be found on the City Council’s website here: http://www.winchester.gov.uk/community/grants/ town-forum-small-grants/ If you require any further information about funding for Voluntary and Community organisations, please contact Hayley Shattock, 01962 848 269 or email: grants@winchester.gov.uk 8

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he Rare Brand Market was founded in 2008, with a view to bridge the vast gap between a London style shopping event and a regional charity fair. Pop-up Markets to date have been mainly on The Goodwood Estate in West Sussex, but are now expanding to Winchester, and next year London. The Rare Brand Market focuses on emerging brands that are likely to have been created in the last 1 to 3 years. Over one hundred brands will occupy The Guildhall, of which approximately one third are based within an hour of Winchester and the remainder from London or national. These are brands you won’t find on the high street and are created by businesses that have great back stories. Winchester shoppers will have the ability to source unique products at a time when an alarming number of independent shops seem to be disappearing from our increasingly homogenized high street. So, if you want to find unique products and meet the founders behind them then come to our markets...they are always in fabulous venues, never outside or in a marquee. Shopping has become soulless, The Rare Brand Market puts the theatre back into shopping, we make it pleasurable and wholesome again. Stylish shopping is guaranteed – leaving empty handed is not !! Founder Emma Schwarz, who’s lived on the South coast all her life, has been a retailer since her teens, working for Big giants like Marks and Spencer PLC, medium brands like Sofa Workshop and luxury product start ups. More recently she found herself consulting with the Limewood Hotel Group, in the New Forest. She helped to create their exclusive retail range. She is also a huge foodie and has judged withThe Guild of Fine Food / Great Taste Awards and has written a Cookbook and published a Food Magazine. The Guildhall in Winchester has been chosen for its central location and beautiful interior, with the market occupying the whole of the ground floor. Our different offering will compliment Winchester’s celebrated Christmas Market and high street markets. With The Rare Brand Market’s distinctive shopping experience and curation of brands, we really are a pop-up Lifestyle Shopping dream come true!

The Rare Brand Market will be at The Winchester Guildhall from Thursday 30th November - Friday 1st December, 9am - 4pm.


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D.BARKER & SON - OBAKU WATCH COMPETITION

Liz Barker presenting Mrs Bunce with her watch

The winning entry was drawn this morning and the watch was won by Alresford resident Mrs J. Bunce. D. Barker & Son, 40A West Street, Alresford, SO24 9AU Tel: 01962 732200 www. dbarkerandson.co.uk

Community HUGH BONNEVILLE LAUNCHES NEW CHARITY FOR SOUTH DOWNS NATIONAL PARK

“The South Downs National Park Trust is a great opportunity for us to give something back. To help care for the National Park and help more people gain access to it and enjoy it.” Toni Shaw, Trustee for the South Downs National Park Trust, said: “We’re so grateful to the hundreds of people already volunteering their time to the National Park –monitoring the health of rivers is just one tiny part of the amazing work they do – and the new South Downs National Park Trust is another way people can show support for this great cause. “By donating through our website or leaving a lasting gift in your will you can show your love for the National Park. For the price of just a coffee we could create a square metre of wildflower meadow, providing a nectar source for bees and butterflies. Or for the price of a cinema ticket you could help a child take part in an outdoor education activity that helps them discover the National Park for the first time.”

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ugh Bonneville showed his support for the South Downs National Park Trust, a new charity launching today, 16 October 2017. Joining charity trustee Toni Shaw he helped monitor the health of a local chalk stream, just one example of the kind of work the charity will support. Hugh Bonneville said: “The South Downs has been my home on and off for 40 years and I can see the ways that gaining National Park status has helped both the environment and communities. I often walk my dogs on the Downs and like thousands of others, locals and visitors alike, I appreciate the moments for reflection and inspiration that the South Downs National Park gives me.

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The South Downs National Park Trust is independent but will be supported by South Downs National Park Authority staff for its first three years – ensuring that funds raised can be focused on work in the National Park. Margaret Paren, Chair of the South Downs National Park Authority, said: “The National Park Authority and our partners have big ambitions for the South Downs: we want to see more of the land managed for wildlife, more rare habitats protected, more local communities thriving and more people able to access and enjoy the landscapes. This goes far beyond our current funding. “The new Trust will help it flourish and stay protected for future generations.” To find out more, and to donate please visit www.southdowns. gov.uk/donate/


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Sunday 5 November 08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 Parish Communion and Laying-on of Hands 18.00 PowerHouse Service

Sunday 5 November 11.00 Café church Sunday 12 November Remembrance Sunday 10.00 Remembrance Communion Sunday 19 November 10.00 Parish Communion Sunday 26 November 10.00 Morning Prayer Parish Office: 01962 733545 stjohnsalresford.org.uk

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NEW ALRESFORD O Methodist Church Sunday Worship 10.30 Morning Worship 1st Sunday Café Worship. Holy Communion Monthly Midweek Activities Tuesdays 10.00 Come in for coffee 3rd Tuesday Men Who Lunch Thursdays 14.30 1st and 3rd Thursdays Womens Fellowhip 19.30 1st Thursday - Lydia Group for ladies Saturdays 09.30 1st Saturday Bacon Butties Contact: Revd Ruth Fry Tel: 01962 882828 NEW ALRESFORD O New Farm Chapel Sunday Services 10.30 Morning Worship, with creche and KOSMIC for children 16.30 Will vary between talk or discussion with praise and prayer

Midweek Activities Mondays 16.30 Kidz Club Tuesdays 10.15 Toddlers Group Wednesdays 14.30 Senior Citizens Group 19.30 Alternate Bible Study / Prayer Thursdays 10.00 Home Prayer Group 1st Saturday in the month 10.00 (2nd in each month) Prayer Time www.newfarmchapel.org.uk BIGHTON O All Saints Sunday 1 October 11.00 Family Service Sunday 8 October 11.00 Harvest Festival Sunday 15 October 11.00 Morning Prayer Sunday 22 October 11.00 Parish Communion Sunday 29 October 09.30 Benefice Communion at St. Mary's Parish Office: 01962 733545 stjohnsalresford.org.uk UPPER ITCHEN BENEFICE Sunday 5 November 10.15 Cheriton Benefice Communion Service 18.00 Benefice All Souls Service Hinton Ampner Sunday 12 November 09.00 Cheriton Holy Communion 10.45 Cheriton Remembrance Service 10.45 Bramdean Remembrance Service Sunday 19 November 08.30 Beauworth Holy Communion 09.30 Cheriton Holy Communion 11.00 Hinton Ampner

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Margaret Fowkes: Alresford LaceMakers.

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argaret and I sit on the sofa. She tells me it’s all very easy, but I’m not so sure. In front of me is Margaret’s demonstration cushion on which sits a beautiful piece of partially made lace border.The paper pattern is marked with pins, each attached to a slender thread, in this case cotton, (although Margaret has worked lace in silk), each individually bound at the other end to a myriad of bobbins. With the bobbins already sectioned according to the requirements of the pattern, Margaret teaches me how to work the small number of bobbins that will form the tiny stitches of the next part of the pattern. I pass a bobbin over another and another back the opposite way. I must then work with another bobbin, finding I need to concentrate to get the intricacies of the rhythm of the pattern. “I can instantly recognise when a person has potential,” says Margaret. “Lace making is similar to knitting. It has two basic stitches - a half stitch and a whole stitch- which form the basis of many patterns, much like the plain and purl stitches of knitting. I like to teach on a one to one basis; really, I want a student not only to have those stitches in their head, but also to have ability and knowledge in their hands, so that it becomes totally natural to them. That takes time to achieve but once they have, it’s easier to move on to the intricacies of a pattern. Lace making requires complete concentration.You can’t do it while watching the television! It’s so lovely to be fully engaged with lace making, time passes quickly and you don’t think about any of your worries. I have often been to a lace making holiday retreat in Scotland, which is stunning, and I have written a piece ‘Lace in the Wilderness’ about my time there.” Despite considering herself ‘still a beginner’ Margaret has been making lace for over thirty years, a fact borne out by the number of bobbins she uses and has collected.These are items of beauty in themselves, each one different, with its individual beading or ‘spangle’ at the end. Some are made of bone, but most are wood in varying colours, costing £7 - £20 each. Some have a special

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significance for Margaret, having belonged to dear friends or signifying a special occasion. “The history of lace and lace production is fascinating,” Margaret explains. “It is thought a type of lace is represented on the clothing depicted on Egyptian vases. From the fifteenth century, the importance of lace as a quality fashion item and expression of status and wealth became recognized, culminating in the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries when lace became more valuable than money. Many counties and towns in England became synonymous with the lace made there with patterns named after them- Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire for example - and the finest of all English lace is from Honiton. I personally feel that by making lace I am paying homage to the many women and children who were exploited by slave labour.They produced beautiful lace in appalling conditions which was sold by unscrupulous traders who made fortunes from it. It is right that they should be remembered.” Margaret is a member and Chairperson of the Alresford Lace Makers and offers one to one teaching as well as talks on lace making to interested groups. “I’m passionate about keeping the art of lace making alive.We demonstrate at the Jane Austen House Museum and our lace will be part of a commemorative quilt being produced by various textile artists. Alresford Lace Makers support the Winchester Cancer Research Trust which is the charity of Mr. Rainsbury, the renowned breast cancer consultant. Breast cancer has touched so many women’s lives that cancer research is vital.” The Alresford Lace Makers hold meetings on the third Thursday of each month at Itchen Abbas village hall between 9:00am and 1:00pm. All are welcome to come and try their hand at lace making and enjoy tea and good company. For more details contact them at alresfordlacemakers.org.uk GG.


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www.alresfordrotary.co.uk or contact secretary Jon Pittam on: 01962 733903 O New Alresford W.I. For more information contact Kate at kitcat1108@aol.com or 01962 733785

O The Royal British Legion For more information contact: www.britishlegion.org.uk/ branches/eastleigh

O The Alresford Society For more information contact Sue Alexander on: 01962 732043 suealex13@gmail.com

O Alresford Day Care Centre For more information contact: Tel: 01962 735612

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

OTHER CLUBS AND SOCIETIES O Alresford Rotary Club For more information visit

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O Alresford Twinning Association For more information contact: Jean on 01962 733131 jahalresford-twinning@ yahoo.co.uk O Itchen Reading Group For more information contact: Jill Clayton: 01962 735482 O Alresford Historical and Literary Society Contact: Glenn Gilbertson Tel: 01962 732726. glenngilbertson@btinternet.com or Bob Fowler Tel: 01962 734125 O The Alresford Ladies Group For more information contact Pearl Page: 01962 734665

Wellbeing STRICTLY ZUMBA FOR CHILDREN IN NEED

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trictly Zumba for Children in Need Nov 13th – 17th I’ve done pyjamas, tutus, camels … but this year I thought I’d go Strictly. This is a total gift to my classes – who will be able to score my performance 1 – 10 on the night (sorry, we won’t be doing negative numbers). Everyone can come in ‘glitz’ if they want to – but as always, dressing up totally optional. More than enough silliness provided on the night.

If you’ve never tried Zumba, why not make your excuse supporting this great cause. They’ll be a bucket on the night for voluntary contributions. Strictly Zumba will run all week at all my classes (see www.zumba-around-winchester.com for class details) though the Friday morning 10am at the beautiful Itchen Abbas Millennium Hall will be the main event – may even have prizes: extra jelly babies for me. And for class that gives me highest total score (Nothing like rigging the system). Any questions – contact me on sue@plays-r-ussell.com. Keep dancing Sue Russell No partners required - never yet found anyone prepared to take me on.

ALRESFORD SENIOR CITIZENS LUNCH CLUB FUND RAISING Thanks to the following businesses who donated towards the Lunch Club fund raising sale and raffle on the 9th September helping us to raise over £550.00” Mr. Anthony Gaye Tesco Hair Art Driftwood Hair Studio Soles Butchers Alresford Gift Shop Suzie Watson Design Oakleaf Stationary Sandwich Shop Moda Rosa Billy Goat Franchetti Bond Horse and Groom Alresford Linen Co. Alresford Beauty Hobby Horse Mervyn Smith (watercress)

Fyffes Bananas Coop Hair Care Wessex Chemist Evans Butchers Interior Style Naked Grape Tiffins Tea rooms Hetre Pretty Woman Long Barn Ragamuffin Pizza Express Studio 49 Heidi’s Bakery Swan Hotel Morgan’s Hardware


Alresford Beauty New Salon and New Treatments After opening the new salon in June 2012 it quickly became clear that the icing on the cake would be to take over the whole building. Planning permission was granted for change of use in August and we have started work converting the two upper floors and are excited to reveal that on the first floor, we will be adding three manicure stations and two pedi-spa chairs and on the second floor there will be two luxury beauty rooms. On the ground floor, we will be reducing the manicure and pedicure stations to just one of each to cater for our clients who would prefer not to walk up the stairs, and we will be extensively refurbishing the shop and extending it. Back in June, we started doing laser treatments with the Ellipse laser machine, which uses an advanced technique of selected waveband technology. This is showing amazing results, both in hair removal and skin rejuvenation. In January 2018 we are delighted to be opening the doors of our new modernised and extended salon. In the interim we are expanding our treatments and growing our team. In October, Harley Street trained Sharron Gordon joined us as our aesthetics practitioner, a pharma­cist consultant with a 20 year history of specialist clinical work for the NHS. Sharron now specialises in aesthetics, with remarkable, really natural results. "It's really important to spend time having a personal consultation with your clients," she says. "Only by understanding what the client wants and what their concerns are you able to create unique treat­ments to achieve their expectations. Many clients who I talk to worry that the results will look unnat­ ural and obvious but that really isn't the case". Talking to Sharron it is clear that there are many common questions that arise over the use of aes­thetics such as; does 'Botox' make you happy? Would everyone know if I'd had 'Botox'? Will a chemi­cal peel hurt? The answers certainly are fascinating .... so if you have ever wondered about having 'Botox', fillers or chemical peels then there is no better time to book in for a free, no obligation consultation and find out more. This will be a limited offer until the end of November, after which consultations will be charged at £30 which is fully redeemable against your first treatment. This is what some of Sharron's clients have said: "Thank you so much I feel fine and it looks great. Very happy" "Sharron is a caring, professional. The time she took explaining the procedure and her awareness of my initial concerns, made my first session pain free ..... and to be honest a pleasure. My confidence is back after my first visit. Thank you" Sharron has one clinic each week running up to Christmas if you would like a new fresher party look this season, please ring us to book your first consultation.

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Children in Years R, 1, 2, 3 and 4 will be offered the flu vaccine at school through School Health.

Appointment availability Over the last year or so we have undertaken a full review of the GP workload and have made some significant changes: 1. We are addressing the doctor’s administrative burden and have employed more admin staff to undertake some of this work. 2. We have trained our nurses to undertake more of the care of patients with chronic illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and respiratory disease. 3. Our nurses now carry out contraceptive checks previously undertaken by the GPs. 4. We have revised our appointment system. Until March 2017 each GP had 14 appointments per surgery. They now have 16 appointments per surgery and a proportion of these are now telephone appointments. We currently have telephone appointments available within a few days. 5. All patients needing same day care will still have access to an initial telephone triage and will be seen by the duty doctor if appropriate. 6. Appointment numbers are reviewed daily and our GP Partners often add in extra surgeries at short notice. 7. We are part of a federation of local surgeries called Mid Hampshire Healthcare (MHH). MHH have, this week, opened two new GP hubs in Winchester and Andover. This Hub will provide a range of GP and nurse routine and urgent appointments from 5pm – 8pm Monday to Friday and from 8am to 4pm on Saturday and 8am to 12pm on Sunday. Patients will be seen by a GP who has full access to the patient’s primary care medical record. These appointments can be booked via the Surgery in the usual way.

GP Training – Tuesday 7th November 2017 Like our colleagues at GP practices across West Hampshire, the GPs and nursing staff at this practice are very keen to keep our knowledge and skills up to date so that we can provide you and

The Alresford Surgery Station Road, Alresford, Hampshire, SO24 9JL Telephone: 01962 732345 Website: www.alresfordsurgery.co.uk

Flu Clinics Patients eligible for the flu jab are either those who have reached age 65 by 31st March 2018 i.e. with a date of birth before or on 31st March 1953, or younger adults who have a condition which puts them ‘at risk’ should they contract flu, as well as pregnant women. Bookable appointments are now available and can be booked by telephoning reception or you can book online via Patient Access. Child Flu Clinics We will be offering child flu vaccinations to children who were aged 2 and 3 (but not 4) on 31st August 2017 (i.e. DOB 1st September 2013 to 31st August 2015), and older ‘at risk’ children at the surgery. We will be writing to parents with eligible children when we have clinic dates available.

HELP NEEDED FOR LOCAL BRANCH OF SAVE THE CHILDREN

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he local Branch of Save the Children has been in existence for nearly 50 years but we have sadly lost some of our volunteers recently. We need some more people to help us organise our fund-raising programme. We meet 3 or 4 times a year in the evening to plan our events and of course help at them. We particularly need an Hon. Treasurer as our present one retires early next year. (No accounting qualifications required but a good head for figures a distinct advantage). If you are interested in helping to organise or becoming Hon. Treasurer and would like some more details please contact: Rob Attenborough – Tel: 01962 733605; Claire Whale – Tel: 01962 734941; or Gill Wood – Tel: 01962 73237

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your family with the best possible care. All GPs will be attending an afternoon of compulsory training on Tuesday 7th November. There will be no routine appointments available that afternoon and during this time, cover for urgent GP enquiries only will be provided by Mid Hampshire Healthcare. Should this be required, please contact the surgery and we will be able to redirect you. The practice will reopen as usual on Wednesday 8th November. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your understanding.

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Nursing • Respite • Palliative Care Situated in the picturesque area of Sleepers Hill in Winchester, with stunning views across St Catherine’s Hill in Winchester lies Westacre Care Home. Our Edwardian home caters for the elderly living with dementia. We currently provide care for 40 residents and have a dedicated, caring team of nurses and care staff, whose first priority is the wellbeing and quality of life for your loved one. At Westacre, we believe that provision of high quality care for vulnerable people should be a fundamental expectation.

Our main Aims and Objectives To provide an environment that feels as near as possible to being at home, surrounded by familiar objects, where the resident feels secure, content and cared for. • To have the best interests of residents at the forefront of our care provision. • To expect a high quality of work and level of professional conduct from members of staff at all times. • To meet our residents expectations in every way. • To foster an atmosphere of openness and respect between residents, staff, family and friends.

We have 3 new refurbished suites, including one bedroom with a small ‘kitchenette’ to promote more independent living. Our top floor is currently undergoing extensive refurbishment, to include floor to ceiling windows overlooking stunning views of St Catherine’s Hill, available within the next 2 months. These too will promote more independent living.


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AN INTERVIEW WITH SUE GRIFFITHS - HEAD TEACHER, SUNHILL JUNIOR SCHOOL Tell me a bit about yourself. Where have you come from? I came to teaching later than most. I was a parent helper in a school when I decided to train to be a teacher. I then took myself through university at the same time as bringing up my three children. I came to Sun Hill Junior School having spent 18 years at a three form entry primary school on the edge of the New Forest. Sun Hill Junior has gone through a very difficult time over the last couple of years? How do you feel about the challenge ahead? I feel positive! I want to create a supportive community here, where everyone works towards the same goal to improve the experience and outcomes for all our children. Can you share any plans you have for the future of SHJS? We are taking a good look at the values of the school so that we can create an ethos through which the children want to work together and support each other on their learning journey. What do you think is the most important part of a young person’s education today? We have to enable them to be flexible and resilient, so that they are prepared for the next stage of their lives and are able to cope in any situation. How do you envisage the school’s relationships with SHIS and Perins developing? Oh, in a really positive way! Having talked with Kim Owen-Jones and Steve Jones, it’s obvious that we all want the children to have a coherent, positive and consistently good experience as they journey through pre-school, primary and secondary education in Alresford. SHJS needs to play an important part in the team and not work in isolation. What is the best part of your job for you personally? It’s the children. When you see them smile or overcome a problem or difficulty – there’s nothing like it! What would change about education today if you could? I would like some consistency so that we no longer have this neverending changing of expectations on our children. I am not against change, but only if it has a positive impact on children’s lives. Plus the paperwork and testing! What three things couldn't you do without? Tea. And tea. Did I mention tea? (and maybe a china cup!) What is your mantra for life? Try to smile in all situations. I try to be a ‘glass half full’ kind of person. Where is your favourite place in Hampshire? Home, with my family. What next for Sue Griffiths? I really want to get everyone talking about Sun Hill Junior in a positive way. This is a wonderful school in a wonderful community and I want everyone else to know that too!

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BUSY BEES PRE-SCHOOL EXTENDED HOURS

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rom January 2018 Busy Bees Preschool will be offering the 30 hours Extended Government Funding with flexible drop off and pick up during term time. Rated 'good' in all areas in a recent Ofsted inspection and based in a lovely rural location in Bishops Sutton Village Hall, Busy Bees takes funded and non -funded children from the age of 2 years up to school age. New session times will be as follows: Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 8.30am to 12 o’clock Tuesday & Thursday : 8.30am to 2pm To find out if you are eligible for the extended 30 hour childcare, access the ‘Childcare Choices’ website before the end of November. If you would like to find out more or would be interested in visiting Busy Bees Preschool, please contact either busybeespreschoolteam@ hotmail.com or contact our team leader, Debbie on 07815 166687.

SUN HILL INFANT SCHOOL 50 YEAR GOLDEN CELEBRATIONS – APRIL 21ST / 23RD 2018

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he children, staff and governors would like to invite you to join them on a journey of celebrations for the last 50 years of Sun Hill Infant School. We are fund SunHill School 1968 raising for a magnificent pair of new wrought iron gates for the pedestrian entry to the Infant School. These gates will have been entered by thousands of children, their families and members of the community over the last 50 years and it seems a fitting celebration of the past and a positive looking forward to the future for our town. We would like to include as many symbols of the community groups as possible in the design of the gates. The children will be helping the artist to incorporate these symbols of your group. If you would like your group to be included in the gate design, we would like to ask for a donation as a sponsor for this project. The donation can be as small or as large as you like. Please reply to Rosie Waring Green (address below) if you are interested in having your group celebrated in our gates. There are a range of exciting events planned for the coming year with the culmination of all of these on Saturday 21st April 2018 with a procession from Stratton Bates to Sun Hill and a 1960s Festival for the whole community and a Golden Day on Monday 23rd April – the school’s actual birthday. Further details will be posted on http://www.sunhillinfants.co.uk/ If you or anyone you know has attended Sun Hill Infant School over the last 50 years, please get in touch with Rosie so that we can gather as many memories and also photos, memorabilia etc. for an exhibition. Also, anyone who has wider 1960’s memories, artefacts etc. who could help us create the feel of the ‘60s, please contact Rosie Waring Green 01962 733237 / ra@22rwg.co.uk / 2, Grange Road, Alresford


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In Omnia Excellentia “As someone who felt particularly shy when starting at secondary school, I believe that Perins has offered me a variety of experiences which inevitably shaped me to be the conscientious student I am today. I feel as though Perins creates an inviting atmosphere for students to thrive in.” Nadiya Khair, Year 11 student

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The King of the River BY CLAIRE THURLOW

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didn’t expect to see a kingfisher in the Abbey Gardens. But here it is, close to King Alfred’s statue in bustling Winchester. Admittedly, this is a two-dimensional bird, depicted on an information board, but it surprises me that kingfishers are part of this landscape. Not only have they been spotted fishing from Winchester City Mill, but they are in residence at Winnall Moors Nature Reserve a short walk from the city centre. Here on the riverside path, the Itchen is crystal clear, but fast flowing. A gang of mallards struggle against the current, paddling furiously to reach bread scraps thrown by a small boy. Momentarily defeated, they drift sideways downstream, before resuming their energetic paddling. The kingfisher prefers calm, or even still, waters; rivers, canals and lakes where minnows and stickleback thrive. It’s happy to hunt for tadpoles and water insects too.Today we’re enjoying an unseasonably warm October day. But with the threat of a long, cold winter ahead, the kingfisher will have spent the past month or more fighting to establish a territory which can provide plenty of food.This can be as much as 5km of prime waterfront, with plenty of low-hanging branches for a first-class view of the river.The Dutch may call it the ‘ijsvogel’- the ‘ice-bird’ – but winter is tough for the kingfisher. Although it may produce multiple broods of chicks, only 25% will make it through to next summer. The middle of town, in the middle of the day, is not a likely location for kingfisher spotting. It is an elusive bird and easily disturbed, but I have seen one, and once seen, it’s not easily forgotten. Two autumns ago, I spent a week in a quiet corner of West Sussex, not far from Pulborough Brooks. My temporary lodgings were in the ‘granny annex’ of a charming, but somewhat faded country house at the end of a long winding

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drive, which provided the ideal environment in which to get some research and writing done. Every afternoon, before the sky turned to dusk, I took a walk down the lane towards the river. I’d been told there were kingfishers, but my week was nearly at an end, and I had yet to see one. It was drizzling, that sort of rain which seems negligible, but which gradually soaks you through. I plodded off down the drive wearing outerwear the colour of mud and moss. Despite the miserable weather, it was a pleasure to be in the fresh air after hours at the lap-top, and my mind began to clear. I walked briskly as darkness would fall early that day.Yet, being alone, with neither a snuffling dog, nor a chatty companion, I also moved quietly. Reaching the stone bridge which crossed this narrow stretch of river, I stopped and looked down into the slow-moving water. Rain-drops rippled the surface but the shadows of small fish were visible beneath. It was a day when the riverbank and woods alongside were a picture of greys, browns and greens, with no hint of colour to lift the sober palette. Until now. A flash of blue burst from the trees and flew low over the water. It seemed to hover for a moment, then folded its iridescent wings and dived.Then up it rose, a minnow still quivering in its beak, and landed on a post in the middle of the river. I held my breath.The kingfisher sat mere metres away, close enough to admire its orange chest and the sapphire blue feathers on its head, wings and back. Close enough to watch as it whacked the fish against the post and swallowed it.Then it was gone. I waited, hopeful for an encore, but the kingfisher was trying his luck elsewhere. I couldn’t be disappointed. Getting so close to such a stunning bird even once in a lifetime was a thrill.


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

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

Age Concern Hampshire has 13 Day Care Centres throughout Hampshire providing day care under contract to Hampshire County and Southampton City Council. Day care provides the opportunity for over 50s to stay connected to their local communities and expand their interests and social networks. It plays a vital role in supporting people throughout their ageing journey, enabling them to remain independent and active for as long as possible. Age Concern Hampshire's Day Care Centres provide a range of stimulating and enjoyable activities, freshly cooked meals and personalised care to over 1,000 people weekly across the county. Age Concern Hampshire believes that everyone has the right to a fulfilled life, and we are extremely proud of our highly-trained and positive day care teams who deliver high levels of care and support. • Alresford Day Care Centre offers a variety of activities and outings every Tuesday and Thursday from 10am-3pm based at Chiltern Court, Searles Close, Alresford • The centre offers caring and professional support as well as specialist dementia support • Service users and their families will also benefit from a variety of services including free information and advice and counselling • A two-course lunch is freshly cooked by Evans the butchers in Alresford • Flexibility and support play a major role at the centre and a free introductory session is always available Referrals can be made directly to the centre or you may be eligible for funding through HCC Adults Health and Care on 0300 555 1386 For more information to discuss day care charges or to arrange a visit, please contact Lisa Munro, Centre Manager on 01962 735612 or email lisa.munro@ageconcernhampshire.org.uk Please call Denise or Fiona on: 07969 376023 if you would like any further information on any other local services in Alresford, or if they are unavailable call Age Concern Hampshire on 0800 328 7154 or email villageagent@ageconcernhampshire.org.uk

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

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Christmas Showcase Evening Attend our Christmas Taster opening evening at Kimbridge Farm Shop 10th November 6pm – 8pm every 10th customer to place an order receives £20 off.

Owton’s award winning family butchers offer quality fresh meat, locally sourced food & outstanding value straight from your local farm Our Christmas hampers are terrific value at only £79.99* and tailored to meet all your family needs but note that we wont do the washing up!

What you get with an Owton’s Christmas Hamper: • 1.9kg NZ Leg Of Lamb (Feeds up to 8) • 1.8kg Beef Roasting Joint (Feeds up to 10) • 1.8Kg Gammon Joint (Feeds up to 10) • 1.8Kg Leg Of Pork (Feeds up to 10) • 454g Owtons Pork Sausagemeat • 454g Owtons Pork Chipolatas • 454g Green Streaky • FREE 2.25kg Boneless Turkey Breast Roll*

Where to find us Owton’s Chalcroft Farm Burnetts Lane, West End, Southampton, SO30 2HU Tel: 02380 601154 shop@owtons.com Now open Sundays 10am – 2pm

Owton’s at Kimbridge Kimbridge Farm Shop Near Romsey, SO51 0LE Tel: 01794 341681 kimbridge@owtons.com

Owton’s at Garsons Fontley Road, Titchfield, PO15 6QX Tel: 01329 854895 garsons@owtons.com

Owton’s at Country Market Kingsley, Bordon, Hampshire, GU35 0QP Tel: 01420 5450902 countrymarket@owtons.com

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Christmas Day

New Year’s Eve Party Packages

We have delicious Christmas menus from £20.00 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.

Enjoy the 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: £70, Children under 12: £25

Celebrate the New Year in style with Mia and the Cats, a wonderful vintage 4-piece band. Dress to impress from the fabulous 50’s to the swinging 60’s. Entry to Party and light buffet £15 per person. If you would like to include a 3 Course Dinner: £60 per person. If you would like to include accommodation, breakfast and 3 course dinner: £240 per couple.

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The Swan Hotel

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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

New Years Eve

6 Course Tasting Menu Vermouth, Orange & Gordal Olives on arrival ∙ Little bites from the Iberian Peninsula ∙ Monte enebro churros & truffle honey ∙ Rioja cured beef, smoked eel & quail eggs ∙ Slow roast middle white, sticky red cabbage & Asturian apple sauce ∙ Rhubarb & sparkling Albariño sorbet ∙ Poached pears & chocolate sauce

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£55 per head £95 per head with matching wines

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Jane's Kitchen SAUSAGE PLAIT

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his has been a favourite inclusion at our harvest festival lunch for some years now. It can be served hot or cold or if preferred, it can be made into 6 - 12 individual rolls rather than one large one.

Ingredients A packet of puff pastry, Ready to roll.

Filling • 12 - 16oz of good sausage meat • 1 medium onion finely chopped and fried until softened but not browned • 1 teaspoon of dried thyme • ½ teaspoon of dried sage • 1 small/medium cooking apple, coarsely grated Mix all the filling ingredients together well and roll into a sausage shape. Roll the pastry, into a 34

square measuring approx 10” x 10”. Place the filling in the middle of the pastry. Cut each side into sections so that you are able to plait the pastry along the length of the sausage mixture dampen and fold alternately over the filling. Dampen and seal the ends well. Brush with beaten egg to glaze. Lift onto a baking tray and bake for 15 minutes at 200 deg. Lower the heat and continue to cook for a further 30 minutes. From Jane’s Kitchen. An eclectic collection of seasonal recipes. Available from Leckford Farm Shop, Leckford and Chilbolton Village Stores Price £6.99


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Les Parcelles Sauvignon

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“beautiful clean freshness without any oak influence, Chablis in style”

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SINGLE MALT WHISKY £39.99 ea. “a Malt that retains a gentle character with an undertone of richness”

Glen Keith Distillers Edition

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Naked Gin Rhubarb

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SPIRITS

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Vega Douro £12.99 ea. “We really can’t imagine a better festive red than this stunner from Portugal”

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Puerta Vieja Rioja £9.99 ea. “Superb value for this versatile big fruit yet easy drinking Rioja”

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Market Square UNIQUE - BESPOKE - ECLECTIC - LOCAL

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Superb range of charity and non charity Christmas cards now in stock.You don’t need to travel further afield. Tel: 01962 732192 | 10 West Street, Alresford

We supply the best parkas at affordable prices. Please contact us for details of other colours and lengths. Tel: 07973 688251 | jojoinspired.com

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Acacia wood serving board complete with golden pineapple picks - perfect for the upcoming party season! £29.99 Tel: 01962 733894 | www.lavenders-alresford.com

Raspberry Sparkly Stars party dress by Hatley available in sizes 2-8 years £34.95. Also available in Navy. Tel: 01962 734488 | www.ragamuffin-uk.com

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Double dustbin store - £165 + VAT High Ridge Farm, Hospital Road, Shirrell Heath

Bespoke rugs from India and Nepal - Designs available in any size with a huge selection of colours Tel: 01962 734504 | www.handmaderugs.co.uk

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

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Moda Rosa

Delightful and unique Parrot Spoon Rest 36cm £25 36 West Street, Alresford, SO24 9AU Tel: 01962 732507 | www.design-realities.co.uk

Our unique range of Alresford Chrismas mugs, coasters and cards now available. Tel: 01962 732192 | 10 West Street, Alresford

Fabiana Filippi fur collar coat 35 West Street, Alresford, SO24 9AB Tel: 01962 733277 | www.modarosa.co.uk

Alresford Linen Co.

Billy Goat

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Dare we say it…we’re starting to get into the festive spirit! Lots of gifts and decorations now in store. Abeni Advent Calendar Tel: 01962 734221 | www.alresfordlinen.co.uk

Ricosta Raffaela waterproof boots £68-£78 (available in black and dark navy) 11 East Street, Alresford Tel: 01962 733926 | www.billygoatshoes.co.uk

Monthly Antiques & Interiors Auction Sat 18 Nov - Fine Art, Antiques, Interiors & Collectables - Tues 7 Oct & Wed 8 Nov. Tel: 01962 735988 | www.andrewsmithandson.com

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Unique and completely original, a needle felted wool sculpture of your dog. The perfect Christmas gift, £40.00 Tel: 01962 733910 | www.101dogsandapanda.com

Keep cosy with a cashmere and velvet fur-trimmed wrap 42 West Street, Alresford, SO24 9AU Tel: 01962 733242 | www.42weststreet.co.uk

Blue Glass Whales - £15 each 29 West Street, New Alresford, SO24 9AB Tel: 01962 736311 | www.interiorstyle.biz

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Alresford Town Council Reports Community Infrastructure Levy Many residents will already be aware, that developers are charged a Community Infrastructure Levy (referred to as a CIL payment) on all new developments. This CIL levy is collected by Winchester City Council, and can be received by one of two methods of payment. The most common method is for the developer’s contribution to be placed in an overall CIL pot, to be used on county wide projects. The second option, which is at the discretion of Winchester City Council, is for the levy to be provided as ‘payments in kind’ or ‘infrastructure payments’. However, this method of payment is subject to the following criteria: it meets an identified local need for open space, and the provision is over and above what is required in any event, to ensure an acceptable development. Winchester City Council retains discretion as to whether it accepts ‘payments in kind’ or ‘infrastructure payments’. From a local perspective, there is an advantage in these forms of payment, because the contributions are then spent on works in the area where the development is taking place, rather than monies being taken into the county-wide pot, as CIL monies can be spent anywhere in the District of WCC or County for HCC. Winchester City Council have just produced their latest Regulation 123 List which specifies projects or types of infrastructure which the City Council intends will be, or may be, funded fully or partly by CIL contributions. Amongst the projects already noted on the list are:

• Creation of footway/cycle route along former railway line between Kings Worthy and Alresford (Watercress 40

Way) possibly extending to South Wonston. • New Alresford: public realm and accessibility – West Street improvements. • The Soke, New Alresford: traffic management improvements to formalise priority working to alleviate vehicle conflicts and delay, and consideration of footway provision. On a more general note, the provision and enhancement of the Green Infrastructure network as defined in the Local Plan Part 1 Policy CP14, particularly through projects identified in the PUSH Green Infrastructure Strategy, WCC Green Infrastructure Study or the Hampshire Countryside Access Plans. Annual Planning District Coach Tour During the past month Councillors from NATC took part in the annual Planning District Coach Tour. The tour took in a range of residential developments at Swanmore College, Kings Barton, Little Barton Farm and Winchester Village at Pitt, together with later living apartments at Bishops Waltham. It gave the Councillors an opportunity to see and comment on recent and current residential developments. It also provided an opportunity to speak to key Winchester City Planning Department officers and gain a further insight into the process that will be involved in planning for our larger developments including Sun Lane. Economy & Tourism Meeting Over the past few years we have been fortunate in having the services and advice of Heidi Isa, a Town Market Development Officer, employed by Winchester City Council. However, with

Heidi’s departure from WCC and with the Economy and Tourism Committee now well versed in the ways of marketing the town, it was felt that the committee would be able to continue building on the legacy that Heidi has established. As you know she set up ghost hunts, fact finding missions & Easter egg hunts, a welcome pack for new residents liaising with estate agents etc. To ensure that we don’t just repeat last year’s events we are keen to discuss any ideas and projects which Alresford groups and societies may have. We would like to invite a single representative from any groups that wish to contribute to join us at the next Economy & Tourism meeting on 28th November at 6pm. If you would like any further information prior to the meeting please contact Frances Simpson on commclerk@newalresfordtc. org.uk Alresford War Memorial

unanimously agreed that the War Memorial was most certainly of special architectural and historic interest. Enquiries to NATC Office – Open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 11am to 1pm Whilst visitors to the NATC office are most welcome, there have ,however, been a couple of unfortunate instances recently. The ladies assisting you at the Council office are paid employees of the Council and are local residents. They do not make the policies that the Council has to adhere to, nor are they responsible for funding cuts. We fully appreciate how frustrating public sector procedures can be, but would ask that the staff ’s position be respected – they really are trying to do their best. Hampshire Highways Skanska, are the new company dealing with road maintenance for Hampshire County Council. They are launching a new digital service called ‘Hampshire Highways’ to assist with the reporting of repairs required to our roads. The new system allows for photographs of the damage to be uploaded, providing information on the extent and location of the problem. To log your road /footway/ hedge problems, please go to www.hants.gov.uk/roads and follow the prompts.

At the 3rd of October NATC Planning Committee meeting, the Committee was asked by Winchester City Council to comment on whether Alresford War Memorial, St. John the Baptist Churchyard has special architectural or historic interest. The Committee

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In Memoriam Hampshire Mum T

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here was once a plant. Not showy like many of our garden flowers, but nevertheless pretty enough that, back in the day when it grew abundantly through the wheat fields on our local downland, bunches of it used to be gathered and taken to Covent Garden Market, where flower vendors would sell it under the name ‘Red Morocco’. Native to Southern Europe, it was introduced to our shores in the Iron Age as a seed contaminant of grain. And although, like many in the Ranunculaceae (the buttercup family), it was mildly poisonous to humans and livestock, it seldom set enough seed or produced enough vegetation to cause any harm. The plant, whose common name was Pheasant’s Eye, was one of a suite of species which had evolved in tandem with human beings, and specifically our ever-growing skill in food cultivation. Like the grains with which it grew, it had adapted to survive in disturbed environments, giving it a competitive advantage as the agricultural era ushered in an age of land clearance. Arable weeds of this sort, like shepherd’s needle, corncockle, cornflower and many more, did well up until the twentieth century when their luck ran out in spectacular fashion. Seed-sorting techniques foiled their means of distribution, limiting them to isolated populations, while a new generation of selective herbicides further decimated their numbers. Pheasant’s eye disappeared from our fields, a catastrophic decline of at least 92%, persisting on only in a handful of field margins in Southern England. One of those locations was local, a lovely arable margin bordered by hedge and woodland, near where the Wayfarer’s Walk leaves the Itchen Valley on its way north. On the marginal land by the hedge grew a number of declining species of sunny field margins, including dwarf spurge, rye brome, and the longest-standing population of Pheasant’s eye in Hampshire (plants rarely grow in isolation - they have associates, parasites, consumers, symbiotes - most of the time the presence of a rarity is an indicator of an unusual ecosystem). That was until early October this year when the hedge was grubbed up and the margin put under the plough, part of an amalgamation of two fields. pheasant’s eye seeds persist in the seed bank for many a year, so we may not have seen the last of it, but unless the landowner has a massive change of heart and works actively to bring it back from the brink, we have just lived through an extinction on our doorstep.

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Indeed, the time is coming soon when the only way you’ll be able to experience this once-abundant plant is by visiting an arable reserve like Plantlife’s Ranscombe Farm, in which it and other rarities are actively conserved in a semi-wild floral theme park. The extinction of a large mammal is newsworthy, but real extinction is more often a tortuously slow thinning and fading from the world. The downland stone curlews, ring ouzels and golden plovers beloved of Gilbert White have been largely replaced locally by a monoculture of pheasants. The Pheasant’s eye by a monoculture of wheat. Each loss is a barely perceptible impoverishment of our natural and cultural heritage, plotted slowly enough that each generation becomes used to a baseline that their forebears would have considered impossibly degraded. “There’s no birdsong anymore” say our elders, while those of us born after the twin scourges of DDT and organophosphates hear plenty. But compared to elsewhere, there is still much to celebrate. The richness of our local flora and fauna is for many the reason we live here at the headwaters of the Itchen and the base of the South Downs. It doesn’t just render our vistas beautiful, it - to put it crassly - gives our homes value. This is not a suburban wasteland, yet. In Alresford, nature, like watercress and kindness to strangers, should be one of the things that we, as a community, take pride in doing well. Having seen how powerful a little bit of civic pride in one’s surroundings can be in the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve areas of Menorca, I’d like to see the issue of local biodiversity become every bit as important to our Town Councillors as speed limits and road verges, and as crucial to each of us as rubbish removal and street lighting. The pheasant’s eye is gone, its legal protection under the NERC act powerless to save it from a landowner’s whim. There may be rocky times for conservation ahead with the changes to legislation that could follow Brexit, but we still have eels, kingfishers, otters and hedgehogs, green-flowered helleborines in the willow carr and whorl-grass on the stream sides, and the most effective protection we can give them as individuals will be if enough of us commit to improving our ecological literacy, and actively search out situations in which we can make a difference. Short of renaming the place where it once grew Morocco Down, that would be the best memorial I could imagine to the little red flower that used to grow in the fields around our town. WRITTEN BY PETE FLOOD


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Community TOWN BENEFITS FROM POWER CUTS GESTURE

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here was anger and frustration back in July when a series of power cuts hit the centre of Alresford. The town centre was temporarily off-grid while planned works were carried out, meaning that the busy West Street and Broad Street shops and homes were powered by large generators, one of which failed. Winchester & Alresford MP, Steve Brine, took up the case and demanded answers from Scottish and Southern Energy Networks (SSEN) for what he said was a "totally unacceptable debacle”. SSE responded with an apology and an offer of a £500 donation to the town as a goodwill gesture via a local charity. Steve contacted the Alresford Pigs and we agreed the donation would be made to our 2017 Christmas Tree fund which organises erection and maintenance of the main large tree at the top of Broad Street. Oliver Wilson-Barnes from the Pigs, said: "We are thrilled with this generous gesture from SSEN and it’s very fitting that we can use these funds to help light up Alresford’s Christmas.”

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Ray Hunter, SSEN’s Network Construction Manager for the South East Region added: "Our customers and their communities are at the heart of everything we do, and we are delighted to be helping Alresford Pigs with this year’s Christmas tree.” Our thanks go to Steve Brine for championing the town’s cause and the famous Alresford tree will go up at the end of November. The Alresford Pigs Association is a small charity comprised of people who either live or work in Alresford and come together to raise money to give financial help to those in need in Alresford and the surrounding villages. We have given money for: • Organisations such as the scouts, guides, sports & youth groups • Local schools for specific projects • School children unable to pay for school trips • Single families needing white goods • Families who need support that cannot be provided by other services • Mobility scooters • Park benches • Senior residents events and activities Do you know someone who needs our help? Call us on 01962-658961 or email us at info@alresfordpigs.org Message us on Facebook

ALRESFORD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE COME JOIN US, LET US HELP REPRESENT YOUR INTERESTS Business Rates: Members continue to utilise advice and assistance from the Alresford Chamber of Commerce to get business rate relief “I was very worried with the new business rate increase, but the chamber were great and helped me with applying for rate relief. I was fortunate enough to save an extra £1,700 with their help." Victoria of Fitique New Member The Chamber Welcomes new member, Julia Morgan from The Tudor House B&B at Ropley. http://tudorhousebandb.com/

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In retrospect it was ridiculous, nineteen years of age and seriously thinking that the dreaded ‘shelf ’ awaited. But in the early Eighties, engagement, marriage and children were de rigueur for folks in the sticks. It was an era before the sentiments of the Millennials were hardly imagined, either in darkest Hampshire or anywhere else for that matter. Yet I reckon I did break the mould ever so slightly. Married at twenty-three but not a child in sight for thirteen years, it was more than just the biological clock ticking, it was alarm bells going off. Babies please NOW! So, when I was 36 and 41 respectively Stars I and II arrived. How cool was that? I was an ‘older mother’ whom the media, at that time, celebrated, the kind of woman who made choices for herself and not for the constraints of social and cultural conformity…. apparently. But much like the effects of the Xbox on young brains, twenty years on the jury is still out on older mothers, a fact that I’m only beginning to digest. The benefits are obvious. Becoming pregnant and giving birth is supposed to be as easy as falling off a log. Not so.The fact that I was an ‘elderly primigravida’ having left all things gustatory so late, I was jolly lucky to have one, let alone two bundles of joy. Then of course The Husband and I had had our own youth and rather a lot of it, living life emulating the well-known ‘yuppies’ of our era - travelling, driving nice cars and enjoying a hectic social life. Did we care that time was passing? Not a jot. When friends and acquaintances starting having babies in their late twenties we thought they were nuts, way too young! Yet look at them now.These are our friends with benefits, their children

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are all grown up, way past Uni, married and with… children. Yes, many friends have become grandparents!! It’s an epidemic. All over Facebook are photos of adorable babies being cuddled by my contemporaries - ‘The Grandmothers’ - and here am I still angsting over the advancing GCSEs. Thank God there are very few parental gatherings at secondary school or I’d have to have some fillers or Botox to avoid embarrassing Star II. “Who is that old woman with you?” they would ask. “Oh, that’s my mum.” Now don’t misunderstand, I love being an older mum because, conversely, it does keep you young in thought, attitude and sometimes, (God help me), in choice of clothes. I don’t feel fiftysix. I don’t think that’s old, so trust me I’m in no hurry to play Grandma. I’m sure it’s wonderful but I’m not ready, any more than I was ready to have my own children.Yet I look at my friends’ baby pictures and there’s a shred of me that thinks that I’m glad I kept the Brio wooden trains and tracks up in the attic, and how it would be lovely to buy tiny things for tiny people in Gap again. Of course, Star I is too young to be a parent. Both he and his lovely girlfriend need to have exciting young lives to do all the things I never did. I wouldn’t be a normal parent if I didn’t think that. But time as we know doesn’t stand still and there is a slightly dark thought in my head, that I don’t want to be juggling my grandchild on my lap whilst sitting on a commode in a nursing home. I don’t want to be a grandmother of no benefit to them; I want to be arty and slightly mad and called something like ‘SPG’ or ’Ga Ga’ – how apt- anything but ‘Granny’. Ah what the heck, still plenty of time to grow into the notion grandma- hood…….no there is really. Sandra Pagan


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11 NOVEMBER Ropley Music Nights presents... The Haggis Horns supported by Martha’s Man at Ropley Parish Hall from 8pm.The Haggis Horns have two funk-fuelled albums under their belt and they have been rocking crowds the world over for years winning fans with their distinctive northern funk sound combining assshaking breakbeats, afrobeat, soul and hip-hop. Tickets are £15 + booking fee Buy tickets online at www.ropleymusic.co.uk

13 NOVEMBER The Giles Group meeting From 2pm at Alresford Community Centre, Alresford.Talk on “The Canadian Rockies” (slide show) by Roger Bricknell.

3 NOVEMBER Alresford Fireworks Night From 6.45pm for 7pm start. Arlebury Park, Fireworks Night Buy tickets from Six West, Alresford. Price for tickets: Before the 3rd are £3 for Children and £6 for adults. On the 3rd are £5 for children and £8 for adults. Make sure you buy early You can also buy on the night Flaming Torches. Glow Sticks, Liquid Refreshments and Hot Food,Watch the guy made by Sun Hill Juniors burnt on the bonfire and listen to the music while you watch the fireworks.

3 NOVEMBER Medstead Players present 'Who Killed The Vicar?' From 7.30pm for 8pm at Medstead Village Hall, A murder mystery event.Tickets £12 pp include a two course Ploughmans Supper.Tickets in advance only 01420 563424 or 01420 562342 or website www.medsteadplayers.co.uk

11 NOVEMBER Alresford StationWalk the Line 10am - 11am - Once a year you can experience the railway from a completely different view by walking along the track bed of the Watercress Line.

11 NOVEMBER Barton Stacey Chamber Choir presents Will Todd's Mass in Blue At St.Mary the Virgin Church,Twyford, Hampshire. from 7.30pm on 11th November. Tickets £10 - £8 concessions. Children under 12 go free. Soprano - Sarah Best with Eric Whitacre's - The Seal Lullably. Morten Lauridsen's - O Magnum Mysterium and works by Paul Mealor, Ola Gjeilo and Eriks Esenvalds. Tickets available on the door, from Barton Stacey village shop or contact tickets@ bartonstaceychamberchoir.org 48

15 NOVEMBER Sun Hill Infant and Junior School Open Morning From 9.30am to 11am. Do you have a child who will be 5 or 8 years old between 1 September 2018 and 31 August 2019? Would you like to know more about Sun Hill Infant and Junior Schools? Come and see what our schools can offer you and your child. Meet both the Head teachers and their learning ambassadors.Tour both the infant and junior schools. See staff and children at work.Talk to school governors. Meet representatives of both schools PTA. Find out about school meals and our breakfast and after school clubs. Sun Hill Infant School, Sun Lane, Alresford, SO24 9NB - 01962 732632 www.sunhill-inf.hants.sch. uk. Sun Hill Junior School, Sun Lane, Alresford, SO24 9NB - 01962 732801 www.sunhill-jun. hants.sch.uk

smooth dance that can be danced to almost any kind of music. 4.00pm – West Coast Swing Beginners Class 5.00pm – West Coast Swing Dance Patterns 6.00pm – Step it up a Level. Intro to Musicality and Musical Interpretation. Salsa y Sol Dance & Yoga www.salsaysol.co.uk www.westcoastswing-winchester.co.uk

18 NOVEMBER Midwich Dawn at Bramdean and Hinton Ampner Village Hall For one night only. ‘Midwich Dawn’ crowd pleasing rock covers band from 7.30pm for 8pm. www.midwichdawn.co.uk Tickets: £10 to include ploughman’s supper, available from bramdean garage or 01962 771361. Licensed bar and raffle in aid of the village hall funds. www.bramdeanvillagehall.btck.co.uk

24 NOVEMBER Portraits of Power How important people use portraiture to enhance their power and influence by Hendrika Foster. (A lecturer for many years at the University of Bristol, and leader of History of Art tours in Italy, Sicily and the Netherlands, Hendrika now lectures for NADFAS and the V & A Museum) From 6.30 for 7.30pm At Winchester Discovery Centre, SO23 8SB Tickets £16 from the Discovery Centre,Tel: 01962 873603 (to include complimentary drink and canapes)

17 - 18 NOVEMBER Ropley Dramatic Society presents "My Friend Miss Flint' From 7.30pm for 8pm at Ropley Parish Hall A highly amusing two act comedy by Donald Churchill and Peter Yeldham. Please note this is a full length play so there will not be a supper. As always there will be a licensed bar and nibbles on the tables.The plot concerns a tax fiddle and the subsequent shenanigans by the perpetrators to extricate themselves from a tricky situation! A good evening's entertainment.Tickets can be ordered in advance now at £8 - last show was sold out and tickets are limited. Please contact Box Office 01420 568265, janbennett42@ outlook.com

18 NOVEMBER West Coast Swing Dance Workshop From 4pm – 7pm at the Winchester Discovery Centre, Jewry Street, SO23 8SB - £30 / £50 couple. Learn to dance this increasingly popular

24 & 25 NOVEMBER Winchester Wine Festival with BBC1 Masters of Wine Susie & Peter Clink glasses with Masters of Wine Susie & Peter in the stunning surroundings of Winchester Guildhall.Tickets cost £30. Unlimited tasting samples, a free wine glass and wine bag plus exclusive festival discounts to help you stock up on your favourite bottles. We are running three sessions across two days.Tickets are valid for one session only.The sessions are: Friday 24th November 2017: 5-9pm Saturday 25th November 2017: 11-3pm Saturday 25th November 2017: 4-8pm For more information and tickets please visit: www.thewinefestival.co.uk FOR MORE NOVEMBER EVENTS SEE PAGE 54 >


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

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O Cheriton Tennis Club For more information contact: Donna at Don Perrin Tennis: 07928 855175. www. cheritontennisclub.co.uk O Children’s Judo Club For more information contact: Lance Wicks - Telephone: 07787 565233 Email: lw@ judocoach.com O Cyclists’ Touring Club For more information contact: Tel: 01962 864479 www.southhampshirectc.org.uk O Fitique Run Club For more information contact Melissa (07708) 532210 / sales@ fitique.co.uk Facebook page: Fitique Run Club O Fitique Women’s Cycle Club For more information contact Victoria on (01962) 733154 victoria@fitique.co.uk O Judo Club For more information contact: Steve Fullick, 10 Perins Close, Alresford Tel: 01962 732883 O Old Alresford Cricket Club For more information contact: John Stanbrook: 01962 733612 or Mike Armitage: 07878008853 Tel: 01420 568135 act4health@hotmail.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

O Tichborne Park Cricket Club For more information contact: Andy Joyce on Tel: 01962 734316 andypjoyce@hotmail.com

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

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

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

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

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Culture

THE CURTIS MUSEUM AND ALLEN GALLERY, ALTON Allen Gallery

The Evening Talks - The Archaeology of Food 9th November, 7.30pm . We talk a lot about what people ate in the past – but how do Archaeologists actually know? This talk by Andover Museum curator Jenny Stevens will discuss some of the methods used to piece together clues about our ancestors’ diet. Peas A la Vitellius anyone? A FREE event. Date Correction Treloar: The Man and His Hospital 23 November, 7:30pm Luath Grant Ferguson tells the story of Lord Mayor Treloar and the hospital that bears his name. Cost: £5 Exhibitions Season’s greetings by Kate Davis A collection of artwork created over the years by Kate and used as Christmas cards. Styles include landscape, graphic design and cartoon 4th November – 2nd December - Free Ceramicus Exhibition 2017 Hampshire and Surrey based ceramic artists Ceramicus return to the Allen Gallery to present their 2017 exhibition. 11th – 24th November - Free

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There is an extensive Local History section in the Museum, maintained by Local Historian Jane Hurst.Visitors regularly look up the history of their families or their houses. There are files on the Villages surrounding Alton, and a Village Corner upstairs which concentrates on one of them. Currently the subject is Chawton. Old newspapers provide a great deal of the information in these Archives. A glance at the combined Hampshire Herald and Alton Gazette for Thursday, October 29, 1959 reveals that a detached 4 bedroom bungalow, three reception rooms, kitchen and bathroom in Ropley was for sale at £1950; in Beech a 4 bedroom bungalow was £2100. By comparison “luxury” items seem proportionately expensive. A 1953 Rover 75 saloon was £545 (Kerridge’s garage); a new-model Servis Twin Tub washing machine would set you back 79 guineas (Courts), while a tv advertised by Currys –- a 17 inch portable Ultra – would be 60 guineas. The average income of a male manual worker in 1959 was just under £700 pa. (source Guardian online). There are plenty of other items to be found – browsers welcome.

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tockbridge Music is thrilled to be bringing back to Stockbridge Sansara Consort, a group of young singers who are making a big impact on the choral scene in the UK, having won the international A Cappel/a Competition in London two years ago. "We will be preforming a programme of Remembrance music exploring the depths of human suffering through the juxtaposition of choral music from the three masters of renaissance with the twentieth century compositions by Arvo Part and Sir John Taverner. In this way we call to mind, with equal gravity, conflicts past and present: victims of war and terror, the plight of today's refugees, and the fallen of bygone ages". St. Peter's Church, Stockbridge This group attract big audiences and, following on from our first sell out in September for the Delmege String Quartet, we recommend an early purchase of tickets for this concert. Tickets: £14 available from: Robinsons, Butchers www.iumblebee. co.uk/stockbridgemusic The Lights Theatre Box Office { 01264) 368368 Roger Tym {01264) This concert is sponsored by: Hildon Water

ELGAR’S INSPIRATIONAL DREAM OF GERONTIUS TO BE PERFORMED IN SOUTHAMPTON THIS NOVEMBER

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egarded by many as one of the finest works of the entire choral repertoire, Elgar’s great masterpiece was written in 1900 for the Birmingham Triennial Festival. It is a setting of Cardinal John Henry Newman’s rather controversial poem of the same title – Gerontius representing an everyman/woman character facing the end of their life and contemplating the possibility of an afterlife. Although primarily a Catholic work, the poem is just as relevant to those of other faiths and none; the meaning of life, the legacy of what we leave behind and our ultimate destiny. Elgar uses three soloists, two choirs, a large orchestra and the organ to produce an extraordinary variety of emotional and dramatic moments, from the most exultant, triumphant climaxes to passages of genuine terror and dark despair. One is left with the clear thought that it is not the doctrine that matters, but Elgar’s heartfelt expression of loss and hope in the face of our mortality. This is what makes this glorious work so inspiring. The Southampton Philharmonic Choir and SU Phil will be joined by the outstanding tenor John Graham Hall, who has made the title role a specialism of his, the young mezzo-soprano Marta Fontanals– Simmons will be making her debut as the Angel and bass-baritone Nicholas Warden will sing the parts of the Priest and Angel of the Agony with the New London Sinfonia conducted by David Gibson. Saturday 25 November at O2 Guildhall Southampton, see www.southamptonphil.org for more details.


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What's On NOVEMBER

24 NOVEMBER Ladies Night in Aid of NSPCC From 7.30pm - 10pm at Hampshire Barn, Norton Park Hotel (nr. Sutton Scotney). Enjoy an evening of fashion and styling with fashion collections from At Last, Jessamy Elmhirst and Maette by Stella & Dot. Learn essential styling tips, indulge in mini beauty treatments, enjoy some Christmas shopping and take part in the evening's raffle with fantastic prizes on offer. All monies raised will go to NSPCC, the UK Children's charity.Tickets: £15. Contact Emma for tickets: stylistemma@icloud.com Tel: 07817 989371

30 NOVEMBER Gin Tasting at Abbey House, Winchester From 7pm.Tickets £20 available from the Tourist Office,Winchester. Taste a variety of Hampshire gins with a selection of nibbles and canapes. Have you tried Artisan gins from a micro distillery? All proceeds to the Mayors Charities 1093428.

DECEMBER 13 DECEMBER Father Christmas Arrives in Alresford From 6.00pm Broad Street, carol Singing and the arrival of Father Christmas in Alresford. Join the carol singers awaiting Father Christmas. How will he arrive this year?

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24 - 25 NOVEMBER Medstead Players 'Old Time Music Hall' From 7.30pm for 8pm Matinee on Sat 2pm for 2.30pm Medstead Village Hall Please feel free to dress up in costume if you wish! Tickets adults £8, children £4.Tel 01420 563424 or website www.medsteadplayers.co.uk

Winchester Music Club Concert in Winchester Cathedral From 7.30pm. Brahms Requiem and 'Song of Destiny' conducted by David Thomas with Julie Cooper (Soprano) and James Newby (Baritone). 150th Anniversary performance.Tickets (£10, £15, £20, £25, £30, £35) from Winchester Cathedral box office (www.tickets.winchestercathedral.org.uk, or 01962 857275).

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Ropley Horticultural Society – demonstration Hedgerow Christmas Wreath-making and other Craft with Mollie Butters of the Field Farm Project. 7.45pm start. Sports Pavilion,Vicarage Road, Ropley. Parking free. £5 on the door includes refreshments, all welcome Enquiries: Jill 01962 772425

28 NOVEMBER Alresford Art Society Wendy Bramall will give a talk on Life as a wildlife illustrator.This is an evening meeting starting at 7.30pm. Alresford Recreation Centre For information contact: 01962 736397 email jo.may@live.co.uk or visit www.artsociety.alresford.org

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1 DECEMBER Christmas in Stockbridge Stockbridge Christmas is a fabulous event that takes place on the first Friday of December from 4.30pm.There will be a Christingle Service in St Peters and then the lights will be switched on. Carol singers,Test Valley Brass Band, fire eaters, jugglers, stalls, carriage rides on Santa sleigh, Santa's grotto and lots more. Piers Morgan to be switching the lights on with Alex Lewis. Nearly all the shops are open offering refreshments and there will be a Christmas hat competition, judging in the Town Hall after the main switch on. Come prepared and join in! This is a free event to attend and ample parking is provided. Go along to Stockbridge and kick start the festive season!

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well as the choir and plenty of join-in carols for the audience. Santa will be at the matinee so do come along, bring your friends and relatives and get in the mood for Christmas.Tickets: £7.00 and £5.00 Under 5’s Free.Tel: 01489 781836 The Flower Garden, Hedge End www.newmusicmakers.com

Christmas Concert Itchen Valley Choral Society Do come and join us – we will be singing music of Christmas, Folk and Film. Audience participation adds to our special concerts. At Itchen Abbas Village Hall from 7.45pm.Ticket Price £10.00 to include fine music, good food and drink.Tickets are available on the night.

9 DECEMBER Family Christmas Concert The award winning New Music Makers choir are excited to invite you to their family christmas concert at Hedge End Village Hall SO30 4AF. Due to popular demand there will again be two concerts 2.30pm and 7.30pm. We will have special guests to entertain you as

Traditional Makins Court Christmas Day Lunch in Alresford On your own at Christmas? You, a friend or relative are warmly invited to a traditional Christmas Day lunch on Monday 25th December. The lunch will be at Makins Court in New Alresford.Transport (including wheelchairs) available. Arrive from 12noon for lunch at 12.30pm.Your contribute just £5 a head.To book (ASAP & by 18th December) please either drop into St.John's parish office, open Monday to Friday from 10am until noon. Or phone 01962 733545 leaving your name and phone number, if the answerphone is on. On behalf of Churches Together in Alresford.

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irst of all this month, I found myself in Manchester. One thing I remember from the Prime Minister’s speech was that a new generation of council houses will be built with an extra £2bn going into the affordable housing budget. The move will also allow more homes to be built for social rent. The news follows Winchester’s lead, as the council here has been building council homes for years through its New Homes Programme. I’ve opened many over the years, including the striking Barron Close in Micheldever plus The Dell over in Kings Worthy. The timing couldn’t have been better, as WCC announced a few days later that it will double the amount of council homes built by 2020. More on this from your City Councillors, I am sure. While in the city, I took the chance to visit the largest single site cancer centre in Europe at The Christie Hospital wearing my Ministerial hat. The Proton Beam Cancer treatment it will offer is a first for the UK (currently children with certain forms of cancer have to visit the US) and I was blown away by the engineering miracle taking place. It’s basically a mini Hadron Collider and will not only save lives, but it will dramatically reduce the long-term impact this kind of radiation treatment can cause. We should remember, when listening to Radio 4 and especially when watching Channel 4 news, there is good news out there and so much hope. As Parliament returns, we’re busy with Brexit legislation, of course, (and much else besides) but my work in the constituency seems to be on fastforward with constituency Friday’s (and weekends) busier than ever. After a lovely letter from a volunteer, I visited Winchester Bereavement Support recently. Based at Richard Steel & Partners, they’ve been in existence since 1982, providing bereavement support to anyone over the age of 18 living locally via a team of trained volunteer visitors. I found their stories both inspiring and moving; www. winchesterbereavementsupport.org.uk One other thing to mention is a cracking deal I struck with our local power company after a series of power cuts hit Alresford this Summer, adversely affecting businesses in the town. Saturday morning is a key trading period for the shops and they cannot afford to lose that income, so it was gratifying when SSEN did eventually apologise and confirmed that the Alresford generator, in position during some routine works at the time, ran out of fuel due to a ‘miscalculation’ over the correct amount of fuel required. SSEN subsequently also offered to make a donation of £500 to the town as a goodwill gesture via local charity. I contacted the Alresford Pigs (pictured) and we agreed the donation would be made to their 2017 Christmas Tree fund which plays such an important part in ensuring Alresford remains an attractive and vibrant destination during the key festive period. Many Alresford shops need a good Christmas this year more than ever, so I hope this will help with ‘destination’ Alresford. You can find more about my work, locally and in Westminster, via my website. Steve Brine - MP for Winchester & Itchen Valley

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BOOMTOWN RAISES OVER £116,000 FOR CHARITY

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ampshire’s​ ​Boomtown​ ​Fair​ ​has​ ​raised​ ​a​ ​record​ ​breaking​ ​​ £116,303​​ ​for​ ​charity​ ​with​ ​a​ ​staggering £32,000.72​​ ​going​ ​ directly​ ​to​ ​charities​ ​and​ ​projects​ ​in​ ​the​ ​local​ ​area. The​ ​ 60,000​ ​capacity​ ​event​ ​that​ ​attracts​ ​attendees,​ ​musicians​ ​ and​ ​artists​ ​from​ ​all​ ​over​ ​the​ ​world​ ​was also​ ​hailed​ ​a​ ​success​ ​by​ ​the​ ​​ Cabinet​ ​Office​​ ​for​ ​its​ ​positive​ ​contribution​ ​to​ ​the​ ​region’s​ ​wider​ ​local economy​ ​who​ ​took​ ​to​ ​​​ ​​Twitter​​ ​​to​ ​show​ ​their​ ​support.​ ​​ ​The​ ​continued​ ​ and​ ​growing​ ​popularity​ ​of​ ​the festival​ ​drives​ ​many​ ​people​ ​to​ ​the​ ​ area​ ​and​ ​has​ ​positioned​ ​Boomtown​ ​as​ ​a​ ​perfect​ ​stage​ ​from​ ​which the​ ​ local​ ​area​ ​can​ ​expose​ ​its​ ​areas​ ​of​ ​natural​ ​beauty,​ ​cultural​ ​and​ ​visitor​ ​ attractions​ ​to​ ​thousands​ ​of additional​ ​tourists.

Boomtown​ ​has​ ​made​ ​Matterley​ ​Estate​ ​nr.​ ​Winchester​ ​it’s​ ​home​ ​in​ ​ 2011​ ​and​ ​over​ ​the​ ​years​ ​have worked​ ​with​ ​and​ ​donated​ ​to​ ​numerous​ ​ local​ ​and​ ​national​ ​charities.​ ​2017​ ​saw​ ​the​ ​event​ ​expand​ ​its charity​ ​ networks​ ​even​ ​further​ ​by​ ​teaming​ ​up​ ​a​ ​​record​ ​breaking​ ​number​ ​of​ ​ charities​​ ​including​ ​local organisations;​ ​​Street​ ​Reach,​ ​Hampshire​ ​Air​ ​ Ambulance,​ ​Trinity​ ​Winchester,​ ​Naomi​ ​House,​ ​​and​ ​the South​ ​Downs​ ​ National​ ​Park​ ​Trust,​ ​​to​ ​name​ ​just​ ​a​ ​few… The​ ​festival’s​ ​main​ ​charity​ ​partner​ ​for​ ​2017​ ​was​ ​Winchester​ ​based​ ​ youth​ ​outreach​ ​organisation, Street​ ​Reach​.​ ​Working​ ​directly​ ​with​ ​ vulnerable​ ​and​ ​disadvantaged​ ​youth​ ​in​ ​Winchester,​ ​Street​ ​Reach will​ ​ receive​ ​​£8,702​ ​​directly​ ​from​ ​the​ ​optional​ ​£2​ ​donation​ ​customers​ ​can​ ​ make​ ​when​ ​they​ ​purchase their​ ​tickets.​ ​​ ​This​ ​will​ ​help​ ​fund​ ​the​ ​weekly​ ​ outreach​ ​sessions,​ ​youth​ ​club​ ​nights,​ ​drop-in​ ​projects and​ ​trips​ ​that​ ​are​ ​ offered​ ​to​ ​young​ ​people​ ​in​ ​deprived​ ​Winchester​ ​communities. For​ ​the​ ​second​ ​year​ ​running​ ​the​ ​guest list​ ​donations​ ​collected​ ​at​ ​the​ ​ entrance​ ​gates​ ​were supplemented​ ​by​ ​Boomtown​ ​to​ ​raise​ ​​£10,000​​ ​for​ ​ the​ ​​five​ ​parishes​ ​that​ ​border​ ​the​ ​festival​ ​site.​​ ​The parish​ ​councils​ ​are​ ​ required​ ​to​ ​invite​ ​parishioners​ ​to​ ​suggest​ ​where​ ​the​ ​money​ ​would​ ​be​ ​ best​ ​spent to​ ​benefit​ ​their​ ​wider​ ​community.​ ​The​ ​2016​ ​Community​ ​ Support​ ​Fund​ ​was​ ​allocated​ ​to​ ​vital restoration​ ​projects,​ ​contributed​ ​ to​ ​broadband​ ​technology,​ ​footpath​ ​and​ ​wild​ ​plant​ ​replanting schemes​ ​ and​ ​helped​ ​purchase​ ​equipment​ ​for​ ​play​ ​areas,​ ​local​ ​clubs​ ​and​ ​schools.​ ​​ "This​ ​funding​ ​has been​ ​gratefully​ ​received​ ​by​ ​all​ ​and​ ​if​ ​there​ ​was​ ​any​ ​ further​ ​available​ ​we​ ​would​ ​be​ ​very​ ​happy​ ​as​ ​we were​ ​over-subscribed​ ​ this​ ​year​ ​for​ ​the​ ​funding​ ​we​ ​had.”​​ ​Paul​ ​Moffatt​ ​-​ ​Itchen​ ​Valley​ ​Parish​ ​ Council. Local​ ​parishes​ ​will​ ​soon​ ​be​ ​contacted​ ​with​ ​regards​ ​to​ ​the​ ​distribution​ ​ of​ ​the​ ​Community​ ​Support Fund.​ ​​ ​Anyone​ ​who​ ​lives​ ​in​ ​Chilcomb,​ ​ Cheriton,​ ​Itchen​ ​Valley,​ ​Itchen​ ​Stoke​ ​and​ ​Ovington​ ​or Tichborne​ ​ Parishes​ ​should​ ​contact​ ​their​ ​parish​ ​council​ ​directly​ ​to​ ​discuss​ ​where​ ​ the​ ​money​ ​should​ ​be distributed,​ ​or​ ​to​ ​find​ ​out​ ​when​ ​the​ ​consultation​ ​ meeting​ ​will​ ​be​ ​held. Supporting​ ​local​ ​businesses​ ​and​ ​communities​ ​ like​ ​this​ ​is​ ​a​ ​huge​ ​part​ ​of​ ​Boomtown’s​ ​ethos​ ​and​ ​in​ ​the lead​ ​up​ ​to​ ​the​ ​ event​ ​the​ ​festival​ ​worked​ ​on​ ​a​ ​number​ ​of​ ​outreach​ ​projects​ ​in​ ​the​ ​ Winchester​ ​area including;​ ​​Naomi’s​ ​House​,​ ​​Trinity​ ​Winchester​,​ ​and​ ​​ Cheriton​ ​Primary​ ​Schoo​l​​ ​which​ ​were​ ​held​ ​at Winchester​ ​Discovery​ ​ Centre​​ ​by​ ​hosting​ ​interactive​ ​carnival​ ​music,​ ​theatre​ ​and​ ​costume​ ​ making workshops​ ​to​ ​be​ ​a​ ​part​ ​of​ ​the​ ​vibrant​ ​Kidztown​ ​Carnival​ ​at​ ​ the​ ​festival. Other​ ​locally​ ​focused​ ​initiatives​ ​this​ ​year​ ​included​ ​the​ ​introduction​ ​of​ ​ the​ ​first​ ​ever​ ​H​ampshire Farmers’​ ​Market​ ​​at​ ​the​ ​festival,​ ​putting​ ​local​ ​ food​ ​traders​ ​into​ ​the​ ​spotlight,​ ​giving​ ​them​ ​a​ ​chance​ ​to showcase​ ​a​ ​ range​ ​of​ ​local​ ​produce​ ​and​ ​artisan​ ​goods​ ​to​ ​the​ ​60,000​ ​visitors.​ "A​ ​huge​ ​thank​ ​you​ ​to​ ​everyone​ ​who​ ​contributed​ ​to​ ​this​ ​record​ ​amount​ ​by​ ​ making​ ​a​ ​donation​ ​and​ ​for all​ ​the​ ​volunteers​ ​for​ ​giving​ ​their​ ​time.” Lak​ ​Mitchell​ ​and​ ​Chris​ ​Rutherford,​ ​Boomtown​ ​Co-founders.


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Winchester City Councillor Monthly Report Missed bin collections If your bin is not emptied when expected, please report via the following: http://www.winchester.gov.uk/ waste-and-recycling/ Click on the link to “missed bin collection” after 5pm on the expected day of collection and by midday the day after. The team should return to address the oversight!There is also a link on the waste and recycling page to report a fly tip. High Hedges The Council has powers to deal with nuisance high hedges under a provision of the Antisocial Behaviour Act 2003. There are some important points to note about these powers: • They only apply to evergreen or semi-evergreen hedges more than two metres high; • They only apply if the height has an adverse effect on the reasonable enjoyment of your domestic property. • We can only deal with a complaint if you have taken reasonable steps to settle the dispute yourself. Making a formal complaint should be a last resort. • You will have to pay a fee of £450 to the council to have a formal complaint considered. This is reduced to £100 if you are receiving certain benefits. This will be non-refundable even if your complaint is upheld. There is information on the Planning Portal website, and your first action should be to try to resolve this with your neighbour directly or via The Winchester Mediation Service (01962 813320). Working with Voluntary Organisations Voluntary and community sector organisations (such as community groups, social enterprises, cooperatives and arts/sports/heritage clubs) make a significant contribution to the support and wellbeing of local residents. We work in partnership with Community First in Winchester District to provide support for not-for-profit organisations across the District, including: • Information and networking • Training • Funding workshops • One to one advisory visits • Toolkits and general advice (e.g. setting up a community organisation) • Recruitment of volunteers, including trustees Find out more at www.cfheh.org.uk/services/winchester/ Timetable for Central Winchester Regeneration Supplementary Planning Document Consultation Finalised The timetable has been developed to ensure the technical work (including archaeology, movement and traffic and flooding defences) is completed, along with options for affordable housing and discussions with the owners of the land in the area. The draft SPD will be presented to the next meeting of the Council’s IPG, which is being held in public on Monday 30 October. Architects and master planners JTP will unveil the draft SPD which has incorporated the feedback gleaned during the extensive public engagement process. The Council’s full Cabinet will meet in public on 6 December to approve the draft SPD for consultation. The formal consultation period will then run from mid-December until early

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February 2017. During an eight week period, a variety of meetings and exhibitions will be held so that as many people and organisations as possible can have their say. New Winchester Sport & Leisure Park – Bar End The Outline Business Case is due to be presented during November. The Council is aiming for this to be a financially sustainable, fully inclusive facility for the District with a planned opening in late 2020. The planned facility is: a 50m pool (mostly used as 2 x 25m pools), 20x10m pool, splash pool, hydrotherapy suite, 4 squash courts, clip and climb, exercise studios, 180-200 station gym, sports hall and cafe. A third phase of engagement is due in the autumn which will show emerging designs/layout of the building at Bar End. It is expected the Full Council will be asked to approve the business case in late Autumn and, should that be confirmed, a planning application will be submitted in Spring 2018. Walking Netball Walking Netball is a slower paced version of the game, with a couple of other modifications to ensure it is safe for those with mobility issues, lower fitness and activity levels. All sessions are delivered by trained Walking Netball Hosts who know how to make the sessions fun and engaging.You won’t realise just how hard you have worked as you will be laughing so much! 1-2pm on Monday’s at River Park Leisure Centre. £3 per session. “ePanel” A consultation panel to help when consulting about Council initiatives, activities and various proposals. The panel is an 'electronic panel' where we consult members via email and the completion of online survey forms. A survey is sent once every two or three months which consists of less than a dozen questions on each occasion (i.e. 10 minutes or less of your time for each consultation). If you are interested in becoming part of the panel please email our Engagement and Insight Officer, Nadine Fox - nfox@winchester.gov.uk - putting 'Join E_Panel' in the subject line. Nadine will then send you more information and a short questionnaire to complete. Traffic Movement Strategy Consultation A consultation is due to go live in November 2017 regarding traffic movements in Winchester. As residents who frequently use the City, please ensure you respond so that your views are heard. If you need a paper copy of the consultation please let us know. The easiest and fastest way for WCC/HCC to incorporate views is through on-line responses but we are happy to help those who don’t have computer access. Alresford Tip With the requirement of HCC to save £140m in its 2018/19 budget, the Alresford tip will again come under pressure. We need to hear your views please! You can contact your City Councillors as follows Cllr Kim Gottlieb - kgottlieb@winchester.gov.uk Tel : 07795 494919 Cllr Lisa Griffiths - lgriffiths@winchester.gov.uk Tel : 01962 738646 or 07545 375632 Cllr Ernie Jeffs - ejeffs@winchester.gov.uk Tel : 01962 734629 or 07887 536966


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So, what about other counties? Is it just the South and South East that nobody’s heard of? Really, there is little hope.Yorkshire has tea and Devon has cream teas. Most other counties fade into a fog. The question must be, how many of us can, with confidence, jab a digit upon these and so many other places upon a map? What hope is there for Hertford, Hereford and Hampshire? An ‘urricane would ‘ardly hever find them. Unsurprisingly, when I told people I’d written a book about Hampshire, the reaction was not “Where’s Hampshire?” but “What’s Hampshire”. The word Hampshire was not even recognised as a place, just an unidentifiable thing. And it’s not as if Hampshire is insignificant. For a start, it is the ninth largest county in England (other countries in the United Kingdom are also available, but criteria for the statistics are variable). Fine – it’s not in the medals, not even a bronze, but it’s still quite big. Of course, when the counties include metropolitan ones, Hampshire’s not as densely populated – it’s only mid-table for that. Although, because of its size, it is still in the top ten for numbers. So, it is large, it has loads of people living there without feeling crowded and it still has huge stretches of open landscape. However, to answer the question “Where is Hampshire on the map?” Right at the bottom, in the middle. Words by Heather Lacey


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inscription - that sculpture will be in the family forever now and its descendants will never forget when they read the inscription on the back. The ‘141 Days’ project was triggered by the BBC One Show calling Nic in 2016 to ask if he would be doing anything to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. He decided to create an ingenious installation which would get people stopping and looking at war memorials again. He marked the 141 days of horror of the Somme Offensive by creating 141 golden First World War soldiers, standing at arms and holding a poppy, then placing them on 141 war memorials at home and abroad. Their locations are secret, but I can tell you there are three in and around Alresford, others in Cardiff, Edinburgh and overseas as far as the Anzac Memorial in Alice Springs. Each memorial was chosen because it carries the names of men who lost their lives in the Somme. Sean Stocker, a veteran of Afghanistan who was hit by a roadside bomb, helped by placing a sculpture in Wrexham. Sean encourages you to look for one, saying, ‘Even if you don’t find one of Nic’s sculptures, it’s just a small way to remember those who laid down their lives for us.’ If you are lucky enough to find one, Nic would love you to photograph it and post it on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, #141Days.This is not a fund-raiser, no-one should take them, auction them off or sell them; but some have been adopted by a nearby cathedral and placed on their tomb of an unknown soldier. Others, which were placed on individual graves and adopted by the soldier’s descendants, will be returned to the war memorial for Remembrance Sunday. Next year is the centenary of the end of the First World War and I asked Nic whether he has a project in the pipeline. Indeed he has he’s planning an installation called ‘The Space Between’ to mark the end of the war, which will tour the country.When the One Show catch up on the story, remember you read it here first in Itchen Valley Magazine. Iris Crowfoot - Iris.crowfoot@gmail.com www.HamboneJunior.com


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

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

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from Equestrian Fencing - Dreams really can come true!

from Equestrian Fencing - Dreams really can come true!

With all the benefits of a thatched or timber roofed Gazebo

With all the benefits of a thatched or timber roofed Gazebo

pre-prepared base is also included in the price.

pre-prepared base is also included in the price.

back page of this brochure.

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

balustrade infill panels. Delivery and assembly on to level

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.

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

invest in a roof liner to improve water protection.

BIRCH NETS £5.95 (each)

KINDLING £2.95 (each)

WOOD WOOL FIRELIGHTERS £4.65 (Box of 50) All prices subject to VAT and Delivery

FIRE BRIQUETTES £3.80 (Bag of 12)

Specifically designed accessories to fit our range of

KILN DRIED FIREWOOD

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

weather conditions there may be a chance of water

weather conditions there may be a chance of water

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

reality - it just couldn’t be easier.

Mixed Hardwood: £155 Oak: £165 Ash: £185

reality - it just couldn’t be easier.

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H I G H R I D G E F A R M , H O S P I T A L R O 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 Live the Dream with a Gazebo from Equestrian Fencing Services

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GAZEBOS & ACCESSORIES

GAZEBOS & ACCESSORIES Come & Visit Our Yard & Display Area

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Community ALRESFORD RUGBY CLUB

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he on going new journey that ARFC undertook this season continued in October with mixed results. Following on from our 1ST XV's last game against Overton, we then hosted Millbrook, Sandown and Shanklin and US Portsmouth. Millbrook, unbeaten so far, were a very strong side and have been putting many points against other sides. In a fantastically contested match ARFC went down by 15-27. Sandown and Shanklin, re arranged, came to us next, and after an amazing game of rugby, saw ARFC pip them by three points. US Portsmouth were up next, again unbeaten, and although ARFC were defeated, the score line maybe doesn't tell the whole story. Meanwhile the 2's have had just the one outing since the last edition, and with very depleted numbers could not follow up their previous success against Stoneham. For more details please go to our website and find the match reports. Your support is always welcomed and appreciated. All matches in November will kick off at 2.30pm with a bar open for match day refreshments. There is still a position/opportunity for any body over the age of 18, to join this vibrant and forward thinking club, as a match day physio/first aider. If interested please contact our Head Coach Scott Cleeve or our Chairman John Weston via the website. Many thanks from the players, coaches and members for your support of our local and fantastic rugby club.

A WARNING TO OUR ADVERTISERS AND READERS

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am sure that our readers and advertisers are well informed on the malicious attempts to extract money from innocent people by fraudulent groups/individuals. Be that on the internet, email or the phone. As a magazine we are careful to ensure that our customers and readers are informed of local scams or offers that seek to mislead. Thankfully we have the Alresford Neighbourhood Watch article which is always informative and gives valuable advice on ways to avoid being a victim of crime. Sadly in recent weeks several magazines including the Forum have been used by a telephone scam group. We are including this item to highlight this issue to our advertisers. If any of our advertisers are called with a request for monies for unpaid bills, PLEASE call the office on 01962 735137 to verify that these claims are valid. DO NOT make any card payments unless you are in direct correspondence with the Forum office. We have been contacted by businesses (not in our area) saying that they have been harassed by a representative of the Forum, demanding payment for advertising that they had not placed. Thankfully these companies were not mislead by the caller as they were not advertisers with us, but informed us of attempts to extract money from them. We have contacted trading standards and other organisations to try and curtail such activity but sadly there appears to be little we can do. The problem lies with the mobile phone companies that refuse to block numbers that are being used for elicit purposes. We hope that this information reaches our advertisers and readers and should you have any concerns that you may have been contacted by this fraudulent organisation the please contact us asap. The Editor

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RESULTS - 1ST XV Millbrook (Home) 12 - 27 L Sandown+Shanklin 27-24 W US Portsmouth 10-26 L RESULTS - 2ND XV Overton (Away) 7-44 NOVEMBER FIXTURES - 1STXV 04/11/17 11/11/17 25/11/17

Fareham Heathens (Away) Ventnor (Home) Bognor (A)

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Alresford & District Neighbourhood Watch Crime Cannot Flourish in a Community That Cares, is a soundbite that a Winchester colleague often uses. Neighbourhood Watch is more than just trying to reduce crime and the fear of crime; it is about Neighbourliness; looking out for situations in which you can help your neighbours, as you would want them to do for you.

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hen I recently gave a talk to the Alresford Ladies Group I soon became aware that few of the audience knew who their Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator was. This gives us a challenge. Last year in an attempt to improve our coverage we produced an A5 leaflet we called the “Postcard Project”. Each Co-ordinator delivered postcards to their Watches giving the name and address of their Street Coordinator. It seems it hasn’t worked! Perhaps it was treated as junk mail and never got read? At the Ladies Group meeting a suggestion was made that we make a list of the Co-ordinators available, perhaps to be kept in the library or community centre. We will discuss this further at our next Committee Meeting None of this changes the fact that the whole community is part of Neighbourhood Watch and if anybody sees anything suspicious, or out of the ordinary, a vehicle in an odd place, or cruising, clearly looking for opportunities, then they should be reported. Every small fact can help to build a bigger picture to the Police. In these times of increased terrorism, everybody needs to be on their guard, especially outside the house. Travellers who see a bag or similar, possibly unattended in a train, tube or station are encouraged to ask whose it is, as well as alerting security.

NEW ALRESFORD TOWN TRUST

A friend of mine who lives in Swanmore told me of a recent occurrence which illustrates this. He went outside his front door to check the weather; to see what he needed to wear and heard what he thought was a cat. A bit odd, he thought, but not that strange as he knew there were several cats in the area. Leaving ten minutes later, dressed for his trip out, he heard the sound again. This time it didn’t sound right, so he went to check. Peering through a hole in the neighbour’s gate he could see his neighbour’s wife was curled up on the back door step. So he let himself through the gate and discovered she had fallen and couldn’t get up off the step. He called round for a bigger (stronger) neighbour to help and between them they managed to lift her indoors. If my friend had not gone to check, his neighbour could have been there for hours. As it was, she was very cold and shaken up. I call that Neighbourhood Watch! CONTACTING ADNWA OR POLICE: ADNWA website: www.neighbourhood.watch.alresford.org e-mail us at: contact.adnwa@gmail.com CRIME IN PROGRESS: RING 999 NON-URGENT ISSUES: RING 101 (if you observe suspicious activity) CRIMESTOPPERS: 0800 555 111

The same is still true today. New Alresford Town Trust inherited the “pavage” grant and has the ancient right to collect rents from market stallholders and from passing Fairs in Broad Street. Originally the Town held Sheep Fairs in Broad Street until late 19th Century when, because of noise, smell and lack of hygiene, it moved to Fairfield in Bishops Sutton Road. The Pleasure Fair then became the main Town attraction with the October date being the same as previously.

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To ensure safety and minimise disruption, the Trustees, in consultation with experts, close Broad Street from 1100 hours on the Wednesday to 2400 hours on the Thursday, when Broad Street then gets back to normal.

he October Fun Fair took place on Thursday 12th October in Broad Street, Alresford in mild dry weather and was very successful with good attendances, and no reported incidents. The Trustees are keen to ensure this ancient tradition continues.

The 2018 Fair will be held on Thursday 11th October, and the Trustees would like to hear from Parish Councils, City and County Councillors, WCC Traffic Department, Police, Fire Service, Residents and Traders, as to any problems or suggestions they may have concerning this ancient tradition.

This traditional October Fair dates back to King Edward I, who in 1302 made a grant of “pavage” which allowed the Bailiffs and Burgesses to collect tolls from traders in return for paving the streets.

Please feel free to write Pam Stevens, c/o Old Fire Station, 54 Broad Street, Alresford, SO24 9AN or email: heatherhollow@btinternet.com.


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Animals

DEALING WITH SEASONAL ANXIETY IN YOUR PET

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he coming few months see us heading into the party season of fireworks (bonfire night, New Year), strangers frequently at the door (Halloween), house guests, changes in routine and more time spent out of the house (Christmas and New Year). With all the festive comings and goings it is no wonder many of our pets become anxious about the unexplained sights, sounds and routines during this time, but we can help them to ease their fears. For dogs, construct a ‘dog den’ a few weeks in advance of the event so as they have time to become accustomed to it and use it. Use a pheromone diffuser, spray or collar such as Adaptil to mimic the ‘feel good’ pheromones that the mother dog emits just after birth of her puppies to help calm them. Keep windows closed to muffle out noises from fireworks and curtains drawn to block out the flashing lights. Try to keep to as near a normal routine as possible or have a friend or neighbour dog-sit for you if you are away from the house for a longer time than normal. For cats, provide extra hiding places (both high and low) and allow the cat to hide and place resources (food, water, litter trays) nearby. Use a pheromone diffuser or spray to mimic the facial pheromone F3 which the cat uses to mark its boundary and reassure itself and feel safe. Close windows and

curtains to block out noises and flashing lights during firework displays. Keep cat flaps secure to prevent escape. A television may help to stifle the noises but not too loud as this can damage your pet’s sensitive hearing. Again, try to keep to a near normal routine. For rabbits and other small animals; if they are kept outside then bring them inside or place in a garage or shed. Alternatively turn their enclosure around to block out excessive sounds and flashing lights and provide extra places to hide inside the accommodation such as cardboard boxes/extra bedding. Cover their accommodation with blankets/duvet to absorb sound but allow adequate ventilation. Provide plenty of resources such as food, water and litter trays as some small animals eat, drink and toilet more when stressed. If kept with a pen-mate then do not separate unless conflict occurs. For instances where your dog does not benefit from any other therapy then a medication such as Sileo, a gel placed in the dog’s mouth, may be prescribed by your vet. Alternatively, herbal remedies such as Scullcap and Valerian or Pet Remedy may help to reduce the anxiety of cats, dogs, rabbits and other small animals. Above all, don’t punish anxious behaviour and keep calm yourself as animals can sense your anxiety. For further information please contact your vet.

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