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St. Mary's OLD ALRESFORD SUNDAY 1 JANUARY 10.00 Benefice Eucharist at St. Peter's, Ovington 18.00 Old Alresford Cottage Service SUNDAY 8 JANUARY 09.30 Parish Communion SUNDAY 15 JANUARY 09.30 Parish Communion SUNDAY 22 JANUARY 11.00 Village Family service(no communion) SUNDAY 29 JANUARY 09.30 Parish Communion THURSDAYS 09.00 Benefice Eucharist at St.John's, New Alresford

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

New Farm Chapel ALRESFORD SUNDAY SERVICES 10.30 Morning Worship, with creche and KOSMIC for children 16.30 Will vary between talk or discussion with praise & 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

SUNDAY 29 JANUARY 09.30 Cheriton Holy Communion Midday Prayers every week Monday-Avington,TuesdayItchen Abbas,WednesdayMartyr Worthy,ThursdayEaston

NEW ALRESFORD SUNDAY 8 JANUARY 11.00 Holy Communion SUNDAY 11 DECEMBER 11.00 Parish Communion

Upper Itchen Benefice SUNDAY 1 JANUARY 10.15 Cheriton Holy Communion SUNDAY 8 JANUARY 09.30 Cheriton Plough Service 09.30 Bramdean Holy Communion 11.00 Kilmeston Family Service 11.00 Tichborne Holy Communion & Plough Blessing SUNDAY 15 JANUARY 08.30 Beauworth Holy Communion 09.30 Cheriton Holy Communion 11.00 Hinton Ampner Prayer & Praise SUNDAY 22 JANUARY 09.30 Cheriton Holy Communion 09.30 Beauworth Candlemas & Blessing of the Plough 11.00 Kilmeston Holy Communion 11.00 Bramdean Family Worship 18.00 Tichborne Evensong

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Itchen Valley Benefice SUNDAY 1 JANUARY 08.00 Avington Holy Communion 10.00 Martyr Worthy Parish Communion 11.00 Avington Matins SUNDAY 8 JANUARY 08.00 Easton Holy Communion 10.00 Itchen Abbas Parish Communion 18.00 Martyr Worthy Evensong SUNDAY 15 JANUARY 08.00 Martyr Worthy Holy Communion 10.00 Easton Parish Communion 18.00 Avington Evensong SUNDAY 22 JANUARY 08.00 Itchen Abbas Holy Communion 10.00 Martyr Worthy Parish Communion 18.00 Easton Taize SUNDAY 29 JANUARY 08.00 Itchen Abbas Holy Communion 10.00 Avington Parish Communion

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e had decided on a trip to Edinburgh back in the summer and suddenly there we were, two travelling chums and I, in a beautiful apartment over looking St. Giles Cathedral.

One chum was well-versed in all things Scottish as her Mum is from Aberdeen and, having traced her family tree, discovered she might well be distantly related to our other chum! So through the wonder of genetics they both have Scottish blood. But you see, I’m not some American who was once given a pair of tartan socks for Christmas and now believes herself to be the rightful heir to an estate in the Outer Hebrides, although I wish I were. No, my grandparents were also from Aberdeen and although I have many relatives dotted about the Highlands, sadly I’ve met none of them. I love haggis, tolerate certain malts and can affect the Scottish accent- aye I can- so I figure that makes me a wee bit of a Scot. My great-grandfather was a MacLean and, being keen to discover all about my clan, I purchased the ‘Guide to MacLean’ which told me everything I needed to know. The tartan is a rather fetching blend of reds and russets with a hint of green; my ancestral home is the Castle of Duart, positioned prominently on the Isle of Mull, and a potted history of the clans reports of various skirmishes with southern Sassenachs. If all I could take home was a scarf in MacLean tartan then that would have to do for now. On the Royal Mile in the third, or perhaps fourth, tartan emporium we searched, there was an abundance of tartans of every type…. except MacLean.The search for my ancestors’ tartan was proving beyond difficult. It would be so much easier if I’d been born a Buchanan! Their prolific tartan was available in everything from a kilt to a tea cosy. The man behind the counter gave me a

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steely stare. I swear he was sharpening his claymore and muttering something about soft southerners. My two travelling chums found it all highly amusing. “Maybe you’ve got it wrong? Perhaps the colours are red white and blue, like Macleans toothpaste!” We gave up playing hunt the tartan and went off to Edinburgh Castle instead. National pride is evident wherever you go in Edinburgh. It’s a tough pride that has been fought for and hardwon. Nowhere is that made clearer than on a visit to the Castle, perched on its volcanic plinth, the guardian of the city.The military history made us rather uncomfortable, and by the time we’d read yet another report of slaughter by the English, we felt a wee bit queasy. I pulled my Top Shop Black Watch tartan scarf, (well any port in a storm), tighter against the elements and we slunk off for coffee and cake. Soft southerners, indeed. Still, all was not lost. From our café vantage point it became clear that Scotsmen have a little something about them too, striding down the Royal Mile, kilts swishing around muscular legs in the chilly breeze. It gave us quite an appetite. As we tucked into supper that night, the most beautiful grouse, haggis and salmon – well it had to be done- I came over all fanciful. I imagined myself studying art in Edinburgh, living in a tiny flat, eating porridge with salt for breakfast and snuggling in a bed with a MacLean tartan blanket, (if I could ever find one!), draped over it. Bliss! It’s never too late to embrace one’s heritage I reckon, so my Scottish dancing and caber-tossing classes start in the New Year! So a Happy New Year and Hogmanay to you! Sandra Pagan.


Family Matters The Christmas period is not always an easy or happy time of year for every household. For some it is a time when family tensions run high and relationships become fractious. The impact of financial and emotional pressure both during and after Christmas can be traumatic for the whole family, especially children. It may raise difficult questions and potential problems that will need resolving. We will help you answer those questions and guide you through both the practical and emotional issues you may face, however complicated and overwhelming they may seem. As a niche firm of solicitors specialising in all areas of family law and associated matters we understand how difficult and confusing life can be when dealing with the breakdown of a relationship. We encourage resolving family matters amicably and swiftly and without the intervention of the court process where possible. All of our initial consultations are free of charge allowing us time to fully explain the options available to you, and you the time you need to fully digest the advice given. Please telephone the office on 01962 670510 for an appointment.

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Alresford & District Neighbourhood Watch REPORTING Research suggests that, due to embarrassment, sextortion is underreported as a crime. More than 100 offences of this nature were recorded by Hampshire Constabulary during 2015. The general advice is, don’t pay and keep all evidence. Police can have some influence in getting images removed.

CYBER-CRIME Our article here last month specifically covered scams - phone calls e-mails and texts all being attempts to obtain peoples’ details to defraud them. We make no apology for continuing in a similar vein. Cyber-crime is described as “criminal activities carried out by means of computers or the Internet” and is by far the fastest growing area of concern for the Police. There is less chance of being caught as a cyber-criminal than a real life one. The public and Police are not as clever as the cyber criminals, so prevention is the best defence we have. 80% of cyber-crime is preventable. To do this we have to be simple, i.e. avoid techno babble, which only confuses people. Hampshire Police are currently campaigning to raise awareness of sextortion, which is a form of cybercrime, during which victims are lured into sharing intimate images in a front of webcam, or a camera on a smartphone. The victims are unaware their actions are being recorded by criminals who then use the video footage to blackmail individuals, threatening to upload video recordings to the internet, sending the footage to a victim’s family and friends. A typical initial demand is £2K. The age range of victims involved is 17-24, but data from 50 of Britain’s biggest secondary schools showed that more than a third of sexting cases involved children aged 12 and 13. The NSPCC has reported a 15 per cent rise in ChildLine counselling for sexting in a year. The consequences can be as severe as suicide and selfharm and have a major impact on mental health. The victims are mainly

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aged between 17 and 24, targeted by offenders, claiming to be women asking to be friends on social media. TECHNOLOGY Technology exists to allow social media platforms to block explicit images from young users automatically, following a request from their parents. “Social media giants should block children from sharing explicit images to help to curb Britain’s “sexting” crisis”, the health secretary has said, this being the latest demand from a senior government figure for social media companies to take a greater role in confronting issues such as online porn, cyberbullying and extremism.

If you have been affected, contact Hampshire Constabulary by phoning 101, where call takers are now trained to deal with this type of call. However, it is also possible to report anonymously via Crimestoppers - 0800 555 111. They cannot ask for callers’ details. It is totally independent of the Police, but all calls are analysed and redirected to the appropriate Police force. There is a PDF containing advice that Hampshire Constabulary gives to victims and members of the public about preventing sextortion and protecting people from its potential consequences - Hampshire Constabulary guide to help victims of sextortion. On the general topic of online safety there is a first class website, that is sponsored by a very wide spread of big organisations. It carries a huge amount of valuable data -www. getsafeonline.org.uk 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)


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appy New Year! January is often the coldest month of the year and it’s especially hard to manage in the long month after Christmas. If you are aware of anyone struggling to keep warm and well then please contact Hitting the Cold Spots- call 0800 804 8601 from 9-5pm , (local number 02380 33 6172 for landline rates) or email staywarm@ environmentcentre.com for advice and help. The team can organise a home visit, support you with heaters and give grant support to help with your fuel bills. New developments are happening right across the division and I joined fellow councillors to see the progress at Barton Farm which will be called Kings Barton. The marketing suite is open already. The first houses are well underway and residents should be moving in by April 2017. The first phase includes affordable homes for rent too. The school is scheduled to be open September 2018. So many of you took the trouble to attend the Gypsy and Traveller meetings in the division in Decemberthank you. I endeavoured to distill your views into my reply to Winchester council -you can see my response on my website www.jackieporter.co.uk, search ‘Gypsy & Traveller Site Proposals’.

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One interesting point is the use of anonymised data to target preventive health screening for specific groups, in specific areas, and for particular age groups to fight disease early, to keep us all well. Already phone companies use the speed of phones moving along our roads to determine traffic speeds –so is the use of our own data so very different? And if it means the NHS is affordable, shouldn’t we all be welcoming this? The use of informed data is a key part of the STP for Hampshire. If you have a positive or negative view on this, please let me know.

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Happy New Year- hoping it is a healthy one for you and your family. I have read the Sustainable Transformation Plan (STP) for the NHS ,but Richard Samuel, the lead officer for the STP plan at the NHS brought it to life when he gave County Councillors a presentation on the Strategic Outcomes that the plan hopes to address. I have placed a summary of the aims on my website, but as I write this, there is still no agreement or verdict on which hospitals will operate in this area.

Finally, if your child is 3 or 4, and you work 16 hours a week, you are entitled to an annual 1140 hours a year free childcare (max 10 hours a day between 6am and 8pm, throughout the year) from September.You can go onto the www.gov.uk or www.hants.gov. uk websites to check your eligibility. Good Luck!

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Community HORACE NICHOLSON PRESENTED WITH THE LEGION D'HONNEUR

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orace Nicholson was born in December 1923 - in the same house he lives in now with his sister Ena– the gate lodge at Hinton Ampner, by the A272 in Hampshire. The 92 year old veteran was aged 18 in 1943 during the Second World War. He received his call up papers to join the Dorset Regiment. A year later as a trained rifleman, he journeyed via Algiers and Tunis to join the 1st Battalion who had just participated in the successful invasion of Sicily. Shortly afterwards, he made his first seaborne landing -the invasion of Italy. He vividly remembers landing at 11 in the morning co-inciding with the surrender by Italy. The Italians were happy their war was over and the German forces were few and far between at that location. But war can be unpredictable. A scheduled airstrike which was not only running late, but somehow hadn’t been cancelled, bombed the Dorsets position and Horace recalls the wireless truck and the 4 or 5 operators being blown up. We now call that blue on blue. Another landing craft journey followed, going up the coast for some 20 miles for a second landing, this time there was no opposition. Largely due to the amphibious landing experience of the Dorsets they were recalled back to Britain in preparation for the liberation of Europe. Not that they knew it, but they were to be a spearhead battalion on D-Day onto Gold Beach in Normandy. Horace embarked in Southampton along with thousands of others on Saturday evening. His troopship anchored in Stokes Bay before joining the armada to liberate France. On that momentous D-Day, reveille was sounded at 1am for breakfast. Then at first light, 12 miles offshore, he

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climbed down the scrambling nets into his infantry landing craft. Even going flat out, the run into the beach seemed a long time for all 30 men in that landing craft. I once asked Horace if he was frightened as they approached the beach. He replied. “We were all frightened but I was lucky. Our young coxswain wasn’t as frightened as other coxswains and he put us straight up the beach. I didn’t even get my boots wet!” Indeed, the Ist Dorsets were certainly lucky as the strong tidal current meant they landed a little way from their intended area at Le Hamel, and Horace recollects running up the beach and over the dunes without enemy opposition. On advancing further, they met their first, of so many, enemy encounters. D-Day, the longest day, was indeed a long day for the Dorsets. Eventually they took a battery of enemy artillery which by then had run out of ammunition and they found the gun crews gone. On then to Villers-Bocage. For a rifleman it was one small field and hedge at a time, fighting through the bocage country of Normandy. Small fields with dense high hedge banks; perfect for defence. Day by day Horace remembers crawling through unharvested cornfields to outflank an enemy position. Your turn one day, another unit the next. Eventually the Breakout came and he witnessed the closing of the Falaise Gap as the desperately retreating and encircled German army was straffed by Typhoons and Spitfires. He recalls the aftermath as not a pretty sight. Following the Normandy Breakout, his battalion was in the headlong dash across northern France to Holland and became part of 30 Corps, the land element of Operation Market Garden, but they didn’t make it to Arnhem in time. The Dorsets then held that front line area between Nijmegan Bridge and Arnhem against enemy opposition. By then, having suffered considerable casualties, the Ist Dorsets were withdrawn out of the line and repatriated. But Horace being one of the younger ones transferred to the 5th battalion for the crossing of the Rhine. Five days later he was injured in the hand by shrapnel and with blood poisoning setting in he was flown by Dakota to hospital in France and was there when war ended. However, with prisoners and ammunition to be guarded in Germany and Italy and he didn’t finally come home until May 1947.

Calendar EVERY THURSDAY Alresford Country Market At Alresford Community Centre from 8am until 11.30am. Producers required for our popular Thursday market. The organisers are especially seeking for cake and pastry cooks, general produce growers and enthusiastic plant and shrub growers. If you are interested in any aspect of this plea for help please drop into the MARKET on Thursday mornings to see us. We will be happy to let you know details and requirements.

WEDNESDAY 18 JANUARY Alresford Historical & Literary Society Talk Gunwharf Quays- Glorious revolution to Shopping Centre. A talk by author Michael Underwood at 7.30pm at the Methodist Hall, Jacklyns Lane, Alresford Visitors welcome; £3 at the door. Enquiries to Bob Fowler: 01962 734125

SATURDAY 21 JANUARY Four Marks & Medstead Rotary are at it again! Barn Dance 2017 At Medstead Village Hall from 7pm for 7.30pm “The Bursledon Village Band” www.bursledonvillageband.co.uk What’s provided? Cash Bar + Ploughman’s Supper + Raffle + Free Champagne Prize draw! Tickets only £15.00 - for all that fun. Do book early to avoid disappointment from. Contact Paul Smy on H: 01420 562313, M: 07974 203708, or email: smallpii@hotmail.com

FRIDAY 24 FEBRUARY Probably Mid Hampshire's Quiz of the Year! At Itchen Abbas Village Hall. From 7.15pm. Tickets £10 each (6 per table) There will be a raffle and seasonal prizes. Lasagne (or vegetarian alternative). A licenced bar. For application forms and further details please contact James Pinniger (eve or weekends) 01962 738788 or email: wjrp@ hotmail.co.uk. All profits to rotary charities.

SATURDAY 11 MARCH Alresford District Friends Of Girlguiding are holding a ‘Table Top’ sale in The Community Centre, Alresford. From 10am – 1pm for buyers, doors open at 9am for table holders. Cost of table hire is £10, please contact Jo Curtis on 01962733629 or e-mail:- rayjo.curtis@btinternet.com by February 28th 2017 to book and pay for a table. Friends Of Girlguiding fundraise throughout the year to help our local Rainbow, Brownie, Guide and Senior Section units, if you would like to join our committee or be a supporter contact Jo as above.


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

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Wellbeing

ALRESFORD SURGERY NEWS

BRING JOY INTO YOUR LIFE THIS JANUARY WITH DANCING & YOGA!

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anuary is not everyone’s favourite month. After all the joy we experienced over Christmas, it can very much feel like an anti-climax. Yet, it does not have to be. January is the beginning of a brand New Year, a fresh start, a new beginning– and a wonderful new opportunity! In the words of Mahatma Gandhi: “Be the change you want to see in the world!” – It is down to us to make our life more joyful! We’ve seen on Strictly what joy dancing can bring to the contestants’ lives. And if you have some joy in your life, the rest of it becomes so much easier.

from age 4 to those Young at Heart. We are looking forward to seeing you.

OUR CLASSES SALSA Latin-American music is naturally uplifting. Learn to dance socially from your very first lesson.

WEST COAST SWING The smoothest of dances, that can be danced to almost any kind of music.

ZUMBA DANCE FITNESS So grab your partner or come on your own and get dancing. There is just nothing more uplifting than moving to music. And on top of it, to quote another television programme: “How to stay young.” Dancing is the best possible exercise to stay young in every way. And here comes my second passion: Yoga,What a difference yoga has made in my Life. I feel nothing but gratitude. No wonder it has been around for over 5000 years – it’s awesome. It is the most wonderful method to make your life joyful and easy in every way. You start by gently moving your body and loosening it up step by step and relieving any tension. All of us have accumulated so much tension over the years. Apparently even children are starting to feel stress. And the journey does not stop there – it is a continuous process of peeling off all the “old layers” and coming home to the Real You.Yes, a bit like a butterfly out of the cocoon and it feels so good! So come and make this January the most joyful January you’ve ever had and join us for some Dancing & Yoga. We offer classes for all ages, 22

"Ditch the workout and join the party!" The worldwide dance fitness phenomenon.

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SOL YOGA: LIVING YOGA Hatha Flow Yoga, like a dance from the heart With Silvia.

DANCE WORKSHOPS Learn Cha-Cha, Bachata, Cuban Salsa, Flamenco and more in regular workshops.

DANCE PARTY NIGHTS Live dance bands and DJ events for all dance styles, also dance to club classics. Are you ready for a fresh start? Would you like to feel healthy and balanced through all of Life’s challenges? Then your time is now! Silvia and Max are looking forward to welcoming you!

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Welcome back Pneumonia Clinics We will be running clinics in the New Year to give pneumonia and shingles vaccinations. All patients who are eligible will be invited by letter. If you have previously been invited, but have not been vaccinated, you are still welcome to come. Please note that patients who have previously been invited for the shingles vaccination but have now reached 80 years of age, are no longer eligible and will not be vaccinated. New health promotion noticeboard Look out for the new health promotion noticeboard which will be coming to the area between Dispensary and the nurse’s waiting room.The content of this board will change on a quarterly basis & will cover a specific topic each quarter. The first topic to be covered on the board will be Dementia and the elderly. Please feel free to pop in & look at the board and take away any literature you may find beneficial. Wessex Healthier Together The ‘Wessex Healthier Together’ project is exploring how parents, carers and community services might be better supported and integrated with hospital based services so that children are able to access the ‘right care at the right time from the right person’ .Their aim is to improving the health of children and young people in Dorset, Hampshire and The Isle of Wight. The Wessex Healthier Together website is being developed to provide useful resources for parents, carers and young people (via information leaflets, self-care advise and guidance on when and how to access appropriate local healthcare services) Visit their website: www.healthiertogether wessex.nhs.uk Alresford Surgery T: 01962 732345 www.alresfordsurgery.co.uk


Bluebird Care Alton & Alresford are the first and only “Overall Outstanding” Care Quality Commission (CQC) rated home care provider in the whole of Hampshire! Our aim is to help the local people of Alresford live independently in their own homes so they can remain part of our wonderful community. We pride ourselves in only delivering the highest quality care to our customers & are delighted to have won numerous awards for our 'Service Excellence' & fantastic 'Continuity of Care'. Care, we believe, should be delivered by a familiar, friendly face.

Would you like to be a part of our Outstanding team and earn up to £20,000 per year by giving something back to the older and more vulnerable people in your community?

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Commit to get fit …this time it’s personal!

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RESTORATIVE YOGA FOR THE NEW YEAR CREATING SPACE - SLOWING DOWN AND BUILDING REST Most of us live with our nervous systems in overdrive with endless task lists and busy schedules, which leave us feeling depleted and exhausted.

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estorative Yoga for the New Year Creating Space - Slowing Down and Building Rest our deepest wish at this time may be to start the New Year living a more balanced life.

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Training in a practice like yoga can help focus our attention, release physical and emotional tension and rebuild energy, optimising our potential to live fully and to live well. A balanced yoga practice will involve not only weight bearing and bone building dynamic postures, but must include a quieter slower practice where there is less striving, less effort, and less stretching.This is a more restorative and nurturing practice which enables our bodies to slow down, so that our minds can slow down too. These supported postures, usually done on the floor, can uncover and release the stress we are holding and help us quieten down

enough to see what is happening within ourselves and in our lives, and to see what is really needed to be well. On a physical level, we open up new spaces that were guarded, we increase mobility in joints, the spine is nourished and rejuvenated, and we build awareness of our bodies. Breath awareness taking longer, deeper and slower breaths - is crucial to this work and acts as a powerful tool to regulate blood pressure and to reduce the stress response.This leaves us calm and more relaxed and has a positive impact on our health, wellbeing and our behaviour in society. Whether you are recovering from illness, need to restore and heal your spine and back, suffer from lack of sleep or the effects of chronic stress, and wish to be strong and energised, a restorative and balanced yoga practice can reset your body, rewire your mind, and leave you feeling refreshed and ready to begin anew. Fazila Benoit is a registered and certified Hatha Yoga Teacher and she teaches Dynamic and Restorative Yoga in Alresford and Avington.You can contact her on 01962 422463/ 07786537335 or email: yoga@ fazilabenoit.com For more information about yoga and classes www.fazilabenoit.com


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Wellbeing THE FEDERATION OF HOLISTIC

THERAPISTS (FHT) LOCAL SUPPORT GROUP - INFORMAL GATHERING

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HT local support group invites everyone to an informal gathering of therapists from 7-9pm on Wednesday 11th January in the Balloon Room of the Alresford Cricketers, Jacklyns Lane, SO24 9LW.

Have you ever considered seeking complementary health like massage or reiki but not known quite which therapy you want, or even more critical, which therapist is going to be able to provide the highest standards of care to you? Perhaps you need some support and a boost to your fitness and sporting performance, but are unsure who is trained to ensure optimal rather than dismal results for you. Perhaps you want to make sure your beauty therapy is safe and enhancing? The Federation of Holistic Therapists members are all accredited which means you can rest assured you are in safe hands, so come and meet some of us and learn a little more of what will support your wellbeing, and how to find the best therapist for you. For therapists, FHT members and non members, let me remind you also of all the wonderful benefits and support we can give you. Call Carol Greenwood, FHT Ambassador on 07780953143 to book your place. Students £3, MFHT £5, non FHT members £8.

YAVINGTONSTUDIO A SPECIAL PLACE FOR REFLECTION AND NUTURE Learn how to relieve tension and stress by bringing awareness and understanding to your habitual responses - both physically and mentally FREE TASTER SESSIONS Wednesday 7th September -10am and 7pm Friday 9th September -10am. Everyone welcome, just wear comfortable clothing. CLASS TIMES Wednesdays 10am, 11.30am and 7pm Fridays 10am NEXT REVITALISE DAYS Friday 30th September and 25th November 11am- 5pm For further information, please contact: T: 01962 779295 E: info@yavingtonstudio.co.uk www.yavingtonstudio.co.uk www.feldenkrais.co.uk Yavington Studio

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Remaining Sale Items 20% off - Please see our window - 24 West Street, Alresford, SO24 9AU Tel: 01962 735553 | www.alresfordbeauty.co.uk

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Monthly Antiques and Interiors Auction Saturday 14 January - Commencing 10am Tel: 01962 735988 | www.andrewsmithandson.com

Sale starts Bank Holiday Monday 2nd Jan. Remember to check school shoes are still a good fit, before the new term starts! Tel: 01962 733926 | www.billygoatshoes.co.uk

Exceptional bargains throughout January with many items up to half price! Wrendale cushions £27.50 (normally £35) Tel: 01962 732192 | 10 West St, Alresford

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Animals

HOW DO I KEEP MY PET SAFER IN THE WINTER MONTHS?

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ow the nights are well and truly drawing in it is worth thinking about how best your pets can be kept safe and sound. We are all well aware of the clocks falling back an hour in the autumn; however this is something our animals will have absolutely no concept of. This comes in to play particularly for those walking their dogs in the early evening or for cats who spend much of their lives outside. Cats in particular are creatures of routine. The more road savvy may cross a particular road in a particular area at a particular time of day. Their route stays the same although rushhour is moved forward an hour. This in turn will mean there is a larger amount of traffic on the road for those cats with a routine of crossing the road at a quieter time. Sadly this can lead to more road traffic accidents occurring at this time of year. This is not an easy routine to change. Cats could be kept in or brought inside earlier; reflective collars can be of use to help them be seen by car headlights. Microchipping can also make a huge difference to an animal found by a member of the public. If it is presented to a veterinary clinic with an injury, a veterinary practice needing to get hold of an owner quickly can do so easily, providing

details have been kept up to date. Remember not all cats are presented to vets in their own local area and may be taken to the nearest vets or veterinary clinic that the finder knows of, this could be many miles from where the cat lives. Reuniting without a microchip is much harder. Dogs are somewhat easier to protect on the darker evenings as they are often walked on leads. Reflective coats, leads, collars and flashing lights that can be fitted to dogs, collars are available at most pet shops or online. These make the animal much easier to see. It is now a legal requirement for dogs to be microchipped, which helps a veterinary clinic to contact owners as soon as an animal is presented. The temperatures are lower at this time of year and the weather is much wetter so an injured animal will soon become hypothermic which can in itself be fatal. Small animals like rabbits or guinea pigs housed outside need plenty of hay or straw to bed down in and keep warm. Their hutches should be positioned out of the prevailing wind and driving rain and it can be worth considering a hutch cover. If moved inside, it is still important to note that access to UV light on a daily basis is still vital for their calcium metabolism. Wildlife also suffers as food becomes more scarce; raptors have less hours to find food and late season hedgehogs struggle to put the weight on to take them through hibernation. For more information on how best to protect your pet this winter speak to your nearest veterinary practice. www.cedarvet.com

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he annual quiz night held on 18th November 2016 and organised by volunteers from the South Downs and Central District Group of countryside charity, CPRE Hampshire (the Campaign to Protect Rural England) has raised £1,800 to support its work. Christopher Napier OBE, who is also Chairman of CPRE Hampshire’s Planning and Policy Group, welcomed more than 90 quiz goers to East Meon Village Hall, and said: “This year is an important one for the Hampshire branch of CPRE as it celebrates 50 years of working to protect the local countryside for everyone to value and enjoy. Whilst we have many achievements to be proud of, there are massive challenges ahead. These include the drive for economic growth above everything else. CPRE Hampshire are currently campaigning for a Green Belt around the urban towns and cities in the south of the county, including Fareham, Portsmouth, Southampton, Eastleigh and Winchester.” Find out more at www.cprehampshire.org.uk

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Rum's Eg Programme 2017

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um’s Eg have just released their new programme of exhibitions, workshops and courses for 2017. It is going to be another busy year for staff and volunteers on all three floors at the art and craft gallery in Romsey’s Bell Street. Pick up a copy of the programme from Rum’s Eg or any of the Test Valley Tourist Information Centres or alternatively visit the website. The new year starts with a ‘January Sale’ from 3 to 8 January with reductions on retail stock and some of the Artists’ work. The gallery will then be closed from 9 – 11 Jan for redecoration and improvements, reopening with....

NEW YEAR, NEW WORK, NEW RUM’S EG 12 January to 25 February Work by some the gallery’s most popular Artists & Makers of the last four years including Maureen Davies, Paul Jenkins, Pete Gilbert, Ali Lindley, Emma Barker, Barry Fry and Victoria Williams plus some exciting new Artists and Makers including two from the Isle of Wight: Jane Cox with her bold, decorative and functional earthenware designs and a taster of Susie Prangnell’s semi-abstract pastel paintings (Susie will be back in April with a one-woman show in Rum’s Art Café on the first floor); there will also be some new furniture pieces from Damian Head and David Stephenson and… JOHN BROWNING - KITES: THE ART OF NATURAL MATERIALS John is passionate about making and flying kites and has spent years perfecting his intricate designs made from leaves and other plant fibres – and they can all fly! Call in to meet John on Thursday 12 Jan from 2 to 5pm. He will also be leading a two day Kite Making workshop at Rum’s Eg, 13-14 May, to create a spectacular ‘swarm of bees’ kite to fly with your family. JANUARY WORKSHOPS & COURSES AT RUM’S EG The workshops take place in our spacious 2nd floor Leckford Art Studio and the new season opens with Kate Measham on 15 January and ‘Size Matters – Drawing Large’, Kate will be inspiring and encouraging participants to get creative about size in their artwork and open their eyes to exciting new possibilities. Fiona Forbes is returning with ‘Waterbased Oils with a Palette Knife’ on 18 January to help you create vibrant landscape and floral paintings with user-friendly water-mixable oils. She is also teaching ‘Creating Texture with Watercolour’ on 1 February. Some of Fiona’s own paintings are currently on sale in the gallery in our ‘Coastlines’ exhibition which finishes on 8th January. Tibor Eperjessy is back for another popular ‘Introduction to Leathercrafts’ three-day course starting on 22 January. Cathy McCarthy is returning for another ‘Make your Own Jewellery’ workshop on 25 January to help you create your own silver, copper or brass pieces. Rachel Evans is teaching an ‘Introduction to Modern Mosaics’ on 29 January which is a great introduction to the wonderful world of mosaics using her direct method to make a plaque to your own design. Other workshops later in the year include: Making a Ceramic Sheep, Introduction to Photography and Portrait Photography, Bookbinding,

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Creative Writing, Creating in Clay, Sculptural Needle-felting, Japanese Calligraphy, Basket-making and Stone Carving. Most of the workshops are suitable for all levels from beginner to more experienced; please check the programme or website for more details and prices. FAMILY & CHILDRENS’ HALF TERM WORKSHOPS ‘Wildlife Mosaics’ with Rachel Evans 21 February - Age 8 and up ‘Make a Felt Snake’ with Sarah Waters 22 February - Suitable for all ages COMMUNITY ARTS PROJECTS One of the highlights of the 2017 programme is an exciting art & science project with artists working with local schools to research, design and construct a ‘Microbial Worlds’ art installation which will be part of a sculpture exhibition in the grounds of Romsey Abbey for Romsey Festival in July. As part of the social enterprise’s community brief Rum’s Eg will also be working with local medical practices to run some pilot ‘Prescription Arts’ sessions of painting or singing for people suffering from stress, anxiety, loneliness or depression – please check the programme or website for more information about these ‘Arts for Wellbeing’ projects which we will be developing throughout 2017. RUM’S CAFE The cafe on the first floor continues to be one of Romsey’s hidden gems, the menu offers seasonal, locally sourced produce, warming homemade soups, hot and cold lunch dishes, brunch specials, and delicious homemade cakes including some new specials such as salted caramel brownies, pecan butter tarts and clementine and orange cake. From 12 to 31 January visit the cafe between 3-4pm and enjoy a tea or coffee and slice of cake for only £3.95. (vegetarian, gluten free and dairy free options are usually available so please ask if you have specific dietary requirements.) ABOUT RUM’S EG Rum’s Eg (Old English name for Romsey) is a contemporary gallery and Arts space in Bell Street, Romsey, run as a social enterprise by Hampshire Art & Craft CIC. It was opened in 2012 to add to the attractions of this heritage market town as an accessible, affordable Art & Craft Gallery with a café and education spaces. The gallery represents Artists & Craftsmen working or living within 70 miles of Romsey and is a renowned centre of excellence in the South of England – helping to conserve the rich and varied art and craft of this region by encouraging public awareness, education and participation and providing creative opportunities for all ages, abilities & walks of life. ‘Arts for Wellbeing’ community projects are organised and supported by HA&C CIC. Rum's Eg - Tel 01794 511220 info@hampshireartandcraft.org www.hampshireartandcraft.org 27 Bell Street, Romsey, SO51 8GY


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FEBRUARY - MARCH 2017 BOOKINGS ARE GOING WELL! The well-known Cheriton Talks are coming round again. Ticket reservations are looking very strong, so if you are bringing lots of friends please send your cheque and SAE to Penny Scott (details below) before Christmas to avoid disappointment. In addition to our faithful supporter Douglas Skeggs, we have a distinguished line-up of two professors, a British historian and a senior Labour MP. Douglas Skeggs launches the series on Saturday 11th February with a lecture on “David Hockney: The Old Master of Modern Art” . This coincides with the opening at Tate Britain of a comprehensive exhibition of the most popular and influential British artist of the twentieth century. He is followed on Saturday 18th February by Professor Nick Petford, a celebrated volcanologist with a talk entitled “The Volcano that Stopped the World” with an exciting audio-visual accompaniment! This talk will go with a bang!

On Saturday 25th February Professor Jonathan Story is flying over from his home in Salzburg to lecture on “The EU, Brexit and the World”. Jonathan is a highly respected political thinker, who has been based for decades at INSEAD, the leading European business school, outside Paris. This promises to be a fascinating insight into an exceedingly topical subject. The word is spreading that Jonathan is coming to England and his former students are coming from far and wide to hear him – so locals, book early to make sure you are there too! We then welcome the veteran Labour MP Frank Field on Saturday 4th March, for a talk about Poverty and Politics. Frank was famously asked by Tony Blair to “think the unthinkable” about poverty and reforming the welfare state and was then fired when he did just that! Now chairman of the influential Work and Pensions Select Committee in the House of Commons, Frank has been engaged in a very public battle with Sir Philip Green over the future of the BHS pensioners. The series concludes on Saturday 11th March with an illustrated talk by Alison Weir entitled “Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen”. Alison has made the study of Tudor England her life’s work and has written many books on the period and this promises to be a fascinating lecture. The lectures start at 7pm. Doors open at 6.30pm for a glass of wine and delicious home-made eats and the ticket price has been held at £12 for another year! Tickets will be on sale from 1st January but may be reserved in advance by sending a stamped addressed envelope with your cheque (payable to Cheriton PCC) to Penny Scott, Burnt Platt, Cheriton, SO24 OPY Charles Parker - Home: 01962 771413 Office: 020 7960 1558 Mob: 07767 891366 Email: chparker02@gmail.com 34

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ur early gala this year will have a strong Somerset & Dorset Railway theme , with the four locomotives from our home fleet , Ivatt Class 2 41312, 9F 2-100 92212, Standard 4 76017 and Black 5 45379 all representing classes that ran over the S &D in later years ,plus one guest locomotive yet to be confirmed. The event is planned to feature intensive timetable ,double heading , named trains , freight trains , parcels trains and demonstrations with the ex Exmouth Junction Steam Crane DS1580 at Ropley. For more information visit: www.watercressline.co.uk Telephone: 01962 733810


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NATIONAL TRUST UNVEILS EXHIBITION OF WORK BY ONE OF BRITAIN’S MOST TALENTED BUT OVERLOOKED 20TH-CENTURY ARTISTS Personal items include the artist’s own paint box, borrowed from Plas Newydd, and a selection of photographs, from the Bright Young Things to a poignant picture with members of Whistler’s tank regiment.

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major exhibition of work by one of Britain’s most exceptional, but overlooked 20th-century artists, Rex Whistler, goes on display at the home of his final great artwork, created before he was killed in action in World War Two. Opening on 14 January at the National Trust’s Mottisfont in Hampshire, Rex Whistler: More than Murals explores the talents of this extraordinary artist – creator of Mottisfont’s stunning trompe l’oeil wall paintings, but also a far wider range of work. The show borrows work from Plas Newydd, the Whistler Archive at the Salisbury Museum and the Welsh Guards regimental headquarters. From large-scale paintings to working designs, sketches and some personal items, this is chance to see rarely-displayed material by one of the country’s most celebrated creators of painted illusions, a talent cut tragically short by war. Over seventy items will be on display in Mottisfont’s gallery. Some of Whistler’s best-known works will be on show, including his oil studies of Lady Caroline Paget, with whom he had a difficult and complicated love affair. Best known for the awe-inspiring murals at Plas Newydd and Tate Britain, as well as Mottisfont, he was also an imaginative set-designer, an illustrator for books and advertisements, and an acclaimed portrait artist. His artistic career lasted only until his tragic death in the Second World War, in 1944, but he has left a legacy of extraordinarily varied work. Mottisfont’s exhibition touches on all aspects of his creative output, demonstrating his artistic development and powerful imagination, with touches of humour. Sketchbooks reveal intricately detailed drawings and paintings, while letters are adorned with cartoons and elaborate flourishes.

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His keen imagination and eye for detail are abundantly evident in working design drawings for murals and theatre sets. Whistler designed for opera, ballet and theatre, including Fidelio at the Royal Opera House and Victoria Regina on Broadway. He created illustrations for over a hundred books. Whistler’s final pieces document his time with the Welsh Guards, many created while he was stationed at Salisbury Plain. Compelling oil portraits of his fellow army men will be on display as part of Mottisfont’s exhibition. The exhibition also includes a film by Rex’s nephew Daniel Whistler, created for Salisbury Museum, including footage filmed here. Mrs Russell collected and supported the work of many artists. Just before war broke out in 1939, she transformed the original entrance hall into a large saloon. Whistler was commissioned to paint this room in a way that would deceive the eye. The results were his spectacular trompe l’oeil murals, painted in a gothick style, light-heartedly reflecting the building’s origins as a medieval priory. All columns, ledges or moulded plasterwork in this room are cunningly painted illusions, which create an extraordinary three-dimensional appearance. On one of these deceptive ‘ledges’ stands a further, almost hidden trompe l’oeil detail: a paint pot, brush, and box of matches, together with a painted inscription: ‘I was painting this Ermine curtain when Britain declared war on the Nazi tyrants. Sunday September 3rd. R.W.’ This extraordinary room was his last major piece. Whistler left to fight in 1944, but never returned, killed on active service in France. Rex Whistler: More than Murals runs from 14 January to 23 April. Mottisfont’s gallery opens at 11am and closes at 5pm (dusk if sooner). Normal property admission price only. For visitors unable to access the second floor gallery, we have digital versions of exhibitions on

Calendar TUESDAY 10 JANUARY Hampshire Writers’ Society Your idea transferred to Radio 7 Speaker: David Prest Founder and Managing Director of Whistledown Productions Winner of the 2016 Indie of the Year Audio Productions Award. From 7.00pm for Networking. 7.30pm for speaker. At the Stripe Building, University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester, SO22 4NR £5 non-members. Students free. www.hampshirewriterssociety.co.uk

SATURDAY 21 JANUARY Winchester City Festival Choir will perform Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle and also opera choruses by Verdi and Rossini at their annual concert Saturday 21st January 2017 at Thornden Hall, Chandler’s Ford. This “operatic” mass will be conducted by Graham Kidd and features local young talented soloists. More details of the programme and performers can be found at www. wcfchoir.org. Tickets are £15 (students £7) from www.thorndenhall.co.uk or 023 8024 6555.

WEDNESDAY 25 JANUARY Alresford Art Society Demonstration Jamel Akib will demonstrate Portraits in pastel. This is an afternoon meeting starting at 2.30pm at Alresford Recreation Centre For information contact: 01962 736397, email jo.may@live.co.uk or visit www.artsociety.alresford.org

FRIDAY 3 FEBRUARY Dumfries House - The Survival and Revival of an 18th century Treasure House - Illustrated talk by Lucinda Chetwode In aid of St Nicholas' Church, Bishops Sutton. 6.30pm for 7.00pm in Bishop’s Sutton Village Hall Nibbles provided. Bring your own drink. Tickets @ £10 each can be purchased from either: Angela Milligan on 01962 732241 or Lynette Joly on 01962 733540

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Additional events include Verdi’s Requiem and A Celebration of Rodgers and Hammerstein and Rodgers and Hart with The John Wilson Orchestra Three operas never before staged at The Grange including Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, Bizet’s Carmen and Britten’s Albert Herring Casts include established artists such as Robin Blaze, Anna Bonitatibus, Susan Gritton, Alastair Miles, Paul Nilon, Paul Whelan and more, plus and a host of up-and-coming international singers World-class collaborations include Director Tim Supple and Designer Sumnant Jayakrishnan joining forces with Michael Chance for Monteverdi; Anabel Arden and Joanna Parker creating a new Carmen and Stuart Bedford and John Copley, the dream-team for Britten. Debut for Aurora Orchestra at The Grange

Audiences will not only have the opportunity to enjoy the rich and varied high-quality concerts and productions, but a much enriched experience, with a completely refurbished theatre and the stunning grounds restored to their eighteenthcentury Arcadian glory. Priority Booking for The Grange Festival is now open and audiences are encouraged to become a Friend or Founder to gain access to the tickets: www. thegrangefestival.com. General booking opens in Spring 2017.

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Events & festivals The markets aren’t the only place you can find our producers through the year. We celebrate British Food Fortnight in September, stage Applefest in September, plus you will find us at the Watercress Festival in May, the Romsey Show in September and the New Forest and Hampshire County Show in July. We often have our cooking demonstration unit featuring top local chefs at key markets and events through the year. Follow us on social media to keep up to date with the latest news. Join us If you are a Hampshire food or drink producer and would like to sell your product at any or all of our markets we would love for you to become a member. Or perhaps you know of someone who could benefit from being part of Hampshire Farmers’ Markets and want to find out more. Fortnightly market at: Winchester High Street Opening times: 9am - 2pm For more information simply visit our website or call us on: 01420 588671 for details 42

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ith new locations and a growing number of producers attending, visiting your local Hampshire Farmers’ Market has never been easier and more enjoyable. Every weekend you can discover the delights of wonderful food and drink produced right here, as well as gifts, crafts and plants for your garden. From beer to bread, all of our producers must source at least 20 per cent of their ingredients from Hampshire or within a 20-mile radius. Plus any produce grown, reared or raised must spend at least 50 per cent of its time with the producer. Traceability is important to all of us and visitors to our markets can be assured everything is fully traceable. There’s always something to sample at your farmers’ market too. The award-winning Broughton Water Buffalo are often cooking up burgers and Bowtells create delicious breakfast rolls, Catch A Fire Pizza serves up a slice or two and there’s always tea and coffee to quench your thirst after a busy morning’s shopping.

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ith beer, cider, wine, food and music come along for a fabulous evening out among people who love a great time whilst raising money for local charities.

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If your microwave is broken and it’s not your fault you shouldn’t have to pay the retailer to repair it. Because you bought your microwave less than six months ago - you have the right to return it and get a free repair, a replacement or a refund. This applies whether you bought the item online or from a shop.

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elcome to Mini Professors, a science program that has been designed specifically for 2-4 year olds. We aim to make science fun and enjoyable for pre-school children. We hold separate sessions for 2-3 year olds and 3-4 year olds. Every class is different, with a completely new and exciting scientific topic being taught each week, so your little one (and you) can attend for 2 years and experience something new each week. We cover everything from polymers to dinosaurs, maths to tropical rainforests and much, much more. Our Mini Professors get to wear their own mini lab coats and learn about the basic principles of scientific experimentation, 44

Check your retailer’s returns policy to see how you should return it - some will collect it for free, while others ask you to return it through a delivery service or to a store.You’ll need to show proof of purchase, such as a receipt or email confirmation, and explain the problem. They should then offer to either replace or repair your microwave free of charge,

whilst having loads of fun and generally getting stuck in. A typical class starts with our Mini Professors Welcome Song, followed by an introduction to today's topic, with pictures and props, then our first experiment, where we encourage all our Mini Professors and their grown-ups to join in (and maybe get messy!). Next we have a short video, related to the scientific topic, then a story followed by another fantastic science experiment. At the end of the lesson we summarise what we've learnt and end with the Mini Professors Goodbye Song and (very importantly!), each child is given a sticker! Each Mini Professors session lasts 40 minutes and follows a set format so the children know what to expect next. All the activities are concise and interactive, catering for the many different learning styles and keeping the little ones’ attention! The children love to get involved in the experiments and it is a great opportunity to prepare them for preschool and school.Young children are so enthusiastic about science – they have inquisitive minds and they are not afraid to ask questions.

if it’s repairable. If both options are possible, the retailer should consider which will be the quickest and most convenient for you when making a decision. If your microwave is sent away for repair but still doesn’t work, you will be entitled to a full refund instead.You can also ask for a refund if your microwave is replaced with a different model. For more information use Citizens Advice’s online faulty goods tool or contact the Citizens Advice consumer service on 03454 04 05 06. Citizens Advice Winchester District is an independent charity and runs faceto-face sessions in Winchester, Alresford, Bishop’s Waltham, Denmead, Wickham, as well as a phone helpline and web chat to make it easier for people to access its free and impartial advice service. Anyone requiring advice or support can get help online at www.citizensadvice. org.uk/winchester-district or by calling the Adviceline on 03444 111306.

We encourage the grown-ups to join in too and carry on the learning experience at home with their children. The term is 10 weeks, Fridays: 13th January, 20th January, 27th January, 3rd February (then closed for 3 weeks: 10th, 17th and 24th), 3rd March, 10th March, 17th March, 24th March, 31st March, 7th April (10 weeks at £6.50 a week so £65). For more information visit: www3. hants.gov.uk/wdc Winchester Discovery Centre, Jewry Street, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 8SB Telephone: 01962 873603


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Community NEW ALRESFORD COMMUNITY SPEEDWATCH APPEAL FOR VOLUNTEERS to protect our roads in New Alresford and we are looking to increase these numbers so would be keen to hear of any willing volunteers who currently live in the local area.

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or over a year now Hampshire Constabulary’s Community Speedwatch Scheme has been operating successfully in the New Alresford area. The scheme allows members of the community to become police support volunteers and take action on roads of concern in their area. This scheme is run by volunteers who give up a lot of their valuable free time to help make the local roads a safer place and they have successfully had a positive impact on some of our problem roads reducing in the number of complaints to the Police about speeding vehicles. Speeding is one of the factors that could affect the quality of life in the local community, which in turn makes it one of the biggest community priorities. We currently have 12 volunteers helping

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How does it work? As it's a community scheme, Speedwatch can only take place in 20 and 30 mph limits or zones. The roads that Community Speedwatch monitor have to be approved by a local safer roads officer and risk assessments have to be carried out. Volunteers use approved equipment that can monitor the speed of passing traffic and, record the details, later adding them to a database. Vehicle checks will be done overnight by the PNC (Police National Computer) Bureau and letters can be sent out the next day to the registered keepers. The letters will then be sent to the registered keepers that will detail the community concern and importance of Speedwatch. Speedwatch is not enforcement, it is education. It is important to know though that Speedwatch now forms part of our response to speeding issues and forms the first Tier in our response to dealing with our speeding issues. If you are

call you back, or call Age Concern Hampshire on Freephone 0800 328 7154. Denise and Fiona are in contact with local services, have access to the accredited Information and Advice service at Age Concern Hampshire, as well as links to Hampshire County Council’s Support Services – all of which will help get the right information to you as swiftly as possible. We can offer information on the following topics: • Benefits – what you may be entitled to • Blue Badge Scheme • Community groups/ Social Clubs/Courses in your area • Computer/internet Help • Cookery Classes • Council Enquiries • Council Tax • Safety Around the Home • Safety Out and About

interested in joining the team and would like further information on the scheme then please contact PCSO 15822 Griffiths at rhys.griffiths@ hampshire.police.pnn.uk or Community Speedwatch Co-ordinator Stephen Coward at s.coward101@btinternet.com For more information on Community Speedwatch please email speedwatch@ hampshire.pnn.police.uk or visit The Hampshire Constabulary Website and type in Community Speedwatch into the search engine PCSO 15822 Griffiths Winchester Rural Neighbourhood Policing Team

Early Years Assistant Required For 1-2 sessions per week plus cover. Qualification preferred but not essential as training is available. We are looking for a friendly caring person to join our team. email: info@cherrytree preschool.org for an application form

• Home Fire Safety • Reliable Tradespeople • Gardening help • Help in the Home • Getting to the Doctors • Finding Residential Care • Keeping Warm at Home • Support from your Library • Meals on Wheels • Nuisance Calls • Personal Care • Preventing Falls • Scams • Assistance with Shopping • Transport • Voluntary Sector We can help you save time searching for information and making multiple phone calls – Give us a call today Call Denise or Fiona on 07969 376023


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nd what a year it was! 2016 is falling away behind us, but its impact, its shocks, resonate still. Trump, Brexit and Southampton beating the Arsenal 2 – 0 in the EFL Cup…. But change, even disturbing changes like these, must be tempered by the joy of life here in Alresford. Look again at our year: The Pigs still lit us up with their glorious Christmas trees, Father Christmas surprised us on Broad Street. The Fireworks crowd paraded and “oohed” and “aahed” at the fireworks, and the Apple Day crowd got juiced. The Alresford Show ‘showed’ the others how it should be done and the music festivals jammed (well one did), the Alresford one, on the other hand, just rocked). The literary festival was fully booked (sorry), the Watercress Festival went green, the 10k’ers ran and the choir sang, the Rotary rotated, the Giles Group brewed tea, the trains puffed, the Town Trust bussed, the Town Council debated – a lot, and the Alresford Society did, well… whatever it is they do. The children went to school, parents went to work, families went on holiday, couples married, essentially everyone just got on with life. Pretty much as they will do in 2017. There will be changes, some great, others less so, but we can rely on the people of Alresford - not forgetting

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the villages and hamlets around us – to find just as much joy in this year as they have done in any previous year. Happy New Year to you all, may it be rewarding and peaceful. Town Council Meetings Aside from the Planning meeting, the Town Council and its various committees do not, usually, meet formally during December. That does not mean, of course, there is not considerable work going on behind the scenes; budgets are set, accounts audited and the normal bustle of life in the busy town office continues unchecked. January, however, is a busy month and we remind residents that our formal meetings are open to the public. All are welcome, and there is an opportunity for anyone to speak during public participation. We look forward to seeing you. Reminders Allotments: Even though it is now winter, we would remind all allotment holders that they are required to maintain their plots, in accordance with the rules, in a reasonable state of cultivation. Given the long waiting list for an allotment those who do not maintain their plots will, after a warning, have their lease terminated. Lost Property: Various items of lost property which have been handed in to the town council are kept in the Council Offices at the Alresford Recreation Centre. If unclaimed by the end of the year they

will be donated to or sold for charity. For more information, please contact the office using the details below. Jazz at the ARC The 1st Wednesday of each month sees popular live Jazz performances at the ARC. All are welcome. Tickets on the door. Upcoming Meetings Tuesday 10th January Planning (if required) Town Offices at 4:00pm Monday 16th January Facilities Town Offices at 7.00pm Tuesday 17th January Town Council Town Offices at 7.30pm Wednesday 18th January Tourism Town Offices at 7.30pm Wednesday 1st February Environment Town Offices at 7.30pm All Town Council and Committee meetings are open to the public.Your council welcomes public participation and warmly invites you to attend any and all such meetings. Dates and times can be found on the NATC website and posted on public notice boards in the town. Details also available from the Council offices at the Alresford Recreation Centre. Contact Us We are always keen to hear from residents.You can get in touch by calling 01962 732 079 or by writing to us at New Alresford Town Council, Town Offices, Alresford Recreation

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ll MPs welcome groups of students to Westminster but I’ve made it my mission to host every constituency school, college and university during this Parliament. The run up to Christmas saw The Westgate School visit, several primary schools and over fifty A-level politics students from Peter Symonds College. It’s one of the best parts of the job; I really enjoy the questions and hearing young peoples’ reflections on the fabulous Palace of Westminster and our current political scene. People used to say there’s no difference between the two parties, no point in voting because “you’re all the same”. They don’t say that anymore and it’s great. In this area, Itchen Abbas Primary School visited during the last Parliament and I’d love to have them back between now and 2020. To-date none of the Alresford schools have made the trip but they’d be more than welcome so get in touch via www.stevebrine.com/ visitingwestminster and I can connect you with Westminster’s brilliant Education Service. My constituents know that local train services, especially the busy commuter route into London, are right at the top of my priority list. From campaigning to improve facilities at Winchester Railway Station to national campaigns around issues such as part-time season tickets, I’ve a long record in this area but we’ve a way to go. Very shortly we will learn who will win the new South Western franchise – South West Trains or FirstGroup – and, whoever wins, we will get a new generation of trains serving this area. I recently met with Siemens to learn all about the new £210m fleet of Class 707 trains they’re producing with increased space, improved accessibility and upgraded on-board facilities such as free WiFi that actually works. It’s promising but it all must go hand-in-hand with major infrastructure investment courtesy of Network Rail and Government. I continue to work with Ministers and a wide array of neighbouring MPs on the major capacity issues we face; you can catch-up on all my work in this area via www.stevebrine.com/trains Secondly, I said since day one that the NHS would be my priority and I hope I have stayed true to my word. As I have written about many times - in this column, on my website and in the Hampshire Chronicle - there’s a great deal of potential change coming to our local NHS in the years ahead now something called the Service & Transformation Plan is published. I remain as committed as ever to seeing we have access to the best services and receive treatment that is world-class. To this end, my next ASKtheNHS event takes place on Thursday 12th January 2017 in Winchester. See www.stevebrine. com/asktheseries for more details and to register. Finally, events in our community around the A33 Cart & Horses junction literally keep me awake at night. I have said since day one, and don’t intend to change now, that this junction needs a fundamental road layout change PLUS a hefty speed reduction. I think that means a roundabout but neither I nor our local councillors are traffic engineers or holding the purse. What we need now are hard facts from the police investigation and cool heads. I am speaking with the Roads Minister in the wake of the Autumn Statement and will, as always, work with anyone cross-party to do what’s needed for we cannot go on like this. www.stevebrine.com/A33 I hope all readers had a peaceful Christmas and can look forward with promise and hope to 2017. Steve Brine - MP for Winchester, Alresford & Itchen Valley

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ALRESFORD RUGBY CLUB All home games at Arlebury Park in January kick off 2pm. Come and enjoy a family post match drink at the ARC. Results for Snows Group Hampshire 2 - (1st XV Results) Locksheath Pumas (H) Won 22-5 Southampton (H) Won 22-9 Aldershot+Fleet (A) Won 52-10 Alton (A) Won 15-11 1st XV January 7/1/17 Overton (H) 14/1/17 Southsea Nomads (A) 28/1/17 Kingsclere (H) Results for Snows Group Solent LG3 - (2nd XV Results) Isle of Wight (L)12-46) 1st XV January 7/1/17 Basingstoke (H) 14/1/17 Stoneham (A) 21/1/17 Romsey (H) 28/1/17 Portsmouth (A)

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Clubs & Societies ARTS, CRAFTS & MUSIC O Winchester Music Club WMC is an amateur choir of some 100 members, supported by a semiprofessional orchestra and directed by David Thomas, Master of Music at Winchester College. Concerts with first class professional soloists are held in Winchester Cathedral and other locations in Winchester. Admission is by audition – please see www.winchestermusicclub.org.uk for details. O The Alresford Community Choir (ACC) Meet every Monday in St. John’s church at 7.30pm.We hold several concerts a year and sing a variety of music to suit all tastes.This large, friendly and thriving choir welcomes new members and audiences alike. www.alresfordchoir.com O Alresford Ukulele Jam We would like to welcome new people to join our Jam whether people would like to sing, play an instrument or do both then we would like to see people at our Jam evenings.We meet up on Tuesday evenings at the Swan Hotel from 7.30pm until 9.30pm. Contact: alresfordukejam@outlook.com Tel: 01962 710385 http://facebook.com/AlresfordUkeJam O A.C.T.S - Alresford Community Theatre Society New members welcome, to ensure the continued success of our local theatre group. If you are interested in becoming involved, either on stage or behind the scenes. Contact Debbie: 01962 732055 markwick34@gmail.com O Alresford Historical and Literary Society Meetings (generally there is a talk followed by a ‘get together’) are held at the Methodist Hall, Jacklyns Lane, Alresford at 7.30pm on the third Wednesday of most months. For more information Contact Glenn Gilbertson, 26 Grange Road, Alresford, SO24 9HB.Tel: 01962 732726. glenngilbertson@btinternet.com or Bob Fowler: 7 Sun Hill, Crescent, Alresford, SO24 9NJ. Tel: 01962 734125 bob_fowler@tiscali.co.uk O Ropley Horticultural Society Generally meet at 7:45pm on the last Monday of the month, at Ropley Coffee Room in Church St, Ropley with an invited speaker. Annual membership is £7, which includes free entry & refreshments to all standard meetings, whilst non-members are welcome at £5 per meeting.There are Spring & Summer shows, and social

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

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

O Bishops Sutton Handbell Ringing Team We meet every Tuesday 2.30 - 3.30pm in the village hall and we would welcome new members. It is not essential to be able to read music. Why not come and have a go - it's lots of fun. Contact: 01962 736211 or just turn up. O The Candover Valley Bell Ringers Are you looking for a way to meet new people, support your community or learn a new skill? Why not become a church bell ringer. Join us for learning and fun at our practice night every other Monday at St Peter’s Church in Brown Candover at 7.15 pm, or Contact Carol: 01256 389387 O Minden Rose Garland Dancers We welcome dancers and musicians to come and see what we do and have a go.We support local events and travel further afield to take part in festivals, days of dance and displays and have strong links to a dance group in Hamburg, Germany. Contact Imelda on 01962 773487 /07762 902143 to check we will be there. O Zumba Classes From 7.45 – 8.45pm Wednesdays at Bishops Sutton Village Hall. £5 first class (but look out for special FREE try-outs) Fun, easy dance! Tel: 079474 10394 www.zumbaaround-winchester.com or sue@ plays-r-ussell.com O The Cheriton Players Active local theatre group that puts on two productions a year and welcomes new audiences and members alike. Online ticketing for upcoming events www.ticketsource.co.uk/ cheritonplayers. Follow us on Twitter @ CheritonPlayers www.facebook. com/groups/120589672533. David Cradduck: 01962 771700 davidncradduck@gmail.com www.thecheritonplayers.org.uk O The Cheriton Singers Active local choir that puts on two concerts a year plus a Carol Concert at Christmas and welcomes new members

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

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

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


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