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2 DECEMBER Upham Players Christmas Party From 7pm at Upham Village Hall, Lower Upham, SO32 1HF.. An evening of music, comedy songs, panto, American supper, festive fun and a raffle.To join in the fun please contact uphamplayers@gmail.com

DHS Flower Arranging Workshop Would you like to improve your flower arranging skills? A friendly group meets monthly to watch a demonstrator and then learn to make a similar design. It begins at 7.30pm in Denmead Memorial Hall on the second Wednesday of the month.We welcome visitors. Please call Trish Bailey on 07947 611699 for more details

3 DECEMBER 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!

1 & 2 DECEMBER My Fair Lady performed by Soberton Players 7.30pm on the 1st and 2pm and 7.30pm on the 2nd. At Soberton Village Hall, SO32 3PF. Tickets £8 adult, £4 children. Ring Box Office 07802 791615 or email tickets@sobertonplayers.co.uk Two-course , pre-theatre suppers available at The White Lion, Soberton at 6pm. Ring 01489 877346 to book. Price £17.50 Adult: £9.95 Children

2 DECEMBER Meonstoke Christmas Fair 10am – 12.30 pm at the Meon Hall, Pound Lane, Meonstoke SO32 3NP. Come and get into the yuletide spirit with us at the Meonstoke Christmas Fair organised by Friends of Meonstoke School.There will be local stalls & produce, trees & wreathes for sale, festive refreshments, gift shopping, Santa’s grotto, Christmas crafts, children’s entertainment and much, much more. Please do come along and support our local school. Entry: £1 (adults) £FREE (children)

Petersfield Christmas Festival Market Another awesome Christmas Festival Market is coming to Petersfield on Sunday 3rd December which has previously been described by a distinguished local resident as one of the busiest days Petersfield has ever seen! The crowds will be out in their thousands with a variety of stalls and entertainment for everyone to enjoy in the build up to the awesome festive period. From 10am 3.30pm in Petersfield Town Centre

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7 & 14 DECEMBER Meon Voices Christmas Concert Meon Voices are holding their Christmas concerts in Bishop’s Waltham early in December. Dates and times are Tuesday 7th December 8pm St Peter’s Church, St.Peter’s St, Bishop’s Waltham, and Tuesday 14th December 2.30pm United Reformed Church, Basingwell St, Bishop’s Waltham.The choir will be singing a selection of songs and carols including a medley from My Fair Lady, Here comes the Sun by George Harrison and Christmas Day by Gustav Holst. Admission free, with retiring collection in aid of Church charities. Refreshments. Everyone welcome. Information about the concerts or the choir from Phil Coundley 01489 579078 email coundleypj@yahoo.com

9 DECEMBER Ocean Brass Christmas Concert In aid of Bishop's Waltham minibus fund. Carols, Christmas tunes and fun! At Swanmore Village Hall. Doors open at 2pm, concert starts at 2.30pm.Tickets can be bought from The Sweet Shop, Bishop's Waltham High Street. From comittee members or on the door. Adults: £7, children £2.50.Tea, coffee and mince pies will be served.

10 DECEMBER Naomi House and Jacksplace Reindeer Trail and Christmas Fayre At Swanmore College, New Road, SO32 2RB from 10.30am - 4pm. Entry £5 per child and £1 per accompanying adult. Includes activity trail and gift presented by Father Christmas. Stalls selling stocking fillers and craft items. Refreshments available throughout the day. For more information please contact the Naomi House fundraising team on 01962 760060 or email: hello@naomihouse.org.uk

14 DECEMBER A Winchester Christmas in aid of the NSPCC Celebrity carol concert and reception hosted by Dame Esther Rantzen DBE with Alastair Stewart OBE, celebrity readers, Sansara Choir, Andrew Lumsden, organist and BBC Young Chorister of the Year 2015, Agatha Pethers.Thursday 14th December 2017 7.30pm in Winchester College Chapel, College Street,Winchester, SO23 9NA. Tickets £30 (Concert) or £55 (Concert and Champagne Reception) Tickets available from: awinchesterchristmas.co.uk

16 DECEMBER Botley Choral Society Christmas Concert Carl Orff - Carmina Burana and a selection of carols. From 7.30pm at All Saint's Church, Botley. Tickets £12 (£10 concessions) from Parish Office, All Saint's Church, Botley.Tel: 01489 782445 or go to the website www.botleychoral. co.uk.

17 DECEMBER West End Singers Concert 2.30 to 5pm at Thornden Hall,Winchester Road, Chandlers Ford, SO53 2DW. Start your Christmas celebrations with us; we have a packed programme full of beautiful melodies, with many festive favourites – our trademark eclectic mix, with music from Carole King, Coldplay, Labi Siffre and a song from Shrek! Tickets – Adults £11, Concessions £10, Children free. Mulled wine available from the bar.Tickets can be purchased online direct from Thornden Hall http://bit.ly/2017WES or call the Box Office on 023 8024 6555. For further information call 07400 367836 or email us at chairman@ westendsingers.co.uk.There will be a retiring collection in aid of Pelican Cancer Foundation.

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brands such as Inigo Scout (https://twitter.com/inigoscout) - for every purchase of their luxury, limited-edition handwoven blankets, it pays for a craftsperson to knit at least 10 blankets for children in need of warmth in their local community; Alton-based Upper Crust Crackers (https:// www.uppercrustcrackers.co.uk) selling British made luxury celebration crackers, as well as those from London such as Olivia Creber jewellery (http://oliviacreber.com/about) inspired by Australian and Sussex landscapes and further afield such as Sails & Canvas (https://www. sailsandcanvas.co.uk/our-story/ ) based in Topsham Devon, upcycling sail cloth to make beautiful lifestyle products. All will occupy The Guildhall over just two days.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. The Rare Brand Market likes to give back. Working with local schools, half of each ticket sold will be donated to a charity of their choice. So, if you want to find unique products and meet the founders behind them, 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.

n Thursday 30 November and Friday 1 December, The Rare Brand Market comes to Winchester Guildhall. www. therarebrandmarket.co.uk. Founded in 2008,The Rare Brand Market set out to bridge the vast gap between a London style shopping event and a regional charity fair. A regular fixture at The Goodwood Estate in West Sussex,The Rare Brand Market is now expanding to Winchester, and next year London.

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 helped to create the exclusive retail range for the Limewood Hotel Group, in the New Forest. She is also a huge foodie and has judged with The Guild of Fine Food / Great Taste Awards and has written a Cookbook and published a Food Magazine.

The Rare Brand Market focuses on emerging brands, brands that are likely to have been created in the last 1 to 3 years. Over one hundred brands are on board, ranging from homeware, lifestyle products, jewellery, clothing (men’s, women’s, childrenswear), condiments, furniture, garden ornaments, accessories, and services. Over one-third of brands are based within an hour of Winchester - bringing together Winchester-based

The Guildhall in Winchester has been chosen for its central location and beautiful interior, with The Rare Brand Market occupying the whole of the first 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!

Leisure

CHRISTMAS EVENTS THROUGHOUT THE MEON VALLEY

Wickham Christmas Fair

Once again, the Wickham Christmas Fair is being held on the first Sunday of December. There has been overwhelming support from traders, many of whom were at last year's fair. We have attracted many new stalls with fresh ideas for Christmas. So, whether it is an unusual gift or seasonal produce you are looking for, there is sure to be something for everyone. Being held on Sunday 4th December at The Wickham Centre, doors will open to the public at 11.00am with free entry and close at 3.00pm. Refreshments will be available all day.

Bishop's Waltham Christmas Fayre

The Bishop's Waltham Christmas Fayre will be taking place on Thursday 7th December from 6pm - 8pm on the High Street. Come along for an wonderful opportunity to buy locally this Christmas.

West Meon Christmas Fayre

The West Meon Christmas Fayre will take place on Saturday 2nd December from 4pm until late, in the High Street and Thomas Lord pub. Join us for a festive parade through the High Street and watch the switch on of the Christmas lights. Food and drink will be available for all the family, along with Santa's grotto, games and a choir. 6

The New Music Makers and Guests present a Fun, Seasonal Family Concert On Saturday 9th December at 2.30pm and 7.30pm at Hedge End Village Hall, SO30 4AF. Tickets: £7, concessions: £5. Under fives go free. Including refreshments. Tickets available from The Flower Garden, Hedge End or Tel: 01489 781836


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Christmas Begins at Funland! Hayling Winter Wonderland is back at Funland, Hayling Island and this year it’s bigger and better than ever! The elves at Funland have been busy creating a spectacular wonderland experience and we invite you to come along. To start your journey you will be met by Santa’s elves, who will take you on your visit to Santa, with a breath-taking walk through Wonderland, where you will meet Santa Claus himself and the kids will receive an early Christmas present! Following your visit with Santa you will board the Funland Express, an indoor train journey through a stunning enchanted forest. You can then enjoy the festivities of the day and even meet Rudolph, Santa's favourite reindeer! Throughout the day, you can enjoy the Kidz Kingdom play area or you can ride on a selection of children's rides. While the children are enjoying the fun, the grownups can have a mince pie and a festive tipple!

Every Christmas at Funland we love to show our support to Epilepsy Action UK with our Christmas wishing well and our Christmas raffle. Each year the raffle is held on Christmas Eve and the first place winner will be contacted on the phone by Santa himself, just before he sets off on his rounds.


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Tickets Our ticket prices are as follows: Infants (under 1): Free Child (1-15): ÂŁ20.00 Adult (16+): ÂŁ10.00

Opening Dates We are open on the following dates:

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Leisure HAMBLEDON FOLK CLUB WINTER LISTINGS Wednesday 13 December Magpie Lane

Magpie Lane is a fivepiece folk band from Oxford, specialising in traditional English songs and tunes. They combine powerful vocals with vigorous tunes, performing a wide selection of Christmas carols, wassails and dance tunes, many of them quite unusual. Between them the band plays concertina, melodeon, bouzouki, cello, fiddle and guitar and all of them sing; when they burst into five part harmony it is a joy to hear. These veterans of traditional English folk music are perfect for our Christmas session – and there’ll be a cup of mulled cider and mince pie for everyone. Christmas event - book early! www.magpielane.co.uk

Wednesday 10 January 21st Anniversary Party

Special event with celebrated guest performers (many local) who have appeared at Hambledon over the years (and helped get it going in

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the early days including in our first year - 1997). In this evening to mark Hambledon Folk Club’s 21 years, floor spots will be provided by former organisers and MCs of the club while the guests include popular artists such as George Wilson, Ramskyte and Tom Lewis… assuring a really great evening! Ramskyte will be reforming as a three-part a cappella group to present some of their ‘greatest hits’! Their strong voices create a rich sound with unusual vocal harmonies. Take The Shilling are local singer and guitarist George Wilson and singer/song-writer Paul Openshaw from Dorset. They are teaming up once more to recreate their own, highly entertaining act. http://www. oldfocsle.org.uk/SCoFF/georgewilson/ and http://paulopenshaw.com Tom Lewis hardly needs any introduction to Hambledon. He is a retired submariner who sings songs about the sea: shanties, his own compositions and miscellaneous numbers, sometimes accompanying himself on ukulele or button accordion. He has a strong, clear voice and will soon have you singing along to his rousing choruses. Tom chats easily with his audience and punctuates his songs with interesting stories and anecdotes. www.tomlewis.net

All Gigs:

Venue: The Youth Hut (between Village Hall and Vine Pub), West Street, Hambledon PO7 4RW. 8.30pm start (doors open 8.00pm). Floor spots and guests welcome! Entry: £10.00 (£8.00 members, £5.00 under 18s and students) Drinks from Vine Pub next door or bring your own. Tea/Coffee at the Club. enquiries and booking/ reservations phone: 02392 632719 or email folkclubhambledon@ hotmail.co.uk

We are proud to work with Hampshire Farmers’ Markets at our Christmas event. Hampshire Farmers’ Markets are in Petersfield on the 1st Sunday of every month. For Christmas they pull out all the stops to bring the best festive produce from across the county. For more information head to their website – www. hampshirefarmersmarkets.co.uk

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Fantastic performances from brilliant local acts, schools and groups as well as a professional idiot!

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nother awesome Christmas Festival Market is coming to Petersfield on Sunday 3rd December which has previously been described by a distinguished local resident as one of the busiest days Petersfield has ever seen! The crowds will be out in their thousands with a variety of stalls and entertainment for everyone to enjoy in the build up to the awesome festive period. From 10am until 3.30pm Petersfield will be transformed into a festive wonderland full of awesome stalls and shops to buy that perfect gift for loved ones, children singing Christmas carols, Santa in his grotto greeting all the children to see if they have been naughty or nice, fantastic rides and play areas for young and old alike as well as mulled wine, fudge, cheeses and mince pies in abundance. 10

Petersfield Infant School Herne Junior School The Petersfield School Rock Choir Ukelele Orchestra Fun-key Choir Prize Old Mummers

Santa has already been in touch with us and confirmed he will drop by for the day to see us and hand out gifts to all the good children while helping to raise money for Petersfield Round Table. Strawberry Dan will be in attendance, entertaining the children throughout the day. And remember, all of this is free to enter, so put the date in the diary and make your way down to Petersfield Town Centre for a day of Festive fun. For more information please go to: www.petersfieldfest.com/wp/petersfield-christmas-festivalmarket/


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elcome to Carina Rose Bridal, a beautiful and relaxing place to browse for your special gown at your leisure. Situated in rural Stockbridge, you will feel time slowing down as you slip into the pace of the Hampshire countryside. Understanding that wedding dress shopping can sometimes be an intimidating experience, we will ensure your visit to us is relaxed and enjoyable as you browse through our selection of carefully chosen bridal wear with total exclusivity of our pretty boutique. We offer a selection of sophisticated, elegant full length bridal gowns with flowing trains, tea length dresses and pretty quirky knee length dresses, designer shoes and accessories.We want you to feel looked after from the moment you contact us until your dress is handed to you, ensuring you feel and look stunning on your special day.

About Carina

After my daughter's engagement in 2015 the very next exciting thought was "Her Wedding Dress". I couldn't wait for her to start looking. What a pleasure it was to go into the "world of weddings" with her. I loved the excitement of visiting different bridal shops. When she put on the dress we both just knew, it was the one. We had so much fun and laughs along the way that a seed was sown. Carina Rose Bridal was borne out of that wonderful experience, my daughter’s special day. I wanted the excitement to continue by helping other brides choose the dress of their dreams for their special day. So, I set about searching for the right location and then the premises to put down my roots and begin to realise my dream. It has been 2 years in the making, resulting in finding my pretty shop which is part of a Grade 2 listed converted pub in Stockbridge, a beautiful market town. Carina Rose Bridal will be opening on Friday 1st December Please contact Carina on 01264 810011 www.carinarosebridal.co.uk 2 The Vine, High Street, Stockbridge, SO20 6HF 14

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aura Trant is even more petite and immaculate in real life than she appears on television. We meet at a local farm shop with me fresh from a painting lesson. I apologise for smelling of turps, but no matter, Laura is effortlessly friendly and funny. Born in Dorset she lived on a beef farm for the first two years of her life. It was ”a really wonderful family life with three siblings”. Later she went to Aberystwyth University and did her postgraduate course at Falmouth University. I wonder how she got into television journalism. “After those four years I felt I needed some city life. I worked in Southampton at Radio Solent and then took the plunge and went to London. I knew at sixteen that I wanted to be journalist, so it was a question of doing voluntary work, then my degree, then once in London knocking on doors, working on my CV and being persistent. It paid off. I’ve had some fantastic experience working on the Jeremy Vine and Michael Parkinson radio shows. After two years I got the opportunity to work for BBC South Today and so moved back to Hampshire. I’ve been with South Today for ten years now.” Laura appears as relaxed in front of the camera as she does in person. Does she get nervous? “No not really. At the moment I work both in the studio at Southampton and in London reporting live on outside broadcasts. I’m often asked if I can get to a location quickly. I always yes. I love having to think on my feet - it can be very exciting! In the studio it may look effortless, but there is a production team speaking to your ear piece all the time and sometimes the autocue has been known to fail, plus there is a script to adhere too.” There have been challenging moments for Laura during live broadcasts. “I remember reporting from the Grenfell Tower when a woman got between me and the camera. I was unsure how she was going to react, because she was understandably very angry and upset, but the camera kept rolling and I just had to keep going. Reporting on baby Charlie Gard was always hard.

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My degree was in International Relations, with my dissertation on HIV and Aids in Africa, which interests me still. I visited Rwanda to report on life post-genocide. The stories I heard there, and the sights I saw seventeen years after the event, will stay with me forever. It was a horrific carnival of killing, the brutality of which you can’t come to terms with.Yet the people there are incredible and keep moving forward. But of course, there have been some wonderful lighter moments. I drove the 007 Aston Martin DBS previously driven by Daniel Craig, and had the opportunity to cover CarFest and be driven around the track in a bright orange McLaren 650 Sport. I just love speed!” Is Laura ambitious for promotion? “Do you know, I really love my life the way it is now. I couldn’t be happier working part of the time in London and the rest of the time in Southampton, it’s a really good balance.” Who would Laura interview given the chance? “Oh easy, Dolly Parton! I just adore her! She is the ultimate contradiction - the way she looks contrasted with her values, beliefs and charity work. I would love to interview her. I have all of her records and have seen her in concert three times. She’s had an amazing and hard life but remains so positive. I love the stories she tells in her songs. Her personality and look are so upbeat, she’s just amazing. I sing along to her in the car - I don’t care if the windows are open or not!”


So how does Laura relax? “I’m a split personality, I think. When I’m in the country I know I have the excitement of the city when I want it, and when in the city I love the idea of escaping to the countryside. I like to walk and cycle and practice my watercolour painting. I’m definitely a country girl at heart. I love Dorset and the New Forest, and I think we’re so lucky to have coast and forest in Hampshire. There’s nothing like being in the fresh air surrounded by natural beauty; I believe it’s really good for your soul to be away from constant communication and just be. I’ve recently taken up fly-fishing which enables me to enjoy the outdoors and completely focus. It’s so relaxing. While in London I’ve started a six-week wine course with Berry Brothers in St. James’s. It’s fascinating but my friends find it hysterical because I’m such a lightweight. Two glasses and I’m done! But I do have a passion for Sauvignon Blanc and Hampshire Sparkling Wine, which is excellent and the only wine I take to friends.” Laura combines all of this with her position as Vice President of The Wessex Cancer Trust. “The Trust makes such a difference to those suffering, caring and living with cancer and to those who have lost loved ones to the disease. The work, research and support The Trust offers is absolutely invaluable. I’m very proud to be involved.”

What will Laura be doing this Christmas? “I just adore Christmas and buying presents for people! I would happily be Mrs. Christmas in my next life! It will be at my parents’ house here in Hampshire with all the family. We still open our stockings on Mum and Dad’s bed like we did when were kids! Christmas is all about kids, isn’t it? We don’t have any TV on during Christmas but play lots of games with my nephew and two nieces. It’s all very traditional and we have the most amazing time. One day it will be wonderful to have my own kids, too. I’m really in awe of my sister and Mum for the way they are with their children.” What would be Laura’s perfect gift? “Chocolate! I’m well known at work for having chocolate biscuits under my desk and there is a certain shop in Winchester where I buy my peanut butter chocolate. I always get embarrassed when they say, ‘Hello Laura, your usual chocolate?’ Hair straighteners, I couldn’t live without them! My hair can go very curly! And the colour of a clear blue summer skyyou can’t beat it or paint it - such an amazing colour, I just love it.”

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What’s it like being ‘Laura Trant’? “I don’t think of myself as famous at all – I’m just me - I don’t mind being recognised as people are always so lovely.”

Here’s wishing Laura the perfect Christmas under a clear blue, frosty sky and a very happy 2018. GG. www.thewessexcancer.org.uk

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his evocative DVD brings to life the story of the Meon Valley in rural east Hampshire – its ancient river, landscape, history and heritage. From Old Winchester Hill (with its iconic hill fort) and Butser Hill on the South Downs, to Titchfield Haven on the Solent, the river has attracted settlers through the Bronze, Iron, Roman, and Saxon eras to modern times, including D-Day and Churchill. The narrative of the Valley is brought to life in this professionally produced DVD with BBC quality voiceover, unique and evocative aerial footage, interviews, maps and images.You can join Wilfrith of Northumbria (St. Wilfrid) on his mission to convert the South and West Saxons and Jutes to Christianity . Additional to the main story line are cameos giving unique insights into the history and heritage of each of the ten villages and market towns of the Valley. The DVD was commissioned and produced, with funding from our heritage partners (see below), by a Meon Valley charity – The Friends of the Saxon Church (AD1020) at Corhampton. Creative production and direction was by Focus Business Communications and Cambridge UAV, in consultation with communities of the Meon Valley, historians, archaeologists, champions of the river and its landscape and educationalists. The DVD is an ideal addition to the ‘coffee table’, a gift to share with family, friends and visitors and a valuable primary curriculum resource. For a trailer of the dvd please go to: www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Hjc_yOYPME For more information and to buy the DVD please go to: www.saxonsinthemeonvalley.org.uk/dvd

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housands of visitors have been able to walk in the footsteps of ancient people thanks to upgrades to a Roman villa at Buster Ancient Farm, including authentic new flooring. The popular tourist attraction, in Chalton, south of Petersfield, has recently completed £100,000 worth of alterations to the building, with £25,000 being provided by a grant from East Hampshire District Council. The works include a new floor of ‘Roman concrete’, called opus signinum, created using authentic materials, to level the floor and make it more accessible for people with mobility issues. The villa’s walls have also been plastered in the Roman way, doors have been widened, a set of stairs has been constructed to a mezzanine floor and windows have been enlarged to allow more light. Since completion in September more than 17,000 visitors have been to see the improved villa, including thousands of local schoolchildren. The alterations were partly funded by a £25,000 Cabinet grant from East Hampshire District Council. Maureen Page, a director of Butser Ancient Farm, said: “We wouldn’t have been able to do this work without EHDC’s grant and we are very grateful to them for supporting us in this way. Butser Ancient Farm is the third most visited educational attraction in the South Downs and brings ancient times to life for the thousands of schoolchildren and visitors who come to see our living history exhibits.” Cllr Julie Butler, EHDC Portfolio Holder for Customer Relations, toured the villa to see the alterations. “The Roman villa looks amazing and really brings home to you what life was like for people 2,000 years ago,” she said. “Butser Ancient Farm is a real treasure and one of East Hampshire’s top attractions so we are very proud to have been able to support it in this way.” Local craftsmen were brought in to work on the villa. Around 40 tonnes of mud floor was dug out and replaced with the opus signinum by hand. For added authenticity some touches were added to the wet concrete, including the footprints of a Roman soldier’s hobnail boots and the paw marks of the household dog! The walls were laboriously lined with thousands of oak lathes, on which was added three coats of lime plaster, each of a different consistency. A final glassy coat creates a cool and distinctively Roman feel to the rooms. Butser Ancient Farm features archaeological reconstructions of ancient buildings from the Stone Age, Iron Age, Roman Britain and the AngloSaxon period and is visited by more than 30,000 school children a year. www.easthants.gov.uk


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COMMU NITY ISSUE 27 | DECEMBER

Community BISHOP'S WALTHAM FIRST RESPONDERS WIN NATIONAL AWARD

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ocal group Bishop’s Waltham Community First Responders have received a prestigious award for their continued work in the local community. At a glittering ceremony in Manchester on 3rd November the volunteers were presented with the accolade of ‘Community Responder Scheme of the Year’ at the 2017 UK Heart Safe Awards. The volunteer led group were shortlisted in July and have been eagerly awaiting the results since then. Going into the finals against 5 other schemes from across the country, the Community Responders won their

category at first attempt, and are quite rightly celebrating this amazing achievement. Since their inception from the vision of retired local Ambulance Service paramedic and trainer David Williamson over 15 years ago, these volunteers have attended to the emergency medical needs of over 500 patients per year, nearly always arriving at the scene before the ambulance. With exceptional basic life support training provided by South Central Ambulance Service it’s their amazing 24/7 response time to an emergency that marked them out from the other Community Responder schemes. Regular in-house training including guest speakers, real life scenario simulation and 6

HAMBLE VALLEY ROTARY DECEMBER NEWS schools. Yes, shoe boxes but with a difference : they are filled with suitable items for children in disadvantaged situations to brighten up their Christmas! A big thank you to the children (and their parents) in our area who continue to be very generous with their donated items and are proud to be involved in a project that benefits less fortunate children in the world.

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The items are for education, health and hygiene purposes, for example : school equipment, hats, gloves and scarves, socks, toiletries and sport items and of course TOYS! to fit in a standard shoebox. Grown ups are also welcome to fill a box, not just

monthly requalification ensure that Bishop’s Waltham Community First Responders deliver the best care to their local community. Scheme representative, Jake Balcombe, attended the event and was thrilled to accept the award in front around 300 other attendees. His receipt of the award accentuates the extra mile the group go to provide support for the local community. He emphasised that the group are volunteers and rely on donations from the public to provide everything from uniforms to defibrillators. He said, ‘the scheme would not operate without the support of both our local community and the schemes’ volunteers, and I accept this award as a representative of them both’. The group have also gained praise from the Mayor of Winchester, Cllr David McLean, who reiterated how proud the Bishop’s Waltham Community Responders should be of this achievement and of their continued voluntary work in their community. Since its inception in 2012, these awards are the UK’s leading national competition to recognise and celebrate the best in various ‘Heart Safe’ environments including lifesaving activities. The awards ceremony and black tie event raised money for the charity Hand on Heart which is committed to reducing the number deaths of young people due to sudden cardiac arrest, a cause close to the heart of Bishop’s Waltham Community First Responders. The diverse and enthusiastic group are always looking for new members, full training is given and no experience is necessary. If you are interested in finding out more then you can follow us on Facebook @ BishopsWalthamCommunityResponders or contact the Coordinator on 01489 891911. pupils ! So get ready next October if you want to take part in this good cause. Take a look at www.rotaryshoebox.org and you will see the happy faces of the children opening their boxes and discovering their gifts! Consult our website : www. hamblevalleyrotary.co.uk and our Facebook page. The Carol Float will be touring the streets in and around Botley and Hedge End with Father Christmas and his elves collecting funds for local causes. Thank you for your continuous generosity. Santa is very touched by the smiles from the little ones as well as the parents and grand-parents who all look forward to seeing him ! Best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year !


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Community

LOCAL HEARTSTART SCHEME WINS THE HEARTS OF THE JUDGES IN NATIONAL HEART SAFE AWARDS

HAMPSHIRE ARTIST SEEKING TO RAISE £7,500 HAS ACHIEVED HIS TARGET

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eon Valley Heartstart (MVHS) has become the “Educational Establishment of the Year” in the 2017 National Heart Safe Awards, beating off competition from a shortlist of 4 finalists from around the country in this category. The UK Heart Safe Awards is the UK’s leading national awards scheme to celebrate organisations and employers who invest in creating Heart Safe environments. The award was announced at a glittering charity dinner in Manchester on Friday 3rd November and was presented to Robert Shields who attended the ceremony on behalf of MVHS.

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Southsea artist looking for £7,500 to fund a major solo Christmas exhibition in Oxford this December has achieved his target and more. Pete Codling has already raised £7,810 from 45 supporters at https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/naivety “The money raised will go to framing 15 large charcoal drawings,” explains Pete, who has 20 days remaining to raise the money. Pete makes large fragile charcoal drawings on paper measuring 7ft by 4ft and these each cost £500 to frame. “By fragile I mean it is just carefully arranged dust on paper,” says Pete. “They will be hung in a public gallery with a footfall of over 10,000 people.” He adds: “The exhibition title Naivety is a play on the traditional Christmas 'Nativity' scene. The new work was inspired by the sketch 'Nativity 2016'. This was a personal response to the tragedy and horrors of Aleppo (and other cities) that we consumed as the norm on our Christmas TV news last year. It inspired me to create many more artworks along this theme. The artworks are a mix of traditional, classical, mythological and surreal with a contemporary twist.”

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It has been an emotional week for David Williamson, the founder of the local Heartstart and the Community Responders Group (which also won the award for the Best Community Responders Group of the Year). He suffered a post-operative major haemorrhage last weekend and following a 999 call, was attended to by one of the Bishop’s Waltham Community First Responders before the ambulance arrived and he was admitted to hospital. Recovering at home David said “I am so pleased that both schemes have been recognised as best in their categories at national level through this award scheme. It is all down to the tireless work of the volunteers who keep the scheme going and are committed to saving lives. Having had firsthand experience of their work so recently, for me this is an extra special accolade for the people who give their time so selflessly. Without their dedication and hard work my situation could have been very serious indeed.”

The Naivety exhibition takes place at North Wall Gallery, Oxford from December 5 to January 6 with a private view on Saturday, December 16.

Meon Valley Heartstart helps save lives by training people in emergency life saving skills which can help keep someone alive until professional help arrives. It was established in 2001. Each year, through volunteer trainers and helpers Meon Valley Heartstart, trains more than 1,000 people of all ages across Hampshire in emergency life saving skills. Training is provided free of charge to community groups, the general public, educational institutions, businesses, GP practices and other organisations.

For more information contact Pete on: Tel. 0750310565 Email. petecodling@hotmail.co.uk Web. www.petecodling.com

People interested in participating in a training session or in becoming a trainer should contact contact David Williamson at wiliamson.rtd@gmail.com or on 07730 148920.


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Community

MAYOR OF WINCHESTER ATTENDS BOOK LAUNCH

NO TRICKS, JUST TREATS AT GATEWAY CLUB HALLOWEEN NIGHT

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he Bishop’s Waltham Gateway Club received a real treat at its October Halloween event when it was presented with a cheque for £500 from the Bishop’s Waltham Town Team. The money was raised by the Town Team from the ticket sales for October Bishop’s Waltham Bites Event, featured in last month’s Parish News. The Gateway Club supports adults with learning difficulties. It meets between 7pm and 9pm every first and third Mondays of the month at the Church Hall in Bishop’s Waltham. The Club aims to provide a fun and safe environment for its members. Events include discos, games, group outings, annual Christmas Dinner with a visit from Santa, and much more.

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he Mayor of Winchester, Councillor David Mclean, attended the launch of a newly revised and updated book about Bishop’s Waltham, written by local author Alan Inder. The book launch took place at the Anvil Tearooms – one of the eye-catching buildings in town that is featured in the book. Called “The Changing Face of Bishop’s Waltham”, the first edition was published in 2011 but rapidly sold out. This newly updated edition has additional content and fresh photographs. The book shows how change has come to one of Hampshire’s medieval market towns – particularly over the last 150 years. The 108page book, in A4 landscape format, contains hundreds of “then and now” photographs and dozens of maps (dating back to 1841) with a detailed text to explain the changes.

Club leader Jani Chamberlain said “We are very grateful for this generous donation from the Town Team. As a small charity we depend on donations to be able to provide some extra activities for our members. Club members will help us to decide what activities to undertake next year with these funds.”

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Town Team Acting Chairman Robin Shepherd, who, with Sweet Corner Proprietor, Sophie Green, presented the cheque at the Gateway Club’s Halloween event said “We are very pleased to be able to pass on the proceeds from Bishop’s Waltham Bites to such a deserving organisation. On behalf of the Town Team itself and the eight participating outlets, it is great to know that the funds we raised will be able to provide that little bit extra to Gateway Club activities.”

Published by the Bishop’s Waltham Society and the Bishop’s Waltham Museum Trust, the book is designed to provide local residents with a sense of their town’s development and how it has changed over time. It is a great spur for conversation between children and their parents and grandparents who remember the changes they have seen in their lifetime. Priced at just £16, its publication is timed to provide a great Christmas present for families.

For more information about the Gateway Club please visit www.bwgateway.co.uk

For further information contact Tony Kippenberger (Chairman of the Bishop’s Waltham Society) on 01489 893473 or Alan Inder, the author, on 01489 894051


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o you know that many Christmas traditions have pagan origins very strongly linked to nature and our landscape? The Pagan winter solstice goes back thousands of years when evergreen trees were brought into the home and decorated with wax candles to create light symbolizing the sun, moon and stars. Called Yule trees and along with the simple decorations of holly and candles, this festival marked the darkest days of winter. Interestingly, and also linked with nature, another legend associated with the winter solstice is that of the annual ‘battle of the Oak and Holly Kings ‘where the Oak King overcomes the Holly King to reign until the summer solstice.

The Show Begins

So the event of the Christmas tree as we know it today evolved slowly over the centuries. The first known Christmas tree went up in the UK at Windsor Castle in 1800. Small wax candles, apples, nuts, dates, sweets and coloured paper flowers decorated and added light to the branches. It was an associate inventor of Edison’s who created the first set of electrical Christmas lights and in 1890, the Edison company published a brochure offering lighting services for Christmas. By 1900, commercial premises were beginning to string up lights in their shop windows. An Edison advert at that time offered bulbs, which you could rent, along with their lighting system for use over the festive season.

Fairy Lights

Small Christmas lights only became known as fairy lights after the light opera company D’Oyle Carte in 1882 used tiny incandescent lights in the hair of their players in a comic production about an immortal band of fairies. However, it would be another century before fairy lights came into more general use because until the mid 1950’s most households, either did not have electricity or could not afford it. This meant that until this time, it was still very popular to use candles to light up Christmas trees.

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White Christmas

In recent years, it is rare that we see a white Christmas. It was the Victorians who first used illustrated snow scenes at Christmas. Not least because of Charles Dickens timely story ‘A Christmas Carol’. Also, Britain was still in the middle of a mini ice age with many of the Victorian winters seeing substantial snowfall. In 1836 on the 25th December, snow depths reached 15 feet with drifts of up to 50 feet!

Themed Christmas Trees

Seasonal décor is becoming increasingly sophisticated and it is on-trend to have trees dressed not only singular colours or a maximum of two colours, but also as a theme. There are decorations and baubles that symbolise style, humour, vintage items, toys and animals. We can now have trees to keep both the adults and the children happy! We can recreate the atmosphere of a white Christmas with a silver and white tree or amuse the children with a red and green tree decorated with imps and elves! Or indulge in some nostalgia from a more recent bygone age and make a vintage tree adorned with the bright ornaments and tinsel of four decades ago.

Inspired by Nature

It seems current festive trends reflect a strong demand for man made decorations and artificial trees, which are very difficult to tell from the real thing.Yet, the simplicity and special touch of nature still inspires us. So we use a combination of both contemporary decorations and foliage we can gather from our gardens and the landscape. Holly and ivy to drape over mantelpieces, wreaths of evergreen branches to adorn doors and casual bunches of mistletoe to hang in halls. It seems, in the midst of the winter solstice, we still have a hankering to return to the ancient world of nature, which of course, was the very reason, so long ago, those pagan and mid winter, traditions first began. Hambrooks of Titchfield 01489 572285


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Clubs & Societies O Meon Valley Lions Club For more information: 0845 833 7812 or visit: www. meonvalleylionsclub.org.uk

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O Curdridge Amateur Drama Group For more information please see www.curdridgedrama.co.uk O Swanmore Amateur Dramatic Society For more information please ring 07701 044563 or email caroline-powell@live.com

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O The Solent Aviation Art Society For more information ring: 01489 578420

O Winchester & Solent Branch of the Cartophilic Society (Cigarette Cards) For more information contact Keith Miller: 01243 865147

O The New Music Makers SATB Choir For more information contact Lin on 023 8045 4285 or visit: www.newmusicmakers.com O Singing for Fun For more information contact Annabel: 01489 877130 or 07732 329792.

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HORTICULTURE O Bishops Waltham Gardening Club For more information please see www.bwgc.org.uk O Meon Valley Garden Club For more information please visit: www.meon-valley-garden-club. co.uk O West Meon Garden Club For more information please call Yvonne Noble: 01730 829050

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O Meon Valley Carers Group For more information: Margaret: 01489 895444 on Monday between 9.15 & 13.15 for details.

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OTHER CLUBS & SOCIETIES O Bishop's Waltham Bridge Club For more information contact: Roger Robinson: 01489 877504 or Phil White: 01489 896877. O Bishop's Waltham Gateway Club For more information please contact Vee or Brian on 01489 895767. O Bishop's Waltham Rotary Club For more information please visit: bishopswalthamrotary.org.uk. O Meon Ladies For more information please email Sarah Snowdon on: sarah. snowdon@live.com 32

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O Zero 4 Probus Club For more information contact Malcolm Watson: 01489 891875 or 07926 925466. https:// zero4probusclub.weebly.com O Waltham Priory Probus Club For more information please call Janet Gibson on 01489 783386.

O Bishop’s Waltham Library Toddler Time Every Wednesday during Term Time. 10.30am – 11am. Stories, rhymes and simple craft for the under 5’s O Hambledon Folk Club For more information visit: www.hambledonfolkclub.co.uk. folkclubhambledon@hotmail. co.uk O Meon Voices Choir For more information please contact Phil: 01489 579078, coundleypj@yahoo.com or Maureen 01489890335 alan@agbuckland.plus.com.

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ou might expect to hear sublime singing in a cathedral, but last Christmas I was surprised to hear the melodious notes of a robin in Winchester Cathedral. At first, I thought it was my imagination, but then I saw the little bird perched on the magnificent carved choir screen. It paused, head cocked, watching me with curiosity. I hoped it would sing for me again, but it flew away, before landing nonchalantly on the back of a chair. It behaved as if it owned the place. I was later told that the robin (and its mate) had taken up residence in these ancient lodgings and were being fed by the priests. Meanwhile in Liverpool last year, a robin settled in the giant Christmas tree as workmen hauled it into the Cathedral. Apparently, the bird chirped along with a few services, much to the delight of the congregation, but had departed by New Year. Should we be surprised that robins seem to enjoy the company of humans? We might suppose that in miserable weather they are simply seeking shelter, although a cold and draughty cathedral hardly offers a cosy berth. And that wouldn’t explain the robin which greeted me in a hot and humid glasshouse at Kew Gardens this summer. It sat on a low wall beside a palm tree, coolly watching the sweltering tourists.The robin’s jaunty appearance is so bound up with our notions of Christmas, that it seemed particularly out of place in such a tropical environment. There seem to be lots of robins around this winter.Whenever I work in the garden, it’s not long before I hear that familiar ‘tic tic’ from a low branch or fencepost. If the ground is too hard for worms and insects, the robin tuts impatiently until I have filled the bird feeder, barely waiting for me to step away before sweeping in for a snack. Preferring to take food from

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the ground, it will also dip onto the path, flicking its wings and tail before making off with any seeds which have spilled. The robin’s boldness has led to many reports of these cheeky birds accepting food from an outstretched hand, and anyone digging a flower bed can expect to have a robin tailing them for upturned worms. Of course, unless a robin has particularly distinctive markings, it’s impossible to tell one from another. During the winter, some of the British birds may have flown to warmer climes, and robins from the colder reaches of Scandinavia and Eastern Europe may temporarily take their place. Although a little less feisty than during the breeding season, the robin is still highly territorial, and its beautiful, liquid song warns potential interlopers to keep out. Along with the nightingale, the robin will also sing after sunset, given the artificial light of a street lamp (or Christmas lights, perhaps). Every year, the shops are full of Christmas cards which feature the nation’s ‘favourite’ bird (as declared in a UK poll in 2015).This might be because the robin’s scarlet plumage on its chest and face give it an appealing appearance, and it stands out rather well against a background of a traditional (if unrealistic), snow-decked Christmas landscape. Or is it because the Victorians, who popularised the sending of festive greetings cards, nicknamed postmen ‘robin redbreast’ because they wore red jackets? There are also legendary Christian connotations. Did this plucky little bird get its red breast from a drop of Christ’s blood at the crucifixion, or was it burned while fanning the flames to keep baby Jesus warm? One thing is for sure, this colourful little bird is a firm favourite in town and country alike. If you want to help the RSPB monitor these, and other garden birds, you can sign up to participate in the Big Garden Birdwatch in January 2018. Registration opens on 13 December 2107 with more details at www.rspb.org.uk.


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O St Peter & St Paul Sunday 3 December 08.00 Holy Communion 10.30 Parish Communion 18.30 Service of Light Sunday 10 December 08.00 Holy Communion 10.30 Christingle Service 18.30 Taize Sunday 17 December 08.00 Holy Communion 10.30 Parish Communion 18.30 Service of 9 Lessons and Carols Christmas Eve 08.00 Holy Communion 18.00 Goodnight Service 23.30 Midnight Communion Christmas Day 08.00 Holy Communion 10.30 Family Communion

O Church of Our Lady Sunday 3 December 09.00 Holy Communion Sunday 10 December 09.00 Holy Communion Sunday 17 December 18.30 Service of Lessons and Carols Christmas Eve SOBERTON 09.00 Mattins O St Peter's Church Christmas Day Sunday 3 December 09.00 Holy Communion 10.00 Benefice Holy Communion with Carols with ROCS (for all children) Saturdays Sunday 10 December Morning Prayer 11.00 Matins 09.00 (Holy Communion on Sunday 17 December 16 December) 10.00 Service of Nine Lessons and Carols WEST MEON Christmas Eve O St. John the Evangelist 18.00 Nativity Service Sunday 3 December 23.30 Holy Communion 08.00 Holy Communion New Years Eve 10.30 Christingle Service 10.00 Holy Communion Sunday 10 December 10.30 Parish Communion SWANMORE Sunday 17 December O Methodist Church 16.15 Christmas Tree Sunday 3 December Carol Service 10.30 Advent Service with Christmas Eve Holy Communion 10.30 Parish Communion 18.00 Evening Service 16.00 Crib Service Sunday 10 December 23.30 Midnight Communion 10.30 Morning Service Christmas Day 18.00 Evening Service with 10.30 Christmas All Age Worship Holy Communion New Years Eve Sunday 17 December 10.30 Cluster Communion 10.30 Family Nativity Service Wednesdays & Thursdays 18.00 Evening Service (except 6 & 14 December) Christmas Eve 09.00 Morning Prayer 10.30 Morning Service (Communion for the 18.00 Candlelight Carol Service Holy Innocents on 28 December)

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O Holy Trinity Church Thursday 7 December 19.00 Service of Healing Sunday 10 December 09.30 Parish Communion Sunday 17 December 18.30 Carols by Candlelight Christmas Eve 10.00 Holy Communion Christmas Day 09.30 Holy Communion Every Friday 08.30 Morning Prayers

O Methodist Church Sunday 3 December 10.30 Morning Worship 14.00 Forester's Carolcade (all welcome) 18.00 Evening Worship with Holy Communion Sunday 10 December 10.30 Family Worship 18.00 Evening Worship Sunday 17 December 10.30 Morning Worship with Holy Communion 16.00 Christingle Service (followed by a bring and share tea) Christmas Eve 10.30 Morning Worship 17.00 Outdoor Carols (followed by refreshments) Christmas Day 10.30 Christmas Day Service New Years Eve 10.30 Morning Worship

O Waltham Chase Methodist Church Sunday 3 December 09.30 Family Breakfast 10.00 Family Worship 11.00 Second Service: Worship & Word Sunday 10 December 10.30 Morning Worship Sunday 17 December 10.30 Morning Worship Christmas Eve 18.30 Candlelight Carol Service Christmas Day 10.30 Christmas Day Service

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otley’s Market Hall certainly pulls out the stops for its series of shows in the Winter months :Tickets are selling fast for the new show by the great duo – the Opera Dudes – on 27th January (see www.operadudes.com) – “Licensed to trill”.

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hursday 26th October saw a spectacular Fashion Show organised by the local Rotary Club and presented by Boutique ME. This was all in aid of Women v Cancer who support Breast Cancer Care; Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust; and Ovarian Cancer Action. This Casual and Evening Wear fashion Show was a sell out and raised £2850.00 for the charities. Debbie Walker, currently President of Bishop’s Waltham Rotary and organiser of the event, commented that she was overwhelmed with the turnout: it was a complete sell out. ‘There wasn’t a spare seat in the Jubilee Hall, and everyone enjoyed the magnificent display of fashion from Boutique ME, Pajamas by Avon and children’s clothes by Bishops Waltham & Alresford Toy Box .’ She said: ‘I am so pleased for all the participants this evening: Boutique ME, Avon, ToyBox, the stall holders, many from the local High Street and the local Rotary members, wives and partners for doing all the work behind the scenes, and of course the charities who we are raising funds for.’ ‘This is a great example of Rotary working with local traders to raise funds for these very worthwhile charitable organisations.’ Boutique ME opened in April 2017 in Bishop’s Waltham High Street (previously Cassis) by Tracey Dudman, who was tremendously enthusiastic about supporting the charities benefiting from this event and keen to support Debbie and the local Rotary club. Bishop’s Waltham Rotary Club has been supporting local, national and international charitable causes for over twenty five years. The club organises the local annual Carnival and Show to raise funds for local charities and 'Roger' the Christmas train providing a mobile carol broadcasting service for local children will be coming to many streets in and around Bishops Waltham in the lead up to Christmas. Rotary 'Roger' Carol broadcasting in December Monday 11th: 6pm - 8pm at Horton Heath Tuesday 12th: 6pm - 8pm at Fair Oak West Wednesday 13th: 6pm - 8pm at Fair Oak East Saturday 16th: During the day in Bishop's Waltham High Street Monday 18th: 6pm - 8pm at Newtown, Bishop's Waltham Tuesday 19th: 6pm - 8pm at Waltham Chase Wednesday 20th: 6pm - 8pm at Rareridge Lane, Bishop's Waltham Thursday 21st: 6pm - 8pm at Pondside Friday 22nd: During the day in Wickham Square Saturday 23rd: During the day at Budgens, Bishop's Waltham

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Great songs, humour and rapport with the audience. A treat of an evening out.Then on Sat 17th February the Boiling Kettle Theatre Company present a one-man show “Defender of the dead” – a tour de force with a multi-faceted, many voiced performance from Eltjo De Vries about a retired Army NCO tasked with defending a sensitive archaeological site near Stonehenge, having to cope with weird religious cults as well as a neurotic archaeologist. Sad, amusing, funny, tragic, thought-provoking, according to the critics. See www.boilingkettle.co.uk. Further information on both shows from Derek Oswald, 01489 781155.

GEORGE HOLLINGBERY MEETS WICKHAM FIREFIGHTERS

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eon Valley MP George Hollingbery has visited Wickham Fire Station to meet crew and learn about a new technique to help lift people who have fallen over. He was shown a demonstration of the equipment that uses cushions that can be inflated with air to lift up a casualty and other blue light services can call upon the kit, if needed. “It was a real pleasure to meet the firefighters and learn more about their work and what they are doing to help other organisations, like the ambulance service, by using this equipment,” said George. “Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service is a very forward-thinking organisation, always looking to innovate and find new ways to work in partnership with the police and ambulances services, as my visit showed and this is encouraging to see. I welcome the appointment of the new chief officer, Neil Odin, and I’m sure he will continue to take the service forward in the years to come.” www.georgehollingbery.com


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