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Life in your Community





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Valuable tips for creating beautiful garden landscapes

Trinity's Big Sleep Out at Home

Your A to Z of useful local info


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CONTENTS 02 Property Management

23 Motoring

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

06 Feature

Valuable tips for creating beautiful garden landscapes

23 Animals & Pets


Make your garden dream come true

15 Feature


Trinity's Big Sleep Out at Home

Find local schools and educational experts

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COMMUNITY Protecting the inspirational landscape of South West Winchester

A team of experienced planning volunteers from CPRE Hampshire, the countryside charity, have carried out an assessment of a tract of chalk downland surrounding the south west of Winchester and concluded that it is countryside and green space of such high quality as to qualify as ‘Valued Landscape’, which requires it to be protected. The land consists of one large area running south west from Oliver’s Battery to Hursley, and another large area running south east from Oliver's Battery to Compton. The first area is proposed for a development of 5,000 homes, ‘Royaldown’, with an adjoining area planned to house solar panels. The second area is put forward for commercial development, park and ride, approach road and solar panels. CPRE Hampshire has made a physical assessment of the land in the context of a National Planning Policy Framework Valued Landscape which should be

protected according to national planning guidance. CPRE Hampshire’s assessment highlights: • • • • •

the attractive and distinctive chalk downland and undulating landscape the attractive, undulating farmland, with tree belts, hedgerows, rural lanes and public rights of way the high-quality public experience of the landscape from public rights of way including the much-used Monarchs Way and Hurdle Way the limited development and overall sense of tranquillity the important contribution of these areas to the landscape character of the West Winchester Downs

Christopher Napier of CPRE Hampshire says, ‘These areas of land are part of the West Winchester Downs and a continuation of the main South Downs chalk landscape, which stretches from the Itchen Valley to the Test Valley. It is a very undulating landscape often with far-reaching views over adjoining downs and lowland landscapes but also more visually enclosed landscapes in dry valleys and woodland. Together the areas form an essential part of a tract of National Planning Policy Framework Valued Landscape of fine chalk downland with escarpments surrounding south west Winchester, which extends south west from St Catherine's Hill to Hursley and then northwards to Farley Mount and Teg Down.

Do you love wildflowers? Would you like to know more about them? And help save them for the future? Now in its 5th year, Plantlife’s Great British Wildflower Hunt launches in time for the


The National Planning Policy Framework sets out that planning policies and decisions should contribute to and enhance the natural and local environment by protecting and enhancing Valued Landscapes. We strongly advocate that all local planning authorities in Hampshire carry out landscape assessments to identify Valued Landscapes in their Districts in the process of revising their Local Plans. This would ensure that where they exist, they are protected as required in Local Plans for current and future generations.’ Planning volunteers at CPRE Hampshire, along with the Save South Winchester Campaign Group and the Dever Society, are responding to Winchester City Council's Local Plan Consultation 2021 which is currently out for public consultation until midnight on 12 April. This Valued Landscape assessment will be submitted as part of the CPRE Hampshire response. Meanwhile, you can view it at www. cprehampshire.org.uk.

Landscapes are not only diverse and inspirational with breath-taking views

start of spring and the Easter holidays and runs right through the summer. The Hunt is all about putting names to the familiar faces of the wildflowers that surround us every day. Whether in town, local woodland, or the countryside, this is a chance to get to know these characters and the stories behind them and what they can tell us about the natural world.

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but play a vital role in tackling the climate emergency by capturing carbon, cleaning the air, helping to slow floodwaters and providing habitats for wildlife. As a feature of open countryside and green space, they are also important to people’s health and wellbeing, something that has been proved during the coronavirus pandemic.

This year’s hunt includes 24 early-blooming spring species which you may be lucky enough to find flowering now, such as celandines, whose flowers close up when it’s not sunny to protect their nectar, violets which are indicators of ancient woodland, ramsons with their unmistakable garlic scent and primroses, the “prima rosa” or “first flowers” that are the true harbingers

of spring! There are 72 species to spot in this year’s hunt; and – as an extra challenge for the kids – we have selected 12 that every child should know! Please click here for the film! Research that Plantlife carried out with YouGov showed that 70% of the public wanted to know their wildflowers better and the hunt is a really easy and fun way to do it. This year, Plantlife has even launched a new app to make hunting all the species even easier! #wildflowerhunt Launches Tuesday 16th March Please keep safe and follow Government advice on travel and social distancing.


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Valuable Tips for Creating Beautiful Garden Landscapes


hen you bring a new plant from a nursery to plant in your garden you become a designer who designs the garden landscape that you have. If you want to be a great designer, you need to be aware of certain aspects so that you can have the best landscape. You may have noticed that some gardens have an organized look while others, having the finest plant collection, look haphazard. The basic reason for this is because the owner or the landscape designer has not planned the future of the garden properly. The following tips will help you to have among the best garden landscapes that can be had. The following good tips will help you to have a garden which will stand out from other gardens and will also keep you from the headache of knowing what to do. Plan the garden properly The landscape of the garden must be planned in such a manner that it looks beautiful now while also having the future in mind. You will find it is best to plant your precious collection of plants in such a manner that there is enough space when in the future you require a mower, or the stump grinder, to enter for building projects for your porch or the patio. If this planning is not done now, then in the future you may have to throw away your precious plants in order to have space for allowing movement of such equipment. Have a focal point The focal point of your garden must be such that it attracts people and engages their attention when roaming in your garden. It should be different than others but not out-of-place. You can have an antique garden bench as the focal point but don't use an object which is not related to the garden. A water body or an oak tree can be a great focal point that will give the garden landscape a new dimension. Curves must be checked It is good to have curved pathways or flower beds in a garden, but you must not overdo them. It must be kept simple so that the geometric design that you have incorporated in the landscaping stands out. If you use those shapes too often it will become common and no one will notice them. Have movement in the garden A garden landscape that does not have movement is like a painting. Paintings are good on the walls but in a garden, you must have movement so that you can bring life and create interest in your garden. You may be wondering how to have movement. It is quite easy to have such


movement in your garden by adding swaying ornamental grass or flowers which attract birds and butterflies and this will help to have the desired movement in your garden. Think completely differently When you are designing the landscaping of your garden you must think completely differently from the one that you now have. For example, if you have overgrown shrubbery don't think that you have to keep it like that. By removing it you may be astonished to find a sunny sport that can be ideal for a rose bed. So, don't plan your landscaping according to the present situation but think differently and you will find new possibilities to have an even better landscape. Choose plants according to locations When you select a plant base for a particular spot in your garden, consider the growth rate and the final size it will be. If you do not base your plant selection on these considerations, then the money you spend will not lead to overall beautification but, in the end, you will have to spend more money for adjustments. If you think that by having a cheap plant that grows fast you are gaining much you are thinking wrongly. The money you will spend later for pruning and other maintenance will eat up your initial savings. So, have a purposeful selection of garden trees and place them properly. Let the garden show the way The design of the garden should lead visitors to your house. You don't want visitors losing their way so the garden must show the way to the house. The curved pathway or the big pots that you place need to say, "Hi, this is the way that you need to go." A limited number of species If you have a garden don't feel pressured to have every plant species that are available. Select those species which will help you to have a garden that is easier to maintain and gives it a uniform look. Select the species according to seasons so that you can have flowers in your garden throughout the year and also add to the biodiversity that you have in your garden. Space plants properly This is of utmost importance because it determines how your beloved garden will survive. Having proper spacing of plants ensures having the right airflow required for the survival of the plants and avoids having fungal insect infections. You may feel that there are vacant places in the garden. Yes, there will be and you can easily fill those spaces by the proper use, and positioning, of annuals.




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COMMUNITY COMMUNITY / GARDEN Sassy said, “We are so excited about the future of the new partnership with the Gosport and Fareham Multi-Academy Trust, which builds on our growing youth theatre programme. Our goal is to inspire the future theatre-makers and performers of tomorrow.”

How the UK’s largest community theatre is inspiring our future performers

Head of performing arts at the GFM David Malcolmson said: “We are very happy to work with a highly respected organisation such as the Titchfield Festival Theatre. “They have a well-deserved reputation for engaging, inspiring, entertaining and challenging audiences, with theatrical productions that range from the classics to new works. “This course is unique and vocational in the truest sense because it will allow our students to work alongside talented people working within the industry. We can’t wait to get started.” A promotional video has been produced of the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Performing Arts.

Titchfield Festival Theatre (TFT) is delighted to announce its new partnership with the Gosport and Fareham Multi-Academy Trust (GFM), with the launch of a two-year post-16 BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Performing Arts this September. The BTEC national qualification is equivalent to 3 A levels and will provide a wide range of opportunities for students to work alongside the theatre cast and crew. It gives openings for young people to perform on stage as well to develop technical skills, helping to broaden their understanding of theatre. Kevin Fraser, Artistic Director of Titchfield Festival Theatre said, “Titchfield Festival Theatre are delighted to be able to partner with GFM on this BTEC initiative. “Young People are the mainstay of theatre: it is important to ensure that the performing arts sector have a pool of trained and inspired individuals who wish to go on and seek a career in this dynamic business sector.” This collaboration is only one example of TFT’s commitment to giving opportunities for young people to fulfil their potential. In addition to the partnership with the Gosport and Fareham Multi -Academy Trust, TFT has been working with Havant & South Downs College since 2020 as part of their BTEC Performing Arts programme. Final year students are opening TFT’s 2021 Shakespeare Season with a contemporary and reimagined production of A Midsummer’s Nights Dream at Titchfield’s Great Barn on 18th – 21st May. At the heart of all these activities is the Titchfield Festival Youth Programme managed by Conner Handstock and Sassy Harvey. Conner is a professionally trained actor and qualified drama teacher, having trained at Bath Spa and Chichester Universities. Sassy is a trained drama facilitator possessing a degree in Drama, Applied Theatre and Education from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London. As part of the course, students will have the opportunity to take part in the Titchfield Shakespeare Festival, devise and produce Children’s Theatre to be toured to local schools as well as honing their theatre and stagecraft skills within a theatre environment.


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COMMUNITY Trinity Winchester's Big Sleep Out

Trinity Winchester’s Big Sleep Out is going virtual this year to raise money for its work with homeless and vulnerable people. Join in the fun from your own home on Friday 14th May 2021 and resist the temptation to jump back underneath your warm bed covers for one night. The evening consists of a full programme of virtual entertainment streamed live through Facebook. Activities include exploring nature at night with nature experts Chris

New Hampshire History Trust reveals exciting plans for the future

The organisers of Winchester’s successful Heritage Open Days programme announce the formation of Hampshire History Trust, a brand new Charitable Incorporated Organisation. The primary role of the new Trust will be to run Winchester Heritage Open Days, to develop a Winchester History Festival and to run other community projects such as a Blue Plaque Scheme and Hampshire HistBites, Hampshire’s very own history podcast channel. Nicky Gottlieb and Becky Brown, two of the three founding Trustees, said they were delighted that the new charity had been approved by the Charity


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There will be shelter building activities to help sleepers build a masterpiece to sleep out in and each participant will receive an extra special goody bag including a beanie, torch, selfie frame and snacks to help them through the night.

Commission, especially as they got the news on the close of last year’s Heritage Open Days. “This is the start of an exciting journey for us,” Nicky said. “Five years ago when I first re-launched Heritage Open Days here in Winchester I always dreamed that it would develop into a wider history festival to celebrate Winchester’s incredibly rich history and heritage. Becoming a CIO in our own right is a crucial and exciting first step in realising our ambitions to bring Hampshire's rich history and heritage to a wider audience. ” Becky paid tribute to the City of Winchester Trust and Bruce Winton at Community First and all the organisations, sponsors and volunteers who have been involved in Winchester Heritage Open Days since 2016. “We wouldn't be here without their support and encouragement ', she said.” And we hope our partnerships with the City of Winchester Trust, Hampshire Cultural Trust, Winchester College, Hampshire County Council, Winchester BID, and the University of Winchester will continue

The evening will provide an insight into the work of the Trinity Winchester and a chance to hear from the clients it supports, including an exclusive look inside the new accommodation project, UnderOneRoof @ trinity which is due to open in June 2021. Finally, as participants get ready to sleep out for the night, they will be able to enjoy a reading of A Cat Called Smokey from renowned actor Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey, W1A). Registration is open now at trinitywinchester.org.uk/bigsleepout. For more information contact the team on 01962 828636.

to grow as we build on the success of Winchester Heritage Open Days to develop a Winchester History Festival and hold more outreach activities and events for schools .” The proposal is for the Winchester History Festival to take place in late September, immediately following on from Heritage Open Days to ensure that the Trust continues to offer a diverse range of events that are accessible to the whole community.

The general public can discover more about the Trust and its plans by visiting the website www.hampshirehistorytrust. com , or by listening to Episode One of Season Three of Hampshire HistBites released on Wednesday 3rd March and available via Spotify, Apple Tunes and Google Podcasts.

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Swap your cosy bed and sleep out at home

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Are you ready to swap your cosy bed to take on this challenge? You’ll have to resist the temptation to jump back underneath your warm bed covers for one night, to raise money and awareness to help reduce homelessness.

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You can get creative and build yourself a cardboard shelter to sleep out in your garden, whilst listening to nature and the wildlife around you. You could even bed down for the night in your bathtub! Wherever you sleep, make sure it’s unusual and don’t forget your sleeping bag.

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS Music and entertainment from local artistes, close up magic with Colin Phillips, shelter - building activities and a chance to test your knowledge in our big sleep out quiz.

Jack Stein from Rick Stein restaurant will be showcasing meals to cook with simple ingredients and a delicious recipe for a banana split in his cooking masterclass.

Join wildlife experts Chris Packham and Megan McCubbin as they explore nature at night. Take part in their competition to win a special prize.

Finish off your evening and get ready to sleep out with a bedtime story of A Cat Called Smokey read by actor Hugh Bonneville.

Every penny that you raise in sponsorship will go back into Trinity’s services, to help us to keep offering long-term, positive change. This is not an experience of being homeless, as we will all be taking part in our own homes or gardens, but it is a fun way to raise funds and awareness.

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humanitarian priority has been to rid the world of polio. Polio is a virus that affects children under five and causes paralysis and even death. Rotary spearheaded the campaign at a time when there were over 1,000 cases a day in 125 countries. Today, thanks to the tireless efforts of Rotary members and our partners, the number of cases is down by 99.9% and just a handful remain. Health worker training and vaccination programmes are essential to ensure the world is declared polio-free. Much of the infrastructure built up as a result of Rotary’s End Polio Now campaign is being utilised across the world to tackle other diseases such as Covid 19. Meon Valley Baby Bank Shed update Just a quick update on things with the Meon Valley Baby bank, thanks to ours and several other donations, and despite delays due to Covid restrictions they now have their “shed” which will be their permanent home once fully set up. Since they opened in November, they have supported 14 families and sent out 17 gift parcels and word is beginning to spread so they are getting busier as time goes on. Like our Facebook page or take a look at our website for updates on what is going on, what we have been up to and how you can help us help others! ian.treveil@bishopswalthamrotary.org.uk

New photography competition to capture local chalk streams The partners of the Watercress and Winterbourne's Landscape Partnership Scheme are delighted to announce a new photography competition. Its focus is the unique qualities of seven Hampshire chalk streams: the Bourne Rivulet, Candover Brook, Cheriton Stream, Pillhill Brook, River Arle, Upper Anton, and Upper Test. These globally rare environments are home to iconic species like kingfishers, water voles, and brown trout. Watercress and Winterbourne's unites 16 organisations in caring for these habitats, with support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. This new competition, titled Tales from the Riverbank, is continuing the rich creative tradition around the streams. Prizes will be awarded in four main categories (Heritage, Landscape, People, and Wildlife), as well as additional Community Choice and Young Photographer categories. Entrants could win up to £75 of photography gift vouchers and the chance to be featured in local exhibitions. While the current Covid-19 restrictions are in place, the partners ask competition entrants not to go outdoors specifically for taking photos. Instead, they could capture sights on their daily exercise or make a note of places to visit later. The competition is open to Hampshire residents


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COMMUNITY 2021 New Forest and Hampshire County Show cancelled to due COVID-19 concerns

pandemic. The New Forest & Hampshire County Show will be returning to New Park in 2022 on 26th, 27th and 28th July. All stakeholders involved with the New Forest Show will be contacted personally within the next couple of days. The cancellation of two subsequent New Forest Shows has only happened once before in the Show’s 100-year history. No Shows were held between 1940 and 1945 during World War 2. The 2020 event which was also cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic would have marked one hundred years since the very first New Forest Show in 1920.

Following a review of the current pandemic and the Government roadmap the board members of the New Forest Agricultural Show Society (NFASS), organisers of the New Forest and Hampshire County Show have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 event that was due to take place on the 27th, 28th & 29th July at New Park, Brockenhurst. Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on 22nd February 2021, board members held a digital meeting to discuss the 2021 New Forest Show and unanimously agreed they had no option but to cancel the 2021 event due to ongoing uncertainties surrounding the COVID-19

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Martin Stewart Chairman commented, ‘We are all extremely saddened to have come to this decision, but the Society is a Charity and the Show costs well in excess of a million pounds to lay on annually. Whilst we believe we are slowly coming out of lockdown there are still too many things that could delay matters. The final date of the 21st June is the earliest the final restrictions could be lifted; it could be delayed. If the Society were to go ahead and for whatever reason the Show was cancelled (even with 3 months to go) it would bankrupt the Society. The Board unanimously agreed that it was better to protect the long-term survival of the Society than to risk everything in what is still very uncertain times. We know what the show means to the community, exhibitors, competitors, sponsors, stewards, members and indeed the whole team at the

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Showground. We are very disappointed but will be back with a vengeance in 2022’. In a response to requests from Society supporters, the NFASS has created a Centenary fund. Anyone who would like to help secure the future of the New Forest Show is encouraged to do so by donating to the Centenary fund. Donations can be made online via the New Forest Show website. Denis Dooley, Chief Executive commented “This was a very difficult decision to make and I am sorry we cannot hold the New Forest & Hampshire County Show this year. The fragile nature of the roadmap alongside the uncertainly over regulations for large events this Summer made planning for the 2021 Show impossible. When coming to the decision the Board were unanimous in their aim to prioritise the long term success of the Show and the safety of all those involved. These are both unprecedented and challenging times for the Society and I would encourage anyone who wants to demonstrate their support to contribute towards our Centenary Fund”. The Society are delighted to be launching their new education program this year with the aim to connect people with nature through the formation of an education hub at New Park. The project will consist of six areas and more information can be found at www.newparkfarm.org. For more information about the New Forest and Hampshire County Show visit www. newforestshow.co.uk

Alun Alesbury, Chair of Planning Committee, said: “The South Downs National Park Authority welcomes this opportunity to comment on the draft revisions to the NPPF and the draft National Model Design Code. “We strongly support the addition to paragraph 175 of the NPPF that any development within the setting of national parks and other protected landscapes should be sensitively located and designed to avoid adverse impacts on the designated landscapes. “We also welcome the Government’s emphasis on good design and the creation of beautiful places both in the amendments to the NPPF and the draft National Model Design Code.” For more information visit: www.southdowns.gov.uk





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