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CONTENTS 06 Feature

25 Wellbeing

Winchester Green Week 2021

28 Motoring

07 Property Management

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

Find local schools and educational experts

Celebrate the Autumn Equinox with Saxons and Vikings

12 Retail

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


Roasted tomato, basil and parmesan quiche


Design Manager James Curtis Accounts

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Make your garden dream come true

Keep the flow going

24 Feature

Advertising Manager Mandy Head

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22 Environment

Director of Marketing Rob Harrison

Forum Publications Offices

21 Garden

Director of Advertising Steve Walker

Get in Touch

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

20 Recipe of the Month

Editor Mark Tubb

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Discover local events and days out in

From photographers to solicitors - every professional service you need



18 Food & Drink

Not Catching - By Lucia Foster-Found

29 Professional

15 Leisure & Entertainment

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

38 Feature

10 Feature

Local services to keep your vehicle running smoothly

30 Home


08 Education

Looking after your health

New South Coast Partnership takes the lead on responsible dog walking


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Winchester Green Week 2021

to be part of UKs largest ever event for nature and climate


f you’ve noticed the heavier and more intense summer rain along with the devastating floods in northern Europe, or the terrible forest fires across southern Europe and North America, then hopefully you’ll be inspired to take action to help fight the climate crisis that is responsible for these severe weather events. Winchester Green Week, Winchester’s annual festival of all things ‘green’, covering issues such as the climate crisis, environmental issues and sustainable living is back this year as part of ‘The Great Big Green Week’ the largest event for nature and climate ever seen in the UK. Running from 25 September to 3 October, this year the Winchester Green Week theme is ‘growing greener together’. Running as a festival style platform for collaboration across the whole of Winchester district, the aim is to celebrate and promote action towards sustainable living. Winchester Green Week has grown significantly in past years and despite the challenges of 2020, over 30 organisations from community groups, faith groups, local businesses, charities and the local authority put on over 65 socially distanced events or created digital resources. Over 1,500 visits to the Winchester Green Week website during Green Week 2020 demonstrated the large number of residents across Winchester district looking to take action towards a more sustainable life. Contributing organisations take responsibility for the organisation, cost and insurance of their own events whilst the Winchester Green Week team advise, coordinate and advertise.


Among events planned for Winchester Green Week 2021 are: · Winchester Food Partnership Day · Winchester Climate Action Network climate action planning workshops · Winchester City Council HEP Committee meeting · Winchester Cathedral ‘Rise to the Moment’ service · 7 week course on Green Living · ‘A cry from our hearts for our common home’ an artistic expression · Multiple events hosted by Winchester University Winchester Action on Climate Change are hoping to coordinate a ‘Sing for the Climate’ event on Saturday 2 October and are looking for groups to participate in this mass singing event, demonstrating the strength of feeling that more action needs to happen now in the fight against climate change. More information and details of events can be found at www. . If you wish to find out more about hosting an event please email With the UK hosting ‘COP26’ the UN Climate Conference in November 2021, now is the time to raise awareness and ambition. Winchester Action on Climate Change (WinACC)


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Sixth Form for Curious Minds Earlier this year, Winchester College announced that it would offer day places for boys and girls in its Sixth Form from September 2022. Tom Quayle, Head of Sixth Form, gives us an insight in to what life is like at this historic school. We believe that Sixth Form should be the most interesting, enriching and academically demanding years of your school life; and there is no better place to spend them than in the beautiful surroundings at Winchester College. Life here is busy, challenging and fulfilling: pupils learn well beyond the exam syllabus; have access to incredible facilities, opportunities and teaching; and the freedom to explore who they are and what they’re interested in.

we interrogate the ideas of the present through the lens of the past and future; we look at how global cultures and civilisations have shaped the world we know; and discuss, debate, and reflect on ethics, politics, the humanities and the sciences. Put simply, you will be taught what isn’t taught elsewhere and isn’t tested in exams. It will prepare you to thrive in the modern world and to contribute to a global society. And this is what our pupils go on to do: studying at world-class institutions all over the globe – and to lead in their careers and give back to society. Our fortnightly careers panels allow us to hear from and connect to an impressive array of former pupils who are at the very top of their fields across the working world. We do not have a preconceived idea about what a Winchester College pupil looks like, and nor should you. We were founded by a visionary philanthropist who recognised the importance of education and service regardless of background. And that is what we look for – those who have the intellectual spark and curiosity to take advantage of everything the school has to offer, and the drive and determination to give something back. You will find that Winchester College is a special place with a rich academic history but one that looks firmly forward. A place where pupils can find, develop and express their interests, whatever they look like. We welcome bright, inquisitive pupils, irrespective of background and there is a substantial bursaries programme, which can cover 100% of fees and costs.

We have economists and engineers, as well as those who calculate, create or compose. Our pastoral and wider care is extensive: whether you’re looking for careers advice, university guidance, 1-1 sports coaching, or support with your learning, there will always be someone there to help.

At the heart of our academic ethos is a belief that there is life – and learning – beyond exams. Developed through our unique programme of non-examined cultural studies, pupils explore topics unrestrained by any syllabus:


If you’re interested in visiting the school or would like to talk to one of our Sixth Form Advisors, please get in touch at Winchester College College Street Winchester SO23 9NA Tel: 01962 621100 www.


Saturday 18th September 5pm to 8pm

Celebrate the Autumn Equinox with the Saxons & Vikings


s darkness descends over the South Downs, venture to Butser Ancient Farm for an evening of spectacular entertainment and music to celebrate the autumn equinox. Join with the Vikings and Saxons as we mark the turning of the year, culminating in an awe inspiring ceremonial boat burning at dusk. The evening begins as the mighty Viking hoard of Wuffa take their chance to raid the fertile lands of Butser Ancient Farm and oust the Anglo-Saxon war band Herigeas Hundas from their mead halls. Only a clash of shield walls and battle of spear and sword will decide the victor and which mighty warriors will have songs sung about them. For the defeated there will be the consolation of a hero’s farewell. As the battle cries fade Nordic shamans Seidrblot will take to the stage with their haunting melodies and hypnotic vocals to celebrate the Equinox and call in the new season of the year, their powerful music echoing across the South Downs landscape, lamenting the lost and glorying in the victorious. With a bar, hog roast and vegetarian BBQ, visitors will be able to join in the feasting and enjoy mead, ale and delicious food as they explore the evening beauty of Butser Ancient Farm. As dusk nears, follow the pulsating rhythms as a drum procession of Vikings, Anglo-Saxons, led by the amazing Pentacle Drummers heads towards the specially made ceremonial Viking boat. Watch as we light up the sky with a spectacular burning, to bid goodbye to the long days of summer and welcome the wealth of the autumn harvest, in true Butser style. After such a difficult 18 months, money raised during our Equinox Boat Burn will enable us to conduct more research, educational activities and development in the year ahead. Thank you! Adult £20 child £16 (includes booking fee) Saturday, September 18, 2021 from 5pm to 8pm Butser Ancient Farm, Chalton Lane, PO8 0BG

Vikings Attack!

An action-packed weekend as Anglo-Saxon group Herigeas Hundas defend the magnificent Butser Saxon Hall from the marauding Vikings of Wuffa, back for a second attempt to claim it for themselves!


During the Dark Ages in Britain, a terrifying new enemy launched blood-thirsty attacks on these shores, leaving a trail of panic and fear in their wake. The Viking raids saw invaders from the North pillaging all over the UK, including in Hampshire. But they were not the first Pagan invaders to wreak havoc on these islands. After the Roman’s deserted Britain many decades before, war bands of Angles, Saxons, Jutes and Franks made their way to these rich lands to make their new homes, forcing back the native Britons as they went. These invaders became the Anglo-Saxons, and the new enemy was familiar to them - they shared the same ancestors. This September, the Viking horde of Wuffa from Suffolk will make the journey to the prosperous Hampshire farm of Butser, planning a raid to take it for themselves, by whatever means necessary. But Butser have a fearsome war band of AngloSaxons, the brutal Herigeas Hundas who call these lands their home and are prepared to fight to the death to keep what they hold sacred! In 2019 the Vikings were defeated in their attempt so this time there is a score to settle! Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see these two titans of history do battle in the grounds of Butser Ancient Farm, with Herigeas Hundas defending the magnificent Saxon hall from the marauding Vikings of Wuffa! Get up close and personal with vicious warriors from both tribes, and touch, smell and see the day-to-day events of camp life, both on the road to war and in an established settlement. There will be living history talks, crafts, traditional skills, combat and archery demonstrations on throughout the weekend, culminating each day with a final battle as the Vikings make their attack on the Saxon hall. Can Herigeas Hundas defend their settlement and keep the beautiful mead hall at Butser safe, or will the Vikings of Wuffa be triumphant and drive out the Anglo-Saxons for good? Only a clash of the shield walls will decide! 18th/19th September 10am – 3pm (please note the farm will be closing early at 3pm in order to set up for the Equinox Boat Burn) Normal admission prices.


AUTUMN TERM EVENTS AT ST SWITHUN’S Book your place at our autumn term open events now: Friday 17 September at 1.45pm Senior and sixth-form open day Friday 1 October at 1.45pm Bear Hunt activity afternoon for families with children aged 2-4 Saturday 9 October at 9.30am Foundations for Success conference for parents of children under 4 To find out more and to book, please visit or call Senior School 01962 835700 | Prep School 01962 835792


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Winchester Heritage Open Days


10th-19th September 2021

t’s that time of the year again when we can all look forward to Heritage Open Days and a chance to discover the history on our doorstep, all for free. This year sees the welcome return of events you can attend in person, many of which you can just turn up to although others will need to be pre-booked. Look out for the Edible England events celebrating this year’s national theme. And for friends and family further afield, or those who are unable to visit, there will still be plenty of events available online.

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Here are some of this year’s festival highlights…

Tours & Behind the Scenes • Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Guided Tour of Magdalen Hill Cemetery, Winchester, Fri 10am & 12pm, Sun 12th 10am, 12pm, 3pm. Book in advance • Winchester HODs (online), Behind the Business, Fri 10th onwards • The Watercress Line, Behind the Scenes Tour at Ropley Station, Sat 11th & Sun 12th various times from 11.30am • Jeremy France (online), Behind the Scenes at Jeremy France, Tues 14th 10-11am, Fri 17th 2-3pm, Sat 18th 10-11am. Book in advance • The Grange, Northington, Thurs 16th House open 12-5pm, Tours 1pm & 4pm. Book in advance • Winchester College Guided Tours, Thurs 16th- Sun 19th various times. Book in advance • Pilgrims’ Hall, Sun 19th 9.30am-5.30pm • The Gregg School, Sun 19th 2-5pm

Edible England • ‘Edible England’ Winchester High Street Trail, Fri 10th – Sun 19th (trail map available from website, the Visitor Information Centre) • ‘Edible England’ Exhibition (online), Fri 10th onwards • Montezumas Winchester, Step back in time with chocolate, Fri 10th- Sun 19th • Rick Stein Cookery School (online), Winchester Pudding cookery demonstration, Fri 10th- Sun 19th • Incredible Edible, Community Allotment Open Day, Sat 11th 10am-12pm, Tours 10.15am, 10.45am, 11.15am • Hyde900, Medieval Cookery Classes with Patricia Silver-Warner, next to Winchester Cathedral Offices, Sun 12th 2pm, 3pm, 4pm. Book in advance • Prof Chris Woolgar & Dr Ellie Woodacre (UoW) (online), A Winchester Wedding Feast, Wed 15th 7-8pm. Book in advance • Proudfoot & Co (online), Discover England’s Lost Spices, Wed 15th 5.30pm-8.30pm • Gilbert White’s House, Gilbert White’s Brewhouse & Open Day, Thurs 16th 10.30am-7pm. • Honesty Cookery School, Tea Event – Talk & Tasting, Thurs 16th 2pm. Book in advance • Whitchurch Silk Mill Food Festival & Open Day, Sat 18th 10.30am-4pm • Winchester Muse, Poetry event at St Lawrence-in-the-Square, Winchester, Sat 18th 2-3pm Talks & Exhibitions • Alex Beeton (online), ‘The State, the School, and the Sugarloaf: Winchester College and the Civil Wars’, Fri 10th 1-2pm. Book in advance • Inn the Park, ‘Winchester Deserves... Cake’ Exhibition of work by David Ferry, daily from 9am-12pm. Closed Mon 13th & Tues 14th • St Bartholomew Church, Postcard display of old Winchester, Sat 11th 10am-4pm • Aldershot Military Museum, ‘Rushmoor’s Rations’ Exhibition, Sat 11th& Sun 12th 11am-4pm. • Hyde900 Launch of Edward Fennell’s “CHARTER FOR MURDER”, next to Winchester Cathedral Offices, Sat 11th 4.30-5.30pm. Book in advance • An Interview with Damian Dibben by P&G Wells Ltd (online), available from Mon 13th onwards • Dr Eric Lacey (UoW) (online), Place Names as Edible Encyclopaedia: foraging, grazing & hunting in medieval Hampshire, Mon 13th 2pm. Book in advance


Army Flying Museum (online), Army Flying: Their Stories Past and Present, Tues 14th 4-5pm. Book in advance Dr Carey Fleiner (UoW) (online), You Spin Me Right ‘Round - Spinning and Weaving in the Roman World, Sat 18th 3-4pm. Book in advance Friends Meeting House, Andrew Rutter art exhibition, Sat 18th & Sun 19th 1-5pm

Family Events • Royal Logistic Corps Museum, Children’s Medal Making, Fri 10th & Wed 15th 10am-2pm • Winchester Poetry Festival, Winchester - A Hidden Heritage of Everyday Beauty: Pop-Up Story Collecting, Fri 10th & Sun 19th 9am-5pm • Hampshire Cultural Trust, Open Days at Winchester City Museum & Westgate Museum, Sat 11th & Sun 12th • Classic & Sports Car Display, outside the Great Hall, Winchester, Sat 11th 10am-5pm • Stories for a Great Hall - From All Ages, For All Ages by Mike Rogers, Sun 12th 12.15-2.45pm • Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, Wild Winchester, Wed 15th 5.30-8.30pm. Book in advance • Winchester College Treasury - Children’s Trail, Thurs 16th & Fri 17th 2-4pm, Sat 18th & Sun 19th 10am-4pm • King Alfred Buses, Heritage Bus & Coach Display, Cattle Market, Winchester, Sat 19th 10am-4pm • Open Days: The Great Hall, Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Museum, Romsey Signal Box, Bursledon Brickworks & The Vyne. See website for various dates, times & booking details.

For more information, programme and bookings visit: Winchester Visitor Information Centre: Tel.01962 840500 For Hampshire HistBites visit:

10th-19th September 2021

Still fun, fabulous and free Join us again as we journey behind closed doors and share tales of the past through walks, talks, exhibitions, performances, workshops and tours. Building on the success of 2020, which had a global audience, this year’s Heritage Open Days offers a hybrid of in-person and digital events. Many of them you will be able to just turn up to on the day, but others will need to be booked in advance through our online box office. Sign up to our newsletter and look out for activities and great resources being shared on our website, social media accounts and podcast channel.

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The Waltham Tandoori

ou will find Waltham Tandoori in the small picturesque town of Bishops Waltham nestled amongst its wealth of Georgian buildings and period charm. Located just a short walk away from the main high street, this Indian restaurant is well established having been in existence for 18 years, with a regular and loyal clientele of customers from the local area. Formerly the site of a pub, it's now a spacious venue with a well run, relaxed feel and large car park to the rear. The service is attentive and polite, and our food was well presented and arrived in a timely manner.

This is much more of an upmarket restaurant than just a traditional curry house. If you're a fan of good quality Indian food in convivial surroundings, then I recommend that you take a journey to Bishops Waltham, for a real taste of India.

The menu is extensive and features a good range of dishes including a full page of starters and house specials, plus classic choices such as tandoori and other traditional favourites. There's also a broad range of fish dishes for those wishing to try something more adventurous including tandoor trout masala or dhungar machli tikka, a marinated Bangladeshi freshwater fish special. The food was excellent; flavoursome and plentiful, with a good combination of subtle tastes.


The Waltham Tandoori offers a unique a versatile dining experience, offering a variety of meals and drinks.

The land that the restaurant is situated on is steeped in history, having previously served as The White Hart coaching inn during the 17th century. Towards the end of the 19th century it was re-established as The Mafeking Hero in memorial of the siege of Mafeking and those from Bishop’s Waltham who served.

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Roasted Tomato, Basil & Parmesan Quiche If you have grown your own tomatoes this year (and they have survived the blight) then this tasty dish makes good use of them. Or alternatively some good quality cherry tomatoes from your local grocer will suffice!

Ingredients • • • • • • •

350g cherry tomato tomatoes A drizzle olive oil 50g grated parmesan 2 large eggs 280ml double cream A healthy sprig of basil leaves from the garden (or small packet from the supermarket), shredded, plus a few small ones left whole for decoration Ready made shortcrust pastry 350g


Pre-heat your oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface to a round about 5cm larger than your tin. Use your rolling pin to lift it up, then carefully drape over the tart case so there is pastry equally over the sides. Using some of the pastry scraps, push the pastry gently into the corners of the tin.Trim off any excess pastry and chill your pastry in the fridge or freezer for 20 mins. In a small roasting tin, drizzle the tomatoes with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. You can also drizzle them with


balsamic vingear if you wish, set your tomatoes aside. Prick the base of the tart all over with a fork and then line the tart case with a large circle of greaseproof paper or foil. Fill the tart with baking beans and place the tart on the top shelf in the oven. Place your tomatoes in the oven at the same time on a low shelf. Blind-bake your tart for approximately 20 minutes. After 20 minutes remove your tart and tomatoes (if nicely roasted, if not leave in). Remove the paper/foil and the beans from the tart and cook for and an additional 10 mins or until the tart becomes biscuit brown. While the tart is cooking, beat the eggs in a large bowl and gradually add the cream, then stir in the basil and seasoning. When the tart case is cooked, sprinkle some of the parmesan over the base and distribute the roasted tomatoes evenly. Next, pour over the egg and cream mix. Finally sprinkle the rest of the cheese over the top of the filled tart. Bake for 20 mins until the mixture has set and gone golden brown. Leave to cool in the tin, once cooled remove from the tin and serve with a decorative sprig of fresh basil.


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ere in Hampshire, we often take for granted something that is actually an incredible luxury: clean water brought directly into our homes. With this precious natural resource available at the turn of a tap, it can be easy to overlook where it comes from. In doing so, we can also forget about leaving a share for nature.

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Much of our county’s water comes from a chalk aquifer deep below the ground. Riddled with tiny holes, this rock layer soaks up rain like a giant sponge; once saturated, its cargo re-emerges in the form of springs. Boring holes into the aquifer allows us to draw water from it directly, via a process called 'abstraction'.

For many of us, indoor tasks are the most water-hungry. In the bathroom, you could take shorter showers, wash your hair less often, or turn off the tap while brushing your teeth. In the kitchen, you could use a washing-up bowl, put lids on boiling pans, or keep a jug in your fridge for cold water without running the tap.

Since water is drawn to meet our demands, we all have the power to reduce our impact. There can be a long delay between water entering the aquifer and it ending up in the streams, so our choices are important even during wetter weather. Luckily, simple tweaks can really add up, and you might save money too!

If you have outdoor space, try digging in compost or laying down mulch to increase your soil’s water retention abilities. Water butts can capture valuable rain, which many plants prefer due to its mild acidity. Choosing drought-resistant species, and watering deeply but infrequently, will help keep your yard or garden green.

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But we aren't the only ones using this hidden store: the springs in which the water returns to the surface are the sources of our local chalk streams. Cooled, filtered, and mineralised by the aquifer, this water makes the streams ideal for species like brown trout, water voles, kingfishers, and white-clawed crayfish. In higher parts of the landscape, where the aquifer rarely fills entirely, stretches of stream can dry out for weeks or months at a time. This natural process is limited to a few areas, and the resident species are suitably adapted. But if the streams artificially run dry over larger stretches, or for longer periods, then their wildlife can really suffer.


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New south coast partnership takes the lead on responsible dog walking Top tips on how to make dog walks fun and interesting – while also helping to protect our beautiful countryside – are being shared by a leading canine behaviourist as part of a new regional initiative. Dog expert Natalie Light and her Jack Russell “Fish” are the stars of a new series of informative films called “Love Dogs, Love Nature”. The opening film explains Natalie’s passion for pooches and how her walks are a great time to bond with her dog and introduce playful elements – all while keeping her best friend under control and sticking to the paths. Over the coming months, five bitesize 50-second top tips films will be released, with Natalie sharing advice on how to get a better recall, new games to make walks more fun and ideas for working on your dog’s behaviour around distractions in the outdoors. The initiative is being spearheaded by a new group, called the Southern Counties Canine Access Management Partnership (SCCAMP). It includes the South Downs National Park Authority, New Forest National Park Authority, Bird Aware Solent, Heathland Hounds, Dorset Dogs and Devon Love Dogs. It builds on the South Downs National Park’s successful Take The Lead campaign, which has been running for several years and encourages responsible dog walking with simple actions, such as keeping canines on leads around livestock and bagging and binning dog poo. The New Forest National Park has also introduced a useful dog walking code. Bird Aware Solent actively works in developing dialogues with dog owners and the dog walking community to raise awareness of – and prevent disturbance to – birds that overwinter on the Solent coast. Natalie, who hails from Burridge in Hampshire, said: “I hope these tips help dog walkers make the most of their time in the countryside, enjoying a stress-free walk and perhaps giving them some training ideas they might not have thought of. “Dogs are certainly wonderful for our physical and mental wellbeing. When I’m walking with my dogs I’m enjoying myself and they’re able to explore lots of new sniffs and smells. Our walks are


a time for us to be together and enjoy some time outside and also keeping me, as well as my dogs and other visitors, safe by using a lead when I need to. This is particularly important when there’s livestock around. “Having a dog is one of the most amazing things in life for me. Going out into the outdoors and having that connection with nature and having my best friend by my side, it’s so uplifting!” Dawn Rayment, People and Wildlife Ranger for the New Forest National Park, said: ‘Our dogs have many distractions in the New Forest, such as ponies and cattle roaming free on the land. There are also many visitors enjoying the Forest and not all want to be bothered by other people’s dogs – and dog mess!. “The New Forest is home to some of the UK’s rarest ground nesting birds which are easily disturbed by dogs running loose. So it’s important to train our dogs to remain close by and be able to recall them at all times.” Allison Thorpe, who leads Access and Recreation for the South Downs National Park, said: “Responsible dog walking is a great way for people to get out, get fit and experience the National Park. However, we also understand that having dogs off leads can have a major impact on farmers, as well as fragile wildlife-rich habitats. “The aim of our ‘Take The Lead’ campaign is therefore for everyone to be able to have an enjoyable and safe experience. “We know there’s been a boom in puppies since the start of the pandemic and there may be many pet owners who are yet to venture out in the countryside with their dogs. So we hope people find Natalie’s top tips useful!” Shona Jenkins, who has recently joined Bird Aware Solent as the Dog Initiatives Officer, said: “We welcome so many dog owners to the Solent coast every year and we really want to champion responsible behaviours in order to protect the habitats that so many of our bird species rely on. These videos are a great tool to demonstrate how we can enjoy our walks with our dogs, while also taking some easy steps to reduce disturbance and better share our shores.”

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e Alresford Hearing Studio are proud to celebrate the two-year anniversary, serving its valued patients from its premises in West Street Alresford. The Alresford Hearing Studio has now helped over 300 patients to hear better with the latest hearing technology and performed ear wax removal on over 1200 local patients in the past year. Jodie Longman said: “We’re really pleased with the progress we’ve made in what has been a challenging year for everyone. We are a family run business that really focusses on giving the highest standards customer care. Being independent we can find the best solution from any hearing aid supplier. We feel we have built a very good reputation in the local community and are really proud of the 150 five-star customer reviews we now have on both Google.” The Alresford Hearing Studio offers a range of services including hearing consultations, earwax removal, tinnitus consultations, custom hearing protection including shooting, swim and sleep plugs, and custom in-ear monitors for musicians. Samuel Longman our expert Audiologist who studied at the prestigious Mary Hare School of the deaf and previously worked


for a global hearing aid manufacturer before establishing the practice in 2019, explained some common reasons for people to visit… “A build-up of earwax can cause a loss of hearing and can make the ear feel full and uncomfortable, Earwax is natural and has a purpose, however when there’s a blockage it can cause a person to feel like their hearing has deteriorated.” “With a gradual hearing loss, it’s a bit different. People don’t always know that they have a hearing loss, they may start to perceive is that people are mumbling when they’re speaking or that the TV is not clear enough. Very often its others close to you that realise there may be a hearing problem first, Because it’s so gradual over time people don’t always know that they have a problem, in fact people can take 7 to 10 years on average to actually seek advice from a medical professional.” Samuel added that many people were unaware just how advanced hearing aid technology now is. For more information on Hearing and services The Alresford Hearing Studio can offer, visit or call us on 01962 790749 to book an appointment for some friendly advice.

Why does our Hearing Deteriorate over Time? If a hearing professional diagnosis you with age-related hearing loss (presbycusis), you’re in good company. A recent study shows about one-third of UK adults between 60 and 70 have some degree of hearing loss. As we get older, deterioration within the inner ear and along the nerve pathways to the brain can impact our hearing capability. Generally, these changes are related to the health of the tiny hair cells in the inner ear that enable our hearing. Unfortunately, these hair cells do not regenerate or regrow, so any hearing loss we experience due to this damage is permanent

Will I lose my hearing as I get older? It depends largely on your genetic and medical history as well as your exposure to noise over the years. For example, a factory worker is at a much higher risk than an office worker but there are multiple factors that can contribute to hearing loss as we age • The largest risk factor is Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). Prolonged exposure to excessive noise at work, home or during music and leisure activities such as shooting can cause this type of hearing loss


• Did your parents have hearing loss? You may inherit a hereditary condition. • Certain medical conditions that affect the blood supply to the middle ear, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes or other circulatory problems • Ototoxic medications, which are drugs that can affect hearing. For example, toxic side effects of certain medications, such as aspirin and antibiotics may negatively affect your hearing.

Some Common Symptoms of Age-Related Hearing Loss Because presbycusis occurs gradually, many people don’t realize they’re having difficulty hearing. If you’re older and having hearing problems, here are some symptoms that may indicate you have age related hearing loss: • Other people seem to be mumbling or slurring their speech and language. In other words, you find that you can hear but not fully understand. • Conversations are difficult to follow, especially when there is background noise • You have difficulty hearing higher pitched sounds, such as the doorbell or birds • Men’s voices are easier to understand than women’s and children's voices • You are experiencing a ringing, buzzing or hissing sound in your ears

Is there a Cure For Age-Related Hearing Loss? Like most types of sensorineural hearing loss, there is no cure. Fortunately, though, most cases of sensorineural hearing loss can be treated by a hearing care professional.

Welcome to Ideal Commercials Ideal Commercials is a family run business that specialises in quality vans, trucks, pickups and other commercial vehicles. Ideal Commercials is based in Petersfield, Hampshire and our dealership is open from 8.30am to 5.30pm from Monday to Friday, and from 9am to 4pm on Saturdays. Established since the year 2000, we offer the best in new, used and nearly new vehicles all of which are available to customers in Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex and the wider UK. We’re proud to offer our customers a top quality service that is reliable, caring and customer orientated. Our dedicated, friendly and hard working team are always on hand to assist our customers every step of the way. Not only do we sell vehicles locally, but we can also deliver to customers throughout the UK. Nothing is too much trouble.

Quality Commercial Vehicles Here at Ideal Commercials we supply a variety of vehicles including Small vans, medium vans, large vans, vans, 4x4 vans, pickups, tippers, dropsides, Lutons and Lorries. We stock everything from Mercedes Benz trucks to VW Transporters, reliable Ford Transit Vans and much much more. Our wide range of stock means that we have vehicles to suit all needs, and if we don’t have the one you’re after, our Managing Director Andy Lane is dedicated to finding that vehicle for you. Whether you’re a man with a van, or a big business after a fleet of commercial vehicles, we are here to help.

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The Totally Mid-Century and Thoroughly Modern Peter Green Turns 65! This independent and still family-owned company is now a rarity amongst furnishing stores these days. With its roots firmly based in the South, Peter Green Furnishers is seen as a local ‘icon’ in the region, whose residents have witnessed its transformation from a tiny store in Eastleigh to the present day expansive and modern showrooms that it occupies in Chandlers Ford. It’s 65 years since founder, Peter Green, opened his ‘Sleep Shop’ with wife Norah, who he met at a dance in Southampton during WWII. The war was over and Peter, who had been working as a furniture representative after leaving the RAF, had managed to save £150 with which to start his business.

Wendy says: “Peter Green Furnishers are both proud and amazed to have taken such a long journey partnering with so many well-established manufacturers and it fascinates us to think that we are now seeing updated versions of the ‘old classics’ reappear in our store. A case in point is the Ercol 355 Studio Couch - a best seller in 1956, the year my Father opened his store, now re-released with new finishes and fabrics to meet the current passion for anything ‘vintage’. The key to such longevity of all these companies is our shared belief that service, quality and customer satisfaction matter!” Peter Green has a deep connection in the community that it has grown up with.

It was an exciting period, the world was changing and the British focus was on the home. A post-War government scheme requested designers to produce “strong, well

The Peter Green Walkround Showrooms 1966-85 Southampton Rd Eastleigh. Formerly a school, dairy and a dog biscuit factory!

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tood on Hurst shingle bank, looking out towards The Needles as the dogs paddled in and out of the surf, they tackled up. “Today is the day. I feel it in my fish bones. Oh yes!” Himself was full of hope and added “You might get some mackerel – I’ve brought feathers.” A few years ago, the word ‘feathers’ in this context would have confused her. She’d have wondered if he planned to tickle the fish into submission, or dress them up as a showgirl, name of Lola. Now she knew better. A world of alluring lures and scintillating spinners had since opened up and she was planning to use these to catch herself a bass. In spite of the in-shore water over-fishing, Himself’s optimism was catching. Watching him busy baiting up some beach casters with ragworm, she shuddered. Happy to dig them up and gingerly scoop them into a bucket, she couldn’t quite bring herself to push them, wriggling, onto a hook. Especially after she found out that the scary looking things could bite. As he cast out his baited, weighted hook he cried out. “I’m going for flatfish. Frying tonight!” He looked so happy, standing there in his beloved tatty old shorts kept especially for the seaside, watching the end of the rod for the tell-tale ‘dip dip’ that might indicate a nibble. She set up the beach shelter for the dogs and unpacked the picnic under their watchful eyes. “High time you got new shorts” she said as she took over his ham and cheese baguette. “Mmn yes, soon” he seemed to agree. “Really?” she asked, surprised, given his devotion to the slightly sad cut-offs. “Yes. High tide, about an hour. You’d best get casting” oblivious that his selective hearing had clearly kicked in, he munched on his sandwich. “I think that was a bite!” he cried out excitedly and dropped his lunch to reel in his line. His back was turned to the dogs, his baguette enticingly unprotected. In a canine parody of the game ‘Grandma’s footsteps’ the dogs crept out of the tent. Their necks stretched forth; elongated like moray eels issuing from their lair. Himself, disappointed that there was no plaice the size of a dinner plate on his line, re-cast and reached for his baguette. The dogs froze and then


retreated, drooling, backwards into the tent. Catching her watching them, they shot her a look she could only describe as shifty. Casting out her own line with its bewitching lure; articulated and vibrant, it mimicked a swooping, swimming fish as she reeled it back. She had high hopes and shortly it was her turn for an enthusiastic “I think I’ve got something!” as she felt encouraging resistance, only to be disappointed by the hook’s heavy cargo of weed. Fishing was a wonderfully distracting waste of an afternoon; a respite from concerns of Covid, work and family. More an exercise in anticipation of the catch, they were not overly disappointed with no fishy on a little dishy for their dinner. Not catching any fish, they were also not ‘catching’ anything else out in the open air and far from people. As the soft September sun slid towards the horizon, they packed up their collection of lures, feathers, hooks and spinners – and liberated the remaining ragworms. The couple walked back along the shingle to their car, whilst the dogs ran splashily along the water line, enthusiastically chasing seagulls and each other. “Fish and chips in Milford-on-Sea?” he asked as she switched on the ignition. “I didn’t think you’d be hungry so soon after that enormous baguette?” she’d anticipated cooking a light supper later. “Half a baguette darling” he remonstrated. Half a baguette?? She looked around at the spaniels lying down in the back of the car. One wagged its tail. “and to be honest, the end was a bit soggy.” Soggy?? She turned around again; the other spaniel raised a weary head and looked at her. Was that a crumb in its whiskers? Himself was conducting a post mortem on the lack of success. “Do you know, maybe it was the wrong bait – I’ll use something else next time. Perhaps squid, or maybe prawns. I don’t think that I had so much as a nibble all day” he mused, looking out of the window. She glanced once more at the dogs, who apparently unashamed of their feat of grand theft sandwich, didn’t even have the decency to look guilty. Should she tell Himself that he’d had more than a nibble on his bait and caught one, if not two ‘dog’ fish? Maybe later, when he’d forgotten about the soggy end...


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Lapis Care have been a part of many community events and enjoy fundraising for numerous different charities. Throughout the pandemic this became much harder, we have really missed getting involved, coming together as a team to make a difference and having fun whilst doing so!

Mr Mac Ring doorbells are not only a great way of seeing who is at your door when you are at home but also when you are away. Their easy to use app for mobile phones, computers and laptops makes it easier than ever to keep an eye on the outside of your property, ideal if you are working from home. A big advantage is that you can add extra Ring security cameras (indoors or outdoors) that can also be viewed live from wherever you are. From your study, while you are working at home, or from any remote location. The picture quality is excellent, you're able to zoom in and out, and you can also speak directly and listen to the doorbell or cameras. I have now added the installation and setup of these devices to the services I provide. Please call me for further details and advice.

Now that things are starting to open up again we cannot wait to involve ourselves into raising awareness and money for charities who need it, now more than ever. This October our team are getting together, along with our family, friends and our four-legged companions to take part in a Memory Walk. In association with the Alzheimer’s Society who are holding local organised walks all round the country, we will be holding our own walk to raise money for this fantastic charity and one that is close to all of our hearts. We are a Dementia Specialist Care company and we have loved and cared for many clients and family members who are affected by this disease. The Memory Walk is an easy and enjoyable way for us to all get together and really make a difference.

Why not make a difference just for walking the dog, getting out for the afternoon and socialising with family and friends. Getting involved with the Alzheimer’s Society Memory walk is quick and easy. Just head to www.alzheimers, and sign up for free today. You can attend one of their organised walks or hold your own. You also get a free fundraising kit too! If you would like to join us for our memory walk, we will be doing this on Sunday 17th October at Old Winchester Hill SO32 (time to be confirmed). For more information, please contact our office on 01489 890016 or email us at: Everyone welcome! Here at Lapis, we encourage everyone to get out and exercise as much as possible and going for a walk is an easy way to do this. Getting out in the fresh air for even 30 minutes a day can greatly improve your physical and mental health, taking time for yourself and enjoying a bit of nature is proven to lift your mood and ease worry or stress. Let’s make a difference today- one step at a time. Call us on 01489 890016 to see how we can help you, or email:


Home-Start Hampshire - Desperately need additional volunteers We desperately need additional volunteers. We are running a Volunteer Preparation Course in October and November, please join us. Why not use your experience of bringing up children to help another parent who needs additional support. Thinking about giving back to your Community—become an Ambassador for us and help with publicity & fundraising or use your admin skills to assist us? You will receive comprehensive training to help you become a HomeStart home visiting volunteer. After the course finishes you have a one-to-one with a Coordinator, who then “matches” you with a family in need of practical and emotional support. After that we ask that you give 2 to 3 hours a week visiting one family. You are fully supported throughout your training and once “matched” with a family. If you are a parent or grandparent you have what it takes! If you are thinking about volunteering this year PLEASE get in touch with Helen using the contact details above. She would love to hear from you. Any time you can spare no matter how small is valuable, so please do not hesitate to get in touch! Home-Start Hampshire (Meon Valley) Arena Business Centre, Lancaster Court, 8 Barnes Wallis Road, Segensworth, Fareham, Hants PO15 5TU E: T: 0330 124 2095


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Our experienced and highly skilled team offer bespoke packages enabling you to remain safely in your own home. This can include Personal and Palliative Care, Social Visits and Domestic Duties.

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COMMUNITY Meon Valley Lions BBQ in the Park is happening!! We’re all really looking forward to seeing everyone on Saturday 11th September from 11am. The BBQ will be held at Swanmore Recreation Park, New Rd, Swanmore, SO32 2NW There’ll be our usual burgers and sausages, we’ve asked one of the local pubs to run a bar and we’ll play you some music. We’ve dusted off our children’s games and hoping the weather is kind. Entry is free so come along and join in the fun. Back together again

The Club met to say a huge thankyou to Eddy Barringer for keeping the Club running during really difficult times and welcome Mike Edwards to his role of Club President for the forthcoming year. A vital leg-up from the Lions A couple of recent referrals to the club show the importance of the Lions Club giving families the one-off help we typically provide. Our help for families is never ongoing but when someone hits a problem, we may be able to help. The first request was an elderly lady with just a cool box to keep food fresh, so a fridge freezer was desperately needed. The second a family in need of some bedding and help with a washing machine. After careful consideration and thanks to the support we get from the public, we were able to help both families and source the requested items - that vital leg-up. Lions International Spectacle Recycling Lions Clubs throughout the UK collect unwanted and damaged spectacles. Meon Valley Lions Club delivered around 3000 pairs of spectacles to Chichester Lions Club for processing and onward distribution.

Photo: Eddy Barringer and Michael Edwards MVLC past and new President

Chichester Lions Club processes tens of thousands of recycled spectacles each year. All donations are examined by a team of Lions and other volunteers in the recycling

Photo: Michael Edwards MVLC and Sue Boucher Chichester Lions Club

workshop. Sorted pairs of glasses may then be sent for grading and distribution by Medico France in Le Havre. Glasses are also sent directly to contacts running eye clinics in Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, Ghana, Nigeria, and Nepal. In addition, volunteers from the ‘Unite for Sight’ charity are supplied with spectacles to take with them on missions to countries across the world. For more information: Spectacles Recycling – Lions Clubs International MD105 British Isles

One Community, lots of action, with the Rotary Club of Fareham! The Rotary Club of Fareham recently attended a special One Community event at the historic Great Barn in Titchfield. They met together with 55 local volunteers, who support groups and individuals in the Borough, to thank them for all they do and our Rotarians were part of that occasion. It was a lovely evening when the Mayor of Fareham Councillor Mrs Pamela Bryant spoke to the assembled group of volunteers, to recognise the good work being done locally, along with President Norman Chapman representing our Club. President Norman said “It was good to have an opportunity to be there for such a prestigious occasion, and I hope as a result that quite a few of those present will now come to our Open Day being held at Cams


Mill Golf Club in Fareham. We would love to involve more people locally in the Rotary Club of Fareham who will consider joining us and supporting what we do. We do such a lot of good deeds locally and internationally and have a great deal of fun in the process.” If the Rotary Club of Fareham sounds appealing (with its community support, fundraising and friendship) and you would like to know more about membership yourself, do email or search for the Rotary Club of Fareham on the internet. We really look

forward to hearing from you and maybe see you at our Open Day which is on Thursday 16 September at 12 noon at Cams Hill Golf Club. Just let us know you will be attending so we can welcome you. One Community works to create a sustainable positive impact, and is led by the needs and desires of local people. More details about them can be found on-line or from Hayley Hamlett their Community Development and Voluntary Sector Support Manager in Fareham.





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