Page 1

Forum

ISSUE 71 OCTOBER 2021

MEON VALLEY

Life in your Community

RECIPE OF THE MONTH

OF MONKS & AIRMEN

HALLOWEEN EVENTS

SOUTH DOWNS NATIONAL PARK

Delicious Curried Pumpkin Soup

By Lucia Foster-Found

Enjoy Halloween with a whole host of local events

Experience the magic of the South Downs

STYLE ˙ INTERIORS ˙ HEALTH & BEAUTY ˙ INTERVIEWS ˙ FOOD & DRINK ˙ ENTERTAINMENT ˙ EVENTS


Apartment Living - Bishop's Waltham We have a great selection of apartments available in our fabulous town - with something for everyone. Please call us if you are considering apartment living.

Bishop's Waltham - Guide Price: £225,000

Bishop's Waltham - Guide Price: £455,000

Spacious, lovely and bright top floor apartment withing walking distance of the town. Two good sized bedrooms, two bathrooms, kitchen/ breakfast room and living room. Two allocated parking spaces.

Retirement apartment in an exclusive development for over 55's, just a short distance from the town centre. Two bedrooms & two bathrooms, kitchen and sitting/dining room with balcony overlooking the landscaped gardens.

Bishop's Waltham - OIEO: £230,000

Bishop's Waltham - OIRO: £250,000

Spacious first floor apartment, forming one of just two apartments in a desirable location. Two bedrooms, two bathrooms & a sitting/dining room with French doors onto the balcony/terrace. Incidentally if you are looking at the possibility of buying two - we currently and independently have the ground floor apartment available too!

Unique opportunity for a ground floor apartment with a good sized enclosed rear garden. Two bedrooms, two bathrooms & sitting/dining room with French doors to the rear garden. The property is just one of two bespoke apartments. Coincidentally and independently we currently have the first floor apartment available too!

Offices throughout Hampshire

01489 6

bishopswaltham@pearsons.com | 7 Cross Stree


Shirrell Heath - Offers in Excess of: £695,000 Superbly situated detached bungalow with potential, lying within a semi-rural lane location in lovely grounds approaching 0.5 acre. The property is set back from the lane and enjoys a fabulous rear aspect view over the surrounding countryside. Inside, the bungalow offers the potential for some refurbishment. The accommodation briefly comprises: Two bedrooms, bathroom, sitting room/dining room, kitchen, conservatory and rear aspect garden room/utility area. Early interest is highly recommended.

Durley – OIRO: £695,000 Superb detached bungalow, lying in a great location within the sought after village of Durley. The property has been extended and designed to create a unique and individual home, which captures the lovely rear aspect and the enjoyment of the secluded gardens. Three double bedrooms, with en-suite and dressing room to the master bedroom. Family bathroom. Spacious dining area opening to the lovely, light and open plan kitchen/ breakast room with vaulted ceiling and sitting room. Good sized utility room. Outside, the front garden provides ample parking and a garage. The good sized established and secluded rear garden, has a super detached office//garden room nestling at the end of the garden. Early interest and viewing advised.

660860

et, Bishops Waltham, SO32 1EZ | pearsons.com

SERVICE | MARKETING | EXPERIENCE


MEON VALLEY FORUM OCTOBER 2021

CONTENTS 02 Property Management

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

06 Leisure & Entertainment

22 Wellbeing

Discover local events and days out in

24 Halloween Events 26 Motoring

08

08 Culture

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

12 Recipe of the Month

Curried Pumpkin Soup

Local services to keep your vehicle running smoothly

28 Home

Music, Art, Literature and Dance

10 Food & Drink

Looking after your health

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

37 Professional

12

From photographers to solicitors - every professional service you need

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

16

Tel: 01962 735137 www.forumpublications.co.uk

4

24

Make your garden dream come true

20 Education

Find local schools and educational experts

Accounts accounts@forumpublications.co.uk

Alresford, SO24 9QH

Of Monks and Airmen - by Lucia Foster-Found

17 Garden

Design Manager James Curtis james@forumpublications.co.uk

Unit 8A, Shelf House, New Farm Road,

Find local schools and educational experts

Experience the magic of the South Downs this Autumn

Advertising Manager Mandy Head mandyhead@forumpublications.co.uk

Forum Publications Offices

18 Feature

Director of Marketing Rob Harrison rob@forummedianddesign.co.uk

Get in Touch

16 Feature

Director of Advertising Steve Walker stevewalker@forumpublications.co.uk

Lucia Foster-Found www. luciafosterfound.com

15 Education

Editor Mark Tubb editor@forumpublications.co.uk

Contributors

13 Retail

Contacts

Events

The Meon Valley Forum contains facts, views, opinions, statements, recommendations, advertisements and other content and links to external websites not owned or controlled by the magazine. Meon Valley Forum takes reasonable efforts to include accurate, current information on its pages, but make no warranties or representations as to the accuracy, safety or value of the published items that are displayed. No liability or responsibility can be taken for errors or omissions in magazine content. Meon Valley Forum magazine content does not necessarily reflect the views, opinions or recommendations of its creators and any reliance upon its content is taken at the user’s sole risk. Adverts designed by Forum Publications remain the magazine's legal ownership. Readership figures calculated on an average national statistic of 2.5 readers per household © Forum Publications Ltd, 2021


Overlay

Seamless Worktops making makeovers easy

Can Inst be in u alled n a da der y!

Overlay

At Overlay we believe less really can be more when it comes to updating your kitchen

10% OFF on orders taken during October Overlay seamless worktops can cover Ceramic, Corian, Wood, Laminate worktops. Overlay is eco-friendly, quick and easy to fit - revitalising rooms in under a day without significant cost and disruption. If you are looking for a beautiful and contemporary look for your kitchen surfaces, then Overlay seamless worktops are the answer, we have a wide range of colours and styles to suit your requirements.

The precision-cut seamless makeover worktop fits exactly over of your existing surface.

Once successfully fitted no trace of your existing worktop is visible.

Visit our NEW website for more information T: 0800 0903779 www.over-lay.co.uk

• Free no obligation quotation • Over 30 different colours and styles available • Minimal disruption to your home


ENTERTAINMENT Curdridge Amateur Drama Group Our March 2022 production has now been decided and is “Neighbourhood Watch” by the ever-popular Alan Ayckbourn. It’s about a brother (Martin) and sister (Hilda) who move into the Bluebell Hill development and are holding a housewarming gathering for their new neighbours when their peace is shattered by a young trespasser. They agree to form a Neighbourhood Watch group but, although their intentions are well-meaning, things gradually escalate and end in acrimony and violence!

Then, December 3rd (Friday) 7.30pm and 4th (Saturday) 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Tickets from www.curdridgedrama.co.uk ; Adults £12; Children (U16) £10. A family ticket (2 adults + 2 Children) £40 As the Matinees, especially, are ideal for groups please phone 01489 895 170 if you are a group over 10.

Auditions will be held on Sunday 31st October at 14.00hrs (2pm) at the reading rooms, reading room lane, curdridge SO32 2HE. For further information, and to register your interest, please contact our Secretary, Stephen.n.long@ntlworld.com and have a look at our website for more details about us www.curdridgedrama.co.uk where you can read all about our past, present…. and future! New faces are always welcome and there are many ways of becoming a member of the Group as it is not purely about ‘treading the boards’. Also, why not come along and support your friends and make our audition a really interesting and instructive afternoon -and we have fun. Coffee, Tea, Biscuits and Soft Drinks, will be available. For November this year we proudly present “Cinderella” by a good friend of the Group, Ben Crocker, at The Reading Rooms. The dates and times are; November 26th (Friday) 7.30pm ; 27th (Saturday) 2.30pm and 7.30pm ; 28th (Sunday) 2.30pm.

11 - 16 OCT @ 7.30PM

YOUTH THEATRE & CHILDREN'S SHOWS SUN@1111JUL AT1PM 2PM & 6PM - THE GREAT BARN TUES 26-OCT AM- &

22 OCT @ 6.30PM, 23 OCT @ 2.30 & 6.30PM

CCADS PRESENTS JANE AUSTEN'S - WED JUL AT 7PM - THE GREAT BARN 29 OCT @ 7.30PM - SAT EMMA 30 OCT @ 2.3014 & 7.30PM

73 ST MARGARETS LANE, TITCHFIELD, PO14 4BG WWW.TITCHFIELDFESTIVALTHEATRE.COM | BOX OFFICE: 03336 663366 6


CULTURE

The Autumn Hampshire Art Show The Autumn Hampshire Art Show Our annual autumn show promises to be more remarkable and dynamic than ever as Nadia Waterfield Fine Art exhibits some captivating new ‘finds’. With over half the artists as first-time exhibitors at the gallery, Nadia demonstrates her passion for bringing in fresh artwork to her shows, all carefully curated from all over the UK and abroad. It is this vibrancy and diversity which makes this exhibition so original and stimulating.

With the advantage of such a huge space, there is more artwork to enjoy than in the average gallery. Prices reflect the broad reach of the art too, with very affordable pieces for new collectors, to more expensive impactful pieces to fill larger walls. Representing a vast cross-section of subjects and media – from stunning new garden sculptures, intricate hand-woven rugs, to beautiful hand-painted ceramic plates – the essence of this show is a range

8

of beautiful and eclectic exhibits to suit all tastes and budgets. Parking is ample, stunning dog walks on the doorstep, the welcome warm and coffee delicious!

Consultancy Nadia is always delighted to inform and advise clients on selecting and hanging paintings. She has a natural eye for interiors and knows instinctively where best to place art to maximise its impact. A home visit allows Nadia to assess the scale of a space and to gauge more precisely her client’s style and requirements. She will then source suitable artwork from her extensive portfolio and bring a selection to the client to be viewed in situ – this, Nadia believes, can transform a painting and help the client make a decision.

Nadia Waterfield Fine Art The Old Grain Store Goodworth Clatford Nr Stockbridge Hampshire SP11 7LF www.nadiawaterfieldfineart.com Tel: 07717 833999


THE AUTUMN

HAMPSHIRE ART SHOW 2ND - 23RD OCTOBER 2021 1 1 .0 0 A M – 5 .0 0 P M (C LO S E D M O N DAYS )

PREVIEW DRINKS 2 N D O C TO B E R 1 2 P M - 2 P M

T H E O L D G R A I N STO R E , W E S T O V E R FA R M , N R STO C K B R I D G E , HAMPSHIRE, SP11 7LF +44 7717 833999 THE ENTIRE EXHIBITION CAN BE VIEWED ONLINE AT WWW.NADIAWATERFIELDFINEART.COM

W N

NADIA WA T E R F I E L D FINE

ART

Stockbridge Hampshire | Bruton Somerset


B A R L E YC O R N I N N B I S H O P ' S WA LT H A M

MENU STARTERS Soup of the day, crusty bread (VG) £5.95 Farmhouse pâté, onion jam, ciabatta £6.50 Balti chicken wings, garlic mayo £6.95 Whitebait, crusty bread, tartare sauce £5.95 Camembert, olives, onion jam, breads (V) £13.99 Nachos, cheese, salsa, guacamole, sour cream, jalapenos (V) large £11.95 small £6.95 (add beef or mixed bean chilli) £2.00 MAINS Battered haddock, chips, peas, tartare sauce and grilled lemon Sausages, creamed mash, seasonal vegetables and gravy Ham, egg and chips Macacroni cheese, salad, garlic bread (V) (add bacon and jalapenos) Homemade pie of the day, creamed mash, seasonal vegetables and gravy

£13.50 £11.50 £10.95 £11.50 £1.50 £13.95

SALADS Spicy chicken, coleslaw, garlic dressing £12.95 Smoked salmon and prawn, coleslaw marie-rose dressing £15.95 Ploughman's - gammon, cheddar, stilton, pickled onions, radish, pickles, chutney, bread £13.95

10

BURGERS 8oz Beefburger, relish Battered chicken burger, garlic mayo Moving mountains burger, relish (VG) (all burgers served with gem lettuce, beef tomatoes, red onion, pickles and skinny fries) (add cheese, bacon, cheese, jalapenos)

£12.95 £12.95 £12.95

£1 each


B A R L E YC O R N I N N B I S H O P ' S WA LT H A M

The Barley Corn Inn loved and run by locals changed hands last July, but now with restrictions lifted we are up and running and ready to greet you for beautiful home cooked meals,we welcome everyone including your four legged friends! The Barleycorn Inn is a 17th century oak beamed inn set deep in the glorious Hampshire countryside in the historic town of Bishop’s Waltham. At one time it was a brewery and before that a paupers' house; the paupers lived upstairs and the saloon bar was a pigsty!

With the winter fast approaching we boast an warming open fire for cosy nights. We also have SKY and BT sports available indoors and out. All of our produce is locally sourced and cooked by our local talented chef Simon. Throughout the month we offer an ever changing specials board with plenty of vegetarian options. Sunday roasts are also available as a take away, infact everything available is takeaway! The Barley corn is perfectly suited for private parties,office parties,wakes or any other kind of functions. If you are planning a function over the Christmas and New Year period we are now taking bookings.

The Barleycorn Inn has a stunning enclosed garden with great play area for the little ones.

If you are interested in becoming part of the team we are looking for sous chef to work alongside head chef and kitchen staff.

OPENING HOURS 12 - 11 MON - THUR 12 - 12 FRI - SAT SUN 12 - 10.30

BASINGWELL STREET LOWER, BISHOP'S WALTHAM, SOUTHAMPTON, SO32 1AJ RESERVATIONS: 01489 892712


RETAIL RECIPE OF THE MONTH

Curried Pumpkin Soup Don't waste your pumpkins this Halloween. Make a delicious pumpkin Soup, packed with goodness of pumpkin, carrot and apple flavoured with whole spices and a dash of curry powder. Soups are the best comfort meal for this time of the year. Preparation: 15 minutes, Cook time: 20 minutes Servings: 4 bowls Ingredients

1 onion, chopped 1 medium sized pumpkin, peeled, deseeded and cubed 2 carrots, peeled and chopped 1 apple, peeled and cut into cubes 4 - 5 garlic cloves, chopped Salt and black pepper as per taste 2 tbsp olive oil 1 litre vegetable stock 1/4 tsp Curry Powder

12

Whole Spices (to be removed after cooking) 1 bay leaf 1 star anise 2 - 3 inch cinnamon stick

Method

In a saucepan heat some olive oil over medium heat. Add whole spices and saute until aroma is released. Add onion and garlic, saute until translucent but not brown. Now add carrot, saute for 4 - 5 minutes followed by pumpkin and apple. Season with salt and pepper, as per taste. Mix nicely. Add curry powder and hot vegetable stock. Bring the soup to rapid boil once and then reduce the flame to low. Let it simmer over medium heat until liquid is reduced to half and vegetables are tender. Remove whole spices from the soup. Puree the soup to smooth consistency in blender. While serving finish with tsp of cream, olive oil, sprinkle melon seeds and chili flakes on top. Serve hot with a little fresh cream stirred in and a sprinkle of chilli flakes if you like a bit more spice!


RETAIL

One of ITV's Most Popular Antiques Experts

BEST CASH PRICES PAID FOR: Gold & Silver Jewellery & Antiques Including: Watches, medals, bronzes, oriental ceramics, quality antiques, house clearance/insurance valuations

Happy to arrange home calls by appointment karendalmeny@gmail.com For enquiries please call:

07712 545 700 Karen Dalmeny

ST 3 A 8+ LL S

Bishop's Waltham Brocante is back for 2021

Bishops Waltham Brocante/flea market makes a welcome return with 38 stalls for its second visit of the year on the 10th October.. Why not spend your Sunday with us and browse the stalls for bargains, stay for brunch,lunch or afternoon tea. This is a very popular event and as well as your favourite stalls there is always something new offered by our traders and enthusiasts. so whether you like Antiques, Collectables, Vintage Curios Bric a Brac or Vinyl records. Parking is free in the car parks and if busy there is plenty of off street parking. This is a joint initiative between the organiser and www.lovebishopswaltham.com to celebrate this wonderful market town and all it has to offer. www.lovebishopswaltham.com

Alresford Alresford Brocante Brocante Alresford Alresford Brocante Alresford Alresford AlresfordBrocante Brocante Brocante Brocante 2n d

2n dY

Ye Antiques Antiques |Vintage |Vintage Vintage |Flea |Flea Flea Market Market Antiques | | Market Antiques Antiques Antiques | | Vintage | Vintage Vintage | | Flea | Flea Flea Market Market Market Antiques | Vintage Alresford Alresford Brocante BrocanteMarket ar

Alresford Alresford Brocante Alresford Alresford AlresfordBrocante Brocante Brocante Brocante

Antiques Antiques |Vintage Vintage |Flea Flea Market Market Antiques |||||Vintage ||||Flea Market Antiques Antiques Antiques Vintage |Vintage Vintage Flea |Flea Flea Market Market Market Antiques Vintage Market

Sunday 27thMonday September 2020 Bank Bank Holiday Holiday Monday Monday 6th 6th May May && Bank Holiday 6th May & Bank Bank Bank Holiday Holiday Holiday Monday Monday Monday 6th 6th 6th May May May & && Sunday 27th September 2020 Bank Bank Holiday Holiday Monday Monday 6th 6th May May & & - 3.30pm Bank Holiday Monday 6th May Broad Street, Alresford SO24 9AQ |& 9.30 Sunday Sunday 15th 15th September September Bank Bank Bank Holiday Holiday Holiday Monday Monday Monday 6th 6th 6th May May May & & & Sunday 15th September Sunday 10th October 2021 Sunday Sunday Sunday 15th 15th 15th September September Broad Street, Alresford SO24 9AQ |September 9.30 - 3.30pm Sunday Sunday 15th 15th September September Sunday 15th September

Sunday Sunday Sunday 15th 15th 15th September September September Broad Broad Street, Street, Alresford Alresford SO24 SO24 9AQ 9AQ | 9.30am | 9.30am - 3.30pm - 3.30pm

Broad Street, Alresford SO24 9AQ | -- -3.30pm Broad Broad Street, Street, Alresford Alresford SO24 SO24 9AQ 9AQ |9.30am 9.30am |9AQ 9.30am -3.30pm -9.30am 3.30pm Broad Broad Broad Street, Street, Street, Alresford Alresford Alresford SO24 SO24 SO24 9AQ 9AQ ||-9.30am 9.30am 9.30am |3.30pm 3.30pm 3.30pm - 3.30pm Broad Street, Alresford SO24 9AQ | Broad Broad Broad Street, Street, Street, Alresford Alresford Alresford SO24 SO24 SO24 9AQ 9AQ ||9.30am 9.30am | 9.30am - -3.30pm 3.30pm - 3.30pm Antique & 9AQ Art Fairs acvr_events Antique &Antique Art Fairs @ArtDesignFairs @ArtDesignFairs Antique & Arts & Arts FairFair acvr_events

@ArtDesignFairs Antique & Arts Fair @ArtDesignFairs Antique Antique &Arts Arts & Arts Fair Fair @ArtDesignFairs @ArtDesignFairs @ArtDesignFairs @ArtDesignFairs Antique Antique &&Arts Arts & Arts Fair Fair Fair@ArtDesignFairs Antique &Antique Fair @ArtDesignFairs @ArtDesignFairs @ArtDesignFairs Antique Antique Antique &&Arts Arts &07514 Arts Fair FairFair 680872 | 023 8045 3465 07514 680872 8045 07514 07514 680872 680872 |8045 023 |3465 023 8045 8045 3465 3465 07514 07514 680872 680872 || 023 |023 023 8045 3465 3465

07514 680872 | 023 8045 3465 07514www.acvrevents.co.uk 680872 |680872 023 8045 3465 07514 07514 07514 680872 680872 ||8045 023 023 |3465 023 8045 8045 8045 3465 3465 3465 07514 07514 07514 680872 680872 680872 |www.acvrevents.co.uk |023 023 | 023 8045 8045 3465 3465 jackieedwardsmarketing@gmail.com jackieedwardsmarketing@gmail.com jackieedwardsmarketing@gmail.com jackieedwardsmarketing@gmail.com www.acvrevents.co.uk jackieedwardsmarketing@gmail.com jackieedwardsmarketing@gmail.com jackieedwardsmarketing@gmail.com jackieedwardsmarketing@gmail.com jackieedwardsmarketing@gmail.com jackieedwardsmarketing@gmail.com jackieedwardsmarketing@gmail.com jackieedwardsmarketing@gmail.com www.acvrevents.co.uk www.acvrevents.co.uk www.acvrevents.co.uk www.acvrevents.co.uk www.acvrevents.co.uk www.acvrevents.co.uk www.acvrevents.co.uk www.acvrevents.co.uk www.acvrevents.co.uk www.acvrevents.co.uk www.acvrevents.co.uk www.acvrevents.co.uk

13


RETAIL

Flowers by the Bridge Beautiful homegrown and seasonal flowers available for collection or local delivery. Tel: 07970 280077 | www.flowersbythebridge

Boutique ME Sneak Peek AW 21 - Marble Bold and Beautiful Paprika (also Ice Blue & Marine) Oversized Cowl Neck Sweater 100% Cotton Tel: 01489 891052 | www.boutiquemebishopswaltham.co.uk

Simon Lawson Jewellers Tennis Bracelet 18ct white gold. Amazing diamonds £6225 - Must be seen! High Street, Bishop's Waltham, SO32 1AB Tel: 01489 895575 | www. simonlawsonjewellers.co.uk

on your highstreet #shoplocal #supportsmallbusinesses McCarthy's Farm Shop

Here is a selection of enticing and eclectic items now available on your highstreet. Stay local and support your diverse retailers!

Fresh local fruit and vegetables. Pop in or order online to be delivered to your door. Winchester Road, Wickham, PO17 5HE Tel: 01329 832221 | thefruitandvegbox.co.uk

Botley Mills Keep your animals calm at Botley Mills, Mill Hill, Botley, SO30 2GB Tel: 01489 772900 | www.botleymills.co.uk

All About Flowers Everlasting flowers now in stock at All About Flowers. Botley Mills, Mill Hill, Botley, SO30 2GB Tel: 02381 781870 | www.allaboutflowers.co.uk

14

Boutique ME Suzy D - V Neck Sparkle Jumper, Perfect with Jeans, an easy wear. Available in Grey, Khaki, Navy, Taupe, Pink High Street, Bishop's Waltham Tel: 01489 891052 | www.boutiquemebishopswaltham.co.uk


COMMUNITY

HOW TO GET IT RIGHT: MAKING A BRILLIANT START TO SCHOOL A conference for parents of children up to 4 years Saturday 9 October 2021, 9.30am What can you expect when your child starts school? Come and find out by taking part in some enjoyable and interactive sessions led by our Early Years Foundation Stage experts. Choose from Forest School and cookery, maths, science, reading, ICT, sport, music and art. Gain an insight into education beyond the primary years.

This event is free. Booking is essential. T: 01962 835792

E: prepadmissions@stswithuns.com

www.stswithuns.com/autumnevents

15


FEATURE

Of Monks and Airmen A © LUCIA FOSTER-FOUND 2021

WWW.LUCIAFOSTERFOUND.COM

utumn arrives with a flurry of leaves and the hint of a chill. Done picking the blackberries, we’ll wait for the sloes to be frosted, before we introduce them to the gin that waits for them too. In orchards, apples no longer aloft languish in long grass beneath rapidly balding boughs. On warmer days in slanting sunlight, sleepy wasps buzz about their bruised, browning flesh. The nights draw in, suddenly it seems. We retreat into our home, close the doors and pull together the curtains. We shut out the gathering gloom and allay all thoughts of oncoming winter. And Halloween comes, when it’s said the veils that separate the world of the living from that of the dead become thin and porous. Traditionally, we’d light candles to guide our departed loved ones back to us and set them a place at the table. Turnips and pumpkins would be carved into grotesque faces to ward off evil - and offerings of food were left on the doorstep to placate malevolent spirits. It was and still is, a time for feasting, dressing up in costumes, games and storytelling. And these might be my Halloween tales to tell. I last heard this first one many years ago; the teller is no longer with us, so sadly I can’t ask them to tell it to me afresh. I believe it took place in the ’70s and this is how I remember it… Parked up one night outside Beaulieu Abbey Domus, a woman sits in the car and waits for her husband. He’s there after-hours on some business and she’s come along for the ride. Sat there alone in the darkness, I suspect that time trickles by slowly for her. By and by her husband returns to the car, together with a staff member who apologises for keeping him so long. She says it’s alright, that she’s been listening to the recording of the monks singing, like they do. Must have been playing from somewhere inside the ruins, for the tourists she supposes..? Excellent, logical explanation in theory, but apparently anything visitor-related had long since been

16

switched off for the day. The chanting of the Monks that she thought she’d heard? Whatever it was, it was no recording. Postscript: And it seems she hasn’t been the only one to hear the chants - others have reported similar experiences. Here is another tale, one such as might be shared of a Halloween night, autumnal gusts rattling the letter box and rain thrashing wetly at the windows. This one is mine. It was a Saturday morning and I had some tasks to finish off at the office. I didn’t usually work weekends and I wasn’t planning on being there long, so my husband came with me. We were going on from there once I was done – shopping I think. Sat at my desk, I saw a movement to my left at the far end of the open-plan space. We were alone in the building and the doors were locked, so assuming it was my beloved with that promised cup of coffee, I looked up expectantly. A tall, slim figure wearing what I’d describe as a beige boiler suit was just disappearing around the corner and out of my field of vision. He most definitely was not my shorter, stockier, jeans-clad husband. Startled, confused, I sat for a moment then got up from my desk, just as my husband came rushing out of the kitchen towards me. “I’ve just seen some bloke walk past. I think he’s gone into the loos.” He exclaimed, looking as startled and confused as I felt. “I saw him too. Wearing overalls?” He nodded “Yes, biscuit-coloured.” We both went and searched the toilets, which were located down a dead-end corridor. Although we can’t explain why, neither of us were the least bit surprised that no-one was there. I should mention here that the office was located in a brick-walled Nissen hut. It was situated on the periphery of an airfield; both RAF and USAAF squadrons had used it as a base during WW2. And the beige overalls? Can’t be sure of course, but they looked very much like a flying suit.


GARDEN

Specialising in all your garden needs Fully insured . Free estimates Also specialising in Commercial gardening work.

FAMILY OWNED SINCE 1973 BUILT ON GREAT SERVICE & VALUE FOR MONEY

Please visit our website for all the latest news, information, second-hand machines for sale and special offers in the showroom.

Hard Landscaping Patios • BBQ Areas • Raised Beds • Pathways • Garden Walls • Fencing • Garden Lighting • Wood Mulch & Woodchip Supplied

Soft Landscaping Lawn Care • Turfing • Planting • Hedge Trimming • Topiary • Shrub pruning • Garden Clearance & Renovation • Pressure Washing • Weed Control • Tree Work • Patios & Gutter Cleaning

Tel: 01962 736261 Mob: 07896 027356 info@trimmers-garden-services.co.uk

Tel: 01962 771800 steve.cann@btconnect.com www.georgecanngardenmachinery.co.uk LACEYS FARM, BRAMDEAN, ALRESFORD, HAMPSHIRE, SO24 0JT

Supply and planting large specimen trees and shrubs Espalier, pleached and instant impact hedges All trees and shrubs carefully selected Design, landscaping and ongoing maintenance Free site visit and consultation Bosque is a trading name of Just Limegrass Ltd. Harko: 07710 502798 Tom: 07855 656984 www.bosque international.co.uk

17


FEATURE

Experience the magic of the South Downs this autumn

T

is the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, with cool morning breezes, birds twittering in the skies, golden leaves, and crimson sunsets. It’s not hard to see why autumn has inspired some of our greatest literary figures, from Keats to Shakespeare. As we say the long goodbye to summer and enjoy the last of its comforting warmth, September and October are some of the best months of the year to experience the stunning beauty of the South Downs National Park.

time for most people as the sun rises later and sets earlier. All the gorgeous reds, oranges and pinks that we see in the sky are partly because the sun stays near the horizon for longer and the sunlight has to pass through more of the Earth’s atmosphere before it hits our eyes.”

It’s also a great time of the year to enjoy taking photographs in the National Park, which stretches for almost 100 miles from Winchester to Eastbourne and includes some of the UK’s most picturesque hills, valleys, rivers, streams and forests.

Woodland walks – There’s nothing quite like a forest adventure with the sound of trilling birds and crunchy autumn leaves underfoot. Did you know that almost a quarter of the National Park is covered by glorious treescape, with more woodland than any other National Park in England and Wales? The South Downs is blessed with some very tranquil woodlands, often with openings in the trees offering majestic views of the chalky hills. Why not try Alice Holt, Queen Elizabeth Country Park, Slindon or Friston? A walk and pub fare – Who could fail to be charmed by a crisp autumn walk, followed by a steaming supper by a log fire at a wood-beamed inn? The National Park has some fantastic eateries and a bit of online research (CAMRA is a good place to start) and booking ahead are all it takes to round off your day-out with something really special.

With almost two months left of the National Park’s annual photo competition, people are being encouraged to capture the serenity of this special season in the South Downs.

Here are three ideas for autumn days-out in the National Park, combined with snapping some awesome shots on your camera or mobile phone:

Autumn Morning by Nichola Stewart

The theme for this year’s competition is “Nature Makes Me Happy” and judges are looking for uplifting images that capture the beauty of the natural world – whether that be landscape, wildlife, rivers and coastline, woodland, a piece of history, or people enjoying the National Park. The broad theme could also cover those “happy places” in the South Downs that replenish the soul. The top prize for the adult category will be £250, with a runnerup prize of £150, third prize of £100 and fourth prize of £50 The youth competition returns this year for budding young photographers – with categories 10 years and under and 11 to 17. There will be a prize of a family pass to Marwell Zoo for the 10 years and under category, while the prize for 11 to 17 category will be a family pass for a Forest Segway outdoor adventure ride at Go Ape. Nick Heasman, Countryside and Policy Manager for the National Park and chair of the judging panel, said: “Autumn really is a magical time to enjoy the South Downs National Park. “The sunrises and sunsets are particularly impressive, with the ‘golden hour’ of photography happening at a more convenient

18

Grazing horses and misty landscape, Froxfield, by Sharon Thayer

Miles Without Stiles – With the weather turning a little colder, many of us just want a gentle stress-free walk and the chance to fill our lungs with some fresh, clean air. Our Miles Without Stiles routes, designed for people of all levels of mobility and fitness, are a wonderful choice for an autumn stroll. Check out the website for downloadable walks at locations in Hampshire and Sussex. Entries for the photo competition close on Sunday 31 October. Find out more and download the entry form at www.southdowns. gov.uk/care-for/photocompetition2021/

For inspiration and downloadable guides on where to walk this autumn visit www.southdowns.gov.uk/get-active/on-foot/ walking-trails/


THE SUMMERHOUSE Cafe and Restaurant

NOW FULLY OPEN Breakfast | Brunch | Lunch | Afternoon Tea | Sunday Roasts

SILVERSPRINGS SILVERSPRINGS GGAARRDDEENN CCEENNTTRREE

Home & Garden Furniture in stock or available to pre-order FREE local delivery

www.silverspringsgc.co.uk info@silverspringsgc.co.uk Find us on Facebook: @SilverSprings.Garden.Centre FONTLEY ROAD, TITCHFIELD, FAREHAM, PO15 6QX


EDUCATION Girls only sixth form: outdated notion or catalyst for success? ‘It’s not the real world’ and ‘girls won’t cope when they go to university if they haven’t been to school with boys’ are the frequent reactions I hear to the idea of an all-girls sixth form. Having worked in all-girls’ schools for over twenty years, I can assure you that both my own experience and scientific research prove that these views are far from the truth. In fact, being in an all-girls learning environment gives young women the best possible chance of flourishing in the world beyond school. Let’s first consider the real world. In spite of some significant steps towards equality, girls and young women are under greater pressure than ever to conform to social stereotypes. From gender reveal parties where the unborn child is greeted with gendered paraphernalia such as pink or blue balloons, to clichés about not liking competition or having neat handwriting, young women continue to be channelled towards, and judged against, outdated notions of the female ideal. Humans are undeniably social creatures who like to fit in. The effect of stereotypes, therefore, is that many young people end up feeling they have to conform. At school this means girls avoiding so-called ‘male’ subjects, activities which are ‘non-feminine’ and roles which might lead to them being criticised as ‘bossy’ or ‘shrill’. Even as young as six, many children have internalised stereotypes such as that maths is for boys. Depressing as that is, the plasticity of our brains means that there is always time to help our pupils escape the constraints of gender stereotyping. In girls-only sixth forms, young women have the space and encouragement to test and develop their own interests. Research shows the success of this model in many areas such as developing greater levels of self-confidence and facilitating the study of STEM subjects. In fact, girls educated in single-sex school are just as self-confident as boys educated in boys’ schools and significantly more likely to study subjects such as physics than girls in co-educational schools. In addition, girls in single-sex schools are more inclined to carry on playing sport until 18 benefitting from the resulting positive effects on physical and mental health. Indeed, a Bristol University study found that single-sex schools encourage “improved self-esteem, psychological and social wellbeing in adolescent girls”. Moreover, every pupil leadership role is occupied by a young woman who is starting to learn about the positive impact that she can have on the world around her. As a 2018 article pointed out, in a girls’ school, girls are intentionally “equipped with the knowledge and skills required to overcome social and cultural gender biases and in doing so actively break the stereotypical norms that define women in society.” This brings us to the second question about to what extent an all-girls sixth form prepares young women for university. At St Swithun’s around 25% of our leavers go on to study STEM-related subjects at top universities in the UK and overseas and will enter careers that still tend to be male-dominated. Our pupils have many opportunities outside the classroom to interact with young people

20

from a range of other schools in drama and music productions such as our celebrated St Swithun’s Live rock concert, at competitions such as national debating challenges or Model United Nations and at social events. They are perfectly placed to enjoy good relationships with all kinds of people when they leave our sixth form having developed a quiet self-confidence and a genuine interest in others. A recent poll of our leavers from the past two decades revealed overwhelmingly that they formed healthy and happy relationships with male students precisely because they approached them as equals. Far from being an old-fashioned model of education, an all girls sixth form prepares young women to create and seize opportunities in the modern world. Jane Gandee is head of St Swithun’s, Winchester.


Turning sparks into fireworks since 1884

A leading independent day, weekly and full boarding school for girls aged 11-18. Sixth form assessment day on Saturday 6 November. Registration essential. To find out more about joining our sixth form in 2022 please email registrar@stswithuns.com or call 01962 835700.

It’s who we are.


WELLBEING

Stream Hair & Beauty

Lorraine Edwards, formerly Clark is a talented and highly experienced hairdresser, trained by Dave Smee from Capelli in Fareham. Lorraine has returned to Hampshire from Spain where she ran her own salon for 15 years. Her loyal best friend Melanie is now looking after the Salon in Spain which has made it possible for Lorraine to return to England and reconnect with her 1st love, after 34 years! They have now joined together to launch Stream hair and beauty (formerly Richard Bartlett hairdressing). New to the salon will be Mystique Beauty and Nails which will be run by Hannah Edwards (Lorraine's daughter), who has

22

seven years experience at the highest level. Stream hair and beauty are looking to hire a local, loyal and experienced hair stylist to join the family run business. Feel welcome to pop in for free consultation with Lorraine and the team. Stream hair and beauty are very excited to be part of the local community in Wickham. Lucy remains with the salon and is very pleased to be working with the new team.

October Discounts Hannah - 50% off manicures and pedicures until the end of October Lorraine - 20% off all hair styling until the end of October


STREAM HAIR AND BEAUTY SALON, THE SQUARE WICKHAM, FAREHAM HAMPSHIRE, PO17 5JT TEL (NEW): 01329 833146 CONTINUING WITH (LA BIOSHETIQUE) RANGE OF PRODUCTS

OPENING HOURS TUES: 9AM - 5PM WEDS: 9AM - 6PM THURS: 9AM - 8PM FRI: 9AM - 8PM SAT: 9AM - 4PM

E Q


COMMUNITY

Events October 29th - 31st

Wizard Weekend on the Watercress Line

There are lots of spooky activities to keep the kids entertained. ALL activities run from 11am – 4pm and are included in your ticket price. • Travel on the thrilling Wizard Express steam train • Walk in Harry Potter’s footsteps over the famous railway footbridge where Harry received his Hogwarts Express ticket in the film! • Be brave and get up close to hairy, scary, creepy creatures! • Be spooked by some scary characters (courtesy of Go Geek events) • Get your face painted into something spooky! (additional cost) • Make a wonderful wand • Enjoy some Halloween activities Advanced booking prices: Children (under 5 years) FREE, children (5 - 16 years) £10, Adults £20, Family (2 adults & 2 children) £50. Contact Info@ watercressline.co.uk Tel: 01962 733810 www.watercressline.co.uk

October 31st

A Halloween feast of ghosts and other ghastly goings-on for adults only The tour lasts 1.5 hours and starts at the Visitor Information Centre. Adult tickets are £7. The tour will take place rain or shine so please wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Tours will leave promptly so please arrive 10 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time. The centre will be closed when you arrive for the tour so please wait outside the main doors and the guide will meet you there. Winchester Area Tourist Guides have gained the ‘We’re good to go’ accreditation

24

from Visit England so you can be assured the tours are run safely. www.visitwinchester.co.uk/event/ halloween-guided-walking-tour/ Tickets:£7 for adults. Contact Information:Tourism@winchester.gov.uk

From 5pm at Westgate Museum, Winchester.

October 23rd to 31st

Groups will be led by our team of witches and wizards starting with a fabulous magic show before setting off on a walk through the witches’ den. The witches creepy, crawly pets will be waiting to meet you before you have a chance to carve your own pumpkin to take home. Don’t forget to get your Halloween costumes dusted off for the evening and bring your camera, there will be plenty of photo opportunities. 27 October 2021 5:55pm to 29 October 2021 8:25pm Ticket Cost: £14.95. Staunton Country Park, Middle Park Way, PO9 5HB Email: staunton.education@hants.gov.uk Contact: 02392453405

The Flying Broom Academy at Manor Farm

Calling all wizards and witches! The Flying Broom Academy is opening its doors again, so join us to learn the magical arts of broomstick flying, spellcasting and herbology. Take part in our Lost Wand trail - £2 and find all the magical items and spells to power a wand to take home. Open 10am to 5pm every day. Come dressed to impress! Normal farm admission charges apply. Manor Farm, River Hamble Country Park Pylands Lane, Bursledon, SO31 1BH

October 23rd to 31st

Alresford Ghost Hunt

Look out for the ghosts in Alresford shop windows to find the halloween items. For more information visit: Ghost Hunt 2020 | Alresford Chamber of Commerce Hampshireh www.alresfordchamber.co.uk

October 23rd to 31st

Come and explore the spooky Westgate Museum this Halloween!

Find out how the Tudors celebrated Halloween and take home a historic recipe to make over the half term. Learn how this medieval gate was used as a debtor’s prison, marvel at the historic markings left by prisoners and judge for yourselves if the Westgate is haunted. See if you can find all the witches in our new activity trail too! Last entry to the museum is 4.30pm. TicketsStandard admission charge

October 27th - 29th

Staunton's Frightful Farm at Staunton Farm

October 23rd to 24th

Halloween Make and Take Weekend at Bursledon Mill

Join the windmill for a family friendly make and take drop-in weekend, including ghost and witch-themed crafts and a nature activity pack. Come along in your best spooky fancy dress! Tickets£4 per child, accompanying adults free From 4pm at Bursledon Windmill.

October 23rd and 31st

Curtis Museum, Alton Spooky Trail

Explore the Curtis Museum and search for the clues to complete our spooky Halloween trail. Find all the clues and receive a prize! All children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets £1 per trail. 23 October 2021, 10am - 31 October 2021, 4pm at The Curtis Museum, Alton.


Feeling more isolated and anxious during lockdown? are you having trouble hearing TV or talking on the telephone?

after

WE ARE STILL OPEN


Botley Commercials is a family run business established 30 years specialising in commercial vehicle repair, offering full workshop facilities and a dedicated team who are on hand to keep your vehicles on the road. With our MOT preparation we can provide a thorough inspection and present your vehicle for MOT ensuring that it is fully prepared for a first time test pass.

Commercial Vehicle Repair • Fleet Management • MOT Preparation Accident Repair Facilities • Vacuum Tanker Specialists • Fabrication • Diagnostics

We provide a professional and friendly service for the motorists of Botley, Hedge End, Burridge, Curdridge and surrounding areas in Hampshire. We are an authorized class 1, 2, 4, 5 and 7 MOT Testing station, for Diesel and Catalyst equipped cars. We have a fully equipped modern workshop catering for all makes of car and light commercial vehicle; our staff are all fully qualified and have considerable experience in the motor trade. We aim to offer an extremely cost effective alternative to main dealer fees.

MOTs While You Wait • Prices From £44 • Account & Fleet Work


SPRAYTEK LTD

We are a family run business based in Wickham, Hampshire. Providing you with the complete professional repair package for your commercial vehicle- from engineering, panel repair/replacement to conversions and high quality re-sprays. SprayTEK’s purpose-built spray-booth and oven allow them to offer their expert services to all vehicle types from motorhomes to small trailers and everything in between

Commercial Vehicle Painting • Vehicle Refinishing Accident & General Body Repair • Interior • Electrics

Contact us Spraytek Ltd T: 01329 836300 E: info@spraytek.co.uk www.spraytek.co.uk

Botley Commercials Ltd T: 01489 789655 E: info@botleycommercials.co.uk www.botleycommercials.co.uk

5

03

B3

Curdridge

To Swanmore

To Bishop's Waltham

B2177

To Bishop's Waltham

Botley Station MOT Ltd T: 01489 798880 E: enquiries@botleystationmot.co.uk www.botleystationmot.co.uk

5

03

B3

A334

Curdridge A334

Shedfield

Botley A3

A3

Wickham

50

A334

A3

A334

2

Botley

34

1 To Curbridge

Botley Commercials Ltd, Bottings Industrial Estate, Hillsons Road, Curdridge, SO30 2DY Opening Hours Mon - Fri: 8am - 6.30pm Sat: 8am - 12pm (may vary)

To Curbridge

1 - 3 Frith Farm, Frith Lane, Wickham, PO17 5AW

Botley Station MOT Centre Ltd, Bottings Industrial Estate, Hillsons Road, Curdridge, SO30 2DY

Opening Hours Mon - Fri: 8am - 5pm

Opening Hours Mon - Fri: 8am - 5pm


MOTORING / HOME

No r t h Mo to r Company

Andrews Autosource Carefully Selected Cars

Holden Farm, Cheriton, Alresford, Hants, SO24 ONX

Independent Garage and MOT Testing Centre

Approved by trading standards

Established in1999 - All makes of car serviced and repaired - Saab approved repairer and Subaru specialist Free collection, delivery and courtesy car (when available) Competitively priced tyres - Batteries - Vehicle Diagnostics - Exhausts

Telephone Gary or Andy on 01962 771331 or 771881 www.northmotor.co.uk info@northmotor.co.uk

YOUR CAR, CAMPER OR MOTORHOME, ESPECIALLY IF IT'S IN GOOD CONDITION AND WITH SERVICE HISTORY AS YOU CAN SEE FROM THE LACK OF AVAILABLE CARS BELOW, NOW WOULD BE A FANTASTIC TIME TO SELL ANY CAR NOT BEING USED AND GET A GREAT PRICE FOR IT. The following cars have been carefully selected because of their low mileage, excellent condition and service history.

2016 (66) Honda Jazz 1.3 EX , 5 door - Parking camera, cruise control, 23,000 miles, £30 road tax 2016 (16) Peugeot 308 SW 1.2 Active Estate 130 bhp 2 owners, £20 road tax 34,000 miles 2013 (13) Fiat 500 colour collection, 3 owners, air conditioning, 67,000 miles 2008 (08) Smart FourTwo Passion coupe, 3 owners, air conditioning, 62,000 miles

£11495 £7995 £4495 £2995

No Problem No Call Out Charge

Gutters Cleared We remove leaves - moss - grass - growth & debris

Photos

Before & After

We do a camera survey first

BESPOKE CAMEPRVAN CONVERSIONS Our new demonstrator, a Renault Trafic Sport conversion is now available for viewing. If you are contemplating a camper, feel free to come and see the standard of our individual conversions, which can be on new or used vans.

Go High

Damp & Mould Can be caused by blocked gutters

VIEW OUR CURRENT STOCK AT

Weight & Damage Up to 50kg of debris straining your gutters

www.andrews-autosource.co.uk/vehicle-stock

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL CARS HAVE SERVICE HISTORY TAYLORS GARAGE, HIGH STREET, DROXFORD, SO32 3QL

TEL: 01489 878 879 EVENING TEL: 01962 732995

28

10m

4 Storeys, Commercial, Schools, Hotels & Industrial

Get an instant price

01489 854 863 or online gutterpro.co.uk

10000 + 4.95

Reviews

Excellent


HOME

Whether it is an Extension, Conversion, Full

Whether it isRefurbishment an Extension, Conversion, Full Refurbishment or no Renovation or Renovation then look further!then look no further!

Silk Services are renowned for their reputation, affordability

Silk Services are renowned for their reputation, affordability as well as providing a top as well as providing a top quality, professional service quality, professional personal service no matter what your project needs.

no matter what your project needs.

Nothing is too big or small for our experienced team of tradesman.

Nothing is too big or small for our experienced team of tradesmen.

Wood Farm, Bramdean, Hampshire. SO24 0JH W: www.silkservices.co.uk E:jason@silkservices.co.uk Wood Farm, Bramdean, Hampshire, SO24 0JH

W: www.silkservices.co.uk T: 01962 771815 E:M:jason@silkservices.co.uk

07917 150027 T: 01962 771815

M: 07917 150027

Whatever you want to store...

Extensions/Renovations Loft Conversions Roofing Conservatories Driveways and Groundworks Hardscaping Brick and Flint Work Carpentry Joinery Fascias/Soffits/Guttering Gas Safe Registered Tradesmen Electrical Work – Part P Compliant FREE, NO OBLIGATION QUOTE PORTFOLIO & REFERENCES AVAILABLE HELPFUL, FRIENDLY ADVICE ALL WORK GUARANTEED

Tel: 02381 784261 Mobile: 07720 208915 alex@ajwhiteconstruction.co.uk

Whatever your needs, long or short term

...for whatever reason – house sale and purchase not coinciding, travelling, bereavement, house building work, decorating or even ‘de-cluttering’ to sell your house more quickly – we offer a friendly, flexible and secure facility.

Barn Store is a rurally-based, family run business covering the whole of the Meon Valley area. We offer all the features associated with the national chains, from high-tech security to hassle-free 24/7 access. For more information, visit our website:

www.barn-store.co.uk or give us a call quoting FORUM-MV: Fareham:

02392 384888

Offwell Farm, Southwick, Fareham PO17 6DX

Alresford:

01962 771993 Holden Farm, Cheriton, Alresford SO23 0NX

29


Fabulous Clean Carpets

COMMUNITY / HOME

very reasonable prices, and courteous friendly SUPER-FAST 15 MINUTES DRYING people you can trust in your home We’re Back! And what a brilliant day we all had.service A huge thankfrom you Meon Valley Lions News

is cleaning local, nearneighbours carpets for a The weather was fabulous and we took over £1,000 whichofwill to cost fraction thego normal

needy causes.

D

ear Stockbridge Forum Reader, Value conscious local residents love a great deal. If you need your carpets cleaned and are looking for an award-winning company who will arrive on time, will be courteous, respectful and above all trustworthy -- then you’re invited to take advantage of one of the three extraordinary value, high quality, carpet and upholstery cleaning deals we’re offering new customers this month -- because we want to give you the chance to get to know our service and to find out how impressively new, fresh and bright your carpets will look when cleaned and freshened by The Carpet Care People.

Fabulous Clean Carpets, Upholstery and Curtains

I am fully committed to the safety ofWinner my Customers during the Covid19 crisis. I clean adhering to all social distancing guidelines

The Carpet Care People

Our approach is simple: We are proud to run a celebrated professional carpet and upholstery cleaning business, and we insist on providing you with good oldfashioned service and value. Call now and find out why our award-winning service is probably the most requested carpet cleaning the oflocal Have anyinthree Stockbridgeyour areacarpets cleaned The next thing for you to do for 01962 just £87690 total!005 is call us on we’ll welcome your call, answer your questions and take care of everything for you.

3 Great Deals!

to everyone who supported us at the BBQ in the park last Saturday. Here’s why one of the Things went much better than we anticipated andStockbridges’ we ran out ofmost foodtrusted carpet cleaning companies within 2 hours, so apologies if you missed out.

Uphols

Deal 1

cleaning an (at our cu Fabric Mas and cleanin and very ef to their orig you’ll see!

Deal 2

Tel 01962 690

Have your three piece suite freshened up for just £97!Frequently Asked Que

Here’s a selection of frequently asked questions especially for yo 1. When you say ‘carpet’ what do you mean? We mean averag don’t quibble if the areas are a little larger - it’s all done on fairnes Our pricing policy reflects the time it takes to clean working aro any three carpets That said, we are Have for example, happy to move your three piece su under it and replacing it back into piece position. What we don’t price i and your three moving large pieces of furniture like bookcases, sideboards or wa upflat-screen for to move electricalsuite items,freshened in particular tvs. Again we app situation and inevitable we do end up moving some furniture aro just £167! Are there any ‘hidden’ extra costs? The prices quoted above a prices you will pay.

Deal 3

Price Full Offer Price List Carpet 1 £57

Carpet Price

2

£77

Carpet Price Carp

Tel: 01962 690 005 or 07790 883507 FULL OFFER PRICE LIST Carpet Price

1 £47

Carpet Price

2 £67

Carpet Price

3 £87

Carpet Price

4 £107

Carpet Price

5 £127

We’re here to help If you’re an individual who needs support through a difficult period in your life, you need assistance to purchase specialist equipment to overcome disability, or a helping hand for your youngsters on a specific project, we can help both financially and in other practical ways. We also support clubs, hospices, organisations and other local charities to help them fulfil their objectives and support programmes in their communities. Please use Meon Valley Lions Club (CIO) - Feedback welcome we consider every application we receive carefully. Below is a letter of thanks we received where we bought a new fridge freezer: “Hello, I had my fridge freezer delivered this afternoon and it's marvellous. Have just turned it on and can't wait to go shopping tomorrow to fill it with fresh and frozen foods so I can eat well now. Thank you so much again Lions. ” Wickham Centre Food Banks The Meon Valley Lions Club support the Meon Valley Food Bank, which has recently moved to the Wickham Centre. They have been collaborating with the Wickham Pantry, also working out of the Wickham Centre, so as there is a certain amount of duplication they are working together. Check out their websites for more information: m www.meonvalleyfoodbank.co.uk www.wickhamcommunitycentre.org.uk/82/the-wickham-pantry

30

3 Great Deals!

SUPER-FAST 15 MINUTES DRYING

LUXURY FLO ORING SPECIALIST

T: 01962 735715

ENQUIRIES@EDDOLLSCARPETS.COM 30 BROAD STREET, ALRESFORD HAMPSHIRE, SO24 9AQ

3

£97

4


D

DON S GARAGE DOORS

Bespoke Garage Door Solutions We supply and install all leading manufacturers of garage doors and in a wide selection of styles

Call 02380 600027 to arrange a free no obligation survey and quote Unit 6, Vicarage Farm Business Park, Winchester Road, Fair Oak, Eastleigh, SO50 7HD sales@donsgaragedoors.co.uk • www.donsgaragedoors.co.uk


crafted by Schuller, the second largest German kitchen manufacturer, they have an extensive and inspiring collection ranging from the contemporary to the more traditional.

At Town and Country, we take pride in ensuring every client receives the best customer service, from the informative and knowledgeable sales process through to the extensive after sales care.

Both of us have lived in the local area for our whole lives and we have always wanted a shop here. Adam also started his career in this industry at Botley bathrooms 15 years ago. Our showroom did not have the best start, opening during a pandemic, but we have had great support from the local residents and we are extremely happy our showroom is finally open and thriving. Our boutique showroom showcases some of the finest kitchen and bathroom furniture available, with a strong emphasis on UK and European manufacturing. Bathroom manufacturers on display include Ambiance Bain, Pelipal, Hansgrohe, Roper Rhodes and Miller of Sweden, with Porcelanosa tiling throughout the showroom. Our kitchens are expertly

Being an independent showroom with over 20 years combined industry experience we have chosen to partner ourselves with manufacturers we believe are superior to most within the industry today. We chose to open our first shop in the picturesque village of Botley and had a chance to position ourselves on the beautiful high street in April 2020.

32

Please contact us regarding our complementary design and quotation service, we look forward to hearing from you.

Visit Town & Country 8 The High Street, Botley, Southampton, Hampshire, SO3O 2EA Telephone: 01489 536187 Email: sales@town-and-country.co.uk www.town-and-country.co.uk


HOME

8 The High Street, Botley, Southampton, Hampshire, SO3O 2EA Telephone: 01489 536187 Email: sales@town-and-country.co.uk

www.town-and-country.co.uk


BEAUTIFUL OUTDOOR FIRES & FURNITURE

London Road, Kingsworthy, Winchester, SO23 7QG www kingsworthyfoundry.co.uk Email info@kingsworthyfoundry.co.uk Telephone 01962 883776


HOME

e clusive Double Glazing Ltd

Alresford's Conservatory and Window Experts

UPGRADE YOUR WINDOWS & DOORS WINDOWS, DOORS, CONSERVATORIES • Supply & Installation • New Handles, Letterboxes, Locks • Broken Sealed-Units replaced

OTHER SERVICES • Fascias, Soffits & Gutters • Key Cutting & Locksmith Services

FOR A FREE NO OBLIGATION QUOTE

CALL: 01962 732091

www.exclusive-double-glazing.co.uk sales@exclusive-double-glazing.co.uk SHELF HOUSE, NEW FARM ROAD, ALRESFORD, SO24 9QE

35


COMMUNITY / PROFESSIONAL Wheel House now even better for community! The Rotary Club of Fareham’s Wheel House at Hill Head will now be even better for the charities and community it supports. Thousands of pounds has been invested in the building during lockdown to carry out essential upgrades. The Club is very grateful to Fareham Borough Council for their financial assistance along with the Hammond Memorial Hall Trust that supports the social welfare of those in the Stubbington and Hill Head area.

Mr Mac It was in January 2007 when Steve Jobs introduced the first iPhone. With just 8 or 16 MB storage they were available in June of the same year. Since then, a new iPhone has been released annually and this year is no exception. As of September 24, the iPhone 13 hit the stores. It has IOS 15, the latest operating system, with lots of new features. I will be explaining some of them in more detail in a post on my website. Also available is the 9th generation of the entry level iPad, still excellent value from £319. Now with more memory, 64MB for the entry level model and a sharper display with a new camera, it is very much the go to tablet. The best Apple computer deal now is the 27” iMac with retina 5K display, 8GB RAM and 256 SSD storage at £1615 from Amazon. My website is mistermac.co.uk and I can be contacted on 07392 552 592

The work completed at the Wheel House includes new kitchen fixtures and fittings, damp proofing, redecoration, new lighting and efficient shutters. As President of the Rotary Club of Fareham, Norman Chapman, says “Lockdown gave us an opportunity to do these improvements to our facilities in the Wheel House. We are very proud of what we offer to charity and community groups who enjoy using this seaside facility only 9 steps from the beach and annual bookings now exceed 130 groups each year.” Those using the Wheel House include groups and schools for those who have disabilities (with their carers) giving much needed respite with the sea air and promenade just outside. Many others benefit too from days at the seaside - Guiding, WI, MS Society, day care centres, church organisations and community groups are just a few of those who have booked and enjoyed our Wheel House. You can contact Rotarian Terry Dowland, Wheel House Lead, on 01329 663998 or email him for further details on wheelhousefarehamrotary@gmail.com. The Wheel House is well appointed with a toilet, fully equipped kitchen, hearing loop, tables and chairs. It can accommodate 42 people comfortably, of all ages, and has disabled access as you would expect. It’s not just for community groups and charities, you can even celebrate birthdays and anniversaries here too! If this sounds appealing, and you would like to know more about membership with us, do email farehamrotary.pr@gmail.com, or look for the Rotary Club of Fareham on the internet and Facebook too. We look forward to hearing from you!

36

The Royal Escape - An illustrated lecture by Kit Power

At Meon Hall, Meonstoke, SO32 3NP on Thursday 28th October at 6.00pm for 6.45pm. Tickets £12.50 (including a drink). All proceeds will be in aid of Winchester and District Young Carers . Charity no 1155854. Tickets available from: Meonstoke Post Office and Stores and West Meon Village Shop or request by email to : royalescapelecture@ gmail.com After the English Civil War and the execution of his father, the future King Charles II was the most wanted man in the country with a huge reward on his head. Travelling on foot and on horseback for over six hundred miles, Charles followed the route now commemorated by the “Monarch’s Way” footpath and avoided capture by Cromwell’s men in one of the greatest escapes in history. Kit will describe the dangers he faced, how close he came to capture again and again, and how he passed through Warnford, over Old Winchester Hill and through Hambledon on his way to safety.


PROFESSIONAL

Your Local Home Care Provider & Consultancy Service, Owned and Run by Registered Nurses

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.

Want to be part of a fantastic team and really make a difference? Lapis believe that: Cared for staff = Cared for clients Call or email us now for more information

Call us on 01489 890016 to see how we can help you, or email: contact@lapiscare.com www.lapiscare.com

www.macdonaldoates.co.uk

Family Law Services We are here to help you

Divorce and separation Cohabiting couples Arbitration, Mediation and alternatives to Court Pre-nuptial and Post-nuptial Agreements Children matters Division of finances

Petersfield Telephone: 01730 268211 Facsimile: 01730 261232

t n Pr op er W ty ills & P M ed rob ia tio ate Fa n m ily

en

io

tig

at

m

oy

Li

pl

Em

C

om

m

er ci

al

Midhurst Telephone: 01730 816711 Facsimile: 01730 816016 MacDonald Oates LLP is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. MacDonald Oates LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England & Wales under number OC344357. Our registered office is at Walltree Court, St. Peter’s Road, Petersfield, Hampshire, GU32 3HT.

37


PROFESSIONAL Cornerstone Project Management

We have worked on a diverse range of projects for both residential and commercial builds, from residential barn conversions to new builds, and office extensions to large blocks of residential flats. Our clients find that hiring a project manager gives them more control over the build process; while we arrange the tradesmen, sub-contractors, and suppliers. Previous engagements have been working alongside main contractors, acting as our client’s eyes and ears, ensuring that quality standards, health and safety regulations and budgetary requirements are being met. By engaging with Cornerstone PM, you will get peace of mind in the knowledge your building project is being managed efficiently and professionally at every stage. We pride ourselves on delivering the best value whilst maintaining meticulous attention to detail, ensuring your build requirements are met to the best standard possible. As the cornerstone is the first stone set during the building process, we hope Cornerstone PM is your first call in getting your build process started.

A warm welcome from Paul Williams, founder of Cornerstone PM. At Cornerstone, we are construction project management professionals with over 40 years’ industry knowledge and 18 years’ experience of construction management.

For more information on how Cornerstone PM can help you, please get in touch with Paul on 07920 496606 or paul@ cornerstone-pm.org.

Working with a team of construction experts, including architects, ecologists, structural engineers and arboriculturists, we are a ‘onestop-shop’ for all your construction needs. Assisting you through the entire build process, from inception to final build.

• Qualified and experienced construction management professionals • Managing construction projects from inception to final handover • Working with clients on private residential projects and commercial developments • Ensuring your requirements being interpreted correctly and actioned timely • Delivering best advice on your build project to ensure budget and programme are met

Ov yeaer 40 i n ex dus rs pe tr rie y nce

A Hampshire based project management company that you can be totally confident in

Paul Williams | 01256 345528 or 07920 496606 email | paul@cornerstone-pm.org Based in Alresford with offices in Basingstoke

38


S OLENT G ARAGE D OORS

SALES • REPAIRS • INSTALLATIONS

GARAGE DOORS SUPPLIED AND FITTED MAINTENANCE FREE DOORS • UP AND OVER DOORS ROLLER DOORS • SIDE HUNG DOORS • SECTIONAL DOORS AUTOMATION TO NEW AND EXISTING DOORS REPAIRS: SPRINGS, CABLES, LOCKS, ETC FOR ALL MAKES OF DOOR

Tel: 01489 786273 info@solentgaragedoors.co.uk www.solentgaragedoors.co.uk UNIT 7, BRIDGE FARM INDUSTRIES, CURBRIDGE, SO30 2HB


E Essttaab blliissh he ed d1 18 87 78 8 Established 1878 Friendly, Friendly, professional professional advice advice on on all all areas areas of of family law Friendly, advice of onBishops all areas of familyprofessional law in in the the centre centre of Bishops family law inWaltham the centre of Bishops Waltham Waltham Our friendly family Our friendly family team team will will do do everything everything possible to through process Our friendly familyyou team will dothe everything possible to guide guide you through the process and the right outcome you possible to guide through thefor process and securing securing theyou right outcome for you and family, matter the securing theno right outcome for you and your your family, no matter the situation. situation. and your family, no matter the situation. Contact Contact Serhan Serhan Handani Handani at at sh@bramsdonandchilds.com Contact Serhan Handani at sh@bramsdonandchilds.com sh@bramsdonandchilds.com 4 Basing Mews 4 Basing Mews L ower Basingwell Street 4 Basing Mews L ower Basingwell Street Bishops Waltham L ower Basingwell Street Bishops Waltham Hampshire Bishops Waltham Hampshire SO32 1PA Hampshire SO32 1PA Telephone: SO3201489 1PA 888240 Telephone: 01489 888240 Telephone: 01489 888240 141 E lm Grove 141 E lm Grove 141Southsea E lm Grove Southsea Hampshire Southsea Hampshire PO5 1HR Hampshire PO5 1HR Telephone: PO502392 1HR 821251 Telephone: 02392 821251 Telephone: 02392 821251

Profile for Mark Tubb

Meon Valley Forum - September 2021 - Issue 71  

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Recommendations could not be loaded

Recommendations could not be loaded

Recommendations could not be loaded

Recommendations could not be loaded