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ISSUE 72 NOVEMBER 2021

MEON VALLEY

Forum Life in your Community

RECIPE OF THE MONTH

HORSES FOR COURSES

NOVEMBER NEWS & EVENTS

HELP NATURE TO RE-NATURE

Simple Yellow Lentil Dahl

By Lucia Foster-Found

All the local news and events for the local area

The South Downs National Park

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


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FIRST FLOOR

Swanmore - Price Guide: £499,950 A fabulous new detached home lying within a small, select bespoke development of just seven houses currently being built by Imperial Homes. The property is located in a superb semi-rural location in Swanmore and early interest is advised. Inside the accommodation is stylishly designed and finished and in brief comprises: Entrance hall, cloakroom, living room and a lovely spacious kitchen/dining/family room with double doors opening onto the rear garden. Utility room. On the first floor, three bedrooms with an en-suite to the main bedroom and family bathroom. Driveway parking. Enclosed rear garden.

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Bishop's Waltham - Price Guide: £1,350,000 Impressive detached home lying in a great location just a short walk from the town centre and nestling between the historic ruins of the Bishop's Palace and the South Pond. The property has spacious and versatile accommodation which could easily be divided to incorporate separate annexe accommodation. The ground floor features a lovely double aspect open plan kitchen/dining/living room and utility room, a well proportioned dining room and sitting room. Study, boot room and cloakroom. To the first floor, master bedroom with en-suite, four further bedrooms, two of which have en-suites, family bathroom. Second floor, bedrooms six & seven, en-suite & wc. Outside, established gardens and double garage.

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MEON VALLEY FORUM NOVEMBER 2021

CONTENTS 06 Property Management

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

07 Leisure & Entertainment

23 Home

Discover local events and days out in

26 Recipe of the Month

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Horses for Courses - by Lucia Foster-Found

Make your garden dream come true

15 Wellbeing Looking after your health

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23 Motoring

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Local services to keep your vehicle running smoothly

Director of Marketing Rob Harrison rob@forummedianddesign.co.uk Advertising Manager Mandy Head mandyhead@forumpublications.co.uk Design Manager James Curtis james@forumpublications.co.uk

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

Help Nature to Re-Nature - South Downs National Park

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

Lucia Foster-Found www. luciafosterfound.com

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

Tel: 01962 735137 www.forumpublications.co.uk

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Editor Mark Tubb editor@forumpublications.co.uk

Contributors

17 Food & Drink

Find local schools and educational experts

Contacts

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16 Retail

From photographers to solicitors - every professional service you need

33 Education

11 Garden

Simple Yellow Lentil Dhal

32 Professional

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Trades, services, designers, All you need

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Beautiful Made-To-Measure Kitchens I found Happy Kitchens on Houzz, and I decided to go with them as the reviews were encouraging and I liked that they were a small, local company. From the outset, Ben was extremely professional and understands exactly what the client wants. The Happy Kitchen team were all fantastic; punctual, hardworking, incredibly tidy and most importantly they really cared about the quality of their work. We are really thrilled with our new kitchen and it has totally exceeded our expectations. Joanne McCarthy Happy Kitchens are quite unique as we are able to offer top quality products, available in any size, fitted by the best professionals in the business. Change your kitchen and bedroom with a makeover or design and install a new kitchen and bedroom, whichever suits your needs or price range.

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PROPERTY / COMMUNITY

Be a property optimist The past eighteen months have been a busy time in the property market with demand higher than it’s ever been in working memory for many in the property business. Whilst there has been a supply issue in both the sales and rental markets, we are hopeful that this should resolve itself when everyone starts going about their business as before. In property there is rarely ‘normal’. It is either flying high or flying low – or heading in either direction. But whatever the market our job, as your agent, is to get the best result for you when it is right for you and your family.

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Rotary Club of Fareham 75th Charter Night Celebration Event!

With this in mind, it is wise to plan ahead and make sure you are ready. We can give professional advice on the potential market value of your home, the current levels of activity in the area and the preparations that need to be completed before the house can be marketed. Don’t be a panic seller or buyer, or let the market dictate your move – be a property optimist and take control, and if you plan ahead you will increase the chances of moving quickly when the time comes. Kate Porter (Partner)

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TD DL; and our Rotary District Governor Mr Paul Steele who travelled from his home in Guernsey to join us. It was an honour to have them all with us and I thank them for their kind words when addressing Club members.” Guest speaker for the dinner was well-known Radio & TV Presenter, David Hamilton, who entertained members and guests with tales from his broadcasting life in a career spanning over five decades. With over 12,000 radio shows and more than 1,000 tv shows he reached 18 million listeners to his show. Now to be heard on new national station BOOM, a daily afternoon radio show available throughout the UK, David told us the inside news of those he has interviewed!

The Rotary Club of Fareham had a wonderful evening on Thursday to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the granting of their Charter with a number of dignitaries and special guests present. It was fitting that our Club Members, the Rotarians who generously give their time and talent in support of their local community in Fareham and also for those less fortunate overseas, could enjoy their special event to recognise what they carry out in the name of Rotary. As Norman Chapman, President of the Rotary Club of Fareham, said “We welcomed to our event the Mayor & Mayoress of Fareham (Councillor Rotarian Mrs Pamela Bryant and the Mayoress Mrs Louise Clubley); Deputy Lieutenant of Hampshire Mr Tim Weale

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And so the life of our Club continues with current support being for Hampshire charity Hounds for Heroes who will benefit from the night’s raffle by £605. The charity provides assistance dogs to disabled UK Armed Forces and Emergency Services personnel whose quality of life is improved by their hound. We also support Global Sight Solutions who help to combat blindness and cataracts in the developing world. Here's to the next 75 years of local and worldwide service from the Rotary Club of Fareham. Anyone interested in considering joining the Club, that offers friendship and fun, should email farehamrotary. pr@gmail.com for further details. Weekly lunch meetings are held on Thursdays at Cams Hall Golf Club.


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n lockdown, the spare room had quietly morphed into the store room. With the annual retreat indoors for the darker, colder months under way, she decided it was time for a de-clutter. It was good for the psyche - any number of books and programmes said so. She’d sell some bits on social media; it was simple and fun. Allegedly. And it was simple. A few photos, a couple of sentences and ‘bingo’. Or rather ‘ping-go’; her phone immediately made an entirely new sound and a message from someone appeared. “Is this still available?” She typed feverishly in reply “Yes it is” and excitedly awaited a response. Nothing.. A short while later.. Ping. “Is this still available?” Same question, different item, different someone. Again she replied in the affirmative and “Would you take £20?” came the swift rejoinder. It was a bit less than she’d listed it for. And whoever it was hadn’t yet clapped eyes on it, but, well, she did want it gone.. “Yes, OK” she messaged and waited. And waited. Internet tumbleweed.. Over the next week, various enquiries ensued. Some got as far as “Please give your full address and postcode”. One even arranged a time to collect something and asked for her mobile number. She waited about. They never turned up. “It is simple, but I’m not feeling the fun” she complained to Himself. He shrugged his shoulders. “P’raps it’s a case of horses for courses. Personally, I’m in favour of a good old car boot sale for a good old clear out. People come, they look, they buy stuff. Or they don’t.. Very black and white.” Good point, well made. So Sunday morning found them in a chilly, dewy field before the sun had even risen. The last car boot of the season. With a flask of hot coffee and some sustaining bacon sandwiches, they parked and Himself opened the tailgate. A horde emerged from the gloom, brandishing torches and pushing forward, hands in the boxes, peering into the bags. “Got any records mate?” “Old tools?” “Anything military?” “Designer labels?” Himself was trying to fend off the arms reaching past him, whilst answering their questions: “Wait a minute… I’ll have a look… Yes, I

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think so…. No… Now put that back…. STOP!!!!” Himself finally lost it. Sheepishly, the chastised horde rediscovered their manners, retreated to a safe distance and waited whilst he put up a table and she unpacked some boxes. The morning dragged on and not without incident. Two dealers fought over an old teddy bear; a black eye was given. A couple of things were pinched. Money changed hands – usually less than they’d asked for and no-one had the correct change or their own bags. There was also some slight confusion over Himself’s favourite camping chair: “How much is the chair mate?” “The chair I’m sitting on?” “Yes.” “It’s not for sale.” “Why not?” “Because I’m sitting on it…?” There were mutterings as the chap wandered off. But Himself, a veteran of many a boot sale had come prepared for most eventualities and was largely un-phased. And undeniably, the car was going to be pretty empty going home. She’d just waved goodbye to a large mirror, when her phone pinged. The now-familiar message “Is this still available?” appeared. Coincidentally, it was for the self-same mirror, but before she could respond with a ‘No’, the virtual clamouring came thick and fast. “Will you take £15?” “What’s your postcode.” “Give me your mobile.” “Can I collect tomorrow?” Panicking, she opened the app and swiftly marked it as ‘SOLD’. By midday they’d sold a lot and had enough. The coffee and sandwiches were a distant memory and the footfall had tailed off. It didn’t take long to pack up and leave with their jar of loot. “Go back via the recycling centre shall we?” Himself raised his eyebrows and glanced sideways at her. She nodded wearily. But one thing made it home with them; a small reproduction chest of drawers, much too nice to dump. Although she’d reduced the price from a score, to a tenner, to a fiver, there’d been no takers at the car boot. Her sales banter of “would look great if you chalk paint it” cut no mustard. She gave it one last chance on the internet. That afternoon a lady messaged her who did not beat her down on price. Who offered her own mobile number and arranged a time to collect. Who arrived promptly, declared herself delighted and paid £25 with the correct notes. In response to Himself’s questioning look as she returned indoors, she said. “You’re right. Different selling arenas suit different things.” She waved the cash triumphantly. “It really is a question of horses for courses. I sold it for a pony!”


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COMMUNITY

November Events Sunday, 14 November

Remembrance Parade & Service From 10.30 at High St, Bishop's Waltham, Southampton SO32. This year’s Remembrance Day Parade to St Peter’s Church will be held on Sunday 14th November 2021. The parade will march along the High Street at 10.30am and return from the Church to St George’s Square at approximately 11.40am. Please do support this special occasion.

Village Hall. Entry is free so come and do some Christmas shopping at our stalls full of art, crafts, jewellery and much more. Refreshments are available throughout the day."

Saturday 27 November

Alresford Antiques Fair The Fair is held in Alresford Town Hall in the centre of the town, usually on the 3rd Saturday of the month. We offer a wide range of Decorative, Interesting and Unusual items including good quality Furniture, Silver, Jewellery, Militaria and Books. We will also buy. Free Admission. Limited Free Parking nearby & large car park at the Station. Open: 9.30am - 5.00pm. Contacts: Carol - 01264 335769 / 07870 432805. Steve - 01722 712267 / 07915 663251, Lakewood Smith - 07970 797306

Fri 26 to Sun 28 November Thursday 18th to Saturday 20th November

Ladies Down Under The play will begin at 7.3pm at Soberton Village Hall, SO32 3PF. Tickets £8. Box office: 01489 878184 / 07866 931487. tickets@sobertonplayers.co.uk Amanda Whittington’s Ladies Down Under is a sequel to her hit play, Ladies’ Day and follows the fortunes of Pearl, Jan, Shelley and Linda as they head to Australia. Having won an absolute fortune at the races last time round in Ladies’ Day, the girls from Hull head off to Australia on the trip of a lifetime. But it’s not all fun Down Under. Jan is terrified that boyfriend, Joe (who left England for a new life at the beginning of Ladies’ Day) may have lost interest in her while he’s been abroad. Linda is struggling with the burden her new fortune has brought her. Shelley has frittered away her share on designer clothes and partying, but soon discovers she has very little to show for it. Meanwhile, Pearl is going through a lifechanging event herself. The women each discover something about themselves as their bond deepens and they discover that money can’t buy you love, or happiness.

Saturday 20 November

Droxford Christmas Market This popular Christmas Market will take place from 10.30 am to 3.00 pm in Droxford

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The Watercress Line Steam Illuminations From 4pm - 8pm from Alresford Station SO24 9JG. Steam Illuminations is a unique Christmas, pixel mappable digital LED train! It’s an incredible light show on and in a steam train, consisting of thousands of fully controllable colour mixing LED lights and LED wristbands. This makes the train look magical both inside and out!It's back! is even BIGGER than before! Watercress Line

Friday 26th to 28th November

Cinderella by Ben Crocker Curdridge Amateur Drama Group at The Reading Rooms. Curdridge, SO32 2HE. November 26th 7.30pm, 27th 2.30pm & 7.30pm, 28th 2.30pm. December 3rd 7.30pm and 4th 2.30pm & 7.30pm. Tickets available from www.curdridgedrama.co.uk Adults £12, Children (under16) £10. Family (2 Adults and 2 Children) £40. Groups over 10, please telephone: 01489 895170

Saturday 2nd - 4th December

Comedy at Christmas at Swanmore Village Hall. Swanmore Amatuer Dramatic Society.

Tickets on sale from the 6th November. www.ticketsource.co.uk/swanmoredrama or the box office at Barnaby's Community Coffee Shop. Saturdays 10am until noon. For information telephone 01489 893639 or 01489 894955. All tickets £10. Advisory age 11 years - Curtain up 7.30pm.

Fri 17th December

St.Swithuns -Live Christmas music event for the whole family From 4pm-8pm at St Swithun’s School, Winchester. A brand new, LIVE Christmas music event for the whole family. ‘A Christmas Cracker’ with Special Guests, ‘Santa Babies’, Winchester Rock Choir and the fabulous Otterbourne Brass Band. With a ‘Nativity’ petting zoo from Mucky Bucket Farm, an A rtisan Christmas Market, Reindeer and an appearance from the Big Man himself, there is something for everyone. Tickets – Adults £20 | Child (1117yrs) £5 | Under 10’s – FREE. www.stswithuns.com for further details and ticket sales.

Saturday 18th December

Christmas Cheer - The New Music Makers Choir We are overjoyed to be able to perform for you this Christmas. It is now two years since their last concert due to the pandemic and they are very much looking forward to welcoming you back to celebrate Christmas 2021 with them. There will be two performances on Saturday 18th December, a matinee at 2.30pm with a special visit from Father Christmas, and an evening show at 7.30pm. The choir are busy rehearsing to deliver a fun varied mix of music, both familiar and new, to entertain the whole family. Tickets are £10 each or £6 for children under 16 and available through an online booking system www.ticketsource.co.uk/ new-music-makers or by phoning the box office on: 02380 490450. A full covid risk assessment is available to view on their website: www.newmusicmakers.com to ensure a safe environment for everyone.

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Simon Lawson Jewellers Tennis Bracelet 18ct white gold. Amazing 4.6ct diamonds £6225 - Must be seen! High Street, Bishop's Waltham, SO32 1AB Tel: 01489 895575 | www. simonlawsonjewellers.co.uk

on your highstreet #shoplocal #supportsmallbusinesses Enticing and eclectic items now available on your highstreet this autumn. Stay local and support your diverse retailers!

Westlands Farm Shop Westlands Farm Shop, Pricketts Hill, Shedfield, Southampton, SO32 2JW Tel: 01329 833832 | www.westlandsfarmshop.co.uk

Boutique ME Tirelli - A new and welcome Australian brand to the Boutique Oversized Jumper available in Kharki and Cream High Street, Bishop's Waltham Tel: 01489 891052 | boutiquemebishopswaltham.co.uk

Andrew Smith & Son Auctioneers Classic & Contemporary Interiors Auction - 15th & 16th December - Viewing 10.30am 9th, 10th, 11th & 13th December and 8.30am on day of sale Tel: 01962 735988 | www.andrewsmithandson.com

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The Roebuck Inn An old Victorian Inn uniquely located on the cusp of the popular Meon Valley Woodland and conservation area. An ‘Inn’ in the true sense of the word, this fabulous venue offers sanctuary to a broad spectrum of guests with its hearty menu of great British dishes, its comfortable and relaxed seating areas, large garden and a friendly service, you will never want to leave. Their characterful rooms offer you calming sanctuary from the elements after a long walk in the Beautiful Forest of Bere or a hard days work away from home. Taking bookings for the whole festive period and New Year Call now to avoid disappointment

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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.

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Help Nature to Re-Nature South Downs National Park

Why do we need to ReNature the South Downs? The South Downs National Park is home to some incredibly beautiful and rare habitats and wildlife. Our chalk grassland has up to 40 species in one square metre and our lowland heath is rarer than rainforest and home to all of our native reptiles and amphibians. Even here, nature is under pressure, and it needs our help. Since it came into being, the National Park Authority has worked with local partners to deliver ambitious projects, bringing together land managers, conservationists, planners and volunteers to conserve and enhance the landscape. These partnerships have not only restored habitats and reintroduced keystone species but also helped people better understand the history of the South Downs and the special role people have played in its changing character. At the moment, 25% of the National Park is managed for nature. Our goal is to increase that to 33% by 2030. This will add an extra 13,000 hectares managed for nature. But, we don’t want to stop there! We want to ensure that there really is nature everywhere, and so we want the remaining 67% to be nature friendly. Using our experience and best practice from previous projects, we will support those projects that will help us reach 33% of land for nature by 2030. We are going to be working with farmers, communities, local authorities and other partners to make this happen. Together we can create a nature network spreading across the South Downs National Park making this an even better place for nature and people, where wildlife can flourish, habitats thrive and where everyone can experience nature and wildlife at their best. Simply put, we want nature everywhere, for everyone. We cannot do it without your help.

What does ReNaturing in the South Downs look like? With ambitious goals of adding 13,000 hectares managed for nature and ensuring there is space for nature everywhere and for everyone, we will support nature recovery projects from large landscape scale restoration of entire habitats to small-scale projects in the community. Our projects will include: Woodland Trees are incredible. They give us clean air to breathe, enhance natural beauty, support wildlife and are vital for tackling climate change. The South Downs National Park has more trees than any

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other National Park in England but with a changing climate and many pests and diseases, they need our help. As part of our Trees for the Downs project, we aim to plant 100,000 native trees over the next 5 years.

Heathland restoration Our stunning heathland is brimming with biodiversity but with only 1% of rare heathland left in the South Downs, we need to restore and increase this rare habitat that support so many amazing species including one of the UK’s rarest reptiles, the sand lizard. We aim to improve and expand an additional 12,000 football pitches worth of heathland. Beelines The iconic chalk grassland of the South Downs attracts a multitude of bees and butterflies with its array of stunning wildflowers. However, with a continuing deterioration in chalk grassland these key pollinating species are on the decline and in need of our support. We will be working with farmers and partners within the Arun to Adur area, to create wildflower corridors across downland linking species rich chalk grassland to sites which are in need of pollination.

South Downs hedgeroads Hedges are like highways for wildlife, providing homes, food and highways to travel between habitats. We plan to work with farmers and land managers to restore hedgeroads across the National Park. Water Our rivers, streams and ponds are vital to our wildlife. There are 1000 historic dew ponds spread across the South Downs that provided vital water for wildlife and grazing livestock. In recent years many have fallen into disrepair. We will work with landowners across the South Downs to restore this pond network for the great-crested newt, invertebrates and other key species that depend on them. We will also work to help our rivers to renature, restoring natural processes and supporting habitat for watervoles, otters and the other iconic creatures that call our rivers home. You can help by ReNaturing your home, garden and even your flat. There are so many ways that you can help nature – in small spaces, community spaces and out and about, with little or no budget.

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COMMUNITY Petersfield Christmas Festival

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A festive day of fun, shopping, Santa, singing.. Awesome News! We are planning the Petersfield Christmas Festival for 2021 and we are so excited to be back on Sunday 5th December. From 10am until 3.30pm Petersfield will be transformed into a festive wonderland full of awesome stalls and shops to buy that perfect gift for loved ones, children singing Christmas carols, Santa in his grotto in Rams Walk greeting all the children to see if they have been naughty or nice, fantastic rides and play areas for young and old alike as well as mulled wine, fudge, cheeses and mince pies in abundance… The Petersfield Christmas Festival Market has previously been described by a distinguished local resident as one of the busiest days Petersfield has ever seen. We hope the crowds will be out in their thousands to visit the stalls and buy some unique presents and to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the entertainment in the build up to the awesome festive period.

Do you like the idea of ‘giving something back’ to your local community? Would you like a flexible, adaptable and fun volunteering opportunity that you can fit in around your life? If so, We need Family Support volunteers. Any time you can spare no matter how small is valuable, please don’t hesitate to get in touch: info@hshants.org.uk Home-Start Hampshire ( Meon Valley), Arena Business Centre, Lancaster Court, 8 Barnes Wallis Road, Segensworth, Fareham, Hants, PO15 5TU www.home-starthampshire.org.uk T: 0330 124 2095

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If you're on a low income, over 60 and live in Hampshire, you could get a grant of £100 to help stay warm this winter from the Surviving Winter fund. With rising energy prices, an increasing number of people will be finding it hard to heat their homes this year. The Surviving Winter fund is open from 11th October until the end of March 2022 (or earlier if all funding is allocated before that date) and can be accessed via your local Citizens Advice. The scheme is aimed at people who are over 60 and live in Hampshire and whose only income is the state pension (with or without state credit), or those who will struggle to heat their home adequately this winter.

Get in the festive mood by learning how to create a natural willow star and decorate wands with foliage. No previous skills necessary, although some manual dexterity and patience is needed. Bring sharp secateurs if you have them and wear old trousers. If you have a recent injury, carpel tunnel or arthritis please check with the tutor first. Runs from 10am to 1pm on the 26th Nov 2021 - £35.00. For more information and booking visit: Visit: https://booking-eastleigh.bookinglive.com/home/activitiesat-itchen-valley/ for booking

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Successful applicants will receive a one-off grant of £100 which will be paid directly into their bank account and can be used to help with heating costs or to buy food and clothes. If you think you might be eligible, please contact Citizens Advice Winchester District, and one of our advisers will support you with an application. Call Citizens Advice Winchester District for free on 0808 278 7861 or email advice@cawinchesterdistrict.org.uk Phone lines are open 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.


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Simple Yellow Lentil Dhal A nice winter warmer lentil dhal. In India, dal is the term used for all dried legumes, but it has also come to refer to a simple, filling stew-like preparation served with rice or flat bread. This yellow lentil dal recipe can be made with any type of lentil, just increase the cooking time 10 to 15 minutes if using black or green lentils. (serves 6)

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COMMUNITY / HOME Farm Shop praised in the Houses of Parliament during tribute to the farming community

During a ‘Back British Farming’ debate, Ms Drummond called for the tax duty on sparkling wine to be reduced in her bid to support local vineyards and shops in Hampshire, such as Westlands Farm Shop. Sparkling wine currently attracts a higher duty rate than non-sparkling wine and by lowering the tax rate it will help local vineyards thrive and boost sales in farm shops because wine drinkers can enjoy it with a lower duty. As a supporter of the Hampshire farming community, Ms Drummond said: “The Meon Valley constituency has a range of farms and agricultural businesses contributing to a thriving economy, from traditional family farms to vineyards. “I’d like to pay tribute to them and their employees, who work so hard to bring high-quality produce to the market in the UK and around the world. “I’d also like to pay tribute to all our farm shops, such as Westlands Farm Shop in Wickham, for selling British food and, as mentioned before, getting local food into local shops, so that local people can buy it. That is very important.”

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A farm shop in the Meon Valley was praised in the Houses of Parliament for its dedication to providing British and locally sourced food into the heart of its community. Westlands Farm Shop, situated on the outskirts of Wickham, was recognised by Meon Valley MP, Flick Drummond, during her tribute to Hampshire Farm Shops for their hard work and high quality produce.

Westlands Farm Shop owner Kayleigh Collet said: “We were delighted to be mentioned in the Houses of Parliament because Ms Drummond has highlighted that buying from local and British farm shops is a great way to help the local economy, environment and our communities. As a stockist of local wine, we are hopeful that the duty rate on sparkling wines will be reduced so we can see an increase in sales and continue to support local vineyards by sourcing more of their produce.”

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COMMUNITY / PROFESSIONAL Meon Valley Lions News Three Lions, one big heart When the three Lions Clubs of Eastleigh, Swanwick and Meon Valley heard about the desperate plight of a family supported by Home-start, in need of a specialist pushchair for a disabled 2-yearold boy, the Lions Clubs were quick to collaborate to make the purchase of the pushchair possible. The specialist pushchair was recommended by Occupational Health but unfortunately there was no funding available - hence the request from Home-Start to the three Lions Clubs. We were proud to help the family with the specialist pushchair, hopefully providing many years of use. Home-Start is a local community network of trained volunteers and experts supporting and helping families with young children through their challenging times. HomeStart works with families in communities right across the UK. Starting in the home, their approach is as individual as the people they are helping. No judgement, it is just compassionate, confidential help and expert support. Teamwork and Collaboration

Local Lions Clubs (Meon Valley, Southampton Solent, Fareham and Swanwick Lions Clubs) came together to support a project to refurbish the rest room for the deceased at Mountbatten Hampshire Hospice. We were pleased to support such a worthwhile project that will impact across our communities, to provide calm and solace for the families and care workers in the worst of circumstances. 23rd Wickham Charity Beer Festival The Meon Valley Lions were pleased to support the Wickham Charity Beer Festival by providing burgers and sausages to the party goers. The event was a great success with tickets selling out before the event. A good time was had by all and it was a great opportunity to raise much needed funds to help people in the local area. Thank you to everyone who supported us. Santa will be out and about in our area throughout December. Planning is well underway so for more details keep an eye on our social media and website for the latest up-to-date information. We’re here to help We are local men and women volunteering to help those in need in our communities. We raise funds locally, so we are able to step in when needed, helping people in many different ways; we have provided fridges, cookers, chairs and beds etc, support via the food bank, help for local charities offering support for young families

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and the elderly; those with disabilities or learning difficulties; those recovering from strokes or cancer; support for hospices, and many more examples. In short, if there’s a need, there’s a Lion. 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.

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COMMUNITY Titchfield Festival Theatre announces new playwright competition

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Allen Gallery Exhibitions

We are fortunate enough to have the exhibition by local artist Alex Loach with us until 29th November. (FREE in the Café area.) Alton Camera Club will be exhibiting in the main Exhibition area from 6th November to 5th December. FREE

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Alton’s Big Dig (Part 2) Keith Baker and David Quick fill us in (sorry) on what they and their colleagues discovered at the second Big Dig, in July this year, following on from a very successful first Dig in 2019. Thursday 11th November 7.30. FREE but donations most welcome. Titchfield Festival Theatre is delighted to announce a new playwright competition with a total prize package worth £10,000. Supporting new plays and playwrights is extremely important to everyone at our theatre. That is why we have launched this new contest by providing financial incentives and a platform for playwrights to see their play performed in front of a live audience. The Winner will receive a cash prize of £1000 and see their play performed in the Acorn Theatre for one week. The package includes support from a TFT Director and a cast of actors. The criteria is simple. Your play must be a Brand New Full Length Play and never performed before. Plays of all genres are welcome, with a maximum length of two hours performance time. Submissions close 30th November 2021, with our expert panel shortlisting the finalists in December 2021. All plays will be read anonymously by a panel of readers appointed by TFT. This panel consists of a diverse mix of Patrons, volunteers, language and literature professionals, all from a wide age range and geographical area). This panel will then create a final shortlist. A panel of readers consisting of artistic directors, professional actors, directors and playwrights will meet to make the final decision.

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Get Ready for Christmas

Late Night Opening to tie in with the switch-on of Alton’s Christmas Lights. Why not explore the Museum following our special Bauble Trail. Then buy some early Christmas presents and stocking-fillers. 19th November, 5pm -7pm.

Our Work as a Charity

Improving wellbeing, health and happiness through cultural experiences and changing lives through culture. Hampshire Cultural Trust is an independent charity which provides outstanding cultural experiences to both residents and visitors to the region. We manage and support 23 venues across the county and provide a huge variety of workshops, classes, events and projects for all ages, in schools and in communities, with particular emphasis on reaching people who are vulnerable or disadvantaged and would not normally be able to access arts and culture. In addition, we care for 2.5 million objects that relate to Hampshire’s rich and internationally important cultural heritage.

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One winner will be picked from 10 shortlisted finalists and announced in January 2022.

Our venues are safe and inclusive spaces, and we work closely with local and national partners to put collections, communities, and their stories at the heart of all we do. We focus on areas where we can deliver social change and do all we can to reach vulnerable people in our communities. Explore our interactive impact map and discover how, with your support, we are changing lives through culture.

To find out more including a link to the Entry Form, please visit our website at https://www.titchfieldfestivaltheatre.com/newplaywright-competition/2021

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