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Welcome As the summer draws to a close and the new academic year approaches, we might reflect on the (generally) good weather we've experienced; the various alfresco entertainments, festivals and eclectic leisure and culture events that we've enjoyed in Hampshire this season. At The Forum, we are continuously working to feature ALL your local events, no matter how small, so please do drop us an email or give us a call if you'd like to feature your table top sale/charity event/school disco etc. We pride ourselves on being a community focused magazine and strive to be as inclusive as possible.Your support is always valued and appreciated! Of course, summer isn't officially over in the Meon Valley, until we've had the West Meon Music Festival! (see page 8). In this month’s magazine, Hampshire People features Jane Devonshire winner of this years MasterChef (p.38). Other features include another adventure for Sandra Pagan in Hampshire Mum (p.46); and Claire Thurlow's enigmatic nature inspired prose, A Summer's Evening (p.14). If you'd like to discover what is happening in other parts of Hampshire The Forum also produces Itchen Valley and Test Valley editions. We hope you enjoy this issue!

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nternationally renowned clarinettist, Michael Collins, will be joining the Primrose Piano Quartet at this year’s West Meon Music Festival, to be held in the village from the 16th to 18th September. Collins – winner of the woodwind final in the very first BBC Young Musician of the year competition back in 1978 – is recognised as one of today’s most distinguished artists and a leading exponent of his instrument. He will be performing Mozart’s ever-popular Clarinet Quintet in A major with the Primrose at the festival’s Saturday evening concert (17th September) as well as Poulenc’s Sonata for Clarinet and Piano. It will be the sixth year for the festival, founded by the Primrose – Susanne Stanzeleit (violin), Dorothea Vogel (viola), Andrew Fuller (cello) and John Thwaites (piano) – in 2011; this year there will be a total of seven concerts over the weekend including an informal event for children, an opportunity to hear two “rising stars” on Saturday afternoon, and a candlelit concert of Viennese classics. Concertgoers can also “make a day of it” in West Meon on the Sunday with a coffee concert in the morning – including the world première of Anthony Payne’s arrangement of Elgar’s Two Miniatures, specially adapted for the Primrose, a tea-time finale which includes Dvorak’s wonderful Piano Quintet in A major, and of course, lunch in between at one of the village’s pubs.

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Community Emergency Services  Emergency Only (Ambulance, Fire, Police) Tel: 999  Non Emergency Medical Services: Tel: 111  Electricity Emergency 24hrs, 7 days a week Tel: 08457 708090  Gas Emergency 24 hrs, 7 days a week Tel: 0800 111 999  Water Emergency 24 hrs, 7 days a week Tel: 0845 278 0845

Police  Bishops Waltham Police Station Bishops Waltham Police Station is located on Hoe Road. Tel: 01962 841534 Fax: 01962 874201  101 Service For non-Emergency Services Call Hampshire Police using: 101

First Responders  Meon Valley Community First Responders MVCFR covers an area bounded by the axes of West Meon/ Wickham (north-south) and Hambledon/Upper Swanmore (east-west). We comprise volunteers trained by South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) to respond to medical emergencies following receipt of a '999' call. New responders are always required; no previous experience is necessary but applicants must be aged 18+ with a full UK driving licence and access to a suitable vehicle. Having recently subsumed Wickham CFR, volunteers from the Wickham area are especially welcome. Contact: Rob Scott 01489 877800 or robmunroscott@aol.com.

Citizens Advice  Bishops Waltham Citizens Advice Bureau Well House, 2 Brook Street, Bishops Waltham, SO32 1AX. Tel: 03444 111306 (Advice Line) for appointments for ongoing cases: 01489 890940.  Wickham Citizens Advice Bureau Merry Go Roud Childrens Centre, Wickham Primary School, Buddens Road, Wickham, PO17 5HU To find your local Citizens Advice Bureau please visit: www.citizensadvice.org.uk

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Councils  Bishops Waltham Parish Council Parish Council Office, The Jubilee Hall, Little Shore Lane, Bishops Waltham, SO32 1ED. Clerk: Mrs. Lindsay Edge, email: parishclerk@ bishopswaltham-pc.gov.uk Tel: 01489 892323  Durley Parish Council Clerk: Mrs Anne Collins Tel: 01489 860236 Email: durleypc@homecall.co.uk  Wickham Parish Council Clerk: Nicki Oliver Tel: 01329 835019 Email: clerk.wickham@parish. hants.gov.uk  Hampshire County Council The Castle, Winchester, SO23 8UJ www.hants.gov.uk Tel: 0845 603 5638 Winchester City Council City Offices, Colebrook Street, Winchester, SO23 9LJ www.winchester.gov.uk Tel: 01962 840222

Hospitals  Royal Hampshire County Hospital Winchester, Hampshire Tel: 01962 863535  Southampton General Hospital Tremona Road, Southampton, SO16 6YD Tel: 02380 777222  Queen Alexandra Hospital Southwick Hill Road, Portsmouth, PO6 3LY Tel: 02392 286000

Schools  Bishops Waltham Infant School Oak Road, Bishops Waltham. Tel: 01489 892375  Bishops Waltham Junior School Oak Road, Bishops Waltham. Tel: 01489 892368  Botley C.E Primary School 52 High Street, Botley. Tel: 01489 782308  Clanfield Junior School Little Hyden Lane, Clanfield. Tel: 02392 593209  Denmead Infant School Hambledon Road, Denmead. Tel: 02392 262717  Denmead Junior School Bere Road, Denmead. Tel: 02392 252735  Droxford Junior School Union Lane, Droxford. Tel: 01489 877537

 Durley Primary School Durley Brook Road, Durley. Tel: 01489 860207  East Meon C.E Primary School Chapel Street, East Meon. Tel: 01730 823218  Hambledon Primary School Church Lane, Hambledon. Tel: 02392 632440  Meonstoke C.E School Chapel Road, Meonstoke. Tel: 01489 877568  Newton Soberton Infant School Church Road, Newtown. Tel: 01329 833161  St John The Baptist C.E Primary School Solomons Lane, Waltham Chase. Tel: 01329 833141  Swanmore C.E Primary School Church Road, Swanmore. Tel: 01489 894555  Swanmore College (Secondary School) New Road, Swanmore. Tel: 01489 892256  Upham C.E Primary School Upham Street, Upham. Tel: 01489 860355  West Meon C.E Primary School Church Lane, West Meon. Tel: 01730 829213  Wickham C.E Primary School Buddens Road, Wickham. Tel: 01329 833065

Surgeries & Chemists  Bishops Waltham Surgery Lower Lane, Bishops Waltham bishopswalthamsurgery.nhs.uk Tel: 01489 892288  Droxford Surgery 35 The Park, Droxford Tel: 01489 877588  The Denmead Practice The Health Centre, Hambledon Road, Denmead denmeaddoctorssurgery.co.uk Tel: 02392 239630  Hambledon Surgery East Street, Hambledon Tel: 02392 632453  Lloyds Pharmacy High Street, Bishops Waltham Tel: 01489 892499  West Meon Surgery Doctors Lane,West Meon, GU32 1LR westmeon.gpsurgery.net Tel: 01730 829666  Wickham Surgery Mill Lane, Wickham www.wickhamsurgery.co.uk Tel: 01329 833121

Town & Village Halls  Botley Centre High Street, Botley, SO30 2ES Tel: 01489 784274  Clanfield Memorial Hall South Lane, Clanfield, PO8 0RB Tel: 07854 821338  Denmead Community Centre School Lane, Denmead, PO7 6LU Tel: 02392 256132  Droxford Village Hall The Square, Droxford, SO32 3QL  Durley Memorial Hall Durley Brook Road, SO32 2AR Tel: 01489 860236  East Meon Village Hall Workhouse Lane, East Meon, GU32 1PF  Hambledon Village Hall West Street, Hambledon, Waterlooville, Hampshire, PO7 4RW  Meonstoke Village Hall Committee Pound Lane, Meonstoke, SO32 3NP. Email: meonhallbookings@yahoo.co.uk  Jubilee Hall Little Shore Lane, Bishops Waltham, SO32 1ED. Tel: 01489 892323  Priory Park Elizabeth Way, Bishops Waltham, SO32 1SQ. Tel: 01489 892323  Soberton Village Hall School Hill, Soberton, SO32 3PF. www.sobertonvillagehall.co.uk  Upham VIllage Hall Lower Upham, Southampton, SO32 1HF. Tel: 07901 133199 uphamvillagehall.org.uk  Waltham Chase Village Hall Winchester Road, Waltham Chase SO32 2LX. Tel 07940 704676 walthamchasevillagehall.org.uk

Bus Services  Meon Valley Community Bus Association The Meon Valley Community Bus Association runs regular timetabled bus services. The drivers and organisers of the Association are all volunteers. If you have a bus pass then you can travel free - all bus passes accepted. Otherwise return fares to all destinations are £5 for adults. Children under 16 pay half and under 5s travel free. If you do not live directly on route, then why not consider 'Park & Ride' from Droxford Sqaure or Soberton Village Hall. There is ample parking at both locations. For more details and suggested stops please contact John Shorrocks: 01489 877499 or: john. shorrocks997@btinternet.com


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As part of their fourth year celebrations Interia are holding an inspiring and informative cookery demonstration in their fully functional working kitchen display. Sue Hawkes, a Neff home economist, will demonstrate her culinary skills alongside offering expert advice on Neff appliances on Saturday the 24th September with rolling demonstrations throughout the day between 10am and 4pm. Interia would like to extend an open invitation to our readers to come along and join them during this celebratory day. since the opening of their lavish showroom in Locks Heath Shopping Centre, and after a hugely successful three years, sales and installations have continued to rise rapidly with a high level of customer satisfaction. Adam Mould the sales manager told us “The fourth year growth was way above our predicted targets and we feel this is purely down to the way we operate our business. We listen to the customer’s requirements and expectations, and create a package that will suit their needs and budget.” Adam goes on to say “Our installation team are second to none and this is reflected in the problem free way the installations progress, along with the eye catching high quality finish. The

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ome of us will recall a time in the 1980’s and 90’s when Loyd Grossman graced our television screens as the face and voice of Through the Keyhole and Masterchef. Others may recognise the name as the entrepreneur behind the successful brand of pasta sauces. However, perhaps it may come as a bit of a surprise to discover that not only does his punk band make regular appearances at Glastonbury, but he is also a highly regarded figure within the heritage sector.

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The full range of Bosch, Neff & Siemens are available with a good range of models on display. Go along for expert impartial advice and they will guarantee you the best prices available. This has enabled Interia to achieve a 5 star Master Partner status.

He has been involved in a number of organisations including English Heritage, The Churches Conservation Trust and the Museums and Galleries Commission and currently holds posts which include Chairman of the Heritage Alliance, Chairman of the Royal Parks and President of NADFAS. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, an Emeritus Governor of the LSE and a member of the Council of the British School at Rome. He is also Patron of Heritage Open Days.

We will be launching our 2nd German inspired kitchen by Kesseler and 4 new bathroom displays. We are also running a Neff promotion until November 2016 where you can receive up to £500 cash back when you purchase a Neff oven (participating models only) along with four other current Neff large domestic appliances. For full terms and conditions including a list of participating appliances please visit www.neffpromotions.co.uk. Tel: 01489 581991 info@interia-group.co.uk www.interia-group.co.uk Locksheath Shopping Centre, Centre Way, SO31 6DX

On Wednesday 7th September, the eve of Heritage Open Days, Dr Grossman will be making a special visit to Winchester to preview some of the festival events followed by an interview in the Guildhall. Speaking about his career, his passion for playing guitar, and a lifelong interest in history, the arts and heritage he will also explain the importance of ‘Treasure Your Treasures’, the theme of this year’s Heritage Open Days. Do go along to what promises to be an informative, entertaining and inspiring evening. In Conversation with Loyd Grossman – Tickets £10. Wednesday, 7 September 2016 at 7.30pm, The Guildhall, Winchester. To book tickets please visit the Winchester Cathedral Box Office (tickets.winchester-cathedral.org.uk) or telephone: 01962 857275


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A Summer Evening BY CLAIRE THURLOW

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golden summer day fades to evening, the inconsistency of the British weather making such sun-filled days particularly sweet. In the garden I squeeze between rows of fruit canes, staining my shirt and shorts with drops of scarlet juice. A bee lands companionably on my arm, its tiny legs tickling my skin. It rests for a moment, buzzing gently, then hovers away to the next raspberry bush. The swifts are performing their daredevil acrobatics in the evening sky, whizzing and darting across the blue, shrieking in high-pitched excitement. I dread a high-speed collision, but these fearless birds are too agile for that. Another squadron shoots in from across the meadow, careering headlong towards the rest, screaming madly, wings beating furiously as they dive into a swarm of midges. At the last possible minute, they break formation, swerving and shrieking as they devour an in-flight feast. The swifts will be gone all too soon, on their migration to South Africa, and I’ll miss their antics until next year. The sun dips behind the trees, transforming their leafy shapes to silhouettes against the horizon. The sky is streaked with playful stripes of pink and orange, summer colours of seaside rock or canvas deck chairs. It fades slowly, leaving a clean slate of pale grey. Lumbering clouds move steadily across the sky, like pods of whales on the ocean, rooftops huddled black below them. Beyond the hedge looms the ruin of the church, gutted by fire two years ago. I shiver. The air is suddenly chilly without the warmth of the sun. There is a sett in the bank below the hawthorn hedge, but we have yet to see any badgers. This might be a good night for a sighting if we are still and quiet. We grab a couple of chairs and

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carry them silently into the meadow, installing ourselves under the plum tree with a good view of the bank. The air is so still barely a leaf is turning. I fold my arms over my chest to keep warm and hunker down in my chair. Earlier in the day, the air was full of summer noises; children squealing in delight as they splashed in paddling pools, the whirr of lawn mowers taming daisy-studded lawns, and the victorious shout of cricketers as runs were scored. Now the gardens are empty and the cricket pitch deserted. My eyes adjust to the gathering darkness and I see the outline of a pigeon squatting on her nest in a tree just metres away. She is unruffled, either by our presence or by the sharp blast of the whistle from a train as it ploughs along the Watercress Line. A dog barks once in the distance, then silence again. And then a slight sound, a rustling in the undergrowth. The scuffling gets closer; it’s not a badger – unless it’s a very small one. Little feet are tramping on last year’s dry leaves, and a small snout is snuffling closer. Then we see it, pushing through the gap in the fence between meadow and churchyard – a hedgehog. It ignores us, and carries on foraging. We watch as it waddles off into a neighbour’s garden. I’m cold now and wish I’d brought a sweater – and a torch. In a moment it will be pitch black. We gather up the chairs and stumble across the dewy grass towards the house. I turn and look back one last time. More nocturnal visitors have arrived; hungry bats, diving and spiralling along the line of the hedge. These tiny stunt fliers make a hell-for-leather circuit of the meadow, then rapidly gain altitude, clearing the woods and pressing on toward the village pond and a banquet of mosquitoes.


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O Bishop's Waltham Photographic Society Bishop’s Waltham Photographic Society is a small club that meets on the first Thursday of each month in the Church Hall, Free Street, Bishop’s Waltham at 7.30pm. For further information: bishopswalthamphotosociety.co.uk O Bishop's Bells Handbell Team Using the Victorian handbells belonging to St Peters Church, we play regularly both at our weekly practices and at venues throughout Hampshire. Practices are weekly on Tuesdays from approx. 7.30pm to 9.00pm at St Peters Church. All ages welcome, no experience necessary! Contact Sandy Foster to find out more: 01489 890334 O Hambledon Folk Club Second Wednesday each month 8.30pm start (doors open 8.00pm All gigs (except January):Venue: The Youth Hut, Hambledon PO7 4RW (adjacent Village Hall). Drinks from Vine Pub (next door) or bring your own (tea/coffee available at club).Entry: £10.00 (£8.00 members, £5.00 under 18s/students) For more information: www. hambledonfolkclub.co.uk. For reservations phone: 02392 632719 or email folkclubhambledon@hotmail.co.uk O Jubilee Writers We are a friendly group of enthusiastic writers who enjoy writing short stories, novels, poetry, articles, sketches, travelogues etc. Our abilities range from absolute beginners to those with more experience and our aim is to support and encourage members in their writing. Meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month between 2 and 4pm in St Peter’s Stables, Bishops Waltham. A £40 annual subscription fee is charged but anyone interested is welcome to attend 1 or 2 meetings before joining. For more details ring 01489 892224 or e-mail: jubileewriters@live.co.uk O Meon Valley Flower Club The Meon Valley Flower Club is affiliated to the Wessex and Jersey area of NAFAS (The National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies).This year we are usually meeting at 2pm on the 3rd Tuesday of the month in the Meonhall in Meonstoke. New members would be very welcome indeed, but anyone can join us as a visitor. Our yearly programme includes flower arrangements by NAFAS area demonstrators, workshops, speakers and garden visits. For more information please phone our Chair Alison Bartlett 0239 2632366 O Meon Voices Choir Weekly practices are held in the United Free Church, Basingwell Street, Bishop’s Waltham each

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Monday 7.30 – 9.30, September – December and January – March/ April.There are no auditions and you do not need to be able to read music, but it helps.We sing a wide range of music usually in 4-part harmony, for example traditional folk songs, negro spirituals, melodies from musicals, classic popular music and some choral pieces. For further information please contact Phil: 01489 579078 or email coundleypj@yahoo.com or add Maureen 01489890335 email alan@agbuckland.plus.com.

O The New Music Makers SATB Choir Our central rehearsal hall, for singers from a wide area, is Methodist Church Hall, Hedge End. Rehearsals 7.30pm - 10 pm.We sing a wide genre of music at venues from Winchester Cathedral, Berry Theatre to smaller local clubs and societies with an annual Christmas and Summer concert. No need to read music, all you need to do is 'hold a tune' with help from CDs/online player/choir buddy. Contact Lin on 023 8045 4285 or our website www.newmusicmakers.com to join this fun, vibrant choir of 40 years standing.

Other Clubs / Societies O Bishop's Waltham Bridge Club We are a small, friendly club that meets every Wednesday evening at Priory Court,Winchester Road, Bishop’s Waltham. Play starts at 7pm and continues until 10pm. Improving and occasional players are welcome and you do not need to come with a partner. If you would like to come along, please call Roger Robinson (Chairman) on 01489 877504, or Phil White (treasurer) on 01489 896877. O Bishop's Waltham Community First Responders BWCFR are volunteers locally, trained by the Ambulance service to attend life threatening emergencies before an ambulance attends.We cover the 5mile radius of B/Waltham, Swanmore/Waltham Chase and when required outlying areas. Use of own car and cover 5 or more hours/wk, mileage is reimbursed. A lively group of all ages, experience and backgrounds, who gain great satisfaction from helping their local residents. Swanmore Responders needed to span our area. For more info; Di Mclean 01489 891911. O Bishop's Waltham Gateway Club We provide a social club for people with learning disabilities over the age of 16.We meet in St Peter's Church Hall, Free Street, Bishops Waltham SO32 1EE on the first and third Monday's of the month (except August and Bank Holidays) between 7 and 9pm. More information can be found on our website www. bwgateway.org. If you need any more information contact Vee or Brian on

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O Bishop's Waltham Gardening Club The Club holds 9 evening meetings a year, free to members, with speakers on a diverse range of horticulturally related topics, plus social events, outings and Shows.We also manage the Bishops Waltham allotment site where there is a sales Shed.The Club welcomes new members and visitors to meetings whether you are an experienced, novice or armchair gardener! Visit our new website at www.bwgc.org.uk. O Bishop's Waltham Rotary Club We are a group of like minded professional people who meet once a week to not only to give something back to the community in which we live and work, but to organise charity events, socialise, network and have a meal! We are currently looking for new members so if you would like to find out more about who we are and what we do, please get in touch via our website www.bishopswalthamrotary.org. uk.We meet Thursday evenings at East Horton Golf Club. bishopswalthamrotary.org.uk O Meon Ladies We are a social group running out of Meonstoke Village Hall.We meet on various Thursday evenings thorugh the year and our purpose is to educate, entertain and offer people to make new friends and catch up with old. Call Libby Soar on 01489 878704 for details or simply to turn up! Events are advertised on village notice boards, and through email.To join our distribution list please email Sarah Snowdon on: sarah.snowdon@ live.com O Meon Valley Garden Club The Meon Valley Garden Club has been in existence for over 100 years, although up to twenty years ago it was known as the Meon Valley Flower Show Society. It is a friendly and sociable group, drawing its membership from the villages of the Meon Valley and further afield including Horndean, Fareham, Southampton and Portsmouth. Annual membership fee of just £3. For more information please visit: www.meon-valley-garden-club.co.uk O Waltham Priory Probus Club A friendly club for retired/semiretired men and women. Meet on the first Tuesday of each month at the Brook House Country Club in Brook Lane, Botley. Meetings take place between 10:15 - 11am for coffee followed by a speaker. A lunch follows coffee and there is a bar available.We also organise outings/ social events. For more information please call Janet Gibson on 01489 783386. O Wickham Twinning Association Open to residents of Wickham and

neighbouring villages, the Association is twinned with Viller-sur-Mer in Normandy and organises reciprocal visits between the two communities This year we are welcoming our French friends to England on the weekend of May 6th-8th.We are always looking for people to act as hosts for some of the French visitors. Anyone who would like to join the Association or are just interested in welcoming some lovely French people into their home please contact Keith Best on 01489 891163 for more information. O Zero 4 Probus Club A mixed club of retired professional and business men & women, which meets on the third Monday of each month for a talk, lunch and social interaction in Botley Masonic Centre, Brook Lane, Botley. For more details visit our web site https:// zero4probusclub.weebly.com or contact Malcolm Watson on 01489 891875 or 07926925466.

Senior Citizens O Singing for Fun Come and sing your favourite songs and learn some new ones. No talent required. First and Third Friday of the month (except August) 2pm - 3.30pm at The Stables, Bishops Waltham. Ages 40 - 90, people with disabilities especially welcome. Cost £1 per session, includes refreshments. For further information contact Annabel on 01489 877130 or 07732 329792 or just turn up.

Sports Clubs O Bishop's Waltham Badminton Club Our club meets at the Jubilee Hall on a Monday evening from 7pm until 9.30pm.We are always looking for new members who are of an intermediate standard and above and would be pleased for you to try us out. For further info see www. bishopswalthambc.com O Bishop's Waltham Cricket Club Male and female players of all abilities and aged over 8 years are welcome. We run 3 adult Hampshire Cricket League teams, a Sunday friendly team, a midweek league team, 2 winter indoor teams and young cricketers teams in under 9,11,13 and 15 age groups. bishopswaltham. play-cricket.com O Meon Valley Bowling Club New people, from complete beginners to seasoned league players are most welcome, and we provide equipment to borrow; and fully qualified coaching for beginners and improvers.We bowl outdoors from mid-April until late September; and indoors on for the rest of the year. Tel: 01489 891871, email: meonbowls@live.co.uk www.meonvalleybowls.org.uk


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e sit in Jayne Chapman’s peaceful rural office but Jayne’s working life is far from peaceful. In fact, who would have thought that such a maelstrom of activity could surround the humble butterfly? But the conservation of a species is never easy and the butterfly in all its glorious variances is no exception. After graduating with a degree in Conservation Jayne found herself applying for the post of Reserves Officer with the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Branch of Butterfly Conservation, whose Patron is Sir David Attenborough. “After having my own business for 25 years, it was nerve-racking being interviewed by a panel of three, and I really thought I had mucked up the interview. But actually, they chased me around to tell me that I had in fact got the job!” That was five years ago and Jayne now manages three nature reserves in Hampshire for Butterfly Conservation - a total of 155 acres. In conjunction to these reserves, Jayne sits on a committee with representatives from The South Downs National Park Association, Hampshire County Council, Winchester City Council, Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, the Environment Agency and Natural England, advising landowners within a 2,500 acre landscape on habitat management for a range of butterflies as part of a project funded by Natural England. The UK has the largest remaining area of chalk downland in Europe which still only amounts to some 41,000 hectares. We are fortunate enough to have some of this wildlife rich habitat on our doorstep - Up to 40 species of flowering plants can be found in just one square metre of lowland calcareous grassland! It is the management and conservation of these areas that ensures the survival of some of Britain’s rarest butterflies, which also support a diversity of important chalk grassland flowers, farmland birds and arable plants. Magdalen Hill Down at 120 acres is the flagship reserve of Butterfly Conservation. “It’s an enormous task looking after nature reserves. I run working parties from October to March to reduce the scrub that has grown up over the summer months, and to ensure the grassland remains in optimum condition for the butterflies. We graze the reserves with up to 150 rare breed cattle and sheep which are provided by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust. Grazing is an integral part of conservation but it’s balanced on a knife edge - over, or under-grazing can both have significant impacts on different butterfly and moth species. The whole process has to be very carefully monitored across all of our sites.” As the only paid member of staff running the Hampshire Reserves, Jayne relies heavily on a team of volunteers, who assist with a range of tasks from scrub clearing to checking livestock,

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helping with admin and attending events such as the New Forest Show. In order to raise awareness we invite schools to Butterfly Conservation’s reserves and run regular talks and guided walks along with the annual Big Butterfly Count which runs for 3 weeks during the summer. We are very fortunate to have forty six of the UK’s sixty one species of butterfly at Magdalen Hill Down. Different species emerge at different times of the year, so it is always worth a visit on a warm sunny day in Spring to see the first Brimstones emerging from their winter hibernation. Magdalen Hill Down is a wonderful place to visit at any time of the year but is complex in its management. There are fiftytwo gates and stiles and nearly six miles of fencing all of which has had to be either replaced or repaired over the last five years. While education is key to raising awareness of butterflies and their requirements, there is a delicate balance between the enjoyment of the visitors and that of placing too much pressure on the environment and hence the butterflies. Dogs are most welcome providing they are on a lead. Disturbance by dogs can impact on butterfly life-cycles such as mating and egg-laying. Dog faeces if not picked up can destroy the balance of the soil nutrients resulting in the loss of the low-growing herbs, that the caterpillars rely on as food plants. These herbs require poor nutrient soils to thrive. Another real risk is the transference of the Neosparosis infection which is passed on through contaminated dog faeces to cattle and sheep, and which may cause early abortion of calves or lambs. In the past we have lost sheep to dog attacks, which is horrific. Every aspect of management on the reserves is carefully orchestrated for those butterflies that are restricted to specific habitat niches. People often comment ‘oh we have lots of butterflies in our garden’ but they have little knowledge of the wealth of British butterfly species such as the Green Hair Streak and Silver-washed Fritillary. My personal favourite is the UK’s smallest or aptly named, ‘Small Blue’ which has responded favourably to targeted management in the Winchester area over the last 3 years. I wonder if Jayne fears for the butterfly? She gesticulates toward the beauty of the countryside outside, “ I fear for everything! We are losing so many natural habitats due to development and infrastructure – can it get better? “ For more information or to volunteer, please contact Jayne on 01962 808400 or email: jchapman@butterfly-conservation.org Butterfly Conservation is the UK charity dedicated to saving butterflies, moths and our environment. Our research provides advice on how to conserve and restore habitats.We run projects to protect more than 100 threatened species and we are involved in conserving hundreds of sites and reserves. www.butterfly-conservation.org


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Here are some of the comments from Andrew and Rosie's Customers: “Andrew and Rosie are lovely to deal with in a nice quiet environment where you can choose your kitchen without any pressure. At various stages (and on completion) Andrew popped in to see how progress was being made. Andrew chose the fitter and he couldn't have chosen better. Matt and his team of tradesmen did an excellent job (in a flat with limited space). They finished everything to a very high standard, making sure that 'behind the scene' wires, pipes etc were neatly and safely fitted. Could not be happier with the finished result. Would certainly recommend them.” “Andrew Collins designed us an amazing kitchen, bringing to life our thoughts and ideas. The fitting team was, without fail, polite, courteous, very tidy, and a very hard working” “An excellent all round service, from the design by Andrew to the installation team. Our kitchen has been transformed - a great job! We would thoroughly recommend to anyone, in fact we have already shown a couple of neighbours who were very impressed and may visit the new showroom in the near future.”

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You can also look the firm up on the internet to see what people are writing about it. People who suspect a scam or have been scammed will often post on forums or social media. Genuine companies will usually have client reviews outside of just their own website. If you spot something that doesn’t sit right and you want a second opinion, contact the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 04 05 06 - a trained adviser can give you advice over the phone.You can also use an online form or write to them. If you think it might be a scam report it to Action Fraud.

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was bitter and very unpleasant. The rest is history, our living history. In years to come I wonder how the portrait will be seen in the context of this well documented era.

Tony Blair is apparently well-known for looking people directly in the eye when engaged in conversation and it is his gaze in the portrait that holds your attention, but there is something else too. Art is subjective, of course, and I’m not talking about political preference but rather purely historically, when I say that to my mind the portrait speaks of the ravages of power.

Yet with this portrait there is no paraphernalia alluding to status or accomplishment. There is certainly no avoiding the gaze of Tony Blair, and the more you look the more you see in this up-close and personal portrait. Captured to perfection in one eye a grim determination and self-belief in the other, fragility maybe, some creeping doubt as his mouth is poised to speak.

We remember New Labour, a new all-singing, all-dancing Labour - a strange cocktail of blended private education, enthusiastic youth, a dash of ‘Power behind the Throne’ and a squeeze of philanthropy poured over crushed Trade Union ice all served with a tiny piece of Conservative type-peel and garnished with a ‘Cool Britannia’ paper parasol. It tasted sweet and was the toast to the future, but there was too much salt on the rim of the glass and the resulting aftertaste

We can choose to read the portrait as we will. For me, this is an image of the burden of power. As history moves on, the sitter is suspended in time, accompanied only by the eternal residue of past decisions and their effects on not only the United Kingdom but the world.

Classical art has been masterful in its depiction of power, a pictorially proud power, heroic stances swathed in the trappings of wealth and success or accompanied by the symbols of education, religion and heroism.

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Fresh local fruit and vegetables. Pop in or order online to be delivered to your door. Winchester Rd, Wickham, PO17 5HE

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New autumn collection by Marc Cain 35 West Street, Alresford, SO24 9AB Tel: 01962 733277 | www.modarosa.co.uk

Flowers by the Bridge Bridging the gap between you and your garden. Bridge House, West Meon, Near Petersfield, GU32 1JG

Tel: 07970 280077 | www.flowersbythebridge.com

Our ever popular Market Square centrefold feature is always looking to introduce new business's, craftspeople and products to keep it looking fresh and providing a diverse content. We would like to take this opportunity to thank wholeheartedly, those loyal businesses who advertise here regularly without whom the feature would not exist. The price for advertising here is still only £30+VAT for a space! Please also enquire about the Forum Favourite stamp.

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Equestrian Fencing Standard and Bespoke Garden Buildings. 8x6 Apex Shed from £485 +Vat. High Ridge Farm, Hospital Road, Shirrell Heath

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Botley Mills

Handcrafted & personalised gifts, glassware, jewellery and much more! 3-4 The Folly Market, Petersfield, GU31 4AD

Ridgeback Tradition - £380 3 Winchester Road, Waltham Chase, SO32 2LG

Now stocking Ariat country boots and clothing. Pet, farm and equestrian. Botley Mills, Mill Hill, Botley, SO30 2GB

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Wickham Jewellery

Peter Green Furniture

Suppliers of Earthborn paint for interior walls and woodwork. 7 Brook Court, Brook St, Bishops Waltham, SO32 1AX

Earrings and Pendant set - £4,500. 18ct white gold with white diamonds and set yellow diamonds.

Stressless Skyline Medium Signature Base Chair with Footstool - £1,799. School Lane, Chandlers Ford, SO53 4DG

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Ria's Cafe

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Serving all day breakfasts, burgers and hotdogs The Yeoman Room, The Village Hall, Waltham Chase

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eptember is a big month for Bishop’s Waltham Rotary. It’s the time of the annual Road Race and Fun Run. This event is organised by the Rotary Club in conjunction with Fareham Crusaders Running Club and Bishop’s Waltham Junior School, and these organisations will share any profits from the event to contribute to local causes. The event is generously sponsored by Budgens and Bishop’s Estate Agents. The Road Race starts at 10.30am on Sunday 18th September 2016, and is organised in conjunction with English Athletics under Licence from UK Athletics, this 5 mile licensed race draws experienced runners from the south of England, being seen as a warm up event for the Great South Run.

The Fun Run starts at 11.30am on Sunday the 18th September 2016, and this 2 mile race follows a different course to the Road Race, and is usually dominated by fit youngsters; providing an opportunity to raise money for local causes through sponsorship. Both races start and finish at Bishop’s Waltham Junior School main entrance, which is also Race HQ. Parking is at Hoe Road Recreation ground. The Road Race has a current Certificate of Accuracy issued by UK Athletics and an accredited adjudicator, licensed by UK Athletics will be overseeing the event. For details and application form go to: www.bishopswalthamrotary.org.uk 30

Invitation to apply for the post of Markets Manager We are looking for someone to manage the markets element of the annual Alresford Watercress Festival. The role is one of only two within the AWF team that are remunerated and would suit someone who can spare a few hours a month from September to June each year. During this period, the Markets Manager will invite stall-holders to apply for pitches at the festival; process their applications; liaise with the necessary authorities (e.g. Environmental Health, WCC Licensing, Fire & Rescue, Police, etc); plan the site layout; issue joining instructions and manage the markets on the day of the festival itself (always the 3rd Sunday in May). The deadline for applications is

Friday 14th October 2016 with the appointee expected to take on the role before the end of October.

If interested, please go to the festival’s website: www.watercressfestival.org and download “the invitation to apply” to be found on the contacts page.


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The World of Garden Design 1. Why have our garden professionally designed? While many of us are very capable of creating our own gardens, equally there are many more of us who would love a beautiful garden but just do not have either the time or the experience to maximise the potential of our outdoor spaces. No matter how large or small, to create a garden with visual impact requires specialist skills and knowledge. Modern living is all about gardens that create additional living areas so to transform your garden effectively and brilliantly you need the clever combination of both design and colour.

2. What makes a good garden design? As we all know beauty is in the eye of the beholder. However, we can probably recall when we have come across simple, even very small gardens that look stunning and yet we can’t quite put on our finger on why. We can spot elements of the garden that instantly appeal, yet there is something ‘unseen’ that brings it all together. This is the real essence of great design because it appears natural while combining atmosphere, shapes, textures and focus. Good designers also have extensive knowledge of spatial design, which combines interior and exterior design so both house and garden appear seamless.

3. Do we need a garden design plan? We would always recommend this because you will find it very useful in helping you to visualise your new garden. You might either have some ideas of your own and we work together to combine those ideas, or you might want us to provide concepts once you have told us the primary use of your garden. A garden plan also provides you with a tool to identify any potential changes you may like to make before work finally begins.

4. How important is it to know about flowers and planting? When we create a plan, it will show both hard landscaping details and recommended planting schemes. We take into account how much or how little maintenance you feel you can manage and we make our recommendations based on this information. For some people colour is a primary request while for others creating all year form and structure is more important. Our horticulture experts will guide you on the suitability of plants, shrubs and trees depending on the aspect and soil conditions of your garden and the overall design.

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5. Who will build our garden? We are proud to say we have been in business nearly 48 years and we have our own highly skilled fleet of landscaping teams who work closely with our award-winning designers. This is a very important consideration as it means you are only dealing with one company, and there are no subcontractors. Most importantly, we are well established and you can find one of our staff at the end of the phone seven days a week, either at our head office in Curdridge or at our Garden Destination Centre in Titchfield.

6. We don’t want a complete renovation just some borders replanted - what do we do?

Because we have a team of horticultural specialists we can provide shrub, flower or border revamps and we will create an individual planting plan specific to your own requirements. In fact, this service proves very popular as often there is nothing wrong with the design of the garden, it’s just the plants have become too big, unruly or unmanageable and this is when we step in to help.

7. What about garden accessories, furniture and lighting?

We always feel this is one of the most exciting aspects of your new garden. All the messy and hard work has been done and now you can think about how you are going to ‘dress’ your garden. We have a Garden Destination Centre in Titchfield where we stock garden furniture, lighting, bespoke vintage accessories, water features and other more practical items such as gardening gloves and tools.

8. When is a good time to plan a new garden?

Although it really does not matter what time of the year you decide to have a new garden, in our experience we find early autumn is a good time because you tend to use your garden slightly less than in the summer and it is less disruptive. Also, you may like the winter months for planning then you can organise an early installation in the spring so you are ready to enjoy your garden in the summer.

9. We don’t know where to begin - who can we speak to?

Call into our Garden Destination Centre in Titchfield and talk to one of our award-winning designers who will be very happy to discuss initial ideas with you and arrange for a free site visit. We have a design studio on site and a coffee courtyard where you can relax with light refreshments. We look forward to seeing you and helping you create the garden of your dreams!

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Calendar SUNDAY 4 SEPTEMBER NGS: Gardens Open for Charity, Upper Farringdon

Berry Cottage, Church Road, Upper Farringdon, nr Alton. Small organic cottage garden with spring bulbs, roses, clematis and herbaceous borders, pond, bog garden, shrubbery and small kitchen garden. 2pm – 5.30pm. Adm £2.50. Plants for sale, teas.

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here are many plants that come the fore at this time of year, some provide late colour but others such as grasses add movement and interest in a different form. They can create a bold statement, create a screen, ground cover or just be an ornamental feature in the border. All true grasses are from the Poaceae family which includes a huge variety (10,000 species) of plants in size, adaptation to different soil conditions and situations.

Some of my favourites to consider using include:

Hakonenechloa macra ‘Aureola’ – This is a small deciduous grass from the foothills of Mount Hakone in Japan. It has golden leaves which are subtly variegated with lime green, and fine feathery inflorescences (flowers) which create a haze of russet in the summer. It is great for the edge of the border but also works well in shade with a height/spread 40 cm.

SUNDAY 4 SEPTEMBER NGS: Gardens Open for Charity, Wickham

Meon Orchard, Kingsmead, N of Wickham. 1½-acres. Exceptional range of rare, unusual and architectural plants. Recently acquired 20 acre meadow with ½ m of Meon River frontage. 2pm - 6pm. Adm £4. Extra big plant sale of the exotic & rare. Teas.

SUNDAY 11 SEPTEMBER NGS: Gardens Open for Charity, Horndean

Crookley Pool, Blendworth Lane, Horndean. Here the plants decide where to grow. Californian tree poppies elbow valerian aside to crowd round the pool. Evening primroses obstruct the way to the door and the steps to wisteria-shaded terraces. 2pm – 5pm. Adm £4. Plants for sale. Teas.

SUNDAY 16 OCTOBER NGS: Gardens Open for Charity, Titchfield

Hambrooks Show Gardens, 135 Southampton Road, Titchfield. 16 individually designed showcase gardens ranging from the traditional to the contemporary. Each has its own unique character, demonstrating versatile and visionary styles. 10am – 4pm. Adm by donation. Plants for sale. Teas.

Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Dark Desire’ – This is another native of Japan, also known as fountain grass because of the masses of silky panicles which emerge in late summer, turning nearly black by September. It is a clump forming deciduous plant with a height of 80 cm or slightly more in some soils, positon in full sun or light shade. Anemanthele lessoniana – This grass is a native of New Zealand, it is a clump forming semi- evergreen with arching green foliage and airy sprays of red/brown panicles in late summer. It prefers well drained soil in sun or part shade. It can be a short lived perennial but will self-seed so replacement happens naturally. Height 60-90cm.

Jobs for the month ahead:

• September is a good time to carry out lawn maintenance. Apply a moss killer if required and then scarify after a couple of weeks to remove dead moss and thatch from the lawn. Aerate the lawn either by spiking with a garden fork or in larger areas using a hollow-tine tool which extracts a plug of soil this will help improve compaction, a lawn sand can then be worked into the area using the back of a rake. Finally feed using an autumn lawn fertiliser which is low in nitrogen and high in phosphorous to encourage strong root growth. • Trim deciduous hedges (Beech, Hawthorn, Hornbeam) now if this has not already been done. • Take cuttings of borderline hardy perennials such as Penstemon, Verbena and Salvia and overwinter under cover. • Lift and divide hardy perennials to create new plants and regenerate the old plant. • Start planting spring flowering bulbs such as daffodils in borders. Chris Nutt: Garden Designer To contact Chris for advice on your garden design call: 07765 692396 or email: chris.nutt2@btinternet.com 34

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at Fairthorne Manor, near Botley. Parts of the route offer stunning views along chalk escarpments and a diverse range of habitats, so sign up, have fun, get fit and raise vital funds for your community!

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hat is Walk the YMCA Way? After the success of our first event in 2015, Walk the YMCA Way is back for a second year, with a few changes. Join us for a challenging but rewarding 14 mile walk through beautiful countryside from YMCA Winchester in the heart of the city to the YMCA Family Park & Campsite

Church Services St. Peter's

Bishop's Waltham SUNDAY 4 SEPTEMBER 08.00 Holy Communion 09.15 Parish Communion 09.15 Informal Service in

Church Hall

SUNDAY 11 SEPTEMBER 08.00 Holy Communion 09.15 Parish Communion 09.15 Informal Service in

Church Hall

SUNDAY 18 SEPTEMBER 08.00 Holy Communion 09.15 Parish Communion 09.15 Informal Service in

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SUNDAY 25 SEPTEMBER 08.00 Holy Communion 09.15 Parish Communion 09.15 Informal Service in

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SUNDAY 18 SEPTEMBER 10.30 Matins 18.30 Taize Service SUNDAY 25 SEPTEMBER 08.00 Holy Communion

St. Mary & All Saints' Droxford

SUNDAY 4 SEPTEMBER 08.00 Holy Communion SUNDAY 11 SEPTEMBER 10.30 Family Communion SUNDAY 18 SEPTEMBER 10.00 Informal

All-Age Service

St. Peter & St. Paul Exton

SUNDAY 4 SEPTEMBER 15.30 Harvest Festival SUNDAY 18 SEPTEMBER 08.00 Holy Communion SUNDAY 25 SEPTEMBER 10.30 Holy Communion

All funds raised from this event are split between the following areas: 50% to YMCA Fairthorne Group’s bursary scheme; 50% to international development through Y Care International. As a local community charity,YMCA Fairthorne Group supports over 40,000 children, young people and families every year. By choosing to fundraise with us you will be helping your local community and supporting young people in developing countries. Registration from: 7:45 at Family Park, we will catch the 8:54 train from Botley to Winchester, together. Alternatively, you can register at 9:00 at YMCA Winchester. All walkers will leave YMCA Winchester at 9:45 to start the walk. The entry fee is £15 per person, which includes refreshments and a T-shirt, as well as covering the cost of organising and running your event on the day. For more information please visit: www.ymca-fg.org/ walk-ymca-way/

St. Andrew's Church

SUNDAY 25 SEPTEMBER 11.00 Parish Communion

SUNDAY 4 SEPTEMBER 10.30 Family Communion SUNDAY 11 SEPTEMBER 08.00 Holy Communion SUNDAY 25 SEPTEMBER 10.30 Holy Communion

Warnford

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Methodist Church Swanmore

SUNDAY 4 SEPTEMBER 10.30 Morning Service 18.00 Evening Service SUNDAY 11 SEPTEMBER 10.30 Service with

Holy Communion 18.00 Evening Service

SUNDAY 18 SEPTEMBER 10.30 Morning Service 18.00 Service with Holy

Communion

SUNDAY 25 SEPTEMBER 10.30 Harvest Festival 18.00 Harvest Songs

of Praise

The Church of The Blessed Mary Upham

SUNDAY 4 SEPTEMBER 11.00 Parish Communion SUNDAY 11 SEPTEMBER 11.00 Family Service 18.30 Coral Evensong SUNDAY 18 SEPTEMBER 11.00 Parish Communion

The Church of Our Lady SUNDAY 4 SEPTEMBER 09.00 Holy Communion SUNDAY 11 SEPTEMBER 09.00 Parish Communion SUNDAY 18 SEPTEMBER 09.00 Holy Communion SUNDAY 25 SEPTEMBER 09.00 Mattins SATURDAYS 09.00 Morning Prayer

St. John the Evangelist West Meon

SUNDAY 4 SEPTEMBER 08.00 Holy Communion 10.30 All Age Worship SUNDAY 11 SEPTEMBER 10.30 Parish Communion SUNDAY 25 SEPTEMBER 10.30 Parish Communion WEDS & THURS (EXCEPT 7, 8 & 21) 09.00 Morning Prayer

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ane is hungry, it’s past two o’clock and she hasn’t eaten since breakfast. “It’s just been really busy today again, I’ve not had time to eat!” At that point a man in the café approaches and loudly announces how well she’s done winning MasterChef, there is an audible buzz of recognition in the café. Jane thanks him politely and retreats to a quiet part of the garden, such is her new life since winning the competition three months ago. “It’s very strange and takes some time to adjust to it, at first I was totally rabbit in headlights but I cope much better now.” Jane, her husband and four children live in Hampshire not far from Alton “I’m originally from London. Then we lived in Ascot but were not really happy so we decided to move out of London. Like many people we chose here in Hampshire because of the proximity to really good schools and a good community based life. We’ve been here for twelve years now and feel settled without a doubt, although I do need to go back to London every now and then!”

When not looking after her family and of course cooking, does Jane have a favourite place here? “Walking in the woods near my home at any time of year but especially when the bluebells are out. The River Test where I’m learning to fly fish and I really love going over on the ferry to the Isle of Wight.” Having watched Jane create the most delicious dishes on MasterChef I wonder what she enjoys cooking the most? She laughs, “Do you know I think there’s nothing like a great Sunday roast. I’m fanatical about all food but especially really good English food. I always shop locally and where possible through independent suppliers to ensure excellent and, most importantly, seasonal food. It’s so important to have the family around the table together”. If Jane was to have her fantasy dinner party, who would she invite and what would she choose to cook? “Audrey Hepburn, Martin Luther King, Frank Sinatra, David Bowie and my Nan, she taught my mum to cook and I learnt from them both through a process of osmosis really. They cooked everything from fresh so for me it came naturally. I would cook the menu I did for the Master Chef final;

Winkles and parsley on toast served with pan-fried cockles and mussels, langoustine tempura, deep-fried caper berry and a saffron mayonnaise; a main course of an Indian inspired Sunday Roast including Braised Shoulder of Lamb marinated in yoghurt, cumin and garam masala, with cannon of lamb cooked in a red chilli, garlic and kaffir lime leaf puree, shallot bhajis, roasted cauliflower, pan-fried shallot, onion puree, deep-fried kaffir lime leaves and a lamb and masala gravy; and a dessert of Rhubarb and Custard – a vanilla panna cotta flavoured with rosemary, served with honeycomb, roasted rhubarb, a rhubarb and ginger granite and a burnt orange and lemon caramel.’’ If Jane were to cook for her culinary hero: who, what and where? “Ah Marcus Wareing - I’ve been lucky enough to eat at his restaurant and the food was just beautiful. We would sit on a roof top over looking Westminster Bridge, as for the food I think he would have to choose the menu!” Does Jane see herself as a chef or a cook? “Oh a cook most definitely. I have an absolute passion for really good food and I adore cooking but I’m not a professionally trained chef, I would never call myself that, the food they produce is just amazing, I would never put myself there.” How did Jane find the whole Master Chef experience? “I’ve always watched the program but never imagined I

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would be a contestant let alone win Master Chef! My son encouraged, well, pushed me into it really. It’s an amazing experience, people don’t realise it takes three months to film and you’re constantly shopping for really good quality food because you need to rehearse each dish more than once. But the Master Chef team supplies all the contestants with their amazing ingredients for the televised programs. You don’t really see a great deal of Greg and John, they only appear for the judging, but as the competition progresses they become more involved and are just lovely and incredibly supportive. It becomes a very intense atmosphere once there are just three of you left but equally we became very close just like family not competitors, in fact they are all coming over for dinner soon.” Jane is quoted as saying that all the years of being a mum means she can multitask easily. “ Well it’s so true, all women have that ability and it’s not celebrated enough. We’re not just cooking the supper but checking homework, answering the phone, knowing the

whereabouts of every thing for everybody. That multitasking tool came in very handy when I cooked for on MasterChef for a large number– I wasn’t nervous at all!” What is it like being Jane Devonshire since becoming winner of MasterChef 2016? “I’m the same, I’m not about to change at my age! Just because I’m dealing with more I won’t let it alter me, I think the children find it harder than me really. But I have fabulous family and long-term friends who are very protective of me and who I trust implicitly. My kids keep me grounded they always made fun of the way my hair looked a mess all the time on Master Chef and they think it’s really weird seeing my picture on the front of the Sunday Telegraph!” What is her mantra for life? “I genuinely believe you have to look for the good things in life, finding a positive in certain situations is not always easy but there will always be a good side.” What next for Jane? “ To be honest I’m not quite sure! There are lots of exciting projects being discussed at the moment. I discovered I have 10,000 followers on Twitter; it’s a bit scary! The MasterChef team looks after me very well and I trust their judgment, so we’ll see. I think if something like this happens to you then it’s important to give back, I’m going off to talk to Perins school soon and my own website is now live which amongst other things celebrates excellent local producers.” Which three things could Jane not live without? “Easy. Family, health and, of course, good food”. Jane Devonshire may well have been thrust into the limelight but she remains unaffected and utterly lovely. www.janedevonshire.com WRITTEN BY GILL GRANT

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LEISURE ISSUE 12 | SEPTEMBER

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at the Romsey Show - 10 September

n its 174th year, the Romsey Show has chosen one of its key industries, Forestry as its theme. A great day out for everyone is planned on Saturday 10th September, with special ring attractions including a ‘logging display’, The Adams Axemen, a Chainsaw Carving competition, various sawbenches, a charcoal burner and displays of vintage forestry and logging equipment.

made. ‘Black Fox’ will be bringing a charcoal burner to the show, lighting it to burn through Friday night, and then unpacking the finished product on showday. Charcoal does not start off in bags from the supermarket – come and see how it goes from wood to being your BBQ fuel.

In the main President’s Ring, local Fordingbridge-based farmer and heavy horse breeder, David Shearing, will be bringing along a team of horses to show how they work in the forests and woods moving logs. Also joining him will be friends and colleagues and their mobile saw pit – demonstrating the traditional method of sawing trees into planks by hand. We are very grateful to Hampshire Collegiate School for sponsoring this unique display. The Countryside Ring will play host to the Adams Axemen from Ringwood demonstrating their power and skill with razor sharp axe’s to chop logs. A great atmosphere is created with the crowd being invited to cheer for the fastest. In the Special Events area the show is welcoming 3 saw-benches powered by a mixture of steam- and vintage-driven engines. Watch these majestic beasts help the saws make light work of the largest of trees, cutting them into various workable lengths. In this area visitors will also see an Alaskan saw bench. Richard Austin, the show’s usual chainsaw carver, is this year joined by some friends for a carving competition, kindly sponsored by Mole Valley Farmers. Come and be astounded as these people make a seemingly large and ordinary tree trunk into a work of art suitable to grace any garden or sculpture park. Then, at the day’s end, join the live auction to take one of these pieces home with you. Come to the show and see how charcoal is

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Romsey Show is arguably the largest and oldest one-day agricultural, horse and countryside show in the south and west. The show is being held on Saturday 10th September at Broadlands Park in Romsey. Advance tickets available from the show’s website or a variety of local outlets. Forestry is the theme but there’s plenty else to do and see – in fact something for everyone. For more information: Tel: 01794 517521 www.romseyshow.co.uk enquiries@romseyshow.co.uk


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Mayor of Winchester’s Charities Presents

Saturday 15th October 2016

Organ and Piano Duo Concert 7.30pm St John’s Church, Alresford Featuring the fantastic talents of internationally renowned organist Thomas Trotter and pianist Roger Owens.

The concert will include Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, Addinsell’s Warsaw Concerto and other virtuosic show pieces. Roger Owens

Thomas Trotter

Bar open from 6.30pm

(many thanks to Winchester Rotary for running the bar)

Tickets £15 (adults)

£10 (students) available from

Winchester Tourist Information Centre

Six West, Alresford

and online at

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Leisure

A LIFE IN TV WITH ALASTAIR STEWART

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lastair Stewart joined Southern TV as a reporter in 1976, before moving to ITN in 1980 as industrial correspondent, then as presenter of the main bulletins. He reported live from the fall of the Berlin Wall, spent a year as ITN’s Washington Correspondent, covered the Gulf War from Saudi Arabia, becoming the first British TV reporter to broadcast live from the liberated Kuwait City. He has provided live commentaries for State Visits, Royal Weddings, Elections, and

moderated the first Leaders debate in the 2010 General Election between Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg. He will reveal the stories behind these events in conversation with fellow-broadcaster John Miller in Bishop’s Sutton Village Hall on Friday, September 30th at 7pm. Tickets £10 from: Lynette Joly on 01962 733540 or Angela Milligan on 01962 732241

BUTSERFEST 2016 - SATURDAY 10 SEPTEMBER

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utserfest is an alcohol and drug-free music festival for young people, featuring three stages of live music. Butserfest is the UKs biggest and best alcohol and drug-free music festival for young people. It features three stages of live music, showcasing everything from internationally acclaimed bands to local up and coming acts.

wire!), market stalls and a diverse range of tasty food and drink. 2016 promises to be bigger and better than ever before in celebration of our tenth year, so get your tickets today. The festival is organised by East Hampshire District Council and takes place at Queen Elizabeth Country Park, Petersfield, Hampshire on Saturday 10 September 2016.

It's going to be amazing! Our line-up announcements will take place on social media and on our website from early April, so connect now to be the first to know. As well as fabulous music, we have loads of fun, free activities (including, for the first year ever, a zip

10am - 11pm Price: Earlybird GBP 15, Advance ticket - GBP 20, Gate price (cash) - GBP 30 Queen Elizabeth Country Park, Petersfield, Hampshire PO8OQE Saturday 10 Sep 2016

Calendar MONDAY 5 SEPTEMBER Brighten your Autumn Days with Dancing and Yoga From 4.30pm - 10.30pm at Winchester Discovery Centre, SO23 8SB. Starting with a week of Taster Sessions for all ages from kids aged 4 to those Young at Heart! Drop in: £5 children, £7 or £9 for adults depending on Class Choice Get one free session for every 10 attended with your Club Card! Contact: Silvia & Max Salsa y Sol Dance. www. salsaysol.co.uk TUESDAY 13 SEPTEMBER Hampshire Writers Society: Publisher Barry Cunningham and Guest Speakers Barry Cunningham OBE, the best known name in children's publishing, Publisher and Managing Director of Chicken House, a highly individual children's book publishing company will launch the HWS 6th season. 7pm for drinks and networking, 7.30pm for speaker.The Stripe Building, University of Winchester, Sparkford Road,Winchester, SO22 4NR. £5 non-members. Students free. For more information: www. hampshirewriterssociety.co.uk. SATURDAY 24 SEPTEMBER Vintage Dance Night - Wickham with Rhythm The finest vintage dance party in town returns on Saturday Sept 24th - tickets only £4! The last event was a 200 people Sell out.This one will be even bigger! Featuring a large dancefloor, big screen 50s movie projections, a light show plus a well-stocked bar and kitchen accompanying the finest vinyl sounds of the 40s, 50s & 60s: Swing, Jive, Rock n Roll & Motown.The event is family friendly (under 16s go FREE). It's a fun social night; so you don't have to be an experienced jiver or swing dancer to enjoy yourself - you just have to love vintage music! Wickham Centre, Nr Fareham, PO17 5AL, 7pm to Midnight. Event details & booking here: www.ticketsource.co.uk/wickham THURSDAY 13 OCTOBER Annual Bridge Tea with Winchester GoLD From 2pm - 5pm at The White House, Main Road, Littleton,Winchester, SO22 6QS. Come and join us for a friendly competition and a gorgeous homemade tea.To book a table (£50 per table), or make a donation please contact Gimma at: gimmamacp@aol.com or telephone 01962 884098


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been clear that no further development should be allowed in Wickham unless these issues are tackled. Winchester City Council has listened to these concerns and included policies in the Local Plan to improve the situation.

COMMU NITY ISSUE 12 | SEPTEMBER

Community

GEORGE HOLLINGBERY ENSURES WICKHAM RESIDENTS SEE DRAINAGE PLAN

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eon Valley MP George Hollingbery has helped force Southern Water to publish its Wickham Drainage Action Plan, identifying the sewerage flooding problems the village faces in the years to come. The document looks at an area’s drainage system and models the potential impact of future development on the performance of sewers, but it is not usually released to the general public. George liaised with residents’ groups in the village and co-ordinated a joint letter with local councils to Matthew

Wright, the Chief Executive of Southern Water, to ask for an exception to be made and he quickly agreed. Many parts of Wickham, but particularly Riverside Mews, have been plagued by sewerage problems for many years because, as the village has grown, the system has struggled to cope. “I am very pleased Mr Wright made clear it Wickham was a special case regarding to the publishing of this document because quite a few residents have suffered with sewerage in their homes and gardens after heavy rain for some years,” said George. I have always

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t’s been a beautiful sunny day, summer dresses are on, pedicures are on display and you don’t want the day to end. We’ve all spent many an enjoyable summer’s evening in a beer garden or at a friends for a BBQ, but they all just seem so… typical. And in reality what actually happens is the local supermarket runs out of meat and the beer gardens get

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so busy no one can move as everyone tries to squeeze the last few hours of sun out of the day. What if you could still spend those balmy summer evenings outdoors with your friends, but not in the smelly back yard of a pub, but instead in a field, with the most stunning views of the South Downs National Park? Relaxed,

“I am delighted that Southern Water are now taking this issue seriously as well. Its co-operation in releasing the plan prior to the examination of the Local Plan is most appreciated because having this information in the public domain should lead to a proper debate on what must happen next.” The Drainage Action Plan will be included in the evidence used by the Planning Inspector to assess Winchester City Council’s Local Plan. This key policy document sets out where houses will be built in the district until 2031. Patricia Stallard, Hampshire County Councillor for Wickham, who worked with George on getting the DAP released, was also very pleased with the outcome. “I am very pleased that the DAP has been released. Hopefully we will now be able to move forward at greater speed to resolve Wickham’s flooding problems. I will of course continue to work closely with local residents on this matter.” For updates on this matter, please visit George's website: www.georgehollingbery.com

laid back and escaping from it all. What if you then add in a classic movie and a bar stocked with exquisite cocktails and local ales? Sound like a great idea? Well that’s exactly what Chris Horn of Droxford thought when he established Film on a Farm in 2015. Now into his 2nd year, Film on a Farm is storming ahead, with 10 screenings already planned and more to squeeze in around Harvest. Make no mistake 2016 is set to be even bigger and better than ever. Gates open at 7pm. Films showing in September are: Notting Hill (9 Sep 2016) and Grease (10 Sep 2016) at Mayhill Lane, Droxford, Southampton, SO32 3AH. Visit our Website: www.filmonafarm.co.uk


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he last day of the summer holidays! Already? Can’t be…well sadly it was. As usual a dear friend and I journeyed out of county to a glorious West Sussex beach, accompanied by Star II and chum and mermaid daughter of friend and her chum who came equipped with a ‘pop up’ tent. We have always been blessed with the weather and that day was no exception with storm clouds parting to reveal blue and gold the shallow sea sparkled. For once I had remembered the mallet so we set about staking out our territory with the use of windbreaks and then it was the first ever errection of my new beach tent.The young had no problem with their tent, aptly named it simply popped up and they weighed it down with stones. My chum and I however had just about managed to get the new shelter from its bag but it looked like no tent we had ever seen. Much like an inside out umbrella it had a steel skeleton on the outside with various clips but it was very low to the ground, we’re talking limbo. Perhaps it was excitement or the heat but it took my chum, who is a Doctor I might tell you, and I a significant amount of time to work out that the frame extended….ah right. So after that it was plain sailing and the tent was up and secured- base camp established! The chum of Star II was unimpressed with camp and stretched out on a towel just alongside. As Star II retreated into the tent with some custard creams the girls were heard tittering and peeping unable to believe they had the most popular boy all to themselves. For his part he looked as cool as a cucumber all he required was a Gitaine, perhaps not since Brexit, a cocktail, (and a few more years) and the girls would swoon. Star II couldn’t be doing with it all, emerging from the tent brandishing a spade he simply said, “Do you want to dig a hole?” Coolness quickly evaporated, ‘Yeah ok then’, leaving the girls thinking they may go for someone in Yr. 10. So having brushed their hair again they strolled nonchalantly along the shore, hole digging being SO unsophisticated!

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Oh yes sand, the wind had picked up and changed direction with the in- coming tide and wind breaks were no longer inclined to do their duty. Once the barbi eventually caught alight, after a slight technical hitch when we forgot to remove the cardboard tray from the bottom, the sausages were soon sizzling.Yet no matter how we tried contorting our bodies this way and that to block the Sahara type sands the snags ended up just a tiny bit…gritty, and no amount of ketchup in a finger roll could disguise it. Cool chum was cajoled into trying one but declared he had his own picnic- clearly he’d been on one of our beach excursions before, even Star II gave up on what I told him was valuable fibre and disappeared back into the tent with some Pringles. The increasing wind emptied the beach of all but the most hardy and then our time was up too.We cleared base camp, the usual soggy apparel and rubbish into plastic bags.The new beach tent was easily folded into its bag but not before it revealed a petrified hot dog with a single bite taken from it… sea gulls gathered and then hurriedly retreated, too much for even them.The boys had wandered off towards ice creams, the girls were singing and dancing to the latest chart noise. All we had to do was to pop the pop up tent back into its small circular bag- simple. And so the sands of time slipped by, now physics has never been my specialist subject and I’ll happily confess to being a sarnie short of a picnic, (or even a hot dog short of a barbi in this instance), so I was somewhat reliant on my chum. But I quickly realized that biology was more her thing as she grappled with the uncontrollable pop up circular sea serpent. More time passed as we thoroughly calculated exactly how fit ten feet of tent into two foot of bag, the answer was simple… with no instructions we couldn’t. Exasperated we laid heavy things upon it in the back of the car for fear of it popping up at an inopportune moment, while assuring the owner that her mum would be ok about it…or we would buy another.

My dear chum and I relaxed in the sun sipping beach café latte reminiscing about the previous years on that beach, and others in France, and just how quickly the sands of time had run through our metaphorical timer. In a blink of an eye the currant offspring would not want to come on this annual trip, ‘What with YOU! No thanks!”.

We will miss our children and their various friends, but we’ll travel lighter to the beach in our dotage, M&S food, two deck chairs, elasticated waistbands and open toe sandals.

We made a pact that we would continue to come each year as long as our knees allowed us. But were we down hearted? No not when there was barbecuing to be done the offspring would need hearty fodder with all that sea air and sand….

Sandra Pagan.

Stuff that!! How depressing turn the sand timer up the other way, I’m off to by a purple pop up tent and a paddleboard.


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Treasure your Treasures Heritage Open Days (8-11 September)

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n July this year, Heritage Open Days 2016 was launched at the RIBA by Patron Loyd Grossman. He described the event, which attracts over three million visitors annually, as ‘the world’s greatest heritage festival’. It offers an opportunity for communities to come together, to engage with their local history and heritage and to foster a sense of belonging and place. It is also a once-a-year chance to be a tourist in your own town and to treasure the treasures on your doorstep. This September sees the welcome return of Heritage Open Days to Winchester with over 40 events taking place in and around the city. Many places will also be putting on special family friendly events including P&G Wells where you can Come and Meet Binky Bear and listen to his adventures around historic Winchester. Children will receive an Explorer Pack complete with trail maps, checklists and colouring sheets and are also invited to bring along their teddy for a photo with Binky. The Winchester City Mill will be running a milling weekend with hands-on activities, displays and baking demonstrations. Enjoy Regency readings, storytelling and dancing in the ballroom at St John's House, or join an afternoon of arty fun and use traditional printing presses at the Colour Factory Studios. Take a ride in a vintage bus and visit the Winchester Lido where you can have a go at badminton, judo or aikido and learn more about the building’s fascinating past. Some events need to be pre-booked including tours of museum collections, Theatre Royal, Winchester College, the Cathedral Close, and areas rich in history such as Hyde, Chesil and St Cross. There's even a ghost walk! Visitors will be given a rare chance to see inside Wolvesey, the Bishop of Winchester's home, the Barter Memorial Chapel with its beautiful stained glass windows, Serle’s House and Abbey House, the Mayor's official residence. Watch

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traditional skills that have been used for hundreds of years at one of the workshops that will be open - see a wedding ring being made, clocks and watches repaired and book binders at work. The Royal Green Jackets Museum, the City of Winchester Trust and the Hospital of St Cross will all be holding exhibitions and, at the Abbey Mill, an evening of poetry celebrating some of Hampshire's heritage sites will be read alongside an exhibition of 'Nunnaminster - An Artist's Interpretation' inspired by the lives of the women who lived there hundreds of years ago. Further afield you can discover the recent history of the Matterley Bowl and join a guided tour of the stunning natural amphitheatre within the South Downs National Park. The Grange at Northington, owned by English Heritage, is not normally open to the public but currently used for opera events and private functions. Heritage Open Days offers a rare opportunity to see inside this 'roofed ruin' which is one of the earliest Greek revival houses in Europe. The Watercress Company in Alresford is joining forces with the Winchester Distillery to present an evening of Watercress and Gin where you can explore the history of watercress in Hampshire, take a guided walk around the beds and learn more about the health-giving properties of watercress and wasabi. The evening will be rounded off with a tour of the distillery and free tasting of their award-winning gin. For more Heritage Open Days information and booking details please visit www.heritageopendays.org.uk and www.visitwinchester.co.uk. Programmes can also be obtained from the Winchester Tourist Information Centre.


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journalists:- Freddie Rostand, who worked as a senior broadcast journalist at the BBC for 20 years; and Jackie Thornton, the former health editor of the Sun. Each session is tailored to the attendees’ requirements, depending on the threats, crisis or challenges each spokesperson is likely to face. Freddie can advise you on how to establish and stick to your main messages during an interview, how to stay calm and manage crisis relations, and how to tell your story in the right way for each type of journalist, whether that is for a national newsdesk, television, radio, trade press or local media. Jackie and Freddie work on a day-to-day basis with practising journalists, all experts in their field. Every area of the media training course is crammed with up-todate information and working knowledge of the press.

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ostand UK, the digital video marketing experts based at Bishop’s Waltham in Hampshire, gave a fascinating introduction to techniques for managing the press at a recent talk for Chamber of Commerce members entitled: “Media and Muffins”. Spurred on by the success of that talk,

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Community BRITISH SAILING TEAM AT FORTHCOMING SOUTHAMPTON BOAT SHOW

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n Giles Scott added to Great Britain’s medal tally yesterday (Tuesday 16 August) with a stunning victory in the Men's One Person Dinghy (Heavyweight) Finn class at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. This follows Nick Dempsey’s

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said: “The real value of this service is that people can continue living in our remote villages who might not otherwise be able to manage, due to lack of public transport. We are grateful to the Department of Transport for this grant which secures the future of the community bus service for years to come.”

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Community CLEAR ROAD AHEAD FOR MEON VALLEY COMMUNITY BUS

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new minibus paid for by the Department of Transport’s Community Mini-bus Fund has put community transport in the Meon Valley on the road to a secure future. The new Ford diesel minibus – built to latest Euro VI emissions standards - was officially unveiled at the AGM of the Meon Valley Community Bus Association (MVCBA) on July 21st and is now in service on regular routes from Soberton and Newtown to Fareham, Winchester, Waterlooville and Petersfield and is also available for charter by community groups. Run entirely by volunteers, the association covers its costs mainly

through the Hampshire County Council travel scheme which reimburses it when bus passes are used. Its remaining income comes from fare-paying passengers and charter fees. Last year the bus carried nearly 1200 passengers on its scheduled trips – most are intent on shopping, but others meet up with friends and family in town or do their banking and visit council offices or libraries. Certain passengers simply enjoy meeting up on the bus for some company and a good chat. Summing up the importance of the bus to the local community, Association Chairman Professor David Williams

TASTE OF WICKHAM FESTIVAL - SUNDAY 11 SEPTEMBER

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nce again, the Taste of Wickham Festival returns to the Square. This is a celebration of over 60 shops, businesses, cafes, restaurants and organisations based in and around Wickham, plus street entertainment and children's activities and cookery demonstrations by local chefs. With free entry and free parking, how can you say no?

Music

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community choir; Acca-Voce. (Acca-Voce will be performing at 2pm by the bus stop in the Square)

Cookery

Once again, 5 local chefs will be passing on their secret recipes for you to enjoy on the day and recreate at home. They’ll all use local produce, including some of the The Southern Co-operative’s Local Flavours range, to make sure that their dish truly is a Taste of Wickham. More details of chefs and recipes to follow soon.

Magic

New for 2016! This year we’ve got some extra entertainment for you. Count

Every effort is made to ensure the service is fine-tuned to passengers’ needs - a new timetable introduced in January added a monthly trip to Petersfield and an extra Winchester run, by popular request. Also, free “park and ride” facilities at Soberton Village Hall and Rookesbury Hall are making it easier for people not on the bus route to take advantage of the service – and the MVCBA hopes to add to these in future.

Frailer passengers get special help, too, as drivers are usually more than happy to include request stops or drop passengers at their front door The scheduled service makes a huge difference to local residents. Paying tribute to the volunteers behind the MVCBA at the AGM, Meon Valley MP George Hollingbery said: “It’s a real credit to your organisation that you have secured this fantastic investment in your community. At a time when many services are disappearing to have a scheduled bus for this area is very important.” To enquire about chartering the Community Bus ring Richard Blackburn on 01489 877391. The Meon Valley Community Bus Timetable can be found via the “our villages” section on www. soberton.org

Backwards will be putting on 3 magic shows throughout the day – designed to appeal to adults and children alike. Shows will take place in the magic tent (next to the kids activity tent) at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.

Children's Entertainment

Once again, Taste of Wickham is providing loads of FREE entertainment and activities for kids. Thanks to Coffin Mew, children can have their faces painted for free. There is also a free bouncy castle and crafty kids will be able to try their hand at making funky glasses and summer pictures with Creation Station Fareham. For more information please visit: www.wickhamsquare.co.uk/ tasteofwickham.


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roadstreet Restaurant is located within Meon Valley Marriott Hotel & Country Club and is open to all. With a rustic modern setting, views of the glorious Hampshire Countryside and attentive first class service this really is a delightful dining experience. Executive Head Chef Paul Watts and his highly talented team have created an exquisite a la a carte menu using fresh, seasonal ingredients and includes Pan Fried Scallops, Herb Crusted Saddle of Lamb and Banana Cheesecake – sounds delicious doesn’t it?

Traditional Sunday Lunch is served between 12.30pm and 4pm and is available from just £9.95. Children aged 5 – 12 receive their meal half price and children under 5 are free! This truly is the perfect way to finish your week.

Broadstreet Restaurant is the perfect venue to sit back, relax and enjoy delicious food. Booking is advisable in advance by calling 01329 836 826 or book online at MarriottMeonValley. co.uk Get together with a group of friends and enjoy Afternoon Tea with free flowing bubbly. Available Friday – Sunday from 12pm – 5pm for just £20 per person. Free flowing bubby and cakes with friends… who can resist!

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SUNDAY LUNCH FROM JUST £9.95

Sunday Lunch available in Broadstreet Restaurant & Bar from 12.30pm – 4pm

Indulge yourself this Sunday with a home cooked roast and surround yourself with friends and family. Our Broadstreet Restaurant & Bar is the perfect setting for you to sit back, relax and enjoy.

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