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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

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. Email: administration@ winchesterdistrictcab.org.uk  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

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

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 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

 St John The Baptist C.E Primary School Solomons Lane, Waltham Chase. Tel: 01329 833141

Hospitals

 Swanmore College (Secondary School) New Road, Swanmore. Tel: 01489 892256

 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 28600

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

 Swanmore C.E Primary School Church Road, Swanmore. Tel: 01489 894555

 West Meon C.E Primary School Church Lane, West Meon. Tel: 01730 829213

 Jubilee Hall Little Shore Lane, Bishops Waltham, SO32 1ED. Tel: 01489 892323

 Wickham C.E Primary School Buddens Road, Wickham. Tel: 01329 833065

 Priory Park Elizabeth Way, Bishops Waltham, SO32 1SQ. Tel: 01489 892323

Surgeries & Chemists  Bishops Waltham Surgery Lower Lane, Bishops Waltham bishopswalthamsurgery.nhs.uk Tel: 01489 892288  Droxford Surgery 35 The Park, Droxford Tel: 01489 877588

 Denmead Infant School Hambledon Road, Denmead. Tel: 02392 262717

 Hambledon Surgery East Street, Hambledon Tel: 02392 632453

 Denmead Junior School Bere Road, Denmead. Tel: 02392 252735

 Lloyds Pharmacy High Street, Bishops Waltham Tel: 01489 892499

 Droxford Junior School Union Lane, Droxford. Tel: 01489 877537

 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

 Hambledon Primary School Church Lane, Hambledon. Tel: 02392 632440

 Clanfield Memorial Hall South Lane, Clanfield, PO8 0RB Tel: 07854 821338

 Meonstoke C.E School Chapel Road, Meonstoke. Tel: 01489 877568

 Denmead Community Centre School Lane, Denmead, PO7 6LU Tel: 02392 256132

 Newton Soberton Infant School Church Road, Newtown. Tel: 01329 833161

 Hambledon Village Hall West Street, Hambledon, Waterlooville, Hampshire, PO7 4RW

 Upham C.E Primary School Upham Street, Upham. Tel: 01489 860355

 The Denmead Practice The Health Centre, Hambledon Road, Denmead denmeaddoctorssurgery.co.uk Tel: 02392 239630

 East Meon C.E Primary School Chapel Street, East Meon. Tel: 01730 823218

 East Meon Village Hall Workhouse Lane, East Meon, GU32 1PF

 Meonstoke Village Hall Committee Pound Lane, Meonstoke, SO32 3NP. Email: meonhallbookings@yahoo.co.uk

 Clanfield Junior School Little Hyden Lane, Clanfield. Tel: 02392 593209

 Durley Primary School Durley Brook Road, Durley. Tel: 01489 860207

 Durley Memorial Hall Durley Brook Road, SO32 2AR Tel: 01489 860236

 Droxford Village Hall The Square, Droxford, SO32 3QL

 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 email: john.shorrocks997@btinternet. com If you would like to add something to our useful information page then please send your copy to editor@forumpublications. co.uk. Please note that we cannot guarantee publication.


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BISHOPS WALTHAM FESTIVAL: 20TH YEAR CELEBRATIONS: 14TH - 17TH JULY 2016

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ishop's Waltham Festival have been presenting events in support of our town for 20 years, during those years we have seen art installations, choral productions, professional theatre performances, music competitions, outdoor cinema, music festivals, story telling and more in many locations throughout the town.

Bishop's Waltham Festival 1996 – 2016

Our Festival was started by John Cochrane and his late wife Helga. He came, looked at the village with the Palace, and thought every Irish village has an arts festival, why not here? This is ideal! He told me this with great glee last July when he came to our hugely successful Music festival. There have been many ups and downs in the last twenty years but we are still thriving and entirely run by volunteers, with grant help when we can get it. Regulars of the early years were the Bournemouth Sinfonietta and one year the Black Dyke Mills Band attracted 1000 with their picnics. Ah, the picnics.. who will forget last year's Tempest? Other famous performers have included Humphrey Littleton (on a lovely summer's evening), Kenny Ball, the Albion Band, Show of Hands, The Tremeloes (very wet) and George Melly (had to be pushed up on stage). 8

Joe Whetham's son's student company gave us a magical Midsummer's Night's Dream, roving the grounds with the Court by the Brewhouse wall, the fairies in the Dell and Titania waking to a glorious sunset. It's the Dream again this year from the Rain or Shine theatre company coming here, now twice a year, for the last 12 years. Showcasing local talent is a huge part of the festival. The excellent Festival Singers, begun with Sammy Cross and now with Fleur Wainwright, are in concert annually in St Peter's Church and today's Music Festival grew from the battles of the bands. The early Art exhibitions arranged by the Parret family have grown into community art creations, think of the Agincourt photo figures and the 1914 commemorative poppies. Festival Day has always been about children, performing and making., creative activities and workshops.When we had to leave the Palace (one of the downs) we relocated Festival Day to the High Street setting a new trend. New spaces led to new ventures, comedy nights, concerts in restaurants, pavement art and storytelling and, now back in the Palace, outdoor cinema. Last year 2,000 people came to our great glee and we hope to welcome you all this year on the weekend of July 14th-17th.

Calendar FRIDAY 1 SATURDAY 9 JULY Winchester Festival 2016 This annual festival showcases music, talks, drama, visual arts and guided walks in nine days of events in venues across the city. Speakers include Michael Morpurgo, Sandi Toksvig,Vince Cable, Antony Beevor, Alice Roberts and Esther Rantzen. Music highlights include evening performances by the Waynflete Singers with Brahms' German Requiem, award-winning choir Sansara and Britten's community opera Noye's Fludde, as well as the popular lunchtime concerts by young musicians. Booking: Cathedral Box Office, 01962 857 276 or www.winchesterfestival.co.uk

SATURDAY 2 JULY Brass Band Concert Organised by the Bishop's Waltham Minibus Group. 7.30pm - 10pm at Jubilee Hall, Bishop's Waltham. For more information call 01489 893125 or email: sandykara@btinternet.com

SATURDAY 9 JULY Wickham in Rhythm The Wickham with Rhythm club night returns with DJ Paul spinning an all vinyl set. If you like Jive and Swing tunes from the 40s to the 60s, together with 50s Mambo, Rhythm & Blues, Northern Soul and Rock n Roll then you're going to love this! The event features a bar, big screen movie projections and is Family Friendly so kids are welcome! Under 16s go FREE. Tickets are ÂŁ3 and limited so it's best to book online: https:// www.ticketsource.co.uk/wickham. Remaining tickets will be on the door. More details can be found on our Facebook site: www.facebook.com/ wickham50s/. The Wickham Centre, Wickham, PO17 5AL

THURSDAY 14 JULY Festival Singers & Junior Choir 'Midsummer Melodies' At 7pm in St Peter's Church, Bishop's Waltham. Organised by Bishop's Waltham Festival. For more information please email Lynn Lee: pllee5030@gmail.com


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On Behalf of the Committee.. WHAT DO YOU THINK?

A committee is a body who keep minutes and waste hours,” so said Milton Berie. Alec Issignosis was equally unenthusiastic, “A camel is a horse designed by a committee.” While Charles Kettering was brutal,” If you want to kill any idea in the world get a committee working on it.” Committees, it seems, are not that popular and in reality there are those that have fallen foul of committees and their rulingsplanning committees in particular occasionally get bad press, at times justifiably so. Others consider those who sit on committees to be aged, busy bodies poking their noses in where not needed, having nothing better to do. Certainly I never thought I would be a committee kind’a gal (and I still rule out those committees connected with politics), but I have learnt just how out moded and incorrect some of the above notions are. It can be a godly amount of work, and I don’t mean that in a saintly kind of way, presumably you pick your committee because you believe in the group or event - so you can’t whine about it. But there is a huge amount to be gained by joining a committee; friendship or at least comradeship, a sense of doing somethingcall it what you will- for community, others, your soul, ‘putting something back’; those are the feelings of the majority of committee members.You’ll always get those who want to be seen to be doing, but they might well bail when the going gets tough. The fact is, in the towns or villages where you live there are probably many events to partake of and enjoy, but behind the scenes there is an army of volunteers who get the job done over

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preceding months to deliver your community a great day and, more often than not, with a charitable element. The smaller events may need to co ordinate stalls, refreshments, entertainment, collection of items for re-sale and advertising which takes a huge amount of organisation. While larger events have to negotiate with local authorities about road closures and signage, portable loos, rubbish collection, health and safety, risk assessment, health and hygiene, transport, media and marketing before they make a start on entertainment. The lists are endless. Perhaps the noticeable absence from the world of the committee is youth. Why are they not more involved? After all they have a lot to offer, social media is the greatest marketing tool there is one click and your event is out there - and it’s second nature to them. I can see that there are some committees that are obviously unappealing to the younger members of our community, but what about music festivals, beer festivals or sports festivals? For any young person wanting a career in Marketing, Business or Events Management these local events are a gift, giving serious experience at a local level which ticks the voluntary work boxes on a CV or Duke of Edinburgh scheme. It’s not nerdy it’s the exact same experience their degree course will expect them to get involved in later. So it’s a duality of those on ‘behalf of the committee’ embracing youth and all it has to offer and youth getting over itself and volunteering. There are benefits for all. What do you think? GG.


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Behind the Scenes at Olive and Ted

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f when you hear the name Olive and Ted you think "Oh yes, they paint furniture" you are right ....and wrong. So, although we offer you beautiful pieces of hand painted furniture, or can paint yours for you, we also offer a much wider range of products and services.We are continually developing the business to inspire you to create beautiful homes. Here is a quick peek at what actually goes on behind the scenes at Olive and Ted, painting and beyond.

Monday

Lots to do this week. First we placed an order for our fabulous Everlong Superior Finish Paint for furniture. Next we placed a customer order for 5L of our Earthborn Paint for walls and woodwork in ‘Grasshopper’. We managed to paint 4 chairs and recover the seat pads in the customer’s own fabric this afternoon. At last our new sample books arrived from Ada and Ina full of beautiful linens for curtains and cushions so we spent an hour looking through these and planning cushion designs for a new range. We can’t wait to start sewing!

Tuesday

We spent far too long this morning looking through our new fabric swatch books again so moved on to sewing time for cushions – bee and stag designs – and lampshade making for both the shop and to fill customer orders.We painted a chest of drawers in Vintage white by Everlong and used one of our range of clever patterned rollers to create a beautiful wild flower pattern on the drawers.We are running low on knobs and handles so we have started an order… more choices to make... Finally, another free furniture delivery this evening.

Wednesday

This morning was spent making custom signs and then a trip over to our flower supplier to pick up some stock for our new ‘flower stall’ in the Boutique.We chose some wonderful roses and sunflowers for this summer to fill all our beautiful jugs and vases. One of our furniture dealers popped by this afternoon and we bought a few lovely pieces to paint up for the Boutique. Lots of customers in the boutique today for our Everlong Superior Finish Paint for furniture.We also took 2 orders for our bespoke farmhouse tables. It must be the good weather! Finally, 2 free furniture deliveries tonight. Phew.

Thursday

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Friday

A quick window change this morning before we opened which somehow ended up in moving the whole Boutique around!. We did some experimenting today with paint techniques - some more successful than others – as we like to keep bringing our customers new ideas. A very busy day in the Boutique with lots of new commission work coming through and enquiries about sourcing furniture from our stock. We finished a large order for garden furniture painted in our Everlong Superior Finish Paint this afternoon and delivered it back this evening. We even managed to remember to take some photographs of it for Facebook and Instagram!

Saturday

We put a couple of newly painted pieces into the Boutique this morning including a large dresser straight out of our spray booth. We spent about an hour planning new workshop dates and updating oliveandted.com before planning out next week’s schedule. Several furniture sales made today so we have gaps to fill next week. We don’t like gaps. This afternoon it was back to those linen swatch books from Ada and Ina and we finally shortlisted fabrics to buy for the new cushion range. We have been wondering how to pull all our new product ranges together and this afternoon had an idea to create mood boards to inspire our customers… Roll on next week! If you are interested in any of the products or services mentioned please pop into the Boutique, call us on 01489 891325 or email us at oliveandtedinteriors@ gmail.com. More information is also available at oliveandted.com


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Leisure

WIGGLE MEGA MEON CYCLING EVENT - SUNDAY 24 JULY

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f ever there was a perfect setting for a sunny sportive to unfold on a weekend’s morning, the Meon Valley would be up there with the best. Its tree-sheltered darting country lanes, forest backdrops, field-side rolling roads and spectacular views across to the Solent, Spinnaker Tower and Isle of Wight make this one not to miss. Its valley setting will provide enough hills to keep you on your toes, too, as any kind of sharp and testing climb could wait around any corner. With excellent views and punchy climbs thrown in with swooping terrain, this a fine all-round sportive that will take your breath away – in more ways than one. As you set off from the ride’s base, you’ll notice that the more miles you cover, the further away you get from towns and civilisation as the route will guide you through the best of the Hampshire countryside, occasionally flitting across to West Sussex. Ambling out into the open, you’ll be led over the A3 and into the wilderness as you head through the back lanes and up towards Petersfield.

Checking past East Meon, you’ll have to slog it out on a series of drawn-out climbs before hitting a descent sweet-spot around Warnford, which gives around a mile of fast downhill action. Continuing to head north, the hills around the Upper Wield area may pose problems for tired legs, yet there’s still some distance to go. Heading through Northington, Tichborne and Cheriton, what should be the penultimate climbing challenge comes with around 15 miles to go. From then on, it’s an uphill finish – drawn out over just under two miles – but you’ll soon be over the finish line to bask in the glory of having finished a tough but enjoyable route.

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Bishop's Waltham SUNDAY 3 JULY 08.00 BCP Communion 09.15 Parish Communion 09.15 Informal Service in

Church Hall

SUNDAY 10 JULY 08.00 BCP Communion 09.15 Parish Communion 09.15 Informal Service in

Saxon Church

SUNDAY 10 JULY 18.30 Evensong SUNDAY 17 JULY 11.00 Matins 18.30 Taize SUNDAY 24 JULY 08.30 Holy Communion

Church Hall 18.30 Compline at Preshaw Chapel SUNDAY 17 JULY 08.00 BCP Communion 09.15 Parish Communion 09.15 Informal Service in

Church Hall

SUNDAY 24 JULY 08.00 BCP Communion 09.15 Morning Worship 09.15 Informal Service

with Communion in Church Hall

SUNDAY 31 JULY 08.00 BCP Communion 09.15 Morning Worship 09.15 Informal Service

in Church Hall

All Saints' Botley

SUNDAY 3 JULY 08.00 Common Worship 10.00 Parish Communion 18.30 Choral Evensong SUNDAY 10 JULY 08.00 BCP Communion 10.00 Parish Communion 18.30 Taize Service SUNDAY 17 JULY 08.00 Common Worship 10.00 Parish Communion 18.30 Evensong SUNDAY 24 JULY 08.00 BCP Communion 10.00 Parish Communion 18.30 Evensong

St. Peter's Curdridge

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SUNDAY 3 JULY 10.00 Parish Communion SUNDAY 10 JULY 10.00 Family Service SUNDAY 17 JULY 10.00 Parish Communion SUNDAY 24 JULY 10.00 Parish Communion

Corhampton

SUNDAY 3 JULY 10.00 Parish Communion SUNDAY 10 JULY 10.00 Matins SUNDAY 17 JULY 10.00 Family Service SUNDAY 24 JULY 10.00 Parish Communion

All Saints' East Meon

SUNDAY 3 JULY 10.30 All Age Service SUNDAY 10 JULY 10.30 Parish Eucharist SUNDAY 17 JULY 10.30 Parish Eucharist SUNDAY 24 JULY 10.30 Parish Eucharist

All Saints' Denmead

SUNDAY 3 JULY 08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 Parish Communion 18.00 All Souls SUNDAY 10 JULY 08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 Family Praise (in

Church Hall) 18.00 Evensong SUNDAY 17 JULY 08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 Parish Communion SUNDAY 24 JULY 08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 Family

Communion 18.00 Evensong EVERY THURSDAY 11.00 Holy Communion

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St. Peter & St. Paul Exton

SUNDAY 3 JULY 18.30 Evensong SUNDAY 10 JULY 08.30 Holy Communion SUNDAY 17 JULY 11.00 Parish Communion

St. Peter's & St Paul's Hambledon

SUNDAY 3 JULY 08.00 Holy Communion 10.30 Parish Communion 18.30 Evensong SUNDAY 10 JULY 08.00 Holy Communion 10.30 Parish Communion 18.30 Evening Prayer SUNDAY 17 JULY 08.00 Holy Communion 10.30 Parish

Communion

St. Mary & All Saints'

18.30 Evensong SUNDAY 24 JULY 08.00 Holy Communion 10.00 Short Family Service 11.00 Matins 18.30 Holy Communion

SUNDAY 3 JULY 08.30 Holy Communion SUNDAY 17 JULY 11.00 Parish Communion

St. Andrew's Church

Droxford

Holy Cross Durley

Meonstoke

SUNDAY 3 JULY 11.00 Parish Communion SUNDAY 10 JULY

08.30 Holy Communion SUNDAY 24 JULY 11.00 All Age Service

The Church of The Blessed Mary Upham

SUNDAY 3 JULY 11.00 Parish Communion SUNDAY 10 JULY 11.00 Family Service 18.30 Compline at

Preshaw Chapel

SUNDAY 17 JULY 11.00 Parish Communion SUNDAY 24 JULY 11.00 Parish Communion SUNDAY 31 JULY 11.00 Mattins

The Church of Our Lady Warnford

SUNDAY 3 JULY 10.30 Cluster

Communion (at West Meon)

SUNDAY 10 JULY 09.00 Parish Communion SUNDAY 17 JULY 09.00 Holy Communion SUNDAY 24 JULY 09.00 Matins

St. John the Evangelist West Meon

SUNDAY 3 JULY 10.30 Cluster

Communion

SUNDAY 10 JULY 08.00 Holy Communion 10.30 All Age Worship SUNDAY 17 JULY 10.30 Service of the Word SUNDAY 24 JULY 10.30 Parish Communion

St. Nicholas' Wickham

SUNDAY 3 JULY 08.00 Holy Communion 10.00 Family Time 18.00 Evensong SUNDAY 10 JULY 08.00 Holy Communion 10.00 Parish

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SUNDAY 17 JULY 08.00 Holy Communion SUNDAY 24 JULY 08.00 Holy Communion 10.00 Parish Communion


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“Females tend to stay closer to release sites while males will travel further to look for a mate and start a new territory. We’ve since released more water voles near where he was last spotted so hopefully he’ll find love and settle down.

Once a common sight in the area, water voles had been locally extinct in the Meon Valley for at least ten years. Now, thanks to a joint project led by the South Downs National Park Authority, the Environment Agency, Natural England and the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, the UK’s most rapidly declining mammal is making a comeback. Since the project began in 2013 more than 1,500 water voles have been released at 10 sites along the river valley starting at Hampshire County Council’s site at Tichfield Haven near the river mouth and then upstream. This is the best place to visit for people hoping to spot water voles. South Downs National Park rangers and volunteers have been monitoring the water vole’s progress by carrying out surveys and using camera traps. This shows that the animals have been moving into new territories and breeding. Elaina Whitaker-Slark, Lead Ranger at the South Downs National Park, said: “Our most intrepid water vole, we’re calling him Marco Vole-o, has travelled about 7km from his original release site.We know this because he took a ‘selfie’ on one of our camera traps.

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“The next release will take place this month with around 300 animals being released at Droxford and Exton. We’re so grateful to local residents, landowners and anglers who have supported the work.” Water vole populations across the country have suffered in the past because of habitat loss, pollution and predation by non-native American mink.The project partners have worked closely with landowners and anglers to control the mink and improve the quality of the habitat which will also benefit the river ecosystem as a whole. The water voles have been bred by Derek Gow Consultancy in Devon. At each site the water voles are gradually acclimatised to their new home spending four days in release pens which are then be opened to allow them to explore. COURTESY OF SOUTH DOWNS NATIONAL PARK


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Clubs & Societies Arts, Crafts & Music

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

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O Meon Voices Choir Weekly practices are held in the United Free Church, Basingwell Street, Bishop’s Waltham each 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 Nims 01489 575150 email n.fisher989@gmail.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 01489 895767.

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 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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Times have changed and the concerns facing us surrounding our developing youngsters seem very real so we wonder what kind of mothers we would be if we ignored them.Yet we yearn for them to have the halcyon days of summer, the swallows and amazons adventure without the Lord of the Flies part. And so it was, that on a chilly overcast day in the holidays I dropped Star II at a local village. “ You can drop me off here.” The exact location was shrouded in mystery, the private den where only a few could go, heaven knows what would happen if I discovered it. As usual Star II had over slept so wasn’t sure if anyone would be there as he was late. We came up with a plan that he was to text if alone and come to the village green, where I was walking the Pagan Pup. Time passed and at the end of the walk there was no news from Star II. What there was though, was a Police helicopter hovering over the village; lower and lower it came and then circled around before hovering again, all rather nosey and irritating to be honest. I met a friend and her dogs, ’What’s that Police helicopter doing?” she asked. For a moment I felt like I was in a cheap American movie. Taking no news from Star II to be good news I encouraged the Pagan Pup back into the car and started homeward. The cheap movie theme continued as I rounded a bend to be faced with two police cars with lights flashing, a couple of officers talking earnestly into their radios and a sorry collection of men, heads down, huddled in a group by the roadside. Subsequent rumours say that a group of migrants had stowed away on a lorry and wound up in our Market Town. Not

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even we, here in our bubble, are immune to the traumas of the larger world it would seem. So lost and hopeless they looked, a little microcosm of global sadness. Lost in thought as the helicopter continued to circle over the town, I realised I hadn’t heard from Star II. Oh god! I had dropped him off in the epicentre of an international incident with my main priority getting back to Chez Pagan for a cup of Earl Grey! I texted a friend, she had not heard from her son either and was unaware of the goings on. Eventually the phone rang, before I had a chance to chastise him about his habit of non-communication Star II launched in excitedly, “Mum it was brilliant. This police helicopter came down really low over our den and then a policeman arrived and said that we needed to go back into town and not to talk to any strange men.” Oh god. “I’ve been trying to get hold of you, keep your phone on! Where are you now?” “ Sorry, it’s out of power. We’re in a local supermarket, bye!” My heart stopped- a local supermarket! Now who would have thought the prospect of my dear boy coming across a desperate foreigner in a remote copse would be preferable to the amount of sugar based products I imagined he’d be buying? I sipped the Earl Grey, it occurred to me that those men risked so much only to end up in a beautiful and affluent place that they could never be a part of. By what little they saw, it must have seemed like another planet. As for us and our kids we should be grateful that they can go out and ‘play’ forgetting to charge their wretched phones.Yes we live in a bubble, which is both beautiful and delicate. Sandra Pagan


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One for sorrow, two for joy…

Oh, no! It’s caught a chick. Look, in its beak!” I point at the commotion breaking out in the lane. A magpie has a tiny sparrow clamped in its jaws. Despite frantic, flapping attempts by the twittering sparrow parents, who try to dive-bomb the bully-bird into dropping its prey, they are helpless against this merciless assailant. The magpie dodges their puny beaks and glides calmly away over the playground wall, the chick still twitching feebly in its beak. “Good thing it’s the weekend. It would be horrible for the primary school kids to see that!” My husband frowns. Horrible indeed. But in witnessing its kidnap of a defenceless sparrow, are we right to condemn the magpie as a ‘baby-killer’? After all, it’s only doing what all parents do, trying to provide food for its growing family. There may be up to six ravenous chicks in the nest, needing frequent high-protein meals if they’re to survive. Magpie numbers have increased in recent years, and this rise has been blamed for the decline in songbirds. Yet ornithologists suggest that this can be put down to loss of habitat and predatory cats. Unlike the sparrow, which may produce as many as four clutches of eggs in a season, the magpie will only raise one brood per year and the young stay with their parents until autumn. According to the RSPB, only around 40% of magpies breed, leaving a lot of singletons. These tend to gather in noisy flocks, a hundred birds or more roosting together in winter. The Oxford Dictionary calls such groups a ‘tiding’, but I’ve also heard the term ‘parliament’ used. They are gregarious creatures, but their raucous ‘chak chak’ cry won’t win any singing prizes. In the garden, the magpie struts around the lawn, searching for snails, worms and insects. It’s omnivorous, largely vegetarian in winter, but happy to scavenge on roadkill or carrion,

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cleaning up the mess left by others. From a distance, its plumage looks a Harlequin costume of black and white, but on closer inspection feathers on the tail (which makes up half the bird’s length) and wings are glorious iridescent blue. And what of the magpie’s reputation for stealing shiny stuff? In Rossini’s opera, ‘La Gazza Ladra’ (‘The Thieving Magpie’), a servant girl is falsely condemned for the theft of a silver spoon, which, it eventually transpires, has been swiped by a magpie. And a few summers ago, while playing a boisterous game on the lawn, my husband lost his wedding ring. It flew off his finger, landed in a flower bed and despite our best efforts was never found. Is it feasible that a sharp-eyed magpie fancied a band of gold to decorate its nest? Quite possibly, according to researchers who discovered items such as engagement rings and spanners in magpie nests, but such instances are not as common as we might think. The magpie is an inquisitive, intelligent bird, even able to recognise its own reflection, but it’s more likely to investigate than steal. An unappealing bird, perhaps, but certainly a character. Back in the garden, the familiar, staccato ‘chak chak’ shrieks from the top of a pine tree. A solitary magpie squawks relentlessly until its mate arrives and lands on an adjacent branch. Two for joy, as the old rhyme says. I peer up into the branches, straining to see a nest. The birds banter noisily for a minute, until the chatter becomes frantic. A black shape drifts past the tree - a large crow looking for easy pickings. It circles the tree-top twice before the furious magpies drive it away. The hunter becomes the hunted. Next time it might be the sparrow-hawk. Perhaps I feel a little sympathy for the magpie after all. WRITTEN BY CLAIRE THURLOW


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Calendar SUNDAY 3 JULY Old Droxford Station Open Garden for NGS A sympathetically restored railway station with wild flower garden in the former track. Established specimen trees, perennials, annuals and bulbs. Raised vegetable beds, greenhouse and a new orchard. Winston Churchill was based here before D-Day. Admission £4, Children free. Home-made teas. Times:11:00 to 16:00. Open for charity. Old Droxford Station, Southampton, Hampshire SO32 3QU

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uly in the garden. Roses regularly top the poll of the nation's favourite flower and it is easy to understand why; they look beautiful, come in a range of colours, many have a fabulous scent and they are tolerant of most garden soils. They can be used in many garden situations but to create impact and a more continuous display plant shrub roses in groups of three or more of the same variety, they will then grow together to have the appearance of one large shrub. Plant them where they will receive at least four hours of sun each day and to produce strong growth add wellrotted manure or garden compost when planting. To avoid problems with pests and diseases chose varieties such as the new English roses which have been bred over the last 10 years to have good disease resistance, old species types are also generally tough and easy to look after. If black spot is a problem remove and destroy as many of the affected leaves as possible and spray with a fungicide.

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One of the best places to visit to see a large range of roses is Mottisfont Abbey near Winchester where they hold the National Collection of old fashioned roses in the walled gardens. Jobs for the month ahead • Keep rambling and climbing roses tidy by tying in any new stems to supports. • Feed container plants with a liquid feed unless a slow release fertiliser was added when planted. • Prolong the flowering of sweet peas, roses and summer bedding by regularly deadheading plants. • Cut to the ground early spring flowering perennials such as Geraniums and they will regrow and flower again later in the season. • To propagate strawberry plants, sink pots filled with compost into the soil close to the mother plant and pot up with runners to form new plants. • Regularly clean and replenish birdbaths. Chris Nutt: Garden Designer To contact Chris call: 0776 5692396 or email: chris.nutt2@btinternet.com

Botley’s very popular Gardening Club is holding a special meeting at 7.30pm in Botley Market Hall, when Paul Templeton will give a talk on Vegetable Growing. The meeting is special because it is the first annual meeting in memory of the Club’s former Chairman, Mike Redstone, who sadly died recently after chairing the Club for many years. The Club welcomes all interested in gardening, and hopes the audience will be large so the occasion is marked as an annual event. Further information can be obtained by ringing 01489 781155.

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mainly geared to supplying Fencing and Timber products to the Retail and Trade Market. Equestrian Fencing and Timber Ltd hold a massive stock of materials and are one of the largest privately owned Independent Fencing Merchants in the South of England. This is a forward thinking Company with many new lines being added to the stocklist on a regular basis. The large team of hard working staff who all live locally are vital to the success and popularity of the company. It has to be said, they are conscious of Environmental issues having recently added a Solar Panel system to generate their own electricity, along with a Biomass Plant burning wood waste to heat all the workshops and buildings on site, negating the need to dispose of this waste product by road. Equestrian Fencing and Timber Ltd welcome Retail and Trade Customers who wish to purchase anything from Fence Posts/ Panels/fittings to completed Equestrian/Garden Buildings and Oak Garages. A brand new Shop and Warehouse with ample parking area will be opening for business on Monday 27th June, please do go and take a look and see for yourself the huge range of Timber and Garden products on offer. Tel: 01329 835100 info@equestrianfencing.com www.equestrianfencing.com


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It is only two months to the start of the National Watersports Festival, which takes place at Hayling Island on 2-4th September 2016, with up to 500 competitors and around 10,000 spectators expected to make the annual pilgrimage. Widely held to be the birthplace of windsurfing, Hayling Island is where a 12 year old Peter Chilvers first took to the water with a sail fixed to a board in 1958. It is, therefore, a most fitting location to hold what is now the largest, multi-disciplinary watersports festival in the UK. Countdown to the 10th Anniversary National Watersports Festival – three months to go! The National Watersports Festival has become a muchloved and unmissable annual event - and this year, the Festival is bigger and better than ever, as it is celebrating its 10th Anniversary! The NWF concept has always been a fun watersports event, which caters for the majority of watersports people – i.e. non-professional, recreational Windsurfers and SUP (Stand Up Paddleboarders). There are fun races, open to participants of all ages and on any type of equipment. There are also taster sessions for those who wish to try one of the sports for the first time and free clinics, run by top professionals, for those looking to improve. The past 10 years has attracted the very elite world champion and Olympic names, who have joined in with the festival and competed or simply soaked up the incredible atmosphere that the event elicits. Among them, windsurfers Nick Dempsey and Bryony Shaw, who will be representing Team GB in Rio, although you can also expect a host of World Champions,World Record Holders and Top Professional Coaches.

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Event Organiser Allan Cross wants to attract a record number of competitors and has promised a spectacular weekend of on and off-water activities, which will keep the whole family entertained from the minute they enter the Festival site. “This year we want to deliver a weekend that raises the bar on previous years.” says Allan.“We’ve got a number of things up our sleeve that will make this a must-attend event for both competitors and spectators alike.” Live music has always been a big attraction at the NWF - and this year there will be more. Lots more! The awesome beach parties in a marquee 36

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right on the shoreline are not to be missed, but to add to the Festival vibe, there will be live music throughout the day, with a diverse range of talent and styles, both local and from further afield. The NWF Trade Show has now become the largest of its type in the country – as shiny new toys are always good to look at! All the major windsurf and SUP manufactures will be there with their latest equipment, offering expert advice to those looking to get kitted out or upgrade.There is also a wide variety of artisan stands to browse and delicious food stalls. Would you like to take part inTheWorld Bathtub Racing Championships? Or what about trying Bonga Balance Boards, SUP Tug o’War, SUP Polo and PugilSUP? Green Dragon Activities will be at the NWF with all of this and more. The precise mix of activities will depend on the weather, but expect anything from Archery to Zorbs via Climbing Walls, Bungee Trampolines and Inflatables. To see the sort of thing, check out www. greendragonactivities.co.uk It was 10 years ago that the Festival started the iconic Night Windsurf and the festival would not be the same without the spectacular, floodlit night event. Amateurs can win the opportunity to compete in the night races alongside some of the biggest names in windsurfing. There is also a spectacular, floodlit Freestyle demonstration just feet from the shore, with some of the most talented team riders and professionals from the World Tour. Then - it’s time to party… If you are passionate about watersports or just want an enjoyable beach weekend with entertainment for all the family, get those dates in your diary, book your place early and wait for the fun to begin! For further information, see www.nationalwatersportsfestival.com or follow NWF on Facebook.


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hank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. We aimed for this to be ‘the most spectacular Carnival and Village show yet’ and by all accounts it really was. The Deputy Mayor of Winchester, David McClean, said: ‘The weather eventually came round and the comments I personally received from the public and the stall holders were all very positive’. It was a fantastic day for the Rotary ‘Mardi Gras’ Carnival and Show. The Procession assembled in Station Road, and followed the Motorcade of classic cars and motorbikes into the High Street: it was led by a large group of children from Roynan Dance, Bishop’s Waltham Junior and Infant schools, and the Youth Club. As usual, Fullers provided their beautiful dray and horses. Trigger the Train, the Pony and Trap, were followed by the local Fire Engine and Community Minibus. Full marks go to the Scouts who created their own chariot!

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The photo competition attracted over 60 entries, and Maggie Moulds won the ‘up to 12’ category; Abbie Harries the ‘up to 18’ category; Phil Moulds the adult category; and Jean Moulds the seniors category. Over 50 stalls provided a variety of gifts, games and local community information. Something different this year was the Ferret Racing, which attracted lots of interest. There are too many people to thank without risking leaving someone out, but the whole event involves lots of support from local volunteers as well as participants; but mostly we need to thank you all for your attendance, because that is what created a lovely community-spirited day. Another successful Carnival, which raised money for local causes. Thank you again. 38

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LION'S SWANMORE VILLAGE FETE - SATURDAY 9 JULY

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wanmore village fete is a good, old-fashioned, traditional village fete, where you can expect lots of fun and entertainment!

Gates open at 12.30pm on Saturday 9th July. There’ll be live music from Contraband, Soberton Strummers and Swanmore College of Technology Jazz Band, as well as contemporary dancing and a join-in Zumba session. Once again we’ll have the classic cars and bikes on display, plus, we’ve over 40 stalls, coconut shy, beat-the-goalie, games and rides and oodles of yummy things to eat and drink.

We are also pleased to welcome the CHaOS Science Roadshow, a Cambridge based, Hands-On Science, voluntary student group who believe that science is fun! In their marquee the demonstrators will be conducting around fifty hands-on science experiments that will be a mustsee for the kids and grown-ups! The classic motorbikes congregate at the Rising Sun pub mid-morning before their Meon Valley rally run to Alresford and back. £1.50 under 12s FREE 12.30pm – Fete opens 4.30pm – Fete closes. New Road Recreation Ground, Swanmore, Hampshire SO32 2PD

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Rain or Shine Theatre Company present 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' Held at the Bishop's Waltham Palace Ruins. 6pm starts for picnics, performance at 7.30pm. For more information please email Lynn Lee: pllee5030@gmail.com

SATURDAY 16 JULY Proms in the Park 2016 Denmead Brass Band Presents “Proms in the Park” at Denmead Community Centre, School Lane, Denmead, Hampshire, PO7 6LU. Gates open 5.15 pm Performance starts at 5.15pm to 9.15pm. Tickets: £6.00 per person. Tickets will be available from Denmead Community Centre and Discover Wine shop. For more information call the Denmead Community Centre: 02392 256132 or visit www.denmeadca.com

FRIDAY 29 - 31 JULY Hampshire Bowman Beer Festival Hampshire Bowman, Dundridge Lane, Dundridge, Hampshire, SO32 1GD. Running from 12:00 to 23:00 each day. Approximately 60 real ales from all around the UK and approximately 40 ciders. Entry is free and beer tokens can be bought on site. Music is played live every evening. See: www. hampshirebowman.com/news-events

we pass near the site of Alfred’s first major victory over theViking invaders – an event still celebrated annually in the Hocktide festival at Hungerford, further along our route. Entering ­ Winchester, we finish near Alfred’s final resting place in Hyde Abbey just north of his capital city.

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The ride is non-competitive. We provide directions, signs and marshals to keep you on track and refreshments en route and at the end. Entry is £7 for Hyde900 members or £10 for non-members.

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Motoring

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oisy and speeding motorcyclists using rural roads in Hampshire have been urged to act more responsibly by Meon Valley MP George Hollingbery after a meeting of concerned residents.

Representatives from about 13 parish councils and the police and crime commissioner met in Whiteley recently to discuss the issue of antisocial biking and its impact on rural communities and businesses – particularly along the A32 and A272. The meeting was also attended by county councillors from across the Meon Valley and marked the start of a campaign to improve the behaviour of bikers on rural roads. Of particular concern was the use of noisy track exhausts - designed for the racetrack - and illegal to use on public roads.

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“Many people who live close to the A32, the A272 and other arterial roads through the constituency are being plagued by these extremely loud motorcycles, especially on summer evenings and at weekends,” explained George. “The use of these exhausts designed for the race track on our roads is simply not acceptable and now the hot weather seems to be with us, it will become a serious issue for those living near these routes. Part of the solution to this problem has to be about enforcement, but it also has to be about education for the minority of bikers who think it’s OK to speed and illegally create far too many decibels. “In the months ahead I will be working with the police and crime commissioner, the county council and the police to raise awareness of the misery this constant bike noise is causing. My message to bikers is simple: keep to the speed limit and if you have an illegal exhaust, replace it.” 42

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Food & Drink HAMPSHIRE FARMERS’ MARKETS LAUNCHES A NEW KIND OF MEMBERSHIP FOR BUSINESSES

with the Love Your Pub Group to help further promote those who sign up. Love Your Pub Group formally launched in October last year to support publicans, restaurateurs and hoteliers in the county. “We’ve developed a business that focuses on supporting our members to develop online and social media platforms to a higher level,” says the group’s founder, David Bevan. “Our alignment with Hampshire Farmers’ Markets makes complete sense. We share the same core values by supporting and showcasing quality independent artisans and their businesses. We’re privileged to become a custodian of this message within the region and look forward to working with HFM and their members,” David continues.

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any of our county’s restaurants, pubs, hotels, cafes, delis and bistros source food and drink from Hampshire Farmers’ Market producers. Proud to offer their customers something fresh, local and delicious, chefs shout about the provenance of their ingredients on their menus. As a part of this flourishing relationship between producers and businesses, Hampshire Farmers’ Markets (HFM) have now introduced a new type of membership – HFM Associate Membership.

Business Manager Alex Handford explains: “For some time we have been looking at ways to recognise and raise public awareness of the many businesses who source their produce from our producers. HFM Associate Membership should fashion a more personal and stronger relationship between our local producers and many of the local businesses they supply and, in turn, with their many customers.” As part of the new Associate Membership, Hampshire Farmers’ Markets have joined

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t’s the official launch of this year’s Hampshire Farmers’ Markets Producer Awards at Hambledon Vineyard on Friday, July 8th.

The awards ceremony will place on Thursday, 22nd September at the Brookfield Hotel in Emsworth. They will again run as part of the celebrations surrounding British Food Fortnight from 17th September to 2nd October. Now in their seventh year, these are the only food awards in the county where the outcome is entirely down to the public vote. “The awards give our market visitors the chance to vote for their favourite products and producers,” commented Alex Handford, HFM Business Manager. “So many of our visitors comment on how much they enjoy their market shopping experience because they get to talk directly to the local producers and

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have the assurance of knowing where the food comes from.” The 2016 awards will be hosted by guest presenter Andy Mackenzie, Executive Chef at the Exclusive Chefs Academy in Hampshire. Following a celebration dinner for the nominees and winners, Andy will hand out the trophies to the producers coming out top in the following categories:

Best Food Product Best Drinks Producer Best Hot Food to Take Away Best Personality Best Food Initiative Last year’s winners, as voted for by the public, include Ambrose Sausages, who won Best Food Product, as well as Best

As with the HFM producers, businesses wishing to become HFM Associate Members will need to meet particular guidelines. They will be asked to provide evidence that over a 12-month period they use/stock five or more products supplied by HFM producers. “This new type of membership can only encourage more Hampshire businesses to work together with our producers to offer their mutual customers a greater dining experience. After all, we’re all passionate about local food,” says Alex. For more information on Associate Membership visit: hampshirefarmersmarkets.co.uk

Food Initiative. Sue Ambrose explains how it felt to gain such an accolade from their customers: “Winning gave a real sense of elation and excitement. Selling our produce at Hampshire Farmer’s Markets is the backbone of our business, so continued customer support is vital. The markets offer us an opportunity to showcase locally and gives customers a fantastic choice of fresh produce on their doorstep.” You can vote for your favourite producer in each category either at your local Hampshire Farmers’ Market on the voting forms provided or online at www. hampshirefarmersmarkets.co.uk. Voting closes on Monday, 7th September and market visitors voting forms will be entered into a prize draw for two tickets to the awards dinner. Hampshire Farmers’ Markets runs a fortnightly market at Winchester, one of the largest in the country. There are also regular markets at Alton, Emsworth, Petersfield, Romsey, Ringwood and now Southampton and Odiham.


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WHY CHOOSE GOAT MEAT?

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any people think of goat meat as being a tough, chewy meat that needs hours in the oven, then comes out with a strong and pungent flavour. With Boer goat meat that couldn’t be further from the truth. British Boer goats have been bred for healthy, lean meat production. Once the only goat meat available in the UK was poorer quality meat, often shipped in from New Zealand and Australia or the cull from a dairy herd. But now there is the quality meat from Boer’s that are bred specifically for eating. Boer goats are a high grade South African breed that has been developed over the years especially for their meat. It is leaner than lamb and just as easy to cook. It is a low fat product and you don’t have to cook it for hours. Anything you can do with lamb, you can do with goat!

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