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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. Email: administration@ winchesterdistrictcab.org.uk  Wickham Citizens Advice Bureau Merry Go Roud Childrens Centre, Wickham Primary School, Buddens Road, Wickham, PO17 5HU

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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 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  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  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 email: john.shorrocks997@btinternet. com


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ere at Olive and Ted everything we do is centred around our core values: Passion - We love what we do; we are dedicated to our customers and clients. Excellence - We focus on results; we strive to improve everyday. Respect - We care about the environment; we treat our customers and clients how we would like to be treated. So, we are delighted to officially launch our bespoke Olive and Ted furniture collection, at the centre of which lie these core values. As we are a family business, named after two family members, the pieces in the collection are also named after family members... just in case you wondered. Each piece in the collection has been designed following customer consultation and can be made to any size and feature a paint colour to suit your space. We describe the range as country with a modern twist and it complements beautifully the existing range of products available through the Olive and Ted boutique. One piece which has already gained particular popularity with our customers and clients and which started the range, is the ‘Iris’ farmhouse style table which features our trademark rustic, chunky, reclaimed wood top. ‘Iris’ is designed to sit at the heart of the home and can be made in any size, with turned or straight legs, meaning you can have all the family or a large group of friends sitting all together enjoying themselves. Made largely using reclaimed materials and incorporating traditional crafting methods the Olive and Ted collection is inspired by both traditional and modern design. The collection captures the true beauty and charm of

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weight and is getting himself physically fit, in preparation for this mammoth adventure. Being an ex- solider himself (quite a few years ago!) he knows how difficult it can be for some soldiers when they leave the military. Some have visible wounds but some just struggle with life back on Civi-street. They then turn to alcohol or drugs to just get by. So Peter would like you to support him on his huge challenge and kindly donate to his chosen charity Care After Combat. Please give generously to help the solider who served our country.

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Community PETER'S HIMALAYAN TREK - IN AID OF CARE AFTER COMBAT

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n October, Peter Griffiths will be trekking to Everest Base Camp and Higher Passes for Care After Combat because our struggling veteran soldiers need our help.

He will spend 21 days trekking to Everest Base Camp and on to the higher passes. He has been in training ever since his BIG 50th birthday in February, and has lost over 2 stone in

HAMBLE VALLEY ROTARY CLUB - 'I AM SURE CARE'S AN ENEMY TO LIFE' Festival which took place at the end of June at Fairthorne Manor. This is an annual event put on by the YMCA and the Childrens’ Society which this year saw 1550 young carers and their helpers spend an activity packed weekend in Curbridge. It was a treat to run the café as usual and to find all the young people in such good spirits and so polite to the TOGS (to use that expression coined by the late, great, Terry Wogan).

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We were helped this year by friends and family members including Rotarians from Bishops Waltham, Southampton Magna and Romsey Test and I am sure they would not want to be referred to as ‘TOGS’. Actually one of our helpers was 15 and the oldest was a youthful 95 so you can see you are never too young or too old to volunteer. A prize goes to the chef on the BBQ who continued to produce

Care After Combat

Care After Combat is there to help to maintain and promote camaraderie in the Veterans community for those feeling vulnerable or at unrest with society. They look to provide professional assistance where possible for the well-being of Veterans and their family. For more information: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ Peter-Griffiths16 www.careaftercombat.org

glorious burgers (his words not mine) notwithstanding a flash flood of the cooking area during a thunderstorm. The dunce’s prize goes to the nameless volunteer who offered a white plastic apron to a customer instead of a white plastic bag. You have to accept they look similar when attached together in bulk but the apron was not very effective when the customer tried to use it to carry 10 bottles of water. July continued the ‘Kids are Kool’ theme and saw us sponsor the Wyvern College Arts Festival. The college’s Concert band has reached the National finals of ‘Music for Youth’. This note is being penned before we know how they fared but we can say already that reaching the finals is a triumph in itself. If you are interested in volunteering or would like to mention a local need please get in touch through our website hamblevalleyrotary.co.uk Written by: Carey Blake Hamble Valley Rotary


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Community CITIZENS ADVICE WINCHESTER DISTRICT ADVICE COLUMN - CANCELLING A HOLIDAY

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esley Rose, Advice Services Manager for Citizens Advice Winchester District looks at your rights to cancel a holiday.

Q. I’m about to book our first family holiday abroad but last year friends of mine had terrible trouble cancelling theirs when they found they couldn’t go after all – what are my rights? A.Your rights to cancel a holiday (or a particular part of a holiday like a flight or a hotel booking) usually depend on the terms and conditions of your booking, and your reason for wanting to cancel.You might be entitled to cancel the holiday without a

Check your travel insurance

Example:You booked a holiday including a large room at a resort. The company you booked with contacts you to say that your booking has changed to another resort with a smaller room.You can argue that this is a major change. Contact the company you booked with and explain to them why the original booking was important to your circumstances and explain why you think the changes are ‘major’. Ask for a refund or to rearrange the holiday. You have the legal right to get a refund or book a different holiday if the company makes a ‘major increase’ to the price of the holiday. There’s no exact definition for what a major increase is - the Association of British Travel Agents suggests that 10% or more is a ‘major increase’. However, this is only a guide.

If you’ve changed your mind about a holiday or you can’t go anymore (e.g. because of an emergency), you should check the terms and conditions of your booking to see what your options are. It’s likely that you’ll either have to pay a cancellation fee or won’t be

Contact the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 04 05 06 if you need more help - a trained adviser can give you advice over the phone.You can also use an online form or write to them. Copyright Citizens Advice. For the most up-to-date version, please visit our Citizens Advice public site www.citizensadvice. org.uk.

cancellation fee if the holiday company changes the holiday or puts the price up after you book.

You might be covered for cancelling a trip if you have travel insurance - check your policy or contact the insurance company if you’re not sure.

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entitled to any refund at all. Contact the company if you can’t find your terms and conditions.You have the legal right to cancel without charge if the company has made ‘major changes’ to the holiday after you booked it. There’s no exact definition for what a major change is.

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Star II decided he would help which was welcome but dangerous so he did the wall behind the door, very well as it happened, luckily the carpet is to be replaced. So having got so far I needed furniture moving, with my back? I think not. Enter Star I and his chum Maximus fresh from the gym, “Could I just borrow you, (and your brawn), for a moment.” I gave quick sweeping instructions to make it sound easy- “ If you could just move all the furniture into the middle then I’ll have just enough room to get to the walls- easy.” They looked doubtful, but heaved and grunted their way through the procedure. Now Star I is clearly used to the ‘lived in’ atmosphere of chez Pagan but Maximus, despite being a student, was just a little surprised by what lurked beneath the bed… Dust, the likes of which had never been seen, scientists could happily have come and taken core samples. “ Would you mind awfully getting the hoover”? After a day of ‘careful’ cutting in and rampant rollering the transformation was all but complete. I had also decided to re arrange the furniture; no need to measure one has a sixth sense about aesthetics. Star I and Maximus were not convinced, “You know it won’t fit mum, just measure it!” More sweating and moaning ensued, not sure why - after all I could save them a fortune on gym membership by giving them regular workouts in the bedroom. Ah that’s not sounding quite correct either, clearly I mean furniture moving! Having replaced all the books, dusted and ripped open copious bags containing new bed linen, cushions and last but not least my pineapple bedside lights; I was smugly delighted with my efforts. But pride, as you know, comes before a fall. The first night in my pristine boudoir was not as I had imagined, the new lay out was just not comfortable the vibe was all wrong, my feng shui was clearly not doing whatever the hell it’s meant to. No, nothing for it, the furniture would have to be moved back as it was. With Maximus steering clear, for breathing problems apparently, it was down to Star I and I to move it all back to it’s original position and so we, well he, did. So a blissful night’s sleep was had, happy as can be in my new bedroom, couldn’t wait show The Husband. And his reaction? “Umm, well that’s different.” Sandra Pagan


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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 Monday 7.30 – 9.30, September –

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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 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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CHRIS NUTT’S GARDENING COLUMN lthough lavender is considered a quintessential English cottage garden plant it’s natural habitat is the Mediterranean and hence it prefers a free draining, poor soil in a sunny position (ideal for chalk and sandy soils).

• Wisteria should have their first prune now, remove the current season’s whippy growth leaving five or six leaves on each stem. • Mow summer flowering meadows this month. The hay can be left for a few days once cut to allow seeds to fall off and can then be collected. • Some Penstemons are short-lived perennials, so to ensure you have plants for next year take cuttings now. Chris Nutt: Garden Designer – to contact Chris call: 07765 692396 or email chris.nutt2@btinternet.com

There are three main species of lavender: Lavandula angustifolia this group, sometimes referred to as English lavender includes varieties such as ‘Hidcote’, ‘Munstead’, ‘Felice’ ‘Melissa Lilac’ and ‘Little Lady’. This is a good cultivar hardy to -10 to -15 with Relatively compact growth, flowering in June and July. Lavandula x intermedia (lavandins) have long flower stems typically growing to around 1 metre high and make a fantastic hedge. Good varieties to look for are ‘Grosso’, ‘Provence’, ‘Alba’ and ‘Sussex. These plants are later flowering, typically in July and August. The final group are the Lavender stoechas, also known as French lavender which are easily identified by the leaf like bract extensions to the flowers sometimes called bunny ears or butterfly wings. This type will generally not survive the winter in our climate without some protection. They do however repeat flower all summer if they are regularly pruned. All lavenders require an annual prune to keep them in a compact form, in the south of England the end of August is the ideal time to complete this, enabling the plants to put on some new growth which should have time to harden off before winter. Prune the lavender to the lowest point where fresh growth is visible, this will stop the plants from becoming ‘straggly’ and ‘woody’. Pruning can be completed with secateurs or shears but for a large area a hedge trimmer works well. For further advice, pop into Long Barn where one of the plant team will be happy to help. Jobs for August: • Any summer fruiting raspberry canes can be cut down to the ground after fruiting, remove any weak canes and leave 6 – 8 of the strongest canes for next year. • Clip evergreen and deciduous hedges now to limit growth next season, if growth is required clip in November. 24

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Church Services St. Peter's

Bishop's Waltham SUNDAY 7 AUGUST 08.00 BCP Communion 09.15 Parish Communion 09.15 Informal Service in

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The role will encompass instruction in operating all of the key machinery used in a sparkling wine winery: presses, riddling equipment, disgorging kit, labelling machines, pumps, filters and heat exchangers. A key element of the trainee position will involve tasting and blending the young wines alongside the winemakers to make Hattingley Valley’s own wines and those of its client vineyards. The Apprentice Programme is a brand new position for Hattingley Valley and the first of its kind not only in Hampshire but in the UK

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GAZEBOS & ACCESSORIES

GAZEBOS & ACCESSORIES

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Live the Dream with a Gazebo from Equestrian Fencing Services

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GAZEBOS & ACCESSORIES Come & Visit Our Yard & Display Area

Come & Visit Our Yard & Display Area


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McCarthy's Farm Shop

Roxtons

Summer sale now on, while stocks last. High Street, Bishops Waltham, SO32 1AA Tel: 01489 891052 | www.cassisladiesfashions.com

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

Cream squiggel pattern woven dress - £155 43A West Street, Alresford, SO24 9AB Tel: 01962 736162 | www.roxtons.co.uk

Hampshire Framing & Gallery St Georges Square by Jonathan Chapman, price unframed - £60. Houchin Street, Bishops Waltham, SO32 1AR Tel: 01489 894672 | www.hampshireframing.co.uk

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Bishop's Waltham Post Office Alex Clark stationairy and birthday cards available. High Street, Bishop's Waltham. Tel: 01489 892501 | bwpo@outlook.com

Rostand Productions - Digital Agency

Hampshire Home Physio

Former broadcast BBC journalists bringing their expertise to video, animation, moving graphics. 01489 892984 | www.rostand.co.uk

Equestrian Fencing & Timber Ltd

Physiotherapy service at home or at the office. www.hampshirehomephysio.co.uk

Stockist of high quality timber. New shop and display area opening soon. High Ridge Farm, Hospital Rd, Shirrell Heath

Sarah: 07930 934092 | Katie: 07584 046160

Tel: 01329 835100 | www.equestrianfencing.com


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A place for local retailers to display their wares and provide readers with seasonally evocative, inspirational gift and style ideas.

Moda Rosa

Chase Cycles

Labels Dress Agency

SALE - Final Reduction 50% off - Sale ends 20th August 2016 35 West Street, Alresford, SO24 9AB Tel: 01962 733277 | www.modarosa.co.uk

Giant TCR Advanced Pro 2 - £1,800. 20% off all carbon road and mountain bikes, current stock. 3 Winchester Rd,Waltham Chase. Tel: 01489 893693 | www.chasecycles.info

SALE 25% off all summer stock. The Old Forge, Brook Street, Bishops Waltham, SO32 1AX Tel: 01489 896515 | labelsdressagency.co.uk

Tashinga

Peter Green Home Furnishers

Wickham Jewellery

Chasm ceramics, handcrafted in Cape Town, South Africa. Unique pieces prices from £5 Tel: 01489 893861 | www.tashinga.com

Stressless Metro High Back Steel Base Standard Chair With Footstool - £1,699.00. School Lane, Chandlers Ford, SO53 4DG Tel: 02380 269011 | www.petergreen.co.uk

Diamonds rubies and emeralds mounted in silver gilt - £1,000 Warwick Lane, 3-4 The Square,Wickham Tel: 01329 836327 | Find us in Warwick Lane

Travel Money

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Here Olive and Ted

Bishop's Waltham Post Office

Animed Veterinary Hospital

Suppliers of Earthborn paint for interior walls and woodwork. 7 Brook Court, Brook St, Bishops Waltham, SO32 1AX Tel: 01489 891325 | www.oliveandted.com

Outreach Post Office in the Alma Inn, Upham, SO32 1HE. Open: Mondays 12-2,Thursdays 10-12 Tel: 01489 892501 | bwpo@outlook.com

Small animals & equine hospital. Botley Road, Shedfield, SO32 2JG Tel: 01329 833112 | www.animedvets.co.uk

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RETAIL ISSUE 11 | AUGUST

Roxtons F

a unique destination for lifestyle clothing

or many lovers of outdoor pursuits, as well as quality ladies and men’s clothing, Roxtons, established in 1979, has been a trusted one-stop shop for the past four decades.

Today, Roxtons continues to cater to our country loving clients but is placing a renewed emphasis on becoming a destination for quality and unique lifestyle clothing for both men and woman sourced from small independent labels and from some of the world’s most respected brands. Based in Hungerford – but with three other shops in Alresford, Stockbridge and Haslemere, this well-established independent brand is keeping ahead of the curve.

We have wonderful shops in four stunning Market Town locations. Our Sales Teams are passionate about providing exceptional customer care with a very personal service. They are incredibly knowledgeable about our products and brands and will go above and beyond to make sure our customers leave the shop smiling.

This month we talk to its Womenswear Buyer, Sam Smith, who tells us more about how Roxtons, a company with a strong heritage and reputation, moves with the times but still keeps the core customer happy. “As the Womenswear Buyer of Roxtons, my remit is to provide a vibrant, exciting range of clothing and accessories to suit our discerning customer. Our Ladies are always on the lookout for something unique and distinctive - it is my mission to find that for them. Whether that be at showrooms all over London, Trade Shows in Europe or spotting something in the street; I am constantly on the hunt for quality brands and unique products that are that little bit different and fit with the lifestyle of our customers. 30

It is a challenge to make changes to a known brand but so far the feedback from Roxtons customers both old and new is very positive. Our customers are liking what we are doing – so that makes my job worthwhile!” Alresford shop: 01962 736162 Stockbridge shop: 01264 810210 Hungerford shop: 01488 682885 Haslemere shop: 01428 645295 www.roxtons.co.uk


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Adopt a Dolly A

The ultimate dolly shopping experience

dopt a Dolly is a unique Baby Doll shop based in Fareham Shopping Mall. It really is a place where children's dreams really do come true, from adopting and taking home your very own baby doll to having parties in our clean, friendly and exciting shop. We have our "Newborn" dolls to suit from age 1 to around 6 years old and then we have our "Teenage Dolls" which are very popular with our older girls.You are not just buying a Doll but the experience too!

The Adoption Process:

So if you would like to Adopt a Dolly, you can come into our shop and choose a baby doll from our Nursery. All the baby dolls are sat in their cots waiting for that special little boy or girl to take them home. They come as standard in a Nappy, white I.D bracelet and wrapped in a warm snuggly blanket.You can choose if you would like to take home for your baby a bottle of milk or a bottle of Juice and you will also get 1 extra nappy. Once you have chosen your baby you will need to think of a name for him or her and our lovely assistants will pop those details onto your very own adoption certificate to take home. Now all you have to do is take your baby doll home, take care of her/him and then as soon as they turn 1 years old you will receive a Birthday Card through your door for your Baby. The cost of the above package is £15.00

Teenage Dolls

For this package you will receive an 18 inch doll that is of excellent quality with beautiful hair and a stunning face, along with 2 outfits. Maybe you would like to take a set of Pajamas and a party dress? The choice is yours! The above Package is £55 However, if you already have a doll or teddy bear at home that you love and adore then why not just come and look at a new outfit for them? 32

We have Pyjamas, Bikinis, Party Dresses, Baby Grows and even little Rompers! Come and have a look, you never know where your imagination may take you!

Parties

Stuck for a Party Idea? Then why not book a party here at Adopt a Dolly. Each Child will receive a 16inch Baby Doll, 2 Nappies, Milk or Juice, an Adoption Certificate and a Birthday Card on the Dolls 1st Birthday. We also play party games in the store so there are lots of Prizes to be won!! No need to make up Party Bags as by the end of the Party, each child will have a bag full of Goodies and of course their Baby Doll and Accessories. We are proud of our 100% 5 star reviews on Facebook. We also offer a Payment Plan if you would like to pay in instalments or save for a special occasion.

About Me!

I am Gilly 36 years young with 3 beautiful Children, Boo 10, Sienna 7 and Jack 2. The reason behind opening the shop is thanks to my daughters who luckily for me still play with their dolls. I would enjoy sitting and watching them play and just listening to where there their imagination would take them. I just wanted them to carry on playing with them forever! I thought wouldn’t it be great to bring the Doll industry alive again and keep children younger for longer instead of hitting the Ipads etc.. and after 6 months research and planning Adopt a Dolly was born! My son also picks up a Dolly every now and again and its gives it a cuddle and push in the Pram which to me says he will make a great Dad one Day! Dolls are not just for Girls! My plans for the future are to Franchise the business so that people all over the country can enjoy the Adopt a Dolly


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A unique baby doll shop where children's dreams really do come true!

Many clothes half price or less

Adopt your very own doll and take her home with a birth certificate and free gifts

Don't miss our £20 rail - genuine reductions

Choose your dolly, give your dolly a name Collect accessories, sign your adoption certificate Choose an outfit for your baby dolly and take home

Tel: 07730 337769 info@adoptadolly.co.uk ADOPT A DOLLY, 52 OSBORN MALL, FAREHAM, PO16 0PQ

Stockists of PinkFlame Jewellery by Gaby

tel: 01489 570560

48 Warsash Road Warsash Southampton Opening TImes: Tues - Sat: 10am - 4pm www.rhianfashionhouse.co.uk

2nd - 4th September 10.30am - 5.30pm, Sunday till 5pm

Festival Hall, Heath Road, Petersfield, Hampshire GU31 4EA 38 stands selling

Antiques ~ Art ~ Design Furniture, Ceramics, Sculpture, Jewellery, Paintings, Clocks, Objets Virtu, Books, Boxes, Glass, Decorative Accessories. Unique pieces from Tudor to Contemporary.

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BONNEVILLE ugh Bonneville has the voice and looks of the quintessential Englishman attributes, that meant the role the Earl of Grantham in Downton Abbey seemed tailor made for him. But the fact that he appeared so effortlessly and utterly believable in that role is the result of an acting pedigree that started in the National Youth Theatre and continued from the stage through to television and film, with numerous memorable roles and justified accolades in a career that already spans thirty years; as his web site biography testifies. ‘Hugh Bonneville studied Theology at Cambridge and made his professional debut at the Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park, in 1986, bashing a cymbal in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and understudying Ralph Fiennes as Lysander. He then spent several seasons with the National Theatre where he appeared in School For Wives,Yerma, Entertaining Strangers, Juno and the Paycock and played Charles Surface in The School for Scandal and the title role in The Devil’s Disciple. He joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1991, appearing in Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Alchemist, ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, The Virtuso and Amphibians. He also played Laertes to Kenneth Branagh’s Hamlet. His work at the RSC brought him a nomination for The Ian Charleson Award. Other theatre includes Habeas Corpus at the Donmar, directed by Sam Mendes, and seasons at Colchester, Leicester Haymarket and Chichester. 'He also appeared in My Night With Reg (Criterion & Playhouse), Us and Them (Hampstead), Cloaca (Old Vic, directed by Kevin Spacey) and most recently in An Enemy of The People at Chichester Festival Theatre’. In television his leading roles include The Cazalets, Take a Girl Like You, Armadillo and

The Commander. He appeared in the Emmy award-winning The Gathering Storm and played the poet Philip Larkin in Love Again. Other credits range from comedies like The Robinsons, The Vicar of Dibley, Freezing, Rev, Getting On, Mr Stink (BAFTA nomination, Best Comedy) and Galavant to dramas such as Diary of a Nobody, Tsunami: The Aftermath, Miss Austen Regrets, Five Days, Hunter, The Silence, Doctor Who and The Hollow Crown. Twenty Twelve won a British Comedy Award (2011) and a BAFTA (2013) for Best Comedy, Hugh being nominated two years running as Best Comedy Actor. In 2014, Hugh’s character, Ian Fletcher, appeared in W1A, a follow-up series about life at the BBC, which won the Broadcasting Press Guild Award for Best Comedy and Hugh received a third TV BAFTA nomination for his performance. Four new episodes aired in April 2015. Downton Abbey has won dozens of awards worldwide and Hugh has received a Golden Globe and 2 Emmy nominations for his performance as Robert, Earl of Grantham. The show was awarded a special BAFTA for its contribution to TV drama. Hugh made his feature film debut in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein in 1994, directed by Kenneth Branagh. His many film appearances since then include Notting Hill, Mansfield Park, Stage Beauty, Asylum, Scenes of a Sexual Nature, Man to Man, From Time to Time, Glorious 39, Burke & Hare, Third Star, Shanghai, The Monuments Men and Paddington. Hugh received a BAFTA Best Supporting Actor nomination for Iris and won Best Actor at the Monte Carlo Film Festival for his performance in French Film. Gurinder Chadha’s Viceroy’s House, in which Hugh co-stars with Gillian Anderson, is currently in post-production. Behind the scenes, Hugh co-produced the first West End production of Jonathan Harvey’s acclaimed Beautiful Thing at the Duke of York’s Theatre in 1994 and wrote Half Time with Christopher Luscombe, which he also directed. Hugh is a patron of the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain, The National Youth Arts Trust, Scene & Heard, Giant Olive Theatre Company, The Primary Shakespeare Company, The Centre Stage Academy and Mousetrap Theatre Projects. He is also an Ambassador for Water Aid.’ Do you have a special attachment to Hampshire? “I have lived on the Hampshire Sussex border on and off for 40 years. I grew up sailing in the Solent with my father and his cousin, who shared a boat, which they moored in Gosport and later on, on the Hamble.” Do you have a favourite place here? “I love the South Downs, with Harting Down, south east of Petersfield, holding a special place in my heart. The view from up there always brightens my day.” What is your mantra for life? “Don’t shoot the messenger.” Which three things couldn’t you live without. “Apart from my family? My Cross fountain pen; Count Arthur Strong and a good pair of wellies.”

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The charities that you are affiliated with have strong connections with young people, is that something you feel strongly about? “I feel I can contribute better to charities with which I have some sort of connection related to my own experience. I grew up with the great good fortune of being taken to the theatre regularly by my parents and so my interest in the performing arts was sparked at any early age. To be able to connect young people with self expression in this way means a lot to me.” Could you tell us about upcoming charitable events? “Having narrated a film appeal for Naomi House some time ago, I’m finally going to see this brilliant and vital facility. I’m heading to Southampton soon to visit Fareshare, a great initiative which takes unwanted supermarket food and redistributes it – simple idea, shameful that it has to exist. I’ll attend the National Youth Theatre’s 60th birthday gala, which I am helping fundraise for, and am looking forward to supporting Scene and Heard’s July event, Risk It For A Biscuit.” Whilst it must be an actor’s dream to play a role like the Earl of Grantham, do you have concerns about type casting? “I’m lucky enough to have been a character actor as well as in some cases playing the lead in shows so I feel comfortable in a variety of roles. However, if The Earl of Grantham and his trusty Labrador is a badge some may want to pin on me for evermore, then I’ll wear it with pride.” In the celebratory year is there a Shakespearian role you especially like? “One of my favourite productions that I’ve been in was Two Gentlemen of Verona at Stratford in 1991. This is a beautiful, simple play, one of Shakespeare’s earlier works.You can sense him trying out ideas, which he revisits with more complexity and depth in his later work (eg Twelfth Night and As You Like It). Our production struck a chord and was a tremendous success and I loved playing the role of Valentine.” What has been your worst moment on set? “Standing filming in a sun-kissed olive grove in Mallorca on 7th July 2005 as the news gradually rippled around the set of the atrocities in London. Everyone was concerned for their loved ones and felt so far away.”

Why did you become an actor? “Because telling stories through the imagination of being a character is something I’ve enjoyed since childhood and it became a passion and a need to carry on in to my adult life. Most people get proper jobs.” What would be your dream cast/director/producer if you could make any film? “Olivia Colman / Roger Michell / David Heyman” Who are your heroes and why? “My mum and dad, who encouraged and supported their three children and gave selflessly to their professions and to the local community for decades, with modesty and no fanfare.” Do accolades mean a huge amount to you? “Not in the least.” What preparation do you like to do for a role? “It varies from project to project. When preparing for Viceroy’s House, a film set against the backdrop of the partition of India that is due out in 2017, I wanted to understand the context more than my schoolboy history allowed. In reading around the subject and about Lord Mountbatten, whom I play in the movie, the main thing that struck home is that there is no such thing as objective history. The same single event, or sequence of events, can be interpreted any number of ways, depending on the historian’s viewpoint. I look nothing like Lord Mountbatten but it was useful to meet with his daughter and to read her memoir alongside other biographies in order to try and pick up traits of his character and behaviour. Lady Pamela told me, for instance, that he always wore his naval cap at a jaunty angle! What do you do to relax? “Walk on the South Downs with my two bonkers Tibetan Terriers.” What next for Hugh Bonneville? A visit to the Sunseeker boatyard in Poole followed by camping outside the Pig On the Beach hotel near Studland Bay until they have a cancellation - I'm dying to stay there but they're always fully booked! WRITTEN BY GILL GRANT

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exhibiting – from Aldershot in the east to the New Forest in the West and everywhere in between. Why not take a day out, watch work in progress, ask about materials or techniques or just enjoy the arts being made in unique rural, city or coastal studios and maybe pick up a great piece of unique art. Visitors can also enter a prize draw to win £100 towards artwork from your favourite Hampshire Open Studios artist. Entry is free and to find your nearest venue check the website or look out for the pink direction arrows that will guide you to the artists’ doors. Our colour catalogue will be distributed across the county throughout July and August.

CULTURE ISSUE 11 | AUGUST

Culture

HAMPSHIRE OPEN STUDIOS - 20TH - 29TH AUGUST

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ampshire Open Studios is an annual art trail where the visiting public can meet artists in their homes, studios and galleries free of charge. In the week leading up to bank holiday Monday 29th August, 250 studios, galleries, artists and art groups

(in excess of 500 artists) open their doors to exhibit original artwork, give talks and demos to the visiting public. This is an amazing opportunity for you to meet professional and amateur artists who show their work in diverse venues around the county. This year we have over 60 new spaces

MAYOR OF WINCHESTER TO VISIT HAMPSHIRE OPEN STUDIO THIS SUMMER Chase. Champagne and nibbles will be provided for this exciting occasion.

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he Mayor of Winchester will be making a special visit to a Hampshire open studio this summer. At 1130am on Saturday, August 27 Cllr Jane Rutter will visit Jenny Mitchell Ceramics in Waltham

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Jenny’s studio opens from August 20 to 29 and on August 20 there will be a free jute bag to each of the first 200 customers who visit the studio. The ideal accessory in which to pop one of Jenny’s unique creations at her new studio at Cherry Cottage in Little Bull Lane, SO32 2LT. Here she showcases her original and colourful designs on pottery, scarves and cards. “I am also running a prize draw to win a framed limited edition of one of my original watercolours of the south view from Winchester Hill,” says Jenny. Half Greek, she is strongly influenced

In the local area

• Painter David Holt gives a friendly welcome to his farm studio in Botley • New for 2016, Andy Crowe at Bishops Waltham has paintings published as stamp designs for St Helena which will be on display • Ceramic arts by Jenny Mitchell at Waltham Chase • See evocative landscape paintings of the Meon Valley by Jerry Smith at Swanmore For more information: www.hampshireopenstudios.org.uk 20-29th August 2016 by Mediterranean colours. “I enjoy painting utilitarian ceramics which can compliment the colour of food or just light up the day in the depths of winter,” says Jenny, who graduated from Central School of Art with a degree in printed fashion textiles. After August 29 Jenny’s studio will be open every Tuesday and Friday from 9am to 5pm. After a brief respite Jenny can then be found at her stand at Alresford Agricultural Show on September 3. Image: The framed limited edition of one of Jenny’s original watercolours of the south view from Winchester Hill which can be won in the prize draw For more information: Tel: 01489 893253 Mob: 07710 477906 infojennymitchellceramics.co.uk www.jennymitchellceramics.co.uk


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ow the Carnival is over’ what does Rotary do? Here is a glimpse of the variety of things the club is currently up to:

On Saturday 2nd July, BW Rotary organised a very successful Stroke Awareness day in Bishop’s Waltham, in partnership with The Stroke Association. A total of 81people had their blood pressure taken, of which 30 were recommended to see their GP within one month and 1 within in 1 week. So, hopefully by our efforts today we have helped a number of people to receive medical attention which will prevent them having further problems in the future.

Calendar THURSDAY 4 AUGUST SUNDAY 7 AUGUST Wickham Festival An award-winning 4-day music and arts festival with a relaxed, friendly 'folkie' feel held in a scenic location near the historic village of Wickham in Hampshire. One of The Guardian's 'Top 8' Family-Friendly Music Festivals. Also nominated as one of the UK's best small festivals in the Live UK Music Awards 2015. Live music on three stages plus an 'Open Mic' stage, a solar-powered cinema, digital funfair, street theatre, storytelling, Playbus; Laser Arena; Punch & Judy, traditional crafts fayre, exotic foods fayre, Real Ale Festival, Late Night Festival Club and much more. 11am to 11pm daily. Tickets from £35 (evening) to £150 (4-day weekend). Camping £25 per tent or caravan. Under-16s half-price. Under-10s free. Please see www.wickhamfestival.co.uk for online ticket sales and box office telephone details. Blind Lane, Wickham, near Fareham, Hampshire PO17 5AD.

SUNDAY 6 - SUNDAY 7 AUGUST Sweep's Sheepdog Show at Manor Farm

In June, Ian and Mandi, (back right) visited the Rainbow Centre in Fareham, to see the work they do there with children and adults, and presented them with a cheque for £250 towards their work. The Rainbow Centre work supports children with Cerebral Palsy and adults with a stroke, MS and Parkinson’s, adult Cerebral Palsy, Head Injury, and their families. On the last day of June there was a Handover of the BW Rotary Presidency from Ian Treveil to Maurice Tester. This is an annual event when the Presidency changes over, and was a brief moment of relaxation and fun for Rotarians.

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BW Rotary are organising the local, annual Road Race and Fun Run on Sunday 18th September, in association with Fareham Crusaders Running Club and Bishop’s Waltham Junior School. The race combines a more serious 5 miles Road Race and 2 miles Fun Run: providing experienced athletes with a testing challenge through beautiful Hampshire countryside. The 2 mile Fun Run is generally dominated by youngsters: it gives local groups the opportunity to raise money for their own funds by way of sponsorship. The 5 mile Road Race is accredited by England Athletics. Funds raised from this event will go to local organisations such as Fareham Crusaders and Bishop’s Waltham Junior School. If you would like to participate, please go to www.bishopswalthamrotary.org.uk , complete the application form and send it to the person listed there. 38

Come along for a fun and educational family show demonstrating the skill of a working sheepdog, with a difference - our dog Sweep herds geese! Timed demonstrations will happen in both morning and afternoon, plus get the opportunity to meet Sweep and his trainer. Time: 10 am Price: Normal farm admission charges apply. At Manor Farm County Park, SO31 1BH

SUNDAY 7, 14, 21 & 28 AUGUST Sunday Afternoon Tea's with St John's Church For many years St John's church at West Meon has hosted Sunday Afternoon Teas during August, enjoying home made cakes and jam. A chance to relax and enjoy your tea while looking at the beautiful view over the village to the hills beyond. Sit in the sun or shade and chat with old friends, or make some new ones. From 3:00pm to 5:00pm.

WEDNESDAY 31 AUGUST Winchester Morris Men Performing at the Hampshire Bowman, Dundridge Lane, Dundridge, SO32 1GD with King John's Morris Men and Victory Morris Men. 7.30pm onwards.


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ony Hadley, The Stranglers, Lindisfarne and the SAS Band featuring Roger Taylor of Queen have been confirmed as this year’s headliners for the award-winning Wickham Festival.

Spandau Ballet frontman Hadley tops the bill on the opening night on August 4 with the Stranglers and Bruce Foxton’s From the Jam as the main attractions 24 hours later. The Saturday night brings a galaxy of stars to the event which was voted best Festival (Under 15,000 capacity) at last year’s Live UK Music Business awards. Spike’s All Stars Band with a line-up which will include Queen drummer Roger Taylor, former Marillion lead singer Fish, Madeline Bell and solo artist/actress Toyah Willcox with a chance of other top names also making a guest appearance. They will be supported by the Trevor Horn Band who are likely to perform a range of hits produced by the legendary frontman who worked closely with Frankie Goes To Hollywood. Also on the bill are the Oysterband plus Chas & Dave. Lindisfarne close the four-day event on Sunday August 7 with strong back-up from Steeleye Span, Hayseed Dixie and festival favourites the Red Hot Chilli Pipers. Festival organiser Peter Chegwyn said: “We are thrilled with this year’s line-up which has something for everyone. It reflects our rapidly-growing reputation locally, nationally and internationally with fans coming from the USA, Canada and even Australia. “Winning the best small festival award has really put Wickham on the map and the great thing is that we no

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longer have to approach bands – they are coming to us! We have had so many artists asking to play here that it was tough to whittle the list down. But I think we have a fantastic array of bands who will provide fantastic entertainment.” In addition to the three regular stages, there will now be a fourth platform where local and unsigned bands can perform with a view to possibly landing themselves a contract or at least gaining further exposure. There will be the usual array of craft and clothing stalls as well as a wide variety of high quality food outlets and a wide range of activities for children who can roam safely. Chegwyn added: “We pride ourselves on our family-friendly reputation. We have had just one crime reported over the last three years and that was the theft of a bag of jelly babies. Parents can enjoy the music knowing their youngsters are being well entertained. The atmosphere is very chilled and relaxed which is why so many people book to come back year after year, even before the line-up is announced. They trust us to keep the feel good factor and produce a strong bill and I am confident this festival will be our best yet. Tickets are already selling well with sales up on last year’s recordbreaking event.” Weekend tickets are £160 or £80 for Under 16’s with Under 10’s admitted free. Day tickets for Friday, Saturday or Sunday can be bought for £60 (£30 Under 16’s) while evening tickets (after 6pm) are £40 (£20). Details at www.wickhamfestival.co.uk or email: eastfest@talk21.com


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Poppies, Poppies, Poppies... BY CLAIRE THURLOW

“Come back tomorrow; the light will be better then.” A voice floats across the field. “Stand here in the morning. The poppies glow with the light under them!” I turn towards the voice and see a figure dressed in full beekeeping gear, only head and shoulders visible over the hawthorn hedge. I pick my way across the furrowed ground, skirting the knee-deep ocean of scarlet flowers. “Do your bees like poppies?” I ask, peering over the hedge. A gentle buzzing pervades the air, but the hives are hidden from view. The beekeeper removes his hood; his protective suit gleaming white against the pastoral landscape. “Hard to tell,” a stray bee brushes his ear. “I haven’t had these long. Storm Katie did for the last lot. The roof blew off the hive and the queen flew away. The bees got soaked and they all perished of cold!” “That’s awful.” “Blessing in disguise – they were vicious little devils. I’ve got these ginger ones now. They’re more easy-going.” The bees hum contently around him. I watch as one takes flight over the field. It skims the swathe of swaying blooms, before settling on the perfect specimen. This is papaver rhoeas, the common or corn poppy, not to be confused with its opium-producing cousin, papaver somniferum, grown in Afghanistan. This beautiful, blowsy wildflower, with petals like crinkled crepe paper, black centre and sturdy, hairy stem has brightened Britain since the Bronze Age. It prefers light, gravelly soil, but seems to be doing just fine here on cloddy Hampshire clay. A field of blazing poppies used to be commonplace until intensive farming and herbicides changed the face of the countryside. Fortunately, some farmers are embracing more conservation-friendly methods, setting aside margins of land where wild flowers and wildlife can flourish. And sometimes Nature interferes. This field had been planted with winter

rape seed, but after it was decimated by pigeons, mild spring weather encouraged a crop of poppies to take over. Poppy seeds can lie dormant for up to eighty years, and won’t germinate without sunshine and soil which has been disturbed in some way, such as digging, ploughing or even warfare. For many, the sight of a field of poppies stirs thoughts of the First World War, and the flower has been a symbol of remembrance since Canadian serviceman, John McCrae, wrote after the battle of Ypres: In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row. That mark our place and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard among the guns below. Yet this association with death dates from much earlier. The Ancient Greeks decorated gravestones and tombs with bunches of poppies and were familiar with the plant’s narcotic and sedative properties. They knew that an overdose would lead to eternal sleep – as did the Wicked Witch of the West in ‘The Wizard of Oz’: “Poppies, poppies, poppies will put them to sleep”, she croaks over the steaming cauldron, as Toto, Dorothy and Cowardly Lion collapse into a Technicolour field of flowers. Mercifully, our heroes are saved by the counter-spell of Glinda, Good Witch of the North. Over the following week, it seems every time I drive up the narrow lane, someone’s leaning on the five-bar gate or sneaking through that gap in the hedge. A young couple grin as they take a ‘selfie’ with poppies as a backdrop, a serious photographer arrives with tripod and wide-angle lens, hikers stop and stare. My sympathy to the farmer who’s lost his crop of rape-seed, but these glorious, iconic poppies have brought unexpected pleasure to many.

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Fear of the Unknown WHAT DO YOU THINK?

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But once a decision is reached, for many the fear of the unknown remains – what now? Fear is a useful tool, along with fundamentalism and rampant patriotism fear has been propagated by the hierarchy for centuries coercing the populous to its’ will. Politics, the economy, security, ecology and infiltration of our country by everything from aliens to killer bees, it is the media who control our fears today. Fear of fear is working well causing discord and fracture all around, surely that’s not the way we should move forward, in a climate of fear? If democracy has truly spoken then rather than fear the unknown isn’t it time to face our fears and press on? For often a fear faced and overcome is life changing. What do you think? GG.


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COMMU N IT Y MOTOR IN G ISSU E 1 1 | AUG UST

Community ‘ROYAL BLOOD’ - PRIMARY SCHOOLS ART PROJECT

which is curated by volunteers at Rum’s Eg and was also inspired by the Royal Blood theme and the turbulent history of Romsey Abbey. Cheryl Burton from Awbridge Primary School said: ‘what an amazing morning the Year 5 and 6 children had working with Sue. It was such a great project to be a part of. In the lead-up session the previous week, we linked the theme to history and the children were really eager to find out more - they especially enjoyed the links to William II. Only a few of them had knowledge about Romsey's royal links and I was surprised to find that some had not heard of Broadlands! So a very successful local history lesson there!

Artist Sue Tinkler working with pupils from Awbridge Primary School

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um’s Eg (from the Old English name for Romsey) is a contemporary gallery and Arts space in Bell Street run by Hampshire Art & Craft CIC (Community Interest Company) which is becoming a renowned centre of excellence for Art & Craft in the South of England. It was set up and opened in December 2012 by the founding director, Siriol Sherlock, as an accessible, affordable, friendly Art and Craft Gallery and creative hub. Her mission was to create a self-supporting, sustainable gallery to support Artists and Craftsmen working or living within 70 miles of Romsey and to engage the public and local community in the creative arts and crafts – in particular people who would not normally enter a commercial gallery, buy original hand-crafted pieces or take part in workshops and courses. She also wanted to create a third visitor attraction in the town centre to support the retail businesses which form the heart of the market town of Romsey. Rum’s Eg are now beginning to expand their Community Arts brief and have been working with teachers and children at three local primary schools in June (Halterworth, Awbridge and Wellow) on a very special project which was inspired by Hampshire Cultural Trust’s ‘big theme’ for galleries and museums in 2016 entitled ‘Royal Blood’. Funds have been raised by Rum’s Eg for Community Arts Projects such as this by a small volunteer team who organise and cater for ticketed events such as dinners and quizzes at Rum’s Eg; together with some funding from Hampshire County Council and the assistance of a Community Arts Coordinator, Jill Searl, Sue Tinkler (a highly respected glass artist from Winchester) was able to go into each of the three schools with two student assistants and work with the children to create three glasswork panels. The fired, fused and completed schools’ panels will be on show at Romsey Abbey from 3rd August to 4th September alongside many exciting glass and ceramic pieces by some of the best South of England craftsmen and women in an exhibition entitled ‘Dissolution & Revolution’

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They all came up with designs of their own - there were some coats of arms, some depicting arrows or crowns, some with warships or medals. Sue was great because she took the designs for each group of 12 and clearly modelled how to simplify it if it was detailed. All the children were totally engrossed in their work and we were so pleased with the outcomes. Sue complemented the children on their good listening skills and it was a very successful morning. We look forward to seeing the display at the Abbey in August - thank you so much for including Awbridge in this project!” Sue Tinkler and her student assistants also enjoyed the experience and were full of respect for primary school teachers as they were all completely exhausted after three days! Siriol Sherlock Director of HA&C CIC

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FOOD & DRINK ISSUE 11 | AUGUST

A Double First J

for Exton Park

ust twelve months since launching its first wines, Exton Park, the 55 acre vineyard on the coveted chalk slopes of Hampshire’s South Downs, has struck Gold. Twice. In the last month, it has been announced that not only has the Exton Park Pinot Meunier Rose - seen for the first time at the recent London Wine Fair - been awarded a Gold Medal in the International Wine Challenge, but also Exton Park’s first ‘declared’ vintage, Blanc de Blancs 2011, has won Gold in the Decanter World Wine Awards. Quite an achievement for this Hampshire property in its first year, and a recognition of the dedicated and collaborative work in the vineyard and the winery. Both seeking to obtain the very best results from the individual vines, and the myriad of terroirs available on site. ‘It is a dream come true’ commented winemaker Corinne Seely, on hearing the news of the prestigious awards. ‘Who would have thought, a year ago, that we would be receiving such accolades. The Vineyard Manager, Fred Langdale, and I always knew we had something very special here at Exton Park. So we have worked together closely to develop its potential - from individual canopy management, to different methods of crop control for each site. Every plot has something different to offer’. ‘In the winery, we have two Bücher presses so that the red grapes can be pressed extremely slowly under nitrogen for maximum fruit and freshness – while the other can handle the white grapes immediately after picking. We also have many small vats, so that we can vinify plot by plot - and then keep those wines in reserve, to add to my maturing ‘library’ for blending.’

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With such a wealth of wines at her fingertips, Seely has been able to innovate and develop her own philosophy for English sparkling wines. ‘As a winemaker, I appreciate the importance of terroir, and as a French winemaker I find English terroir fascinating to express. ‘she explains. The introduction last week of England’s first 100% Pinot Meunier sparkling Rose is a case in point. ‘Fred and I have always believed that Pinot Meunier has the ability to take on the very English character of the Exton Park soils. In 2014, the oldest Pinot Meunier plot planted in 2003, produced the perfect wines to prove this.’ After 12 months on the lees, the wine – redolent of an English summer garden and a true expression of its English heritage - was disgorged ready for its debut this May. Picking up a Gold Medal en route. Also on the successful Gold Medal trail was the citrus yet toasty Blanc de Blancs 2011, justifying Seely’s decision to release an English vintage only in an exceptional year. 2011 was just that. A surprisingly sunny autumn, with warm drying winds, produced the ideal conditions for the early ripening & picking of the Chardonnay grapes, particularly from the pure chalk terroir on the top of the property – the oldest plot in the vineyard. Thus Seely had the most remarkable fruit for that first foray into the brand-new winery. ‘This has been such an exciting year for us all’ she concludes. ‘and the faith that our owner Malcolm Isaac, continues to have in the team, gives us the confidence to constantly innovate yet remain true to the beating heart of our exceptional Exton Park vineyard.’


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