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Welcome The Forum Magazines are a decade old this month! Ten years ago, my vision for a full colour, informative, local community magazine was finally about to be realised as the first edition went to press. Originally called the Alresford Forum, the first magazine was only 36 pages big and distributed to 2500 homes. The November issue is 80 Pages and now reaches just under 5000 households! Next month the Itchen Valley Forum will be delivering magazines into Winchester too! Did you know that The Forum has always been online? Our newly updated and fresh looking website offers great value advertising opportunities (forumpublications.co.uk) You can also find us and follow us on:Facebook Forum Publications @Forumpub Instagram Forumpublications Twitter Forum Publications @Forum_Magazines In this month's magazine, Hampshire People features an interview with local celebrity, Alistair Stewart OBE (page 20) and features include, amongst others, a rather royal adventure for Sandra Pagan in Hampshire Mum (page 46) and Claire Thurlow's wonderful natural study on the slow worm (page 16). Restoring The Elm on (page 30) is a fascinating account of the reintroduction of this splendid tree in the hope of saving a rare butterfly. At The Forum, we are continuously working to feature ALL your local events, no matter how small, so please do drop us an email or give us a call if you'd like to feature your table top sale/charity event/school disco etc. We pride ourselves on being a community focused magazine and strive to be as inclusive as possible.Your support is always valued and appreciated! Thank you for your readership and business custom over the past ten years. "Working with the community, for the community" has always been our motto and we are proud to continue to do so!

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Councils

 Emergency Only (Ambulance, Fire, Police) Tel: 999

 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

 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

 Wickham Parish Council Clerk: Nicki Oliver Tel: 01329 835019 Email: clerk.wickham@parish. hants.gov.uk

 101 Service For non-Emergency Services Call Hampshire Police using: 101

 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

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Hospitals

 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.

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

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

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 Durley Parish Council Clerk: Mrs Anne Collins Tel: 01489 860236 Email: durleypc@homecall.co.uk

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

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

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

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

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


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hat most magical of seasons is fast approaching…the time to decorate the house and entertain friends and family. There is something naturally rustic about Christmas. Maybe it’s because of the pine trees (real or ‘faux fir’) we bring into our homes or the desire for a crackling fire. Whatever the reason, whether you have a period or modern home, adding a rustic touch to your Christmas décor can create a warm and inviting Christmas atmosphere. The key to the rustic Christmas theme is to keep it simple. Whatever you do, don’t over decorate. The rustic look is all about simplicity—going back to the basics. Choose your décor carefully so that each piece is doing as much work as possible. This will allow you to keep your home feeling open, clean, and humble while still enjoying the hints of festive features. The item that should be doing the most work in your rustic Christmas home is your Christmas tree. This should be the centre of attention.You must have a tree in this style setting, though you can

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choose whether or not its branches are full or sparse. Its decorations should be just as simple as the rest of your décor, made from natural materials like hessian, twigs, leaves, leather, etc.You may want to add a touch of white frost to its branches or you can simply leave it in its natural state. Whatever you decide, make sure that it is the focal point by facing chairs and sofas in toward it and by keeping it the most decorated object in the space. A rustic theme can easily be incorporated by adding natural accents, such as filling a hurricane or glass bowl mixed with seasonal fruits, mixed nuts, pine cones or nestle it in a berry wreath for a burst of colour and texture. The candlelight alone will create an air of cozy comfort. Home is where the hearth is, and a welladorned mantel is a must. Garlands are the obvious stars of your fireplace display, but a supporting cast of pine cones, berry garlands and even a woodland creature or two will help make your Christmas decor complete. Reindeer immediately conjure up a Christmasy feeling whether

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he 10 – 16 October 2016 was UK Wool Week, which didn’t register much with me until a tide of sheep flowed towards me down a narrow lane. Obliged to pull into the hedgerow to let them pass, I took a moment to ponder the challenges faced by 21st century sheep farmers.

Moving the ewes from one field to another might seem simple enough, until you see the process in action. Restrained by the farmer in his pick-up, the flock surged forward, slowly but steadily, urged on by the second farmer walking behind with her implacable collie.The sheep squeezed between vehicles and fence, bleating noisily.The ewes were placid and orderly, with only a couple trying to (quite literally) jump the queue, but the motion of the flock was enough to gently rock my Subaru, as woolly bodies brushed against the paintwork. These ancient lanes were built for horses, carts and livestock - not cars, vans and lorries. Pastures are dotted around the village, so sheep must be herded past village shop and parish hall, churchyard and primary school, not to mention dozens of houses, where garden gates must be closed to prevent sheep making merry in the flower-beds.The collie slunk under the car, determined to outflank the ewes before any could skip off down the lane, but soon they were all safely corralled in their new field. Fortunately, sheep farmers have a high-profile ally in Prince Charles, patron of the Campaign for Wool (CFW), launched in 2010 to support wool producers in Britain and the Commonwealth. In a recent article, Prince Charles revealed his concern that consumers are choosing man-made fabrics over natural ones. He also expressed shock that the cost of shearing a sheep sometimes exceeds the value of its fleece. (Although he might be impressed by this summer’s ‘Olympian’ achievement of record-breaking Welsh farmers, Gareth Daniel and Ian Jones, who sheared a combined total of 1457 lambs in nine hours). During the annual Wool Week, the industry aims to raise awareness of the benefits of this unique, renewable substance. Not only is it breathable, but according to the CFW, wool is also ‘multi-climatic’, responding to the temperature of the wearer, making it suitable for all seasons (or a typical British summer). It’s resilient and versatile, perfect for carpets and upholstery as well as clothes. So are we buying it? The Chairman of the British Wool Marketing Board observed recently that, although there’s a healthy demand for fine

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and medium wool, this market stems mainly from China. Making a quick check in the family wardrobes, I found that, although we did have sweaters made wholly or partly of wool, several of these did, indeed, have ‘made in China’ on the label. Rummaging further, I was relieved to find tweed skirts and jackets woven in Yorkshire from ‘100% British wool’. I was less excited to discover that the cloth was made into garments in Bulgaria and Romania, but it was a start. Finally, I pounced on an ancient, woolly jumper, which, according to the label, was ‘made in Scotland’. Result! But clearly I needed to do better if I want to help British wool producers. In an attempt to emphasise the eco-friendly credentials of wool, Prince Charles carried out a couple of experiments.The first entailed setting light to a pair of sweaters (with fire brigade in attendance!).The woollen garment simply smouldered, while the synthetic version burst alarmingly into flames and melted. Secondly, he buried another set of garments (unwanted Christmas gifts, perhaps?) in the garden of Clarence House. Disinterring them after six months, the woolly sweater had partially biodegraded into the soil, while the made-made version was apparently in good enough condition to be washed and worn (presumably not by HRH). This is all good publicity by the heir to the throne, but what should we be doing about it on a day-to-day basis? Are we afraid to buy woollen sweaters because we don’t know how to wash them? Will they shrink, stretch, bobble? Must they be dry-cleaned? Or are they just too expensive? I might covet the hand-knitted, snowflake design worn by Danish detective, Sarah Lund, in the television series, ‘The Killing’, but do I really want to shell out over £200 for a pullover? I must remind myself that before the arrival of the ubiquitous and practical fleece (so handy for dog-walking, gardening or the school run), the only fabric available for a warm top layer was wool. Recently I found a childhood photo of my brother and myself enjoying a summer holiday on a Scottish beach.We’re wearing shorts, plimsolls and (you’ve guessed) hand-knitted woolly jumpers. So if I’m feeling chilly this winter, and in need of a cosy new sweater, I’ll definitely make sure it’s made from British wool – even if I have to knit it myself. Written by Claire Thurlow


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Saxon Church Corhampton

SUNDAY 13 NOVEMBER 18.30 Remembrance

SUNDAY 6 NOVEMBER 09.30 Holy Mass SUNDAY 13 NOVEMBER 09.30 Holy Mass SUNDAY 20 NOVEMBER 09.30 Holy Mass SUNDAY 27 NOVEMBER 09.30 Holy Mass SATURDAYS

Evensong SUNDAY 20 NOVEMBER 11.00 Matins SUNDAY 27 NOVEMBER 08.00 Holy Communion

St. Mary & All Saints' Droxford

18.00 Holy Mass (Vigil

Mass of Sunday)

St. Peter's

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Church Hall 18.30 Evensong at The Blessed Mary, Upham SUNDAY 20 NOVEMBER 08.00 BCP Communion 09.15 Parish Communion 09.15 Informal Service in

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SUNDAY 27 NOVEMBER 08.00 BCP Communion 09.15 Morning Worship 09.15 Informal Service

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The Church of The Blessed Mary

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Methodist Church Swanmore

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Service at St Barnabas, Swanmore 18.00 Evening Service

St Barnabas

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St. Peter & St. Paul Exton

11.00 Parish Communion SUNDAY 13 NOVEMBER 11.00 Family Service 18.30 Evensong

SUNDAY 27 NOVEMBER

Family Service

09.45 Informal

10.50 Benefice

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18.00 Evening Service

SUNDAY 20 NOVEMBER

SUNDAY 13 NOVEMBER

Upham

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Remembrance Requiem

08.00 Holy Communion

12.00 Midday Prayer

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SUNDAY 20 NOVEMBER 10.30 Morning Service 18.00 Evening Service SUNDAY 27 NOVEMBER 10.30 Morning Service 18.00 Service with

Holy Communion

Swanmore

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15.30 All Souls

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10.00 Parish Eucharist

15.30 Village Act of

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Remembrance

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08.00 Holy Communion

10.00 Family Time

SUNDAY 27 NOVEMBER

18.30 Evening Prayer

11.00 Family Communion

SUNDAY 27 NOVEMBER

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10.30 Family Eucharist

08.00 Morning Prayer

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WEDNESDAYS

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10.30 Eucharist

09.30 Village Family

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The Church of Our Lady Warnford

SUNDAY 6 NOVEMBER 09.00 Holy Communion SUNDAY 20 NOVEMBER 09.00 Holy Communion SUNDAY 27 NOVEMBER 09.00 Mattins SATURDAYS 09.00 Morning Prayer

St. John the Evangelist West Meon

SUNDAY 6 NOVEMBER 08.00 Holy Communion 10.30 All Age Worship SUNDAY 13 NOVEMBER 10.50 Service of

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onty Don would be proud! We’ve managed to turn our garden clippings and kitchen peelings into crumbly, cocoacoloured compost. I start to give the bin a vigorous stir with a handy stick, turning over the wilted salad leaves, tea bags and coffee grounds I’ve just added. It smells earthy and wholesome, and the stuff in the middle seems warmer than the outer edges. It’s just the sort of place where a canny creature might hibernate. I stop prodding, worried that I might accidentally bash some unsuspecting resident. A cosy leaf pile or compost heap might be just the spot a slow worm would choose to spend the winter, and I’d hate to injure one. I’ve seen one slither through the long grass in our meadow, but the last time I saw a slow worm wasn’t in the garden, but in Alresford station car park. It was midmorning in early July, with shoppers passing through and a Mid-Hants Railway engine steaming noisily behind me. An elderly couple stood by the Pay and Display machine, bending to inspect what looked like a bit of old rubber tube on the ground. “I think it’s a snake”, the man said, leaning closer. “Don’t get too close, it might bite!” his wife warned. They hurried off to the Watercress Line, leaving the ‘snake’ to sunbathe on the warm tarmac, where it was in real danger of being run over by an unsuspecting motorist. I crouched down to stare at the sun-worshipper. It stared back, unperturbed.Then it blinked. “So you’ve got eyelids,” I muttered. “I suppose that means you’re a slow worm.” The slow worm blinked again in agreement, and flicked its little tongue. It had an endearing face, with no neck to speak of, and its body looked polished in the sunlight. Only about 30 - 40cm long, with sleek grey/brown skin, the slow worm is a reptile, a leg-less lizard, in fact. It controls its body temperature by warming up in the sun, then retreating to the shade to avoid overheating (like Brits on holiday, but without the Ambre Solaire or the cocktails). It’s unlikely to bite you, although its hinged jaws are quite capable of

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tackling an earthworm or a snail, and it’s particularly partial to those irritating little slugs which have plagued our vegetable patch this year.Tempting as it was, I didn’t bring it home in my hand-bag. A car park might seem a strange habitat, and seeing one in such an exposed place is certainly rare, but slow worms can be found on waste land and railway embankments, as well as meadows and woodland. I’m told that they’ve been seen in the grounds of St John’s Church in Alresford, and churchyards are valued as havens for wildlife in an urban setting. Hampshire County Council lists no less than 3700 Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINCs), which make up around 9% of the county’s land area.These include copses and ponds, golf courses and heathland, and exist in addition to the perhaps more familiar Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs).Together these places contribute to Hampshire’s Biodiversity Plan, and help wildlife to coexist with humans. So what about my slow worm in the station car park? Before I could relocate it to a safer spot, my shadow must have spooked it, and it wriggled off (at some speed!) towards the shelter of a box hedge. Back at the compost bin, I secure the cover to keep the rain out and the warmth in. It’s the end of October and slow worms will be bedding down for the winter. Perhaps not in the compost, but possibly in an abandoned log pile or among the windblown leaves under the shed. It needs a place where it will be safe from badgers, pheasants and their biggest enemy, the domestic cat (although Charlie, our tabby is so well-fed and lazy, he’s unlikely to bother with a slow worm unless it’s served with gravy). If it does fall foul of a predator, the slow worm at least has a chance to escape by shedding its tail.They are appealing creatures, and wonderful for pest control, so I’m glad to know that they are protected. Even building giant, Taylor Wimpey, was obliged to give way to the slow worm. In 2014 they relocated 350 slow worms to Lynchmere Common so that they could build Maple Park in Liphook. Slow worms have been known to live in the wild for up to 20 years (one at Copenhagen Zoo was still going strong at 50!), so hopefully we will see them in Hampshire for many years to come. Written by Claire Thurlow


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• To maintain cleanliness and tidiness both personal and for the school as a whole

We are acutely aware that during these four years we are preparing children for their transition to secondary school and providing them with necessary life skills. One skill is independence and we feel it is important for the children to take ownership of their belongings and to learn to organise themselves and their possessions during their school day. As we are a small school, we have extremely restricted space for storage and consequently have decided that school lockers would help significantly and be a huge asset to the school in the following ways: • Safety in the corridors – currently clothing falls off pegs onto the floor • Children really struggle to get to their belongings amidst other coats etc. • To prevent personal belongings getting lost • For children to take responsibilities for their own lockers • To give the children ownership and prepare them for secondary school

If you feel you are able to assist us financially to help us finish the project by donating an amount to sponsor a certain number of lockers we would very much like to discuss this opportunity with you in more depth. I realise that this is an unusual request but whilst we are fundraising ourselves our resources are limited and this is a great opportunity to work in tandem with our local community. As previously mentioned, our catchment area covers a large local area and the parents and extended families of our pupils represent a good proportion of the local community.

I am sure you are well aware that as a state school we have limited funding and with this in mind we embarked on an innovative sponsorship scheme in order for our school to provide school lockers for every child. We originally envisaged putting 200 lockers in our school which would accommodate every child – with a few spare. We have kindly received enough sponsorship from parents and some local businesses to purchase half of the planned lockers. The total cost of the lockers (to include installation) would be close to £7000 pounds. Sponsoring an individual locker costs £35.

Please feel free to contact me on adminoffice@droxford.hants. sch.uk or by telephone to 01489 877537 for further information. Thank you for taking the time to read this letter and we hope to have the opportunity to speak to you in more depth. Please, by all means, arrange a visit to see the lockers we have installed so far. With best regards, Matthew Dampier - Headteacher


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Alastair Stewart's OBE career has spanned some thirty-eight years making him the longest serving male news broadcaster on British television. From his first post with Southern Television he moved to Channel 4 for three years and then onto ITN and ITV. During his career he has commented on the Royal weddings of Prince Charles and Prince Andrew and many momentous occasions now resigned to history such as the tragedy of the Challenger space mission. He was the first broadcaster to report live from the liberated Kuwait city. Do accolades mean a lot to you? “Yes I think so it’s nice to win Television Presenter of the Year, as one gets older the industry’s awards mean so much. I have four Honorary Degrees from Plymouth, Winchester, Bristol and Sunderland universities. But the OBE - I was so thrilled that it was awarded for services to broadcasting and to charity.” How do you think Social Media has revolutionised news? “Revolutionised is right. I follow around two thousand people on Twitter it’s great to have a ‘heads up’ on things, it’s so quick. But it can be dangerous too and there is jungle confusion regarding the legalities of what is said or rather written. My son Alex has a new equestrian site and finds it an invaluable aid for promoting his business which is going really well”. With so much news and Tweeting surrounding the Europe debate is Alastair in or out? He gives me a rye smile, ”Impartial. Impartiality is a crucial part of my job, Charles Clarke MP once said to me ‘ you have more influence than I have – what goes on television and what doesn’t.” Do you miss being the face of ITV News at Ten? “ No, genuinely not. There have been some outstanding moments- the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Gulf War, Tony Blair winning the election, more recently the formation of the coalition with David Cameron. But the one thing that reduced me to tears and I really struggled with on air was the Russian Beslan massacre, those poor children- the epitome of man’s inhumanity. It was heart breaking. My work takes me to many places, often lovely, but normally for sad reasons: I was recently in delightful West Yorkshire but only because of the tragic murder of Jo Cox MP. I found it deeply moving.” Would you like to host your own political program again? “I’ve done that. I’m sixty three and winding down now. I joined ITV News at Ten taking over from Alastair Burnett who represented everything that is good in our business. I’m the one having to give way now and it’s never easy but Tom Bradbury is excellent. I do a Friday night for him and I present the lunch time ITV News. I don’t get the argument that men last longer than women on television. I’ve worked with many powerful women, Diana Edward Jones, Dame Sue Tinson DBE now Vice President of MBC, Anna Ford, Selinna Scott, Natasha Kaplinsky and Julie Etchinham. They are all very successful and excellent mothers too, I think ITV is pretty gender neutral.”


What is it like being Alastair Stewart? “I’m just me and those who know me well would agree with that. As I get older I have become more guarded, ‘ to thy self be true’ I stand by that.” What does Alastair do to relax? “I listen to a lot of music – Strauss, Beethoven, Pink Floyd and my favourites The Rolling Stones. I have a very varied taste and there’s very little music I don’t like. I really love costume drama, anything by Julian Fellows, Downton Abbey was fantastic. Also Cromwell staring Mark Rylance, who is a personal friend and such a lovely man. I interviewed him for the Radio Times. Walking too! We have twenty-two acres here and at times, if the kids come over, four dogs and then there are the horses - they are a passion - we currently have eleven! I am an Ambassador for British Show Jumping and my son Oscar is a professional show jumper. I was at the Royal Windsor Horse Show the night of the Queen’s birthday tribute which I thoroughly enjoyed.” Is it right that you are a real fan of The Rolling Stones? He laughs, ”Yes! I’ve seen them about twenty times - they were my specialist subject when I was on Mastermind - they are without doubt the greatest rock n’ roll band of all time!” Knowing now what Alastair cannot live without- family, horses, Worcestershire Sauce and of course The Rolling Stones- what could he well do without in life? “Ah smoking - it’s a constant weakness, whenever I go for a walk I realise I should give it up, it would be a wise thing to do. I wish I had planned better financially to give one flexibility to do other

things – Mr. McCorber that’s me, readers take note!

Oh and people who disrespect the countryside, littering and churning up tracks with off road vehicles. We shouldn’t disrespect what we have been given.” Alastair Stewart OBE may be considering winding down on screen but off screen he is passionately involved with a number of charities.

“My parents instilled a sense of the importance of thinking of others. I’m associated with The Royal British Legion, Home Start along with Alison Wakeham who is brilliant. I’m the National Vice President of Action for Children and a Patron of Brooke International Equine which funds help for working horses, donkeys and mules all over the world and of course Naomi House and Jacksplace Children’s Hospice of which I am also Patron are hugely important to me.” www.ebonyhorseclub.org.uk www.actionforchildren.org.uk Naomi House and Jacksplace: hello@naomihouse.org.uk Brooke International Equine: www.thebrook.org/contactus

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Over the years have you come to love or loath politics? “I have never loathed it, I love it and had aspirations to be a politician myself. It’s a great principle that everyone over eighteen regardless of race, creed etc. can have a say. I’ve known politicians on many levels and some have become friends. People like John Denham MP, Alan Whitehead MP and the Rt. Hon. Anna Saibry MP, they all could make more money in business but politics is what they are passionate about.”

Though very at home by his fireplace in Hampshire Alastair Stewart OBE with his busy television career and his enthusiastic involvement with his charitable work means he won’t be lingering there for long. GG.

Addendum Since this interview, on September 15th, Alastair Stewart was awarded the Charity Champion Award at the prestigious Third Sector Awards. He was nominated for his work in support of Naomi House and Jacksplace hospices, in particular the Caterpillar appeal.

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Restoring the Elm to Hampshire

he elm was once one of the great icons of Hampshire, the miscalled ‘English’ elm sometimes topping 150 feet, the tallest and fastest-growing broadleaf tree in Europe. Alas, the devastation wrought by the lethal strain of Dutch elm disease (DED) which arrived in the 1960s is legend. Old trees are now virtually confined to remote enclaves such as Southsea Common in Portsmouth, isolated by sea and urban sprawl. However, the tree’s former abundance was a relatively recent phenomenon. No archaeological dig in the county ever found elm timber, while the tree trunks reinforcing the foundations of Winchester Cathedral are beech, not elm, even though the latter would have been superior for the purpose. The proliferation of elm is inextricably linked with Man. The ‘English’ elm, its suckers remaining the most commonly occurring elms along the Test, is a tree of Italy (Atinia) and Spain (Aranjuez), which almost certainly arrived with the Romans to support their vines. Female-sterile, it could only be cloned from suckers, which left the entire population genetically identical and thus hugely susceptible to DED. The wych elm fared little better, and although it reproduces only sexually, its singular lack of genetic diversity has left it with little chance of evolving a resistance in the near future. Consequently the elm breeding programmes initiated in Europe (not the UK, alas) and the USA have focussed on hybridization with or between Asiatic species with high genetic resistance, to produce trees with an appearance not too dissimilar to native species.Almost half a century from the outbreak of the disease, there are now 10 highly-resistant hybrid cultivars in commerce. Better news still has come recently from the Universidad Politecnica Madrid which, after patiently collecting and germinating thousands of native field elm seeds, has discovered and cloned seven with a resistance on a par with the best cultivars, a ‘first’ for a European species. Mention must also be made of the anomalous European White Elm Ulmus laevis a riparian species almost certainly not native, but which occurs so randomly in the English countryside as to suggest otherwise. Only one mature specimen is known in Hampshire; about 100 years old with a girth of over 4 metres, it was discovered

in a remote hedgerow on farmland near Over Wallop. The species is not blessed with an innate resistance to DED, rather it synthesizes a chemical, Alnulin, which renders it unpalatable to the bark beetles which spread DED, with the result it is rarely, if ever, infected. Butterfly Conservation (BC) Hants & IoW Branch began trialling these trees in 2000 to assess their potential in saving theWhite-letter Hairstreak butterfly from extinction. This secretive butterfly, on the wing through July, depends exclusively on sexually-mature elm, ie elm mature enough to produce flowers and seeds needed to sustain its caterpillars when they hatch in early March. Now on the IUCN Red List, the butterfly’s numbers have inevitably plummeted as a result of DED. The BC trials at four very different sites near Portsmouth have now identified which of these trees are able to thrive in the Hampshire environment, and planting is now underway across the county as a whole. Planting began in the Test Valley in 2010 around fishery lakes near King’s Somborne, but has expanded recently thanks to the kind permission of the Leckford Estate. The most popular planting choice so far has not been a cultivar, rather the European White Elm, as it is a riparian tree which relishes wet ground. Moreover, it is readily and cheaply available as seed. As supplies from Madrid increase, it is hoped to add the resistant strains of the field elm, another species introduced to the UK probably during the Bronze Age but still largely confined to Essex and Kent. Anybody interested in planting elms should contact the author at ptelea22@ outlook.com. A report on the resistant elms featured in Butterfly Conservation’s trials is available on the internet at http://www. hantsiow-butterflies.org. uk/downloads/Disease%20 resistant%20elm%20 cultivars%20BC%20trials%20 5th%20report%201115.pdf , meanwhile a delightful 14-minute close-up film of the White-letter Hairstreak is available on YouTube courtesy of the French VarWild film company (narration in English): https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=vdDNGF2HDr0.


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017 marks the 200th anniversary of the death of globally loved author Jane Austen – and Hampshire Cultural Trust is coordinating a yearlong series of events across the historic and beautiful county to celebrate her creativity and talent. Hampshire was not only Jane Austen’s birthplace (and where you can visit her grave today), but its people, landscape and the society in which she moved provided inspiration for her novels, classics such as Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Mansfield Park and Sense and Sensibility. From a landmark exhibition to talks and walks, from picnics to performances, 2017 will be a very special celebration of her life, times and work. Sure to be a highlight of the celebrations is the exhibition The Mysterious Miss Austen, which opens on 13 May 2017 (until 24 July) at The Gallery in Winchester Discovery Centre, before travelling to the Gallery at Gosport Discovery Centre and the Sainsbury Gallery at Basingstoke’s Willis Museum. This unique exhibition, presented in partnership with Jane Austen’s House Museum, will explore Jane’s life, work and her relationship to Hampshire. The centrepiece will be five portraits of Jane together under one roof for the very first time – including two works from the National Portrait Gallery, London and three from private collections, one of which has not been seen in public for more than 40 years. The Mysterious Miss Austen will also include a surviving manuscript of an alternative ending to her final novel Persuasion, in her own hand (on loan from the British Library). There will also be a silk pelisse coat (one of the only garments in the world with a provenance that can be traced back to

Jane), first editions of her works and fascinating personal letters. Bringing a contemporary view, Grayson Perry’s Jane Austen in E17 vase is evidence of her lasting legacy and influence on the arts. Set to be a ‘deliciously’ popular feature of Jane Austen 200 are the Big Picnics. These feasts of fun and nibbley gorgeousness will be held at significant locations throughout Hampshire. At these events, visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy Regency delicacies, watch performances and, of course, learn about this amazing, world-renowned writer. Bringing a very 21st century slant to the proceedings, Hampshire Cultural Trust will be creating a downloadable picnic pack that will inspire bakers and ‘Janeites’ to unite and create their own Regency-style Bake Off. Much as there will only ever be one Jane Austen, Hampshire Cultural Trust passionately believes that Jane’s work still inspires excellent writing today. To find not only the next great literary talent, HCT has created a brand new competition for children and adults, with two categories; short story and letter. Grown-ups need to submit a short story of 2017 words, based on Jane’s classic quote from Mansfield Park: “Selfishness must always be forgiven you know, because there’s no hope of a cure”.Youngsters are invited to write a letter of 400 words based on ‘A day in the life,’ real or imagined. Entries for both have just opened (and close 28 February 2017). Actor Hugh Bonneville, star of Downton Abbey, and of course, the 1999 film of Mansfield Park is a Hampshire man and says: “As a local and as a fan of Jane Austen, I hope you will join us in Hampshire in 2017 to get to know a bit more about the woman behind the novels. We have a great year ahead, packed with regency celebrations, talks, arts installations and so on. So please google Jane Austen 200 and come and join in the fun.” This is just a small handful of the events taking place for Jane Austen 200, for the latest news and information visit www.janeausten200.co.uk

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ince the start of August we've been selling fresh raw jersey milk directly from our dairy farm in botley, this has been extremely successful and custom is slowly increasing on a weekly basis.Having had conversations with some of our customers the feedback has been very positive to the extent that around 50% of our customers spoken to have enquired about raw cream. So we have looked into making cream and just recently been given the go ahead by our local environment health office to enable us to produce this and market it along side the raw milk.Hopefully this delicious double cream made with the fresh raw milk from our jersey cows will be available by the start of November. This "Hiltonbury" raw cream will taste beautiful this Christmas on all of those Christmas puddings and warm mince pies! So why not take a trip to your local dairy farm try out our newly installed milk vending machine,purchase some cream and who knows we may have some other of our farm produce on sale buy then as well! Hiltonbury Jerseys Tel: 07977 933470 hiltonbury_jerseys@btinternet.com www.hiltonburyjerseys.co.uk Uplands Farm, Winchester Street, Botley, SO30 2AA

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We have been very lucky getting to meet some famous people along the way! Highlights this year have been meeting American rapper,Yelawolf, being invited to Women in Business events at the House of Commons and The Shard in London and providing cupcakes for several high profile events. We love our job but we work incredibly hard sometimes up to 16 hours a day. Making cakes isn't all fun, it's standing around for hours and constantly being covered in icing sugar! This Christmas we are going to be offering Children's Cupcake Decorating sessions at our bakery. It's not classes it's more a chance for children to make a bit of a mess (so you don't have to do it at home!). The cakes will already be baked so it's just the fun part! Using the glitters, sprinkles and decorations is a dream come true for most children! It's so pretty where our bakery is situated, it's the perfect backdrop for a pre Christmas treat for children to come along and have some sticky fun with no cleaning up for you! Follow Cupcake Express on Facebook for dates and times of these sessions that will be announced soon. Unit 5-7 Shedfield House Dairy, Sandy Lane, Shedfield, Southampton SO32 2HQ Tel: 01329 600450 Mob: 07794 618142


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The Krishnamurti Centre and School

he Dali Lama called Jiddu Krishnamurti ‘ one of the greatest thinkers of the age’. Born in 1895 in Madanapalle, India, his thoughts on all aspects of the human condition were prolific throughout his life and drew the attention of many eminent physicists, scholars, artists and politicians and inspired many more. His thoughts are now published in books and CDs and supported by three archives containing thousands of primary resource materials here in the UK, India and America. He was awarded the 1984 UN Peace Medal and died at his home in California in 1986.

Yet perhaps it is strange that so little is known about Krishnamurti locally, despite the fact that his Brockwood Park School has been nestled in some forty acres of stunning Hampshire countryside near Bramdean since 1969. It has grown considerably with the addition of a home for the Foundation, the overarching charity, and a place of retreat and understanding that is the beautiful Krishnamurti Centre and more recently the opening of the Inwood Small School, for children from five to eleven years of age. According to Bill Taylor, who is the Development and Coordination Director for Brockwood Park and guide during my visit, Krishnamurti did not assume the role of guru or authority. In essence and explained simplistically, the core of Krishnamurti's message is embodied in a statement he made in 1929-“ Truth is a pathless land” – we cannot come to it through ideologies and doctrine but rather by viewing all that we experience with full awareness. In terms of education then the Krishnamurti School follows that same principle. The school currently has sixty students aged from fourteen to nineteen, from twenty- five countries.While the curriculum has the usual academic and artistic subjects the students are free from prescriptive and restrictive timetabling, are not graded and spend a good deal of time on thematic and project based work. For Krishnamurti ‘school is a place where one learns not only the academic knowledge required for daily life but explores the art of living with all its complexities and subtleties.’ So students share household tasks and gardening; Brockwood has an enormous walled garden and the menu is vegetarian. Because subjects

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are explored through a series of projects the students are very self -motivated, independent learners and are free to present their work in a variety of ways. Alongside this is the natural creation of a real sense of family, the students are encouraged to express and explore their emotions openly, irrespective of what that might be given that they are teenagers; they are supported in that by members of staff.

The ISI, (Independent School Inspectorate) 2016 report states that –‘they are highly independent and self-motivated learners who develop a keen sense of inquiry and love of learning for its own sake’. Bill is in agreement and says the young people that attend the Krishnamuti schools—there are also currently seven in India and one in the U.S.—are incredibly fortunate and tend to be very successful at University because they already have a maturity of thought and are very adept at independent study. The Krishnamurti Centre is adjacent to the school and set in beautiful parkland commanding spectacular views.The Centre has nineteen ensuite rooms, a library, lounge, quiet room, conservatory, video room and dining area.There are theme weekend programmes, dialogues and introductory days, but otherwise there is no guidance for the duration of your stay. Guests are free to use the extensive Krishnamurti library if they wish or simply to use their time to retreat in a way personal to them. Day guests are welcome. As Bill explains both the Krishnamurti Schools and the Krishnamurti Centre would like to welcome the local community to visit Brockwood, encouraging parents to discover the value of education at the schools and anyone interested to make use of the valuable resource that is the retreat Centre. Upon leaving the Krishnamurti Centre and School at Brockwood Park I was left not only with a desire to learn more about the thoughts of Krishnamurti, but with an overarching sense of intriguing calm. Written by GG For further information visit: www.brockwood.org.uk www.krishnamurticentre.org.uk


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I know what you are thinking. You’re thinking: how can he be talking about the Carnival in November. Well, we had such a successful Carnival again this year by starting a little early, that we thought why not start our planning even earlier for next year. So, this is to get you thinking about your entry into the Procession for next year.

Well, for a great many years Bishop’s Waltham Rotary members have taken Roger around the streets of the town, and some localities, broadcasting carols for the children. It’s become so popular that many children get to stay up late just to see Roger. In the early evenings of the weeks in December leading up to Christmas, Roger tours around the local streets. This year, Roger is appearing in the High Street on Thursday 8th December: the time of festivities in the High Street and late night shopping. So put the date in your diary to be there and join in the festivities. In light of this event, we felt that Roger needed a little attention to his outer coat, after many years of being exposed to the elements. So, what you see now is a completely different engine, still called

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I’m not allowed yet to reveal what the theme is, but that doesn’t really matter; it’s about participating: young and old are welcome to join in whether you are in a group, society, club, or just your family, get your thinking hat on and come up with an idea for participating in next year’s Carnival. Let’s make it the biggest and best again, and look out in the December magazine for the announcement of the Carnival Theme. www.bishopswalthamrotary.org.uk


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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 – December and January – March/ April.There are no auditions and you

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do not need to be able to read music, but it helps.We sing a wide range of music usually in 4-part harmony, for example traditional folk songs, negro spirituals, melodies from musicals, classic popular music and some choral pieces. For further information please contact Phil: 01489 579078 or email coundleypj@yahoo.com or add Maureen 01489890335 email alan@agbuckland.plus.com.

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

Other Clubs / Societies O Bishop's Waltham Bridge Club We are a small, friendly club that meets every Wednesday evening at Priory Court,Winchester Road, Bishop’s Waltham. Play starts at 7pm and continues until 10pm. Improving and occasional players are welcome and you do not need to come with a partner. If you would like to come along, please call Roger Robinson (Chairman) on 01489 877504, or Phil White (treasurer) on 01489 896877. O Bishop's Waltham Community First Responders BWCFR are volunteers locally, trained by the Ambulance service to attend life threatening emergencies before an ambulance attends.We cover the 5mile radius of B/Waltham, Swanmore/Waltham Chase and when required outlying areas. Use of own car and cover 5 or more hours/wk, mileage is reimbursed. A lively group of all ages, experience and backgrounds, who gain great satisfaction from helping their local residents. Swanmore Responders needed to span our area. For more info; Di Mclean 01489 891911. O Bishop's Waltham Gateway Club We provide a social club for people with learning disabilities over the age of 16.We meet in St Peter's Church Hall, Free Street, Bishops Waltham SO32 1EE on the first and third Monday's of the month (except August and Bank Holidays) between 7 and 9pm. More information can be found on our website www. bwgateway.org. If you need any more information contact Vee or Brian on 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 O Tuesday Night Badminton Club We meet every Tuesday night from 8pm to 10pm in the Jubilee Hall, Bishop's Waltham.We are always pleased to welcome new players. Therefore if you have experience of playing badminton and would like to join us please call 01489 896738 for more information.


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Anyone celebrating a special occasion – maybe a birthday or anniversary - may also like to speak to many of the makers about commissioning bespoke pieces of jewellery or silverware. Several visitors in the past have commissioned engagement or wedding rings at the event and, by working with the designer maker, have been able to have input into the design and come up with something that means so much more and is completely individual. Many of the makers will also be happy to speak about remodelling old jewellery to give it a more contemporary feel.

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nce again the elegant Guildhall in Winchester will be the venue for a stunning mixed media jewellery and silversmithing event from 11-13 November, where visitors can purchase direct from contemporary designer makers selected from the best in the UK. Desire offers visitors a choice of around 70 individual jewellers and silversmiths who have been selected for their superb and innovative craftsmanship and have a genuine passion for the work they

create. Visitors can see and purchase from an exciting range from both emerging British talent as well as more established designer makers. Comments from visitors to the event last year included “Excellent crafts people. Lovely displays. Really nice ambience.” and “Have been three times, always a good range of jewellery and silver, nice to find things you don’t see everywhere.” Exhibitors at Winchester include jewellers working in gold, silver,

THE MAGIC PAINTBRUSH - 13TH NOVEMBER AT LIVE THEATRE WINCHESTER

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he classic folktale of imagination and greed is brought to life for children using dance, video and a beatboxing-inspired soundtrack. Directed by Nathan Stickley. Choreographed by Darren Ellis. A vibrant storytelling adventure with a quirky urban soundtrack, The Magic

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Paintbrush is a new dance show leaping, splattering, swirling and boogying onto stages across the UK. The tale of a young person who is given a paintbrush that magically brings paintings to life is given a zingy new energy by choreographer Darren Ellis, whose own dance company Darren Ellis Dance is known for collaborations with companies such as Richard Alston Dance as well children’s shows including Meeting Mr Boom! With a beatboxing-inspired soundtrack and video design accompanying four dancers, The Magic Paintbrush has been created for everyone aged 3+, and will be enjoyed by adults and children alike. Once upon a time in a grey, colourless world, someone is scribbling. As the young girl paints, her drawings appear on the surfaces of the theatre where they wiggle to life before magically floating

Opening times for this year’s event are 12.30pm – 7.30pm on Friday and 10 am – 5 pm Saturday and Sunday. Admission is £4.50. For further information contact the organisers on 01622 747 325 or visit the web site at www.desirefair.com. Venue: The Guildhall, Broadway, High Street, Winchester, SO23 9GH out in 3D form. Can our imaginative young artist vanquish the mighty shadow of greed? Inspired ancient and modern versions of the Chinese folktale and exploding with energy, surprises and giggles, this is The Magic Paintbrush as never before. Director Nathan Stickley said, “The Magic Paintbrush is a modern retelling of an old folk tale - a girl who is given a magic paintbrush brings joy and hope to a bleak world. We've created an imaginative production that keeps on inspiring both children and adults long after coming to see the show. Our audiences haven't stopped talking about the shows' magic and surprises.” Live Theatre Winchester, Jewry Street, Winchester SO23 8SB 11.30am and 2.30pm. Tickets£13 (£44 Family) www.theatreroyalwinchester.co.uk Tel: 01962 840440


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Hampshire Mum Security & Other Tails here are those in life who are prepared, in that Girl Guide kind of way, for absolutely every eventuality. You can totally rely on them if you’re in a tight spot. One such dear chum is ‘Miss Poppins’, no matter what the occasion or venue she will have it covered, aside from the ‘basics’ of spare tissues, plasters, (waterproof, corn, blister or steri-strip), plastic rain capes and sufficient over the counter medical provisions to withstand any form of alien attack, she will often amaze us with the more unusual items. From out of a small and stylish handbag she has been known to produce a plastic wine cooler, wet wipes, anti-bacterial hand wash, a foil blanket, high heel protectors and on the occasion of a recent girlie trip to London, a selection of pastries complete with jams, serviettes...and a knife.

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Despite our collective hysteria as we approached the security guard dear Miss Poppins decided honesty was the best policy and boldly declared, “I think you should know I have a knife in my bag.”

So once on the train, while the accompanying football supporters tucked into a breakfast of beer and whisky chasers- well it was 9:30 am, fair do’s- we chose from a selection of croissant and pain au raisin generously provided by said chum.

On a separate table the contents of Miss Poppins bag had been tipped out and the knife, which far from a deadly weapon was in fact a tiny ineffectual blade that once belonged to her son complete with paw prints on the handle, was placed in a plastic bag to be collected at the end of our tour.

Once at Waterloo we raced, via the Jubilee Line, to Green Park and onto The Mall.There the crowds were huge due to some kind of major Army type Trouping of The Colour affair.We were reliably informed by a London Bobby that we had at least a half hour walk around the back of Buckingham Palace to join the queue to see the ‘Reign of Style Exhibition’, a display of HM fashions inside the Palace. Time was short for our timed tickets. Miss Poppins was having none of it and we jogged it in 15 minutes while she had Buck House on the mobile saying not only were we on our way but that we should have been more reliably informed of the delay. “ They must have known about this ages ago.” While the rest of us caught our breath, (and one chum, I know was dying for a blister plaster but didn’t like to admit defeat), the invincible Miss Poppins stood tall in the queue guiding us through the airport type security, until… “Oh my god I’ve got a knife in my bag!” Now trust me these are not the words you want shouted out whilst in a crowded vestibule approaching security for entry to Buckingham Palace. “Sssshhhh!” was all we could think to say.

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I attempted to soften the news by saying to him,”Well I guess you don’t hear that every day.”The security guard remained stony faced. Not surprisingly she was ushered to one side while the rest of us were scrutinized rather more thoroughly than our fellow tourists. While my chum and I breezed through the security gate our other chum set off the metal detector. Eventually it was decided the cause was a bangle she simple couldn’t get off without surgery and her underwired bra.

But in indomitable style Miss Poppins proceeded to offer the remaining pastries to the security team, “There is jam if you’d like it’. I had the strangest feeling that we were being watched all the way through the exhibition and staterooms…maybe not. Anyway once the knife had been collected we were hot foot to the Wolsey for afternoon tea, all very lovely I might tell you! It was a deliciously leisurely affair, people came and went but we four remained chatting and politely nibbling on delicate sandwiches, tiny cakes and warm scones for hours completely unaware that a certain person was waiting for a table. There was a palpable buzz in the room as waiters scurried this way and that. Tracey Emin and male companion squeezed past our table, he tripped and said to my chum, “ Oh my god, I’m so sorry I tripped over your dog! Did I step on its tail?” All we could do was smother our laughter.The dog was in fact a pony skin handbag, a purchase made in Venice recently that my friend picked up and stroked. Poor little thing, it’s tail will never be the same again - come to think of it, neither will we!! Sandra Pagan


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outhampton Philharmonic Choir, recently commissioned composer Janet Wheeler to write a new piece of choral music, using a bequest from longstanding choir member, Joan Wood. The result is I sing and ever shall with words from the poem the argument of his book by 17th Century lyric poet, Robert Herrick, among other poems by Emily Dickinson, Rabindramath Tagore, Abraham Cowley, Sara Teasdale and a movement inspired by Scottish mouth music and vocal exercises. This 25-minute work celebrates the power and joy of singing, both individually and collectively. Poets

throughout the ages have explored the link between air and breath, words and song. The libretto draws largely on poetry, Janet explains “I spend a lot of time reading poetry, partly for my own enjoyment and partly looking for things to set to music… an interesting form can be just as much an inspiration as the subject matter. I like to find patterns of textures and a progression in the piece… I don’t write static music - it usually goes somewhere… that’s the kind of thing I’m looking for in words.” This exciting new work is accompanied by the more traditional, but magnificent Mozart Requiem. Commissioned in 1791 and completed by others after his death, it still includes enough of Mozart’s genius to be considered a masterpiece, and Serenade No. 6 (Serenata Notturna) K.236. This concert will be held on Saturday 26 November at O2 Guildhall Southampton, see: www.southamptonphil.org for more details.

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Calendar TUESDAY 8 NOVEMBER What Editors Look For In A Submission (…and How to Make Your Novel Stand Out) Hampshire Writers' Society Speaker: Clare Hey, Senior Commissioning Editor at Simon and Schuster. 7.00pm for Networking. 7.30pm for speaker at The Stripe Building, University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester, SO22 4NR. Tickets are £5 for non-members and members go free. www.hampshirewriterssociety. co.uk THURSDAY 24 SATURDAY 26 NOVEMBER Soberton Players present Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs A Traditional Pantomime by Ben Crocker at Soberton Village Hall, SO32 3PF at 7.30pm. Matinee on Saturday 26th at 2pm. Tickets £7 for adults, £4 for children. Pretheatre suppers £22.95 at White Lion, Soberton (includes 2-course meal and ticket for show). Box Office 0148 878184 or 07866 931487 SATURDAY 26 NOVEMBER St Peter's Church, Bishop's Waltham Mothers' Union Christmas Fayre 2pm to 4pm at Church Hall, Free Street, Bishop's Waltham. Popular stalls, Raffle, Family games. Father Christmas will be present. SATURDAY 3 DECEMBER & THURSDAY 22 DECEMBER Meon Voices Choir Christmas Concert Saturday's concert will be held at St Peters Church in Bishops Waltham at 7pm and Thursday's will be at 2pm in the United Free Church, Basingwell Street, Bishops Waltham. Refreshments and closing collection in aid of Church Charities. Music includes a medley from West Side Story and a selection of Christmas songs and carols. Information from Phil Coundley, 01489 579078 email coundleypj@yahoo.com


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Christmas Celebrations

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s winter arrives Meon Valley Marriott Hotel & Country welcomes the change in temperature and dark night’s drawing in as our favourite time of the year approaches… Christmas! To kick start our festive season of exciting events we will be hosting our ever popular ‘Meon Valley Christmas Fair’. Join us on Sunday 20th November with free admission from 11am – 3pm.

Our festive events don’t stop there, celebrate this Christmas and New Year in the luxurious surroundings of Meon Valley Marriott Hotel & Country Club and we promise you a visit to remember!

With over 35 carefully selected stallholders on hand to offer unique gift ideas helping you gain invaluable festive inspiration, just perfect for the festive season. If you need to take a break during your shopping trip you can relax in our Broadstreet Restaurant and treat yourself to Afternoon Tea for Two with free flowing bubbly or a delicious Sunday Lunch; a great opportunity to take a look at all of the gifts you have brought There’s something for everyone with our fun packed Santa’s Sunday Lunch, Winter Wonderland Party Night Packages plus our New Year’s Eve Hogmanay and New Year’s Eve Family Party. Whether you are joining us with family or friends you will find great food, a fantastic festive atmosphere and the warmest of welcomes. Our Festive Events start from just £18.95 – for information please call 01329 836 826 or visit www. MarriottMeonValley.co.uk/Christmas 50


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