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Hampshire Skies

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CLAIRE THURLOW

o, did you see the Super Moon? Thanks to the closest orbit of a full moon to Earth in 70 years, on 13 November the moon appeared bigger and brighter than usual. With the South Downs National Park designated an International Dark Sky Reserve, we have opportunities in our own backyard for enjoying the night sky with minimal light pollution. Luckily, I was alerted to the Super Moon event by Charlie, the tabby, who for much of the evening refused to leave his observation post by the back door. I managed to sneak outside in my wellies and was rewarded by the spectacle of a huge, luminous golf ball of a moon, its mountains and craters clearly visible to the naked eye, and seemingly suspended just above the roof. I’m so glad I witnessed this beautiful phenomenon, because the next Super Moon isn’t expected until 2034. Of course, with a little forward planning, I could have taken my amateur astronomy to a higher level, to an elevated spot in the Hampshire countryside where the sky opens up like a planetarium. Old Winchester Hill, near the village of Exton in the Meon Valley, is just such a place, recommended by the International Dark Sky Association as one of the South Downs’ best locations for star-gazing. Having recently explored the summit of Old Winchester Hill in daylight, I can only imagine how atmospheric it would be on a clear night. This is a place to come for some of the best views in Hampshire. The hill dominates the landscape, offering a panoramic outlook across steep chalky slopes, springy grassland and a patchwork of fields. Summer brings orchids and cowslips, followed by ox-eye daisies and scabious, along with flotillas of chalkhill blue butterflies. But I was here in autumn, when oak leaves were turning to gold and holly trees were dotted with scarlet berries. As I followed the track from the car park, a sharp-eyed blackbird enjoyed tail-end berries among the brambles, and hedgerows were edged by desiccated stems of towering hogweed.

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Looking down into the valley, the southern slopes were lit by afternoon sun; it glinted off the wings of a gang of cawing rooks circling overhead. But the damp coombes on the chilly northern side were deep in shadow, made yet darker by pockets of impenetrable woodland. Some of these craters resulted from the efforts of Second World War military exercises, but it’s thought that human activity here dates back as much as 4000 years. It is certainly atmospheric. The land is shaped by a series of Bronze Age burial mounds, which loom like a pod of grassy whales on the crest of the hill. Just as striking, are the remains of an Iron Age settlement, fortified with a ditch and ramparts dug from the earth with ancient tools. How long it took them to do it, nobody knows. Old Winchester Hill has never been excavated and, for me, this mystery is part of its charm. I continued on the path uphill and the sky opened up before me. We may not have the ‘big skies’ of East Anglia, but on this particular day the Hampshire horizon was spectacular! Stately cumulus clouds drifted across the bright blue sky like ships on the ocean. As I turned the corner, a string of teenagers loped by, bedrolls strapped to their rucksacks, billy cans swinging. Laughing and joking, their Duke of Edinburgh expedition clearly offered more than sore feet and aching shoulders. Swinging open a gate, I was now on part of the South Downs Way. A couple wearing serious boots sat on a bench, unwrapping sandwiches and fruit. Proper hikers, not a Sunday stroller like me. I carried on towards the summit and noticed a solitary figure silhouetted against the skyline. The view here at almost 200 metres above sea level, stretched for miles, with a glimpse of the sparkling coast in the distance. I stopped to take a photograph, and when I looked again the stranger had gone. I shivered. Time to go home, but I’ll go back soon. Perhaps next time I’ll wait until after dark, and armed with blanket, torch and thermos, I’ll do some star-gazing.


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n the 1950's Droxford had over a dozen shops catering for the local community, including a butcher, cycle shop, hardware store and post office. Originally the village bakery, Droxford Antiques was established in 1954 and is the only shop still in existence from that era. It is situated in the High Street, next door to the award winning Bakers Arms. Mark and Mary Hornby-Patterson moved to Droxford with their young family in 2002. They are only the third owners of the business. Mark has been in the antiques business for over 40 years. Having trained at Blanchards in Winchester, he has a vast knowledge in all aspects of the trade. He personally undertakes restoration projects and is an experienced valuer. He buys and sells antiques, everything from silver, porcelain and jewellery, fabulous lighting and furniture of all styles and sizes through to architectural and garden items. He runs a sourcing service and is always available to give free, confidential help and advice.

Chris and Stephen established Lavant Rowe in 2007 and are very proud to be expanding their business. “I cannot believe it is nearly 10 years since we opened” says Chris who will be running LRMan. “I have enjoyed the challenge of setting up our new venture. My aim is not to just sell clothes but image, style and confidence blending perfectly with everything Lavant Rowe offers today”. LRMan – fashion for men, First floor, 5 Lavant Street, Petersfield opens early November. Search for us on Facebook: LRMan - Fashion for Men 8

In 2005, when their youngest child started school, Mary started her curtain business. She is now well known for her beautiful curtains, blinds, upholstery and complementary soft furnishings. She offers a very personal service, including measuring and hanging in your own home. Mary is a stockist of Kate Forman and Vanessa Arbuthnott fabrics, although she is perfectly happy to make up your own fabrics. Droxford Antiques is open 9-30 - 5-00, Monday to Saturday, or by appointment. Pop in for a look around, some friendly help and advice - the stock is constantly changing. Droxford Antiques mary@droxfordantiques.co.uk Tel: 01489 878800 or 07973 551519 High Street, Droxford, SO32 3PA


Established for over 50 years

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Community Emergency Services

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

First Responders

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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Hampshire Mum

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Perfect Christmas

t was late November and all the Christmas magazines were out.The phrase ‘for gods' sake I’ve got ages yet’ pervaded my thoughts, after all I was reasonably well prepared with a few presents brought and half the cards written, so I was chilled. But then Christmas hit our Market Town with fripperies all around. Go into any emporium of coffee and cake and there they were, the young mums with slender diamond encrusted fingers running through newly highlighted hair. Hunched over their laptops frantically emailing their husbands about the likelihood of getting the annual work's Fortnum and Masons hamper that would be just perfect for the mother-in-law’s present. Then their next crisis: the dilemma of the Christmas trees both outside and in-what colour scheme this year? And the Christmas feast – was it to be a goose or a turkey stuffed with a goose that then becomes like a Russian doll with an ever-decreasing array of boned foul right down to a titchy quail? Then of course the pudding-one couldn’t possibly have the rich hearty steamed variety-no it would have to be some hugely expensive creation of a celebrity chef complete with exploding chocolate hedgehog at its centre. Poor souls! They down another skinny cappuccino with four extra shots before they can face present shopping online for their offspring who have probably already demanded copious items from Apple, Hollister and Jack Wills to name a few.Thank the lord for American Express. “What’s it all about? I ask myself.What has happened to Christmas? The real meaning and the long established traditions that go with it. So I decided to make a stand, and create the perfect Christmas of old. I compiled a list of handcrafted presents, foods and decorations – easy…or so I thought. A memory of the Pagan Pup and I foraging for sloes a year ago leapt to the fore; how I laboured to make sloe gin, decanting the berry infused spirit into suitably country-esque bottles adorned with tartan ribbon and plain brown tags. A month or two later I peered into the back of a dark cupboard to find them gone! Turns out, while The Husband and I were away Star I had, had few friends round and such was the quality of my sloe gin it had been utilised as the main forfeit in drinking game. “It was disgusting Mum, Max threw up!” Marvellous, right so sloe gin’s not on the menu but pickles and maybe jams most definitely are.

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Now perhaps it is the ravages of age, but I have quite inexplicably become somewhat of a hoarder, so I was equipped with a large assortment of recycled jars complete with lids. I confidently blew the dust off me ‘Delia’s Christmas’ to discover that leaving ones pickles until the end of November was not the best plan as they should have been the ‘job for September’ (as in the previous year), when green tomatoes proliferate apparently- who knew?! Plus I found myself a little bereft of a preserving pan, cooking thermometer and twenty-five gallons of vinegar. Ok, no panic. Hot foot I went to local suppliers of Hampshire’s finest relishes and spent a happy evening spooning them lovingly into odd jars, cutting out suitably festive fabric to make the lid covers and adorning with labels and rustic ties. The result, a traditional ’home crafted’ present to be given in the true spirit of the Yuletide season? Nope, rather my kitchen looked like Beelzebub himself had been in charge of catering. I was just faking... I mean transforming a raw material into a loving gift but I felt bad, like the Grinch cheating on Christmas. So there I was, hunched over my laptop on my second latte, shaky hands running though my grey re- growth, searching the world for suitable presents. I’d split most of my fingers trying to extricate a length of old mans beard from a hedge in order to make fairy light lit garland. I had no idea it would still have so many things living in it! “What the hell is that Sandra?”, The Husband had spluttered on his return from the 18th to find a slightly damp if I’m honest, natural garland twisting up the banister. “Well it looked ok in the magazine.” I was slightly tearful by then. Star II saved the day. “Don’t worry Mum, I’ll make cinnamon biscuits for everyone”.They are so good there’s no way I could pass them off as my own even if I wanted to. So with relief I resorted back to my old Christmas ways, the huge tree decorated with all manor of the peculiar; some home cooked staples and a healthy smattering of M&S; lots of new and utterly frivolous ‘necessities’ from our Local Market Town; a huge amount of chocolate and way too many scented candles-cracking! On the upside I now have enough pickles to last me through Trump’s presidency and maybe beyond! So I’ll wish you a Happy Christmas from the Pagans and leave you with the thought that trying to achieve perfection will only leave you in a right pickle. Sandra Pagan


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Church Services Catholic Church of Our Lady Queen of Apostles Bishop's Waltham

SUNDAY 4 DECEMBER 09.30 Holy Mass SUNDAY 11 DECEMBER 09.30 Holy Mass THURSDAY 15 DECEMBER 19.30 Penitential Service SATURDAY 17 DECEMBER 09.30 Vigil Mass SUNDAY 18 DECEMBER 09.30 Holy Mass CHRISTMAS EVE 18.00 First Holy Mass

of Christmas

CHRISTMAS DAY 10.00 Holy Mass of

Christmas Day

SATURDAYS 18.00 Holy Mass (Vigil

Mass of Sunday)

St. Peter's

Bishop's Waltham SUNDAY 4 DECEMBER 08.00 BCP Communion 09.15 Parish Communion 09.15 Informal Service in

Church Hall

SUNDAY 11 DECEMBER 08.00 BCP Communion 09.15 Joint Family

Advent Service

18.30 Evensong at

The Blessed Mary, Upham

FRIDAY 16 DECEMBER 10.30 Bishop’s Waltham

Junior School Christmas Carol Service

SUNDAY 18 DECEMBER 08.00 BCP Communion 09.15 Parish Communion 09.15 Informal Service in

Corhampton

SUNDAY 11 DECEMBER 14.30 Evensong with

Carols

SUNDAY 18 DECEMBER 11.00 Matins with Carols

St. Mary & All Saints' Droxford

SUNDAY 4 DECEMBER 08.00 Holy Communion SUNDAY 11 DECEMBER 10.30 Family Eucharist SUNDAY 18 DECEMBER 10.00 Informal

All-Age Service

16.00 Family Carols CHRISTMAS EVE 14.00 Scratch Nativity CHRISTMAS DAY 11.00 Family Service &

Eucharist to follow

St. Peter & St. Paul Exton

SUNDAY 4 DECEMBER 18.30 Evensong SUNDAY 18 DECEMBER 08.00 Holy Communion 18.30 Candlelit Carol

Service

CHRISTMAS DAY 08.00 Holy Communion

Evangelical Methodist Church Hambledon

SUNDAY 4 DECEMBER 11.30 Morning worship

18.30 Nine Lessons and

and children’s Christmas Craft activities

CHRISTMAS EVE 17.00 Crib Service 23.00 Midnight

SUNDAY 11 DECEMBER 10.30 Morning worship SATURDAY 17 DECEMBER 19:00 Christmas Praise

Church Hall

Carols Service

Communion CHRISTMAS DAY 08.00 BCP Communion 09.30 Christmas Day Joint

Service with Communion 14

Saxon Church

with fellowship supper

SUNDAY 18 DECEMBER 10:30 Morning worship CHRISTMAS DAY 10.00 Family worship

St. Andrew's Church

The Church of The Blessed Mary

SUNDAY 4 DECEMBER 10.30 Holy Communion SUNDAY 11 DECEMBER 08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 Village Family

SATURDAY 3 DECEMBER 16.30 Carol Service,

Meonstoke

Remembrance Service

SUNDAY 18 DECEMBER 14.00 Family Carols CHRISTMAS EVE 14.00 Scratch Nativity 23.30 Midnight Mass CHRISTMAS DAY 09.30 Informal Family

Eucharist

Methodist Church Swanmore

SUNDAY 4 DECEMBER 10.30 Service with

Holy Communion

18.00 Evening Service SUNDAY 11 DECEMBER 10.30 Morning Service 18.00 Evening Service SUNDAY 18 DECEMBER 10.30 Nativity Family

Service 18.00 Candlelight Carol Service CHRISTMAS DAY 10.30 Morning Service

St Barnabas Swanmore

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e could have been in South Africa by now! How much further is it?’ We left Glasgow four hours ago, and on this July evening we’re still miles from our destination, a remote spot on the west coast of Scotland. The rented house is on the Morvern Peninsula, across the water from the Isle of Mull. Turning from a narrow road onto an unpaved track, and then onto little more than a trail, that it strikes me that there are still parts of Britain which are truly wild. To my teenage son’s horror neither satnav nor mobile phones work here, so we rely on the OS map and the dubious logic that with so few roads crossing the mountains and glens, it should be difficult to get lost. ‘Turn left here.’ ‘Lochaline is that way.’ My husband stops the car at the junction. ‘It’s this way.’ The house is 14 miles from the nearest village. We carry on, avoiding skinny, muscular sheep. They scamper on agile hooves among rocks and ferns, turning horned heads to watch as we negotiate a tight bend. This is the most westerly point of Britain, as far north as Stockholm, sharing the same extended hours of summer daylight. It’s a fine evening, and beyond the tree line, above the bare crags, the sky is still a benevolent blue.Yet it’s not hard to imagine the bleakness of the landscape in winter months. Today the moorland is threaded with heather and swaying grasses, but in winter it could be feet deep in snow. A black speck wheels over the hills, a peregrine falcon, or a sea eagle? There are golden eagles here too, comfortable in a place with sparse human population. I’m too slow to grab binoculars for a better look. We swerve to avoid a boulder, and then Loch Teacuis swings into view - turquoise water, edged with cool grey rock. A tiny beach is tucked against the shore, pine trees fringing the pale sand, but without a boat, the only access is across a patch of bog. Bouncing over a cattle grid, we enter the shade of ancient woodland. Densely packed rowan, ash, hazel and gnarled oak

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Clubs & Societies Arts, Crafts & Music

O Bishop's Waltham Photographic Society Bishop’s Waltham Photographic Society is a small club that meets on the first Thursday of each month in the Church Hall, Free Street, Bishop’s Waltham at 7.30pm. For further information: bishopswalthamphotosociety.co.uk O Bishop's Bells Handbell Team Using the Victorian handbells belonging to St Peters Church, we play regularly both at our weekly practices and at venues throughout Hampshire. Practices are weekly on Tuesdays from approx. 7.30pm to 9.00pm at St Peters Church. All ages welcome, no experience necessary! Contact Sandy Foster to find out more: 01489 890334 O Hambledon Folk Club Second Wednesday each month 8.30pm start (doors open 8.00pm All gigs (except January):Venue: The Youth Hut, Hambledon PO7 4RW (adjacent Village Hall). Drinks from Vine Pub (next door) or bring your own (tea/coffee available at club).Entry: £10.00 (£8.00 members, £5.00 under 18s/students) For more information: www. hambledonfolkclub.co.uk. For reservations phone: 02392 632719 or email folkclubhambledon@hotmail.co.uk O 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 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.

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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.

people into their home please contact Keith Best on 01489 891163 for more information.

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 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.

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

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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Come and visit Santa and his elves at our traditional Christmas grotto and receive a festive goody bag along with a free entry pass to the Adventure Barn (valid until Monday 2nd January 2017) where the adventure continues. Meet Santa for only £8.50 - Saturdays & Sundays (until 24th December) 12pm – 4 pm. Tickets are available for Santa's grotto at the Adventure Barn reception on the day.

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Want to get into the festive spirit, why not slip on some skates and hit the 'ice'. Show off your skills or stick to the side, we don’t mind, all are welcome to join in the fun. Our ice rink is open to any skater 4 years plus, professional and novices alike. The rink can be booked for kid parties, private hire or you can choose to skate in one of our open sessions. (Pre booking is required). Monday-Friday (until Friday 16th December): 6pm-7.30pm & 8pm-9.30pm Private Hire ice skating sessions last for 90 minutes, this time will include your safety brief and skate fitting. Ice time will be approximately 75 minutes. (For groups bookings of 10 or more. Maximum of 40 participants)

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Ice skating sessions last for 1 hour, this time will include your safety brief and skate fitting. Ice time will be approximately 45 minutes. (Maximum 40 participants per hour session). Prices: Child (4-15 years old) £4.50 Adult £7.50 Open every weekend throughout December, then Saturday 17th December - until Sunday 2nd January - 10am - 6pm (closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day). Ice skating sessions last for 1 hour, this time will include your safety brief and skate fitting. Ice time will be approximately 45 minutes. (Maximum 40 participants per hour session) Book now on 01962 777547 for your magical Christmas experience or visit www.marwellactivitycentre.co.uk/ourcentre/christmas-2016 for more information. 26

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ife can be strange. One moment you are travelling confidently down the road towards your future career yet when you arrive, whilst it may be alright, there is a nagging feeling that something’s not quite as it should be. Some may ignore that feeling while others like listen to their inner self and make a major change. David Wilkins is one such person, giving up office life to pursue his dream of becoming a stonemason; he is now working on major projects including St.George's Chapel, Windsor. How long did you live in Hampshire? ‘I was brought up in Hampshire, and I have spent most of my adult life here. Education and work has taken me for short times around the country but I always return and wherever I am, I’m always a Hampshire man in my heart. Do you have a favourite place here? There is so much about this part of the country I love including Alresford walks along the watercress beds and the Candover Valley but ultimately if I had to choose, it would be the cricket ground at Tichborne Park, Alresford located in a field on the estate. Having played there for 20 years I have many fond memories of long, hot summer days playing and watching games in the beautiful Hampshire countryside. There is no better way to spend a summer’s afternoon. I have gained lifelong friends through my time at the club and for me the community environment and its location typifies the quintessential essence of English village cricket. I can see why John Arlott enjoyed coming to the Park to watch matches. What inspired you to become a stonemason? I’ve always had an interest in history and the architecture of buildings. I am sure Winchester and the cathedral has always subconsciously had an influence. Previously, I was working in an office in Southampton and knew it wasn’t really ‘me’ or what I wanted to do. When my father unfortunately passed away it was trigger. I thought that life was too short and decided to find a new career, one where I could give something back. After consideration I decided on stonemasonry. After attending a 3 day carving course in Lincoln I knew working with stone was a path I wanted to follow. The next week I had handed in my notice and soon signed up to attend a stonemasonry course at Weymouth College. Can you tell us about your training and apprenticeship? Initially I was at college on a full time stonemasonry course in Weymouth when I found an advert on the National Trust website for an apprentice stonemason. Having watched a programme about one of Britain’s most famous Elizabethan buildings and the stonemasonry conducted there, I knew I wanted the job at Hardwick Hall. A stonemason apprenticeship is three years predominately work-based in-between attending college four times a year in 3 week blocks. The qualification is a combination of on-site training working on real projects and industry-set stonemasonry

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projects and theory that need to be conducted at college. The The National Trust apprenticeship scheme was fantastic in setting me up for a career working with stone. An important aspect of the apprenticeship was for me to gain a qualification in Heritage Masonry. This focused understanding on how historic and vernacular pre-1919 buildings were built, the materials used and the correct approach required to undertake in the conservation of their stonework. I was very lucky as not only did I have the support of such a renowned organisation, but you can’t beat learning in the working environment alongside people who are experts in their field. No two pieces of work you get are the same, so the only way to approach a job is to actually do it. Where are you based with the National Trust? I worked for the National Trust for 3 years at the famous Elizabethan country house, Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire. Although based at Hardwick Hall, the stonemasonry team supported the East Midlands region for the charity. During my time I carved replacement urns at Belton House in Lincolnshire through to repairing old barns and walls in the Peak District. How do you feel about the buildings and items you help to restore? I am proud to be involved in working on all historic buildings, from famous structures to remote vernacular houses, they all have a story to tell so to be involved in their conservation I am helping to preserve our heritage and our history. It makes me really happy and is a privilege to be a part of that. When using traditional skills it is a nice feeling to know that I am following in the footsteps of generations of stonemasons before me and one day I hope to pass this on myself and keep the craft alive for years to come. Do you like the feeling that your work could well be part of English architectural heritage for centuries to come? Ultimately this is one of the major reasons why I decided to become a stonemason and carver. The grotesque at Windsor, for example, will easily outlast my lifetime and several generations after. It is a privilege and honour to have my work on the building and to know that people will be looking at it in many decades time is very exciting. It will be a nice legacy to leave and to maybe one day show my grandchildren and tell them “I made that”, would be very special. Are there concerns regarding the art of stonemasonry dying out? There have been. A major reason why the apprenticeship scheme was set up by the National Trust and other heritage bodies was that research in 2005 estimated that 6,500 additional crafts people are required within the built heritage sector to meet the anticipated increased demand for work. A skills shortage was identified with craftsmen retiring and a lack of people inheriting the trade. Do you have a favoured stone with which to work? Portland limestone specifically the Basebed. It has a nice cream colour and with its fine grain is relatively easy to work whilst having ability to hold fine detail. It was the first stone I was trained to work and has been used to embellish many of the country's famous buildings. It is a nice feeling to know that you are working on stone that carvers hundreds of years before you would also have experienced.


Each year there is competition in place for up to 3 students at the school to design and carve a grotesque for St.George's Chapel, Windsor. My design was based the story of John Schorne, a holy rector from Buckinghamshire whose remains reside in Windsor Chapel. A very religious man he was said to have acted out many miraculous cures. After his death in 1314, his shrine in North Martson became a hugely popular place of pilgrimage. His reputation grew to the extent that prayers were sought for ague, toothache, and even drowned people and dead cattle, some of which were said to have been revived by his help! He became so popular that his remains were later moved to St George's Chapel, Windsor to raise funds. His reputation for holiness was so great that he is believed to have cast the devil into a boot. These can be seen on medieval pilgrimage badges (souvenirs) where he is often pictured holding a boot with a devil in it – the origin of the child's jack-in-the-box toy. This was the basis for my design; an angry devil popping out and escaping from the boot in which he has been imprisoned. I wanted to reflect the spirit of medieval grotesques in making the carving a combination of the ludicrous and fearful. The process involved the students creating clay models for assessment. My design was chosen and I was given the commission. I was incredibly happy, as when I first set out on my career my dream was to carve a grotesque for one of our famous cathedrals.

If you could carve anything what would it be and where? That is a really hard question, as right now it is the grotesque and the figurative projects I am working on at the moment. Once completed I am sure it could evolve and change into something new. Long term, public sculpture to my design would be a wonderful dream to fulfil. Name three things you can’t live without? Cricket, My hands, Walking Boots What is your mantra for life- the phrase/ thought that keeps you going when things are tough? Recently, when developing creative ideas and reaching points of frustration I remind myself of the phrase “Dare to Fail”. When drawing or modelling for a project to give yourself permission to explore different avenues through trial and error really opens you up and helps the creative process. The important part is being able to learn from your mistakes. To understand why something does not work helps you understand when it does.

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Can you tell us about the project for St.George's Chapel Windsor? Having changed career late I was hungry to develop my stone working skills further and made the difficult decision to leave the Trust and study Historic Architectural Stone carving at the C&G of London Art School. I was pleased to be accepted as it is the only place in the country that teaches you the traditional carving skills required to carve ornamental carving through to statuary.

As a perfectionist this is easier said than done and it can be hard to get into this mind-set, but what is the worst that can happen? It is so important to have questions answered before the carving begins as you cannot afford to make mistakes in the stonework. What next for David Wilkins? In the immediate future I have a memorial to carve for the family of a friend who I used to play cricket with. My next big carving project is to carve a 3ft Virgin and Child for a lovely medieval church as part of my final year project at the City and Guilds college. I am incredibly excited and honoured to do this. I am at the modelling stage and expect this take up a considerable amount of time. I also intend to continue with stonemasonry and conservation work which I thoroughly enjoy as each project is varied and never the same. GG

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The gift of a moment in time and the words “Do something you want to do”. Two trips to Zambia found the answer, Conservation and Volunteering. Falconry training, wildlife rehabilitation, a home grown diploma, a set of certificates and a few years of volunteering and we now have an active set of local Barn Owl nest boxes installed, an essential support that we can offer this declining species in the UK. Ringing birds is a helpful and vital resource in order to support the British Trust for Ornithology, an independent charitable research institute that combines professional and voluntary input to establish bird populations in order to support government and environmental decision makers. One does not need to go to Africa when we have such wonderful wildlife here on the doorstep that is facing decline and we can all make a difference to support and preserve what we have left. The flip side is the inadvertent persecution of animals and birds, often damaged on roads, falling foul of eating chemicals or just starving when times are hard and the weather unkind. Most unfortunate is the fact that man has a hand in most of the reasons we find struggling wild species, when often space and development can change their lifestyle in order to make provision for ours. Take the Barn Owl for example, named as such because it used to be the farmers best friend, sheltering in the barns to stay alive in winter living on a diet of rats! So today we despise the rat, so much so that we poison, trap, bate and chemical before ever thinking of the consequences. Without doubt, the amount of poison we use is vastly out of control, does not only affect one species as it is carried in the organs of almost all Birds of Prey, because they eat the rodents who are being fed the chemicals. Is it any wonder they are failing, we are in fact weakening the species, and that is just one species of owl. Add to that the lack of shelter, as so many barns have been developed or replaced, therefore no longer offer the shelter they once did. The result is a shortened tough little life for the iconic white owl, who will not survive without natural whole food, shelter and a mate. The nursing background has provided a toolset that is immeasurably useful. Transferring understanding and

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common sense in a blend that can help wildlife. Experiencing the rescue of many creatures since childhood, it remains clear that our wild species have little or no professional support, as so much of the rehabilitation that takes place is unregulated and carries no formal training. Most often, it is kind hearted volunteers who just want to do their best to alleviate suffering, spend time and money to try and make a difference, yet are on the outside of the veterinary spectrum that is well supported with training and regulation. One could so easily lose heart at the mercy of veterinary practice, who, though duty bound to attend to wildlife will readily charge full price to cover the urgent need for assistance or xray, failing to realise the immense effort to just do the best for the Birds. General vet practices rarely have qualified ‘bird’ practitioners, leaving a costly journey to the nearest bird specialist, of which I can name 4 in the UK. Helping wild birds that live free is like trapping and torturing them in a foreign language, they will never understand you are helping, often lurching from sick to critical in the blink of an eye as thestress takes its toll. However articles and press do not read well. The State of Nature Report has David Attenborough’s dulcet tones declaring the demise of species, never to be seen again only one lifetime away from now. It is down to us all to improve understanding and maintain this wonderful passion for our natural world, encourage children to be inquisitive and learn about how this rich tapestry is sewn into our own world. Primarily, to keep species thriving among us, a tall order but we can all help. If we put up a 100 more nest boxes, thats wonderful, yet without enough grassy land to provide habitat for small mammals, there is questionable point, as without food, there is not life. In reality, Wisdom the Educational Barn Owl will have a long life of protected care, freedom to fly, clean healthy food and will expect to live for 15 years or more. Of all the wild young Barn Owl that leave the nest in the summer, only 30% will make it to the following spring if they are lucky, but even if they make it and procreate, their life average in the UK is 2 - 5 years. Luck should not be their future, life choice for our wild species is something we should all take notice of. For now, we carry on helping casualties, returning them to the wild to face the consequences of real life. Kim Boog-Penman Barn Owl Project Hampshire & Bird Of Prey Hospital 0797 3747 305


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a number of local choirs, with more to be confirmed.

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Saturday 5th December 10.30am: Open 11am: Froxfield Choir 11.45am: Wassailing in the Garden 12:45pm-1:30pm: Shuffletunes 1:45pm-2:30pm: Alton Convent 2.45pm: Wassailing in the Garden 4:00pm: Tea Parlour Closes 4.30pm: Close

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décor with costumed interpreters wondering the halls. Join us as local choirs lift the festive spirits of our Great Parlour, harmoniously singing a range of hymns and Christmas carols. In the Garden you will find us wassailing the apple trees, hoping the tradition brings us a good apple crop next year! Taking place over two days, we are joined by

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Sunday 6th December 10.30am: Open with Selborne Primary School Choir 11am: Petersfield Choir 11.45am: Wassailing in the Garden 1pm: Barton Stacey Chamber Choir 2:00pm: Wickham Morrs Dancers 3:30pm: Alton Chamber Choir 4:00pm: Tea Parlour Closes 4.30pm: Close This event will be held at Gilbert White's House, Selborne, Alton, GU34 3JH. Free Entry For more information: Tel: 01420 511275 www.gilbertwhiteshouse.org.uk

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varied market with a vast range of fantastic festive items to make your Christmas magical. The Petersfield Christmas Market is taking place on Sunday 4th December 2016, from 10am - 3.3pm in Petersfield Town Centre. Featuring stalls, childrens's rides, carols, mulled wine,

10.00: Strawberry Dan – Live Children’s Show – and he will then move to a different area for the rest of his hourly shows 10.30: Petersfield Infant School 11.00: Herne Junior School – choir 11.30: Herne Junior School – band 12.00: The Salvation Army (tbc) 12.30: Petersfield Youth Theatre 13.00: Strawberry Dan – Live Children’s Show 13.30: TPS Wind Band 14.00: Stagecoach Liphook 14.30: Southdowns Ukulele Orchestra 15.00: Strawberry Dan – Live Children’s Show For more information please visit: www.petersfieldfest.com/wp/ petersfield-christmas-festivalmarket


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Shine South is a local charity which provides help and support to children, young adults and families, who are affected by spina bifida: see the picture of Club President Maurice Tester and Mandy Tourle presenting a cheque for £500 towards their lodge in New Milton which provides a holiday place for families with children with spina bifida. The Men’s Shed movement has taken off around the world. A Men’s Shed is a larger version of the typical man’s shed in the garden – a place where he feels at home and pursues practical interests with a high degree of autonomy.

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ishop's Waltham Rotary Club members will be out in force with Roger, the colourful engine, playing Christmas carols around the district. If you want to see, and for your children to see, this is where he will be on specific nights.

Monday 5th December - Horton Heath - 6pm Tuesday 6th December - Fair Oak West - 6pm Wednesday 7th December - Fair Oak East - 6pm Thursday 8th December - BW Christmas Market Friday 9th December - Wickham Square - Daytime Monday 12th December - BW Newtown - 6pm Tuesday 13th December - Waltham Chase - 6pm Wednesday 14th December - BW Rareridge Lane - 6pm Thursday 15th December - BW Pondside - 6pm Friday 16th December - BW High Street - Daytime Saturday 17th December - BW Budgens - Daytim

Recent Donations

As a result of moneys raised at the Carnival, we have been able to make quite a lot of recent local donations. These include, a gift of £250 to Memory Lane Café Waltham Chase. £150 gifted to the local Brownies for an adventure trip to Paris. £150 gifted to Kids Cancer Charity to support a local family recently referred to them to assist with respite breaks. £170 donated to Clic Sargent for Childhood Cancer Awareness, to be used for local families towards unexpected fuel costs and parking fees for hospital visits. £400 to Harmony Twirlers of Eastleigh to buy shoes for the team in competitions.

A Men’s Shed offers this to a group of such men where members share the tools and resources they need to work on projects at their own pace and in a safe, friendly and inclusive venue. They are places of skill-sharing and informal learning, of individual pursuits and community projects, and social interaction; a place of leisure where men come together to work. Pete Yeoman, Linda and Ian Treveil visited The Gosport Men’s Shed to present them with a cheque from Bishop’s Waltham Rotary Club for £200 to help with their running costs. They had a tour around their workshop and meeting room located in the grounds of St Vincent’s College, and met some of the 120 or so members. For more information please visit: www.bishopswalthamrotary.org.uk

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pre-prepared base is also included in the price.

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from Equestrian Fencing - Dreams really can come true!

from Equestrian Fencing - Dreams really can come true!

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Equestrian Fencing Services High Ridge Farm, Hospital Road, Shirrell Heath, Southampton, Hampshire, SO32 2JR

Equestrian Fencing Services High Ridge Farm, Hospital Road, Shirrell Heath, Southampton, Hampshire, SO32 2JR

Equestrian Fencing Services High Ridge Farm, Hospital Road, Shirrell Heath, Southampton, Hampshire, SO32 2JR

Equestrian Fencing Services High Ridge Farm, Hospital Road, Shirrell Heath, Southampton, Hampshire, SO32 2JR

Tel: 01329 835100 Fax 01329 835157 Email: info@equestrianfencing.com please visit www.equestrianfencing.com

Tel: 01329 835100 Fax 01329 835157 Email: info@equestrianfencing.com please visit www.equestrianfencing.com

from Equestrian Fencing - Dreams really can come true!

from Equestrian Fencing - Dreams really can come true!

With all the benefits of a thatched or timber roofed Gazebo

With all the benefits of a thatched or timber roofed Gazebo

WE OFFER AN EXTENSIVE RANGE OF

pre-prepared base is also included in the price.

pre-prepared base is also included in the price.

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Unless stated allfound Gazebos come with a deck base, solid and A full set of gazebo accessories can be on the inside

Unless stated all Gazebos come with a deck base, solid and

and privacy. Available in a choice of terracotta or green.

and privacy. Available in a choice of terracotta or green.

are available to further enhance your comfort invest in a roof liner to Gazebos improve water protection.

Gazebos are available to further enhance your comfort

Specifically designedrange accessories to fit our range of ingress. We recommend with the thatched that you

Specifically designed accessories to fit our range of

weather conditions there may be a chance of water

back page of this brochure.

A full set of gazebo accessories can be found on the inside invest in a roof liner to improve water protection. ingress. We recommend with the thatched range that you weather conditions there may be a chance of water

sustainable forests, that to suit every size and style of garden. environment. It is important to appreciate in severe

sustainable forests, to suit every size and style of garden.

materials. They are designed to provide a shower proof

Gazebos from carefully selected materials. They are designed to provide a shower proof timber from well managed

Gazebos from carefully selected timber from well managed

All gazebos from Equestrian Fencing Services are made

Equestrian Fencing Services offer an extensive range of All gazebos from Equestrian Fencing Services are made

Equestrian Fencing Services offer an extensive range of

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CHRIS NUTT’S GARDENING COLUMN

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f you’re feeling creative why not make a Christmas wreath, first collect evergreen plant material from the garden such as Hebe, yew, box, Thuya and bay. Wire the cuttings onto the moss in groups of three burying the stems into the moss as you go until the whole wreath is covered. Then attach florists wire to cones, berries, apples, cinnamon, dried oranges or anything else that takes your fancy and attach around the wreath tying at the back, and then push the wire ends back into the moss. Once finished hold up and decide where the top should be, tie a ribbon around at this point and hang on the door. Mist regularly to keep the wreath fresh.

Jobs for the month ahead: • •

Only leave frost proof containers outside in winter, if left outside raise terracotta pots on pot feet to help drainage and stop soil freezing solid. If there are prolonged periods of freezing weather it is advisable to wrap pots in bubble wrap or preferably move undercover if feasible. Any borderline tender plants in the container should be wrapped in a double layer of garden fleece. Tie in wall shrubs and climbers to prevent wind damage over the next few months.

And lastly don’t forget to top up bird feeders and keep a fresh supply of water for birds in the garden. Chris Nutt – Designer To contact Chris for advice call 07765 692396 or email chris.nutt2@btinernet.com

Please visit our website for all the latest news, information, second-hand machines for sale; and special offers in the showroom

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Top class line up guaranteed to Wake up Fareham this Christmas

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ollowing last year’s record breaking pantomime which saw nearly 20,000 people visit Fareham’s Ferneham Hall to see Todd Carty in Dick Whittington and his Cat, Jordan Productions and Ferneham Hall are proud to announce that this year’s pantomime will be Sleeping Beauty. Hear’Say’s Noel Sullivan will lead the cast as the all-singing Prince Valliant , whose job it is to wake Princess Belle from her hundred-year sleep! Noel shot to stardom more 15 ago in Popstars – the TV series which put together the band Hear’Say and paved the way for other reality talent shows such as The X Factor. At just 20 years old he gave up his job in Wales as a waiter and moved to London and, along with other bandmates Myleen Klass, Kim Marsh, Suzanne Shaw and Danny Foster, Hear’Say’s debut track, Pure and Simple, became the fastest selling number one single in the UK at the time. Since the band split up in 2002 Noel has been a regular on TV, having made appearances in Gavin and Stacey, The Royal Variety Show and Trust Me I’m a Holiday Rep and he will once again be on our screens this autumn as a regular character in the second series of BBC hit drama Ordinary Lies, starring alongside EastEnders star Matt Di Angelo, Griff Rhys Jones, Angela Griffin and Jill Halfpenny! Noel is no stranger to the stage and has been in London’s West End starring as Danny Zuko in Grease and taking the lead roles in numerous national tours including Rock of Ages, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, We Will Rock You and

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most recently in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels which played Southampton’s Mayflower Theatre last November. Noel is joined by CBBC star Kay Purcell who is best known to millions of children as Gina Conway in Tracy Beaker Returns and the spin-off series The Dumping Ground on CBBC. As well as her work on children’s television, grownups will remember her as Cynthia Daggert in Emmerdale, Mrs Rennison in So Awkward and Candice Smilie in Waterloo Road. Kay is also no stranger to pantomime and is very much looking forward to playing the Evil Carabosse in this year’s Sleeping Beauty….. so you’d better keep all your spinning wheels locked up!!! Fareham favourite Mark Siney is back playing Dame Nellie Night-Nurse. This will be Mark’s third panto in Fareham and he can’t wait to get on stage again – the men of Fareham better watch out…. Especially those in the front row!!!! Along with Mark will be David Dobson playing Chester the Jester, who will be desperately searching for someone to laugh at his jokes! From the team behind last year’s smash hit panto, join us for another spectacular Fareham pantomime full of music, laughter, amazing special effects and plenty of surprises. With swash-buckling Prince Valiant, dreams really can come true. Tickets are already selling fast so book early to avoid disappointment by calling the Ferneham Hall Box Office on 01329 231942 or online at www.fernehamhall.co.uk


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Leisure

TITCHFIELD FESTIVAL THEATRE - THE DARK KNIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS

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ather Christmas has been kidnapped! But who has taken him? Is it the Joker, the Riddler, the Penguin or the devilishly feline Catwoman? The authorities have called on the dynamic duo, the caped crusader and his loyal sidekick, Batman and Robin to get him back. Can Batman succeed against a whole horde of villains? Bringing the delights of Christmas festivities, this year from 7th to 17th December, the Titchfield Festival Theatre will be performing a Batman-themed Christmas pantomime, The Dark Knight Before Christmas. Gotham City comes to Hampshire with this light-hearted show for all the family, as Batman and Robin battle to find Father Christmas and defeat the super villains.

After the great success of The Nutcracker last Christmas, the Theatre has decided to use the superheroes as the inspiration for this year’s panto. The show contains the usual struggle of good over evil plus dancing and singing to popular songs. The proceeds from the panto will also benefit the Theatre’s charitable work. Join in with lots of fun, laughter, singing and dancing with this unique Christmas panto, fun for kids, teens and adults alike. With two superheroes and a rogue’s gallery extraordinaire, it provides the perfect ingredients for a great pantomime. Will Batman succeed in defeating this fiendish plot to cancel Christmas? To find out, come along to the show, tickets can be booked online at http:// titchfieldfestivaltheatre.com/

FRIENDS OF MEONSTOKE SCHOOL gear up for our biggest event of the year – our Christmas Fair! This year will see another Christmas market inspired event with local produce, crafts, Christmas trees, Santa’s grotto, children’s disco and festive refreshments all served up with twinkling fairy-lights and a dose of Christmas magic.

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e are already halfway through another busy term at Meonstoke Infant School with the new Reception children settling in brilliantly and everyone starting to get into the Christmas spirit. It is all hands on deck for the Committee members now as we 44

More details can be found on our Facebook page – search “FOMS Meonstoke” for news, event updates and useful school information. The FOMS team (and Father Christmas) look forward to seeing you at Meonstoke Christmas Fair Saturday 3rd December 10am – 12.30pm at The Meon Hall, Pound Lane, Meonstoke SO32 3NP

Calendar FRIDAY 2 DECEMBER Snow White and the Magnificent Seven Dwarfs Panto Set in the Wild West, this version follows the traditional storyline of Snow White. Tickets available to reserve NOW on 01489 894955 or 01489 893639 or collect in person each Saturday in November at Barnaby's coffee shop 10am-12noon SATURDAY 3 DECEMBER Meonstoke Christmas Fair 10am – 12.30 pm at the Meon Hall, Pound Lane, Meonstoke SO32 3NP. Come and get into the yuletide spirit with us at the Meonstoke Christmas Fair organised by Friends of Meonstoke School. There will be local stalls & produce, festive refreshments, Christmas crafts and children’s entertainment. Entry: £1 (adults) £FREE (children) 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 UNTIL SUNDAY 4 DECEMBER Making Merry in North Boarhunt Selling event geared towards unique individually crafted items for Christmas and beyond. All locally sourced handmade items including ceramics, glass, textiles and metal. Ten makers will be displaying their work in the studio and large garden in a lovely rural setting. Free entry/on-site parking/seasonal refreshments. Open 10am to 5pm daily. Prices range from £2 to £500. Evergreen, Trampers Lane, North Boarhunt, Fareham, Hampshire PO17 6BU


CHRISTMAS LEAVE WWII AT THE WATERCRESS LINE “We'll meet again, I do know where, I do know when, I know we'll meet again….” This Christmas, the Watercress Line invite you to join civilian and military re-enactors and experience the atmosphere of a WWII Christmas on the railway.

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Whether this is a trip down memory lane, or a chance to make new memories, it is the perfect place to bring your family and guests after Christmas. On both the 26th and 27th December, our period stations will host re-enactors and the general public enjoying song, dance, steam and seasonal merriment. Do come and join them for this unique experience. Your ticket will include all day travel on the railway, and you can hop on and off at all 4 stations enjoying the 40s entertainment on offer. For more information visit: www.watercressline.co.uk

Calendar SUNDAY 4 DECEMBER Warnford Christmas Fair At Warnford Village Hall, Lippen Lane - 11am - 2pm. Refreshments available, with lots of new stalls and a massive raffle., which includes a chance to win again the 53inch Hug Fun Plush Monkey which the donor won in the Raffle at the West Meon community shop in November. Profits to be shared by the Village Hall and the Village Playground. SATURDAY 10 SUNDAY 11 DECEMBER & SATURDAY 17 FRIDAY 23 DECEMBER Christmas in the Park Father Christmas in his grotto with gifts, a festive nature trail, tractor ride and children's craft. This is a 2 hour activity.There will also be Christmas shopping and Christmas tree sales. Cost: £12.95 per child. Gravel Hill, Horndean PO8 0QE

SATURDAY 17 DECEMBER Vintage Dance Night Wickham with Rhythm The finest vintage dance party in town returns for our Christmas party on Saturday Dec 17th - tickets only £5! Wickham Centre, Nr Fareham, PO17 5AL, 7pm to Midnight. Event details & booking here: www.ticketsource.co.uk/ wickham MONDAY 26 & TUESDAY 27 DECEMBER Christmas Leave with MidHants Railway Experience the atmosphere of a WWII Christmas. Join civilian and military re-enactors and experience the relief and joy of returning home from war, with song, dance, steam and seasonal merriment. From 10am 5pm at Mid-Hants Railway, Watercress Line, Station Road, New Alresford. Cost: £17 adult, £9 child (2-16 years), under twos free, £43 family. For more information tel: 01962 733810

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