Page 1

Meon Valley

FORUM Wishing all our advertisers and readers a healthy and prosperous 2017 Claire Thurlow (page 18) Thought Your Countryside was Safe? (page 28) Hampshire Mum (page 34) JANUARY 2017 • ISSUE 16 • WWW.FORUMPUBLICATIONS.CO.UK • REACHING 17,500 READERS * BISHOP'S WALTHAM HAMBLEDON

BOTLEY

LANGRISH

SOUTHWICK

STROUD

CLANFIELD

LOWER UPHAM SWANMORE

CORHAMPTON MEONSTOKE UPHAM

CURDRIDGE

DENMEAD

NEWTOWN PETERSFIELD

WALTHAM CHASE

WARNFORD

DROXFORD SHEDFIELD WEST MEON

DURLEY

EAST MEON

SOBERTON WICKHAM

EXTON

SOBERTON HEATH WORLD'S END

1


Jason Guard (Partner), Alysa Hill (Customer Service Manager) & Steve White (Partner)

White & Guard Estate Agents win ‘Best Agent in the South Coast’ for the third year in a row at the UK’s largest property industry awards White & Guard Estate Agents in Bishops Waltham have won

network members in the locations that they are moving to.

the ‘Best Agent in the South Coast’ award for the third year

The conference day included a line-up of key note speakers,

in a row, alongside a national customer service award at the

various interactive sessions and a trade exhibition and is the

country’s largest property awards, which were held in London

largest conference of its kind in Europe.

on Friday. The awards are hosted by the country’s largest relocation company, the Relocation Agent Network, which is a

Jason Guard said of the award win, ‘Both the customer service

network of over 700 estate agents throughout the country who

award and the ‘Best Agent in the South Coast’ award reflects

have all been hand-picked as the very best independent estate

the dedication and hard work of the entire team here at White

agent within their area. Both awards were given based on a

& Guard and to be the only company that has won the ‘Best

long list of criteria including the volume of company relocation

Agent in the South’ award three years in a row is testament to

work that each estate agent is involved with and generates,

what a great team we have in place. I am truly delighted to

that each agent continually has the largest market share within

end the year with such a wonderful industry accolade’.

their area and are able to continually provide the very highest level of customer service, which were rated by an independent

The Relocation Agent Networks managing director,

panel of judges.

Richard Tucker, said ‘I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Jason and his team on their well-deserved

Through the Relocation Agent Network White & Guard are

awards and winning this national award for the third time in

able to offer their clients an additional channel of buyers, as

a row only demonstrates their continued commitment to their

well as being able to help them with their onward property

clients and their attention to detail and care in everything they

search if moving out of the area, by referring them to other

do, really is second to none’.

Call White & Guard now or visit our website Bishops Waltham: 01489 893946 Hedge End: 01489 779030 www.whiteandguard.com


WELCOME I SSU E 1 6 | JANUARY

TH E TE AM Editor - Mark Tubb Tel: 01962 735137 editor@forumpublications.co.uk Sub Editor - Emma Sumpster Tel: 07450 575284 emma@forumpublications.co.uk Advertising Director - Steve Walker Tel: 01962 735137 stevewalker@forumpublications.co.uk Advertising Manager - Mandy Head Tel: 01962 735137 mandyhead@forumpublications.co.uk Design Manager - Mark Tubb Tel: 01962 735137 editor@forumpublications.co.uk Senior Designer - James Curtis Advertising & Creative Design james@forumpublications.co.uk Copy Writer - Gill Grant gill@forumpublications.co.uk Copy Writer - Claire Thurlow claire@forumpublications.co.uk Accounts accounts@forumpublications.co.uk

FORUM PUBLICATIONS LTD 11 BROAD STREET ALRESFORD HAMPSHIRE SO24 9JA TEL: 01962 735137

FEBRUARY COPY DEADLINE JANUARY 16TH

Welcome With 2017 approaching fast the Forum Magazines are looking for new ventures and ideas to make the magazine even more interesting. We would like to take the chance to thank all of our readers, writers, advertisers and contributors for their support in making the magazine what it is today. Don't forget that The Forum is also online! Our newly updated and fresh looking website offers great value advertising opportunities.Visit: www.forumpublications. co.uk. You can also find us and follow us on:Facebook Forum Publications @Forumpub Instagram Forumpublications Twitter Forum Publications @Forum_Magazines 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! Wishing all of our Forum readers a Happy New Year.

EDITOR MARK TUBB The Meon Valley Forum contains facts, views, opinions, statements, recommendations, advertisements and other content and links to external websites not owned or controlled by the magazine. The Meon Valley Forum takes reasonable efforts to include accurate, current information on its pages, but make no warranties or representations as to the accuracy, safety or value of the published items that are displayed. No liability or responsibility can be taken for errors or omissions in magazine content. The Meon Valley Forum magazine content does not necessarily reflect the views, opinions or recommendations of its creators and any reliance upon its content is taken at the user’s sole risk. Adverts designed by Forum Publications remain the magazine's legal ownership. Š Forum Publications Ltd, 2017 *Readership figures calculated on an average national statistic of 2.5 readers per household


make your kitchen a happy kitchen by changing the doors, worktops and accessories

Meon Valley Forum readers save 20% during January


Community

Keep up-to-date with what is happening in your area

08, 10, 24, 26, 30, 38

18

Features

Claire Thurlow, Thought Your Countryside was Safe?, Life After the Black Death, Hampshire Mum

28, 32, 34

02

Property

07

Wellbeing

10

16

Buying, selling, letting? Find local estate agents and property management services

Looking after your health and yourself!

Professional

From photographers to solicitors - every professional service

14 20

Make your garden dream come true. Or visit local beautiful country gardens

Retail/ Market Square

Our regular retail feature Unique, Bespoke, Eclectic and Local shopping

22

32

Garden

Motoring

Find local services to keep your vehicles running smoothly

23

Home

36

Leisure

36

Animals

38

Trades, services, designers. All you need for your home Discover local events and days out in Hampshire From Canine to Equine all your animal needs

Food & Drink

Eat out, stay in: food, drink and dining in Hampshire

34

F OR U M I SSU E 1 6 | JANUARY

06

Inside


COMMU N IT Y I SSU E 1 6 | JANUARY

Community

BISHOP’S WALTHAM ROTARY NEWS

Bishop's Waltham Rotary International Shoebox Scheme

The gift of a shoebox that contains toys, toiletries, educational items or household goods is a drop of happiness to the people of Eastern Europe who live in a world of poverty. For many, it will be the first present that they have ever received and it lets them know that somebody, somewhere cares. We collected a total of 248 from the Bishop's Waltham area and delivered them on the 12th November to our District depot; of these, 78 were donated from the Swanmore Primary School. The grand total for the District was 27,193 boxes. These have been sent to Romania, Montenegro, Moldova, Albania and Zambia. Rotary has a presence in these countries and the boxes will be distributed directly to those in need.

BW Rotary Supports Local Luncheon Clubs

The following Luncheon Clubs received a donation from the club during November: BW Monday Lunch Club; BW Thursday Lunch Club; Swanmore Lunch Club; Durley Lunch Club; Shedfield Lunch Club.

BW Rotary Presidents Handover

Well-known local, Maurice Tester, recently handed over the club Presidency to Dave Pitter.

Bishop’s Waltham Carnival 2017

Last year’s carnival was a huge success and lots of young people participated in the Carnival Procession; everyone had a great time. In 2017 we would like to get even more people involved, and so, after much heart-searching, the theme of the 2017 Carnival and Procession will be Space: The Final Frontier. We hope that this provides a lot of scope for local organisations to come up with fantastic ideas for display: from spacemen to monsters. www.bishopswalthamrotary.org.uk

BISHOP’S WALTHAM PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY

B

ishop’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. The Society promotes a friendly and informal atmosphere and we welcome photographers of all abilities and interests – just bring your enthusiasm. Our main aim is to improve and develop the skill levels of all our members with the more experienced members helping those with less experience. The Society would also like to encourage more junior members to join – we are aware of a growing number of youngsters living locally who are keen to pursue photography as a hobby. Indeed, at our last two annual Exhibitions, the Society displayed prints from school children and the local Scout Group after entering a competition organised by the club. The competition will run again in 2017 and we look forward to seeing what our local youngsters will produce this year! In addition to the regular monthly meetings, we organise six workshops a year, a number of field trips to a wide range of venues and an annual exhibition. Included in the programme are a number of visiting speakers who share their individual passions with us on a variety of topics such as sports photography, painting with light and much more. Prospective members are very welcome to come along to a meeting to see how it all works. For further information and contact details, please visit the club website www.bishopswalthamphotosociety.co.uk

6

Calendar WEDNESDAY 11 JANUARY Bishops Waltham Community Film night: Suffragette (12A) Film starts at 7:30pm, doors open at 6:50pm. Tickets £3.50 per adult, £3 for concessions. Refreshments available. The chosen charity for this month is the Bishop’s Waltham Minibus. Held at Bishop’s Waltham Junior School, Oak Road Bishop's Waltham, SO32 1EP UNTIL SUNDAY 22 JANUARY Winchester Embroiderers’ Guild Exhibition The ever popular Winchester Embroiderers’ Guild returns to City Space. Much of the work on display will be for sale so come along and be inspired by the creativity and originality of this talented group of local makers. City Space opening times: Monday to Friday: 10am to 6pm Saturdays: 10am to 5pm Sundays: 11am to 3pm Closed Bank Holidays. FREE, donations welcome. Held at City Space, Wincehster Discovery Centre, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 8SB SATURDAY 21 JANUARY Winchester City Festival Choir Winchester City Festival Choir will perform Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle and opera choruses at their annual concert Saturday 21st January 2017 at 7.30pm at Thornden Hall, Chandler’s Ford. More details of the programme and performers can be found at www.wcfchoir.org. Tickets are £15 (students £7) from www. thorndenhall.co.uk, 02380 246555 and at the door. SATURDAY 4 FEBRUARY Imbolc at Butser Ancient Farm Join us for a celebration in the Great Round House as we start bringing the farm back to life after the winter. Learn the background to Imbolc, watch the ceremonial fire lighting and enjoy storytelling and singing. Pre-booking is essential. Butser Ancient Farm, Chalton, PO8 0BG. Tel: 02392 598838


Your Local Gym in Bishops Waltha m

TREADMILLS • MINI CIR CUITS • INTERVAL TRAINING PERSONAL TRAINING • C YCLING • WEIGHTS LEGS, BUMS & TUMS • TANNING FREE WIFI • SHOWERS • FREE PARKING

PRICES DAY PA SS: £5.00 • SINGLE MEMBERSHIP: £25.00 COUPLE MEMBERSHIP: £44.99

& OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK MON - FRI: 6.00A M - 10.00PM SAT - SUN: 8.00A M - 6.00PM

TEL: 01489 899516 • WWW.DSXFITNESS.CO.UK TRINDER HOUSE BUSINESS CENTRE, FREE STREET, BISHOPS WALTHA M, SO32 1EE


COMMU N IT Y I SSU E 1 6 | JANUARY

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

8

 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 West 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


Ridgemede House “Our Philosophy is to assure and enhance a resident's quality of life” The accommodation at Ridgemede House is of an excellent standard. All rooms have en-suite facilities. Each room has a telephone with your own personalised number. Every room is provided with a colour plasma screen television.

Staff At Ridgemede House our teams of dedicated and qualified staff really focus on the individual needs of the residents. They are committed to providing professional and respectful care and maintaining our core values.

We offer a wide range of activites including: Animal Therapy • Music • Art & Crafts • Cake Decorating Board Games • Mental Agility • Physical Excercise Relaxation Classes • Days Out Within the Local Area For further information please contact a member of our staff

Tel: 01489 892511 • Facebook: Ridgemedecareltd ridgemedecare@hotmail.com • www.ridgemedecareltd.co.uk Rareridge Lane • Bishop’s Waltham • Southampton • SO32 1DX


COMMU N IT Y WELLBEIN G P R OF ESSIONA L ISSUE 16 | JANUARY

Community PUSS IN BOOTS - OR WAS IT A BOX?

The Caci Jowl Lift Specifically targets those loose muscles around the jawline. Using quad probe applicators designed to double the lifting action of the Caci treatment system therefore enhancing the results and reducing treatment time. The 15 minute facial treatment helps improve the appearance of sagging jowls by using the quad probes which have been specifically developed to target the muscles around the jawline. They emit tiny electrical impulses to lift, firm and redefine the facial contours. You can have the treatment incorporated in the full facial Caci treatment for an extra £15 or as a stand alone treatment for £25. It is completely painless and the results are superb

I

couldn’t resist the title because I couldn’t resist sending you this picture. Every year (in December) we get involved in the Shoebox scheme run by our Rotary District. I know there are a lot of shoebox schemes out there and if you have been involved in one yourself, well done you. Our district this year collected 27,087 boxes to be distributed to disadvantaged children in Albania, Montenegro, Moldova and Romania. Our contribution was 223 which were kindly provided by members of the Club and the following schools: Botley Primary School, Curdridge Primary School, Durley Primary School, Freegrounds Infants School and Woodhill School. Thank you to all who took part. There are one or two rules about what you can and cannot send, so we check boxes, and guess what we found? At the time of writing we are about to start our Christmas collections and I will let you know next month how we get on. On 19 January we are holding a speaker’s evening at Fairthorne Manor in aid of our International fund. The well-known auctioneer from Lymington, George Kidner, is talking about ‘The Life of an Auctioneer’ and we are looking forward to seeing what we can get for our President (only joking Brian! – but I will know soon enough if he reads this………….). As by next month I will probably have got the sack as a result of my comment in the last paragraph, can I take this opportunity of wishing you all a Happy and Peaceful New Year and hope that it brings you everything you would wish yourself. If you are interested in volunteering or would like to mention a local need please get in touch through our website hamblevalleyrotary.co.uk, or have a word with any of us. Carey Blake Hamble Valley Rotary

Call the salon today for more information

t: (01489) 789 589

High Street, Botley, Hampshire, SO30 2EA e: info@amandaofbotley.co.uk w: www.amandaofbotley.co.uk

Nigel Chamberlain & Partners Independent Family NigelFUNERAL Chamberlain & Partners DIRECTORS

Independent Family Nigel Chamberlain serving the Meon Valley Nigel Chamberlain & Partners FUNERAL

since 1892 & Partners DIRECTORS Independent Family The Gate House, Road Independent Family serving FUNERAL the MeonVictoria Valley Independent Family since 1892 BISHOPS WALTHAM Funeral Directors DIRECTORS

FUNERAL DIRECTORS Bob Metcalf MBE (01489) 892640 Bob Metcalf MBE

The Gate House, Road serving theVictoria Meon Valley Serving the Meon Valley since 1892 (01489) 892640 BISHOPS since WALTHAM 1892 The Gate House, Victoria Road

serving the Meonservice Valley Personal 24 WALTHAM hour BISHOPS

Bob Metcalf MBE Personal 24 sinceHour 1892Service (01489) Personal 24 Hour892640 Service

Tel: 01489 892640 www.chamberlainfunerals.co.uk www.chamberlainfunerals.co.uk TheHouse, Gate House, Victoria www.chamberlainfunerals.co.uk Bob Metcalf MBE The Gate Victoria Road, Bishops Road Waltham

Personal 24 WALTHAM Hour Service BISHOPS www.chamberlainfunerals.co.uk

(01489) 892640 Bob Metcalf Part Richard Steel & Partners Partof of Richard Steel & MBE Partners The Family Owned Funeral Directors The family owned funeral Part of Richard Steel & directors Partners Personal 24 Hour Service Serving Hampshire since 18601860 serving Hampshire since

The Family Funeral Directors Part ofOwned Richard Steel & Partners

www.chamberlainfunerals.co.uk Serving Hampshire since 1860 The Family Owned Funeral Directors Serving Hampshire since 1860

10


Traditional Values, Exceptional Service Since 1948 we have thrived on providing the best service and care, by introducing the latest technology. We have an extensive range of frames to suit any budget, from standard frames to luxury eyewear.

We offer full and comprehensive examinations that can include: • OCT for Macula Degeneration • Visucam - Fundus Photography • Retinal Analysis • Full Glaucoma Screening • Diabetic Monitoring • Visual Stress Analysis - Colorimetry

Our routine eye examination includes Digital Fundus Imaging

FREE SECOND PAIR

From a selected range; including single vision, varifocal or sunglasses with every pair of spectacles purchased on production of this advertisment. Subsequent pairs half price Not to be used in conjection with any other offer.

To book an appointment please call: Park Gate: 01489 584169 • Havant: 02392 484184 60 Botley Road, Park Gate • 26 North Street, Havant

www.wingateopticians.co.uk

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year

from all of us at Rex Wingate Opticians


P R OF ESSION A L ISSU E 1 6 | JANUARY

Professional 'GREEN IMPACT' AWARDED UNESCO PRIZE

T

he National Union of Students (NUS) has been awarded a prize by UNESCO for work on education for sustainability through their green business scheme, Green Impact. Winchester City Council is one of the organisations whose collective activities have resulted in achieving this award. Green Impact has enabled 379 organisations to engage 22,238 staff and 3,240 students in positive environmental and social sustainability behaviour change since year. This has resulted in 270,421 completed actions ranging from staff turning off their PCs and monitors overnight to inviting staff to feed back ideas for saving energy. NUS was selected as a winner by an international jury, after receiving 120 nominations across 64 UNESCO Member States, and it was praised for its transformative impact for those student and staff members involved. The Green Impact programme launched at Winchester City Council in September 2016, and this year NUS are using the prize money to provide small grants for the student movement and Green Impact participants to continue their local sustainability work. Businesses in the Winchester area who are interested in taking part in Green Impact should visit: www.greenimpact. org.uk/wcc

Property Urgently Sought IN ANY CONDITION - CASH WAITING

WE ARE NOT PHASED BY: Structural Problems • Restrictive Covenants Property Needing Modernisation, Updating etc Executor Sales Welcome Cash purchase within 2 weeks guaranteed and NO Estate Agent fees!

Please contact Andrew Jennings

Tel: 01489 790611 • Mob: 07710 138262

12


Employment Law Services Here to support you and your business

Disciplinary and grievance matters Discrimination Contracts and Policies Business Reorganisation Tribunal Litigation In-house training

P R OF ESSION A L ISSU E 1 6 | JANUARY

www.macdonaldoates.co.uk

Petersfield Telephone: 01730 268211 Facsimile: 01730 261232

m m Em erc i pl al oy Li tig me nt at i Pr on op er W ty ills & P M ed rob iat at Fa ion e m ily

Midhurst Telephone: 01730 816711 Facsimile: 01730 816016

Co

MacDonald Oates LLP is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. MacDonald Oates LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England & Wales under number OC344357. Our registered office is at Walltree Court, St. Peter’s Road, Petersfield, Hampshire, GU32 3HT.

South Downs Funeral Service Your Independent & Family Owned Funeral Home Mr Paul M. Lee-Bapty Denmead Funeral Home

Dip F.D., Affil R.S.H., M.B.I.F.D

24 hour local & personal service Floristry service Stonemasonary service No deposits required Funerals arranged within 7-10 days if required

Wickham Funeral Home

Ham pshi r e Count y Counci l Tr adi ng St andar ds Appr oved

Tel: 023 9223 1567

Tel: 01329 833920

wickham@southdownsfuneralservice.com care@southdownsfuneralservice.com 13 The Square, Wickham, The Old Post Office House, Hambledon Road, Fareham PO17 5JG Denmead, Waterlooville PO7 6NN www.southdownsfuneralservice.co m 13


G A R DEN I SSU E 1 6 | JANUARY

Garden

Jobs to get on with this month:

CHRIS NUTT’S GARDENING COLUMN

• Sweet peas can be sown indoors this month, keep them on a sunny windowsill, cold frame or in a greenhouse until spring. • Deciduous hedges are still available as bare root plants and can be planted out now. • If any deciduous shrubs have outgrown their position or are just in the wrong place they can be moved now. • Plant Viburnum x bodnantense, Chimonanthus praecox and Lonicera fragrantissima for wonderful winter fragrance. To contact Chris for commissions or advice call: 07765 692396 or email chris.nutt2@btinternet.com

T

his charming plant, known as the Christmas or Lenten rose, provides attractive flowers in shades of white, pink and plum from now until the spring. They prefer to grow in rich, well-drained soil in dappled shade but also work well in containers. The flowers of many hellebores are hidden by the leaves so benefit from removal of the old leaves in winter or early spring when the flower buds emerge. This also helps insects to access and pollinate the flowers and may result in self-seeding of plants. They require little maintenance but benefit from an annual mulch in the autumn of leaf mould, composted bark or garden compost.

ADVERTISE WITH US! and reach 29 towns and villages throughout the Meon Valley Eighth page placements: £51 Quarter page placements: £88 Half page placements: £166

Discounts are available on 3, 6 and 12 month bookings. For more information email: stevewalker@forumpublications.co.uk

Garden design and Landscaping Services

ESTABLISHED 1993

CONTACT US FOR A FREE ESTIMATE landscaping: - design/construction driveway services fencing, brickwork & boundary services grounds maintenance

WINTER 10% OFFER! DISCOUNT

*

WHEN YOU BOOK YOUR FREE GARDEN DESIGN IN JANUARY FOR A SPRING 2017 INSTALMENT

PLEASE USE CODE FRM01 TO RECEIVE OFFER Proud members of

01962 435012 email: info@helyers.co.uk www.helyers.co.uk The Helyers Group | 6a Fort Fareham Industrial Estate | Fareham | Hampshire | PO14 1AH *Terms and Conditions apply

BPCWORK Helyers FORUM ad 180x126 Jan17.indd 1

14

13/12/2016 12:34


Come & Visit Our Yard & Display Area

Come & Visit Our Yard & Display Area

GAZEBOS & ACCESSORIES

GAZEBOS & ACCESSORIES

Live the Dream with a Gazebo from Equestrian Fencing Services

Live the Dream with a Gazebo from Equestrian Fencing Services

youforgotten dream ofal-fresco simply relaxing with a well earned glass of wine, or are hosting that never to be forgotten al-fresco Whether you dream of simply relaxing with a well earned glass of wine, or are hosting thatWhether never to be thatcheddreams or timber into roofed Gazebo from Equestrian Fencing Services will turn your dreams into party. A thatched or timber roofed Gazebo from Equestrian Fencing Services willparty. turnA your reality - it just couldn’t be easier.

reality - it just couldn’t be easier. Equestrian Fencing Services offer an extensive range of

Equestrian Fencing Services All gazebos from Equestrian Fencing Services are madeoffer an extensive range of

All gazebos from Equestrian Fencing Services are made

• ENTRANCE GATES • EQUESTRIAN BUILDINGS • OAK GARAGES • SUMMER HOUSES • SHEDS • LOG STORES • GARDEN GATES Gazebos from carefully selected timber from well managed

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

materials. They are designed to provide a shower proof

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

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

environment. It is important to appreciate that in severe

weather conditions there may be a chance of water

weather conditions there may be a chance of water

Specifically designed accessories to fit our range of

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

ingress. We recommend with the thatched range that you

Gazebos are available to further enhance your comfort

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

invest in a roof liner to improve water protection.

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

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

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

Unless stated all Gazebos A full set of gazebo accessories can be found on the come insidewith a deck base, solid and

A full set of gazebo accessories can be found on the inside

balustrade infill panels. Delivery and assembly on to level

balustrade infill panels. Delivery and assembly on to level back page of this brochure.

back page of this brochure.

pre-prepared base is also included in the price.

pre-prepared base is also included in the price.

With all the benefits of a thatched or timber roofed Gazebo

With all the benefits of a thatched or timber roofed Gazebo

from Equestrian Fencing - Dreams really can come true!

from Equestrian Fencing - Dreams really can come true!

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

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

pre-prepared base is also included in the price.

pre-prepared base is also included in the price.

back page of this brochure.

balustrade infill panels. Delivery and assembly on to level back page of this brochure.

balustrade infill panels. Delivery and assembly on to level

A full set of gazebo accessories can be found on the inside

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.

invest in a roof liner to improve water protection.

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

ingress. We recommend with the thatched range that you

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

Specifically designed accessories to fit our range of

KILN DRIED OAK & ASH LOGS, KINDLING, BOILER PELLETS AND BRIQUETTES

weather conditions there may be a chance of water

weather conditions there may be a chance of water

environment. It is important to appreciate that in severe

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

WA R M LY W E L C O M I N G N E W & E X I S T I N G C U S TO M E R S I N 2 0 1 7

Your Local Friendly Stockist of High Quality Structural Building Timber

reality - it just couldn’t be easier.

reality - it just couldn’t be easier.

party.turn A thatched timber roofed party. A thatched or timber roofed Gazebo from Equestrian Fencing Services will yourordreams intoGazebo from Equestrian Fencing Services will turn your dreams into Whether of simply relaxing with a well earned glass of wine, or are hosting that never to be forgotten al-fresco Whether you dream of simply relaxing with a well earned glass of wine, or are hosting that never you to bedream forgotten al-fresco

C A L L U S N OW O N : 0 1 3 2 9 8 3 5 1 0 0 www.equestrianfencing.com

email: info@equestrianfencing.com

Live the Dream with a Gazebo from Equestrian Fencing Services

Live the Dream with a Gazebo from Equestrian Fencing Services

GAZEBOS & ACCESSORIES

GAZEBOS & ACCESSORIES

H I G H R I D G E F A R M , H O S P I T A L RO A D, S H I R R E L L H E A T H , S O U T H A M P T O N , S O 3 2 2 J R Come & Visit Our Yard & Display Area

Come & Visit Our Yard & Display Area


G A R DEN I SSU E 1 6 | JANUARY

Garden

SOUTH DOWNS FOR ALL

E

ven in the depths of winter being outdoors in nature can be good for your wellbeing and mental health and South Downs National Park believes that it should be accessible to everyone.

Miles without Stiles is a series of routes in the National Park created to be suitable for people with limited abilities. This includes wheelchair users, families with pushchairs, dog walkers with less active dogs and the visually impaired. Routes are graded based on path gradients and surface conditions: routes for all, routes for many and routes for some – e.g. a route for all will have a smooth surface and a gradient of no more than 1:10, while routes for some may have low steps up to 10cm in height and the surface may undulate. At the moment we have four Miles without Stiles for the South Downs National Park but look out for more coming throughout 2017. In 2015 Mel and Jasper went out to explore the Seven Sisters route.“I have multiple sclerosis so use a wheelchair,” said Mel. “Being disabled meant that I wasn’t getting out very much but having Jasper has given me a reason to get out every day. People talk to you when you have a dog and I’ve made new friends through him. “It’s been great to discover the wheelchair accessible trail at Seven Sisters, The South Downs National Park gives Jasper different smells and experiences.”

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

TEL: 01962 771800 steve.cann@btconnect.com www.georgecanngardenmachinery.co.uk

Supply and planting large specimen trees and shrubs

All trees and shrubs carefully selected

C&M FENCING All Types of Fencing and Gates Supplied and Erected Experienced & Friendly Service

16

Design, landscaping and ongoing maintenance Free site visit and consultation

Free Quotations Given

Bosque is a trading name of Just Limegrass Ltd.

For more information please call Clive:

Harko: 07710 502798 Tom: 07855 656984

Tel: 02380 323831 Mob: 07708 412641

Garden Machinery Dealer of the Year 2014

Laceys Farm, Bramdean Alresford, Hampshire, SO24 0JT

Espalier, pleached and instant impact hedges

www.southdowns.gov.uk

WINNER

www.bosque international.co.uk


of

Est. 45 years

Titchfield

Garden Desig� Cent�e

the unusual the interesting the different

Happy New Year!

Be one step ahead this spring and begin planning your new garden today

Happy New Garden!

Design Studio • Coffee Courtyard • 16 Show Gardens 135 Southampton Rd PO14 4PR www.hambrooks.co.uk 01489 779998


F EAT U R E I SSU E 1 6 | JANUARY

Winter Walking

I

MeonValley Trail

t’s a miserable December morning, damp and misty. A cobweb drapes across the wing-mirror of the Subaru, heavy with water droplets. My neighbour leaves the village shop with his Sunday paper and a bag of flour; perhaps I should follow his example, stay home and occupy myself with the cosy pursuits of reading and baking. But we’re both in need of exercise, so the husband and I are going to explore part of the Meon Valley Trail. We drive out of the village and the fog thickens; trees loom suddenly in the gloom and a hawk glides out of nowhere across our path. I shiver, although the thermometer tells me it’s far from cold; I’m not in much of a mood for a walk.

The path widens and we enter old Droxford station. The abandoned platforms are overgrown with weeds and ivy, the concrete cracked and crumbling. The station house is fenced off, converted to a private residence, but an old box van, still wearing its smart green paint, is visible over the fence. We reach a signpost: West Meon 5 miles in one direction, Wickham 5 miles in the other, and Droxford Village down a narrow track. Another sign reveals the political significance of this stretch of railway. On 2 June 1944, in a siding just outside Droxford, Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, and his war cabinet met with Allied leaders ahead of the D-Day Landings, their train camouflaged by the dense Hampshire woodland.

The Meon Valley Trail runs for ten miles from West Meon to Wickham, and we’re starting near Meonstoke. It’s an outand-back route, linear rather than circular, as the trail follows the old Meon Valley Railway.You can start at either end and walk as far as you fancy, or be contrary like us, and start in the middle. From 1903-1955 the MVR carried passengers twenty-two miles from Alton to Fareham, but with the growing popularity of the car, and the inability of the line to be financially viable, the service was scrapped. The track was lifted in 1974/75 and it was possible to walk to the line if you didn’t mind plentiful mud. Last year’s improvements have made the path more user-friendly for walkers and cyclists, but based on today’s experience, I’d still recommend sturdy footwear.

Half a dozen cows gaze at us from a wooded field-edge, hoof-deep in golden leaves. One rests her chin on the back of another. Suddenly a glittering stream is below us, the River Meon, making gentle progress through the wood until it reaches water-meadows of tussocky grass. We veer off the path, down steps to the river’s edge where it flows gin-clear and less than a foot deep.

The trees are bare, their trunks wrapped in ivy, and the path is covered in squashed leaves. The trail is flat, mainly straight, with only the gentlest of curves, so there’s no mistaking the fact that this was once a railway line. Steep banks rise on either side, and a number of red-brick bridges span the path: try speaking while passing beneath one of these, and hear your voice echo back to you from the chilly walls. In one respect, walking here in winter is better than in summer; the lack of leaves on the trees opens up the view, lessening the feeling of burrowing down a tunnel of green. A field rolls up to the grey horizon, revealing the fuzzy image of three horses in the mist. 18

This amazing clarity is due to the filtering effect of the chalk. 80% of the world’s chalk streams are in England, with the Meon and the Test being prime examples. Water voles have been reintroduced here, and I make a note to come back another day, at an earlier, quieter time, to try and spot one. We meander with the river, until a flash of white on the watermeadow catches my eye. It’s an egret stretching its wings by the stream. Beyond, a field stretches like green corduroy until it reaches the dark hedge and the grey sky. It’s time to turn round. We’ve only walked three miles, but we must walk another three back to the car. Retracing our steps, we enjoy the novelty of such a flat trail, walking as briskly as we can without breaking into a jog. The egret has flown, and the mist shows little sign of burning off, but the chalk stream is still bubbling and our spirits have risen enormously. Claire Thurlow


G A R DEN I SSU E 1 6 | JANUARY

19


R ETA IL I SSU E 1 6 | JANUARY

Market Square UNIQUE - BESPOKE - ECLECTIC - LOCAL

Moda Rosa

Pat Staples Interiors

Panache Beauty Clinic

SALE NOW ON - Paul Smith Coat WAS £745, NOW £372 - Paul Smith Scarf - WAS £145, NOW £72 Tel: 01962 733277 | www.modarosa.co.uk

Collins & Hayes “Studio” at less 20% to order in our Winter Sale The Studio, Unit 3, Claylands Road, Bishops Waltham, SO32 1BH Tel: 01489 892626 | www.patstaplesinteriors.co.uk

Award winning Decleor salon.The Decleor super size product sale is now on

The Outlaw's Barbershop

Andrew Smith & Son - Auctioneers

Olive and Ted

Barbershop designed to bring back the old school service with an alternative twist. 1 High Street, Bishop's Waltham, SO32 1AB Tel: 07542 460703 | theoutlawsbarbershop.co.uk

Monthly Antiques and Interiors Auction Saturday 14 January - Commencing 10am Tel: 01962 735988 | www.andrewsmithandson.com

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

Mole Country Stores

Equestrian Fencing

101 Dogs and a Panda

Sale now on. Open Mon - Sat: 8.30am - 5.30pm, Sun: 10am - 4pm. Fareham Road, Wickham, PO17 5DE Tel: 01329 835010 | molecountrystores.co.uk

See Our Advert on Page 15 High Ridge Farm, Hospital Road, Shirrell Heath. Tel: 01329 835100 | www.eqestrianfencing.com

Unique and completely original, a needle felted wool sculpture of your dog. The perfect Valentine's Gift - £40 Tel: 01962 733910 | www.101dogsandapanda.com

Tel: 01489 892233 | Brook Street, Bishops Waltham

Tel: 01489 891325 | www.oliveandted.com

SALE 20


ARE · M A

·M

AR

ET S QUARE

E · MARKE

RK

T

SQU

ARKET SQ

U

Wickham Jewellery

Chase Cycles

Peter Green

18ct gold with amethyst - £tba Warwick Lane, Wickham, PO17 5JN

Raleigh Centros - £700. Modern Classic, Disk Brakes. 3 Winchester Road, Waltham Chase, SO32 2LG

Tel: 01329 836327 | Find us in Warwick Lane

Tel: 01489 893693 | www.chasecycles.info

Sherborne Fabric Buckingham Chair - £629.00 School Lane, Chandlers Ford, SO53 4DG

R ETA IL I SSU E 1 6 | JANUARY

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

Tel: 02380 269011 | www.petergreen.com

Rhiân

Fashion House

A PERFECT CHOICE FOR FASHION

Peter Green

Equestrian Fencing

Sale starts January 10th. 48 Warsash Road,Warsash, Southampton Tel: 01489 570560 | www.rhianfashionhouse.co.uk

The Winchester Coffee Table With Drawers - £599.00 School Lane, Chandlers Ford, SO53 4DG

Tel: 02380 269011 | www.petergreen.com

See Our Advert on Page 15 High Ridge Farm, Hospital Road, Shirrell Heath. Tel: 01329 835100 | www.eqestrianfencing.com

Be a part of Market Square

Botley Mills

Panache Lingerie Boutique

A cost effective and dynamic way of selling your product - £30. Images taken free of charge. stevewalker@forumpublications.co.uk

January - all things chicken at Botley Mills Botley Mills, Mill Hill, Botley, SO30 2GB Tel: 01489 772900 | www.botleymills.co.uk

January lingerie sale now on, including Prima Donna, Marie Jo, Lejaby and lots more

ET S QUARE

AR

ARE · M A

·M

SQU

RK

E · MARKE T

Rhân Fashion House

Tel: 01489 892233 | Brook Street, Bishops Waltham

21

ARKET SQ U


MOTOR IN G I SSU E 1 6 | JANUARY

Motoring GEORGE HOLLINGBERY SAYS GOVERNMENT WILL BE FORCED TO TACKLE VEHICLE NOISE

M

eon Valley MP George Hollingbery, has said a Private Members’ Bill calling for loud vehicle noise to be made an offence will force the Government to look into the issue. George asked his colleague, Kevin Foster to present the Vehicle Noise Limits (Enforcement) legislation to Parliament as he cannot due to his government position as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Prime Minister. The Bill will not become law due to a lack of Parliamentary time, but George said a line has been drawn and the issue will not go away. Motorbike noise is a major problem in George’s constituency with residents along the A32 and A272 having their lives blighted by inconsiderate riders. The bill called for the automatic monitoring of noise levels so offenders can be issued with a fixed penalty fine. “Many of my constituents are completely fed up with often unbearable vehicle noise in their communities. I asked for this bill to be presented so that the Government can see it's something they need to look at,” said George. “It may not have been

A

“I think the technology is available to install an inexpensive addon to speed cameras to monitor noise levels and I will continue my campaign to try and find a solution to this problem that exists, not just in the Meon Valley, but in other areas of the UK too. “This is not a short term fix by any means, but I have kept my commitment to use all avenues I can to solve the problem, particularly now it seems likely funding cannot be found locally to pay for average speed cameras on the A32.” www.georgehollingbery.com

No r t h Mo to r Company North Motor Company, Holden Farm Cheriton, Alresford, Hants SO24 ONX www.northmotor.co.uk info@northmotor.co.uk

Independent Specialists Supply and fit tyres, batteries, exhausts for all makes and models Telephone Gary or Andy on

01962 771331 01962 771881

irey Tuning Co. With over 24 years on the rolling road we can solve all your problems up to 400 b.h.p

Is your classic car green enough? Did you know that your classic car is likely to be causing considerable harm to the environment? At Airey Tuning, we not only increase the power of your car, but we also considerably improve economy with a huge benefit to the environment.

Tel: 01962 771845 www.aireytuning.com 22

successful this time, but having what needs to be done in writing and presented to Parliament means ministers must take notice and I hope it will lead to progress in the years to come.

Over 30 years experience • Service • Repairs • On site MOTs All makes of car catered for Full Saab, Subaru diagnostics Free collection, delivery and courtesy car (when available)


COMMU N IT Y I SSU E 1 6 | JANUARY

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

SUNDAY 1 JANUARY 09.30 Holy Mass SUNDAY 8 JANUARY 09.30 Holy Mass SUNDAY 15 JANUARY 09.30 Holy Mass SUNDAY 22 JANUARY 09.30 Holy Mass SUNDAY 29 JANUARY 09.30 Holy Mass SATURDAYS 18.00 Holy Mass (Vigil

Mass of Sunday)

St. Peter's

Bishop's Waltham SUNDAY 1 JANUARY 08.00 BCP Communion 09.15 Parish Communion 09.15 Informal Service in

Church Hall

SUNDAY 8 JANUARY 08.00 BCP Communion 09.15 Parish Communion 09.15 Informal Service in

Church Hall

18.30 Evensong at

The Blessed Mary, Upham SUNDAY 15 JANUARY 08.00 BCP Communion 09.15 Parish Communion 09.15 Informal Service in

Church Hall

18.30 Evensong at

The Blessed Mary, Upham SUNDAY 22 JANUARY 08.00 BCP Communion 09.15 Parish Communion 09.15 Informal Service in

Church Hall

SUNDAY 29 JANUARY 08.00 BCP Communion 09.15 Parish Communion

24

09.15 Informal Service in

Church Hall

Saxon Church

Corhampton

SUNDAY 8 JANUARY 18.30 Evensong SUNDAY 15 JANUARY 10.30 Matins SUNDAY 22 JANUARY 08.00 Holy Communion

St. Mary & All Saints' Droxford

SUNDAY 1 JANUARY 08.00 Holy Communion SUNDAY 8 JANUARY 10.30 Holy Communion

St. Peter & St. Paul Exton

SUNDAY 1 JANUARY 18.30 Evensong SUNDAY 15 JANUARY 08.00 Holy Communion SUNDAY 22 JANUARY 10.30 Holy Communion

Evangelical Methodist Church Hambledon

SUNDAY 1 JANUARY 10.30 Worship Service SUNDAY 8 JANUARY 10.30 Family Worship

with Children's Craft Activities

SUNDAY 15 JANUARY 10:30 Holy Communion SUNDAY 22 JANUARY 10.30 Worship Service SUNDAY 29 JANUARY 10.30 Worship Service

St. Andrew's Church Meonstoke

SUNDAY 1 JANUARY 10.30 Holy Communion SUNDAY 8 JANUARY 08.00 Holy Communion SUNDAY 22 JANUARY 10.30 Holy Communion

Methodist Church Swanmore

SUNDAY 1 JANUARY 10.30 Covenant Service

with Holy Communion SUNDAY 8 JANUARY 10.30 Morning Service 18.00 Evening Service SUNDAY 15 JANUARY 10.30 Morning Service 18.00 Evening Service

with Holy Communion SUNDAY 22 JANUARY 10.30 Morning Family

Service 18.00 Evening Service SUNDAY 29 JANUARY 10.30 Morning Service 18.00 Evening Service

St Barnabas Swanmore

SUNDAY 1 JANUARY 10.00 Parish Eucharist SUNDAY 8 JANUARY 10.00 Angel Festival SUNDAY 15 JANUARY 08.00 Eucharist 10.00 3rd@10

Family Time

16.30 Christingle Service SUNDAY 22 JANUARY 08.00 Eucharist 10.00 Parish Eucharist

incl. Sunday Club

18.30 Evening Prayer SUNDAY 29 JANUARY 08.00 Eucharist 10.00 Parish Eucharist

incl. Sunday Club

18.30 Evening Prayer WEDNESDAYS 11.00 Eucharist THURSDAYS 08.00 Morning Prayer

SATURDAYS 12.00 Midday Prayer

The Church of The Blessed Mary Upham

SUNDAY 1 JANUARY 11.00 Parish Communion SUNDAY 8 JANUARY 11.00 Parish Communion 18.30 Carol Service SUNDAY 15 JANUARY 11.00 Parish Communion SUNDAY 22 JANUARY 11.00 Parish Communion SUNDAY 29 JANUARY 11.00 Matins

The Church of Our Lady Warnford

SUNDAY 1 JANUARY 09.00 Holy Communion SUNDAY 8 JANUARY 09.00 Parish Communion SUNDAY 15 JANUARY 09.00 Holy Communion SUNDAY 22 JANUARY 09.00 Mattins SATURDAYS 09.00 Morning Prayer

St. John the Evangelist West Meon

SUNDAY 1 JANUARY 08.00 Holy Communion 10.30 All Age Worship SUNDAY 8 JANUARY 10.30 Parish Communion SUNDAY 15 JANUARY 10.30 Service of the Word SUNDAY 22 JANUARY 10.30 Parish Communion WEDS & THURS (EXCEPT THURS 12TH) 09.00 Morning Prayer If you find your church service is not featured here and would like it to be, please email: editor@ forumpublications. co.uk with your monthly schedule


Call 02380 600027 to arrange a free no obligation survey and quote

We supply and install all leading manufacturers of Up & Over, Side Hinged, Insulated Roller, Timber and Sectional Garage Doors

D

DON S DOORS garage door solutions

VAT EXEMPT supplies to registered disabled blue badge holders on all automated products

sales@donsgaragedoors.co.uk Unit 9 & 10, Vicarage Farm Business Park, Winchester Road, Fair Oak, Eastleigh, Hampshire, SO50 7HD

www.donsgaragedoors.co.uk


H OME COMMU N IT Y ISSU E 1 6 | JANUARY

Home

YOUR FAVOURITE OLD CHAIR

be cherished again and kept in the family for generations to come. At Pat Staples Interiors our knowledgeable designers and expert craftspeople can transform your furniture by applying exquisite fabrics, with literally thousands to choose from. We have hundreds of pattern books including the designer names such as Jane Churchill, Designers Guild, Mulberry and Andrew Martin, and are happy to advise you and supply samples. Once restored an old chair can either compliment your existing décor in a room, or alternatively be the stunning focal point. So don’t throw it away, bring it to Pat Staples Interiors, and let your imagination run wild! Here are incredible before and after images of great chairs saved by Pat Staples Interiors and the owners who loved them enough to make them shine again.

Before

W

After

hether it’s your great aunt’s favourite nursing chair or a tattered wingback chair salvaged from the tip, good quality old furniture, that was well constructed, is really worth the investment to get re-upholstered. Unlike the semi-disposable furniture that is available in all the big stores today, solid vintage items, built back when expert carpentry was the norm, can last longer than a lifetime. These pieces deserve a special place in our homes, to

Community FOLLOW THE FUNDING TO THE MONEY POT

Stop press - Pat Staples interiors have their amazing Winter Sale running from Sat 7th Jan until Sat 18th Feb, with genuine discounts on fabrics, carpets and upholstery, and our best quality sateen lining free on all orders for our beautifully handmade curtains and blinds. Now is also a great time to re-upholster your furniture with 20% off upholstery fabrics from Sanderson, Harlequin, Romo, Jim Dickens and many more! Find us on Facebook for more pictures. Pat Staples Interiors, The Studio, Unit 3, Claylands Rd, Bishops Waltham, SO32 1BH Tel: 01489 892626 sales@patstaplesinteriors.co.uk www.patstaplesinteriors.co.uk

The youth council is once again looking for small community projects that would benefit from some extra funding. The projects must benefit young people in the district, and grants can be awarded for up to £250. Lucy Bayliss, current chair of the EHYC, said: "The Money Pot scheme is an amazing opportunity and makes a real difference to the young people of East Hampshire, by providing funding for a wide variety of projects designed to benefit them. “Last year we managed to help more than 800 young people through the allocation of these grants and we were thrilled to see the positive impact this money made.”

26

small grant scheme, known as the ‘money pot’, is available for community projects in East Hampshire.Last time the fund was run it allocated £1,350 to nine organisations all across the

district.

A

Councillor Julie Butler, EHDC’s Portfolio Holder for Customer Service, said: “The Money Pot scheme has been running for more than five years, and is a fantastic way for smaller projects to achieve their goals. “Without schemes like this, there are many projects that may never come to fruition; anyone who is interested shouldn’t miss this opportunity!”

Projects that benefited included two youth clubs, a skate group, Scouts and an art project, amongst others. East Hants Youth Council (EHYC), which was originally established by East Hampshire District Council (EHDC), administers the scheme.

The closing date for this round of funding is Wednesday 25 January 2017. For more information and an application form contact Susan Kirkwood-Taylor, Community Officer for Youth; email susan.kirkwoodtaylor@easthants.gov.uk or phone 01730 234186.


H OME I SSU E 1 6 | JANUARY

• Interior Design & Home Consultations Up to 20% offff S CS FA RIC FAB & S ET CARP Y ER LST UPHO

• Fabrics & Wallpapers • Upholstery • Carpets & Floor Coverings • Curtains, Blinds, Poles & Tacks • Re-upholstery & Loose Covers

• Cabinet Furniture • Lighting & Accessories • Sandersons Paints • Measuring & Fitting

WINTER SALE

SUPER-FAST 15 MINUTES DRYING

Fabulous Clean Carpets

The Studio, Unit 3, Claylands Rd, Bishops Waltham, Southampton SO32 1BH | 01489 892626 sales@patstaplesinteriors.co.uk

SUPER-FAST 15 MINUTES DRYING very reasonable prices, and courteous friendly service from people you can trust in your home

D

ear Stockbridge Forum Reader, Value conscious local residents love a great deal. If you need your carpets cleaned and are looking for an award-winning company who will arrive on time, will be courteous, respectful and above all trustworthy -- then you’re invited to take advantage of one of the three extraordinary value, high carpet and upholstery full measuring, manufacturingquality, and installation cleaning deals we’re offering new customers this month service for all types of high quality -- because we want to give you the chance to get to know our service and to find out how impressively new, fresh and bright your carpets will look when cleaned and freshened by The Carpet Care People.

Blinds & Awnings Ltd

We offer a

Blinds - Awnings - Shutters

Fabulous Clean Carpets, Upholstery and Curtains

Very reasonable Winner prices, and courteous friendly service from people you can trust in your home.

The Carpet Care People

Full 5 year guarantee

Other services include: Awning and canopy restoration (including re-covering) Blind servicing and repair work

Our approach is simple: We are proud to run a celebrated professional carpet and upholstery cleaning business, and we insist on providing you with good oldfashioned service and value. Call now and find out why our award-winning service is probably Have the most requested any three of carpet cleaning in the local Stockbridgeyour areacarpets cleaned for justfor £87you total!to do The next thing is call us on 01962 690 005 we’ll welcome your call, answer your questions and take care of everything for you.

3 Great Deals!

Here’s why one of the Stockbridges’ most trusted carpet cleaning companies is cleaning local, nearneighbours carpets for a fraction of the normal cost

Deal 1

3 Great Deals!

7TH JANUARY - 18TH FEBRUARY 2017

Upholstery

Deal 2

Have your three piece suite freshened up for just £97!

Tel 01962 690 00 Frequently Asked Questions

Here’s a selection of frequently asked questions especially for you sceptics (y 1. When you say ‘carpet’ what do you mean? We mean average size areas, don’t quibble if the areas are a little larger - it’s all done on fairness really. 2. D Have anythe three Our pricing policy reflects timecarpets it takes to clean working around furnitur That said, we are and for example, happy to move your three piece suite backward your three piece under it and replacing it back into position. What we don’t price into the job a suite freshened up for moving large pieces of furniture like bookcases, sideboards or wardrobes. Sim to move electricaljust items, in particular flat-screen tvs. Again we apply common £167! situation and inevitable we do end up moving some furniture around, even at Are there any ‘hidden’ extra costs? The prices quoted above are fully-incl prices you will pay.

Deal 3

Carpet Price

Carpet Price

Carpet Price Carpet

£97

4

email:enquiries@drblinds.co.uk

FULL OFFER PRICE LIST 1 £47

Carpet Price

2 £67

De

Have any and your freshened £177!

w cleaning and refreshin (at our current offer Fabric Master, our sp and cleaning system and very effective. Fib to their original beaut you’ll see!

Full Offer Price List 1 £57 2 £77 3 Tel: 01962 690 005 or 07790 883507

Carpet Price

De

Have you suite fresh just £97!

For a free, no obligation quote in your own home or office:

Tel: 01962 736836 or 07711 007079

De

Have any your carp for just £9

Carpet Price

3 £87

Carpet Price

4 £107

Carpet Price

5 £127

27

Price

£117


F EAT U R E ISSU E 1 6 | JANUARY

Thought Your Countryside was Safe? A PLANNING BATTLE IN THE HAMPSHIRE BOROUGH OF EASTLEIGH SHOULD MAKE YOU THINK AGAIN, SAYS MARK BAYLIS

H

ampshire contains some of the UK’s loveliest countryside, which surely must be preserved for future generations. It also faces unprecedented demand for new housing, which needs to be met as the nation’s economic centre of gravity continues its relentless move southwards. Reconciling these competing imperatives is one of the biggest challenges facing our local authorities; and some of them are simply not up to the job. The challenges are intensified by the fact that Portsmouth and Southampton have limited capacity for additional homes, so neighbouring councils must take the strain. Some readers will be aware of plans for Welborne, a 6,000home new town near Fareham. Havant, meanwhile, faces a demand from central government for more than 11,000 new homes. And then there is Eastleigh. Despite dramatic expansion since the 1970s, Eastleigh retains several rural areas. It continues to be a development hotspot with ten thousand new homes already in the pipeline. Last year the council, which had seen their previous Local Plan rejected by a government inspector, were required to provide a further 6,000-plus houses with associated infrastructure such as schools and roads. New houses can of course be a positive for their communities. My own parish of Colden Common has benefited greatly from sensitive development, agreed after extensive local consultation within a planning framework drawn up by Winchester City Council. Neighbouring Eastleigh, by contrast, does not even have a planning framework worthy of the name. Nor is it keen on consultation. It has some good officers but is hopelessly under-resourced to control a strategic planning process, and it is therefore at the mercy of developers. On the council’s own admission, several of the ten options officially under consideration in the Local Plan are developer-led. These include Options B and C (covering Bishopstoke and Fair Oak up to the village of Upham and the South Downs National Park), which drive a coach and horses through the council’s own stated priorities of preventing urban sprawl, promoting bio-diversity and tackling climate change. These options are fiercely opposed by, among others, the Campaign to Protect Rural England and the Woodland

28

Trust. Yet the leadership seem hell-bent on imposing them despite overwhelming evidence that they represent the wrong choice. Objectors no matter how well informed are dismissed as Nimbies. Alternatively, if they do not live in the affected areas, they are branded ‘emotional’ or ignorant of how planning works. The fact that Option B alone received more letters of objection than the combined total of the nine others nominally under consideration is deemed irrelevant. In the village of Bishopstoke, the three local borough councillors were conspicuously absent recently when concerned residents organised a packed public meeting. It went ahead despite a call from the council to the church hosting the event urging it to cancel on public order grounds. Welcome to consultation Eastleigh-style! The big question is, why is the council apparently ignoring a viable alternative, which all the independent experts we have consulted agree makes much better planning, transport and environmental sense? An area known as Allington Lane – Options D and E in the Local Plan – is closer to where people want to be. It is nearer public transport, the motorway system and the urban centres of Eastleigh and Southampton. It is much less environmentally sensitive and, being more compact, it has greater potential to have a central focus. The area was the council’s own preference until the late '90s. Then, however, it became a party political football, and appeared to fall out of favour. It is also closer to the wards of some senior councillors. Options B and C do have one big advantage. Much of the additional traffic, pollution, damage to rare marine life in the River Itchen, increased risk of flooding and a major new road through high-quality countryside would occur outside Eastleigh - in Winchester’s patch. The affected communities might be furious, but a cynic might say at least they cannot vote the perpetrators out of office. This battle looks set to run and run. The lesson for rural communities everywhere, I would suggest, is to remain vigilant and take nothing for granted. To find out more or offer support, go to the Action against Destructive Development (ADD) website, www.add-eastleigh.org


Glide

Sliding Door Freestanding Wardrobes Prices from only £716.00 Including Local delivery and installation!

H OME I SSU E 1 6 | JANUARY

Aaron (UK) Ltd Waltham Business Park, Swanmore Near Wickham, SO32 2SA 01489 892111 sales@aaron-desking.com

Also available Made to measure freestanding wardrobes

www.aaronfurniture.co.uk Quality Bedroom Furniture Direct from the Manufacturer

Come and visit our showrooom and factory Monday to Friday 8.30am - 3.30pm Saturday - please call to arrange a visit

OFFERING A COMPLETE SPECIALIST SERVICE IN

NEW CONSTRUCTION, BARN CONVERSIONS & OAK FRAMING REPAIRS OVER 40 YEARS EXPERIENCE.

Barn Conversions and Repairs Using Traditional Materials and Methods New Oak Framed Construction New Houses, Barns, Garden Rooms & Extensions Oak Framed Garages, Stabled and agricultural Buildings

Offering a full service from groundworks to a complete turn-key build Unit 5, Frith Farm, Frith Lane, Wickham, Hampshire, PO17 5AW Tel: 01329 835 551 | Mob: 07801 143 986 | Email: danny@hampshireoak.co.uk Visit our website at hampshireoak.co.uk

29


COMMU N IT Y I SSU E 1 6 | JANUARY

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.

30

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 7.30pm.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.


SOLENT GARAGE DOORS THE PREMIER GARAGE DOOR SPECIALIST

GARAGE DOORS SUPPLIED AND FITTED • MAINTENANCE FREE DOORS • UP AND OVER DOORS • ROLLER DOORS • SIDE HUNG DOORS • SECTIONAL DOORS • AUTOMATION TO NEW AND EXISTING DOORS • REPAIRS: SPRINGS, CABLES, LOCKS, ETC FOR ALL MAKES OF DOOR

TAKING ORDERS FOR 2017 WE WOULD LIKE TO WISH OUR CUSTOMERS A HAPPY NEW YEAR

VAT FREE ON ALL NEW DOORS

Tel: 01489 786273 Mobile: 07500 926558 Email: solentgaragedoors@yahoo.com

UNIT 5A BRIDGE FARM INDUSTRIES, CURBRIDGE, SO30 2HB


F EAT U R E I SSU E 1 6 | JANUARY

I

Life after the Black Death

t is June 1349. In the Hampshire village of Meonbridge, the worst plague in England’s history has wiped out half its population. We call that plague the Black Death. At the time they referred to it as the great death, the mortality or the pestilence. It arrived in England in June 1348 and lasted a matter of months in any one location, although overall, as it spread relentlessly across the country, it persisted for the best part of two years. What happened after the Black Death had moved on, in the fictional Hampshire manor of Meonbridge, is the underlying premise of a new historical novel, Fortune’s Wheel, by local author, Carolyn Hughes. In southern Hampshire, including the Meon Valley, roughly half of the populations of the towns and villages lost their lives. But the losses were not evenly distributed. The plague apparently skirted some places altogether, whereas a few communities died out completely for a while, an example being Quob near Wickham. Titchfield suffered devastating losses, perhaps as many as 80% of the population, and in Bishops Waltham, 65% of people died, whereas, in Corhampton, the figure was more like 55%. (Figures from The Black Death in Hampshire by Tom Beaumont James, Hampshire Papers 18, December 1999.) Whatever the numbers, it is surely very hard to imagine how shattering the plague’s arrival must have been. It was of course quite terrible enough in itself, but it followed in the wake of two other appalling disasters: overpopulation and severe poverty in the first decade of the century, then ruinous weather, disastrous harvests and devastating famines in the second. We know now that this terrifying disease was caused by a bacterium,Yersinia pestis, carried by a flea that lives on the black rat, although exactly how it was transmitted is still a matter of some debate. However, then, such a disease – like other natural (or perhaps man-made) disasters – was presumed to be God’s punishment for man’s sin.Yet people might have wondered which of their sins could be so great that God would want to punish them so severely. And how fearful they must have been when they saw how randomly the plague found its victims – rich and poor, old and young, reprobate and innocent.

32

So what happened in the aftermath of such calamity? Social change had in fact already begun in rural manorial communities, with the feudal system of lords and peasants starting to break down. But the huge demographic shift that resulted from the simultaneous deaths of so many people during the plague accelerated that change. It is an interesting period of social history. But imagine the sheer turmoil that must have ensued, not only in society as a whole, but also at a personal level. For those of us who live in village or small town communities, we may know, or at least be acquainted with, a great many of our neighbours. But we in the twenty-first century generally live quite dispersed lives, having our homes in these communities but probably working elsewhere. But in former centuries, when communities worked together too, the death of half of your neighbours must have been truly devastating. In 1349, women lost husbands, men lost wives, and both lost children.Young people were orphaned and had to learn to fend for themselves. Workers realised they were now a scarce resource and had some bargaining power, and said so, while their lords and masters tried hard to cling on to the status quo and keep the workers in their place. As the peasants rebelled against the old ways, priests railed against the upsetting of God’s pre-ordained social order, and preyed upon people’s fears of further divine retribution for their so-called sinful lives. Yet, amidst all this turmoil and fear, normal life must have continued: fields had to be ploughed and sown, crops harvested, meals made. People fell in and out of love. Babies were born and children cherished. Friendships and families were sometimes put under strain. Resentments boiled, some of which found reconciliation, while others ended in treachery. And all that is the story of Fortune’s Wheel. Carolyn Hughes Facebook: CarolynHughesAuthor Twitter: @writingcalliope www.carolynhughesauthor.com Get Fortune's Wheel on Amazon: www.amzn.to/2f5UZD5


r e t Win SALE HUGE SAVINGS IN-STORE & ONLINE - FIRST COME FIRST SERVED

25%

25%

OFF

25%

GPLAN

OFF

MRP

MRP

STRESSLESS

OFF

PARKER KNOLL

MRP

20%

OFF SKOVBY

25%

OFF SOMNUS

MRP

25%

OFF VISPRING

50

MRP

%

OFF

HAMPSHIRE COLLECTION

25

%

NEW

OFF

STOCK CARPET

ha mpshire collection

+ FREE UNDERLAY ASK IN STORE FOR DETAILS

THE STORE THAT BRANDS LOVE Chandlers Ford Store Exit Junction 13 M3 direction Chandlers Ford Railway station; find Peter Green next to station on School Lane, SO53 4DG

023 8026 9011 petergreen.co.uk

INTEREST FREE

CREDIT AVAILABLE* *ask in store for details

MRP


F EAT U R E I SSU E 1 6 | JANUARY

Hampshire Mum Highland Fling

W

e had decided on a trip to Edinburgh back in the summer and suddenly there we were, two travelling chums and I, in a beautiful apartment over looking St. Giles Cathedral.

One chum was well-versed in all things Scottish as her Mum is from Aberdeen and, having traced her family tree, discovered she might well be distantly related to our other chum! So through the wonder of genetics they both have Scottish blood. But you see, I’m not some American who was once given a pair of tartan socks for Christmas and now believes herself to be the rightful heir to an estate in the Outer Hebrides, although I wish I were. No, my grandparents were also from Aberdeen and although I have many relatives dotted about the Highlands, sadly I’ve met none of them. I love haggis, tolerate certain malts and can affect the Scottish accent- aye I can- so I figure that makes me a wee bit of a Scot. My great-grandfather was a MacLean and, being keen to discover all about my clan, I purchased the ‘Guide to MacLean’ which told me everything I needed to know. The tartan is a rather fetching blend of reds and russets with a hint of green; my ancestral home is the Castle of Duart, positioned prominently on the Isle of Mull, and a potted history of the clans reports of various skirmishes with southern Sassenachs. If all I could take home was a scarf in MacLean tartan then that would have to do for now. On the Royal Mile in the third, or perhaps fourth, tartan emporium we searched, there was an abundance of tartans of every type…. except MacLean.The search for my ancestors’ tartan was proving beyond difficult. It would be so much easier if I’d been born a Buchanan! Their prolific tartan was available in everything from a kilt to a tea cosy. The man behind the counter gave me a

34

steely stare. I swear he was sharpening his claymore and muttering something about soft southerners. My two travelling chums found it all highly amusing. “Maybe you’ve got it wrong? Perhaps the colours are red white and blue, like Macleans toothpaste!” We gave up playing hunt the tartan and went off to Edinburgh Castle instead. National pride is evident wherever you go in Edinburgh. It’s a tough pride that has been fought for and hardwon. Nowhere is that made clearer than on a visit to the Castle, perched on its volcanic plinth, the guardian of the city.The military history made us rather uncomfortable, and by the time we’d read yet another report of slaughter by the English, we felt a wee bit queasy. I pulled my Top Shop Black Watch tartan scarf, (well any port in a storm), tighter against the elements and we slunk off for coffee and cake. Soft southerners, indeed. Still, all was not lost. From our café vantage point it became clear that Scotsmen have a little something about them too, striding down the Royal Mile, kilts swishing around muscular legs in the chilly breeze. It gave us quite an appetite. As we tucked into supper that night, the most beautiful grouse, haggis and salmon – well it had to be done- I came over all fanciful. I imagined myself studying art in Edinburgh, living in a tiny flat, eating porridge with salt for breakfast and snuggling in a bed with a MacLean tartan blanket, (if I could ever find one!), draped over it. Bliss! It’s never too late to embrace one’s heritage I reckon, so my Scottish dancing and caber-tossing classes start in the New Year! So a Happy New Year and Hogmanay to you! Sandra Pagan.


H OME I SSU E 1 6 | JANUARY

YOUR LOCAL INTERIORS BOUTIQUE HAND PAINTED FURNITURE • FURNITURE AND INTERIORS PAINTS FABRIC • RE-UPHOLSTERY • CURTAIN MAKING SERVICE LAMPSHADES AND CUSHIONS • BESPOKE RUSTIC FURNITURE ROOM CONSULTATION SERVICE

T EL: 0148 9 8 9 132 5 W W W .OLIVEANDTED.COM 7 B R O O K CO U R T, B R O O K S T, B IS H O P S W AL TH AM, S O 3 2 1AX

N F INE ART AUCTIO NEERS & VALUERS

MONTHLY ANTIQUES & INTERIORS AUCTION Saturday 14 January Commencing 10am

Viewing: Friday 13th 10am – 7pm and morning of sale from 8.30am

LUXURY FLO ORING SPECIALIST

T: 01962 735715

Illustrated catalogues available to view online at www.the-saleroom.com www.andrewsmithandson.com

30 BROAD STREET, ALRESFORD

Enquiries: t:01962 735988 e:auctions@andrewsmithandson.com

ENQUIRIES@EDDOLLSCARPETS.COM HAMPSHIRE, SO24 9AQ

THE AUCTION ROOMS, MANOR FARM, ITCHEN STOKE, ALRESFORD SO24 0QT

35


LEISU R E A N IMA LS ISSU E 1 6 | JANUARY

Leisure WELCOME TO MEONSTOKE TENNIS CLUB

O

ur long-awaited tennis court at Meonstoke Recreation Ground is now completed and we are ready to play. The court is a wonderful addition to the Rec, and is sited at the far corner of the ground with easy access for all. The Meonstoke Tennis Club is a new, not for profit club, and we welcome anyone who lives in our local Meon Valley villages. If you or your family are keen on tennis, or wish to learn, why not consider taking out membership? Apart from the social aspects of the game, there are enormous health benefits to playing a game of tennis, and it is a great game that all the family can get into. There are no age restrictions,

and the Club is particularly keen to encourage younger members to play. We are hoping to arrange tennis lessons, including Mini Tennis for the Under 8s and family-friendly sessions for Members. To provide the ongoing costs of the court, yet hopefully be affordable to all our residents, the subscription will be £25 per family per year. There is also a ‘oneoff ’payment of £10 for a key to the court. For details of how to join us, please visit our website: www. meonstoketennisclub.com, where Membership and Booking Forms are available.

Animals

SHIELD VETERINARY CENTRE LTD

C

elebrating 30 years since “Putting up his Plate” was a wonderful excuse for David Frere-Cook to initiate an “Open Day” at Shield Veterinary Centre, last October. The nursing staff, enthusiastically lead by Head Veterinary Nurse, Sarah Small RVN, masterminded a very client orientated and friendly selection of exhibitions, ranging from some live animals in the kennels, including a very handable Royal Python snake, to challenging radiographs of various species and a “guess the weight” quiz. Whilst allowing the public to see behind the scenes, it also enabled us to show off the range of facilities and equipment currently used in a busy Tier 2 Nurse Training Practice. X-ray machines, ultrasounds and endoscopes are but some of the tools used to support and compliment good clinical practice in both medicine and surgery. Before the Practice opened on 14th September 1986, Bishop’s Waltham had never had its own Veterinary Practice and residents relied on travelling to Practices in neighbouring towns and the RSPCA van, which visited once a week, for the

36

veterinary care. The very first client, who telephoned for help the night before we opened, remains to this day, a wonderful, loyal client (albeit with another generation of pets), and many other families are now into their second and even third generation as clients, with another tribe of much loved pets. It is the feeling of family and community, combined with a modicum of competence, which has made the last 30 years both a success and a pleasure, and for that, it is to our clients that we must say a huge “Thank You”. Training and qualifying over 20 nurses, nurturing numerous New Graduates into their Veterinary careers and marvelling how our team of Receptionists remains competent and calm, remembering innumerable pets’ names, whilst answering the phone and battling with a computer, creates a very warm feeling and happy atmosphere. We don’t plan to change the recipe, but continue to build upon it in both our professional and client-oriented services. Shield Veterinary Centre Ltd Tel: 01489 896734 www.shieldveterinarycentre.co.uk

Calendar FRIDAY 6 JANUARY Stargazers Come and celebrate Epiphany! A musical by Roger Jones telling the story of the Wise Men and their journey to Bethlehem. Refreshments will be served. Please contact Angela Fry for more information 01489 894625. At United Free Church, Basingwell Street, Bishops Waltham - 7.30pm. WEDNESDAY 11 JANUARY Hambledon Folk Club Granny's Attic Granny’s Attic is an exciting young folk trio who perform a range of English, Irish and Scottish traditional songs and tunes as well as a few of their own compositions. 8.30pm start (doors open 8.00pm). Floor spots and guests welcome! Entry: £10.00 (£8.00 members, £5.00 under 18s and students) For reservations phone: 023 9263 2719 or email folkclubhambledon@ hotmail.co.uk WEDNESDAY 11 JANUARY BW Junior School Community Film Night Film starts at 7:30pm, doors open at 6:50pm. Tickets £3.50 per adult, £3 for concessions. Refreshments available. The chosen chairty for this month is the Bishop's Waltham Minibus. Held Bishops Waltham Junior School, Oak Road, Bishops Waltham. FRIDAY 20 JANUARY The Elves and the Shoemaker Winter Show 6pm at Jubliee Hall, Bishops Waltham. Bishop's Waltham Festival and the Forest Forge theatre company present The Elves and the Shoemaker Winter show for children of all ages. Tickets are available from 'Apple Crumble and Kitsch' £5, under 3s free. WEDNESDAY 8 FEBRUARY Hambledon Folk Club North Sea Gas Veterans of the folk scene, this hugely entertaining Scottish folk band combine guitar, mandolin, fiddle, bodhran, banjo, whistles and bouzouki with fine vocal harmonies and good humour. 8.30pm start (doors open 8.00pm). Entry: £10.00 (£8.00 members, £5.00 under 18s and students) For reservations phone: 023 9263 2719 or email folkclubhambledon@hotmail.co.uk


17 TH – 19 TH FEBRUARY

LEISU R E A N IMA LS ISSU E 1 6 | JANUARY

PRE-SPRING GALA

45379, 41312, 92212, 76017 PLUS A SURPRISE GUEST LOCO

B O O K T I C K E T S AT WAT E R C R E S S L I N E . C O. U K

Surgery Hours

CE

L E B R AT I

40

N

G

YEARS

(by appointment)

Monday - Friday: 9am - 12pm & 4pm - 7.30pm Saturday: 9am - 12pm

Open for routine enquiries between: 8.30am - 7.30pm, Monday - Friday 24 Hour Emergency Cover Provided • X-ray Lab & Surgery Facilities • Pet Healthcare Plans Pet Food, Accessories & Toys • Working Products & Treatments • Micro-Chipping Flea, Worm & Parasite Treatment • Consultations by Appointment

TEL: 01489 896734 VICTORIA ROAD

W W W. S H I E L D V E T E R I N A R Y C E N T R E . C O. U K

B I S H O P ’ S W A LT H A M

SOUTHAMPTON

SO32 1DJ

37


COMMU N IT Y F OOD & DR IN K ISSU E 16 | JANUARY

Community FLYING THE FLAG FOR WARSASH

to design a new flag to fly at the top of the tower. All of the pupils from Hook-with-Warsash Academy were invited to take part and the runners-up, and winner of the competition, were invited to the tower to see the new flag being flown. The runners-up included: Bertie E (year 4), Ffion C (year 4), Bertie W (year 1), Daisy C (year 3) and Sophie W (year 3). The winner of the competition was Francesca Nice (year 5) who was presented with an engraved clock of her own, as well as flowers kindly donated by local florist 'Warsash Bloom'. Her ultimate prize, of course, is the honour of seeing her design flying at the top of the tower in the village for everyone to see.

P

upils from Hook-with-Warsash C of E Academy in Warsash, Hampshire have enjoyed a wonderful opportunity to see the town from a whole new angle as they climbed more than 50 steps to enjoy the views at the top of the Warsash Clock Tower. The children were invited to the Clock Tower by the owners, Simon and Kerry Woodham, as part of an annual competition

Mrs Sara Willoughby, Headteacher of Hook-with-Warsash C of E Academy said, "The children were so excited when they found out they had been invited to visit the Tower. As a school we welcome links with the community and it is really lovely that the school is invited to take part in this competition every year. It is particularly exciting for the children to see a flag designed by one of the pupils flying at the top of the Clock Tower for everyone to see. Thank you to Simon, Kerry and her parents for welcoming us so warmly and making the children feel so special." For more details contact Mrs Sara Willoughby on: Tel: 01489 572393 admin@hookwithwarsash.co.uk www.hookwithwarsash.co.uk

THE FERRY RESTAURANT

THE ORIGINAL WOOLSTON FLOATING BRIDGE

Bookings now being taken for Valentines Day ÂŁ28.95 per head

Opening Times Wednesday - Saturday: Lunch: 11.30am - 3pm Dinner: 6.30pm until late

Sunday:

Open from: 11.30am Last food order: 9pm

Tel: 02380 402566 www.ferryrestaurant.co.uk THE FERRY RESTAURANT, THE ELEPHANT BOATYARD, LANDS END ROAD, OLD BURSLEDON, SO31 8DN

38


HOME SELECTION SERVICE BESPOKE STAIR RUNNERS CERAMIC FLOOR TILE FITTING FLOOR SCREED RENOVATION & REPAIRS SUPPLY & FITTING OF CARPETS, LAMINATES, VINYLS FULLY INSURED

TO GET A QUOTATION PLEASE CALL: 07796 015986


25 YEARS

SALE STARTS 3RD JANUARY

SALE

25

SALE

25L E SA YEARS

YEARS

10% OFF 10% OFF

25

F U R N I T UF URREN I T U R EW OWRO RKK TT OOP SP S A P P L IAA NPCPE SL I A N C E S

YEARS

25 BOTTLES TO CELEBRATE 25 YEARS To celebrate our 25th Anniversary, we will send you a complimentary gift of 24 bottles of wine and a bottle of Champagne when you place an order. You will also be automatically entered into a prize draw to win a Miele Countertop Coffee Machine worth £1,400*.

10% OFF FURNITURE

Please see our website for further details: searle-taylor.co.uk

WORKTOPS

APPLIANCES

Showrooms open Monday to Friday 9.00 a m to 5.00 p m . Saturday 10.00 a m to 4.00 p m .

ROPLEY SHOWROOM

WINCHESTER SHOWROOM

Searle & Taylor House, The Dene, Ropley, Hampshire so24 0bh

19 Southgate Street, Winchester, Hampshire so23 9eb

t 01962 850851

t 01962 850300 *Please see terms and conditions on our website.

Meon valley 16  
Meon valley 16  
Advertisement