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MARCH 2017 • ISSUE 18 • WWW.FORUMPUBLICATIONS.CO.UK • REACHING 18,750 READERS * BISHOP'S WALTHAM HAMBLEDON

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02 Property

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

06 Wellbeing

Looking after your health and yourself!

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

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11 Motoring

Local services to keep your vehicles running smoothly

14 Leisure

Discover local events and days out in Hampshire

16 Features

GoCycle G3, Claire Thurlow, Hampshire People, Forum Expansion, Hampshire Mum

26 Retail/Market Square

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

30 Food & Drink

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

32 Professional

From photographers to solicitors - every professional service you need

35 Home

Trades, services, designers. All you need for your home

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19 Garden

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ased in the historic market town of Bishop’s Waltham, Clear Dentistry is a dental practice on a mission to help patients understand what’s going on inside their mouths. Our whole ethos is based around showing you, the patient, that we care about you and your dental wellbeing – after all, a healthy smile is a happy smile! We have invested in the latest technology so we can show you exactly what we are seeing and we cut out all the dental speak that no one understands. This, combined with our transparent approach to pricing and honest advice, is key to making you feel at home and in control of your time with us.

speak too highly “ Iofcannot the treatment I have received ” - Mr R L Our extensive range of services are designed with one person in mind - you. We offer all the necessary and desired treatments and you'll feel right at home in our state of the art practice where you get a big say in what we do. From our exacting and comprehensive examination of your mouth to adult teeth straightening and implant placement for missing teeth, there is something for everyone at Clear, no matter what you are looking for. We all know prevention is better than cure and this is at the heart of all our treatments. The Clear Hygiene Care team offer oral hygiene instruction, fluoride therapy and regular maintenance – keeping your teeth free

from plaque not only keeps them looking great but keeps your gums, teeth and heart healthy.

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the world for me, they took such care and reassured me every step of the way - Miss M W

Of course, the best way to ensure your dental health is to start early, building a strong foundation for life. That’s why Clear Dentistry offer FREE dental care to children under 18 years of age or still in full time education. We recommend a schedule of ‘protect and prevent dentistry’ as these early years are crucial for forming good habits and spotting problems early.

“Discussions are encouraged and as a profoundly deaf person this has been invaluable to me - Mr B.S

Quite simply, Clear Dentistry put you at the heart of everything we do because we want your time spent in our chairs to be memorable for all the right reasons. But don’t just take our word for it – look at our website for some very kind words from our patient’s experiences with us: www.cleardentistry. co.uk Give your teeth some love and call us today on 01489 892240


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What's On MARCH

competition or our superb raffle, and meet your friends for coffee. 10.00 am to 12 noon Entrance 20p. Children go free. All Saints Church Hall, Hambledon Road, Denmead, PO7 6NN

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EVERY FRIDAY Bishops Waltham Country Market Your Local Country Market.Homebaked cakes & savouries, seasonal fruit & veg, homemade jams, chutneys & marmalades, seasonal plants, local free range eggs, crafts, refreshments. Held at Jubliee Hall, Little Shore Lane, Bishops Waltham, SO32 1ED. bwcountrymarket.co.uk 9.15am 11.00am.

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21 MARCH - 25 MARCH Curdridge Amateur Drama Group Presents Lord Arthur Savile's Crime By Constance Cox, based on a story by Oscar Wilde. At The Reading Rooms, Curdridge at 7.45pm.Tickets £8.50 (concessions £7.00, Tuesday only) available from box-office@ curdridgedrama.co.uk or 01489 895844.

Life in Miniature at Uppark House Visit this year as we explore the role dolls houses had in the home with our display, events and regular talks and tours. Dating from between 1735 and 1740 the dolls' house at Uppark has been described as one the two most important British dolls' houses that have survived from that era. Join us as we highlight items on our dolls house and explore the role dolls' houses have had in women's lives through the ages. Gates open 10:00. Start 11:00. End 16:30. General Admission Prices Apply. Uppark House and Garden, South Harting, Petersfield, GU31 5QR.

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11 MARCH & 12 MARCH

Great Hampshire Cake Sale in Aid of Hampshire & I.O.W Air Ambulance 9am - 4pm at St Maurice's Covert,Winchester. Come and buy delicious homemade cakes. If you would like to contribute or help, please contact Victoria Cobden: victoria.cobden@ outlook.com 07721 488953. Please support anybody could need the air ambulance at any time.

WWII Weekend Get into the spirit with our choir, 1940’s music and wartime characters or take a step back in time with our special interest tours. Event highlights include a vintage market, model boat displays, wartime board games, 1940s Vehicles, re-enactors, weapon displays and much more. Take a look on board HSL 102, a genuine RAF air-sea rescue launch from World War II. Win an hour long trip out on the Solent in our raffle during the event. 10am – 5pm at Action Stations, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, PO1 3LJ. www.actionstations.org

18 MARCH Denmead W.I Spring Fair This is always an enjoyable event. Lots of stalls to browse including books, toys, bric-a-brac, crafts, plants, and a delicious cake stall.Why not come and try your luck at the Easter Chocolate

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Hinton Ampner - Conservation in Action in the Drawing Room Meet our house team as they show us how they care for our collection.This month the team will be doing their winter clean in the South Drawing Room. Chat to them as they conserve the items in the room and show us what they use to care for the house. Gates open 10:00. Start 11:00. End 16:30. General Admission Prices Apply. Follow the normal visitor route around the house to finish with the team at work. Hinton Ampner, Bramdean, near Alresford, Hampshire SO24 0LA

Musical Evening at Stansted House Los Ladrones present concert performances in the elegant Edwardian Music Room of Stansted House of "Cox & Box" and extracts from "Haddon Hall" by Sir Arthur Sullivan. Interval refreshments included in ticket. Parking right outside The House. 7.30 pm. £10 (£8 Friends of Stansted House) from Stansted Office on 02392 412265. Stansted House,Stansted Park, Rowlands Castle, Hampshire PO9 6DX

25 MARCH Stubbington Mothers Day Handmade Craft Market Looking to find a place to buy or sell your handmade crafted items? From the Craftbox offers any artist, crafters, hobbyist or small local business that either handcraft items, or locally source their items and products, the opportunity to book a stall and offer their items for sale. Open from 10.30 am to 14.30 pm. Free Entry. Crofton Community Centre, Stubbington Lane, Stubbington, PO14 2PP

30 MARCH - 1 APRIL Soberton Players present Ladies’ Day A comedy by Amanda Whittington. 7.30pm at Soberton Village Hall, School Hill, Soberton SO32 3PF. Tickets £7. Box Office 02392 632551 or email tickets@ sobertonplayers.co.uk. Pre-theatre 2 course supper at The White Lion, Soberton and ticket: £22.95

APRIL 2 APRIL Craft Fair at Bursledon Brickworks First Sunday of the new season we open our doors again.This year we are going to be starting with a craft fair to get the season going. Entry prices include both the museum and the craft fair. Open: 11am to 4pm Special one day price: Adults £3, Children £1. Bursledon Brickworks, Swanwick Lane, Swanwick, SO31 7HB.

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25 MARCH Hampshire Craft & Gift Fair Wonderful arts & crafts and around 40 stalls offering gifts and homewares. Free Owl display outside weather permitting. Free Parking. Open to sellers from 9.30am. Space from £15 prebook only online or by phone card/debit/credit. Buyers from 10:30am to 2:30pm Entry £1 Kids Free.The Main Hall, Lockswood Centre, Locks Heath Shopping Village, SO31 6DX

23 APRIL Big Steam Up at Bursledon Brickworks The first Steam-up Sunday of the new season. All our resident traction engines and road rollers will be out in force.The museum will be in steam as well. Both the large steam engine and our small vertical one should be working away. Hampshire Narrow Gauge Railway Trust will be running their trains and inside there is the museum itself with lots of activities for children plus additional specials including craft stalls and live music. Prices: Adults = £6; Concessions = £5; Children = £4; Families = £15 Opening times: 11am to 4pm. Bursledon Brickworks, Swanwick Lane, Swanwick, SO31 7HB.


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Community PARIS SMITH LLP TUCKS INTO SUPPORTING LOCAL FOOD WITH HAMPSHIRE FARE

purpose in enabling businesses to reach their full potential and to showcase everything that Hampshire has to offer. We are driven by helping clients achieve their dreams, whatever those look like, through our technical legal knowledge or our extensive networks. Likewise we seek to help businesses and individual overcome the challenges which they may face. We like to find solutions for success.” Paris Smith will be drawing on the firm’s expertise in a range of fields including employment law, immigration law, brand and data protection as well as a range of other commercial, property, planning, and personal law advice to assist members of Hampshire Fare. The firm, which celebrates its bicentenary in 2018, is recognised in the legal directories for its breadth and depth of knowledge.

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ampshire law firm, Paris Smith LLP is joining forces with Hampshire Fare in a new partnership agreement. It is the drive and passion of the local food group to support local businesses which attracted the firm which has offices in Southampton and

Winchester, to collaborate with Hampshire Fare. Peter Taylor, Managing Partner at Paris Smith LLP, commented on the draw to work closely with Hampshire Fare: “The synergy of values and a shared sense of

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Tracy Nash, Commercial Manager of Hampshire Fare, commented: “We are really looking forward to working with Paris Smith LLP and discovering the mutual benefits we can bring to our members. Their experience and knowledge will be of advantage to so many of the different local businesses we support. We were drawn to their core values and their genuine eagerness to be hands on and do what they can to help our members.” For more information: www.hampshirefare.co.uk www.parissmith.co.uk

a way to produce high potency Alpha Lipid Colostrum. Colostrum is the pre-milk fluid produced by mammals for their new-borns. It boots their immune system into action, and boosts stem cell production. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. Shauna now leads a normal life. No more wheelchair - she is working, driving and enjoying a full and active life with her family. I had to get some! After 2 days of taking it I felt different! My giddiness and lethargy were diminishing: I felt happy, energized and optimistic. I can walk further and further with no ill-effects. There may be no cure but there is hope for us MSers and those with other chronic auto-immune diseases - IBS, Parkinson’s, Rheumatoid arthritis. Find out more at www.newimageuk.co.uk; or 07507 489 345 Words by Liz Rutherford


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Leisure

SHADES OF BLUES

FORTHCOMING EVENTS AT BURSLEDON BRICKWORKS

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ursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum has in place a wide range of events for 2017, from family fun days to a Steampunk Festival.

Open three days a week – Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday - from April through to October, the Brickworks hosts events on at least one Sunday a month starting this year with a Craft Fair on Sunday 2nd April followed by a Big Steam Up on Sunday 23rd April.

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ollowing the successful premiere of Wheeler’s “I sing, and ever shall” in November, Southampton Philharmonic Choir return to O2 Guildhall Southampton on Saturday 18 March, for a programme that will appeal to audience of all ages and backgrounds entitled ‘Shades of Blues’. English composer Will Todd’s Mass in Blue, originally called the Jazz Mass, is the perfect fusion of a traditional setting of the Mass with a variety of different styles of blues, jazz and gospel backed by a jazz quartet of piano, bass, drums and alto sax with a soprano soloist soaring over the top. Also on the programme are Tippett’s Spirituals, sensitive and affectionate arrangements of the well-known and much loved songs of the deep south of America, including ‘Deep River’ and ‘Go down Moses’. Completing the programme are excerpts from Gershwin’s opera Porgy and Bess. The opera represents one of Gershwin’s attempts to be taken seriously as a composer of major significance. The result has given us some of the greatest melodies of all time including ‘Summertime’, ‘Bess, you is my woman now’ and ‘It ain’t necessarily so’. Tickets for this concert are available now from the O2 Guildhall, Southampton box office. Visit www. southamptonphil.org for more news about the choir.

BACH: MASS IN B MINOR HOSTED BY THE WAYNFLETE SINGERS

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xperience one of Western culture's blazing masterpieces (and tick it off your bucket list). There is an opportunity to hear what is considered by many to be the pinnacle work in choral singing. Hosted by Winchester’s Waynflete Singers the concert will be performed in the awe-inspiring space of the Nave of the Cathedral on Saturday 25 March at 7.30pm. 14

“Our Big Steam Up events are always a splendid sight” said Brickworks Project Manager Carolyne Haynes, “All our resident traction engines and road rollers will be out in force. The old museum machinery will be in steam as well including our two large Wood's engines. Hampshire Narrow Gauge Railway Trust will be running their trains outside, and inside the museum itself there will be lots of activities for children, craft stalls, and live music.” In May the Brickworks will hold its first Beer Festival with the added attraction of heritage buses on site and providing a transport link from Swanwick Station. May Half-Term starts with a Fun day for children of all ages on 28th May, and on 25th June the ever-popular Country Fair returns with animals, crafts, displays and more. The weekend of 15th & 16th July sees another first for the Brickworks with a Steampunk Festival. The event will include specialist Steampunk traders selling everything from amazing devices to top hats. Live entertainment will be included both days. There will also be a Re-enactment Fair during the weekend of 7th & 8th October when everything from Roman sandals to WW2 weaponry will be on sale for re-enactment enthusiasts. Trains (24th September) and vehicles through the ages (20th August) each have special days and the Museum will also take part in Heritage Open Days Scheme on Thursday 8th and Sunday 11th September. Other Steam up days include Halloween and Christmas events. Details of all events are available on the Bursledon Brickworks website www. bursledonbrickworks.org.uk

The choir will be joined by the Winchester Cathedral Girl Choristers who will add their magic voices to the mix and the concert will be performed in baroque style with highly acclaimed, period-instrument ensemble Florilegium, under the direction of the Cathedral’s Director of Music, Andrew Lumsden. An internationally renowned line up of soloists will perform: Ruby Hughes, Robin Blaze, Andrew Staples and Benjamin Bevan will add the sprinkle of glitter to make this a stunning event. The Mass in B Minor is a monumental work and a cornerstone of choral singing. It is too long for any sacred use and what it offers is an encyclopaedia of Bach’s skills in all their colours. It is both complex and sublime offering the audience exhilaration, awe and therapy all in one evening. Booking is now open: special offer on mid-price tickets is available 2 for 1(£19.50). For more information either call the box office on: 01962 857275 or visit www.tickets.winchester-cathedral.org.uk Registered Charity No. 285107 www.waynfletesingers.org.uk


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FEATURE ISSUE 18 | MARCH

The GoCycle G3 available from Chase Cycles

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rainchild of ex McLaren F1 designer Richard Thorpe, the multi award winning British designed GoCycle G3® features on demand electric power and portability for the ultimate in personal transportation. At just 16kg the GoCycle G3 is the lighest manufactured e-bike in the world and incorporates such features as daytime running lights (DLR), intergrated dash display, torque sensing, electronic gear shifting and hydraulic disc brakes. Richard believed that an e-bike should be elegant, desirable, a joy to live with and fun. He has designed a talking point wherever it goes. The G3 is as much fun to ride without the motor as it is with it, and the versatile frame to saddle to handlebar combination allows for superior comfort levels for a wide range of body types. The low centre of gravity makes the bike agile and responsive to ride and easy to lift and manoeuvre; whether at home, on the boat or motorhome, or even at the railway station. Cleverly, the frame conceals all cables, chains, gears and sprockets so there is no oil, no mess. GoCycle can be taken anywhere. Lightweight and foldable, no other e-bike has the versatile dynamics of the GoCycle, it packs away quickly and perfectly for transit or storage even where space is tight. A bespoke front hub motor drives the front wheel whilst the pedals power the rear, allowing for lightness and better front/rear weight distribution. Similarly, GoCycle's predictive electronic gear shifting (this can be manually over-ridden) ensures you are always in the correct gear for maximum efficiency, allowing a potential range of up to 50 miles per charge. The automotive inspired daytime running lights ensure the rider is more visible to all road users, thus improving safety and confidence. Richard remarked

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that GoCycle were delighted to be leading the industry in this development. Battery level, cycling mode, speed and gear position can all be viewed from the newly designed illuminated dash which is integrated into the handlebar.

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Leisure HAMBLEDON FOLK CLUB LISTINGS SPRING/EARLY SUMMER

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ollowing a packed house for North Sea Gas in February, Hambledon Folk Club continues its Scottish miniseason this spring to be followed with a welcome return by the superb Bob Fox in May. The club is held in a small venue which, while part of its charm means space is limited - so booking is strongly advised. Hambledon Folk Club offers a friendly and intimate setting enjoyed by artists and audience alike: many performers comment on the warmth of their reception and a true folk club atmosphere. Nowadays the club features national and even international guest performers while invariably there is the traditional floor-spot session before the main act for local or visiting performers to each sing a song or play a tune or two.

Wednesday 8 March Archie Fisher

Booking Strongly Advised Of the handful of venerable folk artists still playing today who fostered the folk music resurgence in the 1960s, few are more cherished than Archie Fisher MBE. Born into a singing family in Glasgow in 1939, Archie was part of the early folk revival in Scotland, playing with and inspiring amongst others Dave Swarbrick, Robin Williamson, Ian Campbell, Barbara Dickson, Anne Briggs and John Renbourn. He achieved early fame with his late sister Ray on the BBC Hoot’nanny programme between 1962-1964 and over the years has become celebrated as singer, arranger, producer and composer. With a rich repertoire of traditional folk music as well as his own compositions, Archie’s singing is known for its lyrical qualities while his gentle style of playing well suits the folk club ambience. Archie continues to tour on both sides of the Atlantic to great acclaim and we are fortunate indeed to have him appearing at Hambledon!

Wednesday 12 April Mairearad Green & Anna Massie

Booking Advised Two of Scotland’s most talented multi-instrumentalists, Mairearad Green (accordion and bagpipes) and Anna Massie (guitar, banjo, fiddle) are a truly captivating duo, providing a highly energetic performance with an instantly warm and

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friendly stage presence. Having played alongside each other for nearly 15 years, they revel in an intuitive approach to each other's musical ideas, creating ‘music more than the sum of just two parts’ (The Scotsman) and ‘full of energy and verve … first class’ (BBC Radio 2 magazine). Mairearad and Anna have become a much-loved live act in Scotland and beyond and we are proud to present them at Hambledon Folk Club.

Wednesday 10 May Bob Fox

Booking Strongly Advised A welcome return of this superb singer. Bob is blessed with ‘one of the best voices in England’ (Ralph McTell) and is also a very talented musician. He presents a full and varied repertoire of traditional and modern songs with vitality and ebullience, creating a performance of warmth and humour. Bob is also one of a select band of talented performers to have played the part of Songman in the long-running play “Warhorse” and his act often includes a few songs from that show. As one reviewer puts it ‘velvet voice, lovely guitar work, wonderful songs, don’t miss him!’

Wednesday 14 June Ninebarrow

Booking Advised “Beautiful” (Telegraph), “Stunning”, (Maverick Magazine) “Immaculate”, (English Folk Dance & Song Society); “Exquisite” (BBC R2 magazine) are amongst the many accolades this incredible young duo have received. Representing some of the finest in the new wave of British folk music today, Jon Whitley and Jay Labouchardier who comprise Ninebarrow have already scooped several awards and are nominees for the BBC2 Folk Awards for 2017. Don’t miss them – catch them at Hambledon on their tour and be prepared for the perfect musical evening. “If Dorset were a cathedral, Ninebarrow would be its choristers” (Toby Wood).

Future Guests in Summer 2017:

Wednesday 12 July - Dan Mckinnon Fascinating Canadian singer/songwriter, storyteller, musician and historian. www.danmckinnon.ca Wednesday 13 September - Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith Superb singers and fine multi-instrumentalists www.jimmyandsidduo.com All gigs: 8.30pm start (doors open 8.00pm). Floor spots and guests welcome! Entry: £10.00 (£8.00 members, £5.00 under 18s and students) Enquiries and Booking/ Reservations phone: 02392 632719 or email: folkclubhambledon@hotmail.co.uk. www.hambledon-hants.com/HFC/whats%20on.htm


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CHRIS NUTT'S GARDENING COLUMN Supply and planting large specimen trees and shrubs Espalier, pleached and instant impact hedges All trees and shrubs carefully selected

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rowing hardy annuals is an easy way to fill in gaps and provide impact and colour later in the year in a newly planted garden. They can be sown directly into finely raked soil in the spring once the soil is warm. Here are some of my favourites to try: Nigella damascene commonly known as love in a mist, pretty flowers in shades of white, pink, mauve and blue followed by spectacular seed pods. Helianthus debilis, this form has smaller blooms than the classic sunflower but is very prolific growing to 1.2 metres so great for filling gaps towards the back of the border.

Design, landscaping and ongoing maintenance Free site visit and consultation Bosque is a trading name of Just Limegrass Ltd. Harko: 07710 502798 Tom: 07855 656984 www.bosque international.co.uk

Cosmos bipinnatus – these plants are very low maintenance and keep flowering all summer. They come in shades from pure white to deep pink, growing up to about 1 metre. Ammi majus and visnaga two lovely umbels with clouds of white flowers and delicate foliage, they grow to around 1 metre.

Jobs for the month ahead: • • •

Bare rooted roses are available to purchase and plant out now. Finish pruning any roses now before buds start to swell and grow. First remove any dead, diseased or crossing branches and then cut back remaining growth by one third, to an outward facing bud. Cut down any remaining growth on deciduous ornamental grasses and herbaceous perennials which have been left for winter interest, taking care not to damage new shoots. Cornus (dogwoods) and Salix (willow) plants grown for winter colour should be cut back hard now.

Vacancy for Plant Assistants:

Long Barn, in Alresford, is seeking individuals who have commitment, energy and enthusiasm to join our expanding plant area team this Spring. Duties would include: helping with receiving plant deliveries, plant care including watering and maintenance of displays of a large range of stock. The appointed persons will have good plant knowledge, good communications skills, provide excellent customer service and be able to work alone or as part of a small team. Hours available 10 – 25 per week with some weekend work required. The hourly rate being in the region of £7.50. If you are interested in the above position send your CV to barn@ longbarn.co.uk. Please also let us know why you would like to join us and how many hours you are available to work. Chris Nutt: Garden Designer To contact Chris call: 07765 692396 or email: chris.nutt2@btinternet.com 20

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Discover the Hamble at Hook-with-Warsash Local Nature Reserve

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lipping down the cobbled streets of Hamble-le-Rice on a misty Sunday morning, I was beginning to think a walk wasn’t so appealing, but fortified with cups of coffee, we set off for the ferry. There’s no timetable for this service, you just wait at the pontoon until it turns up. After five minutes, chugging cheerfully towards us across the estuary, is one of the smallest, and certainly the prettiest ferries, I’ve ever seen. It’s painted bright pink, providing a dash of colour when both sky and water are murky grey. Records show that a ferry has operated between Hamble Quay and Warsash Hard since the 1500s, ‘hard’ being a Hampshire term for a stretch of shore firm enough to haul in or launch boats. Back in 1598, the boatman charged a halfpenny to transport a man and his horse; today it’s just myself, my husband and a couple with a Border terrier. Frankly, there isn’t much room for anyone else. The River Hamble rises in Bishops Waltham and flows through Botley and Burlesdon, before emerging into the estuary near Hamble-le-Rice, a picturesque village renowned for sailing activities of all kinds. For those old enough to remember ‘Howards’ Way’, much of the 1980’s television series was filmed in the area. It boasts a long maritime tradition, with archaeological finds suggesting visits by pre-Roman trading ships. Centuries later, it played a role in the D-Day landings. The estuary was a hub for fishing and crabbing, and there were oyster-beds on the Hamble until 1870. The crossing takes only minutes, and we disembark beside a small concrete shelter, painted the same shade of fuchsia. This is the start of the Hook-with-Warsash Local Nature Reserve, 500 acres of saltmarsh, heathland, tidal mud-flats and woodland, accessible via a network of public footpaths. It offers three miles of shoreline, along a bumpy and sometimes squelchy path, providing an opportunity to spot wintering birds such as dunlin, black-tailed godwits and redshanks, or if you’re lucky, a kingfisher.

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We set off, walking briskly in an effort to get warm, admiring the resilience of a trio of plovers, picking over stones in the shallow, but freezing, water. Less cheerful, a solitary common gull hunches on a mossy post, ignoring a flotilla of Brent geese. With the open water of the estuary to our left and wetlands to our right, the path balances on a narrow causeway – fine today, but surely vulnerable in a storm? The power of the elements is emphasised by the number of wrecks rising from the water; an upturned barge here, another skeleton there, which might be broken spars of a fishing vessel, and somewhere, we’re told, are the remains of a World War II minesweeper. Further on, near Burlesdon, is the protected wreck site of Henry V’s warship, the ‘Grace Dieu’, and keeping her company deep in the mud, is her sister-ship, the ‘Holigost’. It’s a certainly a ghostly place, with rotting timbers stretching from the water like dinosaur bones. But life goes on. A rabble of noisy herring gulls gathers on an exposed hull, eyeing-up a brace of fishing boats anchored on the opposite bank. But it’s Sunday, and if the bully-birds want fish they’ll have to catch some themselves. We press on, pausing to watch an excited band of oystercatchers, piping to each other as they search for food on a silty bank. Thick reed beds, edged with yellow-flowered gorse, shelter a pair of moorhens, then give way to a meadow inhabited by a group of donkeys and a lone alpaca. Such a varied landscape. We’ve reached the marina where boats are dry-stacked four high, waiting for warmer times and fairweather sailors. Written by Claire Thurlow Thank you to Flickr user Leimenide for use of the photograph ‘Wreck on the bank of the River Hamble’, you can view their work at: www.flickr.com/ photos/24350382@N07/


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HampshirePeople TALKS WITH SHELLEY PRESTON, FORMER SINGER WITH BUCKS FIZZ

on a crisp December night with all the Christmas trees alight, we realised how lovely the place is. We eventually settled on Swarraton and threw ourselves into village life. It felt like we were on holiday every day! I’m a staunch believer in supporting local shops and businesses, and living here I feel completely at home – I’m a country girl at heart. Living here really puts a smile on my face.” Do you have a favourite place in the area? “It’s hard to pick a favourite, but I do love the Grange. It’s great to have such a majestic building and beautiful country estate a stone’s throw from my front door. I love Northington/Swarraton and the Candover Valley where I live now. The countryside is stunning and I enjoy seeing sheep and cows in the fields. Not to mention the wildlife – deer, rabbits, red kites and hares. And there’s cricket to boot! I feel like I’m in an episode of Midsomer Murders or Miss Marple, but without the slaying of half the village every week!”

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Shelley Preston is apologetically late and orders her favourite skinny latte with chocolate. She is most familiar as the ‘new girl’ of 1980’s pop group, Bucks Fizz, who not only won the Eurovision Song Contest, but also had a string of hit songs. How does she remember the day she officially joined the group? “Looking back it was utterly crazy. I was kept hidden in secret locations for over a month before being introduced as the new member of Bucks Fizz live on the Terry Wogan Show in 1985. It also made the BBC Nine O’clock News on the same evening. My life changed overnight!” How did she come to live in Hampshire six years ago? “My lifelong friend Alison lives here, and we’d been meeting in Alresford for coffee since 1998! My expartner and I had talked about moving out of London for a better life in the country, and were struck by the beauty of Alresford over Christmas 2008. We’d been out with friends in Winchester, and driving back via Alresford,

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What does Shelley consider to be her career highlights so far? “Well, Buck’s Fizz was huge. One highlight was reforming as the Original Bucks Fizz and performing in the 2004 ‘Here and Now’ tour. Being back in the album Top 40 in 2006 was great too, working with Cheryl and Mike, and doing all the PR stuff. We had such a laugh. Then there was Cloudfish, a band collaboration with my ex-partner, which was really special. We even once sold out Ronnie Scott’s, and Gary Kemp came along and heard our version of ‘True’. Luckily he loved it! I really enjoyed writing, recording and performing together, and I’ll always be proud of what we created together as Cloudfish.”


I’ve performed with Michael Bolton in a concert to raise funds for the children of Bosnia, and worked with the phenomenal Belinda Carlisle for over fifteen years. The Unplugged VH1 was a memorable gig. I’ve been so very lucky to have worked with, and got to know, many iconic figures in the music industry over the past few years.” Aside from those individuals, who else has influenced Shelley’s music? “How long have you got? Marvin Gaye, Rickie Lee Jones, Steely Dan/Donald Fagen, Joni Mitchell and Prince. I’m also influenced by Motown, early 70’s and 80’s funk. But I like all sorts of music and many people I’ve met along the way have had an impact. For example, I met Robert Plant when my ex-partner was his drummer, and after that I went a bit rockier with my vocals.”

So what’s next for Shelley? “The past three years have been horrific for me personally after the pain of divorce. It’s also been tough professionally to the extent that I didn’t want to sing, write or even listen to music again. My personal and professional lives were so closely intertwined that everything was a painful reminder. But I’ve learnt to accept, forgive and move on; it’s in the past and the laughter is back in my life. I’m writing again and have lots of ideas. I’ve made a demo of a new song and am starting to book gigs in small venues. I’ll be performing some new material as well as all the songs I know the fans will want to hear. I’m working at my own pace which leaves me time to devote to my son in his last year of A Levels. For me it’s not about fame and fortune, but about performing and loving what I do for a living. My mantra now is ‘always live life forward’, that’s what I living by.”

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And you also had a successful career as a session/ backing singer? “My favourite tour was with INXS. I first met them in 1986 on a TV show when they were trying to break into the UK. (Bucks Fizz were in the Top Ten with ‘New Beginning’ at that time). They were lovely guys and keen to chat. Michael Hutchence was an enigmatic performer and when he sang he held an audience in the palm of his hand. He’s been a lasting influence on my singing style. Then in 1993 I was on a world tour with The Brian May Band – Brian is amazing to work with. In 1997 I was booked for a one-off radio performance as a backing singer with Jaydee, which led to me performing on their world tour.”

As well as her passion for music, what else couldn’t Shelley live without? My son, Ben, of course, and our pets Otis and Jinx who bring such joy and companionship into our home. And I can’t live without laughter. Ben made me laugh the other day when I suggested that I’m a ‘cool’ mum. He simply said “Er, no”. I love a home full of laughter!” Talking to Shelley Preston about her life and her plans for the future, not only as a performer, but as a once again happy person, she certainly does sound ‘cool’. Gill Grant

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A quaint boutique furniture and gift shop

A PERFECT CHOICE FOR FASHION

Stockists of Frank Lyman, French and Italian labels Stockists of Rew Designer Neckwear OPENING HOURS: Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 4pm

Vintage and Painted Furniture for the Home and Garden Unique Handmade Gifts • Seasonal Gifts Locally Made Candles • Cornish Chocolate Beautiful Fresh Flowers and Plants Opening Hours: Tues - Sat: 10am - 5.30pm

Tel: 01489 570560 48 Warsash Road Warsash Southampton www.rhianfashionhouse.co.uk

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Tel: 01489 878280 www.chapellechic.co.uk Chapelle Chic • Police Station Lane • Droxford • SO32 3RF


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McCarthy's Farm Shop

Chase Cycles

Raimes English Sparkling

For all your day to day and Mother's Day gifts Winchester Road, Wickham, PO17 5HE Tel: 01329 832221 | thefruitandvegbox.co.uk

GoCycle G3 - now available from Chase Cycles. Please see our feature on pages 16 & 17.Winchester Road,Waltham Chase, SO32 2LG

Tel: 01489 893693 | nigelatchase@gmail.com

Delicious, elegant and locally grown. Available in the Naked Grape and online. Tel: 01962 732120 | www.raimes.co.uk

Peter Green

Andrew Smith & Son - Auctioneers

Mole Country Stores

Ercol Renaissance Easy Chair. School Lane, Chandlers Ford, SO53 4DG

Tel: 02380 269011 | www.petergreen.com

Fine Art, Antiques, Interiors & Collectables Auction Tues 28th and Wed 29th March - Commencing 10am Tel: 01962 735988 | www.andrewsmithandson.com

Mother's Day plants:Violas, Daffodils, Pink Wildflowers and more. Mole Country Stores, Fareham Road,Wickham, PO17 5DE Tel: 01329 835010 | www.molecountrystores.co.uk

Botley Mills

Wickham Jewellery

Equestrian Fencing

Small animals and accessories at Botley Mills. Botley Mills, Botley, SO30 2GB Tel: 01489 772900 | www.botleymills.co.uk

Pearl and diamond 18ct drop earings - £995 Warwick Lane, Wickham, PO17 5JN

Various outdoor buildings available. High Ridge Farm, Hospital Road, Shirrell Heath

Tel: 01329 836327 | Find us in Warwick Lane

Tel: 01329 835100 | www.equestrianfencing.com


Olive and Ted

Moda Rosa

Seasonal flowers, planted bulbs and presents for Mother's Day. Open Thursday - Sunday's. Flowers by the Bridge,West Meon GU32 1JG. Tel: 07970 280077 | www.flowersbythebridge.com

Suppliers of London Vintage Paint Company for furniture and interiors. 7 Brook Court, Brook St, Bishops Waltham, SO32 1AX

Weill Aqua Dress - £325 and Jacket - £325 35 West Street, Alresford, SO24 9AB Tel: 01962 733277 | www.modarosa.co.uk

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McCarthy's Farm Shop

Billy Goat

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

For all your day to day and Mother's Day gifts Winchester Road, Wickham, PO17 5HE Tel: 01329 832221 | thefruitandvegbox.co.uk

Ladies GEOX, Skechers and Converse, just arrived for Spring ‘Vega’ by GEOX £95 Tel: 01962 733926 | www.billygoatshoes.co.uk

Equestrian Fencing & Timber Ltd

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Botley Mills

Kiln dried crated logs, from £185 + Vat Delivered. Mixed Hardwoods, Oak & Ash. High Ridge Farm, Hospital Road, Shirrell Heath. Tel: 01329 835100 | www.eqestrianfencing.com

Designer frame for all pockets. See our main advert on page 9. 60 Botley Road, Park Gate & 26 North Street, Havant Tel: 01489 584169 & 02392 484184 | wingateopticians.co.uk

Small animals and accessories at Botley Mills. Botley Mills, Botley, SO30 2GB Tel: 01489 772900 | www.botleymills.co.uk

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Food & Drink HAMPSHIRE'S HUNGER FOR LOCAL FOOD AWARDED BY GOVERNMENT MINISTER

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ecently, representatives from local food group Hampshire Fare, Bentley Primary School and the community of Emsworth travelled to London to accept awards presented by Andrea Leadsom, Environment Secretary. The prestigious event held at the Secretary of State’s Office in London was organised by Love British Food to announce the winners of a competition run in association with The Telegraph and sponsored by the Co-op. The competition recognises the most imaginative and inclusive celebrations of British food held during the national celebration, British Food Fortnight.

During British Food Fortnight (17 September 2016-2 October 2016) Hampshire Fare collaborated with local producers to put together a day of engaging food and farming activities for the pupils of Bentley Primary School which was placed third in the competition. Raymond Blanc commented on the event held by Hampshire Fare at Bentley Primary School: “What a wonderful event for all the children at Bentley Primary School. As you know, I am a huge advocate that we teach our children, from a young age, about their food – how to plant, nurture, what to create and when, so to me, this type of event should happen in every school, at least once a year. Well done to you and I’m sure the Apple Dapple Cake was delicious!” Commercial Manager of Hampshire Fare, Tracy Nash attended the awards event with Jenny Shaylor, a parent at Bentley Primary School who was instrumental in the organisation of the event at the school. Tracy commented: “Today has been such a wonderful experience. We know how passionate we are at Hampshire Fare about local food and the work we do to engage people with the county’s food and farming. To have these efforts recognised in a national competition and to attend today’s event is a fantastic pat on the back.” www.hampshirefare.co.uk 30

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FINE ART, ANTIQUES, INTERIORS & COLLECTABLES Tuesday 28th & Wednesday 29th March Viewing: Thursday 23rd 12pm - 4pm Friday 24th, Saturday 25th, Monday 27th 10am - 4pm, and mornings of sale from 8.30am

MONTHLY ANTIQUES & INTERIORS AUCTION Saturday 11th March Commencing 10am

Viewing: Friday 10th 10am - 7pm - Morning of sale 8.30am

Illustrated catalogues available to view online at www.the-saleroom.com www.andrewsmithandson.com Enquiries: t:01962 735988 e:auctions@andrewsmithandson.com THE AUCTION ROOMS, MANOR FARM, ITCHEN STOKE, ALRESFORD SO24 0QT

GEORGE HOLLINGBERY VISITS AWARD-WINNING MEON VALLEY BREWERY

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eon Valley MP George Hollingbery has visited a local microbrewery to discuss the business climate and taste a few of the ales produced there. George went to Bowman Ales in Sheardley Lane, Droxford, to meet its owner Martin Roberts, tour the brewery and chat to the team behind award-winning beers like Swift One and Wallops Wood.

“Bowman is really now on the beer making map, both in Hampshire and further afield, and it was a pleasure to meet Martin and his team, discuss some of the issues the brewing business has and, of course, try some of the ales,” said George. “I do try and meet as many Meon Valley entrepreneurs as I can to see what a great job they are doing making excellent products, employing people and helping Britain be a world beater. In my constituency we are blessed with exciting businesses making topquality produce and I wish Bowman the very best in the future.” For more information about George, or to get in touch please visit: www.georgehollingbery.com, call: 01962 734076 or email: george.hollingbery.mp@parliament.uk


Come and see our new arrivals and find out what goes on around the farm at lambing time!

LAMBING DAYS DATES

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Saturday 1st April & Sunday 2nd April Saturday 8th April & Sunday 9th April Adults: £4.00 • Children: £2.00 FOR HEALTH REASONS PREGNANT WOMEN SHOULD NOT ATTEND THIS EVENT SORRY NO DOGS

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Community EVENTS AT THE CURTIS MUSEUM & ALLEN GALLERY Exhibitions Alton Camera Club Exhibition of Members’ Work (FREE) 18th – 30th March. The Club is celebrating its 60th year Observer Observed Photographs by Jane Bown - 5th to 28th April. Famous faces by photographer and Alton resident, Jane Bown (FREE)

Allen Gallery Events

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Workshop Silk Painting Workshop - 30th March 11am – 2pm. Join Deborah Woodland in this workshop and take home at least two items that you have made £15 per person.

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For Children Easter Make-and-Take, 11th April 11am -1pm and 2pm - 4pm. Drop in and make your very own Easter-themed creation.

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orum Publications Ltd began in November 2006 with the launch of the Alresford & Itchen Valley Forum. The concept of the magazine was to bring WILTSHIRE a fresh, exciting, high quality publication to affluent rural towns and villages within Hampshire. Providing regional news, events and items of interest. From small beginnings the magazine grew and in August 2008 Forum Publications launched its second title, the Stockbridge Forum which was an instant success; after three years the Stockbridge Forum DORSET had expanded its readership vastly and subsequently became known as the Test Valley Forum reaching homes from Romsey all the way up to the borders of Wiltshire. In 2015 we launched our third publication the Meon Valley Forum. This new title proved to be an instant success.We were delighted by the response from readers and advertisers alike. The response was so positive that in March this year the Meon Valley Forum will expand its readership again and become the Meon Valley & Solent Forum, reaching thousands of new readers between Southampton and Portsmouth. Meanwhile the founding magazine, the Itchen Valley Forum will be expanding too, encompassing Abbotts Worthy, Headbourne Worthy, Kingsworthy, Littleton and of course central Winchester. Every month the Forum magazines are filled with an exciting mix of content. We now have several dedicated writers, Sandra Pagan, Gill Grant, Claire Thurlow and Iris Crowfoot. Our writers bring interest to the magazines with their factual and amusing local articles. We also have a wealth of community and local interest news and events. Our reputation as the ‘Hampshire magazine to be seen in’ has allowed us to expand the magazines to reach a combined readership of over 56,000*. We print in excess of 22,500* magazines monthly which are either hand delivered door to door by our own dedicated delivery team or left at high footfall public places. Throughout all of the changes throughout the years we still pride ourselves in retaining our initial idea which was; ‘to provide a high quality, interesting community based publication’. There will be one more change to the magazines in the layout of the clubs and societies pages and local information pages. These will now provide just the name of the club or organisation and their contact details in the magazine. This will allow us space to add more groups and also provide a dedicated page for the group

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NEW FOR OUR ADVERTISERS Our busy website is also an ideal opportunity for advertisers to reach a huge group of additional readers who currently live outside of the delivery areas. We now have well over 2,500 unique visitors to the website every month.You can place an ad on our busy website for as little as £20pcm+VAT. So that we can cater for all advertising budgets we are also introducing a new Trading Post feature page which will allow advertisers to place an advert for a heavily discounted £30 a month +VAT for a 56mm x 56mm placement size. This feature is aimed at small independant businesses with a smaller advertising budget and is sure to be popular as is the well established Market Square.

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Community LILYPAD PRE-SCHOOL, BISHOPS WALTHAM

site to celebrate its transformation from an underused community building to a vibrant and exciting place to be. ‘Lilypad in the Park’ is an exciting venture providing 18 additional preschool places for children aged two to five, with funding opportunities promoted by Government initiatives. Our Charity run committee led team have been instrumental in bringing Lilypad in the Park to life. Lilypad Pre-School has built on its popular success from its popular success from its current base within Bishop’s Waltham Infant School to create an additional site for its quality preschool education. Working in collaboration with the Parish Council, Lilypad have hired the community building and adapted the venue to meet the growing demand for preschool education in the town.

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Winchester City Councillor and colleague Winchester City Councillor, Steve Miller, as well as many members of the community to welcome this new and positive project. Councillor Barry Nicholson, Chairman of the Parish Council, cut a ribbon and officially opened the Hoe Road Pavilion

HI-VIZ: HAMBLE VALLEY ROTARY

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amble Valley Rotary has never considered itself a ‘hi-viz’ organisation but we try to make a difference locally in our own way. Our picture this month shows the good folk of Botley NeighbourCare looking very smart in their ‘Hi-Viz’ jackets which we have provided for them out of our charitable funds. Mention of charitable funds reminds me that I promised to let you know how much we collected at Christmas 2016. The total this year was just over £4000. We were kindly assisted by Inner Wheel and the proceeds have been shared with them in an equitable fashion (at least we think it is equitable – I am now prepared for correspondence from ‘Irate, Botley’). Joking apart, we need to thank the kind people of Hedge End, West End and Botley for their generous contributions. We are always amazed by the happy faces we meet including this year a babe in arms who was at least 8 weeks old (and was doing rather better in the cold than the rest of us) and the lady who is now 32 but has been meeting

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our carol float with enthusiasm and a big smile for the past 31 years. Thank you all.

I know that many of you are interested in where the money goes and I can report that we have helped the following in recent times: • • • • •

TADIC – Teenage drop-in centre in Hedge End Curdridge Reading Rooms Second Chance Animal Rescue Botley NeighbourCare (as above) A Girl Guiding leader

This is not a comprehensive list and I will continue to give you detail in the months ahead. 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. Words by Carey Blake Hamble Valley Rotary Club www.hamblevalleyrotary.co.uk


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O Bishop's Waltham Photographic Society For more information visit: bishopswalthamphotosociety.co.uk

O Bursledon Gardening Club For more information visit: www.facebook.com/ Bursledon-District-GardeningClub-404287726428110/

O Meon Valley Active Retirment Association For more information visit: mvara.btck.co.uk

O Bishop's Waltham Badminton Club For further information visit: www.bishopswalthambc.com

O Meon Valley Carers Group For more information: Margaret: 01489 895444 on Monday between 9.15 & 13.15 for details.

O Bishop's Waltham Cricket Club For more information visit: bishopswaltham.play-cricket.com

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O The Solent Aviation Art Society For more information ring: 01490 578420

O Meon Valley Garden Club For more information please visit: www.meon-valley-garden-club. co.uk O Bishop's Waltham Gardening Club Please visit our new website at www.bwgc.org.uk.

OTHER CLUBS & SOCIETIES O Bishop's Waltham Bridge Club For more information contact: Roger Robinson: 01489 877504 or Phil White: 01489 896877. O Bishop's Waltham Gateway Club For more information please contact Vee or Brian on 01489 895767. O Bishop's Waltham Rotary Club For more information please visit: bishopswalthamrotary.org.uk. O Meon Ladies For more information please email Sarah Snowdon on: sarah. snowdon@live.com O Wickham Twinning Association For more information please contact Keith Best: 01489 891163 O Winchester & Solent Branch of the Catophilic Society For more information contact Keith Miller: 01243 865147 38

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O Zero 4 Probus Club For more information contact Malcolm Watson: 01489 891875 or 07926 925466. https:// zero4probusclub.weebly.com

O Meon Valley Bowling Club For more information Tel: 01489 891871, email: meonbowls@live.co.uk www.meonvalleybowls.org.uk

O Waltham Priory Probus Club For more information please call Janet Gibson on 01489 783386.

O Tuesday Night Badminton Club For more information: 01489 896738

65+ MUSIC & DANCE O Bishop's Bells Handbell Team For more information contact Sandy Foster: 01489 890334 O Hambledon Folk Club For more information visit: www.hambledonfolkclub.co.uk. folkclubhambledon@hotmail. co.uk O Meon Voices Choir For more information please contact Phil: 01489 579078, coundleypj@yahoo.com or Maureen 01489890335 alan@agbuckland.plus.com. O The New Music Makers SATB Choir For more information contact Lin on 023 8045 4285 or visit: www.newmusicmakers.com O Singing for Fun For more information contact Annabel: 01489 877130 or 07732 329792.

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pair of deep brown eyes is watching me, not afraid, but curious. It’s a hare, the so-called ‘common’ brown hare which, although widespread in Britain, is sadly not such a common sight these days. Our meeting is an unexpected pleasure. Negotiating a narrow country lane, we’ve paused to allow the oncoming cars to pass. In the passenger seat, I’m day-dreaming, gazing out of the side window into a colourless January field. An as yet unidentifiable crop, kale perhaps, is struggling through the frozen Hampshire clay. Then I see it: the hare, resting on the grassy margin beside a gap in the hawthorn hedge, its face tilted towards me with an expression of bold interest. It’s a handsome face, leaner and more angular than its bunny cousin, with sweeping elegant whiskers and supersensitive black nose. And what about those ears? Long and dark-tipped, they twist with the intensity of radar, alert to potential dangers. We stare at each other. I’m close enough to see the ruffle of the icy breeze through its goldbrown coat, and the white hair on its belly. I fight an urge to get out of the car and move closer, but I doubt the hare will allow that, and besides, the traffic is starting to move again. I keep watching, as the car edges forward. Through intermittent ‘windows’ in the hedgerow, I’m surprised to see that the hare is following, running parallel to the road, keeping pace easily on those powerful limbs. The hind legs are longer than the front ones, and the back feet are bigger too, enabling a 40mph sprint if pushed. Intrigued, we pull over beside a gate. The hare stops too, nonchalantly scratching its nose with a hind leg, but poised to spring at any moment. It can be a pest, of course, foraging on cereal crops and nibbling the bark of young trees, but the hare has been

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part of our landscape since it arrived with the Romans. It’s something of an enigma, turning up in both pagan and Christian symbolism. The Anglo-Saxon goddess, Eostre, kept a hare as her sacred animal, a symbol of fertility, rebirth and spring. Eager to get the pagans on-board, the early Christian church embraced this; the Easter bunny, is not so much rabbit, as hare. It seems, the creature even has its own patron saint, St Melangell, a 7th century nun who sheltered a hare beneath her skirts, safe from a prince and his hounds. Impressed by her courage, the noble huntsman gave Melangell a swathe of Welsh valley on which to found an abbey. Even earlier, Chinese mythology replaces the ‘man’ in the moon with the ‘hare’, representing immortality and new life. It’s not all good, of course, which is perhaps not surprising for such a charismatic animal. Cornish legend suggests that abandoned maidens turn into white hares and haunt their faithless lovers. The bad reputation continues with claims that a witch can escape by transforming herself into a hare, and so it goes on. And what of their legendary madness, immortalised by the ‘hare-brained’ March Hare in Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’? Mad, as in really angry, perhaps! Normally solitary, in late winter, the hare goes in search of a mate. Harassed by an over-attentive suitor, the female may retaliate by rearing on her hind legs and boxing the male on the nose. Watching such a pair lunging and sparring is quite a spectacle, as their leaps take them airborne, hot breathe steaming in the freezing air. So feisty is this courtship that it seems amazing they ever get together at all! With luck, a month later a litter of leverets will be born, concealed in a shallow scrape or ‘form’ in the ground. Our’ hare grows bored with us. Gracing us with a final, unconcerned glance, it turns a cold shoulder and bounds away across the field.


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Useful Information Emergency Services O Emergency Only (Ambulance, Fire, Police) Tel: 999 O Non Emergency Medical Services: Tel: 111 O Electricity Emergency 24hrs, 7 days a week Tel: 08457 708090 O Gas Emergency 24 hrs, 7 days a week Tel: 0800 111 999 O Water Emergency 24 hrs, 7 days a week Tel: 0845 278 0845

Police O Bishops Waltham Police Station Bishops Waltham Police Station is located on Hoe Road. Tel: 01962 841534 Fax: 01962 874201 O 101 Service For non-Emergency Services Call Hampshire Police using: 101

Citizens Advice O 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.

Councils O 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 O Wickham Parish Council Clerk: Nicki Oliver Tel: 01329 835019 Email: clerk.wickham@parish. hants.gov.uk O Hampshire County Council The Castle,Winchester, SO23 8UJ www.hants.gov.uk Tel: 0845 603 5638 42

Winchester City Council City Offices, Colebrook Street, Winchester, SO23 9LJ www.winchester.gov.uk Tel: 01962 840222

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

Schools O Bishops Waltham Infant School Oak Road, Bishops Waltham. Tel: 01489 892375 O Bishops Waltham Junior School Oak Road, Bishops Waltham. Tel: 01489 892368 O Botley C.E Primary School 52 High Street, Botley. Tel: 01489 782308 O Denmead Infant School Hambledon Road, Denmead. Tel: 02392 262717 O Droxford Junior School Union Lane, Droxford. Tel: 01489 877537 O Durley Primary School Durley Brook Road, Durley. Tel: 01489 860207 O Hambledon Primary School

Church Lane, Hambledon. Tel: 02392 632440

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

O Newton Soberton Infant School Church Road, Newtown. Tel: 01329 833161 O St John The Baptist C.E Primary School Solomons Lane,Waltham Chase. Tel: 01329 833141 O Swanmore C.E Primary School Church Road, Swanmore. Tel: 01489 894555 O Swanmore College New Road, Swanmore. Tel: 01489 892256 O Upham C.E Primary School Upham Street, Upham. Tel: 01489 860355 O West Meon C.E Primary School Church Lane,West Meon. Tel: 01730 829213 O Wickham C.E Primary School Buddens Road,Wickham. Tel: 01329 833065

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

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


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Church Services BISHOP'S WALTHAM O Catholic Church of Our Lady Queen of Apostles Sunday 5 March 09.30 Holy Mass Sunday 12 March 09.30 Holy Mass Sunday 19 March 09.30 Holy Mass Mothering Sunday 09.30 Holy Mass Saturdays 18.00 Holy Mass (Vigil Mass of Sunday) O St. Peter's Sunday 5 March 08.00 BCP Communion 09.15 Parish Communion 09.15 Informal Service in Church Hall Sunday 12 March 08.00 BCP Communion 09.15 Parish Communion 09.15 Informal Service in Church Hall 18.30 Evensong at The Blessed Mary, Upham Sunday 19 March 08.00 BCP Communion 09.15 Parish Communion 09.15 Informal Service in Church Hall 12.30 Wedding Service of Andrianne Papanastasiou and Bruce Gardener Mothering Sunday 08.00 BCP Communion 09.15 Joint Mother Sunday Service Everyday 08.45 Morning Prayer Thursdays 10.00 Midweek Communion (followed by refreshments on the 1st & 3rd Thursday)

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CORHAMPTON O Saxon Church Sunday 12 March 15.30 Evensong Sunday 19 March 10.30 Matins Mothering Sunday 08.00 Holy Communion - The Annunciation

DROXFORD O St. Mary & All Saints' Sunday 5 March 08.00 Holy Communion Sunday 12 March 10.30 Holy Communion Sunday 19 March 10.00 Informal All Age Service

EXTON O St. Peter & St. Paul Sunday 5 March 18.30 Evensong Sunday 19 March 08.00 Holy Communion Mothering Sunday 10.30 Family Service 11.15 Informal Eucharist

HAMBLEDON O Methodist Church Sunday 5 March 10.30 Family Worship and Craft Sunday for children aged 3 to 11 Sunday 12 March 10.30 Holy Communion Sunday 19 March 10.30 Worship Service Mothering Sunday 10.30 Worship Service

MEONSTOKE O St. Andrew's Sunday 5 March 10.30 Holy Communion Sunday 12 March 08.00 Holy Communion Sunday 19 March 18.30 TaizĂŠ

SHEDFIELD O St. John the Baptist Sunday 5 March 08.00 Holy Communion BCP 10.00 Parish Holy Communion Sunday 12 March 08.00 Holy Communion BCP 10.00 Family Service Sunday 19 March 08.00 Holy Communion BCP 10.00 Parish Holy Communion 18.15 Choral Evensong Mothering Sunday 08.00 Holy Communion BCP 10.00 Mothering Sunday Service

SWANMORE O Methodist Church Sunday 5 March 10.30 Morning Service with Holy Communion 18.00 Evening Service Sunday 12 February 10.30 Morning Service 18.00 Evening Service with Holy Communion Sunday 19 February 10.30 Morning Family Service 18.00 Evening Service Sunday 26 February 10.30 Morning Service with Holy Communion 18.00 Evening Service O St. Barnabas Wednesday 1 March 11.00 Eucharist & Imposition of Ashes 19.30 Eucharist & Imposition of Ashes Sunday 5 March 08.00 Eucharist 10.00 Parish Eucharist including Sunday Club 18.30 Evening Prayer Sunday 12 March 08.00 Eucharist 10.00 Parish Eucharist including Sunday Club 18.30 Evening Prayer Sunday 19 March 08.00 Eucharist 10.00 3rd@10 Cafe Church 18.30 Eucharist Mothering Sunday 08.00 Eucharist 10.00 Mothers Day Family Eucharist

18.30 Evening Prayer Wednesdays 11.00 Eucharist Thursdays 08.00 Morning Prayer Saturdays 12.00 Midday Prayer

UPHAM O Church of the Blessed Mary Sunday 5 March 11.00 Parish Communion Sunday 12 March 11.00 Family Service 18.30 Evensong Sunday 19 March 11.00 Parish Communion Mothering Sunday 11.00 Family Service with Communion

WARNFORD O Church of Our lady Sunday 5 March 09.00 Holy Communion Sunday 12 March 09.00 Parish Communion Sunday 19 March 09.00 Holy Communion Saturday 25 March 09.00 Cluster Festival Communion Mothering Sunday 09.00 Matins Saturdays (Except Sat 25) 09.00 Morning Prayer

WEST MEON O St. John the Evangelist Wednesday 1 March 19.30 Holy Communion with imposition of Ashes Sunday 5 March 08.00 Holy Communion 10.30 All Age Worship Sunday 12 March 10.30 Parish Communion Sunday 19 March 10.30 Service of the Word Mothering Sunday 10.30 All Age Worship Weds & Thurs (Except Thurs 9) 09.00 Morning Prayer


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COMMUNICATION IS ALL

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I was rinsing out a couple of tins ready for recycling when a thought occurred to me, two tin cans and a bit of string when you were a kid gave you an instant phone, how simple life was then. My nostalgic daydream was interrupted by The Husbands

usual weekly rant. “Right that’s it I’ve had it!! What’s the point of a mobile phone when you can’t get a signal in your own home!!” Stars I and II raised their eyes skyward, here we go again. The Husband threw his mobile across the table, ”I’m going out’. “I thought it was the end of our contracts and we were off to get new phones and change provider?’” I gently enquired. “ Yes but I have to call to get a code for the PAT numbers, and I have no SIGNAL!” In a flurry of scrapping ice from the Trusty Renault mark two The Husband disappeared to into the fog to locate a signal somewhere in our Market Town. Star I, being all grown up, had equipped himself with an all singing all dancing phone with a fruit logo and was not helping The Husbands karma by extolling virtues of numerous APPs and the fact that he had a constant signal. “Hey Dad even works in the shower!!” Eventually The Husband returned triumphant with the codes that were to herald the end of a years hassle with our mobiles. Mine was marginally better than the others, if I lay across the tumble dryer at a certain angle I could hear the person I called quite clearly– a miracle! The Husband was not so fortunate so had invested in a booster gadget that failed to solve the problem, he then bought another about a year ago. Only recently did he discover that it remained unresponsive because we needed to receive a to code to activate it…ah no signal of course! With a hefty slam of the dustbin lid they were resigned to the trash and we were off to our local Cathedral City in search of the new wonder provider of all things communicative. Now The Husband is not especially picky, but when it comes to customer service he has zero tolerance. Being kept waiting is a particular favourite, despite any apologies for the lengthy delay, and I quote, “Well I didn’t have a beard before I came in here!” That’s often the cue for Stars I and I to suddenly get the overwhelming urge for a Starbucks.

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So with some trepidation we entered the first mobile phone store. Some time later amid much teeth grinding when the company salesman The Husband only saw the previous week declared, ‘Sorry mate that deal’s off ’, and had clearly not read the following chapter entitled ‘But I Can Offer You This Sir’ in his training manual; I firmly guided The Husband to the store in which Star II had found his mobile nirvana. Star II and I took our seats and The Husband launched into his spiel, “I just want a phone with a decent signal so I can make calls and text people where I live- simple- not bothered about a camera, forget ruddy Facebook, I don’t want Apps or 4G….” My tin cans connected with string came into mind. Two hours later, punctuated by my little trip to The White Company, Star I, The Husband and I were equipped with three new androids and the promise of a signal from the depths of the ocean to the highest peak including our very own Market Town which previously even a satellite had been unable to locate- success! “Oh for gods sake give it to me!” Star I was busy sorting out the transfer of all our contacts and photos. Now a week later The Husband is still leaping round the lounge, “Look I’ve got a signal here and here and even over here!” Yep we know. However there is one tiny little problem, so in love with a phone that actually does what is was designed for The Husband has in fact entered the world of the APP – the very thing he swore he’d never do. He now has maps, weather, news, a torch and a fitness app that monitors the number of steps ones takes per day. The whole signal thing didn’t worry me much as I tend to be a fan of the text punctuated with a plethora of emojies. But the fitness app, (yes I now have it too), is a cause of some stress in my life. Not only are you forced to carry your phone about your person absolutely everywhere you go but at the end of the day it will tell you how you’ve done. “Sandra, I’ve 10976 steps today, how about you?” Despite me running up and down the stairs numerous times my app gives it too me straight- Be more active- aka get of your backside and move you fat old bag! That’s a bit of communication I could well do without. Sandra Pagan


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HOUNDS FOR HEROES CHARITY CURRY AND QUIZ FUND-RAISER

charity, that the hotel sponsors by providing free accommodation to the injured veterans, while they are in training with their Hounds for Heroes assistance dogs. The hotel has worked closely with the charity for the last three years. We have eight fully adapted wheelchair friendly rooms available and felt that they could be utilised to help this worthwhile charity, that does so much to rebuild the lives of injured service personnel,” said Sarah Waddington. The fund-raising evening on Thursday, 23rd March will include home cooked Indian Buffet, specially prepared by the hotel’s 2 AA Rosette Award winning team, with all the fun a quiz. The food will be served from 7pm (the quiz will start at 7.45 pm )

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he Holiday Inn Winchester is to host a second special charity fund-raising event for Hounds for Heroes, with the return of its popular Curry and Quiz night. The first event held last year raised £640 for the charity, with the funds helping towards training assistance dogs for injured and disabled men and women from the armed forces and civilian emergency services.

“The first fund-raiser quickly sold out and those who came wanted a return match and to sample our award winning chef ’s amazing Indian Buffet again. Many of those who took part said that the Curry was the best they had ever tasted!” commented Sarah Waddington, the hotel’s sales and marketing manager. “So by popular demand, we have decided to have another fund-raising event for the

SUCCESSFUL PROSECUTIONS AGAINST ILLEGAL FLY TIPPING AND BENEFIT FRAUD Mr Mooney was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment on each of the charges to run concurrently.

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Executive Member for Public Protection at Fareham Borough Council, Cllr Trevor Cartwright said: “This is a great result for the Council and sends out a clear message to everyone that we have a zero tolerance approach to fly tipping in the Borough. Fareham is an attractive place and we want to keep it that way.”

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This successful prosecution for fly tipping follows another legal success for Fareham Borough Council, this time against benefit fraud worth more than £30,000. Mr Tony Wallace appeared at Portsmouth Crown Court and pleaded guilty to 7 counts of benefit fraud. He was sentenced

The hotel’s General Manager Marc Solarz is a very keen quizer, putting the quiz together and acting as Quiz Master, he commented: “Curry and Quiz is such a winning combination and representatives from Hounds for Heroes with assistance dogs will be at the event. Our staff really look forward to the training sessions and having the assistance dogs in the hotel. It is great for us to all be part of helping to make positive changes to the lives of the veterans.” The hotel is taking bookings for the Hounds for Heroes Curry and Quiz Fund Raising Event to be held on Thursday, 23rd March 2017. Tickets will be £14.95 per head. To book call 01962 670700 or email events@hiwinchester.co.uk

to 8 months in prison. A joint investigation by Fareham Borough Council and the Department for Work & Pensions found Mr Wallace had dishonestly failed to declare that he was working whilst claiming Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit, Council Tax Support, Employment & Support Allowance and Job Seekers Allowance based on no income. The amount of these overpayments totalled £30,207.73 covering the period 19 January 2012 to 8 June 2014. Executive Leader of Fareham Borough Council, Councillor Seán Woodward, said: “This case is a real success for the Council's benefits investigation team, whereby they have recovered thousands of pounds of taxpayers' money. If you have any suspicions about benefit cheats please get in touch with the Council using our fraud hotline 01329 824667, I can guarantee all information is treated in the strictest confidence.” www.fareham.gov.uk


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UNIQUE EVENT SAW £15,000 AWARDED TO LOCAL PROJECTS

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inchester City Council invited local voluntary and community groups to apply and pitch for money in a Dragon’s Den-style event. Nine out of the 18 applicants were shortlisted to pitch to seven ‘dragons’ on Thursday 2 February. The dragons were a panel of people made up from a variety of community interest backgrounds. £15,000 was distributed to local projects by the panel of dragons at Winchester City Council’s first unique Funders’ Den. The event

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was supported by Community First Winchester and co-funded by Tent on the Green and Winchester City Council. Winners on the evening were KIDS, they provide a wide range of support services to disabled children, young people and their families. KIDS pitched for funding to enable the training of young facilitators in the Winchester area. Cllr Steve Miller, Portfolio Holder for Estates & Community Grants said “Local voluntary organisations were able to walk away with their grant award on the night. Organisations networked and learnt about other group activities in our district. WINnovation is one of the many ways in which we award our grant monies throughout the year.” Steve Abley, Director of Burn 24-7 Winchester, Tent on the Green and Burn 24-7 UK Local Initiatives. Musician and Missionary said “It was a real honour to be part of a new face-to-face grant award process rewarding innovation and creativity. Both the Burn 24-7 Winchester and Tent on the Green organisations are looking for ways to actively increase the amount given by Christian believers in the city into such projects.” Melissa Fletcher, Funding & Development Officer, Winchester City Council said “This funding stream generated a lot of interest and is a unique and interactive way to award our grant monies. It was fantastic to see that people were genuinely pleased when their pitching efforts were rewarded.” Find out how the Council can help your organisation with a grant www.winchester.gov.uk/community/grants

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ioneering East Hampshire District Council is again planning to set itself apart from other local authorities in the country by cutting its share of Council Tax instead of putting it up. If approved, the 2.6 per cent cut would be the council’s second consecutive Council Tax cut, following a 2 per cent reduction last year. And EHDC has also announced its commitment to a third cut for 2018/2019 which will bring its share of Council Tax down to the lowest level since 2006/2007. The move would leave £170,000 in the pockets of the district’s Council Tax payers and is part of

the council’s strategy to become financially independent. EHDC Leader, Cllr Ferris Cowper, said: “We are proposing to reduce our Council Tax at a time when nearly all local authorities are increasing their charge by the maximum amount allowed by Government. East Hampshire District Council has stated its ambition to bring Council Tax down to zero and is committed to making itself free from reliance on Government grant. This latest cut, and the promise to make further tax cuts next year, backs up this commitment with positive action.

WINCHESTER DISTRICT SPORTS AWARDS The Sport and Physical Activity Alliance (SPAA) organised its ninth annual awards ceremony hosted by Kevan James from BCC Radio Solent complemented by an inspiring opening talk from Mandy Hickson, the SPAA ambassador.

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An outstanding 97 nominations were made across the categories before the judging panel whittled down the submissions to select the winners. Awards were handed out on the night by Cllr Jane Rutter, the Mayor of Winchester, along with the category sponsors. The assembled crowd of 250 were also treated to a jaw-dropping dance display by Winchester Wolves from the University of Winchester Dance Squad. Pete Leamore, Chair of the SPAA, said “The Winchester District Sports Awards

“We have shown it is possible for councils to make their own money, without increasing the tax burden on their residents and without cutting services.” The council has been able to make the cut thanks to the success of its business strategies and its property investments. Council departments have been marketing their services to other authorities and local organisations to bring in extra income. EHDC’s Planning Services, Community Team, Communications, Programmes, Neighbourhood Planning and the regeneration team, RegenCo, are expected to make a collective contribution approaching £1m. The council has also bought six high-quality commercial properties since 2013 totalling £12.5m, the latest being the Iceland store on Alton High Street. These properties generate approaching £850,000 in rent every year, around £700,000 more than could be gained through interest on cash deposits. If agreed by Cabinet on Tuesday 14 February, the proposed cut will be put forward for approval by Full Council on 23 February. If accepted it will make EHDC’s share of Council Tax for a Band D property £131.11, down from £134.55. Contact East Hants District Council: Tel: 01730 266551 - Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm www.easthants.gov.uk Penns Place, Petersfield GU31 4EX

are a fantastic way to celebrate the amazing achievements and commitments made by our sporting community. Those who have been involved in this evening should be incredibly proud of what they have accomplished over the past 12 months. Thank you to everyone who attended and I wish you all the success in 2017.” Cllr Lisa Griffiths, Portfolio Holder for Health & Wellbeing, said “It’s great to be part of such an inspiring evening. The high number of nominations highlights the calibre of sporting talent within the district as well as the dedication of coaches and volunteers who work tirelessly behind the scenes – congratulations to everyone involved.” For further information about the event, including award sponsorship or future nominations, please contact Calum Drummond, Sports Development Manager at Winchester City Council on 01962 848329 or email cdrummond@winchester.gov.uk.


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