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Meon Valley & Solent

FORUM Exclusive Spring Garden Feature Hampshire Garden Festival

The Forum talks to Mark Porter Chairman of the National Garden Scheme Nature Writer Claire Thurlow Local Open Gardens Cover image by Julie Hepenstal - ‘On Butser Hill, Queen Elizabeth Country Park’ © • www.juliehepenstalart.co.uk

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Welcome We hope that our new readers throughout the Solent are enjoying reading the magazine. With spring now upon us our thoughts turn toward the garden and outdoor living. We are lucky in the Meon Valley and The Solent to have a wealth of businesses here to help you create that perfect outdoor space! We have had lots of positive feedback from our new delivery areas and plan to carry on expanding our readership throughout the year. If you would like to feature something in our magazine simpy email: editor@forumpublications.co.uk and we will endeavour to include it for you. Don't forget that The Forum is also available online! Our website has all three Forum magazine areas for you to read. It also features a local information section that has all of the local clubs and societies in detail. You can also find us and follow us on:Facebook Forum Publications @Forumpub Instagram Forumpublications Twitter Forum Publications @Forum_Magazines We pride ourselves on being a community focused magazine and strive to be as inclusive as possible.Your support is always valued and appreciated! Enjoy reading...

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The diverse theatre, music, arts and crafts, of Hampshire

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What's On APRIL

9 & 30 APRIL Special Sundays at Bursledon Windmill: Green Man With spring in full swing, we are celebrating with two Green Man inspried Special Sundays. Come along and create your own Green Man, and explore the site as it starts to come to life again after the winter. Please note, there is a small charge for craft materials.Tel: 02380 404999 Bursledon Windmill,Windmill Ln, Bursledon SO31 8BG

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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.

1 - 23 APRIL Wild Egg Trail at Marwell Our Wild Egg Trail runs throughout the Easter holiday, creating egg-tastic fun for all the family. Locate all the eggs around the zoo to complete your trail and reveal the missing word. Plus, don’t forget to post your slip at the membership cabin for the chance to win an egg-cellent annual membership for two adults and two children! Visit over the Easter bank holiday weekend to meet the Easter Bunny in his burrow. Find him at Marwell Hall to collect and enjoy a FREE chocolate egg. Meet the Easter Bunny in his burrow at Marwell Hall from 11am-4pm, 14-17 April. Marwell Zoo,Thompson’s Lane, Colden Common,Winchester, Hants SO21 1JH

Birds at Bursledon From 11am - 3pm. It's springtime and the birds are busy at Bursledon. Come and see what they are up to! Live bird watching (binoculars available or bring your own), a woodland trail to follow and bird-related craft activities. Event will be held in the barn. Additional charge for Culture Card holders. Cost: £3 per child, accompanying adults free. Bursledon Windmill, Windmill Ln, Bursledon SO31 8BG

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.

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.

8 APRIL Bishop’s Waltham Museum Special Event At Bishop’s Waltham Museum (in the Palace Grounds) Bishop's Waltham.We are opening for a special event on the 8th April from 12 - 4pm, where you can have a look around the Museum, meet the volunteers and find out how you can help keep the Museum open at weekends in the summer months or welcome special group visits. 8

4pm, admission £5, children under 14 free. For more information please contact Gill Stainer on 01489 893384

MAY 1 MAY Mayday Sunrise Celebrations The start of summer in Wickham is heralded by the Mayday Sunrise Celebration. Local Morris dancers greet the dawn with music and dance and perform again in the early evening, this time joined by school childrten and several other Morris groups.The celebrations usually take place in Wickham square.

4 MAY Concert by Meon Voices Choir Meon Voices choir is holding the Spring/ Summer concert at the United Free Church, Basingwell St, Bishop’s Waltham (next to the central car park) at 2.30 p.m. A wide variety of music will sung from Beatus Vir, a 16th century choral piece by Claudio Monteverdi to Hernando’s Hideaway and Sea Shanties and other songs with the theme of water and the Summer. Entrance is free and there will be a retiring collection in aid of the Church charity. Refreshments will be served at the end of the concert. All are very welcome.

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30 APRIL Bishop's Waltham Garden Fair Wintershill Hall, Durley, provides the perfect backdrop to this family friendly Fair which, over the past 13 years , has raised over £120,000 for St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital. Over 60 stalls will be selling a fine selection of plants and shrubs, gifts, homewares and clothing. Homemade refreshments and a Hog Roast will keep you going and Cuff Billett's New Europa Jazz Band will be playing throughout the day. This year's Fair is on Sunday 30th April, 10am -

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Culture

JULIE HEPENSTAL - LOCAL ARTIST

textures using restricted but exciting colour themes concentrating on tonal values and texture within those colours. My influences come from where I live in Hampshire and the surrounding scenery, walking in the Lake District, holidays in Cornwall and Alfred Hitchcock films. For the past thirty years I have combined producing pieces of my own work with teaching. I have sold my own textile designs, illustrated fashion magazines, sold designs for cards and calendars, designed book covers and have had a wide range of commissions. I have exhibited in the Links Gallery in Winchester, the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester, Market Street Gallery in Alton and Rum’s Eg in Romsey.

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he inspiration for my paintings comes from colour, it excites me and this combined with patterns and texture is my starting point when I begin a painting. I like to paint a variety of subjects including still life, figures within settings and as nature provides a great source of inspiration – landscapes and seascapes. I work in my studio from sketchbook observational drawings and photographs that I have taken and I mainly use mixed media in an effort to obtain texture and depth in my paintings. I try to capture a mixture of a moment in time combined with interesting patterns and

TWO WILDLIFE ART EXHIBITIONS IN APRIL

Winter Sun, Micheldever Woods I have framed limited edition prints for sale in River Cottage, The Patisserie on the Bridge, Mollys Den, Earl of Sandwich and Rawberry all in Winchester. Also in Nosh Cafe, Four Marks, The Sandwich Shop in Alresford and Cuppacheeno in West Meon. www.juliehepenstalart.co.uk Drawn to Nature exhibition at Gosport Gallery, Gosport Discovery Centre, Walpole Road, Gosport PO12 1NS. Then from 10am to 4pm on both April 1 and 2, Clive’s work has been selected for the Wildlife & Wilderness exhibition at Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, 3 Britten Road, Lee-on-the-Solent PO13 9JU. “This exhibition is the brainchild of Jean Hedley, who administers the Richard Hedley fund, which raises money for the Hampshire and IOW Wildlife Trust,” explains Clive, who was Wildscape Magazines Wildlife Artist of the Year in 2010. “I was invited along to help mount a weekend exhibition to raise funds for the trust to be able to employ a trainee to carry out an ecological study for a year.” Both exhibitions are free to enter and all work is for sale. Clive adds: “I have been busily working on new pieces incorporating imitation gold leaf and also 24 carat gold leaf.

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he work of a prominent wildlife artist features in two Hampshire exhibitions in March to the end of April. Warsash based Clive Meredith was a finalist in the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year from 2010 to 2013 and his graphite and oil work will be exhibited until April 29 in the

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“They are unique as I believe it’s not possible to reproduce artworks featuring gold leaf. My aim has been to bridge the gap between ‘serious’ wildlife art and decorative art and hopefully appeal to those who may not initially be disposed towards purchasing wildlife art.” For more information contact Clive on: Tel: 07841 593694 Email: clivemeredith1964@btinternet.com Web: www.clivemeredithart.weebly.com


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Culture INSPIRED BY THE WORD

Artists Penny Burnfield, Liz Clifford, Wendy Couchman, Gaynor Goffe, Caroline Webb, Susan Wood www.petersfieldmuseum.co.uk

Petersfield Physic Garden 4 April – 30 September

Petersfield Physic Garden is a private garden, created in a 17th Century style, which is open to the public without charge, providing a green oasis in the centre of the town. There is a topiary walk, a knot garden, an informal orchard with wild flowers and a rose arch, which provide the perfect setting for the artists’ works. Artists Lisi Ashridge, Mark Evans, John Neilson, Jo Sweeting www.petersfieldphysicgarden.org.uk

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n exhibition by contemporary artists celebrating the literature of Hampshire writers – Jane Austen, Edward Thomas and Gilbert White. Winchester Cathedral, Gilbert White’s garden at The Wakes in Selborne, Petersfield Museum’s newly refurbished gallery and Petersfield Physic Garden, Chawton House Library and the Red House Museum garden, Christchurch will showcase sculpture, letter carving and works in other media. 2017 marks the bicentenary of the death of Jane Austen in Winchester and the centenary of the death of Edward Thomas at Arras.

Gilbert White’s Garden, Selborne 1 April – 30 September

Chawton House Library 5 June – 22 September

Chawton House Library will be celebrating 2017 as a great year for women writers, commemorating not only Jane Austen, but also highlighting some of her lesser-known contemporaries. Fickle Fortunes (12 June – 24 September) will explore the waxing and waning of female celebrity, focusing on Jane Austen and Germaine de Staël – including rare first editions and manuscripts, and a letter by Jane Austen, which has never before been exhibited. Artists Nigel Boonham FRBS, Roger Stephens MRBS, Pippa Westoby www.chawtonhouselibrary.org

Gilbert White and the Oates Collections are commemorating the writings of Gilbert White with an exhibition of lettering and sculptures based on quotations from The Natural History of Selborne and Gilbert White’s poems and letters. They are on show in Gilbert’s restored 18th century Garden at Gilbert White’s House in Selborne in the landscape that he loved, substantially unchanged since his day.

Artists Geoff Aldred, Danny Clahane, Chris Elsey, Mark Evans, Ayako Furuno, Alyosha Moeran, Jason Mulligan MRBS, Tom Sargeant, Tracey Sheppard FGE, Helen Mary Skelton, Will Spankie, Roger Stephens MRBS, Richard Watts www.gilbertwhiteshouse.org.uk

Petersfield Museum 4 April – 22 April

This year, Petersfield Museum marks the centenary of the death of Edward Thomas, a poet who took much inspiration from the natural beauty of the South Downs countryside, especially around his home in Steep. His later poems relate to his experiences after enlisting and he died during the First World War on 9 April 1917 at the battle of Arras. Our featured artists have taken inspiration from Thomas’ work, his life and the landscape about which he wrote. 12

Winchester Cathedral 8 June – 30 September

Winchester Cathedral will be marking the 200th anniversary of the death of Jane Austen with a series of events celebrating the life and work of this much-loved and admired author. The artists showing at the cathedral will be focusing on Jane’s enduring commitment to the Bible through her letters and poetry, as well as exploring some of her famous clerical characters. Artists Jak Blackman, Nigel Boonham FRBS, Peter Furlonger, Robyn Golden-Hann, Giles Macdonald, Junko O’Neill, Jackie Perkins, Tom Perkins, Joy Pitts, Teucer Wilson, Suzie Zamit www.winchester-cathedral.org.uk/whats-on For more information and exhibit prices contact Rachel Bebb at The Garden Gallery rachel@gardengallery.uk.com 01794 301144


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he Hampshire Garden Festival, formerly known as the Test Valley Garden and Literary Festival encompasses all that is great about Hampshire. From Plants to Food, Practical Demonstrations to Books, this year’s Festival will provide great entertainment and a fantastic day out for all ages. Bigger and better than ever before, the Festival will be held on Sunday, 11th June 2017 at the most beautiful of locations – Bere Mill on the banks of the iconic River Test at Whitchurch. Plants and so much more The Hampshire Garden Festival 2017 will include a wide range of interesting and quite wonderful offerings so whatever your interests, you are guaranteed a truly great day out for the whole family. There really is something for everyone. For keen gardeners there are wonderful plants to buy from an array of plant stalls manned by passionate plants people. The vastly experienced Helen Yemm will host a Gardeners’ Question Time where all your horticultural questions will be answered and lively debate will abound. There are talks and lectures on all forms of horticulture and gardening as well as wonderful displays of garden accessories, equipment and art which you can buy and take home to your own garden. Gardeners’ Question Time One of the highlights of the Hampshire Garden Festival will be a ‘Gardeners’ Question Time’. Chaired by well known Daily Telegraph Gardening Correspondent Helen Yemm (Thorny Problems). Helen is a writer, lecturer and author of ‘Gardening in your Nightie’ – she is Sussex based and passionate about small gardens, having created a pint sized beautiful garden in East Sussex. Also on the panel are high profile and popular garden personalities that include Pippa Greenwood, the Hampshire based author, TV and radio personality, regular contributor to BBC2’s Gardeners’ World and BBC Radio 4 Gardeners’ Question Time. Pippa is passionate about growing your own vegetables and herbs. In addition we have Rosy Hardy of Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants. Winner of 21 RHS Chelsea Gold Medals, Rosy designed the Brewin Dolphin show garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2016. She focused the design on the River Test and called the garden ‘Forever Freefolk’. Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants will be exhibiting at the Festival. Demonstrations and workshops At the Hampshire Garden Festival our aim is to inform and inspire you. We have a range of free practical workshops and demonstrations that range from Willow Weaving to Hurdle Making, Butterfly Conservation to Tree Surgery. And for budding foragers, we even have a Fungus Identification class! Food and tasteful delights Enjoy our wide selection of food stalls taking in the widest selection of delights and tasteful wonders. Learn how to prepare great dishes for all the family. Meet expert chefs and learn about healthy eating as well as devilish delights. Books for all Literature and books have always been part of our Festival and this core theme continues in 2017. We have a wide selection of book sales for you to browse and select from as well as fascinating talks and

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lectures. Why not come and meet an author and explore how books can open up a whole new world of experiences? Learn about how poetry can expand the mind and reach hidden depths. Entertainment for the whole family The Festival has always been a great family day out and kids love the array of fun activities. Come and enjoy the music and spirit of Hampshire at its very best. It will be a wonderland of fun for the kids! From Alan Titchmarsh The Hampshire Garden Festival encompasses all that is good about Hampshire. It is a county rich in culture, history, art and literature. A landscape of beautiful countryside and, of course, gardens. Plants and flowers provide that vital connection with nature and our gardens are a refuge for wildlife and an escape from the hectic world we live in. But gardens are about those who create and tend them and I have always found that gardeners are people with real heart. They are people who care. Caring about nature and caring about each other is what really counts and that is why the Hampshire Garden Festival is such a wonderful event. A Festival organised to support a very worthy cause – The North Hampshire Medical Fund – that really does make a difference. From the North Hampshire Medical Fund The North Hampshire Medical Fund is very grateful to the Hampshire Garden Festival for their fantastic support. On behalf of the patients, staff and all of the board of Trustees say a very big thank you for amazing work supporting the charity. All the money raised goes towards the much needed hospital equipment which benefits the patients of Hampshire. About Bere Mill The Hampshire Garden Festival will be held at the beautiful Bere Mill on the banks of the iconic River Test at Whitchurch. This 18th century water mill is surrounded by contemporary gardens, water meadows and a farm which, worked on traditional lines, produces rare breed beef and lamb. A renowned stretch of the Upper Test, famous for its trout fly fishing, runs through the garden. The Saxon mill was the original paper mill for Portals, the company which first supplied paper bank notes to the Bank of England in 1718. Since 1993 it has been the family home of Rupert and Elizabeth Nabarro. The garden is open for the National Garden Scheme and for visits by gardening parties and groups. beremillfarm.com Ticket prices

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Garden OPEN GARDENS IN APRIL

Swanmore - Sunday 30 April

On the edge of the Meon Valley our delightful village will be opening its gardens to visitors in April. Arrangements will be as before - wonderful gardens, plants & refreshments with delicious homemade cakes. All this for less than £1 per garden including free Park & Ride. Gardens vary from small & intimate to large country house, There will be plants for sale & a plant creche will avoid the need to carry them around - just give them to the minibus driver and pick them up when you leave. Tickets available from 12:30pm at The Paterson Centre, gardens open 1-5pm. For those interested in walking or cycling a typical route round the gardens is under 4 miles & use the hop-on-hop-off minibus if you get tired. The gardens will also be opening 22/23 July. To find us just follow the OPEN GARDENS arrows from adjacent villages. Proceeds split 50:50 between Rowan’s Hospice & St Barnabas. Tickets available from 12:30pm at The Paterson Centre SO32 2PA. Gardens open 1-5pm. Day Ticket £6 per adult including Park & Ride, accompanied children (under 15) free. Enquiries: 01489 892750, jsharpe@talktalk.net or stbarnabas. org.uk. The Paterson Centre, Church Road, Swanmore, Hampshire SO32 2PA

Ivanhoe, Bishopstoke Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 April

⅓ acre wildlife friendly woodland garden.Varied planting, with bright perennials in sunny areas, ferns and shade lovers under 8 mature sycamore trees, colourful climbers, masses of spring bulbs, flowering trees and shrubs, a lily pond with fish and a small vegetable garden. Pots of heucheras, ferns, acers and seasonal flowers cluster round doors to welcome visitors. An unexpectedly tranquil haven with seating in shady spots to sit and listen to the birdsong or watch the fish in the pretty pond. Admission £3.00, children free. Home-made teas. Ivanhoe, 63 Bishopstoke Road, Bishopstoke, Eastleigh, Hampshire, SO50 6BF

Sandhill Farm House, Petersfield Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 April

Front and rear gardens broken up into garden rooms including small kitchen garden. Front garden including small woodland area planted with early spring flowering shrubs, ferns and bulbs; topiary and white garden, large leaf border and terraced area. Rear garden has mirror borders, small decorative vegetable garden, red border, and grasses border. Home of author and principal of The English Gardening School. Home-made teas. Times:14:00 to 17:00. Telephone: 07551 777873. Visits also by arrangement Mar to Oct for groups of 10+. Gardening Club bookings welcome. Sandhill Farm House, Petersfield, Hampshire GU31 5HU

Bishop's Waltham Charity Garden Fair Sunday 30 April

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If you are looking for garden storage then check out their heavy duty pressure treated timber sheds. They stock these in various sizes, and can also make up to your specification- any size can be made The onsite workshops in Shirrell Heath will make up your shed for you and they offer an installation service if required. They also offer a joinery workshop making hardwood and softwood quality driveway entrance and garden side gates,all made to your design to suit your garden or property entrance.

60+ Specialists Stalls. Ask the expert: Andy McIndoe Children’s Corner Birds of Prey Homemade refreshments Hog Roast Cuff Billett’s New Europa Jazz Band All set in beautiful grounds 10.00am - 4pm

When visiting the new store, and the newly created display area, look out for the range of garden furniture, decking, planters, wooden wheelie bin covers, log stores and much much more!

Entrance £5.00. Children under 14 free. Free Parking. Wintershill Hall, Durley, SO32 2AL

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CHRIS NUTT'S GARDENING COLUMN

GRAND DESIGNS AT HAMBROOKS

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ow we love our gardens! Last year several new gardening programmes hit our television screens. Ranging from ‘The Big Allotment Challenge’ to ‘A Potted History of the Suburban Garden’, the subject matter covered most aspects of how to make the most of our gardens. Additionally, garden design was covered by ‘British Gardens in Time’ featuring famous designers such as Edwin Lutyens. Despite his own tremendous success and reputation, it was Edwin Lutyens’ partnership with Gertrude Jekyll and her influence that led them to both create some of the most stunning landscapes and gardens throughout the UK. Gertrude Jekyll’s pioneering work in the early 20th century still has influence today on our garden designs and landscaping, proving her design principles are timeless. The garden she created at Upton Grey Manor in Hampshire in 1908 was restored 20 years ago and remains one of the most authentic Jekyll gardens in existence. Jekyll had strong ideas about structure, proportion, colour, texture and scent, but most important of all, her ‘design’ principles stayed as close to natural beauty as possible. She enjoyed both the formal and informal styles and would often mix the two, creating gardens that had separate sections yet flowed naturally from one area to another Hambrooks Head Garden Designer Mike Hodges is a keen advocate of Jekyll and says: “The importance of creating harmony and synchrony in either formal or naturalistic designs is not always appreciated and takes a good trained eye to achieve it. Softening hard landscaping with the right combination of plants is also essential, which was another of Jekyll’s guiding principles.” Many of us enjoy creating our own gardens and are happy to let a garden evolve. However, for our gardens to be a little more special, or if we really do want to create a masterpiece to bring together the house and garden in a complimentary manner, we need the talented eye of a good designer. A good designer will be able to help you make the most of your outdoor space, no matter how large or small. Also, having our gardens professionally designed is known to add value to the property so it is worth considering using the experts. Lutyens & Jekyll would certainly approve! www.hambrooks.co.uk T: 01489 779998

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ruit trees have traditionally been the domain of large gardens but in recent years there have been various innovations including miniature trees which can be permanently grown in a large pot on a terrace or in the garden. These trees have been specially grown to remain small, a mature plant being 5 or 6 feet tall, making it easy to collect the fruit and require little maintenance just the application of a controlled release fertiliser in the spring and watering as necessary to ensure the soil does not dry out. They are available as either a solo plant which is self-fertile or as a family plant which has two apple varieties grafted onto the root stock so only one tree is required to ensure pollination in the spring. The soil is now warming nicely and it is a great time to plant these excellent new trees to enjoy your own delicious apples later this year.

Jobs for the month ahead

• Prune any early flowering shrubs once they have finished flowering, including Forsythia, Chaenomeles and Ribes. • Divide Agapanthus if plants are container grown and did not flower well last summer, replant into fresh John Innes No2 and then water and feed every week once fresh growth is showing. • Summer flowering bulbs, corms and tubers such as Dahlia, Lilium and Gladiolus can be planted out now either direct into their final flowering position or into containers. • Combined lawn weed and feeds can be applied now, and then sow grass seed in any bare patches once the weeds have been eradicated. • Evergreen shrubs such as Hebe and Ceanothus can be moved and planted now. It is also a good time to clip or prune evergreen hedges and remove any frost damaged growth on evergreen plants. Chris Nutt: Garden Designer To contact Chris for commissions or advice call 07765 692396 or email chris.n@longbarn.co.uk


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Supply and planting large specimen trees and shrubs Espalier, pleached and instant impact hedges All trees and shrubs carefully selected

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Bee Creative in the Garden!

ROYAL HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY AND THE WILDLIFE TRUSTS

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LAUNCH CAMPAIGN TO HELP WILD BEES

he Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and The Wildlife Trusts have joined forces to urge gardeners to do more to help protect bumblebees and solitary bees, heroes of the pollinator world. The Bee Creative in the Garden! call comes as bees are under increasing pressure largely due to loss of habitat. In the countryside, 97% of lowland meadow has already been lost and the dramatic decrease in suitable habitats isn’t just confined to rural areas. The network of 15 million gardens that once formed ‘green corridors’ for wildlife are disappearing at an alarming rate. In London alone, vegetated garden land the size of 2.5 Hyde Parks is lost each year*. The number of front gardens that have been paved over has tripled in a decade and over five million have no plants growing at all. The charities will be arming gardeners with the advice, insights and inspiration they need to create habitats that support wild bees as they emerge from their nests in early spring to forage for food. Gardeners will be able to download a wild bee-friendly gardening guide. Wildlife events and a ‘Bee Creative’ photo competition will also be taking place from 1 April to 1 November 2017 as bees buzz during the gardener’s growing season and then look for nesting sites in autumn. Bee Creative in the Garden! is this year’s Wild About Gardens campaign – a joint initiative to encourage gardeners to create wildlife havens for the many, once-common, native animal species. Helen Bostock, Senior Horticultural Advisor at the RHS said: “A healthy garden is buzzing with bees and other pollinators.

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By providing nesting sites and growing nectar and pollen rich flowers gardeners can and do support a wide variety of bumblebee and solitary bees.” Ellie Brodie, Senior Policy Manager, The Wildlife Trusts, says: “Anyone can take action to help wild bees whether you have a wall for vertical planting, window box, or back garden. It’s easy to plant a bee haven and fun choosing between bee-friendly beauties such as borage, foxglove and honeysuckle.” The wild bee-friendly gardening guide, ‘Get your garden buzzing for bees’, is free to download and contains lots of facts about the different species of wild bee, their lifecycles and how they nest, as well as practical steps gardeners can take to help them. It is available to download at wildaboutgardensweek. org.uk from 27 March. Enter our Bee Creative photo competition! Gardeners, gardening groups and schools are encouraged to share how they’ve welcomed wild bees into their gardens by posting a picture on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram – using the hashtag #wildaboutgardens and the category being entered – of their bee-friendly area, whether that be a tailor-made bee home, a flower-packed border or a wall that bees have made their own. A list of the wildlife gardening events taking place can be found at wildaboutgardensweek.org.uk from the 27 March – please note that more will be added as the season progresses. Our Bee Creative in the Garden! campaign will culminate in Wild About Gardens Week which will run from 23 - 29 October. This will be a fun-filled week of special activities focused on how to help bees survive the winter ahead.


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For over 25 years we have built a reputation that is second to none with an emphasis on quality and value for money which is evident to all who visit. Lawns and hedges within the garden centre create a fresher greener feel, helping to make a delightful shopping experience. Whilst we grow as many of the plants ourselves as we can, we also buy in some products from specialist nurseries in order to offer the most extensive range possible.supports, ornate arches, obelisks and much more.

From the bare necessities to garden makeover accessories and structures, our gardening products are just the job for your garden projects We stock a wide range of soil and compost to suit all plant types, plus all the essential gardening equipment you’ll need to get growing. To maintain a healthy garden we also have a variety of fertilisers & lawn feeds, weedkillers, pest control solutions & repellants. Our garden sundries department has practical and decorative products to enhance the natural beauty of your garden, including garden edging, bark and gravel, artificial grass, wooden planters and bridges, trellis supports, ornate arches, obelisks and much more.

We always have in stock a wide and changing selection of plants, shrubs & trees. We grow many of the plants ourselves on the land just beyond the garden centre boundaries & also at a nearby growing site – namely alpines, bedding & patio plants, perennials, shrubs and conifers. To provide our customers with the most extensive range possible we also buy in stock from reputable growers both locally and as far afield as the Netherlands & Italy – specimen plants, olive trees, ornamental grasses, climbers, buxus (box) hedging and topiary, evergreens, roses, heather, fruit & vegetable plants, herbs and more.

Opening Hours (incl. Easter & Bank Holidays) Monday - Sunday: 9.00am - 5.00pm


Relax and enjoy a break from browsing in delightful surroundings! Our outdoor seating area is the perfect place for cake & a cuppa during warm weather; soak up the sunshine or cool down in the shade of the trees with an ice cream and admire the views across the nursery. Our indoor seating area is ideal for all weathers as it is situated in the centre of the main greenhouse so you can surround yourself with the beautiful scents of the season as you enjoy your drinks & snacks. Open every day 9am – 4.30pm

A superb range of gorgeous gifts and decorative home accessories Inhale the welcoming scent of candles & fragrance in your home, be pampered by Heathcote & Ivory or spruce up your living space with our collections of wall art, clocks, vases and ornaments. Home Decor • Wall Art • Clocks • Yankee Candles Heathcote & Ivory • Gift Vouchers

Tel: 01329 834407 • mudislandgardencentre.com

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Mark Porter, for the love of Gardening THE FORUM TALKS WITH MARK PORTER - CHAIR OF THE NATIONAL GARDEN SCHEME CHARITY (NGS) FOR SOUTH EAST ENGLAND

with climbing roses in the summer, an idea gleaned from a visit to Hidcote, one of many gardens that inspired them. Then in February 2007, Mark and Jackie opened a small part of the garden to the public – a meander through a spring carpet of snowdrops- in aid of PCaSO, a charity for prostate cancer support. A couple of years later a friend suggested they opened their enlarged garden for the National Garden Scheme. What followed was a stringent assessment by the NGS, who decreed that the lawn was not up to standard! But by 2009, aided by gardener Brian and after a lot more physical work and planting, the garden was approved and opened to the public under the NGS for the first time. Not only has the garden grown, but so has its popularity. On NGS open days Mark and Jackie may welcome as many as two hundred visitors. This year the NGS celebrates 90 years of opening gardens for charity, raising £200,000 last year in Hampshire alone.Visitors come from as far as Devon and Wales to visit the garden, sampling tea and locally-made cake in the barn where the stables once stood. In early spring there’s a woodland walk through varieties of snowdrops, English crocus and hellebores, with a connecting bog garden and wildlife pond. Passing a statue of an elegant lady reading, you find yourself in a sunken garden beside a pond and fountain, with a quiet seat to contemplate this secret space.

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hey say a change is as good as a rest and I think Mark Porter would agree. The change in his life was certainly radical. Formerly CEO of the European division of a global IT company, Mark took early retirement and turned designer, horticulturalist and joint-creator of a three-acre garden with his wife, Jackie. The couple has lived in Hampshire for over thirty years, and it was in 2001, when they moved to The Down House in Itchen Abbas, that they discovered the major project they’d been looking for. This labour of love subsequently led to Mark becoming Regional Chair of the National Garden Scheme charity (NGS) for South East England. His passion for sharing his enthusiasm for horticulture earned him a seat as a Council Member for the RHS and, more locally, Mark has been Chair of the gardening club, The Valley Gardeners, for nearly seven years. Mark showed me an aerial photo of their home from that time which clearly illustrates the staggering amount of work they have done to both house and garden over the years. He remembers well the night when a storm demolished the old stable block. Back then, the garden was just a field which had been used for grazing. Mark and Jackie started creating the garden by constructing a sunken ‘room’ with a surround of oak posts and rope, which are festooned

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From there, wander along an avenue of yew hedges toward the main lawn bordered by hornbeam, to the well-tended ornamental, vegetable garden. Further on are 150 grape vines close to the house, with glimpse of another thousand vines planted in the meadow beyond with help from Alresford Rotary. In 2015 Mark and Jackie produced 400 bottles of The Down House wine. For me the most striking part of the garden is in the bottom meadow where the garden meets the Pilgrim’s Way and eventually the River Itchen. Two large curved borders have been planted with willow and dogwood which in March provide an incredible display, their tall, leafless branches coloured black, purple, amber, golden yellow and parchment. The cuttings from these plants are quick and easy to grow and Mark often distributes them to friends and neighbours. Turn away from these colourful borders and you are presented with perhaps the most striking image in the garden, two groups of white-barked birch trees. They stand in stark contrast to the green of Hampshire, but far from looking out of place, they take on an almost spiritual resonance. One is so tempted to sit amongst them, as Mark and Jackie often do but only after Mark has gently scrubbed the bark to ensure no algae or lichen ruin the white colour! The Down House Garden is next open for the NGS on 3rd September 2017 including ‘Walks and Talks’ and wine tasting. Full details of this and the other 140 open gardens in Hampshire can be found at www.ngs.org.uk Written by Gill Grant


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y friend, Karen, had been ‘spring cleaning’ her garden. A winter coat of moss had accumulated on the small deck, making it as slippery as an ice-rink, so she set to with scrubbing brush and bucket of water. Unfortunately, her hard work revealed the rotten wood beneath, so she called in her builder friend to get rid of the thing before someone took a tumble. ‘I never liked it anyway,’ Karen said cheerfully. ‘I think the previous home-owner was a big fan of ‘Ground-Force!’ After a morning of ripping up decrepit timbers, the builder suddenly stopped. ‘I think you’ve got a lodger,’ he shouted. Lying low under the remains of the deck, snug against the house wall, was a large toad.With its greeny brown skin it was well camouflaged in a pile of logs and windblown leaves, only noticeable when it crawled a pace or two. Its eyes glowed like copper in the dim light, and the warty skin looked positively prehistoric. As a predator the toad is relatively small, at around 15cm long, but it can tackle a slow worm or a small mouse, as well as slugs and bugs. ‘I suppose it was hibernating.’The builder scratched his head. ‘Looks like it’s going to be evicted now.’ ‘No, wait!’ Karen looked around her modest garden. ‘There must be somewhere we can re-house him.’ ‘Him?’ ‘Toady. Give me a couple of days; I’ll find something.’ Karen’s toad isn’t unusual in choosing a home without a pond or stream in sight. It seems that ‘bufo bufo’, to use the scientific name, only seeks a large expanse of water during mating season. Depending on the weather, they can emerge from hibernation as early as January if conditions are mild. Mainly nocturnal, they do enjoy a daylight wander after a spot

of rain, but Toady seemed reluctant to go anywhere. This is a good thing. Spring can be a dangerous time, particularly at dusk, as toads set off on the annual pilgrimage to the breeding ponds, risking life and limb evading cars and vans on country lanes. Luckily for the toads, many have guardian angels in the shape of toad patrols, whose volunteers, equipped with hi-viz vests and torches, scoop the amorous amphibians into buckets and carry them to the safety of the pond. Once they’ve reached the breeding ground, the fight to secure a mate begins. If successful, the female lays long strings of eggs, as many as 20,000, in the weeds at the water’s edge and in around two weeks these hatch into tadpoles. If they can avoid being eaten by predators such as fish, birds and frogs, the tadpoles will gradually lose their tails, and develop into adult toads.Their knobbly skin carries a foul-tasting toxin which deters predators, although some, like wily otters, have figured out how to detach the toxic parts. Karen limited her toad rescuing efforts to one particular specimen.Thanks to the wonders of the Internet, she tracked down a dark green, ceramic ‘toad house’ for next-day delivery, and installed it in a dark, damp corner of the garden under a large hydrangea.When push came to gentle prod, and the remnants of the rotten deck were gingerly removed,Toady scuttled off in disgust – making a beeline for his new home on short, sturdy legs. Meanwhile, Karen’s boyfriend, Mike, had been tidying up his own garden and was delighted to discover a toad of his own. It had taken up residence in a soakaway by the garage, and was surrounded by fat, juicy slugs. ‘I got rid of them all’, he said. ‘I can’t have my toad living in all that mess.’ ‘You realise that was probably its larder you tidied away?’ Karen said. ‘You’d better go and find it some more slugs!’

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Clubs & Societies 65+

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

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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.

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

O Zero 4 Probus Club For more information contact Malcolm Watson: 01489 891875 or 07926 925466. https:// zero4probusclub.weebly.com O Waltham Priory Probus Club For more information please call Janet Gibson on 01489 783386.

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O Swanmore Lawn Tennis Club For more information please visit: https://clubspark.lta.org. uk/swanmorelawntennisclub or contact: sec@swanmoretennis. co.uk. O Tuesday Night Badminton Club For more information: 01489 896738

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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Rotary started on the Polio eradication trail in 1985 at which time 350,000 souls per annum were paralysed by this disabling disease. By 2015 this number had decreased to 74 but the work was far from over and at least another 4 years of dedicated effort is still required to rid the World of Polio. However, we can’t do all of these things

without the support of the local community which is gained by the various fund-raising events. The biggest being the Carnival in mid-June. Now that we announced that the theme for this year’s Carnival is: ‘Space: The Final Frontier’ we are busy getting all of the plans in place and selling advertising space to local businesses.

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The Carnival will be held on Saturday 10th June; and entrance fee has been held at £2.50 for adults (children go free) and again we are very grateful to White & Guard Estate Agents for being our main sponsor. Now it's up to you to help us make this year’s carnival another huge success. All we want you to do is to get dressed up in your ‘Space person’s outfit’ and join in the Procession.You have plenty of time. One of the highlights last year was the Photographic Competition and we were inundated with high quality entries in various classes.

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We would like to encourage an even greater number of entries this year. Please contact Jan Combes, 07825684698, jan.freedom@ btinternet.com or drop a hard copy of your entry into Bishop’s Estate Agents, High St Bishop’s Waltham. Closing date for entries is May 26th.

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ith my fingers enveloping a mug of Earl Grey, I shut my eyes for a moment while the first rays of a burgeoning spring sun warm my face delivering, if the news is to believed, a much needed dose of vitamin D. The garden bench was slightly damp but no matter, my mind ran through a plethora of images of my perfect garden: from the tall purple alliums caressed by golden fennel, to deep aubergine coloured acers, sun-worshiping olive trees and pots full with tumbling ivies, lavenders and scented herbs. The wind blew up while a ferocious looking cloud smothered the sun and I was abruptly dumped back into my horticultural horror. The garden- if one can call it that- has what I believe is known as a skeleton; curved low walls, a small raised terrace, various vintage, (made last month and allowed to rust), obelisks and a profusion of strategically placed pots. Then there’s the brown stuff - soil – though mine has more similarities to builder’s rubble than the luxurious loam of an herbaceous border. Yet this patch of poor old sod is nothing short of living history. When the Pagan Pup turns archeologist, as he is apt to do, he unearths all manner of Pagan relics, “So that’s where my trowel got to”. And many a family BBQ has been interrupted by a mud and worm encrusted Thomas the Tank Engine toy being tossed into someone’s lap. “Hey Mum, I’ve been looking for that!” “What since you were five? You’re fourteen now!” Who would have thought the barren winter branches of a forsythia hedge could look so attractive with various tennis, golf and footballs rammed into its thicket? The early spring chill drove me indoors where the vista from the window was somewhat disappointing.Yes, I have a wooden obelisk painted in sage green, but the ball was

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knocked from the top by the ace thwack of a tennis racket rendering it yet another broken plaything. My garden does have architectural plants – lateral spreading junipers, cypress, climbing vines and honeysuckle, but the only real sign of fresh spring was some tulips in an urn, struggling to make their presence felt in amongst something dead, last year’s attempt at under-planting… “Come on, Sandra, cheer up. It’s not that bad, you’ll soon knock it into shape”. And there you have it. I have three burly men in the house who all view the garden as a place for beer induced snoozing or, in the case of Star II, a place to practice tennis, “Ooops sorry could I have my ball back please.” None of them are about to knock anything into shape. No, tending to our wilderness over the years has fallen to me, but now I’ve got this back/ knee/ hip you see, so no more digging or sweeping for me. A decision had to be reachedgardener or chiropractor? Easy, gardener. Ben the talented and tolerant happy horticulturalist now comes and tends to my wilderness, all I have to do is text saying my spikey bush needs sorting and he’s there. We have a special understanding; he doesn’t use the correct Latin terminology with me, as he knows it’s pointless. Instead when I say I’d like something large and purple growing up the shed he simply asks if I want the yellow flowers, (weeds, I think), taken out first. Then all that’s left to do is to nod wisely while he tells me what he’s going to do this month and the next. Then it’s off to our local emporium of all things green and flowery to purchase a purple thing. The years of wilderness have been nipped in the bud! Sandra Pagan


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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 44

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

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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 Thursday 13 April 19.30 Mass of the Lord's Supper and Washing of Feet Good Friday 15.00 Liturgy of the Lord's Passion Saturday 15 April 20.00 The Vigil of the Lord's Resurrection Easter Sunday 09.30 Mass of Easter Day O St. Peter's Sunday 2 April 08.00 BCP Communion 09.15 Parish Communion 09.15 Informal Service in Church Hall Sunday 9 April 08.00 BCP Communion 09.15 Parish Communion 18.30 Evensong at The Blessed Mary, Upham Easter Sunday 06.00 Dawn Communion in Church Followed by Breakfast 08.00 BCP Communion 09.15 Joint Service in Church Sunday 23 April 08.00 BCP Communion 09.15 Parish Communion 09.15 Informal Service in Church Hall Sunday 30 April 08.00 BCP Communion 09.15 Parish Communion 09.15 Informal Service in Church Hall Everyday 08.45 Morning Prayer Thursdays 10.00 Midweek Communion (followed by refreshments on the 1st & 3rd Thursday)

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HAMBLEDON O Methodist Church Sunday 2 April 10.30 Morning Worship with Children's Craft Activities Sunday 9 April 10.30 Morning Worship Easter Sunday 10.30 Morning Worship and Communion Friday 21 April 19.00 Prayer and Praise with Free Fellowship Supper Sunday 30 April 10.30 Morning Worship

MEONSTOKE O St. Andrew's Sunday 2 April 10.30 Family Eucharist Sunday 9 April 08.00 Holy Communion Easter Sunday 11.00 Family Eucharist Sunday 23 April 09.30 All Age Service Sunday 30 April 10.30 Family Eucharist

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 Sunday 2 April 08.00 Eucharist 10.00 Parish Eucharist including Sunday Club 18.30 Evening Prayer Sunday 9 April 08.00 Eucharist 10.00 Parish Eucharist including Sunday Club Wednesday 12 April 11.00 Eucharist 19.30 Tenebrae Service Thursday 13 April 08.00 Morning Prayer 19.30 Eucharist with Foot Washing 22.00 End of Watch of Prayer Friday 14 April 08.00 Morning Prayer 10.00 Messy Church 12.00 Silent Prayer 14.00 Liturgy of the Cross Easter Sunday 06.00 Dawn Eucharist and Breakfast 08.00 Eucharist 10.00 Family Eucharist Sunday 23 April 08.00 Eucharist

10.00 Parish Eucharist 18.30 Evening Prayer Sunday 30 April 08.00 Eucharist 10.00 Parish Eucharist including Sunday Club 18.30 Evening Prayer Wednesdays 11.00 Eucharist Thursdays & Fridays 08.00 Morning Prayer Saturdays 12.00 Midday Prayer

UPHAM O Church of the Blessed Mary Sunday 2 April 11.00 Parish Communion Sunday 9 April 11.00 Family Service 18.30 Evensong Easter Sunday 11.00 Parish Communion Sunday 23 April 11.00 Family Service with Communion Sunday 30 April 11.00 Matins

WARNFORD O Church of Our Lady Sunday 2 April 09.00 Holy Communion Sunday 9 April 09.00 Walk to West Meon Easter Sunday 09.00 Parish Communion Sunday 23 April 09.00 Matins Saturdays 09.00 Morning Prayer

WEST MEON O St. John the Evangelist Sunday 2 April 08.00 Holy Communion 10.30 All Age Worship Sunday 9 April 10.30 Joint Communion, starting at The Village (Doctor's) Cross Monday 10 April 19.30 Cluster Compline Wednesday 12 April 19.30 Cluster Compline Easter Sunday 10.30 Parish Communion Sunday 23 April 10.30 Service of the Word Sunday 30 April 10.30 Cluster Communion Weds & Thurs (Except Thurs 13) 09.00 Morning Prayer


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Patients learn to retrain unaffected areas of their brain to deliver improved functionality and movement, through setting new goals and progressively stretching the individual’s achievements. Every patient session is recorded through still photos or videos, to provide a historical record of progress over time and that’s where the new cameras will prove invaluable.

FINDING GOLD AT THE END OF THE RAINBOW

A small delegation from the Lions Club accepted an invitation from Yvonne Campbell the Senior Community Fundraiser to visit the Rainbow Centre, to learn more about their work. Conductive education was considered “alternative” when it first arrived from Hungary in the 1990s, but the Peto Institute had been pioneering this treatment since 1945 with remarkable results and now the treatment is accepted as mainstream.

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eon Valley Lions Club has recently purchased two new high-quality Sony W830 cameras for the Rainbow Centre in Fareham. This specialist day centre for Conductive education assists

children and adults from all over Hampshire to improve mobility and movement in the face of disability caused by cerebral palsy, adult-stroke, brain injury, Parkinson’s disease or similar.

As you can see, one of the Rainbow centre regulars Eduard Cretu, has really got the hang of the new cameras! Photograph: Eduard Cretu takes a picture of (L to R) Lion Roy Cuthbertson,Yvonne Campbell, Lion Dick Cowles, Kelle Russell and Lion Chris LeVoi.

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RAPP & GET ACTIV8D ARE BACK THIS EASTER, FEATURING A ROYAL PERFORMANCE

CITIZENS ADVICE WINCHESTER DISTRICT Lesley Rose, Advice Services Manager for Citizens Advice Winchester District explains what you can do if your new mobile phone is unusable due to a poor reception.

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"I recently signed a two year phone contract with a new network provider but the reception in my home is terrible. Is there any way I can get out of the contract, or have I just got to stick with it? "

While poor signal doesn’t give you a right to cancel your contract, you should be able to make a case to your phone company to end it. If you bought your mobile online or over the phone within the last 14 days, you can cancel the contract without needing a reason by contacting your provider. But if you bought it in store or have had the phone for longer, you’ll need to ask to leave the contract. Contact the company and explain the problem. They may give you a device which can boost your signal. If this doesn’t work, you can ask to terminate the contract. However they will usually ask you to pay an exit fee, which can be as much as the remaining cost of the contract. Paying the exit fee could allow you to terminate the contract immediately, but if you don’t want to pay then make a complaint using their complaints procedure. This can take time, but if you haven’t got a resolution after 8 weeks, ask an Alternative Dispute Resolution Service to intervene. An adjudicator will make a decision on releasing you from the contract. Lesley Rose - Advice Services Manager For further help, call the consumer service helpline on 03454 04 05 06 or contact your nearest Citizens Advice.

BOTLEY MARKET HALL – MORE POPULAR THAN EVER!

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otley’s popular community hall has more users than ever before. Serving all age groups and all sections of the community, the Market Hall, run by a local charity, welcomes everyone to its Annual General Meeting at the Hall on Thursday 4th May, 7.30pm, when there will be a talk on making mead. More volunteers are always welcome either to serve as Trustees or help in any way they wish. The Hall, a wonderful Listed Building, is being updated and improved all the time so its excellent facilities can meet the needs of today’s hirers. The Trustees continue to promote top class live entertainment in the Hall and is already planning the programme for next Winter – with the Opera Dudes (a duo, singing brilliant interpretations of classics and popular songs) and a wonderful and hilarious new version of the Christmas Story by The Pantaloons. Join in the fun by coming to the AGM or contacting Derek Oswald on 01489 781155, or hire the Hall by ringing 07733 553408.

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he East Hampshire District Council Rural Areas Play Project (RAPP) and Get Activ8d will be back entertaining youngsters in the area this Easter. This Easter, RAPP will feature a visit from Magic Charlie, a local magician with a wealth of experience which includes being hand picked to perform for the royal children on more than one occasion. He has also performed on many of the world's luxury cruise ships, appeared on numerous television shows, entertained the children of many top star names and has performed at numerous prestigious events. RAPP will be at Merchistoun Hall in Horndean for its ‘Fun in the Park’ day on Thursday 20 April where the team will be running activities from 10am-12noon and 1pm-3pm that will be free of charge. This will consist of environmental crafts, den building, clay creatures and more. Other RAPP activities this Easter include creating bug hotels, samba drumming, basketball, Bollywood dance, taekwondo, dragon egg making, and ‘hands on’ education with animals from Zoo Lab. RAPP will cover most of the district in April and will be out in Froxfield, Liphook, Alton, Headley Down, Buriton, Rowlands Castle, Horndean and Bordon. East Hampshire District Council’s RAPP began in 2006 thanks to a Big Lottery Grant and investment from Hampshire County Council following demand from local people for more activities during in the school holidays. RAPP costs £4 per session for children aged five and older, £2 for four year olds and children under four years old are free (although not all activities will be suitable for this age group). Get Activ8d is a sport project for seven to 14-year-olds. The two week Easter break will include activities such as running, climbing, golf, street dance, trampolining and gymnastics. All activities are £4 except climbing which is £6. Spaces are limited and booking is essential. Bookings for RAPP & Get Activ8d are available online. For more information and the full programme, visit www.easthants.gov.uk/rapp-and-get-activ8d.

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