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Enjoying the festivities of Hampshire Winchester Festival West Meon Music Festival Alresford Music Festival Curious Arts Festival Smoked & Uncut Festival Vineyards of Hampshire Local Village Fetes

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his month, the Forum takes a look at Hampshire’s fantastic summer festivals, fetes and shows. Whether your interest be music, art, culture or food, there is a festival for you. So, why not get out there and enjoy the entertainment that our rich and diverse county has to offer? We also have our regular interesting articles and features. A big 'thank you' to our readers for all the recent compliments about the magazine. Over the last year we have worked hard to increase the editorial content and we hope to continue adding new features as the year progresses. Next month we will be taking a closer look at our plethora of independent food shops and artisan food producers throughout Hampshire. There will be plenty of interesting foodie news and articles to tantalise your taste buds! If you would like to be part of our 'Foodie' feature in the July edition email: editor@ forumpublications.co.uk 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 includes all the local clubs and societies in detail. visit: www.forumpublications .co.uk

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Winchester Festival, Berried Treasure, Botanical Bathing Beauty, Disappearing Acts, Hampshire Mum, Jane's Kitchen

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

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7th to 15th July 2017

he Winchester Festival started in 1998 and it quickly grew into a festival with over 25 events and total audiences of 5000 plus. Looking back on the last 20 years, we remember outstanding talks from the likes of Michael Portillo, David Starkey, Roy Strong and Brian Sewell, Sandi Toksvig and Robert Winston, and sublime moments from the Tallis Scholars, Steven Isserlis and John Williams. As other festivals have emerged, we have endeavoured to remain vibrant and relevant. The Winchester Festival’s strength lies in the broad range of its programming, showcasing musicians with an international reputation alongside renowned authors and speakers, and giving a platform to talented performers from Hampshire. This year is no exception. Our aim is to bring arts of the highest calibre to Winchester. The 2017 programme includes homages to Rachmaninoff, Queen Victoria, Shakespeare and, in the year that marks the 200th anniversary of her death, Jane Austen. Along the way we will delve into the mysteries of China, the daring of the SAS and the secrets of MI5 and hear exquisite music by Vivaldi, Bach, Mozart and Schumann, alongside beautiful 20th-century repertoire. We would like to acknowledge the crucial role that our patrons, sponsors and donors play in keeping the Festival afloat. We could not bring such a programme to Winchester without the help and support of a myriad of companies and individuals and we are hugely indebted to all the people who make the Festival possible each year. With growing competition, increasing artists’ fees and reduced arts funding, we are extremely thankful that our sponsors, donors and patrons continue to help us. Special gratitude goes to Godwins Solicitors, our Principal Sponsor, for their unstinting enthusiasm and support, and to our generous Festival and Event Sponsors (particularly to the Friends of Music in Winchester, Rathbone Investment Management and the Roger and Ingrid Pilkington Charitable Trust), and lastly to our patrons – they are the heart of what we do.

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We very much look forward to welcoming you to the 2017 Winchester Festival in July and hope that you will find much to interest and entertain you in the performances in Winchester’s many wonderful venues. Carol Butler (Festival Director) and Ginny Sherriff (Literature Consultant) TALKS • John Simpson in conversation with Alastair Stewart, Guildhall, 8th July • Canon Andrew White, My Journey so Far, The Wessex Centre, 9th July • Michael Wood, The Story of China, Guildhall, 10th July • Stella Rimington in conversation with Peter Guttridge, Guildhall, 11th July • Ben Macintyre, SAS Rogue Heroes, Guildhall, 12th July • Joanna Trollope, On Jane Austen, Theatre Royal, 13th July • Tristram Hunt, Ten Cities that Made an Empire, Theatre Royal, 14th July • Kate Williams, Victoria: Becoming Queen, Theatre Royal, 15th July MUSIC • Tasmin Little and the European Union Chamber Orchestra, Vivaldi Four Seasons, Cathedral Nave, 7th July • Ashton Singers, St Cross Church, 8th July • Wessex Sinfonietta, St Paul’s Church, 9th July • Lunchtime young musicians’ series at St. Lawrence’s Church, 10th to 14th July • Voces8, Choral Dances, Cathedral Quire, 11th July • Hampshire Youth Orchestra, Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Great Hall, 11th and 12th July • Primavera, Cathedral Quire, 13th July • Southern Voices, Sun, Moon and Stars, St Cross Church, 14th July • Lucy Parham/Alex Jennings, Elégie: Rachmaninoff – a Heart in Exile, Theatre Royal, 15th July DRAMA • Meeting Miss Austen, Discovery Centre, 8th and 9th July • My Dear Cassandra, Jane Austen walk, Tourist Information Centre, 10th to 13th July

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What's On JUNE 2 JUNE The Ride with No Name The ultimate pub bike ride - stay for the night and camp on site. A friday evening ride, starting and finishing at one of Hampshire's finest pubs and featuring a massive 1,000metres of climbing in a 30km route. 15km & 32km options available. At The Pub with No Name, Priors Dean, Petersfield. Full details at trailbreak.co.uk

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10 JUNE St Nicholas Church Fete, Wickham Time: 12.30pm. For more information please ring the Church office on: 01329 833299

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Durley Church Summer Fete Gates open - 12.30pm 3.30pm at Wintershill Hall House, Sciviers Lane, Durley.

16 & 17 JUNE The Longest Day Berefest Pub with No Name beer festival comes to Bereleigh for The Longest Day Berefest. 50 different ales and ciders. Selection of local food stalls. Gates open 16th at 5pm - 11pm. 17th from midday - 11pm. Camping available at Cedar Valley. For more information visit: www.berefest.com

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23 - 25 JUNE Bishops Waltham Blooming Art! Art on display (and on sale) in 12 venues. Public art on display in the High Street.Town Centre treasure hunt. Refreshments available. For more information please see www. lovebishopswaltham.com.

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Bishop's Waltham Photographic Society Annual Exhibition of Members' Prints To be held at The Paterson Centre, Church Road, Swanmore, SO32 2PA. Open on Friday 9th from 2pm to 5pm, Saturday 10th from 10am to 5pm and Sunday 11th from 12pm to 4pm. Free entry. www. bishopswalthamphotographicsociety.co.uk

Concert by West End Singers 3.30pm to 5.30pm at Otterbourne Village Hall, SO21 2ET.We are pleased to present our musical trip around the British Isles aboard The National Express where traditional melodies travel alongside the likes of Karl Jenkins, Keane, Elgar, Elton John etc. Fully licensed bar available. Free tea and cakes will be served during the interval.Tickets £12, children free. Book your tickets online at www.westendsingers.co.uk or for further information call 07400 367836. There will be a retiring collection in aid of Pelican Cancer Foundation.

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Bishop's Waltham Rotary Club Carnival and Village Show The theme for 2017 is Space...The Final Frontier. Stall, programme, procession, entertainment and arena bookings now being taken.To be held at Hoe Road Recreation

Promises, Coconut Shy,Tug of War Competition plus much more. Refreshments available Cream Teas, BBQ, Pimms and Strawberries and Ice creams. Entry £2. Under 12's free, Ample free parking. A great day out for all the family. For information contact 01489 877712 or email sobertonfete@gmail.com

Newton Valence Traditional Fete 1pm - 5pm at Kitcombe House on A32, South of Faringdon. Pony rides, classic car display, traditional games, BBQ, etc. £2 for adults entry, children free.

League of Coffee Shop Exhibition Eileen Stockwell and Devi Sothinathan will be exhibiting their art works in the League of Friends Coffee Shop from the 4th June to 1st July.To exhibit in the coffee lounge on B level please telephone Anne Parmiter on 02392 387284 or call in at the coffee shop for details. The League still need more volunteers to help provide their many services to the hospital which include three trolley rounds, the coffee shop and the visiting team. If you can help please telephone 02392 86797 or write to Miss Jan Spear, Chairperson, League of Friends, Coffee Shop, B level, Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham PO6 3LY

HIWWT Nightjar Walk 8.15pm - 10.30pm at Roebuck Inn, Droxford Road, Kingsmead, Fareham (on A32). A chance to spot these elusive birds on a walk in Forest of Bere.We will be leaving at 8:15pm so arrive earlier if you want a meal or drink.Warm clothing and boots and bring a torch as it will be dark. Booking is essential. For bookings and queries for Bishops Waltham group events please contact Jane Gentry on 01489 890961 or janegentry123@gmail.com. All HIWWT events can be seen on the Trust website at www. hiwwt.org.uk.

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Ground. Contact details - Debbie Walker debbiewalker.bwrotarycarnivalshow@outlook. com. Enquiries for the Classic Car show please contact info@yeomansyearbook.org.uk or 07710 307880 for more information.

Soberton Church Fete The annual Soberton Church Fete takes place on St Peter's Church Green (SO32 3PF) on Saturday 24 June from 2pm. Enjoy a full range of Stalls, Games and Displays - including Country Fare,Toys, Books, Grand Draw, Auction of

24 JUNE Upham Church Fete Fete opened by Sally Taylor MBE (BBC South Today) 12pm - 4pm. Please follow signs to Upham House. Admission: £2, children under 16 are free. See our advert on page 20 for more details

25 JUNE Wickham Duck Race Run by Wickham Scounts, Beavers and Cubs. Races start from 12pm. Location - The Watermeadows. For more information call Chris: 01329 832739

JULY 9 JULY Bishops Waltham in Bloom 2017 An opportunity for you to enjoy twelve contrasting gardens in Bishops Waltham. Entry with Garden Guide only. Available from Hazel's Florists for in advance for £5 or telephone 01489 892467 / 01489 895614. Also available on the day at the venue in Red Lion Street, Bishops Waltham. 11am - 5pm, children under 12 go free.

23 JULY Vineyards of Hampshire 5th Annual Wine Festival 12pm - 4.30pm at Cottonworth Vineyards, Cottonworth, between Andover and Stockbridge, SP11 7JX. Come and taste a selection of the region's sparkling and still wines. Meet the winemakers, book wine workshops or go on a vineyard tour.Try before you buy. Delicious Hampshire food stalls. Please note this is a mainly cash only event.Tickets: £10 - booking available from www.eventbrite.co.uk, call: 01264 781851 or email: info@danebury.co.uk


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hen Hannah Aitken went to get a second opinion for her chronic knee pain, she had one thing on her mind, a fantastic holiday to Australia and being well enough to enjoy every moment. Mrs Aitken, 55 from Ashurst tells her story, from a painful birthday in France to the top of Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Typically patients stay 3 – 4 nights at Spire Hospital when recovering from this type of surgery but Mrs Aitken was keen to recover as soon as possible and was discharged home after 3 nights. “Though the surgery was on a Wednesday, I was well enough to go home on the Saturday and with help from the physiotherapists, I was up and about the following Thursday. It wasn’t easy and apparently a partial knee replacement is harder to recover from than an entire knee replacement but I worked at it.” Mrs Aitken had physiotherapy at Spire Southampton’s Rehabilitation Centre – Perform, in Millbrook.There she was supported by specialist Physiotherapists who worked with Mrs Aitken to help her achieve her ultimate goal.

“I was in France last summer, celebrating an important birthday with friends, when my knee just went, it gave way. I was in agony but managed to soldier on for the weekend. As soon as I got home I went straight to my GP. I had a steroid injection but that didn’t work and after an MRI scan I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis. I was still in agony and really felt I needed a second opinion so I used my private health insurance and was given Mr Tilley’s name.” Mr Tilley is a specialist lower limb orthopaedic surgeon at Spire Southampton Hospital, with a particular interest in hip and knee replacement surgery and lower limb trauma, especially those with osteoporosis. “He saw the earlier MRI scan and stated the injection would never have solved the problem because I had a tear in the cartilage and a cyst growing on the tear.That appointment was 13th September 2016 and on the 21st September, I was booked in for my partial knee replacement at Spire Southampton Hospital under the care of Mr Tilley. I wanted it sorted quickly as I’d booked a trip to Australia the following February and had every intention of still going regardless of the surgery and a long flight. ” With the holiday of a lifetime coming up, Mrs Aitken was admitted to Spire for a ‘unicompartmental resurfacing’, also known as a partial knee replacement. Although anxious she was determined to be finally free of her knee pain and to be confident to enjoy her forthcoming adventures. 10

“Just five and a half weeks later I was back at work, full time and I was almost back to normal. At my six week, post-operative appointment with Mr Tilley, I wanted to get more bend in my knee. I’ve now achieved this, I’m an active person, I love my job as well as walking and cycling and I felt I was just too young to slow down. I can honestly say the surgery was the best thing I’ve ever had done. I was in so much pain before and it was really stopping me from living life to the full. Now I’m not only wearing my heels again, I’m travelling and as you can see, climbing bridges in Australia.”

About Spire Healthcare Spire Healthcare is a leading independent hospital group in the United Kingdom. We deliver high standards of care, with integrity and compassion and from high-quality facilities to our insured, Self-pay and NHS patients. From our 38 hospitals, 10 clinics and two Specialist Cancer Care Centres across England,Wales and Scotland, we provide diagnostics, in-patient, daycase and out-patient care. We also own and operate sports medicine, physiotherapy and rehabilitation brand, Perform. Working in partnership with over 3,800 experienced consultants, our hospitals delivered tailored, personalised care to more than 274,000 inpatients and daycase patients in 2016. Spire Healthcare offers in-patient/daycase procedures in areas including orthopaedics, gynaecology, cardiology, neurology, oncology and general surgery and also diagnostic services including imaging and pathology, and is the principal independent provider by volume of knee and hip operations in the United Kingdom. We also offers out-patient services, such as consulting, minor procedures, treatments, health checks and physiotherapy.


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f you’re tempted by that stash of chocolate left over from Easter, you might want to consider an equally sweet, but far healthier treat. Don’t get me wrong, I love a bag of Cadbury’s Buttons as much as the next girl, but with a family history of Type 2 diabetes, the Thurlows are keen to cut down on sugar as much as possible. Luckily for us, there are great, natural alternatives which combine that ‘hit’ of sweetness we crave with a multitude of nutritional benefits. The fibre content of fresh berries means they take longer to digest and the sugar is released more slowly, avoiding those sugar spikes we experience after consuming sugary drinks or sweets, and the water content helps to make us feel full for longer. Perhaps the most popular of all are strawberries, those appealingly heart-shaped berries which are often the first fruit we persuade our kids to eat. A cup of strawberries holds more than enough Vitamin C for your daily needs, and provides potassium which is beneficial for the overall health of your eyes. According to research, they may also help to maintain correct brain function, and have antiinflammatory properties to counter-act gout and arthritis. And if you’re enjoying a bowl of strawberries and cream outdoors this summer, you’ll be glad to know that the fruit contains chemicals which help against sunburn (you might also want some sunscreen and a hat!) If you’re lucky, you may find some wild strawberries in your garden, which have tiny, but delicious, fruit. And what about blueberries? This unassuming fruit is packed with antioxidants which protect our organs from toxins and prevent cell damage. They are thought to strengthen blood vessels, which may help those suffering from conditions such as varicose veins. Antioxidants help to neutralize free radicals which are harmful, naturally

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occurring substances which cause our bodies to age. In tests, eating a cup of blueberries per day (perhaps with your cereal, stirred into yoghurt or just as a snack), helps to improve memory. Blueberries are recommended to students as ‘brain food’ as well as to those who hope to slow the progression of diseases such as Alzheimer’s. If you’re keen to grow your own berries and have space for a patch of raspberry bushes, the plants seem to be indestructible, so much so that last summer we were eating raspberries with every meal! But being obliged to eat a fat-free, high-fibre, low GI food, which also tastes delicious is no bad thing. Traditionally raspberries have been used to combat PMT and labour pains, and make a refreshing tea. Their variety of nutrients is reputed to regulate blood pressure and heart rate, as well as healthy bones. If you have so many raspberries you don’t know what to do with them, you could try using them for a facial. Simply mix a cup of raspberries with a spoonful of honey and apply it to your damp face. Leave it for about 15 minutes then rinse off thoroughly. On a more professional level, beauty companies are utilising the nutrients found in berries in their products, particularly for maintenance of elasticity in the skin and repair of sundamage. Finally, if you’re reading this late at night, unable to sleep, you could try berries to cure your insomnia. The slowburning carbohydrates help to produce serotonin, the chemical in the brain which helps us to calm down at the end of the day, as well as magnesium for muscle relaxation. Blueberry smoothie, anyone? Claire Thurlow


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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. 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.

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he beauty industry has taken our delight in bathing and created a never-ending line of bubbly soaks and soothing oils to cope with all our needs. We can be de- stressed, moisturised, soothed and scented with just a cap full of coloured liquid. Alongside these are the well-known homeopathic bath beauty products that have been successful for many years. The rise of the foodie culture, organic growing, sustainability and alternative therapies has reignited an interest in therapeutic, natural botanical remedies. But far from being a transient fad, the use of herbs and flowers for medicine and what we would now call beauty therapy purposes was engrained in the daily life of many ancient cultures. The ancient Greeks and Romans grew herbs and recorded their uses and findings in manuals on herbalism, some of the oldest books in history, with much of the information still relevant. Today in a culture of ‘heal thyself ’ and amid growing concerns regarding some routine and over the counter medicines

and their side effects, the web is alive with alternative treatments for minor ailments and for increasing a sense of well-being. Methods range form hurling some herbal tea bags into your bath and allowing them to steep for a while, to growing, drying and blending your own herbs. If not, then perhaps the easiest natural ingredient to add to the tub is sea salt, which is good for relaxation, relieving stress and enhancing circulation, all while you imagine you’re by the sea! But if herbs appeal then lavender is a must for its relaxing and calming properties and it makes a lovely base to be mixed with geranium. Calendula is excellent for those with dry skin, while yarrow is a cure-all for minor cuts and abrasions. Rosemary soothes away aches and pains and basil will refresh and up- lift you. Roman soldiers would bathe in thyme to invigorate and bring luck prior to battle. Now both thyme and lemon balm will do the same for you - hopefully without the desire for fighting. Many parents are well aware of the decongestant property of eucalyptus but chamomile is so mild that it has been used to de-stress and aid sleep for fractious children. Whatever your preference or need, herbs are readily available and quick and easy to grow, adding both beauty and scent to the garden and to your bath. Written by Gill Grant


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he box office for the West Meon Music Festival opens on 1 June – and with a celebrity line-up of musicians and a sellout last year, concert goers are advised to book early. Heading with list of special guests joining the Primrose Piano Quartet at their annual festival – to be held from 15 to 17 September – will be world-famous clarinettist Michael Collins who will be performing the Brahms Clarinet Quintet with members of the quartet. “We are delighted that Michael will be performing with us again this year,” says Andrew Fuller, the Primrose’s cellist and festival’s musical director. “He enjoyed himself so much last year, when we played the Mozart Clarinet Quintet together, that he made it very clear he wanted to make a return visit.” Newcomer this year will be mezzo-soprano Louise Winter, a soloist with the Royal Opera and Glyndebourne Festival, who will be performing songs by both Robert and Clara Schumann and Brahms in the festival’s final concert on Sunday (17 September), while the award winning Vickers-Bovey Guitar Duo will be taking the stage on Saturday afternoon (16 September) at the nearby Church of Our Lady in Warnford. The Primrose Quartet is regarded as one of the country’s leading ensembles and its individual members are all highly-respected soloists in their own right. At the Coffee Concert on Sunday morning (17 September) each will be demonstrating their skills. Pianist John Thwaites will be playing a Brahms Intermezzo as well as accompanying violist Dorothea Vogel in Schubert Arpeggione Sonata, Andrew Fuller in Shostakovich’s Sonata for Cello and Piano, and violinist Susanne Stanzeleit in Enescu’s scintillating Romanian Rhapsody No. 1, arranged for violin and piano. As in previous years, the festival’s opening candle-lit concert focuses on Viennese favourites and this year includes Brahms’ G minor Piano Quartet: a recording of which by the Primrose has featured in Radio 3’s “Building a Library” series. Full details of all the festival programmes – including a children’s concert on Saturday afternoon which will be raising funds for The Rosemary Foundation – can be found at www.westmeonmusic.co.uk. Ticket prices start from £12 with generous discounts for accompanied children and students, and festival pass options offering further savings. Tickets are available online at the website or by post from the Box Office, Walnut Cottage, Hampton Hill, Swanmore SO32 2QN.

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fter freezing car parking charges in East Hampshire for three years they are being increased for the first time to bring them in line with nearby areas. East Hampshire District Council is one of the last local authorities in the area to increase its charges and follows a detailed review of parking. The cost of a one hour ticket in Alton and Petersfield will be increased from 60p to £1. This compares with a fee of £1.20 for example in a Chichester car park and £1.30 in a car park in Eastleigh for the same amount of time. An all day ticket in Petersfield’s Swan Street car park, for example, will rise from £6.50 to £7.00.

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he Meon Valley MP George Hollingbery has received an undertaking from the roads minister he will research a technical solution to tackle motorcycle noise on the A32 and A272. John Hayes has assured George he will look at ways of capturing noise levels so that motorcyclists breaking the law with illegal exhausts will be caught and held to account. The problem of excessive noise through villages in the Meon Valley is a major issue with residents campaigning for action. George told of the development during a meeting with parish councillors, the county councillor for the Meon Valley and a South Downs National Parks Authority representative called to discuss progress on tackling the problem. “This undertaking from the Department for Transport is promising news and I hope it will lead to a way to capture noise levels with technology attached to speed cameras because no law should be unenforceable,” said George. “John Hayes has said he will research this possibility and if it is proved possible, he will work to decide on polices for follow up measures. This is progress because it was first considered impossible to come up with a technical solution, which I made clear I did not accept. We are not there yet, but I was pleased to tell the meeting I had done what I promised by putting pressure on government to look again at a possible solution to this problem.” The meeting at Moorhen Farm Trout Fishery, which is affected by the motorbike noise, also heard residents feel the priority for traffic officers is road safety and little attention is paid to the impact on the quality of life of residents caused by the illegally motorbike exhausts from a minority of riders. George told the meeting he would seek an update from Hampshire County Council on the cost of installing two average speed cameras as local residents have expressed willingness to part fund such a scheme. “There is mounting frustration from residents about this problem because they feel these minority of riders think they can get away with their anti-social behaviour and I fully understand this. Equally, I understand the police do not have the resources to permanently station officers on these roads so a cost-effective technical solution needs to be found, George added. www.georgehollingbery.com

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Sunday parking charges in Alton where a flat rate currently applies will be increased from 60p to £1. And those car parks not subject to a charge on a Sunday will remain free. In Petersfield the Sunday parking charges will mirror the weekday charges and the car parks which are not subject to a charge are to remain free of charge on a Sunday. Season tickets and permit charges were last reviewed in 2012 and these will be standardised so there are clear options for residents. A three month permit will also be introduced to help those who don’t have the initial finances to fund this. Season ticket and permit prices will be increased for town centre car parks and will be reduced for those which are further from the centre. The new charges will start on Monday 5th June. There are numerous car parks which offer free parking in the district – for example in Grayshott, Whitehill & Bordon and Selborne – and these will continue to be free. Areas where there are car parks which don’t currently charge will benefit from further consultation. These areas are Liphook – Midhurst Road and Station Road; Liss – Hill Brow and Liss – village centre. Details of the increases are available online at http://easthants. moderngov.co.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=126&MId=2219

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y Charlie is missing. Not my home-loving American tabby, who moved back to the UK with us 12 years ago, but another animal not native to these shores.The Charlie who’s gone AWOL is a skunk. Having seen plenty of these in the USA – and more to the point – smelled the traces of them in the ‘backyard’ or by the roadside – I can’t imagine why anyone would want to keep one as a pet.Yet it seems that around 2000 people in the UK do just that. Around the size of a domestic cat, the skunk is remarkable, not only for its markings which range from vivid black and white stripes to a grey/brown, but for its pong! If it feels threatened it can spray foul-smelling liquid from scent glands beneath its bushy tail. As it can spray as far ten feet, this is enough to deter all but the hungriest of predators.The Animal Welfare Act prohibits removal of the scent glands, so a pet skunk clearly needs very careful handling. Charlie still hasn’t been apprehended. It’s been a couple of weeks now and the East Hampshire community has been keeping a look-out for the elusive skunk in the hope of reuniting him with his worried owner.The trouble is skunks are mainly nocturnal, coming out at night to hunt for rodents, worms and frogs, or snacking on berries, leaves and fungi. Nor are they averse to scavenging on carrion or rubbish; so if your bin-bags have been ransacked, this time it might not be the fox who’s to blame.Thanks to Facebook, potential sightings have been posted, although some are a little vague: “Does it look like a very small fox and move like a ferret?” “It may have been a cat.” Skunks are intelligent, inquisitive animals, and Charlie has been spotted ambling beside a garden centre, checking out a golf course and (possibly) stealing eggs from a roadside stand. Unfortunately, they also have little road-sense or sense of direction, so let’s hope Charlie is a quick learner. Of course, it’s always possible that he’s hooked up with another skunk. In 2009 a colony was discovered

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living happily in the Forest of Dean, probably the result of a breeder throwing them out into the wild, so a Hampshire ‘gang’ is unlikely, but possible. Some non-native species do extremely well.Victorian landowners imported North-American grey squirrels as a novelty for their parkland estates. Now there are millions of them.The grey’s ability to put on fat helps it to survive winter better than its less robust red cousin, and worse still, it’s a carrier for the squirrel pox virus which is fatal for reds. Luckily in Hampshire there’s a population of red squirrels on the Isle of Wight, but otherwise you’d have to go to the Scottish Highlands or Anglesey for a chance of seeing one. On the bright side, scientists are working on fertility control for the greys, experimenting with contraceptive-laced bait – Nutella or peanut butter have been mentioned – but there’s still a long way to go. Meanwhile in the Rivers Itchen and Arle environmentalists face a similar problem with crayfish.The signal crayfish was introduced from Sweden in the 1970s to breed for the Scandinavian market, but its larger size and aggressive nature have caused great harm to the native species, as well as spreading the fatal crayfish plague. But not all these ‘incomers’ are unwelcome, and some definitely bring a smile to my face. On a drizzly spring day in Kent, the suburban calm of my parents’ garden was disturbed by a sudden riot of colourful plumage descending on the bare branches. A flock of parakeets has taken up residence in the neighbourhood and seems to be thriving, despite their preference for a warmer climate. Meanwhile, Charlie, the skunk is still on his walkabout, but I’m keeping my eyes open in case he shuffles over this way soon. To find out more about saving the red squirrel, please see the website www.rsst.org.uk


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Having lived in the area for over 45 years and become well versed with local bus networks. Gareth, his son who is Managing Director is 38 and has also worked with his father for a number of years on marketing and had always wanted to have his own business. In 2010 Gareth passed his CPC Transport Management exams and had the ability to start operating buses with the correct legal requirements having been satisfied by the Traffic Commissioners. In partnership with his father Xelabus was formed in 2010 starting with just 2 buses from a base in Chandlers Ford.Within 18 months the company was growing fast and starting to run local bus services in the Eastleigh area and also with an extensive college and school network. Within the last two years the company has acquired two bus companies and absorbed their operations into a flourishing operation. Black Velvet Travel was first with additional local services in Eastleigh and then Brijan Tours later in the year with its bus operation in the Meon Valley and having been well known for providing local bus services for many years.The services operated by Brijan have continued to operate the same routes with Xelabus having invested in new buses improving the quality and reliability of the network.

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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 Bishop's Waltham Gardening Club Please visit our new website at www.bwgc.org.uk.

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 The Solent Aviation Art Society For more information ring: 01489 578420

O Meon Valley Garden Club For more information please visit: www.meon-valley-garden-club. co.uk

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

O West Meon Garden Club For more information please call Yvonne Noble: 01730 829050

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

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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 Cartophilic Society (Cigarette Cards) For more information contact Keith Miller: 01243 865147 34

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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

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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WANT YOUR CLUB TO BE LISTED? If so, please email: editor@forumpublications.co.uk with your club information and contact details, and we will include this in the magazine and on our website


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Community LIONS’ CENTENNIAL SWANMORE VILLAGE FETE - SATURDAY 8 JUL 2017

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ome to the Carnival on Saturday 10th June. Where there will be arena events and many, many stalls, as well as the parade and display of vintage cars. Come and join in the fun with the family. Join in the Procession: ‘Space: the Final Frontier’. The Procession starts from Station Road at midday. All are welcome. Just drop me a line to let me know that you are coming at mikeberry@bishopswalthamrotary.org.uk.

Children’s Races in the Arena

Children’s races in the arena are an added attraction this year. 3 to 5 years, 6 to 8 years and 8 to 10 years competing in egg and spoon race, sack race and 3 legged race.

Why do we do the Carnival?

The Carnival raises money for a whole range of local and international causes. Just in the last month Rotary has given donations to Kid’s Cancer Charity, Music Fusion, Hamble Lifeboat, and the Andean Medical Mission.

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his year, Lions Clubs across the world are celebrating their Centennial and the Meon Valley Lions Club is making the Swanmore fete the centre of its celebrations.

Swanmore village fete has always been a good, old-fashioned, traditional village fete, where you can expect lots of fun and excitement! There’ll be live music from a number of bands including old favourites, Soberton Strummers and Swanmore College of Technology Jazz Band, as well as contemporary dancing. Once again, we’ll have the classic cars and bikes on display, plus, we’ve over 40 stalls, coconut shy, beat-the-goalie, games and rides and loads of yummy things to eat and drink. The motorbikes congregate at the Rising Sun pub mid-morning before their Meon Valley rally run to Alresford and back. Gates open at 12.30pm on Saturday 8th July. Adult entrance: £1.50.Venue: New Road Recreation Ground, Swanmore, SO32 2PD For more information visit: www.meonvalleylionsclub.org.uk/events.html

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Rotary members have been putting the Carnival on now for well over 20 years, and each year is different, and better than the last. Local people seem to really enjoy the mix of vintage cars, people dressing up in the Procession, the variety of stalls providing food and entertainment for all the family, and the arena events.

Stroke Awareness

Another reminder. The key date for your diary is Saturday 1st July 2017. This service to the community has proved to be very popular each year; and even more importantly saved the lives of a number of people by highlighting some health issues.You don’t need to be old to have a stroke! The Stroke Awareness event, in conjunction with The Stroke Association will be held in the King’s Centre on Saturday 1st July. So put it in your diary.

Another new Rotarian

Rob Armstrong has been inducted into Rotary in April by President Ian Withers. Rob is a newcomer to the area and sees that he can both contribute to the local area and at the same time make new friends through his membership of Rotary. Andean Medical Mission is a UK charity set up to help organize, build and manage eye care services in remote regions of the Bolivian Amazon and Andean mountains. They are working to eliminate avoidable blindness in Bolivia by travelling to remote communities where access to health services does not exist. They carry out sight saving eye surgery and are committed to helping Bolivian doctors by providing training and equipment.

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car show, live folk music by provided by Ferdie’s Friends, llamas, alpacas, coconut shy, hoopla, ladder toss, pot-luck, the ever popular 'chicken in a basket' game, pony rides, toffee apples, ice cream, Margaret's famous BBQ, bigger for 2017 to meat (!) demand. Our bar sells local ale and Pimms. Afternoon Tea will be served in the Church. Artisans selling homestyle, jewellery, wooden items, produce, plants, flowers and art work.

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DROXFORD COUNTRY FAIR: SATURDAY 3RD JUNE warm welcome awaits you at Droxford Country Fair from 12:30pm til 4:00pm on Saturday 3rd June. This year we are going 'Down on the Farm' with our very own petting farm. If you want to cuddle a rabbit, stroke a miniature donkey, see a turkey close up or feel the fleece on a sheep then this is your chance! In the church the Meon Valley Flower Club will be offering children the opportunity

to make a flower posy. Southdown Pony Trekking will be offering pony rides. Forest of Bere Bowmen are returning with their excellent 'Have a Go' archery session. Our popular dog show will be the highlight of the Doggy Calendar for 2017. Bring along your pet pooch and let them have their five minutes of fame.You may even go home with a rosette! We have falconry displays, a tractor &

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Bring your camera for the Droxford Country Fair Photo Competition 2017. The best photo, along with two runners up, will win a prize. Upload to our Facebook page, Instagram, Twitter or emailed us your photo of the day to be in with a chance to win. Need a hair cut? The Outlaw Barber will be here with his travelling Barber Shop. 12:30pm - Opening by Tony Forester. Entry still just £1, children under 14 FREE. We aim to be the best value Country Fair, providing entertainment and a warm welcome to all the family. Come along and step back in time for a real country fair experience. The Village Square, Droxford Manor Garden - Rectory Garden. 6 Miles north of Wickham on A32, Hampshire SO32 3PA - PARKING SIGN POSTED new developments. At present developers are putting forward a number of new housing proposals around Botley which will severely impact upon local roads, the “green gap” between Botley and the surrounding towns and villages, and local services. These would have a detrimental effect on Botley and effectively destroy any sense of “community” in Botley. The Botley “Neighbourhood Plan” will be produced later this year and will firmly oppose such speculative housing developments. It is hoped that Eastleigh Borough Council will come up with its own Local Plan so that the two Plans might stop these unwelcome housing proposals. Botley needs to hear the opinions of the local community on all this. A full consultation will be announced in the near future, but in the meantime more information can be obtained by contacting the Parish Council office on 01489 787181.


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Originally from Hayling Island in Hampshire, Ben did most of his growing up in Italy and has also spent a lot of time in Barcelona where he developed a keen eye for design.

He now runs Human Kitchens based in Swanmore, with offices in West Sussex and the Test Valley. He's had a successful career in kitchen design and has worked with some of the 'big names' in the UK kitchen industry. Human Kitchens specialise in bespoke, high quality, madeto-measure kitchens and Ben wanted to offer top quality kitchens at the fraction of the cost, together with excellent customer service. He says: "There are a lot of customers who would use a high-street retailer to source their kitchen and find it difficult (if not impossible) to purchase the size and style they wanted to fit their space. The materials could also be low quality; for instance, rather than being real oak, it would be veneer."

can make something wonderful out of that situation, as opposed to being stopped by it." Quality, affordability and service are paramount to Ben, as shown by the fact that his company recently won Best in Customer Service 2017 award from Houzz. His clients would describe Human Kitchens as a company they can really work with, a company they get great quality from and a company with whom they get a great end result, without having to spend the earth. A happy customer, David Farr, confirms this: "We can't thank Ben and his team enough for the fabulous job they did on our kitchen. We worked with Ben for a few weeks beforehand, explaining the vision we had. He was able to help us by introducing suppliers and making suggestions that enhanced the whole project. From start to finish we were treated courteously and with patience by every team member we met. Old fashioned service from a fully professional team - can't recommend them higher." Project Date: April 2017

Ben is proud of the high quality 'British Made', handcrafted kitchens they provide. He explains: "If someone wanted to buy a kitchen of our quality from the High Street it would be far too expensive. You will find in most cases that you are paying for the brand name, not the quality of the product." Human Kitchens set to overcome this by slashing the price of their hand-made kitchens. They keep overheads to a minimum by avoiding the use of flashy showrooms and not charging hefty premiums for their brand. Ben tells us that this allows him to supply and fit a ÂŁ60,000 kitchen for well under half the price and still provide a perfect service. Ben continues: "I think, our craftsmen are amongst the best in the world. They come from a luxury yacht fitting background. Fitting luxury yachts involves working to unusual layouts and specific customer requirements, whilst achieving a perfect finish. There is a world of difference between a craftsman and a kitchen fitter. A kitchen fitter can fit a kitchen, but as soon as there is a slight curve in the wall or something is not quite right with the room, problems begin. A craftsman

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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

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CORHAMPTON O Saxon Church Sunday 11 June 18.30 Evensong Sunday 18 June 10.30 Matins Sunday 25 June 08.00 Holy Communion

DROXFORD O St. Peter & St. Paul Sunday 4 June 08.00 Holy Communion Sunday 11 June 10.30 Family Eucharist Sunday 18 June 09.45 Informal All Age Service 18.30 Sung Eucharist for The Rev Canon Anthony Hulbert’s Jubliee

EXTON O St. Peter & St. Paul Sunday 4 June 18.30 Evensong Sunday 18 June 08.00 Holy Communion Sunday 25 June 10.30 Family Eucharist

HAMBLEDON O Methodist Church Sunday 4 June 10.30 Morning Worship with Children's Craft Activities Sunday 11 June 10.30 Morning Worship Sunday 18 June 10.30 Morning Worship and Communion Sunday 25 June 10.30 Morning Worship

MEONSTOKE O St. Andrew's Sunday 4 June 10.30 Family Eucharist

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SHEDFIELD O St. John the Baptist Sunday 4 June 08.00 Holy Communion BCP 10.00 Holy Communion as joint benefice service with our sister church, St Nicholas, Wickham Sunday 11 June 08.00 Holy Communion BCP 10.00 Family Time Service Sunday 18 June 08.00 Holy Communion BCP 10.00 Parish Holy Communion 18.00 Choral Evensong Sunday 25 June 08.00 Holy Communion BCP 10.00 St John Patronal Festival

SWANMORE O Methodist Church Sunday 4 June 10.30 Morning Service with Holy Communion 18.00 Evening Service Sunday 11 June 10.30 Morning Service 18.00 Evening Service with Holy Communion Sunday 18 June 10.30 Morning Family Service 18.00 Evening Service Sunday 25 June 10.30 Morning Service with Holy Communion 18.00 Evening Service O St. Barnabas Sunday 4 June 08.00 Eucharist 10.00 Family Eucharist in the Church Yard Sunday 11 June 08.00 Eucharist 10.00 Parish Eucharist 17.00 Patronal Festival Songs of Praise

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Community BARD AT THE BARN FESTIVAL RETURNS TO SET THE STAGE FOR A SHAKESPEARIAN SUMMER

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Hampshire Mum

ISSUE 21 | JUNE

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h yes it’s that time of year again, from May onwards there is a veritable feast of festivals from which to choose without even leaving the county. Time to shake the sand of last summers beach trip from the picnic rug and dig deep into the wardrobe to fine ones festival attire- faded denim, something vintage and hippy for floating around in during the day and not forgetting fleeces, scarfs and thick socks once darkness and temperatures have fallen – this is Hampshire not California after all. And talking of California dreaming The Husband was definitely born on the wrong continent possibly even at the wrong time. He feels he has missed out on the whole festival era and waxes lyrical about how he’s really really going to Glastonbury this year oh yes he is for sure. “Too late, they sold out Sandra”. But not to be outdone he throws himself into Hampshire festivals with gusto. The week before is all about the weather, daily up dates seem to be required and that will eventually determine what clothes he’ll choose and what extras will end up going into my bag. To my mind we are always a tad early, but hey ho once there I settle down with my magazine and nail polish and sit happily in the sun sipping cocktails, reading about country living, painting my toes and looking forward to a Buffalo burger. Star II has been equipped with money and with the arrival of friends my shoulders relax down to where they should be and I feel chilled- I love the summer. Amid music, chatting and drinking time passes by, Star II returns periodically for renewed funds and general financial negotiations –“Look I’ll give you ten pounds but make it last a while!” The morning blurs into lunchtime and I will stroll home to walk the Pagan Pup and grab a cup of Earl Grey, (so out there man). Now the thing is our local festivals are safe environments for young folk to wander around, however not so safe for The

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Husband as it often turns out. I must learn not to take my eye off the ball on these occasions, so often someone goes missing. “ Has anyone seen The Husband?” “ Yep Sandra he was last seen wearing a tiara and clutching a fairy wand heading in the direction of the beer tent- that was a couple of hours ago.” Oh god lets hope he didn’t snatch it from a passing child While I have realised the idea of Glastonbury tickets as an ideal present is flawed- The Husband would need to have some form of tracking device implanted- he also couldn’t be given any form of responsibility for anything; I do feel guilty for he would absolutely love it. But no lets keep it, or rather him, local. So as night falls on the festival and the anticipation of the headline act hangs in the air. I feel around in the grass for my nail polish and gather up our belongings. It’s at this point that Star II returns and rummages through the bag for a fleece usually with a concerned look on his face. “Coffee and a hot chocolate Mum?” Ah ok it’s THAT time of night. We head off to the nearest Barista and all the time Star II will be nervously glancing this way and that, I feel sorry for the lad perhaps The Husband’s forgotten this year. Lulled into a false sense of relief we warm are hands on the paper cups when suddenly weaving through the crowd something is sparkling. The wand is long gone but the tiara although slightly askew caught the lights beautifully if I say so myself. “ Come on son, we’re off down the front – into the mosh pit with us!!!” “Mum, really?” Bless him off he is dragged to be treated to a couple of hours of dad dancing in the crush and it’s only the beginning of the years feast of festivals! Sandra Pagan


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A NON-PROFIT EVENT RAISING FUNDS FOR REGIONAL, NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL MUSIC CHARITIES

Saturday 10th June ARLEBURY PARK, ALRESFORD NR.WINCHESTER

ONE GREAT DAY OF LIVE MUSIC

FOUR STAGES OF LIVE MUSIC FEATURING ROCK ★ POP ★ INDIE ★ BLUES ★ WORLD ★ FOLK ★ DANCE ★ JAZZ ★ DJs Last year over 3,500 festival-goers enjoyed the all-day family party atmosphere of the Alresford Music Festival, and this year it’s set to be even better. Five stages of live entertainment, a packed festival village and a huge choice of local and international food stalls, plus the popular Ringwood Fine Ale bar as well as Prosecco, Pimms, cocktails and cider bars.

FAMILY ARENA

Once inside the festival the family entertainment arena is FREE all day. Relax and watch you kids run free or have a go yourself! Details on website or see opposite page for a few highlights.

LINE UP

Over 25 bands will play throughout the day from 12.00-23.55 and sensational headline act MOLOTOV JUKEBOX is confirmed for the top slot; so look forward to an explosion of colour and energy as Natalia Tena (from Harry Potter and Game of Thrones) and the band, top the festival day with a spectacular summer party. A full line up of all the bands and artists with links to check them out is on the website.

TRAVEL

It’s easy to get to the festival! There are FREE shuttle buses running between Alton and Winchester train stations from late morning until midnight so everyone can relax, travel safely and have a good time.

CAMPING

There’s plenty of camping in Arlebury Park (tents only) on both Friday and Saturday nights, PLUS a dedicated motorhomes site only 600m from the festival entrance (limited capacity – first come first served). Camping is £5 per person per night. Alresford Music Festival is a community event in the heart of the town. It only happens due to generous support from residents, volunteers and sponsors and we are very grateful to; First Option Software, Thomas Miller Creative, SQA Consulting, CleverTouch, Philip Prado, Butler & Co., Cold Control, Mint Signs, Belgarum, The Globe, The Bell, The Swan Hotel, The Horse & Groom and many more. The festival is not-for-profit and money raised is donated via The AMF Foundation to music based charities. This year we are supporting local charity Winnall Rock School, national charity Key Changes and international charity Harmony of Hope. With more music and activities than ever in 2017, we are ready to welcome more of you, which will mean we can raise even more funds for worthy organisations. Bring your friends and spread the word, we are one of Hampshire’s best kept secrets. Tickets are cheaper if bought in advance from our website. Buy tickets in advance and save £££s on the gate…

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Starting from 12.30pm in The Globe Theatre Tent in support of The Murray Parrish Trust. Bring along your favourite furry friend and if he’s dressed in his/her festival best you can enter a competition to win prizes.

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Jane's Kitchen DRIZZLE CAKE

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une brings a flurry of fetes and festivals, picnics and barbeques and a tray bake is a good standby as a dessert or teatime treat. The following is a rather ‘grown-up’ version of a drizzle cake, but the alcohol content can be reduced by using more lemon juice than Pimms if preferred.

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225g butter 225g caster sugar 4 eggs (beaten) 225g self raising flour 1 teaspoon baking powder Zest of one orange Zest of one Lemon 2 teaspoon chopped fresh mint 3 tablespoons Pimms

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Modern British Dining and Fine English Wine Overlooking Hampshire's Most Picturesque Vineyard

Open for lunch: Wednesday - Sunday, 12pm - 2.30pm and dinner: Wednesday - SAturday, 6pm - 9pm

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NOT YOUR AVERAGE WEEKEND IN THE COUNTRY….

VINEYARDS OF HAMPSHIRE WINE FESTIVAL 2017 - SUNDAY 23 JULY

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elebrate Hampshire's premier wines at the Vineyards of Hampshire Wine Festival, this year hosted in the vineyard maze at Cottonworth Vineyards.This is the fifth annual wine festival held by the pro-active Vineyards of Hampshire group dedicated to promoting Hampshire’s superb quality sparkling and still wines, and the county’s unique terroir. It includes some of the top vineyards in the county: Cottonworth Vineyards (Andover) , Danebury Vineyards (Stockbridge) , Exton Park Vineyard (Meon Valley), Hambledon Vineyard (Meon Valley), Hattingley Valley (Alresford) , Jenkyn Place (Alton) and newly joined Raimes (Tichborne). The Vineyards of Hampshire wine festival has established itself as a popular event in the wine and spirits calendar and is a highlight in the county's summer social scene, attracting locals, holidaymakers and industry experts to the region. Co-organiser ,Caroline Stevens from Danebury Vineyards says, ‘Every year the Vineyards of Hampshire wine festival attracts increasing numbers of wine and food lovers. It is a wonderful day out tasting, purchasing and learning about English wine in a quintessential English vineyard.’

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treet-food feasting, day-long drinking, dancing like no one is watching and sleeping under the stars; Food and Music festivals from Smoked & Uncut. Taking place in the grounds of THE PIG hotels and Lime Wood hotel (the festivals will be hitting Hampshire in July), a stellar line up of musical talent will keep you entertained throughout the summer, with bands hailing from all over the UK bringing you an eclectic mix of rock, indie, acoustic and even pop. Two stages will play host to each festivals line ups which this year include Noisettes, Toploader, The Blockheads, Ward Thomas, Rationale, Dr Feelgood, Flyte, Molotov Jukebox, a very special secret act yet to be announced to headline Sunday afternoon at Lime Wood, and many more. Forget standard festival fare. Tuck into home-made street food…think smoking hot BBQs, wood-fired flat breads, colourful salads, old school ice-creams and much more! Celebrate the summer with a pint of local ale or cider, one or two glasses of rose or even a cocktail from our festival sponsors Chase Distillery. Brand new to the festivals this year, Chef Mark Hix has designed a VIP lunch menu to get you all fired up - the ‘Heavy Metal Meat Feasts’. Either Mark or one of his friends, Angela Hartnett, Luke Holder, James Golding or Lee Bull, will be taking to the smokin’ hot BBQ! Get stuck into some serious flavour at these long table family-style lunches; three courses of BBQ cult classics served with a side of rock’n’roll!

Set in the glorious countryside of the Test Valley, guests will have the opportunity to meet the winemakers, take part in English wine workshops and join guided tours of the Cottonworth vineyards. There will also be a chance to take an unusual tour of ‘wine discovery’ in the amazing vineyard maze. Under a marquee there will be over twelve sparkling and still wines on offer to taste and buy, along with local food stalls promoting and selling the finest Hampshire produce. An English food and wine extravaganza with a twist. The Festival is part of the Hampshire Fare Food Festival running throughout July. Early booking is recommended. Tickets (Early Bird booking): £10.00 p/p includes an engraved tasting glass, tasting booklet and programme. £15.00 on the door. Workshops tickets: £5.00 p/p. Book on Eventbrite: www.eventbrite.co.uk - search Vineyards of Hampshire Wine Festival. Or email info@danebury.com for more information. 58

And not forgetting the little’uns. There is a very special Kids tent where they can enjoy games and a spot of face painting. Under 5s go free! Intimate home-grown festivals, not too far from home, that are just as much a celebration of food as they are music. Join us to celebrate the season …no wellies needed!

For more information visit: www.smokedanduncut.com


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