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FORUM Enjoying Summertime in the Meon Valley & Solent Jane's Kitchen We talk to Alex Handford of Hampshire Farmers' Markets Nature Writer Claire Thurlow History Writer Iris Crowfoot Hampshire Mum JULY 2017 • ISSUE 22 • WWW.FORUMPUBLICATIONS.CO.UK • REACHING 18,750 READERS * BISHOP'S WALTHAM HAMBLEDON

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Jane's Kitchen

SMOKED TROUT AND ASPARAGUS QUICHE

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uiche is rather like soup – after the basic recipe you can add whatever flavouring or ingredients you like or have to hand. With an abundance of local produce – the choice is yours. This recipe is a little firmer with the added cream cheese and so great for taking out on picnics or in lunch boxes.

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8” shortcrust pastry case 180g cream cheese ¼ pt full fat milk 2 large eggs beaten 150g smoked trout skin removed 5-6 asparagus tips cut into 1” pieces 2-3 tablespoons grated cheddar cheese. Salt and pepper

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Blanch the asparagus tips for 5-6 minutes, in boiling water and drain. Cut the smoked trout into strips and place in the flan tin. Soften the cream cheese by beating with a wooden spoon then add the eggs and blend well until smooth. Add the milk to the

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mixture and whisk together. Season to taste with the salt and pepper. Pour the mixture over the trout then arrange the cooled asparagus on top and cover with the grated cheese. Bake in a hot oven for 15-20 minutes and then lower the heat. Cook for a further 10 minutes until firm and golden on top. Serve hot with a green vegetable or cold with salad. From Jane’s Kitchen An eclectic collection of seasonal recipes Available from Caracoli Alresford Leckford Farm Shop - Chilbolton Village Stores Price £6.99


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Food & Drink

BOOMTOWN TO HOST ‘FARMERS’ MARKET’ FOR LOCAL PRODUCERS

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elebrating ten years of supporting local food and drink producers, the Southern Co-op’s Local Flavours 10 Years Roadshow arrives in Hayling Island to give out free tastings of Hampshire food hero Jude’s Ice Cream to the public. Their #Local Flavours VW camper van is touring ten counties across the southern counties this month to encourage people to support their local food and drink producers. Alex Mezger from Jude’s Ice Cream said: “We’ve had the pleasure of supplying Southern Co-op for a number of years and have enjoyed seeing our sales grow in our local stores. Southern Co-op has supported us from our launch into our first store and now stock a wide range of flavours in their Hampshire stores.” The camper started the Local Flavours Roadshow in Kent on Saturday 10 June, followed by Reigate on 13 June, Windsor on 15 June and Southbourne on Tuesday 20 June. After Hayling Island the tour continued onto Freshwater on the Isle of Wight on 24 June with The Tomato Stall. Southern Co-op’s Local Flavours range was first introduced in 2007 on the Isle of Wight and supports farmers and producers, bringing the best local food and drink from across southern England to their stores. Community support is fundamental to the business ethos of Southern Co-op. This includes working with an increasing number of local food and drink producers who supply the ‘Local Flavours’ range in selected stores. Every county where Southern Co-op trades has a bespoke Local Flavours range sourced from within county or bordering counties, available in selected stores. This may include cheeses, yogurts, cream, ice cream, cakes and baked goods, sandwiches, wine, chutneys, preserves, seasonal fresh fruit and vegetables, meat and fish, juices, beer (the range varies by store).

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oomtown is on the lookout for local farmers and producers to be a part of their brand new ‘Farmers’ Market’ at the festival this year taking place between 10th - 13th August at the Matterley Estate, near Alresford.

The Farmers’ Market plans to feature the very best in local produce and will serve as an opportunity for Hampshire producers to promote their products to Boomtown’s 60,000 attendees from all over the world and showcase the delicious foods that Hampshire has to offer. The applications are now open for local producers to exhibit their craft to the global audience of Boomtown, via the festival’s website: https://applications.eventree.co.uk/apply/form/id/434 There are a variety of options available starting from as low as £30 a pitch for information stands up to £300 for a large Hot Food / Freshly Prepared Food / Drink Pitch. “Over the past few years we have had a great uptake of involvement from local people in areas such as volunteering, set painting, production, stewarding and also main contract suppliers. However, trader applications from local suppliers are relatively low, so we wanted to make it even easier for local producers to get involved. A Farmers’ Market is a great way to provide a space to put the spotlight on huge range of incredible products and crafts that Hampshire and this part of the South Downs area has to offer, and we look forward to discovering even more ourselves!” - Boomtown organisers Another initiative recently launched from Boomtown, for local organisations only, is for further involvement from smaller local charities. Alongside the main charity partnership with Winchester based youth charity Street Reach for 2017, the festival are offering registered charities and community interest groups space at the festival to bring along a stall or activity that represents their charity but also will tie in with the immersive and interactive atmosphere of the festival. More details can be found applications via: https:// applications.eventree.co.uk/apply/form/id/402 For larger local traders that would like to be involved as a one of the festival’s plentiful food or market stall holders, applications are also open. Any Hampshire companies applying should make it clear in their application that they are local to the festival and to be prioritised for consideration.

Southern Co-op organises outings for their members to visit suppliers of the Local Flavours range to give an insight into local food production and the company’s support for local food producers.

“We are really pleased to learn that the organisers of Boomtown are adding a local Farmers’ Market to this year’s festival. We are very proud of the food and drink on offer in Hampshire and are excited to be able to offer the opportunity to be involved to our members.” Tracy Nash, Hampshire Fare.

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ALEX HANDFORD OF HAMPSHIRE FARMERS’ MARKETS

ou could be forgiven for thinking that wellies and warm coats are the necessary attire for a day on the market, and while that may often be true, today it clearly isn’t.

Alex Handford, Manager of Farmers’ Markets for Hampshire, is looking a picture of elegance in a vibrant pink dress, “I’ve been in meetings all day”, she explains. Alex sits on the Great Taste Awards panel, overseeing new applications and guiding new producers through the process of joining Hampshire Farmers’ Markets (HFM), and meetings constitute only part of her busy and varied position. “On a typical HFM day I would be on site at 5:00-6:00am, one of our two logistics teams would arrive at 6.30am to set up for the traders to arrive and they will trade until 2:00pm, or longer if part of festival. There are 114 HFM in Hampshire each year some, like Petersfield and Romsey, are on the same day so we have to ensure that our logistics teams are well briefed for the set-up.We can encounter problems when the Council pop in a bollard or two or some new parking bays that were once HFM pitches and forget to tell us! But generally it all works out”. How did Alex come to Manage Hampshire Farmers’ Markets? “I am Hampshire born and bred, but once I graduated in Agriculture I went to Somerset for thirteen years where I was involved with dairy farming. I then qualified as an HR specialist before having a baby. At that point I needed a part-time job so did maternity cover in the office for HFM.The lady I covered for never came back and I’ve been Manager of Hampshire Farmers’ Markets for eleven years now.” Originally run as part of Hampshire County Council HFM became independent in 2002 and now operates from offices on the Rotherfield Park Estate home of Sir James Scott who is an enormous supporter of HFM. How do local producers apply to HFM? “It’s a simple application process but there are strict criteria applicants must adhere to.We visit new members at their offices and places of production to ensure they comply with our regulations. Producers obviously have to come from within Hampshire or 20 miles of the county border.We have our primary producers - meat, eggs, dairy, and fish.Then our secondary producers who provide, for example, pies, pâtés, biscuits, preserves, cakes and confectionery. All of these products must contain at least 20% of locally sourced ingredients, so butter, eggs and flour must also be local to ensure that we are supporting

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our Hampshire farmers and producers.With this in mind, we hold our Producers Awards, this year at Lainston House Hotel on October 5th, voted for by our customers, the public, in recognition of the wonderful products our producers bring to our markets. I think the most rewarding part of my job is guiding new local producers through the application and then seeing their individual businesses grow and flourish. Often producers have a fabulous product and, having chosen not to go down the supermarket route, feel a bit lost as to what to do next. At HFM we offer mentoring support for new start-up businesses, marketing support through local and national press, the markets themselves, and not forgetting our social media. Marketing is so important and what we provide is essentially an inexpensive, but very large, shop front.There are many events throughout the year such as British Food Week in September which we are linked to. We can also give advice on various grants which are available for small local producers which they may not have been aware of. My absolute passion is to keep the farming community alive by providing an affordable opportunity to sell their fantastic products to an increasingly concerned and discerning public who want to buy foods where they know the provenance and are assured of quality.The Hampshire Farmers’ Markets are community events with both producers and public coming together.They are lovely social occasions.” Hampshire Farmers’ Markets also promotes local food producers through their schools workshops. “We do wonderful things like butter making with the children which they love and get to know how food gets from field to fork, it’s so important”. So what products does Alex particularly like? “Oh so many! Too hard to choose! But I don’t like to be without oils from the Cold Pressed Oil Company, or smoked trout from the New Forest Smokery. FA Secrett’s Veg are passionate about what they do and sell the most amazing salad and vegetables. Plus wines from the Hambledon and Raynes vineyards”. Sounds like a wonderful meal! Alex’s support and hard work has been recognized many times, not least by Hampshire Life magazine through whom she was presented with the ‘Food Hero Award’ in November 2016.Thanks to her dedication and that of The Hampshire Farmers’ Market team she sees the future of local producers is assured going from ‘strength to strength’. For a calendar of Hampshire Farmers Markets Visit: www.hampshirefarmersmarkets.co.uk.


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An unexpected encounter… with a Barn Owl

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e’re having a heatwave. The doors of Bishops Sutton Village Hall are flung open to allow a welcome breeze to refresh a dozen women attempting to follow a lively Zumba routine. On such a beautiful evening the view over the meadow is enticing, but we’re here to get fit, not to gaze at the Hampshire countryside. Our ever-patient, instructor, Sue, has her back to us, making it easier to copy her steps as we attempt to master the choreography. It also means that she can’t always see what we’re up to! Halfway through another tricky Latin American number, several of our troupe make an unexpected lurch to the right, eyes no longer on Sue, but fixed on something outside. A barn owl! It’s not unusual to see this beautiful bird at the edge of a village, and rough, open grassland bisected by a stream is perfect territory. Meadows offer a plentiful supply of voles which are the barn owl’s preferred food, but it will also make a meal of mice, small rats and birds. Widespread they may be, but it’s still a heart-warming moment to see one just metres away. We drag ourselves back into line and carry on, catching up just as the song comes to an end. There’s no respite in which to indulge in another burst of bird-watching, so we launch into the next number, craning our necks to catch a glimpse through the village hall windows. The owl is unruffled; unperturbed by the music or by the proximity of humans. It sweeps past the open doors again, closer this time, powerful tawny-grey wings beating a far more graceful rhythm than that of most of our arms and legs. Its underparts are pristine, snowy white and that iconic, heart-shaped face is tilted ever so slightly in our direction. On the hunt for prey, it’s also keeping a soulful eye on us. “Where are you going?” 14

We’ve made a dash for the doors to get a better look, leaving poor Sue, hands on hips, at the front of the class. But she’s quick to follow, and we crowd outside to watch as the owl ploughs leisurely circuits of the meadow. It flies with its white face toward the grass, making use not only of its phenomenal eyesight, but also of its superb hearing. The feathers on its disc-shaped face act like a satellite dish, catching sounds and directing them back to the owl’s large ear-holes. Even in the pitch dark, no vole is safe. And the barn owl’s flight is silent, thanks to fringed feathers which allow the wings to beat the air without a sound. When the bird flies towards us, those wings seem massive in comparison to its compact body. With the females having a broader wing-span than the males, up to 90cm, perhaps this is a female. Taloned feet are held low, like an aircraft with landing gear engaged, ready to drop on unsuspecting prey scuttling in the dense grass. It’s only 8.30pm, and dusk is only just creeping over the sky, but the owl probably has young to feed and cannot wait. If food supplies are plentiful, it may well have a second brood by summer’s end. The nest is a rather minimalist affair, usually in a tree hollow or a convenient hole in an old building, but manmade nest boxes are also proving successful. In my own garden, I’ve heard the haunting shriek of a barn owl at night, and found tell-tale pellets of regurgitated food at the base of an old beech tree, but I’ve yet to see a barn owl in my own backyard. Luckily for me, I’ve had a close-up view of this wonderful bird when I least expected it. Standing by the fence, we watch as across the meadow the owl dips suddenly, then takes to the air with a defenceless rodent in its grasp. Dinner is served. WRITTEN BY CLAIRE THURLOW


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s it a Baked Potato, British Petroleum or the Big Picture? To me, and I expect many others it stands for Blood Pressure and we had a very interesting day on 6 May when we held a ‘Know your Blood Pressure Day’ in association with the Stroke Association in the foyer of M & S and Sainsbury’s at Hedge End. First a big ‘thank you’ to everyone who helped. I need to mention the aforementioned stores who kindly make their foyer available, the nurses led by Caroline Atkinson who give their expertise freely, the Stroke Association supported by Southern Health NHS Trust, the volunteers, Rotary and otherwise, who helped during the day and we should not forget the good people of St John’s Church at Hedge End who lent us some tables and chairs. The reason I wanted to share this event with you was to give you some statistics. I know there are lies, damned lies, and statistics but I think you will find the following interesting. One in six people will have a stroke. To put that in context the chances of matching 6 numbers in the Lotto draw are 1 in 45 million. The chances of matching just 2 of the numbers are 1 in 10. So 1 in 6 is something to think about seriously. Studies have shown that around four fifths of men and two thirds of women with high blood pressure are not being treated. During the day on 6 May, 262 people had their blood pressure tested. Of these, two were encouraged to attend hospital immediately. One of those was aged 45-59 (younger than you might think?). A further 19 were advised to see their GP urgently within one week and a further 56 advised to see their GP within a month. I could continue with the statistics but I think you understand by now the point I am making. Thank you again to those who helped and to those who participated in the day. Changing the subject completely, we were delighted this year that three Primary Schools, Durley, Fair Oak and Stoke Park participated in the Rotary Young Writer competition. The theme was ‘Reflection’. The standard of the entries was very high and we voted Libby Mercer of Stoke Park our winner with Grace Edwards of Durley our runner-up. Libby Mercer’s entry subsequently was voted runner-up in the District competition. Well done to all entrants and to Libby in particular! If you are interested in volunteering or would like to mention a local need please get in touch through our website hamblevalleyrotary.co.uk, or have a word with any of us. Carey Blake Hamble Valley Rotary

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She was a keen walker all her life, and passed on her love of walking to all her family.” Margaret Paren, Chair of the South Downs National Park Authority, said: “With Winchester City Mill now the official ‘gateway’ into the National Park the timing is finally right to set a permanent start or end point for people taking on the South Downs Way. I hope that the 20,000 walkers, cyclists and horse riders who follow the trail each year will find this beautiful marker both useful and inspiring.”

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Community SOUTH DOWNS WAY GETS A PERMANENT START/ END POINT IN WINCHESTER

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ne of the most popular National Trails in the country, the South Downs Way, has finally got an official western start/end point at the National Trust’s Winchester City Mill. A special way marker has been developed by the South Downs National Park and the National Trust property and made possible thanks in part to a legacy from the family

of Barbara Sandford and funding from the National Park Authority. Barbara and her husband Henry met in Winchester and were lifelong supporters of the National Trust. Barbara’s son Nick Sandford and daughter Helen Greenly said: “It is entirely appropriate that the South Downs Way starts or finishes at this historic destination of so many walkers and travellers over the years.

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n the evening of Sunday 23rd July we are holding our ninth charity open air theatrical performance by Illyria (www. illyria.uk.com), a travelling theatrical company. This year it’s in aid of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance,visit their website www.hiowaa.org for further information. This year we are returning to an old Gilbert and Sullivan favourite, The Mikado, first performed in London in 1885, remains one of the most popular musical theatre pieces of all time. This wry comic opera is set in Japan, but its satire of the ways a lie can be twisted into a truth is perhaps more blisteringly relevant to the political landscape of the English-speaking world than ever before! Performed by a cast of 6 actor/singers, and despite the reduction in scale not a single word from WS Gilbert's libretto is cut, nor a single note or harmony from Sir Arthur

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Ric Weeks, Manager of Winchester City Mill, said: “The official way marker provides the perfect completion to the South Downs Gateway, here at Winchester City Mill. We very much look forward to welcoming more and more visitors, helping them to explore the South Downs and discover the many beautiful National Trust places within the National Park.” Andy Gattiker, South Downs Way Trail Officer, said: “This new trail maker is just one part of the new improved route which takes the South Downs Way out of Winchester using off-road shared cycle and walking routes and quiet roads. And, of course, work is now underway to develop a matching marker for the Eastbourne end of the trail.” www.southdowns.gov.uk

Sullivan's score unsung. As a brief synopsis, flirting has been made illegal in the town of Titipu, and the penalty, by order of The Mikado, is death. Too bad then that the main culprit is the Lord High Executioner Ko-Ko, who wishes to marry his beautiful young ward Yum-Yum, and who has no intention of executing himself. Can the itinerant musician Nanki-Poo be persuaded to be executed in his place? It will take place from 6 to 9.30pm in the grounds of Wintershill Hall near Bishops Waltham, the performance starting at 7.30pm and lasts for two hours including a 20 minute interval. The gates open at 6pm so bring your own picnic supper, rugs, chairs, (waterproofs just in case!), money for the raffle etc, a party of friends (or just yourselves), and relax in a garden surrounded by lovely trees on a summer’s evening. For more information and tickets please go to: www.illyria.co.uk/ IllyriaTMKtourschedule2017.htm


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

O South Downs Nordic 65+

MUSIC & DANCE 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 Meon Valley Lions Club For more information: 0845 833 7812 or visit: www. meonvalleylionsclub.org.uk O Winchester & Solent Branch of the Cartophilic Society (Cigarette Cards) For more information contact Keith Miller: 01243 865147

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O Bishop's Bells Handbell Team For more information contact Sandy Foster: 01489 890334 O Bishop’s Waltham Library Toddler Time Every Wednesday during Term Time. 10.30am – 11am. Stories, rhymes and simple craft for the under 5’s O Hambledon Folk Club For more information visit: www.hambledonfolkclub.co.uk. folkclubhambledon@hotmail. co.uk

Walking For more information please call: 07879 564990 or visit www. southdownsnordicwalking.co.uk O Swanmore Lawn Tennis Club For more information please visit: https://clubspark.lta.org. uk/swanmorelawntennisclub or contact: sec@swanmoretennis. co.uk.

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.

O West Meon Ladies Hockey Club For more information ring - 07786 830881 or email: jocopsey10@gmail.com or see Facebook- West Meon Ladies Hockey Club

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.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT ANY OF THESE LISTINGS? Then visit www.forumpublications.co.uk. Click on the local information button on the menu. Select the Meon Valley and browse all your local clubs and societies in detail with direct links to their websites

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Community COWES WEEK: THE DUKE OF

EDINBURGH LOANS OVERALL TROPHY FOR THE NEW TRIPLE CROWN SERIES

Princess Elizabeth as a wedding present, which he once regularly raced at the regatta. He has also competed on his Flying Fifteen Coweslip and sailed on the yacht Yeoman. The Duke of Edinburgh was instrumental in setting up Cowes Combined Clubs, the body made up of 9 clubs responsible for coordinating the racing today. The new Duke of Edinburgh Triple Crown Trophy has been kindly loaned from the Royal Collection, and will be awarded to the overall winner of the Sevenstar Triple Crown at a prestigious prizegiving ceremony at the Royal Yacht Squadron. This trophy is the latest illustrious addition to the Sevenstar Triple Crown, which will also see the awarding of The Queen’s Cup, The King George V International Cup and the Royal Yacht Squadron’s King’s Cup 1920, which will be awarded to the three winners of each of the Sevenstar Triple Crown classes.

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owes Week Ltd, organisers of the world's best-known sailing regatta and highlight of the British Sporting Summer, is delighted to announce a new trophy for the new Sevenstar Triple Crown series at Cowes Week. The new trophy will be awarded to the overall winner of the Sevenstar Triple Crown. Loaned by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, the trophy will be named the Duke of Edinburgh Triple Crown Trophy. Cowes Week has few supporters as prestigious and as passionate about sailing as The Duke of Edinburgh, who famously owned a Dragon class boat named Bluebottle, given to him and the then

HELP THE FUNKY FLUTE CLUB GET TO LONDON!

The Sevenstar Triple Crown at Cowes Week is a new initiative for 2017. A regatta within a regatta, the series is open to large IRC rated racing boats up to 36m LOA. Three classes will compete: Maxi-Racer Class; Cruiser-Racer Class (both with a minimum TCC of 1.500) and an Ocean-Racer Class (minimum TCC of 1.400). The series will take place on the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of Cowes Week, with the Wednesday race being designated an Around the Island Race. Commenting on the announcement, Kate Johnson, Commercial & Marketing Director for Cowes Week Limited said “We’re absolutely thrilled that The Duke of Edinburgh has kindly agreed to lend this stunning and historic trophy for the overall winner of the Sevenstar Triple Crown. This will surely make the racing even more competitive as competitors vie for such a notable prize. The Duke of Edinburgh has been a regular competitor at Cowes Week since the late 1940s and we are absolutely delighted that he has chosen to mark his support for the regatta in this way. We are hugely looking forward to watching the development of this new initiative for Cowes Week”. School. In the past they have performed a musical fairytale to raise money for Naomi House Children's Hospice, as well as playing at Upham Summer Fayre, performances at Southampton Music Festival and Music for Youth as well as carolling in Durley and Winchester. They will be performing at Eastleigh bandstand on Sunday 25th June from 11am-12pm where they will be collecting donations from passers-by. On 1st July they are performing at Hedge End Carnival Arena, as well as having a stall selling cakes and treats to raise money. They will also be busking in Winchester on 8th July from 1.30pm-3pm and would love to see you at one of their performances.

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he Funky Flute Club are a group of flute playing young people aged 8 - 18 who entered the FluteWise / ABRSM competition and have got through to the final round in London on 16th July 2017. They are now trying to raise the £500 needed to pay for the group to travel to London and compete. Funky Flute Club was established in 2010 and welcomes flute players from grade 1 up. They rehearse weekly at Durley Primary

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Non-musical fundraising includes a car wash at Upham Village Hall (date tbc) and a cake sale at the hall on 11th July from 4.30pm - 5.30pm. Every little helps and would mean a lot to these hard working musicians. If you are unable to come and see them perform live you can still support them on the fundraising website Crowd Funder. www. crowdfunder.co.uk/help-Funky-flute-Club-get-to-London For further details please contact Sarah Finch, their musical director, on sarah@sarahheard.co.uk or 07779927613. Funky Flutes have their own website as well: www.sarah33210.wixsite.com/funkyfluteclub


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ast Hampshire residents are being encouraged to have their say on how waste and recycling, street cleaning, grounds maintenance and public toilets should be managed by contributing to a consultation that will run until Friday 14 July. The current Joint Environmental Service Contract, provided by Biffa and Idverde on behalf of East Hampshire District Council (EHDC) and Winchester City Council (WCC), will expire in October 2019 and the councils are keen to hear residents’ views on the different options. The two councils are committed to working together on any future contract and can choose to deliver the services in a variety of ways, each of which have their own opportunities and challenges. There is a document setting out the strengths and potential weaknesses of the four options available. Once residents have considered the options, a response can be completed online. Paper copies of the consultation document are available from the EHDC and WCC offices. Public responses will be taken into account before a final decision is made. Councillor Richard Millard, Leader of EHDC said: “Our waste contract is one of the most important contracts that the council has. By working with WCC, we have secured significant savings for both councils from the existing contract and aim to supply the best possible value for money and excellent service for our taxpayers.” To find out more about the consultation go to: www.easthants.gov.uk/waste-consultation

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Fencers royal addition Section C stallion at stud for 2018 to select mares

ith the 2017 show season well under way here, mares in foal for next year and foals born safely, we are able to start enjoying the benefits of our hard work with success at Devon County, Bath & West and at Welsh area shows with our own home bred stock and our customers ponies.

We are going to be offering our Welsh Section C colt Fencers Royal Addition to select mares for 2018 season as at the end of next season he will be broken ready to come out under saddle! We are also now able to offer a few spaces for part and full livery with bespoke packages for clients who don't necessarily want to show.

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Crossing the Channel this Summer?

’ll be taking my sons to France when school breaks up for the summer holidays. Living so close to Portsmouth, the only way to travel is by ferry and when we get to Caen, how can we resist visiting the D-Day landing beaches? Well, I’m afraid one son has developed an aversion to military history and has to be bribed with sweets and ice-cream to go within ten miles of any beach named Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno or Sword. I’m glad the other is still happy to spend hours crawling through restored landing craft, visiting gun batteries and reading the memorials with me. It seems to me that the small boys of Hampshire fell into similar groups in 1944. Some still lick their lips seventy years later when they describe the donuts, chocolate and gum shared by the soldiers as they prepared for the invasion. Others have told me about the generous camp cookhouses where a plate was always put out for a visiting child whenever the soldiers ate. However, Brian Sacree wasn’t interested in food: growing up in Winchester, he spent the war observing the soldiers and airmen as they prepared for battle. No. 4 Commando was billeted in Stanmore and had an assault course in the grounds of Winchester College. Brian and his schoolfriends would watch the ‘green berets’ exercise and after they had gone, copy them zooming down the rope slide across the river. He remembers the US Air Force Piper Cub spotter planes parked among the trees of Chilbolton Avenue and taking off from the playing fields where Kings School is now. Brian got into Peter Symonds Grammar School and joined the Junior Training Corps (JTC). On their field days, the JTC boys had to practice defending Farleigh Mount, and Brian laughs when he remembers the Rifle Brigade firing smoke bombs from 2” mortars into the Peter Symonds trenches to cover their advance. You won’t be surprised to read that he joined up at Peninsula Barracks as soon as he left school and enjoyed an interesting army career serving in the UK and Egypt.

Listening to Brian reminiscing about climbing St. Catherine’s Hill to watch Spitfires on their test flights and going to see a Horsa Glider which had come off its tow-rope on Twyford Down, made me wonder what else an observant school boy might have seen in the skies above Hampshire in 1944. Three squadrons of 368th Fighter Group USAF arrived at Chilbolton Airfield on March 15th 1944, bringing their mascot, a black and white terrier called Calvados, with them. From then until 6th June, D-Day, they flew two or three missions a day, with Calvados curled up in the cockpit of a P47 Thunderbolt. On a typical mission, 48 fighter bombers would take off in less than seven minutes then fly across Hampshire to the Continent. Their dive-bombing and strafing missions destroyed 27 enemy-run locomotives and three Seine River Bridges. A young mother who lived in Winton Cottage, Chilbolton said of D-Day: ‘I remember that morning. I was hanging out the nappies and the sky was white with [aircraft]. They were painted with black and white stripes and they just went overhead in endless formation; they just went on and on. So of course, we knew it had begun.’ Chilbolton pilots were the first across The Channel, supporting the landing vessels and ground troops as they reached Normandy, and the first to return. By afternoon, General Quesada had ordered them back to search out and attack enemy artillery firing on Omaha beaches. Next day, the situation was critical and continuous fighter-bomber support was requested on Omaha beachhead. 368th Fighter Group flew 35 squadron strength missions between 4am and midnight. Chilbolton ground crews supported them, armourers loading bombs and mechanics covering the largest bullet holes with fabric, letting the small ones go to a later date. By the following day, the situation on Omaha was materially improved and General Quesada said, ‘History may show that you saved the day.’ Calvados participated in the organised chaos at Chilbolton and became a D-Day casualty - he was run over by a weapons carrier. However, ‘Due to the skill of the Group Surgeon, assisted by the three Squadron Flight Surgeons, he survived. They spent hours putting that mutt back together.’ And when the 368th Fighter Group finally left Chilbolton Airfield on June 19th, to become the first group to be based on the Continent, Calvados went too. Iris Crowfoot - Iris.crowfoot@gmail.com www.HamboneJunior.com

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BISHOP’S WALTHAM GARDENING CLUB

BISHOP'S WALTHAM BROCANTE FLEA

ANNUAL SHOW - JULY 22, 8AM - 5PM

MARKET COMES TO THE HIGH STREET

he Annual Show is a long established event in the community and the 2017 Show will be the 61st. Last year we welcomed entries in over 100 classes. The classes include those for children as well as adults; novices and experienced growers; fruit and vegetables; cut flowers and plants; boxes, tubs, containers; photography, artwork and flower arranging; wine, preserves, cookery and many more!

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ishop's Waltham will be holding a Brocante Flea Market on the 9th July with a huge array of items for sale whether Antiques, Collectables,Vintage, Curios, Bric a brac,Vinyl records and plenty of quirky 'must have' items. This is a www. lovebishopwaltham.com initiative to showcase what this market town has to offer.

It is great fun to enter and a good family time. There are numerous prizes and trophies which have accumulated over the years and which are the subject of keen competition. Details of the trophies and prizes are printed in the Show Schedule together with a hints and tips section on how to prepare an entry. This is going to be held at Jubilee Hall, Little Shore Lane, Bishop's Waltham, SO32 1ED. For more information please call 01489 891731

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Community Retail

As well as established traders members of the public are welcome to sell their unwanted items, please contact the organiser for an application form. jackieedwardsmarketing@gmail.com. Tel: 07514 680872 F:Art & Interiors T:@ArtDesignFairs

Bishops Waltham Brocante Antiques • Vintage • Flea Market

F I N E A RT AU C TIO NE E RS & VA LU E RS

MONTHLY ANTIQUES & INTERIORS AUCTION Saturday 29th July Viewing: Friday 28th (10am – 7pm) and morning of sale from 8.30am

FINE ART, ANTIQUES, INTERIORS & COLLECTABLES Tue 18th & Wed 19th July Viewing: Thursday 13th 12 noon – 4pm, Friday 14th, Saturday 15th, Monday 17th 10am – 4pm, and mornings of sale from 8.30am

Sunday 9 July

Bishops Waltham High Street Art & Interiors

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ust because I’m wearing orange linen trousers doesn’t make me a Buddhist!”Thwack went the fly swat again as I cavorted around the conservatory in pursuit of the biggest wasp I had ever seen. “Yeah, but mum you even save flies in the butterfly

net.” Thwack! “Gotcha! Yes, but I don’t like to kill things….apart from wasps”. Call it Karma if you will, but I was about to be tested…. “Fancy some trout?” a friend had asked. So over I went to pick up four fresh trout from my kind chum. Now there’s fresh and there’s VERY fresh. Driving back in the trusty Renault Mark II I swore I heard…no, it couldn’t be could it? A rustling from the bag on the back seat? Probably just my imagination. But then came more rustling and out of the corner of my eye I saw the bag containing said trout leap across the seat. “Oh God they’re alive!” As the trout continued to do acrobatics in the bag I turned the CD up and drove a little faster than perhaps I should. Once back at Chez Pagan I tentatively reached for the bag which gave an almighty lurch as I picked it up. I did my best girlie scream. “ You alright Mum, what’s that?” “Supper, but one of them is still with us.” I dropped the bag on the draining board and stood well back. “Don’t be daft Mum, it’s just stunned. Leave it for a while and…. bloody hell, it’s alive!” Star I, in that manly way, retreated to the lounge and peering around the corner said helpfully, ”Do something then!” By now it was clear that while three trout were in fishy heaven the fourth was determined to prolong his mortal life. It is worth pointing out at this point that the fish are properly and humanely killed but for some reason dear Bob, (as he will forever be remembered), was made of stern stuff.

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There was only one thing for it; I would have to… call The Husband. “What are you going on about Sandra?”The Husband found it highly amusing. Luckily he was working in Our Market Town. “ You need to come home and sort it please!” “I’m at work, just leave it and it will stop soon”. “No listen!”With that the bag nearly leapt into the sink. I thrust the phone towards it as the contents continued to thrash about, “See! There’s fresh and there’s fresh- that is NOT a dead fish! I can’t have live fish cavorting on my draining board!” I was verging on the hysterical. It was clear that Star I was hopeless as he filmed the proceedings on his phone from the safety of the conservatory. “All right I’ll come back” My hero! A few minutes later The Husband was sharpening his best chef ’s knife, “See what you mean – Bob’s a bit lively for a dead fish”. Bob? It seemed to me that this was not the best time to invest in a pet type relationship with Bob, err I mean the fish. I couldn’t look but from Star I’s comments I could deduce that having been hatched some time ago the trout were most definitely dispatched, ”That’s disgusting Dad. Bob’s mouth is still opening and shutting even though he’s not joined anymore!” (GCSE Biology where are you now?) “ There you go love”.The trout were topped, tailed, gutted and in the dish with Bob indistinguishable from his fishy friends.” Later that day The Husband produced trout stuffed with fresh herbs and lemon – delicious. But just before we all sat down to supper ….another wasp. The last remaining Buddhist tendency left my soul-THWACK!! “ Take that waspy!” Sandra Pagan


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2 JULY - 5 AUGUST Q A League of Friends Art Galley Stubbington artist Deirdre Coker and Barry Robertson of Gosport will be displaying their paintings in the League of Friends Coffee Shop. The Coffee Shop is situated on B Level just above the main entrance. It is well used by staff, visitors and patients.The League also have an art gallery in the vending area which is adjacent to the foyer of the main restaurant, also on B Level. The League are still in need of more volunteers. anhone interested may write to Miss J Spear, Chairpersons, League of Friends, Coffee Shop, B Level, Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, PO63 3LY or phone 02392 286797, or pop into the shop for details.

8 JULY Lions’ Centennial Swanmore Village Fete From 12.30pm – 4.00pm at New Road Recreation Ground, Swanmore. Swanmore village fete is a good, old-fashioned, traditional village fete, where you can expect lots of fun and excitement! This year Lions are celebrating 100 years as an organisation and we’re turning the fete into a birthday party.There’ll be live music from Soberton Strummers and Swanmore College of Technology Jazz Band. Once again, we’ll have the classic cars and bikes on display, plus, we’ve over 40 stalls, coconut shy, games and rides and oodles 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. Adult entrance: £1.50; under 12s FREE. For more information visit: www.meonvalleylionsclub.org.uk/events.html

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Dan McKinnon - Hambledon Folk Club A fascinating Canadian singer/songwriter, storyteller, musician and historian - blessed with a glorious baritone voice, a graceful mastery on guitar, and a hearty laugh that delights any room, Dan McKinnon has carved out his own unique, musical path.Venue:The Youth Hut (between Village Hall and Vine Pub),West Street, Hambledon PO7 4RW. 8.30pm start (doors open 8.00pm). Floor spots and guests welcome! Entry: £10.00 (£8.00 members, £5.00 under 18s and students) Drinks from Vine Pub next door or bring your own. Tea/Coffee at the Club. For more information and booking phone: 023 9263 2719 or email folkclubhambledon@hotmail. co.uk

15 JULY The Summer Reading Challenge Children visit Bishop’s Waltham Library today or throughout summer and register to read 6 library books before 17th September and collect stickers, a certificate and a medal on completion.This is a Reading Agency initiative.

Medieval Weekend 2017 Historical re-enactments, a medieval village featuring authentic cooking, combat demonstrations and travelling players performing a series of rambunctious plays will help bring the past to life in a FREE weekend of entertainment for all the family.The special festival will celebrate the launch of The Virtual Museum of the Grace Dieu – a new digital portal exploring the history of Henry V’s ‘great ships’ – the Grace Dieu and Holigost.The museum can be explored by anyone with a computer or smartphone. 11am - 4pm This is a free, family orientated event. River Hamble Country Park Hampshire SO31 1BH

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.

Appletree House - Open Garden for NGS Designed to look larger than its 40ft x 90ft, this garden has both a shady woodland style area and also sunny areas allowing a variety of planting. Winding paths lead to different views across the garden and of the meadows beyond. Lots of ideas for the smaller garden.Wed 19 July. Admission £3.50, Children free. Light refreshments. Times:12:00 to 16:00.Telephone:01489 877333. Light lunches on request.. Open for charity. Appletree House, Soberton, Hampshire SO32 3QU

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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Countryside Fayre On The Moors in Bishops Waltham – entrance in Cricklemede. Parking in town centre or Hoe Road Recreation Ground. 11am – 3pm. Central feature – The Hawk Conservancy – plus stalls covering local wildlife, countryside and environmental groups, a BBQ, children’s activities, guided walks. No entry fee. Donations welcome. Entrance: Free.

6.15pm. Bring own food, drink and chairs. All proceeds to Ickle Pickles charity to help fund equipment for the neo natal intensive care baby unit at Queen Alexandra’s Hospital, Portsmouth. Tickets £12, children under 16, £6. Call Jenny 01489 878722 for more information and tickets.

15 JULY Shakespeare in the Garden There will be a performance by The Villagers in their 31st year of All’s Well That Ends Well by William Shakespeare on 15 July commencing at 7.30pm in the gardens of Hill Farm House, Droxford Road, Swanmore. Gates open at

Meon Orchard - Open Garden for NGS 1½ acre garden designed and constructed by current owners. An exceptional range of rare, unusual and architectural plants inc National Collection of Eucalyptus. Dramatic foliage plants from around the world, see plants you have never seen before! Flowering shrubs in May/ June; perennials in July; bananas, tree ferns, cannas, gingers, palms dominate in Sept; and streams and ponds, plus an extensive range of planters complete the display. Admission £5, Children free. Homemade teas.Times:14:00 to 18:00.Telephone:01329 833253. Open for charity. Meon Orchard, North of Wickham, Hampshire PO17 5AU


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CaSO - your local Prostate Cancer Support Organisation in association with Meon Valley Lions is offering a Free PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) blood test at Priory Park Hall, Bishops Waltham, SO32 1SQ on Saturday 12th August at 10am - 3pm. We recommend that every man over 50 (or over 45 if he has a family history of prostate cancer) knows his PSA. A man dies every hour from prostate cancer in the UK - don't be one of them. A Prostate Specific Antigen is an indicator of prostate health. A small blood sample is taken from a vein in the arm and will be sent to a laboratory.You will be informed of the result in 7-10 days time by post of email.

The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Winchester, Councillor David McLean (left) presents the Lifetime Achievement award to Ron Wilson (right)

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on Wilson of the Meon Valley Lions Club, has received a Lifetime Achievement Award for services to the local community, from Wickham Parish Council. The main purpose of Lions is to provide support to groups and individuals in local communities, so it’s rewarding for someone as committed as Ron to receive such recognition for his work. Ron is a long-standing servant to the Wickham area community, through his involvement with Meon Valley Lions Club. He joined the Lions in 1982 and at the age of 86 is now their longestserving, active member. He has recently been awarded the Melvin Jones Fellowship (the highest form of recognition for Lions members) and has always played a central and active role in all aspects of the club’s operation. Currently, Ron is the Lions Club Almoner and responsible for members’ welfare, having previously held office as Club Treasurer, as well as leading on our Youth programme, acting as the interface with local schools, youth clubs and Scout and Guide groups. For many years, he has run the “SpekTrek” programme for the Lions in the Meon Valley area, collecting unwanted, used spectacles from local optometrists and feeding them into the Lions’ national SpekTrek network scheme for distribution in developing countries. He also liaises with local doctors’ surgeries to ensure they have adequate supplies of Lions’ “Message in a Bottle” - a device used in emergencies to warn medical service personnel of an individual’s specific medical conditions or drugs regime. Ron was presented with his Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual Wickham Parish Assembly. Councillor Angela Clear read Ron’s nomination before The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Winchester, Councillor David McLean made the presentation, to loud applause from his colleagues and Wickham residents alike. Tel: 01329 832610 www.meonvalleylionsclub.org.uk

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The Caci Jowl Lift Specifically targets those loose muscles around the jawline. Using quad probe applicators designed to double the lifting action of the Caci treatment system therefore enhancing the results and reducing treatment time. The 15 minute facial treatment helps improve the appearance of sagging jowls by using the quad probes which have been specifically developed to target the muscles around the jawline. They emit tiny electrical impulses to lift, firm and redefine the facial contours. You can have the treatment incorporated in the full facial Caci treatment for an extra ÂŁ15 or as a stand alone treatment for ÂŁ25. It is completely painless and the results are superb

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FIFTY SHADES OF HAMPSHIRE!

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walk along the South Downs Way inspired Heather Lacey to discover a fascinating county, rich in history. After one of the driest Aprils on record, it’s hard to believe that in the last few years Hampshire seems to have had more than its fair share of April showers.

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ummer is coming and so is the Wickham Music Festival (3rd – 6th August). The Festival is a family friendly fun event in the fields just outside Wickham with top class bands. In previous years the line up included James Blunt, Chas and Dave and this year 10cc will be there with a host of other bands. If you get the chance to go along take the opportunity to drop in at the Elemental Tent for a bit of R&R, some chat and light refreshments. There’s craft for the kids too. This is the fourth time we’ve had the Tent at the festival so regulars will have met us before. The Elemental Tent is run by the Meon Valley Methodist churches; Waltham Chase, Shirrell Heath, Swanmore, Hambledon and Bishop’s Waltham. We love meeting festival-goers and offer the chance for a chat or a quiet time. We have arts and crafts, corn dolly making, give-aways and on the Sunday a harvest festival. Or just come and have a cuppa. The Elemental Tent takes its name from the four ancient elements (earth, fire, wind and water) – getting back to the real, original meaning of life. We all have worries and have to face difficulties, but we’ve all been given free choice. Sometimes we make good choices, sometimes maybe not-so-good. A chance to share thoughts with others may be helpful. That’s where we come in, to listen, to pray if you wish (you won’t begin to believe what this can achieve!), to find answers to life’s questions… big and small. So if you’re feeling in need of a bit of rest mentally, spiritually or you’ve just got sore feet, drop into the Tent and relax.

So it was in 2014 when Heather chose to walk the Hampshire end of the South Downs Way. Squelching along with water swashing over her boots, things felt bad as the murky conditions obscured any views. And then the waterproof gear failed! Most hikers would have given up at this point. But not Heather. She came back to find out what she’d missed. The result is a stunning book, full of “stuff ” about the county’s past, people and its places. ‘Whan that Aprille’ is overflowing with pictures – drawings, maps and loads of photographs, many by Petersfield photographer Steve Cannings. Heather was not surprised when they had a weekend of photography in April last year ... and it rained! “Hinton Ampner’s pond is certainly different in the rain, and as the deluge swept in over East Meon we managed to get a very atmospheric picture before making a mad dash for shelter.” recalled Heather. Spies, spook and sailors are among the characters emerging from the pages of ‘Whan that Aprille’. Questions needed answering. What did Betty Mundy do, and what’s so important about her bottom? Who was the inspiration for the Master in Anthony Trollop’s Barchester Chronicles? Why was Nelson’s Victory almost not launched? And which village was owned by the mistress of the King?

The Festival takes on a different feel at night and to match this every evening we install a labyrinth outside the Tent.You can follow this while you ponder the serious things in life, or not – after all, you have the choice! It’s strange but the sun always shines at Wickham Festival, people of all ages seem ready to smile, to chat, to befriend, to belong – isn’t that what we all want? Martin Letts mletts@talktalk.net Tel: 01489 896182 40

All these questions and so many more are explored in ‘Whan that Aprille’ by Heather Lacey, a hard backed coffee-table style book. Find out more at www.whanthataprille.co.uk The book can be bought at Laurence Oxley’s and at Longbarn in Alresford, West Meon Village Shop, The Sustainability Centre near East Meon and One Tree Books, Petersfield.


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hank you for your support of the Carnival. By the time you read this the Carnival will be over for another year; I don’t know whether we will have enjoyed terrific weather or a downpour. Whatever the case, I hope you enjoyed yourself! Not all work and no play. Here is a picture of local Rotarians after they beat Hamble Valley Rotary at Boule at the end of May. It was a close contest, but the local expertise finally won out! In the end both sides needed some sustenance as you can see.

Community Support 2017/18

Many of you will know Malcolm Wearn from his support of many St. Peter’s Church activities, including the annual Summer Fayre; and the Rotary Carnival. Malcolm is the new Bishop’s Waltham Rotary Community Chair person. He is keen to make a fast start to his year in supporting community activities in BW, and was kind enough to give me a few minutes of his time to outline his thoughts about how he plans to progress things. ‘I am keen to explore a more holistic approach to community support. My committee will work on developing Community Projects that have a lasting and meaningful impact in a truly local manner. The team is in place, drawing on experience and enthusiasm across the spectrum of the Club membership, from long-serving members to brand new members, including a lady member. Naturally, and in addition, any ad hoc requests for support will continue to be supported: so please don’t stop coming to Rotary for help; we will help if we can. In an attempt to bring the Rotary Club and Community closer together, we will be encouraging other public and community organisations to become ‘partners’ in some of our projects; in a similar way to the way we work with some local commercial Business Partners. I am very enthusiastic about the challenges of the forthcoming year and would welcome approaches and ideas from anyone in the local community wishing to help. I look forward to talking to you soon.’ 42

Rotary International Polio Eradication Campaign

Bishop’s Waltham Rotary members joined some 270 people to take part in a Guinness World Record attempt, for the longest human representation of a text. The idea was to raise the profile of the Purple4Polio campaign which fighting to wipe out Polio across world-wide. For over 30 years, Rotary and its members have been committed to fighting to eradicate polio across the world. The amount of polio-endemic countries has dropped from 125 to just 3, with more than 2.5 billion children receiving vaccinations.

Look out for our next campaign when we will be planting 1000 purple crocuses in Bishops Waltham in October 2017 ready to bloom in Spring 2018. See if you can spot some locals.

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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

Libraries O Bishop’s Waltham Library Free Street, Bishop’s Waltham, Southampton SO32 1EE Tel: 0300 555 1387

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

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Church Lane, Hambledon. Tel: 02392 632440

O Meonstoke C.E School Chapel Road, Meonstoke. Tel: 01489 877568 O Newton Soberton Infant School Church Road, Newtown. Tel: 01329 833161 O St John The Baptist C.E Primary School Solomons Lane,Waltham Chase. Tel: 01329 833141 O Swanmore C.E Primary School Church Road, Swanmore. Tel: 01489 894555 O Swanmore College New Road, Swanmore. Tel: 01489 892256 O Upham C.E Primary School Upham Street, Upham. Tel: 01489 860355 O West Meon C.E Primary School Church Lane,West Meon. Tel: 01730 829213 O Wickham C.E Primary School Buddens Road,Wickham. Tel: 01329 833065

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

Tel: 01730 829666 O Wickham Surgery Mill Lane,Wickham www.wickhamsurgery.co.uk Tel: 01329 833121

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


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Church Services BISHOP'S WALTHAM O Catholic Church of Our Lady Queen of Apostles Sunday 2 July 09.30 Sunday Mass Sunday 9 July 09.30 Sunday Mass Sunday 16 July 09.30 Sunday Mass Sunday 23 July 09.30 Sunday Mass Saturdays 18.00 Evening Mass 17.15 Confessions O St. Peter's Sunday 2 July 08.00 BCP Communion 09.15 Parish Communion 09.15 Informal Service in Church Hall Sunday 9 July 08.00 BCP Communion 09.15 Parish Communion 09.15 Informal Service in Church Hall 18.30 Compline at Preshaw Chapel Sunday 16 July 08.00 BCP Communion 09.00 Informal Service in Church Hall 09.15 Parish Communion Sunday 23 July 08.00 BCP Communion 09.15 Morning Worship 09.15 Informal Service in Church Hall with Communion Sunday 30 July 08.00 BCP Communion 09.15 Parish Communion 09.15 Informal Service in Church Hall

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MEONSTOKE O St. Andrew's Sunday 2 July 10.30 Family Eucharist Sunday 9 July 08.00 Holy Communion Sunday 16 July 18.30 Taizé

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O St. John the Baptist Sunday 2 July 08.00 Holy Communion BCP 10.00 Parish Holy Communion Sunday 9 July 08.00 Holy Communion BCP 10.00 Family Time Service Sunday 16 July 08.00 Holy Communion BCP 10.00 Parish Holy Communion 18.00 Choral Evensong Sunday 23 July 08.00 Holy Communion BCP 10.00 United Service of Holy Communion at Shirrell Heath Methodist Church Sunday 30 July 08.00 Holy Communion BCP 10.00 Coffee Time Worship Thursdays 10.00 Holy Communion in the Morrell Room

DROXFORD O St. Mary & All Saints Sunday 2 July 08.00 Holy Communion Sunday 9 July 10.30 Family Eucharist Sunday 16 July 10.00 Informal All Age Service Sunday 30 July 08.00 Holy Communion

EXTON O St. Peter & St. Paul Sunday 2 July 18.30 Evensong Sunday 16 July 08.00 Holy Communion Sunday 23 July 10.30 Family Eucharist Sunday 30 July 10.30 Pets and Gardens Service

HAMBLEDON O Methodist Church Sunday 2 July 10.30 Morning Worship Sunday 9 July 10.30 Morning Worship & Holy Communion with Children's Craft Activities Sunday 16 July 10.30 Morning Worship Sunday 23 July 10.30 Morning Worship Sunday 30 July 10.30 Morning Worship

SWANMORE O Methodist Church Sunday 2 July 10.30 Morning Service 18.00 Evening Service Sunday 9 July 10.30 Morning Service (Junior Church Anniversary) 18.00 Evening Service Sunday 16 July 10.30 Morning Service 18.00 Evening Service with Holy Communion Sunday 23 July 10.30 Morning Service with Holy Communion 18.00 Evening Service Sunday 30 July 10.30 Morning Service 18.00 Evening Service

O St. Barnabas Sunday 2 July 08.00 Eucharist 10.00 Parish Eucharist inc. Sunday Club Sunday 9 July 08.00 Eucharist 10.00 Parish Eucharist inc. Sunday Club Sunday 16 July 08.00 Eucharist 10.00 3rd@10 Café church 18.30 Eucharist Sunday 23 July 08.00 Eucharist 10.00 Parish Eucharist inc. Sunday Club Sunday 30 July 08.00 Eucharist 10.00 Service of the Word Wednesdays 11.00 Eucharist Thursdays 08.00 Morning Prayer Saturdays 12.00 Midday Prayer

UPHAM O Church of the Blessed Mary Sunday 2 July 11.00 Parish Communion Sunday 9 July 11.00 Family Service 18.30 Compline at Preshaw Chapel Sunday 16 July 11.00 Parish Communion Sunday 23 July 11.00 Informal Service with Communion Sunday 30 July 11.00 Matins

WARNFORD O Church of Our Lady Sunday 9 July 09.00 Parish Communion Sunday 16 July 09.00 Holy Communion Sunday 23 July 09.00 Matins Sunday 30 July 10.30 Cluster Communion

WEST MEON O St. John the Evangelist Sunday 9 July 10.30 Parish Communion Sunday 16 July 10.30 Service of the Word Sunday 23 July 10.30 Parish Communion


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Human Kitchens

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riginally 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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When Ben was asked how people would describe him he replied: "Passionate, I think would be the best word." If you are considering a new kitchen, Human Kitchens would love to hear from you.


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Leisure

WIGGLE MEGA MEON SPORTIVE SUNDAY 23RD JULY 2017

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f ever there was a perfect setting for a sunny sportive to unfold on a weekend’s morning, the Meon Valley would be up there with the best. Its tree-sheltered darting country lanes, forest backdrops, field-side rolling roads and spectacular views across to the Solent, Spinnaker Tower and Isle of Wight make this one not to miss. Its valley setting provides enough hills to keep you on your toes and offers excellent views, punchy climbs and swooping terrain. This is a fine all-round sportive that will take your breath away.

NEW CYCLING TRAIL FOR BISHOP'S WALTHAM - BIKING THE BOUNDS

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cycle ride round Bishop's Waltham, keeping as close as possible to the parish boundary, using roads and a bridlepath. This is a cycling version of the tradition to walk the parish boundary in Ascension Week, called 'Beating the Bounds'. Total length of the route is 14miles/23km. Please take care on busy roads and please keep to marked bridleways. The tour reflects the historic tradition of 'Beating the Bounds', a walk around the parish boundary during Ascension Week. The route keeps as closely as possible to the boundary, and although it is mainly on quiet roads, with one bridlepath section, there are some steep hills and some short sections crossing or along some busy roads, so please be aware and take care. These are marked on the map, along with the 5 pubs on the route.

As you set off from the ride’s base, you’ll notice that the more miles you cover, the further away you get from towns and civilisation as the route will guide you through the best of the Hampshire countryside, occasionally flitting across to West Sussex. Ambling out into the open, you’ll be led over the A3 and into the wilderness as you head through the back lanes and up towards Petersfield. Checking past East Meon, you’ll have to slog it out on a series of climbs before hitting a descent sweet-spot around Warnford, which gives around a mile of fast downhill action. Continuing to head north, the hills around the Upper Weald will get most KOM segment seekers out of the saddle. Heading through Northington, Tichborne and Cheriton, what should be the penultimate climbing challenge comes with around 15 miles to go. From then on, it’s an uphill finish – lasting just under two miles – but you’ll soon be over the finish line to bask in the glory of having finished a tough but enjoyable route.

Route Information

Short Route - 27 miles: £26 Standard Route - 58 miles: £35 Epic Route - 100 miles: £35 Register at: www.ukcyclingevents.co.uk/events/wiggle-megameon-sportive/ - online entry ends on Wednesday 23rd July, or on the day. Starting at South Downs College, College Road, Waterlooville, PO7 8AA 52

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In the Arena we are booking entertainment which includes Falcon High Birds of Prey, Dog Factor and Jamz Dance. We are delighted to welcome back 3p Suite, an A Capella harmony group who have always proved popular at previous shows. As always, our popular Hog Roast and Tea Tent will be available for you to enjoy on the day, or maybe you would prefer to relax with a drink from the Curdridge Cricket Club Bar.

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Leisure CURDRIDGE COUNTRY SHOW - SATURDAY 15 JULY

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ou are invited to join us for our 60th Curdridge Country Show on Saturday 15th July 2017.

We are really looking forward to welcoming you to the 2017 Curdridge Country Show, with lots of things to do and see. We promise to deliver fine foods, creative crafts and engaging entertainments that will be great fun for the whole family. If you come along as a visitor, there will be so much for you to experience from browsing through Trade Stands, to taking part in the entertainment we have to offer, to relaxing in the Tea Tent, enjoying the

arena events or entering classes in our Horticultural Show. It’s a fun-filled day out for all of the family to enjoy.

The line up so far

Tractor Rides Pony Magic Ferret Racing And Roulette Bungee Trampolines A Bouncy Castle Woodland Crafts A Ferris Wheel A Pottery Wheel Segways Junior Crossbows Fire Engines

HEDGE END CARNIVAL - SATURDAY 1 JULY

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njoy the fun of Hedge End's traditional carnival held every year on the first Saturday in July since 1921. The Carnival is organised by a small group of community spirited people who meet once a month at the Village Hall in Hedge End. It is a light hearted affair and we are always looking for assistance.

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The first carnival in Hedge End was in 1921, and this became the start of a great tradition. The main aims then were the same as they are now, to bring the community together to have a great time and raise money for good causes. In 1921, the main beneficiaries would be medical charities. Before the days of the National Health Service medical treatment was difficult for poor people to obtain and most of the people of Hedge End were poor. The carnival was centred on the Recreation Ground in St. John's Road where the procession still starts. The festivities were held on a Saturday in August when Mr. Bartlett, (who owned the roundabout), could get here. When the

The Horticultural Show offers a wide variety of classes for you to enter. It is a great fun way to show off your produce, crafts, baking or artwork. The Grand Draw takes place during the show and has a great range of prizes to offer donated by local businesses that support the Show. If you still have energy to burn after the show, there is a Barn Dance held in the evening, which offers live music, food, drink and a great atmosphere. As part of the show there are a number of competitions that you and your family can take part in. These include sideshows, the Horticultural show and the photography competition. Make sure you come along and get involved! This event is held at Curdridge Reading Room & Recreational Ground, Reading Room Lane Curdridge, SO32 2HE www.curdridgeshow.co.uk playing field in Upper Northam Road was purchased, the entertainment moved there with the fair in the next field. When the Carnival started again in 1947 after the Second World War, the first Carnival Queen, Eileen Haines, was chosen. Prefabs had been built on the fair field so the fair moved onto the playing field. Within a few years, the first Saturday in July had been chosen as the regular date. It’s free to watch the procession but please bring plenty of change as collecting buckets will be ’a plenty’. There is a small charge to enter Greta park, but this includes some great entertainment. For more information please visit: www.hedgeendcarnival.org.uk


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