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Community CITIZENS ADVICE WINCHESTER DISTRICT Lesley Rose, Advice Services Manager at Citizens Advice Winchester District discusses unfair terms in a gym contract.

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My gym will only allow me to cancel my membership in person. This is written in the contract but I’ve since moved away from the area. What can I do?

If the gym won’t accept your written cancellation ask if they’ve got a complaints procedure in place which you can follow. If not, then send another letter giving them a final chance to end the contract. If they still won’t agree to cancelling your contract get in touch with an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) scheme - an independent complaints body which settles disputes. The gym may belong to one already, or should provide details of an approved scheme and say whether they’d be prepared to work with it. You can also contact the Consumer Service or your nearest Citizens Advice for help on cancelling contracts which include possible unfair terms.

To end your gym membership you will need to follow the terms of the contract. However, it’s also possible to challenge any terms which cause unnecessary hassle or are designed to keep you tied into the contract. For this reason, you could try to challenge the term which states you need to end the contract in person.

Advice Winchester District The Winchester Centre 68 St George’s Street, Winchester, SO23 8AH Tel: 01962 848008, Fax: 01962 848005 comms@cawinchesterdistrict.org.uk www.citizensadvice.org.uk/winchester-district

LOCAL RESIDENTS HELP KEEP AIR AMBULANCE FLYING

Cllr Warwick said “By filling our textile banks, residents have been not only helping to reduce our waste and improve our recycling performance but are also supporting a really worthwhile cause. We are therefore thrilled to be handing over this cheque today thanks to the generosity of the people of Winchester. Our immense gratitude goes to all at Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance for their difficult but important work, which they carry out in the in the most challenging of circumstances.”

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inchester City Council residents have helped raise a staggering £24,000 for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, by using council clothing recycling points around the district to turn their unwanted clothing, shoes and textiles into cash. Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance provides exceptional pre-hospital critical care to those who need the highest level of urgent medical treatment, whenever they are in need and wherever they are. The charity rely on donations to keep the Air Ambulance in service. On 13 December 2017, Cllr Jan Warwick, the City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Environment presented a cheque for £24,000 to Dr David Sutton of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance at the charity’s airbase in Thruxton. 4

Start by writing a letter or email explaining you want to end your membership and why you can’t do so in person. If writing a letter, it’s best to use recorded delivery so you have proof that the letter arrived.

Rachel Leaman, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance Head of Income Generation added “It costs in excess of £9,000 a day to maintain our life-saving service and we can only do this thanks to the outstanding support that we receive from the communities that we serve. The generous donation of £24,000 from Winchester City Council will help us to continue our lifesaving work.” To find out where your nearest textile recycling bank is visit: https://www.recyclenow.com/local-recycling. If you would like to know more about the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance and how you can help them, visit their website: http://www.hiowaa.org/


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Community SOUTH DOWNS NATIONAL PARK LAUNCHES NEW NEIGHBOURHOOD PLANNING CONSULTANCY SERVICE

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outh Downs National Park Neighbourhood Planning Consultancy Service has recently been helping East Meon Neighbourhood Plan.

Over the past seven years our small team of planners and community development specialists have supported more than 50 Neighbourhood Planning Groups as well as Village Design Statements, Parish Plans and Local Landscape Character Assessments across the National Park. Along the way they’ve gained a wealth of experience at taking planning out into our communities.

NEW MUSIC MAKERS CONCERTS A SUCCESS!

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hat could you wish for to start Christmas? Maybe a fantastic Christmas show including world class Irish dancers, a jazzy trio, a couple of hilarious duetists, humorous readings, a heart rendering solo and of course a polished SATB choir singing a mix of traditional choral pieces, jazz, calypso and film scores. This is what the New Music Makers had on offer on the 9th December for two packed hall fulls of concert goers. Everyone started their Christmas at this ever popular Christmas show, as did Santa, who made a special appearance for the children. Can we already dare to think of what Christmas 2018 will herald? Book a date in your diary to look out for our next Christmas extravaganza. We look forward to entertaining you. In the meantime, a very happy Christmas to you all.

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George Thompson of East Meon Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group said: “The support provided by SDNPA to the East Meon Neighbourhood Plan was crucial in our success. They gave clear insight into the process and incisive advice on how to address some of our more difficult decisions, while supporting the objectives of our NDP. “At no time did we feel pressured into accepting the default planning policies. Their support in managing the examiners comments enabled East Meon to retain its character and meet the objectives of our plan.” Now we want to share these skills beyond our borders with a new consultancy service offering neighbourhood and community planning support. Our plan is to offer a bespoke service helping parish councils and local authorities to deliver plans that are sensitive to landscape and village or town character and firmly guided by the needs and aspirations of the community – in particular, in rural communities in other National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs). For the South Downs National Park Authority, the service will provide an income stream supporting work back here in the South Downs. Find out more at www.southdowns.gov.uk/npconsultancy 6

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isitors paying for parking with their cards will have no surcharge added to their ticket price thanks to recent changes to the council’s meters. From January 13 2018 a law change will mean the extra charges imposed by credit and debit card companies can no longer be passed on to the customer. East Hampshire District Council has now adjusted its meters so from December 1 2017 it has absorbed this cost – around 22p per ticket. Cllr Ingrid Thomas said: “This is great news for people who come to Petersfield and Alton and use our car parks there. Visitors will now not have to pay the extra 22p surcharge imposed by credit and debit card companies, instead EHDC now covers this cost. This will make parking in our car parks, and paying by card, easier and cheaper for everyone.” www.easthants.gov.uk


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Inspirational artist is part of Rum’s Eg showcase

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t is an amazing story of triumph over adversity - a Romsey teenager who is deaf, cannot speak and has cerebral palsy has produced beautiful works of art to be exhibited at Rum’s Eg art gallery. The inspirational and colourful work of 16-yearold artist Tjili Grant Wetherill will go on show at the the popular Bell Street venue when it introduces an exciting programme of featured makers during 2018.

a starting point to a painting, allowing her to create abstract structures, textures, colours and shapes. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet the artists through a series of demonstrations, workshops and events during their time in the gallery. Each month, three or four artists working in different disciplines will be participating in the gallery alongside their exhibited work on show. General manager Rebecca Maddox said: “Rum’s Eg is looking forward to showcasing the work of a diverse and talented array of artists next year. Our new programme will give members of the public the opportunity to interact with the featured makers at a series of events.”

Born in Cambodia in 2001, weighing just 1kg, Tjili was the only survivor of triplets abandoned on a hospital doorstep in Phnom Penh. Fortunately, Tjili was adopted by a British couple, James and Vik Grant Wetherill, and lived in Singapore Tjili Grant Wetherill until October 2016 when the family moved to England. Tjili, who lives in Middlebridge Street, is Check the Rum’s Eg website www.hampshireartandcraft.org for self-taught and creates stunning art in her own unique style to details of the featured artists’ demonstrations and events. critical acclaim. Two vibrant bird paintings were recently selected from thousands of worldwide entries to be displayed by the Royal Watercolour Society in London for its 2017 Contemporary Watercolour Competition.

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Tjili, who uses sign language to communicate with others, boldly expresses her view of the world through her distinctive art. Proceeds raised from the sale of her work at Rum’s Eg will support her ongoing medical treatment. The January launch will also include ceramicist Dave Sutherland, textile creator Helen Murchie and painter Lynne Reeves. Ceramicist Dave, from Lyndhurst, has enjoyed pottery from an early age, but since retirement has produced large stoneware storage vessels, bowls and pitchers decorated with tenmoku, chun and copper red glazes. Dave Sutherland

Textile artist Helen is from Scotland, and now lives in Locks Heath. Her passion is Harris Tweed on to which she embroiders digitised designs. She uses the embroidered panels to make cushions, cushion kits, notebook covers and a variety of accessories. Romsey painter Lynne is inspired by life, people, places, the light and mood of the day, the warmth of the sun, and the music of the sea - in particular, the beauty, history and light of St Ives in Cornwall. Experimenting with different types of media and techniques, Lynne incorporates paper collage and acrylic inks as

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THE NEW BROOM

n some cultures there is a tradition when one gets married of jumping over a broomstick to signify the start of marital bliss. Ah yes if The Husband and I had been true to our Celtic roots and partaken of that tradition on our wedding day I can just hear him saying, “Ah don’t worry love I left that broom there, I’ll put it away later”. And there you have it, forget the whole ‘men are from Mars and women from Venus’ thing it’s simply that men are ‘oh I’ll do it later’ and women are ‘ok I’ll do it now’- simple. Now in The Husbands defence, (what do you mean you never thought I would say that?), I absolutely get why he doesn’t want to come back from work and start on my numerous and brilliant ideas for DIY projects. By the way while we're on the subject I’ve had an idea about increasing storage space by going subterranean - a simple spiral staircase down into the bowels of the earth just off the kitchen for wine and essentials - perfect!

See, even while I am typing I am thinking if ‘we’ should make a start in the New Year holidays, that way it will all be done by Spring. I can also hear The Husbands reply that cannot be put into print… Way back just over thirty six years ago when The Husband’s knees buckled under my weight as he heroically man handled me across the threshold of our first home, the die was cast. I loved our house and set about turning it into a home with gusto, I should point out that The Husband had spent eighteen months of hard graft building it and thus was in no mood

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for anymore ‘little jobs’. So unwittingly I became somewhat of a nurturing domestic goddess ensuring all was ‘lovely’, home cooked everything, gleaming surfaces and ironed underwear – pre-children obviously. The years passed to include more major building projects leading The Husband to conclude he’d done his bit aside from infrequent bouts of decorating. For my part living in a house of men I’ve had to learn patience. I made a number of New Years’ resolutions dedicated to ‘sorting them out by making them share the household chores and cooking’, only to see them crumble to dust (which I’ve had to hoover up) by the end of January. There was no point, so now I live happily with the familiar phrases-“Yeah alright don’t go on, I’ll put it away in a minute”, and my personal favourite “Why don’t you do it later”; because I need to do it now as for certain they’ll be something else to do later. There are no such resolutions this year, if the truth be known I rather love looking after them all. Being married is rather like working for the Forestry Commission you have to do lots of maintenance to keep things from getting overgrown or stunted, plant your seedlings and wait a long time for them to mature. Although sometimes you get a rogue tree or plant that springs up from nowhere. So I attentively planted the magic bean of an idea about a new stair runner and before I knew it The Husband had set forth with vigour - job done! Then as if they had actually developed the ability to read my mind Stars I and II finally learnt how to load the dishwasher and cook a family meal from scratch! I reckon they went out and brought a new broom that sweeps cleaner! Mind you they would have jumped over it, I bet I’m the ‘someone’ who will put it away later! Happy New Year. Sandra Pagan


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F EAT U R E I SSU E 28 | JANUARY

Jane's Kitchen

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MIXED FRUIT MARMARLADE

came across this recipe using windfall apples, but at this time of year I am sure you will have some left over fruit from the festive fruit bowl. However it can be made almost at any time of the year and takes a lot less time to prepare than the traditional Seville Orange variety.

Ingredients

• 2 Grapefruit or (1 Orange and 1 grapefruit) • 4 Lemons • 2lb (900g) apples (I have used a mixture of cooking and eating), peeled and cored. • 5pts Water • 5lb Sugar • Fresh parsley if available or a teaspoon of dried tyme • Salt and pepper (to taste)

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Method

Wash the citrus fruit and peel off the coloured part of the skin (a potato peeler is good for this). Then shred finely. Peel away the pith and chop the flesh roughly. Chop the apples and place with the water, peel and flesh in a large heavy pan. Tie the citrus pith, pips apple peel and cores in a piece of muslin and tie this to the pan. Simmer gently until the citrus peel is tender and the quantity reduced by half. Remove muslin bag, squeezing well. Add the sugar stir until dissolved then boil rapidly stirring occasionally until setting point is reached. Allow to stand to cool slightly before putting into clean warm jars with a well fitting lid. From Jane’s Kitchen. An eclectic collection of seasonal recipes. Available from Leckford Farm Shop, Leckford and Chilbolton Village Stores Price £6.99


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Community HELP NEEDED TO MEND THE SOUTH DOWNS WAY

Remote location seeks sensitive scar repairs For one of the most remote sites on the South Downs Way Millpond Bottom, between Beacon Hill and Penn Hill, has some impressive scaring. Successive feet, wheels and hooves have more than doubled the width of the chalk track – putting nearby sensitive Scheduled Ancient Monuments at risk. We need £15,000 to safely transport materials to the site, mend the trail and keep walkers on the straight and narrow. Paying the price of popularity More than 80,000 people walk the high Plumpton Plain track between Ditchling Beacon and the market town of Lewes every year and although it’s 200m above the sea, the path is flat so surface water is a big problem. At more than 1km long and at least 3m wide, we need £25,000 to repair, strengthen and add drainage so the path can continue to give joy to thousands of people.

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lease donate to help mend the South Downs Way is the plea going out to everyone who loves and uses the 160km national trail which runs all the way from Winchester to Eastbourne. The 20,000 people who walk, cycle or ride its length each year, the millions more who explore sections of the trail and everyone who loves the trail are being asked to help raise £120,000 to mend broken sections of the trail. “We know how much people love the South Downs Way,” says Andy Gattiker, South Downs Way trail officer. “They share glorious photos and stories with us every day – now we’re asking for their help to mend it. Fifteen thousand pairs of boots, 10,000 tyres and 800 hooves travelling the length of the trail each year cause a lot of wear and tear! Our existing funding allows us to make most repairs but there are a number of significant projects which, because they are on more remote sections of the path, are too expensive to tackle using existing funds. Each year, as the erosion and mud gets worse, they get more damaged and become harder to fix.” The ‘Mend our Way’ campaign is being run by the South Downs National Park Trust, a new charity which works with partners to protect the National Park for future generations. Find out more and pledge your support at www.southdowns. gov.uk/mendourway

What needs to be done?

Inglorious mud! Old Winchester Hill is a scheduled ancient monument with an Iron Age Hill Fort, a Bronze Age cemetery and is also a National Nature Reserve. No wonder that it’s one of the most iconic hills in the National Park. But the route up to it becomes a slippery kilometre of boot-churned mud every winter. Being inaccessible to machinery and vehicles makes it a great place to be (when it’s dry) but almost impossible to fix. We need £50,000 to scrape away the mud and replace the surface with stones. 16

Water water everywhere Hyden Lane near Butser Hill sits on top of the chalk ridge but suffers from a lack of drainage. As large puddles get trapped on the busy track the surface breaks up and becomes muddy. It will take £35,000 to fix 1.6km of the track – replacing the existing surface with new layers and creating a camber to help it drain. ‘Mend our Way’ is part of the national ‘Make a Million’ initiative, run by the British Mountaineering Council, which seeks to raise £1,000,000 for some of the UK’s most treasured trails. Find out more at mendmountains.thebmc.co.uk

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David Keighley: Therapy Retreats

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o be in the company of therapist David Keighley is an education. If therapy is designed to make one stop and really think, acknowledge, learn, accept and change, then David is a conduit and guide to enable that to happen. For the purposes of my visit the relationship between interviewee and interviewer were clearly defined; I came away intrigued and thoughtful. David’s qualifications warrant an article of their own, suffice to say he has held teaching positions in an Adolescent Crisis Unit in a psychiatric hospital and in state and special schools. He has also trained RAF staff in counselling Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome and in the Obesity Unit of Addenbrooke's Hospital, as well as posts within Universities. “We were living near Saltash in Cornwall and then near Fowey before moving to Hampshire some twenty years ago now. Having studied theology and psychology I was working as an Anglican clergyman within the church but was also increasing my therapy work. I was able to work part time within the church and work at my therapy practice at the same time. Now I have retired from church life I have returned to my original career as a psychotherapist”. David continues to review neurological research and it’s implications for counselling and is currently studying for a Diploma in philosophy, “It’s the next logical step in a lifetimes study of humanity”. David’s professional development is derived from many different psychological and spiritual sources - Christian and Buddhist teachings, Jung and Socrates, and authors such as the American Bishop Jack Spong and Hampshire’s Krishnamurti. So is his therapy based on brain or soul - science or theology? The answer is both. “Within Christian teaching there are stories and ‘miracles’ that have become increasingly questionable in this age, but it is important to take on the meaning behind them.When Christianity talks of the ‘Resurrection’ I think that it is possible for people to be reborn in the ‘now’ to challenge and ultimately change their problematical thought processes of the past and their behaviour in the future, but my therapies are not exclusively based in Christianity” In March 2016 David launched IIT – Instant Image Therapy – at the Royal Society of Medicine, of which he is a senior associate. He had developed IIT over four decades of evidence based practice which now underpins David’s ‘Therapy Retreats’ business. A business which offers intense, cognitive therapies for a range of emotional conditions, e.g. anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and relationship concerns. The most popular of his couple-therapy retreats is ‘Save your Marriage in Three Days’, designed to rescue a failing relationship.These retreats are

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located in select rural locations across Hampshire according to client’s requirements.” Some clients like a spa environment, others like a B&B atmosphere, while others want to immerse themselves in private hotel accommodation”. All retreats are on a one to one or one to one couple basis. Whatever the preferred location or type,Therapy Retreats can provide a perfect venue to suit. David’s web site contains many glowing and grateful testimonials to the success of Therapy Retreats. David explains, “It’s crucial to get people away from their everyday life in order to truly help, away from the city, their careers, family and all that goes with that 24/7 contact via phone, email and internet so that they can reflect and truly focus.” It is the findings of our age that David is concerned with, “I believe there are significant problems with unrealistic educational attainment as a starting point, as well as traditional cultural and religious teachings which influence our past and hence our futures. Krishnamurti advocated the consideration and ultimately the rejection of all ideological teaching whether religious or political as a way forward.” In microcosm, David’s cognitive therapies release client’s from those constraints by analysing the notion that living in the fears of the past or the worries of the future are both areas of stress and we should ultimately live the present.Time is, after all, ‘now’. “The brain can be lazy and tries to encourage you to continue living with long term habits from the past. If you are a bad driver the brain will continue to let you drive badly – until you make the effort to change and learn new, better habits. In this current age many people seem to exist in the past.Their conditioning, memories and learnt experiences are allowed to contaminate their present lives. And their concern for their future encourages stress and anxiety concerning things we have no control over.What is missing is our existence in the ‘now’. If we lived in the now, in this very second, in this heart beat then the taught traits of the past would be dissolved and the potential stresses and loss of control regarding a future not yet lived would disappear. I see the education of our children as fundamental to the problems we, and they as adults, will face in the future.The constant drive to achieve, be better, judge others and ourselves without any notion of what makes an individual happy, misses the point of what life is all about. Many people I see have so much materially but happiness is totally missing from their lives. I show them a new take on their life. ” If you would like more information on any aspect of David’s work please visit: www.therapyretreats.com


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tockbridge was delighted to welcome Piers Morgan to turn on the Christmas lights on the first Friday of December. Thousands of people turned out on a perfect wintery evening to join in the festive fun and to support our local hero – Alex Lewis. From the Christingle service for the Children’s Society to carol singing, fire eaters to jugglers, sausages to pizzas, Father Christmas to hand bell ringers, 2 choirs to the Test Valley Brass and so much more, there was entertainment up and down the High Street. ITV Meridian came to film the event live for its early evening programme. However – things didn’t go entirely to plan! At the appointed hour Piers started the countdown with the huge crowd outside the church and pushed the plunger and nothing happened. The crowd roared with laughter and a somewhat surprised Piers implored the crowd not to inform his onscreen wife, Susanna Reid of his “failure”! Within a few minutes the church’s faulty socket was bypassed, and the lights came on to huge cheers! Piers Morgan then walked the High Street meeting thousands of people before he went to a dinner at the Greyhound on the Test where 6 people had bid in an online auction to have dinner with him and Alex Lewis, a quadruple amputee, to raise funds for the Alex Lewis Trust. Substantial funds have been raised so far. Monday mornings Good Morning Britain was dominated by Piers’ experience in Stockbridge. The Meridian footage was played over and over again and Piers came up with a conspiracy theory involving Susanna Reid and Charlotte Hawkins who used to work with the Meridian presenter, Richard Slee. Another mention for Stockbridge was on Have I Got News For You, throwing more shame on poor Piers! Alex Lewis was interviewed by Piers and Susanna at the end of the programme, further shedding light on this inspirational young father. For more information on the Alex Lewis Trust please visit www.alex-lewis.co.uk/

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ver 100 people gathered at Hambledon Village Hall on 1st December to mark three key events in the Hall’s history. In 1946 twelve philanthropic residents donated funds towards building a new village hall. By 1947 a Charitable Trust had been established and a plot of land given to the trust for the purpose. The Village Hall Trust was therefore celebrating its 70th birthday! While the old village hall in East Street had been deemed substandard in the early part of the 20th century, it was nevertheless used for over 60 years before enough funds were raised to build the new hall. Work finally started on the current village hall in 1977, 40 years ago – another birthday - although the official opening was not until 1982. The evening celebration was attended by villagers and people who had been involved in running the village hall over the years. Guest of honour was Mrs. Margaret Day, widow of the late Roger Day, a key figure when the hall was built. A small exhibition about the history of the hall was on display with some old photos that were the topic of much discussion while beautiful background music was provided by Laura Dickson, noted pianist and local resident. After enjoying refreshments, the gathered crowds were addressed by Janet Harrison, Chair of the Board of Trustees, who said the village owed a significant debt to all those volunteers who have supported and managed the hall since it was built as well as current trustees who all actively help in running it as well as governing its affairs. The trust has also greatly benefitted from legacies and gifts from local people. Martyn Kille, Chairman of Hambledon Arts Society, spoke about how the village hall is the hub of the community, being used by the many Hambledon clubs and societies, as well as for private hire by locals. Following the speeches, a celebration cake was then cut by Mrs. Day. The third commemoration of the evening was the completion of the Heating and Energy Efficiency Project (HEEP). This eco-minded initiative has been supported by grants from Hampshire County Council, The Big Lottery Fund, Winchester City Council and Hambledon Parish Council to whom go many thanks. The HEEP project included installation of a new more efficient heating system using an air source heat pump; double glazing and LED lighting. The Meeting Room has been enhanced by a new suspended ceiling, and is available for hire by local groups, small businesses and others, with the benefit of Wi-Fi and boardroom table and chairs. The hall and tables were decorated by Jo Tester to showcase how it can be used for family celebrations and weddings as well as community use. The premises have been completely refurbished over recent years, and photos and information can be found on the website: www.hambledonhantsvillagehall.weebly.com. The evening was a great success, and folk reminisced about events at the hall going back over many years.


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Community WINCHESTER CABINET GIVES GOAHEAD FOR WINCHESTER CITY CENTRE REGENERATION PLAN TO GO TO FORMAL CONSULTATION

Friday 12th January 4pm - 7pm at Winchester Train Station Saturday 13th January 9.30am - 5pm at The Brooks Shopping Centre Saturday 14th January 9am - 2pm at St Maurice's Covert (Winchester Farmers Market Day) Monday 15th January 11am - 2pm & 4pm - 7pm at Kings Church, Bishops Waltham The draft SPD can also be viewed at local libraries in Winchester, New Alresford, Bishops Waltham, Waterlooville, Eastleigh, Chandler’s Ford, Fareham and Romsey from 11 December. Please visit the website for address and opening details: www.winchester.gov.uk/ engagement-and-consultation Full details about the consultation can be found at: www. winchester.gov.uk/CWR. The formal consultation will run until noon on Monday 5 February.

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he Central Winchester Regeneration area’s draft Supplementary Planning document (SPD) was approved for formal consultation by Winchester City Council’s Cabinet at its meeting yesterday (6 December).

The formal consultation will be launched at a public exhibition in the Guildhall’s Wintonian Room on 11 December. The master planners and architects behind the new vision for Central Winchester’s regeneration (JTP) and Council officers will be on hand to give more information about the content of the Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) at the launch exhibition. Members of the public are invited to ‘drop in’ to the exhibition anytime between 2pm and 9pm on 11 December. Cabinet approval follows extensive work by the Central Winchester Regeneration Informal Policy Group over the last year and scrutiny by the Overview and Scrutiny Committee last week (27 November). Cllr Caroline Horrill, Council Leader and Chair of the Informal Policy Group said “I’m thrilled that we are now in a position to formally consult on the planning guidance framework. There has been significant engagement already and so I’m hopeful that residents share my excitement about our partnership work becoming a reality to create a great new vibrant centre for our city.” I would like to thank my fellow IPG [Informal Policy Group] members, officers and JTP for their hard work and commitment to making this as inclusive as possible. A week-long touring exhibition has been planned for 10 – 15 January 2018 which will enable people to see the latest materials and meet JTP and Council staff in a range of locations including Alresford, Bishops Waltham and Winchester. The exhibition display will also be available to view in The Brooks Shopping Centre from 12 December until 8 January.

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What's On JANUARY 11 JANUARY Bishop's Waltham North Pond Conservation Group public meeting 7:30pm at St Peter's Church Hall, Free Street SO32 1EE.There will be an illustrated update on the previous years activities, as well as our Annual General Meeting. It will be an interesting evening where you can see what has been keeping our volunteers occupied during the year. Email: info@bwnpcg.org.uk for more information

26 JANUARY Wickham Torchlight 10k The night train to nowhere departs from the Wickham Community Centre in Mill Lane, along the disused railway line at 7pm for an out & back 10k. Now known as the Meon Valley Trail, mostly under the cover of trees, the trail takes you out to Soberton, under the watchful eye of the 'night birds'. There will of course, be a bespoke medal for all finishers!! Come on night owls, climb aboard, it'll be a 'hoot'. Price: £18 For more information and booking please call: 01329 556399, email: jeff@ ruralrunningevents.com or go to: www.eventrac.co.uk/race-course-map/ wickham-torchlight-10k-wickham-torchlight-10k-26-01-2018-1900#anchor

MARCH 20 - 24 MARCH Curdridge Amateur Drama Group presents "Curtain up on Murder" After a fantastically successful ‘Snow White’ Panto, with sell-outs at virtually every one of the eight performances, audiences will be delighted with our Spring presentation “Curtain up on Murder”. A murder, mystery, comedy thriller evening that will keep you guessing! Just who IS the murderer? With trap-doors, ghosts and plenty of tension don’t miss out on March 20th, 21st, 22nd,23rd and 24th at the Reading Rooms, Curdridge. Our new on-line ticket scheme makes is so easy to book at www.curdridgedrama.co.uk (from 15th January)


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Community COUNCIL PROGRESSES BISHOP’S WALTHAM DEPOT REDEVELOPMENT

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e are nearly there. Polio has almost been eradicated in the world. 2016 Saw only 37 new cases being reported, and, at the end of november 2017, only 17 cases, with no new cases reported in india for four years. Rotary international has been the main force behind this achievement since 1985, when the rate of annual new cases ran at about one thousand a day! Many of you will know Nigel Barnfield as St Peter’s church treasurer. Nigel was also a founder member of the local BW rotary club in 1989, having moved to BW in 1988 as Lloyds bank manager in the town, and then moved onto Eastleigh.Within rotary, Nigel very quickly got involved with the rotary international polio project. He became the rotary district governor in 2009, and oversaw the raising of $220,000 in support of the ‘thanks for life’ polio campaign.The following year, 2010, the world wide ‘end polio now’ campaign was launched. In addition to the saving of many lives, it is estimated that the complete eradication of polio in the world is worth over $50 billion to the world economy. Not many people realize that rotary international has worked with the Taliban in places like Afghanistan and Pakistan; the final two countries where cases are still being reported.The Taliban has agreed ‘non-combat periods’, when vaccine can be administered.There is a potential for visitors and migrants to the UK could be carriers of the polio virus until the disease has been completely eradicated.

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new development of small business units could be in the pipeline for the former depot site at Bishop’s Waltham, according to proposals agreed at a recent Winchester City Council Cabinet meeting.

Councillors at the meeting agreed to develop the site which is already owned by the Council but is currently vacant apart from a single derelict building. Members of Cabinet asked for further studies to assess the commercial viability of the site before a final decision is made. The depot covers 0.95 acres and is situated in a former quarry off Lower Lane in Bishop’s Waltham. In the past it has been used as a base to store refuse freighters serving local parishes, but the site has remained vacant in recent years. The plot has previously been considered for a number of development options, including a new fire station and housing but neither was considered suitable. Cabinet agreed that building new business units would make best use of the site as well as help local businesses to find suitable workspace in the district. It would also support Winchester’s aspiration to become a premier business hub. Portfolio Holder for business Cllr Rob Humby, speaking at the meeting in Whiteley said “It’s a pleasure to see this type of development progressing in our market towns. This cabinet is dedicated to a full district agenda – that’s why we are in Whiteley today. I am delighted that this is happening as it’s supporting the local economy and demonstrates that business accommodation can be well placed outside the city centre.”

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Working for peace.The disease can live in sewers for over three years, so places like Syria, where there is long term destructive conflict, are affected. Arising from this, otary is working for peace in the world, and has been funding a peace scholarship programme for over ten years, for ten scholars at each of five universities in the world. For example, Bradford University runs a peace studies programme, and rotary organises a conflict resolution programme for young people called Peace Jam at Winchester University on 3rd and 4th March 2018. When BW Rotary collects locally, much of the proceeds are channelled back in to local charities and good causes. But some of it is transferred into the rotary international pot funding the fight against polio, providing peace scholarships and funding many other projects suggested by rotarians throughout the world. Rotary does a huge amount of good in the world. If you would like to know more, please get in touch by emailing nigelbarnfield2@gmail.com Snookered. Imagine the scene - four determined players weighing each other up. No track record known, so all to play for.Tim Millier hadn’t played for 17 years, but found his old form.The opposition were regulars and fancied their chances.The first frame was won by chandlers ford with a fluke treble bounce on the black. It was now our’s to lose as we were on the ropes. Frame 2 and it was all down to the last colours and tim spotted the black with a cracking shot. So the match was even. Final frame. Malcolm wearn smacked the balls with the opening break of the reds and they said.The frame was scrappy and bogged down with us trailing all the way through.We wore them down chipping our way back to get on terms and then it was down to a ‘black ball game”. After a few poor shots from both sides the opportunity opened up and we were able to sink the black. Astonishment all round! They couldn’t believe it and neither could we. So we graduated from being cannon-fodder to mediocrity and we live to fight another day.

The Council is expected to make a final decision on the future of the site in early 2018.

Yet another new rotarian. BW rotary continues to expand its membership. Di Hemingway-Rice was inducted into the club by Debbie Walker, on 30th November.

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Community NEXT STOP WEST MEON NATURE STATION

Martin lives in the village and wanted to find a better use for the derelict storage depot, once West Meon Station, next to the trail head. Russell brought along his experience of fundraising and countryside management and they approached the National Park Authority, the Parish Council and Hampshire County Council, who own the site. The idea of a natural space for the school to use was born. “We started talking to the school and discovered that they had a real need for an outdoor area,” says Martin, whose love of outdoor crafts has also come in handy in making two benches for the children and a huge hurdle-gate. National Park Volunteers and staff from Hampshire County Council Countryside Services have put in days of work clearing the site, improving drainage and installing two further benches. Funding from the National Park Volunteers’ Reserve Fund covered the cost of fencing to make the area safe and further work will be covered by a £1,500 Grant from the National Park Authority’s Sustainable Communities Fund.

West Meon Station before work started

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ith a huge amount of hard work, a lot of local support and some future funding secured from the South Downs National Park Authority’s Sustainable Communities Fund, two National Park volunteers have taken a derelict storage depot and led its transformation into a nature reserve for a local school.

Meanwhile Russell has been very satisfied by the reuse of resources, “we found unused roadstone and gravel on the site which the volunteers have been able to recycle into pathways. But our work was only the first phase, it will now be up to the children to help decide what happens next on the site.”

It’s surprising to learn that a school right in the heart of the South Downs National Park could have almost no outdoor space. “We literally have two tiny playgrounds at the back and front of the school, and even part of that is borrowed from the church,” says Julie Kelly, headmistress of West Meon Church of England Primary. “We use the village recreation ground and hall and take the children out a lot to places like Queen Elizabeth Country Park, but that does involve a lot of travel.” But earlier this year the school gained a brand new nature reserve, just ten minutes’ walk from the school gates. West Meon Nature Station exists thanks largely to the efforts of South Downs Volunteer Rangers Martin Cowell and Russell Cleaver who both worked on the development of the Meon Valley Trail, a 16km multi-user track that follows the line of an old disused railway.

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Finn Canaway helps to officially open the Nature Station

Pupil Finn Canaway came up with the name for the site which opened last summer. So far it’s mainly been used for science and geography classes but there are also plans to use it for creative writing and also have an area for quiet reflection. “The school suddenly goes quieter and I know that the children have gone up to the Nature Station,” says Julie. “Having this on our doorstep is an amazing thing. Everyone has wellies by the door, they just pull them on and off they go!” Do you have a project or idea that could bring social, environmental, economic or cultural benefits to a community within the National Park? Find out if it’s eligible for a Sustainable Communities Fund Grant at www.southdowns.gov.uk/care-for/supportingcommunities-business/sustainable-communities-fund/


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The Deer Dilemma

BY CLAIRE THURLOW

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hristmas is over for another year, and with it all signs of Dasher, Dancer and the rest of the team.There haven’t been any wild reindeer in Britain for around 800 years, but a herd was successfully introduced in the Cairngorms. You might see one roaming in the National Park, but it’s unlikely they will ever become numerous enough to be a nuisance. In the south-east we may not have reindeer, but we certainly have plenty of deer, and in some places, far too many of them. Not only do they cause thousands of road accidents every year, but they are voracious eaters who don’t confine themselves to the countryside. In 2014 the city of Salisbury faced the dilemma of deer taking up residence in the cemetery beside a busy road on the edge of town.The image of fawns curled up between the gravestones may be endearing, but not for grieving relatives when funeral flowers have been devoured.The authorities were forced to remove all the rose bushes from the Garden of Remembrance as these were decimated by the deer. Debate continued about how to get rid of these stubborn, if photogenic, pests. A deer fence? Impractical at nearly two metres high. A cull? Unpopular. As an official commented: “I don’t want to be on the council that shot Bambi!” Driving past this spot last year, I noticed two deer, unperturbed by the traffic, grazing in the cemetery as if they owned the place. Less likely to be seen in town is the muntjac, which prefers woodland, farmland and scrub. But it will happily forage in gardens, trample on crops and has even been seen grazing on a traffic island. It’s about the size of a large dog, and is known as ‘the barking deer’ due to the canine sounds it produces. I had forgotten how peculiar they look, until one stepped out in front of my car recently (fortunately it was on a quiet, straight

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road so I could avoid hitting it).These are stocky creatures, with longer legs at the back than the front, giving them a hunched appearance, and they have short, rather devilish horns, rather than elegant antlers. Unlike other deer, the muntjac prefers to fight like a boar, having canine front teeth which protrude from its mouth as tusks. Looking at those, I can see why muntjacs are blamed for widespread damage to tree trunks. This one sauntered from thick woodland and stopped in the middle of the road to stare at me. Apart from the ginger face, its coat is brown in winter with white undersides and tail, which it flicks when agitated. Although plentiful in Britain, and increasing steadily, the muntjac is not a native species, having been introduced from China in the early twentieth century. A number escaped or were deliberately released from private estates and feral populations have thrived ever since. One factor in their success may be that, unlike other deer, they have no fixed breeding season and can produce young at any time of year. The muntjac is certainly a survivor. Fossils date the species to the Miocene period, meaning it was walking the planet as much as 23 million years ago. It’s incredible to consider that this diminutive deer has changed little since the days of the sabre-toothed tiger and the woolly mammoth. It has survived predators and climate change, including an ice age or two. No matter what this winter throws at us, there’s little doubt that the muntjac will take it all in its stride.


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Community Garden HAMBLEDON FOLK CLUB LISTINGS FOR THE NEW YEAR

Wednesday 10 January 21st Anniversary Party

Special event with celebrated guest performers (many local) who have appeared at Hambledon over the years (and helped get it going in the early days including in our first year - 1997). In this evening to mark Hambledon Folk Club’s 21 years, floor spots will be provided by former organisers and MCs of the club while the guests include popular artists such as George Wilson, Ramskyte and Tom Lewis…assuring a really great evening!

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opiary goes as far back as the Ancient Romans with its first known appearance in a Tuscany garden. Here in the UK at Leven Halls in Cumbria, its Grade 1 Listed garden dating back to the 1694 boasts the oldest and most famous topiary in the world. Topiary came into being as part of the birth of formal landscaping during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, which has historically led to the common misconception that you need a large garden to enjoy these shapely shrubs.

Ramskyte will be reforming as a three-part a cappella group to present some of their ‘greatest hits’! Their strong voices create a rich sound with unusual vocal harmonies. Take The Shilling are local singer and guitarist George Wilson and singer/song-writer Paul Openshaw from Dorset. They are teaming up once more to recreate their own, highly entertaining act. http://www.oldfocsle.org.uk/ SCoFF/georgewilson/ and http://paulopenshaw.com Tom Lewis hardly needs any introduction to Hambledon. He is a retired submariner who sings songs about the sea: shanties, his own compositions and miscellaneous numbers, sometimes accompanying himself on ukulele or button accordion. He has a strong, clear voice and will soon have you singing along to his rousing choruses. Tom chats easily with his audience and punctuates his songs with interesting stories and anecdotes. www.tomlewis.net

Wednesday 14 February Barrie & Ingrid Temple

Barrie and Ingrid are well-established harmony singers from Newcastle upon Tyne with superb voices. Returning to Hambledon by popular demand, their stirring songs are mainly traditional (both serious and humorous) with original arrangements and accompaniment by Barrie on English concertina and guitar. They also sing Barrie’s songs, written in traditional style, many of which have been recorded by other performers both here and abroad. Their warm personalities and Geordie humour as they chat and sing to their audience ensure a lively, engaging performance. “Like friends singing to friends!” (Paul Ryan, Black Diamond Folk Club) www. barrieandingrid.co.uk

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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. Enquiries and booking/ reservations phone: 02392 632719 or email folkclubhambledon@ hotmail.co.uk 34

In fact topiary in large country gardens went out of fashion during the eighteenth century and it was the small cottage gardens that carried on the art of clipping hedges into clearly defined shapes. Today we use topiary in small gardens to give form as well as structure in clearly defined spaces and during the winter months topiary comes into its own with very little competing in the garden for attention. There are even clever examples of parterres created for the front gardens of small terraced houses, while small box hedging helps to soften edges where a garden has given over most of its land to hard landscaping and raised beds. Holly, bay trees, and conifers are some of the more popular trees to use, although the King and Queen of topiary is the box and yew tree. Traditionally, dramatic effects were created with geometric shapes in the form of balls, pyramids, spheres and spirals. Today, you can be as whimsical as you wish and go for more fanciful forms such as dolphins, peacocks and butterflies, all in the name of living sculptures. Should you want your very own Mad Hatters Tea Party there are even examples of topiary in the shape of a teacup and saucer! www.hambrooks.co.uk 01489 779998


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Clubs & Societies O Meon Valley Lions Club For more information: 0845 833 7812 or visit: www. meonvalleylionsclub.org.uk

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

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O Curdridge Amateur Drama Group For more information please see www.curdridgedrama.co.uk O Swanmore Amateur Dramatic Society For more information please ring 07701 044563 or email caroline-powell@live.com

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

O Winchester & Solent Branch of the Cartophilic Society (Cigarette Cards) For more information contact Keith Miller: 01243 865147

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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HORTICULTURE O Bishops Waltham Gardening Club For more information please see www.bwgc.org.uk O Meon Valley Garden Club For more information please visit: www.meon-valley-garden-club. co.uk O West Meon Garden Club For more information please call Yvonne Noble: 01730 829050

SPORTS CLUBS

SENIOR CITIZENS

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.

O South Downs Nordic 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.

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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 36

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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 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 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 O Meon Voices Choir For more information please contact Phil: 01489 579078, coundleypj@yahoo.com or Maureen 01489890335 alan@agbuckland.plus.com.

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here’s nothing better than the smell of chocolate brownies baking on a chilly Saturday afternoon. That morning, my family had bought fresh stoneground flour from Winchester City Mill and we got the brownie recipe there too – the National Trust has produced it as part of a fundraising campaign to help save the Mill.

view and a special interest in observing what happened next. ‘The Mill was the pinch-point in the river, so the Environment Agency installed a pump and an enormous pipe from up by The Willow Tree pub, along Water Lane, round the Mill and back into the river.’ Eventually the trapped water was pumped away and the Mill emerged from the flood. It was still standing, but how much damage had been done inside?

My sons stayed up at street level, watching a miller feed grain into a hopper which trickles it steadily down between two mill stones. The upper stone grinds the grain as it turns, flour is sprayed out through a chute by the lower stone and this is bagged up for sale in the shop. The power house is at river level. The force of the River Itchen rotates the paddles of the mill wheel and its energy is transmitted upwards through a mighty set of gears to the mill stones. The Saxon millwrights who first built here picked a good spot: the site beside Bridge Street is at the narrowest point of the main channel of the River Itchen in Winchester. It’s the perfect location for harnessing the maximum power from the river - but not so good when the river floods, as it did in February 2014.

The paddle wheel and milling machinery had been completely destroyed, but insurance covered this and they were repaired within a year. Inspectors took the opportunity to remove old wall partitions and ceiling panels which had been installed throughout the basement in the 1970s, during the YHA’s tenancy of the building. They revealed a wonderful surprise - ancient timbers made from wood which had been growing during the time of the Norman Conquest. They also revealed wet rot, expedited by the flood, galloping through the structure. Ric showed me an antique lintel with the consistency of Weetabix and a joist, which was supposed to be resting on the lintel, floating in mid-air. More than 50 emergency props were promptly installed to support the two stories above.

I went down to the basement to see the damage. The room seemed dry and I could hear the controlled rushing of water through the fast channel next door and the Mill rumbling industriously above. However the manager, Ric Weeks, remembers standing neck-deep in water there nearly four years ago. ‘It was like a giant washing machine, with water coming in around the window frame and running out through the walls. The whole building was shaking as debris washed down the river and crashed into it.’

Since then, the public has come to the Mill’s rescue, supporting raffles, events like a ‘Millathon’ (30 hours non-stop milling) and a duck race. So far, they have raised £80,000 of the £125,000 required to secure the Mill, enabling the restoration work to start. Despite the complexity of the repairs, most of the Mill remains open.Visitors can watch conservation carpenters from a special viewing platform, as they gradually take down the ancient timbers, exposing the bowels of the building, before replacing the rotted parts with modern wood, then putting them back again. If all goes to plan, the Mill should re-open in time for Easter when families can watch hot cross bun-baking demonstrations or explore the Mill’s nooks and crannies on a Cadbury egg hunt. And I highly recommend chocolate brownies made from fresh stoneground flour – they’re delicious.

Winchester was saved from flooding by a bold scheme. The Environment Agency closed one lane of the M3, allowing the fire brigade to lower 70 one-tonne bags of gravel into the swollen river, damming it and filling the floodplain near Easton. This stopped more water entering the city and the floods subsided in most places after a couple of weeks. But this did not help the Mill - water could not escape downstream and it remained submerged. Ric said, ‘Those were the worst three months of my life, trying to fire-fight the flood in the hope there would be something left at the end of it.’ Volunteer miller, Charles Lidbury, lives in a nearby cottage with a garden running down to the river. He had a ring-side

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he East Hampshire Sports Awards will continue to be a prestigious event thanks to sponsorship from two major companies. Everyone Active, part of Sports and Leisure Management Ltd, and the Whitehill & Bordon Regeneration Company are supporting next year’s sports awards which recognise local sportsmen and women at every level, as well as the coaches, officials and volunteers who help them succeed. The event, organised by East Hampshire District Council, will take place on Thursday 15 February 2018 at Old Thorns Manor Hotel in Liphook, hosted by ITV’s Fred Dinenage. Everyone Active is the longest-established leisure contractor in the UK managing more than 150 leisure and cultural centres across the country; it aims to offer the best facilities to allow people to be healthy and active for at least 30 minutes a day, five times a week. David Love, Everyone Active’s area contract manager, said: “We are very proud to be involved in the East Hampshire District Sports Awards. We see first-hand the difference that being active makes to communities and it is great to recognise the dedication of those who make local sport a success. “East Hampshire provides a wealth of sports and activity opportunities for its residents and has produced some fantastic sports stars as a result. By celebrating the efforts of athletes, coaches and volunteers, I hope we are helping to inspire the next generation of sportsmen and women to achieve great things.” The Whitehill & Bordon Regeneration Company (WBRC) is a joint venture between Dorchester Regeneration and Taylor Wimpey UK. It brings together two companies with significant experience in listening to communities and delivering large scale regeneration schemes. WBRC is working with a number of partners to transform Whitehill & Bordon from a former Army barracks to one of the most desirable places to live in the region. James Child, Project Lead, Whitehill & Bordon Regeneration Company, said: “We are very pleased to be sponsoring the East Hampshire Sports Awards 2018. Our sponsorship will help to recognise the local talented sportsmen, women and young people and will hopefully help them continue their development.

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“We are particularly proud that our sponsorship will help young athletes as they will eventually become the role models for future generations”. Cllr Julie Butler, Portfolio Holder for Customer Relations, said: “We are delighted to have the support from Everyone Active and WBRC for the sports awards ceremony. “It is such a fantastic event that allows us to give the people who dedicate their lives to sport the recognition they deserve. Having these two major companies, both of which operate locally, will help the event continue to be the prestigious evening that is highly anticipated by sports people across the district every year.” The deadline for nominations is fast approaching (Friday 5 January 2018). EHDC is encouraging people to nominate anyone who has excelled in their sporting environment in 2017. Nomination forms, guidelines and award categories can be found at: www.easthants.gov.uk/ sportsawards2018

WINCHESTER CITY COUNCIL JOINS BUSINESS SOUTH IN THE YEAR OF THE CHAMPION

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inchester City Council is the latest local city council to join the Business South Champions programme. In the last decade the programme has grown to 200 members. The role of Champions is to promote the area, demonstrate the importance of their sectors, provide thought leadership, influence policies and investment decisions and deliver on a range of projects. Councillor Rob Humby, Portfolio Holder for Business Partnerships, is pleased to be part of Business South, stating: “Winchester City Council is working with businesses to make sure our local economy continues to thrive and grow. Being a Business South Champion enables us to forge better links with major organisations within the district, and share best practice across the region. It opens up opportunities to showcase all that Winchester has to offer as a hub for local and regional business activity.” Leigh-Sara Timberlake, Champion Director at Business South said: “We are delighted to welcome Winchester City Council as our newest Business South Champion. The influence of Business South is made possible due to the high calibre of our Champions, including local government organisations who work to help grow our local economy. It is the collaboration between them that has, and will continue to achieve a real difference for our region.” www.winchester.gov.uk


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O Catholic Church of Our Lady Queen of Apostles Sundays 09.30 Sunday Mass Saturdays 18.00 Evening Mass O St. Peter's Sunday 7 January 08.00 BCP Communion 09.15 Informal Service in Church Hall 09.15 Parish Communion Sunday 14 January 08.00 BCP Communion 09.15 Parish Communion 09.15 Breakfast @ Free Street/ Informal Worship Church Hall 18.30 Evensong at The Blessed Mary, Upham Sunday 21 January 08.00 BCP Communion 09.15 Parish Communion 09.15 Informal Worship in Church Hall Sunday 28 January 08.00 BCP Communion 09.15 Morning Worship 09.15 Communion in Church Hall Everyday 08.45 Morning Prayer Thursdays (except 11 & 25 January) 08.45 Midweek Communion followed by refreshments

CORHAMPTON O Saxon Church Sunday 14 January 18.30 Choral Evensong Sunday 21 January 10.30 Matins Sunday 28 January 08.00 Holy Communion

DROXFORD O St. Mary & All Saints Sunday 7 January 08.00 Holy Communion Sunday 14 January 10.30 Holy Communion(CW) Sunday 21 January 10.00 Informal All Age Service

DURLEY O Church of the Holy Cross Sunday 7 January 10.00 Parish Communion

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O St. Peter & St. Paul Sunday 7 January 18.30 Evensong Sunday 21 January 08.00 Holy Communion Sunday 28 January 10.30 Holy Communion

MEONSTOKE O St. Andrew's Sunday 7 January 10.30 Holy Communion Sunday 14 January 08.00 Holy Communion (BCP) Sunday 28 January 09.30 Informal All Age Service

HAMBLEDON O Methodist Church Sunday 7 January 10:30 Worship Service and Children's Craft Sunday Sunday 14 January 10:30 Worship Service Sunday 21 January 10:30 Worship Service Sunday 28 January 10:30 Worship Service

NEWTOWN O Holy Trinity Church Thursday 4 January 19.00 Service of Healing Sunday 14 January 09.30 Holy Communion Sunday 21 January 10.00 Benefice Holy Communion Sunday 28 January 09.30 Holy Communion

SHEDFIELD O St. John the Baptist Sunday 7 January 08.00 Holy Communion BCP 10.00 Parish Communion Sunday 14 January 08.00 Holy Communion BCP 10.30 Family Time Service Sunday 21 January 08.00 Holy Communion BCP 10.00 Parish Holy Communion 18.00 Sung Evensong Sunday 28 January 08.00 Holy Communion BCP 10.00 Quiet Time Service Thursdays 10.00 Holy Communion in the Morrell Room

SHIRRELL HEATH O Methodist Church Sunday 7 January 10.30 Morning Worship 18.00 Evening Worship Sunday 14 January 09.00 Breakfast Church Breakfast served from 09.00-09.45, followed by Family Worship until 10.30 18.00 Evening Worship Sunday 21 January 10.30 Morning Worship 18.00 Evening Worship Sunday 28 January 10.30 Morning Worship with Holy Communion 18.00 Evening Worship

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SWANMORE O St Barnabas Sunday 7 January 08.00 Eucharist 10.00 Family Eucharist Sunday 14 January 08.00 Eucharist 10.00 Parish Eucharist inc Sunday Club Sunday 21 January 08.00 Eucharist 10.00 3rd@10 Cafe Church 18.30 Eucharist Sunday 28 January 08.00 Eucharist 10.00 Parish Eucharist inc Sunday Club Wednesdays 11.00 Eucharist Thursdays 08.15 Morning Prayer Saturdays 12.00 Midday Prayer O Methodist Church Sunday 7 January 10.30 Morning Service 18.00 Evening Service Sunday 14 January 10.30 Covenant Service with Holy Communion 18.00 Evening Service Sunday 21 January 10.30 Morning Family Service 18.00 Evening Service

WARNFORD O Church of Our Lady Sunday 7 January 09.00 Holy Communion Sunday 14 January 09.00 Holy Communion Sunday 21 January 09.00 Holy Communion Sunday 28 January 09.00 Mattins Saturdays 09.00 Morning Prayer (Holy Communion on 16 December)

WEST MEON O St. John the Evangelist Sunday 7 January 08.00 Holy Communion 10.30 All Age Worship Sunday 14 January 10.30 Parish Communion Sunday 21 January 10.30 Service of the Word Sunday 28 January 10.30 Parish Communion Wednesdays & Thursdays (from 6 January onwards, except 12 January) 09.00 Morning Prayer


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eon Valley MP George Hollingbery visited Bishop's Waltham Guides recently as part of Parliament Week activities that encourage young people to find out more about democracy. George met with guides’ leader Dr Nicola Gilbert at their hut in Hoe Road, spoke to the group and answered questions about Parliament, his role as an MP, global warming and the most famous person he had met. “Parliament Week is an important event for schools and organisations, like the Guides, to learn more about why the House of Commons and the House of Lords are so important to us all,” said George. “It was really great to meet the guides and see their enthusiasm for learning more about our democracy and its institutions and I was honoured to visit. The questions were certainly wide-ranging. I’m sorry I did disappoint a few by admitting I had never met Donald Trump.” George has invited the Guides up to visit Parliament and a date will soon be arranged. www.georgehollingbery.com

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So why should you consult a qualified interior designer? Well at Pat Staples Interiors you will get a friendly flexible service, with real value for money, but most importantly the process will be much more enjoyable and you can avoid making costly design mistakes or ill-fitting disasters! ommunity First will be running a Beginners and then an Improvers class in the New Year at Alton College. 2.5 hours a week for 4 weeks. Cost free to those seeking employment, £45 all others.

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