Meon Valley Forum June 2022

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ISSUE 79 JUNE 2022

Meon Valley

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Cross Border By Lucia Foster-Found

All the local news and events for June

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36 June Events 37 Food & Drink

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urprised to find herself flat on her back, she looked sideways. Inches from her face, her terrier was sporting a similarly stunned expression in her fur trimmed, smoky eyes.

The weeny Houdini once even disappeared from the rigorously ‘dog proofed’ garden for a whole day, returning triumphant and unrepentant with a cargo of a thousand ticks. Her mistress picked up her wriggling furry body and kissed her; so relieved she was back, and the dog so pleased to be back, that noone could be cross.

They’d been walking parallel to the river. Marshy, thickly populated with brambles and rotting fallen trees covered in moss. Scrambling over slippery logs and side-stepping thorny trip wires required stamina, agility and close quarter concentration. So when the deer rose out of the ground where it had lain hidden and camouflaged in the brown, decaying detritus, she’d been unprepared. In its flight it struck her full in the chest, leapt gracefully over her dog and fled the scene, leaving her prone. The terrier was in disbelief; the nerve of that funny looking dog with the pointy feet and sticks on its head! Years before, resting literally in the palm of her hand, she’d been the tiniest puppy when she was that best-of-all birthday present. Himself had bought a chicken coop and told her to look in the Land Rover for another gift. Expecting a chicken – well, you would, wouldn’t you – she was surprised to find a little scrap of excited, yapping fur. ‘Chicken’ didn’t quite cut it as a name, so they chose something fittingly cute and chirpy for the tiny creature. And she was extremely cute and terribly chirpy, but she was also a terrier… A Border-cross at that. With a bit of a volatile nature, she was often referred to as the ‘cross Border’. To be fair, her wayward traits presented themselves early on and they should have been prepared from the get go. Her very first walk was going so well. Proud owner, tiny puppy, lots of compliments and charm. Until tiny puppy scented something more interesting in the form of two large dogs on the other side of the park, that is. She homed in on them. My, she was fast – like a blunt and furry missile. Her proud owner, not so much. She scooped up the miscreant whilst panting and wheezing like an asthmatic accordion with the effort of running and yelling at the same time. The two large dogs and owner were, thankfully, amused at the tiny terrier who’d been telling them off and making a dreadful noise, something between a scream, a bark and a howl. And at a surprising volume for one so small.


Yes, she admitted it without a shred of shame - that dog had her wrapped around her little claw. She was putty in her paws. But the terrier would lie on her sick bed all day when her mistress was ill. A personal protection squad of one, snout towards the door she was ready to repel all hostiles. And when her mistress cradled her in her arms and kissed her soft ears, smelling faintly of elderflowers, the small dog would croon and half close her eyes with pleasure.

But the cross Border was also, it has to be said, ‘a bit of a worry’.

One sunny Saturday just before Christmas, the terrier was running through a narrow thicket as they walked alongside on the grassy riverbank. Himself, hearing the drone of an insect, commented that it was very late for wasps. When they reached the end of the wood they called their dog. And called. Eventually she tottered out of the trees, collapsing at their feet. Having presumably encountered the mother lode nest, the small, furry body was crawling with wasps. Himself scooped up her limp and comatose little body. A mercy dash to the nearest vet, adrenaline shots and an oxygen tent – and the terrier was saved! Relieved tears all round. Reluctantly they left the prone and semi-conscious dog with the vets, who said she needed to overnight with them. However, they hadn’t long been home when the ‘phone rang. “Hello?” In the background, she could hear the most awful noise. Hard to describe – something between a scream, a bark and a howl. And so loud. It sounded familiar… And cross. “Hello.” Said the slightly stressed sounding voice at the other end. “Please can you come and collect your dog. We think she’s well enough to go home…” But all things come to an end and eventually she lost her constant companion, her terrier. To use the word ‘lost’ is, of course, a flimsy euphemism - it makes it sound like she wandered off. Which actually was clearly a recurring theme throughout her 16 odd years. But all too soon, the wet-nosed, furry vandal broke her heart and was gone, sauntering off and wagging her tail behind her…



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Open Garden at Tichborne House Sunday 3rd July

Following on from last years 2 successful open days we will support The Hampshire Medical Fund with another open garden on Sunday 3 July from 1-5pm. The entrance fee will go directly to them so please join us for a wander around the garden and in turn help them to supply Basingstoke, Winchester and Andover hospitals with state of the art equipment not available on the NHS. The Tichborne family have lived on this site beside the river Itchen since the 12th century. They have a fascinating history - there’s a Catholic martyr, Chidiock Tichborne; a lost-at-sea heir, Sir Roger

Tichborne, and his impersonator, Arthur Orton known as the Tichborne Claimant, whose trial gripped Victorian society. Then there’s the Tichborne Dole, the giving of flour to locals, which still continues on 25 March each year and was instigated by the charitable Lady Mabella Tichborne in the thirteenth century. The bones of the garden may be rooted in this history with a large house containing a private chapel beside a moat, ancient trees and Victorian out buildings but the essence of the garden is progressive and created almost entirely over the last 20 years. An original plan by Michele Hickman for an area around the moat has been tinkered with, extended and adapted over the years. More hedges have been planted and core structural shapes have been integrated to give the perennials and grasses a backdrop and winter interest. Seed is left to settle and the sinuous bed shapes are in direct response to the surrounding rolling hills and curvaceous boundary hedges visible from the house. There is a fully productive walled kitchen garden with cut flower beds, fruit trees and vegetables plus a rickety greenhouse. Outside this walled garden you will find an orchard and berry cage. The garden is very much a work in progress and a private family space but for a few days this year it will be open for people to visit and enjoy (hopefully) and maybe even get inspiration from for their own gardens. The entrance fee from these days will be donated to charities chosen by Catherine Loudon, whose late husband Anthony was the grandson of Sir Anthony Doughty Tichborne, and their 3 children. Tichborne House, Tichborne, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 0NA GARDEN Instagram @tichbornehousegarden

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Wheel House spruced up for the season! Rotary Club of Fareham

As Lead Rotarian for the Wheel House Terry Dowland says “It’s the start of the season and bookings can be made - we wanted to be ready with a super clean Wheel House for our users. It is only a few steps from the shoreline and we average 130 groups visiting a year.” Those using the Wheel House include groups and schools for children and adults with disabilities (and their carers) giving much needed respite with the sea air and promenade close by. Many others benefit too from days at the seaside - Guiding, WI, MS Society, day care centres, church organisations and community groups are just a few of those who have booked and enjoyed our Wheel House. You can contact Rotarian Terry Dowland, Wheel House Lead, on 01329 663998 or email him for further details on

The Rotary Club of Fareham has the most wonderful facility, the Wheel House right on the beach at Hill Head, which we use to support those living and working in the area. It is well used each year by community groups and charities and many have benefited from a day at the seaside. They can all enjoy the facilities that now includes new kitchen fixtures. Everything needs looking after, of course, and Rotarians carried out the annual spring clean at the weekend.

International musicians head for West Meon

This year’s West Meon Music festival, from Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th September, will have an impressive line-up of guest musicians joining the renowned Primrose Piano Quartet, which founded the annual event in 2011.

Highlights include guitar legend John Mills, a student of the great Segovia, who will be joined by the Primrose’s cellist, Andrew Fuller, for a programme of Spanish and Latin American music for cello and guitar at East Meon church on the Saturday morning. Not to be missed on Sunday morning at West Meon church will be a recital by Bulgarian pianist Emanuil Ivanov, who has attracted international acclaim since winning the 2019 Ferruccio Busoni Piano Competition in Italy, at the tender age

Peter Pan at The Holt - Upham Wendy Darling is certain she saw the face of a boy at her bedroom window 3 floors up – yet no-one believes her. So who can blame her when she agrees to fly away to the idyllic Neverland with him? But is Neverland as perfect as it seems? Or will the evil Captain Hook and his band of pirates kill Peter and rule over it themselves? Peter Pan was first performed by Illyria in 1997. It


The Wheel House is well appointed with a toilet, fully equipped kitchen, hearing loop, tables and chairs. It can accommodate 42 people of all ages comfortably and has disabled access as you would expect. It’s not just for community groups and charities, you can even celebrate birthdays and anniversaries here too! If this sounds appealing, and you would like to know more about becoming a Rotarian, just email, or look for the Rotary Club of Fareham on the internet and Facebook too. We look forward to hearing from you! of 19. His programme will include Beethoven’s wonderful Moonlight Sonata, as well as glitteringly virtuoso works by Skryabin, Liszt, Busoni and Chopin. Those with a preference for the baroque will want to head to Warnford church on the Saturday afternoon for a duo recital by Huw Daniel, leader of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and harpsichordist Christopher Bucknall. Not to be outdone, the Primrose’s evening concerts include some of the best-loved works in the repertoire with piano quartets or quintets by Beethoven and Mozart. The quartet will also be joined by some of the UK’s leading string players – Jonathan Martindale (violin), Norbert Blume (viola) and Kirsten Jensen (cello) – for Mozart’s String Quintet in G minor and Brahms’ String Sextet in G major on Sunday 11th, and for Franz Schubert's final chamber work, the great String Quintet in C major, on Saturday evening. Box office for the festival opens in mid-June and full details of all festival events can be found at has been performed outdoors many times since by many different companies. But Illyria’s 2022 production will be the first to feature REAL flying! Running time (approx): 1hr 40mins (including 20 minute interval). Suitable for: all ages 5+. “Peter Pan” is presented by arrangement with Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and Concord Theatricals Ltd. on behalf of Samuel French Ltd. Event Details - Sun 3rd July 2022 Doors Open 1pm, Starts 3pm Location - The Holt, Hampshire, SO32 1HR Ticket price - £10.00 - £48.00* *booking fee applies



Great success for Fareham schools On Saturday 7th May the final District round of the prestigious Rotary International Debate 2022 for schools was held at the Mountbatten School, Romsey. Two teams from Fareham, an intermediate age team from West Hill Park School and a senior age team from Crofton School, had beaten off all the challengers to get to this final stage. Teams took part at this round from as far afield as Salisbury, Shaftesbury, Poole and Southampton. In this highly competitive third round, both teams gave excellent presentations and the team from Crofton School won the Senior Teams round with their motion “Is poetry more powerful than the novel?” The Crofton team comprised Mollie Delahay as the chairperson, Abigail Hughes as the proposer for the motion and Lillie Dix as the opposer. The judges commented on the superb quality of all the entries which makes Crofton School’s achievement stand out even more. Norman Chapman, President of the Rotary Club of Fareham that held the first round of the competition, said “We are delighted to see how all the dedication and hard work of the students of these two local Schools, and their teachers, paid off by their achievement in getting through to this round. Our congratulations go to Crofton School for winning this highly contested final round.”

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Falklands Fighter Controller talks to Aviation Group

Squadron Leader Joe Marsden (left) with Terry Coombes, Chair of Daedalus Aviation & Heritage Group

Members of the Daedalus Aviation and Heritage Group were treated to a presentation by one of its own members, Squadron Leader Joe Marsden, on Life After the Conflict in the Falklands. His talk, illustrated with historical and current information, explained what life was like in the forty years since the conflict and during the tenth anniversary of the campaign. Joe’s three tours took him 2,000 feet up Byron Heights on West Falkland as Senior Operations Officer. Later he became Commanding Officer and Master Controller at the Air Defence Control and Reporting Centre on the summit of Mount Kent in East Falkland overlooking the capital Port Stanley. Finally, Joe became Air Defence Commander at Mount Pleasant, the Headquarters of the British Forces in the Islands, scrambling fighter aircraft as needed. Joe explained how changes to the military garrison and its equipment had evolved to cover the threat over the years. He also demonstrated how these changes affected life for the Islanders. The Falklands are 8000 miles from the UK but, as a British Overseas Territory, they are covered by British Forces for defence. Chair of the aviation group, Terry Coombes, said “Joe brought us up to date on the air defence progression in the Falklands from Harrier to the Phantom, then the Tornado and today replaced by the Typhoon and showed us some dramatic aerial footage. The support aircraft included the Hercules and the VC10 now replaced by the A400 and the Voyager.” Joe’s talk clearly demonstrated the isolation at remote radar sites with extremes of weather. The war memorials of the 1914 Battle of the Falklands and the 1982 conflict were covered as were some of the military cemeteries. The civilian population has now grown from around 2,000 at the time of the 1982 conflict to 3,500 today who benefit from tourism. Visitors to the islands have massively increased from 700 at the time of the conflict to 30,000 per year now with many cruise ships visiting and boosting the finances of those in the Falkland Islands. Daedalus Aviation & Heritage Group Incorporating Gosport Aviation Society and Lee Flying Association

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Hampshire publisher publishes a book in Australia A start up Hampshire publisher has published a book in Australia. Tim Saunders Publications in Locks Heath, Hampshire, which only started trading in January, has published What If? a collection of short stories by Sydney based writer Carolyn Thrum. “It’s very exciting,” says Tim, who has a very busy book publishing schedule ahead. “Carolyn, who was told about me by a friend who lives in England, then contacted me. We both agreed it was too good an opportunity to miss. Carolyn is a hugely talented writer and I have thoroughly enjoyed reading and editing her short stories.” What If? by Carolyn Thrum from Sydney has been published by Tim Saunders Publications and features a lively and engaging collection of 14 of Carolyn’s best short stories. They cover various subjects from sentimentality to loyalty and the challenges presented by old age. But Carolyn also considers darker aspects of human nature; fear and greed while also bravely exploring the damage caused by abuse and how it can tear a family apart. Born in the beautiful Blue Mountains, two hours west of Sydney, Carolyn has lived in the city most of her life. She is a member of Writers NSW. Separately, one of Carolyn’s stories will also be published in Hope for Ukraine, scheduled for publication later in the year by Tim Saunders Publications. “For this exciting book I am looking for writing that celebrates freedom and hope and 100 per cent of the royalties will go to the Sunflower of Peace Foundation (, a non-profit organization committed to helping Ukrainians affected by the Russian military invasion,” says Tim. Readers are invited to submit their unpublished poetry (no more than 30 lines) and short stories (no more than 1,000 words) on the subjects of freedom and hope to The deadline is June 1. What If? by Carolyn Thrum is available as an ebook and paperback from For more information about Tim Saunders Publications visit:

Hampshire Astronomical Group welcome you! The Hampshire Astronomical Group operating from its Clanfield Observatory base on the borders of the villages of Horndean and Clanfield is reputed to be one of the best equipped amateur observatories in the UK. Our observatory is situated on the edge of beautiful South Downs National Park. Like so many other organisations over the past 18 months we too have had to curtail our activities. However, as the lockdown nationally is easing so we are beginning to open the observatory to more activities. We are hoping that we can begin resuming our very popular Open Evenings for the general public in the autumn and also take private visits for Guides, Scouts U3A and other interested groups etc.. Please keep an eye on this website for further information regarding these open events.


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From this month in the world of all things Apple.

June 29th 2007 the original iPhone went on sale. It quickly became an overnight phenomenon; one million iPhones were sold in only 74 days. Since those early days, the ensuing iPhone models have continued to set sales records. On June 24th in 2010, Apple’s iPhone 4 officially went on sale. Within 24 hours there were 600,000 pre-orders! The iPhone 4 saw the introduction of the high-resolution Retina display and a design that is still familiar today. It came with iOS 4 and introduced FaceTime video chat for the first time.

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The very popular astronomy course will resume as from September this year – more details can be found on our website under ‘Astronomy courses’ and then click ‘Astronomy for Beginners Course’. If the September course is oversubscribed (as is often the case) there will be another course starting in January of 2022. We are hoping to have access to the Clanfield Memorial Hall later this year and our monthly public speakers’ session can be given ‘live’. Currently all speakers both Group members talks and the monthly main public lectures are given via Zoom. For access to these talks, please contact Lindy Bryant at If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us via the ‘Contact Information’ page on our website: Graham Bryant FRAS President: Hampshire Astronomical Group

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Dogstival 2022 - 4th to 5th June

Dogstival, The Coolest Dog Show in town is back with a special Jubilee edition on the 4th & 5th June 2022 at a stunning new venue of Broadlands Park, Romsey! The ultimate day out for you and your dog the festival is jam packed with have a go activities, main arena displays, shopping, live music, talks, dog diving pool and delicious food and drink for you and your four legged friend! The weekend is crammed full of fun canine activities, shows and demonstrations, expert talks and of course every delicious treat that dogs of all breeds, shapes and sizes could wish for. For more information visit:

As part of your cruise, see the impressive engine room with its original steam engines at work and the bridge, with its traditional instruments and gleaming brasswork; admire the ship's steam assisted steering gear (similar to that used on Titanic); talk to the Captain and our volunteer crew; listen to the informed commentary on the sights and sounds of Southampton Water and The Solent; pass close to the great ocean liners and container ships; walk the teak decks; relax in the Saloon with a wide range of refreshments including tea / coffee; real ale; a range of Titanic bottled beers; wine and hot and cold food, available on all trips. Courtesy parking available close to berth. Children will have fun with our interactive Shieldhall Passport, collecting stickers from various stations on board! To watch a video showing how Shieldhall is considered a 'Titanic in Miniature' due to her triple expansion steam engines and boilers, and to hear an interview with Chief Engineer Graham Mackenzie, please click here: titanic-in-miniature-the-wonderful-ss-shieldhall/ Tickets: Adult £48 / Child £16 / Family bundle 2A / 2C £112 For more information visit:

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Jubilee Bank Holiday - Titanic themed cruise to the Solent - 3rd June

The RMS Titanic was launched in Belfast on the 31 May, 1911. Join us as Shieldhall steams down Southampton Water towards the Solent, and learn about Southampton's links with the RMS Titanic. Hear about the New York incident that nearly resulted in a collision in Southampton Water between the Titanic and the SS New York, and of the fate of the Southampton crew after her collision with the iceberg. We will welcome guest speakers and Titanic experts on board. On our return to berth get close to the departing cruise ships Celebrity Silhouette and MSC Magnifica, always the cue to sound our whistle and play the 'Shieldhall Organ'!


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the art of fire Stove Specialists for over 40 years Largest display of quality Woodburning/Multi fuel stoves in the area, along with everything you could ever need for your stove or fireplace: Every Kind of fire tool • Companion sets • Fire grates • Fire backs • Hotmax fuel logs • Kindling • Superior log drying stores • Firelighters • Stove glass • Door rope • Stove gloves • Log baskets • Chimney balloons • Flue brushes • Fire bricks • Stove paint • Thermometers • Moisture testers for logs • Fire dogs • Fire screens and so much more! Approved main dealers for:

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Bishop's Waltham Rotary Club News Wessex Heartbeat Cycle Sportive and Charity Quiz night Bishop’s Waltham Rotary Club has committed to helping Wessex Heartbeat with their work in support of the people of all ages living with cardiac conditions, and their families, who are undergoing treatment at Southampton General Hospital. Several of our members recently assisted with their very successful Cycle Sportive by providing marshalling and admin support. Around 70 riders took part on either the 40 & 70 mile routes starting off from the picturesque Embley Park, on what turned out to be a beautiful crisp spring morning with not a cloud to be seen and in the words of Brian Hanrahan 40years ago - ''I counted them all out and I counted them all back''. We also organised a charity quiz night in Bishop’s Waltham in aid of Wessex Heartbeat with 14 teams battling it out to be awarded the top prize and hoping not to be given the wooden spoon. £1,400 was raised and donated to Wessex Heartbeat with the Magnificent Magna, a team of fellow Rotarians from the Southampton Magna Rotary Club, triumphing over stiff opposition. To save their blushes I will not divulge which team’s members all received a congratulatory wooden spoon. Food Bank As I have reported previously, we continue to actively support the Meon Valley Food Bank both financially and with providing drivers from our own ranks for their weekly distribution runs. With the ever-rising cost of living, this is a charity which definitely need our support and directly helps our local community. If you would like to

help by donating food to this immensely important and very local charity, they accept food donations at Wickham Community Centre between 10am and noon every Monday. Bw Rotary Carnival, Family Fun Day, Music & Food Plus Motorcade & Dog Show - Saturday 11th June 2022 We hope you are looking forward to a great day for all the family, and are delighted to confirm we have: • The Motorcade will be in the High Street from 12noon with some fantastic vintage & classic, cars & bikes and even a Tractor. • Enjoy the Live Bands, 2 Stages and entertainment. • Food & Drink Village: Bowman Ales, Winchester Bar Services, Lions Club delicious Burgers & Sausages, Sam’s Catering, BW Evening WI’s tea, coffee & cakes pavilion and Ice Cream. • Children’s Inflatables, rides and games plus Pony Rides. • Fancy Dress competition, theme ‘By Royal Appointment’. • Over 40 craft stalls & our very own Pound Stall & the Fantastic Raffle. Entrance on the day from 12.30pm - adults £3.00 & children under 16 free - payment by cash or card at the gate. For further information check our website or Email debbie.walker@ All money raised from the day goes to supporting Local, National and International Charities and good causes. Like our Facebook page or take a look at our website for updates on what is going on, what we have been up to and how you can help us help others!

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good Festival 2022 Good Festival (formerly Hampshire Country & Garden Festival) is a fun-filled day for all of the family hosted by the Hampshire Medical Fund. Set amongst the beautiful gardens of Bere Mill on the River Test in Whitchurch, the festival returns this year on Sunday 26th June.

tents and enjoy a day of wholesome good simple fun for all the family. The festival combines exciting interactive attractions and experiences with a feel-good atmosphere. The children’s area will be jam-packed with exciting activities. Children’s entertainers Sharky & George return with their imaginative and energetic games to ensure that the festival is full of bubbles, laughter and happy faces. There will be bushcraft, bubble football, laser fun, circus skills, storytelling, face painting, theatre fun and festival flower headdresses, to name a few! This year there will be a new area for the Under 5’s to keep the littlest festivalgoers entertained.

‘The Three Cockerels’ mobile bar will provide award-winning drinks from local breweries and distilleries across the South Downs.

Every penny from the festival goes towards the purchase of pioneering medical equipment for Basingstoke, Andover and Winchester NHS hospitals. This year, the Hampshire Medical Fund has a very special fund-raising target of £200,000 for the procurement of a state of the art AI (artificial intelligence) machine for interventional radiology. This machine allows minimally invasive, image guided procedures to target tumours in the lungs, kidneys & liver. There are only two of these machines in the entire United Kingdom, which makes it cutting edge technology in cancer treatment for The Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The festival launches on Saturday 25th June with an evening of sparkling wine, cocktails and canapés set against the backdrop of Bere Mill gardens. This will be followed by supper, a silent auction and a fast auction finale, accompanied by musical duo, The Canapés, on the guitar and violin. On Sunday, the doors open at 9.30am. Visitors are invited to step among the colourful festival


Infectious funky grooves from the exciting musical brass band, Tuba Libres will have you dancing around the hay bales. Also new for this year, The Good Living Tent, celebrates all aspects of well-being with local experts and practitioners. Have you ever tried aerial silks or wanted to have a go at surfing but not quite made it to the waves? Visitors can experience some of life’s simple outdoor pleasures. For the fishing enthusiasts, ‘Famous Fishing’ will be on the banks of the River Test with fly fishing casting tuition, guidance on fly types, and the opportunity to learn how to tie a fly. For shoppers, there will be local artisans, delicious local food and drink producers and an array of plant stalls to help fill your garden with summer colour. The festival venue, Bere Mill, leads the line-up of food providers with a barbeque feast sourced from the green pastures all around. The mouth-watering selection will include vegan delights, a hog roast, crêpes, ice-cream, locally roasted coffee and handmade cakes. Make sure you come hungry and thirsty!

Last but not least, enter your canine friends in the popular family fun dog show. In the Good Paws tent, our four legged friends will be in with the chance to win: Dog Most like its Owner, Most Handsome Dog, Waggiest Tail and Dog with the Most Character. Water bowls and doggy waste bins are provided throughout the site.

For further information about Good Festival and to book tickets: For further information about Hampshire Medical Fund: To support this wonderful cause now, text HMFGF10 (£10) or HMFGF20 (£20) TO 70450.


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Winchester Cheese & Chilli Festival 2022 - 18th & 19th June

The Cheese and Chilli Festival is the only show in the UK which celebrates both Cheese and Chilli within a festival setting. The Cheese and Chilli Festival is now held at FOUR locations throughout the south of England: Christchurch, Winchester, Swindon and Guildford. We are delighted to announce that the amazing Cheese and Chilli Festival is returning to Winchester for for the 7th time in 2022, once again we will be at the North Walls Recreation Ground (behind the River Park Leisure Centre). Enjoy the following at this event: • The Famous Jez Avery mountainbike legend and renowned UK stunt show performer. • We would like to create our own silly version of (perhaps) the greatest dog show • A festival is not a festival without some live music! To keep us entertained, we have a number of bands playing for us throughout the weekend. • Cooking Theatre - A number of cooking demonstrations or talks will be offered by professionals from the cheese and chilli industry. • Walkabout Musicians - Red hot accordion tunes, thumping guitar & harmony drenched vocals. International folk-duo BoxSet have played festivals together all over Britain, mainland Europe & America. • Circus Skills - Have a go at Circus Skills; including juggling, diabolo, poi, plate spinning, flower sticks, staff spinning, hula hooping, stilt walking, unicycles and rola bola – we even have a freestanding slackline for the more adventurous to try! • Punch & Judy - 'A Classic Whodunit’ Punch & Judy is a classic show which the kids love. It’s also a time to have 30 minutes or so to grab a drink etc and relax as we’ll take the strain. The show is a fun and interactive play which we all know and love. • Chilli Eating Competition - The Chilli Eating Competition takes place each day at around 4pm. It’s quite a sight to see grown adults struggle to eat tiny fruits and hilarious to see the consequences! • Crazy Golf - Another FREE activity, why not test yourself against our very own Cheese & Chilli Crazy Golf Course. Par 27! Large and small putters available plus multicoloured balls so no cheating. • Taste Tent - At each event we have a tailored selection of sauces from various traders around the site and we ask you to judge which ones you prefer. • Children's Entertainment - We have number of FREE activities available for the kids. We have Punch & Judy, Magic Shows, Treasure Hunts, Balloon Modelling, Crazy Golf, Football and Circus Skills available. • Cheese & Chilli - An array of lovely cheese & chilli available for you to sample and purchase. For more information visit:


CX Sportive - Winchester to Beachy Head - Saturday 2 July

The South Downs Way; it has long been a right of passage in mountain biking circles. And now you can take on this hundred mile ribbon of imposing chalk downland in a single day as the ultimate gravel challenge, with our unparalleled Trail Break / CX Sportive support. Renowned as a supreme physical rather than technical challenge, the South Downs Way is the most high profile long distance MTB challenge that we have. But so much more, too. The huge climbs, sweeping descents and expansive coastal views make it a truly memorable ride in one of the most quintessentially beautiful parts of the British countryside. South Downs Century brings you all of this in the ultimate South Downs event! An unforgettable experience and a monumental challenge and endurance badge of honour! South Downs is fully supported, from route marking to multiple feed and support stops, so all you have to do is concentrate on taking on this epic ride! Distance - 100 miles (160km) Start Location - Winchester (St Catherine’s Park & Ride) Start Time - 6:00am – 7:00am Finish Location - Beachy Head Finish Time - Estimated 3:30pm – 9:00pm For more information and booking visit:


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Tunworth Cheese twice baked souffle

It's so good to see a growing number of local food producers making names for themselves. Stacey Hedges at The Hampshire Cheese Company makes Winslade and Tunworth, two delicious artisanal cheeses which can now be bought at several branches of the Co-op around Hampshire as well as Waitrose and independent delis and grocery stores. And further afield as far away as Singapore! Her present creamery will soon be replaced with a new and bigger one to meet the growing demand. Try my amazing double baked souffle recipe using Tunworth. It is easier than you might think and can be made a day or two ahead, ready to finish off in a hot oven, brown and bubbling, and it will be a showstopper I promise! My recipe serves 6 starter size.

Ingredients for Souffle

Butter the ramekins and sprinkle the inside with grated parmesan Fill a baking dish with hot water in the oven at 180 degrees. This is known as a Bain Marie which will help even cooking. Melt the butter gently and stir in the cornflour to form a roux. Gradually add the the milk and cream mixture until the sauce thickens slightly. Add the Tunworth to the mixture and stir over a gentle heat. The sauce should be smooth. Set aside to cool slightly. Separate the eggs and beat the egg yolks. Stir the yolks into the mixture. If it looks as though it is separating at this stage, don’t worry keep going! Whisk the egg whites to soft peaks and fold into the mixture. Season to taste. Gently fill the ramekins to the top and bake for twenty minutes until brown and risen. Allow to cool and turn onto a try. The souffles at this stage can be kept in the fridge for a couple of days or frozen.

120ml full-fat milk 120 ml double cream 60gm cornflour 45 gm butter 4 eggs whole 200gm Tunworth cheese (remove the rind before weighing) cut into small pieces Salt and pepper to taste Butter to grease ramekins

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Turn each souffle upside down into an ovenproof dish with the brown top at the bottom. Pour enough double cream to come about half way up the sides. Sprinkle grated parmesan onto the top and bake at 180 degrees Celsius for 15 mins until the sauce bubbles and the souffle is nicely glazed. Serve with a green salad and crusty bread.

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Thursday 2 to Sunday 5 June The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Celebrations in Upham

Janet Dunford and a team is planning Upham Village events to celebrate the Jubilee. Thursday 2nd June - Evening (after dark) The lighting of a beacon at the top of the hill behind the recreation ground. Friday 3 June, evening in Upper Village Hall - Celebration Dinner and Dance, with the Salisbuty Big Brand. Sunday 5th lunchtime - A village bring-and-share.bring-your-own family picnic for all at the recreation ground. Fancy Dress, Childrens Races. Any volunteers to join the jubilee committee or just help with these events are more than welcome, or more ideas. Please contact: Janet Dunford on 01489 860579 or Sarah Le May at lemay@

Saturday 4 June

Droxford Country Fair

12:30pm – 4:00pm - This has been a highlight in the village calendar, held on the first Saturday in June, since at least the 1940's! A traditional country fair with activities for all the family, we ai to involve as many Droxford residents and organisations as we can to help fun the day. Whether that be helping to set everything up, running a game or stall for an hour, helping on the bbq or bar, or mannng the entrance. All profits on the day are allocated to local organisations who apply for funds at the AGM. Any questions or offers of help, please contact:Mary Hornby-Patterson 07815 562424 or email mary@droxfordantiques.

Saturday 4 June

West Meon Church Fete

After 2 cancelled years, the West Meon Church Fete is back! It will take place once again in the lovely grounds of West Meon House, GU32 1JG in the heart of West Meon at 2-4:30pm. Come along and enjoy an afternoon of live jazz courtesy of ‘East of Meon’ whilst supping Pimms or savouring a cream tea. All the favourite stalls are back including cakes, plants, books and cds, preserves, bric-a-brac and of course the infamous bottle stall where you take your chances and win a nice bottle of red


or possibly a bottle of shampoo! Side shows to entertain the children include a bouncy castle, a traditional coconut shy, human fruit machine, fishing for ducks, jam jar jamboree and much more…… There will also be a raffle with lots of fabulous prizes donated by local businesses. Entry is £3/children under 12 go free. Free parking available. For more information go to www.westmeonchurchfete. com

Saturday 18 June Durley Church Fete

A traditional village fete in the beautiful garden of Wintershill Hall, Sciviers Lane, Durley, SO32 2AL. From 12.30am to 3.30pm. Lunches, Teas, Music, Stalls, Sideshows, Beer Tent, Clink and Drink Bar, Fun Dog Show. Lots of sideshows for children at pocket money prices. Entrance £2 (young people under 16 Free).

Sunday 26 June Good Festival 2022

From 9.30am -4.30pm at Bere Mill Farm, Whitchurch, Hampshire Good Festival (formerly Hampshire Country & Garden Festival) is a fun-filled day for all of the family hosted by the Hampshire Medical Fund, raising money for Basingstoke, Andover and Winchester NHS hospitals. The children’s area will be jam-packed with exciting activities from face painting to bush craft. Live music from brass band, Tuba Libres, will have you dancing around the hay bales. The Good Living Tent will host yoga sessions alongside fly fishing tuition on the banks of the River Test. There will be a line-up of stalls from local artisans, food and drink producers, plant nurseries and a mouth-watering array of food providers including a barbeque feast from Bere Mill itself, a hog roast, locally roasted coffee and handmade cakes. Don’t forget to bring your dogs to enter the popular family fun dog show and be in with a chance to win ‘Waggiest Tail’; pick up some tricks from local dog trainers while you are there. There is something for everyone in this fun festival celebrating all that is good about being in the great outdoors. For further information about Good Festival and to book tickets: www.

Saturday 25 June Soberton Village Fete

From 12noon - 4pm. A traditional English Village Fete on the Soberton Church Green. Full range of stalls (Country fare, Plants, Aladdins Cave, Books, Toys etc) plus Games, Grand Draw, Auction of Promises, Displays, Tug of War competition and Fun Dog Show. Refreshments available – teas, BBQ, ice cream and strawberries. Entry of £2 includes free entry into the 'Lucky Draw'. Ample free parking. Just off A32 north of Wickham ( SO32 3PF)

Saturday 25 June

Upham Summer Church Fete

From 12 noon to 3.30pm at the Manor House, Upham Street, More details nearer the time, save the date! The usual fun will be had by all. The contact for any enquiries about the Fete is Janet Dunford: 01489 860579

Sunday 10 July

Bishop's Waltham in Bloom

Hidden Gardens 2022 - From 11am to 5pm. An opportunity for you to enjoy twelve contrasting gardens in Bishop's Waltham. Your garden guide is available in - Best Wishes (Brook Street), Sweet Corner (High Street) or Tel: 01489 896430, M: 07947 704403. On the day in Red Lion Street, Bishop's Waltham. Garden Guide £6 per person. Under 16s go free. Payment with cash only (no cards). www.bishopswalthamin

Saturday 17 July Summer Show

Meon Hall, Pound Lane, Southampton, SO32 3NP. From 1.30pm to 4pm, £1 Entry Fee Children Fee. Displays of: Flower, Vegetables, Fruit, Cookery & Crafts. Entertainment: Produce & Plant Stalls, Raffle, Live Music, Beer & Pimm's tent. Fore more information & entry forms for non-members visit:

Saturday 25 June

Armed Forces Day Memorial Convoy

The convoy will leave Southwick at approximately 10 am and will take the B2177 to Wickham, the A32 through the Meon Valley to the A31 at Alton. From Alton the convoy will exit via the B3349 on route to the former Lasham Airfield GU34 5SS for a short stop over. They will then take the A339 to Basingstoke arriving at approximately noon. For more information visit: ArmedForcesDayConvoy2022



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THE BARLEYCORN INN BISHOP’S WALTHAM Celebrating The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee at The Barleycorn Inn

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The Barleycorn Inn is a tradi1onal 17th Century pub in the heart of Bishop’s Waltham. Enjoy our delicious home cooked meals with daily specials, vegan and vegetarian op1ons and a children’s menu. All of our produce is locally sourced and cooked by our local talented chef Simon and his team. We have SKY and BT sports available indoors and out and also host a popular weekly meat raffle - Vckets on sale every day from the bar. Our enclosed garden is perfect for enjoying the sunny weather with our regular live music, and there is a great play area for the li2le ones too. The Barleycorn Inn is perfectly suited for private parVes, office parVes,wakes or any other kind of funcVon. If you are planning a funcVon please contact us for more informaVon.


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MAINS MAINS Ba2ered haddock, chips, peas, tartare sauce and grilled lemon Ba2ered haddock, chips, peas, tartare sauce and grilled lemon Wholetail scampi, chips, peas, tartare sauce and grilled lemon Wholetail scampi, chips, peas, tartare sauce and grilled lemon 10oz Horseshoe gammon, chips, peas onion rings and egg 10oz Horseshoe gammon, chips, peas onion rings and egg Sausages, creamed mash, seasonal vegetables and gravy Sausages, creamed mash, seasonal vegetables and gravy Ham, egg, chips and peas Ham, egg, chips and peas Macaroni cheese, salad, garlic bread (V)(V) Macaroni cheese, salad, garlic bread (add bacon and jalapenos £2.50) (add bacon and jalapenos £2.50) Homemade pie, creamed mash, seasonal vegetables, gravy Homemade pie, creamed mash, seasonal vegetables, gravy

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BURGERS BURGERS 8oz Gourmet Burger £13.95 8oz Gourmet Burger £13.95 Ba2ered chicken burger, garlic mayo £13.95 Ba2ered chicken burger, garlic mayo £13.95 Moving mountains burger, relish (VG) £13.95 Moving mountains burger, relish (VG) £13.95 (add cheese, bacon, cheese, jalapenos £1.50 each) (add cheese, bacon, cheese, jalapenos £1.50 each) All burgers served with relish, gem leBuce, beef tomatoes, red onion, pickles All burgers served with relish, gem leBuce, beef tomatoes, red onion, pickles and skinny fries. and skinny fries.

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Bishop's Waltham Festival 2022 Events Friday 24th June

The Recruiting Officer by Richard Farquhar will be performed by Rain Or Shine Theatre Company on the open-air stage in BW Palace Grounds. One of the most popular plays of its time this is a delightful comedic romp through 18th Century Shrewsbury following crooked Army recruiting officers Captain Plume and Sergeant Kite as they persuade men to take the King's shilling by any means, legal or otherwise. Vivacious Sylvia, haughty Melinda, melancholy Worthy and foppish Captain Brazen are their accomplices in deceit, passion, sword fights and surprises. Gates open 6.00pm, performance from 7.30pm. Hot and cold soft drinks, snacks and pastries by Baker and White from Southwick will be on site. Bring picnics, wine and friends with chairs, rugs and umbrellas (not that you'll need these!) Tickets: Adult £18; Concession £15; Child 6 – 15 yrs £6, available from Best Wishes, Brook Street, Bishop's Waltham (card or cash) from 4th May or from www.rainorshine. or Ticketline 033006 600541 or

Saturday 25th June

Awful Auntie by David Walliams, adapted and performed by Heartbreak Productions in the grounds of Bishop's Waltham Palace, is a truly thrilling tale. Stella, with the help of her friend Soot, fights off Aunt Alberta and saves beautiful Saxby Hall, the family home. Owls, ghosts, chases, escapes, motorcycle rides, and tiddlywinks all fill Stella’s days as she evades her menacing Aunt.


Gates open 1.00pm, performance from 1.30pm. Marucci's Ices will be on site. Bring picnics, drinks, Grannies and Aunties with chairs, rugs and umbrellas (to keep the sun off!) Tickets: Adult £12; Child 5 – 15 yrs £8; Family ticket (4 people max. 2 adults) £36 Available from Best Wishes, Brook Street, BW (card or cash) from 4th May or from www.

Saturday 25th June:

Festival Jazz features Harry Strutter's Hot Rhythm Orchestra, an 8 piece band with 2 lady vocalists. Supporting bands are Tony Carter's quintet Gentlemen of Swing, Swanmore College Jazz Orchestra and State of Jazz from Barton Peverill for a relaxed evening of foot-tapping music as the sun sets in Bishop's Waltham Palace Grounds. Gates open 6.00pm, music from 6.15pm – 10.30pm Bar on site and beverages by Mermaids of Botley (card or cash payments). Bring picnics and friends with chairs and rugs. Tickets: Adult £15; Concession £12; Young people 5 – 18 yrs. £6 Available from Best Wishes, Brook Street, BW (card or cash) from 4th May.

A note of thanks to our sponsors whose support makes all we do possible:


Welcome to

The Roebuck Inn An old Victorian Inn uniquely located on the cusp of the popular Meon Valley Woodland and conservation area. An ‘Inn’ in the true sense of the word, this fabulous venue offers sanctuary to a broad spectrum of guests with its hearty menu of great British dishes, its comfortable and relaxed seating areas, large garden and a friendly service, you will never want to leave. Their characterful rooms offer you calming sanctuary from the elements after a long walk in the Beautiful Forest of Bere or a hard days work away from home.


Tel: 01329 569111 THE ROEBUCK INN, WICKHAM, PO17 5AY

At the Roebuck Inn

Now serving New Forest Ice Cream & Puddings

Muddy paws and dog walkers welcome. Stop for a light lunch or a three course meal or just pop by for a drink in our garden.

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Sunday lunch available alongside our normal menu Live bands coming soon - see E facebook Q Instagram or our website for details

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Meon Valley Lions News

Calling all stall Holders! We are still taking bookings for pitches, so if you would like to take a pitch, please get in touch – call us on 07443 753780 to go onto our website.

Fundraising in full force – were back!

It was full steam ahead for the Meon Valley Lions Club fundraising in April - we had a brilliant response at every event we attended…

Wickham Charity Beer Festival

The Meon Valley Lions were pleased to support the Wickham Charity Beer Festival by serving party goes with the huge selection of ales on the Friday plus providing burgers and sausages on the Saturday. This year we raised an impressive £750. In addition to this Wickham Charity Beer Festival kindly donated £1,000 specifically to assist with the upkeep of our minibus, which is used for local lunch, and other clubs, helping people to meet and socialise. We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who supported and particularly Wickham Charity Beer Festival for much needed funds to maintain our minibus.

Bishops Waltham Charity Garden Fete

Lions were back over the Bank Holiday Weekend at the Bishops Waltham Charity Garden Fete - a brilliant day with over 400 sausages, burgers or bacon rolls eaten; we raised over £1,000.

East Meon Country Fair

We were also out 'Playing our Cards Right' at East Meon Country Fair - it was lovely to see families out and about enjoying themselves. These events are always as much fun for us at it is for those playing so if you’d like to join the fun, get in touch. We raised £85.00; at £1 a go, with two lucky winners, wining £10 each, we had lots of punters trying their luck.

Our fundraising provides us with much needed money to provide help to the many people who ask us for assistance - from broken washing machines to beds and bedding, we couldn’t do it without your support.

Swanmore Village Fete

Saturday 9th July from 12 noon Preparations are going well for our annual fete which will be held in the Swanmore Recreation Ground. One thing we’re really excited about is a Spitfire fly past, so don’t forget to put the date in your diary. In the meantime start grooming your ‘best friends’ to take part in the Dog Show. During the next few weeks, more details will be published on our Fete website page plus there will be social media postings, to keep you updated on developments.


Help Required!

The Lions’ Swanmore fete takes a lot of time and effort to plan and we need dozens of people to help us make the event work on the day. If you can volunteer for a few hours setting up the field, manning the gate or running a stall, we’d love to hear from you. Its great fun and who know, you might decide to become a member. Drop us your details via the contact us page on the website or email: info@

Dedication and Commitment

At our recent Business Meeting Brian Donovan (105sc District Governor) presented some long service awards. Unfortunately some of our members were not able to attend: Ron Wilson for 40 years, Pete Meadows for 30 years, John Sharpe for 25 years, Pete and Diana Angelis, Dinah Weberstadt and Dick Cowles each for 10 years. Congratulations to all!

Bring the joy of singing into your life The Meon Voices Community Choir brings you music, fellowship and friendship, and is looking for new members to start in September 2022. Meon Voices is a happy and popular choir, which has been a valued part of the Meon Valley community since the early 1980’s. If you would like to bring the joy of singing into your life, there’s no need to audition and you don’t need to read music – if you love to sing and are prepared to make a bit of effort, that’s enough for this welcoming throng. Each member receives a set of musical scores for a wide variety of music (there really is something for everyone), plus all their music on Drop Box and on CD, so they can practice at home. The choir supports equality and diversity, is led very professionally by a highly qualified conductor, and is accompanied by a brilliant pianist. The commitment required includes: • Attendance at weekly practice sessions in Bishops Waltham: o Term one between January and May o Term two between September and December o Every Monday night 7.30 – 9.30 p.m. • Practice between sessions, enough to suit your level of confidence and competence • A modest financial contribution towards music, the hall etc. payable at the beginning of each term • Take part in our Christmas and Spring performances if possible If you would like to join, or to have a copy of our ‘New Members’ leaflet, which contains full information, please contact Phil 01489 579078 or email or email Jane on janevose@

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