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 Sunday 1 May Thirteenth Garden Fair in aid of St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital At Wintershill Hall, Durley by kind permission of Jamie & Caroline Balfour. 10am - 4pm. Enterance £5 (free parking). Children under 14 free. Birds of prey display, hog roast. Ask the expert: Andy McIndoe. 60+ specialist stalls. Children's corner, homemade refreshments. Cuff Billett's New Europa Jazz Band. For more information: www.bwgardenfair.org.uk

 Friday 13 May Fish 'n' Chip Quiz Night at Botley Primary School Doors open at 7.15pm. We welcome teams of up to 8 to come and take the challenge of the famous Botley Quiz. Always a popular, fun evening. BYO drinks & nibbles. The event is open to all and raises funds for the school. Tickets £7.50 each including a delicious Fish and Chip supper form J. Henry in Hedge End. Please see website for details www. botleyfobs.co.uk

 Sunday 1 May Treasure Hunt for Felix 1.30pm onwards starting at the Guide Hut and Hoe Road Recreation Ground. Swanmore Brownies are hosting a Treasure Hunt around Bishops Waltham. Suitable for all the family, whether you are looking for a nice Sunday afternoon walk around the village, to the more competitive sleuths amongst you who are keen to solve all the clues and win the treasure. Arrive anytime between 1.30pm and 3pm to collect your clues. It should take approximately 1.5 – 2 hours to complete. Entry Fee: Recommended entry fee of £10 per family to be paid on arrival Entry Fee includes tea, coffee and cakes provided in the Guide Hut. Bring: As well as bringing the whole family, bags of enthusiasm and some money, please remember to bring a pen – a deer stalker is optional. Please register your interest at www.FitforFelix.com so that we can estimate numbers. All money raised in support of the Fit for Felix campaign

 Monday 16 May Meet Soberton Players Open Evening at Soberton Village Hall, School Hill, Soberton SO32 3PF. From 7.30pm. One of the Meon Valley’s oldest and most successful amdram groups is on the look-out for new members.We’ve got an exciting line-up of shows we want to stage – including “Gypsy”, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and “Noises Off ” - but need more actors and backstage people, particularly at the younger end of the age spectrum, to realise our plans. If you have ever considered amdram, but haven’t got round to it or feel nervous of auditioning, come along to meet us over a glass or wine or beer. For more details ring: 02392 632551. Check us out on www. facebook.com/sobertonplayers or our website sobertonplayers.co.uk

 Thursday 12 Monday 16 May Yarn Bombing in Bishops Waltham The Town Team is asking people to help decorate Bishop’s Waltham town centre by knitting or crocheting interesting items for May's Yarn Bombing. If you can knit well, please be creative and make something special. If you are a novice, then knit some strips or squares and decide where to put them on the day. Whatever you make can be re-used, either for yourself, or for charity, or for another yarn bombing! For further details, (except on how to knit!) contact: ro b e r t . s h i e l d s @ x m o o r. c o m (01489 894289)

 Saturday 21 May Summer Fayre at Bishops Waltham Infant School Please come along to our traditional Summer Fayre. It really is a lovely family event with lots of stalls to keep everyone entertained. This year looks to be bigger and better than ever with our Alice in Wonderland theme. We have hook a duck, penalty shoot-out, face painting, knock down can games, a tombola, a bouncy castle, and of course lots of refreshments including a BBQ, all at pocket money prices!! Gates open at 12pm for two hours of fun everyone is welcome, and this fantastic event is free to get in! www.bwis.org.uk 01489 892375  Saturday 21 May Welsh Spring Concert in Swanmore The distinguished Pontypridd Male Choir with outstanding tenor soloist Ben Smith (studying

at the Royal College of Music, London) will again fill St Barnabas’ Church, Swanmore, with their unique and lovely sound. When they came in June 2014 tickets were sold out ten days before the concert – the church could simply hold no more! Doors open around 6.45pm for a prompt 7.30pm start. Admission by ticket only. Adults £16 and under-18s £10, to include a glass of wine or soft drink in the interval. Call Jan on 01489 892581 or Tony on 07771 771826. Latest details on www. stbarnabas.org.uk.  Saturday 28 May Wickham with Rhythm The Wickham with Rhythm club night returns with DJ Pauly Paul who will be spinning an all vinyl set. If you like jive and swing tunes from the 40s to the 60s, together with 50s mambo, rhythm & blues, northern soul and rock n roll then you're going to love this! £4 on the door. Due to demand tickets must be purchased online: https://www. ticketsource.co.uk/wickham. More details can be found on our Facebook site: https://www. f acebook.com/wickham50s/. The Wickham Centre, Wickham, PO17 5AL  Saturday 30 May Winchester City Classic Car & Bike Breakfast Meet 8am - 12pm at Winchester City Fotball Club, Hillier Way, Winchester, SO23 7SR. Clubhouse open for breakfasts, also burgers and bacon rolls available, and teas, coffees and bar. Free admission.  Until Sunday 31st May Bishops Waltham Carnival Photographic Competition Are you the next David Bailey? What is your best ever photo? Get your photo displayed at the Carnival for a chance to win big prizes. Entry requirements: up to 11 years: A4 or A5. 12 - 18 years: A4 or A7. Adult: A4. Seniors (60+): A4. Last date for entry: 31st May. Get your photos to Bishop's Estate Agent, High Street. Address to 'Rotary Photo Competition' and put your name, address and phone number on the back. For full terms and conditions see: bishopswalthamrotary.org.uk

 Friday 3 June 'Pop in to Summer' - The New Music Makers Summer Concert At The Berry Theatre, Wildern Lane, Hedge End (next to Wildern School) at 7.30pm. Ticket Price:£10 Adult, £8 Concessions (over 65, reg. disabled), Under 16 Free. Tickets Available From: The Berry Theatre Box Office Tel (02380) 652333, The Flower Garden Florist, Hedge End or Tel: (01489) 781836. The New Music Makers and their guest musicians invite you to 'Pop In to Summer', for a musical ride on the magical merry go round of Mary Poppins, along with a summer fest of popular music for all. Cited as an award winning choir, "With excellent musicianship and a very expressive personality", the New Music Makers present a musical extravaganza not to be missed.

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 Friday 3 - Sunday 5 June Bishops Waltham Photographic Society's Annual Exhibition BWPS's Exhibition will be held at The Paterson Centre - Church Road - Swanmore on Friday 3rd June: 2pm - 5pm, Saturday 4th June: 10am - 5pm. Sunday 5th June: 12pm - 4pm. Please come to view a wide variety of photographs by the society's members and the successful winners from the local Schools' Photo Competition. Everyone is welcome to meet members and find out more about this very friendly, successful local group. Free Entry.  Tuesday 14 June Hampshire Writers Society: Chris Cleave, Clare Morrell and Published Members’ Book Fair The Hampshire Writers’ Society celebrates the finale of their fifth successful season with a book fair in honour of their published members. A triumph in 2015 the Fair is set to become an annual tradition. Time: 6.00pm for Book Fair and Strawberries. 7.00pm for speakers. Venue: The Stripe Building, University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester, SO22 4NR. Date: Tuesday 14 June 2016. Cost: £5 non-members. Students free. Contact: www. hampshirewriterssociety.co.uk

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MEON VALLEY FORUM Welcome to the May issue of The Forum Magazine. We welcome new writers, suggestions, ideas and feedback - positive or negative! Spring is here and we have many more community events and activities popping up in our local towns and villages. If you need some ideas for things then take a look at our regular Diary Dates section. We have an interesting article with Michael Chance in this month's Hampshire People plus all our regular features, news and articles. The copy deadline day for the June issue is May 16th. We hope you enjoy reading this month's Forum

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10 NEWS & FEATURES NEWS 06 Run for the Roof 08 Hampshire Country Fair 2016 16 'Pure poetry' from Bury Court Opera as Madama Butterfly memerises audiences 18 Winchester Festivals take centre stage with revamped website 26 Bishop's Waltham Rotary Carnival procession and show 11th June 2016: get involved 26 Emma in garden at Jane Austen's House Museum 26 Best Wishes Mother's Day and Easter competition winner 44 Cor Meibion Pontypridd! Welsh male choir Spring concert on Saturday 21st May in Swanmore 54 New 'Emma in Print' exhibition at Jane Austen's House Museum 54 Beltain, Butser Ancient Farm FEATURES 20 It's in the bag - What Do You Think? 24 80's technophobe? 30 Market Square 34 Spiders in Space 42 Hampshire People - The Forum talks to Michael Chance CBE: INFORMATION 03 Diary Dates 12 Clubs & Societies 14 Church Services 28 Community


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LEISURE 46, 47, 48, 49 46 Tennis in Bishop's Waltham - the tennis courts at Hoe Road Recreation Ground are now open 48 National Garden Scheme: gardens open for charity 48 Thinking of trying to a new hobby?

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MOTORS 50, 51, 52, 53, 55 50 Young people wanted for the Prince's Countryside Fund Land Rover Bursary 2016 50 Quality and peace of mind 52 Hendy Ford: the history of Hendy Ford and Hendy Fareham

GOOD FOOD 56, 57, 58, 59 56 East Meon gin company takes gold medal at the 2016 San Francisco world spirits competition 56 Learning from the best 57 The Ferry Restaurant, a unique dining experience 58 Meon Valley Marriott Hotel & Country Club: Broad Street Restaurant

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NEWS & FEATURES

RUN FOR THE ROOF CHARITY RUN FOR THE MEON HALL, MEONSTOKE

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e need your help! Please come to Meonstoke on Sunday 22 May 2016 and enter our “Run for the Roof ”.

We need to raise about £6,000 to complete our fund raising for renewing the roofs on the Main Hall and Small Hall in June this year. When we built the Meon Hall 35 years ago we won the Village Venture Prize, and H.R.H. The Duchess of Kent came to Meonstoke to open the Meon Hall on 22 April 1982.

Meon Hall that we will be able to get much much closer to our target of paying for the new roofs. There will be 5 Km and 10 Km races from the Meon Hall to West Meon and back, using the Meon Valley Trail, which is quite a flat surface with a 1:100 gradient downhill on the way back. First race starts at 11.00am at the Meon Hall.

Putting All This in Perspective Looking back to The Great War, exactly 100 years ago, we are remembering two Meonstoke men killed in action. Their deaths led to the building of the well loved “Meon Hut” in Meonstoke High Street on land given in their memory by the Smith family. The Meon Hut served the village for 55 years, and our village memory for Benjamin and Samuel Smith has been carried on with The Meon Hall. In June this year we are going to replace the corrugated roofing sheets over the Main Hall and Small Hall. This will cost about £72,000. So far with everyone's help and generous support from the 2016 200 Club, we have managed to collect together about £54,000, and have been offered recently a marvellous donation of £15,000 from someone living in the Meon Valley area - so we are very nearly there! We just need to find another £6,000 or so, and we really hope that with the help of everyone reading this, that by coming to our very own “Run for the Roof ” event at the

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During the lunchtime interval for refreshments at the Meon Hall, there will be some Childrens Races (with prizes) round the Recreation Ground before the Second race up the MV Trail at 2.00pm. Entrants in the 5K and 10K races will receive a medallion commemorating their “Run for the Roof ”. Details of the “Run for the Roof ” event can be found at www.irunevents.uk


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have decided this month to set an area aside in the vegetable patch for cut flowers, it’s not something I’ve tried before but have been inspired by Sarah Ravens glorious gardens at Perch Hill in Sussex so with seed catalogue and brochures to hand I have been mapping out a small area. My final selection includes the following easy to grow plants in a mix of bold colours:

Jobs for the month ahead: • Prune spring flowering clematis such as Clematis montana once they have finished flowering if you need to control their size. • Dead head any spring flowering bulbs to make sure all the energy is put into building large bulbs for next year and not seed, and leave the foliage to die down. If the flowering of any bulbs was poor lift them and only replant the large bulbs with some organic matter to improve the soil. • Put in plants supports for any perennials with tall flower stems that need extra support such as Delphiniums and those with heavy blooms like Paeonias (Peonies).This can be in the form of purpose made supports or you could create a framework of twiggy sticks bent over the plant which quickly disappear beneath lush growth.

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• Once the risk of frost has finished plant out runner beans, planted with a simple wigwam of bamboo canes they will quickly get going. • Sweetcorn and squashes can also be planted outside towards the end of the month. Chris Nutt: Garden Designer To contact Chris call: 0776 5692396 or email chris.nutt2@btinternet.com


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CLUBS & SOCIETIES ARTS, CRAFTS & MUSIC  Bishop's Waltham Photographic Society Bishop’s Waltham Photographic Society is a small club that meets on the first Thursday of each month in the Church Hall, Free Street, Bishop’s Waltham at 7.30pm. For further information and contact details, please visit the club website www. bishopswalthamphotosociety.co.uk  Bishop's Bells Handbell Team Using the Victorian handbells belonging to St Peters Church, we play regularly both at our weekly practices and at venues throughout Hampshire. Practices are weekly on Tuesdays from approx. 7.30pm to 9.00pm at St Peters Church. All ages welcome, no experience necessary! Contact Sandy Foster to find out more: 01489 890334  Hambledon Folk Club Second Wednesday each month 8.30pm start (doors open 8.00pm) All gigs (except January):Venue: The Youth Hut, Hambledon PO7 4RW (adjacent Village Hall). Drinks from Vine Pub (next door) or bring your own (tea/coffee available at club). Entry: £10.00 (£8.00 members, £5.00 under 18s/students) For more information: www. hambledonfolkclub.co.uk. For reservations phone: 02392 632719 or email folkclubhambledon@hotmail. co.uk  Jubilee Writers We are a friendly group of enthusiastic writers who enjoy writing short stories, novels, poetry, articles, sketches, travelogues etc. Our abilities range from absolute beginners to those with more experience and our aim is to support and encourage members in their writing. Meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month between 2 and 4pm in St Peter’s Stables, Bishops Waltham. A £40 annual subscription fee is charged but anyone interested is welcome to attend 1 or 2 meetings before joining. For more details ring 01489 892224 or e-mail: jubileewriters@live.co.uk  Meon Valley Flower Club The Meon Valley Flower Club is affiliated to the Wessex and Jersey area of NAFAS (The National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies). This year we are usually meeting at 2pm on the 3rd Tuesday of the month in the Meonhall in Meonstoke. New members would be very welcome indeed, but anyone can join us as a visitor.Our yearly programme includes flower arrangements by NAFAS area demonstrators, workshops, speakers and garden visits. For more information please phone our Chair Alison Bartlett 0239 2632366  Meon Voices Choir Weekly practices are held in the United Free Church, Basingwell Street, Bishop’s Waltham each Monday 7.30 – 9.30, September – December and January – March/ April. There are no auditions and you do not need to be able to read music, but it helps. We sing a wide range of music usually in 4-part harmony, for example traditional folk songs, negro spirituals, melodies

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from musicals, classic popular music and some choral pieces. For further information please contact Phil: 01489 579078 or email coundleypj@yahoo. com or Nims 01489 575150 email n.fisher989@gmail.com.  The New Music Makers SATB Choir We are a friendly bunch of people who love to sing. Our central rehearsal hall, for singers from a wide area, is Methodist Church Hall, Hedge End. Rehearsals 7.30pm - 10 pm, with time for chat/refreshments. We sing a wide genre of music at venues from Winchester Cathedral, Berry Theatre to smaller local clubs and societies with an annual Christmas and Summer concert. No need to read music, all you need to do is 'hold a tune' with help from CDs/online player/choir buddy. Choir socials throughout year. Contact Lin on 023 8045 4285 or our website www.newmusicmakers.com to join this fun, vibrant choir of 40 years standing.

OTHER CLUBS / SOCIETIES  Bishop's Waltham Bridge Club We are a small, friendly club that meets every Wednesday evening at Priory Court, Winchester Road, Bishop’s Waltham. Play starts at 7pm and continues until 10pm. Improving and occasional players are welcome and you do not need to come with a partner. If you would like to come along, please call Roger Robinson (Chairman) on 01489 877504, or Phil White (treasurer) on 01489 896877.  Bishop's Waltham Community First Responders BWCFR are volunteers locally, trained by the Ambulance service to attend life threatening emergencies before an ambulance attends. We cover the 5mile radius of B/Waltham, Swanmore/ Waltham Chase and when required outlying areas. Use of own car and cover 5 or more hours/wk, mileage is reimbursed. A lively group of all ages, experience and backgrounds, who gain great satisfaction from helping their local residents. Swanmore Responders needed to span our area. For more info; Di Mclean 01489 891911.  Bishop's Waltham Gateway Club We provide a social club for people with learning disabilities over the age of 16. We meet in St Peter's Church Hall, Free Street, Bishops Waltham SO32 1EE on the first and third Monday's of the month (except August and Bank Holidays) between 7 and 9pm. More information can be found on our website www.bwgateway.org. If you need any more information contact Vee or Brian on 01489 895767.  Bishop's Waltham Gardening Club The Club holds 9 evening meetings a year, free to members, with speakers on a diverse range of horticulturally related topics, plus social events, outings and Shows. We also manage the Bishops Waltham allotment site where there is a sales Shed. The Club welcomes new members and visitors to meetings whether you are an experienced, novice or armchair gardener! Visit our new website at www.bwgc.org.uk.

 Bishop's Waltham Museum Trust The museum is situated in the beautiful grounds of the Bishop’s Waltham Palace. We are on the ground floor of the Farmhouse and English Heritage has an exhibition on the history of the Palace on the first floor. Every year we try to have an exhibition connected to the history of Bishop's Waltham. 6 Victoria Road, Bishops Waltham SO32 1DJ, United Kingdom 01489 894654. www.bishops walthammuseum.org.uk gillianatkins@bishopswaltham.net  Bishop's Waltham Rotary Club We are a small, dynamic group of like minded professional people of all ages and backgrounds, who meet once a week to not only to give something back to the community in which we live and work, but to organise charity events, socialise, network and have a meal! We are currently looking for new members so if you would like to find out more about who we are and what we do, please get in touch via our website www.bishopswalthamrotary. org.uk. We meet Thursday evenings at East Horton Golf Club. We'd love you to come along and join us, have a bite to eat and get to meet some of our members. www.bishopswalthamrotary. org.uk

Tel: 0845 833 7812. www.meonvalleylionsclub.org.uk. Email: ian.adams@meonvalleylionsclub. org.uk  Wickham Twinning Association Open to residents of Wickham and neighbouring villages, the Association is twinned with Viller-sur-Mer in Normandy and organises reciprocal visits between the two communities This year we are welcoming our French friends to England on the weekend of May 6th-8th. We are always looking for people to act as hosts for some of the French visitors. Anyone who would like to join the Association or are just interested in welcoming some lovely French people into their home please contact Keith Best on 01489 891163 for more information.  Zero 4 Probus Club A mixed club of retired professional and business men & women, which meets on the third Monday of each month for a talk, lunch and social interaction in Botley Masonic Centre, Brook Lane, Botley. For more details visit our web site https://zero4probusclub.weebly.com or contact Malcolm Watson on 01489 891875 or 07926925466.

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 Meon Ladies We are a social group running out of Meonstoke Village Hall. We meet on various Thursday evenings thorugh the year and our purpose is to educate, entertain and offer people to make new friends and catch up with old. Call Libby Soar on 01489 878704 for details or simply to turn up! Events are advertised on village notice boards, and through email. To join our distribution list please email Sarah Snowdon on: sarah.snowdon@live.com

 Singing for Fun Come and sing your favourite songs and learn some new ones. No talent required. First and Third Friday of the month (except August) 2pm - 3.30pm. Ages 40 - 90, people with disabilities especially welcome. Cost £1 per session, includes refreshments. For further information contact Annabel on 01489 877130 or 07732 329792.

 Meon Valley Beekeeping Association We are a group of beekeepers covering the Meon Valley. The association has been in existence in since 1938. We help and encourage people to learn the craft of beekeeping, to keep their bees healthy and strong, so that they will bring in a good honey crop and provide pollination.

 Bishop's Waltham Badminton Club Our club meets at the Jubilee Hall on a Monday evening from 7pm until 9.30pm. We are always looking for new members who are of an intermediate standard and above and would be pleased for you to try us out. For further info see www.bishopswalthambc.com

 Meon Valley Garden Club The Meon Valley Garden Club has been in existence for over 100 years, although up to twenty years ago it was known as the Meon Valley Flower Show Society. It is a friendly and sociable group, drawing its membership from the villages of the Meon Valley and further afield including Horndean, Fareham, Southampton and Portsmouth. Annual membership fee of just £3. For more information please visit: www.meonvalley-garden-club.co.uk  Meon Valley Lions Club Formed in 1973, the Meon Valley Lions Club is the local branch of an international group dedicated to supporting those in need in their local community. There are currently 26 male and female members from all walks of life, who volunteer their time and expertise to raise money for local individuals and groups in need. In addition they have given thousands of hours of their time freely to people and situations where manpower is needed rather than cash.

SPORTS CLUBS

 Bishop's Waltham Cricket Club Male and female players of all abilities and aged over 8 years are welcome. We run 3 adult Hampshire Cricket League teams, a Sunday friendly team, a midweek league team, 2 winter indoor teams and young cricketers teams in under 9,11,13 and 15 age groups. www. bishopswaltham.play-cricket.com  Meon Valley Bowling Club New people, from complete beginners to seasoned league players are most welcome, and we provide equipment to borrow; and fully qualified coaching for beginners and improvers. We bowl outdoors from mid-April until late September; and indoors on for the rest of the year. Tel: 01489 891871, email: meonbowls@live.co.uk www.meonvalleybowls.org.uk


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 Sunday 1 May 08.00 BCP Communion 09.15 Parish Communion  Sunday 8 May 08.00 BCP Communion 09.15 Parish Communion 09.15 Informal Service in Church Hall 18.30 Evensong at The Blessed Mary, Upham  Sunday 15 May 08.00 BCP Communion 09.15 Palm Sunday Service 09.15 Informal Service in Church Hall 10.30 APCM in Church Hall  Sunday 22 May 08.00 BCP Communion 09.15 Morning Worship in Church 09.15 Informal Service with Communion in Church Hall

 Sunday 8 May 18.30 Evensong  Sunday 15 May 11.00 Matins 18.30 Taize  Sunday 22 May 08.30 Holy Communion

ALL SAINTS' Botley  Sunday 1 May 08.00 Common Worship 10.00 Parish Communion 18.30 Choral Evensong  Sunday 8 May 08.00 BCP Communion 10.00 Parish Communion 18.30 Taize Service  Sunday 15 May 08.00 Common Worship 10.00 Parish Communion 18.30 Evensong  Sunday 22 May 08.00 BCP Communion 10.00 Parish Communion 18.30 Evensong

ST. PETER'S Curdridge  Sunday 1 May 10.00 Parish Communion  Sunday 8 May 10.00 Family Service  Sunday 15 May 10.00 Parish Communion  Sunday 22 May 10.00 Parish Communion

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ALL SAINTS' Denmead  Sunday 1 May 08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 Parish Communion 18.00 All Souls  Sunday 8 May 08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 Family Praise (in Church Hall) 18.00 Evensong  Sunday 15 May 08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 Parish Communion  Sunday 22 May 08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 Family Communion 18.00 Evensong  Every Thursday 11.00 Holy Communion

ST. MARY AND ALL SAINTS' Droxford  Sunday 1 May 08.30 Holy Communion  Sunday 8 May 11.00 Parish Communion

HOLY CROSS Durley  Sunday 1 May 10.00 Parish Communion  Sunday 8 May 10.00 Matins  Sunday 15 May 10.00 Family Service  Sunday 22 May 10.00 Parish Communion

ALL SAINTS' East Meon  Sunday 1 May 10.30 All Age Service  Sunday 8 May

10.30 Parish Eucharist  Sunday 15 May 10.30 Parish Eucharist  Sunday 22 May 10.30 Parish Eucharist & Sunday Club

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 Sunday 1 May 18.30 Evensong  Sunday 8 May 08.30 Holy Communion  Sunday 15 May 11.00 Parish Communion

 Sunday 1 May 09.00 Holy Communion  Sunday 8 May 09.00 Parish Communion  Sunday 15 May 09.00 Holy Communion  Sunday 22 May 09.00 Matins  Saturdays 09.00 Morning Prayer

ST. PETER'S & ST PAUL'S Hambledon  Sunday 1 May 08.00 Holy Communion 10.30 Parish Communion 18.30 Evensong  Sunday 8 May 08.00 Holy Communion 10.30 Parish Communion 18.30 Evening Prayer  Sunday 15 May 08.00 Holy Communion 10.30 Parish Communion 18.30 Evensong  Sunday 22 May 08.00 Holy Communion 10.00 Short Family Service 11.00 Matins 18.30 Holy Communion

ST. ANDREW'S CHURCH Meonstoke  Sunday 1 May 11.00 Parish Communion  Sunday 8 May 08.30 Holy Communion  Sunday 22 May 11.00 All Age Service

THE CHURCH OF THE BLESSED MARY Upham  Sunday 1 May 11.00 Parish Communion  Sunday 8 May 11.00 Family Service

ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST West Meon  Sunday 1 May 08.00 Holy Communion 10.30 All Age Worship  Sunday 8 May 10.30 Parish Communion  Sunday 15 May 10.30 Service of the Word  Sunday 22 May 10.30 Parish Communion  Tuesday & Friday 09.00 Morning Prayer (10th at East Meon)

ST. NICHOLAS' Wickham  Sunday 1 May 08.00 Holy Communion 10.00 Family Time 18.00 Evensong  Sunday 8 May 08.00 Holy Communion 10.00 Parish Communion  Sunday 15 May 08.00 Holy Communion  Sunday 22 May 08.00 Holy Communion 10.00 Parish Communion If you would like to include a church service, please email your copy to editor@forumpublications. co.uk


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NEWS & FEATURES

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WHITE & GUARD WIN NATIONAL AWARD AT THE ESTAS

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adama Butterfly, Puccini’s much loved classic, was staged by Bury Court Opera in March. Critic Roderic Dunnett, Seen and Heard International, has kindly given permission to reproduce extracts from his review of the show. “It is no easy matter to pull off Madama Butterfly. It requires an utterly convincing lead, for a tragic figure who must be equal to the ardent, visionary poetry of the text as much as to portraying the collapse of hope which leads to the hapless jilted girl’s ultimate demise. At least three other characters have to measure up to the demands of the tragedy. No amount of loose or casual direction can be permitted, given the delicacy of the subject and the subtle refinement demanded by every scene, and virtually every move. One might have guessed that Bury Court Opera has the team and the ingredients to deliver such a production: and this was patently the case with their latest production, a Butterfly of such sensitivity and insight that it scored in every possible way… “Perhaps unusually, Bury Court made the inspired decision to cast two young Japanese singers in the principal role and that of her acolyte, Suzuki. These were performers of quite wonderful flexibility and imagination. Ayaka Tanimoto’s Suzuki alone could have held the stage, and the audience, mesmerised. This was a gorgeous, possibly unusual, mezzo, laden with undertow so that her every utterance gained in expressiveness. Her moves seemed natural, though obviously were partly stylised: her prayerful caution offset to splendid effect the youthful optimism of her younger charge. “The chorus sang well, and was well-marshalled. But that was the case with every single move, every nervous fidget and flutter, of Julia Burbach’s production. She is a director whose attention to detail is second to none.You could put this Butterfly under a microscope and find nothing that was out of place, gratuitous or misjudged. Coupled with the many glorious moments from the orchestra, we were treated to a Butterfly that was pure poetry from start to finish. A fabulous achievement, and a real feather in Bury Court’s cap, as resplendent as any coat of many colours. “ For more information about Bury Court Opera visit www.burycourtopera.org

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hite & Guard Estate Agents have picked up another award at one of the most prestigious awards ceremonies in the industry, the ‘2016 Estate Agency of the Year Awards’, which was held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane, London. The ESTAS is one of the largest property awards within the industry and highlights great service provided by different firms involved in the residential property sector.The winners are chosen purely on ratings provided by clients, including sellers, homebuyers, tenants and landlords. On average over 90.5% of customers rated their firm excellent, when recommending them. The awards dinner was hosted by the well-known TV presenter, Phil Spencer, who said ‘the ESTAS are designed to highlight the excellent standard of customer service these agents deliver throughout the year and provide them with the marketing tools to promote their success’. Simon Brown, founder of the awards, said ‘the ESTAS really are so valuable and they now recognise the best firms across the whole of the residential property sector, customer feedback truly is essential to any organisation and it is fantastic to see the best in the industry being recognised for their efforts’.

Jason Guard, partner at White & Guard said ‘we are absolutely delighted to have won an award this year and we will remain passionate about the level of service we deliver to our clients and winning yet another award this year proves that all the hard work our teams have put in, has certainly paid off ’.


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WINCHESTER FESTIVALS TAKE CENTRE STAGE WITH REVAMPED WEBSITE

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o mark the start of the 2016 festival season in Winchester, the Festivals in Winchester website has been redesigned and relaunched to showcase the city’s growing number of colourful festivals which bring the city to life throughout the year. The site – to be found at www.festivalsinwinchester.co.uk – has been developed by Winchester City Council’s tourism team on behalf of the directors from all the major Winchester festivals. The sheer

growth in the number of festivals in the city prompted a revamp of the existing festivals in Winchester site. Now it is much easier for visitors to the site to search for festivals based on the themes they are interested in – comedy, music, film, literature, arts, food and drink and Christmas. The newly refreshed site includes a calendar of the festivals happening throughout the year across the city and district and gives visitors a snapshot of what to expect via the Festivals in Winchester film which is featured on the homepage. Ellen Simpson, Head of Tourism at Winchester City Council, said: “Winchester’s festival scene has grown over the last six years since the Festivals in Winchester group was first launched in 2009 by Winchester City Council in partnership with Winchester BID. The group originally consisted of just the five main city-based summer season of arts festivals - MayFest, Festival of Art and Mind, Winchester Writers’ Conference, Hat Fair and the Winchester Festival. It has now widened its net to include the newer festivals also making their mark on the city and adding to the variety of events available throughout the year including Winchester Fashion Week and Winchester Comedy Festival.” “The new site also links directly to the main tourism website www. visitwinchester.co.uk to provide visitors from further afield with valuable information to help plan their trip and encourage them to stay longer, serving to benefit the wider economy of the city and district.” www.festivalsinwinchester.co.uk

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any coffee shop long enough and you’ll see the faux designer label being kicked under the table when the real thing struts through the door. It may be an offence to sell fake designer bags but there are plenty willing to buy the look of a label that perhaps they will, in reality, never be able to afford and treat it as a bit of fun and frivolity. Conversely some will invest in the one truly fabulous bag and love it for life. But do we really care? Is the handbag we carry really what defines us? From the fabulously wealthy who either carry bags so enormous they could crawl inside to find their car keys,( yes I realize they don’t drive themselves), or the tiniest clutch in which they can carry absolutely nothing; to the polarized ‘bag lady’ with her worldly goods contained in carrier bags. With the majority of us positioned somewhere in the middle with our conglomeration of bags for all seasons, I suppose it does, either as an accessory or a sad necessity. The handbag industry is hard to get a handle on, iconic designer bags have out performed gold in economic terms for the first time ever with the ‘value’ of the Hermes Birkin bag rising 500% in thirty five years. For the devotee handbags, much like shoes, have reached fetish status, people simply can’t get enough of them. I must admit, although it pains me to say it, I’m not sure you can deny the wow factor of a genuine, great quality bag. What do you think? WRITTEN BY GILL GRANT


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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT EVERLONG SUPERIOR FINISH PAINT FOR FURNITURE WITH OLIVE AND TED

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Q Is it really true Everlong Superior Finish Paint doesn't need waxing or varnishing? A Yes! The paint contains a built in sealer making the finish durable and wipeable which for the majority of painted furniture is all that is needed. Q So what is the One Coat Sealer for? A Where a piece of furniture is going to be subjected to heavy use or needs to be washable, the One Coat Sealer will provide the right level of protection. It is also heat proof and can be used as a block against bleed through from stains. Q How many colours are in the range? A Currently there are 26 colours available and we stock all of them at Olive and Ted. A metallic gold and silver are new to the range. Q Do I need to use a special brush to apply Everlong Superior Finish Paint? A For best results a good quality synthetic brush should be used. A range of brushes are available from the boutique which have very fine bristles to minimise brush marks and give a smooth finish. We use these ourselves everyday and highly recommend them. Q Can I mix the colours? A Yes, and we have developed some beautiful new shades and colours. You can also mix the new metallics with other colours in the range. Just remember what proportions you used in case you need to mix up some more! Q Can I dilute Everlong Superior Finish Paint? A You can use water to thin the paint slightly if it has thickened. You can also add more water to create a wash for use on bare wood or over another colour which you can apply with a brush or sponge.

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Q Can I use Everlong Superior Finish Paint straight from the tin? A You can paint from the tin or decant the paint into another rust proof container. Make sure you mix the paint thoroughly to disperse the layer of sealant on the top of the paint and layer of chalk at the bottom of the tin. Q Can I really apply the paint straight onto a piece of furniture? A Surprisingly yes you can! Just make sure the surface is clean and free of any flakey paint or varnish. You can paint over a waxed surface but the finish will be less durable so for best results remove it first using wire wool and white spirit. Q Can I paint on fabric with Everlong Superior Finish paint? A You can apply the paint directly to the fabric using a stencil or patterned roller to make beautiful seat covers or cushions. Natural fabrics can be dyed using a mix of approximately 1 part paint to 5 parts water. You can also paint upholstered chairs, applying the paint directly to the fabric and a clear wax to finish which creates a stunning leather like finish. Q Can I use Everlong Superior Finish paint on garden furniture? A Absolutely! If the furniture is new teak you will need to apply an oil or shellac based primer first to prevent the oil in the wood coming through the paint. Otherwise the paint can be applied straight onto the wood and will age elegantly or can be easily touched up.

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t's... I was going to say future but it’s more a case of being dragged screaming into the ‘now’. It was a Friday evening and the emporium of earthly delights at our local Solent port was surprisingly quiet. While the café staff were eager to be shot of us the shop floor staff assured us, “Don’t worry madam, we’re here until eight”. As my Mum and I strolled nonchalantly around the IT department I tried really hard to look as if I knew exactly what I was doing – the consummate IT professional. Yeah right, in truth I was acting more as a spirit guide to my Mum, encouraging my lovely octogenarian to walk with me in to the 21st Century; “Of course you should get a tablet Mum. Nice and light and portable and you can shop on it, email, shop, Facebook, shop, research and…shop. It will be great!” A sleek–haired I.T youth approached, I nodded sage like as he expounded on the infinite possibilities of the device and the virtues of the Cloud, the Intel Pentium thingy, the RAM and the ROM without appearing to inhale. Mum looked nothing short of terrified but seemed to feel much more within her comfort zone when asked what colour she would prefer. We could have done with a coffee to calm the nerves but the café had long closed so it was a quick flick to Marks and Sparks to get ‘ something for tea’. “Just think Mum, you’ll soon be ordering groceries online”. “Eh?” A wave of terror swept over her face. We’ll work up to that I think. So now, every Sunday my Mum and I can be found in our Market Town's barn café huddled over the tablet, amazed by its ability, we occasionally are heard to say ‘oooooh’ as if we’d just discovered fire. I have learnt that my technical abilities are not that good so I’ve had to employ a useful list of phrases such as, “Oh mine doesn’t do that. It will be the Internet connection. We’ll come back to that” - all very useful. But while my wonderful Mum is embracing technology and is

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now emailing, Facebooking and using Messenger with aplomb, I have become a grumpy old woman when it comes to my current I.T Achilles heel - automated banking. The local branch of my bank has gone West to our nearby Cathedral city and has been followed by another. The bank has had a major overhaul, ‘We’re all streamlined and efficient madam”, said the helpful young boy who turned out to be the manager. The branch now has something of the doctors’ waiting room about it, the elderly, and I include myself, sit on the stylish but ultimately uncomfortable sofas looking slightly anxious as they wait for the queue of increasingly frustrated customers attempting to use the automated machines to subside. I’m blighted when it comes to these machines, every time without fail there is always an issue no matter how hard I focus and follow the instructions to the letter. We cannot process your cheques- we cannot process your cashtransaction, Cancelled, the machine bluntly informs me. I find myself talking to it, “But you’ve eaten my paying in slip and I’ve not paid all my cash in!’ At that point a man with a clipboard normally sidles over, “Having trouble madam?” I want to say “yes I bloody well am! Why can’t we have our lovely branch back where everybody knew you and nothing was too much trouble!” But I run the risk of sounding like someone out of Downton Abbey, so I weakly apologise for being so thick and watch ashamed as he dexterously taps a few buttons and the whole irksome process is complete. Such is the effect on my blood pressure that I am tempted to rely on the Post Office despite the fact that clearance time for cheques is positively glacial. There are some bits of the technological ‘now’ that render me a stressed gibbering wreck. My banking blank moments are akin to my mum finding she had eight items in her Amazon basket, and worryingly no idea how they got there, when she only wanted one. Still I’m proud of Mum for keeping up and I’ll be the one holding onto her coat tails trying to keep up! WRITTEN BY SANDRA PAGAN


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n Monday 2 May (Bank Holiday Monday) Jane Austen’s House Museum welcomes Foot in the Door Theatre Company to perform scenes from Jane Austen’s novel Emma in the garden at the Museum. Emma was the fourth and last of Jane Austen’s novels published in her lifetime and was written entirely at the house in Chawton which is now a Museum to the author’s life and work. During the day scenes will be performed every half hour between 11.00am & 4.00pm. The company will perform highlights from the book such as the infamous Box Hill picnic, and the very unexpected proposal from Mr Elton. Some scenes will be performed more than once. Audiences are not expected to sit and watch for the whole day but are invited to dip in and out, to visit the Museum between scenes and to enjoy their own picnics in the gardens (weather permitting!). The scenes will move indoors to the Museum Learning Centre if the weather is poor.

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he Carnival starts with a procession of vintage cars and motor bikes, followed by marching bands, horses, stilt walker, fire engine and walkers. This year, the theme is Mardi Gras, linked to the Rio Olympics later in the year. So, we would like to get as many people as possible involved in the procession. Don’t be put off thinking you need to have a float. The Rio carnival is mostly made up of people dressed in colourful costumes, walking and dancing to the band music. Batala are an exciting and colourful band who will be leading the procession. So why don’t you come along and join in with a placard or banner saying who you are; or just on your own; come along on bicycles, scooters or on foot; in costume of some sort.Take this opportunity to promote your club, school or society, or just join in as team of friends or family. Win a prize for best turnout.

This event is a part of the Museum’s celebrations of the 200th anniversary of the first publication of Emma which have included a number of exhibitions, events and learning activities taking place including the current exhibition, ‘Emma in Print’ which features the first edition copy of the novel dedicated and presented to The Prince Regent by the author. There is no additional charge for the performance of Emma which is included in Museum Admission. Full details of all events are available on the Jane Austen House Museum website: www.jane-austens-house-museum.org.uk/ events. For more information ring the Museum on 01420 83262

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This month, we have the pleasure of being able to announce the winner as Lee Tunnicliffe from Waltham Chase. Lee won this fantastic prize by correctly answering: how many weeks are there between Mother's Day and Easter Sunday.

Just let us know who you are, and how many will be joining us. Send an email to mabcomike@gmail.com. Be in the High Street and ready to go at 12:15pm and able to walk to Hoe Road Recreation Ground.

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COMMUNITY EMERGENCY SERVICES  Emergency Only (Ambulance, Fire, Police) Tel: 999  Non Emergency Medical Services: Tel: 111  Electricity Emergency 24hrs, 7 days a week Tel: 08457 708090  Gas Emergency 24 hrs, 7 days a week Tel: 0800 111 999

 Hampshire County Council The Castle, Winchester, SO23 8UJ www.hants.gov.uk Tel: 0845 603 5638 Winchester City Council City Offices, Colebrook Street, Winchester, SO23 9LJ www.winchester.gov.uk Tel: 01962 840222

HOSPITALS

 Water Emergency 24 hrs, 7 days a week Tel: 0845 278 0845

 Royal Hampshire County Hospital Winchester, Hampshire Tel: 01962 863535

BISHOPS WALTHAM POLICE

 Southampton General Hospital Tremona Road, Southampton, SO16 6YD Tel: 02380 777222

 Bishops Waltham Police Station Bishops Waltham Police Station is located on Hoe Road. Tel: 01962 841534 Fax: 01962 874201 101 Service For non-Emergency Services Call Hampshire Police using: 101

CITIZENS ADVICE  Bishops Waltham Citizens Advice Bureau Well House, 2 Brook Street, Bishops Waltham, SO32 1AX. Tel: 03444 111306 (Advice Line) for appointments for ongoing cases: 01489 890940. Email: administration@ winchesterdistrictcab.org.uk  Wickham Citizens Advice Bureau Merry Go Roud Childrens Centre, Wickham Primary School, Buddens Road, Wickham, PO17 5HU To find your local Citizens Advice Bureau please visit: www.citizensadvice.org.uk

COUNCILS  Bishops Waltham Parish Council Parish Council Office, The Jubilee Hall, Little Shore Lane, Bishops Waltham, SO32 1ED. Clerk: Mrs. Lindsay Edge, email: parishclerk@ bishopswaltham-pc.gov.uk Tel: 01489 892323  Durley Parish Council Clerk: Mrs Anne Collins Tel: 01489 860236 Email: durleypc@homecall.co.uk

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 Wickham Parish Council Clerk: Nicki Oliver Tel: 01329 835019 Email: clerk.wickham@parish. hants.gov.uk

 Queen Alexandra Hospital Southwick Hill Road, Portsmouth, PO6 3LY Tel: 02392 28600

SCHOOLS  Bishops Waltham Infant School Oak Road, Bishops Waltham. Tel: 01489 892375  Bishops Waltham Junior School Oak Road, Bishops Waltham. Tel: 01489 892368  Botley C.E Primary School 52 High Street, Botley. Tel: 01489 782308  Clanfield Junior School Little Hyden Lane, Clanfield. Tel: 02392 593209  Denmead Infant School Hambledon Road, Denmead. Tel: 02392 262717  Denmead Junior School Bere Road, Denmead. Tel: 02392 252735

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

SURGERIES & CHEMISTS  Bishops Waltham Surgery Lower Lane, Bishops Waltham bishopswalthamsurgery.nhs.uk Tel: 01489 892288  Droxford Surgery 35 The Park, Droxford Tel: 01489 877588  The Denmead Practice The Health Centre, Hambledon Road, Denmead denmeaddoctorssurgery.co.uk Tel: 02392 239630  Hambledon Surgery East Street, Hambledon Tel: 02392 632453  Lloyds Pharmacy High Street, Bishops Waltham Tel: 01489 892499

 Droxford Junior School Union Lane, Droxford. Tel: 01489 877537

 Wickham Surgery Mill Lane, Wickham www.wickhamsurgery.co.uk Tel: 01329 833121

 Durley Primary School Durley Brook Road, Durley. Tel: 01489 860207

TOWN & VILLAGE HALLS

 East Meon C.E Primary School Chapel Street, East Meon. Tel: 01730 823218

 Botley Centre High Street, Botley, SO30 2ES Tel: 01489 784274

 Hambledon Primary School Church Lane, Hambledon. Tel: 02392 632440  Meonstoke C.E School Chapel Road, Meonstoke. Tel: 01489 877568

 Clanfield Memorial Hall South Lane, Clanfield, PO8 0RB Tel: 07854 821338  Denmead Community Centre School Lane, Denmead, PO7 6LU Tel: 02392 256132

 Droxford Village Hall The Square, Droxford, SO32 3QL  Durley Memorial Hall Durley Brook Road, SO32 2AR Tel: 01489 860236  East Meon Village Hall Workhouse Lane, East Meon, GU32 1PF  Hambledon Village Hall West Street, Hambledon, Waterlooville, Hampshire, PO7 4RW  Meonstoke Village Hall Committee Pound Lane, Meonstoke, SO32 3NP. Email: meonhallbookings@yahoo.co.uk  Jubilee Hall Little Shore Lane, Bishops Waltham, SO32 1ED. Tel: 01489 892323  Priory Park Elizabeth Way, Bishops Waltham, SO32 1SQ. Tel: 01489 892323  Soberton Village Hall School Hill, Soberton, SO32 3PF. www.sobertonvillagehall.co.uk  Waltham Chase Village Hall Winchester Road, Waltham Chase SO32 2LX. Tel 07940 704676 walthamchasevillagehall.org.uk

BUS SERVICES  Meon Valley Community Bus Association The Meon Valley Community Bus Association runs regular timetabled bus services. The drivers and organisers of the Association are all volunteers. If you have a bus pass then you can travel free - all bus passes accepted. Otherwise return fares to all destinations are £5 for adults. Children under 16 pay half and under 5s travel free. If you do not live directly on route, then why not consider 'Park & Ride' from Droxford Sqaure or Soberton Village Hall. There is ample parking at both locations. For more details and suggested stops please contact John Shorrocks: 01489 877499 or email: john.shorrocks997@btinternet. com If you would like to add something to our useful information page then please send your copy to editor@forumpublications. co.uk. Please note that we cannot guarantee publication.


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CULTURE - THE ARTS 'Jervis Court Lane, near Swanmore'

JERRY SMITH PAINTING THE MEON VALLEY LANDSCAPE

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ack in October last year, our first edition featured an autumnal scene painted by local artist Jerry Smith. Seven months on and spring has truly sprung, with this month's cover featuring another of Jerry's works - a mass of bluebells, so typical of English woodland at this time of year. With longer days and hopefully better weather, there’ll be more time to spend outdoors enjoying the local landscape and finding inspiration for artistic endeavour.

Over the winter, Jerry ran various workshops and oil painting demonstrations for local art groups, including Fareham and Lee-on-Solent. Since the beginning of this year, he's also been running his own oil painting classes, focusing on the fundamentals of landscape painting. These are continuing right through to the end of summer term at Swanmore Village Hall.

The Meon Valley Trail is of particular interest, with a never ending play of light and shadow across the seasons. Jerry uses a variety of techniques including subtle glazes of colour, to produce a glowing effect within a scene.

'Gold on the King's Way'

He’ll be taking part in the annual Hampshire Open Studios event in the last week of August and is also planning on a second solo exhibition for next year. As well as original works, Jerry sells cards and prints of his paintings and regularly undertakes commissions. Some of his work is also on sale at ‘Abbart’, located at Warwick Lane in Wickham. 'Meon Valley Trail near Brockbridge'

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For more information go to www.jerrysmithartist.co.uk


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FEATURE - CLAIRE THURLOW

Spiders in space WRITTEN BY CLAIRE THURLOW

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t’s staring at me. Pausing on its descent from ceiling to floor, the spider rests on the slender strand it has secured to an oak beam, and dangles boldly in front of my face. I stare back. While horrified that my attempts at spring-cleaning are being scuppered by arachnids, I can’t help but be impressed by the skill and speed of their weaving. This fragile creature uses a sticky substance from its glands to spin silky threads which allow it to roam at large throughout my home. Unperturbed, the spider, or ‘cobbe’ as they were once known, slips silently to the ground, and sprints off under the wardrobe. There are more than six hundred species of spider in the UK, but you are unlikely to be room-mates with most of these as they prefer the outdoor life, hanging around in dark, damp woodland or log-piles. However, you will no doubt have to share your garden shed. Peer into a neglected corner, above a stack of discarded plant pots or behind the wheelbarrow. Is there a lacy cobweb? Look closely and you’ll probably see the spider lurking at the back, waiting for lunch. As its favourite meals consist of midges and mosquitoes, it’s not a bad neighbour to have, so resist the urge to evict it. The European Society of Arachnology has declared the cyclosa conica, of the orb-weaver variety, ‘European Spider of the Year 2016’. It can be spotted lounging in its rather messy web, hairy legs folded, surrounded by remnants of previous meals. Parents of teenage boys will be familiar with the scenario. So far, so unappealing. The largest British house spider is the Cardinal, so-called because even the stalwart Cardinal Wolsey was supposedly terrified of the critters that stalked Hampton Court Palace.

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With some animals, thoughts of love occur in spring. Not so the spider. The reason you see so many spiders in the autumn – falling into the bath, scuttling across the living room while everyone is glued to Autumn Watch, is sex. The male spider is desperate to find that sassy female who is snuggled under the wardrobe. Having found her, and mated, the male pegs out, leaving his widow in peace for the winter. In spring, as temperatures rise and the supply of insects increases, lady spiders perk up and start popping out egg sacs. Each sac yields around 50 eggs, and a female can produce ten egg sacs. That’s a lot of spiderlings. Which is why my house is full of them now. I don’t mind little money spiders. Although you have to get them tangled in your hair for it to be truly lucky. And I can tolerate the daddy long-legs or crane flies which flap about dementedly when you are trying to sleep, until you are forced to whack them with a rolled up magazine (not this one, obviously). It’s the webs that get me – dust them away, and the next day they’ve been reconstructed, good as new! Outside, strung across the grass, bejewelled with dew, these are glittering miracles of engineering. Indoors, they are a pain in the neck. But I can’t begrudge the tenacity of these tiny creatures. In 1973, spiders Arabella and Anita joined the Skylab mission and went into space. They tolerated the crew’s experiments and graciously continued to spin their marvellous webs in zero gravity. Tough, fearless and adaptable, the arachnids are unlikely to be phased by a vacuum cleaner. The spiders are here to stay!


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ampshire Home Physio is a private physiotherapy service with a difference. They specialise in bringing the physiotherapy clinic to you so that you don't have to travel. You can even ask Hampshire Home Physio to come to you at your workplace.

This vital service is ideally suited to people who are housebound or don't have the time or ability to get to a clinic. This sort of tailored personal service has not been readily available until now. Hampshire Home Physio cover a wide geographical area from Southampton up to Winchester and across to Petersfield, Portsmouth and beyond. Chartered Physiotherapists Sarah Broughton and Katie Dutson established Hampshire Home Physiotherapy in 2014. They have a passion for offering the best care possible to their clients. Both have a background in trauma, orthopaedics and musculoskeletal physiotherapy and have a combined experience of 40+ years in the NHS. Their aim is to keep patients in their home environment. Working with various services, private and NHS to ensure a holistic approach to patient care. How can Hampshire Home Physio help you? After trauma, injury to an illness. e.g. pneumonia After orthopaedic or general surgery - to get you back on your feet Decline in mobility due to age or illness Rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis Joint problems e.g. shoulder or back pain Solving functional difficulties at home or work Palliative/Oncology care Providing maintenance programmes to keep you active

Our new private GP's, Dr Steph and Dr Tom, will be offering: - Cholesterol testing - PSA (Prostate specific antigen) testing - HbA1c testing (diabetes check- no fasting necessary) Dr Steph, will also be doing a short talk on the ROCA Test, an ovarian cancer test, that is twice as effective as current screening methods.The ROCA Test will be available through Winchester GP at HealthSpace. You will further have the opportunity to book a full wellness screen with Winchester GP for a reduced rate. Throughout the Day: Educational Talks (15 mins) 11.00 - ROCA Test (Dr Stephanie Hughes) 12.00 - IBS and Nutrition (Julie Weston) 14.00 - Traditional Acupuncture (Vida Woods) 15.00 - ROCA Test (Dr Stephanie Hughes)

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Hampshire Home Physio is a high level service with a caring ethos and a simple goal: to bring quality physiotherapy to you. Please call or email Sarah and Katie to see if physiotherapy can benefit you.

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bsolute Healthcare in Four Marks are proud to announce the promotion of Veronica Martin to the role of Senior Carer.Veronica has just received her UK Nursing PIN, which means she is now a registered nurse in the UK as well as her home country of Spain. We could not be more proud of her achievement which has taken a lot of hard work and very long hours. We're also pretty envious of her ability to learn English a lot quicker than we will ever master Spanish! Veronica will be increasing her hours in order to spend more quality time with our clients across Hampshire, and will be participating in the training of our staff. Please join us in congratulating her and wishing her the very best in her new role. Tel: 01420 769658, E: enquiries@absolute-healthcare.co.uk Absolute Healthcare, Suite 2, Pyramid House, 59 Winchester Road, Four Marks, Hampshire, GU34 5HR

• Local family business in heart of community • Tailor made care, whatever your needs • Knowledge of local area, GPs & health services • Specialists in variety of medical care needs

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REX WINGATE YOUR LOCAL EYE CARE CENTRE We are also leading experts in the field of Colorimetry. This is a service to help in all aspects of Visual Stress, including Dyslexia, Migraine and reading fatigue. We are proud to have been invited to stock both Lindberg Precious and real horn ranges, making us currently one of only two stockists on the South Coast. Lindberg Precious is an exclusive and prestigious eyewear collection comprising 18ct solid gold, platinum, diamonds, horn and mammoth tusk.

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ex Wingate and Partners is a family run business, providing ophthalmic services since 1948. Our philosophy has been to always provide exceptional care, with a traditional service. We have maintained this by acquiring state of the art equipment and having the latest frames and lenses as soon as they become available. Frames from the finest fashion manufacturers in the world include Lindberg Precious, Lindberg Horn, Lindberg and Cartier to name just a few. With our in house glazing laboratory we can provide bespoke and unique designs as well as allowing you to use your favourite frames again. As an Independent Optician, we source our lenses from the best manufacturers around the world, that aren’t always available on the high street. Clinically we have always been at the cutting edge of developments offering non-contact tonometry for Glaucoma screening from 1974 and Fundus Photography from 1988 and is now routine with every eye examination. Six years ago we introduced OCT scanning for Glaucoma and Macula Degeneration (AMD), which has revolutionised early diagnosis.

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Precious frames are handmade and light weight. Only the best Top Wesselton diamonds, known for their beautiful clarity and colour are used. The gold used to craft these unique frames is mined in one of the smallest mines in the world; Nulunaq Gold Mine in Greenland. This range enhances our extensive Cartier range. Considering the quality of these items, they represent remarkable value for money. If you would like more information on any of our services please call us on 01489 584169


Traditional Values, Exceptional Service Since 1948 we have thrived on providing the best service and care, by introducing the latest technology. We have an extensive range of frames to suit any budget, from standard frames to luxury eyewear.

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LADIES AT LUNCH RHIAN'S OF WARSASH SUPPORTING THE DAVE WELLMAN CANCER TRUST

L-R: Ann McMenemy, Tracey Prebble, Sandy Jones, & Wendy Oxlade-Chamberlain

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charity lunch was held at the Concorde club for the Dave Wellman Cancer Trust. Sandy Jones who has owed Rhian Ladies Boutique in Warsash for the past 24years, regularly puts on fashion lunches for charity.

Sandy is a patron of the Dave Wellman Cancer Trust and the money raised will go to the Immunology centre at Southampton general hospital which will be built in 2016 and is going to make a world of difference to local cancer patients, the Dave Wellman trust supports this project.

This lunch raised £3000 - a fantastic amount in a few hours, enjoyed by all the Ladies that lunch! Next charity lunch 13th June at the Jolly Farmer in Warsash in aid of the Dave Wellman trust charity. Thank you to all the ladies that supported us today and always. - Sandy Dave Wellman Cancer Trust Set up in 1999 the Dave Wellman Cancer Trust, to date, has raised over a quarter of a million pounds.

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As well as helping other charities and individuals with cancer, most of this money has been directed to the research programme in Southampton. Tina Hawke, who set up the charity, has since been asked to be an ambassador for the University of Southampton Centre for Cancer Immunology Campaign. The campaign is currently underway, and will last for three years, with the Southampton Centre for Cancer Immunology opening in 2016. So why Cancer Immunology at Southampton? Southampton is the UK’s leading centre for cancer immunology research, one of the top 5 in Europe and upon completion in 2017; Southampton will link its top discovery scientists to Europe’s main centre for biomedical research, the Francis Crick Institute in London. Southampton has a strong track record in this field as we have been conducting research in this area for nearly 40 years. The £25 million Campaign will focus on two priority areas: Assembling world-class immunology teams: we will raise £2 million to support the recruitment of research and clinical staff to maximise our research power and to maintain our national prominence in the clinical translation of cancer immunology. Building and equipping a State-of-the-Art Cancer Immunology Centre: we will see a new building, a 4000 m2 Centre to provide the most advanced facilities to study all aspects of cancer immunology. This will increase our understanding and expedite the delivery of patient benefits in the form of successful new treatments. The new building will be located near the Somers Building on the site of the Southampton General Hospital.


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F OR U M I SSU E 1 1 5 | M AY

HampshirePeople THE FORUM TALKS WITH MICHAEL CHANCE CBE

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or those locally who are not familiar with the voice of Michael Chance CBE all is about to be revealed. An Etonian and Cambridge Graduate Michael Chance started singing opera at the age of 28 and is now one of the world’s greatest Countertenors. He has sung in most of the prestigious opera houses from Sydney, New York, Salzburg, Milan and Florence, to Covent Garden and Glyndebourne.

new opera company at The Grange known as ‘The Grange Festival’ to forge ahead building yet further on the excellent reputation we have and ensuring there will always be opera at the Grange. I was delighted and honoured when asked by the Baring family, owners of the Grange, and their fellow Board members to become Musical and Artistic Director for the Grange Festival commencing in 2017.” Michael is no stranger to Hampshire.

He is also a successful recording artist with one hundred and forty five albums to date. He was awarded the CBE for services to music in 2009 and has also been awarded a Grammy.

“I have been coming to Winchester Cathedral for the past thirty years and regularly sang as a guest soloist in oratorio with the Waynflete Singers and the Cathedral Choir there.”

Michael’s passion for singing and opera means that he not only holds teaching positions of the Royal Academy of Music where he is Professor of Music but also at the Hague where he tutors Master Classes for young singers from across the globe. It was from The Hague that Michael telephoned to talk about a further exciting development in his already impressive musical career, that of becoming Artistic Director of the newly formed “The Grange Festival” opera company at The Grange, Northington, here in Hampshire.

Does he find the thought of directing The Grange Festival daunting?

He laughs, “Well yes of course I do. But I have worked in the arts for over thirty years and have a huge number of good friends and contacts many of whom have already stepped forward in support of this exciting new venture. I am deeply honoured in the level of trust and support that the Board of The Grange Festival have shown and placed in me, but you do have to have a touch of madness too though! I have a fantastic and experienced team and I am thrilled to announce that from the 1st February Michael Moody joined the Grange Festival as General Manager, which is fabulous, we’ve become great mates. And Rachel Pearson, so successful for many years in fund raising for Grange Park Opera, is now doing the same for us. We are starting from scratch in some areas of course, but from all the conversations we have held with past participants and supporters it is abundantly clear that people have not only a huge desire to see opera continue and flourish at The Grange but have an overwhelming love of the place itself.” 2016 will be the final season for the outgoing ‘Grange Park Opera’.

So what plans does Michael have for the 2017 Season for The Grange Festival?

Michael explains, “The Grange is such a special place and over the last seventeen years under the direction of’ Grange Park Opera’ it has become renowned for staging interesting operas as well as the more classic and well known. But things inevitably change and having created an excellent legacy the company ‘Grange Park Opera’ have moved on leaving the

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“It will be incredible. We are currently planning three operas with the possibility of a further two. The first of which is the spectacular ‘Carmen’. Secondly, the classic opera by Monteverdi,’ Il ritomo d’Ulisse in patria’ -‘ The Return of Ulysses’. It’s an opera that I have very strong associations with so I’m delighted to putting it on in my first season. We have two very important singers famous for their success in these roles joining the cast, soon to be announced. Tim Supple, who directed a renowned version of a ‘Midsummer Nights Dream ‘ at the Round House will direct this new production. He was Director for many years of the Young Vic. Finally there will be Britten’s ‘Albert Herring’ and we are very and excited and fortunate to have John Copley


directing, who has collaborated with Britten many times during his fifty years at Covent Garden, and Steuart Bedford conducting, probably the greatest living interpreter of Britten’s operas. In terms of the orchestra we are currently in discussions and are very excited regarding the orchestras that will hopefully be working with us, I can’t say any more than that at the moment” “In June 2017 we are extremely excited to welcome a young visiting operatic company from Perm in Eastern Russia, Musica Aeterna, for a Gala performance of Mozart’s “Cosi fan tutte” before they travel direct to the prestigious Salzburg Opera Festival, so that is an extraordinary coup for The Grange Festival”. Their conductor is Teodor Currentzis, a brilliant Greek ball of fire. The fifth is still only a possibility. But if it comes off, we will be putting on a completely new opera and nurturing its creation.”

Being so very busy how does Michael stay buoyant when facing difficulties? “ I believe one should be open to learn from ones mistakes and not shut down if things go wrong. We all make them after all. I certainly will in this new job. There’s a good analogy with sport. If you drop a crucial catch in cricket, it’s how you respond and recover afterwards that really matters.”

So what next for Michael Chance and The Grange Festival?

Michael is utterly enthusiastic,“ So many plans for ‘The Grange Festival’. The very word ‘ festival’ implies variation - an umbrella under which all the arts flourish and are

celebrated whether it be opera, musical concerts from a variety of cultures, poetry, plays, Shakespeare and seasonal arts events throughout the year perhaps – the list and the possibilities are infinite! I’m keen to open the Grange up to the community, in particular local schools and colleges, encouraging young people and also older to be involved in the arts- we are working with so many wonderful ideas at the moment! I truly believe the arts in all their forms are at the very heart of what it is to be human.”

I wonder what music Michael listens to?

“ Oh I hate lists! The Bee Gees! Perhaps my favourite is Bachno Schubert- no actually Bach! I must have a hundred or so favourite composers and musicians. An open ear and an open mind lead to all sorts of surprising musical passions”.

And finally with Michael’s hectic schedule, what three things can’t he live without? “ Only three? Well family, my wife Irene and two children of course. Cricket - well most sport, to be honest! And live performance. May I add a fourth? Laughing with friends.” With the delightful Michael Chance heading the team at the new 2017 Grange Festival season there can be no doubt that live musical performance will be part of an extraordinary cultural experience at the Grange for many years to come.

For more information contact: info@thegrangefestival.co.uk www.thegrangefestival.co.uk WRITTEN BY GILL GRANT

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NEWS & FEATURES

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PROFESSIONAL

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COR MEIBION PONTYPRIDD! WELSH MALE CHOIR SPRING CONCERT ON SATURDAY 21ST MAY IN SWANMORE

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fter their huge 2014 concert success in Swanmore, the distinguished Pontypridd Male Choir, with outstanding tenor soloist Ben Smith, are returning for a Spring Concert on 21st May. When they came in June 2014, all tickets were sold ten days before the concert – the church could simply hold no more!

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outh Downs Funeral Service, Denmead, is proud to be an independent and family owned company with the families’ wishes at heart.

Managing Director, Paul Lee-Bapty, has more than 35 years’ experience, which can be seen across the services the company provides. Its high standards make it a funeral service that is appreciated by the families it has helped over the years. South Downs understands that every funeral service must be carried out to your wishes and we will take time to listen to all of your requirements. The staff would be pleased to talk with you in the funeral home or in the privacy of your own home. Support will be given throughout the arrangement decision process and during the service. We promise to support you both personally and professionally, and that you will only have to talk through your needs with one person, allowing you to have full confidence in them. We guarantee to be completely honest and open regarding the funeral charges. Families will be given an estimate and you are not required to pay a deposit of part payment prior to the funeral service taking place. We offer a range of funeral from Golden Charter, the leading provider to family owned funeral homes in the United Kingdom.

The wonderful sound of 50 Welsh voices in harmony will again be enhanced by the acoustics in Swanmore’s parish church, St Barnabas. In 2014 the audience loved the performance and gave a huge response, much appreciated by choir members who remarked on it afterwards. Admission by ticket only: £16 adult, £10 under-18, to include a glass of wine or soft drink in the interval. Phone Jan on 01489 894266 or Tony on 07 771 771 826 for tickets, or buy them in Barnaby’s Coffee Shop in Swanmore. This is primarily a fund-raising event for St Barnabas’ Church. See www.stbarnabas.org.uk for latest details.

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LIFESTYLE - LEISURE

TENNIS IN BISHOP'S WALTHAM - THE TENNIS COURTS AT HOE ROAD RECREATION GROUND ARE NOW OPEN

JUNE BREAKS FROM ONLY £20 3rd: Thames Tales - 4 days £309

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4th: Isle of Wight - 8 Days £599

he new court surface has now been successfully laid at Hoe Road Recreation Ground, Bishops Waltham, the new nets and posts are up and temporary lines are painted. A nicely painted surface will be added in two tone green in keeping with the national park setting.

4th: Houses & Gardens of Hertfordshire - 3 days £209 5th: Jersey by Sea - 8 days £549 5th: Northumbrian Saga - 6 days £449 5th: Liverpool - 5 days £425 5th: Cultural Costa Brava - 8 days £645 6th: Scenic Lakes & Mountain Goat Experience - 5 days £429

This year the courts are being managed by Active Academy. As well as club sessions, members and non-members can book the courts AND there are two weekly open court sessions during which anyone from the community can use the courts (Thursday 9am4pm) and Sunday evening). Find out more on the website: www.active.tennis/bw and Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/MyActiveAcademyBW

10th: Gardens of Cornwall - Newquay - 4 days £269

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10th: Italy's Riviera of Flowers - 10 days £809 *All Inclusive* 11th: Guernsey by Sea - 8 Days £565

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12th: South Wales - 7 days £499 13th: Cornish Delights - 5 days £289

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13th: Torquay Steam & Sail - 5 days £279

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13th: Wye Valley & Forest of Dean - 5 days £409

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14th Midsummer Mountains in Flames - 8 days £689

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A ROYAL CELEBRATION & GRAND PICNIC SATURDAY 4TH JUNE 2016 abbey gardens, winchester 6pm – 10.30pm Dress up in all your finery, and bring your gazebo*, tables, chairs, candelabras, chandeliers, a grand picnic and a party of friends for a celebratory and fun evening of music from around the British Isles. *gazebo not obligatory

This will be followed by some rousing ‘Last Night of The Proms’ style songs and a jazz band to round off the evening Enjoy your grand picnic in the lovely setting of the Abbey Gardens while a Scottish pipe band, male voice choir, brass band, and opera singer, plus magicians and artists serenade you. Or wander around the gardens where lots of celebratory food and drink including wine tastings, delicious nibbles and a champagne and prosecco bar will be on offer. prizes for the ‘Most Majestically Dressed Gazebos’, the ‘Most Interestingly Dressed Person’ and the ‘Best Dressed Party’

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Adults £5. Children/Seniors £3 Or a gazebo and up to 8 guests: £30 per gazebo Information/Tickets: Winchester Tourist Information: 01962 840 500 tourism@winchester.gov.uk @WinchesterCity WinchesterCityCouncil WITH MANY THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS, TO WINCHESTER ROTARY CLUB, HAMPSHIRE FARE AND WINCHESTER BID ORGANISED BY STEPHANIE SWANN EVENTS FOR


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NATIONAL GARDEN SCHEME: GARDENS OPEN FOR CHARITY

SATURDAY & SUNDAY MAY 7 & 8

'Selborne', Caker Lane, East Worldham, Alton 1/2-acre mature garden features a 50 yr old orchard of named varieties. Mixed, densely planted borders contain hardy geraniums, other herbaceous plants, shrubs and climbers. 2pm - 5pm. Adm £3.50. Plants for sale. Teas. SUNDAY MAY 15

Crookley Pool, Blendworth Lane, Horndean Here the plants decide where to grow. Californian tree poppies elbow valerian aside to crowd round the pool. Evening primroses obstruct the way to the door and the steps to wisteria-shaded terraces. 2pm – 5pm. Adm £4. Plants for sale. Teas.

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SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS MAY 21, 22, 28 & 29

Hollybrook, 20a Chalk Hill, West End 20m x 12m town garden started in 2008. Imaginative use of recycled and new materials to make interesting artistic garden pieces to complement herbaceous bed, pergola and 2 ponds. 2pm – 6pm. Adm £2.50. Teas. WEDNESDAY MAY 25

Dean House, Kilmeston The 7 acres have been described as 'a well-kept secret hidden beside the elegant facade of its Georgian centrepiece'. Features incl mixed and herbaceous borders, rose garden, pond garden and working walled gardens. 10am – 4pm. Adm £6. Plants for sale. Teas. SUNDAY & MONDAY MAY 29 & 30

7 Downland Close, Locks Heath, nr Fareham Beautiful and inspirational 50ft x 45ft plantsman's garden, packed with ideas for the 'modest-sized' plot. Attractive water feature, plenty of seating areas and charming summerhouse. 1pm – 5pm. Adm £3. Plants for sale. Teas. SUNDAY MAY 29

Hambrooks Show Gardens, Titchfield, Fareham 16 individual showcase gardens ranging from the traditional to the contemporary. Each has its own unique character, demonstrating versatile and visionary styles. 10am – 4pm. Admission by donation. Plants for sale, teas. SUNDAY MAY 29

Meon Orchard, Kingsmead, N of Wickham An exceptional range of rare, unusual and architectural plants incl National Collections of Eucalyptus. Many flowering shrubs in May/ June.Visitors are welcome to explore the 20 acre meadow and ½m of Meon River frontage attached to the garden 2pm - 6pm. Adm £4. Plants for sale. Teas. 48

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he Prince’s Countryside Fund Land Rover Bursary Scheme 2016 is now open for applications. The valuable bursary seeks to award up to five inspiring young people aged 21 to 35 with the use of a Land Rover Discovery Sport for a year, to support the development of their countryside careers. The 2016 Bursary also marks a renewed three-year partnership between The Prince’s Countryside Fund and Land Rover. Applications can be made online now at http://www. princescountrysidefund.org.uk. The UK countryside is in desperate need of talented young people, with the average age of a British farmer being 59 and only 4% of the UK’s farmers under 35. Environmental conservation requires an estimated 30,000 new entrants by 2020 to maintain and protect our countryside, while in forestry, 53% of the workforce is over the age of 40. Claire Saunders, Director of The Prince’s Countryside Fund said: “There’s an acute need for young people to be supported to enter farming and related careers. Whether you’re new to farming, starting a “field to fork” food business or keen to bring new technologies and your skills to the countryside, The Prince’s Countryside Fund is here to support you. That’s why we’re delighted to be working in partnership with Land Rover to provide such practical and valuable support to young people starting out in their rural careers.”

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hat's the aim of the game for The Wheel Specialist in Fareham, a family-run business focused on alloy wheel refurbishment and customisation. From dedicated petrol heads to local dealerships including Guy Salmon and Ridgeway, The Wheel Specialist serves a wide range of customers across Hampshire, turning damaged wheels into something to be proud of. Business director Sarah Kerr explained: “When you want the best, you need to come to the best - we only specialise in wheels and carry out the whole job here in our workshop, meaning we can offer a fast turnaround and guarantee quality service.

The 2016 bursary was launched earlier this year by the patron of the charity, HRH The Prince of Wales, at Rookin House Activity Centre near Penrith. Whilst there, Prince Charles met with a group of young farmers learning practical flood resilience driving skills and himself took part in the training, getting behind the wheel of a Land Rover Discovery Sport. HRH The Prince of Wales also spoke with previous beneficiaries of the bursary, learning how it has benefited their rural careers and accelerated the development of their countryside businesses. Jeremy Hicks, Jaguar Land Rover UK Managing Director said: “Land Rover is synonymous with the countryside and we’re looking for the UK’s most enterprising young people who would benefit from the use of a Land Rover Discovery Sport. Access to a 4x4 vehicle can be crucial to getting a rural business off the ground. By providing a vehicle with capability to tackle the most challenging of rural terrains, space for seven and excellent towing capacity, we are aiming to help five ambitious young people to further their rural careers.” Applications must be made online by 29th April 2016. The Prince’s Countryside Fund Land Rover Bursary is open to UK residents aged between 21 to 35 living and working in a rural area. For more information, terms and conditions and details on how to apply please visit: www.princescountrysidefund.org.uk.

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n 7th November 1910, Percy Hendy shook hands with Ford Motor Company boss Henry Ford to cement a partnership that would last 105 years and counting. In 1911, the first UK Model T landed at Trafford Park in Manchester and within a few short years it had become the biggest car production plant in Europe. Off the back of this success, Hendy opened new dealerships across the South West. When the war broke out, the Government's call for increased food production meant that Hendy was given the task of servicing and maintaining Fordson tractors. In 1926, the Palmerston Road depot in Southampton brought the servicing and repair of commercial vehicles under one rood - creating the finest facilities and operation in the South. During the Second World War, Hendy Ford stopped production to help manufacture the Submarine Spitfire. Much loved by those who flew it, the Spitfire was the only fighter aircraft to be in continual production before, during and after the war. After the war, the arrival of the new Consul and Zephyr Siz in 1950, the 100E Anglia/Prefect in 1953 and the powerful Mk.2 Consul/Zephyr/Zodiac range in 1956 all helped to boost sales. Still constantly expanding and evolving, the company also updated and extended the Vincent's Walk premises in time to celebrate its Golden Jubilee as a Ford dealer in 1960. Two years later, the new Ford Cortina was introduced, and within twelve months had already reached one million sales. Hendy has changed its identity on several occasions in the past to reflect both the times and acquisitions that have taken place.

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In 1971, the entire group adopted the 'Hendy Lennox' title. This move was made in order to project a stronger identity and a more cohesive internal organisational structure. Another significant trading title change took place in 1989 when the company's car dealerships become known as Hendy Ford, in line with Ford's new marketing plans. The remainder of the century saw a succession of developments. All were related to the core business or motor power but the company began to expand its activities into niche markets, including vehicle leasing and rental, motorsport and leisure. Hendy Leisure Limited was set up to exploit the sales potential and Gentrac Road Trains began to run at holiday resorts, theme parks and other leisure complesed around the world, including places in the UK like the Eden Project, Kew Gardens, Bournemouth, Poole and Torquay. The last part of the century saw a flurry of business activity, with several location moves, depot closures and new site openings. Today, Hendy Van & Track is a hugely successful aspect of the Hendy business, responsible for 30% of total group turnover with 220 dedicated staff. In 2000, Hendy Ford acquired their Fareham site. In 2010 Hendy Ford reached a remarkable milestone - a 100 year relationship with the Ford Motor Company. Tel: 01329 281 818 www.hendyford.co.uk Newgate Lane, Fareham, PO14 1TU


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ane Austen’s House Museum is an independent museum dedicated to the life and work of Jane Austen, one of the most popular and important novelists that England has ever produced. The house at Chawton is where she spent the last eight years of her life. It is of international importance as the place where she did the majority of her mature writing, but at the same time retains the charm of a village home. www.janeaustens-house-museum.org.uk Royal Collection Trust, a department of the Royal Household, is responsible for the care of the Royal Collection and manages the public opening of the official residences of The Queen. Income generated from admissions and from associated commercial activities contributes directly to The Royal Collection Trust, a registered charity. The aims of The Trust are the care and conservation of the Royal Collection, and the promotion of access and enjoyment through exhibitions, publications, loans and educational programmes. Royal Collection Trust’s work is undertaken without public funding of any kind. The Royal Collection is among the largest and most important art collections in the world, and one of the last great European royal collections to remain intact. It comprises almost all aspects of the fine and decorative arts, and is spread among some 13 royal residences and former residences across the UK, most of which are regularly open to the public. The Royal Collection is held in trust by the Sovereign for her successors and the nation, and is not owned by The Queen as a private individual. At The Queen’s Galleries in London and Edinburgh and in the Drawings Gallery at Windsor Castle, aspects of the Collection are displayed in a programme of temporary exhibitions. Many works from the Collection are on long-term loan to institutions throughout the UK, and short-term loans are frequently made to exhibitions around the world as part of a commitment to public access and to show the Collection in new contexts. Explore the Royal Collection at: www.royalcollection.org.uk/collection

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eltain (or Beltane) is an ancient Celtic celebration of the beginning of summer, with music, dancing and the burning of the giant Wicker Man on Saturday 30th April.You can expect a pleasant afternoon/evening of entertainment and refreshments culminating with the burning of the giant Wicker Man at dusk. Gates to the festival open at 4.30pm. The event finishes at 10pm. Please be aware that it will be dark when returning to your car, we suggest you bring a torch. Please bring enough cash with you for the night. There are no cash points on site. The Wickerman is lit at dusk (normally around 9pm) Please note that the farm will be closed to public visitors on Sat 30th April and Sun 1st May. It will reopen for general visitors on Mon 2nd May. New to Beltain, singer songwriter Ed Goodale and his brother Ollie will open proceedings, setting the atmosphere of the evening with honest, thought provoking songs. Later on, the irresistible beat of lively Irish band Feckless will once again have everyone up on their feet dancing on the grass. The Pentacle Drummers, voted a unanimous success at their Beltain debut last year, will be back again appealing to our tribal instincts with resounding rhythms resonating round the site as the Wickerman goes up in flames. This year we are delighted to welcome Mythago Morris, an exciting team of dancers, musicians and story tellers from Sussex. Other entertainment includes Falcon High birds of prey, Roman cooking, Ancient Wessex Network, Ancient Musicians, roaming entertainers, storytelling, Roman gladiators, Anglo Saxon re-enactors, Hants Astro with their telescopes, an artistic maze, various stalls and traditional skills demonstrations in metalworking, leather craft, hurdle making, flint knapping, spinning and weaving. For more information and tickets visit: www.butserancientfarm.co.uk/beltain-festival-2015


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EAST MEON GIN COMPANY TAKES GOLD MEDAL AT THE 2016 SAN FRANCISCO WORLD SPIRITS COMPETITION

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ecently, hospitality students from Highbury College, Eastleigh College and Basingstoke College of Technology had the opportunity to work with some of Hampshire’s top chefs. The students assisted on the demonstration kitchen installed at South Lawn Hotel as part of Milford on Sea Food Week.

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ounded by Will Turnage and Nick Masters in July 2015 and initially launched in the United States and now based in East Meon, Hawthorn’s is produced to a recipe formulated by Will’s late grandfather, Royal Navy Commander Michael Wallrock, during the Second World War and was awarded a Gold Medal at the 2016 San Francisco World Spirits Competition earlier this month. Decorated many times for his bravery, Wallrock used to distil his own gin and take it to sea to help boost morale; his maritime boast of being sunk three times and never getting his feet wet was always proudly toasted at each port with what became his legendary on the rocks measure. Will said: “I found the recipe in his secret wartime diaries containing detailed battle plans and analysis of previous confrontations, along with the invitation from his ‘first dance’ with my grandmother. I had no idea that he used to distil his own gin and finding his recipe was a great surprise.” Hawthorn’s is a single batch award-winning gin and the botanicals are sourced from the same four corners of the globe in which Will’s grandfather laid anchor. Staying true to traditional handcrafted methods, Hawthorn’s is distilled from 100% English wheat in a vintage copper pot still. Many of the stills are over a hundred years old and have been passed down through generations of Master Distillers along with their knowledge, techniques and expertise. Whilst the exact recipe remains a secret, some of the botanicals included are: • • • • •

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The event was co-ordinated by local food group Hampshire Fare and involved respected local chefs Andy MacKenzie from Lainston House Hotel, Dan Gover from The Pig Hotel and Adam Harty from Basingstoke College of Technology. Each chef cooked a dish using locally sourced ingredients and the students worked in pairs to help prepare the ingredients and plate the dishes up. Before the event several of the students admitted to feeling quite nervous about performing in front of an audience. However the chefs put the students at ease and everyone worked excellently as a team. Student Jack Bryant from Eastleigh College worked alongside Andy MacKenzie assisting him in the preparation of a locally sourced crab dish. Jack commented: “The whole experience opened my eyes to the use of local produce in my cooking and it helped me to develop confidence in how to cook and demonstrate to the public. I came away from the day understanding more about how using locally sourced ingredients is fundamental to helping local businesses grow. Thank you to Hampshire Fare for giving us this fantastic opportunity.” Tracy Nash from Hampshire Fare commented on the event: “We wanted to use today as a way to bring together experienced chefs and aspiring chefs in a professional environment. We are lucky to work with chefs who are passionate about the local ingredients available to them and we wanted the next generation to see this in action. Many of these students haven’t done anything like this before and they have really had to overcome some nerves to get up on that demo kitchen. I am really proud of the students and feel honoured to have met them on their journey to becoming professionals.” The event also incorporated an artisan market with Cold Pressed Oil, Flack Manor Brewery, Hattingley Valley, Jenkyn Place, A Basing Bakes, Cupcakes mmm Cookies and other Hampshire Fare members. Milford on Sea Food Week is running until Sunday 3rd March with events taking place every day and evening for all ages. Visit www.milfordonseafoodweek.org for further information.


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he Ferry Restaurant based in the historic Elephant Boatyard is a real hidden gem set right on the Hamble river. The Restaurant was originally a chain link ferry that carried passengers between Southampton and Woolston up until 1977. However the ferry was too expensive for some people to travel on, those wishing to travel cheaper would use the Northam bridge - this cheaper diversion would take them over three miles! The Ferry has now been converted to a superb dining restaurant that seats around 90 and now has a permanent home afloat in the Elephant Boatyard. Why not dine alfresco on the deck, a perfect way to eat in the sun overlooking the marina and Hamble River. Outside seating lets you take full advantage of the beautiful views in peaceful surroundings on these lovely summer evenings. French head chef Anthony prepares and cooks everything from fresh and sources local produce wherever possible.

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Deborah is dedicated to the Ferry now where she works closely with head chef Anthony Guichard & the team of staff to keep the Ferry to the standard achieved. About the Chef Anthony Guichard trained and began his career in Paris in 1992. He cooks only using fresh produce purchased by local suppliers where possible and in season. Anthony has now been Head Chef at the Ferry 9 years where his dedication to his profession shines through his presentation and quality of his food. He has worked in Michelin star restaurants and various other high standard establishments in the UK gaining his experience before settling at the Ferry restaurant. Tel: 02389 402566 www.ferryrestaurant.co.uk The Ferry Restaurant, The Elephant Boatyard, Lands End Rd, Old Bursledon, SO31 8DN

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FOOD & DRINK - GOOD FOOD

MEON VALLEY MARRIOTT HOTEL & COUNTRY CLUB BROADSTREET RESTAURANT

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roadstreet Restaurant is located within Meon Valley Marriott Hotel & Country Club and is open to all. With a rustic modern setting, views of the glorious Hampshire Countryside and attentive first class service this really is a delightful dining experience.

Traditional Sunday Lunch is served between 12.30pm and 4pm and is available from just £9.95. Children aged 5 – 12 receive their meal half price and children under 5 are free! This truly is the perfect way to finish your week.

Executive Head Chef Paul Watts and his highly talented team have created an exquisite a la a carte menu using fresh, seasonal ingredients and includes Crispy Pork Belly, Barbary Duck and Salted Chocolate Brownie – sounds delicious doesn’t it?

Broadstreet Restaurant is the perfect venue to sit back, relax and enjoy delicious food. Booking is advisable in advance by calling 01329 836 826 or book online at MarriottMeonValley. co.uk Get together with a group of friends and enjoy Afternoon Tea with free flowing bubbly. Available Friday – Sunday from 12pm – 5pm for just £20 per person. Free flowing bubby and cakes with friends… who can resist!

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Meon Valley Marriott Hotel & Country Club Sandy Lane, Shedfield, Southampton, SO32 2HQ T: 01329 833 455 MarriottMeonValley.co.uk


SUNDAY LUNCH FROM JUST £9.95

Sunday Lunch available in Broadstreet Restaurant & Bar from 12.30pm – 4pm

Indulge yourself this Sunday with a home cooked roast and surround yourself with friends and family. Our Broadstreet Restaurant & Bar is the perfect setting for you to sit back, relax and enjoy.

Sunday Lunch is available from just £9.95 Children aged 5 – 12 eat half price and under 5’s eat free To book please call 01329 836 826 MEONVALLEYMARRIOTT @MEONVALLEYHOTEL

Meon Valley Marriott Hotel & Country Club Sandy Lane Shedfield, Southampton, SO32 2HQ 01329 833 455

Terms & Conditions apply. Subject to availability. 1 Course Sunday Lunch £9.95. 2 Course Sunday Lunch £14.95. 3 Course Sunday Lunch £19.95. Under 5’s free meal will be from the Sunday Lunch menu only. Main course Sunday Lunch is plated. Please note that vegetables will be family service. Children must be accompanied by a full paying adult to receive the discounted prices. The image is for promotional purposes only. Not available on special event dates.


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