Meon Valley Forum - Issue 81 August 2022

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ISSUE 81 AUGUST 2022

Meon Valley

FORUM Life in your Community

THEATRES & SHOWS

FEATURE

ALRESFORD SHOW

Take a look at our new theatre and shows line up for August

Allergic Reaction By Lucia Foster-Found

Find out about this years Alresford Show

HAMPSHIRE OPEN STUDIOS Support your local artists

STYLE ˙ INTERIORS ˙ HEALTH & BEAUTY ˙ INTERVIEWS ˙ FOOD & DRINK ˙ ENTERTAINMENT ˙ EVENTS Cover Image: Henley Summer House available from Elite Garden Buildings

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OFFICES IN: ANDOVER, BISHOP'S WALTHAM, CLANFIELD, FAREHAM, HYTHE, SOUTHAMPTO

BISHOP'S WALTHAM PRICE GUIDE £675,000 (FREEHOLD) Attractive and spacious family home, lying in a convenient location just a short distance from Bishop's Waltham town centre. The property has a delightful established rear garden and a real feature of the house is the work from home studio alongside. The house is well proportioned with four bedrooms, two bathrooms, two good sized reception rooms, study, cloakroom and a super rear extension with open plan kitchen /breakfast room/living room. Early interest and viewing advised.

SHIRRELL HEATH PRICE GUIDE £825,000 (FREEHOLD) Superb family home, impressively set in a lovely semi-rural location with a delightful lightly wooded secluded rear aspect. The property offers spacious accommodation, having four bedrooms, two bathrooms, three receptions, kitchen/breakfast room, utility & boot room, cloakroom and conservatory. The house is set back from the lane with a generous frontage, which allows for parking and access to the double garage. The rear garden provides the most perfect setting and is ideal for enjoying the garden. Early viewing and interest highly recommended.

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SERVICE | MARKETING | EXPERIENCE With our strong presence in Bishop’s Waltham and the surrounding Meon Valley, Pearsons are the perfect choice for all your property requirements. We are a dedicated team of inspired property professionals who are passionate and enthusiastic about people, property and sales. The recommendations from loyal customers and 5* Google reviews reflect this bespoke service - testimony to our success.

BISHOP'S WALTHAM PRICE GUIDE £675,000 (FREEHOLD) Attractive period home, just a short walk away from Bishop's Waltham town centre. The house has lovely first floor views over the Palace grounds. The property offers spacious and versatile accommodation which has been extended on the side elevation to incorporate a spacious two storey self contained annexe - perfect for a dependant relative, additional guest accommodation, home working or as a substantial family home. The property has been improved and sympathetically refurbished over recent years and still offers some further potential for any new owner should they require. An early viewing and interest is recommended.

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MEON VALLEY FORUM AUGUST 2022

The Team Editor Mark Tubb editor@forumpublications.co.uk Director of Advertising Steve Walker stevewalker@forumpublications.co.uk

CONTENT S 02 Property Management

Buying, selling, letting?

Find local estate agents and property management services

Director of Marketing Rob Harrison rob@forummedianddesign.co.uk

06 Local Events 07 Garden

Advertising Manager Mandy Head mandyhead@forumpublications.co.uk

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Contributors Lucia Foster-Found www. luciafosterfound.com

Get in Touch Forum Publications Offices Unit 8A, Shelf House, New Farm Road, Alresford, SO24 9QH Tel: 01962 735137 www.forumpublications.co.uk

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34 Retail 34

Unique, Bespoke, Eclectic and Local shopping

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37 Motoring 37

Local services to keep

your vehicle running

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Trades, services,

designers, All you need for your home

Make your garden dream come true

Feature

Allergic Reaction by Lucia Foster-Found

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Another side of war reporting by Emma Hearing

20 Recipe of 20 the Month

46 Theatres & Shows

Dolce Fresco Al Limone

24 Entertainment Discover local events and days out or in

26 Environment South Downs National Park

27 Wellbeing 27

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Looking after your health and yourself!

29 Professional Services

From photographers to solicitors every professional service you need

32 Food & Drink

Eat out, stay in: food, drink and dining in Hampshire

Home

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Local Events

Wickham Festival

The South Downs Show Tuesday 16 August From 7pm petersfieldmuseum.co.uk Saturday 13 to Sun 14 August

Thursday 4 to Sun 7 August See website for times www.wickhamfestival.co.uk Blind Lane, Wickham, Near Fareham, PO17 5HD

An award-winning 4-day live music and arts festival held on a beautiful green field site near the historic village of Wickham in Hampshire. 4th-7th August 2022. Late-night comedy; storytelling; street theatre; dance displays; silent disco; digital funfair; The Magic Teapot; childrens entertainers; traditional crafts fayre; real ales & cider festival and much, much more. 5pm - 1am Thursday, 11am - 1am Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Day tickets from £50. 4-day weekend season tickets from £200. Under-16s half-price. Under-10s free. Contact telephone: 023 9252 8017 Call to check latest times or cancellations.

Watercress Line a Day Out with Thomas

See website for details www.southdownsshow.com Queen Elizabeth Country Park Gravel Hill, Horndean, PO8 0QE

Queen Elizabeth Country Park Hometown Events are proud to bring back and include it with our range of successful award winning events. We are planning on using all of our Hometown magic to finally put on the show in 2022 after 2 years of cancellations due to lockdown. A two day event including everything from awesome arena acts, entertaining attractions, dog shows, animal petting zoo, children’s rides and fun zone, country life stalls, alpacas, beer tent and catering with live music and much much more… The South Downs Show will be returning at the beautiful Queen Elizabeth Country Park.

Vehicles at The Brickworks Museum Sunday 14 August From 11am to 4pm thebrickworksmuseum.org

Petersfield Museum Courtyard 1 St Peter’s Rd, Petersfield, Hampshire GU32 3HX

wonderful open-air production, filled with colourful characters, audience interaction and live music! Adult £15, Child £12 Contact telephone: 01698 854409 Call to check latest times or cancellations.

Watercress Line 50s and 60s weekend

Friday 27 to Sunday 29 August From 10am - 5pm www.watercressline.co.uk

From 9am to 5pm www.watercressline.co.uk Station Road, New Alresford SO24 9JG

Free Parking at Ropley SO24 0BL. Join Thomas & Friends for a day of family fun at The Watercress Line. Take a train ride with Thomas, meet some of your favourite characters and join Sodor Station Sweepers Rusty & Dusty for a trainload of excitement!

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This August we are celebrating everything on wheels – with buses and cars in the courtyard, and trains. See website for full details. Contact telephone: 01489 576248 Call to check latest times or cancellations.

Petersfield Museum - Much Ado About Nothing

Loveable pair of reluctant lovers, whose endless sparring threatens to keep them apart forever! Come along and catch this

Carfest South @ Laverstoke Park Farm

Friday 27 to Sunday 29 August carfest.org/carfest-south/ Laverstoke Park Farm, Overton, Basingstoke, RG25 3DR

Carfest South is very happy to be returning to Laverstoke Park Farm, Hampshire. The 2,500 acres farm, near Overton, is owned by ex-racing driver and 1979 Formula 1 World Champion Jody Scheckter. Laverstoke Park Farm, Hampshire

Gardening for Wildlife Fair

Station Road, New Alresford SO24 9JG

Enjoy a taste of the Great British summer holiday with the sights and sounds of the railway in the 50s and 60s

Petersfield Summer Festival

Swanwick Lane, Hampshire, SO31 7HB Saturday 6 to Sun 14 August

special gift or treat, sitting in the sun and chilling for the afternoon listening to awesome music, admiring the vehicles from days gone by or taking a selfie with a character from your favourite film or TV show. We can't wait...

Friday 27 to Sunday 29 August www.petersfieldfest.com

We can't wait to be back in August 2022 for another weekend packed with sunshine, Pimm's, music and market stalls! This year with added excitement and love for enjoying a drink and a dance with your loved ones, browsing the quality stalls for a

Saturday 17 September From 10am - 12 noon Upham New Millennium Village Hall, Mortimers Lane, Lower Upham, SO32 1HF

• Cost: Free entry • Details: The Upham & District Gardening Club is holding a ‘Gardening for Wildlife Fair’ so why not come along and get ideas and inspiration on how to attract wildlife to your garden. Learn more about what you might find in your garden, such as birds, hedgehogs and pollinators and take the opportunity to explore ideas on planting, ponds and wildflowers. There will be nature based activities for children. Entry is free.


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Allergic Reaction

© Lucia Foster-Found 2022 www.luciafosterfound.com

“Would you like some?” Himself asked. Like an iridescent caterpillar, a blue moustache curled around his top lip. She looked dubious. The smoothie that he was so obviously enjoying was an unnatural shade of Prussian blue and she’d read somewhere that there was no truly blue food. “I might – depends what’s in it..” “Banana, apple, ginger, pear … umm..” He looked at the glass of blue-green gloop as if seeking inspiration, “Oh yes, oats and yoghurt.” “But why is it blue?” “Knew there was something else – blue spirulina powder.” He took another appreciative slurp. “Want some?” As she was steering away from dairy, regretfully she declined. “Can’t. Yoghurt. Although it’s a wonderful colour. Reminds me of one of those expensive paints that come in fancy tins with uber tasteful labels; names like Dragonfly Nasal Hairs and Eau de Workhouse. They’d probably call that something like ‘Lascivious Lobster.” At some point in their shared history they’d toyed with the idea of painting their dining room ‘Din-Dins’ or something similar. Seemed appropriate. Until Himself had looked at the sample on the wall and declared “looks like dried blood,” which had somewhat killed it for her; she’d shuddered and reached for the old faithful - magnolia... “Anyway, what’s wrong with yoghurt?” Himself took another gulp of ‘Lascivious Lobster’ and smacked his lips. “I’m seeing if dairy is why I occasionally blow up like a monsoon frog. Apparently,” she prepared to impart some of her research, “lots of people experience a reduced ability to absorb lactose after infancy. Leads to bloating, diarrhoea and farting.” “That’s attractive,” Himself chuckled and continued to consume his bizarre looking drink. “Although,” she hastened to add “I can neither deny nor confirm that I’m experiencing the whole spectrum of symptoms. I wouldn’t want to dispel any vestiges of mystery in our marriage.” “Does this mean,” he fixed her with a quizzical look over the top of the glass, “that you’ll have to declare this as well as the gluten thing when we go out to eat?” She understood his concern. At their last trip to a carvery she’d been asked if she had any allergies. “Well, a bit of a gluten

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intolerance, that’s all. Not serious,” she’d assured airily, anticipating the simple and low key receipt of the usual allergen sheet. But nothing so simple and low key.. When they reached the head of the queue, despite her protestations, the chef proceeded to cheerfully clean down his workstation and replace all of the utensils in the self-service veg section. It was a notable demonstration of duty of care. It was thorough. It was vigorous. It took quite a while... “The locals are getting restless,” whispered Himself, barely containing his amusement at her stricken expression. And her flustered “I’m terribly sorry,” to the people lined up behind her fell on deaf and hungry ears. There were frowns from the queue. Mortified, she quickly dished up her veg with the new serving spoons and scuttled back to their table, now very much aware that it was in the middle of the restaurant. “We can run, but we can’t hide,” Himself commented chirpily as he tucked into his dinner. She wondered if they’d best eat fast and slope off, but then noticed another couple arriving. Duly approached by staff they were asked, “Any allergies?” “Well we’re not very good with gluten…” came the answer. “Oh crikey,” Himself muttered happily. It was a lot busier by the time this new couple reached the front of the long queue. And the locals were looking even hungrier as the chef once more went through his good-natured, comprehensive and lengthy cleaning process. This time there were quiet mutterings in addition to the grumpy looks. The couple quickly served up their veg with the clean spoons and, revealing an impressive turn of speed, scuttled off to their table. Himself finished his meal and they left. “Woe-betide anyone who gets between a Brit and their roast dinner,” he laughingly observed. Some weeks later, they went to a pizza restaurant for their date night. As they confirmed their reservation, the helpful waiter uttered those fateful words.. “Any allergies?” As Himself started with “Well..” her reaction was immediate and almost a shout, “NO THANK YOU.” And then more quietly, “just a copy of the allergen menu please.” At Himself’s questioning look she smiled sheepishly and said, “after all that fuss I caused before, that, my darling, is my new ‘Allergic reaction’.”


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Winchester Heritage Open Days

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9th-18th September 2022

ow in its seventh year, Winchester Heritage Open Days (HODs) is shaping up to be another fantastic festival packed with tours, behind the scenes, and engaging talks. Heritage Open Days is all about opening doors, exploring local heritage and culture, and connecting with the community.

The Trust is thrilled too to have support again this year from our lead sponsor Winchester College, who will be offering guided tours including visits to the Fellows’ Library and Treasury again. Additionally, we are grateful to Winchester BID, our media partner Hampshire Chronicle, to the heritage sites and individuals putting on events, and to our volunteers. HODs couldn’t happen without them!

This year’s festival takes place 9th-18th September 2022 with events not just in Winchester, but in the surrounding areas too (including Aldershot, Alresford, Alton, Bishop’s Waltham, Hursley, Romsey, Whitchurch and more). And the best part? Every event is FREE to attend. The theme for this year’s festival is "Astounding Inventions", celebrating innovation, pioneers and creativity. Code breaking and brickmaking, weaving in the Roman world and railway engineering; these are just some of the Astounding Inventions topics to be explored. Join Aldershot Military Museum for their series of talks on Rushmoor’s Remarkable Innovations and view the Alexander Observatory. Discover the life of Hampshire born inventor, engineer and campaigner for women’s suffrage, Hertha Ayrton Marks with a performance by Pedlars & Petticoats at the Winchester City Museum. Visit IBM Hursley Park, home to decades of innovation, or take a tour of Farnborough Centrifuge. Whether your interests are medieval or modern, in the everyday experience of people throughout history, technological advances, or courtly clashes, there is an event for you to enjoy. Many events you can just turn up to, but some require booking. The Online Box Office opens on Tuesday 9th August – book early to avoid disappointment. To view the full programme of events, how to book, or how to join our team of volunteers, go to our website www. winchesterheritageopendays.org Ever wondered how the fantastic HODs programme comes into being every September? Behind the scenes, the Hampshire History Trust works hard year-round overseeing the coordination of Winchester Heritage Open Days - but that’s not all the Trust does. If you are keen to delve deeper into Hampshire’s heritage before or after the festival itself, the Hampshire HistBites podcast is shortly entering into its eighth season, coinciding with this year’s festival. You can listen to all HistBites episodes online, via the podcast’s website (www. histbites.buzzsprout.com) - and it’s here that new episodes will drop in the run-up to HODs itself.

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Here are just some of this year’s highlights... Our online box office is now open for bookings. Please visit the website for more information • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Winchester College Guided Tours Winchester Combined Court Open Day The Grange Open Day and Guided Tour The Brickworks Museum Open Day Whitchurch Silk Mill Food Festival Winchester City Mill Live Milling Demonstrations Alresford “Norman Bridge” Alresford Museum Open Day Alresford Eel House Open Day Merchants, Millers and Maitre d’s Guided Tour The Art of Bollards Guided Tour Farleigh House Guided Tour Westgate and City Museum Open Days Royal Logistics Corps Museum Guided Tours Bishop’s Waltham Palace Guided Tours Jane Austen’s House: Director’s Highlights Tour “You spin me right ‘round – spinning and weaving in the Roman world” talk and demonstration Jeremy France Jewellers Behind the Scenes Friends of King Alfred Buses Running Day and Display

Our online box office is now open for bookings. Please visit the website for more information www.winchesterheritageopendays.org


9th-18th September 2022

Delve into Hampshire History Join us again as we journey behind closed doors and share tales of the past through walks, talks, exhibitions, performances, workshops and tours. Now in its seventh year, Winchester Heritage Open Days is shaping up to be fantastic festival, with over eighty events taking place in Winchester and the surrounding area. Many events you will be able to just turn up to on the day, but others will need to be booked in advance through our online box office. Sign up to our newsletter via our website or follow us on social media to keep up to date with festival news.

Winchester Heritage Open Days is coordinated by the Hampshire History Trust.

www.facebook.com/winchesterhods

For more information on all events and to

@WinchesterHODs

find out about volunteer opportunities, visit:

@winchesterHODs

www.winchesterheritageopendays.org


COMMUNITY

Bishop’s Waltham Rotary Club News… Carnival, Family Fun day, Motorcade and Dog Show Bishop’s Waltham Rotary Club ‘s everpopular Carnival, Family Fun day, Motorcade and Dog Show proved to be even more popular than ever after its enforced 3 year break. We had perfect weather and record numbers came to enjoy the live music, food, and drink plus the many stalls. We also had a record number of dogs entering the Dog Show with categories ranging from Fastest Biscuit Cruncher to Best 6 legs. All of this enabled us to make over £11,000 pounds, and at the time of going to press this figure was still rising. This amazing amount of money will help us to help others who are in need Locally, Nationally and Internationally. New Rotary Year , New President As June drew to a close we saw the end of the Rotary Year and with that our President Mandy Tourle handed over her chain of office to incoming President Sara Walker who in turn handed her Senior Vice President chain to Jason Rule. We look forward to the year ahead with Sara at the helm and I’m sure Mandy is looking forward to a well-earned rest. At the hand

over meeting outgoing President Mandy had the pleasure of surprising 2 of our members, Maurice Tester and Doug Draper, with Paul Harris Awards in recognition of their many years of devoted service and numerous roles they have fulfilled over that time. There was also a third member who was awarded a Paul Harris Award, John Stream, but, The sea of tents at the Young Carers Weekend

President Mandy and Paul Harris award recipient Doug

unfortunately, he could not be there on the night. Young Carers weekend and Henry the VIIIth. As soon as one Rotary year ended, we were immediately out there with a very busy first weekend in July where we saw members putting in a combined total of nearly 100 hours voluntary service. Over the weekend we, along with other local Rotary Clubs, provided a pop up café at YMCA Fairthorne

Shopping Centre helps Fareham Rotary Club fund a roundabout! They say when you wish upon a star your dreams come true … and so they will, thanks to Fareham Shopping Centre supporting the Rotary Club of Fareham’s chosen local charity – The Rainbow Centre –that supports local children affected by neurological conditions. They teach the youngsters how to live their lives to their full potential. The Rotary Club’s Wishing Well is centrally situated in the shopping mall and encourages those passing by to put in loose change to help our chosen charity. The shopping centre has been very generous in the past and now they will not only support The Rainbow Centre but will make it their local charity too through their events and promotions.

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Manor as part of their Young Carers Weekend which is the largest festival in the world for young people with a caring responsibility at home. Created in 2000 and run in partnership with The Children’s Society, the weekend provides opportunities for young people to enjoy a break from their responsibilities, have fun, make new friends and have their voices heard on issues that affect them. There were fireworks, a radio station, Voice Zone, silent disco, chill out/ pamper zone, adventurous activities and more… We also supported the celebrations in Bishop’s Waltham marking the 500th anniversary of the visit of Henry the VIIIth to the area. Like our Facebook page or take a look at our website for updates on what is going on, what we have been up to and how you can help us help others! ian.treveil@bishopswalthamrotary.org.uk Club of Fareham, who said “The current playground at the Rainbow Centre has seen better days and I am hopeful that we will at least provide a roundabout that is accessible by children of all abilities along with other equipment too.”

Launch Wishing Well Rotary in Centre

Mike Taylor, Centre Manager, said “We are pleased to continue our partnership with the Rotary Club of Fareham and support this year’s chosen charity The Rainbow Centre. The new signage went up at the beginning of July on the Rotary Wishing Well and we hope it collects lots of money for them”. Raising sufficient for a wheelchair-friendly Rotary Rainbow Roundabout is the aim of Pam Marsden, President of the Rotary

Many events are planned for the 2022-2023 Rotary year and the first will be a sponsored Rainbow Swim in the Solent at 5pm from The Shack on the beachfront at Lee along to the Club’s Wheel House at Hill Head on Sunday 24th July. We will keep you in touch with the swim and all our events during the year. If you would like to support the Rotary Club of Fareham’s fundraising for The Rainbow Centre, or are interested in being considered for membership of our Club, we’d love to hear from you. Contact farehamrotary.pr@gmail.com for more details.


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Hampshire Open Studios

Hampshire Open Studios is an annual art trail where the visiting public can meet artists in their homes, studios and galleries free of charge – 20th – 29th August 2022.

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ith over 290 venues open this year we are bigger than ever! In the ten days leading up to bank holiday Monday 29th August, visitors can get the opportunity to meet the makers direct and learn more about the work. Our colour catalogue is out from mid July in local stockists or view all the listings online – if you are not sure where to start some mini-trails have been suggested for each area around the county. Visitors can also enter a prize draw to win £100 towards artwork from your favourite Hampshire Open Studios artist.

offer unique one off colourful abstract paintings inspired by landscapes and seascapes from around Hampshire and Isles of Scilly's. Around Swanmore you can visit the Wessex Guild of Craftsmen nearby to artist Jerry Smith. Jerry is a regular favourite on the Hampshire Open Studios art trail and will be showing paintings, studies and sketches of the Meon Valley. With original works in oil, acrylic, charcoal and pencil alongside prints and greetings cards there is something for every budget. In Wickham visit new studio of Brian Eyley and Friends. Here you’ll find five Contemporary artists working in different media. Brian Eyley working in woodturning based on natural forms plus photography; Lyn Eales jewellery, silver and gems; Jacqueline Rolls willow sculpture creations; David Small scrollsaw decorative creations; Lisa Beavis acrylic and mixed media painting. Take a break here as tea and cake is also available.

There are a wide variety of venues to see along with every type of art and craft on offer in the region, including painting, sculpture, ceramics, glass, furniture, jewellery and many more. Entry is free and to find your nearest venue check the website or look out for the pink direction arrows that will guide you to the artists’ doors. There are a great variety of venues to visit throughout the Meon Valley area. In the west near Curdridge, one of the three nearby studios, are Dé Garis Designs who are a new venue for 2022. They

Amy Lague

In East Meon explore Amy Lague’s study Sunny Outside. New for 2022 you’ll find fresh, exciting and honest portrayals of the local landscape inspired by the sea, sun and the seasons. In Hambledon see David Corbin who enjoys making wearable jewellery in an organic form working primarily in silver with gold detailing. Then travel on to Paula Mitchell, in Denmead, who captures the beauty of light and life in her landscape. Paula is an awarded artist by The Royal Society of British Artists. Artists are very much looking forward to inviting you once again to their studios and galleries. They will be making every effort for your visit to be enjoyable and creative. Visitor information will be on the website so please do check that to help you make the most of your days out! www.hampshireopenstudios.org.uk Jerry Smith

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Hampshire’s largest open studio event

Over 290 artist venues and galleries to visit free of charge

Saturday 20th - Bank Holiday Monday 29th August

www.hampshireopenstudios.org.uk

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Dolce Fresco Al Limone

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resh back from Liguria with these darling little hand thrown pots and seeking inspiration as to what to fill them with. Italy is my great love, and of course the Italian lemons are awesome, juicy and zingy.

METHOD

Back home now all a buzz with the love for this lemon desert, so easy to make and perfect for summer eating Al Fresco. Here’s the recipe to impress your friends. I hope you like it!

Add the lemon juice and zest and whisk well. Pour the lemon cream mixture into six serving glasses. Refrigerate for three hours before serving. Serve with a shortbread biscuit or macaroon. Ciao Jane

INGREDIENTS

600ml double cream 150g caster sugar 2 large lemons, zest and juice only

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Place the double cream and the sugar together in large pan over a low heat and bring to the boil slowly. Boil for three minutes then remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly.

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Broughton Village Art Exhibition 2022

AKESPEARE IN

THE GREAT BARN

Large Art Exhibition with free entry At Broughton Village Hall

From August 20th to August 29th open from 10am until 5pm Large free car park | Coffee shop onsite | 45 local artists and crafts people Part of the 2022 Hampshire Open Studios

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The Light Room Gallery to stage Botanical Art & Culture Exhibition in Alresford

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ick McMillen was at his gigantic drawing board by the window, dabbing intricate charcoal detail onto a harrowing ash hedgerow, when we met in his Hampshire studio some years ago. He was my client. I was there, eager to photograph him and his effervescent wife, Molly, both hard at work — a beautifully introverted artist and craftsman and a celebrated willow weaver and fibre artist.

For Mollie, her creative expression is about the reciprocity of caring for the Earth. “This exhibition is an artistic response to what we have been doing for almost two decades,” she said. Sixteen years ago, in a moody forest not far from Alresford, she first laid eyes on her future husband, Nick. They met on a course about living in harmony with the land. Having known them for years, I can affirm that this talented duo lives this way with integrity and sincerity.

I marvelled at Nick’s exquisite and painstakingly detailed botanical illustrations and at Mollie’s lampshades and baskets, woven from sustainably harvested, local plant fibres, bark and willow. I loved learning about their art. We discovered that we shared a twisted sense of humour and a deep respect for nature – which is how this trinity of artists and upcoming exhibition of fine art were born.

Mollie’s hand-harvested materials are sensitively drawn from the land in her local area in Hampshire. Her year is punctuated by the tree bark harvest in spring, plant fibres in mid-summer and the willow harvest in winter. She nurtures relationships with community members and the environment; her intention being to improve the land, garden or hedgerows while producing beautiful woven pieces from what might have become compost or ash.

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Original charcoal drawing by Nick McMillen

“We pass by things all the time,” Nick told me when talking about his lichen and seedpod art works. He literally draws from the land and his botanical illustrations honour his subject matter through his hyper-attention to detail. “I want to preserve those moments of open-mouthed astonishment that exist in nature,” he said as I viewed a drawing of a chestnut tree in decline, breaking itself apart with its own weight and age. Our exhibition is a gentle invitation for people to be curious about nature. Sir David Attenborough said that “no one will protect what they don’t care about, and no one will care about what they have never experienced.” With this in mind, when you drop into the Lightroom in Alresford to see the exhibition, you can experience art fostered from a place of inquisitiveness and deep respect. If it sparks interest or encourages you to notice something new, that would be the greatest compliment.

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At the exhibition, you’ll see my work too. I’m Heather Chuter, a fine-art photographer and portrait maker. I have a keen interest in connecting with people. My love of fellow artists and the interesting lives they lead fuels a lot of my work. Many hours spent observing other artists compelled me to turn my lens to create my own interpretations of the communication and spirituality playfully existing between the living natural world and the elements. I created etherial landscapes, brimming with life and energy using double exposures, found objects in the environment and digital layering.

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We hope you will be surprised, delighted and curious at Drawn from the Land – an exhibition of fine art at The Light Room in Alresford S024 9BQ. 19th to 26th September 2022. For private view or inquiries: www.heatherchuter.com www.mcmillenart.co.uk


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lifetime of visiting the Alresford Agricultural Show has taught me that there are two ways to enjoy a day out at Hampshire’s – and possibly England’s – finest farming show. The first is to enjoy an all action day: turn up at the stunning Tichborne Park on the first Saturday in September and go flat out, hell-for-leather, and do as much as you can. Enjoy a session on the climbing wall, cuddle a beagle, and cheer on the Pony Club relays and Dog Scurry competitions. You can eat and drink your way round the many refreshment stands – perfect for a refuel before you head out for a boogie to the music, brought to you this year once again by the superb Alresford Uke Jam and their friends. And when (and ONLY when) your food has gone down a bit, round things off with a 99 flake on the way out.

The second way to enjoy the Show is more sedate: yes, you arrive early at Tichborne Park, but you stroll in a more leisurely fashion round the ground. You drop in on a stand, shake a few hands, have a cup of something, exchange a friendly insult or two (or ten), and move on to the next one, shaking more hands on the way. Drool over the farm machinery that the dealers

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have brought – at huge effort and expense from far and wide. Enjoy the fantastic range of farm produce on show: the livestock (both mundane and exotic), and the arable produce. There’s food and drink to suit a slow day, too, with cheeses, honey, breads and charcuteries, and a huge range of wines and exotic spirits to match. Never forget the inner peace to be found during a session in the horticultural tent, or from maxing your credit card in the craft marquee.

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Exactly one year on from the launch of the ReNature campaign and the fundraising tally continues to rise for the inspiring initiative, which is looking to create an extra 13,000 hectares of habitat where plants and animals can thrive. Following a “Call for Nature Sites” plea to landowners and community groups last autumn, 59 projects are now being progressed with a view to creating new wildlife habitat. They include entire farms, fields, road verges and old quarries, covering thousands of hectares. Meanwhile, this month an exciting ReNature festival will take place from 16 to 24 July with the aim of encouraging people to do simple things to help nature thrive, such as picking up litter, creating a wild space in your garden or helping to survey wildlife. Activities will include a microvolunteering beach clean at Seven Sisters, a heathland discovery day and bookable guided walks, as well as a range of inspiring online videos. As part of the festival, a selection of community groups, including those serving young people and those who may never have accessed the National Park, are being sent ReNature packs, crammed with nature-based goodies and activities. The public are also being invited to take three “pledges” and share images on social media for the chance to win a day-out at a wildlife venue (Marwell Zoo, RSPB Pulborough Brooks and Arundel Wetland Centre) in the National Park. They will be invited to: Experience nature – share an image of you in the natural world, whether it be the National Park, your local park, or garden! Care for nature – share an image of you looking after nature, such as planting wildflowers or picking up litter. Share the caring for nature message with others (by sharing your images on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram and using hashtag #ReNature) Andrew Lee, Director of Countryside Policy and Management for the South Downs National Park, said: “It’s been a hugely encouraging start to the ReNature campaign and I’d like to

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thank each and every farmer, estate, community group and business that has pledged to support it. I think it underlines just how much people cherish nature. “It’s still very early stages, but we’re working with a diverse range of projects that will eventually create new areas for nature in the National Park. It’s a very exciting notion that within ten years new areas could be teeming with wildlife and increasing the biodiversity of the region. None of this nature recovery work would be possible without the farmers and estates that make up a very significant portion of the National Park – and these land managers will continue to play a pivotal role as we move forward. I’d like to thank all those who have been involved so far for their enthusiasm for the project and look forward to forging new links in the years to come. “There’s obviously a lot more work to do and much more fundraising to be done, but we’re determined to help reverse biodiversity loss. Nature can thrive anywhere given the right support and we can all work together to make a real difference.” The South Downs National Park currently has 25 per cent of the land managed specifically for nature, such as nature reserves, woods, heaths, ponds and flower-rich road verges. The additional 13,000 hectares would bring this to 33 per cent of land managed for nature – going beyond current UN-backed conservation targets of “30 per cent by 2030” (30 for 30). The National Park Authority also wants to go one step further – ensuring that the remaining 67 per cent of the National Park is nature-friendly by 2030. The South Downs National Park Trust, the official charity for the National Park, has been leading on the fundraising and has an ambitious target of raising £100m over the next decade to help nature recovery. Joshua Esan, Engagement and Events Officer for the National Park, said: “We hope everyone can get involved in our festival this month. Each day will focus on a different habitat of the National Park, such as woodland, coast or chalk grassland, and there’ll be lots of interesting things to see, do and learn about. Experience nature, care for it and inspire others!” To see the programme for the festival, visit www.southdowns. gov.uk/ReNatureFestival2022 - To donate to the South Downs National Park Trust’s fundraising appeal visit https://southdowns. enthuse.com/HelpNatureReNature


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Spanish guitar, a prize-winning pianist, chamber music favourites, a baroque duo recital and a dazzling young soprano: this year’s West Meon Music Festival, which runs from the 8th to 11th of September is sure to appeal to a wide range of music lovers. The festival, now its twelfth year, was founded by the Primrose Piano Quartet – one of the UK’s leading chamber ensembles – who regularly invite their musician friends to join them for the event, held in three beautiful Meon Valley churches. This year’s eight concerts include four solo or duo recitals, favourite works for chamber ensembles and a late night introduction to Schoenberg. “It’s always a joy to share the festival with our various guests,” says Andrew Fuller, the Quartet’s cellist and festival musical director, “and we’re delighted this year that they include renowned guitarist, John Mills; violinist Huw Daniel, who is the leader of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; Emanuil Ivanov, a brilliant young Bulgarian pianist who won the 2019 Busoni International Piano competition; and mezzo soprano Helen Charlston, who is a BBC New Generation Artist and winner of the 2018 London Handel Competition.” Works to be performed by the Primrose include piano quartets by Beethoven and Mozart and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio. They will be joined by string players, Jonathan Martindale, Norbert Blume and Kirsten Jenson in several pieces including Brahms’ String Sextet in G major and Schubert’s much-loved last chamber work, the String Quintet in C. As in previous years the festival will be raising funds for The Rosemary Foundation, which operates a “hospice at home” service in Hampshire. The candlelit evening concerts include a glass of wine or soft drinks. Coffee & biscuits or tea & cakes are served at the other concerts. Concerts take place at churches in West Meon, East Meon and Warnford and tickets are from £10 to £20, with generous discounts for students and accompanied children. Full details can be found at www. westmeonmusic.co.uk and the box office is now open. The West Meon Music Festival is a registered charity no. 1185082.

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A Right Royal Tudor Experience in Bishop’s Waltham After a year of planning and preparation, the day finally arrived. On the 2nd July, Henry VIII strode down the High Street of Bishop’s Waltham at 10. 15. He was accompanied by Catherine of Aragon, his court, and other followers. The procession was extremely colourful and accompanied by Tudor music from Damian Clarke, attracting lots of local interest. The procession made its way to the Palace Grounds for the start of the two-day Tudor Experience. During 2021/2022 English Heritage implemented a large restoration project of the Palace Ruins, which was completed earlier this year. So, the restored ruins provided a fantastic backdrop for this very special event on a (relatively) warm weekend in July. The Palace grounds were filled with living Tudor history, including a Tudor village with re-enactment groups showing how ordinary Tudor folk lived by demonstrating Tudor cooking, leatherwork, wool spinning, and many other crafts.

It was a real community event with representation from the Meon Valley Beekeepers, a Pillory and Tudor toys built by the Bishop’s Waltham Men’s Shed, Tudor Calligraphy from the Bishop’s Waltham Youth Club, an exhibition of Henry VIII paintings by the Junior school and a Henry VIII Photo Competition organised by the Bishop’s Waltham Photographic Society. The Bishop’s Waltham Museum, which is based in the Palace Grounds was open so that people could enjoy the Tudor Exhibition that had been curated especially for this occasion and will run for the rest of the summer. It was a great day out with lots to see and do for young and old. On the Saturday evening a Tudor Banquet was held in the old bakehouse of the Palace. Guests were entertained with Tudor music, and a court jester and were able to enjoy a delicious Tudor meal. In the words of one attendee: “What a brilliantly organised weekend to celebrate the signing of the Charter. I had a wonderful time and enjoyed every aspect during the day and at The Banquet, which was also a resounding success”. This event was a collaboration between the Bishop’s Waltham Society, The Museum, and the Bishop’s Waltham Town Team. It involved some 100 volunteers in its planning and management over the two-day weekend. It could not have taken place without very generous support from local businesses, local charities, and local grant giving organisations.

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but tragically died a few years later. There were rumours that a rival faction leader had been responsible (although not the case). Emma’s story is recounted in a book by her mother, “Emma’s War; Love, Betrayal and Death in the Sudan” by Deborah Scroggins. Whether it was to go to Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon or another war, this involved dropping everything, grabbing a flak jacket, helmet, and in those days a huge satellite phone. Sometimes, “the big cheeses” as they were known, would `gazump’ Roger in the process of going to war. Journalists like John Simpson, George Alagiah, Jeremy Bowen and Lyse Doucet, would call to ask if he could cover their presenting shifts on Radio 4. This, I was at least grateful for when our children were little. Alice used to find it quite amusing to hear him broadcast live, and loved to pronounce “Slobodan Milosevic”; no wonder she ended up being a journalist. I would often turn on the World Service in the middle of the night when they were babies, to hear Roger’s dulcet tones talking to me down the radio waves. Improving technology has greatly helped today’s war correspondent. No need now to heave around enormous satellite phones (they had to leave one hurriedly on a runway in Mogadishu once). Flak jackets are getting a lot lighter to wear. In Africa in the ‘90s, a live broadcast wasn’t always possible, so they would hash together what was known as a “codded two-way”. The questions and answers were prerecorded, and Roger was made to wear a fake earpiece to make it look “live”! The images of war have also definitely become more graphic with the advent of new technologies, and the BBC claim today, that they have an obligation to film ‘the desperate reality’ of a conflict. I disagree with journalists going behind enemy lines, but if they decide to do so for the sake of a story, then who are we to judge if they choose to risk their own lives. Journalists like Marie Colvin who was killed, and the BBC’s Frank Gardener who was shot and badly injured in Saudi, are examples of what can happen when it goes wrong. All of the ones that I know say it is a risk worth taking. I know that I can speak for all of us however, when I say that we pray for a swift ending to the current crisis in Ukraine.


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Hairspray: The Broadway Musical Book by Mark O’Donnell Thomas Meehan. Music by Marc Shaiman Lyrics by Scott Wittman Marc Shaiman . Based on the New Line Cinema film written and directed by John Waters. In 1960s Baltimore, dance-loving teen Tracy Turnblad (Nikki Blonsky) auditions for a spot on The Corny Collins Show and wins. She becomes an overnight celebrity, a trendsetter in dance, fun and fashion. Perhaps her new status as a teen sensation is enough to topple Corny's reigning dance queen and bring racial integration to the show. A great musical for all the family with some amazing show tunes as well.

Cheriton Village Hall, Cheriton, SO24 0PZ

music with Jez Hellard & The Djukella Orchestra and featuring the Canadian songstress, Dana Wylie.Tickets are limited, so please make sure that you book early! Available @ £14 from Cheriton Village Stores, Cheriton and online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/ cheritonsessions (fees apply). Bar (cash only). For further information about this gig, please visit jezhellard.net, danawylie.net and cheritonsessions.yolasite.com

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Little Shop of Horrors Tue 16 - Sat 20 Aug Tue/Thu 7.30pm, Wed/Thu 2pm Fri/Sat 7.30pm, Sat 2pm mayflower.org.uk Thu 4 Aug - Sat 06 Aug From 7.30pm & (2.30pm Sat) thepointeastleigh.co.uk Leigh Road, Eastleigh, SO50 9DE

The meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names "Audrey II" - after his coworker crush. This foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down and out Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it, Blood. Over time, though, Seymour discovers Audrey II's out of this world origins and intent towards global domination!

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FuzzyLogic's The Doorman

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The worldwide smash hit musical by Queen and Ben Elton returns to the UK. The multi-millionpound show dazzles all the senses in breath-taking style. Guaranteed to blow your mind, this musical phenomenon is not to be missed! Since 2002 over 16 million theatregoers in 19 countries have been thrilled by this awe-inspiring production. With 24 of Queen’s biggest hits delivered in a show that boasts the scale and spectacle that marked the bands’ legendary live performances. Brian May said: “This is a stunning state-of-the art new-look production of WWRY - but of course the original story is now more relevant than ever. We’re confident WWRY fans will love revisiting the world’s first true Rock Theatrical, and a whole new

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ZoieLogic Dance Theatre presents the premiere of FuzzyLogic's The Doorman. From one of the UK's leading youth dance companies. Ten hopeful strangers, each with their own unique story to tell, arrive at a mysterious door. Here, The Doorman guards the gateway to the thing they want most, but the door will only open for those who prove worthy. As each wrestles with their own demons, fears and desires, the hopefuls try to discover the secret of the door... Expect enigmatic characters and high energy dance theatre in this rollercoaster ride to redemption! FuzzyLogic is a nationally renowned youth dance company whose work pushes the boundaries of contemporary male dance, creating a unique style that blends energetic contact work and exciting, engaging storytelling.

Disney's Alladin

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Our Titchfield Festival Youth Theatre present Aladdin Jr. After 1

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Bugsy Malone

Tue 23 Aug - Sun 28 Aug Tue/ Wed/Sat 7pm, Thur/Sat/ Sun 2pm mayflower.org.uk 22-26 Commercial Road, Southampton, SO15 1GE

Theatre Royal Bath Productions, Birmingham Rep Theatre and Kenny Wax present The Lyric Hammersmith Theatre production Alan Parker’s Bugsy Malone A Modern Musical Classic. Play by Alan Parker, Words and Music by Paul Williams. Prohibition era New York. A city full of mobsters, showgirls and dreamers. Rival gangster bosses Fat Sam and Dandy Dan are at loggerheads. The custard pies are flying and Dandy Dan's gang has gotten the upper hand since obtaining the new-fangled "splurge" gun. Now Fat Sam and his bumbling buffoons are in real trouble!

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