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FORUM Hampshire People talks with Lawrie McMenemy (page 10) Claire Thurlow Nature Writer (page 16) Hampshire Mum (page 28) Simon Cooper - Fly Fishing Agent, Conservationist & Author (page 36) SEPTEMBER 2017 • ISSUE 24 • WWW.FORUMPUBLICATIONS.CO.UK • REACHING 18,750 READERS * BISHOP'S WALTHAM HAMBLEDON

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the Family Zone with Circus Skills Workshops, Entertainers and Face Painting; indulge in some awesome festival food or bring your own food and drink; be wowed by the evening fireworks display; relax in the chill out bar and throw some shapes to the late night DJ. Enjoy a day of live music with five great bands who will be taking to the stage and providing entertainment with a mix of blues, indie, rock and roll, pop and soul: Winning female singer- songwriter and electronic music producer SERTARI - www.sertari.com Acoustic guitarist Devin-Jade with her unique voice and original tones The Mark Nelson Band playing Blues originals and classic covers Guitar driven indie rock and roll band The Bayonettes The DLB with an electrifying mix of rock, pop, soul, and everything else in-between

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Wednesday 8 November Daoiri Farrell

Wednesday 13 September Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith

Superb singers and fine multi-instrumentalists, Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith are a highly acclaimed folk duo who play traditional and original music of the British Isles. Over the last three years they have built a reputation on the UK folk scene for arresting and moving performances. The songs themselves are always given centre stage but brought to life with sensitive musical arrangements and stunning vocals. There is an integrity that shines through their performances and a common thread of political struggle, resistance, and justice. Their second album 'Night Hours' was released in December 2016 to great reviews across the board and has fast cemented their place of longevity within the folk scene. Booking advised. www.jimmyandsidduo.com

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Your guide to feeling revitalised this Autumn

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o some, Autumn is a season that evokes feelings of apprehension and dread when the days are drawing in and the build up to Winter takes its toll. But I’ve always embraced the season as a time to refresh and renew. With nature in all its glory displaying a gorgeous assortment of colours, it’s a time to connect with the natural world and share in its cadenced process of restoration. Let me share with you my holistic approach to feeling totally rejuvenated in mind, body and soul this Autumn.

Mindfulness:

I have recently finished an eight-week Mindfulness course here at HealthSpace and I am learning to bring a consistent practice into my daily life. Autumn is the perfect season to appreciate those simple things in life; blackberry picking, the smell of a bonfire or the hot cup of tea after a chilly walk with the dog. Mindfulness is simply a particular way of paying attention on purpose – of looking deeply inside yourself, without judging. It is powerful and effective for healing and self-understanding and can benefit you in all areas of your life. Whether it’s through meditation or simply taking time to pause, mindfulness allows us to avoid becoming overwhelmed by everything going on around us.

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It’s important to restore and protect your body by allowing it to strengthen. Surround yourself with Autumn’s splendour by spending time exercising outdoors. Clear, fresh air to fill your lungs and an escape from the treadmill of life makes outdoor fitness a perfect choice for renewing and revitalising. Autumn has to be my favourite time of year for running and I have recently taken up Pilates to help strengthen my core and aid recovery after a run or work out.

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Relaxation:

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TALKS WITH LAWRIE McMENEMY MBE

hen researching the life of Lawrie McMenemy, football player, coach and most famously manager, it was evident that the word ‘legend’ often accompanied his name. So I found myself seated nervously in the lounge of a Hampshire hotel waiting for Mr. McMenemy to arrive. Nerves were completely unnecessary, as it turned out, for over the following two and a half hours I was treated to a fascinating and insightful glimpse into the realities of football from the perspective of both a coach and a manager, peppered with both pathos and humour. And I was made aware for the first time, I’m ashamed to say, of the Special Olympics UK of which Lawrie is the President. Lawrie McMenemy came to Hampshire from his position as manager at Grimsby, where they had just won the league, to manage Southampton FC in 1973. “Coming to manage Southampton was a great experience because of people like Ted Bates. I got so much support from the boardroom, the directors were wonderful. Even when Southampton were relegated the board simply said ‘sort it manager!’They placed a lot of faith in me. Together Ted and I accumulated thirty years at Southampton. Back then Southampton didn’t have the money to spend on players, so we had to look for young talent to bring up alongside long established players – young legs and old heads I called it. I started the successful Saints Academy as a way of scouting and training youngsters through the schools.The board allowed me to open academies in Newcastle, London and Bristol and that produced players like Alan Shearer, Steve Williams and Gareth Bale.” I wonder how Lawrie thinks football has changed and whether the excesses of money are ruining the beautiful game. “TV coverage and the money that comes with it has made all the difference.You can’t blame the players; it’s a fantastic, glamorous career for the top players, who often earn millions.They all have agents and good people around them to ensure they get the best moves to other clubs. I remember when I was manager at Grimsby the coach and I took the players down to the docks.There were the guys in the fish market grafting away in the cold calling the players fairies and the like.We sat around having tea and chatting with them and afterwards I said ‘never forget how lucky you are, those blokes work

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hard to afford to come and watch you play each week.’ Players need to be reminded to keep their feet on the ground.That team went on to win the league and never gave less than one hundred percent. It was good to see the Southampton players visiting a children’s hospital just last week. Football could do with more of that. But there are many teams below the Premiership, small clubs with full time players who will earn a good living but by thirty-five realistically their careers could be nearly over. Contracts are usually for a year, not five, these days and often not renewed. It’s tough for the players and their families, and indeed for managers, the press and television pundits can have a lot of sway. Imagine playing for Hartlepool and getting a new contract for a year in Plymouth for example.There would be some difficult decisions to be made around moving and children’s education etc. It can be very tough for both managers and players alike. And yes, the TV. I travel around to watch football and meet people from all over the world who are well informed about English football because they can watch on television. Recently I was talking to a young couple from Thailand they knew who exactly who I was and all about Southampton winning the FA Cup.TV has made football global.This has affected the top teams too. Look at any Premiership club and the team will consist largely of foreign players, the game has changed.” Ironically one of the biggest coups of Lawrie’s career was bringing an English player, Kevin Keegan, back from a German club. Lawrie laughs as he remembers. ”It all started with a new light that my builder wanted to put in my house, the problem was it had to come from Germany. I didn’t know Kevin that well but I thought it was worth a try; he was more than happy to pick one up for me. I have to say it had occurred to me that it would be incredible to bring him to Southampton. I did some research, not least checking with Liverpool FC that Kevin wasn’t contractually tied, but I was assured that he wouldn’t be going back to them. Kevin flew into London to play for England so we negotiated and he totally surprised me by signing a blank contract - he was coming to Southampton! We managed to keep it a secret; absolutely no-one knew a thing about it. I gathered the press here”, Lawrie points to the adjacent room in the Potters Heron Hotel. ”Alan Ball was there; later he told me he thought it was his ‘This is your Life’! It was amazing. Kevin’s wife with their new baby came through the door followed by Kevin. No-one could believe that Southampton had signed Kevin Keegan! Later he said to me ‘sorry Lawrie I forgot your light!’ “


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“I remember when we qualified for the FA Cup final, I said on radio that if it had been in the North people would have been dancing in the streets if their club had qualified. A lady responded by saying ’Mr. McMenemy, here we don’t dance in the streets – we dance in our kitchens’.That’s the difference between North and South!” But when we went on to win it was fantastic.The bus tour of the city the following day bringing the FA Cup home to Southampton was meant to take forty-five minutes but ended up taking over four hours! “ Lawrie may have retired from football management - although he does manage an inter-party Parliamentary team - but he is very active in his charity work and in particular as President and Special Ambassador for the Special Olympics UK. The event was pioneered in 1968 in the USA by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, sister of JK Kennedy, in the belief that the Olympic ideals give confidence to all people with learning disabilities and their carers. In 1978 Chris Maloney MBE founded the Special Olympics UK.The movement has four million athletes in over 170 countries with the UK having 10,000 athletes and 4,000 volunteers in over 140 clubs offering 26 individual and team sports.

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Lawrie McMenemy clearly doesn’t really do retirement, “I don’t want to just sit on the sofa.” He is still very much immersed in football and the Special Olympics UK, and yet has found time to write his autobiography ‘A Lifetimes Obsession.’ As we say goodbye, Lawrie, ever the gentleman, goes off to pay for the coffee. And I’m in no doubt that I’ve spent a happy and interesting time in the company of a true legend.

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Totton patient dances and sings again - thanks to Spinal Surgery From complex spinal surgery to growing pains Spire Southampton Hospital is helping get children back on their feet

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hanks to the spinal surgery and the care she received at Spire Southampton; Zoe Wilcox from Totton has been able to fulfil her dreams and ambitions. Zoe and her surgeon Mr Evan Davies explain their journey.

In 2014 Zoe, then just 16 years old started to experience uncomfortable hip pain.When it started to interfere with her greatest passion musical theatre, she told her mum who realised it wasn’t her hips that were the problem. In fact Zoe’s spine was not running in a straight line and her hips were probably compensating. Having been diagnosed with scoliosis by her GP, she was referred to Mr Evan Davies in February 2015. Mr Evan Davies is a consultant spinal surgeon specialising in scoliosis, tumour, trauma and degenerative spinal surgery in children, adults as well as the elderly. Mr Davies describes scoliosis “it affects 1 in 2000 of the population and the vast majority occurs in teenagers. Scoliosis can cause

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changes in the shape of the spine which can lead to prominence of parts of the back as well as changes in the shape of the shoulders and hips. For the majority of patients no treatment is required, but it is important that scoliosis is monitored throughout growth to ensure that the size of the curve doesn’t require treatment. Occasionally surgery is suggested if the curve has progressed to a degree that it is causing pain and the shape is unpleasant.” The treatment of scoliosis varies and although certain patients suitable for surgery. An assessment and discussion about treatments should be led by specialists in scoliosis such as we have here at Spire Southampton. Zoe chose to undergo surgery in August 2016, when it became just too painful, carrying bags and costumes to school, leaving her exhausted, on a daily basis. For Zoe it was simple. “Before the operation I was finding it hard to dance, let alone be on my feet all day. My course is full on its mentally as well as physically demanding.”


Zoe is an inspiring case; she came back from her surgery stronger and with even more determination than she had before to achieve her goal.When things go wrong you want to know that you can see an expert quickly, access the treatment you need and get back on your feet as soon as possible.

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“Although I’m not 100% cured, I can jump, sing and dance on stage and no one would notice any difference. Since January of this year, I’ve felt a lot better and my back only feels irritated after a long day shopping and carrying. I’m currently studying A-levels in musical theatre, drama and film studies and I’ve just been awarded a place at Winchester University to study for a degree in drama.To have a career on the stage is what I’m really dreaming of. During half term last February I was a sorority girl called Kate in Legally Blonde at The Point in Eastleigh, next I’m aiming for a role in my college production of Jekyll and Hyde, the Musical.”

About Spire Healthcare

Spire Healthcare is a leading independent hospital group in the United Kingdom. We deliver high standards of care, with integrity and compassion and from high-quality facilities to our insured, Self-pay and NHS patients. Spire Southampton has a dedicated Paediatric ward and, as Mr Davies explains “Spire Hospital Southampton is one of the few recognised private scoliosis centres in the UK.The specialist imaging, intensive care and paediatric nursing staff and medical teams mean that the hospital can provide dedicated and safe care for the management of patients of all ages with scoliosis and other complex spinal problems.” With modern spinal care and a dedicated paediatric spinal team of nurses and anaesthetists, most patients are in hospital under a week. Older children and young people like the privacy of a single room with easy access to free Wi Fi and a Play Station.They can get back to school, college or work within four weeks, returning to all normal activities by three months at the latest.

From our 38 hospitals, 10 clinics and two Specialist Cancer Care Centres across England,Wales and Scotland, we provide diagnostics, in-patient, daycase and out-patient care. We also own and operate sports medicine, physiotherapy and rehabilitation brand, Perform. Working in partnership with over 3,800 experienced consultants, our hospitals delivered tailored, personalised care to more than 274,000 in-patients and daycase patients in 2016. Spire Healthcare offers in-patient/daycase procedures in areas including orthopaedics, gynaecology, cardiology, neurology, oncology and general surgery and also diagnostic services including imaging and pathology, and is the principal independent provider by volume of knee and hip operations in the United Kingdom. We also offers out-patient services, such as consulting, minor procedures, treatments, health checks and physiotherapy.

Zoe took the time to describe her journey. “I had the surgery in the summer holidays and despite the major 5-hour operation required to put two large rods and multiple screws in my spine, I was home in five days and back at college in a month.The team were fantastic and kept me as comfortable as they could I was told to avoid roller-coasters and skydiving.The rods and screws will remain in my back for life to correct the curvature and prevent further change.”

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HAMPSHIRE TASTES GREAT!

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he results are in and producers across Hampshire are toasting tasty success. Organised by the Guild of Fine Food, the Great Taste Awards are recognised as a benchmark for fine food and drink. Described as the ‘Oscars’ of the food world, the Great Taste logo has become a sign that many trust when buying food and drink.

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Months of assessment goes into finding the award-winning products with over 500 judges involved in 62 judging days held from March to July across the UK. The judges gathered to blind taste in teams of 3 or 4 to ensure a balance of expertise, age and gender. Hampshire producers have every reason to be proud having racked up over 70 stars between them. The range of prize-winning products include charcuterie, cheese, jam, lamb, apple juice, coffee, chocolate and ice cream emphasising the range and quality of local food available in the county.

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he Southern Sportive is a fantastic 100 mile road challenge event that takes in the best road climbs the South Downs has to offer. And with 114k mid and 73k short options, the event is open to a wide range of riders and abilities.

The hardened Sportive or first time charity rider will find the Southern Sportive a great challenge, the classic course takes in some serious hills complimented by rolling back roads and views out along the south coast. All set in one of the prettiest parts of the UK. The location for the event was carefully chosen to provide one of the best sportive routes in the country. In cycling terms, the South Downs are famous for the epic 100 mile South Downs Way off road ride along its length, while on the road, the best known feature is probably the Ditchling Beacon hill climb on the London to Brighton. But at it’s eastern end, the southerly drops from the downs deliver you straight into coastal towns. The best road riding on the South Downs is to be found at the Western end where a wealth of superb riding exists both north and south of the ridge, allowing for a route that bisects the massive rolling chalk downs several times, travelling over the tops on it’s way to and from the coast. The result is a flowing route that combines challenges and rewards in equal measure, with a stunning landscape backdrop throughout. The event base is at Churchers College in Petersfield, which sits right under the northern edge of the Downs and makes a memorable start and finish to the ride. Great road and rail connections to both London and the rest of the UK also help to make this a classic south of England event. This event will be held on 10th September. Start time is 8.30am 9.30am. The finish time is 4.30pm, when the event centre closes. For more information please visit: www.southernsportive.com/the-southern-sportive

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Tracy Nash, Commercial Manager of Hampshire Fare commented: “We know what amazing food we have being produced here in Hampshire and it is great to see this recognised on a national platform. A lot of time, care, passion and skill goes into making these products and I am so pleased to see the efforts and talents of our producers recognised and rewarded.” www.hampshirefare.co.uk

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The Secret Life of Bees BY CLAIRE THURLOW

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nyone It’s not every day that you get a chance to experience the private life of a honey bee, but I’m doing just that.The Hive, at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, has been designed by artist Wolfgang Buttress to represent the honeycomb structure of a real beehive. Approaching through the trees, I arrive at a small hillock in a clearing and suddenly there it is: a seventeen metre tall lattice of aluminium threads glinting in the sunshine.To be honest, from here it looks less like a beehive and more like a giant, unruly nest, but as I get closer the sculpture reveals a more orderly shape. Steps spiral gently to the entrance, bordered on each side by waist-high wildflower borders where I am reassured to see bees foraging on pinkish-purple foxgloves, glowing white daisies and golden buttercups. Although the purpose of this installation is stated as ‘a visual symbol of the pollinators’ role in feeding the planet and the challenges facing bees today’, the site has clearly been designed with the interests of bees, as well as humans, in mind. Honeybees pollinate around 30% of the food we eat, and as their numbers have declined in recent years, they need all the help they can get. And the honeybees are not alone here, Kew Gardens has reported ten species, including bumblebees, red mason bees and carder bees, with an estimated 50,000 bees overall. As I reach the top of the stairs, a low hum drifts from the Hive, a musical sound, but otherworldly, like whale song. Inside, I look up through the spidery, metallic framework to the blue sky beyond. A thousand LED lights, attached to the flimsy strands, flicker on and off at seemingly random intervals. This sound and light show was inspired by scientific research into life within a beehive and how these small, but vital, creatures communicate. Elsewhere within the 16

estate is a real beehive, set up with tiny microchips know as accelerometers.These detect the movements and vibrations within the hive as the bees ‘talk’ to each other and translate them into electrical impulses which set off individual lights around the Hive.The same applies to the ‘soundscape’, which consists of single notes of a piano, violin or other instrument.These so-called ‘noise-gates’ are triggered by the motion of busy bees, making up a gentle chorus, all in the same key. In the early morning, when the pollinators are still drowsy, these lights and sounds are rather subdued, but become more animated as the hive livens up. Individuals return from foraging trips and wiggle their abdomens to indicate the location of food supplies, drones dart in and out, worker bees bustle around their queen. By mid-afternoon all those vibrations stir a continuous sound and light performance in the artificial Hive. The whole effect is hypnotic and I find it hard to drag myself away.This beautiful fusion of art and science provides food for thought. How dreadful would it be if the Hive fell silent and the lights went out? I follow the winding path down through the wildflower meadow and promise myself not to take the bees for granted. There are simple things I can do to help: leave the lawn a little longer, let the clover, yarrow and daisies sprout where they may, and refuse those toxic pesticides. And I’ll leave some of that infuriating ivy for winter foraging. In the American state of Idaho, 19 August has been officially proclaimed Honey Bee Day, but perhaps we need to consider the bee every day.


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AUTUMN IS THE IDEAL TIME TO RENOVATE YOUR LAWN. LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT CAN BE DONE

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ften lawns take a bit of a beating over the dry, hot summer months and whilst August has been a bit of a wash-out, we did have very high temperatures and very little rain during June and July. Neither of these conditions are much help for lawns. In fact, the wet August weather we have all been experiencing recently is now creating the ideal conditions for your lawn to recover quickly from any renovation work carried out over the next few weeks. Plants need warmth, moisture and good levels of light in order to grow well. Usually all three of these are present over the autumn months, making now the ideal time to improve your lawn. So, you might be wondering why your lawn is looking a little worsefor-wear and what can be done about it now. If your lawn is suffering with bare patches or weak grass growth in certain areas, what might be the cause? Understanding the cause of these problems is the first step to correcting them. There is little point in spending time and money treating the symptoms of your poor lawn if the underlying cause has not been addressed. All that will happen is the symptom will return again next year and you’ll have to deal with it all over again!

Bare patches and weak growth are often symptoms of compaction where the soil is so solid that it affords the grass plants no real opportunity to grow well. The compacted soil drains poorly due to the lack of air gaps within the structure of the soil itself and the grass roots find it difficult to spread, resulting in stunted growth and weak plants more susceptible to disease, drought and death. Relieve the compaction first by aerating the lawn, and then you can begin to introduce new grass plants by over-seeding. Before you think about over-seeding you may want to consider whether your lawn needs a good raking. Or for larger lawns,

mechanical scarification. Not all lawns need it however, but if they do it’s really important to carry this process out before the weather gets too cold and the grass stops growing. Lawns need time to recover from scarification as it is a harsh process. Not only do they need time, but warm, wet weather is essential too. Both scarification and aeration create ideal surface conditions for overseeding. Unlike re-seeding, where the existing vegetation is removed completely and a new seed-bed created for the sowing of a new lawn, over-seeding works with what you already have by adding new grass seeds to your existing lawn and helping to blend areas of weak growth into other areas of your lawn more naturally. It’s also far less labour intensive, uses fewer lawn seeds and is much more economical. It is however really important to deal with any weeds before re-seeding begins. New grass plants are susceptible to the treatments used to kill lawn weeds. Older, existing lawn grasses are robust enough to withstand these treatments. Therefore manage the weed issue first and then get new grass plants growing. Remember that once germination begins your new grass seeds need moisture to survive. They won’t be able to manage times without water until they have established roots. If it doesn’t rain then you need to remember to keep them watered for the first few weeks. Any nutritional issues should also be addressed before over-seeding and autumn lawn renovation works begin. After all, your existing lawn will need all the help it can get to recover and the new seed introduced will be looking for the right nutritional support to help it develop and thrive. Applying the correctly balanced autumn fertiliser is essential to preparing your lawn for the tough winter months ahead. It helps develop the roots and will keep your lawn looking green and healthy throughout the winter without increasing the need for mowing. Finally, autumn is the ideal time to apply treatments for ant’s nests in the lawn which have been a real problem this year. It’s important to deal with these before they become dormant over winter resulting in those unsightly mounds of soil they bring to the surface next spring as the colony increases the size of its underground nest. Treatments are available to deal with lawn ants. Speak to a lawn care professional now to plan ahead for the perfect lawn next year.You might be surprised how much improvement can be made this year and you can then enjoy your renovated lawn throughout the autumn and into next season. Ian Kenyon is Technical Director for Shrekfeet Lawn and Garden Services. He is always happy to offer friendly, professional advice and help 01962 460146, 07739 789483 www.shrekfeet.com


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The green, green grass of home Ornamental lawns have been a feature in Europe for centuries, yet nobody loves lawns like the English! Why is it we feel that no English garden is complete with the final touches of a lush and emerald green lawn? However, the lawns that are being laid are increasingly artificial with one in four homes no longer having a real lawn.

Natural or fake?

The charm of a traditional lawn

Artificial grass came on the scene over 45 years ago and once an object of ridicule, is now an acceptable feature in our gardens. Furthermore, in 2010 the Chelsea Flower Show allowed its first show garden to use fake grass, which further endorsed the product. Artificial lawns have come a long way since they first appeared on the market and from a distance, many of us would not be able to tell the difference between a fake or fresh lawn.

New Generation The first artificial grass products were all the same rather gaudy vivid green colour and the surface was quite rough. Today some artificial grass has a higher stitch count making the fibre feel thicker and softer. Also, the new generation of artificial grass comes in an array of different shades of green with variegated strands to give it a more natural look. Now the mantra is you can have a great looking lawn all year round with very little maintenance. Dogs love it!

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Much of the reason for turning to artificial grass is because we are now a ‘time poor’ nation. We want a product or feature that is low maintenance and trouble free. For families this makes for a more enjoyable outdoor life at home as they can now have a ready made outdoor carpet! No muddy shoes, or paws, no bare patches and the material is permeable, which ensures rainfall and other fluids drain through the surface effortlessly. For those of us with pets, the grass can be hosed down when necessary and simply brushed up to keep the grass looking good as new. So with no mowing and hardly any maintenance, what is there not to like about it?

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What's On SEPTEMBER 1 - 3 SEPTEMBER Summer Beer Festival Big Summer Festival Featuring Live Music, BBQ, Kids Entertainment, Face Painting, Fantastic Guest Ales and Ciders and Special Offers. Fingers crossed for some great weather to mark the end of the Summer Holidays. Live Michael Jackson Tribute Show. DJ set in the garden from 4pm. The Roebuck Inn, Droxford Road, Kingsmead, Hampshire PO17 5AY

2 SEPTEMBER Bishop's Waltham Murder Mystery Go back to the 1960s for just one day on Saturday 2nd September, 1.30pm - 5.30pm. Work out who did it! Crime files available from 1.30pm onwards in Jubilee Hall. 1960s disco at Jubilee Hall from 7.30pm.Welcome drink and mid-evening fish and chip supper. Cash bar open until 11.00pm.Tickets sales at Apple Crumble & Kitsch and Best Wishes - but hurry.. numbers are limited. Proudly bought to you by the Bishop's Waltham Town Team. See lovebishopswaltham. com for more information.

9 SEPTEMBER Barn Dance at the Jubilee Hall On Saturday 9th September from 7pm.Tickets £15 includes a ploughman's supper (tickets available from Apple Crumble & Kitsch on Bishop's Waltham High Street. Called by Ian Nichols with iFolk. Dancing and a bar. Organised by Bishop's Waltham North Pond Conservation Group. All proceeds to the Mayors Charities 1093428

10 SEPTEMBER Medicinal Herb Workshop at the Sustainability Centre 10am-12pm at The Sustainability Centre, GU32 1HR. Learn how to start your own medicine chest from foraged finds with our new course run by our much-admired local herbalist, Sarah Furey.This course is hands-on and practical, and will teach you how to make your own simple tincture to take home with you. Please bring outdoor clothing & sturdy footwear, notebook and pen, a camera and an airtight jar of around 250mls-1lt (kilner jar or jam jar will be fine).The cost is £20. For more information and booking please visit www.sustainability-centre.org/ medicinal-herb-workshops.html

10 SEPTEMBER Taste of Wickham Festival 10am-4pm in The Square. Local food, cooking demos, dancing, music, crafts, animals, children's activities & much more! For more information please go to www.facebook.com/ tasteofwickham/

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11 SEPTEMBER Annual Durley Duck Race The friends of Holy Cross Church present the annual Durley Duck Race. At Wintershill Farm, Durley. Gates ope at 12pm, first race at 1pm. Bring your family and friends to the ever popular Durley Duck Race in the lovely garden of Wintershill Farm by kind permission of Jamie & Carolyn Balfour. Gates open at 12pm for picnickers to enjoy a lesuirley lunch by the stream.This year there will be a BBq, burgers and hot dogs just £1. All proceeds to the Holy Cross Church Roof Appeal.

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14 SEPTEMBER Classic Car Meet At The Trooper, Froxfield, Petersfield GU32 1BD. Set in the Hampshire countryside, this refined lodging in a white-painted former coaching inn hosts a classic car meet from 6pm onwards. www.trooperinn.com

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Winchester Motorcycle Club Holding a motocross event at Whaddon Farm, Owslebury, nr Winchester, SO21 1JJ.With seven separate classes: MX1 Modern Solo, MX2 Modern Solo,VETS Modern Solo,Twinshock clubmans,Twinshock Over 50s, Evo, Super Evo. First race starts at 11am. For more details email: WinchesterMCC@hotmail.co.uk

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further information from Phil Coundley email coundleypj@yahoo.com, tel. 01489 579078, or from Maureen Buckland email alan@agbuckland. plus.com tel. 01489 890335, or come along any Monday evening to see what we do.We look forward to seeing you.

Meon Voices Choir After another successful year in which the choir performed in 5 concerts at Christmas and at Easter under our new Director of Music, Solveig Harris and aided by our accompanist Joe Hallam, members are looking forward to the start of the new session which starts on Monday September 11th. New singers joining during the year have brought up our numbers to some 30 members. However we are still open for new singers to join us in all voices, but particularly Sopranos and Bass.We meet on Monday evenings for practice at 7.30pm – 9.30pm at the United Reformed Church, Basingwell Street, Bishop’s Waltham. Anyone interested in joining us can obtain

Curdridge Amateur Dramatic Group Workshop Have you ever wondered what a theatrical director actually does? Do you know someone interested in directing? Perhaps you have directed and want to re-new your skills? Are you about to direct a play for school or your local group? Then this workshop run by Daniel Hill from The Point, Eastleigh is for you. 7:00pm at the Reading Rooms, Curdridge SO32 2HE. Phone 01489 895170 for more details.

27 SEPTEMBER Bishop's Waltham Gardening Club: Discover the Exotic with David Fitton Sound broadcaster: local; photographic collection; lecturer.Wisley trained and experienced in parks, gardens and horticultural education. Former Head of Horticulture at Plumpton College in East Sussex and currently runs a Garden Advisory Service and Horticultural Consultancy. He is a lecturer, broadcaster on local radio, plant doctor, garden tour leader and guest speaker on cruise ships. Specialist subjects: amenity horticulture, exotic plants.The Bishops Waltham Gardening Club wishes to advise Members andVisitors that our NEWVENUE from the September meeting onwards (except the Social Evening at the Jubilee Hall in October) will be; Bishop's Waltham Junior School, Oak Road, Bishop's Waltham SO321EP. Normal 7.30 start time applies.

OCTOBER 7 OCTOBER Gluten Free Food Fair At Winchester Guildhall, SO23 9GH. Open 11am - 3pm. Meet manufacturers and suppliers of gluten free food and hear a talk by Jane Devonshire 2016. Gluten free light lunches available. Coeliac UK on hand to answer questions. Sample and take home gluten free food. £2 entry (children free).


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Community BISHOP’S WALTHAM ROTARY NEWS

Christmas with her host family at their home beside a lake near the university.

Rotary Investing In The Youth Club

Rotary has been supporting the Youth Club since January 2015, by helping to decorate their Quiet Room and funding new funky furniture, clearing and tidying the outside over grown garden and painting the outside; and again this July, helping to tidy up outside and clear the overgrown garden areas. Lizzie Davidson, one of the BW Youth Club Team reported that they were delighted that the numbers attending 2 years ago were 6 and are now 26 and more expected in September. The Youth Club runs 2 evening per week, Tuesday from 7-8.30 for 11-13 year olds and Wednesday from 7-9pm for 14-18 year olds. Here is Lizzie, Maurice and Frank clearing the ground around the Youth Club. www.bishopswalthamrotary.org.uk

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Rotarians Recovering After The Carnival

In July, a group of local Rotarians took time out, after the efforts of the Carnival, to go to France for a few relaxing days. They went to the famous theme park Puy de Feu: a rural theme park without any rides; it started in 1978 as an open-air amateur dramatics night where volunteers in the grounds of a ruined castle re-enacted the bloody history of the Vendée in western France.

Another Female Rotarian

Bishop’s Waltham Rotary has recruited yet another lady into their club! Steph Kelsey, who is known in the town for supporting many of St. Peter’s Church activities, was inducted into Rotary in July, by our new President Debbie Walker. Steph is enjoying being able to give something back into the local community as well as making many new friends in Rotary.

Rotary International Student Programme

The resources of Rotary have come together to provide a unique and fantastic opportunity for a local young person from Waltham Chase to study in Georgia, USA. The Rotary scheme, started in 1946, aims to foster peace through understanding of other cultures. Megan Seaman has been selected from over 200 applicants, to attend the Georgia Rotary Student Programme. Meg will be studying finance as her major subject, but hopes to do classes in North American culture and history. She will be living in halls on campus with an American roommate and hopes to see as much of America as she can whilst there; as well as hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains. All this is possible thanks to Bishops Waltham Rotary Club and Winchester Rotary Club for assisting in sponsoring her flights and insurance; as well as five Rotary Clubs in Forsyth County, Georgia, who are funding all her tuition, accommodation on campus, meals and book allowance. Meg is looking forward to spending free weekends seeing as much of the USA as possible; an American Thanksgiving, and a family

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eading the line-up of special guest performers at this year’s West Meon Music Festival – to be held from 15 -17 September – will be world-famous clarinettist Michael Collins, performing the Brahms Clarinet Quintet with members of the Primrose Piano Quartet in the candlelit concert.“We are delighted that Michael will be performing with us again this year,” says Andrew Fuller, the Primrose’s cellist and Festival’s musical director. This year the Primrose, who founded the festival in 2011, have invited more of their well-known musical friends to join them. Mezzosoprano Louise Winter, a celebrated soloist with the Royal Opera and Glyndebourne Festival, will be performing songs by both Robert and Clara Schumann and Brahms in the Festival’s final concert – which will also include Schumann’s exciting Op.47 Piano Quartet – while the award winning Vickers-Bovey Guitar Duo will be be taking the stage on Saturday afternoon (16 September) at the nearby Church of Our Lady in Warnford. 6 concerts on 15th -17th September. Fri 15th Sept, Concert 1, at 19.30, £16.50 - £19.50. All concerts £5 for students. Sat 16th Concert 2 Charity Family Concert at 11am. Children free, adults £5. Sat 16th Concert 3, at 3pm at the Church of Our Lady, Warnford, The Vickers-Bovey Guitar Duo £12. Sat 16th Concert 4, at 19.30 with Michael Collins clarinet. £18 - £22.50. Sun 17th Concert 5 at 11.30 £12 all areas Sun 17th Concert 6 at 3pm, with Louise Winter mezzo soprano £17 all areas. The concerts will be held at St. John the Evangelist, West Meon, Hampshire GU32 1LF from Friday 15 September 2017 to Sunday 17 September 2017. For more information and to book tickets visit: www.westmeonmusic.co.uk


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ave you ever had an accident at work?’ so the advertisement goes.Well The Husband certainly has. He only slipped off the third rung from the bottom of the ladder so you’d imagine a slightly twisted ankle perhaps. Not a bit of it, we Pagans do things with panache! The Husband happened to be carrying a bucket of some off-shoot of the petro-chemical industry- roofing resin- which he managed to tip over his head, torso and into his eyes.

On arrival at A&E I was met by a lovely nurse,”Oooh! I’ve just spent an hour in the shower with your husband”. The things that are available on the NHS these days! With eyesight intact mercifully, all that was left to do was deal with the sprained ankle that turned out to be ……a broken heel. Before we knew where we were The Husband was kneedeep in blue plaster and cheerily informed that he would stay that way, elevated and non-load bearing, for six weeks. Back at Chez Pagan it’s fair to say The Husband adapted very well, managing the stairs and the bath. I honed my best nursing skills- the administration of pills various, fry-ups and a continuous flow of tea- and embarked on a course of major Cognitive Thought Therapy. He wanted to cancel the holiday, the summer, life; but I was determined that we would press on as normal, or in some form of normality. Star I’s birthday loomed and we had booked a family ticket for the Goodwood Festival of Speed. “Well we’ll have to cancel or you all go. I’ll just stay here”, (cue hang dog look). I was having none of it. So there we were in an enormous car park straining to see the whereabouts of the mobility scooter we had hired for the day. We were in car park S and apparently needed to be in car park A in order to pick up said buggy. Fortunately the happy marshals at Goodwood were on it and in no time at all we were in an air conditioned Range Rover being whisked over some

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distance through the Sussex parkland. Car park A as it turned out was clearly not viable with crutches. A quick course, or crash course: “Basically if a member of the public walks into you it’s their fault, but if you hit them they can sue. Okay? Have a great day!” The optimistic mobility man waved us off. Now The Husband is an active chap and getting plastered has been somewhat of a wakeup call. What would it be like to be unable to get about, to rely on a mobility scooter? It soon became apparent that people just don’t see you and if they do then you normally get a ‘tut’ or two as, naturally, you’re in their way. And at Goodwood you can certainly hear the cars on the track but no one will move momentarily to let you have a peep. I felt The Husband was in need of a pint and a pulled pork bap. How right I was! Once revived he got the knack of driving the buggy and no matter how dense the gathered crowds he was in the thick of it, mercifully the horn was not working properly. Is there such a thing as road rage on a mobility scooter? Anyway, such was the success of the day that The Husband is eagerly awaiting our return next year! Later I was chatting to a lovely friend whose husband is a super-car enthusiast and owns one or two examples as well as a Porsche and an Aston Martin. “Oh yes, we were there on Sunday too! We were lucky and had Aston Martin parking – a sort of corporate thing with a Champagne breakfast and tickets for the stand. How about you where were you parked?” I took a deep breath, there really was no way to make what I was about to say glamorous or exciting… I smiled and said with some aplomb,“Shop Mobility actually”. Better luck next year. Sandra Pagan


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Culture MAKING A MARK – RED HOT AT RUM’S EG

1930S HISTORIC THEATRE ORGAN IS REBORN IN TITCHFIELD

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he majestic sounds of an historic theatre organ, first installed at the Forum cinema in Southampton in 1934, will shortly be heard once again at the Titchfield Festival Theatre for contemporary audiences to enjoy. The fully refurbished, six tonne organ was rescued by enthusiast Bernard Tilley who agreed that the instrument could be kept at its new home in Titchfield. Together with the theatre’s Director, Kevin Fraser and local businessman Chris Milburn, a key supporter of the theatre and a highly experienced organist, the team secured the future of the Compton organ which is now more than 80 years old. The job of moving it from Mr Tilley’s home to Titchfield was no small task, requiring 14 people and 2 seven and half tonne moving trucks. Mr Tilley had rescued the instrument from the former home of another enthusiast. The Theatre is currently undergoing significant renovation, which was perfect timing for the project, allowing Kevin Fraser to plan the new upstairs of the building with the organ in mind, such as the flooring requirements and position of internal walls. The organ itself is composed of more than 1,000 different pipes, requiring patience, skill and dedication to ensure that the music will be of impeccable sound quality. Indeed, the entire project has taken several months – and involving the support of many volunteers, including members of Fareham Men’s Shed - but as it nears completion, the theatre’s management team are excited by its potential use in future productions.

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ed Hot Press printmakers from Southampton are collaborating with Rum’s Eg Art & Craft Gallery in Bell Street, Romsey. Exciting new work on show at Rum’s Eg includes some established Artists work but particularly fits with the ethos of Hampshire Art & Craft CIC who set up and run Rum’s Eg as it features work by students of all ages who have recently completed the 30 week Foundation in Printmaking Course at Red Hot’s Fine Art print studios in Southampton; some of them went on to develop their work further while taking a Diploma in Printmaking. Red Hot was set up by two Artist Printmakers, Sarah Mander and Katherine Anteney in 2004. Studio Director Sarah says: “Now in its fourth year The Foundation in Printmaking, which is the only course of its kind in the region, goes from strength to strength, we are delighted with the work that has been produced by the students and the opportunity for them to exhibit in a contemporary high street gallery. The Diploma students have also produced a really impressive body of work which shows how they have developed as printmakers”. Katherine explained: ‘the studio exists to promote and develop an appreciation and understanding of Fine Art Printmaking and to encourage the use of printmaking as a vehicle for exploration, artistic expression, communication and creativity, while promoting an appreciation and understanding of printmaking to the wider public. The print facility caters for relief and intaglio printmaking techniques plus letterpress, bookbinding and screen printing. All are welcome to come and learn to use printmaking as a creative process from interested beginners to accomplished printmakers’. All the work is for sale and includes framed and unframed original prints and artists cards. In addition to the new printmakers work Rum’s Eg continues to stock a wide selection of work from many of the best South of England art and craft designer-makers. . Katherine will be teaching a ‘Learn to Linocut’ workshop at Rum’s Eg during the exhibition on 1st October and Rum’s Eg offers a wide choice of art and craft workshops for adults and children in its new Autumn Programme from 7th September through to Christmas. Rum’s Eg is open Tuesdays through to Sundays and closed on Mondays (except December).

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Our new menu has delicious treats such as: American Chocolate Indulgence A waffle topped with chocolate ice cream, whipped cream, Hershey’s chocolate sauce and topped with Reece’s peanut butter cups. Salted Caramel Heaven A sundae with salted caramel ice cream, vanilla pod ice cream, salted caramel sauce, whipped cream and topped with pieces of fudge and chocolate pretzels. Knickerbocker Glory Traditional style glass filled with vanilla, strawberry ice cream, fresh strawberries, whipped cream and strawberry sauce. For fruit lovers, we have a great selection of smoothies as well as waffles topped with fresh fruit, granola and plain yoghurt. 32

With the huge range of sweets in jars Sweet Corner customers can use these sweets as sprinkles on ice creams or blended in milkshakes. Why not try a Jelly Belly jelly bean Milkshake? Or a coffee mocha ice cream topped with dark chocolate covered coffee beans? It’s time to get creative! You can also enjoy a range of drinks including coffee from our freshly ground Fairtrade coffee beans together with locally baked cakes. Seating is available both inside and outside the shop, alternatively the full menu is available to take away. For the last seven years our aim has been to create a unique shopping experience with a warm welcome and friendly service, essentially taking the customer back in time. We hear comments such as “I haven’t seen those sweets in years and this really takes me back to when I was a child”. The shop is a popular destination for customers of all ages and from all walks of life. We hope to add to this experience with the café and ice cream parlour. Sweet Corner Tel: 01489 892506 www.sweetcorner.co.uk Find us on Facebook: Sweet Corner High Street, Bishop's Waltham, SO32 1AA


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METHOD Prepare the vegetables and cut into bite size portions and place in a deep pie dish, sprinkle with chopped parsley or other herbs of your choice, season well and pour over 1/4pt of single cream. Rub the butter into the flour add the grated cheese and season with salt and pepper. Press this mixture firmly onto the vegetables. Bake slowly in a moderate hot oven until the vegetables are soft and the crumble brown and crisp. About 45 50 minutes From Jane’s Kitchen. An eclectic collection of seasonal recipes. Available from Caracoli, Alresford - Leckford Farm Shop and Chilbolton Village Stores - Price £6.99


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FLY FISHING AGENT, CHALKSTREAM CONSERVATIONIST AND AUTHOR o meet with Simon Cooper, fly fishing agent, chalkstream conservationist and author, is to be in the company of a man who seems totally immersed in his element.That is the Wallop Brook which flows, literally, down the millrace and into the wheel house to the side of his home - the beautiful Nether

Wallop Mill. “I spent part of my childhood messing about on a stretch of the River Meon which I basically had to myself, it was heaven.Then time passed – school, university - and I was living in London. I fished at the weekends and realised there was a business potential and started Fishing Breaks in 1990. My parents were rather surprised at my new career choice, swapping a suit for waders. But it was tough at the outset. I was struggling to run the business and take the bookings, having discussed my idea at length with my friend, another Simon, he insisted I get a website and that changed everything for me and by 1996 the business had taken off.” Simon owns and manages Fishing Breaks for fly fishing enthusiasts acting as a letting agent for landowners building trusted relationships with them and helping to support the preservation of the South’s most beautiful beats (angler speak for a section of river) with over 120 miles of river in seven counties. In addition to that Fishing Breaks run courses for novices within the grounds of Nether Wallop Mill. As we wander around the teaching lake the trout, brown, rainbow and blue, are easily seen swimming in the crystal clear water. “We hold one-to-one fly fishing experiences here, children’s holiday courses which have proved immensely popular, as well fathers and sons fishing days or mothers and daughters of course!” In the mizzle of that day we were fortunate to see the mayfly that have their season for a few weeks in late May and early June. “Mayflies are a trout’s favourite delicacy. As the fly flutters above the water you will see the trout jumping for them.”

It maybe a rather tough life for the mayfly but they have unknowingly created the art of fly fishing, and it’s only fitting that Simon should find himself both living, running a business and writing from Nether Wallop Mill. “We completely renovated The Mill.When we bought it in 1999 it was in a rather sorry state with the enormous iron mill wheel, which was manufactured in Andover, detached from its spindle.The Mill has a famous fishing heritage as Dermot Wilson, author and accomplished fly fisher, once owned it. He created a business in 1968 whereby people could order hand-tied flies and tackle that would arrive the very next day. His business was extremely successful until ill health required him to sell to the American company Orvis who sell flies and fishing tackle to this day. The home of dry fly fishing is Hampshire but specifically Mottisfont Abbey.To begin with, the fly simply sank when cast until the ‘inventor’ of modern day fly fishing, Frederick Halford, made

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flies from feathers which when cast floated on the surface of the water, teasing the trout to believe they were the real mayfly or similar insects. Hence fly fishing spread from southern England to become a worldwide sport, as popular today as it ever was.” In 2016 Fishing Breaks was awarded Best Travel Provider and Best Fishery River by Fish and Fly Magazine. When Simon is not overseeing Fishing Breaks he finds time to write. His first book Life of a Chalkstream immerses the reader into the sight, sounds and natural history of a Hampshire river through its journey of survival. His second book The Otters’Tale takes you on a privileged peek into the life of Kuschta the otter and her cubs. As with his first book, Simon is a master of weaving his considerable knowledge of natural history with a wonderful and thought-provoking narrative which will have you wanting to live by a river yourself. The otter in Simon’s book, (which is shortlisted for the Wainwright Award), is real and their initial meetings are beautifully described in his book. “My office has a glass wall through which I can see and hear the mill wheel and the river flowing through. But when the wheel was still I would often think I heard a splash or caught a glimpse of something when I walked into the office.This often happened but as time passed the otter - as it turned out to be - became more confident so that now she will often appear and sit on the oak beams of the wheel house and check out what I’m up to before disappearing into the river once more.” When does Simon find time to write? “I’m quite an organised person as I write a bi-weekly blog for the Fishing Breaks site. I like to write roughly 500 words a day or 2500 a week when writing a book.” Simon is currently working on his third book Does he have concerns regarding the future of the delicate eco-system of chalk streams and rivers? “The insidious pesticides that took otters to the brink of extinction are thankfully a thing of the past. In the past two decades, post water privatization, things are improving and fish stocks continue rise but pollutants in rivers are still a concern as is the rising population, urbanisation and the demand for water” Has Simon Cooper found his perfect way of life at Nether Wallop Mill? He laughs, “ Yes I think I have”. So despite his stunning surroundings what three things could he not live without? “Rivers definitely, the ability to go fishing when I want to and rain!” Simon Cooper’s books are published by William Collins. www.fishingbreaks.co.uk


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From scarlet to khaki with The Royal Green Jackets

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nyone who secretly fancied wild Mr Wickham more than proud Mr Darcy in Pride and Predjudice will love ‘Jane Austen and the Regimentals’, an exhibition at The Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Museum. Jane Austen died only two years after the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 and Britain had been at war with France for most of her adult life.With three brothers in the army, she knew what she was writing about when she described the Militia turning the heads of the Bennet sisters. To bring the story to life, an officer’s scarlet coatee from the North Hampshire Militia and a general’s linen pantaloons are on display in the exhibition, as well as a commission purchase letter from a captain hoping to buy his way up to major. Gary Bezant says that he’s really got his teeth into the Napoleonic wars at present. He enjoys re-enacting the life of a rifleman in the 2nd Battalion 95th Rifles during the period of the Peninsular War and Napoleonic campaigns. ‘It’s a fantastic way of learning history and passing it on to others - if only they had taught like this when I was at school’. Children are also fascinated by the centrepiece of the museum, a huge diorama of the Battle of Waterloo, with its tiny models of soldiers, horses, waggon trains and wives depicting the events of that momentous day.You can’t help noticing that many of the British soldiers are sporting red coats which seem dangerously conspicuous on the battlefield. However, the 95th Rifles were ahead of the curve, wearing green field uniforms from their formation as ‘the Experimental Corps of Riflemen’ in 1800. Armed with accurate, long-range rifles (the latest technology) and developing a new military role as skirmishers and sharp-shooters, their green jackets were the first form of camouflage. Gary is a volunteer attendant at the museum.When he’s not welcoming visitors, he’s busy muddying up a soldier’s uniform

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and the set of a World War I vignette, his current renovation project. The vignette depicts a runner who is just about to go into an officer’s dugout. Gary can do his worst with the runner’s khaki uniform because it’s a reproduction, but he has to treat the original King’s Royal Rifle Corps uniform worn by the officer more carefully. Sitting at a desk in his dugout, with a wind-up gramophone beside him, the officer looks spotless. ‘We’re going to put a hessian curtain across his case for visitors to pull back and see what the runner would have seen.’ As the photo shows, children can try on reproduction uniforms and handle genuine military artefacts when they visit. The vivid colours of medal ribbons shine from the Congreve Family display case. ‘The Congreves are my favourite people, historically,’ says Ken Gray, the museum’s archivist. Reading the medals like a book, Ken explains that the two Victoria Crosses (with purple ribbons) are the only ones ever to have been awarded to a father and son serving in the same regiment.Then he points out the rainbow colours of mother’s campaign medals and star. ‘That bar on Lady Congreve’s Star shows that she went over to the Western Front with the British Expeditionary force in 1914.’ Intrepid Lady Congreve served as a nurse whilst her husband and four sons served in the army and navy. Father’s false arm, also displayed in the case, is a testament to the sacrifices made by this extraordinary family. ‘Jane Austen and the Regimentals’ runs until 10th September at The Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Museum, www.rgjmuseum.co.uk

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Community Home ‘RATTY’ HAS RETURNED TO

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ater voles, which were once extinct in the Meon Valley in Hampshire, are now thriving again on the river and its tributaries following a five-year project to reintroduce the animal which inspired the character Ratty in Wind in the Willows. The first water voles were released at Titchfield Haven, managed by Hampshire County Council, in 2013 as part of an ambitious project to reintroduce them to the river. Five years and 2,548 water voles later there are clear signs that the animals are thriving on early release sites and breeding on all eleven release sites as well as five additional self-colonised sites. The final water voles will be released this August at new sites at Frogmore, East Meon and Riplington, with additional animals also released at a self-populated colony at Meonstoke. Once a common sight in the Meon Valley, water voles are thought to have become locally-extinct by 2008. The plan to bring them back, all the way from the mouth of the river on the south coast to the its source, has been the largest-scale water vole release ever attempted in the country. Elaina Whittaker-Slark, manages the water vole project as Lead Ranger for South Downs National Park Authority, said: “This project ticks every box for why the South Downs became a National Park – bringing volunteers, landowners and the local community together to care for landscapes and support wildlife. The Meon’s river system just didn’t function properly without water voles. Now it can.” The water voles are monitored by a team of dedicated volunteers and landowners who survey floating platforms for latrines – piles of droppings that are patted down and scent marked to mark a breeding female’s territory. This is a non-invasive and cost-effective way to monitors the minimum health of the population and it is likely that other breeding females have further latrines away from the floats. The Meon Valley water vole project is a partnership between the South Downs National Park Authority, the Environment Agency, Natural England, the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust and Hampshire County Council who are all part of the Meon Valley Partnership. www.southdowns.gov.uk 42

A kitchen from the Searle & Taylor Signature Bespoke collection Photographer: Paul Craig

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t the start of September, premium kitchen company Searle & Taylor will open the doors to its beautiful refurbished boutique Winchester showroom located directly opposite the Hotel du Vin on Southgate Street. Featuring a range of different contemporary and traditional displays all designed as independent room sets, the first kitchen on view will be a stunning statement showpiece from the Searle & Taylor Signature Bespoke collection. Since 1991, Searle & Taylor has specialised in designing and creating hand-made kitchens and is one of very few companies in Hampshire to offer this true bespoke service. Now with two separate collections, there is an absolute choice between the popular traditional hand-painted bespoke kitchen and the creative Signature Bespoke brand. Each one always starts with a blank piece of paper, every design is unique and quality craftsmanship is guaranteed as each piece of cabinetry is made entirely by hand. With Signature Bespoke, intelligent design meets engineering prowess with personalised designs incorporating concealed storage, pocket doors and unusual innovations. Subtle curves are introduced within an otherwise linear layout that softens the look and style of any room, while the addition of technologically advanced premium appliances brings the bespoke kitchen firmly into the 21st Century. A further room set will be dedicated to a traditional Shaker style handpainted kitchen display in Farrow and Ball colours together with Neff appliances for a modern twist. For those seeking minimalist, yet visually striking designs that include backlit shelving and clever storage options, the Searle & Taylor Contemporary collection will feature two state-of-the-art kitchen displays from Austrian furniture brands, EWE and Intuo with appliances from Gaggenau and Miele. Their sleek linear designs are stunning in their external simplicity and have been developed over years to utilise all internal space brilliantly. The Searle & Taylor Winchester showroom re-opens in early September. Please visit the website for more information. Searle & Taylor - 01962 850 851 www.searle-taylor.co.uk


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Church Services BISHOP'S WALTHAM

Sunday 17 September 10.00 Informal All-Age Service

O Catholic Church of Our Lady Queen of Apostles Sundays 09.30 Sunday Mass Saturdays 18.00 Evening Mass

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O St. Peter's Sunday 3 September 08.00 BCP Communion 09.15 Parish Communion 09.15 Informal Service at the Church Hall Sunday 10 September 08.00 BCP Communion 09.15 Parish Communion 09.15 Informal Service in Church Hall 18.30 Compline at Preshaw Chapel Sunday 17 September 08.00 BCP Communion 09.15 Parish Communion 09.15 Informal Service in Church Hall Sunday 24 September 08.00 BCP Communion 09.15 Morning Worship 09.15 Harvest Festival Joint Service at St Peter's Church

CORHAMPTON O Saxon Church Sunday 20 August 10.30 Family Eucharist Sunday 10 September 18.30 Evensong Sunday 17 September 10.30 Matins Sunday 24 September 08.00 Holy Communion

DROXFORD O St. Mary & All Saints Sunday 3 September 08.00 Holy Communion Sunday 10 September 10.30 Family Eucharist 46

O St. Peter & St. Paul Sunday 3 September 18.30 Evensong Sunday 17 September 08.00 Holy Communion 15.30 Harvest Festival Sunday 24 September 10.30 Holy Communion

HAMBLEDON O Methodist Church Sunday 3 September 10.30 Family Service with Special Activities for Children Sunday 10 September 10.30 Worship Service Sunday 17 September 10.30 Worship Service Sunday 24 September 10.30 Worship Service

MEONSTOKE O St. Andrew's Sunday 3 September 10.30 Family Eucharist Sunday 10 September 08.00 Holy Communion Sunday 24 September 09.30 All-Age Service

SHEDFIELD O St. John the Baptist Sunday 3 September 08.00 Holy Communion BCP 10.00 Parish Holy Communion Sunday 10 September 08.00 Holy Communion BCP 10.00 Family Service Sunday 17 September 08.00 Holy Communion BCP 10.00 Parish Holy

Communion 18.00 Sung Evensong Sunday 24 September 08.00 Holy Communion BCP 10.00 Harvest Festival Service Thursdays 10.00 Holy Communion in the Morrell Room

SWANMORE O Methodist Church Sunday 3 September 10.30 Morning Service 18.00 Evening Service Sunday 10 September 10.30 Morning Service 18.00 Evening Service Sunday 17 September 10.30 Morning Service 18.00 Evening Service Sunday 24 September 10.30 Morning Service 18.00 Evening Service O St. Barnabas Sunday 3 September 08.00 Eucharist 10.00 Family Eucharist Sunday 10 September 08.00 Eucharist 10.00 Parish Eucharist inc Sunday Club Sunday 17 September 08.00 Eucharist 10.00 3rd@10 Cafe Church 18.30 Eucharist Sunday 24 September 08.00 Eucharist 10.00 Parish Eucharist inc Sunday Club Wednesdays 11.00 Eucharist Thursdays 08.00 Morning Prayer Saturdays 12.00 Midday Prayer

UPHAM O Church of the Blessed Mary Sunday 3 September 11.00 Parish Communion Sunday 10 September 11.00 Family Service 18.30 Compline at Preshaw Chapel Sunday 17 September 11.00 Parish Communion Sunday 24 September 11.00 Harvest Festival Service

WALTHAM CHASE O Waltham Chase Methodist Church Sunday 3 September 09.30 Family Breakfast 10.00 Family Worship 11.00 Second Service: Worship & Word Sunday 10 September 10.30 Morning Worship Sunday 17 September 10.30 Morning Worship Sunday 24 September 10.30 Morning Worship

WARNFORD O Church of Our Lady Sunday 3 September 09.00 Holy Communion Sunday 10 September 09.00 Parish Communion Sunday 17 September 09.00 Joint Communion Sunday 24 September 09.00 Mattins Saturdays 09.00 Morning Prayer

WEST MEON O St. John the Evangelist Sunday 3 September 08.00 Holy Communion 10.30 All Age Worship Sunday 10 September 10.30 Parish Communion Sunday 24 September 10.30 Parish Communion Wednesdays & Thursdays (except 6 & 13 September) 09.00 Morning Prayer


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he Winchester Distillery, producers of fine artisan spirits, will be hosting a cocktail competition on 9th October. They are calling all budding mixologists, bartenders and publicans to showcase their ingenuity, innovation and creative talent. The competition will require each applicant to produce a gin & tonic and a cocktail. All applicants will need to choose a spirit from one of Winchester Distillery’s portfolio of spirit brands, including Twisted Nose, Hampshire Gins and the recently launched Winchester Gin. The competition winners will each receive a year’s contract with Winchester Distillery to act as a Brand Ambassador. With this they will be given paid opportunities at trade and consumer events around the county (and beyond) to demonstrate the versatility and individuality of Winchester Distillery spirits and their personal skills as cocktail experts. They will also gain local, national and international media exposure in print, web and video for new marketing material made to support the Winchester Distillery’s expansion into new geographical markets and new product categories, including rum, brandy and whiskey. A panel of expert judges will meet to evaluate the entries at the Winchester Distillery on Monday 9th October. They will be looking at competitors to excel in practicality, visual impact, story, name, taste and innovation. LUXURY FLO ORING SPECIALIST

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

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

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O Curdridge Amateur Drama Group For more information please see www.curdridgedrama.co.uk

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

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HORTICULTURE O Bishops Waltham Gardening Club For more information please see www.bwgc.org.uk

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

O Meon Valley Garden Club For more information please visit: www.meon-valley-garden-club. co.uk O West Meon Garden Club For more information please call Yvonne Noble: 01730 829050

SPORTS CLUBS

SENIOR CITIZENS

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

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

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

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

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

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OTHER CLUBS & SOCIETIES O Bishop's Waltham Bridge Club For more information contact: Roger Robinson: 01489 877504 or Phil White: 01489 896877. O Bishop's Waltham Gateway Club For more information please contact Vee or Brian on 01489 895767. O Bishop's Waltham Rotary Club For more information please visit: bishopswalthamrotary.org.uk. O Meon Ladies For more information please email Sarah Snowdon on: sarah. snowdon@live.com 50

MUSIC & DANCE

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

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O Swanmore Amateur Dramatic Society For more information please ring 07701 044563 or email caroline-powell@live.com

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O The New Music Makers SATB Choir For more information contact Lin on 023 8045 4285 or visit: www.newmusicmakers.com O Singing for Fun For more information contact Annabel: 01489 877130 or 07732 329792.

O Zero 4 Probus Club For more information contact Malcolm Watson: 01489 891875 or 07926 925466. https:// zero4probusclub.weebly.com O Waltham Priory Probus Club For more information please call Janet Gibson on 01489 783386.

O Bishop’s Waltham Library Toddler Time Every Wednesday during Term Time. 10.30am – 11am. Stories, rhymes and simple craft for the under 5’s O Hambledon Folk Club For more information visit: www.hambledonfolkclub.co.uk. folkclubhambledon@hotmail. co.uk O Meon Voices Choir For more information please contact Phil: 01489 579078, coundleypj@yahoo.com or Maureen 01489890335 alan@agbuckland.plus.com.

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