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happy New Year to all of our readers. The January edition of the Test Valley Forum Magazine is packed with useful local information and many interesting news articles.

We need your information urgently and we value your local input. Entries onto our Dairy page, Clubs and Societies page and Useful Information page are completely free of charge.

Please keep your letters and emails coming as we are always delighted to read your feedback. Speak to us and let us have your thoughts, be it on the magazine itself or the content of an article. The Forum is for the community and the community needs a voice, so our letters page will give you the freedom to speak.

If you feel that we have missed something from our pages or you have an idea for the magazine you would like to discuss then please contact the editor on: 01962 735137 or alternatively email: We look forward to hearing from you.

So why have we re-named the Stockbridge and Test Valley Forum? Since the magazine's launch in July 2008 the magazine has grown in its popularity and distribution area. At its inception we were very focused on Stockbridge as a centre for the magazine but now we feel we encompass so much of the Test Valley that we should widen our horizons and with it our name. Nothing has changed apart from our name, we still provide all the news for the local area in an informative and interesting magazine. Don't forget if you would like to read the magazine online simply visit our website www. and click on 'Latest Issue' in the menu bar . If you saw something in a previous issue and need to find it then click on 'Old Issues' tab in the menu bar. We are always thinking of ways to improve your local magazine and we are keen to expand our readership yet further.


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In this Contents Issue

Business Property Management

05 Dates for your Diary


06 Hats off to Conleigh Bridalwear

Professional Services & FASHION

08 Church Services and News

6, 7, 9, 10

12 Win a Video Prize with Test Valley Business Awards

The Home

12 County Sports Awards to Recognise Local Sporting Heroes

11, 12, 13, 15, 36

14 Time Travelling Life - What do you think?

Food & Drink

16 Useful Information

17, 19, 20, 21

18 Useful Information / Clubs and Societies

Education Services

198 Clubs and Societies

22, 23

20 Recipe of the Month - Gravlax


21 5 Leftover Turkey Ideas


22 Stockbridge Pre-School Update

Property sales, letting and management

Professional trades & organisations

Items for the home

Trades and services for food & drink

Schools, colleges and further education

Trades & services for the garden

ARTS, CRAFTS, MUSIC & LEISURE Local arts and crafts and retailers


Health & Beauty

Health & beauty services, shops & salons

28, 29


Motor vehicle sales, repairs & servicing

31, 33

Building Services & SUPPLIES Building services & supplies


Home Services

Trades & service for the home

34, 35

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22 Chilbolton Pre-School News 24 Hampshire Mum's Flight of Frantic Fancy 26 Puffin Crash Lands at Hospital 26 Habeas Corpus - BADG Review 27 Dance Your Way Through 2012 with Salsa y Sol 28 Do You Have a New Year's Resolution? 30 Useful Information 30 Insulate Hampshire - Warming up the Test Valley 32 Fantastic Happenings in a Hole in the Ground - The Mary Rose Museum 33 Winchester Citizens Advice Bureau

January Diary


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY Country Market Every Thursday 10-11.45am at Stockbridge Town Hall, Stockbridge. Sunday 1st January Garden Tour at Hillier's Gardens at 2pm Guided Tour of the Gardens with our Horticultural experts. No pre-booking, book in person on the day. Free with normal admission. Sunday 1st January New Year Heritage Bus Rides Winchester Broadway, near the King Alresford Statue, Winchester. From 8.50am to 5.30pm. Come along to see the Friends of King Alfred's Buses Running Day and transport enthusiasts' bazaar. Vehicle display and free vintage bus rides all day in and around the city. Visit or email: Thursday 5th January Samba and African Drumming Take up a fun new hobby for the New Year. We meet fortnightly at Broughton Primary School 7.30-8.30pm £5 / £2.50 Adults/ teenagers. No experience necessary. For more information contact Lynda Middleton 01794 388002. Wednesday 11th January Blood donation session Please give blood, support your local session. Simply turn up on the day or call to make an appointment. Session times run from: 1.00 - 3.25 and 4.30 - 7.00. Location - The Winchester Hotel, Worthy Lane, Winchester, SO23 7AB. Contact: 0300 123 23 23 Friday 13th January The Somborne Sessions 7.00 – 9.00pm. Kings Somborne Village Hall Phil Beer, ex Albion Band, performs for one night only. Saturday 14th January to Sunday 18th March Matisse – Drawing with Scissors at Winchester Discovery Centre The French painter, sculptor and designer Henri Matisse (1869-1954) was one of the 20th century's most

influential artists. His vibrant works are celebrated for their extraordinary richness and luminosity of colour. The exhibition features 35 lithographic prints of the famous cut-outs, produced in the last four years of his life, when the artist was confined to his bed, and includes many of his iconic images, such as The Snail and the Blue Nudes. A Hayward Touring exhibition from Southbank Centre, London on behalf of Arts Council England Tuesday 24th January Longstock and Leckford WI Meeting At 7.30pm at Longstock Village Hall SO20 6DP. Visitors are always welcome and for more details please ring 01264 810150 or 01264 810603 Friday 27th January Karis Kids 7.30pm at Church Room, Littleton. Karis Kids is a Christian organisation which brings hope to children orphaned by AIDS in Uganda. The Downs Benefice has an opportunity to become involved in a new outreach of the work of Karis Kids, linking up with the parish of St Paul’s in Kampala. We hope to establish and develop this link in the New Year, and support financially a minimum of five families to care for orphaned children, together with a Karis community worker from St Paul’s. For further information please contact Carol Ward (01962 883185). Saturday 28th to Sunday 29th January Lambing Weekend Flock to Sparsholt College this January to see the ewes at lambing time. The College's 350 ewes will be on view as an educational opportunity for families to witness the shepherding activities as they take place. A fun day out for all the family, as well as witnessing shepherding action as it happens, visitors can enjoy a host of farm-based activities, demonstrations and displays including puzzles, metal sculpture, milking and dog agility. New for 2012, visitors can also take a walk to the Animal Management

Centre where they will discover a variety of animals, exotic species, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates to meet! A variety of hot and cold food and drinks will be available to purchase throughout the day. Start 9:30am to 3:30pm Tickets: £5.00 Adults £3.50 School-age children £15.00 Family ticket (2 adults and 2 children). Tickets are available on the gate only and not in advance. Sorry, no dogs please. Contact: 01962 776 441 Tuesday 31st January LightCatchers: Photography Exhibition at Hillier's Gardens An inspiring exhibition of images by LightCatchers, a group of accomplished professional and amateur photographers. Landscapes, candid portraits, wildlife, flora and more will be on display. Free admission Sunday 12th February Falconry Experience Day at Hilliers Gardens From 10am - 4pm. An enchanting personal encounter with birds of

prey. Learn all about the differences between Hawks, Falcons and Owls through a series of workshops, practical handling sessions and amazing outdoor flight experiences, with the birds also flying to your gloved fist.. A unique and awe-inspiring first introduction to falconry. For ages 16 and over. Book online or call 01794 369318. £85, includes lunch & refreshments Thursday 16th to Saturday 18th February Broughton Amateur Dramatic Group (BADG) A Pantomime date for your diaries. Puss in Boots From 7.30 p.m. nightly and a Saturday Matinée at 2.30 p.m. Tickets £7.50 Adults, £4.50 Children [OAP concessions Thursday night only £4.50]. The Box Office will be open on Saturday 21st and Saturday 28th January @ 9.30am at Broughton Village Hall. Thereafter tickets can be purchased from Ed James, Tel: 01794 301140. Linda Cardigan – Chair: 01794 301196 / Carole Collins – Publicity: 01794 301522

DELIVERY PEOPLE NEEDED In the coming year we will be expanding the Test Valley Forum's readership even further so we will be needing more delivery people with transport to assist us with deliveries. We offer a good rate of pay (per magazine delivered) and pay fuel costs. So if you are fit, healthy, and most importantly reliable, then call us to be first in the queue for the new positions as they become available. email: editor@forumpublications. for more information or to be held on our waiting list. The new areas to be covered are:

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Church Services & News St.Stephens




St.Marys Crawley



Sunday 1st January

Sunday 8th January

Sunday 1st January

Sunday 8th January

Sunday 8th January

Sunday 22nd January

Sunday 8th January

Sunday 15th January

10.00 Benefice Communion 08.00 Holy Communion 10.00 Welcome Worship

09.15 Informal Word Service 08.00 Holy Communion


10.00 Mattins


Sunday 22nd January

Sunday 8th January

10.00 Family Communion

St.Peters Over Wallop

Sunday 1st January

10.30 All Age Worship

Sunday 8th January

08.30 Holy Communion 10.30 Mattins

08.00 Holy Communion 10.00 Morning Worship 18.00 Benefice Evensong

Sunday 29th January (St .Andrews Only)

10.00 Family Communion 18.00 Service of Peace and Healing

St.Marys Sunday 8th January

08.00 Holy Communion

Sunday 15th January

Sunday 22nd January Nether Wallop

Sunday 1st January (St .Peter's Only)

09.15 Parish Communion

Sunday 29th January

09.15 Parish Communion

Sunday 15th January

08.30 Holy Communion

Sunday 22nd January

10.30 Holy Communion 16.00 Evening Prayer

Sunday 29th January

10.30 All Age Communion

All Saints Church Houghton

Sunday 8th January

09.30 Holy Communion

St.Peter & St.Pauls Kings Somborne

Sunday 1st January

Sunday 22nd January

18.00 Holy Communion

Old St.Peter

08.00 Holy Communion

Sunday 22nd January

10.00 4th Sunday Worship

Sunday 29th January

10.00 5th Sunday Benefice Service of thanksgiving for all involved in the Health Service Please check services with Office: 01962 880845


Sunday 15th January

08.00 Holy Communion

St.Thomas More Stockbridge

St.Marys Broughton

Sunday 8th January

08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 Family Service

Sunday 15th January

Mass & Services

09.00 Sunday Mass For other services and events please contact the Church. Canon Paul Townsend 01962 852804

09.30 Sunday Club 11.00 Holy Communion and Coffee Club

Sunday 22nd January

09.30 Holy Communion 09.30 Sunday Club

Sunday 29th January

St.Andrews Sunday 8th January

09.30 Holy Communion for the Benefice

Sunday 15th January

Sunday 8th January

11.00 Family Communion

08.00 Communion Service 10.00 Informal Word Service

Sunday 15th January

08.00 Communion Service 10.00 Communion Service

Sunday 22nd January

08.00 Communion Service 10.00 Communion Service

All Saints Church Houghton

St.Mary-the-less Chilbolton

11.00 Family Service 09.30 Holy Communion

Sunday 22nd January


Sunday 8th January

10.00 Morning Prayer

Sunday 15th January

10.00 Holy Communion

Sunday 22nd January 10.00 Family Service


Sunday 1st January

09.30 Holy Communion

Morning Prayer said daily at Stockbridge Parish Church: 8.30 – 8.55am

Sunday 8th January

18.00 Evening Communion

Sunday 15th January

10.00 Family Service with Baptism

Sunday 22nd January

08.00 Holy Communion

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10.45 All Age Worship

08.00 Communion Service 10.00 Communion Service

Sunday 15th January 18.00 Evensong

Sunday 29th January

10.00 Family Communion


Sunday 8th January

10.30 Family Service

10.45 Parish Communion


09.30 All Age Worship


Sunday 22nd January

Sunday 22nd January

10.30 Holy Communion 16.00 Evening Worship 08.30 Holy Communion

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Sunday 15th January

Sunday 15th January

Sunday 22nd January

10.45 Parish Communion

Sunday 15th January

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10.00 Family Communion

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Said Holy Communion each Tuesday 9.30am at Rosalind Hill House, Stockbridge

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red Dinenage, MBE, launched the Test Valley Business Awards 2011/12 with great style and warmth, on 22 November 2011. Fred, the flawless professional broadcaster, immediately took control of the room and soon had everyone laughing when recounting some hilarious situations he has encountered during his television career. Fred showed us what winning means, in action. He called up five of last year’s Award-winning Test Valley companies: Bioquell, i2O Water, Roke, Spectrum IT Recruitment and Thomas Winter Associates with an impromptu interview, drawing out how winning had helped them to get ahead, to the delight of all. Fred summed up by saying: “the Awards are especially important during these challenging times because they remind us how great our Test Valley businesses are.”

operating in Test Valley can enter for these five Awards, or you can nominate a business you believe deserves recognition. • • • • •

Tourism Business of the Year - Test Valley Borough Council New Business of the Year - North Hampshire Enterprise Innovation & Technology - University of Southampton Science Park Employer of the Year – Kier, a new Award Sponsor this year Small Business of the Year – Hampshire County Council.

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County Sports Awards to Recognise Local Sporting Heroes


he 2012 Hampshire and Isle of Wight Sports Awards are open for nominations and local people are being encouraged to nominate their unsung heroes and sporting talent and to win one of 17 different awards. The awards publicly reward and recognise commitment, performance and excellence across all sports. The wide range of categories ensures that as well as elite performers, recognition is given to teams, clubs and the coaches, officials and volunteers who work tirelessly behind the scenes. In addition, the Outstanding Personal Achievement Award recognises

inspirational endeavour on the part of a participant, coach or volunteer who has overcome adversity to make an outstanding individual achievement in their chosen sport. The annual event is a joint venture between Hampshire County Council, Sport Hampshire & IOW and the local Sports Councils & Forums in Hampshire. Nominations are free and are open until 27 January 2012. The nomination forms can be downloaded from the Sport Hampshire & IOW website, http://www.sporthampshireiow., where full details about the Awards and how to nominate can also be found.

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What do you think?

Time Travelling Life P

hew, that’s Christmas done. Somehow, despite believing at one point we would never be ready on time, we did it. And so we should; after all, we’ve had long enough to prepare haven’t we?

The moment we unpack from our summer holiday and way before our kids go back to school there they are, the first Christmas cards arrive in the shops along with the first chocolate Santas. Heralding the consumptive lunacy that is Christmas, by the end of September it has well and truly exploded onto the high street and the sense of pressure to get organized is tangible. And that’s the point isn’t it; the pace of life is such that we have to be mega-organized. It would seem we all have so little time that we live in a perpetual state of panic planning. There are those who, rather annoyingly, start Christmas shopping in January and reach December with an air of relaxed self- righteousness: “Oh yes, all finished and wrapped up by October actually.” They are, of course, beyond wise both psychologically and financially; no stress and they spread the cost throughout the year, but it does mean they are constantly thinking about Christmas at some level or other. I’m not sure I want to do that; part of me wants to go to the extreme of doing all the shopping on Christmas Eve and, à la Scrooge, find a turkey on Christmas morning and give it away

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to someone who would really like it. Nothing like the anxiety of cooking Christmas lunch to be told that ‘we don’t really like turkey, wish we could have a nice piece of beef.’ One year I may well take courage in both hands and do just that. Yeah, right, and spend New Year in the Priory suffering from some form of breakdown, so you can’t win. We all know that retailers are time travellers, always planning and buying for next season, not only ensuring that stocks are in but that we continue to spend, forcing us to be time travellers too. In January we are bombarded with foreign summer holiday, sale and DIY ads, in February it’s all about Easter. In March you’d better hope for lovely weather because, should it snow, you’ll only have a choice of white linen separates and swim suits from which to choose. Oh, then from April, if not before, we will be force fed the Olympics which will be fantastic apart from the fact that this country can’t actually afford it (don’t get me started). Then it will be August and Christmas again! Marvellous! Are we trapped then, slaves to our consumerist time lords, or can we hop into our own Tardis and travel to another dimension? In short, can we opt out or are we stuck on our time travelling conveyer belt?

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Useful Information EMERGENCY SERVICES Emergency only (Ambulance, Fire, Police): Tel: 999

Electricity Emergency 24hrs a day, 7 days a week Tel: 08457 708090

Gas Emergency 24hrs a day, 7 days a week Tel: 0800 111 999

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

Reporting a leak? Then call: Tel: 0800 820 999

STOCKBRIDGE POLICE (NON-EMERGENCY) Stockbridge Police Station Tel: 0845 045 45 45 or email: andoverrural.snt@

Andover Police Andover police station opens from 8am-10pm, seven days a week. Station enquiry staff will be able to assist you outside the Stockbridge police station opening times.

SURGERIES & CHEMISTS Stockbridge Surgery New Street, Stockbridge Hampshire, SO20 6HG Tel: 01264 810524 The surgery is open to patients on weekdays between the hours of 8.15am to 6.30pm. Closed lunchtimes between 12.45 and 13.45pm. Emergency calls will be taken during lunchtime. In addition the surgery is open on a Saturday morning 9am to 12.00pm and alternate Monday and Wednesday between 6.30 and 7.30pm. Appointments should be booked for the clinics. If there are any medical emergencies during our normal Monday to Friday working hours then please contact the surgery on Tel: 01264 810524. Outside these hours use the Out of Hours service which can be contacted on Tel: 0300 300 2012. Weekdays - Monday to Friday 6.30pm to 8am. Weekends - Friday 6.30pm to 8am Monday morning. Service also available on bank holidays.

Open 6 days a week 9am-6pm Mon-Friday and 9am-5pm Saturday, with 1hr lunch time closing each day between 1-2pm.

Houghton Parish Council A Young, Chairman Tel: 01794 388612 Mrs L C Boulton, Clerk Tel: 01794 301212


Broughton Surgery

Broughton Parish Council

Walworth Industrial Estate Andover, SP10 5NU Tel: 01264 351421

NHS Direct

T Jenner, Chairman Tel: 01794 301785 Ms S Holder, Clerk Tel: 01794 340130

24hrs a day, 7 days a week Tel: 0845 46 47

Leckford Parish Council

Tel: 01794 301210

Stockbridge Osteopathic Practice Osteopathy and Cranial Osteopathy. www.stockbridge Tel: 01264 810028

The River Dental & Cosmetic Clinic 1 Clarendon Terrace, High Street, Stockbridge, SO20 6EY General and cosmetic dentistry of the highest standard, including state-of-the-art treatments unique to the area. Tel: 01264 810818

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

Chilbolton Flood Advisory Committee

Kings Somborne Parish Council John Werrett, Chairman Tel: 01794 389311 Peter Storey, Clerk Tel: 01794 389688

Little Somborne Parish Council

PARISH AND BOROUGH COUNCILS Hampshire County Council The Castle, Winchester, SO23 8UJ Tel: 0800 028 0888

Test Valley Borough Council Beech Hurst, Weyhill Road Andover, Hampshire, SP10 3AJ Tel: 01264 368000

Stockbridge Parish Council Cllr Janet Whiteley, Chairman Tel: 01264 811101 Mr K Fell, Parish Clerk Tel: 01489 877510

Stockbridge Pharmacy

Over Wallop Parish Council

David Burnfield, Chairman Tel: 01264 810529 John Musters, Clerk Tel: 01264 810459 Lindsay Murray-Twinn, Chairman Tel: 01264-781497 Richard Waterman, Clerk Tel: 01264-772460

Moya Grove Tel: 01264 860411 Graham Kelly Tel: 01264 861020

Joyrides Shopping Bus John Muster Tel: 01264 810459

Community Responder

Mr F Hervey-Bathurst, Chairman Tel: 01794 388594

Roger Tym Tel: 01264 810363

Wherwell Parish Council

Cruse Bereavement Care

Mrs J Andrews, Chairman Tel: 01264 860635 Mrs E Blakemore, Clerk Tel: 01264 860385

Stockbridge Primary School

Longstock Parish Council

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Open 7 days a week for Minor Injuries - From 08:30-21:30. Charlton Road, Andover, Hampshire, SP10 3LB Tel: 01264 358811

Timsbury (near Romsey) Tel: 01794 368548

Alan Crisp, Chairman Tel: 01264 860641 Mandy Amor, Clerk Tel: 01264 860566

Winchester Hill, Romsey, Hampshire SO51 7ZA Tel: 01794 512343

Andover War Memorial Hospital (No A&E)

Bunny Lane HWRC

Chilbolton Parish Council

Romsey Hospital (No A&E)

District nurse: Tel: 01962 893560 Health visitor: Tel: 01962 763970 High Street. Stockbridge. Hampshire. SO20 6EX Tel: 01264 810624 Tel: 01264 810967

D B Gibbons, Chairman Tel: 08453 499341

Scott Close HWRC

Stockbridge Primary School Old London Road, Stockbridge Hants, SO20 6EJ. Headteacher: Mrs Emma Jefferies: Tel: 01264 810550 adminoffice@stockbridge.

Test Valley Secondary School Roman Road, Stockbridge Hampshire, SO20 6HA Tel: 01264 810555 test.valley@testvalley.

Broughton Primary School School Lane , Broughton Hampshire, SO20 8AN Tel: 01794 301286 adminoffice@broughton.hants.

Kings’s Somborne C.E. Primary School Nr Stockbridge, Hampshire SO20 6PN Head teacher: Mr Nick Winning Tel: 01794 388381

Wallop Primary School School Lane, Nether Wallop Stockbridge, Hampshire SO20 8EH Tel: 01264 781216 margaret.baxter@wallop.hants.

Wherwell Primary School Wherwell, Andover, SP11 7JP Tel: 01264 860384

We are a charity who offer free help and support to those who have been bereaved. Our contact details are: Helpline: 01264 336006

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH Crawley Neighbourhood Watch For Neighbourhood Watch enquiries contact: Alison Carey on:

Chilbolton Neighbourhood Watch For Neighbourhood Watch enquiries contact: Maria Watson Tel: 01264 860415

Longstock Neighbourhood Watch Charles Grieve Tel: 01264 810794

TAXIS Car/taxi share Run to a timetable but passengers need to book. Fares are similar to bus fares and over 60s can use their free bus pass if they have one. More information about Carshare and taxi-share schemes in Hampshire can be found at www. or call 01962 846785.

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AT KIMBRIDGE FARM SHOP We endeavour to find the best local produce around the local area. While farming our own beef at Chalcroft Farm, West End we work closely with over 20 other Hampshire farmers to find the best pork, beef and lamb. We have won numerous awards including: GOLD SMITHFIELD AWARDS 2011 • Pork and leek sausages • Oriental duck sausages • Beef, sundried tomato and olive burgers • Mediterranean lamb and feta burgers GOLD STAR - GREAT TASTE AWARD 2011 Oscars of the food industry • Traditional faggots We are members of Hampshire Fare and the prestigous Q Guild of Butchers Scheme. WE ARE OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK - WiTH FrEE ParkinG






SundayS 10aM - 4PM keep up to date will all that's new on our Facebook page Owtons at kimbridge Farm Shop, kimbridge, near romsey, Hampshire, SO51 0LE. Tel: 01794 341681

FOR TRADITIONAL SERVICE Quality Fruit, Vegetables and Flowers Local eggs, ice cream, smoked fish, watercress and other seasonal produce Preserves, herbs and spices Local, sustainable logs and kindling; coal and firelighters ORDERS TAKEN FOR SPECIALIST FRUIT, VEGETABLES AND FLOWERS.

, Beccy s Greengrocers Now open after extensive refurbishment

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Useful Information / Clubs & Societies Pre-SCHOOLS & PLAYGROUPS Chilbolton Pre-School Chilbolton: Tel: 01962 760488 Sam Inglis: 07919 130 777

Army Air Corps Pre-School

The Sombornes Pre-School An independent, OFSTED registered pre-school offering education through play in a friendly, informal setting for children aged 2 to school age. Please visit www.thesombornespreschool. org for session times and more information or call 07530 893773.

Middle Wallop: Tel: 01264 784381

Broughton Pre-School Provides flexible hours for children aged 2 to under 5 years and is run by qualified, experienced staff offering a range of quality resources that fulfil the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage. Tel: 01794 301286 (school hours) to arrange a visit.

Stockbridge Pre-School A well established Pre-School with brand new purpose built facilities including an all weather outdoor play area. We provide flexible hours to children from 2 years to school age. The Pre-School ‘helps children make good progress in learning and development with a focus on structured learning through play’ (Ofsted). For further information or to arrange a visit call 01264 811772

School Lane Playgroup School Lane, Nether Wallop Hampshire, SO20 8EH. We are a small but beautifully formed group, staffed by professionals, fully Ofsted registered, providing quality care and education for 2-4 year olds in the grounds of Wallop Primary School. Tel: 01264 782051 (9-3pm)

Littleton Pre-school A community run pre-school set in the Millennium Memorial Hall and surrounding grounds, we offer a safe, happy and caring learning environment for 2 to 4 year olds. Littleton Pre-school is staffed by experienced professionals and is Ofsted registered. We open from 8:30am-12:15pm, with a flexible drop off. Please contact Carol Mortimer on 01962 776 206 or 07765 916 006 to arrange a visit.

Wallops Under 5s Playgroup Mothers and toddlers group meets on Fridays at Wallops Parish Hall. Tel: 01264-781635

Water Meadow Children's Centre │ Stockbridge Primary School │ Old London Road │ Stockbridge │ Hampshire │SO20 6EJ Tel: 01264 811089 │Fax: 01264 810134 Water.Meadows@

The Barn Nursery Over Wallop Small cosy nursery (maximum six children). 3hr sessions. Many activities. Singing, dancing, messy art & craft, playing in the garden. Willa Franks: 01264 782007 or 07831 368244. willa@

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SPORTS & FITNESS Broughton Bounders Running Club SEAA/EA affliated running club covering the Mid-Test Valley villages, new members welcomed  Melvin Vayle Tel: 01794 301437

Stockbridge Recreation Ground Chair: Dave Webb Tel: 01264 810819 Sec: Dave Barnes Tel: 01264 810516

Chilbolton Badminton Club Jill Lord Tel: 01264 860667

Chilbolton Short Mat Bowls Club

and afternoon. Also, fortnightly children’s session Monday afternoons at 3:30 (1.5 hours). For further information please look at or e-mail me on or phone/text 07881 633089.

Embroiderers Guild Andover Branch - We are a group of like-minded people who share an interest in all aspects of stitching and textiles. We meet socially at 7.30 pm on the third Monday of every month, except August, in the Priory Hall, Love Lane (St. John’s Ambulance), Andover, SP10 2AB - next to the Wolversdene Club, to enjoy a programme of speakers and demonstrations. We also hold workshops in Goodworth Clatford Village Club every two months. or Tel: 01264 860806

Wherwell History Group Builds up an archive of local history material and arranges monthly talks and visits. Andrew Flanagan. Tel: 01264 860560

Broughton Floral Club

Meets every Monday 8-10pm Chilbolton Village Hall. Deb & Richard Richardson Tel: 01264 861082

Meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm. Tel: 01794 516289

Wherwell Playing Fields

John Leatherly Tel: 01264 364850 or Ron Dodson Tel: 01264 810169

Sean Hutton (Chair) Tel: 01264 860443 Angela Blackmore (Sec) Tel: 01264 860445

Stockbridge Football Club

CTC South Hampshire Easy rides, day rides, social events and more! Tel: 01962 864479

Upper Clatford Youth Football Club Our Club continues to flourish; we are running teams at under 7/8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15 and 16 age groups this season. We are always happy to welcome new players. Training is weekly on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings (depending on age group) at Upper Clatford sports fields 6-7.15pm. Tel: 01264 364106 or 07833 614429 Jennie Handford for more information.

ARTS, CRAFTS Art Club -Abbotts Ann At The Old Exchange Duck Street. Tutor: Liz Dell HND(Fine Art) TDipIT Retiring? Need a Break? Always wished you could draw? Join this friendly group where you will receive tuition and inspiration. Materials are provided. Maximum of 6 people per session; fortnightly. Sessions last 2½ hours. Monday morning and evening, Tuesday afternoon and evening, Wednesday evening, Thursday morning

The Fly Dressers’ Guild

Test Valley Turners For wood turners of all levels, from novice to professional. Meets every third Monday evening at Longstock Village Hall. Contact Graham Barnard Tel: 01962 851979

St Mary's Church, Broughton, Flowers: Janelle Quitman 01794 301 754

DRAMA, MUSIC & DANCE Chilbolton Players Contact Richard Richardson on Tel: 01264 861082

Young Stockbridge Amateur Dramatics Society (Young SADS) Are you between 10 and 18 years old? Young SADS needs you! We meet once a month for drama workshops focusing on communication skills, confidence building, improvisation, all aspects of performance and of course fun and games! Contact Sarah: Broughton Amateur Dramatic Group – BADG Chair: Linda Cardigan Tel: 01794 301196 Vice Chair: Janet Wallace Tel: 01794 301254

The group exists for the enjoyment of those who wish to be involved in any way with productions, not just for the benefit of performers. We aim to provide entertainment for the village in the form of drama, comedy, dance, music, review and pantomime. If you are interested in joining us on stage or behind the scenes then please get in touch. New members always welcome!

Stockbridge Amateur Dramatic Society (SADS) Chair: Mark Frank (01264 810562). Vice-chair: Debbie Smart (01264 810147)

Clatford Amateur Dramatic Society (CADS) Chairman: Cliff Tucker Tel: 01264 324513. Secretary: Ann Buckley Tel. 01264 365506

Bell Ringing at Sparsholt Meet Mondays at the church from 7.30-9pm. It is excellent mental and physical exercise and a good way to make friends and join a local community. You do not have to be a resident of Sparsholt to join our band. To find out more call Tower Secretary Jenny Watson on: Tel: 01962 863596

Andover Town Band A newly formed brass band. Open to all; beginners and beyond. The band aims to take its music into the community, to share playing and participation with local charities and educational causes. If you are interested in joining us; beginner or experienced, contact: 01264 324056

Wherwell Singers Dale Webb: Tel: 01264 860074

Weyhill Electronic Organ Society Monthly concerts of melodic, easy listening music featuring top class professional perfomers. For details visit or Tel: 01264 323213

WOMENS INSTITUTES The Wallops W.I. Meets every second Wednesday of the month - 7.30pm. St Peters Church Hall, Over Wallop. New members and guests are always welcome. Contact Pam Quick on: Tel: 01264 781292 or Shirley Monger on Tel: 01264 782151

Longstock & Leckford W.I. Meets every fourth Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm in Longstock Village Hall. We have a very interesting programme of speakers for 2012 as well as many social occasions planned. Tel: 01264 810150 or 01264 810603.

Food & Drink Houghton W.I. Meets on the third Monday of every month (except August) at 7.30 pm in Houghton Village Hall. Houghton WI is a lively and friendly group and all visitors or potential new members are most welcome. Contact, Sandra Harper Tel: 01794 388509 or Jane Anderton Tel: 01264 810928.

Chilbolton W.I Meets at Chilbolton Village Hall on the third Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm. New members welcome. Contact: Sally Griffiths Tel: 01264 860313 or Sue Batchelor Tel: 01264 860307

OTHER CLUBS & SOCIETIES Royal Air Force Association Ben Warren Tel: 01264 810522

Stockbridge Church Flowers Angela McMeekin Tel: 01264 810236

Stockbridge Lunch Club Joyce Compton Tel: 01264 810898

RiVa - Dog Training Kings Somborne. Val Kelsey Tel: 01794 388570

Royal British Legion (Houghton Branch) Chair: Michael Ford Tel: 01264 810691 Secretary: John Gale Tel: 01962 760225 Poppies: A McMeekin Tel: 01264 810236

Royal British Legion Womens Section (Stockbridge Branch) Branch Chair: Nancy Warren Tel: 01264 810522 Secretary: Joyce Compton Tel: 01264 810898

Longstock Garden Club Peter Rogers Tel: 01264 810794

Stockbridge Evergreen Chair: Joyce Compton Tel: 01264 810898

Kings Somborne Twinning Association Twinned with St Paul du Vernay, near Bayeux. Annual exchange visits take place. Anyone in this magazine’s circulation area who is interested in joining us should contact Wendy Hartley Tel: 01794 388742

Broughton Twinning Association Twinned with Sauve in the South of France, we would welcome anyone who would like to join and take part in annual exchanges. President: Dave Evans Tel: 01794 301194 Secretary: Victoria Barrett Tel: 01794 301062


Chilbolton/Stockbridge Beavers/Cub Scouts Leigh Dance Tel: 01264 811074

Chilbolton Care Group Peter Ward Tel: 01264 860528

Stockbridge & District Young Farmers Club Meets every other Thursday at the Combine Club in Leckford. It is a rural-based youth group for young people aged 10 to 26. You don't have to be a farmer.Club Secretary: Victoria Brown Tel: 07828 019624

The Somborne & District Society is principally a local history society although we do cover other subjects and interests. We hold regular lectures on the fourth Wednesday each month at 8 p.m. in King’s Somborne village hall as well as visits to historic houses and other places of interest. (Further information from Mary Pollock on 01794 388422).

Royal National Lifeboat Institution Stockbridge & Upper Test Branch. Chairman: Tolley Taylor. Tel: 01256 893561

The Upper Test Valley Vintage Club The club was formed in 1998, locally based, for people with interests in vintage machines. No need to own one. Social meetings at the Leckford Combine Club, second Tuesday of the month from October through to April, 8pm. Contact : Mr David Watts on: 01264 810421 (chairman)

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Healthy Food Healthy You! NOW IN STOCK... Pimhill range of Organic Products We are thrilled to stock this range of wholesome, tasty and nutritious organic foods - made without the use of any artificial fertilisers or chemicals from one of this country’s first registered Organic farms. So whether you choose the muesli, jumbo oats or oatcakes then you are sure to get your day off to a great start!

Ginger’s Kitchen award-winning soups The ideal lunch or supper on a cold January day. Choose from spinach, puy lentil and creme fraiche with thyme, Goan spiced red lentil with coconut and coriander or the Spanish inspired chorizo, butterbean and smoked paprika.

Infinity Foods range of wholefoods Food that is simple, healthy and natural. Organic pulses, lentils, grains, dried fruits and nuts. Lovely store cupboard ingredients to use at home in stocks, soups and stews.

Nicholas will be creating lots of lovely fish dishes for the bistro menu throughout January for a tasty, light lunch!

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year! New Opening Times

Mondays Closed Tuesday - Friday 9am - 5.30pm Saturday 9am - 5pm Sunday 11am - 4pm

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A side of salmon will serve up to 10 people, or you can use a smaller fillet for 2 people, but reduce the proportions of the marinade.

Mix all the seasoning and herbs together and rub into the fish. Place the fish into the dish. Pour the beer, schnapps or gin over the fish and then cover with cling film. Once covered place the smaller dish on top with a few tins to weigh it down.

• 60g coarse salt • 60g crystal sugar • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper • Handful of finely chopped, fresh dill • ½ pt glass of bitter or a small glass of schnapps. Gin will do! SAUCE • 200ml whipped cream, • 1 soupspoon strong mustard • 1 soupspoon finely chopped dill, salt & pepper. EQUIPMENT: • Cling film • 1 rectangular dish for marinading the fish plus a smaller one to sit on top.


Refrigerate and leave for twenty four hours, after this amount of time has passed turn the fish over. Repeat the process and leave for another twenty four hours. At the end of the second twenty fours hours remove any left over marinade from the fillet. It is now ready. To make the sauce blend the ingredients together. Either serve in very thin slices starting from the tail side toward the head or cut in chunks. Serve alone or with a salad accompanied by the sauce.

Clos du Marquis France on your doorstep Recipe supplied and sponsored by Germain Marquis of Clos du Marquis Restaurant, French Pantry and Cookery School T: 01264 810 738 E:closdumarquis@

It’s delicious on toast too. Keeps in the fridge for a week.

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1pm to 5.00pm Sunday 2.00pm to 4.30pm


All day Saturday

LECKFORD ESTATE All produced from our own orchards THE FRUIT FARM LECKFORD, Near STOCKBRIDGE ( signposted off A30 and A3057 )

Tel: 01264 810585 Fruit available to late March

MASSIVE SALE Lane End Kitchenware is having a huge clear out, starting on 3rd January. Don't miss the opportunity to pick up some real bargains! It’s all good quality, but we’re itching to make space for some new exciting purchases in the Spring. So get down here fast for:

Up to 75% off discontinued stock 35% off all books 25% off Fermob Luxembourg Outdoor furniture 25% off the gorgeous Greengate Picnicware. And you can enter our January prize draw if you cut out this advert and bring it into the shop (no purchase necessary).



5 Leftover Turkey Ideas 1. Turkey Cranberry Rollup You can do this as a sandwich, too, but I prefer it in a tortilla. Spread some cranberry sauce, put some turkey on top of it, and roll. It has all the flavour of Christmas with almost none of the work. 2. Turkey Chilli I love to throw together a chilli. I don't even use a recipe, just use

some chicken broth, some beans (usually kidney, but sometimes black, pinto, or even garbanzo), sometimes corn, some diced tomatoes in sauce, and tomato sauce if I want it thicker. I definitely add some onions and sometimes garlic, then salsa and chilli powder. Pop in your left over turkey toward the end of cooking process and heat through throughly. You have

now a tasty turkey chilli to enjoy with your friends and family. 3. Turkey and Noodles Cook up some egg noodles. For a sauce, heat up some creamy soup (cream of mushroom, cream of celery, etc) and add some turkey and browned onions. Put the turkey topping over the noodles and serve. Most of the time, no one besides you will realize that the meat is even turkey!

4. Turkey Fajitas Heat up the turkey and serve it instead of chicken or beef with grilled, sliced peppers and grilled onions. Add them all to a tortilla with toppings of your choice and eat. 5. Turkey Lentil Stew Soak your lentils until they are soft. Cook them in water with some garlic, thyme, salt, and a bay leaf until the lentils have made something of a mushy mess. Add the turkey and make sure it's all heated through

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Stockbridge Pre-School Update


ime seems to have flown by and it seems unbelievable we have now been settled into our wonderful new building for nearly a year! We now have so much more space and a fantastic all weather outdoor area which is in constant use. Stockbridge Pre-School is a wonderful environment for the children to play and learn; something all our visitors and parents comment on. With all our very generous donations from the people and organisations in our community we have also been able to purchase brand new furniture, toys, games and resources to equip our new facilities.

had by all and with thanks to the many local businesses who supported us with sponsorship, auction prizes and the running of the evening we managed to raise over £1.500!

It has also been great to build links with the new Water Meadow Children’s Centre and continue to work more closely with Stockbridge Primary School. It is lovely to watch the Reception children and Pre-School children interact as they play in adjoining outdoor areas!

Although Stockbridge PreSchool is thriving we do still have a few places left. We are open in term times from 9.05am3.05pm Monday to Thursday and 9.05am – 12.35am on Friday. We take children from aged 2 and provide all children with 15 hours free childcare per week from the term after their 3rd birthday. We are Ofsted registered and take childcare vouchers.

We also hold a number of successful fundraising events throughout the year. In May we are hoping to hold our second Casino Night and repeat last years’ success. Casino Night was a great opportunity to get dressed up and try your luck on the Casino tables. Great fun was

In September, along with the Friends of St Peters, we held the inaugural Stockbridge 10k and Fun Run. It was another great success with over 130 competitors taking part. In all just over £2000 was raised to split between the two charities and with such incredible feedback from the competitors, we all look forward with great anticipation to the 2012 run, also to be held in September.

If you would like to find out more about Stockbridge Pre-School or to register your interest please call 01264 811772.

We provide a relaxed, happy, learning environment for pre-school aged children. Along with all our amazing facilities, and our beautiful location, your child will have the opportunity to interact and develop in one of Hampshire's few pre-school sensory gardens. Chilbolton Village Hall, Eastman's Field, Chilbolton Stockbridge, Hampshire, SO20 6AZ

For more information please call: 07732 095814 or 0791913077 email:


Brilliant sporty and creative toddler classes

Norman Court Preparatory School 01980 862345 Between Winchester and Salisbury

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he children have had a fantastic time with the build up to Christmas. We all visited St Mary the Less Church, Chilbolton where Anthony and Susan Ansell did a fantastic nativity play and the children all helped to celebrate Jesus’ birthday with “pass the parcel”, ending with a drink, cake and balloon like any good party! All the parents came to join their children in Merry Go Round Amanda's end of term music and song session which gave the parents a chance to see how much fun their children have each Monday and the benefits her sessions brings to each child. Dancing Clare also came in to show the parents the routines she does with the children. The Christmas party was fun with lots of games and activities and the session ended with a visit from Father Christmas!

The children have been showing off their artistic skills and all have painted a canvas or two, making great Christmas presents. A big thank you to all the parents for supporting this and raising much needed funds for our Pre-school. All the staff, parents and children would like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas. Do not hesitate to get in touch and find out more about our unique and beautifully situated learning environment – now is the time to put your child’s name down for a place in September 2012. If you would like your child, aged 2-5, to have the opportunity to attend please do contact Sam for more information or to arrange a visit. Call 07732 095814 or 07919 130777 or email enquiries@

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Full and part-time courses for land-based careers • Animal management • Countryside management • Fishery studies • Equine studies • Game • Horticulture • Wildlife and Conservation • Sports and Outdoor education

Course Information Open Days Saturday 14 January 2012 Saturday 4 March 2012 Drop in between 10.00 am and 3.00 pm

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friend had recently moved away, up North as we say. We e-mailed, texted and phoned as you do but what was needed was a coffee, no, a lunch, and a good old gossip.

“Come up for the day Sandra, it’s not as far as you think.” We weighed up the pros and cons of driving and the train, all of which were reasonably nightmarish. “Fly up.” “Sorry?” “Fly up from your local Solent Port airport to Leeds, easy!” “Err…ok.” And so it was that I found myself one Monday morning at 4.30 a.m. frantically blow-drying my hair. Let me explain. I booked the flight online, as is the way of everything, boarding passes et al, all sorted. Then a ‘mild’ neurosis set in. It occurred to me that in all my fifty years I had never flown alone. Yes, yes I can hear you all groaning, but sadly, it’s true. I actually had sleepless nights over the whole thing. I forgot to book parking in advance; what would happen if there were no more spaces at the airport? What if I were late? This brings me back to the early frantic blow dry. “Don’t worry so much Sandra love, I’ll set the alarm for 4.00am, that’s more than enough time,” the Husband had reassuringly said the night before. But then on the day: “Oh sorry love, forgot. It’s 4.30.” “What?!” So it was by 05:20 I’d arrived, albeit slightly breathless, at Check In. The lovely lady at ‘WhyMe’ airlines sensed my anxiety. “Good morning, madam.” (Blow: no longer ‘Miss’) “May I check your details?” While she checked, I glanced around. The airport, much like the car park, was virtually deserted. “Thank you madam, you are slightly early; security doesn’t open until five thirty, just take a seat over there.” I smiled but failed to look cool. So, having put back on all my jewellery and boots post-security, I realized I was an alien, surrounded by the great and the good of the business world. As I sat with the Earl (Grey tea) in CostaLot, and given that I had SO much time before my 07.30 flight, I indulged in a spot of business people watching.

The second is the male equivalent, the only difference being that he holds conversations on his phone considerably louder than his female counterpart, and sits with his legs very wide apart. Then there’s the slightly older, experienced, and indeed slightly more jaded, male executive who’s struggling with far too many buttons on his phone and too many compartments in his new travel bag. He has the ashen look of someone who laments the passing of his old leather briefcase and longs for retirement as he boards the 07.15 to Manchester AGAIN. Finally there is the corporate female of a ‘certain age’. She’s been in the business for what seems like an eternity, having managed to keep her job post-maternity leave and survived a couple of rounds of redundancies. She is a real hardened campaigner, knowing full well that there are young and newly qualified people queuing up behind her, but with her slightly swollen feet held firm in the uniform black court shoe there’ll be no heel nipping from them. I wondered if it was her Christmas list that she was industriously scribbling down rather than important memos, but I wasn’t about to enquire or even have eye contact. This woman had the aura of a concrete rhino and would be smoking a cigar if it were allowed. The hours passed, and soon I was on the tarmac about to board the aircraft. I had, at least, managed to reserve a seat but found someone sitting in it. Not wanting to make a fuss I dutifully sat down next to it. A skeletal female clad in black hovered in the aisle. “Is someone in the wrong seat?” she hissed. Ah, that would be me then. Making my futile apologies I slid into the row in front where my window seat was indeed vacant, as was the adjacent seat and the two across the aisle. Curious. More anxiety slithered into my thoughts. What if I had somehow fallen under the suspicion of Security? ‘Will passenger Pagan please remain seated and wait to be escorted from the aircraft.’ Surely not. If in doubt, keep staring out of the window. There was a man with a sign saying ’Sandra Pagan’ outside Superdrug in Arrivals - my chum had kindly arranged for a taxi and the lovely Tim treated me to a potted history of the area for the duration of my thirty minute journey. My chum and I had a marvellous but all too short day together, and no sooner than you can say ‘bar tat’, the lovely Tim was dropping me back at the airport.

From my observations I deduced that there are four main types of business persona aesthetic.

Clearly he saw through my thinly veiled attempt to appear to be a seasoned traveller: “You go in through the door marked ‘Departures’ and turn left, love, alright?”

The first is the young female: pert and eminently proficient in every aspect, she has an HTC phone and she knows how to use it. Busy, busy, busy.

Sandra Pagan (Not a frequent flyer)

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The Garden



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Community News

Puffin Crash Lands at Hospital


juvenile puffin, found by staff at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital and taken to HART Wildlife Rescue, near Alton, has sadly died. They arrived for work to find him cowering at the foot of a flight of steps to a basement. He was picked up by RSPCA inspector Jan Edwards and transferred for care to HART. “There were no signs of injury and he seemed to be just very hungry and exhausted,” said hospital manager Chairman Greenland-Jones. “We were delighted when he quickly devoured some fish we had in stock and became much more feisty. “Everyone is naturally very upset as he appeared to be doing so well. We had just sourced some sand eels specially for him, and plans had been made for his transfer to the South Devon Seabird Trust at Teignmouth.” Puffins may be one of the commonest seabirds in northern Europe but they are certainly very rare in these parts and on the amber list of UK birds of conservation concern. It is the


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first time one has been admitted to HART Wildlife Rescue, although two Manx shearwaters have been treated this year. No-one knows why the puffin dropped down in Winchester but it’s possible that he could have been blown off course on his way from northern Britain to over-winter in the Bay of Biscay. It had been hoped that after his unpromising start, he would be able to lead a full life. Puffins often live for 20 years and do not reach breeding age until they are five or six years old. A year after moving to larger premises at Soldridge Park, Medstead, near Alton, HART Wildlife Rescue is once again on the verge of closing to new admissions. Already this year more than 1500 sick, injured and abandoned mammals and birds have been admitted (102 in November alone). All donations to help with caring for current patients, which includes about 80 hedgehogs, will be gratefully received. For more information about the work of HART Wildlife Rescue, visit


roughton Players did not disappoint with their production of Alan Bennett’s Habeas Corpus. Hilarious moments came a plenty for all the roles in the play give great opportunities for those gifted with comic timing and an appetite for slapstick humour. Peta Watson excelled in the important connecting role of the lugubrious Mrs Swabb, the cleaning lady of the Wicksteed family. The part of Constance Wicksteed was also very well played by Linda Cardigan. She clearly enjoyed the switch back and forth from a dowdy, depressed beige clad spinster to a liberated mini skirted sexpot delighting in the opportunities afforded her since the acquisition of an impressive pair of falsies. The seriously repressed Canon Throbbing played by Garry Collins throbbed very convincingly to the great amusement of all. Carole Collins, Tim Evans and Nigel Ottley revelled in smaller but important roles on which most of the comic action depended. More youthful talent came from newcomers to the Broughton stage Sarah Royle and Tim Harris; they performed well in important roles and we hope to see them again. So a good time was had by all. However despite all this good team work the production did not, in my humble Hobson opinion, wholly come to terms with some of the problems of this play. Habeas Corpus is not straightforward for as always Bennett stirs the pot. He puts into a brilliant, light hearted, cheeky farce undercurrents of

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cynicism and gloom. Creating a balance between these elements causes real difficulties for the director and the actors. It is those forming the triangle at the centre of the plot who have to cope with this. Promiscuity, lust, frustration and the search for revenge motivate the characters and farce and cynicism have to work together. Lynn Woods as Mrs Wicksteed created an attractive and amusing character but did Bennett intend a more formidable lady? Tony Lydeard as Sir Percy Shorter did not seem fully at ease with his role. Jeremy Quitman however, had the greatest challenge as the irredeemable Dr Wicksteed at the centre of all the shenanigans. He gave a very strong and technically accomplished performance but perhaps more light and shade in delivery would have helped to keep a balance between the disparate elements of the play. He convinced me as a man disillusioned with his own life and the state of humanity in general but not as a risk taking long term philanderer who found it amusing to be unable to remember the name of his own son. In conclusion this was a very enjoyable evening and, like the best, it left us room to think on the issues. What was Bennett up to? Does he pull it off? How did the director choose to interpret a tricky play? ... and more. Broughton is very lucky to have a group prepared to take on a challenge and long may it continue to do so.

Arts & Crafts


Dance your way through 2012 with Salsa y Sol


ilvia & Max from Salsa y Sol are inviting you all to come and join them to dance your way into the New Year 2012! "We really have something for everyone now in our Dance Classes and for everyone of any age – from kids to those young at heart!” enthuses Silvia. “All our Dance Classes are enjoying ever increasing popularity and we are offering a total of eight different dance classes per week now!” says Max with a smile on his face. Following the huge success of our Zumba classes, we have recently started two speciality Zumba classes to give everyone the opportunity to enjoy this wonderful Latin American Dance Fitness; they are Zumba Gold and Zumbatomic. Zumba Gold is a toned down version of Zumba and is particularly designed for anyone wishing to start their path to a fitter and healthier lifestyle and anyone having had a lengthy break from any kind of exercise. Max and I love the Zumba Gold music and choreography! In Zumba Gold we are dancing Cha, Cha, Tango & Flamenco on top of Rock’n Roll, Belly Dancing and Salsa and more. The party atmosphere is just the same and enjoyed by guys and girls alike. Zumbatomic - Zumba for kids! Kids love our Zumbatomic Classes! They love the funky, cool music and choreography spiced up with great fun dancing games. It is just so much more than a dance class for kids – not only does it start your kids on the path to a healthy and happy lifestyle, it teaches them about different Latin dances and rhythms, develops their coordination, self confidence, team spirit and leadership skills in a

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most enjoyable way and is liked by boys and girls alike. If you are looking for a partner dance you can dance to almost any kind of music – come and join us for West Coast Swing! One of the great things with WCS is, its incredible wide age range - it is enjoyed by students and those of you finally having made time in your life for some dancing alike! What makes WCS so attractive, is that it is a partner dance where you can have great fun improvising to the music either together or individually by expressing the music in your very own personal way – and you don’t need to bring a partner to learn! So come and choose a dance class that’s right for you and join us for some dancing fun in 2012:

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Thursday 12 April

“Around the World” Andover Children’s Festival

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February Half-term

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Health & Beauty

Do You Have a New Year's Resolution?



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f not, why not? Are you looking to lose weight? Quit smoking? Drink less? Reduce stress? Learn something new? Increase confidence? It’s well known that New Year’s resolutions don’t have a high success rate. Unfortunately for many, the results turn into a pattern: January 1, we start off determined to follow through on our goals. Excited and energized, we think that this year will be different from the last. Come February or even midJanuary, the majority of us have abandoned our goals altogether! So why do we continue to make resolutions every year even though so few of us follow through? One reason is the allure of starting from scratch – a clean slate, a new beginning. We all need to find a sense of purpose and direction in life and the New Year’s resolution seems to satisfy that hankering. It’s said that Julius Caesar started the tradition of making resolutions on January 1st as a way to honour the Roman mythical god Janus, whose two faces allowed him to look back into the past year and forward to the New Year. Wanting to make resolutions is a good thing, as it also reflects a certain level of belief in our


ability to change and be more aligned to who we really want to be. Many people though, simply never really get off the starting blocks, abandoning their resolution to the nice ideas bin! If it’s too abstract the mind will simply let it pass by – if we acted on all our daily thoughts we’d never be able to function!

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Useful Information COMMUNITY HALLS

3 gazebos and backing onto the river; a barbecue is available for hire. Bookings can be made via Mary Holloway on 01264 364005.

Stockbridge Town Hall

Wallops Parish Hall

High Street, Stockbridge, Hampshire. Hall has a kitchen area and an entertainment licence. Now with lift to the Upper Hall. Bookings may be made on our website www.stockbridgetownhall. For those without internet access. Tel: 07770 297175

Houghton Village Hall Hall has a kitchen area, public entertainment licence and disabled access. 12 parking spaces. Bookings: Tel: 01794 388008

King’s Somborne Village Hall The hall is situated in the centre of the village alongside the recreation ground. The main hall, which seats over 100 people, has a large fixed stage with a proscenium arch and a built in sound system. The hall has an excellent newly appointed kitchen with a serving hatch to the main hall. The committee room, which has been totally refurbished, is suitable for meetings of about 12 to 14 people. Parking for forty vehicles is available adjacent to the hall. To arrange a booking for a function, meetings or other activity or to obtain further information, please contact Mary Bradley on 01794 388386 or by email at or visit villagehall

Over Wallop Church Hall In centre of village. Hall can seat 50. Kitchen and car parking available. Tel: 01264-781050

Broughton Village Hall Situated in the centre of the village, the purpose built hall has an extensive grassed area at the rear which is used for outdoor activities and overflow parking. The hall boasts excellent facilities. Suitable for weddings, dances and lectures as well as public and private meetings and has ample parking. The building comprises a main hall with seating capacity for lectures or theatrical performances of 120 and for catered functions of a100, together with two meeting rooms which can accommodate 20 and 40 people respectively. The hall holds an entertainment licence and boasts a fully equipped catering standard kitchen together with an excellent bar and a winged stage. Projector, screen and sound equipment are available. For bookings contact Trish Chadder on 01794 301365

Goodworth Clatford Village Hall The Village Hall was purpose built in 1924. The hall can cater for 100 people or 80 seated at tables. There is a full sized snooker table, fully fitted kitchen, sound system and car parking. The club is located in large grounds with

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At Middle Wallop crossroads. Recently refurbished, modern kitchen, disabled access and car parking. Large hall seats 150. Small hall/meeting room seats 45. Entertainment licence. Details at Tel: 01264-783474

Chilbolton Village Hall Eastman's Field Chilbolton. Hants SO20 6AT. The Village Hall is a modern building with good facilities and a spacious well lit car park. It is used by many local organizations on a regular basis, but is also available for hire. Whether it be a club or sports activity, or a large family social gathering, the hall can provide for a maximum of 125 seated guests. A good sound system is installed and a generous sized well equipped kitchen is available for catering purposes. A large patio overlooks open fields to the rear. For bookings - please contact Mandy Amor on: 01264 860566

Sparsholt Memorial Hall Woodman Lane, Sparsholt SO21 2NR. Main hall with beech floor, seats 140. Meeting room seats 25. Grand piano, portable stage, parking. Bookings: Tel: 01962 776129

Crawley Village Hall Can seat 100 people. It is licensed for public entertainment and has excellent facilities. Details can be found on www.crawleyvillagehall. Bookings Tel: 01962 776518 or via the website.

Wherwell Village Hall Situated in Church Street in an attractive village centre location, our cheerful hall is available to hire at reasonable rates for your function whether it be a wedding, business meeting or regular class. • Comfortable seating for 120 • A fully appointed kitchen for preparation of hot & cold meals • Car park for up to 20 cars in addition to off-street parking • Separate bar area off the main hall • Easy access for loading and unloading • An excellent winged stage, with back stage dressing rooms and WC If you are interested in making a booking or want a viewing contact Julie Dickenson: 01264 861494

Littleton Village Hall The Millennium Memorial Hall was built in 1999 and comprises a Main Hall with a maximum capacity of 200, a meeting room with a maximum capacity of 36, a fully equipped kitchen (refurbished in 2009) and a light airy foyer. The Hall has modern toilets, including disabled facilities. Outside is

a patio area overlooking the Parish cricket ground. There is good level access and ample car parking. The Hall has just been awarded Level II Hallmark standard. It has a Premises Licence for entertainment and for the sale of alcohol, a Performing Rights Society Licence, and a sound system, sound induction loop, and Wifi connection. Further information can be found on www.littletonvillagehall. For bookings please contact Janet Dobson on 01962 888419.


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Insulate Hampshire Warming up the Test Valley


he Insulate Hampshire scheme launched a new ‘Winter Warmer’ promotion on 1 December 2011. For a limited time period, the scheme will be offering Hampshire residents free cavity wall insulation, and free loft insulation, (subject to a free technical survey provided as part of the scheme). Insulate Hampshire is backed by the 11 District, Borough and City councils in Hampshire working in partnership with the County Council. ScottishPower, the funding partner of the project, is increasing its commitment to the scheme to further help Hampshire residents reduce the amount of energy they use to keep their houses warm. This means that, for a limited period, the scheme can now offer free insulation measures to all residents. The scheme is backed by Test Valley Borough Council and Councillor Mrs Sandra Hawke, Portfolio Holder for Housing, Health & Communities

said “Everyone is becoming increasingly affected by rising energy bills. This promotion means that for a limited period free insulation measures through the scheme are available to all Test Valley residents regardless of personal circumstances. I would encourage all residents to take advantage of this excellent opportunity to save money on their fuel bills and make their home warmer and more comfortable for the winter months”. The ‘Winter Warmer’ free insulation offer will run until March 2012 and it is likely to be heavily subscribed, so residents are encouraged to contact the Insulate Hampshire team as soon as possible by calling 0800 952 0037, emailing enquiries@insulatehampshire. or visiting http://www. to sign up.


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n Hampshire, in the City of Portsmouth, is a hole in the ground. It is deep, dark, mysterious and in the middle of an enormous building site. Behind a screen, nearly four storeys in height, some important timbers are being sprayed so as to preserve them for future generations. All around is a busy working Royal Navy dockyard going about its business. In another part of the site, others are lovingly putting together the best way to display some priceless Tudor artefacts. On a sparkling November day I went to visit John Lippiets the Chief Executive of the Mary Rose Trust at the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. He was his usual cheerful self and after putting on the usual protective clothing we went to take a look at the site of the new Mary Rose Museum. The dry dock holding the ship is next to HMS Victory, it’s an intricate site; the logistics of building in an ancient monument, a working dockyard and around/under the 1509 ship is testing. Some 100 plus people were busy creating a steel shaped oval. When complete, within this structure, on one side will be the original timbers, on the other the mirror image of Henry VIII’s flagship so arranged in its decks and compartments. But the really innovative thing is that inside the ship, we will see, in their rightful place, the real jewels of the Museum’s collection. After 2016 the original timbers of the ship will be dried out and both sections united in complete three dimensional glory! For many years the Mary Rose Trust's volunteers have been lifting off the floor of the Solent the content of this battleship. Longbows, games, “nit combs”, cooking equipment, a vast array of weaponry, sewing kits, the complex array of components for the rigging, pulleys, rope of every description-some thicker than a person’s leg still smelling of pitch – it is, as if day-to-day Tudor naval life has been dumped on us by a visiting time machine. It is the quality of the artefacts that will grab the attention of

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visitors and being able to see them where they may have been on the ship is going to be breath taking. There is one more essential component to this whole experience-the Crew. The Mary Rose sank in 1545 after engaging the French fleet and in sight of King Henry with all hands. You can only imagine the mayhem, fictionally recreated graphically by bestselling novelist C.J.Sansom in the book “Heartstone”- where the many intricacies of design and rigging only helped to drown even more sailors! One whole area of the Museum will be about the people who went down with this ship – numerous remains have been recovered which, with the assistance of the latest forensic science, will give us an intimate insight into the people who lived, worked and died on this elegant ship. The New Mary Rose museum is to open next year; the many millions of pounds have come from individual and corporate giving, Hampshire County Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund. This is judicious investment as the new Museum, with HMS Victory, a revamped Royal Navy Museum, HMS Warrior and the many other unique features of the dockyard make this site very special. The fact that the dockyard is still a functioning enterprise where hopefully one of the Royal Navy’s new Aircraft carriers will be based makes it all the more relevant. This is Heritage and Culture creating real jobs. It is expected that the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard with its new Mary Rose Museum will generate 380,000 paying visitors, up by 75,000. This will be a challenge but with the whole of the dockyard working closely together very achievable. The quality and authenticity of what is on offer constantly reinvented is the key to keeping people interested, as is the warmth of the welcome.

By Yinnon Ezra MBE.



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You heard right – it went up on 1 October 2011. The new rate is £6.08 if you're 21 or over, £4.98 if you're 18-20, and £3.68 if you're 16-17. Your employer should raise your pay in line with the new rate automatically but if they don't, and you feel comfortable talking to them about it, ask them why they haven't raised your pay -- they might just not have known about the increase. If you're not happy with what your boss says, you can ask to see your pay records so that you can check they've calculated your pay correctly. You need to do this in writing and they will then have 14 days to show you the records. If you don't want to talk to your

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If your employer still does not pay you the correct amount then HMRC can take them to an Employment Tribunal on your behalf. So don't worry, the law is on your side and there's help out there. If you're worried come to your local CAB or call the helpline above. For more information, or contact details of your nearest CAB, go to the Citizens Advice website Check out the CAB website The charity for your community Winchester Citizens Advice Bureau Tel: 01962 848000 The Winchester Centre, 68 St George's Street, Winchester SO23 8AH Opening hours: Mon/Wed/Thurs 10am - 4pm; Tues/Fri 10am -1pm


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