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Calendar UNTIL TUESDAY 28 FEBRUARY Art Exhibition Stockbridge Frederike Stokhuyzen, Bruce McLean, Angela Wilson, Paul Treasure and Bryan Hanlon. Email: enquiries@wykehamgallery.co.uk. Telephone 01264 810364.The Wykeham Gallery High Street, Stockbridge, SO20 6HE FRIDAY 3 FEBRUARY Chilbolton Film Show: Bridget Jones' Baby (15) Starring Renée Zellwegger, Gemma Jones, Jim Broadbent, Colin Firth and Patrick Dempsey. Bridget’s focus on single life and her career is interrupted when she finds herself pregnant, but with one hitch - she can only be 50% sure of the identity of her baby’s father. Doors Open at 6.45; Film show commences at 7.30 pm. Tickets £5.00 in advance from Beryl Lawrence on 01264 860618. E-mail: dlawdavidlawrenceassociates.co.uk. Or £6.00 on the door (if available). Tea/Coffee and biscuits included in price.Wine, Beer and Choc Ices on sale. SATURDAY 4 FEBRUARY Antiques, Furniture & Collectors’ Event An opportunity to browse, experience and buy a wide range of antiques, furniture and collectables from local traders. A wide variety in age and style of interior, exterior and decorative items. Free entry. All ages welcome. Enquiries to lakewoodsmith@hotmail.co. Tel: 07970 797306 SATURDAY 4 FEBRUARY Wallops WI Jumble Sale 2.00pm - 4.00pm. The Annual Wallops WI Jumble sale is being held at the Wallops parish hall, on the A343, at the crossroads opposite the George public house. No admission fee. For further information contact Chris on 01264 782771. FRIDAY 17 FEBRUARY The History of British Coinage A talk by Dave Walton. Venue is Wherwell Village Hall, Church Street, SP11 7JJ. Start Time is 8pm. Admission £3, includes tea/coffee after talk. MONDAY 20 FEBRUARY Houghton WI Meeting 7.30pm at Houghton Village Hall 'A Life under German Rule in Guernsey' by John Richards. Visitors always welcome. For further details please call Jane Anderton 01264 810928 or Julie Harwood 01264 810314

FRIDAY 3 FEBRUARY Stockbridge Community Cinema: Hamlet (Cert 12) A unique and critically acclaimed production of Shakespeare's Hamlet, with BAFTA nominee Maxine Peake in the title role. Showing at Stockbridge Town Hall SO20 6HE. Doors open at 7pm. Tickets £5.00 from Garden Inn and John Robinson in Stockbridge or online via our website www.stockbridgecinema.org. uk FRIDAY 10 FEBRUARY Stockbridge Community Cinema: Life, Animated (Cert PG) The inspirational story of a young man who was unable to speak as a child until he and his family discovered a unique way to communicate by immersing themselves in the world of classic Disney animated films. Showing at Stockbridge Town Hall SO20 6HE. Doors open at 7pm. Tickets £5.00 from Garden Inn and John Robinson in Stockbridge or online via our website www.stockbridgecinema.org.uk WEDNESDAY 15 FEBRUARY Stockbridge Community Cinema: I, Daniel Blake (Cert 15) A 59-year-old joiner, unable to work due to a recent heart attack, befriends a young single mother as they both struggle with the red tape of the British benefits system. Showing at Stockbridge Town Hall SO20 6HE. Doors open 30 minutes before the start time. Tickets £5.00 from Garden Inn and John Robinson in Stockbridge or online via our website www. stockbridgecinema.org.uk THURSDAY 16 FEBRUARY Weyhill Electronic Organ Society: Michael Woolridge Venue: Fairground Hall, Weyhill, SP11 0QN. Tickets £5 in advance, from Just Teasin, 40 Bridge Street, Andover - or £6 at the door For further information phone 01264 323213 or visit: www.weyhill-eos.co.uk FRIDAY 17 FEBRUARY A Celebration of Choirs Marion Maxey directs Romsey Abbey Primary School Choir, Romsey Youth Choir, Romsey Voices Community Choir and Romsey Male Voice Choir. Venue: Romsey Abbey. Time: 7.30 pm. Entrance free but retiring collection in aid of Romsey Abbey and Romsey Abbey Primary School funds. Contact: 01794 502307 for further details.

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Community TEST VALLEY VILLAGES LECTURE SERIES - 15TH FEBRUARY: 8PM AT BROUGHTON VILLAGE HALL

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ince January 2015 Andrew Hoad has been running The Waitrose Farm, Leckford Estate. Andrew has working in the John Lewis Partnership since 2004 and he will share with us how he came to be running the 4,000 acre estate. He will talk a little about the history of the estate and then move onto Leckford today, what the estate does, its role within Waitrose and provide insight into running a large and very diverse rural estate. As the estate is a key part of central Test Valley, we hope that this talk is of interest to a great many people, whether or not they are Waitrose customers.

LOCAL MUM WINS £250 TO SPEND IN TOWN CENTRE BUSINESSES

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he Town Centre Partnership is delighted to congratulate local resident, Jenny Phillips, who won £250 of town centre vouchers in the 2016 Andover Christmas Prize Draw. The draw, which was organised by the Town Centre Partnership was part of a series of events and activities which were organised to boost town centre footfall during the festive period. Jenny was one of hundreds of shoppers who entered the free prize draw when they shopped in a town centre businesses during December. The local mum of three, entered the draw when she was a customer in Totcity, the newly opened children’s play centre in the Chantry Centre. With the prize being eligible to be spent in any of the Town Centre Partnership businesses, Jenny has chosen to receive her prize in vouchers for Totcity, Argos and The Works and plans to use them to entertain her three young daughters and to finish decorating their bedrooms.

£4 entry, no need to book. This includes a glass of wine or juice. Full time students are free. All are welcome.

Chris Gregory, Andover Town Centre Manager commented “the Christmas Prize Draw was one of a number of initiatives that the Town Centre Partnership ran last year to help boost footfall in the Town Centre and we are delighted to announce such a worthy winner.”

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transport for anyone who cannot easily access public or private transport to enable them to get to group meetings, doctor/hospital appointments, shops and leisure activities. Local and Hampshire County Councillors joined TVCS Chair Dorothy Baverstock at the launch of the new buses on Andover High Street on the 2nd December. Terry Bishop, Chief Executive of Test Valley Community Services commented “we are delighted with our new buses which are available for all community, statutory and voluntary groups to use as transport for their own activities.”

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unding from Hampshire County Council and Test Valley Borough Council has enabled Test Valley Community Services (TVCS), to purchase two new fully accessible minibuses for its Community Transport Scheme. The scheme provides accessible

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Local charities and community groups can hire the buses using TVCS drivers or their own MIDAS qualified drivers if they prefer. Hire costs offer groups excellent value for money as TVCS are subsidising the rental. TVCS are currently recruiting more volunteer drivers for their Community Transport Scheme and ask anyone interested in volunteering to get in touch. For further information contact the Community Transport Office on 0330 4004 116.


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Mykola said: “We are very grateful to Test Valley Borough Council for the Independent Retailer Grant as well as expert advice and support we have received. It can be very daunting starting up your own business but there is a great deal of help on offer. We have invested a huge amount of time, effort and resource into getting the business off the ground, so we really appreciate the £1,000 grant from the council.” Andover St Mary’s ward member, Councillor David Denny, presented the cheque to Sunrise Flooring Solutions. He said: “It is clear just how hard Mykola and Maciej have worked to set up their new business. And the fact that it is already proving a success is a credit to them. I wish them all the best with Sunrise Flooring Solutions and look forward to watching it go from strength to strength.”

he owners of a new local flooring company are celebrating receiving a fourfigure grant boost from Test Valley Borough Council.

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recognition of their hard work setting up Sunrise Flooring Solutions, which opened at 9 Union Street in July last year. They sell and fit all types of flooring including carpets, laminate flooring and solid wood.

Mykola Romanyuk and his colleague, Maciej Rybitwa, received the council’s £1,000 Independent Retailer Grant in

Originally from the Ukraine, Mykola moved to Andover 13 years ago. He and Maciej, who is from Poland, also have a

KATY MCINTYRE BROWN DESIGNS: URBAN CAMOUFLAGE and textile designs which are being used in specialist health units such as cancer screening departments and Intensive Care Units, to bring all the benefits of the outside inside.

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and painted wallpapers of gardens are being installed in homes and hospitals, to bring a feeling of wellbeing to home owners, visitors, patients and staff. The use of nature in design and architecture, or biophilic design, is increasingly showing us that we benefit psychologically and physically from being exposed to nature. Local artist, Katy McIntyre Brown, from Lockerley, is using this theory to create botanical wallpapers

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Katy creates paintings of our hedgerows and garden flowers, to create large-scale tailor made murals that can be printed as wallpapers and installed as indoor gardens anywhere. “I’ve always understood the huge impact that nature has on the wellbeing of body and soul (what we now call biophilia). For a long time, I have wanted to make the beauty of a paintings, especially of nature, available to a wider audience and particularly those who might not consider themselves in the market for original art. Using my paintings in large wall designs like this has enabled me to do so.” Following the completion of an MA in Textile Design at Winchester College

Recipients of the £1,000 grant will receive £500 after three months of trading and a further £500 six months later. To be eligible for the grant, new or existing independent businesses must occupy a town centre ground floor unit which has been vacant for at least one month. Qualifying businesses include shops, restaurants and cafes. www.testvalley.gov.uk of Art, Katy McIntyre Brown, who was already a professional artist, was awarded a New Business Grant by Test Valley Council, and with that grant has developed a collection of botanical wall designs featuring gardens and trees The large scale, printed murals can be selected based on the needs of that space: in homes, vibrant and luxurious wallpaper are used, however in a recent installation at Southampton Hospital Intensive Care Unit, the designs were printed onto heavy vinyl, to protect them from beds and equipment. These wall designs do so much more than make a space look pretty, they provide a talking point for families coming to visit and in addition, they change the nature of a space and act as a focal point for home owners, staff and patients alike, creating a calm and beautiful place to be. Katy McIntyre Brown Designs katy@katymcintyrebrown.com katymcintyrebrown.com 07713 979809


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ALRESFORD COMMUNITY CHOIR CONCERT TO RAISE MONEY FOR THE MURRAY PARISH TRUST’S #2MILLIONSTEPS APPEAL

The Murray Parish Trust was set up by Sarah Parish and her husband James Murray after they lost their first daughter Ella-Jayne to a congenital heart defect. The Trust was founded to make sure that The Paediatric Intensive Care Unit in Southampton hospital has the best, up-to-date lifesaving equipment it needs, and the space to use it in. So far, with the support and help of the Trust’s partners, over £300,000 has been raised. These vital funds have gone directly towards funding a full-time counsellor for parents whose children have been admitted to the unit, a specialist helicopter gurney designed to transport critically ill infants to and from the hospital on board the children’s air ambulance and the provision of two new bed spaces. In June 2016, The Murray Parish Trust announced the launch of its #2MillionSteps nationwide appeal to help build a stateof-the-art children’s emergency and trauma department at University Hospital Southampton. The new department will become a major trauma centre delivering life-saving and acute specialist care for critically ill children from nine different counties across the south of England, stretching from Devon to West Sussex, Oxfordshire to The Channel Islands.

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n Sunday April 2nd 2017, the Alresford Community Choir will be performing the first part of George Frideric Handel’s Messiah in the Harvey Hall Performing Arts Centre, St. Swithun’s School, Winchester, to raise funds for the Murray Parish Trust. The choir’s target is to raise £8,000 to donate towards the Trust’s #TwoMillionSteps national appeal. The choir will be accompanied by the Hanover Band, a renowned and much-recorded professional Baroque orchestra, and the principal parts of the work will be performed by four young professional soloists, Erica Eloff, Amy Williamson, William Wallace and Ed Hawkins. William is the 2016 winner of prestigious London Handel Prize, and Erica the 2008 winner of the same prize.

SOMBORNE SESSIONS UPCOMING MUSIC EVENTS

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he Somborne Sessions are still raising money for local causes and have a full schedule for the Spring with whole a host of foot-tapping treats and heartwarming music to reinvigorate you in the New Year. As usual the Somborne Sessions gigs are at King’s Somborne Village Hall (just off the main A3057 road, which runs through the village; the postcode is SO20 6PP), on Saturday, 11 February; doors open at 7:30. Tickets are on sale now from the Somborne Sessions website – www.sombornesessions.co.uk – priced at £12 (or £14 – if available – on the night). Now well into our sixth season, we have just announced the events for Spring 2017. All held on Saturday evenings, the programme is: 11 February: Sound of the Sirens 25 March: Dana Immanuel & The Stolen Band 6 May: Hat Fitz & Cara 10 June: The Buffalo Skinners

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University Hospital Southampton has committed £800,000 to the project to date – and the target is to raise a further £2 million by June 2018, which the Government has already pledged to match fund. For more information about the Murray Parish Trust, visit their website at http://www.themurrayparishtrust.com/ or their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ themurrayparishtrust and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ Themurrayparish. The ACC concert on April 2nd will begin at 7.30pm, and tickets are priced from £35.00 to £15.00 (for Concessions), available either on-line at www. alresfordchoir.com or at Six West newsagents in Alresford. General enquiries about tickets (but not bookings) should be made by calling: 07970-854531 chemistry. These girls know how to rock a stage, and have the ability to make you believe in every word they sing. Individually, their voices tell their own tale but when blended together their harmonies leave the listener wanting more. The versatility of each original song is a responsive rollercoaster, stealing your attention, creating a furious armsin-the-air festival-vibe that sticks in your head for days. Woven with just enough haunting melancholy to silence an audience; the bittersweet lyrics stir the soul with a performance that needs to be experienced live. Abbe Martin and Hannah Wood are a fervent talent who have coined the contagious Siren sound. Media interest is rapidly growing after a recent, live performance on Chris Evans Radio 2 Breakfast Show, and high-profile gigs at Glastonbury (2015), Carfest North and South (2015 Main Stage) are quickly becoming standard. Abbe and Hannah are an enigmatic and tangible act who will to continue to write, perform, record and evolve with a truly genuine attitude to an industry they love. For more information and tickets please visit: www.sombornesessions.co.uk


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HAMPSHIRE GALLERY'S NEW PORTRAITURE SERVICE

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hich artist do you engage when looking to commission a portrait? This is a matter that requires a good deal of consideration. In a bid to make life easier for clients The Wykeham Gallery in Stockbridge, Hampshire has introduced a new portraiture service, whereby the gallery has selected five portrait artists of international repute covering all media including oil, watercolour, pastel, graphite and film. Gerald Dodson, the gallery owner, said “Based on regular enquiries we have identified a growing opportunity to provide a dedicated commissioning service to cover all subject matter and media. We are delighted to start the New Year with this very exciting new offering.” The gallery will assist at all stages of the commissioning process: selection of and introduction to the most suitable artist, the coordination of all portrait sittings and finally advising on frame selection and hanging. For more information contact the gallery on: Tel. 01264 810364 Email. enquiries@wykehamgallery.co.uk Web. www.wykehamgallery.co.uk

KOSMOS ENSEMBLE PLAYS ST PETER'S CHURCH, STOCKBRIDGE ON SATURDAY 11TH MARCH 7.30PM

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he internationally acclaimed Kosmos Ensemble is redefining the relationship between classical and world music. United by a shared passion for improvisation, music from around the globe as well as the rigours of classical training, each member brings individual flavour to the group. The musicians are soloists in their own right: Harriet, on violin, is an international concerto soloist and chamber musician: Meg is a

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STOCKBRIDGE MUSIC – SANSARA PLAYED ST PETER’S CHURCH – MONDAY 11TH DECEMBER

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ad Jean Mouton been in St Peter’s Church Stockbridge for this additional Stockbridge Music concert (he was born around 1459 and lived for at least sixty years) a warm glow would have infused his spirit. Quite simply, Sansara’s performance of his Nesciens mater, one of the evening’s items, was divine. This choir, twenty one in all this time, spread themselves around the church down both the side aisles from east to west to sing the complex work written in canon form. We were wrapped in beautiful sound and treated to the vocal quality of the individual singers as the choir passed musical themes one to the other. This programme was devoted to works inspired more by the human dimension of Mary mother of Christ than the majestic aspect. Whether the music was contemporary or Renaissance, the choir performed with impeccable accuracy. For example, in Sir John Taverner’s Mother of God, alive with texture; Halgrimsson’s Joseph and the Angel, a modern setting of a 1396 manuscript; and three works by the choir’s associate composers, Oliver Tarney, Marco Galvani and Owain Park. The latter’s The Mother of God and in particular Celia MacDowell’s O Oriens place great demands on the singers in a wealth of exposed dissonance, sopranos singing notes in clashes next to each other for example, here superlatively. However it’s always a joy to hear music from the Renaissance in a dryer acoustic such as St Peter’s. Usually written originally for cathedrals, monasteries and abbeys, where their resonance swallows up the sounds, at least here musical detail and words are audible! Sansara relished shifting subtleties to and fro in works by Praetorius,Victoria, and des Prez. Thomas Tallis wrote Vidite Miraculum in chants followed by responses in six voices. The work has been described as possessing ‘heart-achingly gorgeous cadencies’. It does, and this performance proved it. With its philosophy of shared conducting the Sansara sound is now well established, though graduation and some inevitable dispersion will arrive soon. Some members will turn fully professional, others remain amateur. Our best hope though is that we won’t lose the ‘banner’. After all, this singing is the very definition of choral excellence. Written by James Montgomery

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there are so many other ways to be creative, make marks and images on paper, fabric and other surfaces. If you feel the urge to explore your creativity, why not attend one of our evenings and we can help unlock your creativity. Posters are regularly displayed in Andover Town Centre advertising our programme. You can also find contact details and our programme on our website. You will be surprised what can be achieved with encouragement and support. We meet at Wildhern & Tangley Village Hall on Thursdays; usually once a month for a demonstration of a particular technique or talk on some aspect of art. We often follow an evening’s demo with a workshop the next day so those interested can try out the new technique to further develop their own practice. In recent months we have had an evening demonstrating different techniques using water colour. A lively speaker in Paul Arnott, who produced a landscape by the end of the evening despite talking to us and demonstrating techniques at the same time Another evening involved drawing and painting portraits with Ronnie Ireland.

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Several member of the Art Society exhibit their work regularly in different venues in Hampshire and further afield. Recently there was a successful show at Collingbourne Ducis, we were also represented at the National Trust Open Art Exhibition at Mottisfont. This was a great opportunity for artists to submit work for selection by a panel of judges from different art backgrounds. Hampshire Open Studios at the end of August gives artists a chance to show case their work in their studios or homes and our Summer Exhibition is part of this event. This is another wonderful opportunity for artists and visitors to share their ideas and creativity. www.andoverartsociety.co.uk Facebook: Andover Art Society

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Artists were invited to submit a piece of work in any media and on any subject to fit in the frame provided. These works are going to be sold during an exhibition being held until 11th February with all sale proceeds going to Andover Young Carers. 58 artists decided to take part and the resulting exhibition showcased some of our best local artistic talent. The Mayor of Test Valley opened the exhibition at the preview evening, and well known local artist Soraya French, together with one of the young carers, picked the winners of the competition. Visitors to the exhibition also had the chance to be involved in the judging as there was a prize for the 'people's favourite' chosen by votes cast during the exhibition. Sheep Shed Gallery Tel: 01264 773838 Fairground Craft & Design Centre, Weyhill, SP11 0QN


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already offer monthly Wildlife Watch sessions for this age group at Testwood Lakes and at various other local sites. One of our regular participants’ parents said “My son has always enjoyed the outdoors and has a keen interest in wildlife. He has enjoyed gaining new skills and knowledge which he has shared with his siblings and friends outside the group. His passion for being outdoors has continued to grow and he has grown in confidence in handling tools and fire. The topics covered have ignited new interests and he has gone home and looked up information in books and has continued to observe when out and about.” Wildlife Trust staff hope to engage even more children and their families in nature that is on their doorstep. Education Officer, Grace Hall explained “Many families are busy on Saturdays when most of our local Wildlife Watch clubs take place. By offering weekly Sunday sessions we will be providing families with more opportunities to get outside together and enjoy nature as well as learn some fun practical skills.”

guardians. These sessions, which will run on Sundays from 2pm till 4pm will be linked to the different seasons and wildlife, and involve plenty of exploring, discovering, creating, constructing, playing and learning in the woods. Hampshire IOW Wildlife Trust staff

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There is no booking required for these sessions, which are £6.50 per child, adults are free of charge. To find out more call the Testwood Lakes Centre on 02380 667929 or email: testwoodlakes@hiwwt.org.uk

Juan Casals Mendoza hails from Granada where he took lessons from some of the very best Flamenco tutors. He is not only a wonderful guitarist but is also an accomplished vocalist and composer. Glenn Phillips, the lead singer, was raised in Alicante but shares roots with the UK. His songs are composed in both Spanish and English; his voice is powerful but sweet. Glenn also plays the Cajon (a Peruvian percussion instrument) which brings a more energized dynamic to Synergy’s music.

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traditional material from Spain and South America. Synergy’s alluring vocals produce the most natural and close harmonies. Their guitar playing is fiery and complex and features awesome traditional flamenco pieces and exotic driving accompaniment. The highly rhythmical style employed, moves from irresistible South American Rumbas and Tangos to complex Andalusian tempos.

Their live show is presented with upbeat humour and anecdotal song introductions. Juan and Glenn’s energy is contagious and they are always accommodating and accessible with their audiences. Tickets to hear this accomplished duo cost £10 and are available from the Clatfords Village Store, the Crook & Shears PH and online from www.upperclatfordvillagehall.co.uk. For more information go to www.aireflamenco.co.uk or call Sally Spencer on 01264 336808.


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Hampshire Mum Hygge- What the Heck? ow I’m not best known for my ‘less is more’ approach to life especially when it comes to interior design. But I’m happy in the knowledge that we Pagans feel at home in our grey and green painted rooms with all the clutter of life and personal effects surrounding us. Yet the New Year can often bring you up sharp making you feel like a change is required. Isn’t everything looking a tad tired and trite?

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“What you need to do”, said my interior designer guru chum, “Is ‘shop you own house’.” “Eh?” “Yes! It’s the latest thing, you either change things around or look in the back of your cupboards to discover things you’ve put away and forgotten about. It’s a whole new look for nothing!”

But if you can knit you’re a Hygge natural!! There’s nothing nicer in the Hygge day, after you’ve swept the wooden floor with a birch twig broom, prepared your fish and lentil casserole and lit your home made organic wax candles, than settling down to knit another pair of fingerless mittens and matching gloves, winter's here after all.

I wasn’t at all convinced that my mums old china piggy bank, a cut glass sugar bowl that we got as a wedding present and a large platter emblazoned with palm trees and the words ‘a present from the Costa Del Sol’ was quite the interior style I was after- SO Seventies darling!

There’s nothing new under the sun really. Think Shaker or Minimalism goes country and you’re in Hygge territory. Yet there is a wonderful sentiment attached to this ‘new’ way of life- using only what you need without the excesses of modern life, (oh dear, could be tricky), eating and living sustainably, being at one with nature and in touch with your feelings, living in the moment and taking time to feel both spiritually and physically. Talking of which, on page twenty-nine of my little book what I took to be a dead creature in amongst the organic cotton bed linen was actually a faux fur cushion! Phew, that may have been a step too far even for this slavish follower of interior fashions.

Clearly my chum picked up on my scepticism. “Well what about a de-clutter then- not that I’m saying you need too Sandra - why not get into Hygge?” “Hygge? What the heck is that?” At that point she handed me a tiny book…… Hygge, (which for the uninitiated is pronounced ‘hue gah’), is loosely speaking the Danish word for comfort - creating a feeling of intimacy. The slim volume enlightened me on all things Hygge, but to be honest this new found interior style had a smidgen of ‘ I saw you coming ‘ about it. The basics seem to be that it’s helpful to live somewhere really cold- Scandinavia is the ideal, Scotland is more than acceptable. So you may be pushing your luck if you live in a part of Hampshire that just occasionally acknowledges a chance of black ice only after the gritting lorries have been out. But hey, let's not ruin the illusion. Within this volume are plenty of photos of hands grasping bowls of warming oat slop, sorry porridge, sprinkled with the most unlikely and hard to source whole foods. But, hey, if you’re into Hygge you’ll find them. Socks

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Collecting sticks from a local copse? Don’t be ridiculous. These are specially imported Scandinavian twigs fashioned into objets d’art.

The thing is, though, as I leaned up against the full length radiator my chubby fingers clutching the Earl Grey, it occurred to me that we Pagans have long had our own version of Hygge- simply a huge hug! There’s nothing more comforting than a mutual hug with The Husband, no matter how rare, and no finer feeling than having the last of the air in one's lungs being squeezed out of you by burly teenagers Stars I and II. And in the winter months we do hibernate by the evening log fire and eat copious casseroles AND I knit. There’s even a birch wreath bedecked with fairy lights in the kitchen! We Pagans have been practising Hygge for years! Who knew! Sandra Pagan


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Guest of honour at the official opening of the all-weather pitch in December was Maddie Hinch, GB women’s hockey goalkeeper and Rio 2016 Olympic gold medallist. Following a coaching session for the goalkeepers in Years 5-8 and an opening ceremony attended by Farleigh pupils, staff, parents, friends and members of Andover Hockey Club, Maddie gave a fascinating talk about the highs and lows of her journey to Olympic gold. The new Music School is a superb addition to Farleigh’s facilities, providing the school with a stunning new recital hall, 12 practice rooms, dedicated classroom, recording studio and ‘rock room’. Music has long been one of Farleigh’s strengths, with a highly talented and dedicated team of music teachers who support the pupils in their musical endeavours. “After several years of planning, it is fantastic to see our wonderful new Music School completed and in use for the first time”, said Marcus Reeves, Director of Music. “We already have lots of exciting concerts organised, building on the school’s outstanding reputation for music. We are thrilled that the school has made such a significant commitment to the future of music at Farleigh.” Farleigh School Tel: 01264 710766 www.farleighschool.com Farleigh School, Red Rice, Andover, SP11 7PW

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TEST VALLEY FOOD TALKS TO MANAGER AMANDA J’BAIR AND HEAD CHEF LEWIS SPREADBURY, PROUD NEW OWNERS OF THE CROWN INN, UPTON

elegance of the pubs design, whilst the decorations (handmade in house) offer a visual feast whilst sitting at the table. The food looks stunning, how would you describe your cuisine? Lewis: “Modern British, and we also serve the pub classics with an original twist. We wanted The Crown Inn to not just be another good food and ale pub, we wanted it to be something more. We understand the value of a pub and its relationship with the community and the surrounding area. Amanda and I wanted to ensure that The Crown Inn brought something original to North Hampshire whilst supporting regional businesses. Where possible our food is purchased from local suppliers, thankfully we are blessed with so many artisan producers in Hampshire”. Lewis’s lifetime passion is to create dishes from their raw elements and to use the freshest of ingredients, both of which are put into practice in the kitchen at The Crown, much to the delight of its patrons. Lewis reminisces of the time he took part in the Laverstoke Park, ‘Field to Fork Festival’ “The festival attracts many well-known chefs, some with Michelin stars to their name. I was up against twenty carefully selected entrants, who were quickly whittled down to ten. I was overjoyed to be one of the Chefs selected to go through to the Taste of London championship final. The pressure was intense. Unfortunately, I didn’t win the championships but was delighted to come in 5th place, and have the opportunity to cook amongst some of the best, what an experience!”

How did you both meet? Lewis: “Several years ago I had acclaimed chef, Mark Askew at Alresford. Whilst working there as realised that with our combined manage a pub ourselves and we venture”.

the pleasure of working with the Woolpack Inn, near New a Chef I met Amanda. We soon skills and knowledge we could set about looking for our first

Through Upham brewery, Lewis and Amanda opened the Bunk Inn, their careful attention quickly transformed the pub into a huge success and with it narrowly missing out on a 3 Rosette accreditation. Lewis and Amanda now had many thoughts on how they would like to run their own pub.

Can you cater for large groups and functions? Amanda: “We have a private dining room that can seat 18, and our recently refurbished conservatory that can seat up to 24.We cater for many types of private function, such as shoot parties, club meetings and weddings.”

What brought you to Upton, and The Crown Inn? Amanda: “Lewis and I came across the pub in the summer of 2015 whilst on a trip to one of our suppliers – Parsonage Farm. The golden fields and grazing lambs were two of many attributes that made us fall in love with the area immediately.”

Amanda started her career in London and has worked in the hospitality field for many years, eventually ending up in rural England. Her expertise in this area has ensured that her team provide an excellent service for their customers.

The pub set amongst rolling hills of Hampshire, desperately needed someone to breathe life back into it, and to return it to being the hub of the community it once was. After viewing many others throughout Hampshire, the couple agreed that The Crown Inn Upton fitted the bill and negotiations began.

Where do you see things going from here? Lewis: “We have no intention of standing still and are launching a sister business in 2017 to run alongside the pub, providing catering with the same level of originality for weddings and private events. More information regarding Bread & Butter Catering & Events Ltd will be coming very soon!”

The pub is beautifully designed and decorated, where did your ideas come from? Amanda: “We wanted our customers to be delighted and surprised as soon as they walked in through the front door. The milk churn and tractor seat bar stools immediately reflect the farming aspect which has so influenced our design, as well as the cuisine we serve. The pub was in such a sorry state when we took over ownership, but after months of hard work and a new kitchen we were finally in a position to open to the public”. When dining at The Crown Inn it is easy to notice the great attention to detail in every aspect.The crockery and glassware reflect the rustic

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The Crown also has special evenings where you can try their enticing ‘field to plate’ or ‘feasting’ menus. Amanda and Lewis source much of the ingredients from local suppliers: Parsonage Farm (Upton) for their renowned charcuterie, Hill Farm (Swanmore) for their superb apple juices, Moonroast Coffee (Brown Candover), and Oaktrack Farm (Charlton Down) for their quality meat and vegetables, not forgetting delicious Chalkstream Trout from Awbridge. The Crown Inn has a fantastic selection of interesting wines as well as indulgent English sparkling carefully sourced from within Hampshire.

The welcoming cosy atmosphere of the pub is the perfect backdrop for catching up with friends, business meetings and celebrations. The couple made it clear that they welcome walkers and cyclists, even dogs are welcome in the bar! Since opening its doors back in late September 2016 The Crown Inn has been pleased to occasionally host live music in the bar on a Friday night, much to the pleasure of customers and staff. All up and coming events can be found on their website and social media. Is there anything else you would like to mention? Amanda: “Oh yes, be quick to book for Valentine’s day!”


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