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Welcome As we head into the Autumn Season we look forward to our traditional festivities like Halloween and Guy Fawkes night. Our towns and villages have a whole host of events taking place, see our Halloween feature on page 38. We also have a great deal other news and features for our readers to enjoy. At the Forum we always try to evoke the season that is upon us. We can make the Forum even more interesting with feedback and articles sent by our readers, so keep your emails coming! We do all that we can to include your copy, we like to be seen as a voice for the community. If you'd like to discover what is happening in other parts of Hampshire The Forum also produces Meon Valley and Itchen Valley editions. We hope you enjoy this issue!

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HampshireMum Two slices of cake I t’s not every day you have an epiphany in beach tent, but if you’re going to have one I suggest that there are few places better than a sunny Cornish beach, sheltering from the seagulls, pasty in hand.

Ah Cornwall, what is it about that county? I’ve lived there and know most of the pitfalls of Cornish life for the ‘up country emit’. Yet The Husband and I are drawn back time after time and Stars I and II love it. I have a file entitled ‘Cornish Dreams’ on my desktop and troll through endless details of houses for sale, and when no one’s home I play my CD ‘Sounds of the Cornish Coast’, crashing waves gusting wind and screeching gulls. An acquired taste I grant you, but it’s good to dream… While in North Cornwall last time, I had decided that Star I and II required a bit of culture in between bouts of surfing so we set off for the glorious cliff top amphitheatre that is the Minack Theatre. Now one of the things I had conveniently forgotten about that part of the world is navigating the labyrinth of lanes that twist this way and that, lined with lush green and wild flowers that hide unforgiving granite walls.The shortest journey can seem like an eternity, there was silence from the back seat as The Husband swung us around hairpin bends, “ This is great! I’d forgotten about the roads!” I’d never felt so nauseous…. but oh-so worth it to be seated at the Minack gazing out at the sunset.Yet that journey brought back memories of living in coastal Cornwall and forgetting to buy milk- a ‘short’ trip to the shop…I may be some time. So back in the beach tent clutching my crust, I realised what I’m about is the best bits.Yes, what I would like is the perfect cottage, beach, scenery and art preferably in one place! And there on that

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day was exactly what we had plus a pasty! But then on holiday, if you’re fortunate, that’s what you get, the best bits, the fantasy and of course the memories. At that point Star I arrived with ice cream and lattes, (more best bits), and a thought occurred to me.What if we lived here and found our Market Town home on a holiday in Hampshire? Hampshire with its rolling hills, ancient cart tracks, beech woods, crystal clear chalk streams and rivers where trout jump on cool summers evenings.Thatched villages concealing country pubs, Georgian streets, a Cathedral City and a history rich in Saxon Kings, maritime glory and ancient myth. Not forgetting the profusion of arts and pride in traditional fare. Of course, like Cornwall, it has its bad bits – over development, the rude arrogance of new money and parking to name a few and there is no doubt that Hampshire has its social problems the same as anywhere. But if we found our Market Town on holiday we probably wouldn’t want to leave.The truth of it is that we live in a best bit; I have all I want in a place that is in my soul. If I moved to Cornwall I know I would dream of the best bits of Hampshire because that’s what I did when I lived in a coastal cottage. I worried about my epiphany, only wanting the best bits means I spend most of my life with my head in the sand but I guess that’s preferable to many I can think of who have theirs somewhere entirely different! Well yes, you’re right I want my cake and eat it too but with a huge dollop of clotted cream. Sandra Pagan


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Community JANE AUSTEN SINGERS LAST ADVENT CAROL SERVICE - ST PETER'S CHURCH, STOCKBRIDGE, SUNDAY 27TH NOVEMBER AT 6PM

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t was Canon Graham Trasler who first discussed with me the possibility of singing an Advent Service of Lessons and Carols in St Mary's Church, Longstock in 2006. The villagers of Longstock welcomed this idea and quickly formed a group to provide a post- service supper in the Longstock Village Hail with the intention of raising funds for their church at the same time. This combination of a service

plus a grand supper proved to be very popular indeed, raisin g lots of money in the process. During the 9 years of this annual event in Longstock, I became aware that the other churches of the Benefice wanted to be included in some way but my fear was that it was the villagers of Longstock, who set it all up, might resent this idea.

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Somehow it was agreed that the JAS should take this service to Kings Somborne last year where the villagers also grouped together to organise another post-service supper to raise funds for the church. On the night I was so thrilled to see a full church, specifically because their numbers were swollen by members of the Longstock & Stockbridge parishes. ln other words, for me it was a dream come true to see members of all three parishes joining together and having fun, wining and dining for such a good cause. To complete the circle, so to speak, the JAS have been invited to St Peter's Church, Stockbridge to perform what will be their last Advent Carol Service and supper, because I am not getting any younger and I do not wish to exceed my 'sell by' date and let the singers down. Therefore, as much as I am saddened by stepping down, I would like to thank Longstock, in particular, for making us so welcome over the 9 years we sang for you, Kings somborne for following in the footsteps of Longstock and maintaining their high standards and I very much look forward to singing in St Peter's Church, Stockbridge where we are already being made to feel welcome. Words by Tim Lowden

UPCOMING ST SWITHIN'S & ROMSEY WOMEN'S GROUP MEETINGS Meeting on the 5th October

The meeting of the St. Swithun’s and Romsey Abbey Women’s Group on Wednesday 5th October is presented by Dementia Friends and will be a discussion about this disease and the consequences. We invite women of all ages and denominations to join us. We meet in the Church Rooms from 7:30 pm to 9:30ish and look forward to meeting you.

Meeting on 19th October

The meeting of the St. Swithun’s and Romsey Abbey Women’s Group on Wednesday 19th October is about the History of Underwear – from nothing to something. We invite women of all ages and denominations to join us for this presentation in intimate apparel! We meet in the Church Rooms from 7:30 pm to 9:30ish – do join us.


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Church Services St. Michael & All Angels Andover

SUNDAY 2 OCTOBER 10.30 Sunday Celebration SUNDAY 9 OCTOBER 10.30 Sunday Eucharist

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SUNDAY 16 OCTOBER 10.30 Sunday Eucharist

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11.30 Traidcraft Shop SUNDAY 23 OCTOBER 10.30 Sunday Eucharist

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St. Peter's

Over Wallop SUNDAY 2 OCTOBER 09.30 Family Service SUNDAY 9 OCTOBER 08.00 Holy Communion SUNDAY 16 OCTOBER 09.30 Holy Communion SUNDAY 23 OCTOBER 08.00 Holy Communion SUNDAY 30 OCTOBER 10.00 Grateley Team

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St. Mary's Broughton

SUNDAY 2 OCTOBER 08.00 Holy Communion SUNDAY 9 OCTOBER 09.30 Holy Communion

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SUNDAY 16 OCTOBER 08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 Family Service SUNDAY 23 OCTOBER 09.30 Family Communion

Houghton

SUNDAY 9 OCTOBER 18.00 Songs of Praise for

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SUNDAY 23 OCTOBER 18.00 Evensong SUNDAY 30 OCTOBER

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St. Catherine's Littleton

SUNDAY 2 OCTOBER 16.00 Church Cafe SUNDAY 9 OCTOBER 10.00 Family Communion SUNDAY 16 OCTOBER 10.00 Harvest Festival 18.00 Peace & Wholeness SUNDAY 23 OCTOBER 10.00 Family Communion SUNDAY 30 OCTOBER 10.30 5th Sunday Benefice

St. Stephen's

SUNDAY 2 OCTOBER 09.30 Holy Communion

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Bossington

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All Saints Church

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SUNDAY 16 OCTOBER 08.00 Holy Communion SUNDAY 23 OCTOBER 09.30 4th Sunday Worship

St. James

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WEDNESDAYS

Mottisfont

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St. Mary's

St. Mary the Less Chilbolton

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Sparsholt

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St. Peter & Holy Cross Wherwell

SUNDAY 2 OCTOBER 10.00 Holy Communion SUNDAY 9 OCTOBER 18.00 Benefice Evensong SUNDAY 16 OCTOBER 10.00 Family & Pet Service SUNDAY 23 OCTOBER 10.00 Holy Communion

Methodist Church King's Somborne

SUNDAY 2 OCTOBER 10.30 Morning Worship SUNDAY 9 OCTOBER 10.30 Morning Worship

SUNDAY 16 OCTOBER 10.30 Morning Worship 15.30 Messy Church SUNDAY 23 OCTOBER 10.30 Holy Communion SUNDAY 30 OCTOBER 10.30 Morning Worship

St. Peter & St. Paul King's Somborne

SUNDAY 2 OCTOBER 10.00 Parish Communion SUNDAY 9 OCTOBER 08.00 Holy Communion 10.00 Harvest Festival

Family Service

SUNDAY 16 OCTOBER 10.00 Parish Communion SUNDAY 23 OCTOBER 08.00 Holy Communion 10.00 Matins 18.00 'ALIVE' SUNDAY 30 OCTOBER 08.00 Holy Communion

St. Peter

Stockbridge SUNDAY 2 OCTOBER 10.45 Matins SUNDAY 9 OCTOBER 10.45 Parish Communion SUNDAY 16 OCTOBER 10.45 All Age Worship SUNDAY 23 OCTOBER 10.45 Holy Communion

Old St. Peter Stockbridge

SUNDAY 16 OCTOBER 08.00 Holy Communion

St. Mary's Longstock

SUNDAY 2 OCTOBER 17.00 Harvest Festival

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SUNDAY 9 OCTOBER 09.30 All Age Worship SUNDAY 16 OCTOBER 09.30 Morning Worship SUNDAY 23 OCTOBER 09.15 Holy Communion

St. Nicholas Leckford

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Community AREA’S MOST SUCCESSFUL BUSINESSES CELEBRATED AT TEST VALLEY BUSINESS AWARDS 2016

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ine, wit, and wonderful cheers as the winners are announced of the Test Valley Business

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guests were given the opportunity to network, strengthen existing business relationships, and form new ones during what proved to be a night to remember.

22nd September saw the end of an epic 8 month-long competition as, during an energetic and elaborate Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony at The Lights, Andover, the 6 winning businesses of the Test Valley Business Awards 2016 were announced. Enjoying light entertainment, welcome drinks, and a luxurious 3 course meal prepared by Michelin award-winning local chefs McCrimmon & Reid; Expertly orchestrated by Master of Ceremonies Steve Randall, the evening also saw the Awards’ Guest Speaker – TV Presenter and Naturalist Chris Packham – wow the crowd with a witty and interesting speech about the importance of supporting all things local, together with amusing anecdotes surrounding his extensive career in television, the media & wildlife.

NEW ARCH UNVEILED FOR GEORGE YARD, ANDOVER

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he first Andover arch, which will signpost shoppers to businesses located off the High Street, was unveiled recently by Mayor of Test Valley, Councillor Karen Hamilton. Local businesses, councillors and council staff gathered to watch the official opening of the new George Yard arch, which has been designed by renowned artist, Peter Clutterbuck. The idea to enhance signage for the shops along the seven lanes off the High Street came from feedback from the Andover Summit and Encounters initiative, which

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aimed to rejuvenate the town centre and increase footfall. This work now continues through the renewed Andover Vision. The remaining six arches are planned for Union Street, Waterloo Court, Shaw’s Walk, Globe Yard, King’s Yard and Black Swan Yard. Peter Clutterbuck said: “We have thoroughly enjoyed working on this project and look forward to starting work on the remaining arches. It is great when you finally get to see pieces finished and in place.” Leader of the council, Councillor Ian Carr, said: “I am delighted that the

Chris Packham commented after the event: "I'd like to extend my heart-felt congratulations to all winners of the Test Valley Business Awards 2016! It was a pleasure and an honour to meet all sponsors, supporters, winners, and those Highly Commended businesses on the evening of the incredible Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony; each one a credit to local business, and to the Test Valley!" As well as celebrating local business achievements, every year, the Awards also recognises the importance of supporting local causes and charitable organisations. This year, choosing Andover-based charity The Hawk Conservancy Trust as charity of the year, attendees were given the chance to hear more about the Trust’s vital work in the conservation of birds of prey, whilst raising hundreds of pounds for this worthy cause. Now in its 12th year, the Test Valley Business Awards – run by a steering group of volunteers and supported by the Council – has become a well-established platform to promote businesses excellence and especially to shine a light on the many new and small innovative businesses operating out of sight. It is a great way to enable smaller enterprises to gain the recognition and exposure to grow. Information about the night; including winners, and photos of the event, can be found on the Test Valley Business Awards website, at: www.tvbawards.org.uk

first Andover arch is now in place. We are really lucky to have some fantastic business located just off the High Street and the new arches will help to signpost people to them. I would like to thank Peter Clutterbuck and his team, the local businesses and all those involved in the arches project for their hard work to deliver this first arch at George Yard.” Peter’s previous work includes the War Memorial Park gate and town entrance sign in Hedge End, the bandstand in Southsea and Falklands memorial arch in Fareham, as well as a wide range of other projects. For further information please contact Kathryn Binfield at Test Valley Borough Council on 01264 368108, or visit www.testvalley.gov.uk


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Culture

AN EVENING WITH JEAN MARTYN

Jean shot to greater fame in 2011, when she was a finalist in the ITV programme ‘Britain’s Got Talent’, watched by 14 million viewers (her performance can be seen on YouTube). She followed this by touring with the programme, playing to vast audiences ranging from 7,000 to 20,000 in a number of top venues, including Wembley Arena and the 02 Arena. She has performed at St James' Palace in London on several occasions, for the ‘Not Forgotten Association’, and has been interviewed and performed in several television programmes, including ‘This Morning’, ‘Daybreak’ and ‘Songs of Praise’.

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ritain’s Got Talent finalist, Jean Martyn, brings her special kind of entertainment to the Fairground Hall, Weyhill on Thursday 20 October – with music ranging from Classical to contemporary, performed on Electronic Keyboard. Jean obtained her piano grades through Trinity College of Music, London and

Flexibility, fun and effervescence are the hallmarks of a Jean Martyn performance, which reflects her extensive classical training and extensive repertoire. For further information visit Jean’s website at: www.jeanmartyn.com. obtained the prestigious Licentiate of Music degree from the Guildhall School of Music. She also studied jazz with the late, great Johnny Dankworth. Her specific style cannot be pigeon-holed as she is equally at home with jazz, swing, big band and orchestral music. She is also a bit of a globe-trotter, having performed regularly in Europe, America and extensively in the UK.

LAUNCH PARTY - SATURDAY 15TH OCTOBER

Tickets for the show are priced at £5.00 and can be obtained from Just Teasin, 40 Bridge Street, Andover – or £6.00 at the door (subject to availability). Early booking is recommended. The show is promoted by Weyhill Electronic Organ Society. For more information: www.weyhilleos.co.uk Before Vi blasts off, Martha has arranged a party in the village hall to send her off in style. She’s laid out snacks, hired a DJ and invited the whole village.Will it be enough to reunite the sisters before Vi heads into the stars? Using playful storytelling, innovative live music and original songs, this new play by Bucket Club investigates family, space exploration and how we carry our home with us wherever we go.

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COASTLINES EXHIBITION AT RUM’S EG OPENS 19TH OCTOBER 2016

Calendar SATURDAY 1 OCTOBER Antiques, Furniture & Collectors’ Event 9.30am - 5pm at Stockbridge Town Hall. 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. 07970 797306. SUNDAY 16 FRIDAY 21 OCTOBER Forton Fine Art Exhibition Exhibition of contemporary art including paintings, sculpture and ceramics in Stockbridge Town Hall. Opening times: Sunday 16: 10am 4pm, throughout the week, 10am - 5pm. Further information at www. fortonfineart.co.uk

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um's Eg are delighted to announce a top bill of Artists and Craftsmen for this exhibition which will fill the ground and first floor of the gallery in Romsey up to the end of the year. The Artists take their inspiration from rugged and beautiful coastlines, ports, estuaries, harbours, sea vessels and wildlife. Featured craftsmen and women include: Julia Webster (glasswork), Angela Perrett (glasswork), Wendy Bramall (sea creatures and shore birds painted on driftwood and stone), Paul Harvey (streamlined sea bird sculptures), Fiona Kelly (sea and fish themed ceramics), Sue Baker (papiermache fish) and Donna Collinson (seashore themed jewellery). On the walls will be hanging seainspired glass wall panels by Sue Tinkler, photographs by Zak Gilbert, oil paintings by Barry Peckham, Jennie Slater, Jo Ellis and Steve Prangnell, pastel paintings by Sheila Goodman, gouache by Evelyn Bartlett, etchings by Sally Winter and exciting mixed media paintings by Pete Gilbert, Jane Puckering, Linda Saul, Lindsey J Cole, Liz Pannett, Lynne Reeves, Len Murrell, Sophie Bartlett and our young Artist in Residence, Victoria Williams.

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Their prints and cards will also be for sale along with an ever-changing range of beautifully hand-crafted gifts which you can always find at Rum’s Eg and this exhibition continues until 7th January. Rum’s Eg (from the Old English name for Romsey) is a contemporary gallery and Arts space in Bell Street run by Hampshire Art & Craft CIC (Community Interest Company) which is becoming a renowned centre of excellence for Art & Craft in the South of England. It was set up and opened in December 2012 as an accessible, affordable Art and Craft Gallery and creative hub, with a café on the first floor, to support Artists and Craftsmen working or living within 70 miles of Romsey and to engage the public and local community in the creative arts – in particular people who would not normally enter a commercial gallery, buy original hand-crafted pieces or take part in workshops and courses. Community Arts projects are also organised and supported by HA&C CIC. 27 Bell Street, Romsey, SO51 8GY Tel: 01794 511220. Email: info@hampshireartandcraft.org Web: www.hampshireartandcraft.org

MONDAY 17 OCTOBER Houghton WI Meeting 7.30pm at Houghton Village Hall. 'Go Ahead with Christmas' by Judith Long: a Cookery Demonstration . Visitors very welcome. For further details please call Jane Anderton 01264 810928 or Julie Harwood 01264 810314. SATURDAY 5 & SUNDAY 6 NOVEMBER Art Exhibition & Sale of Work Fine crafts by members of The Hampshire & Berkshire Guild of Craftsmen. Perfect for Christmas shopping. Free entry. At Stockbridge Town Hall, Saturday 10am - 5pm, Sunday 10am - 4pm. FRIDAY 11 SATURDAY 19 NOVEMBER Nadia Waterfield Fine Art Fair Sponsored by Myddelton & Major, Andover. 11am - 5pm daily, at The Old Dairy,Westover Farm, Andover, SP11 7LF. For more information please email: enquiries@ nadiawaterfieldfineart.com FRIDAY 25 NOVEMBER Norman Court School Christmas Fair Friday 25th November, 9am - 1pm. All welcome. Free entry & parking. Norman Court School,West Tytherley, SP5 1NH


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TEST VALLEY VILLAGES LECTURE 19TH OCTOBER - 8PM: HOW DO YOU THINK?

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ollowing the very well received talk on ‘Who do you think you are?’ last season Andrew Seber CBE has agreed to return to tackle the subject of ‘How do you think’. The human brain and nerves make up an amazing biological computing and communication system. Molecular biology has led to an increasing understanding of how the brain works. Over half the drugs made today ( legal and otherwise ) act on cell membranes and Andrew looks at the fundamental science behind it all. Andrew studied at Oxford and York Universities and specialised in cell membranes. He spent most of his working life in public service education and on his retirement has been explaining to a wide audience the basis of molecular biology. The evening is great value at £4, to include a glass of wine. Proceeds are donated to our speakers nominated charities. No charge for fulltime students. All are welcome. This event is going to be held at Broughton Village Hall, High Street, Broughton, Stockbridge, SO20 8AX. Tickets will be available on the door.

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ordon Pearson of King’s Somborne has put pen to paper again. His highly successful “Conservation of Clay and Chalk Buildings” was published by Donhead in 1992 and is now on its second reprint. However, for his latest book, he has researched the history of Up Somborne and Rookley, a small, ancient settlement of 150 souls on the eastern boundary of the parish of King’s Somborne. Gordon’s book details the earlier settlements from the Bronze and Iron Ages through to the Roman and Saxon periods. They include the history of the manor and its farms, together with all ten Listed buildings and two of the unlisted historic buildings. The community once had its own mission church and two Methodist chapels together with a public house, two beerhouses and school. The chalk downland at Forest Extra, and its wildlife surveys fill a chapter, including the role undertaken by the Down during WWII when the RAF billeted its personnel in the village. The dominant families and their pedigrees are included together with electoral representation and an analysis of the census returns. The publication is a comprehensive, A4 sized softback book of 220 pages which include 40 photographs and 30 drawings. It is being sold at the cost price of only £16 per copy for collection from the author, or £20.50 by post. He can be contacted by email on gpearson709@ btinternet.com for those wishing to purchase or would like a flyer. Publication date is 6th October when he will give a short presentation at an open meeting to be held in King’s Somborne village hall at 7.30 p.m. followed by the launch of his book.

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TEST VALLEY ARTS FOUNDATION 25TH CELEBRATIONS NOW UNDERWAY

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est Valley Arts Foundation (TVAF) officially launched their 25th anniversary programme at Chapel Arts Studios in Andover, along with the renamed Arts Bus, now known as The Bus of Many Things.

Three very successful events have already taken place: the Andover Trees Photographic Competition, a very successful day at The Romsey Show, and the Arts Showcase in Broughton. There’s a whole host of activities throughout October and November including Kite Making at Danebury Ring, Land Art Workshops at Mottisfont Abbey, further art workshops at the Hawk Conservancy Trust and a Community Singing Workshop in Romsey led by professional singer Mae McKenna. For full details of upcoming events please visit the website: www.testvalleyarts.org or search for Test Valley Arts Foundation on Facebook.


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Sale of antique, vintage and modern fishing tackle, cased fish, books and art

Saturday 1st October Crossfield Hall, Broadwater Rd, Romsey, SO51 8GL For catalogues and further details contact:

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MONTHLY ANTIQUES & INTERIORS AUCTION Saturday 8 October FINE ART, ANTIQUES, INTERIORS & COLLECTABLES AUCTION Tuesday 25 & Wednesday 26 October

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Education

GCSE RESULTS SUMMER 2016 AT GOLDOLPHIN SCHOOL

FARLEY NURSERY SCHOOL SCORES ‘OUTSTANDING’ OFSTED HAT TRICK

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ollowing on from their excellent A-level results, Godolphin Salisbury, has returned an impressive set of GCSE results with an increase in the number of girls awarded A* and A grades.

“Achieving results above the national average at all pass points is hugely rewarding and a testament to the hard work put in by the students and the staff, and the support received from family and friends” said Mrs Emma Hattersley, Head.

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arley Nursery School at Sparsholt has been designated as ‘outstanding’ in its recent Ofsted inspection to equal the achievements of its sister schools in Farley and Steeple Langford.

The school opened in 2014 and follows the ‘outdoor learning’ ethos, operating from three yurts in rural Sparsholt near Winchester. The report found that the children “enthusiastically take part in an abundance of superb play and learning activities.” Overall the inspection rated the school outstanding in each of four key categories: leadership, quality of teaching, personal development and outcomes for the children. Commenting on the award, Farley Nursery School founder Sue Palmer said “We are thrilled and delighted that the Sparsholt Nursery School has been officially recognised as outstanding, innovative and uncompromising in the pursuit of excellence. At the heart of our educational approach is the desire for each of our children to flourish within a safe and wonderfully stimulating environment.” Sue’s husband and business partner Gary added “It’s a tremendous result for the school to have all three settings given the outstanding accolade and the credit must go to our dedicated staff, parents and of course our children.” The Farley Nursery School at Sparsholt, which caters for up to seventy children, is open from 8am until 6pm for 51 weeks a year. Children aged from six months can attend on a sessional basis or throughout the year until they start school. Farley Nursery School Tel: 01722 712313 www.farleynurseryschool.com/sparsholt/ Westley Lane, Sparsholt, Winchester, SO21 2NB

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“It is always exciting to celebrate those girls who achieve outstanding results, such as Emily Lomas with 13 A*, Flavia Collyer-Powell with 12 A*, Karoline Bech with 11A* and Vanessa Tse and Isobel White with 10 A* each, but we celebrate each and every girl’s results, and particularly those, for example, who might have been predicted a C, but eventually achieved a B”, she said. “It’s the personal triumphs that matter most.” The girls at Godolphin did exceptionally well against the national averages as well as improving on last year’s results (in brackets): Grade Godolphin 2016 National Average A* 37% (36%) 6.5% A* - A 68% (61%) 20.5% A* - B 86% (85%) 41.9% A* - C 96% (95%) 66.9% Mrs Hattersley also noted that apart from their excellent academic results, the girls who wrote their GCSE exams earlier in the summer had been involved in all aspects of the school including drama, art, music, sport and many other co-curricular activities, such as the CCF, Ten Tors Challenge and the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme. “We really do provide a complete education for our girls, not just on the academic front but in the many skills and disciplines required today to ensure success, either at university, college or in the work place” said Mrs Hattersley. Now the focus is on which subjects to study next year in the sixth form. With almost 25 subjects to choose from at Godolphin and reformed subjects providing the additional rigour that comes with a more linear course structure, it has been quite an interesting challenge for our students to refine their choices having achieved so well across such a broad range of subjects. Popular choices remain Maths, the Sciences, Art and Geography. For further information on Godolphin School, please contact: Sarah Sowton, Media Officer sowtons@godolphin.wilts.sch.uk 01722 430576 www.godolphin.org


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Autumnal hues, warmer wardrobes and beautiful new stock-lines all adorn the pages of the Market Square this October. So why not pull on your winter boots and take some time out to pop to your local retailers for a seasonal shopping item?

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Community MERCHANT NAVY DAY FLAG RAISING TO THANK SEAFARERS

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est Valley Borough Council will be showing its support for the nation’s seafarers by holding flag raising ceremonies in Andover and Romsey on Saturday 3 September to mark national Merchant Navy Day. The move follows a nationwide call from the Seafarers UK charity and the Merchant Navy Association for the UK Merchant Navy’s official flag to be flown on public buildings and landmark flagstaffs.

COUNCIL HELPS TO JAIL NOTORIOUS FLYTIPPER

President of Seafarers UK, HRH The Earl of Wessex, has endorsed the nationwide campaign, saying: “On this Merchant Navy Day, I very much hope you will support this campaign to remember the sacrifices, salute the courage and support the future of the often unsung personnel of our Merchant Navy.” Leader of Test Valley Borough Council, Councillor Ian Carr, added: “Our Merchant Navy seafarers do an incredible job and their hard work and sacrifices deserve to be recognised.” For more information visit www.merchantnavyfund. org/merchant-navy-day

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Test Valley Borough Council worked with the Environment Agency, Southampton City Council and the police to prosecute Bairstow who had previously been convicted of flytipping in March 2011.

Test Pilots: Then & Now - 20 October Paul Beaver interviews: Jennie Sherborne (daughter of George Pickering, the second man to fly the Spitfire prototype), Sarah Quill (daughter of Supermarine’s Chief Test Pilot), Phill O’Dell (Rolls-Royce Chief Test Pilot and Supermarine display pilot) and Chris Huckstep (former Chief Test Pilot of the Royal Air Force and now a Shuttleworth display pilot).

vidence provided by Test Valley Borough Council has helped lead to a notorious local flytipper being jailed. Marcus Bairstow from Southampton repeatedly dumped waste across Hampshire including Lee, Chilworth, Rownhams, Broadlands and Nursling in Test Valley. On 14 September, Bairstow was sentenced to 30 weeks in prison and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £150.

Portfolio Holder for Environmental Services, Councillor Graham Stallard, said: “As a result of the various agencies working together we have been able to bring Marcus Bairstow to justice. This sends out a message to all those who believe it acceptable to flout the law, that they will be found and punished for their crimes. “I hope it also sends out a message to all those who pay for their waste to be collected to make sure that they check that the person or company offering the service has a waste carriers licence. All too often people don’t check this and, unbeknown to them, their waste is being flytipped. It was as a result of people not checking to make sure that Mr Bairstow had the correct licence that he was able to continue to operate. Those who don’t check that the company removing their waste has the correct licence can leave themselves liable to prosecution, so I would urge people to make sure that their waste is being disposed of legally and in the correct manner.” Test Valley Borough Council Tel: 01794 527700 www.testvalley.gov.uk Former Magistrates' Court, Romsey, SO51 8AQ 24

Mayor of Test Valley, Councillor Karen Hamilton, will read a message from HRH The Earl of Wessex in Andover High Street at 9.55am, before raising the Red Ensign flag – the official flag of the Merchant Navy – at the Guildhall at 10am. Former Mayor of Test Valley, Councillor Iris Andersen, will carry out the same ceremony outside the Former Magistrates’ Court in Romsey. Flags will also be flown at the Council’s Beech Hurst offices in Andover and Crosfield Hall, Romsey.

he Museum of Army Flying’s 2016 event calendar is overflowing with expert guest speakers, children’s activities, craft fairs and performances. The Museum is open daily 10:00 – 4:30pm and is home to a unique collection of aviation history including over 35 different historic aircraft. Situated right alongside the Army Air Corps working airfield the museum boasts ample free onsite parking.

JEHU: Suez Landings 60th Anniversary - 3 November Col. Roger Harris shares memories of JEHU and the 60th anniversary of the first heliborne assault over a defended coastline in the Suez landings. Winkle: Life at Full Throttle - 17 November Paul Beaver remembers Captain Eric (Winkle) Brown. Winkle was the nation’s greatest pilot and the world’s most renowned test pilot. Aircraft Enthusiasts Fair - 20 November Every year scores of enthusiasts are lured to the Museum by the numerous stalls containing modelling equipment and aviation memorabilia. Christmas Carol Concert - 13 December The Middle Wallop Military Wives Choir and Army Medical Services band fill the Museum of Army Flying with festive sounds in the annual free Christmas Carol Concert. Tel: 01264 784421 Museum of Army Flying, Middle Wallop, SO20 8DY


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O Chilbolton W.I. Meets at ChilboltonVillage Hall on the third Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm. Contact: Sylvia Baker: 01264 860572 or Jenny Seddon 01264 861164.  Goodworth Clatford W.I. Meets on the third Tuesday in Goodworth ClatfordVillage Club, starting at 7.30. Contact Mary Evans on 01264 357990 for more details.  Houghton W.I. Meets on the third Monday of every month (except August) at 7.30 pm in HoughtonVillage Hall. Contact: Jane Anderton 01264 810928 or Julie Harwood 01264 810314  King's Somborne W.I. King's Somborne W.I meets on the second Wednesday of each month in theVillage Hall, Romsey Road, King's Somborne, SO20 6PN at 7.30pm. Further details from Secretary Linda Aucock 01794 388542. http://hampshirewi.org.uk/ wi-page/kings-somborne-wi/  Lockerley & E.Dean W.I. We are a small friendly group meeting on the fourth Tuesday of every month (except August) at 2pm in the Memorial Hall, Butts Green, Lockerley, SO51 0JG.We have a speaker most months and so much more. For details please ring 01794 340867 or 01794 340298. You are assured of a warm welcome.  Longstock & Leckford W.I. Longstock and Leckford WI. Meets every fourth Tuesday (except August and December) at Stockbridge Town Hall SO20 6HE. For more information please ring: 01264 810603 or 01264 810150  Somborne Sisterhood W.I. Meet first Friday of the month, 8pm King’s SomborneVillage Hall (SO20 6PP). Do come and join us. Contact: sombornesisterhood@gmail.com, facebook.com/sombornesisterhood, twitter.com/sombornesisters.  Sparsholt W.I. Meets 2nd Tuesday of each month from 7.30pm in Sparsholt Memorial Hall S0212NR. We enjoy a varied programme of speakers and partake in a diverse range of activities and outings. Jane Purdue on 01962 881871  Upper Clatford W.I. Meets at King EdwardVIIVillage Hall, Upper Clatford on the third Wednesday of every month at 7.30pm. President: Liz Male - 01264 359319 or Secretary: Penny Greaves 01264 354693  The Wallops W.I. Meets every second Wednesday of the month - 7.30pm.Wallops Parish Hall, Middle Wallop. Contact Chris Thompson on Tel: 01264 782771 or Sue King on Tel: 01264 781441

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PRE-SCHOOLS & PLAYGROUPS

 Abbotts Ann Nursery School A small pre school open 9-3, term time only. Children move freely between indoors and outdoors every day, all year round, ensuring lots of fresh air and interaction with nature. We are one of the only providers in Hampshire to offer tailored planning for each individual, as we recognise that each child is unique. www.abbottsannnursery.co.uk Tel: 07818 418 328 Email:AbbottsAnnNS@yahoo.co.uk  Acorn Pre-School - Lockerley A small rural pre-school with strong links to local primary schools. Please call: 01794 342441 to make an appointment.  Army Air Corps Pre-School Middle Wallop:Tel: 01264 784381  The Barn Nursery Over Wallop Small cosy nursery (max 6 children). 3 hr sessions. Many activities.Willa Franks: 01264 782007 or 07831 368244. willa@thefranksfamily.co.uk  Broughton Pre-School Providing flexible hours, Mon to Fri, for children aged 2-5 in our purpose built lodge and all weather outdoor play area and garden.Tel: 01794 301286 (school hours) www. broughtonpreschool.com  Broughton Toddlers Open to all carers of young babies and children under 5 yrs.We have plenty of equipment and aim to be outside whenever possible.We meet at BroughtonVillage Hall every Monday 2.15pm to 3.15pm during term time. Contact Clare 01794 301636 or simply turn up.We look forward to meeting you.  Chilbolton Pre-School Chilbolton:Tel: 01962 760488 Sam Inglis: 07919 130 777  Littleton Pre-school A community run pre-school set in the Millennium Memorial Hall and surrounding grounds for 2-4 year olds. Open Monday,Thursday, Friday 8.30-12.15 and Wednesday 8.30-3.00pm with flexible drop off and pick up times. Contact Carol Mortimer on: 077659 16006. www. littletonpreschool.com  My Little Explorers Forest School An Ofsted registered setting based in private woodland at Farley Mount for pre-school age children who love exploring and being outdoors! For more details go to www. mylittleexplorers.co.uk or contact SamVictoria on 07766 812541  The Sombornes Pre-School Independent, OFSTED registered pre-school offering education through play in a friendly, informal setting for children aged 2 to school age.Visit www. thesombornespreschool.org for session times and more info call: 07530 893773

 Sprat and Winkle Professional childcare and education TestValley based with 16 places, day care, pre school, after school and holiday care. Providing flexible hours, qualified and experienced staff.Visit www.spratandwinkle.co.uk or call Jennie on 01264 860671  Stockbridge Pre-School A well established Pre-school with new facilities including an all weather outdoor play area.We provide flexible hours to children from 2 years to school age. For further information or to arrange a visit - Tel: 01264 811772  The Wallops Pre-School We are a friendly and professional pre-school, fully Ofsted registered, providing quality care and education for 2-4 year olds, from 9.15am to 3pm in Wallop Primary School grounds. Contact: Debbie Evans: 01264 782051 or staff@ thewallopspreschool.org  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, SO20 6EJ.Tel: 01264 811089 Fax: 01264 810134 watermeadows@ childrenssociety.org.uk www.childrenssociety.org.uk  Tytherley Twinkletoes Playgroup Parents, carers and toddlers ‘stay-and-play’ group, run by West Tytherley School. Songs, creative play, nature walks, games, refreshments. Wednesdays in term time, 9.30 11.00 am in West Tytherley village hall. Contact: Kim or Jessie 01794 340 338 or admin@west-tytherley.hants. sch.uk for more information.

SPORTS & FITNESS  Broughton Bounders Running Club SEAA/EA affliated running club covering the Mid-TestValley villages, new members welcomed. Melvin Vayle: 01794 301437  Broughton Short Mat Bowls Club BroughtonVillage Hall.Tuesdays, 2.30 to 4.30pm, September through to April.All are welcome to come, including those who have not played bowls before. Bowls are available if you do not posess a set, members will be willing to help you start. Please wear soft shoes. For more information: Jim McDonald: 01794 301490. Nigel Ottley: 01794 301511. John Perry: 01794 301466.  Broughton Youth Football We run a friendly village youth football club for boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 16 playing in the Testway Leagues on Saturday mornings. If you are interested or would like to know more contact

Paul McDonald on 01794 301880 or email BroughtonYouthFC@outlook. com  Chilbolton Badminton Club Every Thursday at the Chilbolton Village hall from 8pm. Jill Lord, Tel: 01264 860667  Chilbolton Short Mat Bowls Club Meets every Monday 8-10pm at ChilboltonVillage Hall. Deb & Richard Richardson - Tel: 01264 861082  CTC South Hampshire Easy rides, day rides, social events and more.Tel: 01962 864479 www.southhampshirectc.org.uk  CTC Southampton Free, weekly guided rides. Gentle to moderate-paced options on Saturdays/Sundays, day or half-day, am & pm. For ride details contact Chris Devrell, tel: 023 8074 0990,info@southamptonctc.org.uk, website, www.southamptonctc.org. uk Facebook www.facebook.com/ sotonromctc  Littleton Tennis Club Tennis for all the family, competitive and social. 6 hard courts, 2 of which are floodlit and a clubhouse. For more information visit:www.littletontennis club.co.uk. Contact the coach on: info@momentumtennis.co.uk  St. Mary Bourne Short Mat Bowls Club St. Mary BourneVillage Hall. Thursdays from 2.30 to 4.30pm and also 7 to 9pm from Sept to Apr. Experienced players or beginners welcome - just wear flat shoes - bowls available. Contact: Jan Underwood 01264 738458  Stockbridge Football Club davesfc.football@virgin.net Stockbridge Recreation Ground Chair: Glenn Curtis Tel: 07585 112523 Sec: Dave Barnes - Tel: 01264 810516  Upper Clatford Short Mat Bowls Club We meet every Friday between 8pm & 10pm at Upper ClatordVillage Hall. For more information contact Mr Church: 01264 710584  Upper Clatford Youth Football Club Training weekly on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings (depending on age group) at Upper Clatford sports fields 6-7.15pm.Tel: 01264 364106 or 07833 614429 for more information.  Wherwell Playing Fields Sean Hutton (Chair) Tel: 01264 860443


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• Lift summer flowering tubers and rhizomes such as dahlias and cannas. Clean the plant removing all foliage and as much soil as possible. Store them in dry compost over winter in a frost free shed or greenhouse. • Prune climbing roses, and in exposed positions prune back any whippy growth on shrub roses by one third to prevent damage from wind-rock. • Plant garlic cloves, break the bulbs into individual cloves and plant 2.5 – 5cm deep in soil enriched with garden compost. Chris Nutt: Garden Designer To contact Chris for advice call: 07765 692396 or email chris.nutt2@btinternet.com

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his Autumn, discover ancient trees, bubbling brooks and rolling lawns that frame this lovely old house. Crafted from a medieval priory, it is full of surprises, with art that intrigues and delights.

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ith temperatures cooling rapidly pots and hanging baskets planted for the summer are now looking past their best and it is time to either put plants such as fuchsias and geraniums into the greenhouse for the winter or consign them to the compost bin. This creates an opportunity to refill the containers with plants and bulbs for a winter display that will last until next year. Start by refreshing the compost in the container, the old compost can be used as a mulch to protect less hardy perennials (see below), but will be exhausted of nutrients. The next step is to choose the plants for the new display there are many options but here are some ideas to consider.

Winter Beddings Plants

For some flowering interest add Cyclamen, winter flowering pansy, viola, primula and polyanthus which all flower during mild weather.

Evergreen Shrubs

These make a good focal point in the container as they retain their leaves and provide structure in the display, snowberry (Gaultheria), Skimmia, Hebe, Euonymus, box (Buxus), bay (Laurus nobilis) and Pittosporum are all good options.

Bulbs

These can be added during the planting process to extend the interest, Narcissus, Muscari, Tulipa and Iris will all add colour in the Spring. Other plants to consider are Heuchera which have evergreen or semi-evergreen foliage in a range of colours from green too plum, and ornamental grasses such as Carex which will create movement and a contrast of texture.

Jobs for the month: • Cut back herbaceous perennials as they finish flowering. Plants such as Penstemons and Verbena are less hardy and should be cut back by about a third now leaving some foliage for winter protection. Trim them down to the base in late April or early May, this will ensure that any new shoots are protected from frost. • Plant bulbs such as Narcissus,Crocus and Alliums now but wait until November to plants Tulips. 28

We love dogs and they're more than welcome to explore the gardens and estate with you. While dogs are welcome in most places we ask that you keep dogs on a short lead at all times while you visit, so that everyone can enjoy their time with us.

Autumn Events

Music at Mottisfont: Harpsichord Recital Saturday 15 October - 6pm - 9pm Kate Hawnt will tell the little-known tale of Raymond Russell, the man behind the Russell Collection and a leading figure in the early 20th-century harpsichord revival. This will be followed by Christopher Lewis's performance, to include the world premiere of the rediscovered Lennox Berkeley 'Suite for the Harpsichord'. Tickets are £20, to include champagne and canapés. To book, please call 01794 340757. Community Arts Weekend Saturday 8 October & Sunday 9 October - 10am - 5pm Join us for drop-in workshops and land art sessions to celebrate 25 years of the Test Valley Arts Foundation. Join arts and craft sessions on Saturday and Sunday. Decorate small copper panels with artist Ruth Facey and take part in land art sessions using found materials from around the grounds, as well as other artist-led activities. For booking and further information, please visit: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hinton-ampner or call: 01962 771305

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Look, I said sorry! WHAT DO YOU THINK?

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hat more do you want? How many times has an apology been received in that way and how do you feel when your child for example says, ’oh sorrrrry’ without any conviction. Not only is it insincere but it is also disrespectful. You would more than likely chastise your offspring or feel differently toward a friend. In the workplace an employee, or employer for that matter, displaying that same lack of genuine apology and disrespect too many times would no doubt be cautioned by HR or voted out. Lets face it we’ve all made mistakes, we are only human after all, generally we feel awful and eager to make amends with a heart felt apology, flowers, chocolates or a pint - whatever appeases your particular conscience. Yet recently ‘apologies’ from those in authority, whether in Government or business, exposed by the media are no more than tokens, a ‘get out of jail free’ card. They say the most outrageous things that would be considered

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slanderous in the real world whilst their incompetence and ability to whitewash seem boundless. Having been exposed, they often have the audacity to employ some unfortunate representative to ‘apologise’ on their behalf. How often do we listen to an irksome statement read on behalf of-‘X’ who is ‘extremely sorry for any offence caused and has learnt some valuable lessons’ as it frequently goes. Well ‘X’ should have the courage to apologise publically, but no, they are too busy negotiating a pay off. Some even manage to keep their positions, or are moved to a new job for which they have suddenly become uniquely qualified to do despite their wrongdoing. Meanwhile another plays sacrificial lamb, resigning for the sake of public appeasement, apologising profusely and taking the blame by covering for another. The public, far from being fooled are left incredulous. Turns out a true sorry, like the songs says, is the hardest word. What do you think? - GG


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 Abbotts Ann Players We meet on Tuesday evenings in the village hall and put on 2-3 productions each year. Budding thespians and backstage helpers always welcome. Visit our Facebook page or contact Trish Wallis 01264 710918 for more information.  Broughton Amateur Dramatic Group – BADG A non-profit-making organisation that exists for the enjoyment and education of all those with an interest in live performances of all types. Chair: Kate Fawcett - Tel: 01794 301754  Burdock Valley Players Upper Clatford Chair: Sarah Chambers Tel: 07901 866495 Publicity: Jon Slingsby Tel: 07970 088293 www.burdockvalleyplayers.com  Chilbolton Players Contact Richard Richardson on Tel: 01264 861082 www.chilboltonplayers.org.uk  Clatford Amateur Dramatic Society (CADS) Chairman: Cliff Tucker Tel: 01264 324513. Secretary:Ann Buckley Tel: 01264 365506  Stockbridge Amateur Dramatic Society (SADS) Chair: Mark Frank Tel: 01264 810562. Vice-chair: Debbie: Tel: 01264 810147 www. stockbridgeamdrams.org.uk  Burdock Valley Players Upper Clatford - Chair: Sarah Chambers - Tel: 07901 866495 Jon Slingsby - Tel: 07970 088293 www.burdockvalleyplayers.com

MUSIC & DANCE  African Drumming - Part of Broughton Traditional Arts Group (BTAG) Meet fortnightly on Thursday evenings at St Mary's church, Broughton. No experience necessary. Come and discover the benefits of drumming! Lynda Middleton: 01794 388002  Andover Town Band A newly formed brass band. Open to all; beginners and beyond. If you are interested in joining us; beginner or experienced T:01264 324056  Andover Music Club At the Lights Theatre,Andover.We present 6 concerts every season. Tickets for individual concerts, or an annual membership for all concerts are available, discounting the single ticket price.

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Membership available at each concert at pro rata cost for the season. For concerts, ticket prices and membership; www. andovermusicclub.co.uk Secretary Karen Coffin: Tel: 0845 269 1812

 Bell Ringing at Sparsholt Meet Mondays at the church from 7.30-9pm. Call Tower Secretary Jenny Watson on: Tel: 01962 808167 email: jennywatson0831@hotmail.com  Bell Ringing, Kings Somborne. Practise night Monday's. 7.30 - 9pm. Just turn up or contact Tower Captain, Sue Spurling.Tel: 01794 388266  Romsey Choral Society Aspirational auditioned choir which presents three concerts a year. Rehearsals take place on Tuesday evenings in term time from 7.30pm – 9.30pm at Romsey Baptist Church. For more details see: www. romseychoral.org.uk or call 07780 682316.  Romsey Male Voice Choir RMVC's team of 60+ members, under its inspirational musical director Marion Maxey, share a passion for singing a wide repertoire of songs and performing for various charities. We rehearse on Monday evenings, usually at Romsey Baptist Church, in Bell Street, from 7.30 pm - 9.30. Do come along to a rehearsal to hear what we do. Visitors are always welcome. For more details visit www. romseymvc.co.uk or call 01794 513235.  Test Valley Brass Andover's long established brass band.Weekly rehearsals and a varied programme of concerts and engagements. Contact secretary@ testvalleybrass.co.uk  Weyhill Electronic Organ Society Regular concerts, usually on the third Thursday of each month For further information please visit our website www.weyhill-eos. co.uk or phone 01264 323213.  Wherwell Singers Dale Webb:Tel: 01264 860074 www.wherwellsingers.org  Zumba for Everyone Thursdays -10 – 11am Longstock Village Hall & Stockbridge

Town Hall 6 – 7pm. Come to one or both! Check out www. zumba-around-winchester.com or contact sue@plays-r-ussell.com or Tel: 07947 410394

VETERANS  Royal Air Force Association Ben Warren Tel: 01264 810522  Royal British Legion (Houghton Branch) Chair: Clive Mantell Tel: 01264 810804. Secretary: John Gale Tel: 01962 760225 Poppies:A McMeekin Tel: 01264 810236  Royal British Legion Womens Section (Stockbridge Branch) Secretary: Joyce Compton Tel: 01264 810898

ARTS & CRAFTS  Abbotts Ann Arts Art classes for all abilities. Tel: 01264 712149. www.abbottsannarts.webs.com O Andover Art Society For our programme see: www.andoverartsociety.co.uk We are a friendly group of art lovers and practitioners, usually meeting monthly at Tangley/ WildhernVillage Hall on a Thursday at 7.30 pm for demos and talks on art in all its variety. Contact: Keith Pattison 01264 392411.  Andover Flower Club. We have 7 demonstrations of floral art each year and 3 workshops with members taking part in creating floral displays.We meet on the first Tuesday of each month at 2pm. St Anne’s Hall, Suffolk Road,Andover. Are you interested in joining our friendly club? Call Jo: 01264 355335. O Broughton Floral Club Meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm. Tel: 01794 516289 O Embroiderers Guild Andover Branch - Meet 7.30pm on the third Monday of every month, except August, in the Priory Hall, Love Lane, (St John Ambulance),Andover SP10 2AB - next to the Wolversdene Club.We also hold workshops in Goodworth ClatfordVillage Club every other month. www. andoverembroiderersguildco.uk or Tel: 01264 364688

O Hampshire Woodcarvers Timsbury Memorial Hall on the first Sunday of each month from 10am to 4pm. Experienced Woodcarvers and those interested in learning are welcome.Tools, wood and tuition available for Newcomers. Contact John Tybjerg:Tel: 01425 470906 or www.hampshirewoodcarvers. blogspot.com O The Fly Dressers’ Guild John Leatherly - Tel: 01264 364850. Ron Dodson - Tel: 01264 810169  St Mary’s Church, Broughton, Flowers: Gabrielle Tait Tel: 01794 301283  Stockbridge Church Flowers Angela McMeekin Tel: 01264 810236  Test Valley Turners For wood turners of all levels, from novice to professional. Meets every third Monday evening at LongstockVillage Hall. Contact Graham Barnard - Tel: 01962 851979

OTHER CLUBS & SOCIETIES  Broughton Twinning Association Twinned with Sauve in the South of France. Contact president: Dave Evans. Secretary: Juliette Keane. email: broughtontwinning@ gmail.com  Test Valley Citizens Advice Free independent confidential advice to all on a range of subjects. We have two offices in Romsey and Andover, three Outreaches and a home visiting service. www. testvalley cab.org.uk or telephone 01264 363545 or 01794 522137  Test Valley Motor Enthusiasts Club We meet September-April at the Royal British Legion, Romsey, on first Monday of the month at 7.30pm. From May-August We hold various outdoor events. Chairman, Ruth Hughes: 01794 515499 www.tvme.org.uk  Worthy Down Stamp Club Meet on the third Tuesday of the month from October to April at Sutton Scotney. The club specialises in Auctions.We have an extensive Exchange Packet. Contact: dennisthomson@ btinternet.com T:01264 358421


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Food & Drink

LOCAL DAIRY FARMING COUPLE DIVERSIFY INTO SELLING RAW JERSEY MILK TO STAY IN BUSINESS

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ue to the current state of the dairy industry in the uk, Oliver Neagle and Julie Smith have obtained a raw milk licence from the food standards agency allowing them to market their own raw jersey milk directly from the farm gate to the general public. “We decided a few months ago we had to do something as our milk price had been falling the last 18 months to an unsustainable level” says Julie Smith.

“We milk 120 pedigree jersey cows, breed all of our own replacements and grow all our own forage on our rented 200 acre Hampshire county council farm in Botley.” “When we moved here 12 years ago we ran a budget for this farm on 21 pence per litre although during this time our milk price has risen to over 35 pence per litre it is currently at 20 pence per litre with our production costs of 30 pence per litre. Dairy farmers in the uk cannot carry on losing around 10 pence per litre on every litre they produce and be expected to stay in business.” “We started raw milk sales on the 3rd August this year and have been overwhelmed with the positive comments and support we have received. At present we bottle the milk in the morning when we finish milking so it is ready for purchasing anytime between 7am and 7pm, 7 days a week. Due to popular demand for our milk we have recently invested in a milk vending machine which will be arriving with us hopefully by the end of September where you will be able to bottle your own milk with the bottles provided.” “We are determined to stay in dairy farming and come through this difficult period within the industry, so we hope that as many of you as possible will come to the farm and purchase our wonderful fresh raw milk and become part of the raw milk revolution.” For more information about Oliver and Julie's new venture, please go to www.hiltonburyjerseys.co.uk, search for Hiltonbury Jerseys on Facebook or visit them in person at Uplands Farm, Winchester Street, Botley, SO30 2AA

Community COMMUNITY HALLS

O Broughton Village Hall Seating capacity of 120 and for catered functions 100, together with two meeting rooms, one for 20 people the other for 40 people, each fitted with a Sound Induction Loop System. Entertainment licence and a licence to sell alcohol with fully equipped kitchen, bar and a winged stage.To book contact Graham on 0844 800864 or villagehall@ broughton-hants.net O Crawley Village Hall Can seat 100 people. Licensed for public entertainment. Details can be found on www.crawleyvillagehall. co.uk. Bookings Tel: 01962 776518 O Chilbolton Village Hall Eastman’s Field, Chilbolton SO20 6AT.A modern hall with access and facilities for the disabled.The Main Hall has a seating capacity of 125, with or without a stage; a

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sound system is installed, with an induction loop system and there is Wi-Fi connection.The kitchen is fully-equipped, with a large serving hatch to the Main Hall.A smaller meeting room is available, also with a hatch to the Main Hall.There is a large car park to the front and patio and gardens to the rear. For further information visit our website: www.chilboltonvillagehall.co.uk or contact chilboltonhallbookings@ outlook.com, O Goodworth Clatford Village Club The club 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. Contact: 07769 911305 O Grateley War Memorial Hall Station Road, Grateley SP11 8LG. The hall has a capacity for up to 80 people seated and has a stage, fully-equipped kitchen, a toilet for

the disabled and a car park. Contact details: 07507 204619, chrissiebye@ gmail.com, www.grateley.org.uk O Houghton Village Hall Main Hall, Kitchen (with dishwasher), Public Entertainment Licence, disabled access; 12 parking spaces. Bookings Secretary 01794 389696; email houghtonvillagehall@gmail. com O King’s Somborne Village Hall Recently refurbished Main Hall seating 120. Speech sound system/ hearing loop. Live music and alcohol licences. Main kitchen equipped for 100 place settings; hatch to main hall. Jubilee room with attached kitchenette: 5 small round tables with chairs. Committee room capacity for 16. Pavilion with changing facilities; showers.Ample parking. www. thesombornes.org.uk/villagehall Tel: 01794388009 O Littleton Village Hall Main Hall with a maximum capacity

of 200.The Hall has modern toilets, including disabled facilities. Outside patio area, level access and ample car parking. Premises Licence for entertainment and for the sale of alcohol, a Performing Rights Society Licence, and a sound system, sound induction loop, and Wi-fi connection. Visit: www.littletonvillagehall. hampshire.org.uk. Bookings contact - Hall Manager: 01962 888419 or email: littletonhall@hotmail.co.uk O Lockerley & East Dean War Memorial Hall Main hall with maximum capacity of 144 for theatre seating or 120 seated at tables, plus Annex and separate Meeting Room. Stage, modern kitchen with 120 place settings,Wi-fi, Performing Rights Society Licence, parking. Details and bookings via www.lockerley.org.uk or hallbooking@lockerley.org.uk. O Longparish Village Hall Wi-Fi, state of the art audio visual systems and full disabled facilities.A smaller meeting room also has audio visual facilities. Contact Jacqui Healey: 01264 720560 or e-mail villagehall@ longparish.org.uk. www.longparish. org.uk


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FRESH RAW JERSEY

MILK for sale at:

UPLANDS FARM,

Winchester Street, Botley, SO30 2AA

Taste the Quality of our Raw Milk... Purchase fresh milk from the farm. One or Two litre bottles available

Open Daily: 7am - 7pm

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Contact Oliver or Julie on: 07977 933470 hiltonbury_jerseys@btinternet.com www.hiltonburyjerserys.co.uk

O Over Wallop Church Hall In centre of village. Hall can seat 50. Kitchen and car parking available.Tel: 01264 782676 O Penton Village Hall Penton Mewsey, SP11 0RA. Large hall seats 100, small hall seats 20. see: www. pentonmewsey.org.uk/hall. For bookings: 01264 773221 O Sparsholt Memorial Hall Recently refurbished- fully equipped kitchen - Meeting room seats 20, Main hall seats 140 - Sound system, portable large stage, grand piano - car park - disabled access and toilet, shower. Bookings T: 01962 776129 O Stockbridge Town Hall High Street, Stockbridge, Hampshire. Hall has a kitchen and an entertainment licence. Now with lift to the Upper Hall. Book at: www.stockbridgetownhall. co.uk.Tel: 07770 297175 O The new Kent Hill Scout and Community Hall in Stockbridge Situated behind the Grosvenor Hotel, Stockbridge High Street. Facilities include: sound system, hearing-induction loop, kitchen. Seating and catering facilities available for up to 50 people.The building is DDA compliant with wheelchair access. Visit: www.stockbridgescouts.org. Email: stockbridgescouts@yahoo.com or call: 01264 811074

O Upper Clatford Village Hall Our fully licensed hall has a capacity for up to 120 seated theatre-style and 100 seated at tables, a fixed stage, good toilet facilities, a separate Committee Room for up to 15 people, kitchen and a large car park. Bookings 01264 333248 or e-mail upperclatfordvillagehall@hotmail.co.uk O Wallops Parish Hall At Middle Wallop crossroads. Large hall seats 150. Small hall/meeting room seats 45. Modern kitchen. Entertainment licence.Details at www.wallopsparishhall. co.uk. Tel: 01264-782412 O Wherwell Home Guard Club The Old Hill, SP11 7JB. Meeting Room seats 70, pool table, darts board and licensed Bar optional. Club Room with snooker table,TV and licensed Bar open Mondays,Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays. New members welcome. Details at http://www.chilboltonandwherwell.info or contact Sue Coleman (01264 860508) O Wherwell Village Hall Situated in Church Street, SP11 7JJ. Available to hire at reasonable rate. Comfortable seating for 120, kitchen, car park, bar area off the main hall, access for loading and unloading, winged stage, with backstage dressing rooms and WC. Bookings contact: 07519 357593

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Moroccan spiced chickpea soup, crispy flatbread (v) Kibbeh lamb meatballs, coriander yoghurt Tuna bourek, carrot & raisin salad

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Mains Traditional roast turkey, cranberry & orange stuffing, roast potatoes & parsnips, honey glazed baby carrots, spiced red cabbage & gravy Roast hake fillet, linguine & caponata Vegetable tagine, jewelled cous-cous & flat bread (v) Warm roast vegetable salad, kalamata olives & breaded feta croutons (v) Duo of pork crisp belly, bacon wrapped fillet, dauphinois potato, carrot purée, crispy kale & jus

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Desserts Traditional Christmas pudding, brandy sauce Chocolate & orange mousse, Cointreau cream Pear & apricot frangipane tart, clotted cream Sticky toffee pudding, toffee sauce, fig & honey ice cream Cheese plate, biscuits, chutney, grapes & walnuts

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Two Course: £20 per person Three Course: £24.50 per person Minimum party of 2 Menu available from 1st December - 31st December

(Allergens or food intolerances please let us know in advance)

Upstairs private dining room & bar available for hire! To book your Christmas party with colleagues, family or friends pop into Woodfire or call us on:

Tel: 01264 810248

www.woodfirestockbridge.co.uk Woodfire, High Street, Stockbridge, SO20 6EX

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Clubs & Societies

OTHER CLUBS & SOCIETIES

O Kings Somborne Twinning Association Twinned with St Paul duVernay, near Bayeux. Contact:Wendy Hartley - Tel: 01794 388742

O Longstock Garden Club Peter Bramley: 01264 810432 or Ada Rogers: 01264 810794 O RiVa - Dog Training Kings Somborne.Val Kelsey Tel: 01794 388570 O The Upper Test Valley Vintage Club A club for people with interests in vintage machines. Social meetings

at the Leckford Combine Club, second Tuesday of the month from October through to April, 8pm. Contact Chairman, David Watts on: 01264 810421 www. uppertestvalleyvintageclub.co.uk

O Chilbolton/Stockbridge Beavers/Cub Scouts Leigh Dance - Tel: 01264 811074 O Chilbolton Care Group Su Field: 01264 861338 O Wherwell History Group Builds up an archive of local history material and arranges monthly talks and visits.Andrew Flanagan. Tel: 01264 860560 wherwellhistory@gmail.com www.wherwellandchilbolton.info

Leisure

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he new season of the Somborne Sessions are nearly upon us. We kick off on Saturday, 1 October with an eclectic exciting set by Will McNicol & Luke Selby. Experienced and acclaimed musicians in their own right, guitarist Will, and drummer Luke formed a duo in 2013, and have since been gained rave reviews for their live performances up and down the country. The duo draw on many influences, from Brazilian sambas through

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driving African rhythms, from Celtic folk melodies to North American foot-stamping blues numbers. Combining this worldwide diversity with their instrumental virtuosity and musical understanding they have created an exhilarating live show, full of surprises. Will McNicol was Guitarist Magazine’s “UK Acoustic Guitarist of the Year” in 2011. As usual the Somborne Sessions gigs are at King’s Somborne Village Hall. Tickets are on sale now from the Somborne Sessions website – www. sombornesessions.co.uk – priced at £12 (or £14 on the night). Tickets for two other events are now also on sale through our website: www. sombornesessions.co.uk On Saturday, 29 October we’ll present the mighty

O Winchester Churches Nightshelter 20B Jewry Street,Winchester www. wcns.org.uk. Offering hope and support for the homeless. Volunteers required mornings and evenings. Please phone Liz Howe on 01962 862050. O The Somborne & District Society A local history society. Lectures on the fourth Wednesday each month at 8pm in King’s Somborne village hall as well as visits to historic houses and other places of interest. Gordon Pearson: 01794 388662 O Royal National Lifeboat Institution Stockbridge & Upper Test Branch. Chair:Tolley Taylor: 01256 893561

O Stockbridge & District Young Farmers Club Meets every other Thursday at the Combine Club in Leckford. For young people aged 10 to 26.You don’t have to be a farmer. Secretary: Victoria Brown Tel: 07828 019624 victoria.s.brown@hotmail.co.uk O Grateley Village Friends For seniors in the village and surrounding areas. Meet the first Thursday of the month (except January and February) from 2pm to 4pm in Grateley War Memorial Hall, Station Road, Grateley SP11 8LG. For more info visit: www.grateley.org.uk

China Crisis. No strangers to the Top 40, doubtless you’ll remember (you will – you’re old enough!) hits such as “Wishful Thinking” and “Christian” in the 1980s. Following that, Saturday, 3 December will see us welcoming the multi-award-winning folk legend Martin Simpson! King’s Somborne Village Hall is just off the main A3057 road, which runs through the village. The postcode is SO20 6PP. More details and tickets for all these gigs are on sale (and selling fast!) from www.sombornesessions.co.uk (£20 for China Crisis and £16 for Martin Simpson).

Calendar SUNDAY 2 OCTOBER Twyford Waterworks Autumn Rally Visitors to the historic pumping station on this special day can enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of vintage machinery at work before exploring the nature trail or relaxing in the tea room.Admission is £5/ Adult, £4/Concession, while Children (under 16) are free. Twyford Waterworks, Hazeley Road,Twyford,Winchester, Hampshire SO21 1QA FRIDAY 7 OCTOBER Film Showing of 'The Big Short' Starring Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling, at ChilboltonVillage Hall.When four outsiders saw what the establishment refused

to - the global collapse of the economy, they had a bold investment idea, which leads them to the dark underbelly of modern banking where they must question everybody and everything. Doors Open at 6.45; Film show commences at 7.30 pm. Tickets £5.00 in advance from Beryl Lawrence 01264 860618 or £6.00 on the door (if available).Tea/Coffee included in price.Wine, Beer and Choc Ices on sale.

THURSDAY 13 OCTOBER Annual Bridge Tea with Winchester GoLD From 2pm - 5pm at The White House, Main Road, Littleton,Winchester, SO22 6QS. Come and join us for a friendly competition and a gorgeous homemade tea.To book a table (£50 per table), or make a donation please contact Gimma


THE NORMAN COURT SCHOOL CHRISTMAS FAIR Friday 25th November 2016 9.00am to 1.00pm We invite you and your friends to a festive shopping morning Fabulous stallholders with wonderful gifts & treats Carols from the children & refreshments in the beautiful Norman Court House Entertainment for children with Christmas activities

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We look forward to welcoming you! School tours available Norman Court,West Tytherley SP5 1NH

FREE ENTRY & PARKING www.norman-court.org hello@norman-court.org

at: gimmamacp@aol.com or telephone 01962 884098

FRIDAY 14 OCTOBER Stockbridge Community Cinema: Dheepan (15) A Sri Lankan Tamil warrior escapes the horrors of civil war by teaming up with a woman and child and adopting their identities. The ‘family’ are smuggled into France where they find life in Paris is not trouble-free. English subtitles. 7.30pm at Stockbridge Town Hall. SATURDAY 15 OCTOBER Apple Day 10.30am – 3.30pm at King John's House, Church Street, Romsey, SO51 8BT. Professional Apple Identification, Beekeeping, Apple Pressing,Apple Tasting, Botanical Artist and more – come and find out all there is to know about our local apples, from their health properties to folk lore.Admission Free SATURDAY 15 OCTOBER Mayor of Winchester's Charities present: Organ & Piano Duo Concert 7.30pm at St John's Church, Alresford. Featuring the fantastic talents of internationally

renowned organist Thomas Trotter and pianist Roger Owens.The concert will include Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, Addinsell's Warsaw Concerto and other virtuosic show pieces. Bar open from 6.30pm.Tickets: £15 (adults), £10 (students) available from Winchester Tourist Information Centre and Six West,Alresford.Also available online at www. mayorof winchesterscharities.co.uk

WEDNESDAY 19 OCTOBER Stockbridge Community Cinema: Love & Friendship (U) Lady SusanVernon takes up temporary residence at her in-laws' estate and, while there, is determined to be a matchmaker for her daughter Frederica - and herself too, naturally. Starring Kate Beckinsale and Chloë Sevigny in a period comedy based on the Jane Austin novella Lady Susan. 5pm & 7.30pm at Stockbridge Town Hall.Tickets £6.00 available in Stockbridge from Garden Inn and John Robinson or online via www.stockbridgecinema.org.uk Doors open 30 minutes before the start time.

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HALLOWEEN HALF TERM AT FINKLEY DOWN FARM From Saturday 22 Sunday - 30 October, 10am - 12.30pm or 1.30pm - 4pm Fun and games with Halloween Magic and Mayhem Shows. Follow The Scooby Doo Trail and win a prize, pumpkin carving (extra charge) competitions at 1pm and 4pm for the best pumpkins.Visit the Spooky Stables and meet Finkley’s very own scary Witch and other walkabout characters. Every child that comes in Halloween fancy dress receives a special treat. Pony Rides and Sheep Racing take place every day. There’s also stacks of fun to be had in the Giant Indoor Playbarn. Finkley Down, Andover, SP11 6NF. Normal admission applies.

OCTOBER HALF TERM TRAIL: WITCH CRAFT From Saturday 22 Sunday - 30 October, 10am - 5pm Come along for a spooky adventure this half term! Pick up a family trail and explore Mottisfont's grounds, full with folklore, mystery and crafty activities for little witches and wizards. This event is free, but normal admission charges apply. Mottisfont, Mottisfont Ln, Romsey SO51 0LP

SPOOKY HALLOWEEN BUSHCRAFT From Sunday 23 & Sunday 30 October, 10am 12.30pm or 1.30pm - 4pm Join us for a Halloween session of

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fun, spooky songs and stories around the campfire in Ampfield Woods. Learn how to start a fire safely, make popcorn and toast marshmallows too. Bushcraft sessions are fun, safe and educational with a bit of “wild play” – like clambering over logs and getting muddy and learn new skills outdoors. (Please note that the 30th is the start of daylight savings, so don’t forget your torch!) Suitable for ages 3-12 years All children must be accompanied by an adult. Booking is essential call 01794 369318. Price - £12 per session (for 1 adult and 1 child). At Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Jermyns Lane, Ampfield, Hampshire, Hampshire SO51 0QA

PUMPKIN CARVING From Tuesday 25 - Friday 28 October, drop in between 1pm - 3.30pm Come and carve a pumpkin. We are here to help! No need to book Children must be accompanied by an adult. Normal admission fee applies Price - £3 per child. At Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Jermyns Lane, Ampfield, Hampshire, Hampshire SO51 0QA

FAMILY FRIENDLY WINCHESTER GHOST WALK Monday 29 October Join Winchester's official tourist guides for their ever popular feast of ghosts and ghastly goings-on for Halloween... come dressed for the part if you like! The tour last approximatley 90 minutes and departs the tourist information centre at 6:30pm. Tel: 01962 840500

ADULT ONLY WINCHESTER GHOST WALK Monday 31 October Get ready to discover the ghosts of Winchester in this Ultimate Ghost Walk Experience! Our guides will take you on a journey around the city's historic streets sharing its many secrets with you.You'll hear about the bloody plots of treason, horrific deaths and tales of dark deeds that all took place. Along the way you will encounters some of the city's tormented souls who tell you their stories. Prepare to meet Lady Lisle who spent her final night in Winchester before being publicly executed and prepare to find out about the bloody curdling accounts of Winchester Prison. The tour starts in one of the oldest pubs in the UK, The Royal Oak. We will be meeting downstairs where you can purchase drinks before we set off around Winchester. The walk will take around an hour before finishing back at the Royal Oak where you can join us back down stairs and have a chat about your experiences with our team. The bar will still be open so you can purchase refreshments. From 8.30pm £6.00 per person. Royal Oak Passage, Winchester Hampshire, SO23 9AU. For bookings or to check latest times or cancellations call: 07516 103947. www.supernaturaltours.co.uk


LATE NIGHT CHRISTMAS EVENT Friday 2nd December 2016 – from 5pm Late night shopping in Stockbridge and lots more! • Alex Lewis

Father Christmas •

Will switch the Christmas Tree lights on outside St Peters Church. Time TBC.

Come and meet Father Christmas at the Owl and Pussy Cat

Final Carols •

• Middle Wallop Military Wives Choir

in Old St Peters Church

Singing Carols along the High Street throughout the evening

• Edwardian Fancy Dress Celebrating Stockbridge’s connection with Horse Racing and Edward V11. Please join in and dress accordingly!

Wine and Mince Pies • will be served in many of the shops who will be open until 8pm

Refreshments will be available along the High Street and in shops

Other attractions include: • Test Valley Brass Band • Christingle Service • Chestnut Seller • Candy Floss • Twistina (ballon twisting art) Don’t forget to book your table for supper in one of the many Award Winning Pubs and Restaurants www.facebook.com/Stockbridge-Christmas-715644108471462/

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In osteoporosis, the supportive bony trabecular break, and are replaced by thinner, weaker bone making them fragile and more prone to fracture. We have a handy Fracture Prevention Download on our website. The wrist, hip and spine are at greater risk of osteoporotic fractures. Access in-depth fact sheets provided by the National Osteoporosis Society on their website: www.nos.org.uk

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Wellbeing OSTEOPOROSIS SCREENING

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t is estimated that around 3 million people in the UK have osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a condition in which the usually strong support struts that make up the inside of most bones becomes thinner, which can lead to bones becoming fragile and breaking easily, resulting in pain and disability. In the UK, one in two women and one in five men over the age of 50 will fracture a bone, mainly due to poor bone health. But osteoporosis is often a silent condition, giving no pain or other symptoms to alert you to the fact until the worst happens and a bone breaks. As such, many people living with osteoporosis are unaware that they have fragile bones until this happens, sometimes with devastating consequences. During the Osteoporosis Awareness Month of October, we are spreading the word amongst patients and the public about prevention, detection and treatment of this condition. We are in a prime position to screen patients for this silent condition, offering management advice and support as part of our holistic approach.

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What causes Osteoporosis? Those that smoke or drink in excess of the recommended daily alcohol intake are at greater risk, but gender, genetics, age, race and low body weight are all contributing factors.Visit our website for more information about further risk factors. In the healthy skeleton, bone reabsorption and formation occurs in a balanced and organised fashion, but in the case of osteoporosis, this balance is lost. This might be because of: • Insufficient mass and strength development in the first instance • Excessive bone reabsorption • Inadequate formation of new bone during remodelling The disease may be classified as: • Primary type 1 – resulting in women after the menopause due to reduced oestrogen production • Primary type 2 – naturally occurring after the age of 75 in both women and men on a ratio of 2:1 • Secondary – to specific chronic medical conditions or as a result of certain medications such as corticosteroids. This does not tend to be age dependant, and effects men as often as women

Osteoporosis screening with specialist Dr Pearson: We can screen you for the condition using a special online screening tool called the FRAX questionnaire. The FRAX tool has been developed by World Health Organisation (WHO) to predict the 10-year probability of hip or other major osteoporotic fracture in patients based on determinants generally accepted to be the key risk factors. Prevention Advice: Once a person who is at risk of developing osteoporosis or sustaining a fracture as a result has been identified, there is a lot they can do to reduce the chance of breaking a bone. Patients who are assessed as being at risk of osteoporosis will be given dietary, exercise and lifestyle advice to help manage risk factors to reduce the impact of the condition on their lifestyle. Pilates for osteoporosis with specialist instructor Anneli Pilates helps building bone in the same way as strength training: When the muscle, which is attached to the bone by tendons, contracts, the tendon tugs at the bone, stimulating bones to grow. The stronger the muscles are, the more powerful the stimulation. Pilates is also excellent for balance, coordination and core strength, therefore helping to reduce the chances of falling. Those that are found to be at moderate to high risk will be advised to consult their GP. Do get in touch or visit our website if you would like further information or to book an appointment. Emma Wightman www.the-sop.com


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re you living with pain? Or are you interested in hearing more about managing pain? Hampshire Hospitals is offering a free Health Focus talk that is open to everyone interested in hearing from leading consultant in Pain Management, Dr Dominic Aldington. The trust’s previous Heath Focus talks have received excellent feedback with comments such as: “Brilliant, informative and fascinating” and “I will recommend future talks to all my friends and family.”

STOCKBRIDGE OSTEOPATHIC PRACTICE

Osteopathy and Cranial Osteopathy Emma Wightman, registered osteopath and antenatal teacher. A gentle, hands on approach for newborns through to adulthood and in pregnancy.

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hack! I flail at the air with a rolledup newspaper, but only manage to slap myself on the leg. A mosquito is buzzing round the bedroom and I know that unless I defeat this irritating insect I’ll wake up covered in bites. That’s assuming I get any sleep at all with that persistent droning in my ear. To be honest, I’m surprised to be pestered by ‘mozzies’ this late in the year, but according to Public Health England (PHE) our warmer, wetter summers are ideal for the 34 species found in Britain. 2016 has been particularly bad with a soggy June, followed by a warm July and August. PHE’s surveillance of these biting bugs involves setting mosquito traps across the country from mid-April to mid-October. If, like me, you’re bitten in the autumn, it’s most likely to be by the most common variety. If it stays still, you might notice its striped legs and scaly wings which, from a distance, look spotted. I’d rather not get up close and personal, but the mosquito has other ideas. She (and apparently it’s always a female which feeds indoors) swoops onto my arm, latching on before I manage to swat her away. Her tastes range to most invertebrates, so pets can get bitten too – although our tabby is dozing undisturbed. With a sharp jab of her proboscis, the mosquito sucks up blood to absorb protein needed to develop her eggs, injecting saliva to prevent the blood from clotting. She’s not fussy about blood group or skin colour, but is particularly attracted to warmer bodies, so pregnant women are frequent targets. And if you run or cycle, especially at dusk, make sure you cover up. Mosquitoes love both the lactic acid and the carbon dioxide we produce during exercise. I stand in the middle of the room, weapon poised; the buzzing has stopped. Perhaps the mosquito has decided to attack another member of the family. I’m about to switch off the light, when the bug makes a kamikaze dive for my ankle. Luckily this

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time my aim is less clumsy and my tormentor is beaten! It’s my own fault, of course. I should have closed the windows after dark, especially as there’s a water butt just a few metres below. In trying to conserve rainwater for the garden, I’ve unwittingly provided an ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes. Apparently a mere inch of water is enough to lay up to two hundred eggs, so the bird bath is another choice spot. In fact any area of standing water – pond, ditch, abandoned watering can or dog bowl – can provide a perfect habitat for an opportunistic mosquito. The water doesn’t even have to be stagnant, clean is fine, and a sunny location suits just as well as a shady one. So as gardeners keen to provide drinking and bathing water for birds and other wildlife, we may have to put up with a bite or two. But is there anything we can do to minimise our attractiveness to mosquitoes, especially as it seems some individuals are more susceptible than others? Personally, I’m not keen on spraying myself with insect repellent as I’m concerned about some of the ingredients. The best defence is to cover as much skin as possible and wear unscented body lotions and deodorants, but there are all sorts of suggestions as to what might repulse a mozzie.You could rub your skin with garlic or Vaporub (smelly), or with a sheet of fabric softener (Bounce or own brand, I don’t suppose it matters). It’s rumoured that golfers in swampy Florida dangle these from their belts. Some people recommend catmint and rosemary tea; don’t drink it, but allow it to cool and spray it on. Fill your garden with marigolds and basil. Try a diet of Marmite, garlic and almonds, but whatever you do, don’t eat bananas – mosquitoes love them. Of course, for every person who swears by any of these solutions, there’s another who claims it’s useless. Luckily for us, although the British mosquito is annoying, and its bite can be itchy or even painful, it’s unlikely to spread serious disease. Besides, unless you’re heading south for the winter, colder weather’s on the way and the mozzies will be gone for another year.


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