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FORUM Test Valley Business Awards (page 6) Hampshire Mum (page 8) Restoring the Elm to the Test Valley (page 32) The Forum talks with Alastair Stewart (page 42) Stockbridge Christmas (page 50) Claire Thurlow (page 54) NOVEMBER 2016 • ISSUE 101 • WWW.FORUMPUBLICATIONS.CO.UK • REACHING 18,750 READERS STOCKBRIDGE ROMSEY

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Welcome The Forum magazines are a decade old this month! Ten years ago, my vision for a full colour, informative, local community magazine was finally about to be realised as the first edition went to press. Our first publication, the Alresford Forum launched in November 2006. The first Test Valley edition was in August 2008. Did you know that The Forum has always been online? Our newly updated and fresh looking website offers great value advertising opportunities www.forumpublications. co.uk. You can also find us and follow us on:Facebook Forum Publications @Forumpub Instagram Forumpublications Twitter Forum Publications @Forum_Magazines In this month's magazine, Hampshire People features an interview with local celebrity, Alistair Stewart OBE (page 42) and features include, amongst others, a rather royal adventure for Sandra Pagan in Hampshire Mum (page 8) and Claire Thurlow's wonderful natural study on the slow worm (page 54). Restoring The Elm on (page 32) is a fascinating account of the reintroduction of this splendid tree in the hope of saving a rare butterfly. At The Forum, we are continuously working to feature ALL your local events, no matter how small, so please do drop us an email or give us a call if you'd like to feature your table top sale/charity event/school disco etc. We pride ourselves on being a community focused magazine and strive to be as inclusive as possible.Your support is always valued and appreciated! Thank you for your readership and business custom over the past ten years. "Working with the community, for the community" has always been our motto and we are proud to continue to do so!

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Meet the Test Valley Business Awards 2016 Winners THE AREA’S MOST SUCCESSFUL BUSINESSES FOR 2016 ARE CELEBRATED AT THE TEST VALLEY BUSINESS AWARDS

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ulminating in a lavish Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony at The Lights, Andover, at the end of September, the Test Valley Business Awards saw some of the area’s most successful, exciting businesses come together for good food, informal networking, and celebrations. Guided by Master of Ceremonies Steve Randall, and entertained by Guest Speaker – TV Presenter and Naturalist Chris Packham – over 150 guests, from businesses across the region, were poised to discover which of the Awards’ 18 deserving finalists were announced the winners for 2016. Lucy Dixon, Business Services Director of Wilkins Kennedy, and Gold Sponsor of the Small Business of the Year Award, commented after the Awards: “It was difficult to whittle down the entries to a shortlist, and then to pick an outright winner… Entering the awards does take time and effort and I thank all the shortlisted companies for taking part.” James Dawes of Dawes Highway Safety Ltd., winners of the New Business of the Year Award, sponsored by Test Valley Borough Council, remarked: “It wasn't only a great honour to be awarded the 'New Business of the year award', it was also a hugely welcome confidence boost for

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everyone involved in our new company. Start-up business can be a lonely place and to have received recognition at this high level has helped reassure us that we are on the right path to success.” 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


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Left to right – James Dawes of Dawes Highway Safety, Mike Austin of Fresh Relevance, Andrea Barry (representing Liz Neilson of Fluidity Insurance Consultants), Guest Speaker Chris Packham, Lindy of Lindy’s Food & Coffee House, Mark Betteridge of Betteridge’s Brewery, Richard Woods of The Weyhill Farm Shop

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NEW BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD

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Sponsored by Test Valley Borough Council

Winner The Weyhill Farm Shop Highly Commended Abbotts Ann Village Shop & Post Office The George & Dragon

Winner Dawes Highway Safety Ltd Highly Commended Lindys Food & Coffee House (Light Lunches Ltd) Golden Gecko Climbing

FOOD & DRINK PRODUCER OF THE YEAR AWARD

SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD

Sponsored by McCrimmon & Reid

Winner Betteridge’s Brewery Highly Commended Andover Buffets enJoy! Raw Chocolate

Sponsored by Wilkins Kennedy

Winner Lindys Food & Coffee House (Light Lunches Ltd) Highly Commended Leigh Williams Windows Dovetail Framing

INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY AWARD

THE BRENDA LOCKE AWARD FOR WOMEN IN BUSINESS

Sponsored by the University of Southampton Science Park

Sponsored by Andover Mutual Business Group & Friends of Brenda Locke

Winner Fresh Relevance Ltd Highly Commended Dawes Highway Safety Ltd. Tekever Ltd

Winner Liz Neilson of Fluidity Insurance Consultants Ltd. Highly Commended Erica Oliver of Buzzy Bees Home Support Gemma Ingason of Trench1 Archeology

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F EATU R E ISSUE 101 | NOVEMBER

Hampshire Mum Security & Other Tails here are those in life who are prepared, in that Girl Guide kind of way, for absolutely every eventuality. You can totally rely on them if you’re in a tight spot. One such dear chum is ‘Miss Poppins’, no matter what the occasion or venue she will have it covered, aside from the ‘basics’ of spare tissues, plasters, (waterproof, corn, blister or steri-strip), plastic rain capes and sufficient over the counter medical provisions to withstand any form of alien attack, she will often amaze us with the more unusual items. From out of a small and stylish handbag she has been known to produce a plastic wine cooler, wet wipes, anti-bacterial hand wash, a foil blanket, high heel protectors and on the occasion of a recent girlie trip to London, a selection of pastries complete with jams, serviettes...and a knife.

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Despite our collective hysteria as we approached the security guard dear Miss Poppins decided honesty was the best policy and boldly declared, “I think you should know I have a knife in my bag.”

So once on the train, while the accompanying football supporters tucked into a breakfast of beer and whisky chasers- well it was 9:30 am, fair do’s- we chose from a selection of croissant and pain au raisin generously provided by said chum.

On a separate table the contents of Miss Poppins bag had been tipped out and the knife, which far from a deadly weapon was in fact a tiny ineffectual blade that once belonged to her son complete with paw prints on the handle, was placed in a plastic bag to be collected at the end of our tour.

Once at Waterloo we raced, via the Jubilee Line, to Green Park and onto The Mall.There the crowds were huge due to some kind of major Army type Trouping of The Colour affair.We were reliably informed by a London Bobby that we had at least a half hour walk around the back of Buckingham Palace to join the queue to see the ‘Reign of Style Exhibition’, a display of HM fashions inside the Palace. Time was short for our timed tickets. Miss Poppins was having none of it and we jogged it in 15 minutes while she had Buck House on the mobile saying not only were we on our way but that we should have been more reliably informed of the delay. “ They must have known about this ages ago.” While the rest of us caught our breath, (and one chum, I know was dying for a blister plaster but didn’t like to admit defeat), the invincible Miss Poppins stood tall in the queue guiding us through the airport type security, until… “Oh my god I’ve got a knife in my bag!” Now trust me these are not the words you want shouted out whilst in a crowded vestibule approaching security for entry to Buckingham Palace. “Sssshhhh!” was all we could think to say.

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I attempted to soften the news by saying to him,”Well I guess you don’t hear that every day.”The security guard remained stony faced. Not surprisingly she was ushered to one side while the rest of us were scrutinized rather more thoroughly than our fellow tourists. While my chum and I breezed through the security gate our other chum set off the metal detector. Eventually it was decided the cause was a bangle she simple couldn’t get off without surgery and her underwired bra.

But in indomitable style Miss Poppins proceeded to offer the remaining pastries to the security team, “There is jam if you’d like it’. I had the strangest feeling that we were being watched all the way through the exhibition and staterooms…maybe not. Anyway once the knife had been collected we were hot foot to the Wolsey for afternoon tea, all very lovely I might tell you! It was a deliciously leisurely affair, people came and went but we four remained chatting and politely nibbling on delicate sandwiches, tiny cakes and warm scones for hours completely unaware that a certain person was waiting for a table. There was a palpable buzz in the room as waiters scurried this way and that. Tracey Emin and male companion squeezed past our table, he tripped and said to my chum, “ Oh my god, I’m so sorry I tripped over your dog! Did I step on its tail?” All we could do was smother our laughter.The dog was in fact a pony skin handbag, a purchase made in Venice recently that my friend picked up and stroked. Poor little thing, it’s tail will never be the same again - come to think of it, neither will we!! Sandra Pagan


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Community ANYONE FOR A SPOT OF PING PONG?

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ndover is now the proud owner of two brand new table tennis tables after residents asked for more outdoor sports facilities to be provided in the town. Andover Vision has installed the new tables in the small park by Town Mills and on the area of grass near the entrance to Andover Leisure Centre. Bats and balls are provided for people to use free of charge. Residents flagged that there was a need for more outdoor sports facilities in

the area through the Andover Vision consultation process. The suggestion to install outdoor table tennis tables and several other projects were put to a public vote at a series of community events over the summer, with the ping pong proposal coming out on top. Councillor Phil North, who has been coordinating the Andover Vision project, said: “It is great to see the table tennis tables in place and I would encourage everyone to come down and enjoy a game of ping pong or two. I am pleased that the Andover Vision has been able to deliver on this request from residents

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ids on Track aims to help some of the most vulnerable children living in and around the Andover area, giving

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them the opportunity to take part in fun, non-residential activity camps during half-terms and holidays. The camps will offer kids from Years 4-6 organised team sports along with drama, cookery and craft sessions. The emphasis will be on fun, allowing the children to just enjoy themselves, build their self-esteem and develop new skills.

and hope that the tables will help to encourage people to visit the town and keep active.” Andover Table Tennis Association’s records and press officer, Nick George, said: “The Andover Table Tennis Association is very grateful to Andover Vision for the installation of these two new outdoor table tennis tables. The Association has recently noticed an increase in new members participating in table tennis and we anticipate that these new outdoor tables will be of benefit to us, as well as the general community. These tables are proving so popular that even the National Trust has installed them at some of their houses – which is just as well that they are for outdoor use only or there might be muttering among the ancestors. “The benefit to the community could result in young people getting fitter, and for older people it has been proven that it helps keep the brain active. If people want to practise further, Andover Table Tennis Association runs an open session on Friday evenings at John Hanson School from 7pm to 9.30pm, which people are welcome to just turn up to. We have a coach who can provide coaching if people want. The first visit is free and it is just £2 for children and £3 for adults thereafter.” Feedback from residents will be used to develop an Andover Vision document which is expected to be launched in April 2017. For further information please visit: www.testvalley.gov.uk We aim to work with these children over the years to come, offering them a mentoring programme as they become teenagers, enhancing their lives and offering practical support. We have got a wonderful family evening lined up with a couple of celebrity readers and several local primary and prep schools contributing choirs and readers. We hope to send out 500 invitations, and the cost will be £5 per head, to include a glass of wine and mince pie. For more information, please email: sblackburn@kidsontrack.org.uk


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he annual carol concert by the Harmonium Singers at St Mary’s Church, Andover, has become a regular Christmas event in the town. And there’s nothing like a choir to create that special seasonal atmosphere in the true spirit of Christmas. This year’s event begins at 7.30pm on Saturday 17 December.

As always there’ll be a popular mix carols old and new, with choral arrangements of well-known favourites and carols for all to sing. This year there’ll also be recent pieces by John Rutter, Bob Chilcott and Mack Wilberg, all combined with seasonal readings and festive interval refreshments. It all adds up to a mouth-watering proposition, so get your tickets early from The Lights, Newbury Building Society or choir members at £8.00. Alternatively you can buy a ticket at the door on the night for £10.00. Under-14s are admitted free. Proceeds go to Andover Foodbank.

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Clubs & Societies

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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

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Hall, Middle Wallop. Contact Chris Thompson on Tel: 01264 782771 or Sue King on Tel: 01264 781441

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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PREMIERE OF A NEW COMMISSION TO BE PERFORMED IN SOUTHAMPTON THIS NOVEMBER

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outhampton Philharmonic Choir, recently commissioned composer Janet Wheeler to write a new piece of choral music, using a bequest from longstanding choir member, Joan Wood. The result is I sing and ever shall with

words from the poem the argument of his book, by 17th Century lyric poet, Robert Herrick, among other poems by Emily Dickinson, Rabindramath Tagore, Abraham Cowley, Sara Teasdale and a movement inspired by Scottish mouth music and vocal exercises.

ANDOVER CHORAL SOCIETY - HANDEL MESSIAH

This 25-minute work celebrates the power and joy of singing, both individually and collectively. Poets throughout the ages have explored the link between air and breath, words and song. The libretto draws largely on poetry, Janet explains “I spend a lot of time reading poetry, partly for my own enjoyment and partly looking for things to set to music… an interesting form can be just as much an inspiration as the subject matter. I like to find patterns of textures and a progression in the piece… I don’t write static music - it usually goes somewhere… that’s the kind of thing I’m looking for in words.” This exciting new work is accompanied by the more traditional, but magnificent Mozart Requiem. Commissioned in 1791 and completed by others after his death, it still includes enough of Mozart’s genius to be considered a masterpiece, and Serenade No. 6 (Serenata Notturna) K.236. This concert will be held on Saturday 26 November at O2 Guildhall Southampton, see: www.southamptonphil.org for more details.

Andover Choral Society Anniversary Concert

It is 150 years since the original Andover Choral Society was inaugurated with a performance of Handel’s “Messiah”, accompanied by a harmonium. To mark the occasion the choral society, which was reinaugurated in the early 1970’s will perform “Messiah” this December.

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he Hampshire market town of Andover has a long history of choral singing The original Andover Choral Society was formed in 1866 to perform Handel’s Messiah accompanied by piano and harmonium. Local newspaper archives show details of a concert in 1887 at which Haydn’s Creation was performed. In the late 1920’s Adrian Boult conducted 260 voices in the local Drill Hall and a music festival was set up in 1927,

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supported by both Adrian Boult and Malcolm Sargeant. The present Andover Choral Society was inaugurated in 1971 to promote choral singing for all. At least two concerts a year are performed, at which members are joined by singers and instrumentalists of the highest calibre. Rehearsals are held on Wednesday evenings in Bridge Street Methodist Church, Andover. The society is always happy to welcome new members.

There is a long tradition of choral singing in Andover,which the society continues with two performances a year, a choral workshop and other charity singing commitments. Andover Choral Society led by musical director Peter Ford, will perform “Messiah” on Saturday 3rd December at 7.30pm in St Mary’s Church, Andover SP10 1DP. Tickets are on sale now, available from choir members, The Lights box office 01264 368368 , and on line www.thelights.org.uk. For more on Andover Choral Society visit: www.andoverchoralsociety.org.uk


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N F INE ART AUCTIO NEERS & VALUERS

ASIAN CERAMICS & WORKS OF ART AUCTION Saturday 5th November Commencing 11am

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Messiah Andover Choral Society St Mary’s Church, Andover • Saturday 3 December, 7.30pm Tickets £12, available from choir members and from The Lights box office on 01264 368368 www.andoverchoralsociety.org.uk

MONTHLY ANTIQUES & INTERIORS AUCTION Saturday 12 November Commencing 10am

Illustrated catalogues available to view online at www.the-saleroom.com www.andrewsmithandson.com Enquiries: t:01962 735988 e:auctions@andrewsmithandson.com THE AUCTION ROOMS, MANOR FARM, ITCHEN STOKE, ALRESFORD SO24 0QT

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THE HAMPSHIRE AND BERKSHIRE GUILD OF CRAFTSMEN - THE ART OF MAKING: NOVEMBER 5 & 6 IN STOCKBRIDGE TOWN HALL This is craft at its best: the rich grain of timber revealed; colours glowing inside a bowl; unique jewellery that hints at hidden stories... The inspiration that drives the Guild's makers is varied, but the amazing skill that turns ideas into beautiful sculpture, pottery, prints and furniture is clear to see.

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erfectly timed to get your shopping instincts buzzing, the Hampshire and Berkshire Guild returns to Stockbridge Town Hall on 5 & 6 November.

So be warned - whether shimmering silks, carved stone or a must-have new mug catches your eye, you are likely to find plenty to inspire you to reach for your wallet. www.craftsguild.co.uk

SUCCESSFUL YEAR FOR HAMPSHIRE ARTIST WHO EXHIBITS IN WINDSOR IN NOVEMBER Houghton Lodge will show original work at Windsor Contemporary Art Fair. The event at Royal Windsor Racecourse runs from November 11 to 13 and Sara will be at Stand 54. “I need to sell outside Hampshire and this is a good opportunity to do just that,” explains Sara,who is a member of Creative Coverage, which represents selected professional artists and craftspeople.

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“There are 144 stands so it is a large exhibition. My stand is 5 metres X 2.75m high, so I can exhibit at least 16 paintings at a time.” Among the 12 paintings Sara will be selling, her favourite is Meditation, 27” x 39” and priced at £750. Prices ranges from £400 to £750. For more information contact Sara: Tel. 01794 519544 sarabarnesart@hotmail.com www.sarabarnesart.com

Calendar 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 THURSDAY 17 NOVEMBER Andrew Nix in Concert Presented by Weyhill Electronic Organ Society. Fairground Hall, Weyhill, SP11 0QN.Tickets £5 from Just Teasin, 40 Bridge Street, Andover - or £6 at the door. For more info: 01264 323213 or visit www.weyhill-eos.co.uk MONDAY 21 NOVEMBER Houghton W.I Meeting 7.30pm at Houghton Village Hall. Changing the World the Water Aid Way by Dave Shurlock.Visitors always welcome. For further details please call Jane Anderton: 01264 810928 or Julie Harwood: 01264 810314 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 MONDAY 16 JANUARY All Saints Winter Lectures James Landale: BBC Diplomatic Correspondent - Brexit: what happens now? A diplomatic correspondent’s view. The cost is £12.00 per person. Please make cheques in favour of “All Saints Church”.Tickets available at Clatford Village Store & Post Office,The Abbotts Ann Village Store and The Crook and Shears.You can also contact Nicki Crosthwaite Eyre (01264 35 25 30 or e-mail: Nicki.eyre@talktalk.net) and send her a stamped addressed envelope to The Old Malthouse, Upper Clatford, Andover, SP11 7QL, stating the number of tickets.


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urdock Valley Players present their latest production by Piers Chater Robinson, adapted from the play by JM Barrie. Peter Pan is a tale which never ages. Children and adults alike have all fallen under the spell of Neverland, a place where children can fly and exciting, frightening adventures happen every single day. All of the ever-popular characters are here - Peter Pan and Wendy, her brothers John and Michael, their parents Mr and Mrs Darling, Liza the servant, the dastardly Captain Hook and his sidekick Smee,Tiger Lily, the Lost Boys, Pirates, Neverland Natives, Nana the pet dog and, of course, that scary crocodile!

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'PETER PAN THE MUSICAL' IN UPPER CLATFORD

At King Edward VII Memorial Hall, High Street, Upper Clatford, SP11 7QL. Evenings - Friday & Saturdays at 7.30pm; Matinees Saturdays & Sundays at 2.30pm. Tickets £7/£25 for 4, available on the website www. burdockvalleyplayers.com or in person at either The Lights Box Office (weekdays 9am-5pm, Saturdays 10am2pm) or the Village Hall (Tuesdays from 7.30pm).

WHERWELL SINGERS CHRISTMAS CONCERT - WOLCUM YULE!

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e are seizing the gloomy month by the horns, with our next fascinating lecture. Death and the Victorians: Sarah Bernhardt’s coffin and Prince Albert’s shaving water. Speaker: Dr.

Isobel Broome.

The Victorians were fascinated by death. Dr. Broome will describe and partly explain their attitudes towards death, dying, and the mourning process. She will explore the different outward manifestations of grief, experienced by the poor, the rich and aspiring middle classes in ceremonies, cemeteries, clothes and coffins. The talk may offer the opportunity for us to consider our own attitudes to the “last taboo”. Dr Isobel Broome has spent twenty years volunteering at hospices in the USA and the UK, working with patients, their families and administration. To complement her practical training and experiences, Isobel followed university courses on the psychosocial aspects of palliative care. These led to her doctoral thesis which presented the results of her research into the first home in England to offer comprehensive, compassionate care to those at the end of life. Founded in 1885, this home, The Friedenheim, introduced her to the rich, complex world of Victorian death, mourning and funerary practice, which has since remained a passion.

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oin the Wherwell Singers on Saturday 10th December at St Peter & Holy Cross Church,Wherwell from 7.30pm as they begin their 10th birthday celebrations with a performance of Britten’s Ceremony of Carols.The choir will be joined by harpist Lydia Morrell and organist Andrew Hayman in what promises to be a very special night. The programme will include favourites from the last ten years including words by Todd,Victoria, Chilcott and Vaughan Williams, plus traditional sing-along carols, mulled wine and mince pies. The retiring collection this year will be in aid of the Intensive Care Unit, Royal Hampshire County Hospital,Winchester. Tickets £10 on the door, £8 advanced purchase, available online: www.wherwellsingers.org via Kim Lampard on 01264 720529, or on the door.

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The Krishnamurti Centre and School

he Dali Lama called Jiddu Krishnamurti ‘ one of the greatest thinkers of the age’. Born in 1895 in Madanapalle, India, his thoughts on all aspects of the human condition were prolific throughout his life and drew the attention of many eminent physicists, scholars, artists and politicians and inspired many more. His thoughts are now published in books and CDs and supported by three archives containing thousands of primary resource materials here in the UK, India and America. He was awarded the 1984 UN Peace Medal and died at his home in California in 1986.

Yet perhaps it is strange that so little is known about Krishnamurti locally, despite the fact that his Brockwood Park School has been nestled in some forty acres of stunning Hampshire countryside near Bramdean since 1969. It has grown considerably with the addition of a home for the Foundation, the overarching charity, and a place of retreat and understanding that is the beautiful Krishnamurti Centre and more recently the opening of the Inwood Small School, for children from five to eleven years of age. According to Bill Taylor, who is the Development and Coordination Director for Brockwood Park and guide during my visit, Krishnamurti did not assume the role of guru or authority. In essence and explained simplistically, the core of Krishnamurti's message is embodied in a statement he made in 1929-“ Truth is a pathless land” – we cannot come to it through ideologies and doctrine but rather by viewing all that we experience with full awareness. In terms of education then the Krishnamurti School follows that same principle. The school currently has sixty students aged from fourteen to nineteen, from twenty- five countries.While the curriculum has the usual academic and artistic subjects the students are free from prescriptive and restrictive timetabling, are not graded and spend a good deal of time on thematic and project based work. For Krishnamurti ‘school is a place where one learns not only the academic knowledge required for daily life but explores the art of living with all its complexities and subtleties.’ So students share household tasks and gardening; Brockwood has an enormous walled garden and the menu is vegetarian. Because subjects

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are explored through a series of projects the students are very self -motivated, independent learners and are free to present their work in a variety of ways. Alongside this is the natural creation of a real sense of family, the students are encouraged to express and explore their emotions openly, irrespective of what that might be given that they are teenagers; they are supported in that by members of staff.

The ISI, (Independent School Inspectorate) 2016 report states that –‘they are highly independent and self-motivated learners who develop a keen sense of inquiry and love of learning for its own sake’. Bill is in agreement and says the young people that attend the Krishnamuti schools—there are also currently seven in India and one in the U.S.—are incredibly fortunate and tend to be very successful at University because they already have a maturity of thought and are very adept at independent study. The Krishnamurti Centre is adjacent to the school and set in beautiful parkland commanding spectacular views.The Centre has nineteen ensuite rooms, a library, lounge, quiet room, conservatory, video room and dining area.There are theme weekend programmes, dialogues and introductory days, but otherwise there is no guidance for the duration of your stay. Guests are free to use the extensive Krishnamurti library if they wish or simply to use their time to retreat in a way personal to them. Day guests are welcome. As Bill explains both the Krishnamurti Schools and the Krishnamurti Centre would like to welcome the local community to visit Brockwood, encouraging parents to discover the value of education at the schools and anyone interested to make use of the valuable resource that is the retreat Centre. Upon leaving the Krishnamurti Centre and School at Brockwood Park I was left not only with a desire to learn more about the thoughts of Krishnamurti, but with an overarching sense of intriguing calm. WRITTEN BY GG For further information visit: www.brockwood.org.uk www.krishnamurticentre.org.uk


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Brockwood Park Home to two pioneering alternative schools, a retreat centre and The Krishnamurti Foundation

Brockwood Park School www.brockwood.org.uk

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Founded 1969, an international, alternative, vegetarian boarding school for 14-19 year olds 2016 ISI report says pupils ‘…take responsibility for their own learning.’ OPEN DAY 12th November – for info email: enquiry@brockwood.org.uk

Inwoods Small School • • •

www.inwoods.org.uk Alternative day school for children aged 5-11 years, in beautiful surroundings Pupils are ‘…articulate and motivated in their independent thinking’ says ISI OPEN MORNING 25th January – for info email: info@inwoods.org.uk

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GO GREEN: ENVIRONMENT WEEK AT GODOLPHIN SCHOOL

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he pupils of Godolphin enjoyed an action packed Environment Week from 10-14 October 2016. The Bishop of Salisbury, the Right Reverend Nicholas Holtam, officially marked the beginning of Godolphin School’s Environment Week by leading the whole school ‘Green Prayers’ on Monday morning. A ‘Fair Trade Testing Centre’ enabled students to sample a variety of delicious Fair Trade food products alongside their counterparts – such as bananas, brownies and flapjacks.

As part of Godolphin’s Inspiring People Series, Mr Stephen Tindale spoke on ‘Climate Change – Fact or Fiction’. An informative whole school assembly led by the Godolphin Green Group in which Sixth Form pupils showed lots of pictures of staff and students getting involved in the week’s activities. Godolphin pupils modelled their recycled clothing at the Fair Trade Fashion Show which concluded a busy week of events. For further information on Godolphin Schools contact: Mrs Sarah Sowton - Marketing Manager 01722 430576 sowtons@godolphin.wilts.sch.uk www.godolphin.org

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Students contributed to a pledge wall to share what they are doing to reduce their carbon footprint. An ‘Off Grid Day’ where staff and students were encouraged to be especially mindful of using as little electricity and paper as possible. Nissan Motors kindly loaned a Nissan Leaf and many pupils and staff enjoyed a test drive! Godolphin’s Science department ran an Inter-House competition to find out how much electrical energy they could produce with a minute of hard cycling on a stationary exercise bike. Participants were given the total number of calories that they had burned during their cycle, and this was translated at the ‘Energy Bar’ into the equivalent amount of time that their efforts would have produced when using their electrical appliance of choice. It was quickly apparent that using pedal-power to power a television, even for thirty seconds, took much more energy than previously thought. A variety of expert speakers on the subject of the environment. Tuesday afternoon concluded with an energetic debate on environmental issues between four eco-experts in “Any Green Questions?”. The panel included an entrepreneur in renewable energy generation, an energy industry professional, a Conservative City Councillor for Salisbury, and Salisbury's Parliamentary candidate for the Green Party. Girls from the Third Year to Sixth Form posed questions on climate change, fossil fuel dependency, and what the panel considered to be the foremost environmental issue for the girls in their lifetime. 22

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otcity, the brainchild of Early Years Practitioners Louise Benning and Ronelle Wiid, opened its doors to toddlers and pre-schoolers at the end of October, just in time for the half term break. The centre is a much needed facility in Andover’s Chantry Centre, where parents and carers can allow their little ones to explore and pretend to their hearts’ content. Local mother of three Louise saw a gap in the market for this type of facility when she found herself driving her toddlers into neighbouring Wiltshire to play in a similar centre. Louise comments “my kids love role play and dressing up and not being able to find anything locally to meet this need I decided to set up Totcity. Role play helps children understand life in the world around them, and at Totcity they can try out situations and experiences in a safe and friendly environment.” In the purpose built facility, children will discover a scaleddown street with at least six play areas equipped with child sized resources and dressing up outfits. They can make an ice-cream sundae in the café, repair a broken wing mirror in the garage or do a weekly shop in the supermarket. There will also be a café for the grown-ups providing light refreshments along with a sensory area for babies and feeding and changing facilities. The centre is open seven days a week and bookings for the 90 minute sessions can be made online. Totcity is also available to hire for children’s parties where up to 60 guests can exclusively enjoy the facilities in this unique environment. If the centre proves to be a hit with local families Louise and Ronelle hope to expand the concept into towns across the region. For more information or to book a session visit: www.totcity.co.uk.


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Many of the activities on offer are linked to the different seasons and wildlife, and involve plenty of exploring, discovering, creating, constructing, playing and learning in the woods. Children choose what they want to do, and have the same resources available to them each week as well as some different ones. They also help to risk assess the woods and activities with the adults throughout the sessions. In this way they develop their practical skills, confidence, independence, self-esteem and social skills so much more, all in a safe outdoor environment. These 6 week programmes are now running every term, the next one starting on Monday 31st October, and the next on Monday 9th January, 9.30am-11.30am or 12.30pm-2.30pm. The programme costs £39 for 6 weeks. To find out more call the Testwood Lakes Centre on 02380 667929 or email: testwoodlakes@hiwwt.org.uk

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n September, Testwood Lakes Nature Reserve started offering something new to visitors. Fully qualified Forest School staff led a 6 week Forest School programme for children aged 2-5 with their parents. During the 6 weeks children used saws to make wooden pendants, used fire strikers, cooked bread, crumpets, marshmallows and popcorn on the campfire, whittled sticks, made flags, played in the mud kitchen, made dens, used ropes to make pulleys, read maps, used binoculars, looked for bugs and observed wildlife.

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inger-songwriter Andy Comley is moving out of the usual venues and heading back to his roots, by embarking on a tour of rural halls, which will begin in Hampshire and then move countrywide.

Having played on three continents and supported some of the UK’s top singer-songwriters such as Boo Hewerdine (Eddie Reader), Emily Barker, and Amy Wadge (Ed Sheeran), he explained why he has now set his sights closer to home. “I believe in community, and arts provision for all, and I understand that the local hall can be an important place for people to meet and create social ties” said the 47 year old, who grew up in the sleepy Hampshire village of Owslebury. However, he also has artistic reasons for moving out of the city. “I want a different, intimate atmosphere for my music, where there's no distraction, and the audience can focus and be transported musically, and I think we can find it in small halls” The gigs will be a sit down, lights out, spotlight on, affairs but that’s not the only way they will differ from your average gig. “Although the music will be our usual line-up of myself on acoustic guitar and vocals and Dave Bulbeck on double bass, this time we'll be playing and singing to only one microphone to get a rich, but delicate, live sound - more of the player, less of the technology. It’s an old-time way of performing in the USA, but you don’t really see it over here”. And Andy believes that this format will make for intimate, atmospheric evenings for the audience and performer alike. Andy will be putting on two warm-up shows in Hampshire at the end of the year, before the tour begins properly in 2017. These are at Shedfield Reading Room, nr. Wickham on the 26th November 2016, and Cheriton Village Hall, nr. Alresford on 10th December, 2016.

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paper, gemstones, seaglass, buttons, pearls, vegetable ivory, enamelwork, silk threads and beads into their work. Silversmiths include Brett Payne with his contemporary candlesticks and Jen Rickets with her handpierced skylines.

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nce again the elegant Guildhall in Winchester will be the venue for a stunning mixed media jewellery and silversmithing event from 11-13 November, where visitors can purchase direct from contemporary designer makers selected from the best in the UK. Desire offers visitors a choice of around 70 individual jewellers and silversmiths who have been selected for their superb and innovative craftsmanship and have a genuine passion for the work they create. Visitors can see and purchase from

an exciting range from both emerging British talent as well as more established designer makers. Comments from visitors to the event last year included “Excellent crafts people. Lovely displays. Really nice ambience.” and “Have been three times, always a good range of jewellery and silver, nice to find things you don’t see everywhere.” Exhibitors at Winchester include jewellers working in gold, silver, platinum, palladium, aluminium, copper, brass, glass and bronze and incorporating

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STOCKBRIDGE CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND OPENING CEREMONY

Whether you’re looking to treat yourself, purchase a unique gift for someone special or commission something for a special occasion, make a date to visit Desire at Winchester. Opening times for this year’s event are 12.30pm – 7.30pm on Friday and 10 am – 5 pm Saturday and Sunday. Admission is £4.50. For further information contact the organisers on 01622 747 325 or visit the web site at www.desirefair.com. Venue: The Guildhall, Broadway, High Street, Winchester, SO23 9GH

which enabled Stockbridge Parish Council to apply to Viridor Credits for grant funding from their Landfill Communities Fund scheme.

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Nokes MP. After a brief summary of the playground’s history, from Parish Council Chairman Richard Foord, she cut the ribbon to open the playground in front of an invited group of people which included Stockbridge Parish Councillors and many individuals who had been involved in getting the project off the ground with their practical or financial help.

This was successful in achieving funding of £33,000 which represents 90% of the £36,000 total cost of the project. The equipment was supplied and installed over the summer by Vita Play, a local firm based in Winchester who were selected earlier in the year after a detailed short-listing process. Local children and visitors will now be able to enjoy the new facilities which are located next to Stockbridge FC football pitch.

he new children’s playground at Stockbridge Recreation Ground was officially opened on Thursday 29th September by Caroline

The old playground had been closed for two years due to safety concerns. A local fund raising campaign achieved generous donations from individuals and community organisations

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Anyone celebrating a special occasion – maybe a birthday or anniversary - may also like to speak to many of the makers about commissioning bespoke pieces of jewellery or silverware. Several visitors in the past have commissioned engagement or wedding rings at the event and, by working with the designer maker, have been able to have input into the design and come up with something that means so much more and is completely individual. Many of the makers will also be happy to speak about remodelling old jewellery to give it a more contemporary feel.


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Get cracking and conquer your Christmas list! Roxtons, High Street, Stockbridge, SO20 6HF

Christmas cakes, wedding cakes, birthday cakes, biscuits & bakes. The Cake Room, 5 Bell Street, Romsey, SO51 8GY

Tel: 01264 810210 | www.roxtons.co.uk

Natural remedies for the skin and body including eczema, chicken pox, psoriasis, teenage spots and much more Tel: 01962 776918 | www.magic-cream.co.uk

Wykeham Gallery

Jasmine China Hire

Lane End Kitchenware

Summer Light, Lymington River The Wykeham Gallery, High Street, SO20 6HE

20% off German Wusthof knives in November. We would argue the best knives in the world. High Street, Stockbridge, SO20 6EU.

Tel: 01264 810364 | www.wykehamgallery.co.uk

Christmas/New Year party? We offer an extensive range of China, Cutlery, Glassware, Linen & more for hire Tel: 07836 745603 | www.jasminechinahire.co.uk

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Broughton Crafts

Standard & Bespoke Garden Buildings. Log Store - £195 (excl. vat) High Ridge Farm, Hospital Road, Shirrell Heath

Origami Star kit £12.50. 27 Bell Street, Romsey, SO51 8GY

Penkridge Ceramics now at Broughton Crafts. Broughton Crafts, Stockbridge, Hampshire, SO20 6HB

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Asian Ceramics & Works of Art - Sat 5 Nov, Monthly Antiques & Interiors Auction - Saturday 12 Nov - Commencing 10am Tel: 01962 735988 | www.andrewsmithandson.com

£90. See more as part of the Coastline's Exhibition at Rum's Eg, 19th Oct-7th January. Rum's Eg, 27 Bell Street, Romsey, SO51 8GY. Tel: 01794 511220 | info@hampshireartandcraft.org

Black and White Paul Smith Dress 35 West Street, Alresford, SO24 9AB Tel: 01962 733277 | www.modarosa.co.uk

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Berkeley Dog Beds

Peter Green Furniture

Framed original £450, mounted print £50. Rum's Eg, 27 Bell Street, Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 8GY.

Makers of the finest British Dog Beds. Order online or by phone.

Stressless Bliss Large Signature Base Chair With Footstool School Lane, Chandlers Ford, SO53 4DG

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Mokaya Cocoa

Standard and Bespoke Garden Buildings. Log Store - £195 (excl. vat) High Ridge Farm, Hospital Road, Shirrell Heath

Giving the gift of beautiful hair in the Test Valley. The newest unisex salon in Stockbridge Tel: 01264 810139 | thehubstockbridge.co.uk

Old fashioned sweet shop selling the finest Belgium chocolate. High Street, Stockbridge, SO20 6HF Tel: 01264 811440 | Mokaya Cocoa Stockbridge

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Community CHRISTMAS FAIR IN SALISBURY CATHEDRAL CLOISTERS

chutneys and preserves from Burton’s Best and Pig ‘n’ Pickles and home-cooked jams by Mary Webb of Paradise Cottage. Salisbury Cathedral School will also be running stalls offering homemade cakes and mulled wine; the Cathedral Refectory will be available with hot food for lunch and the choristers will be holding a lucky dip for the children. “The fair is beginning to build a reputation as a great event for finding something a bit different and unique, ” explained Friends Chair, Pippa Crosthwaite. “We are lucky to have that wonderful combination of fabulously creative, local stall holders, an increasingly loyal customer base and a stunning location.” The Christmas Fair in the Cloisters is open to everyone. Children go free and the £2 adult entry fee will help to raise money for a life-changing opportunity for a boy or girl from Union High School, Graaf Reinet to spend a year working as a GAP student at Salisbury Cathedral School and to fund other projects at Salisbury Cathedral School. www.salisburycathedral.org.uk

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or the third year running the beautiful Cloisters of Salisbury Cathedral will be the stunning location for a fabulous Christmas Fair that’s being organised by the Friends of Salisbury Cathedral School.

Taking place from 11am to 3pm on Saturday, November 19th, the fair will showcase the products of around 35 high quality traders selling everything from personalised bags made from sailcloth to handmade jewellery and exquisite fabric accessories as well as a mouthwatering selection of food and drink. Many of the traders are new to this event and between them offer an exclusive and eclectic range of gifts that will give even the most discerning of customers a headstart on the Christmas shopping. In addition, a percentage of proceeds from the fair will be used to fund a student from Union High School, GraafReinet in South Africa who would otherwise be unable to afford such an opportunity to be a GAP Year student at Salisbury Cathedral School. The remainder will be used by the Friends to fund additional projects around Salisbury Cathedral School.

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he St. Swithun’s and Romsey Abbey Women’s Group is affiliated with Romsey Abbey, and meets in the church rooms, but we welcome women of all ages, faiths and denominations to our meetings.

Meeting on 2nd November

The meeting of the St. Swithun’s and Romsey Abbey Women’s Group on Wednesday 2nd November looks at the strong and enduring relationship between Romsey and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth ll. We invite women of all ages and denominations to join us to what should prove to be a fascinating talk. We meet in the Church Rooms from 7:30 pm to 9:30ish and look forward to meeting you.

Meeting on 16th November

The meeting of the St. Swithun’s and Romsey Abbey Women’s Group on Wednesday 16th November is our everpopular Wrapping Party, in which we wrap Christmas gifts to be sold at the Abbey Christmas Fair. We invite women of all ages and denominations to join us on this social occasion. We meet in the Church Rooms from 7:30 pm to 9:30ish – do join us.

Meeting on 7th December

Organised entirely by the Friends of Salisbury Cathedral School the fair will feature an impressive group of small business owners offering high quality gift ideas and food. Traders include Lolly and Boo with their beautiful handmade linen lampshades, Dom Price of The Species Recovery Trust with his tactile handmade woodcraft and local ceramic artist Steve Neville.

The meeting of the St. Swithun’s and Romsey Abbey Women’s Group on Wednesday 7th December is another festive occasion – our Christmas Party with fish and chips and games. We invite women of all ages and denominations to join us on this social occasion in the Church Rooms from 7:30 pm to 9:30ish. BUT - We order our fish and chips in advance, so if you come for the first time to join in the fun – bring your supper!

On the food and drink front there are belly-warming liqueurs from Wiltshire Liqueurs, mouthwatering Indian cookery and condiments from Pure Punjabi, home-made

For more information please visit: www.romseyabbey.org.uk/get-involved/groups-andactivities/womens-group/


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he elm was once one of the great icons of the TestValley and Hampshire, the miscalled ‘English’ elm sometimes topping 150 feet, the tallest and fastest-growing broadleaf tree in Europe. Alas, the devastation wrought by the lethal strain of Dutch elm disease (DED) which arrived in the 1960s is legend. Old trees are now virtually confined to remote enclaves such as Southsea Common in Portsmouth, isolated by sea and urban sprawl. However, the tree’s former abundance was a relatively recent phenomenon. No archaeological dig in the county ever found elm timber, while the tree trunks reinforcing the foundations of Winchester Cathedral are beech, not elm, even though the latter would have been superior for the purpose. The proliferation of elm is inextricably linked with Man.The ‘English’ elm, its suckers remaining the most commonly occurring elms along the Test, is a tree of Italy (Atinia) and Spain (Aranjuez), which almost certainly arrived with the Romans to support their vines. Femalesterile, it could only be cloned from suckers, which left the entire population genetically identical and thus hugely susceptible to DED.The wych elm fared little better, and although it reproduces only sexually, its singular lack of genetic diversity has left it with little chance of evolving a resistance in the near future. Consequently the elm breeding programmes initiated in Europe (not the UK, alas) and the USA have focussed on hybridization with or between Asiatic species with high genetic resistance, to produce trees with an appearance not too dissimilar to native species. Almost half a century from the outbreak of the disease, there are now 10 highly-resistant hybrid cultivars in commerce. Better news still has come recently from the Universidad Politecnica Madrid which, after patiently collecting and germinating thousands of native field elm seeds, has discovered and cloned seven with a resistance on a par with the best cultivars, a ‘first’ for a European species. Mention must also be made of the anomalous European White Elm Ulmus laevis, a riparian species almost certainly not native, but which occurs so randomly in the English countryside as to suggest

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otherwise. Only one mature specimen is known in Hampshire; about 100 years old with a girth of over 4 metres, it was discovered in a remote hedgerow on farmland near Over Wallop. The species is not blessed with an innate resistance to DED, rather it synthesizes a chemical, Alnulin, which renders it unpalatable to the bark beetles which spread DED, with the result it is rarely, if ever, infected. Butterfly Conservation (BC) Hants & IoW Branch began trialling these trees in 2000 to assess their potential in saving the White-letter Hairstreak butterfly from extinction. This secretive butterfly, on the wing through July, depends exclusively on sexually-mature elm, ie elm mature enough to produce flowers and seeds needed to sustain its caterpillars when they hatch in early March. Now on the IUCN Red List, the butterfly’s numbers have inevitably plummeted as a result of DED. The BC trials at four very different sites near Portsmouth have now identified which of these trees are able to thrive in the Hampshire environment, and planting is now underway across the county as a whole. Planting began in the Test Valley in 2010 around fishery lakes near King’s Somborne, but has expanded recently thanks to the kind permission of the Leckford Estate. The most popular planting choice so far has not been a cultivar, rather the European White Elm, as it is a riparian tree which relishes wet ground. Moreover, it is readily and cheaply available as seed. As supplies from Madrid increase, it is hoped to add the resistant strains of the field elm, another species introduced to the UK probably during the Bronze Age but still largely confined to Essex and Kent. Anybody interested in planting elms should contact the author at ptelea22@ outlook.com. A report on the resistant elms featured in Butterfly Conservation’s trials is available on the internet at http:// www.hantsiow-butterflies.org.uk Meanwhile a delightful 14-minute close-up film of the White-letter Hairstreak is available on YouTube courtesy of the French VarWild film company (narration in English): https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=vdDNGF2HDr0.


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any Andoverians noticed the American flag flying on the Guildhall in September and asked ‘Why?’ The answer is that Andover Town Twinning Association was hosting members of the Andover Sister Town Association from our American twin town of Andover, Massachusetts. TVBC kindly agreed to fly the Stars and Stripes as a mark of friendship for the duration of their visit. Our visitors were very appreciative of the gesture. Andover, Massachusetts became twinned with Andover in 2000 but the link between the towns is more than 350 years old. In the 1630s, the Osgoods farmed Cottonworth Farm near Wherwell. During the first years of that decade the family faced problems of religious intolerance, increasing taxes, crop failure and finally, in 1638, a disastrous flood across their land. A relative, Christopher Osgood from Marlborough, had crossed the Atlantic in 1633 to begin a new life in the American colonies. In 1638, John Osgood and his family followed, eventually making his home in a settlement called Cochichowicke (Great Water), which was later renamed Andover, Mass. John eventually owned over 600 acres of land and became one its most respected and influential citizens. The original Cottonworth Farmhouse is still standing (and occupied) at the turning to Wherwell from the Stockbridge Road at Cottonworth. Several of our American guests are members of the North Andover Historical Society and were delighted to have the opportunity to see the English home of one of the founders of their town. It gave them a better understanding of the area he left to establish himself in Andover MA. Although they were only staying with us for a week, the American Andoverians had time for visits to Bath and Buckingham Palace as well as several social evenings in the homes of their hosts. A Sunday lunch in honour of our guests was held at Esseborne Manor where the Mayor of Test Valley, Cllr Karen Hamilton, warmly welcomed them to Andover. If you would like further details, please visit the website www. atta.org.uk where you will find more information about our other twin towns of Redon & Goch together with contacts. ATTA is an independent organisation and all the exchange visits are fully funded by the membership.

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oes Professor Norris ever sleep? He must be the most energetic and prodigious musician alive today.You name it, he’s done it, does it, plays it, and will tell you anything about it. A walking, talking, broadcasting, teaching, instrument-playing encyclopaedia of music. A flag bearer too for a 19th century musician who possessed the same attributes (except broadcasting of course), and whose surname was similarly unhyphenated – William Sterndale Bennett. The name may not trip off the tongue, but Sterndale Bennett was in many ways Britain’s most influential mover and shaker of the 1800s, and not just in the music world. Mr Owen Norris devoted the concert’s second half to his Piano Sonata Opus 46, composed in 1871 and based loosely on Schiller’s story of Joan of Arc. All the movements reflect vividly their titles, whether battle, prison, pastoral paradise, sorrow or joy. Owen Norris played the sonata impeccably, with all the drama and contrasting peace the music demands. Although his programme was devised to mark two bi-centenaries, Sterndale Bennett’s birth in 1816 and the publication of Jane Austen’s Emma, the most musical of her novels, he called his concert simply ‘A Musical Soirée for Jane Austen’. One piece he performed was copied in Jane Austen’s own hand, Fandango E Los Giganos. The evening’s music was charming, most of it written in Jane Austen’s time when, because of the expense, music was lent or borrowed rather than bought. Happily many of the manuscripts from that era are viewable not only at her former house at Chawton near Alton, but now online. Interestingly though, only in Emma is piano music alluded to specifically in any of her novels. Robin Adair was something of an Irish hit in those days, and Frank Churchill tells Emma that Jane Fairfax, ‘ … is playing Robin Adair’ on the new Broadwood piano that he’s given her anonymously. Indeed it’s on a treasured 1828 Broadwood, just one of his beautifully kept and precious collection of instruments, that we were privileged to hear Owen Norris give his recital. As usual, he invited audience members to inspect his piano in the interval, and between each musical item he read amusing extracts from contemporary diaries and articles in his characteristic, inimitable and lively style. Hardly surprising that we left for home feeling happy. Written by James Montgomery

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Community JANE AUSTEN 200 YEAR'S CELEBRATION

based on Jane’s classic quote from Mansfield Park: “Selfishness must always be forgiven you know, because there’s no hope of a cure”.Youngsters are invited to write a letter of 400 words based on ‘A day in the life,’ real or imagined. Entries for both have just opened (and close 28 February 2017). Actor Hugh Bonneville, star of Downton Abbey, and of course, the 1999 film of Mansfield Park is a Hampshire man and says: “As a local and as a fan of Jane Austen, I hope you will join us in Hampshire in 2017 to get to know a bit more about the woman behind the novels. We have a great year ahead, packed with regency celebrations, talks, arts installations and so on. So please google Jane Austen 200 and come and join in the fun.” This is just a small handful of the events taking place for Jane Austen 200, for the latest news and information visit www.janeausten200.co.uk

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017 marks the 200th anniversary of the death of globally loved author Jane Austen – and Hampshire Cultural Trust is coordinating a yearlong series of events across the historic and beautiful county to celebrate her creativity and talent. Hampshire was not only Jane Austen’s birthplace (and where you can visit her grave today), but its people, landscape and the society in which she moved provided inspiration for her novels, classics such as Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Mansfield Park and Sense and Sensibility. From a landmark exhibition to talks and walks, from picnics to performances, 2017 will be a very special celebration of her life, times and work. Sure to be a highlight of the celebrations is the exhibition The Mysterious Miss Austen, which opens on 13 May 2017 (until 24 July) at The Gallery in Winchester Discovery Centre, before travelling to the Gallery at Gosport Discovery Centre and the Sainsbury Gallery at Basingstoke’s Willis Museum. This unique exhibition, presented in partnership with Jane Austen’s House Museum, will explore Jane’s life, work and her relationship to Hampshire. The centrepiece will be five portraits of Jane together under one roof for the very first time – including two works from the National Portrait Gallery, London and three from private collections, one of which has not been seen in public for more than 40 years. The Mysterious Miss Austen will also include a surviving manuscript of an alternative ending to her final novel Persuasion, in her own hand (on loan from the British Library). There will also be a silk pelisse coat (one of the only garments in the world with a provenance that can be traced back to Jane), first editions of her works and fascinating personal letters. Bringing a contemporary view, Grayson Perry’s Jane Austen in E17 vase is evidence of her lasting legacy and influence on the arts. Set to be a ‘deliciously’ popular feature of Jane Austen 200 are the Big Picnics. These feasts of fun and nibbley gorgeousness will be held at significant locations throughout Hampshire. At these events, visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy Regency delicacies, watch performances and, of course, learn about this amazing, world-renowned writer. Bringing a very 21st century slant to the proceedings, Hampshire Cultural Trust will be creating a downloadable picnic pack that will inspire bakers and ‘Janeites’ to unite and create their own Regency-style Bake Off. Much as there will only ever be one Jane Austen, Hampshire Cultural Trust passionately believes that Jane’s work still inspires excellent writing today. To find not only the next great literary talent, HCT has created a brand new competition for children and adults, with two categories; short story and letter. Grown-ups need to submit a short story of 2017 words,

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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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 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

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Professional PARTNERSHIP REAFFIRM THEIR SUPPORT FOR BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT

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Businesses get to decide the major improvements they want to see enacted. The town or city benefits from increased footfall, which in turn boosts trade. Major improvements, such as promotions, events and streetscene enhancements generate a greater sense of local pride in the town, which is good for business. Businesses gain better networking opportunities with their fellow traders and better links to contact the Council, Police and other public bodies.

The Town Centre Partnership are therefore delighted that the recent survey of 100 businesses which was carried out by an independent party, The Means, indicated that 66% of Andover businesses think that BIDs are a good idea and 65% agreed that a BID should be tested through a ballot in Andover– whereby business decide by voting on the proposals. Chris Gregory, Andover Town Centre Manager said “BIDs are proven to deliver enormous benefits to town & city centres and allow businesses to both develop improvement plans and also to vote on whether or not they get introduced. I would therefore encourage all town centre businesses to become involved in what is a huge possibility for Andover.“

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TALKS WITH ALASTAIR STEWART OBE met Sally, Alastair Stewart’s wife, in the yard of their Hampshire farm. She was busy organising the donated tack and riding clothing collected for the charity Ebony Horse Club which they both support. I was clutching a bottle of Lea and Perrins Worcestershire Sauce, a gift to Alastair. I know it’s one of the ‘Five things he can’t live without’ according to the Daily Express that day and I felt in need of an icebreaker. My gift is met with a guffaw of laughter, as we were seated in the living room Sally apologises for the roaring fire that Alastair has lit despite it being summer; he asks if I mind if he smokes. Any nervousness I felt quickly disappeared over mugs of tea and it became apparent that Alastair Stewart OBE is not only shorter and slighter than he appears from his commanding position at the ITV News desk, but is extremely generous of spirit, interesting, humorous with a boundless pride and love for his family. “Having been born in Emsworth I’m genuinely happy in Hampshire, it has such lovely scenery – the rolly polly Candovers, the coast and the New Forest where Sally and I courted! I was with Southern Television in Southampton in 1976 and Sally and I were married in ‘78, we’ve been married nearly forty years and have lived in six houses across Hampshire. We are lucky to have a small and very close-knit group of friends here who we’ve known for years. All of us enjoy eating out so we meet up regularly at our favourite restaurants- Lime Wood in the New Forest, The Thomas Lord in West Meon and the Chesil Rectory in Winchester.” I wonder how Alastair became a broadcaster. “ I was Deputy President of the Student Union between 1974-76. At that point there was a move to close some teacher training colleges, the NUS was keen to promote keeping colleges open. I was interviewed at Southern television by Barry Westward, I arrived in jeans and t-shirt looking like a ‘lefty’ but made an impression on Terry Johnston who said Southern TV should sign me up!”

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Alastair Stewart's OBE career has spanned some thirty-eight years making him the longest serving male news broadcaster on British television. From his first post with Southern Television he moved to Channel 4 for three years and then onto ITN and ITV. During his career he has commented on the Royal weddings of Prince Charles and Prince Andrew and many momentous occasions now resigned to history such as the tragedy of the Challenger space mission. He was the first broadcaster to report live from the liberated Kuwait city. Do accolades mean a lot to you? “Yes I think so it’s nice to win Television Presenter of the Year, as one gets older the industry’s awards mean so much. I have four Honorary Degrees from Plymouth, Winchester, Bristol and Sunderland universities. But the OBE - I was so thrilled that it was awarded for services to broadcasting and to charity.” How do you think Social Media has revolutionised news? “Revolutionised is right. I follow around two thousand people on Twitter it’s great to have a ‘heads up’ on things, it’s so quick. But it can be dangerous too and there is jungle confusion regarding the legalities of what is said or rather written. My son Alex has a new equestrian site and finds it an invaluable aid for promoting his business which is going really well”. With so much news and Tweeting surrounding the Europe debate is Alastair in or out? He gives me a rye smile, ”Impartial. Impartiality is a crucial part of my job, Charles Clarke MP once said to me ‘ you have more influence than I have – what goes on television and what doesn’t.” Do you miss being the face of ITV News at Ten? “ No, genuinely not. There have been some outstanding moments- the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Gulf War, Tony Blair winning the election, more recently the formation of the coalition with David Cameron. But the one thing that reduced me to tears and I really struggled with on air was the Russian Beslan massacre, those poor children- the epitome of man’s inhumanity. It was heart breaking. My work takes me to many places, often lovely, but normally for sad reasons: I was recently in delightful West Yorkshire but only because of the tragic murder of Jo Cox MP. I found it deeply moving.” Would you like to host your own political program again? “I’ve done that. I’m sixty three and winding down now. I joined ITV News at Ten taking over from Alastair Burnett who represented everything that is good in our business. I’m the one having to give way now and it’s never easy but Tom Bradbury is excellent. I do a Friday night for him and I present the lunch time ITV News. I don’t get the argument that men last longer than women on television. I’ve worked with many powerful women, Diana Edward Jones, Dame Sue Tinson DBE now Vice President of MBC, Anna Ford, Selinna Scott, Natasha Kaplinsky and Julie Etchinham. They are all very successful and excellent mothers too, I think ITV is pretty gender neutral.”


What is it like being Alastair Stewart? “I’m just me and those who know me well would agree with that. As I get older I have become more guarded, ‘ to thy self be true’ I stand by that.” What does Alastair do to relax? “I listen to a lot of music – Strauss, Beethoven, Pink Floyd and my favourites The Rolling Stones. I have a very varied taste and there’s very little music I don’t like. I really love costume drama, anything by Julian Fellows, Downton Abbey was fantastic. Also Cromwell staring Mark Rylance, who is a personal friend and such a lovely man. I interviewed him for the Radio Times. Walking too! We have twenty-two acres here and at times, if the kids come over, four dogs and then there are the horses - they are a passion - we currently have eleven! I am an Ambassador for British Show Jumping and my son Oscar is a professional show jumper. I was at the Royal Windsor Horse Show the night of the Queen’s birthday tribute which I thoroughly enjoyed.” Is it right that you are a real fan of The Rolling Stones? He laughs, ”Yes! I’ve seen them about twenty times - they were my specialist subject when I was on Mastermind - they are without doubt the greatest rock n’ roll band of all time!” Knowing now what Alastair cannot live without- family, horses, Worcestershire Sauce and of course The Rolling Stones- what could he well do without in life? “Ah smoking - it’s a constant weakness, whenever I go for a walk I realise I should give it up, it would be a wise thing to do. I wish I had planned better financially to give one flexibility to do other

things – Mr. McCorber that’s me, readers take note!

Oh and people who disrespect the countryside, littering and churning up tracks with off road vehicles. We shouldn’t disrespect what we have been given.” Alastair Stewart OBE may be considering winding down on screen but off screen he is passionately involved with a number of charities.

“My parents instilled a sense of the importance of thinking of others. I’m associated with The Royal British Legion, Home Start along with Alison Wakeham who is brilliant. I’m the National Vice President of Action for Children and a Patron of Brooke International Equine which funds help for working horses, donkeys and mules all over the world and of course Naomi House and Jacksplace Children’s Hospice of which I am also Patron are hugely important to me.” www.ebonyhorseclub.org.uk www.actionforchildren.org.uk Naomi House and Jacksplace: hello@naomihouse.org.uk Brooke International Equine: www.thebrook.org/contactus

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Over the years have you come to love or loath politics? “I have never loathed it, I love it and had aspirations to be a politician myself. It’s a great principle that everyone over eighteen regardless of race, creed etc. can have a say. I’ve known politicians on many levels and some have become friends. People like John Denham MP, Alan Whitehead MP and the Rt. Hon. Anna Saibry MP, they all could make more money in business but politics is what they are passionate about.”

Though very at home by his fireplace in Hampshire Alastair Stewart OBE with his busy television career and his enthusiastic involvement with his charitable work means he won’t be lingering there for long. GG.

Addendum Since this interview, on September 15th, Alastair Stewart was awarded the Charity Champion Award at the prestigious Third Sector Awards. He was nominated for his work in support of Naomi House and Jacksplace hospices, in particular the Caterpillar appeal.

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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 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;

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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 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

OTHER CLUBS & SOCIETIES O Barton Stacey WI Meets at Barton StaceyVillage Hall on the last Thursday of the month at 7.30pm (except August and December). Contact bartonstaceywi@gmail.com for further details. Please do come and join us - visitors are welcome to try us for free.

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 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


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tockbridge Community Cinema is one of six organisations that have been shortlisted for the prestigious Cinema For All Film Society of the Year Awards 2016 in the category of Best New Society. The award recognises the hard work of the volunteers who bring film to communities across the UK. The winners will be announced at the annual Community Cinema Conference in Sheffield on 5th November 2016. Manager Paul Kidd said “we are very pleased to have made it on to the shortlist and proud that our efforts to develop the community cinema here in Stockbridge have achieved national recognition”

Stockbridge Film Week Finding Dory (U) Sunday 20 November: 2pm - 4pm The friendly but forgetful blue tang fish begins a search for her longlost parents, and everyone learns a few things about the real meaning of family along the way. A fund-raising event for the Friends of Stockbridge School Tickets £5.00

Theeb (15) English subtitles Sunday 20 November: 7.30pm In the Ottoman province of Hijaz during World War I, a young Bedouin boy embarks on a perilous desert journey to guide a British officer to his secret destination. Academy Award nomination 2016 Best Foreign Language Film 2016 Taxi Tehran (12) English subtitles Monday 21 November: 7.30pm Exiled Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi poses as a taxi driver in Tehran in this series of portraits of everyday characters hiring his driving services. Winner of the Golden Bear prize - Berlin Film Festival Our Kind of Traitor (15) Wednesday 23 November: 5pm and 7.30pm A couple finds themselves lured into a Russian oligarch's plans to defect, and are soon positioned between the Russian Mafia and the British Secret Service, neither of whom they can trust. The Martian (12) Friday 25 November: 7.30pm An astronaut (Matt Damon) becomes stranded on Mars after his team assume him dead, and must rely on his ingenuity to find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. 7 Academy Award nominations 2016 All films will be shown in Stockbridge Town Hall. Tickets priced at £6.00 (unless otherwise stated) from John Robinson (butchers) and Garden Inn in Stockbridge, or via our website: www.stockbridgecinema.org.uk

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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. 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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Thyme & Tides, Stockbridge boasts a huge range of British & European cheeses in our much loved deli as well as pâtés & pies, artisan breads, cured meats, olives & more. We also have a traditional fresh fish counter with daily deliveries from the Cornish day boats of Looe as well as a bistro; perfect for a quick coffee or lunch with friends!

Now taking orders for Christmas cheeses, fresh fish, seafood platters, dressed salmon & cooked lobsters. Pop in and see us, we are now open 7 days a week! (Fresh Fish, Tuesday-Saturday)

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Magic Paintbrush is a new dance show leaping, splattering, swirling and boogying onto stages across the UK. The tale of a young person who is given a paintbrush that magically brings paintings to life is given a zingy new energy by choreographer Darren Ellis, whose own dance company Darren Ellis Dance is known for collaborations with companies such

FILM SHOW IN CHILBOLTON - HAIL, CAESAR! a beautiful swimmer and a handsome dancer. Then the big star is kidnapped whilst in costume for the epic 'Hail Caesar!' A ransom of $100,000 is demanded or it's the end then of the line for the movie star.

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as Richard Alston Dance as well children’s shows including Meeting Mr Boom! With a beatboxinginspired soundtrack and video design accompanying four dancers, The Magic Paintbrush has been created for everyone aged 3+, and will be enjoyed by adults and children alike. Once upon a time in a grey, colourless world, someone is scribbling. As the young girl paints, her drawings appear on the surfaces of the theatre where they wiggle to life before magically floating out in 3D form. Can our imaginative young artist vanquish the mighty shadow of greed? Inspired ancient and modern versions of the Chinese folktale and exploding with energy, surprises and giggles, this is The Magic Paintbrush as never before. Director Nathan Stickley said, “The Magic Paintbrush is a modern retelling of an old folk tale - a girl who is given a magic paintbrush brings joy and hope to a bleak world. We've created an imaginative production that keeps on inspiring both children and adults long after coming to see the show. Our audiences haven't stopped talking about the shows' magic and surprises.” Live Theatre Winchester, Jewry Street, SO23 8SB 11.30am and 2.30pm. Tickets£13 (£44 Family) www.theatreroyalwinchester.co.uk Tel: 01962 840440

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Brocks Farm

B.H.S approved, licensed by Test Valley Borough Council Lessons for all abilities • Dressage school masters • Small children and beginners taught with care on well schooled all-round ponies/horses • Careful attention paid to the needs of Liveries.

Tel: 01264 810090 brocksfarm@googlemail.com www.brocksfarm.co.uk Brocks Farm, Longstock, Stockbridge, Hants, SO20 6DP

The Dixie Ticklers

Brockwood Concert Series Nov 5th, 8pm Combining their love of early jazz with a modern aesthetic The Dixie Ticklers fearlessly improvise and innovate in a captivating and exciting live show that has built the band a fierce reputation within the jazz, blues and acoustic scene. There is a recommended donation of £10 per person to help cover costs with any excess going to the School Music Fund. Refreshments will be available. To reserve a seat please email: admin@ brockwood.org.uk or call 01962 771 744 Brockwood Park School, Bramdean, SO24 0LQ 49


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Stockbridge Christmas Friday 2 December nd

Alex Lewis, inspirational quadruple amputee, to switch on Stockbridge Christmas lights at St. Peter’s Church Stockbridge a vibrant community in the heart of the Test Valley, will again be hosting their annual pre-Christmas Edwardian themed evening to mark the Advent season with many festivities and entertainment along a twinkling High Street including Suffolk punches pulling Santa’s sleigh to carry people up and down the High Street to Santa’s Grotto at the Owl & Pussy Cat and to a magical Christingle service at St. Peters where the courageous Alex Lewis accompanied by the Middle Wallop Military Wives Choir will switch on the Christmas lights. To support this event many of the shops will be staying open late, the Stockbridge Country Market will be in the Town Hall, the famous award-winning Robinson’s bangers will be on sale “under the arch”, roast chestnuts, candy floss,Twistina the amazing balloon lady, live music and carol singing - all to celebrate the inclusive meaning of Christmas, pick up that special Christmas gift and have an early evening out for all the family.

Help make vulnerable children’s voices heard this Christmas Stockbridge Christmas, St. Peter’s Church and Stockbridge Primary & Pre-School in a new initiative, are inviting the local community to help bring hope to some of the UK’s most vulnerable children this festive season by supporting their Christingle celebration in aid of The Children’s Society. This unique Christmas service will be held at St Peter’s Church on 2nd December 2016 at 5.30pm and is open to everyone. Any money raised will go towards providing life-changing support for vulnerable children and young people and to make sure their voices are heard. It is hoped that many local children and their parents will 50

mark the beginning of Christmas in support of this famous charity. Christingle is a tradition that has been taking place for almost half a century and involves lighting a candle in a decorated orange which symbolises different aspects of the Christian story. Christingle is an opportunity for people of all ages to join in, light a candle and enjoy the warmth and vibrancy of this special festive occasion. Candles will be handed out to all children at the School so that they can make their very own Christingle and bring it to the service.There will be an opportunity for local residents to help in the making of them as well.You are warmly welcomed to tea and a mince pie from 4.30pm onwards and help in their production. In the UK there are almost 4 million children and young people dealing with hardship, abuse and neglect which are ruining childhoods and future prospects. With around one million people attending each year, the Christingle fundraising events play a key role in supporting The Children’s Society’s vital work to help some of this country’s most vulnerable children.This year, the charity is aiming to raise £1.2 million and all funds raised will be crucial to its work. Emma Jefferies, Headteacher at the School said: “We are really looking forward to our first Christingle celebration in my time at the school and hope that lots of local people come along to enjoy the wonderful warmth and glow of illuminated oranges and help us raise money for this fantastic cause. It’s so important for our children to understand the lives of other children around the world and this worthy cause helps us achieve this.” Matthew Reed, Chief Executive of The Children’s Society, said: “We’re delighted that Stockbridge Christmas, the Church and School are organising a Christingle service to help disadvantaged children and we’re truly grateful for their support. For more information visit our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/StockbridgeChristmas-715644108471462/


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/

Special thanks to our 2016 sponsors:


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Wellbeing T

SHOPPING TROLLEY WHEELIES

THE HUB'S FIRST BIRTHDAY

he Who says you shouldn’t do them once you’re over the age of 10? I was ticked off as I sailed down aisle nine, wind in my hair, washing powder and tissues flying past me. A tap on the shoulder ‘Don’t you think you should stop doing that?’ ‘Never,’ I cried as I whizzed up aisle ten! From the time we start school, we are expected to sit in chairs, and by the time we are young adults, studying hard and starting our careers, we move less and less. Our lifestyles are becoming increasingly sedentary, with the subsequent health risks. Remember, our bodies were created to move. If we don't keep our bodies moving, this is what we stand to lose over the decades:

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he Hub in Stockbridge is delighted to be celebrating its first birthday this November. During a very successful 1st year of opening, The Hub has expanded with new stylists and welcomed many new customers and friends to their list of clientele. The Hub is also very excited to have upgraded their product line to La Biosthétique which offers highly effective, very specialised care concepts with individual solutions for all hair and scalp problems or concerns. Speciality treatments are available to suit problematic scalps and care concepts to prevent hair loss. Adelle is now looking forward to hire more stylists to join the team; and the salon to continue giving excellent and professional customer service and aftercare. The Hub is also doing its bit for local charity Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance – their chosen charity to support. Adelle and Nicole will be doing a skydive in September 2017 and aim to help raise as much as they can. HIOWAA need to raise £230,000 per month to keep their machine in the skies and their crew at the ready. If you would like to support them and their chosen charity please use the following link to donate: www.justgiving.com/ Thehubstockbridge Tel: 01264 810139 www.thehubstockbridge.co.uk The Hub, Old London Road, Stockbridge, SO20 6EJ

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Lean Muscle Tissue • We lose 6.6 lbs of muscle per decade unless we use it. • 95% of lower back pain comes from lack of strength and/or flexibility. Coordination and Balance • We lose significant neural adaptation over time. Up to a 30% decrease in coordination occurs simply by not exercising. We're not uncoordinated because we are aging; we are uncoordinated because we haven't used it. Metabolic Rate • The body's natural ability to burn fat drops drastically as we ~ lose muscle. We can change that at any age. Body Fat Percentage • A decrease in 5-7% of your body fat can reduce the risk of a heart attack or stroke by 40-50%! Aerobic Capacity • Our heart & lungs don't become weaker as we age. Exercise maintains aerobic capacity. Blood Sugar Tolerance • Type II (adult onset) diabetes should never happen. We allow it to take place through overeating and not keeping our exercising hormones stimulated. Cholesterol • Far more significant improvement in cholesterol profiles come from exercise as compared to medication. Rising cholesterol levels are mostly within our control. Blood Pressure • Known as the ‘silent killer’ since there are no symptoms. We can achieve a 34% decrease in blood pressure with two months of exercise. Bone Density • Research has found that exercise is one of the most effective methods for increasing bone mass density. What ever age you may be, if you are not active, then start now. You can either age quickly or gracefully (or disgracefully if you get caught pulling shopping trolley wheelies!), your choice.Visit the download page on our website for a great advice sheet called 'Don't Just Sit There'. It covers all aspects of health affected by sitting, and gives some handy tips on exercise, movement at work and posture. If concerns about your health or injury are stopping you from getting active, then come and see us for an assessment and treatment, or visit your GP; no excuses now! Emma Wightman the-sop.com


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THE NORMAN COURT SCHOOL CHRISTMAS FAIR Friday 25th November 2016 9.00am to 1.00pm

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Action

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

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

FREE ENTRY & PARKING www.norman-court.org

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NURSERY | INFANTS | JUNIORS | SENIORS

Whatever you enjoy doing, however much time you have, there’s a fundraising volunteering role for you!

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To find out more about the opportunities in your area, visit actiononhearingloss.org.uk/fundraisingvolunteer

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F EAT U R E I SSU E 1 01 | NOVE MB E R

Not worms. And not slow!

M

CLAIRE THURLOW

onty Don would be proud! We’ve managed to turn our garden clippings and kitchen peelings into crumbly, cocoacoloured compost. I start to give the bin a vigorous stir with a handy stick, turning over the wilted salad leaves, tea bags and coffee grounds I’ve just added. It smells earthy and wholesome, and the stuff in the middle seems warmer than the outer edges. It’s just the sort of place where a canny creature might hibernate. I stop prodding, worried that I might accidentally bash some unsuspecting resident. A cosy leaf pile or compost heap might be just the spot a slow worm would choose to spend the winter, and I’d hate to injure one. I’ve seen one slither through the long grass in our meadow, but the last time I saw a slow worm wasn’t in the garden, but in Alresford station car park. It was midmorning in early July, with shoppers passing through and a Mid-Hants Railway engine steaming noisily behind me. An elderly couple stood by the Pay and Display machine, bending to inspect what looked like a bit of old rubber tube on the ground. “I think it’s a snake”, the man said, leaning closer. “Don’t get too close, it might bite!” his wife warned. They hurried off to the Watercress Line, leaving the ‘snake’ to sunbathe on the warm tarmac, where it was in real danger of being run over by an unsuspecting motorist. I crouched down to stare at the sun-worshipper. It stared back, unperturbed.Then it blinked. “So you’ve got eyelids,” I muttered. “I suppose that means you’re a slow worm.” The slow worm blinked again in agreement, and flicked its little tongue. It had an endearing face, with no neck to speak of, and its body looked polished in the sunlight. Only about 30 - 40cm long, with sleek grey/brown skin, the slow worm is a reptile, a leg-less lizard, in fact. It controls its body temperature by warming up in the sun, then retreating to the shade to avoid overheating (like Brits on holiday, but without the Ambre Solaire or the cocktails). It’s unlikely to bite you, although its hinged jaws are quite capable of

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tackling an earthworm or a snail, and it’s particularly partial to those irritating little slugs which have plagued our vegetable patch this year.Tempting as it was, I didn’t bring it home in my hand-bag. A car park might seem a strange habitat, and seeing one in such an exposed place is certainly rare, but slow worms can be found on waste land and railway embankments, as well as meadows and woodland. I’m told that they’ve been seen in the grounds of St John’s Church in Alresford, and churchyards are valued as havens for wildlife in an urban setting. Hampshire County Council lists no less than 3700 Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINCs), which make up around 9% of the county’s land area.These include copses and ponds, golf courses and heathland, and exist in addition to the perhaps more familiar Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs).Together these places contribute to Hampshire’s Biodiversity Plan, and help wildlife to coexist with humans. So what about my slow worm in the station car park? Before I could relocate it to a safer spot, my shadow must have spooked it, and it wriggled off (at some speed!) towards the shelter of a box hedge. Back at the compost bin, I secure the cover to keep the rain out and the warmth in. It’s the end of October and slow worms will be bedding down for the winter. Perhaps not in the compost, but possibly in an abandoned log pile or among the windblown leaves under the shed. It needs a place where it will be safe from badgers, pheasants and their biggest enemy, the domestic cat (although Charlie, our tabby is so well-fed and lazy, he’s unlikely to bother with a slow worm unless it’s served with gravy). If it does fall foul of a predator, the slow worm at least has a chance to escape by shedding its tail.They are appealing creatures, and wonderful for pest control, so I’m glad to know that they are protected. Even building giant, Taylor Wimpey, was obliged to give way to the slow worm. In 2014 they relocated 350 slow worms to Lynchmere Common so that they could build Maple Park in Liphook. Slow worms have been known to live in the wild for up to 20 years (one at Copenhagen Zoo was still going strong at 50!), so hopefully we will see them in Hampshire for many years to come. Written by Claire Thurlow


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