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Christmas Church Services (page 6) Hampshire Mum (page 8) Market Square (page 20) Claire Thurlow (page 22) DECEMBER 2016 • ISSUE 102 • WWW.FORUMPUBLICATIONS.CO.UK • REACHING 18,750 READERS STOCKBRIDGE ROMSEY

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t was late November and all the Christmas magazines were out.The phrase ‘for gods' sake I’ve got ages yet’ pervaded my thoughts, after all I was reasonably well prepared with a few presents brought and half the cards written, so I was chilled. But then Christmas hit our Market Town with fripperies all around. Go into any emporium of coffee and cake and there they were, the young mums with slender diamond encrusted fingers running through newly highlighted hair. Hunched over their laptops frantically emailing their husbands about the likelihood of getting the annual work's Fortnum and Masons hamper that would be just perfect for the mother-in-law’s present. Then their next crisis: the dilemma of the Christmas trees both outside and in-what colour scheme this year? And the Christmas feast – was it to be a goose or a turkey stuffed with a goose that then becomes like a Russian doll with an ever-decreasing array of boned foul right down to a titchy quail? Then of course the pudding-one couldn’t possibly have the rich hearty steamed variety-no it would have to be some hugely expensive creation of a celebrity chef complete with exploding chocolate hedgehog at its centre. Poor souls! They down another skinny cappuccino with four extra shots before they can face present shopping online for their offspring who have probably already demanded copious items from Apple, Hollister and Jack Wills to name a few.Thank the lord for American Express. “What’s it all about? I ask myself.What has happened to Christmas? The real meaning and the long established traditions that go with it. So I decided to make a stand, and create the perfect Christmas of old. I compiled a list of handcrafted presents, foods and decorations – easy…or so I thought. A memory of the Pagan Pup and I foraging for sloes a year ago leapt to the fore; how I laboured to make sloe gin, decanting the berry infused spirit into suitably country-esque bottles adorned with tartan ribbon and plain brown tags. A month or two later I peered into the back of a dark cupboard to find them gone! Turns out, while The Husband and I were away Star I had, had few friends round and such was the quality of my sloe gin it had been utilised as the main forfeit in drinking game. “It was disgusting Mum, Max threw up!” Marvellous, right so sloe gin’s not on the menu but pickles and maybe jams most definitely are.

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Now perhaps it is the ravages of age, but I have quite inexplicably become somewhat of a hoarder, so I was equipped with a large assortment of recycled jars complete with lids. I confidently blew the dust off me ‘Delia’s Christmas’ to discover that leaving ones pickles until the end of November was not the best plan as they should have been the ‘job for September’ (as in the previous year), when green tomatoes proliferate apparently- who knew?! Plus I found myself a little bereft of a preserving pan, cooking thermometer and twenty-five gallons of vinegar. Ok, no panic. Hot foot I went to local suppliers of Hampshire’s finest relishes and spent a happy evening spooning them lovingly into odd jars, cutting out suitably festive fabric to make the lid covers and adorning with labels and rustic ties. The result, a traditional ’home crafted’ present to be given in the true spirit of the Yuletide season? Nope, rather my kitchen looked like Beelzebub himself had been in charge of catering. I was just faking... I mean transforming a raw material into a loving gift but I felt bad, like the Grinch cheating on Christmas. So there I was, hunched over my laptop on my second latte, shaky hands running though my grey re- growth, searching the world for suitable presents. I’d split most of my fingers trying to extricate a length of old mans beard from a hedge in order to make fairy light lit garland. I had no idea it would still have so many things living in it! “What the hell is that Sandra?”, The Husband had spluttered on his return from the 18th to find a slightly damp if I’m honest, natural garland twisting up the banister. “Well it looked ok in the magazine.” I was slightly tearful by then. Star II saved the day. “Don’t worry Mum, I’ll make cinnamon biscuits for everyone”.They are so good there’s no way I could pass them off as my own even if I wanted to. So with relief I resorted back to my old Christmas ways, the huge tree decorated with all manor of the peculiar; some home cooked staples and a healthy smattering of M&S; lots of new and utterly frivolous ‘necessities’ from our Local Market Town; a huge amount of chocolate and way too many scented candles-cracking! On the upside I now have enough pickles to last me through Trump’s presidency and maybe beyond! So I’ll wish you a Happy Christmas from the Pagans and leave you with the thought that trying to achieve perfection will only leave you in a right pickle. Sandra Pagan


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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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Calendar SATURDAY 10 DECEMBER Wherwell Christmas Carols A Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten plus other festive favourites. At St Peter & Holy Cross Church, Wherwell - 7.30pm.Tickets £10 (£8 in advance). For more information visit www.wherwellsingers.org or call Kim on 01264 720529

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COURCOUX CONTEMPORARY RETURNS TO THE MEDIEVAL HALL, SALISBURY FOR THE CHRISTMAS SHOW, 2-4 DECEMBER

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ourcoux Contemporary will return to the highly atmospheric Medieval Hall in Salisbury's Cathedral Close for the staging of its Christmas Show at the beginning of December. "The show will include paintings, sculpture and ceramics by 15 artists including internationally-renowned names such as Guy Taplin, Sophie Ryder and Pierre Diamantopoulo along with many other highly talented if slightly lesser-known members of our stable", enthuses CC's director Ian Courcoux.

to him", muses Ian. "We are also showing work by artists from the Ivory Coast for the first time in the UK and I'm certain there will be a lot of interest in this".

Old favourites such as Colin Carruthers, Paul Treasure and Christopher Marvell will add greatly to the festive show alongside the colour of Soraya French's paintings and Robina Jack's highly popular decorated ceramics. "Marvell's quirky bronzes are widely collected -- one of the edition of 'Longlegged Fancy Bird' has recently been acquired by the comedian Jack Dee. It's easy to see why it would appeal

The show opens with a festive evening of music, mulled wine and mince pies on Friday 2nd December and then runs through Saturday and Sunday.

From Meriel Ensom's bird and fish paintings on driftwood to Belinda Rush Jansen's beautiful stone and bronze sculptures, there is work to suit all tastes and pockets with prices from around £120. "If you just want to pop in and have a glass with us and view what will be a super exhibition, my wife Sally and I will be pleased to welcome you", says Ian.

If you are not on the gallery's mailing list and would like to attend, more information will available on 01264 781528 / ian@courcoux.co.uk / www. courcoux.co.uk.

THURSDAY 15 DECEMBER Nicholas Martin in Concert Weyhill Electronic Organ Society An evening of melodic, easy listening music with a Christmas flavour, performed on electronic keyboard Venue: Fairground Hall,Weyhill, SP11 0QN.Tickets £5 in advance, from Just Teasin, 40 Bridge Street, Andover - or £6 at the door (subject to availability). For further information phone 01264 323213 or visit www.weyhill-eos.co.uk FRIDAY 16 DECEMBER A Feast of Christmas Music - Romsey Singers At Romsey Abbey. Join the Romsey Singers this Christmas for Charpentier Messe de Minuit,Vaughan Williams Fantasia on Christmas Carols and a feast of your favourite Christmas carols for choir and audience, all in the glorious setting of Romsey Abbey. Tickets available from Tourist Information Centre (13 Church Street, Romsey SO51 8BT.Tel: 01794 512987), at www.romseysingers.org or on the door (£2 extra). Reserved: £16, £14. Unreserved: £12 SATURDAY 17 & SUNDAY 18 DECEMBER Antiques, Furniture and Collectors’ Event An opportunity to buy that unusual Christmas gift from our range of antiques, furniture and collectables. Come and browse interior, exterior and decorative items our local traders have to offer. Free entry. All ages welcome. 9.30am - 5pm at Stockbridge Town Hall SATURDAY 17 DECEMBER Harmonium Singers Carol Concert Christmas music - old, new and familiar Including carols for all to sing. At St Mary’s Church, Andover 7.30pm. In aid of Andover Foodbank £10 at door (incl. refreshments), or £8 from Newbury Building Society,The Lights and choir members. Under-14s admitted free


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TRUMPETS RESOUND IN ROMSEY ABBEY FOR REMEMBRANCE DAY

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capacity audience gathered in the abbey for Romsey Choral Society’s Remembrance Day concert. Councillor Karen Hamilton and her consort and Councillor John Parker, Mayor of Romsey and the Lady Mayoress were in attendance. The concert opened with Marc Antoine Charpentier’s, Te Deum. This grand work was said to have been inspired by Louis the fourteenth’s victory over the Dutch in 1679. The whole work is in shining D major and although it is a religious work, it is infused with militaristic triumphalism. The soloists for this work included countertenor James Hall who sang with great control and beauty of tone. The soprano soloist, Emma Tring, excelled in her solo, singing with a clear vibrato free quality. The bass, Colin Campbell throughout the evening provided an object lesson in how to perform oratorio, from his perfect stance to his magisterial delivery. He was the perfect singer to deliver the authoritative line in this work: “We believe that thou shalt come to be our judge”. The engaging tenor Gareth Treseder and the creamy-toned mezzo-soprano, Sian Menna, completed a superb line-up of soloists. The choir responded to the springy baroque rhythms and wonderful dance tempos to give an enjoyable performance of this seldom heard work. Mozart’s Mass in C minor is an incomplete work. Mozart had vowed to write a mass when he had led his beloved, Constanze to the altar. After his marriage, he writes to tell his father Leopold in 1783 that he has completed “half a mass”. He never finishes it. Attempts have been made to re-construct it, but the version that was performed by the Romsey

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Choral Society was the sublime torso of Mozart’s projected work. The choir and soloists and orchestra excelled in this difficult work bringing out all its grandeur and solemnity. The soprano and mezzo-soprano soloists displayed their virtuosity in their arias, Et Incarnartus Est and Laudamus Te. The former was sensitively accompanied by flute and oboe. In the ensembles the soloists responded well to one another producing ever more beautifully shaped melodic lines. The choir immediately engaged the audience’s attention with a dramatic account of the Kyrie. They sustained the high drama and grandeur of this work in the Qui Tollis and the Sanctus producing a rich, well-balanced sound for the many full-voiced passages. They gave a detailed account of the difficult fugal, Cum Sancto Spiritu before launching into the joyful Osanna. This really was the music of angels dancing on pins. The Southern Sinfonia (Leader Richard Smith) were at all times sensitive to the need for the soloists and choir to be heard. All sections of the sinfonia played exceptionally well, but special mention needs to be made of the brass section; the trombonists and trumpeters who played with impeccable precision and elan. Jamie W. Hall, the conductor was yet again an inspiration to the choir and the orchestra. He conveys his vision of how the music should be expressed through his entire being. His encouraging, uplifting demeanour and clear, detailed direction brought out the very best in all the performers and gave the audience a night to remember. Written by Carol Bishop

UNTIL 24 DECEMBER Christmas Show at The Wykeham Gallery Christmas Show,The Wykeham Gallery, High Street, Stockbridge, Hampshire SO20 6HE. Featuring Peter Graham, Michael Bennallack Hart, Chris Gollom, Karl Martens and Dorothy Dent. WEDNESDAY 4 JANUARY Rediscovering Hyde Abbey A historical mystery adventure by David Spurling of Hyde900 Part of our First Wednesday in the Month Series of Talks.10.30am at King John's House, Church Street, Romsey, SO51 8BT. £2.00 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. MONDAY 30 JANUARY All Saints Winter Lectures Matthew Dryden MD FRCPath, FRCPS, FRGS : Antibiotic Armageddon and Plagues – The end of medicine as we know it? The cost is £12.00 per person. Please make cheques in favour of “All Saints Church”.Tickets can be bought 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. Doors open at 7pm and the lectures start at 8pm at the King Edward VII Memorial Hall, Upper Clatford, SP11 7QL. Parking is available behind the hall.


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rtist Barry Diaper can draw the humour out of your features to create a comic caricature. Barry,50, was born in Stockbridge and attended Test Valley School where, he admitted “Art was the only thing I was any good at.” He trained at Salisbury College of Art where he was given little scope to home his cartooning skills. It was still a serious business when he went to Original artwork created by work for an advertising agency. Barry for the Beano “Everything changed when I was asked to draw caricatures of the staff for a Christmas card,” said Barry. He realised that this was his forte and looked for jobs where his talent could be put to better use. For several years, he worked for

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Once they had been approved, Barry would set to work on the full colour version, leaving spaces for the speech bubbles. Barry's main job at The Beano was to produce the comic strips for Calamity James and Dennis The Menace's sister Beginnings. All hand produced final artwork was twice the size to what it appears in The Beano. He also produced a lot of the other Beano character's for the annuals. Barry can be contacted on 01722 341271 or on 07751745937, you can also follow Barry Dyper's caricatures on Facebook.

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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

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


And at Lane End Kitchenware we certainly hope to spread the joy with a massive everything in December.

30% off

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Yes, absolutely everything (apart from dry cleaning) including brands like Simon Drew, Wusthof, Cornishware, Oxo Good Grips, Aga, Joseph Joseph, Grand Illusions and much much more.

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No end of gift ideas and stocking fillers. So, hurry and fill up those stockings before our stocks run out.

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FINE ART, ANTIQUES, INTERIORS& COLLECTABLES AUCTION Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 December Commencing 10am

Viewing: Thursday 8th 12 noon – 4pm, Friday 9th, Saturday 10th, Monday 12th 10am – 4pm, and mornings of sale from 8.30am

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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Peter Green

Emma Arkell Aromatherapy

Wickham Jewellery

Sherborne Fabric Lynton Standard Chair Range - £629 School Lane, Chandlers Ford, SO53 4DG

White gold 18ct diamond drop earrings, £2,000 Warwick Lane, Wickham, PO17 5JN

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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

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101 Dogs and a Panda

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Standard and bespoke garden buildnngs. Log store - £195 (excl.VAT) High Ridge Farm, Hospital Road, Shirrell Heath. Tel: 01329 835100 | www.eqestrianfencing.com

Unique and completely original, a needle felted wool sculpture of your dog. The perfect gift - £40.00

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

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The Hub

Greenhill Patchwork & Quilting

Wykeham Gallery

For all your patchwork and quilting needs. Opening Hours: Mon-Sat: 9.30am - 5pm. 3 Bell Street, Romsey, SO51 8GY

At the Waldorf Table The Wykeham Gallery, High Street, SO20 6HE

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Giving the gift of beautiful hair in the Test Valley. The newest unisex salon in Stockbridge

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Alresford Linen Co.

Clothing alteration service in Romsey for over 100 years. 5 Tee Court, off Bell Street, Romsey.

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For the night before Christmas! Screen printed cotton present sacks | Gift ideas, decorations and festive cheer in store now Tel: 01962 734221 | www.alresfordlinen.co.uk

Andrew Smith & Son - Auctioneers

Berkeley Dog Beds

Peter Green Furniture

Fine Art, Antiques, Interiors and collectables Auction Tue 13 and Wed 14 December - Commencing 10am Tel: 01962 735988 | www.andrewsmithandson.com

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

Sherborne Fabric Buckingham High Seat Chair - £669 School Lane, Chandlers Ford, SO53 4DG

Tel: 01264 861143 | www.berkeleydogbeds.co.uk

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Kave Williams Collective

Broughton Crafts

Mokaya Cocoa

Lifestyle, Home Interiors, Fabrics, Gifts. Open:Wed 10am - 3pm,Thurs - Sat 10am-4pm, 1st Dec late night shopping 6-8pm, Christmas Eve 10am – 1pm

Emma Bridgewater Mugs now at Broughton Crafts. Broughton Crafts, Stockbridge, Hampshire, SO20 6HB

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Tel: 01264 810 513 | www.broughtoncrafts.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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o, did you see the Super Moon? Thanks to the closest orbit of a full moon to Earth in 70 years, on 13 November the moon appeared bigger and brighter than usual. With the South Downs National Park designated an International Dark Sky Reserve, we have opportunities in our own backyard for enjoying the night sky with minimal light pollution. Luckily, I was alerted to the Super Moon event by Charlie, the tabby, who for much of the evening refused to leave his observation post by the back door. I managed to sneak outside in my wellies and was rewarded by the spectacle of a huge, luminous golf ball of a moon, its mountains and craters clearly visible to the naked eye, and seemingly suspended just above the roof. I’m so glad I witnessed this beautiful phenomenon, because the next Super Moon isn’t expected until 2034. Of course, with a little forward planning, I could have taken my amateur astronomy to a higher level, to an elevated spot in the Hampshire countryside where the sky opens up like a planetarium. Old Winchester Hill, near the village of Exton in the Meon Valley, is just such a place, recommended by the International Dark Sky Association as one of the South Downs’ best locations for star-gazing. Having recently explored the summit of Old Winchester Hill in daylight, I can only imagine how atmospheric it would be on a clear night. This is a place to come for some of the best views in Hampshire. The hill dominates the landscape, offering a panoramic outlook across steep chalky slopes, springy grassland and a patchwork of fields. Summer brings orchids and cowslips, followed by ox-eye daisies and scabious, along with flotillas of chalkhill blue butterflies. But I was here in autumn, when oak leaves were turning to gold and holly trees were dotted with scarlet berries. As I followed the track from the car park, a sharp-eyed blackbird enjoyed tail-end berries among the brambles, and hedgerows were edged by desiccated stems of towering hogweed.

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Looking down into the valley, the southern slopes were lit by afternoon sun; it glinted off the wings of a gang of cawing rooks circling overhead. But the damp coombes on the chilly northern side were deep in shadow, made yet darker by pockets of impenetrable woodland. Some of these craters resulted from the efforts of Second World War military exercises, but it’s thought that human activity here dates back as much as 4000 years. It is certainly atmospheric. The land is shaped by a series of Bronze Age burial mounds, which loom like a pod of grassy whales on the crest of the hill. Just as striking, are the remains of an Iron Age settlement, fortified with a ditch and ramparts dug from the earth with ancient tools. How long it took them to do it, nobody knows. Old Winchester Hill has never been excavated and, for me, this mystery is part of its charm. I continued on the path uphill and the sky opened up before me. We may not have the ‘big skies’ of East Anglia, but on this particular day the Hampshire horizon was spectacular! Stately cumulus clouds drifted across the bright blue sky like ships on the ocean. As I turned the corner, a string of teenagers loped by, bedrolls strapped to their rucksacks, billy cans swinging. Laughing and joking, their Duke of Edinburgh expedition clearly offered more than sore feet and aching shoulders. Swinging open a gate, I was now on part of the South Downs Way. A couple wearing serious boots sat on a bench, unwrapping sandwiches and fruit. Proper hikers, not a Sunday stroller like me. I carried on towards the summit and noticed a solitary figure silhouetted against the skyline. The view here at almost 200 metres above sea level, stretched for miles, with a glimpse of the sparkling coast in the distance. I stopped to take a photograph, and when I looked again the stranger had gone. I shivered. Time to go home, but I’ll go back soon. Perhaps next time I’ll wait until after dark, and armed with blanket, torch and thermos, I’ll do some star-gazing.


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ithin our grounds, paths wind through a vibrant winter garden and alongside a crystal-clear river. We offer free guided walks daily. Head out to the wider estate to explore glorious Hampshire countryside in

crisp winter air.

A gentle path runs alongside the font stream, leading you into our winter garden. Follow walkways through winter-flowering shrubs and perennials. Or take a refreshing stroll along tree-lined paths which run beside our river.

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f you’re feeling creative why not make a Christmas wreath, first collect evergreen plant material from the garden such as Hebe, yew, box, Thuya and bay. Wire the cuttings onto the moss in groups of three burying the stems into the moss as you go until the whole wreath is covered. Then attach florists wire to cones, berries, apples, cinnamon, dried oranges or anything else that takes your fancy and attach around the wreath tying at the back, and then push the wire ends back into the moss. Once finished hold up and decide where the top should be, tie a ribbon around at this point and hang on the door. Mist regularly to keep the wreath fresh.

Jobs for the month ahead:

• Only leave frost proof containers outside in winter, if left outside raise terracotta pots on pot feet to help drainage and stop soil freezing solid. If there are prolonged periods of freezing weather it is advisable to wrap pots in bubble wrap or preferably move undercover if feasible. Any borderline tender plants in the container should be wrapped in a double layer of garden fleece. • Make a final cut of the lawn once it has stopped growing and then clean and service lawn mower so that it is ready for next year. Keep clearing leaves from the lawn to avoid damage to the grass, however avoid where possible walking on the lawn when it is very wet or frozen. • If you have a pond keep it clear of leaves either by collecting them with a net or by covering with a fine mesh to catch the leaves as they fall. • Tie in wall shrubs and climbers to prevent wind damage over the next few months. • In exposed areas cut back long whippy growth on roses by one third to prevent wind rock loosening the roots. And lastly don’t forget to top up bird feeders and keep a fresh supply of water for birds in the garden. Chris Nutt – Designer To contact Chris for advice call 07765 692396 or email chris.nutt2@btinernet.com 24

There are two cafes at Mottisfont, perfect for winter warmers after a walk in the brisk winter air.

Daily guided walks

Our friendly team of outdoor guides offer free walks and talks around the gardens, village and wider estate, giving you the opportunity to learn more about our history and grounds. If you’d like to know what walks are available on your visit, please ask at visitor reception as you arrive, or take a look at the daily walks noticeboard at the end of the Welcome Centre walkway. Guided walks are offered on a daily basis. The Welcome to Mottisfont and Wetland walks are available most days; other walks are a little more specialist, requiring particular volunteers or weather conditions. Visiting groups can book walks in advance for a small fee: please contact us on 01794 340757 to find out more. Opening hours: 10am - 5pm Tel: 01794 340757 Mottisfont Ln, Romsey, SO51 0LP

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Visit our 90m herbaceous border Beautiful water gardens (restricted opening times) National collection of Buddlejas & Clematis viticellas Impressive collection of Penstemons Specialists in climbing plants, perennials, shrubs. Mature shrubs and trees also available. We stock tools, accessories and a large selection of pots. Highly qualifiedCut staff toyour offer freeown advice

Christmas Trees Opening Hours Mon-Sat: (throughout the year) 8.30am to 4.30pm Sundays: to Octalso 11am - cut 5.00pmone WeMar can Nov to Feb 11.00 - 4.00pm

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Pre-cut trees available We will net your tree for yourFax: convenience Stockbridge: Tel: 01264 810894 01264 810924 www.longstocknursery.co.uk Norwegian, Nordman and Amorica email: longstocknursery@leckfordestate.co.uk

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Longstock Park Water Gardens 10.30am - 4.30pm while stocks last Sunday 2nd June - 2pm - 5pm

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in a bottle of whisky and other goodies in our super Charity Raffle in aid of Naomi House Children's Hospice. Come to Courtens Garden Centre on 11th and 12th February to buy your ticket.

At the same time choose from over 40 varieties of seed potato and other veg seed, all sold loose, as part of our Potato Weekend. See demonstrations by Test Valley Wood Turners, find out about the Woodland Trust and marvel at the expertise of our wildlife artist. Hot lunches, free parking. Find us opposite the pond at Whiteparish on the A27, SP5 2SD. Visit our website for more information: www.courtensgardencentre.co.uk

Charity Opening in aid of Wreath making workshop ANDOVER £35 to include yourTOWN wreath toBAND take home All materials and refreshments provided Sunday 16th June - 2pm - 5pm Booking required

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more An entrance fee For of £5.00 for adultsinformation: and £1.00 for children is payable with all proceeds going to the nominated charity. Members of the three local churches will provide teas at Longstock Park Nursery on these Sundays. Only registeredwww.lorrainesfloralcreations.co.uk Assistance Dogs will be admitted to the garden and care should be taken to leaveON no A30, litter.For more information: 01264 810924 WE ARE 1 MILE FROM LOPCOMBE

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Community Professional VICTORY FOR TEST VALLEY COMMUNITY SERVICES VOLUNTEER AT THE PRIDE OF ANDOVER AWARDS 2016

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VCS are delighted to announce that their community worker Mo Sweeney has won the Sue Sheppard Award at the Pride of Andover Awards this October. Hosted by Dame Esther Rantzen the Awards have been celebrating those who quietly make a difference to other peoples’ lives since 2007. Mo has been working in the community for 20 years since his medical discharge from the army.Volunteering for many charities and organisations in Andover, he has also founded youth projects including Fusion and Rewired. His work has also led to the co-founding of Veterans in Action of which he is a welfare officer. Andover radio is another project coming back to the town thanks to Mo. A skydiving business he set up in 2007 aims to raise money for charity and groups. A Veteran in Action, a PTSD survivor, a champion of local causes and an extremely caring man, Mo really is one in a million. Speaking of the Award Mo commented, “I am humbled and proud to receive this prestigious award.” For more information about Test Valley Community Services, please visit: www.tvcs.org.uk

TEST VALLEY COMMUNITY SERVICES LAUNCHES NEW VOLUNTEERING SCHEME

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id you know that over 12,000 business employees across the UK are already volunteering their time and skills to help community groups, community projects, schools and local charities? With over 20 years’ experience managing community volunteering schemes, TVCS can deliver a fun and rewarding employee volunteering scheme tailor made for your business. We will: • Make it relevant – by matching team skills with available volunteering opportunities • Make it easy – by managing the how, what, when, and where and even transporting employees to and from the project • Make it safe – through completion of risk assessments and resource planning • Make it happen – day to day contact with the business and organisation to ensure its smooth running • Make it known – publically celebrate the project through local press and social media

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Test Valley Mayor with Fresh Relevance team, photo courtesy of Richard Yates

he Mayor of Test Valley visits to congratulate Test Valley Business Awards winners for 2016. The Worshipful the Mayor of Test Valley, Cllr Karen Hamilton, has paid tribute to the first of the Test Valley Business Awards 2016 winners. In a series of visits to publicly recognise and promote the achievements of some of this year’s most promising Test Valley businesses, The Mayor has met the winners and their employees and customers to learn more about their work and hear, first-hand, the incredible difference they are making to their community.

So far, The Mayor has visited: • • •

The Weyhill Farm Shop, winners of the Doing Business Locally Award sponsored by Taylored IT Fluidity Insurance Consultants Ltd., winners of The Brenda Locke Award for Women in Business sponsored by Andover Mutual Business Group & friends of Brenda Fresh Relevance Ltd., winners of the Innovation & Technology Award sponsored by University of Southampton Science Park

Visits to Lindys Food & Coffee House (Lindys Light Lunches), Betteridge’s Brewery, and Dawes Highway Safety are scheduled for later in the year.

All of the above provides your organisation with the opportunity to develop skills, build teams and bolster your reputation within the local community – what have you got to lose?

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.

To find out more about how Test Valley Community Services Give & Gain scheme can help your business call 0330 440 116 or email christianne.ireland@tvcs.org.uk.

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Education ELIZABETH GODOLPHIN LEGACY AWARD

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odolphin School was founded almost 300 years ago by Elizabeth Godolphin. Her vision of educating girls was considered extraordinary in the 1720s but she persevered and founded the school in 1726.

Girls entering Godolphin Prep in Year One this year (2016), will be preparing for their GCSEs in 2026 when the school celebrates its 300th anniversary. In honour of our founder’s legacy, we are offering six legacy awards to girls entering Godolphin Prep in Year One this year. The legacy award carries a value of 75% of the school fees, and this will be scaled as the girls move up through the school.

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Robin talked to students about her latest book in the Murder Most Unladylike series, the fabulously festive treat ‘Mistletoe and Murder’. She supplied them with inspiration for their own reading and writing too by sharing her story of why she became a writer of mystery novels, as well as inviting them to assist her in making up the foundations for their own murder mystery story. Students excitedly queued afterwards to receive Robin’s autograph in their new colourful books. Murder Most Unladylike was the biggest middle-grade debut of 2014, winning the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize (Young Fiction category) and garnering a loyal fan base and huge critical acclaim. Over 180,000 copies of the first four books have sold so far.

For further information on the Legacy Awards please contact our Assistant Registrar, Mrs Corinna Florence, 01722 430545.

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THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS AT MOTTISFONT, UNTIL JANUARY 3RD

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he Twelve Days of Christmas: 26 November – 3 January (closed 24 & 25 December), normal admission charge only. This winter, The Twelve Days of Christmas come alive at Mottisfont, where the stage is set for a flamboyant Christmas party with plenty of sparkle. Discover beautifully decorated rooms and gardens inspired by the classic song, from the glittery dresses of ‘Nine ladies dancing’ to beautiful bird decorations, even ‘Seven swan a-swimming’ on Mottisfont’s river. There are fancy dress costumes for children to try on too, and an ornate gold picture frame in which to pose for a unique ‘historic’ photograph. Kids can create their very own ‘Lords a-leaping’ on Mottisfont’s new activity trail. It’s packed with things to find and do, from drumming drums to playing pipes, as it takes families through all the song’s famous verses. Tel: 01794 340757 Mottisfont, near Romsey, SO51 0LP

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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. 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. Who Sank the Tirpitz? - 15 December This debate has raged for 70 years. It was a Lancaster but from which squadron? No IX or No 617? Paul Beaver and Rob Owen debate the facts. Tel: 01264 784421 Museum of Army Flying, Middle Wallop, SO20 8DY

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FRIDAY 2 DECEMBER Chilbolton Film Show: 'Florence Foster Jenkins' (PG) Starring Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant and Simon Helberg. Based on a true story, the hilarious and inspiring story of the New York heiress who obsessively pursued her dream of becoming a great singer. Doors Open at 6.45; Film show commences at 7.30 pm.Tickets £5.00 in advance from Beryl Lawrence on 01264 860618 or E-mail: dlaw@ davidlawrenceassociates.co.uk. Or £6.00 on the door (if available).Tea/ Coffee included in price. Mulled wine, Beer and Choc Ices on sale. WEDNESDAY 7 DECEMBER Stockbridge Community Cinema - Starfish (15) All proceeds from this film are being donated to the Alex Lewis Trust.The true and incredibly moving story of Tom and Nicola Ray (Tom Riley, Joanne Froggatt), whose love is tested to the limit when their perfect life falls apart after Tom succumbs to the devastating illness sepsis. Showing at Stockbridge Town Hall SO20 6HE. Doors open 30 minutes before the start time.Tickets £6.00 from Garden Inn and John Robinson in Stockbridge or online via our website: stockbridgecinema.org.uk WEDNESDAY 14 DECEMBER Stockbridge Community Cinema - Cafe Society (12A) In the 1930s, a young Bronx native moves to Hollywood where he falls in love with the secretary of his powerful uncle, an agent to the stars. After returning to New York, he is swept up in the vibrant world of high society nightclub life. 2016 Directed by Woody Allen and starring Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart and Steve Carell. Showing at Stockbridge Town Hall SO20 6HE. Doors open 30 minutes before the start time.Tickets £6.00 from Garden Inn and John Robinson in Stockbridge or online via our website: stockbridgecinema.org.uk MONDAY 26 DECEMBER Romsey's 15th Annual Boxing Day Pre 1976 Car & Bike Meet 9am - 1pm at Aldi, Crosfield Hall & Bus Station car parks, Romsey Town Centre. Open to only pre 1976 European classic cars, bikes & trucks & pre 1986 American cars, hot rods and bikes. Free admission, hot food & drinks vans, collection for Prostate Cancer UK. Full details and classifications at www.romseyclassiccarandbikemeet.co.uk


Christmas Market & Secret Grotto at Broughton Village Hall

2pm - 4.30pm, Saturday 3rd December

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chance to do your Christmas shopping locally at the Chilbolton Christmas Fair - proceeds to St Mary the Less church. It takes place on Sunday 4th December, from 2pm to 4pm at Chilbolton Village Hall. Free entrance. Craft stalls, gifts, cakes, woodcraft, preserves, unusual gifts, beauty products, books and CDs, mince pies and mulled wine, and a bottle tombola.

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Come for festive fun and prizes, including gifts and crafts, Christmas cards, decorations, Christmas puddings, mince pies and preserves, mulled wine, a tombola, a champagne draw, carol singing, a visit from Father Christmas, and much more...

Come and visit Father Christmas. Raffle - first prize a Christmas Hamper, plus lots more. Look for updates at: www.chilboltonandwherwell.info

Discover thecolour TwelvetoDays Add some of Christmas at this Mottisfont your weekend 26 November - 3 January (whole property autumn Gibside closed 24 & 25at December) Decorated rooms and gardens inspired by the classic song, from the glittering dresses of 'nine Go crunching through leaves and a forest A ladies dancing' tofallen beautiful birddiscover decorations. teeming with wildlife and autumn colours, with walking new activity trail takes families through all the routes for all ages and abilities. song's famous verses.

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Wellbeing CHIROPRACTIC BABIES ARE WELL ADJUSTED

Nick is well known amongst the maternity fraternity in Andover. Not only is he in regular contact with all of the midwives but he also treats most of them and their children as well. There is no minimum age to see a chiropractor but Nick advices to wait until you are settled and in a routine with your child, usually at around 4 – 8 weeks old.

Examples of instances where you may feel a visit to the Chiropractor is in order:

• If a baby cries through breast feeding and doesn’t latch on. This could be sign that being in the crook of your arm is painful for their neck or back. • If a baby has disturbed sleep patterns. We all know that it will take time for a baby to get into the night time routine but if their sleep patterns are more disrupted that the normal waking for feed every few hours then this could be a sign that they are in pain, especially if they curl into a ball. • If the contents of your baby’s nappy is more pellet like than soft it could be due to a twisted pelvis leading to digestive issues. The good news is that babies are easy to treat and are usually back in alignment and their happy and gurgley selves after 2-3 sessions.

Here are some comments from new mothers who have taken their babies to see Nick:

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he thought of sending your new born baby to a Chiropractor may seem a little drastic, maybe even over indulgent; but have you ever really considered what your baby has just been through and how that may have effected their body? Think of your baby before it was born. Floating, warm and safe in the womb. Over time, it starts to become a little cramped and before baby knows what’s going on they’re squeezed through a narrow birth canal and out into the big wide world. But that journey from womb to world is a traumatic one; not only on the mother’s body but on baby’s too. The power of the uterus is such that it can crush the baby’s sciatic nerve to the extent that they have no reflex in their knees or ankles for up to seven weeks after birth. It could possibly be the most physical strain that any body will go through in their entire lifetime. But how does a mother know to take their baby to see a Chiropractor? It’s not as if your baby can tell you that they are in pain. Nick Richmond of The Chiros Clinic in Andover believes that mothers intuition is a magical thing and that even though she may not know exactly what is wrong with her child, she will know all is not right. But Nicks more practical advice is this: As a rule of thumb, if your child sleeps OK; eats OK and fills the nappy OK; then they’re OK. If any of these are difficult or if your child cries continuously, then there is likely to be a problem. But more than that, if you are in doubt, take your baby anyway. A chiropractic check up is a good way to ease any doubt and put mothers mind at rest and since The Chiros Clinic offer free baby assessments to all children up to nursery age, there really is no reason not to go.

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“The traumatic birth of my son left him with issues to his neck, spine and hips. At 6 weeks old we were unable to put him down without him crying and needed holding virtually 24/7. Nick treated our son before Christmas and the results were amazing. At 14 weeks, our son is pain free and thriving.” - J Dowd “Nick has been treating myself and my ten week old baby. I was quite nervous about the treatment following a previous bad experience, but Nick uses very gentle techniques and it was completely non scary. My son Alfie has also been a lot more settled since being treated by Nick. We couldn't believe he was our baby after the first session where we immediately saw major changes - he was just so much calmer. I think people tend to think there needs to be something obviously wrong to seek treatment. In our case we just took Alfie along to see if he was well aligned and described what we saw and how he behaved when he was unsettled and Nick did the rest.” - S Chapman “I saw Nick Richmond with my 7 week old daughter having been recommended by the midwife. She had symptoms of colic, reflux and general 'unsettledness'. Nick was fantastic with her, fully explained everything to me, showed me the issues she had and got me involved as he treated her. It's early days but she seems more settled already. I cannot thank Nick enough and would more than definitely recommend him to anyone considering chiropractic for a baby.” - P Lewis For more reviews on The Chiros Clinic, visit their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/chirosclinic If you would like to have Nick assess your baby, call The Chiros Clinic on 01264 324924. The Chiros Clinic, Andover, SP10 1DP www.facebook.com/chirosclinic www.twitter.com/ChirosClinic


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Wellbeing HELP EASE THE BURDEN ON THE NHS THIS WINTER

For musculo-skeletal aches and pains, headaches and digestive problems you don’t need to visit your GP.You can go straight to your Osteopath as they will be able to effectively triage your symptoms and decide what treatment is most appropriate. For acute aches and pains and recent injury, you can use the RICE advice. Rest, Ice, Compress and Elevate the injured area. Great advice if you have a minor injury with swelling, and you can also ask your pharmacist for anti-inflammatories. For chronic pain that has been going on for more than three months, you can use warm packs and gentle movement to stimulate the circulation and relieve stiffness. Try breathing and relaxation techniques, to help you feel more in control and improve your sleep. For more specific advice relevant to you, treatment, exercise and lifestyle recommendations, you can call us anytime and also check our availability online. Help ease the burden on the NHS this winter and use selfhelp techniques at home, visit your pharmacist or speak to your Osteopath.

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t has recently been reported that the NHS will struggle to cope in the coming months with the influx of winter related ailments. Health officials are drawing up contingency measures to attempt to safeguard emergency care by diverting senior doctors from operating theatres into wards and Accident & Emergency departments as winter sets in. Each hospital trust has been ordered to draw up specific plans to cope this winter, with new “A&E delivery boards” to be set up. The plans will see the cancellation of thousands of operations and appointments in the run-up to Christmas, with senior doctors asked to concentrate on discharging any patients who can safely be sent home, in a bid to free up beds. The NHS has pulled out all the stops to prepare for this winter. They are determined to protect the good standards of service. As a result, planning started earlier than ever before with hospitals, GPs, social services and other health professionals coming together to work out the best way of responding in every area of the country. It is important the public know what they need to do to keep well, and advice on how to keep well, and where to get expert advice will be given throughout the winter and can be found on the stay well this winter website www.nhs.uk/staywell If you start to feel unwell, even if it’s a cough or a cold, you don’t need to wait for it to become more serious.You can chat to your pharmacist for advice and over the counter medication.

Some simple home remedies can help:

Firstly, stay warm. The house should be heated to at least 18 degrees, wear clothes in layers to trap warm air between them, and stay active, moving every half hour. Drink plenty of fluids, this helps keep you hydrated and thins the mucus, making it easier to clear. Water, warm honey and lemon, and light soups are ideal. Try nature’s antibiotics and anti-inflammatories. Garlic, turmeric and ginger have natural bug fighting properties. Increase your vitamins and minerals. Ensure you are eating a healthy, well balanced diet, including your 5-a-day fruit and veg, and ‘eating the rainbow’ by adding lots of colourful food to your plate! Ensure you are getting lots of Zinc,Vitamin D3 and Vitamin C, either through your diet or as supplements. 38

Don’t forget you can also use the NHS non-emergency number 111. Call 111 and speak to a highly trained adviser, supported by healthcare professionals. They will ask you a series of questions to assess your symptoms and immediately direct you to the best medical care for you. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Keep warm and healthy this Christmas. Emma Wightman www.the-sop.com

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LATE NIGHT CHRISTMAS EVENT Friday 2nd December 2016 – from 5pm

Late night entertainment and shopping in Stockbridge ALEX LEWIS AND SALLY TAYLOR MBE FROM BBC SOUTH TODAY will turn on the lights outside the church. To be filmed live from Stockbridge for the duration of the programme. (Barring any major news crisis)

Father Christmas •

• Middle Wallop Military Wives Choir

Come and meet Father Christmas at the Owl and Pussycat.

Singing Carols along the High Street.

• Wine and Refreshments

Rudolph & Prancer Sleigh Rides •

Will be served at many shops along the length of the Stockbridge.

Will give Sleigh Rides through the town.

Final Carols at Old St Peters •

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

At 8pm.

Other attractions include: Christingle Service at 5.30pm • On the Hoof - Waitrose own mobile café Table top stalls and Christmas Card Competition upstairs in the Town Hall Roasted Chestnuts • Candy Floss • Roundabout • Twistina (balloon twisting art) Cottonworth Wines • Danebury Vineyards

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, without whom this event would not take place: Principal Sponsor:

Stockbridge Community Cinema, Stockbridge Parish Council & Stockbridge Town Hall All lights supplied and installed by Ichtus Group, North Houghton, Stockbridge: 01264 810356 - The power behind your vision

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